Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Savant's Words

One sociologist, I believe Orlando Patterson, said that Blacks are extraordinarily economically challenged, and yet perhaps the most creative force in the popular culture of America, if not the world. Certainly, in music the cultural creativity of our people is virtually beyond debate. Moreover, it is from the MASSES of Black people in America that most of our creativity arises. Spirituals, gospel, blues, jazz, rhythm 'n blues, soul, neo-soul and hip hop are mainly the cultural creations of the Black masses--those "low class, ignorant ghetto Negroes" who so many whites (and some privileged Blacks) are so contemptuous of. It was also their spiritual strength which sustained the freedom Movement which won the rights so many of us now take for granted, and which a threatened by racist and reactionary forces in US society (including the Supine Court). Hats off to the creative Black masses. May you rise up, live and prosper, my beloved brothers and sisters.



Duh, Kip's point is so SIMPLE it's amazing that even you fail to see it. Of course, no one should do crimes. The point is that when a white does it, he or she alone are held liable. But a Black does it, the whole PEOPLE are held responsible. Moreover, the white racist perceptions are so deep that Blacks are even perceived to be guilty whether they are or not. I know that blacks of your sort, those utterly enamored of whiteness don't like to hear this. But the word for what Kip is talking about is called WHITE RACISM. It's deeply rooted it affects even the perceptions of many Black people themselves.



LOL! This is another example of Freddy's obtuseness. He says I'd be afraid to venture North St. Louis. Have anyone SEEN any episodes of THE WIRE? I GREW UP in those parts of Baltimore. I even KNOW some of the persons in the episode who actually are from parts of East Bmore where I grew up, and where most of my kindred in Bmore still live. And that fool thinks I'm afraid of St. Louis. I've "ventured " into southside Chicago. I've venture into Harlem more than once. I've lived in North and West Philly with relatives. And he thinks I'm afraid of St. Louis? What a stupid goose he is. Now he quotes some whites who say that their prejudices began to diminish when they met Blacks in their clubs, on their own grounds. That's commendable if true. A progressive transformation of society will be much more difficult if not impossible unless SOME whites are on board. Fortunately, some are. White racism has been perhaps the greatest obstacle not only to the achievement of racial justice, but for the achievement of economic justice. I'm even pleased that an old Fox News clown that Bill O'Reilly received a stunning discovery when he entered an Afro-American restaurant, when he saw the place was clean, that we use forks and spoons, and that we actually sit at tables rather swinging from chandeliers. Nonetheless, all the progress in white consciousness hasn't prevented fascist pig cops from slaying black men, women and children and being exonerated by reactionary courts. It has stopped cops in Baltimore from brutalizing and even killing Blacks (children included) be they Black Americans, West Indians or Africans. West Indians and Africans have been killed by fascist pig cops in NYC, Bmore, Philly, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C and numerous other places. Abner Louima's Haitian background didn't stop NYC pig cops from violated him with a broomstick. Amadou Diallo's African background didn't stop pigs from shooting him and turning his body into swiss cheese with all those shots. If I remember correctly, the cops got off after committing those atrocities also. So, it is refreshing to know that some whites are re-appraising their attitudes towards Blacks. What they need to see is that anti-Black racism which sanction police violence against communities of color also helps to keep poor and working class whites in subjection as well. And it is especially those whites who move from a re-evaluation of their attitudes, or even sympathy for the Black struggle, to SOLIDARITY in our COMMON struggle against racism, police terror, poverty and exploitation, who most deserve to be honored. I would say of them, in the words of Tom Paine, they "deserve the love and thanks of man and woman."


Interestingly enough, I've come across a good number of Black and Hispanic officers have complained about the de facto and even UNDISGUISED racism within the official bureaucracy of many big city police. I know of some who've gotten in trouble for attempted to expose or file complaints about police racist misconduct--abuses that are a matter of POLICY---not merely the "attitudes" or misconduct of a bad or "rogue" cop here or there.
Of course, Black cops and Latin cops CAN and often do play a repressive role. We forget that even in South Africa during the late 80s, about 40% of the police in that monstrous regime were Black Africans--which didn't make the system less racist any more than Jewish capos made Nazi system less racist and anti-Semitic.
People have to reject the silly notions (like Freddy's) that racism is just a "state of mind", or that (as Nikki naively believes) police abuse is a matter of "good" cops as against "bad" cops. Things are not that simple. The police as an INSTITUTION is severely flawed (as are most other major institutions in our society), and what's needed is a STRUCTURAL analysis of the institution and measures informed by that re-appraisal and analysis. At least the beginnings of such a new approach is evident among young people in the new insurgencies and movements against police brutality and repression.



