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In light of the recent Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, a common denominator associated with all other injustices African Americans face—including others also being unnecessarily killed at the hands of police officers—all across the American landscape was once again proven to undoubtedly exist. In the end, the African American’s life is disregarded and discarded because the Black man in America continues to be viewed as an expendable sub-human by the still-strongly thriving and clearly alive systemic.

This evident truth remains intact and lives on through the American political and judicial systems: basically, law enforcement officers are beholden to politicians, and politicians are beholden to their white constituents. Because the “law” has been written in such a way that allows for heinous acts of racial terrorism to be carried out against African Americans in the name of self-defense, police may be tried in the court of law, but their behaviors will be found permissible. Police are simply carrying out orders to continue to exterminate African Americans, knowing that they will not be convicted. Thus when it comes to law enforcement and the black community, police conduct themselves in a manner acceptable by those to whom they are obligated or swear allegiance. This allegiance is not to protect and serve African Americans. And it isn’t just law enforcement officers, the justice system across the board is suspect.

Young men of color have a disproportionate number of encounters with law enforcement, indicating that racial profiling continues to be a problem. A report by the Department of Justice found that Blacks and Hispanics were approximately three times more likely to be searched during a traffic stop than white motorists. African Americans were twice as likely to be arrested and almost four times as likely to experience the use of force during encounters with the police.

Bureau of Justice Statistics further dictate that one in every 15 Black/African-American men are currently incarcerated, and that, at a minimum, one in every three black men can expect to go to prison at some point in their lifetime. As for other races, only one in every 106 white males are incarcerated, and one in every 36 for Hispanic males are locked up.

In accepting this reality, one must realize that it is the black man’s responsibility to awaken, protect, uplift and serve its collective self in a manner honoring their race. Since the absolution of slavery, Black America has constantly begged, moaned and groaned, and sought its salvation through governmental subsidies and either the Democratic or Republican political parties. Rather than electing to stand as a united force, self-correct, and self-uplift, Black America refuses to take control of its OWN fate and destiny and looks to someone else to take the reins in boosting the community’s much-needed and more-than-possible rejuvenation.

If Black America is to overthrow the systemic and gain its rightful equality and just treatment, the race must realize that waiting on either political party and/or a certain representative to cure the community’s ailments is not the key, or clearly apparent as of late, the right ingredient at all. In fact, African Americans are being recruited by oppressors to help continue to push the 400-year-old plight in terms of being puppets, turning blacks against one another, and serving as the white man’s cash cows. Sadly, African Americans are too blind to see it. These recruitment efforts dwindle the African-American community’s manpower in this war for real progress and leave the community more distracted, separated, broken, and confused than before. So, if Black America thought Black elected or appointed officials were the cure, please think again.

The Meritorious Manumission Act of 1710 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDqGW12DPcY enacted in Virginia, was a law that served to control the mentality of enslaved Africans. The indoctrination established in ancestors     a mindset that made them view the world through the white man’s eyes, to make them white in every way except skin color. Those who became skilled at it were rewarded.  As such, if any black person saved a white person’s life or protected their property, invented something from which a white person could generate money, or squealed on someone involved in a black slavery revolt, he would secure his own freedom. Such American traditions are still in vogue today albeit in a more sophisticated modus operandi.

The Republican Party’s latest election of two black Senators and one congressman should not be construed as progress or a new level of entitlement or America’s appreciation for the African-American community as a whole. This past election, the Republican Party cleaned house, and many African Americans were excited just to see another “sister” or “brother” elected to office, even if they are republicans. But should the community actually be excited about that, or is this strategy one of the previously-mentioned recruitment tactics?

The definition of the word "Conservative" is "a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes”; that includes “Law and Order”, which means maintaining the status quo and giving pretense that what is seen is normal. In other words, being a conservative means, according to this definition, that all the suffering African Americans endured is supposed to be normal. When a Black person declares him or herself a conservative, that individual, knowingly or unknowingly, is saying that he/she is politically predisposed to “conserving", or PRESERVING, the American traditions of the past—including those same traditions of hypocrisy, brutality, and racism toward his or her own people. So the question remains: just what is it that so-called black conservatives are trying to conserve? Conservatism is about white values, white superiority.

Black/African Americans’ monumental mistake is placing their fate and destiny into the hands of political parties (Democrats and Republicans) as opposed to circling the wagons and taking control of their own fate and destiny. Anything less, both political parties are going to continue to use African Americans to their own benefit. Some would argue that African Americans need to demand economic reciprocity for their support, and that it should be verbalized consistently and resolutely communicated as absolute expectation. Such rationale is paramount to trying to mix water and oil together—it just doesn’t work.

African Americans, tired of being taken for granted, are looking for alternatives to the failed policies of the left. Now, the Republican message is resonating with them. However, behind closed doors insofar as African Americans are concerned, the two party system becomes a single party system with its ideology towards Black America being one and the same. This was never more apparent than in the 2004 presidential election when Florida’s black votes were discounted, which unfairly gave the election to Bush. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) protested but to no avail. They needed one Senator from either party to side with them to overturn the hi-jacking.  Instead of gaining the support they certainly should have received, the two parties joined in unison against the CBC, and in so many words, each member of the CBC was told to shut up, take their seats and be quiet.

Black America has been brainwashed into believing that drug abuse, unemployment, unwed teen-age parents, welfare, poverty, and black on black crime, to name a few, are the pathologies of their community. However, reality is such that the Black community has been locked into a NO WIN situation. All the wealth and power in this country has been dispensed over 400 years systemically into the hands of the majority white society.  Black people don’t own a significant amount of anything to be able to control their lives to the extent that would promote and allow collective progress. Whites in America today control almost 100% of the income, wealth, power, resources, privileges and all levels of government, making it impossible to compete.

