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THE VIDEO BELOW IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE SHOULD NOT DO WHEN ENCOUNTERING ‘RETAIL RACISM’

When confronted by a white person practicing RETAIL RACISM, what the black female in the video could have done was:

1)  in a calm but firm voice ask to speak to the manager of the establishment.

2)  while she’s waiting for the manager, take out her copy of  ‘The Counter-Racism Response to Retail Racism’  

3) tell the manager what happened and how the previous (white) customer was treated by the cashier

4) then respond with the following NO matter what the manager says:

“Oops, thank you for the reminder. I had lost my mind for a minute. Forgot we’re in a system of racism. Let me get out of line. No need to spend my money here. I don’t need an apology. I don’t need any coupons.  I’m leaving and will not be back here ever again and will encourage all other non-white people to also refrain from spending a dime in your establishment.”

5) WALK OUT OF THE STORE and LEAVE THE GROCERIES ON THE COUNTER

By  doing ALL the above, she would have TAUGHT her daughter – by example — to RESPECT HERSELF AND HER DOLLARS, not to finance her own degradation, and NOT to count on “good white people” OR non-white people passing as “white” to rescue her when she can do it HERSELF.

(To hear the actual words spoken by Gus Renegade, host of C.O.W.S. (Context of White Supremacy, click on the audio player below:

‘The Counter-Racism Response to Retail Racism’ 

“Oops, thank you for the reminder. I had lost my mind for a minute. Forgot we’re in a system of racism. Let me get out of line. No need to spend my money here. I don’t need an apology. I don’t need any coupons.  I’m leaving and will not be back here ever again and will encourage all other non-white people to also refrain from spending a dime in your establishment.”

(PRINT THIS UP AND CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES.  SHARE THIS RESPONSE WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS, COWORKERS, AND ACQUAINTANCES)

(Click on the link below to print or save the PDF version)

The Counter-Racism Response to Retail Racism   (PDF Version)

Do NOT RELY on “good white people” OR  non-white people who are passing as white to RESCUE YOU. We must learn how to RESCUE OURSELVES and how to help other Victims who are being mistreated.

The elderly white females the black female referred to in this video were not on this black female’s side, they were siding with the non-white female who they BELIEVED was a WHITE PERSON who called the white cashier out.

I seriously, seriously believe had the black female accused the white female cashier of practicing racism, the elderly white females would have remained SILENT and would have been annoyed and offended by that “angry black” making a public disturbance and “playing the race card.”

I believe those elderly white females could have been practicing the WHITE SUPREMACIST CODE — creating confusion among the non-white Victims whenever a white person who is practicing racism is EXPOSED by their Victim(s). 

To maintain white supremacy/white privilege (a SYSTEM OF DECEPTION), It is NECESSARY to convince the Non-White Victims that all white people are not playing on the same team AKA are NOT RACIST.

This CONFUSES the non-white Victims who will waste a lifetime trying to decide which white person is RACIST, and which white person is NOT (the ‘good white people’) — when IN REALITY, ALL white people BENEFIT from the mistreatment of non-white people.

I’m not bashing the black female victim in this video, but I believe it is NON-PRODUCTIVE to waste time “convincing”  white people that racism is wrong or that “it hurts.”

White people clearly understand when AND how racism is being practiced. They ALSO understand that they would not want to be subjected to the kind of mistreatment that non-white people experience  — AND will VIGOROUSLY OBJECT whenever they feel that they are being DENIED THEIR WHITE PRIVILEGES (treated like a “nigger.”)

For example, I have heard one white person say to another white person in response to being asked to perform a menial task: “You ain’t working me like a nigger.”

White people understand it is necessary to mistreat non-white people (AKA practice racism) to GUARANTEE THEIR WHITE PRIVILEGES.

Even when it appears that a white person is opposing racism, what often happens is that white person may be practicing a MORE REFINED (AND DECEPTIVE) FORM OF RACISM to confuse their Victims.

Because as long as their Victims STAY CONFUSED, they will NEVER have the UNDERSTANDING, the INFORMATION, or the WILL necessary to dismantle this system.

I also found it interesting that the black female’s sister-in-law (who has a black and a white parent) did NOT identify herself as another non-white person BUT continued to present herself as a white person — thereby, GUARANTEEING her continued use of her “white privileges” and allowing her the BEST of BOTH WORLDS — the white world and the black world.

In the white world, she has access to all the white privileges available, even though she is married to a black male. In addition she is a STAR in the black world because she CHOSE to be with black people, who will more than likely treat her BETTER than they would treat another black person.

I’m sure when this story was told to black family members and acquaintances, her stock in their eyes ROSE tremendously, and she is possibly now above reproach — a HOLY, NEAR-WHITE GRAIL.

Of course, I could be incorrect.

However, I have seen this dynamic play out many, many times, where black people are either OPENLY or SECRETLY thrilled by the presence of a white person OR a non-white person who could pass for white being part of their family OR social circle OR  is sharing their BED.

This distorted and self-disrespecting mentality is a BY-PRODUCT of our 500+ YEARS OF VICTIMIZATION and PROGRAMMING under the system of white supremacy that teaches us from cradle to grave that WHITE IS SUPERIOR AND BLACK IS INFERIOR.

What is the best response when confronted by a non-white people who attempts to practice RETAIL RACISM against another victim?

In all honesty, there may not be a standard response that works well for all occasions, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

(Keep in mind that NO non-white person has the POWER to practice racism of any kind, UNLESS they are backed up by a more powerful white person).

