Truth & Humanity

This conversation stemmed from a discussion on the various religions and the history created by people:

The discussion began with two Professors, women of color, Dr. F.A. and Dr. J.C., explaining to C.G., a Jewish retired teacher (K-12), about how black children have been disenfranchised by public school teachers, principals, and guidance counselors. C.G. was so touched by this information that she began to cry. Of course, tears are the pressure valve of the heart and C.G. did not know this had happened. She was one of two white teachers at a Detroit public school with a population of 99.9% black children.

Dr. J.C. had just returned from giving a presentation at a conference on “The Problem of Discipline” in public schools. She and her two panelists agreed that black children did not have discipline problems but were victims of what Dr. Joy DeGruy calls Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome.  Black children are taught by white teachers who are not sensitive to their family structure, lack of attention at home when it comes to academics, financial challenges, and the lack of reading materials they are fed in school that are relevant to their life experiences.

The discussion that ensued was that Dr. J.C. stated the involvement of Jewish owners of slave ships and as the insurers of the cargo – human beings captured and kidnapped from African villages. C.G. disputed this claim and found research to dispute it:

This disputes what you said.  Jews are only 2% of the world population now, so even if SOME owned slaves (which is awful, Jews in Jamaica – 12 Jews owned slaves – only 4%)! it could never have been the propensity of Jews. This Professor at Berkeley specialized in this subject and said the book saying Jews were financiers was inaccurate and was a way to spread antisemitism. David Duke and Faracon (sp?) used this information for the scapegoating of Jews.  Islamists and early Christians wanted to falsify history to blame Jews.  [Source: http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/jews-and-the-african-slave-trade]

In response to Dr. JC’s contention that only books by Jews are used in public schools, CG replied:
I will continue to look into what you said about authors of textbooks.  It sounds as though it is a Muslim resource trying to create and spread antisemitism.  There were many things today said against Jews, including that Israel should belong to Palestine.
Dr. JC responded to CG’s email as follows:

First, this is how you spell Louis Farrakhan‘s name. This does NOT mean I agree with anything he says. So, let’s be clear about that.

Next, I did not say anything about Jews ‘owning‘ slaves. I said they owned the slave ships and the insurance companies that insured the cargo, which happened to be human beings in this instance. These enterprises yielded large sums of money for European Jews (not Hebrews who are from Ethiopia).

These are the names of the slave ships: http://home.btclick.com/jabu/ships.htm

Below is a list of the Jewish slave ships and the Jewish owners. We know that Africans sold Africans into slavery. However, they could not have done so if there was no market and they certainly could not have known the treachery these people would face aboard the ships and wherever they landed in South America, the Caribbean, and America.

Jewish Slave Ship Owners

Name of ship Owners Ethnicity
Abigail
Crown
Nassau
Four Sisters
Anne & Eliza
Prudent Betty
Hester
Elizabeth
Antigua
Betsy
Polly
White Horse
Expedition
Charlotte
Caracoa
Aaron Lopez, Moses Levy, Jacob Franks
Issac Levy and Nathan Simpson
Moses Levy
Moses Levy
Justus Bosch and John Abrams
Henry Cruger and Jacob Phoenix
Mordecai and David Gomez
Mordecai and David Gomez
Nathan Marston and Abram Lyell
Wm. De Woolf
James De Woolf
Jan de Sweevts
John and Jacob Roosevelt
Moses and Sam Levy and Jacob Franks
Moses and Sam Levy
Jews
Jews
Jew
Jew
Jews
Jews
Jews
Jews
Jews
Jew
Jew
Jew
Jews
Jews
Jews

Source: Elizabeth Donnan, 4 Volumes, ‘Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America’ Washington, D.C. 1930, 1935 Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, Pa. [http://jewwatch.com/jew-genocide-black-holocaust-slave-ships.html]

Further reading on that page:

“Jews also took an active part in the Dutch colonial slave trade; indeed, the bylaws of the Recife and Mauricia congregations (1648) included an imposta (Jewish tax) of five soldos for each Negro slave a Brazilian Jew purchased from the West Indies Company. Slave auctions were postponed if they fell on a Jewish holiday. In Curacao in the seventeenth century, as well as in the British colonies of Barbados and Jamaica in the 18th century, Jewish merchants played a major role in the slave trade. In fact, in all the American colonies, whether French (Martinique), British or Dutch, Jewish merchants frequently dominated.