To add insult to injury, during the 80s under the Reagan Administration, the black community was flooded with cocaine by the CIA as noted in the following article: http://www.mega.nu/ampp/webb.html. Millions of lives were adversely affected and the lingering effects are prevalent to this very day; yet, Republican conservatives have the unmitigated gall to look at the Black community in utter contempt asking why the black community is the way it is. Really?

Proverbs 29:18 says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Black America’s salvation can only be won for its self, by its self. Looking to others to complete this feat for them is NOT going to work. Depending on political parties and the government to win this battle for them is not the answer. Instead, enlightenment, commitment to the collective community’s progress, and establishing economic independence must be at the forefront of each member’s mind and present in every single action taken and association made. Ultimately, this mindset will lead to self-reliance and self-respect, which are the proper ingredients of advancement. Anything less, they can expect to always be treated in an exploitative, subordinated and exclusive manner; to assume otherwise will prove to be an exercise in futility.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., http://www.theunitedvoices.com  author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word, and the recently released book Undressing the N-word: Revealing the Naked Truth, Lies, Deceit and Mind Games https://www.createspace.com/4655015
During the course of a nationally-televised football game on September 14, 2014, the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick called Chicago Bears’ defensive end Lamarr Houston the n-word (n**ga).   It was then that a referee (who happened to be white) penalized Kaepernick for use of the vitriolic; the penalty resulted in an $11,025 fine.

On September 23, 2014, on national TV, ESPN’s First Take commentator Stephen A. Smith took issue with the policy. He presented an arousing and passionate response to the enforcement of the policy that he diametrically opposes. Smith feels it is okay for two African-American athletes to “trash talk” one another on the field, and if the term is spoken, then so be it. Smith argues that the rest of the world isn’t “sensitive” to how the athletes were raised and that, perhaps, in their neighborhoods and homes, the n-word was acceptable and a term of endearment.

Smith’s main point of concern, however, is that a white referee penalizing a black player for use of the n-word is egregious and offensive to him. Sadly, there are many who agree with him. Smith goes on to say that though he has deep respect for Mr. John B. Wooten, Chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance and the black man who spearheaded the movement for the NFL to adopt such a policy, he’s in complete disagreement with Wooten. He further attempts to paint a picture that the “older heads” (or older generation) including Mr. Wooten and others need to listen to the “younger heads” (or younger generation) such as himself and others when it comes to penalizing and fining NFL athletes for use of the n-word.

Moreover, although Smith seemed to have made a convicted argument as to why the n-word should not be a point of discussion or penalty, it needs to be pointed out that there are many capable and brilliant young heads who are not searching for pseudo-intellectual reasons to refer to themselves or any member of their race as n**ga. In fact, some young heads may have listened to that argument and heard nothing but ignorance spew from the mouth of a seemingly gifted speaker and well-educated African-American man. Some too may have immediately seen that Mr. Smith is a primary example of the systemic veiling of the populous, twisting of the black man’s mentality to continue to argue for inferiority, and the working of the very essence of the 400-year-old plight.

In “The Mis-Education of the Negro”, Dr. Carter G. Woodson said:

“If you can control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his action. When you determine what a man shall think you do not have to concern yourself about what he will do. If you make a man feel that he is inferior, you do not have to compel him to accept an inferior status, for he will seek it himself. If you make a man think that he is justly an outcast, you do not have to order him to the back door. He will go without being told; and if there is no back door, his very nature will demand one.”

Smith may believe that he represents the voice of the entire younger generation, but he does not. It is a known fact that many younger generation parents educate their children on the term and view it as a disrespectful profanity. The term is forbidden as everyday language in many Black households across America, and cannot be used—not even when one wants to use the term as so-called endearment or to cut down the confidence of anyone. Even further, many African-American children are taught to not only refrain from referring to anyone as such, but should also not allow anyone else to refer to them as such. Respect is a two-way street: it must be given and received.

To the contrary, Smith only represents that fraction of society that continues to lean in and remain shackled in the darkness. The ears of the enlightened have listened to that commentary and yelled at or argued back with the sentiments made. However, their voices simply cannot be heard because they do not have access to the news media to espouse their beliefs as does a Stephen A. Smith and some other proponents of the n-word (n**ga). And when they do share their views, they are considered troublemakers, too sensitive, or disillusioned; because they tend to be met with so much conflict from within and without the community, many times their arguments are suffocated or the cultural in-fighting takes center stage more so than the actual issue at hand.

Younger generation celebrities like Stephen A. Smith are to be applauded for their individual achievements; however, Black America’s paradigm should be to the commitment of the entire race’s preservation as a group, and not limited to the success of individuals, which unfortunately is the mindset of Black America. Until Black African Americans, as a group, can learn to separate themselves from the n-word the shackles of mental slavery will always remain intact. 

Another thing: By saying the “young heads” vs. the “old heads”, Smith has promoted further separation within the Black community that is not going unseen—even Skip Bayless referred to this “cultural clash” within the Black community. The most unfortunate part is that, again, so long as the Black community remains divided, African Americans will never be able to re-unite, come together as a single being of force, and regain the cultural dignity and superior status divinely-granted upon the race. Instead, people like Smith continue to carry out the plight of White America ignorantly and unadulterated.

Now, truly, there is some agreement that a white-ruled NFL having to chastise black players for their use of the n-word is a bit brow-raising. The primary concern is that it should never have come to a white-run organization agreeing to help police the word if not for the Black community dropping the ball on this issue. Use of the n-word is a Black African-American issue, which should have been resolved within the community decades ago; instead, it has been allowed to fester.

By requiring the NFL or any other entity, organization or person outside of the Black community to regulate use of the n-word, smacks of paternalism. It is as if the Black community is unable to self-determine and self-regulate and, therefore, needs the white man to save them from themselves. Use of the degrading and demeaning term n**ga has grown far out of hand. In order for Black America to regain its full cultural respect and not have to expend its precious energy on such self-imposed issues—which in this case is really fighting over whose allowed to tell African Americans they cannot use the word (when NO ONE should need to be told because they should not be using the term in the first place), use of the term needs to be cut down dead in its tracks and buried by all.

