The Sierra Leone Mudslide

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From Al Jazeera:

The death toll from a devastating landslide and flooding that hit Sierra Leone earlier this week has risen to nearly 500, according to hospital officials.

More than 600 people remained missing on Sunday, with rescue officials warning that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450.

One of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown.

Churches across the country held special services on Sunday in memory of those killed.

Authorities this week buried 461 bodies in quickly-dug graves in the nearby Waterloo cemetery.

Six days after the mudslide, at least 10,000 people have already been forced from their homes.

The government has called for the evacuation of another 10,000 people living on an unstable hillside in Freetown, where a large crack has opened.

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Open Forum: Solar Eclipse 2017

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A once in a lifetime event will take place August 21st. A total solar eclipse will occur that will catch the attention of people across North America while a partial eclipse will be visible in other parts of the world. There is a narrow path of totality across the United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The rest of the nation will only be able to see a partial solar eclipse where the sun is not totally blocked by the moon.

It is the first total eclipse that can be seen in America in 38 years. Check with your local news on what time it will begin. Totality will last almost three minutes (2 minutes, 40.2 seconds to be exact.)

WARNING: As you know, looking at the sun can harm your eyes. But looking directly at a partial solar eclipse will likely cause significant damage. ONLY special glasses designed for such an event can be used to view the partial eclipse, and ONLY when the sun is totally blocked is when it’s safe to observe. Ordinary sunglasses and shades will NOT be strong enough. Sadly, the kind of glasses you need are most likely sold out by now, and the few remaining may cost a pretty penny. But all is not lost. There are other ways to view the solar eclipse without actually viewing it and risk your vision.

If you somehow miss this one, the next one will occur over the United States until April 8, 2024. (Now that I think of it, it’s not really a once in a lifetime thing for some people, mostly the young ones.)

What are your thoughts on this special event? Leave your comments below.

Jerry Lewis Has Died

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From Variety:

Jerry Lewis, the brash slapstick comic who became a pop culture sensation in his partnership with Dean Martin and then transformed himself into an auteur filmmaker of such comedic classics as “The Nutty Professor” and “The Bellboy,” has died in Las Vegas. He was 91.

Lewis died at his home in Las Vegas at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning, his agent confirmed.

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R.I.P. Dick Gregory

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From the New York Times:

Dick Gregory, the pioneering black satirist who transformed cool humor into a barbed force for civil rights in the 1960s, then veered from his craft for a life devoted to protest and fasting in the name of assorted social causes, health regimens and conspiracy theories, died Saturday in Washington. He was 84.

Mr. Gregory’s son, Christian Gregory, who announced his death on social media, said more details would be released in the coming days. Mr. Gregory had been admitted to a hospital on Aug. 12, his son said in an earlier Facebook post.

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When you’ve just run out of words

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The troubling events that took place in Charlottesville, Virgina was another phenomenon one would expect in these current times. But it shocked many people nonetheless, by the outrageousness that would spill blood and take a life all in the name of preserving the past of an empire ran by morally bankrupted fuckers.

I, for one, never really expected that the riot (That’s what it was.) unleashed by terrorists (That’s what they were.) would actually go as far as it did. Like I said in my previous post, I thought it would be another convergence of lowly white jackasses far removed from reality that would grunt, groan and walk off knuckles leading back to their tar pits.

I was painfully wrong. And I have no words for this shitfest that haven’t already been said, because we’ve been down this road before. I’m tired. I’m always tired, because this keeps happening, and people continue to defend or avoid it for what it was, white supremacy run amok on the streets.

Such cowardly fools know deep down what happened was a result of unchecked whiteness, but they’re too scared to face it as the beast it was. Instead they deny it as anything but a volatile circus of racism. They shift blame to avoid feeling any remorse, accountability or guilt. They call news reports of it ‘fake’ not because it is but because they don’t like hearing about it. And they want to sleep on the harsh reality that this is a symptom of America’s pathological obsession with white supremacy, because being asleep means you don’t think or feel, and they turn to other drowsy individuals to tuck them in.

So, I have no comments for those types of people. In fact, I want to stay away from those types. I’ve learned that such types don’t want to converse with you on the matter.  Some would cover their ears while the less-informed would rather tell you what to think and feel as if they have authority over you. The latter is what they feel is an ‘open discussion’ and an ‘exchange of ideas’ is.