Counter-Racism Economics STOP # 1: STOP spending your money where you are NOT respected

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Target Market News releases 15th annual ‘Buying Power of Black America’ report

“In 2008 black consumers had total earned income of $803 billion. They ranked 17th among the economies of the world in comparable gross national income.

Apparel Products and Services

$26.9 billion

Appliances

2.2 billion

Beverages (Alcoholic)

2.8 billion

Beverages (Non-Alcoholic)

3.1 billion

Books

289 million

Cars and Trucks – New & Used

31.5 billion

Computers

3.5 billion

Consumer Electronics

4.5 billion

Contributions

11.0 billion

Education

71 billion

Entertainment and Leisure

2.8 billion

Food

65.3 billion

Gifts

3.5 billion

Health Care

23.9 billion

Households Furnishings and Equipment

12.9 billion

Housewares

836 million

Housing and Related Charges

166.3 billion

Insurance

19.0 billion

Media

8.3 billion

Miscellaneous

4.4 billion

Personal Care Products and Services

6.6 billion

Sports and Recreational Equipment

1.0 billion

Telephone Services

17.2 billion

Tobacco Products and Smoking Supplies

3.1 billion

Toys, Games and Pets

2.4 billion

Travel, Transportation and Lodging

6.4 billion

http://www.targetmarketnews.com/storyid01201001.htm

We all know (we) black people spend a TON of money enriching the communities of people who despise us.  I know black people who are “eating out” even when we are behind on our rent, mortgage, and utility bills. I know this because I was one of them.

There are many reasons for this, one of them being the NEED to please ourselves, treat ourselves, and soothe ourselves after being subjected to a lifetime of PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA under the system of racism/white supremacy.

But, we are a RESILIENT PEOPLE, who are ABLE to learn from our experiences (if we choose to), and RIGHT NOW is the RIGHT TIME to use our EXPERIENCES as the Victims of racism to EMPOWER OURSELVES by RESPECTING OUR BLACK DOLLARS instead of  enriching the businesses, families, and communities of THOSE WHO DESPISE US AND DISRESPECT US.

It is VERY telling that our SECOND biggest expenditure was FOOD (65.3 BILLION DOLLARS)  while the LEAST amount of money was spent on BOOKS ($289 Million). 

A great deal of our food dollars were spent on take-out and restaurant food, so let’s take a look at some of the WHITE-OWNED RESTAURANT CHAINS we regularly patronize where our hard-earned BLACK DOLLARS are NOT RESPECTED.

EXAMPLE  # 1 — DOMINO’S PIZZA

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Carla Robinson ordered a pizza from her local Domino’s and  her niece saw “niggers don’t tip” on the receipt. She reported the incident to management and the offending party has been fired, but since that time she has received harassing phone calls that echo the sentiment expressed on the receipt.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/dominos-pizza-racist-receipt-11462227

EXAMPLE  # 2 — CRACKER BARREL  (LEWISVILLE, TEXAS)

CRACKER BARREL

Church members seek $4.5M from Cracker Barrel over alleged racial discrimination

May 2, 2011 3:41 PM

SHERMAN – A Dallas pastor and members of her church are seeking $4.5 million in a lawsuit against Cracker Barrel for racial discrimination and assault after a staff member gave them a threatening note.

“This case arises out of an all too frequent act of blatant racism at the local Cracker Barrel,” the suit states. “At an after-church lunch, Pastor Hytlon, her husband, members of her congregation, and their children — all African-Americans — were treated to repeated slights by Cracker Barrel staff …”

According the lawsuit, the plaintiffs were all subjected to pervasive and intentional discrimination when they were subjected to extremely poor and disproportionate service relative to white customers, segregated seating, racial slurs, threats of bodily harm, and offensive physical contact.”

The alleged incident occurred on April 18, 2009, as Rev. Margelee Hylton and members of her congregation entered the Lewisville restaurant for lunch. The group states they waited an inordinate amount of time before being seated, and were then seated near the kitchen at the back of the restaurant.

After waiting for service and their food, the group was leaving when a Cracker Barrel employee allegedly handed them a note which stated: “Guns aren’t lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live.”

The plaintiffs complained to the cashier and to the manager but claim they were non-responsive.

EXAMPLE  # 3 — CRACKER BARREL  (NORTH CAROLINA)

Cracker Barrel customer says bias was ‘flagrant’

williamsMichelle Williams, here with daughter Delana, 10, says she was a victim of discrimination at Cracker Barrel.

Their stories sound like tales from the pre-civil rights era. Terri Wise, 34, of Charlotte, browsed in a local Cracker Barrel store in 2001. Wise, who is African-American, says a white saleswoman followed her.

When she picked up a doll, as shoppers do, the saleswoman took it from her and put it back on the shelf. The same thing happened with a greeting card. When Wise looked around, she noticed a white patron touching merchandise freely — without supervision.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/2004-05-07-cracker-barrel_x.htm

EXAMPLE  # 3 — CRACKER BARREL  (ARKANSAS)

The Rev. Henry Harris, 55, also African-American, says that at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Arkansas two years ago, he and his family watched for 35 minutes as white diners in parties of the same size who arrived after him were escorted to tables.

He wound up in the smoking section “with other African-American patrons,” even though he had requested non-smoking and tables were open there. When he appealed to a manager, he “politely looked at me and said if we were dissatisfied … there was a Burger King” around the corner.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/companies/2004-05-07-cracker-barrel_x.htm

EXAMPLE  # 4 —  CRACKER BARREL 

Chris Rock’s Mother To Sue Cracker Barrel Over Racism

Chris Rock’s mother is to sue a South Carolina restaurant over claims she was the victim of racism by the eatery’s staff. Rose Rock and her 21-year-old daughter visited the Cracker Barrel chain’s restaurant in April. They allege they were the only blacks in the building and ignored for half an hour before anyone served them. Rose claims she asked the manager about the delay and was told they could have a free meal.

