Is The Willie Lynch Syndrome on Auto Pilot?

Is the Willie Lynch Syndrome on auto pilot? Willie Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies, who gave a speech in 1712 outlining how to control one’s, slaves. Lynch’s method of controlling slave was to pit the slaves against each other such as old versus young, male versus female, light skinned versus dark skinned. Lynch believed if his method was implemented properly a slave master would be able to control his slaves for 300 years.

Now, I know we all are aware that this problem still exists today but my concern is that I have noticed that the problem exists amongst the conscious community. I thought I would not witness this behavior amongst people that I considered conscious or self-aware, but I may be wrong.

There were a couple of recent incidents the occurred that made me ask myself is the Willie Lynch Syndrome on auto pilot? One incident that occurred was the black feminist protest against the movie Birth of a Nation. In my opinion, the movie was a pivotal movie for several reasons, the story of Nat Turner is about a slave who rises up against slavery and kills a large number of our oppressors. The other reason this was a pivotal movie, had the movie had overwhelming box office success other movies would be made about other black heroes during this era or other eras in American history. The Black feminist may have single handily destroyed the success of the movie because the movies creator Nate Parker had been acquitted of rape several years ago. I do not understand why protest the movie because a man was found not guilty of a crime and you never protested any of the other movies he was a part of. Even if you do not like the man you do not have to destroy a movie that told an important story. Just imagine had this movie been successful all the other movies Hollywood would have been willing to make. This would have allowed our children to see people like them performing heroic feats that did not involve sports. The children would learn how to stand up to our enemies.

The second incident involves the Big Baller Brand, Big Baller Brand is an athletic clothing line owned and operated by LaVar Ball. If you have not heard of the LaVar Ball he is the father of three sons who are excellent basketball players. The oldest son will be a top-five pick in the upcoming NBA draft and his two other sons will be attending UCLA in the future on basketball scholarships. Big Baller Brand recently released a basketball shoe for the price of $495. Everyone has offered their opinion about the shoe and the cost of the shoe, to my surprise, was the negative comments coming from people who I assume are conscious individuals. Ball considers himself a black business owner, people were commenting that he is taking advantage of the black community by charging so much for the shoe and that he has a white wife. First, no one inquired about how much it cost him to make the shoe and maybe that has an effect on the price. Secondly, I do not know about the city or town you reside in but my city I see black people with $1500 Moncler Jackets, $2000 Balmain jeans and it seems like everyone has something Gucci or Louis Vuitton. I do not hear masses of black people speaking out about the prices of these items and why they are being marketed to black people. Thirdly, LaVar having a white wife does not discount him from being a black business owner. I am not defending the price of the shoe I just saying why speak out loudly against one of us and talk softly about them.

I am not as worldly as some other people but I do not hear or see other “minority” ethnic groups speak out publicly against their own people. I do not see Asians on social media degrading other Asians or on television trying to steer people away from another Asian’s movie. If a black person is doing something to harm the black community or put the black community in a negative light, by all means, call them out. But if the person is trying to advance him or herself without causing harm to the black community do not take your grievances to social media. If it is something that you feel needs to be addressed do it quietly, amongst ourselves the rest of the world does not need to see Willie Lynch Syndrome on auto pilot.

 

 

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Do Not Believe Your Lying Eyes

Do not believe your lying eyes is what we are basically being told by the American judicial system. Members of the Black community for years have not trust the judicial system or the police and this mistrust is based on experience. I believe that many members started to believe that we may receive some justice when the atrocities that were being committed against were being caught on video. These crimes being caught on video has not provided the justice that we seek.

Cases such as Eleanor Bumpurs, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and Patrick Dorismond we were told that these victims attack the police or were behaving in a threating manner. There were no videos and the victims were dead so we could not hear their description of the events. The people and the courts had to rely on the testimony of the police involved and forensic evidence that is collect and analyzed by the same police department. There was a case in New York City in 1994 where a white undercover cop shot a black undercover cop in the back three times, the white cop was given five years on probation for this act. Recently, there have been several cases where a video of the incident exists. The videos allow us to witness moments of these murders.

