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“How To Differentiate Religious Bullying from Spirituality?”

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by Alberta Parish

As a former church member, I would fear attending church on Sunday morning and even suffered a few panic attacks prior to service. Imagine being fearful of attending worship services. Many people view church as a happy place, but for me it was anything but joyous especially on days when I did not have ten percent of my income to give to the church. There was no doubt in my mind that many sermons were personal verbal attacks upon members who were not regular tithers.

Due to financial hardship, I was unable to give ten percent to the church many Sundays. Although I gave what I could give, this was not sufficient for church leadership. Many times, I had to choose between whether to give tithes or pay my electricity/gas bills. Of course I chose the latter. Church leadership was never understanding of people not being able to give tithes, but instead criticized those who were not regular tithers.

I remember how many Sundays the pastor preached entire sermons during which she scolded her parishioners for not being regular tithers. She even threatened on various occasions to call members into her office regarding their non-payment of tithes and offerings. In addition, the pastor told parishioners that they did not truly care about the “House of God” if we were not giving tithes to God. She effectively used the pulpit to prey upon our emotions. God was not the one who needed our money! She did! I recall the pastor even threatening to ask people to leave her church if they were not paying tithes, as she claimed that non-tithers were taking up space that others could have. Imagine the pastor asking you to leave her church for not paying tithes and offerings, but there are manipulative persons, adulterers, deceivers and hypocrites whom she allows to remain in her church! Why? They are regular tithers. Such is the hypocrisy of the church!

Having been a consistent member since age 13, I often felt intimidated, harassed and bullied by what I knew were personal verbal and emotional attacks upon my character by church leadership. If I’d known then what I know today, perhaps I would’ve walked away from organized religion many years ago. Even now, I have no desire to attend a worship service anywhere in the world let alone in Atlanta, Georgia! In addition, I have no desire to be a religious person. I would rather be real than to be a Christian lacking morality, honesty, straightforwardness and integrity. I have dealt with far too many dishonest and unhappy Christians to not have a desire to be one myself.

Reflecting back, I now realize that perhaps my former pastor was a very unhappy individual and, as a result, I suffered the consequences of her unhappy existence while I sat under her ministry as a religious slave from 1987 until 2011. I think she was the biggest bully that I ever knew in my life, and she bullied me and many other members (my aunt and mother included) while sitting in a position of power and influence. As a result of religious bullying, I am unable to trust people and think that many especially religious people are very phony. I won’t even give many people the benefit of the doubt as I think that people have some sort of ulterior motive, which could be detrimental to me. I don’t trust church leaders. I don’t even trust God if there is a Supreme Entity known as God in the cosmos. Consequently, I am not sold on the belief that there is one Father-Like, Old Man Deity of the Universe. The Sun, being recognized for thousands of years by ancient civilizations, was once revered as the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and not some Old Man sitting high in the sky and among the clouds, as the Church would have us believe.

This is my story, and I wanted to share it to educate others on the importance of how to differentiate religious bullying from spirituality. Church leadership threatening to excommunicate members, because they fail to pay tithes and offerings on a consistent basis is clearly a form of religious bullying. Making personal verbal attacks upon a person’s character, because he or she is not the perfect Christian or the perfect tither is clearly a form of religious harassment and intimidation. These acts can never be tolerated under any circumstances in a society that promotes human rights. I know now that my former church leadership did not have my best interest at heart, but instead had a personal agenda, which had absolutely nothing to do with saving my life and my soul. Church leaders preached a good game about saving lives and saving souls, but I believe they destroyed more lives and souls than what they saved.

bullet columnist Alberta Parish is best known as a take-no-prisoners Youtube commentator, you can also follow her writings on Freedom Tribune, Myspace and Twitter.

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January 25th, 2015 at 9:59 pm

Officer Loeman’s Human Depravity toward Tamir Rice

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Charles M. Blow

An extended video released last week of the shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland appears to show an unconscionable level of human depravity on the part of the officer who shot him, a stunning disregard for the value of his life and a callousness toward the people who loved him.

His black life didn’t seem to matter. But it does.

On Nov. 22, two officers responded to a 911 call about a “guy” in a park pointing a gun that was “probably fake.” (By the way, Ohio is an open-carry state, so having and carrying a gun is not a crime in and of itself.)

The guy was Tamir. He had a pellet gun. There is no indication in police statements that he ever fired it.

One of the officers, Timothy Loehmann, shot Tamir within “1.5 to two seconds” of arriving at the park. Two seconds. So quickly. In the blink of an eye. And yet, according to The Associated Press, the officers say that they ordered Tamir to put his hands up three times before he was shot. According to the original statement released by the police, “The suspect did not comply with the officers’ orders and reached to his waistband for the gun.”

All in one and a half to two seconds? Really. Take a moment and time yourself giving three commands, imagining a response from Tamir and making the decision to shoot. Maybe it can be done in less than two seconds. But to my mind, it strains credulity.

When one of the officers called in the shooting, he said: “Shots fired, male down, black male, maybe 20.” Tamir was 12.

Tamir’s 14-year-old sister, Tajai, was in a nearby recreation center when she said she heard a gunshot. She said someone told her that a boy had been shot — her own brother.

She raced to his aid, but as the video shows, one of the officers tackled her, handcuffed her and stuffed her into the back of the police cruiser, just feet away from where her brother was bleeding out onto the snow-dappled ground.

She could not reach him. Her arms could not cradle his body and plead for him to hang on. Her hands could not stroke his cheek, and she could not whisper hopefully, “It’s going to be O.K.” Her eyes could not gaze into his and say what sisters are able to say without saying anything: “I love you.”

Tamir deserved that, but the officers made sure that she could not provide it. Four minutes passed without anyone offering the boy aid or comfort. Four long minutes he lay there, still alive, with the burn of a bullet in his abdomen.

How excruciating must the pain have been? How slowly must the time have passed? How great must his fear and sadness have been? What must Tamir have thought as the officers hovered about, not helping him?

Hopefully, events to the contrary, he didn’t think that his life didn’t matter. It did and it does.

Tamir died from his wound the next day.

It is hard to think of the gravely injured boy and the aloof officers who’d done the deed but withheld their help, and not reach a white-hot level of righteous indignation.

Tamir was a human being, a child — who could have been any of our children, and who was robbed of his life and therefore his future. Twelve years old. That’s just a baby, a baby with a hole in his belly. This wrong must be made right.

There is a basic respect for life that should have governed that day, and which seems, in the video, shockingly absent from it.

Not only is the shooting itself disturbing, but the failure to render aid is unconscionable. And this didn’t just happen in Tamir’s case. The same apathy about the immediate administration of care is echoed in other cases where black boys and men lay dying.

After George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman mounted the boy and stretched his arms wide. Martin was still alive.

