Culture & Health

Here I will dive into a few items including cultural issues, news, and health.

There is so much that I want and need to say to help educate and inform people, especially my people.

There are so many things that we should, and NEED to know.

I definitely don’t pretend to know it all, but what I do know, I feel that it is my obligation to share.

I will try to post as much as I can here.  I can only hope that the messages get through.



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I’m putting something together that I hope will help a lot of people in a lot of different ways…is that ambiguous enough?  #patience


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What Can I Do?

Posted: 2/1/2017

We are lost.  I know people want to point the finger at the few examples of Black people who have attained and maintained a certain level of success, but they are the exceptions, not the rule.  The Bible says in Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children”.

In my opinion, we (collectively) lack the knowledge that we need, and then we reject it when it is presented to us.  How can we change the mindset of a people to reject the poison that is destroying us, and instead work together to change our overall position and standing in society?

I began thinking about what we can do to create real change, level the playing field, and begin to close the generational gaps that exist.  I came up with a list of a few things that I believe will put us on the right path.  I don’t claim to have all the answers or to know more than anyone else, but I do see the need for not only this list, but the execution of it.  So, what can you do?

  1. Start and invest in your own business.
  2. Research and search for minority businesses (using minoritybusinesssearch.com).
  3. Invest in existing minority businesses.
    1. Not necessarily shopping, but invest in helping them grow and thrive.
    2. How can we help each other?
  4. Shop minority businesses (without looking for/asking for a discount).
  5. Work with minority-owned banks. (list of minority banks: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/banking/black-owned-banks-fight-to-bounce-back/#list )
    1. For personal deposits and loans.
    2. For business deposits and loans.
  6. Donate your time and expertise.
    1. Mentor youth.
    2. Mentor/Counsel adults.
    3. Perform community service.
    4. How can you help build up your community?  Think of ways to improve your community.
    5. Attend PTA meetings.
    6. Attend community meetings.
  7. Boycott things that are counter-productive to us.
    1. Television stations and shows.
    2. Music.
    3. Movies.
    4. Food.
  8. Start investing in minority farming.
  9. Start a farm yourself.
    1. Purchase land and work it.
    2. Sell your products.
  10. Invest in stocks and bonds.
    1. Utilize small investing companies to start and learn about the market and investing (Stockpile and Acorns).
    2. Research, read books and learn about the market.
    3. Watch for market trends and invest.
    4. Utilize gains to invest in the community to help it thrive.
  11. Run for political office.
    1. Local office.
    2. State office.
    3. Federal office.
  12. Vote and support minorities that represent us and our interests.
  13. Invest in Land and Land Holding.
    1. This is currently being done by land holders in areas such as Baltimore and Detroit where land is being purchased and held until they can get a maximum return on their investment.
  14. Hold religious organizations and leaders accountable.
    1. Where are tithes and offerings collected by your organization sent to?  Financial institutions who will not lend to members of your congregation?
    2. Is your organization reaching out to help your community in every way possible?
    3. Are programs in place to assist the community and if so are they well advertised?
  15. Support minority entrepreneurs.
  16. Invest in our health
    1. Learn how to eat properly and do it regularly.
    2. Learn how to exercise properly and do it regularly.
    3. Get mental health support, eliminate the stigma associated with mental health.
  17. READ! – we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes of the past if we are ignorant of them.
    1. Everything you need to know is in a book that is available somewhere.
    2. Search for a book about something that you are interested in and read it.
    3. Read about the minority history that has been suppressed and whitewashed.
    4. Read about leaders, their successes and failures – learn!

This list is not a complete one, it needs modification, and I welcome the changes.  The list requires an acceptance of truth and responsibility, as well as a commitment to making change that will benefit you, your family, and society as a whole.  The change starts with you.  What are you going to do?


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Meat…Supermarket Meat to be Exact.

I’m not fan of FOX News, but this article needs to be read.

