Again, another speechless moment in american history. No… I did not spell america incorrectly. I meant to use a smaller case “a.” Until america start acting like civilized Americans, they will never receive a capital “a” from me.
Again, another speechless moment in american history. No… I did not spell america incorrectly. I meant to use a smaller case “a.” Until america start acting like civilized Americans, they will never receive a capital “a” from me.
When you think of the United States of America, what do you think of? Do you think of the land of the free? Do you think of the land of opportunity? Do you think of the land with a beacon to shine as an example for other nations? Do you think of good healthcare or gainful employment opportunities? Do you think America is a country of tolerance? Do you think of freedom? Do you think of honesty and truth?
Allow me to tell you a very short story. I have a friend, and I will call her Stephanie to protect her real identity. She was offered a job interview for a very prestigious company through Manpower, a temporary service. This was a direct hire assignment. Stephanie passed the interview questionnaire for Manpower. Manpower set up the interview with the direct hiring company. She completed that interview. This company was due to hire within one week of the interview process. Manpower told Stephanie they will call her regarding the outcome, regardless if she received the position or not. Forty-eight hours went past and no phone call from Manpower. She decided to call Manpower on the third day and they said they will let her know the outcome. Twenty-four hours later, Manpower did not call her. The next day, Stephanie called Manpower and left a voicemail message. According to the hiring company, they were to let Manpower know one way or another within forty-eight hours of the interview. Here it is seventy-two hours later and Manpower still had not called her back regarding the outcome. I told Stephanie to cheer up and it may not be for you to have it. Besides, if Manpower did not have the decency of keeping their word regarding a phone call, why would you want to work for them anyway? The majority of Americans refuse to return a call or a text message because they are afraid of confrontation, or they are afraid of hurting the other person. I thought Americans were supposed to be honest and fair?
I remember a situation in northern Illinois where an unarmed man was shot in the back three times by police officers in a church in front of children. Can you imagine what went thought those kids mind? Regardless if the suspect was black or white, it should not have been done. There are other documented cases of people getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens, as well as the police getting away with murder for killing unarmed citizens. These are citizens of the United States of America and they are treated like their lives mean nothing. People who have special needs are killed by police because they cannot comply with their instructions as fast as the police want them to comply. It is a known fact by a study conducted on or around November 27, 2017, twenty-one percent of adults read below a fifth grade level and nineteen percent of high school graduates cannot read at all. Thirty-two million people in the United States cannot read at all and the police expect EVERYONE to follow their instructions? I thought America was a land of tolerance?
Many people talk about pulling the race card. Unless you lived or walked in the shoes of those less fortunate for employment, credit, or other things that are guaranteed by those of European descent, you cannot say someone is pulling a race card. When Obama, a man of mixed race, was running for president, lots of people of European descent said “I want my country back.” Really? I thought America gives opportunities to all citizens? After all, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is an Austrian-born citizen who gain American citizenship and became the Governor of California. It is known that his father was a member of Hitler’s army. If America can forgive the Nazis and elect a person of Austrian descent without saying they want their country back, why was it so hard to understand an American citizen of mixed race to be in office?
A lot of people want to say we came a long way. In some areas, we did and in other areas we have not. Sure, we have Wi-Fi, cellular phones, and many other useful gadgets, but when it comes to race, we can never get over that hump. There are news anchors that have gotten fired for racial comments. There are athletes who have said racial comments. There are owners of professional baseball and basketball teams that had said racial comments. People profile other people as black thugs. Wendy Bell, a Pittsburgh newscaster, said “You needn’t be a criminal profiler to draw a mental sketch of the killers who broke so many hearts. They are young black men, likely teens or in their early 20s. They have multiple siblings from multiple fathers and their mothers work multiple jobs. These boys have been in the system before. They’ve grown up there. They know police. They’ve been arrested.” My main question to her would be what about the shootings in Columbine, the killings of church members by Dylann Roof, the Las Vegas massacre by Stephen Paddock; and the many hearts they have broken? What about Dylann Roof who was taken alive and received food from Burger King after his church shootings? Yet, the police had the nerve to make Dylann wear a bullet-proof vest.
It is very sad that citizens of the United States cannot get along with each other, yet we are considered the greatest country on earth? I think my above paragraphs prove my disagreement.
There had been issues that arise during the beginning of time in this new world we call America. One major issue is the question of equality which haunts all people of African descent and it’s the same question that people of European descent choose to ignore; or put restrictions on. Another issue in America is how loosely the word “nigger” is used by not just the people of African descent, but of all people and why.
