Drugs as Weapons Against Us meticulously details how a group of opium-trafficking families came to form an American oligarchy and eventually achieved global dominance. This oligarchy helped fund the Nazi regime and then saved thousands of Nazis to work with the Central Intelligence Agency. CIA operations such as MK-Ultra pushed LSD and other drugs on leftist leaders and left-leaning populations at home and abroad. Evidence supports that this oligarchy further led the United States into its longest-running wars in the ideal areas for opium crops, while also massively funding wars in areas of coca plant abundance for cocaine production under the guise of a “war on drugs” that is actually the use of drugs as a war on us. Drugs as Weapons Against Us tells how scores of undercover U.S. Intelligence agents used drugs in the targeting of leftist leaders from SDS to the Black Panthers, Young Lords, Latin Kings, and the Occupy Movement. It also tells how they particularly targeted leftist musicians, including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, and Tupac Shakur to promote drugs while later murdering them when they started sobering up and taking on more leftist activism. The book further uncovers the evidence that Intelligence agents dosed Paul Robeson with LSD, gave Mick Jagger his first hit of acid, hooked Janis Joplin on amphetamines, as well as manipulating Elvis Presley, Eminem, the Wu Tang Clan, and others.
Malidoma, Speaking on Indigenous People’s Views of ‘Gay’ Men…Though There’s No Word For Love, Gay, or Homosexuality
Malidoma Somé has PhDs. from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University. His name means “be friendly to strangers,” and he is charged by his elders of the Dagara tribe of Burkina Faso.
I don’t know how to put it in terms that are clear enough for an audience that, I think needs as much understanding of this gender issue as people in this country do. But at least among the Dagara people, gender has very little to do with anatomy. It is purely energetic. In that context, a male who is physically male can vibrate female energy, and vice versa. That is where the real gender is. Anatomic differences are simply there to determine who contributes what for the continuity of the tribe. It does not mean, necessarily, that there is a kind of line that divides people on that basis. And this is something that also touches on what has become known here as the “gay” or “homosexual” issue. Again, in the culture that I come from, this is not the issue. These people are looked on, essentially, as people. The whole notion of “gay” does not exist in the indigenous world. That does not mean that there are not people there who feel the way that certain people feel in this culture, that has led to them being referred to as “gay.”
The reason why I’m saying there are no such people is because the gay person is very well integrated into the community, with the functions that delete this whole sexual differentiation of him or her. The gay person is looked at primarily as a “gatekeeper.” The Earth is looked at, from my tribal perspective, as a very, very delicate machine or consciousness, with high vibrational points, which certain people must be guardians of in order for the tribe to keep its continuity with the gods and with the spirits that dwell there. Spirits of this world and spirits of the other worlds. Any person who is at this link between this world and the other world experiences a state of vibrational consciousness which is far higher, and far different, from the one that a normal person would experience. This is what makes a gay person gay. This kind of function is not one that society votes for certain people to fulfill. It is one that people are said to decide on prior to being born. You decide that you will be a gatekeeper before you are born. And it is that decision that provides you with the equipment (Malidoma gestures by circling waist area with hands) that you bring into this world. So when you arrive here you begin to vibrate in a way that Elders can detect as meaning that you are connected with a gateway somewhere. Then they watch you grow, and they watch you act and react, and sooner or later they will follow you to the gateway that you are connected with.
Now, gay people have children. Because they’re fertile, just like normal people. How I got to know that they were gay was because on arriving in this country and seeing the serious issues surrounding gay people, I began to wonder it does not exist in my own country. When I asked one of them, who had taken me to the threshold of the Otherworld, whether he feels sexual attraction towards another man, he jumped back and said, “How do you know that?!” He said, “This is our business as gatekeepers.” And, yet he had a wife and children — no problem, you see.
