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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.

While their counterparts were eating raw meat, grunting, and living in caves around the Caucus Mountain range in Europe, Black people were creating calendars, a writable language, religion, paper, and the Pyramids in Egypt.  During brutal bondage in the Americas, Black people created music, fables, the modern day Black church, and an elaborate underground route to freedom.  After securing their liberty in the wake of the Civil War, Black people suffered more than a century of bloody apartheid.  The bombings, lynchings, false imprisonments, and terrorism Blacks suffered didn’t slow progress though.  Blacks fought hard against Jim Crow, creating their own businesses and staffing their own schools, creating a vibrant, close-knit environment of Black progress.  Some Blacks went even further by becoming revolutionaries, torchbearers putting the cause of Black progress on their shoulders, brushing everything else aside…sometimes even their own lives.  The catalyst for all Black change and progress has and always will be education.  From Egypt to East Los Angeles, from Cairo to Chicago, all Black progress has been ignited by education.  During enslavement, it was illegal to teach an African to read and write.  Why? During Jim Crow, it was illegal for African Americans to attend great White schools and colleges.  Why?  Education causes one to see where they stand in the world…it causes one to question…it causes one to realize…it causes one to fight.  Now, fast forward to Florida.

From Timbuktu to Tampa:  Black Intelligence then, Black Ignorance now

The Florida State Board of Education has passed and initiated a plan that sets race-based goals for specific school subjects, mainly math and reading, for the year 2018.   The four races used are Asian, White, Hispanic, and Black.  The order I arranged them in is the same order the Florida State Board has arranged them in…a racial hierarchy if you will.
The following chart displays the current percentage of students in Florida meeting the grade level requirements of reading and math.

Student’s Race % Meeting Grade Level: Reading 2012 % Meeting Grade Level: Math 2012
Asian 76% 82%
White 69% 68%
Hispanic 53% 55%
Black 38% 40%

This chart displays the Florida State Board’s goals for students in the year 2018.

Student’s Race % Meeting Grade Level: Reading 2018 % Meeting Grade Level: Math 2018
Asian 90% 92%
White 88% 86%
Hispanic 81% 80%
Black 74% 74%

Now, is the Florida State Board of Education being racist, justifying discrimination with statistics or are they being intelligent, identifying a disparaging achievement gap and making it easier for students excel? Is this even shocking?  Numbers don’t lie and “the proof is in the pudding”!  Should we be more upset that the Florida State Board of Education, made up of six Whites, one Hispanic, & one Asian, is justifying the “mis-education of the Negro” or should we be more upset that we have let our children’s education get to this point?  I honestly think it’s regressive and idiotic to protest race-based goals when not doing anything to fix race-based truths.  I’m not your leader but here is my advice.  Show your child three pictures…one of Kobe Bryant, one of 50 Cent, and one of Langston Hughes.  If your child can’t point out Langston Hughes, blame yourself for these numbers, not a state board that is doing only what it feels is best for progress.  Progress?  You know, the thing us as African Americans have forgotten about.  Everything starts at home…everything.  I don’t support the Florida State Board of Education’s ruling, but I don’t support being unrealistic either.  Imagine the final exam in your child’s P.E. class being a mile run. The track is four laps per mile.  Imagine before the mile run, the coach says to a student who appears to lack athletic ability, “Hey, you can run one lap instead”.   Then to another, “Hey, two laps will suffice for you”. Yes, shortening the race will ensure more finishers, but it doesn’t necessarily ensure more winners.    Will this ruling create a race of Black Floridians with high school diplomas not worth the paper its printed on, or will this ruling create a race of Black Floridians with the essential credentials to go forth into the world and prosper?  I personally believe lessening scholarship will lead to increasing servitude, but that’s me.  You decide…