Get Their Badge Number

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I know what you’re thinking.  I should do more blog posts.  Yes, you’re right!  But Twitter is so addictive and convenient.  But I have something to say to the world.  Well, at least to my fellow American’s.

Dear Black American’s,

If white people are going to call the police on Black citizens whoa re doing NOTHING or doing mundane activities, then we as Black American’s must always ask or demand to SEE a badge number!  It’s for future reference on commendations or complaints.  I’m guessing it’ll mostly be for complaints.

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And another thing…

I don’t think the majority of American police officers should be allowed to remain on the police force longer than ten years. The financial cost of sustaining these pensioned police officers becomes so enormous.  Plus, there’s the reality of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that ‘some’ of these officers are suffering from.  I find it disturbing that police officers with PTSD are policing communities of color who themselves may also suffer with PTSD.  [PTSD on PTSD?]

P.S.  What’s with white people calling the cops on Black citizens anyway?  Jim Crow mentality?

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The above picture needs to be updated to : “White People Paranoia”.  NEWSWEEK doesn’t exist anymore, does it?

…until neXt time zobopians of the galaxy…

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Black Lives Don’t Matter, I Think?

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Well hello fellow zobopians!  Yep, I’m still blogging!  It’s still 2016 in the 21st century and I’m still waiting for my 2001 space odyssey.  We’re 15 years overdue for it!  Oh well, on to pressing matters on Earth.

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Black lives haven’t mattered since…the mid-1990’s.  I blame the Zero-Tolerance policies of those 1990’s.  Instead of sending Black students to the principal’s office, and calling the parent(s), they’re sent to the police station.  Instead of suspending Black students, with a crap-load of homework to be completed upon returning, they’re expelled from the school never to return.  [Good luck you charter schools.]

Yeah…I don’t think Black Lives Matter.  In this world Freedom without Security is useless.  You can say #BlackLivesMatter all you want.  We will always be looking over our shoulders for the rest of our lives.

Black lives, obviously, don’t matter when lives are being lost everyday.  When someone gets killed by police who intentionally sought to deprive someone of their constitutional rights — you can’t get justice!  When someone gets killed by police due to incompetence, bad training or mistakes — you can’t get justice!

You can’t win for losing your lives!

P.S. : In 1857, Chief Justice Roger Taney declared that, black men “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”  Like I said above, Freedom without Security is useless.

Until neXt time…

Dear Black College Students

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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…

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.

White Flight Vs Future Majority

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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!

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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…

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.

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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

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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…

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…

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