Are Blacks Being Eliminated in the US?

 

Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

Whitney Curtis/The New York Times

You’re probably already familiar with the events occurring in Ferguson, Missouri where an 18 year old unarmed black man named Mike Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer. The response from both social media and the ground has been that this is yet another instance of racist white cops killing unarmed black men in what is clearly an indication of systematic racism. The media has had a field day with the story, and it has clogged news sources for weeks.

I’m not here to argue that Mike Brown was or wasn’t at fault. Nor am I here to defend or deny my “white privilege”. I’m not even here to defend or condemn the white cop who did the shooting. You can find that material elsewhere.

I want to talk about a rap song that was trending on Facebook recently called “Don’t Shoot”. It’s a collaboration between rap artist The Game and about 13 other artists. Honestly, I rather enjoyed the song, which is a response to the events in Ferguson. While I don’t necessarily agree with their perspective, I liked it’s musical qualities and the fact that it was talking about something important (as opposed to sex, drugs, and alcohol). Check out the lyrics here.

One particular line stood out to me (from collab artist Problem): “The revolution has been televised/If I sit here and don’t do nothing/Homie that is genocide.” The message is that the African-American community needs to take notice of this event, and rise up and demand justice. This line really stood out to me because the rapper says that Mike Brown is the start of a black genocide and this is evidence that something needs to be done.

While I recognize that this is probably hyperbole to illustrate a point, Problem missed the mark. He decided it was worth his time to participate in a song and talk about black genocide from systematic racism. Yet, he won’t talk about the real black genocide that has been waged legally in this country for more than 40 years (and arguably much longer than that).

The Real Black Genocide

According to the CDC, since 1973 more than 16 million African-Americans have been aborted. If you think this is a solely a function of low-income demand for abortion, think again. The fact is that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America, has a long and storied history of racism against minorities, particularly African-Americans. Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was a vocal advocate for eugenics (the philosophy, infamous for its adoption in Nazi Germany, that seeks to create a superior race by eliminating those “unfit to breed”), birth control, and sterilization.  Her legacy is steeped in racist ideology, and while it is true that eugenics was mainstream in America in the 1930’s, she had no scruples about pushing her elitist agenda. Many of her contemporaries openly praised Nazi eugenic methods as “humanitarian” and “scientific”, positions that Sanger herself fiercely defended. She was a member of the American Eugenics Society and was a speaker at Ku Klux Klan gatheringsYou can read all about the legacy of Sanger here.

(To be fair, it should be noted that Sanger did live in a time where the “science” of eugenics was wildly popular. Some have used this as an end-all justification for her actions, but the ends never justify the means. Leben Magazine has a great article about the American church and eugenics in their July 2014 issue, which I will post here when it is available online.)

Think this is just in the past? Think again. Planned Parenthood has never renounced any of its racist history and its highest national award is still called the Margaret Sanger Award. In 2008, the CDC data revealed that 42% of all abortions come from black women, yet African-Americans make up only 12.6% of the population. Abortion centers overwhelmingly target minority and traditionally African-American neighborhoods and Planned Parenthood has nearly 80% of their abortion centers in minority neighborhoods. Life Dynamics, a pro-life advocacy organization, did their own analysis of zip codes and found that abortion centers were most likely to be found in minority neighborhoods, and they published their survey and methodology for public scrutiny. The abortion rate among black women is five times higher than among white women and it has been reported that in some states, such as Mississippi, black women get 78% of the abortions. Planned Parenthood claims it does more than just abortions, but the fact is that they referred out a mere 5,000 women to adoption centers vs. the more than 350,000 abortions they performed in 2007. (And it only makes sense: abortion pays. According to Planned Parenthood’s own website, an abortion will run you anywhere from $300 to $1,700. That’s a nice chunk of profit which keeps the corporation motivated to keep bringing in abortion clients as opposed to referring to an adoption agency, which doesn’t pay. Some abortionists charge more than that, with late term abortions running between $2-3,000.)

In New York city, more black babies are aborted than are born alive, with 1,223 abortions for every 1,000 live births. Yet, suspiciously, the rate of white abortions is a mere 265 abortions per 1,000 live births.  Finally, in a full circle to the events in Ferguson, the current President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, surmised that the events in Ferguson show us how important it is for people to have the choice to abort their children. (Interestingly enough, Richards’ echoes the sentiment expressed in a 1950 pamphlet distributed by the Human Betterment League of North Carolina, which advocated sterilization of “mental defectives”. They said, ” No child should be born to subnormal parents and denied a fair, healthy start in life.”) Ferguson is the kind of community that Planned Parenthood has historically worked to eliminate.

