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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
THAT IS THE QUESTION OF THE HOUR
CAN HE STABILIZE THE
Chucklehead will behave as he's probably scared of the stern, half dead looking John Kelly, for a couple of weeks tops. Then it's over. Kelly will stick it out for 4 to 6 months after Chucklehead's lies send him into orbit because he's a military man and he's disciplined.
But Kelly has met his match in Chucklehead. And the nonsense has already begun. And a full 48 hours hasn't passed yet.
Kelly was announced as replacing Preibus on Friday.
Kelly was sworn in Monday. He fired Scaramucci hours later
But Scaramucci may have served his only purpose which was to raise enough of a ruckus (by starting a fight with Priebus) that nobody paid a lot of attention to testimony Bill Browder gave last Wednesday.
And that was important.
The only thing I find shocking about Trump having told Trump Jr to "be misleading" is that the mainstream media behaving like everybody on the planet didn't know that already.
Trump discussed adoption policy with Putin one day before 'dictating' son's statement about 'adoptions'
Monday, July 31, 2017
EVEN J.K. ROWLING'S "HARRY POTTER" DOESN'T WORK
"Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense.
What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense.
Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential."
"The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao"
"The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao"
To be specific, the Hermoine Granger character doesn't make sense without her having a history very much like that of black and brown people.
Hermoine's character is based on her being thought of as, not just an outsider, but a biological outsider. Her story is the story of white supremacy, of eugenics, or of dominant culture racism. Her story is our story. Hermoine cast as a black girl would have made Hermoine's outcast character make a lot more sense on screen.
J.K. Rowling wrote her perfectly. Her physical description lends itself well to a black or brown girl with huge, coily, natural hair. And I so wish she'd been cast as black or brown in the movie because the most important thing about Hermoine's character was her character, intelligence, and friendship.
As it was, it was good to see boys and girls respect one another as equals on screen. It would have been awesome to see ethnicity and/or race added to that to strengthen black and brown children with positive images and educate white children against the ambient white supremacy their parents and culture are unwittingly bathing them in daily.
Black Hermoine would have been good for everybody all the way around.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Ida B Wells sat down to stand up for her rights 71 years before Rosa Parks on a segregated train instead of a segregated bus. However, Ida wasn't a trained activist like Rosa. She made a personal decision to give up her seat for a white man. They had carry her out of the train car she was in. She was kicking and biting the whole way.
Ida wrote about it for a hewspaper
She lost her case
She wrote about that loss for a newspaper
White Ida B was out of town some years later, friends of hers were lynched, ostensibly over a game of marbles being played between a white child and black child.
When two children started fighting, the black and white adults separating the fight started arguing. Things escalated things until over a day or so three black men were lynched.
Ida B came back home to find out that the white grocery story owner who had had a monopoly on business in the area wanted the black owners of "The People's Grocery" run off. And it was the white business store owner successfully parlayed the game of marbles into a lynching.
White Mission Accomplished: White Store Owner has a monopoly again
Ida B. wrote about it for her newspaper
Ida B. wrote about it again and again, no matter who got mad or scared, until she got a protest going.
The white folk decided to take all the black people's guns away and make it illegal for them to have them.
This was one of the most significant things that happened that made black people realize that they needed the right to vote. Owning things and property wasn't enough. People with political power can and will take anything they want from you, legally. The people with political power have the power to make and change the laws.
Ida B. wrote about the reduction of black rights in town until the protest went from WE DEMAND THE RIGHT TO LIVE **to** WE ARE OUTTA HERE She scoped out a location in Oklahoma, came back, and managed to get black people to pick up and move west.
The whites relatively new railway stopped getting black business
White Businesses started drying up.
Ida B started getting death threats
One of the most interesting things that she found was that black men were only ever accused of rape in 1/3 of all cases. Rape was made up/played up by white men in the white news papers as an excuse for lynching. And southern white men needed an excuse for lynching, whether there was a white woman available to lie or not, because the white south needed Northern money and European money for investment in the south after having lost the Civil War.
As for the real sex happening between white women and black men? Ida B reported on the savagery and suggested that some of the "rape cases" were actually interracial relationships between white women and black men.
White women's virtue having been called into question led to white folk wanting to Lynch Ida.
Ida B had to move.
Actually Ida B was out of town when word of her planned lynching reached her. She found out she couldn't go back to Mississippi
Ida B would write for newspapers and also wind up making 102 speeches while in Great Britain, calling on the people there to start Anti-lynching Societies. Translation: She got the British to stop buying southern white cotton from southern white murderers who tried to justify lynching. She would eventually be one of the founders of the NAACP. And the NAACP would take up anti-lynching as one of it's first causes.
