Monday, November 20, 2006
I've always wondered what particular certification and training these people had that has allowed them to become "authentically Black" and thus are able to cast judgment on others and name call when they think unlike what "Black people are supposed to think". To be honest with you I wouldn't have so much of a problem with "group enforcement" except that they are too selective in its use. Rather than going after your personal ideological enemies why not apply "Self Hatred" to the Black people who are doing material harm to our people, allowing others with a difference of opinion than you to live as they choose? Unless of course you are paying their way in some form?
Why not question if the Black Thug who shoots another Black man dead had hatred in his heart because he saw a being which he hated in the scope of his gun? Was he really killing himself when he smoked that Black man who's life is draining into the street? I don't hear these same people attempting to strip the race from these people doing the killing. If anything you will hear "I hope that BLACK MAN can get a fair trial in front of that all White jury.....you know Blacks are more inclined to get the death penalty". No hint of "deBlack-afying" this individual though.
Why not make the case that a Black man who "beds" a Black woman and produces a Black child but he has no significant imprint on the child's environment as created via his financing, on the child's education as dependent upon the input from an adult to guide him or on that child's character development as defined by resident parents who set limits and provide discipline when this child goes out of line or a hug when the child exceeds expectations. Might this man who is not present is guilty of the worst kind of SELF HATRED? This child is at least 50% of his own genetic profile. To walk away from the responsibility there in sure seems like an example of "self hatred" to me.
Over all, however, the term "Self Hatred" is applied to those who ARE NOT SILENT any longer as to what they are seeing in our community or our schools as they direct criticism toward the guilty party. You can attract this label with the quickness if you begin to think that what we see on the streets of some of our communities is not in fact rooted in the legacy of historical slavery and Jim Crow but instead represents the ABSENCE of something that COULD HAVE been INSTILLED IN THE OPERATORS who are causing this chaos.
A few weeks ago a video of several Black parents edging their two young sons on for a fist fight was blasted across the glob on "YouTube". Instead of seeing THIS as evidence of "Self Hatred" - inflicting violence upon two young kids who did not know why they hated each other.......those who would dare SHOW THE VIDEO and ask "What is wrong with us" are the one's with Self Hatred.
Our community is very "judgmentalism" averse. It is better to not judge and stay silent, avoiding attack than it is to cast judgment with respect to a higher standard that you seek to achieve. More time is spent on detailing the dirt on another group than it is spent on measuring the offending subject against YOUR OWN SET OF VALUES and responding accordingly.
The cry of "Self Hatred" will remain an empty tactic until that which we are asked to UNIFY UNDER is more sound rather than having it as "you drop your silly ideas and UNIFY under my flag".
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
With the advent of "YouTube" I assumed that certain people with an agenda would attempt to undercut "authority" (police, etc) by filming events that lacked the context to give a fair and accurate portrayal of events. In many cases, however, the police's actions are clear as day and need no further clarification of context.
So it goes with this film clip. We see two young Black males urged to fight each other as an assortment of supposed adults look on with great fanfare. I have little doubt that these events and more sadly this mindset occurs countless times a day in both Black, White and Hispanic communities.
The sad part, however friends is that there are certain operatives within the Black community that will run out and do a search to FIND THIS OCCURRING WITH OTHER RACES and content themselves that since "other people are doing the same thing - Black people are doing fine with respect to these others".
For some reason having fellowship in the mud brings satisfaction that nothing more needs to be done WITHIN our community to change these facts.
Far too often the people who are attacked in our community (Cosby) should be lifted up as "Telling the truth and shaming the devil". The people who are lifted up should be checked but are left unchecked, allowing their ignorance to spread for yet another generation.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Last night, Saturday the much reviled, but frequently watched Viacom entity known as Black Entertainment Television or BET held its first annual "BET Hip Hop Music Awards" at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.
Despite the frequent verbal attacks on BET and its founder, billionaire Robert Johnson - there were no protesters lined outside the venue to display their distaste for the "White Record Executives" who are like pushers for this material upon the Black community. The pictures that I saw were of adoring fans, most of them Black, in their attempts to recreate what is often seen in Hollywood on the red carpet just prior to an awards show.
It is clear that Black Atlanta knows how to repudiate what is really has strong distaste for and this event showed that BET and Hip Hop are not on this list. When arch-nemesis President George Bush dared to set foot on the hallowed ground at the King Center on MLK weekend to lay a reef at the grave of the great leader with his widow at his side - hundreds of angry Blacks dropped everything they were doing and showed their disdain for the man and how he was offensive to them to a point where a strong police presence was necessary to prevent the Secret Service from having to do what they are trained to do.
One must ask - on a relative basis who has the greater influence upon the minds and culture of young Black people and how can our community justify its silence and complicity with respect to the messages that are being produced by these minds that received a pat on the back on an Atlanta stage in a building that their fore-fathers were not allowed in just 70 short years ago or sooner.
Where is the Black community with respect to taking action against this force that pumps so many corrosive messages in the minds of our young people? I know that you all believe that the White Record Executives and Bob Johnson are responsible for all of this but knowing the culprit and talking effective steps to thwart this force that stands against you are two very different things.
May Dr. C. Deloris Tucker rest in peace. She warned us about all of this and she was torn down as a result of not staying silent any longer.
Sadly enough - you are the one's hurting inside. The fact is that there is a bunch of angst among you despite the fact that you have ignored the big #3 in my post.
You see the very thing that you assume your ideology is going to fix is the very thing that you all don't want to talk about - <span style="font-weight:bold;">the social consequences of the common sentiment and policies that you support most bring forth among the people that you claim to care about the most.</span>
As long as you have someone else to both blame and to use as a target to unify your people against - you figure "if we just try harder and not give up" things will change for the better. You have been fighting and outside fight a few decades longer than the outside fight was the most important battle to be fought.
Thus as Lewis, Young and Franklin tell you that fire hoses and police dogs might return if you don't vote a certain way - no one brings to the front line the fact that THESE THREE ARE IN POWER IN THE CITY that has the main threat for Black people coming from ANOTHER BLACK MAN WITH A GUN on average.
They don't make the case that in the majority Black county of Dekalb that has Black leadership in the government and on the police force (acting chief is White) that this county is on a record pace of police involved shootings this year.
In is the hollowness inside you that prevents you from inspecting this empty space. To "go there" would mean that you would have to have BUILDING SKILLS - the ability to CONSTRUCT SOMETHING THAT IS "SIGHT UNSEEN". The gimmicks that are currently used would no longer be bought by the masses.
It would have you to reject the attempts to shift your problems upon some external entity. Your concept of "unity" would shift from the FIGHT AGAINST this amorphous enemy - getting him to change so that your community would prosper from forcing him to share with you - over to a "leave us alone and allow us to keep the fruits from our efforts".
Your petty responses were expected. Thank you for living down to my expectations of you.
Friday, November 10, 2006
A Desparate Woman's Internal Void And Her Unwillingness To Address It - Both Her Personal Void And The Void Inside Of Her Own People
Please NOTICE FOLKS - this woman had a whole slate of "red meat" to choose from with respect to my 5 message post.
What was the first thing she chose to key upon?
The fact that I was posting elsewhere.
Did she DISPROVE that I am working toward a certification?
I am sitting in class right now - waiting for the instructor to get started. (A melanated person is sitting next to me...except he doesn't have an accent. He is as brown as I am but is from India, having moved here when he was 2)
Why is she so focused in on ME?.......a Black man who is doing the right thing - growing in my education withing or without a formal system of education to hinder me? Where is your voice with respect to THE OTHER BLACK MEN who are doing otherwise?
The name that Uncle Tom Bill called you seems appropriate at this point.
Out of all of the points that I made about about the INTERIOR of the Black Community over time and the FAILURE of the Black Media to focus upon it and the people governing it - WHAT DOES NEWS JUNKIE CHOOSE TO FOCUS ON?
The NATIONAL ELEMENTS that were contained within the 5 pages. BUSH is her favorite subject no doubt.
In 2008 she may get a Democratic President, house and senate. Does anyone believe that the Black community is going to prosper then?
