truthful perceptions: cover…

The mask continues to come off. Men who wield great political power in public, yet yield masculine impotency in private.

The latest revelation is of White House staff secretary to the President and his past history of abusive behavior to two ex-wives. This is a man who is privy to the most classified documents of this country, did not have full national security credentials and was still hired for over a year in spite of serious domestic violence issues in his portfolio.

The real story is the network of men in the white house who hired and allowed him to stay on in his taxpayer-funded job in spite of knowing his history. Although Rob Porter has resigned, his protection by way of ill-chosen press releases in defending him remain.

I’m not going to go through the list of powerful people who are responsible for enabling a man who beats women to exist freely in their work environment. It’s a list not significant for its length of names as much as for the power their titles they possess. Amid the crises, a speechwriter for the president has also resigned to avoid his own past domestic violence history from being revealed by the press. 

The cover of protection given to abusers from other men is an abomination. Weak men protecting weaker men. Whether in law enforcement, politics or the clergy, the history of abusers being protected by other men by some secret code of weak masculinity is key to breaking the vicious cycle of domestic violence. 

Weak men prosper when good men do nothing.  As a man, if your male friend is an abuser then he’s a loser. No friendship with a man is worth compromising your integrity for. We are all our brother’s keeper, but he’s no brother when you give him cover for domestic and sexual abuse.  The weakest brotherhood is the one that protects dysfunctional and abusive behavior. The strongest brotherhood is the one dedicated to protecting women and children from the abuser.

We do this by giving him no place to hide. No light to glory in. No enabling to pursue his enterprise. No denial of his dysfunction. In so doing, he is then forced to run or be revealed to the greater public. He is forced to get help or get hopping on the first train out of town.

Until he genuinely repents and actively seeks professional help for his dysfunction, all care, and compassion must be reserved for the victim. Abuse is a crime of cowardice. Let all crimes be met with legal conviction and subsequent incarceration. As such, let prison walls be the abuser’s real cover.  

The National Domestic Violence 24HR Hotline – 800.799.SAFE (7233)

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence –

Men Against Violence Against Women –

Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence –

National Domestic Violence Registry –

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence –

Los Angeles DV Programs –






truthful perceptions: remembrance…

“The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:4…”

The holiday’s upon us brings a great deal of thought on self and family. For me, that dynamic raises my conscious thoughts on those families privately suffering from the absent physical presence of a daughter, mother, sister, cousin or aunty who was killed as a victim of domestic violence.

As I both feel and pray for them, I also do not forget the male who viciously took a precious life off of this earth. These are males who possess low emotional skills, that makes any attempt of a meaningful relationship with a woman highly problematic and with deadly consequences.

These are males who may possess a high IQ, but never took the time to raise a low EQ. Too often, the reason for this lies in the difference between how boys and girls are being raised, especially when in the same household.

Emotions are a very complex entity and when as a child and teenager (especially for boys) it’s left without guidance, mentorship and quality Q & A evolves from naturally complex to become extremely complicated. Negative emotions will then feed on different sources in society for direction and shape a mind already dealing with raging hormones and testosterone buildup.

In the absence of a positive male role model, the definition of masculinity becomes skewered and fractured in the eyes of that child. To paraphrase Frederick Douglas, “It is easier to raise healthy boys than to spend years repairing broken men…”

I close this writing with the sincerest condolences for the victim families of domestic violence, and the deepest respect for those victims whose lives were prematurely taken, some of them while they were pregnant with the killer’s baby.

We must revolutionize and re-galvanize our fight against this plague by addressing the invisible source of this violence. The insecurities and inability to manage anger is a result of low emotional intelligence coupled with a demonic influence.

Real masculinity is never defined or associated with being physically or sexually violent against a woman. However, it is a requirement of all Real Men who stand up against the males who commit these despicable acts.

Please click the link below and pray for the families of these victims this holiday season. Thank you.

Music: “God’s Peace…” by Russel Blake



truthful perceptions: fathers…

True Fathers protect from all enemies, provide for all seasons and immerse themselves in constant prayer as it pertains to all things both good and Godly for their children. True Fathers possess a singleness of mind, a singularity of Soul and elect themselves unto sacred and eternal humility before God for the gift(s) of their children.

