Who owns Jazz?

[Excerpts from The Social Effects of Jazz by Zola Philipp]

JIMHALL-2“In response to the statement that whites stole the music, Jim Hall says, “I’ve always felt that the music started out as black but that it’s as much mine now as anyone else’s. I haven’t stolen the music from anybody—I just bring something different to it” (Gerard, 1998, p. 90). Hall is indeed acknowledging that blacks invented jazz, but he does not feel that whites have stolen it, even if whites imitated the various jazz styles created by blacks and became wealthy as a result.”

Hall’s statement above is true. Jazz music is the next commodity used by white men to accrue wealth since cotton. Their entitlement means that they do not have to steal something to make it theirs. They have a right to it and that’s all there is to it.

Meanwhile, “Malcolm X said that whites simply replicate what they heard in the past, whereas blacks could spontaneously invent. He stated “Black musicians at a jam session with white musicians—a whole lot of difference. The white musician can jam with sheet music in front of him. But that black musician picks up his horn and blows sounds he never thought of before. He improvises, he creates (Gerard, 1998, p. 78).”

“Mackey (1992) believed that there was the containment of black mobility on the political level and that the social and economic progress blacks might have accumulated because of their artistic innovation was blocked by whites.”

Although jazz music permeates the planet in clubs and festivals, “Jazz became so commercialized that the industry was less dependent on black innovation, but rather produced a music that was lacking the essence of jazz—its improvisation.” Kofsky (1998) “believed that this refusal of whites to credit blacks is because they refused to equate anything valuable with African Americans. According to Miles Davis, this is the case because “The white man likes to win everything. White people like to see other white people win and they can’t win when it comes to jazz because black people created this” (Gerard, 1998, p.16).

REX STEWARTWhile whites in the jazz music industry got rich, black musicians did not reap equal benefits. The industry caused a great deal of exploitation and discrimination by whites against blacks. Rex Stewart said, “Where the control is, the money is. Do you see any of us running any record companies, booking agencies, radio stations, music magazines?” (Kofsky, 1998, p. 19).

[Source and References: https://www.york.cuny.edu/academics/writing-program/the-york-scholar-1/volume-6.1-fall-2009/the-social-effects-of-jazz]

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Policing the Police

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The Guardian, 12/13/2019
 
Ever since he was a teenager, Joshua Doggrell has believed that the former slave-holding states of the American south should secede from the United States. When he was a freshman in college at the University of Alabama in 1995, Doggrell discovered a group whose worldview chimed with his – the League of the South.
The League believes that white southern culture is in danger of extinction from forces such as religious pluralism, homosexuality, and interracial coupling. In 2006, when he was 29 years old, he applied to be a police officer in Anniston, Alabama. On his police application, Doggrell wrote that he was a member of the League. Shortly after, he was hired.
During nearly a decade on the police force, Doggrell was a vocal advocate for the League, working to recruit fellow officers to the group. He encouraged his colleagues to attend the League’s monthly meetings. On Facebook, he posted neo-Confederate material, including a photo of an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, and wrote that he was “against egalitarianism in all forms”.
Often, he refused to be in the room when the department recited the pledge of allegiance in front of the American flag. Although it is unusual for a police officer to be so open about his involvement in an extremist organization, for decades, anti-government and white-supremacist groups have been attempting to recruit police officers into their ranks. “It is something a lot of folks are overlooking,” says Vida B Johnson, an assistant professor of law at Georgetown University.
“Police forces are becoming more interested in talking about implicit bias – the unconscious, racial biases we carry with us as Americans. But people aren’t really addressing the explicit biases that are present on police forces.” According to Johnson’s research, there have been at least 100 different scandals, in more than 40 different states, involving police officers who have sent racist emails and text messages, or made racist comments on social media, since the 1990s.
A recent investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting found that hundreds of active-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the country were members of confederate, anti-government and anti-Islam groups on Facebook. But there is no official record of officers who are tied to white supremacists or other extremist groups because, in the US, there is no federal policy for screening or monitoring the country’s 800,000+ law enforcement officers for extremist views. The 18,000 or so police departments across the country are largely left to police themselves.
While not every police officer who is tied to a white supremacist group will necessarily act out their beliefs, violently, the presence of even a single radicalized officer can terrorize a community. “Even if the number of officers is numerically small, because of the intense risks posed of having a ticking time bomb like that in a department, that’s a big deal,” said Brian Levin, a former NYPD officer who directs the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in California.
In a number of cases, ideologically radicalized police officers have gone on to commit extreme forms of violence. In 2006, a leaked report from the FBI’s counterterrorism division warned that white supremacists have spent decades trying to “infiltrate law enforcement communities or recruit law enforcement personnel.”
The document, first reported on by The Intercept, noted that the term “ghost skins” had gained currency among white supremacists, to describe extremists who “avoid overt displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes”. But experts have difficulty gauging the number of white supremacists within law enforcement. Some give ballpark figures in the low hundreds, while others can’t give an estimate at all.
Additional Resources:
Inside the U.S. Military’s Battle with White Supremacy and Far-Right Extremism; NBC, 5/25/2019 https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/inside-u-s-military-s-battle-white-supremacy-far-right-ncna1010221    
Several High Profile Racist Extremists Serve in the U.S. Military; Intelligence Report, 8/11/2006 https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2006/several-high-profile-racist-extremists-serve-us-military    
Why Can’t the Military Root Our Far-Right Extremism in its Own Ranks? Pacific Standard, 4/17/2019 https://psmag.com/social-justice/why-cant-the-military-root-out-far-right-extremism-in-its-own-ranks 

