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I had to set back for a few days listening to all the hoopla about the use of the NFL with ratings going down, folks burning jerseys and merchandise. And cancelling the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket or any NFL whatever all because many of you (you as in overly patriotic) being butt hurt about all the kneeling in protest of what Colin Kaepernick started with the protest last year. And also, a lot of you are just mad all because of a flag. Or in essence with the National Anthem being referenced with that third stanza featuring no refuge for a slave. Ok. But the fact of the matter is, many will watch football and be aware about the issues that continues to plague the nation and our lives every single day. And of course I’m one of them.

Now for those whom are black and love my blog: don’t get mad a me saying that I will watch my favorite team, the Green Bay Packers for the rest of the season no matter what and still be concerned about the ongoing concerns about black men and women getting killed unceremoniously by the badge of the police, or any other form of racism that plagues America. Now many probably asked, “You boycotting the NFL?!” “No I’m boycotting the devil!” The devils need to be boycotted everytime when you get up in the morning, wash up, clothes and shoes on, breakfast, off the school or work, taking breaks, going to classes, lunch, more work and classes, going back home, chilling, doing homework, cook dinner, get your TV show up, and going to bed and do the same routine the next day. And while all that is going on: THE DEVIL still walks! That’s what I see in this protest and hating on the flag and anthem.

When I was listening to my black radio station, WNOV in Milwaukee, there a spot in the broadcast about the Anthem with the third stanza of the slave lyric. Part of that what was summarized that many didn’t know was the meaning behind the lyric was dealing with the disdain out of Francis Scott Key being upstaged by black power! You conscious black folks waving the Red Black and Green NEED to pay attention! Of course you can think all you want, but there is always another side of the lyric that probably fueled anger out of feelings of being upstaged. That to me was behind that third stanza! Other black folks didn’t hear this angle. If you lead the NewsOne News on cable or satellite, you will keep missing the boat alot. Why? Because you didn’t research it.

Now what is it about that FLAG? The red, white and blue. The same Red White & Blue that many have on our houses, walls and folded in a triangle from a committal service. And also the same flag that was carried during the Civil Rights era when Martin Luther King was still alive. And the same flag that our ancestors whom fought in wars with the time of discrimination. It’s been said when the Delany sisters used to say: “We loved our country, even though it didn’t love us back.” Again, does that sound familiar? I’m going to say that even though that the flag maybe is “this problem”, but it’s not THE problem! It’s really how the flag was used to distract negatively or dismiss any thought of any so-called thing of getting over a thing like racism or being oppressed. The flag is not in my view, a symbol of oppression. But nooses are. Calling a black person the N word or displaying the word on a person or house is a symbol of oppression. Discriminating a person based on their sex, background, church viewpoints, financial or economic status, or being not with the cause and being called a sellout just because you come from a family that is all that with work and you’re not – SYMBOL OF OPPRESSION! I’m going there today!

For anyone who is pro-black: look it’s fine to be pro-black. In really its great to be pro-black to reflect, summarize and also recognize our ethnicity. But it is also NOT to say that if you’re pro-black you are a racist. Also sometimes, when we in our pro-blackness, we may run into problems and concerns of what we say and do. I’m not talking about the slogans, fists, clothing, headwraps, the full Red Black and Green in all. Recognizing the quotes of Malcolm X and countless others that remind us about the struggle in all. We do it everyday. HOWEVER we got to get the stories right! We got to get the words RIGHT! We got to get the training RIGHT! People will say many things, but here’s what I know: You got your side, you got their side and in the middle: THE TRUTH. And I’ll go further with Black Lives Matter that the movement is NOT RACIST! Just because I see or say or display Black Lives Matter, I’m not advocating racism. I’m advocating concerns about the news that doesn’t get much exposure that normal news doesn’t show.  Bad cops doing bad shootings on African Americans. HR doing a disservice on applicants of color MAINLY BLACKS. I know because I went through it 7 years ago being dissed by Dresser Waukesha due to my skin color. True story.  I’m advocating about black news stories that get covered up and doesn’t get shown like MSNBC or CNN. I’m using this as an example. And black folks, many are saying that we’re not patriotic. Oh yes we are. In a sense, we are patriotic in our own way based on labor, activism, and many others. Either you wave the Red Black and Green or Red White and Blue, it’s really in your heart! Not what you wore last night! You probably thought about the men and women who wear the uniform or Veterans that wore the uniform. If you wear a simple shirt and pants and basketball shoes volunteering for a shelter or advocating a job opportunity, voting, health concerns and ideas, banking, making a statement of opinion (as we know) or giving back to your Alma Mater that you loved so much, guess what? Part of that is Patriotism! It’s a belief. It’s a goal. It’s a purpose we seek. POSITIVELY! Not being forced!

Last year when our “Russian friends” were looking at our elections for a new President, many felt that Social Media was the harm in which fake accounts or pictures or stories were used inappropriately to divide and conquer. And also to continue to scare and spill the blood about our politics that portions of it is very stupid! And we see this mess spilled in our backyards! Lot of you are saying, “Why are you saying all of this? We know this already” Many of us DON’T KNOW! We don’t pay attention. We miss the boat on this so much. But the fact of matter is some are going to this blog or any other story that will get the info and many will ask, why wasn’t I told about this? Uh-huh, just like the things you missed in Church.

In regarding the NFL, and the issues being spilled like blood this is a mess. And it will take alot of us (ALOT OF US) to clean it up!

Part III is coming. Be ready.

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We knew that today is Labor Day to honor us folks who work like everyday. And to the volunteers that just come and work out of their time.

While many of us were having a good day on the day off, the phrase that “Black folks built this country” is a real statement. How so you ask?

The Root did this video clip on a highlight of the history of Black workers in the country. Even a first Black Labor Union!

To my non-black readers, many of you might get angry reading this, but like it or not, this is the truth.