But she complains, “He never called over the waitresses and asked, ‘Why did these people sit here for an hour without service?’ The only thing he said was we could have a free meal and neither of us wanted to eat.”

Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis insists the company doesn’t tolerate any form of discrimination: “It has always been a violation of our policies and procedures and it is neither condoned nor allowed.” She added the restaurant chain was investigating and taking the complaint “very seriously.”

Rose contacted the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission immediately after the incident and was told her complaint would be handled, but “nothing ever happened.”

http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2006/10/18/chris_rock_s_mother_to_sue_cracker_barre

Actually, we should NOT be surprised about all the incidents of racism. After all, the restaurant chain is named “CRACKER BARREL.”

EXAMPLE  # 5 —  DENNY’S

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In the latest lawsuit against Denny’s, an African American family in East St. Louis, Illinois sued the restaurant chain for racial discrimination and has been awarded $600,000 in damages by a federal jury.

Sandra Green says that when her family went out to eat at Denny’s Restaurant, a white waiter deliberately ignored them and used racial slurs when the family finally did get service. Denny’s later fired the waiter.

Repeated Occurrences of Racism

In 1991, 18 young African American men decided to eat at a Denny’s restaurant in San Jose, California. The group claimed that they were racially discriminated against when the restaurant required them to pre-pay for their meals before being served.

Then, two years later in Annapolis, Maryland, six members of the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service filed a lawsuit against Denny’s after an incident in which they said they were refused breakfast service by a white waitress because they were black.

By December 1995, Denny’s had paid out settlements totaling $54 million to over 300,000 people who said they were racially discriminated against at Denny’s restaurants.

http://www.totalinjury.com/news/articles/discrimination/dennys.aspx

EXAMPLE  #6 —  LANDMARK STEAK HOUSE (ORANGE COUNTY, CA)

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A federal lawsuit filed by a successful African-American businessman against a Newport Beach steakhouse that repeatedly listed him on credit card receipts as “McStinkyNigger,” “McNigShit” and “McCottonwood” has been mutually dismissed, according to records at Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Orange County.

Court files show that lawyers representing plaintiff Mark McHenry and Landmark Steakhouse of Corona del Mar agreed to a stipulated settlement of the lawsuit on Feb. 2 — a month before the case was scheduled to be heard by a jury.

A customer during dozens and dozens of visits, McHenry had considered the restaurant enjoyable, took friends there and was a generous tipper. After one visit he returned home, saw an inflammatory receipt and discovered older receipts were similarly despicable.

Landmark Steakhouse Racist Receipt2

When confronted, restaurant employees including manager Dustin Caratello repeatedly apologized and attempted to downplay the bigotry, according to court records.

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/stickaforkinit/2012/02/mcstinkynigger_landmark_steakh.php

Papa John’s Racist “NIGGER” Voicemail

QUESTION:  If the servers and management at these RACIST establishments are BOLD ENOUGH to mistreat BLACK PEOPLE  to our BLACK FACES, what are they DOING TO OUR FOOD BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?

Dominos Pizza Employee fired and arrested (news)

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Extremely disgusting cook caught on hidden CCTV camera

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Dirty kitchen staff piss in milk and spit on food, caught on cctv 

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Man gives woman a yogurt sampler laced with his semen

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A Personal Story

When a former boyfriend and I took a vacation to Vegas, we booked a room at one of the nicer hotels, only to find out that the RACIST desk clerk put us on a floor where construction was going on.  I don’t want to name the hotel because I don’t remember which one it was.

After getting settled in our room, we went to a restaurant (I believe in the same hotel) later that evening, still in a great mood because we were on vacation. We ordered some kind of chicken dish and were served some meat that clearly WASN’T chicken. (Looking back, I suspect it was a rodent. Ugh!)

And being that we weren’t aggressive black folks, we very nicely, almost apologetically, asked them to bring us something else. The sly server didn’t ask any questions but took our plates away and brought a dish that looked like chicken. I suspected even then that he knew what the real problem was.

However, many, many times over the years, I often wondered what they might have done to the food we ate so willingly, as we sat there secretly humiliated, knowing we were being victimized because of the color of our skin.

And I was also appalled to realize that it was more important for a (white) stranger to think we were nice, mannerly Negroes who were afraid to speak honestly about our mistreatment than it was to RESPECT OURSELVES, get up from the table — without paying ONE DIME — and find another place to eat.

The next morning, we checked out and moved to another hotel.

It is painful to think about all the MANY times that I have been disrespected in retail stores and restaurants YET I STILL SPENT MY MONEY to enrich those racists.  I won’t say that I will never be in that position again, but I will strive to do better to respect myself AND to encourage other black people to do the same.

There is NOTHING we need so badly (other than basic necessities) that is WORTH our SELF-RESPECT.

Not overpriced luxury cars (go to another dealer, or find a good used car and bank the difference).

Not fancy clothing. (Find a black designer. If you must have clothing with a white person’s name on your FEET, BACK, or BUTT, go to a resale or consignment shop in a wealthy neighborhood. The BARGAINS are incredible!)

Not fancy restaurant food. (some of the fanciest places have the NASTIEST KITCHENS and the most disgruntled and underpaid kitchen workers, like the ones you saw in the videos above).

