Posts Tagged ‘Racism’


I have been approached about a recent article this week on Facebook. Last time on the blog, I written about a TV program that has been on the rise within the last 5 years. This program I talked about was 414 Video Spotlight. The show that comes on every Saturday Night and Sunday Night after 12:00am. The show is filmed here in Milwaukee, and yes for the 5 years it has garnered attention of local musicians that are getting noticed and still getting noticed here in Milwaukee and parts of Wisconsin.

Last year, (and I forgot to add this to the list of the good) 414 Video Spotlight’s owners opened another chapter to add a studio in the city to do the shows and of course showcase the local talent. Remember when I said that Milwaukee needs a black owned studio? Well guess what, the studio is here. And it’s the first African-American Owned Broadcast Studio in the entire state.

But what I’m talking about is not music. Nor the videos produced or summarized. It’s about a recurring theme about a caller leaving racists voicemails. This is been happening, according to the owners since October, and the same racist caller has been doing it since. If anyone you know who has a Social Media connection on Facebook with one of the owners, Melvin James, he posted a video of the recording that was far more racist and threatening!

WARNING: If you are of age on Facebook: BE ADVISED! The messages are not for the weak at heart. It is graphic and has implications of the use of violent threats.

We all know that Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the United States. That is not a joke. Plus I should add that the country we call The United States of America has racism in the DNA of the country. Way before Donald Trump was even thought of. We know.

But as for the story, check out the summary of the report via Fox 6 News:

Now I’m assuming that many have heard the message about the threats. For those whom are not aware, Wisconsin’s African American Population is around 8%. The Milwaukee Metro Area is under 600,000 people with about 30% of the population is African-American. And again when it comes to segregation and racism: Wisconsin is no stranger to it. It has been for a while over 40 years and it is still a hot button topic that many don’t want to return or move away from. However the issue of racism in America is still a topic.

What was displayed here after I’ve listented to the uncensored recording of that on Facebook, my reaction of that was just disgusted. A cowardly caller as I like to call it, called into the studio and addressing all this mess about he “represents” those who don’t like black people and all they good for is catching ball, dance, hanging from trees, living in “cribs” and etc. Last time I checked we done more than that. Matter of fact, black folks are WELL MORE than just those whom think that is all we do is drink 40’s, catching balls, dance and others.

I haven’t met Mr. James, but there is one we have in common. We’re former students of John Marshall High School and the thing is, when I see an MPS Alum doing his or her thing no matter what it is, it’s about appreciation. The fact of matter is, many have this misunderstanding about us MPS Alums doing positive things. While many of YOU Wisconsinites and Greater Milwaukee Folks may not like black folks doing stuff like this, you better appreciate that it’s not about doing jail time or ending up in the grave all because of some thought of going after someone with a AK-47.

This is kind of amusing: I was on the Fox 6 Facebook Page, and there has to be that one White dude on the comment section about asking, where are the white owned networks? That was foul. That dude should know darn well that many in the TV world owners and network media that the majority of them are own by Caucasians. Dude was drunk and high! Black folks, when white folks ask that ridiculous question, give them the reality check. When BET was created 37 years ago today, it was about addressing the news that NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC and many others wouldn’t address even more concerning black folks. Now along with BET News, there’s TVONE, Aspire, UMC (not the United Methodist Church) OWN and others that can cater to the majority of African-Americans. Hell, I’ve been saying this for years. The proof is in the blogs. Look it up!

Having an African-American Broadcast Studio is not being racist. Having an African-American Radio Station like WNOV in Milwaukee is not racist either as having African-American newspapers, magazines, blogs, columnists, that gives perspectives on black issues everyday!

It’s really interesting that the majors or submajors have all this and that, but still don’t have that black perspective on deck. Until the recent stuff happens, the company has to shift focus on getting that black perspective. The WWE went through this years ago, in trying to recruit future wrestlers of the company that were black folks. They did and some of them won championships. True!

But regarding the recent acts of racism, and racist threats, it will be addressed and already the Milwaukee Police Department is looking at the matter.

But in the meantime: support the idea of 414 Video Spotlight!

 

 


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NEVER FORGET!

Is that the slogan?

NEVER FORGET!

I ask again: is that the slogan?

That phrase of NEVER FORGET! has been so etched in our minds I can’t even count. We use it everytime when we think of the worst things of humanity that we encounter, or summarize every single time. We know this, because it’s a common thing. We adapt the usage of NEVER FORGET that it’s a constant reminder. From wars, to assasinations, to foundings, and even other concerns.

By which many Americans mostly know about the wars of WWII. Oh this: Remember the Alamo. Or, the most recent: NEVER FORGET September 11th. Of course we shouldn’t forget 9/11 like the Jews can’t forget about the Holocaust. The Native Americans can’t forget about The Day of Mourning in which their ancestors on a Sunday after Church were killed. Thus havin a disdain about Thanksgiving. And so on. But when it comes to us Black folks and Slavery: we were told to “Get over it!” Or “It didn’t happen to you.” Or you’re just playing the race card….This is not a race card thing. When we in the black community talk about slavery or innocent black men and women get gunned down in the streets by the police or by a so-called guard with a gun, of course WE WILL ADDRESS IT! Why, because it needs to be heard, summarized, not swept under the rug , or not forgotten about.

For many years, we’ve been suggested to NEVER FORGET, but however in “Americanized Commentary” in most things we’ve been told to get over it!  TOTAL B.S!!!

