by Pat Freeman
This past off season the Buffalo Bills organization went through a significant amount of change in its front office. These changes included a new president and CEO Russ Brandon, a new General Manager in Doug Whaley, and of course a new head in Doug Marrone. When an organization experiences that many changes the promise of a new philosophy and a changing of the culture are often talked about. Well I mention this because there are two people that has remained consistent in this organization for a number of years, Jeffrey Littman Chief Financial Officer, and Jim Overdorf Vice President of Football Administration (contracts). These two are the real money men behind the Buffalo Bills budget, and financial decision making. It has been their job to balance the budget of this organization to the liking of owner Ralph Wilson for a number of years including some of the most successful years in franchise history but they have also been the architects of some of the worst years too.
Most recently the last 14 years where we have seen an exodus of our drafted talent when they have reached the peak of their playing potential and, they are either not offered a contract matching their performance on the field, or just let go. Do you remember these names Antoine Winfield, Pat Williams, Nate Clements, Jason Peters, and, most recently Andy Levitre who never missed a game for this organization during his tenure here?
This brings me to who I believe is the best safety in football today, and who NFL.com lists as one of the top five at his position of safety Jairus Byrd. During his tenure with the Bills he has performed at a pro bowl level under four different defensive systems, and he entered his contract year after another stellar campaign expecting to be compensated for his on field performance. During this process of hoping to receive a lucrative long term contract from the Buffalo Bills he was designated as a franchise player. Meaning that the Bills held exclusive negotiating rights to him in 2013 and if a contract could not be reached by July he would be tendered a one year offer equal to the average of the top five salaries at his position. Many of you would say that is not a bad deal for anybody to make that kind of money, but football is such a sport that each player really only gets one opportunity to secure their future based on their market worth. Jairus Byrd deserves to be the highest paid safety in football based on his body of work on the football field, and his excellent conduct off the field also. Let’s compare NFL.com top safeties and four key stats:
Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks- 14 Interceptions, 246 Tackles, 0 Sacks, 30 Passes defended.
Jairus Byrd Buffalo Bills- 22 Interceptions, 251 Tackles, 3 sacks, 33 passes defended
TJ Ward Cleveland Browns- 5 Interceptions, 238 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 23 passes defended
Devin McCourty New England Patriots- 15 Interceptions, 240 Tackles, 1 sack, 49 Passes defended.
Eric Berry Kansas City Chiefs- 1 interception, 208 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 8 passed defended.
In conclusion the highest paid safety in the league is Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers who was rewarded by his consistent play by being paid the highest going rate for the position of safety when his contract came up. It’s time for the Buffalo Bills to do the same thing and take care of Jairus Byrd.
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by Playthell Benjamin
A Statesman for the World to Emulate. What Manner of Man?
There are some black men who make me proud to be a black man just by virtue of their example. Muhammad Ali was such a man, so was Dr. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X too. Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to all of them…and millions more. It makes me wonder if all the suffering that has accompanied being black in the modern world is perhaps what it takes to produce the grandeur of their vision, the hunger for justice, the will to struggle against near insurmountable odds, and even to die for a great cause. Such men embody in their persona the aspirations of the people and that is why the people follow them by the multitudes, even unto the shadow of death.
Now the great Madiba has danced his last Toi Toi and joined the pantheon of noble ancestors who spent their lives in dedicated service to the people, giving their all to uplift the race. It is hard to imagine a more formidable task than that which they chose, for they were confronting an enemy who was the best armed ruling elite in the history of the world.
This ruling elite built a global civilization upon an ideology of white supremacy that justified some of the worst crimes ever committed on this planet. These racist crimes were committed against all the colored, i.e. non-European peoples on earth; but African peoples were the victims of the most horrendous crimes for the longest period of time. To understand a man like Nelson Mandela, one must first understand the nature of the European conquest of Africa in the modern world.
In his history of capitalist development Karl Marx noted “the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black skins signaled the rosy dawn of capitalism.” As Dr. Eric Williams, a great historian and the first President of Trinidad, demonstrated in his master work “Slavery and Capitalism,” the modernization of Europe, beginning with the industrial revolution in England, was largely financed by the Triangular Trade which was built upon the Trans-Atlantic trade in African slaves.
Due to their geographical position, and the military might of the Zulu nation, South African never became a part of the Atlantic Slave Trade. And it took until the west was into the modern age before the whites had the weapons to conquer South Africa. But once they acquired this military capacity they enslaved the African people in their own home land.
To administer these conquered peoples Europeans designed two basic systems of colonial rule: Direct and Indirect. Under the system of Indirect rule, which was perfected by the British in West Africa and India under the leadership of Lord Frederick Lugard, the colonizing power governs through a native elite composed of traditional leaders and British trained civil servants. This style of leadership was well suited for India because of its size, enormous population and well developed traditional leadership structure.
And it was mandated by the West African environment where the climate and diseases were so devastating to Europeans the area became known as “the white man’s graveyard.” However in those areas of Africa located in temperate zones suitable for European habitation, such as the Kenyan highlands, European settler communities developed. And it was in these settler societies that the oppression of Africans was most severe.
The system established by the European invaders in South African belongs to this class of phenomenon labeled settler colonialism, which has similar features wherever it arises in the world. It begins with a military conquest of the indigenous peoples. This is followed by massive land theft, which is accompanied by laying claim to all wealth produced by the land, agricultural and mineral. To produce this wealth the native peoples are subjected to forced labor. And they are denied civil rights.
If the indigenous population resists they are brutally repressed and in some instances exterminated, which was the pattern throughout the Americas. And when the decimation of these populations was not achieved solely by military conflicts and forced labor regimes, the introduction of foreign diseases, for which the indigenes had neither immunity nor cures, finished the job. Hence long before the rise of the German Nazis in the twentieth century the “enlightened Christian” nations of Europe had practiced both “ethnic cleansing” and germ warfare against Third World peoples.
These inhumane practices were justified by an ideology based on the claim of natural superiority of the colonists. In Africa this ideology was white supremacy and Africans were indoctrinated in this belief in school and church during the period of colonial rule. However this is also what happened in the USA, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Brazil, etc. With the rise of the social science of Anthropology, Europeans began to systematically study the belief systems that defined the universe of Africans and the cultural mores which determined social relations and upon which traditional authority was based. We get an inside view of how this knowledge was employed by colonial authorities to undermine the Africans’ confidence in their traditional beliefs in Chinua Achebe’s classic novel “Things Fall Apart.”
Achebe brilliantly demonstrates this in a single scene. During an annual ceremony to venerate the ancestors, when masked dancers perform a ritual in in which they are supposed to embody the spirit of the ancestors, it was believed by the people of the village that anyone who unmasked one of these dancing ancestral spirits would be struck dead. And the sacred grove from which they emerged and returned was forbidden territory to the villagers, to enter it meant certain death. Once the British colonial governor understood what was happening he walked up to the dancers and snatched off their masks, revealing them to be just members of the village who belonged to a secret society. When nothing happend to the white man who unmasked the dancer the villagers were thrown into confusion. And when he had the sacred grove burned down and built a Christian church on the spot their universe fell apart!
The point of this discussion is to demonstrate how the traditional universe of Third World peoples was transformed by their encounter with post Renaissance Europe beginning in the 16th century; the people who emerged from this process were a new people. Ironically this was not all negative, because it was through this clash of cultures that the traditional societies of the Third World – Africa, Asia and Latin America – entered the modern world. However the colonists provided a modern education to their colonial subjects based upon their needs; it was designed to prepare them to serve the interests of the Metropole i. e. “mother country.” But the irrepressible desire for freedom and dignity on the part of all peoples resulted in an unintended consequence: Nationalism.
The growth of nationalist sentiment among colonized peoples resulted in National Liberation movements, which intensified as colonial subjects were conscripted to fight in two world wars. It is no wonder that many of the leaders of the liberation movements in Africa and Asia had served in colonial armies, this was also true of many of the black men who became leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the American South. This is why Malcolm X – who had no military training of any sort – sounded so silly to these men with his tough talk.
The emergence of Nationalist movements among the colonized was an unexpected consequence of the actions of the colonists by virtue of introducing the forces of modernity into these traditional societies. One of the tasks of the new post-colonial man – the French referred to them as the “Evolue” and the Portuguese called them “Assimilados” – who emerged as the leaders of these anti-colonial liberation movements was to forge a modern identity for the new nations they were bringing into being. All of the leaders of modern Africa fall into this category, including Nelson Mandela.
