Ask yourself: When is the last time you heard a public leader talk about the crisis in marriage and family and why it is urgent that we give our attention to this crisis and its consequences? The answer is probably never or rarely.
What is being proposed by these leaders to address the dramatic increases in children born out of wedlock (72 percent for African Americans), divorce, cohabitation, those who never marry and the decline in marital quality?
What are these leaders saying in response to the growing scientific evidence that the breakdown in marriage and family relationships impacts the mental and physical health, educational attainment and delinquent behavior of our children? What about the evidence that this weakening of family relationships is related to increased poverty and to a battery of social and health-related problems for adults?
There are urgent calls to action to address the economic, health care, educational and environmental crises, as there should be, but no national calls to action to address marriages and families. Why not a marriage and family stimulus package?
Unfortunately, marriage has become politicized and marriage-strengthening efforts have been associated with a conservative political agenda. Also, conversations about marriage in the public square are often diverted to or focused on same-sex marriage. While this is an important issue in its own right, the urgency of the black marriage crisis and the 72 percent of black children who are born out of wedlock demands our unqualified and focused attention.
While black public leaders have rightly championed issues of economic and social justice, we have too often neglected the importance within the black community of the health of our marriages and families. The research is clear and unequivocal that as the family fails, issues with poverty, education, health and crime increase. We need champions for healthy marriages and families in the black community to be received as teammates and partners in the broader movement for black uplift.
There have been concerns about airing our dirty laundry in public. Yet, the decline of marriage and family among African Americans (and all Americans for that matter) are on public display and obvious. To act as if they are not is irrational and irresponsible.
There is also concern that marriage-strengthening efforts give blacks false hope. There is an implicit suggestion by some that to inspire African Americans (particularly low-income African-American women) to have healthy marriages gives them hope that they can achieve something that is likely to be unattainable. After all, there simply aren’t enough African-American men available to marry. Fewer available African-American men does in fact present a major but surmountable challenge and demonstrates the need for black women to consider other options (including marrying outside the race).
The urgency of the black marriage and family crisis requires that our public leaders speak up and act to strengthen them. Americans must hold these leaders and themselves accountable. We can no longer allow silence on this issue.
Linda Malone-Colon is chair of the Hampton University Department of Psychology in Hampton, Va., and will be executive director of the National Center on African-American Marriages and Parenting at Hampton University, which is hosting a summit on marriage, parenting and families today.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
A conversation that I had yesterday made me mention the movie "A Raisin In The Sun". The movie centered around a Black family's struggle to move into a White racist neighborhood in Chicago where they were not wanted. I decided to do some research on Lorraine Hansberry and the movie in general.
Upon researching I learned that this movie which started out as a play had some real world elements to it with respect to the struggles that Hansberry's father hand in moving into the Southpark Subdivision in Chicago back in the 1930's. America and Chicago was segregated at the time.
Hansberry vs Lee
SpotCrime web site
Friday, September 25, 2009
There is already a worthy reference for us to borrow from: Tae Kwan Do
Perform superbly through each "gate" and you will be rewarded with a "belt" as an indication of your mastery.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
A zookeeper never asks his lions, elephants and zebras for suggestions about how their newly remodeled wild-life exhibits will be formatted upon the completion of his project.
Though a crude and provocative comparison I am mindful of the tendency to do the same with regard to the people and the wild animals on the continent of Africa by certain operatives.
With the vision in mind to construct an exhibit that closely approximates their natural environment on the African tundra - our zookeeper goes out among the community of zoological garden patrons for funding of this great idea.
He is mindful that there are two audiences that are recipients of his gratis:
- The kept animals who lives will be made more comfortable by their access to the water resources, the natural grasses and the new found order by which prey is kept at a distance from predator
- The outside onlooker who stands outside of the display cage, having sentiments of comfort and hope upon the knowledge that his funds have contributed greatly toward the simulation that is present before his eyes. Indeed he has moved closer to HIS GOD by making life easier for the kept beings inside of the display case
Monday, September 21, 2009
(Hat tip to BlackConsciousThough blog)
Married 84 years, and still loving
A man and a women could not spend one evening together, let alone 84 years of their life absent a baseline of respect for one another and a set of values upon which both of them operate upon.
