Sunday, November 27, 2011

Are Black Students In Possession Of The Skills Necessary For Comprehensive Uplift Of The Black Community?

The 5/5ths Equal Human Being Strategy Playbook is my NON-political blog in which strategies for effective transformation of human resources are discussed.

I believe that it is a legitimate exercise for me to analyze various political strategies that are promoted as the pathway for our community's development without the mere discussion of politics considered as a political attack by those who have their consciousness fused into the "American Political Domain".

In the end I see the "American Political Domain' as a METHODOLOGY for development.  It is but one of several other credible and comprehensive gateways through which a group of people can achieve a desired end.  It is thus legitimate for me to measure and analyze the EFFECTIVENESS of this methodology on my way to questioning our present consciousness and composition as a community.

Surely those who have sold us this "pharmacological concoction" should be expected to produce the evidence of the efficacy of what they have asked us to ingest.  Upon feeling continuing pain after the last round of treatments they ask us to double our dosage so their competitor in the domain can't make any inroads into our medicine cabinet which is stocked with their branded pills, syringes and skin patches for those who are scared of needles.

MSNBC's The Are Black Children Lacking In Basic Skills?

My response on The

David Driscoll and Doris Hicks:
While your article is compelling as it details key issues involving the need to more effectively educate Black children I have a problem with your choice to travel through time warp from WW I to the present.
Though many people on this board are no doubt tired of me saying it - 'TODAY WE ARE LIVING IN THE MISSION ACCOMPLISHED PERIOD of what was hoisted upon us as the authentic "Black Community Development Consciousness" that we were all supposed to fall in behind.
Mr Driscoll and Ms Hicks - your rallying call for the education of Black kids FAILS to demand more ANSWERS - in protection of the "Black Community's Interests" - from the events that have transpired, certainly over the past 45 years, that we were told would "cure" any Black child that matriculated through the system that "favorable people now in power" had control over WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY.
Should I be faulted for wanting to avoid the shame of a "Fooled Me {fill in the blank} Number Of Times" moment as I march because I want to remain in good standing?
Mr Driscoll and Ms Hicks - the popular talking point accepted by most of our people is that HISTORY has damaged us so much AND that we continue to live in a SYSTEM that works against the Black man's best interests that WHATEVER we get at the end of this matriculation is merely evidence of the need for FURTHER STRUGGLE.  (This is how I took your article).
As for me - as I continue my longitudinal analysis of "What Makes The Prevailing Black Politically Conscious Mind Tick" - I am forced to hold my ground and note that we MUST appraise the EFFECTIVENESS of the institutions that favorable progressives now control WITHIN the Black Community by measuring the amount of UPLIFT that is produced as each proceeding generation of young Black people matriculate through as their consciousness about the world around them is forged and DIRECTED upward, regardless of the challenges.
The problem that I have with the "Black Progressive Press Franchise" (and the "Expert witnesses" that it brings before us) is that while you are keen on marketing the "UPLIFT" that the favorable machine in power has graced us too often fail to provide QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS regarding the question of if this "Uplift" is SUFFICIENT with respect to:
* What is NEEDED for sufficient numbers of Black people to "achieve the target outcomes"
* What should be EXPECTED - now that "the enemies" have been sufficiently curtailed from unmitigated attacks on Black people AND the presence of 'Permanent Friends' who LOVE BLACK PEOPLE - are now in power, delivering the "Progressive Public Policies" that we were told by Baynard Rustin and others would prove to be the cure
Do you see Mr Driscoll and Ms Hicks - at some point the Black community - through courageous RESEARCHERS and JOURNALISTS are going to have to put the SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE INVESTED IN as the jet engine for our "Community Development Consciousness" ON TRIAL - to have those people who have convinced our people to make continued investments that THIS ENGINE is indeed worthy to remain attached to our community's wings.
OR IF we need a major overhaul because we are forced to agree that TRYING HARDER AT THE SAME THING is merely likely to produce the same results.
(Please note that I have purposefully NOT defined an alternative methodology.  The Food And Drug Administration is not compelled to find a CURE for the ailment in question.  They ONLY compel those who are marketing a cure to PROVE that their cure works or cease and desist from making further claims.
Mr Love and Ms Reid - WHO is the Food And Drug Administration WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY that is ensuring that we do not INGEST any concoctions that taste good going down but ultimately does not have the claimed active pharmacological effects on the patient??"

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The image of prosperous and healthy young Black couples enjoying the American Dream. 
The consumer of these images are to make inferences to the prosperity seen on the screen and be compelled to purchase the product or service that the commercial is advocating.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Income Inequality Debate - The Impact Of The Failure To Focus On "Organic Competency Development Through Our Institutions"

Each day more evidence is released that should cause more of us to being to question certain strategies that were promoted as the gateway to our community development.