During the movement phase, this effort centered on clarifying a cultural identity which was often expressed in a form of cultural revivalism that Dr. Franz Fanon called “the return to a golden age,” which was typically based more on myth than historical fact. This phenomenon is typical of Black Nationalist ideology in the USA also. A black colonial subject from Martinique, the Caribbean island nation located in the French Antilles, Dr. Fanon wound up as a top leader of the great revolution in the French colony of Algeria in Arab North Africa.
As a member of the central committee of the National Liberation Front, an organization that contained factions with very different visions of the post-colonial society they wished to create, Fanon participated in all the ideological discussions. After listening to the Islamist faction he concluded that establishing an Islamic caliphate in Algeria would be “a return to primitive medievalism.”
Since the modern nation state is a European invention, it is no wonder that the nations that Third World leaders built upon independence trended toward the western model of multi-party participatory democracy with universal suffrage – one person one vote – or the one-party state favored by the Eastern communist nations which selected their leaders by a process called “Democratic Centralism.” The western model is generally accompanied by “free market” capitalist economics that sanctify private property, and economic “progress” is measured by Gross National Product rather than equity in income distribution.
The “Eastern” or communist model favors a socialized economy which is directed by the government based on an ideology that preaches “from each according to his deeds, to each according to his needs.” The capitalist model promotes a Darwinian struggle for profits that leads to vast inequities in the distribution of society’s wealth, such as we are presently suffering under in American today. The communist model disdains private profit and argues that economic production should be based on human need.
Confronted with these two models, African leaders in the 20th century struggled to choose the best path to build their new nations. The most thoughtful African leaders struggled to find a middle way, and their most popular innovation was an ill-defined concept called “African Socialism,” a mixed economy that favors central planning directed by the government with room for a limited private sector. Some favored single-party politics and some multi-party.
However in his masterwork on Third World revolutions, “The Wretched of the Earth,” the ever insightful Dr. Fanon noted another disturbing development in the anti-colonial liberation struggle in a chapter titled On the Pitfalls of National Consciousness. “Before independence,” he writes, “the leader generally embodies the aspirations of the people for independence, political liberty, and national dignity, but as soon as independence is declared, far from embodying in concrete form the needs of the people in what touches bread, land, and the restoration of the country to the sacred hands of the people, the leader will reveal his inner purpose: to become the general president of that company of profiteers impatient for their returns which constitutes the national bourgeoisie.”
One of the major ways in which this attitude is revealed is the refusal of post-independence African leaders to peacefully relinquish power to a successor. Indeed, this was a major argument employed by leaders of the white minority settler communities in southern African in order to justify their racist anti-democratic monopoly of power. They coined a slogan that expressed their criticism of the politics of post-independence African countries where black majorities seized political power. To the cry “one man one vote,” the whites in southern Africa replied cynically that under black rule the reality was “one man one vote once!” And, unfortunately, the evidence for their claim in post-colonial Africa is abundant.
Among the many things that distinguish Nelson Mandela as an African statesman is his attitude toward personal political power. Here he stands out like a rose among thorns. When we consider the price he paid to gain political power, and the ease with which he gave it up, one could argue that he is unique among professional politicians everywhere in the world, which is, of course, my position.
When one thinks of the long struggle Mandela waged, risking his life as a militant with the African National Congress in the fascist police state that was apartheid South Africa; then spending nearly three decades behind bars in the hellish prisons of the Afrikaner government; passing up several opportunities for release from captivity because he refused the demand to denounce armed struggle by an embattled government under fire around the world from people demanding his release, a demand that arose from parliaments to pubs, it is something on the order of miraculous that he was willing to give up the presidency after serving only one term.
Born to privilege as a prince among his people – the Themba branch of the Xosa – and educated as a lawyer, Nelson Mandela could have had a life of relative ease in his native country and a life of affluence and prominence in England or Amsterdam. Tall, ruggedly handsome and of regal bearing, elegant of style and manner, possessed of an oratorical style that combines eloquence and erudition in equal measure, Nelson Mandela was a born star. So impressive was his persona, so unimpeachable was his character, that even his jailers came to admire and respect him.
Many observers of this remarkable man have openly wondered at his unassailable sense of personal dignity. They marvel at the fact that a black man born and raised in a society whose official ideology preached his inferiority and reinforced this claim it in the policies of their government, could hold such a high opinion of himself. ”The first thing to remember about Mandela is that he came from a royal family,” a former comrade and cell mate Ahmed Kathrada told the New York Times, “that always gave him strength.”
Other close comrades told the Times that Mr. Mandela’s uncanny ability rise above hatred for his oppressors was possible ”because he always regarded himself as superior to his persecutors.” These observations confirm what I have come to believe about the nature of true self-esteem: The most important ingredient is how one feels about one’s family and the extent to which one is made to feel valued within that family. Beyond that it is what one manages to achieve as a result of one’s own efforts. This seems to be clearly the source of Nelson Mandela’s intestinal fortitude and supreme self confidence.
When he was finally released from prison Mr. Mandela shocked the world with his message of racial reconciliation and preference for pragmatism over ideology in his approach to governing. Recognizing that a race war would have been an unmitigated disaster for everybody, especially black people, Mandela kept his eyes on the prize of black majority control of the government and refused to be intimidated by critics on the white right or the black left.
Following his own star the great helmsman steered the ship of state through very troubled waters into the safe harbor of political stability. We are provided a glimpse of the the crucible in which his leadership style was formed in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Recalling eavesdropping on tribal councils conducted by his uncle, a paramount chief, when he was a boy, he tells us the chief was ”like a shepherd…he stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along that they are being directed from behind.” Thus we see the source of Mr. Mandela’s gift for consensus politics enabled South Africa to avoid disaster…although given the persistent inequities inherent in the deal that led to majority political rule, race war remains an ever present possibility.
Among President Mandela’s most impressive political achievements was to never deny those who supported the struggle of the South African people, even as he wooed the support of their enemies. For instance President Mandela honored El Presidente Fidel Castro of Cuba, despite the fact that the US government had long maintained hostile relations with Cuba, and the mainstream American media had so demonized Dr. Castro in a half century of disinformation that he is beyond rehabilitation in the mind of the US public.
Even after witnessing the depravity of white anti-Castro Cubans like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and his whacko daddy – whom the Cuban people justly call “guisanos” or maggots – most Americans still don’t recognize that President Castro has been a benefaction to that nation. That’s because most Yankees are mucho loco when it comes to Cuba!
Nothing demonstrates the hollowness of American criticism of Dr. Castro more than the fact that the US government supported the anti-democratic fascist South African government while the Cubans supported the oppressed black people of that country in a wide variety of ways, even sending crack Cuban troops who volunteered to fight the white South Africans in Angola.
The defeat of South African forces at the historic 1987 battle of Cuito Cuanavale, led by Cuban forces, marks the beginning of the end of white “invincibility” in the region. That’s why Fidel was warmly embraced by a beaming Mandela, and received a rousing ovation second only to that given to Mandela himself by the black masses when the Cuban revolutionary leader visited South Africa.
These same people praise Ronald Reagan, a shallow opportunist and transparent racist, who not only based his presidential campaign strategy on attracting disaffected white racists enraged by the Democratic Party’s support for Afro-American Civil Rights – the so called “Reagan Democrats” – but he also branded Nelson Mandela and the ANC “terrorist,” while breaking the law by supporting real terrorists in the Nicaraguan Contra-movement.
In one of the most blatant acts of presidential contempt for the law, Ronald Reagan allowed a group of rogue military officers to run a secret operation from the basement of the White House designed to support terrorists in Central America in violation of the Boland Act expressly forbidding it. Yet we are expected to believe that Reagan was innocent of the whole affair. Everybody knows if this had happened on Barack Obama’s watch he would have been impeached by the same Republican house members that now praise Reagan to high heavens.
When nations around the world were calling for an economic embargo against the fascist South African government, this scurrilous puerile hypocrite, in league with that cold blooded British hag Maggie Thatcher, opposed it. He even vetoed bi-partisan legislation establishing economic sanctions against South Africa, while muttering some incoherent fiddle faddle about preserving “freedom.”
This doddering, venal old fool – whom Clark Clifford, the distinguished Washington lawyer and former member of President Carter’s administration called “an amiable dunce” – will appear as a spark to a raging fire when historians take their measure in times to come. By then it will be clear that the Soviet Union collapsed from its own inner-contradictions and Ronnie the Rhinestone Cowboy had nothing to do with it. His greatest legacy will be as the reverse Robin Hood who made the rich richer and supported right-wing tyrants around the world!
