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Playing games

What is Togetherness?  According to Websters it is a  warm fellowship, as among members of a family.  This is something that is essential in any family.  As members of a family we grow together as things go well and hurt together when members are hurt.  Regardless of where you stand on issues, we are in it together.  So why not take the opportunity to support on another.  Supporting does not mean agreeing on everything or doing things the same way, but when we have an opportunity to support each other let’s do that.

As we close in on the midterm elections some states are still playing the same games they did hundreds of years ago to take away the right to vote from blacks.

In reality the voting rights act of 1965, would not have been necessary if all parties simply played by the rules or accepted the laws.  During Reconstruction Black political power expanded dramatically. More than 1,500 African American men held public office in the South. Sixteen African Americans served in Congress during Reconstruction, and at least 600 served in state legislatures, with hundreds more in local offices. This expansion of power by the African Americans was unacceptable.  White men were unwilling to share or loose power to black men.  As a result of slavery the south was predominantly black, and whites were afraid. I’m sure you know the history as the federal government  withdrew troops during the reconstruction area, which lasted from 1865-1877, southern states instituted Jim Crow Laws to regain power. Blacks were no longer slaved, but were powerless.

Fast forward to 2018.

Today we have not come close to 1500 African Americans serving in public office, yet we are supposed to live in an era where racism does not exist.  Is it gone, or  maybe the fight is just different.  We have gone from hand to hand combat to guerrilla  racism.

In the state of Georgia Stacy Abrams, a black female democrat,  is running against Brian Kemp, a white male republican.  Brain Kemp is the current secretary of state is is responsible for enforcing the state’s voter laws.  This seems like a conflict of interest.   We are seeing cases that make most people scratch their head. As an example if you use an absentee vote, your vote can be trashed if your signature appears not to match the card.  Although, this sound reasonable, but the the individuals making the decision are not handwriting experts.  And as expected black votes are the one being thrown in the trash, more frequently.  If that is not enough, there is the exact match policy.  This policy puts a potential voters registration on hold if the information does not precisely mirror the information contained in the state’s Department of Driver Services database or the Social Security Administration. The reasons can sometimes be outrageously minor, such as a dropped hyphen. An Associated Press analysis found that African Americans make up 70 percent of would-be Georgia voters whose registrations are on hold.  If If were to guess, they will be on hold until after the election.

Every time we learn the rules of the game, they change rules.  It is very clear that, without the ability to vote and not be a part of the political process we have no power.

Let’s stop saying that we’ll never stick together, and work together to stop these useless games.  We need to be in a position that these laws don’t get passed.  We should not be in a situation where we are fighting to get something back, that should have never been stolen in the first place.

Let’s be togetherblack

 

A New Year. What will be different?

Watching the news and the outrage over the comments by the president, is  disheartening but not surprising.    He continues to be the person that ran for president and I suspect he will continue to be that person throughout the remainder of his life.  The question I continue to ask is what is the fix or is there one.  Are we spending too much time focusing on what’s in the media?  You know being upset about it and discussing it, and not enough time making a change in our own community, or building one.

Over the last year there have been protest and a flood of information pointing to a systemic plan to continue to disenfranchise the black population.  Some may believe the overall goal is slavery again, as seventy percent of the prison population is black and prison allows for slavery or free labor. Most prisoners lack a high school education and education was considered the equalizer.  It may not provide equality, but based on the data there is correlation between lack of education and the prison population.   The education system is poorer in primarily black impoverished neighborhoods.  Is this by design or circumstance?  And is expecting the government to solve the problem realistic? The unfortunate truth is that our leaders are ran by greed and not the people.  Consider this, if a certain group of people are making money with private prisons and free labor, and they have strong lobbyist (You know the group that actually bribes our leaders to make certain decisions).  What decisions will be made? Prison stocks have skyrocketed since the election of the last president (That should tell you something). It’s not we the people. It’s those that will give me something. Please take a minute and digest that.  If we want better for our community, it up to us and those that care about the struggle.As we move into a new year and getting closer to at the next decade, those that are working on government change, please continue. There are many attorneys and senators working on things like justice reform and attempting to resolve the educational difference.  Please support them with our voice, vote, dollars, time etc.  Speaking of support, I know we have heard the adage divide and concur. Please make the choice to support those that are attempting to make a difference.  If you don’t like there process or style that’s okay.  But please do not publicly disparage them. The others want to see us divided.