Reasons why you might want to stop buying supermarket meat:
http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2016/01/25/reasons-why-might-want-to-stop-buying-supermarket-meat.html

ABC News – Dirty Little Secret About Meathttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIwx3nVIRsU

How Supermarkets Tamper With Your Foodhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxCT_D6HBd8 (Around the 9:00 mark for the meat story)

Most ground turkey contaminated with fecal bacteria: report – NY Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/ground-turkey-contaminated-fecal-bacteria-report-article-1.1332191

#meat, #sick, #health, #repackaged


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Posted: 2/20/17

Farming provides numerous benefits, but I will only list a few: land ownership, fresh organic vegetables which leads to better health, and business opportunities (to sell locally, regionally, or nationally).  Farming is hard, but fulfilling work, and provides healthy food and steady employment.

One of the things that African-Americans got away from as they escaped the hardships of the south is farming.  In search of a better life in friendlier territory, they left the land and the lifestyle behind.

Not all black farmers left. Some left, but then returned to start or re-establish farms. Those that did, faced the reality that there were now other obstacles in place that they would have to endure.

For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy.  The history of discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is well-documented.  African-American, Native American and other minorities were systemically pushed off their lands by decades of racially-biased laws and practices. 

  1. USDA and Racismhttps://www.facingsouth.org/2010/07/the-real-story-of-racism-at-the-usda.html
  2. Department of Agriculture Lawsuithttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-w-boyd-jr/black-farmers-lawsuit_b_4982174.html)
  3. The Vanishing Black Farmerhttp://www.csmonitor.com/2000/0713/p1s3.html

  4. What happened to America’s black farmers?:http://grist.org/food/what-happened-to-americas-black-farmers/

“Across the country there’s a conspicuous lack of black farmers. According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, the number of black farmers has increased 12 percent since 2007, but black farmers still make up less than 2 percent of our nation’s farmers as a whole. To compare, in 1920, black farmers represented about 14 percent of the country’s farmers. Black farmers now also operate just 0.4 percent of all the country’s farmland and account for 0.2 percent of total agricultural sales.”

Today, Black farmers are facing a different issue: Lorenzo Herron is a 26-year-old Detroit native and urban farmer. His degree in agribusiness from Michigan State University brought him back to Detroit in 2012, where he began growing cherries, raspberries, strawberries and mulberries on the city’s east side.

After more than three years of trying to purchase plots of land in Detroit, he’s been unsuccessful. He’s not alone; there are dozens of cases of people attempting to buy land without success. Herron says that the property he was interested in buying, for example, belongs to a holding company in Florida.

The frenzy of speculators, outside and foreign investors to purchase Detroit land has shut people out of buying in their own neighborhoods.

https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-03-30/black-farmers-detroit-are-growing-their-own-food-theyre-having-trouble-owning

All is not lost.  There are signs that things may be headed in a different direction for the Black farmer.  The USDA has made policy changes which seem to be driving a recovery for Black farmers.

“But today, the number of Black farmers in the United States is suddenly growing again. In 2012, there were more than 44,000 of them, up about 15 percent from 10 years earlier. Nationally, they were still less than 2 percent of the country’s farmers, but their growth is noteworthy after such an extensive decline. Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Florida all show gains, while Texas takes the lead with a gain of more than 2,500 Black farmers.”

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/the-resurgence-of-black-farmers-20160708

“Boyd, too, is happy to see Black farmers on the rise and wants to challenge more African Americans to take a second look at agriculture. “When I was coming up as a little boy, farming was looked at in a very negative light for Black people and still is today. We didn’t want to do it anymore,” says Boyd. But “a landless culture is a powerless culture,” he warns.

And farmers can pass that power down to new generations. As her 73 acres of pine trees age, Woods will start thinning them, and eventually the plantation will generate income for her seven grandchildren. “I’m doing this so that the kids don’t have a reason to say ‘we had to sell the farm’ or ‘we couldn’t keep taxes up.’ They’ll have money for the next 50 years.” And Woods wants to make sure other families benefit too: She created a day camp that brings youth from the inner city to see what a day in the country is like.

