~ PUUR's mission is to share the General History of Africa written by UNESCO to help Blacks reclaim their cultural identity; rectify the ignorance propagated by white writers, the slave trade, and colonization; counter the affects of forced assimilation / acculturation; and promote an African perspective with which to analyse current events. This ‘new’ history of Africa is mentally, emotionally, and psychologically transformative as, for example, it was for Detroit Red who emerged Malcolm X after learning his African history. Once intellectually ingested, like miracle substance, Blacks and non-white people of color are equipped to counter, neutralize, and abrogate the system or racism/white supremacy…once and for all.
Without writing a lot about her, we let some of her articles speak to the point of how involved we were in our own freedom, even while en-slaved…& how we fought patriarchy: racism/white supremacy, even then:
Black Abolitionists Developed Their Own Radical Tradition
Cast Just Obliquy’ on Oppressors: Black Radicalism in the Age of Revolution
Architects of Their Own Liberation: African Americans, Emancipation and the Civil War
“Coming of Age: The Historiography of Black Abolitionism
“Black Abolitionism: The Assault on Southern Slavery and the Struggle for Racial Equality
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
In the years leading up to her death, scholar-warrior Frances Cress Welsing, with the help of friends and colleagues, fought tooth and nail against the very forces she described in her 1991 book The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors.
That battle, however, would prove to be futile.
Welsing’s confidants say exploitative lawyers and timid power brokers in the D.C. Zoning Commission foiled her attempts to stop what has been described as the Jewish Primary Day School’s encroachment on her property. For years, high noise levels emanating from the private school’s playground rattled the 80-year-old psychiatrist, possibly causing the stroke that landed her in MedStar Washington Hospital Center on New Year’s Eve.
The news of Welsing’s Jan. 2 death shocked many who recounted seeing a clear-thinking, vibrant and mobile elder during public appearances locally and across the country months earlier. Such a healthy disposition, even in the scholar’s last moments, didn’t surprise Januwa Moja, a nationally renowned artist and Welsing’s close friend of 40 years who recalled often seeing her face light up during discussions about racism.
“Dr. Welsing was for us as a people 24/7. Her first priority was her patients, then the Welsing Institute,” Moja told AllEyesOnDC, referring to the three-hour long sessions Welsing held in Howard University’s Blackburn Center in Northwest on the second Thursday of each month between September and May of the academic year.“Once she prepared for her patients, she would prepare for the session on the second Thursday. She was speaking everywhere and always hopping on planes. During those times, she was traveling by herself. In her 80s, she kept it moving, working on our behalf and elevating our consciousness. She read almost everything that had to do with our people,” Moja added.
Welsing, a Chicago-born alumna of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio and Howard, rose in notoriety during the 1970s and 1980s after she defined racism as a global white supremacist system built out of a white minority’s fear of genetic annihilation. She reached this conclusion after hearing Neely Fuller, author of United Independent Compensatory Code System Concept, mention such a perspective. That encounter inspired her to find out why white people have acted in this manner historically.
In The Isis Papers, Welsing postulated that people of color, especially those with darker shades of melanin, are targeted in nine major areas of activity including politics, law, entertainment, labor, sex, and war. Her premier work included a collection of essays penned over the course of more than 20 years. For many, Welsing’s scholarship made sense of the mental issues black people continued to endure one generation after Jim Crow. It also inspired Public Enemy’s album Fear of a Black Planet, introducing her to legions of young people.
In the decades since she developed what’s known as the Theory of Color Confrontation, Welsing has unflinchingly defended her position to white and black detractors alike, contending that back people’s failure to understand the totality of racism impedes progress and maintains the status quo. In 1973, she debated Dr. William Shockley, physicist and proponent of eugenics, debunking most of his points and pushing him into abject obscurity.
The Millennial generation became familiar with Welsing’s work after her appearance in the Hidden Colors documentary series. In recent years, they counted among a significant number of people in the audience during her lectures across the country.
“She had this infectious energy and came ready to deliver this message about white supremacy and racism,” Millennial singer, rapper, and songwriter Jeni Calhoun, told AllEyesOnDC. Last August, she met Welsing during a lecture at Fisk University in Nashville during which the warrior-scholar signed a copy of The Isis Papers.
