One Millionth Child Milestone

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Hello fellow zobopians! I became a virtual volunteer for Cheerful Givers charity organization last year. The organization has been around for twenty years now. They’ve help a million kids get birthday gifts. That works out to a fifty thousand, (50,000), kids a year for twenty years! I think my math is right…give or take. So, will you join Cheerful Givers to celebrate a birthday to a million kids?

That’s why professional baseball players support Cheerful Givers.

They See Us, They Don’t Want Us

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Hello fellow world zobopians! I took some time to gather my thoughts on the world…

Black people around the world are NOT invisible! We never were and we never ARE. If Black people were invisible white Europeans never would’ve wanted Africans as slaves. I think Ralph Ellison, (author of the book ‘Invisible Man’), was wrong. As I’m composing this blog post I’m watching a K-pop, (South Korean pop music), TV music show. It’s amazing how Black American culture is appropriated. Like Hip-Hop, R&B, rap, jazz and dreadlocks. Do Asians style their hair in dreadlocks? Don’t get me wrong, I like K-pop; going on 5 years now. (Seriously, you should listen to rap in Korean…it’s different.)

Other ethnic and social groups do the same thing when it comes to Black ‘cultural appropriation’. I won’t use the word ‘race’ because there’s no such thing as separate races among the human species. [Wow! All that to avoid saying the word, ‘race’.] By now you’re probably thinking how much do Black people appropriate? Personally I don’t know and don’t notice as much. But if anyone has been paying attention, when a Black person of any age does something beyond the norms of the Black social group, they are accused of…”acting white”. Like getting an education, what music one listens to, talking/communicating a certain way beyond the norms of the social group. I don’t even know what these “norms” are. One either knows them or not. It’s as if the Black social group is telling “we” shouldn’t act/talk/walk like “them”, but everybody wants to act/talk/walk like “us”. Our swagger and soul is up for grabs for the whole world and yet “we”, Black folks, should culturally isolate ourselves form the rest of society. How the hell does one do that? We as a people are too entangled with other humans to be isolated.

The whole world spends money and effort to isolate ‘themselves’ from Black people. Nobody wants to live by/near Black people. Nobody wants to hire Black people. Nobody wants to BE a Black person. They see US, they don’t want US.

Black people may ‘feel’ invisible but in reality Black people have never been invisible. Four centuries of slavery doesn’t make us invisible. When the police shoots an unarmed Black person, that person wasn’t invisible. When white people lock their car doors, Black people are not invisible. The reality is…people choose to ignore Black people. The world sees US, they just don’t want US…except our culture and money of course.

That’s all for now…I’ll SEE you next time…

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P.S. I composed this post before the University of Oklahoma S.A.E. situation, so I’m guessing this won’t seem so dated.

[NEWS PICS] 150304 f(Amber)+f(Luna) = MBC Music Show Champion [2] | 31P

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K-pop | Amber | Luna | f(x) …what more can you ask for?

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The Two Sides Of Liberty

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Greetings fellow zobopians! What are your feelings about ‘liberty’? You like liberty for yourself, right? Do you like others having it too? It’s ironic, there are people in this world that want liberty for themselves only and not for others. Why? So they can enslave others.

Men love liberty because it protects them from control and humiliation from others, and thus affords them the possibility of dignity. They loathe liberty because it throws them back on their own abilities and resources, and thus confronts them with the possibility of insignificance.”

Thomas Szasz

Another Year Another Black History Month

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Hello fellow world zobopians! Yep, It’s another Black History Month…2015 edition. And what do WE, (Negroes, Colored folk, people of color, African American, …etc., aargh), have to show for it? What have we accomplished? Please do not mention the election of Barack Obama as the 1st Black President! He’s not Superman.

With all the social unrest over the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and a Black man being choked to death in New York state and other places, we as Black people haven’t changed the perception, (to white people), that we deserve ‘Respect & Regard’ for our lives. Yes, I know “we as a people” have accomplished much. It’s in the arena of social perception that we have failed. White people are still afraid of Black people! It’s “cause & effect”. If people are still apprehensive of Black people (cause), then people will mis-treat us with deadly consequences (effect).

When non-Black people are are “still” afraid of…Black people, then Black Lives Don’t Matter! It all comes down to PERCEPTION. How does the world perceive Black people? Are we a threat? Other people are threats too.

In this world ALL LIVES MATTER. So this Black History Month we should learn as much about the history of a social group we sometimes call…the Black Diaspora. When you learn Black History you learn how the world really works.

Until neXt time…#BlackLivesMatter…

GOP No Longer Party of Lincoln

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Hello zobopians! I’m all for freedom of politics and all but sometimes you have to “kick out the JAMS!”

