Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Are You One of The Effective Number?

The Counter Racist Family Wants You!


If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired from the affects of Racism (White Supremacy), its time to do something about it. Please read the section entitled  Facts About The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept on pages 14 to 18 in The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept  (textbook/workbook). Go ahead I'll wait while you read it.

Okay, do you now see how you can be apart of the Effective Number?

On page C, it is suggested that we read The United Independent Compensatory Code/System/Concept  (textbook/workbook) "thoughtfully, and carefully", in its entirety at least one time. I suggest that you read it more than once. Because sometimes you can get more understanding out of things that you study and/or "read" more than once.

After you learn and start implementing this very important part of the code, you become apart of the Counter Racist Family.

How do you implement it?

You can start a blog.
Go to wordpress.com or blogger.com

You can write a book.
Go to createspace.com

You can make a video.
Go to youtube.com

You can make a forum.
go to ning.com

You can make a webpage.

You can make a internet radio show.

blacktalkradio.com, blogtalkradio.com, or talktainmentradio.com

You can make a TV show.

Contact your local public access station

You can make a local radio show.

http://prometheusradio.org/about_us

Do something....

Stay Strong In The Struggle To Replcae White Supremacy With Justice!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

12 Years A Slave: My thoughts on it. This is not a Counter Racist Movie review.

Is it too late to comment? I've heard a lot of "Black" people criticize this film.
Here is a story written by a "Black" male, Soloman Northrop, 161 years ago, whom most of you (unfortunately) wouldn't have heard of, if it weren't for another "Black" male, named Steve McQueen, making it into a film. This post is for the never satisfied. Those of you who cries (when you see a movie about the victimization of the "Jews", "Native Americans", "Japanese", etc) that no one makes a movie about our holocaust. Those of you who complain that the movie Roots didn't accurately describe the real brutality and treachery of slavery. Those of you who have a strong dislike for history and reading anything other than fiction. To you I say how and the hell are we going to get people (mostly our people) to know and understand what happened to our ancestors if people like McQueen, don't step up to the plate and make their stories into movies? This film helped many Victims of Racism pay their bills! More power to McQueen even though he is in a tragic arrangement.


Monday, March 03, 2014

The Hanging Tree

The tree they killed Nat Turner on.
I was researching Nat Turner (a victim of racism who re-acted violently towards Racism/White Supremacy) and found a picture of the tree that they hanged him from. While looking at that tree, a chill overcame me and all of sudden I could "see" his body swinging from it. It was shaking and jumping all around. I could hear the gurgling sounds of his voice. Then, I saw all of the slaves standing around, watching his breath leave his body. I saw their oppressors standing around them, holding weapons. I could feel the fear that was transferred into their minds, as their captors explained to them that they'd meet the same destiny as Turner, if they think about doing what he did. The fear from that image (forced into their minds) would last for centuries as it passed on from generation to generation as a warning to never fight against the injustice of White Supremacy.

The tree (which was probably used to lynch other Victims of White Supremacy before and after Turner) served as a reminder to them that torture and death are worse than being a slave. So they'd rather breath air and be slaves, than die to be free.That was brainwashing in it's purist form. The threat of violence. Violence! Is the second tool of the Racists! The youth heard about that tree when the elders whispered about it in the fields. "Dat's da tree dey swung "General Nat"(as one 1831 newspaper called him) from. You bes' behave before you swing too." Or something along those lines. Nat used violence as well! Killing "White" people everywhere.

He and his soldiers spared no one. They killed man, woman, and child. Like a Dr.Khalid speech turned real! Nat was a preacher too! He was what the Racists would call an "Uppity Nigger." The kind of nigger that could READ! That could WRITE! That could RITHMETIC! (see the second paragraph on page 41 Message To The Blackman by Elijah Muhammad) The kind of nigger that can THINK! It's still a mystery to them today, "Who taught that nigger to think like that?" Oh they have theories, but from what I can see there's no evidence that shows how he learned the basics (reading,writing, and arithmetic) for thinking. An article on biography.com states that it was from his first slave master Benjamin Turner.

