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Cress Welsing: The Definition of Racism White Supremacy

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Racism

Anon: What is Racism/White Supremacy?

Dr. Bobby Wright: The Psychopathic Racial Personality

The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)

What is the First Step in Counter Racism?

Genocide: a system of white survival

The Creation of the Negro

The Mysteries of Melanin

'Racism is a behavioral system for survival'

Fear of annihilation drives white racism

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Caucasian

Where are all the Black Jurors? 

The War Against Black Males: Black on Black Violence Caused by White Supremacy/Racism

Brazen Police Officers and the Forfeiture of Freedom

White Domination, Black Criminality

Fear of a Colored Planet Fuels Racism: Global White Population Shrinking, Less than 10%

Race is Not Real but Racism is

The True Size of Africa

What is a Nigger? 

MLK and Imaginary Freedom: Chains, Plantations, Segregation, No Longer Necessary ['Our Condition is Getting Worse']

Chomsky on "Reserving the Right to Bomb Niggers." 

A Goal of the Media is to Make White Dominance and Control Over Everything Seem Natural

"TV is reversing the evolution of the human brain." Propaganda: How You Are Being Mind Controlled And Don't Know It.

Spike Lee's Mike Tyson and Don King

"Zapsters" - Keeping what real? "Non-white People are Actors. The Most Unrealistic People on the Planet"

Black Power in a White Supremacy System

Neely Fuller Jr.: "If you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you"

The Image and the Christian Concept of God as a White Man

'In order for this system to work, We have to feel most free and independent when we are most enslaved, in fact we have to take our enslavement as the ultimate sign of freedom'

Why do White Americans need to criminalize significant segments of the African American population?

Who Told You that you were Black or Latino or Hispanic or Asian? White People Did

Malcolm X: "We Have a Common Enemy"

Links

Deeper than Atlantis
Tuesday
Jan032017

Who are the Largest Prison Bankers?

From [InvestigateAFSC] Prison authorities contract with financial firms to manage the funds of incarcerated persons. Individuals are assigned accounts for use while incarcerated and issued release cards (prepaid debit card) upon release. These accounts hold the cash people were arrested with, along with electronic or telephone money transfers and services. Individuals in prison use the accounts for commissary purchases or savings. In some cases, correctional facilities charge for necessities such as toiletries, winter clothes, or shoes. Families also send money to pay for in-prison medical co-pays, court costs, photocopies, legal mail postage, and so on.

The main companies involved in this sector are:

Bank of America, of Charlotte, NC  (NYSE: BAC)

JPMorgan Chase, of New York, NY  (NYSE: JPM)

SunTrust Banks Inc, of Atlanta, GA (NYSE: STI)

Wells Fargo, of San Francisco, CA (NYSE: WFC)

Western Union of Englewood, CO (NYSE: WU)

Access Corrections, Keefe Group inc., of San Antonio, TX (Private)

Global Tel*Link Corporation (TouchPay), of Mobile, AL (Private)

JPay subsidiary of Securus Technologies, of Dallas, TX (Private)

Numi Financial, of Carlsbad, CA (Private)

Until 2002, all prisons managed the accounts of incarcerated individuals in-house, and families sent money directly to the prisons. In 2002, the private company JPay set up accounts through its “commissions” incentive - offering financially-strapped prisons a way to make money through the privatization of money management for incarcerated people. Today, money management is outsourced to financial firms in municipal, state, and federal systems. “Prison Bankers” shift the system costs onto incarcerated people, their families and communities. Prisons receive a percentage of the financial firms’ profits--a commission, or kickback, which can amount to up to 40 percent. Contracts transfer various prison processing fees onto the incarcerated people, allowing the facility to directly charge the incarcerated individual’s account. This profit model is not competitive; contracts granted based on commissions do not adequately guarantee the quality of service and tend to push the cost of services and fees up.

Fees

The contracted financial firms' price gouge, charge fees for depositing money into accounts, and charge for the use of the debit cards. Prison authorities dock fees from the cards such as booking fees. Fees might be the most direct way prisons are making money off incarcerated people, quite literally taking money from their accounts. Families pay fees to send money to individuals in prison, and incarcerated individuals pay fees to use the money on their accounts. The deposit fee for electronic transfers typically ranges from 3.7 to 45 percent of the deposit amount depending on the provider or state contract. For instance, in 2014 correctional facilities in Virginia charged a $6.95 deposit fee to deposit 50 dollars into an account. These kinds of exorbitant fees accumulate to the point that families are forced to make hard decisions about sending money.