After the historians have sifted through the historical record they will see that Nelson Mandela was a great statesman and moral clarion for the ages, and Ronald Reagan was a well-managed pretender whose moral commitments were about as deep as a dry creek bed during a drought!
History will also verify the fact that the same people that Ronnie Reagan – the Tinsel Town Cowboy – supported in Cuba are the same crowd that he supported in South Africa: The racist white blood suckers who fleeced the poor, employed police state tactics against popular opposition and cared not a whit about democracy! By contrast Fidel Castro and Nelson Mandela will emerge in the light of history as champions of the poor and the oppressed.
Viva La Revolution! Mandela Refused to Allow the Imperialist Hypocrites to pick his Friends!
Mandela and Arafat: The Dreaded Connection! Brothers in Struggle against the Settler Colonists
The relationship between Yasser Arafat of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Nelson Mandela was another embarrassment for the USA. Because Mandela was the towering moral icon of our time, beloved, respected, and even idolized by millions around the world, the US government dare not criticize his choice of friends – especially in light of the shameful history of US collaboration with the apartheid regime and its long legacy of racism against its own black population. The question of the US connection to Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians was another matter the American government preferred to keep off center stage.
What most troubled US policy makers was the connection some intellectuals and activists were making between the US, Israel and South Africa. For instance, the fact that all three were settler colonialist societies that began with an invasion which led to dispossession and genocide against the native populations. All three had justified this mass robbery and murder, by arguing that their actions were divinely ordained. With the US it was “Manifest Destiny,” with the Israelis it was the covenant God made with Moses that Israel should belong to the Jews, his “chosen people,” and the Afrikaners envisioned themselves as having a mandate from heaven that entitled them to take the land from the African heathens.
The last thing the US government wanted was for people to learn of the long relationship between Israel and the apartheid government of South Africa. Thus when Dr. Richard Stevens exposed this relationship in to path-breaking scholarly works – Weisman and Smuts: A Study in Zionist/ Afrikaner Collaboration and Israel and South Africa – he was practically drummed out of the American academic community. The last I heard of him he was teaching at the University of Khartoum in the Sudan! Since Dr. Stevens’ research is solid and cannot be dismissed, powerful pro-Zionist forces in the US moved to silence him.
Chiam Wiezman Arch Zionist
Jan Christian Smuts: Architect of Apartheid
It is conventional wisdom that no such censorship exists in America, but if one’s work is critical of Israel the normal rules about free inquiry don’t apply. One need only look at the fate of scholars, both Jew and Gentile, who have written critically about Israel: the learned Jewish theologian Mark Ellis, the courageous investigative journalist Robert I. Freedman, the independent Jewish scholar Lenni Brenner, and especially the non-Jewish scholars John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, authors of the penetrating study The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.
The authors, who hold professorships and Harvard and the University of Chicago, two of the world’s most distinguished universities, and said that they expected to be attacked by intellectual hit men sponsored by the Lobby, proved to be prescient. Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, and lead attack dog for the Israel Lobby, predictably tried to confuse the issue by accusing the authors of anti-Semitism.
But due to the fact that they are tenured professors, and people who read the study, like this writer, know that Foxman is merely a propagandists for Israeli interests and cannot be taken seriously, they have been fairly insulated from the slings and arrows of Abraham’s outrageous attacks. And their work remains readily available online. And anyone who seeks to understand why US policy in the Middle-East is so one-sided, even when it is clearly against our national interests, should read Professors Meirsheimer and Walt’s study of the machinations of the Israel Lobby.
Despite their outrage, the operatives of the Lobby were somewhat subdued when President Mandela embraced Yasser Arafat and called him Comrade. For had they attacked him they would have put a spot light on their activities…something they don’t want. Dr. Richard Stevens had to be silenced because his work exposes some very unflattering longtime connections between Israel and South Africa.
For instance, he researched the letters exchanged between Chiam Weitzman, the first President of Israel, and Jan Christian Smuts, the architect of the apartheid state: The Union of South Africa. In one exchange the two leaders and close comrades are discussing their mutual predicaments. Smuts says the problem for the Afrikaner in South African is “civilization vs. the jungle.” To wit Weizman retorts that the situation of the Jew in Palestine is “civilization vs. the desert.” Spoken like two soul mates.
However this conception of a unity of interests goes far beyond mere simpatico for each other’s cultural plight; these countries also collaborated on how to best control their indigenous populations. This would eventually extend to cooperation between their intelligence agencies of anti-insurgency methods. In fact the relationships became so close that the Israeli MOSSAD, South Africa’s BOSS and the American CIA were like branches of the same organization. Hence it comes as no surprise that the CIA and MOSSAD fingered Nelson Mandela for the South African Bureau of State Security when he was a fugitive living underground.
The South African Fascists couldn’t find him; it had become a colossal embarrassment as Mandela was evolving into a legendary figure that people were calling “The Black Pimpernel!” This was a reference to the “Scarlet Pimpernel,” a fictional character from a famous play and novel about the French Revolution written in 1903 by an English writer. The Scarlet Pimpernel was the secret identity of a British nobleman who rescued people destined for the guillotine during the French Revolution. He was a master of disguise and a brilliant escape artist who constantly eluded his captors despite leaving clues.
In his autobiography President Mandela explains that he managed to elude the authorities during his life underground because of the radical white comrades who shielded him. This is why he never lapsed into a blind hatred for all whites and was clear in his understanding that the enemy was a specific ideology and the system it supported.
The fact that most South African whites supported this system of white privilege based on an ideology of white superiority, enforced by police state tactics, did not blind him to the fact that there were also whites who openly opposed that system, like the courageous parliamentarian Helen Suzman, and the fearless communist activist Joe Slovo, who became a member of the highest leadership circles of the African National Congress.
Both Slovo and Suzman are Jews, this is why despite Israel’s long collaboration with the fascist apartheid regime Nelson Mandela and the ANC leadership never descended into the simple condemnation of “the Jews” that so many Black Nationalists in the US fall for. They understood that all whites who opposed the fascist apartheid government willingly risked their lives and property by supporting the work of the ANC. If he had not had the vision to recognize this, Mandela would not have been successful in ending apartheid in South Africa.
Helen Suzman: An Unflinching Foe of Apartheid!
Winnie, Nelson and Slovo Comrades in Struggle
If he had given in to his emotions and acted out of a desire to make all whites in South Africa suffer in order to seek revenge, it might have been cathartic for him, but it would have been disastrous for his people. Interestingly enough, Mandela’s ability to remain calm and focused during his fight against the evil Apartheid regime was due to the discipline he learned as a boxer.
A talented heavy-weight who was greatly inspired by the Afro-American world champions Joe Louis and especially Muhammad Ali , Mandela understood what all good fighters must understand: the best way to get beat is to become angry and lose your head during a fight! Hence Mandela “kept his head” in the fight for Freedom and won by a knockout, as he went from a prison cell to the Presidency in one of the greatest stories in the history of world politics…written by one of our brightest stars! May you rest in peace Madiba, generations yet unborn will be inspired to greatness by your example.
Race Warriors ! A Mutual Admiration Society!
The Struggle is one!
Benjamin is a veteran political journalist out of Harlem NY. His essays can be read on his blog site Commentaries on the Times.
by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
While the world is mourning the loss of President Nelson Mandela, I want to raise a voice in celebration for this wonderful, stalwart, genteel, dedicated, brave, courageous, cunning, and noble example of Black Manhood. Amandla!!! It’s not enough to say “job well done.” We really do owe him a vote of thanks, because what he did took us to a whole other level of the contrast between Black and white.
While others are talking about equality, Mandela exemplified superiority. His values were superior to those of the mundane white racists of South Africa and the United States and Great Britain, who conspired to keep him incarcerated. They truly found out, once and for all, that “iron bars do not a prison make,” when they were dealing with the fine mind of Mandela. His mind was and is free from the oppressive, hateful, heinous things they obviously tried to heap upon him during his 27 years of incarceration. He came out clear minded, and just as set on purpose as the day they shut the bars.
Making his transition at the age of 95, and not dying in prison, which I am sure was their mission, is another testimony to the strength, endurance and intrepid fortitude of Nelson Mandela. How happy they would have been had he succumbed to the rigors of incarceration; had he made an attempt to break out, so they could dispatch with him. But, no. He managed to not only live, but continue to be a vital part of the ANC anti-Apartheid movement via his wife, Winnie Mandela – who kept things going and kept his memory alive, in spite of, and because of, the machinations of a racist regime gone mad with its own vapid whiteness.
