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If you think burning the American Flag anywhere in Minnesota is tolerated…you’re wrong

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News (formally IBNN News)

Where is #blaklivesmatter? I'll tell you; far away from black life. (Photo: Star Tribune story 5/17)

Where is #blaklivesmatter? I’ll tell you; far away from black life. (Photo: Star Tribune story 5/17)

Minneapolis, Minn…As a former active duty military solider, now scholar, it shocks me to see the limited amount of intellectual aptitude from those who wish to deface the United States flag.

If black issues matter, then local Twin Cities protest groups like #blacklivesmatter and others would realize there

are more than 300 homeless black veterans in Minnesota who faithfully, without hesitation defended the rights of freedom, liberty and justice. So go ahead, you can disgrace them (and yourselves) by burning the American flag with no consequences. This is telling about movements that only produced a 10-year-old child who was maced by Minneapolis police with the talking point: “Lucky I was only maced, not shot.”

A homeless veteran in downtown Minneapolis, “Gym-Shoe,” said, “Even though I’m homeless and not doing to good handling my PTSD and drinking, I wanted to rip the throats out of those punks burning my flag. I know America has not been kind to the brothers who served, but burning the flag is not the way to talk about racism, unemployment, homelessness and drug abuse among our people. These kids have never risked their life’s to do anything, getting into a club does not count.”

Organizing for positive outcomes is everything. It seems like protest groups in the Twin Cities want a “Mini-Baltimore,” where people are arrested, beaten and maybe killed by law enforcement that seek to go home to their families after work. The challenge is not black or white, but an issue of identifying a plan and working towards a change with the goal of seeking common ground.

I never heard once about #blacklivesmatter protesting for Minnesota veterans issues, which concerned me tremendously. There are issues inside the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs that should be addressed with a rally or a protest. If veterans in Minnesota, especially vets of color, cannot expect to see an agenda item from those concerned about issues of fairness, then any movement that says something matters…is a lie.

Why Does Obama Keep Trying to Play Daddy to Black America?

By Yvette Carnell, Originally posted on YourBlackNews.com

Do you ever notice that when President Obama speaks to black people, the tone seems to change? Some welcome the shift in conversation as a reflection of cozy familiarity. Others, however, feel that the president tends to shift his focus from policy to preaching, or from advocacy to finger wagging. What if the president were to speak to the gay community and tell them that they are the reason for their own discrimination? What if he told women’s groups that he can’t do anything for them and that they simply have to work harder to battle against sexism?

Yvette Carnell breaks it all down in this video.  You can also download the podcast as well.

View more stories like this here.

The Black image in the white mind : media and race in America

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.

Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2001.

By Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki

This highly recommended study traces the reciprocal relationship between white racial attitudes and the presentation of blacks in the mass media. The authors have worked hard to make their carefully nuanced presentation, based on a significant body of empirical data, clear and understandable. Nevertheless, it is not an easy read. Entman and Rojecki demonstrate that the central attitude of most whites is the denial of both existing racism and white privilege. The largely unconscious racism in commercials, films, magazines, newspapers, and television (both news and entertainment) is demonstrated beyond debate. A telling illustration is the examination of a multitude of white reviews of major feature films in which there is not a single mention of their racist subtexts. Shows such as Bill Cosby’s are two-edged swords making blacks visible while supporting white denial of racism. Many readers will use the cute term “politically correct” to disregard these findings and reinforce denial, but careful reading by practitioners may help them become aware of their largely unconscious racism. There is extensive annotation, charts, graphs, and tables as well as a Web cite for more extensive documentation. P. E. Kane; emeritus, SUNY College at Brockport

 

Minneapolis Urban League will not seek new contract for Urban League Academy, ending 40-year partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools

OBN Editors Note: If you did not see this coming, the evidence was clear as the nose on your face.

For Immediate Release – Contact: Steven Belton,  sbelton@mul.org – 612-302-3101

Minneapolis, MN – The Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) Board of Directors and Interim CEO announce today the MUL will not seek to renew for the 2015-2016 academic year its contract with Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) for the Urban League Academy (ULA). The alternative high school will close on June 5, 2015 ending a 40-year partnership.

