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God and Man

The student can never be better than the teacher. Words I remember from my childhood. Those words echoed in my brain a valuable lesson of not trying to reach beyond my boundaries. There is another saying though, that power corrupts and it is my belief that the ultimate corruption is not the bending and twisting of rules and laws to become a beneficiary of those perversions.

The most extreme case of valorousness and sheer gull is when men try to achieve divine status while still a mortal being on earth. David Koresh was one of this beings who believed he was actually a prophet whose destiny would be fathering the “Chosen One”. While he was born Vernon Howell, he changed his name to David Koresh in which he claimed direct lineage to King David and the Persian King Cyrus the Great. He became his own self-proclaimed messianic figure.

David Koresh is just one of many figures in our history that wanted to be more than human so they turned themselves into their own conceptualized divine incarnate. Jim Jones, Charles Manson, Marshall Applewhite and a host of others have all claimed to be Jesus or a religious prophet. From early in our history we have voiced a special bond with whatever being we thought created the universe and ourselves. Perhaps the most famous example of this bond is the Apotheosis of George Washington. The painting can be seen in the US Capitol building in which it depicts Washington becoming a God and sitting on a throne among of Roman Gods like Minerva, Columbia and Neptune.

Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs also claimed a special connection between God and themselves. They would claim God gave them birth rights ordinary men and women did not have. The Romans and Greeks were no different.  The burden of proof was rarely questioned in times of prosperity and wealth. What I believe gave them immeasurable malice and confidence is that God in their eyes looked and behaved just like them.There are several examples of God becoming angry in the Bible. Kings 11:9 God becomes angry with Solomon, Exodus 4:14 God becomes angry at Moses, and Balaam.

We even refer to God in gender specific terms. He, Him, His are always the terms we use to externalize God. We humanize God and in turn subconsciously make it possible to ascend to divinity ourselves. Our belief is arrogance and ego driven at best. We can’t become God simultaneously while trying to trace the steps of creation. Instead of trying to understand we want to conquer. We’d rather rule over the world than merely participate in the fabric of its ecosystem.

The reason mankind wants to rule over the universe is because that is the example we perceive to be followed. Since God rules the universe we must in turn rule the space in which we exist. Not every culture believed that space and time has a supervisor. In ancient African cultures the reality is that God is in everything and everything in the world, good, evil and all in between represents God in its self. In other words God isn’t the overseer of the universe, they are one and the same.

KKK

 

It’s been awhile since I wrote in this blog. It’s appeared to me that some Americans have become concerned about foreign Muslim terror cells coming into this country and killing, and slaughtering innocent lives. What’s been more present is the fear factor among some people who has created this hysteria. Even though among the 14 people killed in the recent San Bernardino killings, two of them were black, it has certainly been more fear mongering from the conservative pool which a majority of those voters are white.

I watched a recent short documentary on the KKK, which seems to be rekindling their old flames of hatred, bigotry, violence, ignorance and yes terrorism. It seems idiosyncratic that pundits on tv and newspapers jump to the word terror the second they get a whiff of a Muslim sounding or influenced name. On the other side of the coin, Dylan Roof the man who executed nine members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church didn’t get that same label. It seems the characterization of that name was just out of reach for America to grasp, not to African-Americans whom never forgot about these types of attacks. In the weeks following the shooting in Charleston there were 6 arson fires in the St Louis area. Most of them were set on black churches. For me, how I see it African-Americans have been living with domestic terrorism far as long as the first slave ships entered into “Turtle Island“(taken from the Aboriginal Creation story).

The issue is it’s not just a few church burnings that keeps black people in fear and delirium. It’s the domestic terrorist groups like the KKK and the White Knights that have woven their hatred in secrecy into different factions of society. One thing that should become unquestionable is the fact since blacks and other minority groups are fighting a war against hate mongers, is that two offensive fronts have been put in place. The ones we see everyday are what I would call your classic bigot in the spotlight. This includes, the likes of Bill O’ Reilly, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others who spew hatred the myth that the “White Man” is losing the country to N#$%% and Sp&^%, Jews and of course the Sand N%$%^.