We have done ENOUGH SHOPPING to last a thousand lifetimes. It is time to OPEN OUR OWN STORES and RESTAURANTS.  And to support the black people who go into business, because OUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING.

What Black People SHOULD DO When Confronted With “Retail/Restaurant Racism”

Gus Renegade, the host of C.O.W.S. (Context of White Supremacy) Internet Radio Program weighs in:

Check the link BELOW to listen to and participate in new programs  (as they are announced)

http://blacktalkradionetwork.com/page/the-context-of-white-supremacy

What Black People SHOULD NOT DO When Confronted With “Retail/Restaurant Racism”

Oprah on Zurich Racism Incident Sound Clip

NEVER, EVER BEG A RACIST TO TAKE YOUR MONEY. 

THAT IS THE HEIGHT OF BLACK SELF-DISRESPECT.

WORDS TO LIVE BY WHENEVER YOU’RE CONFRONTED WITH RETAIL/RESTAURANT RACISM

PRINT THIS UP AND CARRY IT WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES

“Oops, thank you for the reminder. I had lost my mind for a minute. Forgot we’re in a system of racism. Let me get out of line. No need to spend my money here. I don’t need an apology. I don’t need any coupons.  We’re both leaving and will not be back here ever again and will encourage all other non-white people to also refrain from spending a dime in your establishment.”

(Thank You, Gus!)

More Examples of Retail Racism

JOURNEYS  (RETAIL STORE)

JOURNEY NIGGER receipt

Keith Slater, 22, bought a pair of shoes from Journeys, but later returned them after finding a cheaper pair at another store. Slater received more than a refund, though.

Printed on the receipt to identify the customer are the words “Dumb N*gger”.

“When he showed me that receipt, I could not believe it. He couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. None of us got any sleep just thinking about it,” said Slater’s mother, Linda.

Slater’s father, Keith, feels that “the appropriate thing to do is to terminate the employee because it’s just inappropriate for that to be there, and then to have that deleted from their system.”

The Slaters filed a complaint with mall security, and a representative of the U.S. Department of Justice said it would refer the case to the FBI to determine whether a civil rights violation has occurred.

(look how the “objective” news anchors try to excuse the white female salesperson’s behavior without KNOWING the facts)

OUR MANTRA SHOULD BE:  IF THEY DISRESPECT ONE OF US, THEY DISRESPECT ALL OF US

T-Mobile Black Customer Gets A Racist Receipt

(I bet money black people could SHUT THAT T-MOBILE DEALER down by NOT shopping there)

OUR MANTRA SHOULD BE:  IF THEY DISRESPECT ONE OF US, THEY DISRESPECT ALL OF US

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THECOWSRWSWJ

Greetings!

I’ll be on C.O.W.S. on Wednesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm to talk about the epidemic of  “anti-blackness” among black people.

Gus Renegade, host of C.O.W.S., and I will discuss where anti-blackness originated, how it’s practiced BY black people against other black people, how anti-blackness threatens our survival and prosperity,  and some suggestions on how we can reduce it.

I’ll hope you’ll tune in and share your questions and comments!

Trojan Pam

The Context of White Supremacy with host, Gus Renegade

(click on the link above to listen and participate in Wednesday evening’s program)

What is C.O.W.S.?

The C.O.W.S., stands for “The Context of White Supremacy,” an internet radio program. This Program is specifically engineered for black and non-white listeners — Victims of White Supremacy.

The purpose of this Program is to provide the Victims of White Supremacy with constructive information and suggestions on how to counter Racist Woman and Racist Man.

To access previous  C.O.W.S. programs click on this link.

THECOWSRWSWJ

Greetings!

I’ll be on C.O.W.S. on Wednesday, August 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm to talk about the epidemic of  “anti-blackness” among black people.

Gus Renegade, host of C.O.W.S., and I will discuss where anti-blackness originated, how it’s practiced BY black people against other black people, how anti-blackness threatens our survival and prosperity,  and some suggestions on how we can reduce it.

I’ll hope you’ll tune in and share your questions and comments!

Trojan Pam

The Context of White Supremacy with host, Gus Renegade

(click on the link above to listen and participate in Wednesday evening’s program)

What is C.O.W.S.?

The C.O.W.S., stands for “The Context of White Supremacy,” an internet radio program. This Program is specifically engineered for black and non-white listeners — Victims of White Supremacy.

The purpose of this Program is to provide the Victims of White Supremacy with constructive information and suggestions on how to counter Racist Woman and Racist Man.

To access previous  C.O.W.S. programs click on this link.

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What I have learned over the years from my own personal experiences, is fancy titles (like —  Executive Producer)  given to black people (by white people)  often have LITTLE TO NOTHING TO DO with who has the REAL POWER in that situation.

Giving  “titles” is another way of showcasing black people to make it appear that blacks have real power and to make the black masses believe that “things have changed for the better” for black people — even while those masses are being victimized.

I suspect this is especially true in the entertainment industry because this industry LOVES giving dozens of people often meaningless titles, like:

Executive Producer, Executive Co-Producer, Co-Producer, Head, Co-Head, Vice-President, Senior Vice-President, Executive Vice-President, Co-President, etc.

After appearing as a guest on a program this past Friday evening (August 16, 2013) with the host of Black Talk Radio, Scotty Reid,  I began to wonder if “The Butler”  really was a  “black movie” — meaning did black people write the screenplay, direct the movie, produce the movie, and have the last word about the final product that appeared on the movie screen —

OR  was  “The Butler”  a movie that just happened to have some black people in it and associated with it?

