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  1. Greg, You do know this is a literature website?... Despite your low opinion of black people, you know we learned how to read, right? And guess what? Over here, we read A LOT! So let me gift you this article - - https://wapo.st/3HQOf9L Dude may have given out some checks, but the lion's share of forgivable loans, $6.6 Billion and counting, went to white folks.
    4 points
  2. @GregFor somebody who is always yakking about using proper English, you could benefit from doing so yourself. Your sentence that says: "All of our issues in our Black community is self inflicted and has nothing to do with hardworking Asians, Whites, of Hispanics "etc. should say: "All of our issues in our black community are self inflicted and have nothing to with Asians, whites, or Hispanics etc... Sheeze! In fact, you are a light weight in other areas when it comes to assessing what you mis-label as the "black community". You are incapable of looking at the big picture, or peering past your nose. No deep thinker, you lack the capacity to comprehend that the pendulum of humanity's clock has been wound up and is now on the swing from back to forth. Other ethnicities inspiring your dismay at being victimized by black thugs are collateral damage representing what happens when payback rears its ugly head and justice disappears. Like now. What's being demonstrated as the black aberrations descended from slaves avenge what normal whites did to those slaves long ago. The outcome? Shit happens. If you weren't so busy carping about proper English and unwed pregnancies, and lack of ambition you'd have time to develop some intellectual muscle instead of being stuck on stupid. You could benefit from a little profound cogitation, maybe become enlightened about how CIVILIZATION unfolds, doing what it does, rising and falling, progressing and stumbling, moving on, lurching ahead, time bringing change that reverts back to sameness. In the scheme of things what is now being perpetrated by black criminals is out of control and cannot be fixed. It will have to sort itself out with what will undoubtedly be tragic results. Self Genocide. Martial Law. Race War. That's life. Or will the ghetto culture and mindset that so offends you change over night or even at all. A collective consciousness is deeply entrenched and preserved by an environment that society perpetuates because it needs scapegoats and others to blame for why things are the way they are. You cannot conceive of the idea that your world vision blurs in the face of reality and you are wasting your time and that of those who you harass with your demands. So, as far as the "Greg Project" goes, all of your bitching and lecturing is just drivel. You serve no purpose except to the white puppet masters who pull your strings. Attempting to be the paternalistic arbitrator of what the black community needs to do to be worthy of white approval is an exercise in futility because you are neither a super hero nor a role model. - just a naggin wanna-be. Stefan thinks it's not a good idea to engage with trolls, but you provide me with a way to amuse myself. Ha-Ha.
    4 points
  3. @KENNETH Abortion has always been a luke warm issue in the black community because an unplanned pregnancy that results in bringing a baby into an unstable environment is something that dates back to slavery days, and is an experience imprinted on the black psyche, which instinctively adjusts to adverse situations. So having a baby is something many black females just take in their stride... Society doesn't seem to care about this. Nor is there any concern emanating from the conservative ranks of latter day slave masters masquerading as pro-lifers about the plight of such children. There is, however, a tendency among certain blacks to be lax in critical thinking when it comes to this issue. The situation isn't exclusively about abortion; it's about control. Those with the authority to make a woman have a baby, can also force her to not have a baby. The only person who has the right to exercise control over a woman's body is the woman, herself! Black people should be very leery about laws that intrude on an individual's personal choices. These insidious bans can be a gateway to enforcing other restrictions.
    4 points
  4. I wish the 'right-to-lifers" would be willing to exert the same energy and passion to preserving the lives of those who have actually been born. Support for quality universal health care would be a good start. To answer your question directly, anything that is bad for American people in general is almost always worse for Black people in particular. That said, this decision transcends race. It effects everyone.
    4 points
  5. Regardless of how the media tried to criminalize the victim, George Floyd did not deserve to be murdered. While George Floyd may not have set out to become a martyr, his murder put a bullseye on American police brutality. In fact, I think George Floyd's execution date should be another federal holiday to commemorate all of our brothas and sistas wrongfully murdered by race soldiers.
