FOR THE BROTHAS: AN INTRODUCTION

It must have been about 20 years ago when I first began thinking about creating a "Cultural Salon" as a reaction to the mundane social circles In Washington D.C. The richness of intellectual and artistic interchange had died, college friends had moved, the internet had not yet become the phenomenon it now is... I romanticised about the Salons of the mid to late 1800's in Paris, London and Berlin and the cultural dynamo of the Harlem Rennaisance. I was fortunate enough to meet a gentleman, an artist who lived and traveled with James Baldwin... Jimmy he affectionately called him, and he spoke often of their small cottage in southern France and of the many Artists, Poets and Luminaries that dropped in to chat and relax. Well, the impressionists, cubists, modernists, etc. all hung out together famously in those days and shared their ideas with one another creating a creative greenhouse in a world that was rapidly changing. I longed to have lived in those times, to have met Cassat, Rodin, Ellington, Fitzgerald, Baker, Balwin, well I did finally meet Baldwin and others purely for the joy of intellection upon the arts. This was in the late 1980's and by the mid 2000's I happened to run into a friend of mine from Hampton University who had been living in New York since he graduated in the early 90s. Well, I was surprised to hear him comment that in all of the wonder that is New York he never met anyone who ever really had anything interesting to say about art, literature, architecture, science, fashion or anything... I was so surprised to hear this since it had also been my experience. Well here I am in 2011 attempting the Virtual Salon...

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

THE ROCKY ROAD OF AMERICAS EXPERIMENT WITH FREEDOM

OPPRESSION, RESISTANCE, LIBERATION AND RETALIATION:
An Simple Formula For Quantifying The Human Struggle For Freedom
 THE RUINS OF AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN/KUSHITE METROPOLIS 



In order to see culture you need only open your eyes. In order to comprehend culture one must stand back from it and taking one’s time… endeavor to identify and connect its myriad patterns.

AN EGYPTIAN PHARAOH VANQUISHING HIS ENEMIES 


Who needs a formula to assess whether they are free or in danger of losing their freedom? Certainly not most individuals. Where this formula of critical analysis becomes helpful is when freedom is assessed on a larger scale such as with the example of a cultural model. It is possible that peoples become blinded by the banalities of everyday life causing them to miss important trends in time to act to reverse them. In many ways, mainstream culture can be a social anesthetic and barbiturate.

A CARAVAN SOJOURNS AMIDST ANCIENT EGYPTIAN/KUSHITE RUINS


Culture is a continuous phenomenon. There remain elements of every distinctive culture of men in what we call modernity. Modernity as quantified against American standards is still heavy with vestiges of Victorian and far more ancient cultures thereby defining its diversity and complexity. We are in observance of the collision of multiple cultural patterns that have gained momentum over the past three centuries. The cultural convulsions playing themselves out globally today follow an ancient pattern of oppression, resistance, liberation and retaliation that gained momentum in our lifetime during the twentieth century. But these convulsions were the after-shock of far earlier events that can be traced back to Suleiman, Moorish Culture in the Mediterranean, to the European Enlightenment and reformation.  

A MOORISH KING RETURNS HOME


Look at any culture and you will find at some point its peoples freedoms were threatened and they became oppressed. In the next phase of this social drama the peoples resisted oppression, obtained liberation and thereafter were forced to defend their freedom by disgruntled factions of the failed oppressive forces seeking retaliation. It is an ancient social model. This model played itself out recently in American history during the Civil War, Reconstruction and Post-Reconstruction.  It is clearly playing itself out again in response to The Civil Rights Era of the mid twentieth century.

AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN BATTLE SHOWING THE CASUALTIES OF WAR BETWEEN NUBIANS AND ARABS


Ayatollah Khomeni was a resonant marker for what has become a global movement against modernity in our time. But America cultivated a similar brand of fundamentalism disguised as religious zeal but focused on the repression of basic human rights justified by a religious doctrine that had become culturally obsolete. The cultural bias of Americans toward Christianity caused American culture to whitewash and its fundamentalist movement as morally and ethically positive while demonizing its twin, the Islamic movement. The two movements were identical in philosophical dogma, they both sought to wrest freedoms from women, ethnic and religious factions they did not like based on culturally obsolete interpretations of religion. Like the devilish culture of slavery that claimed legitimacy by divine right the undercurrents of American religious fundamentalism has always kept close ties to a racist socioeconomic and political structure that has historically enforced its dogma. The American brand was marketed then as the moral majority and now as the evangelical movement. Today it lustily hisses and grinds its teeth at us poised beneath an umbrella of other fascist and racist factions that look, talk, and walk like the Muslim fundamentalist movement it pretends to despise.  Both are equally evil! Having licked their wounds and sharpened their fangs for decades in the shadows they lunge out at an unsuspecting America caught doting on hard-won freedoms… The lesson to be learned is that before freedom fighters can rest they must cultivate protégés thereby ensuring freedom and democracy will not be erased…

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN/KUSHSITE WOMEN DANCERS AND MUSICIANS


I make no distinction between the Muslim Fundamental Extremists and the American Fundamental Extremists. The former has defaulted to terrorism through bombs the latter has defaulted to terrorism through policy. They are equally evil…

AN EGYPTIAN/KUSHITE COUPLE


The election of Donald Trump is a queer but timely reverberation of the cataclysmic culture that spawned the unholy rise of the moral majority during the Reagan years. American liberals closely fastened their coats against the winter then and ever since have enjoyed a veritable summer of democratic resplendence until this very year. A tide of ultra-conservatism and repression, of religious extremism and intolerance has been idling for 37 years in these United States but this tide is also a resurgence of a familiar tsunami of hate which provoked the civil rights movement 50 years ago. It is a graft from the same tree of cultural barbarity that precipitated the American Civil and Revolutionary wars. The formula has never changed.
AGRARIAN LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT/KUSH

Every human being learns differently, we learn through multiple intelligences. Some of us are kinesthetic learners, others visual learners, some of us learn through mathematics others music, we are all blessed to understand our universe through different lenses. I am a visual learner I see things in 3-dimension, volumetrically and often mathematically when the 3-dimensional concept is abstract such as this example. Here is a formula for social progress the way I see it:

SOCIAL PROGRESS = {((-1) OPPRESSION + (+1) RESISTANCE)} ÷ (LIBERATION (+1)) + RETALIATION (-1))

Where:
1.       SOCIAL PROGRESS = A positive evolution of culture that asserts and implements the egalitarian freedoms of all people.
2.       OPPRESION = A negative, aggressively forceful arrest or removal of the egalitarian freedoms of all people.
3.       RESISTANCE = The positive, peacefully assertive maintenance and procurement of the egalitarian freedoms of all people.
4.       LIBERATION = A positive, temporary state or period during which the egalitarian freedoms of all peoples is enjoyed.
5.       RETALIATION = A negative, temporary state or period during which the egalitarian freedoms of all peoples is being aggressively challenged or threatened.

