To The So Called “Pretendians”

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“One of the greatest handicaps among the so-called Negroes is that there is no love for self, nor love for his or her kind. This not having love for self is the root cause of hate (dislike), disunity, disagreement, quarreling, betraying, stool pigeons and fighting and killing one another. How can you be loved, if you have not love for self? And [with you being in] your own nation and [you in] dislike [of] being a member of your own, then what nation will trust your love and membership? – You say of yourself, “I love everybody.” This cannot be true. Love for self comes first. The Bible, the book that you claim to believe says; “Love the brotherhood” (I Peter 2:17). “Love one another” (John 15:17). Love of self comes first. “The one who loves everybody [other than his own] is the one who does not love anyone…”

Elijah Muhammad (“Message To The Blackman”)

Some people speak in inappropriateness to the detriment of their own goals.

I am not sure if I understand this. Maybe not this. OK? But, the way I was raised, I do understand, that depending on the potential positive or negative impact to one’s household – some home conversations can be spoken about with others outside of the household; and some conversations should stay in the house. Understand?

It would seem to me at this point in the reparations movement that the total focus should be getting our hands on the bag – policies – set-asides. What happened to that? Look, I am no geneticist. But every single person that can neatly fit under the broad terminology of “Foundational Black American” is either bi – tri – or quad-racial. Both old and new mixes. Just to keep things real fucking simple. And some of us do indeed have some Native American genetics, some of us have pre-slavery period Black indigenous genetics, and only some of us have Black never-enslaved Freeman genetics. True. Yep! This is great stuff to know. And!!! Possibly undeniable history? OK. This is also great stuff to keep between and to yourselves AT HOME.

Think Strategy Family.

At this point – I have to ask: “What is the ultimate goal in publicly discussing this?”

Because I have to bottom-line ask: “Is this ‘Indian’ talk getting us closer to the bag or not?” I am sure that a good number of the people reading this post have at one time or another; lied on various applications; dressed up resumes; intentionally omitted certain aspects about oneself in interviews to make it past certain barriers. Right? So why in this instance are certain groups within the reparations movement digging up and broadcasting information that can possibly mitigate or extinguish our reparations demand? Is this talk about some “high” in declaring yourself as “Indian” – OR securing the bag? What can you take to the bank? “Indian-ness?”

In this Freedmen’s Reparations Era – what do you think will spend Family?

When reparations does happen – those conversations could have thousands of us self-eliminating ourselves from eligibility. Ammunition. I think you forget that white reparations oppositionists are absorbing every word and possibly developing a shutdown strategy based upon these public conversations. At many times in our racial history we have been denied rights and benefits through racist strategies of legally added complexity. This time, WE are handing over workable complexities that can be weaponized against us by our enemies(!?). We must overcome strategic blindness (ours). One of our historic downfalls as a people is us talking too much.

YES – talking too damned much. Scenario: Just like The Bureau of Indian Affairs has white people working there, The Bureau of Freedmen Affairs will have some white people working there as well. Just a reality of federal administration. You are standing in line, this >I< close to getting that $350,000 or more wealth gap closure check cut, drawn from the United States Treasury, and placed in your hand. The white intake clerk requests a sworn establishment of lineage. You answer: “Indian!” The clerk then directs you to the line that will be escorted to The Bureau of Indian Affairs. You can make your demands there. How will that conversation go?

Ahh…

So LOOK: If you believe you are an Indian – Cool. But I would suggest you lose Dane Calloway for a minute before he fucks up your money. OK? I support your “Indian-ness” or “Indiginous-ness.” OK? But if your official paperwork as of now says – Black, Negro, Colored, African American, AND if anybody ever at any point in your life has ever called you a “Nigger” – that right there should temporarily be your advocational standard. Let’s focus on the money Man!!! Do you understand?

If you want to be an Indian – be an Indian. But at this time, I would say: “Keep your mouth shut.” And make sense for yourself. Let us work in unity with the specificity Reparationists that are trying to get the bag for all of us. AND LET’S GET THAT FUCKING CHECK. Once you get that check – you can buy all the feathers you want. Get a peace pipe. Yes! You got some fucking money! Then you can get that peace pipe poppin’ with some real good shit. Got a backyard?

Amazon sells all kinds of teepees – some are fireproof…

I can’t tell anyone what to do. Just consider what I’m saying here. That’s All.

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The Juneteenth Standard

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“I am for the acquiring of knowledge or the accumulating of knowledge – as we now call it; education. First, my people must be taught knowledge of self. Then and only then will they be able to understand others and that which surrounds them. Anyone who does not have a knowledge of self is considered a victim of either amnesia or unconsciousness and is not very competent. The lack of knowledge of self is a prevailing condition among my people here in America. Gaining the knowledge of self makes us unite into a great unity. Knowledge of self makes you take on the great virtue of learning.”

Elijah Muhammad (“Message To The Blackman”)

The picture above is of the State Flower of Texas – the Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus Texenis). Beautiful? It is a species of lupine – a genus of flowering plants in the legume family Fabaceae. The genus includes over 199 species, with centers of diversity in North and South America. Lupinus Texenis is found in Texas, and the Mexican states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas.

At the time of this writing – it is the first week of June 2022. Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 19, 2021. That was a good thing – actually. Lately, I have been listening to various Twitter spaces, and reading a few articles online. There have been legitimate complaints from Freedmen, Foundational Black Americans, B1’s, ADOS, and others regarding the commercialization of, the co-opting of, and the perceived mishandling of Juneteenth. The flash point that ignited the Freedmen community was Walmart selling – then recalling “Juneteenth Ice Cream.” The recall came as a result of a backlash primarily done on social media. Wonderful. We get what we want when we unify and focus. Now, the complaints are valid to a point.

But!!! I think that some of the culpability is misplaced.

Why? Well Family – we cannot expect other groups to do the proper thing in this Juneteenth space because of two reasons. Reason One: The United States is an unabashedly capitalist country in fact and practice. We cannot legitimately allow anger to lace up our thoughts and words if WE have not established control and ownership of this Juneteenth issue, which is clearly being mishandled. Let us also understand that serious consequences have their place when interlopers interlope. We must be ruthless and uncompromising in that respect. Understand? People are going to commercialize and transactionize anything that is potentially or currently profitable and has no circumscriptions, taboos, or restrictions. Just the way it is.

A law of the universe.

Reason Two: Because WE as a Freedmen community HAVE NOT established hard standards, unimpeachable protocols, and responsible ownership. Full Stop.

Family – no line has been drawn. No prohibition has been enforced.

So. What should we do about this? What is it that we need to know? Well, what is going to be discussed here are suggested attitudes and actions to get control of this very important day. Just American Freedmen type Suggestions! OK Family?

What Is Juneteenth

This Juneteenth, which is now a federal holiday, commemorates the secondary emancipation or complete enfranchisement of Foundational Black American slaves. It is also observed for celebrating American Freedmen culture. The final landing of a 900 day legal manumission trajectory starting from January 1, 1863 until its ending on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas. It has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865. The day was recognized and established as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. President Joseph Biden signed the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act” into law.

Juneteenth’s commemoration is on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement of General Order No. 3 by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas. This was the last state of the Confederacy to operate with legal institutional slavery.

The Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, freed enslaved people in Texas and all the other Southern secessionist states of the Confederacy except for the parts of states not in rebellion. Although the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the Confederate States – it did not end slavery in states that remained in the Union. The last enslaved people present in the continental United States were freed when the enslaved people held in the Indian Territories that had sided with the Confederacy were released, namely the Choctaw (“and Brown?”), in 1866.

Celebrations date to 1866, at first involving church-centered community gatherings in Texas. They spread across the South and became more commercialized in the 1920’s and 1930’s, often centering on a food festival. The participants in the Great Migration out of the South carried their celebrations to other parts of the country. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s, these celebrations were eclipsed by the nonviolent determination to achieve civil rights, but grew in popularity again in the 1970’s with a focus on African American freedom and economics.

Beginning with Texas by proclamation in 1938, and by legislation in 1979, each state and the District Of Columbia have formally recognized the holiday in some way. With its adoption in certain parts of Mexico, the holiday became an international holiday. Juneteenth is celebrated by the Mascogos, descendants of Black Seminoles who escaped from slavery in 1852 and then settled in Coahuila, Mexico. But that Seminole-Mexican celebration has a different meaning and substance than our American Juneteenth. And that difference is exclusive to American Freedmen.

Why It Should Be Recognized

One “Why:” Juneteenth is not only a time to commemorate, remember, and reflect to be sure. It can also be regarded as a practice run – a political test to see if we can responsibly handle one of the responsibilities of reparations (taking it back from others). Many of the same challenges and requirements are held here. Exclusivity, specificity, pulling the gate up, ownership of the issue, drawing Tribal lines, and ultimately shaping the narrative. The Other “Why:” Follow me here: For those that are religious, you have religious holidays and observances. Many people on those days do, let’s say “spiritual resets” and recommitments. For those that are married, you have wedding anniversaries. And some couples use that day to renew their vows and “reset” their commitments to each other. Understand?

Juneteenth is a serious political day. Being released from slavery is a political act. Identifying who are members of our Tribe is a political act. Got It? Strengthening, expanding, reuniting with, and operationizing the family unit is a political act. Doing research on your Tribal history and learning the details of your lineage is a political act. Working on improving our Tribal interpersonal relations with each other as American Freedmen – and becoming more acceptable to each other is a political act (HEY! Something that MUST be accomplished for our survival).

Our unity is a political act (to nail the importance of that – in the 1960’s the late FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover stated: “The greatest threat to the United States is Negro unity.”). You See? Juneteenth is a time of political education and reset for American Freedmen. That is why it should be recognized. Everything about our existence is political. From birth to death. Even where you will be buried is a political act.

Juneteenth is our political reset day.

How Should It Be Recognized

The “How” in this instance starts with the “Where.” And that should be AT HOME.

Yes – AT HOME. Or, at “Big Momma’s house.” Right? You know how we do. Starting with preparing a menu. With meals consisting of a healthy “soul food” (hopefully vegan) layout with dishes traditional to Black culture and Juneteenth (like red velvet cake and red-hued drinks). A commemoration can also take the form of a family reunion style outing at a city or state park. Some cases may be done at a banquet or party hall. Depends on the participant situation.

This should be a memory and reset day regarding the emancipation of our people and the struggle we have and continue to endure as we fight for our full liberation. We must reestablish this as a day of reflection and strengthening the awareness of the labor and pain Freedmen sacrificed to build America. This is important Family: There should be no parades or festivals. This is serious Family, not playtime.

The colors of Juneteenth are Red, White, and Blue. Flags? The meaning-filled Juneteenth Heritage flag, the American flag, the Black American flag (created in 1967), and the American Freedmen (“F1”) flag would be proper. Anything purchased to perform the holiday should be purchased as intentionally as possible from American Freedman owned businesses or community members. American Freedmen that possess craft skills can assist in making items to not only personalize their family’s commemoration – but that move also helps to protect against the wholesale co-opting of Juneteenth by non-Freedmen individuals and businesses.

Those Freedmen with appropriate skills should dedicate time to offering paid services and goods to the Freedmen community for Juneteenth. Goods can be specially made once a year for the Juneteenth holiday. A national Freedmen Juneteenth merchant registry should be developed if one does not already exist.

A Juneteenth To Do List:

  1. Add to the family lineage notebook or tree with new entries or new information regarding ancestors. Also – making sure that family members have information on genealogy services, databases, and DNA testing facilities.
  2. Making sure that all eligible family members are registered (as independent and able to vote in any primary if possible in one’s state) voters. And to implore all members of the family to participate in the national Census.
  3. Promote firearms acquisition, licensing, and training. Along with discussing survivalist knowledge and crisis handling (remember Buffalo Family).
  4. Promote and implement family business start-ups, pooled family investments, and proficiency in the realms of finance and money. Make Plans! June 2022 can be the foundational year of the idea and inaugural execution of “Economic Parallelism” (details to be explained in a future post).
  5. Promote the finding of and making the connections with as of yet unknown members of one’s extended family. Connecting with family members that are militarily deployed, hospitalized, out of town, or incarcerated. Reverse migration to the South is something that should also be discussed.
  6. Discuss the latest developments regarding the reparations issue – and encourage active participation in getting reparations accomplished. Make clear in these discussions why NAARC, N’COBRA, and FirstRepair are the enemies of Pure Reparations and full political equity for American Freedmen.
  7. Discuss politics, pending bills, candidates, and equity issues – and encourage active participation in Freedmen politics. Discuss (and implement) working on better interpersonal relations with your American Freedmen neighbors and establishing strong Freedmen community networks locally and nationally.

Juneteenth is a get-together to get it together day Family. The reunions. The hugs. The kisses. And don’t forget to have a minute of silence for the Ancestors.

What Juneteenth Is Not

What Juneteenth is not? Well – for starters, it is not in any way ever about Pan Africanism. Stop It. The Red, Black, and Green colors of Pan Africanism should not be anywhere near Juneteenth. Anathema. Disrespectful. This day absolutely has nothing to do with the Caribbean or Caribbeans. There are attempts now being made from ignorance and/or intent to “Africanize” Juneteenth. This we cannot allow. And this is within our power to stop. Juneteenth is a Native Black American Domestic Affair. Wholly contained within the context of American history. This holiday – exclusively to be shaped and executed by Black American Freedmen.

Full Stop.

A quote from Sister Soldier Morgan Malachi:

“Juneteenth is not a holiday for all people. It is a day for Freedmen in Texas [and Freedmen nationwide]. No individual or company [outside of the Freedmen community] should be able to co-opt the message and history of this historic American Freedmen event. We cannot allow grifters to corporatize Juneteenth or change its meaning to the Freedmen community. Many examples of how American Freedmen throughout history honored the holiday point to the use of Red, White, and Blue at these Emancipation Day celebrations by formerly enslaved people. We cannot allow those outside of our community to dictate how we will practice our sacred traditions. All Black people are not American Freedmen. All People of Color are not American Freedmen. This is a notice to all non-Freedmen. You will stop the blatant disrespect of the history and sacrifice of our community.”

As you can see from this quote, I am not the only one that is peeved about this situation. Morgan Malachi encapsulates the proper attitude and goals in the above quote. Is this attitude something that the Freedmen community can adopt?

Even though friends and family gathering is part of what Juneteenth is about – it is not a “party” or “celebratory” type of thing. It is, or should be, an upright formal commemoration and reset. Rendered with the same solemnity and dignity that the Jewish community performs and respects Passover. Here is another Morgan quote:

“Juneteenth needs to return to its roots. Juneteenth should not be commemorated by a parade or festival until ALL American Freedmen get their justice claim which is lineage based reparations [Full Stop]. There is nothing to celebrate at this point in our history. We owe it to the Freedmen community to be clear and intentional about winning the battle for reparations. We must be [openly] unapologetic and [unreservedly] confrontational about our ethnic boundaries. This starts now.”

And that takes an attitude of OWNERSHIP. Do we own our commemoration or not Family? This is what we have to decide on – and move on. Let’s lock it up.

Gates Up

Since the days of Booker T. Washington – American Freedmen have always been passive Pan Africans. We never cared where you were from. If you’re Black, you are MY Brother – If you’re Black, you are MY Sister: “Are We?” We established a Flat BLACK and projected that powerful idea across the world. The center of world Blackness is America – Not Africa. The American crucible fired by the combustibles of slavery and racism-white supremacy burned away any notions of operative tribalism within us. That burning was and is now – to our political and economic detriment. We are at this late – but not too late date, now waking up to that fact.

Now, to me – I mean, if you want to sub-categorize American Freedmen, I think there are three kinds of “mixes” in this country that were born amongst us. I have my own terminology. There are: 1. Early Mixes (born from 1619 to 1867 – the slave rape period), 2. Middle Mixes (born from 1868 to 1960 – the miscegenation period), and 3. Late Mixes (born from 1961 to the present – the mostly consensual, but-be-sure-to-check-anyway period). Hey – there you go, we’re all mixed. That “mix” is one of the main markers of “American Freedmen-ness.” Rape – You Know?

And notice that Caribbeans and Africans are not a significant part of that Middle and Late Mix calculus. That is because Black Diasporian residency in this country was to the right of the decimal point before 1965. The bulk of Black immigrants did not arrive here until after 1980. Got Here Good – after the racial smoke cleared. White friends and lovers. Able to attend university in peace. Coffee at Starbucks. No recent genetic connections to us (mostly). The Diasporans – strategically hostile to us. And to hell with “Biracial.” I roll with the “one drop rule.” I do so because yes, there may be several genetic categories to identify and classify, but there was and is in this country – AMERICA, depending on where one is on a perceptual, phenotypical, and/or self-identification scale – only two kinds of treatment: White Treatment, and Nigger Treatment. Nigger Treatment is the basis for Reparations.

Either you are an American Freedman or not.

One must also consider, from 1619, till now, the racial mozaic that we now call “Black” comes from the genetic “early and middle period folding in” of European and multi-tribal African DNA. And the “late period re-folding-in” of genetic traits from different African ethnic groups, American Indian, Hispanic, Asian, and the further addition of occasional (consensual) European-American infusions. And that still expanding mozaic is as it is, from just us having relations with each other.

We are a new and exceptional people.

Because of the unique racial deconstruction and reformulation that we have gone through – this was contained only in this country. We must establish certain rights, delineate certain distinctions, and make certain demands based on our completely American lineage. Not only did we provide the basis for the economic and cultural richness of this country – but our DNA is inextricably enmeshed to the soil of this land. Some Nazi said: “Blood And Soil?” NO! That tribal phrase is an appropriate descriptor of us and OUR Holocaust. A Holocaust that started the first minute of the year 1619. Going nonstop through every second of every day of every year.

Right Now.

I use “Blood And Soil” without apology. That we cannot escape, nor can anyone replace that fact. We – along with the foundational whites (the ones that arrived and stayed and enslaved AND – between 1619 to 1865) are the true “Paid In Blood – Invested In Full” co-owners of this country. But Freedmen are exclusively owed.

And the Diaspora knows this deal as well. But the 400 year ferociousness of racism-white supremacy created a flat-Blackness in our Freedmen consciousness out of a sheer but presumed racial necessity. Brothers and Sisters. Protection. Economics. Racial Militancy. Global Black Unity. Out of that Black racial consciousness and sweetness of heart came Pan Africanism. The Freedmen created Pan Africanism.

OK? Felt Good. Sounded Good.

But there’s a problem: The promotion of Pan Africanism has always been one-sided. The American side. Of course, there have been a few non-American Pan Africans like George Padmore, Julius Nyerere, Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, and the controversial Marcus Garvey. But they were anecdotal outliers. Pan Africanism was not a part of the consciousness of the people they led and/or associated with. Pan African philosophy was ninety-nine percent a part of the consciousness of American Freedmen only. Not Good. Tribalism is the Diasporic norm outside the community of American Freedmen. Pan Africanism at best means fake cooperation and reciprocity in name only. In clear truth – the Diasporans see the Freedmen as another tribe. A Lick. Suckers – to be tribally screwed over.

Aren’t we “Brothers?” Ahh NO… We have no brothers nor sisters Anywhere.

Pan Africanism has never been good or operational for American Freedmen. And with certain exceptions – the Diaspora both domestically and internationally have shown themselves to be an undermining collective. Happily joining with the forces and systems of racism-white supremacy to derail the access to and enjoyment of our birthright. The NAARC/N’COBRA Axis of today is primarily responsible for opening that dirty door and facilitating this ugly mess. It is our first responsibility to understand what we are politically, culturally, and economically dealing with.

We as a people are far too civil with other-colored “strangers,” and friendly-presenting but strategically-minded white oppressors. We must develop hard self-esteem and Tribal pride about ourselves. Work with each other, and put up a steel gate Family. Understand – we must do the hard work of raising the consciousness and political viability of the 40 Millions of our American Freedmen Tribe. Right Here. Within, upon, and throughout OUR American Homeland. Right Here.

Complacency Equals Death.

No Commercialization

Commercialization without permission or guidance is point-blank disrespect. We’ve been commercialized and commodified for over 400 years. Aren’t we a little tired of this? Whenever commercialization happens – whether the commercializer is Caribbean, African, or white. The hive should come out of every woodwork and sting, call, email, and confront offending commercializers into submission. We need to seriously get super nasty with disrespecters. Because nastiness and confrontation in many cases are the only thing folks like this understand. Lawsuits, cease and desist orders, and circumscribing legislation should also be a part of our toolbox.

Commercializers only respect power and the possibility of getting hurt.

Don’t be ashamed, embarrassed, or feel that you have to be restrained in your disapproval. Take a lesson from the Jews. Commercialize their stuff without permission – and see what happens. Insult them – and see what happens. One wrong or misplaced word (Whoopi Goldberg) even in support of their community – and they will unrelentingly injure you financially and socially. No Discussion. No Compromise. No Nothing. The Jewish community as a tribal collective will get On Code and stomp you six feet into the ground with no hesitation, reserve, or mercy. They will enthusiastically erase you from all of your Black earthly existence.

The Jewish community shows what can be done when you are 2.4% of the United States population and unreservedly On Code – as opposed to what can’t be done when you are 13% of the population in this country, and mostly Off Code. They respect themselves – and will not allow others to run over them without substantial and permanent consequences. That’s the right way Family. We should be the same.

NO Forgiveness, Reconciliation, or Compromise. None. Leave that for Jesus.

The Responsibility Of Freedmen

Family!!! We must get On Code and TAKE BACK our stuff. We as a Tribe are way too Loose – Casual – and Distracted Family. We are at a racial tipping point.

We must respect the Law of Survival.

