Monday, February 27, 2012

Does A Friend Help You To Live Your Phobia That Was Real In Your Day Or Assist You In Living With Today's Reality?

(This is a true story.  References are kept vague, ambigoius and anonymous on purpose)

I recently took a trip to the river city of Savannah  Georgia to visit some relatives.

After a day of sight seeing we ended up on the river wall - the cobblestone road on the side of the river.  The sun was down at the time.

As we got to the end of the walk - approximately near the picture where the boat is on the left - I asked the group of relatives that I was with if they wanted to take the river ferry to the convention center - just for the sake of taking a ride.  When I found out that it was free that was more of a motivation.

As I went back to get the consensus of the group the elder statesman protested.  The sight of a group of White folks in the South with only us Black folks boarding the ship was too much of a threatening situation.

"They might throw us overboard" was the argument used to cancel the plans.   This person grew up in the "Jim Crow South" and there is little doubt that there was some merit to the reference - in a certain time of history.

As I pushed further, being motivated by the ridiculousness of the claim I was told "You all go on.  I'll wait right here for you to come back".

I had been having "State of The Black Community" discussions with this person all week long.  While we were in general agreement that there is a problem - whenever I dared to tie in the problems with the consciousness hijacking that I report upon as the problem I got the defensive response "Everyone does not see things the way that you see them".

It was clear at this point that all of those other conversations were theory.  THIS was real.

This indicated to me that there was a bit of "defensiveness learned from the terrorism" of growing up in the Jim Crow South at was at play.

As a "Post-Civil Rights" (Anti-Affirmative Action) Baby I simply could not enter into the consciousness of what the South had harvested with violence.   It was rational for the parents of children growing to warn them about the lengths that racist Whites would go through to enforce White Supremacy.

Savannah GA Police Chief
Willie Lovett
For me - in my previous visit and research on this city - I understood that favorable Blacks had sufficient power to ensure that no such crime would go unpunished.

Chatham County GA
District Attorney Larry Chisholm
I did not seek to attack what I saw as irrational and unfounded thoughts for this present time.   Instead I recalled that this person is a product of the South and this was their reality.

Just as I was about to give up in frustration my saving grace came along.  Another Black man walked up the ramp to board the ship.  He as a product of my experiences did not give a second thought to the "threat" that surrounded him.

We both saw a bunch of White tourists seeking to return to their hotel at the convention center across the river.

Earlier in the week as I drove through South Carolina as part of my grand tour of the South I snapped the following picture:

I honestly can't say just how much this response to the perceived "Threat" of asking everyone for photo ID is perceived as an act of voter suppression in the minds of those who were reared in a "Jim Crow" environment.   I will never know their reality.  No doubt that at least some of the response is prompted by those who know the sensitivities of Black people and they use their knowledge for exploitative purposes.

What I can say affirmatively say is that the prevailing standard, regardless of the income class, is for every entity that has a valuable that needs to be protected to ask for photo identification.  The poorest person in America that seeks to receive money from Western Union is going to get 'carded' as they will have to eat the cost for failing to enforce this mundane procedure.

At the same time I have an ailing grandmother of 102+ years old that no one is certain of her actual birth date.

As time moves forward she and others will be the exception - their date of birth reported by the midwife sometimes weeks after the event.

In my view I do them no favors by seeking to "live vicariously through their mental terror".  I am not hear to deny that what they experienced was not real.

I can only make measure of the realities of today and note that they are the outliers of today's reality.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Bordentown School - The Finishing School For Black Students Of New Jersey

Safety & Security And Discipline


was a residential high school for African-American students, located in Bordentown in Burlington CountyNew Jersey. Operated for most of the time as a publicly-financed co-ed boarding school for African-American children, it was known as the "Tuskegee of the North" for its adoption of many of the educational practices first developed at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.[2] The school closed down in 1955.

