Being a Mouse in a Cat World

Posted: February 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

For years, cats oppressed mice. Cats would never feature mice art in museums, mice shows on tv, or mice music on radio stations. Cats also denied mice college admission and tuition assistance and didn’t advocate for mice that were severely downtrodden.

One day, mice got tired of being oppressed and created the National Association for the Advancement of Mice. This helped advocate for mice where the cats wouldn’t.

Mice came together and created the United Mice College Fund and Mice Colleges to help mice attend universities. This helped mice get an education that the cats tried to hinder.

Mice came together and made mice themed museums to showcase mice art. Cats didn’t like mice art being displayed because it proved that mice were intellectual and could think outside of the box.

Mice came together and created the Mice Entertainment Television channel. The cats wouldn’t play mice music because it gave the cats competition.

A few decades later in order to prove that cats weren’t oppressors, cats started painting mice as “cat haters” simply because mice had to create their own avenues of success and expression because the cats wouldn’t allow them to do in their realm. Cats would say, “How am I an oppressor? That show on Mice TV only has mice! What about the Cats? Don’t cats deserve respect too? Cat hater”.

Remember, there would be no need for mice museums and mice advancement organizations if the cats would have welcomed the mice with open arms to begin with.


God Bless New Jackson

Posted: February 7, 2018 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the town of New Jackson.

New Jackson has 100 citizens.

70 Elves.

20 Wizards.

10 Lizards.

New Jackson has 2 political parties.



It doesn’t matter who the Wizards and Lizards vote for in the elections, they are still a minority and will be treated as such.

The Wizards and Lizards only hope would be that the Elves who always retain power use it in a way to enhance their lives.

When the Wizards and Lizards ask for more recognition and a bigger voice, the Elves accuse them of wanting special treatment.

When the Wizards and Lizards come together to discuss grassroots organizing and community strategies, the Elves accuse them of participating in identity politics.

The Wizards and Lizards also have a history of slavery and colonialism because of the Elves, resulting in a huge wealth imbalance.

When the Wizards point to a history of imperialism, colonialism, and economic terrorism, they are accused of having it better here than in their homeland and that they can go back to where they came from. Most of the Wizards are in fact native to New Jackson.

When the Lizards point to history and how it’s a straight line from slavery, legalized discrimination, and state sponsored terrorism and how those remnants still are intact today, they are accused of being racist towards the Elves and told to be grateful because a few Lizards became sports stars. They are also told to respect the statues of famous Elf slave owners because “history is history”.

Though not all Elves are bad, they all benefit from the past and are treated differently by the New Jackson Police Department. It’s called Elf Privilege. A lot of Elves are also poor but they have been convinced by the rich Elves that it’s because of the Wizards and Lizards. Lots of those poor Elves become Elf Supremacists. There are also Elves who understand the struggles of the Wizards and Lizards and lend a hand when necessary in debate and policy. Those Elves are highly respected and given the honorary title of “woke”.

There is also crime in New Jackson, with lots of Elf on Elf violence, Wizard on Wizard violence, and Lizard on Lizard violence.

Anytime the Wizards and Lizards want to discuss policy and legislature, they are told by the Elves to focus on crime first. Because of lack of resources, programs, economic development, drugs, and guns (Evidence shows the Elf run government is responsible for these issues), lots of Wizards and Lizards believe that crime is a direct result from that chaos and not because there is something inherently wrong with them.

New Jackson is slowly turning into a hate filled place full of misunderstandings and violence. The Elves just elected a president who promises to make New Jackson great again and the Wizards and Lizards are nervous because New Jackson has never been great to them to begin with. They need your help!

1. If you were a political organizer, how would you help the Wizards and the Lizards?

2. Do you feel the Elves have a duty to ensure the Wizards and the Lizards have equity and not necessarily equality?

3. How should New Jackson make amends for its past and the fallout from it?

4. Why is Wizard on Wizard/Lizard on Lizard crime brought up when the Wizards and Lizards want to discuss economic development or school construction?

5. How patriotic would you be as a Wizard or a Lizard in New Jackson?

This morning, I was doing my due diligence as an informed citizen by checking my 10+ news streams to get about half of a story.

Headlines were as followed:
Trump did this.
Trump did that.
Disturbed mentally ill lone wolf White guy kills dozens.
Famous rich man touched famous rich woman.

Near the “increase your testosterone 100000000% with this one trick” clickbait ad, I saw the 2018 Grammys highlights. I’m almost 31 so I figured what the heck, let’s play the “how many of these artists can I even recognize” game.

The first act was Kendrick Lamar and I was blown away.

Not necessarily by the song lyrics though, but Dave Chapelle’s interjection halfway through the performance:
“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.


“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.

One more time for the All Lives Matter crowd.

“I just wanted to remind the audience that the only thing more frightening than watching a Black man being honest in America is being an honest Black man in America”.


Let a Black man speak honestly about his perceptions and treatment and he’s labeled an Anti-American Socialist supporting Communist who wants to rape, murder, and BBQ innocent White children on an alter dedicated to Satan and Malcolm X. Oh and he hates every single cop too.

After reading the article, I committed more scholarly research into the topic by diving into the well of infinite knowledge of the human condition…the comment section.

