The God vs The Donkey aka Charlemagne vs Jason Lee Whitlock (Another look into the Uncle Tom mentality)

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I just came across this diatribe between Jason Whitlock and Charlemagne and I immediately wanted to give the God a high-five. The thing is the issue Charlemagne addressed is complicated for non-Blacks to understand. Yeah Charlemagne could have presented his argument in a different manner and the Emit Till reference could be said to be too “strong” but the truth of the matter is that it was not too “wrong”. We Black men know all too well how it is to deal with a White female(or White person period) who is scared of you for no other reason but the fact you’re a Black man. I’ll admit I felt Lavar Ball could have responded to Kristine’s pestering questions with more savvy and tact but his irritation is well understood when you take in consideration Kristine’s prior comments about Ball. As he said he felt she was “a hater” and had no desire to dialogue with her.  I also agree she played the shocked and incredulous victim after goading Ball into a response.

Below is the whole interview between Leahy and Ball.

I don’t want to harp on the dynamic of White fear of Black masculinity (that’s a research paper, novel, multi episode editorial, etc with in its self. I want to address the issue of the uncle Tom dynamic that causes these super Toms to come forward and champion the “massa’s” cause. It seems I’m running into these Jesse Lee Peterson types more and more today.  Malcolm X described the mentality of the Uncle Tom perfectly in his “House Negro/Field Negro” analogy

“There was the house Negro and the field Negro. The house Negroes – they lived in the house with master, they dressed pretty good, they ate good ’cause they ate his food — what he left. They lived in the attic or the basement, but still they lived near the master; and they loved their master more than the master loved himself. They would give their life to save the master’s house quicker than the master would. The house Negro, if the master said, ‘We got a good house here’, the house Negro would say, ‘Yeah, we got a good house here.’ Whenever the master said ‘we’, he said ‘we’. That’s how you can tell a house Negro.

“If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would. If the master got sick, the house Negro would say, ‘What’s the matter, boss, we sick?’ We sick! He identified himself with his master more than his master identified with himself. And if you came to the house Negro and said, ‘Let’s run away, let’s escape, let’s separate’, the house Negro would look at you and say, ‘Man, you crazy. What you mean, separate? Where is there a better house than this? Where can I wear better clothes than this? Where can I eat better food than this?'”

-Malcolm X

Jason Whitlock is saying to Kristine Leahy “we sick boss”? “Did that mean negro hurt your feelings?”

As Malcolm X describes, Blacks like Jason Lee Whitlock identify with the master more so than the master identifies with his own self. So much so you hear and see Jason Lee Whitlock taking it upon himself to come to Kristine Leahy’s defense. As with most media “Toms” Whitlock has priors of attacking Black celebrities and athletes.  From Serena Williams to Lebron James to Colin Kaepernick,  Whitlock has attacked African Americans athletes with the most derisive language attacking those who have stood up for social issues in particular . I ask myself what makes these Toms tick? The human mind intrigues me and I seriously wonder what part of the psyche and soul has died in order for this Uncle Tom survival mechanism to manifest.  Yes Uncle Tom’ism is a survival trait. The Uncle Tom mentality is a mental illness diagnosed with in the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition)  I love pointing this fact out to sell outs, bed wenches and toms. It’s like “hey yo you crazy…no.. no you really crazy”. I’d never heard of this fat fucker Jason Whitlock until I’d seen Charlemagne blast him on the Breakfast Club. He’s obviously one of those Black faces that Whites use to justify their own racism and appease any guilt they may feel behind said racism. When you here someone White say “see a Black guy said it” they’re usually talking about a Jason Whitlock type.

The thing is just like racism the Uncle Tom Mentality is a spectrum. You’ll be hard pressed to find a Tom that’s a total sell out. Most Tom’s I find actually think they are doing things to improve the Black community. The problem is that Tom’s can’t see or refuse to see the impact of systemic racism (ie: White supremacy) thus fail to see trying to simply amalgamate into a system that systemically oppresses you and your people is…well insane. The brother @ABtheHero breaks down Jason Whitlock’s response to Charlemagne giving him the Donkey of the Day.

