Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Obama Kwanzaa Series Day 5 of 7 2008

Wooden figures from the tomb of Mesehti, 11th ...Image via WikipediaIn the Obama Kwanzaa Series we have been comparing Obama's principles and performance to each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The question today is, will Obama be good for our ethnic group’s purpose.

Call Habari Gani
Response_________?

5. NIA (Purpose) [NEE-ah]
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

Today there are more than two billion people in the global Black community. To understand this ethnic group and its purpose we must go back, way back, back to the beginning of human kind in history. Our scientists tell us that the oldest people known to exist on the planet are found in Africa. Kemetoligist s, some archaeologist and our cosmological leaders tell us that Classical African Civilization, Kemet, (Ancient Egypt) was among the first if not the first civilizations in recorded history.

Black Africans Built and Ruled Ancient Kemet (Egypt)


Speaking of “building”, it is in Kemet that we find the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the World still standing the African Pyramids. The holiday season in America is full of Cultural Poisoning on TV where Hollywood misrepresents the ethnicity of the people of Classical African Civilization in Kemet and Canaan. We must be sure to give our children and those of good will the antidote reminding them of NIA of the great monuments our ancestors erected in their communities as tools that still instruct our purpose to this day.

The Obama Vocation “Community Organizer”/ builder is an honorable profession, the humanist that do not just talk good but do good everyday for the least among us. I think his track record qualifies him on this principle of NIA.

But let us now turn to his and our future as Africans in America. Kemet had Golden ages and Intermediate periods (times of Chaos). So it is the case in all civilizations including here in America. Obama will take office in a time of American Chaos. In this Darkness there is an opportunity for us to join with him and all Americans to build democratic physical and intellectual monuments that will shine in history like the African Pyramids. Yes, NIA can bring us to a new American Golden Age.

It is my judgment that Obama is a man of purpose.

from the tomb of Mesehti, 11th Dynasty




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The African Presence in Ancient America

When I went to school and learned "American" history I was told that it was a story about cowboys and "Indians", Pilgrims and "Settlers", no body mentioned Black people (Video)

This article is designed to promote improved Cultural literacy by highlighting two of the greatest modern experts on Ancient American history. One is an African American and the other a European American that make interesting cultural health book ends for this subject matter. Naturally, the indigenous people of Turtle Island who sit in the middle of these two book ends are the source of the new information that is producing the remarkable rewriting of Ancient American History.




On the left is an African in Ancient America. On the Right is an African in Africa. Dr. Van Sertima has many pictures in his book They Came Before Columbus, African Presence in Ancient America. I wrote about our honorable ancestor in this blog in may on the occasion of his passing.

You will note in the video, that is part of the above link, a mention of the Top of the head. You find traditional African hair on some of the Mega African heads. The helmet on the African in the video was claimed to be a foot ball helmet by some Western "archeologist", but was later found to be common African sailing helmets. Last you are taken to a studio filled with African remain found here in the America's. Dr. V's case rests on solid evidence.

The other book end to the controversy raised in America by Dr. V's book is Dr. Barry Fell of Harvard. His book American B.C. is another eye opener that lets us peep in a most remarkable window on Ancient American history. Most memorable to me is Dr. Fell's Ancient American map P4, showing the places in north American where Metu Neter (Greek name hieroglyphics) from Classical African Civilization, Kemet (Ancient Egypt) have been found. Also see page 253-257. He also has a chapter on what I call the African Kings and Queens of New England.

For an introduction to Dr. Fell's work Let's go to the Video tape.



This is a great scholar and he and his society will bear watching by all those interesting in Ancient American history in general and by the Black world community in particular.

This information is presented with the understanding that there is much controversy among Western schools of thought on the matter. The Cultural Terrorists are hard at work trying to maintain the myth that Africans never left the continent of Africa. Cultural poisoning that the Western "experts" use to perpetuate this myth, like the enslavement of Africans on this continent will fall of its own weight.


Monday, December 29, 2008

The Obama Kwanzaa Series Day 4 of 7 2008

In the Obama Kwanzaa Series we have been comparing Obama's principles and performance to each of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. The question today is will Obama be good or bad for Black Economics.


Call Habari Gani
Response_________?

4. UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) [oo-jah-MAH]
To Build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

I gave the call to my family yesterday and the results improved, 50% of them returned the response of the day. Calling my friends was a different story, most of them failed this cultural test. Some did not even know that a response was required. Some responses went like this "...Habari Gani, yea, and what does that mean..? or hmm, you got me.

This leads me to the lead picture of this article. These "Afro-centric" Cultural Citizens may as well have said "What the H$ll is Kwanzaa?" I say this to point out that their is a big gap between the noise about Kwanzaa in our community and the practice.

Nowhere in the seven principles is a gap more noticeable then in UJAMAA. African Americans before the Civil Rights Battle had to do business with each other. After the battle, with the advent of "integration", it has been said that we do business with everyone but us. The Black beauty supply business is a prime example. Sam Ennon CEO of BOBSA points out that the manufacturing and distribution segments of this African American customer focused industry is no longer controlled by Blacks.

Before we start looking excessively to Obama or anyone else for Black business support we better start looking at ourselves and how we fix these gaps between principles and Practice. Having said that, Black Business is in favor of Obama.

