News Media, Racism

The [Meek] Shall Inherit the Earth or The Earth May Engulf the [Meek]?

How come we must pick sides? Remember the Martin Luther King Jr. quote “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The reason why I ask this question and reference this quote is that people have been taking sides regarding the Meek Mill situation.

Meek Mill has been sentenced to a prison term of two to four years for probation violation. There are people on all sides of this topic, many people believe he deserves it for violating the conditions of his probations. There are people upset because some celebrities have come to Meek’s defensive, these people believe their others in the prison system who need the help of these celebrities. There are those people who view this as a mistreatment by the justice system. I personally believe in the latter, this is an abusive system of justice. I offer this to the people who believe Meek is getting what he deserves and to those who are concerned about others in similar or worse situations. If they can do this to an individual who has some success, notoriety, means and minor wealth; what will stop them from doing this to all of us. Instead of complaining about him receiving this attention because he is a celebrity we need to use this moment to point out other situation that displays a miscarriage of justice. People past judgment on the Meek Mill situation without learning what really happened, people rely on the media and the media has proven over time that is not on our side. The media only reports the truth when they are forced to report the truth. The judge indicated he violated his terms of probation by leaving the state without permission, police contact from a fight in the airport, and police contact for riding an unauthorized vehicle in the streets of New York. The charge of leaving the state without permission charge, Meek Mill’s people notified the judge of his travel request and she signed off on the request. The judge later denied giving permission. The fight in the airport, after farther investigation it was determined that Meek was trying to prevent the fight and the charges were dismissed. Riding the unauthorized vehicle incident happened while he was shooting a video, the police were present the entire time, and he was not arrested for this infraction until the next day.

I understand people need to be punished for their mistakes, but the punishment must fit the crime. I ask our people to do one thing instead of looking at all the negative things people like Meek does look at the positive things they do. The media will always highlight the negative, but they will never report on all the charity work he may do, the people he may employ and the lives he may save. Look at the situation regarding Senatorial candidate Roy Moore people are coming to his defense and he is accused of, in my opinion, one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit. As Black people, we have many problems, us fighting amongst ourselves should not be one of them. Any issue regarding a Black person should be dealt with among Black people, the media or no outside forces should influence our decision about another Black person. Remember the injustice you allow to happen to one person, you may one day become a victim of the same injustice.

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African American History, African History, Racism, Uncategorized

White Out: The Whiting of the World

After having a conversation with some youths, I determined that they were under the impression that much of the world is Caucasians. The lead me to wonder how did this mindset come to be? Do other people in different parts of the world believe the same thing? Do other people in different parts of the world believe that being white is superior?

With regards, the young men I was speaking with I can understand why they thought the much of the world’s population are Caucasians. Most of the people they see on TV, in schools and in positions of authority are Caucasians. I then remembered watching a video interview with a Reggaetón rapper Tego Calderone, in this interview he talked about being discriminated against because he has darker skin and appears to black instead of looking more like would some people would envision Puerto Ricans resemble. This led me down a different path of thinking, I began wondering how someone could discriminate against someone who has the same culture, speaks the same language, and they live their entire life on the same island. I may be naïve on somethings but for me, I understood the discrimination here in the United States because black people and white people are different culturally, the institution of slavery, the disparity of laws towards black Americans, and the economic benefits to discrimination. With Tego the only difference is the tone of their skin.

Before I go on I must admit I am not as well versed on world history as others, but I have not read or heard of any other time in history before slavery in America where discrimination based on skin color was prevalent. I may be wrong if so please inform me. If I am right, has racism and discrimination in America infected the rest of the world? I started to recall stories that I have read and heard where people of darker skin being treated differently around the world, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. If so, I find this fascinating that a small percentage of the world’s population have convinced the rest of the world that is better to be white.

I hope I am wrong on all my assertions. If I am right this means white people do not have to discriminate against black people we will do it to each other. Racism is on auto-pilot!!!!

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African History, Hollywood, Uncategorized

Does Hollywood Know Your History?

The other day I was watching the television show Superstition starring Mario Van Peeples. In the show, Mario Van Peebles character is an immortal Moorish warrior and his wife has the powers of the Egyptian goddess Isis. This started me to thinking about how Hollywood is aware of Black people’s history and our impact on the world. Kevin Barringer of the Zo What Morning Show constantly points out characters in movies and symbols that are related to Moors and/or Africa.

