Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

I was recently asked my opinion on the phenomena of flirting, in particular, flirting while faithful. In other words, the act of flirting with another person while in a committed relationship. I chuckled when it was brought up. Perhaps because I’ve been guilty of flirting while faithful myself, on numerous occasions, and I suppose I never really gave it much thought. But is flirting while faithful a harmless act of fleeting indiscretion or a violation of trust? Does flirting chip away at the foundation of an otherwise loving relationship? In fairness, there’s certainly degrees to flirtation, from the benign to the inappropriate, and I think everyone would have to admit, even those who are staunchly against such trifles of affection, that what is considered flirting is subjective; we’ll explore that later. But maybe serial flirters really should take a moment to consider whether their frivolous ways cause unrepairable damage to those they love.

As a man who enjoys a good flirt myself from time to time I admit there’s a certain thrill to publically admiring the beauty of a stranger. I have always admired the loveliness of a woman, even as a young boy. There’s something about a woman’s essence that is unique and refreshing. Like a pious older woman once told me while attending Sunday morning church service in Detroit, “It’s nice to be nice.” Isn’t flirting just a form of paying it forward? You happen to feel good, so you try to brighten a person’s day with a compliment. Ok, maybe I was flirtatiously inclined long before the sweet old lady offered her affirmation, but what’s the harm in it? Most women on the receiving end of my “sweeties,” “darlings,” staid eyes, sultry smirks, wetted lips, and slick tongue (not that perv!) react positively and reciprocate the gesture. Typically people experience a healthy share of humdrum during their day-to-day grind of work, family, and other obligations, receiving unexpected words of admiration can serve to temporarily interrupt the monotony, as well as provide a boost to the ego, sometimes when it’s most needed too. On numerous occasions women have responded to my “You look beautiful today,” with an incredulous smile followed by “Really? I feel like crap, but thanks for that. It’s not every day I hear I’m beautiful.” It’s a sad state of affairs if these admissions are true.

Nowadays we occupy a world of political correctness run amok. Every word that is said must be parsed irreparably before spoken as to not offend anyone, even compliments. But what does such society-imposed restraints do for the common person besides erect walls of fear between us? Political correctness definitely aides in silencing the most egregious rhetoric, but it does so at the expense of the sweethearted. As a result, people are not only less likely to receive compliments, they’ve nearly forgotten how to accept them with grace. There has been more than one occasion when I was harshly rebuffed by women simply for opening doors for them or holding eye contact a split-second beyond their comfort level. The reason I don’t overreact in these situations, like some men choose to do, is because street harassment of women by men is rampant in most cities. Street harassment crosses the line from flirting to, well, harassment. Shouting a woman down on a corner, following a woman down the street, cat-calling and spewing obscenities about her anatomy could hardly be characterized as flirting by any reasonable person. Indeed it is not.

Perhaps flirting wouldn’t be so complicated if it were only reserved for single folk, but husbands and wives, those in committed relationships, are not immune to the power of the flirt. I’m sure every guy has been out with his lady before, at a bar, a club, maybe a restaurant, when you see another woman; finer than a runway model and thicker than Serena Williams (if that’s your thing); walk in the room, and it requires you to summon the amount of focus usually reserved for the optometrists office to keep from watching her walk by. If your girl loves you, she’s making sure you don’t look too. It’s like women have radar in situations like this, the subtlest glance in the wrong direction will be instantly detected, and yes, you will be hearing about it at some point. Some women would have men believe we occupy this unevolved and undisciplined state alone, but I think women are just much better at flirting on the low than men. The same goes for cheating, but that’s a different article. Does glancing at an attractive woman, while with your lady, constitute disrespect? As with most things I tend to believe instances like this fall within a gray area. If a man’s head whips around like Wile E. Coyote chasing the Road Runner than yes, that’s inappropriate conduct. But merely recognizing another person’s presence, not so much. In fairness to the ladies though, men have fragile egos, and most men would react adversely to his lady breaking her neck to get a better view at another man too.

What is it about these situations, whether it’s your man offering a toothy grin and soft handshake to the party host with the miniskirt, an overly anxious introduction from your lady to one of her “old friends” who happens to be built like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a reciprocation of affection to the waitress with the overflowing cleavage who’s obviously flirting with you, that causes our spouses blood to boil? It’s simple, people are territorial about the ones they care for, and lethal about who they love. Flirting is a threat to what two loving adults have already established. To witness your love interest flirt with someone else feels like robbery in a way because we know this stranger hasn’t earned any of the free affection they’re garnering by personal sacrifice, care, thoughtfulness and faithfulness, not to mention longsuffering through all those ballgames and romantic movies. For him or her to swoop in and gain your lovers attention all willy-nilly makes one question the relationships legitimacy. It’s a matter of trust. I’ve heard a many a lady say “When my guy flirts with another woman it makes me question what he does when I’m not around,” or men bemoan “A woman who can’t control her eyes is probably sleeping around.” Both of these statements aren’t always true, sometimes they are, but the sentiment is clear. Being faithful requires a lot more than avoiding sexual intercourse with someone besides your spouse, it’s an emotional commitment not to betray their confidence in what the two of you are nurturing together.

Relationships are fragile because human beings are fragile, and it doesn’t take much to break a heart that’s in your hand. Flirting on its face is indeed a mere trifle, but when feelings are involved, and relationships are serious, it doesn’t take much to transition from trifle to trifling. Just a thought.

What’s your opinion? Is casual flirting harmful to a relationship?


Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

People ask me all the time, usually white women for some reason, why I talk as if I know the minds of all white people. They tell me not all whites are the same, most are not racist at all, and that there are many whites who want institutionalized racism destroyed the same as people of color do. I usually just offer a wry smile because to unpack the truth in these situations would be a futile effort. I do however find myself wondering: “Where is this moral white majority hiding?”

