TRAYVON MARTIN-Justice and Other Insurmountable Goals

I knew that it wouldn’t be long before the media found some kind of “dirt” on Trayvon Martin and decided that is was relevant to the case.  Fortunately, we have the 911 tapes that irradiate any attempt to brush off Trayvon as some wayward gangsta apprentice out to make a name for himself and poor little Zimmerman just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

THE STORY

For those who haven’t been paying attention, here is a quick summary.  Trayvon Martin and his dad were visiting friends and/or family members in a gated community.  During the half-time of the evening basketball game, Trayvon walked to the local convenience store to purchase snacks.  On his way back to the house, armed with a cell phone, Skittles, and an iced tea, he was spotted by George Zimmerman.  Zimmerman has been reported as being the neighborhood watch (some reports say he was self-appointed).  Zimmerman, for the nearly 48th time in a 24-month period, calls the police to report “suspicious behavior”.  According to the 911 tapes, Zimmerman watches Trayvon walk home while talking on his cell phone.  Zimmerman tells the police that Trayvon appears to be on drugs.  (A toxicology report came back negative.)  Zimmerman leaves his car and follows Trayvon.  The police dispatcher asks him not to and Zimmerman says “okay”.  Between the ‘okay’ and Trayvon hanging up with his girlfriend, Zimmerman comes in contact with Trayvon and the end result is that Trayvon Martin is dead.

The 911 tapes reveal that Zimmerman did not witness Trayvon doing anything wrong. (not that “doing something wrong” would give Zimmerman the right to kill)  They reveal that Zimmerman has already prosecuted Trayvon in his own mind.  Additionally, enhancements of the audio reveals that Zimmerman probably called Trayvon a F’ ing Coon.  Zimmerman told the police it was self defense.  The lead homicide investigator says he didn’t really believe Zimmerman and wanted to arrest him for at least manslaughter.  That investigator’s decision was over-ridden by higher ups.  Zimmerman was allowed to leave the scene, go home with his gun, and wash his clothes.  Meanwhile Trayvon lay in a morgue for 3 days as a John Doe while his parents try and find out what happened to him.

I want Zimmerman arrested.  I want the tapes thoroughly enhanced and played for a jury.  If he did indeed said coon, I want him tried and convicted of a hate crime.

INSURMOUNTABLE GOALS

Only a few in the mainstream media have touched on the real issue here.  While we all grieve that a young life was taken before it really began – the sad fact is that it will happen again, and again, and again.  Why?  Because systematic, institutionalized racism will allow white men to believe that they can kill black men with impunity.  Instituationlized racism allows teachers to kill the dreams of our kids while their still in elementary school. Institutionalized racism will allow the police to devalue the life of an African American and taking another man’s “word for it”.  Institutionalized racism will kill African American men and women far too close to their prime because the stress of dealing with racism on a daily basis wears them down to the bone.

WHEN ARE WE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT?!?

The other night I watched MSNBC interview this mealy-mouthed reporter from an Orlando newspaper.  She wrote an article stating that Trayvon Martin was on suspension from school because a plastic bag was found in his backpack that might have once contained marijuana.  The reporter dismissed the accusation that the article was put out by the Sanford police department to try and paint Trayvon as a gangsta apprentice deserving to get shot.  She said that the suspension was “irrelevant to the case”.  When asked then why was it printed – she had no answer.

THE REAL CONVERSATION

Racism school suspensionWhen the press released that Trayvon has been suspended they neglected to mention that a recent study ,conducted by UCLA, the University of Colorado, and the National Education Policy Center, illuminates the fact that African American boys and girls get suspended twice as often for the SAME OFFENSE.  For instance, the study shows that 30% of African American students caught using a cell phone were suspended vs. 17% of white offenders.  Moreover, white students were usually suspended for easily documented offenses; vandalism, cheating, etc.  While most African Americans were suspended for subjective offenses; e.g. being disrespectful, being loud, etc.  One of the final points of this study eradicates the myth that children of color are suspended more often because they misbehave more often.

Why is this okay?  Why is it okay for teachers to disproportionately render harsh punitive actions against children of color while letting their white counter parts off with a slap on the wrist?  Where is the outrage?  Where are the protests?  Is it because no one has died because of this?  Or have they?