Corrections agencies argue that the move towards outsourcing incarcerated individual’s accounts to “prison bankers” creates a faster, transparent, and more efficient monetary transactions. However, a 2014 six-month long investigative report titled “Prison bankers cash in on captive customers,” by the Center for Public Integrity shows that families who send money through prison bankers experience more extended processing periods, higher fees, and have limited alternatives to the electronic transfers. In the case of industry giant JPay, families that opt out of using electronic or phone transactions have to wait a month for a money order to be transferred to an incarcerated family member’s account. After the publication of the Center for Public Integrity’s report, the prison banker JPay, stopped charging fees for money orders in all states except for Kansas.

The problem with this expanding model of prison banking is that it places low-income families in an even more financially stressful and vulnerable situation. Low-income families, who make up the majority of families with incarcerated loved ones, are reporting that they will forego paying their utility bills, accessing medical care, or eating on a regular basis to send some money.

Debt

As prices for necessary goods continue to escalate, together with prison banker fees, incarcerated individuals can quickly accumulate debt. There are cases where newly admitted individuals cannot pay for the initial cost of prison booking fees or basic goods. These costs are then put on the incarcerated individual's account and creates a debt that must be paid off before receiving any future money from their families. This creates a backlog of debt and makes it harder for families to send money that incarcerated people can use.

Release Cards

Release cards are specialized pre-paid debit cards given to discharged individuals. Formerly incarcerated people can transfer money left in their prison accounts onto release cards which can be used as a regular debit card outside of prison. These cards are controversial for their predatory lending practices. Depending on the service provider and location of the user,  these cards may incur charges for checking the account balance, a monthly maintenance fee, a transaction fee, a low-balance fee, cash withdrawal fee, or inactive account fees. For instance, in 2015, JPay charged users in Tennessee .50 cents to check their account balance, .70 cents per transaction, .50 cents for balance inquiry, and $2.99 for a 90-day inactivity fee. On August 1, 2016, the Nation magazine published an expose on Numi Financial’s control over the jail release card market. The Nation reports that by focusing on jails instead of state and federal prisons (estimated 650,000 people released in 2013, combined), Numi has cornered a market with approximately 11.7 million people released or transferred annually. Opponents of these practices, the Human Rights Defense Center and the Prison Policy Initiative, argue that release cards exploit an already vulnerable population—forcing consumers to pay exorbitant fees to gain access to money they saved while incarcerated.

Regulation

Prisons that outsource and set up kick-back contracts with financial firms do so without any recourse by regulatory agencies or alternatives. Some financial firms such as JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America have exclusive and no-bid contracts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. In 2014, the Center for Public Integrity's prison bankers reporting caused the Department of Treasury to open inquiries into JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America’s exclusive non-bid contracts. These no-bid contracts effect over 214,000 inmates in the Federal Bureau of Prison system. In September 2015, the Office of Inspector General released an audit report that confirmed the absence of documentation of the rationale to select JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) and Bank of America (BofA) as financial agents for the Bureau of Prisons. Furthermore, the report pointed to the lack of documentation of the amended contracts that allowed BofA and JPMC to offer services to BOP without any competition since 1998.

In November 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a statement for a proposed regulation of pre-paid debit cards after the publication of their 2014 Study of Prepaid Account Agreements. The statement recommended that pre-paid cards provide consumers with legible and accessible information about their accounts, including a complete disclosure of all the fees associated with these debit cards.

The CFPB has yet to enforce any regulation on predatory practices of prepaid debit cards. The agency announced plans to issue changes in the regulation of prepaid debit cards in July 2016. As of August 2016, the CFPB has not released new rules for the regulation of prepaid debit cards. 

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Sunday
Nov272016

Like Trying to Make a Mirror Out of a Brick: You Cannot Stop White Supremacy by Heckling Shoppers & Blocking Traffic!

