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Ben Carson: GTFOHWTBS

November 4, 2017

“Hell is you doin’?” – Young Dro

Ben Carson is a serious problem in our community.  Sure, he was perhaps at one time Ben Carson, M.D., an inspiration to minorities everywhere for his superior achievements in the medical field but today Ben Carson is an asshole.  The Detroit native rose to incredible heights largely from living the Black mantra twice as good for half as much.  He is a self-professed gangster that took his chances according to his most recent accounts but the crowd that he is probably betraying the most recognize him from his autobiography, Gifted Hands.

This dude is really a Detroit native.

Ben Carson, M.D. was a gifted neurosurgeon before he retired and entered politics.

Or maybe you read Think Big: Unleashing Your Potential for Excellence, or perhaps Take The Risk: Learning To Identify, Choose, And Live With Acceptable Risk?  None of that matters now, and we should all be offended that he tried to pimp his fame.

Ben Carson is supposed to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development now.  Ben Carson, M.D. knows about conjoined twins and a host of neurological medical diseases that can afflict us but Ben Carson doesn’t know shit about Housing and Urban Development.  Ben Carson, M.D. has a proven record of good science and charitable work.  Ben Carson the politician has been disaster after disaster, but Now This…

Ben Carson is obviously unqualified but he is in a position to do serious damage to the majority of the population of the United States of America.  Most people live in and around cities that should qualify as urban enough to warrant some type of development or support from their government.  It is almost like someone wanted to punish the most populous cities in America because they overwhelming voted in a certain favor.  The real question is how or why did this man get this job?  Or perhaps if he is supposed to be so smart, why didn’t he avoid all association with what is increasingly appearing to be a criminal and illegitimate administration?  You know greed is a factor because Paul Manafort was the first to be identified largely through his amassing a fortune amidst, or exploiting, a political dysfunction.

Ben Carson is destructive and dangerous because he is looking more and more like the sort of person that would do anything for more spoils in this world, a pig wrestling in slop.  He can obviously outwork anybody in some of the most difficult subject matter, so what other angles could Ben Carson really be playing now?  As the chinks in the armor of the Trump presidency continue to fall, we don’t expect that Ben Carson will be among those cast down in a cell -or even placed in a polite house arrest.  There is a greater likelihood that he will still be strewn by the wayside of history, forever damaged, and so there has to be a reward for Ben Carson to balance against that we are missing.

The debacle that has been his tenure in office, so far, is barely advancing his political career but it isn’t directly making him money like Secretary of Energy Rick Perry or Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt, respectively.  Ben Carson has never been elected to any political office and Rick Perry can at least claim a Governorship -although they both failed in bids to win the presidency.  Scott Pruitt is working in an agency that has presented him with a clear conflict of interest, but Ben Carson isn’t going to be able to draw a check from any of the policies that he is enacting today.

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Ben Carson is sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence as the Secretary of HUD.

We have heard the whispers of people that like to pull strings also reward their minions after arduous assignments.  But what of that agenda?  If Ben Carson is merely being used then it undermines us that much more.  The great problem with that Black mantra of twice as good for half as much is that it is bullshit.  Ben Carson had to go to work as a lab assistant through high school, score in the 90 percentile on standardized tests, graduate medical and separate conjoined twins just to get noticed enough to be used is one of the most depressing things to comprehend.

Steve Harvey, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, and David Clarke wormed and nosed their way into the President’s favor only to find themselves as pawns.  Ben Carson needed extraordinary superlatives to arrive at pretty much the same conclusion.  We already knew that there was no honor amongst thieves but there really aren’t any Black people with access to feed at the trough, either.  It must really suck to find out that you made a deal with the devil and he didn’t even offer anything that wasn’t already out of your means.  At least the shadier sycophants tried to upgrade, but Ben Carson only proved that he has a wokeness level expressed as a negative number.

Ben Carson could be the latest example of how easily a person can be used to advance an unjust political agenda and he just looks completely unaware.  Every time you see Ben Carson now, he’s squinting like he just blew an ounce taking a loss.  He has no redeeming qualities that are serving him well in his current endeavor and his crazy genius plays like a dumbass on the small screen.  The omniscient Mr. Fix-it role is poor mimicry and should ring alarm bells for even the most casual observer of the recent politic. The coverage that Ben Carson is getting is rightfully left out of the more important news cycles but he still needs to GTFOHWTBS.