The system has and continues to play a very dangerous game with the black community.  As I speak to many of us, there is a theme.  That theme is:  “We will never be united, we can’t stick together, we can’t work together.  I believe once those words are said it is true.  What if, we spoke and thought differently?  Believing that we can live better, treat each other better and be treated better, and behave as if we have a community.  Trust me I understand and I have been hurt by own, I’ve also been loved by own. If we don’t join together to affect change, who will?

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We’re better together

In reviewing the statistics it appears that African Americans are committing a majority of the crimes, and are a failure.   That is the narrative that permeates through every crack and crevice of this country.   The statistics are accurate, however there is more to the story.  People of color are disprortionately targeted, and in many cases lack the financial support needed to secure an attorney, and therefore are punished for crimes their caucasians peers are not.  This is an unfortunate truth.  Knowing the truth is the bridge to making other decisions. The negative side of the story is the one that is often told, which creates a sense of hopelessness, and that is also a part of the game.

Hopelessness causes individuals to give up, and may resort to illegal activities simply to survive.   Knowing the African American and poorer communities are disportionatly targeted, that one mistake can cause an individual to be a slave for life or just a few years, should be a deterrent. Yes I did say slave.

The thirteenth amendment is a double sided coin.  On the one side it abolished slavery, except for the punishment of a crime.  To ensure free labor and to keep the private jails making money there is a need to keep a certain number of individuals incarcerated.   They target those that do not have the means to hire a good attorney, and those that don’t have a family member serving in specifically important area. That helps with why poorer individuals are targeted, but why blacks specifically?  There are 4.2 million white children living in poverty today, which means there parents are also in poverty.  What would happen, if they were disproportionately targeted, and became legal slaves through incarceration? There would be such an outcry, it would stop.  Just like the new drug epidemic, which is now a disease.  The crack users were criminals, which were primarily black.  The Opioid users have a disease and need help.  However, they are primarily white.

Where is the outcry for the African American.  Blacks have been targeted for incarceration since slavery ended.  African Americans could be put in jail for not working, for standing around, for looking a white person in the eye, etc.  There is small outcry, but it not enough for major quickly.  However, the outcry must continue and get louder and people of color need to join together and change what we can. There are many examples of what we accomplish united.  The black wall street, Civil rights movement, etc.  The website togetherblack.com is created to allow us to grow and build together.  But unfortunately, I don’t see jobs posted, very few businesses compared to reality and where are the investors and those with ideas.

Let’s do this thing.

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Will Racism Ever Die

A foundation is something we build upon and it is woven through so many areas of a culture.  We continue to fight against racism and bias, but it is very deeply engrained into the foundation of this country.  The Native American’s were called savages for fighting for their home.  The move Avatar depicted the situation so well, in clearly depicting the hate for a people that behaved no differently than anyone else fighting for their home.   African American’s are hated for not wanting to be slaves and treated as less than equal and less than human.  These issues are like a thread that is woven in the fabric of this country.  Will it ever go away, will there ever be a time when people are judged by the content of their character, as Martin dreamed?

In the seventies there was a term called “melting pot” used to depict all cultures melded into one, no dominant culture.   This sounds great on the surface.  With that we can look at each other the same, because everyone  is viewed as American. To make the melting pot successful, some will need to relinquish their unique qualities.   The beauty of the mosaic; a type of culture some are trying to create, each color is distinct and stands on it’s own. However, the beauty cannot be achieved without the unique qualities of each color.

Respecting and not hating, or attempting to dominate  the cultures within the culture should be a part of the American dream. The things we desire, like obtaining a great job, house and a family.  It should be written into our constitution and built into the fiber of this country.   His story (history) needs to be a collective story.  No longer the story of one, but the story of all.  Many cultures are responsible for the greatness and tragedies of this country.  It was not built or harmed by one specific culture.  America will never be great until it is recognized that being great doesn’t mean making another less.

As African Americans and people of color, let us choose to build each other.

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Loving the skin you’re in

I had a conversation the other day with a brother. We talked about a few things and begin talking about working out and swimming.  I told him I do not love swimming, but understand it is supposed to provide a full body workout.  He then begin to compare black and whites.  Why do whites swim much more than black.  I told him, for the most part it is economic.  During the 60s and 70s we may not have had the money to pay for lessons etc.

But then I thought a bit more, as I usually do.  So what, if whites swim more than we do.  White’s also ski more and play hockey, than blacks.  We have different cultures and we need to be comfortable with the differences and not feel like something is wrong because we are not the same.  Do you remember the movie “The Jerk” with Steve Martin.  He was raised by a long black family, but could never get the musical beat.  But when he heard music by someone like Benny Goodman, it clicked for him.  Be and love the authentic you, be smart, and let’s love and each other.

