Friday, June 02, 2017

Friday News

Of course, I disagree with the Trump regime pulling out of the Paris agreement. The Paris agreement is very moderate and pro-environment. This issue is very personal to me since when I was a child, I had asthma. I took allergy shots all of the time when I was in the elementary school. I have many relatives who suffered cancer and other environmental ailments. So, promoting a better environment is part of being a real, progressive revolutionary. I was fortunate to not have asthma right now as an adult (because I utilized an exercise regiment, I ate apples, and I did other actions). Yet, millions of Americans now suffer asthma and other respiratory problems. We have real pollution, real climate change, and real environmental problems. So, Trump has been known to gut environmental regulations in his term of office. He is known to promote extremism and being filled with other nefarious policies. We have to call it as it is. It's anti-environmental extremism. We witness an era of continued capitalist exploitation and imperial powers fighting for the resources of the Earth (from Eurasia to Africa). Trump spoke for 30 minutes in the Rose Garden to explain his evil policy. First, the Paris agreement is voluntary. Second, almost 200 nations will participate. Third, reducing greenhouse gases in the world will cause a benefit for humanity. His views on this issues are similar to the views of the extremist and altright member Stephen Bannon. The administration’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, supports this policy of withdrawal too. Trump said that he wants to possibly re-negotiate the treaty. The Trump administration is controlled by reactionaries, oligarchs, and military generals who promote their interests at the expense of the lives of the American people. Trump is a disgrace. We will continue to stand up and speak up for our rights.

First, I totally agree with the words from Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton, and Sister Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C. It is important to make the point clear that anyone who place nooses in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. A coward placed a noose in order to promote intolerance, viciousness, and bigotry. The noose was used as a form of assault and murder for centuries. That person was jealous of the majestic, inspiring history of African Americans. I am African American from Virginia and my history is as valuable as others' histories. I am a black person and no noose will turn me around. I have a long history. My ancestors suffered a great deal of injustices, but they still rose to lead struggles for justice, to speak words of power, to write eloquent works of transcendent literature, and to be blessings for so many even in future generations.
That is the passion of my people and the eternal fortitude of the black American experience. My people have been inventors, scholars, athletes, musicians, and a diversity of manifestations. So, we are never intimidated. We are here. We are black and we are Beautiful. The national museum has glorious architecture, gorgeous exhibits, and a profound educational experience that people from across backgrounds have been blessed with. We are in the 21st century, but racism is still in existence. We speak of freedom and we mean it. That freedom is all about the human race witnessing its full potential excluding oppression. Therefore, we are further committed to not only eradicate racism, but to build a real society where communities can grow and human justice is made real triumphantly.

This is magnificent news. The Colored Girls Museum is a crucial reminder of the contributions and strength of the experiences of black women, black girls, including women and girls of color. The art, the literature, and the culture of these human beings (as shown in the gorgeous location) are vitally important to know about plus respect. The museum is found in Germantown, Philadelphia and Philadelphia has an excellent culture that deals with the arts and human expression. Sister Vashti Dubois is doing great work in showing artifacts and inspiring people to see how dynamic the power of women and girls are. For decades, she has worked diligently to improve the lives of black women and black girls. The museum also celebrates Black Girl Magic, which is a sacrosanct movement which we all graciously support. Museums and art represent cultural treasures. They develop creativity and inspire our thinking on reality. The Colored Girls Museum is not only a beautiful treasure. It is part of our cultural ethos as human beings. I wish the museum even more success.

I never agreed with Tariq Nasheed. He is not only a misogynist (during the past, he promoted anti-women lyrics in music and wrote book glorifying macking. He is even recently known to call black women out of their names if they disagree with him). He also is known for calling black people who disagree with him anti-black slurs and colorist slurs too. So, he may promote a "conscious" bravado, but this male is almost 45 years old. At the end of the day, his maturity level is not even at 40. I have made my views known about him for years. He is the person who once joked about wanting to have sex with Brooke Hogan. I never brought any Hidden Colors movies. I don't need to learn about black history and black culture from him. There are tons of black men and black women scholars who know about melanin, African history, and cultural development. Africana research is beautiful too. There are many Youtube channels showing him saying that reparations should not be given to male headed households alone, not single mothers (when tons of single mothers are courageous, strong, and doing the right thing. Just because a single mother exist, doesn't mean that this mother has a broken home). Tariq is known to talk to black women very disrespectfully. Black women have always stood on the front lines on supporting black men and black people in society. Tariq Nasheed (and others of his ilk) believe in the myth that feminism is to be blamed for the oppression against black men (not the system of capitalism or the system of racism/white supremacy). Feminism just means equality among the sexes nothing more or less. Obviously, feminism didn't cause the Maafa, the slave trade, police brutality, the murder of Emmett Till, the death of Sandra Bland, or the existence of racism. To stand up for black people is to stand up for the human dignity of black women. The reality is that male privilege exists in the world and the only way to get going into a real change is to acknowledge the diverse forms of oppression and using activism to get ride of them, so men, women, and children can have true justice in the world. Black liberation is the goal that I seek.

Yesterday was the Birthday of Brother Morgan Freeman. He is now 80 years old. He has been a legendary actor during the 20th and 21st centuries. He is known to be an eloquent narrator of movies and documentaries too. He has won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award too. He is famous for playing a diversity of acting roles while maintaining his individuality, his creativity, and his inventiveness. He was born in the South in Memphis, Tennessee. He and his family moved into Greenwood, Mississippi, Gary, Indiana, and in Chicago. He went to school in Mississippi. He also came into Jackson State University. He acted in theater throughout the 1960's. He performed along side Pearl Bailey and Cab Calloway. During the 1970's, he was in PBS' The Electric Company and other movies. During the 1980's, he was in movies like Glory, which was a film about the courage and sacrifice of African American Union soldiers. In 1994, he portrayed Red, the redeemed convict in the acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption. In the same year he was a member of the jury at the 44th Berlin International Film Festival. I agree with his views on exposing police brutality. I don't agree with his views on Black History Month. Morgan Freeman has always shown excellence involving acting, philanthropy, flying, and other aspects of his life. I wish Brother Morgan Freeman a great Birthday. I don't understand how anyone has massive hatred of Lebron James. It is one thing to not want him to win the Finals. It is one thing to not view him as better than Michael Jordan. Yet, he hasn't gambled money illegally, he hasn't cheated on his wife, he hasn't kicked a cameraman, never headbutted a referee during a game, and he hasn't used recreational drugs unjustly like many athletes (from the NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB, etc.) have done. Jason Whitlock's views are repugnant about Lebron James. We do know of his scholarships helping children in Cleveland. We do know of his activism to fight against gun violence. We do know of his words inspiring the youth to excel in education. He has given an eloquent speech on race and rich folks who are black do experience racism. Classism, poverty, and economic inequality exist, but many rich black people have experienced racism before. So, it is wrong to assume that racism isn't LeBron's problem. Racism is everybody's problem including Lebron's. Lebron has every right to talk about racism and advocate for solutions. What we do see is that some people don't like black people speaking our minds on certain issues. Black folks have every right to speak their minds on this issue and to advocate for Black liberation, Black Unity, and social justice.

By Timothy

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