Monday, October 31, 2011

The "Black Flight Progressives", Not The GOP Must Call For The End Of The Voting Rights Act

AJC: Georgia seeks to strike down Voting Rights Act

"The 5/5ths Equal Human Being Journal" is not a political blog.  The political preferences of Black people, however, frequently express the underlying thoughts and assumptions that this particular blog seeks to appraise and strategize upon.

The issue at hand is the "Pre-clearance Clause" of the "Voting Rights Act" which mandates that any changes to election procedures or district boundary lines must receive "pre-clearance" by the US Department Of Justice.  All of this due to the past acts of racial discrimination which sought to deny non-Whites the right to vote and/or to marginalize their voting power.

This blog submission is not intended to debate the politics of this issue.  Instead the discussion will focus on the actions that are outside of the "American Political Domain".  This done on my way to arguing that the people who should be pushing for a release from these sanctions are the ones who have been provably most harmed by them:  "The Black Flight Progressive".

My analysis makes me believe that the pre-clearance clause is mostly a "Black Progressive Elected Official Protection Act".  

I have called for the banning of the use of racial gerrymandering to create "majority-minority districts" as unconstitutional.  These districts pack Black (and Hispanic) citizens into a district for the purposes of increasing the chances that a minority Progressive Democrat is elected by the will of the people. 

While people like to point to the "Portrait Upon The Wall" of the elected official they are loathed to talk about the real world truth.  There are few of these sculpted districts that has not suffered a massive exodus of Black people.  They are leaving these "Mission Accomplished Districts", ironically, to pursue their "Black Permanent Interests", in a place where it is more likely obtained.  I call these people "Black Flight Progressives".   After assisting to sculpt the district in question with the favorable public policy that their ideology directs them to - they fought to run "the ideological enemy" out of power and then stood at the precipice of having the "keys to the kingdom", running the institutions that they now control and delivering upon their promise.

The transition from "The Struggle" over to governance of the institutions through which our people develop has proved to be far, far more difficult.  As everyone understands the facts of "group behavior" compels individuals to form factions.  The faction is strongest as the collection of individuals has an "enemy" that forges them into a bond and triggers a struggle.  A collection that is under a threat will be compelled to rise to the occasion.  Their common bond, the memories that they share in common are those on the battlefield.  These stories will be told 30 years in the future when they regroup in a social setting.

Unfortunately the key governance attributes of "The Struggle" are not the qualifications necessary promote successful institutions as "favorable people" are at the helm.   The forces of cohesion which sculpted a "congregation" during the struggle will not be sufficient to motivate the people to respect the institutions while they are all alone. 

Human nature shows - that when "that first enemy" is gone - the people will separate into cliques and create new "enemies" among themselves.  The documentary "Brick City" proves to be the best illustration of this having knocked "Street Fight" - another tale of Black on Black politics in the city of Newark.

The Black Flight Progressive Must Step Up And Be Honest To Himself And Against The Machine That He Still Supports Despite Having Removed His Family From The Harm Of These Controlled Institutions

Despite the fact that the "Omega Black Wolf" - the Black Republican is the most loathed and frequently attacked figure in popular Black political ideology - there is another character that is more at odds with himself and, unlike the "Obama Black Wolf" can't reconcile his two incongruent "selves".

(Again I am not talking "politics" I am using political associations for the purposes of discussing how ideology and group dynamics play upon the actions of the Black community - a virtual consciousness)

While the Black Republican is a conservative, is a member of the political party that a recent poll stated that only 2% of Blacks are members of - if he also lives within a "Republican"/conservative district - at least he is being consistent.  His community values are in line with his political viewpoints.  He is "living with his own kind" - if you will.

Contrast this with another force that is far larger than the "Black Republican" - "The Black Flight Progressive".

The Black Flight Progressive has left "the creation" that he helped engineer, vacating it to live along side his ideological enemy.   Again - coming face to face with the "victory" of seeing the "last White conservative exit the seat of power and a sufficient number of them move into a new political boundary so that they can create the public policy collection that they prefer - the Black Flight Progressive was forced to transition into a governance position, needing to achieve the desired outcome ON THE BACKS OF the people he struggled along side, via the INSTITUTIONS that they now commonly ran.

My personal criticism of this leadership is that they failed to prepare the people for the day when they needed to stand up as the exclusive administrators (and funding agents) of the institutions who's control was wrested away.   It is clear that they are masters at "human behavior" and "group think".  These skills were necessary for keeping our people unified and conducting battle.  As such incredible tales which blamed the enemy for issues that clearly were due to their own incompetence was carried off because of the presence of a bunch of co-conspirators who were in on the game - hating the enemy just as much as the speaker does.

In the realm of ideology - this same group was unwilling to put aside their dogmatic belief in certain libertine social and cultural policies that promoted "individual wants and actions" above those which promote discipline and focus in support of institutional integrity.

I will expound upon this point with another post as I have the present issue around Shorter College (a private Christian school that is compelling all of its employees to sign a lifestyle pledge as a condition of employment) and Manning Marable's "Malcolm X" which provides the most comprehensive details of Malcolm X's strict institutional integrity enforcement - where bans on smoking, obesity, adultery and domestic violence were enforced and "self-reprimand" was seen as a central part of discipline and submission for the greater good.  