Stephen A. Smith on a couple of occasions used the n-word on national TV and never got as much as a slap on the wrist for it. And as he openly evangelizes the support of the n-word, his spill is given full airtime—he’s allowed to go on this rampage campaigning for use of the n-word with not one cut or edit. Conversely, most recently when he slipped and used the word “provoke” relative to comments he was making about the Ray Rice case and domestic violence, white women were offended by it. As a consequence, Smith was suspended for seven days from his job.

But as Wooten goes on his rampage about using the n-word, Black America does or says nothing. However, Mr. Wooten recognized that, sadly, since the Black community refuses to address the matter themselves and hold all members within and without the community accountable to upholding and respecting Black Americans, he was required to approach the NFL to demand the respect many self-respecting Black Americans deserve. Had Mr. Wooten not taken this step, the blatant disrespect would have continued to fester at an even more severe rate. The reality is that Black America refuses to address the issue and does not want anyone else doing it either.

Unfortunately, Black America, collectively, just does not get it. The community refuses to remove the DO NOT DISTURB sign outside its door, refusing to WAKE UP.

Use of the n-word today is a trans-generational 400 year old slave habit and is the one and ONLY reason why the term still flows from the lips of contemporary Black African Americans. Black users of the term are allowing themselves to be defined by a racist term as opposed to defining themselves, for the reality is that the term n**ga is simply  ghetto vernacular for n**ger, obviously there ISN’T any difference between the two.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., http://www.theunitedvoices.com author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word, and the recently released book Undressing the N-word: Revealing the Naked Truth, Lies, Deceit and Mind Games https://www.createspace.com/4655015

In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting, concerned Black/African-Americans from all-over America converged on Ferguson, Missouri simultaneously presenting an intangible mirror reflecting Black consciousness in 21st century America. Whenever, there is a seemingly unjustified killing done by a white person to a black person, Black America historically since the 1960s will rise up in virtual rebellion. The sentiment being that Black America has low tolerance for police brutality towards blacks.

The reflection from the mirror however, presents an imbalanced and disconcerting image of Black America. It’s admirable of African-Americans to display unity in the face of what’s conceived as police brutally towards fellow Black Americans, but where is the same concern for the out of control killing of blacks by other blacks?

From Oakland to Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia and Newark gun violence takes a heavy toll on the black community where young black men are routinely killed at the hands of other blacks. The grief shouldered by black women, black families, black churches and the black community is enormous, but yet where is the internal concern, the outrage?

In my book, Undressing the N-word: Revealing the Naked Truth About Lies, Deceit and Mind Games I present how the road towards freedom, equality and justice is a two-way street and how we as Black African-Americans must hold ourselves equally accountable and responsible in the same light as we do others to achieve racial harmony and equality; which can only be accomplished via a healthy, liberated mindset.Amazon BookCoverImage

Contemporary Black/African-Americans are presently traveling on a path of self-destruction and need to wake up to this reality post haste. For the past 30 years, the prowess spirit of Black America have been replaced or diluted with messages of self-destruction, inferiority, and insignificance mostly due to the creation and acceptability of gangsta rap and its associated lifestyle.

Where is the outrage, the strong rhetoric denouncing the actions of these predators?  To the contrary--financially successful black rappers and businessmen--are held in high esteem throughout the Black community.  The products from which they have gained their wealth contribute to the corruption and pollution of the minds of many black youth, crippling the minds of the impoverished even furhter.

The building of character and the positive molding of young minds have taken a back seat to cultural genocide and menticide. The memories, sacrifices and struggles of African-American ancestors too have been urinated, defecated and trampled upon at the expense of bestowing high applause upon those who have financially benefited by selling out their race.

Fifty years removed from 1964, and the state of affairs throughout the Black community is on life support. Black-on-Black crime, gangs, rampant drug selling and addictions; a high volume of incarcerations, probations, paroles; and problems in schools such as suspensions, expulsions and poor performances are not just externally caused conditions. In fact, the primary causes of these concerns stem from internal influences within the Black community.Such acceptance and promotion of the glorification of violence, sex, drugs, and profanity as a lifestyle leads to an unhealthy, broken and unproductive environment. This same acceptance and rationalizing with defiling behaviors and attitudes serves as a breeding ground for trouble, despair, discord, discontent and afflictions of grave consequences.

When Black/African-Americans support rappers and entertainers that humiliate and degrade their own race, those supporters are participating in cultural, mental genocide and the sanctioning of every whiplash and other atrocities felt by enslaved ancestors. These same fans are contributing to the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and cultural extermination of the Black race as the entire world watches in amazement at such abnormal behavior. Some rappers were present at Ferguson lending their support and kudos to them, but it doesn’t nullify the fact that they are part of the problem.

Rather than promoting positive images; encouraging black youth not to take the same violent or negative routes that they took to stardom; stressing the importance of education, self-awareness, and self-dignity (having some class and sophistication); and truly being accessible to youths to serve as impressionistic mentors, they only continue to suck the life from the Black community in terms of asking citizens to buy their immoral records and empty labels with no positive messaging.

Use and tolerance of the n-word is not indicative of a free liberated mind nor the desire or effort to achieve greatness. Rather, embracing the n-word, violence, denigration of women is reflective of a bonded mind or mental illness.

