Change has to come!!!!

Our ancestors did not come to America of their own free will for a better life, but they were brought here to create a better life for Caucasians who wanted to renovate the lay of land that the Native Americans held habitat over. Then in the here and now we are not credited for our contributions to enhance the country that we now recognize and affectionate call America today. Why is our education not free when we built these universities from specks of dust? Why we are not provided home ownership when we built so many of the homes in the country? I could go on and on about why we are treat so unfairly, but I will say this though we treat the way we are because we choose not to conform our behavior to generally accepted principles of our white counterparts. Every other race emulates their behavior or became insular from their trans-formative nature. Our white counterparts (not all, but the majority) believe that their way is the right way and the only way. Anglo-Saxons went to Africa and saw people that did not act like them or live like them and decide we to make them civilized and they capture us through ‘Serpentinist’ methods like the serpent in Garden of Eden. They came to this continent now known as America bearing fruits for labor and displaced the Native Americans who they too felt were uncivilized, but they did not capture them but displaced them. We are treated unjust and punished because our melanin and natural defiance to conform attached to our melanin because we are a superior people and was not use to following differences, but the same tribe and bloodlines. Our problem came when we were forced into bondage and taught to conform to another races way of thinking and behaving, while being segregated at the same time. When we were segregated and our civil rights were violated we were of a like mind with the goal of equality on all our hearts and minds, which brought about change and integration. With integration came a mindset that we made it and for some of our people the fight was over, which became toxic to our mission as people. This created several different paradigm shifts that separated us from each other and our common goal of cultural commonwealth. We need to get back on the same train of thought to fight the power that be, because we are stronger together than apart. It is easy to break one branch, but it is impossible to break a bundle of branches together. America claims it is a Democracy which by structure it is, but it is Fascism by principle because they seek to separate groups of people in silos in order to break them, Poor vs. Rich, Black vs. White, Preferred Minorities vs. Black, Poor Black vs. Black. The sad thing about the aforementioned scenario is that Blacks fall in every single category (far too many if you ask me) making it easier to break us which is a result of a calculated and systematic plan to do exactly that. That is why it is vital that we get on the same page and bring about change, so they will continue to change us economically, financially, politically, and physically (by killing us).

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The Most Unnoticed Known…

Largely in America… Hell I will venture out and say that in the world (because this problem is not an indigenous dilemma); people of color are usually ignored until something happens to them that are totally un-excusable in the natural order of life. Black people are executed in urban backdrops everyday by like-face individuals, but that is fine and usually goes unresolved because wait for…that is the catch all answer to when unfortunate events like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray occur. It usually goes like this, “Black on black crime is a bigger problem than the police brutality or vigilante homicide”. How Sway?!? How is that a bigger problem than the “Oppressionistic System” that has been deployed on black people since we were hoodwinked and bamboozled to come this fucked up Land to help build this murthafucka from a speck of dirt and pebbles. Our contribution to American is known but conveniently unnoticed and not given its proper recognition by the world. A black man designed our nation’s capital, created refrigeration, refined sugar, invented machines to put soles on shoes, probably invented or had a significant role in developing all the appliances in our homes today, etc.. Just think about it?!? Why?!? Why would plantation drivers create something to make his property or his slaves jobs easier?!? Have you ever asked yourself that, probably not. I find it hard to believe that Masta Kenmore or Masta Maytag wanted Mamadou’s job to go any smoother, when he did not care about his well-being in the first place. Our people were looking for ways to get more done so they would be able to do their work faster and possibly not catch a lashing or two or three, for not reaching Masta’s goal. Ooooo!!! When Masta Kenmore or Masta Maytag found out what these remarkable people were doing, they patented the idea for themselves and had the actual creator produce the product to sell for profit and the credit was never given those that invented it in the first place. It is known that this phenomenon was happening throughout history, but the known goes unnoticed again. Now let’s jump back into the present day where until our people protest and some riot then we are noticed and then we are labeled as thugs and animals and for the most part the only thing hurt is a local CVS or a Foot Locker (I do not condone rioting by no means, just making a point. However in Waco, Texas where two Biker Gangs were engrossed in a beating, stabbing, and shooting contest “Madd Max Style”, that resulted in 9 people killed. Those gangs were composed of 99% of white (I put money on it that the 1% of the black people involved or 1 black guy is going to blamed, as it being his idea)and the pictures from the scene do not show officers in riot gear or with AR-15 pointed at them. In Baltimore a few weeks back they were pointing assault rifles at young men of color for invoking their civil rights and some of them may have not been assembling in the most productive way, but that was a result of being the most unnoticed known for far too long. I am just tired of black people’s opposition to being oppressed being met with violence and lame duck rhetoric about how we created our on social issues and injustice, but there is no dialogue when a gang of white bikers open fires and fight like they are being stunt doubles for the new “300” movies at a public restaurant in Texas, where innocent people were eating and then no negative press is thrown at them in the same manner that my people receive. For once in my lifetime I want my people to get their just due in life when we do well and not lambasted and reprimanded whenever a white person gets a hang nail and decides lets beat nigger because Rebecca is dating a black guy named Orenthal James. Stop noticing us only when the bad happens and give us the fucking credit we deserve for the greatness we have bestowed on the world for centuries.

