Charles Barkley + Michael Brown = White Supremacy Mind Game

Posted: December 3, 2014 in Uncategorized

After I received a call from a second friend ranting about Charles Barkley’s comments about black people and Ferguson, Missouri, a thought occurred to me:

Black people are angrier at Charles Barkley, a black male, than we are with the white police officer who actually murdered Michael Brown and the white system/grand jury/prosecution that set him free.

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Why is Charles Barkley all over the news?

Because the people who control the media WANT him there.

It is all by design — to distract our justifiable rage and frustration AWAY from the system of racism/white supremacy ONTO a different target —

ANOTHER BLACK PERSON

Which actually INCREASES our ANTI-BLACKNESS and DISLIKE FOR EACH OTHER

At a TIME when we can afford NEITHER.

I am equally guilty of turning my frustration and anger at the white supremacy system in another black person’s direction — and blaming black people for what the white people in charge are doing to all of us.

Getting mad at Charles Barkley — who never killed anyone — won’t solve a SINGLE problem we have.

But it is effective in keeping us distracted, divided, and at each other’s throats

and it’s a HUGE factor in the fast-rising level of ANTI-BLACKNESS among black people today as black people fuss and fight with each other on the mainstream media clown stage about things that NEITHER one of them controls.

I’m not defending Barkley or his comments. Nor am I surprised by them. Is he confused or just an opportunist? It really doesn’t matter.

White people don’t need his permission to practice racism OR to justify racism. They just DO it. The ONLY purpose the Charles Barkleys of the world serve is to enrage black people, disgust us, distract us and make us focus on the wrong people.

OTHER BLACK PEOPLE

THAT is the ONLY value of a Charles Barkley. And once we stop falling for the media’s MIND GAMES, he may never be heard from again.

This is my own personal axiom that I rely on WHENEVER I see a black face getting airtime on TV and in the news:

ANY BLACK PERSON WHO IS GIVEN A MIKE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO AIR AN OPINION IN THE WHITE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SERVING THE WHITE SUPREMACY SYSTEM EVEN IF THEY DO NOT REALIZE IT.

And I haven’t found ONE exception to that rule.

They are playing us (and our emotions) like master violinists.

But we have the POWER to make the music STOP.  By getting OUT of denial, and educating ourselves about the system of white supremacy, and changing what we THINK, SAY, and DO especially when it comes to other black people.

That’s why I decided I wouldn’t post the audio (so I wouldn’t feed into the ORCHESTRATED MADNESS)

but I will post an excerpt of his comments for those who haven’t read them.

NBA legend and TNT studio personality Charles Barkley defended police this week in an interview with CNN as the firestorm continues over the decision by a grand jury not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last week. From CBS St. Louis:

“The notion that white cops are out there just killing black people — that’s ridiculous. That’s just flat-out ridiculous,” the TNT basketball analyst told CNN. “I challenge any black person to try to make that point. Cops are actually awesome. They are the only thing in the ghetto between this place being the wild, wild west. So this notion that cops are out there just killing black men is ridiculous and I hate that narrative coming out of this entire situation.”

Barkley previously had strong words about the violent protesters in Ferguson, calling them “scumbags” for looting and setting businesses on fire after officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the death of Michael Brown. He told CNN the only time America discusses race is when something bad happens.

ANY BLACK PERSON WHO IS GIVEN A MIKE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO AIR AN OPINION IN THE WHITE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SERVING THE WHITE SUPREMACY SYSTEM EVEN IF THEY DO NOT REALIZE IT.

 

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  2. You are correct. The Fourth Reich is playing with our emotions indeed. The problem is and always will be savages who classify themselves as white.

    • Trojan Pam says:

      @ Cynical Afrikan

      and I suspect many will not be comfortable with the idea of RE-FOCUSING our anger and outrage about racism AT white people (because we are afraid to do it) since it is safer and easier to KEEP our focus on what is wrong with “other black people”

      And when I say refocus, I am NOT talking about violence, I’m talking about PUTTING THE BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS: On the white people who are practicing racism and who are enabling other white people to practice racism (which is a form of racism).

      Also, the massive amount of TV and movie watching (where we receive MASSIVE DOSES of white supremacy programming) has TRAINED our minds to be more compassionate toward white people and to become more white-identified

      without our even knowing it

      that’s why so many of us MIMIC white behaviors and thinking when it comes to other black people

      and sometimes when you hear black people speak about other black people

      you could swear you were listening to a white racist

      that’s why emotions without an understanding of what is really happening are no more substantial or lasting than a leaf blowing in the wind

  3. Courtney H. says:

    I agree.

    • Trojan Pam says:

      @ Courtney

      most of the time when black people talk about someone on a major news or entertainment stage they are talking bad about OTHER black people OR arguing with another black person

      for example, Tavis Smiley and Cornell West arguing over President Obama (another black person)

      or Cornell West talking bad about President Obama

      or President Obama talking bad about black people

      or Bill Cosby talking bad about poor black people

      and on and on and on

      always the SAME thing — talking bad about black people

      but You will almost NEVER see any of the above black people talking bad about white people OR white supremacy

      because if they did, the MIKE and AIRTIME and LOFTY TITLES and MONEY would VANISH!

      another Axiom I live by is:

      IF A BLACK PERSON IS ALLOWED TO TALK ABOUT RACISM ON THE AIR OR IN A WHITE SETTING THEY ARE BEING PAID BY THE WHITE SYSTEM AND HAVE BEEN CO-OPTED BY THE WHITE SYSTEM AND THEY MUST DO IT IN A WAY THAT PUTS THE BURDEN FOR FIXING THE PROBLEM ON THE SAME PEOPLE WHO ARE BEING VICTIMIZED BY THE PROBLEM.

      Again, I have seen NO exceptions to that rule.

      Cornell West is being PAID by the system and used to teach at an elite white university. If what Mr. West was saying was effective in eliminating racism, he would not be paid a dime. Al Sharpton’s Action Network is sponsored by corporate america. If what Mr. Sharpton was doing was DESIGNED to be effective, he would not be paid a DIME. They are doing what they are told to do because WHOEVER PAYS THE BILLS IS THEIR BOSS

      No system, including the white supremacy system, is going to pay for its own demise AND if their black puppets dare step out of line OR off-script they will be kicked to the curb.

      That’s why you will NEVER see Dr. Welsing being paid by the system for her ground-breaking work in the fight against white supremacy. If anything, she lost her tenure (got PUNISHED) after writing “The Isis Papers” (which I highly recommend). You will never see Mr. Fuller or Dr. Kambon getting paid by the same system they are opposing because their work EXPOSES the truth about racism and white supremacy

      And if you EVER see me getting paid by the system, I would strongly advise EVERYONE to NOT BELIEVE A WORD I AM SAYING and to distance themselves as far away from me as humanly possible.

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  5. Timothy says:

    Trojan Pam made excellent points on this issue. We have to keep our eyes on the prize. That prize is about establishing justice for black people. The people responsible for the murder of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others are white police officers. The white power structure has caused the officers involved to receive no indictment (when an indictment is not even a jury sentence. It is just a pronouncement of allowing the officers to experience a trial). We have to talk to each other as human beings. Black people should never mistreat other black people. It is as simple as the Golden Rule and it is as clear as the courage from our ancestors. I don’t agree with Charles Barkley on many issues, but I will not blame him for the injustices inflicted on our people. Our people suffer at the hands of white supremacy and we, as black people, have to know ourselves and fight for our human rights.

    I have also noticed that Cornell West used racist anti-black slurs against the President. He called him “blackface” and “a brown skinned Bill Clinton.” That is wrong since no black person should degraded of their humanity . No one can defeat white supremacy by using such racist anti-black epithets. The system of oppression existed long before President Obama was elected.

    Crooked officers are instruments of oppression. The ruling class has used the police to oppress workers, black people, the poor, immigrants, etc. That is why the real activists suffer hardships and they are not allied with the corporate establishment. Racism/white supremacy must be opposed with strength and vigor. We need to reject distractions and advance Black Unity, Black Love (as black people can never be free without loving their own identity as Black is Beautiful), and Black Solidarity. So, we should have our own independence and show fairness, compassion, and just treatment to black people the world over.

    • Courtney H. says:

      @ Brother Timothy:

      Wow! I did not know that Dr. Cornell West had called President Obama those names. That is uncalled for.

      Here is a video of a guy dogging out Tom Joyner for calling Dr. Cornell West and Tavis Smiley **Uncle Toms** for criticizing President Obama:

      Here is an article about police are used to keep Others down:

      http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2014/12/darren-wilson-and-cops-of-his-ilk-are.html

      Any thoughts?

      • Trojan Pam says:

        @ Courtney

        This is the same mentality that derailed the 60s black movement. Black males talking bad, fighting and killing each other. This is due to EGO, FEAR and ANTI-BLACKNESS.

        Until we are willing to put our group interests ahead of egotistical SELF-INTERESTS, the next “movement” will go down the same road.

      • Timothy says:

        Thank you for showing the video Sister.

        I believe that we live in an unique time. We do have to look at the bigger picture. The bigger picture is that the one percent loves it when black people are divided, cursing each other out, and using distractions. The video of the man cursing Steve Harvey is filled with immaturity, profanity, and this person sounds angry (and hurt). The person is degrading Steve Harvey in very offensive terms without showing where he disagrees with him in a more progressive fashion. I don’t agree with Steve Harvey on some issues, but I won’t curse him out and so forth. The truth is that the President was selected by the electoral college. The people behind the President (like the CFR members, etc.) should be blamed for a lot of what we see in the world today. The same agenda among Bush continues under Obama. So, President Barack Obama is the current puppet of the elite. The elite and its corporate arms are responsible for a lot of the evils that we face today. The website that you have given is very interesting. The article is excellent, because the criminal justice system harming black people is nothing new. During the 19th century, slavery patrols has oppressed black people and today, we see crooked cops monitoring the black community. The ghetto is treated as a domestic colony by mainstream white society. The evil anti-black biases exist then and now. That is why black people are heavily discriminated against and mistreated in society. We have to continue to call white racists out and develop our own powerbase.

