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I know that white Americans are uneasy, or "dis-eased" when it comes to the tragedy of the forced black diaspora in the United States of Arrogance. I know that you are in a perpetual state of denial; for to accept reality, necessarily, requires you to exhibit a level of responsibility that you, heretofore, lack the character and courage to exhibit. To do so would mean that the entire house of cards on which you base your false sense of superiority would be blown away, and you would have to start anew on a level playing field and that frightens you. These things/denials are the prerequisites that you use, like a drug addict, to tell yourself you don't have a problem, that you are not "dis-eased". If the blacks would just be quiet, it was so long ago, I did not own slaves; why don't they just get over it and stop living in the past!

To that I always say: it is what it is, because it was what it was.

You see, white man (and woman), I would love to "just get over it". But, alas, I cannot. For I am constantly reminded of your kidnapping, enslavement, rape, exploitation and murder of my people. Every day, all day.

I am reminded when I see black people that come in more hues, hair types and eye colors than any other group of "Americans". There are black people with stringy hair (like white folks) and curly hair. There are black people that span hues from "light, bright and damned near white" to those of us so dark we could put fingerprints on charcoal. There is Mulatto, Quadroon, Quintroon and Octaroon. This manifestation is a direct result of the Slave Breeding Industry and, more specifically, rape. https://www.opednews.com/articles/Blackism-Human-Savings-Ac-by-Rohn-Kenyatta-Africans_Bank-Of-New-York_Bank-of-america_Bankers-190719-410.html

I am reminded when I hear the surname of most black "Americans" (get it "Suh"-Name). For most don't even know their ancestral names (and never will); like the previous anomaly, it is unique to only us and we are the only people in this country that have names that remind us that we are a white man's property. Go into any phone directory in any major U.S. city (you call it the "Inner-City") and you will find page after page of black people with the name "Johnson" as in "John's-son", as in "boy". You see, John was/is a quite common Anglo-Christian first name, and if you, as a black person, as property, as a "boy" were "owned" by John your name was John-son. Ironically, Johnson is not as common a last name for white Americans. Same with Robert, Thom, William, etc. Just add son, son. The fellow that lives a few doors down from me is a black man named "Hartmann". I am willing to bet that his African ancestors were not named "Hartmann". He will never know what their names were, or even where in Africa he came from. For Africa is not a country, it is a continent.

A culture, a way of life was systematically erased. You can wipe out a generation of people, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they will still come back. But if you destroy their names, their religions, their languages, the foods they ate, their customs, their achievements, their history, it's just like they never existed. Just ash floating. Lost, with no real home. A sociological disaster that neither they, nor both the witting and unwitting perpetrators of said disaster know how to reconcile.

I am reminded on this, the fourteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, of how the U.S. government places no value on the lives of my people. Where they, literally, rotted on the streets of New Orleans for weeks. And when the United States government finally did show up to "help" those that had already been victimized by mother-nature, they stuck automatic rifles in their faces. Those that tried to get out of the doomed city were met with white, blackist slave patrollers (aka Police) that killed them for trying to leave.

I am reminded by a recent report that showed that the average familial wealth of a white family is 12 times that of a black family. Ergo, white families leave their descendants greater and greater wealth; while black families leave their descendants greater and greater debt. The irony of which is that without the kidnapped African, there would be no wealth for the white man to leave his descendants.

I am reminded by the fact that the demographic with the shortest life expectancy in the United States is the black man. The lifetime of constant stress (physical, environmental and psychological), despondency, poor diet and inferior health care brings about his untimely demise. My father, a man that was the proverbial "salt of the earth", a man that got on his knees and prayed every night, a man that served in the United States Marine Corp with distinction, a man who spent his entire adult life building airplanes at McDonnell-Douglas (now Boeing) was dead at age 56. His heart, literally, could take no more even though he had excellent health insurance and was one of few black men to receive a heart transplant. You see, there is even blackism in medicine in that black folks are typically way down on donor/recipient lists; especially for hearts.

I am reminded by Public Housing which serves as concrete prisons and concentration camps for black people across this country. These "reservations" or internal colonies are almost exclusively inhabited by my people and were designed for my people.

I am reminded by inferior schools that exist in every predominately black venue in this country; which helps remind me that it was illegal to teach my people to read and write. The only way out of bondage is education; for you are far more enslaved when your limbs are free but there are shackles and chains on your mind, than when you are physically chained.