Ben Carson could have just looked stupid at home.  He didn’t have to come all the way out of his comfort zone for this, and he is tarnishing the image of hard work.  Like the marathon runner that doesn’t finish the race, you don’t need any training to get these kinds of results.  We here at The Chronicles of Six believe that we have to let some of these tired mantras and outdated notions of political leadership go.  We can’t afford to wallow in intelligence nostalgia.  We don’t need know-it-alls like Ben Carson, anymore.

One would think that a savant would be the first to figure out that the smartest move is to resign as soon as possible and then retreat into the shadows, by this time.

[ Featured image from Housing and Urban Development dot gov web page. ]

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Is Martin Shkreli Spreading That Jelly?

October 12, 2017

On August 4, 2017 Martin Shkreli went down on two counts of securities fraud, and a third charge of conspiring to commit securities fraud.  He could have chilled on that right there, and let his white privilege or reported $70 million dollar net worth do all the work, but instead Shkreli was wylin’.

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Martin Shkreli is taken into custody for soliciting an assault against former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.  Shkreli provoked the act by asking for a hair from Clinton’s head on Twitter.

The man known as “Pharma Bro” went and put something stupid on social media about Hillary Clinton and on September 13, a judge told him that he had to await his formal sentencing in jail.   His sentencing is scheduled for January 16, 2018 so he has some time to think about his actions.

Now we don’t revel in other people’s misery here on this site, but since he was the topic of a societal injustice that we have covered here we are revisiting Martin Shkreli.  Let’s just chalk this whole thing up to karma, but the Brooklyn born legal drug bad boy is having some trouble in the Metropolitan Detention Center -also located in Brooklyn.

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This Martin Shkreli Facebook post was taken down by authorities. The website Sandra Rose reported that he came out as transgendered but they might have missed the point. [Photo source, http://sandrarose.com website]

Our guess is that they are referring to him as a her, because he tried to fuck with the Wu Tang Clan for a second there.  Whether or not you believe Jordan Sargent of Spin, we feel that there is a good chance that Martin Shkreli might be about to spread some jelly.

Now, at the time of this writing, Shkreli has been incarcerated for a month and our sources say that feminizing a person begins with subtlety.  Our sources also tell us that if you have to toss a salad, you can put a little jelly on it from one of those little packages to make the thought of sucking a sphincter more tolerable.

Whoa, because this is deep: New York is my home state and the home of the Wu Tang Clan.  Wu Tang Clan member Method Man is on the record in Business Insider as saying “you’ll be surprised how far that W stretches man” when asked about the dismissed jurors from the Shkreli case that sited loyalty to the group as the cause.

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Try it without ass!

 

We are also guessing that the Wu Tang Clan has a serious and dedicated fan base in that Brooklyn jail.  He certainly isn’t ready for it but Martin Shkreli might be looking for some Smucker’s to sweeten those puckers.

All jokes aside, even jaily-jail is fucking scary.  Stay safe, and shout-outs to Producer Black for the hilarious YouTube mash-up with Chris Rock.

[Featured Photo, Associated Press]

Boycott: No Kaepernick No NFL

September 13, 2017

The Hail Mary

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#NoKaepernickNoNFL

The boycott of the National Football League over the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick is gaining traction despite the initial push back against the protests that started this whole thing in the first place.  Colin Kaepernick is the most recent brave individual in the NFL to lend his fame to the plights of humanity and justice which are the causes of consternation from those able to hire him.  Many writers have already exhausted the possibilities that could have prevented him from playing in the NFL, or the necessary mental gymnastics to arrive at the conclusion that Kaepernick detracted from the game.  (Quite eloquently and thoroughly we might add.)  Today we are going to take a hard look at why this is exactly the kind of silent protest that we need, and how it has been effective, so far.

 

Buttressed against the Black Lives Matter movement, Colin Kaepernick ushered in a social consciousness to a sport that rarely indulges in controversy.  The fact that Black Lives Matter is viewed as controversial is baffling to those that understand the simplicity of the message: that Black people’s lives matter.  However, there is no shortage of fools or pundits willing to twist the message for personal gain.  The worst of these lowlifes seek to perpetuate the systematic oppression of Black people through their willful ignorance or blatant racism.  The #NoKaepernickNoNFL hashtag has suffered the same disparagement as #BlackLivesMatter because they both strike the same nerve, but maybe Colin did it more acutely?  The genius of the defiant is that they are the persistent jab in the face a country that is currently denying that it has a black eye.

