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  1. pain was under the bureaucracy of general franco from the 1930s to the 1970s, and said bureaucracy had laws that made speech limitations legal. the constitution made in 1978 givesthe following,


    The following rights are recognized and protected: the right to freely express and spread thoughts, ideas and opinions through words, in writing or by any other means of reproduction";
    "The right to freely communicate or receive truthful information by any means of dissemination whatsoever. The law shall regulate the right to the clause of conscience and professional secrecy in the exercise of these freedoms".


     what is my point? In the same way the thirteenth amendment outlawed slavery everywhere but prisons while slavery still exist in the usa today in various human trafficking schemes or through the prison system which was never outlawed or the civil rights act exists since the 1960s but phenotypical inequality is rampant in the usa today. Canada supposedly has equality under the law but native american communities in canada today are being oppressed so....Every government got a set of laws, that don't mean a damn thing to the people abused under those governments. 



    yeah ok, one of the problems in modern humanity is people confuse respect of the enforced law or gratifications of convenience with friendship/comradery/or something similar. The majority of people in spain are white and most of them are from the basque or catalans don't care for each other, let alone those outside their set. so you can only expect this. Yeah, cheering for foreigners occurs, the law enforced stops violent acts. but cultural change doesn't occur these ways

  2. Dune part 2 like the first dune film from villaneuve is visually stunning, an excellent use of special effects. as for the story... well,, I am not the biggest fan of the story, I read the book. .. my biggest issue is the emperor, I don't like his character design. .. anyway, the key here is the producers of hollywood have a financial model that suits them. Publicly traded firms are on the constant demand to earn more and more profits. the problem is, no art genre can always produce an increase in profits. so the producers have to lower their overall yearly spending + make financially cheaper films. The modern financial environment makes the approach of a year of highest budget films a wise financial decision but the producers+ accountants of hollywood don't know any other way to make the increased revenue demanded by stock markets. 
    my reply to the following comment [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZgNz7UXTqU&lc=Ugwrx3jK86_8-t0-2154AaABAg
    your point is huge and video reporter missed that point, name me a director who will pass up a big budget, but do you as a director love the content? villaneuve loves dune, he admitted he liked the 80s dune, he admitted he though the jodorowsky 70s concepts are cool. sO villaneuve is ahuge dune fan and that love is what is exhibited, which reacts very well to dune fans. and can pick up others.



    that scene in the first movie when he cries out, somebody help me, his father is the one that was needed.  His mother , himself, his sister aren't victims , the fremen aren't victims, the heroes journey is about the hero, the key to dune is this is the people's journey. At the beginning  of a people anywhere at anytime  plans/schemers/organizations exist that begin the people's story. And the mechanics and powers of the infancy of a people, create inevitables that can't be undone. The easiest example for me is the USA. the usa started as colonies of the british empire, born out of genocide, mixed with a multiracial set of whites unlike anywhere else, financed by an enslavement of a specific people...this has led to inevitables. The love hate relationship blacks have to the usa, the sense of destined entitlement by whites, the cycle of immigrants groups forcing change, these elements are inevitable. the fanatacism to the declaration of independence by those who want to justify the usa and block it from negative criticism, the zeal to the constitution by those who want to keep human actions in the usa bound to a legal code. The people in dune were started by the bene gessirt/the guild/the emperor and the chaom, a senate, of planets, all these things lead to inevitables.the hyper manipulation of the bene gesserit got beyond the bene's control and wrapped every on predicted collisions, the bureacracy of choam and its battleground nature led to constancy of blood feuding betwen the harkonnen side atreides which led to both sides fighting each other even when they are blood bound to each other through personal unions paul is a harkonen + an atreides , the addicted guild led to the wild expansion of the community absent change in organization which led to the mass wars, the emperial family as the centerpiece of responsibility allowing the bene gesserit to manipulate from shadows and never take most of the blame for their actions allowing the guild to expand and be unconcerned while never considering the danger in their ambitions, allowing the houses in the choam, from atreides to harokonnen to fight each other but never assume responsibility ... good point on the doctor.  ... your reading voice:) so sentimental:) .. leto wasn't making himself a monster, he was filling a role that was inevitable, he kept the responsibility that his father tired of and turned his back on. .. good point on story, paul and leto have become legends as gods/human/greats which all have an inhumanity in how they are described by other humans. 

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    I think one angle few talk about is the fact that the last atreides is duke leto and the last harkonnen is paul's mother. Paul, his sister, aul's children are all half breeds. It is liek when the york + lancaster became the tudors. I argue, paul isn't an atreides nor is his sister. The way the atreides or harkonnens speak about each other , i argue neither would accept someone with the blood of either in their community. I know this goes away from the discussion of paul atriedes labeling or quality as a criminal but I think part of the problem is duke leto + lady jessica aren't viewed for what they represent... the end of the atreides/harkonnen feud and the beginning of the new bloodline built between them in paul/his sister/ paul's children with chani. Yes, the baron/ the beast/feyd are alive but the reality is, the feud is over. with paul and his sister, the two bloodlines are fused so if the harkonnens had won, then the mixed bloodline of paul + his sister holding both atreides/harokonne is dead and the atriedes line goes completely extinct. so the question isn't the future of the atreides but what will the atreides/harokonnen combined bloodline be like, the combined bloodline that has controlled arrakis for a long time, no matter who were the shepards. and with all the manipulators or schemers about they aided in turning the path of the combined bloodline into a series of three regals: paul/his sister/his son who each are consumed by the negativity/dysfunction around them





  3. For me I don't see any taking for grantedness. I think it is far simpler. The problem in the usa is that you have a populace over 300 million who are culturally disconnected and in such an environment for every person that is looking for individual freedom plus  acceptance or a meritocracy there is another similar in all racial ways except the race of culture that desires collective freedom plus acceptance or  a tiered system for their groups benefit. 

    The style of integration + segregation in the usa has always been about one thing, power. 

    Sport was segregated for the same reason everything was, whites wanted the benefit of underclasses [native american/black/non white europeans] to uphold their community + financial economy. People forget, the negro leagues, black tennis players, black basketball existed. segregation never stopped black people from doing things, Jim thorpe existed yes? it stopped non white european people from accessing white european wealth or limiting it financially by non white european wealth, all which supported white european power. And the same to integration. As the kerner commission, mostly held by white people said correctly, all institutions in the usa including the federal government, need an overhaul, to delete the negative racial biases. Integration's form in the usa is another white european power scheme. In the black populace in the usa during the period commonly called segregation [ which in my view was merely another form of integration] Black people had a financial aristocracy, the talented tenth right? There has always been a small populace of wealthy blacks in the usa, the only change from the british colonial period to now is the amount of wealth the black financial aristocracy in the usa can achieve and their overall heritage makeup. 