(By the way, Zimmerman was arrested yet again Saturday (9/10), this time on charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence with a weapon for allegedly throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend. “Georgie” doesn’t seem so peaceful anymore, does he?)

After officers choked Eric Garner until he fell unconscious, no one administered CPR. Instead they checked his pockets. Garner was still alive.

As Salon put it, after Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown through the head, Wilson didn’t check to see if Brown “was breathing or if he had a pulse; nor did he render aid in any way, shape or form.”

The list goes on, quite literally, ad nauseam.

The plaintive voices of the dead call the living to action. So, in the demand for justice, timorousness must be the enemy, tirelessness must be the motto and righteousness must be the compass.

The world must be made to acknowledge that Tamir Rice’s life mattered.

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times JAN. 11, 2015 under the title “Tamir Rice and the Value of Life“)

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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January 23rd, 2015 at 10:47 pm

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The Murders that NYPD Murder Produced!

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by Chris Stevenson

 Regardless of the identity of the man or men who shot those 2 NYPD officers Saturday afternoon 12/20, using white police/criminal justice -philosophy you can safely assume Justin Damico and Daniel Pantaleo (the instigator and murderer in the Eric Garner incident respectively) as being almost as guilty as if they pulled the trigger themselves.

NYPD officials and retired officers were on CNN talking about how they fear going back to the days of the ’60’s and ’70’s when police officers were getting killed by radical groups (a loose reference to their battles with the original Black Panthers and other groups). If you keep initiating racist behavior then a backlash sooner or later is only natural. Bad cops make it worse for their fellow officers because their Sloppy-to-murderous “Police Work” puts their fellow officers at risk.

Usually when you hear stories about cops that got shot it had to do with a guy later identified as bipolar or some other mental illness. This dude is said to be from Baltimore, and left a statement on social media about his disdain as to what happened to Garner. This is important because regardless of the man’s mental well-being, he allegedly made a clear connection and premeditated action toward New York police for a specific reason.

Me knowing white police the way I do, it’s gonna be a long time-if ever-before they improve their behavior, and it’s partially our faults. Yeah we may have some loose canons, but we don’t have no black CIA or JDL (BIA, BDL?) or black intelligence network for example (and have no desire to start one). We lack the will to track the Pantaleos or Darren Wilsons, or other officers involved in specific questionable racial confrontations, abduct them and make them disappear the way Jews, Italians and Arabs would if dumb American cops were repeatedly doing this to their sons. That is the only message blacks can send other than a strong Executive Order legislation from the President that will put fear in police in general around the country that ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬.

In the meantime NYPD are having too good a time disrespecting us and getting away with it, so it’s gonna be tough opening their eyes to what I am saying beyond that killing. Already NYPD and their supporters are appealing to pure emotions by blaming Al Sharpton, Mayor de Blasio and even the President (why blame yourself?). Even though all have discouraged violence. I knew they couldn’t resist the temptation of blaming peaceful protesters. A man named Ismaaiyl Brinsley is being blamed for the murder of Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, after which he is said to have fled to a subway on Marcy Ave., and shot himself. Reportedly this all started around 3pm Saturday 12/20. This shooting is said to have come about after he shot his girlfriend or a family member; Shaneka Thompson, depending on what source you listen to.

The fact that was two non-white cops makes it more dumb, unless Brinsley is a patsy, then it’s strategic and those officers are just collateral damage. Now you have thousands of white NYPD acting like they are mourning those two officers when most people who really know big city police officers realize white cops don’t give a damn about non-white officers. Other than LAPD, NYPD is the most envied police force in the country for the wrong reasons, their worst members are nothing more than a band of pistol-packin narcissist/racists. And they know it too. Nothing stands to smoke them out more than hints of black-empathy, whenever there is a questionable shooting of an unarmed African American, any public statement starting to the left of ‘we have to wait until all the facts are in’ are regarded as treasonous and liberal to them. That’s the prime reason for their childish back-turning behavior towards the Mayor. ‘He’s unda-standin’ da blacks too much,’ a New York union Irish or Italian cop can be heard murmuring once you ask him.

Bad police want everyone to lose their souls just to make life convenient for them. The de Blasios are a mixed family with bi-racial kids that look all of African American. Recently in the middle of the national news of the Garner and Brown killings and grand jury sessions, de Blasio made a comment regarding his son Dante that stung deeper with NYPD than President Obama’s statement comparing Trayvon Martin looking like a son he might of had, did with conservatives. This among other things have prompted their backlash towards them. ‘How unlike Giuliani was’, old-line cops can be heard hissing under their breath. Indeed the former commish and Mayor seemed to sneer at black victims of police misconduct during his tenures, people still remember his response to the 2/4/99 Amadou Diallo shooting; “no wrongdoing.” until 9/11 humanized him. Now he’s back to normal, even stooping to the level of a union head who gets paid to appeal to emotions (Pat Lynch), as long as his officers get their pay and retirement they could care less about the facts. Police and city officials on the other hand don’t or shouldn’t have that wide leeway with reality, not that they care or anything. NYPD wasn’t feelin’ it back in July when de Blasio postponed his trip it Italy due to  the Garner killing. Those infamous NYPD-enablers the New York Post was especially incensed. They saw it as the Mayor cancelling his trip over the death of a black man, but not over a railroad strike. Intentionally ignoring the fact that human life-black or otherwise-is worth more than a strike.

Some are dismissing the entire episode as a conspiracy, among those is none other than the black community’s foremost theorist on the known and unknown; Dick Gregory. In view of how people’s sentiments were skillfully directed to frame the Tawana Brawley raping, and 9/11, nothing is out of bounds concerning what powerful New York whites can do. What the murders of Ramos and Liu accomplished is direct some desperate, and timely sympathy, and support toward NYPD, thanks to the conveniency of bizarre decisions from a young man from Baltimore.

Chris Stevenson is a regular columnist for blackcommentator, and a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog www.thebuffalobullet.com, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook, you don’t have to join any of them. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalkradio  interviews on 36OOseconds. Respond to him on the comment link below or email pointblankdta@yahoo.com.

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January 21st, 2015 at 8:45 pm

Black Lives Matter

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by Karima Amin

With the beginning of a new year, I am tempted to do what so many writers have done recently, that is to ruminate on what has happened to so many Black men (and a few women and children), murdered by law enforcement in recent months. Their words have been illuminating and shocking and frequently well-reasoned but only a few have offered solutions that might help to change the current status of race relations, as they impact and are impacted by systems that frame our daily lives. The criminal justice system, the education system, the economic system are only three that operate to maintain a society of haves and have-nots. All too frequently the have-nots are African Americans who have always had to fight against injustice in America.