"...sans education." (Photo: Urban League logo- Fair Use)

“…sans education.” (Photo: Urban League logo- Fair Use)

“This is a sad day for the Urban League Academy and community,” said Steven Belton, Interim President and CEO. “Our students found caring and encouraging teachers and an environment of mutual support and high expectations there. The Minneapolis Urban League will continue to advocate for educational equity and develop strategies for new educational services.”

“We thank the Minneapolis Urban League for their years of service and partnership. We are committed to working closely with families to provide a smooth transition for students and to meet their academic needs for this upcoming school year,” said MPS interim Superintendent Michael Goar.

The ULA serves a population of at-risk students who face serious challenges and have struggled to achieve academic success in traditional school settings. Unfortunately, contract revenue for ULA students has not kept up with costs and MUL has absorbed operating losses from the school for each of the past several years. In April, the MUL board agreed to lease its school building, located in south Minneapolis, to a startup charter school, which will provide revenue to the MUL. A search for another school venue proved unsuccessful.

Contract alternative schools like ULA do not receive lease aid from the State of Minnesota, which is a financial disadvantage as compared to charter schools, which receive lease aid. Contract alternatives also do not receive tax levy revenue, drop-out prevention assistance and other program monies that traditional public schools are eligible to receive. At-risk students require a host of academic and support services that are not covered by the per pupil allocation to alternative schools, which is far below the amount allocated to charter and traditional public schools.

“The financial issues are complicated, but the disappointing reality is we cannot afford to provide the quality education our students deserve under the present funding structure,” said Clinton Collins, Jr., MUL Chair. “We carefully studied the fiscal implications of continuing our partnership with MPS and examined various alternatives. Ultimately we decided our duty of financial stewardship necessitated closing the school.”

ULA will hold its final graduation ceremony for the Class of 2015 at 6:00 p.m. on June 1, for 12 students. The commencement exercise will be held at MUL’s Glover Sudduth Center, located at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North. The community is invited to attend.

Identity

“We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, saying, “Hey, you can work for the war, but you can still be feminine.” So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there’s a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination.” ― Bell HooksReel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies

By Don Allen – Publisher – OurBlackNews.com 

Photo: black-culture.com - Fair Use

Photo: black-culture.com – Fair Use

Violence and questionable deaths, especially the deaths that provide a platform of tension and propaganda between blacks and white law enforcement make for good television news ratings. The trauma suffered from black males constantly being portrayed on camera in a negative representation, sometimes supported by the diaspora of black feminist has caused a society-wide stress factor for black Americans and many fearful whites. Why has American mainstream media made it highly improbable for viewers, readers and listeners to separate real news from high-impact stereotypical-sensationalism when reporting about the black body?

 

Critiquing bell hooks Postmodern Blackness: Does Black Literature need the critical apparatus of Black Postmodernism?

By Don Allen, Publisher

Looking through the lens of postmodernism as it pertains to color, race, class and more specifically, the African American, it becomes even more problematic to define the modern, postmodern and post-post modernism. Not because we cannot comprehend the meanings, but so few black intellectuals have been indoctrinated with postmodernism in a way that would lay bare to a very clear definitions, claims or arguments.

In bell hooks’ “Postmodern Debates: Postmodern Blackness,” she is determined to cut relevance into her view of postmodernism at the sake of not stepping out and defining an apparatus of her own that can be used by black authors and society to make meaning for a ‘modern, post or post-post’ in ‘blackness.’ hooks writes, “I was told by another black person that I was wasting my time, that ‘this stuff does not relate in any why to what’s happening with black people.” (128).

I tend to agree with the other black person on the critique of hooks amazement and have been unsettled by the lack of black literary agents who have not looked to solidify a meaning exclusively to black culture. If hooks and others would look at the examples of modernism to include the post and post-post in black culture there is an extensive prospect to break the mold

set by the white-patriarchal construct as it pertains to having exclusivity in the hierarchy of literary devises.

