Sunday, November 24, 2013

Brazil..It's "Jus Lyke Compton"


I happened to "grow up" during the beginning era of "rap" and "hip-hop" so I vividly remember the premiere airing of "Yo! MTV Raps"...My ten year-old brain literally thought that life could get no better...in hindsight what a now sick and sad thought....glad I eventually learned better(and still learning).

At any rate, "Jus Lyke Compton"(1992) is the title of a rap/song performed by DJ Quik.

If you're familiar with the song, then this post's title immediately makes sense to you and you could probably stop reading here.

In the song, Quik tells a sick and sad tale of how all of the ghetto glorification that he experienced in his hometown of Compton was, to his surprise, to be found occurring  in various other places that he toured throughout the US. From Compton, Calif, to Denver, to Missouri, to Texas, the story was the same.

No, he didn't label it "ghetto glorification" , and I'm doing so here to attempt to codify and put into context exactly what I heard him saying. His experience, as outlined in the song were not then unique, nor isolated, nor random, and definitely not normal. What I didn't realize then, and maybe he didn't either, was that the stage was being set to totally re-configure the thinking and behavior of untold numbers of easily impressionable young black males and steer them toward early death and/or very lengthy prison sentences.


And what about Brazil?  How is it "Jus Lyke Compton"?

Well, read for yourself.

A black youth is 3.7 times more likely to be killed in Brazil than a white youth

From 2002-2010, 272,422 Afro-Brazilians murdered - Rates rise for blacks while falling for whites


Despite how things appear, these events do not occur within in a vacuum.....

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Compensatory Book Review Followup

In the earlier review of The United-Independent Compensatory Code System Concept a textbook/workbook for Thought, Speech and/or Action for Victims of Racism (white supremacy) by Neely Fuller Jr., I stated:

"If the author's thesis is correct, this will likely be the most important "book" you could ever read on the subject.
NOTE: I put "book" in quotes because to assume that its "just another book", would be a monumental mistake."
As noted above, I now understand better why "book" was the wrong term to use.

It is because of the limited scope in which we typically envision a book that I was hesitant to use the term.

Yes, by all standards and conventions, it is a paperback book. There are words on papers that are bound together along the left-hand margin. There is a spine and a front cover and a back cover. Each page/paper is numbered, and the pages are sequential - it is a "book."

But it is more than a book, and even the title of the book ("workbook") indicates as much.

It is a tool/toolkit and should be viewed and used as such.

It's not a novel, nor a suspense, nor a crime-thriller.

It's not science fiction  nor is it"street-lit".

It is a tool in the same vein as a fork, a pencil, a hammer,  a drill, a screwdriver, a lettuce shredder, a hydraulic jack.

Each tool has a specific purpose and you use it when you need it.

The intention of the workbook is identical to that of every other tool.

One reads a suspense novel for enjoyment, escapism, or some other personal satisfaction.

A victim of racism reads AND uses the suggestions in the workbook because they are in need of tools/equipment to accomplish a specific task.

That is why it is more than a book, it is a tool. It is a workbook for thought, speech, and action.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ghetto Glorification

Ghetto Glorification. Use this term to apply to any behavior by one or more Non-White person that helps to produce, promote, and/or praise, speech or action that is primitive, savage, silly, stupid, and/or in other ways destructive, that directly or indirectly support White Supremacy(Racism).

pg. 132 A Compensatory Counter-Racist Codified Word Guide author Neely Fuller Jr.

Sometimes a cynic, instead of blogging about the absence and need for /justice/, correctness, and their logical outcome: peace, I almost named this blog "Black Life Ain't Worth Shit" at blogspot.com.

And no apology for the use of the four-letter word.

I mean/t it with the full impact of the term.

Here's one (among far too many) reasons why.

15 Year Old High School Student Shoots and Kills a 50 Year Old Male for 10 U.S. Dollars

The cynical me creeps back in as I try to stay logical and on point with this, but its admittedly difficult to do.

But come on, murder someone and have only Ten U.S. dollars to show for it?

Sure, it can be argued that the killers (one is still unaccounted for) had hoped to get much more cash but I digress and its besides the point.