As a bachelor, selfishness often rules the day while the night orders recklessness and abandon. An arrogant table of the heart in refusing to allow the Word of God to both wisely rest and rule on top of it. This mindset parlays all monies unto wine, women and song. It cradles the basket of lustful whims through youthful charms and dares eternity to a challenge of longevity, arrogantly believing that he will win.

However, when True Fatherhood arrives waters of maturity divide the seas of wisdom to bring forth a mighty charge of God. The clouds above then pour forth rains of sensibility that strengthens the very marrow of a Real Man’s bones, and portions spiritual boldness into his heart while forever sentencing foolishness back unto it’s demonic realm of ignorance.

A wise Man will instinctively cling to this mark of God’s call, and like an eagle perched high on a mountain will begin to fix his eyes with laser like precision on the fragile and vulnerable future of his vulnerable yet beautiful child.

True Fathers personify responsibility of their children while being an example of pure religious morality for their children. True Fathers by definition rules the appointment of dependability, practices the politics of authoritative leadership, legislates the power of invisible loving discipline and are never voted out of office.

True Fathers take charge when the devil seems large, by rebuking the beast back to the pit of hell from whence he came. A True Father validates his faith through works and never allows his children go either hungry or astray.

Fatherhood transcends race and religions, neutralizes nationalities and bonds wise men to a common cause. True Fathers are soldiers fighting on the front lines of stability, in the trenches of the war of fear for what the future may hold for his children.

He is in the army of many millions, yet impersonates none on this battlefield of singular distinction. Though bombs of indecision, mortars of his child’s sickness and mortal rocket fire target the very essence of his compassionate manhood, his mission is never deterred, declined nor defeated. Whether a world away or tangibly with his child everyday, a True Father is a soldier who is never M.I.A. (missing in action).

I witnessed my Daughter as a baby girl. Precious and adorable, vulnerable and fragile and with my mission clear, my heart always steered itself in eternal vigilance to her cause. The deal was sealed with her first utterance of the word “Daddy”.

I witnessed my Son as a baby boy. Smiling and playful, and always laughing in his cradle. Tiny fists with baby bottle in hand, letting everyone know that he is the Man-child who is a conqueror, a King who will be more than equipped and able to lead.

True Fathers set the positive example of masculine tender love for his children, by virtue of how he treats their Mother. His behavior sets the mental and spiritual template for there perception of a future spouse.

From the daughters perception of a Man always gentle and true, loving and kind, protectively loyal and faithfully devoted unto his Wife, to the son’s positive example of a Man who is never psychologically, verbally, emotionally or physically abusive to his Wife.

Rather, in addition to being a provider, prayer warrior and protector, that he loves his wife as Christ also loves the church and gave himself for it (1). 

False fathers plead the perverted fifth on the grounds that they never inseminated anyone. False fathers lust selfishly of themselves before they think of their children. False fathers offend God and there own children who believe in JESUS.

JESUS said, “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea”(2).

 After years of strife, false fathers do not man up and make amends to their adult children. False fathers make excuses, abide in lies and foolishly believe that they can escape God’s judgment. False fathers do not know what genuine love is.

True Fathers proudly step up and parent a child even if that child is not biologically his. True Fathers always place their children’s needs and well being first. True Fathers hear the Word of God, “Fathers provoke not your children to wrath, but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”(3).

After years of strife, True Fathers humble themselves and repent, seeking reconciliation and restoration with their adult children. True Fathers take responsibility, work hard, abide in truth and continually bless their children with wisdom, guidance and unconditional grace, mercy and love.

True Fathers know what genuine love is. Which is why they overwhelmingly cherish four words said to them by their children that are more meaningful then any other. Those words are:

                                                     “I love you Daddy”


from the book “Psalms, Letters & Light…”

Published By Man Of Psalms Publishing Co.

Copyright 2017






truthful perceptions: evil…

$3.6 million dollars every time Trump goes to his private resort in Florida paid for by the American taxpayer, but apparently their is no money for food for the elderly, light and heating assistance for the poor or education for the masses via public broadcasting.

