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MICHAEL DERK ROBERTS
Small Business Consultant, Editor, and Social Media & Communications Expert, New York
Over the past 20 years I've been a top SMALL BUSINESS CONSULTANT and POLITICAL CAMPAIGN STRATEGIST in Brooklyn, New York, running successful campaigns at the City, State and Federal levels. I'm a published author and award-winning journalist. I've been honored and recognized for my deep, hard-hitting analytical work on socio-economic and political issues confronting the United States in general and New York City in particular. I'm he Senior Consultant, COMMONSENSE STRATEGIES (www.commonsensestrategies.biz ), a Marketing, Social Media & Communications company based in Brooklyn. I also host two weekly podcasts at www.blogtalkradio.com/shangoking .The first, aired on Saturday mornings is called BTS -- Business, Technology and Social Media and the second, The Roberts Report, is aired on Sundays. You can also follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdvroberts. (347) 279-6668.
(6 comments) SHARE Friday, October 28, 2016 Thank You FBI! You Helped To Make President Clinton
Now Comey's action has rendered this proud and efficient agency as a dopey version of the Keystone Kops. A kind of Uncle Gadget-like approach to anything Clinton perhaps a reaction by political osmosis contaminated by his brethren in the Congress.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 17, 2014 Israeli MP:Kill Palestinian Mothers
The New Israel/Palestine "War": Racism Lurks Below The Surface;The Doctrine Of Collective Punishment Learned By Jews From Hitlerite Days Of The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, January 3, 2020 Why Christianity Sucks
"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 11, 2020 "Commute - Not Pardon" - How Trump Played Roger Stone
Still, lost in all the chatter is the fundamental fact that Roger Stone WAS NOT PARDONED by the president BECAUSE THE PRESIDENT COULD NOT DO THAT and if he had this action would have opened up a legal can of worms and at worst a flagrant and illegal violation of the United States Constitution.
(46 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 29, 2020 An Open Letter To My "Christian Friends:" You're All Hypocrites!
As a critical and thinker, I cannot balance or equate the Christian notion and belief that "God is love" when put against the Old Testament's god-monster who killed multitudes of Egyptian children at Passover and drowned nearly everyone in Noah's flood just because they did not do what he wanted.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 5, 2017 American Narcissism: Body And Beauty
According to the Skincare Foundation, America is home to more than 18,000 tanning salons, with more than one million people frying their skins in them each and every day -- 7 days a week.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 17, 2010 The Independent Voter Myth
Focus On The Upcoming Mid-Term Elections;This Voting Bloc Is No More Independent As Are Democrats Or Republicans
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2020 When The Marching Stops"What Next?
I believe it is apropos to ask now: Where does all the energy unleashed by the street protests go? What happens to disband cops when the loud chanting fades?
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 10, 2019 American Socialism - The Facts, Not the Fiction
The United States of America like every other western nation with an advanced economy, such as the Great Britain, Germany, France, and Japan is already a partly socialist country, with a mixed economy and any number of government programs and services that serve the public good.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, April 17, 2017 The Threat Of Nuclear War Is Real Again
Who are these crazy men? Let's start with the North Korea leader Kim Jong-un. He's on an aggressive war-binge with an oversized lust for weapons -- including nuclear weapons.
(4 comments) SHARE Monday, October 9, 2017 Columbus: Criminal, Ignoramus And Mass Murderer
Along with Columbus came Tuberculosis, Chicken and Small Pox, venereal diseases of all types, Typhoid, Dysentery and many other diseases that were never seen or known in this part of the world.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, October 23, 2009 The Obama Peace Prize - A Deserving Award
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize And The Right Wing “Oh No” Corner;All Americans Should Be Proud Especially After 8 Years Of Republican Global Alienating Rule
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 15, 2020 The Coronavirus and a Kakistocracy Like No Other
The Trump Presidency has degenerated into a bumbling, inefficient, toady-centric kakistocracy where "up is down, and "down is up," and truth is what he and is yes men and women say it is.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 9, 2016 Why Democrats Lost: Voter Turn Out
Republicans tuned out to vote in far larger numbers than Democrats. For all the best laid plans and strategies you can't stay home and will an election -- it's not a spectator sport.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 14, 2020 The "Holy" Hypocrites Among Us
And today, American Christianity is right at home with unmitigated and unadulterated hypocrisy. So, pardon me if I do not believe.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 6, 2016 Democracy Is Not For Children
Trump's legions, composed primarily of white people, exist in a state of self-induced panic, made more acute by the delusional ramblings of their "champion."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 4, 2019 Where IS the Anger?
