THE LAYMAN’S GUIDE TO PERFECTION
Each time I revisit the theme of perfection I am humbled and awed by the simple beauty of my humanity. Knowing and accepting that neither I nor any other man will ever be perfect is the critical milestone beyond which we become truly free to appreciate who and what we are. One might conclude that resolving our human limitations is the only way we can equip ourselves to deftly manage them. Denial on the other hand is a lugubrious portal to pointless, unnecessary frustration and disappointment. I not believe mankind is intended to punish itself simply because men were created imperfect. I think life is not about perfection or imperfection at all, it is about how we can make the best out of what God has given us. Regardless of the brevity of our mortal self-consciousness it is the only reference point we have so all the more important that we learn to love and value ourselves as organisms defined by the physical limitations of what we know of creation. This is no argument for or against the existence of what some men believe to be a “perfect”God it is an affirmation of what men are… we are imperfect… we are not gods, we are neither equal or similar to God, he is who he is and we are whom we are…
I am certain that God has his own struggles to quell, perfection is certain to be kept busy beside imperfection. One might conclude it to be impossible for perfection and imperfection to coexist, that it is a relative scale rather than an absolute value. It may not be the simple balancing act we envisage especially when managed on the scale of all existence… I think God is not what we think he is as certainly as I know he is continually amazed at how his creative masterpieces which include men have evolved in ways he had never imagined. God is both artist and critic, men are artifices and votaries...
The first man who said humans should aspire to be perfect and godlike singlehandedly engineered the most tenacious pathology to follow man along his brief evolution. Poetic yes but fundamentally flawed this classic folly falls within the realm of impossible things such as the fountain of youth and the elixir of life. It contradicts and belies a healthy, reasonable comprehension and expectation of man’s capabilities. The idea that man could be perfect is so intoxicating that we might momentarily detach ourselves from reason to fantasize it. But we are not and will never be perfect nor shall we be gods. Perfection is an elusive and deviously beguiling concept ironically manufactured by man as a state he can aspire to but never attain. Who in their right senses would do something like that? The answer is that it was a tragically bad idea that seemed “perfect” at the time. The challenge is how to undo it’s “bad magic”. No greater recipe for catastrophic disillusionment and depression can possibly exist it is a toxic setup for failure! Perfection is a poetic, intangible quality man has attempted to define without possessing any ability to possess or comprehend it. Perfection easily falls into the wastebasket beside similarly incredulous concepts that perpetrate a fixed, conveniently divine, stratification of existence set within a primitive cache of options that range from good to bad; from bad to ugly without any logical, empirical substantiation. It is clear that nobody has ever taken time to carefully think it out! Perfection is the microwave-caviar of the human experience! The philosopher in me questions whether perfection is not only mankind’s opposite but also his nemesis. Perfection, truly seamless, magnificent and unblemished perfection would be the absolute antithesis of mankind the reverse of the tragic, mortal and volatile environment that encompasses and inundates him. Man hovers between the nadir of genetic barbarity and some ethereal point that is ever drawing close, (but nobody knows how close), to perfection so yes, he falls just short of perfect but that does mean he is not amazing. Humanity is a brilliant artifice of nature a handsome organism brilliant but easily misguided. But in man’s eyes being created imperfect by a perfect god is a powerful engine for his boundless ego. He lusts for that which he feels has been deliberately denied him. His flaw is not being able to admit when he is wrong and then follow up with a reasonable solution to achieve a reasonable level of happiness. Men are now so ego invested in clinging to the fantasy of perfection they are blinded to the obvious reality that they are not and will never be perfect. Mankind’s bombardiering of reason has been and will continue to be the source of his corporeal and spiritual unhappiness.
If we look at perfection as an equation with man at one side and God on the other we can instantly resolve the inequality. The equation cannot possibly balance. So we must more clearly define or redefine perfection. The dilemma is that we do not know what perfection is because we have never actually experienced it. If we believe God to be the standard of measurement this problem is easily solved or should be. God would be the ideal at one end of the pendulum swing and man would be at the other extreme of the radius. But does the pendulum come to rest? In the frictionless void of space it would not oscillate the same as on an Astral body bound to celestial gravity, it would rotate 360 degrees infinitely. Do we really need to pontificate between theoretical astrophysical models in order to comprehend what appears to have always been crystal clear? Perhaps we need to such complex grandiosities to unravel ourselves from millennia of “imperfect” brainwashing. So let us play with the model of perfection defining it in one instance as an irreversible difference between divinity and mortality. Then let us redefine perfection as it relates to each “thing” under the umbrella of creation. We might coin this as “relative-perfection” but using this model we quickly run into an insurmountable dilemma when we take into consideration that nothing operates perfectly in the universe we know except, (we think), god. So the farther we digress from the paradigm of divine perfection, in the direction of its inherently unbalanced opposite, “mortal-imperfection” the greater becomes the margin of error. This makes us wonder if the traditionally rarefied model of perfection can or should be applied to men at all. I tell you now it may not! Perfection was never breathed into man at creation so it has never been lost and therefore we cannot lament the loss of something we never possessed. We lament what we fear to be gods oversight, deliberate design or punishment. How and why would a perfect god punish what he created as imperfect for being imperfect? That is the equation that does not balance. Our anger expressed as guilt for an unjustified loss of perfection can neither restore nor heal those conditions. No mythical, romanticized pining for a lost Eden can substitute the hard truth that we are what we are. Even if Eden had once existed our reality would still leave us being just what we are, mortals who will be born, live and die imperfect in an imperfect world.
