Speaking & Teaching
"Term limits dammit term limits dammit why in the hell is, Charles Grassley, an 88 year man running for his 8th term in the Senate in 2022? Why does an 88 year old woman, Dianne Feinstein, still hold a Senate seat when all her inner circle is aware that her mental faculties are severely impacted due to her age? Why are so many of our supposedly black congressional leaders a day late and a dollar short of acting on the measures that are vital to our black communities across this nation. Of course, we hear the same old lame argument whenever this talk of term limits are discussed by sensible folks feeling change is necessary, seniority, the longer you stay the more powerful you get in terms of being able to conduct business. Both the Senate and the House revolves around seniority and gaining chairmanship of the most important committees, Ways and Means, Intelligence, Appropriations, Armed Services, Agriculture, and Finance. This means staying longer rewards one in gaining one of those plum positions. The major problem with this process in using simply seniority as the deciding factor is that many times the representative holds onto power too long and becomes ineffectual in the position gained simply by staying around the longest. We need to change this process of governing in the legislative branch of our government. Just as we changed the executive branch of government to the limit of 2 terms for the President. No way should anyone serve damn near a 1/2 century of more in a federally elective position. The time for change has passed due, way passed due. The fact that an 88-year-old individual is responsible for impacting laws that will effect change for decades to come should tell you that term limits must be enacted. Where is that Constitutional Amendment? When does it arrive? "#joesmokethoughts
On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. discussed the chief goal of The Poor People’s March in Washington DC it was a demand for the redistribution of wealth, this was a major emphasis of his mountaintop speech prior to his murder the following evening in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel. Dr. King spoke about the check for reparations marked insufficient funds. The check due to the entire black community for the free labor of slavery and the massive injustices and racist tactics that occurred during the century following slavery, the period known as American Jim Crow. America actually paid slave owners $300.00 per slave for slave owners in Washington DC prior to the end of the Civil War. Yet, the United States Government never paid a single dollar to the actual peoples who were enslaved.
History shows that 90% of the Black Community lived under the boot of Jim Crow prior to the start of the Great Migration period between 1916-1975. With so much of the black labor force in the south working as sharecroppers and domestic workers, even the passage of the Social Security Act of 1935 restricted payments to only 21% of southern black people. As a matter of fact, the period of Black Reconstruction was only 12 years between 1865-1877. Those 12 years was the actual amount of time that blacks actually were reserved/protected rights of citizenship by the United States Government. After the Compromise of 1877 which terminated union occupation of the formerly southern slave states. The boots of white oppression in the south lasted for almost another 100 years. American Blacks born in 1975 who are now 46 years old still resided in states with laws that suppressed black civil and judicial rights.
It seems that the only reparations that black families receive are if one of their children, fathers, or mothers is killed but the very forces supposedly are sworn to protect them (i.e Freddie Gray, Laquan McDonald, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, etcetera). So the United States is saying only by being maligned and murdered unjustly by law enforcement do Black Americans receive any reparations. I would think that most black Americans would rather skip that alternative route to reparations? Let the police kill you, then your family gets a check. But if you are killed by the huge influx of deadly weapons in our urban centers, weapons that were pushed into those communities by the American Government, sorry brother man wrong place, wrong time.
There is a whole bunch of silence coming from our black leadership about why we as a people have been unable to build any significant amount of community wealth. So I decided today to pull out a chart click on the link it shows with just the facts. You have many blacks in the nation whose eyes are completely closed to the degree of punishment we as a people have faced in these United States. I actually was one of those individuals thinking that if you work hard enough and put in the efforts, you will be rewarded by this nation. I was made a disbeliever and now I understand that no matter your station in life, no matter the degree of education, no matter what monies you think you have or property you think you own. You are still closer to being Terrence Crutcher, shot like a dog with his hands up, then securing any measure of true justice in this nation if you are black and caught in the wrong situation. If you happen to be caught in the snare of injustice it’s still 1916 and Jim Crow is still alive and kicking.
So I think we need to be reminded as a people that our rights have been trampled far longer than they have been protected. Those rights that are currently being evaporated daily by judges and legislators saying everything is so, so much better for blacks in America today. I’ll take my reparations with a living body, not a bloodied victimized one thank you. America we can negotiate for true justice but the very first item on our list of demands is restitution for the pain our ancestors and our communities have suffered.
"The NFL and the NBA comprise a significant portion of the African American players in both those leagues. Last year it seemed that every team and every black player fashioned the moniker Black Lives Matter. But, in reality, Black Lives Matter didn't or doesn't bridge the economic gap that exists between the black descendants of our enslaved ancestors, as well as our ancestors who were denied the ability to grow generational wealth due to Jim Crow oppression and mass incarceration and the descendants of the white population. The elements of oppression benefited and allowed their ancestors to gain enormous wealth as a result of these tactics of oppression. So, rather than wearing a BLM teeshirt, or a BLM logo on cleats, or putting BLM on basketball courts. Why not change the logo and focus on Black Reparations Matter because that will truly address what is wrong with black communities throughout this nation. Erase black economic deprivation and this nation will go a long way to making Black Lives Matter, repay The Debt now. However, will these players make that slight chance? Because that economic change in strategy will cause a seismic eruption across this nation. #blackreparationsmatter"#theblackblogger