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To the Hotep Hypocrite

I am tired of the Hotep Hypocrite, when the comedian Mo’Nique had her moment going against Netflix there were a lot of people on her side. People complained that black female entertainers are being paid less than their white counterparts, this is true but most of the time the reason is not race based. Many will read that last statement and disagree, but they will be unable to prove it.

The reason I am using the term Hotep Hypocrite is I find many of the people doing the most complaining do nothing to change the situation. The reason black entertainers are paid less in many situations is based on the fact they do not generate the same revenue as the white people. Since Mo’Nique’s rant, there have been a couple of chances for people who supported Mo’Nique to flex their muscles and show Hollywood our people deserve the same financial respect as others. Taraji P. Henson has been in two movies in the last few months, Proud Mary and Acrimony. Acrimony has done well during the first week but should have done better. Proud Mary has only made 20 million when films like Red Sparrow and Tomb Raider have more than twice that of Proud Mary. They are not better films, the actresses did not have a better performance, all three are action films with women as the lead character. So why didn’t Proud Mary make as much money, one reason our people did not support the film. Some of the same people complain about the success of Black Panther, their complaint is Disney is getting all the money, the actors are not making a lot of money, and none of the money is coming back to the black community. This all true but it is a business, people say we should have our own movie companies, that is great but people like Tyler Perry has his own company and the Hotep Hypocrites will say I do not like Tyler Perry or do not like the movies he makes. That is fine but movies such as Tariq Nasheed’s “1804″ and Jason Black’s RaceWar should have or should make well over a $100 million but they did not. People have said forget Black Panther we need real heroes depicted on the screen like Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey but Birth of a Nation did not do well in theaters.

There is another opportunity coming up real soon that will show Hollywood our Black women deserve the same payday as white actresses. Gabrielle Union is the lead in a new movie called “Breaking In“, so all those who sided with Mo’Nique, who criticized Black Panther, who dislike Tyler Perry movies, and the black feminist this a chance to prove my theory wrong.

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News Media, Police shooting, Police shootings and killings, Uncategorized

A Step in the Wrong Direction

The recent murder of Stephon Clark has become a frequent occurrence in the black community. An unarmed black man gunned down by the police. Believed to be a suspect for breaking into parked cars the police chased him and shot him dead in his backyard. I heard his brother state that Stephen name will be revered or is added to a list of names that include Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Michael Brown. For me the most disturbing thing about this list is that is forever growing, there are countless names that we do not know about who should be on this list. With deaths of these black people, we have not move one step in the right directions. When reading some of the comments on social media it seems that we are moving further in the wrong direction.

Social media allows people to voice their opinion without dealing with the pain of the other people and basing their position on little to no knowledge of the person or the individual. Most of the misinformation or lack of information falls on the lap of the media. The media creates a narrative and then push that narrative, the narrative is based on what will garner the most attention. Not what is the truth, not will be better for society, not what shows the most respect for the family. People look at Ancient Rome and how the Coliseum was used to put on fights to the death for the entertainment of the people. My question is are we different from those days of watching the Gladiators kill each other for the people entertainment.

One of the arguments I see presented on social media is that he should not have run from the police, only guilty people run. Many black people know this not to be true. Running from the police is built on a history of distrust an unfair treatment. One must remember the creation of the police stems from the slave patrol, therefore it may be an innate response to run from the police. Black people have wrongfully imprisoned and beaten by police. Recent reporting by Shaun King has shown the corruption surrounding the police with regards to imprisoning people of color falsely. Everyone knows someone wrongfully arrested or someone who was abused by the police. Sometimes running seems like the best option. A friend of mines brother was wrongfully accused and arrested. My friend brother’s wife had just past, he worked at night as a security guard, so during his lunch break, he decides to take a walk because this is something he would do after the death of his wife. While walking he was stopped and arrested for robbing a woman, he was given a high bail. When the robbery took place he was at work, so he was in jail for weeks while the family got enough money together to bail him out, then paid a lawyer who easily able to prove his innocence. But because he was in jail for so long and he was going to court to prove his innocence he lost his job, therefore unable to provide for his kids and pay rent. One of the things he said is I should have run.