In the "THE CONFESSIONS OF NAT TURNER, THE LEADER OF THE LATE INSURRECTIONS IN SOUTHAMPTON, VA. As fully and voluntarily made to THOMAS R. GRAY" Turner is alleged to have said "The manner in which I learned to read and write, not only had great influence on my own mind, as I acquired it with the most perfect ease, so much so, that I have no recollection whatever of learning the alphabet—but to the astonishment of the family, one day, when a book was shown me to keep me from crying, I began spelling the names of different objects—this was a source of wonder to all in the neighborhood, particularly the blacks."

The fact is that they didn't want the slaves to get anymore ideas and they put a bunch of laws in place to help them keep the slaves from having another insurrection. Turner was extraordinary. He valued thinking! Even by today's standards when you think about the terrible state of mind that is possessed by huge numbers of "Black" people today (especially our youth).  Huge numbers of us view thinking as though it is a difficult task or emotion, that is only to be used (when your paid to think for someone else). When asked to think for ourselves we whine "I don't FEEL like thinking, today, can I do it later?" Shaaaaame! shame! shame!

You're brain is the most powerful weapon on the planet. All you have to do is THINK!!!

General Turner when talking about his childhood, allegedly said "....when I got large enough to go to work, while employed, I was reflecting on many things that would present themselves to my imagination, and whenever an opportunity occurred of looking at a book, when the school children were getting their lessons, I would find many things that the fertility of my own imagination had depicted to me before; all my time, not devoted to my master's service, was spent either in prayer, or in making experiments in casting different things in molds made of earth, in attempting to make paper, gunpowder, and many other experiments, that although I could not perfect, yet convinced me of its practicability if I had the means." This slave was a scientist!

Anyway, I suspect that the majority of the slaves that died on that tree, were just as smart and bold as Turner. But they never got their goals accomplished, because of the Racists seeing that they had the kind of spirit that would inspire other slaves to be "free." The Racists not only hung him, but they skinned him as well. They made a purse out of his skin. Back in the 80's when the system was less refined, I saw a picture of it in a book produced by the Smithsonian Institute. The purse has "disappeared" these days.

I suspect that the tree remains. This tree and way too many others became symbols of fear in the areas where they still stand today. There are hundreds possibly thousands of such trees "from sea to shining sea."  Just being in the presence of the tree probably sent a great fear into the minds of those who resided in the surrounding areas. I'm talking about a fear that was passed on from generation to generation. One soldier (in General Nat's army) named Will, said that he would obtain liberty or loose his life, when Turner asked him why he joined their ranks.Will recognized that death was an inescapable event. He had no fear of death. So did Turner. 

When I was in the National Alliance Of Black Panthers, I had a phone conversation with a brother who knew of a "Hanging Tree",and wanted to organize people to destroy it. I was down with his idea, until it hit me "Why make the tree suffer, for what the Racists had used it's branches to do?" That tree had no choice. Removing it would destroy a history that should never be forgotten. Every hanging tree should be treated the same way that the concentration camps in so-called Germany are treated today. They are museums! The Jewish holocaust will never be forgotten.These trees should be treated as monuments. Plaques should be placed near them. The plaques should list the names of every Victim of Racism that hung from them.Some of them were the ones who had the guts to go against the unjust laws that held them captive. They had the nerve to go against the status quo to be "free." 

They knew before hand that they'd meet death, if caught, but decided that it was better than slavery. Many were smart. Their intelligence was a "fetish" to many Racist women. Some of them turned down the sexual advances of Racist woman, and were still accused of rape. Some others accepted those advances under secrecy, never knowing that if caught, she'd turn on them for fear of never being touched by a "White" man again. All females are attracted to smart males, no mater what their skin color. These "black" males (and some females too) died for the cause of Racism (White Supremacy). They were killed so that we could fear. But, we could easily believe that they died so that we could say never again! And our offspring could learn about this holocaust merely be walking past the tree and reading the accompanying plaque.

