My humanity is not yours to control: My thoughts on #ShiningALight


My thoughts on #ShiningALight

So I finally watched all three hours of Shining A Light concert and town hall meeting.shiningalight2

The mission statement of the initiative reads

A+E Networks, iHeartMedia and United Way have joined forces to launch Shining a Light, a multi-platform initiative designed to promote real progress on race in America, following the Emanuel AME Church tragedy and inspired by the reaction of the family members and Charleston community. The  program is designed to inspire others to go beyond short-lived, symbolic gestures and to explore the uncomfortable truth about the racial inequity and bias in our country and to help individuals and organizations that are working to make progress on issues of race.

I read through the viewing party guide, the start a conversation guide and several of the links. I went through the study guide for educators.


And I took a couple of hours to think about the concert, fundraiser and townhall meeting.


So, a lot if not most of what makes this project worthwhile are in print and on line.  Many of the interview segments were awkward and offered little new information to the viewer or the participants.

That said I fully encourage you to thoroughly investigate the website, .


I watched most of the white participants offer qualified apologies, requests for patience and demand sympathy and support for their position.

I saw many Black participants discuss the matter from a colonized mind that could not demand for itself what it would offer others.

The white participants took the forgiveness and anguish of the Black Participants for granted. And requested more of the same without offering anything in return.


Let’s assume for the sake of argument that relations between peoples mirror those between individuals.

As an individual, when wronged, mistreated, disrespected, marginalized, maimed, murdered… etc., I am looking for a full acknowledgement of what was done to me and an unqualified apology. If there is an explanation of why I was you victim, great. But no excuses.

And then I fully expect the wrong doer to make amends. To evidence his emotional state of being sorry.

Anything less than that is useless.

And then the wrongdoer is to commit to and actually never commit the harm to me again.

Whites in America are very comfortable with the notion that black people have to earn full humanity and citizenship. And upon the completion of the Herculean effort, by Black people, white people will pronounce us human and citizens.

If you don’t already see my full humanity and acknowledge my full citizenship that we don’t even need to talk.  There is nothing I can do to change your mind.  My humanity is not yours to give. It never has been.

White people as the keepers of power have the ability to end racism today.

And my question is, why don’t you?shiningalight3

protect fragile white tears -NOT!!!

white privilege allows fragile white people to ignore that white supremacy denies the humanity and citizenship of Black People and kills us.

it allows white people to ignore structural and systemic racism and its generational effects.

it is the ignorant and arrogant energy behind “all lives matter”

behind justifying death for a toy gun or knowing your rights.

behind  the humanity and humane treatment of white male mass murderers domestic terrorists

what Price Racism?

when the police wrongfully kill an unarmed Black citizen and there is a civil lawsuit.
the money comes from the taxpayers. the city of Chicago paid out over 50 million in the last fiscal year. what is the CPS budget shortfall?

when peace loving protesters march engage in civil disobedience. the cost are born my them and the rest of the taxpayers. overtime, extra shifts,

AND DON’T ASK PEOPLE NOT TO PROTEST INJUSTICE dont be lazy and stupid and shortsighted with a irrational kneejerk response..


I have always wondered why a country that prides itself on EXCEPTIONAL-ISM wouldn’t pour a lot more money time and energy into education across race,gender, class lines.

what is the cost of racial inequality and social injustice?

Dear CPS

Dear Chicago Public Schools,

Below is a link to the Frontline broadcast of a class divided. I offer it to you as an example of how to improve the school system.
As a Black parent of Black (former) CPS students (1999-2013), I have had to interact with racists, sexists, bigoted teachers and administrators. Layer upon layer of disregard and coverup of unprofessional and racists behavior and discriminatory application of of doctrine and policy.

A series of seminars along the line of this would expose and potentially eliminate so many of the gross and racists assumptions that impede communication and negatively impact student development.

Add to this the abject failure of CPS to develop curricula that addresses anything but the european american mythology reflects and evidences disregard and indifference to the needs of non-european american students and their families.

Ferguson is not Selma

No Ferguson is not Selma.

I have hurt some talk read some post from Ferguson Protest detractors, “Ferguson is not Selma!” the derision and disdain dripping from lips furled with hate and menace.

Ok Dude, calm all the way down. No one said that Ferguson was Selma. I don’t think anyone even thought of it that way.

I think that Ferguson is like MONTGOMERY. and unless you want to be recorded in history as a member of the WCC/KKK you need to Shut the Fuck Up!