        • Courtney H. says:

          You are welcome, Brother.

          I thought about that video when Sister Trojan Pam mentioned about how white supremacists have used certain Black people to divide the Black community. I have to admit that I thought that the video was hilarious, since I do not like Steve Harvey. However, I agree that the name-calling and cursing are immature.

          I also agree with you about the article. Chauncey has written several articles pointing out how the police departments of today started out as slave patrols.

    • Trojan Pam says:

      @ Timothy says:

      I agree, black people have to STOP waiting for white people to change and CHANGE OURSELVES – what we think, say, do, watch, value, and spend.

      NO black person is responsible for white supremacy because black people cannot practice it. However, I don’t believe in seeing ALL black people are “confused,” some are, some aren’t but they should not be our main focus. We need to derail them by derailing their message and REMOVING OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

      We don’t have to buy music and see movies that degrade us. We don’t have to OVERPAY for a pair of sneakers made in a third world child labor business. We don’t have to run out and over spend for a pair of speakers or headphones when no black person owns the manufacturing company but has simply lent their name to FOOL us into thinking we are supporting a “black business”

      The problem is NO ONE wants to make ANY sacrifices. Until we are willing to put our butts and our money where our mouths are, things will only get worse.

      And we can’t UNIFY until we understand the system of white supremacy and work on reducing our own anti-blackness.

      • Timothy says:

        I agree with you points Sister Trojan Pam.

        We need to develop a comprehensive strategy and do it if we want to be free. Sacrifice is important. Many activists for black liberation decades ago sacrifice their jobs, their incomes, and their time to help people and to stand up for justice. We have to know what racism/white supremacy is and how it works in order to defeat it. That is why the power of self-determination is so important.

        • Trojan Pam says:

          @ Timothy

          I think that’s why so much material access was thrown at us and why materialism is promoted as the new black religion. People who feel they have something to lose (cars, clothes, big homes, eating out, partying, etc) aren’t going to risk anything even if those things don’t really satisfy us.

          I have found since I’ve begun writing and blogging that most of us don’t support this kind of work. Won’t post a comment, or hit the LIKE button or share the info with others or donate or buy books or even leave a book review or do anything concrete.

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking for donations. I also know these are hard times for everyone but what does it cost to PARTICIPATE? To share information that might help someone else or support the efforts of other black people?

          • Timothy says:

            You’re right that materialism is a great problem in our community. Excessive materialism (which some view as a deity) is not only morally wrong, but it can strip resources that can be used better to help black people (especially the black poor). Materialism worships material wealth instead of following the great value of human dignity. The 2008 financial disaster conclusively proved that economic corruption and materialism don’t work to make sure that society is stable financially. Any black liberation movement dealt with sacrifice. Harriet Tubman scarified. Malcolm X sacrificed including Ella Baker. So, we should continue to advocate a revolution of values where the interests of the masses of black people and the interests of the community are respected while selfish individualism is rejected. We should support dedicated Brothers and Sisters who are creating books, making discussions, who are developing economic enterprises, and those who are helping black people in a myriad of ways. Black heroes throughout history took risks and too many black people today refuse to take real risks for liberation. What matters is about us doing the work. Doing the work constructively and helping our people will cause our ancestors and our Creator to be proud of us. Supporting black people is a necessity.

  6. Charles knows exactly what he’s doing. He loves to get black people upset. He loves to go against the grain. His own friend Kenny Smith called him out. Although he did it in a very polite way. I still applaud Kenny for doing so.
    http://www.brothersonsports.com/charles-barkleys-own-co-host-hits-him-hard-with-an-open-letter-about-his-remarks-on-eric-garner/

  7. “THAT is the ONLY value of a Charles Barkley. And once we stop falling for the media’s MIND GAMES, he may never be heard from again.

    This is my own personal axiom that I rely on WHENEVER I see a black face getting airtime on TV and in the news:

    ANY BLACK PERSON WHO IS GIVEN A MIKE AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO AIR AN OPINION IN THE WHITE MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS SERVING THE WHITE SUPREMACY SYSTEM EVEN IF THEY DO NOT REALIZE IT.

    And I haven’t found ONE exception to that rule.”
    I feel you on that Pam! I agree 1000%!! Barkley should be ashamed of himself! Selling black people down the river! This man has NO conscious or love for his people! I don’t know how he sleeps at night. smh

    • Trojan Pam says:

      @ Kushite Prince

      I’m definitely no fan of Barkley, he’s a sad example of a frightened black male. He better hope he doesn’t make a mis-step like OJ or Bill Cosby

      He will quickly find out that he is just another N.

      • Yes I agree. He will be getting his “N Wake Up call” in the near future.

      • Phazex says:

        Unfortunately, though the “complaints” lodged against him happened? “eons ago” Bill Cosby is having his “nigga moment” as I call it. OJ Simpson PAID to get thru his moment, Tiger Woods paid to get thru his and the list goes on.

        As Kushite stated, none have a moral conscious or love for their own people. smh…and that conscious love of M-O-N-E-Y is bringing many to their knees.

        • Trojan Pam says:

          @ Phazex

          I believe most are in a cult, where they exchange their ‘souls’ for money and success. Breaking the invisible rules means EJECTION and PUNISHMENT.

          what did Cosby do to fall out of grace? Well, he made a positive statement about the Black Muslims being role models 3 or 4 months before the media exposed him

          what did OJ Simpson do? He was accused of killing two white people

          what did Tiger Woods do? He was about to break a golfing record set by a white male.

          Black entertainers (and that includes POLITICIANS) are the WORST ROLE MODELS black youth could have and I wish more of us understood this

  8. Is Charles a good representation of Black men? I don’t have to say anything. The video speaks for itself.

  9. Raven says:

    I absolutely agree. I have recenty stopped listening or reading on white media that has a black person speaking of racism or “race relations”. Not because I do not respect them but because I noticed a trend that if white media has given them a mic it is only to confuse and to increase anti-blackness – and I’ve just recently started to codify and can be easily confused. Your post is a confirmation, thank you.

  10. Charles Barkley is a coon and coons do what coons do.

  11. Courtney H. says:

    Tariq has a good video/audio about the Eric Garner case:

    http://www.tariqradio.com/main/ep57-legalized-lynching#comments

    Any thoughts?

    • Timothy says:

      I will mention that Eric Garner’s murder should wake anybody up.

      The murder of Eric Garner shows the callous nature of the system of racism/white supremacy. Eric Garner was unarmed and he was not fighting back. Cops should be held accountable for their actions. Obviously, we still face the same system of oppression from 1964 as we face in 2014. Back in 1964, rebellions occurred in Rochester and NYC in part because of the police terror that has harmed the black community. So, the image on his site showing police brutality in both years has relevance. The crooked police officers are occupiers. In essence, we should be strategic in our actions. We should organize ways to build our power and to make people accountable. Targeted boycotts are fine with me.

      There is no solution unless people mobilize, organize, and use direct action to build up our own community. We need to grow our economic and politcal power. Recording the police is fine, but it is not enough. I agree with Tariq that Eric Garner was a lynching and the grand jury approved it. To me, the cops in that area who did nothing to stop Eric Garner from being killed are just as much responsible for Eric Garner’s death as the white male officer who choked Eric Garner to death. Tariq was right to say that Charles Barkley’s comments ignore many issues about the issue of police terrorism. Eric Garner was just standing there and he never assaulted anyone. The white supremacist tactic is trying to blame the black victim for his own death, which is a lie. Eric Garner was saying that he can’t breathe 11 times. White racists talk about riots, but they ignore how white racists have rioted to destroy Black Wall Street. Riots have existed globally for many complex reasons. It is obvious that the system of white supremacy/racism is real.

      There is no ambiguity about the death of Eric Garner. Eric Garner was killed by the police. The video allows Tariq to allow callers to speak their minds on his show. The truth is what we have to think outside the box. We should talk about racism and white supremacy. Also, we ought to talk about poverty and class too. Classism, and other evils have harmed society too. As for liberals and conservatives, I am a political independent. The big picture is that black people suffer irrespective of what class we are in too. White supremacists are not just Klansmen. White supremacists can wear suit and ties. White supremacists believe that they can have privilege, they believe that whites are superior (which is a lie) , and they want to dominate black people including non-blacks religiously, politically, socially, economically, etc. So, white supremacists can be white theologians, white teachers, white politicians, etc. Black people are teated worse than white poeple in America. Bundy threatened the government with militarized weapons. So, we know what time it is. That is why black people need more unity. We are all in this together.

    • Mbeti says:

      I do not consume all or most of american media because I no longer need to.
      The internet has all other media distribution sources for me, that said this is the first I’ve heard of charles barkley’s statement.

      “The notion that white cops are out there just killing black people — that’s ridiculous. That’s just flat-out ridiculous,” the TNT basketball analyst told CNN. “I challenge any black person to try to make that point. ”

      This part of his statement is reasonable.

      “Cops are actually awesome. They are the only thing in the ghetto between this place being the wild, wild west. So this notion that cops are out there just killing black men is ridiculous and I hate that narrative coming out of this entire situation.”

      Then this sport celebrity ,not social scientist ,not psychologist ,not government employee or officer, reveals his bias and ignorance.
      Police officers are just people employee to do a job. And many if not most though not ALL , are racist.

      Question > during slavery ,during reconstruction ,during the civil war and during civil rights era what racist people or group of racist people where “trying to kill all black males”?

      And no if there where no white police in the ghetto (a invention of racist white people) it would not be like when white people migrated and invaded the american west.
      I have lived in and regularly visit “ghetto” areas and while its not always ways peaceful and harmonis ,its not complete anarchy eitier and guess who’s a big big part of the violence and pathology in said ghetto’s – white people generally and racist white police definitely play thier part.

      “Barkley previously had strong words about the violent protesters in Ferguson, calling them “scumbags” for looting and setting businesses on fire after officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the death of Michael Brown.”

      yep this is to be expected from a non social science professional, a mere sports celebrity.
      No understanding nor consideration of the people protesting “feelings” or justifications ,I’ll just slander them by calling them scumbags.