What kind of Christians do these acts of cruelty to their neighbors? 

Trump’s budget would cut off funding entirely for several agencies, including arts, public broadcasting and development groups, and also proposes steep cuts to agencies like the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency.

Virtually every agency will see some sort of cut, with only Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs getting a boost.

Congress will have the final say, and lawmakers have already expressed opposition to many of the proposals.

Here’s a look at some of the major cuts in the President’s budget blueprint:

Department cuts

Health and Human Services, the department responsible for implementing Obamacare and its proposed repeal, would face a $12.6 billion cut — a 16.2% decrease

  • Environmental Protection Agency: $2.6 billion, or 31.4%
  • State Department: $11 billion, or 28.7%
  • Labor Department: $2.5 billion, or 20.7%
  • Agriculture Department: $5 billion, or 20.7%
  • US Army Corps of Engineers: $1 billion, a 16.3% cut
  • Cuts National Institutes of Health spending by $5.8 billion, a nearly 20% cut. Also overhauls NIH to focus on “highest priority” efforts and eliminates the Fogarty International Center.
  • Other double-digit cuts include Commerce at 15.7%; Education at 13.5%; Housing and Urban Development at 13.2%; Transportation at 12.7%, and Interior at 11.7%.

Program cuts

  • Eliminates the USDA Water and Wastewater loan and grant program, a reduction of $498 million
  • Cuts $250 million by zeroing out National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grants and programs that support coastal and marine management, research and education
  • Reduces or eliminates 20 programs within the Department of Education, including Striving Readers, Teacher Quality Partnership and Impact Aid support payments for federal property and international education programs
  • Cuts FEMA state and local grant funding by $667 million, including the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and Homeland Security Grant Program
  • Eliminates funds for Section 4 Capacity Building for Community Development and Affordable Housing
  • Ceases payments to the United Nations’ climate change programs for the Green Climate Fund and precursor funds
  • Scales back funding for the World Bank and other international development banks by $650 million over three years
  • Cuts federal subsidies to Amtrak and eliminates support for Amtrak’s long-distance services.
  • Cuts funding to the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Program so new projects will not be funded
  • Shrinks the Treasury workforce by an unspecified amount
  • Stops funding for the Clean Power Plan

Programs Trump proposes to eliminate or zero out

Trump’s budget would eliminate funding for some small, independent agencies entirely, as well as zero out some federal programs:

  • The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program, which supports before- and after-school programs and summer programs
  • Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, which funds research including clean energy
  • African Development Foundation
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Chemical Safety Board
  • Community Development Block Grant, which in part funds Meals on Wheels
  • Community Development Financial Institutions Fund grants, under Treasury
  • Community Services Block Grant, under HHS
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Delta Regional Authority
  • Denali Commission
  • Economic Development Administration
  • Essential Air Service program
  • Global Climate Change Initiative
  • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Chesapeake Bay funding, and other regional programs under EPA.
  • HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Choice Neighborhoods, and the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program, all under HUD
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Inter-American Foundation
  • US Trade and Development Agency
  • Legal Services Corporation
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program
  • Minority Business Development Agency, under Commerce
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • NASA’s Office of Education
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
  • Northern Border Regional Commission
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • State Energy Program
  • Supporting Effective Instruction State Grants program, the second-largest program feds have used to influence local education
  • TIGER transportation grants
  • United States Institute of Peace
  • United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


truthful perceptions: greed…


Aside from the fact that politicians who place the financial profits of billionaires as a priority when rolling back environmental laws set in place to protect our planet, it once again begs the question of the revelers and worshippers of greed in asking., “ How much is enough…?

Sadly, the answer that silently comes back is that it is never enough. Never enough money to roll back laws set in place forbidding companies from dumping and/or carrying toxic waste to flow into rivers, streams, lake and oceans that lead into waterways that furnish drinking water not to mention killing aquatic life.

Never enough money to roll back laws set in place to stop companies from dumping waste products into the air, especially fossil fuels, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide that directly contribute to greenhouse gases and thereby creating and advancing global warming.

