As election night gets closer and closer, prevailing thoughts of race and entitlement rage louder than any bomb ever made. And for anyone that had the blinders on previously, there just was no excuse after Iowa Congressman Steve King uttered out his foolish comments made during coverage of July's GOP Convention. For those that have already forgotten, Rep. King referred to non-whites as a "Sub group" and pressed the idea that no other race had contributed more to civilization than that of the European and/or "where the footprint of Christianity settled the world." Sad to say this is the perspective (I refuse to call it thinking) of far more people in this country than you can imagine. All across the nation there are have been stories of school textbooks under fire for correctly portraying the foundations of civilization as beginning with The Black & Brown People of Earth. And let's not forget those Texas history books that refer to African Slaves as "workers from Africa" brought "to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations.” This is the cross by-product of centuries of propaganda used to justify the rape, murder, pillage, enslavement, exploitation, and oppression of The Black and Brown-plus the increasing fear and paranoia of repercussions coming from the true majority. But that's another topic for another blog. For now let's just soak up some facts to counter those foolish notions of ignorance that empower fools like Steve King. I could have included all sorts of long form lectures and documentaries, but I highly doubt that people like Representative King have that type of attention span Lol. Check out the videos, fact-check them, and SHARE...
ter·ror·ism (terəˌrizəm) -the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.
For the last 15 or so years, we've seen the word terrorism used and manipulated for political gains with an amazing increase in frequency. Under Bush the label was used to topple regimes that America did not see/no longer sees as an ally. And under Obama/Clinton, the label has been used to assassinate any foes left over from the Reagan/Bush years and nowadays to target exiled political prisoners like Assata Shakur. But today no nation exemplifies the true definitions of terrorism (and tyranny for that matter) like The State Of Israel. The Non-Israeli inhabitants of these long disputed lands live in constant fear as they are subjected to every sort of human rights abuse imaginable. But yet few dare to speak out.
Just last week, settlers of a long disputed village in the deserts of Israel woke up to bulldozers. The entire village of Araqib was demolished, for what its now former occupants say to be the "hundredth time." The people of Araqib Village have laid claim to this land since the days of The Ottoman Empire; but the land was "appropriated" in 1953, and the people were evicted from the land. Since 2010, the longtime owners of the land returned to reclaim their their past; and have been denied vital services such as water, electricity, and sewage systems. There are no schools. There is no health care. The residents are not allowed to vote. And this most recent assault on their village came during the Holy Month Of Ramadan. In similar fashion, Israeli authorities cut off and/or limited access to clean drinking water for Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank Area. According to The Palestinian Hydrology Group, some areas have been without water for more than 40 days. Even worse, Israel has spent the entire Holy Month Of Ramadan raiding Palestinian villages-arresting more than 300 Palestinians inside of 20 days, and untold numbers since then. The arrests were allegedly targeting activists, after a shooting that injured four Israelis; but more than 30 children were detained in the process? Did the kids shoot anyone? Did 330 people shoot these four people? But yet the same tired excuse of having the right to protect Israeli interests continues to make the wholesale oppression of the people whose land they stole away inexplicably okay. According to Al Jazeera, there are currently more than 400 children languishing inside Israeli prisons-and an estimated 500-700 are prosecuted in military courts each year. For the past few years, Israel Military and Police forces have enforced edicts to take back lands provisioned to The Palestinians under prior agreed upon peace accords-and then locking up all who protest their actions. Aren't these the types of human rights violations American and European Nations identify as reasons to invade and/or destabilize other nations? But yet Israel quietly gets a 60+ years pass. I guess democracy is only meant for some; and not for others.