People have to understand that the police have destroyed many of our lives in different ways, some of the killings of the police are just more known but the impact of the misconduct of police has a wide For those who believe that it is the victims fault the police killed them, I have one question would you feel the same if it was your child?

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Speeding Off-Duty Cop Slams Into Car, Killing an Infant, but the Child’s Mother Also Faces Homicide Charges: Report

A Baton Rouge, La., police officer was arrested almost two weeks ago on charges of negligent homicide after being accused of causing a crash that killed a 1-year-old infant and injured multiple other people.

Source: Speeding Off-Duty Cop Slams Into Car, Killing an Infant, but the Child’s Mother Also Faces Homicide Charges: Report

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Books and Bullets

By now everyone has heard about the tragedy that has taken place in Parkland, Florida regarding the shooting death of 17 people. The bright side that has developed, if anything regarding this incident can be considered bright, is the way the students have reacted. Students from the school and all around the country have taken a stand against gun violence and have called for tougher gun restrictions. After hearing their cries and the horror stories from these children you would assume the adults in charge would act to easy these children’s fears. But no, the response that is given is to inject more guns into the situation by arming teachers and other school staff members.

One of my concerns regarding arming teachers and school staff is how will this affect black school children. Recently, we have seen police come into schools and physically assault black children, we seen teachers assault black children and teachers have been discovered to have an affiliation with hate groups, alt-right groups, or white supremacy groups. Now they are talking about arming the same people who hate our children, it is bad enough they maybe miseducating our children now you are giving them a license to kill. For those who believe the teachers are only to use their guns in a situation such as a mass shooting or when the lives of the student are in jeopardy remember threats they may be life-threatening are subjective. People must remember Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice, they were perceived as threats by their killers or at least that what their killers said. So, what happens when a teacher perceives a student is a threat and shoots a child? We know if this happens more than likely the child shot will be a child of color. Now people when say if there is another mass shooting won’t it be better than the teachers are armed. I just read a stat that trained police officers when shooting hit their targets 34% of the time. With what will the percentage of teachers be? The shots the miss the intended target, what will they hit? So now I children may be casualties of friendly fire.

There is absolutely no need for people to have assault weapons, police departments, and military personnel believe assault weapons should not be in the possession. So, people must understand that money trumps their children lives. As gun manufacture you make and sell several different guns so why make assault rifles. I do not have the proof, but I am willing to bet that the manufacturing of AR-15 rifles have increased since they have become the weapon of choice by mass shooters. If I am right that means they the gun manufacturers are profiting off the deaths and are betting, there will be more

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African American History, Uncategorized

BHM: Hidden History

We are amid Black History Month, this month we take the time to honor our heroes and teach others about our heroes. The main reason I enjoy Black History Month is that every year I learn about one person who I had no previous knowledge of, I am no spring chicken so learning about these people now is not something I am proud of. Knowledge of these great black people should be common.

Through my school years and my children schools’ years during Black History Month, we would discuss mainly the same individuals. The individuals discussed are extraordinary people, but the list of people was limited. The people we would discuss were Martin Luther King Jr, Harriet Tubman, and Frederick Douglass; I enjoyed learning about them but each year it was basically the same information being regurgitated. I think it is a shame that our children are not taught about the vast number of great Black people in this world. Take the movie Hidden Figures, I knew nothing of these great women, oddly enough many well educated Black people knew nothing of them as well. Can you imagine our little black girls being taught about these extraordinary black women for the last 50 years, the impact of this knowledge may have had on our community? There countless other Black people who are not well known and should be. People such as Frederick Douglass Patterson, Bernard Harris, Reginald Lewis, Guion Bluford, Bessie Stringfield, Dr. Shirley Jackson and Lonnie G. Johnson just to name a few. There was a time when Black people could not hold a patent, so who took credit for all those inventions? What would Black wealth look like if Black people did hold the patents to their inventions?

My point to this is to say it is truly a shame that we do not know about our heroes in the same way we know about other race’s heroes. There people who idolize traitors to this country like, General Robert E. Lee but these same people dismiss Black people with great accomplishments. I believe there is a reason to hide this history from us and the rest of the world, by allowing this information to become common knowledge we would realize the greatness in ourselves and America would have to admit it would not be great without us

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