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Friday, July 20, 2018


old video
 but appropriate right now. 


Feeling Rebloggy

"The NFL and NFLPA, through recent discussions, have been working on a resolution to the anthem issue," the joint statement said.
"In order to allow this constructive dialogue to continue, we have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA's grievance and on the NFL's anthem policy," it said. "No new rules relating to the anthem will be issued or enforced for the next several weeks while these confidential discussions are ongoing."

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This may be a temporary BLACK LIVES MATTER victory, but it is one. We'll see what happens.


Wednesday, July 18, 2018



feeling rebloggy
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy. In 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation will seek to create appropriate platforms for such engagement.
Nelson Mandela established the Foundation as his post-presidential office in 1999. As he stepped away from public life he gave us a robust social justice mandate in the areas of memory and dialogue. The Mandela Day campaign was introduced in 2009 as a tool for the world to honour him by interpreting his legacy in the contexts of working to meet the needs of local communities.
By any measure Nelson Mandela’s impact, both locally and globally, has been unparalleled. But the unfinished business of his life-work looms large. The South Africa of his dreams remains tantalisingly out of reach. We will use his centenary year to continue working to make these dreams a reality. And we will strive to fulfil his wish that the Foundation become fully sustainable. He initiated our endowment strategy in 2007 during the lead-up to his 90thbirthday. It would be appropriate to complete the endowment in the year of what would have been his 100th birthday.
Madiba’s dreams require us, in 2018 especially, to focus our work around four primary objectives: the eradication of poverty and inequality, the dismantling of structural racism, the building of institutions of democracy, and the broadening of freedom of information. Core programmes at the Foundation underpin each of these objectives. And delivery of online access to his personal archive before the end of the year will support all of them.
No single person, family, institution or country owns the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Ultimately it belongs to everyone who is working for social justice, wherever they are in the world. Our aim in 2018 is to make that legacy more available to those committed to continuing struggles for justice. The future of humanity hinges on these struggles.


Nietzche said, 

"The individual 
has always had to struggle 
to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. 

If you try it, 
you will be lonely often, 
and sometimes frightened.

But no price 
is too high to pay 
for the privilege of owning yourself."

Feeling Rebloggy
GG of All the Many Layers said
There was a time when I had it all wrong. I was an unhappy, confused adult for a long time because I was afraid to challenge the status quo. I compared myself to other people all the time and that's how I determined my self-worth.
I'd think, "Well, at least I'm better off than this person" or "I'll never have it all together like that person." In my mind, "having it all together" was the key to confidence and success and pretty, shiny things. No one could be more surprised than me to find out that the real key to having those things is authenticity.

This realization taught me that the best thing I could do for myself was to start openly acknowledge how much I don't have it all together. 
I started blogging about my clumsy journey towards authentic living... 
I put together a list of 18 compelling reasons to be shameless and uninhibited and passionate about living as authentically as possible.  
  • {2} To attract people in your life who love you for the real you.
  • {4} To inspire people around you to be themselves. 
  • {10}To free your mind up from limitations that aren't real.

Read the rest of the list and the rest of the article here:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


from 2014
According to police, 27-year-old Mary "Unique" Spears, a mother of three, had gone to the American Legion Joe Louis Post No. 375 in Detroit with some friends and relatives following the funeral of another family member. While she was there, the suspect, whose name has not been released, began pestering Spears to give him her phone number. She repeatedly refused, telling him she was engaged, but the man kept persisting.

If she'd gone along and given him the number and he'd raped her, back in 2014, the "good men" that are the gatekeepers of our judicial system would have said she led him on.