At the earliest point of reference the concept of antithetical reality cancels our ability to understand phenomenon which could be structured according to rules nonexistent in our own parallax of reality. Theories on alternate, opposite, divergent, realities are all grandly mythical by default. Until they can be incontrovertibly proved we must question their validity. This does not mean that divinity and supernality are not possible it only means that from our imperfect vantage they would be invisible, undetectable, unfathomable… Can the “perfect” dust that settles at the feet of a perfect being also settle upon us or would the immortal and incorruptible quality of its essence cancel us out as matter does antimatter? Does Einstein’s glimpse of relativity suggest that perfection is a point beyond light speed where “tachyonic-perfection” devoid of mass and timeliness would allow diametrically opposed particles to fuse into one reality? While this theory sounds like a compelling opportunity to escape the condition of our mortal imperfection it leaves one to wonder what existence would be like without all the imperfect “stuff” that defines our world. What is thought without “stuff” albeit imperfect stuff for men to contemplate? At the end of the day being happy with the ”stuff” all around us is the closest we may ever competently approach an understanding of anything of the dust which comprises our world. Mankind must thoughtfully extricate himself from the mythic mire of fantasy he has swallowed for most of the existence he remembers evolving away from habit with a refocused sense of practical realness. It a’int gonna be nearly as fancy as the implausible cosmological “stuff” we must ultimately recycle and discard but it could enable us to appreciate the simple, fundamental nature of everything we perceive as part of our world, a place we already know to be patently imperfect!
In the modern world men are no longer mistaken for gods. Our satirical culture roasts popular deities of the moment with a psychologically dethroning critique reducing them to pitiable, imperfect monsters reminding them that socioeconomic privilege is a borrowed blessing. The gilt crowns artificially exalting them above other men have been refashioned to suit their likeness from the plundered booty of previously deposed nobles into corporate icons tattooed onto their very souls and operantly-brainwashed into the pliant minds of farmed consumers who are the common classes. Yesterday and in the moment we breathe these symbolic standards are still bereft of realness, they are decorative misconceptions designed only to market a structure intended to enforce an artificial hierarchy of power. The power they wield is extracted from our minds. But only until such time as we change our minds or turn our minds off from the incessant channels of command and stimulus-response! Today as every day we are all mortals, brothers of the same blood swatches of the same cloth. We are all of us mortals doomed to die and amidst us ever more stars fall from the illumed, nimbused skies of popular culture as nature recycles itself again and again. Death the equalizer of all men proclaims our fateful imperfection.
Privilege and it’s sense of entitlement have been duly tempered by the glorious and inglorious revolutions of the past two hundred years bringing us all that much closer at least in theory. Wresting the mindfuck of divine right from the politically privileged got mankind the first real pay raise it had had in 100,000 years. The void created after divine-mortality had been ousted was a sobering episode still playing itself out. In the absence of false human gods was opened a wary but driven sense of precipitousness in the spirit of those regimes which had been bullied into existence by wresting away the freedoms of modern men. It is hardly a perfect world my friend when billions are still born into the same abject poverty wherein they die. Not that enriched enslavement would be a more palatable option. Within the global vastitude of our consciousness we see the eternal struggle between mankind’s ambitions and his capabilities.
How do we measure the difference between mankind’s ambitions and his capabilities? This appears to be the dilemma defined and driven by mankind’s inexorable thirst for perfection. In ancient times we personified this passion through the manufacture of God’s. In modern times our lust for divine supernality causes us to personify our last for perfection through celebrity but has this not always been so?
Whether men are enamored of their unbridled lusts for the trappings of the gods or whether they seek a more abstract and conceptually vacant approach via divine antithetical reality all these theories are the same in their intent to serve as a layman’s guide to perfection.
Written By: BIGDADDY BLUES
FOR THE BROTHAS: AN INTRODUCTION
Sunday, May 8, 2016
THE LAYMAN’S GUIDE TO PERFECTION
Sunday, March 27, 2016
DRAWING THE PARALLEL BETWEEN THE CHRISTIAN EASTER TRADITION AND THE STRUGGLE OF BLACK MEN IN AMERICA
THE TRUE SIGNIFICANCE OF EASTER
Whether you believe that Jesus died on a Wednesday or Thursday and was reborn 3 days later on Saturday or on Easter Sunday is irrelevant to the overall power of the message this phenomenon is intended to convey. An obsession with historical accuracy will yield no fruit here as there simply were no convenient birth or death certificates then and no contemporary documents exist today from contemporary historians who might have captured the event. 2000 years ago media was quite different from the virtual documentation to which we are used. As we all know the matter of Jesus Christ’s existence and resurrection is one which must rely solely on humble faith.
