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Showing posts with label Malcolm X. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Malcolm X. Show all posts

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Malcolm X The White Press Demonizes African Americans And The Police Are Working With The Criminals

Friend of the TPI , Michael D. Nurse again joins us with a quick read that is both cogent, timely and point-on. Michael's piece relates to the reality of abuse inherent in living while black, with a touch on the tragic death of innocent police charged with law enforcement within the black community. You will find the read disappointing, if you deny the reality of 'death by cop' often perpetrated against people who's offenses against society do not warrant summary execution by cop.

Michael appropriately icing'd his piece with a short video of Malcolm X. 

One should never underestimate the wisdom and foresight of a man who lived decades ago under an umbrella of unfounded scorn. Malcolm X, AKA el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, frequently lectured on oppression in America. Once he left the grips of the American Black Muslim faith, he blossomed into a short-lived civil rights leader and spokesperson.

Some say he conflicted the message of Martin Luther King Jr. I say poppycock...the messages for both outspoken leaders complemented that of the other. The problem was not the respective messages, the problem was not enough of us listened. If you take a few minutes and go back to view a few Malcolm (You Tube) video you will find a common theme of pride, the need for self-reflection and personal self-remedy and you will find major truisms regarding white oppression across the full scope of the black community. Oppression that stills exist in some areas along with reigniting of past social deprivation that manifests as right wing regression. 

With Malcolm X, you will not find blanket hatred of whites, nor will you find hated of police officers. You will find a message that was echoed to the letter years later from Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale's Oakland California's Black Panther Party for Self Defense; quite the opposite of the veritable black racist who currently call themselves the New Black Panther Party.  

Michael's message supersedes my introduction as it relates to current strife in the black community from authoritarianism that at times seems comparable to past life under South African Apartheid or racially deprived Rhodesia.

 Michael D. Nurse

Police officers lives do matter, no one should sanction the killing of innocent people. However, I do acknowledge the link between 'anti police' rhetoric in the media and the eventual fate of police officers. 400+ years of anti black rhetoric has lead to racial profiling, police oppression, police brutality, mass incarceration, unequal sentencing, police murder (from unarmed black 12 year olds, to black unarmed women, to the aged ) police have been supported by blatant racists after the murders of unarmed blacks (this is an Amerikkkan tradition). The low caliber of racists; influences policing practices, the disproportionate numbers of racially insensitive and implicitly and explicitly biased officers that are sent like invading armies to high density poor black neighborhoods have perpetuated abuses and oppression of the poor and powerless.

These offences and abuses have been protested, awareness have been raised, people have marched from the civil rights movement to the present and were not met with reason and compassionate service, but rather with police brutality, water cannons, rabid dogs, batons and teargas. Even women and children were maced and brutalized for peacefully protesting against injustice in a "so called" free and democratic country.

Now that it is understood that chickens do come home to roost, will the police also clamp down on the agents of hate that spread racial propaganda daily on the web, leading to the murder of 9 innocent blacks at a prayer meeting. The vapid criminalization of anyone with black skin, the murder of unarmed people of color (POC) with police impunity.

It's time that the negative national rhetoric against POC be understood to create the equally deleterious consequences for POC and this kind of national insensitivity be stopped. And yes, before police lives matter became an acknowledged reality, black people were forced to declare that their lives mattered. I hope that especially, police officers recognize this now...


Friday, December 7, 2012

Tom Robinson Fights Racism

There are times when we posts related to Tim Wise. We have  also posted Facebook screeds from Mr. Tom Robinson. We offer yet, another from Tom Robinson.

Before we post the screed, know that facing racism and bigotry (or even bias) is not an easy mission to accomplish.  It takes courage (as you will read below), it takes focus, and it takes commitment.  Some have accomplished work unparalleled during the course of mankind to alleviate the world of such psycho/social mental deficiencies. All must be reminded of that in our lives that can be eliminated.

 I hope Mr. Robinson does not mind the following. 

You know Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King,  Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony (and company),  Malcolm X (Malik Shabazz), Medgar Evers, murdered civil rights and voting rights workers, and like the thought our not, you know the original (and real) Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  If you know of those people, you know they have one thing in common, "death to oppression and freedom for all people."   

