Mad Now! Not!

Damn shame that no black man is exempt from what is going on today as it relates to police interactions with black males that lead to injury and/or death.

Mad Now! Not!

I was mad dating back to the late 80’s when I got actively engaged in Community Activism and found very few folk in the community speaking out publicly against injustice.

I have been speaking out all these years so I get excited just watching folk that should have been excited back then, get excited now.

At-risk Black Males

Damn shame when videos capture things but then they are twisted to justify right and wrong. But the final answer should be right at the end of the day.

At-risk Black Males

I remember attending and speaking out at school board and other meetings where it was being said young black males were At-risk. I said ALL BLACK MEN were AT-RISK!

A Black Man Hangs a White Supremacist: Tyler Shields’s Charged Photography – The Daily Beast

In Tyler Shields’ photographs the traditional victim of violent race-related injustice turns aggressor. For Shields, it’s a powerful and symbolic role reversal.

There he hangs, just feet above the water.

The white, hooded figure whose body is limp and lifeless resembles a uniformed member of the Klu Klux Klan. As he hangs, a black man securely holds the opposite end of the rope. Is he the culprit or the savior? We do not know. (Source: Read more)

The Black Man – At Risk, Endangered & Whatever

Okay we have the President of These United States that has been disrespected beginning before he was sworn in, Ferguson case with Michael Brown being murdered and allowed to lay in the street for hours with his body exposed along with Bill Cosby and several women coming forward after numerous years saying he sexually assaulted them and more on the black man in the news. Some say it is a black man thing. Some say justice is not being served and that we the black man are an endangered species. Well if you believe this is true, how do you suggest we deal with it? Or can we deal with it or just wait for the next black man to become the next target? Folks it do not have to be a famous black man who encounter this stuff but black men from all walks of life can be the next suspect.

Well my thing as a black man has always been is to not allow what they say and do to you be the truth but does it really matter. Look at the President, it does not matter what he says or does, they will never respect him.

The Michael Brown case, it was one thing for the officer to murder him but to not even cover his body while lying there in the street is another thing.

Bill Cosby, I don’t know what to say about this because he ain’t saying anything so I am only getting one side. Well I hope it is not true.

One thing I have said over and over again is that since I have been actively engaged in politics is that when I leave home that a red flag goes up and that I will not allow money, sex and drugs to be on my agenda because I know “they” want to get something on me. “They” ain’t just white folks either because we have some black folks who have a problem with the black man being vocal.

I remember some years ago when the saying was black males in the school system were at-risk. I said all black males are at-risk. Endangered? Whatever?

So again I ask, how do you suggest we deal with it? Or can we deal with it or just wait for the next black man to become the next target?

But black youth and black men, you must stay clean so that if “they” come after you, you can live with knowing that you have not done anything wrong no matter what “they” try to do to you. You don’t have to sell your soul because you have to live with a lie knowing that you did something and you have to try to hide it. Just do the right thing and stand up for righteousness because you will be able to sleep at night knowing that you tried to do the very best that you could however life comes with consequences and choices but make the right choices and let the chip fall where they lay. It is a hard pill to swallow when folks accuse you of something but I have found peace knowing that I know that what they accuse me of was not true and “they” will have to live with “their” lie.

Proud To Be Black And A Democrat

I will not be apologetic for being a black male and a Democrat. If you have a problem with my blackness then that is your damn problem because I don’t have one.

If you have a problem with me being a die hard Democrat then that is your damn problem because I am happy about it.

What tickles the hell out of me is when some black folks who think I am a militant because they think they have arrived, those whom are scared to speak truth to power and white folks who feel I am a racist have no problem with talking to me when they have a problem and they want my help.

But what tickles the hell out of me the most is those Republicans who have a problem with the Democratic Party especially President Barack Obama but they end up using the benefits that he has put in place.

Forest Whitaker Frisked At NYC Deli Over False Theft Allegation – NewsOne

Not even the inside of a store can provide a Black man–in this case, Forest Whitaker— in New York City refuge from “Stop and Frisk.”