“The first time I came across The Isis Papers, I wasn’t ready for the knowledge,” said Calhoun, an employee of Jazzy 88.1 WFSK, located on Fisk’s campus. “Now that I’ve come back to it, it has a different message because I have a higher level of consciousness. I love how Dr. Welsing always broke down stuff and showed us how racism affects us on all fronts. I see all of the propaganda and things they’re doing to keep us enslaved in this system.”After Welsing succumbed to complications from her stroke, students and fans took to social media to mourn who they considered a legend and staunch advocate for black people. A multigenerational gathering of more than 200 community members took place at the Blackburn Center earlier this month in place of Welsing Institute. That evening, guests poured libations, told stories about the late Welsing, watched YouTube videos of her interviews, and purchased copies of The Isis Papers.
Two more events, a 40-day ascension ceremony and memorial service, are scheduled for February and March respectively. Despite minimal acknowledgment of Welsing’s work by the mainstream establishment, her influence among those who consider themselves “conscious” remains strong, making a large turnout at future events a strong possibility.
“If she was white, Dr. Welsing’s passing would be on the front page of the New York Times and all over CNN,” Dr. Gregory Carr, chair of Afro-American studies at Howard, told AllEyesOnDC. “The critique of whiteness has become so vogue but it’s something she and Neely Fuller pioneered. With The Cress Theory, Dr. Welsing was attempting to answer the call for a social science paradigm to analyze racism. That’s why she identifies as one of the great theoreticians of the 20thCentury.”
Carr, critical of how social media diminished young people’s will to read and organize interpersonally, said that youth could best honor Welsing by eradicating the white supremacist system methodically, not only in times of tragedy. “Organizing is based on collective study and work. That’s what Dr. Welsing often talked about,” Carr said. “There was always a mix of talking and work but that’s all it is now. What we have to do now is commit ourselves to real time organizing and building between generations.”
Technology enthusiast and podcaster Big Baba Rob shared Carr’s sentiments, telling AllEyesOnDC that he wants to honor her memory by acting in the manner she often encouraged her audience to exemplify: respectful of one another.
“Dr. Welsing wanted us to be smarter and act better as a people,” said Big Baba Rob, 42. “She wanted us to be aware and fight. Her lectures and book analyze where we are as human beings. We have to educate ourselves. We’re being dumbed down and things are setting us up for failure. That’s why we must continue to fight.”
The Sky’s the Limit: People v. Newton, The REAL Trial of the 20th Century?
Book by retired Judge Lise Pearlman…
The Sky’s The Limit: People v. Newton, The REAL Trial of the 20th Century? by retired Judge Lise Pearlman offers a people’s history of the 20th century in the U.S. through major court trials.
This journey takes readers to the 1907 Idaho murder trial of 8-hour day champion Big Bill Haywood that prompted laborers to march by the tens of thousands in the streets of Boston and Manhattan; Clarence Darrow’s stirring defense in 1925 of black homeowners in Detroit besieged by the KKK bent on protecting whites-only neighborhoods; the 1969-70 Chicago Seven and Black Panther Party Chairman Bobby Seale bound and gagged; the controversial prosecution in 1987 of subway vigilante Bernhard Goetz; and the trials of two terrorists for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Each headline trial serves as a window into its own era, but the author asserts that the 1968 murder trial of Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton should head the list. Following a shootout with two Oakland policemen, the accused revolutionary put the U.S. itself on trial for 400 years of racism and economic exploitation. That spectacularly dramatic death penalty trial featured three then rarities: a woman defense lawyer sitting second chair; a female majority on the jury and a black foreman. The trial drew an international spotlight on a superpower bitterly divided over the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement and rocked by the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy. By the summer of 1968, the FBI called the Black Panthers the greatest internal threat to America’s security. J. Edgar Hoover particularly feared the allure of the Party’s signature breakfast program feeding inner city children, following on the heels of the late Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign. Newton had already become an icon of the Left challenging racism, capitalism and an increasingly unpopular foreign war. Many radicals saw him as the vanguard of a second American revolution. All the major power struggles based on race, class, gender and ideology played a pivotal role in one extraordinarily high stakes trial. Panther Party spokesman Eldridge Cleaver predicted warfare in city streets across America if Newton faced execution. The author contends that the surprising verdict of the diverse jury with Newton’s life in their hands still reverberates today—had it turned out otherwise Barack Obama would likely not be President. [Publisher’s description.]
