Speaking of Race “Relations”…   Leave a comment

It’s worth noting that at one time, it was actually against the law in this country for Blacks and Whites to marry let alone have kids together. The history of racism in this country is far deeper than most of our elected “officials” would have you believe. You need only ask those who were effected by it at the time and those who are effected by it today. Mostly Black and White but also Asian and non-Asian, Native American and White and other combinations.

…That said, much of this will have Black and White in mind. Let’s start with these two pictures:

…What you are seeing are two expectant couples. To some Whites, the man on the right is a traitor and the woman on the left is a whore. To some Blacks, the man on the left is an Uncle Tom and the woman on the right is a traitor.

Why such a strong, visceral reaction by some people? The answer lies in the 19th Century when Slavery was still on the books. Today, we have things like Invitro Fertilization (IFV) and Viagra for men and women who are having trouble conceiving. Back then? Slaveowners who had alot of slaves kept a certain number of slaves separate from the rest just for breeding purposes, mostly with other blacks. Some were also used for breeding with a White woman or man specifically to produce an heir.

More often than not the sex was not consentual where a Black woman was concerned. If the baby came out light-skinned, the slaveowner would keep it as his own unless it was a girl. If not, the mother was allowed to keep it. In the case of Black men, Taskmasters would get them drunk before bringing them before the White woman they were to breed with. This way they would have trouble recalling what they did, let alone fathering a child with a white woman. Of course, the slave would never know what became of the child they sired: Even if the child came out dark, it was raised “White”. More so if the child was a boy.

Anywho, that’s the macro historical context behind why SOME Blacks and Whites abhor the idea of interracial relationships. Some but not all. It really is something else lingering feelings from those times continue to endure. I have always maintained the personal belief that the most efficient way to combat racism in this country is for more interracial relationships.

On that note. There is a silent campaign by black, white and Asian American family communities in particular that ostracizes those who “race mix”: If you have a child with someone outside your race, you’re out of the family. It’s mostly because of Xenophobia but in the case of many Asian communities, supersition as well. I have been told by both Black and White young women when they left home, they were told by their parents in no uncertain terms “If you get pregnant by a black/white man, you’ll be a single mother.” The obvious racial undertones aside, we have trash TV shows like Maury with their paid guests to thank for spreading this myth in the U.S.

For those who don’t know, The Maury Show is a talk show that starting 20 years ago started to focus almost exclusively on paternity tests. The premise is the same: A woman gets pregnant by a guy who denies the child. She turns to Maury to have a paternity test to prove to the guy and sometimes the guy’s family on TV that he is the father of her child. 75% of the time, the man’s paternity checks out. The other 25% it’s revealed he isn’t the father. Most of the time, the mother and potential father involved are the same race. According to a few blogs about the show’s track record I’ve been recently following, there has been a noted uptick in biracial couples. It’s to the point yes, some parents are telling their teen and young adult children not to fall in love with anyone outside their race.

Now, it IS true that some women who have biracial children do end up as single mothers for a variety of reasons. An article I glanced at while looking for one of the earlier pictures–not the above one in particular to be clear–said “White women are becoming the new Black Mothers”, referencing Black men who have a child or children with a White woman. I interpret the language used to suggest more and more Black men prefer White women over Black women, mainly because of high-profile celebrity couples who are biracial. That simply isn’t the case. The truth is more and more men AND women are not looking at race.

They’re looking at love.

I look at the second picture above and I think of not Black men but many Black WOMEN asking themselves “Why couldn’t she find a Brother to have kids with? Why did it have to be a White man?” The only thing higher is the idea of a Black man chosing a White woman over a Black woman. The psychology behind it for many Black women is “Why couldn’t he pick one of us? Why did he have to pick a White woman over a Black woman?” The obvious “Why does it bother you so much?” aside, the root reason for asking is genuine curiosity. No, really. LOL.