 The school was founded in 1886 in the New Brunswick house of the Rev. Raymond Rice, a minister of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and former slave from Laurens, South Carolina. Born in 1845, Rice had fought as a volunteer with theUnion Army during the American Civil War and went to New Jersey to get an education, after completing his military service.[3][4] When it was first founded, it was known as "The Ironsides Normal School".[4] The school's mission was to train African-American students "in such industries as shall enable them to become self-supporting".[5] The state passed legislation in 1894 to designate the school as the state's instructional institution for vocational education. With this legislation, the school was placed under the aegis of a board of trustees composed of state and county officials. The school came under the direct auspices of the New Jersey Board of Education in 1903, with its capital expenditures, curriculum and staffing under state approval.[4] In 1886, the school moved to Bordentown and moved in 1896 to a 400-acre (1.6 km2) tract there that had been owned by United States Navy Admiral Charles Stewart and known as the Parnell Estate.[3][5] The state originally leased the land, and purchased it in 1901.[4]The school operated on a year-round basis. It had its own farm, cattle, and orchards that supplied the school with its food; scholarship students could work on the farm to cover their tuition. The school was selective and initially offered its 500 to 600 students an education in the Classics and Latin as part of its overall curriculum, which earned accolades from both W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. Among notable lecturers at the school were Albert Einstein and Paul Robeson.[3] In 1913, Booker T. Washington recommended that the school identify occupations prevalent among African-Americans as a guide to developing a curriculum for the school, suggesting that training in automobile repairs for boys would help meet the growing demand for chauffeurs, while girls should be offered "domestic science" training.[6] Students were instructed in a trade in addition to the educational curriculum, with boys instructed in agriculture, auto mechanics, and steam boiler operation, and girls being taught beauty culture, dressmaking, and sewing. During the Great Depression, Bordentown graduates were better able than many to find jobs using the skills they had learned at the school.[7]Because of financial difficulties, the school accepted state aid and was ultimately taken over by the State of New Jersey in 1897 and placed under the supervision of the New Jersey Department of Education in 1945. William R. Valentine, a graduate of both Columbia University and Harvard University, served as the school's principal from 1915 at least until 1948. Valentine stressed the approach of offering practical job training as a means to prevent students from becoming juvenile delinquents.[8]

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How To Provoke Black People Who Are Heard Saying "Amen" At The Farrakhan Rally To Retain Their Consciousness When They Return To The Streets

THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  My ability to link certain points of information that I experience as I live my life and note the irony should be the primary take away for you to observe.

On a recent trip to the Carolinas to visit my extended family  I played a Farrakhan DVD as I drove.  The audio was more important than the video so I hooked my wireless headphones to my laptop in order to fill in the drive time with something of value.   The NOI brother that I typically purchase my "Final Call" from had convinced me to purchase the DVD a few weeks ago.

"Education: Black People & The Future" was the speech of Minister Louis Farrakhan given to "Chicago State University" earlier this year.

Whereas some people seek a division with other people as a means of rejecting all that they have to say, I am able to inspect a person or a movement based on certain components of value that they have without needing to agree with all that they say or believe.  This best sums up my view of Nation Of Islam's Minster Louis Farrakhan and "The Final Call" newspaper that serves as its oracle.

I believe that the present prevailing Black Consciousness among the Black Community at present is misaligned with the ultimate "Human & Community Resource Development Goals" of Black people.   It is more accurate to say that this present consciousness promotes Black people as an aggrieved constituency, fatally damaged from our slavery past,  who's loyalties are for sale to those who promise to satisfy them at the retail consumer counter within the "American Political Domain".

The "Black Community Permanent Interests" logo that I use is not something that I created.   It was something that I captured after listening to various people of all different ideologies who have a common goal but who have in their mind different methodologies that they are using in their struggle to obtain these ends.  My own task, I believe, is to appraise the efficacy and integrity of those forces that purport to be advancing the "Black Community's interests".  These measures, more than popularity, should be used as a guide.

After all - IF - the same people who claim that our "culture was stolen" during the transactions since the "African slave trade" then it stands to reason that those who are on stage projecting to us that which is also popularly satisfying to our present prevailing consciousness might be also damaged by the theft that they have enumerated.  Without some transparent measure to reference our aggregate actions against we might indeed confuse popularity with "effectiveness and integrity".    Once we delve exclusively into the domain of popularity one should just sit back and watch as the masses compromise themselves as they mutually agree to not "hate" on each other as they both commit that which would otherwise be seen as a violation of their own interests.

