America is dead

A few short (or long, depending on the perspective of the moment) weeks ago, I would likely have disagreed with Brosphus’ premise that “America is Dead”. Today, however, reading his post stirred my conscience, brought a lump to my throat, and … yeah, my friends, the ‘America’ I thought I knew is indeed dead. Perhaps a new, even better one can be wrought from the ashes, but that remains to be seen. Please take a few moments to read and ponder Bro’s words. Thank you, Brosephus … my friend, my Bro.

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I’ve been hesitant to write this post because of the knee jerk reaction it’s bound to cause. However, as I keep observing incident after incident that further confirms my view, I guess I have no choice but to finally say it here. America is dead. It’s gone, sitting at the top of the dustbin of history, and it will never come back to life again.

Now, when I say America, I am talking about the country, not the idea of America. The idea of America is very much alive, and we see that spirit shining elsewhere around the world where people are free to pursue their happiness and life itself without overbearing government. Our country, on the other hand, is finished.

Sure, we still have a government, an economy, and other things in place as we’ve always had. When you look closely at them, how functional are they? If you’re…

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Uncomfortable History Month: Hammer Time

Black History, like all history, is a mixed bag. Unfortunately, from the time the first slaves were transported to this continent until present, it seems that we keep taking two steps forward, then one step backward. Humans … seem to have an immense propensity for love, but also for hatred, and both are expressed in a myriad of ways. Brosephus’ post today shows us one of the uglier sides of humans and how it has played a role in Black History. Thanks, Bro!

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Day five, and what better topic is there than the Hammer himself. On this date in 1934, the greatest player to ever wear an Atlanta Braves uniform was born in Mobile, Alabama. Henry Louis “Hank” Aaron would leave Mobile and go on to become the homerun king of Major League Baseball.

I could go on all day about his career, but we all are pretty familiar with his stats. What makes his career even more impressive is when you realize that he accomplished all he did while under constant threat to both himself and his family. Just as revisionism portrays Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as someone who was supposedly beloved during his time on earth, Aaron wasn’t universally accepted and loved by America during his playing years.

I’ll give you just a few samples of the thousands upon thousands of hate letters he and the Braves organization received…

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Uncomfortable Violence

Anti-lynching bills that would make lynching a federal crime have been bouncing around in Congress since 1918. The most recent was the Emmett Till Antilynching Act which passed in the House of Representatives in February 2020 but never made it through the U.S. Senate. This, my friends, is an abomination!!! Our friend Brosephus, continuing his series for Black History Month, tells us of the lynching of Michael Donald who was lynched on March 21st, 1981. The story is unique because … well, I’ll let Brosephus explain why …

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Lynching is an ugly stain on the fabric of America. It’s one of those ugly truths about our history that many people want to forget or ignore. Totals differ depending on the sources, but the estimates are that between 4 and 5 thousand people were lynched in the US after the Civil War and up to the Civil Rights Era.

Lynching was mob violence condoned by the government. Most often, the violence was carried out by the Ku Klux Klan, but there were many instances of regular everyday white citizens forming a mob to lynch someone. These mobs acted with little to no fear of law enforcement. Some mobs even took on a party-like atmosphere.

I’ve often wondered why the counts end with the Civil Rights Era when lynching didn’t end during that time frame. I was born after the Civil Rights time, and the last verified lynching by a…

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Uncomfortable History Month begins

I post about Black History Month numerous times each February, recognizing the accomplishments of Black people and also calling out the racism and discrimination against Blacks in our society. However, whatever I say is diminished by the fact that I am not Black and have not experienced that discrimination first-hand. Our friend Brosephus, however, is far more familiar with it than I am and his words have a legitimacy that my own lack. So today, I have chosen to share Brosephus’ post of February 1st, the first day of this year’s Black History Month. Thank you, Bro!

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Today is February 1st which means it’s also the beginning of Black History Month in the US. I typically don’t like to celebrate this as I personally think that Black History is American History.

However, since white guilt seems to be an issue nowadays, I’m going to go out of my way to make some folks feel uncomfortable.

So, for the next 28 days, I am going to search for something significant about American history and its apparent ability to make Americans uncomfortable.

Image via NCpedia.org

To kick things off, we’ll honor February 1st and the Greensboro Four.

On this date in 1960, four college freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) decided to take on segregation by staging a sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter. Ezell Blair Jr (now Jibreel Khazan), Joseph McNiel, Franklin McCain, and David Richmond started what eventually became a mass sit-in protest…

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Blackness is a constant fight

Yesterday, the Supreme Court dealt a crippling blow to voting rights across the nation. The case involved a voter suppression law in Arizona, and the court ruled in favour of the state, allowing the voter suppression and disenfranchisement to remain law. Unfortunately, this does not bode well for We the People, for it may well be considered to have set a precedent for the other 40+ states that are passing or have passed voter suppression laws. Our friend Brosephus is angry, and I don’t blame him … I’m angry too! This Court decision takes us another step closer to a return to the days of Jim Crow laws. Please take a minute to read Brosephus’ take on this. Thank you, Bro, for sharing this … you’re right … we have fewer voting rights now than before the VRA of 1965!

The Mind of Brosephus

Imagine waking up to the realization above. That’s how my day has been so far. Last night was a pretty uneventful night at work with the usual routine at play. Everything was pretty unremarkable until I woke up this afternoon to the news about the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Arizona voting law case.

Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the court’s six conservatives, said Section 2 requires equal openness to voting, not equal outcomes.