Sometimes a person just needs time to reflect and project….

Well, well, well, this is my first post of the new year and I know nobody was wondering what took so long because no one is checking for my form of a positive outlet of expression through this blog of mines.  However, I made a promise to myself to just write when I am inspired to provide my opinion on social issues, public opinion, religion, or anything that requires a deeper thought process to convey feelings.  So far in 2015, I have had nothing that peak my interest enough to write a post, but as I sat doing nothing I realized that I was going through a change of sorts.  The change is nothing that is major but one that requires me to be focused on what I wanted to accomplish this new year for myself and together with my family.  It nearly took the entire month of January to get my mind turned in the direction that I want to go.  They say it takes 28 days to make anything a habit, so I took the first 28 days of 2015 to make certain things that I was not doing for the greater good of self to make that a habit, as well as rid myself of other habits that were more detrimental than beneficial.  I can say that now I am ready for the rest of the year and prepared for the blessings God has for my family and I this year. In order to get that point I have a habit of isolating myself from people and it is not intentional, but rather an opportunity for me to get in tune with my expectations for the new year and reflect on my accomplishment last year and the downfalls that aided in my not accomplishing what I needed be it my fault or some other contingent events that stalled my aspirations.  I always encourage people to sit in silence and by themselves to just receive what God has for them and then you put a plan together just to do your part in conjunction with Father’s plan.  Sometimes a person just needs time to reflect on the past and project the future…

Different but the Same…Lessons Learned

Just yesterday I had to teach my 9-year-old daughter about racial prejudice, which was uncomfortable but necessary.  With all that is going in the world, especially in America it was necessary to explain to her that not all caucasian people and other ethnicities are not out to get you because you are black and that all black people are not going to love because you are.  I am a realist at very core of my existence and I know that everything is not based on racial prejudice, but I am not naive to think that it does not happen.  Being a black male in America, especially in a corporate America where I make the money needed to take care of my lovely family, there are not many of us and not many us climbing the corporate ladder.  However, I am not going to place the lack of diversity within the workforce across America solely on prejudices or stereotypes, even though it may play a significant role in the decision-making of an organization or society to a person of color a chance.  As for me, I try to kill those perceptions of what a black man is, by all showing others that I am  worthy of the things that I have in store for me through hard work and determination. For some of those individuals in the black community, they do allow for those prejudices and stereotypes placed upon us to continually live on and help to personify them with the lack of fortitude to do better, which will not allow people from other ethnic backgrounds to give us an opportunity.  Allowing prejudices and stereotypes to make you who you are, is no fault of a group of people but the cause of inefficiencies within a person to let the thoughts and feelings a fraction of a group people to influence you negatively. We have to educate our kids first, not to accept any stereotypes portrayed of them to dictate how they carry themselves.  Also, we must let them know that tragedies and injustices happen to human beings of any creed, color, sexual orientation, or race and they should feel apathy and sympathy for those people who have to go through those ordeals. I want my children to understand that in order for them achieve the level of success that they want to aspire to, they must be able to adapt and accept differences. In my opinion, hate comes from a place of ambiguity and the refusal to learn the variable composition of a person. I guarantee if people conditioned themselves to learn the complete design that  makes up people’s differences the hate will dissipate.  I am guilty as well to having some prejudice towards others,  even individuals within my own race; however as I get older and place more effort on learning about people of all cultures, the notion of hate is not found in my soul. It was with the lessons I learned that I had to teach my daughter that differences are good and she needs to embrace them, because if we were all the same the world will be a boring place to live.