I won’t claim to know the minds and hearts of all white people, obviously, but I surely will attest to understanding what the majority find comfort in, believe to be true, hold dear, and are willing to fight and die for – and it surely isn’t liberty and justice for all. The brutalizations visited upon blacks in America since its founding speaks to the tilt of white America’s moral compass. Much can be learned from observing how whites have chosen to run this country the last 400-plus years – in a fashion that isolates and targets black people for exploitation, brutality and murder – creating and protecting institutions designed to excuse these actions. Whites who claim complete innocence in such heinous race-based discrimination and state-sanctioned murder have never taken time to engage in real introspection about why America operates in the way it does.

There has never been a civil rights movement in America birthed due to whites’ disdain for racism nor has there ever been sustained organizing around social and economic justice for people of color by white citizens that encompassed a wide cross-section of whites of all economic levels, in a effort to mount an assault against the oppressive American system of institutionalized racism. But one does not have to kill an unarmed black teen with a police-issued handgun to participate in government-sanctioned murder; one need not sit on a judicial bench or argue cases in district court to participate in the mass incarceration of black and brown men and women for non-violent crimes; one doesn’t even have to give one dime to a corrupt politician nor be the town’s police chief or sheriff to engage in police misconduct and cover-up – all that is needed, all that is required, white America, is for you to do nothing in the face of this evidence, this is how you assist in oiling the machine of injustice.

And this is the heart of white America, a heart that lacks empathy, which is incapable of demonstrating remorse, that believes sincerity rather than moral intelligence is a virtue, and a people who are deluded into propagating ideas like “American exceptionalism,” i.e. white superiority, while simultaneously claiming ignorance to the systems that destroy those without white skin. I don’t need to survey all white people to know their hearts because individual feelings mean little when black fathers can be choked to death by white policeman, in front of cameras, in the largest city in the Unites States, without as much as a meeting of the minds of white people, and the formulation of a real plan, by and for white people, to ensure these massacres don’t persist. There are those, including the first black president, who get great pleasure from preaching to blacks about personal responsibility for their station in life, but where are the responsibility mantras shouted in the direction of white institutions which routinely kill black Americans? Conspicuously void.

So again, I’m forced to ask where is this moral white majority that despises racism? Where are they hiding? What can the rest of us do to liberate them from whatever system is suppressing their desires to transform America into the bastion of freedom and justice the Constitution promised to all? I have a lurking suspicion this “moral white majority” is merely the wet dream of unawakened minds, and simply more white sincerity when moral intelligence is what’s needed most.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

The no-indictment decision by the St. Louis County grand jury has sparked protest all over the country. Demonstrators in Oakland and Los Angeles, California marched on to highways backing up traffic for hours Monday night. Similar demonstrations were staged in St. Louis, New York City, Seattle, and Chicago. Numerous businesses in Ferguson, MO were looted and burned to the ground. The hopelessness inherent in the perspectives of those young people running into stores stealing merchandise and carrying it away was apparent, but so was the anger.

The oppressive conditions black citizens in Ferguson have been enduring for decades accounts for the tremendous frustration, and explains the destructive response which played out to a global audience two nights ago. But once all the smoke has cleared, and National Guard troops have left Ferguson, it’s hard not to believe the death of Michael Brown will recede into the back of most people’s minds in 6 months. Brown’s name will no longer appear in newspapers or be found in news blurbs running across the bottom of HD televisions. His death will not inspire such visceral reactions from the social media community as it has the past three months. In a word, Michael Brown Jr. will be: Forgotten; just like Trayvon Martin, just like Sean Bell, just like Eric Gardner, just like John Crawford, just like Renisha McBride, just like the next, and then the next, and then the next black man or woman, boy or girl killed by police in cold blood.

Black life is cheaper than Ramen noodles in America. Always has been, always will be.

A baseball cap and a portrait of Michael Brown is shown alongside his casket inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church before the start of funeral services in St. Louis, Missouri, August 25, 2014. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest with at times violent protests spawning headlines around the world focusing attention on racial issues in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Cohen/Pool (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)

A baseball cap and a portrait of Michael Brown is shown alongside his casket inside Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church before the start of funeral services in St. Louis, Missouri, August 25, 2014. Family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest with at times violent protests spawning headlines around the world focusing attention on racial issues in the United States. REUTERS/Robert Cohen/Pool (UNITED STATES – Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST)

Blacks were dragged to this country, kidnapped, and thrown into the bowels of boats for the economic benefit of whites. The heinous atrocities inflicted upon persons of African descent by whites with power reads like the sickest horror story anyone would ever dare read. Mutilations and rape, defecating in the mouths of teenage girls, setting black fathers on fire after castrating their penises and the lips of black mother’s vaginas – all while white toddlers played nearby with the scorched bones of those who’d been lynched in the same spot weeks prior.

You think we’ve moved on from all that? You think the residue of that level of hatred has been washed pristine by evoking the name of Barack Obama or pointing to Oprah Winfrey’s bank account? Open your eyes. America is a land that has always eaten its babies for dollars and cents. This nation will cease to exist before it allows blacks full human rights.

The endless stream of blood in the streets, either through police violence against black citizens or by the extinguishing of one black life by another, due to self-hatred and for dollars which cannot be claimed legally from a mainstream economy that has excluded people of color through systemic racism, prejudice, and discrimination – racial equality remains an illusion set against the anguish of these harsh realities.

Whose life matters in America? How do you tell black children to dream big in a world working to render them unseen?

Twitter photo by @LorenadlaCuesta.

Twitter photo by @LorenadlaCuesta.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Saturday evening in downtown Ferguson, MO a man pushing a walker and carrying an “I am Darren Wilson” sign was arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman protesting Michael Brown’s death. The incident occurred around 7:30pm outside a local pizza parlor.

Eye- witness reports claim the unidentified man exited Faraci Pizza and began yelling at protesters before bumping into a woman. He was eventually separated from the crowd. Protesters shouted at officers to arrest the man for assault. Ferguson police finally led the man away in plastic handcuffs and placed him in the back of a squad car. A video recording which appears to show what took place after the alleged assault has since been posted to YouTube.

This latest incident isn’t the first time protesters have clashed with individuals connected to this restaurant. CCN spoke with two women involved in Saturday evening’s protest who alleged the owner of Faraci Pizza, early last week, pointed a handgun from the window of his Jeep toward a group of Michael Brown supporters standing outside the Ferguson Police Department.

