TBS: “Ask of You”

“It’s just because it’s you”

Artist: Raphael Saadiq

Album: Higher Learning Soundtrack

Year: 1995

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Why Being Black In America Is The New Death Sentence?

I kept hearing about a man named Eric Garner, I didn’t know of his story but I knew his name will reign nationally among with those who came before him. I wasn’t wrong.In these past years the justice system has proved continuously America has a LEAK in her system and no answer has been great enough to patch it. The theme of being “black and a threat” has flowed continuously throughout high profiled court cases acknowledging the dangers of being black in America. Each of these themes have been marked with a death sentence. The problems of racial hierarchy in America has become so fluid it will always be embedded within our DNA because it has effectively controlled the way our society is run and how different ethnicities are perceived. I guess in order for “any particular group of people to rise some must stay falling” but when was it ever okay for life to be placed on a back burner. With a rich history in racial tension like America life, especially the life of African-Americans has always be in the forefront of the “Worthiness” debate.

“Are we worthy enough to be treated with fair consequences within the justice system?

Are we worthy enough to receive the same opportunities in education without being reprimanded for asking for help?

When our children go missing are we worthy enough to receive the same treatment as other ethnicities to rightfully obtain answers?

Are we worthy enough to not be categorize by another blacks actions when they do wrong? Are other ethnic groups worthy of being treated the same way?

When we are murdered are we worthy enough to avoid having our lives devalued?”

What I currently see in this instance as answer to these question is NO a big HELL NO. How can legislation enforce Civil Rights among our citizens but there are breaches left and right showcasing our faults. A while ago I discussed in a post how social media has played an enemy to our urban communities but today social media has served a witness to why police brutality and discrimination should cease. How many African-Americans have to die unjustly before we can get it right?

What I watched on video today was a helpless man senselessly cut short of his life and NYPD’s blindness to what went wrong. A wise person once told me an ass can’t be kept covered for too long. A time will come for the naked truth to be revealed and that time is now. I am tired of saying I AM (thenameofanyminorityunrighfullykilled). With slavery being replaced by incarcerations and lynchings being given out carelessly by the system I don’t know why we still claim to stand “united”. African-Americans have been on sentence for quite some time now that a new storm is brewing. When it lands I’m warning those nonchalant to this issue to take shelter.

From the bottom of being I hope justice is rightfully served to the families of Renisha McBride and Eric Garner you are a brother and sister to us all!

 

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The Civil Rights Act: 50 years later

Source: Cecil Stoughton: (White House Press Office)

Source: Cecil Stoughton, White House Press Office

After reading an article about Renisha McBride’s trial I decided to sit back and understand how far we’ve come… How far have we come has been one of the most popular questions known to Americans ever since the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Although we don’t live in a time “openly accepting” of blunt racism and segregation, discrimination still heavily exists among our boarders challenging simple answers of yes or no when referring to the progression of our country.  At a time where many celebrate this landmark legislation and historical riots that have influenced opinions on the Civil Rights Movement and its prominence, minorities alike continue Today it has more-so against statements/actions  that refuse to acknowledge America’s reality for instance: “We live in the era of America’s first President of African-American descent.” We also live in an era that believes racism no longer exist because of this and Americans have become too color blinded to understanding President Obama is often perceived negatively because there are individuals in congress who are willing to sabotage this country for racial beliefs. “The Justice system has become more fair since the passing of the Civil Rights Act”. What we have forgotten:

  • An African-American male is sentenced 20 to 50 longer than a white male convicted of the same crime on drug related charges.
  • There are more African-Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850.
  • In the recent high profiled racially charged murder cases African-American victims have been negatively stereotyped, their perpetrator verdicts are often under-served.
  • A defendant is more likely to get the death penalty if the victim is white.

What the statistics show is there is more work to be done before we stop the fight and start a celebration. Let’s not forget the internal factors that have to be tackled within the African-American community that contributes to the social ideologies helping grow these statistics and flaws within our country…….. It truly is something to think about. Related Sources:

 

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Coping With Death

I don’t know you but I love you. Sometimes the hardest things we go through in life is losing a loved one we never got a chance to know.

Today I lost my uncle to cancer, he suffered for a long time but now he’s free. With my mother being the only cancer survivor in my family I try to understand how we lose people to things that are supposed to give us life…..the human body is a complex thing to understand.

