Propaganda From The Trump Political Machine On Behalf Of Desperate Capitalists

November 29, 20016

By Cheikh Amma Diop

Since the selection of Donald Trump for POTUS, we have heard racist, fascist, neoliberal propaganda on steroids. Recently it’s been revealed that Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has suggested it might be a good idea to only allow “property owners” to vote as once was the case in the U.S. This would be funny if it weren’t so sad. The reality is that votes mean very little in a capitalist society. In fact, the U.S. remains a racist oligarchy known for its brutal economic inequality. In September 2014, Perspectives on Politics, a journal published by Cambridge University press, carried a research article entitled, “Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens.” They authors concluded that,

“When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, THE PREFERENCES OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN APPEAR TO HAVE ONLY A MINUSCULE, NEAR-ZERO, STATISTICALLY NON-SIGNIFICANT IMPACT UPON PUBLIC POLICY (emphasis mine).

 Furthermore, the preferences of economic elites (as measured by our proxy, the preferences of “affluent” citizens) have far more independent impact upon policy change than the preferences of average citizens do. To be sure, this does not mean that ordinary citizens always lose out; THEY FAIRLY OFTEN GET THE POLICIES THEY FAVOR, BUT ONLY BECAUSE THOSE POLICIES HAPPEN ALSO TO BE PREFERRED BY THE ECONOMICALLY-ELITE CITIZENS WHO WIELD THE ACTUAL INFLUENCE.

IN THE UNITED STATES, OUR FINDINGS INDICATE, THE MAJORITY DOES NOT RULE—at least not in the causal sense of actually determining policy outcomes (emphasis mine). When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites or with organized interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the U.S. political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favor policy change, they generally do not get it.

 Capitalists, not the masses who are not capitalists and are forced to work for the capitalists, are the holders of power and are the true “property owners” in america. We giddily call ourselves property owners when we “buy” houses and the associated land even though we are indebted for at least one generation before the property becomes ours, this being true as long as we can pay the taxes and don’t seriously challenge the status quo. The holdings of real property owners, the capitalists, are so vast as to stagger the imagination. Just check the current and historical economic inequality figures in the U.S. Capitalism is a hyper-elitist, super club that ruthlessly holds on to its wealth, power and privilege. They work to ensure their membership remains very small and predominately European.

Trump and his potential and actual appointees have threatened to privatize social security and medicare, denied climate change, accused Afrikans protesting state-sanctioned police violence with “instigating police killings,” threatened to tear up the Iran nuclear deal, ban muslims from entering the u.s., deporting millions of Mexicans and others from central America, and other unconstitutional proposals. Such ideas indicate a capitalist desire to retract some of the modest changes pushed for by the downtrodden masses over the past century or so; changes that have made life a bit more bearable in a heartless capitalist system but have left the fundamental essence of capitalism unscathed. Some of these changes put a little money in our pockets (overtime pay, paid time off, paid holidays) and provided very modest social support when needed (medicare, social security, employer provided health care, labor laws, public education). The capitalists, however, want to recoup the funding for these very modest programs. The challenge is how to do so without sparking mass outrage in the general populace generally and middle-aged white men in particular.

The capitalists are frantically trying to hold onto their front line soldiers in the face of an ongoing economic recession and the recent ascension of rival, non-european economic powers. Capitalist attempts to prevent their ominous economic decline by military attacks on rising powers in western Asia, imposing boycotts on non-compliant nations, bribes, proposing international trade deals, mass surveillance, espionage, rolling back financial and banking regulations and so on have failed. Now, even their always-faithful core supporters, middle-aged “white men (MAW),” are threatening to abandon the capitalist ship because they feel left behind, marginalized and hopeless regarding their economic future.