Blacks must begin to teach and show by example future generations a new way of thinking. African-Americans must also realize that with freedom, education and independence, comes the requirement to be accountable and responsible for one’s own acts; in other words there is a crying need for the Black community to hold one another accountable and responsible for the welfare and well-being of the community which isn’t presently being done in this 21st century.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., http://www.theunitedvoices.com author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word, and the recently released book Undressing the N-word: Revealing the Naked Truth, Lies, Deceit and Mind Games https://www.createspace.com/4655015
Amazon BookCoverImageUndressing the N-word depicts the state of sociological views regarding questions that have been on people's minds for years but have been considered too sensitive to talk about openly. Among these types of taboo-type discussions is one that analyzes the systemic psychological warfare and psychosocial treatment of one group over another. The systemic subjects the oppressed group to seeing, through a controlled national media, only the worst in themselves. Undressing the N-word reveals and ties together how such socially-engineered behavior brings about and correlates to crime, unemployment, welfare, child neglect, drugs, and poverty; further, the text brings to light what policy can—and cannot—do to compensate for differences in social stratification and economic disparity. Brilliantly argued and meticulously presented, Undressing the N-word is the essential first step in coming to grips with the nation's social problems.

An aged yet completely relevant adage so goes: “Capture their minds, and their hearts and souls will follow. For once their minds are reached, they’re defeated without bullets.” This truth epitomizes the plight of the African-American community.  Breaking new ground and old taboos, H. Lewis Smith presents critical analysis as to how the 21st century modern system of psychological manipulation is so enthralling and sophisticated that it misleads many Blacks into believing that their embracing of the pejorative n-word is a normal and natural, ineffectual act.

In 1863, the Proclamation of Emancipation was signed, supposedly freeing the American slaves, but it was almost a century later before the law was fully enacted.  Accordingly, Smith argues that a man is not truly free until the shackles of the human mind, body and spirit are broken; until one is capable of taking control of their own mind and thoughts, he is STILL a slave.  Thinking, living and embracing an image that was long ago instilled in him, an image that holds him hostage to a dastardly past, the n-word, is not the mindset of a truly free, mentally-liberated person. Thus, Smith’s observations and resolve is solely focused on Black America’s use of the term and no one else.  Black America must become accountable and concerned about their own ultimate outcome. Smith maintains that a race either rises on its own wings, or is held down by its own weight.

In this ground-breaking book, H. Lewis Smith also traces and examines the development and indoctrination of how a race of people were conditioned and programmed to despise their own history and culture by their oppressor, as well as elaborate on how real equality and societal progression can be achieved.

Undressing the N-word is available online at https://www.createspace.com/4655015

Music’s Influence on the Human Mind

Music and song has always served as a catalyst to help Black/African Americans maintain a sense of internal calmness and hope during strife; cultivate, embrace and express individuality; as well as represented that living connection to and displayed through craftily-strung together lyrics trophies of cultural history, knowledge and heritage. In spite of all the adversities and calamities African-American enslaved ancestors were forced to endure, they demonstrated an unrelenting capacity to survive, overcome and prevail despite the odds. This was all accomplished through the power of music.

In any sense, music serves as an influencing factor on the human mind. In the sense of overcoming, music is a powerful tool that can encourage anyone to believe that they can accomplish anything. To the contrary, music—still with its mighty persuasion—can discourage, disappoint and destroy.

Many of the freedom songs of the Civil Rights Movement were essentially new versions of old slave spirituals with updated lyrics to express the signs and issues of the time. Singing has always been used as a weapon for the African American’s plight against injustice, overt discrimination, and a tool used to “secretly” share knowledge or information to help blacks navigate the system. Black music during the 60s helped to set the tone and acceptance of the Civil Rights Movement and the elevation of the Black spirit.  The same can be said for Jazz musicians as the music speaks for life, and the Blues tells compelling stories of life’s difficulties.  

From slavery spirituals up to the 1960s, music catapulted and particularly elevated black minds to a higher plane in life.  Legally, slaves were supposed to have been set free in 1863, but in practice, it didn’t become a reality until the late 1940s.  Finally, physically free, the 60s found Black America striving for mental liberation from enslaved minds. To answer that call, and by some perfect alignment with the universe, Motown Record Corporation was founded by Berry Gordy, Jr., in Detroit, MI, on April 14, 1960.

The Motown Sound caused a revolution in music. Though Motown was originally founded as a music-producing company, the ideal that it represented initiated a movement. It began subtle and as if it were just about entertaining and making music, but it caused a most significant tidal effect that changed the landscape of America. Blurring the lines of color—as music comes from the soul, not from the color of one’s skin; Motown played an important role in racial integration of popular music. These achievements caught world-wide attention. Motown gave the freedom train much of its fuel to push full-speed ahead.

The very creation of Motown embodied the African-American’s spirit of triumph and making “something out of nothing.” Motown produced and published songs that hit right at the heart of the Black man’s current struggles, and his desire, will, and ability to overcome. Take for example the Temptations’ I’ve Got Sunshine on a Cloudy Day. Yes, there were many-a-cloudy day, but as a GROUP, African Americans persevered.  The Staple Singers’ Respect Yourself expressed the importance of self-respect, honor, dignity and pride, which were invaluable and non-negotiable individual requirements back then.  James Brown’s Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud indeed communicated Blacks’ healthy and rightfully-owned appreciation of their clearly-visible individuality. The Impressions’ Keep on Pushing, People Get Ready, We’re a Winner, I’m So Proud all gave solace to the mind and the strength of character required to overcome trials and tribulations.

Through its music, all was going well until that train traveling towards mental liberation was suddenly derailed. The systemic took away Malcolm X, MLK and Medgar Evers. This left Black America with a debunked spirit and leaderless, a vacuum that to this day has never been filled. On one hand, the short stay of those leaders combined with songs of encouragement was effective enough to plant some seeds of hope and help many Black Americans reach success on an individual basis. Blacks conquered many realms including sports, the business world, and politics. That’s the upside. The downside is that all of those high-paid and highly-influential athletes, entertainers, corporate and political successors enjoying their individual successes and accomplishments do not use their clout to reach back and liberate their brothers and sisters.  The American institutionalized systemic was back in full control, and it was and is considered controversial for any attempts to be made at uniting or liberating the minds of those Black Americans lagging behind.