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN/KUSHITE MINSTRELS


This equation is just a re-statement of pure and simple common sense.  Essentially it is a push/pull theory that asserts social progress requires continual maintenance or it will deteriorate or be dismantled by tyranny unless protected.  Its premise is a defensive theory asserting that forces of oppression will ultimately challenge and defeat human liberties if they are not actively maintained. A wise man does not require such elaborate mathematical equations, theorems and postulations, all he needs is to understand human nature and the causes of evil. A just man understands that evil is not what he does not like it is a force larger than himself which continually struggles to erode the triumphs of human social progress and harmony. Nor does he hate evil men driven by forces they do not understand to whom they have relinquished their power to do good.

EGYPTIAN/KUSHITE FARMERS


The cold fact is that we are at this perilous point in human history again because we have not been good stewards of freedom! Europeans who watched policemen become a deadly militia as the SS and Gestapo during the last two world wars have unarmed their police and set into place political safeguards against a one party fascist system. I understand that all of you already know this but what you do not know is how to turn the tide peacefully. The purpose of this article is to identify the snake in the garden. As a community, we must gather our resources in order to remove it. There will always be snakes in the garden my friend there is no garden of Eden for men. That does not mean that we must accept living in hell on earth either. We must work together to counteract the negative work of evil men who delight in poisoning the lives of other men!

KING AKHENATEN AND HIS WIFE NEFERTITI AT COURT


So where are we now? Can we isolate our location along the historical pattern of oppression and injustice in America? At what stage are we and is there any room to turn back before all is lost? Is all lost?

KING TUTANKHAMON AND HIS WIFE AKHESENAMUN AT COURT


Today democracy is at a perilous point where those who are free have lost control of the legal tools required to sustain their freedom. They are forced to react to threats aimed at removing their freedoms by those who now monopolize those legal tools and would not hesitate to sink to despotic oppression.  These men actually believe they are doing good and that is what makes them a danger to all humanity. Our one-party government has two years to wreak havoc on the freedoms of Americans until they can remove senators, congressman and governors in 2018. So in the interim protest and make your voices heard so that congressmen expecting re-election will understand how closely they will be held accountable for their actions between now and re-election.  Remember zealots do not operate the same as normal men. They will sacrifice everything in the name of an ideal, a theoretical construct! There is no balance, rationality or even humanity in their mind all they see is a burning icon of hate and anger! God protect us from such men!

A MEMPHIS DANCER ENTERTAINS AT COURT


But that is why I write! To help undo the evil of other men… Make no mistake! A one-party government and an economy dominated by the monolith of big-business is neither democratic nor free-market capitalism it is fascist! This is the model of government and commerce branded by Hitler and Lenin! I am afraid to even utter the possibility that this glorious nation would be so close to communism as to have only one political party in power without any checks and balances… what kind of democracy is that? It brings tears to my eyes that a nation founded upon the separation of church and state has reverted to feudal medievalism! Certainly, the august founders of this great nation Washington, Jefferson and Adams are convulsing in their tombs at the disgrace bought upon democracy by the rule of a one party controlled government with no checks and balances! I say it is simply Un-American!

ANCIENT MOURNERS AT A ROYAL FUNERAL


No wonder American streets are filled with protestors angry at the utter failure of democracy. The anger overflows into international streets there is a cry and that sound is growing and will be heard in the end. Better that we now make ourselves part of that voice even in the simplest way that we can but in some way. We may not lay idle watching the play of oppression, resistance, liberation and retaliation!

ANCIENT EGYPTIOAN/KUSHITE WARRIARS


FIN


Written by BIGDADDY BLUES



A MOORISH MAN IN CONTEMPLATION

Sunday, January 22, 2017

ON THE GENTLEMANLY ART OF BEING PRESIDENTIAL

EMILY POST AUTHORITARIAN ON MODERN ETIQUETTE


PRESIDENTIAL HOME TRAINING: A BEHAVIORAL DEGENERATION FROM RESPECTABLE TO OUTLANDISH!




GOOD HOME TRAINING GOES A LONG WAY IN THIS WORLD. THE CONCEPT IS SIMPLE ENOUGH BUT WHEN THERE ARE MISSING PIECES OR JUST NOTHING AT ALL THINGS BEGIN TO GET ZANY.  ESPECIALLY IN THOSE CASES WHEN THE DEFICIENT PERSONALITY IS THRUST INTO WORLD-VIEW!  NOW I WONT CLAIM TO HAVE ANY FIRST-HAND KNOWLEDGE OF THIS OR ANY MANS UPBRINGING BUT I MUST INSIST  THAT A MAN’S BEHAVIOR SPEAKS FOR ITSELF!

I GUESS IT IS SAFE TO MAKE A BLIND ASSUMPTION THAT 100% OF AMERICANS EXPECT THEIR 45TH PRESIDENT TO…. WELL… ACT PRESIDENTIAL! THEY EXOECT HIM TO BE A POLISHED, GENTLEMAN, TO BE POLITE AND EXERCISE THE KIND OF SOCIAL RESTRAINT EXPECTED OF AND NECESSARY FOR A DIGNITARY IN HIS POSITION.

I BELIEVE THE PROPER WORD IS DIGNIFIED, YES WE EXPECT A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO BE DIGNIFIED. IN SPITE OF THE PREDICTABLE REALITY-TV GRADE GOSSIP SURROUNDING THE LIFE OF OUR 45TH PRESIDENT AND UNDOUBTEDLY BECAUSE OF IT THE PERSONAL LIFE OF TRUMP IS REALLY A HUGE SCRIPTED BORE. I MEAN, I SHOULDNT EVEN BOTHER WASTING A SINGLE PRECIOUS SECOND THINKING ABOUT HIM WERE HE NOT IN A POSITION TO CAUSE SUCH GREAT DESTRUCTION. BUT LIKE AN IMMATURE CHILD LEFT ALONE AT HOME WITH MATCHES HE MUST BE WATCHED AND MANAGED! SINCE DESCRETION AND TACT APPREAR TO NEVER HAVE BEEN CULTIVTED IN HIS CHILDHOOD OR ADULT LIFE AMERICA MUST NOW PARENT IT'S 45TH PRESIDENT AS A MEANS OF SURVIVAL!