The pizza establishment is only a few blocks away from the police station. On Saturday, protesters walked from the police station to Faraci’s after being told by patrol officers they had to stay in constant motion otherwise they’d be arrested.

Tensions continue to build in Ferguson between police and local residents. Later Saturday night, a Ferguson police officer was shot. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police initially reported that the officer approached two suspects attempting to break into a business, one man pulled a gun and opened fire, striking the officer in the arm. The officer was treated and released from a hospital on Sunday.

This initial report has subsequently changed in the past two days. Police now say during a routine patrol the officer saw one man standing at the rear of the Ferguson Community Center, when the officer approached the man, he pulled out a pistol and shot the officer before running into the woods nearby. The discrepancy in the two reports about the number of alleged suspects involved hasn’t been explained by Ferguson police.

Shortly after Michael Brown was killed, Ferguson police mandated body cameras for all patrol officers. However, St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman told the Post-Dispatch that the officer involved in this most recent shooting was wearing a body camera, but it was turned off. A police spokesperson was not able to explain why the officer had the body camera turned off.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning an off-duty police officer was allegedly shot at while sitting in his vehicle near westbound interstate-70. According to St. Louis County Police the officer was in the right lane when a passing vehicle began firing into the officer’s car. The officer was not shot, but was injured by broken glass. St. Louis County police did not have immediate answers as to why they believe the off-duty officer appeared to be targeted for a gang-style, drive-by shooting.

The absence of answers from police has been a recurring theme ever since Michael Brown was gunned down nearly two months ago. Police have still not provided reasonable justifications for why Michael Brown’s lifeless body was allowed to lie in the street for hours after his death; why Ferguson police released a video surveillance tape of Michael Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store despite there existing no formal request from the public for the tape – Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson actually stated the opposite during a press conference in the early days following Brown’s shooting; why cell phones were confiscated by police at the scene of Brown’s slaying without warrants; and most damning, why did Ferguson Police Department allow officer Darren Wilson to forego filing a police report detailing what transpired between Wilson and Brown before Brown was shot to death?

All these questions have yet to be answered, and it is this lack of transparency by police which has caused local residents to question whether St. Louis County and City police are working in concert to derail protester’s public outcry for justice by manufacturing incidents of violence.

CCN spoke with a female law student from St. Louis who stated she believed the two latest police shootings, along with two other previous incidents involving alleged mask men opening fire on innocent bystanders and motorist in St. Louis city – days before the scheduled highway shut-down of Interstate-70 by demonstrators – as coordinated attempts by police to sabotage community dissent about the Michael Brown shooting.

“It just seems fishy to me that these police shootings and random acts of violence keep happening whenever either a large demonstration is being organized, like the highway shutdown, or when citizens decide to make their collective voices heard when police are hoping things will die down, “ she said.

Despite the conspiratorial nature of these type of accusations, it isn’t surprising residents of Ferguson and St. Louis city would have a skeptical view of police when one considers the extensive history of police harassment, brutality, exploitation, and corruption facilitated by St. Louis City and County police departments over the past two decades.

According to Ferguson Police Department’s own data, in 2013 their officers made 5,384 stops and 611 searches. 86 percent of the stops and 92 percent of the searches were of black people. Only 67 percent of the town’s population is black.

UCLA’s Center of Policing Equity, a research consortium that conducts collaborative studies between law enforcement agencies and social scientist, discovered that despite the racial disparity in stops, the Ferguson police department was more likely to find “contraband” on the white people they stopped and searched than on the black ones.

All these stops result in a whopping $2.6 million dollars a year in fines and court fees, typically from traffic violations. And this type of economic exploitation of black residents doesn’t even begin to explain situations like Terry Robinson, a St. Louis man, who in March recorded with his cell phone two St. Louis city police officers black mailing him as he sat in the back of their patrol car. Robinson, who was on probation for a previous arrest, was repeatedly told to give the officers a name – any name – so that they could plant a gun on that person. If Robinson refused, the officers stated they would fabricate a story about him dropping a gun while running away from them.

Both what the research data and situations like Terry Robinson reveal is an environment of distrust and animosity predicated on very real incidents of police misconduct and subsequent failures of transparency. The stage has been set for confrontation for years between residents of St. Louis and the various police departments, but it was Michael Brown’s body lying face-down in Ferguson which pushed this toxic mixture of frustration, hatred, racial animus, and oppressive police power off the table permeating the hearts and souls of a global viewing public.

What will St. Louis look like when all is said in done in Ferguson? If the past few months is any indicator, it’s hard to imagine scenarios where the answer to that question is arrived at by peaceful means.

Ray Rice punches wife Janay Palmer in the face.

Ray Rice punches wife Janay Palmer in the face.

Mugshot of Adrian Peterson after he turned himself in to Montgomery County Sheriff's office.

Mugshot of Adrian Peterson after surrendering to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office.

Last week the gossip website TMZ released a video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancé Janay Palmer while in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino. The controversial surveillance footage set off a firestorm of public outcry as the NFL scrambled to justify previously suspending the Baltimore Ravens star only two games.

More image problems surfaced for the NFL Friday morning when another star running back, Adrian Peterson, of the Minnesota Vikings was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child for whipping his 4-year-old son. Official police photographs of the young boy’s injuries surfaced over the weekend which depict numerous lacerations and bruises to the child’s thighs, arms and back. In a text message sent by Peterson to the child’s mother he admits to accidentally striking his son in the scrotum during the altercation.

Police photos of Adrian Peterson's 4-year-old son's arms and legs after he was whipped.

Police photos of Adrian Peterson’s 4-year-old son’s arms and legs after he was whipped.

These two recent incidents highlight America’s culture of violence. Too often in America acts of violence are committed by men against those in the least position to protect themselves – women and children – making Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson’s actions a continuation of America’s long history of treating women and children as property rather than human beings.