The Light of Fellowship

Here is a something that I wrote back in 2010 as an article in my church’s newsletter, that serves as an example of how important fellowship is to living out God’s will for each one of us:  

Many times we hear the word “fellowship” during many of our church services and programs. But, what does the term truly represent in the Christian community and how are we supposed to really fellowship amongst each other. What does God really want from us when we fellowship with one another? The word fellowship means companionship from a denotative point of view. What the does the word mean from a Christian’s perspective? I John 1:6-7 reads,” 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth, 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” So we must be in fellowship with each other to get closer to God’s truth which is living in the light because God is the light. When we as brothers and sisters in Christ realize the truth then we must seek that truth together through fellowship and prayer with each other, then the blood that Jesus shed for our sins can truly transfigure us.

            We see God showing us the strength of fellowship in the world news every day, particularly in the case of the Chilean miners who were trapped in a mine for over 2 months in complete darkness. We heard of different accounts of various things or fears that the miners had to endure; however one miner’s role stuck out to me the most. He was one of the older miners and the one who was the sickliest, dealing with various health issues like diabetes, but his role as the group’s spiritual leader help build their bond and was their calm in the midst of involuntary exile. Without his heart-felt prayers to God, and the groups unyielding hope in God’s power they were able to fellowship with each other in hopes that their darkness would soon turn into light. Through their fellowship one to another and understanding that God is the light, they were delivered from their darkness without any casualties or broken spirits. Like one of the miners stated when he was interviewed by a reporter, “the Devil and God had a war over me and God won,” that statement punctuates the strength in fellowship. The Church must use fellowship as one of the weapons God has provided for us to ward off the Devil’s sedulous attacks toward Christians. We must take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness, instead expose them. Ephesians 5:11 reads, “11 and have no fellowship with the fruitful works, but rather reprove them.” So when the secular world see Christians in the joy of fellowship, we are merely sending a message that we are the light of God and are not cemented in the darkness of the world iniquities. So, I ask you again, what is God’s purpose for fellowship between Christians? It is clearly the vehicle that navigates us to the light at the end of the tunnel, which is a beacon of fellows into God’s Kingdom. Christians take joy in fellowship one to another, because it is the part of God’s will and is important in our walk as Christians and becoming a citizen of God’s Kingdom. Remember the things we do here on Earth is a rehearsal for what we have in store in Heaven, so let’s fellowship here as we will do in Heaven. God Bless!!!

 

Don’t Speak for Me, Us, or We!!!

The Negro who lives on the patronage of philanthropists is the most dangerous member of our society, because he is willing to turn back the clock of progress when his benefactors ask him so to do.