“This was no less true on the North American mainland where, during the 18th century, Jews participated in the ‘triangular trade’ that brought slaves from Africa to the West Indies and there exchanged them for molasses, which was taken to New England and converted into rum for sale in Africa. Isaac Da Costa of Charleston in the 1750’s, David Franks of Philadelphia in the 1760’s, and Aaron Lopez of Newport in the late 1760’s and early 1770’s dominated Jewish slave trading on the American continent.”

Dr. Raphael discusses the central role of the Jews in the New World commerce and the African slave trade (pp. 23-25):

SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES JEWISH INTER ISLAND TRADE
CURACAO, 1656

[http://jewwatch.com/jew-genocide-black-holocaust-slave-ships.html]

Dr. JC related that “In 1999, I visited the first Jewish temple built in Curacao.

Regarding insurance companies that benefitted from the trade of humans in the middle passage:

Shocking List of 10 Companies that Profited from the Slave Trade – Your Black World

15 Major Corporations You Never Knew Profited from Slavery

Dr. JC continued:

It is clear that ALL white people did not participate in the middle passage and that only a handful of white slave owners ran the trade.  However, the supposition that whites are superior to blacks and that they should be privileged has benefitted ALL white people and been the demise of ALL black people or people of so-called minority groups, which also is not true. Although the dollar amount of the wealth of this family is said to be unfounded, the Rothschild family is a wealthy family descending from Mayer Amschel Rothschild, a court Jew to the German Landgraves of Hesse-Kassel in the Free City of Frankfurt, who established his banking business in the 1760s.

Regarding Israel:

Creation of Israel, 1948. On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the head of the Jewish Agency, proclaimed the establishment of the State of Israel. U.S. President Harry S. Truman recognized the new nation on the same day.

See this PDF file: http://www.israelbonds.com/Offerings-Rates/Current-Rates/18kamendment.aspx

About the continent to which the Middle East belongs to:

Some definitions include Turkey, part of which is in Europe, all of North Africa, and Asia across to Afghanistan. The most normal definition of the Middle East, you might say, includes parts of eastern North Africa (Egypt, for example) and the far west of Asia. It’s in Asia, except for the part (according to some descriptions) that’s in North Africa. It all depends on who’s doing the line drawing. For the US Dept. of State, the “Near East” is in SW Asia and “North Africa” is, well, in northern Africa, including Mauritania and Sudan.

https://www.quora.com/Which-continent-is-the-Middle-East-located-in

The bottom line is that people say and write whatever fits their story. That does not make what they say or write the TRUTH.

 

 

Meanwhile, Who Are The Hebrew Israelites?

 

This is just some food for thought. It is not meant to be anti-semetic. This is information that Pan-Africanists have uncovered to help children of African descent and so-called Native Americans, the Moors, understand who they really are and how their history has been misappropriated and twisted.

Meanwhile, Dr. FA replied:

I learned a whole lot today and I love you both.  I believe it is so important to get to the Truth or in today’s world, receive the Truth. We are in the midst of this major, major transformation where so much is being revealed to us. It is mind-boggling. Our emotions can become so entangled in our reforming this disconnected world to one of Unity.

