Our sisters are killed unjustly by the police as well. We can never forget that. If black women are willing to stand by us,then we should return the favor. We can not just stand by and say nothing when our women and children are killed. And we will never get any respect from other races unless we stand up and let our voices be heard. That’s what real men do!
Here’s just a short list of the victims of police brutality….
Lil Bobby Hutton, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, Amadou Diallo, Jonathan Ferrell, Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones age 7, Kimani Gray, Kendrec McDade, Timothy Russell, Ervin Jefferson, Patrick Dorismond, Ousmane Zongo, Timothy Stansbury Jr. Sean Bell, Orlando Barlow, Aaron Campbell, Victor Steen, Steven Eugene Washington, Alonzo Ashley, Wendell Allen, Ronald Madison and James Brissette, Travares McGill, Ramarley Graham, Rekia Boyd, Yvette Smith, Tyisha Miller, Denzel Curnell, Terrance Williams, Felipe Santos in all likelyhood murdered by former Naples deputy Corporal Steven Henry Calkins who was fired but never charged with any crime for his roll in the double slaying, + Rodney Mitchell, Alesia Thomas, Victor White III, John Adams, Milton Hill, Wendell Allen, Danroy Henry Jr., Dee-Jay Galmon, Tony Francis, Irene Bamenga, Malik Jones, Kenneth Chamberlain, Darrin Hanna, John Husband, Travis McNiell, Tamon Robinson, Henry Glover, DeAunta Farrow age 12, Mack “Jody” Woodfox, John T.Williams, Tarika Wilson, + Alonzo O’Kelly 15 yrs old + Jesus Mejia + Kenny Lazo + Clifton Lee Jr. + Robert McIntosh + Robert James Smith + Elio Carrion + John Doe-shot dead-Chicago/5/14/06 + James Deon Lennox + Kenneth Gray “Suggs” + Michael Newby + Robert Whitlow + Fidencio Campos Cruz + Desmond Rudolph + Adrian Reynolds + Rodney Abernathy + Clifford Lewis + Antwan D. Bryant + James Edward Taylor + Marshall Marbly + Cammerin Boyd + Bernard C. Burden + Tou Yang + Courtney Williams + Joshua Rucker + Nathaniel Jones + Nathaniel Morgan + Sammy Evans 49 neck broken, + Ashley Villarreal 14 yrs old, + Francisco Barva + Stanley Miller 13 yrs old, + Aaron Shaw savagely beaten to death, + Kenneth Walker + William Henderson unarmed &shot 17 times, + Andre Brown 40, + Franklyn Reid + Brian Fillmore + Our beloved brother Eric Garner + Gary King Jr killed by the OPD + Derek Brown killed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol 9/29/13 + Miriam Carey murdered by the Capitol Police + The murder of Marlon Brown by FL Police premeditated vehicular homicide + John Crawford 22, murdered by police in Ohio Walmart + Michael Brown 18 yrs old unarmed, murdered by the St. Luis police dept + Luis Rodriguez 44 beat to death by 3 Moore officers and 2 game wardens + Jacory Calhoun 23 shot in the back as he ran for his life by the Oakland PD + Keith Warren lynched in Silver Spring Maryland 1986 if the Montgomery PD weren’t directly involved they did take action to protect the killers. + Timmy Thomas 19 in 2001 shot dead by the Cincinnati PD + Ezell Ford 24 yrs old murdered by the LAPD ,he was shot in the back as he lay down complying with officers demands.
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“Justice requires not only the ceasing and desisting of injustice but also requires either punishment or reparation for injuries and damages inflicted for prior wrongdoing. The essence of injustice is the redistribution of gains earned through the perpetration of injustice. If restitution is not made and reparations not instituted to compensate for prior injustices, those injustices are in effect rewarded. And the benefits such rewards conferred on the perpetrators of injustice will continue to ‘draw interest,’ to be reinvested, and to be passed on to their children, who will use their inherited advantages to continue to exploit the children of the victims of the injustices of their ancestors. Consequently, injustice and inequality will be maintained across the generations as will their deleterious social, economic and political outcomes.” -Amos Wilson
Whatever perverse view the Ferguson police officer had of Michael Brown — and all Black men like him — before taking his life and leaving him to lay in his blood for hours afterward, his mother has made sure to counter such characterizations. Lesley McSpadden described her now-fallen son as a boy with the sort of disposition that made him more like “a big teddy bear” as opposed to someone who deserved to be slaughtered like a dog in the street. McSpadden went on to explain, “He was a good boy. He deserved none of this. We need justice for our son.”