These guys on the front lines of their views represent a portion of the country that feels affirmative action, welfare and other government programs are only out to help minority groups, even when the numbers prove they themselves are the top beneficiaries. More importantly than that are the racists and domestic terrorists that are hidden in the shadows and remain elusive. These men and women are more dangerous than any pundit, because just like the War on Terror, you don’t know who to look for and distinguish the rest from who are the real enemy.

One such case came to light back in 2006 when the FBI released a seven page document that revealed White Supremacist groups have actively pursued positions in law enforcement. Now, this may be new information to the mass public, but if you say this to anyone in a local black barbershop, you won’t even get a side look. This information has been long suspected among blacks, but my concern lies in what other pockets of government and public service could a potential White Supremacist be lurking. Could it be a congressman/woman, a judge, a doctor who you rely on on the operating table. The scary truth is as long as we don’t know anyone could be an agent. Like Neo from the Matrix fighting the agents, we just don’t know until they reveal their true selves.

One potential ally took a bold stance a month ago and released the names of possible affiliated KKK members. Anonymous who stated, “We are trying to change our world…”, even if this list is bogus, it does present evidence a chaotic coadjuvant relationship in positions of power that seems to create the balancing act circus that minorities have become uncomfortably accustomed to. The saying the pen is mightier than the sword speaks to the policies that were put into place that laid a foundation for the discriminatory practices such as Redlining, Sharecropping, Jim Crow among others. Black unemployment is at epidemic levels, black business ownership is way below any other race and house ownership is down as well. While walking into a massacre is probably the scariest scene one could ever encounter, we can’t undermine the back door meetings and operations that continually to plague communities that are underserved, set aside and forgotten about.

coon

I know I really don’t disgust these issues on my blog, but there has been small annoyances that I haven’t properly addressed. I’ll try to make this quick and just so we’re clear, I’m talking about black coons in America in this blog. So what is a coon? My definition would be someone who backstabs his own people to get into the good graces of the dominant society. This person will talk down to other blacks and use ignominies to further align themselves with the dominant society. The payoff for their blind allegiance can be tv time, radio hosts jobs, book deals and popularity among other xenophobes.

These specified pockets of blacks who turned their backs on their own would rather prove ways white supremacy and racism doesn’t exist. They promote the same code words and slander that racists use to blame the problem of our state of being solely on ourselves. While I don’t see 100% blame can be put on just blacks, I also can’t say whites are the only participants in our own destruction. Since the days of Ptolemy I in ancient Egypt when he stole the land and self-proclaimed himself a god there have been “sellouts” who saw joining up with the enemy rather than fighting against them.

Today, there is a definite audience out there that will listen to a black person who holds other blacks accountable to the point where there is no exception. Within the last few years you have seen more and more black personalities on the rise such as Ben Carlson, Raven Symone, Tommy Sotomayor, Jesse Lee Peterson, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Harvey and more but I’m not trying to name them all. The reason these figures have been allowed to gain power in society and other aren’t is simply because they stay on the narrative that racism is a made up fixation that is used as an excuse by urban ghetto community’s way of life.

In many and almost all cases of police brutality the victim somehow gets transformed into the aggressor and the officer is simply just doing his job. I know there cases where black people are clearly in the wrong and we have the tendency to holler out racism before knowing all the facts. Case in point, when Daniele Watts(Django) accused a cop of being racist, some people automatically jumped to the side of her story, but when the tape came out and it clearly showed her as a liar and agitator, she was arrested correctly. In other cases such as the one this week where a high school student was dragged by excessive force, we once again manned our battle stations in the race war. Blacks on one side and whites on the other. The American coon see this chances to throw another person under the bus to advance their own worth among the so-called “elite” class.

When you’re constantly putting down your own people instead of providing a solution you have become not only part of the problem with race in America, honestly, I don’t want you at the table when we meet up for a solution. Some would argue that from birth we are taught to hate ourselves and praise white people and for that I can agree, but I would also argue is that it takes real discipline to yourself in a state of mind that portrays you inferior. Within the last three years alone, I found out more about myself online than my combined years of schooling. It is this self-taught education that commands me to try and expose this knowledge to the masses and do better for my African brothers and sisters.

