May. 28, 2021

Provoked Thoughts: Kwame Brown

"Why in the hell are 2 steel rims 18 inches in diameter, 10 feet off a wooden floor that is 94 feet long x 50 feet wide played with a rubber ball with a circumference of 75 centimeters got our black communities all tied literally in knots? I mean why? How is it that this one particular player has taken over as the conscious voice of black men? I am just asking because when he was playing with that rubber ball, his voice was null and void, about the pertinent black issues confronting black America. Hell, did he even attend the Million Man March? But now that his pockets are full and he isn't jeopardizing a damn dime. He's become the voice of black reason this season. I am just asking because as an educated black man I am trying to understand this situation."

May. 28, 2021

Longtime Baltimore police detective posts graphic photo of homicide victim on Twitter; department op

"A Baltimore City Murder Detective, Sgt. Robert F. Cherry, posted the graphic photograph on Twitter early Friday morning of victim of the horrendous murders that have been in the clutches of Baltimore City for as far as I can remember. The image showed a man’s body lying on a sidewalk in a pool with a large gash in the front of his forehead. As course in this currently culture this act caused a public outcry. Why? Especially since Mr. Cherry added: “This is but one of many incidents of violence in Baltimore city that our police officers deal with . . . and this young Black man was NOT shot by police.” Cherry wrote in his tweet. “Let’s STOP the violence and Save Lives. Because, who wants to see the end result of the criminal calamity that is currently Baltimore City right now. My feeling is simply maybe if we see the end results of the murder in all it's gruesomeness, maybe we will understand the absurdity of this acts of individual terror. Maybe, seeing the body covered in blood with the open bullet wounds will open the eyes of those who have the guns to lay those guns down. Or, just maybe seeing these sights will cause those who know who uses those guns of individual human destruction to make a call to end all this senseless killing. Maybe showing these graphic pictures will make it more real and a understanding that senseless killing of our brothers and sisters of color by other brothers and sisters of color incredulous. Maybe we will aspire to a time when these acts will disappear. I just want our communities to understand murder is murder and murder of our young black youth is unacceptable whomever is responsible. I don't want cops brutalizing or terrorizing our communities. I also don't want our young black community members to inflict brutality or terror either. Let's stop killing each other now."

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May. 27, 2021

Provoked Thought: Greenwood

"As America and Americans look back a century to the brutal attack of white mobbing of the Greenwood community of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The question is being asked what is owed to the descendants and those elders of this terrorized attack. Well, America you need to understand that attack on Greenwood wasn’t just an attack on Greenwood. It was an attack on every living breathing black person in America in 1921. It was meant to send a message to our ancestors nationwide to stay in there place and not become uppity negroes. That any moves that were considered to be moves to better themselves or to think that they were better then white Americans would be countered by white mobs with similar acts of terrorism. So what is owed to the descendants of Greenwood is also owed to the descendants of every black American who was living during this period of white oppressive domination. It is called reparations plain and simple. We cannot allow those in power to minimize the harm that was done to just the Greenwood descendants because the strategy was national in scope and truly deadly in intent."

May. 26, 2021

Provoked Thoughts

You think the next steps in combating and defeating racism and bigotry is going to easy when in reality the steps that must be taken are greased with heavy oil, and bloody spikes?

May. 25, 2021

George Floyd Isn't Resting Peacefully

One year ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota the police force of that city lead by Derek Chauvin stepped down on the neck and throat of George Floyd for nearly 10 uninterrupted minutes. Chauvin lynched George Floyd just as so many of our black ancestors were lynched in villages, towns, hamlets, and cities in the 402 years since the White Lion landed on the shores of the Virginia coast in 1619. This was lynching without the use of a rope but it was a lynching nevertheless. As with all the other lynchings that White Americans were responsible for in the racist history of this nation, the victims cannot and will not rest peacefully until the majority of this nation’s white population comes to grips with the brutality of its gruesome history and treatment of Black Americans. There is no time to celebrate the anniversary of George Floyd's lynching date. Because had not a crowd of concerned citizens been aroused by the brutal treatment of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin his lynching would've been covered up and George Floyd would've simply been labeled as a criminally infested black man who got his just deserves for failing to follow the law. His lynching would never have been publicized and Chauvin would be free to neutralize another black man today. Rather than being incarcerated for lynching George Floyd. Still, white members of our United States Government don't get it. They haven't passed a bill that prohibits the lynching of Black Americans more than a century since the first anti-lynching bill was presented before Congress. Not has this same Congress come to grips with facing up to the realization faced by Americans of African descent in the form of economic reparations. George Floyd cannot rest in peace, nor can the thousands of other black lynching victims rest in peace until this nation steps forward and accepts the guilt it must salvage from White America’s horrible past.