DESECRATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CEMETERIES

For at least over two hundred years cemeteries of African Americans have been desecrated in every way imaginable.  In the 1800’s medical students would rob the graves of recently buried Blacks to use the corpses for dissection study.  I suspect that this went on well afterwards also, with grave robbers digging up and selling corpses.  It was not enough for Whites to torment Blacks throughout their lives, so it seems, so the final atrocities of taking bodies and ruining graveyards was the final act of attempted genocide.

Of course the most common desecration over time has been the “easy pickings” of destroying headstones or otherwise vandalizing them.  White boys with rifles no doubt used headstones as targets in rural areas.

However, so-called “gentrification” and the expansion of commerce into older areas of towns and cities has done the greatest damage.  The construction of roads and utilities directly impacts these cemeteries.  I have a friend who right now is dealing with such an abomination, and is seeking legal redress.

While I personally will be cremated and my remains not placed in a cemetery, I have a great respect for the feelings of families of any “race” regarding their attachment to such places of “final rest.”  My late wife and her parents and relatives are interred in a major urban cemetery, and my parents remains and those of my grandparents and other ancestors lay within an old country cemetery.  I would be heartbroken if these were vandalized or disturbed.  That African American “places” have been perpetually treated as either targets of extended racism or treated as “invisible” to the powers of modernity I find anti-humanistic on every level.

Here are a few links should you have further interest in this topic:

Freedman’s Cemetery Has a History as Complicated as its Buried Members

https://www.thejaxsonmag.com/article/disgraced-desecrated-disturbed-urban-cemeteries/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/27/gentrification-is-erasing-black-cemeteries-and-with-it-black-history

Hidden in plain sight: Cemeteries and civil rights

 

 

If You Want to Know What “Whiteness” Really Is – Check out First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas

If the reader doesn’t already know what “whiteness” is,  I will trust your curiosity will motivate you to do some research on the web.  I am not referring to the “how white a white bed sheet is,” if you need a clue.

If there is a bastion of whiteness in America today, one such would be white evangelical churches, and FBC of Dallas ranks at the top:   a current pastor who fully supports Trump, and a prior pastor who for some 50 years railed against integration.  Therefore, I will extend the rubric of whiteness to just plain ol’ racism in this case.

One of the mega churches in Dallas, one that Billy Graham had his membership in although he didn’t live in Texas, this church was founded in the mid-1800’s, and its members no doubt represented the mainstream and City leaders through the last 150 years.  And, let’s keep in mind Dallas had the largest KKK membership in the Nation during the 1920’s, routinely beating, and lynching Blacks.  What a history to be proud of.

Is it a mystery that Blacks who have attended and joined such white evangelical churches have left them in droves in recent times, given these churches NEVER condemn any atrocity or policy that is inflicted on African Americans and people of color…. for instance, police murdering black and brown men and women seemingly at will and almost never being indicted?  One black woman’s story I read, said Whites in her big white church didn’t even know the name Travon Martin, while she herself was losing sleep about the boy’s murder; however, I conjecture these same people knew the name Colin Kaepernick!

If there ever was a more non-Christian group of people on Earth than white evangelicals, I would not even want to know who really.  Like I said recently in a post, I believe in multiverses, and the consciousness of these people are definitely not in my universe.

99% of evangelicals polled say they support Trump, even now, with all the EVIL he continues to sew throughout the world.  How can that be?  Has to be another universe.

Do you really know your history?

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture, is like a tree without roots.” – Marcus Garvey

 

WHITEY’s, do you know your own history? Your family history?  The history of the area where you are now, where you spent your childhood?  Your school, your university?  If the answer is “not really,” or “I think I do,” then you really need to do some research, for without that knowledge, you are chaff caught in the shifting breeze of life.

