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Well here we are. For the 244th time, it’s America’s birthday. And still many of us have a pandemic on our minds to keep safe. And being aware of the on going struggle of rights and privileges that everyone American should be created equal. We know everytime we see those words should be a constant reminder of every person reading this blog and of course those that use everything else.

However between last year and this year, this Indepenence Day has been a drastic change: COVID-19. Usually I say this that the folks who were here last year celebrating or observing or protesting this holiday are not around this year because many of the thousands have died after suffering this symptom of the Coronavirus. Many of our traditional gatherings at parks, festivals, activities had been either reduced to the social distancing or cancelled for the rest of the year due to the virus. The many folks who previously protsted state capitals in the Don’t Tread On Me Flags, or the Rebel Battle Flags or with Rifles strapped with guns all had this distain that the state houses were promoting “Tyranny” in terms of those wanting to go back to work. That’s not tyranny, that’s being stupid and ignorant. And what’s funny that I mentioned this in the last blog about the words “Tyranny Response Team” on the backs of shirts. Really?

Those men and some women are not a Tyranny Response Team. They are frauds! I know I shouldn’t be saying this on the 4th, but I had to say that it’s apparent that they are misguided about the use of freedom. Oh yes, with out our military and all the guise of implications of our Indedpendcce, we wouldn’t have a 4th of July to celebrate. Nor I dare say a Juneteenth Day. And yes those are #facts!

Let me further say three words on this 244th occasion: Black Lives Matter! That’s right: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

The very same words that our so-called president labeled the organization as a symbol of hate. Other individuals that deflected those words to something like “All Lives Matter”. Let me dive in on this again. I know many had the chance to listen to activists in a response to the message that Frederick Douglass stated years ago called “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Oh yes, that is the speech that many are afraid to read and hear, but to us in the black community, Douglass revealed in his speech of the concerns that the black slaves never had to say but to feel what they were thinking. Even though they couldn’t stand up for themselves. But what Douglass really told was the hardcore truth that the celebration was fine for most folks, but to the black slave: Not as much. He stated at the time was “this is your celebration, not mine”. He also stated that while you celebrate your liberty in all, he must mourn. Keep in mind this was in 1852 on July 5th. Now 168 years later his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandchildren are reciting that same portion of the speech as he did. And it’s poetic because they need to know what their 4th Grandfather had to feel. BUT…….they also must read the WHOLE SPEECH! Not just that portion. My advice to them would be (and they’ll have to understand) read the whole speech before making a comment on Social Media in a weird way then you know. Of course, if Frederick Douglass were alive today saying that speech, either he would be attacked on Facebook, harassed, or shot dead. All because he was revealing a thought that many had been thinking for so long. But he also wanted the Country to improve in a sense of getting to that promised land of opportunity.

Henceforth: Black Lives Matter!

This is also the occasion that individuals like George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others in the country who are black had been killed by the hands of the police, and racism are not here. Which still lingers to this day. The activists of today who scream out Black Lives Matter are the new colonists. They are the new Paul Reveres that ring out warnings. They are the Elizabeth Cady Stantons, and many others of the yesteryear that are ringing out the concerns that many need to be aware of. Or in this case, STAYING WOKE! I know that many of us were on our live feeds today or leading up to the 4th, in regards to wearing black. In terms of Black Lives Matter and many others that wouldn’t wear the traditional colors of Red White and Blue.

So what.

Many know that the folks of Morticians or Goth wear black every day and nobody says nothing. How many folks wear black shoes EVERYDAY? I’m just saying! This is all coming from those who were logging into Facebook in Blackout groups that many tried to get others to join to participate. The whole idea was to be informed about the concerns dealing with black lives, and there is some advertising for black-owned businesses. Me personally, I support black businesses all the time. The ones I know very well from Black Barbershops, Black Daycares, Organizations here in Milwaukee like the Northcott Neighborhood House which was founded by the denomination that I was confirmed 30 years ago in 1990, the United Methodist Church, and my church is black supported! So I know this very well. My thing is like every July 7th, we know that Black Out Day is a time to support black businesses, but it is also a reminder that the support of the black dollar goes on all the time!

Also on the fourth, well there were some that have something to add in the concerns: There was an event and a protest held in Pewaukee and Milwaukee in regarding that Black Americans were excluded from celebrating the 4th of July Celebrations. The idea of the event and acts were to address the concerns of Police Brutality and Racism.

From the transcript via WISN Channel 12: AROUND CUTLER PARK AND THE WAUKESHA PUBLIC LIBRARY. NOT EVERYONE IS CELEBRATING THE FOURTH OF JULY THIS YEAR NATIONALLY, THERE’S BEEN A CALL TO BOYCOTT THE HOLIDAY. PROTESTERS SAY THAT BECAUSE THE BLACK COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXCLUDED FROM THE FREEDOMS THE HOLIDAY STANDS FOR. NO AMERICANS SHOULD BE CELEBRATING. IN PEWAUKEE, PROTESTERS GATHERED TO CALL FOR AN END TO RACIAL INJUSTICE. THEY MARCHED FROM THE PUBLIC LIBRARY TO PEWAUKEE BEACH, A ALONG CHANTING THE MESSAGE, NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE. ORGANIZERS SAY THE GOAL WAS TO KEEP RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY ON THE TOP OF EVERYONE’S MIND. >> A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE THINK AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE ANGRY. THEY ARE NOT ANGRY. THERE HAS BEEN POLICE BRUTALITY, BUT LIVES TAKEN DUE TO VIOLENCE, SO WERE TAKING A MOMENT TO STOP AND BREATHE.

BEN: IN MILWAUKEE, ANOTHER GROUP OF PROTESTERS GATHERED FOR A MOMENT OF MOURNING. THE PROGRAM AT THE UNITY GOSPEL HOUSE OF PRAYER INCLUDED POETRY, LIVE MUSIC, AND DANCING. ATTENDEES WERE ENCOURAGED TO REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST RECENTLY DUE TO CORONAVIRUS, VIOLENCE, AND RACIAL INJUSTICE.

https://www.wisn.com/article/people-use-holiday-to-hold-protests/33178206

Also, over the weekend, former NFL Player Colin Kaepernick made his remarks over the holiday by stating “we reject your white supremacy.” He writes on Twitter:  

“Black ppl have been dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized by America for centuries, & are expected to join your commemoration of ‘independence’, while you enslaved our ancestors. We reject your celebration of white supremacy & look forward to liberation for all.”

No matter if it was on MSN or Yahoo the story was picked up. And just as I was logging off, here come those who are overly patriotic saying in the comments: “Get over it” or “Go back to a history class”, “quit whining”. Part of what he was saying was in fact true. There has been concerns that America terrorized nations without any consent, bombed innocent people, declared in the Declaration that Indians were savages, and oh, escalated the use of Slavery before, during and the after the founding of the nation. And yes, some of our Founding Fathers that signed the legendary document were slave owners. Even the father of this land by the name of George Washington was a SLAVE OWNER! Instead of hiding from this so-called Fake News, just admit the truth. Yes, of course we can celebrate the 4th, and yes there were black men that fought in the Revolution, but still some of them went back into Slavery! And some also maintained their freedom. Let be real about it.

Also: when many were talking about that had not been researching the story of a white supremacist. I’ll bet that many of those who helped shaped the country, no matter what roles have occurred before and after 1776 probably were connected to White Supremacy! You have the state of Mississippi for the first time in over in one century brought down their state flag with the rebel sign on it. I’ll bet many who were Mississippi born felt jubilant in a peaceful manner that the flag that gave them so many nightmares is finally done! Those monuments of those who were “Civil War Heroes” that lost the war, were taken down. Some were actually destroyed.

In speaking of that when NASCAR finally halted the thought of the Confederate Flags at the events and races that was a jubilant moment. Yes, you can thank Bubba Wallace for that in order to see change happen in the sport.

Now let me conclude this with this. The Fourth is a mixed bag for many folks. Let’s just call it what it is. However in the result of this mixed bag of controversy, yes it’s a day to acknowledge the turning point of the country’s Independence. The document proved to be a starting point to change, to inspire and to confront the issues, concerns and accomplishments that the country endured since it’s founding of 1776. Yes, over the course of human events in the last 244 years, America hasn’t “been that great”. And yet America hasn’t been perfect. But in the years preceded this one in a time frame of a pandemic that already silenced most of the Fireworks displays, parades, and other old-school related events the real Americans must stand up. It must stand up to get the ideas of being self-evident that yes all men are created equal. And should be created equal no matter who or what. Those are not just words, they should be a way of life. All day every day! If that’s the case however then explain why there is so much racism in regarding African-American citizens. From jobs to finance to housing. Even Healthcare! If many are saying “Oh Stephen, you should be lucky to be an American Citizen and have the freedoms to do so. Why are you complaining?” Look, I want THIS COUNTRY TO CONFESS the truth, the ideals founded and have that equality thing that many have been preaching about since Day One! And I also have been discriminated, disrespected, overlooked, unappreciated, devalued and nearly forgotten about. Yes, me! No I’m not going into “I Have A Dream” and recite the same sentences that Dr. King said in 1963. Many of us need to read the whole speech regardless! The same with Frederick Douglass’ speech about again, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” The one portion of that speech many recited over and over again. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE BEGINNING? And black folks you should know better! I’m just saying.