Because we have failed to exercise an operational respect for each other specifically and our Tribe generally – we have lost out on us and everything on so many levels including control of our commemorative representations. Never forget that the way we handle the things that represent us and the milestones in our history as a people is just as political an act as securing voting rights and demanding specific policies for American Freedmen. Yes Family – commemorations and observances ARE POLITICAL. Your political attitude reflects your degree of self-respect. We must handle all politics with enlightened selfishness and uncompromising ownership. Gates need to be up Family. By our hand – Juneteenth needs to be disaggregated from the mis-colored Pan African Diaspora, and reset to its proper ownership.

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I would like to thank Sister Soldiers Morgan Malachi of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Rose Cannon of Evanston, Illinois for their timely and intelligent contributions to this post.

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Meleika Speaks On Evanston

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“Money in its proper place is a worthwhile and necessary instrument for a well-rounded life, but when it is projected to the status of a god – it becomes a power that corrupts and an instrument of exploitation.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This May 30, 2022 post – written by concerned citizen Meleika Gardner, is part of the continuing saga of the Evanston “reparations” program. Written by an actual resident of Evanston, Illinois. This repost is taken from the nicely done Meleika Communications Blog (www.meleikacommunications.com) “The Voice of the People.” The right questions to the right people are being asked here. Hopefully, properly aware Evanston Freedmen will flex the power of their constituency and shut this travesty down. This mess has gone on long enough.

Here It Is:

Evanston Reparations: Unanswered questions continue to grow…

No one can answer after three years; how much money is in the Reparations Fund? And why would the Reparations Committee be entertaining getting anything that resembles a loan for Evanston Reparations? Because so many questions have been left unanswered regarding Evanston Reparations, which is leading more residents to further not trust the Reparations system, I wrote yet another email on May 23, 2022 to Evanston City Council:

Dear City Council:

CPAH* made clear they were working for free. At the last Reparations meetings, a Committee member asked if the $269K from the City’s general fund be transferred to the Reparations Fund. It was explained that people might have to get paid for their work in Reparations with the 16 recipients. Who are these people getting paid and how much? Are they already on City salary as an employee? Is CPAH changing their terms and want to get paid now?

It was also asked if the public can finally get the amount from the cannabis taxes. The response was that it was still against the law to reveal that amount to the public. The public is not asking for monthly updates. A Committee member said it’s been three years now with expenditures… the public has a right to know at this point.

The public in Evanston and cities around the country are still waiting on a response from Evanston City Council on what happens when a recipient does not use all of their $25K on home improvements? Who pockets the remaining? The language was changed to “up to $25K”, but the promotion in the media and what was promised in the commitment was an allotment of $25K to each individual.

And, as much as you all are excited about the Tribeca Film release coming in June on the Big Payback, we know it’s about money and career advancement for Erika Alexander, Whitney Dow, Joy Reid, and the rest of the production. I worked in Los Angeles for many years. The industry will sell out Black people for a dollar all day everyday. This is just another example of selling a lie for the almighty dollar in Hollywood. The documentary is not going to tell the truth of Evanston Reparations.

Mayor Biss, Black people would much prefer cash payments like your grandmother received until the day she died over receiving new windows as a form of Reparations. I know you and others on the Council like Melissa Wynne believe we should be celebrating new windows as a start when your grandmother received payments until her passing to help her family/community. You say those payments were nothing. But did your grandmother refuse any of them? Did any Jewish person refuse their cash payments? A white man just destroyed a Black family… take these new windows as a start. Sounds fair.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

Meleika Gardner

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*CPAH – Community Partners for Affordable Housing.

www.cpahousing.org

About The Author: Meleika Gardner is a Community Engagement Specialist, the owner of Evanston Live TV, and a board member of Art Encounter and WE WILL, an organization dedicated to involving women and children in the legislative process. Meleika is also the co-host and producer of the Chicago Heal with State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, addressing Chicago violence, trauma, and mental/emotional health services on iHeart Radio WVON, WCPT Progressive Talk Radio, and CAN TV. Support Her Project Space:

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Reparations International?

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“I get tired of others, including our Black elected representatives always pushing hard to make the descendants of American slaves the “MULES” for all other groups. Including Black immigrants. This is ridiculous. My lineage does all the work – absorbs all the pain – suffers through all the deprivation. But when it comes to some kind of justice – some kind of recompense. We are supposed to step to the back of the line and allow Caribbeans and Africans to be prioritized? Taking this long to decide on something that should not be a question in the first place is an insult. I see how Pan Africanism works – I am against Pan Africanism.”

Arthur Ward

This strong and positive piece was written by my darling Cynthia McDonald.

Freedmen First!!!

You Know? I am sick and tired of Pan African and Diasporan impositions and intrusions on this purely domestic issue and grievance. Unlike my lady, Ms. McDonald (the author of this article) – I do claim to be a xenophobe and nativist (she’s more “fair-minded” than I am). I also can’t get the fact out of my head that some Africans SOLD US into this racial crucible now called America. There is also that confusing “Akata” issue. You See? Right? For myself – I’d really like to see an active xenophobia and nativism growing amongst our people – especially when it comes to our reparations. This is a much more balanced and thoughtful article on the subject than I could ever write regarding Pan Africanism and reparations.

Read, learn, and think:

Would Reparations Fare Better With An International Movement?

By Cynthia McDonald

Recently Dr. Ray Winbush, a professor of Morgan State University and author of several books on reparations, was on Black Power Media being interviewed by Dr. Jared Ball, professor and author of the Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power. Here, Dr. Winbush stated that Reparations needs to have an international push or movement instead of a single-minded focus only on the United States. This particular statement made me reflect on his words and ponder on it possibly being something that is proper or even practical. As American reparationists continue to fight to achieve the justice claim for the Descendants of Freedmen, it would be proper to start exploring different strategies to make a 155 year old topic a reality.

Is one of those ways to productively unite with the Diaspora is to make reparations an international movement? Should Freedmen internationalize? Well – let’s see…

Lately there has been much talk about reparations for chattel slavery in many mediums. We have seen reparations talks being organized on several Zoom platforms by organizations who support such a measure. We’ve seen the subject explored on TED Talks, the DNC debate stage, and even had two hearings in June of 2019 and February 17, 2021 in the House Judiciary Subcommittee of Congress. HR40 – the bill to study reparations was first introduced in the late 1980’s.

As of this writing, this HR40 bill has 173 co-sponsors in the House and has a companion bill in the Senate. With the onset of the American Freedmen reparations movement and the highlight of extreme actions of vigilantes and police that led to the deaths of, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd – there has been a powerful outpouring from various voices that reparations can wait no longer.

Reparations for Slavery is not a new topic.

There have been discussions of reparations since before the Emancipation Proclamation. The first affirmative action for reparations was Special Field Order No. 15. This was a military order issued during the American Civil War, on January 16, 1865, by General William Tecumseh Sherman, commander of the Military Division of the Mississippi United States Army. This provided for the confiscation of 400,000 acres (1,600 km2) of land along the Atlantic coast of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and the dividing of it into parcels of not more than 40 acres (0.16 km2), on which were to be settled approximately 18,000 formerly enslaved families and other Black people then living in the area.

General Sherman issued his orders four days after meeting with twenty local Black ministers and lay leaders, and with the U.S. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton in Savannah, Georgia. Brigadier General Rufus Saxton, a strong abolitionist from Massachusetts who had previously organized the recruitment of Black soldiers for the Union Army, was put in charge of implementing the orders.

After the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the order had little concrete effect. President Andrew Johnson issued a proclamation that returned the lands to southern owners who took a loyalty oath. Johnson granted amnesty to most former Confederates and allowed the rebel states to elect new governments.

These governments, which often included ex-Confederate officials, soon enacted what are called Black Codes. Measures designed to control and repress the recently freed slave population. General Saxton and his staff at the Charleston South Carolina’s Freedman’s Bureau’s office refused to carry out President Johnson’s wishes and denied all applications to have lands returned. In the end, Johnson and his allies removed General Saxton and his staff. But not before Congress was able to provide legislation to assist some families in keeping their lands.

Since the rescinding of Special Field Order 15, there were other reparations activists that emerged. Examples are Callie House and Isaiah Dickerson, who chartered the National Ex-Slave Mutual Relief, Bounty and Pension Association in 1898, to Queen Mother Moore who was a civil rights leader, Black Nationalist, Pan African activist, and founder of the Republic of New Afrika. Mother Moore was also the founder and president of the “Universal Association of Ethiopian Women,” as well as the founder of the “Committee for Reparations for Descendants of U.S. Slaves.” Moore actively promoted U.S. Freedmen reparations from 1950 until her death in 1997.

Other organizations have also emerged to help continue the work of achieving reparations(!?) such as “The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA),” “National African-American Reparations Commission (NAARC),” and ”The Caribbean Community (CARICOM).” The aforementioned organizations share a Pan African (a global cultural and political movement aiming at strengthening bonds of solidarity between all indigenous and Diasporic ethnic groups of African origin) ideology and objective. I can accept those goals.

But!!! Let’s look at the “international” aspect:

These organizations also coalition in some respects with one another. However, CARICOM is uniquely specific within the Pan African space concerning the community they are advocating for when it comes to reparations. There are fifteen countries that are included in the advocacy pool within CARICOM’s community. But the United States is clearly not one of them. CARICOM states on their website that they promote and support a unified Caribbean Community that is inclusive, resilient, and competitive; sharing in economic, social, and cultural prosperity.

As of late the issue of SPECIFICITY when it comes to reparations in the United States has been a source of some contention between those who garner a Pan African philosophy versus those who are considered “Freedmen First.” Starting from the emergence of the ADOS Movement, with the criteria established by Duke Professor Dr. William “Sandy” Darity and co-author of “From Here to Equality.” The specificity faction advocates his criteria. Dr. Darity’s work properly lays out whom should be the group that qualifies for reparations in the United States.

His criteria is a person who has identified as “Black” or “African-American” or “Negro” on government documents for at least twelve years before a reparations legislation has been enacted and can trace their lineage through at least one parent to United States Chattel Slavery. Simple? Fair? Proper? Right?

Apparently there are those of the Pan African sensibility that have tried to conflate the criteria to a blood quantum rule or the possibility of DNA tests. None of these claims are factual. The claims, however, seem to raise a larger argument that because those who are of an ADOS or Foundational Black American or Freedmen First sensibility, that locks out others from the African Diaspora who happen to be in the United States. Arguments such as “White Supremacy is global” or “racism affects all Black people” are often raised, sustained, and even conflated with the aforementioned statements that Dr. Darity’s criteria is xenophobic because it excludes Black people whom are not American Descendants of Chattel Slavery.

This Is Nonsense.

The facts are that every reparations program be it by legislation or lawsuit has always been specific. Some examples include:

The Pueblo Lands Act of 1924: Congress authorized the establishment of the Pueblo Lands Board to adjudicate land title disputes, along with a payment of $1,300,000 to the Pueblo for the land they lost.
The Shoshones: Were paid over $6 million for land illegally seized from them.
The Indian Reorganization Act: This ordinance authorized $2 million a year in appropriations for the acquisition of land for Indians (except for the state of Oklahoma and the territory of Alaska until 1936). Congress made appropriations until 1941. In total $5.5 million was appropriated for 400,000 acres of land, and further legislation added 875,000 acres to reservations. One million acres of grazing land and one million acres intended for homesteading were returned to the tribes.
The Navajo-Hopi Rehabilitation Act: This was passed – authorizing an appropriation of $88,570,000 over 10 years for a program benefiting the Navajo and Hopi, including soil conservation, education, business and industry development on reservation, and assistance in finding employment off-reservation.
Civil Liberties Act of 1988: President Ronald Reagan signed a bill providing $1.2 billion ($20,000 a person) and an apology to each of the approximately 60,000 living
Japanese-Americans who had been interned during World War II. Additionally, $12,000 and an apology were given to 450 Unangans (Aleuts) for internment during WWII, and a $6.4 million trust fund was created for their communities.
In the United States Court of Claims case Tlingit and Haida Indians of Alaska v. United States: The plaintiff tribes won a judgment of $7.5 million as just compensation for land taken by the U.S. Government between 1891 and 1925.
The Tuskegee Experiment: A $10 million out-of-court settlement was reached between the U.S. government and Tuskegee victims, Black men who had been unwitting subjects of an evil and heinous study of untreated syphilis, and whom did not receive available treatments.

All of these claims have in common the naming of a specific group for a specific injury. There has been no precedent made in the United States (or elsewhere) where reparations was non-specifically paid to a blanketed group of people. I as a descendant of American Freedmen cannot stake claim to the Civil Liberties Act that paid Japanese Internment Camp victims from WWII. I would not qualify to receive redress from the Navajo-Hopi Rehabilitation Act, since I am not of that lineage, nor a member of those tribes. Makes sense, does it not? The injured party from a specific injury is the one who should receive the appropriate redress and repair.

So let us revisit Dr. Winbush’s strong statement of reparations needing to be an international movement. The other claim that is often made by Pan Africans is that being “specific” concerning U.S. reparations immediately means that advocacy from and to the Diaspora is immediately cut off. I personally push back on this claim, because Freedmen have always advocated for justice for the Diaspora.

American Freedmen leaders like W.E.B DuBois advocated against exclusionary tactics by the United States Government to keep Africans and African Diasporans out of the country. Also it has to be mentioned how American Freedmen seriously advocated to end Apartheid in South Africa, calling for American Companies to divest from doing business in that country. That and other demonstrations in the United States and in South Africa led to the collapse of the Apartheid system.

Specificity does not have to be an enemy to international advocacy.

In South Africa, The South African government was to pay reparations to thousands of people identified as victims of Apartheid by the country’s truth and reconciliation commission. At the time, South African President Thabo Mbeki has said that his government will make a payment of 30,000 South African Rand ($3,890) each to more than 19,000 people identified by the commission as victims of gross human rights violations. Should I be a part of that claim? Or not?

Those of us in the United States support and applaud that effort. But I would not expect to receive any of that payment, because even though I am Black – I was not a victim of apartheid. That does not mean as a member of the Diaspora that I can’t support South Africa to do right by its citizens that were harmed by the Apartheid policy. The same can be said for the Descendants of American Chattel Slavery.

Although all Black people living in the United States would not and should not qualify for reparations if not a descendant of United States Chattel Slavery, the international community (within and without the United States) can and should enable and supply support for the Freedmen’s descendants to get the full measure of their justice claim. This – only the right and proper Diasporan thing to do.

I agree with Dr. Winbush’s statement that reparations can and should be an international movement. It is quite apparent that members of the African Diaspora have been harmed by white supremacy on many levels and deserve justice from oppressive government policies all over the world. Even though this is the case, redress and repair is going to look different based on whom and where the injury exacted. I cannot expect reparations to look the same in Brazil as it would in Jamaica. Although slavery was practiced in both countries, the governments that enacted those institutions are different. Brazil’s claim would be from Portugal and Jamaica’s would come from Great Britain. We can and should implore all from the Diaspora to support one another in our justice claims, but keep in mind that our claims are specific to the countries we are in. Reparations can be supported globally but should without exception be an issue respectfully handled domestically.

See? No venom. Just reason, logic, data, and good sense.

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On Philadelphia Freedmen

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“I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply. We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know we will win, but I have come to believe that we are integrating into a burning house. I’m afraid that America has lost the moral vision she may have had, and I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears the soul of this nation. I fear I am integrating my people into a burning house.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Another beautiful paper by Sister Soldier Morgan Malachi. A Freedman activist (and intellectual) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Even though this work is specifically focused on the Freedmen situation in Philadelphia – in a wholesale sense, the points discussed here can be applied to and in any city, hamlet, or rural area where Freedmen reside. Which is why I am reproducing this Call here.

A call to action is an exhortation to take responsibility. A main problem in our community is political and economic complacency. At this point in our history Family – complacency equals death. This is not hyperbole. This is where we are. Time to get educated. Time to decide what part in this movement that you are going to play. And to decide to execute that decision. That decision is not one that is only for yourself – this is equally about your children and grandchildren.

The only political issue that is most important for our people – the American Freedmen – at this point going forward is lineage-based reparations. That’s It…

Read and learn. Here it is:

Philadelphian Freedmen Must Have Reparations: A Call to Action

By Morgan Malachi – Tubman House Center for Reparative Justice

The Problem

Philadelphia is one of the poorest big cities [01] in the United States. In 2019, Philadelphia’s population was 1,535,277 of which 24.3% were living in poverty. The majority of Freedmen [02] Philadelphians live in communities that experienced decades of neglect and disinvestment and now are targets of unrelenting gentrification. Our state’s minimum wage [03] has been $7.25 since 2009. According to the Living Wage [04], a single person with no children in Philadelphia must make at least $18.14 an hour and $29.81 an hour is needed for one person with three children to live comfortably in our city. This is the irrefutable reality.

Philadelphia is just one portrait of the larger problem.

The racial wealth gap [05] of American Freedmen nationally is staggering. In 2016, the net worth of an average white family was $171,000, a figure almost ten times greater than an American Freedmen family at $17,150. Since 1865, American Freedmen have maneuvered through a system of oppressive tactics like redlining laws which kept Freedmen out of equity and wealth. If Freedmen cannot build (and recover) generational wealth they will never be able to close the racial wealth gap. Once the data is parsed, we can clearly see American Freedmen are specifically the “Black people” [06] suffering at the highest rates. This is why lineage based reparations for Philadelphian Freedmen are long overdue.

Middle class Philadelphian Freedmen are living paycheck to paycheck, and are much poorer than their white middle class counterparts. The Freedmen middle class identity is largely a facade. Despite their many degrees and seemingly well-paying jobs, middle class Philadelphia Freedmen are saddled with massive student loan debt, which is compounded by the lack of generational wealth. They are working jobs with precarious retirement plans and have very little savings. The economic position of the masses of Freedmen Philadelphians [07] is dire.

There is no Black Middle Class

The need for lineage-based reparations highlight the classist delusions in the Philadelphia Freedmen community. A college education doesn’t matter when a community has no wealth. Upper and middle class Freedmen often feel no need to focus on reparations advocacy. The middle class Freedmen community might make decent salaries, but they don’t have any real capital. Many do not own their homes. They don’t own businesses in Black neighborhoods let alone city-wide. This is true for not just Philadelphians, but for the Freedmen community as a whole.

Too frequently a specific person or family will point to their personal success and reject these truths. It can’t be just some of us, it needs to be all of us on an equal financial footing. Individualist ideals have not and will never save American Freedmen from systemic oppression. The Northwest section of Philadelphia is remarkably divided by wealth. Even upper middle class Freedmen don’t have the same wealth, financial access, and asset safeguards their white neighbors enjoy. Pennsylvania State Representative Chris Rabb [08] was quoted saying:

“We rarely see people west of Stenton [Avenue] crossing into east of Stenton,” he said, referring to a line that divides wealthier and poorer parts of the area, “and that’s largely a racial dynamic.”

Historical Background

The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company [09] was signed into law as: “An Act to Incorporate the Freedmen’s Trust Company.” This was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on March 3, 1865. Branches were opened in seventeen states with thirty-seven locations between 1865-1871. Seventy thousand American Freedmen deposited money into the Freedman’s Saving and Trust Company. Those deposits, made in trust by the formerly enslaved, accumulated to fifty-seven million dollars. By 1870, amendments to the charter impacted the bank’s loan policies. In 1873 mismanagement and fraud ran rampant and the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company never recovered.

Frederick Douglass was appointed as the bank’s President, he also invested ten thousand dollars of his own money. Douglass, not realizing the depths of the larceny to American Freedmen wealth, sent Congress a recommendation to close the bank. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company closed on June 29, 1874 – leaving the formerly enslaved American Freedmen community in financial ruin. Our ancestors’ hard earned money was gone. We ask how many times do we have to continuously start over? Gentrification is ushering in a new forced migration for Philadelphia Freedmen that we have yet to see the outcomes of.

Octavius V. Catto was a Philadelphia Freedman lynched by a violent white mob on
October 10, 1871. Catto went to a Freedman’s Bank branch at 919 Lombard Street. He withdrew twenty dollars to purchase a gun. This was an election day in Philadelphia. Leaving the Freedman Bank branch, he had to dodge violent white mobs. This was one year after the Fifteenth Amendment [10] restored voting rights protections to Philadelphia Freedmen. Later in the day, Catto was confronted by two white men, Edward Reddy Denver and Frank Kelly. Catto, with no warning, was shot by Frank Kelly multiple times in broad daylight in front of numerous eyewitnesses. This incident was a solid warning to the Freedmen community.

Mayor James Kenney dedicated a statue [11] to Octavius V. Catto which sits outside
Philadelphia’s City Hall. This statue cost two million dollars. Mayor James Kenney
apparently forgot to ask the Freedmen community if they wanted a statue to
commemorate Catto, a victim of white rage, or a commitment to real justice and repair through lineage based reparations for Catto’s community. Kenney needs to stop the symbolism – stop the pandering, and do his job. We will no longer stand for the displacement [12] and neglect of Philadelphia Freedmen.

Freedmen Philadelphians have a specific claim in the modern day reparations
discussion. Philadelphia’s Freedmen population is impacted by wealth disparities at a devastating rate. The history of redlining in Philadelphia can be traced to the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation [13] rating Philadelphia neighborhoods with high Freedmen populations in the 1930’s as “hazardous/high risk” – signifying a possible risk of defaulting on mortgage loans. Banks denying loans for Freedmen purchasing homes in Freedmen neighborhoods ensured segregation by another name. Even with the passing of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 [14], the redlining tactics were so pervasive the act did little to change the disparities within Freedmen Philadelphian communities [15]. Housing segregation also impacts income, wealth accumulation, education funding, healthcare access, and poverty rates.