Even the overhyped propaganda powers of the corporate media have been unable to turn the tide of discontent among MAW. Distrust of the corporate media is at an all time high. And, to make matters worse for the capitalists, the recent emergence of rival, non-European media organizations has successfully challenged the mass media monopoly of American and European capitalists. Media outlets like RT (Russia), PressTV (Iran), TeleSur (Venezuela) and al-Jeezera (Qatar) are providing alternative reporting regarding global news, reporting that, in many instances, is contrary to that provided by American corporate media.

Enter Trump and his team with vociferous, fascist, racist, neo-libertarian propaganda like we haven’t seen in some time. This propaganda is a desperate attempt to maintain “party” discipline among their core supporters and nothing more. This is not the only tactic in their playbook by any means, however, it’s clear that American and European capitalists are running out of hegemonic options.

Middle-aged “white” men and their families will be even more enraged when they realize that the capitalists are working them like the slaves they are.

Voices of Fire

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Medieval Upheaval-A Catalogue of Bloody European Evils

November 30, 2016

Michigan

By: Sheshet Kemet

After reading Dr. Marimba Ani’s excellent book, Yurugu: An African-Centered Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behavior, I felt compelled to write Medieval Upheaval, A Catalogue of Bloody European Evils for 4 specific reasons:

1) I wanted to outline specific cultural actions of Europeans that challenged their eternal lie of being morally pure and intellectually superior.

2) I wanted to challenge the cultural stereotypes leveled at African descended people thereby helping to boost self-esteem in African people.

3) I wanted to underscore the Europeans’ skill at myth-making and story telling specifically highlighting their “gift” of manipulating audiences, (because African Americans and American whites, too, are prone to believe what they hear without doing follow-up work).

4) For the purpose of remaining vigilant in the face of numbers 1, and 3.

Europeans trace their version of democracy back to circa 6th c. BCE Athens. But, the western version of democracy has been unsteady and erratic, punctuated by long, and disturbing outbreaks of dehumanization and barbarism. Athens persecuted free thinkers like Socrates. In America, leaders have clung to their “shining nation on the hill” fantasy despite using torture, despite having the world’s largest prison population, despite gunning African Americans down in the streets, and despite using American drones to murder suspects on foreign soils without due process. Pretending to be something it is not – including flat-out lying – is a large part of the European ethos. The culture girds itself with well-managed mythologies. In fact, I believe that the myths that mold reality for Europeans and their white American children are the single most significant (and destructive) characteristic of European nations. That’s because myths have been used as tools of manipulation to bind the collective white psyche to common causes.But, there are signs that Europe’s many myths are fraying around the edges as long held fantasies give way to some stark realities:the world’s white population is not only the minority population, but it is in obvious decline (so much for white supremacy); people of color have made, and are making significant contributions to the world (so much for white supremacy); and white is not the brightest color in the crayon box (so much for white supremacy).

Africans – both past and present – have had no real potent defense against Europeans, operators of the largest shell game in history. In fact, African nations – who watched their sovereignty destroyed under European rule, still provide far too much access to Europeans at the expense of their own citizens’ well-being. Likewise many nations have fallen prey to European hucksterism, opening their doors just wide enough for whites to enter and plunder valuable resources. Cultures – that are made up of individuals – have the capacity to learn and grow; Africans have maintained successful ones for a longer period of time than have Europeans. But, that is to be expected; Africans have had 10’s of thousands of years to learn how to survive, and to work out any bloodlust and hoarding tendencies, if such traits ever existed in our African natures. It’s not surprising that 90% of African Americans favored progress over authoritarianism in this last election. In American politics, we have always voted for constructive programs. (“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African proverb).
Europeans are much younger, less sophisticated cultures based on regressive notions such as individuality and ravenous greed, at whatever the cost. They do not feel there are any chinks in their cultural armor to be worked out. Election results show that two-thirds of white voters desire to hang onto their fake (IRL)reality show called America (aka The Experiment), while slightly more than a third of white Americans seek progress. Also, white women voted to secure the futures of their white men and sons at the expense of their own fates and those of their daughters’.As many commentators pre and post-election warned us voting for the oft-romanticized in European history “strong man” can only lead to things burning down. Self-destruction is another hallmark of European cultures. We have only to look at their history of torture, blood lust, and self-inflicted calamities to draw this conclusion. (“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. -Thomas Jefferson”). Where do we go from here? Well, past is prologue. People who don’t know history are doomed to be scammed by those who do know it. Study and learn history; watch for repetition. European symbols work alongside their myths; as the days and weeks progress watch for ones that come from the Trump team. Also, for 100’s of years now, African-Americans have allowed the world’s least mature members – socially, culturally, intellectually and emotionally – to define our world for us. This has allowed Europeans to run the tables as they’ve slaughtered people and other animals into extinction, and turned our Earth’s environment into a literal cesspool.