Recent articles, like so many over the years before them, have talked about this history of injustice and the struggles we have waged against slavery, discrimination, segregation, desegregation, affirmative action and the relentless racism that denies our humanity. Recent murders, perpetrated by law enforcement, are modern-day examples of the lynchings that have taken place in this country for hundreds of years. Millions of Black lives have been lost because those in power put profits above people.

Historians have documented over 500 incidents of African insurrections on board slave ships (1650–1860). In the struggle to be free, we have always resisted the inhumanity that brought us to the Western Hemisphere. When we rebelled against slavery in the 1800’s (see Nat Turner, Denmark, Vesey, Gabriel Prosser), we were saying, “Black lives matter.” When we rebelled against the Black Codes, after slavery, and built strong, self-sufficient Black communities (see Tulsa, OK and Rosewood, FL), we were saying, “Black lives matter.” When the Black Panther Party and the Deacons for Defense and Justice emerged in the 1960’s, we were saying. “Black lives matter.” The Black Power Movement and the Civil Rights Movement both proclaimed, “Black lives matter!” While we understand that all lives matter, the history of the African in America is special. In spite of the gains we have made, racism keeps holding us back and pushing us back, often erasing our contributions and relegating our lives to that of second-class citizens. Today is simply a repeat of yesterday when we have to say again, “Black lives matter.”

A decade has passed since John V. Elmore wrote Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Justice Survival Guide. Specifically written for African Americans, this book clearly explains how to navigate the criminal justice system and survive “the long arm of the law.” Mr. Elmore is a well-respected attorney, practicing for more than 25 years with offices in Buffalo and Niagara Falls, NY. Often recognized for his professional, civic, and philanthropic work, he is a lawyer with a special concern for social issues affecting African Americans, especially the youth. He has been cited as a Citizen of the Year by the Buffalo News; a Phenomenal Father by Ebony Magazine; a Civil Rights Champion by the N. A. A. C. P.; and a Good Neighbor by Parents Magazine. His book is as timely now as it was in 2004 when it was first published. Our relationship with law enforcement has always been tenuous. When we consider solutions for making relationships better, education is the key. The information that Mr. Elmore brings to the table is life-saving and it ties in with Prisoners Are People Too’s push for establishing a city-wide recognition and acceptance of restorative practices with restorative justice hubs throughout Buffalo.

Mr. Elmore will be our guest speaker at the next monthly meeting of Prisoners Are People Too. Join us on Monday, January 26 at the Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street in Buffalo at 7:00-9:00pm. Adults are encouraged to bring a youth. A few copies of Fighting for Your Life will be on hand.

For more information: Call 716-834-8438; or contact Karima, karima@prisonersarepeopletoo.org; or BaBa, georgebaba_eng@yahoo.com. Visit our website: www.prp2.org and “like” us on Facebook.

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.” (Anonymous)

Karima Amin is a longtime Buffalo Activist, Educator, and Storyteller as well as founder and director of Prisoners Are People Too (PRP2).

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January 19th, 2015 at 7:02 pm

A Mugging in Jerry’s World!

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After winning a National Championship Cardale should Go Pro

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by Playthell Benjamin

It is not often that we are afforded an opportunity to witness history in the making; last Tuesday was an exception. For in the National College Championship game played in the billion dollar Texas play-pen euphemistically called “Jerry’s World” – because it was built by Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones – we witnessed the making of history in the event itself and in athletic performance. There has never been a game to determine the national championship for major college football under the new NCAA playoff system, and there has never been a quarterback like Cardale Jones.

A month ago he was the third string quarterback sequestered in anonymity riding the pine on the Ohio State bench. Tonight he became the winning quarterback under the First college football playoff format when Ohio State mugged Oregon State in full public view. No quarterback began his college football career as the starter in the Big Ten Championship Game, and none before Cardale went on to beat the #1 team in college football, and then leading the team to victory in the Championship game.

Hence Cardale Jones should turn a deaf ear to all of those who are counseling him to stay in college. I am amazed at some of the unsolicited advice from so-called football wise guys among sports commentators like Mike Golic, the co-host of the ESPN morning show “Mike and Mike,” even if they are former pro-players. For despite their pretensions of prescience in football matters, we have too many examples of when they were wrong about the potential of players to succeed in professional football, and they are most often wrong about quarterbacks.

We need only look at the examples of Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Ryan Leaf, Jemarcus Russell, Todd Marinovitch, RGIII and Russell Wilson, et al. Ryan Leaf was one of the most heralded college quarterbacks to enter the National Football League, everybody predicted that he would be a sensation, but he was a spectacular bust and is now serving time for having turned to a life of crime. Jemarcus Russell was even more hyped and he too went bust.

On the other hand Tom Brady barely made it into the league; he was drafted with the 177th pick. He was not only unsung when he came out of Michigan but nobody expected him to get much beyond the practice squad. Like Cardale at Ohio State, Brady was a third stringer with the New England Patriots and might never have gotten off the bench in a real game unless both the starting quarterback and the backup were sidelined due to injury, a very rare circumstance; one was just as likely to be struck by lightning. But it did happen, Brady got a chance to play, and he didn’t lose a game, right up to the Super Bowl and a world Championship. Cardale Jone’s college career has mirrored Brady’s experience in the pros. One other notable example of a third stringer who has found even more spectacular success is Russell Wilson, quarterback with the reigning World Champion Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson, a great all-around athlete and outstanding young man who graduated from college in three years, was drafted by three professional baseball teams. But after playing baseball for a year he decided that he liked football better and went back to college in order to play out his final year of eligibility. He systematically chose the University of Wisconsin because of the huge size of their offensive lineman, averaging 6’ 7” and weighting over 300 pounds. Wilson’s intention was to answer a pressing question about his ability to perform on the professional level due to his height: the ideal pro-quarterback is 6’ 4” and above weighing at least 220 pounds. Russell Wilson is around 5’ 11” 205 pounds. Thus despite an impressive winning record in major college football he was drafted in the third round and destined to play on the practice squad.

However Russell was so impressive when he went to camp with the Seahawks he won the starting job in practice before the season began! This was unprecedented in professional football, especially since they had just signed Mike Flynn as the starting quarterback for ten million dollars. Over the last three seasons Russell Wilson has won more games than any quarterback in the history of the NFL over the same period of time.

He has also set some all-time records – such as passing for over 300 yards and rushing for over a hundred in a single game. Yet many teams passed over him because of his size. But John Gruden, the former Super Bowl winning coach and astute evaluator of quarterback talent as host of the television show “Gruden’s Quarterback Camp,” predicted that Russell would be great after working him out and interviewing him to assess his football skills physically and intellectually. He also predicted that the teams that passed over him would live to regret it, and history has proven him right.

