Revolution Begins With Awareness

Revolution Begins With Awareness
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Leyland A.King July 13, 2018

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I am sorry that you didn’t seize the opportunity to challenge what appeared to be a mistaken opinion. I hope that they set aside positions stemming from frustration.
I believe that Black people are oppressed and treated as non-citizens. Civil protest works. Civil resistance forces the state to spend and exhaust itself. It loses its human resources needed for best contributions and achievements. Overt racism cannot be successful over time. History so instructs.

When Spain was vexed and the Moors and Jews it collapsed. Because in the heat of passion no one gave thought to what their absence would look like after deporting the two groups who had vital skills in government administration, civil engineering commerce and education. After horrendous barbarity and destruction, Spain soon came to realise the fundamental truth -inhumanity is extremely expensive.

Apartheid South Africa, didn’t collapse because the police ran out of ammunition. It did because they found themselves in a world with only the United States and Israel. No country can live with all its contiguous neighbors at war with it, internal strife and international shaming.
Slavery didn’t end -reduce – because the British government suddenly grew a conscience. It was unprofitable and untenable. After the two worlds wars, not unrelated to slavery and colonisation, Britain exhausted and bankrupt was forcing independence on the colonies whether they wanted it or not.
Injustice comes with a terrible price. Often paid by grandchildren.

If Only Tucker Carlson Would Read or Listen

Tucker Carlson works at FoxNews. He talks. What he disseminates would be unacceptably deficient at most high school student-volunteer broadcast rooms. Yet, he talks.

Carlson has knocked about television talk shows as a guest representing conservative political views. A few times he hosted short-lived shows. In the sphere of broadcasting, Carlson has never been someone with opinions that improved the quality of discussions. But he talks. Mistakes are made. That should be the exception, but Carlson has always had cold, bad days.

Somehow Tucker Carlson managed to get hired as the angry man, performing as a broadcaster at Fox News. His greatest challenge is to show up and yak about anything that vexed him that day. Content, be damned.

http://www.foxnews.com/person/c/tucker-carlson.html

Recently Carlson got an opportunity for professional growth and self respect. Though it was handed to him readymade, Carlson blew it up and revealed even more of his piss-poor character, and his limitations.

On Independence Day celebration, 2018, there was an organised peaceful protest at the Statue of Liberty. One protester, Patricia Therese Okoumou, a United States citizen from the Democratic Republic of Congo, (DRC) in Africa, climbed onto Lady Liberty’s pedestal. No easy feat. But Carlson pounced, saying this:

“Just yesterday, a Congolese immigrant shut down the Statue of Liberty—our Statue of Liberty—to protest the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The left applauded that.”

Carlson visibly enraged continued:

‘Think about what you are watching right here. Congo is a war-ravaged hell-scape, a country noted for mass rape and cannibalism. Imagine escaping a country like that, and being welcomed in our country, the United States. You would be grateful, wouldn’t you? This person is not grateful at all. She took over one of our monuments to scream about how racist we are, and progressives support her. They have gone insane.

No, no. Carlson, for someone with a B.A in history from Trinity University, you missed several semesters of learning. I will soon tell you why.

Okoumou, has pleaded not guilty to three federal misdemeanor charges stemming from her protest. After her court hearing in New York on Thursday, she quoted Michelle Obama’s “When they go low, we go high. I went as high as I could.” She never screamed at anyone.

Tucker Carlson, you should know that the DRC had a prosperous culture before Europeans arrived. You should know also, that the hell-scape began from the day Europeans laid eyes on it.Nine countries were at war at the same time each wanting the wealth of DRC. Yet you persist with the slurs and racist tropes that you absolutely need to live by. You need that lie. But let’s concentrate on the buzzwords popular in your circle –rapists and cannibalism.

http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/congo_droc.htm

Rapists? Most frequently shouted by your dear leader. You do know that Congolese boys, at gun point, were forced to rape their mothers and sisters as punishment for not meeting the unconscionable rubber quotas and some missionaries, not satisfied with their own debauchery, or just upping depravity, abandoned their calling and joined the horror perpetrated. If rape was the worst you could imagine, I can tell you about body parts even from children. Those were dried, skulls collected and used as path liners of flower gardens. I won’t go further with rape. I just don’t want to be as gross as you.

Cannibalism? The favourite excuse of European colonisers. Does the Belgian Congo and King Leopold 2nd trigger a memory? It should, because America was the first country in the world to recognise that slave colony owned by one man, Leopold. (take a look at the map attached) An entire country where every human being a slave, many begged to die. Mercenaries were the law and 10 million Congolese were massacred, starved, or worked to death. You read the number right. 10 millions slaves dead! They couldn’t meet the rubber quotas and had to provide food from their farms to feed the captors. I’ll end any reference to the savagery right there to save your damned queasy stomach. But I’ll be in your debt if you can direct me to any country that was exploited as much and as long and that late in world history.

