Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Colorism Confusion

Built right into the word itself is utter confusion.

No surprise though given that the system of racism literally thrives in the confusion of its non-white victims.

The same generates the confusion, fuels it, fosters it, perpetuates it and assuredly profits from it. The profit being its very existence.

In isolation, "colorism" might mean something however, it doesn't exist in isolation; it exists in a wider context of racism/white supremacy.

Why is this important/relevant?

For the simple fact that it removes the focus off of the actual issue at hand.

It is a magnificent distraction designed to literally befuddle non-white people.

And it works.

"Colorism's" close cousin is the belief that black people are in fact more racist toward other black people.

A total contradiction in terms if there ever was one.

Its no wonder we haven't yet solved the race problem as we don't know what we are looking at.

But again, no surprise.

In the absence of a real, functioning, operational definition for the term racism, we go with the default definition given to us by the very racist themselves.

Beyond all of the academic terms, countless millions of books, lectures and debates - distilled, the best definition most arrive at is a statement that goes something like: "everybody is a little racist".

This is because until now we have allowed the racists to play this game of semantics to their advantage and to our extreme disadvantage. It is time for some real self-determination and creativity.

With the super squishy and elastic conclusion and definition that "everybody is a little racist",  we are stuck with a problem that can not be solved.

After all, if it is everybody, then we're all even, we're all to blame..no harm, no foul.

Worse, if black people are racist toward other black people, then we have no real right to gripe about any of it anyway. Remember "judge not...."

Then we are our own worst enemy it is often said.

This line of thought is also self-defeating, and we're right back to square one.

Distracted and confused.

We then argue and fight among ourselves about who and what the real problem really is.


Is colorism truly the perennial issue? Or is it only a mere symptom of a bigger, more insidious problem?

I  propose that it is the latter.

Yes, non-white people do possess some very serious animus towards one another.

More accurately described, its poison.

We do not like each other for all types of social and historical reasons but it is the truth.

In the midst of this utter disdain we're then fed the line that "colorism" is the blame and we take that and run.

An entire cottage industry then springs up around this insanity and we move further and further away from truth.

In an effort to provide some semblance of clarity, and a modicum of focus, in support of the compensatory concept I propose the adoption of the functional definition for the term racism to mean the same thing as white supremacy.

This immediately "disqualifies" a black person from being racist towards another black person for the logical reason that one must be a white person in order to practice white supremacy.

Further, to deal with the colorism confusion, recognize it for what it truly is:

Victims of racism (white supremacy) mistreating other victims of white supremacy (racism) for the further strengthening and increasing the power of the system of white supremacy..

When non-white people are at odds with one another over shades of brown, length of hair, and type of hair, they (collectively) are made weaker while the system of racism maintains and grows in power.

Want evidence?

Just look around.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Friday, December 26, 2014

Case Study: Liberia Part II

Even if they can't locate it on a map, a lot of people have likely now become familiar with the country known as Liberia due to the latest outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Ghastly images of people laying (and dying) in the middle of the street, while others helplessly (though maybe prudently) stand by and watch.

Make shift "hospitals"and "care centers" made of plastic blue tarps sitting on dirt fields.

Literally plastic shacks...for the treatment and containment of a most serious and contagious virus...

Healthcare workers covered from head to toe in space-like rubber suits with giant boots and goggles appearing like they are in the middle of contamination from a nuclear fallout.

Who could have imagined that this is the exact same place/land that, a mere 90-odd years ago, Marcus Garvey had attempted to purchase and develop to give black people a home and haven as they were fleeing the lynchings and other unfettered abuses in the U.S./America?

The Liberian-story contains every element of the most unbelievable story one could imagine...and this is no exaggeration. It is like a tragicomedy with a whole lot of tragedy and very little comedy. With Ebola, as deadly serious as it is, being just the latest "blip" or wrinkle in that story.

Truly, to quote Neely Fuller Jr., "if you do not understand White Supremacy (Racism) - what is it, and how it works - everything else that you understand will only confuse you."


As discussed in Part I, the group of white men (racist suspects/racial parents) operating under the title "The Society for the Colonization of Free People of Color of America" had great plans for the "negro."

Part of the "negro problem" at that time included fear of  "slave revolts/rebellions".

The revolts would be sparked in part due to the increasing number and visibility of "free people of color" and "free Negroes" as the erstwhile primitive "savage" was becoming smarter and increasingly discontented about his enslaved condition.

The solution put forth by the Colonization Society was to get rid of the black people and its "negro problem" by deporting them to Africa. 

