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!)

Confederate battle flag

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.

rising sun with rays

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!

flag of USA

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…

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…

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…