The point is, it could've and could be you and me, minding our own business, and in this case, trying to run a business, when a terribly misguided younger(or older) black male decides too that our life ain't worth shit.

I'm just saying..

And in BREAKING News:

In the surreal world that currently exists, while doing more research into this particular story...I find that today, yes, today as I pen this blog entry, the very same store was again robbed and this time, the store owner was actually shot. Back in August, he got "lucky", this time - not so much.

Further supporting my cynical assertion that black life really ain't worth shit.

After the first incident, a neighbor stated that he had been in the same neighborhood for 54 years and NEVER had a single robbery attempt. And now, two incidents in less than 90 days - both times involving gunshots...one person dead and one person thinking long and hard about whether its worth it to try to run a store in the 'hood.

But I won't belabor the issue.

Admittedly, I don't know all of the particulars surrounding what took place in either incident, but I do know enough to know that taking another life is not and never is a trivial matter.

I reiterate here the immediate need to change the current "rules" concerning what should be done about unjust killing and the perpetrators.

The current "rules" simply don't go nearly far enough.

"Take a life, give a(your) life" - should be the motto and maybe, just maybe we will then be headed in the direction toward justice, correctness, and peace...

The glamor in killing people is a sickness and demands a very strong statement...

Friday, November 1, 2013

Debt, Justice, Civilization

Justice, according to compensatory definition is:

1) balance between people,

2) guaranteeing that no person is mistreated and,

3) guaranteeing that the person who needs help the most, gets the most constructive help.

The above 3-part definition describes a condition that has never existed in all of recorded history!

Let that sink in.

Once the above condition is produced, logically, the very first civilization can and will begin.


I have completed a reading of Debt: The First 5,000 Years  by David Graeber and the above point, while not as explicitly stated, is readily apparent throughout the reading.

In my opinion he confirms that what is classically defined as "civilization" has been nothing more than a long game of "one-up-man-ship" throughout the ages.

Any claims to the existence of any civilization at anytime is pretense and fantasy.

"Civilization" suggests people acting in a"civil" manner toward others - at all times and in all places - however, no evidence suggests that this has ever been the case.

Throughout the book, which centers on debunking several myths regarding the nature(myth) of barter, "free" markets, debt, and the origins of money and credit, the author gives an interesting overview of the historical interactions of various peoples and cultures throughout the world - from ancient Sumer to the present.

And the fact is that the truth is not nearly as pretty as any group has ever painted it, and Debt...the mere existence and our current attitudes toward "debt" as we know it is absolute proof of this.

Of particular interest (to me at least) is the author's discussion of debt's direct and indirect role in what is now known as the "Tran-Atlantic Slave Trade". As Graeber describes it, "when human economies and commercial economies collide"...the consequences are devastating. There may be currently, no clearer example than the slave trade.

Also interesting is the author's discussion of what has historically occurred when a country has no natural resources for export and trade. In the absence of these resources, the chosen "commodity" for export is hardly ever discussed by economists or historians- because again, the truth of the matter isn't very flattering at all.

Dowry, the practice of wearing veils, bride-price, debt-pledges, peonage, blood-money, aristocracy, slavery, war..again, "civilization" has never existed and has yet to be produced.

So where to from here?

With respect to all of the accumulated history and accomplishments of mankind up to this very moment, Justice, as defined above in 3-parts, begs to be produced...it simply begs to be realized.

Then, and only then, can civilization even begin.

Also of note is that all of the grand philosophies, concepts, and ideas that many champion and take for granted, e.g. "capitalism" began simply as unrealistic, utopian ideas (p. 354). These ideas were generated within the minds of people. The point being that just as certain ideas have set the world on a cycle of war, conquest, and slavery(p 385) new ideas are needed to counter this very cycle and change the current trajectory for the better.

What better new (utopian?) idea than that of world wherein there is balance between people, guaranteeing that no person is mistreated, and guaranteeing that the person who needs help the most, gets the most constructive help?

Eric Spann (copyright 2014) 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Nostalgia



An honest psychologist might say that "nostalgia" is a form of mental illness.

