Friday, October 30, 2009

CNN - Black Men In The Age Of Obama

"It has changed the way we are looked at" said Farrah Gray.

Let's analyze this statement.

"We are looked at".......BY WHOM?
Clearly Brother Gray is talking about some force that is external to Black men, making note of Obama's electoral success and then making an inference about what Black men as a whole are able to do.

I am forced to fundamentally challenge this claim.
(Note out of fairness: This is one snippet of an entire interview with Farrah Gray. Since the segment did not broadcast yet I am not able to make my analysis on the complete set of words. At the same time the fact that the video editors chose this one snippet is also telling.)

The key flaw in this focus on what others thing about Black men is that it doesn't focus upon Black men and anything in particular that we have done since Obama took office. Worse yet, the discussions about how Obama is going to affect Black men upon his election was filled with unrealistic assumptions of "Obama Magically Gravitational Pull of Induction" upon others.

I am still searching the web to find an editorial cartoon that was published near the election of Barack Obama. It showed a little Black boy watching television as Obama is at the podium and he is reading a book. The inference is that the sight of Obama's successful election would give him the staying power to remain in school.

The central criticism that I have about this is that it dispenses of "Process" in favor of "Passion". Favorable views of Barack Obama appearently is all that is necessary for our people to succeed. In as much as Barack Obama operates within the American Political Domain - it stands to reason that some enforcers (I call them "Black Attack Sheep Dogs" who latch on to 'wayward sheep') are inclined to make the case "If you disagree with Barack Obama then you disagree with the development of Black people".

Just imagine if White America had this same disposition with respect to the question of voting for 'the White guy or the Black guy' in last year's election? IF they would be rightfully called "racists" what should we call the segments of Black people who frequently traffick in this same dogma?

The problem that I have as I anticipate this latest CNN "ethnic documentary" is that they will try to craft a "new Black revolution" on the back of Obama without noting that most of our day to day threats come from other Black folks who only paused their disfunctional ways in celebration of Obama, back when the transition took place between November and February. Last time I checked Young Jeezy is back to making ignorant songs again despite "My President Is A Black Man".

It is clear that our people have a "Human Resource Management" problem. The ability to transport a group of people from where they presently stand to where they claim they want to be is done by specific processes. Too much of our present order fuses our racial interests in with the political schemes of those who operate in the American Political System.

Without more widespread involvement of more Black people in our mobilization effort - we will be subject to the promises made by others who seek our vote that if we provide them with it that we will receive some benefit. There is little change that is asked of us.

This is a recipe for continued exploitation and grievances.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Key Social Messages Derived From The The Show "Cold Case Files"

I am a frequent viewer of the CBS television series "Cold Case Files". They have some excellent music playing in the background of all of their shows.

In this particular episode shown below they dropped some tremendous social jewels for people to make notice of.

Strict Social Mores Absent Compassion Is Uncivilized

In the clip above two "main line" teens have sex and the girl gets pregnant. Her mother skirt her off to a home for pregnant girls. Back during this time there was a negative social stigma for an unmarried girl to get pregnant. In an earlier scene the nuns at the home that she is staying in handed out wedding rings to all of the girls so that they could live the lie of being marriage in the midst of the society that is disapproving otherwise. The symbol of the ring absent any real marriage is enough to continue the charade.

In the scene shown above the pregnant girl runs into the "baby daddy" in a music store. He has an "out of sight, out of mind" experience where his problem - that is resident in her womb - has disappeared and thus he continues his life. He gets accepted to an Ivy League school and is loathed to tell his parents about the baby that he has made.

The male is so focused upon complying to the strict structure within which they live that he shows no humanity to the female nor their child that she is carrying.


This next scene shows the meeting in which the pregnant girl is asked to sign the papers necessary to hand over her child to adoptive parents. She is reluctant to do so.

The nun asks the girl to make a list of what an adoptive family can do for the child on one side of the paper.
  • Father
  • House
  • Job

Then she is asked to document what she can give the child as a teenaged mother. She writes "Love".

Monday, October 26, 2009

The White Guy Who Is Pushing Me To See The Power Of RACISM

Treat this as a bookmark for now.

Here is a link that EddieBlueEyes, a blogger that I debated on the subject of racism, had included in his response to me.

Covering The Sky With Your Hands - The Denial Of Racism

I will need to inspect his claims before I make a full reply. I didn't want to lose the link.

His argument is that I focus too much on the "Black man pulling the trigger". I should instead consider the systematic actions of the superior White who has put Blacks in this position to kill.

Note that he says that I am a "Black Inferiorist". He fails to see that his scenario as detailed above is a "White Supremacist" description of the world

Saturday, October 24, 2009

If "Black Male Dropout From High School Leads To Prison" Then How Should We Appraise The Consciousness That Drives Dropout Rates?


As I suspected - another report about the crisis condition facing young Black males in this nation. Just as with the "National Urban League's" annual report - the report is shepherded to the GOVERNMENT as calls are made for programs and money.

In truth the report needs to be summarized into a "one pager" and handed out to every:
  • Black Parent
  • Community Member
  • School Official
  • And Most Importantly - Every Young Black Male - seeking to find a pathway in this world
The key point that frustrates me when I read these type of reports is that the attempt is always to make it "AMERICA'S BURDEN". These people are cast as "America's discards", shunted off but still with us, needing to be addressed.

