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“NOT OUR GRANDPARENTS”

“WE ARE NOT OUR GRANDPARENTS” ONE YOUNG BLACK MAN SAID AS HE AND OTHERS SPOKE TO THE NEWS MEDIA AND CROWD. STILL ANOTHER GROUP OF ABOUT 1000 HEAVILY ARMED YOUNG BLACK MEN IN BATTLE FATIGUES APPROACHED A KKK HEADQUARTERS, CHALLENGING THE KKK AND THEIR MALITIAS TO SHOW THEMSELVES. THE MESSAGE IS TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S DIFFERENT NOW. THEY ARE READY TO DEFEND AND BE A FRONT LINE TO COMBAT THE CURRENT RACIST ENVIRONMENT IN THEIR COMMUNITIES WITH EQUAL FORCE. I UNDERSTANDING THEIR WAR-READINESS AND KNOWING WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SO FREQUENTLY TO BLACKS AND HISPANICS IN THIS COUNTRY, THEIR MANDATE IS JUSTIFIED BUT WITH A HIGH COST. NEVERTHELESS, GROWING INCIDENTS OF RACIST INCOUNTERS AT NIGHT, LONELY ROADS, TRAILS, ROADWAYS AND IN PLANE SIGHT WILL ONLY FUEL THIS EXPLOSIVE SITUATION. FIREARMS SALES HAVE SKYROCKETED SO EVERYONE IS ARMED AND DANGEROUS, SCARED AND WEARING MASKS. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE SUPREMELY DELIGENT IN THE SECURITY OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS OF YOUR CONCERN. ARE YOU READY FOR WHAT MAY BE NEXT”. “JUST SAYING”

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CAUSE AND EFFECT

THINGS WILL NOT GET BETTER WITH THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION. THERE IS NO PERCEPTION OF CONCERN OR PREPAREDNESS AT WORK HERE. OUR HEALTH CONCERNS APPEAR TO BE OUR PROBLEM FOR THE MOST PART DUE TO DISORGANIZATION WITH LIMITED GUIDANCE OR ASSISTANCE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS AND THE HOMEFRONT IS GETTING MORE DANGEROUS. THIS IS CAUSED BY UNCOMPROMISING BEHAVIORS AND ATTITUDES BY THOSE THAT FEEL “IMUNE”. THESE “ANGELS OF DEATH”, LIKE THEIR “COMMANDER IN CHIEF”, APPEAR TO BE A COMBINATION OF YOUNG AND OLD THAT DEFY THE REALITIES AT HAND. THEIR THREAT TO OTHERS REMAIN AND THEIR CONSISTENT NEED TO SOCIALIZE UNSAFELY IN LARGE CROWDS HAS RESULTED IN THE INCREASE OF CONVI-19 CASES AROUND THE COUNTRY. SHOULD THE UPCOMING 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY RESULT IN THE SAME BEHAVIOR, EVEN MORE WILL SUFFER FROM SERIOUS ILLNESS AND DEATH. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, THE PRESIDENTIAL RALLIES HAVE DONE ADDITONAL DAMAGE TO PROGRESS IN CURTAILING THE VIRUS’S DEADLY PATH. AS I STATED IN PREVIOUS TEXT, IT’S COMPARISION TO “JIM JONES’S” INFLUENCE ON HIS VICTIMS IS NOT UNWARRANTED. IT IS UNCLEAR WHAT MOTIVATION ONE WOULD HAVE FOR A PHOTO OPT WITHOUT PROTECTIVE PRECAUTIONS, IN PLACING THEIR HEALTH IN DANGER AND INTURN, TO OTHERS. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, THEIR ACTIONS APPEAR TO BE SIMILIAR TO A PENDEMIC-INDUCED TRIBALISM THAT’S TYPICAL IN PARTS OF WHITE AMERICA. VERBAL HARRASSMENT AND PHYSICAL ASSAULTS ON MINORITIES HAVE EXPONENTIALLY INCREASED AND THE SHORT FUSE OF CATASTOPHY IS GETTING SHORTER. LET’S NOT GET IT TWISTED, MINORITIES ARE OUT THERE SOCIALIZING UNSAFELY AS WELL AND THIS IS NOT JUST A WHITE THING. THE ONLY SURE SAFE DECISION IS NOT TO FOLLOW THE CROWD. I WAS RAISED TO NOT BE A VICTIM AND YOU SHOULD ALSO STRIVE FOR THE SAME. WE MUST FIND OUR COMMON SENSE AGAIN AND STAY AT HOME UNTIL IT’S SAFE. “JUST SAYING”

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PROSPECTIVES ON RACISM

THESE EXPRESSED PRECEPTIONS OF RACIST WHITES IN AMERICA COMES TO LIGHT AGAIN. WHAT HAS CHANGED IS HOW THE MAJORITY OF WHITES IN AMERICA FEEL TODAY ABOUT THIS SUSTAINED ANIMOSITY, AGGRESSION AND VENOM TOWARDS BLACKS AND OTHER MINORITIES.      

WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON REGARDING RACISM AND UNEQUAL JUSTICE IT GOT ME TO THINKING, WHY? SO IN MY ATTEMPTS TO OBTAIN A REASONABLE AND THOUGHT OUT EXPLANATION AND DESCRIPTION, I WENT TO THE BOOKS TO GET SOME PROSPECTIVE OF THESE HATEFUL AND DESCRIMITORY ASPECTS OF OUR SOCIETY. I REACHED FOR A BOOK TITLED “THE PSYCHOLOGY OF BLACKS” BY THOMAS A. PARHAM, JOSEPH L. WHITE AND ADISA AJAMU. THE BOOK GIVES A VERY DESCRIPTIVE INTERPRETATION OF THE ABOVE AND IT’S INPACT ON BLACKS AND OTHER MINORITIES AS WELL AS HOW IT IS PERPETUATED. 

UNDERSTANDING THE RACIST’S MENTALITY WILL REQUIRE THAT WE RELY ON SOME NONTRADITIONAL SOURCES TO IMFORM OUR THINKING. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BECOME CONCEPTUALLY INCARCERATED BY UTILIZING A NARROW FRAMEWORK OF OVERUSED DEFINITIONS THAT CONSTRICT OUR DISCOURSE. IN JAMES JONES’S SEMINAL WORK “PREJUDICE AND RACISM” HE BEGINS TO BOTH DEFINE THE CONCEPT OF RACISM AND OFFER SOLUTIONS FOR ATTACKING THE PROBLEM. 

IN DEFINING THE CONCEPT, HE RECOGNIZED THAT RACISM IS A MULTIDIMENSIONAL CONSTRUCT IN THAT INDIVIDUAL THOUGHT, FEELINGS, AND RESPONSE (COGNITIVE, AFFECTIVE, AND BEHAVIORAL) DIMENSIONS OF ONE’S PERSONALITY ARE GUIDED IN A DIRECTION THAT NEGATIVELY IMPACTS UPON THE LIVES OF OTHERS. ALLOWING FOR AN ANALYSIS OF SOME POTENTIALLY COMPLEX DYNAMICS WHERE WHITES ARE SEEN AS THE INSTITUTIONAL GATEKEEPERS OF A RACIST SYSTEM. THUS IRRESPECTIVE OF HOW ONE COMES TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF RACISM, THERE IS LITTLE DOUBT THAT IT’S ORIGINS, PROMOTIONS, AND CONTINUATION ARE ANCHORED IN THE CONTEXT OF HOW WHITES RELATE TO AFRICAN-DESCENT PEOPLE AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR ON INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL, AND CULTURAL LEVELS. 

IN AN EFFORT TO PROBE DEEPER INTO THE PSYCHE OF RACIST WHITES, AN ANALYSES BY DR. FRANCES CRESS-WELSING OR SISTER MARIMBA ANI, IN A TEXT “THE ISIS PAPERS”. SHE ADVANCED CRESS THEORY OF COLOR CONFRONTATION. SHE IMPLYS THAT THE FOUNDATION OF WHITE PEOPLE’S OPPRESSION AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICANS RESTS WITH THEIR ANXIETY OVER THEIR NUMERICAL INADEQUANCY. THEIR INABILITY TO PRODUCE OFFSPRING OF COLOR, IT IS BELIEVED, INSTIGATES A SENSE OF DEFENSIVENESS THAT MANIFESTS ITSELF IN AN UNCONTROLLABLE SENSE OF HOSTILITY AND AGGRESSION. DELVING FURTHER INTO THE PSYCHE OF WHITE PEOPLE, CRESS-WELSING DISCUSSES A NUMBER OF DEFENSE MECHANISMS THAT SERVE TO PROTECT WHITE PEOPLE’S EGO FROM THIS ANXIETY AND DEEP-SEATED FEAR. AMONG THOSE CONSIDERED MOST SALIENT ARE REPRESSION (OF THE PAINFUL FEARS) AND REACTION FORMATION, WHICH IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL RESPONSE THAT CONVERTS SOMETHING DESIRED AND ENVIED INTO SOMETHING THAT BECOMES THE OBJECT OF DEGRADATION AND DISGUST, RACISM, THEN, AND A PLAN OF GLOBAL WHITE SUPREMACY, BECOME THE ULTIMATE MANIFESTATION OF HOSTILITY AND REJECTION THEY (WHITES) FEEL TOWARDS THEMSELVES. 

