November 17, 2016
America, Barack Obama, Black Americans, Government, Media, Politics, Society, zobop republic
Alt-right, bigotry, Chicago, Donald Trump, opinion, Steve Bannon
Hello fellow zobopians! Now that election hell-week is over I can now focus on other things about the future of humanity. But first, let’s get to know the players I’ll be ranting about today.
Bill Ayers : an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the counterculture movement who opposed US involvement in the Vietnam War. He was also linked to President Barack Obama during his first term election. I guess we can classify him as Leftist.(?)
Jeremiah Wright : a pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, with a congregation exceeding 6,000.
Steve Bannon : an American businessman and media executive. He is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website noted for its connection to the alt-right.
Now that we know the players, let’s play “throw them all under the bus”!
Bill Ayers? Yeah remember him? He was the Left-wing radical who was accused of influencing President Obama during his heyday as a community organizer. The right-wing nuts wanted Obama to throw him under a bus and disavow Ayers.
Reverend Wright was seen and heard saying, “God damn America” in a sermon. President Obama & family used to go to this church long ago. Of course when the video of this sermon went public, media critics basically expected Obama to throw Rev. Wright under a bus to distance himself from and disavow Wright.
Now let me just stop here…the two men above, (one white, the other Black), may have had influence on Obama or not. It doesn’t matter because these two DID NOT get cabinet positions in the White House! On the other hand…
…There’s Steve Bannon! This Alt-Right freak once told Donald Trump, [“You got to remember, we’re Breitbart,” he told Trump. “We’re the know–nothing vulgarians. So we’ve always got to be to the right of you on this.”] This guy get’s a cabinet position next to President Trump so he can bend his ear to the alt-right! NOPE! The American media and it’s “woke” citizens need to make Trump throw this guy under the bus! Trump should not be given a pass on this matter.
Mississippi “God Damn America” indeed!
September 25, 2016
Black Americans, Law Enforcement, Power, Society, zobop republic
BlackLivesMatter, police, race, society, video
Hello fellow zobopians. [No exclamation point.] I’m nowadays under the impression that the Un-United States of America are becoming a modern day killing fields. Black people are getting shot and killed on any given day. Police unions and lawyers are making it illegal to video record police doing their job we, taxpayers, are paying for.
Video recordings don’t seem to be a deterrent! Police and “stand your ground” freaks can kill with impunity! The whole world is watching? What difference does it make? Who watches the watchers? Apparently we can’t!
July 15, 2016
Black Americans, Gun Control, Law Enforcement, Violence, zobop republic
bigotry, BlackTwitter, civil rights, human-rights, violence
Hello fellow zobopians! The whole world’s watching! But who’s watching the watchers? What difference does it make? It’s all being captured on video! Killers are being caught on video. People getting killed are captured on video. The revolution WILL NOT be televised! It will get recorded and be available for downloading to be watched over and over again at your convenience.
But…here’s the thing…
When a Black person gets shot and/or killed by police, does anyone see it? Never mind having “the talk” with your son or daughter when coming in contact with the police. What Black Americans need to talk about is, do you have a dashboard camera or your own personal body camera ready? That’s the talk we need to be having.
The importance of recording the police is deadly serious. (After all, they’re recording us citizens.) There are three  deadly grounds for Black people when we come into contact with police:
-Order Of Survivability-
- You can get shot and/or killed in the street or in the vehicle. [Eric garner – killed on sidewalk; Alton Sterling – shot in the street; Philando Castile – shot in car.]
- You can get shot and/or killed in the police vehicle; ( if you survive the first deadly ground scene.) [Freddie Gray – killed in police van during “rough ride”.]
- You can die in the jail house or jail-holding cell; ( that is if you survive the first & second deadly grounds.) [Sandra Bland – suspiciously died while in waiting in jail.]
Gone are the days of the 1960’s slogan, “the whole world’s watching”. The police of the 21st century need to be kept under watch. The only way we’re going to do that is to keep recording them. If the police are going to keep “shooting to kill” us, then we need to keep “shooting to record” them just so we can have proof and evidence of what happened. We can’t always rely on the police to provide evidence when they cover-up or delay proof or disable their tax-payer paid recording equipment.
KEEP RECORDING! Freedom without security is useless!
Until neXt time…
Note*: The above picture I got off the internet. I don’t own rights to it.*
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…
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 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…