Slavery In The Shadows

Once again the debate on racism has ignited over the death of a Black man at the hands of the police….and the conversation has gone deeper and brought the discussion of slavery and history to the forefront.

If I need to explain what I am talking about then it is a waste of time for you to be reading this….so why bother I am sure something good is on the Cartoon Network.

Slavery in the American South is said to had ended with the defeat of the Confederate forces and the peace that came to the nation. (Debatable)

Today most intelligent people these days are outraged by the institution of slavery….but are they?

Lewis Hamilton has emerged in recent weeks as a figurehead in the Black Lives Matter movement. In an eloquent, thoughtful essay for The Sunday Times last month, the Formula 1 driver wrote about his lifelong experience of racism in Britain; about the heart-breaking warnings that black fathers like his know that they need to give their sons; about his recognition that the murder of George Floyd, despite seeming a faraway occurrence in a foreign land, was in fact a moment that demanded a “global awakening to the systemic racism, witnessed and experienced by every person of colour across the world”.

Here’s the problem for Hamilton. Slavery is still with us. In fact, more people are thought to live enslaved today than at any point in recorded history. Most of them are still people of colour. And many are held in nations which happily host Grand Prix tournaments to celebrate their wealth. In 2016, one Lewis Hamilton notoriously voiced his appreciation for his hosts at the Bahrain Grand Prix, arriving in a “thobe”, the traditional dress of the Bahraini royal family, and tweeting: “Nothing but love and respect for this culture, and Bahrain!! Feeling royal.” In Bahrain, 1.9 people in every thousand is thought to be a slave. The royal family has been repeatedly accused of abusing slaves.

https://inews.co.uk/opinion/fast-fashion-modern-slavery-black-lives-matter-western-exploitation-541578

What is that old saying?  “Outta sight, outta mind”?

Human Trafficking is a major feeder of the world’s slavery markets.  I wrote about the consequences for the world’s populations….all four of my series may be accessed here…..https://gulfsouthfreepress.wordpress.com/2018/08/02/solutions-conclusion/

Time to bring the shadowy world of modern slavery into the light and in doing so maybe we as a humans can find a way to end the suffering of so many.

Or is it just something this world should just learn to live with?

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

White Like Them

Years ago I had this debate with a group here in the South…..it all began when I heard someone bitching about Black music and how irritating it was…..

But it began when a couple of men were talking about mixed race marriages and their offspring…….their big question was which culture is the best to bring up their children?

My first question was what did they mean by culture.

After a few minutes of bumbling and stumbling they moved their conversation to the music.  (okay I got a chuckle out of their awkwardness)

I immediately jumped on this with blaming segregation for these so-called “ills”…..

Here in the South segregation was a enforceable social event.  Blacks were herded into enclaves in cities and towns…..they had the own medical services, education, lingo and music.

Then when segregation was overturned whites began wanting to include the Afro-American people into the land of the Whites.

They wanted Blacks to embrace the white world in all its glory (sarcasm)…..the lingo, the attitudes, the music……but to their disappointment that never occurred….why?

Think about it.

Why would Black people need to change their way of thinking and acting?  Is it because whites think they are better than the Blacks?

This made me think of something I had read many years ago…..the writings of Frantz Fanon…….French philosopher and psychologist…..A psychological study of the effects of the concept of race and racism on black minorities in white majority societies.

Frantz Fanon was born in the French colony of Martinique on July 20, 1925. His family occupied a social position within Martinican society that could reasonably qualify them as part of the black bourgeoisie; Frantz’s father, Casimir Fanon, was a customs inspector and his mother, Eléanore Médélice, owned a hardware store in downtown Fort-de-France, the capital of Martinique. Members of this social stratum tended to strive for assimilation, and identification, with white French culture. Fanon was raised in this environment, learning France’s history as his own, until his high school years when he first encountered the philosophy of negritude, taught to him by Aimé Césaire, Martinique’s other renowned critic of European colonization. Politicized, and torn between the assimilationism of Martinique’s middle class and the preoccupation with racial identity that negritude promotes, Fanon left the colony in 1943, at the age of 18, to fight with the Free French forces in the waning days of World War II.