KILL THEM BEFORE THEY LIVE

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, fought for the seemingly small things, those small everyday incidences of racism; then perhaps Trayvon Martin would still be with us today.  If we fought for our kids the way we fight for a promotion, perhaps more of our kids would graduate from high school and more importantly from college.  What must it do to the self-esteem of our children to always be seen as a suspect?!?

According to the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI, arrests and/or detainment of youths of color for drug related offenses is significantly higher than that of whites. (Most African Americans are incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses)  African American youth make up 17% of all American youth, yet they made up 47% of arrests and/or detainments for drug possesion in 2005; even though, according to the Juvenile Department of Justice, the amount of drug use among children of color is the same as it is among white youth.  However, the punitive penalties for the drug use is disproportionately aimed at children of color.Racism in the juvenile justice system

If we as a people, we as a country, we as a community, demanded that the justice system end it’s systematic discrimination against our kids, perhaps Trayvon would be with us today.  The widely-held belief among white folks that racism, bias, discrimination is an anomaly perpetrated by some nut job (George Zimmerman) and that normal folks judge by the contents of their character is patently false.  And as long as we, people of color, walk on egg shells, live in denial, and allow 60% of America to believe in a lie, there will be 100 more Trayvon Martin’s shot dead in the street, guilty of walking while being Black.

UPDATE:

Zimmerman’s father is a local supreme court judge (may be retired) and his mother works for the judicial system also.  Is this the reason why Zimmerman has been allowed to murder (by all accounts) with impunity?
THE ARREST

 

SOME SOURCES

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/van-jones/are-blacks-a-criminal-rac_b_8398.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-data-20120306,0,5809582.story

http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/black_students_suspended_from_schools_for_minor_infractions_more_often_than_whites_says_a_new_report.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/education/14suspend.html

Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Sexist Racist Out There

 

Racist Obama cartoonI cried today – twice.  My son sent me his final draft of his mid-term paper.  He’s a sophomore in college and an aspiring writer.  His writing has improved so much since he started college (as it should).  The catch is, he goes to an HBCU.  I state that because there is a perception that the education at an HBCU is sub par.  A false perception born out of 400 years of protracted, abject, racism. So when I read his essay, I teared up.  The level of growth in 1.5 years far surpasses the growth of all 4 years of high school.

His essay topic was:  Are We a Post Racial Society?  (the fruit doesn’t far from the tree). He evaluated the treatment of our POTUS before and after the election.  He evaluated how African Americans and people of color in general are treated in the media, education system and legal system.  And he concluded with a quote from author and anti-activist Tim Wise:  ” To me, ‘post-racial’ is little more than a nonsense term devised by people (mostly white, frankly), who would simply rather not deal with the ever-present reality of racism and ongoing racial discrimination.” As I read and re-read my son’s essay – I cried.  My son is going to be a great asset to this society.  He is brilliant and moral and compassionate.  He will do great things.  But he will have to work extra hard to get there because we are NOT in a post racial society.

Which leads me to the second time that I cried today.  I went onto the Daily Kos and read a diary by Denise Oliver Velez about the above cartoon.  Her diary linked to Angry Black Lady’s blog post on the same topic.  This political satire was run in the News Tribune of Rome, GA.

RACSIM CAN INCREASE PREMATURE DEATH OF PEOPLE OF COLOR

It has been proven that there is a physical price to pay for people of color when they are exposed to racism.  While we live in a time in which too many whites have conveniently declared is post-racial; we know the truth.  This piece of $hit, masquerading as political satire is evidence of that.  What’s more, it was published in one of this town’s major newspapers.  Studies have also found that there were higher hostility levels in people of color who tried too hard to embrace the dominant culture.  (think Alan Keyes, Herman Caine, Clarence Thomas)  I don’t embrace this.  I reject this with every fiber of my being.  Moreover, I think we have a duty to write the News Tribune of Rome, GA and tell them that this type of satire is NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Here is there contact information.  Let’s blow out their inbox:  romenewstribune@rn-t.com

 

 