#MeToo #TimesUp 



Feeling Rebloggy


NATO is our enemy

The ex-KGB Agent is our friend

Orange Chump doesn't know why Putin would lie...3 days after our intelligence agencies indicted 12 Russians with specific charges

And I'm just covering  Agent Evil Orange's positions over the last week or so

Monday, July 16, 2018


At a joint press conference...Trump on Monday said he believed the “incredibly powerful” denial of election interference by Russian President Vladimir Putin as he raised doubts about the findings from U.S. intelligence.
Agent Evil Orange had the audacity to support Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies just days after Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein announced the indictment of a dozen Russian cyber-spies, where he laid out specific charges. 
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that a grand jury has returned an indictment against 12 intelligence officers in Russia's military spy agency, the GRU.  
The men are identified by name, rank and job description, and Mueller's indictment describes in granular detail when and how they carried out the hack-and-dump scheme.
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This historical event, this U.S. &  Russia joint press conference was an unbelievable farce. 

Having Trump go speak to Putin about Russian interference in United States Elections is like having the jewelry store owner who has been accused of having his own store robbed for the insurance money go interview the thief, then having a joint press conference to discuss their findings of innocence. 
I don't know why anybody thought he'd do anything different. 'I won fair and square against Hillary' was the only thing on the *stable genius's* mind and he didn't care that he had to throw the United States under the bus to say it...again. 

And he low-key threw President Obama under the bus again. He said yadda-yadda-yadda *should have been resolved under the previous president.*

Frankly, I'm surprised he didn't tell the inauguration lie again  (that his inauguration turn out was bigger than President Obama's) 

Do you remember the country singing group, The Dixie Chicks?

I don't know there music at all. But  in 2003 they criticized Bush Jr. for invading Iraq while they were on stage in a foreign country. And the red states went berserk calling them anti-American as a result.

I kid you not. They made the national news for DAYS

And I hear their careers were pretty close to destroyed behind that mess. Know why?  Because southern white folks -- too many of them way too comfortable with the white racists in their midst-- were their base. That is, the bombing of brown folks is always okay with white republicans everywhere but it is especially okay with heavily republican white folks in the south.

But white people are naive about the white racism living inside the white folks living right next door to them. This is why the Dixie Chicks were surprised by the level of vitriol they got from their ex-fans. In fact, they were as surprised as white liberals when they woke up the day after the 2016 election and found out that damn near 60% of white people voted an obvious racist and sexist into the White House.

But the white supremacy is on the other foot now. 
The non-white people that covert white supremacists want stomped live HERE in the United States instead of Iraq this time.

  • That is, the white supremacists had orgasms over the fact that anti-DAPL protesters were stopped by Trump. 
  • They adored Trump for calling Mexicans rapists. His poll numbers went up every time he called them rapists in 2015 and 2016.
  • They love Trump for his attempts to stop high profile black men of the NFL peacefully protesting  BLACK LIVES NOT MATTERING to un-American police all over the United States by kneeling during the national anthem.
  • As for his no-tolerance policy at the border taking immigrant children away from parents and putting in cages? Well...children belonging to "those people" are not innocent according to Trump and not quite human in the Trumpthuglican's eyes anyway. 

So Trump trashing the United States Government while on a stage in Russia is not going to generate the same level of white outrage we saw for Te Dixie Chicks among the 63% of white me and the 53% of white women who voted the white supremacist into the presidency.

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At this point, do you think Trump is going to leave a permanent keloid all the way down the middle of the face of this country no matter what Mueller does or what?

That's what I'm wondering about at this point.

And while I sit here wanting to slap every single body who said there was no difference between the white supremacy of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, I can't wait to see the next two or three Supreme Court Justice appointments. Can you?


Sunday, July 15, 2018


feeling rebloggy

Trellie Jeffers, as quoted by Alice Walker in In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, 1983

“What then can be the destiny of a people that pampers and cherishes the blood of the white slaveholder who maimed and degraded their female ancestor? What can be the future of a class of descendants of slaves that implicitly gives slaveholders greater honor than the African women they enslaved? What can be the end of a class that pretends to honor blackness while secretly despising working class black-skinned women whose faces reveal no trace of white blood?”