We can be proactive in calling out the dysfunctional white culture for the sociopathic, narcissistic, and psychopathic construct that it is, every chance we get. The sooner we stop normalizing abnormal behaviors, the better. Once we can clearly define what the European and white culture is all about, we’ll surely  know who we are not. We can proceed from there. We have a lot of work ahead to repair centuries-long damage done to our psyches and to our beloved Mother Earth.

Peace,

Sheshet Kemet

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Restoring Eldership And It’s Role In The African Community

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Restoring Eldership And It’s Role In The African Community

By Written by: Ini-Herit Khalfini November 5, 2016

“All over Africa, elders are respected and trusted – as mediators, facilitators and repositories of knowledge and wisdom. Indeed in African societies, the elders are considered to be vast reservoirs of the collective wisdom that has been accumulated over time. But despite their wealth of knowledge, the important role of the elders in Western society has been lost. Says Ampie Muller of the SA’s Centre for Conflict Resolution.” Ian Macdonald The Counsel of Elders.

Since being removed from the motherland, it seems we have lost are connections to our traditional African values deeply engraved in our African consciousness. Our traditions, customs, languages, respect for our elders, and Maat were vital practices we centered ourselves around. With the influence of being kidnapped, chattel slavery, rape, public lynchings, self hate, depression, alcohol, drugs, mass incarcerations, lack of education, and so much more it’s easy to lose sight on the things we once held in high regard. Even through all the agony, pain and suffering, intimidation, and mistreatment by our oppressor how did we gather the nerve to disrespect, dumb down, and dismiss our elders?  We have allowed the colonizer to set the rules of engagement therefore we no longer seek counsel from our elders, yet we look to the west in her thuggish  narcissist  disdain mannerism. In doing so, we have become  that which we have grown to resent.

“The elders (Bakulu, Ogboni, nsw, HqA.w, Hogon, etc.) are the embodiment of wisdom and it is wisdom that staves off foolishness which can bring catastrophic disharmonies to a society.” Asar Imhotep Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) in Ancient Egyptian A Lesson in Paronymy and Leadership. Currently we have become a society who refuses to seek wisdom from our elders and now our communities are in a disarray. Have we ignored  the voices of the ancestors and replaced it with  drugs, alcohol, depression, hatred, and grief?

I recall a time when I use to walk to the corner store and would run into a bunch older men in the community who occasionally would hang out drinking, and as I pass by each one of them they would offer me advice about life and the importance of making good decisions. I would look at their situation and just shake my head because I was able to relate but couldn’t relate to their struggle. Today, I have a different perspective because I understand the African principle of eldership. The kids today seem different because not only is there a communication barrier due to age, but they also seem far  removed from listening to anything anyone has to say.

Today’s youth are not only difficult to mentor they are also intimidating due to their fits of rage, anger, and aggression. True Elders have since been phased out and I can’t recall a time here recently that we witness the same level respect we once had. The days when when great grandmothers and fathers would sit at that kitchen table sharing knowledge with their grandchildren seem to be over. My great-grandmother who transitioned a few years ago use to tell me all kind of stories about life, the struggle, the things she endured, the things she seen, and the things she saw others overcome despite slavery.  We called her the “Rock” the families personal savior and our glue. She was more than all of us combined, because she practically instilled all that we know in every one of us. Our children are missing that “Rock” partly because we have forgotten so much about the importance of we. We only know ourselves and we tend to take for granted the knowledge and wisdom of our Elders.

