Yelling White Power makes a White Person racist no more than yelling Black Power makes a Black Person racist.
Yes, of course, there are racists who scream “White Power.” There are also racists who scream “Black Power.” Racism knows no color limit despite what the #BlackLivesMatters and other Color Conscious Groups demand that everyone believe. Racism is both individual and institutional.
Ferguson Police Department is an excellent example of institutionalized racism. Baltimore Police Department is another example of institutionalized racism. FPD is nearly all White. BPD is nearly all Black. Yet, both targeted Black Citizens. Both also targeted the Poor and the Disenfranchised. Institutionalized Racism is only part of the issue with the American Police.
The American Police targets the poor, minorities and any other disenfranchised group of peoples precisely because of those groups powerlessness. The GOP and DNC pay lip service to human rights and the US Constitution and Bill of Rights just long enough to talk you out of your vote. Neither of those parties care about you and both parties are in favor of current police tactics and targets. As long as the Police do not offend the Politically Connected and interfere with those campaign contributions.
We all want to feel empowered. Unfortunately, the States have many of us Color Conscious. To be proud of the color of one’s skin is, in my estimation, stupid. Color consciousness and division is exactly what the DNC and GOP seek. That’s why Race Politics were invented. That is also why #BlackLivesMatters and similar organizations concentrate on the Racial Divide exclusively. That is exactly why despite Black on Black Crime being over 90% of the problem in “Black America” and the fact that over 90% of Crime against Black People being perpetrated by Black Criminals, #BlackLivesMatters succumbs to the Racial Politics of our age. These Race based movements are about division. The DNC and GOP divide the Citizenry and, thereby, conquer the Citizenry. Most of America is too ignorant to see this obvious truth which is why #BlackLivesMatter fails. It’s why the Black Panthers failed. It’s why Black Americans have seen a decline in their economic and social opportunities despite having a Black President and a Black SecState and the Congressional Black Caucus.
#BlackLivesMatter said that America has a White Violence problem. This despite the overwhelming evidence that most White people are apathetic about Black America and the majority of Black Crime in “Black America” being perpetrated by Black Americans.
The Black Lives Matters movement chooses to concentrate on the smaller, more politically popular issue because it is the easiest to fight in public. Therefore, it is the issue that will gain a brighter spotlight. It is the issue that will be popular with White Guilt Liberals. It is the issue that White Guilt LIberals will line up behind, reach into their pockets and hand over wads of cash. It is the issue that will create a new generation of Al Sharptons. Always eager for the spotlight and a wad of cash. Never eager to actually solve a problem or talk about real and difficult issues.
Most White Americans do not care about Black Americans because they do not know any. The Fly Over States are overwhelmingly White. The Northeast, outside of the major cities, are overwhelmingly White. To them, Black Peoples problems are Black People’s problem. White Americans have their own problems. Cops in their neighborhoods don’t have Black Teens to target. Cops in those White Americans neighborhoods target White kids. When #BlackLivesMatters spokespersons talk about Police Brutality against Black Men, they alienate millions of potential allies by ignoring the fact that Police Violence is not only a problem for Black Americans but for ALL AMERICANS.
Yeah, I know. It’s unpopular to talk about ALL AMERICANS with the Black Lives Matters folks. They think they are unique and that violence touches no one else. They believe that the government works for everyone else. They think that only Black People have problems.
And therein lies the problem.
Americans should unite to fight these issues. Instead, Americans allow the two political parties who have created all of the problems drive the conversation and frame the issues. This needs to halt.
Americans need to unite. Not along color lines. Not along class lines or party lines. Americans should unite as a people. As one.
Until Americans unite as one people and stop allowing the two Political Parties to define the issues, nothing will change.
We’ll have each “special” group clawing at one another and the Political Elite perched above looking down, laughing and picking up the pieces. Occasionally, they’ll toss a bone to this or that group. No one group will ever achieve anything meaningful and anything that is achieved will be at the expense of some greater Liberty.
So keep on with your racial politics and divides. Keep on with your Middle Class vs Welfare divides. Keep on dreaming that you will be THE ONE who becomes the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. It might happen but it’s a one in a billion chance. The Rich will get Richer. The Clintons and the Bushes will laugh. The Kochs and the Soros’ will eat Gold and drink Silver whilst swimming in pools of sterile petroleum.