– Marcus Garvey
The abovementioned quote by Mr. Garvey paints a portrait of what is wrong with some black people in our race whom opinions are taken as fact.  Charles Barkley for example on last week, made his opinion well-known about Mike Brown and Eric Garner by broadcasting it across the white media, though it was his opinion and merely his opinion the damage is far more than he believe it to be.  A ten minute segment to discuss the topic alongside Shaq, Kenny Smith, Ernie, and himself on TNT (Ted Turner’s network) cannot erase the detriment of his comments.  His comments may had some truth and validity to them, but they should not have been revealed in that form or fashion on that platform.  The problem that I see a lot of times with black sports figures and entertainers is that their opinions are taken as the bible for black people all over America, when not made truth or to improve race relations. When Bill Cosby made his comments about the state of the black community, the vitriolic language used in his lambasted comments were playing into the hands of those benefactors in which Mr. Garvey spoke of. These our the same benefactors that use such vile self-hatred of the black race to their advantage, especially when things that require prejudice as a defense comes into play.  Those people who think they are addressing the problems plaguing the black community are actually pulling the pants down of an entire race to shame the entire group, that does not need anything extra to make us be considered more of a 3rd class citizens (I use that term loosely). The intra-race detractors only set themselves up to lose the backers that support them wholeheartedly within the black race and to be ostracized and humiliated by the benefactors. Where those individuals like Barkley and Cosby feel that are exposing truths through their opinions(which some of the points hit the mark), they need to focus on speaking their opinions directly to black people to create a dialogue for change in thinking and actions. Once those inflammatory comments  and opinions are disseminated to CNN, MSNBC, and especially FOX News it does not look like constructive criticism, but rather another strike against the black community from people who they feel are our best assets. The Barkleys, Cosbys, or any other “black elitist” does not speak for me or any other black person that is out in the world trying to kill the stereotypes bestowed on us since our births. The progress of black race does not start with those whom are rich or ultra talented, but with the normal people whom are exposed to ills of society because of their socio-economic status and “Melanin Badge” and don’t have the money or bullet-proof image to shift the mind of the benefactors to think their lives matter. Progress is not possible if there is a mole that brings the dirt to the surface for the world to see, progress must be made in the underground channels create amongst every black person.  Do not  profess our problems to the world, because the world has already created and provided enough problems for us to handle because of our “Melanin Badge”, before adding ether to the fire. Just know everybody is not worth listening to, no matter their status or stature. 

A Black Man does not stand a chance in the Court of Law or the Court of Public Opinion

Let me start by saying that I am a black man who is educated.  I attended one of the best (if not the best) high school in Detroit (Renaissance High) where 95% of the graduates attend college upon graduation, I hold a bachelors degree in accounting and a masters of management in finance.  However, I don’t think that is enough to shake off the stink of black male stereotypes in America. That is why I am constantly trying to figure out what to do next or more to fight against the machine.  The machine that I speak of, is the stereotypes used unfavorably against black people in America and those individuals perpetuate those stereotypes. Let us create a scenario to further shall we to drive home the point I am trying to get across. First, you have two guys who commit the same crime one is white and the other black, both are crooks in book, so essentially they are the same; however in the court of law the white man’s defense will layout an argument that paints a picture of confused man who was a good student, came from a good home but just had things appear in his life that unfortunately change his mental make-up which led to his wrongdoing.  The argument will be compelling, so compelling that the prosecution will not even pursue all the charges against the accused, unless the crime is too heinous to ignore.  Now, lets look at the black guy where the start is the end, he will not have a good lawyer in the beginning, no picture is drawn about where he went wrong, and the prosecutor will up all charges to the maximum sentence possible, hell he might not even make it to trial because he might killed when he is arrested. Do you know why the aforementioned scenario is true in so many cases in the Court of Law? One reason is  because the perception of black men in America since the test of time has been tainted so badly.  Using the phrase “Black Men” is like an oxymoron to the majority of the White America, many of them think we are animals that deserve to be caged or killed. To say that all white people feel this way is naive of me, because some black people believe that too, sad but true.  However, we have countless black men in the hood that feel they have to take on the thug mantra to get money and women, and being a positive member of the black culture is lame and the turn-up is not real unless they high as a martian fart, drunk as a skunk, or pill/gun popping.  Those are the images that are projected of young black men in society which further personifies the stereotypes that White America has of us, which make them think we are thugs and animals.  Whenever incidents like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, or Tamir Rice happen in America, we all know the script that will be followed, where the portrait is painted that the dead young black male was a drug dealing, drug infused, super thug with mutant strength, that the person who killed them had no choice but to euthanize him. To make situations worst when the white media go into the communities where these incidents occurred, the white media makes it a point to talk to the most uneducated people in the community.  It is almost that like look around and say let’s get the that person over there that has a scarf on their head, with no teeth, and no moisturizer on their skin or lips, to ask how they feel about the situation. This is done as a method or serves as piece of carrying out the plan of character assassination of the victim that leaves people dumbfounded on who is the real victim the shooter or the dead. I will admit that some of the black males that have been served an unjust death were not sterling by no means, but we all have done wrong in our lifetime and had a chance for redemption.  I heard a MSNBC correspondent mentioned, that he was sick and tired of the people (meaning black people) hailing Mike Brown as hero when he was a thug who allegedly attacked a police officer,  that sentiment is far from the truth. We don’t see him as a hero or martyr like Rosa Parks or Medger Evers,  but as a symbol that a young black man does not have a chance to make amends for the mistakes they make or one mistake can be fatal; however a white kid in Texas can kill a whole family  with his car and get off scott free because he said, him being privileged was the reason a family was killed.  It is that same white privilege that the white media uses to rush to judgment on all black men or black people in general and will not allow them to learn or understand black culture fully; therefore leading them to make some of the most asinine and off base comments that can be  spewed by a human being. For once can the white media  gather opinions and good reasoning from thought-provoking black people, and do not promote a collection of black people who fit the demographic of the image that they are trying to project on the victim, just once. Oh well, who am I? Nobody, right, and my opinion is mines and mines only. The machine that we as black men are currently fighting will continue to operate at maximum utilization, no matter what we say or do, though we are disappointed or sadden by the many outcomes that our black males face these days by being portrayed as a thug. That thuggish image of black males will always be White America’s defense of  killing or imprisoning black men for just breathing the same air as them or in their opinion stealing the air from them.