He can truly be called the “President of the Ancestors,” for having come through the fire, and walked out, head held high, smiling always, in the faces of those who would have cheerfully walked down his spine. This in no way takes away for all that has been contributed by all of our other heroes and heroines. We have a pantheon of exemplary Black men and women, African, African American, African-Caribbean; Africa-South American; African-Central American – but realize that there is no such thing as a Black person who is not of BLACK AFRICAN HERITAGE. So the honor goes across the board for this wonderful man – from all of us who know that our ancestry, cradle to grave starts in the Continent for which he so nobly fought, and of which South Africa is only a part. MANDELA STOOD FOR ALL OF US.
President Nelson “Madiba” Mandela has been a personal hero of mine since I was a student in Fredrick Douglass High School, in Oklahoma City, OK. We had been studying the apartheid racist pass laws instigated under Voervood (don’t know if it’s spelled right, and don’t care), and the efforts to fight against it on the part of the South African people, when he was first incarcerated by the racist apartheid regime. It paralleled our own civil rights struggle, with sit ins, being hosed by police, having dogs set upon us – all to keep us from having a part in the so-called American rights to freedom. We learned about his incarceration, the kidnap/murder of Patrice Lumumba, and so many other atrocities taking place against African brothers and sisters, who were trying to throw off the colonizers oppressive yoke, from our teachers, Mr. Buford and Mr. Harris – who I am sure are sitting up there right now comparing what they taught us in class with the facts, now that they have him there to get the info directly from him.
Jomo Kenyatta and the MauMaus were also personal heroes of mine. Our history and social science teachers kept us well informed and up to date about colonization in Africa, in much the same way they did the racism we were suffering right here in the US. They wanted us to understand that it was all related, all the same oppressors, just geographical differences. The path between Africa and Blacks in America was a two-way street.
President Nelson Mandela – this powerful, yet genteel man, the first Black President, of South Africa, is also known as the father of Democracy in S.A. He suffered from a lung ailment that was stubbornly resistant to treatment, and to which he finally succumbed on Thursday, December 5, 2013. It was nearly six months after President Barack Obama had made a sojourn to South Africa in hopes of meeting his hero and fellow Nobel Peace Prize recipient. They formed a mutual admiration society, those two. However, owing to the gravity of his illness, the meeting did not take place. President Obama, however, did go to the notorious Robben Island, where Mandela had been incarcerated for 27 years, and walked with his wife and children through that tiny cell that held that giant spirit.
President Barack Obama was a great admirer of President Mandela, and will be attending the services along with former Presidents Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter and George Bush; as will many other dignitaries, heads of state and elected officials. These two great men possess some of the same wonderful traits of leadership and responsibility, which places them heads and shoulders above their detractors.
As a student at Lincoln University, and peer counselor to brothers and sisters who were refugees from non-independent African Nations, including South Africa (Azania is the real name), Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Congo, Lesotho, and other countries under the heel of atrocious colonial imperialist oppression, my fellow classmates and I used to come up with scheme after scheme about how to free Mandela, free South Africa, reign down retribution on the oppressors, and move the country to sovereignty. The sad thing for me is that most of them did not live to see Mandela free. Many of my friends actually worked in the UN for a while, but later returned home to help with the liberation efforts. They there with the rest of the ancestors to greet him, share a mug of Skokian, and regale him with how they managed to escape, come to America and attend Lincoln University – the Alma Mater of Nkrumah and Azikewe – who are also there to welcome him to his new home.
As most are aware, the legendary leader of South Africa was imprisoned in Robben Island, one of the harshest prisons in South Africa, for his defiant stand against Apartheid. What we are now learning is that it was the CIA that was instrumental in his capture. But then, who would be surprised at that? During the 27 years of his torture and incarceration, the ANC (African Nationalist Congress) and the youth of South Africa, under his then wife, Winnie Mandela, continued their resistance and assault against the racist regime started by that s.o.b. Voervord in the 1940′s.
During this time, and later, in the fifties when they were made even harsher, (actually starting with the Boer and British invasions in the 1800′s) South African Blacks could no longer walk or live freely in their own land. They had to walk around with “passes” or I.D. cards with their pictures on them. “Pass laws required that Africans had to carry identity documents with them at all times. These books had to contain stamps providing official proof that that the person in question had permission to be in a town at that time. According to Section 10 (1a-d) of the 1954 Native Urban Areas Act Africans could only stay in an urban area for more than 12 hours if they: a) Had been born there and had lived there ever since. b) Had worked there for ten years under one employer, or had lived there for 15 years without breaking any law (including pas laws); c) Were the child or wife of a man permitted to live in the urban area on the conditions of (a) or (b) mentioned above. d) Signed a contract to migrate from a rural reserve to a specific job for a limited period of time in an urban area after which they must return home. Contract workers’ families were not allowed to join them in an urban area. If they did not have these, they would be incarcerated – detained indefinitely – or killed. They were subjected to harsh treatment, outright shootings by the so-called police in – their own country!!!
The brave Black men, women and students who rose up against this were finally victorious in having Mandela released in 1990. He became the first Black president in modern times of South Africa; however, instead of continuing the hostilities (as many of us kind of expected and wanted him to do -
we kind of wanted revenge against the tyranny they had suffered – especially us Black folks here in the US), he put together a reconciliation plan which averted what surely would have been years and years of protracted blood baths.
New Yorkers were especially instrumental in effecting a massive boycott of South Africa, helping bring the ANC bring the heinous regime to its knees.
The brutal massacre of innocent students at Soweto, the Sharpville-Langa Massacre (which happened on my birthday, March 21) ; the production of Sara Fina, local ANC-based New York organizations that met and raised funds on a weekly basis, orchestrated by Sandra Rivers, Lyndon Prince, Elombe Brath, Sam Anderson, Duma Ndlovu, and so many others – I mention them here, because these are names the meanstream press will never mention. They’d rather talk to whites about the heroism of this great Black man. There were so many more Black people behind the liberation efforts to free Mandela. Suffice it to say, we know who we are.
Of course the support of such celebrities as Harry Belafonte – who was involved waaaay before any of the others because of his friendship and support of Miriam Makeba and Letta Mbulu – Hugh Masakela, Danny Glover, Michael Jackson, Kwame Toure` (a/k/a Stokely Carmichael), and others, all brought the message home, that South Africa ( Zimbabwe, SouthWest Africa/Namibia; Zambia, and other oppressed areas) would no longer be allowed to exist.
News caster and Soror (Delta Sigma Theta) Charlayne Hunter Gualt, and her husband, producer, Ron Gualt, moved to South Africa as soon as Mandela was liberated, and have lived there ever since. Charles Moses, former press secretary to former Governor Mario Cuomo, was hired by President Mandela to head up his University of the North in South Africa – which he did for four years. And a special mention to Susan Taylor, who at that time was Editor in Chief of Essence Magazine, and who, long before Mandela had been released, honored Winnie Mandela at an Essence Awards Ceremony when they were still being held at Rockefeller Center. She literally stopped the entire program to pay homage to Winnie and Nelson Mandela, and had Winnie speak of the necessity of keeping the pressure on.
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by CHARLES M. BLOW
There’s an old Gospel song called “Trouble Don’t Last Always.” My mother has repeated that phrase so often that the words are written on my consciousness.
The lesson of that saying is always with me: Though your problems may be present, they are not permanent. Storms pass.
That’s why I have grown weary of the Democratic gnashing of teeth over the problems with the Obamacare rollout and the president’s falling poll numbers.
This situation should remind us of a few things:
Although we like to think of nearly everyone as ardently right or left, a significant portion of the electorate is closer to the middle. An October Esquire-NBC News poll put the number of American moderates as high as 51 percent of the population. Many of these people can swing one way or another based on the news of the day or the season.
As much as people like to talk about the Republican Party’s being in its death throes, the party is still very much alive. Things don’t like to die. They change. That change may be slow and hard, but as death draws near, change is often forced. The Republican Party cannot sustain itself as a nationally viable party on its current path, but Republicans will eventually figure that out and a charismatic conservative will be able to sell the change.
Change is hard and often messy, and a movement and a messenger — the progressive cause and this president — whose whole identities are about change will always be linked to any discomfort that change brings.
You can’t promise more than you can produce. When the president told people they could keep their doctors and current insurance plans and that turned out not to be true, that hurt his standing more than any issue with the website ever could. To most people, that sounds dishonest, and dishonesty is an easily understood and widely reviled trait.