These fools have no humanity. They have no emotion. They have no decency. They’re perfectly cool with that. And they better stay out of my way and say nothing.

White folks, you better do something about YOUR people!

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The title of this post was a reference to my former college roommate. He was a young white male almost like a clone of Dr. Sheldon Cooper, only kinder, with glasses and more humble, evidently was blinded by his whiteness. As such, whenever I, he and our two other roommates would watch something on television, and it showed black folks acting crazy like on a sitcom, he would turn to me and say, “You better do something about your people. Hee hee!”

Outside, I snickered, but inside, I was fuming. Each time he said it felt even more painful. I wanted to curse him out. I wanted to hit him. But I know if I did that, I would be in major trouble. So instead, I flipped the script while watching white folks and told him that he better do something about his people. He laughed, and said, “I’ll try.”

To this day, I wonder if he knew what I did. I doubt it, because I wonder if he knew what he was doing. But then again, that would assume that he was naive, not knowing what they’re doing. Still, part of me honestly reserves that judgment towards SOME white people unless proven wrong. (And I have proven wrong before.) But that still doesn’t mean they’re that much different than the ones who flaunt their white supremacy like a peacock. Racism is still painful whether it’s without thought or malice of forethought.

With that said, I thought the next edition of the “woe is us straight white Christian male’s” rally populated with angry-for-no-logical-reason-than-to-preserve-the legacy-of-their-overtly-racist- and-shameful-past-and-stand-up-to-any-and-all-groups-supposedly-out-to-oppress-us-according-to-racist-cowards-and-trolls white folks in Charlottesville, Va would be another loose gathering where they would show up, rant, rave and go home. But, it became a violent battle with one dead and several injured mostly due to one James Alex Fields plowing a car through a crowd.

The rally itself was enough to remind people that racism is not only a major issue, it’s also destructive when dealt with white people so furious they’re willing to kill to make a point. This is nothing new, and this is not to be confined to individual fuckups alone. It’s an entire matrix from political offices to corporations to schools to lone jackasses out to destroy those who aren’t or don’t submit to whiteness.

But when it shows, white people are quick to distance themselves from the madness. Yet, they turn around and quickly pressure the black community to do something about violent crime in the streets. They want to know why Muslims don’t say anything whenever an Islamic attack happens within white dominated nations. However, when violence and terrorism has a white face, white folks lose their shit when they’re confronted and questioned and try their best to disassociate themselves them their troubled kin and remind themselves that they are different, better and good. 

Some of us don’t care about being told how there are ‘good white people’ out there. Being good didn’t stop tragedies like this from happening. Being good didn’t end racism or at least put a dent in the machine. Being good didn’t stop so many atrocities in the name of white supremacy from happening. And being good didn’t prevent the living embodiment of white supremacy from getting elected, nor did it prevent white male thuggery from turning governing into a cheap-ass reality TV show.

So, white people, what are you going to do about this? What are you going to do about this atmosphere of hate, ignorance, fear and violence? One of your own died from this weekend’s nonsense. You better do something, or else more of your kind will continue to destroy YOUR society.

Opinion: If you’re STILL supporting Trump, you HATE America

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The title alone is enough to enrage online trolls to swarm here and attack. Luckily, I’m not very known. So, I don’t expect a heavy bombardment of F-bombs, N-words and profanity from the white nationalist brigade who claim to be fighting for free speech, their unholiness Donald Trump and their country and theirs alone, America.

Yes, we know many of them haven’t gotten over Obama’s Presidency. They’re still bitching about it even though he’s no longer in office. Yet, everything’s still his fault. They detest everything about him, especially Obamacare, and even though they won’t admit why, we all know the reason.

It’s not just Obama. It’s everything on the left side of the political area. They can’t stand anything the left says or does. They see them as they see terrorists which to them is every Muslim in the world. Hell, some of them hate people on the right if they don’t pledge their allegiance to Trump. They have a word for those types as well.

You may say that ‘hate’ is a strong word, but if you were to hear them or read their social media messages and tweets, most of their vitriol is directed to anyone and everyone who opposes the Trump Presidency.  The media, the left, Democrats, anyone who disagree and detest this man are traitors, and facts are part of a conspiracy against the man. To these people, Trump is better than God himself!