In this clip he’s basically saying he’s not a Tom and that he hasn’t been cooning then proceeds to run off a list of deeds and actions he has done to champion Black issues and causes…he does this right after he names four old White men that can verify he hasn’t made his career off attacking Black athletes. He then ask Charlemagne to engage in debate with him without hurling insults but he seems to forget the ugly comments he’s made about Serena and other Black athletes he’s written about….again crazy talk. He also states Serana, Lebron and other athletes are ‘strong” enough to take “his” criticism but I’d ask Whitlock “well isn’t Kristine Leahy strong enough to handle Charlemagne and Lavar Balls critique?

As I said earlier I wonder what part of the Tom’s soul/psyche has been killed in order to allow the Uncle Tom mental state to rise to prominence. I always doubt it’s been totally done away with because as we see in Jason Whitlock’s response to receiving the Donkey of the Day the need to justify his actions by denying his Tom’ism is strong enough for him to record a response to Charlemagne.

One of the primary things we must do in our Black Cultural Revolution is to constantly and consistently call these Toms out for their coonery.

For those who’ve yet to see Charlemagne’s full bitch slapping of Jason Whitlock you can watch below

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Election 2016: An observation of my morning the Day After “or” The Calm Before the Storm?

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As I rode to work the day after the election I noticed the normally crowded 7th street route I took to work  was  eerily devoid of traffic. I passed a square looking brother probably on his way to UCSF or the arts college and he locked eyes with me and nodded his head towards me in what felt like a sign of  solidarity. I remember how I felt when Obama 1st won and the prideful looks Black Americans would exchange with each other as we passed each other on the street. Today those looks of pride and elation were replaced with expressions filled with trepidation.

I then role by a White guy who was  walking  towards me and it seemed like he put a smirk on his face. I would notice later through my day quite a few white males in particular all had these “smirks”  on their faces (seriously I bull shyt you not).  Needing a bit of caffeine and sugar I go to Starbucks and I’m standing in line with two PG&E workers. Both White males. Both had “Trump supporter” written all over them. Feeling this vibe I mentally prepare myself to deal with any potential uncomfortable interaction.  I’m hyper sensitive to human emotions. It has aided and hindered me in life but for the most part it has made me a great communicator. I have the ability to converse with most anyone in spite our cultural differences or opposing point of views and leave the conversation on amicable terms.  As we are standing in line I notice the silence is a bit awkward so to ease a bit of tension I blurt out “hey I have to pay my PG&E bill today (which is was so very true). The older guy laughs and says “yeah you better pay, I have to beat my wife to pay ours” I think to myself   “ok this guy diffidently did not vote for Hillary”.  I ask him did he get a discount on his PG&E  bill since he was an employee.  After he states he indeed does get a discount the younger guy blurts out  “maybe the bills will go down now Trump is president.” Mentally my eyes roll all the way back into my brain stem. Now as I stated I’d already sized these guys up as Trump supporters so I’d made mental notes not to bring up anything in our conversation resembling politics. You hear white people talking about how Blacks bring up “the race card” when talking about certain subjects but the truth is most of the time we try to avoid talking about race. Its only when some white guy or gal broaches a subject do we rightfully so speak our truth. So now here I am in a situation I’ve been in countless times where some White guy brings up a subject that’s not only race related but we obviously share opposing opinions on.  As I stated though  I’m a pretty good communicator and for me that means being able to parry verbal jabs and respond to insult or bluster appropriately, not overtly insulting the person but also  without compromising my beliefs or integrity (ie: not just taking their shyt).  So after this guys statement about Trump bringing long gone jobs back I state “ I don’t see how he’s gonna do that the stock market is plummeting already (as of now its bounced backed) They  both mention Trumps gonna bring jobs back from China and overseas. I mention that the steel jobs are now automated so none of those jobs are returning and the jobs in China are extremely low paying jobs that no American wants.  After the usual “he’s not a career politician like Hillary and Obama” remarks  the younger guys last words was “let’s give him a chance” ( I’d be hearing that phrase a lot over the next few weeks and its become a mantra now) I simply said “the next 100 days will tell it all”. He wished me a good day as we departed and I thought “those previously angry White males are cheerful as a muthafucker right now”. I don’t know how long this cheerful mode will last nor do I know if that will affect  so called race relations or not affect them at all.  I don’t know what will happen in the next four years but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was fearful.