Water and Air are just two, never mind the other concerns such as emissions standards for landfills, rules around offshore drilling, methane standards for oil and gas drilling, and restrictions on migratory bird hunting, etc.,

Do they not witness what is happening in the cities of China where millions of people are wearing masks everyday because of smog and toxic air. They have now come to a point where they are coping, but learning to live with it as if it’s some kind of organic alternate reality. 


A new study shows that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world’s most populous country.

Physicists at the University of California, Berkeley, calculated that about 1.6 million people in China die each year from heart, lung and stroke problems because of incredibly polluted air, especially small particles of haze.

7043400-3x2-940x627Performing Tai Chi in the midst of dense smog? The words Tai Chi are actually defined as, “Supreme Exercise for Ultimate Living…” Really? Today it should be more defined as “Extreme Living…” This is the extreme of what happens when companies/corporations are allowed to run their businesses without government oversight and strict laws in place to protect both people and the environment.

Just as he put someone in charge of the education dept. who knows nothing about public education, where 9 out of every 10 American children attend school, Trump places someone in charge of the Environmental Protection whose record is directly opposed to what the EPA stands for after decades of existence.

Their mission and objectives are clear: They are going to dismantle piece by piece, law by law the government agency responsible for protecting the pristine and fragile ecological vulnerability of nature.people-practice-tai-chi-775536


If this is what the air in Beijing is like everyday, can you imagine what is being dumped into the rivers, streams, lakes and oceans? 



The tears of GOD will most certainly flow, because only GOD knows what the long term environmental consequences will be upon our country and the planet in the next four years of trumps term in office. Sadly, the name will most assuredly go from the “environmental protection agency” to the “environmental destruction agency…” and all in the name of corporate greed.  



Music: “The Tears of God…” by Russel Blake











In September 2015, a study conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that in Texas there were 1,539 unmet requests for domestic-violence services in a single day, with 48 percent of those requests for housing. The study found many programs, in Texas and the rest of the country, dealing with a “critical shortage of funds and staff to assist victims.”

Instead of defending women and children, Donald Trump is defunding not one, but all 25 separate programs managed by the Justice Dept’s. Office of Violence Against Women;

Instead of defending women, he is defunding Planned Parenthood that provides critical and in most cases the only health services to millions of women and low income men who also benefit from their services;

Instead of defending efforts against republican voter suppression tactics and laws, he is defunding any investigation into proven Russian hacking/involvement into the election;

Trump cannot defund the republicans because the moral conscience of the Republican Party leadership is already bankrupt. The mind-numbing unsurprising bigoted tinged hypocrisy displayed by the Republicans and conservative evangelical Christians in how they support, sign-off and turn a blind eye to every immoral, ungodly, unethical and infantile tantrum this man demonstrates is in and of itself a sheer disgrace, especially in comparison to how they disrespectfully treated President Obama.

Listening to Trump speak both the madness of his policies and the mania of his paranoia just five days into his presidency glaringly reminds us how psychologically and ethically unfit he is for the Presidency. He too often goes into a tangent of illogic ranting, logical to no one but himself and the conspiracy theorists who undoubtedly have access to his pathology of paranoia.

All of this would be the funniest of entertainment on a SNL level of comedy were it not for one solemn, sad and somber thing. Every time you see Trump speaking on television and at every juncture, it is sobering to remember that this individual, this man who is by all accounts the most powerful man on the planet carries in his pocket that which is simply known as “The Biscuit…” which are the launch codes to start a nuclear attack.

Based on his mental instability, if there was one legitimate thing that needs to be defunded in the trump presidency, it’s his ability to use the biscuit. Because of his thin skin and inability to handle criticism, this may one day leave us all tragically defunded of life itself.


truthful perceptions: baltimore


Its been a powerful day of revelation here in Baltimore. Just like you, over the past 24 hours I’ve heard Black people of this city described in the media as thugs, criminals and animals. The bad actions of a few should never apply to the majority of the many. Isn’t that what we are always told about the police..?

