Aug. 2, 2019

August 2, 1924 James Baldwin Was Born

Today August 2, 1924, we celebrate the 95th birthday of James Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin was one of the most prolific writers ever. His seminal works like Fire Next Time and Go Tell It To The Mountain are indeed all-time favorites for readers of all races. Today, I take you back 56 years to the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. When James Baldwin wrote this remarkable letter defining his blackness to his young nephew.

On the centennial anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, James Baldwin wrote this letter to his then 15-year-old nephew it is a letter that every American should read no matter their color or creed. Its contents are still relevant today 54 years after it was first published in Jame Baldwin's powerful book The Fire Next Time. We all must understand the savagery​ and senselessness of racism and bigotry​. Otherwise, we're doomed continuing to repeat the insanity of racial hatred.​

Aug. 1, 2019

Wild Wild East West Northeast Southeast Northwest B'More City

Just like Deadwood, Dodge City, and Tombstone the days of the "wild west shootouts" has supposedly ended in Baltimore City. Perps will now have to turn in their guns before entering the city's borders. Will this mandate making the ability to have a gun unregistered on the city streets a federal crime, truly make a difference in the murder by a gun rate in B'more. Right now gun violence is more like a deadly virus with no cure in sight as of today?

The murder rate for July 2019 was higher than it has been since 2015. So will federal agents now man Baltimore City streets? Where will all these juvenile offenders and young black men be housed? I assume that the nearest that the Cumberland Federal Corrections Facility will become the wayward home for any individual caught with a weapon in Baltimore City.

Is this the type of aid that Donald Trump was offering? More jail cells, more federal bails, a trip to Cumberland on the rails. How about solutions to the myriad of issues facing the young blacks arming themselves? How about putting the gun manufacturers and illegal gun sellers on point? As of today I still don't see guns being manufactured by blacks in this nation. I guess it's time to pull Kool Moe Dee Wild, Wild West song out for the city residents because getting ready for federal time for any and all gun crimes.

Aug. 1, 2019

5 Political Thoughts After This Weeks' Democratic Debates

I had some thoughts after Monday and Tuesday's debates in Detroit Michigan ranging from the discussion on reparations that developed on Monday, to the future jobs economy coming by as soon as 2030, to the environmental concerns one related directly to the type of warriors this nation needs to produce to attack the most dangerous enemy humanity is facing our very own planet.

First up let's discuss the issue of reparations. If these Democratic candidates think that 250-500 billion dollars will ease the tensions that blacks are feeling related to reparations, they are sadly mistaken. Yes, African Americans whose ancestors faced the evils of institutional slavery along with the century that followed whereby the federal and state governments maintained a new form of enslavement based solely on race must receive recompense. Marianne Williamson, who is this woman really and why are we taking her seriously? She spoke on Monday that African American descendants deserved between 250-500 billion dollars to remove the scrab of slavery. Sorry, Marianne, that's not going to cut it. She also dismissed the idea of establishing a Reparations Commission. Well, in order to develop the correct compensation this nation must fully account for the harm it heaped on our black ancestors. I would think that the most recent figures placed the financial harm of the period between 1619-1965 at 100 trillion dollars. Did I just someone talk about a guaranteed income for life?

Second, the advances in technology, robotics, artificial intelligence will be responsible for the elimination of millions of jobs across the planet. If we think many of the jobs Americans are doing today will be around in 2029. Well, you are sadly mistaken and most likely living in a cocoon. Our world is outpacing most of mankind. Let’s look back as we look ahead. Martin Luther King discussed a guaranteed living income for every American. Andrew Yang spoke briefly about it last night. It may be time to research this concept further. It will come to pass in this nation and the world that free time will easily exceed work time. Is our nation ready for that shift, economically and socially? Are colleges and universities preparing students for yesterday's world or tomorrows?

Third. it’s time to stop kicking the can down the road on the environment because we are on a dead-end street. No middling environmental policies will work now. We’ve passed the point of no return as it pertains to the earth's ecological balance. We've managed to tip the scales towards the earth destruction more rapidly than any scientist would've anticipated. Did you say it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Juno, Alaska last month? We have allowed the fossil fuel industries to structure our ecological policies by putting a premium on lobbying efforts and cash payments to greedy politicians in our Nation's Capital. I understand the urgency of the ecological crisis this planet is facing. My question is does any candidate have to balls to face those energy lobbyists and ceos with a ball and chain and prison cells? People who believe in the flat earth aren’t as stupid as we think. Because we all are about to fall off the damn cliff.

Fourth, back to the environment and the re-establishment of our military in the coming decades. The time has come for the United States to reconsider the type of warriors are needed in the military. No longer will it be necessary to arm our soldiers to the teeth with guns and ammo. The next generation of soldiers needs to be sent to the far corners of the world armed with ideas and concepts to address the world’s environmental issues. If you have an army of individuals tasked with saving our planet. Then maybe guns will not be necessary because your military is extending human life rather than tasked with ending a human’s life.