Republicans are going to harp on Obamacare and highlight hardship stories for as long as they feel the story has legs — and that may be a while. That happens in politics. You give your opponents a stick, and they’ll whack you with it every time.
That being said, this is not the end of days for this president or his party — no more so than shutting down the government was the end of the Republican Party.
Here is what we must remember:
Obamacare is, in the end, good for America. A report this week from the Council of Economic Advisers found that since 2010, when the Affordable Care Act passed, “Health care spending is the lowest on record,” and, “Health care price inflation is at its lowest rate in 50 years.” The report also said that the law has “substantially improved the long-term federal budget outlook.”
Not only must we lower health care costs so that they don’t bankrupt us; we must improve our health care system, something that Obamacare aims to do. Right now, we spend more than any other country on health care and still don’t have the best health outcomes. To quote from a PBS NewsHour report last year, in the United States:
• There are fewer physicians per person than in most other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development countries.
• The number of hospital beds in the U.S. was 2.6 per 1,000 population in 2009, lower than the O.E.C.D. average of 3.4 beds.
• Life expectancy at birth increased by almost nine years between 1960 and 2010, but that’s less than the increase of over 15 years in Japan and over 11 years on average in O.E.C.D. countries.
Fixing our health care system is not only right from a budget and policy perspective; it’s morally right. No one should be turned down for health coverage because of pre-existing conditions. No one should have to live in fear of going broke from getting sick. No one should have to use emergency rooms as his or her only option. As Martin Luther King Jr. once put it, “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”
Every policy change — particularly large ones — will have winners and losers. For now, the Republicans will keep highlighting the losers. Democrats must keep highlighting the winners, while reminding people that data points are not the data set. In the end, this health care law will be judged by its overall effects on the population and the economy, which I wager will be a net positive.
Anger is exhausting. It eventually subsides, memories fade and the media turn away to chase another ambulance.
As my mother would say, “Trouble don’t last always.”
(This column originally appeared in the New York Times November 22nd, 2013 under the title “Trouble Don’t Last Always”)
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by Alton Maddox
Rev. Ed Pinkney of Benton Township, MI is no stranger to controversy. After Blacks in Benton Township rebelled in 2003 for the motorcycle death of Terrance Shurn by the police, Rev. Pinkney organized Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO) to monitor police activities.
It is no surprise that he became a target of the police and its “lackeys” in the Black community. He was prosecuted on election fraud charges and, in a second trial, a Benton County jury convicted him of 5 counts of voting irregularities in 2007. Another judge sentenced him to prison for three to ten years for parole violations. He wrote a newspaper column critical of a judge.
Rev. Pinkney filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the NAACP for attempting to oust him as president of the Berrien County NAACP chapter. The NAACP accused Rev. Pinkney of wrongfully maligning white leaders in Benton Harbor. Whites believe that Rev. Pinkney is a poor example of Black leadership.
I will join Rev. Pinkney at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn on this Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Beforehand and at exactly 7:30 p.m. I will discuss, in detail, the “Freedom Auction” which will occur on Saturday, December 14. At 8:30 p.m. on this Wednesday, I will introduce Rev. Pinkney.
What’s in a name? A true name may not necessarily appear in a birth certificate. For registration purposes, the last name is usually connected with a parent. See, for example, William de Blasio, the patriarch. During slavery, an enslaved African had no last name and the first name was not a period of slavery.
If you were enslaved, the law required a first name followed by , “A Slave”. Celia, A Slave was an enslaved African. Her story is true. She was lynched by the order of the Missouri Supreme Court for exercising the human right of self-defense against her slave holder, a serial rapist. Celia A. Slave recognized that she was a human being and not a “heathen”. Tawana, A Slave had been raped by six white men, with impunity, from November 24-28, 1987. Enslaved Africans have no human rights.
John, A Slave was convicted on March 19, 2008 for exercising the human right of self-defense to protect himself, his slave quarter and his family from a white, lynch mob. Suffolk County Judge Barbara Kahn instructed the jury that John, A Slave had no right to harm any white man under any circumstance. This is straight out of the slave code and it actually appears in the jury instructions without objection. Any objection may have led to the lynching of the “defense” lawyer.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo refuses to pardon him. It has been a continuing debate about whether the pardon powers extend to enslaved Africans. Former Gov. David Paterson found that an enslaved African was not eligible for a pardon. The killing of a white man by a descendant of enslaved Africans is not subject to a pardon.
In the history of American jurisprudence, there have been only about twenty-five mostly Black lawyers who have sought to defend the rights of Blacks in an extraordinary way. As an exception, add Lynne Stewart. I started to name names on this past Saturday. These men and women have been punished in some way while the Black community looked with binoculars from afar. I will complete this list of names if there is another seminar and workshop.
While her birth certificate bears the name “Tawana Viciena Brawley”, Hon. Louis Farrakhan, in October 1989 in Chicago, IL, sought to improve on it by bestowing on her “Maryum Muhammad”. Under the original teachings of the Nation of Islam, she would be referred to as Tawana X.
United African Movement has no quarrel with the original teachings of the Nation of Islam but UAM is now uncomfortable with Tawana, A Slave in light of the recent events in New York and Virginia. Because of two U.S. Supreme Court cases that I cited on this past Saturday, it is inescapable that New York and Virginia have invoked the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793. See my partial bibliography in Legal History of Racism in the United States.
I informed the audience with irrefutable proof this past Saturday that Black people have only tasted liberty for a period of fifteen years in the United States. This period expired in 1883. Its expiration came about because of the Compromise of 1877. Samuel Tilden of New York represented the Confederate States of America. Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio represented the Union. The Compromise of 1877 means that no one can enforce the rights of ex-slaves and their descendants without personal harm.
Justice Joseph B. Bradley was given his marching orders after he completed his tie-breaking position on the electoral commission. His first task was to end constitutional protections under the Fourteenth Amendment. This came about in the Civil Rights Cases. Afterwards, the U.S. Supreme Court would usher in Plessy v. Ferguson. It was constitutional for Blacks to be second-class citizens under Art. 1, sec. 2 of the United States Constitution.
In Pagones v. Maddox, Mason, Sharpton and Brawley, Index No. 4595 (Sup. Ct., Dutchess Co. 1988), Justice S. Barrett Hickman correctly instructed the jury that “truth is no defense to [sedition]“. Black spectators were confused. They had been taught that truth was a defense. This is “good law” under the slave codes.
Blacks refuse to accept the fact that there is a dual system of justice in the United States and, before Plessy v. Ferguson, white jurors were judges of both the law and the facts. This changed after Blacks started to demand the right to sit on juries. This change appears in the law. Today, the court system operates with two sets of books with white judges were being accorded the last word.
Justice Hickman was authorized to prosecute Tawana, A Slave and her advisors under the Sedition Act of 1798 instead of New York Times v. Sullivan. Sedition is a serious charge and, for Blacks, it is absolutely illegal to criticize whites. “Maddox, Mason, Sharpton and Brawley” had to be taught a lesson. Cecil, A Slave and Alfred, A Slave have quick minds. Alton, A Slave and Tawana, A Slave are dull-minded.
Both the Full Faith and Credit Clause and the Fugitive Slave Law arose under the U.S. Constitution. They both operate under the “long-arm jurisdiction” of the court. Both clauses are still operative. The Full Faith and Credit Clause has a due process component and it applies, mostly, to whites. The Fugitive Slave Law is without a due process provision and it applies to Blacks.
Tawana, A Slave was a “minor” when Pagones claimed to have sued her. New York Law required the appointment of a guardian ad litem. This appointment never happened in New York or in Virginia. Since she has never had her “day in court” and only the Fugitive Slave Law would apply. For the rest of her life, Pagones can pick her pocket on a bogus, default judgment. She is an “indentured servant” which is approved by Dred Scott.
Enslaved Africans went to the Civil War to defeat Dred Scott. While the Union defeated the Confederate States of America with the assistance of “ex-slaves”, those same “ex-slaves” had to fend for themselves, afterwards, unarmed and defanged. These same “ex-slaves” lost the benefits of the “spoils” at the bargaining table in 1877.
American jurisprudence is a legal system. Enslaved Africans were treated separately and differently. Whites, during slavery, were known by their full names. All enslaved Africans were known by a first name plus “A Slave”. No one was called “Twelve Years, A Slave”. In the case of an enslaved African, in Missouri, killing her slaveholder, she was known as “Celia A. Slave”. All of our “revered ancestors” had the same last name but they had different first names.