WHY IS NJ SO AVERSE TO TALKING ABOUT SUBJECTS INTERNAL TO THE BLACK COMMUNITY?
I suspect that you are running from something on the inside of you just as you run from primarily dealing with inssues on the inside of the Black community. This internal neglect is what is bringing down both you and the Black community as everyone else CAN SEE THE OBVIOUS in both cases.
You ask ME to leave my family and go assist some kid who's life was shaped by POLICIES THAT YOU SUPPORT yet you don't see the VERY CONTRADICTION IN YOUR BASIC LOGIC. If I am such a LIAR and my general policies such a threat to the Black community why would you have me to INSTILL THEM IN OTHER BLACK PEOPLE? Why don't you ask the Black people (and the DAMNED FLEA INFESTED FOXES in the cockpit) who readily agree with you to LEAVE THEIR HOUSE AND GO OFF INTO THE GHETTO to echo your beliefs unto these kids?
You showed me your true colors when you listened to all 24 recordings on Herman Cain's web site and after they assaulted EVERYTHING THAT YOU BELIEVE IN - general conservative values.
Upon hearing all of these recordings you called for their CENSORSHIP for ONE OF THE 24 saying ONE WORD of offense to you. You are a God Damned Hypocrite to a DISGUSTING LEVEL.
What is your purpose?
When you DEFEND/OPPOSE do you bother to look at the state of that which you are protecting? Do you make measure of WHAT THEY REALLY NEED rather than what you IN YOUR BIASED STATE believe what they need?
WHY DON'T YOU GO AND GET MY BLOG SHUTDOWN FROM BLOGGER.COM? In silencing me as you want to silence Herman Cain - you won't have to deal with reality.
This from a Black Female who "doesn't attract THOSE TYPE OF BLACK MEN" - the very one's who are a PRODUCT OF THE BLACK GHETTOS THAT PEOPLE WHO THINK LIKE YOU GOVERN.
You are A CHEAP DATE FOR THE LEFT WING OF THIS COUNTRY who are comfortable with BLACKS BEING IN A SUBORDINATE POSITION.
Why don't you like to talk about what is going on WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY? You want to lobby on BEHALF of them (in your mind) but you don't want to DEAL WITH THE PEOPLE LIVING THERE.
Black Unemployment Rate
Have a nice day.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
In 2005 I saw the building that initially housed the Shonney's Restaurant and later the "Hooters" but had been abandoned for more than a year receive a significant face lift. I saw stones being plastered on to the facade. Though the window I saw intimate lighting going in and a new bar that was stocked with wine and liquor. Finally I saw the brushed steel sign go up indicating the name of the new establishment "Onyxx"
I could read between the lines and figure that this place was the Black owned, high end dining venue that we had long dreamed of in our community that is rapidly changing.
Fayette county is bordered by both Clayton County and Fulton County to the north. The current "restaurant row" in Fayette is heavily populated with Black dinners driving down from the north which make up about 50% of their revenues. The challenge will be to get these diners to drive about 1/4 of a mile further south to keep this new restaurant afloat.
Onyxx had a delay in opening from the completion of their construction for about a year. Fayette is known for being strict with their liquor licenses. It was easy to see that this was the hold up. This is a hurdle that many new entrants can not cross because they are paying the lease on the property and any loans on the construction all the while the business is idle.
Last night took my wife and next door neighbor to the grand opening of Onyxx. It is an upscale restaurant with live jazz on Friday and Saturday. A total of 7 people sat at our table and we enjoyed the food and the music. A total of 20 guests supported the place. This was good for starters but will not be sufficient to keep all of the staff employed and the place running over the long term.
I called the owner over to talk to him. I had talked to him about 3 weeks ago after seeing signs of life at the place. He told me that his grand opening would be October 27. Last night I asked him "what does he need from us to keep this thing going". He said we needed to spread the word and tell people that this is a nice place to have an enjoyable evening within a quality atmosphere.
I enjoyed the fact that the jazz band was taking requests from the audience. I first got them to acknowledge my wife's birthday with a Reggae song. Later on they brought down the house with their rendition of "A Love Supreme" that I requested.
I am going to do my part to keep this Black Owned, Black Operated businessas a functioning concern as long as is possible.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
We got to the next block and I turned into left the shopping center. (The one that has the "Fantastic Sams" in it N8). I noticed that he too had turned into the center. When we approached the second stop sign I got out of my car and walked toward his. I did not come closer than 5 feet from the front of his car. I asked "Do you have a problem with me? Do you have a problem with me?". He shook his head "No". I asked "Well why did you give me the finger?" as I made the gesture. He shook his had and waved. I saw his heart come up to his throat. A 6'5" Black man in a suit can be as intimidating as one in "urban apparel".
At this point I remembered a story that I had heard yesterday about a Marine Captain in Iraq who was asked to go and meet with an Iraqi cleric at a local mosque to talk about the security arrangement for the area. Upon seeing the armed Americans headed toward the mosque the local villagers gathered in numbers because they thought that the Americans were sent to kill or arrest the cleric. At that point the captain ordered this men to get on one knee, point their guns to the ground and smile at the crowd. This was called "social capital" by the author of the book on the subject who told the story. So before I turned around I waived at him and smiled and told him to have a nice day.
All the while there was a sports bar behind me. There were about 3 different White couples who witnessed the entire thing.
Just as Dick Gregory noted that today a Black woman who once had her breasts fondled by a White man no longer had to fear telling her husband and risk him being arrested or killed for confronting the White male violator...........today I also tested the state of affairs between the races as none of these White folks, males among them, came over to me to teach me a lesson that I can not "Punk" one of their White males who will one day have to lord over me.
In order to be a "Progressive" you have to also TEST THE WATERS.
That is until my wife who I had on the phone asked me what was going on. I told her to hold on when I got out of the car. She reminded me that this was dangerous in these times especially since I had our children in the car. I told her that it was just some punk kid and I kept my distance either way.
Maybe since I have been working as a peer to White folks for so long......I forgot my place. (What do you think blaxxx?)
Monday, October 23, 2006
Behind the scenes as we did the project planning for the event our partner companies told of their interest to use this entire project as a means of identifying promising and talented students that they could cherry pick from the competition for future employment with their firms.
This is NOT A TALE OF RACE.
This is NOT A TALE OF IDEOLOGY.
This is a tale of farming and cultivating. Today I saw first hand how a group of interested parties collaborated to create an ecosystem that will one day yield a harvest for all parties to consume and prosper. Upon seeing this platform for operations if a student who had exposure to these resources said "I want to be a communications engineer in 10 years" I would have a high amount of confidence that this will one day be so because he is at least on the pathway that will take him there. As I took the tour I listened as the lab assistant detailed the function of each of the boxes that were in the room. I witness two tour guests quizzing him on various aspects of the system. They were young (all of them look young) but I was impressed about how much they knew about the modern day telecommunications system. When they stumped the lab assistant about IMS I filled in to help him out since this is what I educate my own customers on with regards to our future plans. It felt good to "school a smart ass young boy" in any event.
So frequently we hear the young kid who has little going for him say "I want to be a doctor when I grow up", "I want to be a lawyer" or "I want to play in the NFL". Too frequently also we make note of what this child or his parents are doing to prepare him for this journey to which there is no such time as "too early" to be considering such a thing and realize that what is already a long shot is getting more distant as the years stream by.
The basic point of this post is that for those who are so predisposed to talk about the future and how things are going to be so radically different - credibility being established on this ever coming to fruition is established based on what is being done right now to ever achieve this end.
What type of ecosystem is being constructed that will serve as a space for these young minds to be molded in the way that you hope them to? Is this going to magically come to be some time in the future? Is some event done by an outsider going to allow you to create this environment at the flip of a switch?
What sort of discipline are you channeling upon these young people who you are attempting to guide down this path so that their efforts can be a net asset to your cause rather than a drain upon it?
If you are the ultimate consumer and beneficiary of all that can be created from this grand collaboration should you be focusing on how much some other entity has underfunded your effort or should you be primarily focusing on how you and your interested group should be prioritizing the money that you do have at your disposal to this effort, all the while foregoing other alternatives because you value this choice for your future more than you could ever expect another to do so? Thus shouldn't the focus be on what you are doing rather than what others who may have something to lose in your forward progress are not doing?
