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Monday
May072007

Why are Blacks killings Blacks worldwide?

The Siege of Antioch, from a medieval miniature painting, during the First Crusade.

I am astounded by the amount of violence we heap on each other. Last Thursday night around 10:00 pm a 17 year old young man’s life was taken from him. Kyle Moore was gunned down and robbery may have been the motive since his wallet and cell phone are missing. As of this date there are no suspects. On the Field Negro blog, there Mr. Negro is keeping a tally of the killings that have been taking place in the “City of brotherly Love”, at this point there have been 139 killings. How do we explain this? I listened to a local radio talk show today and heard people say Black men and women are angry. Angry about their situation here in the U.S., angry about their situation at home, angry about not earning money. This may or may not be the answer. But, Black people have reasons to be angry, yet I don’t see this as a reason to take your brother’s or sister’s life. Black people are killing each other all over the world from Darfur to Los Angeles. Black people are killing each other with ease and walk away as if they just coughed into the wind, no remorse. Someone killed my nephew just 5 months ago, and it continues even though many of us scream for peace. I have heard people say these killings are due to young men being raised in a one parent household, by the mother and they say a “woman can’t raise a man.” Others have deduced the killings are related to the amount of growth hormones that are used in raising cattle and chickens for human consumption, for the fast food retail chains that feed billions of people across the world. They argue that this is a form of low grade “roid rage” that happens to people that have mis-used steroids, due to the misuse of these growth hormones they have gone into a rage and committed murder.

I am not sure any if these arguments are false. In fact they do hold quite a bit of weight and should be considered when considering how Black people are killing one another.

Yet, I am inclined to add into the gumbo pot of theories that ‘religion’ as practiced today plays quite a bit in the mixture of all the above. Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are all practiced by the majority of the world today in one form or the other. It is the belief that a God lives up in heaven or in some other ethereal place that has given license to the would be killers of the world to commit mirder. Over the last 2000 years these forms of worship have been forced on the world population in the past and was accepted later as the social norm. Islam, Christianity and Judaism worship a God that is in no way a part of the worshiper.  This creates a psycology of "He" is greater than me, but "He" is up there and I will pay for my misdeeds later at "judgment."  These religions alse create a misgynistic view point in the population as well, therefore we get statements like "the reason Black boys are going jail in high numbers is because they being raised by women."  We are not doing ourselves any uplift by continuing to practice these people's "religions".  With the advent and acceptance of these religions by us, we have bought into and accepted the rite of death.  Christianity is predicated on the DEATH and resurrection of the Christ. Judaism and Islam have played a large part in the misogynist idealogy concerning women, as well as Christianity playing its part in the demonizing of women.  However, all three have pushed the idea of a God that is seperate and apart from the worshiper.  The belief that you are NOT the God is in opposition to what is taught in Psalms 82-6, has contributed to the cases for the killing of human beings.  I am convinced, that should we believe we are God and this is firmly taught to us as is Christ being raised from the dead, I know there would be much less instances of murder.  If you are taught that you are the God you would create a society equivalent to our great Mayan past, of our great Sudanese, Ethiopian and Kemetan civilizations where murder was rare and abhorred.  When men and women are taught of their Great past, that the Gods came from Her will we see a change and reverence for Mama Ma'at for Ezili Danto for Aida Wedo, Ix Chebel Yax and most of all for mother Earth.  But until we take heed to the words of Boukman "...Throw away the symbol of the god of the whites..." and I say throw away the food of the whites as well, we will continue to perish!

Monday
Apr232007

The forceful removal of President Jean-Bertand Aristide of Haiti

This is an excerpt of and interview conducted by Peter Hallward, July 2005 from South Africa, for the London Review of Books:

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Peter Hallward: Dany Toussaint wasn’t willing to talk to me when I was in Port-au-Prince a couple of months ago. It’s intriguing that the people who were clamouring for his arrest while you were still in power were then suddenly quite happy to leave him in peace once he had come out against you in December 2003, and once they themselves were in power. But can you prove that he was working for or with them all along?

Jean-Bertrand Aristide: It won’t be easy to document, I accept that. There’s a proverb in Creole that says twou manti pa fon: ‘lies don’t run very deep.’ Sooner or later the truth will out. There are plenty of things that were happening at the time that only recently have started to come to light.

PH: You mean things like the eventual public admissions, made over the past year or so by the rebel leaders Remissainthe Ravix and Guy Philippe, about the extent of their long-standing collaboration with the Convergence Démocratique, with the Americans?

JBA: Exactly.

PH: Let’s turn now to what happened in February 2004. There are wildly different versions of what happened in the run-up to your expulsion from the country. How much support did Guy Philippe’s rebels really have? And surely there was little chance that they could take the capital itself, in the face of the many thousands of people who were ready to defend it?

JBA: There had been recent attempts at a coup, one in July 2001, with an attack on the police academy, and another a few months later, in December 2001, with an incursion into the national palace. They didn’t succeed, and on both occasions the rebels were forced to flee the city. They only just managed to escape. It wasn’t the police alone who chased them away, it was a combination of the police and the people. So the rebels knew they couldn’t take Port-au-Prince. So they hesitated, on the outskirts, some 40 kilometres away. We had nothing to fear. The balance of forces was in our favour. There are occasions when large groups of people are more powerful than heavy machine-guns and automatic weapons. And Port-au-Prince, a city with so many national and international interests, was different from more isolated places like Saint-Marc or Gonaïves. There was no great insurrection: there was a small group of soldiers, heavily armed, who were able to overwhelm some police stations, kill some policemen and create a certain amount of havoc. The police had run out of ammunition, and were no match for the rebels’ M16s. But the city was a different story. The people were ready, and I wasn’t worried.

Meanwhile, on 29 February a shipment of police munitions that we had bought from South Africa, perfectly legally, was due to arrive in Port-au-Prince. This decided the matter. Already the balance of forces was against the rebels; on top of that, if the police were restored to something like their full operational capacity, then the rebels stood no chance.

PH: So at that point the Americans had no option but to go in and get you themselves, on the night of 28 February?

JBA: That’s right. They knew that in a few more hours, they would lose their opportunity to ‘resolve’ the situation. They grabbed their chance while they had it, and bundled us onto a plane in the middle of the night.

PH: The Americans – Ambassador Foley, Luis Moreno and so on – insist that you begged for their help, that they had to arrange a flight to safety at the last minute. Several reporters backed up their account. On the other hand, speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the American security guards who was on your plane that night told the Washington Post soon after the event that the US story was ‘just bogus’. Your personal security director, Frantz Gabriel, also confirms that you were kidnapped that night by US military personnel. Who are we supposed to believe?

JBA: You’re dealing with a country that was willing and able, in front of the UN and in front of the world at large, to fabricate claims about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They were willing to lie about issues of global importance. It’s hardly surprising that they were able to find a few people to say the things that needed to be said in Haiti, in a small country of no great strategic significance.

PH: They said they couldn’t send peacekeepers to help stabilise the situation, but as soon as you were gone, the troops arrived straightaway.

JBA: The plan was perfectly clear.

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