Sunday, August 30, 2015

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If I hear the words "Black Lives Matter" one more time, I will scream!

Life has no color!  It so annoying that segments of society think they have to emphasize their color, religion and status in life.  

You do not!

Dividing each other from the wrongs of the past only propels the issues and exacerbates the concerns.

Slavery can be traced back to the earliest records, such as the Code of Hammurabi (c. 1760 BC), which refers to it as an established institution. Slavery is rare among hunter-gatherer populations, as it is developed as a system of social stratification. Slavery was known in civilizations as old as Sumer, as well as almost every other ancient civilization. The Byzantine-Ottoman wars and the Ottoman wars in Europe resulted in the taking of large numbers of Christian slaves. Similarly, Christians sold Muslim slaves captured in war and also the Islamic World was engaged in slavery. 

Slavery became common within the British Isles during the Middle Ages. Britain played a prominent role in the Atlantic slave trade, especially after 1600. Slavery was a legal institution in all of the 13 American colonies and Canada (acquired by Britain in 1763). Slavery was endemic in Africa and part of the structure of everyday life. 

David P. Forsythe wrote: "The fact remained that at the beginning of the nineteenth century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom." Denmark-Norway was the first European country to ban the slave trade.

The truth be known that it was the "Whites" who started slavery in Africa, it is was the Elders of the tribes who saw a financial opportunity.  They were selling their own people!

Was wrong to take the Elders up on the offer of cheap labor?  Morals are morals and certainly the morality law was broken on both sides.

How many times have you been offered a deal to save money on electronics, cigarettes, drugs, alcohol or something that was "on the cheap" and took it?

Everyone has a price!

Cotton and tobacco farmers in the USA thrived with the inexpensive labor that was purchased from Africa.  The Civil War was not about Slavery, in fact slavery was all over when the war started.  It was about the amount of taxes the North was not receiving from the South that this war was really about.

I lived in predominantly "White" England. Why do I say that? Simple, there were not many dark skinned people in England. The influx from India, Pakistan and the West Indies happen because they were part of the British Commonwealth and their right to come and live in any Commonwealth country was going to be gone.

Just after World War II ended in 1945, the first groups of Britain’s post-war Caribbean immigrants settled in London. There were an estimated 492 that were passengers on the SS Empire Windrush. These passengers settled in the area of Brixton which is now a prominently black district in Britain. 


From the 1950s into the 1960s there was a mass migration of workers from all over the English-speaking Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, who settled in Britain. These immigrants were invited to fill labour requirements in London’s hospitals, transportation venues and railway development. They are widely viewed as having been a major contributing factor to the rebuilding of the post-war urban London economy.

In 1962 the Commonwealth Immigrants Act was passed in Britain along with a succession of other laws in 1968, 1971, and 1981 that severely restricted the entry of Black immigrants into Britain. During this period it is widely argued that emergent blacks and Asians struggled in Britain against racism and prejudice. 

In 1975 a new voice emerged for the black London population; his name was David Pitt and he brought a new voice to the House of Lords. He spoke against racism and for equality in regards to all residents of Britain. With this new tone also came the opportunity for the black population to elect four Black members into Parliament.

I am lead to ask a very controversial series of questions.

Has the so called Black American Race and the emerged leadership within them, caused their own issues and demise?

Let us look at this another way, once slavery was totally abolished, you know had a segment of society being introduced into a different realm of life.  People were set in their ways and as far as many were concerned, Whites, that is. These supposed people were a discarded remnant of bygone years and should stay that way.

Wrong!

They had every right to be where they were.  What caused the major issues was an uprising of so-called "Black Do Gooders", who thought and knew they could take advantage of their Black Brothers and Sisters.  Even today, that "click" is still around and misleading the flock.

In a commercial world of business it is called "Branding".  No, I do not with a hot iron and making a mark like we do on cattle.  Although, there are similarities.  Branding is ownership, Procter & Gamble own their products which have been named and are synonymous to them.

Here, in my opinion is where it all fell apart for the freed slaves.  They became manipulated from within, supposed intelligence was now leading them. Oppressed people by nature will listen to anything that sounds good!

So instead of being called "Blacks" it was now going to be "Coloreds", thinking that would change the mindset of others, mainly the "Whites".

Did not work, wrong direction for societal integration!

Employment was still low level tasks, farmworker, housemaid, cleaner, work that "Whites" did not want to do. 

Then comes along someone with another rebranding idea.

The Rainbow Coalition was a coalition active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, founded in Chicago, Illinois by Fred Hampton of the activist Black Panther Party, along with William "Preacherman" Fesperman, Jack (Junebug) Boykin, Bobby Joe Mcginnis and Hy Thurman of the Young Patriots Organization and Jose Cha Cha Jimenez, the Puerto Rican founder of the Young Lords. It later expanded to include various radical socialist groups. It was associated with the rising Black Power movement, which mobilized some African-American discontent and activism by other ethnic minority groups after the passage of the mid-1960s civil rights legislation under Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson.

That is where it all went wrong!

Next another change or rebranding.

African American, also referred to as Black American or Afro-American, is an ethnic group of Americans (citizens or residents of the United States) with total or partial ancestry from any of the native populations of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The term may also be used to include only those individuals who are descended from enslaved Africans. As a compound adjective the term is usually hyphenated as African-American.

African Americans constitute the third largest racial and ethnic group in the United States (after White Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans).  Most African Americans are of West and Central African descent and are descendants of enslaved blacks within the boundaries of the present United States. However, immigrants from African, Caribbean,Central American, and South American nations and their descendants may or may not also self-identify with the term.

African-American history starts in the 16th century, with Africans forcibly taken as slaves to Spanish America, and in the 17th century with African slaves taken to English colonies in North America. After the founding of the United States, black people continued to be enslaved. Believed to be inferior to white people, they were treated as second-class citizens. These circumstances were changed by Reconstruction, development of the black community, participation in the great military conflicts of the United States, the elimination of racial segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. 


In 2008, Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected president of the United States.  Which still has much debate and controversy.

Oprah Winfrey stated that she is American, not African American, she has been to Africa and that made her mind up for her!

Today the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the Reverend Louis Farrakhan, have mislead for too long the Black community.

We have no room for color being a classification, it is people, human beings, God's children.  The divide must stop as it is killing our society and each other.

LIVES MATTER.


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