 

 

Anywho, the cruel and obvious outcome is for many who are born from a biracial relationship, they are made to feel like they don’t “belong” to either race. Nevermind high-profile folks like New York Times Columnist Shaun King, who self-identifies as Black even though he could easily pass for a White person. Trolls, biggots and racists attack him BECAUSE he is biracial, has a White mother and self-identifies as Black. Kinda makes you think of another biracial man who self-identifies as Black and was the 44th President of the United States, doesn’t it?

That’s just in regards to people who are in the public spotlight. For those who aren’t, it’s different depending on the person. I have had the honor of getting to know two such people. They love who they are and that’s all that should matter.

 

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Donald Trump’s latest Tweets against Colin Kaepernick and Steph Curry rally the NBA and the NFL   Leave a comment

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…Isn’t it something how “That son of a bitch” is now likely going to get signed to a team just to stick it to #45? LOL. The Tweeter in Chief called out Colin Kaepernick during a political rally yesterday though he did not use his name.

Trump made reference to the fact Kaepernick protested violence by Law Enforcement last year during the NFL season by kneeling during the national anthem. Other players who agreed with his reasons for doing so did the same and some do now during this season. Kaepernick announced at the end of the previous NFL Season he would not kneel during the anthem after that season because he felt it would no longer be necessary. The media saw that to mean that this would be the end of the story.

The problem is 8 months later, Kaepernick remains unsigned to an NFL Team. The fact that NFL teams in need a Quarterback during the offseason and even now still ignored him make it clear he was being punished for kneeling during the national anthem last year even though he said he would not do it again. Sounds silly but that’s the truth.

Clearly now that will change.

Everyone in the NFL from players the Commissioner to the Team Owners (who wield the real power in the NFL) have come out together to express their anger and disappointment at #45’s request that NFL teams “should immediately release anyone who even thinks of protesting during the anthem for any reason”. He took shots at the NFL as a whole in general so…yeah. Teams reacted by kneeling during the Anthem in solidarity wit hthe NFL on Sunday. Not for Kaepernick but as a show of unity.

 

Let’s be clear: The hate against Kaep’s Anthem protests and the fact that he remains unsigned has little to do with is skills as a player and everything to do with politics. The term in the sports world is Black Balled: Being punished directly or indirectly because the player protests against something unrelated to sports. That fact that he remains unsigned even though he is ready to take the field on a moment’s notice has everything to do with his anthem protests last year.  Everyone knew it or didn’t want to see it that way.

 

Now it’s taken on a whole new meaning in light of Trump’s recent comments. It’s galvanized the NFL as a whole. Even those who expressed support for #45 are taking a stand in the aftermath of Trump’s latest comments. Contrary to what the closeted racists who think the athletes hate the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement–that’s what those who oppose the protests have been saying–may have wanted, we can expect to see more and more players kneel or otherwise silently do something during the anthem.

The thing folks need to keep in mind is Trump made these remarks a few months after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated during the offseason–and I’m paraphrasing–“I don’t like the fact that the anthem protests are becoming a distraction.” This statement came after several NFL Owners and Head Coaches said on and off the record they either wouldn’t want players to protest during the anthem or feel they should stand, saying it’s a distraction. This is why Trump said what he said and it’s worth mentioning that since Corporate Media is acting like Trump said something that hasn’t been said by others first.

So, yeah.

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…This brings me to 2-Time NBA Champion Steph Curry.

Unlike the NFL’s Gooddell–I’m actually starting to feel bad for him now between the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, getting booed out of Foxboro Stadium and being trolled HARD by Tom Brady–the NBA’s Adam Silva is known as The Players’ Commissioner. Prior to the beginning of the 2016-17 season, Silver released a series of statements encouraging players to use their status as public figures and athletes however they like. NBA Players wasted no time taking advantage on that note. When the Cavs won the NBA Championship last year, they moved up the annual White House visit so they could meet President Obama before he left office.