I believe we all want the same thing.  To get there will require patience, tolerance, and peeling of the layers of our own onions.
We all have a stake in this and we all have different sensibilities.  This is an excellent exercise for us all as we embark on this new trilogy or whatever it evolves to become. 
I want Truth too and I sometimes seek, voraciously; so just listening today to both views was for me with my five planets in Libra an opportunity to be the bridge to harmony on differing perspectives on this journey to our respective Truths.
We all know, since the beginning of time, humans have divined their own Truth from God to Yahweh, to Jehovah, to Buddha to Allah and, wait, my niece, a Hari Krishna,  mentioned one I never heard. As long as we are seeking there is hope. In the Final Call, all there will be is the Truth we choose to take with us. 
When my sister died in March, I knew part of her suffering was due to gross misconceptions in her spiritual beliefs and there was nothing I could do about it. My siblings sat around saying “Wow, I am bewildered, our pastor always said if you trust in God, your prayers would be answered.” 
We prayed for her to recover from cancer but she suffered and died horribly.  They were bewildered because when she died, they could not find God as they knew it because they were never taught who or what God is beyond “Pass the plate.”
For me, that was witnessing people creating their own reality or allowing their Truth to be created for them, putting it in a box, and not allowing anything else in because my pastor said so.  TRUTH!  It’s a dirty job but somebody’s got to do it. We can no longer be asleep or is that sheep? And the journey continues.
I love you both.💋💖
To Dr. FA’s remarks, CG responded as follows:
I love your remarks, Dr. F, and want to make sure to say, before we put this discussion to bed,  that if we are digging up all of this history against the Jews, to explain why black families are still entrenched in discontent, poverty, and crime, so that they can pin on 2% of the world population, all of the burden for their current and past injuries, then how is that different than the Christians saying Jews murdered their Christ or the whites saying blacks are responsible for most of the crime because they’re mostly the ones in jail?
It’s a dirty business digging up a bunch of history to blame a people.  There is a lot of history to use to prove all sorts of things and it serves to divide us, to blame rather than take responsibility. Jews were kicked out of everywhere in pogroms, were always the underdog, were always turning the other cheek, and learned many lessons – the biggest to go on and learn what you can take with you. What we learn stays with us.
Is there a propensity of Jews in Hollywood? I’d say yes. We learned to be the jokers, the entertainers, the artists, the healers, the learned men and women, the bakers, the seamstress, and the teachers. I’m not saying the ONLY ones.  We overcame years of persecution and slavery as well.  Yet, there has not been a Jewish president,  but there has been a multiracial one.  And racism still exists! Look at our current President! 
I don’t want to fight or offend and I do want to tell you that the history that keeps pointing to the Jews being at fault for everything is a sham and anti-semetic.  Even if the Jews owned the ships you say they did, that is only 2% of ALL of the slave ships that existed.  We can build walls or bridges. With me, you will build a wall by continuing to tell me that my people created racism and all of the strife the African Americans now have.  Think about it. Think about who’s saying it and why we need to be blaming someone at all! 
Love you really! 
CG
Dr. FA responded to this with:
I have been in similar discussions for a while. But not in the way it occurred yesterday.  My approach is to belong to a group called Coming to the Table.  The group consists of blacks and whites coming together, voluntarily, for racial healing through an organized process.  I prefer this way. 
Yesterday was, perhaps, unfair to you in that you were bombarded with a lot without advance notice. I have to respect how you were impacted and caught off guard when you opened your home, hospitably. Thank you for your hospitality,  I realize you were offended by some of the discussion. I hope I did not offend you. 
I agree we need to build bridges. However, rather than try to convince my white friends and family of what I perceive, I suggested joining this group for those kinds of discussions.  Each of us, yesterday, had different views. I did not agree nor disagree with all of the things either of you studied, as I could only be an observer of a lot of it.  I just did not see the value in debating at the table about whose ‘herstory’ is the correct one.  
That could have continued for another six hours.  I don’t think any of us needs to convince the other that their view is the right one in a social setting. It may never happen. But there is a process, an exchange of ideas that can happen.  Generations of historical validation are not going to happen in 2.5 hours. So, for a first time coming together, it was probably not the best choice to dive into that discussion.

Here is my approach:http://comingtothetable.org

People in the United States are starving for something different in how we engage with each other, and how we address the legacies of slavery and racism (from increased xenophobia, killings of unarmed black youth, political divisiveness, and more). I joined Coming To The Table because of its unique approach to address, holistically, the deeply rooted nature of racism. Coming to the Table has impacted my life and continues to deeply transform the lives of so many people and communities across the United States. If you care about racial healing and building a thriving, inclusive and compassionate democracy for the future of this country, Coming to the Table is the organization to join.” – Fabrice Guerrier, Past-President of Coming to the Table (2016-17)

 