Why did I reference Tom Robinson with regard to those names?  Because I think he is a humble man on a mission.  A mission that most of us dare not undertake (for various reasons).  And, it is people like Tom Robinson who have potential for impacting our world, if people will listen read and involve themselves.  I offer Tim Wise as another and much more recognized 'speaker of the word'.

Before Tom's short personal screed, Allow me to repeat an experience of a few years ago. The Cherry Hill House.  

Tom Robinson "Agitates".  Tim wise "Agitates".  We do not restrict our work to the elimination of racism, bigotry and bias, but we consider that we at The Progressive Influence also "AGITATE". 

Tom Robinson (Facebook screed unmodified)

Image courtesy Tom Robinson...Peace and tranquility

  • Please understand that when I say 'you',

    I am not talking about everyone, but the one's that I am talking about, know who they are. Yet I still have a question for us all of us; what are we afraid of ? Are we afraid of hurting the feelings of some people who might finds the ( truth ) offensive? Are we; who claim to be spirited fighters for truth and justice only willing to do it " under some circumstances? "

    So here we go...

    The fact that there has been unprecedented Black achievement in America is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience of a magnificent people.

    Yes, in spite of not only throwing the kitchen sink at us, and all the appliances too, and putting every conceivable obstacle possible in our path and creating laws that only apply to us, so that we can be easily convicted and warehoused, and denying us a proper education with which we cannot get proper employment and treating us with disgust and disdain; for the last 450 years, ( still we rise...) And that is what burns your ass to the point that you have ( bought and paid for ) lawmakers; to re-double their efforts to strip away laws that were meant to help us and provide opportunities, and creating shams to prevent us from voting.

    Yes, yes, yes, we understand that you think that everything is our fault; that if it wasn't for us, your jobs would not have been out sourced or you wouldn't have lost your homes and the economy would be better, and gas prices would be lower, and your savings wouldn't have been wiped out. We understand that you've convinced yourself that we have international connections with multi national drug cartels, Customs and other law enforcement officials and the banking industry and are able to wash billions of dollars in drug money and have those same drugs shipped into the country, and then funneled into our communities', where they have caused generations of devastation and havoc, and you blame us for broken homes due to systemic high black unemployment, and a lop-sided educational, judicial and justice system. And our children's bright futures, have been dimmed, because we are lazy.

    And oh, yeah, lets talk about the guns too. You know the one's that are readily available and sold in this country; and protected by 2nd. amendment rights and the NRA and our corrupt politicians. Sure, you remember that, the guns that any sick lunatic can walk into any gun store and purchase, because some people are so fearful that some one is going to come and take them away, so they stockpile them as if their was going to be an apocalyptic invasion from another planet, or maybe a race war, that Fox News keeps warning you about.

    Yes we know; that you think that it is all our fault, as well. And you've managed to convince a good portion of Americans too. You've convinced them to continuously vote against their own economic interests and excoriate programs that also help them; for fear that they would have to share something with us; and they have and they still do? (WTF) How else can you explain the Tea Party?

    Man, talk about blind hatred and selfishness. And they teach this to their children and still call themselves' responsible parents?

    But guess what? The world has been watching you; and some of those Americans are beginning to wake up, and they are sick and tired of having a national identity and description in the world, that Americans are motivated by hate...

    We understand that you (some) refuse to take any responsibility for situations that you created or have allowed to happen right under your nose; because of greed, blatant racism and willful ignorance. We understand that you suffer from the psychosis of privilege and are so blinded by hatred that you don't realize ( or won't accept ) that you are getting played too. You refuse to admit to yourself that the views we are forced to peruse are the exact same one's that light your vista's too, because you have someone else to blame, right? Well, just let me ask; how is that working out for you? And guess what...

    You cannot hold a man down without staying down there with him.