They likely received these values from people who impressed these upon them. From their relationship they have no doubt imprinted the same upon many others.
A Craven County couple are in the Guinness World Records book.
The two did nothing outlandish such as sky-diving upside down, dancing for days, taking the longest lawn mower ride or having the most tattoos.
No, Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of the Brownsville community have been married for more than 84 years. That is a feat in itself.
They have the world record of the longest marriage for a living couple.
They can thank their granddaughter Iris Godette for getting the recognition. She submitted the information to the Guinness Book of Records..
The information was apparently checked by Guinness and a certificate was given to the couple.
However, when you ask Herbert about the Guinness recognition, he just says, "Oh, Yeah?" The recognition has not changed their life.
He still looks at her with love and concern, as she looks toward him as if he will give her strength and guidance.
They have lived for more than 50 years in a house near the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport. They lived in James City before that but the land was purchased for apartments and the two moved.
Herbert was born June 10, 1905. His hearing is going but his mind is sharp. Zelmyra was born Dec. 10, 1907. She uses a walker to get around the house and yard. The two of them can still give their reasons for marrying on May 13, 1924.
"He was not mean; he was not a fighter," Zelmrya said. "He was quiet and kind. He was not much to look at but he was sweet."
Herbert said Zelmyra never gave him any trouble. "No, no trouble at all. We never argued, but we might have disagreed," he said.
Norma Godette, one of the couple's five children. said her parents have gotten along well through the years.
"One time, mama wanted to work. Daddy told her she could not work, that he could take care of the family. She slipped down to Cherry Point and got a job as a caretaker there," Godette said.
"Well, it was done; she got the job. I had to let it be," Herbert said.
Different religions did not tear the two apart. He is a member of Pilgrim Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. She is a member of Jones Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. The churches are in James City, where they both grew up. For all of their married life they have attended their own churches. They go their own ways on Sunday morning.She reads the Bible daily.
The two watch television together. "We separate when the baseball comes on," Zelmyra said.
Herbert loves baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoys golf, because one of his son-in-laws plays the game.
They have no secret or sage advice as to why their marriage has lasted so long.
"I didn't know I would be married this long," Herbert said. "But I lived a nice holy life and go to church every Sunday.
"Yes sir, anything for her."
Zelmyra said Herbert was the only boyfriend she ever had. "We got along good," she said. "There was no trouble."
She said she is not tired of seeing him. "I didn't think I'd be married this long. He is quiet," she said.
Zelmyra said her husband had no annoying habits. They both said they shared the title of "boss."
The two sit on the porch and as a train goes by they count the cars. They also watch the neighbors who walk by.
"They were excellent parents," said Norma Godette. "We were poor, but we didn't do without a thing. If he had two cents he saved one cent."Herbert worked as a mechanic at the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in New Bern for 35 years.
He took a bicycle, caught a cab or had a neighbor drive him to work.
That hard work and savings put all five of the children through college.
Inside the house are plaques, letters of recognition, and awards that both the Fishers and their children received for accomplishments in civic duties and church.
The house where they raised their children has two sitting rooms and three bedrooms. Now that the children are grown, the Fishers enjoy having a bedroom for each. Herbert Fisher can stay up until the last ball is thrown in the ballgame he is watching. And he does.
Herbert makes his bed each day and sweeps his floor.
He also checks on his wife as she rests.
Between the rests, they enjoy their children, ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Both say that if they had it to do over, they would not change their life
This series of CapitolOne commercials has been running for some time now. I assume that these are Medieval raiders from Europe. Their brutish ways have been captured into this set of comedic commercials.
Just as I have noted the sports teams that reference racial/cultural symbols (The Boston Celtics, The "Fighting Irish") and wondered if it would be permissible to make use of such African symbols (Zulu, Witch Doctor, Masai Warrior) I wonder if it would be possible to make a commercial using these same characters - EVEN IF there were African American writers charged with making sure the are sensitive in content.
Just as I have previously noted how, for example, George Washington has appeared for commercial exploitation in many venues - Martin Luther King Jr remains a protected property. Beyond the King family's demands for royalties on the image would be the flurry of Black Americans who would attack the very though of putting the image into the public domain as such.
