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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.
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  3. 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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  4. “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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. @Pioneer1, American troops are not directly or indirectly involved in nor being threatened by the Ukrainian/Russian dust-up. Just as I'm pro-AfroAmerican, I'm also an American citizen to the core. I know this raggedy azz country (United States of America) could be a lot better but there's no other place on earth I'd rather call home. That doesn't stop me from calling balls and strikes. That dust-up is not our problem until or unless POTUS PJB puts us in it. He won't. It's all political.
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  9. I'm not sure if he even qualifies for THAT....lol. Instead of picking up the shit, the nigga is liable to pull out a fake badge and go around flashing it at dogs and threatening to arrest them if they mess on the ground. "Now wait a minute now..... Now HOLD ON now Mista Daauuuwwg. You know you cain't be shittin' all over anywhere ya wants ta down here in Joja! Imma hafta arrest ya up fa dat. I'm da 'Laauuwww-n-oda' candidate!"
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  10. 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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  11. @Pioneer1 what happened? When did you start espousing this belief?
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  12. We’ll y’all know how i feel about white owned—black Twitter… Musk’s control just highlights the fundamental problem with black Twitter.
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  13. Spending 30 billion on a company provides the owner with the freedom to do almost anything with it. That includes crushing competition by any means necessary. The question to ask is how one man has made so much money that he could own a small ciity.
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  14. So what? The fact is that Black Twitter has been manipulated buy White Twitter since the beginning. The algorithm only gives the illusion of Freedom. Shadow banning still persists. Only on our on platforms do we have any hope.
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  15. NATO should have attacked Ukraine for its attack on Poland. Then it could have annexed it.
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  16. ok @Troy Well, US is a Noir science fiction film. Nope is a science fiction mystery. Black Panther is a blaxploitation modern superhero film. The Woman King is one historical fiction. So, which do I prefer. Like with athletes that play different positions < Shaq was a center. Jordan was a shooting guard. Karl Malone was a power forward > I don't like to make preference on films in different genres. For example Che or The Dark Knight came out in 2008, I like both but they are different films. I would prefer Che over JFK or Nixon. I prefer Dark Knight over Batman and Robin or one of the post Lou Gossett Punisher. As for artistic merit... The Woman King made many Black people reassess their comprehension or knowledge or relationship to our enslavement to Whites , across the world. Many men, including Black men, were challenged in their views of Black women in the past and Black women today. Black Panther challenged many Black men in their ideas of ownership. As many Black men felt insult that the Black Panther role didn't get recast. In terms of a historical fiction, the woman king is the prime example of women in stunt work. The training, the fight scenes, was unlike any movie before, in the art world. The plot dealt with the complexity of west african communities during the cusp of the european imperial ownership over the continent. It is historical fiction, but it made thoughtful plot choices. Black Panther Wakanda Forever, like the original presented places that are not mostly white european in look or culture, in the superhero world. Like the outlaw josey whales or thunderheart or skinwalkers or apocalypto, Wakanda Forever addresses the ugly elephant in the room of the american continent. That all of these countries are in spite of the indigenous people who used to live on them. So... artistically both offer various thoughtful or craftful advances. I will say The Woman King is more artful. In comparison, US or Nope are of a smaller scale. Now in immediate defense, US or Nope are smaller budget films. And some things require money. Presentations of Black culture or Indigenous culture , like any culture, ala Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon for white asians, or Gladiator for White European culture, require money. But, US or Nope offer audiences something Black Panther or The Woman King don't. Critique to intimate modernity. I love Black History and the worlds Black people can find in Fantasy. But, I do think the modern audience needs its self to see itself, and US or Nope do that. Throughout modern humanity, governments do many things, whose problems are rarely made public until the damage is unrecoverable. Eugenics programs, Syphilis experiments or the like are rampant in history. Who knows the true damage? We all know Hollywood has many thespians who died of cancer doing movies