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NEWS MEDIA TRUMPED. POLITICAL PARTIES in FREE FALL?

Posted by gjamescadreusa on August 21, 2015

Following a precarious entry into the Republican Party presidential nomination sweepstakes for election 2016, Donald Trump currently controls the political narrative of the Grand Old Party (GOP), and has effectively overshadowed his 16 political opponents. From the outset Republican Party officials and candidates for the nomination dismissed the seriousness and longevity of Trump’s presidential ambition and they positioned it as a publicity stunt and another one of his presidential flirtations. GOP officials and the national media vociferously asserted that the required financial disclosures and other filings would truncate the Trump nomination initiative, before he can legally enter the campaign starting blocks.

The perception that Trump’s presidential initiative was a ploy to get attention began to disappear in a slow burn, after he completed the required filings, and in the wake of the first GOP debate. Consequently, the Republican Party establishment and national media started talking political babble as they doubled-down on their strategy to discredit and malign the integrity of Trump’s political objective. Nevertheless, the real estate mogul came out of the political gate as the front runner in all the polls. It became obvious that the Republican Party establishment and the national media were both positioned at a political intersection to undermine and steamroll Trump’s political hopes. However, the political establishment (Republicans and Democrats), and media have utterly failed to marginalize or derail Trump’s political momentum. The Trump campaign has now morphed into a political juggernaut that threatens to turn conventional electoral politics and political status quo in both parties on its head…

Donald Trump’ popularity continues to increase and his lead in all political polls is overwhelming as his ascension seems impervious to the concerted political machinations of the political establishment and news media. As a practical political matter, Trump has eclipsed his immediate GOP competition and according to reports he is gaining on the presumptive Democratic Party nominee, and other Democratic Party hopefuls in polling match-ups. Virtually all media coverage of the 2016 presidential election revolves around what Trump has said on a range of issues, and his policy positions of the Obama administration. The Trump political narrative along with his so-called controversial statements, continue to animate electoral politics in general, other presidential candidates, news media and the electorate.

Speculation abounds as to reasons for the Trump political phenomenon, and political conjecture suggests that he (Trump) is tapping into a growing popular dissatisfaction with political business as usual. Anecdotal evidence suggests that issues such as, congressional logjams, government shout downs, strident partisanship, political corruption, pervasive breakdowns in the quality of services delivery, and the widening economic gap that isolates the majority of American citizens from the political and economic super class, are all contributing factors that fuel and sustain the Trump political juggernaut.

It is a forgone conclusion in some quarters that the ruling political and economic elite are completely detached from the practical reality on the ground, and their political tunnel vision has been generating diminishing returns as a result of the attrition rate of the middle class electorate and their transition to economic marginalization going forward. Accordingly, the remnant middle class and those working class American citizens experiencing the economic transition are thoroughly disillusioned with dysfunctional politics on the national, state and local levels.

Which of the political parties are targeting the ever increasing population characterized as the least of these? The politically correct rhetoric being propounded by the political establishment and news media are attributing Trump’s success at the polls as a general dissatisfaction being expressed by the electorate with the overall political process and status quo. While there may be some truth to the assertion that a broad swath of the electorate is demonstrating their general political dissatisfaction by giving Donald Trump a protest vote, there are much broader and longstanding political scenarios that include political sins of omission and sins of commission in the recent past that may be coming home to roost in the party of President Lincoln. Not the least of which is the precipitous rebranding of the GOP from a diverse, eclectic and progressive political party, to a social-conservative brand, in reaction to the success of both the Civil Rights Act, and Voting Rights Act of 1964 and 1965 respectively. In 1964, by way of the presidential campaign of Senator Barry Goldwater, (a social-conservative Republican Party candidate) was soundly defeated by President Lyndon Johnson and he (Goldwater) became a political point person in the social-conservative GOP movement. Ultimately, the social-conservative movement was able to rebrand the party away from its founding roots as a politically diverse, eclectic and progressive party responsible for the abolition of slavery.

Since the election of 1964, the social-conservative activist wing of the GOP achieved relative political success and the latest political iteration of the right-wing social-conservative contingent of the GOP, the Tea Party, is currently in control of the national Republican Party’s political platform and narrative. They imposed a political litmus test for presidential candidates to prove their social-conservative credentials. The Tea Party and social-conservative Christians have emerged as major political players in the presidential nomination process, and in GOP primary elections. On the other hand social-conservatives remain a political weakling in the context of the mainstream American general election demographic.

The emerging American demographic will increasingly comprised of ethnic and political “minorities” that will further marginal the GOP, such as it is, from the political mainstream. President Ronald Reagan is often referenced as the social-conservative iconic political archetype that enjoyed broad based popularity across the political spectrum, and they articulate the relative politics of that great communicator. But when eulogizing Reagan politics, they fail to appreciate the fact that President Reagan enjoyed a prolific African American and Hispanic presence in the party during his 1980 election and 1984 re-election campaign. And Reagan carried New York State in a landslide during his 1984 re-election campaign, although the Democratic Party had a 7 to 1 voter registration advantage. That was the first time the Republican Party presidential candidate carried New York State since the campaign of President Calvin Coolidge.

A vibrant and robust presence of African American Republicans in particular, was a factor in New York electoral politics prior to the emergence of the social-conservative wing of the party which on the other hand precipitated the decline of “moderate” Republicans a/k/a Rockefeller Republicans. The National Black Republican Council (NBRC), was established in 1972 by an amendment to the party rules of the Republican National Committee (RNC). NBRC founders include President Gerald Ford, President Robert Dole, Henry Lucas, Art Fletcher and Ed Bivens, among others, for the purpose of providing a mechanism for black participation in the National Republican Party. The first Chairperson of NBRC was Mrs. Legree Daniels.

The Council had a political apparatus in targets states and in New York for example NBRC enjoyed as state-wide presence, and in NYC each of the 5 boroughs had a Vice President and this political formulation facilitated a very colorful political interface and interaction between Democrats and Republicans in the black community. During the presidential election of 1980, respective supporters of Democratic and Republican candidates in the state made unprecedented inroads on both sides of the political isle. By President Reagan’s re-election campaign (1984), New York’ black Republicans had substantial political boots on the ground. In addition to NBRC’s structure in the city there was a plethora of strong black Republican women that were consequential leaders in their own right in GOP clubs, and some were local district leaders.

In Brooklyn Arthur Bramwell was the county leader, Bo Bo Garfield was a district leader, and Mrs. Lugena Gordon was President of “Freedom Republicans” a major black led organization. In Harlem there was Mrs. Louise Garcia district leader, Mrs. Ruby Wright district leader, Mrs. Aliene Iverson district leader, Mrs. Vivian Hall President of the Metropolitan Republican Club (oldest in the city), political historian Vincent Baker, among others. In Southeast Queens Attorney Geraldine Jones, a district leader, and President of the All-boroughs Republican Club, Morris Lee a district leader. In the Bronx there was Alton Chase, district leader, Ms Francis Potts district leader and NYS Assembly candidate, Ms. Melanie Chase district leader and Congressional candidate, and on Staten Island Mrs. Tina Joseph was the point person that ran the “black” desk.