No tragedy should not be forgotten. NONE! Black folks, I’m glad we got this sense of not forgetting our history of figures and worst strategies. No question we should NOT forget about our version of what happened with Slavery, Unarmed Shootings,etc. We have been silent or told to shut up about it. NO MORE! If there is a story about findings that were covered up or sealed, you darn right it will be uncovered. Even the topics that non-blacks talk about on Facebook that they well get mad; WILL COME INTO THE LIGHT!

NEVER FORGET – That slavery actually happened. It was real. And the effects of it still lingers today. Just like sexism, or that thing called Body Shaming. And homophobia, and so on.

NEVER FORGET – Black Servicemen that served in wars the early to mid 20th Century, served in nations that were treated well. But when they came back home: TOTAL DISRESPECT!

NEVER FORGET – Black folks, OUR VOTE MATTERS! Just like every other vote should matter.

NEVER FORGET – Black folks will tell you all the time, that no matter what degree you get, or level of assurance to obtain, or highest position to get in the working field, yes they worked hard, but still: the N-word, or some non-POC will say something stupid to say in a racist manner. Let’s be real! And to add, the comment working twice as hard is so clear.

NEVER FORGET – That in addition to the Black on Black Crimes that many non-POC’s still talk about, guess what: White on White crimes do happen that is not overlooked!

NEVER FORGET – Black folks: the legality of getting to finish line has not been so easy for us. Too many obsticles that are still in play. Even in 2016.

NEVER FORGET – Conversely, not EVERYONE is your friend. Or loyal to your family members.

NEVER FORGET – Black Lives Matter talk is still out there. In telling the concerns that need to be talked about no matter who’s listening, and mostly it’s the truth. And, the idea of the talk has not been done before in this country!

NEVER FORGET – White folks: I have to say this in a “patriotic manner”. While you remind us black folks here in America that “We Are Americans”, period. We know this.

But many of us are NOT as Patriotic As YOU!

We’re patriotic to learn about our culture, our heritage, or purpose, or joys, when and how long we mourn, and may others that we know VERY WELL. We need NO permission nor pass to do this. In the words of Taraji P. Henson: We are enough!

NEVER FORGET – Besides 9/11, in which it should not be forgotten,  what about the destruction of Black Wall Street and many other disasters or wars, or bad distractions that MANY sleep on TOO MUCH!

NEVER FORGET! – For those who think that the church is all about money and that pastor behind the money or scams, just to let all know that there are churches in America, especially the Black Churches that really DO WORK! Not play work.

NEVER FORGET! – While many look at black folks as being thugs, some of the folks complaining forgotten that they are neighbors, friends, workers, bosses, advisors, citizens, community leaders and etc.

NEVER FORGET – Education is still a priority. Even college degrees that will point somewhere to propel.

NEVER FORGET – Even though many have made it, it took someone before them to prepare them to make it!

NEVER FORGET – Black media matters. As in black TV, Black Radio, Black websites, Black Bloggers, black etc.

So when I hear: NEVER FORGET out of the mouths of the you know that you know what. Well, yeah, but there are other things that WE SHOULDN’T FORGET about the other dramatic concerns and not the black things that weren’t so great. All stories should be told. No matter what. And not the response of “getting over it” or whatever. This NEVER FORGET mantra can go any direction. Even as I said earlier about slavery, racism and many others. THOSE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!

SO NEVER FORGET THAT!

 


This probably might not set well with those of my demonination. But this will get an attention: The demonination of the United Methodist Church. Right now in Portland Oregon, there is the General Conference taking place and in this conference, like many will see monthly will talk about the decisions made to see where the direction of the UMC might go in terms of variety of topics, concerns, groups, or many other aspects. The actual defininton is as follows courtesy of the United Methodist Church:

The highest legislative body in The United Methodist Church. The voting membership consists of an equal number of clergy and lay delegates elected by the annual conferences. General Conference convenes every quadrennium (four years) to determine the denomination’s future direction. It is the only body that can speak officially for the denomination.

This we know mostly.

But this is not what I’m talking about.

The main concern of all of this, is what happened in the pause of the moment concerning this demonstration:

Yes, what you are looking at is a protest and demonstration of the actions of Black Lives Matter. Yes, the movement has now reached the door of the United Methodist Church. And I have to say, with all what’s going on with use of some of black UMC churches with some elements of the LGBTQI folks in the mix of concern, this is another conversation that the church MUST ADDRESS! We need to wake up!

Now there are those either in The United Methodist Church and outside of the Church are on the side of “Oh look the UMC Members got those BLM Gangsters in there conference. Very hypocritical. ALL LIVES MATTER!”

REALLY?!

I need to tell you so-called “All Lives Matter” vocal fans that when you mention that in a sense, don’t you dare EVER say or think that notion. Obviously, you really don’t know what ALL LIVES MATTER means yourselves. You probably might bust out all the “I got Black Friends” speeches, and again spar up the ol’ MLK Speeches about color and charcter. I’m going to bust heads open: Clearly many of you saying this or implying this and it doesn’t matter if you are UMC or not, you are part of the problem! Yeah I said it! And for far too long, black folks’ voices and concerns have been NOT heard, or spoken to address the situations of what is really taking place! Racism, Sexism, targeting those whom are innocent and Black, effects of Slavery,  the new Jim Crow, and those whom are refusing service due to being black. Think about it! And it happens in 2016. And a long time.

And don’t bust the comments of “black on black crime”please. It’s not here for it. Not once here also, there weren’t any commentaries of “white on white” crime. Which does happen by the way!

