sat’day riddymz #9
30 Saturday May 2009
Posted AfroSpear, AfroSphere, Music, R. Kelly, sat'day riddymzin
30 Saturday May 2009
Posted AfroSpear, AfroSphere, Music, R. Kelly, sat'day riddymzin
28 Thursday May 2009
The latest white woman & child abduction in Pennsylvania has my blood on a slow simmer after it had been boiling all morning.
When Bonnie Sweeten stated that she along with her 9 year old daughter were abducted by black assailants pushing a Cadillac [that was sitting on 24s with spinning rims (I just made that up)], my eye brow raised in much skepticism, but still I was concerned for her.
Today we learn that she was not abducted and was chillaxing in a hotel near Disney World. What the fuck? Are you kidding me? There was really no big bad Negro involved, no, not at all???
It really pisses me off how (some) white women & or white men blame black or brown men for acting out fabricated crimes; be it rape, assault, robbery etc.
Pissing me off even more are the comments that I’ve read online from white respondents who have stated that they saw no issue with this crime being blamed on black men because of other socio-economic/political factors.
When will the caricature of the big bad black & brown man end?
And seriously speaking, what are the chances that a black or brown man will abduct an anonymous white woman with or without a kid in tow, especially in broad daylight? PLEASE!
The funny thing about this & other Susan Smith/Jennifer Willbanks(esque) situations is that it leaves the media with egg on their face as they aid in the search for the dark imaginary assailant(s). On the opposite side of the spectrum, these cases force people in the affected community to deal with racial issues whether they want to or not.
I wonder how Nancy Grace will react to this development tonight.
27 Wednesday May 2009
confused negro, hot mess, mental enslavement, photography, pink polka dot panties, swastika, tattoo
Yes boo, that is a tattoo of a swastika tattooed on a shell of a Black man wearing pink polka dot panties! I say shell of a Black man for obvious reasons (no offense to cross dressing or LGBTQ readers or men who love to wear pink polka dot panties).
I took this image Sunday while at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.
As I was getting ready to go home & packing up my camera, these two guys shouted, “hey, take our picture”. When I got a glimpse of them, I was like oh, OK.
Then they start posing & shit. Next thing you know, the Black guy drops his jacket & gave me more than I bargained for.
First, I saw the panties, then I looked up to see the swastika tattooed on his back. I was so shocked that I could not react other than hitting my shutter button.
Typically, if I see something of interest, I will ask the person about whatever, but I just could not with this guy. Not because I did not want to, but because, I was too out done.
What would drive a Black man (a sane one) to get a swastika eternally inked on his body? This guy obviously has other issues going on.
I’m just saying!
Side note: I talked to a friend about this image & the swastika earlier today & her curiosity led her to this website: http://www.proswastika.org
What are your thoughts? And if you visited the site motioned above or are familiar with the swastika symbol, what’s your interpretation here?
Hot mess or deeper meaning???
26 Tuesday May 2009
Reserve Bank mandate must be reviewed
26 May 2009
The Young Communist League of South Africa (uFasimba) fully supports NUMSA’s mass action to the Reserve Bank to demand the scrapping of the inflation targeting policy, cutting of interest’s rates and prioritisation of jobs creation, growth and sustainable development.
The YCLSA strongly believes that the strategic mandate and focus of Reserve Bank should be reviewed and be redefined to focus on job creation and to mitigate the impact of the global and capitalist meltdown crisis now being felt by ordinary South Africans. In South Africa, thousands of jobs are being lost and families are losing breadwinners, cars and houses are being repossessed by the Capitalist Banks as a result of capitalist financial crisis. The inflation targeting framework underpinned by capitalist principles and logic has failed to address the developmental needs of our country.
The Reserve Bank should be playing a key strategic role in job creation and meeting the demands of the working class and the poor within the overall political economy geared towards reversing the colonial and apartheid legacy. The growing inequalities and unemployment poses a major social and economic crisis not for new Jacob Zuma led administration, but also for the Reserve Bank.
As the YCLSA we demand that the Reserve Bank should not assume a posture or seek to be a ‘cartel’ to serve the interests of capital, but we need a Reserve Bank that focuses on quality job creation and poverty eradication. The policies of the Reserve Bank must be aligned to the objectives of the developmental State and agenda. This is totally in sync with the policies adopted at the watershed 52nd National Congress of the ANC in 2007, the various Alliance summits and incorporated into the ANC led Alliance elections manifesto and now adopted by government led by President Zuma.
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25 Monday May 2009
A couple days ago I had a dream. I was walking through a house with my family. But across the yard there was an abandoned house. I crossed the yard to the empty home. When I walked inside the house and looked outside the window, the previously empty yard I walked through had a few trees with black people hanging from the limbs. Thinking I was seeing ghosts I ran back outside. But the vision didn’t go away. There were even more black people hanging from the trees. They were not hanging from a noose around the neck. They were upside down with their feet tied together and arms outstretched to the earth. As I tried to walk back to my family, I saw a white man in white robes looking like the pope sentencing more black people to their deaths. I woke from my dream after that. I spent the rest of that day, and the next, thinking of our African ancestors.
Today is the day that Americans are supposed to spend in remembrance of our fallen ancestors who were drafted or volunteered to serve this country and paid the ultimate sacrifice to help make this country great. I think more of us ought to spend more time remembering all the unremembered enslaved ancestors who were forced at the end of a whip to serve this country and make it great without so much as a dime in compensation. Where is our national memorial to recognize the sacrifice of all the enslaved Africans and all the Africans who died in the middle passage?
