On this MLK Day, there is a renewed need for national protests and boycotts   Leave a comment

In other words: Do what MLK would actually do if he were alive today.

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A few months ago I recorded and put this video on You Tube:

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…By the way Selma is a good movie to watch today despite being snubbed for awards (which was expected). Anything that rubs someone the wrong way is always worthy of your time.

Moving on, the next two to four years will be very interesting for a variety of reasons. The last few years have seen the revival of a movement not seen on this scale since the 1960s and 1970s. I’m talking about the spirit of protest in the name of civil rights.

The anger in this country is real.

The incoming Trump Administration was voted on to “put a lid on the unrest”. Trump said throughout his campaign he will be  “A Law & Order president”. He will “Establish order” in the places where protests occur. The Law Enforcement Community is happy because they know it means they have a boost in funding to look forward to.  Weather you agree with the protests or not, you should be concerned by this. More so given this is one campaign promise the GOP has already be moving to keep.

If you truly want to honor the legacy and memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, educate yourself on the issues of today first and foremost. Second, raise awareness of what matters to you. Dr. King once said “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.” All you need to do is look at what I have been talking about for most of the last three years to know what has been on my mind alot lately. I have no problem calling the elected officials I support. I have no problem calling the elected officials I didn’t vote for. I have no problem letting policy makers know what matters to me and why.

Do I think Black Lives Matter is the face of the New Civil Rights Movement? Yes and No. Yes, it can be a force for change but No, it’s nowhere near where it could be. While I do support what the BLM Movement brought back to this country–calling on ALL Americans to raise their voices in protest in the streets–they lack clear leadership and focus. Until those two things are addressed, I will not be all in with BLM.

Do I think New York Daily News and Civil Rights activist Shaun King is a strong leader? Yes and No. Yes, he’s a good leader and has demonstrated he can force change but No, he’s not good enough. If he truly wants to come into his own as a Civil Rights Activist, he needs to drop the beef he has with Trump being president, cook it and eat it. This is my biggest problem with what he is trying to do. Not Injustice Boycott (which is already getting results) but his anti-Trump Facebook movement. He needs to focus on Injustice Boycott and let the chips fall where they may.

…There is a media blackout on this but I have been hearing through the grapevine both BLM and the NAACP have scheduled meetings with President Obama after he leaves office. It goes without saying President Obama will no longer be bound by obligation come Friday to restrain himself. Even so, unlike the previous two presidents he will probably need a security detail for at least the next 10 years because he was America’s first African American President. The media hasn’t touched on this but President Obama got more death threats in just first first term than last 6 presidents COMBINED. That should tell you how real the hate many have towards him is.

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President Obama is a symbol of what is possible but unlike Dr. King, others have picked up the torch to continue his work. See, unlike Dr. King–and please don’t read into this too much–killing soon to be former President Obama would be pointless: King’s death created a power vaccum within the Civil Rights Movement. The Black Panther Party, the Nation of Islam and the remnants of Dr. King’s friends moved to seize the political power and influence he commanded.

The 1970s to 2007 tell the story: The dream died when King died. The War on Drugs (1980s) and Bill Clinton’s Mass Incarceration Policy (1980s) were both a thinly veiled renewal of insitutionalized racism and war against African Americans. Mass Media (Mid 90s to late 2000s) did its job of keeping African Americans distracted with materialism and false realities. Those who pursued and became successful in Music (Specifically Rap/Hip-Hop), Acting and Sports were seen as “The only way for Blacks to be successful. And it worked. Two whole generations of Blacks were brainwashed into believing these areas were the only things they were good for.

Then Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States.

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That changed everything. The dream MLK once spoke of was once again in sight only this time, President Obama would live to see the results of his work. The last few years have seen a revival of the aspect of Dr. King’s kids don’t learn about in grade school: Using your voice to bring attention to injustice and demand change. America has always struggled with doing the right thing right away. I’ll speak more to this in regards to The African American Experience next month in a series of blog posts.