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A young Mohammad Ali was a conscientious objector to participating in the Vietnam War.  Ali was particularly peeved when he was trolled by The Houston Post, who refused to use his chosen name.  [Photo via Broke-Ass Stuart via Imgur.com]

Follow the money.

Football is big business.  Nothing engages the short American attention span more than money, but football might be a close second.  Football is violent and dangerous.  Football players are among the last of the gladiators who are expected to sacrifice their bodies and long-term health willingly for the cause of sport as recently highlighted in a Freakonomics podcast.  The owners of NFL teams are all very white and enjoy a modicum of power that comes from the extreme wealth that it generates.  Football team owners expect obedience because the power that they wield is great in shaping the American institution that has become the embodiment of the country.  Colin kneeled in defiance of that collective thumbs down, which I am certain that he knew was coming, and the colosseum gasped at his insolence.

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Protesters stand behind the words of Muhammad Ali and against the War in Vietnam.  [Photo courtesy of Amistad Digital Resources, photographer Builder Levy.]

NFL owners must have noticed that his action ultimately detracted from their bottom line and branding because they collectively turned down his services but unwittingly elevated Kaepernick’s message in the process.  Racism devoid of power is just flimsy bigotry, but the overzealous defense against the questioning of the very foundations of America by the NFL shows that all of this is tragically deeper than football.  Kaepernick protesting was not just an act.  Others realizing what was at stake put their celebrity in the most lucrative sport on the line when they joined in, breaking the silence necessary to make America move on.  If there is one thing that history has shown us, it is that institutional racism and systematic oppression fear the Black Messiah and all iterations of such.  To sacrifice a multimillion dollar career and to use what he already earned to promote Black causes makes Colin Kaepernick nothing short of a hero.

The nature of the demonstration, itself a model on American civil disobedience, calls out dissenters as hypocrites and racists.

Take What The Defense Gives You

These ideas of silence, distraction, and moving on are also not new, and they deserve to be put into some sort of historical context to see exactly what we are moving on from.  (Candace Cui for Broke-ass Stuart)  The United States of America wants you to move on from the unarmed Black deaths at the hands of policemen even before the vacant convictions for those deaths makes the news.  The good old USA also wants Black people to move on from unequal incarceration rates, Jim Crow, and slavery.  Football is just the latest interruption designed to take Americans away from all that darned thinking that can lead to changing racist policies.  (Don’t even mention reparations.)  But Colin Kaepernick made it that much more difficult to turn the channel on the issues of policing, justice, and race that have always plagued America.

Cui bono is a Latin phrase that is translated “for whose benefit?”  What should be obvious to everyone right now is that refusing to even acknowledge the value of Black life can only serve the oppressor.  The oppressor’s narrative dismisses the struggles of the oppressed.  America was singularly enriched through the infliction of suffering on others so it comes as no surprise that her sporting spectacles often reflect the ills racism.  The National Football League, as an organization, has been a direct beneficiary of an alliance with the United States Department of Defense after it was reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that sporting teams were paid to put on patriotic displays in a $53 million-dollar advertising campaign from 2012-2015.

The NFL is silently complicit, at best, in the proverbial fuck game to take as much as you can for as long as you can.  Each individual NFL team owner weighed in on the decision by not offering Colin Kaepernick a chance to prove himself worthy in a training camp this past summer.  Blackballing specific participants has happened before in other sports too, but few have the atrocious record of the National Football League.  The New York Times even pointed out that the Washington Redskins –the very name of the team is a racial slur, was the last NFL team to integrate Black players on September 30, 1962.  The NFL had difficulty with modern ideas like Blacks playing the central position of quarterback, or Blacks leading teams as the head coach, also.