Dr. FA continued:
This process is admittedly painful.  This group which was started by white Mennonites, in order to facilitate racial healing between white and black people, based on Dr. Joy DeGruy’s book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, and her Masters-level courses that she teaches on racial healing.  Dr. DeGruy’s philosophy on racial healing addresses white privilege and the discomfort that accompanies discussing it. I  found having a group and a guided process for racial healing and managing the discussion is more productive.
Everyone in the group agrees to respect everyone’s right to share their views and must respectfully share why they disagree.  The white people who started the group remind the white people who join to be prepared to admit, even if their ancestors never participated in slavery, that they always enjoyed white privilege and often silently received it as an entitlement.  Historically, white privilege has been taught by design and part of the reason it still exists is not just due to those who instituted it but due to those who silently enjoy it as if it is fair in America.
I am a healer and diplomat by nature. I did read your article in full and I see in it some of what offends in America with those who were not excessive participants or perhaps did not own slaves or own many slaves.  I did not find any comfort in it.  This is why I joined Coming to the Table so I can share my thoughts and indicate why I receive it this way which is different from how a Jewish person would.  That is very simple. It is not to blame. It is a different perception and, to me, the reason why we need to have these discussions in the proper context.
Dr. FA said, My thoughts:
Somewhere in between the lines, this reads (to me) as if there were an acceptable number of slaves to be owned.  If this was intended to relieve responsibility for the atrocity of slave ownership it failed, miserably.  This is like saying our pollution will only kill 100 people and that is an acceptable number of deaths because their pollution kills 100,000. Perhaps it was not the intent but this article condones slave ownership as ‘a little bit’ of slavery.  Perhaps 1 in 100 was my ancestor.  
These distinctions are what Coming to the Table addresses. Having these discussions in a group dedicated to that effort makes a huge difference in building bridges. I invite you to join me there.  There is also a Facebook Group. 
Regarding the statement by Dr. FA that CG’s home was not the best locale for this discussion, Dr. JC did indicate that these three women’s souls had agreed eons ago to come together to have this discussion. 
Meanwhile, in the email exchange, CG wrote:
Drs. FA and JC,
Never would I choose to offend you. It sounds like a great program, Come to the Table, although, currently, I am extended enough. I don’t know if you both saw what I had written and what was written in the article.  It was an atrocious time.  Even one slave ever owned is too many.  And no one ever has the right to take or use another’s life.
I am sorry for what any of my ancestors and yours may have done to harm another in any way!  Have a wonderful, blessed, and meaningful day! I often have discussions like these with friends. I believe in truth-seeking. But we must be careful to not attack or offend and must know there are different “histories” and different “truths”.   History serves to remind us to not do it again.  For me, that’s all that looking back needs.
Now live in the Now! That’s me! I’m not a historian.
Thank you both for your love and peace and teaching on the 🌎 planet!
In Love and 💡 light,
CG
In response to CG’s message, Dr. JC wrote:
CG,
These are powerful insights and words. I think you’ve hit the proverbial nail on the head.
For me, it goes back to what my father told me, when I said, “Oh, I didn’t know that.”
He said, “Renee, the things you don’t know will make another world.”
From then on, I gave myself the benefit of the doubt but remained open to correction. What we know, truly know is from personal experience and, even then, we can only believe half of what we see and none of what somebody tells us until we see it for ourselves. I experienced this a few times this year with people telling me about someone and I did not accept their opinion until I saw it for myself. Actually, three of my students were the target of this inquiry. Other students told me the student did or didn’t do this, that or the other, and I waited to see if that was the case. Well, it was.
However, when it comes to religion and history, I realized decades ago that men created both. They made themselves right and others wrong. The elevated themselves above women out of a need to inflate their own ego and to the detriment of the only beings on earth they cannot do without. I chanted Hari Krishna in my 20s and attended services at the Krishna Temples in Philadelphia, New York, and Miami. I found Buddhists friends from time to time who explained the principles of Buddhism to me and I read several books on Buddhism, Krishna Consciousness, Islam, and the Mystics of Christianity. Everything I researched about religion and faith led me to one conclusion: I am God/Goddess/All That Is having a human experience. 
The one truth that I am absolutely sure of is that it will be Women who will save this planet and the people on it.
In that light, I do hope you, Francine, and I, with a few others we know can organize a committee to build a learning institute that is open, objective, and filled with the truth of our humanity.
Dr. JC

 

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What’s the black strategy if Trump wins?