24 Sunday May 2009
Posted African-Americans, AfroSpear, AfroSphere, Crime, Criminal Justice, Justice, Life, Michael Vick, News, NFL, Sportsin
I’m a football fan. I love the Raiders and the people who know me will testify that I bleed silver and black. But first and foremost I’m a football fan.
I got the opportunity to see Michael Vick play against the Detroit Lions in a Thanksgiving Day game at Ford’s Field. I know it was the Lions, but Vick was spectacular. It was like watching a grown man compete against a group of kids. I never considered Vick a great quarterback, but he was undoubtedly a great athlete… and on that day he was the best athlete on the field. He single-handedly spanked the Lions.
The Falcons were an average team at best, but he made them an exciting average team. When he signed the 10 year contract for $130 million, I felt that he was worth it. Not only was it a benefit for the Falcons, but he was an electrifying asset for the league itself. I had heard the reports that he was temperamental and cocky… but it was understandable considering his skills. If the Falcons didn’t want or appreciate him, I would have wanted the Raiders to sign him and pay him that money.
So when I heard the reports of his involvement in the dog fighting scandal I thought “WTF!” Nothing surprises me when it comes to celebrities, especially athletes. As a society we tend to forget that they are just human, some are bad people, the majority are good people, none are perfect. But to be involved in training and brutalizing dogs for fighting and killing them if they lost, for the sake of gambling… well that’s just some evil sh*t! Plus in our society, the way people love their pets, especially white people, it would have been better for him if he was killing people and eating them like a Jeffrey Dahmer. I knew that if there was any truth to the allegations, he would be demonized and he career would pretty much he over.
Vick who was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for financing the dog fighting operation, was released on Wednesday to home confinement after serving about 19 months, but won’t be released from federal custody until July 20th. He will probably have to serve a term of suspension from the NFL before he will be allowed to play again.
I wasn’t one of those who jumped on the bandwagon to demonize the brother. What he did was foul… no doubt… but he accepted responsibility for his actions, plead guilty and has paid his debt to society. I support his re-instatement to the NFL. I believe in giving someone who messes up a second chance. Even a third chance in some cases. But more importantly, I hope he has learnt from this experience, gets his life together, makes better decisions and not make the same mistakes again.
Lester Munson @ ESPN.com wrote this excellent article detailing some of the issues around the Michael Vick saga. I for one hope Michael Vick rises, not like a falcon but like a phoenix, from the ashes of this latest african american tragic reality show.
23 Saturday May 2009
Posted AfroSpear, AfroSphere, Black pride, Entertainment, hip hop music, Music, Rap, sat'day riddymzin
2 of my favourite lines in rap are in this song:
23 Saturday May 2009
LAST month, a symposium to commemorate Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s scholarly legacy was convened in Tanzania. Among the attendees was a less known Nahashon Gacheke Gachihi from Kenya’s Bunge la Mwananchi. When I met this young man in Nairobi a few years ago, he invited me to Jevanjee Gardens for the Bunge la Mwananchi meetings.
Whilst Nyerere is taken for granted at home, in foreign countries, some smart people still take him heartily and seriously. Perhaps this is a fulfillment of a saying by Latin sages: “nemo profita in patria” (a prophet is not accepted at home.)
For my friend Gacheke attending and speaking in Nkrumah Hall at the University of Dar es Salaam about a great man, was not only a milestone but also a life-long treasure. Who knew that he’d share the same rostrum with bigwigs like Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka and Issa Shivji, among others?
Since the theme of the commemoration was Nyerere’s exemplary scholarly legacy, we would do well to look at his philosophy of the unification of Africa, that is currently sabotaged and abused by some of the people priding to be Nyerere’s disciples.
Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni stole thunders at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) during the inauguration of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS). Although he wrongly thought he’d have a smooth ride at UDASA, he ended up awakening sleeping lions! He was cornered on the Migingo Island issue and despite dancing around the point, he openly admitted that the highly disputed Migingo Island is Kenya’s but its water Uganda’s! This proves Museveni’s megalomania and lust for annexing Migingo.
Listen to what Museveni said: “When Mwalimu was retiring, I came here and asked him why he was resigning instead of developing the first East African Community because we’d already overthrown the person that wanted to destroy it. He answered me that “you’ll all develop it.” Now, I ask my colleagues to develop this union.”
Why is Museveni using Nyerere’s popularity for his advantage despite the fact that he contradicts himself? Whereas Nyerere wanted a united East Africa, Museveni wants to rule and usurp its power. How can he step or fit in Mwalimu’s shoes whilst he’s hell bent to annex Migingo? Mwalimu was not bully and assumptive. He was humble and visionary. He lived for others but not others living him as Museveni does. Museveni lives a king’s life while common Ugandans suffer. He spends much hard-earned taxes financing his private army as Ugandans grapple with how to make ends meet.
Look at another goofy and controversial statement by the self-defeating expansionist, Museveni, during the interview with BBC. He was quoted thus, “The Island is in Kenya, the water is in Uganda. But the Wajaluos are mad, they want to fish here but this is Uganda… hii nchi huru (this is a sovereign country). It is written here in English…. from this point; the border will continue to go in a straight line to the most northern point of Suba Islands. Mpaka inazunguka kisiwa (the border surrounds the island)… one foot into the water and you’re in Uganda.” Logically speaking, Museveni’s statement totally shows him glossing things over. It’s but an outright lie. Migingo, including its waters, is in Kenya.