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I came across this video and just want to share. Nabil Abdul Rashid says what I and many others have been thinking and saying. The use of basic critical thinking skills and intelligent thoughts shown in this video to refute the opinion of a popular historian are just incredible. He discusses the prejudice that society has against black culture. Society sees certain negative acts as being specific to the entire black population and disregards those same acts as being universal regardless of the color of someones skin.
This particular historian, David Starkey, in 2011 during the England riots claims ‘whites have become black” because they are acting out violently. He blames Jamaican immigrants for “intruding” on English culture and hip-hop for promoting rioting. Of course no one in their right mind would belive that before the riots white people across the globe were never violent until black people started to influence them. Violence is a human behavior regardless of color of skin. I wont say that there isn’t behavior specific to different cultures and there are certain meaningless acts we attribute to certain cultures based on race. Black people have rhythm, they can dance and always talking back to the movie screen. White people wear flip flops in freezing cold weather and always run towards danger to “investigate” (which I find to be so true but hey its just an opinion). Regardless of how true these statements may be at the end of the day we are all human with the same genes and same potential to display the same behaviors. Race is always thrown out first as a reason for someones action instead of looking at class and privilege. Ignoring social and economic factors in terms of behavior is deceiving.
Simply put-Read books. Know your own history, tell your story before someone else tries to. Challenge and question.
Please enjoy and feel free to share your opinion.
This morning I would have been up at 5:30 am to get ready to go to school. Instead I slept in, had a great breakfast and completed a few chores. It is nice to have a long weekend from time to time but this holiday doesn’t mean much more to me. In fact, the principle behind this holiday is disheartening. Each year on the second Monday of October, Christopher Columbus and his invasion in the West is celebrated as a federal holiday. Some school districts, federal institutions and banks are closed for Columbus Day. Though memorialized for the first time in 1972 in New York City, Columbus day became a federal holiday under President Roosevelt. We really need to rethink this day and which honors the tragic and brutal annihilation of the indigenous people who were “so called” discovered.
Below is a link for the Native America Rights Fund. This is a non profit that provides assistance for tribes, individuals and organizations. They also post information about events and ways to donate.
Last night my sister came over and told us about a group she has been running with called Black Girls Run. She demanded that we wake up early to meet her at the starting point by 7 a.m. I like to sleep in on the weekends but not this morning. My mother woke up around 5:45 a.m. and I was up just a few minutes after. (She is visiting for a few weeks. YEAY!) We got our sweats on and grabbed some fruit. Then jumped in the car and met the other ladies in the running group. The air was brisk, the roads were clear and we were in a half sleep state awaiting our 3 mile run. Which at 7 in the morning seems like 300 miles. Especially since none of us had worked out in a while. Upon arrival we noticed my sister followed by about 50 other cars that filled the parking lot. Then it was time to run. Just before receiving our route I counted approximately 75 (black girls). It was so amazing to see so many beautiful women of all ages gathered to run this Saturday morning. We hit the pavement together then branched off to our 3, 5 and 7 miles journeys to fitness. Within one hour all of us had completed our respective runs. I completed 3 miles. As we gathered to cheer each other on at the finish line a huge 18 wheeler passed by, blowing his loud Mack truck horn and threw up the peace sign… a sign of respect to the sweaty sistahs. What a great way to start the day! To find out more information about Black Girls Run check out their blog at http://www.blackgirlsrun.com
If you are in the Atlanta area check out the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/groups/BlackGirlsRUNAtlanta/
Here’s to your health!
Occupy Wall Street was formed to draw attention to the role powerful financial interests played in wreaking havoc on America’s economy. “The participation of every person, and every organization, that has an interest in returning the US back into the hands of its individual citizens is required.”
Occupy Wall Street is a “leaderless resistance movement” orchestrated through Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools. The Twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and #TakeWallStreet lit up with coordination messages and solidarity tweets.
OCCUPY THE PLANET!!!
Look at the links below and join your city’s occupation movement and take back your freedom! And remember to keep it peaceful. Viva la rEVOLution!