No More Pandering White Progressives or Complacent Black Democrats

The Philadelphian Freedmen population [16] in gentrifying areas of West and South Philadelphia decreased by 29% from 2000-2012 according to US census records. In North Philadelphia, the Freedmen population declined by 22%. West Philadelphians’ median home sale price increased 98%. South Philadelphia’s median sale price increased 184%, more than three times the citywide rate; North Philadelphia’s median home sale price increased 200%, nearly four times the citywide average. This is not an anomaly Philadelphian Freedmen can ignore. It is time for Freedmen to become fully aware of the disparities that persist in their lives and the history of being locked out of asset equity at the foundation.

White gentrifiers take full advantage of our equity inequality. Gentrifiers such as
Alexandra Hunt [17] are pandering to American Freedmen [18] with stolen talking points and no tangible history of advocacy on behalf of Freedmen beyond a series of tweets where she called for “Reparations for the American Freedmen.” Hunt also talks about every other so-called oppressed group [19] in America. Lineage-based reparations is not a talking point. It is an ancestral justice claim. Tubman House is here to ensure every aspect of lineage-based reparations discussions are guarded, and approached with nothing but respect and tangible political advocacy.

Hunt [20] clearly does not respect reparations or knows the history behind it as she continues to GENTRIFY [21] a Freedmen neighborhood. No one who willingly participates in our oppression will ever help to liberate Freedmen. We must demonstrate disciplined steadfastness in every aspect of our justice claim as Philadelphia Freedmen. We can not afford to be corrupted and misled any longer.

The incumbent Dwight Evans, Congressman of Philadelphia’s 3rd Congressional District, is no stranger to Philadelphia Freedmen. Understand? Dwight Evans has been a staple of the Philadelphia Black political class [22]. He represents the 3rd Congressional District of Philadelphia [23], a population of 752,057, breaking down to 46.6% Male and 53.4% Female. The median income is $47,425; the high school graduation rate is 88.8%; the college graduation rate is 39.6%. The 3rd District of Philadelphia has 418,050 Freedmen, a combined total of 140,959 are Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islanders. 246,857 are White; 16,462 have Caribbean Ancestry; and 17,880 have Sub-Saharan African Ancestry.

Evans has been in politics for over twenty years, with eighteen terms in the Pennsylvania House, and a gubernatorial run in 1994. Evans [24] then ran for mayor in 1999 and again in 2007. Evans then moved on to the United States Congress with a special election victory after Native Freedman son Chaka Fattah [25] resigned upon being convicted [26] of racketeering in federal court. Evans [27] then found himself in a perfect position to build equity and wealth for the Freedmen community which is the majority population in his district.

Following his victory Evans is quoted as saying [28]:

“I’m excited about it” […] “I thank people for the opportunity. I served in the House for 36 years and I’m going to take that skill set of what I’ve learned to work toward the future. I’ll work with Democrats, Republicans, whoever necessary to make a difference.”

It’s time to ask Mr. Dwight Evans if he is done working for everyone except the
Philadelphia Freedmen community of his district? Evans must do more than schmooze the Black political class in the Northwest section of his district. His district is struggling financially and his lack of attention is unacceptable. Immigration policies are not an issue of concern for the Freedmen community in Philadelphia. Evans ran under a platform called – “A Plan for America’s Cities” [29]. Understand that Freedmen Philadelphians need a specific “Plan For American Freedmen” [30] which would perfect Evans’ previous plan. After winning his congressional seat Dwight Evans was quoted [31] saying:

“I want to talk about cities, neighborhoods and block-by-block building,” […]
“People ask questions about how you’re going to do things, but I think you only
have to look at my record.”

The Freedmen community has given Dwight Evans more than enough time. We have also conducted a thorough look at his record. Dwight Evans has failed tremendously in repairing the harms suffered by our community. His egregious underperformance in delivering policies to improve conditions for the masses of Philadelphian Freedman is unacceptable. Mr. Evans and the Democratic Party rely on the historical injustices inflicted on our people to rally the voter base. Freedmen have come out to the polls for twenty years to support Dwight Evans. Mr. Evans has not demonstrated the same support for Philadelphia Freedmen.

The liberal agenda of fraudulent advocacy with no equity for Freedmen must be called out and effectively dealt with. We also recognize the vague promises and sense of entitlement rife within the Congressional Black Caucus [32]. Maxine Waters’ ugly exchange with a majority Freedmen homeless [33] population in Los Angeles displayed the dismissive behavior the Black political class has developed.

Congressional Black Caucus [34] members are being deliberately obtuse regarding the state of the American Freedmen population. They have sold their community out and will continue to do so until we empower ourselves. Their role has been to keep Freedmen disempowered. We can no longer allow this abusive relationship.

A political awakening of our people will remind all politicians that they are accountable to Freedmen until we are fully repaired. Dwight Evans is not a God. He is an unproductive and ineffective politician. Evans advocates for Philadelphia being a sanctuary city. He wastes time on immigration issues when the 3rd District is not a majority immigrant population. Evans is quoted [35] saying:

“As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘We may have all come on different
ships, but we’re in the same boat now.’ We have an obligation to build a stronger
tomorrow for all members of our communities.”

The 3rd District of Philadelphia alone has 418,050 Freedmen, while there’s a total of
120,000 Black immigrants in the city as a whole according to the US Census. The fact is that Dwight Evans is totally off course with his immigration focus and this is a main reason why our community is suffering. We demand accountability. He represents the 3rd District with an overwhelming majority Philadelphia Freedmen population. This can no longer be tolerated by his Freedmen constituents. Mr. Evans should be reminded of these words [36] by Dr. Martin Luther King:

“One hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the
midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is
still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his
own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.”

And –

“In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the
architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of The Constitution and The
Declaration of Independence (Yeah), they were signing a promissory note to
which every American was to fall heir… It is obvious today that America has
defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned.”

Dwight Evans is cherry picking Dr. King’s words. Cherry picking is in the play book of the Democratic establishment. Dr. King was assassinated and politicians have twisted his legacy to fit their abysmal advocacy for King’s people. This reflects an inherent disrespect of the Freedmen community (for political expediency and personal enrichment). Dwight Evans can no longer continue to retain his political seat by browbeating Freedmen with nonreciprocal identity politics.

Call To Action

The lineage based reparations [37] demand is for a comprehensive package to address the fundamental needs of the Freedmen community. Dwight Evans needs to remember his history and the history of Freedmen in Philadelphia.

● We demand that Evans produce a full lineage-based reparations package.
● We demand Evans ensure that any new variation of the Freedmen’s Bureau be
designated specifically for the descendants of American Freedmen only.
● We demand Evans protect Freedmen Philadelphians against oppression on all
fronts. That includes equity and wealth oppression. He has yet to address these
issues with any sense of urgency or resolve.
● We demand Evans produce legislation designating American Freedmen as a
protected class and designated ethnicity [38].
● We demand Evans produce an Anti-Freedmen Hate Bill with protections/funding as given to the Anti-Asian Hate Bill [39] for Asian Americans.
● Freedmen must hold Dwight Evans accountable for his inaction. All
neighborhoods in the 3rd District must organize to ensure this happens.
● If Mr. Evans refuses to work towards all demands listed and all future demands,
we replace him with a candidate willing to do their job for the majority of the 3rd
District.
● Any Philadelphia politician that is not focused on lineage-based reparations as
their main priority has to be replaced in as well; this is our call to action.

The message to the Philadelphia Freedmen community is that leftist white gentrifiers like Alexandra Hunt will never truly confront white supremacy. On the contrary, women such as Hunt, are always elevated within it. Hunt’s use of the term “American Freedmen” does not move us. We demand written legislation addressing the racial wealth gap specifically for American Freedmen – which is lineage-based reparations. Hunt’s Philadelphia Freedmen neighbors are locked out of equity and directly impacted by her very presence. Gentrifiers are tired of the Black political class stifling plans for the well-monied “New York-ifying” of the city and its politics. Freedmen politicians are perfectly comfortable leaving their communities alone to figure out how to recover from generations of stolen wealth. Lineage-based reparations will ensure our future in the city that our ancestors built.

● We must prioritize being politically and community engaged.
● We must build our people power in this city as American Freedmen by word of
mouth and staying committed to the extended struggle for reparations.
● We must let our families know that lineage-based reparations is a debt that is
owed. Survival is not enough anymore.
● We deserve to benefit from all of the Freedmen labor that contributed to the
building of this country.
● We have to educate ourselves about the harmful conditions we are experiencing
in Philadelphia.

We call on the Philadelphia Freedmen to take up the struggle for reparative justice. In this political moment, Freedmen must be uncompromising and unrelenting. We were all born and raised here. Our family members are buried here. We will not – and must not allow the Philadelphia political machine get away with our erasure. It’s the “Return of the Loud” [40].

END OF ARTICLE

ARTICLE LINKS

01. U.S. Poverty Rate By City In 2021 = U.S. Poverty Rate By City In 2021 (forbes.com)

02. Freedmen – United States = Search results | Library Company of Philadelphia Digital Collections

03. How Philadelphia’s Minimum Wage Compares With Other U.S. Cities = How Philadelphia’s Minimum Wage Compares With Other U.S. Cities | The Pew Charitable Trusts (pewtrusts.org)

04. Living Wage Calculation for Philadelphia County – Pennsylvania = Living Wage Calculator – Living Wage Calculation for Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania (mit.edu)

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08. What’s Behind the Racial Homeownership Gap in Philadelphia? = What’s Behind the Racial Homeownership Gap in Philadelphia? (philadelphiafed.org)

09. The Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company = The Collapse of Freedman’s Bank Destroyed Many Black Americans’ Lives (businessinsider.com)

10. The Fifteenth Amendment = Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution – Wikipedia

11. Monument To Octavius V. Catto = A monument at last for Octavius Catto, who changed Philadelphia (inquirer.com)

12. Philadephia’s Immigrants = Philadelphia’s Immigrants | The Pew Charitable Trusts (pewtrusts.org)

13. The Home Owners’ Loan Corporation = Home Owners’ Loan Corporation – Wikipedia

14. Fair Housing Act of 1968 = Civil Rights Act of 1968 – Wikipedia

15. Freedmen Philadelphian Communities = Philadelphia’s racial segregation in housing remains high (inquirer.com)

16. Development Without Displacement = DwD2019_FINAL.pdf(Shared)- Adobe cloud storage

17. Alexandra Hunt = Alexandra Hunt: By the Youth, for the People | 34th Street Magazine (34st.com)

18. Tweet from Alexandra Hunt = Alexandra M. Hunt, MPH, MS on Twitter: “It’s time to develop The Office of Freedman Affairs, teach the history of American Freedmen, and deliver reparations. I am the only candidate for PA-03 who has a comprehensive reparations plan on my political platform, and I plan to see it through.” / Twitter

19. Interview With Alexandra Hunt = Interview With Congressional Candidate Alexandra Hunt (D). Is She For Reparations? | Actify Press

20. How “Woke” Liberals Convince Themselves That Gentrifying Is Okay = How ‘Woke’ Liberals Convince Themselves That Gentrifying Is Okay (vice.com)

21. Did Gentrification Dethrone Jannie Blackwell? = Did gentrification dethrone longtime Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell in West Philly? (inquirer.com)

22. Why Would Dwight Evans & Marian Tasco Endorse a White Mayoral Candidate? = Insider: Why Would Dwight Evans & Marian Tasco Endorse a White Mayoral Candidate? – Philadelphia Magazine (phillymag.com)

23. The 3rd District of Philadelphia Pennsylvania = Poster_Portrait_Shadows (census.gov)

24. Dwight Evans Wins Fattah’s Congressional seat = Dwight Evans wins Fattah’s congressional seat (inquirer.com)

25. West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence = West Philly: The House of Umoja Still Inspires the Community to End Gang Violence (philadelphianeighborhoods.com)

26. Fattah Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison = Fattah sentenced to 10 years in prison – POLITICO

27. Dwight Evans Wins = Dwight Evans Wins, Ends Chaka Fattah’s Run in the 2nd – Philadelphia Magazine (phillymag.com)

28. Dwight Evans Wins Fattah’s Congressional seat = Dwight Evans wins Fattah’s congressional seat (inquirer.com)

29. A Plan for America’s Cities = A Plan for America’s Cities – Dwight Evans for CongressDwight Evans for Congress

30. “From Here to Equality” Author Makes A Case, And A Plan, For Reparations = ‘From Here to Equality’ Author Makes A Case, And A Plan, For Reparations : NPR

31. Dwight Evans Sworn Into Congress = Dwight Evans sworn into Congress | | phillytrib.com

32. Congressional Black Caucus = Congressional Black Caucus (house.gov)

33. Maxine Waters telling a group of homeless people to “go home” = Maxine Waters telling a group of homeless people to “go home” they reply “we ain’t got no home.” – YouTube

34. Congressional Black Caucus – Wikipedia = Congressional Black Caucus – Wikipedia

35. Dwight Evans on Immigration = Immigration | Representative Dwight Evans (house.gov)

36. Integrating Into A Burning House = Integrating into a burning house | Mlk | stlamerican.com

37. California Reparations to be Limited to Descendants of Enslaved People = California reparations to be limited to descendants of enslaved people, taskforce decides | California | The Guardian

38. An Equal Protection Standard for National Origin Subclassifications: The Context That Matters = An Equal Protection Standard for National Origin Subclassifications: The Context That Matters (cuny.edu)

39. Hate Crimes Law – Asian Americans = Biden Signs Hate Crimes Bill Amid Attacks On Asian Americans : NPR

40. “Return of the Loud” = Police Say 2 Missing Panthers May Be Dead | Dhoruba Bin Wahad

“Return of the Loud” – this is the time: “Justice is for the living ’cause Nobody gets out of this Life alive.” Follow Morgan Malachi on Twitter @Moreaga1865.

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Freedmen – Read Your Bibles Part One

I was assisted in this part one reposting and expansion by a bottle of Pine Ridge Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018. A blast of blackberries and plums on the front end. Long sustain on the palate. A middle of vanilla, expresso, and oak. Moderate tannins. Cherries and licorice on the back end. Bold but smooth finish.

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years – but received no answer until I prayed with my feet.”

Frederick Douglass

NOTE: This post in three parts is a transcription of a recording. This is me – Arthur, talking – raw and uncut – not writing. Myself and four other guys were at my house having a discussion that was fueled by hot wings (for them), vegan chili (for me), cognac, and beer. That is why the narrative is kinda “jerky,” inconsistent, profane, and in some places redundant. You will also see improper sentence structure in some places – like sentences ending in propositions.

Here Family, this is a repeat of an unregulated conversational exchange – not focused and structured writing. But – I am giving you the whole conversation. Questions were being asked, and some of those questions, responses, and rebutting statements are worked into the transcription to make it flow somewhat better. Most of the New International Version [NIV] and King James Version [KJV] biblical citations and other attributions were added later for clarity. Freedmen Family – you are getting the whole conversation. Read and reflect.

Why post this? Some folks have asked me if my Atheism informs my politics, I must respond “yes.” Beliefs inform all actions, and I think that religions, beliefs, and life philosophies are “operating systems” that shape one’s politics. That shape how one reacts (or not) to all things. That shape one’s outlook and proactivity. I am a full reparations activist – I am also the most complete and committed Atheist on the planet. This post is an opportunity for my Freedmen Family to know me better.

Full disclosure.

The other reason that I posted this here is because the politics in the Black [Freedmen] community is very much – too much, tied up in and with religion – churches – and preachers. Next to being released from legal slavery, and then being emancipated from the most onerous aspects of Jim Crow – reparations is the most important issue (yes) for us Freedmen in the here, and going forward until it is accomplished in the now. We have to do a mental reset in all aspects and at every level – that includes “belief systems.” My personal belief is that Christianity, the church, and the mindsets those constructs generate, has blunted our efforts to attain full citizenship and to obtain our reparational due – despite the fact that the Black church was quite prominent and instrumental in our previous freedom efforts.

In that respect – honors are due.

But!!! From the end of the “Civil Rights Era” going forward into the now – we have been fucked-over by the preacher-politician complex – that is just a fact. The dirty Democratic Party is the coordinator and beneficiary. Our Black preachers have always gotten in the way of good policy for Freedmen. For clergy – politics is just another income and influence stream, and churches serve as political indoctrination facilities – in addition to dispensing “hope” and “belief” bullshit. This post is not an assault on believers themselves. This is an assault on bad ideas, bad people, and what I perceive as bad beliefs. Bad beliefs always produce bad politics Family.

Always.

This post serves as a possible inducement for Freedmen to aggressively re-examine our individual, family, and group “operating systems,” and to evaluate whether they are politically and economically serving us in the here and now.

Not in heaven.

Ahh – HERE AND NOW MOTHERFUCKER.

Politics Is Life. – Politics Equals Resources. – Therefore:

I want all my Freedmen Family to understand the process by which I transitioned from believer to Atheist, by which I switched my allegiance from God – to an allegiance to Native Black American humanity and our reparations (other people are grown folks – and can take care of their own issues). My core of being (can we say “spirit?”) is now concretely foundationalized into the accomplishment of Black interests over that of white appeasement. I have snatched my focus away from heaven and the possibility of an ephemeral – unrealized salvation. No more God.

No more Jesus. No more Pastors. No more Church. I have refocused that same beautiful, reaching, transcendental, devotional energy towards the reparational ground I stand on – and the unliberated people in front of me.

Replacing the trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with the earthly triumvirate operationality of Business, Politics, and Economics. I can get on with the American practicality of creating a heaven in the here – and now, on THIS sacred ground.

TIME TO SWITCH IT UP

I look at Black clergymen as walking stacks of shit.

Many Black clergymen from then and now in the now are against reparations.

Never forget that religion did not, would not, and could not stop the exploitation of Black bodies. Never. Ever. The traditional African beliefs and practices did not stop them from practicing (even today) the inter-tribal trading and taking (in conflicts) for the purposes of enslavement – Black bodies. That unrelenting Black on Black enslavement done centuries before – and then feeding the Trans-Atlantic enterprise. Islamic piety certainly did not stop the African to Muslim slave trade (A trade that continues profitably till today?……… Oh Allah?).

The Catholic Church enthusiastically blessed the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Colonial Christianity was slavery’s main philosophical support in America. Right?

Native American tribal beliefs certainly did not stop the American Indian from participating in the entire slavery enterprise from top to bottom. White Evangelical Christianity was one of the most powerful forces in countering Civil Rights efforts. Violently and politically. And the third Secretary Of State for the Confederacy was Jewish – Judah P. Benjamin. All bullshit. Whatever good that religion was able to do in releasing us from slavery and securing citizen’s rights for us – is miniscule in comparison to the exhaustive amount of damage it abetted, and continues to exact.

And With That.

It should be an embarrassment that the Black church is the strongest institution in our community. That institution equals continued failure. We will never move forward as a people as long as the church remains our strongest institution. Our earthly existence is fed by politics and capitalism. Spirituality and metaphysics is not going to cut it. Because Jesus is Not Power. Jesus is The Game being played on us. And that church is the biggest player – on us. That Church is literally pushing us into the grave. Turning the other cheek to the bullets of white supremacy means death. Ours. I don’t care about the history – I don’t care about the tradition. I am speaking on a dark and parasitic institution that sustains our bleak condition and is partly responsible for our troublesome trajectory right now – going forward.

We cannot afford “Hope” anymore.

PART ONE:

“Through these [words] he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

2 Peter 1:4 NIV

I am what you might call a “Bible Atheist.” My first verbal eruption recognizing that there was something profoundly wrong in the racialized politics, normalized white supremacy, and Negro codes of Christian America, occurred in the summer of August 1966. I was eleven years old at the time, and the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior was campaigning in Chicago (my town) for open housing and the desegregation of all neighborhoods in the city. On the fifth of August, a march was staged through an all-white neighborhood in the city.

Reverend King and his group was met with the usual (at the time, and still practiced today) race-fueled hostility. Flying bricks, bottles, rocks. Supremacist calls of “Nigger! Nigger! Nigger!” etc. Reverend King was blasted in the head with a nice fat rock. That nice fat rock knocked him dead on his ass. The proceedings were televised on local television. And we were intently watching on our home set. Reverend King said: “I have seen many demonstrations in the South, but I have never seen anything so hostile and so hateful as I have seen today.” Wow…

To me – Reverend King embodied our intersection of religion and politics.

From things that I have seen and heard in church and mosque. Things that I have seen and experienced in society. Independently turning over in my mind what I received from certain sermons in my grandmothers church. Revisiting what I heard from certain lectures at my parent’s masjid (Temple No. 2 – Nation Of Islam). I had been developing all kinds of doubts about Christianity, Islam, Jesus, Allah, Jehovah. God. God. God!!! – Salvation, segregation, and lynching – With Taxes? OK. A Christian country? OK. Jesus loves you? OK. Can be a Christian AND A NIGGER – at the same motherfucking time? Damn. Let me check my watch.

Even at that age – I could clearly see that something was not adding up. I had been harboring those doubts for at least a year. But I never said anything.

After the Reverend King made his statement, I turned to my grandmother and said: “Granma, why does God only help white people?” She said: “What? Ahh – Baby, I know that’s what it looks like, but God has a reward for folks that keep the faith! What you looking at is the Devil, not God – OK Baby?” She then put her hand on my head, and started “speaking in tongues.” In order to “keep the peace,” I just said: “OK” – and kept it moving by changing the subject. You know?

