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

OFT-SAID: “MY BROTHER FROM ANOTHER MOTHER.” (The Uncanny resemblance of Donald J. Trump to Jim Jones)

A little more than 40 years ago a monster took control of people’s minds, and then murdered them:  917 men, women, children and babies.  The men and women had, by in large, turned their minds over to Jones……I will just simply call it voluntary spiritual slavery, but that of course greatly oversimplifies the situation at Jonestown.

Some of my readers may not have even heard of the Jonestown massacre, and some were not born until well after that fateful day in November, 1978.  So, I would first suggest, so you better understand where I am coming from in today’s blog post, that you read about Jim Jones and Jonestown on the web.  At the time this incident rocked the news media around the world.

Jim Jones gathered followers in Northern California, mostly poor and mostly people of color.  This was all taking place in the middle of the revolutionary movement of those years, which included the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and in 1985 the police bombing and fire storm of MOVE, resulting in several children being burned to death and many adult members being sentenced to very long prison terms.  Jim Jones may be called revolutionary on one hand, but criminally insane is the truth.  I leave it to future juries to decide about BMT (and there will be juries).

The title of this piece:  oh yes, there are many resemblances between Jones and Trump (Bottomless Moral Turpitude, as I prefer to refer to him).  Let’s review just a few.

  1. Megalomania.
  2. Fostered conspiracy theories of being targeted.
  3. Used the power of the pulpit to lie, cheat and steal.
  4. Turned against the United States, and looked to Russia (then the Soviet Union).
  5. Had a “congregation” of followers who felt left out, including many on the lower end of the economic ladder.  The majority of Jones’ followers were poor and Black, searching for something more in life; the majority of Trump’s followers are Whites who feel economically ignored, and poor Whites.
  6. Hired advantaged and wealthy lawyers as foisters of cover stories and promoters of the conspiracy theories.
  7. Stole poor people’s income and medical support:  for different reasons, but to the same effects.
  8. Claimed to be “the Chosen One,” in so many words.
  9. Required total loyalty, and called those who piped up to disagree, “disloyal,” and took severe action against those persons.
  10. Hated politicians who investigated:  Jones had Congressman Leo Ryan and others accompanying him, murdered while they were trying to depart Jonestown.  I don’t know what is in the deranged mind of BMT, but we all heard him say, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody….”
  11. Present a physical appearance of ego, swagger and self-indulgence.
  12. Tore families apart; stole children from parents.
  13. Pitted family members against one another to prove power.
  14. Inner circle all close, white and affiliated with wealth.
  15. Deteriorating mental condition.
  16. Spoke in bafflegab.
  17. Jones fled to Guyana; BMT flees to Mar Lago.
  18. Allegiance to false God:  Jones – self-righteousness; BMT – M-O-N-E-Y.
  19. Jones had the power to cause most of the over 900 followers to commit suicide by drinking his “cool-ade.”  BMT has the power in his hands to destroy the planet.

“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.

 

 

1619- 2019 400 Years and Counting

Angela was her name, an African woman, who might very well have been of royalty back in her home region, we don’t know.  Regardless, we can assume rightly that she lived in a well-ordered society, one full of the sounds of life, of domestic animals, of toddlers and small children playing around villages, while older girls worked with their mothers, contributing and learning the skills from a timeless past, such as pounding yam and braiding and adorning their hair.  Older boys were learning the skills of manhood, including hunting, wrestling,  and becoming warriors.  Angela’s people were colorful, were light on their feet, and the sounds of drumming and the sounds of dancing often filled the air.  When anyone of Angela’s people fell ill, there were potions and wetted plants placed topically, and the incantations of the priest to relieve the pain and illness, often as effectively as any Western treatment today.  The priest was also readily available, for the price of a chicken or yams, to perform a divination reading for those with a question about their lives (which was at least as effective as any psychologist or spiritual advisor today).  Life was good for Angela.

We will never know how she came to be ripped from the Motherland, how she survived the Passage, how she was treated by the pirate sailors who took her and others, and in 1619 sold her and some 20-30 other Africans to European American planters in Jamestown, Virginia.  We do know that Angela and the hundreds of thousands of other African peoples brought to this land and placed in involuntary servitude and treated worse than any animal for hundreds of years, retained the strength and vibrancy of their ancestry, and without their magic –  America would have been, period.

The history of early Jamestown is readily available on the web, but in the last few days the New York Times has published what will become a publishing legacy to be read by generations to come.  Here is the link:

 

Just double click the above image, and just fyi you will have to at least enter your email and go through a few commercial “ads” to get to the article, but it is well worth it.  There are multiple essays, each quite lengthy, so be prepared to spend some time – quality time.

It should be apparent to anyone who is not themselves still shackled with the collar of racism, slaves to their emotional, primeval ignorance, that any claims of America being now in a post-racial society since President Obama was elected, are patently false.  Today we see the greatest rise of racism since the lynching days of Jim Crow.  America, the very foundation of this great experiment in humanity is now at risk.  Wake up!

What could possibly go wrong in 2020?

I have always loved getting those little stickers as I leave the voting stations, the “I Voted” ones, you know.  My chest even sticks out a little more, at least in my mind.  This is a feeling that we all can partake of in this country, and at least in some other nations that right of voting is also enjoyed, although often surrounded by controversy.

I have no doubt that the election in 2020 will be surrounded by just that.  I have no doubt that BMT (aka…..crazy hair guy in the Oval Office, better known on my blog as Bottomless Moral Turpitude) will lose the popular vote by a wide margin, regardless of who the Dems put up to run.  However, as in 2016 the electoral college voting may very well  be that breathes new life into he who sucks life out of America.

The Republicans, aka Citizens Council, have totally stalled Congress from providing the level of funding to states needed to replace their voting machines and provide for backup paper ballots.  So, that is one problem.

Then there is the matter of alien forces diligently working to throw the swing states and the electoral college in their favor.  Russia obviously will want him re-elected, because many of the oligarchs stand to come out better in the long run with him remaining in office.  China and Iran likely will endeavor to push the vote toward the Dems.  So will the net result be a zero sum?  No one knows of course, but given the coziness of BMT with Vlad, and with BMT on record saying he would take information and assistance from Russia (again), the odds would tend to favor him.

I have no doubt at all that If BMT does not get the win, he and the Citizens Council will file many, many lawsuits to confuse the entire election decision, very likely the matter winding up at SCOTUS.  Well, we know how that will go.

So with all the excitement presently as to who will win the Dem nomination, ultimately it may not matter.  However, if the election seems to be going in BMT’s favor, I am equally fearful that Dems will pour into the streets in protests across the country, and do everything possible to block his “coronation.”  This could get very ugly, very fast.

I am always an advocate for having a Plan B.  I highly advise Americans who long for a new president, to have a Plan B, and be ready to put it into effect immediately at that time.