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The greatest athletes of their time rallied support around Muhammad Ali at a special conference in Cleveland, Ohio in June of 1967. [Photo courtesy of Cleveland.com]

Baseball might be America’s favorite pastime but Cuba and Jason Turner have shown us that Baseball diplomacy is an untimed exercise.  Football is the most popular sport in America today and generates more money per game at very predictable intervals.  Modern professional football culminates in the Super Bowl: the greatest solitary sports media event that the world has ever seen.  Football is really good at capitalism.  The nature of the game lends itself towards consumption with high ticket prices and expensive tailgating rituals.  Furthermore, football does more to explain the type of diplomatic measures that the United States is willing to export today because the violence of the sport needs to achieve the desired effect within a specific allotment of time.

The concentrated emotion of football serves the reticent patriarchy along with those few great white fathers that gave us this grand game to enjoy.  Drinking and fighting are direct appeals to the modern-day Minute Men that make up the male dominated warrior class in the United States.  Just as pub jingles and songs made up the bulk of the call to arms for the revolution in 1776, football is an effective tool for making sure revolution doesn’t happen again.  Propaganda can work in more than one direction and it is hard to imagine that the systematic oppression that employs football to serve a racist agenda didn’t take a direct hit with Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner before games.

They Can’t Stop The Run

#NoKaepernickNoNFL diverts viewers from the diversion.  This shifting of the attention eats into the space of the unique partnership that the NFL has exploited by maintaining the status quo.  With week one of the NFL season in the books, it is apparent that ratings are down and ticket sales have suffered even if you don’t believe BET or Sports Illustrated, respectively.  (See below, at the bottom of the article, via Twitter.)  Colin Kaepernick jerseys are highly sought-after memorabilia and the world has taken notice even though American football hasn’t spread around the globe with the tenacity of baseball or made the popularity gains of basketball.  The silent, national anthem protest occupies the moral high ground now, and the NFL appears visibly shook along with the heart and soul of the United States.

Either you believe that having the right to protest something is what it means to be an American in the first place or you are inviting an alternative.  The dissonance over the Francis Scott Key’s refrains doesn’t last long.  Kneeling during the national anthem has even trickled down to high school football in some instances, but the focus of the gripe should remain squarely in the National Football League where it rightfully belongs.  America will produce more conscientious Patriots and college football players are still proud of their schools.  But now more Americans are experiencing the frustration of the dysfunction than ever before -and the surfacing of football radicals says that the feeling will continue to permeate our popular entertainment and leisure.

The National Football League is the classic case of the squeaky wheel needing oil if the predominantly Black players ever saw one, but now Black celebrity fans are chiming in.

Silence on the matter indicates a tacit agreement with white supremacy and Manhood has moved from physical tests to cerebral pursuits, self-control, and determination.  If American football is described in the terms of a triumph of wills then nothing embodies that more than steady and methodical plodding of a good running game.  While the pace of viral murder videos of unarmed Black civilians in the streets has seemed to slow*, the Black Lives Matter movement got new legs when a qualified NFL starter was kept from plying his trade in the 2017 season.  Excluded in the very prime of his career, Colin Kaepernick showed what could happen to you if you dare to fight against racist institutions.

There are a lot of ways to take a life.  Kaepernick relinquished much of what he dedicated his life to when his NFL dreams were dashed.  An untold amount of work goes into crafting an NFL career as bright as his was, and yet it would all be taken away in the hopes that folks would just move on.  We, the people who are not afraid to bend our knees with Colin Kaepernick, cannot just simply move on.  We are all affected by it and to just shut the fuck up and take it is not really an option that we are willing to explore when it comes to racial injustice, anymore.  Colin Kaepernick deserves our solidarity for finally creating new, positive, and inspiring imagery that captures the spirit worthy of Black lives.

As long as NFL owners want to collectively pretend that Colin Kaepernick’s services could not be utilized, we should also pretend that the NFL is representing one rotten root in America’s racist foundation and boycott.  The message that would be sent is also simple: There is no escaping this growing problem, but we can all face it.  Joining the strike against the National Football League ensures immortality on the right side of history and The Chronicles of Six won’t cover professional football in 2017, anyway.  So let’s see if we can’t get Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling statue enshrined in Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

The Iron Curtain

The question was posed, what is the manly football man to do in the face of deprivation for the sport that he has been conditioned to love?  The answer for The Chronicles of Six has been the ESPN Player and to watch all of the NCAA games, as well as a subscription to DeMatha Stags Television on the NFHS Network.  Everybody is different.  Don’t be ashamed if you lack the discipline to glance over the game as you flip past channels but try not to tweet scores or promote a racist product.  Grown folks are putting in work.  We are Giants of men, and we can learn to subdue our passions and improve our lots in life.

