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  1. 'Discharged from hospital to recuperate at home after a bout with covid flu. That was no fun. Interesting hospital experience, however. Tended by a flurry of nurses, many of whom were effusive gay men, along with Hispanic cha-chas, misled by my Spanish first name. Indian and Asian doctors, of course. Sistas shuffling round, tellin' me, "you gonna be OK, momma." A very interesting pecking order at this state of the art medical center right around the corner from where I live. Prognosis is OK, all things considered which means my age is a factor. Whatever. If anybody watched the Girot Awards on CBS last night, as black folk, we should've been encouraged! Hope everybody had a nice Thanksgiving. 90 is a lot of months away but, I'm tryin to hang in. Luv ya all! Jeeze, this really came out big!
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  2. Look who popped up across my Youtube screen yesterday...... At first I thought it was some brother running for Mayor or a member of Biden's Administration until I looked closer at the name. Troy you're looking kind of professional up in this video. Looking like you know what you're talking about...lol. I wonder does the Wall Street Journal know you like WE know you....LOL.
    3 points
  3. In an Astrology treatise at the end it said Astrology is not for everyone. A person should be of good moral character. Both Mayans and the Hindus revered Astrology. Astrology had both spiritual and every day application. Can you imagine conducting life without a time piece or a watch. There's more information about John Dee than Edward Kelly. John Dee was an astronomer, Astrology, adviser to Queen Elizabeth, a map maker, polymath, alchemist and possibly spy. Edward Kelly was able to scry which is like crystal gazing. I don't know occultist revere John Dee. The Enochian Language is one of the most powerful esoteric techniques. Which involves talking with the highest of Angels. It was thought that the language that Adam spoke was magical. Naming the animals also gave you dominion over them. So if you name a building or a person then clearly you have power or influence over the nomination. Also naming of a child is a big deal. The name has to fit. There may be exceptions but I feel in general that to be the case. I had recently read the John Dee had an obsidian mirror. That was of Aztec origins. https://www.archaeology.org/issues/459-2203/digs/10338-digs-england-obsidian-mirror The Aztecs used obsidian mirrors of this sort to divine the future The fact that it already had Aztec associations of divination and being able to see what’s not immediately apparent was seized on by John Dee and added value to the object from his point of view.”
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  4. @Mel HopkinsWhat I was most recently trying to do is to project my dreams into the future where the PowerBall drawing had already been held and the winning numbers drawn. I had a pad and pencil at my bedside so when I woke up after such a dream, I could write the numbers down. Of course, none of this makes any sense to anybody who isn't crazy like me and - I just engage in all of this nonsense to indulge my fascination with quantum leaps. @Delano I think I am more interested in the answer to whether or not time is on my side. And you are right. I do feel as though I'm no longer of this world, and @ProfD I will be drifting in and out of the cave of my mental hibernation to check on my earthly realm while awaiting for my time to run out. I feel very strongly that we are witnessing the beginning of the end of America's failed 200+ years experiment with democracy, and that the fall of the American Empire as we know it is imminent. The Republicans are going to prevail and turn this country into a fascistic hypocritical evangelical theocracy. Elections will become mere formalities and it will all be "their way or the highway". @Troyimo, the Democrats will have mostly themselves to blame for this. They've overestimated not only the intelligence of the American people, but their integrity. Average voters are not really interested in the welfare of their fellow man. They want to be able to discriminate against other races, reject immigrants, make fun of, and sexually harass each other while leading the best life that materialism has to offer. You know; the American dream. Preaching political correctness, imposing the cancel culture and forcing the lbgt and BLM agendas down peoples' throats will be what contributes to the defeat of the naive idealistic Democrats. RIP I think black survival under a Conservative Right regime may have a lot to do with just staying in one's lane. I don't anticipate being around to endure what eventually lies ahead, however. After 90, all bets are off. Of course, i would have nooo problem with being wrong about these predictions!
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  5. A Jubilant Time Indeed at the Center for Black Literature’s 20th Anniversary! “It’s terrific to see so many friends and what really feels like family!” said Johnson. “It’s always a great thing to be honored by the people you’re really trying to serve. It’s been almost 25 years to the day––October of 1997––that I started, and I would never have thought it would be my livelihood. And being honored for it is just unimaginable!”
    3 points
  6. Back in the 1980s, Irene Cara burst onto the entertainment scene. She was a cutie pie too: https://www.npr.org/2022/11/26/1139275959/fame-flashdance-irene-cara-dies She has passed away at the age of 63. Thanks for sharing your talent. RIP Ms. Cara.