That following Sunday, after services, one of the “elder ladies” of the church pulled me to the side and began to question me about my doubts. She asked: “Have you been praying for understanding?” I said: “No.” She said: “No wonder!!! You haven’t been reading your Bible, have you?” I had to admit, I had not read it at all. Like everybody, I just went by what the preacher said. She retorted: “Well, you should read it. It will straighten you out!” I said, “OK I will.” I don’t think she realized that I would actually do it. But I’m glad she asked, because reading the Bible in its entirety is what made me a hard-core Atheist. It took me twenty months, because I was not just reading it; I was studying and cross-referencing, and compiling notes on it. I religiously (Ha!) used a concordance and Bible dictionary.

I was THINKING.

One must remember that this was done before the internet, personal computing, Post-Its, and Hi-Lighters. By the time I finished with Book 66(!) of the King James Version (Revelation). I was done with Christianity, God, AND Jesus. FINISHED.

When I started from Page 1 (Genesis). Till the day I closed the book after the very last turn. Page 1834 (Revelation). Listen. I newly encountered a dismal world of incomparable weirdness. Reading onward, I never found much that was useful there. It wasn’t entirely bad. A few pieces here and there of actual wisdom. There was some great poetry – beautiful stuff. And I found some stand-alone gems regarding goodwill and human relations that are actually more useful taken out of context. Yep – out of context. The divine prohibitions against eating pork in the Books of Isaiah, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy are good to follow if you’d like to maintain good health. At the same time – at the time – it did not seem that you could be considered a good Christian in Black America if you did not eat pork.

When I was a child in the early 1960’s, you could come under a “Negro” cultural watch and suspicion if you turned down Mama’s pork chops: “You sure you don’t want chops Baby?” True Black Christians happily lived with their pork-induced diabetes, renal failure, and high blood pressure as they walked with Jesus.

Pork-shunning Black Muslims at the time were cultural outliers.

In that Bible (and later, Quran) – I also found a lot of stuff that simply was not true or logical. Whole chapters, and entire sections that are simply not usable in this modern world. Hundreds of strong statements established. And then hundreds of strong statements clearly made that directly contradict those that were previously established, being done with no clarifying or qualifying explanations. Those solid – but contradictory statements are just made and placed. They sit there with no clear and definitive repeals or nullifications of the statements they contradict. You follow this one OR you follow that one. The “which one” to follow seems to be dependent upon denominational and/or individual tastes.

There are no actual – I mean no literal workable connections or bridges between those contradictions to make a whole, sensible, and coherent unity of “The Word” as an entirety. If this “Word” is meant for “all mankind” – we are seriously talking about a necessary but missing universal applicability issue here folks. That’s a problem. “The Word Of God” containing contradictory statements? At all?

That’s an astonishing problem.

Seeing this is when I began to understand why – and why there can be, so many denominations and sects of Christianity. Denominations are created between the spaces of the contradictions – along with a mix of egoism, money, and politics.

I also made long and troubling notes on the fact that a lot of important existential stuff was missing. Like the correct explanations for gravity, water, light, quantum physics, organic chemistry, weak force, strong force, electromagnetism, and DNA. Those are “creation essentials” Dude. And with This God allegedly being “The Originating Scientist” – the fucking “Creator” – OK? And with us human beings having the full capability to understand the proper information, that stuff needs to be in there. The divine explanations AND the holy equations. All in there.

Nothing There.

Why did mankind have to wait thousands of years for an Albert Einstein to come onto the scene of reality (late) and explain E Equals mc Squared wrapped into the expansively apparent nature of space-time? OK? Which would have been necessary descriptive pieces to explain in any correct explanation of creation? OK? The speed of light? Dark Matter? Dark Energy? Yes. “The Creator” should have covered all of this. In this book. OK? How did my geology textbook from grammar school not mention anything about “The Great Flood?” Is it because that alleged event cannot be verified scientifically? Is it because we can’t find ANY corroborating geological evidence anywhere? Why not? Christians? This DID happen? Right? What is a star? Well, the Bible says that they can fall from the sky. Really Dude? Well – that’s what it “scientifically” says in Revelation 8:10 NIV. All fucking day Man.

Did the Bible writers even understand what a star is?

Disease is caused by demons – Matthew 10:1 NIV?

The world is flat with four corners – Revelation 7:1 NIV. Is it?

A lot of stuff is there that outrages any sense of operational morality; a lot of stuff that if put into practice would be dangerously uncivilized. And – a lot of stuff is there that is so opposite to any concept of a quality life, that it is understandable why most Christians of today ignore many if not all of the most unworkable and unreasonable parts of the Bible. Like: “Do not wear clothes of wool and linen [or any two fibers] woven together.” That’s Deuteronomy 22:11 NIV.

“Silk and wool suit Pastor?” OK.

The problem is that there are no repealing statements anywhere in that Holy Bible for not doing the most heinous or nonsensical stuff anymore (like slavery, stoning, misogyny, or killing gays). The Holy Bible is so open-ended, contradictory, and disjointed that anyone with a plan or agenda can merely “interpret” into existence any kind of doctrinal (or political) set up that he wants. And could actually back it up with good biblical justification if anyone decides to call him on his bullshit. As of like – right now – tonight. There are 41,626 different sects and denominations of Christianity that have all allegedly been “revealed” into existence just in America.

Confusion. These denominations and sects. Devoted to, I will presume, the ONE God. OK? But – if you notice, every other sect, and/or denomination, will point at every other sect and/or denomination, and say that those followers, that belong to every other sect and/or denomination are going to hell. Because God said so.

OK.

This Holy Bible. The Word Of God Himself. The Gospels. Literally leaves us all denominationally hanging. And thusly, scripturally directionless, with not one definitive passage, or verse(s) that would lead any of us to join the one “right” church (if there is one). So here we have Dude, 41,625 chances (and more) to go to hell. If we choose to congregate at “this church,” rather than “that church,” or “that church.” Or “that church.” Or “MY CHURCH” – because it’s the right one.

“The Lord” needs to do a conference call…

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV

Alright Cool. But at which church should or would this “perfect joining” take place? What denomination is scripturally appropriate to facilitate our being there appropriately? Denominationally? Specifically? “In the same mind and in the same judgment?” Especially when that translates to our righteous justice demand?

“Come on Paul. What’s the address?” Where? As a Reparationist – I see Christian denominationalism translating in many instances into ugly political divisionism. Positive Black American political momentums will sometimes die in churches.

And, the Bible is not time-specific at all – nor is it intended to be. Possibly. It is just chronologically open. For example, The New Testament gives us this:

“For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, not one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”

Matthew 5:18 KJV

OK? How long will that “all be” take? The Bible says we are in the “Last Days.”

What day is that “last day” indicated in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 KJV? – “Hello?”

Not much room for interpretation either:

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.”

2 Peter 1:20 KJV

No “private interpretation” – huh?

So what is that pastor or priest talking about? Isn’t he “interpreting” in that pulpit? Giving HIS “take” on scripture? How HE feels? Dude, this verse means in plain English: “NO interpretation of the scripture. And if someone is doing it – hey, don’t fucking listen to him.” Right? All he is supposed to do, if anything, is to read any verse aloud, and shut the fuck up. I own twelve Bibles. I read them all to myself, and I keep my mouth shut (as far as interpreting anything). Why would I need to listen to him? A clergyman? Do you really need to go to church for that? Wasting time? Giving money? Listening to bullshit? Can you speak that to yourself?

Is the Bible “God’s Word” – or the pastors?

“The Sabbath” is another good example of what I mean by “unworkable and unreasonable.” How many Christians are out there that work on “The Sabbath,” and that know other Christians that work on “The Sabbath?” What about the restaurants many Christians go to after services? Well – according to the Bible, the penalty for the waiters and the cooks is death. That would be Numbers 15:32-36 KJV. Right? Are you flagging that waiter to take your donut order? Really Dude? According to the Bible, you are supposed to be executing that waiter – not giving him your order. That would be Exodus 31:15 KJV.

Aren’t You?

Well – Yeah Dude. The Holy Bible has no exceptions for restaurant personnel working on the Sabbath. It ain’t in there. How in the minds of Christians does it process that the people that work in the restaurants they go to after Sunday church services are somehow exempted from those Sabbath prohibitions and penalties?

So – where are these good Christians biblically? Huh? With them being the willing enablers of sin by patronizing these fine establishments. According to the Bible – “The Sabbath” is serious business. First established and made holy by God himself in Genesis 2:2-3 KJV, as part of the (first) Genesis creation narrative. And we read that “keeping the Sabbath” is the fourth commandment out of the ten dictated. Allegedly given to Moses on Mount Sinai in Deuteronomy 5:6-21 KJV.

“The Sabbath,” at least biblically, is something important. Something never, not to be messed with. That is Exodus 31:15 KJV. Remember – Jehovah, God commanded that a guy should be put to death, just for picking up sticks on this day. Numbers 15:32-36 KJV. Sticks equaling death? Damn. What a difference a stick can make.

And “Grace” doesn’t apply here.

On a more practical level, I don’t see why good wait staff would want to work in any restaurant that has a large percentage of Black Christians that loudly arrive after Sunday services. They don’t tip anyway – so why mess with that? No biblical exceptions for the football players in Sunday NFL games, or the folks that work at the power company (your lights on?). No Dude. Nope. Not even the folks at the gas station. How about the Fire Department? Dial 911!!! Voice mail kicks in: “Keep the Sabbath holy… If your house is on fire, please call us back on Monday morning. May God bless…” Would “The Sabbath” as authoritatively rendered in Exodus 20:8-11 KJV work for you in this instance? No Sunday overtime Man.

Stupid.

Then, to add to the confusion, as far as non-Christians outside of this – and them looking at the strong variances and denominational colors within the Christian landscape; the Christians themselves don’t seem to be in any agreement as to whether the actual “Sabbath” should be Sunday or Saturday. Present-day examples of “Saturday Sabbath-Keepers” specifically include: The Seventh-Day Adventists, The Seventh-Day Baptists, The Seventh-Day Evangelist Church, The Christ’s Assembly, The International Church Of God, and a whole bunch more. Along with all churches worldwide claiming biblical support for Sunday OR Saturday holy days. All churches authoritatively make this claim with the warning that doing sabbatistic devotionals on the wrong day is a hot ticket to hell. Is it?

Well – the Catholic Church, meeting at the “Council Of Laodicea” (363-364 AD), transferred “Sabbath” devotionals from Saturday to Sunday, with no divine consultation whatsoever. None. They didn’t ask God shit. Possibly, permission to make that switch wasn’t needed. The switch order came from Mr. Constantine. OK? I have always believed that Christianity is owned by white people anyway. And they can do whatever they want with it. That’s why white-assed Ku Klux Klan-type motherfuckers could blow up and burn down Black churches with impunity. No prosecution. No punishment. And ol’ Jesus did NOT stop shit.

Right?

We all know that God is white. “The Savior” Jesus is certainly white. I’m just going by the pictures. The Catholic priesthood has always claimed that they should have “authority” over motherfuckers: Maybe – they and the ruling powers should and do have “authority” over “God’s Word” as well? Who knows? But Christianity itself belongs entirely to white supremacy and niggers should understand that.

White Catholic priests certainly like having “authority” over little boy’s booty-holes (Oops!) – but hey Dude, that’s another discussion.

So. Every denomination, it looks like, seems to “stake-out” their own sweet day, according to their own taste preference of Saturday or Sunday. Is that what’s happening? I was thinking about throwing a wrench into all this by starting my own church and claiming that the real “Sabbath” is actually on Tuesday (I need money), and that God himself revealed this to me: “Right after eating a great bowl of Cocoa Puffs. A bright light appeared. And the Holy Spirit came upon me (get out of the gutter please) – and commanded me to establish this church!” Right?

I could preach this shit – and I know I would be able to get away with it.

Well, preachers do this stuff all the time.

Now, I had mostly kept my Atheism to myself (with the exception of immediate and extended family) for years. I did not open my mouth to the public about my position until immediately after 09/11/2001. That was when another “Party Of God” decided to make a strong political and religious statement by flying planes into buildings. Understand? A good friend (Seima Aoyama) was on American Airlines Flight 11. Blasted. Angry. Homicidal. Stop. I had never read a book written by any Atheist up till that time. I had my own good reasons for not believing. So I had no real need (so I thought) to seek other viewpoints. When I did start reading Atheist literature, one of the things that struck me – and still does, is the tremendous knowledge of the Bible that many Atheists possess.

Dude. I’m telling you, Atheists KNOW the fucking Bible. Not just direct and encyclopedically accurate knowledge of the literal text. But – Biblical History, Bible Criticism, Christian Apologetics, Biblical Exegesis, Free Will Theodicy, Aramaic Theory, New Testament Synoptics, Christian Ontology, Christian Epistemology, Divine Law Theonomy, Christian History, Christian Presuppositionalism, Christian Mythology, Effective Concordance Practice, Christian Hermeneutics, et cetera.

Most Atheists that I have read and interacted with seem to have a better grasp of the Bible and of the many diverse Christian doctrines, along with general Christian philosophy, doctrinal history, and theology than professional religionists or clergy. My personal observations reveal that: The greater the amount of clear, detailed knowledge one has about the Bible, the greater the likelihood that one may become Atheist, or may already be one. Yep. That is why I strongly believe – if I do believe anything. That 97% of full-time clergy (especially those with advanced degrees), professional apologists, and well-educated politicians are privately Atheist.

But those fuckers will never publicly admit the fact because of social, political, strategic, and economic reasons. A bunch of pragmatic wimps and liars.

Is the Pope still standing on that “infallibility” bullshit?

It is a solid fact that many people become Atheists as a result of going to college classes in theology or biblical studies – there are a LOT of those. People that have been formally educated in some of the world’s best divinity schools (like – Oxford, Princeton, Harvard, etc.), are presently some of the biggest and most passionate advocates for Atheism (like the late religion author Dr. Hector Avalos – Professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University). Why do these sorts of people become hard non-believers? I think it is because Atheists truly care about whether their “operating system” is true or not. Is falsifiable or not. Is beneficial or not.

And the reason that YOU need to figure out whether your “operating system” is true or not is because as far as we know, we only have one lifetime. No one has proven otherwise. And there is a higher probability of that lifetime being a quality lifetime if we all at minimum have the clearest and most accurate understanding of reality to reference from. The Bible must be opened up to this type of evaluative scrutiny in fact – not in faith, because the Bible makes such strong, authoritative statements regarding reality. Dude – Christianity IS an “operating system.” OK?

Therefore, any scripture, religion, or life philosophy should and must be open to the closest examination. The hardest scrutiny. The most critical dismantlement of every single point presented. Evaluated in fact. Not in faith. That religion or life philosophy should be able to stand up to – and to then clearly remain operable at all levels under that kind of evaluative pressure. This established – before it should be adopted as a reference guide for your life. And that includes the Bible.

Does that make sense?

That research and scrutinization should always be done by and for YOU. That – “this is how I grew up” – OR – “that’s what my momma believed” – OR – “cuz that’s the tradition in my family” type bullshit. Those reasons ain’t nowhere near good enough to be “believing” anything. No Man. This is nothing but niggerized intellectual laziness. And motherfuckers allowing themselves to be trapped in the worlds of the “comfortable” and the “familiar.” We got these otherwise “smart” motherfuckers believing shit. “You Guys are fucking grown-assed men. OK?” Grown motherfuckers should not be “believing” anything. Can we stick the “Tooth Fairy” and “Santa Claus” in there too? Fuck that. How about some facts Man? How about an admission if you don’t know? Operative wisdom lies in understanding that truth, proof, and reason trumps tradition, hope, and faith every time.

Faith Equals Death. “Faith” is the excuse making move, when you insist on believing things that have no logical basis or evidence to back up the move.

Understand. This Bible makes bold claims and assertions about the nature of reality, the course of earth history, and the course of cosmic development. “The Book Of Revelation” for example, takes a predictive position on the actual “end of the world.” But it reads like the reflection of a crazy bitch on a bad acid trip – for example. This Bible trespasses, emptily, upon all areas that have been correctly explained over time through the scientific method. And clarified through historical, cultural, and archaeological research. Ongoing. Nothing verifiable Man. How the universe came about, how life developed, the causes of disease, and so forth.

History. What verifiable realities actually happened? The Bible in fact (not faith) comes up woefully short, fully eclipsed by scholarship, experiment, research, and verifiable experience. When it comes to clear explaining of anything historically, culturally, morally, or scientifically. Historically – it does not do any better than begat, begat, begat. And no dates. No Dates Anywhere. This is why the Bible has to be constantly be “defended,” in order to remain usable, because most assertions and claims put forth in that ancient book cannot be demonstrated. Atheists have rightly gone beyond “defending” anything. Fuck That. Think Dude. Evidence and reason are the only things that count with anything dealing with reality.

So Guys – everything, including “God’s Word” is open to question. Everything. Ask The Question: “Is a, or any claim observable, transferable, and testable? Or is it not? And if it’s not, why not motherfucker?” Same shit you’d ask a hoe. Right?

So Fellas. OK. Can any “defended” biblical explanation, for any stated phenomena, claim, revelation, or occurrence, be rendered here-on-the-ground touchable, logical, and coherent – without us at any point resorting to metaphysics, spirituality shit, or transcendence to complete that explanation? I don’t know of any. But we do have many good folks in our midst who claim as their anointing to “Defend The Word.”

Dudes. If any biblical assertion regarding this reality is truly true, that truth would only need to be stated, demonstrated, and explained – and NOT “defended.” Any “Truth,” if it is true, does not require “faith” nor “belief,” or “defense.” Truth – in itself, is its own defense. Only accused people, liars, bullshit, nonsense, and truth claims, asserted without evidence or corroboration have a need to be “defended.”

That’s what lawyers are for.

On that note – it is irritating as fuck to talk to most Christians about certain passages in their scripture, because they don’t know what the hell you are talking about: “That’s not in my Bible!!!” At that point – you have to grab THEIR Bible away from them, turn to the appropriate passage, cite it, watch the cognitive dissonance kick-in, and then allow yourself to be entertained with the apologetic dance they always do when they encounter something in the Bible that THEY recognize to be literally heinous, literally untrue, literally contradictory, or literally stupid. It is important to keep a straight face. Hold it till you get home.

I recognized those things in the Bible when I was a mere teenager, so I know that astute religionists and the clergy see those things also. And if any one of them says anything about those things to the contrary of what I am saying RIGHT HERE – know that you are looking at a lying motherfucker. The average, run-of-the-mill believer needs to read and see those things as well – so that believer may formulate a pure, un-assisted (being un-assisted is important), but informed judgment.

For instance, a critical read reveals that the Bible is horribly edited. For example; there are TWO creation stories, with TWO different versions (Oops!) of the order in which God created things (No. 1 – Genesis 1:1 through 2:3 AND = No. 2 – Genesis 2:4-24). Just so you CAN SEE what I am talking about. Here it is:

CREATION ACCOUNT NUMBER ONE

Genesis 1:25-27 KJV (Humans were created AFTER the animals):

“(25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after theirs, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw it was good.

(26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he him; male and female created he them.”

Genesis 1:27 KJV (Man and woman were created at the SAME TIME):

“(27) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he him; male and female created he them.”

CREATION ACCOUNT NUMBER TWO

Genesis 2:18-19 KJV (Humans were created BEFORE the animals):

“(18) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

(19) And out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”

Genesis 2:18-22 KJV (A man [male] was created FIRST, then the ANIMALS, then the WOMAN [female] from the man’s RIB):

“(18) And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

(19) And out of the ground the Lord formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

(20) And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.

(21) And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

(22) And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”

“Oh Shit – which one? Make up your mind Yahweh!!!”

I am citing these famous passages in this way so you Guys can clearly see that I am not bullshitting about this bullshit. A major editorial fuckup. Latter-day apologists try to interpretively clean up this mess when it is pointed out. Retorting to those that notice this scriptural wreck with an utterance that allegedly came from Jesus:

“But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.”

Mark 10:6 KJV

They use this “Christ-generated” marker to interpretively point your allegiance to the first creation account in Genesis 1:1-2:3 KJV. This is nothing but an outlier verse being authoritatively utilized as a strategic scriptural “workaround.” Looking close – this “statement” gives you no details, nor toeholds, nor directions to work with regarding clarifying this creation issue. Neither in nor out of context.

Nothing.

But Hey – I will say this: “The next time you good religious hustlers come out with a new scripture, or ‘revelation,’ or any such nonsense that you guys will claim was given to you (only) from ‘on high’ – please invest in some good editors, typists, and proofreaders, so that you may avoid these kinds of fuckups. You would not want any compositional, spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors for folks to notice. That notice – unnecessarily raising doubts, skepticism, close examinations, second-guessing, fact-checking, background checking, and very inconvenient questions.”

Questions that might fuck up that hustle. You Know?

And then there is the problem of the tremendous inconsistencies of the “Four Gospels” in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Between the four, the Gospels have got to be some of the worst reporting on a single story, about a single guy (Jesus) in the history of reporting anything. Understand Guys: If you had employees that botched a very important business report, and had fucked it up to the same exalted level of ineptitude that is reflected in the Gospels – you would not have just fired the bastards, you would also have those employees blacklisted from ever being employed in the same industry that you may be a part of, anywhere in the motherfucking world. As a matter of professional protection.

The Gospels are put together that badly.

And I am supposed to base my life on a fuckup? Ahh… No.

Compositional errors abound here, and many Gospel accounts are not in any useful way complementary between the four on important details. For example: My own studies as a teenager counted 57 separate and overlapping points that don’t totally square, or don’t square at all. Points that are here, but not there, and accounts that may be told of the same occurrence – but the telling(s) themselves are in themselves totally different stories. Or, the occurrence is missing entirely, and something else replaces it within the same time frame in another Gospel, or two.

Did y’all get that?