FORWARD TO THE ILLUSTRATION OF A YOUNG BOY BEING APPROPRIATELY DISCIPLINED BY HIS FATHER WHICH I INCLUDED AS A MEANS OF ADDING BOTH A CONTEXT AND A DOSE OF LIGHT HUMOR TO AN OTHERWISE WORRISOME SUBJECT!  NOW WHEREAS I HAVE NEVER BEEN NOR SHALL I EVER BE AN ADVOCATE OF CORPORAL PUNISHMENT I WILL CONFIDENTLY RECOMMEND THAT SOME GOOD OLD-FASHIONED PARENTING TECHNIQUES MIGHT HAVE (IN THIS CASE AT LEAST) MADE FOR A BETTER TYPE OF MAN! I DO NOT THINK IT IS OK FOR A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO FEEL AS IF HE MAY BE SELFISH AND RUDE WHEN HE IS ACTING AS THE VOICE OF ALL AMERICANS.

AS TRUMP HAS OFTEN REFERENCED RETURNING BACK TO OLD-TRUSTED AMERICAN VALUES HE HAS MANAGED TO FORGET THAT HE IS NOW THE MODEL FOR THIS BEHAVIOR? PERHAPS AMERICA NEEDS MORE CLARIFICATION TO DETERMINE WHETHER HE MEANT A RETURN TO GENTLEMANLY OR VULGARIAN STANDARDS. PERHAPS WE SHOULD PROVIDE HIM WITH A PRESIDENTIAL EDITION OF EMILY POST!

THERE IS A FINE-LINE BETWEEN GOOD PARENTING/DISCIPLINE AND ABUSIVENESS.  OBVIOUSLY ABUSIVENESS OR NEGLIGENCE ARE ALMOST EQUALLY UNDESIRABLE OUTCOMES. I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN LEARNING THROUGH POSITIVE EXAMPLE. BUT AT THIS LATE STAGE OF THE GAME A SPANKING WOULD PROBABLY NOT DO ANY GOOD. THE QUESTION BEGS TO BE ASKED, “ARE WE DEALING WITH A BEHAVIORAL DYSFUNCTION IN THE WHITE HOUSE?”. ARE PRESIDENTS REQUIRED TO PASS BEHAVIORAL EXAMINATIONS? THERE APPEARS TO BE SOMETHING VERY WRONG HERE THE ONLY QUESTION WILL BE IF IT IS TOO LATE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT… THE DEED HAS BEEN DONE!

SO WHATS THE SOLUTION AMERICA? A THERAPUTIC VIRTUAL OR A SOCIAL SPANKING? A THOROUGH BEHAVIORAL EXAMINATION AND THERAPY? GIFTING A PRESIDENTIAL EDITION OF EMILY POST? MAYBE A 21ST CENTURY STYLED CRASH COURSE WITH A MY FAIR LADY THEME? OR PERHAPS A FEW SOULFUL SESSIONS WITH GIGI’S WELL-GROOMED GRANDMOTHER WOULD DO THE TRICK TO BRING SOME CLASS AND DECENCY INTO THIS PRESIDENTIAL ACT. ADMITTEDLY I DO NOT KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTION MIGHT ULTIMATELY BE BUT I DO RECKON ONE IS NEEDED AND ON THE LIGHT SIDE… GOOD LUCK WITH THAT AMERICA!


FIN




WRITTEN BY: BIGDADDY BLUES

Friday, January 20, 2017

WHO'S AFRAID OF DONALD TRUMP?



“WHO’S AFRAID OF DONALD TRUMP? “
The National Ballroom Waltz of Inaugural Riot.



It is not the anti-heroic figure of Donald Trump that so many Americans fear. It is all too clear this man is a mere mortal replete and o’er-flowing with the unsavory elements of human nature. It is the poisonous cloud of hatred, arrogance and sheer barbarity his very presence belches into our consciousness that so many Americans dread and fear... The backwards thinking of this man and his henchmen within the republican party threaten to enshroud the gilded path of human progress in America!


Violent and impassioned demonstrations have ever been the hallmark of this man’s sad ascent to the presidency. One can only surmise that this dysfunctional pattern will persist throughout his term. Gone are the gilded traditions of presidency past, felled by a crude and savage storm of utter barbarity… We have entered a new era in which it becomes clear that the political structure of the past 200 years must be critically rethought in order to become a true democracy. We are no longer a nation ruled by a handful of English aristocrats transplanting medieval feudalism to the new world. When human freedoms are created they must never be reversed! We are a country known for creating freedom not for taking it away!


There is a question on the wind my friends asking if America can survive him and if it should in what state of decay it will be lain?



On the days leading up to the inauguration Trump denuded the historically esteemed image of the presidency leaving one to wonder and fear what infamous raiment his legacy shall leave it dressed-in if ever it should be arrayed by him. For it takes a true gentleman of discernment to clothe the institution of presidency. Building presidency from scratch is a bold and perhaps vainglorious ambition. The task requires the ability to strip it down to something everyone would agree to be a substantive foundation. A genetleman understands this brand of presidential streaking is no essay on transparency save through the accidental and unimagined effect that should betray the purpose of its own pretense… “The Emperor has no clothes because the Emperor is without a soul!”.



The role of the president has been fashioned for over 200 years and I do not see any reason that it should be changed. What has got out of control is congress and the senate both of which have isolated themselves so loftily within the penthouses of their ivory towers that they no longer understand or even see the common man. Having a congress, senate and president of the same party is tantamount to fascism, a one-party system is redolent of corruption and despotism. I should not want any one party to rule without any meaningful opposition, that is un-American. Did we not fight against an English king 200 years ago  to rid ourselves of a one-party government? The spirits of our beloved founding fathers who fought for balanced, equal representation in government are wailing in their graves!


As a gentleman, I have heretofore avoided the vulgarism of name-calling. However, as a critic I am free to opine with my honest observations of the human condition. Therefore, I shall opine on the image or rather the mirage which has come to personify what is now Americas 45th president. The image of Donald Trump is a worrisome bore. I say so because we have all seen his malevolent, diabolical type before! To sensible people it is mere pastiche albeit an anachronistic pastiche reminiscent of Hitler, Stalin or Pétain, these are the ironic characteristics so many Americans fear! The other side is actually quite humorous. It is a cackling, gossiping hag, an over-the-top society dame, a childish, petty and insecure brat of a celebrity. Trump is the personification of that genre we know as “Reality-TV Buffoon and Vulgarian” so many Americans stream into their daily lives from the wilds of cyberspace. This is where the irony of reality television comes home to roost. No matter how you imagine him our 45th presidential image is a negative and potentially dangerous one. The warning signs are all there…



Whilst taking cocktails in a smart D.C. lounge the caustic topic of Trump arose to which all agreed we should be self-medicating. That is when I announced I had invented a new cocktail to commemorate Trumps presidency appropriately named, “Impending Doom!” Its ingredients jokingly of course, consisted of some gastronomically objectionable compounds to add the element of humor.  I most certainly shan’t be raising a toast with that or any other libation nor tipping my hat to or celebrating the inauguration of what forebodes to be an era of utter buffoonery moral and ethical decline!