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We are in the age of the wolf. There will be no running or hiding form this wolf. It won’t matter if you see this wolf coming because he will devour you regardless of the amount of vigilance you possess. A fox can only trick those who do not realize they are dealing with a tricky fox. Are we ready to deal with the wolf?  Well we have no choice now. We either get down or lay down

The Wolf or the Fox, Shatan or Lucifer, The Adversary or the Liar

prag·mat·ic

praɡˈmadik/

adjective

adjective: pragmatic

  1. dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

 

“a pragmatic approach to politics”

synonyms: practical, matter-of-fact, sensibledown-to-earth, commonsensical, businesslike, having both/one’s feet on the ground, hardheadedno-nonsense;

informalhard-nosed

“she remains pragmatic in the most emotional circumstances”

    • relating to philosophical or political pragmatism.
    • antonyms: impractical

I always tell people I’m a pragmatic voter and I’ve been moved to write this blog after seeing and hearing so many varied political views and opinions on the 2016 election. I perhaps may have written this to late, it being the eve of one of the biggest elections in the U.S. history but nevertheless I’m writing this to briefly explain my political philosophy.  I tell people if you’ve ever voted for any political candidate in any election you’ve voted for a lesser of two evils. This is even more so a fact if you are African-American. For us  it has always been a choice between the “Wolf or the Fox.” This terminology was 1st brought into popular usage by Black activist Malcolm X. African-Americans coined the term “the wolf and the fox” in allusion to the nature of northern Whites towards Blacks in comparison to southern Whites. Northern Whites were regarded as “foxes” because they are thought to be more subtle about the racism or implicit bias they may posses whereas southern Whites in general have more open and  aggressive racist attitudes. Saying this it’s obvious there are both wolves and foxes in the north and south but this is the general view taken by conscious Blacks. Malcolm X was alluding to liberal Whites as foxes and today the term “wolf and fox” is applied to conservatives and liberals respectively.

Malcolm X –https://youtu.be/FU5ogqvDl9Y

Malcolm argued the liberal is the fox and unlike the wolf you can’t see the fox coming. This can be true but I will argue that the wolf is ravenous and will utterly devour you whereas long as you are aware you are dealing with a fox and treat he or she accordingly you have enough time to strategize a plan for victory when dealing with the fox. This is where education and consciousness is key. We must be educated and socially conscious to function successfully in this American system because every day we deal with wolves and foxes on varying levels.  (I will build on this more in-depth in the future).

My political philosophy is to engage the fox with full awareness of the fox’s nature in order to avoid direct aggressive oppression from the wolf. The fact is we have no other choice other than disengaging from the political process all together. I believe we have voting power but we have yet to fully muster its total strength. Evidence of this political power is the fact conservative Republicans have attacked voter rights throughout the U.S.

http://libertytreefoundation.org/news/naacp-states-systematically-taking-away-voting-rights-blacks-and-latinos 

These “wolves” would not be making it difficult for minorities to vote if people of color had no voting power. As for the presidential candidates this election and  my views on their candidacy I will briefly break them down accordingly and explain why I will cast my vote for Hillary Clinton

1st we will deal with the “Wolf”. The indomitable Donald Trump is a car wreck that has taken place already but is threatening to cause a major severe 50 state car pileup. The very fact such a blatantly racist demagogue could possibly become our chief of state should scare all decent Americans (and I’m writing this a day before the election so orange Hitler might be our head honcho by the time your reading this) I won’t go through all of his questionable deeds done and the asinine words spoken but it been well documented herr Drumpf is clearly unfit to be commander-in-chief. 

http://www.wsj.com/video/clinton-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief/3D34320E-AC22-43B6-9E3C-521080B4D8F4.html
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/commentary/sdut-donald-trump-commander-in-chief-2016sep08-story.html
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-gates-donald-trump-unfit-to-be-commander-in-chief-election-2016/

