Monday, October 16, 2017

Dismal Wealth Projections


                                     

                                     From the Ramparts
                                     Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                 Dismal Wealth Projections

            "Since 1983, the respective wealth of Black and Latino families has plunged from $6,800 and $4,000 in 1983 to $1,700 and $2,000 in 2013. These figures exclude durable goods like automobiles and electronics, as these items depreciate quickly in value and do not hold the same liquidity, stability or appreciation of other financial assets like a savings account, a treasury bond or a home. By comparison, since 1983 the median wealth of White households has risen by nearly $15,000, reaching $116,800 in 2013. Put differently, in just over a generation, median Black and Latino households saw their already-low net worth decrease by 75% and 50%, respectively, while median White households saw their net worth increase by 14%. The result is a wealth divide between Black and Latino households and White households that now stands at over $115,000, a nearly 20% increase." The Road To Zero Wealth How The Racial Wealth Divide Is Hollowing Out America's Middle Class https://prosperitynow.org/files/PDFs/road_to_zero_wealth.pdf

            Several weeks ago I was surfing the Web and stopped at a site I frequently visit https://www.blackagendareport.com and I saw an alarming banner about the declining wealth of African-Americans and Latinos in America. It predicted Black wealth would be zero by 2050.  I filed it away in my mind and then last week I searched the Web to find the actual study. I found the site of the people who did the study but I also saw a report from Forbes that elaborated on their report https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2017/09/11/median-wealth-of-black-and-latino-families-could-hit-zero-before-the-centurys-end/#75e9ec3b50f6. Then I went to the original study and read it.
            It is nothing we don't already know, it just extrapolates our current economic decline to 2050 where they project wealth for African-Americans will be zero; that's right zero, zip, nothing, nada!
            People of color took a major hit during the 2008 recession losing billions of dollars of wealth in real estate, savings and other assets. The Wall Street engineered collapse was especially devastating for Blacks and Latinos. "The wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances. Likewise, the wealth of white households is now more than 10 times the wealth of Hispanic households, compared with nine times the wealth in 2010. The current gap between blacks and whites has reached its highest point since 1989, when whites had 17 times the wealth of black households. The current white-to-Hispanic wealth ratio has reached a level not seen since 2001. (Asians and other racial groups are not separately identified in the public-use versions of the Fed’s survey.)... A number of factors seem responsible for the widening of the wealth gaps during the economic recovery. As the Federal Reserve notes, the median income of minority households (blacks, Hispanics and other non-whites combined) fell 9% from its 2010 to 2013 surveys, compared with a decrease of 1% for non-Hispanic white households. Thus, minority households may not have replenished their savings as much as white households or they may have had to draw down their savings even more during the recovery." Wealth Inequality has widened along racial and ethnic lines since the end of the great recession. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/12/12/racial-wealth-gaps-great-recession/
            What makes this data more disheartening is the fact that under a "Black" president Barack Obama, absolutely nothing was done to those who created the financial collapse! Not one Wall Street or Big Bank executive was indicted, arrested or prosecuted for what they did to destroy millions of lives! In fact Bu$h, Obama and now Trump have made the banksters sacrosanct and untouchable, they all placed key Wall Street insiders in their cabinets, pursued and are pursuing policies that will exacerbate the income gap. Yet we say nothing and continue to go for the flim-flam.
            A New York Times report dated October 11, 2017 said this about an IMF report on Trump's tax cuts for the wealthy, "Over the past three decades, inequality within countries — including in the United States, China and India — has risen primarily because of the skyrocketing growth of incomes at the top. Some of this is a consequence of how economies are evolving, said Branko Milanovic, an economist at the City University of New York. New technologies are increasing the returns for the most educated, even as robots replace lower-earning workers. Globalization has allowed businesses to cast around the world for cheaper labor, while the decline of unions has left workers with less bargaining power. But the trend, at least in part, is also because of governments that have redistributed less wealth to poorer people through taxes and spending, the monetary fund suggested." https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/us/politics/imf-tax-cuts.html
            White people know what is happening, "In other words, the American-Dream idea that life should get easier and more prosperous as the natural course of progress is still embedded in our collective memory, even though the collective reality has changed: for the bottom 95%, life is typically getting harder and less prosperous as the cost of living rises, wages are stagnant and the demands on workers increase. Meanwhile, the asset bubbles inflated by central banks have enriched the top 10% of households, which own over 75% of all assets and take home over 50% of all household income." The fading Scent of The American Dream  http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Fading_Scent_of_the_American_Dream/61288/0/38/38/Y/M.html
            Unless we wake up and begin to grapple with the these trends and come together collectively as a people to confront, address and reverse them we will be in worse shape than our ancestors were when they came out of formal enslavement and the Jim Crow era.