Seeing these painful truths makes the purported travail of the African-American seem like a scraped knee as compared to a severed jugular vein .
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
This is amazing.
I hope that no police incident in the future is allowed to fray this relationship.
Zakes Mokae, Distinguished Tony-Winning South African Actor, Dies at 75
Zakes Mokae, one of the most celebrated South African actors of his generation, whose New York stages appearances were few but noteworthy, died Sept. 11 in Las Vegas. He was 75.
The cause was complications of a stroke he had on May 6, his wife, Madelyn, told the New York Times. He had previously received diagnoses of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, she said.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1935, he was closely associated with another artist from that country, playwright Athol Fugard. In 1961, Mr. Mokae acted in Fugard's first major success as a writer, The Blood Knot, a two-character play about brothers who share the same mother but have different fathers. The siblings also differed in skin complexion, with Mr. Mokae playing Zach, the darker-skinned brother.
It premiered in South Africa, and marked the first time that black and white performers had appeared on the same stage in that country. From there, the production traveled to England, where it was again a success.
Mr. Mokae would return to the play again in 1985, reprising his role opposite Fugard himself on Broadway. The production was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.
AJC's Joe Wooten:
The Joe Wilson flap, taken nuclear by former President Jimmy Carter and others on the left, is a reminder that liberals really do believe that they and their policy positions are morally superior. By demonizing opponents as racists, they claim quite sanctimoniously that those who oppose them have no legitimate basis for their arguments.
The race card is the liberals’ Saturday night special – a cheap weapon to pop off into a crowd they don’t like.
Analysis: 'Racist' claims defuse word's power
With the word being used so often, it's harder to define its meaning
The Associated Press
updated 3:48 p.m. ET, Thurs., Sept . 17, 2009
Everybody's racist, it seems.
Republican Rep. Joe Wilson? Racist, because he shouted "You lie!" at the first black president. Health care protesters, affirmative action supporters? Racist. And Barack Obama? He's the "Racist in Chief," wrote a leader of the recent conservative protest in Washington.
But if everybody's racist, is anyone?
The word is being sprayed in all directions, creating a hall of mirrors that is draining the scarlet R of its meaning and its power, turning it into more of a spitball than a stigma.
"It gets to the point where we don't have a word that we use to call people racist who actually are," said John McWhorter, who studies race and language at the conservative Manhattan Institute.
"The more abstract and the more abusive we get in the way we use the words, then the harder it is to talk about what we originally meant by those terms," he said.
What the word once meant — and still does in Webster's dictionary — is someone who believes in the inherent superiority of a particular race or is prejudiced against others.
Ammunition for civil rights movement
This definition was ammunition for the civil rights movement, which 50 years ago used a strategy of confronting racism to build moral leverage and obtain equal rights.
Overt bigotry waned, but many still see shadows of prejudice across the landscape and cry racism. Obama's spokesman has rejected suggestions that racism is behind criticism of the president, but others saw Wilson's eruption during the presidents' speech as just that.
"I think (Wilson's outburst) is based on racism," former President Jimmy Carter said at a town hall meeting. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."
That's an easy charge to make against the rare individual carrying an "Obamacare" sign depicting the president as an African witch doctor with a bone through his nose. But it's almost impossible to prove — or refute — assertions that bias, and not raw politics, fuels opposition to Obama.
"You have to be very careful about going down that road. You've cried wolf," said Sean Wilentz, a Princeton University professor who studies U.S. political and social history.
"It's a way of interpreting the world, where race runs through everything — everything is about race," said Wilentz, who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 and claimed Obama's campaign falsely accused her of stoking racial fears.
"Everything is not about race," he said. "It's not Mississippi in 1965 any more. Even in Mississippi it's not Mississippi in 1965 any more."
Major factor in American life
Still, race remains a major factor in American life, said Brian D. Smedley, director of the health policy institute at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which focuses on people of color.
"We know from a large body of social science that a large portion of Americans harbor racial bias," Smedley said. "In the context of health reform, it's quite evident that race plays a very large role in helping shape public opinion."