Speaking of which several of the folks in the community I spoke with today informed me that many of those officers in riot gear are the same people that come to the community late at night wearing street clothes to purchase drugs and solicit prostitutes. They ask why isn’t that spoken about in the media..?

Last night 144 car fires and 15 burned structures demonstrated displaced anger from young people who have had to nurture for too long a prolonged sense of hopelessness for their lives. The people in the community are not happy about being demonized in the media over the last 24 hours when they have had to endure the demonization of living in an impoverished neighborhood that has not received any meaningful and serious corporate or government investment in over 24 years.

A community where over 52 percent of Black men are unemployed. A neighborhood where over 100,000 Black men were arrested in ‘2003 – 2005 under the Mayoral-ship of Martin “I wanna be president” O’Malley. Keep in mind only seven percent of those arrests were for serious crimes.

A neighborhood where the annual salary is $16,000 a year. A community where 116,000 children qualify for free school lunch that for many of them is the only nutritious meal of the day. A community where incidents of domestic violence ranks among the highest of all cities in America.

All of this taking place within walking distance of the multi billion dollar institution of John Hopkins University. A neighborhood where gentrification is slowly pushing them further and further down the road. There are problems here not unlike any other major city. The real tragedy is that it takes a tragedy in the loss of life of a Freddie Gray or a Michael Brown to bring light not only to the issue of continued police brutality and racial profiling, but the human right violations of systemic and generational poverty existing in communities across this country.

The healing is slow and bringing about change is always difficult, but only an indictment at the end of this week against those officers that killed Freddie Gray will help to close the gash of injustice the vast majorities of police killings have historically rendered. Let Justice Be Done. ‪#‎PrayForBaltimore‬ ‪#‎justiceforfreddiegray‬ ‪#‎AllLivesMatter‬

truthful perceptions: 13th Amendment…



It is so very good to see the diversity of races aligned together against the viciousness of police brutality. They are fighting for change against the injustice of a justice system to hold police accountable when they commit criminal acts of murder.

 According to the 13th Amendment Slavery is abolished, “BUT still permissible in the United States when you are convicted of a crime. I see the latest events to unfold not as a wakeup call, because these events of state sanctioned murder has occurred for centuries against the Black community.

 However, there is an elephant in the room that must be addressed. This elephant is tied to the Worker’s Right’s Rallies taking place around the country against corporations who refuse to pay a livable wage to its employees.

 Let’s connect some dots:

 JC Penney sells jeans made by prison inmates. American Airlines and Avis Car Rental use prison inmates to take reservations.

 In South Carolina Victoria Secret’s uses female inmates to sew products. Fidelity, and, in some cases, some of your money invested by Fidelity is used for prison labor or in other operations related to the prison industrial complex.

 Sprint & Verizon uses inmates to provide telecommunication services and in call centers.

 Wal-Mart uses inmates for manufacturing purposes. The company ”hires” inmates to clean products of their UPC bar codes so that products can be resold.

 Starbucks in Washington State uses inmates to cut costs. Wendy’s and McDonalds also use prison labor to cut costs of it’s operations.

 McDonald’s uses inmates to produce frozen foods. Inmates process beef for patties. They may also process bread, milk and chicken products.

 Most prisons that pay prisoners for work have a range of pay depending on the job. Average of the minimum wages for prisoners paid by the states, in dollars per day for non-industry work: $0.93

 Average hourly rate paid at a prison camp in Nevada: $0.13 Maximum wage paid to prisoner workers in dollars per day in Georgia and Texas: $0

 The largest prison population in the world is in the United States. The largest ethnic group within US prison industrial complex are Blacks.

 This is by design and in complete and insidious cooperation with Corporate America. It was decided in a boardroom long ago that if Blacks were good enough to pick the cotton fields of the past, they’re good enough to populate and work the “new cotton fields” of the present. American police are now simply used as the new slave catchers in order to populate the new cotton fields.

 The only thing that has changed are the types of cotton fields that now employ/enslave Blacks in the Americas. Window dressing, civil rights laws and even a Black President keep us distracted and in a delusional mindset that things are and must be getting better. Yet, the game is the same, just different players.