No Effect on White SupremacyRaul Hilberberg notes that prior to the Nazi extermination of the Jews, the Jews made various "alleviation attempts" in their failed resistance to white supremacy. Under the heading of alleviation are included petitions, protection payments, ransom arrangements, anticipatory compliance, relief, rescue, salvage, reconstruction-- in short, all those activities which are designed to avert danger, or, in the event that force has already been used, to diminish its effects.

The Jewish posture in the face of destruction [during the Holocaust] was not shaped on the spur of the moment. The Jews of Europe had been confronted by force many times in their history, and during these encounters they had evolved a set of reactions that were to remain remarkably constant over the centuries. "Preventive attack, armed resistance, and revenge were almost completely absent in Jewish exilic history." [MORE]

Sound familar - reminding you of Blacks and Latinos in the U.S.? In a state of complete attachment to the racial stupidity of whites, Black people are victims of their own emotions and socially created anxiety [MORE]. Blocking traffic, yelling at shoppers or praying, burning candles, posting up teddy bears and other alleviation efforts do not fight the power of white supremacy. [MORE]

If you rub a brick long enough will it become a mirror? 

What Kind of Boycott is This? There were multiple competing boycotts going on yesterday [MORE]. The efforts were general - that is, the "boycotts" were not against any specific businesses. Despite those efforts shoppers spent a record $3 billion - just online [MORE] and while people spent less there were more shoppers. [MORE] and [MORE]  Any measurable impact of the spread out boycott was not noticeable - it was just bark. Thus, Black people's century long losing streak continued. 

Billionaires Off of Black Despair. In order to effectively use the great power of withdrawal a boycott must be an actual organized campaign that directly communicates to Black consumers, mobilizes their particpation and then targets specific businesses  (think the NOI Million Man March) [MORE]. Otherwise any impact will simply be an individual consumer choice and have only a minimal, symbolic affect. One thing to learn from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson was their ability to inspire a business shakedown or shutdown. 

African Americans' collective purchasing power is an estimated 1.3 trillion dollars. [MORE] A real boycott could have a substantial impact on a strategically targeted business; Black Dollars Matter. In theory, a successful boycott can empower Blacks and simultaneously disempower elite whites and change the relations and structure of social power." However, it must be executed to be more than a media stunt or another beggar politics episode to flatter whites. If you are still attempting moral suasion on racists then you have missed the point. As Neely Fuller explains, "if you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you." White supremacy/racism is a two way master servant system of vast unequal power that primarily relies on deception, violence and your cooperation and submission. In what ways do Blacks and Latinos participate in the system of white supremacy? [MORE]

Saturday
Nov192016

New Digital Tool Exposes Companies Profiting from Mass Incarceration [who to boycott?]

From [HERE] Human rights advocates are deploying a new digital tool to help convince corporations to stop profiting from mass incarceration. More than 2.4 million people are currently behind bars in the U.S., more than any other nation according to the American Friends Service Committee. 

Dalit Baum, AFSC's director of economic activism, is set to unveil the committee's new platform called Investigate at the annual Sustainable Responsible Impact Investments conference this week in Colorado.

She points out that prisons, funded by taxpayers, are big business for private companies. 

"There is plenty of evidence of corporate power being used in order to change legislation, create harsher incarceration terms, build more prisons," says Baum. "These corporations have a stake in mass incarceration."

Baum says the Web application is not just an information site. She says for the first time, people will be able to automatically scan their investment portfolios and find out if they are invested in the prison industry. She's hopeful the platform will give investors and consumers the information they need to decide whether or not to support companies making money on mass incarceration.

Baum says a lot of people are already familiar with high profile private-prison companies, such as the Corrections Corporation of America or the GEO Group. But she says this new tool helps expose firms people might not realize operate throughout the industry, from transportation and telephone companies to food, and even probation services. 

"You can use it in order to upload a list of holdings," says Baum. "Your school, if you're a student or faculty. Upload it to our tool and it will highlight potentially problematic companies."

 Baum says the Investigate platform is available on any mobile device or computer connected to the Internet. She says the program also provides in-depth research on companies, including actions other groups have already taken, such as divesting portfolios or boycotts, to encourage corporations to stop profiting from private prisons. 

Check in on your investments at afsc.org/investigate.

Saturday
Jul232016

'Billionaires Off of Black Despair' [Black Dollars Matter in System of White Supremacy] Boycott Against White Corporations Seeks to Harness Black collective purchasing power, an estimated 1 Trillion dollars. 