    Steven Barnes is how i found this post and this is what he said 

    To me, part of the reason sports were segregated was that people understood that you can game the results of tests, and schooling, but the body is what it is, can be developed without external cooperation or approval far more than can the heart or mind. And that if we ever entered that arena, there would be nothing to stop us from demonstrating excellence. And of course, people who think dualistically would have to deal with the possibility of superiority.
    And since coordination is kinesthetic intellect, that opens that door to an entirely different, and even more disturbing range of possibilities:
    People who preach superiority are afraid of being inferior.  The schoolyard bully can beat up the "brains" and end up working for them a few years later.
    The implications are fascinating.   But I'll stay with "equality" as my go-to for race and gender.  To do otherwise would be understandable...but would be the thought patterns of my enemies.  Won't go there.


  4. How does this impact the artistic landscape, and who will ultimately define the future of this digital renaissance?

    The good news in modernity is who defines anything culturally is not as limited as in the past. In the pre internet age, all to often the lack of recorded media by individuals, the ability of one community to dominate the media sphere at every aspect meant that what is defined as art or not, what is defined in general is controllable by a few to their betterment. Today, and going forward if resources remain at least as they are today, the media world will always have various voices that will keep all perspectives alive.


    Does this commercial focus dilute the essence of art, or is it merely a modern adaptation of the age-old struggle between artistic purity and financial necessity?

    I don't think it is a struggle at all. The problem is defining what is or isn't art is always something that is unarithmetic, it can not be made into anything attributed to numbers, at least real numbers. Human beings will always be able to have a differing opinion on what is art, what is not art, what commercial activity is allowable or acceptable or injurious to an objects determination as art. If anything, what is commonly called AI just adds another talking point to those who wish to define what is art or what is not art. If you stop trying to define what is art or not art and convey what you like or not like, then the conversation goes away from what is or isn't art but simply how any piece of art relates to various folk, which is more clear cut, not arithmetic, but no longer trying to reduce human imagination to what some humans want.


    Will it be those who wield their tools out of love for the art, or those who view their canvases as commodities?

    Both will, all always do. No art form at its greatest extent of definition dies, Diminishes yes, but not dies. Yes, many native american ways are dead, most native ameriance ways are dead, but not all of them. Maybe 99% of the native american ways are dead, but the one percent is alive. Nippon had taiko drummers, China with all the piano forte love, had traditional instrument players. Their are stuill gullaha nd geechee speakers descended from blacks living off the coast of the carolinas. Cultural ways will live on. Now if the question is, who will be more common in the future, that is explainable.

    When the usa obtained illegally stolen land that was called the louisiana purchase by some, most of the people of new orleans spoke french. But anyone could see overtime, french would be less spoken. The usa federal government even set up a governor and mayor with the intention of reducing the prevalence of french in new orleans later on. But, anyone with eyes knew, french would become spoken by a small minority in the future of new orleans and that is the modern truth. so, Who will be stronger. Currently, those who use computer programs to make art they have always wanted to see but don't have the skill or time or inclination to learn techniques is at a high growth rate, so are those who see said ability as a chance to make financial fortunes through said art. Both are growing. OVer time, financial value always lessens, yes resurgences occur, but over time most always do any art for the creative love, not the commercial ease. Notice I said ease, making money from art doesn't mean you make enough money off of art to be financially secure or safe.


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  5. Ask Eddie

    7:55 Eddie: unromanticized suicides are not good ways to end movies
    9:27 Eddie: Fatal attraction [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatal_Attraction ] is more film noir to eddie than basic instinct[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_Instinct]. 
    I think Romancing the stone [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romancing_the_Stone ] + jewel of the nile where Michael Douglass mirror movies to fatal attraction or basic instinct
    11:55 Eddie: if it has a science fiction setting it isn't film noir, not science fiction, even if it has noir elements. Some say invasion of the body snatchers. Speculative science fiction is something else, ala bladerunner [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner] 
    12:59 Eddie: "dark city" is a science fiction noir, but nothing from the black and white film era. 
    13:42 Ann Hockens: Flesh and Fantasy, is an example, like night of the hunter.  [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_of_the_Hunter_(film)
    Eddie: It is fantastical. 
    14:56 Eddie: he has talked with universal to combine "flesh and fantasy" [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flesh_and_Fantasy ] with "destiny" [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destiny_(1944_film) ]
    16:47: Eddie: do you think Night of the Demon [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_of_the_Demon] would be more noir if they don't show the demon?
    20:25 Ann: What are the best car scenes in film noir?
    Eddie: all the driving scenes in they live by night [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Live_by_Night], the chase scene at the end of side street[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Side_Street_(1949_film) 
    21:47 Eddie: that is why gun crazy scene was great, cause you didn't see that until cameras got smaller, you can put them into cars.
    26:42 Eddie: tom cruise , tom hanks and other actors directed some episodes in Fallen Angels [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallen_Angels_(American_TV_series)] 
    28:30 Eddie: we still have things from the classic era we want to save so you think 1990 it would be taken care of but
    31:30: Eddie: am I planning on a second round of noir bar, danielle wants to see a vermouth cassis recipe [ https://www.thespruceeats.com/vermouth-cassis-recipe-759272] in a future book, the drink is in the damned that dont  cry[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Damned_Don't_Cry], and the unsuspected. [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Unsuspected] 
    32:45 Eddie: A vermouth cassis is a sweet italian vermouth with creme de cassis which is a blackberry liquer and soda water
    33:47 Eddie: being hungarian the correct pronounciation is michael curtis. Kur-teg is really his name. 
    34:45 Eddie: when his daughter tells you it is das-iell, not dashell hammet, it comes up all the time. 
    Ann: the director Melville, but I heard people pronounce it mel-veel. 
    Eddie: You are absolutely right. People Jules Dascent, He is a new yorker not french he is July Dascent. Trying to put a french on it is silly... But after watching noir alley for five years, and I say mul-er, but i see many people saying it mueller. But that is not my name. My father's name was vokinic. Son of the wolf. It is the name on the birth ceritificate. Muller became my father's legal name after writing professionally. His grandfather was from Dalmatia , my grand father on my mother's side , german jewish. 
    39:58 Ann: My favorite radio theater, academy award theater and they did a twenty five minute version of the maltese falcon, an impressive piece of radio play . They expected people to see the people to have seen the movie or read the book. A radio adaption of "shadow of a doubt" with  cary grant playing uncle charlie, which was wierd. Lux radio theater[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lux_Radio_Theatre], she is not a huge fan. It is such an ego stroke. 
    She found cecil b demille ... Jack BEnny did fabulous adaptations. Like the lunch counter murders. 
    43:01 Ann: they didn't adapt the movies, but they adapted alot of woolrich [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Woolrich]. if you like noir that is the best. 
    45:46 Ann: sorry wrong number was a Lucille Fletcher's [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucille_Fletcher] original script, came from there. She wrote another one with a real freaky story, with vincent price and ida lupino. The film is [Fugue in C Minor -> https://archive.org/details/440601 ]  
    47:21 Eddie:  It is a piece of music written for noir alley, by a musician named reed hall, and it is called noir alley theme,.
    51:05 Ann: I want people to learn about firesign theater [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Firesign_Theatre]
    53:22 Eddie: MEn's health magazine, they asked me about Sugar,  what makes the character of the private detetive, eternally popular .What makes this a popular fantasy figure for guys.
    54:15 Eddie: Sugar[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_(2024_TV_series)] uses more clips from film noir than any other show.  
    55:33 Ann: Ripley, remember when you said, eddie, that is was ai and green screen. He is writing an article about it. She thought it was high contrast cinematography. The next issue of american cinematographer is going to have his article on this. It was all shot on location. 