And the part regarding the “Mericless Indian Savages” in the Declaration, and if those who were wearing those shirts on the 4th in regarding the three words, you may have missed out on the words regarding the complaint regarding KING GEORGE III! Beginning with the word “He!” Now many of you saw on Instagram of the picture of Cree Summer (whom had a acting career on A Different World and the voice of Penny from Inspector Gadget) that displayed the shirt just like this:

Merciless Indian Savages Declaration Of Independence T-shirts

You know what was missing? See below:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

Question to those who wore this shirt, why wasn’t the whole quote mentioned? There was also a missing thought that it wasn’t addressed to ALL INDIANS! Look at the sentence again: What does it start with again? HE – as in the King of England at the time. The founders I think were describing the dilemmas that were problematic. So when folks said all the Indians, that is taking the quote way out bounds. Hear me out. That’s almost like saying all men are dogs. Or all black men are no good. See the angles here? Or in this case all BLM Members are racists and being funded by George Soros. Or when he was touring the country in the poorest neighborhoods, there were individuals or groups that commented that Bill Cosby had “Harsh words for African-Americans”. Get that mess out of here! And according to the stories, there were Indians that fought with the continental army and for the British crown. You know which folks did that also? Black folks! We got to be real! This is not to drown out the Native Americans here. In which I don’t do at all.

People: it’s time to review everyday of this Declaration. In terms of further understanding the thoughts of why the articles and listings were made and not only just to be one sided. You should be asking why they were one sided at first. I should start by saying #AtFirsttheFourthOfJuly wasn’t a holiday for black folks. That is a fact. And yes, you have many saying the same thing, probably on your timelines on Facebook of asking why. But at the same time, we must not forget that the longevity of the struggle still continues! And also there were black men that fought on the side of the continental during the revolution. If you think that Crispus Attucks was the only one that fought and died in that timeframe, guess what? He was not the only one! There were countless others that served like James Armistead, who was a spy on for the Continental Army under George Washington that helped the Americans. Another was Peter Salem, as well as Salem Poor at the Battle at Bunker Hill. Even the 1st Rhode Island Regiment also fought. Why aren’t these names being mentioned like Attucks? In addition to the struggle, that also is an everyday reminder that must hold dear to these three words: Our Sacred Honor.

So yes, as the nation turns the page, or levels up at 244, and it’s ok to celebrate for a moment. But when the next day happens, its back to work.

It’s back to fight White Supremacy.

It’s back to help Homeless Veterans

It’s back to educating our children.

It’s back to realize that Virtual Learning does count like the Traditional Classrooms.

It’s back to supporting Black Lives Matter, in a sense to find Breonna Taylor’s killers.

It’s back to fight unemployment, health issues of COVID-19.

It’s back to defuse the wickedness of Backing the Badge and Blue Lives Matter.

It’s back to stop the abuse of Police Brutality, stand against racism as well as discrimination based of age, religion, gender, education, and experience on the job.

It’s back to fight for the Church in a sense of fighting depression, hunger, finance problems racially, and it’s back fighting the same “Colonial Causes” that were and are in a long working progress. Which includes VOTING!

This year marks 150 years that African-American Men received the right to vote under Amendment 15. Also it’s been 155 years since the Amendment 15 which declared slaves free, hence brought Amendment 13 in April of 1864, thus making it plain in January of 1865 leading to June 19th.

And the beat, in fact goes on.


Juneteenth Day Matters!

Today is a legit day to celebrate an occasion that actually mattered. No, it’s not the 4th of July as we know very well. We’re talking about Juneteenth Day. A day that many don’t know about but to quote Kevin Hart: “You gon’ learn today!” For the 155th time, America is recognizing a forgotten Independence Day that almost had right previously in the late 1770’s. Yes we all know that originally, Independence Day was started in 1776 in which that yes and many will hear that black people were still slaves. They were in bondage. No rights. Yes, Master. No Master. We know. Frankly, there was a lot of that and a few black patriots at the time fought in the Revolution, attempted to seek their freedom and most went back into slavery. However, it seems that 4th of July was the mainstay of celebrating the Independence of America. Again, you will know this next month. But again, this day of the 19th is a CLOSER! Think of this: July 4th is the opening pitch to freedom. An opening pitch to eliminate tyranny, oppression, and persecution. Even though it should have been stopped in that particular year, many in the country who benefited and owned slaves actually didn’t want that to end. Yes, let’s call it what it was, slavery and commodity equals money. Even though the British rule was already divorced, but the inner struggle of slavery was a long shot to be eliminated. It took 89 years which in baseball is about 16,198 games. But on the first to last game, which was January 1st, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation to decide that black slaves would be declared free. 2 years later in 1865, after the assassination of Lincoln, the news to Galveston, Texas from General Grainger that the slaves would be now and forever free. This was known as “General Order Number 3.” This is why I say Juneteenth is the CLOSER, or the closing pitch that ended the dreaded streak. That ended the game that many fought for so long to eliminate. This is why I also say that “Juneteenth Day Matters Like The 4th!”

For many of you who are not black, and just wanting to know what this is, and we know many of you will be going all decked out Red, White, and Blue next month. Get this: if you know the 4th, get to know what Juneteenth Day is about. Get to know why this day matters. And many of you are in education, working for the curriculum. I challenge you to put Juneteenth Day further ON THE MAP! I challenge all of those who are black educators: put this day of June 19th ON THE MAP for the curriculum. It is necessary because this is part of the historical events that Americans need to know and summarize. After all, do many people still say that “Black history is American History?” Remember that quote that I hated since Black History Month? Yeah well, since Juneteenth Day is an American Occasion, why not add this to the American History that folks again, need to know! And Black History is STILL World History!

Unlike many Juneteenth Day Celebrations in the country, there were not many marches. And social distancing was in effect due to the coronavirus. In spite of that, Juneteenth Day went on regardless. There were marches, shutting the streets down, murals were and are still being painted on to streets that were declared “sacred ground.” Speeches were made to declare slavery was dead but the struggle goes on. Even after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Aubrey, Breonna Taylor and countless others that died in the hands of the police. And yet, the Juneteenth Day flags were raised in cities that were used for the first time. EVER. Milwaukee, my homecity that has celebrated Juneteenth longer in the north, raised the new flag outside of the Zeidler Municipal Building. This is the same building named after one of Milwaukee’s Mayors, and a centralplex for the April Voting Drives. Not only that , but Madison also held its Juneteenth Day Flag raising on the State Capitol signifying the 155th occasion. And also, our Milwaukee County Courthouse also raised the new Juneteenth Banner for the special day. All areas of Milwaukee and Madison had the historical moments documented and summarized!

Now let me go left field on these non-black companies and advertisers that are now just discovering Juneteenth Day. Even the Networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC are now just discovering this soon-to-be Independence Day. And our so-called president claimed to “made Juneteenth famous”. Let’s cut the Bull….right now:

First of all: Juneteenth Day was made famous by those who were set free from slavery.

Juneteenth Day was made famous who later marched and protested who were mostly black and fought for Civil Rights that we read about over and over again and making sure that the stories still remain in tact for another era of citizens.

Juneteenth Day was made famous by many who still recognize our concerns, our voices, and our black god-given rights to remain active and ALIVE to let those know that our black rights, and lives still matter! Even at a time when many black men are not as active as black women when it comes to concerns in the community. Even though the black men of TODAY are not as active as the forefathers, but they are out there. And they are active and educating the men of now. Of course, the men of now will do their own thing in the future but guidance must be placed on the table!

If many of the folks who are just now discovering Juneteenth, where have they been?! Black folks have been talking about this for YEARS! This is why the white folks and those who work in non-black establishments must listen to every single black citizen either at work or the house. Not just say, “here you go…………” NO! the key words are to “listen to the black folks!” Let us continue to have our turn to say what we want and need to say. Regardless of our stance on employment, health, finance, spiritual, mental, educational physical and countless others that we discuss that we may agree and disagree, but hear us out! If we don’t see a chair at your table, we have chairs at home to bring. Long ago, we didn’t have those rights as we do now. And that struggle has been going on since the start of loading the boats!