Frantz Fanon

Fanon’s key works are Black Skins White Masks, A Dying Colonialism, The Wretched of the Earth, and Toward the African Revolution. Black Skins White Masks was published in 1952 but did not gain widespread recognition until the late 1960s. This was one of the first books to analyse the psychology of colonialism. In it Fanon examines how the colonizer internalises colonialism and its attendant ideologies, and how colonized peoples in turn internalise the idea of their own inferiority and ultimately come to emulate their oppressors. Racism here functions as a controlling mechanism which maintains colonial relations as ‘natural’ occurrences. Black Skins White Masks is written in an urgent, fluid style. It is both analytical and passionate, part academic text, part polemic. The book has provided a powerful and lasting indictment of racism and imperialism.

Basically Fanon says there is a cycle…..

White colonials preach black is inferior

Colonized people want to escape their “inferior” position

Only escape is to reject “blackness”

Colonized people start assume superiority

Finally…for the Black man there is only one destiny…..and it is white

Fanon’s book is a very good look at race and racism……read….

Click to access %5BFrantz_Fanon%5D_Black_Skin,_White_Masks_(Pluto_Clas(BookZZ.org).pdf

And since people seldom read anymore….I will give a link to the audible of this book…..

Racism is an ugly word and as soon as we can eliminate from normal discourse the better.

In closing a short video….What If Slavery Never Existed

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I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Typical GOP Male

There have been a wealth of idiots speaking on women and most of them are members of the GOP……we had the all male panel on FUX that blames the decline of the American family on more women are becoming the family bread winner……even the GOP women are just as out of touch…..a GOP congresswoman stated that women do not want equal pay……even the governor of Mississippi is in the dumbass camp……

At a Washington Post Live event on child literacy, the host asked Bryant, “How did America get to be so mediocre?”

“I’m going to get in trouble — do you want me to tell the truth?” Bryant replied. “I think both parents started working. And the mom is in the workplace.”

“It’s not a bad thing, I’m going to get in trouble,” he added. “I can see the emails tomorrow. But now both parents are working, they’re assuming their careers. That’s a great American story now that women are certainly in the workplace.”

“So, it’s the mother’s place to teach them to read?” the host wondered.

“No, no, but I think there was that loving, nurturing opportunity that both parents had a little bit of time,” the governor explained. “My dad was a reader, he was a mechanic. So, he didn’t go to college, but he was a reader. But he had a little bit more time with me, and today’s society, parents are so challenged. Not just the mom, but the mom and the dad. They’re working overtime, they’re trying to balance both of them in the workplace.”

So America is becoming more mediocre because women are working….seriously?  It is all the women’s fault….has nothing to do with draconian measures that Repubs promise will save the country from itself……

Bryant is your typical GOP politician…good hair, old, and very misogynist…….they need to just keep talking their silly antiquated issues….they are insuring that they never win another national election……..without change they are dooming the party to the fecal pile of history…..

Communities Of Color

I will bet that you are about to read me the riot act over the title, right?

I am referring to a bill before the state legislature, HB 148—which states:

AN ACT TO CREATE THE “MISSISSIPPI COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNITIES OF COLOR TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION ACT OF 2010”; TO REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO DEVELOP CERTAIN PROGRAMS AND STRATEGIES PROMOTING PREGNANCY PREVENTION AND PROVIDING INFORMATION ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNPROTECTED, UNINFORMED AND UNDERAGE SEXUAL ACTIVITY; TO AMEND SECTION 41-79-5, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, IN CONFORMITY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ACT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

Don’t you just love these guys and gals?

It seems that the state is worried about teen pregnancies in the “Communities of Color”….not this is a total racist thing…they seem to be implying that only teens of color are getting pregnant….why do we not go visit a trailer park and count for ourselves…..

You know a lot of this BS could be solved by actually teaching sex ed in the classroom….but that collapses every session and every session they try it again…it has turned into this perverted little game…..

