DOING THE WORK IN SILENCE: A 21CRM SALUTE TO CARLOS COOKS, BLACK LIBERATIONIST & COUNTER RACIST SOLDIER

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Although there have been many honored and highly respected grandcestors whose names are said with reverence constantly, and who fought tirelessly in service of liberation and justice for Black people, there are also many more names who many do not and never will know.  These are people who, despite relative anonymity and a severe lack of appreciation during their lifetime, worked just as honorably in service of liberation.  In some cases, they were simply ahead of their time, and said things that no one, most unfortunately the would-be beneficiaries, Black people, simply were not ready to accept as truth, and advocated for doing things that Black people were not ready to do at that time.  Because of this, they may have been labeled “crazy” or a “loose cannon” during the time in which they were alive and active.  In other cases, they simply shunned most, if not all media attention, especially from the white controlled media, whose main existential function is to maintain white dominance and the perpetuation of the status quo through propaganda.  They simply chose to do their work quietly and preferred to operate as an “underground hero”, and a “people’s champion”, with no need to broadcast or promote their work to the outside mainstream world in an attempt to create a cult of personality.

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“JUST TALKING”: CUTTING THROUGH CONFUSION & THE MONUMENTAL IMPORTANCE OF COURTEOUS, CONSTRUCTIVE COUNTER-RACIST DIALOGUE BETWEEN VICTIMS

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Honest conversations about racism/white supremacy are very difficult for everyone.  They can easily get emotional, contentious and “out of hand”, even between people who essentially agree on most things, or people who are on the same side of the debate. They are difficult to have, both by Black people and white people/suspected white supremacists, but for drastically different reasons.  For whites, conversations about racism are difficult because too much focus on this extremely unjust system and how this system came to be could possibly lead to an increased effort by more people to attempt to change the system to a more just system.  This would negate the advantages which they have come to rely on in order to simply survive genetically.  This turn of events would be absolutely disastrous for the whites who have become dependent on racism/white supremacy.  So, the typical reactions by whites/suspected racists to frank discussions about racism, tend to range from patronizing apologies (with some qualifiers, of course), to defensive posturing, to angry dismissal, to being totally unapologetic.  It is safe to say that there will not be much gained from these discussions with most whites, especially those who stay “on code”, and have shown strict dedication to keeping the status quo.  But they are just as difficult to have with Black people, victims of racism/white supremacy, for different reasons.

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WHAT SHOULD WE (BLACK VICTIMS OF RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY) CALL OURSELVES? UNDER CURRENT CONDITIONS, DOES IT REALLY MATTER?

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There is a trendy discussion/debate going on among so-called “conscious” circles (for lack of a more accurate term) about whether we, victims of white supremacy who are classified as “Black” in America, should continue to refer to ourselves as “Black” or “African American”, or should we modify or completely change how we refer to ourselves.  There are many who say that simply claiming “Black” is limiting and inaccurate.  Some of these people who are driving this debate claim to be “Moors”, and there are also some who claim to be “indigenous American” (or something else of that sort), but this debate seems to be more ubiquitous the more people are exposed to some of the more fringe ideologies within the loose configuration of non-white/Black people who make up the so-called “conscious community”.  Recently, while listening to a program that I regularly listen to, I heard a caller discuss this topic, and in expressing his opinion he seemed to take the side that we should not continue to refer to ourselves as “Black”.  His rationale, I kid you not, was that he was looking at his work boots at the moment in which he was speaking, and his work boots are the color “black”.  Since his skin tone does not match his work boots, and since he personally cannot track a member of his familial lineage to the continent of Afrika, that he and other Black people should stop using the terms “Black” and “African American” to refer to ourselves, and instead should refer to ourselves as “copper colored” and/or “indigenous”.  While I respect his right to his opinion, as he, as a victim of white supremacy has victims guaranteed qualification (VGQ) to say or think whatever he wants about his own victimization, whether he sees himself as a victim or not, I believe this idea to be wildly inaccurate and frankly irrelevant in regard to the real life situation concerning Black people under the system of racism/white supremacy.  It is also, in my view, ultimately very non-constructive toward the goal of eliminating white supremacy, which I would assume is also his goal (perhaps to my detriment), being as though the program which he called into has the singular stated mission of being centered around that goal.

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THE PHOTO WITH THE LASER RED DOT ON ELI “TRUEBOY” CLAYTON (RIP) PERFECTLY ENCAPSULATES THE CONDITION OF MOST BLACK PEOPLE UNDER RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY

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          First and foremost, I’d like to send condolences to the family/care unit of Eli “Trueboy” Clayton, the young Black male pictured at the top of this article, who was murdered at a Madden Football video game tournament in Jacksonville, FL, on August 26th, 2018.  Eli was murdered doing what he loved to do, and it is a very sad, yet unsurprising commentary on the world under the system of racism/white supremacy that Black people cannot even enjoy a fun activity in peace without the threat of savage violence from racists/white supremacists, or those acting through the conditioning and with the approval of the white supremacists, constantly looming.  This article is in no way meant to disrespect the memory of Trueboy.  But the symbolism of this photo in reference to Black people’s condition under the system of racism/white supremacy struck me immediately.  In the photo, Clayton is pictured in the process of playing his game.  In the photo he is beaming, as if he is having a great time and would rather be nowhere else than where he was, enjoying the friendly competition in what I believe was originally intended to be a fun activity to be enjoyed by all, the playing of a video game.  In the midst of his game, he is completely oblivious and unaware of the laser red dot pointed at his chest by his murderer, suspected racist David Katz, another Madden “gamer”, who by all accounts was beaten badly in a game earlier in the day by Clayton.  Within the span of seconds from when this image was captured, Clayton, along with several other people, was murdered, and yet another mass shooting by a suspected white identity extremist, murdering for absolutely nothing other than to fulfill his blood lust, was underway.

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21CRM TRIBUTE TO PAMELA EVANS HARRIS “PAM” (1953 – 2018)

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On Thursday, I received the horrible news of the transitioning of a brilliant Black woman, fantastic writer, true counter-racist soldier and from everything that I have seen and heard from her, a wonderful soul, Pamela Evans Harris, known affectionately by all within the loose configuration of counter-racists as simply Pam.  Far too few were aware of this giant and her liberation focused work, who has now ascended to the realm of the ancestors, but her colossal efforts should be saluted.  Pam was the co-writer of four books which I would consider to be essential reading in gaining clarity on the system of racism/white supremacy from the perspective of a victim who is sincerely attempting to become less confused and contribute to solving THE problem.  These books, Trojan Horse: Death of a Dark Nation; Black Love Is A Revolutionary Act; The Interracial Con Game & The Beauty Con Game, were essential in helping me understand the system of racism/white supremacy to the degree that I do (whatever that may mean, I’m still learning, and I’m still a victim), as well as giving me an understanding of how much I need to learn, and how far I, and we still need to go.

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21CRM CLASSIC BOOK REVIEW: TWO FACED RACISM, WHITES IN THE BACKSTAGE AND FRONTSTAGE BY LESLIE HOUTS PICCA AND JOE R. FEAGIN

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On one of her many appearances on the Context of White Supremacy (COWS) internet radio program, the late, great grandcestor, Dr. Frances Cress-Welsing relayed a very interesting anecdote.  She spoke about how she once came across a “well meaning” white person who I believe attended one of Dr. Welsing’s talks, and attempted to appear to be sincerely interested in helping produce justice.  She, very similarly to the famous scene in the Malcolm X movie, tried to make it clear that she was “not racist” and was very interested in helping to eliminate racism/white supremacy.  She, as a white person, claimed to be confused about what she could do in order to assist in such a task, and asked Dr. Welsing exactly what she could do to help.  Dr. Welsing, quite brilliantly as per usual, simply answered that what she could do is “tell Black people what whites talk about (regarding Black people) when Black people are not around”.  The book, Two Faced Racism, Whites in the Backstage and Frontstage, written by two white people, Leslie Houts Picca and Dr. Joe R. Feagin, brings the readers, many like myself, who do not and will never have unfiltered, “fly on the wall” access to all-white, closed off environments, into the spaces where whites are free to be themselves and speak their minds and feelings freely.  They reveal what is often said and done in environments where whites are free to spout all of their views about Black people and racism with no regard to “political correctness” or whatever other societal restrictions which are supposed to guide polite speech and behavior.  They bring us into a world in which Black people can only imagine and speculate on the nature of the conversation concerning racial matters that take place among whites, with an insight that could only be delivered by a white person who is familiar with these scenes and the mentality of those involved, from firsthand experience.

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BLACK PEOPLE THINKING IN EPISODES

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I contend that one very large impediment to Black people eliminating the system of racism/white supremacy is our inability or our refusal to “connect the dots”.  By connecting the dots, I mean being able to understand how the multiple sub-institutions (the so-called government, the military, law enforcement officials (slave catchers, race soldiers), the mis/dis-education system, the prison industrial system, the media, and so on) all work in concert to enforce the system of racism/white supremacy in all areas of people activity.  But It also refers to our inability or refusal to be able to connect the dots of history, observations, facts and logic, to be able to better understand how everything that has happened in the past has led up to and continues to have a great impact on the conditions of the world today, especially concerning the world’s greatest problem for Black people, which is racism, and then using that understanding to inspire a permanent change in our thoughts, speech and actions.  This forgetfulness has a very deleterious effect on our ability to truly understand and correctly perceive our condition, as well as being able to correctly and accurately identify those who are the ultimate creators and cause of our condition.  I’m not even necessarily just referring to being able to know and understand the impact of something as historically ubiquitous as the Trans-Atlantic enslavement trade, our subsequent extreme mistreatment during our enslavement, or later Jim Crow has had on our condition, (although these things are very vital to study if you want to gain a complete understanding of our condition).  I’m simply referring to being able to remember things that have happened as recently as a year or even a few months ago, and having that be the impetus to understanding the fact that we are at war for our survival, and having that be the catalyst for the change, the permanent change, in our behavior and outlook that is necessary to solve our problem, THE problem.

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