To define a change in literary meaning, you first need an example of devise you want to amend. For the simple sake of argument, the black culture could look at the sport of boxing. To look at the modern in boxing, one could argue that Mohammad Ali and Joe Frasier could fit  perfectly in a literary definition. From a postmodern definition, boxers like Sugar Ray Leonard,

Wilfred Benítez, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Durán, and Marvin Hagler, called the boxers of the decade for the 1980s by Sports Illustrated fit fine. Nevertheless, when looking at post-post modernism in this example, stepping away from boxing’s golden age society has the Ultimate

Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the largest mixed martial art Promotion Company in the world featuring most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport. In addition, the World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), which is an American publicly traded, privately controlled Entertainment Company that deals primarily in professional wrestling, with major revenue

streams from television and cable. As a black author, given the examples above, we could argue for a new literary device, or critical apparatus such as Current Relevancy.

The meaning of Current Relevancy is that during our arts, society and literary history (black America), there were moments in the depths that are timely and relevant in our cannons that lay bare to likening of Marxism, capitalism, modernism, postmodernism and postmodernity that can only be defined by the current state relevant to the black literary cultures purchase.

Hence, while hooks understands what could be labeled as modern, she negates the opportunity to insert a new critical apparatus like Current Relevancy to account for the white-patriarchal construct and what it has used to create meaning and identity for black bodies, literature and culture for far too long. “During the sixties, black power movement was influenced by perspectives that could easily be labeled modernist,” (129).

If black literary agents cannot idea, create and distribute new meaning in the areas of literatures critical apparatus to define and review for debate, we have not gotten any further as intellectuals then the common household cat. Black Postmodernism and the definitions, which have never been cleared or applied, are unnecessary

 

A Critique of Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

By Don Allen

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Penguin Classics)

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Penguin Classics)

I have differed musings about this book. From one perspective I admire it’s bring down of Freud and its elucidation of how individuals are made to yearning remorseless administrations. Maybe it’s to their brains, alongside that of other postmodern savants, that their musings no more appear earth-shaking, yet I additionally feel that their hypotheses are not exceptionally valuable on a practical level, particularly when wearing such pretentious dialect.

A most critical work in the improvement of genuine hypothesis in the late twentieth century, Anti-Oedipus is an essential content for social researchers, legendary scholars, women’s activists, savants, and others inspired by the issues of breakthrough Western traditions.

In his prelude, Michel Foucault calls Anti-Oedipus a starting to non-rightist life, alluding to political oppression as well as to the autocracy inside us-the longing to be driven. Identify with that issue, Deleuze and Guattari set forward a political investigation of yearning as it is communicated or stifled in Western traditions. They find the seeds of society’s ailment in contemporary therapy – especially in the prevailing figure of Oedipus.

Deleuze and Guattari see machines all over. The body, the earth, craving, everything techniques as a machine. In the same light, they announce, “Everything is production.“ Nothing is ever done delivering. Sustenance, a PC, a spoon, everything is generation as it keeps on creating and is attached up to different machines that keep on delivering. Regardless, only in light of the fact that nothing is ever done creating does not imply that nothing is ever delivered. It is critical to note that “Something is created: the impacts of a machine, not simply allegories”. Items exist yet just as makers. Besides, “creation is quickly utilization and a recording procedure”. The qualification in the middle of creation and utilization – and the procedure that records those – is caved in by the commonness of generation in both utilization and recording.