Back-to-back Gun MassacresThe "guns don't kill people" argument is deeply flawed because it sidesteps the real issue. The point is not whether guns can spontaneously kill people on their own.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, July 19, 2019 A Pervasive Racist Meme: "Go Back To Your Country," Defending AOC and Company
Why this has stuck an angry chord in me is the fact that I've heard it before, seen it on Facebook, and many times it's the default position of many Caribbean-Americans when anyone criticizes the United States government or dares to compare it with one of the many "adversaries and enemies" that this country has an ongoing, sustained need for.
SHARE Saturday, October 16, 2010 Forgotten Nation
10 Months After The Haitian Earthquake Of 2010;Off The World's Radar Screen The Haitian Situation Is Still Very Dire
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 31, 2019 The China Model - Lessons To Be Learned
Yes, the fundamental fact is that China is a very different nation that plays by its own set of political and economic rules. That's what so irks and galls those who wholeheartedly embrace western capitalist "free market" systems in the context of liberal democracies.
SHARE Saturday, June 23, 2018 Towards A Progressive 21st Century Black Agenda
The Black Problem Stated: Black people urgently need a progressive roadmap for the 21st century, and what that roadmap must contain, look like, and the action items needed to make this happen.
SHARE Thursday, August 8, 2019 The Slippery Slope Of "Domestic Terrorism"
The inherent danger in formalizing and codifying the created and manufactured designation of " domestic terrorism" and the potential for the U.S. Congress to greatly expand and enhance this from its already wide interpretation is that it could be used to justify just about anything.
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 6, 2018 Et Tu Susan?
The upshot is that Susan Collins has now risked her entire political legacy on Brett Kavanaugh's vague, vapid and dodgy assurances that he will impartially judge all of the facts.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 22, 2014 New American Racism
Changing The Language On Racism And Segregation; Persistent Ugliness And A False Narrative Hides The Modern Version of Racism
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2019 The Question Of Democratic Socialism
Still, progressive thinkers have long exposed the roots of suffering and pain of the 99 percent at the bottom rung of the United States socio-economic ladder
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 13, 2016 The "Basket Of Deplorables" Exists
They're Republicans Supporting Donald Trump; Today's Republican Party is a white, ethno-nationalist, and xenophobic organization of exclusively white Americans.
SHARE Thursday, December 21, 2017 Fuzzy Tax Math
Yes, with only 33 percent of the support for the bill (the same kind of flushy toilet numbers that President Trump is stuck in) the Republicans charged ahead like a crazed herd of wildebeasts heading for grazing grounds.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, August 7, 2020 Pyrrhic Choice: Democratic and Republican Parties
Moreover, this Democratic and Republican Party's cynicism is an opportunist political maneuver since the Democratic Party know that Black and Brown people have no other political home to go to since they're not wanted in the Republican Party.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, August 19, 2016 Neo-Capitalism And the American Middle Class Myth
Fact is that in the first decade of the 21st century in America, the much-ballyhooed Middle Class is a phantom, a figment of the collective imagination of dishonest politicians long adept at hoodwinking the American people.
(26 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 13, 2017 Religion Vs Evolution: A Pragmatic Viewpoint
Let me again be blunt and go even further: religion has its origin in and derives its power from the natural world. In response to fear, superstition, and ignorance
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 15, 2019 Capitalism: Not For Black People
I contend that capitalism is far more than an economic system. Capitalism is a ruling class ideology that is institutionalized for the practice and purpose of governing and controlling the relationships between groups of people and between individuals (the capitalists).
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 27, 2016 America: Still Separate and Unequal
Changing The Language Of Racism And Segregation; A Persistent Ugliness And A False Narrative Hides The Modern Version of Racism
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2015 Xenophobia, Hypocrisy and Thanksgiving
But terrorism brings politicians together in sickening ways. It's a godsend gift used to attack groups of defenseless people who can't fight back.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 20, 2019 The $1 Trillion US Debt in China Trade War
China has its own range of financial firepower at its disposal to punish the US for the tariffs war, including its massive $1.123 trillion piggybank of US Treasury bills.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, April 7, 2017 Capitalism And American Politics
The reality of capitalism's American-Dream-Turned-Nightmare is that now there are millions of hardworking, intelligent people who are living from paycheck-to-paycheck and are stuck in jobs with few opportunities for advancement and little hope for the future.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Democracy By Illusion
Media Manipulation,Big Money And Subjective Politics Will Define The New American Reality
SHARE Sunday, February 11, 2018 National Pantheon Of Grenadian Heroes
Badgered by a political system that in 2018 is still emerging, under-developed, backward and weak, Grenada still suffer from periods of tepid progress, pronounced retrogression, and limited improvements of the quality of life for all Grenadians (here I include Carriacouians and Petite Martiniquians in this characterization).