    Interview with Edward g robinson's daughter



  6. Happy Summer Invitation
    My summer memory are the collection of great memories in video game arcades. I chose this one cause of the arcades I remember most, most were small in old places. But I enjoyed them. Many nice memories , alive in the summer. This reminds me of going into one from the front door, when empty. 


    Woman In A Fruit Dress
    I was inspired by another artist and thought, let me make my own, woman in a fruit dress
    the inspiration frm  ov3 


    Daily Deviation Glory July 2024
    entry from the feature 
    my thoughts to the entry
    What is this made out of? How long did it take? What are its dimensions? It can help to tell folk who see it here. 

    I notice the potion to make lead into gold. A dark green seeing stone into the future of course. I notice some great tomes: the  Delomelanicon written in mayan glyphs , the Necronomicon predating Narmer, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in braille, a the book of vishanti transcribed by doctor fate ,  an object I need to get my hand on a tiny seeing stone made from the nine tail fox, which shows you the numbers you will see in the future no matter the source,  and my personal favorite item's in the guardian's home is the shell of oshun, which allows you to hear all the treasures in the sea. 

    I wonder where the guardian flies to when the moon is closest to the earth
    entry image from @kokili
    feature U.R.L. 


  7. Honest Artist Challenge- questions and answers


  8. Superhero or supervilain synthography

    I saw the entries before mine. None were a black hero or villain in usa comics. so I like to go towardthe earliest and while I don't care for Black Lightning. I thought lets use him. And I thought to myself, what baout a female black lightning. He is old enough to have a female version and a dog version and et cetera. so what about a female Black ightning. 

    I named her Preta Raio. her unmasked name, Pretty Ray. 


    I made a prompt video 


    These two entries were selected by others , they are in the video above








  9. Make a horror story in six words or less


    "Stop playing the slot machine? "








  10. The problem here is language. When did hunger become a non usable word. Food insecurity means hunger, it isn't a slur or insult to call hunger what it is. Hunger isn't beyond the USA or foreign to the USA. 

    white people say NYC has circa 8,200,000 people. I say 10,000,000 but if 1,200,000 humans in NYC are hungry then that is 14.6 percent to 12 percent. so one out of every ten New Yorkers are hungry . Visits to pantries are up 100% which means hunger is growing. Now, I argue this is part of eric adams plan. Many people in the USA love to forgive the government for its injurious planning, while supporting the institution of law enforcement as a tool to keep the hungry from rioting. 


    The report shows a nearly 100% increase in visits to pantries by families with children, compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic. (Spectrum News NY1)

    Report: Child hunger rates continue to rise in New York City
    By Rebecca Greenberg Brooklyn
    PUBLISHED 8:40 PM ET May 28, 2024
    A new report by City Harvest finds one in four children in New York City are experiencing food insecurity — a trend that continues to worsen since the COVID-19 pandemic.

    What You Need To Know
    Last year, families made more than 1 million average monthly visits to food pantries in the city, according to a report by City Harvest

    The report shows a nearly 100% increase in visits to pantries by families with children, compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic

    Community Food Connection, which supplies high quality food to charities and food banks, could have its funding slashed by $30 million as part of Mayor Eric Adams’ preliminary executive budget for next year
    Courtney Fields is among 1.2 million New Yorkers who don’t have enough to eat and don’t know where their next meal will come from.

    She said her nearest food pantry is a lifeline for herself and her five young children.

    “It’s serious at the end of the month for single moms and I don’t know what I would do if the pantry wasn’t here. Honestly, I don’t,” Fields said.

    Every week, the single mother walks one mile from her homeless shelter to the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger.

    She said without this food pantry, her family would not survive.

    “I’ll probably have to resort to things that I don’t want to resort to. Some people don’t have fathers for extra help. I don’t even have a father. I lost all the support. So it’s just me. I don’t know what I would do,” Fields said.

    According to a new report by City Harvest, one in four children doesn’t have enough food to meet their nutritional needs. Last year, families made more than 1 million average monthly visits to food pantries in the city.

    Data also shows a nearly 100% increase in visits to pantries by families with children compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Jerome Nathaniel, who is the director of Policy and Government Relations for City Harvest, which published the child hunger report, said resources for low-income families have dwindled in the years following the pandemic.

    “During COVID, there were a number of critical government programs and new food access programs that were put in place to support families and unfortunately, many of those programs have shored up or they’ve been allowed to sunset, leaving children without that support,” Nathaniel said.

    Advocates for the hungry say the city should continue to invest in programs like Community Food Connection, or CFC, which supplies high-quality food to charities and food banks.

    But Mayor Eric Adams’ preliminary executive budget for next year includes $30 million in cuts to that program.

    “If Community Food Connection is cut, then chances are, we will have to cut from every end because they’re the ones supporting all our programs. We’re serving over 14,000 per week,” Melony Samuels, the CEO and founder of The Campaign Against Hunger, which has 250 locations across the five boroughs, said.

    In a statement, a spokesperson for City Hall said, “The Adams administration continues to combat food insecurity in our city… We will continue to closely monitor ongoing needs through the budget process while simultaneously working with our city partners and key stakeholders to delivery for New Yorkers in need.”

    Meanwhile, Fields hopes programs like The Campaign Against Hunger will continue to operate so she and her children can have a fighting chance.

    “They’re gonna go hungry. So they need places like this so they can eat if someone like me doesn’t have support to feed the kids. We rely on places like this to feed the kids,” Fields said.

    Adams still needs to negotiate a final budget with the City Council before the July 1 deadline.




    The average Electric vehicle in the USA is $52,000 , Chinese electric vehicles are being bought in Europe, dominating their market at a price of $10,000 . So Biden wants people in the usa to pay five times more for an electric vehicle made in the usa. Biden is denying the most affordable option available in the global market while trying to hope the domestic environment can provide an alternative. The simple arithmetic is clear, the global market for electric vehicles will be dominated by chinese automakers and the usa will be the one place where the chinese automakers don't dominate because of governmental tarrifs. Which the usa chagrined other countries do to protect their domestic markets. 

    The USA for years has benefited from cheap chinese goods. Manufacturers in the usa are too costly 
     and to be blunt, tend to be beneath acceptable quality when they sell something affordable to the masses. (https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/18/business/biden-china-tariffs.html)


    Biden Doesn’t Want You Buying an E.V. From China. Here’s Why.
    The president wants to shift America’s car fleet toward electric vehicles, but not at the expense of American jobs or national security.
    By Jim Tankersley
    Reporting from Washington

    May 27, 2024
    President Biden wants more of America’s cars and trucks to run on electricity, not gas. His administration has pushed that goal on multiple fronts, including strict new regulations of auto emissions and lavish new subsidies to help American consumers take as much as $7,500 off the cost of a new electric vehicle.

    Mr. Biden’s aides agree that electric vehicles — which retail for more than $53,000 on average in the United States — would sell even faster here if they were less expensive. As it happens, there is a wave of new electric vehicles that are significantly cheaper than the ones customers can currently buy in the United States. They are proving extremely popular in Europe.

