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The Final Arguments to Support the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal

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by Pat Freeman

The momentum to overturn 40 years of bad decisions in regards to a downtown stadium is now moving to their final arguments. When the campaign to accomplish this historic project started many doubted that an endeavor of this magnitude would gain traction in Western New York. Well the effort to educate, and persuade the citizens of this region I believe has finally taken hold, and the nay-sayers are losing at this point. One of the principal arguments early in my involvement was how are you going to pay for this? Your ideas make sense but who is going to pay for this? Then I merged my efforts with the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex and the argument totally changed. When we reviewed their plans for building a state of the art complex which would include a 72,000 seat stadium with a retractable roof, convention center, hotel, retail space, and the History of Sport Museum operated by the world renown Strong Museum of Rochester, New York reinforced my confidence that this project really could happen. The road blocks for making this happen suddenly were pushed back because the GBSEC had already completed contemporary site studies, contracted a world class architectural firm HKS who have designed the last three stadiums that have hosted Super Bowls.

After looking at five different locations the Outer Harbor was selected as the best site that met NFL specifications for new stadium development. The most important aspect of GBSEC was the financing of the complex which rivals just about every new stadium deal in the country. Most stadium deals are 35% Private and 65% Public and usually are accompanied by some form of tax increase. Not the GBSEC plan which is 70% Private financed and 30% Public with most of the public contribution associated with infrastructure improvements. The GBSEC has already invested about five years of work and well over 1 million dollars in site studies that would usually fall on municipalities to complete.

Finally I believe the nay-sayer argument has shown very little validity with the argument for this project gaining support all over western New York. The only hold up is what will be the decision on the Outer Harbor land site? Will the government do the right thing and designate GBSEC as the developer? This is the only hold up with this project moving forward. This action alone will cost tax payers nothing!!!! The responsibility of development rests with GBSEC who can then work with city engineers in determining the planning of infrastructure improvements to make this site more accessible, and suitable for the proposed development.

In closing you will all realize that the eventual sale of our Professional football team will leave a clear understanding that the old NFL is long gone. This NFL is driven by the strength of your region’s contribution to the revenue pie, which requires us to adopt, and implement a new formula which must include a multi-use complex attached to our hub’s central business district. Support the Outer Harbor Stadium Complex Proposal.

If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.

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July 31st, 2014 at 11:20 pm

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Let’s Stop Describing Ourselves as ‘Minorities’

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by Hope E. Ferguson

My Thing Is: This increasingly inaccurate term for people who don’t identify as white suggests powerlessness and has outlived its utility. Can we agree to give it up?

It’s already been two years since May 2012, when we learned that for the first time, U.S. babies born to parents who didn’t identify as white outnumbered those born to parents who did. What this means, according to demographers, is that by the year 2030 or thereabout, there will be no majority racial group in this country.

People who check “black” now make up about 13 percent of the population, while those hailing from the Spanish-speaking former New World colonies represent approximately 17 percent and growing. The numbers who claim “Asian” (both South and East), Middle Easterners, and those who think of themselves primarily as mixed or “other” are also on the rise.

So why do we insist on using the word “minority” to describe everyone except people who identify as white?

Don’t get me wrong—I understand where and why this originated. I come from a family with deep roots in the civil rights movement, including my grandfather, an African Methodist Episcopal minister, and my late father, C. Clyde Ferguson Jr., who was general counsel to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as it was writing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. So I remember when “minority” became a household term, and when it worked, linguistically and politically. When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, it served as easy shorthand and as an all-inclusive way to designate those who were not deemed Caucasian. It was often deployed to advocate for the rights and resources to which these people were entitled.

Since, historically, this country has been overwhelmingly white (70 percent or even more), “minority” made its own kind of sense. Not to mention, it was easier than saying the mouthful “people of color” or, more daunting, calling each racial or ethnic group by name.

But for some time now, I have sworn off using the term at all and have tried to persuade others that its time has passed. That’s because I believe that words have the power to influence our thoughts, and our thoughts influence our actions.

And there’s Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, which reads as follows:

: A number or amount that is less than half of a total;

: The group that is the smaller part of a larger group;

: a group of people who are different from the larger group in a country, area, etc., in some way (such as race or religion)

That last definition is the one we are dealing with here, but think of the other definitions: “Minority” is something “that is less than half of a total.” It is the “smaller part of a larger group.” As long as we use the term as a synonym for myriad people of color, we are, I believe, consigning these people to lesser status and a smaller role—in short, to powerlessness.

When you hear the word “majority,” on the other hand, it denotes power. The majority vote wins in elections. The majority opinion is sometimes able to silence the less popular. Calling a group the majority makes it seem like a behemoth, something as immovable and inevitable as Mount Everest.

But racial power is not, in fact, inevitable; it is the result of various historical forces. What will happen when our country becomes a nation of ethnic and racial groups, with no one group in the numeric majority? Doesn’t it make sense to begin to speak of racial groups using the most specific—if still imperfect—terms we have for them: black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latino?

If nothing else, this could save us some awkward constructions. With the news of nonwhite babies becoming a majority of births two years ago, the media began to use the term “majority-minority nation.” Talk about an oxymoron!

In light of this increasingly multiracial country and the accompanying resistance to adhering to strict labels, will there come a day when the census drops its racial categories altogether? Maybe. But in the meantime, can we stop using the belittling and power-robbing word “minority” as a synonym for that blossoming, expanding group of multiracial and varied-race Americans? I hope a majority of us can agree, once and for all, to do so.

This column first appeared in The Root (theroot.com).

Hope E. Ferguson is senior writer for the State University of New York’s Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, New York. The great-granddaughter and granddaughter of African Methodist Episcopal (AME) ministers, she grew up hearing about social justice issues from her father, a human rights attorney, and mother, an artist, who were active in the civil rights movement. She blogs about faith, culture and politics at Morning Joy.‎

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July 28th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Was Tony Saying What Many People Think Regarding Sam?