A few days ago, Steph Curry said in a statement he doesn’t know if he will go with the team because he doesn’t like the fact Trump’s comments and policies were diving the country along racial lines. Trump responded via Twitter stating Steph Curry was “uninvited”. The team’s head coach Steve Kerr responded by stating Trump was making it very hard for the team to consider committing to visiting the White House. The team announced hours later they would visit Washington but they would not be going to the White House.

 

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…Look. The media is doing what it does best and is going out of its way to not really talk about WHY these protests are happening. They’re just doing head counts of who and how many are and are not kneeling during the anthem. The media couldn’t be bothered to explain why exactly they are doing what they’re doing. Not that people don’t know why. 1st Amendment goes both way but I digress. Now whole teams are taking a knee all over the NFL today. Not for Kaep, mind you but in solidarity for the brand AND to show their displeasure with #45’s recent comments.

Take a look at this:

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This is today. You have most of the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots kneeling during the anthem on their home field. The fans expressed their displeasure at this by booing loudly. This was likely compounded by the fact one of the players who took a knee during the anthem was the face of the NFL, Tom Brady. Team Owner Robert Kraft said in a statement yesterday he is disappointed by #45’s recent comments. Brady made a joint statement with Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rogers last night stating Kaep should be playing right now. For those who need a reminder, Brady and Kraft are both friends of Donald Trump. This should tell you something.

…So to those who don’t like seeing images like this, get over it. LOL.

The Boston Celtics officially introduce new All Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to the media   Leave a comment

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It’s now official.

It’s easily the biggest press conference since the summer of 2007 when the Celtics acquired Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. We know how the 2007-08 season ended so…yeah. Odds are pretty good we will see Banner 18 this coming June ^_^

 

An important reminder about post-disaster scams   Leave a comment

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It’s a shame this reminder needs to be said but unfortunately, it does. As most of you know, there are those who will use devastating disasters like Hurricane Harvey to make money off people.

You should ONLY donate money to trusted organizations. This includes online crowdfunding campaigns. I checked GoFundMe.com over the last few days and already the site has started taking down scam campaigns. They’re not going to take any chances this time as they were unable to stop some fraudulent campaigns from withdrawing raised funds in the aftermath of the last few natural disasters that got alot of attention.

This is a fair warning to those thinking of or planning to make a crowdfunding campaign on behalf of someone effected by Hurricane Harvey: The sites are paying VERY close attention. They are taking every precaution to protect potential donors from fraudulent campaigns. Criminal prosecution in addition to paying back every dime you withdrew IS on the table. So, keep that in mind if you even consider trying to take advantage of the kindness of strangers trying to make a difference.

On that note. I am planning to launch two GoFundMe Campaigns to help two people I know who were personally impacted. More info on that will come by the weekend.

BREAKING BOSTON SPORTS NEWS: Boston Celtics Trade Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Caveliers for Kyrie Irving   Leave a comment

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30 minutes ago, news of the pending broke the internet. 10 minutes ago, it became official: The Celtics and Caveliers Traded their respective All Star point guards for the other.

Here are the details of the trade.

Boston Gets: Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Gets: Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the 2018 Brooklyn Nets 1st Round Draft Pick and a 2020 2nd Round Pick.

…All I can say is it’s right up there with the Brooklyn Trade involving Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett 6 years ago only the Cavs didn’t mortage their future for the next six years (LOL!). In other words, the Celtics got the better end of the deal long-term and short-term. We get Kyrie Irving for two years while the Cavs still have to deal with the real possability LeBron James could leave after this coming season.

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…As a Celtics fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to acknowledge all The King of the Fourth did for the Boston Celtics and all the Celtics did for him. As a reminder: He was picked last in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Sacremento Kings. He was a virtual nobody until he was acquired by the Celtics from the Phoenix Suns in 2013. IT4 later said after arriving in Boston Danny Ainge sat down with him and told him was would do great things in Boston.