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 18, 2010 Dentist X For Police Commissioner
New York City Public Education And Mayor Bloomberg's Chancellor Pick;How Square Pegs Ending In Round Holes Do Not Apply To Elites
SHARE Tuesday, August 16, 2016 Why The Olympics Is More Politics Than Sports
In Rio the pre-Olympic eviction and displacement process was realized by the state's Police Pacification Units being dispatched to the city's favelas -- the poor districts of Rio.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 2, 2010 The Politics Of Victimhood
The World Is Tired Of IsrBel's Holocaust Syndrome, Its "blame-the-Victim" Spin That Is Used To Cover Up Its Belligerence
SHARE Friday, February 23, 2018 Grenada's March 13th Elections: Critical and Historic
Despite some cosmetic and strategic differences both parties are basically center-right organizations (political parties that lean to the right of the left--right political spectrum, but are closer to the center than other right-wing variants).
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 18, 2016 The Gutter Duo: Julian Assange And Donald Trump
Assangehe has abandoned any pretense or attempt at behaving as the folk hero fighting institutional corruption and governmental wrongdoings as he's now completely genuflected to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2007 Drug Nation
It seems as if everybody is on something in America - from Prozac to marijuana and everything in between. We've long ago lost the "War on Drugs." Welcome to your everyday junkie.
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 1, 2016 Castro, Revolution And Cuba
So the reaction to his death by the US media was predictable. There was no love lost between the United States and the old uncompromising revolutionary even after the historic visit of President Obama.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2020 American "Exceptionalism" And COVID-19
Today the MAGA crowd have gotten their "exceptionalism" wish as the United States leads the world in this global and deadly pandemic, racing well past other nations in the numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 4, 2018 Yes. Christians Do Love Satan
Here in America a poll taken about five years ago found that about 60 percent of the population believes in a literal Devil.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 24, 2016 The Law of Meaningless Things
Yes, I'm the kind of person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions. I am an iconoclast. And proud of it.
(11 comments) SHARE Friday, November 27, 2020 The Modern Cult of Ignorance
The Trump Era has ushered in dangerous times. Never have so many Americans had so much access to so much knowledge and yet have been so resistant to truth and learning anything.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, October 17, 2016 Redux: Why I Hate Sheep II
Open Letter To The Donald And The Trumpites;Trump has infamously hated Rosie O'Donnell because she's an independent, strong-willed, and assertive woman.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2020 A Pageantry Of Lies and Buffoonery
This convention also exposed the utter cowardice of the Republican Party and its morbid and abject fear of Donald Trump.
SHARE Monday, July 24, 2017 21st Century Black "Nobodiness"
It therefore is not hard to see why "Black nobodiness'" persists. Or that Black children - and their elders - look into mirrors every day and see no one special standing there.
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 26, 2016 Google And God
The fact is that today, with the click of a mouse button the era of seeking answers and advice about God directly from rabbis, pastors, or imams is gradually coming to an end.
SHARE Tuesday, April 11, 2017 The Bombs Of Springtime
For the umpteenth time, a sitting US president sought to change a set of pesky and annoying subjects and narratives at home by launching an attack abroad.
SHARE Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Donald Trump's Kakistocracy
This den of questionable characters are repugnant, lack any scruples, and appear ignorant of the meaning of integrity, give validation and meaning to the term "kakistocracy" -- government by the worst people.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 The Rise Of The Mimic Men (And Women)
The 2011-2012 Political Agenda And The Political/Media Complex;Spin, Attacks And "Manufactured Consent" Will Drive Quest For The White House
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 17, 2011 King's Timeless Wisdom
Celebrating The 82nd Birthday Of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr (1929-1968); Influenced By Christian Social Activism, King Was Perhaps Its Greatest Proponent
SHARE Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Facebook's Ugly And Dark Side
And the other takeaway is that the people who engage in this kind of behavior -- I hate to say it -- are not the most educated or sophisticated on Facebook or social media.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Black Woman VP? Maybe, Maybe Not
Finally, Biden and his VP pick must prepare for a delayed election result and the shenanigans that are bound to be launched by President Trump and the Republican Party.
