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Israel Must Stop Now!!! Hamas Must Stop Now!!!

In Politics, Religion, the World, Uncategorized on 19/11/2012 at 11:55

Israeli and Palestinian Peace

CONSIDER THIS: I do not under any circumstances support what the Israeli government under the leadership of Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing in Palestine especially in the Gaza Strip.  But let me be very clear to those reading this and would translate that to mean that I’m somehow “anti-semitic” or “anti-Jewish” because I don’t support the Israeli government, shame on you for thinking so small.

There are Jews throughout the world as well as Israeli citizens who don’t support this government and what some would deem crimes against humanity.  So for me this is a human issues not an Jewish issue.  Let me further add, I do not under any circumstances support the actions of Hamas and their rhetoric of hatred and their corrupt leadership.  They are very wrong too.

You see, there’s a complex history when it comes to the formation of Israel in the 1940′s and the unwillingness of the European nations and the U.S. to force the creation of a Palestinian state at the same time.  The mistake was made then and the world is still paying for it now.  Some of you think this is about religious belief and ancient prophecy, that too is wrong thinking.  The only prophecy that’s taking place is the self fulfilling kind.  The kind that would continue to see this supposed prophecy to fruition at a cost to all humanity.

What this is, is a powder keg of human behaviour that has caused nothing but pain and suffering on all sides.  True leadership on the part of Israel and Hamas would be working towards to diplomatic solutions of compromise.  Until that happens we will continue to see what we’re seeing now. Pain, suffering, fear and needless deaths.

But when it’s all said and done, it will be the Children of Israel and the Children of Palestine who will loose everything.  And that is where the real shame and sadness resides.

An Open Letter To White Male America

In Politics, Uncategorized on 15/11/2012 at 13:32

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White men in America who lost elections on 6th November, why are you so angry?  What happened to your sense of fairness and belief in the American way?  What happened to your belief in the Constitution and the voice of the people through the ballot box?  What happened to your belief that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL or does that really mean that ALL White men are created equal and everyone else is just one step below that?

I ask these questions because you have fought hard in the sphere of public opinion and media propaganda to convince those who don’t look like you that you really love all of us and that we should continue to blindly follow your form of leadership and political representation.  I really don’t want you to be mad with us Mr. White American Male.  Do you not realise how much the people who don’t look like you LOVE and WORSHIP you everyday of their existence in this nation and arguably in this world?

Do you not understand that we have always sought to be like YOU and do everything in our power consciously and unconsciously via our sub-cultures to emulate you and assimilate to your world view?  We spend your money, support your policies even when we say we don’t, buy your products although we get paid very little for the work we do to produce them and we worship your God and gods and we defend those beliefs with our lives knowing that believing in such things have never worked to our advantage.

So, why you mad bro?  I just don’t get it.  You can’t ask for more than what you currently have.  You have a nation of citizens who still dance to your drum.  You still have power, regardless of the drop in your population.  You control education, text books, how history is taught to our youth and more than anything you control the images of those who are not White and how they are portrayed to our nation and the world.

Again, I ask, why you mad bro?  Man you need to stop trippin’.  You are in the Cat Birds Seat and have been for centuries.  Don’t fret, the people will continue to follow your lead because you will change your tactics, your message and your strategies to appease the people while still remaining in power.

That said, I bid you well because I have never believed a damned thing you’ve ever said.  But just because you don’t have me under your mind control doesn’t mean that countless others won’t continue to believe in your perspective and what you represent.  Keep on keeping on and do you bro.  Those of us who know better will also do what we must to insure a future that’s in our best interest.  It’s what you’d do, right?

Much Love, Peace and Light,
A Free Thinking Human Being

Happy 88th Birthday to James Baldwin. You continue to inspire

In Authors, Culture, Philosophies and Opinions, Politics, the World on 02/08/2012 at 11:58

James Baldwin was born on this day in 1924. He was a public intellectual, a civil and human rights freedom fighter and a literary giant.  In his honour here are a few of his quotes:

  • “American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
  • “Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.”
  • “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”
  • “Everybody’s journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality.”

R.I.P. good brother. You spirit, wisdom and intellect is sorely missed.

Gun laws need to be reconsidered and the NRA has too much influence

In Consider This, Culture, Politics on 22/07/2012 at 22:42

CONSIDER THIS: Our media more often than not spins and softens information before broadcasting it to the masses. Especially when it doesn’t fall in line with atypical ways of defining and describing individuals or events. I think this poster about sums this one up. What say YE?!!! #RIPColoradoShootingVictims

 

 

South African woman to lead African Union, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

In Politics, the World, Thinking Africa on 19/07/2012 at 11:25

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, incoming President of the African Union

AFRICAN COMMUNITY PSA: Women are doing BIG things on the continent. CONGRATULATIONS to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to new President of the African Union. Continue to make us proud.

 

Happy 94th Birthday to the One and Only Nelson Mandela

In Culture, History, Politics, the World, Thinking Africa, Uncategorized on 18/07/2012 at 09:37

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” ― Nelson Mandela

 

AMERICAN CIVICS 101: What does American Socialism look like?

In Culture, History, Politics on 30/06/2012 at 18:10

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AMERICAN CIVICS 101: Any questions?

So·cial·ism

noun
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.

3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

FYI… #OBAMA2012

Kwame Brown: Servant of the People or Servant of Himself?

In Politics on 08/06/2012 at 13:06

(WASHINGTON) – DC is a city of many contradictions especially when it comes to the politics of the city.  Over the past few days it has been revealed that former city council president Kwame Brown plead guilty to bank fraud where he lied on his loan applications in order to purchase a home and boat.  Also, he came up on new charges of campaign finance malfeasance. Which is a Federal charge.