Who are Elders and what role do they play in the African family? They  are believed to be the teachers and directors of the young. Among the Efik it is said: “The words of one’s elders are greater than amulets”,  which means they give more protection than the amulet does. In the same way the Igbo say: He who listens to an elder is like one who consults an oracle. The oracles are believed to give the infallible truths, thus the elders are also believed to say the truth and their words and instructions are heeded to for the promotion of good behavior among the young.”  Matei Markwei, Life in our Village, in African writing (ed), P. Zebala & C. Rossell, London, 1979, P.15. Traditionally the elders carried the “Rock” like quality in the community, we could look to them for guidance and wisdom. It didn’t matter if we knew them our whole lives or only for a few days if we needed them we knew where to find them.

In Nsw.t Bjt.j by Asar Imohotep he argues that elders are like living ancestors in the community  and are advocates of humanity that assist us all with understanding life and it’s lessons centered around moral principles. He goes on to say that “Leadership in the community is always held by wise elders. These are individuals who are masters at building symbolic worlds which aid in the management of the destinies of African wisdom traditions. These sages have learned to the highest degree the secrets of knowing life and stemming the tide of its challenges. It is the reservoir of knowledge that enables elders to be effective teachers.” We are lacking elder-ship in our families, communities, and as a people across this globe period!

In the diaspora the Elders are now extinct or outright ignored in favor of a foreign ideology based on rugged individualism. It seems we have lost our sense of community  and a overall connection to the elder. We no longer crave for  personal wisdom sought out by those who wanted council to help during times of despair, joy, or whatever the case may be. It’s hard to say the reasons for the decline but what is certain is the generation of baby boomers do not appear to see a benefit of eldership, wisdom, or traditional African culture. According to  Asar Imhotep “this is important to understand as the job of an elder is to help younger generations to discover new more satisfying dimensions for being human. It is the youth’s job to expand the collective pool of wisdom. Our jobs as elders in training are to travel the shores of eternity and record what we witness and then find ways to translate into experience that which we witnessed (on the shores of eternity) into the material world.” Asar Imhotep Nsw.t Bjt.j (King) in Ancient Egyptian A Lesson in Paronymy and Leadership.

If we were to take a look inside of each african community in america or abroad we could probably count on one hand how many elders are in these  communities . We have a lot of older men and women who have not assumed the role or responsibility of  maintaining order. This reality is two fold because in order to establish an elder as important role models, each African family will need to commit to teaching our children traditional African principles. The back talk, smart mouthing, back turning, door slamming, huffing and puffing attitudes needs to be replaced with Maat guiding principles, and the role of the elder in teaching the youth needs to be restored!

As stated before, it is the job of the elder’s to instill wisdom, truth, perspective, life lessons, and so much more. The role they play in our lives is too significant to allow them to be unheard, disrespected, and not seen. “Elders establish guiding principles, creates the structure of organization, sets up structure of the organization, sets up structure of conflict/dispute resolution, decides how and where the elder’s group will deal with situation, establish an orthodox African Kmt pedagogy, and judgement sessions.” Maat Guiding Principles of Moral Living Tdka & Ife Kilimanjaro Ph.D, Yahra Aaneb Sba, T’Gamba Heru Elder.

We need a Council of Elders in every African community across America. In Philadelphia “The Raising Awareness Group,” seems to be taken on the challenge but we need more to rebuild. They are doing great work assembling like-minded individuals, understanding the importance and the role of an elder,  working together to solve common sense issues, and repairing a bridge between the elder and the community with hopes of restoring something that has long been lost.