Getting back to the main topic, did you know colleges and universities across America are dropping African American Histories and other related courses even as electives? It’s not bad enough Black History is no longer formally taught in most public schools. I’d know having worked for the Boston School system. Keeping people ignorant makes it easier to control them, after all.

…That didn’t stop the rise of what I called The New Civil Rights Era a few years ago. A new generation of protesters and demonstrators stand ready to rise to the challenges of today. Just in time, too: Most of the leaders of the Old Era have passed on or are too old to carry on (except John Lewis, Bernie Sanders and probably Jimmy Carter). A generation ready, willing and able to hold our elected officials accountable is finally ready. It only took 50 years to get there.

I actually showed you mostly images of MLK in color for this reason: History books and posters used in schools depict Dr. King as “tanned” and with “European” facial features. Dr. King had very dark skin. Look at the below picture. Dr. King also has facial features only present in men of African descent: The wide nostrils and flat bridge of his nose are both traits you will only find in someone of African decent. Of course, there are some whites with these and other features. There’s actually a VERY simple reason but that’s a subject for next month.

I’ll close with this:

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Ask any grade schooler who Dr. King was and they will give you the generic “He was a black hero who fought against racism. He gave speeches and marched to get people to listen to what he had to say.” Dr. King was much more than that. First and foremost he wasn’t just “a black hero”. He was a true American Patriot. He did not ask for the burden he would bear but he readily accepted it with a grim determination. He did not “ask” for change but he demanded it. Not for himself but for those who would come after him.

Dr. King was no fool. He received death threats on a regular basis. He was arrested several times and survived an assassination attempt before his actual assassination in 1968. The night before he was killed, Dr. King gave this speech:


I want  to focus on what he says at 58 seconds: “Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for rights.” Dr. King was alot of things. One thing he certainly wasn’t was a “friend” of the U.S. Government. The FBI tracked his every move, his phones were wiretapped and J Edgar Hoover labeled him “a trouble maker and an agitator”.

Sound familiar?

Just like back then, you have Americans literally telling other Americans not to exercise their 1st Amendment rights. “Stop making a fool of yourself and do something with your life.” “You’re wasting your time.” “That’s not the way to get what you want.” “You’re setting a bad example.” I could go on and on.

What I find most disturbing: Those who have the audacity to say “This is not what Dr. King was about.” Quite the opposite. Anyone who personally knew MLK would tell you he would be right there in the streets with the protesters or offering them words of encouragement. So don’t DARE let anyone tell you “Protesting is Un-American”. On the contrary, there is nothing more American than a well-organized resistence movement advocating for and demanding rights for ALL people.

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There’s criticizing someone and then there’s trash talking someone   Leave a comment

…I went ahead and removed all references to my GoFundMe Campaigns. The reason is because I deleted them last night. While it IS true I deleted them after someone I didn’t want to know about one of them found it, I had been leaning toward deleting them since the start of the month. After all, I hadn’t gotten any donations for months.

Regardless of my reasons for making those campaigns, the hostile criticism I received in regards to both of them was not only over the top but completely unncessary. To make it clear, I’m not happy about the fact I asked strangers for money. I would have preferred not to. While there is a right and wrong way to go around doing that, at the end of the day I’m my own person.

Rather than point me in a few directions, the critics would rather judge and insult me for what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. Rather than doing exactly what I expect, surprise me and actually offer to…you know, help me out? How many times have I said last year I’ve been dealing with tough times? Almost post I didn’t discuss Politics, Social Media or Sports more or less.

While I am abandoning Crowdfunding entirely, I want it clear it’s not because my campaign was found out. I planned for that in advance and already know how it was found out. I’ve moved on from that. I know how to let things go. I’m abandoning Crowdfunding simply because I wasn’t getting any donations. It’s that simple. Regardless, I made nothing off my Crowdfunding Campaigns. The $15 I raised from one was used to buy a 7-day MBTA Pass in October. That’s it.