Having the ability to come back fully revived from formidable adversity seems to be the theme of Christ’s resurrection. This of course was powerful medicine to Christians 2,000 years ago. Like Black Americans, early Christians were violently persecuted by the government beneath which they had become subjected to. So the murder and unexpected resurrection of their chosen leader would have the impact of a beloved civil rights leader Such as Martin Luther King surviving his assassination. According to legend Jesus did overcome death as a physical man. The civil rights leader Martin Luther King did not duplicate this uber-heroic feat. O how times have changed.
The early Christians were horribly oppressed, tortured, murdered and raped by the ancient Romans who considered these abuses an entertaining sport similar to the way black men have been lynched as a national American sport. To these sociopathic oppressors then and now the spirt of human murder was a final and politically charged practise. The outcome had always been predictable but Jesus’s extraordinary resurrection struck a fatal blow to the Roman Empire precipitating its total conversion to Christendom as the Holy Roman Empire in Constantinople. The irony and power of this single event literally changed the course of human history and cannot therefore be ignored in spite of the lack of empirical evidence to support it.
Whether or not Jesus Christ truly existed and rose from the dead the story of his assassination originally intended to subdue the Christians prophetically backfired on Rome. Instead of silencing a troublesome civil rights leader Rome decreed its own death by murdering that charismatic figure. For he was not destined to be buried and forgotten, instead Jesus’ brief, troubled but brilliant life has been preserved in history for over 2,000 years. Not bad for the son of Mary and Joseph a simple craftsman eeking out a living in the difficult economy of ancient Israel. Even a nonbeliever might call that ironic turn of fate a miracle.
Can you imagine those ancient and oppressed peoples, those prototypical Christians holding up their bruised fists to the arrogance of Rome? History had finally given them this one powerful taste of revenge for the slaughter and abuse of their kind? The blow intended to enslave them had instead freed them! What is more, by virtue of the universality of the grace afforded to all mankind through this ultimate act of sacrifice all humans were protected beneath an umbrella of sublime absolution. Aside from being a remarkable marketing model the Eucharist is a critical symbol of human social evolution. It can and will be argued by some nonbelievers and believers alike that ensuing versions of Christianity following the resurrection perverted Jesus’s intent to suit their personal greed but that still cannot take away the power of this singular event. I like to say in this case, “It is what it is y’all”. Whether it be truth or myth the power of Christ’s resurrection has set a benchmark for the ultimate application of civil disobedience. To be assassinated by your oppressor and rise from the dead to defy them is a feat no bigot can outdo!
That is why Easter is so important, why it is essential for Black Americans to understand the example and lesson it teaches. Black Americans are still an oppressed people and Christ’s resurrection is a powerful metaphor for their resilience in the face of bigotry and racism, it symbolizes hope and personifies a promise that the evil which oppresses them today will be the very soil that will transform racism from its crude, irrational state into the very bricks of the foundation and tower of the temple of freedom.
Written By BIGDADDY BLUES
Monday, February 1, 2016
EXCUSE ME, I'M IN A CONFERENCE CALL WITH MYSELF! I'LL CONTACT YOU WHEN I'M DONE.
Before his day ends a gentleman should set aside time to have a meeting with himself to review the many twists and turns of the day. The purpose of this meeting is of course to go over the fine details regarding how you handled the day's situations complementing yourself and also counselling yourself when you've not handled something as effectively as you would have liked. You'll ask yourself questions like, "how could I have made myself more clear" ordinary did a great job communicating my point but how can I brainstorm effective strategies to be applied to other situations I my encounter"? The possibilities of this kind of self-management are limitless and powerful.
In addition to helping you honey communications skills self-counselling can empower you to identify and set about acomplishing critical life goals. One of the most important features of self-counselling is that it helps bring mentally healing closure to the many issues we do not have time to manage during our hectic day.
Self-counselling does require a great deal of honesty so It can build a person's quality of self-awareness. Look at it this way, you spend an inordinate amount of time managing other people's baggage so why not set aside 15 minutes or more to handle your own. You more than owe it to yourself and what's more, it's 100% free! You might forget sometimes but setting your self-evaluation as a daily goal is essential to your mental health. So just pick a time that's best for you. Otherwise could even be early the following morning or at midday next day.
BIG DADDY BLUES
Sunday, December 20, 2015
THE BLACK AMERICAN MAN'S ELUSIVE AND INEXORABLE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE IN A COUNTRY BUILT UPON THE POWER OF HIS SOUL!
