Thursday, June 27, 2019

I have a lot of respect for my historical past as an African American. However, I do not agree with the current apotheosis of advocacy for reparations. I find it disdainfully disgusting to ask the personal collective responsible for my historical subjugation and oppression for a hand out and to deliver me from evil like he some lord and savior.  It is as if I am admitting I can’t do anything on my own and that I need the white man to make it in this world to have success. This goes against all I know through examples like Robert Brown Elliot, John Roy Lynch, Charles Hamilton Houston and the men in my family. Unfortunately for overtly positing my aversion to the prior, I will be relegated to serve as a punching bag for those who will disagree with my position.

As a group, self-proclaimed black liberal minded folks are not as tolerant as they claim. In fact, they are extremely intolerant. They always speak of diversity, but that only refers to your skin color, genetic sex and/or who you bone. It is all cosmetic for they will not tolerate diversity expressed in the form of perspectives and alternative views.  First, if you even propose a statement of fact against reparations, to question them doesn’t just mean you are wrong, it means you are a bad person. Especially if you are Black. If so, anticipate the typical references of Uncle Tom, Sambo, and traitor to follow you as opposed to engagement on the substance of your argument. For if you challenge their belief, in this case against reparations, you are part of the problem and this will be reflected in an epistemological push back with respect of how we make claims of truth. It was John Stuart Mills who noted that if you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing.

Many of the people advocating for reparations clearly have not thought it out. From their perspective, read some Ta nehisi Coates, get a few white democratic presidential hopefuls to add it to their platform and calling those in disagreement racist bigots is all that is required to provide clarity.  I can never get simple questions answer, maybe therefore it seems easier to call me names. Who will pay for? Will whites who migrated to America after slavery be required to pay? Will Chinese, Korean, Indian and Japanese Americans pay? Will Blacks immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean be eligible, or will they have to pay? Will it be all whites, or just the 25 percent of white southerners who owned slaves? If you cut a check, will it be to organizations or individuals? Will they come from the government or corporations? This was tried less than a decade ago in Farmer-Paellmann v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation (2007) and prior in Farmer-Paellmann v. FleetBoston et al. (2002). The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant corporations (FleetBoston Financial Corporation, Aetna and CSX Corporation, First Boston, Chase Bank, J.P. Morgan & Bank of America, Lehman Brothers, Lloyd's of London, Loews, New York Life, Norfolk Southern, Reynolds American, Union Pacific, Westpoint Stevens and others), or their predecessors, had ties to the trans-Atlantic slave trade and were unjustly enriched from unpaid slave labor. The case started because while in law school, Farmer-Paellmann learned of Aetna's role in insuring slaves. Out of curiosity, she asked Aetna for copies of old policies documenting the practice, which Aetna sent to her. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 35 million African-Americans seeking compensatory and punitive damages. It also sought financial payments for the value of "stolen" labor and unjust enrichment and calls for the companies to give up "illicit profits."

I must admit this was a reasonable and logically valid effort for reparations and completely in opposition to the present call.  Presently, even more comical is the focus on the rational for reparations to be due to a racial wealth gap via wealth redistribution. Sure, I will take a check, but I will not be giving it back to express a form of vapid consumerism to buy stuff I do not need to impress folks I do not know. But if the precept is that this will even address the racial wealth gap, how will it do so and what will be the recourse if it does not? My take is that it will do nothing to address or even fix the issues we have unobjectively blamed for the economic disparity between blacks and others. I would even argue that days, weeks and months after reparations, after they cut you that check that nothing will change. Nothing because 72% of black kids will still be born to single mother households, 62% of abortions in Georgia will still be performed on Black women although they comprise 30 percent of the state population, Black women will still be five times more likely to have an abortion, 90 percent of Black twelfth graders will still not score proficient in Math, 75 percent of Black boys in California will not meet state standards in reading, black males will still comprise the majority of homicide victims in New Orleans, Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis and nationwide and the  jails and prisons will still be overflowing with Black bodies. Money will never address the historical subjugation we have experienced historically nor; would any price be adequate for such subjugation. In fact, I find it offensive for someone to attempt to place a dollar figure on the historical oppression of the descendants of slaves.

The problem is if we are giving material exchange for the past sins of slavery, what will be our recourse if poverty, dropout and incarceration rates do not change or possibly get worse? You got your check and the white man, the state or the government can wipe their hands clean of any future responsibility for the ills of our community. Why? Because we failed to realize our problems currently are self-inflicted, cultural and decades removed from slavery, but our learned helplessness won’t allow to see such, or stand up and empower ourselves.

