Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Black History Month 2015
I wanted to start this post with the question what does Black History Month represent for each of us? A quick Google search to find out the origins of Black History Month turned up the fact that what is now observed as a month long tradition actually began as “Black History Week”.
How interesting our history was only initially considered to be worth note for a single week in remembering Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. Both birthdays two days apart. And while I won’t get into whether or not Lincoln’s should be as celebrated as Douglass’s the fact remains both were celebrated in Black communities since the late 19th century.What would be called today (at most colleges across the nation) the “Black Student Union” of Kent State University proposed the expansion of Black History Week to Black History Month in 1969. By February 1970 the first year of the celebration of Black History Month began. It was recognized by the U.S. government and celebrated informally in 1976 as part of the U.S Bicentennial.
All that said, I have mixed feelings when I think about Black History Month. On one hand I see the need for the recognition of Black History. Especially in lieu of world history & in particular American History as a whole. What happens to those whose history is forgotten? Should our collective accomplishments be relegated to footnotes and bywords? On the other hand if we can only say our history is worth mentioning on a specific month, once a year, what are we really saying?
I acknowledge that there is a need for there to be an emphasis in the teaching and learning about Black History but can that be separated of American History like the segregationist era? I’m not so sure. Black History I agree with Morgan Freeman, is American History and to be honest one month doesn’t do it nearly the justice it deserves. Am I in favor of abolishing Black History Month? I say no. Am I in favor of seeing it expand like it did in the past from a single week to a single month to a year? Absolutely.
I think all human history as part of world history is important and worth learning about all the time and year round. Maybe one day we won’t be divided by our nationalities, our ethnicities, or cultural diversities.
Maybe one day we’ll simply say in the annals of Human history…this person did this and this person did that, seeing each person as what they are… a person, a human being, a creation in the image of God, worth mentioning not for the color of his/her skin but for the mark they left on this world while they walked in it.
It’s hard to believe that 13 years have past since the worst terrorist attack in U.S history took place. Us New Yorkers are especially aware of it when we think back to that awful day.
Everyone remembers where they were. I awoke that morning thinking I was watching a movie it was so surreal.
I remember my sister and I waking to the local news channels because the signal for the other stations were knocked out due to their broadcast coming from the antenna at the World Trade Towers.
My thoughts immediately turned from shock to horror when I saw the Towers fall. Psychologically, it was a devastating blow to see those massive buildings and all those lives lost in one moment.
Retribution was called for and in the blindness of people’s rage and desire for someone to pay, we the American people were deceived into waging two wars in two different countries (Afghanistan and Iraq) simultaneously.
A non substantiated link was fostered by the media utilizing public outrage to invade a sovereign country in Iraq. It seemed “2 birds with 1 stone” was the strategy of the day. To this day no “Weapons of Mass Destruction” were ever found in Iraq. Government apologists stepped forward to say what we “did and didn’t know at the time” in the aftermath.
All we kept hearing initially, was Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist organization Al Qaeda did it. Then it became Al Qaeda is Iraq too. “Let’s go get em in Iraq”. Those of us who said hold on, wait a minute, let’s think this through were vilified and labeled as anti-American or non patriotic.
This is the danger when we surrender our ability to think and process information rationally and logically. Information is power and those who control the information have the power.
Misinformation allowed the U.S to go further into debt to oppress other people in the name of “freedom” and at the same time weaken the protections of the citizens rights here at home.
Since then we have seen the widespread abuses of our government against us the U.S people it is supposed to serve and protect. We are no longer secure in our persons.
We have no expectation of privacy when all of our communications are sifted, screened, and stored by our very own government intelligence agencies.
Eric Snowden’s exposure of this widespread surveillance proves that. His having to flee from the supposed “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” tells us what’s really happening when the perpetrators of abuses into our privacy and lives can make him the bad guy for revealing the evil they are doing in the dark.
A steady disarm the public campaign has been underway leading to increased purchases for guns and ammunition. Problem, Reaction, Solution has not stopped it is continuing and getting stronger each day. We now live in Orwellian times.
The foot prints of the two World Trade Towers are visual and visceral reminders of a horrible day in American history. The new “Freedom Tower” erected in their place gives others a sense that we have built back better and stronger than before the attacks.
In my mind I see two towers symbolic of world financial power destroyed as the precursor to the unveiling of really what it has been all along, one power source. The design of the building shows this if you look at it closely. The two buildings are merged together as pieces forming one structure.
Today Isis or “The Islamic State” is emerging as the new most dangerous enemy and “face of terror” on the world stage.
The destruction of ideology today is at the forefront on the news. You can’t kill an idea or can you? Bombing people breeds a self defense ideology, it breeds those who would quickly join up with an extremist group to exact retribution.
Indiscriminent bombings overseas don’t get as much notice as it should. Many of us citizens are unaware of what our troops are doing overseas. Many of us don’t see the cost of war, we’re comfortable, and as long as we are safe, generally we don’t care.
Since 9/11 a massive war on the American people has steadily been waged. Our civil liberties have been chipped away at and disregarded as relics of an ancient and primitive people.
We are being conditioned to accept whatever “authority” tells us simply because they are in a position of power. The narrative as to whom the enemy is constantly changes. There’s an ever present atmosphere of fear permeating throughout the world (not unlike that in the film The Lord of THe Rings).