Black Business Builders Club - From Douglas to King to Obama


Speaking of how to run a Black Business, Obama is a good new wave example, he included everyone as customers, raised more then half a billion dollars in less then two years and beat all his competition,. YES WE CAN!

Obama is a politician, in America politics is the tool for managing money that is, who gets what economically. So it was good to see African Americans, 90-95% of us, unify behind one presidential candidate. Obama was hired by the American people to fix the economy, "health" care and other things. If he does just those two things he will have helped business in our community immeasurably. A rising tide lifts all boats.

Speaking of boats, Obama will launch what I have called The Green Moon Shot (take American business Green to the future) we better get on Obama's Green Boat as it comes through our community. As Obama will be pointing out, the business future is not black or white, it is green and we need to be seen as green$.





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Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Obama Kwanzaa Series Day 3 of 7

How does Barack Obama’s life compare to the 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Does the comparison provide any evidence regarding Obama’s Cultural Health?



Call Habari Gani
Response_________

This is day three of Kwanzaa and the third installment of this series.
3. UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility) [oo-JEE-mah]

To Build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.

Like many African Americans who have attended good schools Obama could have deserted his community and made a fortune with the Bush type anti-humanist forty thieves. He, like the Cultural Traitors Steel and Thomas, could have chosen to work against his community.

What did Obama do? He went into the Chicago African American community and became a community organizer. He did not go into the Irish community or the Chinese community he returned to his community in the spirit of UJIMAA. He married a like minded young lady from his community and they are bringing up two children in the best tradition of UJIMA.

Barack Obama and the History of Project Vote


He found that he could not get enough done fast enough for his community given the conditions in America. So he found a way to plot a path to helping the whole American community activate UJIMA.

Bush and the forty thieves have burned the country down and we can all use some UJIMA about now.

I conclude that Obama has lived this principle.







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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Obama’s Grandfather Tortured by British

Beatings and abuse made Barack Obama’s grandfather loathe the British - Times Online: "Barack Obama’s grandfather was imprisoned and brutally tortured by the British during the violent struggle for Kenyan independence, according to the Kenyan family of the US President-elect."




My Mother and Sister just before I was born -I think my mother is pregnant in this shot-this was during the Mau Mau emergency in Kenya. Very troubled times and unpleasantness on all sides.

This picture and words were found on flicker. The British committed mass murder in Kenya. Estimates as high as 300,000 Africans murdered The Mau Mau uprising (called a riot in the USA)made it plain that the anti-humanists invaders would have to leave.

Mau Mau in Kenya


Take special note of the Cultural Traitors, "Tribal Police" and other Africans working with the invaders of their country.The Mau Mau made Cultural Traitors and their families pay a price for treason.



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Friday, December 26, 2008

Does Obama Celebrate Kwanzaa? Day 1 of 7

This is the first day of Kwanzaa and the start of our 7 Part series on this African American holiday. Many AA's know about and enjoy this holiday, the question is, does the Obama family.(Video)



You will note that in this video the Obama children give the culturally healthy closing lines covering Christmas and the Holidays. This is an all inclusive point in their favor however, it does not answer the question.

This being December 26 the first day of Kwanzaa (Dec 26 - Jan 1) the call goes forth Habari Gani! what is your response _________________? and what is the Obama family response? How is their Cultural Literacy, do the parents make the call and do the children respond?

The reality is I do not have a direct answer to the question. Does Obama and family know about Kwanzaa? Do they, or have they participated in the holiday? I think the answer to both questions is yes. but it is odd that I have not heard a corporate media person ask these direct questions, nor does the net produce anything but hints for me so far.

Below is a hint.




This is a Calendar from Trinity Church, Obama's Church, you will note that there is a Kwanzaa service for each of the seven days. So it is clear that his local community, especially his spiritual community, embraced Kwanzaa and I believe so did he.

If Obama does or does not celebrate Kwanzaa there are two things we should understand about the historic year of 2008 (African year 12,008). One, America electing an African American President is causing Americans and people worldwide to want to improve their African American Cultural Literacy. Two, we have a Cultural Health opportunity to compare the Obama election to the Kwanzaa principles and see what we can learn about Kwanzaa and our community from that process.

So let's start with today's principle (1 of 7)

1. UMOJA (Unity) [oo-MO-jah]
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and ethnic group.

I believe Obama's family is a good example of unity. His election demonstrated African American unity (90-95% pro-Obama) around someone they believed can help the community. His mission is to strive for national unity which includes all Americans. His election was followed by Black people worldwide and had a unifying effect on our Pan African ethnic group.

What do you think and take away as you meditate on Umoja, Obama and your own situation?








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Kwanzaa 101 2008

Hetep and Respect every holiday is a Cultural Health opportunity. If you have never seen the seven principles of Kwanzaa take a look. If you have seen them and need a refresher here it is. One of the nice things about the holidays is that we get a chance to learn about each others holidays.