I’ve decided to move on to the next phase of my job search: Applying at retail stores. I’m looking for part time work. This should have been what I did as soon as I resigned but my pride stopped me from even considering it. 2016 for me was about making hard choices. My motto from 2017 is “Doing what’s necessary”. I’m feeling real motivated after what I went through last year. It’s time to put in work and get those results now.

Four years and several mass shootings after Sandy Hook, more of the same promised by Congress   Leave a comment

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By more of the same, I mean absolutely NOTHING will be done. Keeping the NRA happy means more to our elected officials than protecting the lives of even children. A bill that would have brought sweeping gun legislation after Sandy Hook failing to pass legislation “because of partisan politics” made that clear.

It’s been four years and a few weeks since the lives of four staff members including the principal as well as twenty-two 6 and 7 year old children were suddenly and violently ended at their school. While it is true their lives were ended by a mentally disturbed young man who killed his mother the morning of the mass shooting and then himself afterward, the mass shooting itself was 100% preventable in two ways.

The first is the Assault Rifle ban, which expired several years back was never renewed. Former and  active-duty servicemen have said for YEARS there is NO REASON for anyone outside the military to own an M-16 or grenades. You don’t need these these things for hunting deer, moose and other big game.

The second is barring anyone with a history of mental illness from legally owning a gun. Requiring a mental health evaluation for anyone seekinng to either buy a gun or obtain a gun license. In addition, gun owners should be required to undergo a mental health evaluation once a year by law. If they are of sound mind, there shouldn’t be a problem.

If a gun owner refuses to comply, their right to own a gun is revoked until they are in compliance. If they have guns already, a neutral third party escorted by Sherriff’s Deputies or State Troopers will disarm the gun owner and hold them until he/she is cleared to own them. They are not confiscated and they WILL be returned to the owner. If the owner wants to forfeit ownership of their firearms at that time or afterward, they will be given monetary compensation.

…The reason I worded the last paragraph the way I did is because of how the 2nd Amendment is worded:

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The NRA has taken a broad interpretation of the 2nd Amendment to mean “Congress can not and should have the power through legislation to regulate the sale or ownership of firearms (to White Male Americans)”. I threw in that last part because of what happened to Philandro Castile, a black gun owner who was killed in front of his girlfriend and daughter during a traffic stop earlier this year. The NRA refused to get involved even though Castile followed the law and informed officers he had a gun in the car but was licensed moments before he was killed.

Look at the faces of the people responsible for the mass killings in this country over the last 20 years:

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You probably know who most of them are and if you don’t, you should know my policy of not using the names of mass murderers. All of them were mentally ill, almost all of them killed themselves or did SBC (Suicide By Cop) and all but one of them were White non-Muslim Americans. Oh and ALL of them legally owned the guns they used. Contrary to what both the NRA and many Pro-Gun Rights advocates like to say, mass shootings are almost always carried out by White Male LEGAL Gun Owners.

Is the race of mass shooting suspects taken into account with policy making? Absolutely. If all of these men were non-white, we would not still be talking about wanting to pass gun reform. It would be done within a month’s time. Not gonna lie, during the late 90s and early 2000s when news of a mass shooting hit the news, I’d hear alot of people in the room say “Please don’t let them be black” and then a sigh of relief when the suspect is revealed to be a white male.

Why? Because Dylan Roof, that’s why.

I just broke my own rule for two reasons. One, he said he did what he did because he wanted to start a race war in America. Even though he was sentenced to death a few weeks ago in the end he may have actually succeeded, which brings me to reason number two: We know for certain at least two of Trump’s cabinet appointments have ties to White Supremacist groups. That and almost all of the appointments so far are millionaires whose only interest is profits before people.

