Wednesday, October 16, 2019

The Ten Cop Comadments

The Ten Cop Commandments

I've been in this game for years, it made me an animal
There's rules to this thing, I wrote me a manual
A step-by-step booklet for you to get
Your game on track, not your wig pushed back

 Rule Nombre Uno: Leave the drugs at home; or better; leave them alone.  It’s a trap. They’ll lock you up and be laughin’ at ya; just think back to Africa… 4,000 years, no drugs, no tears. 

Number Two:  Don't drive while you’re drunk. Then you’ll mess around and have them searching all in your trunk. Don’t give them no excuses, if you’re drinking, wait, or you’ll  blow a .08; then it’s too late.

Number Three: The police are not your main enemy, your enemy is SWED (S.W.E.D.) The System of Western European Domination, it’s what’s causing imbalance through the whole of creation.

Number Four:  Building black business ought to be our law. Of all the loot in the country- from imports to rent, Black business only brings in .5%. What is this? I’m saying; it’s time to live and dress like we mean business – no playing.

Number Five:  When stopped by a cop, don't try to run. You'll get laid on your face when he pulls his gun. Not a brother on the planet can out run a bullet. And if a devil’s on the trigger, you know he’s gonna pull it. They will try -to take you out for sport,.. so live another day and take his ass to court.

Number Six:  All the arguing, dead it. You’re not going to win, so trust me; forget it.

Number Seven: This rule is so underrated; get his ID, ‘cause for the lawsuit, you’ll need it.


Number Eight:  Don't reach for anything without a request. They’re looking for a reason to put six in your chest.

Number Nine:  Should have been number one to me. Show respect and calm, and you’re bound to walk free. Don’t show no fear; ‘cause cops are like canines, if they sense any weakness, they’ll be  in your behind.

Number Ten: Don’t think the system’s broken and it’s your job to fix it. They’re just trying to dominate, so it’s our job to nix it. Remember in the Civil War when the white folks were split, we just helped put them back together – then we caught all the sh*t. So don't buy into the nonsense or believe their lies, because what you feed lives and what you starve dies.

Follow these rules, we'll have mad bread to break up
Build business, buy land, and get some true cake up
Then, if the cops come we won’t have to scatter, protest and chatter.
Let’s start living life fatter – ‘cause black lives matter!
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Power

 Power is the ability to reward your friends and punish your enemies. Over the past 30 years with this new, 'political correctness culture', black people have sensed a newly developed power to speak up and stand against racism, bigotry and prejudice- wherever it is found. We have seen actors, politicians, athletes and other celebrities speak out against racism, police brutality, white privilege, the prison industrial system, cultural appropriation, economic inequities, whites using the N word, etc. We have seen countless, professors, speakers, memes etc., show that we have been the victims of lynching, slavery, discrimination, deadly inoculations, mis-education, historical lies etc. And after all this effort and expended energy, we have to wonder - what power have we gained by doing this?
What is the end goal here?
Easily one can say we have the power to get people fired for making racist comments, we can get ads pulled and public figures ostracized for expressing their racism. This can fall under the ability to punish our enemies. But if we think about it, as black people, we can't do any of this without the help of the media. If there's no media attention focused on the matter, nothing will happen. So ultimately it's the media that has the power. And we are making them more powerful by relying on them exclusively to help us fight (what we believe) is our most important battle for us. But punishing our enemies is only half of the definition of power.

The first half of it is the ability to reward our friends. 
How can we reward our friends? What do we have to offer? Jobs? Money? Wealth? Political capital? Spiritual insights? Social status? Lower pricing on our manufactured goods? Land? Favorable legislation?
Of course, we can't offer much in these areas because we are only 50 years out of slavery and Jim Crow, but we can at least start thinking about consolidating our wealth and coordinating our efforts into a well organized, operative culture that suits our needs.  


 Now, back to the circus.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

OMS: Open Minded Scrutiny

We have all heard the quote, "[A]nd ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32
But how do we know what the truth is and what it is not?
In the contemporary world with so many different historical accounts, information outlets, disinformation outlets, conflicting views and narratives, it's hard to know who or what to trust or believe. And it's tempting to withdraw into a safe cocoon, stick to what we already are familiar with, and refuse to venture out and expose ourselves to the world and its vast array of ideas.

Sadly, this leads to ignorance and opens us up to exploitation and even further isolation from the world and this is the exact opposite of becoming free. It also leads us away from believing in or trusting our most important asset- which is our own minds.
A good first step in overcoming this problem and multiplying our ability to accumulate knowledge is adopting the practice of sorting and sifting out the truth for ourselves, wherever we venture, no matter the source. This article is suggesting the basic practice of 'Open Minded Scrutiny' (OMS).