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Monday, October 02, 2017

Keep Your Head Up, Keep The Faith

                                             

                                              From The Ramparts
                                              Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                      Keep Your Head Up, Keep The Faith

            Don't be dismayed or bamboozled about the latest news or the newest controversial tweet or statement from Donald Trump, focus on remaining sane amidst the feverish daily assaults on our psyches by the mind control apparatus owned and operated by the 1%'s corporations. Don't fall for the narrative promoting "unity" under the auspices of disguised global white supremacy. Don't be afraid because of the storms, fires, earthquakes, shootings or man's cruelty to man, the end is not near, this too shall pass.
            Don't despair about the seeming craziness happening all around us this is part of a deliberate attempt to drive us mad by the ruling class. "This current two party system seems to breed psychopaths in abundance. Psychopaths habitually offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead of themselves. In addition to just being psychopaths, they often have narcissistic personality disorder. They are known for 'gaslighting' their victims, which is a type of brainwashing which can involve convincing a mentally healthy person that they are going insane or that their understanding of reality is false. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses. I would say that’s 85% of the American population, indeed!" Do Psychopaths Rule The US? http://themeritocracyparty.net/2016/11/24/psychopaths-america/ (my underline emphasis).
            Begin to take control over your consciousness and actions, be mindful and deliberate about what you read, think about, buy and engage in. Minimize your media consumption or begin to watch listen to or read inspirational materials, alternative media that exposes the mendacity and deceit of the corporate media and that offer healthy models and methods of human interaction instead of the competitiveness, conflict and disrespect of the fake "reality shows". It is all fake contrived and illusionary designed to give us a counterfeit sense or reality, manipulate our behavior and mold our way of being. Don't fall for their okey-doke. Mainstream news focuses on the most violent most decadent and unusual events many of which are staged by PR firms, governments and corporations for their own agenda.
            Learn what the ruling class is doing to us and then live your life in such a way as to minimize their goals and agenda. "The mass media, in one form or another, tend to be a focal point for a significant portion of most people’s day. As independent citizens we consciously elect to purchase cable, Internet, and newspaper (print or online) subscriptions so that we can engage in whichever way we choose with the services the media provide. As a result, the mass media wield a considerable amount of power and influence on us as a society in terms of our decision-making, and our spending. They assist, though some may argue they direct, us in making meaning of signs and events, and determining our political affiliations amongst a host of other decisions. A study of media, politics, economics, corporations, and what their roles are in creating a dense concentration of ownership, which this study does to varying degrees, is ultimately rooted in cultural studies. The work of Stuart Hall, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Karl Marx, and the Frankfurt School theorists play a Collusion(in(Oligopolistic(U.S.(Media 10 significant role in analyzing the issue of media ownership because of the power and class relationships involved, as well as the media’s power to create meaning and influence society."  THE PROPAGANDA MODEL: CORPORATE AND POLITICAL COLLUSION IN THE CREATION OF AN OLIGOPOLISTIC MAINSTREAM U.S. MEDIA Master's Thesis by Frank McCloy December 2012 http://web02.gonzaga.edu/comltheses/proquestftp/McCloy_gonzaga_0736M_10210.pdf
            Start viewing the media television, cable, streaming, newspapers, magazines and the Internet with suspicion, be consciously skeptical about their content, be discerning and make up your own mind about what is going on and do not blindly follow anyone!