“Twelve Years A Slave” is a fictional account of slavery. Those persons who question some of the fictional accounts of slavery would never believe a true story of slavery which is happening today. See, for example, Tawana, A Slave. Slavery is still in effect. The “badges of slavery” are running amuck in 2013.
Tawana, A Slave is a true story of slavery. This is actually a “slave narrative” and a documentary. There will be no actors.
Robert Abrams, for example, will play himself. Steven Pagones will play himself. Min. Louis Farrakhan will play himself. I will be shown in the Dutchess County Supreme Court arguing against slavery. Abrams will be seen arguing for it. Glenda, A Slave will be seen taking the Underground Railroad to the historic Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn. This is a preview. DO NOT PURCHASE A COPYCAT TAWANA, A SLAVE! All Proceeds to Tawana Brawley Only.
Tawana Brawley, officially, became Tawana, A. Slave on July 23, 2013 at the Surry County Court, which is a Confederate courthouse, in Surry County, VA. This is in itself a “badge of slavery” but it is permitted under Dred Scott. Judge Nathan C. Lee found that Tawana, A Slave, under the Fugitive Slave Law, is an” indentured servant” and should compensate Steven Pagones, under the Sedition Act of 1798, and the Fugitive Slave Law of 1793 for the rest of her natural life.
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471
by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.
After the event on this past Wednesday evening in Brooklyn to honor Tawana Brawley and her family, I only received one telephone call about my health. It was from Bro. Monty. Actually, he made three calls. Because of my physical condition, I only intended to make a cameo appearance, but the program required my prolonged appearance. Supporters of Tawana Brawley are not fighting each other for recognition. I was actually on “steroids.” After February 2012, I am happy to be alive.
My problem has been the mental condition of my people and my assumption of their risk. It is not good. Stress has taken its toll on me. In 1962, I heard the Hon. Elijah Muhammad describe us as the “walking dead.” I only wish that we could turn back the hands of time to 1962. Given my current, oppressive work load, I feel like I may be the only Black person living outside the cemetery.
Two years ago, I started sponsoring monthly workshop and legal seminars at the Cotton Club in Harlem in preparation for 2013 and the Freedom Party. For many months, the number of attendees was insufficient to cover the cost of food and rental of floor space. I had to bear the expense. These were usually five-hour sessions. Go to a hotel in Manhattan and attend a seminar for five hours.
Most of our own people are unaware that every Black voter needs his own “handgun.” We have been hunting with handguns owned by whites. This is the essence of “political sharecropping.” The First Amendment and the Second Amendment, read jointly, means that to be a citizen, you must have access to a “ballot and a bullet.”
There is a reason for a “separation of church and state”. In politics, you must have ethics and not religion. You will never find white priests, preachers and rabbis in the white community involved in politics. Preachers, priests and rabbis in the Black community, on the other hand, are talking about “disarmament” and “turning to the other check.” Meet them at the ballot box while they are receiving money under the table.
In June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in Shelby Co., Al v. Holder ruled that a people who have failed to take care of its teeth did not need a Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is actually a “political question” and beyond the reach of the “High Court” but no one made the “political question” argument and Black preachers refused to file an amicus curiae brief. We now have, at best, false teeth.
When whites acquired the ballot, they immediately built a delivery system. One hundred fifty years later, Blacks have built “zero” and we are bent on defeating the mission of our revered ancestors. As presently constituted, the Freedom Party intends to kill two birds with one stone. This also includes “Tawana, A Slave” and the “Central Park 7.” We are financing and endorsing our own oppression.
By eradicating the right to the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, there is no claim to citizenship. Stop, question and frisk becomes automatic. By law, a 501 (c) (3) not- for -profit corporation under the IRC cannot draft voting rights legislation. This eliminates all civil rights organizations that are promising to draft this legislation.
The Freedom Party is supposedly still attempting to draft a code of ethics. It is not in the blocks. Four pages, claiming to be a code of ethics, will not do the trick. In short, the Freedom Party is as dead as a doornail. It is already over its head. The cart has been placed before the horse.
On Wednesday night, I cried all the way to the Brooklyn Christian Center. These tears were for my people and a lack of HELP (History, Ethics, Logic and Philosophy). After two years, no one in the Freedom Party even understands HELP. I go back to December 12, 1987 when more than a thousand activists pledged, in Newburgh, NY, to support Tawana Brawley. They were all MIA on Wednesday night. Ethics is unimportant to Blacks. So also are history, logic and philosophy.
Black men have never had to courage to defend a Black female against a white male. Nonetheless, these Black men still have support from the Black community. Now, Letitia James has decided to be a “problem.” She has never read the “Compromise of 1877 and the Black lawyers who had to flee the United States or stay home and be lynched.
If Ms. James intends, as public advocate, to enforce the rights of Blacks, she will become another “Judge Bruce Wright.” White men will give her a public flogging while all Black men run for the “tall grass.” If history is correct, I will be the only Black man attempting to take a stand. Because of my physical condition, I need to be in a nursing home “with good intentions.” Black people do not own a nursing home and I am without any resources. My daily existence depends on any good Samaritan.
I hope that everyone will watch the tribute this past Wednesday evening at the Brooklyn Christian Center. Among other things, you will definitely understand HELP and you will understand the “Compromise of 1877.” All proceeds will go to Tawana, A. Slave. No Black person should be looking for a profit or a short-cut. Keep this videotape off of You Tube which will not HELP Tawana A, Slave. For fighting for all Black women, she must pay her rapist over Three Hundred Dollars weekly. Most Black women are off partying.
If Sonny Liston had been afraid to go into the boxing ring to fight Muhammad Ali, no one in his or her right mind would declare Liston the champion. This is what happened to Steven Pagones. Blacks declared him the winner even though he refused and failed to invite Tawana into the courtroom. We sick boss?
Steven Pagones was afraid to serve Tawana with legal papers. He feared that Tawana would “finger” him in the courtroom. Yet, Blacks are accusing Tawana of perpetrating a “hoax.” She never had her day in court in New York or in Virginia. Due process requires otherwise. Where is the “hoax?”
Too honest for the White Press and too black for much of today’s Black Press; bullet columnist Alton Maddox upsets the same people and status quo as he did as an uncompromising Defense Attorney. He is also a founding member of the Freedom Party. Please support the movement to Reinstate him. Contact him at c/o UAM P.O. BOX 35 BRONX, NY 10471
by Pat Freeman
The recent buzz over the interest of rock legend Jon Bon Jovi in purchasing the Buffalo Bills has once again exposed that bit of uncertainty that still haunts Western New York over the future of our favorite past time. This happens as we approach the first anniversary of the lease extension which many think guarantees the team here for at least seven years. This hastily worked agreement I believe will come back to haunt Western New York in the not to near distant future, because as we’ve seen its added the Buffalo Bills to the list of possible franchises that will be up for bids in the future.
The modern interested party that purchases professional sports franchises has changed over the years and often times includes a name recognized investor who can become the face of these organizations. The days are gone when one person will step up to buy these multi-billion dollar franchises, and it usually takes an organizing group with one member who on paper has 30% controlling interest.
Why would Bon Jovi consider purchasing the Bills, it’s simple, he’s a cowboy, on a steel horse he rides, and he’s wanted, dead or alive-cs
So when this report hit the airwaves creating denials from the Bon Jovi camp it is reasonable to come to the conclusion that he most certainly has interest. Why would he not have interest in being part of an entity that makes a profit before it sells a ticket? NFL franchises are all ranked in the top 50 by Forbes Magazine, and there are many groups that are positioning themselves to join this elite club. We must ask the question with this so called iron clad lease extension why are so many still wondering about the future of professional football in Western New York? The reason has two components that we must examine to make this determination of our present circumstances.
1. The current owner Ralph Wilson has stated that as long as he is alive the team will remain in Western New York. His current age of 95 makes this a troublesome point for the faithful of this region because to our knowledge there is no existing transition plan in place, and it is believed that the team will be sold after he passes. If the team is sold at its current Forbes value of 845 million dollars on the open market to new ownership, and they desire to move the franchise and break the iron clad lease between the state, county, and the team up to year seven. They would have to pay $400 million dollar penalty, and a $200 million dollar relocation fee. Making their total to around 1.45 Billion-1.6 Billion and cheaper than what the dodgers sold for to a group headed by Magic Johnson. Now if the new owner says I will just wait until year seven and only pay a penalty of $28 million, and the relocation fee of $ 200 million they would save $372 million.