The book is sorted out into four sections. The first is presentation that, accepting that Anti-Oedipus is a kind of machine, depicts “what it can do and how it functions”. The second is an investigation of the thought of “wanting generation” which arranges this inside an “inner” study of Oedipus. This is trailed by a third part, which portrays the “outer” scrutinize of Oedipus and its relating idea of “social-creation.” A fourth section finishes up the book by looking at conceivably productive utilizations of Schizoanalysis inside territories of hypothetical and political activism, for example, Marxism, woman’s rights and environmentalism. All through, painstakingly points of interest the relations in the middle of Deleuze and Guattari’s book and its different hypothetical antecedents, including (among others) Marcuse, Reich, Weber, Adorno, Lukács, Klein, Lévi-Strauss and Lacan. The principal section specifically is concerned to position Anti-Oedipus in a custom of “supernatural”

The second and third parts involve examinations, clarifying – in genuine Kantian style – the three “blends” of the oblivious, the “paralogisms” of analysis (the illegitimate employments of these three unions), and the social developments, which generally compare to the recorded advancement of Oedipus (brutality, oppression, and private enterprise). The focal subjects investigated here incorporate thoughts of generation and hostile to creation, the “body-without-organs” as a format for wanting creation, frameworks of (political and phonetic) representation and engraving, and the generally changing character of the “Socinus,” together with the different ventures of longing (social and psychic) that constitute it. While these sections are entirely explicatory, the fourth and last section, entitled “Past Critique: Schizoanalysis and all inclusive history,” endeavors to orchestrate Deleuze and Guattari’s bits of knowledge and apply them to the fields of contemporary political and hypothetical verbal confront.

Why Black America gets bad news coverage…

“If you’re member of society that has been brainwashed by the mainstream media, stop here and return to your seat.”

By Don Allen, Publisher – OurBlackNews

In preparation for Hamline University’s Commitment to Community keynote address on Oct. 1, 2013 by world-renowned author, educator and race expert Tim Wise, I have decided to begin the conversation about race using the mainstream media and the epidemic of white privilege and race obstructions in American news. While there is no remedy for a fair and balanced news coverage (FOX is light-years from “fair and balanced”), the mainstream media news remains a secluded sector. Mostly

What's up with news about black people in America?

What’s up with news about black people in America?

controlled by white males, who in light of recent news coverage, seem to not give a damn about the plight of black Americans or any other minority groups, have presented no real coverage of anything black or black related unless it bleeds, shoots, kills or fails in school. Of course on the local scene, when was the last time you turned on the television and saw a report on something other than murder, death and kill in the black community? Read the rest of this entry »

What if author Tim Wise was Black?

There is a difference between Wise and those who bask in unadulterated self-congratulation, fully donning the mantle of the White Savior.

by Don Allen, Publisher – OurBlackNews (Originally published in the Hamline University Oracle in Fall 2013)

On October 1, congruent with the university’s ongoing commitment to diversity, Hamline will welcome to campus anti-racist author and activist Tim Wise.  Wise will give the 2013 Commitment to Community Keynote Address, and ask how we can move beyond “post-racial rhetoric and politics,” in our “quest for racial equity.”

Preach...the USA still has no clue. (photo: bluetigerportal.lincolnu.edu - Fair Use)

Preach…the USA still has no clue. (photo: bluetigerportal.lincolnu.edu – Fair Use)

As a white man speaking forcefully about racism and white privilege in the 21st century, Wise has made quite a name for himself, gaining ardent supporters and fierce critics of all colors and political persuasions.  He has authored hundreds of articles and blog postings, and has published six books.  His best-selling text White Like Me (2d. Edition 2011) was recently made into a documentary film.  Wise has been coined as “One of the 25 visionaries who are changing the world” by the Utne Reader, and scholar Molefi Kete Asante calls him “one of the brilliant voices of our time.” According to Wise’s Wikipedia page, he has given speeches at over 600 college campuses and “trained teachers, corporate employees, nonprofit organizations and law enforcement officers in methods for addressing and dismantling racism in their institutions.” While others fighting the good fight most often focus on black or Latino disadvantage, Wise squarely takes aim a white privilege, the “flip side” of racism.  His hard hitting rhetoric, often polemical tone and unfailing willingness to “call whites out on their shit” as he would say, make him a lightning rod for controversy, and have led him to receive death threats on a daily basis.  Wise is one of the most sought-after speakers on the issues of race and racism today; having made a career out of “race-speak.”

