When I first started dating my boyfriend, he took me to a wharf alongside the Belt Parkway of New York City. It was the middle of the night and the city wore an unfamiliar silence as we walked alongside one another under the night sky. Our bubble of new love was abruptly popped when our eyes strayed from one another onto a dead animal frozen in it’s last position. It was not the animal or its death that ended our bliss but the symbolism it bore. Namely, what seemed a formidable place to spend time, proved a potential deathbed to those as dark as the sky above– our potential fate mirrored in the slain animal forgotten in city’s silence.
I share this anecdote to illustrate that choosing to date or marry black is sign on to a lifetime of these moments. If I decided to do as many women my…
Ask yourself this question… What does a Melanin-Dominant incarcerated individual and a Melanin-Dominant professional physician have on common besides the obvoius? In my opinion…
They both work, perpetuate, and support a system that is destructive to their anatomy and biology in the physical and metaphysical realms.
One is forced to against their will, the other one does it willingly. Financial stability and social status is only an illusion to segregate their commonality in the grand scheme of things.
At the end of the day they both have a common enemy… eradicating the Eurocentric lifestyle and mindset off the face of the earth!
Think about it, fam. Let me know your thoughts.
From Generation Xers to Baby Boomers, it has become en vogue to generalize millennials, those born between the early ’80s and mid-to-late ’90s. Millennials have been framed as lazy, whiny, entitled, obnoxious, soft, incurious, Internet-addicted grown babies severely lacking in emotional and mental toughness. Many people are attracted to these simplistic sweeping dissections of young adults because we can all personally identify someone who fits that mold in our own lives. Truth is, we do live in a society where the perception of profundity is more predicated on an individual anecdotal assessment rather than an all-encompassing, fact-based analysis.
When generalizing about millennials, many don’t bother to differentiate between race, class or gender, erasing the very real divide faced in particular by Black millennials. The culturally myopic idea that we’re all the same and can be analyzed under the same umbrella is rooted in the same troubling ideology that views the white Western middle-class reality as the shared standard for everyone. It’s impossible for that to lend itself to a qualitative analysis when even within the Black millennial population, there are multiple existing intersections that create different realities for different young adults.
Although there are challenges that millennials face that have cross-cultural significance, such as the price of college tuition rising faster than inflation, 51 percent of millennials being underemployed and fears of never being able to get out of debt, that does not mean that the problem is equally felt by each racial group in a similar way. The truth is, Black millennials are facing problems that differentiate them from their peers.
A BYP100 report authored by Jon Rogowski, an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University, and Cathy J. Cohen, a professor of political science at the University of Chicago, specifically outlines how America’s legacy of systemic racism has affected Black youths in various aspects, leaving them far more vulnerable to socioeconomic hardships than their peers of other ethnicities.
America’s legacy of workforce discrimination has undoubtedly influenced young Black men and women’s employment status. When the national unemployment rate hit 5.3 percent, it was 9.6 percent for millennials, but significant variation existed within different millennial groupings. Unemployment rates for Black millennials of different age ranges are noticeably higher than Latino millennials and almost double the rate of white millennials within the same range. Just to drive home how troubling this is, the worst year of white unemployment over the past decade (12 percent in 2010) is better than the best year of Black unemployment (14 percent in 2007) over the same time period.
A scarcity of available jobs combined with America’s legacy of housing discrimination and redlining has greatly contributed to the fact that Black millennials experience poverty at rates far higher than their peers. In 2013, 32 percent of young Black people lived in poverty, compared to 21.3 percent of young Latinos and 16.9 percent of young white people.
Young Black men and women also are incarcerated at twice the rate of Latinos and far higher than the rate of whites. For example, in 2013, 1,092 out of every 100,000 18- and 19-year-old Black males were locked up, compared to 412 of Latino males and 115 white males of the same age. While the raw numbers are less for women, the ratio is still troubling. In the same year, 33 per 100,000 18- and 19-year-old Black females were incarcerated, compared to 17 Latino females and 7 white females.
Young Black men and women must deal with being targets of America’s prison-for-profit pipeline while also struggling to find work and elevate themselves out of poverty. But, when they do, other forms of discrimination await them in professional and academic settings. Black high school and college graduates are not only twice as likely to be unemployed as white graduates, but Black college grads also carry higher student debt.
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To make matters far grimmer, the earning power of young Black graduates still lags far behind that of their white peers. In 2013, Black households headed by someone with a college degree earned $52,147 on average, while white households headed by someone with a college degree earned $94,351.