      “He told CNN the only time America discusses race is when something bad happens.”

      Maybe its because if we go back to the origin of the term race, guess what – bad shit was happening ,it got started off exteremely bad and the most we can say today is that its slightly better maybe.

      In reference to trojan pam’s focus of this post being about getting most black people to focus thier anger on another black person instead of maintaining focus on the white people involved, I would say this whole issue of racism and it being part of a “mindgame” may have some truth.

      But remember it takes two to play such games and both parties have to as a requirement have both serious cognitive deficits and specific inadequaces.

      Much of racism seems to be – humans that once had melenin in thier skin migrating to and settling in a part of the planet thats much colder and darker on aveverage, resulting thier bodies slightly changing ,primarily by having less melanin.

      Then as evolution continued and this population reaped the accumulated technology to allow them to travel around the planet ,they found that certain traits of thier bodies (primarly thier reduced quantity of skin pigmentation) generally hereditarily subordinate to those populations to the south with more skin pigmentation.

      And because the technologies of social and pyschological science had not yet been developed and even now are infantile compared with what they could be , instead of peaceful productive cooperation we have “mind games” and other cognitive and social pathologies.

      racism – that one phenotypic population of our species(and each and every member of said population or group) is inherently superior or inferior to all other groups.

      How about sexism – that all members of one or the other reproductive type is inherently superior or inferior to the other.

      Some of its sad some its painful but its not everything, to me its just evolution in action.

      • Trojan Pam says:

        @ mbeti

        when you said: ” “The notion that white cops are out there just killing black people — that’s ridiculous. That’s just flat-out ridiculous,” the TNT basketball analyst told CNN. “I challenge any black person to try to make that point. ”

        This part of his statement is reasonable.
        —-

        could you enhance what you meant by “reasonable?”

  12. Courtney H. says:

    We have often discussed the fact that we need to run our own show. What do you think of this?

    http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/12/southeast-asian-activists-offer-solidarity-black-community-garner-decision/

    Any thoughts?

    • Timothy says:

      I believe in treating my neighbor as myself. We should never be like white supremacists and call other peoples of color slurs, express unfair hatreds, and show dehumanization tactics. I still believe that we should run our own show. We have issues that we can only solve via our own self-determination. As for the Asian activists, it is a gesture from them in offering solidarity. My view is that we should treat the Asian activists with courtesy and dignity along with respect. Yet, we still have to fight our battles in a leadership position. Other ethnic groups have run their own powerbases like the Jewish people, the Irish, the Italians, the Latinos, etc. We should do the same. Also, we should oppose imperialism. Additionally, we do have to acknowledge the great courageousness of many people of color (like Asians, Aboriginals, etc.) who stood up against white supremacists and who stood up against imperialism. We have to acknowledge that history. Us (who are African Americans) uniting with the Afro-French, the Afro-Caribbeans, black Africans, and every black person in the Diaspora can go a long way in strengthening us as a people. We are one people. We should honor black people standing up for justice too. I believe in Black Love, so as a Brother, the only human being that I will date and marry will be a Black Woman. We should promote more Black Solidarity and more Black Unity, so we can have real justice in the world.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Thank you, Brother.

        Thank you for your responses to both the video and the article. I agree with everything you said about both, and agree with what you said on Tariq*s blog about the Newport cigarettes. I was in college when that controversy happened. There have many boycotts of companies that had Black consumers but no (or very few) Black people in executive positions in the past. So this boycott of Newports is a good idea.

  13. Dan says:

    Educate, rebuild community and businesses. All else will follow.

  14. originalwoman13 says:

    @Trojan Pam
    Great post! CNN ran the clip on what Charles Barkley had to say about these current events and I just turned the channel because I did not want to waste precious time following it up. Charles Barkley is in need of some SERIOUS help as the entire black collective do…….some of us more than others.

    • Trojan Pam says:

      @ originalwoman13

      I haven’t listened to the audio because I consider it a psychological assault on my brain. Also, I would caution us to not take the ENDLESS coverage of Ferguson and the protests as a positive sign

      the REAL intention — along with the ENDLESS Bill Cosby coverage — is to keep ALL the attention on black people. It doesn’t matter WHAT the topic is, seeing endless black faces on the TV tube is antagonizing to white people

      and this is the purpose, to flood the screens with black faces so whites will focus on US instead of the people in power who are stealing their money, jobs, and their children’s future.

      What’s wrong with America? they are asked?

      N**GGERS — because everywhere I look they are in my FACE.

      At the end of all the protests and charles barkley-thons what will have changed for black people?

      NOTHING

      what is changing for white people collectively?

      they are getting sicker and sicker of seeing black faces — all by design

      which will result in more open hostility and violence and higher black unemployment

      as whites focus their fear and rage on US as they are being programmed to do

      • Courtney H. says:

        @ Trojan Pam:

        Good points! I never thought about those things. Thank you for letting us know what is really going on. (You are really helping us to think outside the box!)

        • Trojan Pam says:

          @ Courtney

          I believe all of us are capable of thinking intuitively, meaning, since deception is the main weapon of this system, you have to ask “what else could I be looking at other than the obvious?”

          It’s like a friend who is always getting caught in a lie, every time they tell you something, you think, “I wonder what really happened?”

          because you know your friend is a LIAR and so you expect to hear a lie so you now you have to go on intuition and prior history to figure out the truth

          we have to learn to do that when it comes to the mainstream media

          there is always some political agenda being promoted and it’s never for our benefit.

          • Courtney H. says:

            @ Trojan Pam:

            That is so true.

          • I am glad you pointed that out. Someone left a comment that Black folk were more angry with charles b than the white that shot Michael Brown. But its another trick to try and show divide and to get people to think that we can’t come together. I say often, when I see black folk who want to love on whites with all their might, that some ancestors never wanted to leave the plantation either. So as much as we are working to pull together, other people see it too, and they will do whatever it takes to cause friction. But not this time and not ever again. We are going to pull together, we are going to change our future, and we are going to do it TOGETHER! They can use as many black folk as they want to show their dislike for themselves, but it will not affect the masses. WE PUSH ON!!!

            • Trojan Pam says:

              @ CreAcTsBaZaaR

              The “someone” was me, the creator of this blog post. My point was having black people focus on another black person is a trick.
              The first thing we have to do is to be HONEST, black people are harder on other black people than we are on white people. I don’t know how anyone can dispute that. Does it mean it always has to be that way? Of course not, but is our goal to make ourselves “feel good” with a lot of big words, or is it to correct the things inside ourselves that make UNITY impossible?

              I know what the answer is for me.

      • originalwoman13 says:

        @TrojanPan
        I agree. Speaking of high black unemployment, I was watching the news yesterday and there was a lot of bragging about how the unemployment rates were dropping, needless to say it wasn’t dropping for black people at 11.6%, Out of all races, black people were the most out of work; so I’m thinking black people have nothing to be happy about but I wasn’t surprised though. It was a very telling sign about how black people better wake up and create our own jobs because the system of racism is getting more hostile. Just frightning!
        ning!

        • Trojan Pam says:

          @ originalwoman13

          Actually, the news media is lying (again), the number of people holding full-time jobs is falling and most of the new jobs don’t pay a living wage. The young people coming out of college can’t find jobs in their majors and many are forced to live at home or live with roommates. Of course, black unemployment is the highest, regardless of education or experience and corporate america is “purging” black people from the workforce while at the same time attacking unionized jobs.

          There’s a youtube channel that gives the most credible information about the economy and global politics that I have found so far


          ————-

          And I would strongly suggest the articles written by Paul Craig Roberts, a former cabinet member of the Reagan Administration, who is very critical of the government takeover by corporate/banking elites.

          http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/12/04/goon-thug-cops-murder-will-paul-craig-roberts-2/

          ———
          Other articles on the economy and the push for war can be found

          http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/

          I have no problem recommending people who are providing useful information. Useful information can be had from all kinds of people.

    • Timothy says:

      The article is good. It describes the similarities of the system of oppression which existed in the 19th century and today. The police is the enforcer of the state and we know that the system has been used to oppress black people then and now. The murder of black people by cops and the cops not being indicted shows that we are in war for our survival literally. The system is at fault for the current situation that we are in. We have to know about the truth and fight back. Using unity and understanding what is real are important things to do.

      • Courtney H. says:

        I thought the article was good, too. I agree with you in your assessment of the article and the situation that we as Black people are in today. Thank you for taking the time to read the long article.

  15. Courtney H. says:

    @ Everybody:

    What do you think of this?

    http://www.beyondblackwhite.com/charles-barkley-black-community-lot-crooks/

    Any thoughts?

    • Timothy says:

      Good Afternoon Sister Courtney

      Here is what I think of the link. Black poor bashing and black poor scapegoating has always been a pastime of white supremacists (and their black agents). Poor scapegoating is really evil. I don’t respect it. Many people act like crimes and wicked actions are done exclusively or mostly by the poor. The reality is that the crimes of the Maafa, etc. were executed by the wealthy. Now, it is true that there are bad people in the black community. Bad people exist in every race and every background though. Charles Barkley (whose views are loved by white reactionaries) believes that cops are awesome, which ignores the prevalent problem of police brutality. Barkley is wrong for making other stereotypical statements about black people too. I have my views about Barkley, but the bigger picture is that we black people face the system of oppression (by white elites).

      When a grand jury can even indict murdering cops, then that is not the fault of black people. It is the fault of a wicked system and a horrendous judicial system. Eldridge Cleaver was wrong to rape human beings. Cleaver’s misogynistic statements ought to be condemned without question. Rape is an abomination and it is a crime against nature. Rapists should be punished. Ironically, Cleaver supported the counterrevolutionary reactionary Ronald Reagan (who supported the evil War on Drugs, and other atrocities). Therefore, we should both improve our morality as black people and we should confront the system of white supremacy too. We should do both. The black poor are victims of the ruling class. They shouldn’t be blamed for bad education, for police terrorism, and for racism. The ruling class has used economic exploitation, political exploitation, and other evils (all by design) as a means to dominate our communities. We are opposed to the plutocratic elite. We disagree with oligarchy. Many of the youth are waking up and growing their revolutionary consciousness. There are evil people in the black community, but we should not discount the black people fighting for liberation.