Here in Wisconsin for example, there are “alleged angles” that Black Churches in UMC were and are under attack  about subjects or concerns that were hitting the fan! Even also if the chrurch’s pastors who have served A LONG TIME, got the boot to make way for those whom are younger and appeal to the current era of worshipers.And sometimes it might take a black D.S. to do the dirty work. Even taking out mininsters who have all the credentials and acculades, and black and sometimes disabled are being shut down to be lay leaders. There are only a few BLACK United Methodist Churches in Milwaukee know about this too well similarly. One black pastor was ousted forcefully on inappropiate purpose due to the fact the church previously served, was in declining numbers per say and is now out of the UMC doing his own church. Other ministers probaly felt the shifts and left. And on a side note, I have a connection to these churches because again, I grew up United Methodist and one of the UMC Churches I go to has been in business since 1949 in Milwaukee. And at times, I hate to say that there was many times that the Wisconsin Conference (with all due respect on the nice things accomplished) has NOT had the back of these Black UMC’s! I believe it’s time from the TOP ON DOWN that the Bishops and many other districts NEED TO HEAR the concerns about the Black United Methodist Churches that is ongoing and hidden to talk at the table. And not to be left out of the talk period. The last bishop, whom was black, LISTENED to us Wisconsin UMC black folks of our concerns. Period.

And I say this unapologetically, as a 4th Generation Member of the UMC.

This mix of Black Lives Matter and the General Conference of the UMC appears to the haters like oil and water. But when those say “All Lives Matter” is nothing more than a mere smoke screen with White Supremacy. That’s right I said it! On the pic, there was a sign that read All #BlackLivesMatter, and below: it listed the items: Bisexual, transgender, poor, heterosexual, lesbian, gay, disabled, women, men, young, and children. Well, I have to say again, this might not sit well with the rest of the denominaton, but the talk of the concerns in our Black UMC Churches and Black UMC things  MUST BE ADDRESSED MORE! Just like the others.

I know we got the BMCR. And for many many years the BMCR has addressed the black concerns in and outside of the church. But I think NOW the BMCR and the high authority of the UMC must address the issues of Black Lives Matter as well as any other Black concerns that the high leadership of the UMC MUST LISTEN!

We are all suppose to eat, sleep, breathe, drink, pray, worship, spread the good news, and fellowship as God’s Children, right? We know we do. But many of us need to be reminded of that. And even though that many do follow that notion, some of us I hate to say need the “Come to Jesus meeting”. Even if you say “All Lives Matter!” in a sarcastic, anti-conscious and threating manner. But you know the All Lives Matter, MATTERS to God. Just my opinion.

For those that lead the fight or this new fight in the UMC, I say as a black man that is a member of the UMC, out of Wisconsin, 4th generation in all: that is what the fleek I’m talking about! My childhood Pastor said in a sermon, “Speak truth to power, and power must listen!”  Don’t hold back nothing but the butt naked truth! Let them know!

Mad respect to those who lead that protest. Mad respect to the Black Pastors and Associates that did this! I’m assuming that the spark from that Black Lives Matter demonsration will be the new fire that many United Methodist Churches of Color must pass along!

Enough with the sitting quietly and listen. But even silence, will spark also new voices to commence.

Like the pastor said at the end of the protest, “this is our church as much as it is their church.”

As it should be.

Can they get an Amen?

Read more about the protest here via the Reconciling Ministries Network and the United Methodist Church News.

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


I’m about to go off here. Not much.

For all those who say, All Lives Matter, I need to ask again, If All Lives Really Matter, what is up with folks, especially folks of color are getting pushed out or getting beaten up at these Donald Trump Rallies?! Seriously, all that All Lives Matter talk is just that: a distraction! Now before I proceed any further, let’s take a look of what I’m talking about:

 

This is one example: what is real deal about this? Some of the Black students were accused per se were causing a disturbance. But they say they were inquiring knowledge about what Donald Trump was saying! We’re they trying to take notes to feedback to their friends or groups? Don’t know. But they got kicked out. WOW! Many are saying, All Lives Matter.

Example #2: Look at this footage from the young turks.

 

Again: All Lives Matter? Seriously?!

What about this?!

Come on folks! All Lives Matter?

Oh and the dude Joseph Pryor screaming with racist anger towards the black college student, Shiya Nwanguma wants to be Marine. And he’s being bumped down to a DEP in the Corps.  I Just found out that the acts of what he did, he got booted out of Corps. And just a reminder, majority of the Military are African-Americans! Look it up. And later on, a VFW guy had to shove this same College Student at this recently rally which was later out of the door. SERIOUSLY! Why would a VETERAN like him would do that so someone that they don’t know? And this man served in the Uniform. Look, I got respect for those that served, but this guy an older man who served in shoving this college woman, it was really disgusting! And I’m saying this as a Black man, and a son of a Vietnam Veteran, a Grandson of WWII and relative of those whom have served previous including Iraqi Freedom. You VFW folks, who do all this shoving need to check yourselves!

Why I am writing this?  Real simple. It’s about those whom somewhat woke up and have this hate on those who don’t see the country like everyone else. And it’s a dangerous weapon that even to see Donald Trump witnessing this. Seeing folks getting beaten up or roughed up with all the N-word mentalities, and the ending result in the previous video, chanting All Lives Matter.

Newsflash: those who chant and display Black Lives Matter have woken up also!

I ask again: If All Lives REALLY Matter:

What’s up with the college black students, getting escorted out not doing anything wrong?

What is up with Time Magazine Photographers getting roughed up by the Secret Service? Really?! If Obama saw that, they might not be employed anymore!

And what is up with these Donald Trump Fans at these rallies with those whom served, and want to serve pushing out an African-American College Student for no reason?! Man listen: I know some may or may not press charges, but I was like that, there will be pressing charges for assault and battery! And the thing is, that should also lead to a lawsuit!

I ask again: IF ALL LIVES REALLY MATTER?

