America is for US all

R.I.P. Melody Cole

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http://www.fyicomminc.com/songs/americasolo.html

What does America mean to you?

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http://www.fyicomminc.com/america/america.htm

 

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The Age of Destiny

santa fe schoolIn light of the foolery going on in the country and worldwide, particularly with the government, law enforcement, and the media, I choose not to believe anything put forward by mass media and come up with my own ideas of what is going on. There have been 22 shootings in five months. Have you ever see the movies Bourne Identity (2002), Bourne Ultimatum (2007), and Bourne Legacy (2012)? There is much more going on here than what we are being told. Boys get rejected by girls every day of the week. Is that a good reason to shoot and kill people? If so, mental illness is at an all-time high.

Each of us has a choice how we use our life. There is so much to heal from in this country. However, we must be able to identify the sickness before we can prescribe treatment. The planet suffers from the insanity of human beings who are presumed to be humane, which they are not.

The stench of the crimes against humanity in the USA and worldwide cannot be treated with a blindfold. We must open our eyes and see the devastation that mankind heaps upon each other, the environment, and the universe. We are no longer in the Age of Karma. The Piscean age of guilt and suffering is over. We live in the Age of Destiny, when we may choose the direction in which we are traveling.

Media is a mechanism to control the masses. As co-Creators with the Universe, it is our duty to reflect upon, define, and reject negativity. First, we must put a face on the demons that terrorize our neighborhoods, communities, cities, and countries. Mass murder is a symptom, not a cause.

Terrorism is homegrown and the fact that black children can be shot down for nothing while white children go unharmed for committing horrendous acts is deplorable. There must be an explanation and until we are brave enough to question these atrocities, they will persist.

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Consider this: White people account for about 62% of the population and White Hispanics are about 12% of the population. That chart does not include White Hispanics, so I can only assume 74% of the population is accountable for 67% of all mass shootings. Unless of course they are bunched up with Latinos in this chart. More White people commit mass shootings because there are more of them. There are also more White people living in poverty, more White people who commit rape, et cetera. [Source]

Note that in the chart below, Asian countries are not represented, except Japan (0).

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percentage of mass shooters by race [Source]

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What is the difference between Karma and Destiny? Deepak Chopra gives one explanation, here:

In conclusion, everything we think, say, or do is a choice. Our destiny is tied up with our intention. We do not live in a vacuum. Each of us is a part of the puzzle, even those who commit horrendous crimes against humanity. Perhaps, their actions are intended to make us think about our own destiny so we may act better toward each other, consciously.

About The Clotilda

By now, those who have been following the story of the recent discovery of what seemed almost certain to be the remains of the Clotilda, the last known vessel to bring African captives, illegally, into the U.S. (whose survivors established Africatown, near Mobile, AL, where descendants still live) have learned that the wreck being investigated has now been revealed by closer examination not to be the Clotilda, but a much larger, and evidently newer vessel.
In many ways, this is a disappointment, as the remains,  mostly buried in mud, discovered some weeks ago as a result of record low tides, were thought to be almost certainly the Clotilda, which had been burned to the waterline and sunk, in an attempt to hide the evidence of her illegal mission, evidently close to the location of this find, based on what scarce records and oral history are known, because the finding of the actual vessel in which Africatown’s Ancestors made the horrific ocean crossing would have been an extremely valuable tangible link to the past, not only  for those descendants but for the nation and the world as well. (The ambassador of the Republic of Benin, West Africa, from which the Africans aboard the Clotilda were taken, has visited the site, and performed a very moving remembrance ceremony.)
However, any sense of disappointment is very much mitigated by the more important facts that a) the discovery brought much-needed global attention to Africatown, both for this unique and compelling history and for its present struggles with very serious economic and environmental injustice issues that might otherwise have continued to be largely overlooked; and b) that this discovery, and the numerous journalists, distinguished and expert scientists and researchers it brought to the site, has laid the groundwork for a diligent search to be undertaken in earnest for the actual location of the Clotilda’s remains.  The modern story is far from over, and, in many ways, has only just begun.
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This resurgence of the Clotilda story, which is inseparable from that of Africatown itself, is made even more timely and significant as it comes just as the UNESCO Slave Route Project prepares to hold its first-ever conference in the U.S., at the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello forced labor camp in Charlottesville, VA, on March 19-22, 2018, to explore “New Approaches to Interpreting and Representing Slavery in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives.”   The emphasis on “sites” is especially significant as nations and communities increasingly recognize the importance of history being preserved and made known in the actual places where it occurred, where we may “walk in the footsteps of Ancestors.”
Although it has been relatively little known in the U.S. before now, the Slave Route Project is a global  initiative launched in 1994, in Benin, as a call to all nations which were touched by the centuries of this human trafficking to identify and conserve all historic sites, artifacts, archival record, oral histories and other evidence, so that the history of the Middle Passage or so-called “slave trade, “and its Abolition will not ever be lost or forgotten by future generations.
The discovery, the investigation, the conference, and all of the discussion that has now been newly inspired by the Clotilda story are made much more timely and significant in this milestone 50th anniversary year of the assassination of Dr. M.L. King Jr. — also a keen reminder of the unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign for economic justice, which he did not live to see launched, and this Bicentennial year of the birth of Frederick Douglass, arguably the most effective, powerful, and influential Abolitionist, whose eloquent wisdom still resonates today, perhaps even stronger than ever, as we witness deepening divisions, widening disparities, and new, broader forms of enslavement by other names encroaching on the rights of the majority of humanity for the benefit of the few.
The significance of these latest developments is well summed up by the statement from Africatown’s own residents (which is included in the larger story at the link below:

