Speaking & Teaching
"Self-belief can defeat any of your current life obstacles. All you need to do is understand solutions or successes don't come overnight. The barriers weren't built overnight so you cannot expect them to be erased overnight. The pitfalls of life maybe pressing down on me but my brilliant brain continues to maximize its energy and creative juices. I will not be denied my newly set goals will be achieved. God has shown me my vision of accomplishment. This new path that I have undertaken is righteous and just. I will be like a strongly rooted bending oaktree facing the winds of anger. I may bend slightly but my trunk will not break. I may lose leaves and branches but I will withstand those negative forces that challenge me. You see no matter what the circumstances seem to reveal to others around me. I have seen another brightly illuminating path with calming winds and fair weather that will overcome these challenges to be overcome. This my personal decree, so it is said, so shall it be written and achieved. Feel free to make it yours today and set your course to a different path in life."#joesmokethoughts #thebattlecontinues #agemakesnodifference
"First, let’s understand this Alabama’s new abortion law is unconstitutional as it doesn’t meet the legal requirements of Roe v. Wade. The state of Alabama is simply providing state cases that will force the SCOTUS to reconsider the Roe v Wade judicial mandate which authorizes a woman’s right to choose. We shouldn’t be concerned about Alabama’s new law because it cannot be implemented without going through the federal judicial appeal process. What we should, however, be concerned about is giving 4 more years to the current President. He can and will totally remake the SCOTUS which could legalize insane state laws like this one from Alabama and other southern states. Americans allowed the election of this President because a majority of our citizens refused to go to the polls. If we allow the same thing to happen in 2020 it could be disastrous to our civil and social rights for generations to come. The issue of States Rights once torn this nation asunder when the South wanted the institution of slavery expanded and protected. History has a way of repeating itself. So it is imperative that we understand the power of a single vote and use that vote to change the course of this nation. You see, America is currently off course and only its citizens involved and committed to change can get it back on the tracks towards progress."#blackthoughts
"“It’s hard to imagine that the 65th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Brown decision is coming this week. The fact that public schools are more segregated now than in 1954 is appalling, disgusting, disgraceful, and absolutely indicative of a country that has failed to confront the issue of racial equality. This nation’s leadership has done less to solve the issues of racial inequities that are prevalent in the schools populated by a majority of black students throughout this nation no matter the geographical region these schools are located. If the NAACP had hindsight or foresight to analyze the Supreme Court’s decision. You have to wonder if they would have utilized Dr. Derrick Bell’s alternative universe and demanded that separate was equal, rather than striving for an integrated solution which has been an absolute failure in public schools. This nation has never accepted integration or racial equality. So, the push for integration was a strategy that hasn’t panned out. The goal of demanding in 1953 a planned maximum influx of cash to bring a balanced system of two distinct racial systems was the best choice. Our black communities gave up so much to integrate and gained absolutely little economically and educationally. These are my provoked thoughts tonight almost 65 years from the day when our ancestors felt we won a miraculous right of educational and civil rights. Only to be tricked by a white society bent in keeping its foot on the throats of the black less fortunate.”Joe Smoke Black Thoughts
The Black Blogger Looks At Reparations From Another Perspective:
Our Black Ancestors Were On America's Southern Shorelines Before The Jamestown Landing
We Need To Take the Wool From Our Eyes Black America We Were Here First
Reparations Don't Begin At Slavery They Begin With A Stolen Nation
Read my blog today about my thoughts on our stolen history, our stolen land, and how to interpret the true nature of white imperialist thievery. While many Black Americans are focused on nonsense that is created by a nation sworn to keep us distracted. The wool continues to be pulled over our black collective eyes. OK, let me use that damn Bill Cosby him again. He may now be imprisoned for allegedly raping women after drugging them. However, before that Dr. Bill was going around this country telling us that pulling up our pants would solve our problems. He called it the Poundcake speech and many, many people clamored to hear Dr. Bill's solution to black community progression.
Just pull up your freaking pants young black man or be forever condemned to the outer sphere of craziness. Well, now our black communities are still languishing and the fifteen minutes of focuses on Bill’s sexual plight are gone. I think Dr. Bill should've changed the focus of that speech from pants being pulled up to our land being stolen. I mean Dr. Bill is one of the most intellectual black men in our community. If he had spoken from our level of true solutions just maybe Dr. Bill would've had more black community support when he really needed it. That railroad train of injustice that captured Dr. Bill would have been derailed even before it started. If Dr. Bill would've said look at these obvious facts almost 98% of the enslaved 4,000,000 blacks were below the Mason Dixon Line. The skin tones of those blacks were the same skin tone as the people Magellan described in the 15th Century. All the historical markers say that southern Indians were not red-skinned but were of dark ebony skin. Dr. Bill could've started the true cause of black reparations not just from slavery but from the standpoint of stolen lands.