@OccupyBaltimore (Baltimore, MD)
@Occupybuffalo (Buffalo, NY)
@OccupyBGM (Binghamton, NY)
@OccupyUtica (Utica, NY)
@OccupyIthaca (Ithaca, NY)
@occupyhrva (Hampton Roads, VA)
@OccupyPhilly (Philadelphia, PA)
@OccupyRichmond (Richmond, VA)
@OccupyKSt (Washington, DC)
@OccupyNewark (Newark, NJ)
@OccupyProv (Providence, RI)
@occupypitt (Pittsburgh, PA)
@OCCUPY_ALBANYNY (Albany, NY)
@OccupyMaine (Portland, ME)
@OccupyNewHaven (New Haven, CT)
@OccupyHartford (Hartford, CT)
@OccupyMadison (Madison, WI)
@OccupyCincy (Cincinnati, OH)
@OccupyMilwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)
@occupygreenbay (Green Bay, WI)
@occupywichita (Wichita, KS)
@OccupyMpls (Minneapolis, MN)
@OccupyCleveland (Cleveland, OH)
@OccupySTL (St. Louis, MO)
@OccupyAppleton (Appleton, WI)
@OccupyCOMO (Columbus, MO)
@OccupyIndy (Indianapolis, IN)
@OccupyFortWayne (Fort Wayne, IN)
@OccupyOsu (Oklahoma State University)
@OccupyYoungstow (Youngstown, OH)
@OccupyTulsa (Tulsa, OK)
@OccupyToledo (Toledo, OH)
@OccupyIowa (Des Moines, IA)
@OccupyDetroit21 (Detroit, MI)
@OccupyStJoseph (St. Joseph,MO)
@OccupyLexKy (Lexington, KY)
@OccupyLou (Louisville, KY)
@OccupyBham (Birmingham, AL)
@OccupyCharlotte (Charlotte, NC)
@OccupyRaleigh (Raleigh, NC)
@OWSAtlanta (Atlanta, GA)
@Occupy_N_GA_now (Northern Georgia)
@occupycolumbus (Columbus, GA)
@OccupySavannah (Savannah SC)
@OccupyTampa (Tampa, FL)
@OccupyNashville (Nashville, TN)
@OccupyMiami (Miami, FL)
@OccupyJax (Jacksonville, FL)
@OccupyOrlandoFL (Orlando, FL)
@OccupyTallie (Tallahasee, FL)
@OccupyPensacola (Pensacola, FL)
@OccupySarasota (Sarasota, FL)
@OccupyGvilleFL (Gainesville, FL)
@OccupyPSL (Port St. Lucie, FL)
@OccupyAVL (Asheville, NC)
@OccupyNCGBORO (Greensboro, NC)
@OccupySanAnto (San Antonio, TX)
@occupyelpaso (El Paso, TX)
@OccupyClarksvil (Clarksville, TN)
@OccupyCHA (Chattanooga, TN)
@OccupyKnoxville (Knoxville, TN)
@OccupyJackson (Jackson, MS)
@OccupyColumbia (Columbia, SC)
@OccupyFlorence (Florence, SC)
@OccupyHsv (Huntsville, AL)
@OccupySacto (Sacramento, CA)
@OccupyDenver (Denver, CO)
@Occupy_SEATTLE (Seattle, WA)
@OccupyWA (Olympia, WA)
@OccupyTacoma (Tacoma WA)
@OccupySanJose (San Jose, CA)
@OccupySantaCruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
@occupyeugene (Eugene, OR)
@OccupyReno (Reno, NV)
@occupyphoenix (Phoenix, AZ)
@OccupyTucson (Tuscon, AZ)
@OccupyCSU (California State University)
@occupy_slc (Salt Lake City)
@OccupyBurque (Albuquerque, NM)
@OccupySantaFe (Santa Fe, NM)
@OccupyRiverside (Riverside, CA)
@OccupySR (Santa Rosa, CA)
@OccupySpokane (Spokane, WA)
@OccupyToronto (Toronto, ON)
@OccupyVancouver (Vancouver, BC)
@OccupyOttawa (Ottawa, ON)
@OccupyWinnipeg (Winnipeg, MB)
@OccupyVictoria (Victoria, BC)
@OccupyNB (New Brunswick)
@OccupyNS (Halifax, NS)
@OccupyHalifax (Halifax, NS)
@OccupyMontreal (Montreal, QB)
@OccupyYEG (Edmonton, AB)
@OccupyPEI (Prince Edward Island)
@OccupyStAndrews (St. Andrews)
@occupyadam (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
@OccupyDenHaag (The Hague, Netherlands)
@OccupyRotterdam (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
@OccupyParis (Paris, France)
@OccupySwiss (Zurich, Switzerland)
@OccupyDublin (Dublin, Ireland)
@occupybrussels (Brussels, Belgium)
@OccupyFrankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)
@OccupyTijuana (Tijuana, Mexico)
@OccupyBrazil (Brasilia, Brazil)
@OccupyArgentina (Buenos Aires, Argentina
WE ARE THE 99%. CITIZENS AGAINST CORPORATE GREED AND CORRUPTION. OCCUPY THE NATION.
As I got ready to go to sleep I think about how my weekend could have turned out. Then I had a moment where I gave thanks for the little and big things that make me smile. I am so glad to have life and health.