First Things First:  What is a Black Movie?

In my opinion, a BLACK MOVIE is a movie that is WRITTEN, ACTED, and PRODUCED by black people. There may be some random white and/or non-black people involved in the acting, production, and financing of the movie but the GUTS of the movie come out of the MINDS of black people. Definitely, the DECISION MAKERS are black people.

The WORDS that come out of the actors’ MOUTHS come from an AUTHENTIC BLACK EXPERIENCE and BLACK PERSPECTIVE,  which can ONLY come from a BLACK PERSON.

That is MY definition of a BLACK MOVIE.

So, I did a little digging to see what I could find and thought I would share what I found with you and let you draw your OWN conclusions.

Some Basic Questions and Answers about “The Butler” Movie
(I will use this title even though the correct name of the movie is, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”)

1. Who wrote the screenplay for the movie, The Butler?

danny strong solo pic Danny Strong, Screenwriter for ‘The Butler’

Danny Strong Is ‘Incredibly Proud’ Of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Strong was hired to write “The Butler” in 2009, a year before Daniels even signed on as director.

“I’m incredibly proud of the movie,” Strong told HuffPost Entertainment about “The Butler,” his first feature film script. “The movie was such a labor of love for so many of us. I think Lee’s done a wonderful job. It’s definitely not just another writing job.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/09/danny-strong-lee-daniels-the-butler_n_3728196.html

2. Who Owns the (Distribution) Rights to  the movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”?

Harvey_WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein (Co-Chairman – the Weinstein Company)

David GlasserDavid Glasser, Weinstein Co. COO,

The Weinstein Company Acquires Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER.

New York, NY – September 24, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute THE BUTLER, directed by Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS).

http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/weinstein-company-acquires-lee-daniels-the-butler/

3. Who are the Producers, Executive Producers and Co-Producers of “The Butler?”

Laura ZiskinLaura Ziskin – Executive Producer (deceased)

Hilary_ShorHilary_Shor – Executive Producer

Adam-MerimsAdam Merims – Executive Producer

Buddy PatrickBuddy Patrick – Producer

sheila-johnsonShelia Johnson – Producer

Lee Daniels 2Lee Daniels – Producer

American Film Market - Day 4Cassian Elwes – Producer

The movie, ‘The Butler’ had a total of 41 producers — who raised a total of $30 Million dollars to make this “Black Movie.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-lee-daniels-butler-has-605011

4. Who makes the most money percentage wise from a blockbuster movie that makes millions of dollars?

From what I gathered here’s some info on payouts that may not apply to all movies

  • Typically, directors are paid less than actors and are paid a SALARY, not a percentage of the box office receipts. Even name directors will only make as much as B-list actors in their contracts. If you’re comparing a director to an actress or actor like Oprah or Forest Whitaker, they will be making more than the director on that project.
  • A HUGELY successful movie means it’s likely that the producers will make more money than the directors
  • The share of Box Office paid over to distributors (like the Weinstein Company) varies between territories. The typical exhibitor’s share in the US is 45% to 55% and in the Rest of the World 55% to 65%. Royalty deals, under which the distributor usually keeps more of the revenues, tend to be more common. In other words, the DISTRIBUTORS (Movie Studios) make the LION’S SHARE of the box office receipts.  Keep that in mind the next time you want to “support” a “black movie.”

5. Who were the major decision makers during the production and filming of the movie, “The Butler?”

Obviously, I can’t answer that question BUT I try to follow the logic.  Since the majority of people involved in this project, especially the people who provided financing and distribution, were WHITE, I think it is safe to say that WHITE PEOPLE were the MAIN decision-makers for this “black movie.”

And I suspect that Lee Daniels had the LEAST amount of control over the picture, even when it came to NAMING the picture after himself.

Lee Daniels on ‘The Butler’ : “I Don’t Feel So Good About the Title (Video)

Lee Daniels doesn’t “feel so good” about the new title for his upcoming movie about a longtime White House butler, he tells The Hollywood Reporter. But the film’s stars seem to feel fine about the title and the attention generated by The Weinstein Co.’s highly publicized dispute with Warner Bros. over the name of the film, which resulted in it being called Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

In July, The MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau ruled that The Weinstein Co. could not use the title The Butler, which is also the name of a 1916 Warner Bros. short film. Weinstein appealed the decision and tried to get Warner Bros. to back down, but TRB’s appeals board agreed with the earlier decision, so the title was changed to Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

During the dispute with Warner Bros., Daniels was concerned about the title and frustrated.

“Lee was like ‘What are we gonna call the movie?’ ” co-star Oprah Winfrey recalls.

Lead actor Forest Whitaker, who plays longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, says, “I was talking to Lee about it, and he was frustrated by the process and he was just trying to finish the film and stuff, and I just tried to offer support.”

Castmember Cuba Gooding Jr. explains that Daniels wasn’t sure about having his name in the title.

“Lee was very insecure about the fact that his name would be mentioned,” he tells THR. “But I said, ‘No, Lee, now they’ll know that this is you, all-encompassing of what you do and how great a filmmaker you are.'”

Daniels admits he’s still not comfortable with his name in the title of the film.

“I try to touch impoverished kids and try to teach them that they … can become filmmakers. I don’t want to say ‘look at me.’ I’m not ready for people to look at me,” he tells THR. “I don’t know if they’ll know what you know, which is that the MPAA forced this decision on me.”

But he has another week to make his peace with it.

