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Sunday, February 23, 2020

DEAD BLACK LIVES MATTER

Why has there been such anger and vitriol about the Gayle King Kobe Bryant interview? Well, It's not just a journalistic faux pas; it's deeper, because everything with black folk runs deep.
There has always been an attempt to malign Black history to justify current racism or brainwash the masses into believing the worst of us. Dr. King, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and other have had their legacies attacked long after they were buried.
More recently, we saw this trend during the Black Lives Matter Movement, when the state consistently impugned the character of the dead Black men in order to justify a white cop's action in killing them, even when they were not armed. "Oh, he was a thief! He sold drugs! He was a thug! I was scared, Your Honor!" In each case, the Black man was reduced to the worst thing he may have done and was unable to defend himself because he was conveniently dead.
Then we see Michael Jackson taken to task after his death in a documentary produced by some white men and Oprah Winfrey, even though all the cases were dismissed or settled years ago. In the end, it all turned out to be lies and the whole thing fell apart.
Then right after that, Russell Simmons is attacked in a documentary again produced by Oprah, but wait, Russell is not dead, and so he pushes back and that also fell apart and Oprah pulled out of the documentary before its premiere.
And all the while, it feels like black men are being punished over #Meetoo issues (Cosby, Nate Parker, R. Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr.) but white men are free (Weinstein, Woody Allen, Polanski, Been Affleck, Kevin Spacey, Less Movees, Matt Lauer, Brett Ratner, Charlie Rose, Bryan Singer and more) Once again, it feels like white society's heinous injustice standard aided and abetted by, in this case, a black woman.
Then a tragedy of epic proportions happens. NBA legend, Kobe Bryant and his daughter die in an accident and while the man and his little girl are still in the morgue, Gayle King, Oprah's bestie, presses Kobe's friend, Lisa Leslie on national TV about an assault case that was dismissed, one bad incident in a life filled with family, love, success and legendary accomplishments.
The pot boiled over. It felt like an agenda where Oprah had failed twice and so someone dispatched Gayle to just "get some Black man on this issue." And while this is probably not true, in the world of Black America, we have seen men and women railroaded, poisoned experimented upon and subject to all manner of secret criminality.
People saw injustice, they saw two famous black women surrounded by certified white male predators, but only willing to come after black men when they were no longer alive to defend themselves, just like the slander against Dr. King, just like the smear on Trayvon Martin and Eric Gardner, just like the same perverted justice the Senate used to acquit a guilty President.
So folk got mad and as soon as another Black man voiced his outrage, it turns into Black men attacking Black women, complete with Oprah crying on TV and saying there were death threats and a former National Security Advisor tweeting for Snoop Dogg to "back the fuck off." And before you could say retweet, people pointed out that Oprah's tears were phony and she had no proof of any threat, Susan Rice has a white husband and a Trump-supporting Republican son and Black men should keep their dicks in their pants, anyway. And just like that, Black men and women are at each other's throats, holding our pain, and accusing one another like Miss Celie making the curse sign at Mister in The Color Purple.
The whole idea of Black Lives Matter was of course the reality that Black lives did not and never did matter. But we can't say that about Black America. I was sure we mattered to ourselves. Now I wonder if both sides are right and we're infected with the poison of our oppression in how we treat each other.
None of the dead are coming back and what we have left here must be managed better. I don't need apologies from Gayle or Snoop Dogg. I don't want anyone cancelled, whatever the hell that means. I want us all to stop acting like we are not in this together because of our gender, status, money or fame. A handful of white men ended the Republic last month, and this is what we argue about?
When we get past this, as we always do, I hope we can have a more civil dialogue about how we treat one another, because if we can't, we will surely be here again.

Copyright© Gary Hardwick 2020






















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Thursday, January 30, 2020

THE FRAUDTOCRACY


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Sure you hate Trump and you think that makes you good, but it does not.  Not if you don’t see the bigger picture of his rise to power and the crime being committed to keep it.

Trump is the President we have always deserved because the U.S. has always been a nation of noble sayings and filthy doings, like a gift-wrapped box of shit, a Fraudtocracy.

I will not try to convince you of this. If you can’t see it now, you’ll never see it and I have the advantage of being black and we see everything because our very existence as Americans has been an exercise in the most murderous and corrupt politics known to the west.

Fraudtocracy (fr├úd ‘tok cra see) n. 1. A system of government
that purports to be based on truth, nobility and virtue, but is
actually run on corruption, lies and murder.