 As in the past, if potential slaves resisted in any way and had to be killed, the slave catcher/police officer would be immune from prosecution as he is deemed to valuable to the state of operations. That one slave catcher/police officer can be responsible for bringing in up to 50 slaves or more per year. That adds to the financial bottom line of the slavery system and therefore the slave catcher must be protected at all costs.

 Keep in mind the diversity I spoke of earlier also includes Latinos and poor whites. The new slavery system uses an all hands on deck approach of harvesting slave labor. The paradigm is simply skewered and set by design to require Blacks as the primary group of the new enslaved.

 This is quantified by Justice department data of poverty in America being more centralized in Black communities, which is tied to the dropout rate, drug arrests, gang activity, etc., all done by design therefore justifying aggressive law enforcement incursions into the inner city to make arrests and provide prosecutorial convictions.

 Once convicted, you are no longer considered a citizen but now under the 13th amendment you can and shall be treated and regarded as a slave and hence opening the “legal” door for corporations to use you for their financial profits in any manner they see fit.

 It seems very unlikely that the minds and hearts of those highest in these boardrooms of corporate America will ever change. They have absolutely no incentive to. Through enslaving/employing prison labor and the average worker on the street, they are seeing more money in stock dividends in one year than most people will ever see in a lifetime.

 It is quite frankly the evil that men do. It is wickedness in high places. It is the power to control and enslave the powerless through a system that is sanctioned by the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, protected by bribed and corrupt politicians and fueled by an insidious Madison Avenue marketing machine that uses the latest technology of subliminal messaging, sub-conscious symbolism and investing in a variety of distractions such as corporate produced music festivals to keep us mentally distracted and physiologically controlled.

Jesus Christ said., “Men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil..John 3:19”

 I truly pray for the spirit of these mass demonstrations across the country to not wither from fatigue, nor become discouraged. This is a moment that may never come again.

 Sparked by the state sanctioned murder of Eric Garner, Michael Brown and so many others, the time for true revelation of the roots of police brutality must be revealed not only as a failed policy of policing Black, Brown and poor White communities, but all the way to exposing its quiet slave master of corporate America.

MUSIC: “AFRICA” by Russel Blake



truthful perceptions: justice or just-us

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The Second Census of the United States was done in the year 1800.  Approximately one million African-Americans were counted and of that number, 900,000 of them were slaves. Today there are more than  one million African Americans incarcerated in Federal and State Prisons, than were slaves in 1800. After reading the statistics below, one would have to be ignorant to the Nth degree of a greater conspiracy fluently at work against men of color in this country.

Congressman Trey Radel of Florida (who happens to be white) was busted hands down this past week buying cocaine from an undercover cop, pleaded guilty in court and was sentenced to immediate rehab. How would that sentencing have gone for the same crime were it a Black or Latino man arrested under the same circumstances? According to the figures below, it is a sure bet he would be under mandatory sentencing laws giving him immediate prison time. Read Below:

Incarceration Trends in America

  • From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled-from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people
  • Today, the US is 5% of the World population and has 25% of world prisoners.
  • Combining the number of people in prison and jail with those under parole or probation supervision, 1 in ever y 31 adults, or 3.2 percent of the population is under some form of correctional control

Racial Disparities in Incarceration

  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
  • According to Unlocking America, if African American and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates of whites, today’s prison and jail populations would decline by approximately 50%
  • One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
  • 1 in 100 African American women are in prison
  • Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

Drug Sentencing Disparities

  • About 14 million Whites and 2.6 million African Americans report using an illicit drug
  • 5 times as many Whites are using drugs as African Americans, yet African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at 10 times the rate of Whites
  • African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 38% of those arrested for drug offenses, and 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense.
  • African Americans serve virtually as much time in prison for a drug offense (58.7 months) as whites do for a violent offense (61.7 months). (Sentencing Project)