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  7. “A complete nincompoop, racist…” or “America’s only hope?” Well which one is it? These views are on the complete opposite side of the spectrum. I don’t think either is true. Starting the debate from these positions is bound to be unproductive. @Stefan the man was the governor of a state and he was a heart beat away from leading the entire country — by definition he is a leader. He is clearly intelligent on some level given his resume. We may disagree with him politically, morally even, but questioning his basic intelligence is extreme and bound to lead to to false conclusions about the man.
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  8. The purpose of the right-wing in trying to INSTALL Herschel "The Walking Zombie" Walker into the Senate, is to DESTROY the powerful and growing Black economic and political base in Georgia. The right-wing racists are looking at the Atlanta area, which is probably the largest concentration of Black wealth and socio-political power not just in the United States but maybe even the Western Hemisphere....and they want to BREAK it. But they can't do it directly because we'd recognize it and push back. So they get one of their dogs...one of their puppets.....to act as a MASK while they will be the actual powers behind him pushing for the destruction of Atlanta's Black political and economic base.
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  9. False sense of power! Well said! I am not speaking agains the Black elected woman, though, but in general I think what you said, @Pioneer1is very interesting. Yes, I hope that her presence will help AfroAmericans be better represented there! However, I am a little pessimistic. Absolutely. I believe that angle will be used against us, though no matter who is elected, but yes, racism did become worse when Obama was elected. What a paradox. The signs of oppression. But no, I don't believe that AfroAmericans give up easily, however, our unwillingness to force change is due to so much oppression and despair. I could care less was a racist like that man could predict. The fact that AfroAmericans have been so marginalized has been predicted long before him. And furthermore, any analyst could have seen that coming due to how the modern world was able to form with the aid of technology and cannons and gun power. However, change is inevitable. I believe that people of African descent need to take in accountability of our past mistakes and look forward to improvement and opportunity. We should not be entertaining racist ideology about our present predicament so much so, that we cannot see that other non-African people also are human and suffer too. The future is bleak for all humanity if we don't look for positive improvement. Keep hope alive.
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  10. It's more propaganda designed to keep Black people buried in the Church and Bible. Every generation or so they come up with a "new" recipe to keep Black folks tied up and going in circles thinking Jesus is on his way back and if we just "hold on a little bit longer" and wait and recognize our true greatness.....everything is gonna be alright. Just like that image of the sister in the video with that patient serene smile and glow on her face. Meanwhile Crack, AIDS, mass incarceration, violence, etc....has been plaguing the community for the past 40 years or so, destroying the lives of MILLIONS who haven't lived to see Jesus come back or Negroes turn "back" into Hebrews.
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  11. @DelanoThis subject is quite provocative. Language is a tool that has always intrigued me. it is what defines and condenses life, serving as a vehicle for driving it. It also facilitates the preservation of knowledge and enables communication between individuals although it does not necessarily put them on the same page. Then, there's how it is possible to weaponize language, and how certain words and phrases are loaded with energy that can trigger an effect on people. Consider the word nigger and how much power it exerts over black people when uttered by a white person. Use of the word love is also packed with potential, able to transform or even heal when declared or pledged. It makes sense that extraordinary souls could and did convert and preserve their magic in the archives of a script that reveals secrets. Language is the glue that bonds humanity together. It is divine. I have experimented with chanting which is inarticulate language, - sounds that simply flow and vibrate and, when paired with intense visualization, can even make images materialize. Music is also a form of language; it speaks to your emotions. I was also very interested in the reference to mirror magic. I have experimented with it, simply standing in front of a full length mirror and holding a hand mirror up to it. Looking at the reflection of myself being reflected in the other mirror where I saw infinite images of myself going on and on. Eerie. What was on in my mind during these sessions may have also been projected into eternity. These are things that just came to me to do during the course of living my life. I sorta believe that my interest in the occult may have something to do with my surviving much longer than i should have considering how little attention I have given to preserving my health and safety. I think this along with some of the things I practiced with pyramids and crystals have also contributed to my longevity. So here I am. i have no idea why i am still walking around, having changed very little over the past 50 years. But i grow more weary by the day. And I am adrift in the universe. You are my Oracle.
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  12. @Pioneer1Pretty much describes your critique of Dave Chappelle's SNL opening monologue. Dave actually has nothing to prove or an obligation to justify his sentiments about Kanye and Kyrie, whatever they may be. And he certainly requires no advice from anyone because he's definitely his own man and has demonstrated he has staying power. As a comedian, his goal is to make the audience laugh. And that he did.
