Category Archives: Black lives matter

My Favorite speech and words of MLK

The speech, I believe finally got him assassinated.. (we can’t have a black man speaking out against our wars!)…”Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the “triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.”

Please listen on Youtube  on the link below..

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

A blog of a different color.. Obama’s legacy?

what is Obama’s legacy… not exactly what any Progressive and many regular Democrats would have hoped in 2008.

 To my friends, critics, and those who  agree/disagree…well, this is my opinion, mostly. But , if we ignore the failures of his Presidency and don’t honestly look at what went wrong with ‘hope and change’, .. how can we learn? How can we forge ahead with real Progressivism?
I’m a ‘Progressive’ first, and not a ‘party’ person.. i left the Democrats years ago. for awhile, I ‘ll work locally with the DC Democrats in my county in the Hudson Valley, of New York, and we’ll see what we can change.. we have to look honestly and ask, about both HIM and HER, Hillary.. what went wrong? well, it s the ‘Republican lite’, ‘Neo Liberal’ world of the Corporate Democratic party of the last 30 years… WAR WAR WAR…..Obama’ s biggest mess for me was the continuation of the Middle Eastern wars (how many countries is it now ?6 or 7)…Drones, Killing of American citizens on foreign soil with No trial, no nothing? just do what Bush and Cheney did, carry it on? NO…. I scream NO! We need as Bernie  said, REVOLUTION.,but what kind? I have a BA in HIstory, taught for a few months in FL before becoming a librarian….I read a lot. I question EVERYTHING… if we stop questioning. we will (as you can see now) become an ‘Idiocrisy’…(see the movie or watch tv right now)….
– was Guantanamo closed as he promised in 2008,
– did he not RENEW , or let be renewed, the horrible PATRIOT ACT?
– Immediately filling his Cabinet with BANKSTERS/WALL STREET HEDGEFUNDERS?
– The ongoing Afghanistan/IRaq wars etc…?
– still not DECRMINIALIZING MARIJUANA which has been shown to help so many patients,… (myself included here) with many conditions.
good points:?
OK, some good social acts, Acting on at least, the delay of children of Illegal (rather Unpapered immigrants), ‘Obama care’ (Affordable Care Act) – not so affordable.. because HE LEFT THE BIG PHARMACEUTICALS IN CHARGE ESSENTIALLY.. why do you think the costs are going up? He could have stuck with ‘single payer’…plan, as he PROMISED. (broken again).
ONE OF HIS BIGGEST CRITICS —–09-obama-administration-w1000-h600


Prof. Cornel West, one of Obama’s biggest critics says…”CORNEL WEST ”
” You can’t talk about wealth and inequality, you can’t talk about education, you can’t talk about massive unemployment and under employment and you can’t talk about drones being dropped on people in other parts of the world without talking about white supremacy and its ways in which it operates. It doesn’t have to be overt. The president is right about that. – But too many black people are niggerized. I would say the first black president has become the first niggerized black president.” (http://www.realclearpolitics.com/…/cornel_west_on_obama…?) —-
or read the 52 Historians (the goods and bads of Obama), He could have been so much more… “http://nymag.com/…/01/53-historians-on-obamas-legacy.html“l

Is TrumpIsm, Fascism, indeed !

 

Right wing, left Wing, NO wing…This year has gone down and will go down in history (if history and th 4th estate actually still exist after this year)…as one of the most dangerous, scary, CORRUPT, and just plain out outrageous. in my lifetime (64 years, give or take) … ITS COME TOO CLOSE TO HOME FOR ME. . I  have several family members, and really close and beloved ones, seem to find it easy to ‘blame the other’, and may not even know that the Trump rhetoric of this past year or so has swayed them… or has it? I believe it (that ‘fear of the other’ blame game), has ALWAYS been with him. I come from a very Conservative family line… my grandfather, it was rumored, ‘let’ the KKK, or some semblance of it use his property to hold their meetings.. This year has seen several close family members come all out for Trump…They are mad and angry, as I myself am, only, i early on, knew that only Bernie Sanders progressives like him, had the real answer to this underlying anger and madness.
I BELIEVE I MUST HAVE BEEN PUT HERE TO COUNTERACT THAT ‘WING’ OF THE FAMILY, WHICH I HAVE TRIED TO DO WITHOUT TOTAL ALL OUT WARFARE. LOL
The article goes on with.
“Is the U.S.A. Ready for Fascism?

