You have the Power, You have the Vote!

Questions & Answers on Racism and Discrimination in America
Question: What do Racists and Segregationists hate and resent most about Blacks in America?
Answer: Blacks’ Advancements and Successful Achievements.
Question: What do Blacks want?
Answer: We want Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities.
Question: How do we get it and keep it?
Answer: “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around.” Vote this year, next year and forever.
Remember: You have the Power – the Vote. Cherish it, Protect it, and Use it – Methodically, Strategically and Powerfully. ~ Ralph Hogges

Know and understand the power you have. We have overcome the racist use of Poll Taxes and the Literacy Test used by white racists and segregationists to prevent us from voting. You have the Power; you have the vote. Use your anger and rage to organize and mobilize the most massive and powerful voting effort in American history in the November 2020 presidential election. ~ Ralph Hogges

960x0Greetings fellow members of our Writers Group,
As your President of the Writers Group of South Florida, I have a responsibility, an obligation, to speak up and speak out about the police officers’ malicious and outrageous killings of our young black men in America.
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Dr. Ralph Hogges

I was born and raised in the State of Georgia, during the era of the racist segregationist Governor Lester “Ax Handle” Maddox, and educated in the State of Alabama at Tuskegee Institute, during the era of the racist segregationist Governor George Wallace whose motto was “Segregation now! Segregation tomorrow! Segregation forever!”

I was a product of the sixties’ civil rights movement, led by the words of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer who declared, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” The movements’ urgent, firm and absolute resolve was “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around” as we demanded freedom, justice, and equality.
So, now, in this era of 2020, let me share with you what this killing of our young black men is all about. It’s not very complicated.
  1. First and foremost, it is about Power and Control.
  2. White Power and Control are used to Protect and Promote White Privilege. It is enforced by police officers.
  3. Their greatest fear is the changing racial demographics in the United States wherein black and brown people are growing numerically substantially more and faster than the white population. As black and brown people become the majority voters, mostly Democrats, fear, hate, and violence against them escalates. It is intentional, methodical, and strategic.
  4. If you are a bible reading person, you should remember wherein the leader put out the order to “Kill the boys.” Obviously, if you kill the boys, you cut off and stop the births. So, there you have it. That’s the death sentence of young black men in America, today.
  5. So, how do you justify the killing of young black men? It’s simple, you promote suspicion and fear of them. You can disagree with my statement but the fact is that many current laws protect the killers.
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To my brothers and sisters throughout the United States, I understand your anger and rage about the vicious killings of George Floyd and many others. I admire and support your peaceful protests. Given what we should have learned over the years, I offer these suggestions:
  1. Don’t let the terrorist groups and white supremacists exploit and derail your peaceful protests.
  2. Racists in America are not going to volunteer to give up their privileges.
  3. Just because people know better, it does not mean that they are going to do better. If their minds are already made up, they are not going to change.
  4. Know and understand the power you have. We have overcome the racist use of Poll Taxes and the Literacy Test used by white racists and segregationists to prevent us from voting. You have the Power; you have the vote. Use your anger and rage to organize and mobilize the most massive and powerful voting effort in American history in the November 2020 presidential election.
  5. Collectively, we have the power to win the White House and a majority in the U.S. Senate and maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  6. The question is: Are you going to use that voting power?
  7. Remember: You have the Power to Control and Eliminate the ravages of racism and discrimination in the United States and create, mandate, and enforce Equal Rights and Equal Opportunities for all in America.
  8. The time is now. Use your Power.
Ralph Hogges, Ed.D.
President & CEO
The Ralph Hogges and Benjamin Cowins
Writers Group of South Florida

Black people are tired

Black people are so tired.
We can’t go jogging (#AmaudArbery).
We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson).
We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).
We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).
We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).
We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).
We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).
We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)
We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).
We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).
We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).
We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).
We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).
We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).
We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).
We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).
We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).
We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford).
We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).
We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).
We can’t be a 10-year-old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).
We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).
We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).
We can’t cash our check, in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).
We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).
We can’t run (#WalterScott).
We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).
We can’t live (#FreddieGray).
We’re tired.
Tired of making hashtags.
Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.
Tired of dying.
Tired.
Tired.
Tired.
So very tired.
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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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Statistical portrait of foreign-born population in US

This report, Statistical portrait of the foreign-born population in the United States, was created BY JYNNAH RADFORD AND ABBY BUDIMAN for Pew Research Center

Facts on U.S. Immigrants, 2016

However, the category “Other” had no designations, so I added “German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian” to make clear that Europeans immigrate to the US, in high numbers.