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by Zachary Husser

Dear Family of Friends,

Former NFL-coach Tony Dungy’s position is what is said in the closed conversations of most professional locker rooms. The NFL has put in rule legislation that penalizes other NFL Players if “they” don’t come through with positive comments about Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player. Well, you can’t legislate behavior nor acceptance in the National Football League on what people believe.

The questions about Michael Sam’s abilities to play NFL football,as far as my observations, has been the lost story in the coverage of the draftee. Thirty-One NFL Teams passed on Michael Sam because professional athletes are the most “Conservative” folk I know. The Owners showed what they’re about when none but one took Michael Sam near the end of the draft. As far as St. Louis taking Sam, I’ve been told by reliable sources that he was taken only because of his affiliation with the University of Missouri Tigers team that plays in Missouri, the same State that the Rams are located in. It goes even deeper to the Owner of the Rams who is a great supporter of the University of Missouri Football Program and told his Draft Team to get Michael Sam because he’s one of us Tigers. This reliable source said the Owner of the Rams tries to get as many University of Missouri Tigers on his roster as possible. So, we do have issues and reasons from within the Rams Team that are prepared to deal with Michael Sam the University of Missouri Tiger who just happened to be the co-defensive player of the year in the SEC conference, one of the great College Football Conference in the United States of America. On another note, many folk who believe in Michael Sam spent a lot of money to get Rams Season tickets and we know the media is going to be all over every move the Rams make starting with the opening of their camp. This is a money making move for the St. Louis Rams Organization even if they deny it.

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What direction will Sam take the NFL, or can the former SEC Defensive Player of the Year even make the cut?-cs

In concluding, I’m tired of sports writers always connecting “Gay Rights” Issues with Civil Rights tragedies that Black Folk went through to get a foot into the United States Society. The two movements have nothing in common and thousands of Gay Folk didn’t die to get the rights that Civil Rights Ancestors of mine died for. What we need to do is stop stating that this Michael Sam drafting by the St. Louis Rams is similar to Jackie Robinson getting the opportunity to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The two situations were as far apart as anything we know. Jackie Robinson was a professional athlete at the top of his game and was better than most of the “All White Players” in Major League Baseball at that time. White Folk were “Afraid” to let Black Players come into the game because They knew the superior talent would take many jobs from the all white league. Racism and Hatred of Black People was the leading factor in not allowing Black Talent to play in professional sports on all levels. The Gay Issue is something completely different and deals with the “Beliefs” of folk as Christians and other organized religious groups. So, I would like Sports Writers, who for the most part, don’t know anything about what we Black Folk went through as we faced the Racist and Hateful mob of white people during the Jim Crow Period all the way to today’s Racist Republicans and Tea Party Nuts. The Gay Issue has nothing to do with Civil Rights!!

Note: I have an opinion about Michael Sam’s right to play NFL Football, but my opinion deals with the young man’s abilities as a football player and nothing about his bedroom manner. Sam’s football capabilities have been lost in the telling of his story. Thirty-one of thirty-two NFL Teams passed on Michael Sam and I’m pissed at that because the young man can certainly play NFL Football. The Southeast Conference in College Football is one of the toughest in the United States. Michael Sam was the co-defensive player of the year during the 2013-2014 NCAA Football Season. I say more attention should be on those facts and not that he’s Gay. As a Defensive Player, being Gay is not going to help Michael Sam make a tackle!

The great Coach of basketball on all levels who won a national Championship at each stop, Coach Nolan Richardson, is being enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during the August 7-9, 2014 ceremony in Springfield, MA. If anyone earned and deserves to be in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, it’s Coach Nolan Richardson.

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Hard-nosed Nolan in his heyday filling one of his players ear with strategy on the bench-cs

He’s the template for great Coaching as well as being professional when Racism was used to short change his great Coaching Career! We love Coach Nolan Richardson because he’s a stand up Black Man that all of Us can learn something from. We thank Coach Richardson for all of the lives he’s changed during his playing and coaching careers!

For more information about Coach Nolan Richardson, please go to wikipedia.org and see all of his accomplishments.

In the Interest of Telling Our Story,

Brother Zach Husser, Community Organizer

Zachary Cornell Husser is a NY/NJ Community Organizer and member of the Columbia University men’s basketball teams of 1967–70. You can find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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July 27th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Something Old is New in Buffalo

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by Karima Amin

For the last several months, you may have been hearing about the “Open Buffalo” initiative that was announced in January in the Buffalo News and announced at a press conference, sponsored by the Partnership for the Public Good, at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library. It was reported that the Open Society Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1.9 million grant, to four local non-profits, to “combat economic injustice and inequality in Buffalo.” These four non-profits, PUSH-Buffalo, the Coalition for Economic Justice, VOICE-Buffalo, and the Partnership for the Public Good, have each selected “partners,” 13 in number, who will collaborate to improve life in Buffalo, a city overwhelmed by racism and poverty. Prisoners Are People Too, Inc. is honored to be one of the chosen “partners” and we will be moving forward with our effort to improve conditions at the Erie County Holding Center and the Erie County Correctional Facility by introducing and implementing Restorative Justice Practices with an eye toward healing victims, their families, and the community-at-large while encouraging offenders to take responsibility.

To understand that something old is new in Buffalo, you need some background about “restorative justice.” What is it? If you ask five people, you may get five different answers. “Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior or an offensive act. It is best accomplished through cooperative practices that include all stakeholders… victims, offenders, family and community members.” Justice requires that we work to restore those who have been injured. Those most directly involved and affected by an offense should have the opportunity to participate in the response. Repairing the harm is at the center of Restorative Justice, which is an umbrella term encompassing several different practices, among them: victim-offender mediation, group conferencing, conflict resolution, peacemaking circles and more. Restorative Justice is thousands of years old but new to Buffalo.

