Sunday, September 25, 2005
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").
Fantasia Barrino her song, called “Baby Mama.” Fantasia, winner of last year’s “American Idol” contest, dedicates the song “to all my baby mamas.” Being a baby mama these days, Fantasia tells us, is a “badge of honor.” Those “single mothers trying to make a way,” she goes on should have their own holiday. As I listened to Fantasia caterwauling about how great it is to be a “baby mama,” I was reminded once again why I hate the show “American Idol. It’s that any of us can go to any storefront church in black America and find better singers than the ones that appear on the show. That’s bad enough. But now we have one of these marginally talented “winners” running around the country extolling the virtues of making a mistake? Let’s face it: that’s what many “baby mamas” have done. They got knocked up by some loser who couldn’t or wouldn’t marry them. That’s a mistake. You don’t go around singing songs praising your mistakes. You correct them. But let’s assume, and believe me, this is only for argument’s sake, that Fantasia is right, and that “baby mamas” do deserve praise. Why do they deserve more praise than the sisters who decide to get married and then have children? Why do “baby mamas” deserve more praise than those sisters who decided to wait before either having children or getting married and decided to attend college and get a career and degree first?
And isn’t Fantasia ignoring the wealth of problems single motherhood has brought black America? If I’ve heard one person involved in juvenile justice matters tell me once, they’ve told me a score of times: most of the young black men in “the system” come from homes with a single mother. No father around. In a city like Chicago, where 50 percent of black boys don’t graduate from high school, you can bet most of those dropouts are the sons of “baby mamas.” She’ll have her defenders, I’m sure. There’ll be folks saying that some baby mamas do wonders for their children, struggle against overwhelming odds and have it going on. But included in the baby mama numbers are those teen-age girls, poor, uneducated and unemployed, who do neither themselves nor their children a favor by giving birth too soon. It also includes those baby mamas on crack or heroin who shouldn’t even have thought of conceiving a child. And Fantasia’s song was a tribute to all baby mamas. “All” is one of the least ambiguous words in the English language. It doesn’t mean some. It doesn’t mean most.
UrbanDictionary.com: Baby Momma
“The mother of your child(ren), whom you did not marry and with whom you are not currently involved.”
“Basically a woman you had a child or children with who you didn’t marry and are no longer involved with. Usually associated with hoodrats and trailer park b***hes.”
Clearly the guys who thought of these definitions don’t think of the term “baby mama” as a compliment. It sounds suspiciously like the guys who gave us the term “baby mama” are the same ones running around with their pants down over their butts. They’re the ones who elevated the “gangsta,” “pimp”and “thug” to near-hero status in black America.
If you’re divorced and have children, you’re a divorced mother. If you’re a widow and have children, you’re a widowed mother. If you’re single and have children, but the father isn’t part of the miscreant horde described above, you’re a single mother.
Fantasia, next time just use a condom.
Post-traumaticstress disorder, or PostTraumatic Slave Syndrome.
The African American slavery experience has involved every possible cause for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PostTraumatic Slave Syndrome.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Injury and Healing.
QUESTION: What is PTSS?
ANSWER: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) is a condition that exists as a consequence of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants resulting from centuries of chattel slavery. A form of slavery
which was predicated on the belief that African Americans were
inherently/genetically inferior to whites. This was then followed by
institutionalized racism which continues to perpetuate injury. Thus,
Multigenerational Trauma together with continued oppression and the
Absence of opportunity to heal or access the benefits available in the
society leads to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. M+A=P
Under such circumstances these are some of the predictable patterns of
behavior that tend to occur:
Key Patterns of behavior reflective of PTSS:Vacant Esteem
Insufficient development of what I refer to as primary esteem, and
feelings of hopelessness, depression and general self destructive outlook.
Marked Propensity for Anger and Violence Extreme Feelings Of Suspicion Perceived negative motivations of others. Violence against self, property and others, including the members of ones
own group, i.e. friends, relatives, or acquaintances.
Learned helplessness, literacy deprivation, distorted self-concept,
antipathy for: Members of ones cultural/ethnic group,Mores associated with ones cultural/ethnic heritage Physical characteristics associated with ones cultural/ethnic group Cultural dissonance:
A feeling of disharmony and psychological conflict resulting from a loss of cultural identity and traditional customs, values and needs.
Posted by Sawaad Amen Ra at 11:52 AM
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").