Despots of the past century such as Adolph Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Phillipe Petain Fidel Castro, Joseph Stalin and Vladimir Lenin purposefully cultivated fear and dread within their subjects. These men came from nations that did not have the history of freedom and egalitarianism we have striven for in America. Mirroring the American economy of today they came from nations which had once been wealthy and great but which had fallen into profound economic decay. Like Trump they romanticized about re-invigorating a national splendour which had long ago been lost blaming the national disarray on peoples they disliked. Like these despots, Trump has sold unsuspecting Americans a bankrupt dream that this nation can revitalize itself as a manufacturing power with no credible strategy to wrest the manufacturing industry from Asian nations who now monopolize the industry and also hold Americas debt. He courts the affections of America’s long standing cold war enemy, Russia as if the great rivalry and hatred between our countries has magically evanished!


 Like the despotic, fascist regimes of the past century there is an evil undercurrent accompanying the prevailing smokescreen of economic progress as posed by the new regime of the White House. This agenda threatens the freedoms of millions of American people including immigrants, Black Americans and other peoples of color, women the LGBT community and many others. They feel that a republican president and government will literally turn history backwards. They fear a republican government led by Trump threatens to reverse the hard-won battles of the American Civil Rights Movement. Ask yourself what blatantly stripping Americans of their civil rights have to do with striving to become competitive in the world manufacturing market?



The 2017 inaugural riots are a glaring sign that the direction of leadership in America is moving contrary to the popular will of the people. Never in the history of the presidency has such unrest blemished the inaugural festivities. This is an historical precedent but one that will most likely be destined to occupy a nice of infamy remembered for centuries to come!



My advice to all who love America and who love freedom is to rise to a peaceful and unified challenge to this regime of greatest blunder. Take heart and work diligently, non-violently to defend your civil rights. It is not enough to be personally galvanized for change, reach out to at least one other person and bring them along with you to work toward peaceful change. When the next elections arrive is the time to have been diligently working to effect positive change. Remove despots from office peacefully by simply voting them out and neutralize this regime of evil!  We will all survive the 45th presidency, it shall be a hard lesson for the righteous but remember this is America, the land we love and the one place on earth if ever there was one where we truly can make positive change for all human beings. If you are a proud American, this is not the time to abandon your country to despotism simply because things did not appear to go your way. If you do not you shall have wasted the lives of countless men and women who have sacrificed everything for the cause of a free America. Don’t dwell on the bad luck of the moment! Pick yourself up and change it!



FIN



Written by Bigdaddy Blues


Saturday, January 14, 2017

THE LEGACY OF GREATNESS: 
How Will History Preserve the Presidency of Barack Obama?



44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BARACK OBAMA WITH HIS FAMILY IN THE WHITE HOUSE




If the years which follow 2017 should be memorialized as interesting years then it is our responsibility to fashion them into greatness and hand them over to the judgement of progeny. The philosophy and essential beauty which is so very much the creative, driving spirit of this or any time is most richly understood by who live it into existence. To live in the know is to live in the very moment.

The magical and rarefied moment of our existence is personified as the fabric of civilization. Our civilization is different from the one our fathers and grandfathers perceived. Perception of civilization requires us to press-together what appears to be unrelated elements into a massive generic blob of phenomenological clay but to this clay we must necessarily add the spiritual, ethical, moral and other more abstract dynamics which also shape perception. What matters most to perception of civilization is the recognizable form. Human civilization can be observed as a finite evolution of distinctive forms or shapes that crystallize into the icons which define every age.

Perhaps the biggest shape/form of the early twenty-first century is being molded at the conclusion of the second term of the first Black-American president of the United States of America. By this I mean that the impact of his legacy on the course of American history will greatly be defined in the years to come. On a holistic, cultural level Obama's journey has had the same relevance as that of Nelson Mandela since both men rose to power in countries which had historically oppressed black peoples. The historical marker they have set into the continuum of human history can easily be connected to the rise of Black American politicians during the Post-American Civil War reconstruction. The dynamic pattern they have created should lead to more frequent instances which will ultimately define a distinctive period in history when black men established themselves as statesmen. In a future time when a black president is no longer extraordinary the pioneering era in which we live will become a cultural icon defining our age.

A BLACK AMERICAN CONGRESSMAN DURING THE AMERICAN RECONSTRUCTION



Whether we live to reflect upon the ways in which the future shall opine on the legacy of Obama is far less relevant than the vigour with which we breathe life into these remaining minutes of our existence... for the moment it is we who breathe life into his legacy. Many Black Americans have adopted a mission to cultivate future generations of black presidents but obviously not for the sake of just having a president who is black. These Black Americans strive to prepare young black men and women to aspire to the presidency as a means of balancing the history of America forging a cultural shape as an offering for history to memorialize as cultural icon.

Obama is a man who served all people’s, he was everyman’s man. Obama favored the American people and his policies sought to help those Americans in greatest need. I am certain that he understands a good and a humble man so great that others would seek to erase him should not fear the future. As long as some men live who have wisdom Barack Obama’s deeds will be magnified and passed down the centuries.  The toughest lesson for those who seek to obscure the legacy of Obama will be learned as they realize that the human spirit cannot be legislated away!




FIN




Written by BIGDADDY BLUES


Thursday, November 17, 2016

A GENTLEMAN’S MUSINGS ON THE HISTORY AND IMPORTANCE OF THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT IN THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN CULTURE

ON A TIME… A GENTLEMAN’S MUSINGS ON THE STATE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS

What has happened to the women’s rights movement in America and why would it matter to a gentleman as compared to so many issues of the day? A man can only devote so much time to the gentlemanly arts, his toilette, his cigars, his automobile and his favorite sport. A worldly man should be equally intrigued by the world around him and he would understand that on occasion he must contemplate phenomenon other than the classic manly ones to which he is used. Enter the world of women and specifically their socio-political aspirations. After all men do share this world with women and one must agree in the past that relationship had been far from equitable to which is owed the reason for a woman’s rights movement…

Women’s suffrage is an ancient phenomenon but our age has been fortunate to have resolved millinea of struggle in only a few decades.

The 1850’s saw a miraculous surge of power not only for abolition but for women’s suffrage… Both causes found themselves married in the mid nineteenth century through a common need for exposure and patronage. The wealthy benefactors of abolition were almost always sympathetic to suffrage and so the two causes traveled the civilised world together converting indifference and massaging the faithful. At the end of the day it was all for a magnificently important humanitarian cause.

