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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.

 

Protest

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.

Solution

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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*Before one reads this article, turn the television to an episode of “First 48”.  Listen carefully to how the show describes the suspects. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the suspects are African American.

Mass Murders, Mass Excuses

It’s been fourteen years since Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold murdered thirteen human beings & injured twenty-four at Columbine High School in Columbine, Colorado.  It’s been eight months since James Holmes killed twelve human beings & injured fifty-eight at Century 16 Multiplex Movie Theater in Aurora, Colorado.  It’s been three months since Adam Lanza killed twenty-seven human beings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  It’s time to move on.  It’s time to talk about more important issues plaguing America…Kristen Stewart’s emotionless expressions, Nikki Minaj’s latest hair color, & Chuck Hagel not loving Israel enough.  Though its miniscule in statue compared to the before mentioned subjects, I have an issue America can discuss:  when it comes to murder, mass murder in particular, why do White people always receive a “get out of jail free” card?  No matter if a White brother kills one person or forty, it’s never their fault.  When it comes to African American killers though, the treatment is totally reversed.  Black killers are lynched in the media before ever making it to trial to be legally lynched by a supposed “jury of their own peers”.  I have compiled a few articles for comparisons in media coverage between White killers & African American killers to prove my point.  At the end of each article, I will give my opinion of them in the commentary section below it.

Connecticut School Massacre:  Adam Lanza “spent hours playing Call of Duty
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9752141/Connecticut-school-massacre-Adam-Lanza-spent-hours-playing-Call-Of-Duty.html

It has emerged that Lanza spent his time in the basement of the family’s four-bedroom home in Newtown playing video games, such as Call of Duty and obsessing over guns and military equipment, according to an interview in The Sun with plumber Peter Wlasuk.

Commentary: Video games.  Blame video games.  Its not Lanza’s fault, its those darn video games!

Adam Lanza and Asperger’s syndrome: Sandy Hook massacre puts mental health in the national spotlight
http://thegrio.com/2012/12/17/adam-lanza-and-aspergers-syndrome-sandy-hook-massacre-puts-mental-health-in-the-national-spotlight/

Asperger’s syndrome is a neurological condition that, while incurable, can be managed if treated. Sufferers of this autism spectrum disorder often experience difficulty with emotional connection, engage in ritualistic behaviors, and become isolated from peers. These symptoms plagued Lanza, who many in his town have described as an intelligent, but extremely awkward, loner.

Commentary:  Must be a mental disorder.  Normal middle class White children don’t kill people.  Right?

James Eagan Holmes Psychiatrist, Not Politicians, Could Have Prevented Aurora Tragedy
http://www.policymic.com/articles/12020/james-eagan-holmes-psychiatrist-not-politicians-could-have-prevented-aurora-tragedy

Any law enforcement entering James Holmes’ apartment in the weeks prior to the massacre could have seen that “something was wrong,” and that wrong thing, which included guns, large stashes of ammunition, incendiary devices and flammable liquids, would have had nothing to do with society-wide gun control or the Tea Party. It would have everything to do with the responsibility of those in authority to take action to protect innocent life from someone who’s got the materials, means, and motive to do something very bad.

School administrators, psychiatrists, and others in leadership roles have too often acted less like leaders, and more like members of Tony Soprano’s “family” covering up for enforcement actions in the alley back of the Bada Bing club. Thirteen people might still be alive, and 59 others might be healthy and uninjured, if Dr. Lynne Fenton had made a few phone calls, raised her voice, and insisted that James Holmes receive a law enforcement visit — or even contacted her school’s own violence prevention task force.

Commentary:  Poor James Holmes…its not his fault he shot up a movie theater, its his university’s psychiatrists.  SHAME ON YOU SCHOOL PSYCHIATRISTS!!