Seventy years later Martin Luther King would expose the south in the same way that Ida did, except he wouldn't have to take newspaper articles he'd written and pictures of lynchings and carry them on a boat overseas to get anti-lynching commitments. Martin Luther King would get international support for equal rights by using television to show the world what was going on in the United States.
That concludes my thumbnail sketch of Ida B Well's activism and leadership. But my favorite thing about "Sword Among Lions" by Paula J Giddings is that it told the entire human story of Ida B. Wells.
Ida would be broke as a church mouse, get depressed, and go put money down a really nice dress.
She'd get indignant about class issues too. She'd worry about people looking down on her due to her lack of formal education. She could be touchy. She spent real time worrying about other folks maligning her character. And she rarely let a slight go unremarked. Some of this may have the times she was living in. But she was solidly in the camp of folks who believed that (what we now call) "respectability politics" was the way forward to equality with white people.
...UNTIL the lynching of three of her friends
I haven't read Ida B. Wells' autobiography, but reading her personality in the "A Sword Among Lions" biography it isn't hard to imagine that in writing about herself most of her heroic victories would have been left in and some of the humanity left out -- much like writers of textbooks have been doing to the history books in this country for decades.
The other human thing in "A Sword Among Lions" is the sexism black women endured.
Ida B. Wells needed the support of mostly male run black newspapers while she was in the U.K. stumping for Anti-Lynching Resolutions and she didn't get it. Some black newspapers and politicians went so far as to say she was making things sound worse than they were in order to secure their current standing in the cities they were living in at the time or simply because they didn't have faith that her approach was going to come to anything.
And she called them on it, publicly.
Frederick Douglass himself, wanting to stay on the good side of a white women's suffrage group---a group that needed southern white women in its numbers-- did not fully commit himself to her or her campaign while she was Britain. He was the only one she didn't call on the carpet, hero abolitionist that he was in her eyes. But according to Giddings, she did slyly let him know, in private, that she did not appreciate his occassionaly mealy-mouthed support.
The contributions of IDA B WELLS are not be missed. She was a feminist before the word "feminist" caught on. And she managed worked harder than most to secure the vote for women. In fact, Wells' Chicago was one of the first places where women were allowed to vote.
A SWORD AMONG LIONS is a long dense book. But it conveys so much about the black women's club movement and black women's history in general.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Monday, June 26, 2017
"U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber....ordered the settlement agreement sealed, writing that its disclosure "could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators," the newspaper reported."
In case you missed this news from a few months back:
The Ferguson police were very selective about which part of the store surveillance video they showed the public.
You remember the video right? The one where they showed Mike Brown shoving a man that grabbed him, turned out to be the person running the store. Well, Brown was at the store hours before that more "damning" piece of video that the Ferguson police called a "strong arm robbery.
The earlier surveillance video, found by documentary maker Jason Pollack, makes it look like Brown left something at the same store in the wee hours of the morning -- with younger employees.
This new section of the same video makes it look like Brown might have been retrieving something that was ALREADY HIS.
This, in turn, might mean that the older gentleman who grabbed Brown hours later -- during what the Ferguson police called a "strong arm robbery-- didn't understand what was going on.
And if it was a misunderstanding, maybe this is why the store owner never called the police; a customer in the store called the police about the incident in the store.
Now lets go back and remember the sequence in which the information about Mike Brown's murder was revealed
When I first heard of Mike Brown's shooting, Wilson had stopped Brown and his companion because of jay walking.
Then when the incident started getting national attention and therefore national heat, then the Ferguson police said Wilson stopped Brown because he matched the description of the "strong arm robber."
Then when it started looking like Wilson couldn't have known about the incident in the store before he stopped Brown and killed him, that's when the crazy n-word story starts to take shape.
Wilson didn't give his official statement, as far as I know, until after the autopsy. Was he waiting for the autopsy results to come back to see if any of the bullets hit Brown in the back? Was he waiting to see if he'd blown a hole in Brown's raised hands?
Wilson was panicked by the big black demon, remember? He probably didn't know where he hit Brown at all.When the strong arm robbery story gets wobbly -likely because Wilson didn't know about the robbery when he killed Brown- that's when white Ferguson law enforcement starts with the crazy n**ger story
You remember the crazy n-word story right?
In the racist white mind, if a person is black and also willing to snatch cigarillos in broad daylight they must be crazy violent enough to reach down into a cops car grab his gun for no reason.That's why holding back that other piece of surveillance tape was important. The trumped up robbery story makes the crazy n-word story work for a wider variety of white folks.
No matter which way you turn Mike Brown's death was a murder.