So to then limit gay people to simple sexual orientation is really the worst harm that can be done to a person. That all he or she is is a sexual person. And, personally, because of the fact that my knowledge of indigenous medicine, ritual, comes from gatekeepers, it’s hard for me to take this position that gay people are the negative breed of a society. No! In a society that is profoundly dysfunctional, what happens is that peoples’ life purposes are taken away, and what is left is this kind of sexual orientation which, in turn, is disturbing to the very society that created it.
Black Men…Seldom Talk About Their Anger…They Need To As Does Kymore Freeman In
His One Man Play, ‘Whites Only’
In the age of tweets and soundbites, candid conversations about white supremacy’s clutch on the lives of people of color rarely occur outside of black circles, perhaps out of fear that white people might be offended. Local activist Kymone Freeman, however, says that forcing Caucasians to confront this elephant in the room will heal the nation and save humanity.
Freeman, a self-described “angry black man in therapy,” plans to make audiences across the D.C. metropolitan area uncomfortable this spring in “Whites Only,” a one-man play in which he reflects on the bitter lessons he learned about white supremacy’s seemingly innocuous yet pervasive reach during his coming of age. Freeman said that while this performance may upset both black and white people alike, he has no qualms about telling the truth.
“I’m doing this for me and my sanity,” said Freeman, program manager at We Act Radio in Southeast. Throughout the month of March, Freeman has performed “Whites Only” for audiences at local Bus Boys & Poets restaurants with the hopes of bringing the play to the Mosaic Theater Company of DC in Northeast later this year.
The March 12 show at the 5th and K Streets location in Northwest attracted nearly two dozen people, three of whom were white. Freeman said that while black audiences have enjoyed his material, he looks forward to the day that he can express his unfiltered thoughts before an all-white crowd.
“I’ve committed my life to telling the lion’s story. I attempt to do that through We Act Radio, testimonies at D.C. council hearings, and in the streets,” said Freeman. “We live in a system that has determined one rule of law for one group of people and one rule of law for another group. Do you think that if black cops were shooting white children that the end result would be the same? No one has answered in affirmation. Our silence is approval of the situation.”
In “Whites Only,” Freeman stands onstage sporting a black shirt with “Don’t Shoot” emblazoned across the front. The two-hour show starts with his plea to guests to understand from where their long-held beliefs and traditions originated. He later regales guests with stories from his adolescence and adulthood while sipping wine.
Each of Freeman’s anecdotes touch on his interaction with family members, friends, employers, and old beaus, with a critique of America serving as the common thread. At times, he holds up a large white sign with a smiley face — representative of what he describes as the façade black men often have to put up in a white-dominated society — drawn in the middle.
Freeman leaves no stone unturned in his assault against American capitalism, the military industrial complex, gentrification, police brutality, and corporate media. Some stories, like one about an argument with a woman who wore weave, drew chuckles. Other stories, like one in which he had to comfort a young woman traumatized by a sexual assault at the hands of a drunk white man brought the room to complete silence. Guests later shook their heads in disbelief as Freeman reminisced about his violent encounters with police officers in Georgetown and Northern Virginia.
“I’ve never said any of this stuff out loud,” Freeman said. “You can’t walk around with all this rage pent up. Writing this play has given me a lot of clarity about what has happened in my life. There’s an empathy that white people don’t feel for black production because they don’t think it’s for them. That’s part of the problem. I think we need to challenge white and black people to be honest with themselves.”
Natalie Molinaro, a white woman from Chevy Chase, Maryland and guest at the March 12 viewing, shared Freeman’s sentiments. Molinaro said that “Whites Only” compelled her to think more deeply about the United States’ race problem and her experiences with white and black people.
“I learned so many facts that made me even angrier about the situation unfolding in this country,” said Molinaro, 19. “I feel a little embarrassed for my race but I don’t represent all white people. I went to a Catholic school in Maryland and had classmates who teased me about being Italian. I have friends who are black, including one who’s from Kenya. People who are racist are behind the times and I didn’t even realize those kind of people existed until I went to college.”
