Monday, February 06, 2017

I Am Not Your Negro

                                               From The Ramparts
                                                Junious Ricardo Stanton                                           
                                                I Am Not Your Negro
                                               
            My wife and I went to see Raoul Peck's documentary I Am Not Your Negro. It was based upon James Baldwin's writings and life experiences. It uses archival footage of Baldwin, pictures and footage of American history and Samuel L. Jackson's voice reading and sharing some of Baldwin's thoughts and writings to tell his story. It uses music, the Blues, and popular recordings to infuse the images with emotion and Baldwin's perspective on racial politics in America. It is a powerful film. It helps the viewer realize history and "the past" are not distant, unrelated, abstract disconnected entities, but an integral, integrated and omnipresent part of our now. It demonstrates we cannot escape our past and America certainly cannot nor will never change unless and until we face our demons and make an honest effort to repent and be better.
            The film is in limited distribution. In fact it is in only two theaters in the whole , tri-state area.  It is not the kind of film the masses of Americans Black or white will go see. I can readily see why. The film, like James Baldwin is unnerving, it shatters our illusions and delusions about race in America. It is based on an uncompleted book Baldwin was writing prior to his death.
Philadelphia
             James Baldwin always made me uncomfortable, yet he influenced me greatly. He was uncompromising in his assessment of the American reality. He took no prisoners and didn't give white America any wiggle room to escape their sins, their duplicity, lies and hypocrisy. His piercing eyes, his candor and vocabulary made him a champion for Negroes as we were called in the 1960's when I became familiar with his work.
            The film includes interviews of him on the Dick Cavett television program in the 1960's, lectures at Cambridge and archival footage of American history, the history most Americans want to forget. I Am Not Your Negro weaves many threads using Baldwin's words, pictures, Hollywood film clips and current events to tell Baldwin's story as interpreted by Raoul Peck, which makes the film extraordinarily powerful. Under Peck's direction the film examines the impact of three men on Baldwin's life, their martyrdom and his relationship with them: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King. Baldwin knew all three and each had a profound impact on his life because as a writer he was intimately involved in the struggle against oppression. In the film Baldwin who was living in Paris as an expatriate determined to return to America and become engaged in the struggle because as he said, he could no longer be a spectator from afar.
            But aside from Baldwin's personal thoughts, insights and opinions, the film also reveals the connectivity between the past, slavery, American apartheid euphemistically called "Jim Crow" and today. Peck fuses pictures of Ferguson Missouri, Trayvon Martin and a host of other Blacks killed by police while using Baldwin's words to juxtapose his personal defiance and optimism amidst the carnage and oppression of his day. Near the end of the film Baldwin questions the very need to create niggers and he says, "I am not a nigger, I'm a man".  
            But the sad reality is, the theme of the film is apropos today, which is scary. During the film the audience sat in rapt attention. There was no talking, no nervous laughter just focused concentration. Every once in a while you could here someone murmur, "that's right",  or "uh, uh uh". When exiting the theater I observed hushed tones and expressions on people's faces demonstrating they were in deep thought. This is what art is supposed to do.
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Monday, January 09, 2017

Don't Fall for The Okey-Doke

                                                             From The Ramparts
                                                          Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                      Don't Fall for the Okey-Doke