"If you are the son of a man who had a wealthy estate and you inherit
Your father’s estate, you have to pay off the debts that your father
Incurred before he died. The only reason that the present generation of white Americans are in a position of economic strength...is because their fathers worked our fathers for over 400 years with no pay...We were sold from plantation to plantation like you sell a horse, or a cow, or a chicken, or a bushel of wheat. All that money. Is what gives the present generation of American whites the ability to walk around the earth with their chest out? Like they have some kind of economic ingenuity. Your father isn`t here to pay. My father isn`t here to collect. But I’m here to collect and you’re here to pay." El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X)
NOTHING "FEMININE" ABOUT FEMINISM...
There has been a literal tug-of-war between the Black man and White Supremacy over who will dominate the black woman. After 400 years of slavery the black man finally "laid claim" to his woman during the 1960s. But then, the white women invented Women’s Liberation, which sought to take the black woman away from her man. This philosophy tried to give black women what they "already had"! Meaning, no one was as "free" to do what they wanted as black women did. The only man a black woman had to answer to was her slave "master". And there is an old but popular cliché that proves this: The only two things that are free in America are a black woman and a white man.” The attitudes of American black women in the 1990s prove that she has indeed been tricked into the Women’s Liberation philosophy. Therefore, black men need to launch a rescue mission and rescue his women.
Darfur death toll at least 300,000
LONDON (AFP) - More than 300,000 people have died as a result of the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region, British lawmakers said in a report, a figure more than four times greater than an official UN estimate. Compiled after interviews with non-governmental organizations, UN officials and British Development Secretary Hilary Benn, the estimated death count dwarfed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) figure of 70,000?
“We think that is a conservative estimate,” Tony Baldry, the chair of the House of Commons’ international development committee, told AFP.
The committee’s report faulted the UN health body for making a “gross underestimate” of the toll of the two-year conflict, began when a rebellion in the vast western Sudanese region was put down by government-sponsored militias which led a scorched-earth campaign against local blacks.
Yvette, 14, said she was paid $1 by U.N. peacekeepers to have sex. "I`m sad about it. But I needed the dollars," she said. "Who will feed me?"
Congo’s Desperate ‘One-Dollar U.N. Girls’: Shunned Teens, Many Raped by Militiamen, Sell Sex to Peacekeepers.
BUNIA, Congo – She’s known in the community as a “one-dollar U.N. girl.” At night, she sleeps on the cracked pavement outside a storefront. In the mornings, she sashays through the dusty streets, clutching a frayed parasol against the blinding sun. Yvette and her friends are also called kidogo usharatis, Swahili for small prostitutes. They loiter outside the camps of U.N. peacekeepers, hoping to sell their bodies for a mug of milk, a cold soda or – best of all – a single dollar. “I’m sad about it. But I needed the dollars. I can’t go farm because of the militias. Who will feed me?” asked Yvette. At 14, she has a round face with wide eyes beneath a cap of neatly shorn hair, and her hands rest on her hips in an older girl’s pose.
When Yvette was 10, a militiaman raped her, leaving her without clothes, she recalled. She cried a lot, wrapped her body in rags and then got up. She sought counseling at a women’s organization, where she
was told that she had done nothing wrong but that the theft of her virginity made her worthless as a bride. She should understand, the counselors said, that now no man would marry her. “From time to time, I still do it. I am obligated,” Yvette said. She and the other teenage girls interviewed for this article agreed to be identified provided only their first names were used. “Sometimes it happens in U.N. cars, other times at the camp. But at least they paid us. I was worthless anyhow. My honor was lost.”
Yvette’s story is not uncommon. The United Nations is investigating 150 instances in which 50 peacekeeping troops or civilians in the Congo mission are suspected of having sexually abused or exploited women and girls, some as young as 12.
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Sunday, September 11, 2005
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").
Masked Racism: Reflections on the Prison Industrial Complex.
Imprisonment has become the response of first resort to far too many of the social problems that burden people who are ensconced in poverty. These problems often are veiled by being conveniently grouped together under the category "crime" and by the automatic attribution of criminal behavior to people of color. Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.
Prisons thus perform a feat of magic. Or rather the people who continually vote in new prison bonds and tacitly assent to a proliferating network of prisons and jails have been tricked into believing in the magic of imprisonment. But prisons do not disappear problems, they disappear human beings. And the practice of disappearing vast numbers of people from poor, immigrant, and racially marginalized communities has literally become big business.