I am reminded by a racially skewed justice system that sentenced a black man to 20 years in prison for having cocaine in a vehicle that was the property of the white boy driving it. The white boy was sentenced to three years probation and a "diversion" program. A "just-us" system that has absolutely nothing to do with justice and everything to do with how much money you have, and the color of your skin. The statistics bear out that if you are black you are more likely to not have the $50,000 to retain a decent attorney and will, thusly, get some arrogant, apathetic, overworked Public Defender who will never ask you "are you innocent?' But will, instead, tell you how lucky you are that he/she "cut a deal" that will take years off of your already abbreviated life. The fact that you attended an inferior school eliminates any option you have of defending yourself, for there is a reason that the law is essentially taught in a language that has been dead for 2000 years,

I am reminded by the fact that we, as a people, are still pursued and summarily executed by slave patrols (aka "Police"). Sandra reminds me. Tamir reminds me. Freddie reminds me. Oscar reminds me. Michael reminds me. Walter reminds me. Tony reminds me; and in not one case was the murderer brought to "justice". They all got rewarded with a paid vacation. In the case of 17 year old Trayvon Martin the sick, vigilante, racist that murdered him in cold blood sold the gun he murdered that child with for hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am struck that anyone would covet it...at all. I wonder if a black Person in America can assassinate a teenage white boy and sell the murder weapon for profit.

I am reminded by the Oklahoma State chant that "there willl never be a n-word SAE, you can hang him from a tree, but he'll never sign with me". I am reminded by Paula Dean, Donald Sterling, Hulk Hogan, Ted Nugent, Ralph Northam, Charlottesville and United States President Donald Trump.

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If a person thinks about all of these facts presented, it becomes blatantly clear that there is no way Black Americans can just move past slavery. To expect them to do such a thing once again speaks to the insensitivity, cluelessness, and clownery of White Americans.

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Well stated, Ms. Goldberg.

Glad you get my jokes.

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I'm with you Rohn! But let's time travel to the past together, and get to the root of the perfidy: that Middle East patriarch who started the whole thing. After that, we shall go after all the other wannabees. A DNA check shall determine if you and I are culpable, as well. However, I prefer you ride the point camel; I will not ride side saddle.

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Note: they appear alll to be white men.

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I have no problem as a white person, for I know that all groups of people have been enslaved throughout history. That some Black American's can't get over the fact their former relatives in Africa were abused by other African's and subjugated into slavery is an issue they need to resolve with their fellow African's in Africa.


Many a white person before black slavery was an issue, came to this country as a slave/indentured servant and worked their way of of their bondage.


I find it interesting the article only focuses on white people, when Arabs were slaving African's centuries before The Europeans began the trade.


For democrat presidential to be offering slave reparations to today's black community is absurd, for if black receive it, then Irish, English, etc. any indentured/slave deserves it too. Just another reason why I won't vote for any of them.


The world has many past wounds and we all just need to get along if humans want to progress. Those who reopen them nned to find closure for themselves.



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I think that we would not be dealing with such injustice for African Americans now if the changes we won in the sixties and seventies were still active and had not been nullified by Reagan and Bush and company. The regression took the form of mass imprisonment in a cooked up drug war - for possession of drugs imported and sold by guess who - the cia.

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Exactly who is "we", madame?

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the American people - okay?

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"we would not be dealing with such injustice for African Americans now..."

The only people "dealing with" the injustices of four centuries are those that are and were subjected to them.

And when did you decide to call us "African American" and who sanctioned you to do so? And under what supreme authority?

Thank you for your comments.

Once the image of these Negro civil rights "leaders" has been blown up way beyond its proper proportion, these same Negro civil rights "leaders" are then used by white liberals to influence and control the Negro voters, all for the benefit of the white politicians who pose as liberals, who pose as friends of the Negro.

The white conservatives aren't friends of the Negro either, but they at least don't try to hide it. They are like wolves; they show their teeth in a snarl that keeps the Negro always aware of where he stands with them. But the white liberals are foxes, who also show their teeth to the Negro but pretend that they are smiling. The white liberals are more dangerous than the conservatives; they lure the Negro, and as the Negro runs from the growling wolf, he flees into the open jaws of the "smiling" fox. Malcolm X

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You are really barking at the wrong person here. I don't claim that you don't have ample justification to be angry. You do, no doubt. But I am not your oppressor, nor have I ever supported your oppressors. so lighten up.

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I reserve the right to identify, define and target my own oppressors and I do not require the validation thereof by any individual. I am not a dog, thusly, I do not "bark".

Biting is something altogether different.

And as far as "lightening up" I'll let you folks keep it "light". Me, I can see in the "dark", for I am the darkness.

Good luck to you, and thanks for reading my column.

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I guess you really do not want to hear from this community on your subject, so I will not be commenting on any future articles you publish here.

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Well hush my puppies! I was unaware that there WE had a "community" spokesperson.

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I have some black ancestors from a few generations back in the day, so it's all cool. I've gotten over the whole slavery thing with no problem. Kind of like your Tsa-la-gi princess great grandmother makes Indian affairs a no sweat deal for you. Glad we can speak openly of these things. It makes us all better in the end.

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Wow. Ad hominem attacks and personal insults to someone's family members.

"Your comment to me that you thought my brain synapses were misfiring (something to that effect) got my wife thinking about my strange behavior prior to that day. Even my kids were telling me I was acting weird and somewhat incoherent".