Colo. suspect James Holmes “smart” but “quiet,” teachers and neighbors say
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57477097/colo-suspect-james-holmes-smart-but-quiet-teachers-and-neighbors-say/

Twenty-four-year-old James Holmes left different impressions on people he encountered in life. At the University of California, Riverside, where he graduated with honors in neuroscience in 2010, he’s remembered as brilliant.

“He was an honor student, so academically he was at the top of the top,” University Chancellor Tim White said at a press conference. “He really distinguished himself from an academic point of view during his four years with us, graduating with highest honors.”

Julie Adams lived around the corner. Her son played soccer with James. She says his intelligence was obvious early on.

“People come here because of the school district,” Adams said, “so there’s lots and lots of kids because of that and obviously his parents wanted to give him the best and that’s why they lived here.”

In high school, Holmes won a competitive position at a rigorous science boot camp and an internship in neurobiology at the prestigious Salk Institute.

Tom Mai, who lived next door with his family for a decade, remembers James as smart, quiet, polite.

Commentary:  Oh my God…he is so smart…how could this happen?  Did I mention he was smart?  Never mind the fact he is on trial for murdering thirteen human beings, he is so polite.
The following articles are on an African American killer.


Judge Sentences Atlanta Courthouse Shooter Brian Nichols To Life Without Parole

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466586,00.html

A judge on Saturday sentenced the man who killed four people in a brazen courthouse escape to several terms of life in prison without parole on more than fifty charges.

Superior Court Judge James Bodiford was required by law to sentence Brian Nichols to life in prison with or without chance of parole after a jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict on a death sentence.

On Saturday, Bodiford gave Nichols, 37, consecutive maximum sentences on every charge, meaning he will likely die in prison.

“If there was any more I could give you, I would,” Bodiford said. “I intended to and did give the maximum sentence. It’s a large number of years.”

Among the sentences were four of life without parole, plus hundreds of additional years behind bars.

“Life with the possibility of parole is not an appropriate sentence,” Bodiford said in explaining his decision. “It’s not in the ballpark.”

Nichols was on trial for rape in 2005 when he grabbed a guard’s gun and fatally shot the judge, a court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy in the courthouse. He fled and killed a federal agent in an Atlanta neighborhood.

Nichols, who did not take the stand in his own defense, spoke in court for the first time on Saturday.

“I just wanted to say that I know that the things I’ve done caused a lot of pain and I’m sorry,” he said. “And I just wanted to say that I will not bring dishonor to the decision to spare my life. That’s it.”

The judge declared a deadlock in the sentencing phase of the trial against Nichols Friday after jurors couldn’t agree on whether to give him the death penalty. Death sentences in Georgia require a unanimous jury decision, so Nichols automatically got life in prison. State law required Bodiford to decide which life prison sentence to give Nichols.

“This is not a criticism of the jury,” Bodiford said. “They did everything they could to come up with a unanimous decision. Sometimes it’s impossible to do.”

Prosecutors had urged jurors to sentence Nichols to death after he was convicted last month of murder and dozens of other counts in the killings.

The sentence caps more than three years of efforts to bring Nichols to justice since his arrest that were repeatedly bogged down by legal complications, frustrating victims’ relatives and angering state legislators over the costs.

Nichols was being escorted to his trial for rape when he beat a deputy guarding him and stole her gun. He burst into the courtroom and shot and killed Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Ann Brandau and Deputy Hoyt Teasley.

He fled downtown Atlanta and managed to evade hundreds of police officers searching for him overnight. In Atlanta’s posh Buckhead neighborhood, he shot and killed federal agent David Wilhelm at a house the agent was renovating.

Nichols was captured the next day in suburban Gwinnett County after a woman he took hostage, Ashley Smith Robinson, alerted police to his whereabouts. Smith Robinson was credited with bringing a peaceful ending to the rampage by appealing to Nichols’ religious beliefs and giving him illegal drugs.

Nichols, who was raised in Baltimore, confessed to the killings but claimed he was legally insane and that he believed he was a slave rebelling against his masters. Prosecutors argued that he concocted the delusions to avoid the death penalty.