Obama and the College Indoctrination Conspiracy – UPDATED w/ Video

Obama knows college is necessary for a strong America“President Obama wants everybody in America to go to college,” Santorum said. “What a snob!”  He continues with:  “Not all folks are gifted the same way. Some people have incredible gifts with their hands.”  Yeah, and some people are extremely gifted basket weavers, but there probably aren’t a lot of jobs out there for them.  The term, ‘good with their hands’, is a statement that triggers me because all too often teachers have told children of color, especially African American males, that they were not college material but that they were “good with their hands”.  Santorum elaborated on his issues with President Obama’s edict, that all who want to go to college should be able to afford it, by explaining that there are alterior motives to our president’s statement.  Santorum suggests that what the president is really after is to turn all of our children in to librals and he proves this by stating some obscure study which concludes that “62 percent of kids who enter college with some sort of faith commitment leave without it.”

So let’s deal with both of these issues.  First, that everyone does not need to go to college because some are “good with their hands” and secondly, that college influences folks to loose their faith.

DOES COLLEGE MAKE KIDS LOOSE THEIR FAITH?

I decided to read a few of the more recent studies that Santorum might have quoted. TPM called the Santorum campaign to get the source, but as of this publishing they had not returned the call.  The study that comes closest to supporting his theory reads:

In conclusion, the college experience—more than the education itself—seems corrosive to religious faith only among those who were at an elevated risk of such corrosion when they arrived on campus.College does not make students loose their religion

So the  study suggests that it is the freedoms of college life and the ability to do things that may not have been permitted at home by their parents that leads to young adults questioning the tenants of their faith.  Moreover, the study proposes that, regardless of whether one goes to college or not, young adults in general tend to begin questioning their faith and/or researching other faiths.

I’M GOOD WITH MY HANDS

50 years ago the public education system assumed that less than 20% of its students would continue on to college.  And the high school system was designed to prepare students who were “good with their hands” by offering courses in automobile mechanics, shop, sewing, etc.  Not only have those classes disappeared from the course offerings, the jobs have disappeared too.  Technology has created a system where an emphasis on manual labor has declined drastically and it will only intensify over the next decade.  As a matter of fact Reuters suggests that our technological capabilities will increase by over 30 fold by 2020.  A society that believes it can succeed on a Obama wants to make technical training affordable and relevantminimally skilled labor force will be committing itself to 3rd world status.  Considering the following from Forbes:

Automation technology will continue to hit hardest in the areas where we have come to expect it: the manufacturing sector and low-wage, unskilled jobs of all types. Yet the reality is that by 2020 we will also see increasing penetration of automation into occupations that require significant training and college degrees. The six-figure knowledge workers who now inhabit oceans of corporate cubicles will be heavily threatened by software automation and specialized artificial intelligence applications that can perform many of the routine tasks and analyses that occupy their days.

Now consider that what we have seen over the last 2 decades will not compare to the 30x increase we will see over this decade.  We would be terribly naive to believe that college and/or technical training for most of our citizens isn’t an economic imperative

OBAMA IS ENGAGING IN SNOBBERY

Quite the contrary, he seems to be the only one of the presidential contenders who actually cares about the future of our children and this nation.  He appears to be the only one who realizes that our children will be subjected to less than a working class living if they do not get at least specialized technical training.  Which is exactly what he stated in the State of the Union address.  The suggestion that President Obama wants everyone to get a 4-year degree is a lie.  What he did say is that he wants everyone who wants to get a 4-year degree to be able to afford to get it.

More importantly, it is Santorum’s unearned white privilege that allows him to speak about the necessity of higher education so cavalierly.  It is white privilege that allows him not to know that a black man with a 4-year degree and a clean record will not get an interview over a white male with only a high school diploma and a criminal record.  And while latent racism compels teachers to overwhelmingly tell black and brown children that they are not college material but that they are  good with their hands – Santorum is pandering to the idiotic thought process that drives poor whites to vote against their own interest so long as people of color get hurt in the process.   African Americans cannot afford to indulge in conspiracies that college is about indoctrination.  And poor whites can’t either.

Obama wants to make college more affordable

WHAT JOBS WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT DECADE?

Lists vary from source to source.  I’m going to list a couple that I found that come from a legitimate source.