    4 points
  6. Baby Girl got her father shook! We know who Emily is bringing home for dinner once she's old enough. And what she saw is exactly what the rest of the world sees - and FEARS. So, let's flip the script here and recognize the power of the Black man. When a Black man speaks, everyone listens. I don't even know if we're aware of it. But I saw three women, powerhouses in publishing, all shut up when Troy, the only black person on the WSJ panel, started speaking. Image consultant and multimillionaire Kevin Samuels passed away last month and is still trending on Twitter. Women will take to the streets and protest a state-sanctioned execution of a Black man. Every time. If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, these legislators better prepare for all the "beige" babies about to come into the world. We already know - we already see it. Even privileged women select "chocolate." Kardashians. And I get it… Black women with much less will go into debt to give birth to and raise a black man's child by any means necessary. I couldn't figure out why there's been a lot of derogatory talk on this forum about Black Men lately… One dude even wrote he couldn't believe Black women could be so stupid for loving Black Men. But it couldn't be more evident through all the propaganda, rhetoric, hate, and jealousy. Emily got it right.
    3 points
  7. Google Ads Has anyone noticed that the Google ads are gone? If found them increasingly intrusive and irritating. I've also reduced the number ads running throughout the rest of the site. My Google ad revenue is down substantially, but it is worth it, at least for now. Basically, I let Google put ads anywhere they wanted and they really took advantage of the site. They would have full screen ads pop up as you went from one page to the next, The would out two or three ads (often the same ones) right in the middle text you are trying to read. If I put ads on my site, the way Google inserted them, Google would bury their search results, for providing a bad experience to visitors. Amazon Links For several years now I have been anti-Amazon going as far as dropping virtually all links to Amazon's site. However, I have decided to link to Amazon's Kindle store to sell ebooks. I used an alternative vendor to sell eBooks, but the problem is no one buys ebooks from the vendor's site. Amazon has created an effective monopoly on eBooks. So rather than not sell eBooks I have decided to just link to where people will go anyway. I actually don't like this, but it is a pragmatic decision that I hope I do not end up regretting. I really have no choice today if I want to profit off the sale of eBooks. As always, I'm open to comments.
    3 points
  8. Government work used to be an option now it's prison, the military or some other quasi plantation that pays less than market rates, for people that get less than market rates.
    3 points
  9. That was my attempt at censorship and keeping porn bots off the site.
    3 points
  10. Brotha @Troy, you're running a legit business and providing a space for us. I've noticed the absence of the Google ads. Handle your BI as you best see fit and that is most conducive to your bottom line. You have my admiration and support. Keep it up mayne.
    3 points
  11. From youtube: Iddris Sandu discusses his journey from a young aspiring engineer to a technologist, as well as the role of technology as an agent for sustainable change in the Black Lives Matter movement (in the US, the diaspora, and across the continent of Africa). Paving the way for those who might one day be deemed an "Architectural Technologist", Iddris Sandu is a pioneering young technologist seeking to level the playing field for fellow African youth & other marginalized groups. Having worked with the likes of creatives such as Nipsey Hussle and Louis Vuitton & Off-White's Virgil Abloh, Iddris has been making waves since before he turned 18. Not only is Iddris breaking ground in the use of emerging technology in creative spaces, but also in creating unique and sustainable designs to impact some of the most vulnerable populations in society. I follow this trend but since "clayton bigsby" pop up in the forum time to time, I think I'll maintain this thread when I discover new information about technologists from the African Diaspora... Meet Alan Emtage, the Black Technologist Who Invented ARCHIE, the First Internet Search Engine Internet search has had a profound impact on our own internal makeup—on how we learn, and how we think. https://daily.jstor.org/alan-emtage-first-internet-search-engine/#:~:text=But it's worth revisiting that,FTP servers%3A “ARCHIE.” "At a time when “googling” has become the generic term for conducting an internet search, it can be hard to remember that search had a long history before Google came along. But it’s worth revisiting that past during Black History Month, because the pre-Google era saw one of the most momentous black contributions to the development of the internet: the invention of internet search itself, by Alan Emtage."