At the next monthly meeting of Prisoners Are People Too, Inc., three guest speakers will share information about restorative justice. Our Program Director, George BaBa Eng, a proponent of restorative justice for several years, received specialized training from Rev. Robert Spicer (RJ Trainer and Facilitator from Chicago) and advanced training from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. BaBa has written several scholarly essays on the topic and he will share historical information about the roots of RJ and our desire to bring restorative practices to the Erie County Holding Center.

Restorative Justice is thousands of years old but new to Buffalo. Pastor James Giles, Executive Director of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries and vice-president of VOICE-Buffalo, will speak about the various ways that the community can benefit with restorative justice impacting our quality of life. Mr. Andy Prinzing learned about restorative justice when he lived in Ithaca and worked as an instructional supervisor at the National Dropout Prevention Center at Clemson University. He came to Buffalo in 2011 and became the assistant principal of the Buffalo Community Charter School where he saw how certain restorative principles could increase attendance and reduce suspensions.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, July 28, 2014 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Pratt-Willert Community Center, 422 Pratt Street in Buffalo. This meeting is sponsored by the Circle of Supporters for Reformed Offenders and Friends of BaBa Eng. For more information: 716-834-8438; karima@prisonersarepeopletoo.org; g.babaeng@yahoo.com.

“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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Freeman’s Response to the News’ Proposed Ferry Service Article

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by Pat Freeman

 

I’m writing you in response to your recent Article in reference to the proposal for a Ferry running between the Inner and Outer Harbors . The portion of your article which deeply concerns me I’ve pasted below.

 

“A public hearing last week attracted nearly 300 people, many of whom expressed their strong preference for open space and parkland at the site. Far fewer showed support for apartments or a new Bills stadium.”

 

1. If three hundred people attended I believe stadium complex supporters were at least 1/3 of that count during the three days of forums.

 

2. Stadium Complex Proposal supporters offered the closest representation of population diversity of Western New York .

 

3. The Stadium Complex proposal has already received unanimous support from the Buffalo Common Council which is where the Outer Harbor is located in the city of Buffalo .

 

4. During this forum it was brought to the attention of ECHDC that park land/ open Space supporters were being rude, and attempting to intimidate supporters of the Stadium Complex Proposal.

 

5. It was also mentioned to ECHDC president Tom Dee that Park land supporters/ Open Space supporters were caught removing the stickers from the interactive maps that were in support of the Stadium complex Proposal. I have a number of people that reported these acts of abuse to me during the forum.

 

6. During this three day forum I saw very few if any representation from the Latino, Arab, Asian, and Native American Communities.

 

7. The Environmental Study of this area is very prohibitive of residential housing on these Brownfield areas.

 

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Freeman handing over the signatures to ECHDC President Tom Dee-cs

 

8. Last but not least we presented ECHDC President Tom Dee, Congressman Brian Higgins, Urban Planning Rep of Will & Perkins and Empire State Development Representatives Angela Rossi, and Sam Hoyt. 3,000 petition signatures, 42 Letters of support from various organizations from Western New York, and a copy of the Resolution of Support from the Buffalo Common Council, plus a copy of the Master Plan developed by HKS Inc. which includes the creation of a World Class Park all paid for with Private Investment!!!!!

 

In closing I’m sharing this information with you for the sake  of us all knowing that the Stadium Complex Proposal  has received an overwhelming of amount of support from all over Western New York, and we just want to receive fair consideration based on that  amount of documented support!!!

 
If you enjoy talking about the world of sports tune into the number#1 sports show in the nation every Saturday from 4-5:00PM hosted by WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman on 1080AM WUFO radio or via the internet at www.wufoam.com. Or catch Sports Update for clbTV (ch.20 Buffalo) and YouTube. Also join us for the number#1 recap show every Monday at 7:25AM with Lee Pettigrew, and The Mighty O’Ba Pat Freeman.

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Blood on Our Hands!

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The Israeli bombing of Gaza. The US Cannot Escape blame for Israeli War Crimes

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by Playthell Benjamin

Thomas Jefferson, the brightest of the Founding Fathers, thoughtfully considered the widespread institution of African slavery in America and commented in his book “Notes on the State of Virginia:” “I shudder for my country when I reflect upon the fact that God is just.” If Barack Obama is the thoughtful, humane, Christian that he appears to be – and I believe that he is – then he must be having many such moments. For it is with full American support that the Israeli government conducts bombing raids over populated areas of Gaza – the giant concentration camp on the West Bank where the Palestinian people live under armed Israeli occupation –both by the Israeli military and Jewish civilian Settlers; which is a war crime.

The present genocidal bombing attacks on the largely unarmed, trapped, despised Palestinians was sparked by the killing of three Jewish youths at the hands of unidentified assailants. In retaliation for this crime the Israeli’s have decided to wreak collective punishment on the Palestinians. As I write this policy has resulted in over 516 Palestinian deaths – which includes 120 children and 80 women – as the entire world watches in horror.

Eyewitness reports by foreign sources, such as Danish doctors, tell horrifying stories about headless Palestinian children being brought into the hospitals….several of which have also been hit. And aside from the fatalities there are thousands of people with serious injuries that require hospital treatment. Thus far Israel has lost 18 soldiers; alas a single Palestinian family lost 18 members. Only the most intellectually depraved morally deformed minds can conclude that the Israeli government’s actions are justified, that this is a balanced equation, yet we hear many otherwise honorable people arguing just that.

Since everyone who understands how the world works know that America is Israel’s enabler, without whose support the Zionists would be unable to carry out these crimes against the Palestinian people, a shocked world wants to know why President Obama appears to be hiding out in the White House and has suddenly lost his voice. When compared to his vehement denunciations of Russia for their alleged support for Ukrainian rebels, his tepid calls for a “ceasefire” and pained public expressions of sympathy for the Palestinians that have fallen victims to Israeli bombs and bullets – which his government continues to supply – comes across as too little too late. And based upon any objecting reading of current events, this approach has been less than useless in restraining the murderous actions of Bibi Netanyahu – America’s main man in the Middle East.

