NBC Universal Uses the Left and Roger Ailes

The strategies NBC Universal uses to promote Megyn Kelly tap into the legacies of the late Roger Ailes. Yet the left is quiet on this one. This left got Roger Ailes out of Fox News before he died. The left got Bill O’Reilly out as well. Fox News is losing in ratings. NBC tries to speed faster than CNN to fill the void. NBC knows it can only fill this gap by appeasing Trump’s base.

Who is the left working for? I wonder.

CNN fires Kathy Griffin. How dare Griffin make the son of the president, Barron Trump become so frightened! What was said in the privacy of the Trump family became public knowledge. We learn that Barron believed the bloody head held by Griffin was daddy’s head. Because the public knew that even little Barron was scared, Griffin had to go for that and other reasons.

Not long after Griffin, Reza Aslan was labeled as way out of line for suggesting that our respected president is a piece of shit. Even Sean Hannity suggested Reza should not have been fired. CNN’s compassionate gestures towards Trump’s base will ensure that Trump sends his people over to CNN. And expect Trump to give CNN more ratings with increased appearances, even as he throws mud at the media.

CNN will not win this battle for Trump’s audience so easily though. Already, MSNBC, owned by NBC Universal, has grabbed Greeta Van Susteren, one of Ailes protégés. Recent data pointed out that Van Susteren is bringing in the cash on the 6 p.m. slot with audiences between the ages of 25-54. Among the same audience in the 9 p.m. segment, Rachel Maddow beat Fox’s Tucker Carlson recently to the left’s satisfaction that their labor has paid off.

Over at NBC—MSNBC’s sister company—Megyn Kelly taps into the gifts harvested by Roger Ailes. In reaping Ailes investment while using Ailes’s media style, NBC allows Kelly to announce her entrance with an interview of Putin. Senator John McCain calls this Russian president a greater threat to global security, far greater than ISIS.

Had a member of Fox News conducted this interview, would the left have been outraged? What was in it for Putin that he agreed to an interview by someone and a network that had been hostile to him in the past? Putin knew Kelly and NBC would have done nothing to promote his image, then why did Putin permit the interview? Who made the call to Putin?

It couldn’t have been Kelly. It had to have come from all the way at the top of NBC Universal. What was promised by the big men at NBC Universal? Why hasn’t the media probed this line of concern? The silence of the left encouraged Kelly to further tap into the gifts she gathered from Ailes. Now Kelly is about to broadcast an interview with Alex Jones. Need I say more about Jones’s character?

The left that had grown agitated because Kathy Griffin held up the head of a declared sex offender who bragged of his fancy for grabbing women by their private parts is silent. This is the left that went after Jennifer Holiday for promising to sing at Trump’s inauguration even as it didn’t excoriate democratic senators and congress persons for attending that inauguration.  The left didn’t initiate a collection drive to give Holiday a financial option, since she had not been selling records since the 90s. The left also found its voice when it came out against Obama for accepting a $400,000 fee for a speech to Wall Street.

Do you understand why I am confused? The left is not very logical in its actions–not progressively consistent either. The left has indeed been consistent in going after its own and after members of the right. At the same time, the left has not assessed who benefits from its labors and logic?

For the moment, we know NBC Universal is grateful for Trump’s hatefulness, appreciative of his pledged violences. These prerequisites give Trump popularity. They constitute the magnetism the media is addicted to for audience building and ratings. Under the leadership of the media, the left nevertheless rallies against these Trumphian things, ultimately targeting Fox News, one of Trump’s nesting places. As Fox News temporarily falls, NBC Universal draws on the practices of Ailes, with the hopes of merging Trump audience and lefts diehards.

 

 

Posted in Politics Education

Russia Hacked the U.S. Election. I’m Skeptic

Accusations that Russia hacked the election remind me of 911 accusations that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Opponents of Trump are so eager to find something to justify why Clinton lost the election that they aren’t realizing that they are not asking the right questions.

In October, why did Obama state that, for anyone to think that the U.S. election can be rigged is just ridiculous–yet a month later his tune changed? Where is the evidence that Russia hacked the election? Are there confirmed cyber footprints that lead back to the Russian government?

Does this information note any differences between acts committed by the Russian government and acts by Russian citizens—something that we would have clearly differentiated if it were charges against the U.S. government? Or is this merely speculation because Russia lately has been reasserting itself and making the U.S. realize that it is not the only power-player in world government? Why were intelligence committee members of Congress not briefed on this critical hacking stuff, which they only learned about in the Washington Post and on NBC? Why is the CIA director refusing to provide specific information about this to committee members of Congress?

