Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Information in early July of 2018

To be a revolutionary is many things. To be a revolutionary is to speak truth irrespective of offending those who seek the status quo or token centrism. It is to see that your views may not resonate with some and that's fine. We are free to believe as we desire. It is also to realize that the poor don't need scapegoating or horrendously condescending lectures about bootstraps (as the poor collectively aren't responsible for the Great Recession, economic inequality, or Teapot Dome Scandal), but they desire economic plus political power in enriching their daily lives. Universal health care is revolutionary along with opposing imperialism. Being a revolutionary is viewing money as a resource not as a god to mock those less wealthy than you. It also means to be cognizant of the fact that wealth and titles of "power" means nothing without the growth of families, communities, love, and democratic principles. You have to have love and power merged together. Real power is not the centralization of the wealth onto the 1% (which amounts to the system of oligarchy). Real power is sharing power among the masses of the people, so the people collectively can benefit. Being a revolutionary rejects outdated, false, and disrespectful generalizations about black people, but showing accurate facts about the resiliency and the strength of the black community in general. Obscene materialism, laissez faire capitalism, and constantly objectification are common place in Western society plus in other lands. That is why heroes in the four corners of the Earth are doing their parts in eradicating those evils.

Also, our black souls have the right to be expressed autonomously on our terms. Black Power is about using our minds to not only speak in pro-black terms (which is great), but to live out that creed with our actions in helping the youth, defending black men, defending especially black women, and standing up for those august beliefs (i.e. workers' rights, civil rights, environmental protections, the social safety net, etc.) that our ancestors lived and died for. Revolutionary views mean to love your identity more so than wanting to confirm to another's identity plus realizing that the oppressor can never free us completely (in that we have the power to free ourselves). Now, that's revolutionary.

The hearing of Strzok was very personal. The GOP Congresspeople acted immature and outright disrespectful towards Strzok in sometimes making him have a difficult time in answering questions. There is a pattern of many GOP members to use that hearing as an excuse for them to support Trump while minimizing the importance of the Mueller investigation. Strzok is right that people have the First Amendment right to their own political, philosophical views. The GOP interviewers are more in league in trying to protect Donald Trump instead of holding Trump accountable for his reckless, reactionary policies plus his vulgar, racist statements. Strzok worked as a FBI agent for many years. 20 people from the Trump administration has been indicted. Therefore, Donald Trump is refusing to accept a possible subpoena for a reason. Voters must do the right thing and vote.

Education is always important to advocate and embrace wholeheartedly. One of the greatest advocates of education and social justice was the late, great Sister Mary McLeod Bethune. Her Birthday was days ago and it is very important to recognize her contributions to the overall freedom struggle. She was born in Mayesville, South Carolina. She wrote literature eloquently. She was a magnificent educator and she was a civil rights hero. Day in and day out, she dedicated her life to the freedom of black people. Her parents were slaves. She started a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida. It later merged with a private institute for African-American boys, and was known as the Bethune-Cookman School. Constantly giving hope to the oppressed, she fought for voting rights for black people all over the South. Also, she worked in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt cabinet as a national adviser and member of the Black Cabinet. She tried to make sure that New Deal programs benefited African Americans. She taught in many schools and was fearless in her quest for human liberation.

In 1896, the National Association of Colored Women was formed to promote the interests plus human rights of black women. Bethune served as the Florida chapter president of the NACW from 1917 to 1925. She was the national President of the NACW on 1924. She was a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt. Mary McLeod Bethune wanted black people and all people to realize the contributions of black people from the past and present. She worked with many Presidents, lived to see the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954 (which ended public school segregation), and received many honors. 1955 was the year of her passing. She taught us to dream. She taught us to love education and the cause of freedom itself. We owe a lot to her wisdom, courage, and incredible, phenomenal activism.
Rest in Power Sister Mary McLeod Bethune.

By Timothy

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