No stranger to this kind of disregard toward Black people’s humanity, attorney Benjamin Crump, who has since been retained by Brown’s parents, made his thoughts clear at a recent press conference. “I don’t want to sugarcoat it, their baby was executed in broad daylight,” Crump noted. “We want to know and see exactly what happened because this family rejects what the police authorities said at their press conference.”
As does Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who along with other eyewitnesses, disputed Brown’s killer’s claims that he shoved the officer and tried to wrestle the officer’s gun from him.
Any Black man living in this country and who values his life knows better than to tempt fate that way.
The truth may be less imaginative but no less chilling: Even when we don’t fight back, our presence is still intimidating to the point where select members of law enforcement feel no choice but to shoot us dead.
Such a revelation brings justified anger, and while Brown’s parents have encouraged protesters to remain peaceful, their rage is understandable.
Protesters arrived with signs and peaceful discourse and were greeted with dogs, rubber bullets, and tear gas.
And as New York Times correspondent Julie Bosman reported via Twitter, these rubber bullets were even shot in the direction of journalists and photographers. Meanwhile, area police officers describe the scene as a “war zone” and even when protesters sought an exit, the police reportedly blocked them from locating one. There’s since been word of one police officer referring to protesters as “fucking animals” during coverage on CNN.
Yet, some wonder why some of the protesters supposedly sang, “F*ck the police.”
And while I don’t necessarily excuse the acts of looters and those described as “rioters,” I do have empathy. This is why I take issue with Jonathan Capeheart’s “A Shameful Way To Protest the Michael Brown Shooting,” where he writes, “This is not how you make authorities understand your anger and concern. This is not how you get others to join your cause.”
You mean the authorities who shot a Black child in cold blood, left him in the street for hours as some sort of “example” to other people in his area, and greet peaceful protest with nothing but contempt and the intent to further antagonize? The same authorities who employ individuals who refer to the rightfully angry public as “f*cking animals.” The authorities who enter their neighborhood and limit their access?
I am not in the business of policing people’s emotions particularly with respect to dire situations such as these. Anger has its consequences, including irrational behavior. It doesn’t make it right, but learn to have compassion for people in a situation you have yet to experience. There’s a time for discussions on personal responsibility and there’s a time to look at tragedy and respect the rightful rage it creates.
Many people are angry and they are running on empty.
I am tired of having to write about people like Michael Brown. The same goes for 22-year-old John Crawford III, who was shot and killed after holding a BB gun in a Walmart. Like Brown’s mother, Crawford’s father described his son fondly, saying, “He was a good son and a good Father to his two children.”
We shouldn’t have to quantify our lives this way.
It doesn’t even matter if Michael Brown was a “big teddy bear” heading to college or that John Crawford was a good Dad. No matter what kind of personalities they had, there was no reason to slaughter them this way. We shouldn’t have to worry that once our lives are unjustly stripped from us, we will be purposely vilified in order to excuse our killers’ actions — as evidenced in the trending topic #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, and more hauntingly, in both trials relating to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Renisha McBride.
Structural racism, widening economic inequality, a gun manufacturing lobby so hell bent on making money that they’ll probably see to it that guide dogs for the blind receive gun permits, plus the continuation of the militarization of police have all helped it be open season on Black people. You can’t help but feel exhaustion, grief, and yes, anger. To some, such rage may not “help our cause,” but the alternative clearly has its limitations too.
Cooler heads should prevail, but be clear about who the real hotheads causing trouble are.
Article by Michael Arceneaux
This is a great video by Watoto from the Nile. This is a very powerful video. These are very brave young girls for making this video. These are the type of songs our children should be listening to. We need artists who have the guts to tackle tough issues in our community. These young girls have more guts than most hip hop artists today. This song is a plea to the President to address issues such as safety,violence,police brutality and justice. Hmmmmmm….I wonder if the President is listening. I also wonder if this song will get much radio play. Check out the video and let me know what you think.