                                   
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                                                -30-


Monday, September 25, 2017

Statue of Octavius Valentine Catto Unveiled

  

    From The Ramparts
       Junious Ricardo Stanton                                                                                        Octavius Valentine Catto Statue Unveiled
                       
            Most Philadelphians are completely unaware of the significance of Octavius Valentine Catto in the history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the nation. Catto like so many people of African descent in the US was deliberately excluded from the history books and historiography of this city, state and nation.
             Octavius Valentine Catto was born in Charleston South Carolina on February 22, 1839 to a free born Black mother Sarah Isabella Cain and William Catto an enslaved Black man who was a millwright by training. William Catto purchased his own freedom and due to his devotion as a Sunday School teacher was recruited to become one of the few Black ordained and licensed Presbyterian Ministers. He was originally groomed to be a missionary to Liberia, the US "colony" established in Africa by the American Colonization Society in 1821. (Do some research on the American Colonization Society, you will be surprised by what you find, who some of their most prominent members were  and their plans goals for free people of African descent in the US.)
            The elder Catto was sent to Baltimore in preparation for departure to Liberia but the discovery of a letter he wrote caused the Presbyterian leadership to rethink the motives and loyalty of Catto. He was forced to flee and take his family to Philadelphia were he reacquainted with several men he knew in Charleston. Catto became an itinerant preacher alternating between the Presbyterian and the AME Church serving as pastor for several churches in the Northeast US.
             Reverend Catto sent his son Octavius to the best schools available that would admit blacks. Young Catto excelled in school and eventually made a name for himself as an honor student, orator, intellectual, educator, baseball player and activist.
            During the US War Between the States, Catto advocated for Blacks being allowed to enlist. He and several of his friends travelled to Harrisburg determined to enlist in the Union Army but they were turned down after being encouraged to petition for enlistment by several white Philadelphians.
            Undaunted Octavius worked to support the Union effort by raising over eleven regiments of "Colored Troops" to fight. It was Blacks like Catto, Frederick Douglas, Henry Highland Garnett and Martin R. Delany who used the war as an opportunity to press for freedom, equality and later enfranchisement.
            In addition to raising troops Octavius took on additional challenges to the existing socio-political order. Octavius became the first president of the  Institute For Colored Youth (the forerunner of Cheyney University) alumni association. He was a teacher and principal there.  ICY graduates sent more of its graduates to teach the enslaved and newly freed Blacks during and after the war than any other organization or institution. Catto and his Black friends actually wrote and lobbied for passage of the legislation that eventually desegregated the street car lines in Pennsylvania.
            Catto was an active member of the historic St Thomas African Episcopal Church founded by Absalom Jones in 1792 in Philadelphia the first African-American Episcopal church in the US. Like Catto many prominent Black Philadelphians were members of St Thomas which from its beginnings was a hub of social uplift, community activism and an ardent supporter of the Underground Railroad during slavery.
            Catto also pressed for the right to vote. Black males were stripped of the right to vote in Pennsylvania in 1848 and regaining the ballot was one of the goals Catto and his socially conscious agitator/activist colleagues sought to achieve.
            During a heated mayoral contest in 1871 Catto was murdered in cold blood in broad daylight by Frank Kelly one of  many Irish ruffians and thugs who bedeviled and assaulted Blacks in Philadelphia. Assaults and mob riots against Blacks had been going on for decades. Kelly was apprehended but somehow escaped and fled the city. He was captured five years later, brought to trial in Philadelphia but acquitted of Catto's murder!
            Most of Catto's exploits and accomplishments have been deliberately left out of history books. But now this travesty is being rectified. Recently there have been scholarly articles and books written about Catto and now a statue in his honor has been commissioned, sculpted, erected, unveiled and placed on the Southwest apron of  Philadelphia's City Hall. This statue will be the first statue ever erected of an African American on municipal property!
            On Sunday September 24th the African Episcopal Church of St Thomas held a special service honoring Octavius V. Catto, part of their two hundred twenty-fifth anniversary. One of the special guest speakers was Mayor James Kenney. The celebration at St Thomas marked the beginning of several days of activity to promote the unveiling of Catto's statue. The Mayor explained how and why he because fascinated about Octavius Catto and why he initiated the drive to recognize him with a permanent statue when Kenney was a councilman. It's been a long time coming, it took almost fifteen years to raise the funds and secure a sculptor to complete the project.  Octavius Valentine Catto is finally getting his just due.