    3 points
  12. @richardmurray, black men do not truly believe white women are a better prize. White women are more easily accessible and less complicated. When black athletes are recruited to a college or university, the tour includes a visit of the campus, training facilities and dormitories, a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner and no shortage of white women to satisfy their physical needs. Athletes get used to this treatment and carry it over into their professional lives. Of course, it's a set up. White women are forbidden fruit. But, white men will prostitute their women in order to make money and destroy black men. Sure enough, black men will make a ton of money only to give it right back to white folks by way of gross consumerism and taking care of white women and their offspring either voluntarily or involuntarily. Lamar Odom and now Kanye West should be case studies in why it's not a good idea for black men to entangle themselves with white women. But, this BS has been ongoing since Jack Johnson won the World Heavyweight boxing title back in 1908.
    3 points
  13. I was about to say you need to be curious to have an open mind - and then I looked at the article and curiosity was number 1! I used to believe critical thinking was key to intelligence - but now I’m leaning towards curiosity and creativity. In fact, if it’s true we only use 10 percent of the brain’s capacity -then 90 percent is iMAGInation.
    3 points
  14. AfroAmericans already know the Russian/Ukrainian conflict is a dust up among white folks. Also, we would love for Britney Griner to make it back home too. But, AfroAmericans have bigger issues to deal with right here in America. Our folks can't buy a bag of groceries or worship in peace without fearing an AR-15 toting, hate-filled white boy is going to show up and start spraying the place like he's playing a video game.
    3 points
  15. The guys above look better than Greg does in real life
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  16. These fellas may be still recruiting new members.
    3 points
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  18. @Greg Oh, stfu. As if i owe you any explanations. I will however, give you what your deserve. I am an American by accident of birth, and couldn't care about being a better one because I don't do patriotism. You won't see me getting bleary eyed at the sight of that red white and blue polyester banner flapping in the breeze. What i care about this jive-assed country amounts to very little. And spare me a recitation of what you find when you consult your files for "retorts to hostile black sistas" because I am an equal opportunity cynic. Afro centrism doesn't make my heart beat like an Ibo drum. But the innate essence of my blackness is what dissipates the stench of sorry-assed, right-wing nerds like you. Now, go crawl back under your rock. @Troy My father from time to time mentioned his "coal black" grandmother who he said was a freed slave, but he didn't go into detail about this, possibly because, as i recall, she was very old and possibly senile. Also, as a child, my family would make periodic trips to Nashville,Tennessee, to visit my maternal grandfather who looked like a white man. He was born a slave but was freed when he was a child. Floating around among my relatives are copies of the slave narrative he dictated as a participant in a project during the 1930s where crews went around the country recording memories of ex-slaves. i have read it, and because he was only a slave for about 6 or 7 years, there wasn't a lot to tell. I do remember him talking about his father and a posse of other black townspeople fighting off a raid of Klu Klux Klanners and sent them runnin'. Most of his narrative was about his later years as a free man. He eventually became a Deputy Sheriff assigned to keep peace in the black part of Franklin,Tennessee, where he lived...
    3 points
  19. Complacency: The space between the rock and the hard place. Shirley Chisholm, U.S. Representative, NY - 12th District, 1969-1983, ahead of time and on time!
    2 points
  20. @Stefan, I would contend that a troll cannot destroy a forum that has well-informed and intelligent folks capable of articulating and defending their position on topics. Trolls or folks incapable of logical thoughts and/or holding a conversation won't stick around for too long. While it would be easier to let a troll thread fall off the main page, we can also use them for target practice. Here is a *paper trail* of consistency in calling out ignorance and providing truth, facts and reasonable thought. From a positive perspective...our written words is proof that we can and do communicate effectively.
    2 points
  21. Admission...the most uncomfortable thing to me as an AfroAmerican is when it's so d8mn hot outside, I start sweating as soon as I step outta the shower.