Also what Trump represents is the empowerment of the most ugly aspects of American culture. His candidacy has shed light on all the ugly unsaid sentiments of far to many members of this society. If he were to win it would validate all the bigotry this country has attempted to rid itself of for the past 50 yrs. Trump has so many parallels to Hitler its frightening that this phenomenon is occurring in the so-called land of the free. All of the systemic racist policies pushed by the Clinton’s will pale in comparison to what this egomaniacal blow hard will implement. Trump is supported and endorsed by the alternative right/White Supremacist for a reason. He is preaching their gospel. We cannot allow this into the oval office.  Remember this is a man who took out a full-page ad in the New York times calling for the execution of 5 innocent Black youth wrongly accused of rape. Trump has yet to apologise for the part he played in their wrongful conviction. Imagine this man with the power to implement policy? Clinton’s crime bill will look like voters rights act in comparison.

Now as for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I wont attempt to defend the racist inferences she’s made nor the deadly policies her husband put into place that set so many of my brothers and sisters in prison. 

http://www.factcheck.org/2016/04/bill-clinton-and-the-1994-crime-bill/

Again I understand she is the fox. Again this whole system has been set against us from day one. In fact her husband Bill Clinton put those policies into place under the advice from a conservative Republican and yes he did it for political gain after his sex scandal with Paula Jones jeopardized his political strength and any future re-election.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/04/the-untold-story-of-bill-clintons-other-crime-bill/
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/politics/bill-clinton-crime-prisons-hillary-clinton/

 The thing is that in regards to the issues that effect Afro-Americans one can work with Hillary far more so than Trump. Hillary meet with Back Lives Matter but this is something Trump as yet to do and I doubt he ever will. In the presidential debates when asked about racial relations between Blacks and police Trump’s first words were “Law and Order”.

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This infers he doesn’t see the epidemic murders of Afro-Americans by police through out this country as a problem. In fact it infers he would like to see more of the same. he would like to see the hands of the beast squeeze upon our necks until we shut up and stop crying for justice. He is advocating for more Gestapo police tactics such as “stop and frisk”.  How is this supposed to “heal” race relations  between Blacks and the occupational force in our neighborhoods we call the police? This is the ravenous wolf and there is no bargaining no parlaying with such a creature.

As for the two other candidates I call the “Rabbit and the Dodo” Jill Stein and Gary Johnson respectively they stand no mathematical chance to win this election and in fact any Black vote going to them benefits Trump and again the wolf cannot be allowed into the White House. Pragmatic voters do not waste their vote on a fruitless protest. screen-shot-2016-06-18-at-7-47-42-am

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/02/wrong-eleciton-to-vote-third-party-gary-johnson-jill-stein

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/jill-stein-2016-hillary-clinton-republicans-214146

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/us/general_election_trump_vs_clinton_vs_johnson_vs_stein-5952.html

 

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In fact I can’t even find Jill Stein on any major polls.

The thing is I must admit If you have the  good sense not to vote for the “wolf” Trump but can’t bring your self to vote for the “Fox” Hillary Clinton I’d say cast your vote for the “rabbit” Jill Stein. I most definitely respect those who for religious or philosophical reasons choose to vote for her (but I hope I sway you to my view of politics) As for the  “Dodo” Gary Johnson has no clue as to deal with the racial issues in America today

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/gary-johnson-libertarian-racial-discrimination-226652 

In fact some of his policies are conservative leaning and conservatism is the philosophy of the wolf. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-gary-johnson-economic-conservative-zorn-perspec-0930-md-20160929-column.html

Also Gary is not the brightest bulb on the tree.

http://thedailybanter.com/2016/10/youre-voting-for-a-great-big-idiot/

The fact is that we must not only vote but we must hold our elected officials accountable and we must begin to lobby in Washington DC to flex our full political might. Other groups vote and finance politicians whereas at this point we only vote. Nevertheless this is our chief political power and by all means we must use it.

So by all means vote but I hope you do so “pragmatically”.

Make your vote count.