Kwanzaa is the most widely celebrated original African American holiday. “The Father of Kwanzaa” is Maulana Ron Karenga, an African American scholar and social activist. The celebration runs from December 26 to January 1. Kwanzaa (First Fruits Festival) is in the best spirit of Cultural Literacy in that it is a synchronization of African values at home and abroad. This remarkable blend of African and African American values is a major force in the fight to improve Cultural Health in our community by raising Cultural Literacy and reducing Cultural Poisoning here in America



The Origin of Kwanzaa comes into recorded history in Classical African Civilization, Kamet (Ancient Egypt)as this First fruit Offering left by our ancestors to instruct us down through the millennium. Dr. Karanga is a resurrecter and restorer of that which has always been and is our legacy to continue.

Kwanzaa is anchored by its seven guiding principles, known as the Nguzo Saba. Each principle is denoted by one word from the pan African language known as Swali, as reproduced below. I have added the pronunciation.

Nguzo Saba (The Seven Principles)

1. UMOJA (Unity) [oo-MO-jah]
To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and ethnic group.

2. KUJICHAGULIA (Self-determination) [koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-ah]
To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others.

3. UJIMA (Collective Work and Responsibility) [oo-JEE-mah]
To Build and maintain our community together and make our sister's and brother's problems our problems and to solve them together.

4. UJAMAA (Cooperative Economics) [oo-jah-MAH]
To Build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.

5. NIA (Purpose) [NEE-ah]
To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.

6. KUUMBA (Creativity) [koo-OOM-bah]
To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.

7. IMANI (Faith) [ee-MAH-nee]
To believe with all our hart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

By Maulana Ron Karenga
with Cultural Health Modification by Rudy Aunk

Note: In the interest of Cultural Health, the word "race" has been changed to ethnic group in the first principle ("race" is a doublespeak word).








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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Culturally Healthy Holiday Greeting to You From Aunk

Don't Step on a Cultural third rail this holiday season, send a Culturally Healthy greeting to your friends and family.





Ramadan Karriem/Mubarak & Eid Al-Fitr (Sunni Muslims, Shi’ite, Nation of Islam), Happy Hanukah (if u Jewish), Merry Christmas-(Christians), Happy Kwanzaa & Hotep (African-Americans who’re attempting to re-connect wit the Motherland's principles), Happy Civilization Day? (Nation of Godz and Earth), Wonderful Winter Solstice (Metaphysicians & Astrologers), Feliz Navidad (Latino Comrades), Happy New Year (Everybody).

geesh—thats a lot of inclusivity—lol!!! ;-)

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

Also, please include a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2009, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great, and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual preference of the wishee.

(By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms and conditions.) This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for himself or others, is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one Year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish, at the discretion of the wisher.

I wish you Cultural Health, wealth and happiness for the holidays.
Aunk










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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Where Is Our List?

As far as African Americans, where is our list of demands that reflect the vital issues that we want the Obama administration and future administrations to address? If you ask 100 African Americans what are our top ten most critical issues, you will get 100 different answers. The last time we as a people were united around clear and specific issues was back during the Civil Rights movement. Every four years African Americans faithfully turn their votes over to the Democratic Party with no specific, universally accepted demands from us. The end result has been that our situation has gotten worse and worse. Studies have shown that our overall situation on a number of fronts is worse now than during the Civil Rights period.

African Africans are the only ones who are shy about presenting a list of demands. The banking industry was not shy about asking for $700 billion. The automobile industry was not shy about asking for $34 billion. Various ethnic groups and special interest groups are not shy about presenting their lists. So where is our list?

Obama could not have been elected if it were not for the brothers and sisters who fought for voting rights, desegregation, Affirmative Action and suffered the consequences. An incredible 98% of African Americans voted for Obama. No other group gave him more support than we did. During the election campaign African Africans avoided making any demands of him and avoided criticizing him. Despite all of this, there was an amazing revelation at a recent debate in Harlem. On Sunday December 14, there was a debate on whether Obama is good or bad for African Americans. There was a panel of scholars, lawyers, politicians, and political activist who took different sides on this question. One of the most incredible things I took away from the forum was that out of over a dozen speakers, not one of them stated one thing that Obama ever said he would do for African Americans! Furthermore, not one of them even speculated on one specific thing that Obama might do for African Americans! If any other racial, ethnic, or special interest group was having such a meeting, they would be very specific about what a politician they supported, has agreed to do or was most likely to do for them.

In the absence of an agreed upon list, the following is offered for consideration:

1. Pardon Mumia Abu-Jamal. The whole world is convinced that he is innocent. There have been massive demonstrations in support of him. This alone means that there is reasonable doubt and Obama should pardon him. Pure, hardcore racism is the only reason why this man is still on death row. His remaining in jail makes a mockery of America, America's Democracy, and America's criminal justice system. Pardoning Mumia Abu-Jamal would not only save a man's life, it would also be an important symbolic gesture that would help build America's credibility with African Americans and around the world. Obama has said that he wants to improve America's image, and this would represent a positive step in that direction.

2. End the prison slavery system. For years prisons have been the fastest growing industry in America. Corporations have reaped huge profits from the cheap labor of prisoners who are paid next to nothing. Roughly 80% of prisoners are African Americans and Latino Americans. Many brothers and sisters are in jail for no other reason than the fact that they could not afford a lawyer and had to rely on court appointed attorneys. DNA tests are constantly proving the innocence of prisoners. Backroom confessions in which no lawyer was present has filled the cells with our people.