The key point that will not be brought to a head as it relates to the Black Community and the intransigence that is in place within is the need to MAKE A CHOICE!!

This is but a picture of what is the present state WITHIN our community. Despite having gain control over the operation of the schools, the political establishment in our cities, and the cultural priorities that ring throughout the masses of Black people - the finished product is not working to advance our permanent interests.

With the report as a strong rebuke of the status quo - those who seek to "Protect The Status Quo WITHIN The Black Community" will remain undeterred. Any demands from outsiders - real or perceived as being not a part of the "flock" will be rebuffed. The prevailing theory is best articulated by Cornel West - as I have highlighted in the sister blog "Within The Black Community". The people in question are "disadvantaged people", "the least of these", if you will. We should not be looking for them to change. It is the society around them that must be changed so that their lot in life will be improved.

With all due respect - I feel like I am talking about the role of the zookeeper in his job of taking care of the elephants, zebras and tortoises that I witness first hand a few weeks ago.

The key missing element as the hard facts that will be drawn from this report is the specific details about what the "Candidate for Dropout" must do to avoid reaching that fateful decision. Not just this individual but the entire community from which he receives the bulk of his understanding about the world.

  • Will the culture that preaches "fast money"- street knowledge without book knowledge needed to make it - be confronted as a negative contributing factor to these results? Reformed into something more conducive with our desired outcomes.
  • Will there be a stronger hand from the adults in the community - severing certain activities or interests that a Black male, absent adult supervision to guide him otherwise will cleave to by default? It is clear that these results are had not by some evil hand of an oppressor that is pushing the young Black male off of this cliff. Instead these results are evidence of a vacated seat of HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT that is sadly too often the rule in these places
The bottom line of it all is that the VALUATION for these improved outcomes among the young Black male cannot be expected to come so disproportionally from the greater society. The founding principle for this change must be that THESE YOUNG BLACK MALES ARE EQUAL. Traditionally the notion of equality has formed the basis of the demand for equal resources flowing their way. Thus society is asked to PROVE that they value these Black males as they do others, providing a needed hand up for the "disadvantaged".

I maintain that if there is not a two-phased commit with regard to the matter of EQUALITY - we will have a continued failure on our hands in due time. The EQUALITY of the young Black male must be brought forth in that he is shown all of the facts from the report and then expected to make the necessary changes by which HE SHOWS THAT HE VALUES these favorable outcomes.

Issues such as:
  • Time Value - where he consciously decides to fore go investment in time in one activity because another is more in line with the goals that he is conscious of
  • Material Worth - where he treats his ears and eyes as one would treat their stomachs - not allowing intake that is "high calorie but low nutrition" into his consciousness when it passes for entertainment (music, videos, hanging with the boys)
In summary - the proof of our people being in the midst of an emergency is expressed upon our own backs. Most certainly a house that is ablaze the conscious occupants are going act with a certain amount of desperation and clarity. They will only remove from the threat of the fire that which they value the most. I hope and pray that they will seek to remove all human life from the threat of combustion. If this human is in fact a "disadvantaged person" then indeed they should be lifted upon our backs.

My challenge to the establishment is that they be removed from the burning house called their "cultural reference". Not simply having a goal of "being lifted upon our backs" as proof of our Black consciousness.

Indeed the very culture that is producing these outcomes needs to be put on trial with only the "functional cultural" elements that are in line with our permanent interests as a people retained.

Those who reside exclusively in the "American Political Domain" must be disqualified from leading this effort. They will only always shape a response that if favorable to their own interests inside of that domain that is external to our "Community Cultural Consciousness".


(NNPA)--On any given day, nearly 23 percent of all young Black men ages 16 to 24 who have dropped out of high school are in jail, prison, or a juvenile justice institution in America, according to a disturbing new national report on the dire economic and social consequences of not graduating from high school.

Dropouts become incarcerated at a shocking rate: 23 of every 100 young Black male dropouts were in jail on any given day in 2006-07 compared to only six to seven of every 100 Asian, Hispanic or white dropouts. While young Black men are disproportionately affected, the report, released Oct. 9, found that this crisis cuts across racial and ethnic lines. Male dropouts of all races were 47 times more likely to be incarcerated than their peers of a similar age who had graduated from a four-year college or university.

The report was released by a coalition of leading national and regional education, advocacy, and social service groups. It is titled, ''Consequences of Dropping Out of High School:Joblessness and Jailing for High School

Dropouts and the High Cost for Taxpayers - 22 percent Daily Jailing Rate for Young Black Men Who Drop Out of High School''. The report is available online at

Says Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, ''For too long, and in too many ways, young people across the country have been let down by the education system and by the adults responsible for their care and development. Now is the time to increase the investments we make in young people, enhance the content, opportunities and supports we provide, and empower them to make better choices about both their individual future and the future of our nation. This report is another important step towards those ends.''

Professor Andrew Sum, Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS), Northeastern University in Boston was commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN) in Chicago, to provide a detailed portrait of the employment, earnings and family income, incarceration and parenting experiences of dropouts, ages 16 to 24, compared to their better-educated peers. The report is based on an analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau data from national Current Population Surveys and American Community Surveys in 2006-08.