            As we enter a New year, we must be alert, vigilant and prepared to protect our minds from the onslaught of propaganda, lies and disinformation the 1% and their media flunkies are sending our way. We see some of it already with the bogus issues of "fake news" and the contrived mime the Russians hacked the election in favor of Donald Trump. Listening to and participating in conversations with many of our people, bless their hearts, some actually believe the Russians influenced the 2016 election.
            What we are seeing is an all out campaign by the corporate media to demonize Russian president Vladimir Putin, weaken incoming US president  Donald Trump and obfuscate the fact the corporate media was totally wrong in their biased predictions about the 2016 presidential election results!
            Trump won the election by focusing on the key electoral college states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin. In that regard Trump was successful winning traditionally Democratic states like Pennsylvania. The analysis of the election shows Hillary Clinton lost because she like Trump was not well liked but she lost the white female vote, she lost the blue collar vote and she failed dismally to rally the so called Obama coalition to vote for her. As a warmonger and the candidate from Wall Street her populous message was disingenuous, the people knew it so they didn't vote for her.
            That being said, this nonsense about Russia hacking the election is pure propaganda.  First of all, the media is being deceitful by using the word hack. The Russians did not have access to US voting machines to hack them. The Russians did not infiltrate the various local polling places or manipulate the voting  process in any way. The Russians did not spend hundreds of millions of dollars on ad campaigns or social media favoring Donald Trump. Even the US "intelligence" agencies admit Russia did none of this.
            What we are seeing is a full court press by the corporate media and Washington establishment to intimidate and belittle Donald Trump. Both Trump and Bernie Sanders were correct when they stated the US political system is rigged against ordinary citizens, that large donations have tainted the whole process. The US Supreme Court allowed unlimited big money to control US elections with their Citizens United v FEC ruling. Now big money from the Military Industrial Complex, big pharmaceutical, insurance, media and corporate boondoggles are trying to make sure Trump doesn't upset their business as usual apple chart.
            The notion Putin directly hacked the DNC is preposterous. It is an attempt to obfuscate the fact Clinton and the DNC were exposed rigging the primaries against Bernie Sanders. Putin and Russia are also being demonized because he along with Iran and Hezbollah were invited by President Assad to help save his country, defeated the ISIS terrorist in Syria being funded by the US. http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-the-us-supports-the-islamic-state-isis-one-accidental-airdrop-vs-billions-in-covert-military-aid/5409449 How dare he thwart the US attempt at regime change in Syria!
             The other reason Putin is being depicted as the villain is because the Military Industrial Complex and the US Deep State need a sovereign enemy to justify their imperialist policies and boondoggle spending. By now most people realize "ISIS" and "al-Qaida" (al- CIA-da) are a rag tag bunch of fanatics trained by Saudi Arabia and funded by the West to do the US's dirty work. But the corporate mind control apparatus wants us to believe they are an independent self-sustaining global terrorist phenomenon.
            We should question the so called intelligence agencies because they are the same folks who said Osama bin-Laden did 9-11, who said Saddam Hussein had WMDs, who said Assad gassed his own people, who told us Russia annexed Crimea (in 2014 Crimea voted overwhelmingly to rejoin the Russian federation.) Their track record is not so good. Trump should be skeptical. But to beltway crowd, questioning or disparaging the CIA , NSA, DIA etc is a no no. The last US President to stand up to the CIA was John F Kennedy and we know what happened to him. The last US Senator to publicly expose intelligence abuses was Idaho Senator Frank Church. To get back at him the CIA funded his opposition and he lost his bid for reelection.
            2017 is barely started and the mind control apparatus is trying to gin up negative perceptions and hostilities that could lead to conflict (the US and NATO are ringing Russia with troops, missiles and conducting war games as we speak) and domestic discord. Don't fall for the okey-doke, think for yourself and make up your own mind. Be vigilant, double check your information, don't drink their Kool-aid.


                                                            -30-

Monday, December 19, 2016

What If?

                                               From The Ramparts
                                             Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                      What If?


