November 5, 2007
Posted by asabagna under Africa
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African-Americans are at a critical point in time. They need to address conditions and circumstances that are preventing them from existing as a free and independent people. In order for them to do this there are many factors they should prepare to embrace. The first one is God and spirituality which will inspire them to want to atone, unite and organize to address conditions in society and this onslaught of racial attacks. The second is numbers. Blacks need to show a force of millions of their people preparing to fight for freedom, justice and equality. That is why the Black Church and the Five Phase Plan will play a crucial role in this movement for respect and reparations.
1. When African-Americans decide to engage in this effort, they will realize they should go through a process to solve differences among their people and prepare to carry on these actions until they receive justice in the form of reparations. They need to atone to make themselves better people in their own eyes and commit to organizing with the purpose of addressing racism, disparities and inequities, and demanding respect and reparations.
2. Blacks should realize that it is of the ut-most importance for them to identify themselves as they see fit. They should not continue to let others name them and dictate their destination. Blacks should know that they can name themselves according to their land of origin, culture and existence. African-Americans should know different terms that have been put forth to identify them, such as Afro Descendents of Slaves, Descendents of Black African Slaves, Indigenous African-Americans, Moors and African Spiritual Beings, among other names. We should learn what it would mean for us to claim an identity for ourselves and move accordingly. This would be a signal to the world that we are claiming our independence. We should not continue to identify ourselves as others see fit.
All groups who claim blacks should call themselves one of these names have good reasons. But there is one name that will give African-Americans a right to land and all forms of reparative measures to recover their heritage, relieve themselves of the mental anguish they suffer from due to 500 years of extreme prejudice or (PTSS) and build cities complete with an infrastructure. Blacks can undergo this task by holding a Plebiscite for Sovereignty, which is a national vote among black folks in America.
3. Blacks need to form a Reparations Union to create a power base to carry out a massive campaign for reparations. It would enable them to address the rise in racial attacks in a strong, united and ever lasting group effort. Instead of the usual manner in which a few folks who normally show up call on thousands to conduct one day protest. It would direct them to put pressure on the government and big corporations that will stimulate real and lasting change. It would enable them to carry out national boycotts, marches and protest that would last for weeks and months and years if necessary, to force policy makers and institutions in this country to respect them. And most important of all, the formation of this union would get others to think twice before they violate African-Americans and their constitutional and civil rights because they would know the union will fight hard to make them accountable for their actions. This would strengthen the Plebiscite and the black condition in America.
4. Blacks need to form a constituency among themselves to label and suggest solutions to solve crimes of slavery, segregation and discrimination, that have a lasting impact. This would be a Reparations Tribunal where African-Americans would place their findings before the public to determine what remedies are most suitable to repair the damages done to their people.
5. Blacks should work with Whites, Jews and others who have enslaved and or exploited them in a Truth and Reconciliation Process to elaborate on findings of the Tribunal and to disclose all others areas where they have been damaged and victims of injustice. This would signal the bearing of human beings to make up for past atrocities and to facilitate a healing between blacks and those who have caused them great pain and suffering. This is the way to bring justice to Black people and reconnect the different races in America in the spirit of God as various peoples with an understanding and degree of tolerance and respect for one another.