The Black child is born with great, great potential. We have indicated in the book, The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child, that the Black child is not a white child painted black. In the Black child Afrikan heritage means something. The Black man being the first man to walk this earth, to establish civilizations, to build institutions, governments and so forth, I think is still genetically represented in the Black child. We now quote the following from The Developmental Psychology of the Black Child:
Comparison of African and European Psychomotor Development:
1. Nine (9) hours old being drawn up in a sitting position, able to prevent its head from falling backward; it takes the European child (six) 6 weeks.
2. Two (2) days old, with head held firmly, looking in the face of the examiner; the European child eight (8) weeks.
3. Seven (7) weeks old, supporting herself in a sitting position and watching her reflection in the mirror; the European child twenty (20) weeks.
4. Five (5) months old, holding herself upright; the European child nine (9) months.
5. Five (5) months old, taking the round block out of its hole in the form board; the European child takes eleven (11) months. Five (5) months old, standing against the mirror; it takes the European child nine (9) months.
6. Seven (7) months old, walking to the Gesell Box to look inside; it takes the European child fifteen (15) months.
7. Eleven (11) months old, climbing the steps alone; the European child takes fifteen (15) months.
The differences in Afrikan and European heritages are responsible for these developmental differences. This is why we have to look at Afrika as the source of understanding the development of our children not Europe.
It is the use of Europeans as our standard of measure that has turned Black psychology into a psychology of deviancy, which makes us talk about our children in terms of deviances, deficiencies, as slow learners, and in other kinds of negative ways. We are using the wrong standard of measurement. One of the major things necessary for enhancing the intelligence of our children is to have knowledge of their development. It has been shown clearly that it is not so much the income, but a knowledge of how our children develop that is very important to their intellectual development. Our lack of knowledge about the development of our children helps to retard the intellectual potential that our children so abundantly possess. If we use European developmental scales we may be waiting too late since their children develop later than our own. We must gear the education of our children to their developmental rates. Because our children are growing at different rates and in different ways compared to whites they must have different standards for meeting their nutritional needs. All of these things point to the need for us to have a sound knowledge of the Afrikan child.
It is not what weve got, it is not the status of the parents that is important, but its what we parents do that is most important for enhancing the intelligence of our children. Much of what we need does not require money. Interest, motivation, dedication is what we need. We can make various toys out of empty boxes. We can give a child pots and pans to play with, anything to develop its discrimination and to develop its coordination, to develop the feel for objects. To develop many of its abilities we can go to the park and classify flowers, we can pick up rocks and teach categorization. We can hunt butterflies, or bees, or anything: all of which can become a basis for scientific thought development. We can look in store windows and talk about colors. We can use things all around us.
Infant Stimulation: The nature of the home environment at six months can give us some indication of how the infants mind is going to be at three and four years old. The emotional nature of the home, the emotional responses of the mother, the parental involvement of the mother with the child, the provision of appropriate play materials, are very important to the childs development. Play things are very important. Give them something to see, touch, draw, manipulate, hit, to rattle. All those things are important for growth and development.
The Japanese are surpassing the Europeans and their IQ is growing. Discover magazine, September 1982, asked the following question IQ Are The Japanese Really Smarter? White Americans are asking themselves this question. That sounds like our question, doesnt it? It is amazing to see them in this predicament. Because they told us that IQ is innate. When they tested the Japanese back in the 1940s the average scores were basically the same. But what shocks them is that in 1983, the Japanese average score is 15 points above that of the average White American. Japanese IQ has grown, and they are wondering if it is going to keep growing. When they told us that their average score was 15 points above ours they swore that intelligence is inborn and natural! What are they going to say now? That the Japanese are naturally, innately smarter? No! They are not admitting that now. When you read this article you read them saying, Lets look at the schools, lets see how they are being educated. They present all the comparisons of how much time White children stay in class as compared to the Japanese. In fact, a part of this educational report suggests that Americans must get our children to stay in school longer because the Japanese stay in school longer. So we see all those environmental arguments that we had put forward in the defense of our intelligence, that they so valiantly resisted, they themselves are using now that they are in the very same position. We must restructure the schools; we must restructure the family; we must restructure the value system; because all of a sudden they find all these things are important to the intellectual growth and advancement of their children.