For those who do not know who Marcus Garvey was, I will just say, “Go look him up.”  I will say he was one of he wisest men of the 20th Century.  Note that I didn’t say “black man.”  The quotation above applies to any and all people, and today – and this year, the 400th since Africans were brought to Jamestown, Virginia, establishing the vile economic foundation of America and also creating “white people,”  it is especially cogent in the domain of “whiteness.”

The search for your own history I realize may be sketchy.  Many family lineages are pretty tenuous, at best; however, one can often just research the history of the area or locale that you claim as home, assuming you have one of course.  If not, just for “fun,” I suggest picking one or two locales that are familiar, and do a deep dive on their history.

Now when I say history in this post, I mean racist history.  Did you have ancestors who were slave owners? I did.  Did you live in the South? Then, do you have ancestors who were KKK members, or Citizens Council members?  You might be surprised.  Of course in the South a lot of this history many upstanding families now cover up as best they can, but believe me, if you dig deep you may find something surprising.

I grew up around a small town in Texas, Uvalde.  Only this week did I learn that there was a very active “chapter” of the KKK in the town during the early 1920’s.  My father was born in 1920, as a reference.  During those years the KKK had a strangle hold on some major cities in Texas, and lynchings, beatings and other atrocities committed against Blacks, and some Whites who “got out of line,” was very common.  One of the worst cases of lynchings occurred in Waco, Texas; and in Dallas, another lynching, celebrated on picture postcards and witnessed even by women and children took place.  Today people eat burgers at outdoor tables at that very spot, totally unaware of the ghost.

As of right now, I do not know for sure that my own father’s father and his father may have been members of the Uvalde KKK.  Knowing what I know, I do not believe so, although I know my grandfather, who was raised in Louisiana, was typically Southern.  I think I heard the word N_____ maybe twice from any family members my entire life (which is nothing to be proud of.)

So what I am saying, is that for this Nation to even begin to heal the chasm between Blacks and Whites, it is not up to Blacks to do a damn thing, ok.  We Whites must first come to terms with our own histories, as personalized as possible, and ask ourselves, “How did I get to be the way I am today?” and “Am I passing on my status quo to my children and others?”

Many of us believe we are not in any way racist.  Granted our hearts may be in the best place possible, but often our minds are not, because we lack knowledge of our history, and the history of the societal fabric of America.  All of us suffer from “whiteness,” whether we know it or not, and all of us benefit from such privileges.  So I ask, is this fair?  If not, begin to change it by learning and gathering wisdom.

Of course, there are many in America who have no interest in learning the truth.  It is easier to hate.  I even had a reader comment indicating he does not believe in the Jewish holocaust.  Yes, there are such people, even those who believe man did not walk on the moon, that the Earth is flat, and all that.  It is actually pretty easy to deny truth when you refuse to look in the direction of Light.

I pray these people are a dying breed, but the Silver Bullet we must mold and aim at our own hearts, to release the divine love that flows within each person.

The Racial Miseducation of America’s Children

It seems like eons since I sat in my high school American history class.  At the time, history and government were by far and away my two most un-favorite subjects.  Had I only had wonderful teachers – as I had in my two favorite sujects – math and science – that might have been different, but I did not.  Today I would place the importance of those two right next to the advanced math and physics courses in importance:  the latter two helped me into an engineering career of 50 years.  The first two would have helped me be a better citizen over those years.  I haven’t been in a high school classroom since I graduated, but I have a hunch that what “kids” are being taught today is not far from what I may have been presented with, especially on the subject of the Civil War and slavery, and of course, the well-concealed subject of “whiteness,” and white people’s privileges.

More than half of teachers across America say they are comfortable talking about slavery as a condition, within their classrooms.  But no matter how good the teachers are, or how “open” they are to discussing these difficult subjects, they are challenged and controlled by the laws of their states and local school boards, and totally hamstrung with having to use text books and materials that generally fail grossly to present slavery and its full history and context, especially from the viewpoint of those enslaved.