Before 1839, when the Married Women’s Property Act was first enacted in Tennessee, women possessed no legal rights apart from their husbands. For all legal purposes, women were the chattel of husbands and fathers, and were disallowed from owning property, entering into contract or earning a salary. It would be another fifty-one years, 1920, before white women could vote in the United States, and a full forty-five years longer before African-Americans – men or women – could cast a vote without discriminatory practices nullifying their efforts. During this era of pre- women’s suffrage domestic violence abuse was commonplace. In the last 150-plus years women have experienced increased access to voting polls, corporate offices, and property rights, by virtue of this progress, one could assume women today occupy a world much safer from domestic violence than that of the past, but is it really?

According to data and statistics collected by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:

• 85 percent of domestic violence victims are women.
• 83 percent of girls aged 12 to 16 have experienced some form of sexual harassment in public schools.
• Nearly 7.8 million women have been raped by an intimate partner at some point in their lives.
• 11.8 percent of new HIV infections among women more than 20 years old during the previous year were attributed to intimate partner violence.
• Intimate partner violence accounts for between 40 and 70 percent of female murder victims.

These numbers are not surprising when we survey the culture boys are born into in America – one of misogyny, objectification and hyper-sexualization of women’s bodies for male-dominated financial enrichment. We witness this systematic devaluing of women in politics (see Sarah Palin), news media (see Fox news female anchors), and entertainment (See Popular music, professional sports, Hollywood movies and adult film industry). It is as American as firecrackers on the fourth of July.

Men rarely take time to pause and assess the damage done and how they contribute to it. Could this be why some men chose to decry the so-called domestic violence double standard rather than denounce Ray Rice for left hooking his wife in the face? Tortured “fairness” arguments fall flat when we take another look at the data which indicates men overwhelmingly commit acts of domestic violence against women, not the other way around. Could this be because men possess male privilege in a sexist world and are naturally stronger than women? I think so. It is a moral frailty for the strong to prey on the weak.

There exist no class of citizens who occupy a weaker position in society than that of a child, yet, corporal punishment (infliction of physical pain upon a person’s body as punishment for a crime or infraction) of children is legal in every state. Twenty states still allow corporal punishment in schools. Adrian Peterson, like many parents, continue to spank, whip, beat, whatever you wish to call it, their children despite mountains of research indicating the harm it causes. The fact that America, in 2014, still allows parents to legally abuse their children, while at the same time will prosecute dog owners for fighting pit bulls, illustrates a nation’s upside-down values.

According to Safe Help, a child abuse advocacy group, a case of child abuse is reported every ten seconds, and more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse. I can hear some people shouting already that these statistics only reflect the “real” cases of abuse not the “good” kind of spanking that was “done in love” by their parents, and their parents before them. Yeah…right. If we are honest, we will admit that those bruises, welts, and cuts caused many of us to fear our parents, not love them more; made us reticent to question authority even when that authority was wrong. For many of us these “spankings’’ resulted in increased anxiety and transformed our personalities in significant ways – often negative. The brutality inflicted upon us by those we trusted the most altered how we chose to trust others the rest of our lives.

If the best argument for whipping a child is that the same was done to you, we have immeasurably failed our children. When children witness men abuse the women in their lives, another misogynist, abuser, and tyrant is birthed. In 1993 hip-hop recording artist Tupac Shakur penned a warning within his song “Keep Ya Head Up,” which cautioned his listeners about the consequences of victimizing and abandoning women, and the devastating generational effects this abuse has on children:

“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies…”

Sadly, I think we’ve confirmed Mr. Shakur’s worst fears.


Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

The irony of 9/11 for black people, and others of color is perfectly embodied in the slogan countless Americans have commandeered to honor victims of the most significant act of terrorism ever perpetrated against the United States: Never Forget.

It’s a fitting catchphrase, short, somber, impactful.

All of us can probably remember where we were the day two planes, United Airlines Flight 11 and 175, were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center, killing thousands of innocents and destroying a nation’s sense of safety. The individuals who lost their lives that Tuesday morning deserve to be remembered with dignity and pride – their irrecoverable humanity sobering us all with the realization of just how fragile and precious life is.

We will never forget.

However, long memory isn’t exactly an American trait. At least not when it pertains to victims of American domestic terrorism, quite the contrary. America condones and perpetuates forgetfulness concerning the acts of violence committed against Africans, and other persons of color, by European settlers. Efforts to erase this record of subjugation from history books and our collective memories continue to this day.

A conservative estimate of the total number of African deaths during transport across the Atlantic ocean, in what is commonly referred to as the Middle Passage, is upwards of 2 MILLION people. This was terrorism in every sense of the word, but how often are Americans implored to “Never Forget” the lives of these innocent Africans? I’ve yet to hear these words assigned to the precious lives of my ancestors.


Upon arriving in North America and the Caribbean, the survivors of the Middle Passage, and subsequent generations of Africans born into American slavery, suffered further brutalizations which resulted in the additional deaths of an estimated 4 MILLION Africans and African-Americans from 1610 to 1900.

But again, when have these lives ever been officially recognized and honored by the United States of America?

Instead of reverence, African-Americans are told to get over this bloody catalogue of oppression, to move on as if it never took place. America teaches its children to scorn anyone who dares mention this era of evil.

Imagine if this same level of indifference was afforded in kind to the families of those victims trapped in the north and south World Trade Center towers; victims who frantically telephoned their loved ones one final time before both towers collapsed on live television. Such callousness would be rightfully excoriated as an attempt to desecrate the memory of 9/11 victims.

Why then is America not held to similar standards for failing to treat the humanity of millions of innocent Africans – killed by oppressive American laws and practices – with decency?

Why are we taught to dismiss the lives of African people who were beaten, raped, murdered, debased and debauched, psychologically brutalized, and exploited through forced labor?

Why are the ancestors of African slaves frigidly commanded to “move on” and spoken to with derisive refrains of “It didn’t happen to you” when their family members (Africans) are mentioned at school or work, in political and private life?

Why are the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11 honored annually while the 6-MILLION plus African and African-American victims of American chattel slavery and Jim Crow are discredited, and their ancestors ridiculed for demanding recognition as human beings worthy of full civil rights protections under American jurisprudence?