#NoEqualityNoEconomy. From [HERE] Black dollars matter.

That's the message from activists bringing the fight against police brutality to corporate America to hit them at the cash register.

The group, under the banner, #NoEqualityNoEconomy, has launched a seven-day economic boycott to protest the recent deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and others at the hands of police. The protest will be from July 18 to 25. 

Organizers are asking consumers to avoid white owned shopping malls, department stores, fast food chains and major retailers — including Target, McDonald's, Walmart and Verizon.

They say that corporate America has been silent on the issue and even benefited from prison labor supplied through arrests of young blacks.

"We need to be talking about how the police interaction is just one part of the larger system," said Tamika Mallory, the former executive director of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, which is steering the boycott that ends Monday. Accoding to their webiste "black spending power is estimated at $1.3 trillion, alone. When profits are on the line, corporations will be motivated to adopt behavioral changes to repair the relationship with thir consumers."

In theory, a successful boycott can empower Blacks and simultaneously disempower elite whites and change the relations and structure of social power." White supremacy/racism is a two way master servant system of vast unequal power that primarily relies on deception and your cooperation and submission. In what ways do Blacks and Latinos participate in the system of white supremacy? [MORE]

Friday
Jan232015

The Power of Refusal

Amos Wilson offers the following about "the Power of Refusal" in his book "Black Power." 

"Social Power is more effect than cause. It is generated by social relationships — the habitual ways in which human beings relate to and align themselves with one another. Power is based on the manner in which persons and groups interact with one another.

The powerful rule with the consent of the subordinate, consent created by ideological sleight-of-hand. Ultimately, the legitimacy and exercise of power by the powerful require the cooperation and active support of the subordinate, both behavioral orientations also skillfully manipulated by the powerful to begin with. If certain types of social relationships among the subordinate themselves and between the subordinate and the powerful are required to generate the power exercised by the powerful, then the self-determined changes of relationships among the subordinate and between the subordinate and powerful will lead to commensurate changes in the quantity and quality of power exercised by the powerful. If the cooperation and consent of the subordinate with and to the demands of the powerful are required to generate the power expropriated and exercised by the powerful, then a refusal of cooperation and consent on the part of the subordinate will lead to the disempowerment of the powerful. Successful non-cooperation, open disobedience, militant opposition, passive resistance, the withdrawal or refusal of consent and cooperation on the part of the subordinate not only lead to a reduction, neutralization or destruction of the power exercised by the powerful but more importantly, generate increased power which can be exercised by the subordinate themselves to achieve their own self-defined goals.

For, example, an economic boycott organized by the subordinate, that is, where members of the subordinate participate in refusing to have certain commercial dealings with the powerful, substantially demonstrates how the subordinate may empower themselves and simultaneously disempower the powerful and change the relations and structure of social power." [MORE]

Saturday
Nov292014

Not Business as Usual [cooperation & submission to white supremacy] on "Black Friday" in Ferguson: Boycott Protestors Empower themselves and Simultaneously Disempower Powerful Whites with Mall Shutdowns

Protests Temporarily Close Malls, Shut Down Trains to Disrupt "Black Friday" From [HERE] and [HERE] and [MORE] Demonstrators shut down two large shopping malls near Ferguson, Missouri, at the start of the holiday shopping season on Friday as protests over the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer turned on some retailers around the country.

After a quiet Thanksgiving Day, protesters were out in force again to vent their anger at Monday's decision by a grand jury not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb.

Activists around the country said they were encouraging a boycott of Black Friday sales to highlight the purchasing power of black Americans, and to draw links between economic and racial inequality.

Several stores lowered their security doors or locked entrances as at least 200 protesters sprawled onto the floor while chanting, "Stop shopping and join the movement" at the Galleria mall in Richmond Heights a few miles south of Ferguson, where officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was unarmed, in August.

The protest prompted authorities to close the mall for about an hour Friday afternoon, while a similar protest of about 50 people had the same effect at West County Mall in nearby Des Peres. It didn't appear that any arrests were made.

The protests were among the largest in the country on Black Friday, along with rallies elsewhere in the country including Chicago, New York, Seattle and northern California, where protesters chained themselves to trains.

"We want to really let the world know that it is no longer business as usual," Chenjerai Kumanyika, an assistant professor at Clemson University in South Carolina, said at a rally at a Wal-Mart in Manchester, another St. Louis suburb.