Here’s where the colorblind millennial assumptions truly fall apart: White millennials are simply getting more substantive assistance from their parents than Black millennials. A study on the racial wealth gap notes, “Single whites are much more likely to possess positive net worth, most likely due to benefits from substantial family financial assistance, higher-paying jobs and home ownership.” The study indicates that as much as 20 percent of their wealth can be attributed to formal and informal gifts from family members, most likely parents. Black and Latino millennials were far less likely to receive this type of help. One-quarter of baby boomers also provided their millennial children with money to pay their expenses so they could save money. Black and Latino millennials were far less likely to receive this type of help.
These economic realities are compounded by research from Clark University that reveals 80 percent of parents of Black millennials expect to be financially supported by their children, even though their kids earn less than their white peers. Black millennials also are far more likely to be asked by family members to borrow money. So, even when Black millennials graduate, find a good job and earn a decent wage, they face familial economic strains, while white millennials typically enjoy familial economic assistance. In a nation with a pronounced racialized gap, where employment, economic and law enforcement discrimination all still exist, we mustn’t erase how those issues disproportionately effect young Black adults.
We also mustn’t erase the positives that Black millennials contribute to our community and to American society as a whole. It is Black millennials who cultivated and continue to lead the Black Lives Matter movement, which has highlighted and pushed forward the fight against police brutality and systemic racism.
It is Black millennials who have raised the bar of educational attainment compared to older Black generations in terms of high school graduation rates and attaining a college associate’s degree or higher. A recent study concluded that Black women are now the most educated group in the United States.
And it is young Black women who are taking their financial futures into their own hands, who are the driving force behind African-American women becoming the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the nation.
The challenges that face this generation are plentiful, but they’re also unique, and attempting to lump them into the larger millennial group without proper context and nuance is to discount our difficulties and erase our successes.
What are the powers-that-be trying to hide from the masses? Pyramids in the Grand Canyon? Were we lied to about how we really arrived in North America? Where are the slave ships? Are we really Black Americans or African-Americans?
Was the history we learned in school a HUGE PSYOP? WERE WE BAMBOOZLED??
Check out this article and the videos by RFG TheChosenOne. Very interesting information folks.
When the Smithsonian discovered an ancient Egyptian colony in the Grand Canyon
Did Egyptians cross the Pacific Ocean and wander the American Southwest thousands of years ago? In the early 20th century, claims of such a discovery were made by two Smithsonian-funded archaeologists, who spoke of a thriving civilization tucked within a series of caverns carved into the side of a remote portion of the Grand Canyon. What did the archaeologists find? What evidence did they bring back? Hell, did these men even exist?
A parallel North American civilization?
A story on the front page of the April 5, 1909 edition of the Arizona Gazette recounted the discovery of a series of bizarre caves and artifacts in the Marble Canyon region of the Grand Canyon. The report claimed two Smithsonian-funded archaeologists, Prof. S. A. Jordan and G.E. Kinkaid, are responsible for the find. As the article noted:
(D)iscoveries which almost conclusively prove that the race which inhabited this mysterious cavern, hewn in solid rock by human hands, was of oriental origin, possibly from Egypt, tracing back to Ramses. If their theories are borne out by the translation of the tablets engraved with hieroglyphics, the mystery of the prehistoric peoples of North America, their ancient arts, who they were and whence they came, will be solved. Egypt and the Nile, and Arizona and the Colorado will be linked by a historical chain running back to ages which staggers the wildest fancy of the fictionist.
Later in the article, a cross-legged idol resembling Buddha is described along with a large tomb filled with mummified humans: a veritable mash-up of Egyptian and East Asian cultures.
A dangerous region to explore Although this remote area of the Grand Canyon makes for perilous traveling, expeditions by private collectors and academics went forward. The site of Kincaid’s discovery was roughly 42 miles away from El Tovar Crystal Canyon, and the Arizona Gazette article noted that the cavern’s entrance was 1500 feet down a sheer cliff.
This is not the easiest terrain to cover, but it’s topography that could be overcome today. Conspiracy theorist John Rhodes claims to know the exact location of the caverns — the site is guarded today by a lone soldier carrying an M-16 and that the caverns are a museum for civilization’s shadowy elites. To make things even more bizarre, David Icke connects Kincaid’s Grand Canyon discovery with reptilian overlords in his 1999 book The Biggest Secret.