Athletes can be Activist too…

As the world turns, so does events that spark injustice among people of any race, creed, or color that everyone seems to have an opinion on.  However, when athletes make a stand for what they feel is wrong they are treated as a sector that should not focus on nothing but playing “ball”.  I guess it is the amount of money that they earn or their perceived level of education that causes people to say, “Shut Up and Entertain Us”, nobody cares about their feelings or opinions at that time, but society wants them to be role models.  I applaud the stand that the St. Louis Rams players whom took a stand this past Sunday (whether you agree with it or not)on an issue that a group of them felt was important, it provided those young people who idolize them a visual of free of speech and the right to assemble for something that they feel is unjust.  The only thing I would like to see is more effort from athletes to speak up on more diverse causes other than the typical bandwagon issues that ignite emotions in every American.  They should be more vocal on issues that plague our nation as a whole, the type of issues that are tearing up the fabric of communities across the land. Long gone are the 60s, 70s, and 80s when athletes made a stand for a cause greater than their paychecks and winning . Last basketball season the Los Angeles Clippers took a stand against their bigot owner Donald Sterling only after a private discussion became public.  Donald Sterling’s racist views did not magically appear out of no where like a unicorn at a corner gas station, they were known for years but the players were fine as long as the checks cleared, but once the issue was somewhat projected on them then it was a problem.  Players need to be more aggressively proactive on making a stand on social issues that affect a mass group of people. Issues that do not have to racial charged all the time, but things that help an entire community prosper and not only show support when convenient.  Athletes in the past took stands for their country, wars, unfair treatment, etc., and there were far more of them taking these stands than the few that do it today.  Many players are scared to lose endorsement deals and being hated, to even consider standing up to the powers that be to get their points across.  In a world where everything is broadcasted on social media, very little is mentioned on the things that athletes do that impact others as whole oppose to when you had to read an article in TIME or the newspaper to hear about their brave acts of courage.  Don’t get it misconstrued I do hear a lot of good stories on ESPN or a segment or two on certain shows about athletes doing good deeds that affect a persons’ life, but we need see and hear more about athletes trying to improve cultures, as well as individuals. I don’t know about you, but I want the athlete that my kids follow to be more than just a “good ball player”, but I want he or she to set an example that extends further than the playing field, but show us that together progress can be made for all if we take a stand for the greater good of others.