Finally and most importantly what about the concept of "squandered potential"? It's it up to you to claim your collective self worth and express the value that it contains based on the product that you put out for your own kind and others to view? You constantly run on the notion of equality. If this greater society has failed you and does not respect you - what means do you pursue to allow that great human potential to fully blossom and be of full use to "your people" - those who will appreciate all that you are rather than attempt to use your unquenched thirst against you, allowing you to trap yourself due to your reaction while you are under their rule?
Today I saw a functional ecosystem that has plotted the course for all of these intelligent minds to pursue for 10, 20, 40 years that their productive careers will represent. I saw a pipeline which will feed this select group. This group will walk this path - with the exceptions of whom will fall a stray and break the gravitational pull there in.
Sadly for many who don't operate within this ecosystem and who's minds won't be trained as such - the EXCEPTIONS in their group have managed to escape the gravitational pull that is bearing down upon them, destroying lives and are now playing a part in the development project that I witnessed today. There is a need to reorient the ecosystem in this case.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
In so many words - If you set no standards that you operate in regards to you will not be held up to account for any particular set of standards by the Black community.
Missing in this illogical reference is the measure of one's influence upon the Black community and one's ability to communicate an image of Black people to others. The fact is that this form of music and culture has a very extensive reach upon our people and others. It is patently foolish to abandon any notion of responsibility and accountability to be placed upon these people who are working hard to shape the minds of others in exchange for profits and favor.
You have just effectively handed over the group consciousness of your people without a fight if you pursue this strategy.
I believe that the collective conscious should enforce a set of cultural standards upon the people who are represented within the group. With these standards enforced by the collective rather than by an individual - the personal failings of that individual can not be used by the "hypocrisy hunters" to undermine the enforcement of any standards - to the detriment of the whole.
Once again we are hovering around the question of "outsourcing within the Black community". If the community does not take primary claim to the RESULTS that flow from their collective set of policies and initiatives then no new ideas that might improve these outcomes will ever take root.
Thus to correct my long time debate opponent - it should not be up to the INDIVIDUAL Hip Hop artist to decide if he is going to put forth standards and thus not risk being in violation of them. It must be the COLLECTIVE that is clear about their standards and imposed them upon the entity that is attempting to influence them with his message.
Yesterday while listening to "Africa Experience World-wide" on local station WRFG I was treated to more details than I had ever heard previously about the presence of Africans in the lands of what is now knows as Mexico. I had heard previously that there were certain statues and paintings that depicted Africans as being present. I had known about African-Mexicans that were confined to certain areas within the country.
This broadcast, however, expanded the information on the subject. There is currently a museum collection that is touring a select few venues around the country (Chicago & New Mexico) before returning to Mexico. "The African Presence In Mexico" exhibit details the historical record on the subject. http://rwor.org/a/045/mexico-negro-black-mexico.html
The point that was most enlightening was the fact that a Mexican hero who stood against the Spanish during an uprising (I don't remember his name) was later "white washed" in later drawings that took away his African features.
Africa has now been accepted as the "Third Root" of Mexican ancestry, joining Indigenous Indians and Spanish.
Friday, October 20, 2006
During this debate my friend Noah made the statement that "Black Americans are 'Poster Children for Left Wing Ideology' ". I was outraged at the statement and called him a name. After thinking about his statement I must now retract my objection to his words.
I now agree with the general sentiment of his words but with a bit of a clarification. The Popular Black Ideology that has taken root within Black America for the past 40 years is indeed the handiwork of Liberal/Progressive/Quasi-Socialist caretakers.
I accept this as part of a conditional conjunction. That condition being that my friend also accept the conditions WITHIN Black America and the failure to transform the people.
Today the Black community stands as a victim of "outsourcing". The majority of our important issues have been handed over to the government and political operatives for resolution. Over the past 40 years we have been told that salvation for the Black man will come through changes in Washington DC rather than through independent, grassroots initiatives that retained our culture and consciousness - our YOLK remaining under our control.
Evidence of this outsourcing was seen a few weeks ago in Philadelphia. Activists within the Black community seeking a cure to the growing gun violence that is shedding the blood of too many Black males upon the streets of the "City of Brotherly Love" initiated a march out of the borders of their fair city to go 107 miles westward to the state capital. Their goal was to TALK to the powers that be in the state capital to impose laws that take guns out of the hands of their sons so they can no longer have access to this tool that has been misused to kill one another. Rather than having a message for their sons, talking to them while under their own roofs or, for those who had no person who as 'head of the household' to deliver such a message - formulate a community based initiative that will provide such a message to the sons that are produced within the community.
The solution as seen by the community leaders resides in Harrisburg and in clamping down on US Constitutional rights, rather than considering the failures that have taken place closer to home.
The police line that protects the evidence around the crime scene from tamping as the police investigators seek to identify the guilty party will be expanded to include all types issues related to the conditions that caused one Black man to kill each other in the context of a "forgotten" and ignored community. At least this is the story that they tell.
The same right for gun ownership that was once used to provide deadly consequence to the Klansman who dared attempt to torch the house within a Black community or drag out of that house a Black man who was vocal in support of his own rights is now being used to snuff out the potential of young Black males. In the past the people who sought to keep Black people in their place worked feverishly to keep guns and ammunition out of the hands of Black people so that their task of suppression would be easier. Today the people who have failed to provide a PURPOSE to their sons seek to take tools that could be used as defensive o offensive weapons seek to remove these guns from the hands of all because their sons don't know how to use them.
When will the policies that dominate the Black community today be held up for inspection? We are told that the legacy of slavery and the racism of today are the reason for the outcomes that fall short today. Some type of amorphous force lurks around each corner, thwarting any forward movement simply based on the color of their skin.
Few will ever dig deeper and ask if today's climate where Civil Rights protections are present will still thwart the actions of a group of Black people, properly focused on a certain end and supply the adequate man-power to sustain his progress.
In my view the "poster" that my friend had in mind had the Black man sitting down with some sort of leg braces assisting his propulsion should he decide to stand up.
The real question for my friend is - "Will that Black Poster Child ever choose to remove these braces that have grown too small to for his legs that have grown and that threaten to cut off his circulation if action is not taken?"
These aids which once helped him now threaten to cause his legs to atrophy.
OPEC Cuts Oil Production By 1.2 Million Barrels a Day
A significant number of Americans say that Bush and the Republicans are responsible for raising and now lowering the price of gasoline just in time for the mid-term elections. As the story goes Bush, being an oil man, is looking out for his buddies in the industry.
Interestingly enough, however, many of the same people have little to say about the news that OPEC is cutting production in response to the falling gasoline prices. In taking oil off of the market the scarcity will drive up the prices once gain. We heard news that Hugo Chavez would come to the rescue of many poor Americans by supplying them with cut rate energy. The unspoken news is that Chavez was in the lead in demanding production cuts in order to retain the high prices for oil and gasoline. Some American's loyalty is forsale to the highest bidder, indeed.
Today has a much different aura surrounding these economic times. There are few dramatic economic measures that are negative as compared to this time 10 years ago but we hear constant attacks on the current presidential administration as if all of these negatives started 6 years ago (read between the lines - when Bush got into office).
Many of these ideologues will bring up the "federal budget" as a measure between then and now. They point to the surplus that was had in 1998 and then the deficit that is occurring today. I reject this as a measure of personal economic health for the average individual. Clearly the past surplus was generated by the highly accelerated rise (and later fall) of the financial markets. Last night I ate dinner with yet another set of individuals than before. They talked about how they worked for an equipment manufacturer during the 1990's and the commission checks that they were receiving that blew their minds. Little did they know that only a few short years later when the financial markets crashed that their company would see a dramatic decline in their stock price (in this case from $130 down to $2). I was told of a $240 million equipment sale where the customer paid $40 million in cash up front. A short time later the customer went out of business and had only paid $60 million on the $240 million balance. From a pure economic measure the GDP of the USA was increased by $240 million upon reporting of the sale of the equipment. The customer received benefit of the use of the equipment for the quarters that they were in business and their bottom line was impacted. The untold story, however, is about the economic loss that were registered in the intervening quarters with the company filing bankruptcy as the $180 million write down was recognized by the firm that originally sold the equipment. All of the commission checks were already written to the sales team upon producing a signed contract. The financing of the $240 million over time is a matter for a different group than the one that sold the equipment.