      Fascist cops will try to kill black people irrespective of our demeanor or how we dress. Yes, we do need to have morality and integrity in our lives. That is not enough though. We need power, we need injustice to end, and we need justice to prevail. There must be structural change. The article offensively compared some black people to babies when black people know how the world is. The author tries to slander singer mothers when teen pregnancy rates in the black community have declined massively since 1992. The author of the article ignores the epidemic of police terrorism, economic inequality, and other issues. Black people have fought for improvement for a long time. The movement of Ferguson has united people globally. We should use this new movement as a means to not embrace distractions, but truth. We should always respect the dignity of both genders and stand up for real principles. In the final analysis, we need class consciousness and black people need to unify (irrespective of our class or our nationality as I love to study the culture of the black African Diaspora) as a means for us to be free.

      • Trojan Pam says:

        @ Timothy

        It’s tragic when the most vulnerable are blamed for the forces acting against them but what all these “superior” people can’t see is the same train wreck is headed in their direction. in fact, it’s already happening, people who thought they were in control of their lives, who blamed poor people for being poor are finding out most of us are only a few paychecks away from poverty.

        And the same people who once looked down on the poor are now standing in line asking for food stamps and government assistance — and that includes blacks AND whites.

        • Timothy says:

          Exactly Sister.

          I like how you mentioned the truth about the economic numbers. Many of the jobs created are low wage jobs. Wages are stagnant and gas prices have decreased. We know about the corruption of privatized banking interests and the central banks. So, we have a long way to go to see a real economic recovery. Black people having an unemployment rate well above 10 percent is totally unacceptable and disgraceful. The ruling class white oligarchs will exploit both white and black workers too as you have outlined. That is why many of the white middle class are now poor. Divide and conquer strategies are readily used in history. That is why black people should always be prepared, help each other, teach each other, care for each other, and stand up for justice.

        • Courtney H. says:

          Here is an article about working-class people:

          http://news.yahoo.com/new-hope-for-motel-kids-050815654.html

          • Timothy says:

            That’s a Sweet story Sister especially during this time of the year. Families struggling do need assistance. The problem of massive, record economic inequality and other problems has been ignored readily by the political elites for generations now. That is why protesting Walmart workers want changes. Working class people have been scapegoated by reactionaries and extremists. As black people, we know what it is like to be oppressed and falsely scapegoated.

            • Courtney H. says:

              @ Timothy:

              This story was a link on Field Negro*s blog. It is a good story, and several of the commenters acknowledged that there are people who are hard-working that do need help, and others pointed out misconceptions about welfare (one commenter stated that most people get off of welfare within a year or two).

      • Courtney H. says:

        Good morning Brother Timothy

        Thank you for reading the article and some of the comments. I really like your reaction. I do not go to this blog as much as I used to, because the author tends to side with white supremacists and reactionaries. Bashing poor people of any race is wrong. Different groups of people have always been scapegoated for their nations* problems. It is a part of divide-and-conquer tactics that have been used to keep the 1% in power throughout history. We have to be careful not to blame the most vulnerable people in society for their predicaments. When I catch myself doing this, I remind myself that I do not know what happened to cause people to become homeless (as an example).

        • Timothy says:

          Good Morning Sister Courtney

          Yes, poverty is a complex situation. Society is judged on how it treats the poor, minorities, women, and black people. As i am getting older, I do see the need of the poor having the right to have justice. Our heroes like Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and others cared for the poor. We do know that many human beings, who were once middle class, became poor by sequester, a layoff, or other tragic circumstances that weren’t their faults. Also, you’re a great person with great wisdom. This struggle will not be easy. We know about the forces of reaction who refuse to believe in racial and economic justice. Yet, as Maya Angelou has said, we still rise. We will rise amid discrimination and oppression. We will rise in spite of the racists and the scapegoaters. We will rise, because of the power of our ancestors and the infallibility of the truth. In that sense, we will not be intimidated and we will keep on going. You’re right that the poor, regardless of their color, should not be scapegoated for national problems. Black people have every right to fight for justice.

  16. Mbeti says:

    in response to my comment about this post
    apparently I’m under some duress or have reading comprehension issues.
    I distorted in my mind his first statement
    “The notion that white cops are out there just killing black people ”
    into meaning that white cops where trying to kill all black people.

    As it the statement originally stands ,its charles barkley who is being so unreasonable as to be himself ridiculous.

    my apologies , Should have focused instead on the main points of your article,
    namely that whenever you see a black person on white owned and controlled media they have been put their by the owners
    to shift focus away from what their the owners in particular and whites in general are doing ,onto black people and in a way that causes black and white people
    have greater general hostility towards black people and absolve white people of responsibility.

    Again my apologies for my errors and inadequacies.

  17. Courtney H. says:

    @ Sister Trojan Pam:

    I know that this is OT, but on many of your posts you have discussed how religion (as taught by Europeans) has been used to keep us down. I found this article on this blog about Christianity in Africa. It is pretty long, but I scanned some of it. What do you think?

    • Courtney H. says:

      Oops! Here is the article:

      http://www.africanchristian.org/

      • Timothy says:

        Here is my take on the article.

        I love the website that you have mentioned and I have looked at its contents before. It shows great information. The truth is balance. People have the right to believe in God or in a Creator first and foremost. Some people are shamed into rejecting belief in a Creator. We, as black people, have the right to believe in God, to be an agnostic, or to be an atheist if we want to. That is part of the freedom of conscience. Christianity was created in Afro-Asian lands. It flourished in Africa. We know how it spread greatly into Egypt, Nubia, Axum, etc. The words of Yeshua influence people today. The problem is that white supremacists either distorted the teachings of Yeshua or outright manipulated his teachings as a means for them to promote the lie that whiteness is divine while blackness is sinful (which is another lie). The truth is that black people are the first humans on Earth and obviously God is not white. White supremacists have used the Crusades, the Inquisitions (which involved the violation of human freedoms), the pogroms, the Maafa, the Shoah, etc. as a means for them to conquer territories, harm people, and to promote the evils of greed, imperialism, genocide, and the theft of lands. So, Eurocentric distortions of religions have harmed many black people. We have to respect Africa and our spiritual strength as a way for us to be free. That means we have every justification to learn about African culture and African civilizations. We know that the white Jesus (which is a lie as Yeshua never was born in Europe and Yeshua never had blond hair and blue eyes), faux holidays, and other spiritual deceptions are used to distract not liberate our thinking. The lesson is that we can respect religious freedom and fight white supremacy at the same time. People who are religious should use their spirituality as a means for them to fight for revolutionary change. That means that our spirituality can be used as motivation for us to fight for racial justice, for an end to poverty, and to build up our Brothers and our Sisters. Me personally, I believe in the Creator. I believe in God.

        • Courtney H. says:

          @ Timothy:

          Thank you for taking the time to read that very long article. I have been to that website before, too. You are right — it does include a lot of interesting information. We have to look at alternative information as opposed to the lies that are presented in the mainstream.

          You are also right to point out how Europeans have distorted the origin of Christianity and have used it to colonize other nations and enslave and murder billions of people who were different in one way or another. The white Jesus that has been pushed upon is a bald-faced lie that more and of whom more people are becoming more aware.

          I believe in God, too.

          Here is a video that touches on many subjects, including the myth of white Jesus (the Black Hebrew Israelites talked about this in that video I posted a couple of months ago too).

          Enjoy!

    • Timothy says:

      Thank you for showing the links Sister Courtney.

      You always show insightful information. The deaths of the 2 officers (Raphael Ramos and Wenjian Liu) and the suicide of one man are tragedies. We all express sympathy with the families of the officers. We express prayers to the family of Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who obviously had mental illness. What Ismaaiyl Brinsley did was wrong. He also shot his ex-girlfriend, which was wrong as well. Yet, this doesn’t excuse police terrorism nationwide. We should respect grieving families. Also, we should not ignore the system of white supremacy either. The crooked police officers in the world today are the agents of the capitalist ruling class. The rhetoric from Patrick Lynch (or the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association or the PBA) is reprehensible. Lynch’s inflammatory statements do nothing to ease tensions.

      He or Lynch said the slander that the Mayor Bill De Blasio has blood on his hands when the Mayor of NYC has issued moderate statements about this issue for months. The mayor is not even a revolutionary on this issue, but many cops want to be followed unconditionally and without critique. The truth is that peaceful protesters should not be scapegoated for every problem in the world. The protesters have every right to express their views and call for the justice. Many NYPD cops have turned their backs to the mayor, which was highly disrespectful. A memo from a cop said that they want to be in a “wartime” police department. To me, that memo is another declaration of war against the black community. There is no mistake about it in my mind.

      The PBA has not expressed that grief and emotion when Aiyana Jones, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other Brothers and Sisters who were gunned down by the police. The police collectively are given a great benefit of the doubt in their actions, but unarmed black people are killed for even the slightest movement. That is not right. Police readily kill people with impunity. Some prosecutors act as defense attorneys when they use the grand jury as a means for them to promote a political agenda. Also, many cops have disrespected the families of murdered unarmed black people via social media, yet the authorities aren’t investigating these cops. So, double standards exist all over the place.

      The officer who killed Eric Garner has blood on his hands. It is wrong to use unjust violence against any innocent human being. At the same time, I have no issue with self-defense. In certain situations, self-defense is purely justified. We have to resist evil using nonviolence, building our communities, and self-defense if necessary. We are at war as black people. The system of white supremacy is here and we won’t become distracted. I have hope for the future as I am an optimist by nature. Yet, we have to fight for our freedom. Our people spiritually have great compassion and empathy. We express empathy & compassion for families suffering and crying. That is right. The families of Liu and Ramos deserve to be treated with dignity and with respect. It is also right to stand up for justice too.