Matthew says there was an earthquake when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary(?) came to visit Jesus’ tomb in Matthew 28:1-10 KJV. How did Mark, Luke, and John miss that event in their disaggregated recounting(s)? I mean seriously Man. How in the fuck do you miss an earthquake? Three guys out of four?

The GOSPELS?

Look for yourself, the other three Gospels make no mention of this event at all. It is like all of this was independently made up and then thrown together. As a fact of scripture – each one of the four Gospels has a totally different resurrection story regarding the first visitors to Jesus’ tomb. We have four totally different accounts regarding the same, single, unique occurrence. NOPE. This is unacceptable. It is not like these particular books are separated or dispersed into different locations within the New Testament. Or, that they have no relation to or with each other. “Hell No Buddy!!!” These are the First Four books of the New Testament: Matthew – Mark – Luke – John. In that order, together, like a set.

These “Gospels” – supposedly, being the most important – the central part of the Bible for all Christians, should be the tightest, most profound, most timely, most usable, and most unimpeachable part(s) of scripture. But they are literally not!

There are also problems recounting Jesus’ genealogy; specifically laid-out by Luke and Matthew. But before we go into this – I want to point out that the fact that there is any “genealogy” regarding Jesus in the Bible, is just one example of the kind of confused reasoning that abounds throughout the Bible: How could Jesus, being “The Son Of God,” even have a “lineage?’ OK? Look Close: Having no “earthly” father, or genetically related “mother” on the one end – and him not “begetting” any children of his own on the other end. What possible “lineage” could Jesus have or produce? This is not an unreasonable question. Right motherfuckers?

OK.

According to some Bible scholars, Luke’s account (Luke 3:23-28 KJV), follows the lineage of Mary. Really? Now watch this: Wasn’t that booty supernaturally hijacked by the Holy Spirit for a minute? That’s what I heard. And the Bible itself makes absolutely no note at all of Jesus having any possible genetic connection to Mary.

This “Blessed – Immaculately Conceived Virgin.” Mary, basically functioned as a “total surrogate.” No egg was donated, no sperm was introduced. Watch This: That was a “spirit-injected” – THEN transitioning into “flesh” type operation. OK?

God just USED her ass.

Show me where she got paid.

Matthew 1:1-17 KJV follows the lineage of Joseph. How is this? We know that scripturally, Joseph didn’t get as much as a handjob. That’s some dry-assed shit. OK? Sounds like Joseph needs to make that appointment with Maury. Right?

We have the envelope: “In the case of Jesus Christ – Joseph – You Are Not The Father!” Right? So, I must ask: “For what purpose is an earth-sourced lineage’ in there?” We have always been taught that Jesus is “The Son Of God.” Is that correct? So with this earthly “lineage” piece in place, what does “Son Of God” mean?

What?

Anyway. Both Gospels sweetly begin, showing that Jesus was supernaturally implanted. Not sired by Joseph. Mary was done divinely by God himself (through the “Holy Spirit?!”). Now, I don’t wanna sound blasphemous to any zealots in here. Cool? But I’m sure that some ladies out there may feel that the holy idea of getting “done” by the Holy Spirit is pretty fucking hot… Then, after a sweaty, heavy, and eventful pregnancy, we have Jesus The Christ himself, “The Savior” – wet – and white – popping up and out of Mary’s sweet, immaculate, virgin (whoa)!!!

How can niggers believe this goofy shit?

“Here’s a towel Baby!!!”

Now Guys: The lists are consistent between Abraham and David – but after that, everything goes waaay off track. Biblical scholars for centuries have tried to explain why the lists are so different. Experts putting forth various hypotheses, and to this day have not come to any good theory-level consensus. Centuries! Past Abe and Dave, ain’t nothing there matching up nowhere. The Bible itself presents no logical distinctions, nor gives up any kind of explanations for these discrepancies. The output from Bible scholars for hundreds of years regarding this issue amount to guessing. But the latest formal scholarship now regards these genealogies as pure inventions. So – either way, us laymen don’t know what we’re looking at.

Right Here. The core teaching. The message of the “Good News.” The witness of the itinerant ministry of Jesus. The ultimate sacrifice of his flesh for the sake of mankind. And – the great promise of his future return after “The End Of Days” should have been solidly and accurately recounted Here. FINE… But! Instead of the Gospels being the most finely-tuned and organized example of revelatory literature on the planet (after all, it was “divinely-inspired” and motivated). We have a holy mishmash so haphazardly compiled and nonsensically messaged that it should raise serious doubts in the mind of any THINKING person about its historic accuracy, the veracity of any claims made, and most importantly, the existence of any divine influences in its creation.

Before I read the Gospels, I had already had doubts about Jesus’ divinity. “The Son Of God,” all that stuff. You know? At that point I did not have any doubts about Jesus’ possible existence. But after I thoroughly read, exhaustively analyzed, and reflected for a long time upon the Gospels – I came to this logical place:

Until someone comes my way with solid, accessible, and verifiable EVIDENCE; not referencing somebody’s strongly-held belief – EVIDENCE; not what someone may sincerely feel in their heart – EVIDENCE; not clergyfied bullshit – EVIDENCE; not apologetically slick exegeses – EVIDENCE; not passionate recitations of scripture passages – EVIDENCE; not unverifiable emotional appeals – EVIDENCE; not creative interpretational constructs – EVIDENCE. And until I get that EVIDENCE – I will remain solid in certainty that the biblically presented Jesus never existed.

OK?

Now. We won’t go into any detailed discussion tonight, regarding some of the stupid nonsense that allegedly came out of Jesus’ mouth during his “ministry.” Those will be subject matter(s) for future discussions. But for the moment, let’s put it this way: Some of the stuff he said – I would have crucified his ass too.

Understand this Guys: Just Think Now… There is a full, international Gospel sub-industry that spends its working time trying to reconcile (to fix) these four distinct accounts of Jesus’ birth, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection into forms that are “digestible” and reasonably coherent to the believing public. And also, easily usable by clergy. There is a lot of creative energy being expended on this part of the Bible (along with problematic areas in the Old Testament). There are organizations, professional apologists, hundreds of books, articles, and thousands of internet pages addressing this single problem. One term used to describe this challenge is the “Synoptic Problem.” Check Google and Amazon for materials and websites that offer comprehensive and detailed scholarship regarding this.

Biblical scholars have been working their holy asses off to resolve this completely un-resolvable issue since the middle of the 18th Century. What is this – the fucking 21st? And they still haven’t been able to put this shit in sync? “Get the fuck…”

Ask yourself – Good Christian: “If ‘The Gospel’ was ‘divinely inspired by a Perfect God,’ then why would ‘The Word Of God’ need to be further researched – THEN – apologetically and hermeneutically processed to no end – and then for that ‘Word’ to necessarily be ‘fixed’ after that ‘divine inspiration’ – By Man?” OK…

The Gospels are an editorial mess. This is not good work.

As an aside – my grandmother belonged to what is called a “Full Gospel Church.” Now – there are lots of them in Black neighborhoods. As a kid, I actually thought (for real) that “Full Gospel” was probably something you graduated to. I never expressed anything regarding that. But I harbored the notion that there must be “Half Gospel,” and maybe “Quarter Gospel” churches in existence somewhere. Otherwise, why would it be necessary to mark a church as “Full Gospel” when the prime concentration of any church is supposed to be “The Gospels” anyway?

Still with me? Move on to Part Two.

Freedmen – Read Your Bibles Part Two

I was assisted in this part two reposting and expansion by a bottle of Silverado Vineyards – Oakville Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2014. A Napa Valley killer that is on the top tier of California vintages. Smooth expresso on the front end. The middle pops with its strong and sustained blueberry, and cherry notes. A dark weaving-in of vanilla and chocolate on the back end. Quiet tannins. Silky finish.

Silverado Vineyards Oakville Station Cabernet Sauvignon

“If the concept of God has any validity or use, it can only be to make us larger, freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of him.”

James Baldwin

PART TWO:

Let us get this Part Two started with the proper mood.

“Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you [still] endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered [on the Cross] for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”

1 Peter 2:18-21 NIV

Now – let’s talk slavery.

Black Christians hate for the slavery parts of the Bible to be brought up because that embarrassing slavery issue hits so very close to that home and ancestry thing. Right? And because any divinely permitted slavery calls into obvious question the actual quality of biblically sourced “morality,” seeing as how slavery in itself is morally indefensible in any context. In any way. Do you understand?

“That’s right Black Christians:” If SLAVERY is Permissible:

Then rape, murder, battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment, forced labor, and robbery is Righteously Permissible. Since those seven criminal components are the principal aggregates of slavery. So, with that: I’m speaking to all of those “moral barometer” type niggers out there, that need to ask: “Where was God’s ‘moral barometer’ poppin’ with This Shit?” Before any of them – standing tall in their righteous religious arrogance, ask anyfuckingbody else: “Where is yours?” If the same God that all those indoctrinated, Black, Christian expletives believe in – can sanctify, regulate, and permission, this kind of immoral, inexcusable, bullshit.

Was that offensive? Oh Jeez – I’m sorry.

The slavery directives from the mouth of God kinda destroys the “all men are equal in the eyes of the Lord” argument. And likewise, the tired-assed Black preacher bromide: “We are all God’s children…” Are we? All of us? That bromide is so fucked. So Black folks – how does God permit some of his “children” to enslave some of his other “children” if we are all “equal in the eyes of the Lord?” Especially if many or all of those enslaved “children” have most certainly done nothing obvious within this lifetime to deserve to be so onerously circumscribed – within this lifetime. Abortion opponents consistently tell us that every single soul is created at the moment of conception. Well – are they? And if they are, by what process are some “equally-seen” souls designated for enslavement – or not?

Understand Guys:

The Bible is literally a sickening slave-o-holic orgy of God-given morality in action. Some parts, like in Old Testament Leviticus, spell out directly from the Lord God’s mouth – rules, regulations, designations, and standards. Like: “You can enslave Those motherfuckers – just don’t enslave These motherfuckers.” That’s Leviticus 25:45-46 KJV. And: “You can beat the motherfucking shit out of your slave – just don’t beat ALL of the shit out of him. OK?” That’s Exodus 21:20-21 KJV.

Other parts on slavery found in the New Testament read like a manual of slave etiquette. Sweet, pretty stuff like: “Slaves, no matter how big an asshole your slave master might be, do not hate him. But continue to serve him well because he belongs to the congregation of believers. Oh, and don’t forget to teach other slaves this shit.” That’s 1 Timothy 6:2 KJV. Read it – read that Bible, and understand gentlemen; that Holy Bible is always on the side of the slaveholder – not the slave.

The Bible also says: “Slaves, no matter how far your slave master may have his foot up your ass, or how badly he may abuse you – it is your duty as a good and faithful slave to maintain your devotion to your master, as well as your nigger-assed respectfulness towards him.” That’s 1 Peter 2:18 KJV. And in order to make sure that a slave stayed in working order. Jesus HEALS A SICK SLAVE, and afterwards, he graciously takes the time to praise the honorable slavemaster holding this man, for his strong fucking faith. Y’all Black Right? That’s Luke 7:2-10 KJV.

You’ll notice – Jesus doesn’t do FREEDOM.

And no Christian could rightly bring to me the convoluted and meaningless equality statement expounded in Ephesians 6:5-9 KJV, nor the excretable lie of “no favoritism” rendered as Galatians 2:6 NIV. These verses (and others) are used a lot by spiritual hustlers to “wallpaper” over other biblical verses regarding slavery that are clearly not acceptable to the generally enlightened moral sensibilities of most 21st Century Americans. Guys, open your Bibles please and read these beautifully rendered verses directly for yourselves. Then think carefully about my reaction to them: “No matter how adeptly clergymen and spiritual hustlers may work their interpretive magic on these verses, there is not, nor ever will there be equality between former master and former slave.” None. Never. Do you understand?

So…

That is why I like to bring slavery up when us Black folks are talking Bible stuff among ourselves. Because Man, when I do bring it up, one or more Christian zealots will lose their minds. And then they start kicking-up dust and sputtering aggressively about “misinterpreting” and “twisting the word,” and I laugh my ass off because all that defensive shit is pure entertainment to me. “But Christians, it is too damned bad somebody a long time ago didn’t have the foresight to edit that slave shit out of there – but they didn’t. And it is too late to take those slave verses out. We all know they are difficult to explain away. And too many folks in the world have seen those words. They have to stay in there, for everybody else and more to see. If you took them out now – somebody will look like they are:

FULL OF SHIT.” (“somebody pour me a shot”)

Now. Black Atheists get particularly peeved when a faith-addled Black person will say this shit: “The slavery in the Bible was different than the slavery we had here!” Niggers! Even if slavery were “different,” given our history, why would any sane African American type person be cool with slavery on any level, in whatever flavor – whether the permission to do slavery came from heaven or earth? Talk about “operational stupidity?” Every society mentioned in the Bible, from Babylon to Egypt, was a fucking slave regime. If anything, slavery could have been more brutal during biblical times than the nasty American version. Maybe.

Why? How? Because slavery in those times was culturally ingrained, judicially punitive, contractually compensative via indenture, militarily strategic, politically expedient, and unorganized. Whereas the (400 plus year) American version was done purely from an organized business intent. The most important part of an international agricultural-industrial-finance complex. A great example of misregulated capitalism fully intentioned and worked to its logical limits.

So, there was a necessary “corporate” interest in keeping slaves in the best working condition as possible, and as under control on every level as possible. No “corporate interest” – no need to keep slaves from learning how to read. Understand? The “corporate interest” is why organized American slavery did not want slaves to learn how to read – and would execute or isolate those slaves that had or acquired even the slightest degree of literacy. Slave literacy in the United States was bad for business. But conversely – in many instances, unorganized ancient slavery utilized literate and/or skilled slaves as teachers and tutors.

The only advantage that ancient slaves seemed to have over American slaves was some autonomy of thought, and some basic freedom of expression. But it was still slavery – and as such, is still totally indefensible.

Guys, remember that the centerpiece of the narrative in “The Epistle To Philemon” (this Book is in the New Testament) was regarding a runaway slave by the name of Onesimus. “Slavery was different?” OK – does “different” mean “better?” OK. Then why is the Bible talking about a runaway slave, if slavery was so “different” – and maybe “better” in biblical times? What the fuck was Onesimus running from? Decor in the slave quarters wasn’t fashionably up to par? Cheap champagne? Not enough days off? What? The text alludes that Onesimus stole money from Philemon. OK. Why did he have to steal? But Hey Guys! Isn’t the brutal American history of slavery heavily shot through with accounts of runaways? And doesn’t the motherfucking Bible permit the beating of slaves? Via Exodus 21:20-21 KJV?

Fuck Outta Here…

Come On: Is it possible in biblical times they also had an “Underground Railroad” too of sorts, that we don’t know about? If there was, could it be that it was set up for the same reasons as the American one? Who knows? Maybe, if there were runaways in biblical times, then maybe, it was about the same slave shit we had in America? Christian slaves running away from Christian slaveholders?

For the same reasons?

And Guys – may I remind you. Slavery is SLAVERY motherfuckers!!!

Is that really so hard for Black people to understand? There is no possible justification for biblically-approved slavery Guys. NONE. Why is that no-brainer concept so hard for niggers to wrap their fucking minds around? No Slavery Man!!! NO. NONE. OK? And fuck a “Ten Commandments.” That’s Right – FUCK that commandment shit Man!!! Look Dude – if someone “owns” you, any morals that your “masters,” or that God himself may demand that you exercise, simply would not, should not, and cannot apply to you. Never. For example: If you are a slave, it is perfectly moral for you to kill your master AND his family. Yep.

That’s right – KILL that motherfucker. Keep a lock around his neck until the lights go out. Other Possibilities: Stabbing. Shooting. Bludgeoning. Hanging. Poisoning. Buried While Alive. Just pick your flavor. Done. Over. Relief. “Now didn’t that feel good?” That would not be murder. That would be a justified act of liberation. New book title: “Switchblade To Freedom.” Ya think? It would be perfectly moral for you to run away – righteously stealing yourself back from somebody that stole you.

Shouldn’t you own yourself? I think so. Don’t feel some kind of way about this Man. Don’t let your “moral sensibilities” fuck you up. Because if white people were similarly situated – this is exactly what they would do and worse. This is one of the few times in which it is a good and honorable thing to emulate white people.

It would be perfectly moral, for you to look to the sky, and tell God: Fuck You!” for divinely abetting this bullshit. Why? According to the Bible, God and Jesus are unreservedly OK with slavery. Christians remind us everyday that: “God’s In Control.” Right? Now Guys: If God IS IN CONTROL – that would mean this slavery shit too. No exceptions. OK? Niggers will say: “Ah – God didn’t approve of slavery. He was just trying to make slavery more humane. You have to understand the kind of barbarism they had then as well.” Now, let’s remember Guys: “God’s In Control.” That means: He also created the barbarism they had then as well.

Right?

And if he IS “all-powerful,” how would the “times” or any culture of/or at any time, discussed at any time, make any difference to him? How?

Have you ever noticed in the Bible, that whenever “The Lord” really wants things to happen or change – he proactively makes that shit go down RIGHT AWAY?

FIVE EXAMPLES:

1. Creates a whole universe in six days. Genesis 1:1-2:3 KJV

2. When Adam and Eve fucked up, heaven quickly issued the world’s first eviction notice: “Get OUT NOW!” Didn’t even have time to pack. – Genesis 3:22-24 KJV

3. When God’s “chosen people” were getting the hell out of Dodge [also known as Egypt] – no fucking time wasted – no hesitation – Dude parted the Red Sea in seven seconds flat. Exodus 13:17-14:29 KJV

4. The Tower Of Babel? NOT happening people – squashed that shit in three seconds. Genesis 11:1-9 KJV

5. Releasing American Christian Niggers out of Christian slavery? Ahh – Hold On! Let’s – Ahh, lemme think about this. In the meantime – I can put you niggers on this 400 year waiting list. OK? – No Scripture For This Shit 00:00 KJV

Hmm… Let’s see: First Black captives landed in the Americas in 1562 on the good ship “Jesus.” Then later, Abraham Lincoln did us with a fucking “Emancipation Proclamation” in 1863. That’s 301 years. OK? Then, let us add in another 130 years of legal post-slavery bullshit. Christian country? Now from that, we can clearly see that this merciful God keeps the well-being of Black people securely in mind as an urgent priority. You can see that – Right? Mere seconds or days in response or proaction for everything and everyone else. But several hundred years before the most pious, faithful, enthusiastic Christians on earth, us Native Black Americans, could even receive anything resembling partial relief for our suffering? Niggers are still waiting for the rest of the package. From an “all-powerful” God. Even if God were conclusively proven to exist – that would be all the more reason for me to look up, and give him a solid “FUCK YOU.” Then – I could finish my ice cream…

You See?

Doesn’t God remind you of the Democratic Party?

Look Man. This is slavery. Somebody else OWNING you. A fuckjob just short of murder, solidly approved, starting with Genesis 9:25-27 KJV in the Old Testament. Till the closing Book of the New Testament – ending with Revelation 18:13 KJV.

This. Clearly articulated – with no repeal:

“Exhort servants [slaves] to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things(?); not answering again [talking back]; Not purloining [stealing] but shewing [showing] all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.”

Titus 2:9-10 KJV

That is the New Testament. There are sixty-six books in the King James Bible.

Titus is Book number fifty-six Guys! Jesus himself used slaves and slavery in several parables to illustrate certain points. But he never, nowhere repudiated the practice itself. And with that, niggers will still say: “Ahh – slavery was different then…” I am overwhelmingly glad that Black people can’t justifiably apply that kind of then/now excuse-making or logic easily to other things: “Murder IS bad, but you see, murder then was different than the way they kill motherfuckers today.” OR “That’s not correct: Ass-whoopings then were different than the way they pound motherfuckers today.” OR “Naw MAN: Rape 2000 years ago was different than the way they take pussy today.” And on, and on, and on…

You see how stupid that relativistic shit sounds?

It blows me how mostly unlearned (in Biblical studies) Black Christians always attempt to amateurishly sanitize huge piles of theistic bullshit. And then expect everyone else to respect their pious-assed, unlettered nonsense, just because it is arrogantly and authoritatively asserted as religious and biblical.

They may be able to do that with others – but not me.

And Christians…

When you critically read your Bible, don’t allow part-time apologist Christians to persuade you to believe those “nice” words rendered as “servant” or “bondman” (in some translations) to mean something other than “slave.” Some translations render that word [slave] in a “softer” way so you can ignorantly skip-over the ugly brutality of what that nasty word communicates. “Servant” or “bondman” means the SLAVE position interchangeably within any context in any Bible, along with all the conditional bullshit that comes with it. I own and reference from twelve fucking different Bible versions. I KNOW what I am talking about.

Now – some amateur apologists will say that this “Holy Bible” is really talking about an “employment situation” (seriously?!), or that most instances of slavery were actually contractual agreements:

“Both thy bondmen [male slaves], and thy bondmaids [female slaves], which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen [non-Israelites] that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids.”

Leviticus 25:44 KJV

Does that sound like a “contractual agreement” to you?

Doesn’t “buy” mean “purchase?” Like acquiring property?

How about this killer:

“Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land; and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen forever: but over your brethren [tribe] the children of Israel, ye shall not rule one over another with rigor.”

Leviticus 25:45-46 KJV

Seriously? So, if you “hire” a slave you get to keep his kids too? Forever? So, this is some kind of “employment?” How do niggers blow past this shit?

What would an “application for slavery” look like?