You just need to develop a steely resolve for these issues.  If that doesn’t work, try putting more spices on your food and reading all of the articles about Colin Kaepernick from The Undefeated that are in the first link.

*It would be very interesting to look at the numbers of unarmed Black people killed by police before and after Colin Kaepernick began his not-so-subtle dissent in our next piece. 

[Featured image from Getty Images via The New York Post, Navy admiral’s Pearl Harbor speech trolls Colin Kaepernick]

Trump Victory & American Loss

November 12, 2016
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Melania Trump poses for British GQ magazine fifteen years before becoming the First Lady.

President Elect Donald J. Trump’s wife Melania will inherit the title of First Lady when he takes the oath of office in January, 2017.  Unless you have been hiding under a rock, by now you realize that Donald J. Trump will be the next president of the United States of America.

Trump has been on record making racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic statements that struck a chord with the American electorate.  Trump also campaigned on promises to build a wall between the United States and Mexico, increase military power, end universal healthcare, limit funding to United Nations initiatives, and to rescind US participation the Paris Accord that focuses on global warming.  Despite facing pending criminal charges that alleged that Donald Trump raped and sexually assaulted a child, he has continued to the highest office in the land.  (The rape charges were officially dropped days before the election on November 4 according to the Jeff Zarranandia of Snopes.)  The president elect has no prior government experience but he has vowed that he is the person that can make America great again.

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Protesters against President Elect Trump are pictured in Seattle, Washington. Foreign press like The Indian Express focused on the breadth of the protests in America.  [Source Associated Press via The Indian Express]

Some United States citizens feel a profound sense of loss due to the election of Donald Trump.

Many Americans are already protesting the Trump ascension.  Most notably a movement using the moniker Yes California along with the hashtag #CalExit is organizing to separate Western states from the rest of the United States.  Demonstrations have been held in cities throughout the entire United States in the days following the election results and it is a situation worth monitoring further because the world has taken notice.

The policy changes recommended by President Elect Donald Trump have far reaching effects.  The United States of America has technically been at war for 223 out of the 240 years of existence and the use of the military depends upon the moral authority of the presidency, and congress to act.  Trump has advocated a more aggressive use of the military that has been ruled illegal or unconstitutional along with beginning new armed conflicts in new countries.  The opinions held by citizens of other countries is trending downwards and confidence in the proper use of the United States military power has also significantly eroded around the world.  The destruction of life and property is also very unpopular to begin with, but it is even more detested when the results can be seen on the nightly news.

The motives for using force are eventually rendered naked in the age of information and even more subtle shifts are studied in great detail.  The Paris Accord is an agreement fostered by the United Nations that officially went into force on November 4 as published on their website.  Environmental concerns over global warming have caused responsible industrialized nations to limit their own production of harmful gasses for the good of everyone on the planet. Donald Trump doesn’t believe that human activity can cause climate change and has expressed a desire for the United States to back out of the obligation during his campaign.  While he might be unsuccessful in his initial desire, this sort of stance reveals that President Trump would be reluctant to continue to doggedly pursue solutions to a shared, pressing problem.

A novice politician without any experience in government beat out seasoned lifers on a grueling campaign trail but citizens of the world are now questioning American integrity for electing such a polarizing figure.  The new direction that a Trump presidency would proceed in is likely to be viewed as reflecting the views of the American populous even though he failed to win the majority of votes.  Instead of informing would-be constitutional scholars on the Electoral College system that the United States is a republic, perhaps we should all examine Trump?

Even a perceived deficiency in character in the President of the United States can significantly alter reality for voters at home in America and foreigners abroad.  It is dangerous for the United States to endure such a loss and in turn, it puts the entire world in peril.

[Featured Photo from The New York Post files]

EpiPen Monopoly Attack on Children

August 24, 2016
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The generic epinephrine is less than $1 per dose.

Despite significant profit growth the world’s leading manufacturer of a lifesaving delivery system for anaphylactic shock has continued to raise prices.  EpiPen is a popular epinephrine auto-injectable that can potentially avert fatal allergic reactions in sufferers during emergencies.

