My Skin is My Sin- What is a Black Identity Extremist? (Part 1 of 2)

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Well family,here we go again.  The racist wicked system is at it again.  It seems they keep coming up with new terms everyday.  Now the new term is “Black Identity Extremist”.  What the hell is that?  Is that a black person that is Afrocentric? Is it a person who wears African clothing?  Or maybe just a black person that disagrees with interracial marriage?  Or reads black nationalist books?  Where does it stop?  It seems the FBI has come up with this new term because many of our people are raising their consciousness.  They know that we have being using YouTube,Twitter and blog sites to spread truth and wake people up.  Social media can be very powerful if used in the proper manner.  And I think the government has been watching us since day one.  They have even terminated many Afrocentric YouTube channels.  Forcing them to create new accounts.  I think the powers that be fear the truth.  This proves that they are scared  and getting desperate. Keep in mind that we just had a white man shoot up hundreds of people in Las Vegas last week but……they’re worried about black extremist???  And why aren’t white mass murderers ever called terrorist?  I guess terrorist is a term reserved for non-whites.

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Some people say this article is not real.  They say it’s fake news.  I’ll let you read it and decide for yourselves.    Either way Cointelpro has beeen wathcing black groups for years so this is nothing new.  Whether the article is real or made up. According to Foreign Policy magazine, a FBI report circulated internally on August 3 warns that “Black identity extremists”—labeled a racially motivated movement—can pose a serious threat to law enforcement. Apparently, the FBI believes that police attacks on Black folks could cause “premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence” against the police.

The report stated:

“The August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, was the catalyst for widespread anger and violence, the FBI report says, concluding that continued “alleged” police abuses have fueled more violence.

“The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African-Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement.”

(There are so many levels of wrong here, but let’s start with the fact that shouldn’t the FBI be cracking down on police brutality? Guess not–this is just our fault for being angry and oppressed.)

This report isn’t sitting too well with former government officials and legal experts who stress that this BIE movement DOES NOT exist. They have also expressed concern that the term is part of a politically motivated effort to find an equivalent threat to white supremacists.

“This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis,” the former official told FP. “There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.”

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So what is an extremist anyway?  Are black people allowed to protest?  Can we march? Are we even allowed to speak truth to power?  It doesn’t look like it.  And it’s only getting worse. I think they want black people to be complacent in our oppression.  They don’t want us complaining about racism or injustice.  We are supposed to be quiet and just accept it.

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All I know is things are getting way out of hand. America is pretty much a police state now.  Even speaking the truth is illegal.  Which is why YouTube is shutting down channels that expose government corruption. We are in a prison.  Black people need to realize we are living in a hostile environment.  And the government is scared of liberation and true freedom.  And we need to educate our people and make proper arrangements to get out of this crooked system.  We have to put our heads together and comeup with some solutions.

Black NBA Stars speak out at Espy Awards

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Last night was the Espy Awards.  The Espys are an award show by ESPN.  They give out awards to the best athletes in baseball,basketball,football,tennis among other sports.  Well with all the police brutality,cop shootings,protests and racial unrest as of late….athletes chose to speak out.  At the beginning of the show Carmelo Anthony,Chris Paul,Dwayne Wade and Lebron James spoke out about political activism.  They brought up how atletes can be a voice to heal racial injustice.  Wade said that seeing no value in black life has to stop.  He also said that racial profiling and “shoot to kill” mentality has to stop.  They also went on to mention athletes like Jim Brown,Muhammad Ali,Arthur Ashe,Jackie Robinson who stood for something.  And that they we going to follow in their footsteps.  It must also be said that all four of these men are real friends off the court.  I wonder if they came up with this idea on their own.  Regardless,they made some good points although it wasn’t perfect.  The video is only 3:30 minutes long.  Watch it and tell me what you liked or didn’t like about it.  I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Muhammad Ali,Kobe,Jordan,Mayweather:What makes an athlete great?

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Since the passing of boxing icon Muhammad Ali, I’ve been thinking about black athletes a lot.  Since blacks have been playing sports we have dominated pretty much sport every sport we enter.  I had a recent discussion with a friend of mine.  I asked him why we liked Ali so much.  He said that Ali spoke up for black people at a very unpopular time in America.  He also said that Ali stuck to his convictions even if others disagreed with him.  This is something I hear over and over again.  Of course has Ali got older the white media has whitewashed his image.  They just say he was fighting for civil rights and refused to fight in the Vietnam war due to his religious beliefs.  Ali got a lot of hate from white and black Christians because he was a Muslim.  But there were those that did respect that he did have the right to practice whatever religion he chooses.  But since his death the media doesn’t bring up his controversial views on black power,injustice,interracial marriage and inequality.  They tend to gloss over all that. They do this because many whites feel detached from his era.  They feel that Ali could complain about racism and inequality because of segregation.   That’s why many whites say they admire Ali.  But if you were to repeat some of the things Ali said…they would hate you.  It’s because they believe racism is not a big problem anymore.  Overt racism maybe gone to a degree.  But racism is alive and well.