Liberia specifically.

Estimates vary, but only a very small percentage of the black people accepted the Society's offer of relocation. Of the millions of slaves and free blacks in America at that time far fewer than 20,000 ever actually went back under the auspices of the Colonization Society. In fact, during the first 12 years of this relocation program fewer than 3,000 had made the journey.

Excitement to "return" to Africa was muted at best. Compounded by mistrust in the motives of the Colonization Society, several generations and  far removed from Africa, few black people then (as now) had any real knowledge or connection to the land.

To force the issue of relocation/deportation to Africa many slave owners would only release their slaves with what amounted to a one-way ticket to Liberia. Remain here as a slave, or be "free" in Liberia - your choice. Some wills stipulated that at the owner's death the plantation be sold and the proceeds used for the single purpose of sending the (now freed) slaves to Liberia.

On the subject of land/property- while Liberia was not under direct colonial rule (see Part I) the land itself wasn't empty/uninhabited. While the Colonization Society had grand plans for sending people from America to Liberia there was the matter of exactly where these people were to settle. Land was needed.

What do you do when the land is already occupied? And you believe in the maintenance of the system of white supremacy?

You take it.

"(Robert) Stockton along with Dr. Eli Ayers of the American Colonization Society negotiated a treaty that led to the founding of the state of Liberia. One source describes that he "leveled a pistol at King Peter's head and thereby convinced the latter to sell some of his territory." (emphasis mine) -wiki
Checkpoint #2
 
While I am duty bound (by code) to not call Mr. Stockton a racist, this solitary act is most definitely something a racist would do. The use of violence and/or the threat of violence is the "modus operandi" of a racist.

Liberia, as a nation, began with an act of violence, setting the course for what would prove to be only the beginning of a long history of the same.

(to be continued) 

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Case Study: Liberia Part I

The story of Liberia is nothing short of fascinating.

Certainly the entire land mass commonly known as Africa is tremendously rich; figuratively and literally, but Liberia's story, for the observant, provides a wealth of insight into the mechanics of the system of racism/white supremacy.

Disclaimer: I do not presume to be a scholar of Liberian history. I only share here my observations and a few opinions based on the available data.

Liberia is one of only two (yes two!) land areas in the entire landmass of Africa that did not come under direct European colonial rule.


This point should not be missed

Restated: In practical terms, just 100 years ago over 90% of the landmass of Africa was directly controlled by European powers...ALL of Africa except for Liberia and Ethiopia.

Maybe a picture will help.



 img:Wikimedia-Eric Gaba

Every blue, pink, purple, green, and yellow shade on the map represents a "different" colonial power...pretty much the entire map. This is the outcome of the "gentleman's agreement" known as the Berlin Conference aka The Scramble for Africa aka The Conquest of Africa..

Noteworthy are that the colors represent colonial ownership by Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain. Absent is latecomer U.S./America.

Liberia is that small greyish spot on the Western coast. Notice Ethiopia is to the East.

The relevance being that with 90+% of the landmass of Africa under the control of European colonization, there remained only slim pickings from the African pie.


Enter the American Colonization Society (ACS).

Destination: The Pepper Coast (now known as Liberia)

With the "noble" aims to "assist" the non-white population of the United States (both free and formerly enslaved)  with returning to Africa, the ACS was formed.

"Noble" given that the ACS supporters and founders consisted of a motley crew of then current and former slaveholders/traders as well as "philanthropic" abolitionist- types. To say the aims and objectives of the ACS were a bit schizophrenic is an understatement.

Further, it would not be a mis-characterization to state that to the extent that a Racist had anything to do with the ACS it is in fact the true though illegitimate parent of present-day Liberia.


Checkpoint #1

According to compensatory counter-racist logic as long as the system of White Supremacy(Racism) exists, ALL of the Non-White people of the known universe are the illegitimate children of the Racists.

Liberia, (its origin, its history, its contemporary status) is but a solitary example.


(to be continued) 

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Racial Classification Confusion

In this exchange of views between Mr. Fuller and host Khari is further elaboration (deconstruction) of the term African-American.

Why is this relevant and/or necessary?

Answer: To help reveal truth.








Sunday, August 3, 2014

Major People Activity #2: Education



Dr. James Anderson outlines the beginnings of "negro" education in The Education of Blacks in the South , 1860-1935 (1988).