If the U.S. electoral process has indeed been hacked, then why aren’t there questions about Barack Obama’s neglect to manage cyber security as seriously as he has promised to deal with ISIS? If the U.S. election (U.S. government really) has been hacked, then how do we know that the nuclear systems that can destroy entire states and countries cannot be hacked, the codes stolen, and the missiles activated? The point made here is that the focus has been on Russia rather than simultaneously on the ineffective leadership of the Homeland Security department, and the White House, which is clearly admitting it cannot keep its people safe?

Why isn’t Barack Obama ashamed to admit that we have been hacked? Could that be the result of him knowing that journalists will not ask questions about his management on cyber security issues once he mentions the name of an enemy (Russia)? Is it that Obama knows that hate and the need for vengeance make people vulnerable and automatically feeble critical thinkers?

Otherwise, could this all be a corrupt political campaign to upset the Trump government, set in motion a process to galvanize bi-partisan support to deny him his cabinet picks, because Trump comes across as a hateful man? Saddam Hussein was hateful and violent too. As a result, lies were used to capture and kill him. Thousands of U.S. soldiers died in the process. Should we be mindful of how we allow hate for those we consider evil to crush our ability to be objective and think clearly? What’s most important, getting revenge or ensuring the democratic process maintains credibility?

As I end here, we should be reminded that the U.S. government has a long history of interfering in the electoral processes of many countries. It is also known to overthrow democratically elected governments it does not like and governments that threaten its first-place hegemonic status. For these reasons, I am indeed skeptic of information produced in the U.S. about Russia, in the same way I had been skeptic about news of Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein . Of course, Vladimir Putin has a pattern of crushing freedoms, objective journalism, gay civil rights, and other human rights. Nevertheless, we cannot assume that the existence of evils by the Russian government automatically means we should accept all accusations by the U.S. government against Russia.

At all times, we need to ask,

Where is the evidence?

How was it collected?

When was it collected?

When and how was it analyzed and distributed?

Why?—for all those prior questions.

Posted in Politics Education

Hello Black People, Don’t Endorse Hillary or Bernie so Fast

Hello Black People,

Many of you are beyond your late twenties and still you are acting like dunces, going to war with your social media friends in debates over Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. This is politics! These politicians are going to drink wine and eat cheesecake when the election is over. But here you are, demonizing each other and fighting like pigs over who is the best choice to deliver black people from American terrorisms.

Among Bernie’s supporters, it seems settled that the Clintons are users (and they really are!). But question: what has Bernie promised to do to save black lives? Don’t tell me about his voting record! I care about what he will do in the future—and whether his promises are possible.

Has Bernie Sanders presented any specific plans about how he will end police terrorisms against black bodies? Has he put forward any specific plans about how he will galvanize congressional support to end the profiteering practices of the private prison industries? Has Bernie put forward any specific plans about how he will guarantee that schools with children of color have access to the same quality of instruction and technologies as schools in white districts?

Breaking up the big banks is fine; but, Bernie, do you have any idea how you are going to break up the police culture so that black families won’t have to bury a son and daughter every day due to police terrorism?

So many of us are campaigning and battling for Bernie and we have no idea about how Bernie is going to deliver. In fact, Bernie hasn’t even promised to deliver anything. Bernie is merely saying what is wrong with the U.S. and what idealistically needs to be done. He is filled with ideas–OMG, he is gifted with ideas—but this good man lacks vision about how to implement his ideas.

Concerning civil rights issues, Bernie is saying what every 7-year-old kid is already talking about on playgrounds. That police needs to stop killing black people. That whites need to stop discriminating against black people. That black schools need good classrooms like those of white kids. (Did I miss a few things?) Bernie’s only difference from the 7-year-olds is that he sounds more like an ideologue—just like high schoolers excited to discover a new piece of knowledge—and there they are, always debating the value of feminism, capitalism, Marxism, and so forth.

What worries me is that too many of us are so used to picking from bad choices that we are incapable of just waiting—raising questions while we wait, negotiating, and demanding. All we are doing is rushing to endorse either Bernie or Hillary—selling our value before we know what we will receive. In the process, we insult and end old friendships over battles concerning Hillary’s and Bernie’s goals.