Not so very long ago Black American men were commonly brutally abducted, dismembered and murdered by people whom we would classify as sociopaths by today's standards. In most cases local police and goverment officials were perpetrators in these barbaric,criminal lynchings and used their influence and positions to ensure that justice would never be served for victims and their families. For this and many other reasons black men have always distrusted police and clearly with due cause; nothing has changed. During the O.J. Simpson trial, for example, one of the investigating officers Mark Furman was exposed for deliberately falsifying charges against black and latino men in innumerable cases but that evidence was blatantly suppressed and ignored by prosecuting officials who could easily have dropped the charges due to an irreconcilable corruption of the O.J. case. Instead they forged ahead as if Simpson was guilty by virtue of being a black male and to save face against the reprehensible Furman leak. In any rational, unbiased mind the Furman incident would have proved that the evidence had been illegally manipulated to tell a crime story which never occurred. Nothing has changed. Unfortunately not so long ago remains a haunting collage of todays and yesterdays, so near in fact that we do not have to huddle around our elders in order to hear accounts of lynchings. Modern day lynchings of black men still occur with startling frequency, nothing has changed. In the past, because black people were locked out of the power chain police in collusion with judges and other local government officials could manipulate reality by ignoring, falesifying or simply deleting the evidence. Black peoples already knew that justice would be denied them when they went to court, if there ever was a nominal investigation. Their expectations were never good especially if they challenged the police investigation or if one of the coconspiritors was connected to the police but they purservered often in fear of their own lives witnessing some of the most heartless and deliberate evil all supported by the local law enforcement. Generations of Black American men who survived those evil times before desegregation are still haunted by the resurgence of those racist practices of old. For over 3 centuries black men have been victimized by whatever rabble passed as policemen, judges and other law enforcement officials who ranged from bucolic vigilantes to corrupt local and federal officers alike. In America the black man has always been a fixed target at the end of a police weapon or gun! Nothing has changed...
Zoom-in to the case of Freddie Gray in the 300+ year old city of Baltimore Maryland. Here is a bizzarre case where black officers and government officials appear to be facilitating the very brand of historically institutionalized racism one would expect them to protect citizens against. Something has gone lamentably wrong here. To be sure, something has been going critically wrong here for quite a long time which is why citizens are in an uproar threatening to dismantle the city if justice is not properly served. The difference between Ferguson and Baltimore is that it is an old city that has used up its excuses with the black community. These folk care more about the sanctity of human life than whether a popular retail chain decides to leech the money out of its community in exchange for a handful of low-paying jobs. Not only do they understand the economic bottom line that these businesses exploit but they also understand that some other business will replace them picking up where the other left off. They also know that these retail establishments which are not owned by anyone in their community exist in large part as the residual of centuries of free slave labor enabling an economic advantage from which they have been and will continue to be perpetually denied. Nobody in that troubled community is ignorant of the fundimental facts and their anger follows the blatant disrespect that has been broadcast nationally and presented as truth when everyone knows it is otherwise! Yes, many of these people may be poor but they are not dumb and they still have something strong within them that makes them challenge bold-faced evil! Baltimore is a city where black entreprenours throve as early as the1700's and all during the 1800's into the mid-twentieth century. It is a city with a Black American mayor and unlike Ferguson many of the cities judges, and critical government officials, (including the poliece force), possessing the ability to reform policy are black. So let us ask how such a simple case has gone so radically awry? The answer of course is corruption and lies, by selling the community short and getting caught with their trousers down.
To begin with the trail was incorrectly focused on the assertion that Gray's fatal injury occurred in the police van when it was quite obvious he had been injured prior to being placed into the vehicle. Video footage depicted a physically crippled man being hoisted into the van clearly not in possession of his ability to control his lower body functions. He was already paralized. Prosecutors and media alike have stubbornly and one might add, criminally continued to ignore this very clear detail. Many believe that the story was altered because the arresting officers were not black. We have a plethora of data on the infamous "Rough Ride" including an eyewittness account by another man who was locked in the van at the time. That eyewittness published a startling story that contradicted police accounts. Only when unexpected footage of the rough ride surfaced were the police and media forced to admit to that awful episode. But it played into the initial police deception that Gray was injured in the van and so they rode it like a pony straight into the jaws of an unverifiable lie and the citizens and jurors on the first trial did not buy the lie! The police accounts, (all of which support the fact that professional policies were never followed), have been absorbed as if they were gospel in spite of the fact that a conflicting eyewittness account indicates Gray was not in control of his bodily functions while in the van as a result of having been parylized by police prior to the pivotol event. So once again Black American men are stultified whilst this lame but viscious old ruse plays itself out again gaining momentum as truth even though the obvious factor of common sense says otherwise! The moral of this sad story is that the law should be less focused on what it can prove or get away with and more focused on what actually occurred... the law has degenerated to a system that serves its most lucrative customers who happen to be criminals keeping law enforcement personnel in business. It has lost all sight of justice and is rudely startled and annoyed when people demand it!
It was no surprise that the first trial was declared a mistrial and rightfully so because that officer, though frightfully negligent did not kill Gray. His mistake was allowing the arresting officers to put Gray into the van rather than calling an ambulance to take the parylized civilian to a hospital where he might have survived. Had he shown the integrity to make that call things would have been quite different. Due to the grevious injuries inflicted upon Gray by the police prior to placing his crippled body into the van it was in their best interest to attempt to conceal their indiscretion by makeing it appear as if he was parylized by a rough ride in the van rather than at the criminal hands of officers sworn to protect public safety. Fortunately Baltimoreans did not buy this deception. The ploy was intended to psychologically transfer responsibility for Gray's condition to an inanimate vehicle rather than implicating the true perpetrators who happened to be sworn officers of the law.