The Exodus Cipher: A Brief Look at the Afro-American experience through a Biblical lens

 

Book Of Nahum

Chp 3 v 9 to 11

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Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

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Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

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Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

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Early Assyrian depiction of Hebrew slaves in Babylon

The 1st time I read this scripture I immediately was reminded of the enslavement of Africa’s peoples & how her great kingdoms where laid low. There are some Blacks who beleive we literaly are the true Hebrew peoples. I do not necessarily subscribe to this belief in the literal sence but I do beleive African Americans are the true children of Isreal on a spiritual and symbolic level. Perhaps both of these might be true because there are genetic links between many Jews and Black Africans.

As recent DNA studies point out…..

“A diverse array of Jewish populations can date their Sub-Saharan African ancestry back roughly 72 generations,”

“The older-mixture dates among African and Jewish populations are consistent with events in biblical times, such as the Jewish diaspora that occurred in 8th to 6th century BC.”

(see-  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110524153536.htm   )

“But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and just as the LORD had predicted to Moses, Pharaoh refused to listen.” 

-Exodus Chp9 v12

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I see the exposing of & current increase of police murder & White racist anger as God hardning this nation “Pharoahs” heart against Afro Americans & forcing Black people into an extreme action mode.

African Americans are in action mode and look to go into overdrive in the fight against oppression.

Afro-Americans have suffered opression beyond Biblical levels. I say beyond because the Hebrews were enslaved but Egypt & Babylon never stripped the Hebrew people of their language & history nor whipped them saying “your name is Amon Ptah not Yossef”

Besides this our stories parallel on such a level it amazes me at times. When my mother 1st read the bible to me she also would read to me about Black heroes like Harriet Tubman & I easily felt that the bible was speaking about my peoples plight. Harriet following the north star to freedom was like the three wise men following the eastern star to Christ. I interpret the bible this way often & Ive been thinking about Exodus quite a bit lately. When your in a country that has systemically oppressed you & continues to kill your people with impunity you tend to have taughts like 

“I wonder how cold winters are in Canada?” 

Or 

” how hot does it really get in Africa?”

Many of our modern day prophets have advocated our leaving out of America & repatriating to Africa.

Ive always believed in a mental &  “cultural” repatriation to Africa meaning we must relearn our history & roots of all things African & throughout our diaspora & fix our dysfunctional culture. Peraphs we may need to do both but just as the old generation poisened by the slavery in Egypt died off during those 40 years in the wilderness so I believe relearning our culture & history is a necessary 1st step to rid our selves of self destructive behavior & uncle tomism before returning to our mother land.

I’d also like to also point out that the Hebrew people didn’t just up & leave Egypt broke. They grabbed gold,food and anything else they needed before leaving

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“The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.”

“The LORD caused the Egyptians to look favorably on the Israelites, and they gave the Israelites whatever they asked for. So they stripped the Egyptians of their wealth!”

Exodus Chp 12 v35 to 36

You could call this a form of Reparations the Egyptians paid the Hebrews for the centuries of enslavement they endured. African Americans are asking for nothing more from America yet so called White Christians and many White Jews scoff at the idea of recompense for Blacks that have endured the most volitile form of servitude and oppression ever implemented.

So scripture tells us what we need to do before & towards our Exodus,be it mental,physical or both. Relearn who we are,become that & stack the money we will need to rise to our rightful position in the world & the current treatment we’ve received from this system is pushing us towards this just as Pharoahs armies pushed Moses to split and cross the Red Sea towards the promise land

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Colin Kaepernick: The National Anthem,Afro American Athletes and Activism

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OK I’m gonna weigh in on Kap’s passive aggressive protest against the systemic oppression this country has at best ignored & at its worst consistently perpetrated.

I remember back in the 90’s being at my cousins basketball game in rural Kentucky & the pledge of allegiance started up. I’d recently came into knowledge of self & my Black consciousness so I found my self having a crisis of conscience. Do I hold fast to my principles & beliefs & refuse to stand or sing the anthem of a country responsible for flooding my community with narcotics & guns? Or do I give in to the peer pressure I feel from a family full of vets & an uberly patriotic conservative community?

Well I didn’t stand & I’m thinking I’m about to get stink eye from the whole gymnasium. (Or worse from all them country White folk) Well no body paid attention to my small passive aggressive protest. I now laugh about how caught up I was in “not giving in to the man“ & caring about what those people thought about me.