Matthew, in “The Nine Beatitudes” – Matthew 5:1-12 KJV – got plenty of stuff to help you keep your mental self-enslavement game up to par. Dumb shit like:

Verse 3 – Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Verse 4 – Blessed are those that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Verse 5 – Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Verse 8 – Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Verse 9 – Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Verse 11 – Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Verse 12 – Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

This is all passive – slave shit. The owners of Christianity (white people) don’t do any of this shit. “Reward in heaven?” “Meek motherfuckers inheriting the earth?” “Peacemakers?” Really? My history books show me that the ass-kickers, bombers, and shooters are the ones that take AND inherit the motherfucking earth.

Where are the “meek” inheriting anything?

The last thing that one should be on the lookout for, as you are reading your Bible without assistance; is the tired, Old Testament versus New Testament smokescreen when the issue of slavery is being discussed. Again, there is no repeal of the practice in either Testament. And there are more positive references to slavery in the New Testament as opposed to the Old Testament (read your Bible and see).

And did not Jesus state:

“Think not that I am come to destroy [revoke] the Law or the Prophets [of the Old Testament]. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”

Matthew 5:17 KJV

Meaning: “Don’t think I came to change things. I am here to make sure that all of this Old Testament shit will keep going Down. Down. Down. And that includes SLAVERY motherfuckers!” Well. that’s Jesus for you. So Guys, if you make light of this, don’t fold when being accused of “misinterpreting;” or “twisting the word;” or of “not having enough faith;” or for “taking things out of context;” or for “not being covered in the Blood;” or, for you not over or under-standing some “deeper meaning.” Nope. This is all, off-tracking, change the fucking direction of the conversation bullshit. If you allow yourself to be influenced by this nonsense? Please. The Bible has no more “deeper meaning” than a roll of toilet paper.

Stop listening to the pious knuckleheads – and get yourself a beer.

Made it this far? You Good? Might as well finish this off with Part Three.

Freedmen – Read Your Bibles Part Three

I was assisted in this part three reposting and expansion by a bottle of Cade Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 2017 – Napa Valley. And yes – this shit is $100.00 a hit. But!!! The value is commensurate with the cost. This baby leads in with rich notes of wood, vanilla, and chocolate. The middle transforms and sustains into blackberries and plums. Soft tannins. Easy but earthy finish.

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“Show me a population that is deeply religious and I will show you a servile population, content with whips and chains… content to eat the bread of sorrow and drink the waters of affliction.”

Hubert Harrison

PART THREE:

“For I am going to raise up a shepherd over the land who will not care for the lost, or seek the young, or heal the injured, or feed the healthy, but will eat the meat of the choice sheep, tearing off their hooves.”

Zechariah 11:16 NIV

Now. For “The Word Of God…”

Before we go further into “The Word Of God” – an important thing I want you Guys to peep from amateur apologists is what I call “The Oldest Diversion:” This shit is usually pulled out by astute but semi-educated believers that know enough about the Bible to recognize that there are a lot of things within that book that are straight-up indefensible. So, if you are doing a reasonably good job of pointing out the bullshit, they will attempt to change the focus by saying: “In order to get the true meaning of God’s word – you’ve got to get the oldest manuscripts from the Dead Sea, and read them in the original languages.” Really Man?

OK. Let’s, let’s process this… “So, OK. In order for me to get the ‘true meaning of God’s Word’ – because Hey, according to you, even though we DO have a Bible, it apparently ain’t in the Bible. So we gotta do this shit. Right?”

OK. So… I have to:

  • Learn to read dead languages.
  • Update my passport.
  • Get a visa.
  • Purchase a travel package.
  • Purchase a bulletproof vest (That is the Middle East, you know).
  • Learn to swim (I’m not good at it).

And once I do ALL THIS…

Ding!!! – “I GOT IT!” Is that how it works?

This tricknology is usually effective against potential unbelievers that are not well-versed in the literal Bible or don’t know much about Bible history, composition, and construction. But there is one thing that should be obvious about these “Deadseamen.” If you ask, you will find that none of THEM have done any of these things. Every one of those good “Dead Sea” apologists have in their possession, and are referencing from the same Bible that THEY say that the “true meaning” contained therein is somehow compromised. And that YOU will never understand that Bible properly because YOU are not reading it in the “original languages.” If that is the case – why do THEY even own one single Bible in the English language, if it is not literally leading them to the truth?

Just a question.

Now. Check this shit: Those are the same motherfuckers that can barely define a word in English that has seven or more letters in it properly. So now, those people are trying to tell YOU to read something, not only in another language, but in a dead language at that. (take a good hit off your blunt at this point…) Really? (now exhale…) When they expend this bullshit; notice when motherfuckers say the word “oldest” – they always hang on that long “O” sound. “The OOOldest.” Now, it is quite true that many niggers are enamored with ancient sounding shit. You know? Right? Especially those “Hotep” type motherfuckers. Them kinda dudes. Every third word out their mouths is; “ancient this,” “ancient that.” And that “O” sound – sounds “mystic,” and “spiritual,” and “back-in-the-day-ish.” You know? So they hang onto that long “O” sound like somebody is trying to stick a (fill in the blank).

So Guys: Let’s process. What do we do with the Bibles that we have in hand if this “oldest” shit is correct? If the Bibles we have are so faulty, that we have to take a geographical, literary, and linguistic trip back in time to get the “true meaning.” So – I would like to ask the “Dead Sea” folks: “What is the pastor at the church that you attend referencing from? What? And if he does have the same awareness of the ‘true meaning’ theory that you do – what the fuck is he doing?”

“Don’t get upset motherfucker. I’m just asking a question.”

Never mind. I have the answer: “It is because of the fact that he [the pastor] has been ‘called to preach’ that has infused him with the God-given ability to avoid the spiritual pitfalls, and to righteously fill-in the gaps!!!” Really? Fellas: A Christian (stripper lady) ACTUALLY told me this. Now Guys – let us take a minute…

Did you get that beer yet? OK.

NOTE THIS: Some “Deadseamen” are also the exact types of people that tend to overtly distance themselves from the Bible and formally organized Christianity for various reasons (well face it – if you are perceived to be otherwise intelligent – and then also admitting a belief in Christianity? that is fucking embarrassing). When you engage with these folks, you’ll find that they have this creatively pieced-together personal philosophy-religion to go with the distance. Those folks are essentially and actually a denomination unto themselves. They are. They just need three more people to subscribe to their particular spiritual mixtape – and Voila!!!

Another church has been established.

They will state that they are “spiritual, not religious.” Which to me, is the same as somebody saying: “I’m a person, not a human being.” That sounds like the type of vaporous non-statement that would release from the mouth of a great politician. Where, on the surface, the statement “sounds good” – profound even. But on close examination, both ends of this beautiful statement actually cancel each other out. Gone. Nothing but a sophisticated wave of organized sounds so astoundingly meaningless – that anyone allowing such an expulsion to issue from their lips, once done; cannot seriously be taken seriously.

“Spiritual, but not religious,” is one of those “enlightenment is like the sound of one hand clapping” type statements (that “one hand clapping” shit is an effective sense-bending “spiritual” hustle worked by Asian “guru” types on rich white people). This shit is pure nonsense served with scrambled eggs and toast. But that particular zero is usually rendered so beautifully, and expended so sincerely, that in response, it deserves the best you can give in mocking and ridicule.

Now. Preachers do what I call “spotlighting.” – highlighting Bible passages that will promote what the pastor wants you to walk away with. And minimizing or skipping-over those passages that are problematic, or are too difficult to “interpret” convincingly, or may cause one to think (can’t have that). In my experience over the many years of listening to sermons, I have found consistently that a maximum of only twelve percent of a sermon is expounded directly from the Bible.

That’s it.

Verse-hopping does not count (“turn to the book of… and read verse… and now turn…”). Verse-hopping is a diversionary and time-consuming exercise in page-turning that only makes the pastor look like he’s “doing something.” Guys, understand that “verse-hopping” is one of several preaching techniques that are utilized to smoothly convey the pastor to the points within the service in which he asks for the money. Which is of course, the bottom line of any sermon. The rest (the other 88 percent) of the sermon comes from seven main extra-biblical sources.

And the seven are: (Envelope Please)

  1. Mailed-out bullshit from that denomination’s central office.
  2. Stock prepared passages purchased from a sermon supply house.
  3. Concepts and principles lifted from non-Christian self-help books.
  4. Off-track shit supporting that pastor’s personal agenda.
  5. Political agendas that a legislator or party want asserted.
  6. Empty philosophical twist-ups mixed with dubiousities appropriated from other religious hustlers.

And last, but not least…

SEVEN – Assorted nonsensicalities that the pastor pulled out his ass.

There you go.

The Christianity that today’s Christians practice, is not a reflection of the literal word of the Bible. It is a scripture-abbreviated, strategically-directed, and politically-accreted dis-construction. This Christianity generally is a mix of the doctrinal peculiarities of the denomination you may belong to. The biblical passages your church decides to highlight. The biblical passages your church decides to ignore or mis-state. Its biblical re-interpretational latitude. Political agendas that church supports and promotes. And the pastor’s personal agenda.

In other words – MARKETING Dude… A Christian from the 1st Century would not in any way recognize today’s Christian practices at all. That believer would actually be more scripturally literal and devotionally direct.

If they are able to read.

Dude. All of the Bible must be literally considered. Every word must be weighed evenly across the board. Why? In its literalness the Bible is rightly, or should be considered to literally be “The Word Of God” as it is – before interpretational processing. No all-wise being would intentionally make such an important message to those that he supposedly “loves” so incredibly difficult to get at or open. No part of that message would be esoterically locked-up, or would explain anything “metaphorically.” Or would have any need for third parties like clergy to explain anything to anybody for him, or for any statements FROM HIM to be intentionally open to potentially dishonest man-made interpretive processes.

No, he wouldn’t. Shit, you wouldn’t.

Therefore, there is not, or shouldn’t be one verse or passage in the Holy Bible that can be legitimately ignored, overlooked, modified, interpreted, re-interpreted, relativised, historically contexed, or subjected to hermeneutical or apologetical processing. Do you understand?

Question: If this Bible IS “The Word” of an unchanging, eternal, all-powerful, and all-wise “Creator Of The Universe;” Guys, follow me here: How can we humans have even one human motherfucker on this planet; that can open his human mouth, and righteously state, OK? That he has, or knows, or follows the “correct interpretation” of “The Word Of God?” Follow me: Any HUMAN claim of “correct interpretation” automatically de-legitimizes as “The Word Of God” – whatever comes out of anybody’s mouth, that may be presented as “The Word Of God.” Do you get the logic? And if you get the logic – then you will understand why clergy type motherfuckers always want you to replace your intellect with their “faith.”

“Faith” is a useful tool to promote fucked-up political agendas as well.

That’s right Guys. Those motherfuckers want You to get ahold of your Head – and voluntarily turn your discernment and judgmental capacities down to ZERO. And don’t forget to leave a hatch open, because they have something “better” to stick in there. The sheer degree of pimpin’ arrogance that it takes to even think about DOING this – should be completely unacceptable to any thinking Christian.

Do you understand me?

Guys think – THINK…

Understand that the motherfucker preaching is a clergyfied sonofabitch; whose total wisdom and understanding is an exponential infinity of magnitudes LESS than the source that he or she is supposedly interpreting from. So look, how is a motherfucker able to do this? I mean, to take “The Word Of God,” and reprocess this eternal, unlimited shit within their own limited, HUMAN heads; OK? And then, to hand this reconstituted bullshit over to you to “Believe In?” Huh? “A message from God?” Redone and stated by this motherfucker? Really?

Do niggers ever ask good questions?

Look: The only legitimate reading of “The Word Of God” is direct and literal. The fraudulent disciplines of apologetics and hermeneutics is part of a worldwide suckers game to get you to follow the marketing. And to keep your critical eyes and critical understanding away from the literal text and literal message of the Bible. Professionally trained religionists learn these tricknologies in divinity schools.

Think Fellas – if “The Word Of God” was not itself literally problematic in terms of history, basic science, logic, good sense, universally operational morality, and in its ultimate applicability to everyday life – there would be no need for “The Word” to be subjected to any kind of hermeneutical or apologetic “adjustments” by anybody. There would only be “The Fucking Word” – As it is – Straight – No chaser.

This theological “study” is nothing but organized, formalized, legitimized, officially approved, academically accredited, philosophical fuckery. That’s all this shit is. There you have it: “A Doctorate Degree for Bishop Cheatumwell.” OK?

Please.

Astonishing. They really give motherfuckers college degrees for this shit. A “theology degree” or a “doctorate in ministry.” Really? A fucking joke. Dude – the same universities that are handing out those “Doctorates In Theology” might as well be handing out doctorates in crystal ballery and palm reading as well (I’d better check – they might be). The fucked-up thing about this is that it is not just fly-by-night diploma mills that are doing this shit. But top “taken seriously” universities like Princeton, Harvard, and Yale. Why?

I don’t know. All three of those bitches have “Divinity Schools.” (!?) How do you “school” divinity? OK? And all three of those ivy league motherfuckers have solid departments of biology, physics and chemistry as well. Serious subjects. OK? Now Guys – I understand that schools like Princeton, Harvard, and Yale started out as seminaries. But there comes a time when you have to respect updated knowledge, and get rid of useless disciplines. To make an institutional commitment through a respect of knowledge, to de-legitimize and reject otherworldly fantasy, ephemeral spiritualities, and unprovable metaphysics. These are fucking universities Man.

Right?

Now check this: The disciplines of biology, physics, and chemistry are all grounded in solid things that the dumbest motherfucker you can pluck out of the gutter can demonstrably show to exist. Sonofabitch couldn’t make it to third grade – but even his dumb ass can show you; living things exist, gravity exists, and the chemical we call water exists. “Theology” is the only discipline offered at top universities that the very existence of the central object of study itself [God] – can seriously be called into question by anybody. And that before we can even go into WHAT details and derivatives we are going to study about it. Whether the Christian God exists or not is a question that is so ephemerally based – a proper response couldn’t even rise to the level of a weak hypothesis. Guys – please think about how crazy that shit is.

Choose any random student out of the three disciplines of biology, physics, and chemistry. Ask about their shit – and to a man, they can give a solid, consistent, and coherent explanation regarding the central details of their course of study. Ask any theology student on their shit: “Existence of God? Um – lemme call my mom…”

I find that to be a problem. Don’t you?

Problem: That the existence of the central object can be seriously questioned by the disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics as well – but HEY, not vice-versa is a problem. Do you understand me? Don’t you think that we need to find out whether the main OBJECT of study is even PRESENT? I mean – actually processed through the severity of the Scientific Method. And if it (or he, or she) does exist, that doubt-filled question of existence can easily be transformed into the certainty of universal scientific consensus. That is what needs to be done before we proceed to study its details and derivatives. Because, if we don’t, then what the fuck are we studying?

Guys – it is this kind of unproven, unverified bullshit existing within this particular field of study that I can call all theological disciplines out as fraudulent nonsense. This is a kind of normalized academic insanity by consensus. This is shit that’s no different than us normalizing serious conversations with the floor. The graduates: Those well-educated motherfuckers will give you anything BUT “The Word.”

It is all a hustle. A big fuck.

This shit would be quite funny if those “hermeneutic honchos” did not affect our crippled Black community so negatively with their poisonous interpretations and preachings. Those same motherfuckers will tell you that Atheism is “for white people” – not for “us.” And that our ancestors were “spiritual” – and that we are a “spiritual” people. You know – preacher shit. They will say that people like me “are not really Black” – because I speak about critical thinking to niggers.

ALERT!!! – I am a non-believing NIGGER. I do all the things that niggers are supposed to do. Believe me. I eat collard greens, talk shit in barbershops, flirt with dark-skinned women with big booties, play spades, drink cheap beer, wear sunglasses at night, listen to jazz, et cetera. But no pork. And no Jesus. And still Black. So motherfuckers – don’t come to me with that “not Black” shit.

Now.

If the Bible is “The Word Of God” – then we should read it as “The Word Of God.” It is necessary to become a “Biblicist” or a person who reads the Bible literally. You don’t need to listen to any spiritual interpositor or any ordained intermediary that will reconstruct and/or reconstitute “The Word Of God” for you. Being “called to preach” is in reality, an official license to lie, fuck, and pickpocket.

Guys get smart – don’t let those “called” motherfuckers slick-maneuver you into their interpretational and hermeneutical traps. Listen. Black clergymen are so full of shit that many of them can’t digest their own nonsense (some get caught). To be a real clergyman – a single word – a double meaning – and a triple life is necessary to keep functioning profitably. Do you understand?

Clergymen absolutely cannot be trusted. Nigger clergymen will even accept money from professional racists to exterminate you for the political appeasement of white people. Never forget that most Black clergymen were AGAINST the liberation activities of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. Check out this old letter excerpt:

“The ministers work is also important and also he should be trained, perhaps by the Federation as to our ideals and the goal that we hope to reach. We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.”

That was Margaret Sanger (of Planned Parenthood), writing to Dr. C. J. Gamble. This was dated 12/10/1939. This is some evil shit – isn’t it? The Black clergyman as a tool of racism-white supremacy. And those motherfuckers are worthy of us?

Have y’all ever noticed that every once in a while – the same motherfuckers that rail in their pulpits loudly every Sunday about “The Gay Agenda” and the sinfulness of homosexuality; are always busy with “extra-clerical activities?” Somebody will catch one of those motherfuckers in the back of a piss-assed gas station, on some remote highway – sucking a dick. Y’all know I can’t make that up. It’s in the newspaper. The shit is all over social media (“Pastor Who?!?!”).

“He’s on TV with his wife apologizing and blaming “The Devil” and…….”

I personally have nothing against people that like to suck dicks. I mean, if that is what you want to do – then do it. Has nothing to do with me. “At the same time ‘Pastor’ – hypocrisy is not cool.” There are so many down-low pastors out there sucking dicks on the regular – that I suspect – that there may be theology schools out there that offer as an elective, classes on how to catch a nut and “The Holy Ghost” at the same time. I think that course is called “Practical Hypocrisy 101.”

Or something like that.

OK Guys. Before I move on. Do you guys get the logic that if this book – “The Bible” is truly “The Word of the eternal and unchanging God” then, it deserves nothing less than a strict, literal reading? Because it is “The Word Of God.” Do you understand? NO Man – none of that: “Well, it was different back in biblical times.” OR – “That’s the Old Testament,” type bullshit. OR – “you must do a nuanced reading,” type bullshit. If “The eternal, unchanging, Word Of God” says you were supposed to stone gays to death then – you are supposed to stone gays to death now. If that “Word” says it was cool to have slaves then – it is cool to have slaves now. Why in the fuck would an infinite, unchanging God change up the meaning of all his eternally laid-down shit, just because your Black ass is on the scene now?

That makes NO SENSE.

Think about this Guys: Why would an all-powerful, omnipresent, eternal God – a motherfucker that is absolutely running the entire universe, have a need to change his all-wise mind – and his all-wise word, based upon our mere human timeframes and culture evolutions? With that “universal” word being referenced from only ONE planet out of his entire universal creation? There would be no reason for him to do so. He IS all-powerful GOD eternal. No line or period between then and now. And if that is the case, there can be no differentiated “Biblical Times.” Or any changes to the way “The Word” is presented, based partly or entirely on time.

Ever.

Any “Biblical Times” would always be in the present moment, then – and now. So that trick line; “back in Biblical Times” really doesn’t mean anything. You see? So, once you step away from literalness – which would include “now-ness,” what the FUCK are you or anyone else talking about?

There is not one line in the entire Bible that establishes any then or now time differentiations Man. Look – Jesus himself simultaneously bridges and eliminates all “time” demarcations with a statement in Matthew 5:18 KJV – paraphrasing; “till heaven and earth pass.” Which is a long fucking time. OK? Keep paraphrasing: “Not one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the law [of the prophets], till all be fulfilled.” So, covenentially – no past, present, or future changes – until the “fulfillment” (whenever that is) comes. And it looks like that hasn’t happened yet.

So: “Where is that preacher getting his ‘nuances’ from?”

We have thousands of clergy and professional religionists that will tell you that: “You need to do a more sophisticated reading of scripture.” OR: “That verse is more nuanced than the literal reading that you are adhering to.” OR: “That’s not the traditional way this church views that scripture.” That is nonsense. Anyone that tells you that is full of shit. Really Guys – it takes a dumb motherfucker to always accept this kind of hermeneutical bullshit without push-back or good questioning.

Now look Guys. Think about this shit: If you are reading a particular biblical passage – what it SAYS literally. But the clergy interpretively flips it – and tells you: “That passage doesn’t SAY what it SAYS.” OK? (bullshit) “Then what does it SAY motherfucker?” And if that passage does SAY something else, like they say it does – wouldn’t it have been more efficient for it [the Bible] to SAY what it is “supposed” to SAY literally? Written DOWN in the Bible in the first place? Instead of wasting time through getting on the “deeper meaning” theological merry-go-round with some purple suit wearing pastor?

Dude. Why would you need to rely on another HUMAN BEING to assist you in understanding what you read? An “anointed” motherfucker that has no more or better comprehension skills than you do. “You do know how to read motherfucker? Right?” Remember how his clergyfied ass mispronounced everything at your relative’s funeral? Remember that? Sonofabitch can’t handle what’s in his face – but he can tell you what an infinite mind is thinking?

Get The Fuck Outta Here…

If that isn’t some insulting remedial bullshit – I don’t know what is.

Black people need to wake up and stop letting religious motherfuckers lay all of this stupid interpretational bullshit on them. What those bastards are saying is this: “What you are looking at is not what you see.” And: “What a verse says, is not what it means.” And: “The literal definition of THAT word – is not the true meaning of THAT word.” You see? That is an update of some of the same flipped out shit that Paul (allegedly) laid on motherfuckers. Like this little mind fuck:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 KJV

“The evidence of things not seen?” Did they have blunts when Paul was around?