Let’s look at the word “nigger.” What does it really mean? If you ask your relative, friend, or any other person all over the world, they would say it means a black person. It is a racial slur to degrade black people. We can say the Spaniards or the French came up with this word. It is not true. The Spaniards say “Negro” which is nowhere near the word “nigger.” The French say “Negre” which is, again, nowhere near the word “nigger.” So how do people in the English language come up with this word? Is it the same as other people call people who light white and those who are dark black? I bet people never look at the definition before making an application that talks about… please choose a race. Merriam-Webster defines black as being people of African or dark pigmentation of the skin. Could this mean those from the country of India are considered black since they have dark pigmentation? Yet, as you keep reading Merriam-Webster’s definition of black, it states thoroughly sinister or evil, wicked, very sad, gloomy, etc. Can you say that every black person you had come in contact with is wicked or evil as stated by Merriam-Webster? So why is black used to describe ALL people of African descent who are of dark pigmentation? The reason why I say of dark pigmentation is due to the fact there are those of light pigmentation who are African as well. Merriam-Webster defines white as being people of European or light pigmentation of the skin. Yet, as you keep reading Merriam-Webster’s definition of white, it states innocent, pure, not intended to cause harm, etc. Can you say that every white person you had come in contact with is innocent or never meant any harm as stated by Merriam-Webster? So why is white used to describe ALL people of European descent? It still does not prove that “nigger” means black because it is a word made up word. I don’t know how others get “nigger” out of negro or negre, unless they wanted to make up a word and call it black or do it out of their ignorance. A lot of people use this word very loosely in their everyday conversations. Why use a word when it plainly states it is used as a racial slur to degrade a group of people? If a person is in a wheelchair, do you believe that person would want to be called handicapped rather than a cripple? Hulk Hogan, a famous wrestler with friends of all races, was even caught using the word “nigger.” When being interviewed about his daughter’s relationship with a guy of African descent, he said “I mean, I’d rather if she was going to fuck some nigger, I’d rather have her marry an 8-foot-tall nigger worth a hundred million dollars! Like a basketball player! I guess we’re all a little racist. Fucking nigger.” Would he be just fine if Brooke was to date a guy of European descent who lived in a trailer? Later, Hulk Hogan, also known as Terry Bollea, apologized by saying that is not who he is. People tend to say what is on their mind. As the saying goes… give it time and people will expose their true colors. Okay, I am paraphrasing that saying. After exposure from the media and thinking about what was actually said, WWE removed him for the WWE Hall of Fame. Terry said he is disappointed in who he is because of such language. Is he, or is he ashamed that he got caught being himself in his first mind? It is amazing how I looked up to him when I first started watching wrestling as he would often say to the audience to take your vitamins and say your prayers. Now, I question who he were speaking to.
In the King James Version of the Holy Bible, there are two verses that state all men are created equal. Genesis 1:27 state “So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” Galatians 3:28 state “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” These two versus, out of many more versus, plainly state all men are created equal.
Even former President Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address said all men are created equal. The second paragraph in the Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Some people have an issue with the term “self-evident.” Self-evident merely mean evident without proof or reasoning. The Bible provides the information needed in which the Declaration of Independence is based upon in regards to all men are created equal.
There are some who want to argue that all men are not created equal. I don’t want to go on a preaching rant, so I will try to keep this short. I believe Dr. Kathryn Seifert misunderstood what is behind the actual meaning of “all men are created equal.” As stated in Genesis, God created man in his own image. This means all men are PERFECT in the image of God. Our bodies, our brain, our organs, our systems, etc. are from God and created by God as if He was looking in the mirror at Himself. As man began to sin and fall, their minds began to change. I believe she is talking about after the fall of man regarding the changing of the mind. After all, Jesus said the wages of sin is death. In short, Jesus said He came to fulfill the law, not to abolish it. The New Testament reiterates the issue of proving all men are created equal in Galatians 3:28. As far as the President goes, he is the one that pardon a racist police sheriff before his sentencing. To me, that displays a very clear message. President Trump wants to say some are born beautiful and some are not. Some are born smart and others are not. This gives the reasoning for his statement back in 2009. However, the Old Testament says we are created in God’s image and after the fall of man, the New Testament says we are still equal. This would mean even after the fall of man, there are some not born smart and others are born smart. There are some born beautiful and others not born beautiful. The one thing that really bothers me that I must write about is a writer from Christianity Today who believes the Bible never said all men are created equal. I think the writer is missing the point. Earlier, I wrote we are all created in His image. Things changed after the fall of man, BUT we are all still created in His image in body.
It’s really a shame that we are still fighting the Civil War today. It is true the Civil War is over and we knew and understood who the enemy was. In today’s world, the enemies are all around us without sheets, hoods, and without the confederate uniform. What is the difference between then and now? Back then, people did things more in the open. Today, people are more subtle in their comments and police are on a rampage in killing the less fortunate.