Having these crimes on video has meant nothing as far as justice being served, in many cases, the police officers are not indicted. It is rare that a prosecutor do not get an indictment in case but for some reason, it is rare that police get indicted in these cases. The government will tell the people the video does not tell the whole story, and the video may not tell the whole. The question that needs to ask who is tell the rest of the story and is that person telling the truth? We watched Tamir Rice being gunned down on video, what part of the video where there may be more to the story. A child playing in the park with a toy gun, he was never afforded the time to adhere to any commands the police might have given. Never mind that in his state it is not illegal to have a firearm in public. Eric Garner being choked by a police officer, never mind the officer is using an illegal choke hold which contributed to Mr. Garner’s death. The latest injustice is the Alton Sterling case, the two officers have been cleared. Two use of force experts stated the officer’s techniques were not good but they did not use excessive force. Sterling was shot six times. This not excessive force and do not believe your lying eyes.

Let’s take a closer look at the Alton Sterling video because the government says the video does not give a complete picture of the event. This is my interpretation of the video, so people may disagree and if so please inform me of my errors. My understanding the police officers approached Mr. Sterling because the received a call he was brandishing a firearm. First, it is not illegal to carry a firearm in the state of Louisiana. Secondly, why would an officer get close enough to get into a physical altercation with a person they believe is armed and may be a threat. Now police training experts state that when approaching someone who’s either holding a gun or indicating that they have one, police are trained to first take cover at a safe distance and create a barrier between themselves and the other person. This usually means ducking behind the police cruiser or a building. These officers did not do this. Thirdly, the officers yell gun as if he is surprised Sterling has a gun. Why are you yelling gun in this manner if the sole purpose of you interaction with Mr. Sterling is based on him having a gun? Finally, Sterling is shot three times but because he is still alive and moving he is shot three more times. This is not considered excessive force if so this means the goal is to make sure the person is dead not no longer a threat but dead. Remember the gun was still in Mr. Sterling pocket the entire time.

Ironically, it has now been 25 years since the Rodney King verdict, King’s police beating were captured on video and the cops were not found guilty of any crimes. 25 years later we are still being told do not believe your lying eyes.

 

The Functionality of Racism in America

What is the functionality of racism in America? Who benefits from racism in America? Why isn’t everyone working to end racism? Many believe this country was built on racism, if not for slavery would America have been able to build wealth. Slavery ended in 1865 so why hasn’t racism dissipated over these past hundred plus years? In my point of view and some others, racism is as strong as ever in America. In fact, one could argue that racism has increased worldwide since the end of slavery in America. Now there are some who will say that Black Americans are better off today than in the past, but this may all be imaginary. Black America’s wealth percentage has not increased compared to other ethnic groups. Racism may not be as overt as in the past but racism still exist, which begs the question why does racism still exist?

In my opinion, racism has an important functionality in America and that is why racism still exists and may forever exist in America. In my opinion, racism is being used as a tool to mask classism. Past empires practiced classism and this philosophy contributed to the downfall of these empires because the number of lower class citizens outnumbered the number of upper-class citizens. In the classism system, the lower class citizens can easily overpower the upper class. Knowing that this issue has existed throughout history there must be a system in place that will keep the lower class citizens fighting amongst each other. If the lower class citizens are fighting against each other they will not be able to unite and overthrow the upper-class citizen, hence the system of racism.

This theory about the functionality of racism in America came to me several years ago while watching the election coverage on MSNBC. The MSNBC report was interviewing people from a rural town in Mississippi, one of the gentlemen the report spoke with was an older white man, I remember the report stating that the older man’s annual income was around $12,000. The report went through a number of political issues and tried to explain to the older gentleman that it would benefit him and his family financially to support a Democrat. The reported explained that many of the items on the Democrat agenda, if passed, would have a direct impact on him and they would benefit him. The older white stated he would never vote for a democrat because all the democrats want to do is help Black and Hispanic people. The older gentleman stated he was fine with his financial situation as long as the government did not provide anything to minorities. I took two things from this news piece, one the older gentlemen felt that even though he is considered poor, being white made him better than Blacks and Hispanics. The second thing was that he is willing to do without to ensure that Blacks and Hispanics do not benefit in any way. I thought to myself that white privilege is enough and if so racism will not go away.