Shockingly, I didn’t see that many N words thrown around but I did see something that kept echoing:
Why does everything have to be about race?

It’s a valid question.

Why does everything have to be about race?

Well..why does everything have to be about race?

Let’s see..

Immigration to the colonies was about race.

The Native American genocide and Manifest Destiny was about race.

Chattel slavery from the 1500s to the late 1800s was about race.

Independence being declared for White men and White men only was about race.

The Civil War was about race.

Early landownership laws was about race.

Voting was about race.

Black Codes was about race.

Gun laws was about race.

Immigration and bringing me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses (just not the Brown ones from shithole countries) was about race.

Great Depression social program eligibility was about race.

Military interventions or lack thereof was about race.

Medical experimenation was about race.

Segregation was about race.

Redlining housing districts was about race.

Jim Crow was about race.

Criminal justice reform, sentencing recommendations, and capital punishment was about race.

Community policing was about race.

Political power and candidate selection was about race.

Credit approval and bank loans was about race.

Free speech was about race.

A presidential candidate laying out his plan of action and all of its intricacies for some voters while telling the other voters “what in the hell do you have to lose” was about race.

The difference between “receiving handouts” and being a “beneficiary of safety net services” was about race.

The difference between being labeled a crackhead or an opioid addict was about race.

The difference between being sent to county jail or rehabilitating center was about race.

The difference between being a “son of a bitch” and a “very fine person” was about race.


When a Black president says a Black unarmed teenager who stood his ground against a stalker engaging in racial profiling could look like his son, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black football players speak out against police brutality and societal inequality in regard to Black and Brown people with no voice, it’s bad somehow because it’s about race?

When Black artists talk about life in America while being Black, its bad somehow because it’s about race?

…………..I digress.

Why does everything have to be about race you ask?

How about, when was anything NOT about race (or would that be using the race card)?


Nation Of Domination

Over the past few months, I’ve slowly gone from being a frontline twitter soldier in the Black revolutionary struggle to an occasional checker of my TL. Why? I guess I’ve just grown tired of what I kept seeing; the same old tweets from the same old people the same old day after the same old day. After multiple attempts to revive my interest in the field, including following more people with the words, “F*ck capitalism” and “George Bush is stupid” in their bios, I’ve decided to retire. Please, hold your tears. I don’t want a plaque or a medal…your attention for a while will suffice. The following are the eight reasons I decided to walk away from the Black revolutionary twitter movement. If you partake in these, stop it. If you don’t, thank you.


8) Photo Op Revolutionaries

Graduation I never knew we had so many young brothers and sisters graduating with degrees in photography! You know the people who post every workout they do on social media? You know the people who post every meal they eat on social media? You know the people who post ever pair of shoes they buy on social media? Well, you’ve guessed it. Most of these Black twitter revolutionaries treat anything they do as a photo op. Helping an old lady across the street? Selfie time! Giving a kid a dollar? Selfie time! Reading a Wikipedia article on Kwame Toure? Selfie time! Soup kitchen visit? Selfie time! I guess I’m just used to Malcolm and Martin doing things and getting a photo taken rather than taking a photo just to appear to be doing things. People who need five hundred likes to feel as if they are doing big things need to visit a psychiatrist, not a protest. If you are truly into your work, you won’t be able to take ten thousand pictures while you’re doing your work. There is nothing wrong with documenting hard work through photographic evidence, but real people can tell when someone is treating community service as work or just an opportunity get some feminist booty


7) High Class

Successful Brother

No offense to hard working brothers and sisters who climbed out the ghetto through hard work and determination, but look…just because I don’t think Kendrick Lamar is some rap god because he made a song about a bathtub full or beer or something doesn’t mean I’m not conscious. Me not knowing one J Cole song does not make me any less deep than the next man or woman. So many of these Black twitter revolutionaries are Starbucks drinking, Howard educated, two parent having, upper middle class raised, dark skinned versions of Hunter Hurst Hemsley (before he joined DX). HHHThere is nothing wrong with being successful or blessed, but stop lecturing brothers and sisters who are still in the hood who criticize the hood to help fix the hood. You are out the hood remember? Some of these Black twitter revolutionaries are no different from any other bourgeois CNN reporter they call, “out of touch”. They call Don Lemon a sell out yet run into him daily at the Joseph A Banks downtown. Save your lecturing, and Italian made bow-ties, for someone else. Gated community twitter revolutionaries posting about the horrors of the hood on their iPads from Best Buy purchased with good credit. But keep speaking on things you watched on Netflix documentary.


PS: Just because you do stand up poetry doesn’t mean you are as deep as the Atlantic Ocean.

DrizzyI know plenty of people who can rhyme slave with wage, Bloods and Crips with big old lips, & pickle with nickel…Little Bow Wow for example. Standing on a stage in an outfit Kayne West would be proud of, with a poem you wrote while smoking mid and listening to a dubstep version of a remixed Nas song doesn’t make you a revolutionary bro.



6) Soap Box Artists

Preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, preach, and preach! It’s as if these Black twitter revolutionaries are on the following calendar:


Dude, the sh*t gets old. There are only so many ways you can say, “the White man is bad”. Maybe it’s time for a new topic. How about resume building?