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors asked the jury for a death sentence while defense lawyers urged jurors to avoid vengeance.

“That’s the kind of vengeful, recriminative response that begets more violence,” defense attorney Henderson Hill said.

Prosecutor Clint Rucker called Nichols an “extremely dangerous” killer who would try to escape again if sent to prison for life.

Nichols’ rampage prompted attorneys and judges to question their safety and law enforcement around the state to re-examine courthouse security measures.

Commentary:  This article could be summed up in the following:  “If it was up to me, this Black rapist son of a b*tch would be strapped to a gurney and executed tomorrow!!  Did I mention he was on trial for rape?  He is a rapist.  All Black men are sexual beasts.”

Judge, Two Others Killed in Courthouse Shooting
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,150119,00.html#ixzz2FQGfON3z

Atlantans were on edge Friday after a rape suspect allegedly shot and killed three people in a downtown courthouse and made a desperate escape, sparking a citywide manhunt.

“We recognize this is a very scary situation,” said Mayor Shirley Franklin, who assured citizens that city, state and federal authorities were concentrating their resources on capturing the fugitive, Brian Nichols.

Nichols was at the Fulton County Courthouse in downtown Atlanta to face charges of raping and holding his girlfriend prisoner. But before entering the courtroom, police say he grabbed a sheriff’s deputy’s gun and used it to kill three people, including Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes

The deputy was in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her head, a doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital said. She was expected to survive.

Nichols also allegedly carjacked a series of vehicles following the 9 a.m. EST shooting. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office most recently sent out an alert for a green 1997 green Honda Accord, license plate 658-4YN.

“He already showed that he doesn’t care about taking lives,” said Harold Copus, a former FBI special agent in Atlanta. “We have to be very concerned about a hostage situation. If that gets in the way of him and … another car, he will take a hostage.

“We have to find him.”

An emergency command post was set up in the city. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was leading the investigation. Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Georgia Bureau of Investigation were contributing their efforts, along with about 100 state troopers and officers from surrounding counties.

Nichols, 33, is described as a black male, 6’1″ who weigh 200 pounds, and has a medium complexion. Authorities asked people to call 404-730-5129 if they had information about his whereabouts.

Judge Barnes, who died from a gunshot wound to the head, was overseeing Nichols’ case. An initial trial ended in a hung jury last week and a retrial was under way.

Atlanta, famous for its traffic, was in a virtual lockdown following the shootings. Police were out in force, setting up roadblocks at major intersections in downtown and midtown. State police cast a net outside the city, and patrol cars were being positioned on median strips along I-75 and I-285.

The courthouse, located in the heart of the city near major tourist destinations, remained closed. Investigators were still poring over the crime scene, and it was not clear if the bodies of the judge and a court stenographer who was also killed had been removed from the building.

Nichols was charged with raping and holding his girlfriend prisoner last August. Other charges he faced were sodomy and possession of a machine gun, a handgun and a large quantity of marijuana. His second trial began on Monday.

Deputies said they found two hand-made knives, or shanks, hidden in Nichols’ shoe on Wednesday, an indication he may have been plotting his bid for freedom.

That discovery, along with what they described as unusual behavior, worried prosecutors

The deputy, who is being treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and has not yet been questioned, was injured, though Dreher would not say how. Earlier, a doctor at Grady said she was shot through the mouth and was in critical condition.

Apparently armed with the deputy’s gun, Nichols allegedly entered the courtroom and held law enforcement officers there at bay. He then shot Barnes and the clerk, both of whom died in the courtroom, Dreher said.

The suspect ordered bailiffs to handcuff everyone else before running out of the courtroom, located on the eighth floor, and out through a stairwell.

Nichols somehow managed to flee the courthouse, where he ran into another sheriff’s deputy whom he shot and killed, according to multiple descriptions of the events from authorities and witnesses.