That smoke screen to a chant of Black Lives Matter is nothing more than a mere distraction! Yeah I know that Black History Month of 2016 is in the books. But this: THIS kind of mess that is going on in Obama’s last term is NOT COOL! And it hasn’t been cool before his presidency began! Will I go a Trump Rally, excuse my french: HELL NO! Like everyone else, I’ll be looking at all the mess online and on the Social Media Stuff, plus Youtube with all the mess and shaking my head.

What’s worse than that: Man listen, some of you commentators on YouTube talking about the black student ‘should have been punched” or something like that are real A-holes! Lot of you fools hide behind the da*n keyboards with liberties flying, and won’t even to come away from the machines in person. Y’all suck! And I know because I encountered one years ago. Just wait until your jobs call you to get fired! Many of you probably got those Black Friends, or Black Co-workers, or Black Neighbors you probably talk to, are probably going to Unfriend you on Facebook the next day all because you commented about a incident about roughing up a black man at a freaking Donald Trump Rally. Or a Black student being shoved in a crowd to tell her to “Get out!” I’m glad that thing is being recorded and shared with those they know just to watch out for, and also to avoid when going to vote up this year.

All Lives Matter, huh? Look in the darn mirror and miss me with that mess. The only way that All Lives Should Matter, is under the eyes of God. And in the words of the old school: God don’t like ugly!

 


This commentary is all about the flag that was: The confederate flag.

Should I go in and talk about the flag taken down? Should I?

Now when I talk about this flag no longer flying, I said in my previous about “take it down. All the way down!” Did I not? And after many hours of debate in South Carolina, and after the violent deaths of the Emanuel Nine, and many others that lingered the Confederate Flag for too long, and after Bree Newsome got the repelling started, it was brought down OFFICIALLY!

Seeing the SC State Troopers marching in close unison, all towards the flag pole. Three of the troopers opened the small gate and cranking the handle to lower the flag. Seeing the two men folding the flag in a semi-ceremonial session when the flag was unhooked and tied with a small rope. Then one of the troopers, who was black (yep a Black SC Trooper) handed the flag to one of the curators of a museum that will be archived on display after 54 years of it flying.

OK now I can get on my soapbox: For all those  who feel that the Confederate Flag was part of “the heritage”, MOVE ON! This is your heritage? No seriously, is THIS: THIS Confederate Flag that is and was displayed on the South Carolina Capitol Ground was part of your heritage? Be honest! Now many of you say that with your family’s history of them fighting in the Civil War, which was one thing, however the other use of the Flag that many are still in denial had a part to do with the Jim Crow Era, Racism portions, and many other inner anti-American Humanity ideals and concerns. For those who probably got mad on Facebook, or Instagram, or another Social Media platform that the announcement of the Flag coming down, yes you were weeping! You were crying. You were just in denial in which that flag that you, your parents, your grandparents, your great-grand parents and your great great grands carried for so long, is starting to come into light. All of this is coming out not just after the killing of the Emanuel 9 in a  historic Black AME Church, by a 21 year old BOY (he’s not a man in my eyes) of Dylann Roof whom probably is getting more Jesus meetings right now. Oh, believe me at the age of he is, and the generation of he is apart of (Millennials) he will get those “Come To Jesus Meetings” mostly in my view, in prison. And I’ll bet the KKK was like, we need more like him! Seriously? Of course they might. Using a member of the Millennial generation per say that doesn’t see color, would get someone like Dylann to hate those that aren’t like him and those he doesn’t like. Millennials, I hope you’re getting the message. Hashtag that!

You don’t see the German folks flying the Nazi flags today in Germany. You don’t. And I’ll bet some in the international community probably had this on their mind: It’s about time America!

We already know that the now former battle confederate flag is not going to erase racism. Racism was around before the flag and likely to continue due to the assumptions of Americans who like to say “we don’t want hire any blacks for our company. We’ll stick hiring the white applicants.” Oh best believe that! And again is this the era of a post-racial society?

Even though some might consider black applicants anyway possible.

So here it is flag bearers. 150 years ago, the confederate lost. 150 years later, the state of South Carolina takes the flag down officially with the harsh bloodshed of the Emanuel NIne in summary. But the overally though of racism, still lingers. And that takes a lifetime to take down.


Oh, Boy.

I’m sure that many Americans and those aligned with American Unity had to go in and be mad at President Barack Obama for saying the word that many free that it’s offensive. Inappropriate. We know what the  word was. And no, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, and Right Winger Fans its not a pop culture term! Let’s just get the cat out of the bag. N*gger  Let’s talk about it. The same word that many called him since 2008. There were those and those who still can’t stand a black dude running the White House. Every time he tried to make a deal, there are those who want to deny his request. Jobs Bill, Veterans Bills, oh that includes that is helping many: The ACA. But its not the policies isn’t? It’s the man himself.

I’ll bet many right wingers had their heads exploded with truth denial that on a podcast, that the President was the guest, said the infamous “N*gger word”. The same word that many of us black folks have been hearing since the first grade! And historically, slavery days, Jim Crow Laws, and also the pre and post Civil Rights Era.

That’s right. Think back when you were in the first grade, or younger, and if you’re black,  that is when you first heard N*gger. Be honest! No matter if you said it, or you may have heard it through your cool classmates from way back. That’s where it starts. Go back to your elementary school days when you hung out with your boys and some girls that the word was started to hear. And you wonder why. Later on, when you get to middle school and high school, it will escalate. And you still be asking why. Let’s be real. And furthermore we know the dinner tables, sermons, and others that it’s common. Also, when you get to college and your first real job, you don’t hardly hear it as much, but its still a reminder in getting denied a job because of a certain “HR rep does not want hire N*ggers” per say, for his or her company!  Even though they believe they don’t discriminate.