Injustice Demands A Response

Black genocide from racist cops in Missouri? No. The real holocaust has been going on for years, arguably since the end of slavery. The real black genocide has claimed more than 16 million victims at a rate of 363,000 a year, and is the number one killer in the black community. It masquerades as justice, flaunts itself as choice, and tears down the black community from the inside.

If rap artists are going to take a stand against injustice, against genocide, against evildoers, they need to start here. This is the real black genocide. Innocents are being slaughtered for profit, and the victims are disproportionately black. Worse yet, the worst offender of these crimes is a multi-million dollar pseudo-corporation that has hundreds of locations nationwide; the quintessential greedy conglomerate. When we ignore the decimation of the black population by abortion, we quietly fulfill the vision of the Margaret Sangers of the world; one where minorities are wiped out. This is the great civil rights debate of our day. The abortion industry in our country has its roots to an openly racist agenda and this is an agenda that has never been denied. Since 1973, over 25% of the black population has been eliminated through legal abortion.

I could go on and on about the racist practices of abortion practitioners, like how Planned Parenthood accepted donations that were specifically earmarked for black abortions. You can fool yourself into believing that it isn’t happening anymore, but the evidence points to the contrary. Want to help stop the black genocide? Start here. It’s much more important than what’s going on in Ferguson.

For more information about Planned Parenthood’s prolific racist history, watch the incredibly well-researched documentary Maafa 21.

 

3 Greatest April Fool’s Pranks of All Time

Historical depiction of April Fool's jokesters

Historical depiction of April Fool’s jokesters

Happy April Fool’s day, loyal readers! Today, I have successfully been duped at least three times, and due to my early-spring foolishness, I’ve decided to commemorate this occasion by bringing to you some of the best pranks in history that really duped a lot of people. That way, we can all laugh together at those silly historical fools. So without much further ado, I bring you…

#3. New planet discovered, named “Bob”

In the spring of 2002, NASA scientists pranked the general public by sending out a press release touting the discovery of a new planet in the space zone just beyond the Kuiper belt. The planet was presented as having “earth-like qualities, which could indicate habitability.” What really go the attention of the general public, however, was the apparent decision by the agency to name the planet, “Bob”, saying that the new name was reached at by “submitting a resolution to the US Congress to name the new planet after NASA administrator Sean O’Keefe’s dog. The resolution passed the House and Senate and was signed by President George W. Bush” The contact who was listed on the release was Jack Hudgins, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California. NASA later reported that Hudgins’ office was inundated with calls from citizens expressing concern about the choice of name and process by which it was conceived.

Eventually NASA revealed the story as a hoax, to the great disappointment of all the fans of “Bob”.

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#2. Town to be demolished for experimental “forest” resort

In 1988, Westward Television of Oregon announced that the small town of Snowhill, Oregon (population 1,472) had just lost a settlement with the state’s Supreme Court that would now allow for the small town to be demolished and for a multi-million dollar “forest” resort to be built in its place. The TV station reported that the residents would be relocated and compensated for their property, but also criticized the court’s decision, saying that observers said the judge may have been bribed.

Naturally, Oregonians were horrified and the TV station received thousands of letters and phone calls expressing outrage at the decision and support for the residents of Snowhill. The problem? The TV station made the whole thing up, including the name of the town. Even after the admission was made on air, the station still continued to receive letters from unconvinced Oregonians about the planned demolition of “Snowhill”.

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#1. Evidence found of a saber-toothed flamingo, scientists in disbelief

This is clearly the most ridiculous of the April Fool’s pranks that I found, and it’s amazing that people actually believed it, but they did. This one was from 1974, which was the same year the famous skeleton “Lucy” was discovered, which was seen as a big boost for evolutionary science. Perhaps that helped people swallow this big whopper.

BBC News reported that scientists had discovered a new species of bird in the Cirta archaeological site in Algeria, thought to be an ancient relative of the flamingo. The report went on to say that scientists had to completely rethink their history of how birds evolved, as this discovery seemed to indicate that birds once had teeth. And not just teeth, but this particular species was thought to have had large frontal tusks, much like the saber-toothed tiger. Appropriately, the bird was nicknamed “the saber-toothed flamingo”.