Nichols scrambled for an escape vehicle, eventually happening upon O’Briant, the AJC reporter and police said. The AJC reporter said Nichols pistol-whipped him, breaking his wrist and requiring him to get 15 stitches above his eye.

Speaking to reporters after being treated for his injuries, O’Briant said he hoped the reason he hadn’t been shot was because Nichols was out of bullets.

It was not known if Nichols is only carrying the first firearm he stole or if he managed to collect more, Dreher said. Officers at the scene were working to account for all the deputies’ weapons.

“This guy has nothing else to lose — he’s facing life in prison,” said Renee Rockwell, a prosecutor familiar with the case and a witness to the shooting aftermath inside the courthouse.

Commentary:  Oh my God, a big scary Black man is on the loose!  RUUUUUUUUUUUN!!!!!!!!!!!  He is on trial for rape also so be careful!

Notice the inequalities in reporting?  Coined by writer & media critic Earl Ofari Hutchinson, the media’s main goal is the “Destruction the Black Male Image”.  Why is it that White killers with substantial more amounts of blood on their hands get painted as brilliant, intelligent, shy, or quiet, while African American killers are simply labeled ghetto, thugs, or products of a broken home?  Don’t forget about rapist!  One doesn’t need a PhD in Family Counseling & Media Studies to understand why citizens react the way they do during mass murders.  It’s unfathomable to believe perfect little White boys from perfect little homes with perfect little parents with perfect little dogs with a perfect little school with perfect little lives can murder twenty children, execute classmates in cafeterias, or blow away Christmas time shoppers.  Instead of the media admitting that “things aren’t all well in Rancho Cucamonga”, they formulate well-construed explanations…excuses would be the better word.  It’s not Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold’s fault they murdered thirteen human beings, its Marylyn Manson’s music & bullies.  Its not James Holmes’ fault he murdered twelve human beings, it’s the movie theater’s lack of an armed guard & his college counselor for not letting the authorities know sooner. It’s not Adam Lanza’s fault for slaughtering twenty-seven human beings, its lax gun laws & Asperger’s Syndrome.  But when it comes to Brian Nichols, no psychological examinations, no family history…he is just a rapist, a sodomizer…a simple drug dealer.  People just can’t accept the fact that products of the American dream can sometimes become defective.

One of my favorite poems I learned while pledging my beloved fraternity Omega Psi Phi was “Excuses”.  It goes as following:
Excuses are tools of the incompetent.
They build monuments of nothingness.
Those who specialize in them seldom accomplish anything.
Therefore I shall have no excuses.

If America wants progress towards safer schools, safer workplaces, safer cities, & safer streets, it must stop making excuses.  More gun laws aren’t the answer because:
A.  Criminals don’t abide by them.
B.  It’s the normal seeming people who are perpetrating these atrocities.
The answer is a thorough examination of the home & American society in general.  After that, anything is fair game.

It doesn’t matter how many cars are in the driveway or spelling bee trophies are on the wall, some children will kill.  America isn’t ready to accept that fact & is investing its money not on the next mass murder prevention, but the previous mass murder explanation.  I expect more mass murders in the near future because of that idiocy & with those mass murders will come mass excuses.  Hence the title, “Mass Murders, Mass Excuses”…

*I advised the reader to turn the television to an episode of “First 48” before reading this article.   Does one remember the treatment & descriptions of the suspect?  Did the police investigators say how brilliant or intelligent the accused killer was? Did the news run any stories on how the suspect behaved at school & why the school board didn’t tip authorities off sooner? Did any of the police investigators ask the suspect’s friends & family what type of video games the suspect played or what kind of music the suspect listened to?   Was the suspect’s Dr. called in to talk about any personality disorders/mental imbalances the suspect might possess? Why not?  Wouldn’t years in a gun infested, drug filled, non-opportunity giving, 3rd world like environment create the very monster they paint the suspect as?  Nope…African American killers get no special treatment…at the end of the day they are, as rapper Big Krit says “just another nigga”…