This study pulls back the covers on the sorry state of what and how America teaches its progeny about these subjects that today continue to divide us at our dinner tables and within our places of worship as well:

https://www.splcenter.org/20180131/teaching-hard-history#summary

I live in Texas, and am a 6th generation version.  Some of my ancestors who moved to Texas before the end of the Civil War, apparently “had” slaves.  One of my G-g-g-grandfathers was a Mississippi plantation owner during the War and had slaves.  After the war he moved to Dallas, and is buried there.  I would love to have seen his eyes when I married my black Queen in Dallas, some 50 years ago.  Only last year did the Texas school book “approvers” vote to give slavery equal footing with “states’ rights” in our new textbooks.  I am happy, but sad and mad about this situation.

The problem across the US is that education is as politicized as any other “social” matter.  When you live in a society that has kept the realities of these subjects and topics essentially under lock and key, and in many states so-called “conservatives” having swallowed the keys, obviously we are years and years from resolving this educational matter.  By not resolving it, we are just renewing the policies of segregation, discrimination, hate and violence and domestic terrorism that are today the hallmarks of America core.

I have faith, though, that one day, the Truths will set America free.  Until that day, let us keep doing what each of us can to make it happen!

 

NAZIS: CO-OPTED A TIMELESS MAGICAL SYMBOL & ARE DAMNED ETERNALLY

Probably the above symbol caught your eyes before you read the title.  I have not seen any surveys conducted regarding the familiarity of the “average American,” especially the younger generations, with the history of the swastika, so I thought for today’s post I would take a stab at bringing attention to this subject, given the rise of neo-Nazis and associated white supremacist groups in Europe and especially here at home.

The symbol above was on the shoulder patch of the United States 45th Infantry during its first 15 years, up to WW2, when it was changed to a gold eagle design since Hitler had co-opted the basic symbol for the Nazis sordid campaign.

The Swastika is known to be some 12,000 years old, in various forms, and is a common symbol in Indian culture, Tibetan Buddhism and some of the First Peoples of this land.  It also can be found elsewhere, and even today appears in many, many locations here in America, long pre-dating Hitler.  The Swastika has varied forms, including the left facing, right facing (as the Nazis chose), and other forms.  Tibetan Buddhism uses the left facing form, whereas the one above, selected by indigenous peoples of the Southwest, was their interpretation.  Over time, the symbol has appeared over a large part of the planet, including the Ashanti kingdom of West Africa.  One of my gurus, Joseph Campbell, addressed the mythology of the Swastika, as has many other academics.  Hitler stole it.

Hitler stole it, and we see how that went.  Yes, his rats scurried here and there, and many of there progeny or adherents no doubt are still in Germany.  Nazis of the old days who eluded the Allies fled to Argentina (where, in 1960, Eichmann was arrested by Israeli agents, taken to Israel, tried, sentenced and hung), and many were admitted and some 1600 scientists and engineers were secretly transported to the US and put to work in pursuit of their military/technical knowledge.  Werner Von Braun was one such German, with questionable background as to the treatment of slave labor used in the V-2 missile production;  he went on to become basically one of the fathers of the US race to the Moon.  (Goes to show, America neither had nor has any particularly higher moral arc than the rest of the world, we merely protected our power interests then and now.)

Shortly after the Berlin wall came down, I was in central Germany on business.  One evening, by chance, I happened to be seated with four Austrians, two couples, about my age at that time.  During the meal, one English-speaking “chap” suddenly asked me what I thought of the Jewish problem.  They could see the shock registered on my face, and dropped the topic like a hot potato.  After that dinner I walked through a local cemetery filled with headstones on graves of German officers of both wars……I secretly hoped my father had put at least one there.  Only a few days ago I read an article written by a Jewish lady in Germany.  I did not know how few Jews live there now, around 250,000, such a low number that few German “Gentiles” (or whatever) even know a Jew, I suppose similar to here in the US (I could count on two hands the Jews I have been acquainted with, and suppose I should do better than that.)  The author of the article described in some detail issues of attitudes toward Jews in Germany today…..not coming from neo-Nazi crowds (of course the Swastika is banned there), but Germans at large.  The situation is not good, and she gave the opinion of things getting worse.  But don’t get me wrong, I do believe that most Germans today are at least “as good” as Americans (if not more so).