      • Courtney H. says:

        @ Timothy:

        Thank you for your comments and compliments. I like to look at various sources to get differing viewpoints on issues. As usual, you are on point, so I do not have to elaborate on what you have already stated. This is a tragedy for all involved, and it is hypocritical for the PBA and other cops to blame the peaceful demonstrators for these killings. I agree that they were very disrespectful to Mayor de Blasio, and they were disrespectful and racist to Mayor Dinkins, too. You are right that these cops act like because they are cops and kill people with impunity, they are not supposed to be criticized when they do wrong.

        I am sure that you viewed the comments in both links that I posted. Several commenters noted the hypocrisy of the police as well. I believe one or two commenters talked about another hypocrisy, too — the right-wing White couple who killed two cops in Las Vegas earlier this year. This couple was at Cliven Bundy*s ranch, where anti-government nuts pointed guns at federal agents. Where was the anger from the cops about anti-police and anti-government sentiment then?

        We have to continue to stand up for justice despite detractors and distractions. We will eventually win in the end.

  18. Courtney H. says:

    Here is a good video:

    • Timothy says:

      Good Afternoon Sister Courtney.

      The video is very emotional.

      For centuries, our people have been oppressed by white supremacy. Police brutality is nothing new. It has happened against civil rights activists. It happened against heroic Black Panther Party members. It happened against MOVE during the 1980’s. Many of the police have regularly allowed white racist mobs to harm black people during the early 20th century. People at the Cliven Bundy ranch aimed weapons at the police and the police did nothing at all. There are no massive stop and frisk policies in mostly white communities regardless of their socioeconomic composition. So, there is the double standard. Black human beings are readily scapegoated for the evils of society. Black people have every right to oppose injustice in public. People like Patrick Lynch, Pataki, Rudy Giuliani (who is a hypocrite by his constant moralizing, but he is a known adulterer and he married his own second cousin once removed back in 1968. Rudy allowed the feds to illegally arrest and detain innocent Muslim immediately after 9/11), Bratton, and others are not only racist extremists. They agree with the authoritarian agenda of the status quo. Things must change. White racists always talk about black on black crime when the black crime rate has declined for decades. We have a much lower crime rate now in America than 4 decades ago. Black people have talked about crime and violence for generations. There is massive white on white crime (that deals with drug trafficking, pedophilia, terrorism, serial killings, etc.).

      Black men and Black women have been brutalized by many people. There are countless stories of black people being assaulted, harassed, and abused by the police. Fred Hampton was killed by the police. White racists including some cops have even disrespected the black families of the victims of police murder. Ironically, the Black Panthers historically got rid of much of the drug dealing, and other crime in areas nationwide back in the day. They or the old school BPP was making progress and that is why the FBI used COINTELPRO to harm them. Historically, we know some police officers who collaborated with drug dealers and other criminals as a means for the power structure to further colonize the black community. Black people have every right to speak up for our interests. De Blasio gave moderate words and he talked about telling his son that he has to be careful when he encounters law enforcement.

      The NYC mayor’s words were not offensive at all. Certainly, enough is definitely enough. It is hypocritical for America to lecture other nations on human rights when America has done torture, and other atrocities in the world. We live in a heavily neo-liberal society. That is why we should unite more as black people. Men should act courageous and speak their minds. Women should do the same. There is no need for “gender war” distraction. We are all in this together as Brothers and Sisters. Also, we should unite with Afro-Brazilians, Afro-Caribbeans, Africans, and all people of black African descent politically, socially, economically, etc. We are one black people. We have to continue to fight for our freedom.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Good evening, Brother Timothy

        Thank you for your quick and thorough response to the video. It is very emotional. Harvey himself said that he did not want to discuss this topic because it was too raw, until he saw that video of that kid being beaten by the police. The comments to this video stated that this is one of his best videos, and I agree. He broke it down brilliantly, and gave several examples to back up his point, especially the hypocrisy, which is a major part of this story.

        Racists/white supremacists need to be called out, and called out often, and your response includes a lot of what Harvey said. You add about the part about how Black-on-Black is played up by racists/white supremacists, when in fact, Black has been decreasing for decades. The bigots always ignore that fact, but bigots will believe what they want to believe. However, that does not mean that we cannot protest against oppression. The bigots are all going to burn in Hell, anyway, so. . .

        I am glad that you also mentioned the BPP and how they got screwed because they were actually doing good for the community. It is hypocritical that we are told to **help ourselves** and when we do, roadblocks are put up to keep us down. That hypocrisy needs to be called out, too.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Here are two other videos:

        • Timothy says:

          Thank you for the 2 videos Sister Courtney H.

          Like always, we should study (especially works from our scholars like Cabral, Nkrumah, Malcolm X, Ella Baker, Sekou Toure, etc.), listen to diverse viewpoints, and constantly learn so our thinking can improve. Now, I will first show my commentaries on the first video and then on the second one. As for Tariq, people have the right to interview him, debate him, and have a progressive discussion. People have the right to agree or disagree with his Hidden Colors video serious. No one (especially those who are standing firm on their principles) should fear debate or discussions. I have discussed issues with people that I have agreed with or disagreed with for years. That is fine. I agree with him that we can’t be free without a critical understanding of the system of white supremacy. There are double standards in this racist society. People from the Cliven Bundy ranch and other white people like Joseph Houseman have pointed guns at the police and the police never killed these people, but unarmed, innocent black people have killed black people constantly. Also, black people use illegal drugs less than white people in America, but black people are jailed in a higher rate than white people for drug offences. That is not right. The prison industrial complex is heavily evil. Now, I disagree with Tariq (I do wish the best for his family and a great pregnancy for his wife) on his views on gender, because he has said a lot of disrespectful comments about black feminists and other women in general for years. We can’t be free without the liberation of women and we have a class struggle too. There must be the equality of both genders, if black people are to be really free. The imperialist class has oppressed black people and others and there should be a revolutionary change. Reform is not enough. There must be a revolutionary transformation of society, so the masses of the people can be empowered and liberated.

          The cop memo saying that the NYPD is a wartime department again is a declaration of war against the black people obvious. The memo was offensive and insensitive. We, as black people, should always know that we are in war for our liberation. Assata Shakur and others have made that point eloquent and clear. Crooked cops will harm and kill black people irrespective of our gender, class, nationality, etc. Therefore, we can’t get caught up in divide and conquer distractions (while at the same time rejecting bigotry). We are one black people and we are entitled to justice. We have to understand the law, because many unjust laws have harmed many black people. So, we have to understand how the white supremacists’ game is being played, so we can enact strategies to free ourselves. The killer, who shot Sheneka Thompson and 2 other officers, was wrong. It is wrong to shot at a Sister and kill cops that are not threatening you or others.

          Shenka Thompson’s life matters. The white supremacists always use the black on black crime situation as a means to scapegoat all black people collectively (when tons of black people are doing what is right. Black on black crime rates have declined for the past few decades). We know what we need to do. Even black people setting up their own enterprises legitimately have been oppressed by white racists as the first video has proven. Our elders have talked about it. We need to have knowledge of our selves and organize and increase our independent economic and political power (not in forming some token black capitalism that will exploit workers, because a black boss can still be corrupt. Imperialism is linked to mainstream capitalism. We need a cooperative, fair, and pro-worker economic system instead. The late Brother Chokwe Lumumba has great thinking on this issue).

          The second video shows the corruption of the NYPD. It is obvious that crooked cops and the 1% has declared war on the black community. This is not new, but more people are waking up. This movement is going through growing pains and the young people standing up against police terrorism should be commended for their courage and strength. We know all about sellouts like Jesse Lee Peterson, Sotomayor, and others. I don’t agree with Stephen A. Smith on many issues. Stacey Dash is wrong to blame Al Sharpton and De Blasio for the deaths of the 2 cops. Dash needs to wake up. The NYPD is not the only police department doing terrorism against black people. Lt. Detective Jon Burge (who is a white person) and others tortured over 200 black people in Chicago for decades, which was an injustice. We have to make alliances too. We have to align with black revolutionary movements in all of the Americas, Africa, Europe, etc. With unity, grows strength. Some sick people even want to defend the murder of Tamir Rice, so we should keep our eyes on the prize. RIP Tamir Rice. We have to protect our families and our people. The NYPD should not kill unarmed, innocent black people. There is an epidemic of police brutality in the world including in Brazil (where Afro-Brazilians live in).

          It is also good for both programs to allow callers to speak their minds.

          There is nothing wrong with both nonviolence and self-defense. For example, the Warsaw rebellion, the Civil War (where thousands of black men, women, and children defeated the Confederacy), etc. did not involve nonviolence completely. People rose up and stood up for their human rights. Black people have the right to lead their own movements of social change. We have to think internationally too, since the same problems (like economic injustice, police brutality, racism, misogyny, etc.) that we face as black people in the States exist globally. War and a lack of health care are serious problems found in the system too. We have every right to resist evil. We should never apologize for our views. We will not be silent.

          We will speak up and stand up.

          • Courtney H. says:

            Thank you for your thorough review of the two videos. Both of them were very long and I greatly appreciate you taking the time to watch them and to make comments.

            I agree with you 100% on your summation of both videos. I do not have to really add to what you have already stated. I have gone to other websites that are saying the same things that you are saying about police terrorism and the right of humane people to protest against it. The guy who shot his girlfriend and killed the cops should not be linked to the protests, which have promoted non-violence:

            http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/york-shooting-bid-outlaw-opposition-police-violence/

            http://www.africanglobe.net/featured/stop-protests-police-brutality/

            http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/ismaaiyl-brinsley-mentally-ill-person-access-firearms/

            Both videos emphasize that Blacks should become economically independent and supportive of one another in order to have some **pull** in this country, like other ethnic/racial groups. They stick together and do not through one another under the bus in order to be accepted by White society, or have a **code** as Tariq discusses all the time. Your comment about linking with other Black communities throughout the world is a part of this code.

            I also like your comment about the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and other incidents of people protecting themselves and their communities through armed struggle. That comment reminds of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club that we discussed earlier this year. People have the right to defend themselves and their communities from violence.

            • Timothy says:

              Thank you for your words Sister.

              I made a typo. I meant the following in one part of my words:

              “..People from the Cliven Bundy ranch and other white people like Joseph Houseman have pointed guns at the police and the police never killed these people, but unarmed, innocent black people have been killed by some of the police constantly…”

  19. Mbeti says:

    Mandisa Thomas How Religion Crippled the Black Community

    Perhaps some of you might want to consider this.