This is not saying that all of Trump supporters are lost or caveman-like. Slowly but surely, his fan base is deteriorating as they realized their votes were huge mistakes. But there are still many who stick with their leader, because they see their prophet bringing forth an America they think they want, a lily white one where women and minorities know their place, Muslims don’t exist and where the world fears and respects this nation, or else.

This is the core of Trump supporters’ so-called ‘patriotism’ where white men rule the nation and to an extent, the world. Those who don’t think so and reject the broken-down bandwagon are the problem and must be harassed, ridiculed and targeted for blood.

I didn’t vote for Trump, and as long as he’s in office, I will NEVER refer to him as ‘President Trump’. That is my right as an American citizen to reject a person that I and many deem as the worst possible choice to lead this nation, a person whose xenophobia, racism, misogyny, poor business and leadership record, embarrassing lack of decency and basic understanding of the world and a the temper of a two year-old who has done way more harm than good is still somehow attractive to human beings with a functioning brain. To them, they still stick with him, because he ‘tells it like it is’. That’s it.

My rejection of the Trump Administration even without these reasons is enough to invoke the ire of his followers. To them, I’m un-American. I’m a libtard. A leftist. A snowflake. A n*gger. I hate this country, and I should go back to Africa. If I was a conservative, I would be called a ‘cuck’. My free speech would be silenced by those who claim to fight for the same right. Oh, the irony!

But such venting usually lacks any convincing argument as to why I should have Trump’s back. To date, I haven’t seen nor heard anything that would make me have second thoughts and regret my decision. These people are overflowing with hate and fear, negative emotions they’ve convinced themselves to be badges of righteous American pride against their own citizens fueled by willful ignorance and moral bankruptcy.

In my humble opinion, they don’t give a damn about this country. They would rather see it crash and burn than to love and respect their fellow citizens who want to see changes that will help everyone, and they hope Trump will be the locomotive to make that happen.

Overcoming Collective Black Shame

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Currently, I’m trying to overcome a feeling of collective shame brought on by less-than-positive news concerning black celebrities. I have no doubt there are brothas and sistas who feel similar whenever something like this happens, because it’s a common thing among marginalized groups. Lately, it seems extreme as a few notable figures have fallen from grace, and sadly it’s inevitable that more will follow.

Collective black shame is common among African Americans as does collective black pride. We see the achievements and failures of individual blacks, particularly those in positions of power, as our own symbols of our group’s general greatness and flaws. However, in this society, our flaws is what (white) Americans obsess over. They want to see powerful black people fall in order to gloat over “proof” of the inherent corruption, deviousness, incompetence and overall inferiority of black people in public forums and conversations.

I doubt white people can understand or sympathize. White people are individualized and humanized. A white person screwing up is the fault of that one white person, and is excused and explained so that his(her) actions make it seem like he(she) was a good person who made a mistake or is mentally ill. There are no talks of how that one white person made it hard for the white race, nor are there any concerns over the overall white image based on this one act, because white people in white dominated societies benefit from the kind of privilege that protects them from such thinking and emotions.

Dorothy Gilliam wrote about not feeling any sort of collective shame during the drug trial of deceased D.C. Mayor Marion Berry in 1990 in the Washington Post:

“At one time, the drug trial of D.C. Mayor Marion Barry would have sent enormous shame and feelings of special responsibility surging through me. My thinking used to be that if one black man in a position of power engaged in indiscretions, his actions automatically tainted all blacks, including me.

I don’t think that way anymore. I refuse to indulge in collective black guilt. And getting rid of this burden has left me freer to feel such emotions as compassion, commitment and cultural pride. It also has freed me to focus more completely on the real problems of blacks and other oppressed people.

Reaching this state has been a long, often painful journey. My generation’s parents encouraged us to believe that personal achievement was tied to the achievement of the race, a wonderful perspective even now. But the flip side of that, assuming guilt for another person’s behavior, is not part of that ancestral dictum.”

This is something blacks struggle with while whites, on the other hand, don’t seem to experience anything like that. Gilliam continues:

“…While we blacks are forever feeling ashamed of the bad behavior of other blacks and looking to some leader to save us, few whites seem ashamed of the indiscretions of other whites.

To take just a few recent examples, I didn’t sense that whites were feeling Ivan Boesky’s shame or Michael Milken’s shame, even though they — and all of us — are adversely affected by these two rascals. The billions of dollars they stole in their Wall Street shenanigans contributed mightily to the milieu of crime that has saddled the nation with a $500 billion savings and loan scandal.”