Your children? They’ll drink chromium enriched sewage from fracked up water tables. GMO foods that engineer diseases yet unheard of. They’ll swim in rivers brimming with pollutants and play in fields contaminated and toxic. Oh and that minimum wage will never become anything other than the bare.
Keep voting for your favorite GOP and DNC puppet.
Keep believing that it matters.
Because…you know. #BlackLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter #GirlsLivesMatter
But never as much as #PoliceLivesMatter
Who else is gonna keep your poor Black and White Ass in line.
From my experience, one can take anyone from before the Politically Correct era of 2000 Forward and call them a bigot based on their writings. It doesn’t matter who we’re discussing. Even today, one can find bigotry in nearly anyone’s writings. If you one wishes to dismiss the ideas or writing of any person because of that one aspect, one would wind up dismissing nearly the whole of humanity. From W.E.B. Dubois to George Washington to Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, every last person who has put thought to paper has written something that is or could be construed as racist and will be construed as racist or bigoted by future generations. This is especially so with the current hyper-sensitive generation of Liberal.
Jefferson can seem a genius or a racist crackpot depending on the level of knowledge of the man. Ceaser can seem the despot or the liberator. There is not a human being who has tread across the globe who cannot be made to seem monster or hero depending upon which work or word one chooses to use in support of one’s views.
Various Leftist & Liberals are all abuzz about White People shouting “White Power” at the latest Trump Rally.
Who will lead America through this storm? Can a President Trump do so? I have no faith in any of the establishment Politicians.
I’m of the opinion that Trump can do no worse than a Bush or a Clinton. I’d prefer Trump with a Vice President Paul, though.
In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted allowing the Federal Government to directly tax the people. Thus was born the Income Tax.
Taxation of a person’s labor is enslavement in all but name only.
The Federal Reserve was also born that year allowing the Federal Government to issue “fiat money.” Money that is valued only so long as confidence can be fabricated and maintained by the Federal Government. The Fed can print money to it’s heart’s content devaluing our currency ever so slowly in the process. This is theft by devaluation. One dollar today is not the same as one dollar a mere ten years ago. Stealth wealth redistribution.
The Federal Reserve is made possible only because of the tax base which is the Citizenry of the United States of America.
We are accounts upon which the Federal Government of the United States can perpetually draw upon for any and every misadventure and insane scheme that the Banks, controlling US Corporations and the Fed can fantasize about in their greedy, beady eyed little heads.
Imperial America was born in 1913 made possible by the creation of the Federal Reserve and a permanent funding source that is US, the United States Citizen.
Also, in the year 1913, the 17th Amendment was passed. This crafty amendment altered the s/election of the Senators of the United States of America.
Where before, the States Legislatures elected United States Senators, thereby maintaining control over the Senior Representatives of the respective, autonomous and sovereign States, the 17th Amendment created direct elections via popular State Citizen vote of the Senators from each State.
These acts removed any checks that the individual and sovereign States held over the Federal Government paving the way for the Centralized and all too powerful Federal Government that we have today wherein the Executive can take the Nation to war on whims, lies and propaganda and truth be damned.
The Federal Government is now Supreme and all powerful. What it cannot overcome via coercion and threats of violence, it can overcome with pork via the confiscations of the Income Tax and the tyrannical Internal Revenue Service.
Americans are now wholly owned subsidiaries of the Federal Government of the United States of America. We are slaves in all but name.
Try not paying your Federal Income Taxes and see how free you are.
The monies that are collected via the income tax make possible every evil that has been enacted by the Federal Government since 1913.
1. Saudi Arabia
8. Muslim Brotherhood
9. Puppets of #s 4 and 7
12. Remaining ME/CA Islamic Nations.
13. Everyone else.
Saudi Arabia exports more terrorism in the form of its decrepit Wahhabi creed than all of the others combined.
Iran is a chia pet by comparison.
The Great Triumvirate of the United States of America, China and Russia have terrorized the world with impunity since the close of the Second World War.
France, the UK and Germany are all too willing accomplices to any and every US adventure that comes down the pike.
Iran selectively defends the Shi’a community via the IRG and the Party of God (Hezbollah). They imported Hezbollah to Lebanon. They support factions inside of Saudi Arabia, the Houthis in Yemen as well as other places. Iran will also selectively support Sunni terrorists otherwise known as Wahhabist Saudi Arabian created scum as suits their needs.