An objective look at the numbers shows that the year 1998 was a RECORD year for corporate layoffs in the past 10 years prior.
Merry Christmas! Now, About the New Year
By FRANK GIBNEY JR.
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Posted Monday, Dec. 14, 1998
Will today's giddy economic boom give way to a brutal post holiday hangover? Last week the Dow Jones stock average slipped on confusing news of megamergers by some companies and thousands of layoffs at others. It then recovered slightly after the Department of Labor announced that the November unemployment rate dipped to 4.4%.
But when it comes to jobs, the bad news may outweigh the good. Challenger, Gray and Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm, estimates that 1998 may set the decade's record for layoffs. It reported that U.S. firms eliminated 574,629 jobs this year--32% more than in 1997 and within reach of the 1993 high of 615,185. Some economists argue that job gains will continue to offset job losses. But economic turmoil in Asia and Latin America may make things worse.
"We are on the edge of deflation here," says Edward Yardeni, chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities N.A. "Companies are under enormous pressure, and that means more mergers and layoffs." If that's true, the party will be over in 1999.
--By Frank Gibney Jr.
From the Dec. 14, 1998 issue of TIME magazine
Why is our collective memory so short - depending on the ideological point that is attempted to be put forth?
I recently read a post by a Black person which said "the current congress is the worst ever" - a hit upon the current Republican congress. If there was any perspective on hand this person would go back to the 1960's in which her basic rights as a Black person were being "negotiated". The past decades worth of congresses using procedural measures to reject any meaningful civil rights legislation from being put forth. In my book, as a Black person, these congresses and those before who chose to ignore the US Constitution as it applied to my people win this award by far.
My overall point is that Black people too often carry the flag for some national political interest without noting the short shaft that is received in exchange. There are few points of evidence that show that the Black community were prime recipients of the highly accelerated financial market activity of the late 1990's. It is true that those of us who are computer savvy were able to make use of the new access to the stock market that was provided by the World Wide Web. I personally saw several investment clubs that had Black membership being created during this time. This was a response to the overall increase in stock values. There were few duds to be had at this time. Sadly when the market soured many of these groups lost money and disbanded at the sight of these losses. In truth the choppy waters was the time in which collective research was needed most.
The claim today is that the policies of this current president has lead to an increase in the loss of manufacturing jobs. Interestingly enough the data shows that this is a 20+ year trend based mostly on global economic changes. http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/mar1999/jobs-m13.shtml
And CEO pay? This did not start increasing recently either:
Between 1980 and 1995, factory wages rose 70 percent, while consumer prices increased 85 percent. In contrast, during the same period, corporate profits jumped 145 percent and executive pay skyrocketed 499 percent.
Same data over the two periods, same trends - DIFFERENT ANALYSIS by the operatives.
How else do we explain the differences in outlooks?
Let us bring it home for a minute.
Dr Ronald Mincy of Columbia University recently released a book detailing the plight of Black males during the economic expansion of the 1990's.
Why is it that there is an abundance of Black elected officials who will cheerlead about the 1990's yet won't talk about the realities that took placed during this time? I recall this year's Alpha Phi Alpha convention in which Democrat Bobby Scott put up a PowerPoint presentation that detailed the federal surplus and now deficit in a room full of Black men. He seemingly carried the water for his party. He made no mention of the constant flat line of economic and academic achievement for the Black male in particular between both of these time periods.
Ultimately those leaders who represent these individuals being left behind must be held accountable for the strategy that is perpetuating this condition. They typically get a pass because they are "activists" for those without a voice. The policies that they support, however, are rarely put up for inspection on their efficacy in changing this condition. The notion of "good intentions" is enough to redirect any criticism. The notion of ever present "racism" seals the deal in having the policy makers escaping all accountability.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
The result of this accelerated economic activity saw the government extracting it's "2 cents" out of every economic transaction and thus a surplus was created. The administration at the time decided to table any notions of "the common good" at having a stable, foundationally sound financial markets environments for the sake of posting great numbers for a given internal of time as measured by economic statistics.
Sadly the "Goose That Laid The Golden Egg" died of liver failure due to all of the steroids that were pumped into her. There was a mutl-trillion dollar loss in valuation in the markets. While those who had position had long before cashed out - the individual investors, 401k holders, pension funds and state & municipal treasuries that had loaded up into the market that was previous growing out of bounds and thus they bore the brunt of the collapse. Clearly the "common good" was not served as seen in the loss of personal savings among "the little guy".
Sadly there remains a large group of individuals that can hold up the so called surplus as evidence of "great government policy". Ask these same people WHERE IT CAME FROM and you will hear cricketts chirping as so much of its origins are in violation of their luke warm support toward capitalism.
So frequently the words of sacrifice and compromise are directed toward "the powerful" upon the powerless. They are the rich, they are in control. They are expected to provided relief to the masses.
Frequently overlooked, however, is the message to the "little man". Why is it that the collective powerful force known as the "little man" are told WHAT THEY CAN HAVE from the politician in the spirit of consumerism but so frequently told what they must offer up "for the common good"?
*Will their purchasing decisions have them to purchase that American car built by American unionized labor instead of the Japanese car built overseas or in America by non-union employees?
*Will those who are unemployed ever be asked to apply their underutilized labor for the COMMON GOOD?
- There is a need for child care in support of single mothers who go to work, academic tutoring after school to supplement what many failed schools are not providing between 8:30 and 2:30pm.
-There is a need for community patrols that act as a gateway between the police and the community.
-Many communities have broken bottles and trash that cover their natural landscapes. These same people live within and thus they would be the beneficiaries of these "common good" practices.
INSTEAD of looking "within" in addressing this list (and many others) the same people advocating the "common good" will look upon THE EXTERNAL GOVERNMENT to provide these services to their own community. Any failing to do so, and the resulting environment that is produced will said to be some sort of discrimination, class warfare or RACISM (if the community is Black).
Why is it that "the common good" is only a set of words spoken to the corporate powers but rarely to the "little guy"? There is much more untapped power within the little guy to produce change than any other reservoir.
On Monday, October 23, 2006, the
Detroit Economic Club (DEC) is pleased to welcome the Reverend Jesse
Jackson, Sr., founder and president, Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Inc. to the
Rev. Jackson will share his ideas on providing a tax incentive-based
formula for reinvesting in America. This will be his third appearance at
the Detroit Economic Club, dating back to 1984.
The thing that frustrates me the most about Rev. Jesse Jackson and other Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive Fundamentalists is that they are seen as "having good intentions" in their quest to provide increase to Black America, a people who have long faced oppression. Thus they are judged by their "attempts" and words of focus on the poor........instead of their actual results or effectiveness.
No one bothers to measure the "squandered potential", that which COULD HAVE BEEN achieved had a better strategy and a message TO BLACK PEOPLE had been operated upon. All shortfalls today as compared to other races is blamed on that blanket catch-all.....RACISM. In plastering everything as "racism" one fails to do objective inspection of what others did to create the living standard that is used as the reference point. The corollary to this is that within the Black community the focus is put on what "the entire society" has FAILED to do for Blacks.
So often we hear "We are the wealthiest nation in the world". This is used to call for some mythical common standard of living to be applied to everyone "who's father inseminated their mother in the qualifying parcel of land". What this speaks of is that there is an assumed RIGHT TO RESOURCES and not just the right to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness". By the way the phrase originally said "Pursuit of Property" rather than "happiness" but was changed via debate. In taking this disposition those that chose this course set themselves up as CONSUMERS of what America has to offer. Their notation about America's wealth says NOTHING about how it got that way. Indeed many of the policies and actions that created the abundant wealth in America was repugnant to many of the people who now seek to draw upon it for the "COMMON GOOD". Environmental destruction, exploitation of labor, pursuit of greed and the production of products that later causes harm to the consumer - are all legacies that brought us to where we are today.