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Back in the day black athletes at least had the guts to speak out when black people were mistreated.  The photo(above) is from a press conference in 1967.  NFL great Jim Brown held a conference in support of Ali refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. NBA stars  like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul Jabbar came out to support.  This is why many black people respect these men for speaking out in a show of solidarity with Ali.

What makes an athlete great?  An athlete must have speed,agility,and strength.  Ali seemed to posses all of these qualities.  After years of practice he had perfected the craft of boxing.  Many times he could anticipate the move of his opponent.

Michael Jordan is considered the greatest basketball player of all time.  Jordan had amazing hang time on the court.  He was very quick and could get an easy dunk on pretty much anyone. He was a six time NBA Champion,rookie of the year and 14 time NBA All Star.

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Then there is undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather.  He is a great technical fighter and great defender in the ring.  The brother is a great fighter,you can’t take that away from him. He does come off brash and cocky and that’s one of the reasons people don’t like him. But he really love to show off his money and all the expensive cars he has. He seems to really love showing his opulence at any given moment.  I know that Ali did a picture posing on a stacks of money as well.  And I realize that many whites hate seeing rich and successful black people.  I’m not ignorant of the fact.  But at least Ali did balance his cocky attitude with speaking out on racial and political. Much like Ali,Mayweather   knows many people don’t like it when he does this.  He does  alot of it on purpose to get under people’s skin. I’m all for black people being successful and making money.  Lord knows it’s a struggle to make it in this racist society. But is Mayweather about anything deeper?  I just wish the brother had a little more substance. Does he care about the plight of his people?

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Then you have athletes like Kobe Byant who rarely speak out on race issues. A few years ago NFL great Jim Brown called him out on the Arsenio Hall show. Brown stated:

“He’s somewhat confused about our culture. Because he was brought up in another country…If I had to invite people to that [black athlete] summit all over,” Brown said, referring to a summit held in the early 70s regarding Muhammed Ali’s refusal to fight in the Vietnam War, “there’d be some athletes I wouldn’t call. He’d be one of them.”

I agree with Jim Brown.  Of course Kobe didn’t like that too much so he made a statement

Kobe’s statement:

“It surprised me in the sense that it came out of left field. I’ve never even met him. It came out of left field. But I do think it’s a great opportunity to have this conversation, to have this discussion. No matter where you come from, whether you come from Italy, whether you come from Inglewood (a Los Angeles neighborhood), whether you come from London, it doesn’t matter. Ultimately the conversation is that it doesn’t matter what color skin you are to begin with. But I think it’s a good place to start and have a good conversation.”

“There’s nothing to talk about. We have different perceptions and different views on that, clearly. The thing I’ve tried to do is I’ve tried to educate our youth going forward, no matter what color skin you are, African-American or white or whatever the case may be. Just try to talk about having a bright future going forward and how to help the kids and progress as a society as a whole. He and I, there’s no reason for us to try to have a conversation. We’re on opposite sides of the spectrum. I’m an old dog, but he’s a much older dog and a lot more set in his ways than I am.”

Can you believe this guy? Kobe is living in a fantasy world.  This guy thinks the world is colorblind and racism is not a big issue anymore.  Maybe he thinks this way because he makes millions of dollars,has a Mexican wife and mixed race children. But he needs to come back to reality.  Have you ever heard Kobe speak about the killing of Trayvon Martin? Has Mayweather spoke about the death of Sandra Bland?  Have you heard Michael Jordan speak about the killing of Tamir Rice or Ayiana Jones??  Nope!  Nothing bit silence.  After Ali’s death Jordan released a statement:

“Muhammad Ali was bigger than sports and larger than life. He said he was ‘The Greatest’ and he was right. He was the greatest of his era in the ring and a global icon in sports. I was a kid during his prime, but I remember some of his epic fights and his incredible style. My sincerest condolences go out to his wife, Lonnie, his kids and family.”

You noticed he didn’t say Ali was an inspiration or an example to follow.  It’s because they don’t want to follow his example.  They don’t have the guts and self respect to speak out on behalf of their people. Most of them are just happy to get a paycheck and be athletic coons.

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Although I will give some props to Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose.  After the racist NYPD choked Eric Garner to death he wore a ” I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt. After he did it many other NBA players did it.

