Walter Mosley – “Who Am I?”

Saw this cruising CNN. I have been  following their series on race in America. Felt it was well worth sharing…

This piece is part of a special series on CNN.com in which people describe how they see their own identity. Walter Mosley is a prominent American novelist, most known for his crime fiction. He has written a series of best-selling historical mysteries featuring the hard-boiled detective Easy Rawlins, another series featuring Fearless Jones and now, Leonid McGill in Mosley’s latest, “Known to Evil.”

The only true race is the human race

By Walter Mosley, Special to CNNWho am I? I am an American from the soles of my feet to the hair that once adorned my bald head. An American whose black-skinned ancestors were stolen from their lives and cultures and piled in the holds of ships like so many sacks of skin.

An American whose Jewish ancestors stowed their lives into the holds of later vessels running from a thousand years of anti-Semitism that was soon to blossom into a Holocaust.

An American whose ancestors walked across the frozen waters from Asia to North America discovering a new world that would one day be stolen from their descendants. An English-speaking American whose language is also whispering French from my Louisiana relatives and sublime Spanish from the Mexicans and Mexican-Americans I rubbed shoulders with growing up in Southern California.

A man whose music is the blues that became rock and roll and hip-hop, jazz that is the bastard and the heir of the unconsecrated coupling between Africa and Europe.

Who am I? I am a man formed by history but oddly lacking in a clear perspective of the past. A man with so much to me that there is no clear identity to grab onto or claim. I might be related to Thomas Jefferson or any of 10,000 masters who raped and sometimes even loved their slaves.

Who am I? I am the target of ad men and pollsters, census takers and the evening news. To some I am the enemy, both inside this nation and internationally.

To some I am a brother.

I can be at the same time invisible and yet profiled, counted and yet forgotten, imprisoned by circumstance and yet declared free by one of the great documents of political history.

I am prejudged for my skin color, gender, age, education, and even for some things that I’ve done wrong. I am a minor shareholder in the great corporation of America and therefore responsible for everything good and bad that we’ve done in the name of business, things we did before I was born and events that shall occur after I’m gone.

I am the amalgamation of all the ignorance, ambitions, yearnings for freedom, and religions of the world. I am — have been — brainwashed so many times that innocence is second nature to me. Contradictorily, America is what I am but not my history, not my identity.

I am a new man almost every day. I and mine were once colored, Negro, black, Afro-American, African-American, brother, sister, Uncle Tom, revolutionary, good one, bad one, convict, malingerer, miracle, and so much more. In the end I can say with conviction that I am America.

Through my veins run 10,000 years of history that touches every continent, deity, and crime known to humanity. This history is not composed of the false accounts of the past; it is the blood and the beat and the light that passes through my mind, and yours. I am your sibling whether you know it or not, whether you accept me or not.

We, known and unknown to each other, form an identity that I can express but still not know, not completely. And for this state of being I am infinitely grateful because it means that I can be part of something greater than the individual, while still I am at home in my heart.

Yardies, Street Corner “Dans” – 74 Dead in Kingston, Jamaica

To Americans, what is happening in Jamaica may be incomprehensible. I mean – it seems pretty rational that the Police would act to shut down gangs. But this is Jamaica – and what may seem to be one thing on the surface is quite another underneath.

Since the 70’s street gangs have operated closely with Political Parties. Or even the role of the US Government in the fray. In 1984, this led to a virtual Civil War on the streets in the same Kingston neighborhood which is the power base for drug kingpin “Dudus”. 800 people were killed.

What no one wants to talk much about today, is the relationship between Dudus’ gang, and the ruling Party.

As a historical lesson in how Jamaica got to the situation today – this video from 1984 examines the relationships between the drug gangs…

And the political parties.

Current reports vary from 45 to 74 killed so far. It is unclear how many – if any of the dead are gang members. The Jamaican Army has moved in, and gang members have set up snipers even in downtown Kingston – bringing commerce to a complete halt.

“Fiddy” Down to a Dime and a Half

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After massive Weight Loss to lay movie part, 50 Cent is down to 160 lbs.