“Whites Only” has already found a fan in Roger Moulden II, a local minister and guest at the recent viewing. Moulden said that hearing Freeman articulate his frustrations as a black man emboldened him to do the same in his life.
“It was phenomenal and liberating to hear the things that I knew in my journey,” Moulden, 27, said. “Kymone broke down how white supremacy’s fascination with monsters comes from white people wanting others to not see them as villains. Everything he said from start to finish caught my attention. It’s important to tell the truth and let the world know that we have a point of view. We’re telling our story,” said Moulden, a Temple Hills, Maryland resident.
Freeman’s newest project comes on the heels of two previous productions and a trip to Cuba in the months after the United States changed its foreign relations status with the island nation. As a founding member of protest group DC Ferguson and frequent guest commentator on TV One’s News One with Roland Martin, Freeman has made a name for himself as an agitator of the status quo.
“I had an opportunity to go on the big stage, do some damage and contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Freeman said. “If this play becomes a financial success, I will become more of a threat to the system but it will take some outside support. People in our community who are interested in seeing something different should come out. People often place a different value on white stuff than black stuff and that’s the white supremacy I’m attacking, not white people.”
2016…Vote ‘Um Out…When They Don’t Do What We Want…
We have a representative democracy in that we vote for people who represent OUR BEST INTEREST, but when they don’t, we can VOTE THEM OUT of office…a vote against patriarchal racism/white supremacy.
A good example if this is the ex-prosecutor Tim McGinty in the Tamir Rice case. He’s been voted out of office because he didn’t bring charges against the officers who murdered Tamir.
Additionally, consequently, the police union officials are saying this is going to bring about CHANGE…because prosecutors are in fear losing their job for not doing their job…a great example of the power of our vote.
Not to mention:
APR 25 2016, 2:13 PM ET
City of Cleveland Settles Tamir Rice Lawsuit for $6 Million
US government should pay reparations to the African-American descendants of slaves, UN committee says
Group says ‘past injustices and crimes against African-Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice’
Friday 29 January 2016
The US government should consider paying reparations to the African-American descendants of slaves, a United Nation working group says.
The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent has released its preliminary recommendations after more than a week of meetings with black Americans from across the country.
The group also recommended establishing a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity.
Chairwoman Professor Mireille Fanon-Mendes France said the committee were “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans”.
She said: “The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”
She compared the recent deaths of unarmed black men likeMichael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of white police officers to the racist lynchings of black men in the South from the post-Civil War era through to the latter half of the 20th century.
Michael Brown, 18, was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014
She said: “Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”
Members of the working group – none of whom are from the US – said they were shocked at some of the injustices many black people in the US faced.
Around 37 per cent of state and federal prisoners were black males in 2014m and according to a recent survey by the US Federal Reserve the median African-American family has around 8 cents in wealth to every dollar held by the median white family.
The working group suggested monuments, markers and memorials be erected in the United States to facilitate dialogue, and “past injustices and crimes against African-Americans need to be addressed with reparatory justice”.
They also suggested an end to racial profiling, mandatory minimum sentencing and solitary confinement in prisons.
Protesters following a grand jury decision not to indict police officers connected with the death of Eric Garner in New York
The US government has never issued an official apology for slavery.
The following year the Senate passed its own bill to apologise for the injustice but neither reached President Obama’s desk as both houses could not agree on the correct wording to stop them becoming liable for future repatriations.
This final battle took place in Vètyè, which is located in Nord, Haiti. The Haitian military, by October 1803, had practically reclaimed the entire land of Ayiti (Haiti) for its Black and original inhabitants. As the Haitian military seized Vètyè, the contemptibly timid French general, Donatien-Marie-Joseph de Vimeur,vicomte de Rochambeau, along with his poltroon White troops surrendered and conceded victory to a group of people who they erroneous thought were inferior.