With that being said: hope you enjoyed that Labor Day Holiday!


Oh yes. I have to talk this. Really I have too.

I’m sure that many in America already knows about the deal that was signed when Foxconn, a Taiwan company that landed a deal that would boost Wisconsin’s job numbers concerning employment. We all know that when Scott Walker boasted a plan to have the 250,000 jobs to happen, actually DID NOT WORK. I told you so, Wisconsin. The same words, I told you so rang out so many times I can’t event count. And this was about 6 years ago. Now with the jobs for Foxconn according the sources that it would attract about 13,000 jobs. And it’s going to come to the area of Racine or Kenosha Counties. And just like Amazon, they will NOT come to the Milwaukee Metro Area. And the fact is that yes, when Foxconn inked the deal there had some concerns about also about the taxation part. This deal per se might cost us taxpayers to be on the hook for the next 15 years. How is this deal is going to be beneficial for taxpayers like me for the next couple of years?! Like really, Madison. Plus, Foxconn has been in bad blood in the last couple of years. To the residents of Pennsylvania, we have read about your dilemma about the plant that hasn’t been built. And many of us in Wisconsin are fully aware about it the promises that you were to be given, but didn’t work. And the result was bad broken politics. We get it.

I’ll bet many probably thought, really Wisconsin?! Have you been screwed up already? Oh and other thing, many think that this would seal up Scott Walker’s deal as a way to get reelected for 2018.

Now since the Foxconn company is coming to the state, what will become of us whom don’t have transportation to get to the jobs? We know that Amazon can’t do it alone, but many of us don’t have a jeep, a truck, a car, or a Go-Kart to get to Foxconn every day? Think about it. And what will the state black residents have a say in this?

Oh wait! We had an idea that was seemed very VERY interesting. It was a High Speed Rail Train that would have linked Milwaukee and Madison. You do remember that we HAD over 800 million dollars stacked up for the Talgo Trains and the jobs? Is all that memory coming back? And what did our glorious Governor Numb Nuts did with that money and the jobs and the trains? He gave it all away! The state got sued due to a breach of contact and it was THE biggest blunder ever! Wisconsin, you should have kept the trains. But you failed to follow the advice of Scott Walker. And those like Robin Vos and Alberta Darling. And did I mention that part of which of that dumb decision was geared towards racism? Let that sink in! After 6 years. That was also to help integrate the region. And many were worried that black folks would go to Jefferson County for coffee and donuts. Really?! And to do the math, Wisconsin’s black population is around 8%.

Oh, now that there is talk about using a Canadian Railway track to combine the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago for a Intercity Rail Route with Amtrak. That seems like an idea, but how is THIS is going to get paid? And the thing is, you got this Foxconn plant coming up, and they need some kind of transportation for Freight and also what about those who don’t drive, that live in far places, how are they are going to get to work? You see what I’m saying? Yeah let that REALLY sink in! And now Walker wants a train! So hypocritical.

Our Republican state hood “friends” really messed up. They realized it. Talgo at the time could have benefited ALOT of jobs. I visited the Talgo plant 5 years ago in the black community in the 2700 block at Townsend Street area, and wanted to see the HSR trains up close. They were good. With all the digital stuff and everything. Plus they worked hard on them! Our people. And the State shamefully gave it all up. All because they thought the tax payers would be on the hook for the vehicles. Or the personal favorite: boondoggles! “No one will ever ride it.” Um………you really think that Badger State? Better change your tune and repent. I hear mostly about the value of the trains on Black Radio like WNOV than 620 WTMJ or 1130 WISN. And let remind our Republican fans, not many in the state doesn’t have their own transportation! And Foxconn wants in. We’re unprepared. Matter of fact were unprepared in getting some of the highways and roads done. Which was LOOOONG talked about for years! Let that also sink in! Why you asked? Too many dang politics messing up. And dang is not a bad word.

At least the Milwaukee Streetcar is still on point.

All of this in my view needs the reexamination of what we really want to have in the state. And of course there will be questions. Like already as I speak, Foxconn is already being talked about but it should be talked about more in the areas of Milwaukee’s north side that can get more insight about what is going on. Especially when the state’s transportation system is on one leg losing to political standpoints so many times over!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oh, let me go in on this mess. There were fireworks on TVOne this past week via News One Now. Take a look:

 

Ok. This is for all the “Dr. Umar Johnson Conscious Maniacs” out there: stop the pain. I repeat, STOP THE PAIN!

For the last couple of days, you all have been so out of character about the “beatdown” that Dr. Umar Johnson got on News One Now this past week. I’ve seen your comments on Roland Martin’s page on Facebook, and the utter disgust that many of you called him a COON all because in your viewpoints, that Dr. Johnson got the hard questions hit at him on Roland’s Show. Oh that’s right, Dr. Umar Johnson is in a public spotlight. Of course he’ll called out on his lineage to Frederick Douglass and his family. Of course of course he got called out on the comments about black men marry white women and the distain about when the black men are out doing other things for other people, they forget that the women they know need help too: The black woman. Of course many have called him out on the subjects at hand. Even about Tim Wise and others. And his degrees! Really folks?

But this past week and even today, many of you still are calling out Roland to make that apology to Dr. Umar Johnson. Are you done now? Can Roland do his job and get on with his journalism and his frat life in the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity? Can he get on with his TVONE News One Now Life, his family life? Can he do that please? Maybe I think Roland and this is just my opinion only, personally does not need to apologize. Period. Or maybe in a sense he does need to apologize to the fans of him and Umar. But here’s the thing that many of you Umar fans need to know: WE GET CALLED OUT EVERYDAY! How many of you reading this blog that are fans of Dr. Umar Johnson and get called out everyday at your jobs, your households, your families, your friends, your pookies and nee-nees at the the family reunion? Let that sink in, as our younger folks would say.

Hey, I get called out. Where was the help on that? Hello?!!!!