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And after the Trayvon Martin not  guilty verdict NBA star Lebron James got the Miami heat team to wear hoodies in protest.  At least Lebron tried to speak out in some fashion.  What did Kobe Bryant say? This fool actually challenged Lebrons stance.  This is what he said:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

Kobe is a bootlicking sellout for that comment!   Could you imagine Ali making a statement like that?  Never!  This is why Ali is greater than Kobe,Jordan and Mayweather.  You have to do more than just put on a hoodie or t-shirt.  You have to be willing to sacrifice yourself for the greater cause.  Most athletes today have no backbone and are scared of making their white masters angry.  If you want to be an inspiration to your people you must do more than just be a gifted athlete.

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Check out the video above.  Listen to what Ali tells the two white women.  He tells them the truth and they don’t like it!  Could you imagine a black athlete saying those things today?  I can’t think of too many that would.  Some say Ali was just a product of the time.  Maybe so,but we needed someone on his level that had the courage to speak TRUTH to power.  And we still need people like that today.  Our people are still catching HELL in 2016.  Don’t let the media fool you by their whitewashing of Ali’s image.  Ali loved his people and that’s what he will be remembered for the most.  I wish more black singers,athletes,actors and rappers would speak out on our oppression.  That’s what makes someone great in the eyes of their people. What’s greatness?

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Be the greatest at standing for righteousness.

Be the greatest at giving hope to the helpless.

Be the greatest at having courage and dignity.

Be the greatest at having self respect.

Be the greatest at loving your African heritage.

Be the greatest at speaking for those that can’t speak for themselves.

Be the greatest inspiration for your people.

Be the greatest at having compassion but a warrior when the time is needed.

Be great at protecting your family and community.

Be great at protecting the innocent.

Be great at having self confidence.

Be great at having self discipline.

Be a great champion for justice and liberation.

Be great at speaking truth to power.

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Being a great athlete means you have certain God-given abilities. Along with hard work and dedication you can become great at your craft.  Being able to throw a punch,dunk a basketball,run very fast and jump very high….is very impressive. But to be truly great takes a little more than that in my opinion.  And this is why black people will always love and respect Ali.

Rest in Power Ali.

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Kobe Bryant: Another Basketball Buffoon

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NBA star Kobe Bryant retired last week. Although the Lakers had a horrible year and didn’t make the playoffs,Kobe went out with a bang. He scored 60 points in his final game.  It was very impressive for a 37 year old man with diminishing skills.  As a kid I was a big Laker fan.  I watched the Lakers win five championships during the “showtime era”.  Although as a kid I liked Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Magic Johnson,I never cared for Kobe.  He was an amazing athlete but I saw him as a ballhog that never passed the ball enough. Kobe always seemed aloof and standoffish to me.  He also didn’t seem too involved with black culture and lacked a black identity.

I loved when football icon Jim Brown called him out a few years ago on Arsenio.  I loved watching how Arsenio squirmed in his seat.  Since he’s a big fan of Kobe and such an ass kisser.  But Brown was correct.  Kobe lacks a cultural identity and no real connection to black people. I remember when he marred his teenage wife Vanessa,his parents were against it. I don’t blame him.  This Mexican woman brought nothing to the table and Kobe didn’t want a prenuptial agreement either.  That’s when I knew this man was a damn fool! She has two kids with him so when she leaves his ass she’ll will take a huge load of cash with her.  And she will take that wealth back to her community.  When will these dumb black athletes wake up?  Why do they keep marrying these non black women? All they do is use these brothers for their money.

And of course back in 2003 he was accused of raping a white woman.  There was a lot of hype over this case.  It seemed like it would be another OJ Simpson type of case. But she was paid off so we never got to see a big trial.  I don’t know if Kobe raped her or maybe he was set up.  But either way it did damage to his career.  But he won another championship and…all was forgiven.  After winning another ring he was back in good graces with his fans.  But Kobe proved that he is just another black buffoon.   He is not anyone for black children to admire.

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Just like his idol Michael Jordan in many ways.  Neither one feels they owe black people anything.  Blacks have made them millionaires but they don’t speak out on our behalf. They think people should be seen as individuals.   They are both apolitical too. And they both have children with Latina wives.  Making sure that their wealth will go to other races.  So long Kobe!  You wont be missed.

 

More Athletes need to speak up and stand up!

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose made one heck of a public statement by showing up to a game wearing a t-shirt with the words, “I can’t breathe” on it before a Saturday game against the Golden State Warriors.   The shirt was a tribute to the late Eric Garner, who died at the hands of the New York Police Department.

Of course we know about the protests nation-wide against the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.  ”I can’t breathe” were Garner’s last words before passing.