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During the 21st century, “the largest group of immigrants shifted from Europeans and Canadians to Mexicans” [Source].

More research:

 

The Words We Speak

Critical listening and critical thinking are the key aspects of effective communication. That entails listening and thinking on a deeper level. Most people are thinking about what their response will be when engaged in a discussion, rather than focusing on what the speaker is saying.

talking thinkingEffective communication requires the listener to hear what the other person is saying before they respond. Interrupting the speaker cuts off the flow of thought. Therefore, people should avoid interrupting the speaker. The height of respect is to acknowledge the speaker, hear what the speaker is conveying, and then respond, once the speaker has concluded.

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The hardest part of communication is to remain non-judgemental of the speaker and to acknowledge that there may be more than one perspective on a subject or issue. Few people are willing to accept the viewpoints of others without an argument. Although debating an issue is healthy, arguing from a specific viewpoint may not yield a healthy result. Words start wars. But most people use words unwisely, without thinking about the damage words can do. This is evident in relationships between couples, parents and children, friends and associates, and co-workers.

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In today’s political arena, it is clear that people are not cognizant of the damage their words do in their communities and in the world. People are not taught about the power of words. They should learn to use them frugally, ethically, and for the highest good.

When our country’s leadership cares less about lying about their policies, actions, and private endeavors, we the people are in deep trouble because “Follow the leader” is in effect and young people pick up the bad habits of those in charge. This is evident not only in politics but in religion, education, and economics.

Lying is cheating at its lowest level. When young people learn that those in high places get away with cheating, stealing, and lying, they follow suit and the fabric of society suffers. Good people speaking well is a goal that more of us should aspire to.

Down with the WSP

Down with the White Supremacist Patriarchy!

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The WSP has wrecked havoc around the planet since its inception. “The first signs of patriarchy were the ancient humans of the Neolithic Era, which encompassed from about 10,200 BCE to between 4,500 and 2,000 BCE, who relied on a system where men were the hunters of a tribe and women the gatherers” [Source].

The idea of ownership and stewardship might have been a good one at the time it was first developed. But the idea has spiraled into a disease all over the planet for non-male, non-white people.

During this time, the realization occurred that it took a male and female to produce offspring. It is theorized that with this realization, these Neolithic men first became aware in their role in paternity. These same men also began to take private ownership over their individual herds.  Prior to this development, the people of the Paleolithic Era had shared both land and supplies. With this new concept of ownership came the desire to have private herds left to the descendants of the owner. Because of this new desire, it became necessary for women to be virgins before marriage and for them to abstain from adultery after marriage so that men could have the reassurance that their offspring were their own (Lerner). With this new control over women began the earliest patriarchal families” [Source].

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Here we are in 2018, over 12, 000 years later and NOTHING has changed???

What is wrong with women? Are they simply afraid of men? White women support the White Supremacy Patriarchy. Why? We need to find the answer and change this paradigm, NOW! Black women have known since slavery that they could not rely on being protected by black men. Asian men made laws to drown the first child if it is a girl. This is absolute insanity!

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If they are blind to the terror and torment they have caused on the planet, perhaps, it is time women pluck out men’s eyes and feed them to the fish!

Teachers

We need conscious teachers who will teach our girls to be truthseekers and defenders of the rights of all people. We need teachers who will teach our boys to play fair and respect the rights of all people.

If this doesn’t happen soon, the women of the world will lose the fight for equality, equal pay, and respect for their bodies. Meanwhile, white men will continue to marginalize everyone until they are stranded in a sea of irrelevance.

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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.