As such—as a group—nothing has been achieved. Collectively, the picture can be very dismal when one considers the prevailing issues in the black community, such as black-on-black crime, drug problems, and school drop-out rates to name a few.

To address these apparent issues, Black music once again made a tremendous attempt at helping the black community get back on track during the 70s with The Temptation’s Ball of Confusion, Runaway Child; Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ Wake Up Everybody but to no avail.  A new wave of music erupted, the Disco sound giving way to younger audiences and appeal to new tastes was now center stage, being followed by an even newer style of music—rap music.  Rap music originally started out with positive messages over rhythmic or stylized beats, but was short-lived.   

Due to influencing factors rap music became a way of expressing one’s feelings toward controversial topics and “spitting fire” at those things rappers seemingly most despised. And rather than this type of music adding some relief and lifting the spirits of the Black community, it had the opposite effect as “hate breeds hate”. Ultimately, this more controversial form of rap music has helped to set the tone for acceptance of the n-word, misogyny, violence, crime and the devaluation of the Black spirit.  

Society is now witnessing another revolution through Hip-hop music, and its affect too is being felt over the world with the mass commercializing, marketing and promotion of the n-word.  Rap music has poisoned the minds of an entire generation of kids and has desecrated the sacred memories of Black/African Americans’ ancestry, making a mockery of their life, struggles and sacrifices.

Music once Black America’s ally, is now being used in reverse. The lyrics of rap music promoting crime, violence, misogyny and use of the n-word are subliminal messages of self-destruction and mental decay, responsible for misguiding and misleading a generation of young minds.  Rapper 50 Cent once allowed himself to be portrayed on billboards located in Black communities with a gun in one hand and a black baby in the other.  Thank goodness the Black citizens in some of those areas had the intestinal fortitude to demand the removal of such demonic imagery.

Black-on-black crime is rampant and out of control, and to overlook the influence of rap music in all of this is a grave and serious error.  The n-word is a surviving remnant of a psychological warfare which was conducted to create dependency, and perpetuate emotions, attitudes and/or behavior to support achievement of a national objective: mental enslavement of a race of people.

As history usually repeats itself, in this sense, one can only hope that Black America realizes that the current state of the
most popular Black music has strayed so far from the path, that it is time to get back on track.  One can only hope that
the very thing that once elevated and uplifted the hearts, minds and souls of a ONCE proud people will again become that
tool to ward off the demise and boost real progress of the collective Black community picking up where left off at during
the Civil Rights Movement, make no mistake about it—as a GROUP—virtually no progress has been made since the 60s,
without group success, individual successes are a mirage—an illusion of reality a placebo effect.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., (www.theunitedvoices.com),
and author of Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair With the N-word (www.burythatsucka.com).  Follow him on
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/thescoop1

In Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852, Fourth of July speech, he told the audience:

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the Old World, travel through South America, search out every abuse and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the every-day practices of this nation, and you will say with me that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”

Frederick Douglass’ speech personifies the indomitable spirit of the 18th and 19th century slaves. They refused to accept any beliefs and participate or rejoice in superficial (as it related to freed slaves), conciliatory occurrences that seemed to mock or minimize the sacrifice and struggle countless ones endured in the same nation that was built by their tireless toil but refused to allow them to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

This same unrelenting spirit of truth, remembrance, and striving toward one’s own superior entitlement was prevalent in freed descendants throughout the 1960s. Though physically barred during the 18th and 19th century, African Americans were less mentally enslaved then than many blacks of this 21st century. A vast amount of 21st century blacks have in many ways performed a whole 180-dgree turnaround; one of these more prevalent regressing moves is in their refusal to relinquish a dehumanizing, demented, degrading term laced with ignorance and immorality: the n-word.

One cannot visualize from any depth or corner of one’s essence or mind Frederick Douglass, father of America’s Civil Rights Movement, or any other victimized enslaved ancestor finding embracement of the n-word acceptable by their descendants. Such an embracement serves as an indictment that even though the slaves were freed in 1865, 145 years later many blacks are still mentally enslaved. That is a depressing and disgusting thought. The indoctrination of the black slaves’ forcible use of the n-word has proved to be a self-refueling and self-generating mind control mechanism.

Black leaders of the sanctioned slave era and leaders of the 1960s demonstrated much courage and intestinal fortitude in their efforts to unshackle the minds of their enslaved brothers and sisters.

Today, the presence of true black leaders with the same conviction and determination to overcome seems to be non-existent.

The system has found a way to keep these would-be leaders silent. The system architects have devised strategies that ensure some blacks’ obedience to the current status as they help to suppress and exploit their own kind, keeping them in an uncouth state of mind: White America no longer has to physically wield the whip to keep a race of people enslaved; rather, white America continues to keep the system in check by supporting black America’s degradation through compensating entertainers, writers, and the like, to continue perpetuation of the brainwashing process in a variety of ways. In turn, these black ventriloquists continually work to mute the voices of the enlightened few by believing and loudly conveying to their followers this belief that no power exists in the n-word or other forms of cultural genocide.

Yes, blacks are the ones exhorting other blacks to remain in and accept their place of being n**gas. Sadly, many blacks do not realize that until ALL blacks are free, no black person will ever be able to experience the fullness and goodness of [true] freedom. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Ph.D., the Harvard professor arrested last year at his own home, discovered this truth first-hand. Dismally to report, his case is no anomaly.

