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Let’s Make America Great Again!

Confession time…

Every time I hear these words or see them in print, I’m about ready to scream.  And it’s not just because Trump’s supporters covered everything from television ads to their own bodies with it.  No.  I’m sickened by the sheer and baffling level of self delusion and historical revisionism that allows someone to utter those words and actually believe them.  Can someone… anyone… please point out to the class exactly when America was ever great?

I mean, was America great when whites first arrived to America only to find native Americans and indigenous blacks thriving and, despite being met with kindness, deciding to “colonize” land that was already occupied, kill and enslave the people living there and, if that isn’t bad enough, have the unmitigated gall to refer to themselves thereafter as Americans?

Was America great when those same invaders decided to sail to Africa, ensnare and kidnap the natives there and bring them to America as slaves to build upon the newly ill-gotten parcels of stolen land?

Was America great when they forced these same kidnapped black slaves to forget their God, their religion, their name, their heritage, their language and their culture?

Was America great when they stormed from coast to coast, driving the surviving native peoples further and further from their land and forcing them into smaller and smaller pens like pets?

Was America great when they hanged, beat, raped, pillaged and sold those enslaved black people amongst themselves for money while making them build America for free?

Was America great when it wrote a Constitution that protected its white citizens that did not include either the enslaved black individuals or the natives they boxed in even though those people needed it the most?

Was America great during the ensuing battles that followed, such as the civil war, when the north and south had different plans for utilizing the rather lucrative black peoples?

Was America great when it wanted the no longer quite as enslaved black peoples to join their military and fight, kill and die on the frontline fighting enemies that had done nothing to them while ignoring their actual enemies and tormenters at home?

Was America great when it decided to revamp the laws supposedly protecting blacks, yet never enforcing those laws, rendering the laws as useless as the paper they were written on?

Was America great when it labeled descendants of the native peoples illegal immigrants despite the fact that their ancestors were here before whites were?

Was America great when it deliberately miseducated blacks in an attempt to create a permanent underclass who would always be dependent upon them?

Was America great when it limited and controlled all banks, housing, neighborhoods, schools, churches, and all other facilities that blacks could utilize?

Was America great when it taught stories of the Holocaust in vivid detail while glossing over the horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, despite the millions upon millions who were killed each year?

Was America great when white America wanted and demanded that black America grieve for, cry harder and sympathize with victims of atrocities overseas more than they mourned for themselves and their present condition in America?

Was America great when it continuously charged black and brown people higher prices and interest rates for housing, automobiles, food and necessities?

Was America great when it allowed/allows officers of the courts to gun down, imprison, profile black people often without provocation and without repercussion?

Was America great when it attempted to punish these mistreated individuals for picketing, rallying, protesting, boycotting against being mistreated by white America?

Perhaps America was great when it provided reparations to Japan while making no effort to repair the physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual and financial damages blacks had incurred directly as a result of slavery and the vestiges thereof?

You tell me!  When was America ever great?

Because, honestly, I’m a little vague on the timeframe we’re talking about here.

Can anybody hear me?

 

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Ok, I keep hearing over and over that the country is more divided than ever, usually in the context of blaming former President Obama for recognizing that he was black or Trump for attacking minorities.  But, let’s be honest here, the country has always been divided.  At no time in its relatively short history has it ever been a united nation where equality ruled.  Its very foundation is built on human suffering and taking advantage of others.  The truth is, Black, Negro, African-American peoples have been fighting for Human Rights in the United States since stepping off slave ships in the 1600s.

Amazingly, in 2017, Black, Negro, African-American peoples are still dealing with racial barriers in a country they have built and occupied since their enslavement.  Why on earth would anybody, from those individuals who are newly arriving in the US to others whose oppression wasn’t as visible or continuous, believe that their specific issues will be or should be dealt with first?

It is obvious that other races of people now experiencing unfair treatment as guests in the US are either convinced that Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are satisfied and lazy or else are totally unaware of 400 years of their own mistreatment.

And now, instead of assisting Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans with their obvious and continuous fight for basic human rights, these other, now targeted groups/races of people either jumped on the bandwagon with the oppressor of Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans or pretend that they don’t notice the racial disparities that exist in the country that they chose to inhabit.

Perhaps if they had joined the ongoing struggle of the Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans, when it was only against Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans, maybe they would have avoided their starring role as criminal targets today.

They never considered that Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans didn’t come here willingly like they did.  They never considered that the very structure of America demands that someone be a permanent servant class.  They never considered that, even if they came in search of a better life than what they received in their homelands, they at least knew where they came from.  They also decided where they were going.  Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are called African but, if they were dropped off in the continent of Africa, they wouldn’t know where to go.  Truth is, Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans are more familiar with the US than they will ever be with the continent they are labeled by.  And even here, they have never been welcome outside of the plantation.

So now, Hispanics, Muslims, individuals of Middle Eastern descent now find themselves the target of unfair treatment.  Now they are the bad guys!  They are the immigrants being targeted.  According to white America, if a wall is built keeping them out, crime in the US will diminish.  Like never before, US citizens fear being injured if they are allowed to stay or even worse if they are deported.

