Racist America

There is no question that the United States of America was built on racism and is still the driving force of this capitalist / supremacist society.

From your everyday people, to the state police, to corporations all the way to the top with our government. A flag being taken down does not dissolve the racism blacks deal with everyday.

Jean-Michel Basquiat Rare Exhibit in Brooklyn, NY

i6hc4tsrnm5dfzvqujvrFans of Jean-Michel Basquiat will have the opportunity to view eight of his personal notebooks in an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum next April.

Titled “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks”, the exhibition will center around the rare books created between 1980 and 1987 which have never before been shown to the public. The 160 pages from the notebooks have been unbound and will be exhibited along with 30 paintings, drawings, and mixed media works from private collections and the artist’s estate.

Source: http://www.complex.com/style/2014/10/jean-michel-basquiats-rare-notebook-exhibition-at-brooklyn-museum

United States – The Lies Told

An understanding of media representation of corporate governmental agendas and the lies taught in our history classes are a way to keep a society of dumbed-down people who don’t ask questions.

The leaders, the elite, the rich of this country have made sure to keep the wealth contained and not to be distributed to society as a so-called democracy is to do. While trillions spent on war with the tax dollars from the middle and poor class, breaks given to corporations while our wages show no increase in accordance with the rise in costs of living.

This docu-series sheds light on all things wrong and immoral with our country’s government with it’s justifications of atrocities against people across the world.

Nina Simone: That Blackness

She said is best! – This is how all black people should feel, deep down in their souls and to let it pour out of their/ourselves.

Don’t let anyone tell you/us that we are nothing less than a people who are beautiful and capable of doing anything we set our minds too. Don’t let others poison your mind to think you cannot think on your own. That you cannot be proud, Pro-Black: for your people, to teach black culture and history to our children and adults, to support black business, to uplift each other.

Thank you to our heroes, present day and ancestors. Thank you Nina Simone, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. & Coretta Scott King, Assata Shakur (Black Panther activist), Mumia Abu Jamal – political prisoner: http://www.freemumia.com/who-is-mumia-abu-jamal/

Cornel West (American philosopher, academic, activist, author public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America), Diane Nash (student at Fisk University, she became the leader of the Nashville Student Movement alongside John Lewis, Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr., Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr., and Julian Bond), Rosa Parks, Amzie Moore, Fannie Lou Hamer, Booker T. Washington, Ida Bell Wells (journalist, newspaper editor), Bobby Seale & Huey Newton (founders of Black Panther party) and countless others.

Note, the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka decision of 1954, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Moreover, these legal changes greatly affected the opportunities available to women, nonblack minorities, disabled individuals, and other victims of discrimination. This was only 50 years ago, my Mother & Father were children at this time. We have came a long way, but still so many setbacks and this country has not surpassed racism / sexism / classism. The formation of Jim Crow laws which still influences our government to this day – industrialized prison caste system as Michelle Alexander (civil rights litigator and legal scholar) explains in her book The New Jim Crow.

Don’t let any person tell you being Pro-Black is wrong or somehow anti-others. If we do not educate ourselves on where we came from, our ancestors who made it possible for us practice free speech of expressed issues within and outside our communities – we will not know where we are going in life and how to better us as a people.

Columbus Day – A treachorous man who should not be celebrated.

He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices. For, like other informed people of his time, he knew the world was round and he could sail west in order to get to the Far East.

Spain was recently unified, one of the new modern nation-states, like France, England, and Portugal. Its population, mostly poor peasants, worked for the nobility, who were 2 percent of the population and owned 95 percent of the land. Spain had tied itself to the Catholic Church, expelled all the Jews, driven out the Moors. Like other states of the modern world, Spain sought gold, which was becoming the new mark of wealth, more useful than land because it could buy anything.

His men tested the sharpness of their blades by cutting Natives in half, Columbus forced the Natives to work in gold mines until exhaustion and those who opposed were beheaded or had their ears cut off.  In addition to putting the Natives to work as slaves in his gold mines, Columbus also sold sex slaves to his men—some as young as 9. Columbus and his men also raided villages for sex and sport.

In the year 1500, Columbus wrote: “A hundred castellanoes are as easily obtained for a woman as for a farm, and it is very general and there are plenty of dealers who go about looking for girls; those from nine to ten are now in demand.”

Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.

In the early years of Columbus’ conquests there were butcher shops throughout the Caribbean where Indian bodies were sold as dog food. There was also a practice known as the montería infernal, the infernal chase, or manhunt, in which Indians were hunted by war-dogs.

These dogs—who also wore armor and had been fed human flesh, were a fierce match for the Indians. Live babies were also fed to these war dogs as sport, sometimes in front of horrified parents.

While Columbus once referred to the Taino Indians as cannibals, a story made up by Columbus – which is to this day still taught in some US schools – to help justify his slaughter and enslavement of these people. He wrote to the Spanish monarchs in 1493: “It is possible, with the name of the Holy Trinity, to sell all the slaves which it is possible to sell…Here there are so many of these slaves, and also brazilwood, that although they are living things they are as good as gold…”

“Christopher Columbus not only opened the door to a New World, but also set an example for us all by showing what monumental feats can be accomplished through perseverance and faith.”
–George H.W. Bush, 1989 speech

In the United States, the first “Indian war” in New England was the “Pequot War of 1636,” in which colonists surrounded the largest of the Pequot villages, set it afire as the sun began to rise, and then performed their duty: they shot everybody-men, women, children, and the elderly-who tried to escape. As Puritan colonist William Bradford described the scene: “It was a fearful sight to see them thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof; but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they [the colonists] gave praise thereof to God, who had wrought so wonderfully…”

A country which romanticizes war and Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by Professor James Loewen is a book which sheds light on the lies taught in our classrooms.