Wednesday, March 15, 2017
This debate has been going on for years and decades in our community. It's nothing new. First, it is important to outline about what Samuel Jackson didn't say. He never questioned Daniel Kaluuya's Blackness. He never minimized the incidents of racism and discrimination that Brother Daniel Kaluuya experienced. He didn't express hatred of Daniel Kaluuya as a person. What he did say was that African Americans should play more roles in dealing with issues that African Americans have dealt with. People can agree or disagree with that view, but Jackson wasn't disrespecting Daniel's Blackness. I believe that Daniel's comments were eloquent and to the point. Daniel has worked hard in the acting field and he has the qualifications to act in a diversity of roles. The problem is not about Afro-British actors. The problem is the system restricting voices and it is our responsibility to not scapegoat Afro-British actors and actresses. It is our responsibility to fight that evil system and promote more independent infrastructure to allow our voices to be heard in a higher level. That's the point. There are plenty of films having African American actors and actresses playing roles that relate to the black American experience.
Now, Daniel Daniel Kaluuya made numerous accurate points about the international oppression and discrimination that black people face worldwide. The black experience in the UK hasn't been a crystal stair. There are tons of black people in the UK who face racism, police brutality, and discrimination. I think that many African Americans should study the African Diaspora and realize that we (who are black Americans) have no monopoly on the experiences of oppression and discrimination. Also, non-American black people should also recognize the contributions, strength, and resiliency of the black American community too. I am an African American and I make no apologies for loving black American heroes. There should be more dialogues and discussions among black people globally to recognize our cultural differences, but stand firm on the same goal of total black liberation. Pan-African unity is key. Marcus Garvey preached it. Malcolm X preached it. WEB DuBois preached it. Many of our other heroes preached it. Therefore, we should not fall for the divide and conquer scheme. Regardless of our nationalities, we are black people. Afro-Latinos, Afro-British people, Afro-French, black Africans, Afro-Iranians, etc. are my Brothers and my Sisters. YES, I AM MY BROTHER'S AND MY SISTER'S KEEPERS. Black is Beautiful and we are one people. We are human beings.
There is no moving forward without the end of police brutality and the end of any injustice in general. The new surveillance footage should be shown and talked about. We know about many of the facts about the Michael Brown incident. We know that the prosecutor in the Michael Brown case knowingly presented false testimony. St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert P. McCulloch said in a radio interview that he presented testimony he knew to be false before the grand jury weighing charges against Darren Wilson. We know that the DOJ has fully documented, in their report, of the racism and economic exploitation done by many members of the Ferguson police force. Also, black folks have advocated economic withdrawal from racists for generations. That is nothing new. We need to do that and improve the environment, improve our health care, and improve our communities. I have noticed that many conservatives lecture black people on many issues, but some of them won't mention a single word on improving the environment and opposing social injustice using social activism. Ferguson is near St. Louis and decades ago, the St. Louis area enacted restrictive covenants which discriminated against black people. We know that many cops arrested innocent journalists and brutalized people with tear gas during the 2014 Ferguson rebellion. Economic injustices, racism, police terrorism, and lack of opportunities contributed to the tensions in Ferguson. Capitalist elites plunder resources overseas and use the arm of the state to control the lives of the people domestically. In the final analysis, we see no justice. Therefore, we will continue to resist, persist, and advocate for human justice.
I send condolences to Michael Brown's family and friends.
I won't mention that cowardly male's name since he doesn't deserve to have his name mentioned by me. First, Natasha Rodney deserve great sympathy. She has suffered at the hands of piece of work who didn't put his hands to himself. People like that male deserve no coddling. He deserves total justice and punishment. His heinous actions shows the evil of these racists who can't stand black people. We are in total solidarity with Natasha Rodney. We all wish her a successful pregnancy. I always love Gabourey Sidibe. She doesn't care about the haters. She is living her life on her own accord. She is a woman who shines a light in the world. She has motivated women, especially black women on issues on self care and self love. She has been very talented in terms of acting and in expressing her words to help those who experience bullying and harassment. Gabourey Sidibe is from NYC and she has a great heart. We all wish her much more blessings in her life.
Sister Yemi Alade is a great singer. She is 29 years old. She is a Nigerian afropop singer. She is a gorgeous black woman. She has heritage from the Yoruba and Igbo, which are well known ethnic groups in Nigeria. She has her degree from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. Her gift is to express music and she loves to inspire her fans and express her talent to the world. She has traveled the world and sang with many artists from Mary J. Blige to Becca (or a Ghanaian singer). Yemi Alade then released her second studio album, titled “Mama Africa”, in March 2016. I love African music too. It's diverse, it has great lyrics, and it possesses a great amount of soul. I do listen to African music too.
I wish Sister Yemi Alade great blessings. One thing that showed the niceness about Dr. King was even when some black people criticized him and called him out of his name, he never came out in public to curse them out. He stayed on code when dealing with some black people criticizing him. He knew that the ultimate enemy wanted evil to spread. Of course, he was a man and he did had an argument with Whitney Young behind the scenes about the Vietnam War (in Long Island. It was a real spirited argument). Afterwards, Whitney Young woke up about the Vietnam War and criticized it before he passed away. Dr. King showed a lot of courage to fight against that war and promote the Poor Peoples Campaign.