Smithsonian denials No record exists of Kincaid or Professor Jordan within the Smithsonian’s Department of Anthropology, nor is there a paper trail at the Smithsonian detailing the artifacts gathered on the expedition. When asked directly about Kincaid’s claims, a Smithsonian Institute representative once said:
Well, the first thing I can tell you, before we go any further, is that no Egyptian artifacts of any kind have ever been found in North or South America. Therefore, I can tell you that the Smithsonian Institute has never been involved in any such excavations.
According to conspiracy theorists, the Smithsonian Institute went so far as to destroy artifacts to maintain this historical viewpoint. Espousers of this theory mention man-made mounds with plaster walls strewn across the American Midwest and a series of fire-hewn coffins found in Alabama in 1892 that were turned over the Smithsonian Institute, only to be lost in the years following.
A paucity of evidence Kincaid and Jordan returned without artifacts or pictures of the findings, leaving the Arizona Gazette article as the sole evidence of the expedition.
No data outside of the article substantiates the existence of Professor Jordan, and Kincaid’s only other known reference comes in a March 12 article in the Arizona Gazette. The March 12 piece notes that Kincaid is in Yuma, Arizona. It mentions simply that he is an avid photographer who carries very high-end photography equipment. This is a particularly questionable tidbit, as no photos of Kincaid’s discovery of the mummified bodies or a Buddha-like statue exist, let alone general photos of this portion of the expedition.
It is possible that Kincaid, if he existed, worked under a false name, as the Arizona Gazette articles mentions his hunt for “the mineral”, a euphemism for gold. Theodore Roosevelt made the extraction of gold from the Grand Canyon illegal in 1908 when he deemed the canyon a national forest.
All in all, the artifact story was presumably an attempt to drive up sales of a newspaper, or maybe the product of a couple of bored reporters blessed with a bottle of ether and a slow new day. That said, I would watch the hell out of this SyFy movie, particularly if they tied it to the lost Reptilian city under Los Angeles.
A new report examining TV food advertising viewed by preschoolers, children and teens found that African-American youths are disproportionately exposed to junk food ads, viewing almost 50 percent more ads for unhealthy snacks than their white counterparts.
The study, conducted by the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity, attributed the concerning disparities to increased television watching time among Black children. But that fact by itself still didn’t explain why Black children were seeing ads for fast food and other unhealthy food options at much higher rates.
According to the report, junk food companies have increasingly advertised on networks with particularly high African-American and adolescent viewerships such as Fuse, BET, Vh1 and Nick-at-Nite. Jumps in food-ads-per-hour also contributed to increased exposure to junk food ads for youths of all ages between 2008 and 2012.
“Higher rates of food advertising on youth-targeted networks explained greater adolescent exposure,” the study read. “However, greater television viewing and higher rates of advertising on youth- and black-targeted networks both contributed to black youths’ greater exposure.”
In 2012, the report found that Black youths viewed considerably more food ads compared with white youths of the same age. For instance, Black children aged 2 to 5 viewed 64 percent more food ads, while Black youths aged 6 to 11 saw 49 percent more ads than their white counterparts. Moreover, the younger African-American children viewed approximately two more junk-food ads per day than even the older white kids.
Researchers noted that this increased exposure to low-nutrition food ads also made Black children more vulnerable to becoming obese and developing other diet-related health issues. Data from 2011 to 2012 revealed a stark gap in child obesity rates between Black and white youths: Eleven percent of Black children aged 2 to 5 were obese during this time, while just 3.5 percent of white children were. The disparity got larger as the kids grew older, with 23.8 percent of African-American children aged 6 to 11 being obese compared to 13.1 percent of their white peers.
The report pointed to a greater number of billboards advertising unhealthy food options in predominately Black neighborhoods as another possible culprit behind these concerning health figures.
“Understanding the relative contribution of factors leading to greater TV [and billboard] food advertising exposure for adolescents and Black youths is necessary to identify effective solutions to counter its harmful effects,” the study read. “Understanding the reasons for their greater TV viewing and identifying opportunities to reduce viewing would help address [these] health disparities affecting Black youths.”
Frances Fleming-Milici, a marketing researcher and the lead author of the Rudd study, said it’s no coincidence that junk-food companies have increasingly advertised on Black-targeted networks but admitted that it is sometimes difficult to determine the intentions of the food companies the Rudd Center challenges.
“[Rudd] uses the same data that companies use to place their ads,” Fleming-Milici told The Washington Post. “Ads are placed to reach a certain demographic.”
Taken from Deanne Meaningall’s Living: The Melanin Diet:
We identify exclusively with our body and our mind convinces us that we are mortal beings.
