I Am Not Your Negro, A Review

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The Story of the Negro in America, is the story of America.

Whispers of a Womanist

James Baldwin’s “I am Not Your Negro” succeeds in bridging past and present racial truths earning them a much deserved place in contemporary conversation. One of the most troubling ideologies of contemporary culture is the belief that the turmoil afforded to black life, is isolated, or new. The films succeeds in drawing the necessary connection between current culture and a not so distant past of lynchings, beatings, poverty and murders.

The film takes the reader through time, engaging multiple perspectives and images that will surely engrave themselves into the viewer’s memory indefinitely. Although I have seen pictures of a dying Malcolm X on the stretcher countless times, something about seeing this photo last night caused a hot tear to run down my cheek. We all know that Malcolm is dead, the reminder somehow just seems as cruel as it is necessary. The film issues similar views of Dr. King, and Medgar…

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Whose America?

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Donald Trump is nothing more than a crypto-Fascist enabler!

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img_1701-1 Hundreds of thousands protested along 42nd Street in Manhattan during the Women’s March.

Crowds of protesters flooded the streets of every major city in the United States; hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City and Boston. Even my hometown of Miami drew over 10,000 protesters. To think, just days before the mass demonstrations, I had no idea of how immense the protests would be. As my social media feed continued to update, I learned that it was not just a movement in America, but it was a worldwide collaboration. London, Nairobi, Berlin, Paris and Prague too? Over 1 million people worldwide protested on Saturday (see article Washington Post ). It was a worldwide march lead by women, with a unified message; the disapproval of the recently elected United States President, Donald Trump.

There has been a tremendous amount of controversy surrounding this campaign and his ascent to…

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Happy Boo Year 2017!

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I know what you’re thinking, I haven’t posted in a long while.  Yeah!  Got it!  The President-elect election, celebrity deaths kinda gave me pause.  I had to process a lot of thoughts before blogging & posting.  I’m NOT moving to another country just because Donald Trump is going to be the U.S. President.  Nope!  I’m so happy to disappoint many a White Nationalist Socialist.

Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of this post, shall we?

Trump said he was going to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C.  Oh really?

The Swamp by Trump

The Swamp

But remember folks…the swamp was the collected USA fools who voted for Donald Trump in the White House!

Happy Fool Year!

People in America want everybody else to give Trump a chance?  You mean, like the way Germany gave Adolph Hitler a chance way back in the 20th century?

Happy Boo Year!

And don’t forget…

Swamp Thing

Donald Trump is the Swamp…

This is what we get from a “know-nothing-vulgarian”.

Until neXt time…

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Photo credits : “The Swamp” by website MemesHappen.com .  “Donald Trump is the Swamp Thing” by artist Eric Oldag from website.

Trump’s Dreaming of a White Male Cabinet

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Looks like Jim Crow by another name to me!

Envisioning The American Dream

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What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing if you’re Donald Trump.

Yes, Donald Trump is actually making good on one of his campaign promises-make America white male again. Trump’s all star,  all boys club administration plucked from the corporate powers and wealthy elite has a nice retro feel to it. Perfect for locker room banter.

If they are confirmed by the senate Trumps 4 top Cabinet officials will all be white men.

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So gals, no reason to worry your pretty little heads trying to figure out that big old scary economy, or foreign affairs. You  can rest assured that Americas will be in safe hands ( albeit tiny) under Donald Trump’s all boys club.

And the power will stay that way.

In fact as Rachel Maddow pointed out, the line of succession to the presidency which includes the speaker of the house and the senate president pro tempore,  is sure as…

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The Elitist Left & the Alt-Right: Throw them all under the bus

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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 knownothing 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!

The American Killing Fields

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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!

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I See You Evil Eye, Eye Live!

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Hello fellow zopbopians!  I’ve been reading book on world folklore.  [Full title: Interpreting Folklore by Alan Dundes.]  There’s this section on the folklore of the ‘Evil Eye‘.  It’s funny and sometimes vulgar at best.  The author claims ‘blue’ evil eye’s are considered evil.  And the best way to defeat an evil eye is by another evil eye.  It’s relates to the principle of ‘like against like’.  I always thought you can’t fight fire with fire but I guess you can fight evil eye with evil eye.  Hmm-m…that’s something to consider in the future.

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Until neXt time…eye’ll be seeing you!

My Mine – Hypnotic Tango

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Hello fellow zobopians!  I had to share this oldie but goodie.  Classic House music of my generation.  My Mine – Hypnotic Tango…

 

#House #music #electronica #techno #video

Trigger Warning: There are no Safe Spaces

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“…one day after snuggling in your security blanket and sucking your thumb in your Safe Space, you’ll wake up and realize…you have no more freedom!  Time to wake people!”

Trigger Warning

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Hello fellow zobopians!  It’s me again.  Today’s rant is all about “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces“.  Do we as a society need trigger warning labels like the recording industry?  Here’s a trigger warning for you…”Buyer Beware”.  I think that saying is from ancient Roman times.  So that makes it a 2000 year old warning.  So there…you’ve been warned!

Today’s coddled young people want to up-end the status quo with their street-based agitation.  But in order to do that they must make society uncomfortable to bring about change but yet these coddled street-based agitators, (a.k.a. whiny crybabies), don’t like being made uncomfortable on college campuses and other real world places, so they demand “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces”.  Does anyone besides me see the irony and/or hypocrisy here?

To bring this into perspective from the school of Chicago boy economics…recently the University of Chicago issued a statement telling incoming freshmen it won’t support “Trigger Warnings” or “Safe Spaces”.

Geoffrey Stone, law professor and past provost at the U. of C. said, “The right thing to do is empower the students, help them understand how to fight, combat and respond, not to insulate them from things they will have to face later.”

I totally agree with this statement.  You can’t change the world by being a over-sensitive, coddled crybaby.

Until neXt time…

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.

BlackLivesMatter

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…

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