  1. Physical Therapists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Assistant Managers – Retail and Restaurant.
  4. Managers – Financial Products, and Restaurant/Food Service.
  5. Family Practice and Internal Medicine Physicians
  6. Sales Associates/Salespeople
  7. Tax Preparers and Accountants
  8. Sales Managers and Sales Representatives
  9. Registered Nurses (RNs) – includes Travel Nursing
  10. Project Managers – Largely IT related; Domestic and International Business, private, government, and government contractor.

Job titles that appear on both lists are in bold type.

Arranged by Percentage of Growth over previous figures, High to Low:

  1. Biomedical Engineers - At least a Bachelors Degree.
  2. Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts – Bachelors Degree (many companies require graduate degrees, however in “real life”). This position will increase in importance and numbers, because IT cuts across all job fields in the 2010s. Look for it to explode with new jobs.
  3. Home Health Aides(HHAs) - HHA Certificate or On the Job Training under a licensed supervisor.
  4. Personal/Home Care Aides - On the Job Training, but many and community colleges are offering training and certifications.
  5. Financial Examiners - Bachelors Degree. although many job descriptions require a Masters.
  6. Medical Scientists - Doctorate.
  7. Physician’s Assistants – Masters Degree level (not all hospitals and doctors require this much education for assistants working in private practice, but a licensed MD or DO needs to be on site).
  8. Skin Care Specialists - Vocational Certificate. This is a non-medical position, but one that is often offered within the workings of a medical practice.
  9. Biochemists/Biophysicists – Doctorate
  10. Athletic Trainers – Bachelor Degree and above.

Arranged by Actual Numbers of Increasing Jobs, High to Low:

  1. Registered Nurses - Associate Degree or 3-year degree (RN) – Some positions require the BSN.
  2. Home Health Aides (HHA) - see above
  3. Customer Service Representatives – Moderate-length and ongoing training.
  4. Combined Food Prep-Service Workers – Like fast food, concessions, etc. - Usually trained at work.
  5. Personal/Home Care Aides - see above
  6. Retail Salespersons – Trained at work, but certifications are avaiabel in some communities.
  7. General Office Clerks – Same as for Rertail Sales above.
  8. Accountants/Auditors – Bachelors Degree at least. Forensic Accounting is growing very quickly.
  9. Nursing Aides (CNAs), Orderlies, Attendants – Usually require Vocational Certificates and ongoing training at work.
  10. Postsecondary Teachers (College Level) – Doctorate

(from  http://pattyinglishms.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-Hot-Careers-to-2010)