I wouldn't pay much attention to people like Mekushe. He may or may not even be an African, and the whole purpose of this thread is to start a quarrel between Africans and American Blacks. Also, I have worked with Blacks from Africa, and worked with some in advancing the struggle against Apartheid. Don't be so naïve as to believe that Africans as whole share his prejudices.


Monday, March 2, 2015

X: Malcolm's Final Years

Sister Trojan Pam's New Words in 2015

@ Alicia

I believe part of the reason is black people do not understand the system we are in and we have not overcome our slave mindset.

Another reason is we talk big game about black empowerment but most of us do not support other black people OR black businesses UNLESS it involves alcohol (bars) and eating (storefront restaurants).

As far as having more black media that takes MONEY from SPONSORS and most of us are not in a position to advertise on black media because

1) we squander what little resources we have on material things and bad hobbies, like gambling, drugging, and lottery playing
2) we do not own enough black businesses to support even ONE TV network as the sponsors of it. There are more black churches in america than black businesses.
3) we do not like each other enough to TRULY support black entrepreneurial efforts. In fact, we are more likely to sabotage it due to our own insecurities and jealousies and anti-blackness

Now, some will think my answer is harsh but can they honestly say that black people support each other? I believe there are those who do but they are NOT the majority

Until we reduce/eliminate our anti-blackness nothing will change for us.

-Trojan Pam


@ Courtney H.

I agree, we are under relentless attack and I think we are FEELING it but instead of moving us to protect our communities and families it has driven us DEEPER into DENIAL and anti-blackness, as though, by throwing each other under the white bus, we will somehow be provided more safety.

I also heard that one of the states (I forget which) is proposing legislation to take food stamps from anyone who is using drugs. What people fail to think about (in my opinion) is WHO is BRINGING the drugs into our communities? And frankly, I strongly suspect that if being drug-free was a requirement for employment or benefits that the House AND the Senate and the White House, and most state and city legislature bodies and corporate offices would be be vacant.

This entire nation is drug addicted, be it alcohol, reefer, hard drugs, prescription drugs or sexual addictions and perversions. And the majority of people who would suffer from a loss of food stamps are CHILDREN.

We have to be very, very suspicious of any blanket attacks on poor people, because the REAL target is ALWAYS us. Always. And to see so many black people, many of who, I bet are struggling with their own mental issues, come down so hard on drug-addicted soon-to-be mothers who could be facing hard time for an illness, is frankly, sickening.

Thanks for providing the links, I’ll check them out.

-Trojan Pam


@ Kushite Prince

I heard about it and it is just more brainwashed “black celebrities” being used to promote more ant-blackness.

That is why I maintain that the WORST BLACK ROLE MODELS are black people in the public eye. That includes black POLITICIANS (many of who throw black people under the bus on a regular basis and you know who I’m talking about), and black ENTERTAINERS who pretty much include the first category.

My premise is ANYTHING a black person is given a mike and speaks into a camera nine time of nine and a half

they are talking bad about another black person OR black people in general.

I want all of you to think about the black people who have been given mikes and camera time on mainstream media and listen to what they are saying WHEN they are talking about black people.

you will find that most of the time it is negative.

we need to stop uplifting black politicians, preachers and entertainers to our children before we produce ANOTHER generation of low-self-esteemed, anti-black and self-hating black people.

-Trojan Pam


@ Timothy

You’re right. For me neo liberal and neo conservative all amount to the SAME thing, only one type of deception is preferred over another and it forces the oppressed populations to “choose”

There is only one kind of political system and that is the system of white supremacy and because most black people do not know this, they fall for the voting schemes and “first black” this and that, thinking we are making a “change”

remember that slogan from the 2008 Presidential campaign? “Change you can believe in” ?

The only thing that changed were the FACES and COMPLEXIONS of the puppets on the stage.

