Saturday, February 27, 2010

My Goal is To Accomplish "Nothing"

This is the tale of a true account of an episode of one of my mentoring sessions held for young Black males who's consciousness the group that I work with are attempting to build.

The task for the day was to listen to a story of a particular Black historic figure who had to over come obstacles in his way in order to achieve success.  Upon listening to the story each mentoree was to identify a particular goal in his own life and then write a paragraph that detailed this goal and how he was going to achieve it.

Throughout the class there was one young guy who had a bad attitude all classroom long.  I was at the front of the class as was he and thus I stayed on him throughout the session.  He would lay his head on the table, put his arms inside of his shirt, curl his legs and feet upon the chair, grumble when someone other than him was picked to answer a question.  This was not a good day for him.

When the written part of the assignment was initiated he refused to do it.  He instead drew a face on the paper and then pointed at me.  When I asked him "So what is your goal?"  He said "NOTHING".  "When I grow up I want to be Nothing."

So I asked him "What happens when your mother sees that you are 20 years old and doing 'nothing' and decides to put you out of her house?".  He said "I'll go to a homeless shelter to live".  I said "OK - what happens after you are living in the shelter for 2 years and then a woman and her kids who's house burned down need a place to stay and the shelter decides to give a person who NEEDS HELP your living space and thus puts you out?".    I won't mention what he said - because he was just being difficult - but I had to tell him "The police would be there and they'd lock you up".

I told him that I was going to do my own goal story using "My Gold Is NOTHING" as a theme.  I got a piece of paper and started to write my own story, just the others had done.

All of the other kids got into the front of the class and read their goal.  By that time even the troublemaker had scratched a few sentences on the paper.  I told him that as a 3rd grader he should be able to write far more than he did.  Instead he chose to pout around and not be serious about the exercise.

After all of the other kids had finished I told everyone that I had a comedic goal that I would like to read out to them in honor of one of their program-mates who was having a bad day.

Here is what I wronte:

My Goal Is Nothing

When I grow up I want to have the goal of NOTHING.

I plan to watch television all day long and play with the XBox, Playstation and Wii that my mother bought for me. She will cook for me when I am hungry. I will have it made despite having the goal of NOTHING.

When I am 20 years old I plan to maintain my goal of NOTHING.
By this time, however, the people around me will put pressure on me to change my goal away from NOTHING because my goal will impact their goals.

My mother will say to me that a 20 year old should be responsible because he is no longer a child. He is a MAN. She will ask me to pay the rent and pay for the food that I eat. Like she expects a MAN to do.

The girl that I like will want me to take her out to eat and to the movies and to have a car to ride in. She will see that my goal of NOTHING does not fit with her goals. She will ask me to change my goal of NOTHING.  She may decide that it is in her best interests to go find another man who has goals that are just like hers.

The people around me who really love me will force me to see that my goal of NOTHING is not a valid goal to have.  The pressure that they put upon me to adopt better goals is them showing me that they love me and that I have the capability to do more than NOTHING.

I like interacting with these young men in this program. (ages 4 to 12) They think like my own son does and frequently have to be coaxed into compliance just as he does at times. I can use the same techniques of "thinking one step ahead of them" just the same.  When you show that you are more stubborn than they are and that their only option is to do what you suggest - they will usually comply. 

Unfortunately the majority of these boys don't have the constant presence of a strong male father figure resident in their lives.

It would be futile for me to merely engage with the room full of young Black boys in this room while remaining silent about the patterns of behaviors of the ADULTS who are charged with the task of "human resource management" but are not effectively doing so to achieve a more constructive end.  Their mothers are to be credited for what they do despite the challenges.  Sadly too many of their fathers are "M.I.A."