    But the president and his team do not want Americans to buy these cheap cars, which retail elsewhere for as little as $10,000, because they are made in China. That’s true even though a surge of low-cost imported electric vehicles might help drive down car prices overall, potentially helping Mr. Biden in his re-election campaign at a time when inflation remains voters’ top economic concern.

    Instead, the president is taking steps to make Chinese electric vehicles prohibitively expensive, in large part to protect American automakers. Mr. Biden signed an executive action earlier this month that quadruples tariffs on those cars to 100 percent.
    Those tariffs will put many potential Chinese imports at a significant cost disadvantage to electric vehicles made in America. But some models, like the discount BYD Seagull, could still cost less than some American rivals even after tariffs, which is one reason Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and some other Democrats have called on Mr. Biden to ban Chinese E.V. imports entirely.

    The apparent clash between climate concerns and American manufacturing has upset some environmentalists and liberal economists, who say the country and the world would be better off if Mr. Biden welcomed the importation of low-cost, low-emission technologies to fight climate change.

    Mr. Biden and his aides reject that critique. They say the president’s efforts to restrict Chinese electric cars and other clean-technology imports are an important counter to illegal and harmful trade practices being carried out by Beijing.

    And they insist that Mr. Biden’s trade approach will ultimately benefit American jobs and national security — along with the planet.

    Here are the policy and political considerations driving Mr. Biden’s attempt to shield American producers from Chinese competition.
    Denying Beijing a new monopoly
    China already dominates key clean-energy manufacturing in areas like solar cells and batteries. Mr. Biden’s aides want to prevent it from gaining monopolies in similar industries, like electric vehicles, for several reasons.

    They include climate concerns. Administration officials say Chinese factories, which tend to be powered by fossil fuels like coal, produce more greenhouse gas emissions than American plants.

    There is also a central economic reason to deny China a monopoly: ensuring that electric cars and trucks will always be available, at competitive prices. The Covid-19 pandemic drove home the fragility of global supply chains, as critical products like semiconductors became hard to get from China and other Asian nations that the United States relied upon. Prices for consumer electronics and other products that relied on imported materials soared, fueling inflation.

    Biden officials want to avoid a similar scenario for electric vehicles. Concentrating the supply of E.V.s and other advanced green tech in China would risk “the world’s collective ability to have access to the technologies we need to be successful in a clean energy economy,” said Ali Zaidi, Mr. Biden’s national climate adviser.

    Shoring up national security
    Biden officials say they are not trying to bring the world’s entire electric vehicle supply chain to the United States. They are cutting deals with allies to supply minerals for advanced batteries, for example, and encouraging countries in Europe and elsewhere to subsidize their own domestic clean-tech production. But they are particularly worried about the security implications of a major rival like China dominating the space.

    The administration has initiated investigations into the risks of software and hardware of future imported smart cars — electric or otherwise — from China that could track Americans’ locations and report back to Beijing. Liberal economists also worry about the prospect of China cutting off access to new cars or key components of them, for strategic purposes.

    Allowing China to dominate E.V. production risks repeating the longstanding economic and security challenges of gasoline-powered cars, said Elizabeth Pancotti, the director of special initiatives at the liberal Roosevelt Institute in Washington, which has cheered Mr. Biden’s industrial policy efforts.

    Americans have struggled for decades to cope with decisions by often hostile oil-producing nations, which act as part of the OPEC cartel, to curtail production and raise gasoline prices. China could wreak similar havoc on the electric-car market if it drives other nations out of the business, she said.

    If that happens, she said, “reversing that is going to be really difficult.”

    Biden needs the energy transition to create jobs
    There is no denying that politics also play a huge factor in Mr. Biden’s decisions. Simply put: He is promising that his climate program will create jobs — good-paying, blue-collar manufacturing jobs, including in crucial swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.

    Mr. Biden is a staunch supporter of organized labor, and is counting on union votes to help win those states. He has pledged that the energy transition will boost union workers. He is betting their support for tariffs meant to protect American manufacturing jobs will dwarf any complaints from environmentalists who want faster progress on reducing emissions.
    “One of the constituent groups in the Democratic Party that’s really highly organized, that gets people out to knock on doors, is the labor movement, more so than the environmental movement,” said Todd Vachon, a professor of labor studies at Rutgers University and the author of “Clean Air and Good Jobs: U.S. Labor and the Struggle for Climate Justice.”

    Those concerns have come into especially high relief given that many clean energy jobs are with young companies where workers aren’t unionized, he added.

    Mr. Biden put those concerns front and center when announcing his tariff decision last week.

    “Back in 2000, when cheap steel from China began to flood the market, U.S. steel towns across Pennsylvania and Ohio were hit hard,” he said at the White House. “Ironworkers and steelworkers in Pennsylvania and Ohio lost their jobs. I’m not going to let that happen again.”



    The problem isn't the rule of the people, the problem is dysfunctional policy. One of the problems of the usa model is that dysfunctional policy works. This is based on the advertised success of the usa militaristically + financially. But the usa was and is a huge financial profiteer of centuries of mass enslavement. Remember most continental european countries enslavement was external, the cost of shipping and maintain the overseas military was a cost the european american did not have to deal with as its enslavement was local. Second the usa used immigration to strengthen its populace to maintain violent control over the enslaved+ eradicate or annihilate the indigenous or remaining indigenous. The funny thing is how a country like South Africa whose black populace have a majority in populace but are the lowest financial rung  think a system by the usa or from white european heritage can work. Luckily for me south africa's change from apartheid to post apartheid is in my lifetime. I saw how south africa  under mandela was guided to its current state. The USA was a jewel of white european imperialism that broke away from its motherland/Western European Countries were former global empires built up by the usa to stop them from joining Soviet russia/Russia has an untold level of natural resources and a military to protect itself/ japan was a former global empire rebuilt by the usa to stop them joining soviet russia/China is a country that found freedom from white domination, including that of the usa, during world war two and through a large populace+large natural resources+ a distrust of all foreigners including the usa became a world power. But South Africa was a country majority black whose majority population was  taking a nonviolent approach to the minorities: whites/indians/coloreds who enjoyed their financial luxury while keeping the black majority under foot through violent means. Mandela gave this racial relationship, totally negative in structure, a legal fellowship that was and is totally absent. Blacks/colored/indians/whites are four different peoples, they can not fornicate into one people, nor do any of them want to. Mandela chose the wrong system, he should had did what china did, take some ideas from outside but make a system that relates to the situation of south africa specifically. China has a law that says no law from outside of china has superiority over chinese law in china. That stems from the fact that the usa/england/france/germany/russia/japan all had spheres of china as domains.  The chinese learned no one can be trusted from their experiences. But the chinese also applied this after violence. Black South Africans need violence and then need to turn south africa into what they want, and if they want the coloreds/indians/whites around. 


    South Africa’s Young Democracy Leaves Its Young Voters Disillusioned
    We spoke to South Africans who grew up in the three decades since the country overthrew apartheid and held its first free election about their lives and plans to vote — or not — in this week's pivotal election.