The Intellectual Battle At Hand

I have set up a framework by which I can achieve broad agreement with kindred spirits who have the same goals as my own.   This requires that we temporarily put aside the differences in methodology (ie: a liberal set of actions or a conservative set of actions) and instead focus on making clear our common goals.

The next task is to establish transparent measurements by which the various methodologies can be appraised for their effectiveness at moving us closer to the goal in the most comprehensive, time efficient and enduring (lasting for several generations as it is transmitted via culture) manner.

The final task, which is the biggest test of one's institutional integrity is to repudiate that which is POPULAR but which has failed to meet the requirements as laid out above.   Without "Institutional Integrity Enforcement" the only thing that is produced movement is an insatiable mob action which must be fed a new round of "chum" to keep it temporarily satisfied at the risk of canabalistically consuming those who have missed its feeding time.

My argument is that the same "Stolen Culture" that is used to today to agitate for reparation is the very same culture that itself was amassed over time in centuries past as transactional experiences throughout history provided for "group learning". The wise among the group acknowledged the need for competency in management of the group's outcomes so they assembled an organized set of principles that they built a society upon.  This is otherwise known as "Why Reinvent The Wheel"?   It is an acknowledgement of the folly of believing one's self to be smarter than one's ancestors at human issues that have not changed since their time.

I listen out for conversation that broadly matches the framework that I have set up as a means of finding a "friend in the struggle".   I do not believe that I can ever establish perfect compliance with another person's world experience (I have learned this lesson after being married), but I can acknowledge enough commonality that I am able to "work with" that other person, based upon what we agree upon.

  • "We Are The Product Of Mis-Education" said Minister Louis Farrakhan.
  • "He who gives you the diameter of your knowledge describes the circumference of your activities.
  • "If you are not productive then you have not been educated properly"
  • "If you are educated you can knock out anything that impedes your progress"
  • "Jesus wanted us to become like him so that their might be a 'nation of Gods' on the planet" 
  • "Foxes have holes. Birds have nests. But the son of man has no place to rest his head".

Driving Through A Small Town In South Carolina

I decided to use the knowledge of my GPS to take me on a more efficient course through the back country highways that were bypassed by my previous navigation skills that were limited absent the birdseye view of a satellite.

The word out on South Carolina that I got from the PBS show "Need To Know" is that little has changed over time and thus a Black man like me might have some issues after sundown.

I found a gas station that had some established Black men standing outside talking.  Their presence countered the sight of two White men who had hunting uniforms on as they gassed up their truck.  In the blessed year of our Lord 2012 - my children were more frightened by the black lab that served as the community dog than they were by the White folks who no doubt had a gun somewhere in their vehicle.

As I drove further down "SC Hwy 9" I passed through the downtown of a small city that I had never seen before.  The town center was illuminated various stores lined the street.

The one store that caught my attention was the store that had the two signs in the window that said "Thanks Justice Dept Shame SC".

I immediately knew that they were talking about the recent US Justice Department ruling which invalidated the state of South Carolina's law requiring photo id to be presented at the polling place upon voting.
I thought about it for a minute and then turned my vehicle around, asking my family to "give me a minute" while I look at something.  From this pause I took the following pictures.  They were placed inside of an insurance agency in the town of Chester SC.

The paradox of the panorama of the images that I saw need to be brought forth.
In the first row is the sign that captured my attention.  The sign itself is a paradox.
It thanks the US Justice Department for making a political decision against that which largely initiated by a political decision.   The merits of the call for "Photo ID Voting" have been lost.  Today it is purely a "Malcolm X Political Football Game" volley.

I later learned that the town of Chester SC has suffered greatly from its failure at economic development.  The fact there is an apparent victory in this latest transaction that amounted to nothing provides great insight about the mindset within.  

The next row of pictures shows me a Black owner with his own "Black Power" sensibility about himself.  The Black figurines are put in the front window EQUALLY for the purposes of allowing the Black customers to know that this is a "Black owned business" as it is to allow the WHITE FOLKS to know that this Black owner can display that which they have no control over.  

There is a friend in the White House to protect them now, just as they got the Chester County law enforcement to protect them from the local marauders that might break out their windows.

Beyond the capabilities of my camera phone is a memorial to Dr King in the far back wall of the agency and a calendar of President Obama at the front desk.

The key tie in with Minister Farrakhan however were the copies of "The Final Call" that were laid across the table in the front.