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Saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is seen as almost a religious obligation by much of main stream America

It just wasn’t that serious …at least that’s the way it seemed back then. The fact #Gabby‘s perceived slight & #Colin‘s purposeful protest have been responded to by some so violently points to the increased racial tensions in America. In fact White athletes doing the same or similar actions seem to go unnoticed by the same angry patriots that attacked Gabby.

Three Olympic national anthems, no hands over hearts — but only Gabby Douglas draws outrage

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Gabby Douglas was harassed and even threatened on social media after she was perceived as being unpatriotic for not placing her hand over her heart during the nation Anthem

This is one reason I respect #Kaepernick all the more. Its not easy doing or not doing something millions of people will literally hate you for. He’s using his status to bring more attention to an issue that should be tackled by our government. America’s inaction is complicity.

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Athletes that are brave enough to take a solid stance on serious issues can find themselves ostracized

Like so many other issues in Black America your finding some of our own people jumping up to condemn Kap. This just points to how confused some of us are on the issue of systemic police violence & our governments role in it. Many of us dont understand the connection (and or are in full blown uncle Tom mode) so you hear certain rappers saying #alllivesmatter & others saying we should ignore police murdering Blacks because of inner city gang violence. This is like saying we should ignore the fact Sugar corporations caused the diabetes epidemic simply because Americans have a problem with eating to much.

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You had so called “non oppressed Blacks” like Allen B. West taking it upon themselves to chastise Colin Kaepernick for expressing his right to free speech

Also Black folk have just wanted to belong in this country for so long I think in an attempt to “fit in“ with mainstream America some of us attack those of us who speak truth to power. Colin has risked finances & his career by making this statement. Not an easy thing to do & far from cowardly. More of today’s sports stars need to take a stand against racism in all its forms.

 

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Tommy Smith and John Carlos’s Black Power salute during the 1968 Olympics was one of the most iconic moments in sports history

 

Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor, Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten

Former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown presides over a meeting of top African-American athletes who supported boxer Muhammad Ali’s refusal to fight in Vietnam on June 4, 1967. Pictured: (front row) Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Lew Alcindor; (back row) Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten. (AP Photo/Tony Tomsic)

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The Los Angeles Lakers made a “team” protest by wearing “I Cant Breathe” t-shirts after the murder of Eric Garner by NYPD

Yeah Colin pissed a lot of people off but instead of being mad at his protest be mad at the reason the protest was necessary -#Cipher

4th of July-my perspective as an Afro-American(or fuck that I aint popping no fire crackers for the cracker)

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Once again its the 4th of July and millions of Americans, Black, White and everything else in between will be firing up grills roasting chicken, cow and pig meat. I have fond memories of celebrating past 4th of the July’s. I even fondly remember the times when I had to walk through the hood in my Cub Scout uniform and cats would throw fire crackers towards me as I made my way through the Virgos set and Fulton street areas to my Den meeting. (Yeah that’s life living in the ghetto. In order to get to a positive character building activity I had to walk through three blocks of gangsters and drug dealers-but that’s another story.)

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I am proud to be an American. Even prouder to be an “AFRICAN” – American (*coff *coff #RayvenSimone) So like many conscious Afro-Americans I am conflicted about celebrating a holiday of a country that has actively enslaved then socio-economically oppressed my people for the past 250 plus yrs of its existence. Yes I’m fully aware of the righteous Whites who have attempted to help right the wrongs and correct the mistakes made during this countries history and this tempers my anger. I sincerely appreciate the fact that we have Anglo-Americans who at the very least try to practice tolerance and understand the sorrow and anger felt by Black America. Despite this we still have systemic racism in this country and it continues to hamstring Black people to the point we self perpetuate our own destruction.