Almost two million people are currently locked up in the immense network of U.S. prisons and jails. More than 70 percent of the imprisoned populations are people of color. It is rarely acknowledged that the fastest growing group of prisoners is black women and that Native American prisoners are the largest group per capita. Approximately five million people -- including those on probation and parole -- are directly under the surveillance of the criminal justice system. Three decades ago, the imprisoned population was approximately one-eighth its current size. While women still constitute a relatively small percentage of people behind bars, today the number of incarcerated women in California alone is almost twice what the nationwide women’s prison population was in 1970. According to Elliott Currie.
Profiting from Prisoners.
As prisons proliferate in U.S. society, private capital has become enmeshed in the punishment industry. And precisely because of their profit potential, prisons are becoming increasingly important to the U.S. economy. If the notion of punishment as a source of potentially stupendous profits is disturbing by itself, then the strategic dependence on racist structures and ideologies to render mass punishment palatable and profitable is even more troubling. Wackenhut Corrections Corporation (WCC), the second largest U.S. prison company, claimed contracts and awards to manage 46 facilities in North America, U.K., and Australia. It boasts a total of 30,424 beds as well as contracts for prisoner health care services, transportation, and security. Currently, the stocks of both CCA and WCC are doing extremely well. Between 1996 and 1997, CCA`s revenues increased by 58 percent, from $293million to $462 million. Its net profit grew from $30.9 million to $53.9 million. WCC raised its revenues from $138 million in 1996 to $210 million in 1997. Unlike public correctional facilities, the vast profits of these private facilities rely on the employment of non-union labor.
Black folks have so much invested in hating [Supreme Court Justice Clarence] Thomas that seeing him depicted as a handkerchief head, a lawn jockey and a shoeshine boy moved us in ways that more serious and important stories couldn’t. Hating Thomas has been cathartic for most of us.
That’s why we should be the ones demanding that the Senate confirm Brown. Because if one shuffling black conservative-Uncle Tom-handkerchiefhead-Sambo-house-ni@@er on a federal bench has been good for us, imagine what (TWO) can do along with Aunt Jemima Rice?
Posted by Sawaad Amen Ra at 11:25 AM
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Shem Hotep ("I go in peace").
Do you know the difference between a black man and a ni@@er? The ni@@er the one that would even answer that question.
Knowing The Difference Between A Conscious Black, A Negro and A Ni@@er: Our Progress Depends On It.
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That is the difference between someone whois a conscious Black, versus someone who is a Negro who accepts the circumstance, or a Ni@@er who exploits the circumstance.
That takes us to the question, what is the differentiation between the
Negro and a Ni@@er? The Negro is an American invention whereby his origin is disconnected from his identity, and his new identity is a reflection of the social standing assigned to him by the hegemon, which in this case is American society. Not only does the Negro have no past, his present is
marginalized in a way that offers little ability to change the reality
of the race. Because the Negro is a product of his socialization, he (and she)does not willfully try to hurt the race, but their ignorance and their acceptance of the social construct does not allow them to force meaningful change beyond socially acceptable forms of advocacy. The Ni@@er is an
outbirth of the social engineering imposed on the American Black,
whereby they offer no solutions, and react to socio-economic conditions in ways that will only reinforce the most negative perceptions of the race. For instance,social engineers know that, irrespective of race, lack of commerce and/or business will produce “survival of the fittest” conditions whereby people will prey on others to survive. Ni@@er feed into, and buy into, it as an excuse for not having what others have. Instead of changing the circumstance, they seek to exploit the circumstance. So they rob, steal
and kill their own for the sake of surviving. Or they take money to promote a lifestyle that is nothing more than one of deprivation, and use it to degrade women,romote “slanging” and “dealing” and destabilizing
relationships between black men and women, or black families and black
communities. Ni@@ers are always quick to tell you what you haven’t done for them, but can’t tell youwhat they’ve done to change themselves, and the destruction is perpetuated until progress is overwhelmed by regressive
behaviors. Ni@@er make a conscious decision to engage in activities
that degrade the race and destroy the community, turning progress for a community into a near impossible proposition. Ni@@ers are the biggest detriment to the race today—and there are more of them than you think, because everybody “gotta get theirs.”
Progress will only come about when there are more Blacks of conscious
positive behavior acting in the interest in the collective than there are Negroes, or Ni@@er, acting against the collective interests of Blacks. That should be the goal for Black America—raising conscious Blacks,marginalizing Negroes and eradicating, at all costs, Ni@@ers.
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