Honesty among Friends – A Skill and Art that is Essential

“Honesty” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is a noun that defined as follows,  “the quality of being and truthful”. “Friendship” is noun as well that has a meaning that invokes. “a friendly feeling or attitude: kindness or help given to someone”. You might ask yourself why is the guy giving me definitions of words that I already should know the meanings of? Well, as I get older by the day, I quickly recognize myself that being honest to a person I have designated as a friend is a skill and art in being a good friend. First of all, lets start with word “Honesty” and breakdown that definition. Apparently the word it is a trait that someone possesses based on the definition, right? If so, that is a trait that can clearly be evaluated with a level or value because it is distinguished by the word “quality”.  The quality  evaluation that you give a person whom you determined as a friend(s) is vital to a “Friendship”. The aforementioned definition of “Friendship” is the kindness and help that you give to someone.   Being a “Friend” is a label that should not bestowed on anybody because it has to be earned and that is why my circle is as small as a “grain of a mustard seed” because a person has to be able to evaluate me  and paint elaborate picture to me of why I should trust what they say or do around me and my loved ones, which is a skill and art.  If I consider you my “Friend”, then we can work on adding the “-ship” to the mix because by adding that suffix we are in a state of being friends.  Within a “Friendship” both individuals should put “Honesty” at the pinnacle of the relationship to add value to each others’ lives. We should add value to each others’ lives in order for us to support and assist each other in being the best people possible.  I don’t want any “Puffers” on my team.  You know what a “Puffer” is you seen him/her before? A “Puffer” is someone in your life who sole purpose to puff you up and puff you so hard and fast that you just are smoke away and forgotten about just like cigarette smoked in 20 degrees below zero weather. Those people leave you as soon as you are not what they want you to be, not who you are for real or what you really stand for. Beware of “Puffers” because they don’t possess the skill and art of being “Honest” and “Friendship”is not in them. So, be very leery on whom you covet as your friend(s) because these days you don’t know if they are out for your best interest or downfall, but if you base your “Friendship” on those people who possess and project “Honesty” to you when it is not just benefitting them directly, then you know that person has spent their time learning how to be a good friend.

White Racist are like Thieves in the Night!!!

I want to start off by saying that not all white people are racist, but 85% of them are, 10% of them are partially prejudice, and 5% of them get it (just my opinion, so no argument needed). Black people are racist too by default because of the circumstances and events we had to endure since we arrived in America centuries ago, but our racism is not based on elitism but on a defense mechanism. However, when we voice our disapproval of how we are treated by the white masses then we are treated as criminal in our attempt for justice.  The students at the University of Missouri were tired of their civil rights being violated on campus and voiced it to the powers that be and it went on for so long without intervention, even after traumatic event after another without action being taken by the President and Chancellor of the university. But once the football threaten to not play a game against BYU which would have lead to the university paying $1M dollars to BYU for the forfeiture, the quintessential “Walls of Jericho” came tumbling down. However, a victory for the blacks is never a victory for blacks because they are hit with threats on social media from the “Ambiguous White Racists” on social platforms and hit with the I am going to call my daddy the Infamous KKK for reinforcements. White racists are like the that greedy ass person that comes over for every holiday and brings something to the dinner table that don’t nobody eat, just to say they brought something and then they leave with every gotdamn thing in the kitchen including the meat  juice at the bottom of the roaster. What I am hinting at is that they bring no valid points to the Black Lives Matter Movement and they don’t belong in the discussion, aside from them being the sole reason for the movement; however they will jellyfish anyone that wants to a part of the movement and say the way we are treated is deserved. They feel we deserve to be treated like that because of the crimes happening in our neighborhoods that are disseminated on the front page of the news every single day, but that has nothing to do with the “price of tea in China” when it is comes to race relations in America. White racists I reject your deposit to the Black Lives Matter Movement and do me a favor and leave us the fuck alone on the matter, because we don’t get in your way when you protest dumb shit like Starbucks having red cups for the Holiday Season. Most “real” white racists will not even get into the discussion about black lives because they are working in the background like thieves in the night to figure how to create laws to further suppress our people(only the dumb powerless white racist say out of pocket shit). To be honest I rather know my threat than to not the threat exist because I know how to plan for it.  In the case of the black student body and the football team at the University of Missouri kudos to all of you for addressing the “Outward White Racists”, but understand that there are others in pivotal roles as “Closet White Racists” that will create an environment where not only your education is at risk, but your life.  I will continue to pray for those students at Missouri, for the enemy to change their wick ways, and for strength to withstand any weapon form against me, my family, and my people by the oppressor.