Columnist Al Calloway of the South Florida Times posed this question:

What’s the black strategy if Trump wins?

The largely Republican-right white nationalist Trump crowds roar approval when the Donald cites years of African American loyalty to the Democratic Party for which, he alleges, they have nothing to show for it. Trump indicts Hillary’s boast of 30 years in public service and exhorts African Americans to vote for him, stating, “you have nothing to lose.”

Here’s Calloway’s article: http://www.sfltimes.com/opinion/whats-the-black-strategy-if-trump-wins

Before even reading the article, I responded: RUN!!!

Then, S.E. Anderson responded to me with:

If Trump becomes president, there’s nowhere on Planet Earth to Run to!
The US already has a massive military presence on and around every continent. Its capitalist enterprises are entangled decisively in every nation on the planet- except for Cuba and North Korea… and they are working on both of them to submit. Trump would abandon the normalization process with Cuba and possibly demand the bombing of N Korea.
Inside the US, the deeply normalized white supremacy policies and practices will be “enhanced”. Emboldened alienated white working-class folk, the police and various white nationalist have been deputized by Trump to “Make America Great [WHITE] Again.”
The Black Strategy should be to continue the work of our Ancestors’ fight for TRUE Liberation and build a movement that is hellbent on destroys Capitalism and its racist appendages– no matter the odds. We need to, no, MUST, continue to be like Ancestor FreedomFighter William Monroe Trotter: “Let Your Motto Be Resistence!”
To Run is to submit. We never ran from enslavement: Our Ancestors Resisted in all kinds of ways. That’s why we’re here today to continue Fight for Black Liberation.
In Struggle,
Sam Anderson

To which I retorted:

Dear Sam,

Obviously, fright and flight is no joke. But running toward freedom is a viable strategy.

The Northern flight through the Underground RR was most definitely ‘running’.

Tubman’s quote still stands, “If they knew they were slaves, I could have saved thousands.”

We need a flight plan because, if Trump wins, even a railroad ticket won’t help us.

At ASALH this week, we chartered the South Florida Branch.

I had a nice, long talk with Patricia Hilliard, Asa’s daughter.  I became a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians.  I struck up a conversation with George McDonald about:

  1. The number of people lynched in National Parks
  2. Homeless people living in National Parks

to determine if his $5 million budget could be used to get an ‘act of Congress’ to set up lodgings in National Parks for homeless citizens, many of whom are women with children and veterans.

Homeless and cold

Photo: http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/editorials-for-students/nycs-homeless-crisis

It’s ridiculous that there are 84.4 million acres in the National Parks system, while more than 500,000 people – a quarter of them children – have nowhere to live. It is ludicrous. It is criminal because there are still human beings that do not fit into the pattern of ‘civilization’ because they are, in fact, nomadic, which is how most tribes started out on this planet.

But the bureaucracy that set up the National Parks System that was lily-white, until The Petermans took the initiative to confront the NPS regime and published their first book Legacy on the Land to encourage African Americans to visit some of the 58 national parks in the U.S.A. despite their ingrained fear of forests where their forefathers, grandfathers, uncles, and brothers hung from trees.

What is it that we cannot get???

Running from the truth or running to the light?

Either way, either of the two candidates running will undoubtedly cause one or more groups in the country to RUN!!!

So, running will be the norm, whether it’s for Black people running from “Emboldened alienated white working-class folk, the police, and various white nationalists that will be deputized by Trump to ‘Make America Great [WHITE] Again,’ or those folks running from us.  Somebody gonna be runnin’!!!

And ‘Black Liberation’ cannot nor will ever be attained without WHITE LIBERATION from the idiotic ideology of white supremacy, a paradigm that is shifting in ever-deepening quicksand.  Their time is up. GAME OVER. WAKE UP melanated people, and push back!

Run, people, run toward the light, toward TRUTH, toward the land o’ make believe.

Run, until you reach the edge of the abyss that is human beings believing that to be civilized is to put a gate at the entrance of land that once was and should be put to good use by people living on sidewalks of the so-called ‘greatest show on Earth’ – Amerikkka!