Over the years I’ve used the fact my grand father fought Nazis in World War II, my father served in the U.S Navy, my brother in the U.S Army and my cousin fought in the 1st Iraqi war as reasons to celebrate the 4th of July but now more and more these feel like excuses to me.  In these days and times I find my self even more conflicted by the 4th of July because the current state of popular American bigotry throws the past disrespects back in our face. Every time a court rules in favor of a cop that blatantly murdered an unarmed human it grows harder for me to pledge and salute that flag. When I see rabidly angry White people yelling ” Go back to Africa!! ” as if  they’ve forgotten  not only did they bring us here unwillingly but seem oblivious to the fact they themselves are immigrants, it grows harder to enjoy this holiday called the 4th of July. When I see a blatantly proactive racist so popular he could possibly become our next president it grows harder for me to think of this country as a place I can feel secure in and call home. I mean who would so eagerly take pride in a country that does these things to its people?

The consistent oppression and mistreatment of Blacks at the hands of White America has fueled this hatred and resentment.

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Anger over spilling

This pic brings back a memory of one of my  performances when the Rap group Project X and I.J.P (International Jah Posses) burned an American flag on stage -ahh my younger more radical days)

 

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The Under Educated, Politically Manipulated,Angry White Man- Trump’s bread and butter

 

I don’t suffer from any form of #Stockholm’s syndrome so I cant implement the “#Uncle Tom” mentality as a defense mechanism (*coff *coff #BenCarson, *coff  #Whoopi *gag #StaceyDash ) so I soberly deal with the painful reality of this countries racist culture and system. It is as if I’m in a dysfunctional toxic relation ship were I’m forced to live and stay with a partner that periodically insults and beats me. Like most victims of domestic abuse I find myself in a love hate relationship with this partner. I’m of course using domestic abuse as a metaphor and like most people trapped in an abusive relationship simply leaving or “Going back to Africa” is not a financial or physical possibility and in our case apparently there is no police man to call for help. So until our “#Moses” comes we must soldier on and do our best to make America a better place for all people to live in(because as we know other ethnic and culture groups have greatly benefited from the rights Blacks have fought & fight for). Today I’m forced to look at the 4th of July the same way I do  Christmas. Even though I’m not a traditional Christian thus know Jesus was not born on December 25th I celebrate the winters solstice as a holiday for family and friends to get together and enjoy each others company. Its some what the same for the 4th of July at this point for me. So today I’m going out to hunt down some barbeque like millions of other Americans and sit and reflect on the state of American culture and politics this 4th of July.

APTOPIX Charleston Shooting

People join hands against the backdrop of an American flag as thousands of marchers meet in the middle of Charleston’s main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

One Night of Protest -The #Justice4MarioWoods Coalition the “New Civil Rights Movement” and why front line social activist must be honored and saluted

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I haven’t participated in a real “in the police’s face” protest or rally since my days at SFSU. Recently I joined the Nation of Islam, the New Community Leadership Foundation (www.newclf.com) Hip Hop artist Equipto ,Selassie and scores of other social activist in support of the #Justice4MarioWoods Coalition. We gathered near San Francisco’s Civic Center and marched towards City Hall. On this particular night various members of the NFL players from the two teams participating in the Super Bowl (North Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos) and San Francisco politicians including Mayor Ed Lee were at City Hall and the asian Arts Museum celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl which is being played here in the Bay Area down in Santa Clara at the SF 49er’s Levi stadium. Wisely our coalition is using the attention drawn by the Super Bowl to get our message about the racially motivated injustices that have taken place with in San Francisco( most of all the murder of Mario Woods) out to the world and to force other wise apathetic politicians and police to hold the officers that committed this heinous act accountable.

 

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Before going to this protest i’d gotten into a debate with a good friend about several people and organizations we know non participation and refusal to stand with the #Justice4MarioWoods movement. At this point these individuals haven’t even made public statements to condemn the police officers actions and their silence is reverberating. My good friend explained to me publicly supporting the #Justice4MarioWoods movement would hurt these people’s financial and employment situations due to the fact these individuals are employed by and or receive quite a bit of money and political support from the city. I admonished my good friend for 1st thinking that by explaining the obvious politically and financially difficult situation our friends would be put in was some how a morally justifiable excuse. Wrong is wrong and even if I love you and understand what’s at risk for you if you make an unrighteous choice,commit an unrighteous action or fail to commit a righteous action when it’s needed I have to call it for what it is.

Am I mad?

No not at all.