IN SEEKING TO OFFER A LESS PSYCHOANALYTICALLY ORIENTED BUT EQUALLY PENETRATING ANALYSIS OF THE WHITE PSYCHE, MARIMBA ANI DISCUSSED IN HER TEXT YURUGU”.  SHE EXAMINED THE EVOLUTION OF WHITE EUROPEAN AMERICAN PEOPLES” IMPOSITION OF AFRICAN PROPLE IN AMERICA AND THROUGHOUT THEIR DISPLACEMENT. IN HELPING TO DEXONSTRUCT THE THOUGHT PROCESS OF WHITE PEOPLE, ANI EXPLAINED THE HABITUAL WAYS THAT WHITE PEOPLE EXERCISE THEIR INFLUENCE OVER PEOPLE OF COLOR. WHILE INTRODUCING A NEW AFRICAN-CENTERED VOCABULARY TO FACILITATE THE UNDERSTANDING OF WHITE PEOPLE. ANI CONCLUDED THAT THEIR CULTURAL NATURE OF AGGRESSIVENESS, DISTRUST, HOSTILITY, AND COMPETITIVENESS MAKES IT DIFFICULT , IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO FORM GENUINE, AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF COLOR. THE BASIS FOR WHITE PEOPLE’S RESPONSE (THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BEHAVIORS) TOWARDS OTHERS IS THEN ASSUMED TO BE THE MANIFESTATION OF AN INCOMPLETE DESPIRITUALIZED SELF IN SEARCH OF FULFILLMENT AND EQUILIBRIUM IT HAS YET TO FIND. EMOTIONAL SECURITY BECOMES ANCHORED IN MATERIAL POSSESSION AND CONTROL AND THUS INSTINCTIVE REACTION OF WHITES TOWARD OTHERS IN AN INSATIABLE DESIRE FOR POWER AND DOMINATION. 

IN CONTRAST, MICHAEL D’ANDREA AND JUDY DANIELS (BOTH OF WHOM ARE WHITE) ARGUED THAT WHITE RACISM IS ROOTED IN BOTH WHITE PEOPLE’S ACTION AND INACTION.  THEIR WORK SUGGESTS THAT WHITES ARE INDEED RACIST, BUT COMMONLY MANIFEST MORE UNINTENTIONAL-COVERT FORMS OF THE SOCIAL ILL. THEY IMPLY THAT MOST WHITES ARE NOT ONLY OBLIVIOUS TO THEIR OWN RACIST BEHAVIORS, BUT ARE HESITANT TO CHALLENGE OTHER WHITES OR INSTITUTIONS ABOUT MORE SYSTEMATIC MANIFESTATIONS. 

THE PROBLEMS OF RACE AND RACISM CONTINUE TO PLAGUE THIS NATION. THE CHALLENGE OF CONFRONTING THE SOCIAL ILLS OF OUR DAY REQUIRES THE ADOPTION OF SPECIFIC ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. OUR CHILDREN NEED TO BE EDUCATED ABOUT THE NATURE OF RACISM AND WHITE SUPREMACY SUCH THAT THEY LEARN TO NEGOTIATE SUCCESSFULLY THE PATHWAYS TO PRODUCTIVITY AND SUCCESS. FURTHER, NOT TO ALLOW THE HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORY REALITIES OF RACISM TO CONTAMINATE OUR CONSCIOUSNESS SO THROUGHLY THAT WE LOSE HOPE IN THE POSSIBILITY OF SUBSTANTIVE CHANGE. HOWEVER, IT REMAINS CRYSTAL CLEAR THAT CONFRONTING RACISM AND SYSTEMS OF WHITE SUPREMACY ARE NOT THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN PEOPLE OR A FEW LIBERAL-MINDED, SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS, PROGRESSIVE WHITES. NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS ON RACE ARE A GOOD START, BUT OUR NATION IS IN NEED OF MORE THAN CONVERSATIONS AND MEETINGS. OUR EDUCATION SYSTEMS NEED TO INFUSE SOME ANTIRACISM CONTENT INTO THE CURRICULUM; OUR WORKPLACES COULD BENEFIT FROM CONTINUED DIVERSITY TRAINING, OUR CHURCHES COULD BENEFIT FROM DISCUSSIONS ON HOW TO ACHIEVE GREATER LEVELS OF CONGRUENCE BETWEEN WHAT IS PREACHED AND WHAT IS PRACTICED BY THEIR CONGREGATIONS; AND OUR RESEARCH AND WRITING ON RACISM NEED TO BE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE AN ANALYSIS OF THE PRIVILEGES WHITES INHERIT AND ENJOY BECAUSE OF THEIR RACIAL BACKGROUND, AND NOT SIMPLY THE WAYS AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHER FOLKS OF COLOR ARE DISADVANTAGED BY RACIST SYSTEMS. THE WHITE COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO UNDERSTAND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ELIMINATE AND DISMANTLE RACISM IS A THREAT TO THOSE WHO ONLY SEE FAILURE, BUT A CHALLENGE TO THOSE WHO SEE THE BENEFITS OF CREATING AN EQUITABLE AND MORE HUMAN SOCIETY. CORNELL WEST, IN HIS TEXT ” RACE MATTERS” WAS CLEAR ON THE POINT THAT TO ENGAGE IN A SERIOUS DISCUSSION OF RACE IN AMERICA, MUST BEGIN NOT WITH THE PROBLEMS OF BLACK (AND OTHER OPPRESSED) PEOPLE, BUT WITH THE FLAWS OF AMERICAN SOCIETY ITSELF. ONE OF THE FLAWS, IS THE REFUSAL BY THE LARGER WHITE COMMUNITY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ERADICATING RACISM. 