Look: Interpretational bullshit is like when a loudmouth sonofabitch tells you to: “Kiss My Ass.” Consequently, of course – you understandably get ticked off at the fuck that shot that bullet in your direction. Right? But then, some third party – some “interpretarian” type motherfucker, interposes himself between you and him. And tells you that that expression does not actually convey any kind of vitriol or contempt. No Dude. YOU are “misinterpreting” the whole thing.

And the reason YOU are “misinterpreting” his statement is “because YOU are not covered in the Blood Man.” If YOU are not “covered in the Blood” – YOU will take the whole thing “out of context.” YOU don’t get it Man. “Kiss My Ass” is actually an expression of love. That’s why the word “kiss” is there. “Kiss My Ass!?” That’s love… YOU are not “covered” Man. That’s why YOU are missing the “deeper meaning.” A correct interpretation will tell YOU why the word “ass” is there. It’s there so YOU can confidently go in deep – and feel the love. Amen!!! “I say ‘Kiss My Ass’ to my wife EVERY morning brother. YOU can’t be so naive as to not take those words as anything but an expression of love.” Wasn’t that sophisticated?

I would seriously say to all Christians – take the responsibility for your own literal understanding. The things that Atheists say about the Bible in particular and Christianity in general is not smoke, nor intentional ungodliness, nor disrespect, nor anger at God, nor an excuse to fuck. It is part of a sincere quest for truth. But in seeking truth, we must have the logical courage to point out what is not true, or moral, or civilized. Discernment starts with being clear-minded, critical, honest, and admitting in a straightforward manner what is literally there.

The Holy Bible is internally inconsistent, externally incongruent, a-historical, non-scientific, unclear in a lot of areas, and stupid in a WHOLE LOT of areas. In the areas that are the most explicit, commanded, and fully intended to be taken literally – those cannot be put into practice. Because anyone that does, will end-up insane, or incarcerated, or dead. That is what I have found. In order to see for yourself, all you have to do is read it – uninterpreted, unassisted, and in its entirety.

Now – it may sound strange to the average Christian. But the great, international Christian Marketing Machine is well-organized and hard set to discourage direct and critical reading of the Bible by laymen. Actually knowing the Bible, and the history of its compilation, works against the marketing. That is why there is a diverse, international brotherhood of expert marketers (also known as clergymen). To tell you exactly what they want you to focus on (like denominational faith, tithing, and obedience), and what to blindly ignore (like biblical misogyny, tribal supremacy, and slavery), the way they want you to. Control? Oh fucking Yeah.

At some points and places in Christian medieval Europe – it was actually illegal for a Christian layman to own a Bible in his own language (oh yes – that’s true). The penalty at that time for possession of a Bible was burning at the stake. That’s right! True Christians would light your faithful ass up – for owning a Bible.

Serious business.

Students of the Bible, not long after the “First Council of Constantinople” (381 AD), already began to uncover historical, constructive, and philosophical problems within the partial biblical canon then available (the Bible we presently know had not been fully developed and compiled yet) – even in that pre-scientific era. The ecclesiastical powers in place at the time, began to put together and solidify the basic marketing and indoctrinational infrastructure for that period.

The Bible itself was not discussed at the Council. But – how the Christ, The Holy Spirit, and the newly created (at the time) Trinity concept, which is not found in the Bible at all – were to be marketed. Guys, understand the obvious: This whole “Trinity” concept is just another great example of clerically created and sponsored “spiritual thuggery.” Bold-assed nonsense that can be laid on the believing public. Because they [the public] generally have little knowledge of the Bible’s contents, and little knowledge of the history of the Bible. “The Holy Trinity” get-over is a way for spiritual hustlers to “reveal” something that does not exist ($$$). And that cannot be coherently explained, except “in mystery” by the motherfucking clergy.

“Mystery” is a word in Christianity that really means: “Something to believe in. But not to know empirically. Or to make a common sense of.” Understand? OK…

Like:

“The Trinity = Three beings in one entity – while existing separately at the same time – while existing as one at the same time – while existing upside-down at the same time – while existing right-side-up at the same time – while existing in at the same time – while existing out at the same time – while simultaneously existing and not existing at the same time – with no practical reason to exist – at the same time – on time – just to see how far motherfuckers can be hustled.” Cubed…

Christian marketing at its best.

Now. That great ecumenical consolidation and marketing discussion that started long ago with “The First Council Of Nicaea” (325 AD) never ended. This is an ongoing thing Guys. We got to keep talking and get this story right. Because:

“Jesus is THE PRODUCT!!!” Says mega-pastor T.D. Jakes.

And the Bishop is correct.

Jesus IS the product.

So Guys – if Jesus is THE PRODUCT, the question in your mind should be:

“Who is selling THE PRODUCT, and towards whom is the target market for THE PRODUCT? Is THE PRODUCT a good PRODUCT, and if I were to purchase THE PRODUCT, what positive and demonstrable BENEFIT would I get from utilizing THE PRODUCT, and would THE PRODUCT benefit me, the buyer, to the same obvious and generous degree as THE SELLERS?” Right?

Yeah – I would want to know how much of THE PRODUCT would I need to use, and for what duration would I have to use THE PRODUCT, before THE PRODUCT enables ME as well, to fly around in private jets, drive ultra-expensive cars, wear tailor-made suits, get extra pussy, and live in multiple mansions too.

That’s a “consumer information” request Guys. OK?

As you watch the (YouTube) video, notice how Bishop Jakes calmly describes Jesus Christ in commercial – not religious terms. Like he is marketing a can of soup. That should tell all motherfuckers SOMETHING right there.

“Salvation?” That’s a joke passed around in the clerical locker room.

No Church will ever make a serious entreaty for parishioners to read their Bibles. When they “say” you should – that is just part of the preaching stagecraft. Folks actually reading their Bibles? That would not be good for the clergy class in the long run. The great Christian Marketing Machine knows that literally the Bible is a drag (it is really hard to read, and boring). They know that most people won’t do it – and that is perfectly fine with them. That is why it is such an accomplishment for those that really do it. The Bible is the world’s bestselling book that people don’t read. For many church-going Christians – the Bible is a Sunday fashion accessory.

To show. Not to know (“Yes Ma’am – matching colors are available”).

But the potential downside for the great, Christian Marketing Machine, is that out of those folks that finally (or will) do it, there is a certain significant percentage that will appropriately start asking questions. Good questions for a change.

And the main thing your good pastor does not want you to do is ask intelligent questions, or to possibly think for yourself, or to attempt any independent research, or to do anything proactive that may potentially increase your non-sectarian, “non-clergyfied” knowledge of the Bible. Without that pastor “overseeing” you in some kind of way. Your pastor (or one of his “helpers”) prefer to be the one(s) to provide the proper “interpretational guidance” – thereby keeping your inquisitive ass from developing any “devilish notions” that may prompt you to ask “good questions.”

Research + Skepticism x Good Questions = Fucking with church revenues.

Black people empty-mindedly hand over hard-earned cash (money) at the rate of $300,000,000 per week to churches. That is 15.6 Billion dollars per year, just from us. Now Guys: “Have YOU seen any improvement in our fucking communities that is commensurate with a 15.6 Billion dollar figure?” I’m not talking about “charity” and “programs” and nigger preachers handing out turkeys to the poor on holidays (I don’t accept turkeys from preachers – guess why). OK? And this is not counting the untold billions that we wastefully spend on “inspirational” literature, gospel music, movies, shows, retreats, Bibles we don’t read, and events.

Serious business. Imagine what the Black community would be like if we were actually self-funding Black-owned businesses, banks, think tanks, Black political interests, housing, culture, facilities and faculty that actually teach us things that we can profitably use in the here and now. And folks also providing (horrors!!!) community college pools for the education of our children at that same rate. But – fuck that. Paying for the pastor’s Bentley, private jet, and extra pussy, is more important than economic self-sufficiency and advanced education for our children.

Right?

At the same time – all other ethnic groups (meeting on Wednesday nights) are diligently planning and strategizing for the purpose of “taking hold,” if you will, of every present and potential business market in the Black community that can be made profitable. You see their businesses opening at a fast clip. While our preacher-leaders (at the Wednesday night “Bible Study”) are exhorting us to:

“Keep your heads to the sky!”

“Put it in God’s hands!”

“Let Go! Let God!”

“Seek the Lord!”

“Let Jesus work it out!”

“God will provide!”

“Smoke Hope! Not Dope!”

No wonder we ain’t got nothing.

Now…

The “Good Question” problem is mostly nullified by all of the fine extra-biblical literature that is available. But the average Christian does not understand that all of this stuff is diversional. It is really slick the way the Christian Marketing Machine does this. This literature is one of the many ways available to keep our eyes off the entire biblical text (because you may start thinking). And to keep you [the layman] focused on those passages that serve the purposes of the church. Those ex-texts are usually much more readable, much more anecdotal, much more interesting, and much more entertaining than the Bible itself (that’s the intent).

But!!! You must understand that all of those extra-biblical texts are nothing but interpretational nonsense. Stupid, off-track shit, only produced for marketing and indoctrinational purposes (your salvation is not on the menu). If you read this bullshit, and really take it to heart, you are allowing apologetic hustlers – those “Called By The Lord” con-men (and con-women) to do your thinking for you. Those motherfuckers have no more insight into the “Mind Of God,” or “what God wants you to know” – or do, than you do.

Please.

Any time that those ex-texts deal with any questionable or clearly immoral biblical passages – they will take you for a long-assed walk around the world. And then drop you off – intoxicated and confused, somewhere in the middle of a Chinese desert. When you open your eyes – some bitch will be standing there, attempting to catch your order for egg rolls and fried rice. Most of the people that write these texts would make excellent criminal defense attorneys. They would. Black clergy and their professional apologist colleagues, are some of the most superb conjurers, storytellers, and liars on the planet. Some of those motherfuckers can PREACH!

The Christian Marketing Machine knows (and has done research on this), that if large numbers of people actually started reading the Bible critically – that will be the sure and immanent death of Christianity. For Sure. They don’t want you to read it. Not critically, and definitely not entirely.

So Guys: “Read Your Bibles!!!”

Have you ever noticed that in all the areas of the world that are primarily Christian – the strongest enclaves where “The Faith” is concerned, are always located in the poorest, most fucked-up, and least literate areas? You know – where motherfuckers ain’t gonna read shit. Where education is for “the nerds” or those who “act white.” The low-literacy faithful are just fucking, watching sports, having a bunch of brat babies out of wedlock, stealing Jordans, peddling drugs, gangbanging, baby mama beefing, and shooting each other. You know – the typical Christian neighborhood.

In order for Christianity to continue to prosper in the Black community, limited literacy and a limited intellect in a layman is far more desirable to the church than having a layman that is unreservedly astute, well-educated (formally or otherwise), and inclined to be philosophically curious.

Understand Guys – that Christianity does not prosper as a faith in high-literacy, high-income areas. None of them. Notice how hard it is to find churches in any of the neighborhoods where mega-pastors live – or in ANY really nice neighborhood. Conversely, the worse the neighborhood – the more churches you will find. You do not find a lot of high-income, high-literacy, scientifically-aware, and business savvy white people spending a lot of valuable time IN CHURCH. Whenever you see any of the white one-percenters in church – there is a special non-religious event, a wedding, or some kind of memorial service going on. That’s it.

You don’t find the Bill Gates or Elon Musks of this world claiming a particular church, or identifying anybody as “their pastor.” No Buddy – you ain’t gonna see those guys “going to church.” Even President Obama – during the wild 2008 presidential campaign, had to divest himself of an identifiable church and pastoral relationship, after having to endure the bullshit antics of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. If you notice – the former President has not identified with any particular church or pastor since. Churchless…

I do want to make it clear that Christianity in one-percentish type – high-income neighborhoods DOES necessarily prosper as a STRATEGY piece for the kind of control, political, and economic purposes that targets and damages the Black community worldwide. Not as a FAITH. Please understand this Guys: One of the main reasons why the Black community is such an overall failure both politically and economically is precisely because Black clergymen have such disproportionate leadership, influence, and power in our life-affairs, general political direction, and our political mindsets. And the Black clergy is in good partnership with the powers of white supremacy. Fuck those motherfuckers. I don’t care how things “look.”

Back To The Show

In the Black community, you’ll find that at least 45 percent of all storefronts or other kinds of facilities that were formally used for commercial purposes that niggers get their hands on are habitually turned into churches. Building churches is a kind of “fetish” that we Black people possess and nurture. This is almost sexual – maybe that’s why so much fucking goes on in churches. (Ohhh Jesus…) I have no idea where it comes from, and as you can plainly see – that “fetish” is both chronic and ubiquitous: A real, but unavoidable insanity. In many parts of the country, churches are exempt from paying property taxes, water fees, and sewer taxes. This erodes the tax base (property taxes in Chicago are used for public education), and strangles resources that local school entities need to educate our children.

The more churches there are in an area, the smaller the tax base. In Black communities nationwide, there is a much larger proportion of our local tax base(s) being ate-up by churches when you compare us to other communities. In addition to a larger portion of our local taxes being used to subsidize those churches for their sewer and water usage. So that means that believers not only have to subsidize the shit that comes out the pastor’s mouth – through tithing, offerings, and donations. But they also have to subsidize the shit that comes out the building, where he’s talking shit, through the church being exempt from local taxes and fees.

That’s some shit – ain’t it?

In my town of Chicago Illinois, within upper middle-class and wealthy white neighborhoods, churches are actually being torn down (because of low or non use), and replaced with housing and/or commercial facilities. One was replaced with a tee-shirt printing factory. Some were replaced with Starbucks, et cetera. Those outstanding church buildings that retained some architectural appeal and/or utility were re-purposed into condominiums, stores, offices, and recording studios (to cite some recent examples). Thereby, returning them to the tax rolls.

In 2012, in a Chicago community known as Portage Park (I used to live there), local merchants there angrily protested against a local congregation purchasing an old movie theater for the purpose of turning it into a church (the merchants won). Several of those merchants said that the church would erode the tax base, and limit the kinds of businesses that could open within 1000 feet of the church. Let’s say, restaurants that serve liquor, for example. Nope. The merchants were not having it.

Now Guys – notice, how between the races, the very different priorities that are in place when it comes to how a structure should be utilized: What square footage should look like. Whites turn churches into stores. Blacks turn stores into churches.

Did somebody mention a “food desert?” OK.

Sundays are networking and strategy time for the one-percenters, and their Wednesday nights are actual working time. My Black folks are at Sunday services, or Wednesday night Bible study. Wasting time that is precious and unrecoverable on “faith” activities. Activities that have never moved us forward in the “here and now.” Notice the negative priorities of the typical Black pastor (there are exceptions – but rare): Not the mitigation of Black on Black crime. Not the increase of Black entrepreneurship. Not the Black ownership of the Black community. Not the securing of reparations (There are many Black clergymen out there that oppose reparations – I personally know two. And some, like Minister William L. Banks, have written entire books opposing reparations.). No. Our biggest community problem is gay marriage, according to Black preachers. Gay Marriage. Ahh… GAY MARRIAGE? (Ahem…) See how relevant those distractive motherfuckers are?

Guys – that nigger pastor is solidly on team white supremacy. Here. Helping our deep helplessness along. They [preachers] are nothing but polished, evil, lowlife proxies within our communities keeping an “oversight” on us and within us for the white enemy. Checking. And making sure white supremacy always wins.

Let me make my position to you guys as clear as possible.

I am against:

Any Black motherfucker that expounds Christianity, or Islam (The Nation Of Islam is a special exception in this regard, because they actually preach and do Black empowerment in their special way), or some such assorted brand of “Israelite-ism,” as his profession, whether consciously or unconsciously with him being solidly on the white man’s team. Believe that shit motherfuckers.

Any sonofabitch “of color” that condescends to tell YOU that “change” can come from YOU prayerfully putting your hands together and speaking to non-existent entities is psychologically “closing” you up, psychologically locking you up, and psychologically handcuffing you, thereby immobilizing your thinking mind.

Any nigger motherfucker that has YOU – a human being, falling humbly to your knees. Or bowing your head. Or closing your eyes. And thus, subconsciously training yourself to become blind, lowly, humble, subservient, and vulnerable.

Any ordained fuck “that happens to be Black” – that has YOU looking and aspiring UP. Not ahead and around, but UP. And talking to clouds. With YOU voluntarily allowing yourself to be fucked and suckered into intellectual and deterministic nothingness. “Dis-grounding” self away from empirical reality.

Any motherfucker that does this shit is a liar, a thief, and an ultimate traitor to the Black community. Black clergymen are the internal set-up and maintenance guys for the white power-structure. Politically abetted community disruptors. And the Bible is their silent, but loudly authoritarian “help meet,” wielded like a cudgel to assist him in making and keeping all us Blacks, politically inert, unquestioning, disorganized, dependent, obedient, and confused. This – always assuring that you and me are perpetually locked-down under the power-structure’s control.

Watch Your Wallet.

The pastors always have some stupid “midnight basketball” (which is a cynical joke) for our Black children. Not mathematics, business, or politics. Will “midnight basketball” help your son feed his family when he’s forty? Now, if it can, then shit, dribble on… But guess what would happen if some non-Black pastor suggested “midnight basketball” for white, Jewish, or Asian children. OK? And we wonder why we as a people don’t own serious assets (hey – we can do a little better in this regard even without reparations – we did it before), or can’t move forward with our politics, or are not able to produce and capitalize on our own marketable values to the same prosperous degree as others have. Must we leave everything to Jesus?

It is understandable though, why clergy are excited and motivated when it comes to building churches. Churches are excellent cash generators for clergy. They provide an extremely high return on investment. For instance: The congregation itself does not only function as the primary revenue source, but they also serve as a built-in, no-cost, word-of-mouth marketing force (the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a good example of this). You also have amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians, either duped or contracted into providing wonderful “inspirational music” for free, or near free, under the persuasive flimflammery that they are a, or doing, “a ministry” – and they are expending their good time and talents “To Serve God.” The actual material benefits (in the here and now) that are produced from all this time, effort, and talent, goes straight into the pockets of the preacher.

The people that do the real work are paid in “salvation.”

Maybe that’s a good deal? Who knows? In the Black community, not only is the church a great way to make money, but for the pastor and deacons, the church also serves as an inexhaustible source of fresh pussy (or fresh dick, in some cases).

What about learning “The Bible?” Well – the last Wednesday night “Bible Study” I attended was, in reality, a dirty joke played by the pastor on his congregation:

That “study” was run by an obese female (see, I didn’t call her a fat bitch), with a bad attitude, an extreme stuttering problem, and a pink-blond weave that looked like it needed some attention. (I prayed before I went in) That sweetheart also could have used a good recommendation for a stronger brand of deodorant. Not only did she stutter mightily through the class (I wanted to choke her ass). But she did not know what the fuck she was talking about period – and our actual “study” was reduced to reading some bullshit “class” materials generated by the central office of that church’s denomination. No actual biblical discussion was encouraged, and all hard questions were brushed-off, or wiped-away with: “You need more faith!”

Is That So?

Now – for Black folks: Mainly, the presentation, the impressiveness of the church venue, the quality of the music, the preaching STYLE, and the attractiveness of the pastor (charisma), is much more important than the actual veracity and content of what is preached, or that whether what is being preached is moving us forward in the here and now. You really don’t have to understand shit – FAITH is the most important thing. And as far as faith-reinforcing literature produced by the church or denomination they may belong to, Black folks never bother (or are afraid) to ask motherfuckers: “How did the writers of this literature get their information?” Especially when those materials assert that they can tell you “what is intended by God.” Beyond what is in the biblical text itself. Ahh… “OK – we can see what’s WRITTEN in the Bible – but how and where did you get those divine footnotes Man?” Zero inquiry from us. And, quite incredibly, Black folks wonder why we are so behind on everything. Well – this is the biblical shit we are running on.

One day we’ll get it.

If you Guys do decide to do independent research, be sure to use clear scholarly materials that are produced by universities and biblical experts that have no denominational bent or sponsorship. And use the Bible itself as the core reference – but ignore any footnotes within (the footnotes are sometimes sectarian). The King James Version (KJV) and the New International Version (NIV) are best used as co-references. You will need a concordance. I personally use “Strong’s Concordance.” But the “Castle Books – Bible Dictionary & Concordance” is much easier to use and more accessible to folks not previously versed in the Bible at a scholarly level.

Use only secular-sourced reference books. The bullshit stuff that is produced by mega-pastors, evangelists, unhinged zealots, professional apologists, spiritual hustlers, denominations (like Jehovah’s Witnesses), “transcendentalists,” and palm-readers, are nothing but slick marketing and psychological manipulation. You definitely will not learn anything – and you will waste a lot of money.

Guys – when you buy a book “written” by a mega-church pastor, you are not purchasing anything that will help you spiritually or in any other way. All you are doing is paying for jet fuel. That’s it. Think about it. The only book that a mega-pastor could possibly write; that could “bless” you to the same degree that “God” is “blessing” him – is for him to write an honest book titled: “How To Become A Mega-Church Pastor.” Shit, I’ll read THAT book… Have you seen it? No? And you won’t. Critically reading your Bible, and doing your own thinking is the first step you can take to stop being a willing bitch for your pastor, taking it up the ass for the Christian Marketing Machine – and finally becoming your own, intellectually clear, politically motivated, and independently thinking person.

Happy Reading!!!