Moving on, take a look at this:

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Most Pro-Gun Rights Adovcates do agree with President Obama that common sense legislation needs to be passed to stop the wrong types of people from ever owning a gun and if necessary, taking guns from ticking time bombs. The problem is Anti-Government Personalities like Alex Jones dominate the talking points of that side with their extremist views. Alex Jones famously said on CNN a few years ago “1776 will rise again!” during his arguement with Piers Morgan (who was later fired by CNN) after the Sandy Hook shooting. He and the few dozen non-government militant groups mosty based in the midwest and West Coast believe there will come a time when “The people will need to be ready to remove a corrupt government from power by force”.

 

While I do agree there WILL be a time when that will be necessary–probably sooner than most think–I’m not into the whole “more guns will solve everything” mindset many of these same people have. Many but not all Pro-Gun Rights Adovcates have also taken an exteme interpretation of the 2nd Amendment to mean “The government wants to take away everyone’s guns and will if we let them!” (which was started by the NRA actually). It’s worth remembering after EVERY mass shooting in America, there is actually a surge in gun sales. No, it doesn’t make any sense to me either. Why do people go out and buy a new gun? Because the NRA takes the opportunity to spread fearmongering among their members, telling them “Buy a new gun or two NOW before new legislation prevents you from doing so!” to get people to go to nearest gun shop.

 

“Nationaal Security” aside, the biggest anti-government pro-gun arguement I hear and see is “New legislation won’t stop criminals or terrorists from getting their hands on guns!”. Yes, that is true. It’s also true buying a gun for personal protection actually puts your family in danger. Take a look at this graph:

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Keeping a gun in the home puts everyone in the home in danger though kids are in the most danger. Most think they’re responsible until they have to plan a funeral after their toddler or 9 year old accidently shoots thenselves in the head with a .35 or a revolver. Most think they have good judgement until they fatally shoot a teenage child coming home late thinking it was an intruder.

Guns exist to serve only ONE purpose and that is killing or hurting others. Doesn’t matter who or what and they can’t do anything else. Those saying “I have a gun are for protection” are just fooling themselves to feel better. Guns are no different from swords, knives, bats or fists when you really look at it actually. The difference is bullets kill at a distance. The other methods require point-blank range. That is why guns need to be regulated.

Most of the world laughs at the U.S. over its inability to “get with the times”:

  • Canada does what America doesn’t: In fact every time there is a mass shooting in the U.S. an emergency session of parilament is held to reexamine the existing laws on the books. At the same time, Canada is more relaxed in regards to open carry and concealed carry. The difference is you don’t have people walking around waving their guns around like idiots. In fact, doing so will is likley to get the police called on you. In Canada, folks know who in their neighborhood owns a gun and they know they have nothing to fear from them. They dont have to worry about being intimidated by gun owners like they would in the U.S.
  • It only took one mass shooting in Australia for sweeping common sense legislation to be introduced. The people of Australia simply decided “Never again”.
  • Mexico has some of the harshest penalties in the world for illegal gun posssession despite the perception most Americans have about the so-called “problem with violence, gangs and drugs”. Violators get 5 years minimum plus a heavy fine. Mexican prisons are real prisons unlike the U.S. Prisons (hotel suites in comparison) so…yeah.
  • Japan is known for having the strictest Firearms Registration process in the world and they’re pretty open about it, too: The reason is simply to discourage people from trying. Applicants are required to take a mental health evaluation, provide written and photographic proof all firearms will be secured in the home and even get letters of reference from neighbors before they are issued a Firearms permit. Accidental Gun deaths are unheard of, nevermind shooting deaths in general. Police Officers are not allowed to use their own guns unless it’s to save the life of someone who is in imminent danger and they are not allow to aim ar vital points. In fact, they are not allowed to fire at all if they are not of sound mind while in the act of shooting (They will have to wait for backup to arrive).

 

…I could go on. The fact of the matter is America has a gun problem. Until the people of this country forces congress to do something, expect nothing to change after the next mass shooting.