''This timely and insightful report offers a critical account of the impact of dropouts on America's present and future. As America begins to consider the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB) and shapes the unprecedented investment in education by the Obama administration, we must remember to take careful and thoughtful account of what is at stake,'' said Jack Wuest, executive director of the ASN. ''These statistics overwhelmingly make the case for a national education strategy that focuses on re-enrolling these young adults back into school and training programs that can lead to well-paying careers.''

This new report builds upon the groundbreaking findings of ''Left Behind in America: The Nation's Dropout Crisis,'' released earlier this year, which disclosed that nearly 6.2 million largely Black and Hispanic youth have dropped out of high school and are living in America. This report, also released by the ASN in conjunction with other national education and civil rights organizations, documented the magnitude of America's dropout crisis.

''Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Joblessness and Jailing'' outlines the extremely difficult circumstances that these young people ages 16 to 24 face after dropping out of high school, and demonstrates the high price paid by both these young adults, American taxpayers and our society as a whole. In addition to their sharply higher rates of incarceration, the report showed that these young adults face very bleak economic prospects, which will make it difficult for them to change course and finance future schooling and training.

''This new report from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University presents a vivid portrait of the growing economic peril the nation faces if it fails to reverse the rising tide of high school dropouts. The Chicago Urban League strongly endorses this report, and its call to action.

High school dropouts face daunting obstacles that will bar them from entry into the labor market. The problem is most severe among African-American males, who earn less and have an incarceration rate three times that of Asians and nearly four times that of Hispanics. The study also makes clear that young people who return to school can reverse these trends. The study clearly illustrates the case for quick federal action, and the need for increased capacity on the part of state agencies, non-profits and social service outlets to stave off this crisis,'' said Herman Brewer, acting president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League.

According to the report, dropouts experience high levels of joblessness and low weekly earnings:

--More than half - 54 percent - of the nation's dropout's ages 16 to 24 were jobless on an average month during 2008.

--Black dropouts experienced the highest jobless rate at 69 percent, followed by Asians at 57 percent and Whites at 54 percent. Hispanic dropouts had the lowest jobless rates at 47 percent, reflecting the higher employment rate of young Hispanic immigrants. In sharp contrast, only about 13 percent of young adults with a college degree were jobless on average in the same time period.

--40 percent of all young dropouts in the country were jobless for the entire year.

--Without a high school diploma, you cannot earn enough money to make ends meet and certainly not enough to reach the American dream of raising a family and buying a home. The mean annual earnings of the nation's young people with a bachelor's or advanced degree were $24,797 in 2007, three times higher than the mean earnings for dropouts of $8,358. These figures include workers with zero earnings.

--The limited earnings potential of dropouts mean many never leave their parents' or relatives' homes to form independent households. Nearly 37 of every 100 dropouts live in poor or near-poor families.

--Over $292,000 is the cost incurred by taxpayers for each dropout over their lifetime in terms of lost earnings and therefore lower taxes paid and higher spending for social costs including incarceration, health care, and welfare.

The report also states that dropouts are more likely to be single mothers.

It states that nearly 38 percent of young female dropouts ages 16 to 24 were mothers, the highest percentage compared to their peers still enrolled in high school or college or with high school or college degrees. Young high school dropouts were nearly nine times as likely to have become single mothers as their counterparts with undergraduate college degrees.

Wuest and other national leaders point out that such programs can be cost effective because the personal and public fiscal benefit more than outweighs the estimated cost of re-enrolling a student who has dropped out. Due to their low lifetime earnings, dropouts will contribute less in taxes than they will receive in cash benefits, in-kind transfers and correctional costs. By contrast, adults with high school diplomas and additional education contribute major fiscal benefits to the country over their lifetime.

Such programs also would help improve high school graduation rates, especially in the cities, which is a major goal outlined by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

Needed to help fix the problem is a federal and state re-enrollment strategy that becomes a fundamental element of America's national education agenda in the U.S. Department of Education Race to the Top program and reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind program.

To address this crisis, the proposed Hope & Opportunity Pathways through Education (HOPE USA) initiative seeks to re-enroll 480,000 dropouts every year.

A group of organizations has jointly proposed that HOPE USA become a $2 billion federal matching incentive grant program to spur state and local school districts to establish programs to re-enroll dropouts in comprehensive programs that would assist them in earning a high school diploma.

Proposing this program are the National Urban League; National Council of La Raza; Youth Build; the Corps Network; Los Angeles Conservation Corps; Soledad Enrichment Action, Los Angeles; Chicago Depart-ment of Family and Support Services; Illinois State Council on Re-Enrolling Students Who Dropped Out of School; the Chicago Urban League and the Alternative Schools Network.

The initiatives would be small schools - 80 to 150 students - and led by experienced principals and teachers. They would focus on real-world learning and include summer and after-school components and year-round employment programs.

Additional recommendations include:

--Emphasize and provide significant funding for re-enrollment of students who have dropped out of school as part of the Obama administration's Race to the Top initiative and the revised No Child Left Behind legislation.

--Expand year-round and summer employment for jobless youth with a $5 billion initiative.