And to have our so-called president to have his “rally” on Juneteenth in a town like Tulsa, Oklahoma that had a history of Black Wall Street being destroyed by racist whites in 1921, was a slap in the face. 99 years this month. Although it was moved to June 20th, which is the first day of the summer solstice. Wow. However even though it’s a different time and a different era, but the struggle again still continues.

So yes, Juneteenth Day 2020 is in the books. However, in the recent “support” of Juneteenth must continue to go on. Like those sales of oil changes to get $17.76 off. Where are the $18.65 discounts? Where are those that need to surface? Yes, I know as a black man that Juneteenth Day MUST be carefully guarded not to be fumbled with a commercialized sense of being jaded. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, look at all those sales that are geared towards holidays: New Years, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, the 4th, Labor Day, Halloween, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and yes Christmas. I’m not saying Juneteenth Day should be marketable. But being careful HOW Juneteenth Day should be marketed that it shouldn’t be sold in a negative sense. That is the main point of all of this. Same as Target marketing Black History Month. Which it has. But I hope that those that market Black History or Juneteenth Day should donate some of those sales to most needed black-owned businesses, and especially to the schools. I’ll give four letters: HBCU. That’s the Historical Black Colleges and Universities. Don’t just donate to the causes on these occasions, do them ALL YEAR LONG! And I hope that since the companies are “supporting black workers” and donating all the causes, for all of you big companies from Facebook to U.S. Bank, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, Tesla, Taco Bell (yeah I’m putting them on the list after firing the worker who had on a Black Lives Matter Mask) Best Buy, Walmart, news media, technological companies, health organizations, employment agencies, the federal government, state government, city government, county government and anywhere that they claim or stake their claim in the support of black workers: I got four words for you: step your game up! Prove to many that you back up your African-American employees. No matter what their positions are. Why you ask? simply put, their black lives DO matter. And they should matter just like everyone else.

So yes, we made it to another year of Juneteenth. And its very legit like the 4th. But after this day is over: The struggle continues!


Preface: you may have seen this on your news feed this morning. Or in the last few days.

So what has protesting accomplished?

👉🏾Within 10 days of sustained protests:
Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.

👉🏾Charges are upgraded against Officer Chauvin, and his accomplices are arrested and charged.

👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.

👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.

👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.

👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.

👉🏾MBTA in Boston agrees to stop using public buses to transport police officers to protests.

👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).

👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in cities in Virginia, Alabama, and other states.

👉🏾Street in front of the White House is renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.

Then, there’s all the other stuff that’s hard to measure:

💓The really difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.

💓The realizations some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.

💓The self-reflection.

💓The internal battles exploding within organizations over issues that have been simmering or ignored for a long time. Some organizations will end as a result, others will be forever changed or replaced with something stronger and fairer.

Globally:

🌎 Protests against racial inequality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd are taking place all over the world.

🌎 Rallies and memorials have been held in cities across Europe, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.

🌎 As the US contends with its second week of protests, issues of racism, police brutality, and oppression have been brought to light across the globe.

🌎 People all over the world understand that their own fights for human rights, for equality and fairness, will become so much more difficult to win if we are going to lose America as the place where ‘I have a dream’ is a real and universal political program,” Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US, told the New Yorker.

🌎 In France, protesters marched holding signs that said “I can’t breathe” to signify both the words of Floyd, and the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was subdued by police officers and gasped the sentence before he died outside Paris in 2016.

🌎 Cities across Europe have come together after the death of George Floyd:

✊🏽 In Amsterdam, an estimated 10,000 people filled the Dam square on Monday, holding signs and shouting popular chants like “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace.”

✊🏽 In Germany, people gathered in multiple locations throughout Berlin to demand justice for Floyd and fight against police brutality.

✊🏾 A mural dedicated to Floyd was also spray-painted on a stretch of wall in Berlin that once divided the German capital during the Cold War.

✊🏿 In Ireland, protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside of Belfast City Hall, and others gathered outside of the US embassy in Dublin.

✊🏿In Italy, protesters gathered and marched with signs that said “Stop killing black people,” “Say his name,” and “We will not be silent.”

✊🏾 In Spain, people gathered to march and hold up signs throughout Barcelona and Madrid.

✊🏾 In Athens, Greece, protesters took to the streets to collectively hold up a sign that read “I can’t breathe.”

✊🏾 In Brussels, protesters were seen sitting in a peaceful demonstration in front of an opera house in the center of the city.

✊🏾In Denmark, protesters were heard chanting “No justice, no peace!” throughout the streets of Copenhagen, while others gathered outside the US embassy.

✊🏾 In Canada, protesters were also grieving for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who died on Wednesday after falling from her balcony during a police investigation at her building.

✊🏾 And in New Zealand, roughly 2,000 people marched to the US embassy in Auckland, chanting and carrying signs demanding justice.

💐 Memorials have been built for Floyd around the world, too. In Mexico City, portraits of him were hung outside the US embassy with roses, candles, and signs.

💐 In Poland, candles and flowers were laid out next to photos of Floyd outside the US consulate.

💐 And in Syria, two artists created a mural depicting Floyd in the northwestern town of Binnish, “on a wall destroyed by military planes.”

Before the assassination of George Floyd some of you were able to say whatever the hell you wanted and the world didn’t say anything to you…

THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT, AN AWAKENING…MANY OF YOU ARE BEING EXPOSED FOR WHO YOU REALLY ARE. #readthatagain

Don’t wake up tomorrow on the wrong side of this issue. Its not to late to SAY,

“maybe I need to look at this from a different perspective.

Maybe I don’t know what its like to be Black in America…

Maybe, just maybe, I have been taught wrong.”

There is still so much work to be done. It’s been a really dark, raw week. This could still end badly. But all we can do is keep doing the work.

Keep protesting.

WE ARE NOT TRYING TO START A RACE WAR; WE ARE PROTESTING TO END IT,
PEACEFULLY.

How beautiful is that?

ALL LIVES CANNOT MATTER UNTIL YOU INCLUDE BLACK LIVES.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU DO NOTHING TO STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM & POLICE BRUTALITY.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN BLACK PEOPLE ARE DYING AND ALL YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IS THE LOOTING.

YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE CAGED, VETERANS TO GO HOMELESS, AND POOR FAMILIES TO GO HUNGRY & LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE.

DO ALL LIVES MATTER? YES. BUT RIGHT NOW, ONLY BLACK LIVES ARE BEING TARGETED, JAILED, AND KILLED EN MASSE- SO THAT’S WHO WE’RE FOCUSING ON.

🖤🖤🖤BLACK LIVES MATTER🖤🖤🖤

IF YOU CAN’T SEE THIS, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.

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Postface: The Struggle INDEED Continues! Now we don’t know who wrote this piece, but whom ever was the writer of this statement will be revealed in the future. But in the mean time: #BLACKLIVESMATTER!


Warning: what I am about write is not for the thinking at heart. I’m going there.

“A Riot is the language of the unheard”.

These last few days since Memorial Day, most of us Americans have had reality hit in the face. It’s all due to those getting assaulting and after the killing of 46 year old, George Floyd. A black man if you will. Now for those who are not so squeamish, you already know over and over again about the Police Officer putting his knee on the back of the neck of George Floyd and he is face down handcuffed. Can’t Breathe. Or in his lasting words: “I Can’t Breathe!” That sounded VERY FAMILIAR out of Staten Island when Eric Garner was killed. Yes I’m saying killed! All because of suspicion and yet I’ll say this: BLACK. Let’s call it what it was and is: those dudes were killed and targeted because of their black skin tone! If anyone of us African-Americans living and breathing knows the feeling of being “hunted” by those who don’t like us that much, we’ll be on someone’s hit list to get buried. Nothing to do with the jobs, the house, the cars or any other earning thing. But nothing that matters. It’s all about ONE THING! And that one thing is being black. I wrote on my Facebook page the words that many hear too often.

And I heard this in the late 1990’s and I’m saying this now in 2020: It’s hard to be a Black Man in America!

I’ve been saying that then and now. Even in a year that many of us were hoping to see in our lifetime to say, we made it. But like any other year, any other decade, there will be dark times to go through. What has transpired in Minneapolis is no different of what happened here in Milwaukee 4 years ago when a Milwaukee Police Officer killed Sylville Smith, and the area of Sherman Park of the Gas Station, a Red Snapper Fish Restaurant and nearby, the former building that housed BMO Harris Bank were engulfed in flames! Even a freaking Jet Beauty Store, a O’Reilly’s Auto Parts store and other shops along the 35th St, Fond Du Lac and Sherman Boulevard areas. And yet, Milwaukee remains a segregated city. And this was in the last election year of 2016. Previously, we Milwaukeeans had to deal with deaths of Dontre Hamilton, Corey Stingley, Jay Anderson, and Derek Williams, whom like George Floyd and Eric Garner had uttered the words, “I Can’t Breathe” before he died in police custody.