 

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Speaking of Basketball, let’s talk NBA All Star Weekend   Leave a comment

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It’s just two months away and is the second-biggest sporting event of the first quarter of the year behind the Super Bowl. All Star Weekend is both a celebration of the love of the game and the halfway point of the NBA season. It is also when the trade deadline expires. Although Charlotte was originally chosen to host All Star Weekend 2017, the event was moved to New Orleans in protest of North Carlolina’s controversial Anti-LGBT bill HB-02. Said bill will likely be repealed since the governor who signed it into law lost his job earlier this week. LOL.

Moving on.

Here are my picks for who I think will make Team East or should.

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Starters:

  1. C – Al Horford (Celtics)
  2. F – LeBron James (Cavs)
  3. F – Carmello Anthony (Knicks)
  4. G – Dwyane  Wade (Bulls)
  5.  G – DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)

Bench:

  1. F/G – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  2. F – Paul George (Pacers)
  3. C – Dwight Howard (Hawks)
  4. G – Isaiah Thomas (Celtics)
  5. G – Avery Bradley (Celtics)
  6. C/F – Andre Drummond (Pistons)
  7. F – Jimmy Butler (Bulls)
  8.  G – JR Smith (Cavs)*
  9.  F -Kevin Love (Cavs)
  10. G – Anthony Davis (Pelicans)

Alternates (due to injury, etc.):

  • G – Derrick Rose (Knicks)
  • F/C – Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
  • G – Rajon Rondo (Bulls)
  • C – Hassan Whiteside (Heat)
  • G – John Wall (Wizards)

* Out with an injury, may not be back in time for the All Star Game.

…Yes, I think 3 Celtics and 3 Cavs could make the East Squad this year. Horford or Drummond would start but Horford will likely start. The other four starters are pretty likely to happen exactly as shown. The Alternates are basically in the event someone gets injured. Both Wall and Davis are basically being held hostage by bad teams (LOL!). I just put them on the team out of pity.

Antetokounmpo is on the team in part to mess with the announcers and broadcasters who will have to learn to say his name (It’s pronounced “Ah-tee-toe-coon-po”). Seriously though he deserves a slot. IT4 will make the cut barring an injury. I also think Avery Bradley will make his All Star debut this year but could be replaced by D-Rose.

 

…Now, on to Team West.

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Starters:

  1. C – Karl-Anthony Towns (T-Wolves)
  2. F – Kevin Durant (Warriors)
  3. F – Kawhi Leonard (Spurs)
  4. G – Steph Curry (Warriors)
  5. G – Russell Westbrook (Thunder)

Bench:

  1. F – Draymond Green (Warriors)
  2. G – Klay Thompson (Warriors)
  3. G – James Harden (Rockets)
  4. F – Blake Griffin (Clippers)*
  5. G – Chris Paul (Clippers)
  6. F – Paul Pierce (Clippers)
  7. C – DeAndre Jordan (Clippers)
  8. G – Tony Parker (Spurs)
  9. C – DeMarcus Cousins (Kings)
  10. G – Zach LaVine (T-Wolves)

Alternates:

  • C – Andrew Bogut (Mavs)
  • C – Steven Adams (Thunder)
  • G – D’Angelo Russell (Lakers)
  • F- LaMarcus Aldridge (Spurs)
  • G/F – Vince Carter (Grizzlies)

* Out with an injury, may not be back in time for the All Star Game.

 

…Not gonna lie, filling in the bench was much easier compared to the East. I threw in Paul Pierce since it’s his last season (according to him and Doc Rivers, anyway). Playing better than he has been so far would certainly help him get enough votes to make the team. The 5 starters felt pretty obvious to me but Jordan could start, too. I struggled a bit finding the Alternates though.

Overall, I would be very surprised if none of the listed players make the final cut. The starters are locked in for sure though. Green and Thompson are getting rubber stamped in of course. Same with Griffin and CP3.

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…Of course, I’m gonna end with my predictions for who will be in the Slam Dunk Contest this time around.