Wealthy white men built this nation with guts, faith, nerve and hope. But the tools they used were murder, slavery, genocide and oppression. The result was a country that boasted of its honesty, nobility and honor but was always using murder, slavery and exploitation to meet its goals.

Yeah, I know you’re tired of hearing this. Me too. But see, it’s all about to end. The safe, comfy denial of Americans is over. The evil men do is rising up to defeat the shiny words in the Constitution. Trump and the GOP Senators who are covering up a public crime in plain sight have been pushed to the limit and forced to show all of us what America is really made of, what it believes in and what it doesn't:

They do not believe in truth for they have always been liars and hypocrites of the highest order. "Let the Klan march but don't you kneel at that sporting event, boy. Let's keep our priorities straight."

They do not believe in honor because their intentions and actions have always fallen to the most base level of behavior, willing to do anything to get what they want. Intern the Japanese? No problem. Look the other way at the Holocaust? What holocaust? Drone kill children? Why the hell not? We're the good guys. E Pluribus Fuck You.

They do not believe in equality because they talk it while embedding racism and discrimination into the soul of the nation. Many of the old race laws are still there, on the books, waiting like zombies in a graveyard, just in case we need redlining on the Moon.

And they do not believe in God because they use Christianity as a sword for conquest, then as a shield to hide their own impure acts. God's sending them hurricanes because of the homos, you know and this is the same God that blesses America."

And we see all of this in the impeachment “trial.” A trial where Trump is clearly guilty and men stand on national TV and tell you the sun is not hot and water is not wet because they said so. The men defending Trump are really defending white supremacy, the philosophy that built a nation. White men are above the law because they created it, made this country and gave you your freedom, citizenship and Netflix, bitch. So, pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. If I need a heart and a brain, I’ll kill a detainee at the border and take it.

For liberal America, the spectacle is breaking their hearts. Now they know how black people feel. Trump is every white cop that killed an unarmed black man and walked free, every woman who falsely accused black men of rape and every person who called the cops because black men sat down at a Starbucks.

That’s right, liberal America, the system is rigged, it’s fake and now it doesn’t benefit you. You have to suck it down and take it, watch as your nation dies, grimace as a criminal walks, pussies are grabbed and no one goes to jail.

This is what we have because half the nation is evil and the other half pretends not to see it. The GOP is really saying “Come on, we all do it. We all commit crimes in office to keep power. You didn’t really believe in voting rights, Native American treaties and The Grammys, did you? The law is whatever we say it is. Now enjoy your weed.”

And when I say “liberal” I use the word so you get a reference.  Really, there has never been liberals versus conservatives in America. We have had: Slavers versus Racists. Murderous Racists versus Non-Murderous Racists. Tolerant Racists versus Overt Racists and Racism Deniers versus Hostile Racists.

I know that’s cynical, but I keep hearing how only a third of America is racist. Last time I checked a third is not a majority, so how did we end up with President Dumbass and his Criminal Senate? No, some of you are lying about what you do in the voting booth when your black coworkers can't see. Some of you are part of the Fraudtocracy and you know it. But more importantly, I know it.

We are in trouble and the time for niceties is over. If Trump is not removed from office, then McConnell and his crew have ended the Republic and Democracy will surely go with it. It’s not going to be a “one and done.” More Presidents will come, eroding the Constitution and pushing us away from democratic rule into autocracy in order to preserve white supremacy and the other half of America will pretend to whine and cry even as they reap the benefits of the new order.

When I was younger, I wondered if I’d live long enough to see cars fly. I won’t, but I have lived long enough to see a Mars landing, a man win six Superbowl rings and what may well be the end of my country.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

GRAVITY (Or The Quantum Spiritulization Of Life)

GRAVITY

Or 
The Quantum 
Spiritualization
Of Life



Gravity binds us to the Earth and so to our reality. It is self-evident; a physical world without it is one of chaos, destruction and imperceptibility. It is also a philosophical urgency, a significance of formidable power; it is paradoxically, the ultimate gravitas. 

Transcendent of scientific necessity, Gravity is the validation of existence, a desideratum for life, a relativity of the soul. 

We churn at the center of our own emergency, but could heal every wound we inflict by  using Gravity's simple formula.

Intellect is the gravity of civilization, builder of all we know, a force that creates greatness, then surpasses it by even more astounding achievement. We have gone from crawling on an ocean floor, to walking on the moon, to reaching out beyond our solar system to ask the greatest questions of all. So, why can't we feed the world and balance the health of our planet and thwart fear, the gravity of ignorance?