Language Development: Black children are psychomotorically ahead of White children until they get to about age three. The major reason why they start falling behind at age three, and particularly five, is because their way of dealing with the world shifts. Up to about age two or three, the major way of dealing with the world is to deal with it concretely, i.e., through the ability to handle objects, to coordinate the body and psychophysical systems. But at around the age of three, the way of dealing with the world is increasingly by the word, and it is at that point that our children begin to slip because they do not use words and language as proficiently as they should. We may brag about how we are able to dance and throw basketballs, but in the end it is not the throwing of the basketballs that determines power in the world. It is the ability to use words and symbols. One of the other reasons why our children remain stuck intellectually is that we were brought to this world, the New World and the function of the Afrikans the world-over is to be servants to Europeans.
Therefore we tend to think like servants. Our ability to think abstractly is detrimental to European interests. If we want to know the characteristics that White racism wishes to impose on the Black child (and on Black people in general) there is one major question we may ask yourselves. What is it that we must not be able to do or have in our character if the White man is to stay dominant? And we will see those characteristics missing or impaired in many of us and our children. For Afrikan people must not think abstractly because we may see through his [ White oppressors] game. We must not think logically and relationally; every thing must be immediate and concrete or we may see the games that he is running on us. If the Europeans are to continue to dominate us, certain intellectual, social, emotional-behavioral and organizational abilities must be repressed in Afrikan children; the ability to read and understand language profoundly must be reduced.
The White man is so arrogant that he puts his knowledge right in front of our face most often in written form. He doesnt keep us from going to libraries, he doesnt keep us from reading, he doesnt keep us from buying books. But he has so manipulated our interest and motivation, has put us in such a state that he can place written and other forms of information right before our eyes and we will not look at and understand them. And every means by which the White man rules us is written in books every one of them. But we are not going to see them. We read about the rat in the Skinner box and dont know we are the rat in the box. We read about Pavlovs dog and we dont know that we are the dog! We read how he (the White man) controls consciousness: he has whole chapters on consciousness, how people are put under hypnosis, how to propagandize people.
All of these methods are in books. The White imperialist does not hide them from us at all. Because he knows that our mentality is twisted in such a way he has little need to do so. Because he has reduced early in our lives the ability to read between the lines. He has reduced our ability to go beyond what we see. He has reduced early in our lives our intense desire to pursue sequential-thinking and implications; to read something and to ask what does it mean for the future? Or he reduces early in our lives our ability or desire to look in the past, connect it with the present, and project it into the future. We live for the moment.
But we must connect the past and the present, we must be able to look at whats going on in the present and project probabilities as to what is going to happen in the future. Our ability to project into the future permits us to act on the present so as to influence the future; to say, Well, looking at the way things are going, the way the current interactions are taking place, I see a future that I dont want. And since I see a future that I dont want, let me change the nature of this interaction so that it can bring about a world that I do want.
One of the most important ways of breaking the reins of concrete thinking is through the expanded use of language. With expanded language we can mentally travel the world. With language we go into the fourth dimension. With language we can fly in space, we go anywhere we want to go. With symbols we create anything that we want to create. Lets turn our children on to symbols. See that they learn word-meanings. See that they know how to ask questions and deal with questions. Give them aspirations and expectations. One of the reasons our children do not grow as much as they can is because we do not expect them to grow to their fullest extent.
Our children are born with the best brains in the world and they can deal with any kind of problem that we put to them. Any kind of problem that we must solve, whether it is science, technology, mathematics or whatever they can solve! We did it in Egypt! We dont need any proof of our capability of doing it! Our people were among the first to invent mathematics, so when we practice it we are practicing our heritage. But if we believe Black people are not good in math, then, of course, we are going to produce exactly what we believe. If we expect and can believe then we can produce whatever we will but we must believe.
This is a clip from the new film Hidden Colors 3. Tariq Nasheed gives a great break down on how the rules of racism keep changing on us. Black people have been bending over backwards to be accepted by white people. We have done everything possible to be included into the mainstream…….but it never happens. We keep getting denied. I think it’s time to change our way of thinking a bit. The cartoon is somewhat humorous but it still drives home the point very well. I have Hidden Colors 1 and 2 and you should check them both out. I found the to be very educational. Hidden Coors 3 looks to be just as good as the others. I think when it comes to racism,many are still confused. many black people still don’t seem to know how racism operates or the real definition of it. Here are a few definitions that should make it very simple to understand.