Yet Smedley chooses not to deploy the R-word: "It's difficult to say racism is the reason (for objections to health care) because people don't believe they are racist."
Many, though, have no doubt that other people are racist — even when those other people are black.
The Manhattan Institute's McWhorter said that during the affirmative action battles of the 1990s, "racism" and "racist" began to be applied to liberal policies designed to redress past discrimination, then were extended to people who believed in those policies.
That's how they have come to be wielded against Obama.
"A racist is a person who discriminates or holds prejudices based on race. Discrimination is treatment based on category rather than individual merit," said Tom Molloy, a 65-year-old retired financial services executive from Brentwood, N.H. "Barack Obama favors policies that will give preference to groups based on race rather than individual merit. It's called affirmative action."
Mark Williams, one of the leaders of the Sept. 12 rallies in Washington D.C., headlined a blog entry about the arrest of black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his own home by a white police officer, "Racist In Chief Obama Fanning Flames of Racism." And too many bloggers to count are saying that Congressman Jim Clyburn, who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and has called Wilson and other health care protesters racist, is the real racist himself.
Black identity politics
This infinite loop is the inevitable result of years of black identity politics, which created a blueprint for whites who feel threatened by America's changing demographics, says Carol Swain, a Vanderbilt University professor and author of "The New White Nationalism In America."
"We need to rethink what is racist and who can legitimately call whom racist," Swain said, citing the argument that blacks can't be racist because racism requires power.
"With a black president, a black attorney general, and blacks holding various power positions around the country, now might be a time when we can concede that anyone can express attitudes and actions that others can justifiably characterize as racist."
Perhaps this is even a strange symbol of racial progress — equal-opportunity victimization, so to speak.
"In 100 years, when people chronicle how America got past race," said McWhorter, "the uptick in white people calling blacks racist is going to be seen as a symptom of the end."
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A Modern Day African Hero Walks from Florida to Washington, D.C. to Promote African Centered Education
Amefika Geuka and his faithful supporters walked over 1,011 miles through a total of 43 counties in the United States to get to Washington, D.C. They passed through Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia on their way to the nation's Capital.
by Taki S. Raton
Florida's only African Centered public school announced on June 26 that its co-founder and current Board Chairman, Amefika D. Geuka, would walk from the school in West Palm Beach, Florida to Washington, D.C. to dramatize the urgent need for African Centered Education for children of African descent.
Geuka and his colleagues dubbed this venture a "Trek for African Centered Education", which began on Wednesday, July 15 and continued through Thursday, August 13.
Additional to advancing both credibility and status for the African Centered paradigm, the walk was expected to raise money to close the funding gap for Geuka's Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba Charter School, which completed ten years of continuous operation on January 20th of this year.
The African Centered curriculum is both a teaching and student developmental model, which places the African world experience, from the origin of humankind to the present, at the center of the instructional agenda.
This curriculum is also a "corrective" model whose thrust is to challenge and refactualize the distortions of Africa, Africans and African descendents that have historically and traditionally occurred in Eurocentric historical, literary and cultural corridors.
Under the leadership of founder and director Roger Madison, the planning and coordination for the Walkathon was contracted to the iZania, LLC organization based in Columbus, Ohio.
Participants over this 1,011 mile route walked through a total of 43 counties as they passed through the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and finally to the nation's Capital.
The 69-year-old Geuka requested that supporters make a pledge for each mile that he completed. He and fellow walkers averaged daily 33 to 35 miles per day requiring 10-to-15 hours per day.
Volunteer walkers participated in one of four categories. "Associate" Walkers were those who volunteered to walk in specified locations and distances in the counties through which the Walkathon was routed. "Surrogate" Walkers that officially walked "in lieu of" Geuka if a rest is needed or the pace slows to ensure that the required number of miles per day were covered within the allotted time.
"Convergence" Walkers left from various cities and were timed to meet in D.C. on the same day as the main body of walkers accompanying Geuka.
As explained by Madison, "There may be African Centered educators and supporters in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Newark, or Pittsburgh who may want to organize corresponding walks from their respective cities. This could even extend to cities like Detroit, Columbus, Atlanta, and Cincinnati."