out west. If the FBI/CiA or three letter people are known to have infiltrated every organization in humanity then what does that mean concerning the production choices of hollywood? US is about that. It is more vague than The Woman King or Black PAnther Wakanda Forever, because what common person knows the truth of such actions. But it is generates thought if individuals, especially in the USA are willing to see what they may be afraid to see. As for Nope, I recall weeks ago this year, two thousand and twenty two by the christian calendar, people in media talking about UFO's. Nope is about media, that which is truly unique- the cloud, those who want to be famous- keke palmer, those who are trying to be successful with their character-kaluuya, the raised and lost in media - steven yeun's character <who reflects so many child stars in sports/movies/music>,the true artists whose stubbornness leads to their doom - wincott <hopefully not me one day:) > . In the USA today media is arguably out of control and Nope is a lens to all the players in it. Peele's three works: Get Out/US/Nope are in the spirit of fellow film makers in the past like Ousmane Sembene or Ingmar Bergmane or Hitchcock who used small cast, small sets, less special effects. And had stories with sharp themes. Peele is not necessarily new in said way but he is refreshing. As he isn't doing the black situational comedy/romantic comedy stuff like a tyler perry or similar. So I can argue Get Out/US/Nope are artistically more specific than Wakanda Forever or The Woman King and utilize a filmmaking style that tends to yield films that stand the test of time. Wakanda Forever or The Woman King make grand statements, and in media generated alot of questions within the black community or in the indigenous american community <like the role of indigenous people in latin american media, which to be blunt is atrocious> . The difference between Get Out as compared to US or Nope is the criminal. In US the criminal is the government that at the end is untouched. In Nope the criminal is the media culture. In Get Out, the criminal is the truth of White Europeans who deem themselves allies of Black people or all humanity who in truth have nefarious purpose. That artistic message is so sharp it is easier for all audiences to dissect than US or Nope. Did I answer Troy? @Delano we will see. Many people think enter the dragon is the best Bruce Lee film but I argue, Way of the Dragon or The big Boss is greater. I argue that the influence of an artwork to an individual transcends the quantity who like one particular work. @Pioneer1 hmmm She's Gotta have it/school daze/do the right thing are spike lee's first three directed films Get Out/US/Nope are peele's first three directed films. I argue I enjoyed Peele's first three over spike lee's first three. what say you?
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  17. Know what else I take as a no? You actually THINKING about an issue. Karen Bass will not represent just Black Angelenos. She will represent the entire city. I know this a hard concept for you to grasp. You being a "Mike Pence is brilliant" believer and all. You exhorting a view that the U.S. and NATO need to launch nukes in defense of a country whose capital city name you couldn't even pronounce a year ago. You espousing the canard that Black people need to pack up and run away if a group of folks speaking a different language move onto the next block. When you say something that actually makes sense and is DOABLE that will benefit Black people, get back to me. But your defeatist attitude, cowardly outlook and belief that the almighty White man has all the answers is disconcerting to me.
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  18. @Stefan, it was definitely a Ukrainian missile gone wrong. They quickly stopped blaming Russia directly for the missile strike but indirectly, it's still their fault because as you mentioned...they're the aggressor.
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  19. I never had a problem with police whenever I was in California. And a lone incident may jar me, but never make me write off an entire state or group of people. While too many of us resort to blaming primarily Black men for the ills of Black Americans, this responsibility needs to be apportioned. Because it's incumbent upon all Black men, women and young people to recognize they have obligations and duties regarding the survival and safety of their people. I have no idea why the folks behind Stacey Abrams are steadfastly blaming Black men for her gubernatorial defeat. You cannot run losing candidates a second time without making significant changes to their elective appeal. And none were made on Abrams' behalf. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp was a proven incumbent commodity and basked in a positive approval rating this time around and simply beat her. Kemp led Abrams by five points through most of the campaign. Four years ago, after cheating extensively, Kemp eked out a 1.4% victory. Karen Bass was a NEW candidate. Well known as a Congresswoman, but a NEW challenger for the office of Los Angeles Mayor. This made many pay close attention to her words, her ideas and her promises. Her opponent just had a lot of money, a couple of celebrity supporters and the old "I'm Still a White Guy" vibe. It didn't work for him. Hopefully, that won't work for Trump this time either.