5) Fawning Over Black Women


Look, most Black women are great. Some are intelligent, beautiful, funny, loving, and everything in between…but I don’t need to recite an entire epic poem every time I interact with a sister. We all know this one brother with the hashtag #iloveblackwomen” (yet he is single? Lol). Every other tweet is, “Black woman, such luscious are your lips, Black as an onyx stone, skin as Brown as a Hershey’s Kiss, such even in tone. My beautiful Nubian natural haired Brown-eyed goddess of Ethiopia, I love the scent of your toffee and dark cacao body. Yada, yada, yada…”. Look, If you want to be a conscious version of Trey Songz go ahead, but just because I can’t spend thirty minutes singing to every Black lady I bump into at the grocery store doesn’t mean I’m a sell out.


4) Selective Outrage

Paula Deen

We all have seen these guys:

Forty dead in Chicago over gang violence.


Thirty dead in New Orleans over gang violence.


Thirty five dead in Oakland over gang violence.


Black man dead after being choked by the police.



The next day.


Twenty dead in Miami over gang violence. Wacka


Twenty dead in Birmingham over gang violence.


Ten dead in Memphis over gang violence.


Popular chef admits to using the N word years ago.



Now, if anyone asked anything remotely like the following, all hell will break out:

Hey, it’s sad and all that the Black guy was killed by the police…and that chef saying the N word…terrible…but umm, what about all those dead black people caused by Black people? I guess personal responsibility is a b*tch huh?


3) My Way Or You’re An Uncle Tom

Im Black YallThese folks kill me. These Black revolutionary twitter soldiers are the most vocal and most condemning people on Earth. It’s funny how these guys are “radical” yet I’ve never seen them actually doing anything radical…unless cussing out people with egg avis on twitter is considered radical. “You either believe what I learned from a YouTube documentary ten minutes ago or you’re an Uncle Tom. You either hate every White person or you hate every Black person”. These are the cats that preach Black excellence and Black superiority but spend ninety dollars on a collar shirt with a White guy playing polo, the Whitest sport ever made, on it. Black power huh? These are the guys who say White folks are evil yet watches a White owned sports team play another White owned sports team playing in a White owned arena wearing a Chinese made jersey that was made for a White owned apparel company. How revolutionary are you? Hating the man yet enriching him with all your resources? Think about that wanna be Eldridge Cleaver.


2) Excuse Making

These Black twitter revolutionaries have no solutions for any issues unless it’s “White people did it”. Poverty? White people did it. Teenage pregnancy? White people did it. Black on Black crime? White people did it? The dirty dishes in the sink? White people did it. Drought in Sudan? Yep, you guessed it. White people did it! I’m not saying they don’t cause any problems because they do, a lot of them, but damn, we aren’t angels either. Black twitter revolutionaries engage in the most excuse making ever seen to man. Of course slavery & Jim Crow have long lasting effects on us, but that is STILL no excuse to do dumb sh*t. Every thing that seems to be our fault is redirected by these Black twitter revolutionaries to something else. Teaching our youth to never take responsibility for their lives is not only counter productive, it’s extremely dangerous. “Why should I work? The White man not gone hire me. Why should I go to school? The White man don’t want me to learn. Why should I go to college? The White man won’t accept my application”. This leads me to my last reason for retiring from the Black twitter revolutionary crowd.


1) The White Man

As if it isn’t obvious enough, my number 1 reason for retiring from the Black twitter revolutionary click is their constant bombardment of the White man. Day in day out, everything is the White man’s fault.

Soulja boy’s tape?

TrashThe White man.


ShaqsThe White man.

Puff Diddy Daddy Honey Combs 3rd name change? Piffy D..or it it Shawn Daddy?

P DiddyBut anyways, the White man.

In all seriousness though, it’s time to drop that. Contrary to Black twitter revolutionary belief,

A: White people helped and still do help in the struggle, and

B: Black people are not a race of retarded sheep with no sense of direction.

Black people, like every other people, largely control their own destinies. Want to go to college? Study, apply and take the sat, apply for a college, get in, succeed, and graduate. If one can’t study because there are six kids in the house, it’s not the White man’s fault, it’s whoever made those six kids. If one can’t apply for the SAT because of the cost, again it’s not the white man’s fault, it’s the parent’s. They shouldn’t have had kids if they couldn’t afford them. You can’t go to college because your school is terrible? Well, why is your school terrible? How many parents go to the PTOs or are involved with the teachers/administrators/coaches? Your school has a low tax base? Well, why is there no money in your town? If your parents have time to post their latest Candy Crush score onto their facebooks, why can’t they use that time to create businesses to improve that low tax base? You see where we are going? Life is like an onion. Most people want to look only at the skin, the things that make the surface level. When you peel away the layers, you start seeing the real meat, the real reasons. Plain and simple, Black inferiority trumps White superiority any day. I’ll say it again. Black inferiority trumps White superiority. I’ll say it again. Black inferiority trumps White superiority. What that means is BLACK INACTION IS STRONGER THAN WHITE ACTION. OUR PEOPLE, OUR RESPONSIBILITY. Stop selling our people dreams of, “we can’t do anything for ourselves because of the White man”. White people aren’t trashing our hood, we are. White people aren’t taking away the jobs, we aren’t creating any. Unless of course you have a Jordan shoe factory in your town or a Roc-A-Wear clothing factory in your city? You don’t? Oh…the White man’s fault huh? If your school sucks, run for school board. If your city’s economic development sucks, run for city council. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND DO SOMETHING.