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  13. IMO, electing Rep. Karen Bass to be Mayor of Los Angeles will not adversely affect AfroAmericans living there. We should hope that a Mayor Bass could implement policies to help and inspire disenfranchised AfroAmerican Los Angelinos to do better for themselves.
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  14. The short answer is yes. The *hard* work of getting an education helps with navigating the system of racism white supremacy. A handful of folks who f8ck up may be thrown to the wolves. But, as long as someone is making money from their labor more folks are able to *succeed* relatively speaking.
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  15. @DelI've been experimenting with some time markers, while choosing my numbers for the billion dollar Powerball lottery. I won a grand total of $8.00 on the last drawing. Experimenting with a different approach for the next drawing. Trying to catch up with the future through dreams... Also trying to decide what time of day to go vote on mid term election day. Democrats need all the help they can get.
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  16. Oh D*mn, this comment caught me off guard. I laughed to the point, I caught a cramp. @Cynique It's too late to change your style now...
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  17. I've never heard of this book! @TroyBut now, I do wonder about its' content. But Minister Farakhan spoke in favor of Kyrie and Ye, however, I think it would important to know what the book highlights. But I do have an opinion due to the response about the title of the book in that it seems to suggest that the book is about how the Original Hebrews have been 'ERASED' from their identity due to White Supremacy. And Whenever Black people speak about this issue, they are completely attacked because this TRUTH goes against the modern reconstruction of racial categories and White Supremacy. I also think that many Black Americans who claim that they are the Original Hebrews do so, by also speaking against European Jews [i.e., White Jews] and say that they are not real Jews, and this causes a lot of problems and gives White racist a justification for WRONGFULLY ACCUSE Blacks for being anti-Semitic, when the real problem is that Black Americans have been denied the truth byway of our American government and American educational system, and therefore, their statements against the European Jews is due to being miseducated. To say that the European Jews did not endure the holocaust is unbelievably wrong and should never be said by anybody. And, if the book suggest this, that would be wrong but again, I'm not sure what the problem is with the book, I just know that some Black people say things that stem from miseducation. Like any 'KINDS' of people that define themselves as being 'White', 'European', 'Caucasian', 'Egyptian', etc., they ALL originate from AN ORIGINAL BLACK AFRICAN ORIGIN, therefore, this would be the same when it comes to 'European Jews' as well. Their origins are from Black African Hebrew Israelite origins, and so, if they say they are Jews, there shouldn't be a problem with that in regards to ancestral origins. But a lot of contention about European Jews' identity actually stems from a factual and historical event again, due to the modern reconstruction of racial categories, and European 'White Jews were given specific privileges during an intense movement to genocide the Original 'Black' African Jews and Hebrew Israelites.
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  18. Absolutely not. Just letting you know we totally appreciate everything you deliver from your chair at the table.
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  19. You guys are cramping my style. is this your way of trying to make me act nice?
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  20. Stop fishing for compliments. You are the star that we all look up to, your presence is appreciated and your absence is noticed. Ah!!! So true!!! Thanks @Delanomy feeling exactly.
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  21. It's from the heart.
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  22. On this we can can agree
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  23. AfroAmericans should be using their platforms to address 1) America's original sin (slavery) and 2) reparations. That way, AfroAmericans won't have time to get caught up addressing any other group of people. AfroAmericans should be able to 1) outline the problem, 2) formulate an agenda and ) focus on a solution. AfroAmericans from all walks of life but especially celebrities, athletes and entertainers should wear clothing and record music about slavery and reparations. i believe that would force America to talk about and deal with it especially when their kids start asking questions.
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  24. Well, I hope that doesn’t mean you're going to disappear on us again. If so, provide the forwarding address or coordinates to your cave.
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  25. When the smoke clears from the showdown between the white political right and the white political left, black folks may be faced with a dilemma when it comes to the aftermath of what might end up being an out and out civil war. If the right wingers prevail, which they may very well do, then their dismantling of democracy will call for a whole new approach by minority ethnicities. The Millennials and GenZers might decide if they can't whip 'em , to join 'em, compete as individuals, participate in equal opportunity exploitation, and let the chips fall where they may...
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  27. Congratulations on receiving this award, Troy! It couldn't have been presented to a more deserving person. I am proud to call you my friend.
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  29. Congratulations @Troy:) I hope for many morehonorings in your future
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  30. Another congratulations to brotha @Troy on being recognized by his peers for his 25 years and counting of service to the literary community.
