Monthly Archives: September 2013

IMHOTEP: THE GREATEST MAN THAT LIVED (PART 1)

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““The Greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley

 We are African, defined by morals and principles, so let us not believe that warmongers such as Alexandra so called great, Napoleon, Julius Caesar, or Winston Churchill are the greatest men that lived, these are not great men, let me tell you about a true great man, let me tell you about the Greatest man that lived, let me tell you about Imhotep.

Born at about 3000 B.C, born of an Architect named Kanofer, and from a mother named Khreduonkh and when his time married Ronpenofret. Imhotep’s career can be divided into at least 6 categories, Imhotep the prime minister, Imhotep the architect, he designed the step pyramid, Imhotep the first physician, Imhotep the Chief Priest, Imhotep the astronomer. Imhotep devoted his life to various activities and to write about his life I will need at least 6 articles. Today I want us to discuss Imhotep the first physician! Imhotep the healer.

Imhotep was a man of high and unsullied Character with a wide outlook on life, as well as a tender heart towards suffering humanity.

Imhotep perfomed his work as a Physician at the Temple of Memphis also known as Amenhotep temple. He practised at a temple for he knew how holy the gift of healing is. The temple of Memphis became known as a famous hospital and school of Medicine, Countless number of sick mained and blind persons went there and came back with renewed strength.

The legendary and much talked about Hippocrates of Greece was a student of Imhotep at the Memphis temple, the Hippocrates oath that Doctors or Physicians take is actually an oath that Imhotep made his students take at the Temple of Memphis. Phiny the elder, Hippocrates, Herophilos, Erasistrus and later Galen are the Greek students that were taught by Imhotep.

Know that Imhotep a black man is the father of medicine and not Hippocrates.

Imhotep was described by his people as the good physician of Gods and men, a kind and merciful god assuaging the suffering of those in pain, healing the disease of men and giving peaceful sleep to the restless and suffering. Medicine is our ancestor’s creation but every tribe and civilisation in Africa has always had the best healers, healers who overstand nature, healers who overstand herbs, we have always had healers that can cure diseases that western medication has failed to heal. The KhoiSan can cure cancer, I, the author have been cured from Epilepsy which western medication couldn’t. We have always been blessed and will always be blessed with skilful healers such as Imhotep.

Even in Morden western medicine, with less opportunities, Africans have shown how great they are, and again the enemy has claimed our genius as theirs, Hamilton Naki not Christiaan Barnard performed the first Heart transplant. Dr Ben Carson is the…” read THE ORIGINAL FULL article by clicking here

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What you can do to end Racism

“Damali Ayo, that wonderful woman, has five steps that anyone can do to help end racism:

For white people:

Admit it: You have a race. So does everyone. Use the words “white people”. Know that racism still goes on in America and you benefit. Know that your opinions are shaped by the white experience.

Listen: When a person of colour trusts you enough to tell you about an experience with racism, just listen. Do not try to explain it away or somehow make it better.

Educate yourself:  Read up on racism on your own, in books and on the Internet. Read books and see films by people of colour. They are part of your country, you should know this stuff. But please do not ask people of colour all kinds of strange questions!

Broaden your experience: But only after the first three steps! Go alone to events and places where most people are not white – not as a tourist but to break out of your limited whitebread world. The same with your friends: you should have good friends from all sorts of backgrounds.

Take action: When someone says something racist, point it out, even if it is your friend or your mother. Be gentle but firm, civil but direct. Coming from you as a white person it will have a much bigger effect . The same with the media: write a letter to the editor and say that you are white. At work and at school push for a better mix of people – it is better for everyone, even white people.

For people of colour:

Get real: Be yourself! Be who you truly and deeply are, not what you see on television (those are stereotypes). Love yourself and teach your children to do the same. Love each other: when white people see us tearing each other down, they think it is all right to do it too.

Speak out: When someone says something racist, you must speak up: people will notice your silence and draw conclusions. Listen to white people. Know of materials that you can point them towards to find out more about racism.

Educate yourself: Know the true history of race in America. Teach it to your children and teach them to be proud of their race. Know that the stereotypes that white people have affect you from the inside too.

Build ties: Other races have had it bad too in America, not just yours. Read “A Different Mirror” by Ronald Takaki. You should have good friends from all sorts of backgrounds, white ones too.