Friday, February 26, 2010

Michael Baisden's Mentorship Effort

PHILADELPHIAFeb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters has partnered with popular nationally syndicated urban radio personality Michael Baisden for his One Million Mentors Campaign and Save Our Kidstour.  The seven-month, 72-city national bus tour begins in Dallas this week where Baisden's show is headquartered.
The Michael Baisden Show is the top-ranked urban afternoon program in the country. Every weekday, Baisden ignites lively, passionate discussions while combining the best in music, comedy and social commentary to inspire real change across America. In 2007, he spearheaded the widely reported Jena 6 civil rights demonstration where tens of thousands of Americans peacefully marched in Louisiana to protest the justice system's mistreatment of six young African American men.
"We applaud Michael Baisden's fearless focus on encouraging community activism and believe his outspoken advocacy and support of mentoring will make a real difference in the communities we serve," said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President & CEO Karen Mathis. "We have independent evidence and know first-hand how long-term volunteer mentoring makes communities stronger and safer, empowering children and families to beat the odds. We will join the Baisden Foundation's One Million Mentors tour, providing information about how Big Brothers Big Sisters' time-tested careful mentor matching and ongoing support benefit children, their families and volunteers."
During the tour, the Michael Baisden Foundation will team with local radio affiliates, Big Brothers Big Sisters, 100 Black Men of America, National Cares Mentoring Movement, the United Way, local faith-based organizations and other community mentoring organizations to educate communities about mentoring and raise funds to support local organizations.
The One Million Mentors tour comes on the heels of Big Brothers Big Sisters' national summit with African American fraternity leaders from Alpha Phi Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi and Omega Psi Phi, who have teamed with the nation's largest donor-supported network of volunteer mentors in an unprecedented collaboration.  Representatives from the fraternities will also join local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies at the One Million Mentors tour rallies. With African American boys disproportionately representing the children waiting to be matched with "Bigs," the fraternities have committed to help recruit Big Brothers and raise funds so that agencies can meet the demand with sufficient match support.
ArticleStudy offers nuanced view of abstinence education

After listening to both sides of the debate "use" this Abstinence Only study that was conducted against a sampling of Black kids in Philly to advance their own agenda -  I see that BOTH sides are guilty of not telling the complete facts of the situation.  Since it is necessary to have our model be as close a representation of the real world forces as possible - they both fail to effectively achieve the common goal:  "Limit Teen Pregnancy - Because It Often Places The Parents And Child At A Great Disadvantage As Compared To Delivery By Parents That Are More Established In Their Lives"

MSNBC: Life Interrupted: The True Cost Of The Uptick In Teen Pregnancy Rates

Ironically both sides claim to own the moral high ground.  One says that it is immoral to abort "a gestating child" the other says that it is immoral to "bring an unwanted child into this world and allow him to suffer as society turns its back".

Here is my view from observation:

  1. These young people need to be maintained inside of the confines of a structure (a framework).  This will allow them to consider their actions in the context of some obligation to a greater concept than themselves (and their desires of the flesh at the moment)
  2. The adults in their lives are the key enabling agents who are charged with defining, communicating and enforcing this said structure.  It is clear that in the void of this structure our children who are just learning their world will often develop their own set of practices and beliefs that are askew to the high order living standards that we as a society strive for
  3. If these agents of cultural control fail to intervene then the cycle will continue.  The "unwanted child" will one day become the child, untethered to a higher purpose.  She and he will one day become PARENTS, having borne a child and then later on the ADULTS who are failing to maintain this said structure upon the next generation.
  4. The greater society has an obligation to at least provide "seed resources" by which the adults that are more proximate can leverage to build up the structure.  The ultimate responsibility to educate and control these young people, however are the adults who directly engage them in their families and communities.  In physics as distance increases the attenuation of a force is observed.  This is the case with the force to imprint a certain consciousness upon our young people.  Thus those who are closest must be this force as they are also the one's who will benefit the most from the proper alignment of the people in their community.
  5. The construction of this structure and the enforcement therein will make that which is spiraling out of control and thus becoming "the norm" once again become "the exception".  With these outcomes as the "exception" they can be more effectively managed.  
  6. Those who believe that they can erect an all encompassing system of cultural enforcements that will use its moral girth to one day control young people so that no "exceptions"  will ever be had - should be seen as an equal threat to those who are bound to their theories that the government can step in to replace the cultural forces and thus provide an array of services to the person without this person ever having to live up to a higher level of self-control - the state doing so out of its obligatory mandate to provide for all.
In summary - what we are looking at is a need for HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT.

The definition of a bigot is one who is so entrenched in his own theory that he is unable to observe real world evidence that contradicts his theories and thus are unwilling to change so that his outcomes might be enhanced.

We have too many bigots engaged in the battle over the reproductive rights issue with sexually active young people.  They want to be 'right' more than they want to effectively reduce the instances. 

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Black Student Protesters At UCSD Share A Common State Of Offendedness As I Do

LA Times: Students walk out of UC San Diego teach-in

The tear streaming down the cheek of this female student in the foreground is not likely a staged event. 