Tell me, what will Bernie or Hillary do to address police terrorism on black lives? What steps will they take to guarantee passage of such strategies and potential bills in a currently divisive political atmosphere? Notice that during all presidential debates, neither Bernie nor Hillary articulated a plan to address America’s terrorisms on black bodies. In fact, when it came to national security issues and the economy, they provided clear historical details of problem areas and sites. They diagnosed the urgencies of those issues. They followed up with proposals and options to remedy the problem-consequences. Also consider how these sections of the debates were long. But when it came to equal treatment for people of color, these sections of the debates were usually short and rushed—in the same way that black lives are taken down speedily by police guns, ineffective public defenders, a prison industry, and lack of opportunities in an inequitable economic environment. And the answers ob both candidates were idealistic—far from putting forward specifics.

Clearly, the black vote has been purchased with political chicanery—articulations of idealism that cannot be challenged during their presidencies, because they didn’t provide any specific steps that could be held accountable. Neither did any of these candidates informed the moderators to spend more time discussing racism in the U.S. because they really are not passionate about black lives.

Why does the black community forget so easily? Why do we sell our voices, our writings, our passions, or decisions, our social media activities, and endorsements so hastily? Have we forgotten that Bernie had no tolerance for protests concerning black lives? Do we forget his counteracting resentment and anger towards protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement (even though I opposed the protestors’ aggressive strategy at the time)? Have we forgotten that his answer to the protesters was that he supports black rights all his life but that police terrorism is not a problem that can be fixed in reasonable time? Bernie was really telling the protestors to get the fuck out of his way and stop demanding the impossible.

But Bernie has since changed, and now wants America to understand that black lives should matter. But when did Bernie become so new and different—so suddenly passionate about our lives—after sitting so many years in the Congress and doing nothing except for voting on a few civil rights bills and claiming that such a voting record gives him credibility?

I ain’t no cheap bitch! A few votes are not enough to buy me. I need to see the history of Bernie’s passion on issues that respect and save lives like mine. If that does not exist, I need to hear him present a comprehensive proposal that will address my needs—at least one—that ensures my body and breath will be safe from police terrorism. Furthermore, in the last debate, Bernie’s response about why the black community is more hyped-up over Clinton shows that he doesn’t consider black lives as American lives.

“When the African American community becomes familiar with my congressional record and with our agenda, and with our views on the economy, and criminal justice,” Bernie explained, “just as the general population has become more supportive, so will the African American community, so will the Latino community. We have the momentum, we’re on a path to a victory.”

I take it that Bernie doesn’t consider the African American of Latino community as part of the “general population.” Blacks and Latinos are alien in the U.S. That is Bernie’s deepest view. They don’t belong here.

Bernie’s response tells us who he is. Why shouldn’t we believe him? Instead, even with this knowledge, many black persons think that Bernie is the new Moses who will lead them across the Red Sea. Like all politicians, both Hillary and Bernie are playing games with the black community. So where the fuck are our bats and soccer balls, and our tennis rackets and basketballs? Why shouldn’t we play and try to win this game too—get the best outcomes for our lives? Instead of playing, why are we speeding to endorse and even taking up amour to cut down those who oppose Bernie or Hillary? Our weakness is so clear that even Donald Trump is now catching on to the old game of the Democratic Party. Trump has been reminding us that he is going to get most of the black votes.

Posted in Politics Education, Race Matters

I Love Black People—l really Do

Lately I have been feeling really proud about how black people have been standing in their truths while using social media technologies to resist the violent knowledges, fashions, bodies, and “opportunities” of dominant cultures. In the past, I never understood why someone would say, “I am black and proud” in the same way I wouldn’t want to say “I am a man and proud” or “I am a human and proud.” Now, however, I understand.

My frequent travels abroad have raised my consciousness about my blackness, leaving me empowered and powerful. This, for instance, happens in moments when I see a black person in a non-black foreign space or inside an airport and they look at me. The look is one that another black person can understand. It’s an unspoken communication that says, “I know you are black and I love seeing you in this space where there are so few of us.” The communication is part of a global black lingua that has rejected strategies used to globally terrorize and divide black people and black culture.

To survive this global assault, blackness wept, endured, and cultivated a distinguished characteristic that defines and unites its diaspora: LOVE.

Diaspora love connects black bodes, thoughts, gestures, and silences, waves, Hi’s, and quick gazes in foreign spaces. Today, for instance, two men stopped me in the street of Santo Domingo and said, “I am Haitian. Are you from America?” They shook my hands and smiled as I answered, “Yes.”

Immediately, we began chatting like old pals. Global love gave us permission to be familiar without abusing the familiarity. The men gave me their account about the current racial tensions in the Dominican Republic. What seemed clear from their account was that Haitians are a persecuted race in the Dominican Republic, always under scrutiny based on the quality of their attire and how they speak.