This type of hypocrisy nauseates me. It does not imbue me with pride for my country nor does it cause me to respect the lives of 9/11 victims more. This level of selective recognition based solely on skin color is repugnant to the human spirit and violates any sense of ethics and high morals.

I will never forget.

Author and human rights activist James Baldwin.

Author and human rights activist James Baldwin.

The perspectives espoused by Andre TheGiant Poet in the above video links is indicative of how many black people feel right now, but everything that sounds reasonable isn’t.

He makes some good points, specifically when he talks about successful black millionaires and billionaires financing projects to create jobs and economic stability for other black people.

Where he goes off track though, where so many blacks go off track when having conversations like this, is when he attempts to cheapen the value of human life by claiming the lives of those who engage in ignorant or hyper-sexualized behavior are less valuable than those that don’t.

You can’t on one hand say you’re for black survival in a society which practices white supremacy, and then on the other assert only those who conform to white norms count, and those who don’t are complicit in the perpetuation of white supremacy and situations like ‪Michael Brown’s death.

That’s none sense. That’s house negro slave talk. If black life will only be valuable when Love and Hip-hop gets canceled or blacks stop liking Lil’ Wayne’s music, then it never was valuable to begin with. This is flawed logic.

Life is valuable because every person was created in the image of god. As long as one has breath in their lungs one has the ability to change and grow, and be better than they were yesterday.

Human worth has nothing to do with how a person acts or dresses or speaks. Or how many babies one has or doesn’t have. Or whether one is married or isn’t married. Or whether one listens to rap music or watches Love and Hip-hop. Or whether one attends Yale or Hampton. A human life is not devalued or enriched by conforming or violating these white norms of so-called respectability. When this type of logic is accelerated to it’s logically flawed conclusion what one ends up with is framing life worth based on how many country club memberships one has, Versace dresses in closets of million-dollar mansions, and Ferraris in six-car garages.

Racist institutions don’t ask the recipient of it’s hatred whether they listen to Jay-Z before tossing their job application in the garbage nor do racist white men survey the television taste of black women knocking on their door for help before blowing their heads off with shotguns.

Racism decides who it will target based on skin color alone not by respectability.

Before blacks, like the fellow in this video, and racist whites were using rap music and baggy jeans to justify institutions murdering and economically and politically disenfranchising black people, other equally weak excuses existed like afros, voting taxes, Black Codes, Jim Crow, and the Bell Curve. None of this is new.

You ever notice when white-on-white crime happens, for example white men going in movie theatres or schools with military-style weapons shooting men, women, and innocent babies or when white men commit terroristic acts like blowing up buildings, there’s never any accusations by other white people (or BLACK PEOPLE!!) that the tragedy was the result of whites watching way too much Jackass (pure ignorance) or pornography (both participating -huge over representation in comparison to other races- and purchasing) or listening to Marilyn Manson or tattooing their bodies? No. That is because white behavior in a society which practices white supremacy, no matter how heinous, is normative. The sins of SOME whites don’t stick to ALL whites do they? No matter how sickening the act of violence, it’s never pathological. Those who looked like Timothy McVeigh didn’t start getting profiled after the Oklahoma City bombing.

In contrast, those black people who choose to act a fool is supposed to be enough to somehow convince me the value of my life has been cheapened?


Such logic is just more racist reasoning. It sounds like something a Klu Klux Klan member would say as justification for lynching someone black. But yet these words too often come from the mouths of well-meaning black people. It speaks to the pervasiveness of racism in a racist society.

I recently wrote about this phenomena in an essay entitled, “Hands Up with Pants Down: Black Respectability and Racism,”* wherein I stated all my biggest heroes were murdered wearing suits by white men without them.

Black respectability doesn’t guarantee black citizens squat in a society which devalues us all based on skin color alone, not behavior.

I don’t condone ignorant behavior by any person black, white or other. Ignorance is ignorance. But claiming the ignorant behavior of some devalues the lives of the many is falling into the trap of believing the lies whites have told blacks for centuries. It is as James Baldwin wrote:

“The details and symbols of your life have been deliberately constructed to make you believe what white people say about you. Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure, does not testify to your inferiority, but to their inhumanity and fear.”

So who’s the real nigger?

Those who maintain a society where the idea of the nigger is still necessary in order for it to function, that’s who the real nigger is.

*The essay mentioned above can be found at:

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Emmett Till.

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Medgar Evers.

This recent segment on CNN about pants sagging and racial profiling illustrates the divide not only in the black community, but the larger society, between those who offer black respectability as cure for racial profiling, and others who believe only holding systemic white supremacy accountable for targeting black and brown men for harassment, brutality, and arrest will result in less incidents like Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

First off let me say i’m against sagging as a fashion statement. This includes all men (or women) no matter the age or color of the person doing it. How one dresses does matter. Dress affects how one is perceived and those perceptions can result in positive or negative consequences. Most dramatically evidenced in one’s ability to obtain and maintain employment.

However, if we’re going to have a fair and balanced discussion about sagging I think it’s important that we also discuss misperceptions, because it is these misperceptions which lead to problems like racial profiling, and generalizing an entire race of people based off the sartorial choices of a segment of the global black community.

Malik’s pull-up-your-pants challenge is valid, but his premise for the challenge is flawed. He stated in the beginning of the video he believes black men sagging (he never mentioned white men, and this is important because it speaks to the double standard) contributes to racial profiling.

I disagree.

This logic is a misperception of reality, even a fallacy altogether. This thinking says police officers believe sagging is a mark of criminality, that’s why they profile black men. So if black men pulled up their pants they wouldn’t be profiled. But police do not believe this at all. If they did, black men would not be the only targets of their style profiling in racially mixed communities. Police patrol mixed communities (as well as inner cities which are mostly black) because that tends to be where the crime is, but all the racially diverse communities I’ve ever lived or visited whites appropriated black culture heavily. Certainly hip-hop culture. Go to any mall, bar or club, sporting event, etc., on a weekend in a racially diverse community and you will see white men sagging their pants. Not just a few either, many. Why then are white men (and women) not being targeted for arrest based on reasonable suspicion of criminality if police believe sagging to be a tell-tell sign of one’s propensity to commit a felony?

