Trump of All Evil?

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I had something on my mind this month.  Can you guess what it is?  Yep, it’s Donald Trump!  Having a potential female President doesn’t scare me as much as having a President Trump in the White House.

The author Upton Sinclair once wrote in a story, (see picture below), titled “Root of All Evil” :

“A world conqueror had appeared in modern times.  Alexander [the great], [Julius] Caesar, Attila [the Hun], Genghis Khan, Napoleon -… when nine men out of ten would have said it was impossible.”

[Was Sinclair predicting the rise of Donald Trump?]

“A world conqueror has to be a man of few ideas, … a peculiar combination of exactly the right qualities, both good and bad – iron determination, irresistable energy, and no scruples of any sort, (…)  He has to understand the minds of other men, both foes and friends, and what greeds, fears, hates, jealousies will move them to action.  He must understand the mass minds, the ideals or delusions which sway it; (…)  He must believe in nothing but his own destiny, the glorified image of himself…”

Doesn’t it seem like Upton Sinclair was describing today’s Donald Trump?  Actually this story was originally written in 1942 about Adolf Hitler.  If America doesn’t root out evil, the future will moan and curse us for not acting!

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Police Brutality-Then & Now

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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…

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Above excerpt from the book Down The Line copyright 1971 by Bayard Rustin.

The Talented 10th Law Of Averages

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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…

You Sunk My Battle Flag

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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!)

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Confederate

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.

Nazi flag

Nazi flag

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.

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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!

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50-star USA flag

Until neXt time…

We Are Not One People

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We are not ONE people: the Present.
We were NEVER one people: the Past.

Africa Slave Trade

African slave trade

Greetings fellow zobopians! Finally got my thoughts together on another touchy subject. Yeah, you know me! I’ve been agonizing about the idea of unity with the African diaspora. You know, people of African descent. We truly are the Tower of Babel!  Reply…you know I’ll reply back on this.

{Setting: 400 years ago…give or take.}
According to some historical books and historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. slavery was a social custom on the continent of Africa. Slavery either existed in Africa or it was imported from the Roman world of the Arabic realm centuries earlier. My question is, why did African tribes and societies accept and allow slavery in the first place? If Africans knew then what we know now, I’m sure slavery would have been fought against [more] furiously and never would have been accepted so meekly. (Hindsight truly is twenty-twenty [20/20]). What was an Africans’ worth when tribes were selling off their own or capturing and selling others into slavery? What was an Africans’ worth when white Europeans came to Africa in ships to trade European goods, (junk by modern standards), for human beings? We were NEVER one people!

{Setting: Western hemisphere – [Slave era] USA, Caribbean and South America.}
After transporting African chattel slaves to their plantation destination the slavers originally grouped their slaves by their respective tribes. Not realizing that an African tribe/social group spoke a common language, the Africans were able to communicate to each other in order to form an insurrection or revolt. White slavers quickly became observant and noticed that Africans spoke many languages and dialects. So, upon realizing this, the slavers began to mix up their slaves from different tribes and ethnic groups. After this slave management technique the African slaves were unable to communicate to each other effectively to organize insurrections. Africa then, and probably now, have over 800 languages.  White slavers in other colonies recognized this in order to use this language difference against Africans. It’s Divide and Conquer. We were NEVER one people!

{Setting: Fast forward to present – 21st century world.}
Africa is still a continent comprised of many, many tribes and ethnic groups. [Conflict!] Still comprised of many, many languages and dialects. [Failure to communicate!] Plus many religions too! [More conflict!] In the Caribbean people of African descent, in their respective island country, speak their common language now; whether it be Spanish, French, English, etc. or whatever language their former slave masters spoke. In South America most of the people speak Spanish, except for Brazil which speak Portuguese…how unique is that? It just goes to show, even the white European slavers didn’t speak one common language. And yet they oppressed human beings based on one common aspect: “Color Prejudice”. [the color Black] (There is no such thing as RACE people!). In the diaspora known as Black America we also now speak one common language: English. There have been, and probably still now, Black American educators who insist that we as a people speak a different dialect of English; called Ebonics or ‘Black English’. (That episode caused a lot of head shaking in the Black community). Whatever language we do speak, we have a failure to communicate! Modern day people of African descent have evolved into a diverse diaspora outside the continent. (Africa was always diverse). But where is the UNITY? “UNITY in DIVERSITY” is a phrase that has to mean something but what do we have to show for it?