By the end of his second year with the Celtics, people started to take notice. He has made the All Star Game the last 3 years as well. All the work he put in was certainly recognized. With Cleveland now, he will be the #2 after LeBron James. Everyone knows what he can do so…yeah. Depending on how he does this coming season, there is a chance he could get Cleveland to give him a max contract even if LBJ leaves. In that case, he could find himself in a situation similar to when he arrived in Boston where the team is rebuilt around him.

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October 17 and February 11. Save those dates. October 17 is the Season opener for both teams in Cleveland. The Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s number on February 11 when the Cavs come to Boston. Both games just got a whole lot more interesting. Of course, it goes without saying the Celtics punched their ticket back to the Eastern Conference Finals. With Hayward, Horford and now Irving I maintain my position the Celtics are the best team in the East.

Boston vs. Golden State in the NBA Finals?! Sign me up!

 

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This picture sums up what’s happening right now   Leave a comment

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…Note the conspiracy theory outlined in the previous blog post.

Right now, we are in a cultural civil war. A war manufactured by the U.S. Government to divide and conquer. A war they are winning and will continue to win until the people stop fighting each other and work together. Assuming the clashes between political extremists escalate, this is the logical next step: A hard crackdown by the government the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades. It won’t matter who is in the White House, the response and how it’s explained will be the same: “We’re restoring the rule of law and suppreessing all the violent factions.”

The current White House administration is destabilizing the country but make no mistake it’s part of a much larger plan and is being allowed to play out on purpose. More so if Trump resigns or is Impeached in the near future: This will allow Pence to come in as someone who is “Not taking sides but will not allow political extremists to tear the country apart.”

That’s the plan and its win-win for The Establishment: They can just blame everything on “both sides” and at the same time, they will have a free pass to strip away civil liberties under the guise of “National Security”.

This actually isn’t a conspiracy theory. We’ve been here more than a few times before.

Most recently: Right after 9/11. That’s when The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and  The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) were created. Don’t even get me started on The Patriot Act, which had been crafted behind closed doors and was far more intrusive than the one we eventually got. The Bush Administration made the case these were necessary “for the purposes of national security”.

As is the trend in this country however, once security protocols are raised they’re rarely lowered after the threat passes. Don’t even get me started on the revolving door of complaints and lawsuits against the TSA, many of which includes rape and profiling. The number of credible threats stopped by the TSA since 9/11 is inconsequential for the “display”. Even worse: There is little to no accountability at the top and efforts to change this are immediately blocked due to politics.

 

Now, before you go “What about the Boston Marathon Bombing?”, take a look at my coverage of that. You will have folks who feel the show of force “just to find two guys” and shutting down Boston for almost a week took things too far. What CNN failed to tell you?  The day of the bombing, there was an unrelated fatal shooting 3 blocks from the house where I lived at the time. There was another unrelated shooting in another part of Boston as well. Neither of those got media coverage. Then again, you have the other extreme Boston residents professed once the suspects were eventually captured and killed: “Why don’t we see this kind of response more often?” We would not see anything like that in Boston again until this August’s “Free Speech” Rally.

Anywho, my point is everything that’s going on is part of a much larger plan. Don’t trust everything you see and hear from the media. Social Media is your friend when it comes to Social Justice issues. Try to keep that in mind moving forward. Given the state of the world and America right now, you can’t afford to be ignorant of what is going on around you.

 

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Domestic Militiant Groups: The REAL Threat to U.S. National Security   Leave a comment

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This is a picture of just one of the MANY armed and trained Anti-Government Militias in the U.S.

In one of the uncommon but not rare times Corporate Media did what you expect them to do–tell the truth–it was revealed there has been a concerted effort by the current and previous two administrations to deflect the full might of the Department of Homeland Security amd the FBI away from gathering data on them. The CIA certainly has tried to infiltrate some of the more organized ones but it hasn’t been easy since they’re tight-knit groups and wary of folks looking to join “out of the blue” without credentials.

It took longer than I thought to find this map, which is two years old:

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Every single state.

