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Simple Truth.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The Residuals of America’s Racism.

SINCE THE ELECTION OF BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, WHITE AMERICA AND ESPECIALLY WHITE REPUBLICANTS HAVE BEEN HELL BENT AND DETERMINED they would do all in their power to trivialize an Obama Administration and make it as ineffective as can be, even if it meant sending this country down the tubes because of their political and racist egos.
Their game plan was intentionally racist and they did not care who their racist political intransigence hurt in the process. In this lurch, they insulted and denigrated—or tried to anyway—and did everything they could to make life miserable for the president and miserable for their constituencies too. Republicants simply did not care … just thwart “the Nigger president” at every turn.
Donald Trump is the result of 8 years of overt racist threats and overt racist rants and overt racist insults. In fact, President Obama has been the most insulted President in the history of the office, and Republicant racists responsible for the verbal abuse, the swearing, the name-calling, and the vituperative language really did not give a damn, and do not give a damn. The Racist Donald Trump has continued the racist jargon and the racist code words and the disrespect directed toward President Obama. His supporters are as racist as they come. Their ideology, as racist Trump minions, is the thinking that permeated this country during Slavery.
Now, with the exposure of Donald Trump's MANY Racist and Sexist and Mercilessly Inhumane transgressions, the hue and cry is “America Is Better Than This.” Let me beg to disagree. Donald Trump is America and America is Donald Trump at its racist and sexist nastiest. America is certainly no better than the venomous words that dribble from Donald Trump’s racist mouth and cascades down his racist chin. Like it or not, Donald Trump in a suit is White America’s representative White Knight on a White Horse in a White Robe and is TOTALLY REPRESENTATIVE of White American Racism. Just another member of the Klan.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

It is STILL The Struggle.

During a White House ceremony honoring the 2016 US Olympic Team, President Obama saluted 1968 Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos — who famously raised their fists in protest of racial injustice and racism on the medal podium during the National Anthem. “Their powerful silent protest in the 1968 Games was controversial, but it woke folks up,” Obama said. “And created greater opportunity for those who followed.”
When you fight the vulgarities of Racism you fight on whatever platform you have and whenever the battle presents itself. You are fighting for Human Dignity and Respect and maintaining your Integrity as a Black American. You don't stop to evaluate the fallout. And if there is fallout, So Be It. John Carlos and Tommie Smith and Colin Kaepernick used THEIR platform to fight Racism. They were not the first and certainly will not be the last.
The Civil Rights Movement has fought America's vile White Racism through the decades and centuries. We call that fight The Struggle. Racism was evilly and destructively and maliciously designed and created to eviscerate the Human Dignity and the Respect of Black America….to attack the very Souls of those with a Black hue of skin. That is the intention of the American Institution of Racism. I never expect White folks to work to eradicate THEIR Racism because, in addition to not admitting racism exists, many Whites enjoy the residuals of Racism and White Privilege and White Supremacy. They will not admit it but the major reason White America supports Donald Trump is because HE is the card-carrying image and poster boy of White American Racism and he speaks THEIR Racist language.
Correspondingly Black folks should at least understand the intended debris from Racism, Racist language, and Core Racist Attitudes continues to fall on them. In the final analysis, you must understand Black is a State of Mind…and if you are Black and really understand you are Black …. then you will surely understand Racism is a disease intended to infect and affect you…and ONLY YOU. The question is…What are you doing to fight Racism?
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

White America Just Does Not Understand.


Yet today, White America gladly will quote him when White Racism results in the kind of violence we see in Charlotte usually saying "Dr. King said I judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin" …as if Dr. King walked around holding hands and singing Kum-Bay-Yah. To paraphrase a colorful quote…White America did not know Dr. King very well. The words of the real Dr. Martin Luther King were far more radical than today's cherry-picked lines.

Dr. King’s complete quote…”It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard.” And this was before we had the film/video documentation of Black Death By White Police.

