As Suicide Rates For Black Children Rise, Protecting Emotional Heath Is Vital

This article makes me worry greatly. In my everyday life I treat all young children the same but it is always important to me to engage the young black girls and boys I come in contact with whether its a smile, a hello, or just a you are so pretty or handsome. So to know that the rate of suicide for black children are rising worries me. Please share this article and think long and hard about the effects of it. We must fiercely protect our young. We must let them know that they matter, their voices matter, their opinions, and feelings. I am shocked by this article. Especially in the classroom, we must ensure our children are being included and not isolated, bullied or targeted. I have dealt with racist teachers before and it was not fun to be in their class or learn from them or listen to them. I thank God that I didn’t let their stupidity get to me, but no child should deal with that. Truly ask your kids about their day and their classes.

The researchers who found that suicide rates have doubled for Black children while declining for White children were surprised by their own results. These are the first recorded data in history for which Black suicide rates surpass that of other race groups. Suicide is what can happen at the extreme of when youth and adults are marginalized and lack the resources to cope with this marginalization. The reasons for the increase in Black children’s suicide are unknown. In today’s climate, however, efforts toward protecting children from the subtle and not-so-subtle burdens of discrimination and oppression seem warranted.

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Three University Alba students attacked by Whites

This story is just sad all around. Three young women beaten by white men and white women and no one helped them. This took place on a bus and people were more obsessed with recording the beating and telling them to shut up. I am beyond angry like what the heck? I am tired of this. The police officers did not care, the school did not care until the story got social media traction. My anger stems from the fact that no one helped these black women and these women were attacked for their race and gender.

No one sends their children to a school anywhere and expects to hear about them being assaulted. No one sends their child to school and think they are far from safe. Universities already do not have a good statistic on the violent and sexual assaults that take place on their campuses, they put the schools image ahead of the safety of the students who make them money. The Sunny Alba sent out some ridiculous lets get together letter out with some political correct garbage. I am thoroughly annoyed with all of this and people think the younger generation is somehow better, this proves they are not. There are still racist whites who find pleasure in this type of savage behavior, attacking black women, black girls, and recording it and probably laugh about it. The investigation should not even take long, they should be found, round up, and hauled off to jail. The white girls involved as well, feminist sisters my behind, also need to be round up and hauled of to jail. Everyone needs to be jailed, terminated, and have their life ruined.

The story can be read here: 3 BLACK FEMALE STUDENTS AT SUNY ALBANY ATTACKED BY WHITE STUDENTS ON BUS

13 Black Women Sexually Assaulted by police officer Daniel Holtzclaw and the media is silent

“Black women are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault by police due to historically entrenched presumptions of promiscuity and sexual availability,” according to a recent report. “Historically, the American legal system has not protected Black women from sexual assault, thereby creating opportunities for law enforcement officials to sexually abuse them with the knowledge that they are unlikely to suffer any penalties for their actions.”

Please read the rest of this article here: “The Rape Trial Everyone in America Should be Watching”

I first heard about this monster’s actions through online blogs, not the news. The monster, Daniel Holtzclaw, who was a police officer, sexually assaulted 13 black women ages 17-57 years old; He deliberately targeted these black women because of their race. He would run their information and if they had any type of run in with police: stop them, assault them, and threaten them into silence. He got away with it until he encountered the wrong one, the 57 year old woman who did not live in his jurisdiction. The fact that such a person is allowed to wear a uniform and call himself a cop is problematic. What is even more problematic is the racial make up of the jury, an all white jury. His attorney is deliberately trying to smear the women’s credibility. I do not care if a person is a crack addict, no one deserves to be sexually assaulted, period! The media silence is troubling and disheartening, these women matter. What he did to them and took from them is indescribable and he deserves to pay for it.He is a monster and filthy human being who used his position of authority and power to prey on children and women knowing that racism would allow him to get away with it. No more silence, let us bring attention to this trial to ensure that justice is served. That no other Black women will have to be afraid. That these victims receive the justice due to them. There will be consequences for messing with Black woman, this is the warning that needs to ring out loud and clear around the world. Blackwomenlivesmatter and its not up for debate!

Greenwood Massacre Survivor, Wes Young, dies at 97

I don’t know if I can post the whole article so I will post the beginning half and link to the rest. May the soul of this man and other survivors who have passed rest in peace, this is an important part of history that is not mentioned, but did happen. It’s a shame that they have not received reparations or justice, but we must keep their memory alive and bring them justice ourselves, because this cannot be swept under the rug any longer.