In the old days before and during Jim Crow the circus that passed as law enforcement amounted to nothing short of absurd, humiliating lies and excuses intended to hurt black people and make them feel powerless. These intimidation tactics were acompanied by miraculously outrageous dissapearances of wittnesses and evidence including the manipulation and fabrication of evidence, etc., etc., etc. Black men didn't have a fighting chance at justice because the deck was already insurnountably stacked against them by centuries of rancid policy and undocumented illegal practices all aimed at disenfranchising them from their rights as citizens, humans and as men. Today Black American men are again pushing back against centuries of an old, established system of oppression. Like every other gain for our civil rights this one will be an all out battle but one we will ultimately win. To be sure the days of unchecked police violence against black men are coming to an end, these are the last bitter days of this ungodly practise. Body cameras are only the beginning of the new culture of police accountability, eventually officers will be relieved of all weapons which they do not need in order to maintain peace. Weapons are not for use against civilians and it is high time that we strike down the practise of managing citizens with deadly force for it is un-American. Like the other rights we have wrested from the fist of our oppressors through peaceful and rational means the end of police violence and the legalized lynching of black men will be another milestone in our quest for egalitarian harmony in a land built upon the free slave labor of our ancestors. Freedom alone can never repay the ensanguined debt owed to Black Americans! But Black American men have always been gentlemen about the entire bloody affair agreeing to let bygones be bygones so long as we are just left alone!
There is a profound differnce between racially motivated violence such as police violence against black men and the phenomenon of black on black crime but the two are also intimately related... both are the direct result of racism directed against black men! This racism comes from a single source external to the black man but focused on him through every aspect within his world through media, art, literature/language, history, music, science, mathematics, sexuality, religion, politics, law, and economics among others. In theory one might surmise that if you stop the single source of racism you inadvertantly stop its entire range of manifestations but as life would have it the problem and the equation defining it are just not that simple. So let us closely reexamine the problem. Oversimplification of this problem does not allow critical wounds caused by racism to be identified so healing efforts can be effectively administered . Hypercomplexity confuses the clear causes of racism to be isolated preventing a cure from being effectively administered. The cure to the cancer of racism must be a versatile medicene not so specialized that it fails to adapt to every condition and not too dilluted to effect a strong, decisice healing. We all know that the buy-in requires a critical and fundimental partnership between the primary races that have been historically at odds as well all of the broad spectrum of people's who have blessed this country with their presence over its long, difficult social evolution. The journey of racial conflict as well as brotherhood has grown between black and white men for centuries. Now is the time to finally come to a peaceful table because that is the way that civilised people solve problems. The black community must certainly organize and effectively leverage itself against racism as a crtical defense while we iron out our issues with inequality in America. As i said before, true freedom requires the buy-in of white,black, aboriginal, asian, Latino and other ethnic groups. We must ultimately become united not as seperate races of people competing for one country but as one diversity of people sharing one common interest. Yes, the black community must uplift itself in the end but to uplift itself only to find the same historical racial obsticles pitted against it would be a sad compromise to working diligently to also heal those racial wounds embedded into the evolution of the land in which both our ancestors are buried.
Because the black man is the underdog he must be the provocatour of justice and initiate the movement to racial healing. He must be the one predominantly situated in the trenches of justice and freedom. He must live an exemplary life of truth by example continually agitating his oppressors to see his vision of truth. All this while working diligently to occupy political offices and build his economic foundation so that when his pleas for justice are made they cannot be ignored... Whatever you do black men no matterhow small it is a good thing. Heal your differences with your brothers black, white and of all colors and move forward as a community, give up your anger and bitterness, let bygones be bygones... refoucus your energy on positive healing and brotherhood, kindness and compassion. With this freed-up space you can then begin the practical process of building yourself economically and intellectually expanding your success as charitable work in your community. Be the solution!
Not every policeman is bad. If there were no good policemen things would certainly be much worse but in a political climate where police relations are at their lowest, where the history of police violence against black men has redoubled it is clear that a substantial proportion of them, including other judicial officials are not acting in the best interest of justice. So we must make them act in our behalf! Due to the slow process of routing these aberrant personnel from our courts, police force, city councils and branches of government that manage child support and other services more black men will become victims of their trechery. Let's face it, it's a huge problem. Too many people are doing the wrong thing and it has to end immediately. I sympathize with those officers who are good and I hope they will chose to expose the evildoers among their colleagues. For black men there really is no other choice save to assume that every officer he encounter will be his potential oppressor! It may take a century or more before the evil done to black men can truly be erased from their cumulative psyche. Black men are tired of being murdered and abused, by officers of the law and they want to be left alone! Whether we kill ourselves is quite a different matter because that is our own private issue to be worked out amongst ourselves. Black on black crime is a hideous reality but when axaccerbated by the unnecessary, unholy overlay of police violence it creates a dead-end street of despair. We need the police to become community advocates to help black people rout out drugs, and crime so they can rebuild sustainable neighborhoods. We need our government agencies to help us reform welfare, prisons and child support among other issues. When the police prove they are not just another gun in the face of a black man they might begin to earn the trust and support they need to help clean up so many troubled communities...