I am non-violent. But that does not mean I do not understand the roots of violence. White America with its rudimentary understanding of Dr. King, cynically trots his quotes out every time racial unrest erupts in our cities to use him to conveniently prop up the status quo. He is the Dr. King of ignorant and racist White commentators and equally ignorant Black commentators who will not talk about root causes of violence, the racism, and the senseless killings of Blacks by Police which are at the very least, responsible for the revolution. Dr. King also said that Whites are not putting in a similar mass effort to re-educate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the White people of America believe they have so little to learn. White Privilege and White Supremacy.

Of course, the game plan in EVERY city where violence erupts follows like this: White America will “run” to Black "preachers" and various Black pulpit pimps who are so connected to White folks that every time they move their Black lackeys moves too. (Real Black Preachers know Better.) They will trot these persons out…usually in a church…along with a few Black elected officials…and they will say in so many words “Stop The Violence.” Yet these same Black pimps…and Black elected officials…and White Racist elected officials NEVER SAY to police, STOP KILLING BLACKS. Yet the police kill Blacks with impunity and when the Black community revolts you want peace without substance. Memo to Police: Killing Black folks is not your job.

White America still does understand Black Lives Matter TOO! Charlotte is not an exception. And whether you agree with violence or not, what instigated the protests in Ferguson and St. Louis and Tulsa and Baltimore and Charlotte was Death By Police. No one wants to talk about That!

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

Ahhh…White America.

*Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week.
*Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting.
*37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population.
*Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015.

In this country symbolically represented by the United States Flag and the Star Spangled Banner, you, White America, get bent out of shape when we realistically look at those symbols as symbols of Racism and America’s Core Racist Attitudes. You expect Black America to revere those symbols and hold them in unfettered allegiance and loyalty. Yet like the Confederate Flag, the American Flag, and the Star Spangled Banner are beginning to mirror each other. One celebrated racism and slavery and the other celebrates racism and oppression. Not much difference in our eyes. That is why you are angry at Colin Kaepernick.

You were pissed off as hell and wanted to move Heaven and Earth when Colin, as a professional football player, demonstrated against what he could plainly see happening to Blacks every day. He saw the epidemic killing of unarmed Blacks by police…he saw the jailing of an unarmed Black female because of her “attitude” by police and then her ultimate death…he saw the chokehold killing of an unarmed Black male by police…he saw an unarmed Black teenager running from police and for that he was shot 16 times by police…he saw the killing of an unarmed Black 12-year-old playing with a toy in a park by police…he saw the police become Occupation Troops in the Black Community …and in just the last few days, he saw as we have seen police kill Keith L. Scott, an unarmed disabled Black man in Charlotte, NC, and police kill Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man with his arms in the air in Tulsa, OK.

I know you are only interested in Black folks when we entertain you on stage and on a sports field. When I look at some of the sports teams from TWI–Traditional White Institutions—it makes me think the student body was mostly Black. We know that is not the case. We are only there for YOU because WE suit your athletic purposes. I cannot explain to you my mixed feelings and even anger as I watch sports teams from the South, especially Mississippi and Alabama with a substantial number of Blacks when just a few short years ago, the National guard and the military were called out in Oxford, Mississippi when a Black man James Meredith applied for admission at the University of Mississippi…and Governor George Wallace stood in the door of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to keep Vivian Malone and James Hood from being admitted. It took the Kennedy Administration through the Deputy United States Attorney General, Nicholas Katzenbach (while the 2nd Infantry of the United States Army at Fort Benning, Georgia stood-by) to get him to move out of the way and allow their admission. You hated us then…and YOU want us to believe you “Love” us now? Really?

Black folks cannot all play sports. We cannot all sing, and believe it or not, we cannot all dance, so all of us cannot entertain you; BUT WE can see your racism. We can see you say nothing when unarmed Blacks are killed by police. We can see your support for a racist running for President as he spouts his usual vile and insulting venom. We can see you say and do nothing about deadly racist violence, yet we can see you Raise Hell when that OBVIOUS RACIST VIOLENCE is called out. WE can see your over the top self-serving support of White Supremacy and White Privilege. And you think WE are not patriots because we can clearly recognize oppression and cruelty and tyranny when we see it. By The Way and for the Record, WE are not afraid of your Ku Klux Klan.