  20. Courtney H. says:

    Happy New Year, everybody!

    I clicked on this article because it was a link to a blog that I was reading today. I only read part of it, but it is very interesting and eye-opening about racism, sexism, poverty, and the judicial system:

    http://www.sagepub.com/gabbidonstudy/articles/Baker.pdf

    • Timothy says:

      First Courtney H,

      The link is very important for black people in general to read. It shows the sophistication of institutionalized racism, sexism, and other forms of injustice. Since the link talks about black women in particular, then it is important to mention that black women suffer the two prolonged evils of racism and sexism. The greatest part of the article is that is chronologically showed how black women were unfairly executed from the days of the Maafa to the present. The Maafa dealt how black women suffered unspeakable crimes at the hands of anti-human barbaric people. Slave owners regularly abused black women on slave ships and throughout the Americas. Black children were abused too by these evil white racists. On many occasions, black women were unfairly executed for using legitimate self-defense against abusive, white racists. During the time of Reconstruction, Klan terrorists terrorized the black community. The Black Codes restricted the human rights of black people. The article reminds me heavily of the story of Sister Lena Baker. Lena Baker was a victim of abuse and rape by a white racist. When she defended herself against the white man, she was executed unjustly.

      The actress Sister Tichina Arnold played her in the movie called “Hope & Redemption: The Lena Baker Story.” The movie is a great film and an emotional film. The movie is not for the faint of heart. The Parole Board in Georgia granted Sister Lena Baker a full and unconditional pardon in 2005. RIP Sister Lena Baker. The article is very much accurate to mentioned how 3 strikes, other oppressive legal laws, and other realities have harmed the lives of many black women. That is why promoting more black lawyers in the world is so important. With more progressive, strong black lawyers (among both genders) along with the growth of our own powerbase, then real changes can occur. We have to study this issue. Criminal justice matters are important. Poverty is another important factor too. The poor have a much more difficult chance in getting a truly fair trial than the rich. A racist and a sexist society should never be condoned. The death penalty, historically for centuries, has been used by the PTB to advance white racism and suppress the human rights of black women. We know how many police officers historically have been active agents of the oligarchical system (in harming workers’ rights, civil rights, and human rights in general). That is why some cops use a quota system today in which they arrest people for selfish reasons. If black people are to be free, then black women have to be free for real. The article is very eye opening.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Thank you for your response, Brother Timothy.

        The blog that I mentioned is http://www.executedtoday.com. I often read it on a daily basis (I usually choose 20th- and 21st-century executions). The blog is interesting because it discusses executions around the world through a historical context. Many of the executions chronicled are of Black people — slaves fighting for their rights, Black defending themselves from racist attackers, lynchings, and state-sponsored executions. The death penalty is one of the most disgusting things that has been created, largely due to its arbitrariness and sadism.

        I have heard about the Lena Baker movie that you mentioned but have not watched it (It comes on that channel **Bounce** sometimes), because sometimes I cannot watch these kinds of programs because they make me upset. I do realize, however, that there are times when we should become upset so we will not forget. I am glad she was finally exonerated in 2009 (I believe).

        I agree that that paper in the link was very eye-opening. I had watched two documentaries about Wanda Jean Allen. I knew that she came from an abusive home, and had mental retardation, but I did not realize until I read the link that the prosecutors in her case depicted her as a gorilla and used racist and sexist stereotypes against her during her trial. That should not have come as a shock, however, considering how Blacks have always been depicted in this country. Hers is a sad story, too.

        Thank you for taking the time to read that long paper. Like I said, I only read some of it, and it was very interesting. I greatly appreciate the fact that you read the link in its entirety.

  21. Courtney H. says:

    Here is a documentary about several women on death row, including Wanda Jean Allen. It is about an hour long, and it is very interesting.

    • Timothy says:

      Thank you.

      Also, something is in my spirit. The powers that be are attacking Sister Ava Duvernay, because she told the truth that Dr. King and LBJ differed on tactics on how to deal with the Voting Rights movement of Selma. We know the truth about LBJ. The immoral war of Vietnam is one part of his legacy. People were not just killed in Vietnam, but cluster bombs, herbicides, and concentration camps existed in Vietnam.

      Regardless of how people feel about the Selma film (I feel that Selma is better than the Butler obviously), we need to offer prayers of protection for Sister Ava Duvernay.

      God Bless You Sister

      • Courtney H. says:

        Yes, I watched a news report the other night with historians attacking the movie **Selma** because it told the truth of how LBJ was reluctant to support the Civil Rights Movement. Tariq Nasheed said in one of his videos (I do not remember which one; I think he was discussing one of his **Hidden Colors** docs) that LBJ did not support the movement until other countries started attacking the U.S. for making a big deal about other countries* human rights records when the U.S. was treating Black people so inhumanely. They called him out for being a hypocrite — just like countries did during Ferguson last year.

        I agree we have to pray for Sister Ava Duvernay, because she is being criticized for telling the truth.

        • Timothy says:

          You’re Welcome.

          P.S.

          Also, LBJ said racial slurs about blacks constantly. He was a racist. He signed many progressive legislation, but he never originated the black liberation struggle. Califano is wrong to say that Selma was LBJ’s idea. That is a height of disrespect to our black people and to our ancestors. Black people rebelled against oppression and that is why he or LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. I have no issues with those 2 laws. Ironically enough, the reactionaries are attacking those laws. This situation is about the powers that be trying to take credit for the blood, sweet, and tears of our people. My father and my mother lived during Jim Crow. They tell me stories all of the time of what it is was like back then. Even now, we have the New Jim Crow with the prison industrial complex. You have done a great job in showing the suffering of black women in the prison system. Yes, the death penalty is barbarism. LBJ followed the Cold War. That is why he enact imperialism in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Peru, etc. where the U.S. supported fascists (against the aspirations of the masses of the people). When foreign nations criticized the USA for its hypocrisy on human rights, then the establishment established concessions and reforms. When I researched the Vietnam War, it was much more brutal than I have ever imagined. More bombs dropped in Vietnam than all U.S. bombs dropped in Europe during WWI. Agent orange, etc. harmed people and that was a crime against humanity. That is why in my spirit, God wants America to apology for these things.

          During this time, we are having the back of the Sister Ava Duvernay. Regardless of how people feel about the Selma movie, we will have her back (against the silly criticisms of others). She recently said that she doesn’t believe in creating a “white savior film” for Selma. That statement made my day.

          Keep on showing your views Sister as I respect your wisdom.

          God Bless You.

          • Courtney H. says:

            Thank you for wisdom and comments, Brother.

            Yes, LBJ was a racist. There was a PBS documentary about him that aired years ago (I believe the title was simply **LBJ**) that discussed how he used racial slurs, and that when riots happened across the U.S. and he asked Black leaders why (he kept talking about how he signed this bill and that bill) the leaders told him that people were rioting about deplorable conditions for Blacks.

            The Voting Rights was watered down by SCOTUS in 2013. My parents also lived during Jim Crow and they used to tell my siblings and I about those times, too. I am glad that they did, because that made us realize how bad things were back then and how things really have not changed, but are just different. My late mother said that whenever things do not go their way, White people always want to change the rules. President Obama was duly elected twice, and that is when all these attacks on voting rights started.

            I am glad that Sister Ava Duvernay is setting the record straight about Selma, and I am also glad that she did not want to create a **white savior** movie. Too many movies about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement have had **white saviors** that always helped the Black people, instead of showing the truth of how Black people saved themselves.

            Here is a link about Martin Luther King and the Letter from a Birmingham Jail:

            http://blasiannarrative.blogspot.com/2015/01/sankofa.html

        • Timothy says:

          Thank you Sister for showing the link from the Clutch website that talks about the movie Selma MLK, and LBJ.

          Sister Ava Duvernay is certainly fighting for the integrity of her film. She has the right to stand up for herself. I admire her strength. Another point is to be made about Selma. Selma was the end of an era. It was the end of the first wave of the 1960’s civil rights movement. After Selma, the Black Power Movement began to form into a higher level. After Selma, Kwame Ture talked about Black Power in 1966 and the Black Panther Party for Self Defense existed in 1966. Many black people and white people diverged ideologically after Selma. The reason is that (as Dr. King said), many whites felt that after Selma, equality was established for black people (That is false and laughable) while black people wanted to continue to fight for justice in an uncompromising fashion. After Selma, the heroic Brother Malcolm X passed away and Dr. King had to realize the viciousness of his opposition. Dr. King came to see that economic and social issues must be dealt with in order for black people to be free. Also, the Black Power activists wanted more community control and a sense of self-determination among black people.

          Therefore, Selma represented the new laws coming about and new challenges ahead. LBJ used his influence to get the Voting Rights passed, but he expressed racism, even against Thurgood Marshall. So, LBJ was a man filled with contradictions. He was an ally of J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover was the person who was involved in the harassment, brutality, and murder of Black Panther Party members. Not to mention that voting rights was achieved via the blood, sweat, and tears of the people in Selma. The people of Selma deserve huge credit.

          Ava Durvernay is right that we should not deify LBJ. The link shows great debate. Regardless of how people conceive the Selma movie, we should be inspired to fight back against oppression. Also, there was a bombing new the NAACP building, so we should be vigilant in standing up. Many people died in the Selma movement, so the Voting Rights Act could exist. Ironically, the VRA has been gutted by the Supreme Court. The people in the link are having great discussions too.

          • Courtney H. says:

            I agree with what you said about Sister Ava Duvernay and her film. There are too **white savior** movies and we need more movies showing how Black people saved themselves, just like I said earlier.

            I also like the debates among the posters on the Clutchmag article. That is one of the reasons why I enjoy going to this blog, because you get differing viewpoints from the commenters, and the majority of them are intelligent enough to debate in a respectable fashion (which is rare unfortunately).

            I also saw on the news about the bombing of the NAACP offices. So this stuff is not over. We cannot be complacent.

        • Timothy says:

          Good Afternoon Sister Courtney H.