In discussing the news that Queen Afeni Shakur had passed away, one common thought expressed over and over again centered around the idea of who would now control the music, legacy & likeness of our departed brother Tupac Shakur. As if the corporate culture vultures had not already done all the could to water-down and bastardize the defiant/revolutionary-minded Pac, in favor of the more reckless version we saw during his Death Row Records days-now they may have the opportunity to ramp those efforts to new levels. My next thought centered around which version of Afeni shakur would the media focus on, when discussing her life. Would they minimize her just being Mother Of the Late Tupac Shakur? How quick would they move to dwell on her past substance abuse problems? More importantly, how would they report on her time fighting on the frontlines of The Black Panther Party-if at all?? Being that she was the driving force behind the eventual acquittal of The Panther 21, anything less than the dignity warranted for a Freedom Fighter would be unacceptable. But I'm sure that I will be disappointed, as they will not due her justice and the focus will immediately shift to how to monetize the legacies of both her and her son. Why? Because in America, We The Black & Brown are not considered to have a soul worthy of the same dignities required to be given to others. So daily, whether we realize it or not, "They got us fighting for our spirit and mind." How much longer will we have to fight? Until more of us take up the mantle of those before us, move up into vanguard positions and work on every level imaginable to finally bring Power To The People...
Afeni Shakur We Salute You. Thank You For All Of Your Hard Work And Sacrifices...
Psychologist & Educator Dr. Umar Johnson has been at the forefront of the push to bring Black Mental Health Issues (such as Post Traumatic Slavery Disorder and the affects of Psychotropic Drugs) into the light as major reasons why some issues continue to negatively impact The Black Community. In this latest video Dr. Umar speaks on the dysfunction in Black Make/Female Relationships, and its correlation to The Black Community on a Whole. Espousing on everything from the negative effects of sibling Rivalries & issues within neighborhoods often lay the foundation for how we tend to look at each other, to how unresolved past grudges & trauma can destroy new relationships (and more importantly cause damage to the psyche of the person they entered into that relationship with), to the unhealthy and addictive habit of using relationships as a "pacifier" to distract us from dealing with our issues-The self-proclaimed "Prince Of Pan Afrikanism goes in on many of the way too common & repetitive mistakes we make in relationships. FEEDBACK & COMMENTS WELCOME.
One major tool of White Supremacy is to separate non-white people into separate groups that can be isolated and conquered individually. Vital to making this happen is to exploit perceived or manufactured differences to create levels of constant friction between each group. Ever ask yourself where the countries are that form the basis of the Negro, Afro-American, Latino, or Hispanic Race names are??? Italians are from Italy, Russians are from Russia, and The Irish are from Ireland-so what justifies the generic names imposed upon the non-white majority by those that invaded their lands hundreds of years ago? Those who identify themselves as African American are the descendants of slaves that were kidnapped away from the continent NOW KNOWN AS AFRICA; but a European named it as such after successfully invading the bulk of the land and stealing control of its resources. Those who identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino are the descendants of the people who were conquered and raped by invading Spanish and Italian savages. Hundreds (if not thousands) of years prior, Black explorers visited these same lands and some of them stayed. There are scores of pyramids, statues, and other works of art that provide evidence of the African presence in precolonial South America. And with the coming of slavery, many of those same Africans were dumped onto these same lands-along with The Caribbean. So why is it that an already dark-skinned people-mixed with an even darker grouping of people would ever be looked at as anything other than Black? They are certainly not white, and there are no countries with the words Hispanic or Latin in it. The root of it all lies in subjugation and genetic survival. For the non-white minority lies the true power; but what good is it if the majority fails to recognize said reality?
Race refers to the Biological/Genetic Traits and DNA of a group of people. Nationality & Ethnicity are specifically traced to Cultural/Geographic Regions and the people that reside in that area. That is why clearly White citizens of South Africa and called just that - South African. There's no such thing as a Dominican Race, Haitian Race, Cuban Race, etc. These are all Black/Melanated People displaced by The Atlantic Slave Trade-plus prior African Exploration. But to make each group of people feel like the marginalized minority, with little to no power, the oppressive white minority maintains control by making them all think that they are different. Do you think they would still be in control of the resources of Africa, Asia, The Middle East, and South America if we all knew that we were of the Same Origin (and stopped fighting each other)? Why don't we learn about "The Black Dwarfs" or "Little Black People" (possible kin to the pygmies) that resided in China for at least a thousand years? Historians also note evidence that similar groups of Black people have been identified as having resided in Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia too. What about all of those chocolate-faced people of India, Cuba, and Venezuela? Why do they only show you the lightest of the light on Tell-Lie-Vision. and even those people, blinded 500+ years of subjugation, seek to hide their Black features by bleaching their skin and perming their hair. Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proudly proclaimed to the world that He Was An African; and now for that and many other reasons, he is gone. His legacy is tarnished and the movement that he led is left struggling just to continue to exist. As for Chavez's efforts to unite South American, African, and Asian Nations Economically & Politically-the have been some encouraging developments; but progress has been slowed significantly. Even worse, the movement no longer has a bright & proud figurehead to draw publicity to the movement. Reality says that, at a time when Europe and America find themselves on all sorts of Social, Political & Economic Instability, a Union of The World's People Of Color could have a Major Impact. Wake up, Study Your True History, Embrace Who You Really Are, and UNITE!!!