When these coons give identical views as conservatives who would rather see you behind bars than empowering yourself, I feel you traded in your black soul for their alternate reality. As far as I’m concerned they can stay on the side they’re on. We don’t want you back. I can’t say we don’t have our cluster of problems, but we have to build with each other to fix it and draw strength from our old nation building ancestors and the ancient ones who built Egypt as one of the greatest empires on earth, still to this day. I say that to say that we can do it again, starting now.

It’s been awhile since I last wrote an article so I feel I owe you an explanation. I’ve been away attending school, working on finding a better employment opportunity and trying to figure out a way to help start a family business or at least teach them the importance of money and how to build a business. I’m in a position where many Americans find themselves, simply I need to bring in more money. Everytime I think of working two jobs I think of the long hours, lack of sleep and just missing out on events like family outings and for what? I can’t help but think of an old friend of mine who was an older man who worked two full-time jobs for 20 yrs and had nothing to really show for it. He had a house and a wife and kids, but he never saw them because he was always at work and a wife that fought with him almost everyday.

The old man would always come into the job looking beat down. His eyes were red and he looked drained out, he often had to sit down on the job just to make it during his shift. My point is, while he was the main provider in the household I don’t see where he benefited from it himself. While he was an honorable man I didn’t see any joy in his life. In my life while I don’t mind working hard, because I’ve had two jobs but after sitting in my manager’s office one day while he basically nonchalantly demoted me I realized that businesses don’t care about you only the bottom line. I gave up the Puritan work ethic to work myself to the bone for just a paycheck. I want my kids to gain something from my efforts and not just toys and allowance. I want them to see how I plan, strategize and implemented a family business that makes money.

I want my girls to know the value of money and how to make it responsible and not have the crippling fear that African-Americans have of starting a business on their own. As of 2014 stats from statistic brain.com African Americans own about 800,000 businesses, but we only have 3 CEO’s that work in fortune 500 companies.  The road to economic empowerment has to start when we’re children. In most cases that I run into black people don’t mind working two or three jobs, but when it comes to starting their own businesses in which we desperately need more leaders, we’re constantly coming up short. It’s like we’re fine being complacent and used by someone else. When one of us finally makes a business for themselves, we question their competence and work ethic.

I want to change the cycle of growing up, going to college to work for somebody else. I want my girls to know what it’s like to work for themselves and know the steps from start to finish what it takes to do it. I want to build their self-esteem and confidence so they know it is possible and have the gumption and the fortitude to go for it. For my plan of action I’m growing a garden and when my vegetables are ripe enough I’m gonna see if I can sell them at a farmer’s market. I also want to start a weekly garage sale that myself and my girls will commandeer. I also want to talk to them about handling money and what’s it’s like working with people. My hope is that they will be able to take the stigma away from starting a business. As for me raising my little girls to be better than me is my job. I don’t mean working two jobs so that can have more than I had, but show them how to make a job so they can be better than I am.

 

welfare queen

Within the last couple of years I’ve heard this rhetoric that going on public assistance sucks you down into the bottom of the barrel of society. Suddenly, ordinary citizens whom had a life changing event such as losing a job, or taking on another unexpected expense brings them down. The US like most other countries shames our poor and those who are on public assistance. What’s even more shameful are the minorities on public housing or food stamps. It’s as if the public perception turns these people into leeches on society, where everyone else has to pay their way.

Just recently Missouri Republicans proposed a bill that would prohibit buying steaks, seafood,cookies,chips, energy drinks,soft drinks. In Wisconsin, Republicans want to limit other foods such as beans, potatoes, pasta sauce, herbs, spices, tuna,pickles, sauerkraut, soups, salsa and ketchup. The real issue is not the food that is being taken away, even though it doesn’t make sense to limit the food without any reasonable explanation. My main gripe I have is with the perception of programs such as SNAP that are the primary source of food and support for minority families. The stark reality is that non-hispanic white makeup 37.6% of food stamp recipients, while blacks only makeup 15.8%. The misconception of the single mother “welfare queen” has been painted on the backs of black women like an unwanted tramp stamp.