If the profit is taken out of the prison system, then fewer of our people would be behind bars. America has more people behind bars than any other country on the planet. So long as the modern day slave labor prison system is allowed to exist and fill the pockets of the superrich, every African man, woman and child is at risk of being thrown into the jaws of slavery once again.

3. End police brutality. Racially motivated police brutality has terrorized African American communities for as long as anyone can remember. The time has come for specific decisive steps to be taken. One critical step in that direction would be to have predominately black cops in black communities. No white community would tolerate a police force that was predominately black. Yet this is the situation in African American communities. There are a number of other steps that black leaders have put forth in the past and should be acted upon by Obama. We should not have to live in fear in our own communities of the very same people whose salaries our tax dollars pay for.

4. Civil servants should look like and live in the communities they serve. In public schools in black communities, most of the teachers, principals, and administrators are white. Highly qualified black teachers are routinely fired, shuffled from school to school or denied tenure, thus allowing white teachers to dominate in our schools. Most of the firemen in black communities are white. Most of the police officers in black communities are white. In addition, they don't even live in the communities they serve, which means that they take their money and spend it in their communities, not ours. This situation is outrageous. The tax dollars of black people pay their salaries and we deserve civil servants who look like us and live in our communities. This is a national problem and should be addressed by a national leader.

5. Funding needs to be established for African Americans to start commodity businesses in African American communities. Currently everyone can get loans and other funding to open up businesses and make money in black communities except us. Our communities are overrun with Chinese restaurants and pizza parlors, yet there are no black owned businesses in Chinatown or Little Italy. Laundromats, dry cleaners, fruit stands, 99 cent stores, nail salons, jewelry stores, grocery stores and others that saturate our communities are owned by every other racial and ethnic group except us. Banks have been notorious about denying loans to black entrepreneurs while freely giving loans to other racial and ethnic groups to open businesses in African American communities. These same banks came begging for $700 billion of tax payer money. Part of that $700 billion comes from African Americans. One of the requirements before any more money is given to banks should be that a portion of the loans they give out must go to African American entrepreneurs to start commodity businesses in our communities.

6. Evaluate and overhaul the three credit reporting agencies. Many African Americans can not get the credit that they need because of their credit reports. The three credit reporting agencies each have a long list of different excuses they use to drop a person's credit score. For example, most people do not know that merely paying their credit card bill on time is not enough to increase their score. If their credit card balance is above fifty percent this actually lowers their score, regardless of the fact that they make their minimum payments. The criteria of the credit reporting companies should be made public. Those criteria should be standardized for all credit reporting companies and those companies should be forced to eliminate those criteria and practices that are clearly not justified. This would be very beneficial to African Americans.

7. Funding should be established for educational programs in public schools and private organizations in the black community that teach personal finance, and business finance. Too many African American students graduate from high school and college with little to no understanding of credit, taxes, acquiring loans for a home or business, insurance, or even how to manage a checking account. It is no wonder that we are the biggest consumers in America. The only thing too many of us know how to do is spend money. In other ethnic communities, the parents mentor their children on these issues. That tradition has not been firmly established in our community and therefore there is an overwhelming need for educational programs which stress these skills.

8. Affirmative Action and ending employment discrimination must be put back on the table. Affirmative Action and employment discrimination have become dirty words over the past few decades. Unemployment is still rampant among our people and disproportionately compared to the white community. Job discrimination is still alive and well. The effects of slavery and racism have not been overcome as far as the workplace. We need the Executive Branch to step in and do something.

9. Obama should appoint some people to his cabinet who not only look like us but also have an established track record of being progressive as far as the issues that most affect African Americans. Obama's cabinet thus far has been described as: "center of the right". This is not the change that most black people were expecting when they voted for him.

10. Eliminate compulsory vaccinations. The harm that vaccines cause is well established. They have also been proven to be ineffective and there are natural, safer alternatives. In a democracy, every parent should have the right to make an informed choice about what medical procedures that they want and do not want for their child. There are also reports of experimental vaccines being given in black communities such as was the case with the EZ Measles vaccine. Millions of our children are being needlessly put at risk for autism, cancer, asthma, brain damage, death and a long list of other adverse reactions. Compulsory vaccinations, and any compulsory medical treatment, are things that a police state does, not a democracy.

This list is offered to stimulate discussion. A panel of African American scholars, politicians, religious leaders, political activists and ordinary brothers and sisters should come up with a refined list and put it before our people for approval.

Given all that we have suffered since the sixties to make Obama's election possible, and our overwhelming support of him during the election, no one can deny that we have a right to present him with our list just like everyone else has done. Such a list would also serve as a yardstick for us to measure his performance and decide if we should support him when he runs for re-election. Lastly, we should have a list for every election and every politician seeking our support.

Curtis

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It is always a pleasure to have a guest blogger. If you have something you want to share with Cultural Health readers let me know.

These are my top three as one member of the community. What are your Top Ten Issues?