"World's Great Men of Color, Volume I" J.A. Rogers
In January, and again in April, of every year the world pauses to honor the memory of the one & only Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But what is his true legacy? If you let corporate media, politicians, or the school system tell his story, you get just a really watered-down version that really loses relevancy with each passing year. If you rely on those vessels for information, as far too many do, then Dr. King Led a few marches, Had "a Dream," Went To "The Mountaintop," and then was snuffed out by some Crazy Lone White Assassin's Bullet. How many even know that in 1999 The U.S. Federal government was found Guilty as a Co-Conspirator in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King? Yes. So while the narrative of James Earl Ray continues to go on, the FACT is that it has been CONFIRMED that members of U.S. Military Intelligence and Sniper Groups were in the immediate vicinity of Dr. King's Motel-and all police protection was REMOVED within an hour of his execution (check the links below for more information).
Anyway, back to the point...
Starting around 1967, or some evidence would suggest even 1965, Dr. King's message and overall demeanor began to change/gain a stronger sense of urgency. Dr. King's message began to shift away from a loving message of integration-to a stance against Institutionalized Racism. Dr. King began to call out the government for the hypocrisy of spending hundreds of millions of dollars toward wars to control other sovereign nations, and at the same time, loudly proclaiming the intention to fight harder for God-Given Rights. Dr. King railed against Racism practiced via Housing Discrimination, Employment discrimination, discrimination in Federal Funding and Grants, Violence against Non-Whites, and the overall lack of morality in the actions of Government & society.
“We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.” Missing from the pages of history is the reality that many of his allies turned on him during those latter days of his life. He was no longer welcome in Lyndon B. Johnson's White House. Many spoke out against him. His change in focus, and willingness to criticize The Federal Government, put him on an island by himself. And much like Malcolm, it got him killed. Do note that on April 4th 1967 (EXACTLY ONE YEAR PRIOR TO HIS ASSASSINATION) Dr. King called the U.S. government "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." Most of those that walked with him prior to that time began to go into business for themselves, and Dr. King knew it. Once he was gone, they all got rich-and today they continue to bask in his light, while never doing anything more than SYMBOLIC acts that remain in the vein of a strategy that he had moved away from.
“We have waited for more than three hundred and forty years for our constitutional and God-given rights. The nations of Asia and Africa are moving with jet-like speed toward gaining political independence, but we still creep at horse and buggy pace toward gaining a cup of coffee at a lunch counter.”
In an encounter just days before the execution of Dr. King, Harry Belafonte Jr. described the demeanor of Brother mLK:
"I remember the last time we were together, at my home, shortly before he was murdered. He seemed quite agitated and preoccupied, and I asked him what the problem was. "I've come upon something that disturbs me deeply," he said. "We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I've come to believe we're integrating into a burning house." That statement took me aback. It was the last thing I would have expected to hear, considering the nature of our struggle, and I asked him what he meant. "I'm afraid that America may be losing what moral vision she may have had," he answered. "And I'm afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears at the soul of this nation."