America was bribed to bless the Congo’s legitimacy -the green light to the atrocities. So, Carlson, if you dust off that B.A in history, perhaps you would save making such an a## of yourself in public. Now, I suppose you want proof of the link between the destruction of Congo, Western prosperity and the lumps of righteous ignorance rattling within your otherwise empty head. I’ll oblige you:

Read Mark Twain’s, King Leopold’s Soliloquy

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad summary of the book heart of darkness by joseph conrad

King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild

Visit Belgian, French and British Archives

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-4471881

https://splinternews.com/tucker-carlson-melts-down-over-the-protester-who-scaled-1827388485

https://people.com/human-interest/woman-climbs-statue-of-liberty-protesting-migrant-family-separations/

It is a miracle that DRC even exists. But she, a U.S citizen must be so grateful, that she must be timid, she must have permission from the likes of you and Fox, to say publicly, that what is being perpetrated at our southern border is dreadfully wrong.

And What About Us?

I ask the above question on behalf of all the people who are teens and below. Those persons in the most optimistic phase of life. Those who have ideals they believe to be universal simply because those ideals are buttressed by what they know is ethically right. Look to history, stare it, and pray that by the time you’re bald, grey, plasticised or poisoned, your faith is strong enough to bar the early onset of pernicious cynicism.

According to the World Bank Development Indicators been, “Almost Half the world -over three billion people- live on less than $2.50 a day. At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day. More than 80% of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.”

According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day due to poverty. And they “die quietly in some of the poorest villages on earth, far removed from the scrutiny and the conscience of the world. Being meek and weak in life makes these dying multitudes even more invisible in death.” http://www.globalissues.org They report that 20% of all humans generate 70% of the world’s income.

Why should this concern you? Because of this- it is morally and ethically reprehensible. It violates our highest ideals, and a neglect of our responsibilities. But that won’t move people to action. What would, is that the poor, the unhealthy and the ignorant have this incorrigible habit of moving, wandering and needing water, food and security. Plagues also migrate. It is in no ones interest to allow this deprivation.

Let’s flip the focus and take a look at what is considered as development. It’s all luxury and exclusively so. Hotels in space and undersea serve an ostentatious few. Are 90% of the world’s population destined to be serfs? It’s time to make a great noise asking, What About Us!

www.designboom.com/architecture/worlds-first-undersea-residence-conrad-maldives-rangali-island-04-27-2018/

Al Jazeera English: 🇺🇸 Colin Kaepernick wins Amnesty International top award | Al Jazeera English

Congratulations Colin Kaepernick, on your achievement and international recognition. You are an inspiration and will long be remembered for your sacrifice and tremendous courage. Thank you.

Someday a smart child somewhere in the world might be puzzled to find the reason why African Americans, who do so much for America’s prestige and advancement, are appreciated more overseas than at home.

Just three among many examples: President Obama was honoured and received the Nobel Peace Prize. The homeland chose two more reasons to dishonour him. One, that he is not really an American; two it was because the renowned body wanted to get back at President Bush. The absurdity astounds.

Blacklivesmatter earned international recognition for peace. The ceremony was held in Australia. What did the homeland do? Claimed that Blacklivesmatter is a terrorist threat and opened investigations on them. Some weren’t satisfied. The media settled for innuendos.

So, now it’s your turn, Colin. Trust America to come up with something discrediting, for no reason other than opposition to your audacity to protest blatant injustices in your own country.

Al Jazeera English: 🇺🇸 Colin Kaepernick wins Amnesty International top award | Al Jazeera English. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw7K-5oTg

The Problem With Truth, Is That It Is Unwanted

Everyone has his version of the truth but seldom share it. Whether it’s the taste, the smell or whatever, the ugly thing can help you lose friends and create bitter enemies. I wonder if it’s because once acknowledged, the truth will not leave until you do or stop doing, a particular wrong. Our criminal justice system is an apt example.

Let’s take the current situation in Missouri. Not that it’s unique. Far cry. But because it is active, makes that a good example, willing to say a textbook case of what leadership is not. Step back with me a bit.

Jay Nixon was a two-term Democratic governor when Ferguson managed to make world news. That was due to the police killing of Michael Brown and the conduct of the entire criminal justice system in Missouri. As Gov Nixon and Ferguson Mayor Knowles went into hiding for four days, the police were left to “pacify” peaceful protesters. No one could have imagined police management to be that inept, or any criminal justice system is so inbred and corrupted.

The current governor Eric Greitens is a Republican. He never went into hiding, but nothing says “I don’t know what to do”, like readying the National Guard to control a relatively small number of cooperating protesters. So far, more than 150 persons have been arrested for petty misdemeanors, especially not moving when told by the police.

Both dealt with protesters as the problem. Neither appeared capable of confronting and addressing the root of the problem. But quite willing to talk tough and use force.

No civic-minded person supports lawlessness. So let’s agree conditionally: lock them up if their behaviors are imminent threats to public safety. Not because the police told them to move. Do we have a Constitution or not? If the answer is doubtful (as it’s becoming) repeat next year and the years afterward. Finally, both the state and protesters would be locked in an increasingly dysfunctional, dangerous way of life. The state CANNOT win. That would be despite being a police state, as America already is.

Right now, both Blacks and Whites, males and females are being threatened and arrested. How long do the state and local governments think that they can keep this up? I’ll hazard a guess. When you stop seeing truth as the enemy.