 The Kiplinger Article Top 10 Careers to 2020
  1. Federal Government Managers- Some of these jobs already appeared in top job listings on Indeed.com and SimplyHired.com in 2009, but disappeared by 2010.
  2. Higher-Education Administrators – Because professionals are working longer into the lifespan, this position may not emerge as a high demand job by 2020. However, the number of career academies and vocational schools providing certificates for 2 years or less of study may increase in the US. Stimulus Funding dollars spent to expand colleges, vocational schools, and universities may create such a need. A larger amount of funding seems to be going to educational R&D, with resulting new jobs and products.
  3. Program Evaluators – Increased numbers of government programs require program evaluators and compliance officers to monitor government funding and the results achieved on the federal, state, county, and local levels. My experience is that with each change of US President, these jobs either increase or decrease for the next 4 or 8 years.
  4. Corporate Executives in Global Business Development or Global Workforces (International business). The recommended languages to know areMandarin (a Chinese language), Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Portuguese, Arabic,and Farsi. Chinese is expected, because of US financial borrowing from China and related future development, along with China’s growth in International Business. Russian was a big language to know in the 1960s-1980s, and then fell out of celebrity — More dealing with the Russian government and business sectors is expected 2010 – 2020. Many US corporations have offices and workforces in Arab nations as well.
  5. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists - Reportedly, this is the only type of Mental Health treatment that the new insurance system for America after 2012 will support. My experiences in providing treatment did not find this type to be the most effective for most patients. However, some applications of it are simpler and cheaper than all other Mental Health Treatments. My worst experience surrounding this treatment was listening to a psychologist tell a back-injured Workers Compensation client about reported back pain, “Your back does not hurt, so you have no pain.” It was a very short treatment session, with very little further conversation and the patient was angry. It was a misapplication of the treatment, but you get my point – this therapy can be minimal and ineffective in some cases.
  6. Immigration Experts – This many be an imminent increase with the focus on legalizing undocumented workers.
  7. Researchers - Government funded topics involve physics, math, biology, engineering, and computer science (CIS). This is to be expected with the advance of Medical and Bio-engineering, privatized space flight, and other fields. Major Universities and businesses across America are already advertising Research Scientist positions. High School Curricula are promoting these lines of study as well.
  8. Health-Informatics Specialists – This involves the National Medical Database as well as increasing patient activity generated by an aging American population. it takes a legion of workers to construct and maintain such a national database, and it may not come to fruition.
  9. Optometrists - An increase in the need for these professionals likely has to do with an aging population and a need for piots in thre military and privite aviation and aeronautics field.
  10. Genetic Counselors – This directly involves looking for genetically based diseases and conditions in order to repair damage, prevent or end conception, or treat patients more fully. However, there is a trend in clients’ desire for wishing to design babies according to specific genetic information. This is not yet possible in the 2010s. (yikes, not sure I like the implications of this one)
All of the above-mentioned careers requires at least a 2-year degree.  Jobs that do not require some specialized training will not pay a wage above working-class.  And for those jobs that pay well but have on the job training, e.g. sanitation worker, they get a decent wage because they are unionized.  And of course if the GOP has their way they will not be unionized and the wages for such Obama wants to make college affordablepositions will go down to the same wage that retail workers get.   Civil servant careers that still pay a middle class wage such as firefighting and law enforcement for the most part still only require a high school diploma.  However, they are union jobs and there is little chance for officer advancement without some higher education.  Once again, these jobs and their unions are under attack by the GOP.
In the end, in order for the United States’ economy to soar we need a well-educated workforce.  For the GOP to deny this fact means they are not interested in the United States success or they’re living in an alternate universe.  President Obama is absolutely correct in his stance in making college more affordable and in creating an environment that lends itself to a more skilled labor force.

UPDATE

Now consider this:  The March 2012 edition of the Harvard Business Review sites a study by Eric Hanushek which measures k-12 test scores to GDP growth.

He found that if one country’s scores were only 1/2 a standard deviation higher than another in 1960, its GDP grew a full percentage point faster in every subsequent year through 2000.

The article further explains that if the US had closed the education achievement gap, the 2010 GDP should have been 8-14% higher!  Not fixing our schools could lead to “the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession.”  If in 20 years 1/2 of the nations people are people of color and the education gap between whites and people of color continues, the catastrophic economic implications are clear.

UPDATE II

In case you missed the video – here it is – you can’t make this stuff up, folks.

The New Jim Crow – No educational access

Right now in the United States of America public education is under attack.  The GOP has been attacking public education since the 1800′s but it regained popularity in the 1950′s and 60′s after Milton Friedman, an economist and economic advisor to Reagan, began pushing a modern-day version of “school choice” or education voucher system.

DEFUNDING PUBLIC EDUCATION

Right now, Tom Corbett Republican governor of Pennsylvania, has decided that he wants to institute educational vouchers; even though the majority of Pennsylvanians do not want it.  Consequently there are several school districts in PA that are on the brink of closing.  Chester Upland School District is one such district.  The teachers and administrators are currently working WITHOUT PAY.  If they did not work without pay ALL of the public schools in the district (except for the charter schools) would close.  Why not the charter schools?  Well right now the charter schools in that district are sucking up $39 million per year of that district’s budget.  UPDATE:  According to information on Ed Shultz show on MSNBC, the TWO charter schools in the district receive about 48% of the district’s budget!

State special education payments to Chester Upland this year are $3,600 per student, but the district has to pay charter schools $14,670 per special education student in addition to the rate it pays them for its regular education students, the lawsuit said. That violates special education law and equal protection provisions, the lawsuit said, and should be declared unconstitutional.

Remember, charter schools are privately run schools that use our tax money to pay the bills.  Incidentally, the operator of the charter school that serves Chester Upland is also a major GOP contributor…

THE NEW JIM CROW

Because anything that the GOP wants is usually steeped in racism… just kidding.  But I’m not, really.  Let’s look at the situation.  According to the Deseret News, during the 1960s in southern states, public schools were closed and vouchers given to parents for their children to attend private segregated schools.   Reagan and Milton revitalized the movement in the 1980s and it keeps reappearing to rear its ugly head.

