When you make no demands, you indicate a willingness to take whatever you get
PARAGRAPH 2 of 18 - African American Spike in unemployment: April , black male unemployment hit the highest rate since the government began keeping track in 1972. Only 56.9 percent of black men over age 20 were working, compared with 68.1 percent of white men . . . Since the end of the recession [what end?], the overall unemployment rate has fallen from 9.4 to 9.1 percent, while the black unemployment rate has risen from 14.7 to 16.2 percent, according to the Department of Labor. (There are nine(9) links in this article, four(4) embedded videos, and one(1) photograph and eighteen(18) numbered paragraphs. Please count. I am censored.)
PARAGRAPH 3 of 18 - Excerpt from the PEW Research Center income reports widening wealth gap, July 2011: The median wealth of white households is 20 times that of black households and 18 times that of Hispanic households, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of newly available government data from 2009. These lopsided wealth ratios are the largest since the government began publishing such data a quarter century ago.
PARAGRAPH 4 of 18 - Blacks are seriously over-represented in the criminal justice system as well as in unemployment lines. The USDOJ reports that during the 12 months ending midyear 2011, local jails admitted an estimated 11.8 MILLION persons, and that high figure represents a drop from 2010. I assume this does not include the 2.3 MILLION people already serving prison sentences.
PARAGRAPH 5 of 18 - UNCHECKED POLICE BRUTALITY . . . Need I say more?
PARAGRAPH 6 of 18 - Concentration Camps Planned: With the prison industrial complex absolutely ravenous in black and brown communities, do you think the NDAA concentration camps are intended for middle- and upper-class whites? I don't think the prison system is going to Change that much. The only Change listed in the new law passed by Congress and the White House was "no trial for indefinite (life) sentences." Everyone should ask who the camps are intended to warehouse (and enslave) indefinitely. The written explanation that concentration camps will hold people who had something to do with 9/11 is ridiculous. Those guys could all fit on one floor of a federal pen. Learn more about indefinite military detention for no defensible reason at this June 7, 2012 link from New York Times saying that for now, The Obama administration is blocked from instituting indefinite detention, but they are not happy about it. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/07/us/terrorism-detention-provision-is-blocked.html - In response to a lawsuit filed by a group of journalists, U.S. Judge Katherine Forrest of Manhatten issued a temporary injunction against indefinite military detention of American citizens without trial in May 2012, calling it unconstitutional. The Obama administration tried unsuccessfully to get her to reverse that ruling or narrow its scope to include only the plaintiffs who sued. Judge Forrest refused to remove the injunction and made it clear that her order protects everyone, not just the plaintiffs. But the Obama administration is expected to keep appealing the decision to get approval for concentration camps in the USA.
PARAGRAPH 7 of 18 - People who give it up without demanding any return generally have low self-esteem. See a video by GovNews regarding how important the African American vote is to Democrats' success in 2012: Howard University Professor Lorenzo Morris Delivers Remarks on the African American Vote - According to Professor Morris, the Dems could not have won the last presidential election without African American support. VIDEO: http://govne.ws/item/Howard-University-Professor-Lorenzo-Morris-Delivers-Remarks-on-the-African-American-Vote?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter African Americans have been rewarded for our support ever since 2008.
PARAGRAPH 9 of 18 - Andrew Rosenthal addressed the cost of military detention in the New York Times Editorial Page Blog, Taking Note (Nov. 18, 2011). Taking Note reported that NDAA removes most of the nation's anti-terrorism effort out of the hands of federal authorities and turns it over to the military, although military concentration camp detention is much more expensive than regular prisons. Rosenthal wrote, "According to Scott Shane’s article, a federal maximum-security inmate costs $25,000 a year. At Guantanamo Bay, each detainee costs $800,000 a year." That is an increase of $775,000 per year per inmate. At that rate, it would take the total earnings of a minimum wage worker 65.9 years to pay for a single inmate's detention in a military prison for just one year. Didn't someone say that EXPENSIVE camp was closing? Is there anything else we need the money for, African Americans?
PARAGRAPH 10 of 18 - Reparations for slavery and Jim Crow would be helpful now. In 2002, Johnnie Cochran announced he would participate in the assembly of a dream team to sue the USA and major corporations for slavery and Jim Crow. Unfortunately, when Cochran died, civil rights attorneys who worked with him in his Los Angeles office were fired or forced out of the firm by new partners Cochran took on shortly before his terminal illness. The Cochran Firm is now run by traitors who actually defraud the firm's black clients to help government entities and certain corporations escape accountability after wrongful deaths. But these are not times when violating civil rights is considered worthy of investigation by the Department of Justice and due process of law in the nation's courts. Instead, 93 senators and 289 representatives in the House voted to open concentration camps for whomever the White House suspects of being terrorists and/or "belligerent." Meanwhile, elderly people in Illinois face losing Medicaid, and schools throughout the nation are neglected and closing. Chronically unemployed Americans are told there is no money for a jobs program, but government officials don't quibble over spending HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER YEAR for wars and prisons. Government spending is a matter of priorities. African Americans' votes, taxes, and hard labor building and defending this country make us VIPs according to Professor Morris, but the only priority list for blacks is labeled "Bureau of Prisons."
PARAGRAPH 13 of 18 - See Frederick Douglass's entire speech at this link: "IF THERE IS NO STRUGGLE, THERE IS NO PROGRESS" http://www.blackpast.org/?q=1857-frederick-douglass-if-there-no-struggle-there-no-progress Many people who were not African Americans cheered our courage and joined civil rights era protests in person and contributed financially to fight oppression. We walked arm in arm, forming human chains when we marched. We used to understand that we are our brothers' keepers. Unity was our strength against outlaw lawmen who were armed and dangerous, and no marcher faced fascists alone. Civil rights that African Americans won in the 1960s are under a heavy onslaught of congressional bills today that curtail freedom for everyone, black, white and other. Decades ago, police used guns, batons, water hoses and vicious dogs to enforce illegal injunctions against peaceful protest. That has not changed, but we have.