The last item - the report the growing income divide in America is likely to gain more traction than any of the others.

While the other points of information might force those who believed that their course of action might need a bit of adjustment as reality has proven otherwise - the news about the growing income divide in America can be used as the key indictment that allows them to continue their struggle for racial change within the system.

As you listen to how the system has failed to prevent the aggregation of capital into too few hands at the time it is highly unlikely that we will hear a parallel conversation about how the political agenda which fomented the take over of the key "Human Resource Development Institutions" have failed to produce the uplift that was promised by the political machine which obtained the community's confidence.

In bypassing this key offense to our community's long term interests in developing a functional means of institutional governance these forces are allowed to blame the shallow results upon the failure in the national government -far, far away.   The irony that the promised solution to the local problems resides in their conquer and reformation of the external federal government is lost on most of them.  They charge that the combination of racial discrimination and capitalistic misappropriation of resources is the cause of our persistent problems.  Problems that throb even after our community has agreed to assist these forces in successfully capturing another rung up the political mountain that they are climbing - purportedly on our behalf.

Their claims that "America does not manufacture anything any longer" adequately explains why the economy is now a series of financial services transactions absent sufficient value-add to include more blue collar workers in on the deal.

With this view intact they fail to see that they are scheming on "funny money" that is increasingly "confidence money" or "fiat currency".  Why then would you base your "social justice salvation" upon redistributing "confidence money" that has a $15T deficit behind it?

It only stands to reason that our community can conclude "Mission Accomplishment" IF the people who matriculate through the institutions that are in "our" hands are sufficiently uplifted to retain a desired living standard.  Otherwise a "fiat social contract" that is keyed upon "confidence money" will be broken just as soon as the confidence in the entire system falls through.

Any parent who sends their child off to school for the purposes of education and socialization has the fiduciary responsibility to monitor their child's progress as they are the primary manager of their own child's education.  If and when the child does not advance in a manner that is commensurate to a prescribed development track - the parents are charged with interrogating their child for any problems and then going to the school to assess its proper operation.

If they abdicate this essential "resource management" responsibility - trading it for an agreement to engage in a "Permanent Struggle" which takes them away from the essential contractual agreement to manage their child's well being - a point is reached when they must be called complicit in the dysfunction.

With the assumption that they are "free people" and not in bondage or duress - the focus on correcting the macro-system but which functionally results in an outsource of their individual and community responsibilities should create an indictment that is closer to home than they are more likely to accept.

The point is that when a community of people can't create the favored conditions that they aspire to - among themselves - their present choice to avoid building strong institutions in pursuit of their broader mission will most assuredly mean that they will be engaged in the very same struggle during the next interval of time.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Indian Physician Aims To "Wal-Mart-ify" Health Care, Taking The Expense Out In Order To Broaden The Circle Of Care

NPR - From Scratch - Devi Shetty, Founder Of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital

"Hands which help are better than the lips that pray" are the words that hang in Dr. Devi Shetty's office with a picture of Mother Theresa, a former patient of his. Dr. Shetty is a cardiac surgeon who pioneered low cost cardiac surgery for India's poor population. Dr. Shetty founded the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital in Bangalore India in 2001. Doctors at Narayana Hrudayalaya perform over 7,000 heart surgeries per year without comprising quality. Through its scalable, low cost model, the hospital is able to treat patients who otherwise could not afford health care. Dr. Shetty is now expanding his vision globally– through another low cost hospital in the Cayman Islands.

Audio Link

Dr Devi Shetty - Wikipedia entry

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Line That Was Crossed In The "MLK Jr High vs Stephenson High" Football Game

Comments On YouTube About The Game

The Line That Was Crossed In The "Martin Luther King Jr High vs Stephenson High" Football Game

Dr Martin Luther King Jr:  "We Do We Go From Here?"  - Chaos Or Community

Constructive Feedback:  "What Have We Come To?"   Unconsciousness or "Community Cultural Consciousness & Competency Development

In following the entire series of events surrounding the big rivalry in Dekalb County Georgia between Stephenson High School and Martin Luther King Jr High School among - the football players, the cheerleaders, the general student body, the parents and the news media I was drawn back to the time that I was immersed in the public school system as a frequent substitute teacher.

As a recent transplant to Atlanta in the early 90's, in the midst of a recession - I was forced to become a substitute teacher, roaming between different schools in the Atlanta Public Schools.  While the young children in the elementary schools expressed the expected range of behavior, the children in the middle schools and high schools began trending into certain behaviors that proved astonishing to me.  