The reason why I bring this up is that I would like to know should we be ashamed that Hollywood has more knowledge about our history than we do. There are many things that I did not know about our impact on the world and our place in history, I did not gain knowledge of our history until my adult years. The school system does not teach us about our history, the schools omit it or change it. Hollywood gives some knowledge, and they may change the imagery, but the knowledge is still there. For example, Elizabeth Taylor was presented as Cleopatra. They gave you knowledge of Cleopatra and her power, but we should have related that information to a black woman regardless of who is playing her. I remember when I was in college we were having a conversation about Egypt, a white student referred to Egypt as Africa and a black student so no I am talking about Egypt, not Africa. It dawned on me that the school system has us believing that Egypt is not Africa. We were taught about all the great accomplishments, the great people, and the great wealth associated with Egypt. The school system separated this greatness from black people. The reason why I tell this story is the white student had to appeal to logic to convince the black student that Egypt is Africa, he did this by simply asking where is Egypt located. This relates to Hollywood because for the most part Hollywood is controlled by Jewish people and these people have more knowledge about our history than we do.

I point out Hollywood’s knowledge of our history not as a negative, but it can be used as a learning tool. The information presented to us should be used to present the truth to our children. Just as I watch the show Superstition I told my son to watch it and one of is question was how was the wife able to bring him back to life. This question allowed me to teach him about Isis and how she brought her husband back to life. The knowledge was not forced but was well received, this made him want to learn more about Isis and the Moors. When given lemons make lemonade.

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NFL, Uncategorized

It is Just A Battle In A War

Colin Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against the NFL accusing the NFL of collusion. Many people are stating he is a crybaby, he is not good enough to play in the league, he cannot win the lawsuit or he is getting what he deserves. In my opinion, everybody is wrong, even people who support Colin are stating he may be making a mistake by filing the lawsuit.

Everyone believes Colin has filed the lawsuit with expectations of winning or getting back in the league, I would like to present a different point of view. I believe Colin wants to play in the NFL again but I believe he realizes this is no longer a possibility. Everything Colin has done until this point has been a selfless act, therefore why shouldn’t we assume this lawsuit is a selfless act. By filing this lawsuit, it may prevent other players who have kneeled from losing their jobs. The lawsuit will expose any conversation by the owners on how they will address players who knelt. Jerry Jones comments about players not playing who knelt offer an insight into how the owners may be thinking. If the owners have not colluded up until this point the lawsuit may prevent them from colluding in the future and this will benefit the players. There have been some commentators expressing the concern of his choice of lawyers because they believe Mark Geragos is a celebrity attorney. They believe a celebrity attorney will bring the wrong type of attention to this situation. I think a Mark Geragos or an attorney like him is the correct move, the NFL and/or the media have changed the narrative surrounding Colin’s protest. Geragos has the ability to change the narrative again, he can expose the NFL on several fronts not just regarding Colin. The media likes to portrait that most of the country is against Colin the reality may be that most of the country may support him. This has come down to public perception, the media, NFL, and the President have a stranglehold on public perception. Geragos may have the ability to loosen that hold.

I leave you with two quotes from Sun Tzu “If His forces are united, separate them.” If some of the owners partook in the collusion this will force the others to separate themselves, therefore making them weaker. “Begin by seizing something which your opponent holds dear; then he will be amenable to your will.” These owners are powerful white men, they are used to being in control and not answering to others. The lawsuit will seize some of their power, this will make them uncomfortable and lead to mistakes. People must understand this is not Colin Kaepernick’s war it is everyone’s war.

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Uncategorized

The Guns of America

The Las Vegas shooting is a tragedy, after this affair we are hearing about gun reform, background checks and now controlling the selling of bump stocks. I am not a gun enthusiast so I had never heard of a bump stock but a “bump stock” replaces a rifle’s standard stock, which is the part held against the shoulder. The bump-stock frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, harnessing the energy from the kickback shooters feel when the weapon fires. The stock “bumps” back and forth between the shooter’s shoulder and trigger finger, causing the rifle to rapidly fire again and again. The shooter holds his or her trigger finger in place while maintaining forward pressure on the barrel and backward pressure on the pistol grip while firing. Bump stocks are not illegal and honestly, I do not see a reason the average person or hunter would need this device. But will there be gun reform? If there is gun reform how will it impact the country? Will new gun laws stop mass shootings?

In my opinion, the answer to all the questions is NO. The reason why I say no is because there will not be any gun reform in any way. After the Newtown shooting where babies were gun down there was no gun reform. After the killing of babies and you stand on your position about gun control there will be no movement after the Las Vegas shootings. You constantly hear people say America has a gun cultural besides the gun cultural here the manufacturing of guns is engrained into the economy of America. Remember the auto industry bailout, the reason for the auto industry bailout is because we were told if the auto companies fail the impact on the country would be devastating. The reason I bring up the auto industry bailout is that there are just as many guns as there are cars in America. Therefore, if the success of the auto industry has a huge impact on the country then the gun manufacturer has a similar impact on the country. Based on these politicians will not do anything that will have a negative impact on gun manufacturers.