Here we are in another election year of 2020 and we still have problems. The problems of Racism, White Supremacy, 45 acting a da*n fool on Twitter saying that the thugs will be shot, and oh, Blue Lives Matter is acting as a fraud! Blue Lives Matter couldn’t save a BURNING POLICE STATION! Blue Lives Matter can’t even save Target, Best Buy, Cub Foods, 3M or any other Minnesota related firm or company! All those stores and companies I mentioned, they are all from the state. For all you Blue Lives Matter Maniacs out there backing up Cops with your Thin Blue Line Flags, Attire, and other forms of support, where is your loyalty now?! Huh? Where is it now?! You got a white cop in freaking Minnesota that laid his knee on the back of a Black Man’s neck face down and dies in about 9 minutes! And you have another cop just stood there and did nothing! And two others were just as doing the job in a guilt manner. Deer caught in the headlights. Remember when Colin Kaepernick was doing the kneeling, and many of the overly patriotic folks got all upset because it was about him dissing the Flag, the Anthem, and the Military? But when he said that it was about Police Brutality? Come to think that his act led to the truth. Somebody must be saying the words, “I Told You So”. Matter of fact it was the truth that justify the means.

Speaking of us blacks being “hunted” we need to be part of another group besides the NAAGA Gun Group. We need to be our own response team. When I was looking at those idiot protesters that hounded against Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer At Home Order, some of them had on these shirts that had these words: “Tyranny Response Team”. I’m like, who is doing the tyranny? Those idiots were protesting in those shirts were just silly and fake!

But if anyone really deserves to be apart of the “Tyranny Response Team” is an obvious one: African Americans. It makes sense because if anyone knows more about being Tyrannized, Oppressed, Persecuted, and many other inhumane acts of concern like Slavery, it’s US! US as in BLACK PEOPLE! None of the folks we know don’t have a shirt like that to wear. But dress it up in a Red Black Green and make it our own. Others I would say would be Native Americans. Excuse me for saying in a more appropriate way of American Indian. Knowingly they too sufferer being tyrannized, persecuted, and having their land STOLEN by those we know that claim it’s theirs. So for all you white folks who like to be all Americanized, when you put on that “Tyranny Response Team” clothing, you are acting like idiots for an inappropriate racial cause.

When a Black Man dies in a act of racism/police brutality, many of you said nothing and did nothing like cowards! Hiding behind the keyboards. Let’s be honest, many of you probably have black friends. When was the last time in this hour of need per se that you called, emailed, texted, social media DM, Video Called or Messaged your black friend or family member that is married inter-racially to see if they are doing well? Out of danger, Out of harm? Black folks we know us! And keep in mind, were still in a pandemic like the Coronavirus! This is the OT version, not the warning level.

Just now as of today: And I know that many of you are looking at the protests. Not just in Minneapolis, but in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Louisville, Staten Island, DC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and yes Milwaukee. All of the cities even those across the globe like London, Brussels, Berlin, Tokyo, Iran, Paris, and even Hong Kong, were in fact protesting the cause. And it’s not a joke. There are folks EVERYWHERE that are protesting this cause after a man that many didn’t know about. Even though George Floyd is not well known, the fact remains that certain policing practicing that is unfairly just must be called out. Minneapolis’ Police Department is being called out after many realize that they had negative ratings or work points that 44% of the African-American Residents of the State were effected by this unfairly. And like Wisconsin as well as any other state dealing with race, Minnesota from what we now have learned, is no comparison of the unfair police practices are being summarized. In other words, the land of 10,000 lakes and the home of Prince has problems too. And yes, its bigger than the Vikings not SKOLing in the NFL.

So what is needed after this that White America needs to start listening to black folks. White America whom are so “gung ho” about being an American, standing up for the flag, get all patriotic, telling us black folks to “get over Slavery”, and pulling yourself by the bootstraps, that has NOTHING TO DO WITH Blacks in general! What they need to do is to hush up, and be quiet. Let us have our say! We were born in this country too! And of course, they have black friends. But their black friends need to speak the hell up and tell them to listen to the concerns and what is needed to say. Remember I used to blog years ago about the same folks you work with or hang out at the games, or get a beer after work, then they fellowship for a good time? And are they like that when they go home to be with their families? Ask that if you dare.

So depending of this, it has garnered attention. But the fact of the matter is this needs to be addressed more openly when the issue of white cops, black victims or cops and black folks need to have a level of understanding. I’ll bet you when looking at the protesters may of them wanted to let the cops and military know that they are not about disruptions. They wanted to them to listen of what is really going on regarding white supremacy, racism, fascism, discrimination and many other harboring things that black folks know VERY VERY WELL! And those whom perpetrate the groups are just wannabes. All they care about is trouble and don’t really call for the cause of Black Lives Matter or any other anti-racist group. They don’t! Do not ASSUME that they associate with the Peaceful Protesters. The protester groups need to weed out the wicked like in Church.

Already, George Floyd is being remembered. From Minnesota, to North Carolina and soon to be his home state of Texas. Leaving behind his family especially his six year old daughter, his son, and a host of brothers, sisters, parent, and many other folks that are survivors. Look, George Floyd was 46 years old! He was apart of my generation that many looked upon as slackers. Yes I’m talking about Generation X. He had a good life, kept up with his faith, business, family-life, etc. But we all know that the Golden Casket we saw at his memorial service was the lasting thing of him. Many stood in silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Those numbers are familiar. Reference 9/11. But we’re not talking 9/11 in general, however we’re talking the last 8 minutes and 46 seconds of a black man that the police thought had problems with $20.00 died on the street. Over a $20.00 payment from a store! REALLY?!

Make no mistake: this issue will not go away! We all know by now that ALL of the 4 officers have been arrested. And well all know that the AG Keith Ellison is doing a sweeping of the cases that the Minneapolis Police got away with in years past, is now coming into light. And we all know VERY WELL that chokeholds that Police used previously will be banned. EXPECT THAT to happen in all Police Departments in America. Mark my words!

So yes I will say this WITHOUT DEFLECTION: Black Lives Matter! And my black life matters just as those who work, volunteer, attend church, give back to donate, graduated from college and high school, and many other needs that I do like everyone else. No I didn’t serve in the Military, but I serve my community! Let that sink in. No this will not go away. And I don’t care how many individuals are so “All Lives Matter” and those love to bring up “black on black crime” for deflection. When individuals says that, it’s more a say of saying “I don’t want to hear that, talk about you.” Umm….To the Caucasians who say this, believe it or not, you will hear this. You will see color. If we are sick and tired about hearing about your predecessors came to America as Immigrants to Ellis Island and couldn’t speak the language, and had to work really hard, defending America in the World Wars for freedom and many others you brag about with no disrespect, then guess what: YOU WILL HEAR US whether you like it not. Again, we’re citizens too. After all, just like Tamika Mallory said about America’s issues of looting, we learned it from you! I’m just saying.

There will be a part two. Stay tuned.

The Memorial Service of George Floyd – June, 2020.


Here it is: it’s the post edition of the Spot and yet we are supposed to be in the post quarantine mode. Apparently, not. If one of the many have gotten their wish about “Opening America” while getting increased distance of anti-social distancing, anti physical distancing, not wearing masks, no gloves on, not taking the advice of these doctors and scientists, still blaming the democrats of taking always folks freedoms and liberties, 45 acting stupid as usual, GOP in Wisconsin are messing up, Michigan under scrutiny because a black lawmaker went to work with armed black men, plus the hunt against Black Men are still at large, and oh many morons still say the sacreglious phrase of “Happy Memorial Day” WHICH IS NOT! Allow me to scratch my head again.

Hold up: Des Moines, Iowa – WHAT IN THE HAWKEYES LOSING TO THE BADGERS HEARTLAND TROPHY ARE YOU DOING?!

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Black Man beaten in Race Attack in Iowa.

So we just found out about the “gaffe” that Joe Biden said in regards to those whom are Black Conservatives and in his words: “You Aint Black!” Well you know what, if the So-Called woke black folks whom back 45 is actually a thing well how would you explain what 45 did in terms of taking down a portrait of Barack Obama in the White House BREAKING A TRADITION that goes back 40 years?!

So it seems that our so-called President is now labeling Churches as “essential.” REALLY? And now he wants to governors of the country to open them up to bring the normalcy back together. If they don’t do it, he will. IN WHICH HE CAN’T! What will this prove? And by the way, many churches are saying no regardless!