“Hopefully next week I’ll feel better about the title. Right now I don’t feel so good about the title,” he says.

(to see the video and read the entire article, click on the link below)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lee-daniels-butler-i-dont-603539

After doing some research on this movie, things are actually worse than I thought they were — AND my initial suspicions that this is movie is little more than WHITE SUPREMACY PROPAGANDA disguised as an entertaining and enlightening slice of “black civil rights history.”

That being said — it is up to every individual to answer the question for themselves:

Is ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ — a “black” movie? 

After I watch the movie–and that won’t happen until a FREE COPY is available at my local library–I may write another post on what I think about the entire movie.

However, at the present time, I am pretty much convinced that this movie does NOT fit the definition of a BLACK MOVIE — but is in fact, a movie with some black people connected to it — USING some very well-known BLACK FACES to PROMOTE the CONTINUED SUBMISSION and SERVITUDE by black people to white supremacy, white power, and white people.

As Oprah Winfrey said to her black son in the movie, “Everything you have, you owe to that butler.”

The underlying question to me is:  who does the Butler owe everything to?

(inferred answer:  The white man)

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What I have learned over the years from my own personal experiences, is fancy titles (like —  Executive Producer)  given to black people (by white people)  often have LITTLE TO NOTHING TO DO with who has the REAL POWER in that situation.

Giving  “titles” is another way of showcasing black people to make it appear that blacks have real power and to make the black masses believe that “things have changed for the better” for black people — even while those masses are being victimized.

I suspect this is especially true in the entertainment industry because this industry LOVES giving dozens of people often meaningless titles, like:

Executive Producer, Executive Co-Producer, Co-Producer, Head, Co-Head, Vice-President, Senior Vice-President, Executive Vice-President, Co-President, etc.

After appearing as a guest on a program this past Friday evening (August 16, 2013) by the host of Black Talk Radio, Scotty Reid,  I began to wonder if “The Butler”  really was a  “black movie” — meaning did black people write the screenplay, direct the movie, produce the movie, and have the last word about the final product that appeared on the movie screen —

OR  was  “The Butler”  a movie that just happened to have some black people in it and associated with it?

First Things First:  What is a Black Movie?

In my opinion, a BLACK MOVIE is a movie that is WRITTEN, ACTED, and PRODUCED by black people. There may be some random white and/or non-black people involved in the acting, production, and financing of the movie but the GUTS of the movie come out of the MINDS of black people. Definitely, the DECISION MAKERS are black people.

The WORDS that come out of the actors’ MOUTHS come from an AUTHENTIC BLACK EXPERIENCE and BLACK PERSPECTIVE,  which can ONLY come from a BLACK PERSON.

That is MY definition of a BLACK MOVIE.

So, I did a little digging to see what I could find and thought I would share what I found with you and let you draw your OWN conclusions.

Some Basic Questions and Answers about “The Butler” Movie
(I will use this title even though the correct name of the movie is, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”)

1. Who wrote the screenplay for the movie, The Butler?

danny strong solo pic  Danny Strong, Screenwriter for ‘The Butler’

Danny Strong Is ‘Incredibly Proud’ Of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Strong was hired to write “The Butler” in 2009, a year before Daniels even signed on as director.

“I’m incredibly proud of the movie,” Strong told HuffPost Entertainment about “The Butler,” his first feature film script. “The movie was such a labor of love for so many of us. I think Lee’s done a wonderful job. It’s definitely not just another writing job.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/09/danny-strong-lee-daniels-the-butler_n_3728196.html

2. Who Owns the (Distribution) Rights to  the movie, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”?

Harvey_WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein (Co-Chairman – the Weinstein Company)

David GlasserDavid Glasser, Weinstein Co. COO,

The Weinstein Company Acquires Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER.

New York, NY – September 24, 2012 – The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute THE BUTLER, directed by Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS).

http://www.deadline.com/2012/09/weinstein-company-acquires-lee-daniels-the-butler/

3. Who are the Producers, Executive Producers and Co-Producers of “The Butler?”

Laura ZiskinLaura Ziskin – Executive Producer (deceased)

Hilary_ShorHilary_Shor – Executive Producer

Adam-MerimsAdam Merims – Executive Producer

Buddy PatrickBuddy Patrick – Producer

sheila-johnsonShelia Johnson – Producer

Lee Daniels 2Lee Daniels – Producer

American Film Market - Day 4Cassian Elwes – Producer

The movie, ‘The Butler’ had a total of 41 producers — who raised a total of $30 Million dollars to make this “Black Movie.”

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-lee-daniels-butler-has-605011

4. Who makes the most money percentage wise from a blockbuster movie that makes millions of dollars?

From what I gathered here’s some info on payouts that may not apply to all movies

  • Typically, directors are paid less than actors and are paid a SALARY, not a percentage of the box office receipts. Even name directors will only make as much as B-list actors in their contracts. If you’re comparing a director to an actress or actor like Oprah or Forest Whitaker, they will be making more than the director on that project.
  • A HUGELY successful movie means it’s likely that the producers will make more money than the directors
  • The share of Box Office paid over to distributors (like the Weinstein Company) varies between territories. The typical exhibitor’s share in the US is 45% to 55% and in the Rest of the World 55% to 65%. Royalty deals, under which the distributor usually keeps more of the revenues, tend to be more common. In other words, the DISTRIBUTORS (Movie Studios) make the LION’S SHARE of the box office receipts.  Keep that in mind the next time you want to “support” a “black movie.”