Today in the broader Black community there is a call for 'submission' but it is far too often driven in relation to the corrupt fusion of the "Black Community Development Consciousness" into the American Political Domain.  Thus - "submission to" without "integrity of" is molestation and "consciousness hijacking". 

(back to the main line of argument)

As these forces are faced with seeing "their fingerprints upon the steering wheels" of our institutions yet the results far below that which was promised - they seek to retain their ideology and continue with their knowledge of "group think" by seeking out where the enemy has absconded to and continuing a marginal fight with him - alleging that in his DEPARTURE from our ranks he has attacked us with a force called "Benign Neglect".  (Or 'corporate abandonment').

What painfully must be accepted as "YOU now find yourself 'all alone, by yourself, with nothing more than the ideology that you have hoisted upon your people as the means to feed them.  Now you see that as you stand in the mirror looking at yourself, with your hungry belly and your string of usurpations - you do not like what you see" is not marketed as such.  

With the confidence of the grieving people still intact the notion of "shared sacrifice", "national social justice" and "social contracts" get promoted as a means of lassoing the enemy that has departed back into a state of default, having broken the contract that they have in common. 

The previous struggle that had us seeking to get into the front door (I am thinking now of the once segregated "Gompers Elementary School in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia) transitions into an outward struggle for "equal" resources - now that "WE" have control over the physical plant that we thought that we were fighting over.  Today as these bricks and mortars are not producing the effects that were promised - the two tracks that have been established.

The truth - that is presented to the masses - is that the "vacated people themselves" were actually the focus of the original struggle.   The quest for them to respect Black people that remains elusive.  By having "our children" sit next to "their children" and receiving the equal education and social inculcation a greater set of normalcy would come over both groups of children and would be carried into adulthood.

The second track that is withheld from our consciousness is that even as we climb to the "top of the hill" - the facility that was our object of desire - the vacation of the facility - the high rises that allowed us to see the curvature of the earth - now under our control - still did not translate into our equally - as we were all by ourselves.   The call for "resource equality" was merely for indictment purposes.  The circular reference that a group that "hated you" and thought you to be inferior for the purposes of retaining their own supremacy - would agree to yield to you an equal portion so that you might become their equal proved an irrational one.

Further - after having taken over the physical accoutrements where "quality education" was radiating only to find that where ever YOU go an "urban school" is created - some deeper queues of a problem unresolved are missed due to political expediency.

The Republicans Leading The Call For An End To The Voting Rights Act Is Merely Another Opportunity For Demagoguery By The "Occupiers Of Black Community Leadership Positions"

As the GOP of Georgia files a lawsuit against the US Justice Department the forces who believe that their elected seats are most threatened will begin to "rattle the slave chains".  

They will tell Black people that this is merely one step backward into the bonds of chattel slavery if we don't resist - standing strong with the White Progressive who will fight his White Conservative brother.

In truth - it merely allows this "Embedded Confidence Man" to evade having to explain to us WHY, after having taken control over the "Human Resource Development Institutions" - not only are we at risk for going back into slavery - but these institutions have not been used to develop Black engineers who can make intelligent robotic devices that can harvest the delicate fruits and vegetables that otherwise require human hands for picking.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mormons Begin A Marketing Campaign

The Mormons have a marketing campaign in place.
It appears that they are taking the lead in (re)defining themselves in society in the wake of those who have certain negative views about them.

Mention the word "Mormon" and many people think of :
  • Polygamy 
  • Bans of Black People
  • Joseph Smith As A Cult Leader
  • Some Weird Notions Of Reincarnated Spirits
Mormonism is one of the few religion in which outright bigoted statements against them (from left and right) are permitted.

I am a Christan.  I believe that Jesus Christ is my savior. 

While I am no expert about the "Christian" state of Mormons - it am not blind to noting that pound for pound they sculpt a more disciplined and well-rounded person than do many Christan entities that don't suffer from the same scrutiny. 

When the Mormons rolled their tractor trailers down to the Gulf Coast post Hurricane Katrina, distributing goods from their "end of times" store houses - none of those pious Christians from more main-line denominations (with many claiming "Christianity" without any particular church home) - was seen rejecting the goods distributed by the Mormons because they are not "real Christians".

One thing is for certain - the Government is not a Christian entity either.

Millions of Americans make use of the Mormon resources for genealogical research. 

As we grapple with individuals with secular theories that they promote to replace the "Judeo-Christian" ethic that still has a hold on our society - I see more redeemable qualities from Mormons than I do with those who are driving the entire society to Hell.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Two 19 Year Old Black Men Shot Dead On The Streets - The "Training" That Their Respective Killers Received

In metro-Atlanta this past weekend at least two Black males where shot dead on the street.

One was shot dead by a policeman.  The other was "Just another Ninja who got himself kilt".