"Unity" Walkers hosted a walk and secured sponsor pledges in their local communities in support of the African Centered Education Trek.
"Along this 1,011 mile route, there were surrogate walkers--celebrities, sorority and fraternity members, high school and college students, Black professionals and dedicated parents and community members who wanted to assist in this valiant effort," said Cincinnati based "Blackonomics" author and college professor Jim Clingman.
He added that this walk reminds us of our duty as a national Black community that "we must take a greater role in the responsibility for our children and for their education.
We must teach them their heritage and help them understand that they are important, important enough for us to walk over 1,000 miles on their behalf.
We must also instruct and encourage them in entrepreneurship in order to relieve them of the burden of dependency."
Ron Pounds, founder and head of ASCAC Milwaukee said that "the ASCAC study group was proud to stand in support of elder Geuka's trek to Washington." It is critical that African American communities around the country stand up for that which is in the best interest of the education and development of our children. We highly applaud the effort, commitment and vision of Amefika and those dedicated walkers who joined him."
ASCAC is the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilization with a national study group membership.
According to event planners, the purpose of the Walkathon was three-fold:1) To
challenge consciously responsible Black adults to demonstrate willingness to revive their sense of responsibility to restore our children's inalienable right to a childhood; 2) To raise the level of awareness among the caring public on the credibility of and the critical need for African Centered education as being the most effective means of restoring an adequate, realistic self-image to Black children who have too long been under mental and emotional siege, and 3) To raise an unprecedented amount of money, via sponsorships and pledges, to elevate Joseph Littles Nguzo Saba Charter School to the long-sought after status of self-sufficiency, self-reliance, and fiscal autonomy.
"We intended to prove by example that the African American community can and will take responsibility for becoming the primary source of funding for the effective education and development of our own children, just as our Jewish and Catholic counterparts have done," said Geuka in a recent press release.
"The African Centered approach in providing a strong cultural foundation for children of African descent is being adopted across the country by school districts, public schools, private and charter schools. Supporters of African Centered education draw parallels between this culturally specific approach and the generally accepted contention by Jews and Catholics that their respective students learn best when their formal education is rooted in the study and appreciation of their own heritage, history, and culture," he added.
The plan was arrive in Washington on Wednesday, August 12. Thursday, August 13 was designated by organizers as "African Centered Education Elevation Day where a victory celebration was scheduled in Malcolm X Park on 16th and Columbia Road.
"African Centered Education Elevation Day was the genesis of what may become a bigger annual event," said Madison. "We celebrated the completion of our last step in a journey of a thousand miles. We asked DC African Centered schools to host the celebration."
Activities on the 13th at Malcolm X Park began at 8 a.m. and Geuka led the walk at 10 a.m. north to the White House. The group will stopped for the Walkathon to read a letter addressed to President Obama.
From the White House, this African Centered school delegation walked east on Pennsylvania Avenue, then north to the Department of Education on Maryland Avenue.
There, a letter was read addressed to Education Secretary Arne Duncan noting that African Centered education during these challenging times in our community is the most logical approach to effectively educate children of African descent.
The walk then returned to Malcolm X Park for a rally and program. "Our local African Centered school children and their administrators welcomed Brother Amefika Geuka and gave thanks to our ancestors for his safe arrival," said Claudette Perry, a D.C. resident and a member of the Washington rally planning committee.
She adds that the D.C. African Centered schools will actually be the host of this celebration on the 13th, which will also include honoring the selected "Godfather" of African Centered Education, Dr. Edward Robinson as our National Elder.
Robinson, 91, was responsible for getting the City of Philadelphia to include African American History in its kindergarten through high school curriculum.
You may send contribution for this heroic effort to:
Joseph Little-Nguzo Saba School
5829 Corporate Way
West Palm Beach, Florida 33407-2017
Comments of unity and support at the rally were shared by invited Walkathon Honorary Co-Chairs. Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor of African Studies at California State University in Long Beach, and "Black Children--Their Roots, Culture, and Learning Styles" author Dr. Janice E. Hale had favorably responded to the co-chair listing.