“The white conservatives aren’t friends of the Negro, but they at least don’t try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, & as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the smiling fox.
One is the wolf, the other is a fox. No matter what, they’ll both eat you.”
-El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (Malcom X)

Two Parties, Two Problems

My new year’s resolution is simple: reveal to the people the true problem in America. This problem encompasses global warming, Benghazi, the obesity epidemic, September 11th, the foreclosure crisis, terrorism, prison rates, cancer, the fiscal cliff, medical costs, & unemployment because they all result from that overarching problem. The problem is an institution…senators, congresswomen, congressmen, governors, lawmakers…even the voters. Ultimately, the Republicans & the Democrats are the problem. This article will define the the two problem system & what can be done to stop it.

The Problem

Republicans: The Personality Disorder Party

“We help those that already have the means to help themselves.”

-Family Guy

The Republicans are a very confused bunch of individuals. Through all my personal observations, interactions, & studies, I’ve concluded that there are two types of Republicans: The rich Republicans & the redneck Republicans.

The rich Republicans are a selfish, snooty, “my grandfather owns the bank,” type of people. They graduate from top universities without any help from student loans. Young Republican men are legacies at college, pledging fraternities with their Northface jackets & boat shoes on. They are the type of people who swipe their dad’s credit card at Chick-Fil-A while saying, “there is no such thing as a free lunch”. Young Republican women pledge sororities, go serve a year in a poor country preaching the Bible, then return home & marry a doctor. They preach self-reliance while working as a domestic engineer…also known as a housewife. They preach the virtue of motherhood while letting a mammy, an old Black lady, cook the meals, clean the house, & raise the housewife’s five future rich Republican children. It’s a vicious cycle. Rich Republicans are a walking contradiction, loving money while listening to their minister say “the love of money is the root of all evil”. Most rich Republicans, like their money & political leanings, are born into them.

Living in the South since 1993, I have interacted intimately with the next set of Republicans. Redneck Republicans are dumb, beer drinking, ignorant people who lack proper mannerisms. They are the type of people who invest more into their pickup truck & gun collection than in their children’s future. Redneck Republicans hate Muslims because they think Muslims want Allah to rule the world, yet pray daily for a reincarnated Jesus to rule the world. Double standards maybe? These poor & lower middle class people say twenty minute long prayers before breakfast, lunch, & dinner…or as they say, “supper”. I’m not sure if redneck Republicans believe the American Civil War is over with yet because they still proudly walk around donning their Confederate flags. Slogans on their Dixie Outfitter shirts read, “history not hate, pride not prejudice, the South will rise again, & these colors don’t run”…I guess they didn’t hear about what happened at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia 1865? Redneck Republicans value a fetus more than actual life; just ask them their stance on capital punishment & wars. Redneck Republicans believe strongly in the right to own firearms but not the right of a government to ensure their citizenry is fed, housed, & insured. Interestingly enough though, these people claim to be the party of Jesus. Yep. Jesus would rather a people be well armed than well fed. I guess I missed the part in Exodus when God sent down assault rifles & manna? Or was it quail & Glocks? No, no, no…Moses hit the rock & shotguns flooded out right? Yeah…I didn’t think so…

As of late, there have been a couple of Republican Party knock offs to emerge in the mainstream; the Tea Party & the Liberty movement.

In a nutshell, the Tea Party rallied for lower taxes. The Tea Party was nowhere to be found when White politicians continually raised taxes or military spending, but when Obama was elected & began talking about taxes,
DEMOCRATS ARE SOCIALISTS!!!
OBAMA IS A NAZI!!!
LETS TAKE AMERICA BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS!!
The Tea Party claims they weren’t racist though because they had two or three Black faces dotting the crowds, including Herman “Walnut” Cain & the baldhead guy who serves as Sean Hannity’s lapdog whenever an issue of race comes up. With those two Black men speaking on Fox News for an entire race, I slept well at night. Not really. The rich Republicans bought them out shortly after they garnered steam.