There are small incidents throughout American history where we see racism mask classism. In 1920’s New York; Italian immigrants, Irish immigrants, and Black lived in many of the same neighborhoods. Gang violence was high during these times because poverty was prevalent, the gangs started to prey upon the upper class. The New York officials knew the city could not sustain with so many people at the poverty level, so the officials started putting the Irish immigrants into the police force and the Italian immigrants into the fire department. This left the Black New Yorkers without any outlets and the Irish to enforce the laws. This created a middle class which meant mostly Blacks were lower class and his protected the upper class because the number of lower class citizens had decreased and the now middle-class citizen were in charge of protecting the upper class.

Martin Luther King’s assassination, when speaking with my son about MLK’s assassination he assumed the MLK was in Memphis fighting for civil rights. I explained that MLK was there in support of the sanitation workers strike. The sanitation workers were striking for better working conditions and salary. One has to ask himself was MLK assassinated because of his work in the civil right movement or because MLK’s focus started leaning towards more economic fairness for all people.

For a moment let us imagine America without racism. Without racism would citizens be upset with the huge wealth gap in America? Would the older man I mentioned earlier be so excepting of his financial situation? America’s love to complain and blame others for the country’s problems, without racism who would they blame? Would the lower class and middle class rise up against the upper class?  If my theory is correct we may never get rid of racism because America is controlled by the upper class and the last thing the upper class will allow to happen is to lose control of the country. Racism may not just have a functionality in America, racism may be the engine which keeps America on the path that is on.

The Unlearned History of the Black/ African-American Community

Does the unlearned history of the Black/ Africa-American community affect our position in society? If this unlearned history of the Black/African-American community was common knowledge would the world be different today?

I stumbled on this concept during one of my, for the lack of a better term, verbal jousting on twitter. Another individual and I were engaged in a conversation through twitter where I stated that Black people have contributed heavily to the development of America. His reply was am I talking about slavery, I replied we have contributed and invented things that have impacted the agriculture, science, and industrial sections of the country. The individual then reply name two instances, I provided him with five names of black inventors. Needless to say the conversation was basically over at this point. The individual had claimed in an earlier exchange that he was Native American, based on this exchange the question arose does the unlearned history of the Black/ African American community affect us. This question may be important because the individual I was in the exchange with was unaware of our contributions and learning of these contributions may affect his opinion about us. If so, will learning this history change the members of the Black/ African American Community?

During my sons and my school years I have noticed that there is very little taught about our history, during Black History Month the schools may dedicate more time to Black Historians but usually it is the more common black individuals. When our history is taught the majority of the time we are taught about individuals who impacted society after slavery, but our contributions began way before slavery. My little knowledge that I have gained about our history was acquired in my adult years. To gain this knowledge I read books or watch speeches by individuals such as Dr. Phil Valentine, Professor James Smalls, and John Henrik Clark. I also watch the Hidden Colors series and watched Black News 102. These individuals, media platforms, research helped grow my knowledge of our history. I still only possess a little bit of knowledge concerning our history.

In my opinion, learning about the Black/ African-American starting from slavery puts us at a disadvantage. Our children start learning about themselves from the lowest point in our history, therefore the view of your ancestors starts from a point when we were treated less human instead of a point where we ruled the world. When discussing slavery, it is made clear that we did not win our freedom, our freedom was given to us. This sends a message that the oppressor is the only one who can answer our prayers. If our children were taught about Ancient Kemet, Nubia, The Moors or individuals such as Mansa Musa would this give them a certain pride and motivate them to return to these levels of success. Movies like Tariq Nasheed‘s 1804: The Hidden History of Haiti is so important because it shows our children that during slavery there were some of us who took back our freedom and you do not have to wait for someone to give you your future.

Many of us have brought into the images that have been given to us, such as we are savages, Africa is an under developed country, that the European civilized us, and come from nothing. None of this true, in fact, it is the exact opposite. Learning this history may change our position in society and it may change the way the rest of society views us.