                                                               -30-

Monday, September 18, 2017

Brainwashing


                                              

                                                 From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Brainwashing

            "Avoiding brainwashing techniques often involves avoiding the brainwashers themselves, but this is next to impossible. Taking advertising as an example, you can't avoid them all and attempting to do so can be rather expensive if you still want to watch television and movies. Your best bet is to cut out what you can and, when you can't, seek balance. Finding balance is often easiest by simply providing yourself with the information you need." Adam Dachis https://lifehacker.com/5886571/brainwashing-techniques-you-encounter-every-day-and-how-to-avoid-them

            In today's world we are all subjected to constant mind control, perception management and brainwashing techniques. Potential leaders have always employed a myriad of means to control the tribe, family, clan and nation. Humans have always had hierarchical leadership whether it was informal or formal, recognized or implied. But in our modern world we are targets of constant manipulation, prompting, coercion, intimidation and fear designed to make us acquiesce comply and conform. Advanced technology and psychological manipulation are used by the ruling class and the institutions they create own and control like organized religion, commerce, government and "education" to  brainwash us into going along with their agendas.
            This is not necessarily a bad thing, there have been beneficent righteous leaders who adhered to and practiced the notion of Summum Bonum the greatest good for the greatest number which George G.M. James proved in his book Stolen Legacy was a concept originated by Africans in the Nile Valley which later Greek "philosophers" plagiarized.
            Western elites have fashioned a social order whereby they exploit, ravage and manipulate the masses for their personal benefit, wealth and wellbeing. Their form of governance from ancient tribal times to the present nation state is "might makes right", they utilize fear, intimidation and violence to maintain both a domestic and imperialist  "order" designed to benefit themselves.
             "Although business interests eventually replaced the church as the  dominant force behind imperial expansion, the techniques of population analysis and coercion -pacing and leading the target audience remained the same. The British East India Company for example was formed in 1600 and given a 'perpetual charter' from the British monarchy for trade in the East Indies and later, China. In a series of well funded wars spanning centuries, the company used a private army to effectively annex India for the British Monarchy and Queen Victoria eventually became empress of India in 1876. Instead of using pure might the imperialists exploited researched tensions between the Indian Moghul emperors and their constituencies. After successfully breaking down the Moghul rule, the smaller factions were easily conquered" Douglas Rushkoff from Coercion Why We Listen to What They Say pages 153-154.
            Modern technology allows the ruling class to beam messages directly into our psyches to manipulate our perceptions of reality and on a more insidious level program us for what I call "the three B's": what to believe, what to buy and how to behave.
            The ruling class likes to tell us we live in a "democracy" that there is upward mobility, opportunity and freedom, and to a limited degree for a limited number of people there is; as long as you adhere to their criteria. It is not about ethics or morality because this system is unethical and immoral, it is about not rocking their perch and threatening their status quo!
            For example I was reading a story about Colin Kaepernick in the New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/07/sports/colin-kaepernick-nfl-protests.html?mcubz=3, in which the writer used adjectives such as "traitor", "divisive", "second string" "has been" to cite a few to describe Kaepernick. While the article mentions the money he has contributed to non profit grass roots organizations and Kaepernick's quest as a bi-racial man to discover his African roots, the article in my view did not do him full justice because he is not the usual unconscious shufflin', shuckin' professional athlete divorced from his people, who shuns community interaction and the crucial issues impacting us.
            Kaepernick has been white-balled by the NFL just like Muhammad Ali and Paul Robeson were shunned and persecuted by the ruling class and their minions. Kaepernick was kicked to the curb just like Craig Hodges of the NBA was. But I believe that like all our great advocates and heroes Kaepernick will be vindicated for his stance, not by the ruling class and their acolytes but by the people.   
            Don't allow the words and cunning of others to determine how and what you think. Think for yourself, make up your own mind, act and live your life based upon your own dictates not the whims or manipulation of others.


                                                -30-

Monday, September 11, 2017

Weather Manipulation


                                    

                                     From The Ramparts
                                    Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                    Weather Manipulation

            "The US military has developed advanced capabilities that enable it selectively to alter weather patterns. The technology, which was initially developed in the 1990s under the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP), was an appendage of the Strategic Defense Initiative – ‘Star Wars’. From a military standpoint, HAARP  –which was officially abolished in 2014– is  a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world... Military analysts and scientists are mute on the subject. Meteorologists are not investigating the matter and environmentalists are largely focussing on greenhouse gas emissions under the Kyoto Protocol. The possibility of climatic or environmental manipulations as part of a military and intelligence agenda, while tacitly acknowledged, is not part of the broader debate on climate change under UN auspices." The Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: “Owning the Weather” for Military Use-  Professor Michel Chossudovsky   https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-ultimate-weapon-of-mass-destruction-owning-the-weather-for-military-use-2/5306386