As a black man, I can say that Tim Wise is clearly the kind of guy you want on your side in a fight.  But I also want to take the opportunity to ask some hard questions about race, racism, and white privilege.  These issues may be summarized in the interrogative at the top of this page, “What if Author Tim Wise Was Black?”

Wise himself has written an essay in a similar vein, asking in a 2010 article, “What If The Tea Party Was Black?”  He argued there that if black protestors were to adopt some of the more rowdy and boisterous tactics taken up by White “Tea Partiers” protesting Obama’s “socialist” ways, that they’d much more likely be rounded up and arrested than regarded as patriotic Americans.

Wise writes:

Let’s play a game, shall we? …The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins.”

It is my argument that by looking at the career of Tim Wise, compared to the careers of innumerable race activists and scholars of color, we can also gain “insight into the workings of race in America.” It is the case, ironically, that the success and fame that Mr. Wise has achieved via speaking out against racism and about white privilege has come to him as a function of white supremacy itself.  In short, if Tim Wise were black, he would not be Tim Wise.

In an exclusive statement for the Oracle, Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University said, “I assume that since Tim Wise is known for his expertise in white privilege, he himself would probably not deny that he is the beneficiary of it. I appreciate the fact that Tim is willing to say things that black people have been saying all along . . . [but] the unfortunate truth is that they [whites] are more likely to listen to him than to the rest of us.”

Wise seems to get this, at least in part.  The title of his recently reissued White Like Me for example, is a play on John Howard Griffin’s civil-rights era text, Black Like Me. In 1959, Sepia Magazine had Griffin, who was white, travel throughout the south posing as a black man. Griffin had a doctor to darken his skin so he could surreptitiously travel freely and journal the difficulties facing black people.  Whereas Griffin set out to tell the story of the Negro problem, Wise tells a story of white privilege and advantage, writing about how he and others like him have benefited from whiteness at every stage of their lives.  Unlike Griffin, Wise sees racism not as a problem of people of color, but as a problem of whites.

But there is the thorny issue of opportunism to consider.  Too often, whites have benefitted economically and professionally, from the “business of anti-racism.” This is also known as the White Savior Complex.  In recent times, the White Savior Complex can be blatantly seen in Hollywood blockbusters such as Dances with Wolves (1990) and 2009’s Oscar-Award winning white savior fantasy film Avatar.

Consider also the “internet movement” spawned by the “Kony2012” video, highlighting atrocities committed by Ugandan dictator Joseph Kony.  As author Teju Cole wrote in The Atlantic of the white outraged generated by this video, “The White Savior Industrial Complex is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.”  He continued, “[There is] feverish worry over that awful African warlord. But close to 1.5 million Iraqis died from an American war of choice. Worry about that.”

All too much white anti-racism today smacks the same self-congratulation of Avatar and of Kony2012.  It is the same self-congratulation that the nation has basked in as a whole since the election of our first “black” president in 2008—despite the fact that this president has done nothing to address the issues of racism or of civil rights, or to benefit actual black people in any way.

There is a difference between Wise and those who bask in unadulterated self-congratulation, fully donning the mantle of the White Savior.  Yet we must still ask, when do the sons and daughters of Africa get to their story themselves?  When will our own telling of our history, and our own anti-racist speech be seen as equally “visionary,” “bold,” and “brilliant?”  People of color must have allies like Tim Wise in the fight for racial inequality.  But must not get so caught up in the thrill of the validation of the white man that we think of people of color only as the helpless, hopeless and the conquered.

If Tim Wise were black, he would not be received with fanfare at so many universities across the U.S.  A black activist, speaking truth to power in terms as forcefully as Tim Wise does, would be regarded as crazy, as bitter, or as a crackpot.  A black scholar writing about white privilege in the terms that does Tim Wise would have a hard time receiving tenure at his/her university.  A black journalist, who routinely took whites to task for their racism, and wrote widely about white supremacy in the 21st century, would not so readily be asked to speak on CNN, appear in documentaries, or give book tours across the country.  That the hard truth about race is only palatable to whites when it comes from other whites must make one wonder how revolutionary that truth really is.

