April 5, 2016
America, Black Americans, Politics, Society, zobop republic
race, society, violence, zobopians
Hello fellow zobopians! Man, do I have a case of writers block. What do I write about? What can I rant about this time? It’s 2016 and it’s yet another presidential election cycle and an alleged fascist is running for President of these ‘segregated’ United States!
…and there are still Black people dying in the streets every day – many of them unarmed and at the hands of the police.
…and then, there are still Black people dying in the streets every day – many of them unarmed and at the hands of other Black people.
Black people killed by the police get exposed by the light of day while Blacks killed by other Blacks get shrugged under the rug.
SILENCE STILL EQUALS DEATH!
January 18, 2016
Black Americans, Education, Philosophy, Prejudice, Self Development, zobop republic
Bayard Rustin, Black History, prejudice, schools, society
Hello world zobopians! And you too college students. Do I need to issue a disclaimer for sensitive Black readers? I mean come on…have more ego strength will you…you whiny, crybabies! Sticks and stones may break my bones but white micro-aggression can never hurt me.
Wake up people! The social activist Bayard Rustin said the statement, below, February 13, 1969 for the New York Amsterdam News:
“For if we are to face the truth, however painful this may be, we must recognize that Black people have been brutalized in the past by inferior segregated education and economic deprivation to the point where they have been put at a disadvantage with whites. Consequently, when they are placed in a difficult competitive situation, such as obtains at predominantly white universities, their immediate impulse is to retreat into themselves and establish a Black [studies] curriculum with separate – and lower- standards by which their performance shall be judged.”
This was written back then in 1969 and look at what’s happening on college campuses recently. Has anything changed? Can micro-aggression kill anybody? This is why nobody comes to the Black community for help…we can’t seem to handle the psychological stress! It’s really disappointing!
Until neXt time…
January 7, 2016
America, Black Americans, Government, History, Law Enforcement, Politics, Prejudice, Violence, zobop republic
Bayard Rustin, Black History, prejudice, society, zobopians
Hello fellow zobopians! Happy New Year if I didn’t say that last time. Wow…2015 was the year of Police Brutality. I wonder what 2016 will bring America. Police brutality seems to be the bane of America’s existence. Bayard Rustin, a citizen of the Civil Rights movement, once wrote about police brutality back in the 1960’s [Los Angeles Watts area]:
“Police brutality must be stopped! We must everywhere be part of the cry for civilian review boards, not in the naive belief that they are a panacea but in the conviction that police conduct is not the exclusive responsibility of commissions and politicians. Police must be answerable to the citizenry they presumably protect, and if they have been educated to any other concept of their role, now is the time to reeducate them.” Mr. Rustin wrote this back before I was born!
Mr Rustin also wrote:
“We must create a situation in which backlashers are politically neutralized by having to pay too high a price for the exercise of racist impulses.”
History truly has a way of repeating itself.
Until neXt time…
Above excerpt from the book Down The Line copyright 1971 by Bayard Rustin.
December 25, 2015
America, Black Americans, culture, Education, History, Philosophy, Power, Race, Self Development, zobop republic
Hello fellow zobopians! Wow! It’s been a while since I wrote anything original. At least I re-blogged. Reading is fundamental, right? Alright, time to get to the nitty gritty.
I’ve been thinking about Black America’s so-called “Talented 10th”. If you know anything about William Edward Burghardt “W. E. B.” Du Bois, then you see where that term comes from. It’s been over 100 years since Mr. Du Bois wrote about the Talented 10th or as it should be called nowadays is the “Black Talented”. I would like to think after 100+ years we would have more than 10 percent of the Black population that’s considered ‘talented’.
If Du Bois called one part of Black America the ‘Talented 10th’, what was the other 90% called? Would it be the “Least Talented”? When I thought about this scenario, you realize that Affirmative Action is “only” for the Black Talented. How does Affirmative Action help the Least Talented? How the hell can 10% of the Black Talented up-lift the other 90% of a population? This is where I started thinking about the Law of Averages. [The law of averages is a layman’s term for a belief that the statistical distribution of outcomes among members of a small sample must reflect the distribution of outcomes across the population as a whole.] I don’t see how a small part of Black America can help a greater portion beyond their own small talented numbers.
Consider this; when Napoleon invaded Russia in 1812 he lost about 10% of his Grand Army. And with that he lost that war! I read some ago the reason he lost was because his Grande Army became demoralized after the loss of soldiers. They probably had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) too.
Now, fast forward to now, the 21st century, and I keep hearing about how Black college students, the Black Talented (10th), having PTSD and other traumas due to white micro-aggression. I think when it comes to the war on micro-aggression on Black students, I don’t see Black America winning a war against anything or anybody!
P.S. Will the Talented 10th “pick at” dead people OR “pick up” where other people leave off?
P.S.S. The Black Talented should never let anybody see them cry. A.K.A. whiny crybabies.
O.K. that’s it for now…until neXt time…