During the re-election campaign of President Bush in 1992, dynamic transitions were underway in the Republican Party in general, in the campaign of President Bush, and among black Republicans in particular. The Bush re-election campaign had major political challenges by way of the 3rd party candidacy of billionaire Mr. Russ Perot, and the appointed leader of Black Americans for the Re-election of President Bush Mr. Hector Hyacinth, who dropped the political ball during and following the campaign. There was also a growing political ambivalence among some significant political-economic stakeholder’s and role players in the party about enabling the role black Republicans in local politics because it put convenient political power relationships at risk. And at the national level the influence of the social-conservative political agenda increased on party politics and the “Christian” right-wing began exercising political control on the national party’s political platform.

The growing political ambivalence expressed in some quarters of the party of President Lincoln was reminiscent to the political sentiment that began to drive 19th century Republican Party politic that resulted in the end of “Reconstruction” by way of the “great” compromise of 1876. The compromise provided that GOP candidate Rutherford Hayes became president, and the federal troops enforcing the civil rights of African Americans were withdrawn, ending the period of “Reconstruction.” Subsequently, the rise of Jim Crow occurred along with a myriad of “black” codes, ad-hoc systems of discrimination, and utter criminal and political/social barbarity… The political ambivalence following the 1992 presidential election relative the increasing political influence black Americans in local and national politics became problematic to esoteric political power relations. And the increasing social-conservative influence had a similar impact, but not as politically dramatic as the outcome of the “great” compromise. The resultant visceral political dynamic in the party resulted in a precipitous decline and deterioration of black and white relations in the party. This internal political scenario within the Republican Party is the subtext of the current “race” based paradigm under the surface in the Republican Party.

Interestingly enough, the colorful and controversial political dynamic Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is generating may have a purging effect that will inspire and help to generate positive outcomes going forward, some suggest. It remains to be seen how the Trump campaign and political turmoil in the Republican Party will ultimately shake-out. But the political kafuffle generated by the Trump political juggernaut has also help put the Democratic Party into a tailspin, and the media establishment seems engaged in a circular political narrative. Moreover, media coverage of the 2016 presidential election can be accurately characterized as, “Info-tainment-news” which is generating great ratings, but the long term political impact is uncertain, at best.

While Trumps presidential candidacy was initially touted by the media as dubious and a flash in the political pan, the obvious attempts by the forth estate (media) to discredit and marginalize Trump, was only successful in exposing their position at the political intersection along with the Republican and Democratic political establishment. Hence, the media along with the political establishment and presidential nominees have all been Trumped… The media was force to modulate their programming in conjunction with the Trump political narrative they and seem to be adjusted their political rhetoric and hyperbole. Yet the bias of the media and political establishment remains palpable.

Some astute political observers point out that Trump phenomenon is cathartic and likely portends the mergence of an internal political dynamic within the Republican Party going forward will challenge the social-conservative monopoly of the GOP narrative. But the impact of the Donald Trump candidacy will not be confined to the Republican Party they advance a compelling argument that the Democratic Party is apparently experiencing a catharsis also and the general discontent with politics as usual on the part of the Democratic electorate may soon reach critical mass…

They also observe that in presidential election 2014, more than 60 percent of eligible voters did not vote and the voting plurality in election 2016 will be an interesting comparison. Therefore, in addition to sophomoric political antics associated with all the presidential candidates and party officials in is clear by way of hard numbers that voter apathy and discontent abounds in the electorate.

On the other side of the political isle in New York City, the Democratic Party is experiencing a political freefall as well, but a different political scenario is underway. Veteran Congressman Charles Rangel, who defeated political icon, Rev. Dr. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. in 1970, will likely be that last African American to hold the coveted Harlem based congressional seat. The patriarch of the famous Harlem political machine the congressman enjoyed the benefit of running on the Republican Party ballot, as well as being the dean of the New York Democratic Congressional delegation until the election of 2002. And during the heyday of the “Harlem” political old guard, the congressman was the chief Republican Party basher, and political nemesis of emerging organic political insurgent community based leadership in both political parties. Some argue that former Mayor of New York City, the honorable David Dinkins was likely the first and last African American Mayor in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, the African American leadership in both political parties has proven to be weak over the decades and have not mentored generational leadership. Accordingly, despite historical political advances of the African American community in the 19th and 20th centuries and the longevity of our presence in the USA as compared to other “ethnic” and political “minorities” black Americans remain a political weakling in terms of political leverage as compared to other political “minorities.”

Perhaps it will be an interesting, relevant and useful exercise to assess and analyze (Democratic and Republican) electoral politics in the Virgin Islands of the United States, going forward…

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GOP and HOPEFULS TRUMPED…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on August 12, 2015

From the outset, the idea that real estate mogul Donald Trump, would be a competitive and credible candidate for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination was remote at best in many quarters.  Mr. Trump is not new to presidential politics as he is a major contributor to presidential aspirants in both Republican and Democratic Parties over the decades, and Trump has previously flirted with the idea of running for the presidency.

Donald Trumps previous flirtations with contesting for the most powerful political position in the world have never generated political legs. Moreover, his various flirtations were generally perceived as political stunts and they never got out of the starting blocks. Accordingly, many argue that Trump was not politically serious about a run for the presidency in this instance. Therefore, the Republican Party and the respective aspirants for the party nomination apparently had every reason to believe that Trumps current presidential initiative was in fact an oblique marketing ploy to position his brand to new markets.

The broad speculation that financial and other disclosure requirements would truncate Trumps apparent political ambition is giving way to a dynamic, if not profound, political facts on the ground relative to presidential politics 2016. Prior to the first debate of GOP presidential hopeful’s candidate Trump was leading all the competition leading his closest rival by double figures, and his lead in the polls increased following the debate? Currently, Trump is increasing the center of media coverage as presidential aspirants in both political parties seem to be wallowing and in some instances drowning in the Trump political narrative.

Shooting from the hip and hyperbole is the Trump signature and brand which often generates controversy on its own right. But the apparent kafuffle that the Republican Party and candidates find themselves in may be cathartic going forward… Since the emergence of the social-conservation wing of the Republican Party, which occurred following the voting rights Act of 1965, other political echelons in the party of Abraham Lincoln have been marginalized by the political and emotional vitality of the southern based social-conservative political activism wing.