Israel terrorizes the Palestinians and occasionally Southern Lebanon. Israel has attacked nations such as Iraq and Iran preemptively.
The Palestinians terrorize Israel and their own people. The Palestinians attempted to depose the King of Jordan. They’ve also raised a bit of hell in Lebanon and Egypt. There is also the actions of the PLO under Arafat and assorted other madmen.
The other nations of the Middle East and Central Asia mostly terrorize their own people. Only occasionally sending out State sponsored Wahhabists and assorted other misfits to further their political ends.
Pakistan created the Taliban out of the anti-Soviet Insurgency, orphans from that war and the Wahhabist Madrassahs that were established by the Saudis. They were established, equipped and used as a hedge against Indian influence in Afghanistan and as well as a buffer against Iranian influence.
Yes, the world is fucked up.
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At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without. And beyond the classics—Instagram, Google Maps, Spotify, Uber, Seamless—we found some great apps that might help you too. (A star denotes that the app is free, or at least has a free version.)
For random life stuff…
A weather app with startling accuracy, its interface tells you things like: “Light rain starting in 22 minutes.” It also shows you beautiful weather maps that let you play local-news weather expert. “It’s like a wizard,” says our CTO, Gavin Hall. “If this app were available in the 1600s, it would have been burned at the stake for witchcraft.”
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Great recommends on here.
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TED stafferstravel a lot — to TEDx events all over the globe, to TED conferences in Canada, Brazil, the UK…. sowe love to trade travel tips for making the most of work and fun trips. Here are 40 of our best — including some oddball but practical ideas for vacation travel (to use up those miles).
For planning your trip…
Use an Incognito Window to book flights. “You know how you check the price of a flight, then go back a day later — and the price has gone up? That seems to happen less often if you use the Incognito function in Chrome. I also love Kayak, because it gives you advice on whether to book your ticket or wait for a better price.” — Kate Torgovnick May, writer
Try Airfarewatchdog.com. “You put in a destination, and get emails with updates on fares so you know…
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Insanity is occurring at this moment.
An Afghan acquaintance has “kidnapped” a young women and run off with her. I don’t think she was kidnapped so much as they have simply decided that they can’t live without each other and absconded away with one another…for the sake of their youthful, idealized, idyllic love.
Much to the consternation of his family and friends. He has also caused some turmoil for some folks who have helped him out along the way here in the Stan. His father may have faked a heart attack to escape the scene that now evolves and has situated himself in a hotel in Kabul. That may be the “Ariana Hotel.” His father may have had an actual heart attack or episode from the stress of tonight’s events. I’m not sure.
I called one of my acquaintances cell numbers only to reach his family. Specifically his father…who did not sound healthy at all. The father gave his phone to his young son who spoke English quite well. I asked after my young friend. Little Brother excitedly replied; “Wahid not come home after work. We looking for Wahid. If Wahid call you…you tell us.”
Little Brother is who informed me of their location – the Ariana Hotel.
As of this moment, this young man and his lady friend are on the run. Being that this is Afghanistan and his family SEEMS to have connections, I fear more for the safety and welfare of this young woman.
In Kabul and Herat, there are Women’s Prisons which hold many young Afghan ladies who were guilty of nothing more than being in love and running off with a young fellow. These women are usually found guilty of the idiotic “Crimes Against Chastity” and/or “bewitching young men and forcing immorality upon them.”
I’m sure the young man will get his hand slapped and little else. I fear that, if they are found or return of their own volition, the young girl is going to wind up in Kabul Women’s Prison.
There is another unfortunate twist to this.
The young lady in question is supposedly pregnant. The Father allegedly being my young acquaintance. Supposedly, they’ve “run off to Qandahar.” I’ve tried to contact him to talk some sense into him. Alas, my efforts bear no fruit.
Sounds like something out of a crime novel, does it not.
I hope everything works out. I fear it will not.
The other twist to this is Sharia law combined with Afghan customs. The oft discussed Pashtunwali has another side to it’s code of hospitality. It is a code of revenge. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Blood for blood.