We already know Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon will be back. After the show they put on last year, expectations have been raised. Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown should be expected to make the cut as well: Brown has brought the dunking back to Boston and in a big way. Could this be the year we see LeBron James quit procrastinating and FINALLY enter the dunk contest? Or will we see former champions Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin or even Vince Carter return for another shot at the trophy? Let the speculation commence!

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Footlocker releases Space Jam-themed commercial   Leave a comment

The commercial, which lasts almost two minutes features Blake Griffin, Jimmy Butler, Buggs Bunny and the Monstars.

Here is the full commercial:

It’s been airing on TV for about a week now. The TV spots run for 3o to 45 seconds. The ad serves a secondary purpose in addition to advertising both the original 1996 movie and the featured gear: Space Jam 2 is in the works. The announcement was made earlier this year. This ad will be remembered when the first trailer for Space Jam 2 is eventually released.

The only NBA player confirmed to be in the movie so far is LeBron James. As for why Blake Griffiin and Jimmy Butler were tapped for this ad, they both have a licensing deal with Nike. Speaking of, LeBron James has a lifetime licensing deal with Nike. Weather or not their appearance is the ad means anything in regards to Space Jam 2 remains to be seen.

Footage from the original 1996 movie was used for the animated Monstars scenes. In the first movie, the Monstars stole the basketball skills of Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradley and Muggsy Bogues to challenge the Looney Tunes to a basketball game. In response, the Looney Tunes recruit the recently retired Michael Jordan to lead the team to victory.

See my previous post on Space Jam 2 for my picks on which NBA Players should be in the sequel!

 

 

Confirmed: Israeli Snipers are deliberately targeting Pregnant Palestinians   Leave a comment

I’m sure many of you were horrified by reports two years ago of Syrian snipers targeting pregnant women in rebel and ISIS-controlled areas. Here is one story from last fall that had a happy ending. For countless others, this is not usually the case. It turns out they may have gotten the idea from America’s strongest and closest ally in the region: Israel.

The image is self-explanatory. This is what your tax dollars being sent to Israel are being used for: The deliberate murder of the unborn. Of course, you won’t hear about it on mainstream media. Their job is to report what they’re told to report. Nothing more. I had to jump through alot of hoops just to get this independently verified.

This is a picture of a baby shot in the back while still in the womb. Trigger warning: It is graphic and shows the entry wound on the baby. I took the image from an anti-government conspiracy website but the story behind the picture IS real.

This is a picture of a baby shot in the head while still in the womb. Trigger warning: It is graphic and shows a gaping hole between the baby’s brow and crown, revealing the inside of the skull. I took the image from Pinterest and multiple sources confirm this is authentic.

This is clearly not collateral damage. This is the deliberate targeting of unborn babies by weapons paid for by American tax dollars.

Most of the world and especially AMERICANS are ignorant of what’s really going on in Palestine. The Israeli government only sees America as a means to an end. As long as they say “they’re just protecting themselves”, they know the Republican-controlled Congress will continue to write them blank checks to commit war crimes. In contrast, Israeli citizens don’t have to worry about their children being targeted by snipers (Hamas has kept its word on not deliberately targeting Israeli citizens).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu–who rigged the last two elections to stay in power–can’t wait for the incoming President to take office next month. People need to understand something about the Israeli Defense Force (IDF): They do not have the freedom to refuse to follow an order on moral grounds. Many former IDF have testified to this.

Because Israel is a military state, most active-duty soldiers are afraid to not only speak out against the war crimes they’re ordered to carry out but are often threatened with execution under the charge of treason if they don’t do as they’re orders. In comparison, American soldiers can refuse  to obey an order that they feel is either immoral or unconstitutional. Israel refuses to give the IDF the same buffer under the guise of “national security”.

Anyone with a brain can see the Israeli government is trying to incite a regional war between themselves and most of their neighbors. Of course, America would be morally obligated to get involved, too. Jordan would probably be an allly. Everyone else will either be neutral or back Palestine, which is the world’s largest open air prison. President Obama saw it for what it was and this is why he and Netanyahu didn’t get along. Netanyahu has his own agenda it goes without saying.