Cuz Sam

In closing, there are two types of people in this world, b*tchers & builders. One b*tches and one builds. If you want to sit on social media all day and b*tch, you have your right to, but don’t consider yourself a revolutionary activist who on death ascends into heaven and sits on the right hand side of Huey P. Newton. You don’t do anything. B*tching is b*tching…nothing more and nothing less. Building? Now that’s action. B*tching creates shortness of breath while building creates progress. I’m sure I’m going to lose a lot of followers, friends, and readers after this post, but I don’t care. As famed revolutionary political theorist and rapper Young Jeezy once said, “Real Recognize Real”…and I’m real. For all my real revolutionary brothers and sisters doing real revolutionary things…not for instagram likes or twitter followers, let’s link up. The revolution needs warriors, not coffeehouse philosophers. Find me at @professor_rambo


Power to the people.



Unlike all these morons working for and glued to the lamestream media, I’m not shocked, enraged, or horrified by the remarks made by Donald Sterling, the owner of the LA Clippers. This is the basic rundown:

Sterling calls girlfriend. Sterling tells girlfriend not to take pictures with Black men or bring them to the games. Girlfriend gets mad. Phone call is leaked. End of story.

What? Am I supposed to bitch and moan because of his racist opinions? This shit aint new to me. I live in this place called “The South”. You know, it’s interesting how the lamestream media works. Take something big, like affirmative action being banned in ANOTHER state for example. You know, the program that helps minorities with jobs and college admissions? Yeah, that thing. The media gave it a 30-minute segment before talking about that lost plane and its connection to UFOs. Think I’m lying? Check out last week’s headlines. Now, a fat slob who OWNS BLACK athletes telling his Kim Kardashien lookalike girlfriend not to take instagram pictures with black guys and WHAM!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24-hour air play, in depth analysis, interviews, CNN specials, Black in America documentaries, rallies, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton speeches, lamb sacrifices made to the Gods…well not that last one but you get the point. Why is it that racism that holds Black people back is taken lightly while someone’s comments are taken as the word of god? There is REAL racism and LIGHT racism. One stings and one kills. Our society was built upon the backs of slaughtered Africans and Natives. The definition of racism could pretty much be America. Racism has not gone anywhere, it simply hides in plain sight. You have Black kids being shot in the streets for simply being Black and I’m supposed to be in uproar when some fucktard makes a racist statement? Instead of focusing on the racist statement of one man, let’s look at the overarching system in which he works, the NBA. Why is it that 83% of NBA players are Black while only 1 Black man is an owner? Why is it that 60% of NBA players file for bankruptcy 5 years after retirement? WHAT!?! You mean 18 year old Black inner-city kids with 12 college credits can’t balance a check book?! Again, out of 100 players in the NBA, 83 are Black…and only 1 in history has ever owned a team? But you want me to have a stroke over some diabetic talking about black people? I’m good. So, the next time some moron spews some racist crap, keep it to yourselves. Me and my race conscious brothers and sisters know how the lamestream media works. You thow us a bone to keep us distracted from the meat. It’s a lot like ignoring a tidal wave over a leaky faucet. Imagine you are at your home and you live near a beach. Your back is towards the ocean. You are pissed off at the leaky faucet in your bathroom. The leaky faucet is Donald Sterling telling his Kim Kardashien lookalike girlfriend to stop taking instagram pictures with Black men. The tidal wave is affirmative action being banned. Which one should be looked at more deeply? Which one actually means a damn and can literally destroy your life? If Black people think a guy who owns a basketball team’s opinion on race is more important than the repealing of laws that were made to help give the Black race a hand up in life, consider this being my resignation from the African American race letter.

PS: Have fun with the special on “Race in America” tonight…I’m sure one is coming on. I wonder if it will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien and that chubby guy who is only on CNN when its about race or Barack Obama? Roland Mcdonald or something? Whatever. Peace.


Before I begin my exploration on what I call, “Racism vs. Responsibility ”, let me assure the reader of a few things first. This is not an article dismissing White Racism. I repeat, this is not an article dismissing White Racism. This is also not an article demonizing Black people. This is an article demanding more Black action & more Black accountability. I’m very familiar with racial profiling, Stop & Frisk, 400 years of chattel slavery, 100 years of legal discrimination, 50 years of 2nd class citizenship, the Crack Epidemic, The War on Drugs, & the New Jim Crow. I’m hip to Redlining after World War 2, the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, COINTELPRO, the Move bombing in Philadelphia, & George Zimmerman’s acquittal. I’m a Black male living in the South. Experiencing Racism is as natural to me as gnats flying around my face during the summer time. I’ve marched for Mumia & protested for Trayvon. I can’t speak down on the people if I am one of the people. I’m not upper class nor do I drive a BMW. I enjoy Starbucks every other month & I do not watch Tyler Perry. I came from the same hood these people come from…my people come from. I’m simply a man tired of my culture going from one of revolution & progress, to one of stagnation & excuse making…a culture going from “yes we can” to “I cant do dis, I cant do dat”. Of course racism is real…but it is still no excuse for certain behaviors. Ants don’t whine & cry when their hill is destroyed. The ants fight, bite, unite, & get the hill back right no matter how many ants die in the process. This post is on what we can do as Black people, not what has been done to us by White people. With that being said, Revolutionary love.