Contributing Factors

  • Inner city crime prompted by social and economic isolation
  • Crime/drug arrest rates: African Americans represent 12% of monthly drug users, but comprise 32% of persons arrested for drug possession
  • “Get tough on crime” and “war on drugs” policies
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing, especially disparities in sentencing for crack and powder cocaine possession
  • In 2002, blacks constituted more than 80% of the people sentenced under the federal crack cocaine laws and served substantially more time in prison for drug offenses than did whites, despite that fact that more than 2/3 of crack cocaine users in the U.S. are white or Hispanic
  • “Three Strikes”/habitual offender policies
  • Zero Tolerance policies as a result of perceived problems of school violence; adverse affect on black children.
  • 35% of black children grades 7-12 have been suspended or expelled at some point in their school careers compared to 20% of Hispanics and 15% of whites

Effects of Incarceration

  • Jail reduces work time of young people over the next decade by 25-30 percent when compared with arrested youths who were not incarcerated
  • Jails and prisons are recognized as settings where society’s infectious diseases are highly concentrated
  • Prison has not been proven as a rehabilitation for behavior, as two-thirds of prisoners will reoffend

Exorbitant Cost of Incarceration: Is it Worth It?

  • About $70 billion dollars are spent on corrections yearly
  • Prisons and jails consume a growing portion of the nearly $200 billion we spend annually on public safety

New slavery leaves hurriedly with the truth by not leaving enough time for critical analysis of what is really going on here. New slavery makes mad money from the mastered misery of black men in the prison industrial complex. Where does it end?  One would think the system is unsustainable, but the fact of the matter is that they will just keep on building more and more prisons in order to accommodate the anticipated infusion of more free labor.

The war on drugs is actually a war on people, with Black Men as the prime unending human resource of free labor to make not just license plates, but everything from books, lingerie, picnic tables, park benches, military jackets, Ikea store products, canoes, baseball caps, blue jeans and even one prison in Illinois have inmates roasting coffee beans for a private company.

They earn anywhere from pennies a day to minimum wage, and for someone who will be incarcerated for thirty years to life that is a tremendous profit dollar margin for a corporation doing business with the penal system. Pay an inmate .25 cents a day having him make products that you will sell for $10.00 to $1000.00

It’s got to stop with the re-awakening of the Black Man to the complex trap that is conveniently set for us in the form of drugs in our community.  Otherwise, as Richard Pryor said, when we go to court looking for justice…that’s all were going to find ~ Is Just-Us.

truthful perceptions: faker

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Zimmerman is back in the news once again. Were it not for wondering how the parents of Trayvon Martin are feeling about this, I wouldn’t waste my time and thoughts in writing about this latest incident. Seems George is once again displaying the true nature of who and what he is. Unraveling himself before the public eye to the cowardice his lack of anger management warrants.

He is a murderer set free to kill again and it is only a matter of time before he does.  The whole judicial process and courtroom fiasco we all witnessed and will never forget during his trial. His defense lawyers passionately and successfully attempted to paint this man as some sort of misunderstood hero vigilante is what irks me and continues to get under my skin.

Prosecuting Trayvon and criminalizing him with innuendos and inferences to what antics he may or may not have done as an adolescent was bad enough, but to then paint Zimmerman as some sort of paragon of virtue hell bent on protecting his community from the outer elements of criminals was even worse. For it is becoming quite clear this murderer will inevitably kill again.

His affinity to guns and an unchecked psychological dysfunction practically guarantees it.  Instead of doing time in a maximum security or a hospital for the criminally insane, his acquittal served to only bolster and validate his inner demons that he is right to take out his gun and kill anyone who challenges him.

He is a taker of innocent human life and a faker as a man. We in the Black community have seen this time and time again where murderers of our people, especially our children can “legally” get away with their heinous acts, and later on either confess to their crime(s) as in the case of Emmitt Till’s murderers J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant, or be legally vindicated like a Geo. Zimmerman.

Yet this time it will be only a matter of time until Zimmerman kills again, and given his current track record of domestic violence, the victim will ironically be of the same race and gender as those who acquitted him. A white woman. Perhaps another girlfriend of whom will be as defenseless as Trayvon was against a loaded gun.

Whether from some sick desire of self-aggrandizement to be in the media spotlight or out of some twisted form of self guilt to find absolution, he will pull the trigger again. This time as a faker of a man, the life he takes will inevitably and some say rightfully be his own.