And now that they are the targets, they expect Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans to come to their aid and speak out on their behalf?

Have you noticed that no one is discussing building a wall in order to block Italians from entering the US?  No one suggests that all the criminal behavior, murders, racketeering at the hand of known Mafioso’s might be impacted.  We will never know.  That’s because they are welcomed.  In fact, all white skinned immigrants are welcomed into the United States without restriction.

Did the new arrivals totally miss that the US refuses to even acknowledge that racism is still very much alive?  They didn’t see that the country would rather address Women’s issues and issues facing the LBGT community than deal with 400+ years of the dehumanization of Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans—gay, straight, male and female?  What, did they think hard work would put them in good graces?  Did they think that they, in the last few decades worked any harder than Blacks, Negroes, African-Americans who built this country?  What did they really expect?

So, my advice is to take a number!  They’ve already missed their chance to take a stand.

Can anyone hear me?

It seems as though Women’s Rights have become the latest hotbed issue.  Every time you turn on the TV, women’s groups are popping up everywhere hell bent on getting what they feel is their due.  From clergy to politicians, everyone seems to have an opinion on the role of women in modern day society.

Black Women, White women, Asian women, Hispanic women, Indian women, et al., have come together to demand rights from their oppressors…men.   And why not?  Especially when every committee and senate meeting that focuses on women are comprised of nothing but men.  But, for all the sign making, speech writing and girl talk, there seems to be very little focus on reality!  Thankfully, that’s where I come in.  I promise to be brief but frank.

All disenfranchised groups in America are essentially battling one group of people to obtain their rights—wealthy, white men.  To be completely frank, the white man is the target of all protest in America, because that one group, whether in politics or the business world, makes all the rules/decisions and run the country.  But, while we’re speaking the truth, let’s also admit that African Americans have an even more complex battle with white America than other groups, owing to their arrival not being of their own volition.  No other group in the history of the country was forced to forget their names, gods and identity, or later forced to cohabit with the same people who made that so.  So, it would stand to reason that, although Black females are confronted with the same issues as White women, Asian women, Hispanic women, Indian women et al, the discrimination they face has another dimension to it.

This is because Black Women, even today, experience the type of racism that is a result of and caused by white America denying the basic reality of her humanity (right along with her black male counterpart).  Far from being denied certain rights simply because of her womanhood, the Black Woman is denied certain rights because many feel she isn’t enough of a person to deserve them.  Thus, I have to believe that the issues of racism and being treated as a human being must surely far outweigh her need to be equal to her black man since both of them aren’t even considered fully human yet, even in 2017.  Look no further than the constant barrage of monkey comparisons and Harambe based comments about darker skinned women to see examples of this.  Nevertheless, she is being dragged into a campaign of fighting for Women’s rights, a fight that really does not benefit or involve her at all!

In fact, let’s be honest.  White Women have been the biggest beneficiary of so-called equal rights fight for women.  It is HER counterpart, the white man, who is refusing to include her in the spoils that racism has afforded him, but he still considers HER to be higher than any other woman.  After all, she supported his destruction of an entire race of people; she stood with him at lynchings; she kept the sheets of his robes washed and the eye holes on his torture outfit aligned; etc.

She’s been a faithful partner to her white man.  But, where did it get her?

She, the White female, has a valid point.  Her contribution to racism is totally being ignored by him.  This is unfair to her!  She was tricked, bamboozled . . . had!   She made major contributions to the implementation of racism and, as such, she expected more of a piece of the American Pie.  She didn’t get it.  She has to fight for her cut.  But the rest of us don’t necessarily have to join in that fight.  Let us not forget that, while women make less than men for the same jobs of equal quality, the White woman is still making more than any other race of women and, in many cases, the men of color as well.

But, what does the Black female stand to gain by the acquisition of Women’s rights? After all, she isn’t even viewed as a human being, much less a “REAL” woman.

So, how about channeling this wasted energy into securing human rights for black people as a whole before fragmenting and diluting the issues with issues that aren’t yet of any consequence? If after being fully acknowledged as human beings Black Women are being male dominated, I’ll join the fight.  Til then, there are bigger fish to fry.

Can anybody hear me?

Max Lucado’s The Christmas Candle was lovingly discussed and praised by none other than Joel Osteen, Matt Crouch and Max Lucado himself on TBN earlier this month. With such high praise, I couldn’t wait to see it even though I am not a fan of Christmas films (That, however, is another blog for another time). Alas, The Christmas Candle resembles every old Hollywood film I can remember. Once again, there were no other people on the planet except Caucasians, with no acknowledgment of diversity.

It is disturbing enough to note that all of the so-called “Hollywood Film Classics” showcase other races of people in a subservient (at best) or negative (at worst) light. It is equally disturbing to see that overall progress even in 2016 is still far behind where it should be. However, to have the religious elite green light a film in 2016 that is more befitting of racist Hollywood than people professing the knowledge and love of God says a lot about the current state of religion in these United States.