I’ve heard people say they believe we the people should “give up our liberty for freedom”. That in an off itself is repugnant and dumb at best because liberty is synonymous with freedom. America today in only a few ways resembles the great country/nation the founding fathers envisioned.
I pray to God to guide our leaders going forward. I pray for the families of the victims of 9/11 and I pray for us human beings in the world as a whole. We are lost without God. Proof is in the pudding. Look at what is happening everyday all around us.
Still believe the Devil isn’t real or that God doesn’t exist? Think again.
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: Knee Defender: The Next Great Invention!!
Recently while perusing Twitter I came across the story of a fight on a flight that had to be diverted due to two passengers arguing over the ability and/or right to recline an airline seat.
Apparently a man was sitting in economy plus and in the middle seat (nuff said). Knowing how uncomfortable flying coach can be this man bought an ingenious invention the “Knee Defender” a device that prevents a seat from reclining backwards into one’s knees.
The woman sitting in front of him tried repeatedly to recline her seat unsuccessfully into his knees. When she realized it was because of his device and he wouldn’t remove his protection, she and the man exchanged words.
The result ended up being her throwing a cup of water in his face and the continued argument causing the flight to be diverted from its original flight path to Chicago where both were removed from the plane.
Personally when I read this story I felt for the guy and agreed he should be able to use the Knee Defender. I’m sure most of us have been there where the stress of travelling and annoying kids/adults gets to you. The last thing one needs is to have what little personal space there is encroached upon by someone else.
Before the Knee Defender one had to resort to the use of the knees to prevent the unwanted recline or the occasionally kick to the back of the chair to let the person in front know, NO! I like my knees. Now (In the voice of those late night infomercials) introducing the Knee Defender.
Who are we as people, human beings, and citizens within the supposedly wealthiest nation on earth? Are we in fact living within modern day Babylon? Are we in fact living in the hellish prison system sectors where an ordinary citizen can have his/her life taken from them for no “real” or “legitimate” reason (In BROAD DAY LIGHT) right in front of all of us by those sworn to protect and serve us?
Are we worthless grotesque creatures loathe of respect and dignity? No we are not. We are people, we are human beings, we have minds, souls, bodies, and the ability to create and live to do wonderous things.
Yet there is this constant battle going on within each of us. To know truth and lies, to know good from evil, and to that end live our lives with a basic tenet God told us to live by which is to love your neighbor as you love yourself. How simple is that?
We are doomed as people to destroy ourselves when we ignore that basic principal. Killing breeds more killing. Retribution is every bit a part of human nature as any other emotion we experience and/or endure.
I’ve heard the typical view point whenever a black man is killed by police that somehow they brought it upon themselves. In no universe I know of would it or could it ever be conceivable that killing an unarmed human-being supposedly for past business transactions is justification for harassment and murder.
What were his misdemeanors for? Selling wait for it wait for it… “Untaxed cigarettes”. Are you f&*%Kn kidding me? Real bad guys are getting away with every crime under the law, hiding behind the blue wall, fully armed with guns & badges. The criminals even higher up the food chain wear $2000, $5000 suits and sell a hell of a lot more than “untaxed” cigarettes.
The fact of the matter is the cowards that killed and assisted in the killing of Eric Garner including that trifling & heinous actress calling herself an EMT and her cronies all need to be fired, stripped of their shields & guns and tried for this man’s murder.
The female EMT knew Eric Garner was dead. She I’m sure, if we were to check her credentials to be a licensed EMT must know how to properly check for the carotid artery. She would know how to check breathing not rubber neck a yeah he’s breathing. Her hand placement to check his pulse was casual and careless at best. And those cops huddled over his lifeless body propping him on his side, and nudging him to make it appear as if he’s still moving didn’t (nor could they)fool me for a second.
Eric Garner did nothing to warrant what happened to him and plead his case. He didn’t resist the police. And why is it they always need about 10 to 20 cops for one black man? That’s what cowards do (get together and literally) “gang” up on people they feel they are better than or more powerful than.
Eric Garner chose to stand up as a man for himself, demanded respect and to be left alone. What he got was murdered for his decision. What will we the people his people do now?
Are we willing to cower and let the police continue to get away with slaps on the wrists, desk duties, and eventual promotions for their evil? I pray to God that we are not.
R.I.P Eric Garner and the many other strong black men we’ve continually lost to the murderous methods and ways of the “police”.
We have a right to be here…ALL of us human beings!
Welcome to THEJNSREPORT’S: The Film Committee – 5th Edition
We have one new addition to the must have in film library. This week we add a film entitled “A Dark Truth”2012 starring Forest Whitaker and Andy Garcia. This film speaks to the level of greed we human beings must fight within society. It is the battle we all face as human beings all over the globe.
A battle against the greedy interests and profits of Corporate Tyranny and the right of everyone to enjoy the natural resources of the earth without having to pay someone for them.
Imagine telling your neighbor he/she would have to pay some corporate oligarch for sunlight, air, water, clouds, grass, trees etc. All these things that are naturally occurring and no one’s property. We urge anyone who hasn’t seen this film to check out this powerful and stirring film. An instant classic in our opinion.