In my opinion, there will be no gun reform and there will be no reduction in mass shootings. The hype around the Las Vegas shooting will die down and the gun talk will go away until the next incident. How do we prevent these mass shooting and how do we prepare for a mass shooting, I have no idea? Getting your own guns will not help but if it makes you feel better then get yours. A large number of guns are owned by a small number of citizens. I am afraid this will become a part of life in America

 

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NFL, US Veterans

Part Time Patriots

Colin Kaepernick reason for his protest was clearly stated, he is protesting police brutality with regards to people of color and how we receive no justice because of police brutality. The media, fans, a government is trying to change the narrative, they are stating this protest is disrespectful to the veterans. Honestly, they have done a good job at changing the narrative, the country is divided. There are many people who believe the players are disrespecting the veterans. The other day I was a post on twitter where someone posted a picture of a soldier’s coffin with the flag on it and his wife next to the coffin crying. The statement was (paraphrasing) “How could you see this and take a knee.”  Since people are so concerned about the veterans and feel the players are disrespecting veterans let’s talk about how the veterans are being really disrespected and these patriots are not upset about these issues.

First, there are many veterans who own small businesses the government has contracts set-a-side for these veteran-owned small businesses. These set-a-sides are supposed to ensure that a portion of the government contracts is given to veteran-owned businesses. The government issues billions of dollars in contracts, therefore, to me it seems like a no-brainer if a veteran-owned business has the capability to fulfill the needs of the contract they should be awarded the contract. The government has a rule of two, which states if at least two veterans owned submitted competitive bids for a contract the contract should go to the veteran-owned business. The government has been finding ways to circumvent this rule and adhere to the Veterans First Choice program. Veterans owned businesses have been in court fighting against this for years, they have recently won a ruling that is in favor of the veterans (Kingdomware). After winning this ruling the government is still not awarding some contracts to veteran-owned businesses. Now you ask how does this hurt veterans, these are veteran-owned small businesses these veterans support their families from these businesses and they employ other veterans. Many of these business owners are disabled veterans. So why would the federal government avoid providing opportunities to the people who risked their lives for the country? Who is getting these contracts? The businesses who when these contracts are they connected to the decision makers?

Secondly, health care for veterans. There is a high rate of veterans who are mentally ill and homeless. Why aren’t the part-time patriots outraged about this?  The recent Graham-Cassidy health care bill that was supposed to replace Obama Care was opposed by veterans because the bill would have harmed veterans. Luckily the bill did not receive the necessary votes but for some reason, no one was concerned about the veterans. The way the current health provided to veterans is good if the veteran has access to a VA hospital but many veterans do not reside near a VA hospital. These veterans who do not live near a VA hospital must see private physicians, once the veterans see a private physician the way the health benefits are structured changes meaning theirs out of pocket expenses increase.

I contest that these part-time patriots do not really care about veterans because if they really cared about veterans there are more pressing issues to address. I believe everyone in this country admires and respects veterans, veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice. Arguing that NFL players are disrespecting the veterans by kneeling is a ludicrous point of view. I would like to see the same energy for issues the really affect veterans lives and livelihoods.

 

 

 

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Colin, NFL, Police shooting, Racism, Uncategorized

So What You Took A Knee

This past weekend we witness a large portion of the NFL react to Donald Trump’s statement which he indicates any player who kneels during the National Anthem should be fired. The media and the public have praised many of the players and owners for opposing Trump and taking a knee or showing so another form of gesture during the anthem. I respect the unity and the heart to stand against the Donald Trump but part of me is disappointed.

The reason why I am somewhat disappointed is the fact that the reason Colin Kaepernick started sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem was to protest police brutality and the injustice towards black people. The fact that INNOCENT black people being slaughtered in the streets by the police and receiving no justice for these atrocities was not a good reason to take a knee. Some have only taken a knee because Trump called the league out and threaten their livelihood. Now the media is talking about every team who performed some gesture but NO ONE is talking about the injustice that started Colin on this crusade. The murder of Tamar Rice, Alton Sterling, Philando Castiel, or Freddy Gray wasn’t good enough to stand up against the system but an empty threat was the catalyst for your resistance. During all this kneeling we find out the T-Boz, of TLC, a relative was murdered by the police and this instance was barely reported. If not for T-Boz we may not have heard about this killing.

So what you took a knee, the reason for the knee as not been addressed and we are still be murdered by the people sworn to protect us. For all the black NFL players who did not want knee before the Donald Trump statement, you do not have to take a knee but you should donate money to the fight. There are many street-level organizations fighting the good fight you can donate too. There is no excuse for failing your people if you do not want to use your voice then use your wallet.

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