CALLOUT: Let’s be honest, this will pass in two to three weeks. And after that, what’s next?

There are a lot more stuff happening in the black community than worrying about Dr. Umar Johnson being roasted on News One Now. Like really. When are we going to call out black unemployment? Our black health? Our black employment? Our black entertainment? Our black melanin popping stuff? Our various causes in our communities? Our education and finance? Our so-called true level of consciousness that many of us don’t have, or abuse and use? Even our black churches that don’t do enough than those that do enough? Our clubs, organizations, and even US? I would rather worry about those, and call out those causes than this silly crap between a black man who is a Pan Africanist and a Black Journalist asking those “TOUGH TOUGH” questions. Has Roland been called out before? I assume he has. But knowing him, he defends his record. All the time. We see it on social media everytime. I’ll bet many are like, “man Stephen you like Roland Martin so much, do you? All up in his fanbase and junk”. Well, maybe. I may not agree with Roland all the time, but he does have pointers to think about.  And that doesn’t need calling out.

But yo, we got bigger fish to fry for sure. Why don’t we Hotep that?

 


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Say it again.

We American folk got a birthday. 241 years. And the first strange US Birthday under #45. We know.

Oh, Happy Birthday, United States.

We are in the 241st Chapter and yes it gets more interesting. But however as in the concerns about the country are going on, with the mess of the now #45, we still as a nation need to have a fortitude to move forward. We still deal with the concerns of Black Lives really matter to the fullest. We already know that the issue of racism STILL LINGERS! We already know the concerns of the communities, especially Black Communities that face trouble everyday. We still have to get our folks to get the jobs, education, ownerships and many other factors we still face every single today. Of course many today took the time out to acknowledge the document of the Declaration of Independence, in which has the infamous words that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (even women) are created equal.” We know. Heck, we’ve been knowing that since the day we read the Declaration. But we’ll be honest, the words we know from the document looked good and nice, but we still haven’t lived up to the hype of the follow up. There is still discrimination out there as much as being called a N*gger on the streets or not getting that house, that car, or even that job that you want badly. In the last 241 years on a presidential scale, we’ve elected 45 presidents and some were dumbfounded. Others, game changers. President Barack Obama was a Game Changing Commander in Chief. He was the catalyst that many had hoped for. And I chose him twice as a candidate to lead the nation. Why did I voted for him? Enthusiasm and Vision. That’s it! Nothing else. Yes of course I wanted to see someday a black man to lead the nation in the White House. The very same White House that was built by slaves. And last time, many of the so-called patriots called out Michelle Obama for saying that. Well guess what, it was the truth. The very same acknowledgement that many in the black community don’t acknowledge the 4th. You may have heard it many times: Our people were in bondage. They were shacked, branded, didn’t have any rights to be themselves. And that is hard reality that not a school teacher didn’t acknowledge. Of course we can wave the flags now and don’t even care about it. But that then around that time, we couldn’t do (in the words of Chris Farley) JACK SQUAT!

And yes even Frederick Douglass had the infamous words of “What does the slave mean to the Fourth of July?” in calling out the hypocrisy of celebrating America’s Freedoms except black slaves. Let’s calculate: Between 1776 and 1852, how many years was that? 76 years. 76 years of us and a few supporters to call out the hate against America’s DNA counterpart of Slavery. Ain’t that something? Plus also I’ve read the “E Plurbis One” book by News Commentator, Sophia A. Nelson and she states in the book that two of our founding fathers, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin even got on America’s case of harboring slaves during the start of the country’s founding, around 1775 and 1776 sparingly. She even highlighted that a female,  Harriet Beecher Stowe who written the novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” called out the hypocritical attitudes of the country regarding Slavery. So guess what Americans: Before Frederick Douglass, other folks called out slavery during the Revolutionary War era. Even evangelist and England’s own son, John Wesley who later founded Methodism (aka the United Methodist Church) called out slavery being inhumane.

But then you got black folks on the day like today saying remember Juneteenth Day! I didn’t forget. Heck, I fly my flags ON BOTH HOLIDAYS! You read that right. I do both holidays. There was time that yes I flew both FLAGS on the Fourth. No question. But however the thought of flying BOTH FLAGS outside of my house on Juneteenth Day was a long thought of an idea. So the week of Flag Day of June 14th, I keep them both out until the 19th. So yes, the idea of displaying the flags of the U.S. and Wisconsin was well planned indeed. But took the idea to how it was displayed. Until we see buntings of the Red Black and Green, THEN WE CAN BE IN BUSINESS.

But to back about Juneeteenth Day, look, for my black readers, what I’m about to say might sting. We all go hard about Juneeteenth all day everyday. No question. But I have to ask this. Read this article from Juneteenth:

http://thegrio.com/2017/06/19/juneteenth-still-not-free/

This holiday is the “black version” of the 4th, but like many other 4th’s we celebrate we are still not free. Does that sound familiar? Think about it. Sounds familiar? We talk about it all the time, but when ever problems come up in regarding the shootings of unarmed black folks, racism, not getting the house/car due to a thing of running credit checks, I know that many of you today asked that same old question: “Have we gained our independence? Not just on the fourth, not just on the 19th of June, or any other non related holiday or occasion? So the question shouldn’t be pointed on the fourth, but also on the 19th as well. And the thing like the fourth this is a hard reality for the 19th: When the food is put away, when the flags, lights, fireworks, staging areas, the beer, the brats, or red kool-aid are all put away. And when the last person goes out to go home, or group to leave the exits, I got three words for the celebrations: THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES! No matter what happens now, a year from now, or whenever, the struggle continues!

So I ask again: Have we gained our independence from both the Fourth of July and Juneteenth Day?  Until that happens, we will indeed know and reminded in this era that INDEED the struggle continues!

So: Happy 4th, and for you late comers: way happy Juneteenth.