From her perspective this is an impassioned response to a perceived threat and disrespect of her as an individual.  For her as a Black individual.  For the Black people in Compton California.  For all Black people.

Though I don't have the same sense of outrage in that I refuse to "superiorize" the actions of one group of White people I am none the less empathetic to her outlook on the situation at hand.  For her these "one group of ignorant White people" who did such a thing are her classmates who she must attempt to get along with, enough to share the same space for them to receive an education in an academic setting. 

Since so many of our past consciousness movements have taken place on campus - why not allow this campus be the site of the present day consciousness movement.

The Experience Which Brings Me Empathy

My experience is indeed different from these protesters who are pictured.  I have been to several "White weddings" where I noted that White people (at least some) have a great affinity for "Black music".  When you want to get a party started on the dance floor - this is what is played.  In fact one wedding that comes to mind showcased a stronger set of 70's/80's dance music from "Rick James" and other Funk bands that they put many contemporary DJ's to shame.  

Likely it is my growing contempt for "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" music that is showing.  In as much as these dj's did not play this modern "Black music" but instead played the classics that I hadn't heard in a while I enjoyed the selection better.

I do recall two scenes that bring me to the point of empathy.  

I used to occasionally attend the "First Friday's Atlanta" parties.  (I am not even sure that they are still going on).  This was about 10 years ago.   As I was on the dance floor and making note of all of the 'Talented Tenth" Blacks around me I noted that in this particular venue - age 20 to about 33 - the same music that might have been played on the "rough part of town" was being enjoyed by the educated elite and young business professional class Blacks.  Even though the venue was 'upsized' to one of the fine downtown hotel ballrooms, the dress was more professional and certainly the educational achievement level and salaries where higher than the "rough side of town" I did not see a dramatic cultural difference being portrayed as evidenced by the music and the words contained within.  I recall distinctly thinking "If you put any offensive word said to a Black person to a nice beat - we'd ignore the words and dance to the beat".  

My second engagement in which I decided that "I am too old for this" was at a birthday party for a twenty something family friend.  It was merely a gathering at a local club that was open for business with its normal clientele.  I recall that a local radio personality from the local "hip hop" station was on the turn tables.  I particular 'Snoop Dogg' song that was popular at the time was playing.  This caused everyone to rush to the dance floor.

I stood on the side of the dance floor looking and observing everyone.   The DJ got to a particular portion of the song and then he started scratching out the words "Nig, Nig, scratch, Nig, Nig, scratch,......Nigga!!!!!!!!!!".    Upon hearing this I realized two things:
  1. This AIN'T the "radio edit" that he might usually play
  2. No one is going to respect me UNTIL I paint a line and not have them cross over it AS I WON'T CROSS OVER IT EITHER.
I left the party and went home.
It was like this radio DJ had no respect for me or anyone else in the place.  (There was a sprinkling of young White people listening in as well.  Maybe some of them were UCSD students who learned what black people like that day?)

This is not a "Blame The Victim" post.  I respect the sentiments of these students.
I think that if we really want to get to the root of the problem we need to hold EVERYONE accountable for the ignorant images and words that some people profit from. (and I am not just talking about money-wise.)

In a void of integrity and standards there is often a race to the gutter.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ABC News Video: Anti-Abortion Billboards Targeting Blacks Causes Controvery

Controversial billboards are going up in the heart of black neighborhoods across Atlanta.

The message is simple and alarming -- that African-American children are an "endangered species" because there are "too many aborted" in the black community. The words are written over the face of a young black child.

There are now more than 60 of the giant billboards in Atlanta's black neighborhoods, where a majority of Georgia's black residents live, and the message isn't going over well.

"They need to tear it down; they just need to put something else up," said Atlantan Ashley Varner. "I think they could get their point across without just targeting black people."

Another, Carrie Logan, went further. "I think it's just a racist thing that they put out," she said.

To the surprise of many, the anti-abortionists behind the billboards are black themselves and say they were motivated by a record number of abortions among black women. Of the 36,094 women in Georgia who had abortions in 2008, nearly 21,000 were African-American, more than twice the number of white women. Nationally, the CDC says black women are still three times more likely than white women to get an abortion.