In the case of the lunch room conflicts that I witnessed it was ME who was the exception.  The permanent school administors understood this as the norm.  Their job was to put forth an authoritarian presence with the hopes of keeping any of these conflicts from turning physical. 

The one incident that remains in my mind is the event in which two 8th grade Black girls squared up for a fist fight in the lunch room.  As I stood between them with the consciousness of a delicate peace maker who was dealing with "two ladies" - one of them reached around me to strike the target of her anger. 

Before I could get a hold of the gap between my expectations per my own experience in school and what was happening around me - the assistant principal swooped in behind me and grabbed up both girls as a means of restraing them.   The fight stopped for a second.

One of the girls calmed down and he released her.   The other girl began to fight him.  The forearm that was just above her breasts was shifted around her neck as she fought to get loose.  5 seconds later she passed out on to the floor having lost temporary consciousness.

She stood back up and began to charge the other girl.

For me - I realized that my mistake was to assume that these two girls had been indoctrinated in "how ladies should act".   Even more the lack of respect among the majority of these students regarding how to carry themselves in school and other institutions was lacking.   The assistant principal's perspective was in tune with the situation.

I was not prepared for what happened the next day.   In the early part of the school day the one girls father came storming up to the school (according to the principal and assistance principal).   What I had assumed would have been - "I am sorry sir for the way my daughter acted in your lunch room.  She was not raised like that.  She knows better" turned out to be the 180 degree opposite:


The reason why I emphasize proportionality as a key tool for assessing a situation is borne out in this situation.   By far his daughter was an angry aggressor in every phase of the conflict.   In a lunch room packed with kids his daughter was 1/2 of the stage show that triggered most of the kids to leave their table and watch a fight.  (Did I mention that the funniest part was when the other girl pulled out her little pony tail hair piece as she prepared to rumble?  Both girls were a bit chunky so it was bound to be a physical fight).

There is simply no way that a person who watched the entire episode could say that the AP purposely choked the girl.   He did the right thing with regard to these two girls that were prepared to tear each other to shreds - no respect for the surroundings that they were in.  The AP's job was to stop these two who did not care and remove them from the presence of these other kids so they could focus on learning.

After I heard the parent's response I realized that my job #1 was to get away from the school system and to find a more permanent job.  They did indeed lack Black male instructors.  The average new hire teacher only lasted 5 years.   The ladies had a sign that they used among themselves.  They held up 5 fingers on their hand to indicate when they are getting the heck out of the classroom to find something more rewarding.    Sadly it is not the teaching that is unpleasant it is the discipline problems and the hostile, uncooperative parents.  They got little support and reenforcement from SOME parent.   The differences could be clearly seen in the students.

At the same school - report card day was an eye opener.  The one girl who was an "A student" was ostracized as "thinking that she is better than everyone else".   I could tell that she came from a family that actively managed her education.  

Unfortunately the sight of how the grade "C" was seen as an "A" among the rest of the students.   "I got a 'D' least I didn't fail.".   The little boy who would rest his head on the desk in every class did get an "F".  They too had a story about him - "He never comes to school.  He always gets 'Fs'".

At a nearby high school I was assigned to the "General Math" class for 12th graders.  Despite the fact that they were about to graduate into the world in a few short months the reasons why they were assigned to "General Math" rather than algebra, much less "Honors Calculus" became clear.

As I observed the classroom dynamics while they feeled me out - I noticed that one male student was "busting on" a female, running her down in the way of jokes that got easy laughs.  She would verbally assault him or slap him as a means of her rebuttal.  

It was clear that this was "the norm" in this class.  I just happened to be the person standing in the front of the room. 

I felt like I was in a back alley somewhere.   The only thing that was missing was the individual bags of  "40's ", some cigarettes and a deck of cards.  These young Black students had no consciousness of their behavior and when to turn it off per their respect for the institution that they were in.

The story from my time as a substitute detailed above, the aggregate behavior surrounding the big football rivalry last night as well as the school bullying that is in the news are all symptoms of  a greater problem that exists in our society and more acutely within the Black community.

The problem is the lack of respect for INSTITUTIONS.

It is possible that at least some of the patents in the stadium during the football game were high school students nearly 20 years ago when the memories that I detailed were fused in my mind.

The irony is still stuck in my mind:  The school buses of one Black school are defaced by the spray paint put on them from their football rivals at another Black school.   Instead of the words "Niggers Go Home" - the words that would be painted if these same Black students stood in Lithonia Georgia 50 years ago have been replaced by the spray painted words:  "MLK".

Surely this is too much for others to take as well.

As Martin Luther King Jr was venerated just a few short weeks ago in Washington DC the man was honored because of his work to improve America for a larger set of people.

The name, his physical form and snippets of his words were assembled for the display in the monument.