If Wahid has either kidnapped this young lady. He will owe a blood debt for he has dishonored the family of the young lady. Wahid’s actions have humiliated this young woman’s family. That stain upon their family honor will exist until they have extracted a measure of satisfaction. This can be paid in blood or gold. The family might even demand female siblings of Wahid’s family as a means of settling this dispute. If the debt is not paid in gold or women, blood will be demanded. They will hunt Wahid. They may even avenge their “honor” by murdering or kidnapping members of his family.
Badal –may be understood as vengeance, revenge or justice. It requires violent reaction to a death, injury or insult. Advances on one’s zan, [ZAHN] zar [ZAHR] or zamin [ZAH-meen] (“women,” “wealth,” or “land”) are the most common offenses requiring revenge. The only acceptable defense of honor is revenge, equal to but not exceeding the original insult. Avenging an insult to a woman’s sexual purity is particularly important.
From Fabius Maximus
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Summary: What will America look like in in 2027, after another decade of our long war? In the second of this series William Lind describes two scenarios, failed and successful responses to risks regarded as likely among paleoconservatives. Seeing visions of the future like this can help you decide how to vote in November 2016. Perhaps the fears of each group are what most clearly distinguishes Left and Right in America.
Our future as two sides of the coin
By William S. Lind
The first toss of the coin: a dark vision
America’s “long war” continues to prove Sun Tzu correct: no nation ever benefits from a long war. From Afghanistan through Iraq to war with Iran (following Congress’s rejection of President Obama’s deal with Iran, which led to Iran building an atomic bomb, which led to an American attack), in Syria, and now in Saudi Arabia, America has failed…
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Op-Ed by Justin King
August 7, 2015
(TFC) Washington, DC – Recently, the discussion of people being more hostile to law enforcement has arisen. The overriding question for those in the law enforcement community is: why? Why have people become more hostile and more willing to use violence against law enforcement? It’s a question that has a clear answer, but sometimes when a person is inside of a system, they fail to see what is happening outside of that system. Law enforcement officers exist inside an insulated culture. They don’t typically have the opportunity to openly discuss why a trend is occurring with the average citizen. No, the people who show up to the citizen’s meet and greet are not average citizens.
Due to my job, I move through a lot of militant circles. Whether its chatting with black nationalists in a bookstore or drinking beer on a farm that is flying a Confederate flag, I am lucky enough to hear viewpoints that get left out of the media’s narrative. The one thing officers are correct about is the fact that the number of people who are becoming comfortable with the idea of using violence against them is increasing. It isn’t just the guys that wear combat boots as part of their daily ensemble anymore. It’s the young girl working at the bookstore and the gray-haired man that owns the gas station down the road from the farm. The question still remains: why?
It isn’t a single reason, it’s a combination of reasons. Some originate from law enforcement’s new culture, some aren’t really law enforcement’s fault. Each reason in the list below begins with a quote. The quotes are unattributed because in some jurisdictions the statement might be a crime.
If I fight, at least I have a chance. The number of people who were unarmed and complying that are harassed, searched, and have their rights violated on a daily basis is increasing. The videos are available on YouTube. The number of unarmed people that are gunned down by cops in uniform is also increasing. People have begun to associate these two. When you ask to search a car for no reason, expect resistance. When you demand compliance with illegal orders, expect to die. People, especially people of color, have come to the conclusion that if they are asked to step from the vehicle without an explanation, they are about to be assaulted or killed. There is no reason not to fight. Cops that behave like violent thugs, die like violent thugs.
Cop shoots my dog? As soon as I get out, I’m killing his kids. The increasing number of cops that pose for tough guy photos in SWAT gear for their Facebook page, who then turn into scared schoolgirls the second they see a dog has caused a backlash. Animal abusers are hated more than just about any other demographic except for pedophiles. Cops kill dogs without cause every day. People are tired of it. The interesting thing about this reason is that most people don’t plan on seeking revenge on the officer, they plan on seeking revenge on an innocent member of the officer’s family. Many officers have taken the stance that anyone in the house of a suspect is simply collateral damage. What happens when that standard is applied to your family?
Every time I see a Thin Blue Line bumper sticker, I know the person inside the car deserves to die. The Thin Blue Line behaves like any other street gang. People are beginning to see that. I was told a story about a guy who stopped to help a teenager change her tire, saw the sticker on her car, and then drove off without helping her. “She can call one of her daddy’s friends,” he said. A gang mentality is inclusive of those people in the gang, but breeds hatred in those outside of it.