 

 

 

 

 


Yo, what’s up with the bump in the night? You all know that Halloween is coming. Yes, I’m writing in the dark. Don’t judge me. But however, with the ghosts in and around my spirit, I had to bust this out like the Thriller jacket.

This one I have to ask:

Um….. I need to ask: who in the hell is Jackie Cooper?!!!

Um…for the female who thinks that blackfaces are not a problem: where have you been?!

This Trump supporter thought that racism ended before Obama came into office. Oh really?!

For the love of GOD America! Bill Clinton is not on the Ballot! Can we get this straight?! Jeez.
Why do many folks especially some black folks believe that racism doesn’t exist? Wake up folks!

You know that Election Day is coming right? Stop being scared and spooked!

So there are “Blacks for Trump” groups around, well can they explain the racial side of him?

It seems that those who were born in Milwaukee that left per se, still have bitter feelings about visiting their old stomping grounds. Here’s my question, did you actually helped your old stomping grounds before you left?  Or just a reminder that it via violence can happen anywhere?

Who REALLY has the upper hand in the World Series: Cubs or Indians?

So has the colors of Pink and Purple really sunk in this year? Being Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Who is really jealous of Tyler Perry all because of that Madea Halloween Movie? People get mad and still Tyler is making money. Which by the way to the HATERS: why are you mad at him? What is in your wallet? Your bank account? Yeah what’s up with that? (Crickets)

What is up the holidays that most of us don’t understand, and having this so called conscious mind that we need not mind doing? Halloween, Christmas, etc.

Yeah Church haters, I still hear all the negatives about all these ministers and members taking all that money and the cheating and such. Im not a minister. But AGAIN, where is the POSITIVE about Churches in general?! I don’t see nor hear that from you. Even on social media. Hmmm…….some of you must have forgot!

Yo Hoteps: are you really telling that truth, or just acting like it to get an impact? No need to get out the RGB for this one.

So some fool or goober in Madison during a Badger Football Game dressed like President Obama before Halloween with a noose and claim it’s free speech. You have no idea why racism is still alive. But however will this be added to “The Real UW” category? Knowing it will. Look for it.

With all this going, why do annual church conferences seem to skip over concerns that African-Americans knows very well? Explain.

Can we have no more email talk of Hillary?  Dang!

Why does it seems that those with “part time work” have “full time experience?”

Job Fairs to me in Milwaukee are getting whack. Yes, I said this! Where are the “Career Fairs” that matter?

So the Philadelphia 76ers said no to Sevyn Streeter’s just because of her “We Matter” Jersey. Oh why did they over react?

Remember 15 years ago that everyone dressed like a civil servant on Halloween? No Dracula. No Witch. None of that. And was still shaken from 9/11.

And I have one final question: Many think that Halloween is full of evil. Well you know that other holidays can have some evil components too right? Or even a particular day?
Have a delightful not so conscious Halloween!


Clearly, this has been a rough summer so far. Just today, that there was another black life that was fallen in Louisiana. And the thing is, it’s all on Social Media, the news, and also the paper. I will say his name: Alton Sterling. Now many of us are just knowing the name of this man who passed on at age 37. I beat that age 2 years ago! But his death now makes the list of black folks who have died in the hands of police custody. And the thing is, he died the day after America celebrated another year of life of 240 years. Folks going ham on that. More on that in the moment. And also dude was making a side hustle by selling CD’s. What COP in their so-called right mind would shoot a guy that was selling CD’s outside of a store that was well known in his area of residence?

I don’t understand it. When we hear about black men being shot and killed in our communities, it’s like we are traumatized by this effect. By the way, I will blog about Trauma – Informed Care next. Matter of fact, we are all traumatized by these shootings, these stabbings, homicides, and many other things that harms the lives of black folks. Not just black men, but also black women! Alton Sterling didn’t deserve to die period! He should have been doing his hustle for his family and supporting his causes of what they might have been. It only took two white officers who pinned him down, shot him twice and held him when the paramedics came, and later died. And dude was ONLY 37 years old. The same age when Medgar Evers passed many years ago. I’ll bet that the chief of police or the mayor or the officials will be heavily under the microscope in further examination that their jobs might be on the line. If anyone knows how this feels, come to Milwaukee. We know the feeling Baton Rouge! It seems that the phrase of “Black Males are an Endangered Species” is really coming into play more in this era that the 90’s. The last time I heard that, was in the 90’s and I was teen then. But now in the age of Social Media, and smartphones, and gun idiots acting a fool on Instagram, plus those on Facebook like to divert the behavior of the hateful phrase featuring “you people caused this” along with the so-called Black Lies Matter phrase, every black life we see fall under these gun touting cops must be FURTHER EXAMINED and it’s apparent that they should be brought on charges against their craft of protect and serve. In other words, they should be fired. PERIOD! There is no excuse of them doing this at all. None!

And for the record, I’ve read about folks dying and getting into danger during Christmas, New Years, Black Friday,before the 4th if July, the start of school, summer break, and even also when Juneteenth Day happens! Bobby The Brain Heenan once said “Death does not take a holiday. There are no vacations for The Undertaker.” 

Now my second take: “What are you celebrating?”

It seems that the 4th of July with Black Folks have this mixed bag. A mixed bag that still lingers. A mixed bag that has this so called protest about that Black folks shouldn’t celebrate this holiday that had nothing do with them. I see it. And yes, when the country was formed in that year of 1776 as we all know, my black ancestors were in bondage. They didn’t celebrate the 4th. They weren’t free to celebrate anything like today. But yes, even Frederick Douglass called out the disdain of the attitude that the country was enduring with slavery for it’s first 76 years of the country’s life. That’s 1776 and 1852. Yes, Frederick Douglass did called it out and I’ll bet that many also felt like the same way. In the same way when Martin Luther King called out America’s Bad Attitude. Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, and a host of African-American men and women who have done the same thing. This recent thing online, about black folks (not all) rejecting the thing about not celebrating the fourth is not new. I’ll bet folks were doing this before I was born.