There is a reason our history is kept from us, some of the history is distorted, or stolen. I remember when I was much younger someone said to me that “with no history you have no future.” So is the unlearned history of the Black/ African-American Community affecting our future?

 

Is News Media Evil?

The other day I was engaged in a couple of conversation through twitter, one was concerning universal health care and the other was concerning the shooting of unarmed black people by the police. My assumption was that these individuals I was in dialogue with were white but I could be wrong. During these exchanges I noticed that all the information they provided to solidify their position was information provided by some form of news media. When I began to make certain points that were not widely publicized their opinions started to shift. That got me to thinking is the news media evil or contributing to the evil.

The reason I ask this is because not presenting all the facts equally will influence people to gravitate to one side over the other. For example, the person I was in dialogue with believed that everyone was resisting arrest when these tragedies took place, so I mentioned Tamar Rice his response was that he had a gun in the playground. I then informed him that Ohio is an open carry state, in Ohio it is not illegal to have a gun. He admitted that he did not know this and that he has never heard this mention during any news coverage regarding the shooting. Then we talked about Eric Garner because he was resisting arrest and the person said he was selling illegal cigarettes. I informed him only the officer stated he saw him sell the cigarette, so where is the person he sold the cigarette to, there more than six cops there, why were there some many cops there to arrest a man for selling cigarettes and I explain to him Eric Garner had just stop some young men from fighting and the choke hold utilized is illegal. Again he admitted most of the information was new to him. Therefore the news media is not presenting all the necessary information to the public, so the public can make a well informed decision. Now there will be some media outlets who will say we did present this information and this may be true. But was this information disseminated equally and the answer is no. By omitting or down playing valuable information leads some to believe that these people are responsible for their demise. Is this the message the news media is intentionally sending to the public. By minimizing individual lives, by not provide a clear visual of the event is evil, if done intentionally.

On another note the news media is forever berating Donald Trump, rightfully so but the news media is complicit in Donald Trump’s rise to power. During the election process Mr. Trump probably received more media coverage than all the other candidates combined. The others candidates did not have ample opportunities to present their platforms. There are some people who knew very little about Trump until, the news media talked about him 24 hours a day.

The news media is no longer about news, they are about entertainment. The Flint, Michigan water crisis was going on about a year before main stream media picked up the story. The news media use to bring the information to the public not wait to the story is already popular then cover it.

Our community should not let the main stream news media cover our stories unless they are going to present all the information even-handed. The depiction of us in these forms of media are not always favorable.

The news media runs 24 hours a day. The face of evil has many different looks, so is the news media everyday evil?

Your Dollar My Dream

Your Dollar My Dream

There are some who believe the state of the black community is as far worst off as it has ever been. Our unemployment rate is higher than any other race, we are under educate, we dominate the prison population, and the police killings of unarmed black people seems to be a frequent occurrence.

Our scholars, community activist, social leaders, or spiritual leaders have many different schools of thought on how we as a people can overcome these problems. I believe there may not be a right way or a wrong way, I believe the best approach may be to utilize all option. One of the methods to transcend these predicaments that I find interesting is financial independence. There are some individuals, who are very intelligent, such as Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Boyce Watkins, and Antonio Moore who provide very interesting perspectives on how, we as a collective can gain financial independence from our oppressors.

After thinking about gaining financial independence I had a thought on how we can achieve this goal. I know that after hearing my thoughts, there will be several negative commentary but bear with me and remember it is my dream.

There are presently over 40 million black people in America, let’s just half that number of black people would invest a dollar a month into a fund for the enrichment of black people. There would be 20 million dollars each month in this fund, with this money we would be able to build our own schools, back our own candidates for local elections, create our businesses. We would be a nation inside of a nation. There are several abandon towns throughout the United States, we would be able to buy the towns, create our own police force, judicial system, and government. This would reduce the amount of brothers and sisters going to prison. People would be properly educated, there would be jobs and pride; this would reduce crime in our community. I know this is a herculean task but just imagine if we could accomplish this, we could have a committee of volunteers to oversee our interest, religion would not play apart in decision about the objects of the community. No matter what your financial situation is I believe everyone could spare a dollar a month, this small investment would have a huge return. I know there would be people trying hard to derail our effort and some will be our own people but it will be our job to shed ourselves of these individuals and stay focused on the goal. Outside money would be meaningless because all the needs of our people will be met by us. Remember as a people we excel in all situations, we are intelligent, athletic, gifted, and compassionate people. Our children would have goals that would be boundless.

