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Commentary: “Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift!” – Paulo Freire. I bank with Chase. As a small business owner, I immediately realized it could have been me. I am drafting a letter to Chase and will express my extreme displeasure. We can’t just talk and complain! Do Something! 😔 – Period, Case-Closed!!
It is amazing to me that a difference of opinion upon subjects that we know nothing with certainty about, should make us hate, persecute, and despise each other. – Robert G. Ingersoll
As an Black male, I go out into the world daily with an understanding of how the world views Black men. My feelings can be best described in the context of the latest murders of two Black men, the one near Baton Rouge, LA. and the other near St. Paul, MN. Whether it is about the hatred, persecution, or loathing of some Whites of Blacks, Heterosexuals of Homosexuals, Men of Women, Jews of Gentiles, Christians of non-believers, etc., etc., I too have found it indeed (borrowing Mr. Ingersoll’s word) – AMAZING!! However, after reading the above excerpt by Ingersoll, I now understand why from a different perspective that it is NOT amazing. We should expect nothing less from so-called humans when the very make-up of their mental faculties are founded upon one’s superiority and another’s inferiority. How ’bout that?! Period, Case-Closed!
“I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power. This is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn’t mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self-defense. I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” – Malcolm X (1925-1965)
“I don’t even call it violence when it’s self-defense, I call it intelligence.” This speaks to where I am at this point in my life. I am certainly about peace. However, I don’t care who you are, don’t come for me! Don’t hit me, ’cause I will hit you back! Does not the rattlesnake warn you in plenty of time, “don’t step on me?!” Period, Case-Closed!
We talk about how racism is ultimately based on the falsehood that humanity is biologically divided into separate “races”, each with distinct characteristics. From the beginning of our work, we have maintained that “race” is a concept created by humans and not a biological reality. – Barbara Hacker, Retired Teacher
Maybe we should start there, center the conversation around the word “human”. If all the holy books are correct, the creator created “humans”. My christian tradition taught me that in the beginning there was one man and one woman. If this is true, we all then, are truly brother’s and sisters. So again, I recommend we start from the place that we are all – Human. Hopefully the uppity, pompous, and pious (most of us if not all) will be silenced. That our so-called truths will be cast into the deepest corners of space ever to be forgotten. One of us is lying, maybe all of us. As such, we need to throw away the traditions and start ova! Particularly as we celebrate Independence Day. The question that begs to be answered in the context of this post is, “Independence from what?!” – Period, Case-Closed!
Until every soul is freely permitted to investigate every book, and creed, and dogma for itself, the world cannot be free. – Robert G. Ingersoll
It seems America’s founding fathers understood this “at a level”. In the Declaration of Independence they stated, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal.” On the one level, this is what they said, but their actions were very different. Which leads me to the conclusion, they spoke with forked tongues! So, until we embrace the notion of freely investigating books, creeds, dogmas – ideas, then we will continue to experience the horrors of the last week near St. Paul and Baton Rouge, and now Dallas. Of course this would require that we are brave enough to be silent, listen, and educate ourselves on the experiences of other humans. That might just be it – maybe, we are not human? Period, Case-Closed.
I have the pleasure of knowing someone who went to a furniture store not long ago. Let’s call his name Joseph and the store, Mr. Charlie’s Furniture. Joseph is a Black male. He was searching for a filing cabinet for his office. As he was walking around the store, he overheard a conversation between two men, one Asian and the other Black. They were negotiating the price of an item. It was an interesting and happy exchange. The Asian gentlemen said, “OK, how about $200?”. The Black gentleman paused, and responded, “how about $185?” And so on and so forth. They then decided to toss a coin. The winner would get his stated price. The coin was tossed up, down it came on heads. The winner called heads.
Then the owner walked over to Joseph and said, “Hello sir, how can I help you?” Joseph said, “Oh, I thought you were the customer!” The gentleman responded humbly, “No sir, I’m the owner!” It was the Black man. Joseph immediately understood how that sounded and tried to recant, but did a very poor job of it.
Joseph’s response to this Black store owner has puzzled me. I have not had a chance to share this story with my professors. Do Black people have an internal belief that when out shopping that we assume that the businesses are owned by someone other than a Black person? I’m just thinking out loud. Period, Case-Closed!