My viewpoint has been and will be that corporations and the wealthiest elite want the races to keep bickering over crumbs while they take and take away from all of us. Evidence of my theory is that the government gives 92 billion in corporate subsidies, while using 59 billion for social welfare programs. One thing is clear, the government has always been giving handouts, whether it’s called subsidies, SNAP, there is little difference to me.

Below are a list of US Government programs that were used to elevate Europeans lifestyles.

Headright

Headright System-This program granted early settlers land. The program was practiced in Maryland, Georgia, North and South Carolina. Settlers were given up to 1,000 acres just for crossing the Atlantic Ocean and help populate the colonies. Tobacco and other agricultural crops needed a labor force and settlers who paid for their servant would be given land to mend to. The practice started in Jamestown,Virginia in 1618 and continued into the 1700’s. By 1699 a settler would be paid in fifty acres for every slave they owned and added to the labor force. One settler was given 3,000 acres because he owned 60 slaves.

Homestead Act

Homestead Act– In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law that anyone who fought for the US government would have the right to file an application for a federal land grant. Slaves could apply, but since they weren’t granted citizenship until later on. Between 1862 and 1934 over 270 million acres were given to descendants of Europeans. The practice was kept alive all the way to 1976,but continued in Alaska until 1986.

GI Bill

GI Bill-The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944 benefits included low-cost mortgages, low-interest loans to start a business, cash payments of tuition and living expenses to attend university, high school or vocational education, as well as one year of unemployment compensation. This bill was for every war veteran and upwards of about 8 million vets took full advantage. Sadly, African-Americans were left by the waist side, while this bill propelled hundreds of thousands of white families into middle class status.

NRA

New Deal-The New Deal were various domestic programs to help get Americans back to work and out of the Great Depression slump. The President Franklin D. Roosevelt passed these laws between 1933 and 1938. While whites were giving an edge, blacks were often left out of the loop. Programs such as the WPA, NYA and CCC allocated a mere 10% of their budgets for blacks and whites were the beneficiaries of the other 90%. Unions excluded blacks from joining and blacks would be forced out of jobs to later on be given to whites. In 1933 the NRA was called the “Negro Removal Act” by blacks and with good reason. Over 500,000 African-Americans were taken out of work to make room for their white counterparts.

Slavery

Slavery-The Atlantic Slave Trade during the 18th and 19th century was a practice in British North America and all 13 colonies. Over 11 million Africans were brought across the Atlantic into the Americas. They were forced into labor to grow cotton, tobacco, and other crops on plantations. According to Harper’s Magazine descendants of those enslaved would be owed 40 trillion dollars in reparations for 222,505,049 labor hours from 1619 to 1865.Europeans gained great amounts of wealth and power during that era and their descendants still have reaped the benefits since that time.

Emancipation

The Columbia Emancipation Act– As previously discussed slave owners saved literally trillions of dollars of labor by using forced Africans into slavery. When slavery was abolished in 1862 it came with a price tag. Slave owners were given $300($7,000 today) per freed slave in reparations. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, 2,989 became free. The slave owners were paid under Emancipation Proclamation just for keeping their loyalty to the Union and loss of income.

I really don’t want to use this information to hang over people’s heads. It’s not be used as a punchline in a tit for tat argument, but for learning purposes and a true understanding of how one group of people seemed to have imagined, drawn, sculpted and created the American Dream, while others simply did not elevate to that level. It is clear that white Europeans and descendants have had a huge, leaps and bounds head start in the economic race and for every fictitious “Welfare Queen” there were hundreds of real white women and men who benefited from the government made up of the people of the same ancestry and lineage who also wanted to see themselves and others excel.