During those enchanted times mid-century luminaries such as Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Coffin Mott and Harriet Tubman travelled in the same circles galvanized by lecture tours that travel the U.S., England, New Zealand, France and the rest of Europe. Lincoln and Douglass were similarly self-made and I do not doubt that the prospect of The Declaration of Independence was not often debated between the two gentlemen indirectly as it is almost certain that Lincoln would have read Douglass and Douglass would have read Lincoln.

During the heyday of the nineteenth-century American civil rights movement and specifically within its ranks the strict rules of Victorian society were often completely abandoned. It was a time of cultural experimentation and evolution and it’s leaders were literally re-writing the book. I do not intend to steal the importance of the movements by interjecting a bit of human nature but boys will be boys…

There was a well-managed scandal involving the Honorable and then married Frederick Douglass and his young, beautiful and unwed British secretary who traveled with him o’er land and sea. The liberal and unchapheroned minglings and lodgings, traveling and such between men and women to whom they were not wed and of women roaming the globe without a care for hearth and home certainly rustled the petticoats of Victorian society on both sides of the Atlantic.

What I find most fascinating about this time and this social laboratory was that the voices of women were being heard in ways they never had been before.

Remembering the hayday of the women’s rights movement in the 1970’s causes me to cleary visualize the National Organization of Women’s  national headquarters at 13th and Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. in Washington, D.C. it’s huge white and black banner hung wrapped around the buildings upper façade at least into the 1990’s. It was a landmark,  an incontrovertible sign that women having been disenfranchised for millenia were now on the scene as a force to be reckoned with! What on earth happened to such powerful and determined momentum?

In stark contrast to those gilded times the cause of women’s rights appears to have expired. I cannot help but ask myself this question, “Did every woman step up to the plate to change the face of history by electing the first woman president”?

At age 54 I’ve come to realize certain things really don’t matter at all and consequently they are not remembered. What matters is the image of a thing or its symbol… that is the hallmark which defines history and the figures wwho populate it more than any other varable… That being said I must confess that I had hoped to see the first woman president not necessarily because the woman who ran was any more extraordinary than any other woman… It is time… it is long overdue… let us establish the image of a woman leader because it is a symbol of a far larger purpose… The details can easily be worked out along the way. Now as it happens Hilary Clinton is an extraordinary woman but that does not appear to have moved the American people to change history…

America has seen 200 years worth of the same brand of President with a refreshing digression to elect the first Black American president. Now that we have finally broken away from the trend let us not stop what is certainly a fateful, inevitable evolution. It is time for a woman president, it is far overdue!

Who might the first woman president be and who might she have been had history been more creative? Might she have been Oprah Winfrey, Madeline Allbright, Erin Brockovitch, Shirley Chisolm or Angela Davis? Could she have been Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Emily Dickenson or Phyllis Wheatley? The all would have made amazing presidents but their talent to wield the reigns of the presidency was never realized. As a man of both intelligence and conscience it grieves me that my country continues to squander such obvious leadership potential. As a man I am able to say that I believe women to be my equal in every respect, that I am profoundly disappointed given the brilliant history of women’s suffrage that America was unable to rise to the occasion of greatness to elect a strong and highly capable woman to the office of President of these United States.

In the aftermath so many theories have been offered to explain the meaning of America’s political choice. I say to hell with divining a logical meaning from such a dis-unified and desperate outcome. Rather I would focus on the singular question,

“What is the state of the women’s rights movement in America today?”

And attempt to piece together a sense of direction based on quantifiable data. Could it be that after only a few decades in the workplace some women have jumped on the bandwagon forgetting that others might continue to visualize them in the traditional role of domestic homemaker deeming them unfit for certain roles?

I discussed this topic with a female friend who is also a prominent member of The League of Women Voters and she suggested that the agenda of feminism may have been too extreme for many women and as a result the movement may have failed to attract modern women who still embrace traditional female values. She believes such women could have failed to appreciate the symbolic importance of a female president as well as it’s ability to leverage ratification of critical policies relating to women’s rights that have been ignored in the past.

On a time if such an opportunity were to present itself women galvanized under common advocacy leadership would not have hesitated to contribute in the only way they could by voting for a candidate that represented their interests, their struggle and their undocumented power to serve a nation that has historically denied them the ultimate seat of the presidency. In my heart I preserve hope that during my life I will call a woman president…. It can still happen on a time…

BIGDADDY BLUES

Sunday, September 18, 2016


REDISCOVERING TWO SKILLED ARCHITECT- CARPENTERS  ENSLAVED ON AN 18TH CENTURY VIRGINIA PLANTATION BY GEORGE MASON 260 YEARS AGO.




When I walked into the ornately carved rooms of Gunston Hall Plantation I saw there what stood out as the distinctly fluid style of West African craftsmanship. Anyone who has studied African art would be able to recognize these familiar hallmarks wherever they appear. That day I identified a patently West African mannerism in the execution of the  architectural embellishments. It was an indelible sign left over 260 years ago by slaves interpreting mid-eighteenth century rococo motifs. Their enslaved creativity spoke across the ages. The story it told revealed the manufacture of a grandly conceived edifice with richly carven appointments. The owner of these brilliant men was non other than George Mason who refused to sign of the Constitution. Mason personally hired an inexperienced man to supervise  the construction of Gunston Hall by his slaves who were far more experienced and skilled architects and carpenters by comparison. Gunston Hall was intended to impress the landed gentry of Colonial Fairfax County Virginia by upscaling the existing residences. It would establish Mason as a man of refinement and impeccable taste, signifying that he had socially arrived at the top of the social food chain of landed gentry such as it existed in the bucolic hinterlands of Virginia in the mid-eighteenth century. At that time no credit would ever have been lavished on a slave as having been an architect or a creative force behind the buildings he constructed from foundation to finial. Mason imported a carpenter from England to make it seem as if the edifice had been the total concept of a man his slave owning peers could respect, it would not have been considered chic for such a pretentious undertaking to have been the product of a slave. In America, especially during the colonial period when the cities we now know were dense forests slave labor was the invisible force behind the transformation of wilderness into civilization, slaves felled the forests to clear acreage for farming the large plantations and opened streets for the towns that grew up around plantation life; no one understood this better than men who owned slaves like George Mason.



The visual connection between the technical imprint of Africa and the thematic adaptation of European design was unmistakable. The struggle to realise a unique architectural footprint in the new world defining the hybrid iconography of its sociopolitical soul would evolve into the Federal Style so eloquently charactarized by the architectural stylists Jefferson and Latrobe. The development of this new architectonic vocabulary was pioneered by plantations such as Gunston Hall that rejected the opulence of European taste if not more by necessity than artifice establishing a simplified standard for the American home.