I have since a child hated the Nazi Swastika, since I knew my own father had fought them in Italy, dropping tons of bombs on their asses from his B-25.  In 1960, as a teen living at the time in San Diego, a “buddy” of mine took me to the home of a real ex-German officer.  I do not recall seeing any Swastika in his home, but I do recall a lot of military “stuff,” like a sword, and a bunch of silver vases and other nice ware (I was even suspicious about the goods then, but said nothing of course, being only 15 years old.)  I suspect the guy may have been among the 1600 mentioned above, and he may very well have worked at the same plant my father worked at building the Atlas missiles.

So now in America, with a neo-Nazi now as the President, it further reinforces in my mind the bad luck that Hitler brought on his ilk.  Trump (Bottomless Moral Turpitude dude) will soon go under.  The prejudice and hate of those infected by Hitler’s co-opting of a magical symbol, will eventually bring them down also.  There is an old saying, “God doesn’t like ugly,” and although that a great simplification, I believe in its intended meaning.  Time will continue along the slowly rising arc of morality in the world.

The reader might want to check this out:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika

“Emancipate Our (WHITE) Selves from Mental Slavery….

None but Ourselves Can Free Our Minds.”  Parroting Bob’s words from Redemption Songs, with a twist of the trope.

The problem WHITE folks, is that Most of We white people do not even recognize our own “whiteness.”  We also are unaware that “whiteness” was essentially created during the 17th Century in Virginia, when the “slave codes” were written, drawing a line between indentured poor-ass Europeans servants and enslaved Blacks.  The intent was a result of Bacon’s rebellion, which lasted some years, and in the aftermath the ruling class of nobles recognized they needed to make the lower class servants feel like they were aligned in some way (being from Europe) with the “masters,” thereby preempting any future cooperation of the servants and poor Europeans with black slaves.  During these years “whiteness” came into being only because of the codified subjugation and harsh punitive laws pertaining to black slaves.  (Any astute reader immediately sees that this condition still exist, when less than 1% of whites control over 99% of the capital in the US; yet, the average White thinks – consciously or subconsciously – she/ he is better than the average Black.  Of course, during the Sixties Dixiecrats labeled anyone who advocated alliance of whites and people of color as “communists.”

So guys, before then we Whites were just people….just like Blacks were just people within their own continent, Africa.  Our whiteness could not exist apart from the cruelties of the original sin of institutionalized slavery in this America.  “White people” and the concomitant “whiteness” are both mental constructs that would not exist if there was never any historical or contemporary contact between those of European descent and those peoples of Africa and the diaspora.  “White” people do not exist without Blacks! (As a sidebar, many Whites have African dna – like myself.)

As for “race,” there is only one race, the human (“hue-mon”) race.  White people cannot continue thinking as “whites,” if we are ever to reach our full potential as PEOPLE, as Divine Creations.

The problem that ensued, however, is that while we Whites enjoyed and enjoy all the freedoms appertaining to “being” in the ruling authority class, we mostly are unaware of our “whiteness.”  Although we may feel the rumblings in recent years of the shift that will undoubtedly force us to confront the absence of self-awareness of our fortunate predicament and its daily manifestations and agencies to the demise of people of color, most of us just continue to move through our daily lives “dumber than a stump.”

I suggest WE all get educated and hip to our “whiteness” – beginning today.  The salvation of the so-called “free world” depends on it.  We Whites today are the gatekeepers of access and attainment in a large part of societies hierarchies.  Only when the people who are sitting in those positions of power either began to recognize their “whiteness” and begin to change themselves and their inherent biases – or when people in those positions of power began to be more and more people of color (which is not happening quickly enough by any measure) – will America (and Europe) begin to energize its full potential as a society confronting much greater problems to the survival of “hue-mon” kind.