I live in Massachusetts, which not only doesn’t have Open Carry Laws but also has some of the strictest regulations for buying and owning firearms in the entire country. Now, remember what I said in the previous paragraph: We know very little about these self-titled “Patriot” groups, which gained increased visability and attention during Obama’s two terms. These Anti-Government Militia are a much larger threat than any external threat they, the media or the government might want you to believe.

Why?

Think about it: We know about ISIS. We know about Al Qaeda. We know about other countries’ militaries. We know almost nothing about these Domestic Militant Groups, many of whom have ties to or embrace the White Supremacist ideology. You see where I’m going with this?

No?

Let me spell it out then:

Civil War

 

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Could we really see another Civil War fought on U.S. soil? Yes, absolutely.

I’m now convinced beyond reasonable doubt that it will happen and happen very soon. The Domestic Militants have had literally decades to prepare for a sustained conflict on U.S. soil. Many of them have been pretty open about the fact that their sole purpose is to fight the government “when the time comes”.

According to chatter online, many White Supremacist groups are openly turning to these militias to provide security as well as training in increased numbers since the 2016 election. While the FBI (finally) releasing a report revealing White Surpremacists have infiltrated Law Enforcement and the U.S. Military wasn’t a surprise, that doesn’t make it any less concerning. That’s where many of them are getting their training from. When you take that into consideration, the spike in gun sales after a Mass Shooting makes alot of sense. They also lobbied to keep the Assault Weapons ban from being renewed, citing the Second Amendment. The obvious question no one is asking: Why?

Two words come to my mind: Revolution and Rebellion. As it happens, they now have a figurehead with the charisma, power and wealth to unite many of these Militant Groups into his own private arny.

 

I’m talking about this guy:

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I mentioned in two of my previous blog posts the GOP is slowly setting the stage for Trump to be removed as POTUS. It is no secret that Trump is a big believer in vengeance. Several Militant White Supremacist groups have put out statements online since last weekend promising “Righteous fury against anyone who threatens the legitimacy of President Donald Trump”.

You don’t need to read between the lines to know this is a very clear threat of violence against any effort to remove Trump as president even if he resigns, which some GOP members are now calling for him to do. According to some straw polls, 6 out of 10 White Americans who support President Trump say they will support him no matter what.

Why?

Because this is the America Donald Trump promised them during the campaign. His statements this week were nothing more than reaffirment to the White Supremacists and to a lesser extent most Anti-Government Militia that he is their guy. Mind you, Trump himself is NOT a racist but the White Supremacists see him as “one of them” because he is now the POTUS. It would not be wrong to assume they will move on his behalf without direct orders from him to do so. Do not be surprised if you start hearing about things happening to elected officials in the months or even years to come.

Remember the above map.

We are talking about Anti-Government militia ready to move and seize government buildings or government officials at the drop of a hat in every single state. Militia we know little about, let alone how many are in each group. Yet, the GOP-controlled government and the media wants–no, NEEDS–the American People to believe ISIS and Al Qaeda are the bigger threat.

…The irony.

Will Trump lead some of these ant-government militia against the U.S. Government? No, but they will certainly use his Impeachment (or Resignation) as a pretense and “justification” to move against the federal goverrnment. I would be concerned if you live near a Military Base: Several bases have regularly reported to the Pentagon scouts regularly check their defenses for weaknesses they can exploit later. Why would ragtag “Patriots” target Military Bases? To procure tanks and heavy arms the ex-military in their ranks would be able to use that’s why. Again, the public has NO CLUE this has been going on for DECADES.

Yet they want you to believe the real threat’s from beyond our boarders? Give me a break. They just don’t want the public to see it coming is all. This is why I am making the case a Civil War is unavoidable and inevitable at this point.

Now, I am WELL AWARE how this all sounds. It’s fine with me if you want to dismiss this as basless conjecture without a shred of proof or evidence to back it up. I have no problem admitting that this my conspiracy theory until proven otherwise. For this reason, I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Just pay attention to what’s going on. Avert not your eyes from reality.

 

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