I didn’t fight in Iraq to come home and see cops treating people worse than Saddam treated the Iraqis. Veterans in particular have a very serious concern with police militarization. When you dress and act like a third world goon squad, expect to be treated like one. If you execute no-knock warrants, ride around in an MRAP, cover your face with a mask, and systematically violate the rights of the people you are supposed to protect, you are a traitor. Nobody cares when traitors die.
They don’t care about what they do to people, why should I care when one of them bleeds out on the street?Officers tend to rationalize their activities with the phrases “it’s the law,” or “I’m just doing my job.” Many of the laws officers enforce are plainly immoral. If an officer is willing to arrest a priest for feeding the homeless, he will follow any order he’s given. If you’re willing to threaten someone with death for feeding the poor, you’re scum. It doesn’t matter what the law says. If a law is immoral, you have an ethical responsibility to not enforce it. If you care more about your job than your fellow man, you aren’t a hero. You’re a hired thug. Don’t expect people to care when somebody threats you like a thug. If an officer is killed enforcing a victimless crime or an immoral law, don’t expect parades for that officer. Expect laughter.
I killed for my rights in Afghanistan, I’ll kill for them here. Officers that believe they can violate people’s rightswithout consequence are running into more and more violence as they encounter veterans who don’t care what a judge ruled and what case law exists when it comes to identifying themselves for no reason, being searched, or any of the other countless violations officers engage in daily. The laws that have infringed on people’s rights are just words on piece of paper. They will not stop the person whose rights you are violating from putting you into a flag draped coffin. The rights are inalienable. You can’t take them away, the Congress can’t take them away. When you swore your oath, you swore to uphold the Constitution. I would suggest you take a look at the Ninth Amendment.
Nobody cries when the Sheriff of Nottingham dies. Law enforcement stopped being about “protecting and serving” years ago. Now it is about enforcing the law. Those laws are written by the wealthy and powerful to protect the wealthy and powerful. They target the poor with fines. Officers should think about their average day. How much of their time is spent solving murders, rapes, and robberies? How much of their time is spent writing speeding tickets, working on drug cases, harassing the homeless, busting prostitutes, working on behalf of a large corporation, or enforcing tax related laws (loose cigarettes)? An officer’s main job today is raising money for the state by pointing a gun at people. If you work in a profession that extorts people, expect to be treated like a extortionist. People pay only until the point where it becomes unbearable. Then they fight back.
When I [was a drug mule], I knew I’d start shooting the second a cop showed up. If a person is facing 20 to life for a nonviolent drug crime, they have nothing to lose by trying to shoot their way out. The Fraternal Order of Police lobbied for these idiotic laws. Now you’re dying because of them. It should be very clear how much legislators value your life when the penalties for possessing a plant are higher than for killing you.
It’s not like we’ll convict them in court. I say hold trial in the streets. For years, the Thin Blue Line has protected officers from criminal prosecution. The code of silence surrounding officer misconduct grew to such an extreme that the average American now believes that every officer is at least partially responsible for the sorry state of law enforcement. If people know they have no hope of justice in a courtroom, they’ll seek justice in other ways.
If you want the people to stop seeing you as traitors, you have to change you policies and behavior. When officers wonder why it seems like they’ve become hated all of sudden, it isn’t in their heads. They are hated. They are seen as the enemy. They’ve simply followed orders for so long that they don’t realize how disconnected they are from the people that they are supposed to be protecting. If officers want to see a change in the public perception, propaganda won’t do it. The American people can see through the propaganda. Lately cops have been pushing the statistic that 134 officers “were killed” last year. The American people can hop on Google and quickly find out that the statistic is a lie. Yes, 134 officers died while on duty last year, but they weren’t “killed.” 10 died as a result of illness. 19 died from heart attacks. 31 died in automobile accidents that were not pursuit related. How many were actually shot and killed? 49 (and a couple of those were instances where one cop shot another by accident). Bad propaganda is worse than no propaganda because it exposes the propagandist as a liar. Being a cop isn’t really that dangerous. Stop pushing the idea that it is.
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I’m a White dude — pure bred Cracker of Scots-Irish, Swiss origin. I think…that’s what legend tells me.
I’ve been subjected to racism. For instance, I was jumped by 8 Black guys when I was in the Army in Baumholder, Germany. I was one of four separate victims that night.