    By Lynsey ChutelPhotographs by Joao Silva
    Reporting from Johannesburg, Polokwane, Carletonville, Phoenix and Gqeberha in South Africa

    May 28, 2024
    At the dawn of South Africa’s democracy after the fall of the racist apartheid government, millions lined up before sunrise to cast their ballots in the country’s first free and fair election in 1994.

    Thirty years later, democracy has lost its luster for a new generation.

    South Africa is now heading into a pivotal election on Wednesday, in which voters will determine which party — or alliance — will pick the president. But voter turnout has been dropping consistently in recent years. It fell to below 50 percent for the first time in the 2021 municipal elections, and analysts said that voter registration has not kept up with the growth of the voting-age population.

    This downward curve has mirrored the support for South Africa’s governing party, the African National Congress, or A.N.C., which was a liberation movement before becoming a political machine. Polls show the party may lose its outright majority for the first time since taking power in 1994 under the leadership of Nelson Mandela.

    A new generation of voters do not have the lived experience of apartheid nor the emotional connection that their parents and grandparents had to the party. The A.N.C. as a governing party is all young people know, and they blame it for their joblessness, rampant crime and an economy blighted by electricity blackouts.
    “Generational change or replacement has finally caught up with the A.N.C.,” said Collette Schulz-Herzenberg, an associate professor in political science at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

    South Africa is no exception to global trends: Studies show that Gen Z and millennial voters in many countries have lost faith in the democratic process, even as they remain deeply concerned about issues like climate change and the economy.

    But in South Africa, where the median age is 28, young people make up more than a quarter of registered voters in a population of 62 million, and are a crucial voting bloc. But only 4.4 million of the 11 million South Africans ages 20 to 29 have registered to vote in this election, according to statistics from South Africa’s Independent Electoral Commission.

    The commission staged national campaigns to persuade more young people to register, and data show an encouraging uptick in registration of 18- and 19-year-olds who will vote for the first time in this election, to 27 percent from 19 percent since the last election.
    But we spoke with many young people across the country who told us that they would sit out the election — a political rebuke to the A.N.C. and an indication that the country’s many opposition parties had failed to woo them.

    ‘We are raising a generation of dependent young people’
    Athenkosi Fani, 27

    His whole life, Athenkosi Fani has relied on the A.N.C. government, and he hates that feeling.

    “I am made to depend on the system,” he said, sitting in his dorm room at Nelson Mandela University in the coastal city of Gqeberha, formerly known as Port Elizabeth. “We are raising a generation of dependent young people.”

    Mr. Fani is a postgraduate student who has attended universities named for A.N.C. stalwarts, like Mr. Mandela and Walter Sisulu, but he said that staying in school was all that kept him from being yet another unemployed Black graduate.

    He had a tragic childhood, worsened by the enduring poverty in Eastern Cape Province where he grew up. Mr. Fani’s mother received a social grant for him when he was born. Social grants, or welfare payments, are a lifeline for more than a third of households in South Africa — a state of affairs that A.N.C. politicians frequently remind voters about.

    At age 11, Mr. Fani was placed in an orphanage when his mother could no longer care for him, and he became a ward of the state until 18. But he is gregarious and outspoken, and received a series of important boosts along his path.
    To attend university, he relied on government financial aid. A provincial A.N.C. leader bought a laptop for him and paid for him to attend a monthlong traditional initiation for young men, an important rite of passage in the region. At his graduation in March, a member of the National Youth Development Agency attended, after it, too, funded him.
    He has been an L.G.B.T.Q. activist since he was a teenager, and traveled to the United States to attend a Lion’s Club conference for young leaders to promote democracy. He was briefly an A.N.C. volunteer. All these experiences made him an ideal ambassador for youth issues, but also deeply resentful.

    He said that he grudgingly voted for the A.N.C. in the last election as a sign of gratitude. This time, he said, he is staying home on Election Day.

    “I still do believe in democracy,” he said, but added, “I don’t want any organization that gets to have so much power.”
    ‘My vote isn’t going to count’
    Shaylin Davids, 23

    Down deep, Shaylin Davids knows she’s part of the problem.

    “The crime rate would actually go down if they start employing people,” said Ms. Davids, as she held court in her garage in Noordgesig, a township west of Johannesburg, with several friends. All are high school graduates, and all are unemployed.

    Ms. Davids said she was good at school, but used her smarts to run drugs instead of attend university. An uncle she was close to was gunned down this past New Year’s Eve.

    Aspiring now to turn a page, she started a computer course at a community center this year, hoping that it would land her a job if an employer looked past the tattoos on her face and fingers.

    Ms. Davids’s grandmother told her that young people like her in her township actually had better prospects under apartheid. Ms. Davids is Coloured, the term still used for multiracial South Africans, who make up just over 8 percent of the population. Under apartheid, Coloured South Africans had better access than Black South Africans to jobs in factories and the trades.

    Like many other Coloured South Africans, Ms. Davids feels left behind by a majority-Black government, and blames the A.N.C.’s affirmative action policies, which favored Black people, for reducing her job opportunities. This sentiment endures despite the reality that the unemployment rate for Black South Africans is 37 percent, compared with 23 percent for Coloured people in the country. But it has been enough to grow support for ethnically driven political parties.

    Ms. Davids, though, is not interested in their slogans. She doesn’t follow politics, but she does follow the news. She watched bits of the finance minister’s budget speech in February, and concluded that he understood nothing about the cost-of-living crisis choking her neighborhood or how insufficient the social grant is.

    Misinformation is rife, and she and her friends have heard rumors that if they registered, their votes would automatically go to the A.N.C. And even without that, she can’t see how her vote would change the country.
    “I don’t want to vote because my vote isn’t going to count,” she said. “At the end of the day, the ruling party is still going to be A.N.C. There’s still no change.”
    ‘It’s not as good as it could be’
    Aphelele Vavi, 22

    High school was great for Aphelele Vavi. His teachers were “superstars,” he said; the cafeteria had great snacks; and it is where he discovered his love of audiovisual production, which he is now turning into a career.

    Mr. Vavi spent his teens ensconced in the bubble of a Johannesburg private school, and the friends and connections he made continue to shape his network and his prospects.
    He lives in Sandton, a cluster of wealthy suburbs in northern Johannesburg, the son of a prominent trade unionist — making him part of the Black elite. But he was also exposed to the harsh realities of less-privileged South Africans, like his cousins, who still live in rural Eastern Cape Province.

    He said of post-apartheid South Africa: “It’s been really good to me.”

    A first-time voter, he hopes the electricity blackouts that have plagued the country for years are the issue that will get other young people to vote. Studying audiovisual production, Mr. Vavi loses hours of work in a blackout. It also means a loss of connection to his close circle of friends, and turns his mobile phone into what he called “a very expensive brick.”

    “As much as there’s been definite improvements, it’s not as good as it could be or should have been,” he said.
    Hanging on the walls of the Vavi home is a portrait of the family posed with former President Nelson Mandela. Mr. Vavi’s father was once the leader of the country’s most powerful union, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, an ally of the A.N.C., and knew Mr. Mandela personally. All the younger Mr. Vavi remembers of that moment is “the hullabaloo of trying to find the bow tie” that he is wearing in the photograph.