Southern social-conservatives a/k/a “blue dog” Democrats migrated, to the Republican Party in the wake of the successes of the civil rights movement, and they undertook political initiatives designed to rebrand as conservative, the heretofore diverse, and eclectic Republican Party, founded as an anti-slavery political movement. While many social-conservative Democrats changed their voter registration to the Republican Party, in the wake of the civil rights movement successes, other southern “blue dogs” such as the late Governor George Wallace remained in the Democratic Party and they continued to pull-up the political rear in terms of articulating the conventional southern political agenda…

Senator Barry Goldwater became an iconic political personality for the social-conservative Republican Party agenda, in 1964 going forward. President Lyndon Johnson’s lamentation proved to be prophetic subsequent to signing the Voting Rights Act, “the Democratic Party will lose the south for the next 40 years due to advances in civil rights.” President Ronald Reagan in 1980 advanced the social-conservative agenda during his two very successful terms, and Reagan perhaps more than anyone is responsible for animating a broad spectrum of Christian social-conservatives in the party. The one term successor GOP administration of the George H.W. Bush campaign, left African American and Hispanic communities in a dubious political position, which negatively impacted the 1992 re-election of President George H. W. Bush, and the 3rd Party campaign of Mr. Perot was icing on the cake enabling Governor Clinton to prevail.

The social-conservative wing of the Republican was consequential in the primary and general election of 2000, and Evangelical Christian Governor George W. Bush, was tailor made for a victory when during the campaign in response to a question Gov. Bush asserted that Jesus Christ was his favorite philosopher…  During the two terms of President George W Bush, the social-conservative wing of the GOP solidified control of the national agenda, and the political narrative which has effectively re-branded the Republican Party as conservative.

Although Senator Barack Obama defeated social-conservative Mitt Romney in the 2008 election and Senator John McCain during his 2012 re-election campaign, the new social-conservative political juggernaut the “Tea Party” successfully wrested control of both chambers of congress.  Subsequently, the neo-social-conservatives established a political litmus test for all GOP seekers of the Republican Party’s 2016 nomination. However, some offer persuasive arguments asserting that the “Tea Party” ideological narrative represents a small and diminishing electorate that resides outside of the current American electorate. In addition, the emerging demographic is utterly and politically juxtaposed to the ideology of social-conservatism.

As a consequence of the narrow political bandwidth of the social-conservative wing of the GOP, the respective cast of potential Republican Party Presidential nominees would be hard pressed to attract sufficient votes from mainstream America to prevail in the general election. The opportunity for one of the social-conservative GOP nominees to be embraced by the current diverse mainstream voters may be out of reach completely. And the Trump controversy will likely be protracted with significant political fall-out at the end of the day is a foregone conclusion.

A compelling argument can be made that the unfolding controversy within the Republican Party, the dominant social-conservative wing, and the universe of registered Republicans with “moderate” positions portends an eventual re-birth of the party of Abraham Lincoln, as internal contradictions abound. Hence, the Trump political juggernaut may be propitious going forward beyond the obvious public political spectacle. Driven by media and opinion editorials the political rhetoric emanating from official GOP sources and some of the would-be party nominees is sophomoric at best, and is disillusioning to the electorate.

With apparently no end in sight to what some regard as a “cathartic” political purging of the GOP, election 2016 may likely deliver the White House to the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, by way of political sins of commission as well as sins of omission, the Republican Party forfeited the African American voter, the Hispanic and women’s vote, leaving the party such as it is, with diminishing returns and an elderly electorate of by-gone social-conservatism going forward. Interestingly enough, the Republican Party enjoyed an auspicious birth in 1854, as the outgrowth of the Whig Party, and these “radical” Republicans ushered in many political and economic advances for the African American community that came to a close by way of the end of the period of Reconstruction. Followed by Jim Crow… It remains to be seen what a re-birth of the Republican Party and brand will be in the 21st century, but the need for a re-birth in the party of President Abraham Lincoln…

 

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War on Rome…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on June 6, 2015

Maura Jane Farrelly, I read your article “War on Rome” published in AEON Magazine on May 22, 2015, with great interest. I am old enough to remember the religious political machinations that accompanied the presidential campaign of Senator John F. Kennedy and as a student of Judeo-Christianity and world history and was intrigued with the breath of your piece. In the interest of a full disclosure, I completed all my sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church at the age of twelve, and remain a perennial student of the faith, therefore your comprehensive exposition relative to Catholic and Protestant history, and the current religious dynamic in electoral politics in conjunction with world events, resonated with me. In particular, your analogy relative to current popular sensibilities and perceptions concerning Islam’s abiding interests in undermining the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States, with anti-Catholic bias that gained popularity during the Protestant Reformation movement, in the 15th century, is compelling.

The history of Catholicism in the western hemisphere is in deed colorful, and the advent of the Protestant Reformation became the impetus for the “America” experiment, vis-à-vis, the separation of church and State, and representative, secular government. The growth and advancement of “Protestant America” from its founding in 1776 to the largest economic power in the world, and the hegemonic geo-political leviathan on the planet is self evident. Hence, the political concept of America’ “exceptional-ism” is a popular theme and many Americans define themselves as a free, noble and (some have said) “chosen” people. And the current bogeyman, by way of “Islam” has no connection or similitude with Christianity in general and Christian America, in particular. America was accordingly imbued with and absorbed by the Puritan Protestant ethic, and the vernacular “WASPs” (white Anglo-Saxon Protestants) represented a “super” class of Americans that remains…

The Church of England was the tip of the spare relative to the Protestant Reformation movement by way of King Henry VIII’ break with the papacy, and the establishment of the Church of England. But, English Puritan Samuel Mather in 1672 called the “manifold Apostasies, Heresies, and Schisms of the Church of Rome’ that drove the Puritans to Massachusetts in the 1620s and 30s were being mimicked by the English King. They believed that the Church of England was tainted by the remnants of Catholic theology, and they thought these, pope like relics destroyed the “freedom” people needed in order to accept salvation from God. Because Americans held onto this Puritan understanding of Catholicism for centuries, the idea that the founding of Massachusetts had been a bold bid for ‘freedom’ became an almost religious truth which continues to reverberate… But history records that people were actually executed and banished in colonial Massachusetts because they held ideas about religion that were considered dangerous…

In 1774, John Adams felt sorry for the Catholics he observed at a mass in Philadelphia: The ‘poor wretches,’ the future US president told his wife, were ‘fingering their beads chanting in Latin, yet not a word of which they understood.’ By 1960, the self-help guru Norman Vincent Peale worried that Catholic voters were theocracy-loving minions who’d put a man, the Catholic John F Kennedy, in the White House who couldn’t ‘withstand the determined efforts of the hierarchy of his church’ to meddle in US politics. So Peale (the original ‘positive thinker’) formed the National Conference of Citizens for Religious Freedom and campaigned for Richard Nixon.

“For most of US history, voters, ministers and lawmakers believed that there was something fundamentally un-American about Roman Catholics. They weren’t ‘free’ – and they couldn’t be free so long as they worshipped within the Church of Rome. Catholics were an element in US culture that had to be kept as far away as possible from the centers of political, military, economic and educational power. Letting such an intrinsically enslaved element ‘have its say’, so to speak, would constitute an existential challenge to the US, since at its core, the country was just an idea – the idea of freedom.”