But: there have been others who subsequently Idid celebrate in a different way. Not because they SOLD OUT. There have been this phrase that blacks don’t think the same. We don’t! Some celebrate the 4th, some don’t. Now I already said that I celebrate the 4th, but also I say that the struggle continues. Even our black forefathers had to realize that even those some of them who were slaves turned soldiers in the Continental Army had to realize that even though they were fighting for freedom, they had to know that the struggle continued. And the seceding generations of black folks who went through the same channels of pain, plus freedom fighting, must had to realize that the struggle continued!

Let’s not forget, that even though that there were slaves during the country’s founding and the disdain, but also there were black folks back then whom were unsung that got out of slavery because of joining the continental army! Many of them were UNSUNG HEROES!

Unsung Heroes like: James Armistead who was a spy during Revolutionary War. And also countless others served as well whom were black! You “Fauxtep woke Conscious Black folks” need to read up more.

CALLOUT: WHY weren’t the UNSUNG HEROES of Black folks didn’t get mentioned on the Fourth? And I ask this to every black citizen who reads this blog and have this disdain of the Fourth of July! or in the verbatim: Fourth of YOU LIE! Any takers? Go ahead answer it.

Like I said in my last blog, you can’t please folks. If those want to celebrate the 4th, let them celebrate. Leave them alone. If you like Juneteenth Day same thing. However if you’re like me that celebrates BOTH the 4th and Juneteenth, don’t open your mouth! Keep it shut and move on. I’m tired all this stuff about what black folks telling black folks to celebrate and what not to celebrate. For me, if I want to celebrate the 4th of July with the Red, White and Blue on my house and having a Red Black and Green up at the same time, that’s my choice!

I don’t need no approval from ANYONE that harbors me about it. No one. Just to think, the last time I checked, I’m a grown man. Got my own mind and all. And I don’t need some silly so-called Internet meme, mixed with those whom should celebrate and not.

For any African-American (like minded) who celebrates the Fourth in some way, and it’s ok. The next time some wanna be truth teller or a person who is so woke, asks you a question like: “What are you celebrating?”  Tell them this:

I’m celebrating life with my family.

I’m celebrating the blessings that God has given me.

I’m celebrating my gifts and talents.

I’m celebrating my achievements and I’m celebrating me always.

I’m celebrating my Independence of what I do freely every day even in times of struggle.

Add life lessons too.

ANY QUESTIONS?

For those asking the question: What are you celebrating? in relation to the fourth, may I ask you the same question? REAL RECOGNIZES REAL! – And that also can be “conscious” too. So to me it’s fair game. Think about it.

I got love for my black folks, and leaning on the ancestors for confidence, but still I must do me!

Oh, last thought:

SSP The Struggle Continues

 

 


Been on a short break. But I’m back!

First I want to have a question here. What does it take to be conscious? Really conscious? Black conscious? It seems that in today’s era of #blackmalebrillance or #blackgirlmagic that is going around alot. Really alot. However the use of being conscious in my view is a good thing at times, but it can be deadly poison if used inappropriately.

Check this out: I’m on the net last week, and I typed in the word Hotep. If those don’t know what that means, it means “at peace”. Really it does. If the word hotep means at peace, why there are those that abuse the word and getting away with bloody murder? Everytime I go on to Facebook, or Instagram, it’s all these memes that are mostly negative and abusive without any references of information given! And usually I hate to say, really involves black folks. Not all, but a inner circle like that well known. It’s well known that there is all these “truth tellers” that abuse their”conscious” outlooks on those they reach to, and it’s almost they try to draw in to please folks. Almost like they want a certain type of folks to be on their same team of sticking together.

This reminds me of two episodes of the Fresh Prince Of Bel Air back in 1992 and 1993. From the 1992 show, entitled “Those were the days” had an point in the show where the character Marge telling Uncle Phil and the Original Aunt Viv about system doesn’t work, and blowing it down. And later commenting about forgetting that issue. Later on, Uncle Phil had to remind Marge that he was the same person that faced dogs and firehoses, Harlem going up in flames.  He also indicated that he didn’t need to fight in the streets. He used his office to fight from. Ranging from Heathcare, Decent Housing and many others. So there was proof that the “liberation” or in this case the radicalized portion of him still lived in him. Even thought that the times changed since.

The next show in 1993: This time it’s Will and Carlton joining up in a Black Fraternity on Campus. What was that Frat? Phi Beta Gamma. And had the Pledge Leader Top Dog making them and others doing the dirty work. The real climax of the show, came when the word got in that Will got in to the fraternity, but Carlton didn’t.

The reason: Top Dog viewed Carlton as a sellout. You all know the episode scene. Here it is:

So after looking at that, I ask the question: Conscious much? Even that could be a fact of what goes on today. Matter of fact it does. There wasn’t a Hotep moment on this. And I ask again, if Hotep means at peace, why the abuse of the word hotep anyway? If many had understood the reasons why then many shouldn’t get an attitude about it anyway. I’m pro for those who speak their mind in all, BUT many need to know that you have to control it!

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Which leads me to this: Happy Birthday, America. All of the 240 years. We know, we know. The same traditional hoiliday got the folks dressing up in the Red, White and Blue, going to the fireworks, kicking back with brats, beer, games, bells, canons, and whistles. And taking the day off to be at the movies, or at the crib. We know right?

And also: Malia Obama turned 18 years old. With being the last 4th for President Obama. And with Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae.