”Lise Pearlman’s account of the tinderbox setting enveloping the trial of Huey Newton perfectly captures how much can be at stake for an entire community—even a nation—in a single trial and the exceptional role played by twelve everyday men and women we trust to decide each case. For those, like myself, who recall this case from our youth, Lise has done a wonderful job in both capturing a movement and its historical context. But anyone interested in history, courtroom drama or criminal justice should read this gripping account of an all too often forgotten chapter of the 20th Century.” —Barry Scheck, Professor of Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Co-Director, The Innocence Project
”I was born in Oakland a generation before the mass migration of African-American families to the Bay Area from the South during World War II. I later experienced the highly polarizing 1968 prosecution of Black Panther Huey Newton. Lise Pearlman has written a powerful account of both that trial and its place in our country’s political history. I truly believe that had Newton received a death sentence, we would not have Obama in the White House today. Read this wonderful book.” —Morrie Turner, Award-winning creator of “Wee Pals,” the first integrated comic strip
”Lise Pearlman’s book about the trial of Huey Newton captures the tumultuous times, the personalities, the fighting defense lawyers, including Charles Garry, in a way that makes it eminently worth reading. Garry’s jury selection dealing with race was one of the best pieces of trial work done by anyone. Loved the book.” —James Brosnahan, Senior Partner, Morrison Foerster, recognized among the top 30 trial lawyers in the U.S.
”I began my long career as a criminal defense lawyer in the mid-60’s in Oakland, California and witnessed many of the legal events Lise Pearlman describes. I find her account of the 1968 Newton murder trial and its political context accurate and fascinating. Fans of famous trials will thoroughly enjoy this fast-paced, well-researched book. If ‘THE’ trial of the 20th century can be measured, her argument for People v. Newton heading the list is a strong one.” —Penny Cooper, Member of the State Bar of California Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame
Kenya Says: Don’t Bring That Gay Talk Here…”our beliefs and culture–keep off!”
US Guilty of Cultural Genocide, Cultural Racism, Sexual Racism…Still a Colonialist, Telling Africa What To Do…Instead Of Getting It’s Own House In Order
With nothing new or better to offer, the US can only destroy what’s working in the culture of Africa and other people of color which are about family and community not things and money.
So, Kenya told the president, our focus is health, women’s rights, infrastructure, education, entrepreneurship, empowering our people.
“We do not want him to come and talk on homosexuality in Kenya or push us to accepting that which is against our faith and culture,” Kariuki said.
Kariuki welcomes the president’s visit but says leave “the gay talk” in America.
“The family is the strength of a nation. If the family is destroyed, then the nation is destroyed,” he said. “So we don’t want to open doors for our nation to be destroyed!”
“Let him talk about development; let him talk about cooperation; let him talk about the long-time relationship Kenya has had with America,” he said. “But about our beliefs and culture– keep off!”
IF OBAMA PREACHES ‘GAY AGENDA, WE WILL TELL HIM TO SHUT UP AND GO HOME’
As they should, the US, being the younger country with a high divorce rate, the largest number on incarcerated people, with the most gun-related deaths of any other industrialized nation, mental health problems, consumerism, etc., etc., etc., and nothing better to offer, need stop being arrogant and stop telling countries what to do.
Africa’s, African Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, and all other people of color are in the mess they’re in now because of the US altering with their culture.
When Blacks Protest Against Police Murders It’s A Mob Or Riot…But When Whites Riot It’s Disruptive Behavior
What We Do Is…A Popular Revolt Against A Government or Its Policies; A Rebellion Is An Uprising or Revolt
(CNN) — When black people protest against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, they’re thought of as a “mob.”
But when white people got up in arms at the Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire, a few weeks ago — for apparently no reason whatsoever — they were merely accused of “disruptive behavior.”
The two situations — Black protests in Ferguson and white drunken violence in Keene — are not at all equivalent. However, it’s revealing how the two groups are perceived so differently by us…oh, my mistake…not by us but by them, (white) society and the (white) media. But how is it that Black people protesting ‘murder by police’ is condemned by white America, while white protest over the lost of a game is excused and explained away?
Well, according to Philip Bump in his June 19, 2015 Washington Post article, ‘Why We Shouldn’t Call Dylann Roof A Terrorist’, blatently explains, he, they, whites…identify with Roof because they share a skin color: “Most Americans are white, and we see white people like ourselves. When I see Dylann Roof, I remember being a white male his age, barely out of my teenage years and experiencing weird anger in a difficult time…. We can identify much more easily with who he is.”
