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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.

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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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“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.

Inflamed Propaganda and Ignorant People

I’m currently watching Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas, defend the CISPA bill inside the House. It’s interesting. Mr. Mccaul keeps using the phrase “the next Pearl Harbor”, “the next Pearl Harbor”, “the next Pearl Harbor”, “If we don’t monitor the internet, the next Pearl Harbor will be online”. This type of inflammatory language doesn’t promote a clear way of thinking. It promotes a tinged, fearful, reactionary train of thought. Sadly, this type of thinking is the norm post 9-11. Lets look at three major events that have occurred since 9-11 that, because of false, misleading, inflamed rhetoric, have put our citizens in danger and led to a citizenry with a misconstrued worldview. In other words, propaganda promotes ignorance.

IRAQ HAS YELLOWCAKE URANIUM!!!!!!!!!!! IRAQ HAS YELLOW CAKE URANIUM!!!!!!!! IRAQ HAS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!!!!! IRAQ HAS WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!!!!! IRAQ IS HARBORING KNOWN TERRORISTS!!!!! IRAQ IS HARBORING KNOWN TERRORISTS!!!!!! This type of rhetoric bull horned by politicians led to Americans not thinking twice when they and their sons and daughters were being called up to exterminate the supposedly “biggest threat to human existence” as we know it, Sadaam Hussein . . . yeah, the guy who America put in power and also had a working relationship with.

In all actuality, the United States never found any WMDs, Yellow cake Uranium, or terrorists . . .unless one believes a person fighting against occupation and White face aggression is a terrorist. The United States did find one thing. Oil. And lots of it. Since the killing of Saddam, has America been any safer? Since the killing of Saddam, has the rhetoric stopped? How many family members, friends, neighbors have died, been maimed, or suffer from PTSD?

Well now America decides Iraq wasn’t the biggest threat to the world after all. At 1st it was going to be Hugo Chavez. CHAVEZ CALLED BUSH A DEVIL. THAT’S A BLATANT ACT OF AGGRESSION!!!! CHAVEZ IS A THREAT TO AMERICA, HUMANITY, AND HE IS A TERRORIST!!!! TERRORIST!!!!! INVADE!!!! INVADE!!!! Politicians screamed until their lungs turned Blue. After they had a second or two to use their Harvard educated brains for more than accepting big business bribes, the storm cleared. Realizing Venezuela had little more to offer to America than Coconuts, Sugar, and Cocaine (America gets their Cocaine from Nicaragua at a cheaper price anyway, research the Iran-Contra affair), U.S. Politicians needed a new enemy. How about another Middle Eastern leader with hopes of rising over U.S. imperialism and governing his own sovereign nation? A man with vision, charisma, education, and a loyal following. A man DEMOCRATICALLY elected. A man who governs a rising powerful nation that threatens American influence and neo-colonial aspiration in a burgeoning market? That man would be Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and the country would be Iran. The news constantly shows clips of Iranian labs, scientists with White coats, supposedly building weapons of mass destruction. What kind of idiotic country would allow news people inside a secret lab while creating secret bombs designed to blow up the whole world knowing the whole world will be watching it? If you believe those videos aren’t fabricated, you would probably also believe I have oceanfront property in Kansas.

News constantly alleges that the Iranian government is undermining human rights, Iran has secret prisons, Iran tortures, Iran defies its own constitution, Iran is aggressive, Iran is expanding its weapons research. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!! ARE THEY NOT DOING THE SAME THING???! America is arresting protesters, America has Black site prisons, America uses “enhanced interrogation”, America is erasing the Constitution, America is patrolling all the seas, America develops nuclear weapons daily. If you are willing to risk your life in defense of a country that is doing the same thing as your own country, go ahead. Notice that the people starting the war are sitting behind desks wearing suits . . .they are begging you to go sit behind a tank wearing a uniform. If you go, you’re a true patriot. If you don’t go, you’re not American.

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WELL WHAT DO YOU KNOW, apparently Iran isn’t the biggest threat out there. Now we come to THE BIGGEST THREAT EVER TO APPEAR ON EARTH’S SOIL. A THREAT SO HORRID, THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE IS AFFECTED. A THREAT SO SADISTIC, ONE WONDERS IF GOD MADE THESE PEOPLE OR IF THEY WERE BEGOT BY THE DEVIL HIMSELF in some disgusting gel consisting of human urine and devil feces. North Korea. Yes. North Korea. A country that hardly has electric.