 

riots

Whenever I hear about the words peaceful protest and civil disobedience I think of tree hugging hippies that chain themselves to a tractor singing hymns. Answering violence with peace to me never seemed like a good idea. The only example I had to relate to the boycotting of the buses orchestrated by the NAACP and MLK Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was inspired Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy Satyagraha, which means adherence to truth. I am not against civil disobedience as a whole. I just feel that this cannot be the only course of action when you face corrupt governments, dictators, rebel armies, extremists and other psychopaths who would scowl at any measure of trying to make peace without the use of lethal force.

riot

For the most part I get it, using brutality against brutality ends in more bloodshed. Honestly though, after peace talks have failed, strikes that don’t grab anyone’s attention and interventions between the two parties have not and most likely will not agree, it’s no longer a matter acting “civil.” Take for instance back in 2011, in an attempt to overthrow Hosni Mubarak’s 30 year reign, protestors formed mass non-violent demonstrations.  900 of the protestors were killed during these demonstrations.In a twist of irony the Egyptian army who would not open fire on the crowd, which signaled the turn around in the protest that lead to Mubarak’s downfall. The army was not eager to relinquish power and ended up throwing the protestors in jail. Another protest in Libya against the military might of Muammar al-Qaddafi was met with rebellion after the peaceful demonstrations did not work. The turmoil was finally resolved after nine months of bloodshed that resulted in a body count with a range from 10,000 to 30,000 people.

Also in Syria in 2011 the civil war between Alawites, Christians and Drutes  against Assad’s barbarous regime that claimed close to 5,000 citizens a month for 7 months. That’s around 35,000 lives taken and this was supposed to be peaceful protesting. Even in American history, peaceful resistance resulted in lives lost. The Native Americans were forced off their land at gunpoint. After the Supreme Court ruled that they do not own land back in 1823, Native Americans made attempts to stay on their land. President Andrew Jackson enacted The Indian Removal Act, after the Supreme Court (Worcester vs Georgia)upheld their right to stay on the land. Jackson’s motives were,based on his acquirement of gold during the gold rush era. 4,000 Native Americans lost their lives on the Trail of Tears and this shows that even political and judicial victories will never overrule greed, corruption and disregard of human life.

riotsss

The greatest example that comes to mind for my case, not to abide by civil disobedience is Mahatma Gandhi. He wanted India independence from Britain. He fought to end discrimination and the heavy taxes on his people. During Gandhi’s time in South Africa he witnessed and experience deep seeded racism against himself and his people. This inspired him to rally allies and gather for a rebellion. However, during 1947 riots against Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs resulted in over half a million deaths, which is suspected to be more according to Jens Arup Seip in addition to over 100,000 imprisoned. India eventually gained independence in 1947. The irony in his non violent protests is that Gandhi was not against violence in his own words he argued, Gandhi explains his philosophy and way of life in his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth. Gandhi realized later that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he believed everyone did not possess. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it were used as a cover for cowardice, saying, “where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.”

I’m not against peace talks, and strikes I just know the rebellious spirit of the founding fathers still lives in the American spirit. Oppressive forces in this country are the militarized police in place of the British Red Coats. One thing that we need to keep in mind is the insatiable thirst for blood that was inherited from the mother country. It is not in our nature to understand peaceful resolve in my opinion without it being a secondary thought. We fell heir to the predatorial, rapacious,avaricious manner of the plunderers of the villages of our authoritarian rulers. The ones who were more domineering than anyone else.

 

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I can't breathe

Last Saturday was one of the most amazing experiences of my life on earth to date. I decided I wanted to be a part of history and march along fellow supporters to end this domestic terroristic sub-culture that tosses out cases of black men getting killed with no penalty or punishment of the police officer. Even now there are details behind the shooting and killing of Mike Brown that the prosecutor suppressed that directly conflicts with the narrative that suggests Darren Wilson’s life was in danger at the time of the shooting.

Man in chains

The march began at Washington Square Park, I got there around 3pm because I got off at the wrong stop and missed my scheduled train into Penn Station from LI. I remembered being nervous I was going to miss the crowd, but when I finally got into the city and arrived at West 4rth street I felt relieved. I could see large pockets of people gathering and soon saw the protests signs and heard the megaphones and the chants against racism and support for Eric Garner and Mike Brown.

