Thursday, December 18, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 9 I see a relationship between our government’s torture of perceived enemies (terrorists) and the threat intimidation and killing of African Americans by law enforcer – this makes me say something. When I look at how enemy prisoners are tortured and compare it to how black people are treated I see more similarities than differences; and it scares the shit out of me. If what I’m seeing is true then it means black people are perceived to be enemies (terrorists) of the United States and subject to whatever treatment deemed necessary by the military and law enforcers. I think the military and law enforcers are using the same rule book for controlling – black – domestic enemies as they do for foreign enemies. I’m convinced that the same philosophical/psychological basis governing the treatment of foreign enemies is the same basis governing – black – domestic enemies. Both the military and law enforcers are directed by orders from their superiors; those superiors are directed by rule books, manuals, spelling out how when and where activities are to be carried out. The manuals are created by a small group of individuals to include those educated in human behavior – psychologist. The reason we see law enforcer acting more like soldiers on a battlefield is because they are following the same orders, from the same manual, from the same psychology.,

Monday, December 15, 2014


JUST SHARING ME – 2 Sunday was my Think Day – it’s the day I’ve set aside for assessing what I did or didn’t do during the week. I call it my stink day since I don’t usually shower or foldup my sofa bed – I don’t leave my apartment. Yesterday was an exception; I did some bending and stretching to get my heartrate up, had an oatmeal breakfast, took a shower and drove a short distant to a Crown Bookstore at Westfield Topanga to hear a lovely writer friend, Lila Lee Silvern, read from her new book: CONFESSIONS of a GERIATRIC PROM QUEEN. I do buy and read lots of books. I own a number of African and African American art pieces – including an original fabric piece by SHERRY EVON WHETSTONE, also an original painting by CHARLOTTE HILL O’NEAL. When you enter my apartment you know a black man lives here. The new-year, 2015, will find me spending more time at home, buying far fewer books and art pieces, and eating out less. I already cut my charitable gifts – that will continue through next year. The reason is this year I spent a considerable amount of money on publishing the second edition of my three novels – and on advertising, and on writer’s conferences, and books on writing. It will take all of next year to repay the bank and myself. I’m now beginning to record an Audio Book for each title – the first will be available at Amazon early next year.,

Thursday, December 11, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 8 The systemic racism in the law and law-enforcement continues to take black lives – this makes me say something. As police continue to move from Protect and Serve to Control and Dominate, antagonism will continue to increase between black people and police officers. The shift from Serve to Control can best be seen in the military style uniforms and actions of police. The shift in the application of law can be seen in the punitive sentencing handed down by courts – a sentence has no relative balance with an alleged crime. I’m almost 80 years old; I remember a time when Milwaukee neighborhood beat cops would stop to chat with my parents while on patrol. Whites had begun their flight to the suburbs; it was predominantly a black community; we did have a few black police officers. The point I’m getting to is that there was some tension between black citizens and policemen but conduct between the two made room for dignity and respect – policemen didn’t normally bully back citizens with the threat of violence. Older black men and women, as a rule, worked to keep any conflict with a policeman from escalating. Younger black men and women, as I see them, don’t have the same conciliatory – fearful – mindset as older black people. So while laws governing race and law-enforcement have become boldly disrespectful, young blacks have become boldly insistent on being treated with equal justice, dignity and respect: and they’re not backing down.,

Sunday, December 7, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 7 As a grandfather with grandsons and nephews the emboldened slaughter of young black men by some white policemen makes me say something. I have witnessed the conduct of white officers, when approaching black people grow from cautiously intimidating to emboldened domination – total disregard for the civil and human rights of black human beings. It’s as though police departments issue a special license to racist cops allowing them to do whatever the hell they want – as long as it’s only done to black people. No such license would be issued for Italians, Irish, Germans, Polish or any group of white people. When a racist cop inters a predominantly white community he know better than to use the conduct he so easily uses in a black community – he knows there would be severe and immediate consequence. He is fearful that his livelihood and quite possibly his life would be ended. No amount of diversity-training or examination of law enforcement regulations will arrest the conduct of a racist cop. Until the black community, I mean all black people – whatever their income or location – create fear in white racists, no black person is safe from the growing brutality of black people by law enforcers. The power to stop the slaughter of our black men – and very soon our black women – is in black hands.,