            What would happen if we actually lived our lives according to the tenants of the world's great religions? At their core they all express and stress similar values and perspectives on human relationships. On a very practical level what many refer to as the "Golden Rule" is espoused by every major religion and most all cultural traditions. In ancient times indigenous/aboriginal people realized cooperation and good interpersonal relations were better than conflict and competition, that an harmonious collectivist survival mode was more efficient than a selfish individualistic way of living.
            Our African ancestors developed the concept and virtues of "reciprocity"  which have stood the test of time for millennia. Even the West admits Africans along the Nile developed the world's first practical system of ethics called Ma'at and several tenants were subsequently appropriated and spread around the world. In articulating the concept and philosophy of  Ma'at our African ancestors recognized the holistic interconnectedness and interdependence of:  Divine Order, Harmony, Balance, Truth, Justice, Righteousness and Reciprocity in societal relationships both personal and collective. They said "As above so below" and they recognized the primacy of the CREATOR in the creative process and recognized man's divine nature and wished to replicate DIVINE ORDER here on Earth among mankind. Perhaps this is why ancient Kemet recorded thousands of years of relative peace, prosperity and stability.
            Thousands of years after our African ancestors articulated their cosmology and philosophies, the historical Hebrews consolidated the Forty-Two Declarations of Innocence formulated by our African ancestors, reduced them to The Ten Commandants and substituted the personal affirmation and declarations of a virtuous lifestyle with commandments against certain acts and behaviors. When the early Christian Church fathers formulated their doctrines they absorbed the Ten Commandants as part of their historiography and theological foundation.
            One of the core tenants of Ma'at was the concept of reciprocity. Reciprocity from an African perspective means the solemn duty and obligation to others, doing good in such a way as to generate similar empathy, conduct and interactions that employ all the other tenants of Ma'at: Harmony, Truth, Justice, Balance and Propriety. Reciprocity was an ongoing daily application of good character, good conduct, mutual respect and assistance. Out of the African concept of Ma'at which includes reciprocity came the notion of the Law of Reciprocity which Western metaphysicians define as, "the Universal Law that states that whatever is sent out into the cosmos, what modern day science refers to as 'The Unified Field'... 'The Infinite Field Of Potentiality', in the way of energy or vibration through the resonance of your thoughts, emotions and actions, will manifest outcomes in the physical world... physical outcomes that unfold in your life based on whatever is given or broadcast out through those thoughts, emotions and actions." http://www.abundance-and-happiness.com/law-of-reciprocity.html
            Rooted deep within the Golden Rule is a profound understanding of how the UNIVERSE works on spiritual and temporal levels. Unfortunately we have lost respect for this ancient wisdom, values and virtues. Today the ruling class through the institutions they've created and control like religion, the government, mass media, trade and commerce etc promote values that are antithetical to those ancient values. Today what our African ancestors called Isfet (the polar opposite of Ma'at) is promoted: disorder, discord, deceit, exploitation, wickedness and selfish absorption.
            But what if we went back to the ancient virtues of Ma'at and practiced them on a daily basis, how would our lives be different? What if we promoted them in our institutions and media? What if we decided to live our lives in accordance with the Golden Rule, what if our thoughts, words, deeds and interactions were based upon truth, harmony, justice, rectitude, balance, reciprocity and a deep sense of social obligation? Do you think our families, neighborhoods and world would be better off? Food for thought.


                                                -30-

Monday, December 12, 2016

Random Thoughts on Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump

   
                                               


                                                     From the Ramparts
                                                  Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                    Random Thoughts About Reagan and Trump

            It's been five weeks since the 2016 Presidential election and folks are still shocked, upset, despondent and dismayed about the results. Why? Is it because people dislike Trump so much we forgot our ancestors lived and experienced much worse, even thought Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet?! I can't believe Black people thought Hillary Clinton or the Democratic Party was our friend, our benefactors or they would do right by us given their history of supporting Bill Clinton's policies of "welfare reform", his war on crime that created a massive gulag system that incarcerated millions of Black and Brown people for minor non violent offences, and opened the door for privatized prisons, his repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act which paved the way for the financial collapse, fraud and corruption, the foreclosure crisis and loss of equity wealth of people of color, wealth we probably will never get back. I just don't get it.
            Our people have lived through much worse, suffered and experienced abuse, brutality and exploitation during centuries in this country where we had no redress or protection, when the courts, were stacked against us, when we could not vote, when our lives, dignity and prospects for redemption were few. The US Supreme Court even said in 1857 in the infamous Dred Scott vs Sanford decision, "Blacks were not citizens and had no rights a white person was bound to respect."
            There was a time when almost everything was arrayed against us, yet we still persevered. The only thing our people had was hope and faith. They had faith there would be a better day, faith THE CREATOR and ancestors would give us the strength to persevere and overcome. Their dogged hope and faith sustained our ancestors, helped them pave a way out of no way, hew a sense of personal and collective dignity out of the mountain of deprivation and allowed them to survive unfathomable horrors, constant terror, degradation, rape, dehumanization and desecration. And today we are worried because someone like Donald Trump is the next president?! We should be ashamed of ourselves!
             I was watching PBS the other day, they were featuring a documentary entitled Black America Since MLK. It chronicled the circumstances of discrimination, deprivation and oppression, our responses and the counter reactions of the oppressive US system. When it came to the 1980's and Ronald Reagan I saw an alarming similarity to Donald Trump.  Reagan was a former Hollywood actor, never a real star, who was active in the union who used his Hollywood career as a stepping stone to politics. Trump like Reagan is a media personality who knows how to use the camera to his advantage. Reagan's campaign slogan was "Let's Make America Great Again". Donald Trump's campaign slogan was "Make America Great Again." Reagan and the Republicans proposed massive tax cuts for the rich, and government deregulation. With a straight face Reagan and his cabinet members said it would trickle down throughout the economy and generate jobs and wealth. His tax cuts and deregulation did neither. https://mises.org/library/myths-reaganomics
            In fact Reagan's policies so destabilized the country's fiscal standing he and the next two presidents: George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton were forced to raise a myriad of taxes to cover the massive shortfalls Reagan's tax cuts created! Several years later, George W Bu$h claimed tax cuts for the rich and deregulation would spur economic growth, it did not. Then they allowed 9-11 to happen and all budgetary restraints for the Military Industrial Complex and the subsequently created Department of Homeland Security went out the window!
            Now Donald Trump is making the same claims and promises, tax cuts and deregulation will spur economic growth and prosperity for all. But Trump has added a new twist. He says he will negotiate better more favorable trade deals which will save the nation money. Yeah right. The taxpayer funded boondoggle is part of the way Washington works and the 1% are not going to take kindly to having their money and profits from overruns, fraud and waste cut.
             Anyone who has had to balance a budget knows you can't cut revenue and keep spending the same amount or more if you want to get out of debt. So do not expect Trump's plans to work. Anyway we cannot depend on Donald Trump to save us. I don't want to be a Davy Downer but if Trump is anything like Ronald Reagan, things will get worse  policy wise for us during his watch and the 1% will have a field day ripping off the government! Remember Iran Contra, the cocaine and opium importation and the Saving and Loan crisis?!
            As we approach a New Year let us not wallow in despair, self-pity, hopelessness or defeatist attitudes. We come from strong stock, our ancestors were great people who  made a way out of no way, we can do it again. We rumbled against white supremacy and won (the Civil Rights movement brought US statutory apartheid down)! Stand up straight, hold your heads up man and woman up; let's be about the business of doing for self!