Based on these divergent vectors through which the homicides occurred I formed a theory on how each of these deaths would be presented in Black community and political discourse.   Based on my observations of local talk radio - I was proven largely correct with my assumptions.

The purpose of this blog entry:

  • Is NOT to debate the facts surrounding the homicides of these two Black males
  • Is NOT to detail a pattern of deaths at the hands of the police or "Street Pirates"
Instead the purpose of this blog post is to focus upon the assumptions of "the training" received by policemen versus a civilian raised within the Black community and the related "responsibility" that is applied (or not applied) to them. 

A Focus On "The Killers"

Homicide Victim

Joetavius Stafford, 19 years old

Matthew Hardeman, 19 years old
The Man Who Killed Him
Officer Robert Waldo
MARTA Police Department

Reportedly shot Stafford 3 Times

Killer Unknown
Victim Shot Multiple Times 
And Left Dead In The Streets
The Assumptions Heard About The Killer On Black-Wing Talk Radio
  • White Male - a history of oppressing Black people
  • Police Officer - a history of using the authority of the law to impose the racist will of the society against Black people
  • Iraq-War Veteran - a flashback to his traumatic experiences on the battlefield may have contributed to his present actions which left a Black man dead
This was the main story heard on Black talk radio with "Occupy Atlanta" coming in a distant second.  "They can't keep killing our young Black males" was the universal cry

  • Street Pirate 
  • Assumed To Be A Young Black Male (based on the area where the murder occurred)
This story received only passing mention.  The news that yet another Black man "got himself kilt" is not "new news".  A White policemen killing a Black man provides far more of an indictment upon which a protest can be formed.

Unfortunately "They Can't Keep Killing Each Other.  Who Is Putting This Consciousness Into Their Heads" was not heard among the demands.
How "The Killer's  Training" Has Altered Him Officer Waldo is a White man who likely grew up in a White community. Without any additional evidence I must conclude that he, like many other Whites lived in a community that reinforced certain critical beliefs about Black people.

The police training that Officer Waldo received as a necessary mandate for certification to assume the responsibility as an "Enforcer Of The Law" that he as a government official provided the power to use deadly force and to detain people - restricting their freedom - must receive prior to operating in his capacity as an officer.

In his training he was expected to cast aside any personal biases that he might have entered into the academy with and instead enforce the law upon all civilians - coming into contact with MARTA transit property
The unknown Street Pirate who murdered Matthew Hardeman has not yet been identified or apprehended.

From his actions of shooting a Black man who he was in conflict with and leaving him dead on the street - we can credibly assume that he did not receive sufficient "Conflict Resolution" and "Event De-escalation" training in the years spent incubating in the community that he was raised in.

His ability to measure the comparative value between a CAR and a HUMAN LIFE must be brought into question.  For some reason he appears to believe that the late Mr. Hardeman was a threat that needed to be neutralized - without a gun or other weapon as a threat vector.

The fact that he "dissed" the killer in some way was the precipitating event
Assumed Responsibility And Accountability It is a given that an officer of the law has certain responsibilities placed upon him based on his position and his role as a "Law Enforcement Agent".

What happens when a member of the community who's present consciousness is a direct result of him having matriculated through the community has any notions of RESPONSIBILITY and ACCOUNTABILITY stripped away from him that his very status as an "Equal Human Being" is at risk?

If we are a "Government OF THE PEOPLE and for the People" - how can this segment of the population be stripped of these expectations and allowed to live down to them?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Herman Cain, Barack Obama And "The Black Experience"

This is not a political blog.
This is a blog about strategies for community development.

Inevitably the content of the political discourse from Black Americans are founded upon the societal, cultural and racial underpinnings that make up the metallic core of the Black community consciousness.

Like any group of people the prevailing political consciousness that is defined in the Black community (note this is a subgroup of Blacks and not "THE Black community") have a certain disposition in which their enemies and their friends are identified in their debate.

When it comes to authentic blackness it is less a matter of the physical representation of Negroid features.   The concept of "Political Blackness" now dominates this definition.

Even the symbolically most "Black Power" organization - The Nation Of Islam never mentioned the oddity of their friend Michael Jackson's morphing over time and his choice of the children that he would engineer.  At the time of his criminal trial a few years ago the case of racial discrimination against a Black superstar at the hands of America's RACIST judicial system provided sufficient pigmentation for Michael Jackson.

From this we can deduce that the priority for this form of "Black Consciousness" is that it render an indictment against "White Supremacy" - even if it must use an individual who's use of plastic surgery to desecrate his God given body image, morphing him toward whiteness is used as the exhibit for the Black prosecution.

From this introductory tale we see that "The Black Community Political Consciousness" IS NOT a matter of genetic Blackness.   It is only an agreement to "be down with Blackness" and the associated indictment of (their definition of) "White Supremacy".

The White Progressive Joint Venture Partners

Again this is not a political discussion.   I am discussing how political and ideological orientation impacts Black cultural consciousness.

Since we have just defined the virtual rendering of "Black Political Consciousness" - separate and distinct from genetic Blackness.   It stands to reason then that even White people who join in on the prevailing indictment that the balance of Blacks agree with can be seen as "friends of the Black Struggle".