President Obama’s mealy mouth mutterings regarding Israeli crimes in Gaza can only be understood in the context of the domestic political realities he faces – i.e. avoiding giving the radical Tea Party Republicans who control the House any grounds to impeach him, and preventing a Republican takeover of the Senate in the next elections. Then there is the omnipotent powers of the faceless forces that shape US policy in the Mid-East by controlling the Congress, forces most Americans know nothing about; let alone how to effectively oppose.

This ignorance is due to the negligence, or outright duplicity, of the major corporate media in the US that work overtime to obfuscate the fundamental issues at play in the protracted conflict between Israeli and Palestinian. This kind of widespread distortion of reality, which amounts to a massive disinformation campaign aimed at the US electorate, is no willy nilly affair or happenstance. It is orchestrated by the Israel Lobby, a confluence of organizations and powerful individuals that work to promote Israeli interests in the US. And it has reduced the US press – whose raison d’etre as envisioned by the drafters of the First Amendment is to watch over those in power – has been reduced to a cowardly toothless tiger.

Yet despite their enormous power – which has successfully promoted policies that has made the US the most hated nation in the Islamic world – Abraham Foxman, who heads the rabidly pro-Israel Anti-Defamation League, denies that any such pro-Zionist pressure group exists. Yet the League has been fingered as one of the major players in the Israel Lobby by Professors Mearshimer and Walt, two scholars who recently published a thoughtful and thoroughly researched scholarly book : “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy.

Upon reading it Fox freaked out, he has taken his denial to the extent of publishing a bogus book of propaganda and shameless special pleading – the text bears his name but might well have been written by a committee –which claims to be a rebuttal of the analysis provide by Mearshimer and Walt. As tenured professors of political science specializing in International Relations at Harvard and the University of Chicago, these scholars are at the top of the American academic pyramid, thus they are beyond the reach of the disciplinary machinery of the “nonexistent” Israel Lobby that seeks to punish them with slander.

Fortunately, we live in the marvelous age of video tape and the Internet; hence I am including a video clip of Professors Mearshimer and Walt’s discussion of their research, as well as the orchestrated attempts to intimidate them by forces in the Israel Lobby, who are attempting to slander them and impugn their integrity by labeling them “anti-Semites,” a standard tactic of the organized apologists for Israeli crimes. Here the reader can see for themselves that despite the well organized slander campaign of the Israel Lobby – which, as the professors demonstrate, commands wide support in the major corporate media that live on advertisement dollars – the professor’s make an unimpeachable case based on irrefutable evidence. By comparison, it will be easy to see that their critics are nothing more than “special pleaders” and shameless propagandists.

It is a supreme Irony that the very people who deny the existence of the Israel Lobby are deploying their shills in the media to suppress and discredit this honest and excellent scholarly study, which leaves no stone unturned in their explanation of how our foreign policy in the Middle East is shaped by this special interest Lobby that operates on behalf of a foreign country whose ambitions often conflict with, and even injures, the national security interests of the USA. How is it possible that the US, which spends billions of dollars buying Arab Oil, is the most despised nation in the Arab world?

The answer lies in America’s myriad duplicities in dealing with the Muslim world. Along with support for tyrannical corrupt Arab governments ala Saudi Arabia; the equally inept and corrupt newly installed American backed regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq; militarily induced “regime change” in Iraq during 2001 and the 1953 CIA overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran, America’s uncritical support for Israeli oppression of the Palestinians and aggression against other Islamic states, over the last 60 years, has been the most important source of anti-American rage in the Muslim world. As I write millions of Muslims view the US as “The Great Satan,” i.e. the apex of evil.

This is far too great a price to pay for an alliance with a foreign country in which we have no vital national interests. It is a source of puzzlement to thoughtful people who study American foreign policy in and out of the US government. Yet only a brave few few dare say the obvious: We need to quickly abolish our “Special Relationship” with Israel because aside from the towering moral questions raised by this partnership in crime, it is leading us into constant wars that produce new Jihadist who dream of pulling off a bigger terrorist strike than 9/11. One former high ranking CIA expert on the region, Dr. Michael Scheuer, is openly calling for our government to scrap this disastrous relationship in no uncertain terms, and he openly points to the Israel Lobby as the main obstacle to ending it. He has even publicly charged that the “Israel owns the US Congress.” ( see video clips at bottom of this essay)

The discourse around Israeli/American relations has become so debased that even the right wing pundit/policy wonk Pat Buchannan now sounds like a wise man. In a recent television interview Pat gave a brilliant analysis of the fundamental folly of US Middle East Policy, from which President Obama would have greatly benefited. ( See: the video clip at the bottom of essay) Alas, such is the state of the nation in summer of 2014, a time when wars and rumors of was rage like wildfire. It is no wonder that millions of clueless religious zealots believe we are living in the last days in time…the End Time.

Since I have already written extensively about this match hatched by misguided or cowardly politicians on this blog – just put “Israel and America” in the search Engine – I shall not re-litigate my case here. Suffice it to say that if Barack Obama was King he would not allow a foreign power to dictate our policy in matters of war and peace where American blood and treasure is at stake.

But as I pointed out in an essay published before his first election, when everybody was talking as if once Barack took office he would wave his hand and make all their dreams come true: his power, like that of all presidents, is checked by the Congress – which has been paralyzed by a reactionary right/wing rejectionist Republican majority in the House – and restrained by the Federal Courts, which was largely appointed by Republicans and has proven hostile to his objectives, even setting the stage for a transition from popular democracy to a plutocracy with the “Citizens United” decision. A cynical observer might well conclude that the court ruled this way, in a split decision along partisan lines, in order to make sure the “wrong” kind of person never rises to the Oval office again!