Saturday, July 14, 2018

Do Not Move Off The Sidewalk Challenge: Holding Your Space in A White World

 "Last year, I was in the airport on the rolling walkway with clear directions posted before stepping on the sidewalk to ‘stand on the right or walk on the left.’ There was a White man in front of me that disregarded the sign and stood in the middle of the rolling walkway preventing anyone from passing him. 
Behind me, I could hear someone approaching, and I turned around and saw a middle age Black woman walking briskly with her rolling suitcase flying behind her. I pressed myself and my luggage against the side rail to move out of her way and allow her easy access to pass me. She whizzed by me and in front of her was the White man, oblivious that she was behind him and in an apparent rush. 
He never turned around, never moved and never once thought that others behind him might need to pass. While I would like to say the Black woman, leaped over him, luggage in tow in a single bound, she stopped dead in her tracks. She never said a word. She never politely tapped the man on the shoulder to say, “Excuse me, may I get by you?” She just accepted that he was not going to move and for some reason even though she was in an apparent rush, she made a choice not to ask for him to cede the space for her to pass. She waited for the rolling walkway to come to an end, waited for him to saunter off the walkway then immediately took off in a sprint heading towards her gate. That small interaction stayed with me my entire flight...

I am not talking about ordinary, everyday courtesy we extend to others for often apparent reasons....
I am talking about Black people, particularly Black women and People of Color being cognizant of how they navigate throughout spaces making accommodations for White people and White people having an expectation that Black people or People of Color must navigate their bodies to allow White people access in spaces. This is more than someone being rude; this is about White people feeling as if Black bodies should accommodate them in spaces and if we do not, it is seen as the Black person being rude, unpleasant and intimidating..."
I have had to consciously stop myself from moving when a white person, usually a woman, is coming at me while looking right through me. That is, I have literally had white women look me in the face and keep walking without the slightest movement to one side so we can BOTH pass in a limited space.

If I am truly awake and paying attention --and I'm not always-- I either mirror the white person's movements and we bump shoulders OR if she doesn't make an effort to share space, I don't either and we bump shoulders, half-bodies much harder. A white woman damn near fell last month when I just stopped and waited for her to hit me. She barely mumbled an apology but she looked at me like I was a chair that suddenly appeared in her way.

I'd say her mind was elsewhere but this looking right at me and hitting me thing ONLY happens with white people, and mostly white women.

Last week a white man quickly zigzagged past me to get to sales counter to pay for some items when we were both clearly standing on a single line. I didn't make a scene or call him back because I didn't want to go to jail or have to pretend to not see the n-word look on somebody else's face.
The black woman, who had called me to the counter, waited on him instead of me because he was physically blocking me at this point. She looked at me apologetically as she began to ask him for payment. When I got to the counter neither of us said anything because this is our "normal."

I work around black, white, asian, and latino people daily and this pretty much ONLY HAPPENS to me with white people.

And I am not talking about the person who was deep into their own thinking and didn't see me. I'm completely serious when I say I've had white women look me in the face and keep walking toward me as if they cannot see me.

Don't get me wrong. It's not happening every minute. Most white women behave normally. And there are some who go way too far out of their way to hold a door for me, making a production out of it. But the "ignore your existence thing" happens to me too many times per year for it to be anything but racial. The other thing that let's me know this is real and not paranoia is that it's happening to so many other black women too. Years ago, I had another incident that was more blatant when visiting a friend down south.
I moved to one side to let a white woman pass down a narrow aisle in a store. She stood behind her cart pretty much staring me down.  
It took me a minute to understand what was going on. I was actually confused. The look of hatred she was giving me made me wonder if I'd taken her parking spot out in the lot or something. But the intensity of her look finally made it click in my head: stepping to one side wasn't enough. That annoyed look on her face was her wanting me to move -- even though I'd only just moved to that particular location seconds before.  
When I figured out she wasn't going to squeeze to one side in order to pass or say "excuse me" so she could get what she wanted, I straightened out, planted my feet shoulder width. I gave her a slight smile. My friend, with her own cart, was passing behind the woman as this staring contest was going on. When she saw what was going on she froze too, looking at the white woman from behind.  
Never seeing my friend, the white woman sneered and moved off. I went back to looking at whatever I was looking at for approximately 1 minute, maybe even less, than went to catch up with my friend.
The most amazing thing about this story is this: Later I realized that my friend (who is also black) and I never discussed the incident We didn't say anything about the white woman, even though we were alone in the store --except for the clerk and a couple of women at the opposite end of the store. We didn't discuss it in the car either. Later I realized we didn't discuss it because this is our normal as black women. White people expecting us to move and beg and plead for basic acknowledgment is our normal. I handled the woman's stupidity without incident, mostly, so there was nothing to discuss.