When it comes to "The Black Struggle" in America it takes the form of a stance against:

  • The Economic System (Capitalism & Corporatism) in favor of Quasi-Socialist policies
  • The Criminal Justice System - where again economic mis allocation is said to be the root cause
  • The Educational System - where the system seeks industrial outcomes that are askew to the natural and spiritual orientation of Black people and thus our challenges
  • The Health Care System - where a society that would rather be without Black people have no intention of doing what is necessary to ensure better health care outcomes for Blacks, preferring that they live a diseased life and die early
The opportunity to form an alliance with White Progressives comes from the tentative overlap of the White Progressives' ideological orthodoxy with that of the Black Progressive.   

The progressive ideology within the context of Black political thought is the unchallenged monopoly.  Those who challenge it risk being "De-Blackfied".   Among White people, however, RACE is not the enforcement mechanism for political ideology.   

Indeed one's economic class, profession or affiliation with "the academy" work to define one's ideology.  One key difference between White and Black is that one's "Whiteness" is not at risk based on their possession of "offensive theories".  

One of the key elements in the intramural battle among Whites is the treatment and inclusion of non-Whites in the social and economic cover provided by the society.  As Blacks were given the right to vote and where stratified into the lower class the forces trade unionism and social welfare proved to a worthy multi-racial joint venture partnership.

Ironically the very same group of Blacks who can be heard plotting a race-based strategy entitle "What We Need To Do As Black People" are also a large composition of the Blacks who constantly demand that Whites "UNDO" what they have done intramurally to the exclusion of other races.  The key difference between these two mindsets is that the Whites used violence and chattel slavery to enforce their system and to extract labor resources from the Blacks in an effort to carry forth their race-based prosperity.  The irony is that on their way to "Doing For The Black Community" they are unwilling to unplug the flow of resources from the larger, wealthier White community.  

The laundering effect that wipes these funds generated from capitalism comes from their transformation into taxes and then redistribution in the name of "Social Justice".  

The Greatest Offense Of The Black Man Named Herman Cain Is His Threat To Laundry Cycle

I have posted my argument several times before - a man named Barack Obama was raised by the loving care of a White woman and her two White parents.  This is a neutral statement without the purposes of casting an indictment.  I even argue that those who seek true reform in the development of little Black boys who will one day have to compete in this world should seek to extract the key elements used by Barack Obama's mother for replication.  

The purpose of my argument is to point out the reluctance among the Black community to do the necessary introspection that would identify the dysfunction that is present within our community that need to be expunged through management.  The adoption of a "functional culture" that produces directed outcomes in line with our permanent interests must stand supreme for real change to take root.

All week long on Black talk radio there have been blistering attacks on a Black man named Herman Cain.  Despite having been raised by two Black parents in the height of segregation the attacks have focused on his "Black Authenticity".  I have no intention of defending any of these accusations.  The goal of this post is to provide a greater context as to way some Blacks choose to render these attacks at the perception of a threat.

In 2008 White America was provided the opportunity to prove their reformed state by voting for a Black man as their President.  As we inspect this a bit further - a Progressive Black candidate receiving their votes would show the nations progress.   With Herman Cain as a conservative Black man - just 3 years later the prevailing argument among those who set the previous conditions for acceptance now argue "If you vote for THIS Black man you show your White racism because HE is a White Racist in spirit and he hates his own people".

I have established previously that the genetic race of Herman Cain is not the determining factor in making this otherwise irrational statement true.  Indeed he has the "Slave Blood" that some others said that Obama lacked in the opening phases of his election campaign.  

The "sin" of "Republican who is Black" Herman Cain is that he publicly rejects the key tenants of the prevailing Black Political Consciousness.   By contrast Barack Obama supports them.  Many White Progressive Joint-Venture partners choose to tuck in any disagreements that they have with the notion and instead choose to harvest the "Equal Black Ballots" from the Black Community that they use to fight their White Conservative adversaries in the "Malcolm X Political Football Game".

For Herman Cain to have a group of White people support him is NOT evidence of "progression of racial relations" in the view of the prevailing Black political consciousness.  Instead it is evidence that a Black man can be a "Confederate sympathizer".  

"Black Consciousness Enforcement" In The Context Of Black Grievances In Mission Accomplished Zones

Note:  None of the arguments made in this section are based on any notion that Herman Cain represents the correction/salvation of the Black Community.   I only use him as an important provocateur in the exposure of the misalignment of the prevailing Black consciousness in relation to the proper operation of our community.

The irony that I am watching is that of a Black man who has never held elective office receiving the scrutiny from Black Americans that they SHOULD HAVE applied to the preponderance of other notions put forth by politicians and community leaders that they show support for.  

The only reason for this conundrum is that, in our present consciousness, the Black Community prefers "Congregational Unity" over the process that includes the stepping on toes of sacred cows in the process of agitating toward correction.   Put another way 'Speaking Truth To Power' is an EXTERNAL operation.  Those who have mastered this technique don't suffer too kindly the notion that they too should submit themselves to transparency and inspection.