    2 points
  22. I figure it's like pouring water on a gremlin. Eventually they will shrivel up and disappear.
    2 points
  23. @Pioneer1, while running for POTUS, as Senator John McCain told the white woman who was disparaging future POTUS Barack Obama..."I'm not gonna let you do that...he's a good man." In the grand scheme of things, white women know their place especially within the system of racism. They're always on code. The reason white women aligned their movement with AfroAmerican Civil Rights movement is because white men were vulnerable and listening. White men used the white women's movement as a way to put another layer between themselves and AfroAmericans. That's why white women earn more than black folks. White men got a 2 for 1 deal. They were able to calm down the home front and add another income to the household. IMO, white women weren't betrayed by black men during the Civil Rights struggle. They used it to their benefit. While it may never happen, if there was a race war, rest assured that white women would do as Dolly Parton instructed when she sang...stand by your man. Yep. Lilly will be locked and loaded with an AR-15 or Smith & Wesson busting shots just like her daddy taught her as a teenager. She might even be wearing a p8ssy hat.
    2 points
  24. In 2018, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported that 81% of white victims were killed by white offenders, and 89% of Black victims were killed by Black offenders. #ThoughtsandPrayers
    2 points
  25. Support these bigoted stereotypical generalizations with evidence or you both win the "greg/nels troll award for the day"...
    2 points
  26. Yes!” Fall Back and regroup” That is definitely a Black woman thing. After the decision was handed down -a black out should have followed. With leaders and others saying “No comment. Then every women retreating indoors. Just go home or stay home. We would act like we were “sitting shiva” over a dead relative. One - It would have been unexpected and two - it would have absolutely scared the sh*t out of SCOTUS and the world. It would have been “a world without women” even if it only lasted 7 hours. But of course, here in the U.S., white women must perform. And of course, some dude ran over them with a truck. Phoenix law enforcement tear-gassed protesters. A Black woman, who is running for state senate in RI decided to march, only to get punched in the face twice by her republican opponent who is also works as a cop. It might have worked in her favor, since he dropped out of the race but the optics distract while reinforcing the message of brute force against women. The State was prepared for disruption. But total silence and no presence would h e rocked them to the core. Sort of like when a Black woman says, “I’m Fine.” But you know, All Hell is about to break loose and you’re about to have a come-to-Jesus meeting”
    2 points
  27. good point one i had never considered. Someone without a historical perspective now telling people to read. Hitler did not pop up in a vacuum; he emerged because of an environment you obviously know little about, so you are incapable of drawing parallels to today and comprehending Mel’s point.
    2 points
  28. You're wrong on that point. The political right is pushing us towards authoritarianism. And with Trump and his followers Fascism comes next.
    2 points
  29. The current Governor of Florida is a complete fool. Even scarier to think he's considered a strong GOP candidate for POTUS. America could be going down faster than the Hindenburg if we keep electing these clowns and idiots.
    2 points
  30. I remember! I was his hype woman! I even moderate the “He-man-Am*zon-haters” club aka #readingblack.com! But datsok! lol
    2 points
  31. Not sure what you mean by “hood” talk. I have no need for “sheets” to hide my identity. - “but you do you, boo”. <- Now, In case you’re wondering about that phrase, it is called a “colloquialism”
    2 points
  32. Excellent observation. I guess AALBC is doing something right; it is deemed significant enough to be a target of racist trolls.
    2 points
  33. Depends on the state in which one lives and how that state chooses to deal with it. Thirteen (13) states have trigger laws that went into effect as soon as the SCOTUS decision came down. It will be interesting to see how America plans to raise and take care of these children especially if the biological parents have no desire to do it.
    2 points
  34. This is Rightwing Antisemitism plain and simple. But people on the Right complain about the Left and wokeness. Nonsense. Black people are not pawns lacking agency. We have fought racism and economic exploitation long before there was an American Left or reformist Liberalism. What is Conservatism doing for us ? Nothing. Black Conservatives are helping themselves not us in any collective sense. I won't be " drinking any of that. Kool Aid."