Open Minded Scrutiny: OMS

1. Open your mind (to any idea, information or possibility you encounter.)
2. While examining the information, try to dispense with any of your biases, pre-conceived notions  and presumptions.
3.Suspend judgment.
4. Gather proofs, evidence and reliable information from all sides.
5. Analyze the information rationally, honestly and with a clear mind.
6. Consider where the preponderance of the evidence leads.
7. Draw rational conclusions; identify and isolate any open questions that need to be explored.
8. With those open questions restart the process from step #1.

For black people, this process has deep historical roots. Consider the Ancient Egyptian concept of Tahuti or Thoth. Tahuti is related to the recording of facts or data. Tahuti's energy is said to break through mental barriers; allowing information to become known and secrets or lost ideas to be revealed. He is the patron of scholars and scribes. In fact, the Egyptians credited him as the author of all works of science, spirituality, philosophy and the hidden mysteries.
Tahuti is often represented as an Ibis bird. The long beak of the Ibis is relative to the discerning perceptiveness of knowledge and wisdom being able to pick out the relevant and useful, in the same way the Ibis detected and plucked its food from the muddy, murky bed of the Nile.

The key is developing the ability to sift and sort information for ourselves. This is the essence of wisdom. In ancient Hebrew, the word wisdom 'hakham' (or hikma in Arabic) derived from the root word meaning 'curds' and refers to the process of making cheese (curds) from milk by separating out the water (called whey). This represented the ability to separate out or distinguish between 'good' and 'bad' (or functional and dysfunctional) - the very essence of wisdom.

So in the end this is not about believing or accepting everything out there on face value, or based on how we feel, and it's also not about being close-minded and skeptical or cynical about everything, this is about balance. Balancing facts and information, but also balancing our emotions when in the pursuit of truth. Because ultimately, truth is 'the clarity with which we perceive reality.'  This will ultimately instill within us a stance of ready engagement with the world.

If we could all adopt OMS as  an integral part of modern black culture, imagine how far along our children will be in future generations; and consider how free...


"Truth is different from falsehood in the same way that light is different from darkness. Truth is nothing new or additional, it is just reality minus the obstacles that occlude vision."

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Benjamin "Pap" Singleton: 'Father of the Exodus'


There is a difference between 'independence' and 'freedom'. 
Freedom is a tremendously vague word unless it is made clear what you are seeking freedom from, or alternatively, what you a seeking to do, (which rarely occurs when discussing Black people and Freedom.)
 Independence is the ability to stand on one's own. While it has varying degrees, it is the opposite of dependence. It is self-determination, self governance and autonomy. We've heard of Harriet Tubman, but we've never heard of Benjamin Pap Singleton. Maybe this is why; Benjamin Singleton sought 'independence' for black people. 


Benjamin "Pap" Singleton (1809–1900) was an American activist and businessman best known for his role in establishing African American settlements in Kansas.
In 1846 Singleton managed to escape from slavery to freedom. Singleton made his way north along the Underground Railroad to Windsor, Ontario, and remained there a year before relocating to Detroit, Michigan. In Detroit he lived collecting discarded items and used what resources he could to help other escaped slaves find their way to freedom in Canada. Singleton remained in Detroit until after the Civil War had been underway. During this time, he worked as a carpenter.


After the Union Army occupied Middle Tennessee in 1862, Singleton returned and took up residence in Nashville, Tennessee, and worked as a cabinetmaker and coffin maker.[1] The experiences of freedmen subject to racial violence and political problems led Singleton to conclude that blacks would have no chance for equality in the South. Disgusted by political leaders who failed to deliver on promises of equality for freedmen, in 1869 Singleton joined forces with Columbus M. Johnson, a black minister in Sumner County, and began looking for ways to establish black economic independence. They began by organizing an effort to buy up farmland for black people in the Nashville area. They founded the Edgefield Real Estate Association. However,  this plan ran into obstacles  because white landowners, who were willing to bargain, refused to sell at fair prices.

Benjamin "Pap" Singleton (third from left).
Convinced that freedmen must leave the South to achieve true economic independence, in 1875 Singleton began to explore the idea of planting black communities in the American West. His real estate organization was renamed the Edgefield Real Estate and Homestead Association. In 1876 Singleton and Johnson traveled to Kansas to scout land in Cherokee County in the southeastern corner of the state. Heartened by what he saw, Singleton returned to Nashville and began recruiting settlers for a proposed settlement community for black people.