Two weeks ago in Mexico City while I was on a tour of the pyramids, I saw a dark skin Mexican boy at one of the pyramids. His mother came over to me and asked if I could take a picture with her son. The boy then took my hand without permission, examined my tattoos, and shyly laughed. His expression of familiar made my day. Simple things like the encounter the Dominican Republic and Mexico have been creating the memories I need to remain purposefully alive.

Yes, some persons correctly say that race—blackness—is a social construct. I agree. But I must add that this construction is now an existing architecture—a reality: psychological, cultural, economical, political, and physical reality. Given the diversities of this reality, blackness matters in multiple ways.

Blackness is being in love with an untamable, radical, passion. It is a deep intimacy with myself and others, knowing I am a part of a genealogy that has given me certain linguistics, body languages, dead and living bodies, and psychologies that transcend geographies. Importantly, too, blackness is a tradition that affirms itself through global, Diaspora, love.

Of course, there is no perfect love story.  Yet, I feel the need in this moment just to celebrate blackness, black identity, black bodies, black movements, black activisms, black solidarities, and black affirmation. My celebration provides no room for critics, doubters, and logicians. Room only exists for people who feel the language I am trying to acknowledge.

You cannot feel if you don’t have the gift of feeling. It is a living language because it carries the weight of joy in identity, history, and community–and it speaks from the emotional, psychological, and delivered zones of consciousness.

I really love black people because I know they love me too.

 

Posted in Race Matters

A Small Place — My View

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid–If only we could have more works like this: bold, not politically correct, honest, and unedited in many ways. I haven’t read her other works yet, but I bet that she no longer writes in this bold way. She would be opened to too many attacks from members of the intellegencia who are looking for writers to adhere to a certain writing template. That wouldn’t do well for her career as a writer.

And by the way, I think it is a grave misreading of the book to just say Kincaid is angry. Sure, she is angry, but her anger is controlled, and that is what drives the substance, scope, and content of the text. Additionally, there is a lot of humor in the anger. So if one is to say it is an angry text, one should be opened to hearing it is also a humorous text.

While I enjoy this work (and it is my second reading—my first was in undergraduate), I would caution persons who solely celebrate it as a radical production, since there are many aspects within the text in which Kincaid glorifies the very imperialism she condemns. To take a case in point, look no further than her mockery of Antiguans who fail to speak the standard variety of English (an imperializing variety of colonial England, I might say). So writing, Kincaid dares to use this standard variety of English to represent Antiguan history yet frowns upon the popular registers and variety of their English tongue.

To be noted is that Kincaid’s condescending tone towards Antiguans emerges from her own access to privilege—her exposure, education, and security within the United States. At points, she positions herself as the only educated person, gazing upon an island of dunces. It also seems as if she forgets she is Antiguan. Yes, she sounds like a tourist too? And how funny, because she is critical of the tourist industry!

What could have created Kincaid’s alienation from her country and the people whom she writes about as if they are her research objects? It certainly is her distance as an emigrant, but one can also blame it on her inadvertent alliance with the fashions of imperialism. (I make no mistake in saying “alliance.”)

I should remind you that my ability to critique Kincaid’s own imperialist fashions is due to knowledges produced after Kincaid published the book in 1988. That is to say, let’s cut Kincaid some slack! Furthermore, I prefer a bold work that risks vulnerability to criticism than a dull, pretentious ass-kissing piece of writing. Thus, I think Kincaid’s book borders brilliance.

Which means that, before condemning Kincaid, it’s useful to acknowledge that she takes a risk by writing a politically incorrect narrative about the political, architectural, and psychological Antigua. She talks about the history of the architecture and the government’s failure to attend to dilapidated ruins. She identifies corrupt political leaders, profiteering governmental strategies, and violence that have been strangling Antiguans. She notes that, though small, Antigua houses the extensive legacies of colonialism, and it is a popular resort for tourists who fail to understand that their tourist status should be psychologically deconstructed. For why do they only want to be around Antiguans whenever they are looking for a retreat from the boredom and ruins of their lives? IN other words, who is a tourist? Kincaid forces us to begin thinking, a economic savior, a warm visitor, or an scornful exploiter? Kincaid’s analysis of these visitors and other aspects of Antiguan culture is captured by the title of the text, which accounts for a web of histories of the colonial and imperialist worlds that Antiguans and those interested in Antigua cannot escape.