Initially, ex-slaves attempted to create an educational system that would support and extend their emancipation, but their children were pushed into a system of industrial education that presupposed black political and economic subordination. This conception of education and social order--supported by northern industrial philanthropists, some black educators, and most southern school officials--conflicted with the aspirations of ex-slaves and their descendants, resulting at the turn of the century in a bitter national debate over the purposes of black education. Because blacks lacked economic and political power, white elites were able to control the structure and content of black elementary, secondary, normal, and college education during the first third of the twentieth century. Nonetheless, blacks persisted in their struggle to develop an educational system in accordance with their own needs and desires.

Like many other enduring myths, truth is the only antidote.

One has to be very suspicious where the discussion of black children, education, and taxes are concerned.

The myth goes something like this:

Educating black students is an undue tax burden imposed on the responsible, hardworking white citizenry "taxpayer."

Further, public school education should be done away with in favor of more "market-driven" ideas (e.g. charter schools).

The irony in the above, aside from the obvious fact that black people also pay taxes (but actually get less in return) is that:

1) public "free" education, particularly in the south, has its genesis in the desire of ex-slaves to educate themselves, in an autonomous and self-sustaining manner,

2) every since the very beginning of "free" public education, black tax dollars have been diverted to paying for everybody else's education, specifically that of white children. (pg. 149;154, Anderson)

"This alternative to state-financed public education was necessary because in the early twentieth century whites all over the South seized the school funds belonging to the disfranchised black citizens, gerrymandered school districts so as to exclude blacks from certain local tax benefits..."

Few realize it but in the time period following "formal" chattel slavery there were very few schools, for anyone white or black.

Even white children, unless part of the "aristocratic" slaveholding class, had very little access to education.

Lesser known are the efforts that the then recently freed slaves made towards learning and the founding of their own schools....AND....the desire to maintain constructive control over the education of their children.

Significant is that every since that time there has been a concerted effort to either prevent, control and/or subvert the educational efforts of black children.


My guess is that very few black parents, teachers, administrators, or school boards are at all familiar with the details found in this book - which is tragic - given the current state of the very schools in which many of them are employed and are the product of.

But its not at all surprising either - given the history.

In the system of racism black people, as a rule, are supposed to be ignorant about everything that is of constructive value.

And this too is nothing new.

Recall that slaves were severely punished for simply attempting to learn how to read.

The point here is that anytime there is a discussion about "achievement gaps" and the failure of black students and urban/inner-city schools, do know that truth becomes the very first casualty in the discussion.

Euphemisms such as:

"community schools" "charter schools" "education reform" "failing schools" "state takeover" "school consolidation" "city/county school merger/split" etc. are ALL rhetoric designed specifically to obfuscate the real issue.

That being that non-white children are to never, ever be allowed the same level or quality of education as that of white children.

This is the real story behind so-called school "segregation" and "white flight."

Non-white education is supposed to be inferior - by intent and design and as Dr. Anderson(1988) carefully outlines, this design has its genesis during the period immediately after the so-called emancipation of the slaves.

Fast forward to present-day ...white parents, on balance, do not want to share the classroom with non-white students because they recognize this fact very well.

Hence the perpetual cat and mouse game of good white school turned failed black school.

Once it is perceived that the school (and neighborhood) is becoming "too black", the white students leave as well as the bulk of the resources.

And then the hand-wringing and endless, fruitless debates about "reforming" the school begins.

This story repeats so often and in so many different locales that the only real surprise is that we haven't yet connected the dots.

But this failure to connect the dots is itself directly related to the inferior education given and received.

...Even in 2014, these dots are simply not supposed to relate.

Correct history shows us that sub-par schools do not coincidentally occur, as nothing does.

So how do we counter this concerted effort to keep non-white people in a state of extreme and total ignorance?

First, it is imperative to understand Racism and how it works in ALL areas of activity.

Second, as individuals, we produce and practice a counter-racist code.

That's The Assignment.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Most Powerful Government

According to Compensatory Counter-Racist Logic the most powerful and only functional "government" in the known universe is The "government" of White Supremacy(racism).

Yes, even more powerful than the "U.S. Government".

Proof? Example?

Here is but one (of countless many):

The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands aka  the "Freedmen's Bureau"

Chartered for one year, it existed (barely) seven.