Though those on the activist side of the equation fought and squealed along the way at every step, the corporate power being their enemy, they now bemoan the decline of the American industrial base.....their long time adversary.
To Rev. Jackson I say "tax policy" was NOT the main driver for the development of Detroit as the centerpiece of the US automotive industry. My review of documentary footage tells me that plain old CAPITALISM was the driver. Those who had the vision to change America by making her mobile as they pursued their quest for profits is what built up the city which Jesse Jackson plans to lay the ground work for its revival. The most rapid growth of the city took place at a time at which the average worker had a mere fraction of the pay and benefits they would later receive after the union powers took hold as powerful adversaries to the industrial powers. There is no doubt that a counter balance was needed to represent the interests of the works as a collective rather than as an individual but perspective was lost once the labor-management conflict exceeded the focus on the competition in the marketplace that would turn out better quality products.
The fall of Detroit from the early 70's on was had because Detroit and the region became too expensive of a place to conduct business. The "big automobile industrial complex" looked southward to construct their next generation of auto plants. These plants were more efficient because state of the art industrial processes were deployed and the corporations faced a lower base of expenses due to less regulation, less development as compared to urban industrial locations and lower costs of living that afforded lower salaries compared to their northern, union dominated counterparts.
The United Auto Workers would have none of this. Over time national labor agreements with the auto manufacturers was seen as the key means of defending the COMMON INTERESTS of all of the employees. This national contract worked to make the southern labor nearly as expensive as that in the north, sans a cost of living multiplier. The UAW also demanded to have a say in the corporation's production targets, plant retooling schedules and construction of new plants and facilities. Anything that impacted the employee - the UAW wanted a virtual seat on the board to make the call along with management. Several wildcat strikes ensued over the years that brought production to its knees.
The nail was put in Detroit's coffin and the US Auto Industry when the Japanese began to improve their first generation of underpowered, "junk cars" into attractive vehicles that were known for quality and relatively affordable costs. The key protection of the American auto industry was had at the federal level with the US's protectionism with tariffs and caps on the number of units that were allowed to be imported in a given year. This should have given Detroit a breather to reorient itself prior to being slaughtered. Instead the relatively entrenched powers on both sides (management and labor) squandered the opportunity and kept doing the same old same.
Years later trade liberalization as well as the increased construction of Japanese plants within the United States (using non-unionized labor) allowed the Japanese to skirt the trade policies that previously capped their growth. Today's massive restructuring and layoffs within the American owned companies is nothing more than a long overdue reformat, putting them in line with their painful realities. As with the airline industry, steel industry, and manufacturing in general - in order to establish a bottom as a basis for an upward incline - hard choices had to be made. Severe cost cutting and a true up of production with market realities was at hand.
So you see Rev. Jackson - the story of Detroit was NOT crafted in the legislature....it was crafted in the boardrooms, the negotiating tables between management and labor and the sales desk between consumer and auto saleman.
OF COURSE government had a strong hand in accommodating the environment in which all of these forces played within. Rev. Jackson, however, is not an objective broker in the entire scheme of things. Though his Rainbow Push organization was forced to lay off staff members in the face of a dramatic decrease in donations (mostly corporate) during the recession of the early 2000's this policy is unacceptable for the major corporations as they attempt to reorient themselves.
Mr. Jackson stands for "Living Wage Laws", high punitive damage lawsuits against corporations, strong government regulation and a general "common governance" of corporations. This IS NOT an environment that will resurrect the Detroit that once was.
My question is - When will REVEREND JACKSON have the "reformatting" that was forced upon America corporations and labor in the face of REALITY?
If there is no ACCOUNTABILITY to the bottom line results then Mr. Jackson will not face up to such a fundamental transformation. How do we MEASURE Mr. Jackson and his cohorts?
This brings me to the title of the.
Wow here is a clip from an article about the new Kia plant planned for Georgia (which is in the South by the way. :-) )
The addition of the Kia plant will add auto production capacity at a time when the Big Three Detroit auto makers are struggling to reduce capacity and compete with foreign auto makers who have opened plants in the South and have a cost-advantage because they use nonunion workers and have virtually no retirees to support with health-care and pension plans. General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. are both in the process of closing several plants.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
This evening I had the pleasure of seeing the movie "The Last King of Scotland" with Forest Whitaker. It was the story of Idi Amin's brutal rule in Uganda during the 1970's. At the end of Amin's rule over 300,000 Africans lay dead as he let blood flow in order maintain control over his empire that destined to derail.
The movie captured important elements of "rule by terrorism", group think and purging of one's enemies. The life of the African was disposable. Sadly it was the Africans who were doing the killing in the movie.
Idi Amin realized that he had to develop a media presence as a means of turning back the sting of the truth about what was happening in the countryside under his rule. He understood the importance of making Britain the enemy as a means of gathering sympathy from the rest of the world. He joked that he would provide food aid to Britain as they were going through tough times. In the news conference the African journalists in the room laughed as the European journalists initially thought the man to be crazy for his antics that they knew were not the case. Sadly it was the Africans who laughed that bore the brunt of the brutality of the man they were laughing with as he made their common adversary look foolish just for that one moment.
I could not help but to think about Robert Mugabe as Amin booted the "bloodsucking" Asians out of the country. When the economy crashed from the abrupt move - he blamed his "advisor" who had warned him against such a move for "telling him but not convincing him". At no point did Amin blame himself for the harm that his abrupt move did to his people's ability to put food on their tables. It was only important to purge an enemy that was in focus at the time.
Hugo Chavez took a queue from Amin in finding a boogie man to link to as the potential source of his assassination.
Sadly I did not see "300 years of colonial oppression" at work in the film. I saw bullets and brutality from Africans alive and well at the time, who's lack of respect for their fellow African brother paralleled the demotion of human respect that the European displayed for them.
While on a military mission on behalf of the USA they are captured by the enemy along with three WHITE Army sergeants who are assigned as their driver, intelligence officer and field briefer.
After being held for 5 days the foreign enemy offers to RELEASE FBN1, FBN2 and Realist because (as they said in broken English) "your people have suffered greatly at the hands of the White oppressors. We know America is very coercive and that you were forced into fighting because YOU WERE DENIED MONEY FOR SCHOOLING. You may go while we kill this other white trash Americans for killing so many of our people. We know that the US Military would not have 'people like you' to decide the death of my people."
The three Black generals begin to talk amongst each other. FBN1 and FBN2 think - "This offer is not going to come around ever again. We need to take it while the offer is still on the table".
Realist reminds them that it was FBN1 who is responsible for designing the ground attack for 40,000 men in his infantry battalion of the country. FBN2 was responsible for all military air craft having the munitions that were used to conduct the war and Realist was responsible for field communications equipment without which the war could not be conducted.
FBN1 and FBN2, having already disrobed from their American military stripes that they acquired by being the "right Black at the right time". They wanted to hid the fact that they were important players in the conduct of the war so they could live. Deny who you are to survive - was their motto.
They decide to take the release offer - walking out and leaving thinking "THANK GOD I AM ALIVE. My SKIN COLOR CAME IN HANDY this time."
Realist stands up and SPITS IN THE FACE OF the lead hostage holder. He tells the captor that HE IS IN COMMAND of all of the technology assist efforts to make you visit your 72 virgins sooner rather than later. "I DON'T NEED YOUR CHARITY. I EARNED EVERY STRIPE ON MY ARM BECAUSE I BELIEVED WHAT I WAS FIGHTING FOR. FULL CONSCIOUSNESS AND MY FULL INTELLIGENCE INTACT".
Realist is killed on the spot for INSULTING the dignity of the hostage holder.
The remaining White men are beaten and eventually let go in 2 weeks - (So much for the Anti-Torture measures signed by the US Congress).
Later on the Congressional Black Caucus presents FBN1 and FBN2 a heroism award for bravery while in command. Realist is awarded posthumously. FBN2 and FBN1 each give 1 hour long speeches as to how they fought like hell against their captors and eventually overpowered them. They told that Realist was sadly shot in the back while trying to escape as well. They attempted to drag his body out to have a proper burial but it was not possible.
