October 4, 2015
Black Americans, Blogging, culture, Society
critical thinking, society, zobop republic
Hello fellow world zobopians! I was reading the current issue of Esquire magazine for October 2015, the 1000th issue. This is just something that inspired the following post. [If you’re wondering, the article I was reading was about Ernest Hemingway.]
[My mind works in mysterious ways!]
Blackness in America is just something that grows big enough to be taken apart and sold for pieces. Cultural appropriation is just another industry to feed and feed off of. Blackness is a ‘brand’ with a shelf life. This is why I never worship Blackness. Neither should you. After you buy, you just end up throwing away. BUYER BEWARE!
Until neXt time…
September 24, 2015
Blogging, Economics, Education, zobop republic
Chicago, economics, money, schools, zobopian
Hello fellow world zobopians! Do you even like being called a zobopian? If you follow this blog, you’re one!
Well anyway, it’s the start of yet another school year for Public Schools…what’s left of them. Public schools are being closed and replaced by charter schools so fast it makes me wonder how long until the death of public institutions in America. Public Housing is pretty much gone and buried…I mean privatized. Remember New Orleans? O.K. I’m getting off target here. I just recently learned the community organizer Jane Addams was the head of a teachers pension fund way back in 1905. You can read about the history of her and the fund below. It’s sad after more than a hundred years America is still having a problem of giving teachers their due.
The Chicago Tribune featured a Perspective piece written by CTPF Executive Director Charles A. Burbridge in the September 17, 2015, edition. The text of the article appears below:
In 1905, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund faced a crisis. There wasn’t enough money coming in to pay for retirement benefits.
The president of the pension fund, Jane Addams – yes, the famous community organizer – turned to the Illinois General Assembly for help. A landmark law passed in 1907 required employees and employers to contribute to the fund and set up an elected pension board to oversee investments.
The retirement security that Addams protected for teachers is at risk again.
Pension holidays taken by Chicago Public Schools and approved by lawmakers have capsized the system and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to correct. It’s just the kind of action Addams sought to guard against more than 100 years ago.
We must protect our teachers and the taxpayers from these shortsighted decisions.
The first step: Stop talking about CPS declaring bankruptcy. That’s a diversion from the real issues of education policy and funding. CPS bankruptcy – essentially allowing the state to insulate itself from the problem that it helped create – would be morally reprehensible. There are many parties responsible for this crisis. No one should be allowed to simply walk away.
The second step: Take three legislative actions to fix the system and prevent future funding failures. Those three actions are:
- Make payments to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund mandatory by law. Pension funds across the country have something in common: Payments are mandated and the funds have strong tools to use if a payment is missed. Pension payments are not optional; they are promised to Chicago’s schoolteachers as part of their contract. We have to stop pitting today’s teachers against yesterday’s teachers. Lawmakers, city and school leaders must recognize that teacher compensation and retirement funding are one in the same.
- Commit to an actuarial-based funding plan that covers annual contributions and unfunded liability. Fully funded pension plans let experts (actuaries) determine the annual contribution needed to keep the plans stable. The Chicago teachers’ fund is in a hole. We must stop digging. The problem was created by pension holidays. It can’t be solved by more pension holidays.
- Make monthly payments to the pension fund, not a once-a-year payment. Pension plans work when today’s benefits are paid by yesterday’s contributions and investment earnings, and today’s contributions are invested to pay for tomorrow’s benefits. Prudent investment practices demand that payments to the fund provide a constant stream of revenue that can be invested throughout the year. Monthly payments would save Chicago taxpayers tens of millions annually.
A century ago, Addams knew that for Chicago to thrive, teachers’ pensions needed to be protected. If we are to thrive for the next century, that fundamental principle must never again be forgotten.
Source : Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2015
September 2, 2015
America, Black Americans, Prejudice, Race, Society
BlackTwitter, prejudice, racism, schools, zobopian
Hello fellow zobopians! Yeah, I know. I haven’t post an original blog post in a while. I’ve been re-blogging other posts by other bloggers. They were good reads I had to share. Thanks for reading!
zobop republic sigil
I’ve been thinking about the concept of Black Americans becoming the “Future Majority” in the USA. I’m not all that excited about it. Think about it, if you are a social majority in America and “still” have no social power to show for it, what’s the point in bragging about it? It’s like the fact that Black Americans are a $1 trillion-a-year consumer spenders. What do we have to show for it? Where’s the “Black Power” at?
Food for thought right? Well, let me get to my stream of thought for today. I was thinking about what the “past” effects of white flight will have on the “future” Black Majority in America. Because of the social aversion of white flight, white people don’t want to live near Blacks; don’t want to go to school with Blacks; don’t want to play with Blacks; and when these white kids grow up to become adults, they won’t want to hire Blacks in employment. And that’s why there’s no DIVERSITY in corporate America and Silicon Valley. Duh!
This is what white flight and re-segregation has done and will do to the future majority of America. So, whether you like it or not, school integration, at least, is the best solution for the future of America. At least for us Black people…Damn!
Until neXt time…
July 8, 2015
America, Black Americans, History, Politics, Prejudice
Black History, confederate, flag, history, prejudice, race, zobopians
Hello fellow zobopians! I’ve been re-blogging other people’s posts because I didn’t quite have anything to say at the time. You would think I’d have an opinion about something since there’s always a crisis going on in the world and America. (I’ve been gathering my thoughts.)
If it’s not white cops gunning down Black people, then it’s Black-on-Black crime/violence that nobody cares about. Then comes along Rachel Dolezal whose been ‘passing’ for Black for so many years. The Dolezal situation leads people to discuss ‘White Privilege’ and ‘White Cultural Appropriation’; which seems to me like two sides of the same coin. You have to have privilege to appropriate other people’s culture, right?
Now before I can keep up, it’s a lone white gunman, (who had so much racial contempt for “all” Black people), exterminating nine defenseless Black individuals in a church. This violent act is evil enough as it is.
What gets me is how people, (Black and white), attempt to connect this bloody act to a southern Confederate battle flag? Which came first: white racial contempt for Black people or the battle flag?
I’ve never been a fan of the Confederate battle flag. I know what it represents. Today’s southern white society try to convince everybody that the Confederate flag represents a ‘New South’. And yet the flag hasn’t changed since its inception from the ‘Old South’ in the year 1861. (The Hate is the Heritage!)
Flags change over time to represent new things and ideals. The Germans used the Nazi swastika from 1933 to 1945. The Nazi flag was never the original German flag and we should all hope it never flies again.
Even the Japanese had to change their flag by getting rid of the “rising sun with rays” to indicate a new direction for the country.
Japan Empire flag
The United States flag has changed over time too; but that’s because America has changed a lot since 1777, if anyone has noticed. The Confederate battle flag represented a secession government. (Remember: the Old South)
The USA already has a national flag; it’s the 50-star United States flag. It’s a flag of union. (That includes you south!) The Confederate battle flag is a symbol of seceding from the union because white ancestors didn’t believe in the Republican ideal of being ‘slave-free’. (We all know slavery is a touchy subject.) If today’s whites insist that “their” red stars and bars doesn’t represent HATE for Black people, then it’s time for them to ditch these colors for the ones we already have…The RED, WHITE and BLUE!
50-star USA flag
Until neXt time…