But to put the term, “communities of color” is just plain and outright moronic….if this is truly non-racial then I suggest a better title for this Act…..

Some Beliefs Die Hard

Is there any doubt that racism is still alive and well in the state of Mississippi?

From an article written by Ward Schaefer in the Jackson Free Press:

State Sen. Lydia Chassaniol’s decision to speak at the annual conference of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens last week drew disapproval from her constituents, as well as a defense from her state party chairman. As reported first by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog, Chassaniol, R-Winona, spoke to the racist, anti-Semitic group about “Cultural Heritage in Mississippi.”

“I wouldn’t associate myself with any hate group,” Lewis said. “For someone to do that sends a message to me that they somewhat or totally agree with their agenda.”

For Chassaniol, that would mean agreeing with the CofCC’s opposition to interracial marriage and “race-mixing” and the claim that black people are “genetically inferior.” Columnists in the CofCC’s newsletter have hyperventilated that non-white immigration to the U.S. was transforming the country into a “slimy brown mass of glop.”

The senator added in the e-mail that she has spoken at the all-black Greenwood Voter’s League, which some could consider racist for lacking white members: “I do not abide by labels such as this, and I hope you will forgive me for taking exception to the insinuation that I am racist, because I choose to belong to a conservative organization. Conservative is a term which also applies to fiscal matters.”

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Brad White admitted that he would not have attended. “I wouldn’t have went,” White said. “Seeing the turmoil that it’s caused and some of the bad light that it’s put on her—I think unjustly and unfortunately—I wish that circumstances would have been different.”

Her attitude is a good indication of why Mississippians voted overwhelmingly for McCain in the last election.  Race will be denied as the reason but voters in the state would have voted for Attila the Hun over Obama.

I am not saying that all voters in Mississippi are racists but the older more likely to vote regularly…are.

Pat On The Back For Home Schooling

The Mississippi legislature has a resolution before it to recognize the state’s “unwavering” support for home schooling with House Concurrent Resolution 77  which states:

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING MISSISSIPPI’S UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION IN THE DESIGNATION OF THE WEEK OF MAY 11-15, 2009, AS MISSISSIPPI HOME EDUCATION WEEK IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI.

Let us be honest home schooling for the most part is attempted because the parents do not want their children mixing with minorities or other religious teachings.  It is a form of racism.

The resolution spotlights the home schooling of Geo. Washington and Patrick Henry…thinking…it was in a frontier area and the early 18th century, there was about 4 schools in the Colonies and home schooling was about the only way to be educated.  But the most ludicrous example was Booker T. Washington….the man was born in slavery and they were not ALLOWED to be educated….so home schooling was the only option his family had.

There is a good reason that home schooling in Mississippi should be recognized and that is that the educational programs in Mississippi suck wind.  instead of making the hime schooling sound more noble than it is, maybe they should use it as a way to justify improving education in the state.

A Football Star’s Death–GSFP Comment

Recently a George County football star, a raising college pick was stopped by local authorities and while his license was being checked commit suicide with a shotgun.  This story has been all over the news in Mississippi.  Well just last week the Grand jury came in and said there was nothing unusual about his death.

To begin with the the high student was African-American, was dating a white girl in a county known for its racist past.  I have known a couple of law enforcement in the county that were Klan members, not saying all are or that any are now, just in the past some were members.  The deputy that stopped the student did not have a vid cam in his car, that was lucky or unlucky depending on what you would like to believe.

The mayor of Lucedale after the grand jurt findings and after the family spoke out against the findings said that the past was just that and that Lucedale was a very progressive and friendly city.  That caught me off guard…..friendly…for sure..if you are white…but progressive?  Lucedale is many thinbgs put progressive it is not!

But I thought about what the mayor had said and it had been 8 or 10 years since I was in the city…so I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.  But that was short lived.

Yesterday I was returning from a friends house in Harrison county, now if any county could be called progressive, Harrison would be the closest.  Anyway I digress……in the city of Gulfport I was stopped in traffic for a funeral……behind the lead cop car and in front of the hearse was a pick up, blue in color with 5 or 6 rednecks in the back waving a very large confederate flag….dressed in jeans cowboy hats and really ugly colored western shirts.  My first thought was ” Geez did Larry the Cable Guy die?”  Talk about trailer trash or white trash…take your pick both would be correct.