1921 GREENWOOD MASSACRE SURVIVOR, WES YOUNG, DIED TODAY AT 97 YEARS OLD

Wes Young

Wess H. Young Sr. 1921 Race Riot survivor, WW II Veteran, Father, Grandfather,  great-grandfather and friend passed this afternoon, September 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Dallas, Texas. He was surrounded by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. His wife of 60+ years, Cathryn J. Young passed December 1, 2013. Mr. Young was 97 years old.  Mr. Young was a great man,  a true warrior and patriot.  It was a great pleasure getting to know and represent him in our attempts to get justice for him and the other survivors who now number below 50.  Below is a summary of the 1921 Greenwood Massacre a/k/a The Tulsa Race Riot

Black Wallstreet

On May 31 and June 1 1921, a mob of  over 2000 Whites, under the protection of city and state law, pillaged and destroyed during the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. The terrorist mob destroyed 36 square blocks killed upwards of 1000 people, and left 10,000 Blacks homeless, destitute, and traumatized. Afterwards city and state officials condone this terrorism, blamed the innocent Blacks, and instituted a cover-up so successful the horrors of the Greenwood Massacre were effectively blotted out of history for almost 80 years. In fact, the cover-up was so successful that while going to school on Greenwood Street, I never once heard about the bombing!!!

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What to do?

Rekia Boyd, Reneisha McBride, Aiyana Jones, Troy Davis, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and now Michael Brown. These are the names, with the exception of Troy Davis, of people who have been gunned down police or a faux police officer. How many more people have to die before we admit that law enforcement is full of racist officers who look at Blacks as not citizens, but criminals in the making?

The police during the March on Wall Street have proven, they are here to serve and protect those with money and Blacks are not on that list, unless you are clearly Lebron James or some other athletic figure. So what do we do? Now people are marching, protesting, and rioting. I don’t condemn the rioters because this is what happens when people are tired of history repeating itself. Black people have been killed without a second glance since the slave trade began and it continues now.

I don’t focus or pay attention to “New Blacks,” those agents “Rap artists”, and all those other we shall overcome people who have drank the Kool-Aid: “racism is dead in America.” All the “isms” that plague this country like the locusts plague Egypt have not disappeared. The main reason is because people would rather lie and pretend then face a hard truth; “nothing has changed.”

What people fought for back in the day has come to fruition but a lot of it has not. Anyone walking out in this world feeding their child Disney happy endings is doing their child a disservice. The music, which isn’t the only ill, is telling them to do stuff to get locked up and run from the cops, while denying the existence that you can be shot simply for breathing.

My folks always said that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” ignorance of what it means to Black in America is no excuse because a bullet can end up in you either way. I have said it before and I will say it again, there needs to be a deep psychological reprogramming of the police force and Americans as a whole.

A police officer cannot serve and protect with their gun when they are bias. What do you get when you add: police officer + racist+ gun= what we have going on now. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. These cops are not here for us and will shoot us if they feel threatened, not whether or not they are actually threatened.

I don’t believe I will be teaching my child to run to the cops for anything because of what may be done to them. It is a long running joke that cops are criminals, every cop show has a crooked cop in it, and art imitates life, except we have police all over the 50 states waging war on unarmed black people as though lynching is coming back in style.

Not all cops are like this, just like all politicians are not dishonest crooks, but guess which stereotype thrives when 99.9% act like heathens. So what do we do? What do we do when we have to not just watch out for who our kids hang with, but the flashing police lights that want to stop them just because they are “too black?”

The names above who have died are lives that could have been saved. These innocent lives are lost while the Colorado movie theater shooter is still alive, and I’m sure a book deal and movie deal is coming his way, the Boston bombers, who caused much suffering, is still alive and even got a cover on Rolling Stone.

Yet, people are shocked at how America can sit back and defend Israel when they are killing innocent Palestinians. America can do this because they massacre people within their own borders and not think twice about it, why would thy not support their equal, Israel?

So now we know that we must protect our kids, but how do we do that? We do that by protecting our own neighborhoods, cops are not there for us, they already have prejudged us, and they won’t think twice to treat us like a first-person shooter game, without a reset button.

So we defend our neighborhoods physically, if a cop comes in there willing to shoot, he needs to have just as many guns pointed back at him. Notice they are not shooting armed people, but unarmed people, people they know have not weapons to defend themselves. No cop is going to act irrational when he does not have the police power to back him up, unless he wants to die, and surprisingly considering their job, they don’t want to die.

A scenario like this protects an innocent life. People simmer down when they are outmatched and police officers are no different. I would love to see these officers bust into West Virginia or the rural parts, where they know the people are heavily armed, but they wouldn’t because they know 1,000 guns would be pointed at their heads.

Physically defense of our neighborhoods is not the only way to protect our neighborhoods, we must be very careful of who we elect to office, meaning not every Black politician will get our vote and every white and other politicians, will need to prove that they are non-racist and truly for us. If they switch up once in office, then we pull the house of cards down and get them tossed out.

The trick to this is to look at their language, how do they talk about Black people and black neighborhoods, do not get caught up in the new issue of the week that seems to pop up every presidential run, every governor run, or ever mayor run. Every big election has some huge issue attached to it: it was homosexual’s wanting to marry, and then it was universal health care, and so on and so on. These issues are used to gain money and support, but they do not help us in the least. They do not focus on us or tell us how we and our interest will be protected.

On Wall Street every group you can think of have lobbyists: Tobacco, Israel, Latinos, Farmers, car manufactures, Health insurance companies, Google, and more, but Black people have no lobbyists and it is hurting us. We need to lobby and we need more lobbyists whose focus is just for us and not for others, head nod to you NAACP. You don’t see Israel lobbyists focused on anything but Israel, they are not focused on LGBT, Latinos, or anyone else, they are focused on their interests and that’s why our government is scrambling to give them over $22 Million dollars in foreign aid to kill more Palestinians.