The bottom line is this, U.S. police officers are hardly ostriches with their heads buried in a hole, they well know the current state of racism and police violence directed againt black men. They are embedded into the black community as deeply as anyone can be who does not live in it. The robustness of their resistance against reform indicates they are invested in their evil practices and have fortified themselves against positive and inevitable change. Adopting this position they fully understand they will never gain credibility with the black community and while standing behind a gun they do not feel as if they need it. It is a stalemate! Smart officers should already know that radical change is immanent. They anticipate a future when they are not permitted to carry firearms as defenders of peace and it is at that time that we will see a different brand of police, a humbler, more personable defender of humanity. Of course it will not be as simple as taking away their guns; minds must be changed. So the battle playing out on the streets of America between cops and black men is a much more complex war emanating from the higher echelons of our judicial and enforcement structure and it can only be changed by reforming policy and by fumigating at the highest ranks to remove the vermin from office. That is where our black think-tank will be needed to launch effective programs aimed at removing the wardens of these racist policies. In many ways the police are only pawns hired to do the dirty work which cannot absolve them from being willing agents. The main villains who have orchestrated this reprehensible movement are hidden from public disgust, it is now time to expose them! I know the line... black people are just trying to survive, they just want to be left alone... and as much as I agree I also say we have some hard work ahead of us after which, (having been successful), we can and will be left alone to pursue our rightful destinies...
The blood of our ancestors flows through this land so the spirit of this country is bound to our bodies and our souls. Our connection to this land is a beautiful and complex gift. In order to understand this gift black men must awaken from the malaise of their oppression redirecting this country toward a righteous path. Black men must correct the flawed but noble concept of freedom proposed by the founders of this nation. We must finish the and refine the great egalitarian experiment of America. Others have dropped the ball. Not just because our lives depend on it but because it is the necessary to move human history forward it is now our turn to take the initiative picking the ball up and carrying it forward in the final heat to freedom...
WRITTEN BY BIGDADDY BLUES
Sunday, October 18, 2015
WHAT'S IN A NUMBER?
HOW ONE MILLION PROPERLY FOCUSED BLACK MEN COULD MOVE HISTORY FORWARD...AGAIN
"MIGHTY CURRENT OF CHANGE"
|THE FIRST NIAGARA MOVEMENT IN 1905 IN NAGARA FALLS CANADA|
"THE MIGHTY CURRENT OF CHANGE"
It is a rare phenomenon for 1,000,000 Black American men to converge in one place with their focus stolen away from the banalities of the day and redirected toward the critical issues of Civil Rights. We are not the world of 50 years ago when strong communities stood ready to follow-up on the speeches and promises of the day. Those gilded leaders of a century and a half ago have nearly all passed away unfortunately without having a robust peoples to pass the torch of freedom to. That torch has long since gone cold and in many ways black peoples have themselves been responsible for the quenching of its fire. That is why a momentary focus is not enough. These are times of crisis for the black community time is far too valuable for a flash in the pan, we need quantifiable results. Commitments must be made, and with them a robust infrastructure to transform those commitments into tangible outcomes. With 1,000,000 men standing by i'd say that infrastructure was a resource just waiting to be set into action.
|THE 2ND NIAGARA MOVEMENT AT STORER COLLEGE 1906|
Black Americans have failed to understand how to transform their muscle, mind and spirit into a cumulative, culturally relevant organism that could pick up the torch of freedom igniting it anew. Such an organism would never sleep, it would see and hear and feel everything around it and be poised for a powerful, effective and peaceful response to every challenge. And there have been millions of challenges to the peaceful freedom of black people in America. That Black Americans have survived slavery, mental, physical, social and economic oppression, the poisoning of their communities with drugs, violence and immorality shows that they are tough victims to kill but what morbid truth does it reveal about their persistent assailant?
|KKK PROTESTING THE 100TH YEAR ANNAVERSARY OF W.E.B. DUBOIS' HISTORIC NIAGRA MOVEMENT OF 1906 AT HISTORIC HBCU STORER COLLEGE HARPER'S FERRY WVA.|
The racial hatred that has troubled Black Americans for over 300 years is quite real. It has never taken a moments breath, it has bided it's time, planned, contrived and premeditated, the deliberate planting of destructive seeds. The game is more like a twisted hunting spree where the prey is an entire community of people who reel in mortal terror as each cultural bomb eventually fractures the foundation of its long-troubled communities to a point of no return. The black community is at the threshold of no-return, It has been pushed to the brink of cultural destruction so much of which has been inflicted by its own hands, Even so there is still a very simple and clear path of escape that a seed of one million men if properly cultivated could grow into a strong, invincible tree bearing fruit as it grew renewing, redoubling and protecting the strength of the black community in America through the organized development of a cohesive social, economic and cultural network. Not a new idea at all, it has been suggested many times before but no one man has ever had either the vision or ability to pull it off!
|THE WOMEN OF THE NIAGARA MOVEMENT 1905-1906|
When 1,000,000 Black American men come together their numbers and resources must be creatively exploited. Each man should be asked to sign to a contract requiring him to make regular financial contributions and donations of his personal time and energy to re-build his community. Each man should be asked to sign a contract requiring him to create, support and recruit other black men in a network of community based businesses that have the ability to build and exert their economic and political influence to effect progressive change in government policy and elect government officials who will act in the interest of the community they serve.