Being black is difficult, I know it. I’m am right there with you. The statistics in the black community appear bleak.  But don’t forget.  Freedom was not granted in 1865, like they want us to believe.  Partial freedom wasn’t granted until 1965.  Look how far we’ve come in 52 years, and the playing field is still un equal.

So keep believing and keep making strides to change the community.

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Deborah

 

 

 

Smoke and mirrors

The flag is a symbol supporting the words written in the constitution, which states all men are created equal.  Those that do not treat and see people as equals are dishonoring the flag.  However, their actions go unchecked and unchanged.

There is so much focus on standing, sitting, and kneeling, that the spotlight is no longer on the issues of police brutality and justice reform, which is the reason behind the protest.   What has changed regarding minimum sentencing, three strike laws, the criminalization of certain drugs, etc?

Let’s not be taken in by the smoke and mirrors and forget the reason individuals are kneeling rather than standing.

Call and write your representatives find out where they stand and what they doing regarding police brutality and justice reform.

Use the power you do have

What’s next for the black community

I had a conversation with a group of colleagues and we discussed what is taking place in our world today. No different than many of you are having, of course. We were discussing how to make life better for people of color.

We cannot ignore the many strides that have taken place in the  African American Community, and there is still a long way to go.  Unfortunately, if feels like we are a targeted race and it is difficult to understand why.  Maybe they’re afraid, maybe we’re a reminder of past sins.  I really don’t know the right answer, but feel we most do something.

The discussion surrounded changing the narrative and the optics.  Changing how we are perceived by America, and not just white America.  But does that began with how we view ourselves. There are many that are truly proud to be an African American, and would not have it any other way, and I am one of those people.  But I am curious as to what is next for us.  Our young men are in danger of being killed.  Those with or without an education, and it just seems okay.  I am sure you agree the atrocities that take place in our community would not be  acceptable in other community.

So what do you do?

Do we lives our lives too separated from one another, if so how do we fix that?

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Let’s fight for our lives

There are so many things happening in our community.  If feels there is a conspiracy  to destroy the black man.  Each time I turn on the TV I am seeing our young men murdered or thrown in prison.  If you look at the prison population one would conclude there is something wrong with black people.  But that is not correct and we know that.  Although the prison population is filled with blacks, and most are a result of drug related charges, we know their white counterparts are equal or more likely to use and distribute drugs.  I am not going to ask why we are the ones in prison, we know the answer.   But there are bigger questions.  Two questions are what has to happen to change this, and do we care enough about those that we feel do not impact our lives, and how did we let this happen/

We slept when Reagan and each president afterwards waged a war on drugs.  As  a result, of this war the number of blacks in prison has skyrocketed. Were we unaware of what was happening, or were we so comfortable in our suburban homes, that we feel they were getting what they deserved.  Now almost forty years later, it seems like nothing is being done for those that are getting caught in the system for minor drug violations and the three strike law, made it even worse.  Other countries have spent the tax payer dollars on rehabilitation programs, not jail.

The war on drugs has sent people to jail for 10-20 years for 4 marijuana cigarettes.  It is horrible that the citizens of this country are treated so deplorable.  But the treatment is cloaked in words like protection and cleaning up of our streets.  As a result we miss it too.

 

The only way to change this is to get off the sidelines and start working together.

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Us vs Them?

When my family and I get together, we always discuss politics and how to change the world.  Just like everyone we have more questions than answers. Our conversation typically starts with the problem.  And this particular day we chose to discuss the divide in our nation. You don’t need me to tell you just how divided we are as a nation.  At one point it felt like the divide was along racial lines.  The deeper I look I see it is among many lines.  Yes racial is one, but there is a political divide, republicans vs democrats.  A social economic  divide, haves vs the have nots. Where does it end and how do we begin the conversation to determine what binds us vs what separates us, which was the stand of one of my family members.  She believes that we should focus on what brings us together, rather than what separates us.  But, isn’t that what blacks in America do all the time?  Aren’t we the ones trying to disrupt every stereo type that has been created about us?  Feeling like we have to show that we are intelligent, not lazy and feeling like we can’t eat fried chicken and watermelon?

Maybe the answer is unity within our own culture first.