Thanks,

Joan Cartwright

The Myth of White Ownership

Herein is a discussion with my good friend Dinizulu Gene Tinnie on the validity of the claims of Her Highness Divine: Empress Wendy Farica Washitaw (1927-2014), the late reigning empress of the Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Empire and leader of the Emperial Washitaw de Dugdahmoundyah Nation. SHE WAS THE LEGAL HEIR to the Maison Rouge land grant that was skillfully willed to her great-great-great-grandfather Henry Turner, son of the Marquis de Maison Rougethe child of French Nobility was rescued by Baron Philip de Bastrop at the beginning of the unrest culmination with the French Revolution.

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Her Highness Divine: Empress Wendy Farica Washitaw

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Washitaw Land

 

Dear Gene,

Have you heard about this? Washitaw Nation Comes Under Investigation
Dear JC,
So, whatever happened to objective reporting?  (I have always had a kind of mixed respect for the SLPC, for its fine work on the on hand, but with what has always struck me as a self-aggrandizing motive.  They have established themselves as a recognized force identifying, monitoring,and exposing hate groups and actions.  It seems that the strength of their work, and the respect it has earned, has been rooted in their scientific, objective, and unbiased presentation of the data they have collected, or at least so it seemed from what encounters I have had with their work over the years.  The openly snide and lurid tone of this report is a definite departure from that perception.)  By American law, regardless of how much or how little respect for it that even the defendants caught up in its snares may have, still declares all defendants to be innocent until actually proven guilty “beyond the shadow of a doubt” in a court of law, and therefore need to be respected as such in public discourse (such as journalism), not least in order to protect potential jurors from allegations of having prejudicial views fueled by negative news reporting, like this.
That said, I only have the most casual and passing knowledge of the Washitaw nation, and have heard of the Empress and come across some of her pronouncements and political positions, only enough to know that she and her organization are linked to the Moorish Science Temple, founded by Noble Drew Ali, whole members have “-El” appended to their surnames.  (It, like the Nation if Islam, the Coptic Church, and other such organizations originated in the Garvey movement.)  I have had interesting conversations with some of the more doctrinaire members who actually contend that we (Africans/Moors) have been in these lands since before the continents separated, and who deny that the Middle Passage ever existed, as if millions of Black people, having been through what we have endured, could be duped by a hoax of such proportions, but I still consider myself as one who has more to learn than to question.)
I will share this with folks who definitely do have more knowledge of the Washitaw Nation (and other such organizations) who I am sure can shed some light on these proceedings.
I look forward to learning and sharing more of what I can find out.
Best all ways,
DGT
Gene,

I appreciate your observation of the slanted journalism here. The snide remarks of this reporter are in line with the malaise of so many white people who believe that all people of color of full of criminal tendencies, which, in fact, is mere projection in the Freudian sense of their own criminal minds that caused them to commit genocide all over this planet.
I spoke with an old friend Denise Wilson-El this week who spent lots of time with the Empress even traveling with her to the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland. She has fond memories of the Empress but regretted that documents proving the origin of the Muurs, here in this land were not copied and circulated before government renegades ramshacked the Empress’ home and destroyed the evidence.
The term “The devil never sleeps” certainly applies here. These white devils know the truth and are bent on our people never awakening to it. However, truth is the only constant and all is coming to light.
I will await the response of some of your colleagues.
Yours in the struggle
Mamayah El Molina Bey
aka Joan Cartwright
JC,

One of the folks I reached out to, wouldn’t you know, is Denise Wilson-El’s son, Guy Forchion, who is the executive director of the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust, asking him if his Mom might have some insights on this state of affairs as described in the article.  The other is Jeanette Stephens-El, aka Raining Deer, who, by the way, has a new book out called “On Eagles’ Wings: Prayers for the President” (whomever [s]he might be, going forward), and is looking for venues in which to present it in SoFla (or SoFlo in ASALH newspeak) before the election, so all ideas and insights are welcome. 

Thank you for reminding me about the UN Conference on Indigenous Peoples.  That is not where I last heard news of the Empress, but I believe she was at another event, possibly the webcast following the unveiling of “The Ark of Return” Permanent Memorial to the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade on the UN Headquarters Visitors Plaza last year.