            When people are skeptical of the official media or government narrative of an incident or happenstance they are called "conspiracy theorists" as a means to damage their reputation because of their skepticism and non-conformity. The term "conspiracy theorist" was first coined by the CIA to discredit those skeptical of the official narrative about the assassination of JFK which most sane people realize is a bunch of hooey and hokum.
            People have been asking me if I thought this rash of severe weather was man made in some form or fashion? I don't know and I can't say for sure but I do know it is possible. There is a Website http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org that specializes in providing information about ecocide and climate manipulation as a form of warfare, global depopulation and political control. They recently posted articles with accompanying videos on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma on their site.  Before you dismiss my assertions as preposterous go to their Website and see the evidence for yourself. Also check out a piece by the History Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHJm2EzeKrw
            Skeptics might ask, why would corporations or governments do such a thing? Why would they turn weather into a weapon then unleash it on their own people? Good question. Answer, because they are megalomaniacal psychopaths and deviants. Ask yourself why would elements in the government lie about the way a president was killed, or provide such a silly explanation how three World Trade Center buildings collapsed when only two were hit by planes or why would the government lied and went to war over non-existent weapons of mass destruction?!
            We could also ask why corporations like Monsanto knowingly and deliberately poison the Earth, why major pharmaceutical companies sell drugs with lethal side affects, why food processing companies sell products that contain harmful additives or why the government which is supposed to protect us allows this to happen.
            European elites: the monarchs, Popes, financial and corporate heads and government officials love war, they love to kill, despoil and wreck havoc in their maniacal quest for world domination.
            Some of you may be familiar with the fact the US government has a long history of weaponized weather modification. If not read https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v28/d274 or http://paleofuture.gizmodo.com/the-secret-weather-manipulation-program-of-the-vietnam-1689249533. The US and several other governments have weather modification programs and weaponized weather initiatives. In the US it is called HAARP which stands for High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, read about it here. https://geopolitics.co/2015/06/06/us-air-force-admits-they-can-control-weather/ 
            As for why the government/corporate elite would do such a thing, there are many reasons such as: environmental control, ethnic cleansing and tactical superiority during conflict to name a few. But from my perspective they are psychopaths hell bent on global domination.
             While I can't say for sure the current hurricanes are man made I can definitely say the US government ignored the information provided by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the US military and various weather services in the run up to Hurricane Katrina! Bush's inaction (he did nothing even though he was briefed about the storm's severity days in advance) which not only allowed New Orleans a predominantly African-American city to be flooded but his bungling caused massive loss of lives and property damage resulting in many residents being displaced and the Black population reduced dramatically.
            The US has a department called the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) which is a place where government and university mad scientists carry on the legacy of the Nazis creating fiendish weapons technology making it operational and usable. Knowing the history of white people, can you honestly say they are not capable of this. Remember the US dropped atomic bombs on Japanese civilians!
            So before you call me a conspiracy theorist nut case, do some research on the evil and depravity of the corporations and government.
             

                                                -30-

Monday, September 04, 2017

Work For PEACE

  


                                                From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                   Work For PEACE

            "Americans no longer fight to keep their shores safe, Just to keep the jobs going in the arms making workplace. Then they pretend to be gripped by some sort of political reflex, But all they're doing is paying dues to the Military Industrial Complex.
The Military and the Monetary, The Military and the Monetary,
The Military and the Monetary. The Military and the Monetary,
Get together whenever they think its necessary,
They turn our brothers and sisters into mercenaries, they are turning the planet into a cemetery.' Work For Peace by  Gil Scott Heron


