Duration: 10 mins.
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In this podcast I talk about the recent executive orders that Trump signed, an African American waitress who received a generous tip from two Donald Trump supporters, the myth of one united society and what racism really means.
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In this episode, I delve into the possibility of enforcing martial law in Chicago, reinvented style of buck breaking, black on black crime, gangbangers and manhood.
Duration: 14 mins
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Thanks to Tareau and David at https://thecouchsports.com, I’m inspired to start podcasting. I will incorporate podcasting weekly into my wordpress blog. I like what these guys did so much that I actually copied them. lol.
Anyhow, in this episode I introduce myself and give a little bit of background of me beyond the wordpress blog, and give my thoughts on: the Inauguration of Trump, Legacy of Obama, protests, and solutions for the black community during these 4 to possibly 8 years of Trump.
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What’s up guys? I’m back again with the drama for your mama. The reason I chose this picture as the header is because I haven’t been updating you guys on the let project letters. As far as A.J., he sent me a couple letters talking about how so far he is very appreciative of all the books and letters I’ve sent him. He thinks that I am changing his life. The original letters have been destroyed by water being spilled on them. I told him about the programs that were available in prison and he says that he has already enrolled and graduated with a g.e.d. and a welding class certification. I sent him two more books during the x-mas/nye holiday;
Carter G. Woodson’s “The Mis-Education Of The Negro” is one of the most essential books for black people, or African-American’s. This book should be labeled as the “Black Bible Of Consciousness”. It is a book that not only confronts white supremacy, but reprimands brothers and sisters in the black community who fall victim to bourgeoisie ideology. Yes, you can be educated and misled. Hence, the proper term mis-education. This book was the first time I realized that you could have more degrees than an oven, but still be socially and subconsciously controlled by society’s standards. He predicts the pattern of black politicians and their behavior towards blacks.
This is an amazing book, and an amazing man. It is absolutely essential that A.J. reads this book.
Another book that I’ve sent is Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow.
This book breaks down the entire prison system, from the beginning of slavery up to current times. I told him to take his time with these two books, because it is heavy material. This book was what gave me the inspiration to start this project of trying to curb jail recidivism. I’m for damned sure not a millionaire, but I am strapped with the knowledge that could change a person’s life. Why not use that information to uplift someone in need?
What’s crazy is that I received a new letter from an inmate named “Cory G”, here is the letter.
In so many words, he thinks the let project is an actual prisoner reform program that is funded by the government. He is interested, but doesn’t know how to move forward. The mistake of my introductory letter, is that my mission statement was too powerful. I am only one person, trying to help as many prisoners as I can. I will definitely help this brother, but the whole “can my homies get on also?” stuff is dead. That is why my project is a project, and not a program. The few chosen are the few selected for an amazing opportunity.
Wow I actually made it to my 23rd day dream. I am currently working on a piece that delves into the relationship between Alpha black males and black homosexuals. I think it will be an interesting piece.
Between the fires in Tennessee, the terrorist act at Ohio State university, the acquittal of a murder charge to another rogue policeman, and the slaying of former NFL player Joe McKnight, media has been a depressing thing to watch. By the way: people in FLINT, MI still don’t have clean water, the #NoDaPL protests have been blacked out by most media outlets, and voter suppression tactics are impending with Steve Bannon having an important input to Trump’s strategy.
Sometimes I sit and think to myself, “man, this shit is hopeless”. I know I was once fooled by the election of Obama, buying into a post-racial America. The truth is I was blinded by symbolic victories over actual facts. I am at a point now where I completely understand how real change will happen. It starts with altruism, and wisdom of self. Realizing we live in a system that is worldwide. It starts with de-colinizing ourselves and our behavior towards each other. The African natives still have colonized minds due to having their resources stripped from them and distributed worldwide. They have this white-savior complex that we have in the states, and don’t believe in pan-africanism like Garvey and W.E.B. DuBois.
Only solution is to try to educate those who want to be educated. Too much denial and delusion going around nowadays.