Woods has advice for those who want to see farmers of color rise. She suggests joining community- and land-based organizations or starting one if they don’t exist. And serve on committees. “That’s where the real knowledge comes in. They’re only going to tell you so much, but if you’re there when the changes take place, you can pass this information on,” says Woods. “The more we apply and the more we ask, the better it’s going to get.””

Support Black Farmers:

  1. Are you supporting Black Farmers??: https://egrassrootsbusiness.com/article/black-farmers-to-buy-from-instead-of-whole-foods.html
  2. 46 BLACK OWNED FARMS AND GROCERY STORES TO SUPPORT (Part 1): https://blackmainstreet.net/black-farmers-and-grocery-stores-to-buy-from/

#farming, #entrepreneur, #land, #ownership


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“Meat Glue”

Have you ever heard of meat glue? No?  You should have; it’s probably in the meat that you have been consuming.  We should start making an effort to be aware of what we are ingesting.

Take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXXrB3rz-xU 

Transglutaminase (TG or TGase) is a powder better known to chefs as “Meat Glue”. There are several different types of Transglutaminase. Originally, the natural enzyme was harvested from animal blood. Now it is primarily produced through the fermentation of bacteria.

Added to meat, it forms a nearly invisible and permanent bond to any other meat you stick it to.  Raw meats bound with TG are often strong enough to be handled as if they were whole uncut muscles.

The FDA classifies the TG enzyme as GRAS or “generally recognized as safe,” and it’s also approved by the USDA. That said, the USDA approves the use of neurotoxins (MSG, aspartame, fluoride), pesticides and herbicides, and growth hormone and antibiotic-injected meats.

ABC7 – ‘MEAT GLUE’ POSES HEALTH RISKS FOR CONSUMERS: http://abc7.com/archive/8642900/

This article thoroughly explains “meat glue”; what it is, how it is made, the different types, what it is used for and the dangers/concerns about it: https://delishably.com/food-industry/Meat-Glue-What-It-Is-And-What-You-Should-Know

Now that you know, does this change anything for you?

#meat, #meatglue, #health


Black People Are Being Systematically Destroyed

Dr. Claude Anderson- 5 WAYS BLACK PEOPLE ARE BEING EXTERMINATED: https://youtu.be/tsQB7JooSFA

  1. Gentrification
    gen·tri·fi·ca·tion
    ˌjentrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
    noun
    noun: gentrification; plural noun: gentrifications
    1. the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste.
      “an area undergoing rapid gentrification”

     

    Old Confronts New In A Gentrifying D.C. Neighborhoodhttp://www.npr.org/2017/01/16/505606317/d-c-s-gentrifying-neighborhoods-a-careful-mix-of-newcomers-and-old-timers

    After a decade of gentrification, District sees a surge in families crushed by renthttps://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/after-a-decade-of-gentrification-a-sharp-rise-in-dc-families-crushed-by-rent/2016/12/23/8c2dba92-c550-11e6-bf4b-2c064d32a4bf_story.html?utm_term=.5b5086a2a466

  2. Privatization
    As gentrification continues, privatization will allow the wealthy to take all of the public resources (golf courses, subway systems, bridges, tunnels, parks, airports, museums, etc.) because those who own and control the resources, have the power.  If you own nothing, you are useless and expendible.
  3. Metropolitan/Regional Forms of Government
    The term metropolitan government refers to the government of a large urban area where the city government and county government have merged or consolidated with each other. In other words, they don’t have separate city government and county government but operate as one government. Metropolitan governments across the U.S. will vary in terms of just how much the city/county governments have merged. Examples would be Nashville-Davidson County and Miami-Dade County.

    It is also used as a tactic to exploit city revenues into county based power where there has been a major demographic change. In other words as more urban cities take on an increase of minority residence/voters to the point they can sway city government leadership, the larger demographic, which is now in the county and surrounding areas, still has a vested interest in city business. To neutralize and balance the power and revenue base, government resources are combined.

  4. Cool Cities
    Bringing in groups of people to displace the existing group already there.  Examples of Detroit, Michigan where Blacks own nothing in a 90% Black city.
  5. Social Construct
    Put in place from the formation of the United States.

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