So why do we do it? Why do we hang our heads when black people act out or commit crimes? Historical truths of White Americas’ racist stereotyping helps influence this:

“Perhaps they are afraid that white America will do what white America historically has done — find yet another convenient, albeit specious, reason for stereotyping all blacks with the failure of one. Such behavior, of course, would be a white problem, not a black one.

It also would affect blacks. For even though we cherish our blackness, in the minds of the majority our color makes it easy to stigmatize us. Unrelentingly negative media coverage, for example, is damaging because the images feed into our collective identity. And too rarely do blacks receive their due for great contributions, which would help ease group shame.”

But Gulliam offers these words to remind us that we are not a broken monolith:

“We are a race of individuals. And some will rise to models of greatness while others may stumble along life’s way. And while we may set our own courses by the example of the great ones, we must not believe we are a poorer race because some blacks have faltered.”

So yes, we have winners and lowers. There will be dignitaries who will rise while some of our stars will fall. We have criminals within our communities, but we also have heroes and protectors. We have black achievers and black failures. And despite what they tell you, a major majority of us are good people.

Somehow we must overcome this mentality forged by racism. I shouldn’t have to feel someone else shame. If I do messed up or commit a crime, only my shame is my own as an individual. 

 

Racist Cop Exposed, Forced To Resign

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As if people need more proof of why black people have a rocky relationship with police, here comes this gem that will likely be discarded anyway.

The Root reports:

An officer with the Estherwood, La., Police Department came under fire Monday after he shared a racist post on Facebook. After deflecting and attempting to defend the post several times, the officer has reportedly decided to tender his resignation to the department Tuesday night.

KATC first reported on the situation Monday, indicating that it would not identify the officer in question because he had not been charged with any crime, but Twitter user @Freeyourmindkid found the post and shared screenshots of the page belonging to Wayne Welsh, who identified himself as the assistant chief of the Estherwood Police Department.

The offensive post shows a white woman pushing her child’s head underwater in a bathtub with a caption that says, “When your daughters [sic] first crush is a little Negro boy.”

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No surprise, Welsh is reported to be a Trump supporter who detests Democrats, Michelle Obama, women in power and just women in general. In my opinion, I bet he’s less sorry for his actions and is more pissed that his “free speech” has been under attack and led to his resignation. Another poster boy in today’s atmosphere of festering hatred.

RANT: White women who do this are evil as hell

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Not sick. Evil! If this bitch (Yes, I call her a ‘bitch’) was sick, that hints that she wasn’t in her right mind and just needs help. Nah! Hell nah! She gets no fuckin’ sympathy from me, and she doesn’t deserve any from anyone. But you and I both know poor saps somewhere will excuse her deplorable behavior as a poor little girl who needs compassion. Fuck that, and fuck them! 

Not that I got that out of the way, here’s what happened.

It all involves the latest episode of this nation’s series of racial hoaxes. This one happened in Pottsboro, Texas earlier this year where a white woman named Breana Rachelle Harmon ran into a church half-naked and bloodied saying how she was raped by (drumroll please) three black males.

To make a long story short, it turned out to be false. Everything, including Harmon’s own injuries, was fabricated. (The injuries were self-inflicted.) At the time, she only got misdemeanor charges. But recently, the courts decided to up her charges to felonies.

Good!

Now, some who read this are already more offended by me calling her a bitch. They’ll argue that Harmon’s still a woman who deserves to be respected as such. Nevermind that this sadistic liar could’ve caused enormous trouble for black communities in and around Pottsboro. Luckily, she wasn’t clever enough to make her case convincing, nor did she have the smarts to make a fool proof plan and got away with it.

So no, I will not give the same respect that this blonde bitch doesn’t give black people. She’s another white psychopath donning the costume of the innocent Caucasian maiden victimized by a pack of black beasts hungry for white womanhood. And those of us unafraid of painful historical truths would know that that kind of false interracial crime shit lead to the lynching of numerous black men.

No one with a heart and soul should feel sorry for Breana or any other fool who would knowingly cause such chaos. No one should ask for leniency for her crime. No one outta cry tears for a cruel woman who’s facing serious jail time. But there are those who would do all of this and more, and they’re probably just as horrible as she is.