I am going to make a similar prediction about Cardale Jones: If he enters the draft he will be chosen, and when provided an opportunity to play he will emerge as a star in the National Football League. My certainty on this question stands on firmer ground than that of the Supreme Court Justice who said although he couldn’t define pornography “I know it when I see it.” In the case of Cardale Jones, I not only know that he is the real thing from just watching him play, I can also define the things that contribute to his greatness.

He is 6’ 5” and weighs between 250 – 260 pounds. He has such a powerful throwing arm that his teammates nicknamed him “12 gage” because it reminds them of a shotgun. Not only can he throw the ball 70 yards with the accuracy of a rifle with a flick of the wrist standing in the pocket or on the run. Hence he is a true “dual threat” quarterback who can tuck the ball away and run with speed, power and elusiveness. He obviously has a high football I.Q. based on the sound split second decisions he makes about when and where to throw the ball and when to run with it. And his poise in the pocket – i.e. grace under pressure – is worthy of an experienced NFL quarterback. These are the tools of the trade that successful pro quarterbacks have employed.

Despite these obvious and indisputable assets, there is a chorus of naysayers who argue that Cardale should stay in college. The reasons they give all sound like spurious nonsense to me. The least convincing of these is that he should not enter the draft because we have not seen enough of his college play to get a solid sample of his abilities since he has only played in three games. Here we have serious confusion between quality and quantity. When Professor Frederick Jackson Turner wrote his now famous treatise on the formation of American character “The Significance of the Frontier in American History,” the gravitas of his argument was such that nobody was willing to dismiss it because it expressed a game changing view of American society in a paper of only 13 pages rather than a book of a thousand. Sometimes it does not require an extended view in order to recognize greatness.

When I look at Cardale Jones I think of my grandfather, who was an excellent tailor who learned his craft on London’s famous Saville Row, which is reputed to turn out the best tailors in the world. He was so good at it that he was in charge of the entire coat making division for Botany 500, which produced the finest suit one could buy “off the rack” anywhere in America. The fact that he had hundreds of white tailors working under him – whom he hired and fired – in a racist American society where a black tailor could hardly get a job on this level attests to his mastery of the tailor’s trade. One day he was talking about how he assessed the quality of the tailors who applied for jobs. “They all think that I make my decision based on how they cut the pattern,” Pop said, “but I can tell what quality of tailor they are by the way they balance the scissors.”

That’s how I feel about Cardale Jones, and talent scout worth his hire should be able to see his greatness on the three games he played in college; if the can’t tell what quality of professional quarterback he will make they should find another line of work. To those who argue that he lacks experience and thus is unprepared to lead an NFL team just now I say: so what? For most of the history of the NFL young quarterbacks were expected to sit and observe a master at work for about three tears; it is only recently that rookies have been expected to start.

Quarerbacks were chosen on the basis of their talent and the potential it represents. Most of the Hall of Fame quarterbacks did not start as rookies, and a prospect who promised a decade or more as a great starting quarterback is a damn good bet; the kind of pick that could make a coach and General Manager’s career. Cordale Jones was pitted against this year’s Heisman winning quarterback Marcus Mariota – who was being discussed as possibly the #1 pick in the draft, over the sensational Florida State quarterback Jamis Winston, last year’s Heisman winner and quarterback of the national champions whom the Ducks blew out in the first round of the playoff competitions – and he looked like a grown man competing with teenage boy. I believe Jones is a superstar waiting in the wings; he is ready to perform on the big stage in prime time. Despite what the so-called football wise guys say, I predict that Cardale Jones will be drafted in the first round should he enter the draft.

I am also convinced that he would be one of the biggest fools the Gods ever blew breath in should he return to Ohio State. There is no upside to it, he has already declared in a tweet that he came to Ohio to play football and he has been here and done that splendidly. There is nothing more to be gained by staying in college; he can get a degree when his pro football career is over, as he will still be a young man and rich enough to do whatever he wants in life. Alas, football is a violent and dangerous game in which a career can be ended in a single hit; hence it is folly to play one more down of college football… let alone another season. And if I were Cardale I would throw my hat in the ring, kiss college goodbye – where he is making millions for the colleges and coaches – take the money and run!

Benjamin is a veteran political journalist out of Harlem NY. His essays can be read on his blog site Commentaries on the Times.

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“Selma”

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

(“Attorney-at-War”)
The media is reporting that business leaders are giving free tickets to “Selma” to more than 75,000 young people in schools from the seventh to the ninth grades. “Beware of Greeks Bearing Gifts.” A fallacy in history can affect young people for the rest of their lives.

To be sure, Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. did have a serious impact on social legislation by reviving the Civil Rights Act of 1875 which the U.S. Supreme Court had overturned in Civil Rights Cases (1883) because, according to the “High Court,” this legislation violated the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision revived Dred Scott and was a forerunner to Plessy v. Ferguson.

Hon. Elijah Muhammad said it best: “If they will not treat you right, why do you believe that they will teach you right?” This was the basis for the Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls. Summers should be used for Blacks to deprogram their children from compulsory attendance laws.

It is true that both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. visited Selma, Alabama but Dr. King was not in Selma on “Bloody Sunday.” Malcolm X and Dr. King were like two freight trains. They were running on different tracks, however. Dr. King was on a social track. Malcolm X was on a political track.

Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls started in 1994 after the “Central Park 7.” It had many goals including introducing our children to Black history and legal history. The setting was the Underground Railroad in the Catskill Mountains. Both the birthplace of Sojourner Truth in Ulster County and the home of Harriet Tubman in Auburn, NY were visited and studied.

Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls came to an end after Hurricane Sandy. It was a treasure and it must be revived. Doreen Richardson, the landlord, was decapitated amid the hurricane. It will require community support to start again. A dinner-dance will occur on January 17, 2015 at the historic Cotton Club. Each of the 150 seats must be occupied by investors in Black youth.

These persons are committed to the future of our children. Some white supremacists would love for our children to be an “endangered species.” We bring them into the world and “white paternalism” seizes them for big paydays. They are gifted and reap big, financial benefits for business investors.

Black youth have transformed both sports and arts and entertainment. In the 1950’s, for example, college sports was lackluster. Now, it has ESPN and other sporting networks are getting into the game. In the 1950’s Woody Hayes, coach of football at Ohio State, made $40,000 annually. Now, Urban Meyer, football coach of “The Ohio State” makes $4,000,000 annually, thanks to our children.

White children either lack those gifts or they can pursue educational interests. These gifts are exported throughout the world. Black culture is America’s biggest export. The promise for Black guardians is a new home. This is a rip-off. Revenues far exceed expenses.

