I Am An American…Let The People See…

I Am An American…Let The People See…

I am an American…

My heritage is comprised of African, Native American and European ancestry…

Because of the color of my skin…when people look upon my face they see a person of color…quite simply, a Black person…who happens to also be…a woman.

Without thorough tracing of my family tree, I know that I am at least a fifth generation born here in America…

I am an American…

In my years of growing up in my country of birth…I have witnessed…and continue to witness the horror and tragedies of Racism through media coverage…within my immediate family…and my overall families of African heritage spread throughout America…and the world over.  My immediate concerns are here in America…because I am an American…

I remember as a young girl…looking at “before” and “after” pictures of a young man whose name was Emmett Till, in a Magazine called “Jet.” I believe I was ten years old…Emmett was a handsome young man to me…and he was horrifically beaten, mutilated and murdered…accused of flirting with or whistling at a white woman…Those images haunted my young mind for days and weeks afterward…I remember asking my aunt questions as I was looking through the magazine at her home, what certain words and sentences meant…Sometimes she didn’t answer me. I came to understand as I grew older…

I was sick to my stomach wondering how anyone could do such a horrific thing…to such a beautiful young boy…

I am an American…

He was an American…

How could something like this come to be?

Mamie Till-Mobley, Emmett’s mother said, “Let the people see what they did to my boy.”

A Historian and Author, Elliot J. Gorn wrote a book called, “Let The People See”, released on November 1, 2018.  A study about the murder of Emmett Till.  Maureen Corrigan, a book critic ended her review of the book saying…

…”Let The People See”… is a vivid reminder of just how easy it is for people not to see things they’d rather not see.” October 30, 2018 Book Review.

How easy is it for people not to see things?

…To watch George Floyd murdered by a police officer…while other officers stood around and watched…and did nothing to stop it… and not bring charges of 1st degree murder against the officer who murdered Floyd, and bring accessory murder charges against each officer standing by while his life’s breath was being taken away from Mr. Floyd with the officer’s person on Floyd’s chest, and his knee planted firmly against his neck…as he pleaded for air and his mother…

George was an American…

I am an American…

We all know the successive lives taken…the character assassinations and excuses of life threatening scenarios which were never proven to justify the taking of those lives…

They were…Americans…

In 1979…I lost my own brother…who was visiting relatives in Louisiana…unarmed and not a threat…shot twice in the back at 24 years of age.

He was an American…

I am an American…

My father was a United States Navy Veteran… He died a year before my brother was murdered by two police officers in Louisiana…

He was an American…

Who has created such vulnerabilities and limitations to America’s Democracy?

America is not perfect by any means of the imagination…However, we can make it better…for EVERY American…by making the choices that include every American…Man…Woman…and Child…regardless of Race…Creed…or Culture.

If we are to honor what America truly stands for…we will uphold our Democracy by rescuing and strengthening and rebuilding a better country… and a better way of life inclusive of liberty…with laws protecting those liberties solidly…not just with pretty words spoken or written on a piece of paper….

Our country will not fall into “Socialism” as is being touted by an opposing Party.

How easy it is for people to not see things they’d rather not see…

Fear is the great oppressor…That is why it is a successful tool to throw into the mix when the object is to gain the upper hand…

Who can restore America’s Democracy and take measures to ensure it against attacks from without as well as within…from those who misrepresent themselves as patriots to…and for the American people?

Standing example…The present Administration has broken every spiritual law…completely ignores the rule of law…and broken every Oath of Office with impunity…and are using every fear tactic known to Man…including Voter Suppression, to secure another four years of divisiveness and damage to the American people and our Democracy…

How easy is it…for people not to see things…they’d rather not see…Especially when these scenarios are given a free “Party” pass and being acted out daily, before our very eyes?

Covid-19 is making an example of the flagrant ignorance being directed at its presence and consequences in lack of protection against it…the disregard for its toll already in lives taken and its illness spreading…due to the ignorance and untruths being throw out to the masses by the present Administration…who have taken on another false belief that they know better than the medical experts…and Science…

How easy it is for people to see things…they’d rather not see…

I am an American…

My heart bleeds for those who “call themselves Americans” and so readily support the ruination of our Democracy…and our America…

And my heart bitterly weeps…and bleeds continuously for those who are “True Americans”…

Who love this country…Who have shed blood for this country…in service to this country…to preserve the meaning of Liberty…Truth…Justice…Honor…Integrity…and the real and true…American Way.

For those who have fought…and have passed the torch so that those who love America can continue to remove the shadows of Racism and Inequality…to restore and uphold the voice and meaning of the Lady standing in New York Harbor…

To those of us who are mindful and who uphold the motto of “Never Again” constantly… to remind us of the dangers of apathy, dictatorships…supremacy…and the darkness that erupts in souls who quest for absolute power…

These truths have revealed to us that this present Administration in the White House is no different than those who launched the 9-11(2001) attack against America…

This present Administration is no different than those who bombed the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013…

No Commander-in-Chief with a heart would send their people into battle without the proper gear and ammunition…

No Commander-in-Chief would ignore high casualties in a battle without expressing compassion and concern…

No Commander-in-Chief would continue to entertain an obvious threat to the lives of his citizens without taking actions to contain it…unless the lives of the masses…didn’t matter…

No Commander-in-Chief with a conscience would repeal healthcare insurance for 23 million citizens without a safety net…

The latest act of this Administration is to commit Voter Suppression…Terrorism…and using the Federal and State justice systems to aid in attempting to hijack an Election win…Organized crime at its best….