One in Four Troops Sees White Nationalism in the Ranks; Military Times, 10/23/2017 https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2017/10/23/military-times-poll-one-in-four-troops-sees-white-nationalism-in-the-ranks/   

Standing Bear vs. Crook

1chiefstandingbear1 CHIEF STANDING BEAR, Ponca Tribe, Nebraska

[https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/09/20/civil-rights-leader-almost-nobody-knows-about-gets-statue-us-capitol]

By Uncited [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsIn the 1878 lawsuit, Standing Bear v. Crook, the U.S. attorney argued that Standing Bear was neither a citizen nor a person, and as such did not have the standing to sue the government. 

Chief Standing Bear was called to testify, becoming the first Native American to do so. He raised his right hand and, through an interpreter, said: “My hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. The same god made us both. I am a man.”

On April 30, 1879, Judge Dundy agreed, ruling for the first time in U.S. history that “the Indian is a ‘person’ ” and has all the rights and freedoms promised in the Constitution. The judge also ordered Crook to free Standing Bear and his people immediately. [https://history.nebraska.gov/collections/standing-bear-ca-1834-1908-rg1429am]

When did white people get the notion that other people were not persons because of the color of their skin? This idea enabled white people to take everything away from black and brown people.

It’s time for reparations on the behalf of all black and brown people robbed by these white crooks.

How to stop Trump

How to stop Trump!

  1. We need to PERSONALLY contact,in a face-to-face way, at LEAST 100,000,000 U.S. voters. The reasons we must do that are laid out HERE.
  2. We must EXPAND the electorate. We must turn out at LEAST 85,000,000 Democratic voters. The groups we most need to target are examined right HERE.
  3. Registering new voters is KEY. Voter registration information is HERE.
  4. Each Democratic activist should set a goal of registering at least 10 new Democratic voters. My thoughts on how to do this are HERE.
  5. We need clear, effective talking points and a clear plan of action. My suggestions for all of these things are HERE.
  6. You can already donate money to whoever ends up as Trump’s Democratic opponent. That can be done HERE.
  7. Florida is a MUST-HAVE state, and Puerto Rican voters are crucial. Here’s what needs doing right 
  8. The women of America are KEY to our victory. Here’s why, HERE.
  9. Why I am a GOTV fanatic, with some eye-opening stats, right HERE.
  10. Pennsylvania is KEY. Let’s go for it! Here’s how, right HERE.
  11. Ohio is KEY. Let’s go for it. Here’s how, right HERE.

These suggestions came from this link:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/10/11/1891871/-Do-You-Want-This-G-d-Damned-Sh-t-Show-to-Stop-READ-THIS

People better wake up!

Bob Woodward: “People better wake up to what’s going on” in the Oval Office

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bob-woodward-fear-trump-in-the-white-house-people-better-wake-up-to-whats-going-on-in-the-oval-office/?fbclid=IwAR3yvg8Mw8dcfnSxqFZ6VZ2nnRNE42JAET5ShDN4YS6or5_Mc4xciJvq9aU

People in this country better WAKE UP, period.

  • What is going on in their homes – their children are becoming drones.
  • What is happening in their workplace – top execs are cleaning up, while they starve.
  • What is going on in the doctors’ offices – people are dying from Big Pharma bribing doctors to give them prescription drugs.
  • What is happening with utilities – water is poison, G5 is set to fry their brains.
  • What is going on in their cities – infrastructure is caving in.
  • What is going on in their schools – children and college students cannot read and write.
  • What is going on on this planet – fires, melting ice, floods, etc., etc., etc.
  • The White House is only the commode, where all of this is being flushed down the drain!

“American men and women [must] resume their rightful stature as the masters and mistresses of their own lives and fortunes, just as was intended by the founders of this great country” (http://losthorizons.com).

Achieving that end involves

  1. Gaining an accurate understanding of our legal, economic, and political structure as designed and implemented in our fundamental law
  2. Learning how that structure has come to be widely misunderstood by the American people, generally,
  3. Learning how that general misunderstanding is broadly and deeply exploited by private interests
  4. Standing up and insisting that the law be administered and upheld as written.

It’s that simple! (http://losthorizons.com)

 

8 years of suffering under Barack Obama

Here’s the truth

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The sentence I hear most from well-meaning, conservative friends since President Trump’s election is this: “We suffered 8 years under Barack Obama.”

Fair enough. Let’s take a look.

The day Obama took office, the Dow closed at 7,949 points. Eight years later, the Dow had almost tripled.

General Motors and Chrysler were on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ford not far behind, and their failure, along with their supply chains, would have meant the loss of millions of jobs. Obama pushed through a controversial, $8o billion bailout to save the car industry. The U.S. car industry survived, started making money again, and the entire $80 billion was paid back, with interest.

While we remain vulnerable to lone-wolf attacks, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed a mass attack here since 9/11.

Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

He drew down the number…

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