The White Citizens’ Council was begun in Mississippi in 1954 following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregated schools were unconstitutional. The Council was a white resistance campaign against school integration and other efforts for black advancement. Unlike the Ku Klux Klan, the Council was open rather than secret and maintained that it was against violence. It pursued racist economic and political avenues to undermine black progress. The Council publicized the names of blacks working for change so that they would lose their jobs, credit ratings and income. To oppose school integration, the Council established private white academies. Although the Council spread across the South, by the late 1960s they went into decline.
In January 1956, a month after the start of the boycott, W. A. Gayle, the mayor of Montgomery, joined the White Citizens Council, publicly declaring,
‘‘I think every right-thinking white person in Montgomery, Alabama and the South should do the same.
We must make certain that Negroes are not allowed to force their demands on us.…’’ (Azbell, ‘‘Council Official Says’’).
By the next month WCC membership had doubled.
The WCC attempted multiple strategies to stop the boycott, from prosecuting the boycott organizers to pressuring insurance agencies throughout the South to cancel policies for church-owned vehicles. King appealed to President Dwight D. Eisenhower to investigate violence perpetrated by WCC members after Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) members’ homes were bombed, and an effigy of a black man and a white man ‘‘who ‘talked integration’’’ were hung in downtown Montgomery (Papers 3:357). The attorney general responded to King’s appeal, writing that ‘‘the activities of the White Citizens Council … [do] not appear to indicate violations of federal criminal statutes’’ (Papers 3:365).

In a 1956 New York speech, King described the WCC as a modern Ku Klux Klan, targeting black and white people supportive of civil rights. ‘‘They must be held responsible for all of the terror, the mob rule, and brutal murders that have encompassed the South over the last several years,’’

King said. ‘‘It is an indictment on America and democracy that these ungodly and unethical and un-Christian and un-American councils have been able to exist all of these months without a modicum of criticism from the federal government’’ (Papers 3:475).

King encountered WCC groups all over the South, from Selma, Alabama—the first Alabama town to create a White Citizens’ Council—to Jackson, Mississippi, where Medgar Evers, the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People chairman, was killed by a WCC member. King feared that WCC activities would prevent white moderates from becoming involved in desegregation issues. WCC groups, King argued, ‘‘demand absolute conformity from whites and abject submission from Negroes.… What channels of communication had once existed between whites and Negroes have thus now been largely closed’’ (King, 16 October 1959).

As late as 1966, the White Citizens’ Council teamed up with the virulently anti-Communist John Birch Society to petition the federal government to investigate whether King and over 100,000 other rights activists had Communist connections. Yet King believed that their power was fading: ‘‘Two years ago Americans, in a presidential election, overwhelmingly rejected representatives of Birchism and the White Citizens Council,’’ he said, referring to Barry Goldwater’s defeat by Lyndon B. Johnson. ‘‘It is my honest opinion that this same majority still finds repulsive persons who strive to impose 19th Century standards upon our society’’ (King, 26 May 1966.

We know and understand what the fight is about and what is at stake. we understand that you may change the initials but the tactics remain the same. you claim that you don’t see a problem with a police officer shooting a black child to death and leaving his body in the street for four and a half hours, but in you Grinch-like heart you know that it was a lynching, and illegal act and a warning to the community- ‘look what we can do. with impunity. now get to the back of the bus. stay in you place NIGGER.’
Don’t over simplify this. don’t ask if I hate all police officers or all white people. Don’t tell me that not all white people are racists, not all police officers are murderers. Don’t do anything that undermines the conversation by insulting my intellect or analysis.

just know that the initials and uniforms don’t fool me.

If you think that grown Black men who play professional sports for a living don’t have the right to support the Ferguson protesters – racists in hood said what?
If you think that grand jury was right to not indite Darren Wilson and you haven’t read the testimony – lazy fuck in the hood said what?

If you think that grand jury was right to not indite Darren Wilson and you haven’t read the testimony – stupid fuck in the hood said what?

If you are cook with being on the same side of history as Bull Conner nad George Wallace and the members of WCC/KKK groups across this country… no problem

Just remember, Ferguson is not Selma...

we who believe in FREEDOM

Dude said that only bad black kids get murdered by the police,
good black kids stay put of trouble.

I asked: so an honor student has a greater right to live than a struggling student.
math and science students are worth more than vocational students. oh and wait. the killer knew what type of student they were when they were killed.

My sons dont wear a sign that says that state that
they are academically and musically and athletically gifted,
a list of courses taken,
books read,
projects completed,
from a close knit loving family.

my sons look like every other black man in America
(but more handsome and intelligent, I love them..).

none of what they know or do will stop some privilege racist cop from killing them and lying about what happened.

the fuckery and foolishness of the willfully uninformed, the arrogantly ignorant and the silence of alleged allies and terrified unaffected, damns this situation to fester and re-occur.

the life of every black mother’s son must matter just as much as the life of every white mothers son..