Batay Vètyè forever changed the economic reality and socio-political development of the world as the capitalist European empires along with the United States had no choice but to abolish the slave trade in hopes of preventing another Haitian Revolution within their own colonial territories.Numerous countries throughout the Americas immediately followed the example of the Haitian Revolution and claimed their sovereignty and independence from European colonial empires.
Furthermore, Napoleon had to relinquish his dream of an American Empire by selling the Louisiana Territory to President Thomas Jefferson of the United States. As a result, the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the United States and augmented its wealth and power. Ultimately, the United States became a major world power as evident in 1815 with the advent of Manifest Destiny and in 1823 with the Monroe Doctrine.
However, by the late 19th century, as had been the case in the late 15th century, Europe again started to look at Africa to power its economic, political, and cultural growth. Thus, by 1885, the European empires devised an upgraded tool of capitalism called imperialism and started to carve Africa for their own economic covet for land, labor, and resource.
At the Berlin Conference, Africa was carved out like a pie and shared among the European countries. As Europe was desecrating Africa, the imperialistic United States by the late 19th century and early 20th century was heavily invested in the Americas as evident in the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915 – 1934.
The machination was uniform: misappropriate foreign land and resources; oppress the Black masses; assassinate Black revolutionary leaders; and brainwash the Black population into cherishing White supremacist values, interests, and principles.
No wonder the Black populace was taught to religiously and idealistically believe in a White savior image and, in many cases, neo-colonial puppet leaders were anointed to represent the people — yet in practice they represent the interests of the White ruling elites.
The system to a large extent exists today in Haiti, the United States, and throughout the global African community. The White ruling class belief system is entrenched in our educational system and deeply established in our psyche.
For example, Western epistemology, from pre-K to the collegiate level, does not infuse the global significance of the Haitian Revolution along with its heroes and heroines into its curriculum and pedagogy. Therefore, when it comes to revolution, power, solidarity, and sovereignty, what are we teaching our children?
Are we teaching the future generation to be masters of their own economic reality and socio-political development with the historical knowledge of resistance, revolution, and triumph?
Or, are they merely taught the fiction that their history reads this way: they were once enslaved and then one day “freed” by an “enlightened” American president?
Malcolm X certainly knew the importance of teaching the story of the Great Haitian Revolution.
On November 17, 1963, Malcolm X was hosted in Paris, France, by the Senegalese Pan-Africanist Alioune Diop, founder of the scholarly Negritude journal Presence Africaine.
Malcolm later in Paris delivered a presentation “The Black Struggle in the United States.” During a Q/A session which was transcribed by Presence Africaine in 1965, Malcolm spoke about the Haitian Revolution by stating:
“Yes, it’s important but it’s even more important for us to be re-established and connected to our roots. Douglass was great. I would rather have been taught about Toussaint Louverture. We need to be taught about who fought, who bled for freedom and made others bleed” (Presence Africaine, p. 22).
His reference was to Frederick Douglass, the legendary Black American abolitionist leader.
Malcolm added that “when you select heroes about which black children ought to be taught, let them be black heroes who have died fighting for the benefit of black people. We never were taught about Christophe or Dessalines. It was the slave revolt in Haiti when slaves, black slaves, had the soldiers of Napoleon tied down and forced him to sell one half of the American continent to the Americans. They don’t teach us that. This is the kind of history we want to learn” (Presence Africaine, p. 23).
Malcolm also added, “it doesn’t take away from him but we’re more interested in what Toussaint did than how he did it because he set up the only black republic in the Western Hemisphere.
The only place where a black man sits in the top chair is in Haiti and that’s because they did it through revolution. In no country has the black man ever come to the top – not even in your so called Socialist, Marxist, and other type of societies have they ever had a black man on top.” (Presence Africaine, pp. 23-24).
As we move towards unity, sovereignty, and power by commemorating the 210th anniversary of Batay Vètyè, let us recall those brave revolutionary fighters, led by JanJak Desalin who conquered the odds that at one point seemed impossible.