Group Behaviror 101: The Exploitation Of Hatred & Bigotry

My words as posted on the Booker Rising blog - In response to the recent USA Today poll regarding race relations in the Obama Era.

These two stories taken together show how I don't buy into the results of the poll.

FROM A BLACK PERSPECTIVE: (Preemptive note: I DON'T GIVE A DAMN that most of the 'BR All White Jury' will base their rebuttals squarely upon what WHITE FOLKS ARE DOING. I am focusing upon the Black Community and the CONSEQUENCES of BIGOTRY and MANIPULATION).

The first story asks about RACE RELATIONS "AB" - (After Obama). One only needs to read the short essay submitted to Essence Magazine's November edition by Spike Lee to see the viewpoint of the originator of the term "After Obama".

In his essay AND his recent attack upon filmmaker Tyler Perry, Lee makes the reference "WE NOW HAVE A BLACK PRESIDENT yet we are still making films that.............".

The second article, if taken on the surface without more analysis simply says "Black folks are a solid Democratic voting base" and Black voter turnout helps the Democrats.

What we will NEVER hear out of some simple minded poll is how there is a BIG GAP between Black Voter Preferences/Sentiments/Support AND the painful truth WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.


One CANNOT make reference to:
*The Economic Situation within the voting district
* The Public Safety ......
* The Condition of the school.......

AS A PREDICTOR OF HOW THE BLACK VOTER WILL VOTE. Functionally the average Black voter can walk past all of these street hazards on voting day on his way to the poll and STILL vote in a predetermined manner.

Sorry "BR All White Jury" I am NOT asking the Black Voter to change his vote. I am asking WHO HAS CONDITIONED YOU TO TE NOTION THAT VOTING IS GOING TO FIX YOUR PROBLEMS? Clearly the forces that have influence upon our community are driving these outcomes. We only need to inspect what their agenda is and WHAT FORCE is made strong as a result of exploiting the IDEOLOGICAL BIGOTRY that runs rife within the Black community.

Truth be told - the label of "Racial Bigotry" that is affixed to White folks that predict how they will treat Black folks, vote for, hire or live next to shows up in Black people as "Ideological Bigotry".

The fight against the Republican Party is the fight against WHITE SUPREMACY - as cooked up by the Progressive Operative who has unchecked access to our community consciousness.

These same people are unable to see that the ASSUMED INFERIORITY of Black people per their policy pronouncements is also WHITE SUPREMACY.

The key distinction is that certain Black people who lack consciousness don't have a problem casting Black people as inferior - AS LONG AS THEY ARE PROVIDED WITH SOME BENEFIT in the transaction.

I will vote more favorably in the racial poll WHEN I see a stronger coupling between the popular ideas WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY and the RESULTS that are rendered. Absent TRANSPARENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS a people will resort to the exploitation of IGNORANCE and HATRED to maintain their grip on POWER.

This is a distinct point where WHITE AND BLACK ARE EQUAL: Their capacity to exploit their own people's HATRED and IGNORANCE.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

High Teen Pregnancy Rates At Paul Robeson High In Chicago

Why Did 1 In 7 Girls Get Pregnant At Robeson High?


Beyond pointing fingers at these young people who are only choosing to operate inside of the bounds that they are allowed to operate within by the adults (that is to say - assuming there are many established boundaries to speak of). It appears that this is where the problems reside.

The very same people who can articulate how the destruction of our historical culture has harmed us throughout our time in America till today are the very same forces of people who are asleep at the switch in establishing the environment in which these girls and boys have grown up in during the past 18 years.

They are forced to argue that what has transpired in this nation for the past 230 years is more powerful than their present ability to sculpt the experiences of their own children.

I have previously communicated a model of the architecture that we live within today in America.
  1. The American Political Domain
  2. The Cultural Consciousness Domain
Note how certain immigrants who have no toe-hold in American politics are able to come to this nation and prosper economically and academically. They are free from the baggage that the entrenched forces in America have cornered themselves into. This is possible due to the beliefs and HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT within their communities.

I think I need to address a likely counter-claim that will arise from the last paragraph. Some might argue that the immigrants (particularly the ones of color) did not have their culture stripped from them via American slavery and thus they are able to come to this nation, unabated by this mental loss and prosper. I argue on behalf of the other side of the scale. They come to this nation and make note of the abundant opportunity and resources that can be assembled as compared to their home countries. Between the two - the cultural consciousness OR the system of resources - it is the system of resources that is the key determining factor.

Beyond that the attempt at remaining "history's victim" is not justified. To say that you've had your culture "stolen away from you" speaks NOTHING about your competency to identify a "functional culture" today and impose it upon your children today. Thus the claim of past victimization only functions as a forbearance from becoming clear about what the community needs to be instilling in its people today.

In the case of teen aged pregnancy - these communities undercut their own interests as young people who are not yet developed fully mentally and who have few economic resources to draw upon are able to introduce children into this world at an early age. No surprise - the cycle continues.

It is my view that "The Legacy Of Slavery" is not in effect here.
Instead it is proof of the lack of management to produce any different "directed outcomes".