Hence it comes as no surprise that many things President Obama has attempted to achieve on behalf of the American people has been throttled by these countervailing forces in our divided government. As I write a voice message coming over my computer calling for the impeachment of President Obama, largely based on his reluctance to bomb everywhere there is a development not to their liking, which dramatizes the dimensions of the pitfalls he faces. To put the matter succinctly: We should write the president and our representatives in the House and Senate protesting the crimes spawned by Israeli aggression against the Palestinians in Gaza.

If you pay taxes there is blood on your hands… and unless you take action that will empower the president to stand up to the demands of the Israel Lobby, which threatens to wreck his legacy and obscure his myriad accomplishments on behalf of the American people, the blood on our hands will become an indelible stain on the soul of the nation which no detergent can wash away. Since I consider Barack Obama the most gifted, humane and enlightened president to ever occupy the Oval Office – see: “The GOAT,” and “The Real Barack Obama vs. the Reagan Myth” on this blog – I am convinced that if we are to steer this nation away from constant foreign wars and ultimate disaster the time is now. It may well prove now or never!

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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July 22nd, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Walt “Clyde” Frazier Teams with HHC to Defeat Diabetes: “I Believe In Winning!”

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

I’m starting off this Monday with health, happiness and blessings on my mind, and came across this piece from the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) of NYC.  And it struck me as an appropriate way to begin the day.

As many of you know, my Mom, Ruby Love Dulan, passed on April 14 at the age of 91.  She was a beautiful, spirited woman to the end.

What you may not know is that she battled diabetes and kidney problems for the last third of her life – and when I say battled, I mean BATTLED!  The onset of diabetes occurred subsequent to the passing of my father – they had been married for 47 years, and had been an active, happy couple.  I think a form of melancholia set in, and Mom just didn’t get up, get out, and do like she used to.  The upshot of that, a year or so later, according to her physician, was the diagnoses of diabetes.

Now I’m not saying that melancholia is the cause of diabetes.  What I am saying is that, plus debilitating inertia, and of course snacking on all that wonderful food my Mom used to prepare for Dad and the rest of the family, combined to produce this horrific disease.

The first thing I did when I learned of the diagnoses, was do my usual research into which herbs, vitamins and protocols she needed to take to help her defeat this.  However, the combination of the kidney problem was something we were not prepared for.  My brother, Syl, who remained home in Oklahoma City, and became her primary caregiver.

However, this is where the story changes drastically.  Instead of a person who was confined to the house, or who continued to deteriorate, my Mom Ruby Love, met the challenge head on.  She began to learn everything she needed to know about diabetes, diet, sugar levels – whether or not it was insulin dependent, etc. She literally rolled her sleeves up and decided, at the age of 67, that she wasn’t going out like that.  She wasn’t losing any limbs, or sight, or other functions.  My mom had always been a fighter and a winner.  She changed her diet, her routine, her attitude.

And though she had some setbacks, she made it to age 91! – with my brother’s help, great doctors, a lot of prayers on the part of my sister Brenda and myself.  She was up, walking, talking, meditating, feeding the birds, traveling (she drove until she was 85!!)

There was an episode when the doctors treating her for diabetes, and the doctors treating for the kidney failure gave her conflicting medications, which caused her to swell up, and freaked my brother out, because he thought Mom was going to die.  I called the hospital from NYC, spoke with the doctors, and threatened to sue them if they didn’t get their acts together and work in synch with each other.  The problem never happened again.  (Sometimes you have to put your foot down too, you know.)

I’m saying this to say, if a little bitty 5’3″ African American/Cherokee woman in Oklahoma City can survive diabetes, there are a whole lot of savvy Black sisters and brothers in NYC who can do the same!

We celebrated my Mom Ruby Love’s  90th birthday on February 22, 2013 in Oklahoma City, OK.  With all the family around her, she blew out those candles.  When she passed on April 14, it was because she decided that it was time to go and be with my Dad. They are happy together again as our Ancestor/Angels.

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Now that you know, what will you do about it?

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Frazier gettin Smoked by the late Randy Smith of the Buffalo Braves (photo- NY Times)- cs

I’m sharing Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s  HHC  Wellness article in case you’ve not seen it, and urging you to get your health back on track.  Stop accepting diabetes as a “Black people’s disease.”  Don’t claim what you don’t want to have happen in reality. Claim health, healing, happiness!!   Like the brother said, “I believe in winning;” and that’s a good place to start.  If you want something, first get it in your mind.  Have a “winning” mindset, and you can defeat diabetes, and any other challenges you face.

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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Looking Past The Right’s Power-Of-Suggestion Against Obama

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Charles M. Blow

In trying to lay the blame for the border crisis on the White House’s doorstep, House Speaker John Boehner exploded at a press conference on Thursday, saying of the president:

“He’s been president for five and a half years! When is he going to take responsibility for something?”

The suggestion in the question — that the president doesn’t take responsibility for anything — is so outrageously untrue that it demands strong rebuttal.

President Obama hasn’t taken all the blame Republicans have ascribed to him, nor should he have. But he has often been quick to take responsibility.

In 2009, after the administration came under fire for A.I.G. executives’ receiving bonuses after the bailout, Obama said on the lawn of the White House:

“Ultimately I’m responsible. I’m the president of the United States. We’ve got a big mess that we’re having to clean up. Nobody here drafted those contracts. Nobody here was responsible for supervising A.I.G. and allowing themselves to put the economy at risk by some of the outrageous behavior that they were engaged in. We are responsible, though. The buck stops with me.”

After the failed bombing plot on Christmas Day in 2009 by a young Nigerian man with plastic explosives sewn into his underwear, the president took responsibility for intelligence lapses, saying the next month:

“Moreover, I am less interested in passing out blame than I am in learning from and correcting these mistakes to make us safer. For ultimately, the buck stops with me.”

In a 2011 interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, the president took responsibility for the economy and the rate at which it was being repaired, saying:

“Well, here’s what I remember, is that when I came into office, I knew I was going to have a big mess to clean up and, frankly, the mess has been bigger than I think a lot of people anticipated at the time. We have made steady progress on these fronts, but we’re not making progress fast enough.

