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National Identity

National Identity

Ignorance is no excuse to perpetuate a lie. I almost lost my lunch the other day when I heard a white woman refer to herself as “Native American”. After a bit more eavesdropping I quickly realized that this very white woman wasn’t even calling herself Native because maybe her vicious great grandfather may have raped a Native girl and left some “engine” blood in her granny or because of her “dark” cousin who was legally born with a bible in his hand on a “res”. I initially thought that maybe some variation of these two scenarios may have left Beth feeling she had a little “Native-in-her-blood”. No! Not at all. She described herself as Native American because as she explained, “My family has been here since the 1800’s”. I thought about her claim and then recalled the history of the Nativist movement here in the U.S. when White Anglo-Saxons whose descendents came here as puritans and protestants considered themselves “native” as opposed to the Irish and Italians. Non whites were not even considered (Black, Indian, Asian were all considered “colored”) The land we now live upon has been occupied, visited and “civilized” for many thousands of years and just now after a few generations of your ancestor’s slaughter, torture, exploitation and acts of genocide you get all warm and fuzzy inside when you see the British East Indian company flag waving in the wind. You’re now standing in allegiance to the same flag that has been representing invasion, war, imperialism and most of all bloodshed and homicidal violence for the last 500 plus years. This British east Indian company flag just so happens to be a splitting image of your U.S flag and it’s no coincidence the confederate flag closely resembles the current British flag; the bloody red stripes and gunshot stars gleaming.. You get all sappy when you hear the star spangled banner glaring because maybe you don’t want to listen to your ancestor’s drum beat within or acknowledge the screaming whispers of the past. Maybe you can’t connect with the history of what happened to your great grand momma or GREAT great grand daddy…but today here and now all you have to do is look around and see the destruction and degeneration. You have been duped and packaged to accept your nice little tight American USA outfit. They slapped a good ol’ bar code on your rear end and off you go to work for the 1 % mega rich class…and you smile and take it and teach your children to be “proper” and speak with good standard Queen of England English, and work just as hard or even harder as those...

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A Movement Designed to Fail

A Movement Designed to Fail

Why was the 1960’s civil rights movement a failure? There is a difference between two things being equally valuable vs. being totally equal. Black people in America were marching and sitting in and doing some more marching and more sitting in…turning cheeks and getting slapped and turning other cheeks and getting slapped again while marching some more..They would get beat up here and there and then march some more. Water hoses, Billy-clubs and German police dogs were familiar during the 1960-1970’s civil rights struggle. Whites only counters, colored only drinking fountains, segregated department stores, overtly racist laws, etc..…of course America needed civil rights as the world did. During this era freedom was ringing the ears of resistance from Algiers to the Congo to South America to Southeast Asia global humanity was calling for equality and corporate accountability. The non violent movement was met with federal government intervention, support and direction while this same government used violence and terror to eradicate many other civil rights movements of the day. Non violence can only be an effective weapon of resistance if there is an economic threat involved to provide leverage and therfore instigate a shift in power. In the 60‘s bus boycotts became this prerequisite economic threat for change. This cry for freedom, equality and civil rights was pacified by the shiny illusions of integration and the systematic façade of freedom. Very similar methods of pacification can be found during the reconstruction era where grandiose ideas of equality and freedom were strategically dangled in order to galvanize the post civil war southern districts, stabilize government authority, disguise corporate agenda and control civil unrest. Once the new world was back in order the rights, positions and value of the free blacks who took government office in the South during the reconstruction era were cast aside. The concern over civil rights was suppressed for the next hundred years. The fear of anti-capitalists, race relations and the indoctrination of American imperialism at home and abroad remains prevalent in American society today. The propagandized red scare swept through the western world in efforts to keep communism from threatening capitalism’s social ethic stronghold in America’s British Empire. Whenever corporate capitalism is the foundation of society, imperialism soon follows. They remain hand in hand rationalizations that instigate global policing and foreign invasion. For the record, I understand communism as just being a more overt form of government control, so this isn’t a communist vs capitalist debate. This irony brings to mind a few lines in one of my first poems: “I am definitely not equal to that white man that can so viciously enslave another’s soul. I am definitely not equal to...

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African features vs Barbie beauty standards

African features vs Barbie beauty standards

A recent article posted by the infamous Satoshi Kanazawa on psychologytoday.com attempted to suggest that African (Black) women are supposedly “less attractive” because of certain biological factors. His follow up article then went even further to postulate that higher levels of beauty relate to higher levels of intelligence.  A series of polls and questionnaires were formulated and presented as substantial evidence to support both blatantly racist claims. Before I could post my reply and comments concerning the absurdity of the article it was taken down. I guess they didn’t realize that you can’t get away with that b.s in the information age. They must have received some pressurized feedback from the so called “unattractive” mothers of the world. The second article describing the direct link between beauty and intelligence was so blatantly flawed and inappropriate that it didn’t even warrant a comment. Below are my thoughts concerning this “study” and the overall subject: The assumption that Black woman are generally deemed less attractive compared to other racial phenotypes solely because of their genetic makeup is very racist, ignorant and in many ways very criminal minded. The word eugenics and the name Darwin filled the air as I read both of Kanazawa’s propaganda articles. Yet these are the overt and covert messages that trickle down to our youth daily. When we look at India, China, Japan and of course Africa we see the effects of white supremacy in the form of color caste systems, white washed histories and blatant racist propaganda. There is no surprise when you have really digested the matrix we are in and the color coded chess game being played every second. It is our responsibility not only to bring accountability to misinformation but more importantly bring clarity to all who may be misled by its trickery. Using subjective social surveys & questionnaires to determine a genetic based thesis dooms its results and taints its message. This lack of in-depth analysis by Dr. Kanazawa leads me to believe that the direction and intent of his articles are beyond innocent ignorance. Statements like Africans having more “genetic mutations” and African women having more testosterone as being the cause of the dramatic difference between who and what races are deemed more attractive is scientifically misleading and just plain biologically inaccurate. In order for one to even seriously approach such a complex issue one must obviously take into account what factors have created our present standards of beauty and how this “standard” has shifted over time. The reoccurring changes in the standards of beauty prove to be direct reflections of the values found in the dominant cultures of the time frame examined. To put it bluntly, those in power dictate “beauty”. Kanazawa’s half...

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