Well guess what? There are those who have the same mentality, probably have the same mindset about the President himself. Let’s be real. This is the reality that many know! But its the denial of certain folks that won’t admit it! Did I mention that the 4th of July is coming? The same holiday we decorate the red, white and blue. We bust out the Declaration Of Independence like all men are created equal, eat up the food, drinks, beer, and the icing on the cake: fireworks. Oh yeah that holiday. Which we know. But, when all that is over, I’m going to say this now: The Struggle Continues! Just look for it on Facebook. Some will write that on a timeline and actually get likes.

That’s the thing. The Struggle Continues. Even talking about the N bomb. But oh yeah, the talk will continue. Even at Barnes And Nobles. The next time that anyone goes to the bookstore, go to the African American section and look for the book “N*gger”. I haven’t read the book. Go get it. And it was written by the legendary author/activist and comedian Dick Gregory. They still sell the book. Amazon still sells it. And I don’t hear nobody, (ABSOLUTELY NOBODY) going to Amazon, or BN, or any bookstore in the nation going to protest to remove the book N*gger from the shelves of African-American Sections! I don’t hear the NAACP, the Urban League, the Muslim Groups, or the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Members with the fake picket signs of God Hates The Gays per say, going to Barnes and Nobles and protesting the book, N*gger off the bookshelves! Never heard about it. Never seen it.

So what President Obama said it surrounding the word; was and is the ongoing struggle that the United States is not completely healed of the use of racism. Mainly, its still here! I’ve been hated on as a black man of trying to get a job in freaking Waukesha of Dresser Engines. Remember when I wrote about that? Like so many times? It’s true. And no, there were no N-Bombs thrown. But the idea of “we’ll not going to hire this black man, but more of the white guys” has been more subtle. Admit it, employers.

There is a lot more work to do.


To the residents of Charleston, South Carolina and to the members of Emanuel AME Church, sympathies and prayers are being sent! This incident has not only shocked your community, but also, any community in America that identifies with the incident shares your pain, your concern, your deaths and also your deep understanding of the struggle of African-Americans seeking refuge without the use of violence in this country!

In 1963, four little girls in Alabama were killed under racial implications of being black. Just yesterday, and in 2015, 8 members of the Emmanuel AME Church and it’s Pastor, Clementa Pinckney, a long time State Senator Democrat of South Carolina, and Pastor of the AME Church, were killed during a prayer meeting at the historic black church. The pastor also pushed for an idea to put body cameras on police officers in his native state. And mostly to them, the pastor wasn’t just this pastor of a church, he was a figure that many looked to, influence, recognized, and also related to the issues that many know all too well.

Now there are those who are cynical, those who have those historic hatred about churches, about the money, about Sister So and So with the “Fashion Show” dress on, or Brother Usher always messing with the members in the back for more money in the collection plate, or there are those who feel about Jesus (whom was black) or the ongoing hypocritical minded of them seeing this attitude, and having the youth not participate in certain activities that the older church members seemed disliked, put that away for a minute. Tone it down! Or this case put it on pause. Those things that I just described, can also happen in your workplaces, malls, your favorite club to get your dance on, a Juneteenth Day festival, a family reunion, a class reunion, or any other place or activity that can have folks being all so drone minded of being one-sided about one thing that many don’t really know, or not enough knowledge. Even if it’s your neighborhood, or on that thing called Facebook! So it’s just not just the church only! I think we need to check ourselves that anything or anywhere, there might be and are hypocritical minded folks who are just being hypocritical about anything that does not pertain to them! Let’s be clear and be honest: there are hypocritical folks everywhere and just don’t assume it’s always the church! I don’t care how conscious us citizens can be. Or even how smart we are. But when an unexpected hate crime onslaught on nine innocent folks who were just praying during a bible study, or for whatever they were praying for, what does that mean? And also that talk about Gun Control will likely continue!

And I’m speaking as a METHODIST MEMBER. Even though I’m United Methodist, but the Methodism connections of AME, CME and Free Methodist, needs to be on one accord of who we are and what we should be about! 

This is not the time who say or comment, “Oh those hypocrite christians got what they deserved to be killed!” We don’t know them! We don’t know what they did in the workplace, their old schools, their activities in the community, their upbringings, or whatever. We don’t know them! And we don’t know if they weren’t hypocritical. But we can understand the pain that they suffered under a bullet in that mass shooting. So the shooter Dylann Roof who should be in college getting a job, goes into the bible meeting, with guns loaded says that “you raped our women and taking over our country. You have to go.” Then the shooting started. My question is what was this mixed up minded 21 year old white dude thinking about? That he had to say that he had to do it. Do it for what? White Supremacy?!

By the way, if any Facebook user has this dude as a friend, its better to unfriend him now.

Note to the descendant traits of White Supremacy, even though you didn’t start the fire, you could have a way to use a way to put it out! 

From my understanding about the Emanuel AME Church, it’s not just a church building. PAY ATTENTION!

  • This has historical meaning and connections in confronting the horrors of slavery and racism. It was burned down, and rebuilt after 1865. One of the founders, Denmark Vesey led a slavery revolt in 1822.
  • It is the third oldest AME church in the world.
  • It was significant with the Underground Railroad.
  • The congregation had underground services at the time between 1834 and 1865 during the time when black congregations were outlawed.
  • Famous black figures of Martin Luther King, Corretta Scott King, Roy Watkins, and Booker T. Washington have either preached, lead marches, or any other civil right activity in part of the life of the church. Even those who wanted to run for president, also stopped by the church.