White Threat, Black Sweat: A Manifesto of America’s Consciousness

While a lot of Americans seem rather obsessed with saving fetuses, the value of a grown human colored in hues of brown and black seem to be on the decrease.

By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black New

"...The home of the who?"

“…The home of the who?”

Social media brought national attention to the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; in New York, Eric Garner was choked to death by NYPD; in Beaverwood, Ohio, John Crawford was shot dead in a Walmart while looking at BB guns; in Los Angeles, Ezell Ford was killed after police randomly stopped him; and in Victorville, California, Dante Parker was tasered to death by police after he was thrown from his bike because the suspected robber was reported to have ridden away on a bike. Parker had no criminal record and was unarmed, according to the San Bernardino County Sun newspaper and later police reports. None of the officers involved in these deaths were black or of African descent.

Historically, the Twin Cities has seen multiple killings of unarmed black men executed by police. In 2010, David Cornelius Smith, an avid basketball fan and member of the downtown Minneapolis YMCA, was executed by stun gun on the sixth floor of the YMCA by Minneapolis police. The video is too gruesome to watch. This is just one example of many murders by law enforcement of unarmed black men in Minnesota.

What is the difference between Ferguson, Missouri and the Twin Cities? Why does national media come to play in one and not the other?

According to a study called, “Operation Ghetto Storm,” compiled by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, “Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extrajudicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012.” This means a security officer killed a black person every 28 hours. Their study’s sources included police and media reports along with other publicly available information. In 2013, the organization published a similar study showing that security forces kill a black person every 36 hours. However, this study did not tell the whole story, as it only looked at shootings from January to June 2012. Their latest study is an update of this. The report also notes that it is possible that the real number could be much higher.

In deconstructing the media interpretation of the assassination of black men, the narrative of Ferguson, Missouri, murder victim Michael Brown as being a “good kid,” or an “altar boy” who was allegedly on his way to college the Monday following his execution may not be completely accurate. Of course it’s not accurate. The only question that needs to be asked is if Michael Brown was an armed threat to the cop who shot him. It seems excessive to shoot someone eleven times, pausing between the sixth and seventh shot, with two execution-style shots to the head.  It seems apparent Brown was not a direct threat against an armed police officer. It does appear this “kid” was big enough to kick the cop’s ass and mop the sidewalk up with him. He was more likely a bigger threat to the cop’s ego than his life.

In some Minnesota classroom settings, students  read texts that describe the black body as “savage, angry, ignorant and dangerous,” with a vernacular far south of the assumed proper version of the King’s English. The historical description of justice for the black American, applied as “unofficial justice,” dates back further than Jim Crow. It continues to promote stereotypes that coexist in the denial of basic civil rights within America’s social, economic and educational constructs for black and brown Americans. With that said, the continual definitions of “true identities” and the mainstream media’s “creation of untrue identities” have birthed an ongoing social stratification characterized by historical devices that lend themselves to indicate the poor, and people of color will never have positive encounters or outcomes with law enforcement, the media or each other.

America’s law enforcement has always been the legal arm of the American sanitation of black and brown bodies. What took place in Ferguson, and what continues to be the juggernaut of American normalcy past, present and future is the targeted and designed arresting, imprisoning or killing of black men by some type of law enforcement, be it the police, or a lynch mob. In the broad sense, these killings send a disturbing message on many fronts: 1. Self-destructive behaviors are not always black and white; and 2. The same reasons some white police kill black men is the same reason black men kill black men; they see no future or value in the black body.

To understand the meaning of the civil war raging in Ferguson, we must be clear on how flat characters fit into a thick plot charged with white privilege, race-baiting, and racism.  We must begin by defining the meaning of normalcy in a manipulated society within a dominant-white patriarchal construct that cannot rescue nor redirect itself from historical assumptions of the black body. For example, saying a black male is “angry” has a far different meaning from saying a non-black student is “angry.” If a black person can identify a flaw-in-process to find a better way to complete a task, he’s trying to pull a fast one. If a non-black student sees the same flaw and works in an attempt to fix it, the response is: This guy is great! We should get him a job in the bosses office. In the one case, a single consciousness rewards privilege. In the other case, the student is damned by double consciousness in which he becomes the normative historical target of assumptions.