The report cited the famous British archaeologist Mary Leakey as saying, “I’m absolutely speechless. Something like this is just completely outside the realm of possibility, but here it is, and with this evidence, the only choice we have is just to completely rethink the evolution of avian species  in Northern Africa and beyond. I’m just speechless;  it’s dumbfounding.”

The news service received hundreds of incredulous readers calling and writing in to express their astonishment. BBC kept up the ruse for a solid day before revealing it all as a hoax. Mary Leakey, when she discovered that she had been quoted in the fake article, jokingly said, “Well, I should certainly hope people realize I would never really anything ridiculous like that. Bravo, BBC News.”

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That’s all folks! If you figured out that I made up every single one of those stories, good job! Let me know when you figured it out, because indeed, not a single one of these is true. 🙂 Happy April Fool’s Day!

 

 

What Can This Antarctic Shipwreck Teach You About Resilience?

Click for some cool color pictures of The Endurance

Click for some cool color pictures of The Endurance

The world is full of courageous men who risked their lives for a cause. Whether it’s an expedition into the remotest parts of the world, or fighting off the enemy in the most epic war in history, some men have a way of distinguishing themselves. Indeed, we tend to admire those who have stared death right in the face and gritted their teeth, never to back down. We long to be like them in some small measure and we read their stories, hoping to glean some insight into how they did what they did. One such man is Ernest Shackleton. What did he do?

Ernest Shackleton Saved All His Men From A Frozen Death

If you haven’t heard the story of The Endurance, you need to know about it. It was the year 1914, and the popular notion of conquering the Antarctic continent was alive and well. Ernest Shackleton had put together an expedition. He placed an ad in the paper promising death, darkness, poor wages, constant danger and honor as a reward if successful.

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Text of the ad Shackleton put out

Twenty-eight men answered the call, and the good ship Endurance set sail in December of 1914. The mission: to cross the Antarctic continent and gain the glory and honor accompanying such a feat. But it was not to be…
Historians tell us that The Endurance was built for loose ice floes, and was extremely strong. However, it was not a bowl-bottomed boat (which would be squeezed up out of ice packs that closed in). This proved to be a mistake, as the ship became caught in impenetrable ice in early 1915. Shackleton decided to try and wait it out, but by November of that year, it was clear that the ship was lost. The crew was forced to abandon the vessel and face the harsh prospects of survival on the ice floes.

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What was left of the Endurance after the ice was finished with it.

Imagine that you have to leave your ship and live on a block of ice, with nothing but seal meat for food…for two years.

That’s right, the crew of Endurance was stranded for more than 24 months. Furthermore, in almost every shipwreck story in history, casualties are high, morale is low, and the outcome is usually disastrous. It’s the norm for shipwrecks to boast a tremendous loss of life. But not Shackleton. He managed to lead his men through two years of life on the ice against incredible odds, until eventual rescue. And not a single soul was lost.

Resilience Is Learned

There are lots of lessons to be learned about leadership and endurance from this story. Ernest Shackleton is one of the few men in history to have faced death like he did, and he had a courage that is incomprehensible. It also tells us a lot about resilience, and facing reality head on. These men had to fight to survive the elements, low morale, mental fatigue, and a fiercely unforgiving ocean. But they came through it all. They had to come up with some creative ways to keep from going crazy, including writing in their journals about their experiences and singing songs to keep their spirits up. They had to fight to see their situation in a positive perspective, and while I don’t know about Shackleton himself, I’m sure that there were a lot of times on that voyage that those men cried out to God. They had to have resilience, and understand that getting out of that situation was going to be very, very difficult. But they did it.

One of Most Incredible Seafaring Voyage in History

Oh by the way, how exactly did that rescue go down? Well,  after months on the ice, the crew eventually got to Elephant Island (which is basically a couple giant rocks sticking out of the ocean near Antarctica. Very little native vegetation or wildlife to speak of.) They survived by hunting seals and penguins, and soon, after realizing that they would not last long, Shackleton made the courageous decision to seek rescue. The nearest inhabited land was over 800 miles away, and the only way to get there was in a tiny little boat, with no modern navigation equipment, across treacherous oceans and perilous seas. And he did it. It’s still considered among the most incredible nautical feats in the history of the world.

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See? Not even Google can do it. But Shackleton did.