I never once used “Race” or “Color” to stereotype Black People. I don’t see life in binary colors.
I’ve had Black, Hispanic, Asian and, yes, White friends for as long as I can remember. I lived on Pope Street in Louisville, Kentucky. One street down the hill was Williams Street — home to the Page brothers who were pretty good boxers. We lived in the shadow of Muhammad Ali and we grew up believing him to be a larger than life hero.
I once walked into a room full of Black guys about half of whom were my friends. Jack, the guy who looked a helluva a lot like Ice Cube, yelled; “Hey fuckin’ Cracker! What the hell do you want?”
I answered; “Nothin’ Nigga!”
And the whole room cracked up laughing.
I’ve always had excellent relationships with anyone who wasn’t an ass.
I never really cared about the whole color thing on an individual level while simultaneously being fascinated by cultural differences.
Where I work now, my Boss calls me “White boy!” and I laugh and rejoin with “Nothing’, ya fuckin’ racist bastard.” And we all laugh.
I fully realize that my being White has contributed greatly to the ease with which I interact with and benefit from/with people and those who have hired me and for whom I have worked — Black, White, Hispanic, Araba, Asian and any other race you can name.
I know for a fact that being White has granted me access to places, events, people and things all over the world.
In China and most of Southeast Asia, people are fascinated by my “Whtie skin.” Asia has a “White is beauty, Black is ugly” dynamic that is, quite frankly, appalling. My girlfriend of several years used to tell me that she was Black. She’s approximately the color that most White girls aspire to when they are tanning. And when she tans, White women are jealous of it.
Strange, I know.
I constantly tell my girlfriend that she is beautiful. “Black” skin and all.
In Afghanistan, the Afghan Officers with whom I work told me that my girlfriend looks African and is too dark and that I should find a nice White woman and then show me photos of Iranian women who are only slightly lighter skinned than my girlfriend.
Skin color is confusing. The slightest shades make huge differences to people.
In Egypt, I was granted access to touristy places that were shut off to most because the strange tourist officials wanted to take pictures with the big white guy whom they kept calling Hercules. They virtually ignored my friend Humberto who was also American of Mexican origin because, well, he looked like them.
I have benefited from my skin color. I’ve also made great sacrifices to get to where I am. I’ve risked my life and taken chances that most Americans could never dream of.
I have helped many, many people along my journey. Some White, Some Black, Some Arab, Some Asian…Muslims, Christians, Atheists and Jewish, Buddhist and Hindu.
If I thought helping them would not come back to bite me in the ass or, more importantly, hinder me in helping others, I help others. I turned down my own White cousin when she asked for help with a recommendation and I told her the reason. She had a poor track record and I didn’t want her quitting on me and ruining it for some other who deserved the assist. She understood and we are still quite close.
I say all of this not to say that I’m a good person and not racist. I fully recognize that every human has built in and learned prejudices. I am not a good person. I’m not a bad person. I’m simply a human being who tries, sometimes fails and sometimes succeeds in treating others as I would like to be treated.
When “People of Color” (such a silly term…as if we aren’t all colored uniquely) make blanket statements about White people or White Americans, I get a bit touchy.
I’m a White person. I fully realize that racism exists and I have spent my life actively fighting it. I’ve called White and Black people out on their Bigotry. When a White friend used the word “nigger” in the privacy of our barracks room, I ripped him a new one. When a Black friend said all Afghans are “worthless raghead pieces of shit,” I ripped him a new one. Likewise when folks act foolishly and stereotype all Thai people when they’ve been insulted or in some way wronged by one Thai person, I refute their lunatic assertions that all Thai people are this, that or the other.
There is no such animal as a “person of color.” There are no two people on this planet that are the same color. “White” people are not bereft of color. I know White people who grew up in predominantly Black neighborhoods who “act Black” and cannot code switch to “Whitey-eze.”
I know Black people who cannot speak urban slang or “Ebonics.” I know 2ndGen Colombian-Americans who do not speak a word of Spanish and I know Mexicans who can barely speak English.
To portray all of any people any thing is an injustice. Constantly reading articles by “People of Color” and “Allies of People of Color” (I’m not ever sure what the hell that means…) telling me that “White people are…..” or “Why White people freak out when told they are racists” and other inane articles without an ounce of nuance irritate the shit out of me.