We must uplift the principles of eldership and recognize as a people our roles are much more than individualist. Restoring core principles is needed. We have to tackle this issue head on and allow our elders to feel the need to rise up once again. Without them, we will not succeed and everything we have built  will be lost. It is not African to turn our backs on the people who have paved the way for our generation. Our Elder’s are slowly assembling and we should encourage them to congregate so that our fight is fought within the confines of the council of men and women dedicated to truth.

“The Igbo say: “okemmadu wu egbe Okorobia wu igu. Ma igu adighi na egbe o naghiekwu okwu. Ma egbe adighi igu enweghi ebe o ga ano”. That is, the elder is the gun, the young man is igu . lf there is no igu in the gun it cannot fire and sound. If there is no gun, igu would have nowhere to rest, it thus becomes useless. This symbolism is concerned with the complementary roles of the old and the young in the life and in affairs of African People.

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References: “African Cultural Values.” (2006): n. pag. African Cultural Values. Unknown, Mar.-Apr. 2006. Web. 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.emeka.at/african_cultural_vaules.pdf&gt;.

Imhotep, Asar. “Robot Check.” Robot Check. Madu-ndela Press, 1 Jan. 2016. Web. 05 Nov. 2016. <https://www.amazon.com/Nsw-t-Bjt-j-King-Ancient-Egyptian/dp/0692637664&gt;.

Kilimanjaro, Ife, Tdka Kilimanjaro, Yahra Aaneb, and T’Gamba Heru. Maat: Guiding Principles of Moral Living. Detroit: U of Kmt, 2013. Print.

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The Black Power Awards Celebrates Black Excellence In The Community.

By Nyah Amara

November 11, 2016 10AM

The Black Power Awards Celebrates Excellence In The Community.

One of the most important keys to restoring Black Excellence restoring a sense of community whereby we support, inspire, and celebrate the achievements of others. In many ways, the internet has prevented us from connecting  and establishing authenticate relationships based on mutual respect, honor, and accountability. Instead, it has encouraged hate, ridicule, and has become a safe haven for individuals looking  to minimize the achievements of others. In the past, we believed in community,  therefore we fostered relationships, we encouraged face to face contact, and we believed in good character and accountability. Today, it’s seems the internet has become a breeding ground for people suffering from internalized racism, mental illness, PTSS, and all sorts of character issues  looking to project their internalized hate to the world. If we haven’t learned anything from this cyber community, by default  we’ve learned to  appreciate the value of face to face contact, love, commandery, respect, and community engagement. All of  which, has always served as the backbone of our culture. This week,  let us step away from the chaos of the internet and break free from the hatred to reflect on what needs to be done. Let us reflect on the past and  identify ways to restore our heritage. This week,  let us take the time to reflect on the importance of relationships and communities. This week, let us celebrate the men and woman who have worked tirelessly to improve our community by educating us on our health, on condition as Africa people, and  educated us on ways to overcome racism and white supremacy. This week, let us celebrate those who advocate for social justice, education, and cultural rejuvenation.  This week, let us reflect on the community, the family, the men, the women, and the children who depend on us for answers. This week, let us reflect on solutions. This week, let us ponder on the wise saying  that half of being successfully is just showing up. Understanding that being in the moment has the power to change relationships, open doors, and restore broken hearts. This week,  let’s us take the time to be present in Atlanta and support the Black Power Awards. Remembering  the African Proverb “if you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” . This week, let us network, celebrate each other, and acknowledge our accomplishments. This week, let’s us Support DJ and the Black Power Awards family as they acknowledge excellencey in the Black Community.

Peace

Voices of Fire

Mission: Voices of Fire blog purpose is to educate, inform, and the persuade the reader towards adopting a more sound approach to history with the overall goal of redefining what it means to be conscious. 