If you know the location of these trees in your area, please comment below. I can list them on here. Then organize to get the plaques with the victims names on it, placed next to the trees.These trees should serve as reminders to help us overcome the fear of Racism (White Supremacy).

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Learn Something About Everything: Mobile App Basics

Try to learn something about everything. Take an interest in everything that happens, and in everything that exists in the known universe- from Page 65 in the area of Education, The United Independent Compensatory Code By Neely Fuller Jr.

What’s a mobile app?

A mobile app is a software program you can download and access directly using your phone or another mobile device, like a tablet or music player.

What do I need to download and use an app?

You need a smart phone or another mobile device with internet access. Not all apps work on all mobile devices. Once you buy a device, you’re committed to using the operating system and the type of apps that go with it. The Android, Apple, Microsoft and BlackBerry mobile operating systems have app stores online where you can look for, download, and install apps. Some online retailers also offer app stores. You’ll have to use an app store that works with your device’s operating system. To set up an account, you may have to provide a credit card number, especially if you’re going to download an app that isn’t free.
Data Plans and Wi-Fi: Two ways to access the internet from your phone
You can access the internet using a data plan tied to your phone service, or through a Wi-Fi hotspot. Phone companies generally charge a monthly fee for a data plan that can connect you to the internet.
Wi-Fi connections usually are faster, but you have to be in range of a hotspot to use one. Most public Wi-Fi hotspots – like those in coffee shops, airports, and hotels – don't encrypt the information you send over the internet and are not secure. Get tips for using public Wi-Fi.
To set up a home wireless network, you'll need to pay for internet access and a wireless router, and you’ll want to take steps to secure the network.

Why are some apps free?

Some apps are distributed for free through app stores; the developers make money in a few ways:
  • Some sell advertising space within the app. The app developers can earn money from the ads, so they distribute the app for free to reach as many users as possible.
  • Some apps offer their basic versions for free. Their developers hope you’ll like the app enough to upgrade to a paid version with more features.
  • Some apps allow you to buy more features within the app itself. Usually, you are billed for these in-app purchases through the app store. Many devices have settings that allow you to block in-app purchases.
  • Some apps are offered free to interest you in a company’s other products. These apps are a form of advertising. 

Questions About Your Privacy

What types of data can apps access?

When you sign up with an app store or download individual apps, you may be asked for permission to let them access information on your device. Some apps may be able to access:
  • your phone and email contacts
  • call logs
  • internet data
  • calendar data
  • data about the device’s location
  • the device’s unique IDs
  • information about how you use the app itself
Some apps access only the data they need to function; others access data that’s not related to the purpose of the app.
If you’re providing information when you’re using the device, someone may be collecting it – whether it’s the app developer, the app store, an advertiser, or an ad network. And if they’re collecting your data, they may share it with other companies.

How can I tell what information an app will access or share?

It’s not always easy to know what data a specific app will access, or how it will be used. Before you download an app, consider what you know about who created it and what it does. The app stores may include information about the company that developed the app, if the developer provides it. If the developer doesn’t provide contact information – like a website or an email address – the app may be less than trustworthy.
If you’re using an Android operating system, you will have an opportunity to read the “permissions” just before you install an app. Read them. It’s useful information that tells you what information the app will access on your device. Ask yourself whether the permissions make sense given the purpose of the app; for example, there’s no reason for an e-book or “wallpaper” app to read your text messages.

Why do some apps collect location data?

Some apps use specific location data to give you maps, coupons for nearby stores, or information about who you might know nearby. Some provide location data to ad networks, which may combine it with other information in their databases to target ads based on your interests and your location.
Once an app has your permission to access your location data, it can do so until you change the settings on your phone. If you don’t want to share your location with advertising networks, you can turn off location services in your phone’s settings. But if you do that, apps won’t be able to give you information based on your location unless you enter it yourself.
Your phone uses general data about its location so your phone carrier can efficiently route calls. Even if you turn off location services in your phone’s settings, it may not be possible to completely stop it from broadcasting your location data.

Questions About Advertising

Why does the app I downloaded have ads in it? 