Posted in Reviews

Donald Trump Will Win the Next Election – Why?

Like Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump is performing. The problem is that too many of us have failed to realize that all the presidential contenders are performing. We show more resentment towards the one who most honestly reveals his truth in his performance. What Donald Trump is saying about immigrants and his lack of empathy for Black lives and other people of color reflect the way millions of Americans feel. Most Americans however keep quiet out of fear of being labeled racist.

We must also observe that Trump is running the election in the same way he ran Celebrity Apprentice. Trump produced the rules of the Apprentice. He was the judge. His contestants were successful based upon how much drama and battle they brought into the boardroom. The similarity of the Apprentice’s boardroom and Trump’s presidential campaign is that American states are now the boardroom. Americans are the judges, hungry for drama and battle in their living rooms and on their smart phones. Trump is the contestant who will give them exactly what he does best.

No doubt, Trump knows the rules of winning the game. He is therefore most poised to manipulate the judges (voters), most of who aren’t really smart voters. Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, and others don’t know how to play outside of the traditionally polite rules of American politics. That is why they will lose. Until political analysts and voters begin to realize that Trump is imagining American states in the way he imagines Celebrity Apprentice’s boardroom, Trump will continue to surge towards winning the 2016 presidential election.

Posted in Politics Education, Race Matters

Wonderful Summer 2015

I am having a wonderful summer—one of the best. It seems to be getting better every year. I met my literature-reading, foreign language, and health goals. Sometime this week, I will return home, ready to map out new goals for the rest of the year. That includes paying more attention to my eating lifestyle, growing my confidence, passing the Orals Exam (one that requires I read around 100 books), continuing with language development, and researching career/s professionalization strategies.

I list my journey because I hope to remind many of you to take note of your success; and never take for granted that you are happy. You deserve to be happy and you have made a lot of sacrifices to earn your happiness. So go ahead and speak to yourself about the things you should celebrate!

And for those of you who feel that things are not happening for you because nobody is helping you. I would encourage you to begin to accept a reality: you have to help yourself! Don’t depend upon family, lover, or friends to carry your boat! That is the world we live in, baby! You have to do for yourself.

People will rush to help you only when they believe you are going somewhere. Time is precious and nobody wants to waste time pushing a boat that is going to sink a few kilometers down the river. What is in it for them? You better believe that is the question even your own papas and mamas ask themselves quietly.

Some of you might ask—but how do I begin and I have no money?

Can you read and write? Obviously! Because you have made it this far in this piece of writing. Additionally, if you have Internet access, get on the information highway, read-read, and research-research your way into success. Every bit of knowledge is on the Internet for free these days. And people are there ready, not to help you, but to work with you. Bring something to the table and people will work with you: bring knowledge! No, I don’t believe school is for every brilliant knowledgeable person.

In a nutshell, celebrate your small successes, map out new goals, embrace a self-reliant attitude towards life, take care of your physical and emotional self, and go hard (really hard) after your dreams.

Posted in Life Talk

When Black Affirmation Becomes Stifling

I hear a lot of black people using the increasing visibility of crimes against black people as reason to demonize white people. They think their ways of thinking are enlightened, progressive, consciously black, and self-affirmative. I would encourage you to rethink this strategy. What you need is not to dog all white people; what you really need is to become successful while maintaining your integrity. To believe that the only people who will support and celebrate your goals are black people is downright stupid or naive.

Ever since I arrived in the United States many years ago, the people who have been equally supportive of my goals in the most dedicated ways include white people. My emphasis is that you would benefit from realizing that help and love can come from anyone regardless of race. So stop caging yourself in a “black box.” That will only make you resentful of white people and you will not know how to conduct yourself in diverse spaces where success opportunities reside.

Now, there are some people who will disagree with this—but all you have to do is look at their life and ask yourself—do their lives model the kind of success I find distinguished? Of course you should continue to criticize white institutionalism, but to act as though the black community is all a lovey-dovey space where all affirm each other’s identities and goals is too stupid. That sort of action will get you nowhere but into spaces of frustration.

In fact, in the same way that you fluently decode and identify white institutionalism, you should be able to decode and identify black institutionalism. Some aspects of white solidarity reflect white institutionalism and racism. In the same way, some aspects of black solidarity pattern black institutionalism and racism. To say that whiteness is institutionalized but not blackness reflects a deep seethed ignorance and hypocrisy. What you need to resist, therefore, is the institutionalization of our own identities. You should resist lifestyles and ways of thinking that only make you comfortable with understanding and surviving in racially singular spaces.