“Revival Week 2015″ is chock full of events which started with a tribute to Dr. John Henrik Clarke, the “Master Teacher” and will end with Alton Maddox reappearing in a Staten Island courtroom after a hiatus of twenty-five years. “Justice” and not hush money for Eric Garner has been derailed. Rogue cops are looking for an exit. Maddox intends to set the record straight.

I will be personally acknowledging and thanking those investors who have purchased at least one ticket to the dinner-dance on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the historic Cotton Club. These persons are investing in the future of our children, our most precious and valuable assets. We must stop others from reaping the benefits of our labor.

Droves of young people should be at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn on January 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to listen to Professor Griff and to listen to my discussion of “Selma” which is based on my civil rights activities in the South and my study of legislative history which must form the basis for Black Agenda 2015.

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The Man who thinks Everything is “Just Tuuuurible” Except Slavery

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Alabama Senator Teaches Charles Barkley How Bad Slavery Was In Epic Open Letter

 

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

I don’t know if I’ve told you this, but I’m a great fan of the New York Knicks – they’re my team, do or die – and I’m a fan, though by no means an expert, of basketball in general – have been for years. I have always thought that, out of all the sports, basketball players are probably the most highly educated because of their college education and background. And over the years have continued to maintain that opinion – so, even when they clowned around, or said things in jest, I knew that they were just kidding, or were pulling your leg.

I even had that high minded opinion about former Philadelphia 76er Charles Barkley – that is, until he made disparaging remarks about the people in Ferguson. I was both appalled and embarrassed for him. I remember Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking of how easy it was for a Black person, whose livelihood relied on fame and the white meanstream acceptance of them, to be “whited out” – i.e. to lose contact with the reality of the plight of their own Black people. They are surrounded by whites, their money comes through whites. At the level they are living, where they are so rich they only have to see their own people on rare occasions, or interact with them under very bizarre circumstances – because the rank and file Black person can’t even afford to frequent the venues they consider their regular habitats; reality of the Black community becomes a blur to them. There is little to no relationship with, or cognizance of, what the average Black person is going through on a daily basis.

Add to that the fact that Barkley loves to shock people with his opinions anyway, and loves the idea of having them try to dissuade him, and you have a situation where most people just expect him to open his mouth and come out with something off the wall anyway.

But there is a point when even he should have drawn the line. When the Black people in Ferguson rebelled after the disgraceful, racist acquittal of the white officer who shot an unarmed teen, Michael Brown, in cold blood, Barkley harshly criticized and condemned them. Rather than understand the angst of the people who had, for far too long, been denied justice, from this stand point of being “whited out,” Charles Barkley made his ignorant, insipid, insensitive and hurtful remarks. No doubt he had heard something similar to this from the “benign” whites with whom he interacts, and it seemed “reasonable to him to agree with them. Or, maybe he was just being “controversial.” However, this is neither the time, nor the place for that level of ignorance.

His obtuse statements prompted an open letter from his TNT co-anchor, Kenny Smith, who was Black enough and man enough to try and wake the brother up. But, apparently that didn’t have the desired effect, because later Barkley made an even more seriously insipid remark, one that clearly shows that he has absolutely no clue about who he is, who his people are, his history as a Black man, or the history of Black people in general. When he stated that Black people were always bringing up slavery when things got tough, and that slavery wasn’t as bad as they say it was, I personally thought, “with all that money this brother is making, you’d think he’d at least buy a clue.” When the United Negro College Fund came out with the slogan: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” I don’t think even they knew the depths to which this statement is true.

What added insult to injury is that Barkley is originally from Alabama – which, next to “Mississippi Goddamn,” was one of the most blatantly racist, dangerous for Black people, former slave bastions, lynch capital centers of the US. To have even formed his lips to make that statement shows a complete lack of consciousness about how what he says has an impact across the board – racist whites loved what he said; he is their new “tom;” Black civil rights and community leaders were pissed, appalled and disappointed.

In the final analysis, whether he likes it or not, he is still a role model – but at this point, not a very good one.

Frankly, Barkley needs to apologize to his own people for minimizing all the horrors we have come through as a people – not to mention his own Alabaman ancestors, who no doubt went through hell long before he made it big in basketball.

Then, he needs to either enroll in a Black history class or two; hire a Black Black History teacher to come and teach him Black history; read some of the books on Black history by Black historians – i.e., go back to school and finish that last year of education he didn’t get prior to becoming an NBA draft pick. Read Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary’s book, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome; or Michelle Alexanders’ The New Jim Crow; or Up From Slavery – Booker T. Washington; Lerone Bennett, who was the official historian for Ebony Magazine, has several books out; or Black Historian John Hope Franklin’s great body or works; or Frederick Douglass’ “My Bondage and My Freedom.”

And also, take some time to go into some of the Black communities, sit down and talk with some of the Black men and women who are still suffering and live this tragedy every day of their lives.

I wish that we were much farther along as a people in this country so that these horrors that were routinely visited upon us as a people would be a thing of the past – but that’s not what’s happening now. And we need all of us to be cognizant of what’s going on. I’m not saying that he has to be a demonstrator, or a marcher, but he at least has to know and understand that there is no place on this planet at this point where Black people are doing well; and that if Black people don’t stand together, the egregious acts of violence will continue to be the rule, not the exception.

And, if Mr. Barkley doesn’t want to get involved – because that is his right – then the best role model he can be is to keep his mouth shut. But knowing that he has a penchant for controversy, and that in the end we still love him like a brother, somebody please at least give him a copy of Carter G. Woodson’s “THE MIS-EDUCATION OF THE NEGRO” it just might make a difference – one can only hope – GDW

Below is the reprint in its entirety of the letter to “Sir Charles” from Senator Hank Sanders – after you read it, share it with your children, friends and others who may likewise be laboring under the illusion that “slavery wasn’t so bad.”

Alabama Senator Teaches Charles Barkley How Bad Slavery Was In Epic Open Letter
ALABAMA SENATOR HANK SANDERS

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“Earlier this month, Charles Barkley referred to Ferguson protesters as “scumbags” who “aren’t real black people.” After being called out for his offensive remarks by TNT colleague Kenny Smith in an open letter, the pair confronted each other during an episode of “NBA on TNT.” That’s when Barkley made an asinine statement about slavery.

“I don’t think anytime anything bad that happens in the black community we have to talk about slavery,” Barkley said. “Listen, slavery is, uh, well, I shouldn’t say one of the worst things ever, because I don’t know anything about it other than what I read or what my grandmother told me.”

According to Barkley, slavery wasn’t so bad. It’s a statement that many white supremacists are probably pinning to bulletin boards in glee. But Alabama Senator Hank Sanders was deeply hurt by what Barkley said, and composed an epic open letter to teach Sir Charles just how bad slavery was and how it still affects us today.”