But there is something to discuss. We, as black women, need to discuss how we stop moving out of people's way. So I say black women should take this proposal of Hannah's seriously. I am already sort-of doing the "SIDE WALK CHALLENGE."

I am already making an effort to only move as much as the white woman coming at me. I am no longer making the same assumption over and over and over -- that the white woman is just busy in her head and unconscious. I AM assuming that I am NOT being paranoid then further assuming that I deserve the basics of respect.

If we don't make eye contact as we enter limited space, I'll say "excuse me" to wake her up. If that doesn't work -- and it has NOT-WORKED multiple times-- I'll let our shoulders or bodies bump. As I'm a fairly solid person and also mentally prepared to take the blow, she'll fall before I will. So I say, let the games continue. What do you say? BLaCKCHiCKRoCKeD.BLoGSPoT.CoM


If 51% of all men are f*ckbois and another 25% enable them with their silence, how would it make sense for black women in the United States to limit themselves to dating black men ONLY? 

--- especially when black newspapers and white newspapers both will tell you a lot of black men are dead, in jail, etc and just plain missing? 

From 2015:

The book I just read by Brittany Cooper, ELOQUENT RAGE, suggests the gap between available black men and available black women might be closer to double that 17% in the NY Times article...if black women are to marry using the same criteria other women use to marry. 

And other women marry people (mostly men) who are comparable in values, class, income, education level, etc. Studies suggest when these things do not match, marriages are much less likely to last.

Even if remaining black men weren't
  • AT LEAST 75% f*ck-boy + f*ck-boy-enablers
  • PLUS colorism perpetuating 
  • PLUS extra arrogant because they know stable black women far out number them as rarefied stable black men would STILL make all the sense in the world to date outside the race too 

Dating in a patriarchal society is a numbers game. 

And black men understand the numbers game if they don't understand a doggone thing about the patriarchal society they benefit from.

That is, annecdotal evidence suggests that at least half of black men understand that they can bounce without really having made the slightest effort to do half of the emotional work required in a relationship. Apparently a lot of them can sit around like princesses waiting to be pleased. And a lot of black women report that a large percentage of them do just that. 

So black women need to understand the numbers game too. 

This means a black woman should always keep the number of choices she has high so she never even thinks about settling for less when worthwhile black men are not available to date. 

Furthermore, she should make sure every black man she dates KNOWS she has plenty of choices, that he is not "rare" enough for her to be bending over backward to keep him.  

I'm not blaming the victim here. I'm really not. Or maybe I should say, I'm trying not to.

But I really do think that if we stop treating black men with a job like purple unicorns, they'll stop acting like we ought to be clapping and barking like happy seals when they do the basics --only to have them cheat when they get slightly bored.

For too many black men, the knowledge that we are desperate for them to love us is a source of power that they have over us. And we're training young girls to believe in desperation and struggle-love and that betrayal is just part of love.  

This is why one of the most talented, powerful, and beautiful women in the world is doing handstands celebrating the love of a man that was damn near 50 before he got bored of betraying her every 10 seconds. 

That's her choice. But I say she's setting a bad example for young women everywhere -- unless she's had toy-boy on the side herself regularly. And that would still leave her as a bad example of how to conduct yourself when you truly know your self-worth.

Dating is a numbers game.

Black men can be a black woman's preference. And if I were queen of the world with a magic wand, I'd give everyone a psychological tune up and erase old wounds and make sure every black man had a chance of catching a black woman. 