It seems that Republicans want the citizens to rush back for more stuff all trying to get the country reopened. Wait, what has stopped them before with all the harsh disagreements?

Black folks, should Sam’s Club be boycotted after this assault on a 68 year old woman and her son at 43 years old? And her son is MY AGE!

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Police Brutality on Woman and her son in Sam’s Club.

So educators, and those whom are home schooling: How’s that Virtual Education coming along? You all need balance!

In Milwaukee, there was an officer that is being charged with a crime. For all of my Milwaukee folks who didn’t back Tom Barrett: would you back him up for this officer to be fired?

So 45 believes that voting by mail is not right, eh? What about the Poll Workers who operate the sites? You know they have to vote ahead of time!

Every Church MUST LEARN, how to do Zoom, WebEx, Tithe Online, Coordinate Meetings onilne or Audio Phone Conference just to keep up and also WORSHIP! Why is that so hard? Oh wait not everyone is “technically inclined.”

Does it feel real good to acknowledge your anniversary on the actual day of your Graduation Ceremony? Me: Tech School – 20 years. High School next month: 25.

Speaking of Grad Anniversaries: For the reunion buffs, if your Class Reunion would be cancelled for another 5 years or so due to the Coronavirus, you know you can do Zoom Video Conferencing or Facebook Messenger Rooms right?

Are folks still updating their resumes and portfolios and SKILLS to the resumes?

What jams from 1995 are folks listening to in 2020 with all this Quarantine Aftermath gripping us with pain and pestilence?

It’s good to see that the Class of 2020 is getting their due during the virus outbreak. Regardless of the outcome, they should be celebrated. Right? I mean we see it online, does that mean something?

Again: this needs to be asked and harshly questioned: when it comes to Memorial Day, why our younger folks are saying “Happy Memorial Day” like everyone is clueless? DUH! Memorial Day is not for the cheering to be happy, it’s for the deceased who lost their lives in the World Wars and it’s a day of remembrance! Y’all can stop this mess! Should those ask the dumb question need to be punched in the throat?

About 25 years ago, when folks used to ask dumb questions, it usually resounds when it’s not really a dumb question. (No question is a dumb question) My question can it be revived differently?

You need to know that BLACK PEOPLE started Memorial Day. Right? May 1st, 1865.

Memorial Day 2020 will be different because usually Baseball would be on and cracking. But what will take place of the National Pastime?

For all the movies and shows that came out in 1990, which reunion show or movie was the best one so far?

For all the music that came out in 1990 (way before internet radio) who and what was cracking the most that will make most artist today to run for the hills and hide?

CALLOUT: Generation X, are we still winning with our ways that many before us thought it was deemed a waste? Even during the pandemic? Yeah, way before you Millennials and Generation Z folks.

For the men and women of the Armed Forces during the Pandemic, you good?

For the men and women of the Medical Game during this Pandemic, you good?

For the families of the Men and Women who lost a loved one during war, or a Veteran that kept telling his or her stories over and over again that passed on to the other side, are we good? We need to be. Hard but still.

When The Last Dance appeared 10 times for each part, did that really shocked those that Jordan was that mean dude that many couldn’t stand? But they liked him anyway?

Oh this needed to be said: in The Last Dance, Michael Jordan kind of “heckled” some Packers fans in 1998 after they lost the Super Bowl on the plane. He was like: “Hey Cheeseheads, how about those BRONCOS?!” Oh, yeah everyone hated the Pack. Someone should tell Michael not to come from Green Bay! At the time, the Packers were the 12 Time NFL Champions. 12 Times! And Jordan was on his 5th. Don’t come for Green Bay! Why you asked? And keep reminding the Chicago Bears that they haven’t won anything big since Ronald Reagan was President. One time Superbowl Champions my butt! Yeah, tell that story!

Oh let me see, when it comes to white privilage, there’s always this:

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Woman Accosts Black Cop

Does that count as being bigoted or working the fake “Slave Patrol” that is going on? Especially hunting down black men/women?

Just In: More White Privilege. Press Play:

Roland Martin Unfiltered: Central Park Karen gets FIRED!

For all you folks that accuse African-Americans threating white women that this one, expect a termination. Should that be enforced in all companies? And your face is in public.

JUST IN TODAY: This is so UNACCEPTABLE! For all those who love the cops, flagging the Blue Lives Matter Mantra of backing the cops, and seeing this hellacious act of police brutality over in Minnesota, what and where is YOUR REACTION when you see this? Your voices are silent and scared and just cowardly! This was a black male, George Floyd was arrested and one of the cops had his knee on his neck FACE DOWN! George Floyd had 8 minutes of his 46 years of life to live and died at the scene. All this since Memorial Day. By the way this will be discussed in the My Take blog coming up.

The Telegraph – George Floyd Death Scene, 2020. ****WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE****

This may be off topic, but there are talks and ideas that should be that blacks should take up arms. As in Guns, as in protection. There is a organization, NAAGA which stands for, National African American Gun Association. And it is growing! NRA is failing at the seams. After not acknowledging Philando Castile, Ahmaud Aubery, and most recently, Kenneth Walker. Should all blacks carry arms like the white counterparts which happens all the time? And oh should blacks embrace the 2nd Amendment and make it their own?

PLUS: Where is Wisconsin (especially Black Wisconsin) is in this?!

*Sidenote from the NAAGA Chapters Site:

WISCONSIN

No chapters yet.  If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us at chapters@naaga.co.

Report on NAAGA – National African American Gun Association; Courtesy of CBS This Morning

What the heck is this? TYRANNY RESPONSE TEAM?!

And the last question before we once again pay homage to our fallen military and veterans: Since when did Gov. Tony Evers had this thing regarding being like Hitler? That so-called White Privilege is heating up like a bully. You know who are the real Hitlers: Look at Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald.

Never forget the fallen!


Preface: Before many get offended or shocked, read on, please.

You may have seen this on Facebook or any other Social Media Website. But to take this all in, we need to understand. And many who may not read this may not get it.

But for those of us do, WE GET IT and WE BEEN KNOWING since day 1!

Black people are so tired. 😓

We can’t go jogging (#AhmaudArbery).

We can’t relax in the comfort of our own homes (#BothemJean and #AtatianaJefferson).

We can’t ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride).

We can’t have a cellphone (#StephonClark).

We can’t leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards).

We can’t play loud music (#JordanDavis).

We can’t sell CD’s (#AltonSterling).

We can’t sleep (#AiyanaJones)

We can’t walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown).

We can’t play cops and robbers (#TamirRice).

We can’t go to church (#Charleston9).

We can’t walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin).

We can’t hold a hair brush while leaving our own bachelor party (#SeanBell).

We can’t party on New Years (#OscarGrant).

We can’t get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland).

We can’t lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile).

We can’t break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones).

We can’t shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford) .

We can’t have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher).

We can’t read a book in our own car (#KeithScott).

We can’t be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover).

We can’t decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese).

We can’t ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans).

We can’t cash our check-in peace (#YvonneSmallwood).

We can’t take out our wallet (#AmadouDiallo).

We can’t run (#WalterScott).

We can’t breathe (#EricGarner).

We can’t live (#FreddieGray).

We’re tired.

Tired of making hashtags.

Tired of trying to convince you that our #BlackLivesMatter too.

Tired of dying.

Tired.

Tired.

Tired.

Just freakin’ tired
#RP

Postface: Now we may not know the author of this statement, but whomever he or she is, we’ll know it. But the author points out harsh truths of murder among Black Americans is noted and should be stopped!


So here we are once again. Mother’s Day 2020. For all the mothers still alive and teaching, Happy Mother’s Day to all of you. I hope that many of you will enjoy your day that is specialized with customized opportunities to be with your families and friends. And to many of us also, from all the round the clock of the Coronavirus, another rack of lies of the so-called president, Stay at Home Orders being unfairly challenged, stimulus checks running late: I’m scratching my head again.

So there are those whom have names of “Karens” that are being added to “Beckys” and “Nancys”. Oh, they know right?

For all those that work at Walmart, Target, in all you better be extra careful when you address the 6 ft rule. Someone might take it the wrong way and don’t act stupid to a customer. What would happen IF THEY ADDRESS YOUR MANAGER? Don’t be surprised.

Which is better: Working from home, or Working at the job on the job?

Which is better: acting like a mother, or being a mother?

Man…..2020 is already taking folks left and right like 2012. Why the deaths of Andre Harrell, Little Richard and now Betty Wright?

This needs to be asked AGAIN: why there are those 35 years old and under that don’t want to volunteer?

Do Progressive Radio stations really want black folks, or just their folks?