PARAGRAPH 14 of 18 - The AP article named in paragraph 1 of 18, "Blacks' Economic Gains WIPED OUT in Downturn," shows that change is a backward motion so far. Unfortunately, African Americans lost something more precious than economic well-being over the last four decades. We lost self respect and our sense of community. We forgot how to make demands we were willing to back up with consumer boycotts that required sacrifices and even our lives if that was the price for dignity and freedom. Malcolm X said, "Freedom by any means necessary!" Perhaps racism has been undercover for so long that we forgot the extreme measures supremacists will undertake in order to debase and misuse a people when savagery is not challenged by the people being victimized. Below are four(4) video reminders of how far African Americans came by courageously standing together against wrongdoing. During the civil rights era, traitors were planted among us to curtail our justice quest and betray the dream. But nothing dissuaded us from our mission. But rather than going forward and building on yesterday's victories, we have regressed. Forty years ago, suppressors would not have essentially kidnapped and secretly murdered a handicapped black man like my brother, Larry Neal. Like Jim Crow days, murderers have terrorized and censored our family for years because we ask for records and accountability about that death. African Americans and outraged liberal whites would have demanded justice in the 1960s, but now we are a nation of sell-outs and cowards. (See Wrongful Death of Larry Neal at http://WrongfulDeathofLarryNeal.com ) In 2012, scores of unarmed black men were already killed under the color of law, and we model hoodies and object to the one death that oppressors' media and plantation overseers tell us to protest.
PARAGRAPH 15 of 18 - One of my favorite things about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the way he restated the Word of God. The Bible commands that people stand up for the voiceless, the poor, and people who are appointed to destruction in Proverbs 31:8-9. Dr. King said, “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” Apathy is inexcusable, and silence did not save the quiet Jews in Nazi Germany.
PARAGRAPH 16 of 18 - Let me share something I learned about myself during the nine years of my justice quest: I may be "co-dependent." Like some women do not give up on abusive husbands, I have not given up on America. I have been told repeatedly by officials that I am "immaterial" as a black person who lacks wealth, and being a female makes me even less significant, it appears. But I still love America and want to help my country keep the promises that she made on paper (MLK). I believe promises inherent in the Gettysburg Address, the U.S. Constitution, and the Pledge of Allegiance can be made applicable to all citizens. I understand that the promises in America's historic documents have never been fulfilled equally for all people yet, but that is something for us to pray about and peacefully unite to make a reality. Many moral people in every generation work for that, and you and I should, also. Let us either leave while the borders are still open or continue to pray, "God bless America with liberty and justice for all," then strive together to realize that goal. Help us to tell leaders that people who love democracy are not the ones who need "re-education camps."
PARAGRAPH 17 of 18 - Advising people to peacefully resist oppression is taboo again. (There are nine(9) links in this article, four(4) embedded videos, one(1) photograph and eighteen(18) numbered paragraphs). I list the contents of my articles to dissuade surreptitious editing and deletions of selected text by a censorship team that continually violates my freedom of press rights. Cyberstalkers censor my work in large part because their employers want to prevent this veteran nonviolent warrior from inspiring blacks with the mindset that led to Jim Crow's serious wounds in the 1960s and '70s when we repeatedly shouted slogans like "I AM A MAN" and "Say it loud; I'm black and I'm proud." Pride and fortitude are contradictory to our intended New World Order purpose, which is slavery.
PARAGRAPH 18 OF 18 - It is time for some of us to remember, and younger African Americans must learn, to apply the resolve we had when sang the protest song at video number 1 of 4 below: "AIN'T NOBODY GONNA TURN ME AROUND. It is on YouTube by Sweet Honey in the Rock at link http://youtu.be/c5Z1trynEHs . That historic song is followed by two(2) Tulsa riot videos - Part 1 http://youtu.be/E70lf8jGr-A and Part 2 http://youtu.be/bS_uKhdg2ng . The fourth video is a montage of Dr. King photos, which are also on YouTube at http://youtu.be/B6_0nPM4fxc . I posted these four videos to remind blacks of whose human rights are violated most blatantly and brutally in America. Conscious African Americans and everyone who love liberty must fight CONCENTRATION CAMPS and other encroachments that threaten freedom. Please share this article with your friends and groups, and read more articles in the blog which you can select from the index on the left margin of FreeSpeakBlog which is online at http://FreeSpeakBlog.blogspot.com . Join the online march for human rights in America no matter what race you are, but especially African Americans. It is right to disobey unjust, inhumane laws. Every human rights quest copies the world's greatest human rights advocate who gave us one simple rule that would resolve most problems: "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU." See a final statement after the four(4) embedded videos below.
Black Wall Street in Tulsa Oklahoma - Pt 2
MLK = The King (a montage of photographs)
Thank you for your interest in justice issues from this laywoman's perspective. If you care, please share. Blessings from Mary Neal, Christian human rights advocate DOING the Word (Prov. 31:8-9). Peace. (There are nine(9) links in this article, four(4) embedded videos, and one(1) photograph and eighteen(18) numbered paragraphs). If I do not list the contents of my articles, the Negro Confederate cyberstalkers remove part of my blogs. Sometimes, they edit my articles no matter what, because messages that reveal abuses and encourage nonviolent social change are still under attack in the USA. That has not changed, but we did. No wonder the revolution was not televised. It is a thing of regression and shame.