I think we all know the answer to that.

Furthermore, all of the crime in these communities aren’t being committed by black people, yet they are the most targeted for arrest. Research study after research study has shown that it is whites who commit the most non-violent offenses (arrest for non-violent offenses lead all other arrest nationwide), but are arrested the least for it – even when police catch whites with drugs and illegal firearms on their person. This speaks to the intentional targeting of black men not fair and impartial policing in diverse communities.

We must separate the truth from the myths to understand why a thing like black respectability won’t work to change the conditions for black people.

But if you believes blacks commit the most crime, this won’t make sense to you.

If you believe blacks use and sell the most drugs, this wont make sense to you.

If you believe that blacks commit the most murders irrespective of where they live, whether poor or affluent or everything in between, this wont make sense to you.

And if you still believe that more black men are going to prison rather than finishing high school, this won’t make sense to you.

All these stereotypes are myths, NOT REALITY.

And it is these myths which provide “justification” for cops racially profiling black men for sagging pants…or dreadlocks…or really dark skin.

Sagging one’s pants is not a criminal act, except in jurisdictions where they’ve passed ordinances which ticket such offenders. But more importantly, sagging is not an indicator of one’s propensity to commit a felony either. As Marc Lamont Hill stated, he sagged as a teenager, as did I, neither one of us have ever committed a felony. As haven’t the majority of black, white, Asian and Hispanic men and women who choose to not pull up their pants. Can anyone prove otherwise?

But lets get to the meat of the matter: Fear.

I understand why black mothers and fathers would be on board for “pull-up-your-damn-pants” challenges, i.e. black respectability politics, it is because whether they admit it or not, they know, due to lived experience, that a white cop doesn’t need a reason to harass a black person, and it is this fear for themselves and their children which contributes to some black adults suspending disbelief and assigning blame to the recipient of racial bias rather than the facilitator of it.

Black parents know better, they’ve lived through years of racial profiling, during an era when sagging wasn’t en vogue (when afros got one profiled rather than baggy pants. I wonder how many white men and women with afros during the 70’s were targeted for arrest?) but they earnestly still want to believe that it’s something a black child can do differently to help him from being victimized by racist police officers. But sadly, as too many women who’ve been victims of sexual assault understand, there’s NOTHING preventative which can be done to escape the clutches of a predator. Not wearing a longer skirt, not showing less cleavage, not watching your drink at the bar, a predator is a predator and unless someone steps in to help, one will be victimized.

Police prey on black men because they are easy targets. Black men by virtue of their tortured history and tenuous relationship with law enforcement possess no rights a cop is bound to respect. This goes for all black men, not just saggers. If I’m caught at night in a nice car cruising in an affluent neighborhood, my Brooks Brothers suit and Cole Haan brogues aren’t going to save me from being harassed and potentially brutalized – even if I happen to live in that community. (Check the Skip Gates case.)

So what are we left with? We’re left with the reality that racism is inescapable. And crying racism is not an excuse, it’s a plea for assistance. Racism is not a card to be played. Racism and systemic white supremacy is a reality all black people have to endure whether one believes it to be true or not. Racism cannot be bargained with or negotiated for a lower rate. It is destructive because it is unyielding to compromise. Hatred doesn’t require a reason. Which is why puling up one’s pants won’t lower the rates of black men being harassed by police officers given to racial stereotypes and bigotry.

How one chooses to dress surely may make the difference between being employed or unemployed; being broke or wealthy; being single or involved, even the difference between being looked down upon or respected. But dress doesn’t create or destroy racism nor does it decide how it is disseminated. The racist decides; the power structure decides.

All my biggest heroes were murdered wearing a suit by white men without them. Teaching children self-respect alone will save them from white supremacy is not only wrong, but cruel too.

FERGUSON, MO - AUGUST 17: Demonstrators raise their arms and chant, "Hands up, Don't Shoot", as police clear them from the street as they protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades as violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

FERGUSON, MO – AUGUST 17: Demonstrators raise their arms and chant, “Hands up, Don’t Shoot”, as police clear them from the street as they protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades as violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Lazone Grays Jr. is the founder and President of IBSA Inc., and a contributing columnist to ContraCritic News.

Lazone Grays Jr. is the founder and President of IBSA Inc., and a contributing columnist to ContraCritic News.

The time has come in America where who we are and what we stand for is at one of its greatest test. Do we rise above chaos or must we finally be consumed by it?

Our history of internal strife, turmoil, and standoff is well documented as with the historical facts of how they were resolved. Sometimes peaceful and often bloody, we have always moved from each point to the other; with sacrifice being required on all sides. We sacrificed blood and position. Money and fame. But in the end what we eventually lose or gain becomes our footnote/end note in history; whether we like or accept the outcome or not.

It was bound to happen that the issue of race relations would become front and center as America struggled with the ancient old question of “what do you do with millions of descendants of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade?” Let’s face it, there was never any intention that slavery was to end in it’s beginning. At the time, it was thought that it would go on forever and that those of African descent would always be less-than the White populous in America. But as time goes on, the change of attitude, authority and the environments of a society would dictate change; whether for good, or bad.

So here we are at another crucial crossroad in time where history will be defined in our ability; or inability to move from one point of chaos to another one of peace. As Martin Luther King Jr. coined the title of his book “Community or Chaos: Where do we go from here?”, it begs the question of “does America have what it takes to rise above it’s own chaos in order to reach an even greater good?”

I ponder the ways of our country when it seems easier to ignore truth in order to forget it’s past, but we all know that it is the past that has always been the beacon to which a country; and it’s people must use to gauge the veracity of it’s future. With each passing day, Ferguson begins to look like Palestine, some Middle East or foreign hotbed of conflict, and now our system of power is flexed as a brute crushing and suppressing it’s own people. Even a child asked, “how did it come to this?”

That we have arrived to this moment of time is understandable; and probably expected, what no one seems to knows or understand is where do we, or will we, go from here?