Here’s is the full letter as published by AL.com:

“Dear Mr. Barkley:

I write you out of love. I write you out of profound pain. I write you out of deep concern. I hope you accept this letter in the spirit that I write.

Mr. Barkley, I understand that you said, in so many words, that slavery was not so bad and that you were tired of people bringing up slavery. I was shocked by both statements. Then I was mad. Then I was terribly disappointed. Finally, I was just in deep hurt and great pain. Now, I am trying to help you and all those who may think like you.

Mr. Barkley, allow me to tell you why slavery was “not so bad,” but very, very bad. First, African people were snatched from their families, their villages, their communities, their tribes, their continent, their freedom. African people were made to walk hundreds of miles in chains. They were often beaten, poorly fed and abused in many ways. Women and girls were routinely raped. The whole continent was ravaged and still suffers to this day. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Second, African people were placed in “slave dungeons” for weeks and sometimes months until the slave ships came. They were often underfed, terribly beaten, raped and stuffed together so tightly they could hardly move. African people were packed in the holds of ships with little space to even move. They performed bodily functions where they lay and then lived in it. They were oftentimes beaten, raped and abused mentally, physically and emotionally. Many died from disease and broken spirits. Some were so terribly impacted that they jumped overboard and drowned when brought to the deck of the ships. Millions died during the Middle Passage from Africa to the Americas. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Third, African people were broken like wild animals. They were stripped of every element of their identity. Their names were taken. Their languages were taken. Their religions were taken. Their histories were taken. They were forbidden to have family. They had no rights to own anything. They were considered property. Their personalities were permanently altered. Their freedom was taken. They became chattel sold from “slave blocks.” This crushing of identity impacts us to this day. I call it the psychology of the oppressed. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Fourth, African Americans were worked from “kin to can’t;” that is from “can see” in the morning to “can’t see” at night. There was no pay for their long, hard labor. Many were poorly fed. Most felt the lash of the whip. All felt the lash of the tongue. Many were repeatedly raped. Their children and other loved ones were sold at will. Some mothers killed their baby girls so they would not have to endure the ravages of slavery. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Fifth, African Americans had no right to defend themselves no matter what was done and how wrong it was. By law, they could not even testify against their abusers. As U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Toney said in the 1857 Dred Scott case, “A Black man has no rights a White man is bound to respect.” This became the law of the land and its legacy bedevils us to this day. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Sixth, African Americans were perceived and treated as sub human. The only way enslavers could square this terrible treatment with their Christian beliefs was see us as less than human. Therefore, they could proudly place such beautiful words in the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution with impunity: i.e. – “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” To them, African Americans were not human so these beautiful words did not apply. Even the U.S. Constitution designated us as 3/5 of a person. That’s why White terrorists, in and out of uniforms, can kill us without punishment. The legacy of being less human lingers with us today. Black lives are worth much less than White lives. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Seventh, it required great violence to implement and maintain the worse form of human slavery known to humankind. It required unbridled violence by enslavers, slave catchers, local, state, federal governments and the entire society. Maintaining the institution of slavery created a very violent society that infests us to this day. That’s why the United States has far more violence than any country in the world. Mr. Barkley, this is very, very bad.

Eighth, even after slavery formerly ended, we still had Jim Crow. These same imbedded attitudes generated state-sanctioned terrorism for nearly another 100 years. The Ku Klux Klan and other terrorist groups hanged, mutilated, maimed and murdered without any punishment. It was state sanctioned terrorism because the “state” did not do anything to prevent it. That’s why even during the Civil Rights Movement murders took many years before even a modicum of justice was forged. Just look at the deaths of Medgar Evers, James Chaney, the three little girls murdered by the bombing of a Birmingham Church and so many others. That is why today Trayvon Martin could not walk the streets of his neighborhood and Jordan Davis could not play loud music in his car and Eric Garner was choked to death and Michael Brown was gunned down. Mr. Barkley this is very, very bad.

Mr. Barkley, if you knew your history, you would not say slavery is not so bad and you are tired of people bringing up slavery. The legacy of slavery is everywhere. However, you are not totally to blame because you were deliberately denied the opportunity to learn your history. That is one more legacy of slavery. I hope you will seek the full history for yourself so that you will not ever say such things again.

In deep concern,

Hank Sanders”

“For some reason, the media gravitates toward Charles Barkley to seek his comments on social and political issues that he clearly knows nothing about. He’s a jock, not a historian. His only expertise is basketball and awkward golf swings. Clearly, if he had pursued academic achievement instead of spending hours putting a ball through a hoop, he would know that slavery is indeed, one of the worst travesties in world history. But like a lot of jocks, Barkley no longer has to study hard to find out how evil slavery was. All he has to do is read the open letter written to him by the smart person in the class. – STEPHEN FOSTER

Again, I strongly recommend that you share this letter with your children and grandchildren; students in your classes, neighbors’ kids, etc. Not because of any need to embarrass Charles Barkley, but because Hank Sanders explains in a nutshell the horrors Black people have historically endured for more than 400 years. It’s a brief lesson in Black History, which will give them a context for a more in depth study and understanding.

NOW THAT YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Stay Blessed &
ECLECTICALLY BLACK

bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com

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Tying Political Figures to Police Killings

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by Charles M. Blow

The second of the two police officers ambushed and gunned down in Brooklyn by Ismaaiyl Brinsley will be laid to rest Sunday.

As was the case with the first funeral, the city and the nation should pause and pay tribute. All lives are precious.

But when the eulogies trail off and the tears dry, we must once again wrestle with the reasons we have arrived at this place, the underlying, unresolved issues: police-community relations, functional bias in policing, disparities in use of force.

We have to truly understand the politics — racial, economic and class-related — playing out before our eyes and to realize that those politics have an antecedent. There is a history here that cannot be repeated.

In 1988, a 22-year-old rookie police officer named Edward Byrne was ambushed and killed on the orders of a drug lord while guarding a witness in Queens. This was a true tragedy. More than 10,000 officers mourned him at his funeral. When Byrne was murdered, the mayor was Ed Koch, a Democrat like the current mayor, Bill de Blasio.

One of the four men charged in Byrne’s murder said on a videotape after his arrest that the killing was meant to send the message that “we lose one, they lose one.”

Before killing officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, Brinsley apparently posted on an Instagram account: “I’m putting wings on pigs today…they take one of ours, let’s take two of theirs.”

That, however, is where the similarities end. The 1988 murder was the instrument of organized criminals; the recent murders were the outcry of one deranged man trying — but failing — to latch on to the cause of organized protests.

Yet political strategists regularly see opportunity in tragedy. It happened in the case of Byrne, and we must guard against it happening again.

In 1988, George H. W. Bush was running his tough-on-crime campaign against Michael S. Dukakis, and successfully using Willie Horton — a black murderer who raped a white woman while on furlough from prison — as a weapon against Dukakis.