And finally, as we look back and look ahead. The candidates can no longer take advantage of the voters. The democrats knew how disastrous Trump was in 2016 but felt that the election was in the bag. They didn’t understand the level of discontent white voters were feeling about 8 years of Obama’s presidency. The Democratic Party also didn’t fight for every single minority vote. They assumed the minority vote numbers that came out in 2008 and 2012 would be replicated without any real effort to motivate those vote. It was a sense that black folk issues didn’t need addressing because it was a guaranteed vote and a large turnout was a guarantee. The Democratic Party felt that white women would leap to a chance of getting a woman elected to occupy the White House. They miscalculated the support in the all-important battleground states which turned the election totally around. Next year is a critical election for the coming future generations. Make the wrong choice in 2020 and this country will be sunk, environmentally, judiciously, and socially. I don’t think the same old candidate on the ticket will motivate voters to the election booth in 2020. I feel this nation wants someone who can generate energy and attract new voters as well as securing those voters who stayed home in 2016. If the Democratic Party can turn the battleground states around. Then Donald Trump will have no place to hide. He cannot win the nomination by simply winning the Red Southern States. I am asking that the Democratic Party be very careful the same old same old stale solutions. This simply cannot or will not motivate new voters to engage in the political process. The Democratic Party need candidates with new-age thinking to save this old-age world. The good thing is I saw a few of these candidates on the stage in Detroit this week. The question is will the Democratic Party and the voters engage in real change or simply continue to kick the bucket of change down that dead-end street?

Aug. 1, 2019

Back In The Mecca's Hey-Day One Day At Howard University, Celebrating Benjamin E. Mays

I sometimes wonder what it must have been like being a student at Howard University prior to the period when the black brain drains with the advent of integration. On any given day during the hey-day of Dr. Mordecai Johnson's presidential tenure at Howard University, you could see so many black intellectual giants. As I am reading Lay Bare The Heart, James Farmer's autobiography of the civil rights movement. It gives one that unique feeling of the magnitude captured by those who enriched Howard University's campus.

Just think you could run into or being taught by giants like Howard Thurman, a man who was thought to have played a major role in the development of Martin Luther King Jr when Dr. King was in seminary school in Boston. You could, of course, see Alain Locke, the very first black Rhodes Scholar, and the so-called Father of the Harlem Renaissance. Locke's work in Survey Magazine on the New Negro set the stage for the acknowledgment of black excellence across this nation. E. Franklin Frazier whose seminal sociology studies on urban black life was certainly groundbreaking. Look over there is that, yes, of course, it's the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson having a heated discussion with Rayford Logan and Charles Wesley, three of the greatest black historians this country ever created. Walking across the manicured lawns of Howard University's yard and seeing Ralph Bunche, who would go on to be the first black Nobel Prize Winner. Stopping in the Law School in discussing the enforcement of civil rights with Abram Harris and Charles Houston. Did you know John Hope Franklin taught at Howard University? Sterlin Browne was also a professor on Howard University's campus. Also, W.E.B. Dubois was a tenured professor at Howard University. You also see Dr. Kelly Miller whose developmental plans for the Howard University's School of Arts & Sciences was replicated by numerous HBCU's across the South. All in a day's work visiting the Mecca of Black Intelligentsia in Washington DC.

However, today's post is celebrating Benjamin Elijah Mays, who was the Dean of Howard University School of Religion. Before on August 1, 1936, being named President of Morehouse College, eighty-three years. Dr. Mays was instrumental in nurturing the mind of Martin Luther King Jr. before he set off to Boston for his divinity studies. Dr. Mays is recognized as the eminent educational leader in our country. Today, I celebrate Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, with a reading of his speech, The New South, which he gave in 1951 to the National Conference of the NAACP in Atlanta, Georgia. Before integration, black colleges may have been lacking in financial resources but they surely weren't lacking in brain resources. If we only could've kept those minds from venturing off to white institutions. Oh, how great would the HBCU's have been in future days with the financial resources allocated to the primarily white institutions?

In 1951 Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, then President of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia was already one of the most prominent African American educators in the United States.
Dr. Mays's brilliance was unquestioned and his social foresight was without measure. He, however, couldn't have forecasted the level of bigotry and racial hatred that was being fomented in this nation. He believed that the shining light of racial cooperation would overcome the glimmering light of racial oppression. Today, in 2019 we still seek that New South that Dr. Benjamin Mays envisioned​ on June 27, 1951.​

Jul. 31, 2019

Pre-Handicapping Tonight's Debate

Tonight I am particularly interested in hearing from Michael Bennet current US Senator from Colorado, Jay Inslee current Governor of Washington State, Julian Castro former Obama Cabinet Member, and Businessman Andrew Yang. I really liked that fact that Jay Inslee voted against the War in Iraq, that's a definite plus. He didn't roll over as Biden did and become a cheerleader for that unjust misadventure. Kristen Gillibrand also voted against that misadventure in Iraq but will she lead a misadventure in Iran? Her strong financial Jewish ties may force her hand. I really think that Senator Bennet's plans for universal health care and a vibrant strategic environment plan are certainly worth investigating better. He certainly doesn't have the political baggage that a former Colorado Senator had when he ran for office. Anyone remember Gary Hart? Nice guy great ideas, however, full of personal flaws. What was the name of that boat, Monkey Business? What is it about white politicians and monkeys. I feel that I know enough about Biden to hope that he says something divisive or hugs someone to tightly to end his campaign. Right now neither Harris or Booker float my political boat. I simply can't ignore Harris's work at incarcerating black males to gain a political advantage or Corey Booker's political ties to the big money Pharma and Wall Street financiers. However, I will not close my ears when these two politicians talk but I am past the point of supporting a candidate simply because of race. I am sorry but hell no on Bill De Blasio he can stay home tonight as can Tulsi Gabbard is she related to the congresswoman who was shot in that Arizona shopping center? In a perfect world to add balance to the ticket an Eastern/Western Presidential Ticket would be the best possible option. Because in all likelihood the southern states are non-competitive for the Democrats. Maybe, a Warren-Inslee Ticket would be able to swoop in, take those battleground states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, thus securing the Electoral College victory along with the popular vote. However, in all likelihood, it will be Biden-Harris pulling out the nomination. That is if Kamala Harris doesn't kill her chances at the VP nod by eviscerating Biden again tonight in Detroit.