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
A few weeks ago, news came out the Boston Celtics rookie Jason Tatum has a child with his high school sweetheart, but Tatum is currently dating a college classmate. Now you may say why I am writing about a pro basketball player, the reason I am writing about this is that Jason Tatum current girlfriend is a white woman. After reading this story I started to wonder are white women targeting black athletes? I am not accusing Jason’s current girlfriend of this because I do not know her or the circumstances surrounding his relationship with her or his son’s mother. I am just curious.
I have noticed that some professional black athletes are in relationships with white women. Now I do not know if a black athlete with a white woman just sticks out more or that black athletes with white women exceed societal norms. We see athletes such as Ezekiel Elliot, Robert Griffin, III, Reggie Bush, and Andre Drummond in relationships with white women. People will say to me, people should be allowed to marry who they want, love has no color, and it is none of your business. All these statements may be true in some context but the lack of wealth and generational wealth in the black community is what concerns me. Let’s take OJ Simpson case, for example, Nicole Brown Simpson came from a modest family but after marrying OJ her family was now rubbing elbows with the upper class. Her family members were residing in upper-class neighborhoods and her father had his own Hertz business all because of OJ. The Jason Tatum situation just seems odd to me, here is a black young man from St. Louis who has been with his girlfriend throughout high school, he attends Duke University for 10 months now he is no longer with his high school sweetheart. He started dating the new girl all around the time he is projected to become a lottery pick. People will say this all a coincidence, it may well be, but I keep thinking of the book “Killers of the Flower Moon.” In this book white men marry into Native Indian families who have a wealth of oil, the white men then kill the members of the Indian tribe so that the white men will now have all the wealth generated from the oil. My point is history repeats itself and never underestimate the levels people will stoop too.
Maybe this is all in my head, a by-product of watching the movie “Get Out” too many times, but many of these athletes grew up in black home, black neighborhoods, with the support of the black community I just have a problem with another race benefiting from a person struggles without having invested in him or her. Something somebody told me years ago once you become successful you must ask yourself would this person be in my corner or in my life if I did not have this success?
Universal pay or universal basic income is a system where a country government pays the citizen a determined amount of income each month. The reason for this is based on the loss of jobs due to automation. There are several well-known and inventive thinkers who believe that America is headed in this direction. Individuals such as Elon Musk, founder of Tesla and Mark Zuckerberg creator of Facebook believe eventually the United States will implement universal pay. Based on the advancement in artificial intelligence, the automation of several assembly lines, and the ever-growing use of the internet. Many of the factory, servant, and blue-collar jobs will no longer exist. We already see that there is push for more people to develop technology based skills. It was not too long ago that people who worked in factories could live middle-class or almost middle-class lives. These jobs are quickly evaporating. A study by the University of Oxford estimates that 47% of U.S jobs could be replaced by robots in 10 to 20 years.
The automobile industry and the trucking industry have already started the process of implementing computer operated vehicles. Their claim is that computer operated vehicle reduces accidents, reduces traffic, save on fuel and time. If this is employed on a large scale what happens to the truck drivers and cab drivers? Remember truck driver and cab drivers earn a decent salary, it is enough for them to provide for their families. If unemployed how does a truck drivers skills transfer into another growing industry? I just heard someone mention that Amazon is one the leading companies to increase employment but for every job that Amazon creates three jobs have been lost. Based on these trends and facts the government may have no choice but to utilize a universal payment system.
After all, you are asking how does this affect me. First, for the universal pay system to work the wealthiest Americans will have to contribute. Rich people love money and their goal is to accumulate as much wealth as possible even if they have no use for all this wealth. They will want to reduce the number of recipients of the universal payment system. Let’s think how do you reduce the number of recipients? You must decrease the population and/or deem people ineligible for the pay. The government may institute a Muslim ban, which will decrease the number of people coming to American and becoming citizens. The government may address the illegal immigrant problem because a child of an illegal born on American soil would be eligible for payment. You could incite a race war, this would eliminate a section of recipients because there would be many casualties. In addition, to the casualties, those convicted of a crime would be ineligible for universal payment. Does any of this sound familiar?
I do not have any proof of the government taking these action against its citizens and I am not sure America will adopt a universal payment system but I would put anything past them. I would even call my point of view on this subject a theory, all I am saying now is not the time to sleep. We are not in the know the people who control the world have information that we will never be aware of. History has shown that while we are being distracted other things are happening to shape the world, now there is distraction every day.