Click here to read the entire piece: http://www.sound-meal.com/?p=102

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Religion and Science Controversy 90 Percent Settled…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on January 18, 2015

jacketoneThe ancient controversy between religion and science regarding the origin of the human race is essentially settled, and there is only about a 10 percent of the controversy that remains. We will explore the nature of the 10 percent that remains, but the essential dichotomy between views are reconciled by way of current science… All of us are familiar with the Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden story… Whether you are a believer or not, you are familiar with the biblical story that includes the sibling rivalry of Cain & Able, and the birth of the human family.

Current scientific evidence confirms this ancient story, and resources like National Geographic TV documentary “In Search of Eve” has archeological evidence and traced the migration patterns that have over millennia that positioned human beings in virtually every corner of the earth. The evidence confirms that every human being on the face of the earth today in the 21st century come from a single origin, vis-à-vis, a woman in the region of East Africa.

The public has been accordingly informed regarding these findings on public television among other special event airing therefore, the subject of race is often discussed during informal conversations. But the profundity of these scientific findings has not been translated into the perennial “race” question, or the popular “race” conversation, etc., into the public discourse. Consequently, a superfluous circular conversation is a popular exercise which asserts that all “races” are equal, so forth and so on.

The nature of this public conversation on “race” by way of media, news articles, educators, politicians (elected & unelected) amounts to an obfuscation of the truth and facts about “race.”Public conversations, institutions and professional organizations and everyone else continues to represent that human beings are comprised of different “races.”

Statements such as, there is no difference between the “races” and we don’t discriminate based on “race” are popular refrains articulated in various quarters. Moreover, we know educational institutions, employment opportunities and scenarios, housing, politics, healthcare, etc, etc, etc, are all organized and operated based on the “race” dynamic.

But we also know that current science affirms that there is only one race of human beings and we all can trace our ancestry to the same woman, in East Africa. Therefore, any credible conversation about “race” going forward must discuss “race” in the context of current science and debunk the traditional exposition…. ACCORDINGLY, RACE IS A SOCIAL CONTRUCT CONTRIVED TO ACHIEVE SUBJECTIVE OUTCOMES.

MODERN SCIENCE HAS AFFIRMED AND CONFIRMED THAT THERE IN ONLY ONE RACE OF HUMAN BEINGS. THEREFORE, THE WORLD IS ULTIMATELY CONFRONTED WITH A FUNDAMENTAL CONTRADICTION. THE FUNDAMENTAL CONTRADICTION IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT THE WORLD HAS BEEN GENERALLY ORGANIZED AND STRATIFIED AROUND THE CONCEPT OF MULTIPLE RACES WHICH HAS BEEN SCIENTIFICALLY DISCREDITED…

Science in the 1600s, the “age of enlightenment” advanced the idea of multiple races based on a hierarchal distinction that positioned the “black” race at the bottom and the white race at the top, with yellow, red and brown people in relative scenarios. The scholarship that characterized the “age of enlightenment” codified the race paradigm and etched it in stone, as definitive evidence that there are multiple races of human beings.

IN THIS INTELLECTUAL FRAMEWORK, THE NEGRO WAS BORN…. A VULNERABLE BEAST OF BURDEN….

This is the general overview regarding the black experience in Africa and the “new world” beginning in the 1500s, and the race based paradigm is the conventional narrative that perpetuates the historical race myth… But the historical myth began to fracture in the 1960s as the myth of the NEGRO RACE evaporated during the black political consciousness movement.

ALTHOUGH THE NEGRO IS DEAD AS A RACE, THE RACE BASED PARADIGM PERSISTS BY WAY OF SOPHISTICATED AND SUBLIME SCENARIOS, THAT HAVE REINFORCED CENTURIES OLD STRUCTURES AND CONVENTIONAL SENSIBILITIES.

Ultimately, we will rely on the fidelity of current science and observe that world institutions and sensibilities are oriented toward the race paradigm. In this way we can understand what race is. And what race is not…

WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO ELIMINATE THE RACE MOTIF, BUT WE CAN PUT IT IN THE PROPER PERSPECTIVE. ALTHOUGH THE RACE EQUATION HAS A HEADSTART OF CENTURIES, WE CAN ENSURE THAT IT WILL AMOUNT TO … NO-THING.

The race social construct is pervasive and ubiquitous because it permeates virtually all echelons of our modern society. We human beings have totally absorbed and assimilated the race social contract to the extent that it has crystallized into our consciousness. Therefore we inadvertently think in racial terms, and conventional wisdom, which only reinforces the deception…

THAT’S RIGHT, WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED…

The scope of the deception is difficult to put your hands around, but time is longer than twine therefore, competing narratives will emerge that will help to broaden the various historical accounts of human and world events as formulated and advanced by the military victors through history.

Consequently, history such as it is… Amount to an account of HIS-STORY, LITERALLY.

But because time is longer than twine, it is only a matter of time before other historical narratives emerge that compliment popular historical accounts, adding to them in the context of generating a holistic account of human events.

Saturday I watched a CNN news program… The news report stated that a police department was using the criminal mug shots of black men for target practice, and as a result the police department was accused of racism because of that act. The police department responded to the allegation of racism by denying it, and making the point that they also use the mug shots of other “races” therefore theirs was not an act of racism, because they use all “races.”

The news announcer went on to editorialize with her colleague asserting that the act of using the mug shots of blacks may be controversial but, it can’t be racism because blacks are not the only race whose picture they use.

DO YOU SEE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE???  THEY ARE PERPETUATING THIS RACE HISTORICAL MYTH IN A VERY CASUAL AND MATTER OF FACT WAY… and too many engage this circular conversation on race…

DON’T THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THE LATEST SCIENTIFIC NEWS… ALL OF WE IS ONE…

The multiple race myth will continue to be asserted because virtually all of the systems and institutions are structured and organized, based on the multiple race paradigm. These systems won’t be changed because they are proven to be insufficient or in error.

Although current science has debunked and discredited the multiple race idea, with definitive evidence, we would be delusional to expect that substantive change will occur, going forward.  The “race” conversation and the “race” question will remain a hot button and political wedge issue, but the public conversation will also continue to be circular with no resolution. But there are people like yours truly, who will present the disposition of current science and inject the empirical perspective into the public discussion.

I am under no delusions about the prospect of corrective action being undertaken by the relevant parties. And apart from raising the findings of current science during relevant forums, everyone else would be well advised not to overestimate any prospect of corrective action by relevant authorities in general.