 

…I want to end by making sure I say I’m not antisemetic. I don’t have a problem with Israel as a country. What I do have a problem with is the country’s unwillingness to forcibly remove Netanyahu from power. The man needs to be charged with war crimes for what he’s done.

This week’s Victory at Standing Rock was Historic and Unprecidented   Leave a comment

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It’s perhaps the biggest victory for Native Americans since World War II. Even better, it was a movement they started and gained massive support worldwide for. Social Media played a key role in getting the word out as well as gathering allies. The Army Corps of Engineers determined on their own the proposed route for the pipeline couldn’t work after all due to various reasons unrelated to the protest and have halted construction while they try to figure out an alternate route.

Corporate Media avoided talking about it as much as possible and even now, CNN is saying “Not so fast”: CNN makes the case the Pipeline Project could be restarted when the incoming president is sworn in. Ever Standing Rock and their allies are celebrating this victory, they are also looking ahead to the battles to come. They know this is far from over. Not until the pipeline is cancelled completely.

The Media Blackout is important to mention because of the civil rights violations carried out by various Law Enforcement agencies. Take a look at the above picture. You are not seeing things. You literally had officers coming from as far away as Louisiana and Ohio to violate the rights of not only American citizens but their right to protest. We have the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), NARF (Native American Rights Fund), FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting) and other watchdog groups for recording everything the media didn’t, wouldn’t and couldn’t.

Native Americans are the most marginalized Indiginous Population on the planet, perhaps even in human history. Think about it: Indiginous people in South America, Africa and Asiawere all allowed to keep most, if not all of their ancestral lands. In fact, their land is protected from development. In the United States, you only need to read a history book. Native Americans had everything taken from them. Their land, their culture, their lives and everything else. Whole tribes have not only been wiped out but any traces that they ever existed.

Two major league sports teams–the Cleveland Indians (Team Logo) and the Washington Redskins (Team Name)–are deeply rooted in racism, hate and biggotry. The Indians Ownership has only provided excuse after excuse as to why they refuse to change the team’s logo. According to various stories, the logo came about after someone got drunk, drew it and submitted it to the team to use as the logo. It was used more or less as a “joke”.

The Caucasians T-Shirts that had renewed popularity during the Indians’ World Series run this year highlights the double standard with the Redskins team name. Just like you wouldn’t call a sports team Niggers or Coolies, it’s willfull racism to insist on allowing a major sports team to be called the Redskins. The phrase is White Privilage. Everyone knows it. The mass shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina last year led to the Confederate Flag being taken down outside the state’s capital building a few weeks later. What will it take to get the Washington (The State) football team to change its name?

 


These are two powerful images you probably won’t see on mainstream media.

U.S. Veterans met with the leaders and Elders of the Native American tribes assembled at Standing Rock to and pledged their loyalty to them. They also apologized for the atrocities committed by the U.S. Military over the last 300 years as was captured by The Young Turks:

“Many of us, me particularly, are from the units that have hurt you over the many years. We came. We fought you. We took your land. We signed treaties that we broke. We stole minerals from your sacred hills. We blasted the faced of our presidents onto your sacred mountain. When we took still more land and then we took your children and then we tried to make your language and we tried to eliminate your language that God gave you, and the Creator gave you. We didn’t respect you, we polluted your Earth, we’ve hurt you in so many ways but we’ve come to say that we are sorry. We are at your service and we beg for your forgiveness.” – Wes Clark Jr.

…Wes Clark Jr. is the son of  former General Weskey Clark (former NATO Supreme Commpander). Of course it’s a big deal.  That said, I agree with those who’ve said it would have been more meaningful to have come from Active Military or the President. Unfortunately, it’s doubtful the incoming president would do that much so here’s hoping President Obama does before he leaves office. He probably will after he leaves the White House but it would mean much more if he does before then.

The struggle is far from over. Injustice anywhere is Injustice everywhere. Remember that.

 

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