This is a bit more complex than gambling on the horse deemed the long shot. There is more at stake than a crown, award, plaque or who gets to stand in the winners circle. I see no winners if what it leave is one side hurting and the other claiming victory because they shed the least blood. It does not matter which side is victorious because we all lose a part of us when no one wins.

Many secure in the comforts of their home can pretend that this is just about ‘them’, forgetting that it really is about US. The world isn’t looking at the rich or poor, Black or White, the silent or the outraged, what the world sees is an implosion that was bound to happier sooner or later.

Yes, while the eyes of the world is pinned to their TV screens, the radio and now Internet, in their own minds they must be wondering is this a moment that defines King’s question, and are no doubt waiting to exhale on what the final outcome will be?

I have strong inclination that a resolve will come about, even if it is not the one I would like to see. Knowing the history of my country, I am resigned to the fact that this too shall pass; but that does not abate my fears of what comes next? A resurgence of hate or an avalanche of peace? A rise in bloodshed or a decline in morality? A peak in hatred or a decline in loving our fellow man?

Only time will tell.

Shootout at the Chicago Corral | Daily Stormer

Shootout at the Chicago Corral | Daily Stormer


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Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

Timothy Dwight Smith is the Editor-and Chief at ContraCritic News, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues.

In the three days following Michael Brown’s killing by Ferguson, MO police, I’ve been covering the story extensively on, as well as engaging the community in discussions concerning the larger issues of race and racism as it relates to young black males in America.

I recently had one of these conversations with a black woman from Kansas named Aly Oh. Oh has a Masters degree in business and works for a non-profit organization in Topeka. Our chat wasn’t necessarily an interview, but she did present many relevant questions about the ongoing debate involving black-on-black crime (specifically black homicides) vs. white-on black killings, and the disparity in media coverage and uproar by the community following these types of incidents.

Our discussion began with Oh making the following statement about the imbalance of attention given to black victimization depending on who’s perpetrating the act:

“When someone from another race kills us (Black people), it makes National news and everyone is in an uproar. Yet when we kill ourselves, daily, people rarely bat an eye. If we are going to be mad, let’s be mad at all of the killings. It just needs to stop. Period.”

Me: The police swear an oath to protect and serve the community, when this oath is violated in such a heinous way, like cold-blooded murder, the violation is unique because trust has been broken between the institution supposedly in place to protect citizens and the citizens themselves.

Of course we understand all killing is wrong. But cops killing community members is a unique violation which deserves serious contemplation and community uproar.

Blacks who kill other blacks with guns usually do so to protect a drug economy which exist in America primarily because of racist institutions that have excluded the black underclass from accessing resources and opportunities necessary to succeed. This isn’t excuse making, it’s the truth. Both data and history tell us this.

To conflate these two realities, as if there’s no credible distinction, ignores black suffering, and even worse, buys into the myths white people have been telling blacks since the time of the Magna Carta: Black man [black woman] you are a nigger and an animal. All the wrong you do is done purely out of senselessness because you lack the ability to reason and function as a human being.

This is unreality and white supremacy rhetoric.

Blacks killing one another needs to stop, but there’s a reason why the drug economy exist in inner cities, namely, racist institutions.

When white police officers kill black men on the street because they’re black men, after swearing an oath to protect the Constitutional Rights of the community, this action represents the furtherance of more racism; the police then become not an arm of justice but a facilitator of white supremacy.

This is a distinction with a difference that black people, especially, need to understand clear. Otherwise you’ll find yourself repeating the lies of the oppressor.

Oh: I do understand the distinction and that there are underlying agendas at work. But what are we as black people doing to address that? We’ll march in a minute when we feel an affront, but are we as unified and vocal when it comes to saving ourselves and our youth? Let’s march for that and come together, not just when it’s someone else against us.

Me: A unique solution must be created to address whats happening in black ghettos, different problems require different solutions.

Marching and protests aren’t going to solve what’s happening in the ghettos. Only organizing around economics will.

If the ghetto is ever going to be transformed from “Murderville” to men mentoring men to become business minded, blacks have to discard the idea that we can have transformation through integration – a lie blacks have snuggled for far too long. Blacks are not going to partner their way out suffering if those partners are white, it just isn’t going to happen.

Blacks must create an economically sustainable community by partnering with other black people to provide services and necessities to their community. Exploit the power of the 60 billion dollar black consumer market to our own benefit by producing something of value other black people can spend their money on.

But this takes rebuilding a trust between black people that has been broken down by white supremacist brainwashing and Willie Lynch syndrome. This is what creates the suspicion among blacks about other black people. It’s not the actions of other blacks which has created the distrust in our community, it’s the nearly 400 years of brainwashing.

This is fixable. But it all starts with empowering blacks through education; an education which helps blacks rediscover who they are and then immediately pivoting to building black businesses which exclusively provide necessities and services to the black community. When we get this, there’ll be no more “Murderville.”

Oh: I agree with you on your points Timothy and in no way am I trying to minimize the violence against our ancestors. I simply feel that we as a people owe it to ourselves and our ancestors to stop killing ourselves and not just speak on violence when it comes from outside.

Me: We’ll never stop black people from killing one another, no more than whites will stop whites from killing each other, or Asians, or Latinos, etc., this is what human beings do, and most murders happen intraracially for every race, not just black people. A fact the media appears incapable of admitting.

But in typical fashion it is blacks that are perceived by society as being exceptional when it comes to murder. We aren’t exceptional, we’re human just like everyone else. At this very moment, white Israelis are bombing white Palestinians with the backing of a white American government. Is this not white-on-white crime on a scale that dwarfs all of what’s taking place among blacks in places like Chicago, Detroit, California, and Baltimore?! I’d say so, but it isn’t perceived that way is it? Of course not.

Like Malcom X stated, “Blacks are the only people in America that aren’t supposed to be violent.” Blacks get condemned for being violent even when violence is justified. Meanwhile whites engage in violence on scales unimaginable against other whites and people of color here in America and abroad without as much as a raised collective eye brow.

This is why, in my opinion, focusing attention on blacks killing blacks is counterproductive, at the least, and perpetuation of myth at the worst.