POPULAR AMERICAN HISTORY WILL NOT BE REWRITTEN… THE CURRICULUM IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE OVERHAULED GOING FORWARD.  IT IS, WHAT IT IS…

MY OVERALL POINT IS THAT WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT RACE IS, AND WHAT RACE IS NOT… AND BE ABLE TO REFERENCE THE PROOF

But my larger point is that we need to rethink what we think… We need to think based on current and relevant information… We can become what we think. And we are currently, what we think…

As a practical matter the race baggage that we carry is most severe, burdensome, and insidious because it permeates most things and invisible, subliminal and profound scenario are in place that automatically maintain the status quo. TO BE CONTINUED…

There are no racial minorities in the world!!! This morning I received a link from a colleague that is relevant to the piece… http://l.facebook.com/l/YAQGUMCqNAQGryUBF0CwqsuBUOUJpmax8-GwWxzpjLOWkJQ/youtu.be/azWJPHypAeg

 

 

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NIGERIA II…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on January 17, 2015

Nigerians hold on life at NYSC orientation campsDuring the spring of 2014, I penned a piece entitled “Bring the Girls Home” referring to the more than 200 girls kidnapped from their school by Boko  Haram, the Nigeria based extremist-Muslim military cult. This horrific, egregious and willful act of brutality and barbarity executed by proponents of a perverted ideology they connect with Islam caused me to reflect on my visit to Nigeria in October of 2001. I arrived one month following the infamous 9/11 incident that raised the Twin Towers in New York City and killed thousands of people. During the two months that my visit embodied the northeastern region of Nigeria began to erupt as Boko Haram began attacking Christians and churches, burning communities and killing residents with unspeakable barbarity. I was there as a professional consulting on a faith based HIV/AIDS project focused on education, and counseling in at risk communities. The project “SAC-AIDS” featured a unique interface between health care professionals and institutions in Nigeria and the United States. Apart from the usual project development scenarios, I was profoundly impacted by the general dysfunction of the largely binary (rich or poor) society that characterizes Nigeria. And profound political corruption is the categorical characterization in terms of how the government and politics operates. The experience was everlasting therefore I felt an emotional connection to the abducted students and with their bewildered and suffering parents, when I first learned the dreadful news. If I were to describe my visit to Nigeria in a few words, it would be a dramatic lesson in street justice…

I spent eight weeks in Nigeria, traveling between Lagos (the big city), and Abuja, the newly constructed capital of the most populace African country. As soon as we deplaned in Nigeria and moved to the baggage claim area, the language problem confronted me and I could immediately appreciate that it would be a major challenge for me to exit the airport to the parking lot. I essentially followed the crowed to the baggage claim and waited for my suitcase. Fortunately my contact arrived as my bag swung around the carousel and he instructed me to follow him outside to the parking lot, and not to respond or react to anyone if I’m approached. When we reached the parking lot four other dudes joined in and escorted us. Two were on my left, front and back, while the other two were similarly situated on my right side. Despite being flanked by obvious strong arms on each side, with a self-confident looking big dude in front riding point, I could see aggression on the faces of some people we pasted or obliquely encountered them. It was obvious that a strident body language was an important component of how you need to comport yourself in Nigeria. Nigeria is not tourist friendly by any stretch of the imagination, I concluded immediately, and without the strong arms surrounding me it would have been quit a challenge to reach the parking lot and exit the area without the four buffers, lead by my point man.

I want to share some of my experiences on the ground in country, as it is relevant to the unfolding events in Nigeria wherein thousands of people are being slaughtered in a most brutal fashion, and hundreds of young girls continue to be kidnapped. And the perpetrators of this chaos and mayhem continue with impunity and without any meaningful resistance from the government and military. I was actually waiting for a break in the case, based on pronouncements of President Jonathan that he was negotiating the release of the girls with Boko Haram, before I wrote a second article on my observations and experiences in country. I am not persuaded that there will be any prospect of justice for the relevant people in this matter, and the situation is exponentially worse since last spring. But signs of Nigeria degenerating into a free fall were emerging thirteen plus years ago, in my view, and the cancer has metastasized, and it may be too late for radical corrective surgery.

However, my project met with success on one level, but failed to complete the second phase dealing with marketing on the ground. Programmatically the project was a success as we were able to secure the support of the First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Stella Obasenjo, which was helpful to getting sponsorships. But the project was designed to be launched with a major concert that featured international entertainers. The names of the various artists that were positioned to participate were impressive and the proposed venue, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria was on board with the concept. However, in the final analysis the project was aborted because major security issues emerged based on the fact of the escalating back and forth scenario between Muslims and Christians that was sporadic but escalating. Therefore, project outcome amounted to six of one, and half a dozen of the other.

I enjoy extensive contacts in South Africa and Ethiopia, but had never visited Nigeria or developed contacts in any other West African country. Therefore I was looking forward to the visit and to be able note comparisons between southern, eastern and western Africa. But Nigeria proved to be comparatively unique, and the political, economic and social facts on the ground, brought to mind the “jungle” metaphor relatively speaking. However, the fact remains that the law of the jungle pervades on the ground on one hand, and governments response and responsibility is dubious and inept at best on the other hand. Government agencies and institutions do not work well, such as the police department, and electrical blackouts are a daily occurrence requiring the purchase of generators for those that can afford the expense. Moreover there is no social network infrastructure to assist poor families and children.

I was intimidated by the police officers soon after I arrived because they all carry machine guns, and their body language I perceived as menacing. When my contact was pulled over by a police officer for speeding I sat in the passenger seat as stiff as a board, biting my teeth, as my man became irate and began cursing at the officer. I was stunned speechless and couldn’t tell him to cool-out before he existed the car staggering, and talking out of side of his mouth as though what spoke was truthful and correct. I was petrified as he stumbled to the officer as though he was bullet proof. I was riveted and couldn’t take my eyes off the machine and the cop. It was about 3 or 4 AM and nobody was on the highway but us, I was scared stiff, as never before. He came back in the car after a few minutes and we sped off just reckless as before we were stopped. On the next day he informed me that he hit the police officer off with a 20 US dollar bill, and that the chances of us getting shot by him were zero. I was still shaken by the experience.

Having been raised in New York City, I comport myself with a “healthy paranoia” when interacting with police officers therefore, the unfolding scenario being instigated by my guy was utterly unsettling. But this introductory episode with officers of the law proved to be my first real culture shock. If a similar situation had occurred in New York City he would have been arrested right away, and he wouldn’t have been unscathed when he arrived at the police precinct… But in Nigeria the underpaid police force is 100 percent black and so is the population, which is a complete inversion from the police and community demographic in Harlem, and other black communities in the United States. Moreover, there is a culture of police bribery which is how business in general is done in country…

The next occasion wherein I observed interactions between police officers and the local population was during my visit to Abuja, capital of Nigeria. What I found striking in Abuja from the outset, was that everything as for as the eye could see looked relatively new, and very impressive. We traveled from Lagos by car to the capital where one of my associates operated a small business that facilitates business transactions with the United States and United Kingdom, particularly. His office is located on the second floor of a two story commercial building that covers about one square block with a rectangular construction. The office was located in the front portion of the edifice somewhat recessed and located across from government buildings and separated by a six lane road. A parking lot was situated in the muddle of the cubic construction and a colorful fruit and produce outdoor market dominated the front pedestrian area, which also accommodated other entrepreneurial and service outlets. I found the optics of the local business interaction and commerce engaging as well as entertaining. But some observations were informative, educational in addition to being culturally shocking.