    Still, Mr. Vavi said that he would not be voting for the A.N.C. He said that he had read all the parties’ manifestoes, but the politician who stood out for him did so by making a joke on X, formerly Twitter. To Mr. Vavi, the quip transformed that politician, Mmusi Maimane of the recently launched Build One South Africa party, into a relatable guy. Mr. Vavi is savvy enough to know that Mr. Maimane’s and other opposition parties won’t unseat the A.N.C., but they could shake up the party of his parents.

    “The hope is that because of how unlikely it is that the A.N.C. are going to be voted out, at least scare them into picking up their socks and doing better,” he said.

    ‘South Africa can come back’
    Dylan Stoltz, 20

    When Dylan Stoltz shared his dreams for South Africa with other young white South Africans, they laughed at him.

    “They say you can’t do anything in this land anymore,” he said.

    Mr. Stoltz’s optimism seems at odds with his surroundings in Carletonville, a dying mining town 46 miles southwest of Johannesburg. After the end of apartheid and the collapse of mining, fortunes have changed for men like Mr. Stoltz.

    His grandfather had a farm of 215 acres and a senior job in a gold mine. Mr. Stoltz works as a fuel attendant in an agricultural supply store, where he serves an increasingly diverse group of farmers.

    His stepfather arranged a higher-paying job for him outside of Vancouver, Canada, where he plans to go next year to work in construction for a South African émigré.
    “I don’t want to leave South Africa permanently,” Mr. Stoltz said.

    Since 2000, the number of South Africans living abroad has nearly doubled to more than 914,000, according to census data. His plan is to work as hard as he can in Canada and make as much money as he can. Then, he’ll return to Carletonville to start a business and marry his girlfriend, Lee Ann Botes.

    Fresh out of high school, Ms. Botes is considering becoming an au pair. It would give her the opportunity to travel, and perhaps finally see the ocean. Still, she, too, plans to return.
    “Doesn’t matter how much the violence and crime can be, this is your home,” she said.

    Mr. Stoltz added, “I think South Africa can come back to where it was a few years back.”

    While some white South Africans may be nostalgic for the apartheid years, for Mr. Stoltz, South Africa’s heyday was during the presidency of Mr. Mandela, when he believes there was racial unity. The closest he has come to this ideal in his own lifetime, he said, was when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup last year.

    Mr. Stoltz said that he would vote for Siya Kolisi, the current captain of the national rugby team and the first Black player to lead it — if only he were running.

    So he’s considering voting for the largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, or the Freedom Front Plus, once a minority Afrikaner party that has grown to become the fourth- largest in South Africa. His grandfather is a local councilor with the Freedom Front Plus.
    ‘I’m still waiting for someone to impress me’
    Matema Mathiba, 30

    As a sales representative for a global brewery company, Matema Mathiba spends her days driving around South Africa’s northernmost Limpopo Province.

    Ms. Mathiba spent much of her childhood in the provincial capital, Polokwane, once an agricultural center that has seen a mushrooming of large homes built by a new cohort of Black professionals. With the end of apartheid, the Mathiba family’s fortunes grew to provide a house with a bedroom for each of the three sisters, who all have college degrees.

    In the struggling economy under President Cyril Ramaphosa, Polokwane is less expensive than living in Johannesburg, Ms. Maiba said, sipping a lemonade in a recently opened chain restaurant. The city is also an A.N.C. stronghold, with the party. taking 75 percent of the votes in the last election.

    In the past, Ms. Mathiba had voted for the A.N.C. because, she said, “the devil you know is better.”

    This election, though, she remains undecided. She is losing patience with the A.N.C., comparing the party to a 30-year-old, like herself, who should by now have a clear direction.

    “A 30-year-old is an adult,” she said.

    Ms. Mathiba’s church congregation of young Black professionals is her community, she says, and seeing television news footage of the A.N.C.’s tactic of campaigning in churches left a bitter taste.
    “We can see through it, but can the older people?” she asked.

    With a degree in development planning, Ms. Mathiba actively participates in South Africa’s hard-won democracy, reading bills and commenting online. She understands the stakes of policy-making, but as part of the social media generation, she wants to know her leaders more personally.

    That she knows nothing about Mr. Ramaphosa’s family unsettles her. She took notice when Julius Malema, the firebrand leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, an opposition party, posted something personal about his children online. But she does not agree with his policy on open borders, she said.

    Data show that a quarter of South African voters will make their decisions just days before the vote. So will Ms. Mathiba.

    “I’m still waiting for someone to impress me,” she said.
    ‘When it’s time to do the action, they can’t’
    Shanel Pillay, 24
    As a girl, Shanel Pillay loved to go to the library. It’s where she studied, hung out with friends and met the boy who would become her fiancé.

    Today, Ms. Pillay says she would not risk the 10-minute walk to the library. Like many Indian South Africans living in Phoenix, a majority-Indian community founded by Gandhi when he lived in South Africa, Ms. Pillay feels that Phoenix has become unsafe. So has the surrounding city of Durban, on South Africa’s east coast. Crime keeps her indoors, producing TikTok videos to pass the time.

    Ms. Pillay vividly remembers hiding in her home for several days in 2021, when Durban was gripped by deadly riots that pitted Black and Indian South Africans against each other. The violence highlighted how poor and working-class South Africans felt left behind by progress made since the end of apartheid.

    Recently, parts of Phoenix have not had running water for weeks, she said.

    Under apartheid policy, Indian South Africans received more economic benefits than other groups of color. Since the end of apartheid, Indians, who make up 2.7 percent of the population, have seized opportunities in education and skilled work.

    Ms. Pillay wanted to become a teacher, but when she arrived at college, she picked what she hoped would be a more lucrative career: finance.
    “I wanted to be successful,” she said. “Have my own house, have my own car, have a pool, although I can’t swim.”
    After her stepfather fell ill and lost his income during the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Pillay dropped out of college. Home for two years, she took a short course in teaching, and soon found a job at a small private school. On the side, she works as a freelance makeup artist.
    “As an individual in South Africa, you need to be independent,” she said.

    She sees no point in voting. Neither large parties nor the independent candidates vying for Phoenix’s vote have wooed her.

    “When it’s time to do the action,” she said, “they can’t.”


    Nice to see the indigenous people of the place now called New York, former NEw Amsterdam be given some respect absent violence demanding it 


    ‘Old’ Amsterdam Looks Back at New Amsterdam Through Indigenous Eyes
    The violent history of the Dutch colony that is now New York is not well known in the Netherlands. The curators of a new exhibition want to change that.
    Chief Urie Ridgeway and other representatives of the Lenape people spiritually cleansed the galleries of the Amsterdam Museum before the opening of “Manahahtáanung or New Amsterdam? The Indigenous story behind New York.”Credit...Françoise Bolechowski/Amsterdam Museum
    By Nina Siegal
    Reporting from Amsterdam

    May 24, 2024
    In the language of the Lenape Indigenous people, the word for European explorers who crossed the Atlantic in the 17th century to settle on their lands was “shuwankook,” or “salty people.”