To understand the toxic relationship of black alpha-male men and black homosexuals in present-day, you must recognize the ideology of hip-hop and its role creating the modern black masculinity concept.
It is no secret that there is some odd energy between black male homosexuals and black cishet hetero-men. For the most part, hip-hop is a genre of music that is heavily misogynistic. We can all agree that hip-hop is a creation spawned by black culture. It wouldn’t be far fetched to say that there is a large influence of hip-hop in the urban and poor sections of black America. Modern black masculinity therefore is commonly associated with Hip-Hop. To understand the toxic relationship of black alpha-male men and black homosexuals in present-day, you must recognize the ideology of hip-hop and its role creating the modern black masculinity concept.
Many black homosexuals have a negative relationship with alpha or cishet men from the African diaspora. This is usually a result of being ostracized, assaulted, or teased during high school for being feminine in voice, gait, disposition, and so forth. In response, many young men in these situations resorted to befriending young black women. The young black woman represented sort of a maternal protector from many of these cishet alpha black men during conflict, some even willing to fight for the closeted (gay) friend. Socially these black women were mirrored images of their mothers, or sisters. Many gay black men tend to be closer to black women in friendship, in comparison to hetero-black men.
During this symbolic metaphorical sisterhood, the gay male would recognize the shortcomings and failures of many of his black female friends failed relationships. In short, it was usually the fault of hetero-black men. His play-sisters would almost always complain about the same issues many strong single black mothers would gripe about: “This nigga ain’t shit, He don’t wanna pay child support, He doesn’t respect me, He don’t take care of his kids, He trifling, He stay going in and out of jail, He can’t never get his shit together”
With this in mind, the gay black man acknowledges these flaws as a fluid characteristic that is inseparable from black masculinity. This pattern of behavior demonstrated from cishet black men starting from childhood up into adulthood is problematic. Black masculinity as a whole, if not beta, is seen as toxic.
From a straight black male or cishet perspective, protecting your image and masculinity is necessary at all costs. Never let anyone violate your manhood, because in the end, all you have is your word and your balls. If you let another man emasculate you publicly, that is reason for violence to ensue. The worst insult that another cishet black man could hear is anything questioning his sexuality. Insults such as: “Nigga, you’s a bitch, you are a fag, you pussy…”
In hip-hop, his favorite artists taught him that ideology, directly or indirectly, and these lyrics have shaped his views on life. His entourage of brothers relate to these hip-hop artists and the way he feels. His circle “don’t hang with no gay dudes”, and his squad will not be taken lightly because of that.
Another avenue of masculinity is taught the traditional route. Being effeminate in any way is cause for scolding by men who are in the family tree. These could be uncles, cousins, brothers or fathers who see weakness or vulnerability in a male relative. For example, one child decides that he won’t fight back a local bully at school. Being soft, or not seeking retaliation for this physical assault, is cause for reprimanding. The older male relative when catching wind of the situation will usually respond aggressively like “Son, if you don’t go back and find that boy that did this to you, and kick his ass, I’m gonna kick your ass! We are Jackson (last name) men, we don’t play that shit!” 😠
In weekly Sunday mass, he also is confronted by a religious leader who condemns homosexuality as a ticket to hell. To be a gay man, would be akin to suffer a punishment worst than death itself: an abomination to God. To believe in Christ, in the formal sense, is to denounce these “acts” as immoral.
In short, the alpha black man has been taught conventional masculinity. The homosexual black man has been shunned from all areas of black manhood. The gay man matures into adulthood with a caustic relationship towards alpha black men. The collective assaults and taunting during adolescence, boils to a head in adulthood. This is why I suspect many homosexual men are tightly bound to LGBTQ issues over race issues. The black homosexual men who are about racial discrimination, also conflate homosexual prejudice into the equation. “We can’t talk about white supremacy, unless we confront the bigotry of homophobia in the black community. They are ALL connected!”. Herein lies the reason for black feminists, who also may be (gay) lesbian and face similar quagmires in the black community, or black women who have been mistreated by black men, to confront alpha black masculinity as well as the fight against racism. This ideology is called “intersectionality”.
