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.
Usually, I have something to say as I am posting something or a video from a source. On this post, I am speechless.
Today was a day of rest and solace as I had the day off. Unfortunately, a police officer died in the line of duty. It is not known if the officer died of his injuries sustained in gunfire or in a high speed car crash after the shooting. I do feel for the victim’s family as I feel for all others that fall victims to senseless criminal activity.
As I continue throughout the day, I see a gentleman holding a sign that reads “officers lives matter.” This area is known for subtle prejudices. I am not talking about a straight in your face being called out of your name or getting attacked verbally for your skin color. This area is known for supporting in-town people and excluding those that are not born in the area. This area is known for believing every outsider is stupid and believes those who are white and poor are better than those who are black and educated. Like most other areas being covered by the media, there are shootings of innocent or unarmed citizens by police officers. This brings me to something my mother always told me… “You reap what you sow.” This is what the Bible says, not what she says. Again, I do feel bad for those whose lives are forever changed by a life-changing event.
When I fixed my eyes on the man with the officer lives matter sign, I was puzzled. Why? When this community voiced their opinions about black lives matter, non-African descent people were saying that’s crazy and called those supporting black lives matter racist. They believed the police officers are doing their jobs by shooting and murdering unarmed people. They look upon the police as the judge. It is very hard to understand how the police get away with murder. It is hard to understand how the police get away with planting contraband and other things.
We have Trump calling the person who murdered twenty-six people mentally ill. This is no surprise because that’s the same others say about those who raided schools and other establishments with bullet holes; leaving behind the wounded and the deceased. Even his former girlfriend would say he, Devin Kelley, is sick in the head. Think about this for a moment. Don’t most people call others sick in the head? Did they murder others? I believe the police are sick in the head for planting evidence and murdering unarmed people, yet they are still patrolling the streets.
Let’s try an experiment. After reading this next paragraph, I would like for you to close your eyes. Imagine someone coming into a building with an automatic weapon and shooting up the place. What would be the first thing that would come to your mind? Is it the safety of ALL citizens; both European and African descent? Is it the race of the person committing this terrible act? Do you think it is a police officer? Do you think it is a citizen who claims to be the perfect model citizen?
The bottom line is all lives matter. It does not matter if the person is African or European descent or a police officer. If we don’t get it together as a country we will all be doomed, which is something I am really afraid of. People losing their jobs overseas due to the power of the all mighty dollar, people are required to have more education for a basic job, the cost of living is going up yet the rate of pay is steadily going down, we have kids in America with no food yet I see commercials of save the kids in other countries, we have animals that are in dire need of the basic necessities of life, and we have people that refuse to date others due to race or color; but we call ourselves Christians. Really?
Do you think it is time us, as a country, reap what we sow? Think about it…
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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Being a man of mixed race, I am often looked upon as a question of… why is that? Lots of people want to say I am playing the race card or saying this is about racial relations between groups of people. I believe talking about racism and the effects of it is the best way to rid most of racism, not all, but most.
Dating has always been a hard thing for me. Being light-skinned, most women of European descent believe I am too dark to be with them and most women of African descent say I am too light to be with them. Introducing me to a European family is virtually impossible because most are raise with believe people of African descent are bad influences and cause havoc in society. However, if you look at music and influences on music who are usually the most influential people of music? Even the Rolling Stones picked the name of their group from a lyric in a Muddy Waters song. When American artists of African descent go to other countries, they are greeted and welcomed with open arms; more so than the country in which they were born in. Introducing me to an African descent family is easy because society looks upon me as being of African descent not being of mixed race. Society do not expect a non European descent man to date anyone that is of European descent. Society feels like it’s race mixing should never be done. Society believes women that are of European descent are much too good for men of African descent or of mixed race. Usually, women of European descent will only date outside their race as a last resort, when their own race don’t want them due to their body shape, being considered as trailer park trash, or having a child of mix race and their own race would be embarrassed to be seen with them.