The Liberty movement is slowly but surely headed towards the Republican cause. The Liberty movement developed from the Ron Paul movement, an “end the fed”, Laissez Faire, “take my gun from my cold dead hand” type of movement. It’s ironic when it comes to the term “liberty” though. The Liberty movement rallies for liberty when it comes to the liberty to own a gun, but are silent when it comes to the liberty to be safe from the carnage that results from a gun. I would respect the Liberty movement more if they fought for disenfranchised citizens who’s liberties are continually taken away due to class & race. How about the Liberty movement protesting against stop & frisk, racial profiling & discrimination, the disparities in crime sentencing due to class, & the countless ever-growing barriers separating Americans from the liberties they are constitutionally entitled to? Well, they are the liberty movement basing their platform on the Constitution right? Right?

The most ironic thing about the Republican Party is how polar opposite its members are. People like Mitt Romney & people like Billy Bob have nothing in common yet they vote the same. Why is that? One can thank the Southern Strategy for that. This political tactic resembles that of Black codes, the first act of disenfranchisement initiated after the Africans were “emancipated” following the Civil War. Using terms like “Welfare mammies, crack heads, & junkies” instead of “struggling single mothers, drug user, & addicts”, the Republicans separated poor White from poor Black (hence redneck Republicans). Certain terms brought certain reactions. Tough on crime is another example. Tough on crime doesn’t mean sentencing crime the same way no matter a person’s race or class (compare Lindsay Lohan to a poor person with the similar crimes), it means raiding poor neighborhoods of color to make arrest quotas. Thanks to Southern Strategy’s use of rhetoric & policy, Whites started loathing Blacks & left the Democrat Party…all this to the delight of the Republicans.

Bottom line: The Republicans are a party of old rich White men & dumb Rednecks. If they want to survive as a party & not morph into a hate group, they need to change their rhetoric & update their party platform. It’s 2013, not 1965. The Old Testament is named “Old” for a reason.

Democrats: The “I Used To Be” Party

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, & from man to pig, & from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which”.
-George Orwell
Animal Farm

The Democrats are a very sneaky & intelligent party. Because of that, they have pulled off the biggest hoax in American political history. The Democrats sell this dream of being the “party of the poor”.
Question: How many Democratic senators, congressmen/congresswomen, judges, & other appointees live or have ever lived in a homeless shelter?
How many Democrats make less than 25,000 dollars a year?
How many Democratic politicians don’t have Ivy League degrees?
How many Democrats don’t serve the interest of bankers & lobbyists?
Does one truly think Nancy Pelosi drives a Toyota Camry or Joe Biden a Honda Accord?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.

Throughout my observations, I have broken down the Democrats into two groups: Democrats & Black Democrats.

Democrats are an interesting bunch. In college, Democrats wear lots of hemp bracelets, listen to Bob Dylan albums, smoke weed, & drink Starbucks like its going out of style. Democrats major in social work & go on mission trips with their parents money. Yeah, Democrats are rich too. They return home with plenty of “awww, look at the poor little brown kid” pictures. Democrats love minorities and “stand for Trayvon”. Interestingly enough though, most of them have no friends named Trayvon. They are cool with the Blacks though. Where else would they buy their weed from? In ten years, most of these people become Republicans. It’s a maturity thing.

Black Democrats on the other hand, have a serious problem. Instead of beginning where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, & other exemplary black community leaders left off, they gave all their hopes, dreams, power, & aspirations to a class of rich White people. To this day I still have no clue why. Instead of instituting free breakfast programs like the Black Panthers did, Black Democrats waited for the other Democrats to come & feed them. Instead of marching against racism & discrimination, Black Democrats waited for the other Democrats to institute hate crime legislation & affirmative action. Handout dependency is another issue Black Democrats suffer from.