2. The second reason rests at the feet of our county executive Mark Poloncarz who from day one of his administration decided that renovating 40 year old Ralph Wilson Stadium was the best way to not have the Bills leaves this area on his watch. He ordered a cement study of the stadium to check the condition of the cement, and immediately let it be known that he was against a new stadium in downtown Buffalo. Unfortunately his lack of understanding of how the NFL works has already showed itself after this so called iron clad lease was presented to the NFL owners it was rejected over a 100 times requiring the Legislature to vote on it again. It was not until months later that this was publicly disclosed. What was not publicly disclosed was his cement study which showed a deteriorating edifice in Orchard Park. This with all of the information that was provided to Mr. Poloncarz including a private meeting with his so called hand pick experts he just refused to listen. I tried to explain to him that a true renovation of that facility was a waste of tax payer money because the facility is only used 7-9 times a year bringing in a revenue amount of $46 Million dollars which went to the Buffalo Bills, and the NFL.
The part that troubles me the most is the lack of listening of all those that supported this so called iron clad lease extension was that they failed to grasp the fact that a new stadium was the only way to lock this team into this area for the long term and not to put a band-aid on a problem that still exists. The teams that are in play for relocation all have stadium issues, and once you build a new facility that team is locked into that community for the long term. The way this agreement was put together it favored the options of the current owner and put the viability of the franchise being in Western New York for the long term as a secondary option with the pressure of being able to build a new facility within 5-8 years to keep this team here. This agreement only allocates funds for exploratory studies in years 8,9,10 of the agreement, and if we wait on those that put this together you can rekindle the feeling of watching the Buffalo Braves leave this area.
In closing we must act now to save professional sports in Western New York and create a way to defray the burden from the tax payer. This is the basis of the new downtown stadium complex. The creation of a multi use facility that is used year round connected to a new convention center, hotel, retail space and a one of a kind History of Sport Museum by the world renowned Strong museum of Rochester.
by Alberta Parish
The propaganda of Thanksgiving has taught Americans that the good Pilgrims survived the harshness of the New World when the Natives extended a helping hand, and taught the Pilgrims how to grow and plant their own food to keep from starving to death. Because the academic community doesn’t want to scare the children with the true history behind the first day of Thanksgiving, they gave the children a standard fictional textbook story about the Natives and Pilgrims eating a Thanksgiving feast together and they all lived happily ever after. Honestly, if I was the recipient of benefits wrought through the death and destruction of other nations whose land my ancestors stole, I wouldn’t want my children knowing the true history of a people that has a predisposition for violent and destructive behavior, as evidenced when they slaughtered hundreds of millions of Natives after entering the New World. This is not the kind of history that they want everybody remembering. Being the recipient of a civilization built upon human slavery and the thievery of the wealth of those whom they enslaved is not the kind of embarrassing history that I’d want to share with my descendants.
Like the drones that most Americans are, they celebrate Thanksgiving with a lavish turkey feast, dressings, Cranberry sauce and the festivities of the day surrounded by family and friends while ignoring the dark past that accompanied the first “day of Thanksgiving” by those who slaughtered the Natives for hundreds of years thereafter.
In total hypocrisy, Americans celebrate the fourth Thursday in November completely insensitive to the current Native Americans whose land they stole and continue to steal to this present day. You have to have a lot of balls in 2013 to celebrate a feast commemorating the destruction of the Natives upon whose land you celebrate your bloodfest. It takes unmitigated gall to appear on national television every Thanksgiving with a blood sport called Football and songsters to sing during half-time to celebrate a day in remembrance of the slaughter of 700 Pequot Natives in the 17th Century. I don’t need to give you the gritty details of Thanksgiving’s dark history for you to know that your version of Thanksgiving (according to the modern textbooks) is much different from the first so-called Thanksgiving celebration in 1637 in which the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony held a “day of Thanksgiving” for those returning colonists who had slaughtered hundreds of Pequot Natives in what is known today as Mystic, Connecticut. Officially, the term ‘Thanksgiving’ was coined much later in the 19th Century. Today, I will not allow you to celebrate Thanksgiving with a clear conscience by overlooking the true history of Thanksgiving’s beginnings.
While you feast upon your dry turkey and give thanks to the biblical god in whose name mass murder, rape, incest, infanticide, genocide, robbery, slavery, and torture has been committed for thousands of years, your festivities are an act of terrorism, as seen by the Natives upon whose land you celebrate. While U.S. citizens may have forgotten the true history of Thanksgiving, the Native Americans have not and every year they gather at the statue of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe at Plymouth Rock to commemorate those men, women and children all slaughtered in 1637. Much of Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut, Washington and New York have been built upon the bones of dead Natives, which is why they’ll never have peace. And I’m not talking about the dead Natives. Karma doesn’t have a time limit. It doesn’t matter how long ago an action or deed was committed. Karma will always find you no matter what century you reside in. They’ve rewritten the history of Thanksgiving like they’ve rewritten religious systems time and time again. But DNA never forgets.
The sanctimonious community will be in high celebrations this Thanksgiving as they give reverence to their Greco-Roman deity Jesus while dismissing the countless lives of Natives slaughtered to advance the agendas of the Queen and King of England, of Scotland, of Spain, and of Portugal all under the influence of the Vatican.
You can lie to yourself by pretending that you’re giving thanks to the Good Lord, but your Thanksgiving is the blood sacrifice of the Natives as it was originally a feast honoring those returning from the massacre of hundreds of Pequot Natives. Would the Good Lord of the New Testament want to be affiliated with such a feast? After all, Jesus was the peaceful messiah, was he not? Therefore, why would the biblical peaceful messiah approve of your Thanksgiving celebrations built upon the wholesale slaughter of men, women and children in their lands? Originally, the Greco-Roman god Jesus was invented to act as an agent of peace between the revolutionary Judaic groups like the Zealots and Essenes, and the Roman authorities that controlled Palestine.
The Greeks, Romans, Britons and their descendants have enslaved every population they’ve encountered and conquered. Everywhere they have tread, they’ve been met with armed resistance and still to this day continues to be met with armed resistance. The annihilation of entire populations has always occurred in their wake, and they will take the human species to the brink of nuclear and bio-chemical warfare. There is enough nuclear and bio-chemical weaponry to kill every man, woman and child on this planet as of now. If homo sapiens survive another one hundred thousand years, it will be because they’ve decided not to obliterate the planet by way of nuclear and bio-chemical fallout.
Your enemy is not the other people in Iran or Afghanistan wearing turbans. As a species, you have endangered the planet through your self-destructive virtues. You continue to endanger the wildlife whether on land or in the sea. You have endangered future generations through your inventions of weapons of mass destruction. Since your biblical god has condoned your destructive behavior, what is there to stop you from further self-destructing?
How people in the sanctimonious community celebrate Thanksgiving while turning a blind eye to its true meaning is simple? Many don’t recognize the peaceful messiah of the New Testament, because if they did they could not celebrate Thanksgiving in good conscience. In fact, Jesus is becoming increasingly unpopular in the sanctimonious community so much so that many rarely mention the name Jesus. When I was a believer, it was Jesus, Jesus, Jesus all day and night.
Since the question of Christ’s historical existence has come under fire by modern scholars and scientists, the political correctness machinery has been spinning out of control to clean up the inconsistencies and nuances caused by those who invented the biblical Jesus, the New Testament and Christianity. If you really want to know whom the fictional Jesus was based upon, start by reading the biography of Julius Caesar. Like the biblical Jesus, Caesar was regarded as the savior of mankind during his lifetime. Caesar’s wax figure was also raised upon a Roman cross to symbolize his resurrection as a god shortly after his murder in 44 BCE. The biblical crucifixion of Christ is the crucifixion of Julius Caesar, which symbolized the raising of the Roman god Caesar. Just as Caesar was included in the Roman pantheon of gods, so was his nephew and adopted heir Augustus Caesar.
Although Native Americans have been disseminated among the population and are greatly outnumbered, they’ve still managed to retain much of their cultural heritage and traditional ways of living, including their Native spiritual practices with the occasional religious hiccups. They have their own educational school systems in which they teach their children their cultural identity and history. They have also maintained some semblance of their ancient culture. Too bad the descendants of African slaves living in North and South America did not.
Many so-called African-Americans are not African at all. Originally, when Columbus reached the Bahamas in 1492, he saw dark-skinned inhabitants. The Cherokee, Mashantucket Pequot, Powhatan, Choctaw, Shawnee, Wampanoag and many other tribes have Africoid features. Initially, there were no African slaves in the early history of the Americas. But there were prisoners of war exiled to the colonies in the Bahamas as well as North and South America following the defeat of the Moors by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain. Institutionalized slavery was imposed in 1619 when the first African slaves were shipped to Jamestown, Virginia. The invaders had already set up colonies from the time Columbus’ ship first reached the Caribbean islands in 1492.