OSHUN - "STAY WOKE"
In Yoruba tradition & culture, "Oshun" is "The great mother of love, the great mother of sweetness, the great mother of the river, great mother of healing and fertility, the great mother of abundance." In in that tradition Niambi Sala and Thandiwe have emerged on the music scene with a vengeance not seen since maybe back when Erykah Badu graced us with her musical powers of Elegance & Intelligence. And in their most recent visual, Oshun bless with the powerful mantra "Stay Woke." Starting off with a spoken word intro, that would make The Last Poets so proud, as they ask "When Will You Declare You Destiny?!" the track then glides into a super smooth ode that challenges us to shake off the comforts of blissful ignorance in a system that is designed for your exploitation & eventual destruction.
"Picking and choosing when you conscious like narcolepsy, Thinking you equal in the pot that they say is melting-Saying you righteous but you pray at the masters church,And when you're told bout yourself you get your feelings hurt!"
As far as the visuals go, the Chelsea Odufu directed video adds a very modern twist to the 1993 film "Sankofa." Don't just look at the video, ANALYZE it. Absorb the lyrics, and then play it again & again. This is just the type of medicine WE need to heal the sickness of post-slavery/colonialism mindset that we cling to still today. Feedback & Comments welcome.
"But i still got to get up, cause my dreaming tells me so-Reflecting truth and fate like divination from the soul. Its tiring but better than a wake like funerals. They trying to keep me sleep and dumb cause that's what's comfortable-Catching zzz’s while their alchemy eating pupils closed. And I’m not living life asleep niambi staying woke. Wake up, wake up..."
(WRITER'S NOTE: The "MUSIC OF THE MIND" Series is loosely inspired by the Classic 1972 "Music of My Mind" album by Stevie Wonder)
BONUS CUT: "STUCK"
For those that don't know, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was a trailblazing Behavioral Scientist that devoted more than 45 years of her life teaching the world about the conscious and subconscious realities of Global White Supremacy. Starting with her 1970 essay "The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)" Dr. Welsing explained the pathology behind the inability of Whites & Non-Whites to be able to live in peace-the root of such being The Caucasian's genetic inferiority to the Non-White Worldwide Majority & fear of genetic annihilation. The realities of Melanated versus Non-Melanated Peoples dictate that when The Whites inter-mix with Non-Whites, the offspring will also be Non-White is at the very core of Whites long history of seeking to dominate Non-Whites globally & enforce a Social, Political, Economic & Faith-Based Infrastructure that promotes the idea of White Supremacy and Black Inferiority. This system is reinforced through many of the things that we see, say, and do almost daily-and they all are rooted in that fear of genetic annihilation. Greatly influenced by the writings of Dr. Neeley Fuller, Dr. Welsing helped in getting his "The United-Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept Textbook" to the masses before going on to publish her greatest work "The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors" in 1991. Since then she has been highly in demand to tour the country speaking on the concepts she espouses on in her writings. The Isis Papers decodes many of the things that we encounter and unknowingly participate in daily; and most familiar with her work would agree that her writing (while a great source of controversy) has become more and more relevant today than when she originally wrote the book in the late 1980's.
“Most important, Black males must help one another to understand that they are being led by the dynamic of white supremacy to inflict extreme damage upon themselves, one another and ultimately the Black race. Black males must understand that, contrary to what is said, the war being conducted in urban centers is not against drugs but against Black males- for the purpose of white genetic survival...(It must be realized that no Black males manufacture the chemicals for drug use, nor do any Black males manufacture guns.)”
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing was a native of Chicago, Illinois, born March 18, 1935. Dr. Welsing earned her Bachelor's Degree from Antioch College in Ohio, and her Master's Degree from the prestigious Howard University College Of Medicine. Dr. Welsing worked in general and child psychiatry, and was an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Howard University College of Medicine, when "The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)" came out. After controversy arose over her writing, her tenure at Howard University was removed in 1975. Dr. Welsing also worked as a staff physician for The Department Of Human Services, Clinical Director over programs for emotionally troubled children in the Washington D.C. area. She returned to the ancestors on January 2nd 2016, after having suffered a stroke. Her presence will be dearly missed; but her teachings will live on FOREVER-if WE do are part to continue on with her legacy & instructions. Salute!!!