Once I was inside the park I saw different organizations and that were there for this day. Among the most vocals were members from LRP-COFL.org, Answer Coalition.org, National Liberty Alliance, 100 Blacks for Law Enforcement. I also bought a newspaper called Revolution,  which covered protests from NY to Mexico and all around the globe. I was only in the park for about ten minutes gathering newspapers and fliers when the crowd was moving toward the streets. It was there that I saw the awesome power of our civil liberties at work.

Protest

What was silence, turned into chants organically into the crowd that crescendo into overwhelming applause and cheers. “Hey hey, Ho ho, these racist cops have got to go!” “Hands up, Don’t Shoot!” “Show me what democracy looks like, This is what democracy looks like!” “No justice, No peace!” “Eric Garner, Michael Brown,shut it down, shut it down!” I could see the faces of the onlookers and police by the barricades. Some were there just to see what the fuss was about, others showed support on their way to work or wherever they needed to be. Often they chanted with us and gave more power to the message that #Alllivesmatter even if the court system doesn’t see it that way.

The feeling was incommunicable in words. There was an inseparableness that I felt that I only experienced online until this point. I’ve seen past rally’s and protests and knew people of all economic and racial backgrounds were there. I even knew about the global support for Ferguson and Eric Garner, with the different hashtags #crimingwhilewhite, #blacklivesmatter, #Icantbreathe, but to witness first hand and be a part of the warm fellowship left me in state of awe.

I was surprised by this generation’s resilient and remonstrance spirit. All I have been told and thought is since first hearing about Michael Brown, is that this was gonna wash over America and end in a another church hymn with the packaging of we shall overcome during a pastor’s congregation meeting. This generation, to me now shows the spark of the young Malcom X’s, Martin Luther King’s, Cesar Chavez, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Stonewall Inn protests for Gay Rights. I was also humbled by the compassion of the buildings and businesses on the streets we marched on. Many of them held signs and banners that gave this movement life, “#BlackLivesMatter” and the diversity among the crowd couldn’t have been a better representation of what this country should stand for more often.

I remember feeling like since we’re all here for once cause, then I surely can stand up for another cause, even if it was not my own. I don’t have to be gay to stand alongside someone who is and fight for them. I don’t have to be an immigrant to know that they also deserve to be treated better in this country. During the marching and chanting, it become a jovial occasion, realizing the power of force and the message we are sending around the world and to Washington and every political office in this country, that change is coming, so either help us do it or get thrown out of office for someone who will.

I saw mother pushing baby strollers and fathers holding their children on their heads so they could see the signs and helicopters passing over us. I saw old, young, any color of race and nationality and sexual orientation. I saw some Latino sisters and brothers chanting along with us in Spanish and with a sign written in Spanish, which I couldn’t make out entirely, but I did see one part I recognized #Alllivesmater!

There were moments of silence, but the energy never wavered, even after hours of walking and I really didn’t even know where we were going, but I wasn’t going to stop. A gentleman finally told we were heading for the first precinct. “What do we want? Justice. When do we want it? Now”, “I Can’t Breathe” were also very powerful outcries in the crowd. One man who introduced himself as David asked to interview me during the march. He asked a couple of questions about me and why I was there to support and if I have any personal stories that fit the profile of being discriminated against. I told him the story of being pulled over at 2am for a broke license plate light, that ended in a 35 dollar ticket. I didn’t know about a license plate light to know I needed one at the time. I know it wasn’t a story that ended in a violent beating with night sticks or even getting shot over it, but I felt they pulled me over because I was driving while black through a prominently rich white neighborhood on my way home from work.

By the end of the day I was tired, hungry, cold and had been holding myself from going to the bathroom for almost four hours, but I didn’t want to leave. It wasn’t until I reminded myself that I had to work later that night, that I finally trotted back to the subway to make it for my shift. I don’t know if anyone took pics of me, since I didn’t have a camera phone, but I recorded audio of the event on my phone. I plan to go to at least two more protests this year. My agenda this year now to support the fight against climate change and a wage increase.