That year, a few weeks before the election, Bush made his first campaign appearance in the general election in New York City surrounding himself with uniformed policemen and accepting Byrne’s badge from his father. Bush said at the event that he wanted to use the occasion “to help define for you the man I am running against, throw a little red political meat out there.”

Bush won the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police that year, and he carried 40 states on Election Day, delivering a crushing blow to Dukakis and the Democrats. Bush would say later that he kept Byrne’s badge in the Oval Office.

Also in 1988, the Byrne Formula Grant Program, named after the fallen officer, was established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act to supercharge the war on drugs — a disastrous boondoggle that would come to be a war waged primarily against marijuana usage by black men. As the American Civil Liberties Union pointed out in 2011, “The racial disparities are staggering: despite the fact that whites engage in drug offenses at a higher rate than African-Americans, African-Americans are incarcerated for drug offenses at a rate that is 10 times greater than that of whites.”
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Democrats, determined to never be outflanked on crime again, began to move dramatically to the right, in some case further to the right than Republicans themselves.

In 1989, Mayor Koch spoke of Byrne’s killing and those of other officers, saying ominously, “The pendulum protecting those who violate the law has swung too far.”

In 1992, the Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Bush over Bill Clinton, although Clinton gained the endorsements of two smaller police unions. But in 1994, Clinton championed a crime bill to have the federal government pay for 100,000 additional police officers, a move The Washington Post’s Fact Checker blog says “certainly helped neutralize G.O.P. attacks about Democrats being weak on crime.” So, in 1996, CNN reported:

“In a first for a Democratic presidential candidate, President Bill Clinton picked up the endorsement of the Fraternal Order of Police.”

The group then endorsed John McCain over President Obama in 2008, but Obama was able to secure the endorsement of the National Association of Police Organizations, whose president said:

“Senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a proven record of standing with the law enforcement community, from giving our officers on the front lines the resources and tools they need in the fight against drugs and crime in our communities to supporting law enforcement officers’ right to work place protections.”

For one thing, Obama had promised that he would restore funding to the Byrne Grants program, which Bush had sought to eliminate. Conservative groups backed Bush’s proposal to eliminate the program, saying it “has proved to be an ineffective and inefficient use of resources.”

But as I wrote in a 2010 column:

“In the last year of the Bush administration, financing had been reduced to $170 million. In March of that year, 56 senators signed onto a ‘bipartisan’ letter to ranking members of the Senate Appropriations Committee urging them to restore nearly $500 million to the program. Only 15 Republicans signed the letter.”

Some of this motive might have had to do with conservatives’ deep contempt for unions, but that is another matter.

When accepting the endorsement, Obama issued a statement saying:

“Day and night, America’s police work tirelessly to make sure that our families are safe and our communities are strong. It’s a basic responsibility to make sure that our officers have the support they need to fight crime and bring criminals to justice. Too often under the Bush Administration, we’ve failed to live up to that obligation.”

And, as Zaid Jilani wrote on Alternet in early December, Joe Biden “was the chief author of the 1994 crime bill, which vastly increased the number of police officers on American streets, eliminated Pell Grants for prisoners, expanded the federal death penalty and upped the Border Patrol presence (recall that this bill was passed around the same time as NAFTA, which increased migration from Mexico).”

Obama followed though on his promise. As my 2010 column pointed out: “The 2009 stimulus package presented these Democrats with the opportunity, and they seized it. The legislation, designed by Democrats and signed by President Obama, included $2 billion for Byrne Grants to be awarded by the end of September 2010. That was nearly a 12-fold increase in financing. Whatever the merits of these programs, they are outweighed by the damage being done. Financing prevention is fine. Financing a race-based arrest epidemic is not.”

In 2012, the National Association of Police Organizations again endorsed the Obama/Biden ticket, They touted the administration’s “unwavering support,” and said, “There are simply no better friends of law enforcement — and no stronger choice to lead this nation for another term — than President Obama and Vice President Biden.”

This is the way politics work in this country: Special interest appeasement ultimately leads to bad policy. Conservatives too often sacrifice the middle class to the moneyed class, and liberals too often sacrifice the lowest class to the union class. No one really looks out for the poor and disadvantaged, at least not as a first order of business, because they have the least power and are least able to help finance campaigns.

And yet Democrats have realized that they are in bed with fickle partners. When the protests erupted after grand juries did not indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, the president, the attorney general and the mayor of New York had what I imagine some viewed as “the audacity” to weigh in with how they personally saw tensions between the police and communities of color, how those tensions had personally affected their lives and their understanding of the protesters’ feelings.

When the two officers were killed, no time was wasted in attempts to tie all these political figures to the killings. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani even said, “We’ve had four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police,” a claim that The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave four Pinocchios, the worst rating.

And the National Association of Police Organizations, which had so effusively praised Obama and Biden, chimed in:

“Politicians have created an environment of extreme hostility in communities across the nation. Our nation’s leaders continue to crucify and demonize law enforcement officers as these officers work tirelessly and selflessly to protect us. When will this end? When will our leaders work with us, not against us, to build trust between officers and the communities that they serve?”

The truth is closer to what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wisely wrote last week in Time magazine:

“Police are not under attack, institutionalized racism is. Trying to remove sexually abusive priests is not an attack on Catholicism, nor is removing ineffective teachers an attack on education. Bad apples, bad training, and bad officials who blindly protect them, are the enemy. And any institution worth saving should want to eliminate them, too.”

And yet that’s what some would have you believe is the subtext now: anti-police vs. pro-police, or more disturbingly, black crime — as embodied by Brinsley — versus civility — as enabled by the police. In this construct, anti-police-brutality protesters became proxy for raging criminality, which in the poisoned American mind is emblematic of blackness itself, a thing in need of suppression — to be controlled, crushed — lest it surge.

The mind that cannot separate Brinsley from other black folks, that simply sees dark skin and sees darkness, is diseased: It was never serious and isn’t salvageable. But, just as important, operatives who would use tragedy as political leverage are morally subordinated to those who use tragedy as an impetus to seek social justice.

As Prof. Harry Levine, a sociologist at the City University of New York, told me via email:

“Byrne’s death was used to step up the long-term growth and institutionalization of the drug war. Now, the deaths of officers Ramos and Liu are being used to defend how policing has been done for twenty years under a regime called ‘broken windows,’ ‘zero tolerance,’ ‘quality of life,’ or ‘order maintenance,’ and which focuses chiefly on the ordinary residents of black and Latino neighborhoods.”

In a way, one could argue that many of the things the protesters were about — institutional police bias, over-policing, bloated police forces, police militarization — can be traced in some way back to the policies that sprang up after Byrne was killed, including the one in his name.