In my view, we can do more for ourselves than white folk or the government. Only we can fix ourselves and our community. The government is not designed or required to make people wealthy, they only take peoples wealth. We need to stop watching TV more than other ethic groups including Nigerian Americans and we need to change our spending habits – there is a reason we spend more on name brand European automobiles than whites and Asians. In the early twentieth century more than a dozen states had laws on the books that prevented Asians (mainly Chinese) from owning land and lasted until the early 1950s. Yet some twenty years later they were out earning whites and continue to do so to this day. Ours is not an issue of fiscal capital but rather moral capital. All things consistent and regardless of race, children with fathers in the home are way less likely to end up incarcerated or pregnant and way more likely to finish school, attend college and live above the poverty line. Reparations will do nothing to address or redress our collective ills, and if we can’t see that, no amount of money will have the efficacy or utility to assist us if we don’t take responsibility for the harm we continue to inflict upon ourselves, removed from the government and more importantly, the white man. If stating the above makes me an uncle Tom Sambo, then I’ll be that. Miss me mane, I beg no white man for shit.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

There has been a targeted purge going on that has dramatically increased over the past two years. It involves activists who claim to be journalist from Alt-left media outlets pushing energetically to have conservative views of any form demonetized, deplatformed and censored because they make cogent and rational arguments to fundamental positions they hold and more importantly, they are being attended to by the public more than the extensions of legacy news outlets. In many respects, it reminds me of a book I read many years ago and have just recently re-read, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. The book is about a dystopia American future in which firemen no longer put out fires but rather start them because there job now is to burn books.
In Fahrenheit 451, there are two sections of dialogue that remind me of how out of control far left activist have gone toward the destruction of free speech. The first, near the beginning of the book occurs when Guy Montag meets Clarisse. She becomes the first person to get him to think outside of his normal sphere simply by suggest he start to think than by telling what to think when she suggested to him that there was a man in the moon “if you look.” The next is when Montag is speaking with Faber and Faber points out, “I don’t talk things sir. I talk the meaning of things."
Today Guy Montag assumes the form of notable (just barely) members of major progressive news outlets journalist staff.  I use the word journalist loosely because they are activist masquerading as journalist for they have a hidden agenda. These include but are not limited to individuals such as Vox’s Carlos Maza and the New York Time’s Kevin Roose. These are now the firemen of 2019 - they are burners of books and the authorized censors of the state with the phoenix disc on their chest. Although these individuals are not literally burning books, if they could they would.  They are directing their silencing campaigns at big technocratic corporations the likes of Twitter, Facebook and most of all, YouTube. They seem to object to the ‘You’ in the title and conveniently ignore that it is called such for a reason instead of “MainstreamLegacyMediaTube.”
Maza recently attacked Youtuber Stephen Crowder because Crowder made jokes about him and mocked him while at the same time logically dismembering Maza’s poorly constructed Vox videos. Since he was unable to use logic to refute Crowder, Maza decided to call Big Brother too do his work for him and claim a joke directed toward him was the same as a joke directed toward all people like himself (which he describes among other things as being Gay and an Anchor Baby). Even when YouTube demonetized Crowder’s show, Carlos Maza was not happy stating: “Demonetizing doesn’t work.  Abusers use it as proof they're being "discriminated" against. Then they make millions off selling merch, doing speaking gigs, and getting their followers to support them on Patreon. The ad revenue isn't the problem. It's the platform.” This lets anyone with a brain see that he wants Crowder's show gone (burned) forever and that the problem is in his mind (his multi billion media corporation NBC) is not what he openly indicates but rather the competition YouTube as a platform provides. They want to end all competition with independent content creators who make a living via advertising on the platform and end any expression of views that go against their left leaning progressive liberal narrative.
After the 2016 election, and a significant come to Jesus period of mourning, the left decided they did not want this too happen again, that they had to reclaim power and place the head of all thought back in the big urban cities on the East and West Coast. So, before 2020, they wanted to make sure that they would be the only narrative accessible which meant no Conservative narrative would be tolerated. They would need to attack, discredit and invalidate all such content by name calling and playing the victimhood card of intersectional identitarianism. So, if you are against cultural Marxism, the sciences of Biology and Genetics, modern day feminism, pro-life, anti-war, pro-immigration reform, pro-border security and being proud of being an American, you were now a bigot, racist, homophobe, transgenderphobe, Nazi fascist. To take it a step further, if you dare state your position and argue it reasonably, you had and must go because only they, the representatives of the main stream elitist media, were and are the authoritarian sources (Orwellian) of the Ministry of Truth and therefore know what’s right and acceptable beliefs we are to have. To them all the rest of us are dumb and they are smart and know better and what is best. And what is best? Having 100 percent reach on the internet, no expressed views in opposition of theirs, collecting all the advertising revenue and being artificially pushed to the top of all search results.