Off of your meds, perhaps?

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Your arguments are compelling enough without resorting to lies about the etymology of "surname". Give us a break from the hyperbole. Who owned Jefferson, besides greed?

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Powerful. Truth hurts.

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Thank you, Mr. Lindorff. I have read some of your work and look forward to becoming more familiar with it.

I appreciate both your "character and courage".

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Just a general observation on my part, but I don't think Mr. Kenyatta allows for his narrative to be controlled and it is probably foolish to attempt. He is not a novice. I could be wrong but I doubt it.

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Maybe he needs to request "no comments" to his essays like Paul Craig Roberts does. Then he can be secure in his smugness.

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"He is not a novice." --- nor am I. I don't speak for anyone but myself. And personally I do not have time for anyone who cannot muster basic civility.

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So the black author is uncivilized? Typical of barking savages wouldn't you say? Afterall who better than white people to determine civility? Your statement was "this community" infering that you spoke for it and I am sure since you are not a novice you knew full well what you were doing and saying. Your little dog whistle is not as silent as you have convinced yourself it is. Like another member of "this community" said "truth hurts".

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You tickle me Ms. Goldberg. I am sure you noted "angry" as well; along with the fact that all but one of the responses were devoid of any commentary pertinent to the article itself and, thusly, the facts contained therein. Never are the facts disputed. In my Black Man 101 class the first thing you learn about white folks is that their go-to tactic is attempt to impune your credibility. Because they are looking for a reason to justify their denial.

Satisfaction and validation take on many forms for "by the work, one knows the workman".

You are as smart as ever.

Thanks for reading my column and your continued support.

Time to get to my next project, you should see it soon (cosmos willing) .

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Facts are facts by definition and need not be refuted. Your facts are mixed with hyperbole, thusly diluting them. Nobody is saying that your point of view is wrong, we have all admitted systemic racism is a terrible thing and is the cause of a majority of the problems facing black people today. I have asked several times " what is the solution". Should they all die in mass? Let's send all the whites back to Europe, all the blacks back to Africa and the yellows to Asia. That would suit me just fine. None of you belong here. Everyone has denial and everyone will try to justify it, that is human nature. What part of Africa are your ancestors from? Find out and let me know. I will help with the cost of your plane ticket.

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Who gave you the authority to call us Native Americans? If you don't know a specific tribe than use "First Nations". There were around 500 individual Nations on Turtle Island before the white infestation, and contrary to a comment you sent to Mr Pear on one of his essays, most original tribe names are lost... replaced with a thick and forked tongue Anglicized version, easy for whites and blacks to pronounce.

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I can dispute one of your "facts" if you would like. Life expectancy for First Nation males is 71 and black males it is 71.7, lets just round up to 72 and call your "fact" in dispute.

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"By the work, one knows the workman".

Research on race and health in the United States shows many health disparities between the different racial/ethnic groups. Different outcomes in mental and physical health exist between all census-recognized racial groups, but these differences stem from different historical and current factors, including genetics, socioeconomic factors, and racism. Research has demonstrated that numerous health care professionals show "implicit bias" in the way that they treat patients

Life expectancy.

The twentieth century witnessed a great expansion of the upper bounds of the human life span. At the beginning of the century, average life expectancy in the United States was 47 years. By century's end, the average life expectancy had risen to over 70 years, and it was not unusual for Americans to exceed 80 years of age. However, although longevity in the U.S. population has increased substantially, race disparities in longevity have been persistent. African American life expectancy at birth is persistently five to seven years lower than European Americans.[9]

The vast majority of studies focus on the black-white contrast, but a rapidly growing literature describes variations in health status among America's increasingly diverse racial populations. Today, Asian Americans live the longest (87.1 years), followed by Latinos (83.3 years), whites (78.9 years), Native Americans (76.9 years), and African Americans (75.4 years).[10] Where people live, combined with race and income, play a huge role in whether they may die young.[11] A 2001 study found large racial differences exist in healthy life expectancy at lower levels of education.[12]

A study by Jack M. Guralnik, Kenneth C. Land, Dan Blazer, Gerda G. Fillenbaum, and Laurence G. Branch found that education had a substantially stronger relation to total life expectancy and active life expectancy than did race. Still, sixty-five-year-old black men had a lower total life expectancy (11.4 years) and active life expectancy (10 years) than white men (total life expectancy, 12.6 years; active life expectancy, 11.2 years) The differences were reduced when the data were controlled for education.[13]

During the 20th century, the difference in life expectancy between black and white men in the United States did not decline.[14]

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Internet searches on life expectancy produce a number of varying results, but the ever present conclusion is that Blacks and First Nation men have the least years on this world. Education, availability of healthy foods and health care sources are a huge part of the discrepancies. Healthy, happy, educated people have the better outcomes. Systemic racism is once again the culprit.

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