“It’s not what they are doing to us, it’s what we’re not doing.”
-Bill Cosby

In the Black community, it seems as if one can’t speak about responsibility without being labeled. For instance, I was called a racist recently when I said, “Don’t invest hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes for a 7 year old, invest in some school supplies”. I wasn’t calling out Black folks specifically…but being Black, living in the Black community, & with a passion for uplifting my Black people, I just had to be honest. I was called a racist, a classist, out of touch, an Uncle Tom, & just plain ignorant. If being honest is being a racist, I guess I’ll gladly accept that title.

Two other men have taken a similar approach when it comes to “keeping it real” with the Black community & have been met with similar reactions: Bill Cosby & Don Lemon.

Bill Cosby
In 2004, Bill Cosby gave a speech during the NAACP’s 50-year celebration of Brown vs. the Board of Education. Cosby, as the younger generation would say, “went ham”. Cosby lashed out against “people he didn’t know”. Cosby spoke against out of wedlock births, incorrect English, dress, conduct, school attendance, & most importantly, the lack of good, solid parenting. Here are some excerpts from his talk comically named the “Pound Cake Speech” because of an example he used:

*No longer is a person embarrassed because they’re pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

*Ladies & gentlemen, the lower economic & lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal. In the neighborhoods that most of us grew up in, parenting is not going on.

*I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, & how come you don’t know he had a pistol? Where is his father & why don’t you know where he is? Why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?

*Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we’ve done, we still fear our parents & these people are not parenting. They’re buying things for the kid. $500 sneakers, for what? They won’t buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

*But these people (Civil Rights Activists), the ones up here in the balcony fought so hard. Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out & are outraged, “The cops shouldn’t have shot him”. What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand? I wanted a piece of pound cake just as bad as anybody else. I looked at it & I had no money & something called parenting said if get caught with it you’re going to embarrass your mother. Not you’re going to get your butt kicked. No. You’re going to embarrass your mother. You’re going to embarrass your family.

*Are you not paying attention, people with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn’t that a sign of something, or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up. Isn’t it a sign of something when she’s got her dress all the way up to the crack…and got all kinds of needles & things going through her body? What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans, they don’t know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed & all that crap & all of them are in jail. When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength & inspiration in the meaning of those names. What’s the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting & values backing it up?

*Brown vs. the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem. We’ve got to take the neighborhood back.

*It’s right around the corner. It’s standing on the corner. It can’t speak English. It doesn’t want to speak English. I can’t even talk the way these people talk. “Why you ain’t where you is go, uhh,” I don’t know who these people are & I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. Then I heard the father talk. This is all in the house. You used to talk a certain way on the corner & you got into the house & switched to English. Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t land a plane with “why you ain’t is…” You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.

*Where did these people get the idea that they’re moving ahead on this? Well, they know they’re not, they’re just hanging out in the same place, five or six generations sitting in the projects when you’re just supposed to stay there long enough to get a job & move out.

*Now look, I’m telling you. It’s not what they’re doing to us. It’s what we’re not doing. Fifty percent drop out. Look, we’re raising our own ingrown immigrants. These people are fighting hard to be ignorant. There’s no English being spoken & they’re walking & they’re angry. Oh God, they’re angry & they have pistols & they shoot & they do stupid things & after they kill somebody, they don’t have a plan. Just murder somebody. Boom. Over what? A pizza?

*It’s time for you to not accept the language that these people are speaking, which will take them nowhere. What the hell good is Brown V. Board of Education if nobody wants it?

*And then they stand there in an orange suit & you drop to your knees, “He didn’t do anything, he didn’t do anything.” Yes, he did do it & you need to have an orange suit on too.

*All of these people who lined up & done…they’ve got to be wondering what the hell happened. Brown V. Board of Education, these people who marched & were hit in the face with rocks & punched in the face to get an education & we got these knuckleheads walking around who don’t want to learn English. I know that you all know it. I just want to get you as angry that you ought to be. When you walk around the neighborhood & you see this stuff, that stuff’s not funny. These people are not funny anymore & that ‘s not brother & that’s not my sister. They’re faking & they’re dragging me way down because the state, the city & all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don’t want to accept that they have to study to get an education.

*We have to begin to build in the neighborhood, have restaurants, have cleaners, have pharmacies, have real estate, have medical buildings instead of trying to rob them all.

*Basketball players, multimillionaires can’t write a paragraph. Football players, multimillionaires, can’t read. Yes. Multimillionaires. Well, Brown vs. Board of Education, where are we today? It’s there. They paved the way. What did we do with it? The white man, he’s laughing, got to be laughing. Fifty percent drop out, rest of them in prison.

*You got to tell me that if there was parenting, help me, if there was parenting, he wouldn’t have picked up the Coca Cola bottle & walked out with it to get shot in the back of the head. He wouldn’t have. Not if he loved his parents & not if they were parenting!