Like any other black church in America, this also was under targets of violence that made the list. A list that many black churches does not want to be on. And it wasn’t just on black churches, it was an attack on the black community. And most recently, a Baptist Church in Memphis Tennessee, was interrupted by gunfire, during choir rehearsal. I tell you, it’s senseless and crazy at it seems!

Now I know many have seen the prayer circles that were shown on TV and the internet. I know many had to bust out the “What are they Praying for?” speeches. Don’t go in on that. This is not the time! Believe me, it’s not the time!

This weekend is Juneteenth Day, and as well as Father’s Day it’s going to be sad for the families. It’s going to be sad not to see Pastor Clementa Pinckney with his family, and not seeing his daughters coming to him to say “Happy Father’s Day, Daddy!”

At the end of the day, after all of this is over, like Milwaukee Assistant Pastor (and Milwaukee Marshall Alum) Dana World-Patterson said at my church’s Love Is event: “You see something, say something and do something!” Enough of the so-called no snitching rules. No matter what era it happens to be.

Send sympathy to the victims of these names as recorded by Yahoo:

• Cynthia Hurd, 54, a manager with the Charleston County Public Library system.
• Ethel Lance, 70,
a retiree who recently worked as a church janitor
• Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41,
a South Carolina state senator and pastor at the church
• Susie Jackson, 87,
a longtime member of the church
• Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49,
former Charleston County community development director
• Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,
a church pastor, speech therapist and a high school girls’ track coach
• Myra Thompson, 59,
a pastor at the church
• Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr., 74,
another pastor at the church
• Tywanza Sanders, 26,
a 2014 graduate of Allen University, where Pinckney was also an alum

And in addition: Emanuel AME Church has a Paypal Account in which you can donate. Yeah I know that those don’t like money with churches. But at a time like this, they could use something additional financial offering out of respect.

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Here it is: the final week and days of “The centerpiece” of Black History Month 2015. But certainly it won’t be the last Black History Month, ever. For many many days, yes we have reviewed the highs and lows of our historical perspectives, figures and events. Yes, black folks, we’ll continue to reference our history stuff everyday like many said. But: I have significant warning here, not many of us will NOT acknowledge our history of black stuff.

And by the way: I don’t really acknowledge the “National African-American History Month” name.  I keep it straight original about “Black History Month” always!

How many of us will actually reference black history everyday? And the keyword is “ACTUALLY”. I hate to say this but to us Black Folks who might get mad at this blog, we will not acknowledge our history everyday. We won’t! Unless if there is a new way of doing it. Yeah, we might have those Black 365 Calendars at home or work where black references are shown everyday, but chances are, we are not going to see them everyday! Why? We might miss them by not referencing. Look at our finances, look at our Social Media stats, look at the next line to get the new Air Jordans, or to see what is up with the soaps that feature some black characters acting a fool of impression to feel that sensitive side creeping up. Here is a rhetorical question, are we still going to learn about our historical figures everyday?! YES or NO?

Now this year, there have been some firsts in black history. Yes, I’m still saying first because I want to see the next line folks getting their stuff.

For this year of the #BHM:

First I want to highlight SNL. Yes, Saturday Night Live. In the past 40 years or so, Saturday Night Live has had a lot of skits, and a few African-American comedians whom were never heard of, became famous as SNL Alums. From Garrett Morris, whom was doing a throwback skit with Chevy Chase, to seeing Sasheer Zamata along with Kenan Thompson in “What’s Up With That”, (and no to the Bill Cosby skit…..) Even Leslie Jones commentating on the auditions, plus seeing Kerry Washington, Ellen Cleghorne asking that question about  blacks on Seinfeld. Tim Meadows doing a Q&A, and also Chris Rock of all folks introduced and helped welcomed back someone that hasn’t been on SNL in about 30 years: Eddie Murphy. From what many have said, Eddie Murphy in the early 80’s SAVED SNL. Many said it was the truth, and there was the rumor about how would SNL survive in a couple of years. If hadn’t been for Eddie Murphy making some mama jokes, or responding to a “racist letter” via eating seafood, or Gumby, or James Brown, or the ghetto Mr. Rodgers, SNL would have been in the grave. Yes, you need new material to keep the shop open. And Maya Rudolph doing her Beyoncé impressions. “AIRBORT!” Also, during the In Memoriam segment, Danitra Vance was the only former black cast member that was remembered. Danitra was on SNL for one season during the 80’s.

Second on the menu: I kept saying in the last few years, that Black History is not just American History. It’s now part of World History. Recently on BET, they had a miniseries of a showing called “The Book of Negroes.” The real credit of the show goes to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Thank you Canadians! If those who haven’t seen the miniseries, it is a real eye opener! It’s a real eye opener not just for the love story of Aminata and Chekura, but overall it’s the struggle of slavery with triumph in between. Clearly, this to me is the now version of Roots. And also, I really LIKED Aminata’s character! She was more like a Harriet Tubman of the 1700’s from attempting to free other slaves, to read, write, speak three different languages, and still knows how to fight back! That to me, is a strong intelligent black woman! Towards the end of the series, Arimata tells the British Abolitionists her side of the story and mostly to them, she wanted to tell HER Story. And that’s what we have to do black folks! This is the part of Black History, or Black History Month where we need to tell OUR Stories! Our experiences. Our Values. And definitely our concerns, joys, truth, justice, humanity and other needs and concerns that continues to harbors the Black Community.

