If You’re Part of the Human Race, You’re Part of My Race (Narrated)…


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Date: July 16, 2020

This selection from “In Self Defense: The Life and Times of An Atheist BoyLover…Memoirs and Ethos”, has been narrated by Rocco White. Please enjoy the listen, or read along if you like…or need to.
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01) [ FULL SESSION ] Professor Griff / #CannonsClass


“In this session of #CannonsClass, author of book “A Warrior’s Tapestry” – Professor Griff (also known as the “Minister of Information”) talks about Minister Farrakhan, Public Enemy, Hip Hop, our birth right and more.”

Melanin…The power of Melinated People?…

You can watch the entire episode to get full context [if there is any fuller context required]…The top link is to the video…the embedded video is set to start just before the few minutes I’m responding to…

I’m not sure I’ve encountered this idea of people with more melanin in their skin being more human than white people…and I really have a hard time believing there is any hard science to back it up…

I’m open to substantial evidence…but this really sounds like a lot of whooy…fantastical, mystical speaking…

I’ve no doubt people of African descent have largely been treated viciously by other humans…and in the history books, as well…I have no doubt, they have had refined cultures to be proud of…I have no doubt, they are valuable…

…I also understand, this is media meant for a certain audience…and there is a whole lot of messed up human history, underneath what is being expressed.

I don’t want to be so trite as to say, “I don’t see race”…

…but there are reasons why you never see or hear me demeaning any race…and why I never ask anyone about their race…

…I simply do not believe that biological racial differences are at all important…and I think they are among the most sad, pathetic of excuses to separate people.

I am mixed race, myself…Though, admittedly…I have had the advantage of being a mixture of Native American, German and British [three heritage that aren’t particularly stigmatized in the modern world]…If we were standing next to each other and you didn’t have familiarity with Native American physical traits, you’d probably recognize me as being white…and think nothing more of it…

…But I don’t really think of myself as part of any specific race…I’m not emotionally or psychologically tied to the white race…nor do I take it as a personal offense, when people disparage the white race…not even if I do think the act was wrong…

…If I get offended by anything…it’s that someone has been done wrong…in spoken word or action.

To me…watching that clip…what I would say to anyone who believes these things about inborn racial superiority…or who harbors anger over past wrongs…

…is that the only thing that matters…is that any hate or animosity ends with us…and there is no justification for conflict between us…You can be the brother, sister, mother, father, son or daughter who I choose, and who chooses me…and it does not matter what you look like…

…It matters that we accept and enrich each other…

I have no use for beliefs of superiority…my own [which is a laugh], or anyone else’s [which is also a laugh]…

What says everything…is whether or not we will be there for each other, looking out for each other…

…Skin color is nothing.

If you are part of the human race…then you are part of my race…We are all full blooded animals…none closer than any other to the animal kingdom…We are sophisticated apes…anything beyond this, is just branches in the evolutionary tree.


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Cancel Culture Queen Criticizes Cancel Culture?…


Date: July 16, 2020

01) Cancel Culture Queen Criticizes Cancel Culture?


“Bari Weiss is stepping down from The New York Times.

Bari Weiss has resigned from The New York Times.

The opinion editor and writer published a lengthy resignation letter on her website — alleging bullying by colleagues at the paper — after the news of her departure was first reported by Vice.

“My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views,” Weiss wrote in a letter addressed to publisher A.G. Sulzberger.

Citation:
https://www.mediaite.com/print/opinion-editor-bari-weiss-leaving-the-new-york-times-paper-announces/

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Are There Culturally Conservative Socialists?…


Date: July 15, 2020

01) Are There Culturally Conservative Socialists?


“This video explores how cultural politics of both the neoliberal and neo-traditional sorts are symptoms of an impasse in the struggle for socialism. We examine Nathan Robinson’s critique of Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti from the program Rising and his critique of Angela Nagle’s essay on immigration, in order to offer a counter-critique that juxtaposes our current political problems against the long-standing crisis in Marxism.”

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Essential Workers Fought Exploitation in a Pandemic, Then Joined an Uprising…


Date: July 15, 2020

01) Essential Workers Fought Exploitation in a Pandemic, Then Joined an Uprising


“WHEN EMPLOYEES AT Amazon and FedEx were deemed essential in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, they formed a national organizing effort to press for workplace safety, hazard pay, and a voice on the job. When protests against police brutality spread across the country after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, essential workers took to the streets, calling out their bosses for trying to turn Black Lives Matter into a corporate PR slogan.

This video was captured mostly during May and June 2020. On July 13, 2020, video producer Mary Jirmanus Saba checked back in with Adrienne Williams, who continued driving for Amazon after recovering from heat stroke. “Nothing has really changed,” Williams said, besides temperature checks before entering the warehouse on foot. Williams continued to be critical of Amazon’s response, especially in California and Texas, which are now suffering new outbreaks of Covid-19. Williams continues to organize with a group called Bay Area Amazonians. “I saw how terrible Amazon is, and I felt like something had to be done, but nobody else was going to do it,” Williams said. “I still don’t know why I haven’t been fired.”

In a statement, Amazon said, “Nothing is more important than the safety of our employees and partners.” In response to Williams’ assertions about the Mentor app, Amazon said that the app is only required on delivery devices provided to workers, not on their personal devices. FedEx said, “The safety and well-being of our 500,000 team members is our top priority.”

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Cancel culture is not a youthful rebellion…


Date: July 15, 2020

01) Cancel culture is not a youthful rebellion

“The older generation fomented this climate of censorship and intolerance. We can’t let them off the hook.

Generational warriors want us to believe that young people are leading the charge to the barricades in a modern-day cultural revolution. Old people, meanwhile, just don’t get it. It’s easy to see why they reach this conclusion. It was mainly young people who left lockdown to take part in Black Lives Matter demonstrations. University students honed cancel culture through No Platforming and their demand for safe spaces. There seem to be growing generational divides when it comes to attitudes towards gender and race. Whereas Boomers learnt to judge people by the content of their character rather than the colour of their skin, millennials view such colour-blindness as racist. Older feminists are more likely to defend the rights of women while younger people question what it means to be a woman in the first place.

But the idea that cancel culture is the product of overly enthusiastic, politically progressive, social-media-savvy Gen Z-ers flatters young people and lets older people off the hook. Cancel culture is a political – not demographic – phenomenon.

The idea that cancel culture is a youthful rebellion against an aged establishment is a convenient myth. It denies the leading role played by an older generation of activists in sowing the political seeds of censoriousness and intolerance from within institutions. And it paints over the fact that when young people come knocking with demands of their own, they find they are pushing at a door that has been taken off its hinges and replaced by a red carpet welcoming them in.

Caricaturing cancel culture as a generational divide takes it out of the realm of politics and excuses it according to demographics. It suggests that if we just sit around and wait for today’s young activists to grow up a bit, then issues with free expression will resolve themselves. Cancel culture, however, is not an age-related condition but a political counter-revolution led by a new elite who could not get their way at the ballot box and are now pulling rank from within institutions. This means that those of us who want to defend free expression have to do far more than just sit around for a few years.”

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