50 Cent Down to a Dime and a Half

Whoa! 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) made a hell of a sacrifice for his upcoming movie. Usually the MC looks like an NFL linebacker. But for his starring role in the Mario Van Peebles-directed Things Fall Apart, a movie he wrote, 50 dropped 54 pounds to play a college football player battling cancer. On a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill stints, he went from 214 pounds to a sickly 160 pounds, reports US Weekly.

It’s not unusual for actors to lose extreme weight for movie parts. Matt Damon got bony forCourage Under Fire. Will Smith shrunk forSeven Pounds, and Christian Bale got frail forThe Machinist. But those were all for major releases. There’s no word yet on if this movie will hit theaters or not.

Maybe this will be 50′s breakout role. But there’s a good chance it won’t. As an actor, 50 Cent has only starred in a handful of major releases and straight-to-DVD castoffs. His film debut came in 2005 with the semi-autobiographical Get Rich or Die Tryin’, and in 2008 he acted alongside Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the commercial flop Righteous Kill. All of his showings suggest that he should stick to his day job, though it seems he’s bent on Hollywood stardom.

O’Reilly to Dr. Marc Lamont Hill – “You Look Like a Cocaine Dealer”…

‘Nuf said…

iPod…iPhone…iPad… iKill…

Sweatshop by Sol Robbins

10th Suicide Strikes Apple Plant

On the same day that Apple, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard promised to look into working conditions at China’s Foxconn plant, a 10th worker committed suicide, PC World reports. The death of the 19-year-old male worker also came just after the company’s billionaire founder took the media on a tour of the sprawling complex in response to accusations from labor groups that workers toiled in sweatshop-like conditions.

The company has brought psychiatrists and Buddhists monks to the factory complex to support workers, and now plays soothing music along production lines, adds theIndependent. It plans to install 10-foot-tall fences to stop workers jumping from buildings and may give workers a 20% pay rise, though a Foxconn rep maintains the increase would not be a response to the suicides, but is being considered because business has been good.

Yeah, 20% of nothing…

Is nothing.

Apple surpassed Microsoft in the past few months as the “world’s most valuable tech company”.

Robber Barrons…

Indeed.

Republican Antics – Clowning With the “I” Word

Back during the Clinton Administration Republicans hounded Clinton and eventually Impeached him in the House…

For a Blow Job.

They wasted 4 years of the Congresses’ time, ignoring looming threats which directly led to terrorist success on 911 to do damage to a legitimately elected President.

They are trying to do it again.

Clinton impeachment: fires a blank

Seven Republicans Call for Special Prosecutor in Sestak Case

The seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee today called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Joe Sestak’s suggestion that he was offered a White House job in exchange for dropping his (ultimately successful) challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Darrell Issa, who has been pressing this issue for months, called for a special prosecutor in April. He alleges that the White House may have violated anti-bribery provisions of the federal criminal code as well as prohibitions on government officials interfering in elections and using federal jobs for a political purpose if it made the offer. Continue reading

Real Euro-trash At the Beach!

Hey Gulf Folks – You got your oil spill…

We, on the Atlantic Coast have our Eurotrash!

Literally!

UPDATE-Space Debris on Hilton Head Island may be part of European Rocket

Debris Washed up on Hilton Head Island Beach

Folks on Hilton Head Island beach got a big surprise Saturday. That’s where a piece of air and space debris washed ashore. The metal piece, about the size of a car, washed up along Hilton Head Island beach near Palmetto Dunes late Saturday afternoon. These are pictures from a viewer in the area.

Initially, it was thought the debris may be part of a jet engine or possibly a satellite or booster rocket. By Sunday, authorities confirmed it may indeed be a piece from a European rocket. Captain Toby McSwain from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s office tells us that officials from the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) and NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) apparently were called in to analyze the debris. “We just heard they believe it’s from a rocket, we don’t know where it may have come from or when this rocket would have been launched,“ McSwain tells us. McSwain also says that the debris was hauled away from the beach Sunday afternoon but it’s appearance has created an interesting situation for Hilton Head. Apparently the city will be stuck trying to figure out how to dispose of it. According to McSwain, the debris (about 30 feet long) was taken to the Hilton Head Facilities Management Office for the time being. “I guess the city has to decide what to do with it now,“ McSwain says.

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