While observing the marketplace from my second floor porch perspective one afternoon, I noticed a man navigating and negotiating his way across road, dodging traffic with great dexterity. When he reached the sidewalk he came directly to the fruit stands and helped himself to some fruit than immediately took-off running. It seemed as though half of the other vendors stopped their work and joined in chase after the thief. He rounded the corner while a virtual mob of people were hot on his tail. I was curious enough to go down to the street and follow the crowed to observe the out come. When I arrived around the corner the man was encircled by the crowd and he was being beaten by three people as others were highly animated and yelling in their common vernacular. The police had already arrived but they seemed to be controlling the encirclement as opposed to being directly involved to stop the beating and arrest the man. But what I anticipated happening never occurred but rather, when the man was almost unconscious and a bloody spectacle the men stopped beating him and the police than called for an ambulance. They never intervened to stop the man from getting beaten.

The first 18 years of my life was spent in the South Bronx, New York and in that environment I learned what street justice means, but the level of street justice that I witnessed in Nigeria was unimaginable to witness in living color. The parkway in central Lagos is usually jammed with traffic and intermittent groupings of markets and vendors that pepper the roadside are typical. Donkey carts transporting various goods and products help to keep the traffic at a slow curl. I was not surprised when we could do no better than creep along in the middle of traffic. But when traffic came to an abrupt halt and a great mob of people crossed the parkway in a mad rush in front of us, followed by a contingent of police officers, it got my attention as well as my partners. He blurted out an expletive than pulled over to the side of the road and stopped to observe the developments. I was happy he did because my curiosity got the best of me when I saw the police behind the mob. I was exiting the car at the same time as my friend did, and I followed him through the crowd. Smoke was billowing, thick, blue and smelled like sweat noxious burning rubber. When we reached the perimeter of the circular crowd I could see a person on his knees, screaming and rolling around with a burning tire around his neck and another around his legs. I was horrified, shocked and had to throw-up my lunch. I was so shaken up and weak that I had to be helped back to the car, I was uncomfortable for a couple of days thereafter.

I learned later that the victim had shot and killed and robbed a cab driver as he stopped in front of the market area. When the robber exited the cab some people in the market began chasing him as he ran across the parkway. They ultimately caught up with the man and began beating him with sticks and stones in a mob rule atmosphere. When three policemen attempted to intervene the mob turned on the police officers and intimidated them. Ultimately the police officers backed off and became crowd controller and spectators to the unfolding events. I watched the coverage of the incident on the evening news and they showed the chard remains of the man being removed. Needless to say, street justice at this level was a dramatic revelation to me, and it established unforgettable memories.

The sum of my eight week experience in Nigeria, thirteen plus years ago, enables me to understand to some extent, unfolding events in Nigeria and Africa in general. Consequently, the present and foreseeable future in Nigeria and the African continent is precarious. It was obvious then, there was an insidious and malignant disease lurking in local politics, the local economic elite and global macro-economic interests. On balance, the people and the environment continue to be brutally and wantonly victimized. As today’s news reports that more than 2000 people were massacred in a single event by Boko Haram, it is obvious that Nigeria is on the border of a failed state and is currently the free fall of civil war. Nigeria’s nefarious international reputation as a country of sophisticated economic and political corruption is renowned and well deserved. But conventional economic and political crime and corruption can not be compared or associated with the diabolical nature and utter barbarity of Boko Haram, with their abominable masquerade presented in a pernicious Islamic deception.

Nigeria is unique and replete with irony, but as a practical matter the state of Nigeria, is to a large extent mirrored in many other emerging democracies and developing economies on the continent of Africa. Nigeria has always been the most populace African country but, it was only recently that Nigeria emerged as the largest African economy, finally exceeding South Africa. Although 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are in Africa, the respective governments need to move beyond the post colonial legacy of political and economic corruption. Although African countries have removed the occupation of their colonial masters by armed revolution, indigenous leadership has essentially mimicked the absolute rule characteristic of the colonial paradigm. Unfortunately, there are no obvious signs that Nigeria is on the road to stabilization and recovery in the foreseeable future. The current government seems completely inept to effectively deal with the manifold problems that indicate Nigeria is currently beyond the category of a civilized society.

Nigeria continues to standout among the most corrupt governments on the continent of Africa. When I was there the Vice President of Nigeria was ultimately identified as the source of the one hundred thousand dollars found the freezer of a member of the US House of Representatives. The US Congressman was successfully prosecuted for corruption in this matter, but the essential facts in the matter are apparently esoteric, and unknown to the general public. The current president of the country has not departed from the political legacy of poor leadership, but he may have compounded his problem with his sublime level of buffoonery…

The presidential election in Nigeria is weeks away therefore it remains to be seen how presidential politics and the ultimately outcome will impact the unfolding crisis. Although President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration has proven to be totally inept by any standard, he is seeking re-election… Despite being completely hopeless and apparently untruthful, in the face of the widespread lawlessness, murders and abductions of by Boko Haram, the president somehow believes that he should be re-elected. At one point the president represented that he was negotiating with Boko Haram, and that the girls were going to be released soon. That representation turned out to be a complete fabrication as the exploits of the military-terrorist has escalated to the odious and diabolical slaughter of thousands of innocents. The ineffectualness of the Nigerian military to contain Boko Haram or successfully defend against their advances or to protect the people from Boko Haram demonstrates the unequivocal failure of the Jonathan administration. And his patent failure to effectively govern, coupled with the black western type formal hat which he wears everywhere, outdoors as well as indoors and at formal international assemblages distinguishes him as a parody…

Boko Haram continues to assert their violent rejection of western influence in Nigeria and the thrust of their military advances, murders, and burnings are designed and implemented to eliminate and destroy western influences, and to rid the country of Christian infidels. In view of Boko Haram’s war against western influences in the country, the fact that President Jonathan sports a western styled black fedora hat may be viewed as an albatross around his neck… But he has resorted to wearing a more conventional hat on the campaign trail. Campaigning for re-elect to the presidency wearing his black fedora is obviously the wrong political tactic, but the change may be too late to bring him success. But on the other hand should he win re-election, what would that say about the Nigerian electorate, assuming it is a free and fair election. I am certainly curious about the immediate political future of the largest African economy.

Notwithstanding who ultimately wins the presidency, Nigeria will remain a basket case for the foreseeable future. Hence, the grim reality on the ground in terms of the basic health and welfare of the people going forward, as the super class and political elite wrestle for political control and to be economic interlocutor for western interests. In addition to the general plight of the people, the toxicity of the environment may have already crossed the Rubicon. Decades of a virtually unregulated hydro-carbon industry has contaminated the water and land to the extent that the potential of developing a sustainable fishing industry or agriculture industry are decades away, if remediation was started now.