Is AEW Wrestling actually bringing the pain to the WWE weekly?

For all those asking and wondering AGAIN, what is the value of being in the group that is Woke and Conscious? Somebody needs answers!

Since the WWE had fanless shows out, many blamed them for not having fans. Then AEW, and UFC also had fanless events and shows. Will the MLB, NBA or other sports have fanless stuff while the Coronavirus passes?

In Michigan, their State Rep, Sarah Anthony was escorted to her office with armed Black Men. Wait hold the phone, black folks how many times we talked about how Black Men need to protect Black Women on the internet and in our families, and other groups? Now I need to clarify that black men are not going to hear about how they can protect themselves and then protect the Black Queens in all. The women will not say this. CALLOUT: Women, when was the last time you told your sons, cousins, nephews, grandsons, great grandsons, brothers in all that you(in your words) have to protect me? They need to learn how to defend themselves first even though they have to protect you!

Hold up, this needs to be extra clarified: Whenever we see all these foolish protesters with the rifles, the rebel flags and the Don’t Tread On Me Flags talking about reopen this state or reopen that state. For all you morons making a scene outside of that White Privilege, REALLY? You all are crying and pissed just because you want to governors to “Go Back To Normal” as usual. Well, I got news for you, we don’t know that! We don’t know if and when we will or would go back to normal. So technically if we are to open the state, you all ready know that many might DIE right? There are those of you might say, “Oh we are very aware about those dying in all….” Really? If you are really that concerned about those whom are on the illness, why are you fools are making this a political issue!? This is a HEALTH AND WELLNESS CONCERN! Wake up!

The month of May is two things: Military Appreciation Month and also, Mental Health Awareness Month. You know what it is. Why is it important to recognize them both you asked? READ THE HISTORY!

Hold Up, YET AGAIN: So you got this Shelly Luther didn’t close her shop in Dallas Texas because she defied a Executive Stay Home given by the state and city. Then by the judge, she was given 7 days of jail. After that, there was Go Fund Me page for the shop, and it was raised $500,000. A raise in….White Privilege! So opening a shop is worth than saving lives? This is was nothing more than insane thoughts. Ain’t it something? And oh, what would happen if a black woman or a black man opened a Barbershop or a Beauty Salon during the pandemic? Take a while guess.

If Virtual Learning is not that liked or criticized by those who are just now learning it, why complain? And if anyone knows this is me going through UW-Stout. By the date comes on May 13th: 14 years. And oh I survived it!

30 years ago in 1990, Milwaukee had a snow storm that was on May 10th. Did we almost had a repeat?


Last year, there were 20 Democrats for the determination to become the nominee for the General Election. Now since Joe Biden is the last man standing, will he go through

MTV needs more dance shows. Most recently they have brought back Club MTV after 30 years being on the shelf. And to ask, where’s Downtown Julie Brown?

Oh, fair question: how many of you have updated your resumes and portfolios?

Again people: I need to ask though, if you are looking for a job in all in your hometown, then all of a sudden you get calls from out of state that the jobs are open in a temporary basis. My question is: why are the LOCAL COMPANIES not calling or contacting the folks about the jobs in the community?! Very corny.

For the Class of 2020: Many of us are so sorry that you’ll not do the traditional way of walking with your classes. W can still say congrats. However, what about doing it virtually or has that happened?

Should CareerBuilder have an option to not have a choice of not making their customers choosing Temp Jobs?! That’s right I said it!

Since DJ D-Nice showed up on Instagram with the jams. It seems that every other DJ since him has done this on Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, Live TV, and other related platforms after him. Hold up: has this been done before, almost?

Introverts: My fellow Innies, are we winning?

For those whom miss our Barbershops, Beauty Salons, Nail Techs, and other needy stuff, why are we rushing to get back?

How does it feel to turn your homes into makeshift workplaces and dining rooms into makeshift altars for Church?

Speaking of Churches being quarantined: Press Play when you’re ready.

Church folks: does this sound familiar when working with the mute button? Don’t say its the devil, neither! Say Amen, people.

Now: this is for all the mothers:


For all the New School Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Old School Mothers – Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Mother’s that had to work and still work all day everyday: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers whom had to go back to school and get that degree many many many years later, but did it for her kids: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the mothers that continue to teach the Boys, the Girls, the Men and other Women to be productive citizens in life all the time: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Mothers who served this nation in uniform and earned the title of Veteran: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers that are currently serving this nation in uniform and earning the title of solider, airman, shipmate, coastie, or marine: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers whom are police officers, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, doctors, engineers, mechanics, business owners, media, stockbrokers, and any other profession that is gender balanced: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the mothers that just committed to Unions, Happy Mother’s Day

For all the Mothers whom are apart of any Sorority that is NOT on the list of Expelled Members, but paying their dues all the time for new members to join: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Mothers that guide offices and positions in the workforce, the church, the community, the neighborhoods and others: Happy Mother’s Day!

For all the Single Mothers whom constantly push against the grain but still manage to prove others wrong: Happy Mother’s Day.

For all the Mothers whom are heaven bound, as in gone home to God and had been memorialized, funeralized, had the last rights, had the 21 gun salute and many other final goodbyes: We thank those in their memories to live on continuously!

EXTRA: For all the mothers whom are on the front line during this pandemic, and missing their children and husbands, and missing the free time, family time, and had to Zoom, or FaceTime their folks: yes you get an ultra Happy Mother’s Day!

And for all the mothers whom don’t have children. Yes, not every woman is a mother! Those whom are like mothers, and whom are just there as needed to be called upon. Yes, they too deserve a Mother’s Day also. EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN’T MOTHERS!

And to the mothers that look at my blog all the time or some of the time: yes you too, deserve a Mother’s Day. Even to all the Introverted Mothers and Dark Horse Mothers that keep the peace in times of conflict and telling the truth! And still working.

So to the Momz, Mothers, Mommies, Mami’s, Madres, Mommas, Mother Dears, Big mamas, grannies, aunties, great aunts, Godmothers, Matriarchs, and the New Big Mamas that need transitional ideas to move forward, and many other mothers I can’t even think about: yes this is your Mother’s Day. Enjoy it!

Oh, and PS: Dad’s count too in a sense.


With the recent school year of the Milwaukee Public Schools System had ended in March, the educational community like many had to rebound. Instead of the traditional route of going back to the classrooms seemed to be out of reach due to the coronavirus. But in a sense of that, another element that has been mostly talked about and many know this in the earlier college days, and of course myself was one of them: I’m talking about Distance Education. However for the MPS Board and leaders, it has become uncharted waters of not knowing enough of how to to utilize this option to proceed for all levels to conquers. This however also raised the irie of the community in which it has failed to deliver the Chromebooks to the students and an host of others. However for those whom have experience with Online Class Learning has this on lock. Which is by chance is a few out of many. For this letter is addresed to the current Administration plus the Teachers that is facing the Virtual Problem that can be a solution to the kids of the district. And oh, if you’re an MPS Alum like myself and have experience of Virtural Learning this maybe a good time to be an advisior.

Dear Milwaukee Public Schools Administration/Teachers:

It’s me Stephen. You know, I’m an citizen of the city, plus a proud alum of the Milwaukee Public Schools. You know the main reason why I am writing this letter because, you have a problem. An Online Virtual Learning Problem. Now many of you already know that we’re still facing the problem of the Coronavirus, and yet many of the schools had to close early by the Governor, Tony Evers. Also, according to your notes and also the notes of MICAH, it seems that they criticized you for not being well equipped in regarding of the laptops and also keeping up the analyst of virtual learning or distance learning or in this case, distance education. Now many of you whom are teachers, the younger folks in the classrooms know technology really well. By which of means is getting their parents phones and play games. This generation on the kids is mostly in tuned with the techs. However, this is not what I’m getting at. What I am getting at is Virtual Learning in a sense of logging into the system, so you can keep up with your students at home. And yet for those whom are older teachers, this is uncharted territory. And the same can be said for the current administration.

First experience of Teleconferencing. John Marshall High School, 1995.
Picture courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal .

Well, as an alum of the district I have a story to share with you. I have experience from an earlier standpoint that goes back to 1995. The very same year that I graduated from John Marshall High School. In February of that year, I along with my classmates went to a Ameritech Building in which at the time was a first. Marshall High School was invited to communicate with a British Tech School that was a sister school we connected. But this was no ordinary field trip to Brookfield, this was a field trip based on Telecommunications in which was very interesting. Us and Hugh Christie Technology School collaborated about Amateur Radios, Ancient Instruments, Music, Scuba Diving, testing lead levels in the environment, and many others. And many at the time that this style of communication would be later be added to Video Desktop Telecommunication Hook Up. Keep in mind, this was 1995. Several years later in college, I enrolled in a program with UW-Stout as a Distance Education Student studying Industrial Management. I studied the degree between 2002-2006 by connecting on Online Portals, Audio Conferencing and Video Conferencing all in Milwaukee. Yes, it was legal to do this. Milwaukee was not the only city doing this, but along with Madison, Waukesha, Racine, and Menomonie were all connected virtually in terms of coming together in checking our class work, quizzes, discussions and keep up with a schedule that we had to follow. We were given that. And we also maintained contact with our teachers and advisors just in case we need help. Plus also other classmates. Like many who don’t know, I encountered uncertainty, harsh commentary, and the reaction of how I did this without going to class. Plus when many job prospects and organizations questioned my educational progress, partially it was ignored and disrespected. I felt in my own right to address the reasons why I did this because it was choice of me to pursue my education while working in the city of Milwaukee. I earned scholarships and grants along the way, plus taking additional courses of General Education to support my degree at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. I graduated from UW-Stout in 2006 and I was very happy to do this. Consider me a first in my family on the male side of things to do this as a Distance Education Student. And now I interact with the same mentality of learning in other areas to support my church of Audio Conference Meetings, and community for helping out higher education students for college. All in all, 25 years combined.

Why do I say this? I had to work my butt off to prove a point that distance education does in fact work! It can work to a point that it needs to be observed, summarized and actually following the directions that it provides. For the Teachers/Administrators, part of this lies in planning everything from the lesson plans, to assignments, discussions and the networking/keeping up with the students to see how they are doing, group work, and many others. And like before, it worked.

UW-Stout on rare occasions does surveys to us in the Alumni to see what can we provide to help or advise additional ways for Distance Education can be better and efficient for the future. Even though now that Distance Education changed from going to Remote Sites like MATC to our homes, and also jobs, the theory of learning this way still remains the same.

Which brings me to you: what will this experience of Online/Virtual Learning would do for you as administrators or teachers that is just now getting into this? Online Learning or Virtual Learning in a teaching sense, can really give the instructors an extra step in their professions. Like many it is a change in the planning, but it does not take away the traditional side that many are accustomed. I mean, in a sense it’s a Hybrid style of learning and teaching. We know for many it’s new. But the theory is, you all know that if you don’t have these basic skills, consider yourself locked out! However, since many of you admit this, it’s time to get some training!

1) Go to the universities or workshops to take certified or degree related classes to help increase this side of learning. You know where they are. Get all the information and ask certain questions in which you might get into. They have them online also. Look at UW-Stout’s Online Teaching Program here.

2) Another thing you know is needed: NETWORK with other professionals. In this case, you’ll need to network with other teachers, administrators and other staff workers that know the game of Online Learning very well in order to maintain the objectives. Network on LinkedIn if possible.

3) Also when or if you get certified as an Online Instructor, usually you might have to be retested every year to maintain your status. And on top of that, you might have to add that to your Master’s Degree. If you pursue it!

4) In addition: For those of us whom are Alumni of Distance Education, I need to say this. We need to be in the conversation to help out those who are doing this for the first time. When we started out, we were the same way and had little or no help. With the times are changing, even facing the coronavirus, “the un-distance education folks” NEED US! No more attacking either! So I would suggest that, we need to be in contact with those to give advice and suggestive information based on our backgrounds, skills, experience and others to give those in need this boost of confidence that can be conquered. This is a GREAT TIME to use that to help those who aren’t aware. I would also suggest that we need to be consultants to get hired, trained to be certified and to be ready to provide that knowledge. And if we need to be called on from MPS or the University of Wisconsin-Stout or Milwaukee, or Oshkosh or whatever, we need to be there.

And the 5th thing, Every College and University MUST HAVE an Alumni Distance Education Group! An example to keep all Distance Education Alums to continue to network, assist with students and working professionals, and many other community like minded groups alike. Some colleges have this like UW-Platteville. But what about Stout? Milwaukee? Or even UW-Madison? Others like the HBCU’s, and many missed schools?

So finally, MPS if you reach out and get feedback, you will have folks who have been there in Online Learning to help out. No matter what year, school, university, job, volunteer community center, or whatever, guess what? They got you. So you need to comb through the businesses, and organizations that you know very well that can help provide the information to solve. After all, we’re all in this together.

And by the way, you’ll be better!

Sincerely,

Stephen


Oh you thought I was done, huh?

You thought the last blog about the Coronavirus was the last? Well apparently not because like many I’ve been observing all of the cases, deaths, so called conspiracies, closings, delays, and yes those godawful protests of the right wing fools dressed in the battle flags, Gadsden Flags and this thing about Liberating this state and that state. Oh did I forget to mention that our so-called president told us to inject or inhale Lysol? This fool is trying to kill us with a household product that we use everyday to spray our bathrooms to inject that into our bodies to wear off the Coronavirus. If you really did that, consider yourself extremely stupid!

In the last couple of weeks, since many of the states have declared themselves Safer At Home, or Stay At Home there has been alot of “So Far” Stats in regarding to the spread of COVID-19. And yet many are still observing the stats daily with New York State on a constant basis. And of course we still had to hear what 45 had to say in which may are feeling that he is still straight LYING to us in terms of the “invisible enemy” of the Corona. The more he tells this, I’m changing the channel because it’s stupid of him to address the American people of what’s is really going on! The folks who really are feeling the pinch of the Coronavirus is those whom are uninsured have high fevers, real shortness of breath, diabetes, high blood pressure and many other factors of those whom are over 60 that could be and can be are effected. And for those of us whom are Black, we got it the worst. Why do I bring this up, is because it’s no secret. Anytime we see these humanistic symptoms come up we know instantly somebody might say, “Black people aren’t effected. It’s all about money when Coronavirus is mentioned. Then we are all scared in junk……” For all those who think that, you must be drunk with some serious malt juice. And in the last several weeks, in addition with non-blacks dying, black folks have been effected. We know it. And many like to crack jokes like it’s hood comics. WAKE UP! When your friend or family member gets the Coronavirus and DIES, its game over. More recently, I just lost one of my former teachers that I had since college in the late 1990’s. And the teacher, Leonard McGhee was just 75 years old! This was one of my printing teachers from the Milwaukee Area Technical College that I truly followed. And yet you folks want to crack assumptions that the Coronavirus is fake. Oh you all better stop this mess and get real serious about the pandemic. If you’re not that serious, your Mortician or Undertaker is preparing your burial. Keep acting a fool, keep the masks off, no bandanas, no nitrite gloves, keep playing outside, and oh, keep messing around when the cops will arrest you for breaking the Safe Home Laws. More below.

What is also stupid during the Coronavirus? Our so called Republicans in Wisconsin are going to the lawmakers to get the extension of the Safer At Home Order blocked in order to reopen the state. Oh great, leave it to the @$$Clowns of Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald to get all the citizens in Wisconsin to DIE! Seriously, these folks want many folks to perish for their personal gain of egos. Even black folks to die away quickly. The Safer At Home Order was extended to May 26th to give time for the State to evaluate the situation of the pandemic. But oh no, the GOP are desperate fools that want to rush the Governor to get all the systems to go by May 11th. What’s even worse is that, the so-called protesters that made fools of themselves with the flags and rifles outside of the Capitol with all that White Privilege were leading the charge. But I also hate to say this, but May 11th is not going to cut it. Nope! No really knows when this pandemic will be over. Another problem with the stupidity: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS ON THE RISE! That is a hard one if you know someone or are someone that is going through the problems. And keep in mind, Domestic Violence is STILL a problem! Not just women, but also men and children are effect. Yes I did say MEN why because they get hit also by those who do the damage all the time. Even during the Coronavirus.

Also, beginning this week, in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Department will be handing out L’s. Fines of $500.00 in regarding to those who don’t comply with the Governor’s Orders. They said they would do this and they are not messing around. Have they indicated this before? Yes. Press play:

That was March 23rd. Last month. So don’t act like “Oh I didn’t know. Nobody told me…..” You all should have known that would happen and guess what, according to the news, approximately 133 citizens were arrested for violating the Safer At Home Order. Those are facts. Other cities and suburbs are doing the exact same thing maintaining law and order during the pandemic.

Again it’s not a joke. Know what else: our Milwaukee festivals are cancelled and/or delayed, our July 3rd Fireworks Show is canceled until next summer, some of our businesses can and cannot operate due to getting our hair cuts, nails done, and hosting other needs the most. And by the way, if you’re one of those house calls fools that still operate against the order, you’re dumb as hell. You really want to get a pedicure during a pandemic? Seriously? Oh you still want to congregate in your Church building during this? You mean to tell me that you can’t pray at home or have church at home online? You can do that you know! Don’t be that stupid like those Pastors in Louisiana and Florida that had recently been placed on house arrest and or fined but they still keep coming and congregating. And recently other Pastors who have done this so far, DIED! And to add those who lead and protested the Safer At Home Orders just got the Coronavirus!