And this Little League team of talented black boys are getting their first tastes of what it means to be black under a system of white supremacy despite all the black people in high places with fancy “titles”

-Trojan Pam


@ Alicia

Thanks for sharing your observations. I have noticed this, too, that the pressure on blacks in corporate environments is to be anti-black and that includes the way black males and females interact with each other.

White people are ALWAYS watching and I KNOW most black people can feel this scrutiny whether we admit it or not. Our behavior changes whenever they come around and we need to be honest about this

Add the braintrashing by the media that makes it appear that black males are better off without black females and vice versa and you have the perfect recipe for massive anti-blackness

which is what we see happening today.

-Trojan Pam


@ Yolee

I completely understand why BW would consider dating non-black males given the current state of BM/BF relationships

However, the purpose of my blog is to help bring black people TOGETHER not to find new ways and rationalizations to drive us apart.

Whether we like it or not our SURVIVAL as individuals depends on our STRENGTH as a GROUP

why do you think the white supremacy system is working overtime to drive us apart? To convince us to date and marry and sex anybody but another black person? to demonize dark skinned black females so the black male will not want to continue his genotype and literally will breed himself out of existence?

Why do you think this is happening at the same time oppression is increasing against black people? Rising unemployment, police brutality, closing black schools and pushing black people out of areas we have lived in for decades?

And yet our response is to separate ourselves even further? And who will we ask to save us?

Hispanics? Asians? Indians? Whites?


and that is one reason they are building economic bases right here in america while black people are building…

Multimillion-dollar CHURCHES to grandstand in

Even though we can’t employ ourselves and have few viable businesses that can hire other black people

I don’t know what else to tell you…

-Trojan Pam

@ Shanequa

I agree

and this is where I weigh in as far as what black women CAN and SHOULD do.

first, accept we can’t control anyone but ourselves. we can’t make men love us but we can do more to learn to love ourselves.

you are absolutely right. Black females MAKE and BREAK many a black male (and female’s) career because WE are the ones who turn BM into “sex symbols”

white women turn their OWN white male stars into their sex symbols. They have NEVER raised a black male to the level of a Tom Cruise or Richard Gere or George Clooney sex symbol status. NEVER.

and if it wasn’t for the black female fans supporting their careers most black male entertainers, especially actors would be working in an office somewhere

we must learn to exercise what power we have and that is the POWER OF NOT SPENDING OUR MONEY AND TIME WHERE IT IS NOT RESPECTED OR APPRECIATED>

I do NOT support many black entertainers who degrade and dismiss us– and that includes black female entertainers.

Because if we continue to support them, it is the same thing as saying we don’t care about being respected.

I hope everyone reading this post will stay away from Will SMith’s new movie. I mean, why would a conscious black male or female want to trash their brains with those images? I don’t get it.

-Trojan Pam


@ The OriginalBlackWoman13

I have to admit this is a huge part of my frustration

that the first person most black males — young AND old turn to when in need are black females — momma, grandmomma, sister, auntie, the neighbor down the block, girlfriend, wife, etc

While the white, Asian, and other non-black females could care less about the collective struggles of black males. They might care about the one they’re sleeping with as long as he giving them sex but even when it comes to the children they have with black males, I have CONSISTENTLY seen a detachment regarding those children.

In fact, on one of the black reality TV shows, one of the women with a white mother said her mother had NEVER ONCE said she loved her.

My point is, black females are often taken for granted and used shamelessly by some of the same black males who profess their love of “variety” AKA “non-black females”

but when that ship has sailed and moved on without them, who do they come running back to looking for help, or a shoulder to lean on?

black females.

I have seen this time and time and time and time again and am fast moving toward the point where I think we– as black females — will have to be more selective about those we offer aid and comfort to.

-Trojan Pam


@ Mariama

It is all we know. We were taken from everything that made us a people. Our language, history, culture, religion, food, even our children and families were stripped from us and this condition lasted over 400 YEARS.

At the end of the most horrific and LONGEST human HOLOCAUST in recent history, we were forced into total dependency after slavery was allegedly abolished (it wasn’t)

Every attempt we’ve made to have some independence has been sabotaged (remember ‘Black Wall Street’? and the Black Codes and Jim Crow and legalized segregation?

