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I just browsed a post on “The Black Sentinel” titled “What is wrong with Blacks?” I thought I’d chime in on this topic.

After a life of ranting on the issue, at 40 I think I have a more mature, refined vantage point on what ails our people versus my rants of the past. This is just a short take on the topic.

For starters, it is apparent that we have lost a purpose as a people. During the civil rights movement as well as the 70’s, we had a purpose as a people to “OVERCOME” our oppression. I’ve read books that cite statements from white opponents of civil rights for blacks in this country that referred to the lack of “maturity amongst blacks” that could lead them to not be able to handle their freedoms. As I cringed every time I come across such a statement, it leads me to a perspective that Dr. Frances Cress Welsing conveyed in her book “The Isis Papers”. That an infant state of mind exists within the black community. Until we address this issue, Our plight is lost.

The way she mentioned how black men greet each other with “What up Boy” or calling their home the ‘crib” among other quotes really struck home with me. I met Dr. Welsing at Fisk University sometime back in 1994 and at the time I owned a record store. I remember observing my customers behavior in my store after my meeting her and being astonished at how accurate she was in this assesment.

Years later, I still believe this is a major issue within the black community. During the civil rights movement as well as throughout the 70’s, a sizable percentage of the black male population I believe had a mature mindset. Fast forward to today and this is not the case.

From Jay-Z’s 30’s are the new 20’s mindset, comes a plethora of “I aint ever growing up” based entertainment figures that have inspired a generation to sport long white T’s as a fashion statements that influences them to stare me up and down while we’re in line at Wal-Mart ridiculing me in their minds because I’ve got on slacks and a dress shirt.

They view me as sell-out. I got a damn mortgage. I gotta pay college tuition next year for my daughter. I’m doing what people died for, marched for during the 50’s and 60’s. And your looking down on me?

Lucky for me I know how to give the “don’t let the slacks fool you” look, just to keep em straight.

We no longer as a people have any sense of family or purpose. Hell I think these fools think that ballin is overcoming. YOUR DOING THE WORK OF YOUR OPPRESSOR YOU DUMB ASS. (Not that you’d be logged on to wordpress and reading this) Basically, our homes are broken.

The young black male today doesn’t see a future for themselves in any corporate structure within their community. The skilled labor jobs have gone to illegal aliens in their respective communities so if a guy wanted to do right, their just isn’t any path to doing right available for them. To that extent, I do understand. Being from Gary, I gotta understand this.

But it doesn’t help that Plies and these other ignorant ass rappers are constantly in these young brothers ears talkin bout, “get yo hustle on mane”.

One of my co-workers has worked long and hard as a single mother to raise her two children in a way so they could go to college. The son has constantly given her headaches. He just wants to chill and get women. She got him into school at Winston Salem St and he is close to flunking out.

Essentially, he’d rather work his job at the commissary on a military installation bagging groceries and getting tax free tips while living with mom rent free. His dad is a buster who really had no involvement in his upbringing.

The problem with this scenario is that there are much older black men who have the same mentality as this 20 year old. I won’t even go into how black women play into this. Let’s just say I have a constant daily interaction with their “I don’t give a shit bout a black guy” personality whenever I visit the gas station, Wal-mart, department store, or local restaurant. They are/have been affected by the broken home syndrome as much as the black male has.

Basically, we need to grow up as a people or we will be left behind.

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Don’t mess things up. You pandering to Illegal Immigrant supporters is a little unnerving. While I don’t have any worries of illegal immigrants taking my job because of their willingness to be exploited, I do have a problem with what I’ve seen the past 7 years.

Today, I was just in Wal-mart and noticed a pregnant latina woman whom I noticed did not speak english. I know so because she had her other child with her, about 8 years old, who was serving as her translator, so to speak.

I thought to myself, “she’s probably an illegal alien”and “who’s going to pay for the delivery of that child?”

Most citizens of the U.S. don’t or can’t afford quality medical care. I remember when I had my second child and the enormous bill I got from the hospital after the insurance company paid their share of the bill. I won’t say who I work for, but it is one of the largest employers in the U.S. . I’ve got “so called” good health insurance.

The thought of paying for this persons baby just didn’t sit well with me. I then thought to myself, is this the feeling whites have when they become so furious thinking about black women on welfare? Then I say to myself, ” black women are surely the scapegoat in that political game’. Fact is, there are more white women on welfare today as it was 10, 20 or 30 years ago. Those are the facts.

So why does thinking about this latina woman ‘possibly having a baby on public assistance bother me so? The only answer is that I have truly never liked welfare, personally. I did not grow up on it. Both of my parents were working class people who would never have that. While I didn’t look down on my friends I grew up with who did, I always felt like being on welfare was like being on a drug. And that’s one thing I never did. Saw first hand growing up in Gary, what they did to your life.