These early and middle colonial period buildings were conceived in a world that was was technically incapable of replicating the scale of contemporary European architecture because there were no resources available to devote to their painstaking execution. The new colonies were busied with the basic tasks of building the first footholds of development and in response the architecture of that period was functional. The urban and agricultural infrastructure was built upon the backs of slaves simply because it was the least desirable work and slavery rendered it virtually cost-free! European colonials supervised the clearing of forests, the draining of swamps, the building of roads and the construction of the simple structures of the times all accomplished by slave labor. In the thousands of history books written on North America not one has ever honestly told revealed this true story of how America was built.

In struggling colonial America, on the frontiers of European settlement during the eighteenth-century there was little time to lavish on capricious beauty. In the major east coast port towns we find architecture that is truly style conscious and sophisticated.  Interestingly, the farther one is removed from cosmopolitan cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston and New Orleans the more clearly one recognizes the softening of architectural sensibility to a more improvised, homemade brand informed by the natural design instincts of slaves. One might say the architecture begins to become more fascinating there. Slaves ultimately interpreted culturally unfamiliar classical motifs for the ordinary buildings used by colonial peoples. The deeper we delve into the prolific construction boom that took place between the early 1600’s when the first slaves began to be imported to North America in significant numbers and the mid nineteenth-century preceding the American Civil War the more magnanimous a picture we get regarding just how much of this nation was actually built by slaves, the concept alone is simply mind-boggling.

I already knew that wealthy colonial plantation owners considered skilled African slaves especially architects and construction experts to be highly valuable personnel in rural environments where such professionals were absolutely otherwise unavailable.  If you plan to visit this or any other plantation I recommend that you study period wood carvings, pottery and metal castings from mid-eighteenth century West Africa. Equipped with this practical knowledge it should be easy to connect the cultural dots… one, two, three, four….. a masterpiece!

We cannot continue to learn the story of the construction of Gunston Hall or any other structure built in America from the colonial period through the antebellum period without taking a candid look at the world that created it for they are intimately married. The people who ultimately realized the building of these edifices were typically slaves, they were the labor force of the seventeenth and eighteenth century. A contemporary example might be the importation of laborers for the construction boom of the early twenty-first century but comparatively the importation of African slaves represented a much larger scale with billions of workers being enslaved over a duration of several centuries. When slavers stole entire families from their homes in Africa for sale in the slave markets of the Americas and the Caribbean  they kept an eye out for highly skilled craftsmen, mathematicians, physicians, engineers, artisans, statesmen and other professionals already possessing skills that would fetch a high price in the marketplace. Had these captives actually been completely unskilled they would hardly have been considered worth the effort. The myth that these men and women were ignorant, unskilled savages equal in stature to farm animals was manufactured by European and American slavers as propaganda to justify the brutal rape, murder and dehumanization of billions of people over the course of over three violent centuries. The conceptual buy-in of those who participated in and accepted  slavery including its premise of racial supremacy cannot be ignored today. We must reevaluate the character of those who saw fit to participate in the slave trade and not pretend they did not fully understand its implications. The men and women who owned slaves like George Mason, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson knew it was morally wrong but chose to justify it based on economics. We cannot idolize and celebrate such men and women any longer as icons of freedom and egalitarianism any more than Germans can place an olive Branch on the brow of Hitler. The practise of racial supremacy today is based on a technically bankrupt mythology originally manufactured then to bamboozle the poorer masses who, unaffected by the negative consequences of its inequities and too destitute to participate in its vast economic profits accepted the trend they were powerless to change.  In truth European peasants who had been enslaved in feudal serfdom for over a thousand years were all to eager to trade-off their enslavement if only conceptually because it appeared to give them the hope and appearance of socioeconomic advancement. The moral and humanitarian obligation that the slave trade rejected and villainously turned it’s back on over 300 hundred years ago has never ceased to be a current social issue. 

But something that had not occurred in all human history precipitated a universal abhorrence of slavery presaging it’s historical end in spite of its economic attraction. By the summer of July 4th 1776 most of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence realized the awful mistake they had made by not clearly outlining a legally structured end to slavery. Although it is rumored that George Mason was sympathetic with the abolition of slavery but a slave owner himself, he made no effort to free his own slaves in life or even upon his death. It can be concluded that nay sense of abolition possessed by him was purely romantical since it was never evinced by a single action of his. It should therefore be assumed that he since he never left any tangible measurement of abolitionism he was in fact not the shining American figure we should hold in esteem, he was part of the problem.
Ironically, the only real good served, the only merit history can lay upon the brow of George Mason is that during his life he and his ancestors left us well documented evidence of the extraordinary skills many slaves possessed but we’re never credited for. We’re it not for their dutiful journal keeping which had every other intention but to preserve the legacy of their servants we might know nothing of the people who really made a plantation such as Gunston Hall successful.

On another front we must differentiate between whether we are alright considering a slave owner a hero, or a proper role model for the American way of life.  Following to the social movement occurring in our culture whereby the lives and actions of public and popular figures are being held under a powerful ethical and moral microscope we must now not fail to revisit history for the purpose of separating good men from bad ones. If we can arrest and convict a man for dogfighting surely we can remove undue honors from men who contributed to the brutal murder enslavement of billions of innocent men women and children in the culturally malevolent slave trade.
In the past and present it has sufficed to mention that a slave owner treated his slaves well to assuage the inevitable onslaught of ethical and moral criticism. Those times have changed!

HISTORY CANNOT ESCAPE THE SCRUTINY UNDER THE HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS WE UPHOLD TODAY!

Today as then we realize the vast wealth of knowledge owned by slaves that was usurped literally for free. We also know these slaves were not given any credit for their contributions, no acknowledgement has ever been made to affirm their ingenuity without which the America we know today could have come to be… Nearly every historian that has published data on American history has been unpardonably ignorant or deliberately negligent of the contribution black peoples have made especially during the colonial era. These charlatans have failed us and cheated us of the richness and complexity of the American experience.