    2 points
  35. The Russian/Ukrainian conflict had been ongoing and has only intensified because Putin doesn't want them to join NATO. Putin knows how the current US leadership thinks. Putin doesn't want NATO on his border. The G7/8 and G20 Summits are held for select countries to collectively make decisions and plans for the present and future as far out as decades ahead. IMO, Putin or nobody else will be using nukes at any time. It remains to be seen how long he will be allowed to smack Ukraine around like an under-performing trick. It could last for years. Some white folks believe there are too many non-white people in the world. In their warped minds, directly or indirectly starving millions in Africa, India and elsewhere is a form of population control. Neither China nor the US wants any smoke with the other. China is the US labor force. America does not want to pay its own labor force a decent living wage to produce goods. The most wealthy folks are happy with the arrangement. Every conflict around the world does a few things...1) destabilize government, 2) reduce population and 3) sell more weapons, goods and services. Most military personnel don't really think about what they have signed up to do. To kill or be killed for national interests doesn't dawn on most people until they enter a war zone and/or before they retire. Geopolitics is a dirty business. It's all fun and games until the fighting and killing starts.
    2 points
  36. @TroyExactly! Greg's idea of history is "hearsay" from racists. Money is the great equalizer. Given a choice between a fine, well-off black man and a fine well-off white man, me and most other black women would choose the black guy. That's really hitting the jackpot! the white guy would just be an "also ran" who got beat in the home stretch. @DelanoLOL You are "incredible"- in a good way. You get points in the Renaissance man designation for being so conversant in the classics.
    2 points
  37. I've had partners say I was unbelievable, unlike your statement it wasn't a compliment.
    2 points
  38. Uncle Ruckus, "historically" is a word you should remove from your vocabulary. You've demonstrated history is not part of your repertoire. When massa let Black women, he raped to birth more slaves, eat pig intestines, snout, feet, and tails, he was being a better provider than her enslaved mate, right?
    2 points
  39. Yes, Quick witted too! Good Times! Very good times!
    2 points
  40. @Stefan, it's all good. We may not agree on everything or much of anything. It's all about the discussion. I'm not the person who disparages our 1st black POTUS. I was extremely proud of him. I also applauded his effort in trying to get things done while sitting in the seat. But, I also know how governments work around the globe from democracies to dictatorships and everything in between. It's a well-oiled machine. It's not about believing in super secret cabals and societies. Just a matter of paying attention to how things transpire around the world. Again, white supremacy is the most powerful force on the planet right now. A failure to understand what it is and how it works, everything else will only lead to confusion. Mass media is definitely an opiate that either has people shaken, stirred and agitated or comfortably numb. Then, there's the distractions of gross consumerism and entertainment to keep folks anesthetized too. Collectively, white folks aren't dumb at all. Thinking decades ahead, they know exactly what they're doing to maintain power. If this wasn't true, white supremacy would have been dismantled a long time ago.
    2 points
  41. Ok Stefan as i previously wrote the last time you made this claim. You exhibited, continue to exhibit troll like behavior. For example making claims of me that are demonstrably untrue. For example, I have problem with people sharing memes I’ve done it myself. Simply sharing a name die not make a troll.
    2 points
  42. Black folks should boycott the 4th of July! An insignificant holiday in our history. Nah, we gotta fire up the grill and barbeque. Blast our stereos and play bid whist. Or spades. ( I can just picture ol Greg gagging at the thought. ) Hope he chokes.
    2 points
  43. Justin Edmund, recognized as one of the top digital product designers in the world, help create the world's largest vision board "Pinterest." Justin was Pinterest’s 7th employee. Today he is one of the most sought-after digital designers. When he's not working on his own projects, he's fielding consulting request from the top global software companies. Here's what Business Insider wrote about him in their 2019 Top 75 Designers article. "Product Designer, Pinterest Social bookmarking site Pinterest has sparked a major revolution in web design, with many sites blatantly copying Pinterest's style because it simply works in attracting users. Justin Edmund got his start in 2010 when he interned on Facebook's design team during college. After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University, Edmund landed a job at Pinterest where he has played a crucial role in the building the site's look and feel."