Today's political reality is that every democratic candidate running for the presidency in 2020 must address the issue of reparations due to the institutional oppressive system of enforced slavery. We, our black community has even created a moniker for the movement ADOS. Which either can mean African Descendents Of Slavery or American Descendents of Slavery. Well, how about Black Native Americans Descendents Who Land Was Stolen. Black Americans continue to ignore the reality of what really matters to us; in terms of having real cultural connections to a land that was stolen from us almost 500 years ago. What land do you ask, Brother Hall, what land? We Black African Americans came here all bundled up like sardines in the belly of ships from the shores of western Africa, didn’t we? Of that truism is what every historian of any consequence has told us, whether they were black or white it seems. Every history book discusses the cycling disgusting system of all of our ancestors were stolen away from the African continent. I am not going to argue that a great percentage of our ancestors weren't stolen from Africa. I am however going to say that a significant percentage of our ancestors were already here. That makes the argument for reparations far more compelling if you also add the 250 years of enforced slavery, along with another 100 years of racialized oppressive conditions that mirrored another type of slavery.
That is why when we have these discussions we as a collective community are historically informed. That is why rather than Dr. Bill tell our young black brothers to pull up their pants, or telling our young black sisters to respect the hemline of their skirts. Dr. Bill should've been telling them to research our history and demand our fair share of this American economic pie. It is said that history is the key to understanding one’s self-identity. History defines who you are, we are, and why we are the way we are. So if that is indeed the case. We had better understand the magnitude of our brothers and sisters continuing to adopt false history rather than claiming the true story of our black historical genesis.
You heard before, it’s so damn hard to believe, we were indeed here first. This morning I heard it from the lips of one Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he wailed we are refugees in our own land. Yes, you heard it correctly Dr. King indicated that black Americans aren’t African Americans, but part of this nation's original peoples who were encountered by those savage Europeans. Those Europeans then proceeded to blitzed our ancestors land and resources without a neer' bit of human sympathy or care. Those people of fair skin took what was rightfully our ancestors and made it their own. They haven't paid one damn penny in penance for the viciousness we as black people endured since they have been here.
I can now only believe what is placed in front of me that is different from what those fair skinned historians want me to believe. Rather then Bill Cosby telling our communities to pull up their pants maybe Bill should have added and pull that wool from over your black eyes. For if we indeed were here and I now believe we were. We who have sacrificed so much of what we had stolen and have gotten back so damn little for that sacrifice. While our red brothers were almost exterminated off the face of the earth. The black Americans and I use that term loosely because what was this nation before it was America? The land was a collective group of tribes and communities definitely not America. A collective group of black brothers and sisters who welcomed these invaders on to their lands thinking the best and getting the worst.
Those same black brothers and sisters were worked into the ground, enslaved, whipped, shipped, and devoured by the hatred extolled by those of the fairer skin. Then as if that wasn’t enough damage. Those of fairer skin created the mythology of every one of our black ancestors coming across the Atlantic Ocean on slave ships and then being bartered by those of fairer skin. Of course, they also added the reprehensible breeding story which made it all the more appalling. Those fair skinned people stole was what great from us that endured us to this savagery. They stole every single solidarity bit our damn history. Yet, what is done in darkness does indeed eventually come to light. The footprints of our ancestors are now being uncovered and questions are now being asked.
The wool of history’s injustice continues to be pulled over our eyes evermore. Some black Americans find decency in the story given to us that every one of our black ancestors came to America in the bellies of slave ships covered in feces and piss of themselves and others. I simply do not find that appealing one damn bit. Our peoples were stronger mentally than that folks. They were mentally strong but just too damn trusting of those of the fairer skin. Hell, before they knew it wham, bam, thank you, mam. They and their black sisters and brothers were shipped to other parts of a nation already there own. They were force fed a religion that endured and taught them that living in hell now would provide them with a life in heaven after death. This all done while little by little building the BIG LIE that we as a majority of black brothers and sisters all believe today. Don’t get mad at this post it was only intended to inform and reflect on truisms. It surely wasn’t met to spread any hatred or continue that lie. Hell, most of White America most likely believe the African story anyway because it is the only story those who know the truth want to be told. Yet little by little, inch by incredible inch, the real story is unfolding and soon that wool over our eyes will indeed be transparent.
Then every one of us will have to make a decision.