 

 

INSPIRE

MAN CANNOT BE MADE WISE OR STRONG OR MORAL BY EXTERIOR LAWS OR AGENCIES. THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO HELP A THRIFTLESS MAN. ONE IS TO BUILD HIM A HOUSE AND PLACE HIM THEREIN. THE OTHER IS TO IMSPIRE IN HIM THE SENSE OF INDUSTRY, ECONOMY, AND AMBITION, AND THEN HE WILL BUILD HIS OWN HOUSE. ALL TOOLS, BOOKS, PICTURES, LAWS, ON THE OUTSIDE, BEGIN WITH IDEAS ON THE INSIDE. INSPIRE THE REASON, AND MAN WILL FILL THE LIBRARY WITH BOOKS. WAKE UP TASTE AND IMAGINATION IN YOUNG MEN, AND THEY WILL FILL THE GALLERIES WITH PICTURES. STIR THE SPRINGS OF JUSTICE, AND MEN WILL GO FORTH AND CLEANSE INIQUITIES AND RIGHT WRONGS. — parkhurst. 

courtesy of:  “LEAVES OF GOLD” — E. COSLETT

EYE OF THE STORM

 

 

WE ARE NOW IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. AS A YOUTH, DURING A HURRICAN, WE WOULD LEAVE SHELTER TO STAND OUTSIDE WHILE IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. IT DEPENDED on HOW FAST THE HURRICANE WAS MOVING ON HOW LONG WE WOULD REMAIN OUTSIDE. WE WERE ABLE TO ASSESS THE DAMAGE AND AS THE WIND BEGAN TO GAIN SPEED, WE KNEW IT WAS TIME TO GET BACK AND SHELTER DOWN. WE ARE NOW IN THE EYE OF A GLOBAL HEALTH STORM WITH A CASTASTROPIC PATH THAT IS INTENSIFYING IN NUMEROUS ASPECTS OF OUR SOCIETY. THE YEAR 2020 HAS MET US WITH DEATH AND UNCERTAINTY WITH NO PREFERENCE OF RACE, AGE, RELIGION, CULTURE OR BASE. OUR CURRENT STATUS INDICATES THE EYE OF THE STORM IS MOVING ON BUT THE STORM IS NOT OVER.

COMPOUNDING THE THREAT ARE THE “SOCIAL ONES”, THE DEMONSTRATORS (I UNDERSTAND), THE POLITICAL RALLIES, THE BEACH GOERS, THE BAR HOPPERS, AND THE LIST GOES ON, I DON’T UNDERSTAND. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE “GOING FOR THE GUSTO” AND REFUSE TO ADHERE TO NUMEROUS RECOMMENDATIONS BY HEALTH OFFICIALS AND AGENCIES. IT IS BEYOND ME WHY THERE WOULD BE SO LITTLE CONCERN FOR THEIR HEALTH AND THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE THEY COME IN CONTACT WITH, FAMILY INCLUDED.

I HAVE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT “COMMON SENSE IS DEAD”. THERE appear TO BE THINGS MORE IMPORTANT AS THEY CONTINUE TO PARTY AND GO ON WITH THEIR LIVES AS USUAL. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT THESE GROUPS OF PEOPLE ARE NOW BECOMING ILL DUE TO THEIR STUBBORNNESS AND DELUSION OF BEING FREE FROM HARM AND  DISMISS THE PERIL AND GRIMM REALITY OF COVID-9’S CONTINUED THREAT. 

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SINS OF SOCIETY

 SOME ONE HAS SAID THAT SEVEN DEADLY SINS OF SOCIETY ARE THESE: POLILICIES WITHOUT PRINCIPLES; WEALTH WITHOUT WORK: PLEASURE WITHOUT CONSECIENCE; KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER; COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY WITHOUT MORALITY; SCIENCE WITHOUT HUMANITY; WORSHIP WITHOUT SACRIFICE. – OBSERVER.

(curtesy of “LEAVES OF GOLD”: AN ANTHOLOGY: PUBLISHED BY “THE COSLETT PUBLISHING COMPANY, WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA” 1938

 

 

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