They see things from ‘their’ world view, ‘their life experiences that inform them…not ours. The two world views are different…’their’ life experience is different from ‘ours’…isn’t it? Whether you think so or not, Bump has explained the difference. And, it’s understandable.
From our world view and life experience, stated differently, it’s racism/white supremacy. But what can we do about it. Two things, I think…1st, accept that they identify with other whites, not us. It’s understandable, its natural, and the human thing to do.
But we need to detox from thinking they see us all the same way…they don’t…
So to detox, the 2nd thing we can do is make a new habit of identifying microaggression, counter microaggressions, fight against racist media assaults.
Let’s begin write editorials identifying the hypocrisy and demanding fair/equitable media coverage. Let’s stop letting it slide.
These are assaults, racial assaults and they take their toll on us…psychologically, they really do. Siting them,…every time they occur will, at least, I think…get us in the psychological position of ‘self defense’…playing a ‘racial dozens’, if you will. The practice will counter the ‘internalized racial inferiority’ we’ve been taught.
Yes, I think identifying, countering, and ‘fighting back’ against racial assaults is a ‘good habit’ for us to form…a psychological self defense thought mechanism.
What do you think my idea?
What else can we do to help us heal?
Is this an example of a microagression or should we call it something else?
whites riot after Vancouver Hockey team lost
whites riot after San Francsisco baseball team lost
Demonstrators gesture with their hands up after protests in reaction to the shooting of Michael Brown turned violent near Ferguson, Missouri August 17, 2014.
Black Men Are The Most Oppressed Group In This Country…All The Negative Things They Do Are Symptoms Of Their Oppression…I Don’t Know How They Take It…People Understanding & Undoing Racism Is My Way Of Helping
According to a report done by the Sentencing Project, 1 in 3 black males will go to prison in their lifetime. Filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz examines how policy and environmental circumstances lead to mass incarceration rates for black youth.
Shabazz recently sat down with rolling out to discuss his new documentary, Elementary Genocide.
What inspired you to write and direct the film Elementary Genocide?
Growing up, I found myself on the wrong end of the law. Being incarcerated provided me with the necessary time to reflect on where it all went wrong, and how I could shift the paradigm of my life from negativity and violence to one of positivity and enlightenment. It was through education that I was able to see a new definition of life and it showed me that the unimaginable can become reality.
In what ways are young black boys being prepared for prison at an early age?
It starts as early as when a young black male enters kindergarten. Education experts say the number of words a black child knows when they start kindergarten is approximately a third of the words a white child knows. Therefore, black boys are at a disadvantage from the beginning. So parents need to start teaching their children before the doors of kindergarten open. By the 4th grade, more than 50 percent of African-Americans do not meet the standard criteria in reading. Statistically speaking, if you’re not reading on grade level by the 4th and 5th grade, there is a 75 percent chance you will end up in prison or drop out of school. Eighty percent of drop-outs end up in prison and 40 percent of that 80 percent are African-Americans. Black boys have statistically higher probability of walking the corridors of prison than the halls of college.
Why do you think incarceration rates for young black males are so high?
We can start with the disparity in black students who are suspended or arrested at three times the rates of whites for similar offenses. Students who are suspended are twice as likely to repeat a grade and three times as likely to enter the juvenile system. So suspension is a counterproductive disciplinary tool. Secondly, blacks male offenders are sentenced to federal prison terms nearly 20 percent longer than those imposed on white males convicted of similar crimes. Then there is the profit motive from private corporation that invest in prison. The U.S. criminal justice system consumes $212 billion a year and employs 2.4 million people, more than Wal-Mart and McDonald’s combined. The annual cost per inmate in New York was $167,731 last year, that’s nearly as much as it costs to pay for four years of tuition at an Ivy League university.
What do you want the overall impact of this film to be?
This documentary is about more than just the inmates in our prisons, or even the young boys targeted to fill the beds in those prisons. Elementary Genocide is about fatherless children, motherless sons, communities missing leaders. It affects us all. After my stay in the New York State penal system, I made it my mission to help as many individuals stuck in similar situations as possible, and this was my goal when creating Elementary Genocide.