Their closing line is that "When man stops planning for wars there will be no more wars".
FBN1 AND FBN2 are allowed to retire will FULL honorable discharge and a full pension.
THEY WERE WEARING THEIR MILTARY DRESS UNIFORMS WITH 3 STARS GLEAMING IN THE LIGHT - for the CBC award ceremony"
The world never knew the real truth.
FBN1 used his "war hero" status to secure a job with Lockheed Martin. There is not a month goes by in which FBN1 is not asked to tell a room full of old White men the story about how he and N8 fought to the death to get out of that room. He calls the hostage holders "Sand Nig ger" for effect since the White break out in a big laugh right at the moment in the story.
FBN2 got a sweet gig with Raytheon testing the next generation precision guided missile systems. To this day FBN2 claims that he did not violate his closing comments about "planning for war". He says that all he is doing is testing tracking systems. The White man can use this system to deliver bombs or to spray DDT over Africa to stop malaria. THEY are the ones who are misusing his applied knowledge. Besides this.....he has to feed his family.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
On the other extreme is another type of dogmatist. They focus on poverty and Jesus' words that we take care of our poor and infirmed. The problem with them, I notice, is that they employ policies that keep the poor coming back for more rather than develop any foraging skills of their own. It is the cathartic experience of "helping a victim" that drives these people. I hardly believe that Jesus meant for us to help the poor and then allow their bodies and skills to atrophy thus creating a permanent check off on your weekly "do gooder" list.
The problem is that of the two types - the second type is more entrenched into the dogma of Christianity. With the first one we have "judge not lest you be judged" as a rational cut off to anyone who dare use the bible in a strict constructionist manual that can't be interpreted via human intelligence.
The poverty angle, however, is more of a difficult challenge to prove that one is over doing things to the state of perversion. I am of the view that God created man with intelligence for a purpose. I fully expect my dog to suffer if I do not feed him via the routine that I have set up for him. This is the same thing for my young, dependent children who will cry if they believe they are left stranded in a department store after having wandered off from my presence.
I simply cannot assign the same dependent state to a grown man or woman who are otherwise of sound body and mind. People have an enormous capacity to see how to milk the system and go along for the ride. In my view over done charity absent any demands upon the receiver who is otherwise healthy only leads to harm to that same person.
If the Christian minister who talks about maximizing grace cannot bear to bring himself to ask people to look within their soul to decouple from the breast milk then he is an antagonist to the very policy that he has preached.
In my view the most appropriate strategy is to WALK TOGETHER. Meet someone you are attempting to help half way. Ask that they do something to contribute to their own salvation. Provide constructive feedback to that person in a non-threatening way so that this person might build up the confidence that has been shattered inside due to years of conditioning toward that point.
If you are a fish distributor in that famous saying "don't give a man a fish - teach the man how to fish", having a long line of people seeking to receive from you then you need to consider the impact of your untimely departure upon their own psyche and way of life.
If the goal is to maximize the man then the means is to distribute power and leadership to the edges rather than to the fish distributor.
Monday, August 28, 2006
A few years ago in response to the rapid outbreak of AIDS in the "young urban" community an effort was mobilized to inform our young people of the risk of HIV/AIDS. The theory going into this movement was that these young people are going to have sex any way. A "just say no" type of program - "abstinence" is out of the question and too ideologically against that which those who were running this campaign knew to be the case with respect to these young people's behavior.
The goal was to find an appropriate campaign that put forth the awareness of the risks in infection from HIV/AIDS while being "behavior neutral" beyond the act of putting on a condom. The "Big Condom Industrial Complex" could not have asked for more.
The theory was that if the campaign could attract popular entertainers and athletes of the day to put forth the message to wear a condom or "wrap it up" prior to having sex then the bond that these people have with our impressionable youth would have them to express more consciousness about the risks prior to engaging in sexual behavior.
The popular mandate of "No Judgmentalism" required that no pronouncements be made about who, how many nor the context in which sexual engagements took place, just that a prophylactic barrier be placed between you and your sex partner. Everyone is happy. Trade a micrometer of muted tactile stimulation that allowed you to "keep your own body fluids to yourself" in exchange for an AIDS free life.
Years later we see that "Wrap It Up" has failed. The HIV infection rate is pandemic within the Black communities. Metropolitan areas with high rates of African Americans are also blinking red on the AIDs warning map. Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, New York City - all are infection hot spots.
When the community activists are given voice to speak about the issue typically the first thing they run to is the "race card". You might hear them say "if this rate of HIV infection was present among White women a national alarm would be sounded". This tried and true technique of racial shaming toward the government to have it step in to rescue their failed agenda invites the government in to the same bedrooms that they were once told to stay out of.
When it comes to war and petroleum we so often hear the charge that "our leaders have failed to ask us to SACRIFICE during our emergency". Somehow this same philosophy of sacrifice, denying yourself from your selfish desires for the sake of a greater good was not included in the planning of "Wrap It Up".
It is clear that "Wrap It Up" has failed. If the measure of its success is the change downward in the growth rate of HIV and STDs then it could be argued that while "Wrap It Up" was promoted the HIV rate grew and thus the philosophy that was void of "sacrifice" encouraged the actions that lead to the exchange of body fluid via sexual intercourse.
I am no prude. I am a normal heterosexual male who prior to marriage let off a sigh of relief upon "passing" an AIDS test. In the world of 2006 where there are more potential sex partners who are infected the risk of engaging in the exchange of body fluid has a greater chance of having deadly consequences.
Any plan that does not expose a greater future and the young person's role in it is doomed to fail. While standing at the fork in the road (or several steps prior to reaching it) some value equation must be cauterized into their minds. "Is it worth the risk?". "Do I know about this person's 'body fluid' enough to go through with this?". "Am I able to deal with all of the possible outcomes from my actions?". A comprehensive program that fails to have the operator consider all of these options and even consider the "Pre-Super Bowl" Janet Jackson line of "Let's Wait A While" is a program that is destined for failure. "Wrap It Up" is not the program to reduce HIV infection rates in the Black community as the evidence clearly shows.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
The current state of affairs in the world where forces around the world are uniting against America and Israel is generating some excitement for a particular force that has long been dormant in the undercurrent of America - the "Abstracted Kneegrow". This creature lives with resentment against America and "White Supremacy", at least if you let him tell it. He sees the United States and its military force that goes all around the world to secure the valuable resources that the Abstracted Kneegrow uses to fill up his care, as an agent of White Supremacy all around the world.
The fact that the United States is in conflict with Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela gives rise to the hopes within the Abstracted Kneegrow that one day America will be brought to her knees and that he and his life as a long oppressed citizen in America will be the better for it. What a fool he is.
The one thing that the Abstracted Kneegrow seems to miss is that his RIGHTS are a function of "someone who gives a damn" about him and his rights. Let us make note of the recent fate that came upon the various American military infantry men and contractors who were caught by the insurgent forces in Iraq. They were beheaded or otherwise tortured. Where as the so-called human rights forces around the world have a process for taking the United States to task for the indiscretions that are done by American forces, there is no such system to do the same upon seeing far worse actions by the insurgent forces. Thus you must have someone who gives a damn and is attempting to live up to certain standards in order for justice to be had.
The Abstracted Kneegrow has not learned from the past that his best hope for the pursuit of justice is within an America that is at peace. When war breaks out any entity will close its ranks and not allow the enemy to conspire against him from within. During war time the notion of "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" gets purged. No nation is going to allow its enemy, real or perceived to poison its food and water supply or do other disruptive things. The thought is - if you want to cheerlead for the enemy then let us treat you as we treat them.
We must also consider the concept of Reparations. If the United States falls then all claims for reparations that are due from slavery of the past get purged because the entity that owes the sum is no more. Since there appears to be a high correlation between those who support reparations and those who would like to see other world powers stand up and take down the American giant logic says that the Abstracted Kneegrows who want their pay day are in fact conspiring against this day ever coming to be.
