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Black America; The Problem is Darkness.

January 29, 2013 by  
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( As a people, in particular a nation – we some dumb folk. I really wanted to use another word that conjoins a female parent with the act of copulation, but that is beside the point. I know I have been harping on the inadequacy of the general populous in concert with what is supposed to be leadership, especially as it pertains to legislation implemented for show in the perverse attempt to protect folk from themselves via the impossible act of legislating morality, just so happen this time it deals with gun control, assault weapons ban and across the board registration requirements.


Now, all this reminds me of something I heard Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. say on a talk show once when I was a kid. I think I was in Kindergarten at the time. Back then TV and television watching was a social event and when Dr. King was on, everybody in the household watched. Otherwise, if I was inside and not playing outside and had to watch TV, all who knocked on my door askingdarkshadow for me to come outside, and I said I couldn’t, that I was watching TV, knew I was on punishment. Back then you only stayed in to watch TV when you were on punishment.

On the show, the two tortoise-shelled rim glasses wearing white cats asked Dr. King if those who rioted in America who were black took away from his cause and his message of non-violence. He quoted Victor Hugo and stated: “Where there is darkness crimes will be committed. The guilty one is not merely he who commits the crime but he who caused the darkness.”

Now it seems to me the weight in which I look at Dr. King’s mental prowess is like a ton to an ounce when I compare it to the likes of a Barack Obama or a Rahm Emanuel. It seems that the latter two gentlemen are so caught up on the propaganda (and banning guns), more than the root causes of the ailments of our social predicament, or saving lives. Fact is when the gun laws are put in place (and I doubt if they will be) the social ills that precipitate our violent oriented society will still remain. First it is not the tool, for we see around the world car and suicide bombs can and do as much damage as assault rifles. Second, the darkness which the metaphorically inclined Hugo made and Dr. King referenced is still going undealt with.

The darkness that produces crime is a historic occurrence based in the economic deprived citizenry of our nation who just so happen mainly to be folk the same color as I. It is this loss of opportunity, or really, the lack of opportunity that facilitates the “I will get mine even at the expense of yours mentality. It is not guns but the reality of the environmental circumstances in which we see 25% of blacks in poverty – a rate which is at its highest in the past 60 years and snow-balled downhill just by chance when America has its first African American President.

Yes, TV watchers watch the subscribed and pre-prepared news broadcast and say the economy is getting better but outside of make-believe facts do not support this. Truth be told, thanks to our declining economy, poverty is ravaging out city like some exotic parasitic infection. Add to that the millions of young folk, who only watch TV, play video games and self-medicate in our materialistic culture, and whom are unemployed, do not even have the prospects of long-term or temporary employment for that fact. In Detroit for example, more than 60% of folk fewer than 18 years of age live in poverty – an increase of 40 percent since 2009. And this is one reason why 80% of the murders in Detroit or a Chicago are gang-related.

These numbers are staggering, especially in urban areas from New York, to Oakland, to Memphis to New Orleans. Across America, more than 150 million folks live in poverty. Not to mention more than 1 million US school children are homeless. This is the darkness the aforementioned spoke of. Where there is darkness there will be crime. But no, to accept such requires logic and reason, two things that are severely lacking in modern American culture. Our status quo instead is to accept what is being told without query and let the government deal with it, since the government is the only solution and only folk with the answers (albeit their track record suggest otherwise).

Even if you go to college it doesn’t translate in to success or economic stability. One recent study published by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity revealed that Almost half of college educated workers are over qualified for the jobs that they do have.

And we black folk go along with everything being feed us as if we were still expecting master to drop some chittlings on our plates. Because if gun control do pass, we gone be stuck with the same thing we got with mandatory minimums and three strike laws – more black men in prison. Yep, I said it; I can add that the man who Obama asked to work out something on guns, Joseph Biden, is the same cat who came up with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. If I must remind you, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, H.R. 3355, Pub.L. 103–322, (commonly referred to as the Assault Weapons Ban) was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

In the Bill, Biden as a lawyer mandated that people in prison were not to be allowed to get an education in the form of a high school diploma or a college degree and also created the 3 strike law, which sent a lot of black people to prison for life. Democrat Bill Clinton sign this into law in 1994. Biden’s law also made many new provisions to be considered as capital offenses including but not limited to gang membership, and created several new federal death penalty offenses, including murders related to drug dealing, and drive-by shooting murders. And this new bill, well it will be the same, just a disproportionate number of black men being incarcerated.