And yes, the proverbial of the question is this: Should African-Americans celebrate the Fourth? Before answering, there was a time when black folks didn’t celebrate this day due to the fact, slavery was in session. And probably you had this on your Facebook TimeLine: FOURTH OF YOU LIE! Why this you ask? The use of slavery was still in effect in the era of our Compatriots was still in battle against England and King George during the Revolutionary War. And I’ll bet the RBG, Hardcore Black Conscious folks and some Bandwagon Conscious folks had to go in on the Fourth like it was third period French class. But here was the kicker, there were black folks celebrating the fourth yesterday in partaking in the festivities and or cooking up the food in the yards. I read somewhere on Facebook this morning about this black dude in disgust about a black woman wearing a dress that almost resembled an American Flag. I read that and I’m like REALLY?! The commenter who posted that on Facebook actually is upset about a black woman wearing a dress that is Stars and Stripes like. You know what, I’ve seen black men wearing Flag shirts and grill outside of their homes. I’ve seen black workers who had on little make up in Red, White and Blue in freaking Walgreens! Oh check this: I’ve seen a black woman on a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle the stars shirt on in Milwaukee. So my question is what is the haps?!

And having to ask the question, “what are you celebrating?”

CALLOUT: For those asking, let me ask those questioning: What are YOU celebrating? And no, it’s not July 4th related. 

So that means that black folks can’t wear flag shirts?

Who is really speaking up for black folks that they can’t wear a certain attire that doesn’t equality with black unity? Let me say this: I freaking hate sagging pants! I hate this control of what I can’t wear or here is my favorite of which style of education is best to go like Distance Education. For example, there were both black and white folks against me and attacked me because I didn’t use the traditional route of going to class. And this thought of me leaving Milwaukee and all this mess. But I still graduated anyway 10 years ago from UW-Stout. Hmmm….. where  is the Black Conscious Unity on that? Where was that yesterday on Facebook while those flooding the News Feeds of the disdain about a holiday that had no regards to include black slaves?!

Of course I know why some of us say “FOURTH OF YOU LIE!” Along with the racism, police brutality and segregation of the country.

So they are telling me that I suppose to celebrate everything black only? In a radical, revolutionary and unapologetically manner? I need those to hear me out on this. Specifically if those use “communications”. Seriously, do I supposed to celebrate lets say, Juneteenth over Independence Day only? Is that what this is? How would those say that about Juneteenth Day as being “FalseTeenth Day” or “Blacks Making a Fool on June 19th Day?” Oh, folks would be upset right? I think it should.

This is not a mockery of Juneteeth nor a mockery of Independence Day.  Both holidays are different and apart by 89 years. But in this sense: I celebrate them both. One of my late relatives’ birthday is on Juneteenth Day. Not fronting on this! Ever year the flags go out in celebration of the holidays in the Summer months and that’s just fine by me. And plus the decorations go out as well. The reason I celebrate the Fourth, is not because of a dare. It’s like a choice appreciation of my services in community. So far I serve in the community for Alumni, Church, and Scholarship for Higher Education. And while we’re at it, lets don’t pretend that this doesn’t make sense because it does! I looked at some of the footages of the Fourth of July Parades in the Milwaukee Area, and I’ve seen a whole lot of white folks pack the parade routes. But I saw also a Sherman Park Parade that had a black woman leading it with marchers, a band, and a short escort with Milwaukee Police Presence in the neighborhood. Recently, the Sherman Park Area was hit with an act of violence prior to the Fourth. But as like anything else there was some life given though in that area. And currently it’s still trying to heal from the previous occurrence.

Whether folks like it or not, there will be blacks that will celebrate the fourth in some sort of way almost like wearing a suit to church or work. But there will be those that don’t. Ok understood. The same with the decorations. Flying the flags, displaying the buntings, hooking up a Star Shower Patriot Laser Light outdoors at night. And the same won’t do any displays that will have an ugly truth. I will agree that there is good and bad in everything.Even with Juneteenth and the 4th.

One last thought about this, yes it’s been about 154 years since Frederick Douglass written “What is the slave mean to the Fourth of July?” And it was addressed to those at the time whom were apart of the Anti-Slavery Movements and yes he did questioned about the day celebrating America’s Independence, while still stomping his viewpoint about those whom were in bondage.Thats like saying “why do you continue to celebrate freedom for this day, and you don’t include my black people?!” Henceforth: Fourth of You Lie, right? Later on figures like Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X all said the same thing in various forms! King summarized “Be true what you say on paper”.

Even President Obama highlighted his commentary on the Fourth:

How incredible – how incredibly lucky we are that people, generations ago, were willing to take up arms and fight for our freedom. And then people, inside this country, understanding that there were imperfections in our union and were willing to keep on fighting on behalf of extending that freedom to all people and not just some.

And the key words was: “There were imperfections in our union” Meaning that America had and has blemishes in it’s 240 year streak. So there were and are faults. Even today as I write this blog yet again.

Makes sense for most, but in the words of a former WWE Wrestler Bad News Barrett: I’m afraid I got some bad news!

For the ultra conscious folks and this period of making folks not celebrate any holiday: You cannot please folks all the time. I’m sorry to say it. There might be those who will celebrate things that aren’t likeable of others. There will be those who will celebrate things that are likeable. There will be those who will celebrate things that are like minded. And others. Even if a person who does dresses like Lady Liberty or Wonder Woman and is a black woman on America’s Birthday! And also does know about the bondage of black slaves that were not celebrating the 4th like everyone else. The same with a black man wearing a Old Navy Flag Shirt, having a plan to decorate the house in all red, white, and blue, and is reminded that the struggle continues as a black man in America. Race included.

So with being said, all stories should be told. And let me end by saying this:

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!

And that is my 40th Anniversary of the Bicentennial Minute.


 

 

I know what I’m about to say. And I’m going to say it.

Not on Facebook.

Not on Twitter.

Not on Instagram.

But here as I always have a say.

And no I will not use the proverbial “Conspiracy Theories” of the so-called stuff being as they are.