Upon their return to Nashville, Singleton and Johnson created leaflets and handouts proclaiming the quality of life in Kansas and the purported benefits of predominately living with members of one’s own race. Singleton used the Edgefield Real Estate Association to drum up interest in migration to Kansas, holding revival-style information and promotion meetings for his agricultural colonies on July 31 and August 1, 1877 in Nashville. Singleton then led his first company of colonists to Baxter Springs in Cherokee County, Kansas, in 1877, and the following year conveyed an even larger group from Nashville to Dunlop County, Kansas. It should be noted, however, that Singleton’s new communities were not the first post-Reconstruction African American settlements in Kansas. Migrants from Kentucky settled Nicodemus, Kansas, just a few months before families arrived in Baxter Springs.


Pioneering settlers at Nicodemus, Baxter Springs, and Dunlop were just the first wave of African American migrants to flee the post-Reconstruction South. A more desperate and economically disadvantaged group, collectively known as “Exodusters,” followed the relatively wealthy  Singleton settlers into Kansas. 


Unlike Singleton’s carefully planned and executed migrations, the Exodusters were a more spontaneous migratory movement of former slaves seeking both a better life and an escape from the resurgent anti-black terror in the former Confederacy.  Singleton had mixed feelings about the Exodusters. He undoubtedly felt sympathy for their poverty and empathy for their desire to leave the South, but they posed a threat to his communities’ success.  Singleton envisioned his communities as places of racial solidarity, strength and peace, but even so, the farm colonies operated on thin margins and would not be able to accommodate large numbers of additional, unplanned immigrants.

In 1880 Singleton was requested to appear before the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., to testify on the causes of the Great Exodus to Kansas. Singleton rebuffed the efforts of southern Senators to discredit the Exodus Movement. He testified to his own success in setting up independent black colonies and noted the terrible conditions which caused freedmen to leave the South. An excerpt of his testimony before the Senate Select Committee Investigating the "Negro Exodus from the Southern States" can be found here: https://dp.la/primary-source-sets/exodusters-african-american-migration-to-the-great-plains/sources/1673 and, https://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/resources/archives/seven/w67singl.htm


Q. When did you change your home from Tennessee to Kansas?
A. I have been going there for the last six or seven years, sir.
Q. Going between Tennessee and Kansas, at different times?
A. Yes, sir; several times.
Q. Well, tell us about it?
A. I have been fetching out people; I believe I fetched out 7,432 people.
Q. You have brought out 7,432 people from the South to Kansas?
A. Yes, sir; brought and sent.
Q. That is, they came out to Kansas under your influence?
A. Yes, sir; I was the cause of it.
Q. How long have you been doing that -- ever since 1869?
A. Yes, sir; ever since 1869.
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Q. Tell us how these people are getting on in Kansas?
A. I am glad to tell you, sir….These men would tell all their grievances to me in Tennessee -- the sorrows of their heart. You know I was an undertaker there in Nashville, and worked in the shop. Well, actually, I would have to go and bury their fathers and mothers. You see we have the same heart and feelings as any other race and nation. (The land is free, and it is nobody's business, if there is land enough, where the people go. I put that in my people's heads...) 





With his communities established, Singleton moved into Topeka, Kansas,. In 1881, Benjamin Singleton was 72 years old, and most people referred to him affectionately as "old Pap." He was still a formidable figure and used his reputation to bring together blacks into an organization called the Colored United Links (CUL).  The goal of the CUL was to combine the financial resources of all black people to build black-owned businesses, factories, and trade schools. The CUL formed in 1881 and held several conventions. The organization was successful enough locally that Republican Party officials in Kansas became interested in its potential political strength. After 1881, CUL membership faltered, however, and the organization soon fell apart. After the CUL, Singleton became convinced that blacks would never be allowed to succeed in the United States. Singleton first promoted Joseph Ware’s plan to send African Americans to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus. When that plan stalled, Singleton set up his own Trans-Atlantic Society, founded the United Transatlantic Society (UTS) with the goal of having black people relocate from the United States to Africa. The UTS lasted until 1887. In poor health, Singleton retired from his life of activism. He raised his voice one final time in 1889 to call for a portion of the newly opening Oklahoma Territory to be reserved as an all-black state.
 Benjamin “Pap” Singleton lived out his final days in Kansas City, enjoying a lingering reputation as the “Father of the Black Exodus.” 

Q. You take all that responsibility on yourself?
A. I do, and I can prove it; and I think I have done a good deal of good, and I feel relieved!
Q. You are proud of your work?
A. Yes, sir; I am! (Uttered emphatically.)


 "Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality."  ~Malcolm X