Family is even more complex in the fact that people who go together are always apart. Sometimes it’s for bad reasons others times it’s from long absences that are never truly are able to find there place back into where they belong. Death is one of those things that can’t fulfill those absences, it just creates deeper black holes.

In grief I try to find things within people who teach me how to live life without fear and in this loss I am taught to never give up.

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A Woman’s Cry, A Brothas Prayer

When a mother raises her son to be all he can should she blame herself for his own mistakes or realize as much as he is her child he is his own man?

On July 14 Time Magazine’s Justin Worland reported a study about the Little Progress for African-American men on Racial Equality since 1970. The working paper by the University of Chicago researchers Derek Neal and Armin Rick reveals some less than astonishing facts to what many within the African-American already understand: just like graduation rates, marriage rates between the African-American male and women, and the possibly of having an African-American father within the household…..oppression is internally and externally built within our males. Neal and Rick revealed:

  • More than 10% of black men in their 30s will be incarcerated at some point during a calendar year. A percentage much smaller of White-Americans among the small age group.
  • African-American men face more difficult employment situations
  • The suppression of labor market inequality between black and white men have not change much since the 1970s

I don’t understand why these statistics come as such a shock to some as Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow presented the same facts from a different viewpoint. If you are truly intrigued by Neal and Rick’s study I highly recommend you to buy Alexander’s book.

What is “baffling” about these statistics is people witness it EVERY DAY. All we have to do is visit any street corner within the city and get a glimpse of reality. Even social media presents the statistics to us without having to go on a search for them. For instance, on YouTube there are more hoods broadcasting African-American men on the street corner trying to be “America’s Next Best Hood Idol” than in the classroom trying to make good grades. It’s not that all these individuals depicted in his light should be blamed for their choices because I ultimately believe there are some who have NO CHOICE. Unfortunately  I think one of the biggest epidemics we have in the African-American community is the brotha who has it all and loses trying to become somebody he’s not…….

 He was that A-student who graduated at the top of his class, good grades but bad attitude… and momma never liked it. In-fact she would always tell him that one day his attitude would get him into something his ass would not be able to get himself out of.. she never was wrong. A follower in every context he went against his integrity to be his own man to walk in the shadow of another. In the end it costed him his college career, 3 years of his life  because he surrounded his self with people who lacked dignity. When he re-entered the world  he fell into the same habits that cost him time. A slave to the system…..he has become enslaved to the mind. He didn’t grow up without a father yet some how his mind acted as if it was plagued with statistics that ran deep. Til this day he continues to be shackled and momma is losing her strength. As she talks her son he listens but cannot hear what she means and she cries knowing tears mean nothing in a devils territory. ……. but a prayer from the sinner can save his soul….

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“Straight Outta Compton” Casting Call Creates Controversy

Since the new biopic “Straight Outta Compton” was announced excitement has been stirred from Hip-Hop fans world-wide. “Straight Outta Compton” will tell the story of the controversial hip-hop group N.W.A produced by former N.W.A members Ice-Cube and Dr. Dre. Today the biopic is receiving attention for less than favorable news. Thanks can be given to the Sande Alessi Casting Company whose casting call for the movie was recently posted on Facebook evoking many side eyes.

Via the Huffington Post the casting call post reads:

“SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80’s. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show – and don’t tell me you are willing to fly in.

SAG OR NON UNION FEMALES – PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:

A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair – no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: A GIRLS

B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.comsubject line should read: B GIRLS

C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: C GIRLS

D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: D GIRLS”

It’s obvious that the casting agency is looking to categorize potential actors by stereotypical depictions and most significantly colorism (for those of you who don’t what colorism is just click here) which has influential roots stemming from the African Diaspora. I won’t make this post about my angry racism rants I’ll save that for another time but I will say hierarchical preferences and the broken identity number 1 is written throughout this call. It’s no secret that color plays a huge part in Hollywood  hell even music videos evoke underlying messages that many within our society deny exist.

The casting agency has now considered the post a mistake……**Yawn** they don’t have to be sorry for “their truth”, and stereotypes. The post meant what it said and the significance of its ABCD grading holds nationally it just hurts that we expected for these “standards” to go unnoticed.

 

“Mistakes are the portals of discovery.”
James Joyce

 

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Dagoberto Ibarra calls Obama ……….