In this 62% Black town which has suffered greatly financially the word is that many of its residents were forced to move into more productive cities as a means of finding more gainful employment.

In the world of "Politically Conscious Blackness" the "victory" against the conservative enemy who dared to "suppress Black voting" by demanding photo id for everyone appears superior to the concerns of retaining Chester as an economically viable metropolis.

The final irony is the sight of the "Cox Auction Co".   Roll back the clock 165 years and "Cox Auction Co" would be trading "African slaves".

The fact that the descendants of these same enslaved people are "Protesters of Leisure" they have the time to conjure up attacks on Black people using the assumption of Black inferiority as a means of proving injury in pursuit of yardage in the "Malcolm X Political Football Game".

It is clear that from this consciousness by which they vow to fight their enemy at every turn that they are able to recognize "victories" that are not worthy while looking past great losses to the Black community that their present state of mind makes them unqualified to address comprehensively.  Thus the need to keep the congregation focused on the trivial.

If the occupants of the small insurance agency with the "Prevailing Black Political Consciousness" in tow had learned anything from reading the back part of "The Final Call" (the front part has a standard Black Progressive Fundamentalist world view as taken from the NNPA syndication source) then they would take heed of Mister Farrakhan's message spoken in "Black People & The Future" in which he asks Black people to form a clearer vision about what we stand for and wish to expend our energy to defend.

In my view the damage acquired (continued) from having to assume the cloak of Black inferiority as we are incapable of obtaining and retaining photo ID and thus are victimized is far greater than the "victory" of knowing that our progressive friends in the White House and US Justice are now present to counter the whims of "the enemy".

In as much as it is true that the young person who was raised in YOUR cultural conscious ecosystem has replaced the young Klan boy as the most prolific  killer of Blacks in South Carolina today gives rise to the need for the very same comprehensive agenda to control and extinguish the culture that produces a mindset that produces dead Black people - destroyed dreams & squandered potential far outnumbers the dead bodies, though present none the less.

There is no question in my mind that just as the mindset of the "Old White Racist" must pass on in time - the mindset of the Black folks who stood against him during the time when he was the primary threat must change.

To rebut the claim "When did THEY change?"  I say - read the papers, see the mug shots and then YOU tell me if you see change.

Such a mindset is the greatest impediment today in having more of our people altered into becoming "the pillars of our community", in support of the high standard of living that our community desires.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Warned Us Long Ago. He To Was Attacked

Report - 50% Of All Newborns Of Women Under 30 Are Unwed Mothers

This factoid is irrelevant unless we factor in the function of marriage, determining if mother and child benefit from not only marraige but a stable marriage that itself is founded on a greater vision beyond the man and woman who are involved.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

A Matter Of Principle

This is my "Cultural Strategy & Development" blog and not my political blog so I must reduce the name calling take a different angle in my arguments as I make my point.

I have stated previously that the times that we are entering into requires that everyone KNOW THEMSELVES, taking inventory of what they believe because the times that are ahead of us are going to require such a consciousness in order to avoid being compelled into accepting a way of life that simply cannot be sustained.

Above is the best, most rational rebuttal of "popular assumptions" that I have ever heard in a live, one on one, interview-debate.

South African Cardinal Wilfrid  Fox Napier earns my award for defending the 'equal humanity and higher purpose" of man in the face of a series of questions that would have caused a lesser man to fold in the name of political correctness.

Cardinal Napier vs The Philosophy Of The American "Professional Progressive Political Preachers"

In America today we are battling over:

  • The "Right" to government mandated birth control
  • HIV/AIDS funding by the government
  • The "Rights" for homosexuals to marry - regardless of the "will of the people" that was registered by a popular vote
These and other societal issues do much to expose the vast differences in the philosophy and agendas of the two groups of theoreticians itemized in the section title above.

Two admissions:
  1. While in church today I had one ear on the pastor and another hear using my smartphone and note pad to do research on the two points of emphasis of one's "Christian walk" that are documented above.
  2. I have a bias toward #2 as the most scalable, enduring and "prune and graft-able" choice between the two.
As Americans we are so caught up in the transactions of the "Malcolm X Political Football Game" as we advocate for a victory for "our side" that many if not most never take a step back and consider the founding principles from which they operate from.  Worse they never consider what their "victories" will lead society.  