In my opinion, hiding a part of the surveillance video was white law enforcement helping make Wilson's ridiculous story more solid. And now we have a judge ordering 1.5 million dollar settlement sealed when such settlements aren't usually sealed ...so as to protect all the lying white supremacists that helped Wilson get away with murder, maybe?
FERGUSON POLICE THEORY OF MIKE BROWN SHOOTING HAS BEEN SHOT TO PIECES...EVEN FOR WHITE PEOPLE
Sunday, June 25, 2017
"A “friendly fire” incident in which an off-duty St. Louis policeman was shot while coming to the aid of fellow officers has taken on racial overtones after an incendiary claim by the injured officer’s attorney: The officer was viewed as a threat because he was black.
The St. Louis Police Department has not identified any of the officers involved in Wednesday night’s incident. The officer who shot the off-duty policeman is white. All seven officers involved are on administrative leave as the department sorts out what happened..."Read More:
In case you've forgotten Sheriff Clarke is the Sheriff who has had black people die in his jail of things like dehydration...and nearly got a position in Trump's administration BECAUSE of the dead black bodies he tends to tap dances over while he sings *I'm tough on crime*
Everybody should know that SOME black cops that have internalized white racism down to their bone marrow exist and are dangerous.
That's how I know that off-duty black cop was attacked by a white supremacy soaked police department, no matter what color face was attached to the man that attacked him for no reason -- same as Sandra Bland, same as Philando Castile.
A white cop shot did shoot this off-duty, black officer on in this case. But I would not have been surprised if it had been a Clarke mini-me.
I am not confused about where the deadliest forms of anti-blackness reside in this country -- no matter what it looks like.
Again, the cop that shot the black, off-duty police officer was white. But I will not be surprised if the other cops around the shooter WHO WERE NOT WHITE got close to shooting the off-duty, big, scary, black guy as well.
I refuse to be surprised if the other officers, regardless of race, defend the shooter. Don't you be surprised either.
This white man in the photograph above is slightly less rare than hen's teeth I need to see a lot more of this tor trust police in general.
Until we get equality in education, we won't have an equal society.
I strive never to forget the real world consequences of my decisions on individuals, businesses and government.
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Official Black Wall Street came out with a list of 55 black owned hair product creators when it became apparent that the black owners of Shea Moisture lost their natural minds.
GREED VERSUS LOYALTY:
SHEA MOISTURE BUSTS A MOVE
TOWARD A LARGER, WHITER MARKET SHARE
But this fine black website missed a black owned hair care line that I've fallen in loved with called BEKURA BEAUTY.
My hair was drinking up everything I put on it and evaporation was taking care of the rest because I live in what usually behaves like a desert. I was doing the LOC -method but having to moisturize and re-twist every single night (too much hands in hair = breakage) because my hair needed water. Worse than that, it was too much work. Other black women were getting "second day hair" without having to go through all this.
Getting rid of glycerine when I didn't want frizz and going to a LOCO method, which means adding a heavier sealer oil at the end, helped... but not by much.
But my cream was simply weak --a bunch of them by Shea Moisture.
Then I saw a review on youtube of BEKURA BEAUTY PRODUCTS (used to be called "BASK") And, I'm telling you, the PALM TAPIOCA BUTTERCREAM is not to be missed if you have fine, 4c, damn-near-zero porosity hair like mine. Moisture and a little hold. I love it.
So far, I haven't heard a single bad review of any of their products.
A little of the PALM TAPIOCA goes a long way on my hair. The jar is surprisingly heavy for it's size, packed with a dense cream. I've been using it for 4 months straight. And I still have about 1/3 of the jar left.
Using the LOCO method (Liquid, Oil (absorb-able), Cream, Oil-sealant), this is definitely my go-to cream now. I've been able to skip the last oil when I use this. My hair stays moist all day this very dry climate I live in. When I go to bed, if I'm re-twisting a fine mist of aloevera juice or water revives it and I'll add a little oil to seal the second night.
I haven't tried using it under a gel yet. But I'm thinking it's going to smooth the coils down and let me add a firm gel that will let me get those curl formers to curl form instead of just stretch my hair out.
We'll see. My coils are super fine but super strong.
As part of my moisture routine, I only have to LOCO every other day some times every three days. So I'd say I'm using the PALM TAPIOCA two to three times a week max.
This fine spray --and I mean FINE SPRAY-- spritzing bottle is saving my hair life when I don't need to add product, by the way.
If you think Bekura Palm Tapioca might be for you, Bekura is having a Mother's Day Sale right now. Enter Code MOM2017 for 25% off -- I'm guessing that code should be good until Mother's Day.
The rest of my favorite products are mentioned below within Official Black Wallstreet's list of 55 black owned hair care businesses. See all 55 at the link below.