I know this might never actually become reality, I know the government will probably try to stop us from achieving our goal, the racist will be up in arms, and some of our people will against it. But just imagine would it would be like if we made it happen. People have made other dreams come true.

All it takes is your dollar and my dream

Have We Forgotten

In Case You Forgot

 

In Case you forgot is an article written by Michael Harriot for The Root.com (link below). This article discusses the more recent police shooting, according to the article there has been 237 people shot and killed by the police since the beginning of 2017. The article goes on to outline some questionable shootings involving Black victims and have we forgot about this continuous slaughter of Black people.

My question is have we forgotten or are we desensitized about the subject. Have we become familiar with killings or have we accepted the killings as part of our lives in America. If either are true then Black Americans are doomed. I am not sure either premise is true, I offer another premise. Do we only care when it is popular to express our outrage? I ask this because when there is a video, a hashtag, or the incident is trending online there seems to be more outrage. Are we waiting for someone or the majority of society to decide this is something to voice our opinion about or march in the streets for. In some odd way I believe the victim’s families would like the outcry for justice that some of the other victims received, they may want their stories told across the nation, depicting how they are loved and how people who were dear to person are heartbroken as a result of a killer cop. Colin Kaepernick kneeling did not open the eyes to those who do not see the injustice, maybe if we scream loud enough after each killing people will start to understand that these incident were not isolated. Instead of the media trying to turn the victims into criminals they would have to listen because our screams would be deafening. It is my opinion that the reason why people hate Colin Kaepernick so much is that he has help expose America’s misdeeds to the world. If we screamed loud after each murder the rest of the world will have no choice but to listen and America does not want to appear to be evil to the rest of the world. I believe by remaining silent we are contributing to the deaths that will occur in the near future. If there is no payment for misdeeds the misdeeds will multiply.

Have we forgotten?

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Is Colin Kaepernick a modern day Hero?

Definition of Hero by Merriam-Webster:  a person admired for achievements and noble qualities; one who shows great courage; the central figure in an event, period, or movement.

America has an infatuation with heroes, a large part of movies and television shows are based on or about a hero. Entertainment vehicles such as The Avengers, Logan, Dare Devil, Luke Cage, and Flash are successful partly because of the hero concept. Therefore, part of the American citizens may welcome a heroic figure.  I am not saying Colin is a hero, I am just asking the question is he a hero based on the definition and his recent action.

I know many people consider him more of a villain than a hero, people believe he is disrespecting the flag and the country, but one has to remember with any iconic or great individual there has always been a fraction of society that does not agree with iconic figure’s position or actions. Martin Luther King, Jr; Malcolm X; and Muhammed Ali have been vilified during the height of their life mission. Now many consider them heroes, legends, or historical figures.  Everyone knows at this point that Kaepernick decided to protest against the way black individual have been treated in America, especially by the judicial system and /or law enforcement. His individual protest had gained national attention, most of the attention may be negative attention. As a result Colin career is jeopardy, now some say he is no longer a good quarterback and that is why he is currently unemployed. But there are lesser skilled QBs and QBs will less accomplishments still employed in the NFL. One thing will never know is if Colin did not protest would he still be unemployed at this point of free agency. Colin has put his career and financial stability online to speak for those will lesser of a voice and bring worldwide attention to the issues that are affecting the black community. I know there were individuals who told Colin to give up his protest because it would have a negative effect on his football career, but Colin decided that his message is more important than the potential loss of income. With death threats and the threat of losing employment in an area he has dedicated entire life to participate in, if not heroic it is honorable. So often the black community look for celebrities and athletes to take a stand against injustice, now that one celebrity has taken a stand, will we stand with him.  I asked the question is Colin Kaepernick a modern day hero because if he is a hero we should celebrate his heroism now, instead of after he has pasted or years after his protest. Not only did he protest Colin put in his time and money to help improve the injustice and inequality that affects the world.

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