The most clear indicator of the sufficiency and competence in planning by the Abstracted Kneegrow is had by inspecting the roots that he has laid down in other lands. Is there evidence, for example, that he has ever actually visited an African country and developed links with them so that one day when he does depart the belly of the beast he can be taken in among friends. The following is a list of things that one would expect to see if the Abstracted Kneegrow (or other Blacks for that matter) were serious in departing these lands and going elsewhere:
1) Directing more African-Americans in to the fields of epidemiology and entomology in order to discover a means of eliminating malaria from the continent of Africa
2) Leverage the proximity of one of the Caribbean islands, preferably Haiti to develop a bridge between the relative wealth of America and another impoverished nation so that BEST PRACTICES can be developed on building infrastructure and educational systems in preparation for executing this same plan in a more wholesale rate on the African, Asian and South American continents
The Abstracted Kneegrow is all about TALK.
In 100 years from now the 3rd generation of his off-spring will be born into this world. He will arrive in the world from the starting point that his ancestors have dropped him off. The Abstracted Kneegrow living today does not seemingly fully appreciate that his FEARS, actions and adoption of beliefs that cannot be proven via scientific means does nothing more than take forward steps of progression away from the point at which his offspring yet to be born will start off.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
As I listed to the "Keep Hope Alive" radio show and then a replay of the Shelley Wynter show - with Derrick Boazman substituting - I realized the gravity of the situation that Black Americans face. We are nearly - ALL CONSUMERS. The planned protest march on June 24 in front of select gasoline stations in order to lower the price of gasoline is a TACIT ADMISSION THAT WE ARE IN BONDAGE.
You see a PROTEST is a action to raise your voice to a power that has authority over you WITH THE EXPECTATION THAT YOU WILL GET HIM TO CHANGE as he sees your anger and frustration.
In this give an take world of the market economy - the players in the oil/gasoline industry - the OIL COMPANIES and [u]the OPEC NATIONS (the element that the average Black Quasi-Socialist Progressive Fundamentalist misses as he rants against corporations) have seen that DESPITE YOUR PROTESTS - your budget can allow you to send more of your money to them BECAUSE YOU NEED WHAT THEY ARE SELLING.
This anger alone is not going to have Black people actually STOP DRIVING. Hell, MOST OF THE PEOPLE GOING TO THE PROTEST ARE GOING TO DRIVE THEIR GAS POWERED CAR TO THE PROTEST. And will most likely fill up at the gas station because they need fuel.
As I have laid out several times in my "Capitalist Consumer Co-Conspirator" theory - the complict members of society FACT THE NOTION OF DEGRADING THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING SO THAT THEY MIGHT LIVE UP TO THE WORDS OF RHETORIC THAT THEY SPOUT. Most are not WILLING TO DO SO. All that is left then is angry protests hoping that "the man" might provide them with relief.
I have been posting over time SEVERAL instances of groups or individuals having grown tired of a certain constraint having INNOVATED a solution that will burst through system as they know it today and create a new benchmark for all to operate off of. THIS INCLUDES the $100 laptop in India and Brazil, both of which have a more cavernous "digital divide" than American could ever find justification to complain about their own condition. Another example are the various initiatives for developing small, solar powered water treatment units that bring clean water to those people around the world that are impacted with water borne diseases.
With all of this said - I am amazed at how myopic the American CONSUMER is with respect to the development of the next round of energy sources that will allow the masses to tell the OIL COMPANIES where they can stick their hoses.
I posted a story about George Washington Carver, having been recruited to Tuskeegee by Booker T. Washington but the school being short of funds to build a lab for him. He made his way to the junk yard to assemble all of the equipment that he needed and thus was history. Sadly the Black American today would take the course of looking at the University of Alabama and how much lab equipment THEY had and then lobbying the state government for EQUAL FUNDING for this equipment. The question of APPLYING THIS EQUIPMENT to actually solve a problem - well this was not a part of the bargan. Besides the federal government did not provide them with a grant to solve anything that was pressing in America. Undecided
In the AU Center we have Morris Brown shuttered. We have Clark AU having shuttered their engineering program because of budget cuts. [b]Let's put two and two together folks - SOME MAN (human being) is going to crack the code in the development of the next generation of energy for Black people, Americans, the entire world. With the system of patents and the high demand for alternative sources and the PROOF that there is a fertile market full of cash for those who can INNOVATE to bring forth this new generation of energy WHY DO WE HAVE PITCHFORKS IN HAND (SEE PICTURE BELOW) RATHER THAN BEAKERS AND LAB TEST EQUIPMENT BEING PURCHASED TO BRING THIS ABOUT?
Certainly the world of ENERGY is much, much more lucrative than the world of FISH.
Since the sale of these items will take place in the form of an auction executed by Sotherby's auction house it is reasonable to presume that the highest bidder will be awarded the bounty that documents King's life works.
As I listened to various outlets for individual expression among Black people (radio, web, newspapers) I sense a great amount of concern that these articles will depart from the "control of the Black community" into the hands of an institution or individual that does not cherish MLK's life works as others believe they could do more effectively. One caller into a local radio station even said something to the effect of - if Europeans get their hands on these works they may use them to craft Dr. King's image into something that they can use for their own malicious works and further promote their own white supremacy.
I choose to take a step back from the modern events that are being laid down into the scrolls for analysis by some lucky few in the future. As they work to understand the ascension of Black people beyond Slavery, Jim Crow and the radical changes that globalization will have on the concept of the nation state - they will no doubt work to assemble a narrative for these times just as those of us living today seek to narrate the events of ancient times.
The debate over what happened in the Nile Valley of Egypt in Africa is the focus of many debates today. Black Americans who seek to reconnect with the African prior to his iterations with the European often point to the artifacts that remain behind today that evidence the presence of an advanced society that mastered the art of mathematics, philosophy, engineering and construction techniques.
There no doubt was a transition period in which many of the strong figures that represented the leaders of this society having died had to be replaced by a new generation of individuals who, being a collection of their unique experiences in the world and who were thus "men of their own time", represented a change in course from that of the old style leadership.
With this as a basis - there is no doubt that the new generation had to make some key decisions in how they would maintain the tracks of history that these bygone leaders had laid down for them. From what I can tell the tombs, holy sites and written materials were protected via the use of "booby traps", curses and prayers of protection upon these hallowed items that represented the lives and accomplishments of those who had carried them to the point where they where charged with driving the vehicle.
Unfortunately for the ancient Egyptians it was the "tomb raiders" from the West and their co-conspirators within their own society that provided directions to the raiders that was the undoing of much that was safely preserved inside of Egypt. Today many of these artifacts are spread all over the world - some by agreement, a good portion by theft.
Today, 2006, there is a body of work that is in a similar light as that which was buried within Egypt. This time, however, it is not the tomb raiders that are of concern - it is the people who control these items and who seek to load up their safe deposit boxes. They seek to liquidate the memory of MLK, allowing these items to escape from their control.
I have no problem if these items were transferred to an institution that had a logical coupling with the King Center. The key problem is that, like the national monument being proposed for King in Washington DC - the King Center has little financial resources to honor and maintain these works as they should be.
Somewhere in the middle of the "Big Payout" and the storage of these items in the basement of the house formerly occupied by the late Corretta Scott King is a reasonable compromise solution that achieves a maximization of both the honor and integrity of these items and the financial compensation that those who stand to benefit from the sale hope to achieve.
Dr. and Mrs. King spoke so frequently of placing consciousness above money. I hope that the four children that they indoctrinated with these and other teachings will apply this philosophy in the transfer of title of these items.
Some day 500 or 1000 years from now some researcher will look back upon the legacy of Dr. King and will similarly attempt to piece together a narrative of the man's life based on the artifacts that remain to tell the story.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
I am amazed at the number of people who rap people such as Bill Campbell into their racial fold and THINK that they are "protecting this man" because he is a BLACK MAN WHO WAS DONE WRONG. They have no concept that this man was shown to be a "BLACK MAN WHO WAS DOING WRONG".
I don't care to detail the facts of the case as they are abundantly found elsewhere. The purpose of this post is to detail the actions of these defenders and how they repetitively execute the same tactics to obfuscate the point of WHAT CAMPBELL WAS SHOWN TO HAVE DONE.