From these frustrations, the #BlackLivesMatter group arises and gets funded to become a digital revolution. By reading the #blacklivesmatter mission statement, it is apparent that this group is not solely a movement for hetero cishet black men.
The #blacklivesmatter movement can be seen as anti-alpha black male. They are against traditional black marriage, and look to re-affirm queerness as true pro-blackness, not “toxic” black masculinity.
The real reason behind this movement is white feminism, and racist gay whites who don’t wish to associate homosexuality or feminism with minority struggles. Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, came out earlier this year in an interview, and spoke out against racism in the lgbt community. White feminism has always been mum on racially charged issues, often writing pieces on HUFFINGTON POST that have always been centered on sexism and politics. Many cishet black men have been the scapegoat of society. We are America’s largest problem, for some reason. We are the enemies of white men, white women, black men, and black women. The only safe haven of black manhood is in the barbershop. To be alpha male in this current environment, is to risk being labeled sexist or ignorant about the black woman’s struggle, or insensitive to the plight of homosexual black men.
I don’t deny the ignorance and toxic environment of cishet black masculinity. There is a lot of misconceptions of homosexuality, most notable is that it considered a choice. “You can’t be born gay! What kinda shit is that?!” or “I don’t agree with that lifestyle my nigga, I’m straight.”
I don’t think we are born straight or gay. We honestly are just born and grow attracted to whomever we are attracted to. I happened to always have an affinity for females. My cousin who is an open gay man, has always been feminine. Most boys will grow up and like girls, but some boys just won’t. I played with teenage mutant ninja turtles and wrestling figures as a kid, some boys will play with dolls. It’s against my belief because I don’t feel like kids should be sexualized too young. A child’s mind is very impressionable at an early age. They aren’t fully capable of understanding sexuality at such a young age. A young boy may only wish to play with dolls because he is curious about a woman’s anatomy. A liberalized adult may interpret their son wanting to play with dolls the same way they would if a friend decided to reveal himself coming out of the closet. They may go into buying a child a dress and heels before he or she knows their abc’s. Give a child time to grow and decide what their identity is before convincing them its okay to be gay at 4 or 6 years old.
Here are a few examples:
I do believe that there is an agenda to make black men more docile. The new generation after me, are definitely part of a more feminine culture. The jeans young black men wear are so tight that their women’s clothes look baggy. Young Thug, a popular rapper, recently made history by breaking gender norms, wearing a dress on his album cover, despite incessantly flaunting guns and claiming heterosexuality. He constantly calls his homeboys ‘bae’ and uses homosexual behavior to confuse the masses and spread confusion among fans, which only promotes his name and music via gossip. This serves as free promotion to him, because nowadays money trumps integrity.
In my humble opinion, there is no reason to have any animosity towards homosexual men. Number one, I got love for them if they are black, and secondly we need to assimilate against the bigger issue, which is white supremacy. There is no enemy or issue bigger than that. If you don’t realize that first and foremost, than we can’t agree on anything else.
We need to practice the 22nd law of power. Surrender and turn that weakness into power. We have given the democratic party our votes for several decades, only to be left behind until next election. If you are a democrat, and you’re black, then you need to demand that the next politician that panders to you next election, can show you a policy that will impact your community. In the meantime, you need to realize the flaw of being dependent on a system that is built to keep the prosperous wealthy, and the poor people working for eternity. How can we reorganize and restructure our communities? What can you do that will improve the life of your family? We are in a state of racial tension that hasn’t been matched since the 1940’s and 50’s. You have the KKK grouping Blacks and Jews as targets for violence. Practice your 2nd amendment rights and practice the art of self-defense. Now is not the time to be seen out in the streets protesting as an open target. You want to be as invisible as possible. Take the Dashiki off, along with the Kemetic Ankh and Malcolm X hat. Study the “Sundown Towns” in your area, it is as simple as a google search, and enter your state next to it. You have to surrender to a power that is greater than you. Trump will be POTUS whether you like it or not, and his supporters will be looking to stoke fear through violence of minorities. Enter a self-defense class, and visit your gun-range to get accustomed to using your firearm. Lord forbid that you actually have to use it, but its better to defend your life, than be a victim and not have one.