Top Ten Issues
2008 Presidential Election

Political issues by category
Domestic Policy:
1. Universal Sick Care (USC) (Pro-life for grown ups)
2. End the Iraq War in 30 days (Use money at home)
3. Green Moon Shot in 10 years (fix economy and form the future)
4. Protect my retirement including Social Security (quality of life)
5. Net Neutrality & Obama's Google-Gov't (change to Open gov't)

Foreign Policy:
6. End Torture and attacking countries to steal resources e.g. oil
7. Ensure we can compete with China in the Global Village
8. Education for National service - World Class education at home
9. Security: Protect the country and my constitutional rights
a. Get the folks who enabled the Attack on America and keep the Taliban out of power
b. Restore our national friends and make new ones.
10. No military bases or attacks on the African continent - Work with the UN

Key: They include my personal self-interests and What I think is important for the National interests.


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What Does Hip Hop Have to Say During the Holidays

Are the youth on point, are they reflecting, meditating and looking to the future? The Great Harlem Debate just took place and Hip Hop responds. The Youth must be heard.


Words From Afrika Bambaataa ("N" Word Alert)


Did you hear what the Continental Africans said to the African American Oprah Winfrey when she was on the continent?. That was and example of how Cultural Poisoning can be spread by us to the continent.

Cultural Literacy Minute: Words are both the symptoms of Cultural Poisoning and the means of transmitting the dis-ease.

Music is no exception to this Cultural Health golden rule. In fact, music in the context of Hip Hop can be a super transmitter of Cultural Health or Cultural Poisoning as Afrika Bambaataa has pointed out in different words. Afrika was not at the Great Harlem Debate but he makes a good point, Hip hop has work to do with or without Obama's election. What is true of Hip Hop is true of the African American community in general.

In some ways the Hip Hop community has less Cultural Poisoning then the Adult community. You will notice my traditional "N" Word Alert above the video however, this does not mean that we should not listen to the Hip Hop community, As you can see, they have much to contribute to the National and World's Cultural Health. In the Cultural War, we must each do what we can do.


Amen!

To see my Newsvine/MSNBC Op-Ed on the Great Harlem Debate Click Here
The Great Harlem Debate is a take off on the Great Debaters, if you did not see the movie, get the video.





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Cultural Illiteracy About Your "Neighbors" Can Get You Killed.

Who do you live next to and what will happen in an emergency? It is important to your cultural and physical health to know the answer to this question. Just because you live next to "Christians" does not mean you are safe.

Katrina's Hidden Race War


In this holiday season many of us have forgotten about Katrina. The holy days (holidays) should be a time of joy, justice, meditation and reflection.

This is a good example of Cultural Poisoning in action. It points to the fact that Cultural Illiteracy about your enemy in the Cultural War can get you killed. It is not an academic discussion. It should be noted, that Obama's election did cure these individuals of Cultural Poisoning.

We the people have work to do if change is to become a reality. This should not leave our minds during the Holy Days.

In case you think that cultural war does not exist in America, or that such a cold war could not again get hot, just think of what Bush caused in Iraq because of his and America's Cultural Illiteracy. Baghdad one of the oldest living cities in the world is now ethnically cleansed. If you lived in Iraq would you know what neighborhoods you can go into and the ones you can not go into.

This Cultural Reality exists in America. The Question is do you want to correct injustice. I signed the petition that calls for an investigation. I recommend that you go to Color of Change.org and take an ACTION





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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Are You a Mom? Do You Parent Like Your Parents?

This is a remarkable short video for parents during the holiday season.




Hello my children are you listening?


Bush Shoe, The Best Comedy Skits (Video)

This really is the gift that keeps on giving. They even threw a shoe at O'Reilly






10 Billion a month and Bush sneaks into Iraq and they throw shoes at him. Just goes to show you money can't buy love. Bush remains Culturally Illiterate to the end. He should sneak into Texas and stay there until January 20th.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Great Debate - is Obama Good For Black America?

This Sunday, December 14th at 3pm, The Great Harlem Debate will take place in my home town, New York City's Africa Town. Prominent community Scholars, activists, organizers and politicians will square off. I thought all African Americans were pro Obama. Well maybe not, I will be going to see and report back to you.




What is most important about this debate is that it will not consists of the usual "mainstream" media suspects. On the pro side Jessy Jackson will not be there and on the con side neither will self avowed Cultural Traitors like Shelby Steele. In fact, this is one of the few such debates were Cultural Soldiers like Dr. Jefferies will be participating.

The question Before them: The Obama Election, Was it Good For Black People?

On the YES side we have:

My neighbor the honorable Dr Leanord Jefferies, Elder and Cultural Soldier, Dr Malik Zulu Shabazz of the New Black Panther Party, City Councilman Charles Barron and Viola Plummer of the December 12th Movement

The NO side we have:

Dr Marian Ani, Brother Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report, Dr Donald Smith and Dr James Turner

For the record I am on the yes side. However, I look forward to this down home knock down drag out debate to see what my fellow brothers and sisters in good standing think about Obama's Election and what it means to the Black community.

I am a simple man and fixing the economy is not just good for African Americans, who are already in a depression, but it obviously is good for all Americans. My regular readers know my Top Three Issues from the Election.

For my two cents, if Obama delivers the same health care plan that he had as a congress person to all Americans, he will have done more for the African American community regarding "Health" Care then I think I will see in my life time.