Sunday, November 30, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 6 The young death and the justifiable pain and anguish in Ferguson, and other cities and too often, makes me say something I believe to be true. The mother of Our Nation is racism; the basic instinct of its issue is to annihilate minority groups – at times it will recruit members of minority groups as mercenaries to aide in their own destruction. It is the rule of law that attempts to restrain the instinct of America’s dominate group. Notice that I use the word attempts: the instinct to completely annihilate minority groups remains a part of the dominate groups’ fundamental intent. The agents of the law are many and not readily apparent; but two can easily be identified – Police and Military. Both the police and military recite a mantra we’re all familiar with – “To Protect and To Serve.” Police swear to protect and serve civilians and the Military swears to protect and serve our nation as a whole. Remember that the rule of law only attempts to restrain the basic instincts of racism. That instinct is so innate, so inborn and pervasive that it tends to corrupt the oath both the police and military swear to live by. The corruption of the oath changes its nature from “To Protect and To Serve.”, “To Control and To Dominate.” I think our police and military have been corrupted in this way. This brings me to the question that is always asked about the role of violence as a tool in demonstrations to oppose injustice. I believe that violence should always be among the tools used to resist injustice and should be employed, without hesitation, when a racist group moves to harm or destroy another. The value of our minority youth is as precious as those of the dominant group. Black adult minorities should not hesitate to take up arms, should not hesitate to bleed and die, especially, in the protection and perpetuation of our youth.,

Sunday, November 23, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING – 5 Just sharing a notion that has guided my thinking for as far back as I can remember. I am interconnected with all that is but I have never felt I could not exist without all there is. I’m not saying I don’t need other people and other forms of existence but my presence does not depend on any one person or form - no person(s) or form(s) controls me: I control me. My interconnectedness with people and other forms of existence is because I will it to be so. As a young child I remember waking from a near death experience to see my mother, father, and our pastor standing at the foot of my hospital-bed praying – I interrupted their prayers by telling them, “I don’t know why y’all here I ain’t gonna die.” As an adult I have belonged to organized groups, to include religious, business, social, and political institutions – but I was there because I chose to be not because I had to be. I’ve married because I chose to do that, not because I had to. I have loved because I chose to do that not because I couldn’t help it. I omit ‘…under God…,’ when Pledging Allegiance to the flag. In my mind I omit, ‘… so help you God,’ before saying “I Do” when swearing in as a witness or juror in court. God’s name, to me, neither validates my willingness to serve nor my truthfulness – for me it’s a personal commitment not the fear of or permission from a God. I now avoid belonging to or being in large groups – especially when group members are of one mind. I refuse to enslave my thought processes to the will of a group: I CHOOSE TO THINK!,

Sunday, November 16, 2014


IT MAKES ME SAY SOMETHING - 4 Following the triumph of the Republican Party at the polls I received a letter from the Democratic Party wanting to know what important issues the party should undertake in the coming years. Since I’m an Independent voter I received a similar letter from Republicans. As a person who’s been breathing for a long time I don’t get too excited when a politician wants to know what I think about a given issue; I’m convinced the reality of how seriously my response would be taken has more to do with how much money or influence I could contribute to what the party thinks is important. With that in mind I have to say something about REPARATIONS – REPARATIONS is the only means by which peoples of AFRICAN descent will ever share in the opportunities and wealth available in this country – the free labor of our ancestors, their exclusion from social political and economic life, enabled America to become the strongest, in-terms of wealth and military might, country ever to exist. The only way for America to atone for its deliberate actions is REPARATIONS. I think REPARATIONS should first go to reconstructing educational institutions serving peoples of African descent – jobs for peoples of African descent should be an integral part of the initial thrust of REPARATIONS.,