Wisdom is the gravity of kindness; the accretion of experience applied through a life lived with passion and nobility. We often dwell in the valley of our worst humanity, while standing at the foot of the mountain of our unused compassion. So why not ascend that elevation and allow everyone to live without persecution and defeat greed, the gravity of cruelty?

Hope is the gravity of peace; the intellect and will of human beings to survive and create civilization separates us from all other species. We have lifted billions from harm, hurled heroism at evil, and even when we fell to our lower ambitions, we’ve stayed the hand of ultimate aggression in favor of life, never giving dominion to anger, the gravity of war.

Love is the gravity of life, our existence whether by chance or choice, by science or faith is all that we know and even while we accept this, we seek answers to both disciplines. Eight billion people with eight billion hearts are still but one atom in the vastness of the universe and one day, we will extend our life and love beyond our tiny world into the cosmos from whence we came and so defeat hate, the gravity of oblivion.

The difficulty of any time is always balanced by intellect, wisdom, hope and love. And if we suffer, punish or succumb to weakness, gravity does not hold and the world falls apart.

The mathematics of scientific gravity is complex, the force by which a planet or other body draws objects toward its center.

Spiritual gravity is much simpler. It is an almost metaphoric product, the force created by the distance we allow to exist between us.  And the comparative equations are thus: Gravity binds us to the Earth, as Love binds us to Life.  While science controls our bodies, there are no limits on the power of our minds, which can conceive of anything and bring it into reality. 

One cannot fly, until he dreams of the heavens. 

One is mortal, until she perceives eternity.

I am only human, until I accept Love.

Eight billion people, eight billion souls and a trillion-trillion possibilities that creates a limitless power. Yet it is only a possibility until we make it a fundamental and inescapable reality of human kind.

Like the sun that warms.

The Earth that spins, and 

The Gravity that binds us to it.

Copyright © 2019

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TRANSFUTURISM

Many have tried to define the period in which we are living. Are we the Computer Age, the Information Age, Digital Age or post Industrial? 

Phones are the size of credit cards, credit cards have replaced cash and money itself is now more theory than substance, more deity than currency. Post soul, Millennial, Generation X, Y and Z, we struggle to put limits on the time, so that we can analyze it and we fail because it moves and changes even as we attempt to understand it.

Whenever the American economy has shifted, leaving people out of work and giving more to automation, we get fewer people owning more, and less hope for the future, families fall apart, marriage declines, racial strife rises and along with it comes violence.

The blind ambition of capitalism was fine when we were an agrarian economy and a manufacturing one. Greed fueled incentives and expansion brought opportunities. But in the computer age, innovation fueled by greed comes at the expense of human resources and leaves vast numbers of people without jobs, purpose and hope.

You can tell the worth of humanity in a society by how it lives-- and dies. Men used to farm the land by hand and then we used big machines to do it and now we genetically modify the very seeds that grow our food, effectively making Soylent Green a reality.

We used to be bound by communities and now we are separated by the vastness of digital life and social media which allows us to talk at each other but not with our fellow man.

And we used to crucify men, burn women at the stake, shoot bullets and drop bombs on enemies and then we gained the capacity to destroy the world if we wanted.

And now we use robots to kill.

We are in a state of transfuturism, the belief that we can live in the future in our present time by thinking and doing as one might in that supposed future.

But what is our future?

Will we really obliterate ourselves or is that just fear, the nightmare of a civilized mind, the anthesis of our instinct for self-preservation?

So if Klaatu from The Day The Earth Stood Still was wrong and we will not destroy ourselves, then what? Maybe our future is brighter. Maybe we will get past our petty animal aggression and embrace life for the sake of it, minimize strife and not live off the lives of others through fiat currency and artificial boundaries based on superficial theories.

The future world we see in movies and literature is taking shape right before our eyes. One by one, the tenets of individualism are falling, and we accept laws, rules and traditions born of a collective thought, framed and focused by social algorithms and limited in character length. But must we plunge into a dark dystopian world, or can we shift our progressive hunger toward humanity and love? This would make a terrible sci fi movie but a great world.

So, buy your cryptocurrency, sync your cell phone to your brainwave pattern and store your memories on thumb drives so you can relive them again and again but do it with a sense of hope because no matter how much we innovate, we are still carbon-based, fragile and subordinate to our capacity to love.



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