In a larger view - the Black Establishment which should be leading the way in the cultural domain have instead abandoned this space and exclusively focus in the "American Political Domain". They have made promises that the strong political domain will lead to strength in the cultural domain, some time in the future. TODAY'S 'PRESENT' - IS YESTERDAY'S 'FUTURE'. It is time to force them to prove their past claims or change course.

We are at the point as a people where we must get these people who seek to have us operate in this political domain to prove that this domain is producing the outcomes that have been promised.

This same school has a 50% graduation rate:

It is a Chicago public school full of energy and spirit. It has about 800 girls, and 115 of them have something in common – something you might find disturbing.

CBS 2's Kristyn Hartman reports.

All those young ladies are moms or moms-to-be at Paul Robeson High School. It's not a school for young mothers, it's a neighborhood school. And all of the pregnancies have happened, despite prevention talk.

If you want to know why, the people closest to the situation say there's no simple explanation.

Chicago Public Schools says it does not track the overall number of teen moms in the district. But Robeson Principal Gerald Morrow knows the count at his school in Englewood: 115 young ladies who are either expecting or already have had children.

To put it in perspective, their school pictures would fill roughly six pages of their high school year book.

Why is it happening at Robeson?

"It can be a lot of things that are happening in the home or not happening in the home, if you will," Morrow said. Absentee fathers are another factor, he said.

LaDonna Denson and two other Robeson students say parents not talking to teens and, in some cases, the pursuit of public assistance also factor into the pregnancies. None of them thought they'd be moms at such a young age.

They said they have support at home. But not all girls do, they said. In fact, some girls get thrown out of the home.

Not on Morrow's turf. "We're not looking at them like 'Ooh you made a mistake,'" he said. "We're looking at how we can get them to the next phase, how can we still get them thinking about graduation?"

So there's help in a teen parent program. And coming soon, right across from Robeson, developers are turning a one-time crack house into a day care for student use. "We have to provide some type of environment for them and some form of support for them," Van Vincent, CEO of VLV Development, said.

It's all made an impression.

"Just cause you have a baby, that doesn't mean your life is over," one student said.

One thing they might not know about their principal: His mom had him when she was 15. That's why accepting the problem -- and working through it -- is so important to him

Engineers In India Look Inward To The Poor - Develop Low Cost Solutions To Improve Standards Of Living

WSJ: Indian Firms Shift Focus to the Poor

The severing of all other options of external resources is the best way for a people who have the will to advance to assign the resources to do so.

MUMBAI -- Indian companies, long dependent on hand-me-down technology from developed nations, are becoming cutting-edge innovators as they target one of the world's last untapped markets: the poor.

India's many engineers, whose best-known role is to help Western companies expand or cut costs, are now turning their attention to the purchasing potential of the nation's own 1.1-billion population.

The trend that surfaced when Tata Motors' tiny $2,200 car, the Nano, hit Indian roads in July, has resulted in a slew of new products for people with little money who aspire to a taste of a better life. Many products aren't just cheaper versions of well-established models available in the West but have taken design and manufacturing assumptions honed in the developed world and turned them on their heads.

For the farmer who wants to save for the future, one Indian entrepreneur has developed what is, in effect, a $200 portable bank branch. For the village housewife, a wood-burning stove has been reinvented to make more heat and less smoke for $23. For the slum family struggling to get clean water, there is a $43 water-purification system. For the villager who wants to give his child a cold glass of milk, there is a tiny $70 refrigerator that can run on batteries. And for rural health clinics, whose patients can't spend more than $5 on a visit, there are heart monitors and baby warmers redesigned to cost 10% of what they do elsewhere.

Such inventions represent a fundamental shift in the global order of innovation. Until recently, the West served rich consumers and then let its products and technology filter down to poorer countries. Now, with the developed world mired in a slump and the developing world still growing quickly, companies are focusing on how to innovate, and profit, by going straight to the bottom rung of the economic ladder. They are taking advantage of cheap research and development and low-cost manufacturing to innovate for a market that's grown large enough and sophisticated enough to make it worthwhile.

"There was a large potential market that all the players have not been able to reach," says G. Sunderraman, a vice president at Mumbai's Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co., which developed the inexpensive refrigerator dubbed the "Little Cool." "Now economic factors are making these areas more and more attractive."

Friday, October 16, 2009

Rev Manning Calls For A Boycott Of Shops In Harlem

Hat Tip - Black Conscious Thought

Rev Manning goes overboard with his comedic attempts at times. This time he has hit it out of the park.

After Generations in Spotlight, Harlem Slips as Center of Black Politics

Why focus upon "Harlem as the center of Black Politics" and instead do an IN DEPTH STUDY about HOW THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAS BENEFITED FROM THE LEADERSHIP THAT ASSUMED THE MANTLE?

Is Harlem STILL a poor area, despite being nestled next to one of the greatest engines of wealth creation on the planet?

It seems to me that indeed there are many "portraits hanging on the wall" that Black people can worship, taking this for "racial progress". In absolute terms, however, the nails that hold up these pictures are not planted in a solid wooden stud. Instead they are hanging exclusively on dry wall. No one had better touch these portraits or they will fall off.