Developers want to provide their apps as inexpensively as possible so lots of people will use them. If they sell advertising space in the app, they can offer the app for a lower cost than if it didn’t have ads. Some developers sell space in their apps to ad networks that, in turn, sell the space to advertisers.

Why do I see the ads I do?

Advertisers believe you’re more likely to click on an ad targeted to your specific interests. So ad networks gather the information apps collect, including your location data, and may combine it with the kind of information you provide when you register for a service or buy something online. The combined information allows the mobile ad network to send you targeted ads – ads that may be relevant to someone with your preferences and in your location.

Malware and Security Concerns

Should I update my apps?

Your phone may indicate when updates are available for your apps. It’s a good idea to update the apps you’ve installed on your device and the device’s operating system when new versions are available. Updates often have security patches that protect your information and your device from the latest malware.

Could an app infect my phone with malware?

Some hackers have created apps that can infect phones and mobile devices with malware. If your phone sends email or text messages that you didn’t write, or installs apps that you didn’t download, you could be looking at signs of malware.
If you think you have malware on your device, you have a few options: you can contact customer support for the company that made your device; you can contact your mobile phone carrier for help; or you can install a security app to scan and remove apps if it detects malware. Security apps for phones are relatively new; there are only a few on the market, including some with free versions.

Mobile App User Reviews

Can I trust all the user reviews I read about an app?

Most app stores include user reviews that can help you decide whether to download. But some app developers and their marketers have posed as consumers to post positive comments about their own products. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission recently sued a company for posting fake comments about the apps it was paid to promote.

Kids and Mobile Apps

What should I know before I download an app for my kids?

In a recent survey of mobile apps for kids, FTC staff found that kids’ apps might:
  • collect and share personal information
  • let your kids spend real money — even if the app is free
  • include ads
  • link to social media
What’s more, the apps might not tell you they’re doing it.
To learn more about an app before you download it, look at screen shots, read the description, content rating and any user reviews, and do some research on the developer. You also can look up outside reviews from sources you respect.

Are there ways to restrict how my kids use apps?

Before you pass the phone or tablet to your kids,  take a look at your settings. You may be able to restrict content to what’s right for your kid’s age, set a password so apps can’t be downloaded without it, and set a password so your kids can’t buy stuff without it. You also can turn off Wi-Fi and data services or put your phone on airplane mode so it can’t connect to the internet.
The best way to keep up with kids’ apps is try them out yourself and talk to your kids about your rules for using apps.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy Birthday To Muhammad Ali! He attempted to Counter Racism (White Supremacy) in His Prime and I am Greatful For His Inspiration.



"draft me? I'm a boxer, trained in sport, not to maim, destroy, or kill. War is wrong. Besides those people ain't done nothin' to me, no Vietcong ever called me Nigger, my enemy is right here in America....if I'm in a plane to drop a bomb, I'm liable to fly it over D.C.!"-Muhammad Ali


"Service to others is the rent you pay here on earth."-Muhammad Ali




Saturday, January 04, 2014

The Institute For Counter Racism Science site update

We no longer have use of the site shown in pictures here.

The Racist Suspects that own it decided to go up on the rent and my attempted wife, didn't want me to spend the money on it( and yes we could afford it). We argued and I lost. In order to avoid further conflict, I gave in to her. (Can one ever win an argument with a female?) Anyway this is a prime example of the "Black" female not supporting her attempted husband in attempting to do something constructive. See "Crabs in a barrel"

I'm still learning!!!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time (Economics Of)

Someone (albeit a "white" person) defined "Economics" as how one operates during scarcity. Time is scarce because you never have enough of it and it goes fast at the same time. It disappears every second and you can't get it back....ever. DO YOU HEAR ME?

I want to stress the importance of time. It is more valuable than money. You can always get money. After time has made you so old that you can't even lift a dollar, someone can still lay one in your lap. But most likely, unless you have help,you won't get time to spend it. Time is the most precious commodity. It should be managed with extreme care. That means that you have to plan. From my observations most "non-white" people don't like to plan. The White Supremacists have taught huge numbers of us that planning is boring. They've convinced us that our "lives" have to be "spontaneous" and "exciting".

