Balance…

March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

I was always an inquisitive child. I often asked questions. One of the things I questioned most was the belief that some things are good and some are bad/evil. For example, light is typically seen as good, while darkness is typically seen as bad/evil. But why? They’re both essential to our lives. Anger and violence are just as necessary to life. I don’t believe that non-violence is always the answer, though I do think it should always be the choice taken until it is no longer an option. (Side note: I’ve always been more of a Malcolm X guy, though I love the Black Panther Party the most.) I have come to believe that life is about balance. I think all of us believe it to a degree (Too much of a good thing, building/destroying, what goes up must come down). It’s okay to experience the full spectrum of emotions. They’re all normal parts of our humanity. It’s okay to like the dark. Enjoy the totality of life. Enjoy the totality of your humanity. Enjoy the balance.

Musings…

February 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

*Musings are posts where I just condense some thoughts I’ve had and put them out into the world.

I have struggled a lot in life, and I continue to struggle. And yet I am also lucky in that I continue to make progress on my main goals in life. The balance is difficult, but I cannot fall. I could never accept it. This Walt Whitman quote that I read in Phil Jackson’s Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success keeps coming back to me: “Henceforth, we seek not good fortune, for we are ourselves good fortune”.

MeRCY – Merci Beaucoup EP

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Back when I was blogging for The Krusader, I came into contact with MeRCY. Ever since then, he’s always let me know when he had some new music coming out. I have to thank him because he reached out at the perfect time. I’ve decided to blog more about music, which I loved doing at The Krusader. It makes sense that MeRCY is the first person to be posted here. Merci Beaucoup features production from Solidified (of iLLustrious), nVus of Odd Squad, !llmind, and Havoc of Mobb Deep. This 4-track EP will get you right and is billed as a ‘Thank You’ to all the fans. Check it out at Bandcamp, SoundCloud, or AudioMack. You can follow MeRCY on Twitter @MusicByMeRCY.

Onward…

December 26, 2014 § Leave a comment

I’m thinking about my goals for this blog/website. I don’t think that politics will be my only topic, but I also don’t intend to talk about other things like video games or comics. Who knows though? Certainly not me.

How ‘Selma’ Reclaims Hollywood’s Sanitized Versions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

Brandon Q. James:

Sucks they can’t use King’s actual words.

Originally posted on TIME:

Ava DuVernay, the director of the highly lauded film Selma, says that “in the 50 years since Dr. King’s death, there has never been a feature film casting him as a protagonist. That’s a jaw dropper.” This deficit is not because of a lack of interest. At the beginning of 2011, there were rumored to be no fewer than five King-related projects in Hollywood; at the end of that year, due to pulled funding or the King family’s objections, only Selma and an HBO miniseries remained.

In this context, Selma, in limited release Christmas Day and wide release January 9, is not only remarkable for its rich, nuanced, and–thanks to British actor David Oyelowo–deeply textured portrayal of King, but simply for its successful arrival on the big screen at all. To make a film on King turns out to be as complicated and controversial as the man himself.

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America’s No Vacuum

May 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

Race issues are very dear to me. No doubt this is to due to the experiences I have lived, and the way I was raised. The worst thing I come across while reading about, or discussing,  these issues is the apparent attitude that things happen without cause. This is something Coates (who will get a few more mentions in this post) often addresses in his work, and I admire him for that.

People who argue against institutional racism point to crime and poverty in some black areas as proof that it’s not the “white man’s fault”. Is there more crime than we would like in the black community, especially the poor black community? Yes. But those people who argue about the impact of racism never stop to ask how these areas became the way that they are in the first place. From all available data, we know that drug use in the United States became a problem for everyone decades ago, and still is. And remember that most of the 20th century was filled with the federal government, state governments, and local governments trying to find ways to maintain the social order that had always existed in this country with white people on top, and everyone else below.

Coates, in this particular piece of his series, ”The Ghetto Is Public Policy’, shows the impact of buying on contract in Chicago. This policy made it virtually impossible for black families to move up the economic ladder. Let’s note here that Chicago is not in the South, which tends to get blamed for all race issues, but that is another issue for another day. As Coates wrote, the entire point of the legal practice of contract buying was to prevent black people from building wealth. The following column of the same series adds the dimension that due to this practice, whites were able to benefit from decreased competition from black buyers, while black people dealt with increased competition for a smaller number of properties.  This was devastating to those black, middle-class families that were trying create better lives. And there were other policies all over the country that intended the same results.

As for drug use, the Reagan administration supported the Contras. That’s a fact. The Contras were funded by drug trafficking, and the government knew it. Did the government try to stop it? No. So any rise in the use of crack/drugs can be attributed to government policy, whether the government purposefully helped to distribute drugs or not. But that would bring up some bad feelings, and if there’s one thing that we know, it’s that people don’t like to feel bad.

Things aren’t the way they are for nothing. These situations didn’t happen in a vacuum. The present condition of things is the direct result of decisions made by people. We shouldn’t forget that.

Does White Culture Set Us Up for Failure?

May 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

Sigh

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