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  31. Oh puleeze. This thread was started by Del and as usual you stuck your nose in and added your worthless 2 cents. And when Chevdove joined the discussion a year later and started expressing her interest in the subject, you got miffed because she disagreed with you and took an interest in what Del was saying, something that frosted your balls. Now you're trying to make everybody at fault but you. You're really a piece of work!
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  32. Lol...my religious beliefs changed when I actually READ the Bible for myself. I began to realize most of the preachers and priests of ALL races were wrong and feeding the people misinformation. Religion tends to OVERRIDE what we commonly understand as "common sense". It encourages you to simply believe in something with little or no evidence and often uses fear as a tactic to push you along.
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  33. Looks like Rep Karen Bass will be the 1st female Mayor of Los Angeles. Her opponent spent $100 million of his own money in a losing effort. Hopefully, Mayor Bass will be able to make a difference in reducing crime, homelessness and unemployment in the city of angels.
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  34. It's not the question I'D ask....lol....because I already know the answer to it. Just like Forbes and Trump and others, it was GIVEN to him...or at least he was ALLOWED to accumulate it unencumbered by rules and restrictions that the average Black man would have encountered. I'm impressed by Black billionaires, but not by White ones. I know most of the time they didn't get their money from talent and shrewd business dealings, but they were "bestowed" it by the White racist system for a particular purpose. Just like poor homeless and broke ass White folks are in THAT position for a particular purpose. It all goes to serve the System of Racism that they have established. Now if I had that much money I WOULD rather use it to buy up a small city than to buy Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media platform. Or better yet, build my own from scratch.
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  35. Post the mid-term elections, I believe Agent Orange may be losing some of his stranglehold on the GOP. Just the other day, Senator Mitt Romney called him an albatross around the neck of the GOP. Not having to rely on former POTUS 45s fund-raising machine and endorsement, the GOP may be looking for candidates who are more conservative than toxic. From the way he has governed Florida through the pandemic and everything else to handily winning re-election without an Orange endorsement, Ron DeSantis is catapulting himself to the top of the GOP party ticket in 2024. DeSantis is a more polished version of Agent Orange. He's smarter and less narcissistic which actually makes him even more dangerous as it relates to keeping the country divided. White nationalists will be happy with DeSantis. People of color will be treated with benign neglect. DeSantis has a better chance of beating Biden too. He's younger and sharper than POTUS PJB. DeSantis will be able to pull in white voters both Democrat and Independent as well. White folks flip from Liberal to Conservative and vice versa to their benefit. They are not as loyal to the same party as Black folks. White folks on both sides of the aisle really want their guns, stricter immigration laws, no abortion, no teaching Critical Race Theory in schools, etc. So far, DeSantis has put his foot down on all accounts. He's busing immigrants to other cities, upholding anti-abortion laws and hawking the educational system and making fun of Disney. As governor of Florida right now, DeSantis is auditioning in real-time for POTUS. White folks will continue to watch how he runs that state. As long as DeSantis ' governance mirrors their belief of a greater America, he will be at the top of the GOP ticket for POTUS and most likely to crush any Democratic candidate including the incumbent POTUS. Of course, everything I've written here is in my opinion. I'm not endorsing the guy at all. Just calling balls and strikes as I see them.
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  36. Agreed. But, with the understanding that: 1) AfroAmericans do not have true allies among other people. Every interaction with non-AfroAmericans is a business arrangement at best. 2) Here in America, White folks use other people of color as a buffer between themselves and AfroAmericans. It's their way of never having to deal with America's original sin (slavery) and reparations. 3) White folks are more comfortable with Latinos being the new working class. As a result, the white power structure will allow Latinos to thrive in non-white communities. 4) No different from allowing Asian businesses to thrive in AfroAmerican communities. I cannot speak for any other group of Black folks. But, as an AfroAmerican, I believe we need to unify, codify an agenda and pool our resources (collective wealth) in order to exercise our power on all levels.
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  37. IMO, Dave Chappelle is the most brilliant observational comedian of our generation. He will probably go down in history as one of the greatest comedians of all time. That skit is proof positive. Folks like Kanye and Kyrie should sit down with Dave and puff on something and seek his advice before opening their pie-holes.
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  38. Good news:) It will make its money. Regardless of what you think of wakanda forever, all the black people employed, in my view, means its financial success is important for black people getting more work.:)
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  39. I got my copy and started reading it yesterday. My only challenge is the first chapter is so sad that I had to put it down. Don’t get me wrong. It is precisely the type of news item I would follow in the Washington Post and the New York Times. The rich storytelling is similar to the Black women mainstream journalists I follow. I love how they flesh out stories from a place of “knowing.” I think reading “Running to Fall” is tricky because I feel like I’m reading this story coverage from a place of pain. And now that I read my own words - I can see Kalisha Buckhanon’s brilliance in storytelling. Bravo! Thank You Both! But Writing is hard and worth every dollar! I’’d be happy to purchase another copy.