Although you are trying as hard as hell to keep us from voting, WE WILL vote and we will certainly NOT vote for your glorified Racist leader Donald Trump. Understand that many of us look upon the "Star Spangled Banner" TODAY and the American Flag TODAY, like we look upon "Dixie" and the Confederate Flag YESTERDAY and TODAY, as symbols of Racism and White Supremacy and White Privilege and White Oppression. Don’t even try the Southern Heritage thing…that has never worked. The Struggle has not ended…The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

The American Institution of Racism

WHITE AMERICANS WILL NOT ADMIT TO THEIR RACISM…NEVER HAVE…NEVER WILL. Yet they created the American Institution of Racism during that infamous period of American history when they kept 4 million people in chains for their nefarious pleasure and financial gain and reward. In fact, when Jacksonville Native Son James Weldon Johnson penned "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" and the lyrics “Stony the Road We Trod, Bitter the Chastening Rod” he was talking about the bitter times for Black America in 1900; and he prophetically imagined Black America would continue to experience bitter times some 116 years later.

DELEGITIMIZE EVERYTHING BLACK AMERICA HAS ACCOMPLISHED. White America has this continuous need to reinforce their “Whiteness” by proclaiming that in order for a Black person–any Black person–to have succeeded or succeed, they must have done so through some nefarious means. Whites never think Blacks have the intelligence, the knowledge, the work habits, and the work ethic to succeed. Whenever great Black athletes and Black academics/scholars and Black artists and Black writers make their impact in America and the world, it was simply because it “came easy” to them. They had the physical genetics to play sports or music came easy to them or they were able to research eminent subjects because of entitlements or their writings and their art were hard to understand or were simply folly. Their mantra…Blacks simply do not have the gray matter to make a difference. Without admitting it, White America’s White Privilege and White Supremacy means their intelligence and their knowledge and work habits are never on display. Then there is White America’s well-worn comment that you hear over and over and over again… “Why don’t Blacks pull themselves up by their boot-straps like “others” that came to this country?” Not even admitting or wanting to admit that the many who came to this country came on a ship and through Ellis Island and not in chains like Africans on the bottom of a filthy and dehumanizing slave ship.

Where President Obama was born or if he is a Muslim are instances of contempt and disrespect used by White America to try and delegitimize The President and his administration. Make America Great Again are just code words for The Nigger President did not do ANYTHING and Niggers did not do anything either. The game plan is to co-opt America's thinking about President Obama’s legacy…the legacy about THE Black President. The election and re-election of President Obama…the accomplishments of an Obama administration…The significant achievements of the Civil Rights Movement…and the relevant yet ignored historical accomplishments of Blacks Made America Great in the first place are some facts White America does not want to admit or discuss and certainly not put it in a book where young Black and White students can read about it.

Then we have those Whites and Blacks who say race relations are getting better and that Racism is a thing of the past. I guess for them, killing unarmed Blacks and Black children is a sign of things getting better. This ridiculous lack of honesty coincides with our country’s penchant to return to its past racist attitudes. That is what Make America Great Again really means. White America wants to return to the past and some ignorant Blacks are stupid enough to want to help them by supporting a Maniacal Racist like Donald Trump. It is easier to think that relations are getting better when you are not feeling the brunt of racism. We are not in a post-racial period…White America wants to return to its days where they felt Black America knew its place. In fact, Christian White America will never admit that while we shed our Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Died…they stole Money from us.

Martin Luther King Jr. declared: “It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” Legalized slavery allowed White America to extract wealth from the lives of four million African Americans. “Slaves were the single largest, by far, financial asset of property in the entire American economy.” Understand White America, we are not going back to way things used to be. You did not give us anything. Black America has earned its right as citizens in this country. But in the vein of let’s make a deal, we will go back to Africa, when YOU go back to Europe. Deal? I didn’t think so.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

How Long? Who Knows?


What these Black Egg Suckers DO NOT understand is Colin Kaepernick had the courage of his conviction to respond to issues of Racism while these Black slugs ask their agents if they CAN protest Racism. The Rodney Harrisons and the Richard Shermans and the Victor Cruzes and the Jerry Rices and the other Big Black men on the NFL Campus do not have the courage of their convictions because they do not have a conviction and they certainly do not have courage. That also goes for journalism clown, Jason Whitlock. On yesterday, they were Wimps.