White America had, for centuries, instilled into the minds of the slaves and a freed black America that the term “black” was something to be ashamed of, something evil and of no value. In the ‘60s, Black America took the notion to become free of such terms as Negro and Colored, and adopted the terms Black and African Americans. Black people of the ‘60s realized the mind game being played on them, and had the strength and fortitude to overcome this falsified negative mentality. They realized the beauty and strength of their blackness, and used it as a shield, weapon, and faith to march toward and re-claim their God-given liberties.

Current Black America has retrogressed and no longer exhibits the heart and soul of the ‘60s; instead, they prefer to surrender, meekly lie down, and yield to a term that keeps them mentally enslaved. In other words, the actions of today’s Black America are tantamount to a treasonable offense to the sacred, hallowed memories of their ancestry.

During the ‘60s the fight was against social injustice and Jim Crowism, and was gallantly fought. Even though today’s struggle continues to hinge heavily on a more subtle form of social injustice, Black America has the potential to unite and overcome these issues collectively. However, this unity can only be achieved once the group on whole awakens from the 400 years of mind manipulation and willfully cuts away all attachments and long-standing addictions to the past, including use of the n-word.

Just as nearly 400 years of slavery and Jim Crowism was no joke, African American’s use of the pejorative n-word is no laughing matter either. (A little more food for thought: Slavery and/or senseless beatings were a way to break the black man’s spirit just as referring to him as a “n**ga” was to do. To say that the use of the n-word no longer has power because blacks now use it, is like saying being physically enslaved and beat aimlessly has no power because blacks beat each other anyway. Those are both insane justifications, or excuses, no matter what angle, perspective, or light one considers either thought. A whippen is a whippen, no matter who delivers or receives it, and it hurts every time it happens! One may learn to numb her/himself to the blows, but guaranteed, every blow lands with some intensity of impact and leaves bruises, cuts, and scars—physical [impoverished, broken communities] and mental [referring to one another as “n*gga” and inferior mentalities] ones.)

A man isn’t truly free until the shackles of the human mind, body and spirit are broken. Until one is capable of taking control of their own mind and thoughts, he is still a slave.  Black America is not in control as evidenced by its use of the n-word. Frederick Douglass once said: “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is…to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." The psychological and spiritual liberation of all Black people and realization of true independence will only be obtained through the embracing a reality of truth and enlightenment, not through the embracement of the n-word. Is today your day of mental independence?

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., www.theunitedvoices.com,  a writer for the New England Informer Online, and author of "Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word".

Boondocks Obsession with the N-word

No American minority group has been caricatured as often and in as many ways as blacks. The entertainment media, from vaudeville to television, has portrayed blacks as happy-go-lucky idiots, dangerous thugs, and any definition of a n**ga one could fathom. The industry has degraded the black community for years, simply to make a buck, and always at the expense of the black community. Members of the entertainment industry defend their use of the n-word by saying it’s “just a word” and a way to relate to the African-American population; sadly, many blacks accept this explanation.  Even though I’m certain that Boondocks satire and caricature of black people can prove to be humorous and enlightening without being scornful of the sacred memories of victimized African/African-American ancestors, the Boondocks is a ventriloquist for and continues to perpetuate the old stereotypes of blacks.


Carter G. Woodson once said: “When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions.” The American system took this philosophy to heart. They created a racial hierarchy with whites at the top and blacks at the bottom. The hierarchy was fortified by an ideology which justified the use of deceit, manipulation, coercion, terror and violence to control blacks and keep them in their so-called “place.” Blacks’ “place” was their acceptance of being categorized as an inferior, sub-human, better known as a n**ger, and acting out any qualities related to such a mutant.  Time and time again blacks were referred to as n**gers to remind them of their place in society.


Today, though, blacks no longer require this inauspicious reminder. Rather, they maintain this inferior position by continuing to develop tools or strategies, such as Aaron McGruder’s Boondocks, to continue to perpetuate adherence to the old American racial hierarchy. Viewers of the show may bellow many laughs at the characters and the manner in which the n-word is used, but the whole while they’re laughing, they are being undermined by the subliminal forces of the term and are continuing to carryout the 400-year-old plight against blacks.


Moreover, some support the false dichotomy between blacks or African Americans, which are classified as respectable folks, versus n**gers, which are considered the disrespectful, impoverished black people. Understand, irrespective of behavior, income, ambition, clothing, ability, morals, or skin tone, NO BLACKS are N*GGERS.  Sycophant blacks convincing themselves and others (blacks and non-blacks) that there is a categorical split between the classes, and attempting to persuade socioeconomically-challenged blacks that they are n**gers, must come to a screeching halt. The n-word psychologically serves as a conduit to feelings of helplessness, weakness, impotence and powerlessness.  It carries the traumatic task and intent to destroy, maim or cripple a person of African decent.  No matter how the term is sliced, diced, or served up, once the smoke clears, the mission of this word is still intact.  Although every race has it upper, middle, and lower class, referring to someone as something so morally obscene is unacceptable. 


Language has been and is an effective means to marginalize minorities, and

the word n**ger was and remains a shorthand way of  effective mind control. Boondocks’s vile, wicked and immoral use of the n-word is a sell-out to all of the African Americans who were victimized by this word.  Black America’s failure to hold Boondocks ACCOUNTABLE for its use of the n-word manifests an inability to rise above an 18th century mind state.


Many believe that when blacks use the term, there is no power or harm in the word. However, if the producer of the show was white, all of Black America would be up in arms over the use of the n-word, and the fact that Aaron McGruder is BLACK does not give him the license to degrade and demean Black America. The n-word will always be a term of scorn and ridicule regardless to who’s the user or receiver.


Boondocks exemplify the lowly image that Black America has of itself. Because black America continues to accept and support the community’s demise, it is no wonder that in this 21st century Blacks are still treated as second-class citizens. As long as those Blacks exist who look upon themselves and other African Americans as the n-word, the black race, on the whole, will remain in its appointed “place”. 


H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., www.theunitedvoices.com and author of “Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word”.