Per Wikipedia (accessed 7/27/14):

"the Freedmen's Bureau was a U.S. federal government agency that aided distressed freedmen (freed slaves) during the Reconstruction era of the United States...
..The most widely recognized among the achievements of the Freedman’s Bureau are its accomplishments in the field of education. Prior to the Civil War, no southern state had a system of universal, state-supported public education. Former slaves wanted such a system while the wealthier whites opposed the idea. Freedmen had a strong desire to learn to read and write and worked hard to establish schools in their communities prior to the advent of the Freedmen's Bureau...
...After the Bureau was abolished, some of its achievements collapsed under the weight of white violence against schools and teachers for blacks.
...After the 1870s, when white Democrats regained power of southern governments, they reduced funds available to fund public education.
... In the 1890s they passed Jim Crow laws establishing legal segregation of public places. Segregated schools and other services for blacks were consistently underfunded.

In other words, the "U.S. Government" giveth, and the government of White Supremacy taketh away.

"Wait, wait!!", I can hear some say(and in a very loud voice), "but the U.S. government itself is Racist!!!?"

Opinions on the matter vary, but try to follow the logic...

The "U.S. Government" is not Racist however, the government of white supremacy most certainly is.

A "government" is nothing more than a person or group of people "governed" by a set of "laws" or codes.

The government of white supremacy consists of those individual persons that believe in and are "governed" by the practice of racism.

What makes this particular government the most powerful is the fact that it can hide in plain sight while at the same time subverting ALL other governments at ALL times.

Back to the Freedmen's Bureau example.

Within the "U.S. Government" were members of the more powerful "government" of white supremacy who, despite the U.S. "law",  made the very effective and forceful decision to end all efforts to assist the recently "freed men."

And we've been playing catch up every since - figuratively and literally as the same continues to occur.

Despite being employed (or formerly employed) either directly or indirectly by the "U.S. Government" and/or personally knowing other black people that are also so employed many continue to insist that the "U.S. Government" is racist.

This is a true contradiction if ever there was one. 

If you're black and a government employee simply ask yourself, am I a racist?


As previously stated...we're still playing catch up as we haven't yet figured out the ruse.

With the intent of providing some clarity and in summary: Racism is practiced by white people that believe in Racism. Some of them happen to work within "governments" while constituting an extremely powerful government all on their own. The only "laws" that they respect are those that support, expand, and refine racism.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Importance of Words, Definitions

This video has a great opening (@ 1:32)....showing how even at the highest levels of academia there is no consensus when it comes to defining just exactly what problem we are trying (supposed to be trying) to solve...

This is another example of why words + (compensatory) definitions are extremely important.

How can "social justice" become a reality when there is no definition for what it would look like once it is achieved?

Video: Who Is Dependent on Welfare?


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

"Illegal Immigration"

 "Migrants"

"immigrants"

"illegal aliens"

"holding centers/cells"

"borders"

..Africa to Europe, Mexico to US...notice anything? Anything?

Europe faces 'colossal humanitarian catastrophe' of refugees dying at sea


UN considers Africa holding centres as 'boat season' is expected to bring sharp increase in migrants making treacherous crossing

Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to make treacherous crossings on unseaworthy vessels from the north African coast to Greece and Italy as this summer's "boat season" gets under way, say officials. Figures for the first few months of this year already show a dramatic increase on previous years.

Monday, May 12, 2014

On Being American. African.

A few years ago I witnessed a written exchange between two "friends." I feel justified in putting the quotes around the word friends given 1) the context- Facebook, and 2) the exchange - quite unfriendly.

The two individuals, both non-white, described themselves as "African".

I was somewhat dismayed by what would follow.

You see, the one "friend" stated that he was born (and lives) in Nigeria, the other "friend" claimed Mississippi (U.S.) as his place of birth and residence.

The Mississippi "friend" however, claimed also the title of "African" and this claim greatly offended his Nigerian "friend."

The Nigerian "friend" made it very very clear (in no uncertain terms) that he in no way considered his Mississippi "friend" a fellow "African"...period, end of story.

It was a tense dialogue that caused me some long pause and reflection.

I mean if a person/a people that are currently in Africa don't consider or accept "outsiders" as a fellow African...what's the point?

After all I too considered myself "African"...but hmmm, what to do now??
 
Since that time I have come across other similar discussions and I try not to interject too often because I know (now) how emotionally charged the discussion can become.

So here, I'm going to make a flat statement that many will likely take issue with but I believe there is a certain logic to it once given due consideration.

According to Compensatory Logic:

"Africa" and "Africans" do not yet exist.

Neither do "America"/"Americans."

Neither do "African-Americans".

Why not?

According to compensatory logic (Fuller, 2010), the only people that correctly qualify to be called any of the above have succeeded in producing "peace" in the known universe using truth, justice, and correctness. And since "peace" does NOT yet exist, the above titles can not be correctly applied to any people or persons.