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Until next time…

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.

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…

Almighty King Alfred

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The Almighty King Alfred! Fact or fiction?

Hello fellow zobopians. Do you know everything, now, past and present? Do you think you do? With all the events that have happened in Ferguson, Missouri (Mike Brown); New York City (Eric Garner); et al., wouldn’t you think the United States government have prepared for the kind of social protest that occur in the streets? The USA government/police agencies have had a lot of practice with handling the public masses. The militarization of the local police forces didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a consistent process since the Civil Rights Movement. During the Civil Rights Movement citizens had to solve problems without the tools of computers and cell phones. Today, we have the power of social media to put together a mass protest quicker. That means its harder for the law enforcement agencies to keep up with the masses. I don’t think the masterminds of “King Alfred” saw the power of personal technology coming. Yes, we the people have the power of modern day tech to fight the powers-that-be but what do we have to show for it. The powers-that-be are still in power! I guess that’s the whole PLAN.

Below are pictures of a PLAN for minorities called King Alfred. You may think it’s fiction but it could still happen. All that matters is the “idea”. [Click pics to enlarge.*]

King Alfred

King Alfred plan for USA

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King Alfred (cont.)

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King Alfred Plan (cont.)

King Alfred

King Alfred (part 4)

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King Alfred (5th page)

King Alfred

King Alfred (last page)

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*Yeah, I know how to redact pages!

What Histories Do You Read America?

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Hello fellow zobopians! So, what histories do you read? History or His, Story? Are Black citizens ever going to be a part of history or anybody’s story? We’re aware that the victors write the history. Unfortunately it’s not accurate. You know, “just the facts.” The losers or former slaves don’t get to write history. It’s no wonder people can feel like they’re left out, #BlackLivesMatter.

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“…What histories do you read, Gus? Tell me about the history of the American armed forces, and I can show you how important Negroes were to those forces; tell me about the history of American economics and I can show you where Negroes made up the bulk of those economies by being poor or left out of them altogether; tell me about the history of religion of America, and I can show you where, as long as there have been Negroes in this hemisphere, religion has been an absolute lie; tell me about the history of American politics, and I can show you where American politics would be vastly different today if Negroes had had a real voice in them…” –Chapter 24 from the book ‘The Man Who Cried I Am’ by John A. Williams (1967)

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*Note: We don’t use the term Negro anymore, it’s an old term from an old time. Until neXt time…

Africa Did Not Protect Us

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…will she in the future?

Greetings fellow zobopians! Still reading my copy of a Frantz Fanon book. Reading Fanons’ ‘Wretched of the Earth’ will get one to thinking. Especially this golden nugget of thought:

The continent of Africa was supposed to protect its people from the hostile environment of colonialism and slavery. EPIC FAILURE! Instead, Mother Africa gave free rein to its malevolent instincts; the selling of humans to other humans with ships.

Meanwhile, the colonial mother only protected the African from itself, from its ego, its physiology, its biology, and its ontological misfortune. Colonialism only protected its own social group, (the European), and its own profit.

If Mother Africa can not or will not provide and protect its own citizens, then Africa doesn’t deserve them or itself. Continent Africa should read Frantz Fanons’ ‘Wretched of the Earth’. It could use the lesson for its own future. As for the people of the African Diaspora in the Western hemisphere…that’s another story.

Thanks for reading…until neXt time…

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