    The term first applied to the Dutch, said Brent Stonefish, a Native American spiritual leader, because they emerged from the sea to first trade with, then exploit and kill, his Lenape ancestors.

    “The Dutch were basically those who ran us out of our homeland, and they were very violent toward our people,” he said in an interview. “As far as I was concerned, they were the savages.”

    So, when the Dutch Consulate in New York approached Stonefish to ask if he’d help commemorate the anniversary of the 1624 establishment of the first Dutch settler colony, New Amsterdam, he was taken aback.

    “They wanted us to celebrate 400 years of New Amsterdam, and we’re like, ‘No, that’s not going to happen,’” he said. “At the same time, I thought it was an educational opportunity,” he added. “We had a lot of hard discussions.”
    The Dutch Consulate, which was creating an events program around the anniversary called Future 400, then connected Stonefish with the Museum of the City of New York and the Amsterdam Museum, an historical museum in the Netherlands.

    The result is the exhibition, “Manahahtáanung or New Amsterdam? The Indigenous Story Behind New York,” running at the Amsterdam Museum through Nov. 10 and moving to the Museum of the City of New York in 2025 as “Unceded: 400 Years of Lenape Survivance.”

    Imara Limon, a curator from the Amsterdam Museum, said that the project was a true creative collaboration between the museums and the Lenape, including the organization that Stonefish co-directs, the Eenda-Lunaapeewahkiing Collective. It felt particularly important, Limon said, to present the show in the Netherlands, where few people are aware of the Dutch colony’s impact on Indigenous peoples.
    “It wasn’t part of history classes in school,” she said. “And we realized that our institutional memory on this topic is also very limited, so we needed their stories.”
    Each museum searched its holdings for material about the Lenape, but found only a few official records. In the Amsterdam City Archives, curators discovered a record of an enslaved Lenape man who was brought to the Netherlands in the 17th century, which is on display in the show. To supplement the documents, the Lenape contributed artworks and traditional ceremonial artifacts.

    Objects are just one part of the show, however: The exhibition is dominated by video interviews with Lenape people, which run from about seven minutes to 50 minutes each.
    “Usually in a museum exhibit, videos are three to five minutes long,” Limon said, “but here we made them longer, because we felt we wanted to have them really present, physically present, in the space.”

    Cory Ridgeway, a member of a Lenape group that collaborated on the show, said she welcomed this approach.
    “Traditionally museums want very object-based programming, and they will come to us and say, ‘Give us some stuff and we’ll talk about it,’” she said. “A lot of museums don’t really credit oral history as history, and that’s our main form of history.”
    Stonefish said his primary goal was to show that the Lenape still exist, and that they still have a voice.

    “The one thing we wanted to convey was that we weren’t a relic under glass,” he said. “We still live and breathe, and strive to live good lives.”

    Some 20,000 living Lenape people are descendants of an estimated population of one million that originally lived in the region of present-day New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    In 1609, the Dutch East India Company, one of the world’s largest merchant firms, dispatched the English explorer Henry Hudson to find a trading route to China. But Hudson veered off course and arrived in the Bay of Manhattan.

    He quickly claimed the whole area between the Delaware and Connecticut rivers for the Netherlands. There, Dutch merchants engaged the Lenape in trade for beaver pelts and other furs.

    Later, the Dutch West India Company, founded in 1621, established its first settlement on Governors Island in 1624, and made its colony of New Amsterdam on the tip of Manahahtáanung, what is now Manhattan. Two years later, a company executive, Peter Schagen, said he had purchased Manhattan from the Lenape for 60 guilders, or approximately $24.
    The Lenape dispute that claim.

    “We say that that’s a myth,” Stonefish said. “We didn’t have a concept of ownership; we had a concept of sharing the land, and having a relationship with all of the land, the animals and the plants. Our idea of civilization was accepting all of creation, and taking no more than what we needed.”

    In the exhibition, this myth-busting is represented by a wampum belt, specially created for the show. Stonefish said a ceremonial belt would have been given to the Dutch as part of any property-sharing agreement, but there was no mention of one in the Dutch account. “Our leadership would not have entered into any type of agreement without something like this,” he said.

    For about two decades, trade continued between the Dutch and the Indigenous people, but in 1643, the New Netherlands governor Willem Kieft ordered the massacre of the Lenape and other tribes living in the colony.
    A two-year war ensued, during which at least 1,000 Lenape were killed. Kieft was ordered to return to the Netherlands to answer for his actions, but died in a shipwreck.
    The West India Company appointed Peter Stuyvesant as Kieft’s successor, and he managed New Netherland until the English conquered the territory in 1664, and renamed it New York. The Dutch colony lasted just 50 years.

    Ridgeway, the member of the Lenape group, said that, for her, making connection with the “salty people” was an opportunity to initiate discussions with the Dutch government about healing the past’s wounds.

    “I would love to see an apology, and I would like to see reparations,” she said. “It would be used for our language, which is nearly extinct, so that it can be spoken again, and for our elders. The majority of our people are living below the poverty level today.”

    Her husband, Chief Urie Ridgeway, said the story of his people had been largely erased from American history books, but it has been transmitted through storytelling by generations of survivors. “We know our histories, but now we are starting to share them.”
    He added that the current exhibition gives the Lenape a chance to tell a story that has long been ignored. “It’s about time,” he said.

    A correction was made on May 24, 2024: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the organization that Brent Stonefish co-leads. It is the Eenda-Lunaapeewahkiing Collective, not the Delaware Nation Collective.


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  13. Kerner commission

    done in 1968 at the request of lyndon b johnson who asked for truth. Discovered whites are the problem in the usa and discovered every single institution in the usa needed to be remodeled. And was praised by MArtin Luther King jr as a worthy report, before he died.

    The tragedy of the Kerner commission it is the only report from the federal government done by mostly whites, that after assessing the usa , came with one conclusion phenotypical relations. Whites are the problem. the telling thing is after all the evidence from 1968 to today that whites are the problem for blacks in the usa , you have more blacks than ever before saying whites aren't the problem. 




    full report




  14. AALBC built a survey




    My thoughts

    The percentage of less black male authors in all black authors compared to a greater percentage of non black male authors among non black authors is interesting to me in that I think black women as book buyers or book writers is a stronger force but the contrast to the non black explains the disconnect. THe non black audience is larger in the usa than the black so having the black book buying or book writing be led by females means the black populace will trend a different gender way.


    The tragedy of the black dos populace is that, it had its own set of languages or literary possibilites at the end of the war between the states but black DOS-ers themselves, pushed a white language/literary molding in the black populace so hard, black people turned their back on their own languages + literary possibilities. So the white asian + white latin american communities multilingual existence , allowed by fellow whites, side their growing population quantities gives them a greater and specific reach financially. The native american will always suffer as they are by default the losers as long as the usa exist.