As their direct base of power is then augmented by their joint-venture partnership the Progressive practices "Prevailing Authority Repudiation" - the act of denying that he too is a part of the system that he is protesting against.  Their perpetual demand for change in the system that they are incumbent participants in is the genetic core of their struggle.   

Herman Cain represents a threat to their disposition.    A Black man who, like them lives and consumes the accouterments of this system but - ADMITS IT and DEFENDS IT.  

The sight of Commander In Chief Barack Obama using the power of the US Military to execute an international coup on the continent of Africa and the relative silence among the "Black Nationalist" base is an example of the case where 'if the ostrich places his head in the hole' and doesn't verbally acknowledge the violation by their friend.......then they are allowed to maintain their distribution of "good guys and bad guys" in relation to their pre-established orthodoxy.   

It seems that they have rationalized that as long as Obama uses his power within the make substantive CHANGE within the system - they will conspire to not attack him for directing "the Beast" to breath fire in the name of American Imperialism.  As they gather this weekend to celebrate the opening of the "King Monument" in Washington DC and then march for "Jobs and Justice" they can't bring themselves to see that unlike Dr King - President Obama is sitting in the chair that President Johnson once sat in.   King protested against American imperialism.   Obama is the orchestrator of imperialism as the Commander In Chief.

In this way Herman Cain & Allen West are no different than Commander In Chief Barack Obama in procedural terms.  All three of them were in support of the recent US Military operations as directed by Obama.  These operations would be strongly opposed by the American Progressive in normal times.

The Black Conservative Republican falls out of favor with the Black Progressive orthodoxy because he also protects the domestic order that defines the economic stratification of the Black Community.

It should be no surprise that the "Occupy Wall Street" movement got strong support from the prevailing Black Progressive voices.   There is no difference between their words and that of the majority White occupants.  The zaniness on display by the Whites in the form of their dress and their antics should not be mistaken to be a difference in their ideological core with their Black Progressive joint-venture partners.   "Tax The Rich And Redistribute To The Poor" and "Strong Government Control Over Corporations" are common tenants for both of these groups.

With Herman Cain and most other Black Conservatives looking at the "Occupiers" with scorn there is little chance that they will be seen as appealing alternatives to the Black Progressive Democrats who support them.  Cain has been attacked for "sitting out the Civil Rights Protests".   Today's "social justice struggle" are merely using the same methodologies for expression as yesterday's civil rights movement - even though the issues are tangentially related.

The Failure Of Our Human Resource Development Institutions To Provide The Necessary Uplift

Unlike the Civil Rights Era today "Favorable People" control the key institutions that are charged with developing Black people within the Black Community.  They achieved this power after the civil rights reforms enacted by the nation enforced the integrity of the value of the "Black ballot", making it an "Equal Black Ballot".  The present leadership was chosen by Black people in the context of our present prevailing assumptions of economic theories and the role of government.

"Prevailing Authority Repudiation" allows this same Black community to deny the role that those who have failed to reform our institution have in our present conditions.  As a force grows in power they, in theory, should be held more accountable for the prevailing conditions.  At least we should be able to identify a marginal amount of increase commensurate with their presence in power.

Unfortunately the evidence of "Black Power" is shown by the prevalence of Black and/or progressive faces in the seats of power than by the effective results that these institutions now produce.  It can be argued that the main consequence of these favorable people in power is that the protest movements against the previous occupants of the same seats of power now walk past as they seek out where the conservative opponets still reside.

It is up to the force that defend the INTEGRITY OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY to prevent this scheme from being executed upon.  Without a force demanding "earnest money" along the way of the long struggle the BLACK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CONSCIOUSNESS itself becomes merely a struggle FOR progressivism.    Despite the domination of progressivism IT will never be held accountable for producing organic results through the institutions that it now controls.

For me as a Black man and a skeptic of progressivism it is quite disturbing to note that the "congregation" has near unanimously agreed to look past the promises that we were told would be the benefits of our past investments.  Instead the present set of activists are given the same promises that were heard 50 years ago.  The "community historians", being in on the scheme can't be trusted to defend the institutional integrity, thus go against their friends who are leading the next crop of young Blacks into "The Struggle".

With their firm control over our public schools and the loyalties of the parents who supplement the education of Black children at home - we are told that forces outside of our community do more to derail their attainment of academic excellence more than the affirmative force that they apply are able to provide uplift.  My argument is that this is the apex of "Black Inferiority".   The notion that, even as free people, we can't manage to assemble and manage the appropriate set of messages and resources that will allow those who are born from our own "community wombs" to prosper.  Black Inferiority is merely an instantiation of "Prevailing Authority Repudiation".  It compels Black people to believe that our failure to invest in and enforce "community governance" in line with and TO SCALE OF our permanent interests can be compensated by the outsourcing of these concerns outward to the national government in the name of "social justice".

For the White Progressive - they are placed in a "can't lose" situation.   As the Blacks struggle with this misaligned notion - the VOTES will be deposited in a favorable manner.