In today’s rant I’m going to warn the world of fundamentalism. Political and religious. The G.O.P. (Grand Old Party) of today is not legitimate. The Republican party today belongs to the theocrats and the phony sanctimonious shameless power-seekers. Fear and bigotry are their watch words. You’ll hear a Republican claim that they are the party of Abraham Lincoln. Lie! The Republican party no longer adheres to its abolitionist founding, which was the pursuit of freedom for all its citizens. The G.O.P. has become a fundamentalist political party that pursues the restriction of freedom for certain members of our society like women and people of color, as well as the L.G.B.T. community.

I guess this is what happens when the next generation doesn’t pick up where the last generation leaves off.  The next generation, in this case Baby Boomers, hijack a political party and go off in a fundamentalist direction.  The previous generation of Republicans actually were for more equality for women but now they’ve been waging war against women since the 1970’s.  That sounds like a 5th column of women and minority haters.  Fundamentalism in any religion will set society back who knows how far.

Until neXt time…

The Real Socialist CREEPs

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Greetings fellow world zobopians! For any one who’s been reading this blog should have figured out by now I’m a ‘little’ Left-Of-Center in my political outlook. Because these so-called Conservatives, Right-wing Republicans do not represent the party of Abraham Lincoln. That legacy ended when those southern Dixiecrats bigots high-jacked the G.O.P. in the early 1960’s. That was called the “Southern Strategy”. Today’s modern day conservative cries out that left style Liberals are socialist. The power of language can truly be used to confuse average citizens. Critical thinking is very important when ones life hangs in the political balance. The slick-n-slimy G.O.P. can get hard working people to vote against their own economic self-interest. And look what they have to show for it: No jobs. College debt with no prospect for a job.

The following statement shows real critical thinking:

One of the ironies of American politics is that our conservative party, the Republicans, is a mirror image, structurally, of Western Europe’s Socialist and Communist parties.” **

This statement was said by columnist Richard Reeves during George H. W. Bush’s 1988 Presidential campaign. [And yet he won anyway.] Obviously no one learned or listened back then. Nowadays, again, it’s always some right-wing ideologue calling poor people or Liberals “socialist” and yet it’s the Republicans and conservatives who are the CREEPing socialists.

WAKE UP AMERICANS!  There’s still a Republican war on!

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*More zobop commentary: For all the sanctimonious Pro-Life citizens of America, doesn’t that make you/them Pro-Sex? Sex and women’s reproductive topics shouldn’t be awkward and discomforting by people who claim to be so full of morality.

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For all the hypocritical citizens who want government out of your life, then don’t let misogynist policy turn over reproductive rights to the government! This means you REPUBLICANS!

**Required reading: The Republican War Against Women (c) 1996 by Tanya Melich. This is where I got the quote from.

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Mini-Wage

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Happy New Year fellow zobopians!  It took me some time to get my blogging juices flowing for 2015.  And the best I can do is a photo opportunity.  Anything for the topic of the minimum wage for the working poor.  Let’s face it, anybody working at minimum wage is poor. That’s the way the “powers that be” want it.

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Origins of the police

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zobop republic:

Do we need Community Policing now?

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The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, it became a mixed-race slum, home to Blacks and Irish alike, and a focal point for the stormy collective life of the new working class. Cops were invented to gain control over neighborhoods and populations like this. The Five Points district of lower Manhattan, painted by George Catlin in 1827. New York’s first free Black settlement, Five Points was also a destination for Irish immigrants and a focal point for the stormy collective life of the new working class. Cops were invented to gain control over neighborhoods and populations like this.

In England and the United States, the police were invented within the space of just a few decades—roughly from 1825 to 1855.

The new institution was not a response to an increase in crime, and it really didn’t lead to new methods for dealing with crime. The most common way for authorities to solve a crime, before and since the invention of police, has been for someone to tell them who did it.

Besides, crime has to do with the acts of individuals, and the ruling elites who invented the police were responding to challenges posed by collective…

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Is Christmas A Birthday?

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Seasons greetings zobopians! After all of the American protest over police brutality and other things I sort of let Christmas creep up on me without much thought. Then I was reminded that anybody could have their birthday on Christmas day. So, if you believe that December 25th is a birthday, (for you or a young kid maybe), you could make a donation to honor your beliefs at Cheerfulgivers where gifts will be purchased for less fortunate parents to give to their child on their birthday.

Every $10 provides a toy-filled birthday gift bag for a young kid on their birthday. The child won’t know it came from you, but you will!

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Kid with birthday bag.

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$10 dollars gives a kid a birthday.

Merry Christmas and until neXt time…

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