We already know what is going on. Orlando Florida is hit with ingrown attitude of Terror. It took only one guy and taking out about 50 folks in a nightclub. A popular nightclub that is among the LGBT folks. And the thing is, this guy who used a AR-15 on the attendees, used it in anger all because he saw two men kissing or showing their affection in public. This is what it is! What is going on is another dude that was under the influence of ISIS. The gunman Omar Mateen PLEDGED Allegiance to ISIS! And in the words of my current church members that said it years ago: ISIS IS IN AMERICA. And this act of concern sparked one of the worst mass shootings in American History. And for the record, there have been other Massaacres have been worse. They effected the Native Americans and yes, African-Americans as well. And its long documented and hidden until now. We need to recognize that also.

And Omar kills himself. Cowards way out!

And his wife probably knew what was going on.

I’m kind of mystified about this act taking place after the death of Muhammad Ali. Not only that, we had a National Gunfire Awareness Day on June 2nd, where mostly everyone who was affected by gun violence was wearing Orange in solidarity or memory of those who were killed or shot by a gun. How did we get from that, to this?!

Somebody tell me something!

And, for all the “GUN FREAK POSERS” who pose with their guns on Social Media and acting a fool, do you condone this? You better. And you can forget all about the NRA thing of protecting the advancement. Simply because they won’t. They have openly admit that President Obama was not going for their guns!

I would like to know is, what was the real motive behind this?

Was it hate?

Was it all about the “do it for religion? ”

Was it all about hating the LGBT folks because of their lifestyle?

What was it that set this whole thing off and having Omar bringing in a AR-15 in a club that slaughtered at least 50 folks?

And this also: If he didn’t have an issue with black folks, why the Gay/Lesbian Folks?

And yes LGBTQIA folks, there were folks praying yesterday in the sanctuaries. Which is nothing wrong. There might been folks in church yesterday that thought about you and making sure that you are OK. When I say that, they might have friends who are in the Pride LGBTQIA Movement/Community.

I have some connections that I know that in the LGBTQIA Community as well. Some I knew since Community Connections and high school.

Every single of the Pride Festivals around America, were in prayer of those whom were killed. Even at Milwaukee’s PrideFest, which celebrated its 30th Anniversary had a moment to sympathize for those who were killed and wounded. Not only that, metal detectors were used for safety purposes. A first for Milwaukee PrideFest. Ever. Just like Summerfest, African World Festival, the Games at Miller Park or Lambeau Field, and many others.

There were monuments and buildings in the world that were lit up in the Rainbow Colors, and also had Rainbow Flags hung in memory of those died in the shooting.

Knowing yes. We know that President Obama might have another idea. Another idea that might spark a new idea to get these dangerous guns off the hands who might use them for future concerns of hate. Even probably doing extensive background checks of those whom have issue of mental health, or this mental sense of allegiance of joining up with the likes of ISIS.

And while on the subject, let’s not also trip about a “subject over a subject”. There are those who think that this tragedy is a “smokescreen” or a distraction to come to find out that this incident, is taking over the shootings in the black neighborhoods. Or getting to the real roots of why this is when Black Lives Don’t Hardly Matter to those in the media when a promised young black female of a good future is gunned down. Or a common place when a black young male is STILL on the list of being endangered species and being someone’s target to be picked on like in high school. Or have a negative breath that the Church going folks deserved to be killed (like last year) and partially nobody cares!

Well I have a bone to pick here Ladies and Gentlemen, sometimes “we trip” ourselves because whenever we read about so and so’s deaths about those being overshadowed, we get this attitude like it’s skipped over! Don’t act like we know, because when ever we read about a tragic occurrence, or a unexpected death of a young black person, or groups that been targeted so many times and it’s forgettable.

All occurrences no matter how hidden or forthcoming, needs to be clarified, summarized, questioned, concluded and also it needs to be to a point that many MUST GRASP! No matter who or what! This shooting that happened in Orlando is just as bad as if someone lost their son or daughter.

Hold up! Wait a minute!

The victims were someone’s Sons and Daughters! Nevermind their life styles or what made them Gay or Lesbian, they were someone’s family member, probably a well known family member that probably helped the kids’ homework afterschool. Come on now! We KNOW THIS!

Just a sidenote: there were some black LGBT folks and those related to the folks,  in that club were murdered by the senseless act. As an example look at the pics. Especially a recent High School grad, Akyra Murray. She was 18 years old. And again just graduated High School. A mother of 11 Children, Brenda Lee Marquez McCool was 48 years, whom beat cancer TWICE was also killed by the gunfire. And she died by protecting her son Isisiah in the shooting.

And also for some of the positive news, there were lives were spared, thanks to the medics whom saved lives. And also a US Marine had a hand in the life saving too.

Whenever those of us think about that, it does hit home. No matter what.

Now again when it comes to the church, I know there are those who hate the idea of the homosexual thing being a sin. It’s not godly. It’s not how the Bible works. And yes there are those who use the Good Book in a way like a forceful weapon! And I know this is the part where those leave the church and become this “free thinker” person thinking that they know everything. After being in church for a few years with family. REALLY!

Is that all they know?

With the money and that car?

What about the house?

I hate to say this, but with the old tired viewpoint of being conscious is getting so OLD!

Come on Black Militant Conscious folks, you need to wake up! Not just wake up, BUT REALLY REALLY WAKE UP!

MAJOR CALLOUT: What about the church folks who do the worship thing on Sundays, and are active in trying to do the worship thing right? Trying to do the things right and helping the folks out everyday, doing the help all this time, and fellowshipping with those that need fellowshipped, and you (those doing the church hating per se) STILL don’t give them the benefit of the doubt? What does that say about you? Yeah think about that! Reverse treatment is now in play.

Guess what?

I’m part of that group of church folks that wants to reach out without any hypocritical attitudes just to make sure that it’s done right!

I’m a 4th Generation United Methodist Church members that has the “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors” ethology. Along with “Rethink Church” and now with “Church can happen anywhere” things. Yes church can be anywhere, even at a Gay Nightclub.  Or at someone’s house that doesn’t believe in God, or in someone’s presence that wants in but not sure. Or yes, EVEN the overly conscious that has “Stay Woke” on a shirt with those being “Pro Black” in a militant type of behavior.