As "The Blacks" feel an increasing set of discontentment at having fallen short - the blame will be cast upon the popular enemy of "The Blacks" and not the Progressives who have dominate control.

This shell game only works in the context of a functioning American system.  Sadly - take the Black American and his consciousness outside of this capitalistic system and place him among the majority of other Blacks in the diaspora and he will soon see that - absent a government to indict and then transact upon - a more ORGANIC alternative should have been adopted.

The "Black Racial Services Machine" AND Herman Cain Need To Be Put On Trial By The ENFORCERS OF THE INTEGRITY OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY

I have no problem stating that Republican Candidate Herman Cain is NOT a player WITHIN the Black Community.  He is an operative within the "American Political Domain".  He and other "Republicans Who Are Black" seek to put forth the notion that the Black community's healing involves casting their votes in a different manner.  In this way they are the same type of threat to the Black community's integrity as are the far more plentiful "Democrats who are Black".

The key difference is that Cain and the other few who stand with him do not have the presiding control over Black institutions with the power to hijack and molest our all important "Black Community Development Consciousness" by rendering it as an appendage of the progressive struggle.

Conservatism and Progressivism are METHODOLOGIES toward a particular end.  They are tools used in a particular context.  They can't be mistaken as "ends".   The presence of a panel of conservatives running the Black community's institutions does not provide evidence that outcomes in line with our community's interests are at hand.  

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Which Is More Logical, Strategic, Comprehensive And Enduring?


The Twin Brother Of Herman Cain's Statement: "If You Are Not Rich It Is Your Own Fault" (In the Context Of The Black Community's Struggle)

Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain recently caused a stir when he said "If you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself.”

In the world of "gotcha politics" that we live in this Black Conservative man who has never held an elective office apparently committed a greater assault than did the people who do hold power and have failed to create jobs yet they blame others.

The Herman Cain Says The Jobless Should Blame Themselves

Mr Cain's words left him exposed to the "drive by shootings" that he has suffered.   He should have more clearly focused upon the aggregate decisions over time by the individual and the community that they live within which has created conditions that are misaligned with their expectations.  Now they find themselves PROTESTING against an amorphous force which they believe has failed them yet they can't seem to find "THEMSELVES" as being part of the problem.

Those who are more interested in transactional indictments have replayed Cain's comments.  Within the Black political discourse the words "I can't see why anyone would vote for the Republicans" just got fortified with Herman Cain's intemperate words.  To the balance of the Black ideological consciousness - those who CONNECT WITH "Black grievances and inferior standing" prove their friendship by "feeling our pain" and using this to affirm their qualifications as our leaders.

The Twin Brother Who Is Kept In Hiding

The key elements of Herman Cain's comments were:

  1. There is a gap between one's hopes and their present circumstances
  2. There are certain forces that bear down negatively upon this position and those which provide uplift
  3. The individuals who recognize their position and these forces and use their gift of intelligence and organizational building can prosper from their effort
  4. The persistence of grievances provides "constructive feedback" of the need for change

Whereas Herman Cain's words have been played in various Black venues so that they could be shot down - there is a set of ideas that are played far more frequently by a far wider expanse of Black people which are 100% equal to Cain's words.   Whereas Cain's words prove repugnant - these other words prove to be as fulfilling as a full stomach after a Thanksgiving dinner.

The character of these words allege that TODAY'S BLACK MAN:
  1. Has his present standing due to the fate suffered from American Chattel Slavery and the stolen wealth
  2. Suffers pain from the injury of "Jim Crow Segregation" where his "wealth building years" were burned up in race riots
  3. Is a victim of continuing racism as "The Southern Strategy" of the Republican enemy continues to deny Black people of our ability to extend our population numbers and ideological will into POWER within the realm of government
Out of this rationalization we do not hear the part that THEY PLAYED..........
Not in the attainment of FULL EQUAL STANDING with regard to their long time adversary and oppressor.  But instead with regard to ORGANIC GROWTH that defines the indisputable change (delta) between where they stood at a time when they received their full rights under the law and the UPLIFT that has been received as they took over the COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS through which their people matriculate for preparation in the real world challenges of today.

One must understand that the Transactional Indicter has no real interest in BLACK COMMUNITY UPLIFT.  His main interest is in fortifying his ideological and political powerbase within the context of the American Political Domain.   He has convinced himself that the Black Community's uplift will come from voting and struggling outward against entities who have failed to provide us "Social Justice".

There appears to be no point in time by which the investments in the VOTE will have proven to have provided correction that is far short of their needs as a community.  The evidence of their correctness is seen in the large crowd of Black people that stand with them.  "Congregational Unity" is more important than is Effective Outcomes.