We have abandoned spiritual divine ancient principles and settle for religion.
We are void from the true rhythm of life; the heartbeat of Creation.
We are ignorant (prefix is to ignore) to the reality of global events.
We do not ingest food with the inner standing that proper nutrition is key.
We believe that as melanin-rich people, the sunrays are harmful to us.
We are convinced that our “Savior” is outside of self.
We believe that we die when our spirit dies.
We believe we are measured by the things we have in the material realm.
We believe that we must live from a place of either hatred and or fear.
We believe that we must emulate the drama we see on television.
We believe most of what we hear, see and are told, not what we read.
We believe that as a group, we are collectively living well in this country.
We believe that our thoughts, actions and beliefs are all on autopilot.
We believe that by ignoring our condition it will magically disappear.
We believe that we are inferior.
We believe that we have been cursed, especially because “it is in the Bible.”
We believe and further support by our actions the “crabs in the barrel” theory.
We believe that lighter skin and straighter hair is better.
We believe drugs of any kind will heal us.
We believe that our Creator is away from us, perhaps in heaven.
We believe that we do not learn from our elders and they have been cast aside.
We believe that everything around us really exists.
We believe that judging others is a righteous act.
We believe that Africans learned from the Greeks.
We believe that women are inferior to men.
We believe that we must be fearful of everything, including God.
We believe that it is okay to speak better to our pets than with our children.
We believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
We believe that the kingdom of God is in heaven and not within.
We believe that we live [in] a righteous country.
We believe it is appropriate for our children [to] eat fast food.
We believe it is acceptable for more men to be in prison than college.
We believe that our lives have improved tremendously since being in the U.S.
We believe that as a group, living without a national and global plan, is viable.
We believe that it is ok to accept corrupt religious leaders in the pulpit.
We believe that being apathetic is a good thing.
We believe it is ok that we have very little to show from our 450 years in the USA.
We believe that more and more things will bring us happiness.
We believe that we are NOT hypnotized by the vices of this world.
We believe that to be alive, we must be preoccupied with the daily distractions.
We believe that we are disconnected from everyone and everything around us.
At some point or another, we have had to deal with the majority of these challenges in one form or another. Number 37 really hit home for me. Most of my life I had been the “I don’t care, it don’t really matter” kind of guy and I still am for the most part. But lately I have learned to speak of on topics that I feel real strongly about regardless of the blowback I may incur. I’m still a work in progress but eventually I will learn to strike a balance.
Number 32 is really embarrassing for me since I preach healthy eating throughout this blog. Old habits die hard I tell you. I’m learning to break that habit with my kids , and to a lesser extent myself included. I must admit occasionally I like me some french fries. It’s gotta be the salt; it’s a addicting I tell you!
I’m pretty sure we could add to this list of challenges; it’s not the end-all, be-all list. But it’s very comprehensive and understandable. Share with others, let’s overcome these challenges and others not listed in our own individual lives so that we can overcome and move forward collectively as a group, as the Melanin-Dominant people we should operate as.
These are my thoughts and personal opinions, and I know that the current presidential election has been one of most volatile (and downright ridiculous) elections in recent memory. The sad thing is this circus show is not unprecedented, these types of tactics to “herd the sheep” to vote for the candidate the powers-that-be have already preselected are not new. But we, especially my Melanin-Dominant brethren in this country, seem to have an obligation to the ones who came before us to vote since they risked their lives for the right to vote. If they only knew that the Civil Rights Movement and the push for voting rights were the ultimate push for participation, certainly not emancipation, into this corrupt system. A system that cannot survive without a permanent underclass, slaves, or in today’s standards, debt-slaves! No matter what creed or color! Our right to vote is only given to us to make us feel like we matter. But the casual observer of current politics should know that ALL politicians on EVERY level, no matter their affiliation (because they’re ultimately one in the same) are beholden to the whims of corporations, the elite. They both work hand-in-hand. In fact, the U.S. government is practically a corporation in its on right! Look it up for yourself ( and I will have a post on this later as well.)
So why indulge them by voting?
Subconsciously ( in some cases, consciously) you’re giving them permission to continue the madness.
I guess ignorance is bliss.
I’m not voting. I refuse to take part in the madness. it doesn’t matter who I vote for: Democrat, Republican, Independent, or Green! One way or another, they’re loyalties will not be to the people, whether they want them to be or not. They answer to a higher order, and it’s definitely not God!
Think out this before you unwittingly cast your vote today when you’d be better off eating some GMO McDonald’s, etc.
Peace and Love to my Melanated family,