Multi-national corporations, various mineral extraction industries, and the military industrial complex are the current beneficiaries of Nigeria’s status quo. And the ultimate political outcome of the presidency will not be relevant to the economic and geo-political interests and objectives of the former colonial masters that monopolized the economy of the country by remote control. Moreover, instability in the country, such as it is, may provide an optimal scenario for the advancement of the objectives of the existential western forces. Ever since the Berlin Conference of 1884, wherein Africa was partitioned into 50 countries and divided up between the European colonial masters, the raw materials extracted from the country, particularly oil, provided for the economic wealth and industrial development in the West. The respective boundaries of the Africa’s 50 countries were determined at the Berlin Conference, as different ethnic groups, cultures and people were cobbled together, and divided between Britain, France, Germany , Portugal, Italy, etc. But since the 1960s by way of arm struggle, revolution and bloodshed, one by one the independence movements of African countries removed the occupation of the European masters.

At the end of the day, Africans gained political control of their respective countries, and for the five decades hence, the indigenous political leaders have failed to establish a stable and sustainable economy and government process. Similar to the African American civil rights leadership following the successes of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Act’s respectfully, the African leadership following the success of their independence movements became fascinated, if not preoccupied with the intoxication and perceived power associated with political and government leadership. Concomitantly, the former colonial powers retained the economic controls associated with the resource wealth of the countries and open access to the land in order to continue with mineral extraction operations. Therefore, the emerging free market democracies have little if any control of there mineral and economic resources requiring the indigenous governments and politics to be relegated to the largess of multi-nationals and military industrialists.

As the largest economy in Africa, and the most populace country, Nigeria to some extent represents a template for others countries on the continent. But the unfolding barbarity and wanton killings by Boko Haram, the extremist-Muslim terrorists in the region are positioning Nigeria to be a failed state. Therefore, other regional states must be supportive of the Nigerian military offensive against Boko Haram, because the Nigerian people are not being protected from the ravages of the extremist-Muslim terrorists. At this point a regional military coalition is the way forward in order to halt the territorial advances of Boko Haram. Also, it must be understood what the limitations are regarding destroying Boko Haram. While a western African military coalition can bring the territorial advances to a stop, the military is not capable of defeating the perverse ideology that they assert as Islam, which mimics and associated with the war underway by ISIL and the Islamic state. A worst case scenario seems to be unfolding and Nigeria may at the end of the day be the lead domino to fall in West Africa. We will continue to follow events as they unfold…

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Barbour Flap: Tempest in a Tea Party!

Posted by gjamescadreusa on January 5, 2011

The political storm that is being forecast by some in the media as well as in conventional African American political quarters concerning remarks made by Haley Barbour, the Governor of Mississippi, represents politics of the day.  The uproar stems from remarks the Governor made regarding the Confederate History Month proclamation that initially did not mention slavery as a cause of the Civil War.  Barbour said, “the whole thing doesn’t amount to diddly” and his words are being positioned as a political gaff that can potentially derail his bid for the presidency in 2012.

While the Governor’s state of Mississippi was home to infamous episodes of racial violence, including the murders of three civil rights workers in 1964, Barbour was a seventeen year old adolescent at the time of this egregious act.  Two years earlier in 1962, when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the fairground in Barbour’s town of Yazoo City Mississippi, the overflowing crowd was full of people both black and white, he (Barbour) said “I just don’t remember things as being all that bad” with respect to racial tensions.

Gov. Barbour acknowledges that the “Citizens Councils” were viewed in the north as another name for the KKK.  But, he asserts that “where I come from it was an organization of town leaders that insured that the schools were desegregated without violence.”  He continued, “in my home town of Yazoo City they passed a resolution that essentially said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town.”  Albeit, more than a decade after Brown vs. Board of Education, Yazoo City officials realized that segregation was not a winning strategy going forward.

But why make a mountain out of a political molehill, in this, the second decade of the twenty-first century?  This question was posed by GOP activist Gary James, who added “Hopefully we all, or perhaps some of us, have moved beyond the race based political juxtapositions that characterized the social, economic and political dynamics that spawned the civil rights movement”.  The venerable civil rights movement recorded substantial statutory and legislative advancements in the 1950s and 60s.  Notwithstanding, some forty plus years hence, the politics of the day in some quarters continues to perpetuate the race based political paradigm as the prominent modus vivendi.   Accordingly, the apparent storm clouds and political winds that seem to threaten Gov. Barbour’s future electoral ambition, may just amount to a tempest in a teapot.

But James, a formidable leader of the grassroots activist wing of the Republican Party said.  “When I read the tea leaves, I am persuaded that Gov. Barbour’s apparent positioning for his party’s presidential nomination is enhanced by his oblique and elliptical political references to race may endear him to the ‘Tea Party’ contingent, within the GOP…  The Tea Party contingent is currently the dominant political voice in national Republican Party politics, and would-be GOP presidential aspirants among others are acting accordingly.  Although Tea Party adherents assert that their issues, policies and grassroots politics have no racial dimensions or anti minority political imperative, it seems obvious to many that race and ethnicity continues to be the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room.”

 

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Race Based Political Hustle?

Posted by gjamescadreusa on July 26, 2010

The latest race based debacle has captured the imagination of the media, respective political players, and virtually all segments of the American population, as well as some in the international community.  The abounding media spectacle has virtually overshadowed many critical foreign and domestic policy issues, and sparked a board conversation concerning “race,” while feeding the incendiary allegations of racism and reverse racism across the political spectrum.

Inspired by the preemptive firing of a mid-level employee of the US Department of Agriculture, Mrs. Shirley Sherrod, the ensuing political debates, conversations and media coverage has again raised the prospect of a teachable moment relative to race in America.  The “Sherrod episode” was ignited by a political duel based on charges of alleged racism between the emerging Tea Party movement and the NAACP, a century old civil rights organization.

The NAACP President made a public announcement of a resolution calling on the Tea Party leadership to denounce the “racist elements” within their movement.  The resolution was directed to persons who brandished at Tea Party rallies, political posters, signage and rhetoric linking President Obama with the likes of Hitler, Carl Marx and Lenin, as well as portraying the President as an “uncle Tom.”

For their part, the members of the Tea Party, in response to the NAACP’s public admonition for the Tea Party to call out its racist elements, leveled accusations against the NAACP’s leadership for alleged acts of racism and reverse discrimination.  Subsequently, a political tit for tat between the two organizations was enjoined.

The Tea Party (conservative) vs. the NAACP’s (liberal) political conflagration was crystallized by an edited video tape engineered by a conservative blogger, was positioned to inflame the political wedge issue of “race” as bate for the Obama administration.  The Obama administration and the NAACP took that bate and Mrs. Sherrod was summarily fired by her boss, the Secretary of Agriculture, and the NAACP vociferously announced its support for Mrs. Sherrod’s firing from her employment.