Numbers are power. Numbers alone mean nothing one has to understand how to use those numbers in order to get results even if resources are small on an individual basis, properly tweaked the cumulative effect can be monumental. For example, while it is clear that getting a million men to regularly donate money to a national cause a practical solution to keep these men viable when they are unable to be financial would be require a man who is not able to meet his financial responsibility to substitute by donating time, skills or some other valuable resource. A growing organization always has work to be done but not always the financial resources to do it which makes volunteerism an equally valuable resource to money when properly applied to the model. Such an engine can be used to assist distressed minority businesses and to establish banking and global media networks which will give the black community clean alternatives to mainstream media. It will create corporations businesses that will be ready to employ is community and to receive each new crop of collegiate graduates. Imagine a corporate bank of professionals and businesses that could call in to have minor services it could not afford performed pro-bono or at significantly reduced rates by being contributors to the network which would act like a sort of a business, homeowners and personal insurance institution. The mission of such an organization would not be to prove to the world that given an opportunity Black Americans have the ability to affect the national economy as producers in the highest echelons of corporate management, let the world think what it wants as long as there is a viable working solution to the problems of the black community in America and that solution is given birth and fully managed by the black community. Such an organization would focus the vast potential of one million black men in one place.
What you do not do with 1,000,000 Black American men who have gathered in one place to move human history forward is to bore them with self-righteous, vainglorious speeches that everyone has heard 1,000,000 times from 1,000,000 sources, give them a flyer, sell them a t-shirt, a bottle of water, a copy of your brand of street-corner propaganda and then let them dissipate back into the dark interstices of an increasingly racist America without getting a long-term commitment from them and fictionalizing it on paper as a legally binding contract of community service and business development!
|THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE 1905-1906 NIAGARA MOVEMENT|
Next time, if there is a next time the black community should take time to select and organize responsible, culturally versatile, community leaders with proven, clean civil rights histories to join forces as economic and political thinkers under a single roof and tasked to coordinate an iron-clad community network. This network will create jobs the first second of its inception and continue to grow itself exponentially as it's reputation and portfolio grows. That network must be one that is focused on the immediate issues of Black Americans but is also poised to assist human all human beings in need incorporating the talents of all the marvelous peoples of this earth. It must also work to regenerate or replace dysfunctional think-tanks and institutions that continue to squander valuable resources. This idea is not revolutionary, it is not even novel.Oddly enough it is something that I know each and every one of you reading this article has thought of at some time in your life. Only one factor could prevent this simple dream from happening and that is apathy. Why bother to come to a million man march if you are gong to be apathetic? When 1,000,000 black men stand in the footprints of men and women of all races who came 50 years ago and changed the course of human history they had better be ready to move mountains!
The 20th year anniversary of the Million Man March was hauntingly similar in scope to the Niagara Movement of 1905-1906 spearheaded by W.E.B Dubois almost as if it's scope had been lifted off the pages of Dubois's speech the link to which I have included at the end of this article. History is nothing if not repetitive. Moving forward it is essential that Black Americans give due credit their historical mentors and take necessary pains to evolve the movements authored by their ancestors to suit the current times. History has not always been kind to Black Americans but they must nevertheless dutifully preserve and teach their historical legacy with accuracy and pride. These historical lessons will prepare the black community to move forward emotionally and that dynamic is such a critical requirement for healthy socioeconomic and political progress.
|HARPER'S FERRY WAS THE SITE OF ABOLITIONIST JOHN BROWN'S ANTISLAVERY PLOT, IT WAS ALSO THE HOME OF THE HBCU STORER COLLEGE AND THE HOME OF THE SECOND NIAGARA MOVEMENT SPEARHEADED BY W.E.B DUBOIS.|
A man who was not consumed with egotism including disdain and hatred for other races, sexes and sexual orientations would have come before 1,000,000 black men with a well-outlined economically feasible plan of immediate action and not just his ego. It is irresponsible to pull so many people from all across this land without a clear and well thought out plan of action with it's engine already running and ready to take on passengers! Once in Washington we needed those 1,000,000 men to make the ultimate, long term commitment by affirming their brotherhood on paper as quantifiable scheduled financial donations including time and service contracts. We already know the economic potential represented by 1,000,000 black men so by Jove lets stop posturing and lets get some good old-fashioned community building together now!