This time, however, the NYPD is not behind the act; it was allegedly an employee of the Upper East Side’s Milano Market who carried out the embarrassing pat down. TMZ reports that Whitaker said he was falsely accused of lifting an item off the store’s shelf and subsequently frisked by an employee. An eyewitness told the entertainment site that the Academy Award winner was frisked in plain view of everyone. (More)

What Race Has to Do With It – The Nation

Response: Hell yeah it is and has always been about RACE. They are afraid of this damn smart intelligent Black man. Anyone who does not see this just don’t understand and/or denial. I say they are in denial because it has been clear from day one.

Say what you like about Wally Hudson—and people do—he knows his audience. For months, the chairman of Virginia’s Mecklenburg County Republican Committee displayed pictures of Barack Obama as a drug dealer, witch doctor and caveman on his party’s Facebook page, resisting calls from higher-ups to remove them. “We know our regular readers, who are good conservatives,” Hudson told The Washington Post. “They’re gonna get a kick out of it.” (More)

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR A BLACK MAN TO ‘LEARN HOW TO BE AN AMERICA?’ by Curtis Gatewood Columnist

YES, THEY WANT "PRESIDENT OBAMA TO LEARN HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN." BECAUSE THESE PEOPLE BELIEVE, ONCE THIS BLACK MAN NAMED BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA "LEARN HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN" HE WOULD UNDERSTAND HIS ‘PLACE’ IS IN PRISON RATHER THAN THE PRESIDENCY. THAT IS THE ‘AMERICAN’ WAY! IT IS ‘UNAMERICAN’ FOR A BLACK MAN TO SUCCEED TO SUCH AN EXTENT. THEY ARE SAYING BLACK OBAMA MUST COME TO REALIZE IT IS ‘UNAMERICAN’ TO HAVE A JOB THAT A WHITE MAN WANTS. THANK GOD OBAMA HAS NOT LEARNED HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN!

By Rev. Curtis  E. Gatewood

While I serve as a North Carolina NAACP worker, the above editorial is not written to in any way speak on behalf of the NAACP.  These thoughts are based upon my personal commitment to justice and ministerial/religious beliefs.

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Trayvon Martin, such a tragedy – Wilson Times

Response: I totally agree and this is similar to my 2 post that I have written. C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

There is a sadness that looms over America and the world over the manner in which the life of Trayvon Martin was taken. Many persons everywhere have genuinely spoken out against this travesty and have identified with the grave injustice of this particular event. (More)

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All Black Boys & Black Men Are At-Risk 

Black Folks We Are In A State Of Emergency When It Comes To Education, Murder And Racism To Name A Few. I Am Tired Of The Call To Action After The Tragedy Has Occurred

Where Have All The Black Men Gone? – Source: HuffPost Books

A recurring question has surfaced in mainstream and ethnic media for more than a decade. The phrasing of the question differs depending on who’s asking the question and why, but the question tends to boil down to this: Where have all the black men gone? They’re missing in churches, missing from their families, missing from college campuses, and absent from work. Black women can’t find a man to marry. Black children don’t know where to find their fathers. Where are those guys? (More)

PURE UNADULTERATED RACISM – A MUST READ ARTICLE by THE BLACK LONG ISLAND ICED TEA PARTY

PURE UNADULTERATED RACISM

 

By Helen L. Burleson, Doctor of Public Administration

 

The President of the United States cannot say what I’m going to say. I am going to say it loud so that it resounds all over this land.  Racists, racists, racists! Racism is alive and SICK in America. Racial hatred is alive and SICK in America.

Can I prove it? Yes, I can.

 

I am 81 years old so I have lived through 13 administrations of presidencies: some weak and ineffective, some strong and yet neglectful; and yet a few, passionate, caring and humane.