(7 comments) SHARE Monday, June 6, 2016 Facebook, Black Self-Hatred and "Colorism"
This neo-colorism is the result of self-hatred, a pervasive inferiority complex, and low-self esteem in the "oppressed classes" and their identification with the oppressor.
SHARE Monday, September 25, 2017 Trump, Hypocrisy And Sports
For too long, we've bowed, scraped, grinned and skinned (I'm borrowing from Malcolm X), been shot and killed like vermin, called every demeaning and derogatory name, herded into inner city ghettos like dumb, driven cattle, experimented on as so many guinea pigs and, as Angela Mayou so eloquently put it "And Still We Rise."
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 22, 2011 Racism As A Modern Construct
I don't see sagging pants, bling-bling jewelry, gold teeth and illiteracy as somehow being related to my cultural improvement and empowerment
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 9, 2011 The Retribution Narrative
The Rise Of The Imperial Presidency;The Osama Bin Laden Killing And American Jurisprudence
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, November 15, 2013 Obama Stands Alone
Jittery Democrats Know-Tow To Republican Bullying Over The ACA;Democrats Shamelessly Prefer To Placate Republicans Rather Than Back Their President
SHARE Tuesday, March 28, 2017 The "White Wing" Of American Politics
Then the next morning you get a WFT moment and look at yourself with open revulsion as if you'd just woke up from sleeping with a pig with lipstick.
SHARE Sunday, May 31, 2020 Please "White America" Do Not Lecture Us!
Finally, even in the modern era, the notion that as Americans we believe in non-violence or have some well-nurtured opposition to rioting is belied by the historical evidence.
SHARE Monday, January 23, 2017 Lipstick On A Pig -- Still A Pig
Former United States President, Barack Obama, once inarticulately said: "no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig -- its still a pig." Ditto. Thanks Big O! Words of wisdom! God, I miss you already!
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 25, 2016 Trump's Houdini Wall -- Adacadabra!
So will a President Trump just ILLEGALLY confiscate the money legally earned by Mexican businesses and order US banks to cough it up for his wall ?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, April 10, 2017 The Death Of Truth And Love Of War
Its not that the United States President on down continue to have an adversarial relationship with truth and facts, but it is the nonchalance and uncaring way that they cavalierly just toss around easily discerned falsehoods.
(11 comments) SHARE Monday, August 9, 2010 The Age Of Rage Continues
The Attack On The American Constitution;In The Age Of Obama His Opponents Increasingly Use Bigotry And Racism To Define Politics In America
SHARE Friday, July 22, 2016 All Hail King Donald!
That flummoxed convention attendees already jacked up on "Trump Juice" and in no mood to tolerate any open or veiled criticism of their Guy on The Pedestal.
SHARE Sunday, March 26, 2017 Trump's Nightmare Budget
Yah! Let's Make America Suffer Again! These cuts represents the widest swath of reductions in federal programs since World War II.
SHARE Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Of Cows, Herds And Resolutions
More than 50 percent of Americans make New Year's resolutions every year. But, humans are creatures of habit and so mentally it's very hard to change.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Democratic Mid-Term Comedy Of Errors
The Rise of the Republican Right: Extremism Upsurge;Democrats Must Take A Cold Sober Look At The Party Or Lose The Presidency In 2016
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Debunking Trumpspeak: The Gordian Knot Of Syntax
There is something acutely disturbing about a person whose statements are not always what you hear, what he says you heard or did not hear, or the difference between what he says today and the realities of tomorrow.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 28, 2010 Criminal Actions
The BP Oil Spill;The Obama Commission Of Inquiry Is A Joke; This Matter Should Be In Court
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 26, 2009 Generals Not Always Right
Why President Obama Must Take His Time On Afghanistan;32 Years Ago Another Young President Had To Make Similar Decisions
SHARE Saturday, June 4, 2016 Why Blacks Are Poor Today
The unfinished set tasks left undone by the Civil Rights Movement find manifestation in the corresponding struggles for Black empowerment in economic entrepreneurism and financial literacy.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Rise Of The Lumpen
Haiti's Botched And Tarnished Presidential Elections;A Fickle and Illiterate Strata Is Exploited By Politicians Since The Days Of Papa Doc Duvalier
SHARE Friday, June 17, 2016 John McCain And The Wascally Obama
That wascally Obama done gone and say that since ISIL started to terrorize people in Araq he's killed 120 of their leaders and B-52 bombers are hitting them with precision strikes every day.