I thought of the mayor of Lucedale and his comment and all those that talk about the “New South”, Bubbas…there is NOTHING new in the South…it is the same hateful place it always was…it is just more subdued than in the past.

Back to the high school student…I do not for a minute think he commited suicide…he had the  world by the nuts…why ruin a sure thing?

Grand Jury Begins On Death Of Football Star

As reported in the Sou. Mississippi Sun-Herald:

A George County grand jury has just finished hearing from more than 30 witnesses in connection with the Dec. 8 shooting death of George County High School football star Billey Joe Johnson Jr.

Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence said the grand jury said they felt they had enough evidence to start their deliberations, though their findings were not expected to be completed and made public until as early as Thursday.

Johnson, 17, died Dec. 8 after a George County sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on Mississippi 26 for running a red light and a stop sign.

The deputy said he was at his patrol car when he heard the shotgun blast and Johnson fell to the ground outside his truck, with the gun on top of him.

Minutes before the stop, Johnson had been identified as a suspect in a burglary in progress at his former girlfriend’s home.

George County Sheriff Garry Welford initially said that it appeared that Johnson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Johnson’s family said he did not kill himself.

KKK Update

Eight people were arrested Tuesday, one on a charge of murder, in connection with the fatal shooting of a woman at a remote Louisiana campsite during what police say was an initiation ceremony for the Ku Klux Klan.

The woman, whose identity has not been confirmed, was recruited over the Internet to join the Klan by the suspects, said Capt. George Bonnett of the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The woman traveled from Oklahoma to Louisiana for the ceremony and was taken to a campsite near Sun, Louisiana, about 60 miles north of New Orleans.

On Sunday, the woman asked to be taken from the camp to a nearby town. An argument ensued, and the woman was fatally shot by the group’s leader, Bonnett said.

Some of the suspects then tried to conceal the killing by burning the woman’s personal items, he said.

Police received a tip about the killing and found the woman’s body hidden under loose brush alongside a road, Bonnett said. The suspects, most of whom were still in the woods near the campsite several miles from where the body was found, were taken into custody without incident, he said.

Bogalusa, a logging town dominated by a huge paper mill about 60 miles north of New Orleans, is the largest city in Washington Parish, which, like the whole state, was won by John McCain, not Obama last week.

Sunday’s killing was in St. Tammany Parish, just across the Washington Parish line and all the suspects are from Washington Parish. Cynthia C. Lynch, 43, of Tulsa, Okla., was shot in an area of vast piney woods, farms and bedroom communities separated from New Orleans by Lake Pontchartrain.

More than 40 years earlier, Washington Parish was beset by anti-desegregation violence. In 1965, Oneal Moore, the parish’s first black sheriff’s deputy, was slain in an ambush, a crime that has not been solved.

In the 1990s, former Klan leader David Duke was in such a tight gubernatorial race against incumbent Edwin Edwards that opponents, fearful business would shun the state if Duke was in the governor’s mansion, crafted a bumper sticker stating “Vote for the Crook, It’s Important.” Edwards, whose scandalous reputation inspired the slogan, won re-election, though he was later jailed in a gambling payoff scandal.

Somethings never change-

Somethings NEVER Change

An Oklahoma woman invited to a rural Louisiana campsite for a Ku Klux Klan initiation ritual was shot and killed after she asked to be taken back to town, the sheriff of a parish near New Orleans said. Eight people were arrested after the authorities found the woman’s body hidden under some brush on the side of a road several miles from the remote campsite, about 60 miles north of New Orleans. Investigators found weapons, several flags and six Klan robes at the campsite, Sheriff Jack Strain of St. Tammany Parish said. Sheriff Strain said the group’s leader, Raymond Foster, 44, shot and killed the woman after a fight broke out when she tried to leave. Mr. Foster was charged with second-degree murder.