The Joseph Littles-Nguzo Saba School was chartered on December 8, 1998 and began operation on January 20, 1999 in a temporary space courtesy of the Urban League of Palm Beach County. The school celebrated its 10th anniversary on January 20, 2009, the same day of Barack Obama's inauguration as the 44th President of the United States.
According to Geuka, the African Centered instructional and developmental curriculum targets African American students who are severely at risk of failure in traditional public learning classrooms.
"Our walk was not to ask or beg either the President of the United States or his Secretary of Education to give money to our school or to African Centered educational initiatives in general.
"A goal here was to petition those two public servants to acknowledge that children of African descent have as much if not a greater need as do Jewish and Catholic children to have their formal education rooted in their own heritage, history, and culture," said Geuka.
"To those of you who are spending your time espousing and musing about what 'somebody' ought to do for Black people, take a lesson from Amefika Geuka, who has used his time on this earth to enhance the lives of Black youth as well as encourage and support the 'seasoned' among us," asserted Clingman.
He added that this Walkathon to elevate African Centered education "had the potential to revive the spirit of the Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Black Liberation movements of the 1960s; that of the Million Man March in October, 1996, and the youthful zeal and enthusiasm of the 'Jena Six' initiative of more recent times."
Hundreds participated as walkers along the route and joined the group at the U.S. Department of Education and White House pronouncements, and at the Malcolm X Park victory celebration.
"To those of you who are spending your time espousing and musing about what 'somebody' ought to do for Black people, take a lesson from Amefika Geuka, who has used his time on this earth to enhance the lives of Black youth as well as encourage and support the 'seasoned' among us," asserted Clingman.
Detroit educator and African centered school advocate John Henderson who joined the event in Washington says that Geuka is a "grand anchor of African American manhood for our community and for our people. He is definitely a 'Jegna' model."
According to psychologist Dr. Wade Nobles, Jegna, from the Amharic language of Nubia, refers to "those who are unselfishly committed, out of an unqualified duty to their people and nation, to teach our children the art and science of a cultural, historical and of a politically conscious adulthood."
Says Nobles (Baruti), Jegna refers to "those special people who have been tested in struggle or battle; demonstrated extraordinary and unusual fearlessness; shown determination and courage in protecting his/her people, land and culture; produced an exceptional high quality of work, and finally, dedicated themselves to the protection, defense, nurturance and development of our young by advancing our people, place and culture."
Madison said that these are difficult times for our children and for our central city communities and that it is our responsibility as Black adults to fix it and make it right.
He added that African Centered schools "are critical components in this solution and that this Walkathon for African Centered Education dramatized and celebrated the wonderful work locally, regionally and nationally these schools are doing in the rescue and reclamation of our esteemed history and towards the restoration of a prideful, productive, and meaningful future for our children."
For those willing to lend contributions to this fantastic Walkathon event, please visit www.izania.com the Joseph Littles Nguzo Saba Charter School website at www.jlnscs.org or call (614) 855-4428 or (786) 253-9496.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My views are evolving as I make note to some of the thoughts that my people are bound to presently and how they work to drive us collectively downward like a tunnel boring machine rather than upward like a high performance aircraft.
The argument of "If you don't know your history then you are doomed to repeat it." (or some derivative of it) enjoys a popular showing within the Black community. Few see this as the pessimistic statement that it is. Whether explicit or not the speakers reference to our history is one of slavery. If we don't have full conscious of our "Slave History" we are doomed to become slaves once again.
Though my observations of this present world I notice how the communication of the past oppression put upon Black people around the world is used to bring our young people up to speed as to why we are as we are today. Even a recent piece by civil rights activist Ron Daniels gave a rebuttal to Obama's "Tough Love" statements to the Ghanaians as he asked them to "stop looking back toward colonialism as the source of their current problems". Mr Daniels suggested that Obama should have laid out the case about the injury caused by the White man and to fail to do so was a miscarraige of historical fact.
It is clear that some people have no discernment between liability for one's present condition and the corrective management practices that are necessary for a people to be set on their way. In fact some groups make use of these grievances as their "badge of honor". The membership to the group is based on one's linage to the "victim group".