On December 12 1963, Kenya was declared Independent from British Colonial Rule. Kenya's struggle for freedom is said to have begun in 1942, when members of the Kikuyu, Embu, Meru and Kamba tribes took United to fight back against the Oppressive & Exploitative Rule of British Occupation. Matters shifted into high gear in the early 1950's, with the beginning of The Mau Mau Rebellion. The Mau Mau was a Mobilized Force of mostly Kikuyu Tribe Revolutionaries who embarked on a secret campaign of Guerrilla against British Agencies & White settlers in Kenya. Known for their effective use of the machete, The Mau Mau struck terror in the hearts of their oppressors in both the hillsides & urban areas. In 1952 a State of emergency was declared, and those suspected as being part of the campaign became targets for arrest and/or execution. In 1953, Kenya's future leader Jomo Kenyatta was arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison. In 1956, Dedan Kimathi would be arrested and put to death by hanging. Many suspected Mau Mau were locked up in detention camps as the State of Emergency would remain in effect until sometime in 1959. In the midst of conflict, political gains were being made however & Kenyan Representatives would soon become a dominant force in The Kenya Legislative Council. By 1962 The Kenya people had forced Jomo Kenyatta's release from imprisonment, and a year later he would be elected Prime Minister. Kenya would finally be declared an Independent Republic on December 12, 1963, and Jomo Kenyatta would serve as its first President.
Many atrocities were committed during Colonial rule, and especially during the period between 1952 to 1962. Tens of thousands of Kenyans were killed simply for being suspected Mau Mau. In 2011, four Kenyan survivors were granted the right to sue the British government for the abuses they were forced to endure during the conflict. Of course the history books will tell a different story, but it OUR duty to research & Report the Truth of what happened to US & OUR Land during the course of the European Occupation and Exploitation of Africa & Its Diaspora.
KILLAH PRIEST - "B.I.B.L.E."
What to you is the difference between Hip Hop today, and what it was before before being hijacked by Corporate america? To me it's all about the content & messaging. Always, but especially in The 90's Hip Hop songs were crafted more often to inspire and uplift. Yeah, you always had your NWA's, 2 Live Crews, Too Short's etc-but then there were those like Public Enemy, KRS-One, Rakim, and Killah Priest that made you sit down and read books. And in speaking of BOOKS, we come to today's featured song "B.I.B.L.E." by Wu-Tang Affiliate Killah Priest. This 4Th Disciple produced track originally appeared as an extra track on The The GZA's classic 1995 album "Liquid Swords," and then showed up again Killah Priest's 1998 solo Debut "Heavy Mental." "B.I.B.L.E." comes off like a journal entry of reflections about Killah Priest's journey through acquiring a Knowledge of Self from youth to adulthood, and drops crazy jewels from beginning to end.
"I searched for the truth since my youth. And went to church since birth but it wasn't worth the loot-That I was paying plus the praying-I didn't like staying cause of busy-bodies and dizzy hotties-That the preacher had souped up with lies-Had me cooped up looking at loot, butt and thighs. During the service he swallowed up the poor-And after they heard this, they wallowed on the floor. But I ignored and explored my history that was untold
And watched mysteries unfold..."
I give thanks daily for emcees that dropped science in their rhymes, for without them my own life would have taken a much different turn, and many very positive movements would have never been successful without Hip Hop's Power To Mobilize The Masses. The thing here now is to get This Thing Of Ours back on course. #EachOneTeachOne
"I strolled through the books of Job to unfold-And open bibles, instead of hoping on revivals-Calling on His name and screaming hallelujah-When he hardly knew ya, that's how the devil's fooled ya. See look into my eyes brethren, that's the lies of a Reverend-Why should you die to go to heaven? The Earth is already in space, the bible I embrace-
A difficult task I had to take-I studied till my eyes was swollen, and only arose when I found out that we were the chosen. I deal with the truth, and build with the youth-
And teach my son as he kneels on the stoop-Son, life is a pool of sin, corrupted with foolish men..."
(WRITER'S NOTE: The "MUSIC OF THE MIND" Series is loosely inspired by the Classic 1972 "Music of My Mind" album by Stevie Wonder)
BONUS CUT: KILLAH PRIEST - "ONE STEP/FAKE MC"