Archive for October, 2012

Recent studies show that the average U.S. citizen identifies themselves as multiracial. After so many centuries its bound to happen that there are fewer and fewer pure races anymore, they exist but they are on the decline. If you are Greek and Japanese, Irish and Swedish or even Australian and German, it’s no big deal. When the skin color starts to get darker, then the problems crop up. The debate between light-skinned and dark-skinned is old news. The thing is for those who can pass as white, and do so on a constant, only jumping into the black roll when something positive is to be gained. President Barak Obama’s dad was from Africa, he was black black as my older relatives would say. That’s why to a lot of black folk they relate to the President because even though he has another half of him that is white, his skin color (dark brown) is all black folk see. From behind, President Obama looks like just another black dude. He identifies himself as a black man because he has probably had several unfortunate opportunities to encounter the racism that is still alive and well in the U.S. For black folk, many of us over the years just shake it off, keep our heads up and keep on stepping. Thing is, even though he is bi-racial he can’t hide his blackness. Most bi-racial people with black and white parents are extremely fair-skinned and in some instances they pass as a regular white person.

Being a black person anywhere in the US or abroad can be just a little disheartening at times as people of color seem to always get the short end of the stick, regardless of what new research studies suggest that blacks are almost equal with whites. So the (passing) bi-racial individual has the magical powers of being black or white at any given moment, depending on the situation. A great example of this would be Soledad O’Brien, the TV journalist. She claims Australian Irish, French and Afro-Cuban ancestry. According to her she only has like one tenth of blackness in her but yet and still somehow she won the “National Association of Black Journalist of the Year” in 2010. She is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalist. She has and continues to receive accolades from Spanish and African-American organizations, she has been a keynote speaker for several white prestigious universities and yet I have not heard her name anywhere near anything black that is controversial? I have not seen her march for Travon Martin or pen an open letter on racism. Never heard her speak on the controversies surrounding the disproportionately high jail time given to blacks over minor offenses compared to whites. But she does jump at every positive opportunity to retrieve an award and gain something positive for herself from some minority institution. One day she is white, one day she is black or maybe Spanish depending on the degree and prestige of the accolade being presented to her. This is an amazing gift, to only accept the positive from a race that is constantly surrounded with negativity, mainly African-American. The fact that she married a white man and have white children with blue eyes and blonde hair seems to be her dream come true. She has amazing talent as a journalist I just would like her to pick a race and stick with it that’s all. As I type this I was always reminded growing up that I was “High Yellow” or “Red Boned” and how lucky I was. Never looked at myself as lucky, just black. The difference between me and Soledad is that I’m not passing, I’m clearly an African-American and quite proud.

This is not a knock Soledad blog this is the reality that those who run around saying they are black should also join in the fight to end racism and let their voices to be heard to make a difference in the black community whenever possible. Imagine if Soledad with all her influence lent her voice to black issues or even Hispanic rights/immigration issues. She could make a serious difference for the races she claims to be a part of. Thing is she is not alone. As races become watered down because of intermarriage (nothing wrong with that) we have more and more Soledad’s and they continue to choose the White road, the less difficult road. I suggest Soledad give back every black award she has won and all the black organizations chasing behind her to recognize her and lift her up, STOP, until she begins to act like a African American which includes taking some of the bad along with the good..

I lost count of how many cults are out there but I can guarantee you they are in the hundreds if not thousands. Heres the thing, for some time I always assumed, David Karesh, Heavens Gate, you know the group who killed themselves and left like $5 dollars in quarters in each pocket. I always looked at those people and their groups as cults but really a cult is a religious order that is somewhat out-of-order and has some loose affiliation with some type of religion, Hindu, Christian, New Age. Thats not the kicker for me, the kicker is the mainstream religions that I never really read up on and then when I did I was in awe what the people where believing. Take for instance the Catholics. I see the pope, see the Vatican here and there but I didn’t understand what they believed because I wasn’t Catholic. I only knew they considered themselves Christian. The Bible states there is only one way to heaven and that is through accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Again I use to see mother Theresa talking about Mary the mother of Jesus all the time. Then there would be the news story of how Mary appeared in a taco, on the side of buildings, on a potato chip, etc. Thought it was interesting until I understood and read what Catholic’s actually believe. I use Catholics because it’s just so many of them. Millions upon millions across our planet and what they believe don’t have jack to do with the Bible or Gods instruction to get to heaven.

Forgiving of sins or Penance (also called Confession and Reconciliation) that aint in the Bible, but this is vital to the Catholic religion. A very simple humbled prayer of asking for forgiveness from Christ in faith is all that is needed. If people of the Catholic faith have been asking man to forgive them of their sins then something is off, they are still not forgiven. Then they have prayer for the dead?? Catholics pray to God for dead folk who are long gone. I’m guessing there is somehow hope for a dead person who may not have believed in God? Hairs on the back of my neck stand up because the Bible has always made clear you have one shot at this life and whatever you are going to do you better do it on the living side because when you die that’s it, period. So where do these huge religions get their truth from because obviously it’s not the Bible, or at least the most important parts. If a Catholic has spent their entire life asking for forgiveness from a man (Priest), according to the Bible they will go straight to hell. John F. Kennedy was Catholic, Mother Theresa was Catholic, on and on. Another disturbing cult like trait is that Catholics pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus. I can understand that Mary was amazing and chosen by God but the Bible clearly states she was human. He needed a human to plant his seed, that did not make Mary some type of God head. So the Hail Mary which I though only applied to football is actually a prayer to a human which the Bible says clearly not to do.

Priest and nuns are not allowed to marry, who in hell came up with that-yes that is a pun. The apostles clearly had wives as they always seemed to have a sick Mother-in-Law. The Bible says it is not good for man to be alone. I have said it before and I will say it again, all the little boys forced to have anal sex with grown men in the church office’s or forced to perform oral sex on the priest’s, could this be the “Not good” the Bible was talking about? If most of any religion has taken from the Bible then added a bunch of man-made laws especially when it comes to getting into heaven, it’s a cult. Every Catholic that has died on this earth, where are they, heaven or hell? Catholics are not Christians as they believe in sacraments and traditions. The Bible gives clear instruction, nothing is to be added or taken away from the Bible. You don’t need a figurine, candle or beads to connect with God, that was the purpose of Jesus, to cut out the middle man. Jehovah’s Witness, Hindu and even the Jewish, if any of these mainstream religions do not include accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior its a Cult! That doesn’t come from me it comes directly from the Bible and hopefully Christians wont be scared, intimidated to speak the truth when given the opportunity…