All of this points to the telltail sign that the group views is origination based on "SLAVERY" rather than when God above first had them set foot on this planet long ago. Despite the evidence of their long history, the more proximate connection to slavery yields a stronger gravitational pull in their current cultural consciousness. Even as the legacy of slavery sets beyond the horizon they will keep their consciousness illumnated with Slave Museums and annual video presentations about the fire hoses and police dogs that they suffered from.
One must ultimately ask "What is your long term purpose" and "How do you plan to get there" and "Does your current reinforcements provide you with the support to get there"?
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
This is a tough but also increasingly occurring issue.
Certain small cemeteries constructed during a time when there was less formal zoning of the land deserving to have their final resting place respected. This versus the call for development of a particular parcel of land in line with the immediate surrounding area.
I am inclined to respect the graves. I have seen plenty occasions in which a small cemetery was protected by iron fencing while the property around it was developed.
In a recent case in Clayton County the problem was that this pre-Civil War grave site filled with enslaved Black people was in an area that was inaccessible by the public. It was moved to a public cemetery even though the families strongly objected.
In all cases there needs to be an open process to balance the interests of the respect for the dead with the need for forward progress.
Step Up, Brother Man. Lead Rather Than Go Tit For Tat. You Lose In The Long Run Even If You Win The Battle
This guy clearly did not have any strong male mentorship in his life.
Monday, September 07, 2009
UPDATE: HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE "POLITICAL SPECTRUM QUIZ"
My views come from a lifetime of experiences.
Here a plot of the ideological mapping coordinates that I recently took.
Me plotted against Young People, Other Blacks, Republicans
I am more "Conservative" than the average Republican.
I am not surprised at all that the average Black person and Young person is inclined to be "Libertarian Left".
My "Authoritarianism" is not government centric as some might suspect.
Instead I see the need for strong LOCAL cultural enforcements where the community yields to a prevailing order that is in line with their group ideology. Localism is necessary because it allows those who disagree to MOVE away to a different community that is more in line with their beliefs.
I think that NATIONALISM is a direct threat to all. Those who pursue such a scheme have the intention of economic resource distribution in mind, to cover over the failures of their own set of plans to deliver that which they had hoped would be the case once they controlled the key institutions.
If they have failed locally what makes anyone believe that they will have success in the big leagues?
My views as a "Black Conservative Independent As Mapped Against Black Republicans
This shows the various permutations of self described Black Republicans and and Independents.
My Views Mapped Against Other Black Males
Again, no surprise here.
Most Black people are economic liberals and social moderates. The fact that the various permutations as listed to the left show them all in the 3rd quadrant comes as no surprise to me per my interactions and debates with my brothers.
(Please note the blue "x" for the Black Male is likely right behind the maroon "x" for the Black Male from Georgia.
Here is a scatter graph of where all who registered for the quiz as an "Independent" have fallen
This shows that the label "Independent" encapsulates a wide swath of ideas.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Fathers poised to walk their children to school
On Tuesday, National Take Your Children to School Day, they will do it again, joining an estimated 800,000 men in more than 500 cities.
“The march is a one-day event, but this is a million father movement,” said Phillip Jackson, executive director of the nonprofit Black Star Project and creator of the effort. “Fathers who become involved with their children’s educational lives help them do well academically and to mitigate negative factors such as violence and drug abuse.”
John Hammond, an Atlanta father of two and CEO of 100 Black Men of America, already made the march to Mary Lin Elementary, which his two sons attend.
Hammond said, however, that his organization has had a fatherhood initiative for some time and supports the effort.
“A lot of what we do in the communities we serve is about helping young people live productive lives,” Hammond said. “We see this as a natural expansion.”
Although geared toward African-American men, Jackson said that all men are encouraged to take their children to school and come back to volunteer throughout the year.
“When a father gets involved, everything changes,” Jackson said. “It’s almost like magic.”
Hat Tip: Black Informant
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Just imagine if the Black Establishment operatives who's IDEOLOGY - if not outright "wrong" are instead behind the times and thus they run awry to the real world situation of today for our community where to be as open to admitting that they were wrong?
Despite your thoughts that Alan Greenspan's "misjudgments" were more catastrophic I don't agree that there is much of a distance. The Black community had the opportunity to use its new found freedom and control over its resources to produce a radically new consciousness based on organic notions of "self determination" and local self sufficiency.