According to the Mylan website, the multinational distributor of EpiPen, the driving factor behind a whopping $650 million gain was attributed to the strong sales of their lifesaving allergy drug.  The average retail price has climbed to over $600 per kit for buyers without insurance on TrueMedCost.com while Mylan has recorded a gross profit of over $2 billion during the second and third quarters of 2016 according to a press release.  One kit includes two, 0.3 mg doses of epinephrine and a special injector while the generic compound sells for a meager $10 per mg.  Syringes are sold separately and it can be cumbersome to use generic epinephrine without special training.

The mobility of the EpiPen has made it particularly attractive to allergy patients that might struggle to deliver an immediate and exact dosage, but recent price hikes have revealed agonizingly few alternatives to the product.  CVS is a leading retailer of EpiPen in the United States and divulged that cheaper generic drugs lagged far behind the leading brand in sales through their site.  (The data also shows that the majority of consumers are under the age of twenty.)  Mylan has leveraged this advantageous market position to a devastating effect that has sent shockwaves throughout the pharmaceutical industry and even drawn the ire of politicians around the world.

Talk of yet another pharmaceutical monopoly will likely reverberate within the chambers of the United States Congress.  Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) made a public inquiry to Mylan CEO Heather Branch on August 22, 2016 regarding the uptick in EpiPen costs for Medicare recipients.  Most of the public remember the debacle of former CEO Martin Shkreli smugly and frequently invoking his Fifth Amendment rights when questioned by the House of Representatives in February of this year.

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Mr. Martin Shkreli doesn’t appear to feel remorse at a Congressional Hearing in February.

Mr. Shkreli is still infamous in an internet meme as Pharma Bro for suddenly raising the price of a rarely effective treatment for life threatening diseases like malaria and AIDS.   Senator Grassley could be onto a trend.

If it feels like big drug companies have a knack for putting pressure on the most dependent and vulnerable, you aren’t alone.  Congress enacted laws to amend the Public Health Service Act in 2013 to increase access to epinephrine in schools due to concerns over American children.  Despite that fact one of the easiest delivery methods of the active compound is proprietary, and Mylan still hasn’t given their best customers much relief.  $100 coupons are offered as a manufacturer rebate for people getting pinched but individuals that might use the shots frequently are very worried.  In a world where allergies are increasing in number and severity, price hikes can have consequences that hit all of us suddenly.  The sensation is rooted in the belief that corporations like Mylan might be too focused on their investors at the expense of the little people.

5-star guard Markelle Fultz commits to Washington

August 25, 2015

5-star guard Markelle Fultz commits to Washington.

You already knew this but that Markelle Fultz kid is a pretty good basketball player.  #DeMatha #Stags #Basketball #Recruiting #News

So Much for a Tranquil Summer

July 30, 2015

“You either build or you destroy, so what you waitin’ on?”  Jay Electronica from the Victory Mixtape

It is way too late to say this sort of thing is getting out of hand.  We are headed into a new phase now.  I’m labeling it as a purposeful revealing of intentions, of sorts.  The United States of America is finally willing to let the world see her for what she really is: an overtly racist nation. Thanks to the real racist powers that be in America that have managed to display an even more graphic disregard for non-white life we are seeing yet another eventful summer of institutional racist oppression involving an array of international media.

It is getting hard to keep up, but here are some of the recent headlines in the good old United (police) States of America.  (I have been meaning to tell you how it looks from way over here in a distant land but I already know that it looks the same wherever you are.)

  • On the night of June 17th a twenty-one-year-old apartheid sympathizer shot and killed state senator Clementa Pickney, Cythia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lee Lance, Depayne Middleton, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, and Myra Thompson while attending a bible study with them at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  [Individual]
  • Two days later on June 19th Samuel Dubose was executed by a University of Cincinnati police officer after being unnecessarily detained for not displaying his front license plate in Ohio. [Group: police]
  • Sandra Bland, a member of the Movement for Black Lives, was pulled-over for her failure to signal a lane change on July 10th by a Texas state trooper in Waller County that quickly escalated into her arrest and she was found dead in her jail cell on July 13th.  [System: justice]
  • On July 14th Rexdale Henry, a Choctaw Native American activist, was also found dead in a jail cell under mysterious circumstances after being arrested for an unpaid fine and held over the weekend from July 9th in Neshoba County, Mississippi.  [System: justice]