I know what I want from Obama? The question for me is, do the "No's" see anything that will prevent me and my community from getting what we need? God willing, I will be at the Great debate this afternoon, right after my Sun's Day swim. I will report back to you here however, in the mean time, here is a hard question for you. What points do you think the "No's" will raise?






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Friday, December 05, 2008

Nationalize Auto's - Put Ralph Nader in Charge

Nationalize the dead parts of the Auto Industry and place Naderat the head of the people's new green auto industry. Let's get the Ev-1 and the air car on line, but not just cars, let's really change, by turning green auto into green backbone manufacturing of wind and solar too.



The three CEO's must have read my comments and got out of the gas guzzling planes and drove to the people's congress in "green" cars. However, as one of my friends Curtis said, it's too late they have already tipped their business as usual hands. These failed leaders are incompetent and must be removed.

If Ford is functional it may not need to be nationalized. However, The greedy pigs at GM, who Michael Moore pointed out in his first film Rodger and Me, destroyed his home town of Flint Michigan by closing the American Auto factories and reopening the same factories out of America, driving American labor into the ditch, must be stopped. Michael Moore was right, Roger Smith the CEO of GM destroyed the American auto industry and GM. Chrysler has been bailed out before, failed again and has been handed around like an unwanted step child. Solution, If I (the people) have to pay for the now little two, like a bank I own these companies and just as in world War Two, they will work in the national interest during this emergency.



Nader as Green Auto-Czar should fire the failed Board of directors and executive management and put new blood in the green driver's seat. Michal Moore should head the labor and Health care side of Green Auto. Moore should be in charge of updating and expanding the unions and getting Universal Sick Care in to reduce Green Auto costs.

Here are my revised Recommendations. Click here for my previous article on this subject.

My recommendation: we should nationalize the failed auto makers for 10 years pressing them into national service. We should invest the 25 billion or whatever is needed to activate the following action plan.

The Aunk Four Point Auto Plan

1. Senior management and the Board of Directors replaced by competent leadership

2. The new Green Auto Industry, like in World War II making jeeps and tanks, will only make The -Green Three- Hybrids, Electric cars and cars that run on Air.

3. The companies must become transparent (Finance and process must be put on the Internet in real time so I can see and interact with my investment).

4. Green Auto will be returned to the Private sector when the mission is accomplished or when the loans are repaid whichever comes first.

ELECTRIC VEHICLE SURGE TECHNOLOGY NO BATTERIES NO GAS


Our Country is in a state of emergency (Depression since December of 2007 and 533, 000 lost jobs in November) not unlike the 1929 depression and WWII. We need to take similar dramatic action to change the direction of the ship of state. We need all hands on deck especially private industry. Let's roll up our sleeves get patriotic and get this carbon free job done. Welcome to Capitalism 2.o

What do you want to do now that the CEO's have come back to you to ask for more money?

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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving, Obama, The Pilgrims and Kemet


 

A conservative Group has tied President Elect Obama to the Pilgrims and they have done a surprisingly good research job, so I as a liberal cannot say they are wrong. In fact, I will add to their thoughts.


President-Elect Barack Obama and his daughter Malia (left) greet a man a during a visit to food bank in Chicago Photo: REUTERS

This Thanksgiving I gave thanks for family, friends, my spiritual development and my health. But this year, I added thanks for Obama, his family and the new more Culturally Healthy direction of the nation. I remembered the first citizens and did my traditional Thanksgiving Cultural Literacy Op-Ed and also raised, to some resistance, The Two Thanksgiving stories at the Thanksgiving table.

This year I am even forced to acknowledge one "good" thing that George Bush did in eight years of destroying America and the Republicans robbing the Native Americans blind. Bush actually signed the bill making the Friday after Thanksgiving Native American Heritage Day. This gives us two national holidays to tell the truth about and praise our first citizens.




President Barack Obama Anthem / Song/ Music Video



 

Now to the story at hand, Obama's connection to the Pilgrims by the conservative American Spectator, henceforth, let it not be said that I do not use conservative sources. The story shows a remarkable link from Obama back to the Pilgrims. But before we get to the details we must clean up one element of Cultural Poisoning that opens the article.


 

"…The several dozen Pilgrims who celebrated the first Thanksgiving in Massachusetts in 1621…"


 

There were three landings of Europeans from the Virginia Company on Turtle Island in the 17th century. The first two were in the south in what is now Virginia and a northern group that landed in what is now Main. The Massachusetts landing was third not first landing or the "First" Thanksgiving (meal involving Native Americans). For details see The Two Stories of Thanksgiving
.


 

In short the article points out that the Pilgrim and the Puritan Congregationalist churches merged and in the late 1700's moved toward Unitarianism. In the 1800's these social reformers were at the forefront of Abolitionism and woman's rights working against the Cultural anti-humanists. In the 1900's they merged with other churches to become today's one million plus United Church of Christ (UCC). Then the article asked the question:

"…How did the Pilgrims evolve into Jeremiah Wright?>…"

Now this question may seem unrealistic however, it is more accurate than the writer knows. Barry Fell from Obama's Harvard University wrote a book America B.C., where he reveals in word and pictures the African Kings and Queens of New England c.800 B.C.E. so, it is interesting to note that the Africans who came and taught some the indigenous people of Turtle Island to read and write with Kemitic Metu Neter (Hieroglyphics) are still felt today. The Native Americans, in their descendants, influenced the church which influenced Rev. Wright. Wright as a culturally literate African American knowledgeable about Classical African Civilization passes it on to Obama, and the circle is closed.