These Republicans and Libertarians today are still fighting the Civil War! There is Texas where the governor is Republican Rick Perry. This Southern state wants to engrave the Confederate flag on the license plates of all the citizens in the state. There are Southern boards of education including, but not limited to Tennessee, Texas and Virginia who want to rewrite the text books either to omit slavery or to revise and rearrange history to fit their biased views. These three states all have Republican governors. The Tea Party, a group of extreme right-wing conservative theorists are among the proponents of this revisionist, altered version of American history. There are those semi-literate legislators, like Republican Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota, who say the Founding Fathers fought to eliminate slavery. There’s a Southern governor, Republican Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi, who knows nothing about slavery and racial tensions in the South. Ignorant! Yes, that’s a part of it; but, the main thing is their psyche. Taught at an early age to look down upon and to hate people of African descent, this hatred is buried deep, deep, within the throes of every fabric and fiber of their beings. Just as a light weight object put into a glass of water will float to the top, no matter how long racism has been festering in their bodies, confronted with a president of African descent, the covert racism rises to the top. All of the subliminal messages weighing them down for years since infancy, now surface; and unabashedly, they would rather see this Nation, this Democratic Republic crumble as long as they can blame this Black man and cause his Waterloo! This is not my position. This is not my inference. This is exactly what some of these racists legislators have said. There is concrete evidence that they said it. I don’t have to make it up or falsify what they said, it is there on video preserved for the lifetime of this Nation for the whole world to see that a group of racists legislators, like Republican Congressman Mitch McConnell, are so determined to make the presidency of President Barack Obama, a one-term presidency that they frankly, as Rhett Butler said, …don’t give a damn,,,”

 

Collective bargaining came into existence in Wisconsin; but Republican Governor Scott Walker, a governor influenced by Libertarian billionaires, destroyed it with the stroke of a pen. Social Security signed into law by Democrat President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one of the more effective, caring and humane presidents, is about to undergo the chopping block despite the fact that workers have paid into the system all of their working years. Medicare and Medicaid, humane programs signed into law by Democrat President Lyndon Baines Johnson, designed to aid the elderly, the infirm and women, infants and children are about to come under the blade of the guillotine!

These programs benefit people most of whom have worked on minimum wage jobs all of their working years. Some of them are unmarried and/or divorced women, failed by the declining education system, find themselves unprepared to find work that will sustain themselves and their children.

 

Combined with racism is also classism; and, viewed and pursued by some, they are one and the same. Classism divides Americans by social strata with three defined levels: upper class (those with wealth accumulated either by top earning occupations or by inheritance), middle class (those who are either professional, have managerial positions or government workers with wages above the minimum income level, sometimes referred to as white collar workers), and lower class (those who work in production whose manufacturing jobs for the most part have been shipped overseas, often referred to as blue collar workers). Then there’s the undefined and often ignored underbelly of society who are invisible because they make no demands on society. They are the ones who roam the streets at night or sleep over the grate or under bridges, in bus stations or wherever they can lay their heads as they use what little belongings they have as a pillow under their heads. They are the unemployed, the homeless and hopeless, many are former military personnel who served their country all the while being neglected by their country. Many Americans of African descent have managed to escape the net and the web woven that would keep them out of the middle class, have benefited from these social programs after retirement years which has sustained them, along with their pensions,and have managed to remain middle class.

 

As one legislator decried, “This is class war!” Yes, it is! Though some semi-literate, misinformed legislators called President Obama an elitist, it is they, many formerly poor boys, who through their positions living off the dole of the citizenry, now look down on the very people from whom they rose. There are some ill reared and ill bred who call the President of the United States, a liar! Because my mind is alert and fertile, I challenge any American to refute any of the facts that I am stating. Never in the history of this country has an American President been openly disrespected as has President Barack Obama. One “pretender to the throne,” Republican part-time governor, Sarah Palin, while in India spoke derisively about the President while on foreign shores, all the while saying that this is inappropriate. One thug of a legislator, Republican Congressman Joe Wilson, of South Carolina, called out, to President Barack Obama, “You lie!” during the State of the Union Address. Just the other day in July, 2011, another barnyard pig of a legislator, Republican Congressman Joe Lucas, of the 8th District of Illinois, called the President of the United States a liar.

Of course American ethics, morals and morality have gone to hell in a hand basket; but, when this same “pretender,” Sarah Palin, featured on the cover of a major magazine, Newsweek, dressed inappropriately in a tight sweater opened a bit too much, then the world can see for itself the depravity and degradation of American principles and the American people.

 

As Republican President Abraham Lincoln stated eloquently, “ A house divided against itself, cannot stand,” we have reached that fork in the road and America is on the path to destruction at the hands of a few, petty, pampered, pretty boys who in their efforts to appease their “masters” are driving this country off a cliff!

Until we get a Secretary of Psychiatry to free racists of the hatred they are harboring, America will not prosper. America is already close to being displaced by China as the world’s greatest power; and, this is only because of the pure unadulterated racism pervasive throughout this land.

Source: The Black Long Island Iced Tea