I was at first overtaken by the absence of Black American visitors at this historic site naked Gunston Hall; I alone had come to pay homage to the ingenuity of my ancestors on that day. Though the legacy of slavery is painful revisiting sites where it played out is a healing soulful pilgrimage. 
I wanted to see if the tour guide had done his homework, if he knew that the planks which bore our weight were cut, dressed, polished and joined by black slaves so I asked him if he knew who the carpenters were. By his gesture I knew he didn’t. I surmised that he understood where I was going with my query. He responded that George Mason hired and imported Italian craftsmen a fabrication even he realised was embarrassingly unbelievable. For one thing the distinctly English brand of chinoiserie, and Gothic revival motifs were definitely not in vogue in aristocratic Italian homes of the time . A skilled and stylistically eloquent Italian craftsman of the 1750’s would have favored neoclassical motifs along the lines of Andrea Palladio. By 1750 French and Italian architecture was seriously neoclassical evoking eloquent interpretations  of Roman, Etruscan, Greek and Egyptian temples. In mid-eighteenth century colonial America the landed aristocracy of the Potomac river valley and Chesapeake region were, for the most part, out of the loop with regard to mainstream architectural trends in Europe. Thomas Jefferson was a rare exception and it is quite clear that his fashionable instinct attracted him to the neoclassical styles trending in France and Italy when he built Montpellier in 1764. It might be a stretch to include Mount Vernon built by George Washington in 1758 as an early example of neoclassical expressionism adding a second to the list. Without a doubt Gunston Hall was intended to evoke the spirit of a small English country house that would have been in vogue in the early 1700’s. It was conceived as a romantic but visually effusive English cottage evoking the feel of Gothic abbeys and parishes of the English countryside.

I set out thereafter to prove that the intricate woodwork had been hand-crafted by African slaves. So I began to thoroughly research the matter proving or disproving my theory. As you have read my research proved my instinct in full.

In 1755 George Mason indentured a young Englishman named William Buckland importing him across the sea from England to America to oversee the construction and embellishment of his Potomac river plantation known as Gunston Hall. The original contract still exists but the concept of indenturement has changed over the past 261 years. There were two very different types of indenturement in the American colonies. The classic indentureship ivolved criminals and other incarcerated Persons including the poor being sold into temporary slavery as a way to repay their debts. However based on the paperwork it is clear that  Buckland was a free man at the time he was hired so the term indenture in this instance would have had the same meaning in 1755 as the modern word, contractor. William Buckland was a contractor but it is also clear he was considered to be an indentured servant bound to a term of 4 years. At the time the carpentry and joining arts were a broadly defined trade and certainly could  have included the particular design and construction skills expected of an architect.
According to contemporary diaries and inventories of Masons son two slaves were already owned by Mason working as skilled carpenters. These black men were named Tom and Liberty. Tom and Liberty lived on a section of the plantation known as “Log Town” an encampment of log cabins and other structures in what was called the Occoquan Quarter of the plantation grounds. Log Town had a black overseer named Nace and the entire Occoquan Quarter had relative autonomy it was populated by other skilled slave craftsmen such as blacksmiths and tanners and their families. This should not serve to suggest that slavery was anywhere close to an idyllic existence at Gunston Hall the reality is that it was brutal and dehumanizing consistent with  slavery as a whole.

Masons son confidently praised the professional skills possessed by Liberty and Tom indicating that they were certainly more skilled and experienced at carpentry, and building construction than their indentured supervisor when he arrived on American soil. It can be safely assumed they were the architects and contractors for all the extant structures about the plantation. This leaves us to wonder why, given their superior skills, was a young contractor hired to supervise men with many times his skills and experience.
George Mason was a social climber. His residence at Gunston Hall was intended as a showplace to secure and affirm his status in colonial Virginia society. He avoided incurring the expense of hiring and importing an established, popular English architect, (I am certain it would have been an impossible task), and to be honest the bucolic farmers and plantation owners at the time would not have recognized the difference. It was a political keeping up of appearances at best implying that Mason had achieved a social status enabling him to “import” an English architect. To that end he was undoubtedly the “Hyacinth” of his sleepy agrarian community and a reminder that pretension is as old as time itself.

To add more realness to this diorama let’s examine the practical dynamics. Liberty and Tom were experienced contractor/builders and architects who certainly could have supervised and built Gunston Hall from the ground up by themselves. We do not know much about their education but the certainly had the ability to work from architectural plans and one must surmise they already possessed the skill to draw them. Based on written documents itvis quite clear that Liberty and Tom not only built the many domestic and agricultural structures on the plantation but that their skills were so high and demand so compelling in the region that they were given virtual autonomy in their own section of the plantation to oversee the daily maintenance of the entire plantation in addition to being contracted out to other plantations and work sites for maintenance and groundout architectural services. They were a complete design-build team.  During the eighteenth century it was quite common for plantation owners to purchase architectural plans and treatises published in Europe and have their skilled slaves transform them into buildings. Because the design coordination was often supervised by a white carpenter or architect such as Buckland the slaves who certainly became adept at copying and manufacturing architectural details were never given due credit for their work. As we begin to delve deeper into the socioeconomic and political structures of slavery these deliberate exceptions of black men from the history of our country will be uncovered.

I uncovered the actual 1775 contract of indenturement for William Buckland and this rare document told me virtually everything I needed to know. The question was who actually executed the physical carpentry work at Gunston Hall and specifically the delicate wood carving of the crown mouldings and finestral details such as the fiery chinoiserie valences. The endorsement made by Jorge Mason at the completion of the work stated that Buckland and I quote that he,

“Had the entire direction of the carpenters and joiners work”.

Translated into 21st century English this means that he acted in the capacity of a supervisor but given the social realities of the time it is doubtful that Buckland actually, physically carved any of the fine interior and exterior embellishments because he already had a team of skilled carpenters at his disposal. It is more probable that he drew or provided exemplary plans from which the slaves worked and that he provided printed generic architectural patterns allowing them to extrapolate the execution. Even during his four-year indenture Buckland could not and would not have single handedly manufactured all of the marvelously intricate woodwork we marvel at today. It was carved by slaves… so who gets the credit for actually  building Gunston Hall?

It’s is customary to attribute the building of a notable house to its owner because they were it’s financier, hence we say Gunston Hall was built by George Mason although he never contributed to its physical realization. Similarly, Buckland who went on to become a prominent architect in colonial Virginia was, like Thomas Jefferson a creative manager but one who left the messy, hard-core details of construction to the skilled expertise of slaves. This disparity in the transparency of the creative process has served to prevent skilled, enslaved artists from getting credit for their genius. This is one of the primary reasons why American history must be revised to reflect the contributions of black peoples.