Understanding The Difference Between Writing Scripts And Language

By:Ini-Herit Khalfani

November 7, 2016

Nashville, Tn

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“The hieroglyphic writing originated in Egypt around 3,100 BC, at the birth of the First Dynasty, during the reigns of Narmer, Ka, Den, and possibly, Senedj. The hieroglyphic script was not borrowed from Mesopotamia. It was a domestic invention initiated and developed by the ancient Egyptians in their own homeland, on the banks of the Nile. From its origins, the writing system was equipped with a complete array of intellectual and technical resources: ideograms, phonograms, a writing medium, and scribal instruments.”-The’ophile Obenga African Philosophy The Pharaonic Period: 2780-330 BC.

The significance of this writing system developed in Ancient Kmt has sparked a series of debates among linguists. We have had some who refute it as the earliest writing system, others who refuse to allow Africans to be its owners stating it’s a copy of Mesopotamia, and the select few who says it’s been incorrectly deciphered many of them has never studied the writing system. 

The Hieroglyphs contains 5 different writing systems that existed from the old kingdom during three intermediate periods, late period, and a Ptolemaic era. Those writing systems are Hieroglyphic, Cursive Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, and Coptic. During the Old and Middle Egyptian eras a total of 700 hieroglyphs existed, but after the Ptolemaic period at least 7000 different hieroglyphs now exist. “The ancestral Remetch referred to the hieroglyphic writing system as Ss mdw-nTr Sesh Medew Netcher- Inscriptions of Divine Words. It consists of pictures of the natural flora, fauna, and man made objects indigenous of the Nile Valley Corridor”- Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher.

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There are four ways we can read the Hieroglyphs and they are: horizontal left to right or vertical left to right. The Hieroglyphs contain 24 monoliterals  25 if you count the double reed leaf as a monoliteral. Monoliterals are one letter words that also help make up what we call the Egyptian alphabet, and along with Bi-literals (2) letter and Tri-literals (3) letter consonants help make up the entire system. “Each sign used to write a given word generally serves one of the following functions: 1) Ideogram, 2) Phonogram 3) Determnatives. The signs that can perform each of the three roles, in different words of course, are relatively few.” Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher. Also the signs can function as Pictograms, Ideograms, Phonograms which deals with either a idea, sign, symbol or sound.

Hieratic writings are usually cursive and are always written from right to left. Demotic is a complicated script it derives from Hieratic and was used for religious text as well it can be written and read from right to left. Coptic has a Greek perspective using most of their alphabet and a few of the Egyptian alphabet as a blend to make up it’s writing system. Coptic came from the Egyptians who had recently adopted the belief system of the early AD period.

People who do not study the language or the writing system will continue to make the biggest mistake you possible can make by confusing one with the other. They are not the same and must not be treated as such. It is very important that we understand the language and the many different writing scripts which are involved with a particular time period. Language is supported by a writing script because it represents the voice and sounds expressed through communication by the way of thoughts and feelings.

“The language of ancient Egypt, in both its pharanoic and Coptic variants, is not an Indo-European language such as Hittite or Greek. Nor is it a Semetic language such as Akkaddian, Hebrew, or Arabic. Neither is it a Berber language such as Siwa Berber or Rif Berber.”- The’ophile Obenga African Philosophy The Pharaonic Period: 2780-330 BC.

In 1974 two of our best African minds entered a conference centered around the history of Africa and it’s owner of languages, history and much more. It was then the name Negro(black) Egyptian was introduced and proven to be the mother of all languages that come from under its umbrella. Two of the most organized Africans stole the show at the Unesco conference going against european minds who refuted the history of Black Africa. Comparative Linguistic studies by Dr. Diop, Dr. Obenga, Dr. Mboli, and a few other American African centered linguist have carried one another’s work an additional step throughout the years. They have all provided evidence that illustrate its historical breakthrough in parenting other African languages and it’s history. Ranykemet or Egyptian Spoken Language is not a dead language persay, Coptic is still being spoken til this day, and unlike the Hebrew language which once was a dead language the process of fully restoring it will take several years to complete. 