As you know, one (of many!) of the disturbing phenomena in this land of (selective) opportunity, where the questionable bourgeois-driven concept of “ragged individualism” has taken root, is that “people without a place” (or who at least perceive themselves as being without a place on earth) find fertile ground here to take ownership, a la Columbus, of anything they think they can claim and control access to.  This is often land, of course, but also any necessary goods and services, which they make available at a price (which they set, of course), holding the needy hostage, and, of late, this tendency has spread to include “intellectual properties” (including such absurd madness as Monsanto claiming exclusive patents of GMO agricultural products with which they hope to replace the natural food supply), and even, to get to the point of where all this is leading, rightful and worthy political causes, particularly those which are not already “taken.”  Thus we find self-appointed authorities on “Indian Tribes” and their history, and even more ignobly, supposed non-profit “Foundations” trading quite profitably in “Indian Artifacts” that supposedly benefit the Tribes, but a reading of the fine print reveals that Indian Poverty is big business, and therefore needs to be kept going.

Such, it has long been my suspicion, is the Southern Law & Poverty Center, which focuses supposedly on much of the injustice that is visited upon the African American community and on identifying, cataloguing, and monitoring “hate groups,” but not without an agenda of carving out a market niche in the oppression business for themselves.  Moreover, in the spirit of non-hateful, non-pathological paranoia — by which generations of Ancestors wisely survived to give life to us and our progeny — it is not difficult to read into that organization, at least on the part of some elements within it, an agenda to use African Americans as a front for seeking out and identifying anti-Jewish, or anti-other-ethnic hate groups.

America was built from its foundations on “slick,” questionable, and outright criminal business practices (and we have a Constitution written to protect them), so, as you point out, there is much Freudian psychosis and collective guilt in the land, accounting for the ever-so-self righteous posturing of the most criminal minds in seeking to “root out crime.”  Specifically, as Malcolm X, as sharp and astute observer of the society which brought so much havoc to his own family as there ever was, once stated, “White people are artful at making the criminal look like the victim and the victim look like the criminal.”  I mean, we are in a country in which for most of its history, holding “slaves” — imprisoned forced laborers who could be violated and exploited at will and denied all human rights with impunity — was NOT considered a crime, whereas escaping from such pathological barbarity WAS a crime, punished in the most barbaric ways, as would be any act of being free and brave long after slavery had supposedly ended.

White supremacy equates equality with oppression.  What is the whole point of being white if all you are going to have is the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, if there are no exclusive neighborhoods, job opportunities, healthcare, etc.  The late brilliant South African author Jordan K. Ngubane (whose novel, modeled on the traditional Zulu umlando, or epic format, entitled “Ushaaba: The Hurtle to Blood River” is a most enlightened work) very incisively dissected the Apartheid system and its motivations, and the radical distinctions between White and Black concepts of law and value systems,  In the latter case, he wisely observed that for the invasive White settlers — people without a place — a thing had value because they possessed it ant other people did not.  It mattered not whether there was the intrinsic or natural value attached to whatever it was, only that exclusivity was established, usually by inflating the price and controlling the distribution of money. 

So how does such a society, particularly when slavery was being openly upheld and enforced as a legal institution, view something like Maroon communities, daring to survive without either being dependent on or giving profit to the parasite class?  Of course that class would see this as nothing less than a “threat to national security,” as would be any uncontrolled or uncontained Native American presence.  Should these Maroons go so far as to not only survive but to acquire some of the things (the parasites only live in a world of things – to have, to do, to be – which reduces everything to commodities) that are supposedly exclusively reserved for themselves, then insane mode is switched on, and literally anything goes, as we would see in Tulsa and Rosewood.

This is what I am reading in the snide sarcasm and cheap shots that this article about the Washitaw Nation by the SLPC has produced (in such stark contradiction to its prominent logo of balanced scales. Supposedly of justice).  The resentment is palpable, responsibility is cast to the wind, and the pretense of law becomes nothing more than a propaganda weapon against a group of people who have escaped outside control and ownership.