Sadly so many of the "Black areas" in most major metro areas around the nation have been maintained as "vote harvesting centers". They remain poor yet WANTING for outside resources. Those who promise to rained these resources down upon them are said to have "the Black Best Interests" in mind. Those who's policies ultimately force the Black community to develop more ORGANIC methodologies for obtaining what we say we need are said to be standing AGAINST our interests.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sometimes The Ultimate Goal Is More Important Than Maintaining Your Power Base

Shame on the Gwinnett County School Board for suing this charter school in their county because they don't approve of an "all girls" school AND a state entity was empaneled to certify local charter schools when there is local opposition.

They are missing the fact that this school has the same objectives as they do: Providing quality educational experiences to the children of the county.

Ironically this case essentially contradicts the arguments made in the Supreme Court case "Rodrequez vs San Antonio". In this case the plaintiff argued that public education is a province of the state government per it constitution. The fact that the state has provided local systems with the authority to operate schools does not absolve the state from insuring that local schools are properly resourced.

In my view the lawyers should be allowed to work out the substantive matters while the school should be allowed to do its good works, without such a threat from the Gwinnett school board. The board should have sued the state and not have included the system in on it.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Real Thought Process Of The Black Community In The Political Domain

My response posted on the Booker Rising Blog

[quote]Richie says: I would not brag about black Democrats being elected when the districts they have governed for decades are poorer and less empowered then when they first got there. Also most black districts are created in such a way as to guarantee Democrat control. For years Democrats have used the practice of "drawing congressional seats" based on race.[/quote]


You are stating the correct IN RESULTS but are missing the founding thoughts behind what you describe.

1) Rather than say that these districts are POORER THAN BEFORE - you should more accurately make note that POVERTY IS THE DE FACTO STATE OF MAN. It is also a relative notion. These districts NOW HAVE fewer WEALTH CREATING ENTITIES which tend to make areas UNPOOR is the better way to think about it.

THIS change in analysis should cause "The Blacks" to reconsider their ANTI-CORPORATE, (National Level) COLLECTIVIST mindset and thus see that, for example - the Black Middle Class in Detroit was built WHEN the entity that they STRUGGLED AGAINST THE MOST - the CORPORATION was in the area and transferring their POTENTIAL LABOR into KINETIC LABOR where they traded it for SALARY AND BENEFITS.

Instead, the more fundamental knowledge behind the polygon is: THE POWERS THAT BE KNOW that when you GIVE A BLACK PERSON A BALLOT HE IS GOING TO DO ONE SPECIFIC THING!!!!! HE IS GOING TO VOTE AGAINST HIS NOTION OF THE WHITE SUPREMACIST THREAT THAT STANDS AGAINST HIM and the DISTRIBUTION OF RESOURCES IN THE NATION WHICH ARE SUPPOSED TO HEAL HIM, allowing him to live for another day. The CORPORATION IS GONE, he now sees this new channel of resource distribution as a valid alternative. The COSTS and CONSEQUENCES of making the switch is what is not fully understood.

This translates, Richie into him VOTING FOR THE DEMOCRATS nearly 100% of the time. The Democrats offer him benefits. The Republicans are seeking to protect their own.

There are 2 currencies in this nation: THE DOLLAR and THE BALLOT.

Where as there is WEALTH IMBALANCE in this nation with the dollar; every man has ONE VOTE that is of the same worth. The Democratic campaign within the Black community is not one of ISSUE VOTING. Instead it is more fundamentally a "Get the BLACKS to the POLLS on ELECTION DAY and have them do what we know them to do" contest.
The notion of the REPUBLICAN "voter suppression" is considered RACIST. The truth of the matter is that the other side of the coin "the Democratic Voter subsidy" draws from the SAME RACIST ROOTS. I assure you that if Blacks did not vote solidly for the Democrats they would begrudgingly support the Black vote just as the Democrats highly scrutinize "military absentee ballots today" as these are more GOP leaning.
I have said several times - There is no read difference between the antics of the GOP and Demos - the Democrats simply have more Black people in their side to thus call out the GOP's antics as RACIST.

What you are pointing to in regards to the districts being drawn a certain way is the biggest "Vote Harvesting And Vote BUYING Scheme" in history. It will take the Negro to realize that he is being used before this changes.
We can go to every major metro area and see the "HARVESTING AREA" where poor Blacks live and those who are feeding them also carpet bomb their poor communities with campaign signs. One would normally look at these places and ask "HOW COULD THE INCUMBENT EVEN SHOW HIS FACE AROUND HERE?" (Think of how a slumlord would be reacted to) Instead they see the elected leadership as ONE OF THEM, FIGHTING ON THEIR BEHALF AGAINST forces that threaten them. Thus you don't see ACCOUNTABILITY EXPECTED UPON THIS ELECTED PERSON. You see DEPENDENCY UPON THIS PERSON. He is often the most articulate and the most angry among them. (As I type this I am thinking of Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort who presides over a poor district. he fits this mold perfectly).

The masses of Poor Blacks see the EXPANSIVE SYSTEM that resides outside of their world as the reason WHY THEY ARE POOR where they live. They are being marginalized and screwed, denied of what is due to them. The leader of their choosing is their HOPE to change the system. The more layers of government they get favorable people in power over their community - this does not translate into DEMANDS FOR IMPROVEMENT.

Instead the more people in power means that they are now stronger positioned to FIGHT AGAINST those who they have been conditioned to see as holding them down.