“And what I continue to believe is that ultimately the buck stops with me. I’m going to be accountable. I think people understand that a lot of these problems were decades in the making. People understand that this financial crisis was the worst since the Great Depression. But, ultimately, they say, look, he’s the president, we think he has good intentions, but we’re impatient and we want to see things move faster.”

(It should be noted that this president has produced 45 straight months of job growth, and the June jobs report released this month was particularly strong.)

In an interview in the 2012 election cycle, the president reiterated his philosophy about presidential responsibility in response to a question about Mitt Romney’s relationship to Bain Capital:

“Well, here’s what I know, we were just talking about responsibility, and as president of the United States, it’s pretty clear to me that I’m responsible for folks who are working in the federal government and, you know, Harry Truman said the buck stops with you.”

In a 2013 interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the president said he was accountable for Washington gridlock:

“Well, look, ultimately, the buck stops with me. And so any time we are not moving forward on things that should be simple, I get frustrated.”

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd after the health care rollout, the president took responsibility for the problems rather than simply pin them on Kathleen Sebelius, then the health and human services secretary, saying: “My priority right now is to get it fixed. … Ultimately, the buck stops with me. I’m the president. This is my team. If it is not working, it is my job to get it fixed.”

(The site is now fixed, the law is working, and according to a Gallup report issued Thursday the uninsured rate has dropped to “the lowest quarterly average recorded since Gallup and Healthways began tracking the percentage of uninsured Americans in 2008.”)

This president is a habitual blame-taker. This is the anti-George W. Bush. The fess-upper in chief. He is the antidote to the eight previous years of obfuscation, fault-dodging and flat-out denial.

This is one of the traits that made Obama an attractive candidate, and it is one of his best traits as a president.

But taking his share of responsibility does not mean he must acquiesce to his opponents and absolve them of guilt, particularly not an intransigent Congress that would rather do nothing than something, particularly not Republican leaders who envision opportunity in opposition. The president has a duty to himself and the country to call them out for the part they play in our problems.

The real question, Mr. Boehner, is not when the president will take personal responsibility for something. He has. Many times. The real question is, When will you?

(This column originally appeared in the New York Times July. 13, 2014 under the title “‘The Buck Stops With Me’“)

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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Doing Double-duty Business in New York

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by Alton H. Maddox, Jr.

I rejoice that my parents were Rev. and Mrs. Alton H. Maddox, Jr. My father was a minister of “good news” and my mother was an outstanding educator. I still have memories of my father chasing a white, door-to-door salesman off of my block for being “fresh” with my mother. She was my first teacher. My first school was “home training.”

In those days, a child had to have “home training” before he or she was allowed to attend a public school. Compulsory education laws were honored in the breach. Among other things, “planters” and “white supremacists” were opposed to “Negro education.” In fact, Gov. Eugene Talmadge of Georgia was opposed to any positive images of Blacks in school books. The first grade primer was “Dick and Jane.”

This is censorship and it is still widely-practiced in New York today. In those days, Blacks were not fighting for integration. Instead, the struggle in education related to bus transportation and to new and relevant reading materials. No one was concerned about the absence of white children in segregated, public schools. See Briggs v. Elliot.

Although my parents were living in Michigan when I was born, my mother insisted that the family move back to Georgia soon after my birth. She believed that the first six years of a child’s development were important to the foundation for his or her later contributions in life. She would have been strenuously opposed to “pre-K.”

This is a well-known saying: “The hands that rock the cradle rule the nation.” This explains why our children walk the streets showing their “assets.” The segregated South would have never allowed our children to become “heathens.” As the Hon. Elijah Muhammad said: “If they won’t treat you right, why do you think that they will teach you right?”

My mother foresaw the shortcomings and the shenanigans of education in the North. My parents grabbed me and ran for the “Cotton Curtain.” They realized that the education and socialization of Black children in the South were far superior to the learning environment in the North. I would have relived the eighth grade experience of that of Malcolm Little in Michigan.

I first attended Walter B. Hill Elementary School in Turin, GA. This was a satellite school for Tuskegee Institute. Booker T. Washington had designed these feeder schools. They would cultivate an educational market for Tuskegee Institute. The Rosenwald Foundation provided the funds thanks to Sears, Roebuck and Company.

By the time that I was graduated from Central High School in Newnan, GA, I noted in the school yearbook that I wanted to become an accountant. I was graduated from Howard University with a major in business administration and a minor in economics. In addition, I demonstrated a strong emphasis in communications.

In Renaissance Italy, the home of Cosimo dé Medici and Francesco Datini, it required its denizens to understand financial literacy. The Dutch employed this mode to establish modern capitalism and to found the first publicly traded company — the Dutch East India Company. Double-entry accounting was necessary to initiate and maintain chattel slavery.

Double-entry accounting is also necessary for the settlement of accounts which gives rise to the debt of an aggrieved party which should be based on personal knowledge and not on hearsay. An attorney who seeks to settle accounts without personal knowledge of the case is an ambulance chaser. This is the problem with the attorneys for the “Central Park 5.”

A settlement agreement must be just before it is generous. This means that the settlement agreement must include all of the elements of justice including but not limited to: (1) retributive justice; (2) corrective justice; (3) distributive justice and (4) social justice. Generosity involves compensation for all aggrieved persons. No one should be left behind.

Bouvier Law Dictionary defines “settlement” as follows:

The reconciliation of a bill, claim, or dispute. Settlement is the process of concluding an agreement that satisfies a bill or obligation that is owed any one party to another, or that compromises or concludes a claim or dispute between several parties. Thus, to settle an account is either for the debtor to pay the debt or the creditor to excuse or void it. To settle a dispute is finally to resolve the arguments or claims of the parties through performance, payment, abandonment of the claim, or compromise.