5. Who were the major decision makers during the production and filming of the movie, “The Butler?”

Obviously, I can’t answer that question BUT I try to follow the logic.  Since the majority of people involved in this project, especially the people who provided financing and distribution, were WHITE, I think it is safe to say that WHITE PEOPLE were the MAIN decision-makers for this “black movie.”

And I suspect that Lee Daniels had the LEAST amount of control over the picture, even when it came to NAMING the picture after himself.

Lee Daniels on ‘The Butler’ : “I Don’t Feel So Good About the Title (Video)

Lee Daniels doesn’t “feel so good” about the new title for his upcoming movie about a longtime White House butler, he tells The Hollywood Reporter. But the film’s stars seem to feel fine about the title and the attention generated by The Weinstein Co.’s highly publicized dispute with Warner Bros. over the name of the film, which resulted in it being called Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

In July, The MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau ruled that The Weinstein Co. could not use the title The Butler, which is also the name of a 1916 Warner Bros. short film. Weinstein appealed the decision and tried to get Warner Bros. to back down, but TRB’s appeals board agreed with the earlier decision, so the title was changed to Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

During the dispute with Warner Bros., Daniels was concerned about the title and frustrated.

“Lee was like ‘What are we gonna call the movie?’ ” co-star Oprah Winfrey recalls.

Lead actor Forest Whitaker, who plays longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines, says, “I was talking to Lee about it, and he was frustrated by the process and he was just trying to finish the film and stuff, and I just tried to offer support.”

Castmember Cuba Gooding Jr. explains that Daniels wasn’t sure about having his name in the title.

“Lee was very insecure about the fact that his name would be mentioned,” he tells THR. “But I said, ‘No, Lee, now they’ll know that this is you, all-encompassing of what you do and how great a filmmaker you are.'”

Daniels admits he’s still not comfortable with his name in the title of the film.

“I try to touch impoverished kids and try to teach them that they … can become filmmakers. I don’t want to say ‘look at me.’ I’m not ready for people to look at me,” he tells THR. “I don’t know if they’ll know what you know, which is that the MPAA forced this decision on me.”

But he has another week to make his peace with it.

“Hopefully next week I’ll feel better about the title. Right now I don’t feel so good about the title,” he says.

(to see the video and read the entire article, click on the link below)

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/lee-daniels-butler-i-dont-603539

After doing some research on this movie, things are actually worse than I thought they were — AND my initial suspicions that this is movie is little more than WHITE SUPREMACY PROPAGANDA disguised as an entertaining and enlightening slice of “black civil rights history.”

That being said — it is up to every individual to answer the question for themselves:

Is ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ — a “black” movie? 

After I watch the movie–and that won’t happen until a FREE COPY is available at my local library–I may write another post on what I think about the entire movie.

However, at the present time, I am pretty much convinced that this movie does NOT fit the definition of a BLACK MOVIE — but is in fact, a movie with some black people connected to it — USING some very well-known BLACK FACES to PROMOTE the CONTINUED SUBMISSION and SERVITUDE by black people to white supremacy, white power, and white people.

As Oprah Winfrey said to her black son in the movie, “Everything you have, you owe to that butler.”

The underlying question to me is:  who does the Butler owe everything to?

(inferred answer:  The white man)

“Movies are not about Blacks but what Whites think about Blacks.” — Ralph Ellison, author of the novel,  Invisible Man.

I will admit that my negative “review” of the movie, “The Butler,” is a bit premature.  I will even admit that I will probably never pay to see it because I refuse to financially support most movies produced by (white) Hollywood (although I will rent one FOR FREE from the public library whenever the mood hits me).

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Nearly every movie I have seen, including the “black” movies produced by (white) Hollywood, PROMOTE white supremacy/Black inferiority EVEN when it appears that this is NOT happening.

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Is it my imagination or does the ‘butler’ in this movie poster resemble President Obama?

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In my experience  the majority of Hollywood-Produced “Black” Films Usually Fall Into One of Five Categories:

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1. the  “good black”  female triumphing over the “evil” black male: (The Color Purple, Waiting To Exhale, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, For Colored Girls, Diary
of a Mad Black Woman, Precious)

2. the  “good black”  male triumphing against the odds without the support or even an appearance by a black female (The Blind Side, The Pursuit of Happiness, most Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman movies. )

3. the  “good black”  male or female  sacrificing himself or herself for the good of white humanity (most Morgan Freeman and after-the-Oscar Denzel Washington movies) where the black person is surrounded by white people, does not socialize with black people, risks his or her life, and/or dies in service to white people, like:

  • The Green Mile (black male dies for a little white girl and in his spare time restores a white male’s ability to have an erection (sic)
  • In the Mix (black male risks his life for white female)
  • The Reaping (a black male dies for white female)
  • The Call (where Halle Berry, a slender, non-muscular black female, plays a 911 operator turned Captain Save A White Female after a young, blonde white female is abducted. Definitely, a DE-FEMINIZING role for a black actress, to play the HERO who rescues the white damsel in distress.

It is very telling that there are FEW TO NONE movies showing a black male OR a white male rescuing black girls or black women, other than Whitney Houston in “The Bodyguard” — and she wound up giving Kevin Costner her MONEY and HER BODY to entice him to protect her, only to watch him ride off into the distance at the end of the movie.

It is equally telling that there are NO movies showing a “good black” male and a “good black” female working TOGETHER to solve their problems.  Because they don’t want us to love and support and care for each other. It is NO different than the way it was on the slave plantation when slaves were discouraged from caring for each other.

Movie-posters-2A dead black man walking and smiling on the day of his own execution (???)