Until the Black community turns their consciousness INWARD and sees that WEALTH, EDUCATION, HEALTH AND SAFETY comes from INWARD and then gets PROJECTED OUTWARD - we are going to continue to have a CONSUMER CONSCIOUSNESS - looking around waiting for RAIN TO FLOW DOWN UPON US FROM THE OUTSIDE to wash the layer of filth from us. We ONLY NEED TO STAND THERE AND CONSUME THE BENEFIT - voting loyally in the process.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

McDonald's Commercial - Racial Interplay

There is a constant pattern seen in commercials whenever there is an interplay between whites and blacks where one individual plays the powerful or the incompetent actor.

As with the security alarm commercials - the burglar is always going to be White. If you put a Black person in the commercial as such a role - the company risks the charge of RACISM or racial stereotypes.

In the McDonald's commercial - the Black player demands that the "White Rookie" retrieve the food for the veterans. Even something as small as this would be problematic to some IF there was a Black rookie sent to retrieve food from McDonalds for a White player.

Friday, October 09, 2009

To Those Who Possess "Ted Kennedy-Like" Public Policy Consciousness - This Is Validation Of Its Effectiveness

The Proof Of The Indoctrination Of The Poor, Inner-City Dweller.

To all "Black Conscious People" - this scene should bring mental tears to your mind's eye.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Conscious and Unconscious

Two Pictures, Side By Side in the Atlanta Airport



Which of these two images are specifically targeted at the Black Consumer though?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Chicago Student Killed - The KKK & The Nation Of Islam

Our kids are a bigger threat to themselves than KKK ever was By Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr.

This title doesn't ring true only because of the general sentiment within the Black community that the Klan waged a daily assault upon Black people during their heyday. The records documenting lynching suggest that more Black people are killed today in 2 years than were lynched during the time period from Emancipation till the end of the "Civil Rights Movement".

We have been nullied by those in the Black establishment who wish to have us focused "backward" and "outward" on the threat from White Supremacy while they evade any accountability for their modern day threats that we face and their failure to address them. In this vacuum - their partisan and ideological goals are achieved yet our community's permanent interests remain unresolved.

Final Call: Community Mourns The Death Of Derrion Albert

“His death is a call to action!” said Min. Farrakhan. “This was a special young man of righteous bearing, whom God took from us so young, but may I remind you dear beloved followers of Jesus the Christ; he too was a young man. He too was a victim of mob violence, he too was special and because he was not a wicked person, his righteous life became the redemptive power for all of humanity,” said Min. Farrakhan.

Min. Farrakhan said while some may consider Black youth “unsalvageable” and though they may appear to be lost in the eyes of some, all are redeemable, no matter how horrible they are acting at the present time.

“Whenever you get to thinking that our children are unsalvageable then death and destruction is called down upon that which you believe can never be redeemed,” said Min. Farrakhan. “How can you say that Jesus saves? Is he powerless to save our children? How can you say that he is a redeemer and then look at the condition of our people and then think that it is hopeless?”

Min. Farrakhan encouraged the clergy, school administrators and others to go after the “lost sheep” that appear to be irretrievable.

“I ask, in the name of Derrion, who among us will go after that which is lost and bring it back to us? I believe all of our people can be saved,” said Min. Farrakhan.

With all due respect, Min Farrakhan - IT MATTERS NOT WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS.
The point that trumps your words is "WHAT ARE OUR KIDS BASED UPON WHAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS ALLOWED THEM TO BECOME?" The Southside of Chicago is a representation of what our present culture brings forth - IF WE ARE LEFT ALL ALONE. This is a condition that many Black people fear as it exposes the flaws in our strategy.

It is the STRATEGY that must be adjusted.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Afrikaner White Separtists Demand Their Own Homeland

South African white supremacist demands Afrikaner state

A notorious white supremacist from South Africa's apartheid era has revealed plans to rally far right groups and apply to the United Nations for a breakaway Afrikaner republic.

Eugene Terre'Blanche was the voice of hardline opposition to the end of white minority rule in the early 90s, but has been in relative obscurity since his release in 2004 after a prison sentence for beating a black man nearly to death.

He said today that he had revived his Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) after several years of inactivity and it would meet with like-minded groups on 10 October to discuss joining forces and pushing for secession from South Africa.

"The circumstances in the country demanded it," he told South Africa's Mail and Guardian newspaper. "The white man in South Africa is realising that his salvation lies in self-government in territories paid for by his ancestors."

A diplomatic row erupted last month when Brandon Huntley, a white South African, was granted refugee status by Canada after claiming he had been attacked because of his race.

Terre'Blanche said he wanted to organise a referendum for those wanting an independent homeland, where English would be an accepted language along with Afrikaans. "It's now about the right of a nation that wants to separate itself from a unity state filled with crime, death, murder, rape, lies and fraud."

Terre'Blanche said taking up arms was not part of the new far-right plan. "For now there are other options we have to exercise first. We have a strong case to take to the United Nations."

The AWB – whose flag resembles a Nazi swastika – was founded in 1973 with the aim of maintaining white supremacy by any means.