Voicing your opinion is not enough," said Sergio Uzurin, a protester in front of Macy's flagship store in New York. "You have to disrupt business as usual for this to happen and that's the only thing that's ever made change. It's the real way democracies function." [MORE]

Wednesday
Nov262014

A Pre-Black Friday #Blackout - "It's the hap-happiest season of all!”: Will Violent Protests Against Property and Boycotts of White Businesses Mess Up White America's "Black Friday?"

Stop Supporting White Supremacy! From New York to Los Angeles and dozens and dozens of cities in between, protesters flooded the streets to denounce a white Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a white Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black 18-year-old, last August. From [HERE] On Tuesday night in Ferguson Police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., after a police car was set on fire near city hall tonight, officials said. The parked patrol car was set ablaze after a crowd of several hundred people had gathered outside the Ferguson police station.

Police moved quickly to disperse the crowd when the car was set on fire, attempting to defuse the situation before it could escalate into a repeat of what happened Monday night. A day later protests raged and sprouted up in more than 170 U.S. cities. Some demonstrations blocked bridges, tunnels and major highways.  [MORE]

In Ferguson windows were smashed at dozens of businesses in the Ferguson area as protestors ran amok, targeting outposts of corporate businesses like FedEx (FDX)and McDonald's (MCD), Little Cesars, Walgreens and also a U.S. Post Office. About 25 buildings were set on fire Monday night, and many of them were still burning Tuesday. [MORE]

#Blackout. No Justice No Profit! From [HERE] and [HERE] and [HERE] Black consumers plan to protest with their wallets over what they say is a failure of justice in Ferguson, Missouri. On Monday, a grand jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on any charges in the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. 

The Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition is calling for a national boycott of Black Friday, a major US shopping holiday that follows Thanksgiving, and throughout the weekend. Organiser Dacia Polk told St. Louis radio, "Until this nation begins to place value on black lives, there will be no value placed on this business because black lives matter.”

Boycott advocates hope they can harness African Americans' collective purchasing power, an estimated one trillion dollars. Organisers also plan to walk through malls in silent protest. Boycott supporters tweeted using #BoycottBlackFriday#BrownFriday, and #HandsUpDontSpend.

In Ferguson, Best Buy has been planning to open its St. Louis-area stores at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, promising early-bird discounts on flat-screen televisions, iPads and laptop computers. It is not clear whether the Mega store will have all of its stores open now.

Dozens of businesses in the St. Louis area have suffered since Aug. 9, when demonstrators poured into the streets of Ferguson to protest the death of Michael Brown, the African-American teenager shot by Officer Wilson, a white member of the Ferguson police force.

Several stores along South Florissant Road in Ferguson, where protests have continued on a near-nightly basis, say that their business is down nearly 80 percent since August. Many retailers, including restaurants, nail salons and grocery stores, have been forced to close early in the last few months. Some said they had cut their employees’ hours because there was so little for them to do. [MORE]

Craig Johnson, the president of Customer Growth Partners, a retail consulting firm, compared the crisis in Ferguson to major snowstorms like the one that hit Buffalo this week, or to natural disasters like the Northridge earthquake in California in 1994, in terms of its potential to affect retail sales.

The demonstrations in Hong Kong that began in September “did have a significant effect in tamping down retail activity,” Mr. Johnson said. In St. Louis, he predicted that if demonstrations are raging during the Black Friday weekend, people will avoid “trouble areas” until tensions have eased, or “move the shopping forward, backward or online.” [MORE]

And What is White Collective PowerWhen a white police officer kills an unarmed, surrendering Black teen and their fellow officers, the police chief, internal affairs, the union, jurors, prosecutors, the Governor, the State Attorney General and the white media support, defend, and finance the officers “right” to kill him. [MOREand [MOREAbove racist suspect George Stephanopoulos supports Darren Wilson with exclusive interview. Ask yourself could a Black cop kill an unarmed white teenager and get away with it? Would he receive this kind of collective support?

In fact, according to Anon "there has never been a single instance of a black police officer shooting or killing an unarmed white person in the history of modern law enforcement. This is not surprising but it is absolute proof that the black individual operating within a system of white supremacy cannot mistreat whites even if he or she is wearing a uniform, a badge, and carrying a gun." [MORE] So long as the case is heard by white jurors Wilson is not worried about a civil suit. In fact he just got married.   