All of the above, of course, just forms Chapter 26,473 of the indictment against the invaders, which can barely keep up with the continuous production of evidence.  But that is all “their problem.”  Our issue is of another nature and importance.  We do not like to hear things like “No crime is ever committed without some participation on the part of the victim,” any more than we want to hear that in an auto accident where one driver is clearly at fault that the other had some degree of voluntary participation, perhaps by not being sufficiently observant and defensive, perhaps even by being in the wrong place for the wrong reasons.  That kind of stuff gets too abstract and philosophical and messes up our feelings of righteousness and lets our guilty-as-sin adversaries off the hook a bit, and we don’t need to hear that.

Yet, we, and especially those who comprise the Global Elite of Descendants of Middle Passage Survivors, like the Descendants of Trail of Tears and Genocide Survivors – those whom “History has forced, obligated, challenged, and blessed to be Truth knowers, Truth keepers, and Truth tellers,” are nobody and nothing if we are not a people who is committed to “keepin’ it real” even when everybody all around us is going nuts, and calling that a normal state, questioning our right to be alive.  We, who are formed of an intelligence honed and refined and polished and kept alive and vibrant over countless millennia of serious village palavers beneath the sacred iroko tree, during which self-determination was not even a word or a term because there was no alternative to it, we who have the responsibility to honor all those Ancestors and all those generations Yet Unborn who are alive within us, depending on our every action to make the world right for them, we may “Wear the Mask” and do much of what it takes to survive, but we have to be responsible and accountable.

We cannot, as we negotiate the delicate path from where we are to where we need to be through a yard full of rabid dogs, cannot relax our guard, cannot consider any one(s) of us to be disposable, cannot make silly compromises with demonic forces.  We have to be very astute and wise in what we, as Maroons, in hostile territory, with limited resources, do to maintain our freedom and sanity.

It is on THOSE standards that we have to weigh the actual decisions and actions taken by the leadership and the body of the Washitaw Nation.  We have inherited wisdom.  We have divination systems and proven ways to seek and receive Ancestral Guidance.  We have to evaluate the validity of strategies, the costs vs. the benefits, the reasons why we do the things we do, because we have always known to focus on the actions, not the persons (“Hate the deed, not the doer.”  “You don’t have to be a horrible person to do horrible things,” etc.) 

This is less about judging the allegations being made against the Washitaw Nation regarding past actions than about formulating a strategy for dealing with those allegations that serves our future – the future of ALL of us. For this reason, this case will bear close watching and a strong infusion of knowledge (light rather than heat) for us to fully be responsible players in the fate of our people going forward.

DGT

 

Back in Florida!

After being uprooted from my lakeside apartment in Oakland Park, Florida, in February 2013, moving three times, with the last one being to Atlanta with my daughter, I am finally back in my beloved South Florida.

On the road home.

On the road home. When I crossed the state line from Georgia to Florida, something magical happened!

20151001_125910Now, that I’m back I know why I missed Florida so much.

First, there is the beach! The Atlantic Ocean was calling to me in Atlanta and I could not wait to get there. So, my first morning back, I got in my car, emptied of its cargo into the tiny bedroom given me by my generous brother. I drove over the Intercoastal to Palm Beach and immediately, I was caught up by the sea, sand, and sky. The beautiful clouds beckoned me to the seashore but I was not to be distracted by this dreamy moment because I was destined to arrived at the place where my second reason for moving back to Florida was.

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For almost 2 years, while living in Atlanta, I only saw my Dad (96) three times. I spoke with him almost every day. But this was not enough. I needed to see, touch, hug, and kiss my Dad.

Although he’s 96, he is alert, mindful, and reminiscent of decades gone by. He always asked me where I was, what I was doing, and how I was feeling. He always tells me to take good care of myself. Truthfully, it is my father’s counsel that has kept me from ever being depressed.

Upon returning to South Florida, I am able to visit him two or three times a week, now. This is such a blessing and I am ever grateful for having the ability to make this choice to return.

The thir20151003_140229-1d reason that I’m so happy to be back home is seeing so many of my friends. Lisa invited me to a luncheon with women the first Saturday I was home. I drove to Hallandale and really enjoyed meeting these progressive women.