With stuff like this happening all the time it is hard to tell if it is making writing careers or breaking them.  This writing business is beyond excruciatingly painful.  I was recently engaged in an intellectual, social media conversation about an article by Jonathan McWhorter that compared the strong antiracist sentiments of the Movement for Black Lives to a religion.  McWhorter basically extols that the good white people that are likely to be drawn into the very specific cause of Black Lives Matter in the United States of America will be ultimately shackled by guilt and result in some failed policy.  I argued amongst some of my white friends that McWhorter unwisely called out Ta-Nehisi Coates as a pied piper of sorts for white liberalism along with other points in the article that I found problematic.

The notion that people standing against racism are somehow infectiously following the most recent beautiful music of morality is serene but if that were the case Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King could have succeeded long ago.   Individuals, groups, and systems claim the lives of minorities in the United States with increasing clarity and at an alarming rate therefore the struggle against that phenomenon has refined itself.  The correct diagnosis of the sickness in America and the preponderance of evidence has led two separate white minorities to the realization that they might not have started the fire or put the kettle on the stove, but they would either like to completely avert or accelerate the seemingly inevitable boiling over.  Black lives indeed matter and the urgency implies that time is running out on anybody still mulling it over.  Most smart people can see this choice has to be made now, for deliberation is also making a clear statement.

The Movement for Black Lives that has propelled organizations like We Charge Genocide and writers like Coates appears to have just a little more self-determination rather than just relying solely on some white people, however.  This movement wasn’t quelled by the removal of some flag or defined by the people that have already lost their lives during the long and winding course but there have always been drum majors serving as prominent beacons keeping up with the times.  (I thank God every day for those willing to get out there and do the heavy lifting because I have a strong feeling that I know where all this is going.)  Black Lives Matter can exist totally beyond white validation and beyond the grasp of those attempting to stop it while still somehow, reaching those groups whether eloquently or crudely.  The real shining stars are the throngs of real patriots marching in step for the most basic of human rights in America: the right to live.  Ta-Nehisi Coates is deserving of his accolades, too –even if he is moving to France with his family in the pursuit of happiness.  Coates has a new book out dedicated to his son and he was compared to another expatriate, James Baldwin, who issued wise words about oppression to his nephew by literary great Toni Morrison, but you already know I’m going to let them tell it.

More Than One Way to Take a Life: Anthony Ray Hinton Edition

April 22, 2015

I guess you can file this under there is more than one way that white people can rob you of your life.  They want to use fancy words like the justice system and due process and miscarriages of justice and the like, but make no mistake that this is racist oppression.  An all white jury sent Anthony Ray Hinton, a black man, to death row for murders despite flimsy evidence and then refused to let him go.

Whether the black people swing from trees every time or not is a non-issue when you have the justice system in your pocket.  Anthony Ray Hinton was poor and black and they took over thirty years from him.  Should we blame the state of Alabama?  I think that cases like this illustrate that it is a problem bigger than the individual states.  The United States of America has a history of racist oppression and this happened in 1985.

The video is heartbreaking but still worth a look if you can stomach it.  Democracy Now and Amy Goodman do a pretty good job of showing why if you are black and poor, white people can take your life with little consequences.   Stay awake.  Sure Anthony Ray Hinton was eventually exonerated after serving 30 years, but it was obvious to many people that he never committed these crimes way back in 1985.  White people have been coming for black lives in the United States since this country was founded and there doesn’t seem to be any signs of slowing down.

Consider the prison system, the for-profit prison system, as conspirators in modern-day lynchings.  Again, go back and read Michelle Alexander’s book.

The PEA: The Earth & Her Rich Targets

March 28, 2015

DISCLAIMER: I am not an Admiral in the Peoples Earth Army. As far as I know, the organization isn’t real. Nothing to see here.

The Peoples Earth Army can’t be real, can it?  Disconnected radicals moving towards a common higher purpose doesn’t seem possible in the world today.  However the nature of the war dictated an invisible strategy.