~CF Boston Brian
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When we think of a terrorist, what are we conveying in our minds? First, let’s figure out the definition of a terrorist or terrorism. Terrorism is a noun that has three meanings, depending on how the word is used in a sentence. The first meaning is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. The second meaning is the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism. The third meaning is a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. With all of this said, one group of people can cause fear into another group of people and it would be considered as terrorism. Would Klu Klux Klan be considered as a terrorist organization? Would the Black Panthers be considered as a terrorist organization? Would Communism be considered as a terrorist organization?
The United States of America has a long and said history of terrorizing its own citizens. I would expect that from other countries as a result of change of power or civil wars within their own country due to religious beliefs. The United States of America is supposed to be a land of the free. This means we are free to do whatever we desire and be whoever we desire to be within the law of the land. After all, this is one of the lyrics in the United States National Anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner was written by Francis Scott Key, September 14, 1814 while watching the British attack Fort McHenry, Maryland. Now here is a man, an immigrant from another country, who wrote an anthem to signify freedom in the “new world,” called the United States of America. Why would I call Mr. Key an immigrant although he was born in the United States? Even though he was born in the United States, his ancestry is not from another country or combination of countries. The Natives from northeast Asia were the first in North and South America who migrated via Siberia from a bridge that lead into Alaska.
Since we understand the terminology of what a terrorist is, we can get into a terrorist bombing forgotten. As I searched the internet to find information on all terrorist bombings in the Unites States of America, only one source revealed the information that I am going to present. I was surprised not to find this information on foxnews.com. Foxnews.com has a page dedicated to “History of bombings in the US, including famous attempts that failed since the late 1800’s,” and this story is not on included on this specific page of their site. When someone thinks of the first bombing ever on American soil, what comes to mind? Some may say the bombings against us by us during the American Civil War. Others may say the bombing of an Oklahoma building in 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, which is considered one of the deadliest terrorist attacks. Even so, some may say the two airplanes that crashed into the World Trade Towers, also called 9/11 may be the first. This attack is something different and should be considered as one of the most despicable attacks against American people by American people in our history; a history silenced. Why would the Civil War not count as the first bombing on American soil? It’s simple. The Civil War was between two countries; the Confederate States of America (also called the Rebels with Alexander, Virginia as their headquarters after being moved from Montgomery, Alabama) and the United States of America (also called the Union with their headquarters in Washington, District of Columbia). Because this nation was not considered one complete country, we cannot use this as the first bombing on American soil by Americans.
I will set the stage for you. The date is 1921. The place is Tulsa, Oklahoma. Most people don’t know or have not heard of this, or what actually happened during this time. This was called the Tulsa race riot of 1921. How did this come to pass? The attack was carried out by air and ground, destroying more than 35 blocks of the Greenwood district, one of the wealthiest communities of those of African descent. More than eight hundred people were admitted into hospitals and over six thousand residents were arrested or detained. Sources estimated over three hundred people of African descent dead. What caused this riot? A woman of European descent accused a man of African descent in raping her. After finding out the suspect may be lynched, the residents charged into the police station with weapons to stop the injustice. During the confrontation, many people died, including people of European descent. This led to thousands people of European descent destroying stores and homes. The rampage left over ten thousand residents of the community homeless as well as over one and a half million dollars in property damage and seven hundred fifty thousand dollars in personal damages. This was a community that had a few European descent residents and people of African descent were doctors, lawyers, optometrists, bank owners, and had other successful businesses.
Why did people of European descent destroy the homes and business of the residents of Greenwood? Why were there airplanes dropping dynamite on the rooftops of buildings? Why were the police and National Guard helping those of European descent run those of African descent out of their community? We all can come up with a lot of different reasons. Some of these reasons may be good, and other reasons may be skeptical. Some would say “playing the race card” and others would say let’s be realistic.