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“When speaking of language in general, both the spoken and written forms are usually being referred, however, there are times when one or the other becomes the focus.” -Wudjau Men-Ib Iry-Maat A Beginner’s Introduction To Medew Netcher. As new languages are created different writing scripts will emerge that will support them. Since colonialism has soaked itself in grounds of the motherland a lot of what was has been lost. The root of culture is well within the confines of the language. In understanding the customs and practices of the ancestors we must first get rid of the influence of the colonizer, and restore the true meaning of a language that has been lost.

We as a people are so far removed from our native tongue and common practices we tend to not appreciate the beauty of our own language and writing script. To make false claims about translating the hieroglyphs only to turn around and tells story about the same hieroglyphs you’re saying can’t be translated is very hypocritical. With rigorous studies and applied understanding of methodology one can soon learn how to decipher the hieroglyphs with help.

References: Obenga, Théophile. African Philosophy: The Pharaonic Period 2780-330 BC. Popenguine: Per Ankh, 2004. Print.
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Photos by: Wukitsch, Tom. “Unit 3: Egyptian Writing — Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic.” Unit 3: Egyptian Writing — Hieroglyphic, Hieratic, Demotic, Coptic. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. <http://www.mmdtkw.org/EGtkw0300-Unit3EgyptianWriting.html&gt;.

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The NCAA is the new plantation

The NCAA is the new Plantation

 We sing praises about the free market economy in the United States of America. We boast about the entrepreneurial spirit of the individual, rugged individualism. Except when it comes to the student Athlete. Really, the entire narrative changes when young Black men and women become the center of the supply and demand factor. Most Black high school and College athletes will reach their highest earning potential while in school, this would be their best chance to cash in on their athletic ability and fame. However, they are the “Property” of the plantation, oops! I mean institution. Yes, in college they get free education and some perks, as the argument goes, but let us look at the numbers, because people lie, the number don’t.

 Nick Saban Head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide made 7.1 million dollars in 2016, Yes, it is about the education, “Really”, the University of Alabama made 152 million dollars in revenue in the athletic department, the university claims its expenses was 120 million, a profit margin of 30 million in 2015.

 Alabama’s profit according to the EADA slipped $7.1 million in 2015 ― a 19.1 percent drop. Revenue was off $1.9 million as expenses increased by $5.1 million.

EADA report 2014 2015 Pct. change
Total revenue $152.6 million $150.6 million -1.3%
Total expense $115.4 million $120.6 million 4.5%
Profit $37.2 million $30.1 million -19.1%
 

 

     

 These records are limited in scope, it does not reflect bowl games and endowments. When the sports teams are successful the enrollment of a school also increases, this number is not reflected in any financial document. Not only does the University benefit, the city also gets an increase in revenue. Anyone that has been to Tuscaloosa would see that back woods town wouldn’t be nothing without The Tide. The economic impact is incredible when you have the right talent and we know where they get their talent from.plantation We don’t know how much profit this school made and we don’t know all who benefited from this large sum of money. We do know that the athletes didn’t get their fair shake in this process. It is called exploitation.

Our children are the best resources we have in the inner cities. Music, athletics,intelligence, yet, our cities are left down trodden, why, because we have not taking control of what belongs to us. We sell ourselves cheap for the hope and chance of riches and fame. Yes, a few make it, but millions don’t reach that level of success. The NCAA is an exploitative system that promotes and maintains the system of White Supremacy. Look at who benefits the most, it’s not our people. The system creates a few winners within our communities, but many are left behind to struggle in the crumbs of a White dominated society.

It’s time to take back our best natural resources, our children, they belong to us. If people want to see them shoot a basketball, run for a touchdown or throw a baseball, they must come to us, that is the only way the exploitation will stop.

I win, when we all win. Ubuntu!!