We know that education, especially a good education, can be an equalizing force in America.  Yet, inner-city schools that educate mostly children of color, are set up to fail.  The most inexperienced teachers are sent to inner-city schools. The most inexperienced or do-nothing administrators are sent to inner city schools. (at least this is the case in the LA school district and is probably replicated to some degree across the county) A lot of school districts decide the amount of funding a school will receive based upon their property taxes.  If real estate in these areas have low values then the property taxes are lower and concurrently the funds to those schools are less.  So, it will not come as a surprise to learn that the Chester Upland district is 90% African American with over 60% eligible for free or subsidized lunch.

WHY VOUCHERS WON’T WORK (and a district of 100% charter schools)

For the record I’m not necessarily against charter schools.  But I am against them at the expense of our traditional public schools.  Most of our presidents from the last century and this one were educated in public schools.  If it’s good enough for them…  Additionally, I am against charter schools run by private corporations.  Some things in our society should be non-profit or government run.  We should NOT have the main purpose of our education system to be increasing shareholder’s value!

The average private school in my area is about $20k per year.  Meanwhile, the average salary is $50k per year.  The government would have to subsidized a private school education for the average family to the tune of $15,000 per year. Meanwhile my school district spends about $9800 per student per year.   If the school district gave vouchers for 100% of their per-student spending to each family that chose private schools, only upper-middle class on up would be able to afford the private schools.  The students relegated to the public schools system would see their budgets cut even more with about 20% of its funding going to private schools.  Who would be most adversely effected by education vouchers?  Poor children and children of color would.

If it weren’t for Ed Shultz, I would not have heard of the situation in Pennsylvania.  If this were happening in western Pennsylvania whose inhabitants are rural, low-income, white people, I think the mainstream media would be screaming from the roof tops.  But it’s just poor black kids so only the true Progressives care… and you.

UPDATE

Chester Upland middle school teacher, Sara Ferguson, was invited to sit in the First Lady’s box at the 2012 State of the Union address.  Kudos to president Obama for recognizing the injustice of the situation and importance of a good education in leveling the playing field.

 

 

Statement read on NYC Radio Station re: black people OR WHO ARE WE AND WHO DECIDES?

I was just forwarded another email.  Firstly, I looked online to check the veracity of it,  I get so many forwarded emails that are part of hoaxes that have been traveling the Ethernet for more than a decade.  This one has been traveling for over 6 years; though I cannot find any proof that it is real or false.  I did find this statement on www.deelee.net in a 10 second search.  This is the same Dee Lee pictured below…

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“If you are looking for the author of the “Blacks Don’t Read” article, you have reached the wrong Dee Lee.  I did not author or nor did I read the article in question on air.

My life time work has been to educate people regarding money and helping them be good stewards of their resources.

This article has been circulating on the internet for over six years and over the years many things have been added to the gossip chain, my picture is one of them.

Dee Lee is a common name, continue your Goggle search.”

“A lie can make it halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” —Mark Twain

I believe this email is a hoax.  However, what’s more important is that a brother sent this to me and thought it was worth my time; so I must respond

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Subject: Statement read on NYC Radio Station regarding black people

BLACK PEOPLE, PLEASE, READ & HEED. POIGNANT!!!

The sad thing about this article is that the essence of it is true. The
truth hurts. I just hope this sets more Black people in motion towards
making real progress. Chris Rock , a Black comedian, even joked that
Blacks don’t read.

Help prove them wrong! Read and pass on.

Please Note:

For those of you who heard it, this is the article Dee Lee was reading
this morning on a New York radio station. For those of you who didn’t
hear it, this is very deep. This is a heavy piece and a Caucasian wrote it.

Dee Lee, CFP
Harvard Financial Educators
(her picture did not copy over; but it is the same one that is shown at the website listed above)

Dee Lee

THEY ARE STILL OUR SLAVES We can continue to reap profits from the
Blacks without the effort of physical slavery. Look at the current
methods of containment that they use on themselves: IGNORANCE, GREED,
and SELFISHNESS.