                                                            -30-

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Get Your Sleep

                                                      

                                                        From The Ramparts
                                                     Junious Ricardo Stanton                          
                                                           Get Your Sleep


            "The price of insufficient sleep may be poor health. Study after study has revealed that people who sleep poorly are at greater risk for a number of diseases and health problems. And now the search is on to discover why this might be." http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences


            Several years ago I interviewed activist Dick Gregory on my Internet radio program (The Digital Underground www.Harambeeradio.com.) and he told me most Americans suffer needlessly from three conditions that over time will cause major health problems that could easily be avoided. He said we do great harm to ourselves due to dehydration, insufficient sleep/rest and malnutrition. Study after study has shown we need to drink plenty of clean fresh water, eat a balanced and nutritious diet and get plenty of rest.
            I recently saw an article Online that stated sleep deprivation is a major problem in the US, so much so that it costs millions of dollars in lost time, wages, production and health.  I though about what Dick Gregory told me many years ago. It is important we get plenty of sleep and rest. Sleep is the body's way of rejuvenating itself, restoring your body's unique homeostasis, maintaining mental alertness, quality brain functioning, strengthening our immune system, providing psychological balance and wellbeing. During sound restful sleep the body repairs itself. This essential repair and maintenance provides the strength and peak energy for us to effectively navigate our daily lives and routines, successfully cope with stressing situations, meet and overcome the challenges we encounter every day.
             Failure to get good and regular sleep will negatively impact you in numerous ways. Sleep deprivation can cause or lead to serious illness and lower life expectancy. Research has documented that lack of quality sleep can contribute to:  heart failureheart diseaseobesity, diabetes, high blood pressurestroke or transient ischemic attack (mini-stroke), depression, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In African-American families and communities, we have a higher percentage of these diseases and conditions most of which are related to our "lifestyle" or more correctly deathstyle.  Demographically we suffer disproportionally from all the disorders that often result from sleep deprivation, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression and emotional instability. Reports show adequate sleep slows or eliminates inflammation because lack of sleep throws off our normal hormonal balance and can cause early aging and conditions associated with aging such as inflamed joints and lowered immune system. When we add poor diet and dehydration we are setting ourselves up for poor health and increased health risks! The good news is we can eradicate much of our suffering and dis-ease.
            Not only is sleep deprivation a personal issue, it is a major societal problem as well.  Lack of sleep is having a devastating impact on our collective health but also on the nation's economy.  "The U.S. loses just over 1.2 million working days a year due to sleep deprivation among its working population. Productivity losses at work occur through a combination of presenteeism, where employees are at work but working at a sub-optimal level and absenteeism – employees not being at work. The study is the first of its kind to quantify the economic losses suffered because of the lack of sleep among workers." http://www.orrazz.com/2016/12/us-economy-loses-up-to-411-billion-per.html
            Sleep deprivation is responsible for serious mishaps, accidents and disasters, "Investigations of the grounding of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker, as well as the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, have concluded that sleep deprivation also played a critical role in these accidents. In both cases, those in charge of the operations and required to make critical decisions were operating under extreme sleep deprivation. While the Challenger disaster put the multi-billion dollar shuttle program in peril, the Exxon Valdez oil spill resulted in incalculable ecological, environmental, and economic damage." http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-performance-and-public-safety
            On a spiritual level sleep is essential. It is the conduit to the universal consciousness, our  higher self that is always attempting to communicate with us, assist and support us. In a awakened state often our egos and stream of conscious thoughts get in the way of the messages from our deep psyche and spirit. When we are asleep or in the alpha level of brain activity, we are far more receptive to the messages, images, promptings and creativity from the spirit realm. Denying ourselves sleep cuts us off from a valuable reservoir of wisdom and creativity and an opportunity to access UNIVERSAL CONSCIOUSNESS. We need to actualize this portal to the Higher Self, sleep is a great way to do it. 
            So the take away from all this is, get plenty of sleep. Studies show humans need between 7-9 hours of sleep a night. https://sleepfoundation.org/media-center/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times. If we get our sleep drink plenty of clean water and eat healthy meals our overall health, productivity and life expectancy will improve. Try it for a few months, if you don't like it; you can always go back to your unhealthy habits.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Fake News