The Time Is Ripe For Internal Revolution

In his most recent article, “Wall Street and the Pentagon: Pre-Mature Political and Military Ejaculations,” geopolitical analyst James Petras discusses the recent failure of American and European capitalists (AECs) in imposing their will on Argentina, Brazil and the Philippines to shore up their declining influence on “Latin America” and Asia. Over the past 30 years or so, AECs have largely changed their mode of production from manufacturing to F.I.R.E (Finance, Insurance & Real Estate) while still relying on the petrodollar. In 1960, 24% of all American workers worked in manufacturing.  Today, that number has declined dramatically to 8%. Today, the U.S. economy is marked by high unemployment, unsustainable national and personal debt, dysfunctional institutions including government bodies at all levels, the criminal justice system at all levels, public education, health care and brutal economic inequalities. This along with the concomitant economic rise of greater Asia, especially China, has seriously undermined the effective global power of the AECs, perhaps permanently.

Another very important factor in the AECs loss of global power is the recent emergence of alternative global mass media outlets. The appearance of mass media outlets such as al Jazeera (1996), founded and financed by Qatar, Telesur (2005), a multi-state funded, pan-American media platform largely sponsored by Venezuela, RT (2005), a Russian TV news platform, CNC World (2010), a Chinese satellite and cable network, means that AECs are no longer in exclusive control of the planet’s cultural narrative.

Even that staunch imperialist Zbigniew Brzezinski has been warning the AECs that the global masses are more politically awakened that at any time in human history; that these same masses can no longer be bullied and brainwashed as easily as before, consequently, the game is changing to the detriment of the capitalists. Brzezinski once argued along with other brash imperialists, that AECs must control central Asia in order to maintain their economic hegemony. This led to the invasion and ongoing conventional and hybrid wars in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine and Afghanistan, key nations in Asia’s “soft underbelly.” Yet, despite 25 years of war, AECs have been unable to impose their will in the ‘middle east.’ They have merely continued to drain their treasuries, especially America, France and England, and amplify global disdain for capitalism.

In other words, American and European capitalists no longer dominate this world. Their failing economies and their becoming merely another “voice in the crowd” in terms of global mass media (propaganda) means that “poor” nations in the southern hemisphere now have an opportunity change their miserable circumstances.

Globally, Afrikans should consider the following action steps (in no particular order):

1. Purge key institutions of corrupt individuals and practices

2. Repudiate all debt created by former colonizers, corrupt politicians and financial institutions

3. Create a PUBLICLY OWNED central bank with branches throughout the continent that will finance science, technology and infrastructure projects

4. Immediately join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank

5. Strengthen economic relations with other nations especially greater Asia, Russia, Brazil, the Caribbean, etc.

6. Develop an Afrikan currency backed by precious metals and other natural resources

7. Develop an Afrikan Centered continental public education system with particular emphasis on science and technology

8. Put an end to asymmetric economic relations with other nations, especially AECs

9. Create and nurture economic and cultural ties with Afrikans throughout the Scattering

The time is ripe for the long over due INTERNAL REVOLUTION that Gil Scott-Heron talked about almost 50 years ago in, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” AECs are under tremendous pressure due to the powerful economic and political shifts taking place globally. They are reeling from economic recessions, military failures and internal decadence. The question is, “Can we make the internal changes necessary to escape the capitalist trap of corruption, slavery, racism and war?”

One thing’s for sure, the required internal transformation entails rejecting capitalism, capitalist values and other anti-Afrikan ideologies and accepting Afrikan Centered HUMAN VALUES. It means totally reconstructing the Afrikan personality to fit current circumstances. Anything less means failing our posterity.

Let’s stay focused!

References:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wall-street-and-the-pentagon-pre-mature-political-and-military-ejaculations/5554587

American Primacy And It’s Geostrategic Imperatives: Key Quotes From Zbigniew Brzezinksi’s Seminal 1998 Book – http://www.wanttoknow.info/brzezinskigrandchessboard