They teach us to be surprising, like a "secret toy surprise" in a box of crackerjacks. (You might be too young to know what I'm taking about, my female offspring are in their 20's and say they like Crunch and Munch, which messes my point up, so get some elders to explain it to you) But, guess what? the maker of the Crackerjacks, planned for you to be surprised and got your money. If you use your time constructively you can plan to be "spontaneous" and "exciting". I assure you that it will be more fun when you've planned it.

If you don't plan your time, someone else will plan it for you and you may not learn that your time was used by them until its too late. But, you have to focus on your time to even learn this. The three phases of time, past, present, and future are all important. But, the Racists (White Supremacists) teach us to only focus on the present.

Their messages are:
Wasting time is like a dog chasing his tail

"Focus on the now"

"The past is the past, don't focus on it."

"You can't predict the future."

These sayings are repeated to us with different words and phrases, but the message is still the same. "Time isn't that important to niggers." That's why they came up with "CP Time". Today we talk about "CP Time" like it's something to be proud of. Mind you I am not saying that you must strive to be on time for everything (I sure as hell ain't nor plan to be). You should only be on time for what is important to you, because IT IS YOUR TIME. However, if you tell someone that you're going to be on time, be there on time or be early. Because keeping your word is almost as essential as keeping time.

By using probability one can determine the outcome of certain situations. This is what Fuller calls "Following the Logic".

You have to observe past events in order to determine, future outcomes. This is done from your present position in time.

If I got a flat tire on my car yesterday and had no spare tire to replace it, then I know that I need to get one to use now, plus a spare for the next time (the future) that I get a flat tire. It's up to me to figure out (plan) how to get those tires. If I see the value in having my car running, because its use, saves me time, then I'm not doing anything else, until I get that tire fixed and a spare tire. Most problems can be solved in this same manner. If you're really observant, you'll see how others waste their time, so that you can be prepared not to waste yours in advance.

Let's say your friend needs to get paid for his time ("get a job"). Wait...didn't you know that is what a job really is? You're contracting your time out to them for an agreed upon rate, which is usually per hour,correct?

Anyway, your friend needs money. So, that means that he needs to spend time looking for a job. Your friend tells you that Mon to Fri 9a to 5p is the most constructive time to look for work because that's when most people are conducting business. However, he stays up drinking alcohol until 2a every night. He doesn't wake up until 1230p in the afternoon, plus takes another hour to get ready, each day. Because he's out on the street looking before 5p, he still believes that he can find work. And he could. You decide to look for work too. But seeing how he misuses his time, you get up at 7a to prepare to be out on the streets looking for work by 9a. Your friend uses three and a half hours to find work. You use eight. Who increases their chances of finding work? Who planned to use their time more constructively?

You want to find ways to solve your problems at a rate that is faster than the amount of problems that come your way. This involves planning and constructive use of time.

Managing your time constructively could indirectly resist Racism (White Supremacy) because more Racist (White Supremacists) benefit from your destructive use of your time than those who benefit.

Oh no? How many benefit from your watching TV? (hint: who makes the TV shows? who makes the commercials?) How many benefit from your laboring? (at least one, plus you get paid for your time).


Check out pages 58 and 59 of the U.I.C.C./S./C. by Neely Fuller Jr., for the constructive use of your time in the area of Economics.

Stay Strong In Your Struggle To Replace White Supremacy With Justice.



Monday, November 11, 2013

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Egungun

One of the areas that Racism (White Supremacy) has affected us  ("black" people) tremendously in, is our spiritual connection with our ancestors. The White Supremacists erased Ancestor Veneration from the minds of their captives (our enslaved ancestors) centuries ago, and not only forbid it, but used extreme deception and violence to keep this process from reaching most of us today. Many of us don't know how powerful this process can make us spiritually. I suspect that it helped to strengthen that will of those slaves who rebelled against their masters in "Haiti", "Cuba", "Brazil,", "Jamaica", and all of the other places on this side of the planet where the slaves fought for their freedom out of Greater Confinement.