“We would like to express our deep appreciation to the Alabama Historical Commission, the community of Africatown and the many individuals and groups who made it possible for our team to work on this important project, said David L. Conlin, Ph.D., National Park Service, Submerged Resources. “Finally, we would like to acknowledge the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Slave Wrecks Project for their support of this work.”

“While the news is disappointing to the community, we are so grateful and hopeful that the process of investigating the shipwreck has brought global attention to our historic community and the compelling story of those who settled Africatown,” said ACDC President Cleon Jones. “The possibility has tremendously boosted efforts that were already underway here to beautify our community and to preserve and protect those historical assets that help tell our story. And we continue to be encouraged by the state historical commission’s statement that it is renewing efforts to find the CLOTILDA.”

See: http://www.wkrg.com/news/ mobile-county/shipwreck-found- in-mobile-delta-not-the- clotilda/1009972254

We must conclude this message with very special thanks to our brother Kamau Sadiki, current president of the National Association of Black Scuba Divers (NABS), who was also a key player in the investigation of the Sao José slave shipwreck off the coast of South Africa, which yielded artifacts on display at the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D.C., for providing updates on this story.  (He is pictured in this article; by oversight, his name was not listed in the earlier Press Release that went out announcing the impending investigation, but credit must be given where it is due to our outstanding achievers and contributors to knowledge.)
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To Vote or Not to Vote?

The Candidates
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Hillary Clinton (D)              Donald Trump (R)               Jill Stein (G)
On October 20, 2016, a colleague’s column declared the following statement:

BLACKS MUST VOTE AND DO FOR SELF!

By AL CALLOWAY

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For me, it is still bothersome that during Obama’s entire 2007-08 candidacy for President, there were few public occasions in which he did not exhort the American people to take control of our vaunted democratic processes. Over and over, Obama said, “organization is from the bottom up not the top down,” and “yes we can.”

The Brother laid a simple revolutionary concept out there that could change America, and the ultra shame of it is that, of all people, African Americans slept on it. People came as a hoard to Obama’s January 2009 inauguration. It was freezing. The millions praised him and celebrated, many cried as the event’s enormity hit home. And after the festivities, most people went home and did nothing.

Obama’s 2007-08 clarity was phenomenal. What kind of power would we now have, had we organized our neighborhoods, forged coalitions and mobilized? “Organization is from the bottom up not the top down,” and “yes we can.” In 2011, young white professionals, intellectuals and college students organized the Occupy Wall Street movement to “protest corporate influence on democracy.” The protests also called for legal action against those that brought about the 2008-09 economic crisis.

It is up to the American people to make democracy work. We must hurry before a great internal armed force is established throughout the nation with an appendage Gestapo-like secret police. The now Donald Trump led American right wing, like a fleet of submarines, has surfaced all over America. What some thought was mainly a deep southern socio-political will now see that it permeates all of America, save for its inner cities.

Somehow African Americans have in mind that if they vote there is nothing else to be done. So they waited for Moses (Obama) to take them to the “Promised Land.” Somehow the prospect that Obama’s election presented an opportunity to pressure government through organization es- caped black people throughout America. Not one leader came to the fore from any sector of black America to galvanize the people.