White folks expect Black Wimps to entertain them by running and jumping and catching and tackling and saying Doo-Dah–which is exactly what they do. Yeah yeah it is a job and they get paid. But they do not realize they do not OWE White America Anything. Blacks…especially Blacks who feel they "have it made" still do not understand they can protest Racism. They think NO ONE can see their illuminating Black skin. White folks tell them if they call out White Racism they are Anti-White. White folks are good at putting the guilt trip on ignorant Blacks who think they have arrived and they eat it up. This same national anthem that Whites revere in many instances is no different than the Confederate Flag. OMG…Did He just say that? YES I DID!

Case in point..this country was founded on Racist principles. America created The American Holocaust called Slavery and proceeded to sell Black flesh and then treat millions of persons with Black Skin as animals using the Christian Cross and the American Flag. SO…if the flag represents America, it represents Racism, as does American Christianity. OMG…Did he just say that too? YES I DID?. Colin Kaepernick had the courage on a field of sport to recognize and dramatize his opposition to American Racism represented by the American Flag as did John Carlos and Tommie Smith and Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul and Muhammad Ali and the Black AFL All-Stars who threatened to boycott the AFL All-Star game in 1965 because of the racism at the AFL All-Star game in New Orleans. The game was ultimately moved to Houston, and the list is endless.

If White America wants to have a sh*t hemorrhage because of their racism, have at it. Protests require courage and commitment and sacrifice and passion and are motivated by a cause. Colin Kaepernick understands. The Seahawks and other Wimps who either wore a professional sports uniform or who are wearing one now, simply do not understand. Why? Because White folks will not allow them to understand.

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

You Haven’t Done Nothing

PROTESTS AGAINST RACISM HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LOVE. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH RESPECT. WHEN YOU PROTEST AGAINST WHITE RACISM YOU ARE NOT ASKING WHITE FOLKS TO LOVE YOU. I am watching an interview with Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks as he is TRYING to explain the Seahawks locking-arms-unity “demonstration.” When your wimpish actions betray your intent, then you might as well have done nothing. Baldwin could not really explain what the Seahawks did! Bottom Line…The Seattle Seahawks DID NOTHING.
          You do not protest against racism asking White folks to love you. You do not protest against racism asking White folks to understand. White America created Racism. We did not sit-in asking White folks to love us. We sat in and demonstrated and marched and picketed as others did because as American Blacks we were demanding respect and human dignity. The status of Black Americans was negatively defined with vi¬sual iconic signs and symbols and violent examples of racism and segregation. The American Flag and the National anthem represented and continue to represent this racism. Overt segregation and its signs are gone but covert racism is as much a part of America as it ever was. Young Blacks who represented the Civil Rights movement simply said Enough was quite simply Enough. The Disrespect Continues. White Police have shown their utter disrespect and disdain for those with a dark hue of skin in the ruthless killings of Blacks…and White America simply responds with a Ho-Hum.
          White America should know that Black America knows that when the Racist Donald Trump says Make America Great Again he is signaling a return to those “White and Golden Racist Years of Yesterday” by voting for him. Colin Kaepernick was protesting that egregious and vile racism and that disrespect and that disdain by silently and personally taking a stand. Protesting takes no prisoners. You don’t look into a crystal ball to see what will happen when you protest and demonstrate. You Just Do It! Sometimes Blacks have lost their lives. That is one of the unfortunate sacrifices you have to pay for fighting against Racism and for Freedom in this country and standing up for who you are and what you believe in. And to think, some of these prima Donna gutless Black athletes across the Professional Sports Spectrum have to check with someone to see how standing up as a man will affect their monetary bottom line.
          Is there hope for future generations that they will not turn out as spoiled materialistic asses who have no self-respect and who feel money will buy them everything? Who knows? What I do know is that many of these Black Gutless Millionaires are still called a Nigger. These Black slaves who can now make a few dollars would not have those dollars if Black folks before them had not stood up, even in the face of death, for their integrity and respect. In the final analysis, all you have is your integrity and yourself self-respect and that should be worth fighting for…protesting for…demonstrating for…and even dying for. If it is not, then what are you living for?