Ryan Bomberger, who designed the billboards, is "trying to raise awareness in the African American community." he told ABC News, "to say, 'Look, here are the numbers. Here's what's happening,' and it should be alarming to civic leaders and to black pastors."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Rules Of The Tough Streets: "Don't Back Down"

Chicago Tribune: "Lessons From The Street: Don't Back Down"
(Hat tip to Black Electorate for this article - and so many others that they dig up which I forget to acknowledge them for)

Pride, violence permeate culture in Chicago’s toughest, poorest areas

Take a look at the videos that I have posted earlier this week on the sister blog "Within The Black Community" which came from the "Hoodz" DVD.  They give voice to what this article details:  A misdirected sense of machismo work to effectively grind Black men down when they operate in the context of "grinding up" each other.

The Article:
Brandon Barnes and Derri Enoch squared off in the center of the street, their faces knotted with anger. Barnes, tall and slender, raised his fists and promised to level his close friend with a shot to the jaw. Enoch dropped his hands and dared him to do it.

The fight, which began as boyish horseplay outside a West Side community center, had turned serious.

A crowd of friends tried unsuccessfully to intervene. The grabbing, choking and slamming continued, neither Barnes nor Enoch willing to let it go. After 15 minutes, the pair settled against a parked car, their heavy breath sending clouds into the icy air.

Later that evening, sitting together in the community center's computer lab, Barnes and Enoch said they never considered walking away. The teens, students at Marshall High School, have learned a maxim on the streets: Back down at your own peril.

The drive for "respect" and not being "disrespect" lest they be "punked" has caused many people to die an early death.

When a person that you are beefing with pulls his gun and then you taunt him to "use it" lest he be a punk as you maintain your own fake front of strength.......when he does "use it" it is you who has just lost the game of "chicken" that you were playing.

I know of no other group of Americans who need a strong intervention of "conflict resolution" than the people broadly described in this story.  I would love to see some of the "international peace theorists between nations" apply their brilliance to the people who are a stones throw away from them.  Except they are not "throwing stones" any more.  They are pulling triggers.

As is the case in prison, so it is with certain communities that have a "prisoner" mentality:

Among the challenges officials face is reversing a culture of violence that pervades Chicago's toughest, poorest and most desolate stretches, where pride is a fiercely guarded commodity and showing weakness just invites more trouble.

This mentality, shared by many teens, helps explain how something as minor as a bump in a hallway or a hard stare can escalate into a brawl — or even a murder.

"Sometimes you just can't walk away because it causes more trouble," explained Barnes, 17, a basketball player. "By walking away, you'll probably end up in a lot more fights."

With the frequent admonishment of "Darwinistic culture and economics" it seems that those who fear that this nation might apply it to the "Least of These" need to start looking at Darwinism in effect among "the Least of These" as they crush weakness while respecting the sword.

Children learn the tragic paradox early.

"If you run, you look like a punk," whispered 11-year-old Kameron Autman. "Everybody is gonna start messing with you. Ain't nobody gonna respect you."

And in this world where violence often regulates the social order, reputation is currency.

"If they walk away from a fight, their fear is that they're going to lose any status they had," explained Deanna Wilkinson, who researches urban youth violence as an associate professor at Ohio State University. "If they lose that status they're potentially way more vulnerable because the next guy is going to think they can walk all over them."

To beat another member of your own community with a baseball bat is not "Post Traumatic Slavery Syndrome". Instead it is ignorance, violence and disrespect that is allowed passage across the "generational synapse". In this case father and mother inculcated their child with a harsh lesson of violence. Our "Community Cultural Consciousness and Competence Domain" has been abandoned far too long. More unchecked civil rights violations happen within our communities than most others:

He recalled the story of one of his students who was arrested for slapping a girl.

When he met the boy in the police station, he asked him where his parents were. The student told him both were in jail, having been arrested after beating a man to death with baseball bats in their home — in his presence.

"A lot of these kids are backed into a situation where they feel there's no other way out than to resort to violence, which is what they've learned in the community and from their family," he said.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Brain-Drain Hurts University of Zimbabwe

Brain drain hurts Zim's biggest university

Lesson Learned:  Don't fall for the "okey doke" of a leader who attempts to draw you in by initially tapping upon your own grievances and passions only to later do the same against you once he drives off the common enemy and needs another.

A massive brain drain has hit Zimbabwe's main university, which has less than half of its required staff and had to suspend some of its degree programmes, a state daily reported on Tuesday.