                                            


                                               From The Ramparts
                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                    Fake News

            The ruling oligarchy is having conniptions because their propaganda campaign to enthrone Hillary Clinton failed so dismally. Now they are blaming Trump's win on fake news and alleged interventions by Russia on behalf of Trump. This mendacity is being promoted by the same corporate media that on an hourly basis serves as stenographers, shills and cheerleaders for corporate interests and their government puppets. Fake news, indeed. What the corporate media is not saying is the US government has a long and absolutely foul history of lying, using smear tactics, and mind control to dupe, misinform and deceive us. https://www.sott.net/article/291216-Operation-Mockingbird-is-alive-and-well-and-living-in-your-TV
            The present campaign to demonize independent media is like the kettle calling the pot black. Let's review some glaring examples of the mainstream corporate media's dishonesty and betrayal of trust. Remember how the mainstream media echoed the Bu$h administration's lies about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction? How did that turn out? Were any weapons ever found? Nope! After trillions spent on illegal wars, millions of people displaced, maimed, crippled and killed have any network talking heads, any Bu$h or Obama administration officials been reprimanded, rebuked, held accountable, indicted or jailed? No, not one! How is that possible?!
             Before the Saddam Hussein WMD fabrications we were told 9-11 was plotted and executed by a guy who we know was suffering from terminal renal failure, supposedly living in a cave in Afghanistan!!?  What we weren't told is Osama bin-Laden was a US CIA asset part of the US, UK, Saudi and Israeli axis of evil. http://newsone.com/1205745/cia-osama-bin-laden-al-qaeda/ 
            Think of all the lies about bin-Laden and 9-11 that have been seared into our consciousness, lies that allowed the ruling class to invade Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Libya and carry on a totally bogus war on terrorism. The fact is, today the US is the greatest purveyor of violence and terror in the world! By the way Osama bin-Laden died in 201 in Tora Bora from kidney failure not the fake 2011 raid perpetrated by the Obama administration and the corporate media. http://yournewswire.com/evidence-shows-osama-bin-laden-actually-died-in-2001/
            During the first Bu$h administration Hill and Knowlton a well connected Washington D.C. PR firm concocted a multi-million dollar media campaign to sell the Gulf War to gullible US citizens. The firm even arranged a phony Congressional hearing conducted by several real Congressmen on October 10, 1990 that featured a Kuwaiti girl saying she witnessed Iraqi soldiers killing Kuwaiti babies in incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital. That "testimony" during a simulated Congressional hearing was repeated by the corporate media and shown over and over all around the world. What we didn't know was the events never happened and the "witness" supposedly named  "Nayirah" was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US. Everything she said was a lie at the behest of  Hill and Knowlton to gin up a war! https://www.sott.net/article/265869-First-Gulf-War-based-on-a-lie-orchestrated-by-PR-firm-Hill-Knowlton
             These are a few examples of the egregious lies  a complicit corporate media tells, but we must remember we are lied to 24/7/365 in the form of commercials, PR campaigns, radio, television, films and video games. Six conglomerates own and control almost everything we read, see on billboards, watch on TV and in the movies. The media's job is to program us to be like Pavlov's dogs; mindlessly responding/reacting to their stimuli. For example think about the notion we live in post racial America.  As much as many of us would like to believe this is true, it is not. Far from it! Racial animus and discrimination are alive and well in this country. The treatment of Barack Obama by the Republicans is a glaring reminder as was much of Trump's campaign rhetoric.
            Fortunately we are not totally dependent on the corporate media for all our information and entertainment. The Internet offers the opportunity to study for ourselves, and get alternative and independent sources of information.  Is everything on the Internet true and reliable? Of course not. But it can be a valuable counterweight to the corporate media mind control clap trap.
             Now the 1% are trying to undermine the Internet's independence and openness. They and their minions pay people Internet users call trolls to visit sites, post comments, pictures, videos, lies and disinformation to keep us duped, deceived and discombobulated. You definitely have to use discernment when you surf the Web. You have to cross reference and double check all information and most importantly think for yourself.
            Don't believe the 1%'s  hype about fake news. They are the most egregious purveyors of fake news and lies in the world!