Now, there are those who might say: that’s racist. It’s not. You non-black folks tell your stories ALL THE TIME! And not once that any black person has stopped you from telling your experiences coming up. Even about various occasions of immigrants moved to America and worked very hard, and etc. We hear them all the time! But my folks were born here and ancestors were African related were shackled, branded, ripped apart, forced to learn new names and languages and still, being called the N-words no matter what we try to achieve for us! Degrees, Certificates, First Employee or Employees of Color doing this and that. Opening doors for greatness. And many, many, many objectives and purposes that Blacks have and are currently doing in all aspects. Even STILL rising up from the ashes of misguidedness! However again, there are those who feel that it’s racist, that it’s just separating the human race, and many other concerns. Even being “negropeanized”. Um, NO! And speaking of the “human race,” it was black folks that started the human race. We were the first of human civilization, of science, African-Americans have been in wars of the U.S. more times in history, even all kinds of MUSIC! Even fashion. Making news in journalism, technology, political statements, activism, evangelism and many MANY MANY others! Black folks, we need to keep the reminders! Even though that Black History Month of 2015 is concluding, yes our references we seek everyday still lingers!

On Facebook, I mentioned this statement that I’m not all about keeping it February. AND……..I am not all about keeping it Everyday! So check me out on this black folks: I celebrate Black History Month not only for “the centerpiece moment” of celebrations, but I also continue to  reference the historical figures and events. You can keep the month, but also reference the lessons learned!

Speaking of Canadians: I want to direct my attention to the Black Canaidan Audience. I have viewed your footages of your series of “Being Black in Canada”, via the CBC website,  in the honor of your contributions to Black History. And I was thoroughly impressed. Really I was! And I am glad that many of you, or some of you are speaking out and bringing up the missing pieces of your black historical references that were either misplaced, not talked about, covered up, and many others. Even Slavery, and Racism. Like here in the U.S. we deserve also to uncover many hidden information that was either not talked about in our schools, universities, our jobs, our communities that are pertaining to Black Culture and Black events.

So I say this to you, the Black Canadian Audience, after hearing the segments that you commented and talked about via your Being Black in Canada special, I say this: Keep talking about them. Never stop! Raise your concerns of injustice, racism, and others that many need to hear. Some of you whom may not realize it, you have become unsung heroes. Keep telling YOUR black stories. And yes, like us U.S. folks, we need to tell our children more about these experiences. But as adults, I say this to any black adult citizen in the world, we need to reteach ourselves on Black History because sometimes we forget! We also say we need to keep telling the stories so that our kids will know when they get grown! Matter of fact, we need to tell them NOW before they get grown!  Yes, when I heard your stories, it was similar to what us African-Americans face each day. WE KNOW! So, you’re not alone. Feel free to blog, use your black radio airwaves, papers, TV, Internet sites to get your message (and that’s YOUR Message) to continue. You got Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And yes, you can come to America’s News stations or radio programs to express the black life of Canada in this point of view. For the Black Canadian Media, same thing. Keep telling your stories! This Being Black in Canada special you had recently is a start. Again: Keep going and DON’T STOP! There are those who might feel uncomfortable about the subjects, but it’s needed to be told, no matter what!

Also just in: I was viewing this video on Facebook (via the updates) and yes it’s Black Canadian Related in the schools. Again, keep telling the stories!

This might sound strange in all, but there needs to be a “International Black Summit” of all black folks addressing our issues about this. Most recently, there was a racial incident that was in Paris in which a black man was pushed off the train more than once by some white Chelsea Soccer Players and chanting as being racist. Shameful! And several blog stories ago, I commented that racism is crossing international waters!

Furthermore in this #BHM2015: The talk about Selma. I’m pretty sure that many of you went to see the movie about one of the acts in the history of Civil Rights. For those who STILL have not seen Selma, I will not disclose anything from the movie here! I want those who have high school students, involved with Church Activities, College groups, D9 Fraternities and Sororities, Community Members, and many other connections to go and see this movie! And by the way, don’t just see it because you want to, see it because it’s your right. Also I should point out, the song Glory from the Selma Soundtrack is Oscar Winning Worthy.

Callout: For those of us in Milwaukee, we got to see the Ebony Fashion Fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Now through May! 

Finally, for you future kings and queens of the black community: I see you!!!! I see your young talents shine in dance, music, sports, technology, and most of all: education! Do all you can to make the world a good place to live. But before you get to those big jobs in the future, and higher education of colleges, make SURE you listen to your parents (even though they might be strict at times), your teachers who might stay on your homework alot. Don’t get an attitude all the time, stay grounded with your books, keep dreaming and most of all, don’t quit/dropout, and this for mostly the black boys: STAY OUT OF TROUBLE! If you find yourself in trouble, don’t do it on your own. Get help to get out, and stay out!

This concludes my “Annual Review” of Black History Month 2015. But not of Black History overall. Besides, Black History Month Part II is coming in June! So get ready.


Yes Americans. That ongoing concern of post racial society is not working. No there are not silver bullets for this. Nor knives or any other weapons. The reason for this story, because most recently, my alma mater of UW-Stout was recently hit with a local white resident expressing racial slurs to a student of color all because the resident of Menomonie blocked a parking area. See the message that the new chancellor, Bob Meyer addressed the Stout community.

A message from Chancellor Meyer concerning a recent act of racial hate against two of our students:

I have heard from a number of people that they would like more details of the hate incident that occurred recently involving two of our students and a male Menomonie resident. According to our University Police Department, this is what happened:

A female African American student, with her roommate, was driving in the north campus area and was followed by the man into Lot 32 after a traffic dispute. She couldn’t find a parking spot and, when she tried to leave the lot, the man’s vehicle blocked her exit.

The man then got out of his vehicle and started yelling at the student, including the use of racial slurs. Eventually, the student was allowed to drive out of the lot, and she reported the incident to campus police.