In our ignorance and frustration we fight over titles and names that if asked, we can not even define.

Its time to think higher.

In the below audio Neely Fuller Jr. explains the compensatory definitions of the terms "Africa" &"America."


http://www.divshare.com/download/25538029-ab0

Towards Peace.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)


Friday, May 2, 2014

From Chicago to Congo

..specifically, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and  "Not to be confused with the neighbouring Republic of the Congo or the People's Republic of the Congo." (wiki)
 

An ocean and worlds apart, it occurred to me while thinking about the conflicts between and among non-white people in Chicagoland and those in the "Congo" that there is an indirect but undeniable connection that bind the two.

In the "Congo" you have factions (gangs?) that have been supplied with weapons and they fight each other over territory and the naturally occurring minerals found there.

Sometimes known as conflict minerals the "conflict" has resulted in almost 6 million people dead and literally countless injured in about 16 years time...in the Congo alone! ...Ol' man Leopold II must be either jealous or proud or both...

In Chicagoland you have factions (gangs?) that have also been supplied with weapons and they too  fight each other over territory and imported, unnatural poisons incorrectly labeled as "drugs." The end result: Yet more dead and injured black people.


I admit the connection between the two places and groups is somewhat loose, but the undeniable fact is that from Chicago to the Congo, two places where the non-white populations are pretty resource poor (in terms of the control of resources) they somehow are able to acquire a seeming endless supply of weapons of mass murder.

In the first instance the "spoils of war", the minerals, get exported (stolen?) all over the world  for the manufacture of cellphones, mp3 players, and engagement rings.

In the second, I'm undecided on the "spoils of war." Maybe the irony is that there simply are none. Yet it does keep employed the coroner, the detectives, the "vice" squad, and the guy who manufactures, ships (smuggles) and sells guns.

Regardless of the seeming "looseness" of the argument,  I contend that the two - Congo and Chicago - do not occur in a vacuum ...as nothing does.




Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

To Daddy's Little Girl

It is such a joy to watch you as you are learning how to identify and pronounce words, and count, and write. You're doing sight words now: "F-R-O-G!" That spells FROG!", you say. And soon, you'll be reading short sentences, then paragraphs, then, the sky is the limit. You are just the tender age of three now, the embodiment of innocence, but you may one day see this blog posting. I would hope (and do endeavor)  that by the time you are able to read and comprehend the words penned here that the entire conversation will be moot. But today, it isn't, and so I write.

The world has seemingly become such a small place. Information seems to travel at the speed of light - yes, that fast, however, if I taught you properly, you'll know that the laws of physics dictate that only light can travel at the "speed of light." :) But it suffices to say that information now travels faster than it ever has. The information highway connects people in ways never imagined.

It is this connection that brought to my attention the recent suicide death of a young 22 year-old college student named Karyn Washington, someone that I had never personally heard of until today. She is the creator of the "For Brown Girls" website (now defunct ). Her story touches me on several levels. You see, like Karyn, you too are a brown skinned girl and I realize that you too will face challenges not at all unlike those faced by the brown skinned girls all over the world, maybe more...maybe alot more.

The title of her website, and more importantly, the reason for its existence in the first place is more evidence of The Awful Reality of Racism(White Supremacy) that I will at some point have to explain to you.

I hope that I've prepared you to effectively and constructively, counter the effects of this reality.

I hope that you know that your self-worth is determined by you, and you alone.

I hope you know that you are you, and that with correct diet and exercise, your body is perfect as is. No need for comparisons or alterations.

I hope that you are firmly rooted and are able to follow logic. You are both your own leader and follower.

I hope that you are prepared and able to stand alone in the face of the most trying of circumstances.

I hope that you seek constructive help, if and when needed.

I hope you know that your absolute most valuable asset has two hemispheres (connected via the corpus callosum)...use them both and consistently.

Remain sober, encouraged, and strong. Make Justice your goal. I love you. Signed, Daddy

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Thinking Scientifically, or Scientifically Thinking

Lot of talk lately about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers also known as "STEM".

Not surprisingly, these conversations get little attention within the black "community."

Little wonder though, given that scientific thinking is all but avoided in favor of spiritual belief. This applies both to those who have "The Sunday Habit" and those that do not.