The controversial firing of Mrs. Sherrod was exacerbated when the doctored tape was viewed in its entirety.  The tape was ultimately exposed as a political butchering job orchestrated by the conservative blogger hit man, in the first instance.  As a consequence of the political expose Mrs. Sherrod received across the board apologies from the NAACP, the Obama administration among others, and was offered her job back or another position, if she so desired.

In the wake of this unsuccessful political hatchet job, Mrs. Sherrod has become a media celebrity and was feted around the media circuit as a glowing example of racial sensitivity and personal growth relative to the race issue, that she deservedly represents.  Hence, the “race” conversation remains a predominant subject of the media among others, and the much touted teachable moment continues to be a hot topic engaging the usual political and civil rights suspects.

Interestingly enough, the plethora of media coverage and vociferous rhetoric between competing political positions is generating a substantial amount of heat, but very little light in the context of the teachable moment.  Thus far the apparent teachable moment is being squandered by partisan arguments that only attempt to advance respective political perspectives.  These race based political juxtapositions only serve to demonstrate how allegations of racism are hustled by competing interests from all quarters, whether substantiated or not, particularly during electoral political seasons.

Needless to say, the intellectual integrity of the race conversation has been thoroughly compromised in the balance, leaving the public at large completely disillusioned concerning the fact of race.  The media as well as the typical political hucksters, both conservative and liberal, are all culpable for undermining the intelligence of the American people.

In the media’s zeal for higher ratings and in the quest by the Tea Party, NAACP, among others for political brownie points, they continue to hoodwink the public, by hustling intellectually outdated information, regarding race.  At some point the teachable moment relative to the race conversation must be based on 21st century scientific data and academic scholarship.

However, the NAACP and others who are sustained by the civil rights industry continue to engage in race based politics.  Policies and political minority juxtapositions that serve to sustain their position are the only issues under discussion.  The NAACP’s victorious and glorious legacy of advancing America and the African American community during the dark history of the 19th and 20th century is laudable.  The NAACP integrity remains essentially unquestioned as a stalwart entity that helped to deliver the virtues of the America experiment to all Americans.

However, the critical political needs of Black American’s are no longer relevant to the orthodox civil rights agenda, vis-à-vis, its race based and partisan political sensibilities.  Yet, kudos extended to the NAACP and the respective leaders of the storied civil rights movement, for their achievements are appropriate.  But now, Black America requires a new political paradigm going forward, in the context of a coherent and politically sophisticated Black agenda…  The contemporary NAACP has effectively positioned itself to address the advancement of “all people of color” which is inimical to the particular needs of Black Americans in the quest to be politically and economically competitive in the 21st century’s global community.

 

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Controversy Continues Among Black People and Leaders…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on July 11, 2010

Should there be a “black agenda” in America? And if the answer to that question is ‘yes,’ what is the black agenda?

These are the questions that black leaders and black people have been discussing more and more since President Obama took office.  Reverend Al Sharpton hosted a leadership summit addressing this very issue.   Recently, a group of black leaders got together on an MSNBC special to talk about this issue in more detail.   And many will remember the on-air argument that Tavis Smiley and Rev. Sharpton had a few months ago about this topic.

Tavis believes that Obama isn’t doing enough.   Sharpton believes that Obama need not ‘ballyhoo’ a black agenda.   Most agree, though, that something needs to be done.

With a 16.5% unemployment rate (compared to 9.7% for white Americans), an education system that is under serving black children, higher than average rates of death from diseases like breast cancer, and continued social issues, it is hard to disagree that there is need for some kind of targeted and focused approach to dealing with the issues that affect  African-American.   But many are divided on whether or not the president is doing enough for black people, whether or not it’s incumbent on him to do anything at all, and what should or shouldn’t be done.

 

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When Racism Masquerades as Something Else…

Posted by gjamescadreusa on July 8, 2010

This article originally appeared in the December 2009 issue of Aspenia, the Italian journal published by the Aspen Foundation Italy.

Don’t let the virulent hatred of Obama’s presidency – veiled in “policy differences” – fool you. Just ask someone raised around bigotry. Carlos Dews  is an author, a professor of English literature, and chairman of the Department of English Language and Literature at John Cabot University in Rome.

” ‘The nigger show.”

I first heard this expression used to describe the Obama administration during a visit to my hometown in East Texas during the early summer of 2009.   I understood what the epithet meant: Our minds are made up, the president lacks legitimacy, and there is nothing he can do that we will support. I was  not surprised to hear such a phrase.

I grew up in the 1960s during the ragged end of the Jim Crow era, where many of the books in my school library were stamped Colored School, meaning they had been brought to the white school when the town was forced to integrate the public school system. I recall my parents had instructed me, before my first day of elementary school, not to sit in a chair where a black child had sat. And I remember my sister joked that her yearbook, when it appeared at the end of her first year of integrated high school, was in “black and white.”

The outward signs of racism of my home state have now disappeared, but racial hatred remains. My father and his friends still use the word nigger to refer to all black people, and the people of my hometown don’t hesitate to spout their racist rhetoric to my face, assuming I agree with them. I hold my tongue for the sake of having continued access to this kind of  truth. I learned long ago how not to accept the hatred I was being taught and how to survive not having done so. More recently, I realized that I also learned another lesson: how to recognize racism when it masquerades as something else.

Click here to read the entire piece…

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…The Master Narrative!

Posted by gjamescadreusa on May 28, 2010

For the past 2000 years, the master narrative has colored, defined and determined the nature of human events around the world.  Based on the false social construct of multi-racialism, inferior and superior political social ideas, “the master narrative” remains a successful social and political tactic, which reinforces a cast system, targeting Black Africans on the continent and the Diaspora.

The master narrative has in fact facilitated and enabled the subjugation of indigenous peoples and cultures around the world in the context of empire building and the western domination of the Christian religion.  The international slave trade, colonialism, and European cultural and economic imperialism around the planet are well documented.

Despite the advances in science and DNA technology that have thoroughly discredited race as a biological fact that distinguishes various types of human beings, race based notions and discrimination remains consequential.  The multi racial narrative continues to punctuate professional language as well as in the common vernacular.

Although the Judeo-Christian biblical injunction discusses all human beings as children of God, and explores the transgressions of our parents Adam and Eve, there is little leadership on the part of clergy to transcend to race based paradigm.  Hence, the master narrative of white superiority remains a cornerstone of human relations in the 21st century.  As such, the master narrative is a consequential factor to resolving the manifold problems plaguing America and the world.

Some have posited that racism is the basis of the master narrative and racism is at the core of America’s internal problems as well as foreign relation issues.  Also it is argued in these same quarters that European imperialism, in the context of slavery and colonialism is the basis of the intractable conflicts in the Middle East, and other hotspots in the world.

 

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