From my notes I recorded and read the two passages that introduced "The Least Of These" and "God Made Man In His Own Image'.   It is my belief that the later is a superior commandment to the former BUT this should not give license for anyone to abscond from his obligations to his neighbors.

As a Christian I support the notion that we should help our neighbors:
  • Feed them if they are in desperate need of food
  • Provide them with a drink if they are thirsty
  • Offer them shelter if they are exposed to the elements
  • Visit them if they are isolated and in need of company
These are all legitimate admonitions to hold anyone who calls himself a "Christian" accountable to perform.   

The main problem with this as applied to the Professional Progressive Political Preacher in America is, however, they are taking a CHRISTIAN admonition and attempting to operationalize it in POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT.   

Just as the right-wing firebrand evangelical politician attempts to achieve his "Christian ends" trough the government and is called out for it - so too must the progressive, 'social justice' operative for see seeking to do so using "secular progressive" policies.   In both cases they are forced to marginalize the intelligence and obligation that God created man as "equal human beings" - greater than the beasts and able to prioritize a certain purpose beyond what his instinctual needs would have him do.

The brilliance of Cardinal Napier's comments is that he was not ashamed to cling to the ESSENTIAL HUMANITY OF MAN.   In a world where "those who promises to give the most through the government" is the winner - Napier believes that this merely brings forth irresponsible behavior.  

He challenges all of the "equal human beings in society" to become conscious of the society that they wish to have and to submit themselves and their behavior to a higher calling - from which many of the problems that ensnare them would be less of a challenge.

We often hear that certain ethnic groups never had a problem with obesity or diabetes until they came to America and submitted to America's culture of eating and activity.   From this condition some people would be prone to provide the services necessary to treat the clinical condition that they face.  Others might dare to look at the change in the operating landscape, proclaiming that in order for them to move forward they must leave behind certain behaviors that only seem like advancements but instead are damaging to them.

Cardinal Napier can't rationally be held accountable for the high rates of HIV infections (and rape) in South Africa.  The only "flock" that he can claim as his own are those who recognize his institution and position and agree to be worthy disciples of the God that he seeks to expose them to.

As for the government - it is equally folly for anyone to believe that they can advocate for the central government to become the end all and be all to everyone in society - functionally "protecting them from themselves" - a .2 mil think of latex protecting them from the "body fluid exchange" that they have agreed to.   This is the promotion of "pills / pamphlets and devices" over human intelligence which has affirmed the primary goal of us all - Self Perpetuation.  

The question that must guide the decision is NOT "Who will provide the most 'social justice' coverage for us all?"

It is WHO will bring more equal human beings to the awareness of their own individual value thus maximizing their production for the greater whole? 

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Africa As A Point Of Reference - Veneration vs Operationalization

This is not my "political blog".
This is a "cultural strategy" blog, for people seeking to develop the Black Diaspora.

Below are two videos of people seeking to "Return To Africa" with the hopes of improved fortunes than what "The West" has to offer.

The difference in consciousness between these two sets of "disaporatic Blacks" could not be more dramatic. The Dreams Of Africa By An "American Working Class Slave"

The Dreams To Return To Africa By A Real African Who Departed To Europe And Longs To Improve His Homeland

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I see one videos that has a "grievance based" motivation for migration.

I see another in which the need to build up the infrastructure in various parts of Africa so that the return trip will be a fruitful one as being more likely to have success.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Don Cornelius - "Organic Wealth Development"

Don Cornelius took a $400 investment in a local Chicago dance show into a long running, multi-million dollar franchise.  The launching pad of a countless number of performing artist.

Just as the TV One show "Unsung" gives us the opportunity to see an overview of the careers of several talented musical stars - there are few of them that did not pass through the "Soul Train Line" as a venue for national exposure.

Don Cornelius saw a void in the representation of Black people on television as well as a consumer demand for music and dancing.  Instead of protesting outside of "American Bandstand" regarding the lack of "Black faces" in the studio - he started his own show and then owned his own studio.

It is rare for individuals to have the vision to develop new markets rather than assuming that the confines of the existing market are fixed.

I am saddened that Mr Cornelius decided to take his own life but his legacy is assured.