First is the "Why hasn't Dick Cheney been locked up?". Sorry ma'am - Dick Cheney was not on trial for anything that he did. Bill Campbell was on trial. You were silence when the White folks who recently were convicted for public corruption were locked up - "Duke" Cunningham, Linda Shrenko and others - why do you so quickly depart from the facts of the Campbell case as you look for White folks who got over doing what Campbell was shown to have done?
Next we have the "Black kids are going to see how the Feds took this Black leader down and they will be fearful of standing up to be a leader" people. This is closely followed by the "THEY don't want to see a Black man stand tall as a leader and THEY will seek to cut him down". Hold it a minute! Who appointed Bill Campbell as a "Black leader" rather than a "public official who is Black"? You prove your fraud by not including Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas and Ken Blackwell into your fold. We all know that membership into the "Black leaders club" is both subjective and conditional on if you like him or not. If asked you could not come up with a list of qualifications for a "Black Leader" other than him towing the line in what YOU believe.
It is clear to me that no "Black Leader" has a blank check on what he or she is able to do, superceeding any accountability that he might have to the laws of the country. Some folks will say "The White politicians have been doing this for years and they never served jail time". Step back and think what you are saying. Over the years - Black folks caught hell in this country from corrupt White officials!!! The Civil Rights Movement fought to change this environment and BEGIN TO HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS WHO WERE CORRUPT ACCOUNTABLE. How is it logical to seek to give a pass to corrupt Black officials so that they can "catch up" to what the White folks have done?
The biggest mistake of all is to assume that "these corrupt Black elected officials were working on behalf of Black people while they were on the take". The evidence shows otherwise. From personal experience I saw how the Minority Contracting Program with the city of Atlanta has worked -particularly at the airport. This program has allowed various small, minority owned businesses to have an opportunity to contribute to the most expansive economic engine in the southeast. When Bill Campbell got into office and ran the program as a "pay to play" scheme the minority businesses that were shut out of the process because they did not "pay the king". These scorned business begain to complain that the system was rigged unfairly against them. How was this any different than what a Black contractor would have faced in 1950 at the airport?
I plead with my people to separate their desire to see racial advancement from the corrupt individuals who know your sentiments in this regard and will latch onto them and sell you anything. While it is true that the Black community should not put all of it's eggs into one basket and thus one "Black Leader" because this man might be killed and thus the movement crashed - it is more true that the "movement" should never allow itself to be comprimised by failing to see the flaws in one man and believing that he is indispensible to the cause. When you lose your integrity the movement's end is no longer worthy.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Kneegrows, Bush and Black People
I am a student of left-wing political action. I enjoy watching and listening to their antics in live speeches, on radio and on television. So many of them are so easily pacified. They believe that someone who strokes their sentiments, “Speaking Truth To Power” (or at least their version of the truth) is actually doing something monumental.
I listened in on the funeral of Coretta Scott King today. There was a vast array of varied speakers presented to share with us their parting thoughts on this great woman who stood beside a great American leader. I enjoyed the people who used their air time productively. These are the people who referenced the spirit of God in their words. The people who talked about how we should all attempt to live up to our full potential. The people who spoke of Mrs. King, the person, not the public figure. Underscoring all of this was her DIGNITY and her COMPOSURE in all aspects of her life.
I have no doubt that based on the economic policies that I have heard from Mrs. King and her son Martin III that I would be in strong disagreement with their socialist leanings. She like many others with “big hearts” believed that if the government was the force that provided for everyone, including the poorest among us then all would be well. I would challenge Mrs. King, however to find a country that is as large and as diverse as this county that provides for the least among us better than these United States. Many of the countries that do take on a socialist mantra often walk upon individual human rights and property rights in their quest to provide for the masses. I have yet to see one of these systems operate as is they do on paper. I respect a person who aspires for such assistance for the poor. I choose not to be governed by them because I know that I will be the target of their redistribution efforts. Their main weakness is that they know not what to TELL THE POOR who are poor but who also are not inclined to do anything to help themselves.
A few years back President Bush visited the King Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend to lay a wreath at the tomb of the great civil rights leader. With hundreds of angry Black folks protesting the presence of President Bush on these hallowed grounds, having been provoked to show up by the local Black media outlets Mrs. King stood by Bush's side as he offered tribute to her husband who rested, encased inside of his tomb, the eternal flame still burning.
We learned today from Reverend Lowery and others today that Mrs. King was in strong disagreement with many of Bush's policies, particularly the war. During the time of her funeral, with Mrs. King being silent for eternity in this world, Lowery and others decided to lend their voice to the body that lay in an open casket, spouting words in public to President Bush that THIS WOMAN DID NOT DO while she was in the flesh on this Earth, fully capable to do so.
It seems to me that Reverend Lowery and others who borrowed Mrs. King's name today to “Speak Truth to Power” failed to borrow her dignity. They only borrowed her corpse.
Reverend Lowery and others are very aware, however, of the audience before which they speak. They have been playing these folks like a finely tuned instrument beyond the point since the 1970's and before when their efforts really counted for something FOR Black America rather than for the ideology which they hold.
When I was growing up I used to marvel about the friend who used to tell me that their parents came up and “cussed the teacher out”. The friend who was telling me this story told me these tales with pride. They believed that their parents came up to the school and were “Speaking truth to power”. That their actions really made for SUBSTANTIAL change rather than reflecting the parents ignorance and lack of ability of engagement of power for changes of substance.
Tonight President Bush and the other presidents who were in attendance will hop back on their private planes and return from whence they came from earlier today. Despite the taunts of Rev. Lowery and others who made use of this occasion Bush will remain president. The few times that Bush comes on “their turf” they make sure to “let him have it”. He is less than a frequent visitor, instead preferring to engage people that he can work with rather than people who are clear agents for his political adversaries.
I assure you, however, that by the end of Bush's term these same people who ran him down on an International stage will be the same one's begging for his company in the White House, at their Conference or at the next funeral for a big name Civil Rights Leader who's time has long past. To deny their invitation is a slap in the face to them and their status – real or imagined.
It seems that the Kneegrow who proclaim that they are the only legitimate representative of Black people have some issues. Like an abused spouse that also is desperate for attention they don't know how to make constructive use of this attention when it is given to them. Instead, as in the “Angry Black Democrat Rally” that masked as a “Voting Rights Act” rally they had the stage to express what ever feelings they wanted to. Sadly they chose to express venom.
One day President Bush, President Clinton, President Bush I, President Carter and President Ford will all be dead, having lived their lives. Their works will be one for the history books. At the same time the condition of Black America, having long suffered from STRUCTURAL misalignment be it externally imposed or internally perpetuated due to leaders without transformation skills will still be front and center for our off spring to deal with first hand.
As I listen to the words and the ideology of those who stand before me and tell me that they represent to the commonly held beliefs and ideology for “my people” I can only get depressed, knowing that my children will face the same sea of “conditioned hopelessness”, having our 40 years since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, wondering around in the wilderness extended for yet another failed set of policies that are to take us to the “Promised Land”.
The key problem is that many have been conditioned that the “Promised Land” will be reached by focusing primarily on CHANGING THE BEHAVIOR of “The Other Man” rather than looking inside for an inventory of human resources that we have at our hand and fully employing them.
Today the Black American needs MANAGERS, not PROTEST LEADERS. A protest leader can only “Speak Truth To Power”. He acknowledges that he is “Externally Yoked” and that the power resides outside of his domain.
We need MANAGERS who can organize our natural resources into SYSTEMS, leveraging the productive output of each of the cogs in the machine to synergize into a sum that is greater than it's parts.
I often figure that over time those of us who are educated will also become wise to the hamster wheel that we are currently on, being lead by dynamic elocutionists who are light on the applied skills that are in need.
Our only hope as a people is to hold the people who stand on stage in front of us ACCOUNTABLE, making them deliver on this “Promised Land” or choosing to abandon their winding pathway with a hearty vote of no confidence.
May the Lord bless the soul of Mrs. King and have some of those who are long past their time in the light but seek to remain on stage, eclipsing the glow of others who can lead us TODAY please join her soon in paradise, God's will making the determination.