White Supremacy — a social, economic, and political system based on the belief that whites are superior to non-whites. (the Foundation).
Racism — the systematic discrimination (the denial of rights and benefits) by whites against non-whites in all areas of human activity: (1) economics, (2) education, (3) entertainment, (4) labor, (5) law, (6) politics, (7) religion, (8) sex, and (9) war. (the Behavior).
Q: Why is it called “Racism/White Supremacy?”
A: Because this describes exactly WHO is practicing racism. For one group to practice racism that group must have MORE POWER than another group. Since whites control ALL the major areas of human activity in America — housing, education, health, entertainment, economics, politics, law, and religion — it is accurate to define all “racism” as “white supremacy.” We must be accurate so the victims of racism do not become confused.
Q: Isn’t all racism the same, regardless of who is practicing it?
A: There is only ONE kind of racism: white supremacy. White people are the only group in America with the POWER to discriminate (deprive or punish other ethnic groups), and the systems and institutions to maintain the imbalance of power.
For example, rich people are more powerful than poor people. Rich people have the POWER to discriminate against poor people by depriving them of income, promotions, jobs, housing, land, justice, and any other rights – if they choose to do so.
In America, whites have the POWER to discriminate against blacks (and other non-whites) by depriving them of income, promotions, jobs, housing, land, justice, and any other rights – if they choose to do so. It doesn’t matter that some whites are poorer than some blacks.
In all things and in all places in America, whites are collectively more powerful than blacks are collectively. This imbalance of (white) power creates the opportunity and the ability to practice racism against non-whites. Racism is not empty rhetoric (words) or mindless emotion. Racism is economic, political, institutional, and systematic POWER. Since whites control all the institutions and systems of power in America, only whites have the power to practice racism.
I got this excerpt from Trojan Pam’s website:http://racismws.com/. Be sure to go check out her blog and buy all of her books. Her books will help you be les confused about the system of racism.
There’s a new ape film out again. The one released this past Friday is Dawn of The Planet of the Apes. I was looking at some of the posters last week and noticed something. The apes are wearing white face paint that looks very similar to what many Aboriginal and African tribes wear. Some wear white face paint with red markings across their faces. Is this a coincidence?? For hundreds of years whites of been calling black people many racist slurs. Some of those slurs were apes,monkeys and gorillas. I have always thought there was some underlining meaning behind all these ape films. Starting way back to 1968 with the original Planet of The Apes film. It’s something that has been discussed many times in just about all these ape films. Check out these links:http://www.metaphilm.com/philms/planetoftheapes.html
You can even see it in advertising as well.
This Vogue cover looks pretty blatant to me! I’m not sure if Lebron James new this beforehand but I find it very unsettling and obviously racist. But isn’t that what King Kong was always about? The scary black brute chasing after the beautiful innocent white woman? This type of thing goes on and in films,television,newspapers and advertising. They’re very slick with their racist tactics. It’s all very subliminal. In Africa cultures they have always used spears when fighting wars. I noticed in the new ape film the apes are using spears and guns as well. I’m sure that’s a coincidence too right?
Even the ape action figures come with spears. I also noticed that a black actor named Larramie Cortez Shaw is playing one of the apes. Well he has more guts than I do. They couldn’t pay me enough money to play a damn monkey!! No Way!! Not happening!
Well you can come to your own conclusion. I personally feel as though Hollywood is trying to tell us something. They seem to have a fear of a type of revolution or uprising by a certain group of people. Kind of reminds me of the film Avatar. The Avatar was about a peaceful blue-skinned alien tribe. They spoke their own language and had their own religion. They had land and resources and their own way of relating to the world. Then this foreign group of invaders(humans) come on along and slaughters many of them and tries to steal their land by brute force. This story sounds very familiar doesn’t it.
But I’m sure there’s no connection. There’s no subliminal message here. No need to be paranoid and pull the race card. Like I said earlier,it’s all a coincidence ……right?