Take care: Do not let racism or anger consume you. Sometimes it is better just to walk away from a racist act, especially when you are too tired or angry, but let people know that that is what you are doing.

There is way more at Damali Ayo’s website, fixracism.com. Thanks to Macon D at Stuff White People Do for his great interview with Damali Ayo where I found out about this.”

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What if blacks talked about black-on-white murder the way whites talk about slavery or Trayvon?

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“…And while we are at it, here are a few more, not modelled on slavery arguments, but on some of those made by whites in the wake of the Trayvon Martin case:

  • White American culture glorifies violence. Like all those Hollywood films about mobsters, cowboys and Dirty Harry. “Make my day!” Their history books too. Proof that violence and murder are acceptable in the white community. So why is black-on-white murder held up as this terrible thing in the white media? Why are blacks painted as the ones who are pathologically violent by nature? Whites need to look at themselves!
  • Whites do not protest white-on-white murder. So why the big deal about black-on-white murder?
  • Whites need to do something about their criminal element – if they want others to kill them less. They need to face up to the pathologies in their own community before they can expect others to see their worth as human beings.
  • Many black murderers are not pure black. So you cannot blame blacks for that!…”;  Read more 

The Economics of Exploitation In Africa

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Global capital and its comprador elites within Africa have systematically plundered and ruined the continent before and after independence Even now the average income of Africans is lower than it was in the 1960s and if one applies the necessary correctives to GDP tallies and many African nations have been losing per capita income as the result of foreign investment Moreover And neoliberal programmes of privatization and monetarism have made the poor worse and worse off and without leading to any significant improvement in growth or development Combine this with the massive theft of African production by local dictators and foreign multinationals the extreme monoculture production of many African nations and the unfair trade practices in agriculture on the part of Western nations (in particular the EU)

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Are You White? Then You Should Probably Watch This.

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Do you become annoyed anytime a person of color writes, tweets, sings, or speaks about racial inequality? Have you ever wondered why it’s culturally acceptable for black people to use the n-word, while no one else is supposed to use it? Have you ever used the word postracial without a trace of irony? Do you believe that the sole purpose of affirmative action is to allow less qualified minorities to take jobs and positions from the smarter and more qualified?

If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then you should check out White Like Me: Race, Racism, and White Privilege in America, anti-racism activist Tim Wise’s educational film about racism and white privilege. Especially if you’re white.

Wise is well known for his work discussing how race intersects with politics, policy, and culture in books like White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (the basis of the film) and Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority. (You should probably check these out as well.) In this new film, he attempts to address a few very complex questions about race and ethnicity, while featuring interviews with notable scholars including Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree. Interspersed throughout are candid comments from white students discussing their views on affirmative action and whiteness. The film poses some big questions: “What does it mean to be white?” “Isn’t racism a thing of the past?” “What about us?” “Shouldn’t we be colorblind?”

etree. Interspersed throughout are candid comments from white students discussing their views on affirmative action and whiteness. The film poses some big questions: “What does it mean to be white?” “Isn’t racism a thing of the past?” “What about us?” “Shouldn’t we be colorblind?”

The film, which was directed by Scott Morris, begins with Wise’s personal story, revealing how he came to view the world as he does. As a child in Tennessee, his parents sent him to a preschool program at a historically black college, where he was one of only three nonblack students; by the time he reached elementary school, most of his friends were black, and he recognized quickly how differently those peers were treated by the teachers. In the late 1980s, he protested his university’s investments in companies doing business with apartheid South Africa. But for some time he ignored the advantages he himself had as a white person—until a black audience member at a rally where he was speaking asked him what he had done to address racism here in the U.S.

In 1990, he was appalled when the majority of white voters in Louisianaopted for former KKK leader David Duke for U.S. Senate. (Duke lost. He ran for governor the next year, and lost again, but still received the majority of the white vote.) “I’ve been trying to better understand for myself and to raise awareness among others about the centrality of race and racism to the history of this country,” Wise says in the film, “and how dangerous and damaging it is when white people, like me, are blind to racial inequality and our own privileges.”

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Black racism is not a mirror image of white racism

“…Black racism is not a mirror image of white racism. It is not equal and opposite. Instead it is different in scale and kind…

 Even though the president is black, he cannot openly help blacks without being accused of racism.