Given that all of we Whites grew up in “whiteness,” we are blinded just like being snow blinded.  Most of us are not bad people, but out of total ignorance we accept our own lives as the “norm,” and acquiesce to situations and conditions that negatively impact the daily lives of people of color, and we do so without even thinking of it, because of our IGNORANCE.

Here are a few references to get you going on your “whiteness” educational journey:

Search Google and You Tube “Dr. Robin DiAngelo.”  She is an educator and lecturer who has focused on “whiteness” for decades, and will “wake you up.”

Search Google and You Tube for “Jane Elliott.”  She is a pioneer white educator who created the “blue eyes, brown eyes” experiment and has conducted sessions for decades.

White students undergo weekly ‘deconstructing whiteness’ program at Northwestern University

https://aeon.co/ideas/how-white-people-were-invented-by-a-playwright-in-1613

The Great Fear — The Myth of Whiteness

Here is also where you can find a very good MEDIUM blog article (unfortunately I cannot provide the url):

 

View at Medium.com

medium article

View at Medium.com

View at Medium.com

 

 

Newt Gingrich (Citizens Council emeritus) says NY Times 1619 Project is All a Big Lie

When I first saw this news yesterday on Yahoo News (not my only source of information mind you), I was less concerned with his LIES, but rather interested in the Comments to that news story.  Leave it to Yahoo News postings on such subjects to draw out all the older white “conservatives.”  (I have been trying to figure out why there are so many of these “misinformed” Caucasians on Yahoo, and I conjecture it has to do with Yahoo being around for a long time now, but all the youngsters, who would mostly be much more liberal in views, have long ago migrated to other news platforms.)

As I expected, the cheese the ex-Speaker through on the floor brought out all the rats.  I did not spend any time at all reading the Comments, as they all fell into categories that I expected, all revealing, as we who seek love and peace know, the level of emotionally charged ignorance typifying BMT’s (Bottomless Moral Turpitude……that which occupies the Oval Office) baseless base.  I can summarize their common retorts here, along with the truths:

  • The NYT is out to get Trump:  “WE are out to get Trump, indeed, as citizens concerned about any common criminal should be.”
  • Slavery has been around throughout world history, so let’s keep slavery in America in its proper context:  “Slavery in America was on par or worse than any in world history.  The effects of slavery are embedded in American society, and have for decades given Whites the privileges born from the worst kinds of cruelties inflicted on African-Americans.  The shadows of slavery are alive everywhere in this country today, and without Light being Shone on that Vile Darkness, this Nation will fail, meaning everyone in this Nation will fail.  A song by Curtis Mayfield from ‘back in the day,’…..<If there’s a Heaven or Hell, We’re ALL gonna go!>”
  • We need to just move on, as all this discussion about slavery and race relations is holding back progress for the US:  “Ain’t gonna happen my friends.  We are going to keep this in your face till you amend or are 6-ft under.  There can be no Peace when there is no Justice! Do not tell Blacks that they must be satisfied to “move ahead” being trillions of dollars behind Whites and others, when the foundation of this Nation was built on their backs.”
  • But Whites contributed to the building of this Nation, not just Blacks:  “Now how f’ing selfish is that statement!  No one is trying to demean the contribution of Whites that was morally righteous then, or now.  But any attempt at equivalency is an old and fallacious argument, because of the relative price Blacks paid versus Whites.”

The photograph above is of KKK in Dallas, Texas back in the 1920’s.  I have lived in Dallas most of my adult life, and as I discovered just recently, when I began my career my first “boss” was the son of Dallas’ District Attorney during the years that the KKK ran this city.  So we are well aware that many of the son’s, grandsons and granddaughters of such men are alive today, wearing those RED CAPS.  Keep wearing them, we like knowing who you are, for there is nothing worse than a racist with a smile.