I would never partake in the exchanging of, say, $30 for $100 worth of food stamps scheme that I was constantly inundated with a the first of the month while either visiting family who at the time still lived in Gary, Indiana while home on leave from the Air Force, or when I owned a retail store front business in the inner city of Nashville, Tn. Boy was I ever inundated with these offers. Even after the government went to the credit card system.

I said at an early age that I would never allow the institution of racism to trap me in anyway. I always thought that the welfare system was a tool of that institutional ploy. To lull black women into a state of dependency and pass being on welfare off to their offspring as a legitimate, albeit tough way to bet by.

I’ve never let a food stamp touch my hand for this reason. Good for me (you probably say, or maybe not).

Back to the latina. The whole “we do jobs no one wants to do” statement is probably what fuels my disenchantment with illegal immigrants. The correct quote is, “we do jobs no one wants to do for low wages. Or no overtime pay. Or we do jobs that no one wants to work off the clock”. These illegal immigrants are depressing the working class job pay scale with their willingness to be exploited.

Listen, these “jobs that no one wants to do”, was being performed before Dupya opened the flood gates by someone. And it wasn’t illegal immigrants. It was blacks and whites.

Cleaners, Grocery store stockers, fast food workers, line cooks, dishwashers, construction laborers and foremen, chicken processing plant workers, and yes, even farm labor was being performed largely by blacks and white working class workers alike in small and big cities alike. Hell, these workers were doing the work for low wages then as they are now.

When the greedy business owners caught wind of the influx of cheap labor that was being let in the country illegally during the past 7 years in record numbers, they quickly jumped on board.

Do you all know that it is actually DIFFICULT for a teen to get a summer job at places like McDonalds or Taco Bell because the employers prefer to hire the illegal alien that will work off the clock with no overtime pay and the employers does not have to worry about calls from a boisterous parent threatening to turn them into the the labor board?

Just one of the effects of illegal immigration. I won’t even talk about the increase in the likelihood of you being killed or hurt by a drunk driving illegal immigrant from Mexico in particular. Google it on the internet. The numbers don’t lie.

So…………… this pregnant latina is a part of this scenario. I’ve heard that the plot is to get pregnant and bore the child here so the child gets automatic citizenship. Then theres a “family hardship” connection/ sympathy card to play if the issue of deportation comes to hand.

Obama’s site says that he’s for securing the border and then allowing the illegal aliens here to gain citizen ship by, among other things, them getting to the back of the line. I agree with this stand. There can be no “round them up in buses, drug them and then dump them off on the other side of the newly built fence (that probably won’t work). I do believe that employers should be prosecuted by knowingly hiring an illegal alien (trust me, they know and there are ways to demonstrate how the employer should have known. Want to know how? Leave a comment/ question and I’ll tell you how.)

I will pay close attention to any pandering Obama does to the pro illegal alien voter block because, as I said in a previous post, I will hold his ass to the fire the same way I hold others in this blog!

Brotha or no brotha.

Hell, you see what Condaleeza and Clarence Thomas has done for us. You could be another one them for all I know.

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Seeing what happened to Bear Stearns, and how the Federal Reserve stepped in to give them cash, I believe Republicans in charge of cabinets such as The Department of Treasury are scrambling to prevent what is eventually going to come to fruition. Their views/policies/skills on how to run/manage things are poor. Their time as the majority party in congress was/is a failure of enormous, embarrassingly proportions.

From corporate scandals (see Enron through Bear Stearns and CEO pay), the war in Iraq (See federal contract fraud) to Hurricane Katrina, the display of their ineptness is tremendous. The most aluring thing about this turn of events is there are no scapegoats they can blame on their performance.

Can’t blame it on welfare moms.

Can’t blame it on affirmative action

Can’t blame it on Democrat’s (though they’ll somehow try- see Newt Gingrich/Karl Rove/Bill Kristol comments in about a year or so)

Can’t blame it on the moral decay of the society

Can’t blame it on abortion supporters

Can’t blame it on middle class tax cuts

Can’t blame it on Democrat spending that causes a deficit (The Republicans have been the kings of spend)

Can’t blame it on excessive punitive damage lawsuits

Can’t blame it on black men

Can’t blame it on the boogie (I had to say that:))

And they certainly aren’t going to own up to the fact that while some of them are smart people, their deviousness/greed/flawed white supremist ideology is just plain wrong!

And their deviousness/greed/flawed white supremist ideology and actions have placed this country, MY COUNTRY, in a state of peril. the dollar is going the way of the peso. Corporations are now seeing that sending jobs overseas leaves no one in America to buy the Chevrolets and the GE appliances. People in the developing countries are not going to buy a GE flat screen TV or a Chevy Impala. They buy Toyota’s, Hondas, Mercedez, and Bmw’s .

