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Thursday
Aug022018

Full Employment Is A Hoax!

 

 President Trump’s historic jobs achievement

Poor people are the hardest working people in this country.  Most of the jobs held by the hard working population require physical work that taxes the body and are often paid less. These jobs tend to be the lower paying jobs, the minimum wage jobs.  CBS posted an article in June entitled Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent anywhere in the U.S. The article noted the much decried minimum wage increase of $15 an hour will not be enough to pay rent.  On average, per the article, one would need to make $17.90 an hour to rent a one bedroom place and at least $22.10 an hour to maintain a two bedroom place.  

How then, can the spending power of Black people in the U.S. amount to $1.3 trillion?  This is not to say most minimum wage jobs are held by Black people but many of these jobs are in fact held by Black people.  We must question this idea of “Black spending power”.  The idea of Black spending power leads to the notion that if Black people would simply spend and/or invest properly we would lift ourselves out of poverty.  This smacks of blame the victim (for lack of a better word) rather than considering the circumstances that led to the economic inequality Black people face in the U.S.

As president 45 brags about the jobs he has created wages lag far behind and he surely does not address this.  The cost of living surpasses the amount of money people make leaving the average employee in a monthly deficit.  This again brings back the question how can Black spending power be $1.3 trillion?  People operating in a deficit can, in no way, be considered to have the funds that would equal to some small countries.  This idea gives a false sense of pride, a false sense of guilt and a false sense that one can simply raise themselves up by their boot straps.  As the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King once said “A bootless man cannot lift himself by his boots”.

Friday
Mar162018

DEANDRE HARRIS AQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES AFTER BEING BEATEN BY WHITE NATIONALISTS

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DeAndre Harris, an African American beaten by at least six white nationalist demonstrators at the August 12 Unite the Right rally, has been found not guilty by a court in Charlottesville.

Harris, whose case was decided by a judge on Friday, had been facing charges of misdemeanour assault and battery.

His defence team had argued that he was acting in self-defence.

A video of Harris's beating went viral in the days following the white nationalist rally, prompting an outcry.

Harris was initially charged with a felony, but it was later reduced to a misdemeanour.

Friday
Mar162018

WAKANDA WAS ALMOST A REALITY PART 2

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By 1920 Liberia had been placed into the position of possibly approaching the U.S. government for a loan of five million U.S. dollars.  During World War 1 trade between Liberia, France, Britain and the United States virtually came to a halt due to a German submarine blockade.  To avoid the Liberians from approaching the U.S. government for the loan, the UNIA offered to raise two million U.S. dollars.  The UNIA immediately purchased $150 dollars in bonds from Liberia with a promise to raise the remaining amount.  President Charles D.B. King of Liberia welcomed the UNIA to Liberia and opened the door for them to establish a headquarters in Liberia. 

 

Mr. Garvey began to bloviate about moving to Liberia and caused angst among the Liberian people since it drew the attention of the French and British governments.  Edwin Barclay, whose parents moved from Barbados and who became Liberia’s 18th president exclaimed about Mr. Garvey’s constant talk about his Liberia scheme, stated “It is not always advisable nor politic to openly expose our secret intentions, our secret thoughts. That is the way we do-or rather don’t do-in Liberia. We don’t tell them what we think; we only tell them what they like to hear.” 

As it happens with us, a Liberian official, Cyral Crichlow, came into conflict with other members of the UNIA including his fellow country man Gabriel Johnson, the Supreme Potentate of the UNIA, and gave up information to U.S. agents.  France, Britain and the United States pressured Liberia due to the close relations with the UNIA.  Wakanda died on the vine with the aid of Liberia’s president C.D.B. King, W.E.B.  Du Bois and Firestone.

Wednesday
Mar142018

WAKANDA WAS ALMOST A REALITY PART 1

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Black Panther opened a portal to a possible conversation between Black Americans and continental Africans.  For the purpose of this post Black Americans are any of us that were born and raised in North, South and Central America including the Caribbean islands.  In recent years we have allowed a chasm to divide us even more than we should.  This has not always been the case.  In the spirit of Black History Month (I refuse to say African American history month) I found an article on the Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and Liberia.  Mr. Garvey founded the UNIA in 1914 and by 1920 the organization was worldwide having members around the globe including Liberia.  Liberia is a country on the African continent bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire with the Atlantic Ocean to the south. 

 

Mr. Garvey, seeking a home land on the continent for a move to Africa, gained the favor of the Liberian government.  Liberia set aside five thousand square miles as a beachhead in the country.   Everyday Liberian people were members of the UNIA or followed Mr. Garvey.  Even high ranking officials of the Liberian government were also members of the UNIA including Gabriel M. Johnson who was the incumbent Mayor of Monrovia, capital city of Liberia, Frederick E.R. Johnson brother of Gabriel.  Former presidents of Liberia Arthur Barclay and Daniel E. Howard, former Mayor of Monrovia Thomas J.R. Faulkner, Montserrado County Representative Didhwo Twe and Associate Justice Frederick E.R. Johnson.  In fact Gabriel M. Johnson was elected Supreme Potentate of the UNIA second only to Provisional President-General Marcus Mosiah Garvey. 

 

Liberia was a settlement founded by 13,000 freemen and freedmen from the U.S., Jamaica, Barbados and Africans from the U.K. and Africans from other countries beginning in 1822 culminating in Liberia becoming Africa’s first independent republic on July 26, 1847.  The American’s treatment of the native Kru and Bassa people, who were the largest groups living in the area, was as awful as the white colonists were to the aboriginal Americans when they arrived on these shores. Some evidence about the ill treatment of the continental African natives by the Americans was that the native people in the area were still participating in the slave trade bringing captive Africans from other countries down the Congo River to the sea coast to sell.  The Americans were astounded at this fact and used this to continue to war against the native people.  Over time the terms Congo people was a pejorative aimed at the new comers whether from the Americas or people that were going to be sold on the slave market that were set free by the Americans.  In turn the Americans/Congo people referred to the natives as Country people.  This schism continues today as the Americo-Liberians remain the country’s elite.

 

 

Friday
Dec012017

THE FCC'S AJIT PAI WANTS TO UNDUE OBAMA'S NET NEUTRALITY BILL

By now we are all invested in the internet on some level.  We enjoy our streaming video services binging out watching Ozark, La Reina Del Sur, or Stranger Things on Netflix.  Maybe you spend your time locked on The Big Sick or The Man In The High Castle on Amazon Prime escaping the humdrum of the norm.  Many of us even endeavor to open our own online business and make some extra cash, hoping to hit it big so you can run from the plantation and become that free slave that you've always dreamt you would be.  Yes, the world wide web has opened bastions of opportunity or ways to just veg out and forget about  your worries and indulge your senses if only for a little while. 
But, have you heard of Net Neutrality?  If you are reading this post you probably have.  Well it looks like Net Neutrality may be coming to an end.  You see, your former president, Barack put in place blocks to allow  to Net Neutrality  be preserved.  What happens without Net Neutrality?  Without Net Neutrality internet service providers will be able to charge internet companies for faster “lanes” of service.  Smaller companies, that cannot afford to pay the higher rates will be relegated to the slow lanes.  You probably won’t have to worry about the big boys like Amazon or Netflix since they have the funds to pay for the "fast lanes" for the entertainment you enjoy. But,   your online business will probably be tossed to the curb.  Tim Oliver best explains what the loss of Net Neutrality means best.