Amos Wilson offers the following about "the Power of Refusal" in his book "Black Power." 

"Social Power is more effect than cause. It is generated by social relationships — the habitual ways in which human beings relate to and align themselves with one another. Power is based on the manner in which persons and groups interact with one another.

The powerful rule with the consent of the subordinate, consent created by ideological sleight-of-hand. Ultimately, the legitimacy and exercise of power by the powerful require the cooperation and active support of the subordinate, both behavioral orientations also skillfully manipulated by the powerful to begin with. If certain types of social relationships among the subordinate themselves and between the subordinate and the powerful are required to generate the power exercised by the powerful, then the self-determined changes of relationships among the subordinate and between the subordinate and powerful will lead to commensurate changes in the quantity and quality of power exercised by the powerful. If the cooperation and consent of the subordinate with and to the demands of the powerful are required to generate the power expropriated and exercised by the powerful, then a refusal of cooperation and consent on the part of the subordinate will lead to the disempowerment of the powerful. Successful non-cooperation, open disobedience, militant opposition, passive resistance, the withdrawal or refusal of consent and cooperation on the part of the subordinate not only lead to a reduction, neutralization or destruction of the power exercised by the powerful but more importantly, generate increased power which can be exercised by the subordinate themselves to achieve their own self-defined goals.

For, example, an economic boycott organized by the subordinate, that is, where members of the subordinate participate in refusing to have certain commercial dealings with the powerful, substantially demonstrates how the subordinate may empower themselves and simultaneously disempower the powerful and change the relations and structure of social power." [MORE]

Tuesday
Nov182014

Shut them Down. Activists Call for a "Black Friday" Boycott in Ferguson to Neutralize White Supremacy/Racism 

"No Justice, No Profit": Stop Supporting White Supremacy. It is simple cause and effect. White supremacy/racism causes problems such as police brutality, unequal administration of justice, poverty, over incarceration, drug addiction, unemployment, crime, chronic welfare dependency, disease, homelessness, servant education and more. How can we neutralize this vast unequal power?

From [HERE] A coalition of organizers involved in the Ferguson protests are calling for a boycott on shopping on Black Friday. The "No Justice, No Profit" boycott, which is being organized by the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and religious leaders, calls for people to show support for Michael Brown by not shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend at white owned businesses. The coalition is encouraging Black Friday shopping at black-owned local businesses.

The boycott will start Thanksgiving Day and last through Sunday, Nov. 30, organizers said, and will take place whether or not a grand jury votes to indict Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot Brown on Aug. 9.

Dacia Polk, of the New Black Panther Party, said the coalition wants the whole region to participate in the boycott. “We are asking you to withdraw your participation the entire weekend,” she said. “There will not be business as usual in America while our people are being killed.” [MORE]

An effective boycott or work stoppage might specifically target the Walmart in Ferguson and Emerson Electric, a $24 billion Fortune 500 company based in Ferguson with 132,000 employees spread across the globe. In fact, it is located less than a mile from the QuikTrip gas station that was looted and burned in the first days of strife. [MORE]. In addition to Emerson, there are nine Fortune 500 companies in the greater St. Louis area, including Express Scripts. Thousands of people work just outside Ferguson at Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefits manager with $100 billion in annual revenues that is based in the St. Louis area. [MORE]

Amos Wilson offers the following about "the Power of Refusal" in his book "Black Power." 

"Social Power is more effect than cause. It is generated by social relationships — the habitual ways in which human beings relate to and align themselves with one another. Power is based on the manner in which persons and groups interact with one another.

The powerful rule with the consent of the subordinate, consent created by ideological sleight-of-hand. Ultimately, the legitimacy and exercise of power by the powerful require the cooperation and active support of the subordinate, both behavioral orientations also skillfully manipulated by the powerful to begin with. If certain types of social relationships among the subordinate themselves and between the subordinate and the powerful are required to generate the power exercised by the powerful, then the self-determined changes of relationships among the subordinate and between the subordinate and powerful will lead to commensurate changes in the quantity and quality of power exercised by the powerful. If the cooperation and consent of the subordinate with and to the demands of the powerful are required to generate the power expropriated and exercised by the powerful, then a refusal of cooperation and consent on the part of the subordinate will lead to the disempowerment of the powerful. Successful non-cooperation, open disobedience, militant opposition, passive resistance, the withdrawal or refusal of consent and cooperation on the part of the subordinate not only lead to a reduction, neutralization or destruction of the power exercised by the powerful but more importantly, generate increased power which can be exercised by the subordinate themselves to achieve their own self-defined goals.