In the spirit of thanksgiving, this story from a conservative, with my cultural commentary, demonstrates how Obama by default improves Cultural Literacy without saying a word about Cultural Health. We should give thanks this year for the opportunity for learning before us.



Speaking of Learning hit the videos below. It is a good time to be alive.




Obama Victory Speech With Newspaper Slideshow







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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Two Stories of Thanksgiving

{{Potd/2005-11-24 (en)}}Image via WikipediaStory one: Pilgrims sit down to eat with Native Americans, or Story two, Pilgrims sit down and eat Native Americans on "Thanksgiving". The question posed is, which is the real story? And how should you view and interact with the holiday thanksgiving?

In School, I learned that the Pilgrims had black hats and gold shinny buckles and sat down and had a wonderful meal with their friends the Native Americans in 1621. I thought this was the way things looked, because this is what my teachers and parents told me. This is not like Christmas, they wouldn't lie about this would they?

I was in middle age, before I learned that this was not the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help my teacher’s God. I would not say they “lied”, however, the Europeans that were invading Turtle Island did not have cloths as described. They whore much less flamboyant plain everyday work cloths. In addition, most Native Americans would tell you that these were not the friendliest folks that ever landed on Turtle Island.

Historians Joel A. Rogers, Dr. Rev. Ishakamusa Barashango and others report that 44 of the Pilgrims died in their first winter in America due to laziness and mental illness. Further, they report that not only did they fail to take the advice of the Native Americans regarding planting and providing for themselves. They actually stole corn from, killed and would eat the Native Americans and each other.


John Smith's Map of the Powhatan Nation he "renamed" Virginia - Larger Map

See the following quote from Captain John Smith (1580-1631) "So great was our famine that a savage we slew and buried, the poorer sort took him up again and ate him; and so did divers ones another boiled and stewed with herbs. And one amongst the rest did kill his wife, powdered her and had eaten part of her."

The General History of Virginia Fourth Book Page 294 (1606-1625)

So what is the real story of Thanksgiving? Did European Americans eat with Native Americans or did European Americans eat Native Americans?

In Closing, let me point out that the reason for informing you about the "The Two Stories of Thanksgiving", is to cause all Americans to think more deeply about this important American holiday. Should we stop celebrating Thanksgiving, No! Thanksgiving should and can be a Culturally Healthy event. As a general proposition families getting together to celebrate family unity, and the harvests of family and friends for the year, is a good thing.

However, we must have an accurate picture of the past, if Ma'at (Truth, balance) is to be served in the present and the future. So the bigger question is, what stories do we tell our children, regarding early American relationships to Native Americans. This holiday is a time to ask ( or re-ask) ourselves, What is, and what ought to be, our political, social and spiritual relationship to Native Americans?

See the Cultural Literacy Minutes below.

1. Who were the good and bad guys in American Cowboy and "Indian" movies of the 1960's and earlier?
Note: your answer to the above question will tell you something about your cultural orientation to Native Americans.

2. "Indian" = DoubleSpeak (Cultural Poisoning) - Antidote = Native American, Indigenous People, Mohawk, Chippewa, etc.

3. There are also Black Indians among us. This is the Third Story of Thanksgiving, click here.

To view a discussion with Native Americans and other Americans that has been going on for many years visit this link. WARNING This is the old Wild West of the Internet before spell check and before I knew anything about writing.


Our (Americans) relationship to our Native American brothers and sisters has not been Culturally Healthy. I have reactivated your ancestral memory about three of the stories, there are many more, learn about them. It is the Twenty First century, Obama is the President Elect, God is in her heaven and we now have the tools to cure this dis-ease.


It starts with you. So what are you going to do about it?

CULTURAL HEALTH, REQUIRES ACTION TO GAIN TRACTION!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

What is a 'RaceDar', and why does mine not work?

Everything you wanted to know about RaceDar and were afraid to ask. Jerry, a European American on Newsvine asked me this question and the following is some of the meat I put on the RaceDar bones.



My earliest note of racedar was is in 2004 in an Asian discussion group. I naturally and talking about this tool from an African American point of view but it is a general cultural health tool used by other ethnic groups. RaceDar is a word that went into the specialized Cultural Health language sometime in 2007,2008. The CamelCaps came in 2008. The radar picture, that leads this article, illustrates how this psychosocial construct might look to the minds eye. However, it should be noted that RaceDar maps may look different depending on the input. Below is a the Bigot Belt Map as presented by the New York Times showing were the Republican Party gained margin in the 2008 Election.



Hitting the Bigot Belt link will take you to the live map, were you can look at margins by state. This southern belt covers a series of states historically known to carry a high degree of Cultural Poisoning and large numbers of overt extreme anti-humanists.

See my answer to Jerry below.