Boondocks Black America's Shame

Black America's failure to hold Boondocks ACCOUNTABLE for its use of the n-word manifests an inability to rise from an 18th century enslaved mentality state of mind.  If the producer of the show was White all of Black America would be up in arms over the use of the n-word and the fact that Aaron McGruder is BLACK should not give him the license to degrade and demean Black America. 

Boondocks use of the n-word reduces the show to the level of a minstrel, skinin and grinin, shuckin and jivin shuffling syndrome and is therefore unacceptable to [self]-respecting Black Americans whose mind-set transcends such debasing and deprecating imagery.

I'm sure that Boondocks satire and caricature of black people can prove to be humorous and enlightening without being contemptuous and scornful of the sacred memories of their victimized ancestors of the 300 years African American Holocaust which use of the n-word serves as lighting rod for.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., www.theunitedvoices.com  and author of "Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word".

The Omens of an Orwellian Society

Self-preservation, the primal instinct or natural desire to protect self and stay alive, is a universal, normal and natural phenomenon for all living organisms. In the event of a perceived threat, the life form settles into survival mode and begins to exhibit those behaviors that ensure the organism’s existence. However, human beings’ ability to self-protect is far superior to that of the basic organism’s “fight or flight” only option. Humans have a brain capable of perceiving and solving problems, and consciously responding to or altering the response to a stimulus; self-preservation is a coping mechanism one (a person) needs to prevent emotional trauma from distorting the mind and adversely affecting one’s mentality.


It seems as though all groups—regardless of race, creed and nationality, if felt threatened, would follow their survival instincts: These groups have the ability to think beyond the basic, primal level of individual survival and use their leverage—the human brain—to ensure their on-going protection and existence. They identify the threat and appropriately respond to it in a way that allows them to not only physically survive, but to smartly organize themselves and collectively strategize on ways of ensuring the problem’s suppression and making sure it has long-term implications on their “pack”. Dismally to report, the African-American group does not exhibit these same types of superior, group survival tactics. Many African Americans have been conditioned to distance themselves from their collective group. They are either in denial or just simply despise their race—uncertain of what, or even why, they are denying or despising their cultural truth, and care not to identify the reasoning behind or damaging ramifications of the particular feeling of separation. The notion or concept of a collective identity is totally foreign or ludicrous to many blacks, and whenever any attempt to enlighten is made, some quickly brand these attempts as evil, racist and non-productive.


Unfortunately, there are those blacks who feel that anything black is inferior and anything white, superior; and adopt a mindset that “if you are black stay back, if you are white you are right”. These brainwashed blacks have abandoned their community under the false pretense of supporting a post-racial society; it would be altruistic if all could simply be acknowledged and looked upon as just being “an American” without any reference to one’s race—which in an ideal utopia world, the post-racial position would be believable and possible. However, this is America, a country that once blatantly accepted the idea that the oppressor exists only for the good of the oppressed person and people; one that worked relentlessly to keep blacks separated and detached from their roots—for these oppressors know the power in cultural unity and collective identity. Further, if all Americans were treated as first class citizens and acknowledged as such, there would be no need for the passing of any civil rights bills or laws. As such, trading collective preservation at the race or cultural group level for a post-racial stand is not logical, seems quite delusional, and perpetuates the idea of keeping blacks—and any other oppressed group—broken and separated rather than united and powerful.


Non-black groups continue to preserve and protect their community from the inside out. Whether these groups believe in post-racialism or not, they continue to build and enhance their cultural “infrastructure” to ensure survival and existence of their race. Non-black groups understand the importance of a collective identity and as such, support their culture. Even though the notion of black inferiority and white superiority has been ingrained and structured into the thinking of people of African ancestry for more than four centuries—having been indoctrinated by systems and policies that they are indeed inferior, Black America must learn to pinpoint the internal and external threats preying upon the group and work collectively to ward off these race-killing advances to ensure the long-term existence and stability of the black race.


Clearly, there are many within the black community who are delusional as a result of 400 years of mind control, but with all the happenings in the world today, it is not impractical to believe that the black community is doubly oppressed. On top of the Black community dealing with trying to break away from 400 years of mental enslavement, the American government has begun to devise strategies of chipping away at the non-black American’s civil liberties and withholding even more of Black Americans’ freedoms:


Since the infamous 9/11 terrorist attacks, we have had the passing of the Patriot Act and the establishment of Homeland Security—all supposedly to protect Americans from the threat of terrorism. The price: a melt down of the Constitution.  Due to fear, Americans have given up some of their precious liberties and freedoms on the premise that terrorism is a serious threat to America’s welfare. On the horizon, to supposedly further keep terrorists in check, is the pending reality of all Americans being issued National ID cards. This seems innocent enough, but it’s just another point that proves that a little more of Americans’ liberties and freedoms are slowly eroding. After the issuance of ID cards, all Americans are supposed to be implanted with RFID chips to support a cashless society. Civilians’ every move can and will be monitored. If an individual dissents, protests or violates any of the powers-to-be rulings, their chip can be disabled, preventing the individual from being able to buy food or anything else; the consequences of this kind of totalitarian control can prove to be calamitous not to the Elitist, but to all other Americans—eliminating the middle class in the process, which is currently fast-becoming an endangered species. 


Ultimately, the moral of the story is that brainwashing has proven to be most effective on anyone who refuses to think for themselves, on anyone who refuses to apply their superior survival mechanism to ensure their group’s collective existence. Based on the afore-mentioned information, there seems to be an even greater threat looming on the horizon of what can only be described as a nebulous future at best, not just for Black America but all Americans who are excluded from the Elitist class. In order to combat this “double-layered” veil, it is imperative that Black America begin to develop some collective sense of self-preservation to be able to present a united militia when the time comes to stand with the rest of the American, non-elitist class, and fight for their civil liberties.