The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.

My Beautiful Butterfly Lady

LET ME AGAIN TAKE THIS MOMENT TO THANK ALL OF OUR FRIENDS including those traveling great distances, who showed their love and support at the Services of my Wife —Ann Albertie Hurst—and the Matriarch of the family. Let me also thank those whom I did not know who also showed their love and support for Ann…a mother and a mother-in-law and a grandmother and a great-grandmother and an aunt and a grand-aunt and a sister-in-law and a cousin and a Godmother and a dear friend.
I especially thank Bishop Rudolph W. McKissick, Sr. for his powerfully moving and sincere words of comfort (Eulogy) during the Celebration for Ann on yesterday. I also thank Father Eddie Jones Jr. who was the priest at St. Gabriel’s for several years before retiring, and who "unretired" to serve as the Celebrant. I also thank the many parishioners at St. Gabriel’s who did their usual of showing up and showing out as they made everyone feel at home and at ease and then prepared and served their “gourmet” food. My family members and family friends have been rocks. To Brenda and Rodney II and Vandlyn and Tami and Imani Jackson and D'Wayne and Cassius and Cheryl and Lydia, my continued heartfelt thanks. To Family members who came for Vandlyn and Rodney's wedding on Sunday, September 4, 2016, and who either stayed or turned around and came right back after Ann's passing, my heartfelt thanks. I really appreciate all of you. Through their obvious grief and tears, they held it together long enough to help me with arrangements and other particulars. Thanks to many others too, including my wonderful neighbors. And accolades to J. E Fralin and Sons on a job well done.
I Loved my wife dearly…and…she was dearly Loved by many …and… she dearly Loved Many. I have thought many times since Ann’s passing about the lyrics in the gospel song…May The Works I’ve Done (Speak For Me). The lyrics also include “May the life I live speak for me.” Ann’s works and her life was a testament to Who She Was and Whose She Was. Through all of her varied illnesses and her daily pain, she did not complain. Through all of the medical processes necessary to keep her living, she did not complain. We went about our Daily Lives with each other. We had Good Times and bad times but our Good times far outweighed our bad times. 50 years are significant in the overall scheme of things and even more so when two persons spend those 50 years TOGETHER while Loving and Caring for each other. I thanked God during our lives together and I continue to thank Him during the 6 days we have been apart.
When I was younger, I would hear seniors say when really complimenting someone, “She (or he) had a beautiful spirit.” Well, I am a senior now and MY wife had a beautiful spirit. She never complained. She spent her time Loving and Caring.
Again my Thanks to All of You…I felt Your Love.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.


Sunrise 6/24/45
Sunset 9/5/16

I lost the Love of my Life last evening. We would have celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary December 10, 2016. We were in the planning for that much-anticipated celebration. 50 Wonderful and Glorious Years. In addition to putting up with me for 50 years, Ann was my confidante and my friend and the mother of our sons, Rodney II and Todd, and a grandmother and a sister-in-law and a mother-in-law and an aunt and a godmother and a good friend. I am grieving and will continue to grieve for some time to come but, I am also giving Thanks to God for allowing me to spend some of my most cherished moments with a wonderful Lady and a fiercely committed loving family matriarch. You often hear people say "I got your back" but Ann really did have my back just as I had her back.

I miss her tremendously and will continue to miss her, but with missing her, I will always remember the good times—the Great Times–for in good marriages, the Good Times always outweigh the bad times and for that I thank God.

I must share with you one of my many anecdotes of my lifelong companion. Ann had a number of ailments including a heart condition, and she had many visits with her cardiologist as she did with other doctors. A few months ago when he was telling her and me about her condition and trying to draw an unnecessary line for her, Ann remarked to him…her cardiologist…and said, “I am ready to meet the Lord. I am just not going to sit in a corner and wait for him.” And that was my wife. She enjoyed her life and her family and especially her granddaughters and her grand nephews and grand nieces. She was a Loving Family Matriarch and a Lovable Family Matriarch. Rest Well my Dear.

The Struggle Really continues. RLHSR.