“It appears that the core of [Section 2] is the requirement that voting be ‘equally open.’ The statute’s reference to equal ‘opportunity’ may stretch that concept to some degree to include consideration of a person’s ability to use the means that are equally open. But equal openness remains the touchstone,” Alito wrote.

“Mere inconvenience cannot be enough to demonstrate a violation of [Section 2],” he added.

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/supreme-court-upholds-arizona-restrictions-major-voting-rights/story?id=78182724

After taking the time to read through analysis of…

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No Buckhead, you’re not a special case

One of the topics I cover frequently is that of the gun culture in the U.S. Here, guns outnumber people and our society seems to have largely become inured to the daily gun violence and death. Outside the U.S., our gun culture is viewed with horror and incredulity, rightly so. Some communities think the answer is to wall themselves off from the rest of the nation, but our friend Brosephus tells us of some much more viable, widespread and comprehensive solutions to the problem, though my own preference would be to take the guns out of the hands of civilians! Thanks, Bro, for this wise post.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/06/14/2021-gun-violence/?itid=orw-hp-2021

Through the first five months of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the United States, about 54 lives lost per day, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization. That’s 14 more deaths per day than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years.

Fear does strange things to us. It causes all kinds of responses from the instinctual “fight or flight” impulse to making rash decisions. Instead of making rash and rushed decisions, we sometimes need to take a few seconds to assess the situation facing us. That few seconds allows us to cool our jets and make rational, fact-based decisions as opposed to knee-jerk reactions. We must remember that fear can sometimes be False Energy Appearing Real.

We all watch the news and see the reports on crime increasing. However, it’s…

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Let’s talk American History

The U.S. has a uniquely diverse history, parts of which are often glossed over, ignored, or revised in its teaching. That needs to stop … we need to learn the history of the nation — the good, the bad, and the ugly. Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it. Yet, there are those who would simply erase parts of the history of this nation. Blogging buddy Brosephus has once again knocked the ball out of the park with his take on this topic … thank you, Brosephus!

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American history has been a hot topic as of lately, primarily because of Republicans striking out against what they’re calling “wokeism”, revisionism, or whatever the code word is for the day. There’s been a lot of crap being spewed from the Tennessee Republican claiming the Three-fifths Compromise was passed to end slavery to Tim Scott claiming America isn’t a racist country.

Individually, the statements that have been made are outrageously stupid and wrong. Collectively, these statements all feed into the cult-like behavior Republicans now exhibit where up is down, the sky is green, and grass is blue. This is dangerous because this creates a society ignorant of its own history of accomplishments and mistakes. You can’t know who you are if you don’t what you have and haven’t done.

So, first up is Rick Santorum and his statement on Native Americans. The easiest and quickest way to disprove his statement…

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Accountability vs justice

I think most of us breathed a big sigh of relief yesterday afternoon when the verdict in the Derek Chauvin case was announced and Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts. Some said the verdict was ‘justice for George Floyd’. But, as our friend Brosephus reminds us, there is a difference between accountability and justice. Yesterday’s verdict was accountability, holding a former police officer accountable for his actions. We’re still a long way from justice for all in this country.

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We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

“Establish justice”

That was the first order of business for we the people of the United States when the country was founded. In the almost 245 years since the United States was founded, justice has more often been an illusion than reality for the Black community. The illusion is rooted in the constant fight between the Black community and America itself over the most basic sense of equal justice under the law. While we’ve grown from being valued worth three-fifths a single person only for the purpose of appropriating seats for Congress, we still have to fight for…

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Reset the clock… Again

Since I find myself wandering in the depths of the rabbit warren today, I’ve decided to share Brosephus’ post of two days ago. I actually meant to share it before now, but … the best laid plans of mice and women. As I have this week, Brosephus is weighing in on the latest mass shooting, and his words come from a very personal perspective, for he has literally “been there”. Thanks, Bro, for this heartfelt post.

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1. Mass shooting.

2. Sadness and grief.

3. Thoughts and prayers.

4. NRA fearmongering.

5. Nothing.

6. Repeat steps 1-5.

It’s not like we don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s not like we don’t know it will happen again. The only thing we can’t pinpoint is the exact time and location of the next mass shooting. America has a gun problem, and we are like the world’s crackhead when it comes to gun violence. We have people who refuse to acknowledge we have a fatal addiction that kills, and that refusal is killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.

This particular topic is personal for a number of reasons. First, I’ve been at places where someone decided to shoot, one time even being close enough to the shooter to know he was shooting a revolver and seeing the sparks coming from the barrel. I’ve seen a person with…

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Why “Defund the Police” will fail

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of the murder of Breonna Taylor by police in a horrific case of mistaken identity and police brutality. Our friend Brosephus talks of what must be done to stop these murders by police and that ‘defunding’ police departments alone is not the answer. Thank you, Brosephus, for your timely and wise words.

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Today marks the one year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of the government. Some call it murder, but the legal definition in Kentucky, according to Section 507.020, includes intent in the definition. It will be hard to impossible to improve the officers involved in the homicide of Breonna Taylor went to her apartment with the intent to kill her. That’s why I don’t think any of the officers will ultimately be convicted on any type of murder charge. That’s a different post for a different day though.

In 2020, we had to deal with the deaths of the three people above. All three killings involved active duty or retired law enforcement officers. In light of these and other killings by police, there has been a movement started to defund the police. The idea behind this is to take funding for police and move it towards other…

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