*When you go to the church, look at the stained glass things of Jesus. Look at them. Is Jesus smiling? Not in one picture. So, tell your friends. Let’s try to do something. Let’s try to make Jesus smile. Let’s start parenting. Thank you, thank you.

At that, Cosby left the stage with many an opened mouth & nervous people clapping. Had this Negro gone mad? Telling Black people what to do…who does he think he is? Cosby’s list could be summed up as followed:

5) Pull up your pants
4) Speak proper English
3) Don’t forget the sacrifices of our elders
2) Go to school
1) Be a parent

Most met Cosby with anger towards his speech, some even going as far as to write a book asking has he & the Black middle class “lost their damn minds”. People said, “Cosby is out of touch”, “Cosby is just a grumpy old man”, “He doesn’t know what he’s talking about”, & some other things I won’t slander the man with. Don Lemon was met with a similar reaction for his “No Talking Points” segment earlier this week.

Don Lemon
Don Lemon, a Black male commentator for CNN, came under fire lately for his “self improvement talk” to the Black community. Lemon has run multiple specials on race in America since the George Zimmerman trial started & didn’t receive much backlash until this segment, one he called “Tough Love for the Black Community”. Lemon started out by agreeing with the following comments belonging to Bill O’Reilly:

“The reason there is so much violence & chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African- American family. Raised without much structure, young black men often reject education & gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, & gangs. Nobody forces them to do that, again, it is a personal decision”.

Not only did Lemon say he agreed with O’Reilly’s comments, he said, “He doesn’t go far enough”. Lemon then gave the following speech, basically a 5 item recommendation list:

*Sagging pants, whether Justin Bieber or no-name Derek around the way, walking around with your ass & your underwear showing is not OK.

*Stop using the N word. Promoting the use of that word when it’s not germane to the conversation, have you ever considered that you may be just perpetuating the stereotype the master intended…you know, “acting like a nigger”?

*A lot of African-Americans took offense to that, too. I wonder if I gave the right advice, I really did. But confirmation came the very next day on my way home when I exited the subway in 125th Street in Harlem. This little kid in a school uniform no older than seven years old, he was crying his eyes out as he walked down the sidewalk with his mother. I’m going to be honest here, she turned to me & she said, “I’m sick of you. You act like an old ass man, stop all that crying, nigger.” Is that taking the word back? Think about that.

*Respect where you live. Start small by not dropping trash, littering in your own communities.

*You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they’re acting white because they go to school or they speak proper English. A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year.

*Probably the most important…just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers & the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison & the cycle continues.

Here is Lemon’s list:
5) Stop drooping.
4) Stop using the term Nigger/Nigga.
3) Stop trashing the neighborhood.
2) Stop dropping out of school.
1) Stop having children before you’re ready.

Lemon concluded with this:

*So, please, black folks, as I said if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to & think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip-hop & rap culture that many of you embrace. A culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned: thug & reprehensible behavior. A culture that is making a lot of people rich…just not you…& it’s not going to.

Lemon ended with a clip affirming to his viewers that he hasn’t let the Right off the hook, showing a commentator saying the only time Republicans bring up Black on Black violence is to “stick it” to the Black community. After commercial break, the Internet caught fire. HOW DARE HE, A BLACK MAN, SPEAK ON THE BLACK COMMUNITY!!?? HOW DARE HE!!?? RACIST!!! UNCLE TOM!!!! RACIST!!! BOYCOTT LEMON!!! BOYCOTT CNN!! BOYCOTT TV!!! BOYCOTT CABLE!!!! I might have made up the last two parts but it was simply for theatrical effect. Like Cosby, Lemon was labeled an Uncle Tom & a racist for simply giving advice on how to fix their people’s communities. Well, were they right or wrong? Here’s my opinion.

My Take On Lemon & Cosby
After studying these two men’s recommendations, I don’t see them as racists or Uncle Toms, I see them as moral revolutionaries. Cosby & Lemon are not saying act White or that White people are off the hook, they are simply saying act with dignity & self-respect. These are the topics & issues people should discuss with their community if they want it to succeed. If what they recommended is wrong, I guess what we are doing is right? The slow & deliberate destruction of the Black community is a positive thing? We in the Black community have been sold a myth of Black inferiority & self-hate…& oddly enough, some of us seem to derive some form of pride from it, glorifying it in our thoughts, words, & deeds. You have young men & women so brainwashed in myth of Black inferiority that they have inked their flesh with the term “nigger”…their own unbeknownst slave brand. These people who accept the myth of Black inferiority are the TRUE indoor slaves people, not the people who are saying get out of that mindset. Think about it…would Malcolm X say dressing with your underwear exposed to others is acceptable…would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the most powerful Black men to ever step foot on Earth, describe himself as a “real nigga”…would Mumia Abu Jamal say dropping out of school is very positive behavior…would Dr. Huey P. Newton say speak in a language reminiscent to enslaved Africans on a plantation…would Angela Davis say the more kids born to teenagers the better? No…no, no, no, & no.