Welfare, food stamps, Medicaid…all these are forms of hush money. The Democrats give these commodities to poor people (largely African American) as bribes. “Look, ignore our responsibility in the bankrupting of Detroit…here’s two hundred dollars of redistributed middle class money if you don’t start a march. African Americans, ignore our support for tough on crime legislation & racial profiling, two policies that utterly destroy your neighborhoods…here’s free food bought by redistributed middle class money…it’s yours if you don’t organize”. You see? Democrats shoot poor people in the foot then offer them Band-Aids to fix it. If handouts truly did their job, why is it that the areas & neighborhoods that receive them the most are still poor, violent, & drug filled? Progressives are truly agents of regression when it comes to the poor. I don’t see people in Liberty City, Miami “moving on up”. I don’t see residents of 9th Ward New Orleans “moving on up”. Chicago? Don’t get me started. Democrats are what I like to think of when I read the famous Black educator & author Carter G. Woodson’s following quote: “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. I REPEAT, “If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. One last time for the skim through type of reader: “ If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto”. I hope that sunk in.

I call the Democrats the “used to be party” because most of the stances they prided themselves on no longer apply. Some call it compromising, I call it selling out. Starting in the 1960s, Democrats were the party of change…recently though, that change has been for the worse. In 2013, its impossible to differentiate between “pig to man”…I mean between Republican to Democrat.

There are a few stances the Republicans are very proud of the Democrats for, including the National Defense Authorization Act, Guantanamo Bay, & the president’s use of drones

The National Defense Authorization act, otherwise known as NDAA, is a measure that has strong Democratic backing and was resigned by President Obama on January 2nd of this year. This bill authorizes the military & police to wiretap, watch, arrest, & detain indefinitely US citizens who are suspected of terrorism or any other type of “undesirable” behavior. While arrested, citizens are denied the access to a trial & the right to know what charge they stand accused of. Think of this as legalized COINTELPRO. United States citizens who are protected under the Constitution could be literally “Black bagged” for dissident political views. The Democrats not only supported this legislation, the President himself argued strongly for the indefinite detention language to remain in the bill.

Once arrested, the government will ultimately send the citizen to Guantanamo Bay, the place Mr. hope & change himself promised to close five years ago. Still waiting. Guantanamo Bay, or GITMO for short, regularly employs enhanced interrogation, or torture, to extract information. There is no Democratic outrage though. Obama, a constitutional lawyer by trade, sees no violation of the Geneva Accords. There are no marches or rallies by Liberals against that. Damn Democrats, where is your backbone?

The human rights abuses caused by Drones is another issue Democrats are not talking about. Drones are small-unmanned surveillance planes that gather reconnaissance information. Drones mainly operate in the Middle East & North Africa, but as of late, are being developed & sold to local police departments in America. I forgot to mention that Drones are also equipped with missiles and machine gun turrets. Drones don’t ask for driver’s licenses & proof of insurance before they wreak havoc. Lots of innocent civilians die, mostly women & kids, fueling hatred & resentment of America. Oh, that’s why they hate us? I thought it was because of Rock & Roll music? Again, there is no Democratic rage over clear as day human rights abuses. Democrats just wave their 9/11 flags and say “it’s necessary for national security”. Bravo from the Republicans, bravo!

There is a clear double standard here. When George Bush signed the PATRIOTACT, an act Obama has not repealed, the Democratic voters were up in arms. Protests, rallies, meetings, & petitions to impeach Bush were signed. Obama signs NDAA and the Democrats are more interested in the Lakers game that night. George Bush commits war crimes; Obama does what’s necessary. It’s maddening.

Bottom Line: If the Democrats are going to bring “hope & change” to America, they must first start by bringing it to their own party. The Democrats, with their support of Neo-Conservative style laws & policies, have lost their way. The Democrats will need another 1960s style grassroots movement to revive their party. If not, the masses will see through their veil & recognize them as being the “other” rich party. Black Democrats, read some Huey P. Newton.