For, example, an economic boycott organized by the subordinate, that is, where members of the subordinate participate in refusing to have certain commercial dealings with the powerful, substantially demonstrates how the subordinate may empower themselves and simultaneously disempower the powerful and change the relations and structure of social power." [MORE]

Saturday
Oct252014

Amos Wilson: The White Brotherhood Collective 

The archetypal White brotherhood collective, like the brotherhood collectives which characterize other ethnic groups, has taken and takes many different forms such as bands of warriors, priesthoods, monastic orders, guilds, consortiums, and the like (Smith, 1990). These collectives, based on commonalities of ethnicity, cultural values and goals, take advantage of the group-mind their association breeds to "create a wide variety of rule-governed social practices such as language, games, trading, and markets, and mythic structures such as law. politics, and religion" (Smith. 1990). Generally, all the members of the brotherhood are considered to be equal to each other and strive to achieve homogeneity. They are disturbed and disrupted by difference and therefore are motivated to deny it and to exclude or marginalize those members within the group whose biological and/or cultural differences may be too obvious. For these reasons such groups tend toward racism and sexism.

Black men, particularly if they insist on not denying their Afrikan descent, will rarely, if ever, be accepted as the same as White men by the White brotherhood collective. Their achievement of equal status within this brethren is highly unlikely or impossible. The White brotherhood collective as such, functions primarily as the central instrument of White power — a power in good part based on its subordination and exploitation of Afrikan and other non-White peoples, as well as the lower classes of White peoples. Therefore Blacks cannot simultaneously be at one with and at the same time separate subjects of White power.

As J.C. Smith contends, "monopoly is the essence of power." The exercise of power by the White American ruling elite requires that it retains a monopoly of three kinds of power — physical or military power, economic power, and ideological power. "Physical power entails the capacity to use brute force on other persons [or peoples]. Economic power entails the capacity to grant or withhold economic benefits, whether in terms of money, property, or resources. Ideological power consists of the capacity to affect other people's actions by persuasion" (Smith, ibid). It is the monopolistic possession by the ruling White brotherhood collective of a combination of physical, economic, and ideological power which enables it to dominate the other white classes and the Afrikan American community. That this view of power monopolies allows the White brotherhood collective to dominate American society is in essence the same as that advanced by C.W. Wright Mills in his seminal and controversial analysis of power in America, in his popular book The Power Elite. Power in America, according to Mills, is possessed and controlled by a single, interlocking structure of power — a power elite whose power is concentrated at the top of three domains: "the corporation chieftains, the political directorate [governmental organizations], and the warlords [military organizations]. Other important institutions are subordinate to and generally supportive of those three major institutions of power.

 

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Saturday
Aug302014

Dr Amos Wilson: Blueprint For Black Power

Full PDF transcript [HERE

 

Saturday
Oct092004

Kinder Cadillacking or Still Kindalackin'?

In my opinion, your notion of "the profit motive eventually trumping racism" is naively misplaced. I won't go into the historical, geopolitical, socioeconomic, and current realities of why this hasn't been and currently isn't the case, but suffice it to say that under the scenario layed out by your article, the only empowerment coming to Blacks in this scenario is perhaps paid celebrities and other actors/hip-hoppers, etc. getting paid to be in advertisements for Caddies (aggrandizing consumerism). This remuneration is not (doesn't equate to) empowerment because select few individuals are getting paid personally which doesn't accrue to any institutionalized form of economic empowerment in the form of let's say increased dealerships owned by Blacks or additional Black-owned companies created that supply major parts to GM. Blacks buy Caddies as consumers. Blacks pitch Caddies to consumers. Why should we grope in the pitch black dark of economic consumerism and choke on the wishbone (of the bling and never the real thing) casted down from the feeding-frenzy feast in the neoconomy of too-late monopoly capitalism? Where's the beef of business ownership?

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