                                                            -30-

             

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Lessons of History


                                                            
                                                             From The Ramparts
                                                            Junious Ricardo Stanton
                                                            The Lessons of History

            "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”— George Santayana 

            It is imperative we study and learn our history. History is the prologue to the present. We live in volatile times. Stay alert, keep your eyes and ears open, remain open minded yet skeptical (I know that sounds like a contradiction but it can be done and we should do it). Today's unrest, angst and frustrations is very much like what was going on in this country during in the early part of the 19th century when the massive infusion of immigrants thrown into an already volatile mix of imported (and later domestically bred) and oppressed Africans created social tensions and animosity that resulted in race riots and open bloodshed which ultimately led to the War Between the States (there is no such thing as a "civil war".)
             This racial admixture altered the social landscape. The ruling elites had long contemplated what to do with the Africans (the "free" ones) hence the founding of the American Colonization Society in 1816. The notion of sending free Blacks back to Africa (or someplace in South or Central America) was kept alive until the War Between The States. In the infamous Dred Scott decision of 1857 the US Supreme Court said, "Blacks were not citizens of this country and had no rights a white person was bound to respect."  The idea of gradually sending all Blacks (free and enslaved) away was actually floated by Abraham Lincoln who persuaded Congress to appropriate $ 500,000 for such a project. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/j/jala/2629860.0014.204... 
            That plan died with Lincoln but the issues remained. The minions of the 1% asked "What are we going to do with the Blacks"? That question is still being asked and addressed (today by incarceration via the bogus Wars on Crime and Drugs, a tilted judicial system and genocide via abortion, police killings, environmental poisoning, menticide etc), now other non European immigrants are also being looked at askance.
            The reality is Trump is not going to deport millions of immigrants (although Obama deported over two million!) any more than Abraham Lincoln or his successors were able to "colonize" (deport) all Blacks. They will probably deport a few, a million or so, for show purposes to keep up pretenses but they will not be able to lock up nor deport all illegal immigrants. 
            What will the ruling class do to the immigrants?  Their ancestors weren't able to deport all our ancestors, so what are they going to do with this crop of immigrants? A costly war was fought that inadvertently led to the freeing of our enslaved ancestors but the ruling class conspired to restore the former order and re-enslave our ancestors by taking away the protection of Northern troops. That deal returned political control back to the former slave owners and the aristocracy, which sealed our fate until the twentieth century's the "Civil Rights movement".
            Prior to the War Between the States there was much contention, debate and wide scale violence that served as a precursor to the War Between the States (see http://www.civilwaronthewesternborder.org/essay/bleeding-kansas-kansas-nebraska-act-harpers-ferry). In many ways the class and racial divide is just as intense today as it was in 1854. Political actions based upon economic interests and ideas about race, eventually led to the violent conflict we call the War Between the States. The divide in this country today following the presidential election is just as extreme as it was in 1854!
            Today there is a class war simmering in this nation: income inequality is at an all time high while opportunity, upward mobility and the prospects of prosperity are diminishing which is why there is so much angst and anger today. Time will tell whether we muster the will to resolve the burning issues of today in a way that reconciles the sins, divisions and wounds of the past and benefits all parties; or we repeat and relive the mistakes that led to division, violent war in 1861 and the reestablishment of quasi slavery and peonage twelve years later. If the election has anything to teach us it is we owe it to ourselves our ancestors and our progeny to drop our dependency on our enemies, develop and find ways to enhance our  position throughout the world.


                                                            -30-