"Ancestral Veneration is the belief that our bodies are containers of an energy that doesn't die after we stop breathing air. It is a belief that the spirits of our dead loved ones still exist. And committing yourself to providing them with constant happiness, love, respect, and devotion, shows them that you still care for their well-being even in the spirit realm ("heaven"). It builds on the unity of family and lineage because it establishes a legacy of inner strength that can't be messed with. Though our ancestors possess more spiritual power than they did when they were physically with us, and it can help increase the will to eliminate it, it still remains to be seen if it is powerful enough to replace white supremacy with justice.  I can bare witness that our ancestors have the ability to interact and affect the existence of those still breathing, because it has happened to me"- Khalif Muhammad

The White Supremacists pay homage to their ancestors everyday and force us to do so as well. Sometimes they even dress like them to celebrate. They re-enact significant parts of their ancestors lives. These people are the ancestors of the White Supremacists. Mind you, all of the people on this planet share common ancestors from Alkabulan ("Africa"), even the White Supremacists admit that.

But, because White Supremacy exists, their ancestors are classified as "White" and have mistreated "Non-white" people (our ancestors) on the basis of skin color when they were breathing air.

That so-called color line makes a world of difference on the psyche of your mind if you're a "non-white" person in a system of White Supremacy. I mean we know that Racism (White Supremacy) drives us to drink, smoke, do drugs, kill, etc. just to try to relieve ourselves from its affects, even if it's temporary. Those things however our destructive to ourselves and others. We need something constructive to help fill the void of spiritual weakness that many of us experience from believing in the Religion of White Supremacy from birth.

These facts will reveal themselves to your mind if you admit and accept the truth (that which is). The truth is there buried under all of that spookism that the White Supremacists have taught you. I've seen "black" people get all agitated and scared when they've seen my "Egun" (ancestral shrine). They get to hollering that "You're worshiping the devil and the dead!" crap. Yet, these same ones won't hesitate to celebrate George Washington's birthday or talk about what a great person Abraham Lincoln was. Huge numbers of "black" folks see no problem with the Racists / White Supremacists having "eternal flames" lit to honor their dead. But, let them see a candle lit to honor their own dead? there's a problem. Oops, there's an exception, some of us will pile up a gang of candles out on the street were a loved one was killed (no disrespect them), but what I am talking about is this:


This is my "Egun" and having it is one of the things that keeps me sane while under the system of Racism (White Supremacy). My "Egun" are those who came before me, and whose shoulders I stand on. I wouldn't be here behaving in a constructive manner if it weren't for the things that they did to lay down the foundation. I am forever grateful to them. "Egun" is short for "Egungun' which means ancestors in the Yoruba language. It truly helps to speak to them because they listen to you!!! 

I can't explain the tremendous strength of identity that comes from having one. Most people around the world have something similar and you should too. As mentioned earlier in this piece, it doesn't appear powerful enough to eliminate Racism (White Supremacy), but it can help you stay focused on eliminating it. Stay Strong In Your Struggle To Replace White Supremacy With Justice!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Affect of White Supremacy On My Mind


I am wrestling with the fact that I have some hesitation with eating brown chicken eggs! That's just crazy. I remember when my folks were doing the "revolutionary" stuff in the 70's and we switched from white bread to wheat bread. White flour to wheat flour. White eggs to brown eggs. But then for some reason throughout the years I ended up eating white eggs again. Now I'm so used to eating them, that when my attempted wife bought and boiled some brown eggs for us to eat, I've had all kinds of negative emotions about eating them. I know that the eggs are okay, and in fact it's been said that they're healthier. Yet here I sit, hungry, wanting to eat some boiled eggs (which I love to do) and have to psych myself out to eat the brown eggs! It really bothers me that I have these kind of feelings. I know that it's White Supremacy. I'm fighting it and will force myself to overcome this crappy idea.

Just my thoughts for today.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Report A Racist Suspect

Are you a Victim Of White Supremacy ("Non-white" person)?


