Archive | January 2017

Bates College in Maine hosts MLK activities

Bates College Hosts MLK, Jr. Day’s Activities

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This is the day (January 16) our nation set aside a holiday to celebrate and lift in respect, the memory & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.

Bates College, in Lewiston, Maine, hosted a keynote speech (given by Professor Kahlil Gibran Muhammed) as well as many break-out workshops.  The theme of the day was Reparations: Addressing Racial Injustices.

The call for reparations to African-Americans, descended from slaves, in their relationship to their owners & slave identity, has gained more & more momentum & critical attention has now aided the call for reparations; reparations, however, to be sustainable must be founded on a new declaration of race in our culture, a new conversation, a new language, a new social consciousness; in other words, the completion of the Oppressor-&-the Oppressed experiment.  So, education about slavery and issues surrounding it, is the firm base that everything will rest upon, including reparations.

In his keynote presentation, Professor & author, Kahlil Gibran Muhammed, he noted that those who support reparations must be intentional about reparations for it to be efficacious & meaningful to those whom it might benefit, as well as legislators.

Dr. Muhammed observed that what is presently needed in our culture, in terms of righting the social justice & criminal justice worlds, is for Americans to move into a new threshold.  Dr. King, said Dr. Muhammed, was passionate about racism being a type of “cultural homicide.”  We don’t need DOA.

Later, in his talk, Muhammed emphasized how President Obama received the baton from MLK, Jr.  Perhaps this was one of Obama’s central, political axioms: America has always been about seeing ourselves as one nation, from many, diverse lands all over this planet.  One common understanding of our “oneness” is that when push comes to shove, we’d give our lives for our brothers & sisters.  We have many, unspoken & spoken American values that we could agree to hold these all with respect.

Hearing some of the above comments, some white folks would respond, “Well, none of my ancestors owned slaves.”  This statement is as incongruous as building an outside brick barbeque, and you tell your buddy, “Well, we’re all set to go.  Did you see all the bricks?”  “Yes, I did, but that’s all that’s over there, no sand, no tools, no iron for the grill—nothing but bricks!”

White people are often completely unaware about their privilege, as white people, in our nation.  So, this is all about education.  First, we need accurate, and not skewed information & knowledge, about racism, and every other “ism” you could think of.

©Christopher Bear-Beam January 16, 2017 Continue reading

A Fragmentary Culture

A Fragmentary Culture

The trends, drives & pushes, taken on by the ‘vast American Middle Class,’ God,  it reminds me of the “Beaver & Cleaver” era of nerds on the loose-all this since WWII; one of the consequences is that we’ve split our collective psyche, all of us have been labeled by TPTB (The Powers That Be), as increasingly often we notice useless ideas & activities that they neither have time for, or belly for-those co-crafters of the majority system, wanted to keep their prestige, their power, their possessions, their munitions, along with their privileged premonitions, and keep, we poor on the down-low, neck under the boot of TPTB, the down-low-est step on the ladder to success-well, don’t they have big plans for us-beyond belief?  Perhaps it is “beyond belief.”

To hold us in neo-non-motion, they must insure that they can keep these other sectarian, ignorant piss-ants restrained and on lock-down.  The guards pass it off as low IQs, and being uncivilized and counter-culture to all that’s good and white.

They say this is why snow is white-it’s a yearly reminder that only the “good” white people who get most of the goodies & entitlements, are really “good”\but who decides who the “good” are?  Are these good, white people?  What about those over there?  Are there good persons of color?   Are there “bad” white people?

The reason these questions have any meaning at all is due to our racialized history and our identities, that we’d even entertain a whitish metaphor-all homes in which humans live have their personalized souls; these metaphors, at the end of the day, are equipped with warranties and extension opportunities-so that metaphors can quickly adapt to changing conditions:

 

The metaphor=whiteness.

We serve a white God, and is

That white only?  That is historically-

Based non-sense, look at the narrative

Of Art from the past, in the drawings,

Pottery, & household utensils: what’s

Planted on these past, archaeological

Accessories is our racial diversity and

Most of the persons are of darker hue-

I guess we foo’d you!   Come on every

One let’s give them a heartfelt applause

For their dramatic expression of

Loving support for you!  And just

Being willing to play along.  By the

Way, Mr. Sampson asked me to pass

This message along to you.  He says

That some of you are plotting against

Him, and it’s really stressed him out,

So, in his mind he’s flipped it and even

Now as we speak here, he’s plotting to

Take all of you down.

The mirror of the metaphor

Collapses when it skins its shins,

Or when it shines in on itself,

Like dark holes exploding

Into tons of fragments; scientists

Still can’t unravel all the data yet,

Because they’re missing some codes,

Which are being investigated, again,

As we speak

Clearly, there must be a logistical & mathematical cause for these consequences and not others, more experimentation is needed in this regard.

©Christopher Bear-Beam December 14, 2016