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  20. @Delano yes, In my view peele was making a statement about labor. The black DOS community in the usa as a group tends to be ashamed it was enslaved, that it isn't like all others except the native american in coming to the usa on its own. And cotton is a symbol of that. Your memory was correct. Peele is making another allusion to slave times and historical fact. A black woman , name I forget , wrote a book, book title I forget, about passing and talked about a black couple who earned freedom and had a child that they could pass. And so with their land, they found whites and set it up so that they are the house help, even though the truth is, they were the original landowners and they are blood related to one of the owner of the land, their son, whom everyone thinks is white. @ProfD yes:) he is by both. And your correct, casual viewers are raised on less thoughtful work.
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  21. Because we are AfroAmericans, identifying, carving out and codifying our culture does not have to be a tall order. Codification begins with knowing our history here in America and the fact that we identify as Black as a tie that binds us together. It's true that AfroAmericans have comingled with other cultures. Some of our people can be all over the place in that regard. But, there's already quite a few things AfroAmericans identify with that are unique to us. We need to built on it. The great that about this period in time and technology is that codification can happen very fast. Just a matter of 1) wanting to do it and 2) taking advantage of the resources available.
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  22. @Troy hmmm as a writer I am pondering. By what you said, you dislike US to the point where its story can not be changed to improve it. You would not had made it. So if you are a producer and the film is pitched to you, you say no. May I know why, you in a producer role say no to the film's pitch or premise? As a writer I think it matters to hear this. Hmmmm, you offer a huge question. Is ease of comprehension the biggest factor in ranking an artwork, with the higher ease equaling a more positive rank ? Hmmm, I think an answer exist , but it is slightly complex. Every artist in fiscal capitalism has a creative side plus a commercial side. Each artwork from an artist thus can be ranked as a creative or commercial work. The creative side of an artwork's rank should not move positively or negatively based on ease of comprehension? why? A reader/listener/viewer comprehending a work has nothing to do with its creativity. The artist saw it. The artist is human. But as each human is individual, no individual must comprehend what another comprehends. Creativity rank should move based on techniques used to create,elements displayed,quantity of thoughts generated by viewers/readers/listeners. Sequentially, US making people think more is a more positive rank for the creative rank. The commercial side of an artwork's rank should move negatively based on growing ease of comprehension? why? the idea of selling an artwork is for the viewer/reader/listener to comprehend it in whole or part and thus be willing to buy it. If it is harder to comprehend, it is less potent to buy. Thus why, special effects laden superhero films or the musicals of the film industry gone by or the martial arts craze films in and after BRuce Lee or the slasher film craze all have very comprehensible storytellings and in parallel, alot more sales. Look at the innocents of 1961, a financial failure. At the end of the movie, you don't know if the teacher is a murderess, if a soul has haunted and killed, you don't even know the outcome of the story. It uses shadow/light/contrast lovely. Creatively it uses many techniques, makes you think a lot, but is also hard to comprehend. But what you may comprehend can be devastating, far more horrible. It is a little like the strangers, which was successful financially but, is similarly hard to comprehend. The genius is, you don't know why the people came in. The assumption is , they are merely crazy slashers. But that is an assumption. The end of film shows a group of people who are "civilized". Thus why the couple went through this, a couple who are lower rich, is a puzzle, that the movie doesn't reveal. it makes you think. In parallel psycho made in 1960 reveals all at the end. We know norman is a murderer, we know his mind is deranged. we know he has killed. The horror isn't in the unknown, it is in the idea. It is like silence of the lambs. Lector is frightening not because of anything unknown to the audience, but because he is presented to be known. @Delano ahh I see. I comprehended it. It reminded me of two things in the past. One Peele mentioned. He said he was influenced by twilight zone. and I caught instantly the similarity in the Twilight zone