    2 points
  44. @Pioneer1 after reading greg's comment, it seems his solution is in two parts: 1 every black woman must be married 2 every black man must be a loving financially able partner. The problem is, the assumptions. 1. that a fiscally poor or unemployed child or adult from a happy home or part of a happy home will not roam the streets or commit illegalities or commit crimes for profit. 2. that unmarried parents are by default bad parents. That is another false assumption.
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  45. One white man started World War II. One white man started the dust-up that is the Russian/Ukrainian conflict. Seems *dumb* that millions of white men cannot stop one of their own from destabilizing world peace and/or wreaking havoc on another country. I would not brag on the intelligence and bravery of white men who run around killing millions of people for no reason.
    2 points
  46. @Pioneer1, yesterday, I saw that same pic of the brothas when I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Figured time spent in the NMAAHC was a cool way to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. Of course it was not my 1st visit to the museum. The NMAAHC is a great place to learn some of our history. It makes me proud of my people and p*sses me off at the same d8mn time.
    2 points
  47. I believe that dude was trying to understand how/why black women love *bad* black men (thugs and gangsters for which there is a pathological reason. To Mel's point...rapper Rick Ross controlled the black-tie crowd during his Juneteenth performance this past weekend. The same audience had been stiff throughout the evening. Beyond racism, strong, intelligent black men are taking arrows from all directions including our own brothas and sistas too. Little Emily has planted a seed to confirm the sum of all her daddy's fears.
    2 points
  48. We should give a slight nod to those who have the courage of their convictions. Being open minded can also include wishy washy fence sitters who just shrug their shoulders when it comes to issues. Open mindedness is best practiced when it proceeds taking a position. i am not always open minded, but i am aware of the fact that emotions influence my biases. When it comes to liberals and conservatives, i admit that I usually side with Liberals because I like them. They're cooler and more personable and compassionate and humorous than conservative stiffs who are square and corny and sappy.
    2 points
  49. The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.1 The term lends a scientific name and explanation to a problem that many people immediately recognize—that fools are blind to their own foolishness. As Charles Darwin wrote in his book The Descent of Man, "Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge." https://www.verywellmind.com/an-overview-of-the-dunning-kruger-effect-4160740 Incompetent people, the researchers found, are not only poor performers, they are also unable to accurately assess and recognize the quality of their own work. This is the reason why students who earn failing scores on exams sometimes feel that they deserved a much higher score. They overestimate their own knowledge and ability and are incapable of seeing the poorness of their performance. Low performers are unable to recognize the skill and competence levels of other people, which is part of the reason why they consistently view themselves as better, more capable, and more knowledgeable than others. "In many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious," wrote David Dunning in an article for Pacific Standard. "Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge." This effect can have a profound impact on what people believe, the decisions they make, and the actions they take. In one study, Dunning and Ehrlinger found that women performed equally to men on a science quiz, and yet women underestimated their performance because they believed they had less scientific reasoning ability than men. The researchers also found that as a result of this belief, these women were more likely to refuse to enter a science competition.3 Causes of the Dunning-Kruger Effect So what explains this psychological effect? Are some people simply too dense, to be blunt, to know how dim-witted they are? Dunning and Kruger suggest that this phenomenon stems from what they refer to as a "dual burden." People are not only incompetent; their incompetence robs them of the mental ability to realize just how inept they are. Incompetent people tend to: Overestimate their own skill levels Fail to recognize the genuine skill and expertise of other people Fail to recognize their own mistakes and lack of skill So is there anything that can minimize this phenomenon? Is there a point at which the incompetent actually recognize their own ineptitude? "We are all engines of misbelief," Dunning has suggested. While we are all prone to experiencing the Dunning-Kruger effect, learning more about how the mind works and the mistakes we are all susceptible to might be one step toward correcting such patterns.
    2 points
  50. Greg Yeah, they are not out looking for revenge. Maybe they subconsciously felt that the acts on the part of those Black people were JUSTIFIED in some way and didn't require revenge. Ever heard of "White guilt"???
    2 points
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