4. the black female AKA “a white man’s whore” (plaything or toy) with either a black female as the main character (most Halle Berry films after her Oscar) or as a super minor character where her ONLY purpose is to make herself sexually available to a white male, who most of the time, is clearly NOT interested in her romantically. This is an increasingly common theme in many movies and TV shows produced today.

The black female BACKGROUND actress is little more than wallpaper. She is usually alone, single, unloved and uncared for.  In the 2003 movie, “Hollywood Wives: the New Generation,” beautiful actress, Robin Givens was the only black person in her social circle.

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She ‘lunched,’ and sauna-ed, and gossiped with her white girlfriends but she never ONCE had a man, never ONCE had a date, never ONCE had a man flirt with her, kiss her, or even touch her.

This is another common theme (TACTIC) in many Hollywood movies, to portray the black female as a SEX-LESS, desperate being who is unable to attract a man — regardless of how she looks — and is driven to beg for sexual attention from white males.

This is a critical part of the white supremacy DIVIDE-AND-CONQUER strategy used successfully against black people. By making it FALSELY appear that black females are SEXUALLY UNDESIRABLE to most men, we become LESS DESIRABLE to those confused black males who do not understand how they have been programmed against the black female AND themselves. That confusion often leads them to seek out non-black females as lovers and mates.

Over the last ten months, in all the movies I watched (FOR FREE) whenever a black actress appeared in a “white” movie, she was either a servant OR she was lusting after a white male.

Not once, was she romanced or pursued or even desired by the white male. If sexual intercourse occurred between the black female and the white male (most of the time it didn’t), his attitude overall was one of,

“Oh well, even though she’s black, she does have a vagina so I might as well use it.”

5. The latest category of MODERN black roles:  domestic servants for white people. 

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Historical Hollywood Footnotes:

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  • Hattie McDaniel–The first Black woman AND  the first black person to win an Academy Award.  In 1939, she won for playing the character “Mammy,” in the pre-Civil War movie Gone With the Wind.
  • Octavia Spencer–won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2011 for her portrayal of Minny Jackson in The Help, she became the sixth African-American woman to win an Oscar.

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Scene from “The Butler”

The domestic servant roles have been REGURGITATED from old racist movies like “Gone With the Wind,” The Little Foxes, and “The Little Rebel,”  showing black males and females as the “noble, domestic servants” (or slaves) who dedicate their lives (willingly OR unwilling) to serve the needs of their white employers (masters), like:

  • Driving Miss Daisy
  • Lincoln
  • The Help
  • The Butler

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Review from the NY Times:  In Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln,’ Passive Black Characters

“But it’s disappointing that in a movie devoted to explaining the abolition of slavery in the United States, African-American characters do almost nothing but passively wait for white men to liberate them.

For some 30 years, historians have been demonstrating that slaves were crucial agents in their emancipation; however imperfectly, Ken Burns’s 1990 documentary “The Civil War” brought aspects of that interpretation to the American public.

Yet Mr. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” gives us only faithful servants, patiently waiting for the day of Jubilee. This is not mere nit-picking. Mr. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” helps perpetuate the notion that African Americans have offered little of substance to their own liberation.”

It is obvious (to me) that Hollywood is quickly and vigorously WHITE-WASHING American history — especially black history — AND at the same time re-creating more SEGREGATION-ERA imagery in today’s movies–cleverly disguised as “entertainment” —

Which should serve as a warning of THINGS TO COME.

“My younger sister just graduated from college and the only job she could find (in 2012) was a job cleaning white women’s houses.” — from a black male COWS listener.

Considering the rise of overt racism AND violence against blacks — in part thanks to racist Hollywood movies —  why would the MAJOR PROPAGANDA ARM of the white supremacy systemthe Hollywood movie-making machine — promote and finance ANY movie that does NOT promote white supremacy?

White supremacy DOES NOT take a day off.

It DOES NOT give its black and non-white victims “a break” so we can win a game or two on the white supremacy chess board.

It DOES NOT have a heart or a conscience, but it does understand its victims and what makes them tick and what they hunger for.

The white supremacy system knows the best way to fool its victims is to pour a little sugar on a rotten piece of meat to hide the STINK (of racism).

The Green Mile Execution Scene

By casting famous and popular blacks (including singers and comedians who can’t act) in movie roles, the black victims begin to believe the masses of black people are making progress simply because more black faces are visible in the movie industry,

which guarantees the black audience will be MORE LIKELY to overlook the real messages in these dangerously deceptive films.

Even when black people are portrayed as heroes and heroines, we are either SERVING, RISKING, OR LOSING OUR LIVES  in the service of and to the benefit of white people.

We are almost never shown helping other black people, just harming them. This PROGRAMMING carries over to our REAL LIVES and our collective lack of trust AND support for each other.

It is also a CARRYOVER from the SLAVE TRADITIONS of American plantation slaves who were severely punished–even murdered–for being loyal to other slaves.

“Black” movies, black actors and actresses +  (white) Hollywood  =  WHITE DOMINATION/BLACK SUBMISSION.

We know this is true because  Serving, Sexing, AND Sacrificing one’s life for one’s enemies  is the greatest act of SUBMISSION humanly possible.

Shirley Temple, The Littlest Rebel  (1935)’

The Help Movie Clip “Minny Comes to Work for Celia”

WE MUST STOP FINANCING AND PARTICIPATING IN OUR OWN DEGRADATION

Racial Showcasing by Neely Fuller, Jr

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Also, check out the follow-up post:

Is “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (Really) A “Black Movie?”