To be successful in this world—and success here includes having peace with how you think about the world and its peoples—you must accept that the worst people in your life will also include black people, not just the people of other races. Equally, some of the greatest persons are among Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, and others. Critique the racialized world but resist the urge to live it.

 

Posted in Politics Education, Race Matters

Black Lives Matter, Stop Bullying Bernie Sanders

It’s one thing to protest; it’s another thing to intimidate. The recent response of a couple members of Black Lives Matter is an outright intimidatory tactic. And I wonder why this is done to Bernie Sanders and not to other political candidates like Hilary Clinton. Is this sexism…? And why hasn’t Barack Obama being targeted in the same way? Obama has been president for close to 7 years–why haven’t his events been disrupted? Is this racism…? Attack the white man when it comes to race, but leave the do-nothing black president alone? the era of open season on white men only? still the era of leave the white women for now because they are busy dealing with white feminism?

Of course, many white men deserve it, but why is the banging stopping at their doors? Barack Obama has been one of the worst presidents in recent history when it comes to addressing civil rights for black people; yet he gets a free pass, and the intimidation is only unleashed on a white man who has a long shot at being president–a white man who has always spoken and voted in favor of black civil rights. Isn’t this just outrageous!? Intimidate the ally; stay far from the others!

Indeed, I understand the frustration about increasing bleeding black bodies, but now I am wondering whether these disrupters were paid to tarnish the movement’s reputation; how much were they paid? And do they—or should we–call this public performance activist work? Or could it be some bullies who are trying to get some media attention so they can increase their social media following?! Hello!—like y’all don’t know how it’s done dirty–actively nasty-activists filthy–these days!!!!

What is civil rights activism? is a question that we need to ponder; because more and more it seems that the marketed idea of what is activism is not moving beyond the activities of getting arrested, blocking traffic, holding placards, singing Christian songs, screaming, and praying in the streets to the media-god, and getting outrageous enough to get a space in godly news medium.

Of course all that is good, but it is time to identify and validate the many existing counter and complimentary forms of civil rights activist works? People who are doing things with their lives–accessing careers that are traditionally occupied by privilege white people–are they activists, or do they need to hold a placard and take it to the streets first?

A black woman who is studying Mandarin in order to understand Chinese culture and some day open opportunities that combine Afro and Chinese heritages–is that activism or does she need to get arrested first?

The media’s swiftness to broadcast and give media celebrity status to a very limited scope of activist work destroys the character of what is activist diversity. Too often civil rights activism is only presented as a site with bullies, loud talkers, rebellious bodies, placard holders, street marchers, and police confronters–a site that accommodates them in the name of radicalism that is often narrowly focussed: it’s radical, not because it is strategically smart; it’s radical because it breaks the rules!

Have mercy upon us, wisdom! O wisdom, where are you?! For in these spaces, activism is presented as only what is visible–absolutely ignoring the labors of the invisible. Thus, the public as a collective is never trained to imagine diverse ways to produce change and to recognize diverse activist allies and opponents. At the individual level, too, persons are starved of confidence, creativity, and education that could be used to empower themselves. –You see why I am sick and tired of the Left these days!

Posted in Politics Education, Race Matters

Dreams Can Still Occur

Apart from blood and bones, what makes most of us similar are the daily struggles we face, not just to stay alive, but to live in peace and with purpose by fulfilling dreams. Under the persistent scarring by struggles, many of us collapse by inner defeated thoughts, some rise to walk again, some are still paralyzed, others have gone too soon. And there are those who continue to wonder—should I still linger here? What’s the purpose of life, and of my life? Those who read these words and bear witness, and consequently feel a tingle of hope, know they must continue to survive with smiles because dreams can still occur.

Dreams can still occur! Dreams can still occur! Doesn’t it sound clichéd? What is so new about this statement that has been circulated in life and above the graves of millions? The answer I have is that dreams can still occur, and we must receive this thought daily: Creatively receive it in the same way we creatively produce art, talk, and business strategies.

It is the consistent production and re-production, the persistency of circulation and re-circulation, the presentation and re-presentation to ourselves of this old thought—Dreams can still occur–that will continue to give us the fuel to smile throughout our life as we tackle purposefulness and dreams.

Now we know or acknowledge that we have been the greatest artist, daily, creatively, molding our thoughts to live in peace with joyfulness. That we now know or remember, we will consciously tap into our creativity as we shape and liberate that old thought: dreams can still occur!

Posted in Life Talk

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