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…

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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. 

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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? 

 

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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.  

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

defund…

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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.

MUSIC: “THE TEARS OF GOD – Russel Blake

truthful perceptions: baltimore

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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…

 

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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

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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.

truthful perceptions: insidious

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INSIDIOUS – Proceeding in a Gradual Subtle  Way, But With Harmful Effects.

For the longest time now I have listened to one word uttered again and again by the enemies of the President. My incredulity met the same level of astonishment of most Americans upon hearing this word, yet by virtue of a series of well orchestrated political events, it is now become more and more clear of what one can begin to see is a greater conspiracy against the nations first African-American President.  The word in question is “Impeach…”

Never mind all of the Republican fueled manufactured crisis’ we’ve endured over this Presidents tenure, let’s just try to see where all of this is going.  This latest avoidable crisis and nonsensical shutdown of the government is another move on the chessboard towards acquiring the King, in this case that means taking back the Presidency even if Vice President Joe Biden finishes the term.

In spite of his vociferous boast last week “that this shutdown is no dam game..” Speaker (Weaker) of the House John Boehner has by his apparent leadership of  inactivity dutifully played along in the much grander game of taking down the President.

The next move…?  If they purposely or rather insidiuous-ly allow the default of the United States government by failing to raise the debt ceiling, it would create global and domestic economic chaos. The short-term effects of this probability is already causing a sense of international instability and concern.  In spite of the Presidents re-election and popularity, the Republican machine have amassed an unrelenting barrage of consistently methodical negative attacks inferring not just the invalidity of President, but constantly insinuating he is the Captain of the Nation’s Titanic doomed to sink us all by his alleged inability to lead.

Perception is everything.  As long as the nation sinks into the quicksand of financial and moral collapse from one systemic failure after the next, they can ultimately say it was done on his watch and therefore rises to the level of impeachment. They will shift positions as they always do from they’re complicity in this mess to again focusing on who was at the top when the United States of America sequestered, shutdown and inevitably defaulted on its financial obligations, thereby causing a global economic crisis.

The sky is not falling, it is being intentionally brought down by an insidiously constructed plan created by very evil men behind the scenes with large pockets and little minds, possessing the power to effectively control key members of the political spectrum.

Focused on the mastery of their hatred for one of the most well educated, intelligent Presidents this country has had in a very long time, they have skewered the media by manipulating a congruence of ignorance into legitimate high profile politicians, while simultaneously characterizing the President as an invalid citizen illegitimately possessing the highest office in the land.

The collateral damage to millions of Americans by the subsequent eradication of vital services, is of little consequence to the framers of America’s destitution, only that the plan goes forward to its final stage of destination which is the inevitable and logical step of an insidious manufactured impeachment.

truthful perceptions: genocide

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Recently, I’ve joined millions of others across this country in outrage over the Zimmerman verdict. I was outsourcing my feelings of seeing a unity of spirit amongst Black people motivated by the act of injustice right before our eyes through the acquittal of Zimmerman.

 I say outsourcing because all the while, my conscience was speaking to me in a still small voice, but one loud enough to hear over the noise of chants for justice and tears of astonishment in GZ’s acquittal. The voice in my head spoke loud and clear: Where is the unified outcry amongst Black people in particular, for the ongoing deaths in Chicago of Blacks being killed by other Blacks?

 Six people killed and 17 shot this past weekend alone, including Six year old Quianna Thompson, who was ironically shot and killed while attending a vigil for another shooting victim who died the previous week. In addition to Quianna, the five other lives lost this past weekend were just as precious as both hers and Trayvon Martin’s life. 

 What about the lives of other Chicago victims of violent murder: Jeremiah Brown, Marissa Boyd- Stingley, Tommie Bates, Ronald Baskin, Marquis Anderson, Cherie Adams, Clifton Barney, Jovatay Alexander and on and on and on… Weren’t their lives just as precious as Trayvon’s life?

Is it because they weren’t killed by a White/Mexican, that somehow invalidates the need for our unified national outrage? Have we by our own national Black silence set the bar so low for the devaluation of Black life that only when a white jury acquits a white man for murdering one of our own, will we as a people get up in arms about how precious Black life is?

 Does anyone really believe that if Trayvon Martin was killed by another Black youth he would have still become a national martyr symbolizing injustice, OR would he have simply been a 30 second blip on the local news in reporting another murdered Black youth with no witnesses. 

White males with a university degree have a 2.9% unemployment rate while Black male high school dropouts constitute a 51.6% unemployment rate. That coupled with a plethora of available guns, territorial gang disputes/violence and a very hot summer breeds the perfect storm for the murder rates we are all witnessing week after week just in Chicago alone.

Under-educated, under-employed, under-skilled and overly-armed draws the line in the sand for employed contempt and a glaring lack of love for the sanctity of life, especially amongst your own kind. 

Where is the unified boycott by music celebrities? Where are the sports teams/stars wearing Hoodies? Where are the politically religious and religiously political opportunists who are there to posture for the national TV cameras during the Martin case, yet silent and absent when we are killing each other week after bloody week? 

No differently than any other race, Black people exhibit the same behavioral patterns of an anticipated and ongoing measured dispassion when killing their own kind.

We must also remember that White people organized en masse vehemently across the country when protesting an acquittal of a defendant who they collectively felt was guilty of murder. Perhaps if the current dynamics were flipped under the same set of circumstances and the murderer was clearly responsible for the murder and yet found not guilty, then we would again witness a similar reaction from White people. Remember their reaction to the Not Guilty verdict in the OJ criminal trial?

Nevertheless, it doesn’t excuse the amount of paralyzed dismissal we as Black people have now become so accustomed to rendering when it concerns a Black life being murdered by another Black individual.

We all feel the hurt it when we hear the news of another deadly weekend in Chicago, or Washington DC, Detroit, New York, Phily, New Orleans, etc;.. and because ignorance walks so proudly and so well armed, we can only throw our hands up in the air in the attempt to somehow maintain our sanity.

 The question is: Where is our unified national outrage? Organized rallies? Sit-Ins at the State House forcing the Governor to request the FBI and all powers of the State using every means necessary to find the gun suppliers? Where is our demand to the powers that be for equal education funding across the board for Public Schools (as done for Charter Schools) and creating State based Job training opportunities requiring incentivized High School Diploma/GED Equivalent for our youth? 

 Where is our demand of the President and The Justice department to send in Federal troops if necessary to stop these senseless killings?  Perhaps that’s the hardest part of all. Allowing our frustrations to turn into an despondency of acceptance, and that acceptance to morph itself into a growing indifference for life itself through our self-inflicted genocide.  

Ultimately indicting us all, because without commissioned organized action, we then through omission, become an accessory to the very crimes we despise in our loud silence. May GOD Help Us…IJPN ~ In JESUS Precious Name.

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