I know this idea has floated for years, and every time I bring it up.  People say it will never happen?  But why not, and can’t we make it happen?  It feels like there are so many forces against us today. We turn on the news and another black man has been killed, or we walk down the street and are called nigger, and you realize that has not happened to you in many many years.

I feel it is time and the climate is perfect for unity amongst the black community.  A place where can invest in one another, not just financially, but socially.  Where we care about the young man, who does not have a father.  Or that their family is struggling to simply exists and cannot take their children to the events or have those important discussions.  A community  where we contribute to the business ideas of our people, and our businesses are to overpriced.  But are competitive and the best.

Let’s change the narrative.

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What’s the vision?

In the previous two blogs I discussed love and forgiveness.  It is important to make sure we are free from hate and anger before we begin to rebuild and repair what was stolen.  The foundation can’t be tainted.  Now that we’re mentally and spiritually free let’s get to the business of change.  Every change starts with a vision.  I will share my vision, but I want you to create one for yourself, your family and community.

Vision: To be a part of a community, the black community that respects ourselves and is respected by others.  People that strive for greatness and help our brothers/sisters achieve the best for their lives.  We work together to fill the gaps in our community.  Example:  If there is a single female that needs help with a son, step in.  If the elderly gentleman needs help getting to his car, walk with him.  My vision is creating an environment where we continue helping and guiding each other and reducing the % of black men and women in prison, increase the % of black men and women graduating high school and completing a secondary education, and decreasing the number of single parent households.

There was a time it was very easy to see the hate and prejudice, it was everywhere and blatant, it’s still everywhere but not so blatant.  We see it now in pockets, when the media chooses to tell the story, or the behavior is captured on Facebook. or some other social site.

One of the questions that is continually raised is do we need a leader?  I believe yes we do, but maybe not one leader but a single message.   Every successful movement has a leader, in this virtual world and individuals living everywhere it may be difficult.  There is no physical black community anymore.  The problem of communication is more than where, but how.  We have many generations, the greatest generation, silent generation, baby boomers, GEN X, and millennials that are all impacted by this experience.  As a result of our experiences we communicate differently and view the world differently.

Think about the question?

Do we need leader(s), if so how should the leadership be structured.

Deborah

Love requires forgives

In my previous blog I spoke about Love and it’s importance to become the best that we can.  Love is not a easy thing.  It is not necessarily that mushy stuff that we see on TV and the movies.  It does come with choices and sometimes very tough decisions.  Forgiveness is tied very closely with Love. If you have ever loved someone or been really loved, you know how important it is to forgive and be forgiven. Forgiveness is for you, not the person you are forgiving.  Forgiving someone sets you free.

Let’s set ourselves free so we can be about the business of building ourselves and our communities.  I know it feels like we as African American’s are the prey, but I honestly don’t believe that and we should not either.  As I pointed out in an earlier blog we have accomplished a lot in a short period of time, so let’s continue and be about our business.

Step one: Forgive them and set yourself free.  I know it not easy, but it’s important. If we don’t forgive, our mission will always be to focus on the other and find ways to get back at them, rather than to focus on us, and move forward.

Step 2: Begin with a vision and then a plan.  I’m going to use one of my favorite biblical references.  “Without a vision, the people perish.” We need to create a very detailed vision of the black community.  And think about all facets, and this vision.

Education, marriage, the image of a man,  image of woman, your specific community, elderly, young people, what should we teach our young, what about those without mothers fathers, how do we reduce incarceration?, increase education etc.

Think about it and respond to this blog, I want to hear from your.  I believe we can create a plan.

Deborah

Choose Love

Like most I use my Facebook and twitter to check out the most recent  headlines. I typically do this on my way to work and somewhat throughout the day, depending on my availability.  I feel like there is a common theme that has been taking place, and I know it’s nothing new.  It just may be new to me because I typically choose not to focus on the negative, but lately it seems to be everywhere.

I am pro-black and do not apologize, however I am not anti-anything.  Some believe to be for something you have to hate something else, and that is not true.  I may have wanted the Falcons to win the Superbowl, and I really did.  I was very disappointed, but that is another subject.  However, I wish no ill will on the Patriots or  their fans. What is happening?  Why has hate become so prevalent, and why do we (we everybody) continue to try matching hate for hate.

We are in such a pivotable place in our history, the current environment feels reminiscent of the 1960’s, based on what I’ve read, heard, and saw on television.  I was too young to remember.  One of the things I have been told, is as a black community we supported each other a lot more than we do today.   And if you listen to the music during that time, it seems like musicians were trying to help us to remember the power of love.