I write this to suggest that most politicians and Americans (especially African Americans are lost, misguided and lack the critical thinking required to both problem solve and address what is wrong within our communities. It is we who are the problem and as such only we can proffer answers and solutions to deal with such. It is darkness that creates the crime and the folk who create the problem are just as much as fault as the tools of criminals. I can honestly say that before Obama 32 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, more than 47 million Americans are on food stamps.

That the Median household income in America has fallen for four consecutive years, which means it has fallen even more for the average African American. And it will only get worse with America losing half a million jobs to China every single year and with a future that will have robots working in fast food restaurants and the service industry. Again, our problem is not guns it is darkness and no one can see the light.

Staff Writer; Torrance Stephens
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7 Responses to “Black America; The Problem is Darkness.”
  1. Phyllis Campbell says:

    EXODUS 4 Moses/President Obama objected, “They won’t trust me. They won’t listen to a word I say. They’re going to say, ‘God? Appear to him? Hardly!’”
    2 So God said, “What’s that in your hand?”
    “A staff/A pen President Obama re-write overturn these new Jim crow laws infused with discriminations that is holding the blacks back and still oppressing them;, that’s your true assignment is to tell the new Jim crow system to let my people go.”
    3 “Throw it on the ground.” He threw it. It became a snake/the pen trusting God is more powerful and wiser than the jim crow system that oppress your people; Moses jumped back—fast!
    4-5 God said to Moses/President Obama, “Reach out and grab it by the tail/the new Jim crow law system.” He reached out and grabbed it—and he was holding his staff/ his pen again. “That’s so they will trust that God appeared to you, the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
    6 God then said, “Put your hand inside your shirt.” He slipped his hand under his shirt, then took it out. His hand had turned leprous, like snow.[ I’m with you President Obama if you just trust me and do what I am commanding of you to address this oppression of the new jim crow law system that is set up against my people in-order to keep them down that’s is why you have a second term to get it right!

  2. To Mrs. Goldsmith & James Davis: damnant quod non intellegunt-Cicero

  3. Steven says:

    Hey guys I am new to the site and want to say I enjoy reading peoples’ opinions on a variety of topics to get a different viewpoint. I would like to humbly offer just one solution that I think we help. We MUST become better parents. I am a firm believer that the kids are our future and we must do a better job raising them. Men we need to really step up because I really believe that no matter how successful a child becomes if he doesnt have a strong male figure in his life growing up, that child will always a void because he miss out on something that is invaluable. Women I cannot give you all alot of advice because I am not a mother but I do know how important my mother was to me. However I will say this,women you all are invaluable to our sons and daughters also but it is essential that a child can get that balance. Last but not least we need to equip our children with an “in spite of attitude”. I get the term from a church sermon where the Pastor speaks on being thankful to GOD in spite of all we go threw. And I think we need that in our kids. We need to teach them that in spite of any adversay or enemy whether its racism, poverty,drugs, that they can achieve tremendous things. I truly believe that at the core of our problems is the lack of parents and parenting in the home. We can talk about jobs,being poor, not valuing education, etc but until we start becoming more involved in our kids lives and telling them no matter what if you believe in GOD and strive to be the best you can be and help them along the way then we basically gone be going in circle. There is always exceptions to the rule but I just believe this. I mean just being there for our kids telling them we always gone be there and that no matter what they are special and can do special things in some ways can get them threw racisms. If we had more 2 parents constantly telling there kids that education is the key education is the key and challenge them to not make a 85 on a test and be happy but that they are even better than that. If we had more parents doing what they need our poverty level would go down also because alot of times now both parents work. I will end but just want to say I love all people but I am in love with my black people. We can do so many more amazing things so lets do as my favorite old saying say and “look in the mirror” and ask ourselves are we really doing the best we can for our kids?