trumpismThere are forces which could coalesce into a fascist movement under the right circumstances. The Trump campaign has revealed the existence of such forces as an overripe piece of fruit, once cracked open, reveals its maggots. But it is not yet a cohered fascist party. Its leader, Trump, is happy to get support from the alt right. Their worked-out ideology is consistent with many of his prejudices, but he himself does not have an developed ideology. While he likes the adulation of the crowds, he does not have the organizing skills to pull together a real fascist party, nor does he have the interest.”

Why do ‘Black lives matter’, or better, why is ‘black lives matter’ a thing?

 

In response to this recent post by my Facebook friend, Allen W Anderson, “The media says an attack on police is an attack on all of us, well excuse me but an attack by police on any innocent American is an attack on all of us unless you’re a racist. Many don’t understand just how instrumental black lives matter is to tearing down the current police state of corporate tyranny and christian dictatorship. When we tear down tyranny for them we tear down tyranny for everyone” ~ AWA

steveKingstonsigns

(picture is a guy  named Steve , who just happened to be out on Rte 9W , Kingston NY, about two weeks ago, with a sign that said, BLACK LIVES MATTER… I went over to talk, and he held up both of this signs, and I took that picture…kind of says it all).

I then, was prompted to say the following:
Black lives don’t matter more than other lives,, that’s just a misuse of this by those who honestly just don’t know better , OR by honest racists, who don’t know any better, or DO,,, but to be clear…..its because of our own history, as a predominantly ‘white’ western nation, which we know we all identify with,, (we have ‘demonized’ every ‘new’ group coming into this country, fuck ‘e pluribus unum’), we are unaware of our own history (who’s responsible for that?), and/or we as general ‘generic’ white population ignore minorities’ situations down through our more than 250 years history, and have to be made aware of them but in particular,, we have a UNIQUE situation, which we still have not reckoned with, our, SLAVERY PAST, SLAVE – HOLDING PAST, how that has affected we, the descendants of (north of south, south just held onto it longer), how it affects whites /anglos is you wish….I am reading currently an excellent book which explains a lot of our history on this –  based on usually ignored facts from actual history, something most current people in power, news organizations, the populace, in general, have ‘no clue’ about…..the book, A DISEASE IN THE PUBLIC MIND, a new understanding of why we fought the civil war.. by Thomas Fleming, inspired me, enlightened me, and more. What I am trying to say, is we need a general ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ as did the South Africans, after apartheid.   Currently we still live in a society with a hidden , ‘apartheid’.  Minorities already know this…as South Africa, once had ‘rules’ that blacks and others, or non white skin, can tell you, if we LISTEN, and  even elected officials of minority status can tell you… Mistrust, violence against, young black /brown men especially, and this has intensified in its ferocity since the last election cycle and actually long before, but also intensified since we elected our first African American president. We need a national RECONCILIATION and understanding. Its well overdue time or this, we cannot move forward without it….This is my hope and  plea.  This is my statement of why BLACK LIVES MATTER… DO matter, not any more than another’s matter, in general, but as of historic place of blacks in our ‘peculiar’ history, we need to KNOW this…e.g.’hey, there’s someone else here that matters as much as i do’…..they just want to walk down the street without special warnings and rules that are applied to them that aren’t applied in general to the rest of us… Peace, brothers and sisters… this is my hope and my plea. for understanding…