It failed to do so as it keyed in upon its linkage with nationalized American politics, too often compromising its own key "permanent interests" for the sake of "Being In Receipt Of Benefit"
We need to put certain establishment leaders under oath and force them to testify.
Pass this on to Our Youth, Our Parents, Our Black Men and Women
Letter from a college student
The other day, a friend of mine visited me in the lobby of my dorm just to chat while her laundry was drying. As we were chatting, two young freshmen came by. One of the 2 boys wanted to 'talk' to my friend (as in date). She asked him how old they were, and both of the boys replied 18. My friend and I both laughed hysterically because we are both 22 years old.
After my friend left, the young men were still hanging around and one wanted to know how he could gain her interest.
The first thing I told him to do was to pull up his pants! He asked why, and then said he liked saggin ' his pants. I told him to come over to my computer and spell the word saggin'. Then I told him to write the word saggin ' backwards.
I told him the origin of that look was from centuries ago. It was the intent of slave owners to demoralize the field workers by forbidding them to wear a belt as they worked in the fields or at any other rigorous job. In addition, men in prison wore their pants low when they were 'spoken for'. The other reason their pants looked like that was they were not allowed to have belts because prisoners were likely to try to commit suicide. And, saggin' pants prevents you from running.
We as young Black people have to be the ones to effect change. We are dying. The media has made a mockery of the Black American. Even our brothers and sisters from Africa don't take us seriously. Something as simple as pulling up your pants and standing with your head held high could make the biggest difference in the world's perception of us. It is time to do right by ourselves. We need to love and embrace each other. No one is going to do that for us.
It all comes down to perception. What people perceive is what reality to them is. We have to change not only the media's perception of us, but we need to change our perception of ourselves.
Remember all eyes are on you Black Man. All eyes are on you Black Woman. All eyes are on your Black Child. People point the finger at us and expect us to engage in negative and illegal activities, to manifest loud, boisterous behavior, to spend our hard earned money in their stores, buying goods we don't need, or really want. We have allowed not only the media, but the government and the world to portray us as a 'sub-culture. ' They have stripped our culture down to the point where the image of Black people is perpetuated as rappers, athletes, drug users, and consumers of junk food, expensive tennis shoes, expensive cars, expensive TVs, cell phones and not investing in homes for our families.
We are so much more!!!!!!!
To all our Black Men : It's time to stand up. There are billions of Black Women who want to do nothing more than worship the ground that you walk on. We are so in love with your potential. We want to have your back, we want to love, support and cherish every ounce of your being. But with that you have to show that you are willing to be the head of our households. You have to prove yourselves worthy of our submission. We need you to be hard working...Not a hustler. We need you to seek higher education, to seek spirituality. We need you to stand! And trust us; we will have your back. We know that it gets hard. We know you get weary. Trust and believe that there is nothing that a Black Man and a Black Woman can't handle with GOD on their side.
To all our Black Women : It is also time for you to stand up. It is time for you to stop using our bodies as our primary form of communication. It is time to be that virtuous woman that Proverbs spoke of. You cannot sit by the wayside while our men are dying by the masses. You are the epitome of Black Love. It starts within you. You need to speak with conviction to let not only our Black Men know, but the world, that you are the Mothers of this world. You are so powerful. You are so beautiful. You need to love and embrace every blessing God has given us physically, emotionally and spiritually.
For all our Black Children : We need to love them. We need to teach them. We need to stand up for them. We need to protect them. We need to show them that there are no 'get rich quick' schemes. We need to tell them that they WILL die trying if they submit to a life of crime and deceit. We need to teach our children that no one will love them the way we can. And being a basketball player, a rapper, or a drug dealer is not reality. It's not realistic and only a small percentage of people ever make it as a rapper or professional athlete. We need to teach our children that we can be more than rappers and athletes. We can be the owners of these sports teams. We can be the CEO's of OUR fortune 500 companies. We need to believe in literacy.
Please Keep This Going & Have a wonderful day
'This is the year of empowerment. ' God will empower us to accomplish things this year that will be mind blowing'.