"...LoL, you are funny but concise in your question.

Most Black people who live in a World War Zero Zone have built in survival instincts that alert them when they are in the presence of or hear an enemy. African Americans would be included in that group and RaceDar is a specialized word that represents the complex set of psychosocial tools contained in the context of WW0 survival instincts.

I assume you (your ancestors) were on the other side of WW0 so RaceDar would not have been handed down to you. Secondly, your life, in this lifetime, has not generally been in danger because of your ethnicity therefor you have no natural need for such a technology."



So there you have it, everything you wanted to know about RaceDar but were afraid to ask, another Newsvine first. Get Smarter here. What do you think of the answer? Do you have a RaceDar? Why? How did you get it? is it fine tuned or in disrepair? If you don't have a RaceDar, same questions. Do you need one? is your Cultural Health served by having one or at least understanding that RaceDar exist?

Yes, I know, a lot of questions, however Obama is teaching us that if we are all to play on TeamAmerica we need to ask questions of each other, be frank and think a little harder then we have in the past.

For more information and a full discussion see my MSNBC/Newsvine article of the same name.






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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Capitalism and Communism are Dead, What Now?

World War II Memorial and Washington Monument WWII MemorialThe anti-humanists have burnt these systems to the ground, now what do we the people do. In America we are in trouble housing is on fire, the financial segment is burning and the Automobile manufactures are melting down from the heat. What is next.

First we must understand that Capitalism and Democracy have been with us from the dawn of time, they are the natural way that humans live. In early high cultures in Africa we see examples of direct democracy were everyone in the nation had direct input to the national leader (Chief) on important matters of state. One also finds representative democracy in the clan system and council of elders (congress) national systems of old,some of which survive to this day, on the continent in the Americas and other parts of the world.

"Who Killed the Electric Car?" TRAILER edited in part by me.


We practice two forms of that original capitalism here in the West. Common Capitalism which is the original form more or less and Criminal Capitalism. As soon as you get 10 people living together capitalism naturally activates suppliers and consumers. That is, someone does chairs and someone does food and their useful production is common complementry capitalism. This common system is based on real human labor "work".

In criminal capitalism those who control capital (printed out of thin air, CDO's etc.) and supply, with out regulation by the people, rob the consumers blind. Communism is simply a system where the criminals are in the government instead of "private" industry. Bush and the forty thieve managed to put the criminals in both places so he produced the worst of both worlds pushing the country into recession headed for depression.

What do we do now. The auto maker meltdown is our first real test. The action will be left to the "O" Generation and will set the town for the future.

A car that runs 200 miles on compressed air.


My recommendation: we should Nationalize the big three auto makers for 10 years pressing them into national service. We should invest the 25 billion or what ever is needed with the following changes.

The Aunk Six point Auto Plan

1. Senior management is fired

2. New management is hired at half salary

3. The big three like in world war II will only make the -Green Three- Hybrids, Electric cars and cars that run on Air.

4. Half of the board of directors will be replaced by public representatives.

5. The companies must become transparent (Finance and process must be put on the internet in real time so I can see and interact with my investment).

6. The Big Three will be returned to the Private sector when 50% of the cars on the road are one of the green three or in ten years which ever comes first.

Last but not least in our videos we have the Hybrid

Chevy Volt Plug-In Hyrbrid Vehicle


Our Country is in a state of emergency not unlike the 1929 depression and WWII. We need to take similar dramatic action to change the direction of the ship of state. We need all hands on deck especially private industry. Let's roll up our sleeves get patriotic and get this carbon free job done.

What do you want to do?





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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Evo Morales the Bolivian People's President Visits my Home Town Talks About Obama and the world.

"Bolivian President Evo Morales joins us in the firehouse studio to discuss the election of Barack Obama, US-Bolivian relations, the global economic crisis and more. Morales is visiting the United States at a time when relations between the two countries are deteriorating. Last month, the Bush administration suspended long-term trade benefits with Bolivia over its alleged failure to cooperate in the “war on drugs.” Meanwhile, Morales has given the Drug Enforcement Administration three months to leave Bolivia. He accused DEA agents of violating Bolivian sovereignty and encouraging the drug trade."

Video




Morales and His Supporters

You really have to see this guy, what a cultural humanist. Morales reminds me of Mandela. It is amazing how Bush and the forty thieves manage to piss people off and get himself kicked out of another country.

Obama has much work to do. Bush has attacked every continent except Australia and Iceland. It is hard to see at this point how Obama will repair the relationships and America's good name in all the places where Bush and the forty thieves have besmirched it. However, Bolivia and its indigenous president represent a good example, in my opinion, of a person our 44th President will be able to work with to hammer out a new mutually beneficial humanist relationship with the Global South.







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Monday, November 17, 2008

Exclusive Intervivw with Bill Ayers Who Palin Called a Terrorist

"In the late stages of the presidential race, no other name was used more by the McCain-Palin campaign against Barack Obama than Bill Ayers. Ayers is a respected Chicago professor who was a member of the 1960s militant antiwar group the Weather Underground. In their first joint television interview, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn discuss the McCain campaign attacks, President-elect Obama, the Weather Underground, the legacy of 1960s social justice movements, and more."



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