episode, Mirror Image. With the peele twist that in the film we are witnessing the two switched between worlds interact to each other in a complex plot. To the larger plot it made me think of the man who fell from earth. In the man who fell from earth, the "alien" was held up in a government installation but eventually walks out as the installation is forgotten or gets lost in bureaucracy and secrets. The story is simple: an unknown entity of power, maybe the usa government, maybe a financially wealthy organization, figured out how to make copies of people, and were breeding them in a complex underground network. By the look of the monitors, the project was setup in the 1950s 1960s . But by the 1980s, it is running on autopilot. No one is there at the monitoring rooms or installations except these copies. In the 1980s, a copy gets an inspiration or ability to act different, as a simple anomaly, maybe it was the storm, who knows. Her original meets her and the copy switches with the original, tying the original to a bed and taking the place in the world above. Now the original is trapped in the subterranean system to feel the life of the copy who is free in the world above. Time passes and the original has figured out how to manipulate the copies and free herself. But she has the education of the child she was when entered. While the copy living above, is a lower rich housewife with children who attended school and ballet and lived a life free with opportunity. The copies go on a killing spree and make the hands across america successfully, but their leader, the original, and her copy husband and kids are killed by her copy and her original husband and kids. I love the story from a horror perspective in my view cause all to often, people seem to fear little things. For example, a creature exists. But that to me isn't as dreadful as horrifying as a country of over 300 million original people killed by their copies, completing a fanciful notion <itself a copy of the usa reality>, made by their government, save for the original husband and original children of a copy that alone escaped years ago by an act of self empowerment. In the jason films, the answer is simple, don't go to that camp. In the freddy films, don't live in that town. In the halloween films, don't get in a relationship with jamie lee curtis . But in US, most folk are dead. Its a murder spree. That is more horrible to me as a writing concept. @Delano yes, exactly, judge its merits to buy. Commercially I concur to your point.
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  23. Chev Oh Wow, did you see the young boy in the back of this picture? He looks like former president Barack Obama! Like Obama, he has the prominent forehead too. Not sure about him but that GIRL second from the left looks JUST LIKE Obama with some lipstick on to me....lol. Look at that mouth and nose.... Now YOU tell ME.....lol
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  24. For a long time now, AfroAmericans have been conditioned to work for white folks or others and be obedient employees. Access to consumption i.e. being able to buy some sh8t to live the American dream has been the balm to soothe any butt hurt that AfroAmericans feel from 2nd or 3rd class employee status. Being raised to be a slave (employee) and a consumer is very different from being raised in empowerment and entrepreneurship to be a producer. Mentality and mindset changes when one is raised and conditioned to think like a boss. Obviously, not everyone can be the boss but the empowememt mentality makes a person own whatever they do to include taking their seat at the table and demanding any beneficial changes. White folks feel entitled because everywhere they look around, they're in charge. Empowered and privileged from birth. That's why the poorest white person will never see themselves as inferior to a rich AfroAmerican. Victim to victor requires a mindset change that starts when folks are born. AfroAmericans have to see power among themselves in their every day lives in order to have a desire reproduce it.
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  25. It remains to be seen what Rep. Jeffries will do when he gets behind the wheel. My gut feeling from hearing him speak is that Rep. Jeffries will be busy towing the party line and working on behalf of all Americans. Rep. Jeffries won't have time to focus on Black issues especially considering there's no agenda (reparations). Often times, Black folks think politicians can solve their problems. That's not what they do. Politicians manage government resources and they come up laws and legislation to make life easier for citizens. Black folks need to put something on the table.
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  26. Very Cool. Either brotha Troy didn't mention anything about sitting on that WSJ panel or I missed it while clowning about big forehead Ethiopians.