          Yes, we can’t be complacent. We have to keep on working in our communities. Such events remind us that we have to stand up for our human dignity. It is great for people to debate in reasonable fashion without invective (as shown in the Clutch website). This situation can inspire more people to learn about the civil rights movement, so we can establish more strategies in helping black people in the present including the future.

    • Timothy says:

      In any social movement, demonstrations will occur. This new movement is young and they are going through growing pains. At the final analysis, we need some economic and political power. The Black Brunch protesters should also include political and economic strategies in their overall goal (if they have not made those strategies up by now). They have the right to make their voices heard, but hopefully this action is just temporary not a permanent action.We need protest, but we also need to build in our communities and establish strong solutions internally. We need internal growth in order for external, societal change to occur.

    • Timothy says:

      Also, Thank you for showing the Beyond Black and White website about this issue of Selma, etc.

      We are a diverse people. Our diverse stories should be shown. While it is important to know about slavery and Jim Crow, these events are only part of our whole story. These events don’t represent our entire story. When I was in elementary school, I loved to look at the Eyes on the Prize television series on PBS. I also learned about black people who were architects, authors, engineers, theologians, teachers, and other contributors to society. This is our story as black people and our legacy is beautiful.

      Yes, other stories of our people should be shown.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Good morning, Brother Timothy

        I remember watching the **Eyes on the Prize** doc on PBS years ago. It was a very good and insightful documentary series. I also agree that there is more to our culture and heritage than slavery and Jim Crow.

        • Timothy says:

          Good Afternoon Sister Courtney.

          The Eyes on the Prize series certainly educated me on many issues about civil rights and about the black liberation struggle in general. It has been a very cold week today. I am a trooper though. With my large coat, I’m good. LOL.

          • Courtney H. says:

            Good afternoon Brother Timothy.

            I remember watching both Eyes on the Prize and Eyes on the Prize II years ago. You are right — it is very insightful and thorough. It has been cold here, too. It is expected to rain most of the week here. Large coats and sweaters always help.

            I know that this is OT, but here is an article about a Black Muslim man who helped hide people during the attack on the kosher grocery in Paris last week:

            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/10/paris-supermarket-kosher-hero-attack

            • Courtney H. says:

              Here is an article about the Black French policewoman killed in Paris last week:

              http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2015/01/clarissa-jean-philippe-french-cop-killed-charlie-hebdo/

              • Timothy says:

                Thank you for showing both articles Sister. The whole events in France are complex.

                I had to take a step back to evaluate it. Many pieces are coming together. Innocent human life should not be murdered, so we condemn the attacks by these murderers as counterrevolutionary, evil, and wrong.

                The magazine Charlie Hebdo have shown Islamophobic, racist, and sexist images under the guise of “satire.” I don’t agree with the politics of Charlie Hebdo (we have the free speech right to disagree with many of those cartoons. The Western elites have talked about the freedom of speech, but the West have used terrorism in Iraq, which has killed journalists), but I oppose their offices being attacked. That attack on their offices is completely wrong. France, like America, has a lot of discrimination against Muslims, the Afro-French, etc. Racism is a global problem and it is not just found in America. The reactionaries like that National Front party in France are xenophobic and they support anti-liberty policies in France. I do remember the 2005 rebellions in France. People rebelled, because they wanted economic justice and they opposed the oppression in their communities. Today, France has economic troubles. Extremists exploit recessions as a means for them to try to do evil. So, we should condemn the extremists shooting in offices and extremists who want to spread Islamophobia too. These events are used by the West to expand the war on terror. Now, France is intervening in Mali and throughout Western Africa. France like America want more of the mineral resources of Africa. Anwar Al Awaki – the notorious Al Qaeda leader allegedly killed in a drone strike in Yemen in 2011 was a guest in a Pentagon meeting months after 9/11. French and American intelligence has monitored the Kouachi brothers for years.

                Recently, there are mosques in France being harmed in Le Mans and Narbonne, France. That should be condemned as well, yet the mainstream media is not reporting on this story heavily. Many of these “Islamic extremists” have been aided by the CIA, NATO, and by the pro-Western Gulf monarchies. That is a historical fact.

                So, we should condemn these attacks. Killing innocent human life is wrong. Also, we should dig deeper to understanding the geopolitics that surround these events as well.

  22. Courtney H. says:

    Here is another story of injustice. It is a well-written article about a developmentally-challenged man who was executed in 1939:

    http://www.westword.com/2012-09-20/news/joe-arridy-death-row/full/

  23. Courtney H. says:

    Good morning, Brother! 🙂

    Before I start, I found this video by accident today:

    Here is another interesting video (it is more than two hours long…):

    I know that it is off-topic, but it is very interesting.

    Anyway, thank you for your response to the two articles that I posted about the Paris attacks that happened last week. These Black people seem to be ignored, so I wanted put their stories in the forefront.

    You are right about taking a step back and looking at the whole picture. On Chauncey De Vega*s blog, they are debating about free speech and satire:

    http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2015/01/the-paris-terror-attackers-and-americas.html

    http://www.chaunceydevega.com/2015/01/have-you-seen-joe-saccos-cartoon-about.html

    It seems like (mostly) White hide their racism, Islamaphobia, etc., behind **satire** and scream **political correctness** whenever they are called out. However, like you said, that does not condone blowing up buildings and blowing people away.

    White supremacy is global, and Black people throughout the world are fighting against it. Right-wingers are already using this to justify hating on Muslims (re: Rupert Murdoch*s comments). Thank you for mentioning the mosques have been attacked in France, because the mainstream media do are not discussing this.

    Also, thank you for bringing the truth about the French presence. They are not there to help the people, but to get the mineral resources (we discussed this with the Chinese presence in Africa earlier this year).

    Yes, the CIA, and all these other groups have used these terrorists to do their dirty work for them for years and then have turned against them when they were no longer useful (i.e.: Osama Bin Laden, Noriega). Sister Trojan Pam has told us watch what we see on TV and ask ourselves what is really going on.

    • Timothy says:

      You have shown excellent words on this issue Sister.

      Many people have been caught up into the hype about the “Je suis Charlie” movement, yet the truth is known. Black people helping fellow human beings should always be acknowledged. The Creator gave us a mind in order for us to understand the deep, geopolitical ramifications of many events. The attacks are tragedies and the terrorist attacks are unjustified. Yet, the pogroms against our people (like lynchings, riots that killed black people, etc.) are evil as well. These pogroms never ended in the 1960’s. They still go on today as the evil death of Tamir Rice (which was caused by an evil officer) proves. The larger society in America has not even truly apologized for their crimes against black people too. Your statement about satire is completely accurate. When white racists are called out on their racist caricatures of people, then they complain about “political correctness” and “free speech.” The truth is that we have the free speech right to disagree with the obscene, disrespectful, Islamophobic, racist, and sexist images from Charlie Hebdo. The system of white supremacy is sophisticated (in trying to use issues as a means to cover up their true agenda). Ironically, the terrorism done by the West in the Middle East and in Africa is the antithesis of the true freedom of speech and other democratic rights. Many of the heads of state marching in Paris represent the imperial class (like David Cameron, etc.) not true revolutionary human beings fighting for justice. The socio-political oppression of black people and Muslims in France ought to be opposed. Many laws in France violate religious freedom and other democratic rights. The National Front is a neo-fascist group. Its leader is Marine Le Pen.

      We see that Muslim youth in many French suburbs have unemployment as high as 40 percent. So, the people of France must really deal with the issues of race, class, etc. in order for people to have total freedom. We are in solidarity with Afro-French people. America has a long way to go as well. Thank you for showing the 2 other videos too. Dr. Umar Johnson is a person who is right to say that discipline is important. Also, black people being engineers, plumbers, lawyers, doctors, teachers, owners of enterprises, etc. is important. We should learn about how to build in society. Building infrastructure, working in STEM subjects, and learning true education are commonsense actions that Brothers and Sisters should pursue. Building is a key way to develop all civilizations. We have to use our economic power wisely, so we should not waste our resources. As for Asians and Hispanics, black people have the right to maintain our sense of community.

      We can maintain our sense of our culture and heritage without hating others in an inappropriate way. I believe in the Golden Rule. Yet, we should never allow others to control our movement. This is our movement and this is our House. We should run our own House. I view Afro-Brazilians as my Brothers and Sisters. We want the black community to grow and flourish. We, as black people, should control our own movement for liberation. We should unite with black people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora via cooperative, collective means.

      Keep on dropping your jewels SIster. 🙂

  24. Courtney H. says:

    Thank you, Brother.

    I will not add much to what you have stated, because it just reinforces what both of us were discussing about this incident earlier. I will say that I was on a British blog (I do not remember which one) in which commenter stated that some of the world leaders at the march on Sunday in Paris rule countries (like Brunei) that have thrown journalists in jail (so much for supporting free speech), so the hyprocrisy is obvious. I am glad that you and others are pointing that out.

    Others have mentioned about the Muslim-bashing and racism by the far right in France and other countries in response to these attacks. One commentator state that France imposed fines on Muslim women wearing hijabs, even though that is there free expression of their religion. Again, this is hypocritical. I did research for a project a few years ago on the African diaspora, and France does not include race in its census, because they are trying to be colorblind, but **colorblindness** is a facet of white supremacy. France is trying to deny that it has a race problem, when it is so out in the open.

    I do not always agree with Dr. Umar Johnson, but he makes a lot of sense. Black people need to involved in all kinds of skills. He was right in the video that education has been used to describe class when in reality it is money and assets that actually count when it comes to wealth.

    The video about the Asians and the Latinos was kind of harsh, but I believe the narrator was telling the truth. My mom used to say the same things about people benefitting from our hard work, blood, sweat, and tears of the Civil Rights Movement. We have discussed this before — we can treat people with respect, but we need to own our own movement.

    • Timothy says:

      You’re Welcome.