On some level, I think I appreciate the honesty of Hollywood. It does not purport to love or to be concerned with racial equality. While certain stars here or there have spoken out in protest, the vast majority of roles for blacks remain the same as they always were, name sidekicks, glowering villains, the help or as nonentities. Nowadays, Hollywood seems more concerned about money than anything else. If other races can turn a buck, Hollywood is all over it. Screw realism and diversity, green is what matters most. This, I can understand.

Religion, on the other hand, which has always somehow managed to spew the love of God while maintaining racist points of view, hasn’t changed AT ALL. It continues on its racist merry way even in 2016. Even though the Bible describes Jesus and other peoples of the earth with color, we continue to be bombarded with images of Caucasians everywhere from the covers of Bibles to nativity scenes to television and the big screen, in spite of the fact that the Bible, scientists and historians all agree that, at the very least, other races of people existed and were on the scene. Why?

Here’s the bottom line: If your church is incapable of, not accepting diversity, but rather accepting reality, any more than racist Hollywood, then what’s the point? Why should people of color worship the God of White Supremacy? Can anybody hear me?

Political Correctness! What does it really mean?

Being politically correct seems to mean you are supposed to behave/speak correctly in the presence of those individuals who might be offended by your words or actions. On the surface, that would seem like a no-brainer.  But, alas, it isn’t!

The reason for that is simple: being politically correct seems to mean you hold off from publicly making the cruel, insensitive or stereotypical remarks you would make privately. How you really behave, speak or, for that matter, feel inside is unimportant.

Truthfully, I’m not exactly sure of what it means to be politically correct. However, I can tell you what it doesn’t mean!

Being politically correct doesn’t mean that any incorrect feelings, behavior or speech is changed or corrected in your mind or in your heart. Being politically correct doesn’t mean you take any pains to really change your mindset or attitudes about others at all. Being politically correct simply means “don’t get caught with your foot in your mouth.”   If you do, there will be strong consequences, such as loss of employment, advancement, ostracism, etc.

Consequently, on the days that our household behaviors, gestures and words get confused with our public persona and we say something that we and others think all the time but haven’t been “caught” saying, we feign disgust with ourselves and apologize. It doesn’t matter whether we really feel sorry about our actions or are simply sorry for getting caught, we apologize. Sometimes we do so tearfully but, in truth, I think those tears have more to do with the consequences more than anything else.

For those of us who can’t cry on command, our out is to say, “I take full responsibility for my behavior or comments.” Then, we step back and wait for those magical words, almost akin to abracadabra, procure for us a get out of jail free card!!

I can’t tell you how many times I turn on the TV and an entertainer, a talk show host, an athlete, a minister, a political figure or a stage clown is apologizing for some unexplainable comment or action that they seemed to have committed supposedly without their own knowledge or intent. They seem almost confused by their comments and actions, as if the behavior was as a result of some sort of outside possession or mind control.

But, does anybody really take any responsibility for their actions or comments or is that apology just the politically correct thing to say?

Can anybody hear me?

There seems to be a lot of confusion in the world today regarding racism vs. racist remarks.  This isn’t surprising considering the level that true racists go to in order to make their beliefs seem little more than a difference of opinion.  However, nothing is farther from the truth.  The difference is staggering.  You see, while racism deals with one race’s overall destruction of another race of people, racist remarks have, at best, only temporary social implications. Let’s face it, no one likes to be called a bad name—race-related or otherwise.  Nevertheless, I think it is important to differentiate between the two.

According to Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, “Racism (white supremacy) is the local and global power system and dynamic, structured and maintained by persons who classify themselves as white, whether consciously or subconsciously determined; which consists of patterns of perception, logic, symbol formation, thought, speech, action, and emotional response, as conducted, simultaneously in all areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war); for the ultimate purpose of white genetic survival and to prevent white genetic annihilation on planet Earth…”

Notice that, while speech (name calling, etc.) is listed among the resources, or rather weapons, used, it is but a piece of an overall puzzle.  According to that definition, which some will undoubtedly challenge, racism stems from the belief that another race—or even all races—are an inherent threat to the survival of the racist, and must be controlled if not eradicated outright for their continued existence.

This differs exponentially from calling someone a cracker, a nigger or a wetback, etc.  These are racist names/remarks.  Though they are hurtful, merely being called by these racist names does not have any impact on the life situation or survival of the target.  Their use does not, on their own, destroy the entire race of the target, though the target may suffer long-term emotional or psychological effects.

To put this in perspective, racism, as a system, has a profound impact on the life and/or livelihood of its target—in this case, an entire race of people.  That is its direct intent.

Names hurt.

And the hurt might take a long time to go away.  Still, there is a huge difference between hurting someone with words that are spoken or written—and let’s face it, can be overcome or ignored—and hurting someone with laws, finance, politics, military, drugs, AND words either in print or spoken.

So, the next time somebody calls you out of your name, don’t call them a racist unless their people—that is, the race they belong to—have both the capability of destroying the race of people that you are a part of and the intent to do so.  To do otherwise allows racism, already a very cunning and slippery weapon, to mask itself as merely an issue of free speech and not an issue of the continued and purposeful destruction of a people.  Can anybody hear me?