Jim Bob in rural NC or Hunter in Denver, Co. were the only ones buying Humvee’s and Chevy’s and they can’t now because they either had to take a pay cut or were laid off. Jim Bob was a construction supervisor only to be replaced by Perdro, the underling who speaks enough English to understand the construction superintendent and also speaks Spanish, so he can also communicate with the illegal employee’s who the owner has hired as laborers.

THEY (BUSH APPOINTEES) ARE DOING WHAT THEY CAN TO PROP UP THE ECONOMY SO THAT IT’S COLLAPSE WILL HAPPEN IN THE FIRST TERM OF THE NEXT PRESIDENCY. THEY ARE ALSO DOING THIS IN IRAQ.

This gives them the potential ability to blame the next administrations first year policies on the economic collapse of the US and the IRAQ collapse.

Wrong, most of the time, loses. I don’t care how articulate one is and how good at spin they are, right is right and wrong is wrong. Ones true colors always comes out in the end.

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OK, the gloves come off. I’ve been a registered independent going on 10 years now. The reason is that sometime ago during the Clinton administration, I think during the welfare reform time frame, I saw that Clinton was being hailed as a “brotha” President by the press AND people in the black community.

Though the climate at the time was better for Blacks in America, the laws that had just been passed (Welfare Reform and NAFTA) were clearly not in favor of improving the life styles of African-Americans, but were in favor of complicating them even more. These were Clinton’s programs that he would later go on to use as examples of his success as President, so to speak.

Those who know me, know I have been one who has always thought that welfare was a tool of the institution of racism to keep blacks in a lackluster state of being. Kinda like keeping black women in a drugged state of mind, so to speak. I have always felt that the racist wing of the Democrat party always championed this. So you would have thought that I would have supported welfare reform, at the very least.

The way I saw it, after reading up on the legislation through various newspaper/magazine articles (Time, Newsweek, Business Week, etc) while working at the VA hospital during evening and overnight shifts, welfare reform seemed like it was a bill to get women off their butts and back in the work place…………into j0bs that would pay them less than what they were getting on welfare. The job training programs that were bandied about by the proponents of the reform, were clearly smoke screen fodder served to prevent making it seem as though the reform was not just tossing these women out on the streets.

I remember having a debate with the head of our union who was a fellow federal police officer, who didn’t want to consider the effects of pushing a woman off of welfare and into a job that pays them less than what they were getting on welfare and essentially disqualified them from receiving child care help because they were now back in the job market. My argument focused solely on the fact the minimum wage was too low and these women should have been able to at least survive with their children when they are booted out of the projects.

You see, when you get the job at Hardee’s as the early morning biscuit maker, you lose your spot in public housing. You have a job so now you have to get your own place. The thing is, the waiting list for Section 8 is 1 year to 3 years long, depending where you lived, so the woman was in a state of flux.

Well that’s still the case today in 2008. I’ve got a friend who’s daughter has, for whatever reason, lived in LA for the past 6 or so years. She’s had a bad turn of events recently in the job market (like a lot of people) and now she has the need for rent assistance. In March 2008, the waiting list for section 8 vouchers is 3 YEARS in LA. This father called me in a desperate state, asking if I knew of anyone in LA who could help get his daughter a voucher sooner. I did not.

Today, here in NC, the textile industry is feeling the fatal blows of free trade agreements signed into effect during the Bush Administration. These free trade agreements have over the recent years sent NC textile mill jobs to China and Indonesia. But what started the job losses in the NC textile industries was NAFTA. Thousands of NC textile mill jobs were lost to Mexico when the NC textile companies closed mills they had operated in NC for 100 years. They opened similar operations in Mexico to take advantage of low wage labor.

What people don’t know is that those same companies have now since found that infrastructure related concerns had caused manufacturing material in Mexico to become more and more expensive than they wanted it to be. So what have these companies done? They surely haven’t decided to relocate the mills back in NC or the US. They have taken advantage of the free trade agreements signed into law by Bush, closed some of the mills in Mexico, and sent the work to manufacturers in China. That’s one of the reasons why you now have such a large influx of Mexican migrants coming to the US during the Bush administration (and also because Bush essentially opened the border for them to enter freely).

(see http://www.mikeeasley.org/pages/pgs_impact/unfair_trade/imp_utjoblosses.htm and http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0KXG/is_2005_June_22/ai_n15862582/pg_2)

The bottom line is, I saw that Clinton would sell out a black person in a minute (see welfare reform) and the average Joe as well. A lot of whites lost jobs in NC to textile mill closure, but so has a lot of blacks. And their jobs were the first to be cut.

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