Whilst reassigning due credit we must also revisit the “Hero-Srtucture” of this nation to reevaluate who should inherit the esteem of history moving forward from a platform of truth and fairness. When this has been judiciously managed black slaves will be resurrected from the abyss of ignorance and focused racism to assume their due status as builders of this nation…


FIN


Written by BIGDADDY BLUES

Sunday, July 17, 2016

WHY I WRITE ABOUT SLAVERY/ WHY I WRITE ABOUT RACISM: The Importance Of Preserving The History Of Slavery In America



WHY I WRITE ABOUT SLAVERY


The subject of the enslavement of black men, women and children in America should not insult or disturb you unless you are either ashamed of the realities of its legacy or defensive of your position of support for what is universally considered a crime against humanity. In America, regardless of your race you cannot escape having a position on slavery!
The bottom line is that you either despise or are in agreement with America's past justification of slavery and the vicious institution of racism that it continues to represent today!
The residual fallout of slavery affects every aspect of modern life in America. Every major corporation that has ever proliferated here owes it’s success to the economic boom made possible by the federally condoned slave trade.

The American government enforced legalized slavery for the first 85 years of all 240 years or 35% of its existence. But the racist policies and structure behind slavery  continued to be enforced by our government until 1969 or for 80% of the existence of this nation. The concomitant practise of racially motivated disenfranchisement and violence originally invented to enforce slavery has never stopped!
Racism is more American than apple pie! Remember that hose legendary pies were cooked by slaves who were forced to pick them under the most barbaric conditions imaginable and all absolutely free! Think about them the next time you taste an apple pie…
The corporate structure of America was made possible by unfettered profits made possible by free slave labor. Just imagine if you could create a company without having to pay employees or provide Healthcare or any other employee benefits?
How else besides slavery can you explain how a struggling young nation of poor farmers pulled 13 raggedy colonies into a nation after nearly losing a war with England and in only 60 years managed to become a world power player in the industrial revolution?
The piece, the missing piece, the unspoken piece, the downplayed piece, the guilty piece and the piece that has never been rectified politically, socially or economically is of course, “SLAVERY!”.
Some Black Americans are shamed by their history others are ignorant of it. The fact that the legacy of slavery has unique consequences for people’s of color necessitates our understanding of its dynamics as a tool to reverse and curtail it’s continued effects upon us. This horrific game had played out too long and I am absolutely appalled that so many Black Americans continue to fail to understand its significance or take action to put it in check. I will continue to write about slavery until they are awakened!

I will continue to write about slavery because the struggle, disappointment  and pain of my ancestors still burns and aches hot within my soul. I still cry for them. I still hurt for them. Through my writing I embrace and metaphorically become them... I become a voice telling the terrible and beautiful truths they died unable to speak! I am their voice! Because of their struggle and not in spite of it this country belongs to their descendants but we must be awakened from the trance of slavery that still cripples us in order to claim it! You have only to listen to the voices of your ancestors… Their voices are locked in the untold history of this nation. Study, research, explore this rich untold story and you too will be awakened!

In a long-failed and hideously transparent attempt to save domestic and global face America has made an unholy covenant with its guilt and it’s fiercely burning hatred to ignore and cultivate the cancer of racism. America refuses to purge itself from the one obstacle preventing it from becoming the land of freedom and opportunity it pretends to be.  Racism is treated as a social taboo because of its diabolical spirit and much like another taboo, sexuality a closer look at what Americans are doing ultimately exposes them in blatant contradiction to ideals they do not have any intention of living up to. The disparity in racial equality is something that should serve as platform to bring this nation together as an instrument of survival in the twenty-first century realm of economic viability but it is clear that old habits are difficult to change. When we bring up the topic of racism whether in mixed company or as a unified group it is often perceived as an angry, aggressive, radical or dissenting topic. This is because people mistakenly perceive the cure with the same fear and apprehension as they do the cancer.

After so long there really should be no question about what is right and what is wrong about racism in fact it should be the meaningful and soulful platform that brings all races together, right? Black and white Americans are so intimately bound by the legacy of racism that it is such a disappointment they have not  yet found a way to overcome it and begin to cultivate a real, working brotherhood.

Racism has a dark and violent past that has never been easy to digest. This is why it has been avoided and swept under the rug. But there has always been a group of Americans who have never abandoned the aggressive perpetuation of racism. These people perceive progressive social progress as a negative phenomenon. They exist in an anachronistic world of primitive barbarism and social malcontentedness. The inspiration for the evil they breed is a disgusting heap of failed attempts to smother the human spirit with lies. Racists worship evil it is their raison d’etre! That is why racism must be exposed, confronted, and eradicated! But those who take on the crusade to defeat racism must be careful they do not themselves become corrupted by the bile of racist thought! Their goal should be to neutralize racism today ensuring it’s cancer cannot infect future generations. 

Many black people understand there will always be Americans who will hate them just because of their race but that has never prevented them from striving to heal racial scars among all races.

In the crusade against racism Black Americans have assumed the role of the healer because they have been compelled to understand intimately the pain of its whip!

Of course the nature of social diversity is that not everyone will agree. Americans want to pretend everything is alright. The cost of this charade has been that millions of men, women and children are forced to accept poverty, ignorance and violence simply because of their race. For the most part Americans have been conditioned to accept racial disparities and they endure them without challenge as a consequence of dysfunctional survival behaviors that were crafted and evolved during slavery. Under the shackles of slavery and in the present black people have survived by ignoring racial violence lest it turn it’s fury toward them. Whether they condoned racism or not many nonblack Americans have survived by going along with the program. But to the rest of the world the spectre of racism in America is a glaring disparity. Given Americas claim to be a soldier of egalitarianism it’s racist soul stands out as a comedic lie but for its vicious assaults on the human dignity of the very peoples who built the nation. Because America has lied about who built the nation it has felt the need to justify it through racial degradation.

The human characteristic of aggression be it racial, physical, verbal, economic or otherwise is typified by its unwillingness to retreat. We find that putrefying characteristic in modern America. Fear redoubled by guilt are the mechanisms that convince the aggressor that they must maintain a foothold least they become the oppressed. But racism in America is not only motivated by the fear of “cummupins” it is a lethal, pathological cancer passed down to each generation keeping the ugly nightmare alive. Racism in America is lustfully cultivated and worshiped as a religion.

So I write not only about but against racism because it is my birthright as the great, great grandson of slaves to continue their struggle for freedom. I am bound to this mission by virtue of my race but it is a soulful duty transcending race. I serve as a guardian of truth and light. I live a meditative life taking care that my mission does not become corrupted by the evil against which I fight. Ii accept my imperfection but pray for divine guidance.

Those who profess to fight against racism must not themselves become racists. They must always remember that human beings no matter how deeply corrupted by the cancer of racism are still humans and must therefore be loved as brothers. But like children who require redirection their misguided actions must be checked and corrected. I write about racism as a humble servant of humanity and my position is neither black or white is is the position of truth.

I write what I see removing filters designed to distract men from taking positive action by giving them an excuse to ignore the urgency of humanitarian intervention. I write about racism because I live to see humanity happy and free!


Written by: BIGDADDY BLUES