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  27. ProfD The day n8gglets clean up and act right, the beneficiaries and stakeholders of white supremacy would lose their minds. Jaywalking, littering and smiling would become criminal offenses for AfroAmericans. And speaking of Jaywalking. I knew California wasn't shit for Black folks when I almost got a ticket by a cop for "Jaywalking" down in San Diego! I was on a residential street and happened to just walk across the street in the middle of the block like millions of people do all across America every day. This cop stops me and tells me I need to cross at the cross walk at the intersection of the block instead of the middle. WTF???? That's was my FIRST wake-up call to how racist and police heavy California was against AfroAmericans. I HEARD of ther term "Jay walking" since being a kid, but never heard of anyone getting in trouble for it....UNTIL going to Cali. Chev THAT would be a tall order, seeing as how, that is another form of White infiltration, imo. This system has poisoned the minds of Black people and now, it would be difficult to separate from negative elements within our cultures and within ourselves as well and adopt a positive mindset that would enhance our presence as a unique culture. Over the decades, imo, Black people have signed on to just about everything that used to be 'a white format'. I would love to hear some statements about positive aspects that has made us a unique people, you know, revisit some positivities. That's why it's so important to not only establish but as ProfD often talks about CODIFY your culture! When we CODIFY our culture, then no one can infiltrate it and change it or contaminate it with garbage and immorality to derail it or cause instability because we'd immediately spot the difference. Just like many other cultures have the SAME marriage customs, SAME language, SAME diets, SAME dances, and SAME songs for centuries....so you won't modify or infiltrate them. Black American culture changes every 10 or 15 years or so because it's not CODIFIED. So people can introduce disrespect for elders, disrespect for parents, drug abuse, homosexuality, and a host of other dysfunctions into the culture since we don't have an actual CODE to prevent it from being accepted. On top of it being easily influenced from the outside.....other people can easily STEAL aspects of our culture and claim it as their own because we didn't codify it and stamp it as authentically OURS. We need to CODIFY our culture and protect it.
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  28. Chev Yes, this statement about their form of Colorism is printed! It is written often that the darker skin Beja and mountain people are ignored in favor of the ligher skinned ones. Yeah I was trying to remember the name of those tribes living in the more remote areas of Ethiopia. Another is the Omo Valley people who are not like the more Asiatic Amharic people with the lighter skin and straighter hair. And they are heavily discriminated against because of their darker skin. They are the original inhabitants of that region before the lighter ones came. Omo Valley Ethiopians Typical Ethiopians Anyway, from a Biblical perspective, those Ethiopian Jews know better! They know what is required of them and until that do so, they will be called on it. Well..... Shhhhhh....but I'll let you in on a little secret: As much as I preach today that the Israelites were most likely White/Caucasian people who invaded Canaan....I USED TO believe....and still hold the possiblity...that the lighter ones were the actual Children of Israel who came down in that region through Egypt after the invasion of the Babylonians back around 700 B.C.. I'm not sure which belief is the actual truth. Those Ethiopians maybe need to check themselves on bonding with their relatives maybe, I don't know, but then, that is a problem over hear in America with the indigenous peoples too. Oh, you think those somewhat distorted features may be a result of incestuous relationships???
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  29. Any writers in here with zero or near zero drawing capability want a chance to have a complex logical process, commonly called, an Artificial Intelligence, compose a work of art for them? I am considering making a group in deviantart for you writers. Writers who also draw, like me, your not welcome for now. For now, just the writers who can't draw https://www.deviantart.com/hddeviant/art/Dreamupgif-937250338
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  30. 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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  31. When you reach the level that you can "express beyond words", then you have merged with the Universe and your work on earth is done... don't sweat the small stuff. I sometimes wish that I could've - or would've been more of a participant rather than a witness to all the racial strife that has happened during my life time. Contrary to what some may believe, my atypical black experience spared me a lot of the misery that befell others of my race. I am now nothing more than the "great empathizer". Strive to be proud of any injustices you can dispel. I have not earned this homage. I wish you love.
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  32. True, and imagine if everyone did this. Love did work. Hate is what causes all the misery.
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  33. 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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  34. 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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