The solution

People Power: The Forgotten Weapon

The people have been doing for self since mankind appeared on Earth. Before organized religion & politicians received all the credit, people created their present day situations as well as their hoped for futures. For some odd reason in the course of history, people began thinking that they were powerless without a man in a suit speaking for them. People got more & more comfortable with “equal representation” until it eventually became “unequal representation”. More & more people are becoming poorer while fewer & fewer people are becoming richer. Though oppressed people have know this for centuries, the American dream had finally been revealed as a facade. People are noticing how powerless they are no matter how many town hall meetings they attend or letters they write to their representatives. Huey P. Newton, Co-founder of the Black Panthers would always say “Power to the People”. “Power to the People”, not “Power to the lesser of two evils who one only votes for because they feel they have no other choice”. People do have another choice & it starts with themselves. The solution is people power…grassroots movements for change. Occupy has no leader…Anonymous has no leader. These are organizations that are changing the world with no “suit wearing representatives” pulling the strings for them. Gandhi said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. Gandhi is 110% right. BE THE CHANGE, not believe that a Harvard educated lawyer will bring about hope & change…or forward…or whatever gimmick a politician is spinning the next election cycle. The power belongs to the people, & only the people can change America for the better.

They are out there…somewhere…sipping on an eleven dollar Cappuccino Mocha Latte…shopping for a new Italian made Armani pinstriped suit…heading to their midtown upscale office building…parking their paid for BMW in front of their golf course home…a White nanny picks up their kids from a private school soccer team practice…these people are the Black Elite…these people are the so called “representatives” of Black America…with their Yale and Cornell college degrees, their NBA contracts, their Gold discs on the walls…these people diagnose problems in the Black community with a sharp and elegant tongue. For example;

“The eminent problem with Black America is its lack of congeniality with the political system, absence of economic vigor, scientific term after scientific term, scientific term after scientific term, yada, yada, yada.” -Uppity Negro

The Black Elite usually denounce Caucasians because they feel they are all racist. Interestingly enough though, the Black Elite send their kids to all White private academies, shop at upscale all White staffed department stores, eat at upscale all White staffed restaurants, and even work at an all White staffed job, aside from them of course, who thanks to Affirmative Action, received the lucky token hire. These people eat “soul food” not because it tastes good, not because they grew up off it, but because Tyler Perry movies glorify it. Even the Black Elite have to “keep it real” sometimes. Pass the Collards please! These people are the representatives of all Black People in any crisis. These people are “voice of the voiceless” so to say. If a young Black male is killed largely to racial profiling, call up, Roland Martin, a highly educated Black man who is never without a suit and tie. If a city is approaching staggering numbers of Black on Black crime, call up Nick Cannon, a millionaire actor, rapper, and comedian. If the Black male high school dropout rate triples, call up Jay Z, a millionaire rapper and clothing label designer. It’s ironic. Its like when it comes to the 99%, its always a member, or at least an aspirant member, of the 1% to be their representative. Imagine if there was an outbreak of robberies and murders in a local trailer park. Would the media go interview residents of the local golf course to get their take of the situation? I doubt it. So why if there’s an unprecedented rise in teenage pregnancies in the urban Black community do CNN and friends interview Beyonce to get her take on the situation? Its time for us to represent ourselves, the 99% representing for the 99%. We don’t need rappers turned reverends turned reality TV stars turned debit card sellers to represent us. We don’t need drug dealers turned rappers turned authors turned actors turned video game stars turned vitamin infused water spokespersons to represent us. We don’t need record producers turned rappers turned hip-hop moguls turned band making reality TV stars turned alcohol sellers to represent us. Who is “us” by the way? Us are we. We are the imprisoned, the oppressed, the debt ridden, the uneducated, the educated, the poor, the struggling………the conscious…the awake.

Cats don’t do well at representing mice. Christians don’t do well at representing Muslims. The rich don’t do well representing the poor…be they Black or White.