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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

10 Reasons To Buy My New Book!

Knowledge is Power.  Information is Critical.

The greatest journey of my life began at the age of 4 when my mother took me to the library to get my first library card. Throughout my childhood to the present day; I read books that would impact my life.
When I decided to become an author; I followed the advice given to all writers: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW!
In a nutshell; the day I chose to write my book, it was done with an inspiration from the m...ost high God--its intention completely holistic and pure. The book description:

Why do I feel that this is a book YOU MUST HAVE?

1.The content is powerful, real and relateable.

2.It engages the reader from beginning to finish.

3.The imagination of each chapter truly does take one on a journey with me.

4.You can hear me listening to music as I wrote this book ( I really was listening to a lot of jams while I wrote).

5.The knowledge and information will EMPOWER YOU!

6.You won't be able to put the book down and you won't be the same after reading it!

7.You won't let anyone borrow your copy because you fear they won't return it.

8.You'll be talking about this book to everyone you know!

9.Your mind will expand and so will your consciousness after reading this book!

10.You'll feel as though you've been given the keys to the secret room of knowledge and power after reading this book.

The most powerful people on earth are those who have wisdom and understanding.

I wrote this book from love and it's my greatest hope that those who read it will feel upliftment, pride, and gain spiritual insight and strength.  The impact this book could have on Black males and the Black community as a whole could be most profound.
It's so deep; one will need oxygen after reading it.
Get your copy today!

Guilty For Walking Black!

Well...It happened again.

On February 26, 2012 in Sanford, Florida, while coming home from the store with a bag of Skittles, 15 year old Trayvon Martin was followed, confronted and shot to death by Neighborhood Watch captain, George Zimmerman.  Apparently Zimmerman told police that he felt threatened and that's why he shot Trayvon.   Trayvon was unarmed.  Zimmerman was not charged.  Story link:

From the moment the story hit national headlines, something just felt suspicious. 

Now, the entire country is demanding that the Justice Department act.  As of March 20, 2012, the Justice Department has agreed to review this case.

What I want to focus on here is that this is not the first time something like this has happened, but what struck a chord with so many people is that this young man was simply just walking down the street and was profiled by someone who obviously had bias against young Black males.

It has been reported that Zimmerman had called 911 at least 50 times within a one year period and every single time he called it was to report activity he felt was suspicious of young Black males.

How many times have we heard this type of story? 

In February of 1999, Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot by a New York City plain clothed officer.  He was unarmed and shot over 41 times.  Then there was Sean Bell who was shot to death in November of 2006, again by a New York City police.  Over 50 bullets were fired.   He was to be married later that day.  In both cases, both men were "suspected of having guns." 

Many people have asked the question: Why is it a crime for a Black man to walk down the street?   No matter where they go, they are a suspect.  How long is the Black community supposed to put up with this? 

Had Trayvon been white, he never would have been followed. 

It's been reported that young Black males are most likely the victims of police brutality and society bias. 

As a Black woman; I feel ever so protective.  I see what is happening and I can't pretend that I don't understand what this is about: RACISM.  Yes!  Plain and simple.

I can only pray that justice will be served in Trayvon's case.  Who knows who he could have grown up to be. 

Black men have a right to be treated with dignity and respect and as a community; the Black community must begin to protect our valuable sons and fathers.

I pray that Zimmerman will be put in prison and then...he can then tell the Black inmates why he felt the need to shoot an unarmed Black teenage kid.  I'm sure their response will most definitely be enlightening for him.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Audacity of White Privilege!

On Saturday, March 10, 2012.  I sat in my company break room...just chilling out.  I wasn't really hungry.  I had been sick for the past week, so I just settled for a cheap frozen meal and watched CNN news.  About 10 minutes after sitting down to eat; a coworker (who shall remain nameless) came into the break room.  She's a young white girl (trailer trash) who is living with a Black guy and has 2 children with him.  Another young coworker; a young college student who happens to be Black, began a conversation with the white girl.  Somewhere during my attention to the news; my focus was averted by  the white girl when she made a comment to the Black girl, as she stepped out to go to get her lunch:  the white girl, for some unknown reason, chose to reveal to the young Black girl,  that one of her babies didn't like dark-skinned Black people.  The Black girl was dark-skinned as well.  I just glared at her.  She went on...and on...about how if her baby saw a dark-skinned Black person, he would cry and scream. OMG!  Was this really happening?  This was an encounter indeed.  There were 5 Black people in this section of the company break room.  3 Black males and I, and the other young Black woman.

First of all, as I stared at this girl; I had to really take a 60 second break and check myself before I jumped up and slapped the hell out of her.  When I composed myself internally, it was at this time that I confronted her.  I demanded to know what in the hell gave her the audacity to make such a statement--with such impunity, in a room filled with Black people?  I then told her that her comments were out of line.  The racial issues in America right now as well as in the past should have served as a meter stick as what to say and not to say to people, particularly if one was not educated about such perimeters.  She tried to defend herself--of course.  Her attempts at trying to justify what she said were absolutely comical--but no one was laughing.  During the course of this exchange, she had the nerve to say that "all of her friends are Black" and that her baby would not have a problem with me (I'm not dark-skinned).  Oh, how magnanimous of you to say this to me.  Sort of like putting more sh*t on top of bullsh*t, ya think? 

What struck me the most was the ignorance in this young woman.  She really didn't get it. 

This would have been very hurtful even if a Black person had said this, but the fact that it was coming out of the mouth of a white chick was absolutely incendiary.  She had no fear of any kind in making the statement, which led me to conclude that she most definitely felt as though she would not be challenged.

This is one of the reasons why many African Americans detest white women and interracial unions in general.  What are these women passing on to their offspring?  To have a child that harbors such a bias can only be attributed to certain behaviors, cultural cues and bigotry being perceived by one or both parents.

During slavery, skin color was used as a Divide and Conquer strategy as a way to keep the slaves separated, as not to become a threat to their white slave masters.  This is a fact of history.

What really galled me the most is that not one of the Blacks in that break room spoke up--even though this white girl was disrespecting not only Black people; she had no sense of shame in what she said and thought nothing of their feelings. 

Yes, you can still be in an interracial relationship and still be a racist.

I'm living in Georgia.  And I can say that one of the things that I despise about this place is how Black people, still, in 2012, are so afraid of white folks, to the degree, that they would sit in silence as some ignorant piece of white trash basically dumps crap on them.  It's one of the reasons whites in the south think they can say anything they want to or about Black people and not fear retribution.  The sad reality here is that Black people who allow this still must harbor deep intrinsic feelings of inferiority and have low self-worth.

I was raised in Chicago, IL.  I have respect for myself, and no one.  And I do mean NO ONE is going to make racist or ignorant statement as this woman did and walk away.  No way!  It is my responsibility as well as other Black people to check racism when it is being demonstrated either directly or indirectly.

Honestly, I could have gotten this woman terminated, but you know what; I really don't want to do that.  The greatest punishment she can receive is to have to look me in the face every single day...knowing that she's been exposed.