If there was even a modicum of understanding that Obama needed black organized pressure on Congress, the Supreme Court and his administration to facilitate positive social change, black reluctance to do anything rendered the Democratic Party base useless. The American white nationalist right used the opening to viciously attack Obama, take Congress and the Supreme Court.

We’re almost eight years later with Hillary Clinton dependent on the black vote to be elected President and, again, there is no black organization, no black policy initiatives known, and no known agreed upon deal. There is only a consistent appeal from Hillary for the black vote. By now the Clinton camp and just about everybody else outside of Trump world are certain that Hillary R. Clinton will be the next POTUS.

While it is imperative that all eligible voters of African descent cast their votes on Tuesday, November 8th, it is equally important that the same mistake of failing to organize for group self-interest never be repeated going forward after the election. Black people must pressure the next President within the first 100 days to put all black issues high on the policy agendas with sound assurances of implementation.

Do not, I repeat, do not use the regular channels of communicating with the President, that is through the Negro leadership. These people have been negotiating for African Americans since slavery. How do you like the job they’ve done so far? These people have bravely positioned themselves to negotiate for you and I without our permission because we have allowed them to get away with “pimping” us.

Instead, let’s organize using social media and groups like Black Lives Matter. Make preachers open churches and hold community issues forums and post findings. Utilize the black press and black orientated radio, especially during drive time to share information and send political messages to the White House and to black elected officials. Black people need to start organizing. Black people need to vote and do for self. Hillary won’t give you a thing unless you make her give it.

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Then, I watched this video that left me numb:

I emailed the video to some friends with this message:

In reference to newspaper column linked [above], what about these allegations, Al?

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One friend responded, thus:

Time doesn’t allow me to see this full documentary (or any of those interesting ones linked to it), but I am familiar with the story (or at least with some of what all has come out in the past), and I think your subject line says it all.  We could not agree more.
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This is yet another manifestation of that famous “twoness” that Dr. W.E.B. DuBois talked about over 100 years ago.  As Africans in America — members of the “Global Elite of Descendants of Survivors of the Middle Passage,” the ones whom “History has forced, obligated, challenged, and blessed to be Truth Knowers, Truth keepers, and Truth tellers,” charged with the responsibility of “keeping it real,” we see through the game and can be downright cynical about it all, but we are also those who, for the same reasons, had to be brought here “because the African presence and the African genius were absolutely required to be her to keep this from being a disaster that would have been beyond human imagination,” as an Afro-Cuban Yoruba priest once stated, and we have to be engaged in the global Village, where every human being is important and even (or especially) “When the fool speaks, the wise person listens.”  We do not write off politicians as irrelevant or beneath the rest of us.  We judge deeds, not doers.
So, as in the case of our current POTUS, love him as we might, we knew from the outset that he was the darling of Wall Street banking types who rather openly groomed him for the role, which has limited power in any case because governments have been supplanted by private multinational corporations and the global banking cartel as the primary arbiters of human destiny.  That said, who will deny that Barack Obama has brought a level of intelligence, consciousness, grace and elegance to the office that has never been there before, and who does not give thanks for all that he WAS able to accomplish in spite of the ignorance, outright hatred, and blind opposition he had to contend with?  Can any of us imagine the direction the country would have taken if either of his opponents had won?  All of this goes into answering the question that Mumia Abu-Jamal posed in a rare interview from prison: At the end of eight years of having an African-American present, what will we [people in general, but African Americans in particular, as I interpret the question] have to shoe for it?”  From day one, we had to “have his back and hold his feet to the fire” at the same time, as I have always seen it, and maybe the REAL question is, “After eight years, how good a job have WE done with that assignment?”  (Mr. Obama, we will recall, was quite honest about this: Only weeks after being elected as the candidate of “Change We Can Believe In,” in those heady President-Elect Days before actually wielding authority, he told the American people, “Change has to come TO Washington, not FROM Washington.)
So you and I seem to be in that same place, as “sober supporters” of the better candidates, not distracted by sensationalism or slogans, or tribal and gender politics, who look at these elections for what they are, knowing all the while, as your subject line says, that we have to be about the pro-active business of building the healthy alternative society.  The real reason we had to be brought here in the first place.  “The past is present.  The future is now.”
Thanks for sharing the knowledge,
G
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I cannot take credit for the subject. That’s Al Calloway’s headline in the South Florida Times for his article – Subject: Blacks must vote and do for self!