I remember two very different instances where I often was asked the question of why is that? Instance one was a time where I dated a woman of African descent who has three different children by three different men. One man was in jail at the time. Another man lived in a different state. The third man was in the child’s life. I was fortunate because I only had to deal with one guy while dating this woman. Imagine if I had to deal with all three of the men. She tried to change the way I talked to be more “hood” (relating to or of urban ghetto). She tried to get me to change my musical tastes to more hip hop and rap, especially groups that I would not enjoy listening too. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy hip hop, but the older groups such as Run DMC, Eric B & Rakim, and other groups who have a message behind their music. She tried to get me to dress more street as in sagging pants with my underwear showing. This woman believed what she thought I should be in society is a man of a typical mixed race man, or what society would still refer to as a man of African descent. Not changing the way I talk, musical tastes, or the way I dress caused her to believe I was trying to act more “white” (caucasian, European). I felt I could not be myself and I asked myself… why is that? Do I have to sacrifice myself to be liked by women of African descent? Society believes I am crazy for giving up on this woman because in their eyes I’m of African descent just like her and it would have been a great relationship.
Instance two was a time where I dated a woman of European descent who has four children as well. However, she was married before and had two children by that one person and two by a previous relationship. The ex-boyfriend is not in the picture, yet she receives child support for the two kids. The ex-husband is in the lives of the other two children, who is a racist towards people of African descent. It really burns him up that his ex-wife would like me the way she did. She did not try to change the way I talk because she was fine with it. She did not try to change the way I dressed because dress decently. Her musical tastes are Country and some R&B and never once tried to change my musical tastes. Her kids loved me to death and wanted to go everywhere where I went. One even wanted me to go to a father/daughter dance at her school in which I did participate. I could really be myself, but something was still missing. This woman is not really my type, yet she liked me. What is that? Her kids are of European descent, yet she could not find an European guy to date. She is a plus sized woman, and not anyone where own race would consider attractive due to her weight. Later, I found out I was a last resort for her because no one in her own race wanted her. People of European descent would laugh when they saw us together because I was her last resort and no one else wanted her. People of African descent would turn their nose up at us because we were a mixed race couple and I was with someone that is considered very obese.
Why is that? Why are the obese European women attracted to African men? Why are African women that are about something want a guy to make as much money as them? Why are the European women go out with African men as their LAST resort? Why are do most African women have a lot of children by a lot of different men? Why are European women want to “hide” you away so no one can see that you are really their man? Why do African women turn their nose when they believe you sold out? Why are we the most judgmental country in all of the world, judging others on race and what they believe you should act due to race? Why do people refuse to recognize most music derive from African artists? Why do European people get tanned yet cannot stand the sight of an African person? Why are men of African descent and men who are of mixed race who have morals are still looked upon as a menace to society? Why do we have the first bombing ever on American soil in the ’20s in Tulsa, Oklahoma? Why don’t European women date African men? Why don’t African women date European men? Why do we only get the scraps that others don’t want? Why is that?
~CF Boston Brian~
I believe what may help a bit more in American history would be more interracial couples cast for parts. I see a lot of shows cast for parts of white couples being with white couples and black couples being with black couples. Why do I believe this may be a slight issue? We are the most prejudice country in all of the planet earth. We are not born into racism. We don’t come out of the womb calling others outside their names or say I am black so I will have to be with the black kids. Our introductory to racism starts with our parents and then our surroundings, then our experiences.
Education is the key. Everyone is different but if people want to put everyone into one category, we will not survive as a people. I remember watching Glory, Tuskegee Airmen, and other movies based upon true documentary resources. One thing that moved me was the comment in Tuskegee Airmen when General Benjamin O. Davis said “Are we Americans when the mood suites you?” Wars cannot be won without the help of everyone pitching in, both black and white, yet we beat upon each other’s character so badly. If a black guy walks into a bar, he is looked upon as he don’t belong there. If a white guy walks into a bar, he is believe to be safe and sane. It is a shame that most black or mixed people have to work three times harder just to gain respect versus a white person that has respect off the bat.
Now, it is coming in the realm of animals. White dogs are adopted before black dogs. Really? So an animal that lives off of instinct and do what nature grooms inside of the animal is judged on their coat (fur color). Really?
This country needs an enema…
~CF Boston Brian~