It’s unfortunate, but you may have to tell your kids to stay in areas that have a mixed population like big cities. Don’t walk down all-white neighborhoods that you aren’t familiar with. If you attend a concert, don’t hesitate to pay an extra 20-40 dollars for parking to avoid walking an extra distance past dark areas where perpetrators may lurk. Many times, a white supremacist will antagonize you to incite a reaction from you. When you respond back to retaliate, they will execute you and chalk it up as self-defense. Don’t fall for that trick. I’ve seen it happen a gazillion times in history books.
When you are in a system where black lives don’t matter to anyone, you must calculate your moves wisely. Figure out ways to improve your community the best way you know how. Strategically think of how we can thrive under Trump. From a business aspect, there will be far more incentives to start a business, compared to working.Working for an employer should be key, until you can finish off your debts. Fight whatever powers are holding you back financially. These may be 4-8 years of serious budgeting to knock down debt. If you are overwhelmed with debt, consider bankruptcy. Hell, our president-elect had no problem doing it to get his money right. We have to think about strategy. Take a small loss now, for a huge gain long term. Stop patronizing white businesses in white areas where you aren’t welcome. Take that same money and go to a black-owned business in a predominately black part of town. If the black business lacks great service, ask for a manager and tell them what they could improve on before you return. This can really help a black business owner get feedback on how he or she can improve their business. Join local black groups who share the same interests as you. Visit more city council meetings in your neighborhood and bring your kids with you so they have a better sense of politics when they get older. Vote locally, be vocal where it counts and stay vigilant. If you have the time and energy, take your kids to attend the annual National Night Out event to meet and greet the local officers. If you take your kids often enough, a few these officers may recognize your child and be lenient. You can’t miss a black kid at a police appreciation event. It may or may not work, there is no guarantee your teenage child may get pulled over by the cops who recognize him or her. Or maybe they will, I guess it depends on time and circumstance, but its the start of mending a fence between blacks and police officers. In my mind, there are far more good cops, than rogue ones. For many of us, we think having the least contact with officers is best, we may have to group up locally to show appreciation of the good cops who serve the community. I can already hear the disagreement with this method, but its a start. Whether ineffective or not, whatever we have been trying before isn’t working, so we need to try something new.
We need to assemble with each other and build. It may seem backwards to segregate ourselves from daily life outside of work, but it may serve us best to improve our community and race first, before turning to non-blacks and asking for help. We need more black empowerment, less black power. There is no black power, without black empowerment. Building your own neighborhood of black businesses and patronizing these black businesses, is the most powerful thing a black person can do. Solutions like gofundme pages instead of banks to raise money for businesses, may be an option worth looking at. The answers WILL NOT come from politicians or government. We have to enhance and build up each other.
We need to submit and surrender, while organizing and turning our weaknesses into strengths. These 4-8 years of Trump, can be the opportunity for us to make major changes in our approach. I am dreaming that one day, through these troublesome times we can turn street gangs into what they originally were, community empowerment groups. Hopefully through the let project, I can inspire men who come from the streets, to emphasize the importance of education and reading books. If I can empower one person, that can change a group of men into scholars, we could create the beginning of a national movement. We can show young men that they actually do matter, and it is never too late to become a leader, even in prison.
My name is AJ, I received your letter and I am very interested in the program you provide. The only question that I have, how you know about me…other than that, yes I want to be a part of the program. I have a lot to say, I write poetry about different things don’t mind putting it out there to be seen. I am not really sure what to do next. I would appreciate a response what kind of stories are you looking for, if you please give me some type of clue of how the program works I will gladly send some poetry to you guys. thank you.”
Wow! Right when I was re-strategizing, I get this letter. This gives me hope that I can change someones life.
The LET PROJECT