Did a Racist Suspect recently (or in the past) mistreat you on the basis of color?


Wouldn't  it be constructive if you had a source to check a "White" person out, before they mistreat you?

We need your help. 

We're compiling a data base of Racist Suspects.

If you have your suspicions about certain individual "White" persons or in your opinion the "White" person is practicing Racism (White Supremacy), answer the following questions:

Who
What
When
Why
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Then, click on the link below.


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Happy Countering Racism!!!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

My analysis of Remarks by the President on Trayvon Martin



I suspect that this speech was constructive.

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
July 19, 2013
1:33 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  I wanted to come out here, first of all, to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is very much looking forward to the session.  The second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks, there’s going to obviously be a whole range of issues -- immigration, economics, et cetera -- we'll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.

The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week -- the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling.  I gave a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday.  But watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

First of all, I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation.  I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case -- I'll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues.  

The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner.  The prosecution and the defense made their arguments.  The juries were properly instructed that in a case such as this reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict.  And once the jury has spoken, that's how our system works.  But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. 

You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son.  Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.  And when you think about why, in the African American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away. (Until White Supremacy is Replaced With Justice)

There are very few African American men in this country who haven't had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store.  That includes me.  There are very few African American men who haven't had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars.  That happens to me -- at least before I was a senator.  There are very few African Americans who haven't had the experience of getting on an elevator and a woman clutching her purse nervously and holding her breath until she had a chance to get off.  That happens often.

And I don't want to exaggerate this, but those sets of experiences inform how the African American community interprets what happened one night in Florida.  And it’s inescapable for people to bring those experiences to bear.  The African American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws -- everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws.  And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.

Now, this isn't to say that the African American community is naïve about the fact that African American young men are disproportionately involved in the criminal justice system; that they’re disproportionately both victims and perpetrators of violence.  It’s not to make excuses for that fact -- although black folks do interpret the reasons for that in a historical context.  They understand that some of the violence that takes place in poor black neighborhoods around the country is born out of a very violent past in this country, and that the poverty and dysfunction that we see in those communities can be traced to a very difficult history.

And so the fact that sometimes that’s unacknowledged adds to the frustration.  And the fact that a lot of African American boys are painted with a broad brush and the excuse is given, well; there are these statistics out there that show that African American boys are more violent -- using that as an excuse to then see sons treated differently causes pain.

I think the African American community is also not naïve in understanding that, statistically, somebody like Trayvon Martin was statistically more likely to be shot by a peer than he was by somebody else.  So folks understand the challenges that exist for African American boys.  

But they get frustrated, I think, if they feel that there’s no context for it and that context is being denied. And that all contributes I think to a sense that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.

Now, the question for me at least, and I think for a lot of folks, is where do we take this?  How do we learn some lessons from this and move in a positive direction?  I think it’s understandable that there have been demonstrations and vigils and protests, and some of that stuff is just going to have to work its way through, as long as it remains nonviolent.  If I see any violence, then I will remind folks that that dishonors what happened to Trayvon Martin and his family.  But beyond protests or vigils, the question is, are there some concrete things that we might be able to do. 

I know that Eric Holder is reviewing what happened down there, but I think it’s important for people to have some clear expectations here.  Traditionally, these are issues of state and local government, the criminal code.  And law enforcement is traditionally done at the state and local levels, not at the federal levels.

That doesn’t mean, though, that as a nation we can’t do some things that I think would be productive.  So let me just give a couple of specifics that I’m still bouncing around with my staff, so we’re not rolling out some five-point plan, but some areas where I think all of us could potentially focus.
Number one, precisely because law enforcement is often determined at the state and local level, I think it would be productive for the Justice Department, governors, mayors to work with law enforcement about training at the state and local levels in order to reduce the kind of mistrust in the system that sometimes currently exists. 

When I was in Illinois, I passed racial profiling legislation, and it actually did just two simple things.  One, it collected data on traffic stops and the race of the person who was stopped.  But the other thing was it resourced us training police departments across the state on how to think about potential racial bias and ways to further professionalize what they were doing. 