Another focus should be on whose pockets we are lining with our money. If you are not for us you do not get our money, it’s that simple. Many businesses are run by racist CEOs, executives, and owners; they could care less about Black life, so we make them. If any owner or CEO is funding the bail of or supporting someone who kills a black person, then we do not buy any of their products. We ban them from our homes; we make sure the markets in our neighborhoods do not hold them, but not buying them. No one likes losing money, there is a reason why Jesus told the rich of his day to not overcharge people, and the rich haven’t changed. They are consumed by a greed that is never satisfied and we should use that to our advantage.

Understand that we should be for self and no one will make us feel bad for it. People are quick to come to Blacks and label us racist while making deals behind closed doors, again their people are not the ones being gunned down in the street in every day ending in “y.”

Last but least we must not forget these names nor must we let these people get away with taking bright lives away from our community. Do your research, be the change, talk to your children, and kids focus on the news. Don’t believe anyone that tells you, you are in a post-racial America, that these black names did something to cause their death, and don’t believe any music that tells you to go jail, when you will end up in a body bag before you can make it to jail.

This is all I have to say, R.I.P to all the innocent lives lost to racist officers and racism in America.

Accepting the Other Side

Earlier this year I read a fanfiction and I immediately judged it based of the grammar and what I felt was a stereotypical portrayal of Black people. For some reason the fanfiction wouldn’t leave my mind and I ended up giving it another shot, some days later. I had to question myself as to why I immediately discounted the fanfiction and its writer and the answer hit me.

I was tired of the stereotyped black woman, the one that uses ain’t instead of isn’t or the one that curses and brings true every stereotype America has written about black women. I felt like this author, who was a black woman, was just feeding into it and I was not going to sit there and read her “ghetto” literature.

But why was she and her story ghetto and mine wasn’t? Was it because I didn’t use the n-word, or use improper English? Why was I able to so clearly able to create a divide when literature is simple literature. I have read  poems by African-American poets that did not use standard English, but I could empathize with them, understand them, and not judge.

I felt as though this young writer was a representative of all black women writers and she was not doing a good job. It was a stereotypical generalization. Although, I knew better.

However, its a feeling most people feel when a person of their gender talks about their sexapades, or talk loud and use profanity, or blast “ethnic” music, or use improper English.

There is a need to conform to standards in America that was never created with people looked at as “others” in the first place. For a woman to not be a hoe she must be sure to either be a virgin or at least appear to be one. In order for Black people not to be looked at as bad people beyond correction they must adjust their blackness to be accepted.

But the truth is some people despite glaring contradictions will deliberately paint people with one brush in order to sooth their ego or self-esteem.

So before you so easily use sexism to condemn the woman that does not hide the fact that she is a sexual being, understand that you have no right to place yourself above her.

Before you try to separate yourself from the people you deem stereotypes, understand again that you have no right to think yourself superior.

Just like I had no right to immediately devalue that young woman’s work because of my own prejudices. After putting aside my prejudices and reading the fanfiction with a clear eye, I ended up liking a lot more than I thought I would. Although some parts did annoy me, I still was able to see the work for what it was, an amazing form of literature.

 

E News blames Yoruba religion & Lee Thompson Young for Young’s death

Yesterday E news, they are anything but news, decided to write a piece about the death of Lee Thompson Young and tried to link it to the Yoruba people.

First of all Yoruba is the name of a group of people within Nigeria, that speak the language Yoruba and practice Yoruba religions, these religions have names mind you.

They were blatant in their disrespect and deliberate ignorance. Even after receiving correction from Luvvie, who broke it down as though talking to a bunch of 3 year olds, they made a correction that was still as inaccurate as what they originally wrote.

http://www.lipstickalley.com/f374/e-news-article-links-lee-thompson-young-s-suicide-yoruba-culture-560446/

This is serious and detrimental. For them to try to play into the African religions are savage trope is deliberate ignorance. For them to try to make it seem like all Yoruba people practice one religion makes them deliberately small-minded idiots that should not be allowed to be journalist.

Journalist know to double, no, triple check their facts, not write what they get off of Wikipedia. Then America wonders why disinformation runs so rampant.

Another thing, why is Lee Thompson Young being indirectly blamed for his suicide? Where is the compassion and sympathy allotted to Caucasian celebrities when they take their lives? I didn’t see anyone blaming Heath Ledger for drug overdosing to the point of death. What about Elvis whose addiction to pain killers led him to the grave. Where was all this crap about some dark European religion telling them to do these things?

I am not amused nor am I impressed, facts need to be triple checked. The unfortunate thing is that some idiots out there will repeat the garbage written by E news as fact, which is offensive to Nigerians and especially Yoruba people.

I don’t know not one African religion that promotes suicide, not one.

E, piece of crap, news needs to issue an apology and take down that awful and deliberate propaganda, discrimination against Nigerians, article that was written.