  4. Phyllis Campbell says:

    Torrance Stephens And Here Is The Written Word Of God to confirm your words.
    This is the same thing the whites have always held over our heads we are even saying these same lies about ourselves that we are lazy and don’t want anything, when we are locked out of the economic system through red lining laws and discrimination called the new Jim crow laws.
    EXODUS 5: 3 They said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness so we can worship our God lest he strike us with either disease of success or death.”
    4-5 But the king of Egypt/the new Jim crow law system said, “Why on earth, Moses and Aaron, would you suggest the people be given a holiday? Back to work!” Pharaoh/the new Jim Crow went on, “Look, I’ve got all these people bumming around, and now you want to reward them with time off?”
    6-9 Pharaoh/The new Jim Crow laws took immediate action. He sent down orders to the slave-drivers and their underlings: “Don’t provide straw/Tools to the people for making bricks/Economics as you have been doing. Make them get their own straw/Opportunities legal or ill legal. And make them produce the same number of bricks/Economics—no reduction in their daily quotas/income! They’re getting lazy. They’re going around saying, ‘Give us time off so we can worship our God.’ Crack down on them. That’ll cure them of their whining, their god-fantasies.”
    10-12 The slave-drivers and their underlings went out to the people with their new instructions. “Pharaoh’s orders/The New Jim Crow Laws Oders: No more straw/ Tools, Job provided. Get your own straw/Tools, Job legal or ill legal wherever you can find it. And not one brick/penny less in your daily work quota/income!” The people scattered all over Egypt/America scrabbling for straw/ The Tools, Jobs, Opportunities, Economics.
    13 The slave-drivers were merciless, saying, “Complete your daily quota of bricks/Economics—the same number as when you were given straw/ The tools, Jobs.”
    14 The Israelite foremen whom the slave-drivers had appointed/The NAACP, The Black Carcass were beaten and badgered. “Why didn’t you finish your quota of bricks/Income yesterday or the day before—and now again today?”
    15-16 The Israelite foremen came to Pharaoh and cried out for relief: “Why are you treating your servants like this? Nobody gives us any straw/ The tools, Opportunities and they tell us, ‘Make bricks/Economics!’ Look at us—we’re being beaten/PROFILED. And it’s not our fault.”
    17-18 But Pharaoh/the new Jim Crow laws system said, “Lazy! That’s what you are! Lazy! That’s why you whine, ‘Let us go so we can worship God.’ Well then, go—go back to work. Nobody’s going to give you straw/Jobs, Opportunities and at the end of the day you better bring in your full quota of bricks/income.”
    19 The Israelite foremen saw that they were in a bad way, having to go back and tell their workers, “Not one brick/penny short in your daily quota/income.”
    20-21 As they left Pharaoh, they found Moses/President Obama and Aaron waiting to meet them. The foremen said to them, “May God see what you’ve done and judge you—you’ve made us stink before Pharaoh/the new jim crow laws and his servants! You’ve put a weapon/the new jim crow laws in his hand that’s going to kill us!”
    22-23 Moses/President Obama went back to God and said, “My Master, why are you treating this people so badly? And why did you ever send me? From the moment I came to Pharaoh/the new jim crow laws system to speak in your name, things have only gotten worse for this people. And rescue? Does this look like rescue to you?” FINISH READING EXODUS 6 CHAPTER AND ON!


  5. James Davis says:

    Dorothy Goldsmith:

    You are correct. We need to debate solutions on this blog. It’s okay to quote stats, as we all do in an effort to make our point. However, where are the solutions? I mean sound, doable and structured solutions. Criticism is great, solutions are better!( Now, where did I read that?)Let’s go out and get this job done. We are a very capable people. We have beaten back everything this racist society has thrown at us and we will defeat this Administration’s effort to make our suffering invisible, by acting as if it doesnot exist.

  6. If you want a solid plan that deals with the lack of employment and other issues in the Black community, click on my name.

    Black Unity means financial independence and happiness

  7. Too much rangling too many topics, not solution based, let’s do better than brow beat people with data, more words about their lives of fears. ]Solution, structured and systematic plans for change.

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