That mentality I got now, is what I’ve learned from my parents, my late grandfathers and grandmothers and others that stayed close to home.

For my LGBT folks reading, yes I’m a church going person. I may not be the most spiritual servant, but I’m hypothesizing the cause to help me to help those like you. I don’t care about your lifestyle. I don’t care when or how you came out. I don’t care about the Festivals you inspire. I don’t care what Pride Parades you’ve been in to organize, or worked in. I don’t care if you still like Hillary Clinton or despise the effects of Donald Trump! I don’t care if you think all churches are lumped together, which they are not!

All I care is that you continue to “do you” no matter what happens! And when you do you, none of that matters. Of course there will be those who will not understand. And yes, you know this. But knowing this, I don’t care what your lifestyle is. But if I come to a Pride Party with a Nikon Camera, and I’m snapping pics away for $100.00 for 3 to four hours, would that be beneficial of me as a Single Black Christian Church going person being constructive?  Or will that benefit me just because of me sharing my talents?  Or just in general?

I’m just asking. And yes the golden rule still stands. And the God that is well known doesn’t hunt out the the folks that have a gayness attitude that harbors and goes for the kill!

On a side note, I visited Orlando twice in my life. I’ve been to Disneyworld in 1985 at nine years old, and Universal Studios. Plus partied along with the Tom Joyner Family Reunion Crew in 2009.

Orlando, you have a nice city. Let me comeback for a third time visit!

In the coming week, even though we are praying for those to get through this tragedy, let us be mindful that these words will still ring out:

THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!

 

 

 

 


This is for all my University of Wisconsin folks: The Real UW though, it’s a story that needs to be called and conversated. I was like many in Wisconsin last week, looking at the footage of the Vice Chancelor of Diversity, talking about a note that was left by some faceless cowards, that read some explicit languages about a some sort of threat.

For those whom have not heard the message, I want those to hear what the Vice Chancellor had to say. Be warned: this message contains explicit language. Get the kids out the room now.

 

This is just one example of what the College Campuses or Universities that are facing each day. The last time I visited UW-Madsion was way back in the 90’s. 1993 and 1994 when the Badgers Football Team was on point back then.Camp Randall Stadium. And I was with the Special Education students while in High School in Milwaukee. But this was when, Badger Football got me hooked. And have been for 23 years.

I have had some friends, some colleges, and those I know in a sense graduated from UW and keep that Badger Red flowing with their careers, activities, and giving back to those less fortunate. And I had some that worked for UW also.

But after seeing this so called note and those whom like to hide behind notes, it’s not about the giving back thing. It’s basically about having those conversations that this campus as well as any campus in the nation is having about race. For you current college students at UW, if you think stuff like this is bad, wait until you graduate and get those jobs. Those on the outside will not give a rat’s butt about your livelihood, career, or even your race! And you’ll see what they really are. This is not the classroom or residence hall. This real world, is just that. But don’t let that stop you.

Now in another sense, there is hate from the student or students who just have that same hate that many in their families probably went through the same thing. Oh, yes the colleges and universities are full of them! Even though that Easter passed, how many of these families whom had their kids being sent to college had this haterism against those of a different race because they were black? And it’s a popular college where most know? Again it’s mostly known.

Just last year, you remember the SAE Fraternity on Oklahoma’s Campus? The popular one. Yeah, that one.

Recently the Vice Chancellor had an updated video after the first one surfaced:

Plus also, an update of the story came forward when a current student was a target of the incident.

Folks, this is what happens when cowards are just that: Cowards! They hide behind the statements and try to scare away folks who are up for the chance to shine. This incident, was according to the story in Madison, was not about hating on Hillary or Bernie. This was about an issue that many know all to well, but it’s not been heard or shown. If you are a Alum of UW, you probably need to hold your donation money! That’s right hold that donation money. And while you Alums of UW are holding your money, you need to let your Alma Mater know that this story out of the campus is unacceptable and it needs to be dealt with. I know many of you, are proud Badger Alums and you take it seriously. Nothing wrong with that. BUT you need to hold your Alma Mater accountable! When UW-Stout had it’s racial incident years ago about a then 19 year old black female that was a target of racism, of course that it was talked about and summarized. But how has that improved since that incident that sparked? Also this part of the story has nothing to do with The Real UW story, but UW-Stout had an instructor that displayed signs and slogans of trauma, and killing folks once. And the thing is, the instructor was warned about this many times from the UW-Stout Police and the previous Admininstration. But one of the quotes was from a show called Firefly! A one sesason, Sci-Fi, TV show. And I remember also when that story broke out on Facebook, there were some Stout Alumni indicated that if the teacher didn’t get his job back, they were NOT going to donate any dollars to the school! OH YES THEY DID!

How was that resolved? The administration backed out and backed down that it wasn’t a real meaning to hurt those in a real physical sense. And yes he got his job back. But if that was black teacher that did those things of display, no job. Fired. Pink slipped handed away and out of the door. But we don’t want to see that now do we?

What we are talking about, is a dumb college kid that snuck a letter of hate all because the black student were calling out the Racism in a Big Ten University like UW-Madison! So if a black student at a well known or not well known college or university got a note from a faceless coward, is that person going to back down and move? Probably not.

But in all cases, the talk of racism is real. And it comes in many forms. Verbal, Visual, and many others. And it’s still real as a all white suburban neighborhood. Or the inner city. Or many others. Even at a job that many will not take due to being black in America!

Even Bucky has to realize that it will take more than a few pushups at the Kohl Center and Camp Randall to get the convo started. Just saying.

Don’t get me wrong, I like UW-Madison. But still, The struggle continues! And that is a part of #THEREALUW that many need to know and do to rise up.