But when the black man who understands what it's like to be black in America and also makes an effort to understand how much more difficult it is to be both black and a woman in America IS NOT AVAILABLE, I want my sisters to give other men a shot at making them happy.

If black men can learn to respect women's issues, then non-black men can learn to respect race issues and women's issues both. It's really a matter of finding someone that's open to learning about your group identity as well as your individual identity. 

A black man has less quantity to learn, since he's already black too. Then again, some black men act like black women aren't really suffering the same racism they are. So I'm going to go back to my bottom line:

Love someone who had things in common with you who is willing to do the work to learn you.

Friday, July 13, 2018


From The Day of The Verdict, 2013

"I was chatting just yesterday about the necessity of educating my 11-year old around race matters in an era that claims to be post-racial and among a generation indifferent to racial complexities. I was wondering whether sharing my viewpoint would unduly harm her sanguine perspective and dampen any hopes that things indeed had changed. 
I guess my face has been rinsed with one final splash of cold water. She and I will need to sit and talk about the realities of race. I'll be the thief who steals from her pocket the innocence of childhood. Maybe, if we're lucky, she'll live to see what I won't see, the realized dream of a post-racial America, in her children or perhaps even her grands.

Or, just maybe and even more likely, she'll be having this same talk with her young ones too."
 - Jonathan C.

I still remember my parents having THE TALK with me when I was a kid. We had just moved to New York City when I was in 1st grade. 

Prior to that I'd gone to kindergarten a mixed race school on a military base in Alaska. As the military had already been integrated for X years. the white people had adjusted (somewhat?). Therefore there had been no reason to give me THE TALK. 

I had an impersonal section of THE TALK when we moved to segregated Texas. My parents had to explain to me why all the kids at my school were black. I say "impersonal" because we were living in a black neighborhood and I was going to a black school and the white people that hated ALL blacks were not going to be there at my school. 

My parents didn't have to have THE TALK in its entirety until we moved to New York City. I was still in first grade. I can't remember the words actually said. I just have a general recollection of being given the news that I would be going to a predominantly white school and that it wasn't going to be like Alaska. (Bussing had recently started) I was told that the white kids there weren't used to black people. I was told that they might fear me and act like they hate me because of my skin color. I was told that I shouldn't really be afraid because the kids wouldn't REALLY know what they were saying. They would just be repeating what their ignorant parents said. 

"Ignorant" was a big word associated with "racism" in our house. I remember vaguely being told what to do if one of my teachers was to verbally attack me in some way. I was told to behave politely and come home and tell my father. He would take care of it. 

I DO remember my reaction to THE TALK. I got the runs immediately. I was scared I was ill most of the weekend. Most of it....but I started to relax because I knew I wouldn't be forced to go to school if I was sick. I confirmed this verbally at least once. I relaxed. And relaxing was my undoing (insert bitter laughter here) I was fine come Monday morning.

At P.S. 209 everything was arranged by height. I was tall, so I wound up in the back of the line and in the back of classroom more often than not. Even if I hadn't been tall, I started at P.S. 209 in the middle of the school year, so I suppose I would have wound up in the very back desk behind Stacy and Judy anyway. 

In 1970 Stacy had long brown wavy hair to the middle of her back. Judy had long thin blond hair to the middle of her back. And that's pretty much all I saw of them for the remainder of the year. They never said hello to me. Ever. They didn't talk to me at all. They made sure their hands didn't touch mine when they had to pass back papers. They made sure their mouths were pursed in distaste every time they had to do so, but I rarely ever saw their faces at all. 

My mother said I used to come home fro school chattering at 100 miles an hour from the second I hit the door. She said she didn't realize that it was because I hadn't spoken to anyone all day...not until much, much later. I don't know if she knows to this day that's why the teachers said I was so "well behaved" and so very, very silent. 

That all took place in 1970. And now, in 2013, Jonathan's post about having to tell his daughter the very same things just made me burst into tears.