"The University of Zimbabwe has less than 500 of the required 1 200 lecturers, forcing the institution to halt enrolment for some programmes, particularly sciences," the Herald said, citing a report by a parliamentary committee.

"Of the 211 lecturers required in the faculty of science, only 32 are available with the rest having gone either into the private sector or crossed the borders."

Because of the shortage of lecturers, the university did not enrol new students this year.

Vice-chancellor Levy Nyagura said the institution was resorting to hiring expatriate lecturers and former staff members who have joined other sectors to work part-time.

"We have two professors from The Netherlands who are serving in the civil engineering department," Nyagura was quoted as saying by the newspaper. "We also have some lecturers from Egypt who are in the veterinary department, while some are from Belgium and are discharging their duties in the computer science department.

"The situation is further eased by some senior government health officials whom we engage as part-time lecturers."

Because of the economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe many professionals have left the country to seek better-paying jobs in neighbouring South Africa and Britain.

Those left behind often resort to part-time jobs to supplement their salaries. -- Sapa-AFP

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sorry Rev Pfleger - While I Agree That We Have A Problem With What Is Handed Down Between Generations - But It Is Not The "Lack Of Black History" That Is The Problem

Sun-Times: Pfleger: Black youth should know their history

"Not only is Black History Month relevant, I think it's more important than ever that two things happen. One, that there be a coming together across the country to say, 'How do we change these horrible statistics of what's going on in the African-American community? How do we force a focus on it?' And two, even more than that, to talk to African-American children who have either no knowledge of, or no respect for African-American history, and know Dr. King only as being a dreamer, and know Malcolm X only as 'by any means necessary.'

"The reality is that black history is not being passed down from generation to generation, and it saddens me."

With all due respect, Rev Pfleger - and speaking as a Black man -in the year of our Lord 2010 - the biggest problem with that which is allowed to "jump across the synapse between generations of Black people", thus injuring our progeny is NOT the "Lack of historical knowledge of our people".  In our electronically connected world there is an abundance of information sources that can inform an individual so interested in learning the subject matter.

Instead our biggest problem as a people is the failure to close the gate upon certain "bodies of thought" that should be trapped in the past.  These thoughts are like extra-baggage which must be toted by a man and woman who's task is to exit from their present desert trek.  Some of these thoughts which have sentimental value to them as they appear to give honor to their ancestor's "slavery past", in fact are a massive burden upon them as they seek to find their way forward, lest they die from exposure.

Those who argue that "Slavery and Colonialism has stolen our culture" often fail to make note that these original cultures were crafted in the context of the needs that our ancestors had at the time.  While most would refuse to return back to these same conditions (ie: agrarian existence or hunting & gatherng chiefdoms )   they adopt a "Remember The Alamo" type resolve that purports to unite us all under the cry of "You did this to us".

Regardless of the amount of control that "favorable people" have over our present domain...........regardless of the attempt to spin the past "direct assault" faced when our long time racist adversaries were amongst us into claims of "benign neglect" that violates our "national social contract" as these same people vacate our communities and they assault us from a distance per their unwillingness to 'share' - the fact remains that this line of thinking about the past has more of a mentally suppressive effect TODAY.  These favorable conditions on paper are not proving to direct us toward a better future.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Turkey's Quest For Admission Into The European Union & Islamic Fundamentalism

Fundamentalism - The Biggest Roadblock Between Turkey and admission to the European Union.
(Not to mention the economic erosion of many of the member nations)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

"The Least Of These" Part 2

As noted from a friend's FaceBook page:
“The fundamental test of our society is how it treats the least powerful amongst us.” Senator Ted Kennedy

To which I say:

"The fundamental test of  the efficacy of a culture which bears down upon those who are known by some as 'the least of these' is its ability to make those who are in a weakened state see the full potential that their God has equipped them with; provide them with the clarity of purpose to break free of the mental bondage that others around them have attached to them; accept the situations that are beyond their control to change - and communicate this consciousness to the next generation so that this is the only consciousness that they know, as the entire group grows stronger from the exercise of their own capabilities   -  Constructive Feedback -The Cultural Strategist" 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sage Advice From An Old Farmer

Old Farmer's Advice:

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.

Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.

Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.

Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Every path has a few puddles.

When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway.

Don ''t judge folks by their relatives.

Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

Live a good, honorable life.. Then when you get older and think back, you'll enjoy it a second time.

Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't bothering you none.