And initially, the police departments across the state were resistant, but actually they came to recognize that if it was done in a fair, straightforward way that it would allow them to do their jobs better and communities would have more confidence in them and, in turn, be more helpful in applying the law.  And obviously, law enforcement has got a very tough job.

So that’s one area where I think there are a lot of resources and best practices that could be brought to bear if state and local governments are receptive.  And I think a lot of them would be.  And let's figure out are there ways for us to push out that kind of training.

Along the same lines, I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it -- if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than diffuse potential altercations.  (This is a message to the Effective Number, who must start examining "state" and "local" laws and taking action enough to sway public ["White" folks] opinion towards making sure that these laws get changed. Racist Suspects have been using them against "Black" males heavily. See here)

I know that there's been commentary about the fact that the "stand your ground" laws in Florida were not used as a defense in the case.  On the other hand, if we're sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms even if there's a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we'd like to see? 

And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I'd just ask people to consider, if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk?  And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman who had followed him in a car because he felt threatened?  And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, then it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws.

Number three -- and this is a long-term project -- we need to spend some time in thinking about how do we bolster and reinforce our African American boys.  And this is something that Michelle and I talk a lot about.  There are a lot of kids out there who need help who are getting a lot of negative reinforcement.  And is there more that we can do to give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them? (Get your organizations ready for the resources that will come your way if your involved in helping young "Black" males.)

I'm not naïve about the prospects of some grand, new federal program.  I'm not sure that that’s what we're talking about here. But I do recognize that as President, I've got some convening power, and there are a lot of good programs that are being done across the country on this front.  And for us to be able to gather together business leaders and local elected officials and clergy and celebrities and athletes, and figure out how are we doing a better job helping young African American men feel that they're a full part of this society and that they've got pathways and avenues to succeed -- I think that would be a pretty good outcome from what was obviously a tragic situation.  And we're going to spend some time working on that and thinking about that. 

And then, finally, I think it's going to be important for all of us to do some soul-searching.  There has been talk about should we convene a conversation on race.  I haven't seen that be particularly productive when politicians try to organize conversations.  They end up being stilted and politicized, and folks are locked into the positions they already have.  On the other hand, in families and churches and workplaces, there's the possibility that people are a little bit more honest, and at least you ask yourself your own questions about, am I wringing as much bias out of myself as I can?  Am I judging people as much as I can, based on not the color of their skin, but the content of their character?  That would, I think, be an appropriate exercise in the wake of this tragedy.  (A truly open and honest discussion about the so-called "race" issue, must be had and should continue until the system of White Supremacy is eliminated.)

And let me just leave you with a final thought that, as difficult and challenging as this whole episode has been for a lot of people, I don’t want us to lose sight that things are getting better.  Each successive generation seems to be making progress in changing attitudes when it comes to race.  It doesn’t mean we’re in a post-racial society.  It doesn’t mean that racism is eliminated.  But when I talk to Malia and Sasha, and I listen to their friends and I seem them interact, they’re better than we are -- they’re better than we were -- on these issues.  And that’s true in every community that I’ve visited all across the country.

And so we have to be vigilant and we have to work on these issues.  And those of us in authority should be doing everything we can to encourage the better angels of our nature, as opposed to using these episodes to heighten divisions.  But we should also have confidence that kids these days, I think, have more sense than we did back then, and certainly more than our parents did or our grandparents did; and that along this long, difficult journey, we’re becoming a more perfect union -- not a perfect union, but a more perfect union.

Thank you, guys.

His words sounded constructive and were definitely soothing to the hearts and minds of huge numbers of people (and yet painful to others), I hope that they are the prelude to some serious steps towards solving the problems that "Black" folks have inherited from Racism (White Supremacy). Right now, Obama's got nothing to loose. There is no more re-selection for him. He could come out and talk about Racism (White Supremacy) every single day, and there wouldn't be a damn thing that anyone could do about it. If he did that, he'd be the boldest, baddest, greatest, "leader" that ever lived..... Just by using his words. I could be incorrect.

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