In memory of our ancestors,
Reparations Leader and Chairman
Committee for African American Reparations (CAAR)
Reparations Union Lobbying Association (RULA)
November 3, 2007
It appears that another white celebrity has stepped in some “dog doo-doo” (I crack myself up sometimes…lol), over using the N-word during a tirade. Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman got caught making offensive remarks on an audio taped phone conversation he was having with his son, who is dating a Black woman. Below is a part of the transcript:
“I don’t care if she’s a Mexican, a whore or whatever. It’s not because she’s black, it’s because we use the word nigger sometimes here. I’m not gonna take a chance ever in life of losing everything I’ve worked for for 30 years because some fucking nigger heard us say nigger and turned us in to the Enquirer magazine. Our career is over! I’m not taking that chance at all! Never in life! Never! Never! If Lyssa [Dog's daughter] was dating a nigger, we would all say ‘fuck you!’ And you know that. If Lyssa brought a black guy home ya da da… it’s not that they’re black, it’s none of that. It’s that we use the word nigger. We don’t mean you fucking scum nigger without a soul. We don’t mean that shit. But America would think we mean that. And we’re not taking a chance on losing everything we got over a racial slur because our son goes with a girl like that. I can’t do that Tucker. You can’t expect Gary, Bonnie, Cecily, all them young kids to [garbled] because ‘I’m in love for 7 months’ – fuck that! So, I’ll help you get another job but you can not work here unless you break up with her and she’s out of your life. I can’t handle that shit. I got ‘em in the parking lot trying to record us. I got that girl saying she’s gonna wear a recorder…”
Now for the obvious. Duane issued an apology, stated that he is not a racist, proclaimed his love and respect for Black people, met with his spiritual adviser Rev. Tim Storey (who he was quick to point out is Black), and contacted the Rev. Al Sharp[tongue] to “make things right again”. A&E network has also suspended the show for the foreseeable future season and hopes that Duane continues the “healing process” that he has begun.
I started thinking about this whole ordeal and I came to the conclusion that Duane is playing this all wrong. I think he would have been much better served if he had contacted Nas, who is about to release an album entitled “Nigger” on December 11th. Nas states: “Right now, we’re on a whole new movement. We’re taking power [away] from that word.” Duane could have then claimed that he is now committed to this “new movement” and is in collaboration with the rapper to take power away from the N-word. He and Michael Richards (Kramer from the t.v. show Seinfeld), could then go on tour with Nas after he drops his new CD. They can dub it: “Save the N-word Tour“. Paris Hilton, who also had her own “nigger” moment, could also jump on board. She claims to be seeking to do something meaningful with her life after her stint in jail. Duane, Mikey and Paris could be the opening acts and start the show off by reprising their “nigger” laced tirades.
I then began to brainstorm (which is not necessarily a good thing) what else this “new movement” by Nas, Duane, Mikey and Paris could do to take the power away from the N-word. Then it hit me… it was an epiphany…. an enlightenment! Why not start a petition to lobby the government…. no…. lobby the United Nations to declare a “NIGGER DAY” !? Let’s have one day, every year, right around the world…. let’s say…. March 1st…. right after Black History Month…. when we can call each other “nigger” without any repercussions. Regardless if you are black, white, yellow, red or brown, male or female, young or old….. on NIGGER DAY we can all call each other “nigger” or use it anyway we like in a sentence or conversation. Politicians, religious leaders, celebrities, media personalities, comedians, business leaders, scientists, professors, Nobel laureates…. right down to your boss, co-workers, your landlord, cab drivers, etc., would be free to unburden themselves and say what is really on their mind with no fear of reprisal for that one day.
Think of it…. if we had a NIGGER DAY, then Duane could have waited until that day to go into his tirade and there would be no problem. I could show up at work in the morning and greet my boss (who is white) with “Good Morning nigger” and he could shake my hand and pat me on the head and respond truthfully, without any apprehension: “No you’re my nigger…. in fact you’re the only nigger here“. Then we can all have a good laugh and slap each other on the back as we go get coffee. That person at work, church, school, etc., who you just don’t like or maybe you do like, well you can “nigger” them all day long… for a whole 24 hours! Over time, after a few years, we’ll all get “niggered” out and the word won’t be a big deal anymore…. the power will truly be taken away from that word.
This “new movement” of Nas, Duane, Mikey and Paris can lead us to that glorious day, NIGGER DAY, that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., dreamed about and died for. That day when we let the freedom to use the word “Nigger” anytime and anywhere ring. When we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the new Negro spirituals: “nigga dis, nigga dat; nigga you and nigga me; u mah nigga; die nigga die; nigga, nigga, nigga”!!!