And after we rose up as a population and said “Enough!” during the 60s instead of real equality we were forced fed integration and told that the only way we could be “equal” was to imitate and assimilate with whites and we bought it because we didn’t know that it would make independence and self-sufficiency impossible to achieve — but our enemies knew and that’s why they sold us on integration because the most skilled warriors keep their friends close and their enemies CLOSER

Even as I write these blog posts I realize I am sick, too, and that I’m still fighting the desire to get that white validation and approval because it was programmed into my head from the time I was a small child. So, I do understand why so many are confused but unfortunately, our survival depends on us breaking the chains of white validation before we can do anything that even comes close to respecting ourselves as black people.

-Trojan Pam


@ Alicia

Interracial sex is a HUGE part of the issue. That is why this blog is called RACISM IS WHITE SUPREMACY.

What do we think that means? That black people are under a system of white domination which makes our lives AND our relationships very difficult.

If you believe the above is true, how can having sex with a white person who BENEFITS from your oppression help FREE you from your oppression?

In fact, what we are doing when we have sex with whites under the system of white domination we are making that system STRONGER and that is why the white media promotes sex between blacks and whites ALL while increasing the mistreatment of black people.

Try to imagine you are in a war with another group and they are winning the war.

Would a SANE group of people have sex with the same people who are waging war on them and expect to win the war? Of course not.

The problem, as I see it is too many black people are uncomfortable with taking a firm stand against racism other than to just “talk” about it.

But when it comes to making personal sacrifices–even something as small as staying out of the wrong beds–we balk and start to backpedal. We don’t want to do the work.

And I’m not addressing this at you personally but in my experience as soon as someone asks black people to DO something different OR make any kind of sacrifice, like not going to see a movie that degrades us, many of us suddenly lose interest.

And I’m not excluding myself because I am definitely NOT doing all I can do to fight this problem.

But the one thing I know will NOT help is REWARDING white people with my precious body (sex) while the system of white oppression still exists. I know that much.

I have watched many, many black people do the interracial “thing” and become more confused, more SELF-HATING and more contemptuous of OTHER black people–and I have seen very few exceptions.

In addition, the offspring of these relationships are usually confused and conflicted over their identity, for example, Tiger Woods, who has a non-white (Asian) mother and he apparently wants NOTHING to do with his black side or with black women. He’s not even interested in ASIAN women

I know of a young “black” female with an Asian mother and a black father who views black people as “aliens”

which says to me that black people must be careful NOT to be naive about dating and marrying other “non-whites”

Hispanic and Asian and Indian etc communities do NOT welcome black people as one of their own. They do NOT support our businesses and do NOT join in our fights against white oppression, so what kind of “unity” can we build with them? Not much, I suspect.

Yet we tell ourselves we can date whoever we want and still effectively eliminate our oppression? I must be missing something…

Black people today are engaging in more interracial sex openly than at any time in our history YET we are losing ground and own fewer businesses and produce fewer marriages and families than we did DURING segregation when interracial sex was strongly discouraged.

That should TELL us something, I would think

You mentioned something about “losing consciousness” but how is it possible to hold on to any real sense of consciousness if black people are “talking black” and “sleeping white?” And in a society where “white beauty” is the standard for ALL men, including black men, how can the black female expect to operate on a level playing field? Due to the economic and educational and political and sexual wars being waged against us, of course we’re going to have more dysfunctional families, which includes young black females making bad choices due to a poor living environment, poor role modeling, horrible TV images and being made to feel inadequate as girls and women.

So, we’ll have to agree to disagree because I wholeheartedly believe that there IS something wrong with black people being so “open” to dating outside their race WHILE AT THE SAME TIME bemoaning the lack of black unity. It doesn’t make sense to me and seems like a gross contradiction

Of course, black people have the right to date whoever just like we have the right to jump off a cliff

however, when WE hit rock bottom we need to remember that we made the CHOICE to do it.

-Trojan Pam

Friday, February 27, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Extra Conscious Words

And I will be there in solidarity with the rest my more conscious contemporaries. And we will have your back as elders like Eddy Conway and Angela Davis have had ours. It may be, and it is certainly my hope, that in your generation we will see the formation of a new movement that will make the 1960s look like a Sunday picnic.