Derrick Rose is just one of many athletes to take a stand against police brutality, police terror and the mass incarceration of black men.  Millions of black people across America are consistently stopped, searched and questioned by police without probable cause, leading to more police interactions that can result in beatings, arrests and deaths.  The same black kid who might end up in handcuffs over a $5 bag of weed would never be bothered if he were a white frat boy on a college campus with LSD in his bookbag.  Why?  Because police almost never raid college campuses.

Five players from the St. Louis Rams came onto the field with their hands up in protest of the decision of the grand jury in Ferguson not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. This is part of a long string of protests by athletes and entertainers, including Diddy, who recently called upon rappers to use their leadership role to convince black people to do something other than drink, smoke, pop mollies, shoot each other and waste all their money at the club.

Rose is also joined by LeBron James, who made statements this week about the recent incidents.  James encouraged other athletes to get involved and speak out about the many social problems being faced by our society, particularly those that impact young black men.

As I watch all of this take place, all I can say is “amen,” and it’s about damn time.  I can also say that Rose, LeBron and young black male athletes have become America’s worst nightmare.  For decades, the miseducation of black male athletes served the purpose of indoctrinating them into a way of thinking that was simple-minded, myopic, self-absorbed, materialistic and devoid of social consciousness.  This deliberate effort to keep our most powerful athletes and entertainers distracted occurred for the same reasons that Joe Louis was told that he would only be given a chance to fight if he ensured that he would never behave like Jack Johnson.

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Big, strong, wealthy, famous, influential athletes are an inherent threat to national security and white supremacy.  Thus, there are always those who seek to constrain, misdirect, distract and mute these voices at an early age.  One example is in the film, “The Express,” where Syracuse star running back Ernie Davis was told by his white coach to avoid getting involved in the civil rights movement and to “do his talking on the field.”  All the while, the film portrays the outspoken Jim Brown (who was an even better athlete than Davis) as the “bad negro” because he refused to remain silent about the injustice all around him.

For too many years, we’ve been forced to deal with athletes like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley, who seemed to feel that the life of a privileged, wealthy black athlete was entirely detached from the experience of most black men in America.  All for the sake of tap dancing for money, the richest and most powerful athletes in our communities have been misled into believing that being the silent, polite, apolitical negro is the way to be successful.  So, while a few of these men were living the dream, millions in their commuity were enduring a nightmare.

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Barkley, Jordan and Kobe might be wise to realize that many of the “threatening” black men being beaten, arrested and shot by police are also as physically large as they are.  Both Michael Brown and Eric Garner were seen as threats by police, in part, because they were big black men.  The only difference is that, rather than being accepted as entertaining athletic specimens, men like Brown and Garner have been defined to be menaces to society.

So, like old horses shot in the pasture, uneducated black males who lose their athletic gifts are often marginalized in the same way as Eric Garner.  In fact, Garner was roughly the same size as Barkley himself.  Similar to Garner, Barkley once had a very serious altercation with police that could have cost him his life.  The only difference between Barkley and Garner on that fateful day is that one of these men was accused of selling loose cigarettes and the other was a millionaire NBA star for the Houston Rockets.  Had Barkley been a black man with no athletic ability, he would have likely ended up in a prison cell, hospital bed or a casket.

The reason to rejoice about the presence of brave and intelligent souls like Derrick Rose and LeBron James is that these men, like black athletes of the sixties, fully understand the capacity for black male athletic leadership that goes beyond being able to dribble a basketball in front of a crowd full of white people.   I also give Diddy credit for realizing that, unlike his perpetually muted and hyper-materialistic colleague Jay-Z, his purpose isn’t to simply stand in front of a crowd of white folks and call himself a “n*gger in Paris.”

You see, to get the world to respect and appreciate the humanity of the black male, black men themselves must communicate this humanity.  It’s hard to explain that you are a complex, sensitive, richly-composed human being who is worthy of dignity when you let some corporation market you as a one-dimensional “thug n*gga” or as some kind of big, black buck who carries a ball.  It’s difficult to justify the murder of a human being, but no one feels sympathy for a “thug.”

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These athletes, by using their collective voice, are showing that they understand that power should have purpose, and that this purpose should be greater than buying another fancy car, a big house or winning NBA championships.  These men are meant to be as intelligent as they are athletic, as righteous as they are entertaining.  Their power can be used to lift the same community that made them into who they are today.  That’s what great black men do.

We are seeing, what I would argue to be, America’s worst nightmare, but black America’s dream come true.  We are witnessing the awakening of the black male athlete and entertainer, who is now finding that he was put on this earth for a purpose greater than entertainment.  Now that this power has been unleashed, sit back and watch this country change right before your very eyes.  These brothers are doing something special.

Article by Dr. Boyce Watkins