Yesterday the official dedication ceremony for the King memorial was scheduled to occur. However, the potential damage and flights that could have been effected by hurricane Irene were reason enough to postpone the events. On Sunday morning, I would have stopped my alarm clock around 6 a.m. to get ready to go to the mall in Washington, D.C. My father and I planned to attend the ceremony together. We would have arrived there no later that 8 am and I would have had my parasol, hand fan and camera. READY! I just knew I was going to make it and witness an awesome service. On Friday, I was notified that my flights were cancelled. I was a bit disappointed but decided I would change my departure and arrivals. Then my aunt who lives in Washington, D.C. sent a text stating that the service was cancelled. But I didn’t believe it because I was too excited to go. So I prepared myself to start packing. Shortly after, my father called about the weather alerts and his concerns about me traveling. I started to look up articles and as soon as I saw “postponed” my heart dropped. I was devastated. Only because I worked myself up for months about going to D.C. to witness the dedication. This project had been in the works for the last 15 years I was told and it was ready for the world to see. President Barack Obama and Aretha Franklin were going to be there. How could the official dedication be postponed? I took a moment to digest the new information.
I got over the disappointment and am happy I stayed away from the north. Had I gone I probably would have been stuck there for a few days or had a miserable time with the power outages and fast winds. I know that this happened the way it was supposed to and now that the monument is open to the public I can go visit whenever I choose. I can’t wait to make that trip.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1964 (Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech)
Yesterday the memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was opened to the public on the mall in Washington, D.C.
WOW!!! I can’t believe it! I knew for some months that the event would come but it is finally here. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend today but I will be there Sunday along with the anticipated 300,000 people. I’m just so excited!! Dr. King is the only African American and non president to be honored in this way. Furthermore, there is no more space on the mall for any other monuments of this stature to my knowledge. I will give you all an update when I return. There will be musical tributes before and after along with a speech from President Barack Obama. If you are in the area and can attend here is a link with some pertinent information and FAQ’s regarding the dedication service which will be held on Sunday, August 28th. http://www.dedicatethedream.org/site/c.4nJHJQPoEiKWE/b.7629861/k.8321/Dedication_FAQs.htm
Rebel Artistry is sending condolences and blessings to the family and friends of the victims of the Norway shooting and bombing. Please take some time out of your day to say a prayer or speak positive words of peace for the lives lost.
We are also sending prayers and support for the crisis in the horn of Africa. This famine currently affects 4.5 million people in Ethiopia, 3.6 million people in Kenya, 80,000 in Djibouti, and almost 3 million in Somalia. Somalia is suffering its worst drought in 50 years. Running from conflict, and sick with hunger and thirst, people are fleeing to the borders or the aid camps in Kenya, and many children are dying on the way or too weak to survive once they get there. Please do not turn a blind eye just because it does not directly affect your life.
UNICEF is asking for $31.8 million for relief efforts. This money will help give treatment for women and children with severe malnutrition, access to clean drinking water and vaccinations to prevent deadly diseases like measles and polio. To help UNICEF’s efforts, text “FOOD” to 864233 to donate $10 from the United States or visit the website.
Governments and the international community must address the issues that make people vulnerable in the first place. The food crisis in East Africa, like in many other parts of the world, is the result of recurring long-term problems.Sign a petition asking congress fight poverty and not to cut programs that fight the root causes of world hunger and keep families healthy for the long-term. ONE Petition
While there are still tragedies that occur miracles happen every day. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Accepting that life is hard comes with accepting that you have the responsibility to make it better. Along side words of hope and encouragement your positive actions are needed to change the world.
If you were in Atlanta and did not attend the 19th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam or The 15 Project you missed two monumental events.
Southern Fried was held June 8-11. It is the 2nd largest poetry competition in the nation. As community liaison I had the pleasure of inviting members of local organizations to participate and observe the festivities. Many of the first timers had no idea that Southern Fried was such a huge event and wish it was held in Atlanta each year. Fortunately, this poetry slam is designed to travel from city to city each year so poets and lovers of the art can partake in the festivities all over the country. I enjoyed observing each of the bouts at the four different locations in the Castleberry Hill area. The level of talent and diversity was just incredible. Jam packed days with events such as yoga, children’s workshops, community service, cook out etc made this experience very memorable for the attendees. For some, the Will Bell Tribute made the poetry slam official. 150 poets and 30 teams came from all over to compete for the bragging rights and $7,500. The team winner was Atlanta’s own JavaMonkey. Check out the official page for updates for the 2012 Southern Fried Poetry Slam.
My Top 3 Highlights
1. Sacred Sounds from Tampa, Fl
2. BackTalk from Tallahassee, Fl
3. Singing a Boys II Men song with random participants and volunteers while driving down Fair St in the golf cart .
Many thanks to Paul D, Shadow, Keith Rogers, Bethsheba and all who worked so hard to make this event happen.
Group piece from some of the members of BackTalk