I believe what people misunderstand the most about Bill Cosby & Don Lemon is that they think they are telling Black people to “behave for Massa & racism will be over”. Speaking clear English & getting a high school diploma won’t end racism, but it will improve a community because the more educated the residents the better. How many Harvard educated lawyers or Hampton educated doctors go around trashing their neighborhoods, calling little kids niggas? Being better parents & telling the kids to pull up their clothes wont end discrimination, but it will lead to less crime & more self-respect on account of a proper upbringing. If one is raised in a healthy environment with two loving parents with jobs & goals, odds are the child wont disrespect his family & community by running away from a store with his pants falling down with stolen pound cake & a Coca-Cola.

Racism is a factor in the ills of the Black community & must be discussed or else I would look like a fool. Yes cops target Black kids for drug arrests more often than Whites…but what if the Black kid didn’t have drugs on him in the first place? That’s racism vs. responsibility. Yes schools in lower economic areas suffer from underfunding…but if the parents can keep up with the NBA, they can keep up with the PTA, demanding changes & staying involved. That’s racism vs. responsibility. Yes Black unemployment is twice that of Whites…but if more Blacks made businesses for employment instead of relying on someone else’s businesses for employment, more of us would most likely be hired. We can’t control White racism but what we can control Black action.  There is a White Power structure…but killing each other in the name of Waka Flocka Flame’s gang affiliation isn’t going to defeat it…it isn’t going to erect a Black Power structure.  Only powerful Black communities can erect Black Power structures.  Strong, revolutionary, non excuse making Black communities.

In closing, if we truly are in the midst of a race war my people, it’s not a smart idea to complain & wait for the “enemy” to lay down the sword…we must ready our troops & form alliances. We must sharpen our weapons…our body, our intellect, & our tongue. We must secure our fortresses…our communities, churches, & families. I assure you, in a war to end racism, a bunch of non-English speaking knuckleheads with pants below their kneecaps & blunts hanging out of their mouths aren’t going to make the best soldiers. The way to create the best soldiers is through discipline & accountability, responsibility & sacrifice. There must come a point in the evolution of the African American people that we switch the blame from Jim Crow & simply just focus more on Jim from across the corner. My challenge to my fellow brothers & sisters in the Black communities is this:

Let’s blame the man less & do for us more…

We need less “Lemon & Pound Cake” speeches & more “Lemon & Pound Cake” action. OUR FUTURE is in OUR HANDS.

All Power To The People

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…the chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Hating Hatred Doesn’t Work


On April 20th, 2013, my family and I decided to protest a Neo Nazi/Ku Klux Klan rally at the Georgia Capital in Atlanta, Georgia.  The protest changed me deeply, shaping in me a new way of thinking.  This post will focus on race, the protest, and my newfound solution to racism. 


Racism Defined

Racism, since the beginning of its conception, has always been a tool utilized by the ruling elites to keep the poor and working class Black and white people separated.  Theoretically, there is no reason why a poor Black person or a poor White person should vote or organize differently since both desire and require the same necessities: employment, education, shelter, food, etc.  The elites know this and understand that there is power in numbers.  To thwart unity, the elites employ their two political parties, the Republicans and the Democrats, to keep the poor and working class Black and White people apart for their benefit.  Bob Marley explained it perfectly in his 1979 song Ambush in the Night:

See them (Political Parties) fighting for power
But they know not the hour
So they bribing with their guns, spare-parts and money,
Trying to belittle our
Integrity now.
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us;
And we’re so ignorant
‘Cause every time they can reach us
Through political strategy
They keep us hungry
And when you wanna get some food
Your brother got to be your enemy.

Marley describes political parties fighting for power, using bribes to belittle people’s integrity.  Think of these bribes as universal healthcare, scholarships, background checks for guns, or increased social security spending, things politicians promise yet seldom deliver.   Marley also notes that political parties teach people through political strategies, mainstream media indoctrination basically, leading people to become physically and economically hungry…with their brother, the poor and working class Republican or Democrat, falsely appearing to be in the way of their “food”, which is jobs, security, schools, etc.

Republicans, with their continued use of the “Southern Strategy”, pimp poor and working class Whites with “I may be poor, but at least I aint a nigger” type of rhetoric, promoting strong views on militarism, capitalism, crime prevention, love of a White God, and anti-immigration.  These type of people drive pick up trucks and preach self-reliance with a “take no mess” attitude.

The Democrats on the other end, pimp mostly Black voters, insisting to them that they are “good white folk”, patting them on the head, feeding them with government handouts.  The Democrats teach Blacks that the Republicans are all racist hicks that think they are lazy, ignorant, and prone to violence.  If a Black decides to go Republican, these same “good White folk” Democrats who pat the Blacks on the head, stroking their kinky locks, turns into God, casting the Black Republican out of the “Garden of Eden”, calling THEM the racist.  The irony…

At this, the elites smoke cigars with the Republican and Democrat party leaders and play golf together while their constituents grow more and more resentful towards each other.  Just like in Afghanistan and Iraq, the elites rejoice while the poor and working class fight with a misconstrued feeling of patriotism. 

“Conscious” people, like politicians, also perpetrate racism.  Here are two theories of racism and how they are not accurate.