I cringe. Why? I know the reaction to these articles is nothing more than tens of thousands of minds slamming shut!
I know that if I made a stereotyping statement about any group except for “White” people, I would be branded a racist by those of you who wish to pretend that the world is divided between “people of color” and White people.
I know that I have seen Black people treated worse in Africa than I’ve ever seen them treated in America. I was born in 1968. I know that one of my good friends holds a hell of a lot of anger because of his upbringing in South Carolina and his Grandfathers treatment at the hands of White Southerners.
There is much injustice in America. There always has been. More than likely, there always will be.
There is racism, bigotry and discrimination in America. I know this for a fact.
None of these things will be solved…ever…if we do not learn how to have real, honest and open dialogue.
White people can experience bigotry including racism.
If any American ever stopped to think about it, Europeans (i.e., White People, Crackers, Whitey) are the minority on this planet. Europe began its ascendancy geo-politically a mere 400 years ago. Prior to that, the largest “White” Empire was Rome. There is much evidence that Rome was much more ethnic than the European Colonizers would have us believe.
At some point, we must begin to be honest with each other. We must be open. We must stop accusing all or none. We must accept differences. Not tolerate but ACCEPT and we must do so in an open manner.
I have seen this work.
I have always been accepted for who I am and have always accepted folks for who they are. I fell into it. I was lucky. I learned to look past differences early on in my life. I have been rewarded countless times for this fortunate accident.
It is…unfortunate that we can’t all simply accept differences and move on together.
Worse than this is the fact that every 6 months, each organization stops what they are doing, looks around and heads in a different direction. About every 18 months, the cycle of stupidity circles back around to exactly the same priorities and organizational structure as before.
The United State Army reinvents the wheel in Afghanistan on average every 18 months. The State Department has their own wheels that they keep re-inventing as well.
And no one communicates with anyone else.
The only continuity has been the contractors who have been there, done that, seen it all. Contractors are exactly the last people whom any United States organization would ask for advice, assistance or guidance. This is so despite continuity being the exact reason for which Contractors are hired. Most Contractors work closely with the US Military and State Department. Even so, when it comes to major decisions, the way ahead or guidance, Contractors are usually the very last persons whom the US Military will seek out for input.
It is amazing. I’ve seen the same programs attempted and failed at least three times each.
And still the worm turns…It is almost as if we want to fail.
“We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population. And the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”
Che Guevara held racist ideas in his youth and may have carried them forward into la revolucion’. Not a living human knows for sure what was in the heart of Che’. What cannot be denied is that he was an exceptionally brutal, murderous and bloody revolutionary.
Nathan Bedford Forrest was the author the Fort Pillow Massacre. He was also a founding member of the Klu Klux Klan.
Forrest also went on to disavow the KKK. He helped shut the doors of the KKK in his lifetime. He also spoke against the murder of Black Americans by criminals. His words. He called them criminals. He advocated for more humane treatment of the freed slaves and advocated for their admission into law school in Tennessee.
“After only a year as Grand Wizard, in January 1869, faced with an ungovernable membership employing methods that seemed increasingly counterproductive, Forrest issued KKK General Order Number One: “It is therefore ordered and decreed, that the masks and costumes of this Order be entirely abolished and destroyed.” By the end of his life, Forrest’s racial attitudes would evolve — in 1875, he advocated for the admission of blacks into law school — and he lived to fully renounce his involvement with the all-but-vanished Klan.”
Forrest changed. He renounced his racist past. Compared to our age, Forrest more than likely went to his deathbed with what we would consider bigoted attitudes. Yet, he did more for Black Americans than your average Democrat or Republican of our time.
If Forrest and the Confederate Battle Flag should be purged from the American Landscape, so too should Margaret Sanger who agitated for the extermination of the Black Race and Che Guevara who wrote openly of his bigotry and murdered many more and in just as cold blood as Nathan Bedford Forrest.
If we are to “cure” America of racism via the purging of symbols and historical figures in some Maoist Cultural Revolution, we should look to all symbols of racism, hatred and bigotry. Targeting only the Right is not the answer. West Virginia’s Robert Byrd, Lyndon B. Johnson, Woodrow Wilson all were at least as racist as any leader of the Confederate States of America up to a point in their lives and possibly to the end of their lives.