On January 1, 1804, global White supremacy was dealt a blow when JanJak Desalin formally established the first successful African Revolution in the Western Hemisphere.
Ayiti was the first Black sovereign republic outside of Africa to defeat a major White global empire.
There are many lessons from that victory for contemporary struggles against injustice.
Professor Patrick Delices is a political analyst/commentator for the Black Star News and the author of “The Digital Economy,” Journal of International Affairs. For nearly a decade, Prof. Delices has taught Africana Studies at Hunter College. He also served as a research fellow for the late Pulitzer Prize recipient, Dr. Manning Marable at Columbia University.
Does Beyonce’ Qualify As A Shero? She Chose The Right Time To Say The Right Thing 2016 Style
Beyoncé unleashes Black Panthers homage at Super Bowl 50
Star makes political statement with dancers posing with raised fists
Beyoncé steals the show: Super Bowl half-time highlights
With references to the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X and the Black Panthers, Beyoncé’s half-time show at the Super Bowl on Sunday might be the most radical political statement from the superstar in her 20-year career.
Backing dancers wearing Black Panther-style berets and clad in black leather were photographed after the performance posing with raised fists evocative of the black power salute.
Snapped backstage, the dancers also held a picture with the slogan “Justice 4 Mario Woods”, who was shot dead last December by police in San Francisco, this year’s Super Bowl host city.
Woods, who was reportedly armed with a knife, was filmed as he was shot dead after being surrounded by about a dozen police officers. A lawyer representing Woods’s family has said he is investigating bringing possible criminal charges, claiming the officers acted like a “firing squad”.
The dancers’ visual homage to the Black Panthers marked 50 years since the formation of the group, which had its roots in Oakland, less than 50 miles from the stadium where the Super Bowl was played.
Black Pride at the Super Bowl? Beyoncé embodies a new political moment
Founded by Huey P Newton and Bobby Seale, the movement was a revolutionary black nationalist organisation and one of the most influential civil rights group of the late 60s, but its connections to illegal activities led then-FBI director J Edgar Hoover to call it “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country”.
Beyoncé was widely tipped to be preparing to make a deeply political statement with her Super Bowl show after releasing a surprise single and video, Formation, on Saturday, which referenced both Hurricane Katrina and the recent mass protests across the US over police killings of unarmed young black men.
The video shows Beyoncé sitting on top of a police car and includes scenes showing a young black boy dancing in front of lines of riot police, who put their hands up, before cutting to a wall of graffiti that reads: “Stop shooting us.”
On Friday, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z announced that he would donate $1.5million (£1m) raised at a charity concert run by his streaming service Tidal last year to the Black Lives Matter movement and other social justice organisations.
Race War In American: Beyond Black Lives Matter … Presented By Bowie States University’s African Psychology Student Association
My 1st presentation in years but it went well, I think. Just not enough time…just a teaser of a discussion…but a beginning.
Two hours is never enough time for a topic like, ‘beyond Black lives matter’ and questions like ‘what is a race war?’, ‘how is a race war different from any other type of war?’, ‘has a war been declared against Black people and how so?’, ‘whose waging the war?’, ‘how can Black people combat the race war?’ … my answers later…for your perusal and comments.
Editor Apologizes For Philadelphia Magazine’s October Education Issue For Being Racially Insensitive
Philadelphia has a majority-minority school district: 52 percent of its students are black, 19 percent are Hispanic and 14 percent are white.
That’s why so many people found it jarring when Philadelphia magazine’s October education issue featured a photograph of a group of white children. The text on the cover didn’t help: “How to get your kid a great education … without moving to the ‘burbs,” it reads.
Coupled with the photo, plenty of people saw the cover package as a not-so-hard-to-break code that speaks to the segregation of both housing and schools: good schools are white schools, and white schools are in white neighborhoods.