One really sad irony of history is that Barack Obama MIGHT have become the equivalent of FDR, but didn't; this was partly due to his own errors, and partly to the obstruction of his right wing enemies. it would be unreasonable to expect an American president (in our backward political system) to be another Paul Robeson, King or Debs. You cannot be a revolutionary in high office. But he might have been a militant progressive reformer, a fighting liberal. Too bad that didn't happen. So, it's back to the streets. By the way, Timothy posted a link to an article by the International Socialist Review called "Black Lives Matter: A New Movement Takes Shape." He posted it to me, I believe, in the thread: REVOLUTIONARIES IN AA FORUM: ARE THERE ANY? It is interesting that some of the 1960s tendencies which you surely recall are re-appearing in new forms.



This past Spring saw the final release of Marshall Eddy Conway, former leader of the Baltimore Black Panther Party, from 44 years of imprisonment. I finally met him in person in May of last year. He's still strong and still committed even though in his mid-to late 60s. I had spoken to him on the phone while he was still incarcerated. I had not met him before he and other Panthers were arrested. But then, we were kids when the Panthers happened. When I met him this past spring Eddy greeted me warmly "So, you're the passionate young professor whom I've been talking to and hearing about." I was deeply impressed that his spirit was unbroken after spending TWICE the amount of time in prison as did Nelson Mandela under the fascistic regime in South Africa. Since one can only give what one had I expressed my joy in his release and gave him a copy of my book on Martin Luther King, Jr--a philosophical work which I wouldn't mind sharing with you (privately, of course). My mom, who ws deeply shaken up by Dr. King's assassination, became an avid supporter of the Black Panther Party. Even today one can find old Panther literature in her home. I once told Eddy during a phone conversation during his incarceration that though I was too young to be active in the 1960, I would keep and pass down the legacy of struggle to the next generation. It was largely with that in mind that I chose the teaching profession. Heaven knows it wasn't the money! LOL! I am still committed to strengthening and bequeathing that legacy of struggle to you as it was bequeathed unto to me by the courageous sisters and brothers of the 1960s. And I simply will not quit until we either win or die.



Like I said, people like freddy are just along for the ride. We've more important matters to concern ourselves with. I think we're entering what Angela Davis described to a large gathering of our students as "an historical moment," a point in time which we could see the resurgence of popular democratic and progressive movement such as has not been possible since the 1960s or 1930s. And as Angela indicated to our students (back in 2013) we must PREPARE for the historical moment or the opportunity for change will pass us by for heaven knows how long. I like what Angela said to a young brother in the audience who said that "we don't have leaders like you, and our generation doesn't have people like Martin or Malcolm X." Sister Angela said: "COMMIT YOURSELF, young brother. Work with like-minded fellow students and community people to effectuate change. And if you've prepared yourself, then maybe YOU will a spokesman for the new movement." Now that's why I love sister Angela even when I disagree with her. Unlike some of our elders (and of, course, I'm YOUR elder), she has faith in the younger generation. "BE the change, brother. And YOU might be one of the leaders of a movement to transform society" she said. It seems that you're one millennial brother who is doing just that. There are others. So,, I am optimistic. Cautious, but optimistic. We CAN win!



Great article, my brother. I'm in my office and printing this out now. Will share it with colleagues an students, especially students in the Philosophy and History clubs. And a new student activist group that surfaced on campus in reply to the killings by cops and subsequent exonerations



These "Black Hebrew Israelites" and "New" Panthers are essentially irrelevant. Movements, at least any with popular support, are happening elsewhere. As for the "new Black Panthers" they tried to upstage the community during the time of the Trayvon Martin affair. But both Martin's family and the Black community REJECTED them. I ask about REVOLUTIONARIES, and you post info on these reactionaries. Later for them.



Great! Now this is the kind of conversation I hoped to elicit when I started this thread quite some time ago. We need to begin talking more about what we WANT, what we want ended, and what we want begun. And we need to become DREAMERS and VISIONARIES again. We must begin again to ENVISION a better world, a new kind of society which we will forge with our own hands, a society in which the human person can fully flower in all his or her manifold potentialities. A world in human dignity and happiness will become the universally recognized birthright of every man, woman and child on earth. That is what our forbears were REALLY fighting for in the 1960s. That is the quest that we must carry forth. FREEDOM RISING!!!