It is undisputed that an untold number of young men were falsely arrested in and or about Harlem. Each of these young men has a known or unknown account with the City of New York which must be settled to conclude the “Central Park 7.” The appropriate method to address this problem is through a class action lawsuit under Rule 23 of the FRCP.

In addition to the number of young men who suffered harm, there is also a concern for the number of causes of action. Black’s Law Dictionary defines a cause of action as follows:

A group of operative facts giving rise to one or more bases for suing; a factual situation that entitles one person to obtain a remedy in court from another person.

In the “Central Park 7,” these three major accounts for the defendants are: (1) false arrest, (2) malicious prosecutions and (3) false imprisonment. Michael Briscoe has at least two of the three causes of actions. The remaining six defendants have suffered all three of the remaining causes of actions. Yet, Briscoe and Steve Lopez have been cut out of the agreement.

All four Black attorneys who filed notices of appearances in “Central Park 7″ were severely and wrongfully disciplined. This has had a “chilling effect” on all Black lawyers and it has caused economic loss and a loss of their reputations. These sets of facts are actionable under the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution for state-sponsored defamation in addition to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. It is also harm to all Blacks under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Six of the wrongfully-convicted defendants in the “Central Park 7″ enjoyed the right to counsel on appeal. The pro bono attorney who had demonstrated the greatest interest in the “Central Park 7″ had become the victim of state-sponsored defamation. None of the attorneys for the “Central Park 5″ had agreed to originally represent them on appeal. They were denied the right to counsel.

This state-sponsored defamation against Maddox not only caused substantial loss of reputation and economic loss but also undermined the chances of the defendants being successful on appeal. The current attorneys for the “Central Park 5″ were silent during the original trial and on appeal. I would have been screaming throughout every appellate court in New York.

The parents of the “Central Park 5″ plus two also have causes of actions against New York City and New York State. It should have been foreseeable that parents would not only suffer physically but also mentally. There were premature deaths and mental pain and suffering and alienation of affections.

My mother was an educator. She taught school children by day and many of their parents at night. During the 1950′s, there was also an ambitious educational program for veterans. These veterans would rush home from work, shower and dash off to school. They were veterans of World War II and the Korean Conflict.

I adopted this model of litigation and teaching for myself immediately after I arrived in New York City. I was a litigator during the day and an educator at night. My educational chores started at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Teaching was mutually beneficial. I was able to relate to the students and the students sharpened my litigation skills.

I became a pro bono attorney for Coalition for Community Empowerment in Brooklyn. These were politicians who promised to make political changes. Instead of seeking a sinecure or patronage, my aim was to bargain for a public interest law firm at Medgar Evers College. I became the founder of its Center for Law and Social Justice. I had greater expectations for this public interest law firm, however.

Black’s Law Dictionary defines public interest as [t]he general welfare of the public that warrants recognition and protection. Racism in the judiciary should not only be a public interest but also a constitutional interest. A public interest should have intervened on the part of the “Central Park 7.”

The Center of Constitutional Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Law for Social Justice at Medgar Evers remained silent. Mayor David N. Dinkins and Rev. Herbert Daughtry influenced the Center for law and Social Justice. This was prejudicial conduct and irreparable harm.

The landmark decision of Powell v. Alabama came out of “Scottsboro Boys Case.” In 1931, there were no known Black attorneys in Alabama. There is still an under-representation of Black attorneys in New York. A law school should be established at Medgar Evers College to correct this under-representation of Black attorneys.

Because law is very important in the life of descendants of enslaved Africans, there should be an accessible law library in every borough. Today, most law libraries in New York City are for “whites only.” This discrimination is either intentional or unintentional but it is still discrimination and it is a badge of slavery. Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Prisons are filled with Black ignoramuses. This is why I must be a prolific writer.

If United African Movement had not existed at the Slave Theater in Brooklyn, harm from the “Central Park 7″ would have been far more egregious. The Slave Theater should become a permanent fixture in the Black community. The Black community needs a place of public assembly. Blacks need an “African Meeting Place.” We have unique problems.

The Commission for Concerned Minorities, a blue-ribbon commission, issued a devastating indictment against New York’s judicial system. It noted that this judicial system was infested with racism. It is unquestioned that racism played a pivotal role in manufacturing the wrongful convictions in the “Central Park 7.” This commission’s findings have never been addressed by New York State.

On July 8, 2014, this was a headline in the Huffington Post: “Study Finds Racial Disparities in Manhattan DA’s Office.” I am unable to understand why the attorneys for the “Central Park 5″ would rush to complete a “sweetheart ” deal when it has been disclosed that racism is still running amuck in the prosecutor’s office.

The Freedom Retreat for Boys and Girls was organized in 1994. It was inspired, in part, by the wrongful convictions in “Central Park 7.” This sleep-away summer camp in the Catskill Mountains recognized that our children lacked both survival skills and socialization skills. A successful program was designed to correct these educational and social shortcomings. It should be a part of every public school curriculum.

The Freedom Party was also established in 1994 to give Blacks political leverage and a political voice in public affairs. Unjust laws are the primary target of the Freedom Party. The “Malcolm X law” engineered the false arrests in the “Central Park 7.” It must be repealed forthwith. Black and Latino selected officials have not exercised an ounce of energy to repeal one unjust law in New York.

Slave-minded Negroes have no interest in challenging “plantation politics” or questioning a one-sided, “settlement” agreement. They only see themselves as only being part of the plantation. Money is white folks business. Thus, they view any settlement agreement as a “gift” and not a right since bargaining with the slavemaster is out of bounds.

Judicial Evidence: A Silent Killer for All Blacks

Whites are still arguing about the establishment of the first law school in the United States. This debate is of special concern to graduates of Harvard University and graduates of William & Mary College. Harvard Law School was founded in 1829. When the U.S. Constitution was ratified, there was an estimated 112 lawyers. Blacks were still in slavery.