November 1, 2007
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During my pilgrimage to West Africa in 1997, I visited a number of slave castles along the coast. There were 3 things which I found most troubling but were a constant in these castles. One was the smell in the cells were the slaves were kept. You could still smell the stench of despair after all these centuries. The second were the pits where rebellious and troublesome slaves were thrown in to starve to death. In some castles, the church or chapel was built right above these pits! The third and most disturbing was that in all these castles, the soldiers quarters were right above the women cells. There was usually a staircase leading down into the cell area where these white soldiers would descend to choose their Black female victims for the night. When I visited the slave castle in the region of Ghana where Jamaicans came from, a unrighteous rage welled up in me as I stood in the soldiers quarters and pondered if I had a female ancestor who’s mind, body and soul was violated in these quarters. This rage turned into an unfamiliar but deep sorrow as I considered that this would be one of many violations…. here in this castle, then on the ship as it crossed the middle passage and then on the plantation in Jamaica. I wept.
I dated a woman from Liberia. She was living there during the civil war, during the time before and after Charles Taylor was president. She related to me a couple of her experiences of being raped. The first time was at the start of the conflict. She was around 10 years old when one of the boy soldiers, from her village whom she had grown up with, raped her in front of her family…. in front of her father, mother, sisters and brothers. She remembers the scream of her father’s anguish as he was forced to watch at gunpoint the violation of his daughter. She also related a story of similar incident when another soldier, a grown man, had abducted her and taken her to his hut to rape her. The local commander at the time, had ordered that his men were not to rape the women. Someone told the commander that this soldier had abducted her and he came, released her before she was raped and killed this soldier in front of her. I sensed that there were other times that she was raped…. but she didn’t talk about them… and I didn’t ask. She did tell me of her sister who was abducted off the streets of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. She was brought to a compound where Charles Taylor, who had an affinity for light-skinned women, would come and rape these women with his henchmen when he pleased. As she related these and other stories to me, that rage and deep sorrow which I had felt before, would come over me. At times when this woman whom I loved, trembled and cried as she slept, I could only imagine that she was reliving the violations of her mind, body and soul. I wept.
Rape has constantly been used as a weapon to degrade and dehumanize Black women…. women of African descent. In a much broader sense, it is an attack…. a degradation and dehumanization against all of us…. and both White and Black men are guilty of these atrocities! I am not going to try to understand or psychoanalyze what would lead six white people (3 men and 3 women) to kidnap a 20 year-old Black woman…. rape, torture and force her to eat rat, dog and human feces for more than a week (The Case of Megan Williams). I cannot even fathom why four Black teenagers…. young men…. would rape, sodomize and then at gunpoint, force a Black woman to have sex with her son. They terrorized and then attempted to kill this woman and her son…. all the while recording the event on a cell phone camera (Dunbar Village Case).
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12
It would be easy to dismiss these perpetrators by referring to them as “animals”, or as “inhuman”. But they aren’t animals…. they aren’t inhuman! First, I have never heard of any animal species treating one another in this way. Secondly, these are human beings who have consciously decided and took steps to treat another human being is this way. For them to so easily violate the mind, body and soul of these Black women….. is much more than a “sickness” that can be attributed to our society. It is spiritual wickedness. These atrocities are happening all over the world, right now, to our Black women…. to our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, cousins, nieces and even grandmothers…. and it has to stop! As Black men, we should feel rage, deep sorrow, shame and weep that the mind, body and soul of the women of our community are being violated in these ways! We Black men, who are both the primary perpetrators and protectors of our community, have to take it upon ourselves to stop it and stop allowing it to happen!
So today, Thursday November 1st 2007, those within the Afrosphere are blogging for justice. We are blogging to protect Black women and their families from the horrors of rape. We are blogging to raise public awareness about the Megan Williams and Dunbar Village cases. We are making a call for action:
- Sign a petition in support of Megan Williams
- Donate to the Megan Williams Trust Fund
- March against hate and in support of Megan Williams in Charleston, West Virginia on November 3rd
- Donate to the Dunbar Village Victim’s Assistance Fund
To read other posts that blogged for justice on this topic, follow the link here.