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.

If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'..

Always drink upstream from the herd.

Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back in.

If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around..

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply.
Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God..
Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.


Monday, February 08, 2010

The Biblical Reference To "The Least Of These"

Anyone who follows my views knows that the concept of "The Least Of These" burns my craw when I hear someone make the case that this is what has motivated them into action.

The following passage contains the biblical reference from which it is taken:

Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)

The Sheep and the Goats
31"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41"Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'

44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?'

45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

46"Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life."

I could discard the "Fire and Brimstone" part of this passage by making note that generally my more "progressive Christian" friends don't typically buy into the "God as a Punisher" meme. That would be a cop out.

Instead I plan to read in this passage, apply my own "Christian understanding" to it and then challenge anyone who reads this to apply it to the real world condition in which we live AND the notion that "God made us all in his image".

Thus my point. If we base our argument upon the notion that God has made the human being with a certain set of competencies then, in my opinion, the challenge of the Christian as part of his "Fisher of Men" project is to build up that person so that he can live at the heights of his own full potential, subordinating himself only to God.

In my view from years of observation - those who take up the sword of "The Least Of These" are are far too often inclined to seek to extend the length of their own "soup line" instead of removing themselves as the middle man who stands as a broker between the "Least Of These" and their own full potential.

The goal of such a person should be one where he indeed sees a person in need and actively helps him back on his feet. A necessary part of this effort is to have some reference to the "Christian Walk" and to insure that this person is walking as close to it as possible. At times this means being "judgemental". If a person has problems in maintaining a job then the fifth of Jack Daniels that is stuck in his pocket as he waits in the soup line must be a topic of discussion for those who purport to help him. The true measure of a loving relationship is in telling the person what he needs to hear rather than what he wants to hear. Of course we should do it as sensibly and sensitively as possible.

Thus my challenge with those who practice "the least of these" is that they emmphasize "feeding" over "competency development" among these masses. You get no argument from me about the importance of history. At the same time those who have expert knowledge of the damage that history has done as our present day people have received the baton in the hand-off they would be wise to focus upon correcting the outcomes today so that tomorrow would have a different outcome.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Destroy A Community By Discombobulating The Relationships Between The Male and The Female With

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Destroy A Community By Discombobulating The Relationships Between The Male and The Female Within

As the controversy swirls about the Super Bowl ad paid for by "Focus On The Family", a 'right wing' group that opposes abortion it is clear to me that all combatants are missing the big picture of the debate at hand.

It is clear to me that "The Issue Of Abortion Is Never Going To Be Settled".
As it stands in the "American Political Domain" it is merely a subject that each side is able to claim "moral" supremacy on their own notions upon the value of life one hand as the other promotes their lofty commitment to protecting the authority of a woman to control her own body as proof of societal evolution that they helped to foment.

Look At Whom They Are "Fighting On Behalf Of"

The videos above from the "Maury Show" clearly indicate the frivolity and self-indulgence of the debates on abortion.  Regardless of if we ban it or give it away for free via some universal health care scheme - the core issue that precipitates the "choice" will not have been addressed.

(Note: I extracted the Black couples in crisis from several episodes of the "Maury Show" only because my primary focus is upon the culture, politics and policies that bear down upon the Black community.  There are plenty of Caucasian and Hispanic couples with abundant drama to select from on 'The Maury Show", "The Jerry Springer Show" and "Divorce Court")

Regardless of if the gestating child in question is allowed to be brought to term or not the main crisis that precipitates this point is the one between the male and female who have transacted in the exchange of body fluid which fertilized the egg in the woman's uterus.

I have previously noted the propensity to de-humanize and "de-civilize" otherwise rational human beings as they are disaggregated from their high level human capacity at though and temperance and instead broken down into their body parts and mechanical functions:

  • Sperm
  • Eggs
  • Penis
  • Vagina
  • Uterus 
  • Nerve Endings In The Genitalia 
  • Mental Pleasure From Tactile Stimulation 
  • Instinctive Pursuit Of Pleasure, Forsaking All Other Cautionary Warnings
The competing construct to the disaggregation listed above are the high order and POSITIVE outcomes that both sides claim they are striving for:
  • Well Balanced Adults Who Have Matriculated Through A Set Of Societal and Cultural Processes That Equip Them To Be Highly Qualified Parents To The Next Generation Of Children That They Will Inculcate
  • A society where internal peace is delivered as a byproduct of the individual respect for the equality of others via the institutions that are erected to support this end-goal
  • Health Relationships that allow an individual to gravitate toward their full potential rather than grovel close to the minimal existence that savagery affords a person
Failing to Identify, Enforce, Propagate and Perpetuate these elements above the human being will be bound to some DESTRUCTIVE outcomes that are still within the domain of the "high order" behavior that is unique to the human "animal".
  • Previous mental pain and anguish had from a relationship with another human being that causes scar tissue to grow upon our emotional receptors that allow us to connect to other human beings
  • The creation of the next generation of children is seen as a scheme to "pin the paternity" upon a man who the female laid with - all in the context of resentment and retaliation instead of the blessed creation that such a child should be recognized as
  • The passage of ignorance that should have been left at the generational ledge in the past but which is empowered to "jump the synapse between generations" because the mother and father of the child in question kept up the consternation between each other, using the child as a "human shield".  Since this child is an intelligent human being and his parents are charged with introducing him to the world - "his world" will be perverted and molested by that which these two adults and the extended set of adults around them have allowed to seep into this world that is being discovered. 
Thus we must decide if indeed we are mere "primates" who's only claim to "high order" is that TIME has allowed us to evolve more than our cousins that remain in the form of the ape - or if we have been created by some force that has instilled a greater sense of PURPOSE within us.   If the former is true then we should be concerned  because our evolutionary cousins may one day catch up to us with time on their side.  

If, as I suspect, we as humans were placed on this Earth to perform "high order things" as we discover our heightened purpose then it is clear that we must both prevent those who seek to "disaggregate" us into our piece parts and we must work to field a system that governs the relationships between the "human resources" that we all are so that more favorable and productive outcomes might be had.

African Laborers In Italy - Europe's "Undocumented Workers" With No Rights

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Add this video to my "Comparative Studies Of Blacks Within The Diaspora".

The similarity between these Africans from various countries on the continent who travel northward to seek employment as laborers in the fields of the wealthy nation to the north is stunning in the similarity to the fate of the Mexican as it relates to the United States.   Of course the 'social justice rights' of the Mexican laborer in America  is far better than the fate suffered by these African laborers in Europe.

The conflicts and travail suffered by these Africans don't get much press in America.  Most certainly the average African-American is not aware of what these people go through.  I reported about recent protests by Africans in Greece and a battle between them and police in Sicily.  Europe doesn't appear to be the euro-socialist utopia that it is sold to us as with respect to the drive to provide the social entitlements to all in America, modeled after Europe.

Throughout the video I could not help but note that the countries of origin for these people are not able to order the people into a functioning and productive economy.  Thus as they escape to find greater opportunities - they are made vulnerable by the conditions in these other nations.  This alone should motivate the masses back at home to work for the development of what is their own.  The consequence of failure is as such.

I also could not help but wonder if I, a Black man, was walking down the street in Italy as a tourist would those who attacked these African immigrants attack me?

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Black Future History Month

From this point forward I will treat "Black History Month" as I do "Juneteenth".

I will not officially recognize it.

Besides my research upon the Black Greats who have lead us spans 365.  Why do I need a special month set aside to have me focused yet remain unconscious for the other 11 that remain?

Indeed there is a risk.  The oft heard phrase is "Those Who Don't Know Their History Are Doomed To Repeat It".  

I see this as a rather fatalistic assessment about what we should fear and thus what we should focus upon.
My challenge to those who put forth this statement is:  "Why do you consider American Slavery as the start of our history?"

Can a people who's conscious founding is based upon their enslavement EVER escape this bondage?
If they were told that their ancestors who were enslaved dreamed of the day that their descendants (us) would one day be free would they be disappointed in the knowledge that we spend so much time focusing on paying homage to their struggles during slavery - instead of considering what our own descendants 200 years hence will have wondered "What did they do during their period of freedom to invest in where we now stand in the year 2210?"

For some reason it will be said of a a Black person who suggests that we make such a consciousness shift toward our future that he is afraid to HOLD ACCOUNTABLE those who "did this to us".  When we look at our present fate in the Black Diaspora and see an abundant amount of "racial suicide" this same person is forced to blame the forces of history for having the Black man to kill or economically plot against his own.

This consciousness is not only flawed it is also all encompassing and neutralizing.