  • Internalized racism: The racism among blacks is mostly directed against other blacks, especially against one’s self. Blacks are subject to much of the same racist brainwashing as whites, particularly through television and school. According to one test of racism (the IAT), 42% of blacks are racist in favour of whites!
  • Blacks understand whites way better than whites understand blacks:
    • Because they have to just to feed their families in a society that is mostly white.
    • Because they read white books, watch white television, receive white educations, work at white companies, etc. They have to deal with whites. Meantime whites can avoid dealing with blacks or having to take them seriously.

    This makes it hard for blacks to stereotype and dehumanize whites to a serious degree.

  • Blacks have not committed serious injustices that require racist whitewashing.
  • Blacks do not build their sense of self-worth on looking down on whites.
  • There is nothing like a black n-word for whites. So much so that most of the commenters on this blog who use racial slurs against whites are themselves white!
  • There is nothing like the black Klan. Some whites think the Black Panthers were like that, but they never went into white neighbourhoods to spread terror and lynch white people…”  Read original post on:..Abagond

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Companies that got rich from Slavery

History has consistently shown that slavery has diminished the quality of life for African Americans and simultaneously enhanced the quality of life for White Americans. From institutionalized racism to blocked social and economic opportunities, African Americans are often excluded of African Americans.

Apologies cannot compensate an entire race of people for all of the social and economic ills they face as a result of their enslavement. They cannot address the residual effects of slavery. They cannot provide job opportunities to a race of people who are experiencing high unemployment rates. Apologies without action from the very systems they helped to create. Had it not been for slave labor, many corporations would not be where they are today and for these companies to acknowledge their involvement in slavery and then simply say ‘Oh, I’m sorry”, is to downplay their role in perpetuating the degradation are nothing more than a futile attempt to correct a wrong by pacifying the wronged. Instead of apologies, these companies could give back to the African American community by donating to HBCUs, investing in minority businesses, offering more minority scholarships, or launching initiatives to increase their number of minority employees. These companies include:

 1. New York Life

New York life found that its predecessor (Nautilus Insurance Company) sold slaveholder policies during the mid-1800s.

2. Tiffany and Co.

Tiffany and Co. was originally financed with profits from a Connecticut cotton mill. The mill operated from cotton picked by slaves.

3. Aetna

Aetna insured the lives of slaves during the 1850′s and reimbursed slave owners when their slaves died.

4. Brooks Brothers

The suit retailer started their company in the 1800s by selling clothes for slaves to slave traders.

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Dr. Cornel West’s Heartfelt Tweets in Support of Chelsea Manning

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The always compassionate Dr. Cornel West shared these two heartfelt tweets on his Twitter page last week after the a Federal judge delivered an unjust verdict in the notorious case of Chelsea Manning, formerly known as army private First Class Bradley Manning.

Manning, the famous Wikileaks whistleblower who exposed countless U.S. crimes of imperialism, was sentenced to 35 years in federal state penitentiary, and is now seeking an unlikely pardon from the President of the United States.

Click Here to petition the White House and let President Obama know that it should never be considered…

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“Shit White Girls Say … to Black Girls”

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“Shit White Girls Say … to Black Girls” (2012) is a YouTube video by American blogger Chescaleigh, who calls it “basically my life story in 2 minutes.” Putting on a long blond wig she repeated the well-meaning but racist things (called microaggressions) that white girls have said to her:

  • Not to to be racist but…
  • Not to sound racist but…
  • Not to sound racist…
  • My grandma hates collards. Wait, is that racist?
  • Why isn’t there a White Entertainment Television?
  • The Jews were slaves, too. You don’t hear us complaining about it all the time.
  • Is it, like, bad to do blackface? Is that still, like, a thing?
  • You can say the n-word but I can’t? How is that okay?
  • My best friend was black. I mean she’s still black, but we’re not really friends anymore.
  • (Talking about her skin) Oh my god, I’m practically black! Twinsies!
  • I told you to stop borrowing my lotion!

The word “ghetto”:

  • Why is my computer acting so ghetto?
  • (While shopping) This is so ghetto.
  • (Showing a hand bag) Ghetto!
Black guys:
  • I’m not really into black guys, though.
  • So cute for a black guy, right?
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Tim Allen – “Whitesplaining”

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