White rightwing activity in South Africa faded after the end of apartheid, helped in part by Terre'Blanche's imprisonment in 2001 for the attempted murder of a security guard and assault on a petrol attendant in 1997.

Political analysts say white extremists have little support, but more than 21 members of the shadowy Boeremag (Boer Force) remain on trial for treason after being arrested in 2001 and accused of a bombing campaign aimed at overthrowing the government.

Before South Africa's first all-race elections in 1994, the AWB deployed thousands of armed white rightists in Bophuthatswana, a puppet black "homeland" under apartheid, in an abortive attempt to prevent the overthrow of its president. The AWB was humiliated and forced to pull out.

In 1998, Terre'Blanche accepted "political and moral responsibility" before South Africa's truth and reconciliation commission for a bombing campaign to disrupt the 1994 elections in which 21 people were killed and hundreds injured.

Jacob Zuma, who took office as president in May, has courted Afrikaners at a series of meetings this year, assuring them they have nothing to fear from his government.

The African National Congress said it was unconcerned by Terre'Blanche's plans. "It's singing an old song that will not work," said Ishmael Mnisi, a spokesman. "There is no way we are going back to the era of apartheid where particular ethnic groups declare their own independence.

"South Africa is a democratic country. People have a right to raise issues as long as they're within the constitution."

Allister Sparks, a journalist and political analyst, said: "Eugene Terre'Blanche is a discredited figure who has spent time in prison. There will probably always be a small number of rightwing sympathisers, but the ANC has taken a benign attitude."

Saturday, October 03, 2009

A Black President Takes The Helm At A Mostly White College

Black President Stands Out At Mostly White College

More than 230 years since Hampden-Sydney's founding, tradition is very much alive at the Virginia college.

The students, all men, wear bow ties and jackets to football games. On arriving for the school year, students are handed an etiquette guide. The college slogan is simple. It reads: "Forming Good Men and Good Citizens Since 1776."

And 93 percent of those good citizens at the college are white — unlike the new president of Hampden-Sydney.

It's a school steeped in the traditions of the Old South — a place that educated the leaders and the children of the Confederate aristocracy. In 1861, Hampden-Sydney's president even raised a company of men to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Foreign Aid Is External Aid, Regardless Of It Being A Foreign National Or Domestic Entitlement

Foreign Aid - Money, Materials, Knowledge from EXTERNAL entities that is injected INTO a defined region so that the PEOPLE WITHIN this region can live at a STANDARD OF LIVING that their own ORGANIC processes of economics, technology, education and civic/social order that the people in question live under do not support. IN THEORY Foreign Aid attempts to establish some floor below which no EQUAL HUMAN BEING should ever have to exist. In effect is it a statement from these EXTERNAL benefactors about the VALUE of the BENEFICIARIES. There exists NO intrinsic expectation from the BENEFACTORS that the BENEFICIARIES reorder their lives and culture so that they may LIVE UP TO the standards of "Human Dignity" that these OUTSIDERS have valued themselves to be.

I told the story of Sandy Cornish of Key West Florida - the Black man alive during slavery time in the USA who injured himself so that he could be of no VALUE as a "slave". Cornish severed the bicep muscle in one arm, slashed his forearm tendon in another all so that the "slave catchers" from New Orleans would CHOSE NOT TO take him out of Florida after having escaped. This THINKING MAN realized that his only value to this ungodly bunch who sought to exploit his was his ability as a physical laborer. His mental facilities to notate his own value was diminished.

Fast forward to today. The consciousness of a particular ideological faction that I have in mind perverts the “Sandy Cornish” story by flipping it upon its head. This time the outside entity has expressed UNCONDITIONAL VALUATION for the subject. There is no self inflicted wound that he can express upon his own body or anyone else in his community that will cause these external forces to accept that the BENEFICIARY has done everything necessary to damage himself and perpetuate this damage to all who come into contact with him – including his progeny.

Cornish was valued for his labor.
Today he would be fed as a consumer and valued for his VOTE in as much as it meant power and altruistic pleasure for those who feed him.

I struggle to see how those who support the message of Dr Moyo ALSO fight for “Foreign Aid” into the Black Communities in America? Those who hate capitalism the most are the primary forces demanding that its fruit be spread into the ghetto – never asking anything of the dwellers except that they REMEMBER of feed them while they were in need when election time comes.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Article: LA Blacks Are The Target Of Los Angeles "War On Poverty"

In L.A.’s war on poverty, Blacks are the enemy

Community advocates say the city of Los Angeles is waging a war against some of its poorer residents. It’s been going on for more than three years, ever since the city set its sights on gentrifying downtown. In this war, they say the vast amount of human casualty are Black. Black folks are being removed, arrested, fined and harassed by the city, all in an effort to get them out of the way so the city can make room for developers and their ideal residents: white, urban professionals.

“It’s the perfect storm. It’s the perfect convergence of business and politics,” said Pete White, the executive director of the Los Angeles Community Action Newtwork, which has been fighting the city every inch of the way. “Development dollars win elections. Here we have an ambitious mayor and the opportunity for those developers to get their way downtown, and an opportunity for Mayor Villaraigosa to realize his political ambitions...The only thing standing in their way are the 15,000 people who already live here.”

“People talk about driving while Black. In downtown, it’s more like breathing while Black,” White added.