My contribution was the link to the video about the Clintons and the body county that has followed them from the Arkansas governor’s office.
So, the issue, when examining the iniquities of the two candidates, is whether to vote for the Republican whose sexual iniquities objectify women and racial slurs offend African Americans, Mexicans, and immigrants (except, of course, his wife)
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vote for the Democrat whose iniquities far surpass lying, cheating, and stealing but encompass murder.
I’m just about ready to vote for Trump.
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To which G responded:
As usual, we have to choose what we deem to be the lesser of the two evils, while knowing that we better be about the business of making something better (like being Maroons in our own time — uncomfortable and inconvenient in so many ways but free and independent of the “slimy degenerates,” as Dick Gregory used to call them [ and maybe still does]).  That choice has to be objective, informed, and scientific, rather than an emotional and hopeful gamble.
The Clintons and their track record have been a source of some fascination to me for some time.  As horrific as it looks and sounds (if this is all actually verified), it has always struck me, when I am reminded of the” body count” and other questionable dealings, as something that is more American than unusual.  That may sound glib, but I keep getting the impression that these relative rubes from Arkansas have just been less capable of covering up their trail than other families who are more practiced at the craft.  The Kennedys, the Bushes, the ones whose names we don’t even know because they stay in the shadows instead of jumping out into politics, all strike me as  being not very different from those ruthless clans that competed for thrones in the old monarchy days in Europe.
The other impression I get — bearing in mind that none of this is “scientific, objective, or informed” — is the first impression that struck me on the morning of 9/11/01, which was that these dastardly acts could not have been committed by the named assailants alone; they have to be part of a larger conspiracy in which provided lots and lots of help.
This, we are reminded, IS American culture:  A place run by and for genocidal murderers and enslavers for the sole purpose of their profit and power, whatever the cost to others.  Hillary and Donald are just the two faces of that culture that have been thrust into prominence these days, as a major distraction while others of their ilk pursue the same odious agenda behind the scenes.  We, of all people, know this even better than we might ever have wanted to.
So we have a “choice” between a pure creature of the system, totally tied to business-as-usual, with all of her connections with the usual suspects, and all her experiences in several official positions within the system, who promises basically more of the same, and a pure creature of the system, that has been rigged to his advantage from the time of his birth, that could fashion him into a candidate for the presidency out of mere  entertainment industry “realty-TV” (an oxymoron) hype and hoopla, whose track record promises that he will serve himself at whatever cost to the country.
Of the two, the woman, for better or for worse, shows herself to be innately smart, battle-tested, professional, with at least a modicum of knowledge of statecraft, along with all of the heavy baggage that she drags along with her.  The guy, on the other hand, has demonstrated no skill other than his ability to provide power and privilege for himself in a world where everything and everybody is just a tool to that end. The Clinton’s “body count” is scary indeed, and all the more so because it is out in the open (unlike so many others), while the ruin to which the Donald has brought so many people may not have produced as many identifiable corpses, but remains well hidden by the ordinary workings of a system rigged to protect the materially wealthy from such exposure.  (How many Americans even today know how many presidents were slaveholders or how many lives they held in bondage, and at what cost to how many more lives, and that is only counting the ones who went into politics and got elected?)
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Central Park 5 in 1990

For me. Donald Trump showed his true colors when he took a full page newspaper ad (at a cost which he surely found a way to write off at taxpayers’ expense) indicting the Central Park Five basically before a real trial could be held, and then another to denounce any compensation given to them after they were exonerated years later, having some of the best years of their lives taken from them in prison.
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Central Park 5 in 2016

It was bad enough then, but when he brought it up again only recently, claiming that those men “should have been executed” (damn the courts), it became clear that this is another kind of psychopath, who is perhaps more to be pitied and helped than scorned and demonized.
To the extent that whoever occupies the White House has any relevance to our lives at all, given the choice to be made at the polls, we have to weigh the evidence before us (knowing that there is a whole lot more that is before us that we do not even know about), and, like any dutiful jury, decide the verdict in this case against the American people for being so negligent that out of a population of nearly 320 million people (officially), these are the best two candidates we can come up with.
The elders have wisely taught us that “Everything happens for a reason.”  There are profound lessons to learn from this election (whatever the outcome).  The most profound of all may be the one we have always known, which is that we have work to do.
A luta continua,
G
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Then, I visited a local bookstore owned by a friend of mine who suggested that Jill Stein of The Green Party might be the best candidate to vote for.
So, what is the choice? 
To vote or not to vote for the Democratic Woman, the Republican Elitist, or the Green Party Unknown?
But keep this in mind:
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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.

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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