IGNORANCE: Perhaps they are speaking of the poor white folks off the Appalachian Mountains or their brothers south of the Mason Dixie line.  Maybe there speaking about the idiot who sits in the cube next to you arguing that our President is not a US citizen and that he’s a fascist trying to move this country in to a socialist state?  Maybe they’re talking about the idiots we see on the news spouting, “take your government hands off of my Medicare”.    All of these people are the epitome of ignorance.

 

GREED:  Hmmm, they must be talking about the investment bankers that have been playing a game of high stakes poker with our mortgage money and tax money.  The same folks who asked for our tax money with one hand and gave $1,000,0000s in bonuses with the other hand.    The same folks who purposely put naïve borrowers in good credit standing into mortgage loans with balloon payments or outrageous adjustable loans with extortionist’s penalties for paying off early

 

SELFISHNESS:  Got to be talking about the GOP the ReTHUGlican Party – you know the party made up of 99% white men in suits.  The one’s that love their health care THAT WE PAY FOR but will be damned before they let anyone else have such a luxury – you  know… those folks.

Their IGNORANCE is the primary weapon of containment.

This is a true statement.  Just look at all the poor dumb white folks who vote time and time again against their own interests as long as they can keep those same benefits from benefiting black folks (oh there’s that selfishness again)

A great man once
said, ‘The best way to hide something from Black people is to put it in
a book.’

What great man?

We now live in the Information Age . They have gained the
opportunity to read any book on any subject through the efforts of their
fight for freedom , yet they refuse to read. There are numerous books
readily available at Borders, Barnes &Noble , and Amazon.com , not to
mention their own Black Bookstores that provide solid blueprints to
reach economic equality (which should have been their fight all along),
but few read consistently, if at all.

20 years ago the Baldwin Hills Mall was revamped.  The potential vendors made a lot of assertions on what would and would not be successful in a mall with a predominantly African American clientele.  One assertion was that we don’t read.  Well, the Baldwin Hills Chamber and other concerned folks got together and convinced Walden Books to put a bookstore in that mall.  The last time I checked it was one of the HIGHEST GROSSING BOOKSTORES IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY!

GREED is another powerful weapon of containment. Blacks, since the
abolition of slavery, have had large amounts of money at their disposal.
Last year they spent 10 billion dollars during Christmas , out of their
450 billion dollars in total yearly income (2.22%).

Any of us can use them as our target market, for any business venture
we care to dream up, no matter how outlandish, they will buy into it.
Being primarily a consumer people, they function totally by greed. They
continually want more, with little thought for saving or investing.

They would rather buy some new sneaker than invest in starting a
business. Some even neglect their children to have the latest Tommy or FUBU, And
they still think that having a Mercedes, and a big house gives them
‘Status’ or that they have achieved their Dream.

This is not greed; this is a product of Cultural Incest… a byproduct of 400 years of protracted abject oppression.  For more information on this, go to www.culturalincest.com.  Moreover, this is an American problem – which is why we have not had a real GDP boost since the early 70s.  It’s interesting to me that no one has mentioned the fact that our whole economy – the growth of America – was based on FREE LABOR.  They received free labor some say until the late 1960s when forced labor camps (institutionalized slavery) were finally abolished.

Interestingly, shortly thereafter major corporations started exporting their labor needs overseas; in essence creating slave labor in developing nations.  Once these nations got used to the income and started demanding more – the corporation would pick up and leave – moving on to another nation to exploit.

But all of the so-called intelligent white people didn’t say a word because it only affected non-skilled laborers.  But because of THEIR GREED, what started as transference of slave labor morphed into transference of labor.  And the silly majority watched as union semi-skilled and skilled-labor jobs started being shipped overseas.

They are fools! But we’re the fools?Mmaybe but certainly not the only fools. The vast majority of their people are still in poverty
because their greed holds them back from collectively making better
communities.

The vast majority of African Americans are not in poverty.  The vast majority are working and middle class.

With the help of BET, and the rest of their black media that often
broadcasts destructive images into their own homes, we will continue to
see huge profits like those of Tommy and Nike. ( Tommy Hilfiger has even jeered them, saying he doesn’t want their money, and look at how the fools spend more with him than ever before!). They’ll continue to show off to each other while we build solid communities with the profits from our businesses that we market to them.