Whereas Herman Cain erred by making a generalized indictment and thus was said to be a "Black man who has 'Made It' on the backs of the Civil Rights Struggle who he fails to adequately pay homage to and is now negatively criticizing those who still suffer..........................the far more damning case can be made against those who have:

  • Taken power over the key "Human Resource Development Institutions" WITHIN The Black Community
  • Who have USED the grievances from the Black community as their main fuel for uplift
  • And who...............despite their present domination of POWER - when they look upon the grieving masses of our people they turn outward and blame some amorphous force that appears - even in areas where the enemy has vacated.  
    • This becomes an issue of "Benign Neglect" as the nation has failed to deliver upon its "Social Contract".
    • They cannot bring themselves to see that THEIR PRESENCE in power can't produce the very SOCIAL JUSTICE within the "Mission Accomplished Zones" that they now control - having gained power based on the promises.
Since these people in violation of the principles of trust and transparency of the Black community also having the ideological favor of the masses - they are not called out as Herman Cain is.  They are are a far greater threat to the interests of the Black community because THEY - unlike Herman Cain have POWER WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

My Attempt To Honor Mrs Rose Martin And "The Black Poetry Panorama"

My wife handed me the school assignment for my 4th grade son to come up with a poem that is at least 3 stanzas long for him to learn and recite before the class by the end of the month.

This made me think of Mrs Rose Martin - my 6th grade teacher at the Overbrook Elementary School in Philadelphia.   She put on the renowned "Black Poetry Panorama" each year.

All of the 6th grade classes in the school had to learn various poems and skits months prior to the public show.  We practiced almost daily until we all memorized our lines.   Mrs Martin is my favorite teacher to this day because she made sure of one thing - YOU are not going to embarrass her in her class, on the stage and most importantly - after you depart from her class having graduated.

We all had to purchase blue jeans and jean jackets and then cover them with glitter in the design of our choice.  I remember having my mother run me all over town seeking out a denim jacket that would fit my long arms at the time.

From this experience the first poems that I thought of were from Langston Hughes and Paul Lawrence Dunbar.  This were but two of the featured poets in the "Black Poetry Panorama".

One of the consequences of the integrated school system that I now live in is that there will not be a "Mrs Martin" who will put on a "Black Poetry Panorama" to ensure that the legacy of Hughes and Dunbar will be perpetuated through to another generation.

This is why I am going to take this one chance and offer their works up for insertion into a classroom that is full of diversity which would otherwise not ever learn about these and other literary greatest.

The Negro Speaks Of Rivers
By Langston Hughes
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.

I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I've known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar
We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,--
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Why should the world be overwise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.

We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
If I Could But Forget by Paul Laurence Dunbar
If I could but forget
The fullness of those first sweet days,
When you burst sun-like thro' the haze
Of unacquaintance, on my sight,
And made the wet, gray day seem bright
While clouds themselves grew fair to see.
And since, no day is gray or wet
But all the scene comes back to me,
If I could but forget.

If I could but forget
How your dusk eyes look into mine,
And how I thrilled as with strong wine
Beneath your touch; while sped amain
The quickened stream thro' ev'ry vein;
How near my breath fell to a gasp,
When for a space our fingers met
In one electric vibrant clasp,
If I could but forget.

If I could but forget
The months of passion and of pain,
And all that followed in their train--
Rebellious thoughts that would arise,
Rebellious tears that dimmed mine eyes,
The prayers that I might set love's fire
Aflame within your bosom yet--
The death at last of that desire--
If I could but forget.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The Strategic Mistake In Taking Offense Against The "Affirmative Action Bake Sale"

NPR's "Tell Me More" - Michel Martin - No Fresh Ideas In Berkeley Affirmative Action Bake Sale

Michel Martin makes what I believe to be a tactical and strategic mistake with regards to her arguments with the "Berkeley Affirmative Action Bake Sale".

First let me applaud her for suggesting what I had suggested - BUY LOW AND SELL HIGH!!!
Send the person who gets the biggest discount to purchase all of their inventory.  Set up a table of their own and sell the baked goods at market price.  Keep the profits.   Case closed - move on to pick up your MBA in Marketing and Finance for you are worthy.

My issue with Mrs Martin is with her list which functions as a "Brush Back Pitch" to back the College Republicans off of the plate.

Surely if our goal is to have an "intellectually honest" conversation as Mrs Martin suggests then we should note that the same "Subprime loans" that she claims Black people are directed into is for the purchase of STOLEN LAND that she slammed the 'European Land Thieves" that call themselves "European Settlers" - this dependent upon your perspective.

Mrs Martin fails to talk about the legacy in which new businesses have been created since eternity from market conditions in which people believed that their own interests and desires have not been catered to.  The great "too big to fail" Bank Of America has its roots in European immigrants who were not provided equal access to other financial institutions during the "Wild West" times in this nation prior to anti-discrimination laws.

By far the biggest challenge that I have for Mrs Martin's argument is her miss opportunity to tie the needs of the Black community together with the HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS  that our community has at our disposal.  While she makes the quality of public schools a province of the exclusive housing covenants which allowed Whites to build up home equity and thus wealth - there is no real barrier to public schools WITHIN the Black community today to be all high quality academic institutions but for the exceptional few.    Surely there are schools that achieve this end today - despite the claims of funding challenges.

Thus my point against Mrs Martin's tactics.

From the perspective of "time and dimensions" she focuses her arguments upon the elite colleges with a competitive admissions system.  