Questionable deaths, especially the deaths that provide a platform of tension and propaganda between blacks and whites make for good television news ratings. Like the police, the mainstream media has done a great job of hyping up the non-normalcy of black men. At this point, it is highly unlikely to separate real news from high-impact television and print news sensationalism.  CNN’s Melissa Harris-Perry was just downright upset. Using her bleeding-liberal bully pulpit, she repeated over and over again, “The Ferguson Police shot and killed an innocent black man who was on his knees with his hands in the air,” noting it was a white officer as if she witnessed the incident personally. Our “friends” at FOX News took to the tunnels posting alleged photos of Michael Brown from his Facebook page holding a wad of cash in one hand and what appears to be a 9mm handgun in the other. FOX wanted to make sure they promoted the message that all young black men are still “savage, angry and ignorant – dangerous.” The denial of facts and the distribution of untruthful information in support of the police state by FOX News in America is way more dangerous than any gun.

The iconography of a cold dead black body laying on a tarred road covered with a sheet, hanging from a tree, or burned alive by a mob creates a seductive voyeurism, which has been a part of American history and culture as long as there has been such.  So rather than stun a black or brown suspect, it is easier to shoot him dead. A historically designed “picnic” of the most irregular making.

It is unlikely the town of Ferguson will change in our lifetimes. The mainstream media has portrayed Ferguson, Missouri as a town of angry nonlogical black protesters, dismissing the fact the town of 21,203 (2010 census) is in the middle of a race war, fueled by an economic crisis. A report from ArchCity Defenders — a legal group that “works to break the cycle of ‘revolving door justice’ in the St. Louis metropolitan area” — reveals that in 2013, “the Ferguson Municipal Court disposed 24,532 warrants and 12,018 cases, or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.” In Ferguson, the “majority (67%) of  the city’s residents are African-American” and “22% of residents live below the poverty level.” Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of $2,635,400. According to a court employee, the docket for an average court session may include as many as 1,500 cases. Assuming an 80% conviction rate, the average fine in a case resulting in a guilty verdict would be $275.The local carnage happening over the last month and a half is a direct representation of what being poor and non-white looks like in a town with no opportunities to rise beyond the mundane. This is America’s finest model of designer oppression.

Today, those who command the definitions of human identity have once again reconstructed the definition of humans beings by unloading trash bags full of rhetoric and propaganda in an effort to maintain stereotypes. The American Dream as an urban utopia controlled by white masculinity that has historically been the headmaster in the circus of identity will not be swayed. If this group in the slightest thinks they will lose control, they can and have implemented dangerous and desperate measures, including mass genocide of economic bases for their red-blooded American counterparts – both black and white. The shameful part of the process is that poor whites and most black Americans are strained into a culture that is not their own by simply turning on the television set, picking up a newspaper, or listening to a song on the radio. This represents the intersectionality of many struggles in a nutshell.

The police have tried, found guilty, and executed in a split second many men (and women) from many ethnic backgrounds across the United States. Is this how the justice system is supposed to protect and serve? I predict officer Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown will not be indicted; out of the twelve members on the Grand Jury, he (Wilson), has nine peers with only three African Americans seated.

Those who are responsible for defining identities have always made sure social cleansing is never second-guessed. From cotton fields of Mississippi to the White House, the narrative of subjugation arrived at in the mainstream media, law enforcement and the court system have shown what happens when you are poor, young and colored; it has nothing to do with fairness. Author James Baldwin wrote, “This subjugation is the key to their identity and the triumph and justification of their history, and it is also on this continued subjugation that their material well-being depends…This is why, ultimately, all attempts at dialogue between the subdued and subduer, between those placed within history and those dispersed outside, break down…the subdued and the subduer do not speak the same language.” You cannot have justice or peace within a framework of inequality; they are incompatible. This is the nexus of Black Sweat.

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