But on the flip Some businesses are being tweaked to open up SLOWLY BUT SURELY! On the other hand, they also have to abide by the rules of social distancing. So it’s going to take a while.

Expect a Part III in a blog letter to the Milwaukee Public Schools. And why they should get on the ball for Virtual Learning.


In the second installment of us going through the Coronavirus, it’s now time to shift gears to talk about the “S***T Storm” that many had to go through in Wisconsin of the Spring General Election. However, before we go to that, ask yourself, what exactly led to this.

OK so….what really happened was goes back to last month when three of our early voting sites had to be closed due to the pandemic. It seemed like a good idea at first, but as the concerns of our health and wellness came about, it was not a choice but more of asking why. Also on March 22nd, this was posted on the City of Milwaukee’s Election Commission Page as indicated:

REVISED POST: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Effective immediately, the City of Milwaukee will no longer be operating in-person absentee or “early” voting at the city’s three locations: Zablocki Library, the Zeidler Municipal Building or the Midtown Center. Due to increased CoVid-19 exposure risk, the Election Commission can no longer maintain sufficient staffing levels to operate these sites in a manner that would ensure a safe or efficient public voting experience.
Given the city’s longstanding dedication to fair and equitable elections, the decision to end early voting in Milwaukee has been exceptionally difficult for all involved. However, given daily increases in CoVid-19 cases on the local level, a critical balance must be achieved between access to voting and the health of election workers and the public. Milwaukee residents may still request an absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov or by calling 414-286-VOTE. Online voter registration (previously suspended in Wisconsin) will resume on Tuesday, March 24.
Even during extraordinarily difficult times, the Election Commission encourages residents to exercise their constitutional right to vote in the upcoming election. By-mail absentee voting is accessible to the public and safe.

Then came the news that nobody didn’t wanted to hear on March 29th:

For Immediate Release: Contact: Neil Albrecht
March 29, 2020 (414) 286-6119

Milwaukee Election Worker Staffing Drops As Cases Rise
City has less than one-third of required election workers

MILWAUKEE— March 29, 2020, The City of Milwaukee Election Commission reports a continued decline in election worker staffing numbers in anticipation of next week Tuesday’s Spring Election and Presidential Primary.

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, nearly half of the City’s election workforce were over the age of 60, with one-third over the age of 70. A majority of those workers have indicated an inability to work due to their high-risk status. Others, following local and state Stay at Home guidelines, are self-confining. The City has provided regular updates to elected state officials as well as the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

“The math is simple,” said Neil Albrecht, Executive Director of the Milwaukee Election Commission. “We would normally operate our 180 sites with a minimum of 1,400 election workers. As of today, we have less than 400. We will not be able to maintain our longstanding tradition of neighborhood-based voting for this election.”

The Commission’s recruitment efforts have been ongoing and many in Milwaukee have come forward to allow senior election workers to stay home, but the numbers of trained workers have declined daily. The Commission has three more training classes scheduled prior to the election.

The Election Commission is currently reviewing voting models used by other states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as seeking guidance from the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Many municipalities in Wisconsin are consolidating sites in order to reduce the number of necessary workers and to be able to better enforce health and safety standards.

One option would involve Milwaukee moving to a model of ‘voting centers,’ where several aldermanic districts are combined into one voting site. “This is not a model I’m comfortable with,” said Neil Albrecht, citing that combined sites could also mean many more people voting per site, “but this is where the inaction of the Wisconsin Legislature has left the public: potentially placing themselves at risk in order to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

Milwaukee has joined with other municipalities across the state to request an extension of the election date and limit voting to absentee only. Last week, all 19 Milwaukee County municipalities submitted a letter to the governor and members of the Wisconsin Legislature encouraging the elimination of in-person voting due to the risk to election workers and the public. To date, there has been no response.

The City continues to urge residents to vote absentee by applying online at myvote.wi.gov, or at Milwaukee’s recently launched drive-up voting site at the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building located at 841 N. Broadway. By-mail absentee ballots can be requested up until Thursday, April 2, and returned by mail or at any of the City’s five absentee ballot drop-off sites. Drive-up voting will continue until Sunday, April 5, with weekday hours of 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and weekend hours of 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

And of course, here we were on April 3rd courtesy of the Election Commission:

Due to severe shortages in election workers, the Election Commission has had to consolidate the city’s 180 voitng sites into five voting centers. This means that very few Milwaukee residents will be voitng at their traditional voting site on Election Day. To locate your voting site, please click the link below or go to myvote.wi.gov

This change is in no way an endorsement of this state’s dangerous decision to move forward with the April 7 election, but is instead a necessary step to provide in-person voting.

More information to follow.

And just to add, the 5 voting centers were Riverside High School, South Division High School, Hamilton High School, Washington High School and my Alma Mater of John Marshall High School. And they all had multiple wards into one school . So if you saw a long line of cars and voters yesterday that was a prime example of Voter Suppression. Make that “Dangerous VOTER SUPPRESSION!” And you know who really kicked that off? You’re assuming Milwaukee right? Not exactly. Mayor Tom Barrett? HELL NO! Sorry Lena Taylor Fans. With many feel about him in general being a nice guy in all, even Barrett wouldn’t put citizens in danger like that. You know he had the Coronavirus, right? The real idiots or to quote WWE Superstar The Undertaker, “A$$Clowns” on top of this were indeed coming from the legislature of the State. Make that Republican Led Legislature like the minds of Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald. Oh these are the same A-hole clowns that also “limited” the powers of Tony Evers, and when Scott Walker was still around, they were responsible of dismantling unions, no High Speed Rail and many others that didn’t appeal to all Wisconsinites. And don’t forget they recently whined to the State Supreme Court and later on the US Supreme Court to block Governor Evers’ Executive Order that would have been rescheduled for June 9th and to extend the use of the Absentee Ballots to be postmarked. BUT OH NO: they said April 7th by 8pm.

Now I am going to get a whole lot angry on this. You are not like what I am about to say or think so here were go. When I hear stuff like this coming from our leaders, it’s sickening. First you can blame Tom Barrett and Neil Albrecht all you want. The fact of the matter is they didn’t wanted this way at all! NOT ONE! I hear that Senator Lena Taylor blamed both Barrett and Albrecht for this, but Senator Taylor in view “failed to look and ask” those in Madison like Fitzgerald and Robin Vos about the choices they did in this matter! She is a State Senator, duh! Oh Lena’s got issues too. But we know this don’t we Black Milwaukee? If Senator Taylor would have done her job and asking the tough questions to Vos and Fitzgerald on how why the ultimate decision was notified instead getting on Barrett’s and Albrecht’s Case that that would have been an ultimate option. Yeah, I’m going there. You probably like, “Oh Stephen is siding with Barrett and kissing up to Neil Albrecht of the Election Commission”. Look here, idiots. I don’t care if Barrett would be a 5 Time Mayor in the making. Long as he does his job right all that matters. And for those who thought he hasn’t done nothing, um….what was “the nothing” he’s supposed to do? Where are the receipts? I have not seen not ONE RECEIPT from any radio station, host, blogger, video editor, media, or any other person claims they were taking notes. But as far as Neil Albrecht of the Election Commission is concerned, I have not met him. Yes, when I’m not doing Secretary stuff for the Church, I am a Poll Worker and I know the game for 13 years! I studied the inside and outside. Every time I go to do these things, it’s for the people! Not JackA**es! You may not agree with that, but it is THE TRUTH!

I’ll bet a lot of you who voted for Lena Taylor probably got mad with emotion and yet, uninformed! How many of you that voted for Lena are Milwaukee Poll Workers that didn’t get called up yesterday? Don’t worry I’ll wait! How many of you contacted the Election Commission’s office and ask why you didn’t called up to work? How many of you so-called woke folks followed that? That’s right NONE OF YOU! So who’s pointing fingers now? All of you who didn’t ask that are just punks! But oh, you want to go in on Barrett regarding this. No, you REALLY should have went towards AGAIN: Robin Vos , the Republican Legislature left behind by Scott Walker, and Scott Fitzgerald. And to top it off: say with me – ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES! And yesterday’s “S—t Storm” noted by Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes on Twitter was a prime example that this should not have been taking place. AT ALL! And usually when elections happens bad, why does Wisconsin have to be the number one spot of embarrassed objectives? And this time, it’s not on the Mayor or anyone else that didn’t want this to happen!

April 13th will be the day we’ll see who moves on, gets booted off the island, and stays home!