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  40. @Chevdove your story joins quite a few others offline from my offline friends about healthcare challenges. YEs, glad you found loretta green, she is cool. yes, foundational black americans is a term gaining traction in use. glad you have been aided or informed:) and keep trying, all anyone can do it try, if you keep trying the writing will come
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  41. Black people are the incubator for other people's wealth. Black people are cultural prostitutes. Blacks are not endangered.As long as enough whites want to see the souls of Black Folks
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  42. I'm preparing to go into hibernation, myself. I will spend the winter dreaming about what i would've done with my Powerball winnings and how reassuring a Democratic sweep would've been.
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  43. Until @Delano arrives with the time markers, I'll offer the following: The odds of winning the $1.5B lottery are 1 in 292 million. Reinvest the $8 won...no more or less. The Democrats are going to lose the House in the midterm elections. They haven't done enough stop the GOP over the past 2 years. I'll go back to my easy chair now.
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  44. Independent Authors and Small Publishers I found " The Other Madisons " by Bettye Kearse through the duck duck go search engine. I was looking for an African/Black authoritative voice on the meaning of Griot/Griottes, which led me to the author's website. Ms. Kearse gives a detailed definition and a book recommendation. Although the domain name and the author's name are the same, I rarely stumble upon personal websites with such strong SEO that land on the search engine's first page. So, if your SEO game is strong, forget what I said about publishing a website for each title. If you have a website promoting your book -be sure to fill it with helpful information, and it will help you bring attention to your book(s), and you'll sell books too.
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  45. @richardmurray yes, thank you. You write so well. Thank you so much for this.
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  46. @Chevdove oh, well glad I informed:) it was a great documentary film. was fair to mom's mabley. For those who love comedians it is a gem. In my assessment of history , east africa or west africa had black people involved in stealing other black people. For me, I don't find insult in the dahomey female warriors. I have known about them since I was a kid. I knew they served the king of dahomey, who legends say, was presented as a boogeyman to the children of west africa. This is again an ancient thing, common throughout all humanity, usually unbounded. Anyone can be enslaved in dahomey, just like in the roman empire, just like in qin, just like in tenochtichlan. The American continent post 1492 was the first place that made slavery bounded. All of a sudden, a white man , no money , illiterate, alone, can not be enslaved. In the roman empire, he would be enslaved. Someone would catch him. If any group that dealt with high volumes of enslaving other individuals can not have a movie made about them then, no movie should be made concerning any history before the 1900s. And then the question is, why should the black communities old or ancient slavers be undepicted while everyone else's is? But comprehend Chevdone , I know your thinking. I am not saying I concur to your thinking but I comprehend it. Al sharpton who I strategically oppose, said a simple truth, about Black people committing violence in the USA, if you are going to preach nonviolence you have to be nonviolent yourself. it is lead by example. It means black non violent leaders chastise black people committing violence. It doesn't mean other communities follow yours or follow the black community. It means you don't just talk the talk, you walk the walk, and demand others in your community do the same, no matter the outcome. Black statians from Frederick douglass onward has always upheld the idea that government protected universal individual rights is more important than black advantages. It isn't that they hate Black collective or communal activity, but their idea is, even if Black groups are poor , if all Black individuals have a platform to positive, that can make everybody in the black community positive even if the black community collective management is poor. I comprehend why this beautiful film, in art or production, in my view, is insulting to you. It isn't just slavery, it is black people involved in it, like an everyday. You like quite a few others in this forum champion government protected universal individual rights, by default slavery allowed under any government means that government does not protected universal individual rights, and I comprehend why you have such negativity to that.
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  47. Considering the number of AfroAmerican politicians we've had from past to present including a POTUS, I cannot help but to wonder why none of them undertook championing an effort to change the 13th amendment.
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  48. Wow! Excellent post. However, I do not believe in signing a petition without doing more individual research. So, I will keep my eyes open for more information. Right now, I don't dismiss petitions at all and believe that this could be a great start, but I also believe something else needs to be done. Slavery in prison is definitely evil and it is a hidden agend due to decieving Black people to believe that the 13th Amendement outlaws slavery when it absolutely is written in such a way that it still condones it! And, I completely understand the issue about environmental dumping in poor and Black and other non-Europeans concentrated communities.
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