Let’s choose a different direction.  Instead of using your energy to feed the hate.  Feed the love. Turn off the TV, stop following any hate on twitter and Facebook and use that energy to make positive change for those in your circle.

If you plan an event please post it to this website.  If you have a business, are an investor, or looking for an investor also use this website.  America is a great place, let’s make our communities better.

Deborah

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We can turn this around

On January 20th I wanted to be hopeful. I wanted to believe that new president really wanted to united the country and continue to build a more perfect union, and in his mind he may believe he is doing that.

We a part of a global and diverse society, meaning leaders have to consider all people. Targeting any single demographic as “bad” is  “wrong.”  We have watched this movie before over and over again, and the ending is always bad.

Today Muslim’s are being demonized and banned from the country. Tomorrow he may determine that blacks are a threat and send us to concentration camps.  We have enough problems, with a reasonable leader.

What can we do? I’m glad you asked.  The confirmation hearings are not over, please contact your senator, and tell them to vote NO.  You know those elected officials.  They need to understand their job may be in jeopardy.

Last week I provided a link that will help you identify who to contact.  Please use it.

Here it is again:    http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Don’t just talk about it, be about it.

 

Deborah

 

Get the facts

One of the many sad things I continue to notice and I’m sure you have too, is people are making so many comments with very little facts.   They are taking a sound bite and building a story around it. There have even been instances of an “alternate truth” from the current administration.

It is more important than ever to get the facts.  To know what is taking place within the government, to know who represents you, and know on what they are voting and how.

The website below will you you to find your representative.

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

President Trump, it is so crazy to write that, has signed several executive orders, most aimed at immigration and continuing to separate and label people. He is trying to make good on his campaign promises. He has also signed an executive order to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act. I know the act is not perfect, but it is the beginning of our ability to help those who may need additional help.  Many future entrepreneurs remain at jobs they hate for health benefits.   The ACA gives each of us other options.  The senate working to defund planned parenthood.  This organization has been demonized, but understand that federal dollars are not used to fund abortion, this is another fear tactic used to cause the American people to act.

Before you make a decision, complain get the facts. Fact check everything you hear.

 

 

 

Are you proud to African American/Black

Yesterday we remembered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and at the same time we’ve heard many discussions surrounding the negative comments from the president elect about Representative John Lewis.  This is just another example or peak into the thoughts of our next president and the climate of which we will live.   Although, Trump pointed to the wrong person when he spoke of action, however that is something we must continue to consider and question ourselves.

Why do others views blacks as “different’ when we are educated, take care of our families, leaders in our community, etc.

As we move into black history month, are we proud of our history?  Do we look at the accomplishments of the black man and stand proud, we should. Some have done everything  they know to keep us down, in some areas they still do today.  In spite of slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and stripping us of everything we continue to thrive.  Yes we thrive.  There is still work to be done, so continue to do the work.

 

 

 

Take positive action- Get the pride back

There are many people that are not pleased with the current American climate.  This ranges from the continued mistreatment of African American’s to the election of Donald Trump.  The answer is not to take stupid action, like beating up a homeless man.  That will only continue to perpetuate the problem.  Do something positive in your community for your community.

Many of us were taught, that we have to do twice as much to get just as much as they have.  Unfortunately that idea has not changed.  Let’s use the additional education and effort to make life better in our community.  Let’s take our pride back.

Get involved in the political process and make sure to turn out in record numbers for the mid term elections.  Two years will go by quickly, shoot run for office.

We do have a lot to lose.

Guerrilla war fare

There are a lot of individual initiatives taking place to change the black community. For many years I’ve felt we need a single collective  plan to change the community.  However, I believe the answer may need to be a bit more irregular.   We live in many communities and are in different stages of life’s journey.  Instead of a singular approach we may need to continue impacting the individual needs, but have a single focus.   What I mean by single focus is one that stops us from asking “them” to treat us correctly, and one that allows us to take control of our own destiny.   Let’t not forget our power; intellectual, financial, creative, and our greatness!!

Let’s help each other by lobbing for our causes, have a go fund me account to help with legal issues, and volunteer to support each other.  “They” need to see that we are willing to do the work to make it better for the next generation, like many others have done for us.

 

 

 

Together black

I view the black community as a giant that does not recognize it’s strength and power.  One that has been hurt abused and told for many years that it is nothing, and unfortunately has begin to believe the lies.  Although there many great accomplishments, there are many set backs.  The giant has to trust and utilize it’s entire body to achieve the fullness of it’s greatness.

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