If this place were a REAL African American Forum it would have been ablaze during the summer of 2013 (and beyond) with discussion of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act o 1965. It would be ablaze now with discussion of he challenges to the Fair Housing bill of 1968 now before the Supreme Court. Especially as we're in the 50th anniversary of the Selma campaign for voting rights---and the second years since the gutting of the Voting Rights Bill by the Supine Court---there should be all kinds of discussions on this matter. Young brothers like Timothy should be talking with older brothers and sisters who came up in that era about the significance of what's happening. We should be talking about how we're going to defend these rights and work to save the future for our children. The wave of police violence against Black communities has gotten attention, and evoked activism in real time among our people and sympathetic non-Black allies. An AA forum should be a place where these forces can meet, discuss and talk strategy. And what of the relationship between rising economic inequality and growing police violence in Black, Latin and poor communities? This should certainly be discussed. Or the prison industrial complex so incisively critiqued by Michelle Alexander and Angela Y. Davis? We reportedly have more sisters and brothers in prison today than ever---more Black men in prison than were in slavery 160 years ago. Economic dislocation which dislocates families and communities (which also leads to more crime), racist police violence, mass incarceration, the undermining of our hard won rights and liberties, hunger and homeless, and the mental erosion of consumerism and mass entertainment (with even "news" becoming increasingly a circus of amusement)--these are all vital issues, issues of life and death. Sorry to burst anyone's bubble: But whether or not you want to marry a Black man or woman is hardly a matter of great historical importance. It has little relevance to the burning issues of our times. And as long as you are obsessed with this, YOU will have no relevance either. No we need a forum which addresses more vital matters.



Blacks in a real AA Forum: Let's be honest. A good number of Black people would probably not be able to be part of a REAL AA Forum. Why? African-American or not, a forum is still a forum. One of the definitions of the forum found in Webster Dictionary is "a meeting place for DISCUSSION of matters of PUBLIC INTEREST or a means through which such discussion can be conducted." (This old dictionary, copyright 1997, mentions newspapers but not the internet as an example of a "means" by which discussion can be conducted. But it's possible applicability to the internet is obvious). Another definition : "a discussion of a public issue or other SERIOUS topic." Well, unfortunately, many of our black sisters and brothers in this so-called AA Forum are either unwilling or unable to discuss matters of public concern or any serious topic in a serious way. Either they're unable to discuss a serious topic, or unable to do so in a serious way. Like the racists who demean us, like Obama noted regarding his idiotic adversaries on the Right, many of our people mistake name-calling for debate, and substitute insult for argument. And as I discovered not long after discovering AA Forum by accident about seven years ago, there is an INCESSANT focus on personal relations and (especially) INTERRACIAL relationships. I don't know that I'd say these are not important issues, but they're mainly addressed in trivial ways. Ways that are both trivial and hateful. And they are obsessively focused upon to the virtual exclusion of nearly all other issues. Many Blacks here can't talk about much else, and what they do talk about is shallow. Now a REAL AA Forum would address a wide range of issues, of which interpersonal relations (IR or not) would be but ONE. And while discussions and debates might at times get heated--we humans are not emotionless robots--emotionali sm would not be allowed to displace reason. Passion would not displace thought. Which is not to say that debates and discussions wouldn't often be quite PASSIONATE. But they would definitely be a high level of seriousness and reason. Many black people in this so-called AA forum would probably not be up to that level of participation. Ironically, there are SOME white people who might make better participants than some of our fellow Blacks.



What difference does it make whether your cousin complains or where he works. Police violence and misconduct are more widespread in America than in most other countries, including some that are bona fide police states. And a disproportionate amount of that violence is directed at Black and Brown Americans. That's a reality that has been recognized not only by most people in the Black community, but also by the UN, Amnesty International, ACLU and various other human rights groups. At the same time there are attacks even on historically achieved civil rights advances, including the 2013 Supine Court abrogation of the enforcement provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and now the challenging by Republican reactionaries before the Supine Court of the Fair Housing Bill of 1968 (signed just a few days after Dr. King's assassination). That you and your kindred are complacently adjusted to the status quo is your affair. But Black people--indeed ALL people--with a modicum of self-respect and social consciousness feel a moral obligation to resist these many-sided social wrongs. Those who are satisfied are just along for the ride.