We can’t allow another tragedy to be corrupted in that way. We must remain vigilant. The protests have a purpose: to find a true peace by first disturbing the false one, to use disruptive means as a way of moving closer to restorative justice. The cynical cannot use the savage to impose silence. Political leaders cannot be allowed to cave in to police pressure. They must weather public pressure born of racial and tribal impulses. They must stand for justice and equality, always.

Society must be policed, but fairly so. Areas of concentrated poverty sometimes require the most policing, but when people begin to be punished for being poor rather than committing crimes, the core mission is corrupted. When police forces become suppressive rather than protective, the core mission is corrupted. When officers who are entrusted with power feel enshrined by it, the core mission is corrupted.

The protests drew attention to that corruption, and that’s why they were, and will remain, important. They are somewhat outside, and in a way above, the cesspool of politics that led us here.

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times DEC. 31, 2014 under the title “Look Back to Move Forward“)

Charles M. Blow is a New York Times Columnist and nationally-known commentator: “I invite you to visit my blog By The Numbers, join me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter, or e-mail me at chblow@nytimes.com.”

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A True Interpretation of Dred Scott

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

(“Attorney-at-War)

If a person’s ultimate destination is either Heaven or Paradise, the Bible or the Koran provide good source materials. According to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, these sources have no moment in understanding and surviving white supremacy. The U.S. Constitution gives great deference to “separation of church and state.”

The seminal, source materials for understanding white supremacy can be found in Scott v. Sandford, 19 How. (60 U.S.) 393 (1857) which established the class action. Thus, a law library is more important than a public library. Blacks who sought to pass for white initiated Plessy v. Ferguson to embrace the one-drop rule as an exception to Scott v. Sandford. Ferguson is still a problem.

In any systematic killing of human beings in the United States and because of the Compromise of 1877, it is important to consult the UN Charter. The systematic killing of human beings under the Compromise of 1877 may amount to a state prosecution in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion.

Compare the federal prosecution of Lemrick Nelson for the murder of Yankel Rosenbaum with the state acquittal of Nelson for murder and the inapplicability of the Double Jeopardy Clause under the Fifth Amendment. Jews were not in the mix of needing constitutional protections.

United African Movement is fortunate to host Dick Gregory this Tuesday evening to discuss the police killings of two members of the NYPD in Brooklyn. I am fortunate to be able to place these killings in an international context and to explain my letter to President Barack Obama on the first day of Kwanzaa which is “Unity.”

The key word is “investment” which spawned the international slave trade. Investment is like the gross national product. It is an economic indicator of the nation’s economic health. Investors are important. Donors only play a secondary role. Social parasites are a drain on the health of a race.

Dred Scott is important not because of Chief Justice Roger Taney’s discussion of rights unavailable to all persons of African ancestry but because of his certification of all persons of African ancestry as a class before the enactment of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Taney was discussing the legitimacy of all actions taken against a universal class of Africans. In short, Taney was, unwittingly, uniting all persons of African ancestry.

Some Blacks took offense to Taney placing all Blacks under one “banner.” According to them, there must be an undivided allegiance between Blacks and whites. This definition certified the definition of a “house Negro.” Malcolm X popularized it.

In 2014, Mayor William de Blasio is being attacked for publicly declaring his allegiance to his son, Dante de Blasio. Jungle fever” is still frowned on by white supremacists. Many of them conduct slave patrols of the streets of New York City while Blacks are financing them to their own detriment. This answers the current plight of Mayor William de Blasio.

Any discussion of any topic by Dick Gregory is always a historic discussion. They make us think. Dick Gregory will be appearing at the historic Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (Bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn on this TUESDAY, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

I was the guest on WOH-Radio in Connecticut this past Tuesday. The topic was “Critical Thinking 2015.” It was a wide-ranging interview from “soup to nuts.” Everyone will need to be fully informed with fully-charged batteries to survive the upcoming onslaught. Deception is a staple of military warfare. Read Patrick Lynch’s lips (PBA).

This is a class action. Fueled by “hush money,” ambulance chaser are like slave catchers. “All that glitters is not gold.” There are no innocent bystanders in a class action. No one can explain this predicament better than Dick Gregory. He is our chief officer in essential military intelligence.

I asked for advanced funding to secure Dick’s appearance on TUESDAY, December 30, 2014. Our people are well-meaning. We expect enough promissory notes to come in to give Dick the green light. In the United States, central intelligence should be subject to an unlimited budget. This is a work-in-progress.

Dick Gregory will be the keynote speaker at UAM’s weekly forum on the special date of TUESDAY, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The venue will be Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Franklin and Classon) in Brooklyn. Take the “C” train to Franklin Avenue. Knowledge is necessary. Our very survival is at stake. White supremacists are bi-lingual. They only speak “legalese” and “military science.”

The UN General Assembly, in 1948, created a new international crime: Genocide. This crime is now being played out in the United States. Human rights lawyers will be needed to plead the cause of descendants of enslaved Africans on a world stage. “Ambulance chasers” and “social parasites” have no motive for upsetting the applecart. The U.S. Justice Department is subject to the Compromise of 1877.

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Why is Beating the Pats so Important even though Bills will Miss the Playoffs?

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by Pat Freeman

The Buffalo Bills will once again watch the NFL playoffs from their respective homes after next Sunday’s final game against the New England Patriots. It just seems to me that management must look to accomplish one goal for improving this franchise, and that is beating the New England Patriots. Many of you might say well how does that philosophy help our team get back to the NFL tournament? Well over the last 15 years of us missing the playoffs New England has won the AFC East 14 out of 15 years, and only missed the playoffs once. In 2008 the Patriots missed the playoffs when Tom Brady suffered a season ending knee injury, but still finished the year with an 11-5 record. Let’s take a look at what I believe should be the first off season ownership decisions.

1. Give Doug Whaley a new title of Vice President in charge of all of the football operations for the Buffalo Bills answering only to the Pegula’s, and a football consultant.
2. Give Doug Whaley full control to hire on all matters related to football operations.
3. Improve Buffalo Bill player appearances to areas of Western New York based on trouble spot areas whereas there appearances could be of greater benefit to the One Buffalo Campaign model.
4. If Doug Marrone is retained as coach he must up grade his offensive staff.
5. Sign a veteran quarterback, and release Kyle Orton.
6. Make decision on which players that you would like to bring back and the players you should release to upgrade the team.

 
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Once these basic decisions are made the management must address the following free agents. One player left off this list is CJ Spiller who will also be a free agent.

These are the basic goal objectives for Doug Whaley but he must zero in on beating the New England Patriots as the basis of all decisions made and that is too win the AFC East first everything else should fall in place.

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Written by cs

December 28th, 2014 at 6:56 pm