The man subsequently was identified, and he has been charged with the crime of disorderly conduct, with an enhanced hate-crime penalty. His case is pending in Dunn County Circuit Court.

I want to emphasize how seriously I view this incident and any incident in which one of our students (or employees) is subjected to discrimination because of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or any other reason. Hate crimes and bias incidents have no place on our campus or in the community, period.

The campus has a Bias Incident Response Team, and it met as soon as this incident was reported. I was kept apprised of the team’s response.

The initial response was intended to ensure the students had all the support possible and to identify the perpetrator. The dean of students, director of Multicultural Students Services and university police met with the two students the night of the incident and continued to work with them to ensure their needs were met.

I look forward to this incident leading to increased dialogue among the university community about how to enhance the level of civility, acceptance and respect of all people. We all want a safe and welcoming campus and community.

Anyone who believes they are the victim of a hate or bias incident or want more information on the subject should go to: http://www.uwstout.edu/services/dean/students/reportbias.cfm

 

And this additionally from the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

 

MENOMONIE – UW-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer said he believes a recently reported incident involving at least one racial slur used against a UW-Stout black student will lead to greater education across campus and Menomonie about civility and respect for all.

UW-Stout police received a report on Nov. 11 from a 19-year-old woman that a white man had threatened her and used at least one racial slur against her. He also blocked her into a university parking lot with his pickup truck, according to UW-Stout police Chief Lisa Walter.

Ronald A. Grundeman, 42, of Menomonie faces a citation of misdemeanor disorderly conduct with an enhanced hate crime.

Grundeman is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 9. A criminal complaint had not been filed as of Wednesday.

At the intersection of Crescent Street, Fourth Avenue and Broadway Street, the student reported, her vehicle was almost struck by the pickup truck after it ran a red light.

Grundeman told authorities he had the green light and the student ran a red light, Walter said.

“They believed the other person was at significant fault,” Walter said.

After the near accident, Grundeman is accused of following the woman and another student, who was a passenger in the car and blocking the exit of a university parking lot and yelling at the student. Police said they believe the racial slur was used multiple times.

The students reported that Grundeman threatened he would kill the woman if they were alone. Grundeman told authorities he said the woman could be killed if she continued to drive in that manner, Walter said.

The passenger in Grundeman’s pickup truck posted an account of the traffic altercation on social media, and police were able to determine Grundeman was the driver after talking to the passenger.

Grundeman admitted to being upset and told police he directed a racial slur at the woman, Walter said. Grundeman was arrested Nov. 12 and taken to the Dunn County Jail before he was released.

Meyer said it is upsetting that Grundeman used “despicable language” against the woman.

“My first reaction as a parent was ‘Is my student in a safe school?’ ” Meyer said. “The university has been working a long time to create a welcoming environment. This is not the type of behavior we would like to see. We are trying to create a place of respect and tolerance and a safe environment for students.”

The UW-Stout Bias Incident Response Team met as soon as the incident was reported and worked to provide support for the two students and to locate Grundeman, Meyer said.

In the aftermath of the incident, UW-Stout students are planning activities that include a solidarity demonstration sometime next week.

In this, this is one example that the relations talk about race is still on the table. I know that many are going to say, and here it comes: “I have a lot of black friends……”  Well first of all, as I said many times before, that quote is not cutting it. If those wanting to know the black student population at UW-Stout, its low around 0.6%. Yes we all should know that the University is a PWI school, located in Dunn County near Eau Claire. But that’s not the story. What is the story the most, is the on going racism among college campuses. And also there are those who think that it doesn’t exist. Umm….notes to those who want to know, it does exist and it has many forms and angles. Even you see it on the outside of a college dorm room or a college class room. I want those who feel it’s all smoke and mirrors, or to think  that we should be on the “Human Race” factor, well let me tell you, if those doing the history of certain things, the Human Race per say, was started and originated by black folks. That’s where your human race thing started up! Go all the way back to the beginning of human civilization where mostly African black people were the first of it’s debut. That’s your human race! Plus also in order to be apart of this Human race thing, in my view, you have to start out in your house. And speaking of houses, we all know that the Holidays are coming up. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and of course to round out the year of with New Year’s Eve and Day. Yes, when the dinners happen, we will probably hear that uncle, or that aunt, or believe it or not, your older cousin or parents, or maybe grandparents in which they might make those black N*gger jokes around the dinner table. Or those Gay hating dialogue commentary. We know this! But to those who are doing the defending of those who have friends who are black or gay or whatever that is making no big deal of those who are in those categories:

Challenge statement here – if you really have those friends of African decent, or those who like to love the same gender and they are being commented on, would you defend them?

Or in getting to this question: if the guys or gals per say who make the racial commentary, and you have shared a beer or a game with them in a friendly way, are they are the same folks who go home in their households? I say this alot.

But getting back to UW-Stout and this racial incident. I say this as an alum of the school. Got my bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management, used the Distance Education thing to get my degree done in 4 years, y’all know the story. I want my Alma Mater to realize that it’s fine to rally around the flag and to declare the racism acts on notice. BUT: I want to also say that it’s going to take more than just one day of a rally to end it. It needs to be on the tasks everyday to let those know that it’s an everyday battle. And for those who feel are in denial, or felt that it’s gotten over. I conclude this story with these two words: WAKE UP!

And to add: get out of the funk, out of the denial, out the “negropean mentality” (for those that are black and don’t see it and thinking it won’t effect them) and many others who think that having black friends is a conclusion of no real racism, or planning to move to getaway from racism in all, even saying it’s 2014,  I say again: WAKE UP!