My Twelve Bibles:

  1. King James Version (KJV)
  2. New International Version (NIV)
  3. New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
  4. English Standard Version (ESV)
  5. Reina Valera 1960 – Parallel English/Spanish Version (RVR)
  6. New World Translation – Jehovah’s Witness Bible (NWT)
  7. Douay-Rheims Bible – Catholic Bible (DRB)
  8. Revised Standard Version – Catholic Edition (RSV)
  9. Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
  10. Common English Bible (CEB)
  11. The Message Bible (MSG)
  12. New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Here’s a favorite scripture of Southern segregationists:

3 – And say thou unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not [that integrates with Negroes] the words of this covenant,

4 – Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them [disobey desegregation rulings], according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people [white segregationists], and I will be your God:

5 – That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey [a white segregated America], as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be it O Lord.

6 – Then the Lord said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem [the segregated South], saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant [disobey desegregation rulings], and do them.

Jeremiah 11:3-6 KJV

Hey Christians – Please don’t pray for me. Don’t put that weak – punk-assed bullshit on me. Call Me the Devil. But the real Devils are the motherfuckers that laid this dehumanizing, emasculating shit on us. And having us believing that we have some kind of “spiritual” power(!?) Not Economic power. Not Political power. But the possession of “Spiritual Power” in the Ghetto? OK. This believing that “if we are good and humble” – we will be living in some fucking mansion in the sky after transition. Remaining “long suffering” in the here as the white Christians are richly blessed in the now. And them going ham – I mean real ass-whoopings on our beings to No End? Jesus checked out on our Black asses a long time ago.

You haven’t noticed that? No?

Black people are still being lynched. And Niggers are still forgiving the lynchers. But lynching is what white Christians do. And forgiving is what we do. If God does exist – the white man needs to thank that motherfucker every goddamned day. Every Day. Because the various white collectives on this planet are the only motherfuckers on this bitch that can claim and get divine back up. For Real. ‘Cause it sho ain’t us. That’s for motherfucking sure. Jesus NEVER shows up for us. Slavery? Jim Crow? Then you get a free turkey from the pastor on the holidays? You homeless? How long are you gonna look up to that motherfucker?

Made it to the finish line? Congratulations.

An Open Letter To American Freedmen

I was assisted in the transcription and commentary of this open letter by a solid bottle of Cooper & Thief Red Blend (Aged in Bourbon Barrels) 2019 – Lodi California. A blend of Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petit Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Leading in with spiced vanilla, caramel, and bourbon. Inky and rich. A sustain of black cherry, figs, and plums. Medium tannins. Moderate acidity. Ending with maple, vanilla, and sweet spice. Clean but medium finish.

“You are growing into consciousness and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

“When we say that people [American Freedmen] are poor, we’re not talking about people just lacking money. We’re talking about people who are living under particular conditions that destroy values, minds, outlooks, spirits, and continue to perpetuate poverty through the types of [downtrodden] psychology that is ultimately inculcated within those people.”

Dr. Amos Wilson

Gentlemen of the Pure Reparations Movement – in this post I want to highlight the real fact of the Sister Soldiers in our movement. This powerful letter was penned by powerful Sister Morgan Malachi of the Tubman House Center For Reparative Justice (a link to their website is at the bottom of this post).

Her Twitter handle is: @Moreaga1865 – follow her.

One of the things that struck me about this letter is that it – in concrete writer-ship is showing me that the simple message and the complex implications of reparations is becoming the mentality of young American Freedmen. Right Now. At the same time – THE SISTERS have been absolutely breathtaking in their understanding, their up-front advocacy, and their steadfastness. I could find no lies in this letter. Between the lines though – that Black mama, sister, auntie, type protectiveness – Y’all know what I mean. That love. That unconditional trust. Came through.

The other reason I reposted this letter is because I was getting a little worn-out from the “advocational grind.” You Know? And getting tired of being unjustly attacked by some of the less enlightened advocates simply because I was born in 1956 (the Sisters protected me against that too – shot my opposition down). This letter (along with Sister Morgan) re-inspired and reinvigorated me to continue the work despite all the despites I could use to excuse myself from reparations justice activities.

Here It Is:

An Open Letter to American Freedmen (Otherwise Known as Black Americans) On the Issue of Lineage Based Reparations

By Tubman House Center For Reparative Justice

The growing grassroots push for reparations has been tainted by an erroneous narrative questioning who the descendants of US chattel slavery are and how this Black population can possibly be distinguished from the current Black immigrant population. This ahistorical narrative is extremely dismissive and rooted in the inherent disrespect of American Freedmen. We write this as members of the grassroots American Freedmen reparations community.

A so-called ‘legacy’ organization, the “National African American Reparations Commission” (NAARC), spoke out against lineage-based reparations in a recent press release, stating that this is the “second time” they’re addressing who qualifies for American Freedmen reparations. Did we not hear about it the first time because NAARC is only interested in maintaining their position as gatekeepers in the [reparations activist] community?

Who gave NAARC, and the affiliated organizations mentioned in the press release permission to assert themselves as the leaders in this movement? Affiliates like the “National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America” (N’COBRA), Black Lives Matter (BLM), Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), the NAACP, National Urban League, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Congress of Black Women, National Council of Negro Women, and the National Action Network (NAN)?

Did NAARC present their perspective to the masses of American Freedmen to obtain any consensus? No perspective given that we’ve seen. In truth, NAARC’s letter is rife with common misconceptions and obtuse questions used to muddle the righteous justice claim of American Freedmen. [See 1]

Queen Mother Moore was a leading figure in the reparations struggle of the twentieth century, she authored a pamphlet titled: “Why Reparations?” in 1963. The pamphlet is an extensive account of atrocities American Freedmen endured during slavery throughout the Reconstruction era. She also writes a timeline on direct reparation payments throughout history. Queen Mother Moore’s language and specificity of the people harmed and their descendants who demand repair was very clear. Here is a powerful passage from “Why Reparations?:” [See 2]

“Relative to members of the Black Race who boast of one white parent, and wish
to identify themselves with that parent rather than identify themselves with the
Black Race, the Committee follows the custom [as] established by the United
States Government and rules,’ …an individual with one drop of ‘Negro’ blood in
his or her veins is considered a Negro.’ However, the Committee declares that those individuals who do not wish to share in the just and fair Reparations, are
not obligated to do so. They are however, obligated not to join the enemies
[whites and Negro reparations oppositionists] of the American citizens of African
descent to campaign against the payment of Reparations.”

N’COBRA, NAARC, and IBW are acting as reparation oppositionists; they are obligated to remember their elders’ words and not act as the enemy of reparations for the American Freedmen. Queen Mother Moore was not talking about Africans, Caribbeans, or Black Latinos. She was discussing American Freedmen that can trace their lineage to United States chattel slavery exclusively.

NAARC is an organization that has not been relevant to American Freedmen in thirty years. This organization is in total opposition to the current political moment. IBW is also in association with a known federal informant – Ronald Karenga, a convicted torturer of Black women. These are the organizations supposedly appointed to the American Freedmen struggle for reparations? This is a complete farce. The purpose of reparations is to address a specific historical “LINEAGE” that is – descendants of chattel slavery in the United States. [Insertions of] Atlantic world slavery and imperialism are out of place in this discussion. [See 3 and 4]

The “confusion” being presented by anti-lineage based organizations such as N’COBRA, NAARC, and the IBW is abhorrent. The eligibility assertion made by NAARC that the opposing organizations are promoting “genetic based lineage” is false. Lineage-based reparations is solely based on identifying American Freedmen – whom are well documented on US census records. [See 5]

The United States government has accurately documented both our enslaved ancestors as well as Black people who immigrated to the United States. Enslaved American Freedmen and their descendants will not be located on any immigration documentation. The tactics used to disrupt lineage based reparations are not going unnoticed, and will continue to be fiercely refuted. Let there be no mistake, the American Freedmen population may not [yet] have a census designation – but we know exactly who we are. We are a distinct ethnic group that will not be collapsed under a false notion of universal Blackness.

Like American Freedmen lineage, the records of formerly enslaved American Freedmen (and their descendants) demanding the United States government pay reparations is another subject well documented in US History. On March 11, 1867 H.R. 29 was introduced. This bill outlined land confiscation within the “Confederate States of America” to be distributed to former slaves. [See 6]

Our ancestor Callie House was imprisoned in 1918 for daring to fight for the type of legislation being delayed by derisive notions that enslaved American Freedmen descendants are a mystical group of hard to designate people in America. American Freedmen and their ancestors who built America deserve better. We, the descendants of the formerly enslaved American Freedmen, will be as vigilant as our ancestors in ensuring the protection of our inheritance. We will confront disrespect and demand accountability from parties convoluting our full repair. We will confront those who seek to devalue our lineage with attempts to revise the history of the American Freedmen’s reparation movements.

We are here to say you will handle our people with the utmost respect within this sacred work of repairing our ancestral harms. Do not tell us it is difficult to know whom has been fully harmed as Black people living in America. We have no qualms directing you to American cemeteries throughout the country where our ancestors have been laid to rest for hundreds of years. Some of those cemeteries have been discovered underneath American colonial city buildings. American Freedmen lineage is abundantly clear to the people and the government (because there is extensive and comprehensive documentation available). Any confused parties are implored to research the history of American Freedmen. [See 7, 8, 9]

American Freedmen created a culture in the United States which is inextricably linked to our experience as enslaved people [in America]. We ask NAARC this: “Can someone simply move to Nigeria and become a Yoruba?” Can someone just move to Ghana and become an Asante? Why are American Freedmen expected to subsume and repair the entire Diaspora? If everyone otherwise lineaged and/or recently landed here can be an American Freedman – then who are we?

In the era before the 1965 Immigration Bill the numbers of Black immigrants were minuscule compared to our current era. Today these groups are here in larger numbers and have created their own separate ethnic based communities. This is why you have places such as “Little Liberia” and “Little Haiti.” What do these communities have to do with American Freedmen culture? Kwame Ture and Shirley Chisholm worked within established American Freedmen movements for liberation (as true allies and freedom fighters). They did not make the same ethnic distinctions current Black immigrants have made.

It is outrageous that NAARC would even mention Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, and Colin Powell in this conversation; they are obstructionists directly involved with American Freedmen oppression. During the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, American Freedmen Republican Alan Keyes had this to say about Obama:

“Well, frankly, I think that because of my race, race is no longer on the table.
As a matter of fact, I think it’s kind of strange – it’s one of those things that shows
that sometimes people don’t think things through. Barack Obama and I have the
same race – that is, physical characteristics. We are not from the same heritage.
And it’s about time people started to realize that there’s something racist about
not looking at the specific heritage of individuals, but only looking at their skin
color.”

“My ancestors toiled in slavery in this country. They were people who were
directly a part of the oppression of slavery in this country. My consciousness, who
I am as a person, has been deeply shaped by my struggle – deeply emotional and deeply painful – with the reality of that heritage and what it says about humanity, what it says about conscience, what it says about the terrible possibilities of human wickedness and injustice.”

“And that’s why, I believe, the slaughter of innocent life and the young is a direct
challenge to me, because of my heritage – not to do, with respect to that innocent
life in the womb, what others did with respect to my ancestors. That’s a burden I
bear. It’s also a great challenge that I feel.”

Obama remarked:

“Well, you know, I guess Mr. Keyes started off making a point that, somehow, he
is more authentically African American than I am. You know, I obviously find that
offensive, but moving forward, I thought this was a question about race.”

NAARC, N’COBRA, and the IBW continue to negate Obama’s ethnicity by pushing him into this discussion. American Freedmen are an ethnic group that Barack Obama – the 44th President of the United States is simply not a part of. The ethnicity of a formerly enslaved population should be respected and protected.

Obama also clashed with American Freedmen politicians in 2015 during Baltimore’s Freddie Gray uprisings. While addressing the growing clash between American Freedmen youth in Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department – Obama referred to our young people as a “Handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.” In reaction to Obama’s comment, Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes said:

“You might as well just call them [N-words] if you’re going to call the city’s youth
thugs. We don’t have to call them names such as that.”

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield had this to say on Obama’s comment:

”These are children, high school students, you know, and I would not want to
classify them as thugs. […] Certainly they are lawbreakers, but they’re still
children. […] These are youth, these are teenagers who are misguided, who
don’t have the same maturity that adults have, and I would not venture to call
them thugs.”

Obama, Powell, and Harris have actively worked against Black liberation in America. They are also descendants of [Black] immigrants. How ironic is it that the people previously named were put in positions that American Freedmen still have not been able to access. [See 10 through 16]

NAARC mentions the murder of Amadou Diallo. Here is a perfect example of Black immigrants making distinctions based on ethnicity in America. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and the late great Johnnie Cochran mobilized behind Kadiatou Diallo (Amadou Diallo’s mother). Al Sharpton was instrumental in the building of the Amadou Diallo Foundation. In return for the diligence American Freedmen activism provided, Kadi Diallo fired Johnnie Cochran and hired a white lawyer. Alton Maddox Jr., an Al Sharpton ally, was quoted saying in an op-ed article for The New York Amsterdam News:

”Make no mistake about it, […] the mother of Amadou Diallo …is no Rosa Parks. While Parks retained and stuck with an attorney of African ancestry, […] Kadiatou Diallo has suspiciously chosen to replace attorney Johnnie Cochran with a Wall Street law firm which has no history of rocking the boat or threatening the status quo.”

Alton Maddox Jr. goes on to say:

”All that the African community has done for Diallo, […] she announced
(through her recently retained white attorney) …that it was time for the city to
heal from the racial strife caused by the marches and demonstrations in the
aftermath of her son’s death. She is either an opportunist or a fool or both. Civil disobedience did not cause this city’s racial strife.”

Kadiatou Diallo chose to side with the system of white supremacy instead of resisting it. Therefore breaking the social contract between American Freedmen and Black immigrants. Kadiatou Diallo was also able to petition the US government for repair. The descendants of US chattel slavery deserve the same redress. Diallo’s mother Kadiatou Diallo is quoted talking about the ways she’s putting the settlement money she was awarded towards her specific ethnic advocacy:

“The foundation will be working on bringing the Amadou Diallo scholarship that has been proposed to help [immigrant] students, because, you know, my son came to America for a reason. He wanted to gain higher education in an American college”

American Freedmen should have the same opportunity. [See 17, 18]

Like Amadou Diallo, the murder of Eric Garner was a tragedy. The harm his immediate family suffered in the aftermath is the type of injustice American Freedmen can never see repaired. Erica Garner (Eric’s daughter) passed away at the age of 27. Her mother Esaw Snipes was quoted as saying:

“The only thing I can say is that she was a warrior […] She fought the good fight.
This is just the first fight in 27 years she lost. I warned her every day, you have to
slow down, you have to relax and slow down.”

Erica Garner herself was quoted saying:

“That’s the most annoying question I get. People ask: ‘When will you stop
marching? What do you want from marching?’ He was my father, […] I will always march.”

The direct result of generational harms can not be denied in the Garner family case. Even though families dealing with police violence have access to monetary redress, the lasting epigenetic effects on American Freedmen families will never compare to any other ethnicity in the US. [See 19, 20]

The wealth of America, without a shadow of a doubt, was built on the centuries of free labor from American Freedmen. Any organization representing the American Freedmen community that denies this simple fact is illegitimate. Slave labor definitively established this country as a global economic power.

Throughout history the harms of America were inflicted in overwhelming numbers to the descendants of US chattel slavery, not Black immigrants. Additionally, the decision – the choice to enter a well-known racialized society was not afforded to American Freedmen. US racism is a system of oppression. Systemic oppression was organized as a necessary mechanism of US chattel slavery, and American Freedmen were the targets of every form of racialized discrimination that was created after emancipation. Below is just a small selection of historic events. Let’s look at how many Black immigrants would have actually been affected. [See 21, 22]

The Homestead Act May 20 1862:
White people were given land by the American government, leaving behind American Freedmen. The 1860 US census documents 526 African immigrants and 7,353 immigrants from the West Indies. The American Freedmen population was not documented on the US census until 1870 at which time our numbers exceeded 4 million. The outrage and injustice of 4 million people is being conflated with the experiences of a miniscule number of Black immigrants. [See 23]

Redlining 1933:
In 1933, the US government started a program to segregate America’s housing market. The 1930 US census documents zero African immigrants and 23,512 West Indian immigrants. In contrast, 1.7 million Italians were the highest immigrant population at the time. The 1930 US census documents 11.9 million American Freedmen impacted by Redlining. [See 24]

War On Drugs June 1971:
President Nixon declared a “War on Drugs” in 1971. The 1970 US census records 61,463 Black African immigrants (once again at 1,008,533 – Italians were the highest immigrant population). The US Census shows in 1970, 22.6 million American Freedmen were about to be impacted by this war. [See 25]

Lineage based reparations is an indisputable reparative justice issue. From 1619 through the present day – American Freedmen have yet to be approached in this conversation with the honor that has been earned. These “legacy” organizations – N’COBRA, NAARC, and IBW absolutely do not speak for the American Freedmen justice claim. These organizations do not and will never have the right to obscure our struggle for reparations with shameless ethnicity erasure tactics. N’COBRA, NAARC, IBW, and all other agent provocateurs want to give American Freedmen inheritance away to ALL Black people in America. This will not happen and we are here to ensure the success of lineage based reparations. [See 26]

For truth, solidarity, and our ancestors we implore every American Freedman to make their disapproval and righteous anger known. Respectability politics will never prevent organizations like these from bastardizing our reparations claim. We will not allow respectability politics to influence the way we address N’COBRA, NAARC, IBW, and other irrelevant community leeches. We ask that the real grassroots reparations movement embody the strength of every ancestor that built America to ensure these Black gatekeepers understand fully that their time is up!

END OF LETTER

As you have read – this letter serves as an enlightenment and a warning.

There is no more important issue for American Freedmen to pursue at this time than reparations. Full Stop. This movement has no room for ambiguity or side conversations. No room for Black gatekeepers operating as proxies for white supremacy. It is time for the intelligent deployment of our anger and indignation into securing our withheld inheritance. This letter embodies that intelligence.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL LINKS:

01. The NAARC position on reparations eligibility and in what forms it should take = https://reparationscomm.org/naarc-news/press-releases/who-should-receive-reparations-and-in-what-form-032522/

02. The Freedmen Absolute Blog – which includes the post “The Mascotting Of Queen Mother Audley Moore” = https://freedmenabsolute.com/2022/03/06/the-mascotting-of-queen-mother-audley-moore/

03. Dr. Maulana Karenga – “Lifting and Holding Up Heaven: Women’s and Men’s Work In the World” = https://ibw21.org/commentary/dr-maulana-karenga/lifting-and-holding-up-heaven-womens-and-mens-work-in-the-world-2/

04. The Kwanzaa Con: Created by a Rapist and Torturer = https://www.chicagonow.com/publius-forum/2011/12/the-kwanzaa-con-created-by-a-rapist-and-torturer/

05. Population of the United States in 1860 = https://www2.census.gov/library/publications/decennial/1860/population/1860a-02.pdf

06. No Pensions for Ex-Slaves – National Archives = https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2010/summer/slave-pension.html

07. No Pensions for Ex-Slaves – National Archives = https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2010/summer/slave-pension.html

08. Philadelphia’s Black Burial Grounds and the Battle for Preservation = https://billypenn.com/2019/03/24/phillys-black-burial-grounds-and-the-battle-for-preservation/

09. Under Wall Street Lies a Legacy of Slavery – High Time for a Tour = https://thecorrespondent.com/5312/under-wall-street-lies-a-legacy-of-slavery-high-time-for-a-tour/715844997824-125573a2

10. Little Liberia = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Liberia

11. Little Haiti = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Haiti

12. Definition of Reparations = https://www.dictionary.com/browse/reparations

13. The Keyes – Obama Debates: Africans and African Americans = https://quod.lib.umich.edu/p/passages/4761530.0009.002/–keyes-obama-debates-africans-and-african-americans?rgn=main;view=fulltext

14. “The Problem With Thugs” (Freddie Gray) = https://www.baltimoresun.com/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-thugs-freddie-gray-20150429-story.html

15. “Black Lawmakers Push Back on Obama over ‘Thugs” = https://thehill.com/homenews/house/240807-black-lawmakers-push-back-on-obama-over-thugs/

16. “Barack Obama Is A War Criminal” = https://harvardpolitics.com/obama-war-criminal/

17. Kadi Diallo’s Trial = https://www.nytimes.com/2000/01/09/magazine/kadi-diallo-s-trial.html

18. Kadiatou Diallo, Mother of Amadou, Discusses $3M NYC Settlement = https://www.democracynow.org/2004/1/8/kadiatou_diallo_mother_of_amadou_discusses

19. “Erica Garner, Activist and Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at 27” = https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/30/nyregion/erica-garner-dead.html

20. “Activist Erica Garner Remembered for Her Relentless Campaign for Justice” = https://www.washingtoninformer.com/erica-garner-activist-and-daughter-of-eric-garner-dies-after-heart-attack/

21. Foreign Born Population Statistics 1850 – 2010 = https://dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/foreignborn/#decade=1970

22. African Immigrant Population in U.S. Steadily Climbs = https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/14/african-immigrant-population-in-u-s-steadily-climbs/

23. The Homestead Act (1862) = https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/homestead-act

24. A “Forgotten History” Of How The U.S. Government Segregated America = https://www.npr.org/2017/05/03/526655831/a-forgotten-history-of-how-the-u-s-government-segregated-america

25. A History of the Drug War = https://drugpolicy.org/issues/brief-history-drug-war

26. The NAARC position on reparations eligibility and in what forms it should take = https://reparationscomm.org/naarc-news/press-releases/who-should-receive-reparations-and-in-what-form-032522/

Tubman House Center For Reparative Justice Link = www.CallieTaskedUs.org

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