This story is all the buzz in the local DC media as well as on social media outlets like facebook and twitter.  When it comes to politics it often seems that politicians not only in DC but many other American cities forget that their first job is to serve the people not for their elected position to serve them.

And it also seems that having the name Kwame in U.S. politics doesn’t bode well.  Remember Kwame Kilpatrick, the former “hip-hop mayor” of Detroit?  Seemingly there are a number of similarities between the Kwame’s when it comes to hubris and a feeling of entitlement.  Now his family, friends and closest supporters have to endure the embarrassment of their attachment to him.

But the people must also deal with the realities of getting what they elect.  There is a serious mentality of “them against us” in DC and the Black community in DC refuses to vote for candidates that are best for them.  Instead they continue to vote for flashy, stereotypical Black politicians.  What DC needs is substantive politicians who care about all of DC’s citizens.  As a new citizen of the District it is impossible not to see these political issues.

They are glaring to an outsider but to those who call the District their hometown, seemingly they can’t see the forest for the trees.  Rest assured what has happened with Harry Thomas, Jr., another former DC city council member now serving prison time, and Kwame Brown is just the beginning.

The person the Feds really want is the current DC mayor Vincent Gray.  He’s the big fish and his downfall will be of the utmost embarrassment to DC and all Black politicians throughout the nation.  In a high profile city like DC, the nations capitol this type of corruption should not be the one thing that gets the most attention.

DC has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the nations especially in the Black community.  DC has an extremely high high school drop out rate. DC has a public school system that’s in shambles  and a host of other very important social issues which require real leadership to address and help resolve.

Does this mean that everything in DC is crumbling, no but what it does mean is that there are serious social and political issues that deserve better politicians than they ones the city currently has.  Kwame Brown did a disservice to the city.  He allowed personal agendas, and extraordinary ego to get in the way of integrity filled political service.

The bright side to this all is the house cleaning taking place in DC because of the likes of Thomas, Brown and Gray.  Hopefully, this will lead to DC being the great city and shinning star of Americas democratic republic that it should be.

Celebrating freedom and the African continent on Africa Day

In Culture, Politics, the World, Thinking Africa on 26/05/2012 at 17:26

After the World War II, the process of decolonization of the African continent gathered momentum as Africans increasingly agitated for more political rights and independence. While in other parts of the continent colonial powers reluctantly and grudgingly relinquished power, in other parts African people launched protracted struggles against the recalcitrant colonial regimes. Thus, between 1945 and 1965 a significant number of African countries gained independence from European colonial powers. Ghana became the first African country south of the Sahara to gain independence on 6 March 1957. Its independence served an inspiration to other African countries struggling against colonial rule and as a result Ghana occupied a central role in the struggle against colonial rule.

Just over a year after its independence Ghana under the leadership Kwame Nkrumah convened the first Conference of Independent African States on 15 April 1958. Amongst those countries that attended were Ghana, Ethiopia, Sudan, Liberia, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia amongst others. There were also representatives of the National Liberation Front of Algeria andthe Union of Cameroonian Peoples. It is worth noting that there were only eight African countries were independent at this time. The conference was an unequivocal assertion of Africa’s rejection of colonial and imperialist domination of the continent. It became the first Pan African conference to be held on the continent bringing together various African countries. Furthermore, the conference became a collective platform from which African countries sought to cooperate in the struggle against colonialism.

To further encourage and forge a common goal of fighting against colonial rule, the conference called for the observance of African Freedom Day once a year, to mark “the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the People of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation.” Consequently, 15 April was enacted as called it African Freedom Day (or Africa Liberation Day), and this marked the beginning of what would later be known as Africa Day.

Subsequent to the April conference another conference, the All Africa People’s Conference (AAPC) was held on 8-13 December 1958 in Accra Ghana. The AAPC was attended by both independent and non independent countries, representatives of liberation movements.

Africa is the new developing and growth market.  Pay very close attention.

Black Mormons and the Politics of Identity

In Culture, Politics, Religion on 22/05/2012 at 16:30

SALT LAKE CITY — When Marguerite Driessen, a professor here, entered Brigham Young University in the early 1980s, she was the first black person many Mormon students had ever met, and she spent a good bit of her college time debunking stereotypes about African-Americans. Then she converted to Mormonism herself, and went on to spend a good deal of her adult life correcting assumptions about Mormons.

So the matchup in this year’s presidential election comes as a watershed moment to her, symbolizing the hard-won acceptance of racial and religious minorities.

“A Mormon candidate and a black candidate? Who would have thunk!” Ms. Driessen said. “I think 30 years ago, we would not have had this choice.”

Being black, liberal and Mormon, Marguerite Dreissen represents a small but emerging point of view that is in stark contrast to the traditional profile of American Latter-day Saints, who tend to be conservative, Republican and white.

After examining the dual — and sometimes conflicting — identities, she has decided that she will cast her vote for President Obama over Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee. Ms. Driessen believes that there is plenty in the Book of Mormon to support Mr. Obama’s candidacy, and she likes to cite chapter and verse, like Mosiah 29:39 and 23:13.

“It says it is your job, people, to elect people who will protect your liberties,” said Ms. Driessen, a constitutional lawyer. “That is my standard.”

Being black, liberal and Mormon, Ms. Driessen represents a small but emerging point of view that is in stark contrast to the traditional profile of American Latter-day Saints, who tend to be conservative, Republican and white.

While many within the church community are rooting for Mr. Romney, the minority Mormon voices are becoming more assertive, perhaps because of the strength of their growing numbers. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has experienced explosive worldwide growth through its missionary work, particularly in countries with large black populations. In the United States, it is the second-fastest growing religion, according to recently released decennial census of religions. (cont … New York Times)

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