Am I just disappointed?

Yes.

The only thing that tempers my disappointment is I really do know and understand what these individuals stand to lose. I use to work for the Department of Public Health. I’ve worked in San Francisco’s juvenile and adult county jail system giving life skills work shops educating at risk populations. I’ve had meetings with various police officers and the current mayor about outreach to the homeless and poor of San Francisco. Ive worked closely with SFPD officers out reaching to the homeless,mentally ill ,drug addicted and otherwise at risk populations of this city. I know some genuinely “good cops” and I do think about their reaction to my support of the #Justice4MarioWoods movement (and in particular our movements position on the firing of Chief Surh.)

In other words what I’m saying is that I understand the fear of jeopardizing ones job or lively hood one can feel when having to speak truth to the power that pays you. Actually what prompted me to really write this was the fact I saw many officers I knew and had seen around in my field of work and the looks they gave me caused a slight pang of worry about my own civil service career(and  to keep it as we say “One Hunid” my physical well-being) Would these officers, the Mayor or his aides retaliate by endangering my current job? I thought about this and for me the choice was easy…I stand for whats right. I remain true to myself and my people and will do what I can to correct the injustice of not only Mario Woods death but of all the inequities that exist with in this society.  I also recognize I have a lot less to lose than some of the organizations and people I’m alluding to and I do understand these people’s positions are precarious. Some of these leaders have not spoken in concerns of the Mario Woods case and at least some have reached out to the #J4MWC and given their reasons for not supporting the #Justice4MarioWoods movement and I can only hope we can strategize in other areas in our over all battle with the systemic injustice ingrained in our society.  Other so-called leaders actually seem to be attempting to weaken and derail our movement. They do so by acting as if they are the communities chosen representatives and are speaking  the will of the people for the good of the people.The truth is that some are detached from today’s social struggle and promote out dated tactics. Others are duplicitous and are only playing the part of social activist while coddling to the powers that be. (ill write on this dynamic in more depth later)

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Ive long stated to those I work with I will always do what i can for the movement. I may not be able to participate in rallies and marches on a consistent basis but  when I can I will do something in support of the movement. This goes back to some of my good and dear friends decisions to sit this fight out or some of their “on the fence” positions.  As Arch Bishop King of the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church stated “you might not be able to carry a picket sign but man you can fold envelopes and lick stamps or something”  What Arch Bishop King is saying here is that we with in the movement understand some of us are not in a position to push a hard publicly radical  stance but one should always speak truth to power and do what ever small part you can. This is not just a matter of participating in marches but some of our good friends and allies in other causes have even remained silent on making a public statement of condemnation of the SFPD’s actions in this case. Last night the pangs of worry I felt concerning my chicken shyt job made me realize how courageous and brave our frontline soldiers are.

They are fearless!!! 

It’s no small thing to stand up to a brutal and vicious police force in a city that regards you as an anathema. This is no small movement and I’m amazed at our solidarity, commitment and passion. The fact is that we are up against serious and powerful opposition. Hostile and unscrupulous opposition. Due to this fact I am even more impressed and proud of those who have been fighting this epic and historic fight since day one. Yes this is history we are making.  #Justice4MarioWoods is justice for #MichealBrown #AlexNieto  #SandraBland #TrayvonMartin #KennethHarding #SeanBell #TamirRice #OscarGrant #EricGarner #TanishaAnderson and far to many more. Mario is our martyr our catalyst our rallying point for our pursuit for justice and reparations for all this countries acts of atrocity and miscarriages of justice. We are going through a struggle that mirrors Biblical scripture. I am indeed a spiritual person and I feel our work is divinely guided. History will look back at this and our people’s struggle on a whole the same way we open up the book of Exodus and marvel at the works of Moses. To those leaders who are of and loved by our community that have not committed to supporting this movement or others of its like or simply speaking out against police terrorism I ask this simple question… “don’t you realize this is a 2nd Civil Rights Movement ? “Dont you realize your silence is heard by those who expect more from you?”  ” Dont you know your support if only words of encouragement are needed?” We all are obligated to do our small part in this struggle for social justice…ignoring such obligations do not make them disappear.

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