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

Advice to America

america-in-chaos-societal-and-economic-meltdown-4qpesss-eywThis was posted by a Facebook friend (KC):

Going forward, America should

  1. Retrain the collective psyche toward unconditional acceptance of human beings regardless of race and other externals.
  2. Redistribute the stolen wealth of the country by providing green jobs.
  3. Mind your own business. Stay out of the political business of other countries and stop the threatening, subversive behavior toward them.
  4. Release the paranoia about other folk and create a learning database to challenge the inevitable ravages of nature and address them, effectively.
  5. Provide free education in sectors that increase health like organic farming and solar panel installation.
  6. Provide world news, our interface, and only intervene when addressing disasters such as earthquakes, storms, or insect plagues.
  7. Build industries on love, not hate, and if only careers that destroy human life are available, I pray that people will be strong and not accept employment that targets people of color.
  8. Provide counsel for those who have awakened to the fact that their career-driven actions are not acceptable or in sync with their inner conscience.

 

Here’s the lesson

In the news regarding the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Officer:

Black Man Down: “I Can’t Breathe!”

By Rosalee Martin (5-29-2020)

800-1“I Can’t Breathe!”

“I Can’t Breathe!”

Choked with knee in his neck

‘Mama, Mama”

Last words said by George Floyd

No more breath;

Dead!

Dead at the knee of a police officer;

Keeper of law.

Ha! Ha!

Keeper of white supremacy

George Floyd was black

Walking while black

Alleged crime

Passing a counterfeit $20

Sentenced to death;

No criminal charge,

No criminal hearing,

No criminal trial by jury.

Take matters in own hand

With knee on his neck, cutting off his windpipe

Lynching 2020 style

With other lynchers looking on

Wearing police uniforms, carrying guns

No help for the lynchee, George

In Minnesota,

In the USA,

In families, and

In my family,

My black grandsons can be next!

Police lynching of black men,

Not in 1900th century

With lynchers wearing white capes and hoods

But today wearing uniforms

As officers of the law to protect our cities,

Our lives;

Knee on neck–7 minutes

Only long enough for death to occur

“I Can’t Breathe!”

‘Get up’ words of angry officer

“I Can’t Breathe!”

Then don’t breathe!

Go lifeless . . .die!

One less nigger!

One less black man!

NEXT!!!

‘Shoot the looter” says the president

NEXT . . .

But he didn’t loot;

He peacefully let police handcuff him,

Not knowing he would be dead in 20 minutes.

Only crime

His Black birthday suit:

Can’t change color,

Can’t change history,

Can’t change white hate!

One more nigger dead!

NEXT!

“I Can’t Breathe!”

Your knee is on my neck

Blocking my windpipe

Those with Covid-19 have days. . .

May be placed on ventilator

But not George Floyd

7 minutes are sucked out of him

“I Can’t Breathe!”

Echoes what happened to Eric Garner

Six years ago

Choked by police

“I Can’t Breathe!”

Black death. . .

Oh well

Black Life Matters;

Does it?

My son’s black life matter;

Does it?

My grandsons’ black life matters,

But when?

Not when being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Not when being in your apartment when shot by police

Not when jogging on the road and citizens kill you

Not when you are born black—no other crime

Did their lives’ matter?

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Poison of racism permeates the air

Sucked into our collective lungs

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Poor healthcare system keeps us sick

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Poverty sucks out our hopes and dreams

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Educational divide

They in class . . . we in prison

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Last hired, first fired

Unless an essential worker—frontline exposure

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Your knee is on our necks!

Your arms are choking us!

And the president says ‘shoot the looters!’

“We Can’t Breathe!”

God blew the breath of life in us

You suck it out

Are you now god?

“We Can’t Breathe!”

Black Man Down: “I Can’t Breathe!”

By Rosalee Martin (5-29-2020)

 

 

 

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.
[Taken from a FB post]

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.

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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[Source]

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)
or
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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Warning to Black Men and Women

Did no one think to COMMUNICATE with John Crawford III before shooting him to death?
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YOUR LIFE IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
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The system was not designed to be fair. It was designed to keep people like him rich at the expense of people like her. It is now time to WAKE UP and re-imagine another scenario for yourself and others that do not appear to be progressing. You were created for a purpose and it has nothing to do with the purpose of people like HIM, unless you allow it to be about his purpose instead of YOURS. Entrepreneurship is the only solution being underpaid by a corporation that doesn’t value you enough to provide you with benefits for your family. YOU are responsible for your life. Not HIM or THEM or Me. No, YOU must take life by the reins and steer your carriage in the direction of purpose, position, progress, and persistence.