Who writes this stuff?  White people don’t know about the Tommy Hilfiger lie that his been circulating since God knows when.  BET didn’t perpetuate the negative AA images (no love loss for the sell-out Johnson’s) the mainstream media did!  WE DID ALLOW IT

SELFISHNESS, ingrained in their minds through slavery, is one of the
major ways we can continue to contain them. One of their own, Dub ois
said that there was an innate division in their culture. A ‘Talented
Tenth’ he called it. He was correct in his deduction that there are
segments of their culture that has achieved some ‘form’ of success..
However, that segment missed the fullness of his work. They didn’t read
that the ‘Talented Tenth’ was then responsible to aid The Non-Talented
Ninety Percent in achieving a better life. Instead, that segment has
created another class, a Buppie class that looks down on their people
or aids them in a condescending manner.

This is the only part I agree with.  But the reference to DuBois and Buppie leads me to believe a black Judas goat wrote this.  And this is not selfishness this is a typical crab in the barrel mentality that affects every oppressed people from white women to brown men.

They will never achieve what we have.. Their selfishness does not allow them to be able to work together
on any project or endeavor of substance. When they do get together,
their selfishness lets their egos get in the way of their goal Their
so-called help organizations seem to only want to promote their name
without making any real change in their community.

I will comment on the prior paragraph at the end
They are content to sit in conferences and conventions in our hotels,
and talk about what they will do, while they award plaques to the best
speakers, not to the best doers. Is there no end to their selfishness?
They steadfastly refuse to see that TOGETHER EACH ACHIEVES MORE (TEAM)

They do not understand that they are no better than each other because of what they own, as a matter of fact, most of those Buppies are but one or two pay checks away from poverty. All of which is under the control of our pens in our offices and our rooms.

Blah, blah, blah … okay you get the point.  Go to the end for my comments and let this get passed around for 6 years like the previous!!!
Yes, we will continue to contain them as long as they refuse to read,
continue to buy anything they want, and keep thinking they are ‘helping’
their communities by paying dues to organizations which do little other
than hold lavish conventions in our hotels. By the way, don’t worry
about any of them reading this letter, remember, ‘THEY DON’T READ!!!!

(Prove them wrong. Please pass this on! After Reading it.)
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

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It is time for African Americans everywhere to stop looking at themselves through the eyes of white people.  It is WAY PASSED time for US TO DEFINE WHO WE ARE.  It’s time for us to stop ardently seeking their approval and start seeking the approval of God and each other.  I believe that the reason this shallow dribble was passed on for 6 years is because it said a Caucasian wrote it.   “Oh you know the white guy said it so it must be true…” (By the way, the original definition of Caucasian is: Of or being a human racial classification distinguished especially by very light to brown skin pigmentation and straight to wavy or curly hair, and including persons indigenous to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia, and India.  But I guess I shouldn’t know that since we don’t read.)

Though there is a bit of truth in this piece, the majority of it is either hyperbolic or straight out false.  (The devil came to taunt Jesus with a bit of truth wrapped in lies)  At best it is a surface scrapping of the opportunities that we still have before us as people at worst it’s not even worth the time that I’ve put into it so far.

To believe that you can reduce the repercussions of 400 years of protracted abject oppression down to: greed, selfishness, and ignorance shows that the author has the intellectual depth of an elementary school student.

Though I’ll be the first to say that we have work to do, that there are still great opportunities for growth as a people; I WILL NOT BE DEFINED BY A WHITE MAN.  And you shouldn’t either.  I couldn’t care less what a white person thinks of me, unless they are signing my pay check.  And then they will think what I want them to think of me.  Those white folks whom I call friend do not think the way this author thinks (who I keep saying is probably black and just shows the depth of our sickness).

From this point forward let’s dedicate ourselves to self-definition and to community-empowerment.  Love you – not because a white person says you’re okay but because you say you’re okay, because God says you’re okay.

Peace,

The Rabble Rouser

P.S. IF YOU SEND ME NONSENSE I WILL RESPOND WITH LOGICAL, RESEARCHED, TRUTH