African-Americans also express higher levels of religious belief than do Americans overall. Compared with the population overall, for instance, African-Americans are more likely to believe in God with absolute certainty (88% vs. 71% among the total adult population), interpret Scripture as the literal word of God (55% vs. 33%) and express a belief in angels and demons (83% vs. 68%). They also are more likely to say they are absolutely convinced about the existence of life after death (58% vs. 50%) and to believe in miracles (84% vs. 79%).
These views are held by the overwhelming majority of members of historically black churches. But even African-Americans who are unaffiliated with any religion consistently express higher levels of religious beliefs compared with the unaffiliated public overall. Unaffiliated African-Americans, for instance, express certain belief in God (70%) at levels similar to those seen among the general population of mainline Protestants (73%) and Catholics (72%) and are about twice as likely as the overall unaffiliated population (36%) to express this belief. Furthermore, unaffiliated African-Americans are somewhat more likely than mainline Protestants or Catholics overall to hold a literal view of the Bible (33% among unaffiliated African-Americans vs. 22% among all mainline Protestants and 23% among all Catholics) and are three times as likely to hold this view compared with the overall unaffiliated population (11%).
          Source: Pew Research

The above survey speaks volumes, given the history and goes along way in explaining the pervading scientific ignorance.

Despite many arguments to the contrary, there is a direct contradiction between spiritual belief and scientific fact.

It is an impassable chasm that simply can not be crossed.

And so we have the overwhelming majority of a "African-Americans" stuck in a mental "dark ages" not at all unlike their forefathers who were the victims of chattel slavery.

This, in spite of  being in the very midst of the "age of information" where access to information is within arms reach via smartphones, tablets, etc. 

The slaves literally had no option. Forbidden to read (or even learning how to) at the threat of severe punishment, their ignorance is totally understandable.

Debates notwithstanding, the legacy of slavery remains, though in a most disguised form.

So again, no surprise that black people are all but absent from the scientific discussions currently taking place.

Religious belief, when steered in a single direction, e.g. "all truth is contained within the pages of the Bible" tends to short circuit the imagination making the unbelievable "seem" real, and rendering the real, well, unbelievable.

The imagination then only imagines the miracles outlined in the Bible, but simply can not imagine say, the possibility of a multiverse or life on other planets.

This could explain the literal "blackout" of discussion among black americans about the current Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey television series hosted by Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson.

Dr. Tyson isn't the first black scientist to be almost totally disregarded by the black "community", but what does stand out is the fact that you literally have to try very hard to ignore him.

Black scientists before him, as well as his contemporaries, of all disciplines, were and are easily ignored due to their work and findings being confined to academic textbooks and journals that were not (and still not) easily accesible.

However, Dr. Tyson is prominently aired and advertised on just about every existing communications medium (both free and paid...in HD no less), yet for all intents, if you're a black american, its as if he doesn't exist.

I'm not suggesting that Dr. Tyson is the end all, be all of all things scientific, because he isn't. He readily admits that his interest is astrophysics, just one of the many fields of science. But the point is that for all of the complaints of there not being enough "positive" black males being showcased on television, the absence of discussion is nothing short of phenomenal.

But I digress.

To understand the present situation, one must look at the past.

In upcoming posts I will discuss the works of some of the other scientists that most have never heard of, yet they provide valuable insight into the present psychology that causes us to remain mental slaves.

Eric Spann (copyright 2014)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stop Name-Calling

Toward the production of Justice, there are ten-basic stops..."basic" presumably because there are many more things that could and should be stopped. Get the "basics", then move on to the more "advanced." At any rate, one of the basic stops simply says "stop name-calling".

As simplistic as that sounds, it is exceedingly difficult for most to comprehend.

Like walking past pennies I suppose. Too insignificant to give much time or consideration to -  yet pennies add up. We should slow down and pay more attention.

I was recently introduced to two words: "akata" and "obroni".

Both words likely mean nothing to the average U.S. reader - as would any words that one has never seen or heard.

Admittedly they meant nothing to me until I read them within context.

As one who has some interest in "African" history, culture, and politics I have a particular interest in how people interact - those "in Africa" with those "from Africa." Two articles below seem to summarize others that I've read.


Read the articles for yourself and as you read, give some thought to how name-calling is an impediment to anything constructive, and also how name-calling creates unnecessary hostility between and among people.

The solution?

Don't be tricked into thinking that it is more complicated than it really is.

It is not complicated at all.

Simply stop doing it.

Stop name-calling.


 "akata"

About the Relationship Between African and African Americans

"obroni"

 Back to Africa? For some African-Americans, the answer is yes


Eric Spann (copyright 2014)