North Korea is a direct product of American imperialism. If America would have let the Koreans fight their own war, history would have led its own course. But of course, siding with the faction that overly welcomed American exploitation, the Americans made a base in the South. Nationalists chose their own sovereignty and sided with the North. A couple weeks ago, America made the biggest deal out of nothing. North Korea attempted to launch a satellite. The world paused, women grabbed their children, men grabbed their guns. Surprisingly, the world didn’t end. A week later India launched a rocket. There wasn’t a peep from anyone. Guess Indians launching a rocket and North Koreans launching a satellite are two different things. Well, the Indians do provide Americans cheap labor in the form of telecommunications. And they also hate Pakistan. Political allies maybe? Launch a rocket, its fine with us!! News attacks North Korean leaders for spending much more on their military while their people starve. The White House has bombs that can destroy whole cities while homeless people live on benches a block down from Pennsylvania Ave. Double standards maybe? The North Koreans are crazy because they believed in their leader, a man who defeated outside aggressors and delivered them to freedom. Mitt Romney is sane because he believes a man named God came down from a place called heaven and had sex with a woman named Mary who had a son named Jesus who will come back one day and deliver us to freedom. Do you see my point? On paper, who is the REAL crazy one?

These false threats and false enemies are not only creating undue stress and fear in Americans, they are changing foreign nationals into the very people America is so adamantly against, Terrorists. I will close this Blog with a quote from Muhammad Ali: “NO VIETCONG HAS EVER CALLED ME NIGGER!!!! Ill add to that Ali. NO VIETCONG, IRAQI, IRANIAN, OR NORTH KOREAN HAS EVER CALLED ME NIGGER either.

Conservative Republicans claim to be the “party of Jesus” while invading any country that doesn’t bend at their knee to the stars and stripes.  The Conservative Republicans claim to respect “the sanctity of life”, while dropping bombs on innocent children abroad.  The Democrats are no Better.  Liberal Democrats claim to be the “party of progressives”, yet study the neighborhoods that garner the most government handouts, tell me if that’s progression or regression.  I’ll say the latter.   It makes me laugh when I pass cars or signs that read “Obama2012” or “ROMNEY2012”.  Do you people honestly…honestly…honestly believe these millionaire, ivy league educated, caviar eating, suits that cost more than your monthly salary wearing politicians, REALLY care about a public school teacher in Hawkinsville, Georgia?  They send their children to private schools.  Do you really think they care about a manual laborer in Unadilla, Georgia?  They have their illegal immigrants for that.  Ill let you think about the question.  Recently at a Newt Gingrich Rally in Macon, Georgia, I noticed something peculiar.  Aside from a policeman, cameraman, and my brother and I, we were the only African Americans there.  In a huge city like Macon, Georgia, is one saying that only White people ascribe to the Conservative Republican’s beliefs of  “hard work, thriftiness, a sound economy, military superiority, and a love of Jesus”?  No, but when your party front runners like Newt Gingrich say “poor Black kids should be janitors” or that “Black people should demand checks and not food stamps”, or when Rick Santorum says “I don’t want to give “blah” people other people’s money”, what does one expect?  The GOP can no longer be “the party of old rich white men”. Democrats aren’t faring any better off either.  African Americans in particular, the times are changing.  In my college educated belief, the Civil Rights Movement ended in the 1970’s.  These Democrats aren’t saving anyone.  While patting one on the back wishing a “Happy Black History Month” they, like drug dealers, pump welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, WIC, and Peach Care, all at the struggling middle class tax payers extent, down communities throat.  The more children you have, the bigger the check.  Now that’s such a great way to promote work ethic in economically dead, crime and drug ridden neighborhoods!!  To sum up this letter, it doesn’t matter if you are Black, White, rich, poor, legal, illegal, gay, straight, the politics of today are not only out of touch with the people, but also with reality.  Voting for the lesser of 2 evils is not what our founders intended.

Tyler Jenkins