The Misallocated Focus In The Battle Over Elite Schools Rather Than "The Wide Middle"

Holding a Four-Year College Degree Brings Blacks Close to Economic Parity With Whites

When we plot out the relative proportions sizes of the population segments in question it brings forth clarity on what we SHOULD BE focusing upon.  Without it we are prone to gravitate toward the "points of fissure" as we do combat.

I would rather have an additional 100,000 college educated Black people from mid-level schools above the present rate of matriculation over a 1,000 head count increase in Blacks from elite schools.   These 100,000 Blacks would make their way into middle level management in corporations, local small businesses.  They would marinate the market more comprehensively and render more lasting outcomes than does that rare Black person that rises to the top of corporations and government.

We are presently misallocating our focus.

I believe that Mrs Martin errs because her "historical overhang" ultimately argues the notion that the PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT FAVORABLE PEOPLE RUN TODAY cannot surmount the damage that history has caused the 6 year old little Black boy who sits in the first grade - despite having been born in conditions that Black people exist in the year 2005.

It sets the stage for the agreement to look past the failings of:

  • Our schools
  • The adult governance of our homes
  • The needed cultural upkeep of our communities
All of this just to throw a "brush back pitch" which renders an indictment.

I don't accept this tactic.
WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD to accept this as a tactic.  

Monday, October 03, 2011

A Broader Vision To "Black Men We Must Change"

From The Redding News Review page:

BLACK MEN: WE MUST CHANGEBy: Attorney Roy MillerATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2011, Noon -  We as black men celebrate and suffer as one.  We benefit from the  successes of each other and we are all hurt by the bad decisions of each other.  We all get frustrated in a system that makes us feel that we were first in the emergency room. We had the most serious injury.  The end of the day comes and all patients were treated, but us.  We see the doctor turning the lights off and about to go home with us just sitting there.  We may not be able to control the compassion that the world gives to our community; however, we can control the compassion that we give to our community. To do so, we must change.  We must recapture the hearts of our ancestors. We must think about the dominoes of tragedy we put in place.

A father with children makes it his mission to tell people and convince people that there is no God. He despises God, as though he created God and he judges God. Now on his death bed he finds Jesus and feels all is well, because he is now saved. What about that child you left behind in the streets with a gun ready to murder, that you convinced there was no God, did you save him? What about those children that won’t have a family because sexual lust caused you to take a mother from her babies and ruin their home and caused them to live with hate, will you save them?
What about those addicted to drugs that you addicted and they just hold on to life and don’t see much difference between life and death, did you save them? What about the lady you infected with aids and convinced her that there was no hope, because there is no God, did you save her? What about the family of the father you intentionally gunned down and you knew that some where there would be a victim of your greed and lust for pain, when you first stole the gun, will you save them? Now you leave behind hearts filled with grief and hate, will you save them? Where is the victory in convincing people needing help and hope,  that there is no God?  Now on your death bed you feel saved, but you leave so many behind that you persuaded to take the road that you paved to hell.  You say that you are sorry, but God knows the lips of a liar.  If your conscience is bothering you, that is a good thing. God is talking. Black men, if we are truly sorry for the pains we have caused, we must change.  Just stop! Let’s close one chapter and begin another.
(Miller provides legal services to Redding Communications, Inc., (RCI), the parent company of Redding News Review).
I understand the words of Roy Miller and believe that they are heart felt.

Over time I have come to understand that while the compelling worlds of "Black Unity of Purpose" for collective interests must be tempered by the necessary infrastructure protections that prevent "Embedded Confidence Men" from using our drive for "unity" as a means of sucking us into the "American Political Domain" as the special teams playing in the "Malcolm X Political Football Game".

This is evidenced by WHO they promote as the enemy of Black people.  Their enemy is very likely to be those who do not wish to "share" with the Black Community.  Their version of "sharing" is merely an outsourcing of Black Community responsibility.  The hijacking of our interests via our local institutions shows up as a community that is in need of an increasing amount of externally produced resources because it has failed to leverage these institutions to build up the people - as promised.  By making a nationalized indictment they logically shift "the Struggle" of the Black community from GOVERNING OUR INSTITUTIONS into fighting on the political gridiron - just as they had in mind all along.

The words of Roy Miller need to be "operationalized" upon the backs of the Black community.  Just as Christianity seeks salvation for the individual soul - demanding that IT change its ways first so that it can be transformed into accepting Christ - so is the case with a community that seeks salvation.  No external force can "save" our community's soul.

The desired outcomes for the Black community will come from enforced integrity of our institutions and the governance of our human resources that matriculate through them.

There are some forces that have showed themselves to be purely political operatives that need to be kept away from the controls of our institutions lest they molest our consciousness (again).

For me it is not enough to be compelled to come to the rescue of "my people".   This sort of "racial gravitational pull" in the context of a lack of institutional integrity will ask me to look the other way from corrupt actions BECAUSE by calling them out - "the enemy will win".

They fail to understand that the enemy of Black people is as it always has been:

  1. Ignorance
  2. Hatred
  3. Those who see #1 and #2 and remain silent because they fear what the collective might do to them
These forces have no racial bound.