SHARE Tuesday, October 6, 2020 The Cruelty and Danger of "Performance Politics"
However, the real danger here is that this performance with Trump as the "star" is telling the "story" that he's "winning" and that should the election go the other way, he'd be the victim of some political fraud and wrongdoing by Democrats.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 12, 2020 Nope. I'm NOT "Turning The Other Cheek"
You want me to see "one America." You want me to buy in to the "no blue or red states - only the United States." All very lovely platitudes. All divorced from the reality of America today.
SHARE Monday, November 23, 2020 Divided We Stand - America, Biden and 70M Trumpites
Given the fact that Trump is an impeached, corrupt, inept, incompetent and failed leader - the absolute worst in American presidential history - any candidate, except Satan, would have been acceptable to the American People.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 17, 2020 Elective Dictatorship: Exhibit I the Caribbean
In the Caribbean any criticism of the ruling party is immediately interpreted as political treachery and would get the offender sidelined, shunned and relegated to the "back bench."
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, November 14, 2008 The End Of Neo-Conservatism
Obama's Rout Of The Republican Party Is A Repudiation Of Its Moribund 30-Year Old Neo-Conservative Ideology And Its Touted Omnipotence
SHARE Thursday, November 19, 2020 The Murder Of American Democracy
I'm not asking Joe Biden to do the heavy lifting required to save American Democracy and to protect it from the clear and present danger that is Trumpism.
SHARE Friday, November 16, 2007 PART I - The Caribbean Dilemma
The Caribbean In 2007: Battered By Cultural Imperialism; Cable Television, Hollywood And Targeted Advertising Have Undermined Caribbean Identity
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 16, 2010 The People Spoke. But What Did They Say?
Contrary To Prevailing Punditry The Mid-Term Elections Was No Referendum On The President's Agenda;The Way Forward For President Obama's Supporters And The Democratic Party
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 3, 2010 Rhetoric, Noise And Anger
The One Nation Rally: Historic And Timely;ButIn The End Rally Was A Loud Statement About National Dissatisfaction And Disillusionment
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 13, 2018 Christmas Gifts For Less Than A Penny
I also hate the pot-bellied gluttons who focus of food, food, and still more food. Christmas for them is a license to gleefully pig out.
SHARE Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Hijacking Muhammad Ali's Legacy
The mainstream corporate media conveniently "forgets" that in 1967, Ali was stripped of his boxing license and, like Paul Robeson before him, had his passport taken away, after refusing to serve in the U.S. military.
SHARE Thursday, September 10, 2020 Slavish Political Loyalty - How Trump May Win
So, it's now a waste of time to bemoan the actions of, for example, Senate Republicans as gutless, spineless and sycophantic. They are afraid of the enigmatic president's legendary rage and his penchant for exacting spiteful retribution.
SHARE Friday, September 25, 2009 Mr. President, Please Push Back
Right Wing Agitation, Scare And Smear Tactics Hindering Obama's Progressive Agenda;Appeasing Republicans And Detractors Is Futile And Counter-Productive
SHARE Wednesday, June 16, 2010 What He Did Not Say
President Barack Obama's Prime Time Oil Spill Speech;As His Speeches Go This One Was Great But With Some Disappointments
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 24, 2007 Blacks And Politics
Once Blacks Were Republicans, Now They Are Democrats. And Both Parties Have Not Served Their Interests.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Democrats Must Stop Whining
In Defense Of President Obama: Becoming Mitt Romney?;The President Was On Target With Substance Not Playing Loose With The Facts
SHARE Thursday, August 2, 2007 China And The Caribbean
China Flexes Its Economic Muscles In The Caribbean; Undermines Taiwan's Influence In The Region.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 10, 2014 When Children Come Knocking
United States Border Immigration Dilemma;Lawmakers In The United States Looked At The Same Phenomenon In Europe And Said: Cant Happen Here
SHARE Thursday, December 9, 2010 Poor Out In The Cold
The Obama-Republican Tax Compromise Beyond The Hype:Despite The Spin Blacks And Minorities Will Not Benefit
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 14, 2007 Karl Rove: Not Really A Political Genius
Karl Rove is no political genius but a loyal Bush flunky, an ambitious, though limited man, who got lucky and with the help of the US Supreme Court had his candidate installed as President of the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 28, 2007 Sane, Sensible Policy
Immigration Issue: New Haven, Connecticut Offers Ray Of Hope; New ID Cards For Undocumented Gives Dignity To Maligned People