    The only difference between us, and you is that you volunteer to stay down there with us; and you do it to protect the rich and the powerful, who tell you that if you just keep believing their bullshit, then scraps from their table will trickle down to you too. And they continue to demonstrate; time and again, that they don't give a rats ass about you, your future, your children, your homes, your outsourced jobs, your college loans or your families' health or well-being in general. But all of your problems are our fault; right?

    Oh, did I forgot to mention that they really don't care about your husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, ( Some raped or otherwise sexually abused ) that they send off to wars for corporate profits who come home bruised and broken, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Only to be denied benefits and discharged from the military because of a "trumped up" personality disorder.

    When will you get it; that we are all Americans and if this country is going to live up to it's potential and ideals, we are going to have to start to embrace our difference's and stop letting fear and hate cloud our judgement.

    Whenever I post this I get all types of messages. Some people tell me that that I am 'too' serious about this whole racial thing and I need to chill out. Others say that I am too angry and then they un-friend me. Some people just cuss me out for blaming them and then proceed to to tell me that they never owned a slave, and then they call me a racist. The saddest part however, is the silence that I get from people I thought would support the ideals of their country...

    Tom ~


Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Power and Poignancy of Prophets


We often overlook people who were somehow 'on point' with their lives and their messages.  
" Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."

Yes, Mr. had newspapers, we have Fox News, and the Right-wing Blog sphere. Your message, Sir: Poignant!

How is this message any different than the message of one in our era who spoke similarly: Malcolm X? Of course , Malik Shabazz had no life difficulty compared to Frederick Douglass, but he also lived during a greatly different time. The message is no different.

Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who wrote "I prayed for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs" went on to become a leader of the abolitionist movement, author, statesman, and orator of great influence. He was the first black man to be nominated for Vice President of the United States, on the tiny Equal RIghts Party ticket (and apparently without his consent, interestingly enough) and also wrote "The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion."
Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Corporations, management, fairness, failed decisions and a common thread: conservatism!

Essence Magazine Managing Editor, Michael Bullerdick
Michael Bullerdick, former editor Essence Magazine, racist!  How about misplaced bigot instead.
Dr. Joyce Boykins, News One Dot Com, reported on Tuesday the extent to which corporate ownership and management decisions impact organizations.  Management decisions also by nature of the employment contract and the consumer relationship, management decisions exponentially impact people.  Essence Magazine's' Constance White's decision to hire Michael Bullerdick as magazine managing editor is yet another example.  Allow a brief digression before delving into Essence and Bullerdick.

Despite conservative rhetoric about corporations as people, we are reminded of just how much the corporation is a chartered entity and  a manifestation of its human drivers (managersdecisions-makers, and owners).  We have seen an abundance of recent examples of how corporations go about the business of paving the way for earnings. The American Legislative Exchange Council is an unraveling example.  

ALEC is a haven for many corporations who sought power in numbers and convenient 'cloaked' opportunity to funnel "model legislation" and lobbyist money to legislators.   The exposure of Komen for the Cure is yet another example of damaging corporate decision-making.  Komen's problems began with the hiring of a former state legislator to accomplish the will of her conservative owner.  The state legislator was well-known for her opposition to abortion. She may have been specifically hired based on her opposition to organizations that provide health services to women (e.g.,  Planned Parenthood).  You know the story from that point.

Bad decisions ruin companies, thus damaging the lives of people (employees, customers, suppliers, etc.).

Another example of bad decision-making came from a 2005 decision to sell a major black magazine, Essence, to one of the nation's largest corporations: Time Warner, Inc.  A bit of history about the magazine.

Essence Magazine was founded by African-American entrepreneurs at the high period of the Civil Rights Movement. The magazine flourished during a period when Jim Crowe Laws gave way to rejuvenation and re-energizing ethnic pride and heightened cultural awareness in the black community.  The Black Renaissance in the nation's North-East existed in an African-American parallel universe from the lives of most black people across the rest of the continental United States.  North-Eastern cities like New York, Boston and Philadelphia experienced extended periods of cultural growth and enlightenment.  Cities in other parts of nation did not see similar cultural enlightenment; in some cities quite the opposite manifest for black people. Jim Crowe or fringe derivatives of such was the way of life for African-Americans across most states.