If you think this is nonsense, take the New York Time Front page story a few weeks ago. It would take too much time for me to thoroughly dissect they article so I will only mention that it represents modern day Newspeakean propaganda. It also appears that in addition to the press, the big Silicon Valley technocrats and their worker ants are also in on the purge.  To them, having any conservative belief (God, men and women are different, etcetera) makes one automatically an Alt-right, nationalist white supremist racist, Nazi bigot, even if you are Black or Jewish.  Pinterest for example recently were exposed via an undercover whistle blower interview that they consider Candance Owens and Ben Shapiro as “white supremist” albeit they are black and Jewish accordingly. The Daily Beast was so upset that a person slowed down a video of Nancy Pelosi, they asked Facebook to give them his private information, which they did, so they could doxx (search for and publish private or identifying information about (‘a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent’).  They were so upset that “a proud member of Trump’s razor-thin African American support base,” who is “currently on probation for domestic battery” made a joke about one of the costal democratic progressive elites that they felt this was news worthy. What is frightening is that a news organization - The Daily Beast, asked for and got Facebook to give over private information to Doxx a Black man as if this was the 1960 democrat run South, this is very unsettling. If they can do it to him, they can do it to anyone. It doesn’t stop there,
Google Executives were recently exposed admitting both to by regulating and suppressing conservative voices and content creators across its YouTube and Google News by using “Machine Learning Fairness.” This is the new age: only one belief is permitted, if it is conservative or Pro-Trump, you are banished to the wilderness and labeled without evidence to be a bigoted racist.  See Ravelry, a knitting craft-based web site has officially banned any views that are pro-Trump on its platform suggesting that any "Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy." Eye level hypocrisy and an obvious contradiction given that one of their most popular pages is anti-Trump - The PussyHat Project pattern by Kat Coyle (The plot being anti-Trump is permitted but pro-Trump is not). This is the playbook
Before he was banned from YouTube, Alex Jones Infowars had 2.4 million subscribers. As such, he was a threat, as well as other independent content creators to the major news outlets. He was not banned until incessant calls from so-called journalist the likes of CNN reporter Oliver Darcy finally were entertained and accepted without evidence. The goal is to remove all the competition and like that, it is the belief of mainstream media that viewers will return.  Let us look at some of the numbers. In terms of YouTube subscribers, The New York Times (1,972,851 subscribers), MSNBC (1,738,914 subscribers), CBS News (1,718,419 subscribers), NBC News (1,287,521 subscribers), Washington Post (700,741 subscribers), HuffPost (554,127 subscribers) and The Daily Beast (27,448 subscribers) seem to be doing very well until you compare these multi-million and billionaire corporations with hundreds and thousands of employees to some of the top independent YouTube content creators (Philip DeFranco (6,403,884 subscribers), Joe Rogan (5,649,940 subscribers), Steven Crowder (3,992,090 subscribers), PragerU (2,187,930 subscribers), Jordan Peterson (2,113,541 subscribers) ,Dave Rubin (1,009,974 subscribers), Ben Shapiro (769,025 subscribers), The Jimmy Dore Show (575,016 subscribers), Black Pigeon Speaks (528,668 subscribers), Tim Pool (526,581 subscribers), Anthony Brian Logan (Black Conservative with 294,421 subscribers) and Jon Miller (Black Conservative with 160,189 subscribers)). This is the fear and reason why the call of de-platforming from the left is more than an issue of fake white supremacy, bigotry and hate speech. Lie I said they want their viewership back, but this will not happen. The people have seen through their Wizard of Oz curtain and are gone forever.
All the above demonstrate the desire of the Silicon Valley elite to erase any voice that is discordant from their leftist corporate narrative. In the case of Google and YouTube, they are not targeting hate speech but rather the speech of ideas they hate which allows them to delete operative counterarguments that go against the chronicle of the mainstream media. Just take what is being watched. According to Nielsen Media Research, viewership and ratings for CNN, MSNBC and other major progressive and liberal leaning news organizations are in a steady downfall. Mainly because many can see their desire to drive a political narrative and agenda as opposed to presenting straight news. Therefore, people are more and more seeking alternative independent outlets via YouTube for their information.
The world wanted by the Maza’s, Darcy’s and others are like the 2026 Allendale, California described by Bradbury. It is a world without books, dissent and ideas but rather one filled with compliance and conformity. The point of Fahrenheit 451 was simple. It revealed that in a world without ideas, everyone conforms, and as a result, everyone should be happy. But when it must be obtained by burning books and preventing the formulation of new ideas, in tee process you end up destroying culture. Bradbury himself said it best: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” His point was that the nature of man is to standout over the crowd and be an individual first by being someone who can think for themselves and one that values community and family. It is our nature to be individuals above and before the group. And this unfortunately, cannot be allowed or tolerated by the mainstream media establishment, for to do so would take away their power, their power to control what we all think.  

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