Macon B. Allen was admitted to the Maine bar in 1844. Even though no law school would admit him, he learned the law through an apprenticeship program, like most lawyers. He had worked for white lawyers. Allen was the first Black lawyer in the United States. No lawyer was interested in learning how to competently and zealously represent the Black defendants. This course is still unavailable in all law schools.

The right of Blacks to enjoy competent and zealous counsel was not addressed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Powell v. Alabama (“Scottsboro Boys Case”) in 1931. The Supreme Court only ruled that a Black defendant was entitled to the assistance of a warm body with a license to practice law. The “Central Park 7″ needed more than warm bodies. Six young men were wrongfully convicted because of Sixth Amendment violations.

There must be a stipulation or proviso in any settlement agreement that New York will only admit lawyers who have successfully completed courses on “How to Represent Black Defendants.” A specialized law school must be established at Medgar Evers College and there must be a strengthening of Medgar Evers Center for Law and Social Justice as a public interest law firm.

“When you know better, you will do better.” These are the words of the late Maya Angelou. “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.” Any person who is ignorant of the law should not be seen in public. Six members of the “Central Park 7″ were “trespassers” because of their own ignorance of the law and the inability of their parents to retain competent and zealous counsel.

The Central Park 7″ is a landmark case and it emulates the Scottsboro Boys Case. Unlike the Scottsboro Boys Case, there will be a journal to chronicle this struggle. It will be printed after the settlement agreement and for December 2014. Anyone who attends the celebration at the Cotton Club, with their permission, will have his or her name printed as a “booster” in Freedom Journal 2014.

There will be a free legal workshop at the Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Avenue (bet. Classon and Franklin) in Brooklyn on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Video-taping and audio-taping will not be allowed under any circumstance. Bring pen, pad and clipboard. The first sixty-five persons in attendance at this critical workshop can also purchase advance seating to the Earth Day Celebration to be held on Tuesday, July 22 for Alton Maddox at 8:00 p.m. at the Cotton Club, 656 West 125th Street (nr. Westside Hwy.) in Harlem.

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.

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Are We Educating Or Dis-Educating Our Black Girls?

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by Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Juwanza Kunjufu’s name is one that I had not seen in quite some time. In fact not since my handsome son, Rais, was at least four years old, and attending a racially mixed elementary school in Altadena, CA. It was then that I read Juwanza’s books, “Raising Black Boys” and “Understanding Black Male Learning Styles.” His treatise on “the Conspiracy to Destroy Black Boys” helped me tremendously in saving my son from becoming one of those victims.

So when the article below appeared in the Black Star Journal – it already attention because of the subject matter – “Have Our Black Girls been Overlooked?” But then when I saw Dr. Kunjufu’s name attached I admit, I got very excited. I am proud to say that my husband and I read his book from cover to cover, as an antidote to the overt racism he was experiencing in the elementary school he attended. As a result, I was not only able to make sure he had positive supporting teachers, that the principal knew we were not a family to be messed with, but also became an advocate for other parents whose young sons were being sharply reprimanded for the smallest of infractions.

Along with Carter G. Woodson’s “MisEducation of the Negro,” Dr. Kunjufu’s book became our “Bible” for our educational principles in our home. In large measure, they are also the measure our children use in ensuring their sons (I have four handsome grandsons, one beautiful granddaughter), are getting the appropriate education they deserve so they can realize their full potential and maximize their talents, skills and abilities.

As a bragging parent, I am happy to say that my three (two girls and a boy) have grown into beautiful adults. There were so many contributing factors, of course, but for those of us coming through the Civil Rights/Black Power Eras, when things were in flux, our Black writers, historians, philosophers, as well as neighbors, associates and friends, made a great difference in their success stories.

I think also there was a balance in how we dealt with educating our youth **Black Males and Females were/are both equally important in making our village a successful community!!-There is no such thing as one being more or less significant. The appearance of so many divisive factors, with our own racial issues at the center, have caused us to blink – and while we did, the erosion of our principles accelerated. So here we are in the middle of a mess. One that we are responsible for resolving. We have gone from COMMUNITY to HOOD. We’ve got to get back to the quality of life so many of us fought, sacrificed and died for (I don’t know how much more I can emphasize this fact – so we need to stop trying to pit one against the other, or segregate them from one another as though they’re distractions or nuisances – GOD made both males and females; boys and girls, men and women – and they were meant to coordinate, cooperate, and complement each other. We’ve fallen into a real eurocentric moral mind mess here – and have put our children’s futures at risk as a result).

My concern is that we have dropped the proverbial ball, and are now facing so many revisions and reversals of what we fought so hard to provide for our children and their contemporaries, that it appears that we need to go back and start all over again. Many of our females and males have less of an education and command of the English language than field hands just released from slavery. And it’s so rampant in our urban communities that immigrants are able to come into the US and take jobs that they do not have the skill, knowledge or acumen to handle. Sadly, a great many of our young mothers are adamant about remaining in a state of ignorance, and have said it’s a part of “the Black culture,” and any attempts to change it is coming from a “bougie” perspective. We have some serious challenges ahead because our younger yet unborn will be depending on these first educators for guidance.

And it’s not so much that our young Black females don’t read, it’s what they’re reading that is problematical – the crappy, spurious and salacious subject matter that is making millionaires out of miscreants is having a deleterious effect on what they and their daughters (and sons) see, hear, and learn first hand.

That Dr. Kunjufu is focusing on the problem is laudable; that we all need to be engaged in this is obvious. They, our young girls are beautiful divas in the making, but they are suffering from a viral ignorance that has to be handled delicately in order not be exacerbated and spread even more by those would defend it as “inherently ‘black’,” when it isn’t. Negativity has no color; ignorance has no color; hostility generated within ones self is the height of self destruction, and must be eradicated and transformed into the highest and best positive qualities we, as an ECLECTICALLY BLACK PEOPLE, can muster. Our Young Black Girls are precious to us, and we cannot afford to overlook or lose a one of them.

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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