Increasingly the man's name and his image that is loaned to various schools and thoroughfares within the Black Community fail to mask the dysfunctional behavior that occur.  This is less of a matter of the lack of respect for Dr King and is instead an indictment of the general lack of consciousness and respect over all.

I believe that we have been guilty of "idol worship" where "a man" has been hoisted as a leader and then as a symbol.   This physical being was allowed to substitute for the need for education and enculturation on the fundamental principles needed to mold our people. 

Over time the same rituals that have been developed for the sake of unity and common reference become empty containers that register conformity.

When that level of conformity is directed to a point which is "dumbed down", far below the level that we need to prosper as a community - a reform movement must come about. 

Not a radical and destructive revolution but a necessary recalibration back toward the tried and true methods that history has shown are effective at developing a society of people.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Kardashian/Humphries Marriage - A Serious Institution Squandered By Entertainment Minstrels And The Families Who Failed Them

This post is an affirmation of traditional marriage and a notation of the need for the man and woman in question as well as their family and community to enforce the integrity of this, the most important institution in all civilized societies - the union between man and woman upon which stable families are constructed.  Stable societies are produced when the society takes marriage as a serious endeavor.  Societies that fail to govern this key cultural and social and spiritual institution are destine to collapse from implosion.

In the tens of thousands of marriages christened each year there are bound to be some "runts" that never last too far in time.  People who now live together find that they don't like each other as much in an intimate setting where there is no "other home" to run home to.   Some people get married because they love the ceremony or the thought of being married more than they love the person on the bookend of their relationship.

This latest celebrity wedding to go bust is not exclusive in its failure.  I know some others that did not last one year together, this after seeming to be the perfect couple beforehand.  Certainly the celebrity nature of the Kardashian/Humprhies wedding makes one ask if it was serious in the first place or if they merely sought to profit from the endorsements received with reportedly exceeded their costs out of pocket.

I can imagine that those who are calling for (I'll use the politically correct term) - the "expansion of the definition of marriage to include other two people who similarly love each other but are presently DISCRIMINATED AGAINST because of their gender" will look at these two jesters and ask "Why is it that this society allows these two stage/screen/playing field stars to marry and divorce as quickly, conveniently and ostentatiously as they please but we are treated as inferiors, not able to marry, not a single time the one person that we desire to for no other reason than they are of the same gender?"

 I  Have An Answer For That Challenge

If we factor out the relationships between two heterosexual couples that just did not work out for reasons that were beyond their own control - example - a jilted third party (and ex-lover, a baby mama, step kids, a dysfunctional or bigoted extended family) who's undue pressure upon the couple ensured that the two young people who don't have the vision to structure their new lives together beyond the brick walls with spikes sticking out of them that these external forces have constructed - the most common reason for these early terminated marriages are due to the individuals and their level of maturity, their individual selfishness AND the lack of an imprint of a model of success laid by their family, their community or the culture that has the dominant influence upon them and their consciousness.

Show me a society that has atrophy in its force of guidance projecting from the network of existing families (and civic/social institutions) that are seeking to perpetuate a "norm" of behavior in support of their stability and there is a high probability that there will be a higher than average "free radicals" bouncing about as measured by:

  • Low or declining marriage rates
  • High or increasing divorce rates
As the force that applies the "hidden hand" that guides the individuals living within toward a certain order loses it own way - the people living within will similarly become wayward.

In the context of this more liberalized set of behavioral standards for heterosexual monogamous couples - the opening for individuals seeking "non-traditional" forms of marriage will be exploited.  Societal order is ultimately a choice but also THE responsibility for the society to enforce, its resulting produce being a function of these choices.

As secular values and the notion of "RIGHTS" that are associated with certain behaviors are made to trump the notion of "TRADITION" and "ORDER" in support of methodologies that have a time tested proof of greater likelihood of producing "directed outcomes" - the "free radicals" who seek to do as they please, beyond this "oppressive" tradition will see their mandate as the need to strike down such "oppression".

Ironically and sadly - they will often be seen seeking an increasing amount of secular and government solutions to fix the problems that a society who's "roll is no longer slowed" by cultural and civil institutions will suffer from.  

The body fluids, when exchanged create pregnancy or infection and the feelings of usurpation or anger that accompany such discord will also increase.

Though the "now dead men and women" who provided them with guidance of culture appeared to have no consciousness of the "freedoms" we now enjoy - they will begin to appear more "sage" than ever.  Only the blindness and bigotry of our present consciousness prevents our understanding that THEY TOO once thought that they were smarter than their ancestors in addressing fundamental issues of MAN.

MAN has not changed since this time long ago.  Only the technology and scope of our travels has changed.