Mandela on Poverty

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International Copywriters

SeemingLet me rewrite this introduction. It is dumb to write about copywriting when the writing is sloppy. It would just make it clear that I am not to start a new business doing copywriting, unless it would really be just business. That would mean that I get other people to do the copying and the writing. And to get more other people to get the assignments for the copywriters.

Then what would I do? Just Continue reading

Happy Men and Women – 2

(written circa 1997)

Part -> 1

Last piece, we laid the foundation of this wicked “white-with-black-faced” secret society called the Boule’ or Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. We unleashed our liquid sword and beheaded the beast of secrets exposing the organization’s founding 6 members, one being dr. henry mckee minton of Philadelphia, on May 15, 1904. We also know, from reading the history book of the Boule’ — written by charles h. wesley, that on page 28, Continue reading

No Mahdi, but a MessLia’

The Mess LiaBlacks Slowly Emerging from Obama Delirium
A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

People are forced to confront the facts of the disaster that has befallen Black America.”

There have been tons of commentary and what passes for analysis of the Black condition in the United States, 50 years after the March on Washington. The most fascinating recent data on how African Americans assess their situation in the U.S. comes from the Pew Research Center. The Pew researchers are noted for accumulating data over long periods of time, but their latest report also shows a dramatic change in Black outlook in the past four and six years, based on surveys taken in 2007, 2009 and this summer. Continue reading

Do You Know Any Black Farmers?

Black Farmers Rally For Discrimination Settlement
By JULIE ROSE (2010)

This is why you cannot get any more young black farmers in it, because they see the struggle that the older black farmers got — being discriminated and mistreated. – Vern Switzer

After rallying across the South last week, Black farmers plan to be in Washington, D.C., on Monday to call on the government to “pay up” on its more than 10-year-old promise to compensate for discrimination. Despite the conditions of the 1999 civil rights settlement, more than 70,000 Black farmers have yet to see a penny.

‘A Dying Breed’

Vern Switzer is 63 years old, but he still single-handedly farms 19 acres of land along a busy country road just outside Winston Salem, N.C. He is one of only about 30,000 Black farmers in America today. These farmers are mostly in the South and represent just 1.5 percent of total farm operators in America, compared to 14 percent back in 1920. Continue reading

Economic Power and Tuskegee

The History of Black AmericaBooker T. Washington and Black capitalism
By Lance Selfa (2012)

With his conservative “self-help” philosophy, Booker T. Washington became the main spokesperson for [African Americans] at the end of the 19th century.

UNEMPLOYMENT AND poverty are the plight of millions of Black workers in today’s America. Yet paradoxically, Black political power has grown in the decades since the height of the civil rights and Black Power movement. This is because political power without economic power is empty.

But what kind of economic power? Many Black political leaders argue for a version of “Black capitalism”–that increased economic power within the confines of the capitalist system is the way to improve the lot of the mass of Black workers. Continue reading

No Poor Men – Haitian Oligarchy

baby-doc-duvalier-weddingAll the Dictator’s Men
by Mitchel Cohen, 1994

1. Rudolph Giuliani

In April 1982, a class action lawsuit filed by the Miami-based Haitian Refugee Center seeking the release of 2,100 Haitian refugees interdicted at sea came to trial.

Arguing the government’s case against releasing the refugees and urging their “repatriation,” another squeaky clean word, assiduously scrubbed so that no blood leaks, was the Associate Attorney General of the United States at the time, Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani, the man who would a decade later become Mayor of New York City, home to tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants, argued that repression in Haiti “simply does not exist now.”

The refugees, Giuliani contended, had nothing to fear from the friendly government of Jean-Claude Continue reading