1.     Black people can’t be racist because they have no power.

2.     Racism is something exerted to others and not self.

First off, anyone who says Black people have no power is most likely a racist. Tell Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, Fred Hampton, Cornel West, Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, or Mumia Abu Jamal Black people have no power.  How can the creators of modern civilization have no power?  Black people DO have power, tremendous amounts of it, some just don’t know what to do with it.  Instead of taking their power to college campuses to organize, some take it to White owned football teams to organize…to tackle people.  Instead of taking their power to protest against police brutality, some take it to White owned recording booths to promote Black on Black brutality.  Instead of taking their power to stand outside a state capital for the release of a political prisoner, some take it to stand outside a White owned Footlocker for the re-re-re-re-re-rereleased pair of 180$ basketball shoes that they wont even play basketball in.  Come on man, come on…  Black people do have power, some just don’t collectively aim it in the right direction for true positive change. 

Secondly, self-hatred in my opinion is a form of racism.  Perming one’s hair, whitening one’s skin, killing one’s brother…all this is a form of racism because it entails hating one’s skin and Black characteristics, seeing a brother as an enemy.  If a White person hates a Black person he is racist.  If a Black person hates a Black person he is racist.  We have to start judging ourselves with the same rubric we employ to judge others.  A White man can’t be racist simply because he didn’t vote for Obama yet a Black man is not racist for killing five Black men and injuring three in a shootout.  How can we call the Ku Klux Klan racist if our own brothers are carrying out their dirty deeds for them?  Racism is racism no matter who perpetrates it.  With that being said, lets talk about my family outing to the Ku Klux Klan/Neo Nazi rally.



Butterflies were turning flips in my stomach as my family and I approached the capital.  I was not afraid of the Ku Klux Klan or the Nazis because I see racists every day, but to see them out in the open with their views, passionate about their hatred and not ashamed of it was something different..something intimate..something more real.  When I turned the corner, walking past Georgia State Troopers with cocked and ready M-16’s, I found myself face to face with rage and hatred, anger and pride.. grungy looking white men in White robes and militant looking White men in Black military suits, pants tucked into their shiny boots.  Holding my son close, he asked, “Daddy, who are those men?”  I simply replied, “People who don’t want Black people and White people to live together…the same people who hated Dr. King and wants segregation.”  My son nodded in my arms and buried his head into my chest.  The racists were on the steps of the capital, waving flags and holding banners, their apparent leader speaking from a PA system.  The leader was drowned out by screaming from his supporters and noise made by the protesters.  The protesters ranged from young tough looking Black men to old White hipsters.  There were some men wearing V for Vendetta masks as well as a large Jewish presence.  After a while, the leader ended his speech and a long period of taunting began.  The racists spit across the barricade, protesters flipping the middle finger, shouts of “Cracker ill kill you” from the protester side and “You lucky the police are here boy” from the racist side.  Throughout all the pandemonium, the police looked as if they were against the protester side, keeping their back towards the racists, the gun facing us.  In the midst of all the commotion, a protester, a young woman, was grabbed and dragged through the street by the police, apparently for having a sign with explicit words written on it.  I guess freedom of speech is defined as verbal speech, not written?  With protesters playing bongos and snare drums and racists continuing to hurl insults, the atmosphere was similar to that of a playground tussle, all talk and no fights.  After a stand still, the racists decided to end the speeches and head back to their place of gathering.  The protesters stood there in a confused daze, not sure to follow them or continue protesting where they were.  After the racists entered a parking deck where they regrouped, a large group of protesters circled the building and stood on the corner.  The playground fight atmosphere continued, racists screaming down, protesters screaming up, cops screaming at protesters, racists screaming down, protesters screaming up, cops screaming at protesters, so on and so on and so on…  In the end, I looked from protester to racist, racist to protester, and again from protester to racist; but already it was impossible to say which was which*. The battle was a stalemate, a tie between who said the most insults. The crowd started to disperse and people went home. 

* Yes, I borrowed that line from Orwell’s book Animal Farm.


Police agents assassinated Malcolm X after he worshiped with White Muslims and started to believe in Black/White unity.  Dr. King was assassinated after he began to wean from civil rights to focus more on antiwar/economic rights work, something not simply a Black and White issue but also a Green.  The elites, as I wrote earlier, drive a wedge between the have and the have nots based on money and use race as its scapegoat.  The solution to racism IS NOT advocating a race war.  That is the most ignorant, suicidal thing a “conscious” person can do.  Advocating a poor and working class war would be extremely successful.  I’m not saying a guerilla war in the streets, but a war of public and corporate boycotts, military defections, strikes, peaceful protests, rallies, marches, teach ins, sit ins, mass arrests, occupations, etc, etc…   The real war is No Green Verses Green, Not Black Verses White.  The solution to racism is simply unity.  I never fully understood the meaning of non-violent protest until I witnessed a potentially violent one.  Screaming “F*ck you White trash” isn’t bringing anyone to the table of brotherhood.  Spitting at a protester isn’t getting at the core of why one fundamentally disagrees with one’s thought pattern.  Unity will take a tremendous amount of work because America’s race history is mostly negative.   We as conscious people must understand that at the core belief of racism is classism.  We must come together not as man-made races but as one government made class…the poor and working class.  I will end this blog with a quote from the great Malcolm X.  

“I believe there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed and those who do the oppressing. I believe that there will be a clash between those who want freedom, justice, and equality for everyone, and those who want to continue the systems of exploitation…but I don’t think that it will be based upon the color of the skin, as Elijah Muhammad had taught it”.

A house that is divided cannot stand…

All Power To The People

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