Oh: I understand your point, but taking into account Topeka KS and the murders that have taken place in not only 2014 but previous years, is it not disproportionate given our population percentage? Every race does have murderers, that is fact. But are we to excuse the fact that we kill ourselves just because other races do the same? Acknowledging black-on-black violence is not counterproductive, nor is it condoning violence against us by the police. It’s wrong on either side is my point. I don’t discount your opinion, but I won’t back down from mine either.

Me: I respect your opinion Aly. And black homicide in America is disproportionate by percentage to other races, but again the factors for why these numbers are disproportionate matters if we are to have an honest assessment of the issue and how we can take steps to change it.

The biggest factor for why black homicide rates are higher is do to those in the black community competing for space in a drug economy. A drug economy which primarily exist because blacks have been systematically excluded from the mainstream economy – due to racism. Add to this the government’s willingness to supply drugs to black distribution channels in the ghetto, while also providing guns to protect these channels.

The drug economy is the only economy the federal government has ever subsidized for black people. Think about that for a moment. They provide the product and the means to protect the product, at that point all that is needed is willing workers. Blacks have never been afraid of work. Is it no wonder poor communities opt into the drug trade? It’s damn near common sense for the poor. The only problem is even this system is set up for blacks to fail due to targeted policing and mass incarceration for not the murders to protect drug turf, but non-violent offenses. The possessing of the same drugs supplied to them by the government. It’s a classic bait-and-switch being done on the poor – who are overwhelmingly black and Latino- by the federal government; a government that willingly chooses to be racist toward non-white people.

These are the causes of black homicide. Viewed in this context, doesn’t it make black murder more explainable, even if one refuses to condone it?

Blacks occupy unique circumstances in America.

Oh: That is true. I agree wholeheartedly. The same system that provides the drugs is the one that makes you a slave and/or prisoner for selling them and fuels much of the black-on-black killing. Lack of education and job opportunities are also huge factors. So why aren’t our black leaders making these things a media issue? I have never seen these facts addressed during a news broadcast. When media wants ratings they talk about racially motivated killings all day long. I don’t see them discussing the root issues in our community. I don’t see them caring as much about the daily killings that happen. I don’t hear us talking about black-on-black killings as much, as if we have seemingly accepted them as a way of life.

Me: Because most of our black leaders benefit from the present set of arrangements. The so-called leaders in the black community primarily exist in our black churches and advocacy organizations, this has always been so since Emancipation. Some of these individuals have moved from street advocacy to political positions over time.

The drug economy, and all its death and destruction, is both a black preacher’s dream and a black advocate’s dream, if they’re corrupt and lack real concern for black people. The drug economy, and all its ills, keeps the exploitation wheel good and oiled to continue exploiting black people for profit. That’s the black-on-black crime that needs to be addressed. Not gangbangers protecting drug turf, but so-called gospel preachers and advocates bleeding the black poor dry of the little money they possess. The pen is truly mightier than the sword, these parasites prove it.

You can’t preach a prosperity gospel, which we must recognize is a gospel of exploitation, to black people who are already prosperous. Individuals who have created wealth by holding on to the resources they’ve earned through business, not by gambling and giving it away.

You can’t tell an economically self-sustaining community that their best protection against institutional racism is to march and protest – beg white people for accommodations in a system designed to benefit whites and whites alone, which is the present state of things. A self-sustained black community would recognize this as advocating surrender rather than success; submission rather than dictating one’s own destiny; and they’d recognize this kind of advocating is merely a vain attempt to hold blacks in their place, in a position beneath whites.

This is why today’s so-called black leaders aren’t speaking about what we’re discussing right now. You’re not going to see these rats discussing anything like this on the news, or in the paper. But if they really were who they said they were, and wanted what they claim they wanted – black prosperity and economic mobility, and attainment of political power – you would, but they don’t really want any of these things, they simply want to enrich themselves on black suffering. They benefit from white racism. They’re selling black people out in the name of god and integration.

Oh: I agree with you to some extent, but our people as a whole are not so ignorant. Some of us make a choice to do the things we do. We understand that problems exist but where is an honest voice to educate the people? There is historical white racism . . . but would you disagree that there is an even greater degree of self hate?

Me: Being ignorant doesn’t mean your choices don’t matter, or that you’ve been forced to make choices against your will, it just means you’re making decisions without useful insight to understand those decisions aren’t in your own best interest.

This is black people’s biggest problem. We can address symptoms all day long, but it’s time to diagnose the disease that is causing the symptoms. Black-on-black crime is not a disease, it’s a symptom of a disease. Blacks buying into prosperity gospels isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom of a disease. Blacks advocating more integration rather than advocating for economically sustainable black communities isn’t the disease, it’s a symptom.

The disease is institutional and internalized racism as well as white supremacist brainwashing. Blacks believe there is no other reality for them because racism has been so internalized. They don’t remember, or were never taught, who they were before they contracted this disease. And you’re right, it is self-hate. But it’s the brainwashing that causes blacks to hate themselves.

This is where our community finds itself at present. In denial and confused. And you know you’re confused when you really believe the cure to your disease is to be found in cooperating with the persons who transmitted the disease to you in the first place.

As far as locating honest voices to educate the people? I say that answer is to be found in you every time you look in the mirror Aly Oh.

Oh: In treating the disease we would be remiss to fight hate with hate. Every white person isn’t evil, just as every black person isn’t a threat. We can acknowledge the past without repeating it. The dialogue that we’re having today is powerful, but means nothing if there is no love and action behind our words. Cooperating with an oppressor is worthless . . . You have to decide to stop behaving like the oppressed. I do understand that the system is not designed in our favor, but conscious individuals have a choice to think and do beyond the confines and stereotypes…

I understand your passion and I thank you for thinking outside the normal parameters. We know we’ve got to do better as a people, myself included.

Me: Our choices are no better than our understanding of self. Educate black people as to who they are, and they’ll make better choices. Tell black people the truth and they’ll make better choices. But everyone cannot be saved.

Thank you for this talk.

Oh: Thank you. Maybe one day we can get some media coverage for this discussion.

Well Aly, you just did dear, you just did.

Ms. Aly Oh.

Ms. Aly Oh.