Strom Thurmond was a Democrat turned Republican. He switched parties allegedly over the Civil Rights movement. Democrats make this statement despite the fact that Republicans voted FOR the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on average at an 80% rate while Democrats voted for the the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at a 63% rate.
Strom Thurmond also had a Black daughter which, I’m sure, helped to modify his racial attitudes. He put her through College at an HBC. He also supported her throughout her life.
Racial attitudes are rarely simple…rarely “black and white.” Race is a complex issue. The issues of Race, Racism, Bigotry and Discrimination cannot be brought to resolution simply by ridding ourselves of symbols and statues.
There must be real and open communication. Putting White Teens through guilt trip driven reality TV is no discussion. That will come to no good end.
The discussion must be open. It must be real. It cannot be one sided. There are millions of White folks out there who are not racist. There are millions of Black folks out there who aren’t racist. There are also other races in America who are often left out of the discussion. The discussion cannot be a “People of Color” against White People dialogue either. White Privilege only goes so far when you live in a Trailer Park and are dependent upon the government and educated in one of America’s Branches of Public Wage Slave Propaganda.
What must be realized is that racism will never go away. Bigotry will never go away. As long as there are two humans or two groups of humans, one will vie for supremacy over the other. In old Europe, Race was Class. One’s class determined one’s place in society. The Race that we recognize today is a product of Colonialism and European Oppression, Suppression and Exploitation of the world.
Yes, Slavery was a part of that. However, it was only a component.
If we are ever going to come to a place of understanding, we have to understand that how we understand and react to race is based upon the lies of Colonialism and that these race based ideologies were thrust upon us.
Once we begin to comprehend this, we can move towards a better understanding of who we are as a HUMAN RACE. The Color Line is as artificial as Jim Crow, Apartheid and Mao’s Cultural Revolution.
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Prostitution wasn’t rampant on the bases in Afghanistan. It was there, though. The running joke was the “Thirty Five Dollar Haircut.” The Army and Air Force Exchange Service or AAFES (Ay-feez) ran a Beauty Salon at the Post Exchange (PX) complex on Bagram Airfield (BAF). All of the girls who worked there were from Bishkek or Karshi Khanabad in the Kyrgyz Republic. Some of them were beautiful. You could get a haircut, a manicure, pedicure or a massage. For a month or so in early 2004, you could get a blow job. All you had to do was walk in and ask for the 35$ hair cut. Of course, it was illegal. As soon as they caught the girls, they fired them and sent them home.
At about the same time, the Army caught a young, pretty Airman selling it for fifty bucks a pop. This girl was caught in…
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I was reading Tamerlane ~ Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World when I came across this passage. I laughed out loud. Unny was sitting beside me and looked at me funny. So I “made” her read the passage. She looked at me like I was an idiot and asked me why it was funny.
I couldn’t really explain why? It just was….
The book was a most entertaining read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Justin Marozzi has a similar style to John Man. Man writes exhaustively about Central Asia, China, Genghis Khan and his grandson Kublai.
Timur was a madman. I love the guy.
We need a Timur or a Genghis in our age. Someone with the balls to do what is necessary rather than politicize and haggle like clucking hens.
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I had gone to the bazaar to buy a movie to watch. They were banned but you could still get them. While I was walking home, a talib stopped me. I had the movie in my hand which was tucked inside my jacket. He asked me what I had in my hand. I told him it was a movie. The talib told me to give him the movie and to come with him. I asked him where we were going. He told me he was taking me to his base. I refused. I told him; “I’m not going to just go with you.” He was carrying a big stick and he started beating me with it. He hit me on the back, across my face, on my head. A few other talibs joined in and beat me until I was bleeding about my head. My nose was busted. They took…
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A Down and Dirty History of Operation Enduring Freedom
BOHICA ~ Bend Over Here It Comes Again
Operation Enduring Freedom ~ War Without End
On 11 September 2001, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center came tumbling down in an immense cloud of smoke. Osama bin Laden hiding in his base camp in the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan had planned one of the most audacious attacks in American history. Two commercial aircraft flew into the World Trade Center buildings, one flew into the Pentagon and, finally, a final hi-jacked commercial airliner went down in a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers onboard regained control of their 747 from the Arab terrorists.
A few months later, American CIA and US Army Special Forces, on the orders of George W. Bush, invaded Afghanistan. The US CIA and Special Forces teams linked up with Rashid Doostum and other commanders of…
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