Eventually, he got to South Georgia island, where there was a small whaling station. Oh, and did I mention the only inhabitants were on the opposite side of the island? Across a mountain range? In the middle of winter? So not only did he have to sail 800 miles to a little rock with a whaling station, he then had to cross the mountains with the handful of crew mates he brought along, and do it quickly before they ran out of food or froze to death. But he succeeded.

He got help, and sailed back to Elephant Island to the men he had left there. He found them in 1916, and they had survived. Of the original crew of 28, a crew of 28 awaited him. Not one casualty throughout the whole ordeal. And it was all because of Shackleton’s unparalleled leadership in making the right choices at the right time (and God’s grace, of course). So what can we learn from this about resilience? Don’t give up. There were so many times that those men wanted to give up but they didn’t and it paid off. Keep going.

This story truly is incredible. I highly recommend reading the book. 

3 Musicians You Didn’t Know Influenced the World

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There’s a lot of really great music out there. Often, we take it for granted without really investigating the origins of the melodies we enjoy so much. Each artist is influenced by someone else, and that someone else had someone who influenced them, ad infinitum. There’s nothing that hasn’t been done before, yet each song has it’s own unique character. Here, then, are 3 musicians that you had no idea influenced the world with their music.

#3 Jackson C. Frank Sings the Blues


Who? 
Jackson C. Frank has been called the most important forgotten singer of the 1960’s by David Fricke (music editor for Rolling Stones magazine). A folk singer who only recorded a single album during his career, Jackson C. Frank had greater success in Britain and Scotland than he did in America. When he was 11, a school fire injured him and killed several of his classmates, causing deep psychological scars that later influenced his music. He went to London and recorded his one and only album, which immediately became so popular that he was asked to a number of radio performances, which helped establish himself in the London folk scene. (Source)

How Did He Influence the World? Frank recorded his album with Paul Simon, of Simon and Garfunkel fame. He must have made quite the impression, because his hit song,  The Blues Run the Game, was covered by Simon and Garfunkel. Furthermore, Frank’s influence in Europe cannot be pushed aside. His songs from 1965 were still bringing him royalty income until his death in 1999.

#2 Rufus Payne teaches a country legend to play guitar

Who? Rufus Payne is not a well known name by most in modern day America. Better known as “Tee Tot”, Payne was a simple small town musician who played his music on the street corner to entertain passers-by. He worked odd jobs in town and played songs with a couple other local musicians. He made quite the impression on a young 12 year old boy, who heard him and determined that he would learn guitar from him. That young boy was Hank Williams, the quintessential country legend. It’s well-documented that Payne taught Williams not just guitar, but how to see the world as an artist. (Source)

How Did He Influence the World? Payne’s influence on Williams was vital to his development as a musician. Without his teaching, Williams would never have become the musician that he was, being a somewhat awkward guy that probably would have become a doctor or lawyer without someone awakening a musical interest within him. And without Hank Williams’ influence, another great artist would never have experienced inspiration. Who was that, you may ask?

Only folk legend Bob Dylan. 

#1 Arthur Alexander Helped Start the Beat

Who? Arthur Alexander was a musician who wrote a number of galactic hits that he never really profited from. The reason for this is that he influenced a lot of other popular artists so much so that they covered his songs and popularized them. Born in 1940 in Alabama, Arthur Alexander recorded his first album when he was 20 years old, and didn’t follow up with a second album until 1972. It’s said that he eventually left music and worked as a bus driver at a center for disadvantaged kids. (Source)

How Did He Influence the World? Alexander had a huge influence on the popular musicians of the 1960’s and 70’s. Rock n’ roll giants The Beatles were one of his biggest fans. Lennon idolized him and McCartney said that they wanted to sound like Arthur Alexander. Their songs Anna (Go to Him)Soldier of LoveA Shot of Rhythm & Blues were all Arthur Alexander songs that they covered. Bob Dylan also covered an Arthur Alexander song, and not to be left out, so did The Rolling Stones. And finally, yet another rock legend who found him inspiring, Elvis covered his song Burning Love in 1972. Few artists in history  have been covered by such popular acts and then forgotten, which probably makes him the most influential artist in history that nobody has really heard of.

That’s it, folks! Do you have an artist that you think deserves recognition? List them below in the comments (to comment with your Facebook, click the Facebook icon in the upper right corner of the comment box!

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