            The media hysteria about North Korea's development of weapons demonstrates just how brainwashed and programmed we are. North Korea was designated part of the mythical "Axis of Evil" by the dim wit president George W. Bush and of course the corporate media regurgitated the NeoCon narrative and lies. Now too many Americans believe the North Koreans are our enemy and pose an existential threat to the world if not the USA.
            Most people don't know the ancient history of Korea nor the modern roles Japan and the Western allies played in the current situation in Korea. The Japanese first invaded Korea in 1592 as part of their imperial assault on the Asian mainland. They were successful because they has European weapons, muskets and pistols they received from the Portuguese and their soldiers wore metal armor. The Koreans fought using bows and arrows. During that invasion the Chinese came to the aid of Korea. They subsequently defeated and drove the Japanese out. The relationship and antagonism against the Japanese goes back centuries.
            Japan again invaded Korea and made Korea a colony in 1910. The occupation lasted until the Japanese defeat in WWII in 1945. During colonization and after the war Korea was divided into various zones first by the Japanese who were later replaced by the Russians and Americans.
            The country was divided and many factions attempted to control the government and land. In June of 1950 North Korean forces invaded the South and a vicious war ensued which left three million Koreans, over a million Chinese and 54,000 Americans dead.
            The US bombed Korea to smithereens using the same strategies they used against Germany and Japan during WWII and later Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia: bomb everything in sight, indiscriminately kill civilians, animals, destroy the infrastructure and lay waste to the land. The war never ended. A cease fire exists and the North and South remain separated along arbitrary border lines imposed by outsiders called the "demilitarized zone" even though the boundaries are some of the most heavily fortified areas in the world!
            The Koreans remember  this carnage but the US propaganda machine trivializes the conflict and paints it as the "good" US versus "evil" Communism. Rarely mentioned are the horrendous atrocities committed by the United States. "The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. 'Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,' Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984. Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed 'everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.' After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops." The US War Crime North Korea Won't Forget by Blaine Harden https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-war-crime-north-korea-wont-forget/2015/03/20/fb525694-ce80-11e4-8c54-ffb5ba6f2f69_story.html?utm_term=.35f03bdc8ca3
            The Koreans remember and this is why their leaders have taken the stances they've taken over the years. Unlike West Germany and Japan whose "constitutional governments" were created by the victorious US following WWII, North Korea is a sovereign nation. Remember there was no treaty to end the Korean War only a cease fire agreement!
            Given this reality, given what the US and its allies have done to Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen, small wonder the North Koreans view the US as a ravaging predatory jackal. This is why they are taking frantic measures to protect and defend their sovereignty.
            Unlike the US, North Korea has not invaded any countries since 1950. In this situation, the US is the aggressor nation, the bully, a global thug trying to take the world's lunch money. Once we know the real history we can see the reason why the Chinese and Russians are trying to ratchet down the bellicosity, they know how vicious and genocidal the US can be/is.
            Now that we know, don't go for the North Korea is a threat okey-doke, don't fall for the we've got to go to war flim-flam; give PEACE a chance. As Gil Scott Heron wrote/sang, "We've got to work for Peace, Peace ain't coming this way. If we only work for Peace, If everyone believed in Peace the way they say they do,We'd have Peace. The only thing wrong with Peace, is that you can't make no money from it."   

                                                            -30-

Monday, August 28, 2017

Another Perspective on Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick

                                   

                                         From The Ramparts
                                        Junious Ricardo Stanton
              Another Perspective on Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick


            I rarely write about sports because while it is mostly viewed as a form of recreation and entertainment at its core it reflects the values and consciousness of our society and folks don't like to be reminded of that. Some say sports is a form of tribalism a vicarious way for males (and increasingly females) to engage in a form of ritualized combat, group identity and belonging. In the US, sports is deeply tribal in the sense we root for our teams (or countries of origin) during the Olympics, international contests and tournaments like the World Cup. On the local level we usually support the neighborhood teams, area college and professional teams especially if they are doing well.
            There is nothing inherently evil with tribalism it is natural extension of the family an integral part of human existence/experience. Tribalism was the first social organization it called for hierarchal leadership, cohesion and cooperation. The West retains its tribal legacies of the Goths, Huns, Angles, Saxons, Vandals etc with their cultures of war, invasion and rapine.
             The modern nation state has replaced the indigenous tribe and the clan as the predominant socio-political entity around the world.  Nevertheless, modern nationalism and patriotism are forms of tribalism. The brouhaha about Charlottesville and Colin Kaepernick are interrelated examples of tribalism, tribal loyalties and antagonisms. They both deal with identity politics.
            The clash in Charlottesville came about because Neo-Nazi and white nationalist (who identify with Aryans) wanted to demonstrate to preserve a statue of Robert E Lee a famous general in the Confederate Army who led the Army of Northern Virginia during the war. There were counter demonstrators who wanted to remove the statue because in their minds it symbolized an era of human oppression.
            People take sides on the War Between the States although most are woefully misinformed about the war and have been bamboozled about the real causes of the conflict. The War Between the States euphemistically referred to as the US Civil War (1861-1865) was not, I repeat not, fought by either side to end slavery! Both the North and the South wanted slavery to continue Abraham Lincoln said so himself on numerous occasions.
            Slavery was the economic engine that drove the whole US economy and both sides profited handsomely from it. When this country was formed, slavery was sanctioned and protected by the US Constitution (Article 1 Section 2, Section 9 and Article IV Section 2). The framers deviously substituted euphemisms instead of the words: slavery, Africans or Blacks.  The end of slavery would have meant the demise of the bourgeoning US economy, adversely impacting both the North and South. Cotton was king because of free slave labor and it was the nation's most profitable crop and export. Once the war was over and slavery was abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution, the nation instituted quasi-forms of slavery: share cropping and convict leasing to reestablish unpaid labor using mostly Blacks!
             The Blacks who fought on the Union side during the war made it their cause and campaign for freedom; but that was not why Lincoln and the North waged the war. Today 152 years after the conflict, people still take sides despite the fact most have no clue about the real issues and reasons for the war.
            The war was really about which faction (Northern bankers industrialists, shippers, brokers etc or the Southern planters and agriculture) would control the economy and politics of the nation.
            Taking sides on the War Between The States is a form of tribalism. Tribalism often leads to fanaticism and violence as we saw in Charlottesville. When it comes to the War Between the States, race is the elephant in the room. The propaganda claiming the North fought to end slavery and the South fought to keep it generates heated debate and raises passions. Ideological battle lines have been drawn and over time have become quite rigid with flags, symbols and accompanying propaganda that each side rallies around.
            In the US sports enthusiasm is akin to tribalism. "After all, we are social animals. We depend on the tribe for our safety and well-being. When the lion attacks, as a group we've got a shot. Alone, we're lion chow. When our tribe is doing well (economically, militarily, public health, whatever...), our chances go up. When it's doing poorly, our chances go down. So it feels good to belong to a winning tribe, and not so good—threatening, in fact—to belong to a group that's losing.
            Think about all the ways we support the tribe. We subconsciously choose our views on many issues so they match the views in the groups we most strongly identify with, a theory called Cultural Cognition. We vote for our tribe (political party). We fight to the death for our tribe in everything from gang wars to wars between nations (tribes). In fact, if you look at a lot of the wars and mass violence in recent history they were about nothing BUT tribe; Protestants v. Catholics in Northern Ireland, Serbs v. Croats v. Muslims in the Balkans, Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda." David Ropeik https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/how-risky-is-it-really/201110/the-tribal-roots-team-spirit
            The issue of Colin Kaepernick refusing to salute and pay homage to a US tribal symbol (the national anthem which is at its core a racist song written by a bigot) divides us into tribal camps/groups: those who see his actions as an affront to the nation (their tribe) and those of us who think he is taking a noble long overdue stand.
            In both the Charlottesville and Kaepernick controversies, race and power are the underlining factors. Tribal groups, their rituals, symbols and identities feel threatened and under attack. The people who relate to the Confederate flag and statues feel their heritage is under assault and they fight to sustain their values (as immoral as they are) and their passion is gaining.
            It doesn't take much for white folks to resort to violence so clashes like what happened in Charlottesville will increase as the various tribes (the Right and Left, liberal, conservative are merely ideological tribes) feel more and more helpless due to current political and economic uncertainty. These feelings of helplessness and fear will embolden the tribes as they seek security during uncertain times. On the national level both political parties enflame their members which divisive rhetoric.
            Likewise the NFL is a very profitable corporate tribe. The NFL  doesn't want anything to damage their multi-billion dollar golden goose, least of all what they view as an uppity mixed race athlete who identifies with African-Americans. So they've done the same thing to Kaepernick they did to Paul Robeson, Muhammad Ali and Craig Hodges; they white-balled him to marginalize him and teach their other contract athletes not to get out of their place.
            Paul Robeson was so influential and feared, he was shunned by the big civil rights organizations of his time. Muhammad Ali was hugely popular and garnered the support of millions because of his stand against the draft and the Vietnam War. It remains to be seen how many will rally around Colin Kaepernick, there are signs he is making a dent in people's consciousness. However, the NFL and the network tribes are major adversaries.
            As far as the tribal/cultural wars percolating in the US, the conflicting tribes are becoming more vociferous and increasingly demonstrative. Will the clashes intensify into a major internal war, or will the upcoming NFL season provide a distraction and respite from the commotions?


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