2. CENTENNIAL ANNAVERSARY OF THE 1906 2ND NIAGARA MOVEMENT
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
|A CHECK DATED 1875 FROM THE FREEDMAN'S SAVING AND TRUST CO.|
FREDERICK DOUGLASS WAS PRESIDENT OF THE BANK IN 1874
|A PANORAMA OR FREEDMAN'S VILLAGE ARLINGTON, V.A. THE POTOMAC RIVER IN THE BACKGROUND|
The 2005 Million Man March failed to recapture the interest of Americans tainted by the homophobic comments of Rev. Willie Wilson pastor of a politically influential congregation called Union Temple in historic Anacostia, Washington, D.C. At that time Farrakhan was also under fire for allegedly making anti-Semitic and anti-white comments, but those accusations have always followed his long career as a public figure.
What has really changed in 2015 since 20 years ago when the 1st Million Man March was successfully launched in 1995? Many people have been concerned that Farrakhan's preaching is a reflection of the neo-conservatism and political extremism demonstrated by some factions of the Islamic community which threaten to reverse the many civil rights advances of the 21st century such as gay marriage. The name of the movement has not changed but today's visit to Farrakhan's Facebook and Twitter pages reveals recent concessions to women that go so far as crediting black women with having made more vigorous advances toward socioeconomic empowerment while spanking black men accusing them of having grown weaker.
I remember the 1st Million Man March in 1995 was a powerful expression of black male solidarity. Farrakhan was hardly the focal point of that day, that historic moment was all about peaceful and organized unity among American men of color. Those who were present will recall that the theme was "Atonement" an apropos indictment of Black American men's waning devotion to the ongoing civil rights struggle and their failed mission as stewards of their embattled communities. So why the shift in focus from men's issues within a male-oriented movement to those of women? Did some economist point out that a larger percentage of Black American women as compared to Black American men were financially capable of supporting the business interests of his church? If this movement, historically created to galvanize the positive, collective economic and political power of black men is now shifting its scope to include women it could be argued that just as in the case of the the Redskins its name would need to change in order to be consistent with claims on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMinisterFarrakhan?fref=ts and on Twitter at #justiceorelse that it is now a more culturally sensitive, inclusive, kinder and gentler movement.
Some fear that the Million Man March has conceded failure at galvanizing Black American men to rise to excellence. The issues facing men of color are an even greater problem in 2015 than in 1995. Losing focus on black men by broadening the scope of this struggling movement before it has proved any quantifiable successes with its first venture could be a desperate strategy to buy time. How many times will Black Americans buy into Farrakhan's "Baby" before they lose faith in his ability to pull off the "Dream" he markets under the now popular and legendary trade name, "Million Man March"?
|VIEW OF FREEDMAN'S VILLAGE|
But the underlying motives of this man appear to collide with the needs of his pet movement. Has Louis Farrakhan really experienced a life changing event in the twilight of his long and prolific career that allows him to see beyond sex, race and religion or is this a last, desperate attempt to achieve a measure of immortality among men before he goes to his glory? The movement has become branded with his persona in a fashion hauntingly similar to how The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's became branded with the image of Martin Luther King. What is missing from this equation is the energy, purpose, devotion and transparency of the former movement that attracted peoples of all races, religions and nationalities to sacrifice everything they held precious in order to move history forward! So let us ask ourselves honestly, what is this movement really about?
If some peoples fears are correct it might mean that supporters of the 2015 Million Man March will be openly financing and condoning a man and his movement that represses the rights of women, is homophobic and that promotes anti-white and anti-Semitic propaganda. Black people who are experiencing an alarmingly intensified level of racism in America should not follow Farrakhan blindly in the Million Man March merely because they are oppressed and he is the loudest and most socially connected black man of the moment. If we have learned anything from the historic Civil Rights Movement it should have been that any successful movement should not be dominated and centralized within one man, rather it should be decentralized and uniformly powerful across a diversity of well-organized, well-financed and politically well-connected institutions so that it can sustain the inevitable blows of racially motivated violence and hatred.
For Black Americans living in a time when the very first Black American President is in office it is critical to carefully think through the meaning of this movement and whether or not they should support it. This is a serious matter, nothing to date has been so serious because literally everything that freedom fighters of all races and sexes, have fought for hangs in the balance. Ask yourself if this movement is something that reflects your core ethical and moral values and whether it is truly vested in the edification of truly universal, inclusionary values and protection and expansion of human rights for everyone regardless of race, sex or religion? Be fearful if that is what it takes to make you think beyond the banalities of the day! Be honest even it it means that you expose and face weaknesses, pettiness, and even evil within yourself! Most of all don't be blind! Wake Up! Challenge yourself not to accept anything, everything that sells itself as a "Black Thing" without carefully scrutinizing it against ethical and moral virtues that we all know but often fail to check ourselves against.
So I have asked myself if I will participate in the Million Man March not as a symbol of my support for Louis Farrakhan and those who think like him but rather as an act of solidarity with men of color who know they should be doing the right thing but just don't have the tools to pull it together on a consistent basis. I wish that anyone else other than Farrakhan had become the icon of the Million Man Movement but that wish will not come to fruition on October 10, 2015. Personally I am not waiting on a messiah I am waiting on a movement!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
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