H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., http://www.theunitedvoices.com a writer for the New England Informer Online, and author of "Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word".  

From 1865 up to present day, the struggle for civil rights has been at the forefront of African-Americans’ plight for equality and living out God-given liberties. “No justice! No peace!” has been the rallying cry of the on-going campaign for justice. Many notable organizations have fell dutifully in-step, bravely trailblazing through precarious territory to ensure Africans Americans are no longer the “invisible man” and have full access to their civil liberties. These organizations, some of which are the NAACP, SCLC, CORE, NAN, PUSH, The Black Panther Party, and Nation of Islam, are to be commended in their valiant and continued effort to crocheting equality and equal justice for all into the very fabric of the American society. 

 Even in considering all of the successes, dedication, and self-sacrifice of the afore-mentioned groups—whose primary purposes are to make America more “user-friendly” to blacks as well as to restore dignity and cultural respect (within and without the community), there still seems to be a thick blanket, or veil, covering the African American’s psyche.

For the past 30 years, Black America has allowed a certain culture within its group to dictate a mindset of self-destruction by glorifying violence, drugs, ‘gangsta’ lifestyles, use of the n-word, misogyny, and displaying utter contempt for self-respect. The air-waves, recording and movie industries have followed suit by displaying a lack of respect towards the Black community in general—not to mention encouraging the John Mayer’s of the world and such scenarios as the recent UC San Diego fiasco, all to the detriment of the black community. As well, a psychosis exists regarding the n-word that the black community, for the most part, completely denies or misses (is blinded to). The ravages of centuries of brutal mistreatment at the hands of whites—through slavery, Jim Crow segregation and senselessly heinous acts of cruelty—still has a powerful psychological effect on black people.

Individual silent voices throughout Black America of strong mind, character, discipline and honor do not condone the aforementioned self-destructive demeanor displayed by some African Americans. These enlightened few realize the 400-year plight of mental enslavement being imposed upon them and have rightfully—with no deception or apology—quietly handed this indigestible delicacy back to its chef. However, silence and diligently “working with your head down” does not affect change; it is the screeching door that gets the oil. The silent voices for self-respect, pride and dignity must rise up as a collective voice and demand to be heard. The non-profit organization United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc. (UVCC) was formed specifically for the purpose of serving as a platform for these voices to unite into one collective voice and be heard.

During the post-slavery era, no program has existed to manage the past and present massive psychological, economic and social stress endured by Blacks.   Because of this fact, a strong argument can be made towards African American pathologies encompassing such issues as black-on-black crime, the abnormally high incarceration ratio of blacks, rampant drug problems, poor academic performance, and diseased self-hatred, to name a few. These same stresses and psychological deficiencies are passed down through generations of African Americans via use of the n-word.

Today, in this 21st century, some argue that the n-word is not the problem, that the n-word has been reduced to being only a racial slur—in that it is an empty term that solely refers to one's complexion, and carries no weight or markings of the struggle, strife, degradation, and dishonor that pieced together the very foundation of the term. Thus, in this light, some people believe that the word has been desensitized—metamorphosed into this acceptable, unsubstantially mind-controlling term—and embraced by all. They believe that the n-word is just a word, no different from any other negative word; however, they are wrong: Although the word itself is not the sole culprit, the associations and mentalities that it perpetuates is indeed a fact, relevant, and direct and tangible effect of the term.

Psychological studies have been conducted by The Osiris Group lending some credence to the aforementioned observations of which a book entitled Post Traumatic Slave Disorder was written by three of its staff members—Sekou Mims M.Ed, MSW; Omar Reid, Psy.D; and Larry Higginbottom, MSW/LCSW. Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, and of no affiliation to The Osiris Group, says: “The real recovery from the ongoing trauma of slavery and racism has to start from within, beginning with a true acknowledgment of the resilience of African-American culture.”

Our civil rights organizations have and continue to do an excellent job in leading the fight against inequality. Time and time again these groups are slighted and slammed into tough situations, but they continue to rise to the call, proving the tenacity and perseverance—in spite of adversity—of the African-American spirit. However, that is only half the battle. The other half requires the righting of the ship by each individual within the Black community. There are consequences for anyone’s actions and the prevailing attitude in the Black community is to NOT hold one another ACCOUNTABLE for anything. But as the “silenced enlightened” begin to gainfully employ outlets such as UVCC to take a stance and “be heard”, we have started to see encouraging signs that this peculiarity is slowly changing. To grow and advance, one must be called out on their errors, held accountable for their actions, and take full responsibility for correcting their actions—rather than behaving immaturely by making excuses and pointing fingers elsewhere.

UVCC has always been serious about its message and purpose, but to ensure that same seriousness and formal call to action is effectively conveyed, UVCC has re-launched a more professional and visually-appealing website. All are encouraged to visit online at http://www.theunitedvoices.com. Upon perusing the pages, if the reader realizes that he/she is ready to take their place in this fight for restoring cultural self-respect and dignity to the Black race—because once a person respects him/herself, others will have no choice but to do so as well— UVCC would be privileged to secure his/her support by becoming a member.

It is time for Blacks to take back their self-respect, pride, dignity, and honor. High time has come for Blacks to stop being a doormat to the rest of the world—for it is first and only through self-respect that Blacks can rationally demand and gain respect together as a group. UVCC, with true supporters’ help, can be the vanguard in the Black community, becoming a more influential and potent force in the advancement of the Black and African-American community, and the American society. All is not well in America; there is a need for a new and bold leadership in more ways than one—secular and non-secular. UVCC will proudly serve as one of the new leaders essential to resurrecting the greatness the Black race once represented.

H. Lewis Smith is the founder and president of UVCC, the United Voices for a Common Cause, Inc., http://www.theunitedvoices.com a writer for the New England Informer Online, and author of "Bury that Sucka: A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word".  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP2U0jmZjec

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