    The reality is, the black populace ever since the end of the war between the states has been a community based on merit. What does that mean? The black populace in the usa didn't earn a form of  freedom through violence, it was handed a form of freedom after its masters battled themselves. So, the black populace found itself with a freedom absent opportunity. This meant what, if nonviolence is to be embraced? This meant getting the former masters , now opportunity holders to value you through merit is the simplest straight forward strategy. And for a extreme minority of blacks it has worked since the end of the war between the states because their are aways situations where merit has value. Entertaining others requires skills that can only be proven through merit. Being athletic requires skills that can only be proven through merit. But, the problem was and is, most things don't require merit. So for example, even though many blacks have graduated with engineering degrees since the end of the war between the states, research and engineering don't have a merit based system cause the truth is, most research or engineering doesn't have a way to merit through to financial return. For example, if you are a boxer, you can't remain a champion absent proving it in the ring, their is no work around. But you can be a researcher or engineer for decades and never yield a grand monetary value.  To restate, being an engineer or researcher doesn't have a way to rank one against another honestly. And thus, it isn't a merited job. The only way engineering or researching can show merited ranks is if people research or engineer on their own, not as paid employees. remember bill gates plus steve jobs weren't the engineers who made the initial softwares that led to their riches, it was others whose names I can't remember as easily. So having a merit based community leads to less power by default, by default. But that is the tradeoff to a nonviolent stance that has allowed the usa to grow into the multiracial body it has currently.And the lack of merited labor extends to most jobs. Ceo's of firms/presidents of firms/financial officers of firms/auto workers/calminers/ most jobs don't have a way to demand merit as a hired entity. Why should one or another be a model for vogue? one should one or another be a newspaper reporter ? Most jobs can be filled by a various set of people who want them absent any way to say one is better than another outside of meritless biases like phenotype/gender/school you graduated from/language or most other. So this explains the financial impotency of blacks in the usa from the war between the states to today. 


    Something told me I should had known nonfiction was the biggest publishing category by blacks. it makes sense in the usa. black fiction is very old but historically it has only had financial wings in the black populace while black nonfiction has financial wings in the non black community. The good news for me, is this proves my idea correct for a project i want to have in process this year.


    The heirtage of whites wanting to adopt/embrace/take native american or black culture in the usa is a centuries old tradition and thus the book buying. Whites in the usa historically consider asian or latin american culture a dangerous other, not to be embraced.


    Advertiisng is the key but white authors have the money for more adveritisng time



    the pdf is from the following forum post


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    the history of black people did not begin in chains but the hisotorical relationship black people have to the usa did begin in chains. In the same way native american history didn't begin with being slaughtered but the historical relationship native americans have to the usa began with being slaughtered. non dos blacks or non indigenous don't have this problem. their historical relationship to the usa began with dreams of a better life. The problem is that their will always be a significant, at one time majority populace of black people in the usa who have a well earned negative relationship to all the usa is or the white people in it and that has never been able to work with black people who choose , absent historical basis, to integrate positively or peacefully into the usa or aside the whites in it. 

    Brother Malcolm's quote is to remind black people in general that we are more than our experience in the usa, BUT he wasn't trying to deny that the experience in the usa for black people is majority negative,always. 

    Too many black elected officials or black financial aristocrats in the usa have tried to use malcolm's words to suggest a sort of ignorance or laziness in the larger  black populace while ignoring the true problem with the majority of the black populace in the usa. the true problem is most blacks are simply angry at whites plus the usa and unfortunately, their anger has never had an outlet. so blacks who have chosen not to be angry have only suggested , for their own benefit, a change of mind. 


    malcolm is correct, but i think the problem isn't black history from the beginning of time as much as black history in the usa, the question is simple, based on black history in the usa, should a black person feel positive to /want to integrate to /be happy about the usa or the white in it? I argue no is the all the questions based on history alone and i think most black people in their brains know it. I challenge anyone to tell me one year in the usa where most black people had a reason to be happy or hopeful? The answer is none.


    in the history of the usa, i can't recall one year where most black people were happy or hopeful? the history of the usa for most black people's bloodlines begins with and only had chains

  16. HBCU's are due a lot but their story reflects the complex relationship the black populace, specifically the Descended of enslaved branch, has within itself or the usa. 

    I am happy for the HBCU in Tenneesee and all the other similar colleges or universities in the usa who after over a century and a half of unwarranted nonviolence from the black populace to the white populace or the usa government itself aside the death of many black people/communities/dreams/individuals at the hands of whites, are getting some due for themselves. 

    It still doesn't recover the past of pain after the war between the states or the past of pain before, but I am happy the black people who wanted this got what they wanted in their way. 


    where are the black elepahnts, the black republicans? what i find funny about this issue is HBCU's are the oldest black non secular organizations in the usa, the oldest organizations to the Black DOS community and yet, black elephants  who talk so loudly about what black people don't do seem absent to help black organizations that have no negative or violent role.  






  17. Guava


    Entrepreneur Kelly Ifill presents banking opportunity

    by ARIAMA C. LONG Report for America Corps Member / Amsterdam News StaffMay 9, 2024



    Guava, a banking hub for Black entrepreneurs and small business owners founded by entrepreneur Kelly Ifill, is as unique as its name suggests. 

    Ifill launched Guava in 2021 with a vision of putting small Black businesses on a pathway that would lead to generational wealth and economic change. The company takes inspiration from her family’s entrepreneurial experiences with racial disparities and unequal access to capital in the U.S. 

    Ifill, 37, grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn, with her grandmother and mother, who would later become deeply instrumental in pushing her toward a better education and opportunities. Like many in the neighborhood, her people originally hail from Trinidad. Her grandmother was a proud entrepreneur who owned a cleaning business. Ifill said she and her relatives all took cues from her grandmother, seeing her as a role model who normalized the idea of working for oneself early on in their development.

    “My mom created a space for me to explore as a child,” said Ifill about her mother’s influence. “Especially as first-generation Americans, a lot of us don’t necessarily have [that] right. We have to be a doctor or lawyer. She obviously had high expectations for me, but I was definitely able to explore different things and try things that sparked the foundation of the creative, allowing me to be an entrepreneur.” 

    Ifill joked that as a child, even though she had many positive role models who were business owners in her family, she was wary of dealing with the difficulties that came with running a business as a Black woman. “I was like, ‘That looks hard, I want a job,’” she said with a laugh. “But here I am.”

    Ifill initially became an educator in the city’s public and charter schools, taking an interest in technology along the way. She went on to earn an MBA at Columbia University. After business school, she worked in the venture capital sector  for a few years, in educational tech, helping connect startups and emerging companies with funds. 

    “Again, it came back to my grandmother, my cousins, my uncles, and knowing that more entrepreneurs looked like them than the folks that were getting millions of dollars,” Ifill said about the disparities she witnessed. She began working on laying the groundwork for Guava as a result. Her ultimate goal was to use her bank and networking system to connect local Black businesses to critical resources that they need to survive and thrive.

    The company name reflects her cultural origins. “I love guava specifically, and when we were doing the naming exercise, it started off as a little bit of an inside joke,” she said, explaining how her company came to be named after a tangy tropical fruit. “And the more that we stuck with the name, it really fit what we do and how we do it. I built Guava to serve Black and Brown entrepreneurs and as a fruit, it signified the process of growing together and that sense of community.”

    Ariama C. Long is a Report for America corps member who writes about politics for the Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting .



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