Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Inspired by the Past, living in the Present, and wanting a Better Future.

Yesterday was the 50th year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's historic speech in the Riverside Church. In that speech, he directly opposed the Vietnam War eloquently and heroically. Dr. King came into New York City to preach truth and he did on that day. He showed the history of the Vietnam conflict from the French imperialists brutalizing the Vietnamese people to the Vietnam War where Vietnamese people were subjected (by Western forces) to napalm, bombings, and the burning of their villages. After Japanese occupation during World War II of Vietnam, the French imperialists harmed Vietnam until 1954. Dr. King said it was hypocritical to lecture people on condemning violence in the ghetto rebellions of the 1960's while supporting violence in the Vietnam War. Dr. King was nonviolent consistently. He condemned the war as disproportionately harming black people and the poor. He called the U.S. government the most strongest purveyor of violence in the world today. Back then, it was taboo for a black person to strongly criticize American foreign policy. He criticized the pro-U.S. puppet General Ky and he believed in international collaboration to solve our problems (beyond our national allegiances), so peace can exist in the world. He wanted the Vietnamese people to have their own self-government (or self determination). Many of Dr. King's closest advisers didn't want him to make that anti-war speech, but he did, because he had courage to stand up for the Vietnamese people (who were oppressed by Western imperialists). He would critique capitalism, he criticized racism, and he promoted justice. Dr. King wanted an immediate end to the war. President Johnson opposed Dr. King's anti-Vietnam War stance, but he continued. Many moderate and conservative civil rights leaders opposed Dr. King's stance (in fact back then, a majority of white and black Americans disagreed with Dr. King's anti-war views in 1967), but Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. continued forward with due diligence. He was criticized so harshly, that Dr. King shed tears. Still, he rose to promote social justice for humankind. Dr. King respected democratic socialism and he loved truth. I listened to the speech before and it inspires me to this very day. I recommend anyone to listen to the speech.

I have no respect for anyone who mocks black womanhood for profit and social exploitation. Rachel Dolezal has explicitly lied to promote the lie that she is born black. She is not black. Race may be a social construct, but human beings are not all identical genetically, socially, culturally, or physiologically. In other words, we are born equal, but we are not born identical. No two humans are genetically identical. Even monozygotic twins, who develop from one zygote, have infrequent genetic differences due to mutations occurring during development and gene copy-number variation. A lot of people of European and Asian descent have a great percentage of Neanderthal DNA. The first black Africans in the world don't have Neanderthal DNA. This new age of deception (of post racialism and colorblindess) is real as she has used her white privilege to immorally sue Howard University and scapegoat black people in her recent comments for her overt deceptions. Her words trying to compare herself to others is an desperate attempt to try to make people to sympathize with her lies and deception. I won't fall for the okey doke, because some white people want to be black in order for them to try to control black spaces, black culture, black bodies, and black institutions. Freedom is about power and justice. We have the right to cultivate our own power in owning land, assets, infrastructure, and other aspects of growing our families.

It is always important to recognize the literary genius and journalistic integrity of April Ryan. For years, she has fairly interviewed a diversity of human beings. She has been fearless to not only demand answers to poignant questions. She has went out of her way to be an inspiration for black women who have a gift for writing and journalism. I wish her the best in CNN. Also, Spicer acted unprofessional and disrespectful. Spicer's condescension to a black woman is indicative of how tons of black women have experienced everyday life in the workplace. There are tons of stories of black women worldwide who have been discriminated, disrespected, and demonized in the workplace as explained by Angela Rye, Symone Sanders, and so many other black women. That disrespect should end. Black journalists ought to be respected. I wish more blessings to Sister April Ryan. The cop Shelby has shown no respect and sympathy to the black victim of a heinous murder. The cop was slick to go into 60 Minutes since she wants to generate as much sympathy as possible, which is sick (while the family of Terrence Crutcher has been totally disrespected by that interview). Terrence was a black man who was unarmed and no threat to anyone, yet he was still killed. Since America's inception, race has been a factor on why things are what they are. In the eyes of a white racist, the value of a black human life is worth less than the words of a white woman who killed a black man. That is why I reject the myth of the infallibility of the police. That is why I believe in black liberation.

Yesterday was the Birthday of Sister Jill Scott. She is now 45 years old. She is a 3 time Grammy award winning singer/songwriter. She always has a conscious spirit. She loves black people. I am a black person and we love black people too. Jill Scott's music is powerful, filled with important messages, and has motivated people of tons of backgrounds internationally. She is a trendsetter and a black woman who lives her own life in her own terms.She is a poet and an actress. She was born in Philadelphia where tons of soulful musicians reside from. She was raised in the North Philadelphia neighborhood. She went into Temple University and became a musician. Her voice is exceptional and gorgeous. Her beauty is mesmerizing and her love of music is sacrosanct. She's the real deal. I a'int going to front. I do admire her. Scott has established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses. The foundation offers financial assistance to students between the ages of 16 and 21 and targets students residing in Philadelphia, Camden, and the greater Delaware Valley. Scott donated USD$100,000 to start the foundation. The foundation was named after Scott's grandmother, known as "Blue Babe." She supports the arts. She is a married woman recently and we wish her a great marriage. I wish Sister Jill Scott even more great Blessings.

Yesterday was the Birthday of Sister Kelly Price. She is 44 years old. She is a legendary singer. People from my generation and older know of her songs, her accomplishments, and her passion for music. Many of her songs deal with women's empowerment, love, romance, breakups, and living life as a human being. She was born in New York City. She was raised in Queens, NYC. She sang vocals for many artists. By 1998, she had her debut solo album called, "Soul of a Woman." Her single "Friend of Mine" was a classic record. She fights against breast cancer to this very day. She performs R&B, soul music, gospel, etc. She is a black woman who has a great power in inspiring her fans globally. I wish Sister Kelly Price even more Blessings. First, we are all happy that Sister Shajuana Mays has the opportunity to go into nursing school. She has her dreams and we want her dreams to be fulfilled. She has a great kindness and a humble spirit. Also, she is a hard worker and this news has brought her life joy and much happiness. I saw this story too many days ago. I will certainly honor her blessings. It's certainly a historical time for Sister Dawn Staley and the South Carolina NCAA women's basketball team. They are champions via hard work, determination, skill, and teamwork. Basketball is a great game that deals not only with athletic talent, but with teamwork too. Multiple players on that team worked as one unit in that game, so they are victorious. I saw the emotional players praised their teammates and their families for support. A'ja Wilson is a great player and in her interview, she has shown the passion for excellence and a love for her team including for her family. The coach and the players are human like us. We send great congratulations to Dawn Staley and the South Carolina team as well.

By Timothy

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