Via The Raw Story:

“A prominent Milwaukee businessman called President Barack Obama a “nigger” during an immigration reform rally on Wednesday, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Dagoberto Ibarra was in the middle of an impassioned speech in which he criticized both Democrats and Republicans for the lack of progress on immigration reform. “The Republicans are Nazis,” he said. “The Tea Party are the KKK. But the Democrats are doing nothing, for our country, for me.” “

As much as individuals want to complain about what Ibarra has said it’s nothing different from what a non-racists and racists alike understand. They just tend to see Ibarra’s statement from different view points. We may not like his use of the n-word or may feel he could have made the powerful statement without it which I agree. Regardless his message is valid and gives a new take to understanding the GOP actions in helping the President of the United States of America.

Click on the link above to read more. Tell me what you think!

 

 

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“White Oppression” and Polarization

At a discussion for the C-Span Civil Rights talk callers call in to complain about white oppression

It’s emotions like this that no one wants to discuss, that no one wants to feel or understand because it’s too touchy to talk about. These are the same exact feelings that help inflict polarization among our country in high numbers. It’s not just the “white camp” or “black camp” but people of different ethnicity involved in Democratic and Republican politics that is heavily becoming steered parties influenced by social classes and race. I can make this post simple or it can become extremely complicated I will make this simple….It will cause for a massive debate in my view of the things that each of the callers disregarded.

1. White Oppression and Black Oppression are NOT held to the same degree. Oppression when looking at ourselves as first  human beings and nothing else yes I agree oppression does exist. But to deliberately try to compare white oppression to blacks it’s absolutely ridiculous. See there are a lot of people who have it all wrong. African-Americans are not saying “it’s because of slavery” due to there ancestors hard unpaid labor and inhumane conditions. There saying “it’s because of slavery” because the same problems that existed in the past are recurring in different forms tormenting the African-American community socially, politically, and economically. It’s not to say that there are no other ethnic groups suffering to that extent but African-American oppression lies deeper than 100th layer of soil engraved in American history. After slavery ended the oppression of African-Americans continued in laws and politics. Even today there lies laws in where enforcers have inappropriately attack minority communities through stereotypical views….

2. Blacks should thank the white man!: There’s these two things called implicit and explicit bias, I did a post earlier in the year explaining these two terms. Ignorance it marked all over this sentence.

3. Whites built this country and have done a lot for blacks! I refuse to entertain this racist statement……. I will say WE ALL DO A LOT FOR EACH OTHER SOME GOOD SOME BAD……SOME PEOPLE NEED TO RELEARN HISTORY FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW

4. Other ethnic groups have faced oppression and its time for Blacks to stop continuing the foolery. It’s easier said than done but in all actuality it’s the ignorance of oppression that has trickled down from generation to generation re-arranging, re-organizing, and re-submitting ways in which individuals are discriminated against………….

 

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Will You Be Dreaming Tonight?

VSauce explains Why Do We Dream?

It can be hard to decipher your dreams…

I am a firm believer that there are some dreams that foreshadow future events. But there dreams that tend to bother me the most when I can’t seem to decipher the message being made. You ought to know what I’m talking about…

That dream you wake up from that has you re-evaluating, processing, and trying to understand its purpose. What’s worse is when some events in your life play-out similar to your dreams but rearranged and you can’t place a mark on its connection. Whether it’s linked to regrets, lies, terror, reality, or truth you try to find where in your dreams does the message your walking life fit in……

Sometimes you may find yourself in the middle of it all trying to understand it.

Truth is we may never understand it and a “dream book” can only determine so much to what factors into your life. I guess if we really want to know what a dream means look into your life to find the answer it, if you search hard enough you might be able to find the answer to what you’re looking for.

 

 

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Morals vs. Shoes: The Yeezys Experiment

When a “homeless-man” $5,000 pair of shoes is placed next to him while sleeping will citizens disregard their morals and steal what doesn’t belong them?

This was the social experiment for fouseytube: Via Fouseytube YouTube channel:

“The concept was simple; put a pair of exclusive Kanye West Yeezy 2’s (Red Octobers) which resell for over $5,000 in front of the public eye and see how society would react. The catch; place them next to a homeless man who appears to be sleeping. Do the shoes have enough power and control over civilians to cause them to go against their morals and steal the pair? Let’s find out”.

Hit the link below to watch the experiment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITw3neGgZDo

 

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