IF INDEED we are "equal human beings", capable of using our free will to THINK our way into the submission to an order that will one day allow us to express our Permanent Interests - how do you logically arrive at this point by basing the core of your existence on slavery and oppression?

All of the grand visions that I know of in the world are based upon a MENTAL IMAGE about some future achievement - the picture of a grand monument that casts a large shadow;  a massive ship that will displace millions of gallons of sea water as it steams forward.  

From this mental image comes the process of "Reverse Engineering".   This is the applied intelligence of documenting the steps that exist between the "final step" into the building or vessel in the future and where you reside today.  It is the enforced discipline to keep the HUMAN RESOURCES in line and in sync.  They have committed to this end because they will be the primary beneficiaries of this grand future.

Thus the Black Diaspora of today has a VISION PROBLEM more than we have a HISTORY PROBLEM.
There is not one thing that we can do to force men who now lay to rest, turning to dust to apologize to those who they kidnapped from their homeland and forced into labor under duress.

The best way to pay homage to our ancestors of the past is to realize in our consciousness that WE are someone's "ancestors" in the future.   We need to be the "Middle Passage" by which the course that was molested via outside interference is put back into alignment with our human potential as equal human beings.

We can no longer allow those who receive their POWER over us by driving our RESENTMENT about the past for the construction of their own principalities that have little to do with our own community's permanent interests of organic productivity per the application of our God given intelligence.

The tracks of our future are being laid today.   We only have control over our present acts.  The direction that we take today will either progress us forward toward a grand mission OR they will need to be corrected by someone else in the future as they too are weary of the suffering from the misalignment.

In The Culture Wars - Words Matter?

Silence wasn't golden when Grammys bleeped lyrics

At a time of heightened sensitivities over mere words, some words that are over the edge don't seem to be as "offensive" to the consuming audience. They prefer to be cursed at from the person with the microphone.


NEW YORK — Did anybody notice that, late in Sunday's telecast of the Grammy Awards show, the sound went on the fritz?

The mikes went dead for seconds on end, over and over, like some kind of short circuit no one could fix.

This apparent technical snafu seemed to crop up during the big production number with rap artists Eminem, Lil Wayne and Drake, who ended up miming as much as singing for the TV audience.

More than coincidence?

Not to any of the 25 million viewers wondering why certain recording stars were invited to appear on a show while the sort of music that earned their invitation was turned into audio Swiss cheese.

To be honest, the rap medley of the songs "Forever" and "Drop the World" contained some lyrics you might not hear in Sunday school. But this wasn't Sunday school — it was actually late Sunday night, on a TV extravaganza celebrating a wide range of music.

CBS, caught in the dilemma of having it both ways, sought to include on the Grammycast cutting-edge artists whose music is selling like hotcakes, while, at the same time, it felt compelled to take every precaution to prevent a vocal version of a wardrobe malfunction.

"It was a rousing musical performance, but words were edited from the live telecast that didn't meet our broadcast standards," said CBS spokesman Chris Ender. "We have great respect for artists' creative freedom, but there are certain things you can't say, or sing, on television."

Even so, New York magazine's Web site was among those wondering "why were whole lines being cut to avoid one profanity? Why was the music cut out along with the mikes? Did the bleep button keep getting stuck in the on position or something?" Then, helpfully, the Web site posted annotated lyrics to the performance, with bleeped portions highlighted. (It also noted the performers "were doing a pretty good job of censoring themselves, making the silences all the more pointless.")

On Twitter, Mandypeacelove complained that she "only gotta hear freaken half the song. KINDA makes me mad." And Staciallthetime suggested to CBS, "If you are going to bleep out more than half of the song then dont put it on!"

Monday, February 01, 2010

Heart disease to kill 400,000 in U.S. in 2010

Heart disease to kill 400,000 in U.S. in 2010

This is stunning information which should cause everyone to recalibrate their own food consumption.  The loss of 400,000 Americans in one year due to this same ailment is unacceptable.

LONDON - Decades of progress in the United States on cutting cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking are being stalled by rising obesity rates, and heart disease will kill around 400,000 Americans this year, experts said on Monday.

A study by British scientists found that around half of those deaths could be averted if people ate healthier food and quit smoking, and experts warned there was no room for complacency when it came to heart health risks.

Simon Capewell of the University of Liverpool said recent weight trends were "alarming," with 1.5 billion adults worldwide expected to be overweight by 2015.