The creation of the Internet and the emergence of social media platforms is a mixed blessing. On one hand we applaud how this development broke the corporate hold on news and political expression. Indeed, the vast majority of information we receive via American media (and from which we develop opinions) comes from five corporations: Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and News Corp. By disrupting this old boy media monopoly, the Internet has undoubtedly helped common citizens to realize and broaden their free speech and free press rights. This development has facilitated worldwide unfiltered, on-the-ground news coverage to which we previously had … Continue reading Black Social Media Commentators Should Be Competent & Qualified!
Anytime you read or hear an organizer, leader or spokesperson discuss their ideas, policies, concerns, solutions or projects, you are observing elements of his/her ideology. When these ideas come across as contradictory, confusing, ridiculous or scattered, we are witnessing either their … Continue reading Ideology and Dogmatism Vs. Black Power
December 3, 2015 Dear U.S. government, corporate conglomerates, and devil’s advocates: As you well know, this nation finds itself tortured by a disturbing epidemic of domestic violence. This takes the form of gang warfare and other community predatory behavior, anti-Black police brutality, suicide, sexual assault, and mass shootings. This tumultuous scenario has yourselves and we citizen-residents predictably alarmed. This is especially true in the arena of mass shooting/killings. The San Bernardino shooting yesterday marked 352 mass shootings in only 336 days of 2015. What you don’t know – or at least do not acknowledge – is the primary role you play … Continue reading Letter to the U.S. Government Or, “Suggestions for Ending Mass Shootings and other Domestic Horrors”)
The November 14th bombings in Paris – leaving more than 150 people dead – generated a tsunami of reaction from people and governments throughout the world. Much of this setiment ranges from outrage against fundamentalist Islamic group “Isis,” government air … Continue reading Sympathy for Lost Life, But not for France
I am convinced that some of our greatest internal barriers to progress come from misguided ideologies promoted by some members of what we’ve come to know as the “Conscious Community.” People that are politically or socially conscious are presumed to … Continue reading Ideological Flaws Within the “Conscious Community”
Not long ago, I wrote an article in support of Umar Johnson’s mission to create an academy for boys, followed by a June 19th open letter asking him to respond to legitimate community questions. I knew that Dr. Umar’s response would be … Continue reading We Have a Right and Responsibility to Critique Dr. Umar Johnson