As we look throughout the history of the United States of America, we can see this country was divided among itself; the Confederacy that were for slavery and the Union that were opposed to slavery. In my opinion, this division was about money, not slavery per say. Just like people of European descent migrated from their respective countries to America, people of African descent were forced from their respective countries to become slaves and less than a man or woman. Being oppressed by the lack of education and refused rights under the United States Constitution, tribes were separated and looked upon as “property” not humans. As society grew in the years that led to this event, it was evident that people of African descent were not supposed to have anything, and God forbid they had more than those of European descent. The society was turning into white was right and black is bad. After all, the term white is to mean innocent or not intended to cause any harm. The term black is to mean wicked or characterized by hostility. Anyone would believe this because the pictures of Jesus in the church are of a European Jesus. When you have a people that are suppressed, they may not know any different. In Revelations 1:13-16, it speaks of Jesus as having feet of bronze and hair like white wool. If we look at the definition of bronze we find out that bronze is a metallic brown color. In history, we know people of African descent were called colored because their skin completion is not that of Europeans. Wooly hair is often associated with Negroid hair. As we know from the original Middle Easterners, they are of brown skin and their hair can be wooly or tight-curled. In any event, when someone put a picture of what they think represents good and you have a race of people that are uneducated, it is easy to believe what you may not know or understand. For these reasons I usually don’t use black or white in describing any one person or people. I met “white” people in my life who are not innocent. I met “white” people who really don’t intend on causing harm. I met “black” people in my life who are not wicked. I met “black” people in my life who are wicked. I am sure we all had met “whites and blacks” who may and may not fit the definition. Therefore, I use European and African descent to describe a people. The 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma bombing is not in any history book as part of the United States of America History. It seems like this part of history has been… silenced.
There are other countries that have people of African descent living among them. When they are speaking of themselves, they would always say “I am French.” “I am from the United Kingdom.” You would not hear them say I am Italian English. You would not hear them say I am black living in France. In America, we have citizens that would say “I am Italian.” “I am Irish.” America, the melting pot of the entire earth, yet we are the most judgmental and prejudice. If you don’t believe me, just look around. Look at the injustice and countless killings by police on the citizens they are sworn to protect. Look at the many racially motivated groups and the killings by those groups. Look at the recruitment by racially motivated groups to overpower another racial group. America, the terrorist country within itself and if we don’t stop as a nation to recognize each other as a human being, we will continue to stereotype others and tear ourselves apart.
~CF Boston Brian~
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Something to think about when it comes to presidents. North Korea is a bully. President Trump is a bully. I would not be surprised if both bullies go at it head to head and bring upon us… World War III. Why does this concerns me, or should concern me? It is because the weapons used in today’s world are more advanced and deadlier than in yesterday’s world (back in the day).
We heard lots of stories from others regarding race this, and race that. We heard lots of people saying that darker skinned people are using the “race” card when things happen. We heard how others rally behind police officers when they are shot or killed, yet nothing is mentioned about the lives lost by police. I am not against the police that honestly serve the communities and connect with people in communities. I am not against the police that have to honestly defend their life in a situation that is life and death. What I am against are the innocent killings and the lies other people give to make the police believe they have to destroy a family’s life.
I saw a YouTube video of a SWAT officer that shot and killed a seven year old girl with a bullet directly into and through her head. On this YouTube video, the SWAT officer did not answer why he did it or what was his intentions as he broke down the door in this home… a home raided to where only a grandmother and her seven year old granddaughter was occupying. The gentleman that was doing this video provided information that was released by the American Psychological Association in regards to how police see dark skinned people. After some research, I had found an article that tells how police view dark skinned people and how lighter skinned women view dark skinned people. This came out in March of 2014 and here we sit in 2016 with the same issues going on. I believe you should read the article for yourselves. It is a good source of information. Please share.
~CF Boston Brian~
I know what I am about to write may cause issues. I am well aware of the conflicts that it may stir up, but I was thinking… as dangerous as it may be.
I find it very interesting how Donald Trump and other Republican officials wanted President Obama to show his birth certificate million upon million times over. Donald Trump even criticized Ted Cruz for not being American (in so many words) because Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Isn’t it interesting how no one in the Republican party, nor Donald Trump, ask Ted Cruz to produce his birth certificate over and over again?
People dare to say President Obama is not Christian, yet they cannot supply proof, other than the use of his name. There are people with native middle eastern names who are Christian. Isn’t it funny how people can say Barack Obama is our first black president. How can this be? He is of mixed race. His mother is German so when a person say he is our first black president, they are looking upon half of him not the fullness of him.
Now, back to Donald Trump. Isn’t it funny how he can degrade others from foreign lands when he is married to someone of a different country? His first wife, Ivana Zelníckováw) as born in Zlin, Czech Republic. Did anyone question him as to why he is so anti foreign when his first wife was not born in America? Let’s move on to his second wife. Marla Maples is American, born in Georgia. Now, his third wife. Melania Knavs is half Slovenian and half American. She was born in Sevinca. So all this time of him talking about boarders and immigrant control, in so many words, Ivana and Melania are from different countries. Most people would say he is talking about Mexico, but an immigrant is an immigrant no matter how you try to explain the difference.
All in all, I am just expressing that before someone say something about not allowing foreigners in the United States, he should recognized he married two women from different countries. Any country can be a “terror” country. It does not have to be just from the middle east. After all, we didn’t we have Americans go to other countries and claim radicalism once they gotten back in America?
With that said… “You have to learn and keep learning.” – Gil Scott Heron
~CF Boston Brian~