      P.S. The video about the Asians and the Hispanics was harsh. Like always, we don’t have to agree with the content of all videos shown. We can just gain the insights and be inspired to carry on. It is wrong to allow others to unfairly benefit from the black liberation struggle. That is true. Likewise, we have to acknowledge that courageous people of color fought against white supremacy too. One example is how many Cubans sent troops in Angola as a means to help Africans defeat pro-apartheid white supremacists. This caused Angola to gain its independence. Dr. King sent a telegram congratulating Cesar Chavez for his fight for workers’ rights in California. Malcolm X talked with the Japanese American woman Yuri Kochiyama (who stood up for human rights). So, we should treat our neighbors as ourselves, but we ought to control and own our own black liberation movement indeed. I don’t agree with all of the views of Dr. Umar Johnson, but Umar Johnson is a sincere Brother who wants black people to be free. We don’t have to agree with everyone on every issue, but we should fight for the liberation of black people. Yes, France does restrict the hijab and Muslim dress. France also has anti-human liberty laws like America has (i.e. the Patriot Act, the NDAA, etc.). The struggle for freedom in France is the same as our struggle for freedom in America. You have great wisdom like always and I love your insights.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Thank you for your wise words and response, Brother, and you are welcome. 🙂

        I agree with everything that you said about Latinos and Asians, and how we should treat people with respect but at the same time own our own movement. You are right — we do not have to agree with everything in these videos that we watch, but take what we agree with and use it our advantage. The examples you mentioned are very insightful.

    • Timothy says:

      Thank you so much for showing that link.

      I read the link in the matter of minutes, because it was so real and so true. Not too many people know that over a century ago, the slave patrols acted as the police of the South. Many people don’t realize about how the police during the late 19th century tried to harm the labor movement (when workers were fighting against the injustices found during the Gilded Age). The police then and now has been used by the establishment to not only enforce their control over people (especially black people). They are being used as a way to try to strife revolutionary change in our communities. That is why it is important for Brothers and Sisters to mobilize in opposition to police terrorism.

      Racial oppression and class oppression are both evils that must be confronted. We can’t be free unless the poor are liberated and poverty is extinguished. Workers must not only be mobilized to fight back, but the rest of the poor too. Sometimes, the truth will not be P.C. Sometimes, we have to show the truth in uncompromising terms, so minds can be opened. Certainly, enough is enough.

      That was an excellent article.

      God Bless You Sister.

      • Courtney H. says:

        You are welcome. The article was mentioned in the comments section of an article that I was reading yesterday. It is a very informative article, and I am glad that I am able to share. It is true that this information needs to be known so that people who are trying to make change know the truth of what has happened in the past, and the truth of what is going on now. I agree with you statements about the police.

        People of good conscience are fighting injustice. All kinds of oppression are wrong, and the truth is not P.C. In fact, the truth can be ugly sometimes, but it is still the truth. Truth will win out in the end.
        God Bless You

    • Timothy says:

      Good Afternoon Sister Courtney.

      The link about the Muslim school was interesting. Many Muslims are tired of experiencing indignities and oppression. Laurent Cantet is right that France need a cultural reconciliation. In other words, people can have religious freedom, tolerance, and social equality at the same time. They are not mutually exclusion. Yet, in order for real justice to come, France must confront its problems of racism, religious intolerance, and economic problems that exist in that nation. There must be dialogue, but not only dialogue. There must be concrete, revolutionary policy changes, so tensions can decline. The imperialists have exploited the bombing of the offices as a way for them to advance evil xenophobic, Islamophobic policies. Many mosques have been vandalized in France and that is wrong. Fascist groups like the National Front should be prevented from dominating France completely. If I was in France, I would have take time to be silent. I agree with the Muslims that the magazine Charlie Hebdo have shown offensive images about Islam. That was wrong, but the terrorist attacks in Paris were wrong as well. So, the low income suburbs where many Muslims are forced to live must experience massive economic changes. They must be rebuilt. Record unemployment of Muslims in France should change. Also, the Afro-French human beings should always have their rights respected too. The Afro-French are our Brothers and our Sisters. In America, we have the same problems of racism, economic injustice, discrimination, etc. too. We need not only understanding and reconciliation in France. We need justice too. Justice means that France’s imperial adventures must end. France must end its anti-religious liberty and anti-civil liberty policies as well. The corruptions in their prison system must cease too. These evils must be combated.

      The other article about the beautiful Sister Zara Chiron telling her story about France and Nigeria was a beautiful story. Her story represents the importance of promoting the dignity of humanity in general. The events of Paris were wrong and Boko Haram was wrong to kill thousands of innocent black people too. Fascism in any form (whether from Boko Haram or from any imperialist forces) ought to be condemned and opposed. I think her saying Je suis personne was sweet and very true. We are one people with great worth and dignity and we have every right to stand up for our liberty. She is right to mention that Black Lives do Matter. The unification of black people in Africa and throughout the Diaspora is a profound necessary as advocated by our elders and by our leaders (like Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, WEB DuBois, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, etc.). There is the great double standard of the massive showing of the lives lost in the Paris attack (via the corporate media) while there is the minimization of coverage of the brutality and murders done by Boko Haram (which is an evil, counterrevolutionary organization). Sister Zara Chiron wrote what ought to be written about these events in a very loving, compassionate fashion. Her very last sentences sum it up in an eloquent fashion. I greatly respect her words. Life is a journey and it won’t be easy, but the Creator gave us a mind, a soul, and a spirit as a means for us to fulfill our destinies (and follow wisdom). In that sense, we can improve ourselves and the lives of others via love, compassion, solidarity, and strength. We will always care about our black people. We love our people.

      We, as black people, will continue to not only stand up for justice, but to build in our communities as well.

      • Courtney H. says:

        Bless you, too, Brother. 🙂

        I cannot add to your response to the links because you summed them up beautifully, as always. The articles are very interesting, because they show points of view about the Paris attacks that have been ignored by the mainstream media. That is why we need to look at alternative sources for news.

        I enjoy reading Sister Zara Chiron*s words as well. She was eloquent and the responses in the comments section in the article shows that the readers also appreciated what she had to say.

        Since today is MLK Jr. Day, I watched these videos earlier today. They are each about an hour long, but very interesting:

        Enjoy! 😀

        • Timothy says:

          Thank you Sister Courtney.

          Yes, today is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

          The 3 videos that you have shown have outlined the Dr. King that many people don’t know about. As we get older, our consciousness should grow. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been through many transformations in his thinking over the course in his life. Dr. King was a very intelligent human being. He believed in nonviolence and he was anti-war. From Montgomery to Memphis, he stood up for freedom and justice for black people including the rest of humanity. After his assassination, his life has been sanitized and his true views has been distorted by the mainstream media (which is owned by select multinational corporations). This is a typical tactic of the powers that be. The powers that be readily try to sugarcoat the revolutionary spirit of our Brothers and our Sisters after they have passed away. After Watts and after the events of Chicago in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King wanted to fight for economic justice in a higher level. He knew that ending Jim Crow apartheid was not enough and that black people need economic and political power if black people were to be free. In other words, a living wage for black people is important not just civil rights.

          Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. began to see where Malcolm X was coming from (in the sense that Dr. King saw how vicious white society was and he said that the crimes of white society far exceeds the crimes of rioters). Dr. King also took a courageous stand against the Vietnam War. Back in the 1960’s, it was taboo for a black man to speak so forcefully in public against the Vietnam War. Yet, Dr. King was right to oppose that unjust war. He was criticized not only by white racists for his stand, but by black bourgeoisie people and even some folks in the civil rights movement like Wilkins. Many in the white establishment opposed Dr. King’s anti-Vietnam War stance during the 1960’s like Goldwater, Reagan, William Buckley, leaders of the NY Times, etc. Many black people opposed Dr. King’s stand on opposing the Vietnam War. In his last public speech in 1968, he wanted to advocate the building up of black institutions and the end to poverty. His last speech also advocated boycotts of businesses who were racist against the black community. His stands were against the interests of the establishment. Dr. King followed nonviolence, but he wasn’t a coward. He believed in nonviolent resistance, work stoppages, strikes, and civil disobedience. I believe in self-defense, but I respect anyone who follows nonviolent resistance out of a sincere justification.

          Malcolm X believed in self defense, but Malcolm X rejected vengeance indiscriminately against people. Self-defense is different from vengeance and blind rage. Malcolm X was not more mellow. Malcolm X became more progressive and more revolutionary. By 1965, Malcolm X believed in gender equality and he wanted an international approach to solve our problems. Also, Malcolm X wanted to unite black Americans with Africans and all black people in the world, which is great. Malcolm X and Dr. King’s views converged before they were assassinated. They both criticized capitalism and both wanted an end to the Vietnam War. Both loved black peopel and both exposed how the mainstream media support evil U.S. imperialist policies internationally. Dr. King was militantly nonviolent. The video does show the truth that the liberal and the conservative establishment tries to manipulate black people and that black people should have politically independence. Black people have every right to think for ourselves. The video told the truth about the extremism of Ronald Reagan and John McCain. These 2 men represent the reactionary character of the current GOP. So, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary. He became more radicalized by 1968. His Beyond Vietnam war speech shows his views clearly on being anti-imperialist, anti-poverty, anti-materialism, and pro-freedom.

          RIP Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

          Goodnight Sister Courtney 🙂

          I respect your wisdom like always. Bless you. 🙂

          • Courtney H. says:

            Good morning, Brother Timothy. 🙂

            Happy (Belated) MLK Jr. Day!!

            Thank you for taking the time to watch these videos. I know that all three of them were long, so I greatly appreciate it.

            These were very interesting and informative videos, and you summed them up beautifully, as usual. Your response to the videos was spot-on. All heroes/sheroes have been sanitized in one way or another, especially after they have died. We really need to stop doing that, because they means that we are not getting the truth, and we are not giving our children the truth. This is a grave disservice.

            I am glad that I watched these videos. I knew about some of the things MrSuperboy223 (Harvey) mentioned, but info was new to me. These videos were done in time for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, but they were appropriate to watch on MLK Jr. Day as well. They are appropriate for learning more about the truth about Dr. King at any time.

            RIP Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

            Again, thank you for your comments and taking the time to watch all three of these long videos. I respect your wisdom, too. 🙂

            Have a nice day, Brother. 🙂

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