Looking back at the "good 'ol days" offers little profit.

Seems that everyone has selective memory when it comes to the "good 'ol days" - remembering only those things that are pleasant and/or flattering to one's particular worldview.

 Sometimes we just get stuck in nostalgia, causing severe impairment of necessary critical thought.

Victims of racism cannot afford this luxury.

I imagine that every generation of "free born" black persons looks back at the previous generation as the good ol' days.

I think this is a mistake...there were no good 'ol days...they are a figment of the imagination.

Follow me.

Being a 70's child, I was told that the golden-era was the 60's.

Huh?

Dare I list the number of known tragedies meted out directly against black and other non-white people in the late 50s and through the 60's?

Church bombings....and more church bombings...Martin...Malcolm...Vietnam...???

As noted, the 50's were not any better than the 60's, no more than the 40's were better than the 50's.

In some extreme cases, we even become nostalgic about times and places that we've never even personally experienced.

At some point there has to be the realization that we very often imagine/wished/hoped/dreamed things to better than they truly were in the "good 'ol days."

I'm trying to prevent myself from catching the nostalgia bug...because its paralyzing..

(to be continued)



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Logic and Spirit


"There is no necessary contradiction between being a rational and logical thinker and being spiritual. It's not either/or. You're not in a situation where if you're spiritual you can't think or reason. In fact, a truly spiritual person is a clear thinker, an enlightened person, a knowledgeable person..."
- Dr. Amos Wilson

Monday, October 28, 2013

Quotable

The funny thing about quotes is that as time passes it becomes near impossible to find its original author regardless, the following quote is great:

"The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of bigger ideas, never returns to its original size." 

Other variations:

“The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.”

 "Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.”

 
– some sources attribute it to Oliver Wendell Holmes...or Albert Einstein...or Ralph Emerson

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Code

I think that some groups of people intuitively understand the idea of having a code. Within these groups, the idea of a code comes almost naturally...instinctively? Meaning, it doesn't take a lot of "reminding" them to abide by the code in their day-to-day interactions with one another and other people. I admit that I could be totally misguided in my thinking this but, in my observations of people, it does appear this way. I think it is a code that "unites" the people of say a "Chinatown" within a large US city. Is this a written code? I don't know....I can only ponder. I only use the example of "Chinatown" out of expediency here..as there are many other examples.  But interestingly, really - amazingly,  the most visible and powerful  example of "code followers" are hidden in plain sight.

 

Friday, September 13, 2013

"Reality TV" - Really?

It is interesting to hear discussions about the "realness" of this or that particular "reality" television show.

But one point that is rarely discussed is- "real" or "fake" in comparison to what?

Stated differently, what exactly is REAL? and what isn't?

Like, what is the 100% genuine artifact that any so-called "reality" is compared to?

Take for instance a recent "reality" show, that in reality was only a "show" about a "reality show".

How convoluted.

It can most certainly be argued that television should be eliminated and not be watched, but that misses the point.

The fact that there exists a genre and term - "reality television" - simply begs some questions:

What is reality?

Who defines reality?

And, how do you know "real" when you see it?

Think about it.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Why I Started This Blog / Some observations

This blog was started by me as a reaction to the very present realities of racism.

Specifically, I observed that my comments to news stories in local online newspapers were not being posted or would be subsequently removed shortly after posting.

I also observed that the most vile and racist rhetoric could be posted within the same comments section and remain posted there unscathed.

Despite the overtly racists comments that I would sometime respond/offer suggestions to, I intentionally and purposely kept my own comments within the "community rules" i.e. no profanity, no name calling, no spam, etc. yet my comments were consistently banished. 

This has happened to me on far too many occasions to be mere coincidence, and so I rarely bother to post or even read the comments sections anymore given what I have observed.

So I write my observations here.

My observations have informed me that:

1. online censorship is prevalent;

2. racist comments are much more welcome than solution oriented comments;

3."liberal" racists practice the same, but more refined, racism as "conservative" racists;

4. Racism is a sport, and an actual fetish to a Racist...