Earth is the most profitable planet in the universe.  The product that the earth produces is life.  As far as we know, the earth is the only source of this invaluable (life) commodity and production is slipping.  The majority of people that ever lived have never had a hand in the destruction of the earth, but a few have had an extraordinary effect.

All life is immensely important when you consider how limited this commodity is against the vastness of the universe.  Most people that inhabit the earth today are poor and they don’t own anything of real appreciable value other than their own lives.  When the majority of people pass on from this world their measured impact on the earth is negligible –although we hate to admit it.

So the evidence points to a very small group of people that wield an enormous amount of clout and influence over the masses crossing multiple generations.  Someone must have said that there were only thirteen families in the world controlling 99% of the financial wealth in our relatively young fiduciary history.  Then another anonymous person pointed out that we are headed towards a global totalitarian society because this is the only way that the very few can control the majority of the resources on this planet.  Logical thinking reveals that these people cannot be trusted.

The unprecedented level of control sought by the very few will eventually be seen as the reason why all life has suffered on earth and become the impetus for an unapologetic world war.  Those rich targets shouldn’t be afforded any trials or declarations but the collective coalition of responsible people inhabiting earth instinctively knows that they have to be eliminated.  If the planet is going to survive, those few people having a direct hand in the destruction of earth have to die soon.

Next, the people that monetize life and profiteer from the earth’s resources need to be identified.  (They live in unusual comfort and pass-on their accumulations to their heirs.  Some have elaborate establishments that even bear their names.  Others have names that left indelible marks throughout history.)  All of them have a vested interest in the majority of people remaining oblivious to their scheming.

Some of these people are selling water.  They don’t want you to know that the water they are selling is yours.

They want to tell you about their business acumen and how they produced the container.

You might consider killing those people, too.

Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Jeremey Lake, John Crawford, Tamir Rice et al.

December 11, 2014

The United States of America has a history of racism and violence against people of color.

The United States of America does not like to acknowledge these abhorrent actions as a matter of principle and as a result, it can lead to terrific miscarriages of justice.  Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Jeremey Lake, John Crawford and Tamir Rice are just the latest names to add to an ever growing list of individuals that will probably never get justice because of the color of their skin.

It is a terrible shame that the United States has not been able to mature properly enough to void or nullify the systematic racism and violence against people of color, that started so humbly against other savages.  Truth be told, the United States hasn’t even made a sustained genuine attempt at even slowing down a genocidal policy that it has clung to since infancy.  I am discounting the notion of the period known as Reconstruction and the entire Civil Rights movement on the basis that the right to live, outright, trumps any other social or political gain.

Look no further than the Native American if you would like to see how this scenario plays out if left unchecked.

Yes, I’m talking about straight up killing.  In the United States police -and even Florida neighborhood watchmen, are killing unarmed black people with perceived impunity.  Perhaps the murderer of Jeremey Lake will receive some measure of punishment but I believe it is because Officer Shannon Kepler was too egregious and he failed the plausible deniability test -which is really saying something in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  However, wherever possible, it seems that the United States has a knack for alleviating the pressure on those accused of heinous crimes against people of color.

Perception is reality.  Now all of those people of color are dead.  All of the grand juries and smear campaigns against the deceased are now regular tactics that distract from the bottom line; this also helps in collectively and willfully ignoring the racism that perpetuates the violence.  (This is the same root cause that people of color have been obligated to protest against or otherwise cope with, when encountering so called “white people.”  Much more on that later.) The net result is loss of life and that becomes the starting point from which the United States begins to entertain the idea that it must deal with racist and violent past in order to truly become civilized.

The Guardian coverage on Eric Garner was something that told me that the United States might not ever get to that point.  I mean, you can kill a black man on video with your bare hands in New York now and it might not ever make it to trial.  You can shoot an unarmed black man six times in Ferguson for jaywalking from your car and not worry about working again because you can live off of the interview money.

A twelve-year-old playing with a BB gun in the park was killed by police in Cleveland but he should have known better already.  The world already found out that police can still shoot black people shopping in Ohio because they happened to pick up one of the toy guns in the store.  There is just too much murder of unarmed people of color by police to really believe that the United States of America has any interest in that type of civility.  What else can be gleaned from history or either from recent events?

While I acknowledge that we are talking about a worldwide problem of racism that has spanned many generations, the United States of America has some serious work to do right now.