Too many North American blacks don’t know their history, and that is very disturbing. This means that a lot of black people don’t read and, as a result, you’re ignorant and you have paid a huge price for your ignorance. This is why they don’t feel like they need to give us reparations, because they know a lot of you don’t even know that you, as the living descendents of Native American tribes and of African slaves, should have gotten reparations a long time ago. They know you’re not going to unanimously demand your reparations, because you’ve been conquered by religion and the peaceful messiah Jesus. Your government has reclassified every dark-skinned U.S. citizen into the category of African-American, because your government doesn’t want to give us reparations. A lot of you are a descendant of the wealthy Moorish nation that was exiled in the 15th Century to the North American colonies as prisoners of war. Your ancestors’ wealth was stolen, and you were stripped of your inheritance. Your wealth is locked away in the Vatican, and was also disseminated among the royal families of England, of Spain, and of Portugal.
Most Native American tribes own casinos and have their own land (free of government interference) while most black families can’t even come up with $50,000 in hard cash to bail a loved one out of jail. Which is worse? Living on a reservation with your own governments, courts, tribal laws and you own the land, or living in Section 8 government-assisted housing on welfare and food stamps? Which is worse? Being able to control your own destiny by being a job creator (because you have a bunch of casinos in Las Nevada and Arizona), or working at Wal-Mart on Thanksgiving while making $7.50 an hour?
In the event that all blacks currently living in North America receives reparations, we’ll be able to control our own destiny. This is what the government does not want. The government wants to be able to maintain power and control over the black population of North America. Because we make up much of the slave (service-industry) labor in this country, they won’t allow us to be able to control our own destiny by giving us reparations. The point of government control is to be able to control even your destiny and future.
on the Eve of Kennedy Assassination 50th Anniversary
by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
US President Barack Obama awarded the highest award the US gives to a civilian, Presidential Medal of Freedom to Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton in a day of tributes to former President John F Kennedy. Additionally, leaders from the realm of sports, entertainment, science and public service were honored. “Today, we salute fierce competitors who became true champions,” Obama said.
Oprah Winfrey was presented with the highest US honour by President Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters
The ceremony marks the start of a day honouring Kennedy’s legacy two days before the nation pauses to remember the 50th anniversary of his assassination.
Obama, the First Lady, and the Clintons paid a visit to the eternal flame that marks John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s gravesite at the ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Obama said that Bill Clinton’s presidency had been only the start of his work to improve the world, crediting his post-presidency humanitarian works as helping to save or improve the lives of hundreds of millions around the world.
“I’m grateful, Bill, as well, for the advice and counsel that you’ve offered me, on and off the golf course,” Obama said to chuckles. “And most importantly, for your lifesaving work around the world, which represents what’s the very best in America.”
Obama said the late Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, didn’t just break the stratospheric glass ceiling, “she blasted right through it.”
“Young girls need to see role models, she said. You can’t be what you can’t see,” Obama said. “Today our daughters, including Malia and Sasha, can set their sights a little bit higher because Sally Ride showed them the way.”
President Kennedy, who established the modern version of the medal, was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas on November 22, 1963, two weeks before he planned to honor the inaugural group of recipients.
As a teenager, Bill Clinton shook hands with Kennedy the summer before the assassination when he and other high school students in the Boys Nation program went to Washington.
In the evening, Obama spoke on Kennedy’s legacy of service at a dinner at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History attended by current and past medal recipients, including baseball’s Hank Aaron, astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, singer Aretha Franklin, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, activist Jesse Jackson and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Kennedy’s grandson, Jack Schlossberg, introduced Obama at the dinner. Other Kennedy relatives attended, including Robert Kennedy’s daughter Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and former diplomat Jean Kennedy Smith, a former medal recipient and John F. Kennedy’s only surviving sibling.
Friday, November 22, marks 50 years to the day since Kennedy was slain while riding in an open car in a motorcade during a visit to Dallas. Obama plans to meet privately at the White House on Friday with leaders and volunteers from the Peace Corps program, also established by Kennedy. Vice President Joe Biden, another potential candidate, plans to attend only the White House medal ceremony.
Those of us of a certain age remember all too well where we were and what we were doing when we learned of President Kennedy’s assassination in Texas. President Obama was just three years old at the time.
On November 22, 1963, I was a freshman student at Hampton Institute. Ironically, I was in my US History class, which was taught by Dr. Hyman Kuritz. We were actually discussing the Bay of Pigs incident, which almost caused Hampton to be evacuated, since it was located near so many military bases (Langley AFB, Ft Monroe, Ft. Eustace and others). We could hear a loudspeaker in the background, which kept getting louder and louder, practically drowning out Dr. Kuritz. Finally, a teacher ran into the classroom and whispered in his ear. He dropped his text book and immediately dismissed the class, after having made the announcement that someone had tried to kill the president. It was approximately 3:30 in the afternoon.
When we stepped out onto the quad, we saw that practically all of the students were gathered there. Teachers were trying to keep us from panicking, while at the same time freaking out. One instructor actually had a heart attack and died. In the canteen speculation about who did it was all over the place. When Malcolm X made the statement about “chickens coming home to roost,” many of us who were long time Civil Rights activists were concerned that they would try to pin it on a Black person just to spark a backlash.
Kennedy with then-Vice President Lyndon Johnson looking on-cs
I remembered how I had met Kennedy when he was campaigning to become president. It was in 1959, and we were staging a sit-in at the Skirvin Towers and Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. We were high school students, and the demonstration, one of many that we participated in, was led by the late Clara Luper, our local mentor, activist, and heroine. We had positioned ourselves in front of the elevator doors, so no one could pass through. The city managers were walking with Kennedy and tried to force us to move. Kennedy stopped him and said he would not cross the picket line. He smiled at us, turned and walked away.
I remember noting that his hair was “really, really red.” My fellow classmate/sit-inners were completely in awe of him, since, during those days, to have white man to tell another white man that he was going to respect something Black people were doing was unheard of. At that time I was too young to vote, but I remember telling my Dad that he should vote for Kennedy *(Blacks had the vote in Oklahoma before LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act). At that time Dad was a Lincoln Republican, Kennedy was a Democrat. (Isn’t it amazing how the whole scenario has changed? Republicans used to be the good guys, Democrats/Dixiecrats were the bad guys. Nobody wanted Kennedy because his family was Catholic; today they have a whole new set of issues).
When President Kennedy was pronounced dead, classes at Hampton were suspended. We were all in our respective dormitory lounges, glued to the TV set as President Lyndon Baynes Johnson was sworn in, and watched as Jackie Kennedy bravely bore up under all the tragedy. We watched as they apprehended Lee Harvey Oswald. We watched as Jack Ruby shot Oswald at point blank range, while cameramen filmed it, not thinking to stop and say “he’s got a gun.” We watched as Malcolm X was censured by the Hon. Elijah Muhammad.
But most of all, we watched as the horse drawn cart with Kennedy’s coffin, led by the Riderless Horse, marched through DC; as Kennedy’s coffin was taken by train through all the major cities, as people lined up to pay their last respects.
We watched, we cried, we mourned – we knew that things were getting ready to make a drastic change. We all knew if they could be so hateful as to kill a sitting President, they would have no compunction about leveling that same hatred against us, who were taking stands against disenfranchisement, injustice, jim crowism, and all the other evils that had been visited on Black people for more than 400 years. We watched, mourned, but we also dug in our heels because we knew we still had a lot of work to do.
Wherever you were, whoever you are, I’m sure you have stories to tell/share about that day, week, month following the Assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Make sure you do. Your children, grandchildren, siblings – the world – needs to hear them.
November 22, 1963 is an auspicious and a sad occasion at the same time, since the 60′s marks a period during which heroes on both sides of the line – Black and white – were murdered or assassinated for their beliefs and stance on the legitimacy of the liberation of Black people.
In addition to President Kennedy, Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik el Shabazz), Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Wiley Evers, and Robert Kennedy, civil rights activists Schwerner, Goodman and Cheyney, the four beautiful little girls in Birmingham (Bombingham), Alabama; Ralph Featherstone (Secretary of SNCC and a personal friend), George Jackson, (among others) were victims of violent deaths.There will, no doubt, be many other ceremonies to commemorate these fallen heroes. But on Friday, we salute the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the first modern day president to be felled by an assassin’s bullet.
May he continue to rest in peace.
Stay Blessed &
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