This Administration is using their greatest deception to easily accomplish their acts of destruction, intimidation and terrorism against the American people…

They are claiming to be “Americans”….

We cannot undo the many inhuman atrocities visited upon those of my ancestry…

Nor can we undo the many inhuman atrocities of the past that have been visited upon other groups of our diverse, human family…

The fabric of America is still being woven…

Yet… we can bring about stronger unity…and weave new threads into the fabric of our country…by realizing our responsibilities in protecting one another from further and future harm…

Keeping in mind that now is the time to reform and rebuild…the next Administration must be open to doing just that…but not without the watchful voices and actions of We…the People…

So much corruption and past mistakes can be challenged and rectified…with someone who will listen…who has made mistakes…realizes their mistakes…and has the heart to admit them…and has the heart to enforce the will and best interests of the people.

The perfect politician does not exist…

Someone once said, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.”

I am an American…I love America…and I want America to have the opportunity to move in the right direction to heal Her wounds…and walk Her walk once again on the path to Freedom and Justice for All…

Generations are changing…Our world is changing…Our country needs the opportunity to change with the times for the betterment of our children and the generations to come…

They are the future…only one candidate can give them that future…

I am an American…

I voted with a Blue Heart…while not perfect…while mistakes were made in the past…these candidates best represent the recovery of America for Americans…

I…for one…can see things as they are…

How easy it would be to just look the other way…

Many died to give me the freedom to Vote…

I’ll never defile their memories…by ignoring their ultimate sacrifices…by not voting…and choosing those who will serve with the heart of a leader…for the country and her citizens…first and foremost.

I am an American…

And I stand by the pledge in song…

Stand beside her…and guide her…

Lastly, I ask…

Who has created such limitations and vulnerabilities to America’s Democracy?

We the People…

Whenever we miss a chance to stand up…

Take charge…

And make our voices heard…

America is the promise of tomorrow…today.

I am an American…

And I will always protect her promise….

Juneteenth…

“Juneteenth” is described as  “a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States… Celebrated annually on the 19th of June throughout the United States.

The significance…Emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy…

Juneteenth is also know as Freedom Day…Jubilee Day…Liberation Day…Emancipation Day…

Freedom means having the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance…

Jubilee is a special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity…

Liberation is the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release…

Emancipation is the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation…

Today, I’m thinking about the 1,653 Black people who died at the hands of police in America between 2014 and 2019, just to pull up the numbers…however, these killings including those by private citizens who are not of color…have been going on since Slavery began in America… 2020 has continued the horrific practice of taking Black lives…

Today, I’m thinking about Rayshard Brooks, 27…George Floyd, 46…Breonna Taylor, 26…Atatiana Jefferson, 28…Aura Rosser, 40…Stephon Clark, 22…Botham Jean, 26…Philando Castille, 32…Alton Sterling, 37…Michelle Cusseaux, 50…Freddie Gray, 25…Janisha Fonville, 20…Eric Garner, 43…Akai Gurley, 28…Gabriella, Nevarez, 22…Tamir Rice, 12…Michael Brown, Jr., 18…Tanisha Anderson, 37…Robert Fuller, 24…Malcolm Harsch, 38…Ahmaud Arbery, 25…Now Google and Wikipedia pages outlining the details of lives cut short for being Black…in America…

Juneteenth…Maybe someone forgot to tell those who took their lives…that they were free…that they were liberated…that they were emancipated…about three centuries ago…

Let us celebrate Juneteenth today…Praying…that one day, in the very, very near future…we can celebrate the true meaning of Juneteenth.

Passage…

There is a beautiful and powerful legacy of love given to humanity that we have not even began to scratch the surface thereof…

Our preference to exercise fear over understanding…holds our hearts back from the true and real experience and expression of Love…to one another, as well and foremost, to our fellow humans…

If we only have love…if we’d only believe in its power of transformation…George Floyd would still be with us, living his life today…along with those who shared his fate…instead, they fell victims to those who chose to forgo the gift of love and the immensity of its transformative power and reach…

There would be no distinctions made in our Diversity…Every life would be precious…and hold meaning to everyone…regardless of  likeness or similarities...with only the knowledge that all life is precious and sacred, and all life must be protected…nurtured…and loved.

We deny ourselves the gift of life, any and every time we deny anyone the right to the gift of their lives…in any shape, form or fashion…and ultimately, we negate the sacrifice made to ensure that we have the right to life on this planet…and when we make that transition to the next life…which is guaranteed everlasting… How we gain that gift, is the key to our understanding and surrender to love…Right here…Right NOW.  The Promise…the Sacrifice…came with the clear understanding of Passage…

The Passage is the ticket to Eternity… If we do not understand the road of Passage…there is no Eternity…

Love is The Passage and the key to Eternity…There is no other way.  Nothing can be bartered, negotiated or substituted… There is only one Way…

We must lay down our weapons of Fear…

We must stop hurting others…and ourselves, and hurling obstacles in our paths in our refusal to accept the knowledge of, and exercise the gift and transformational power of Love…

Hatred…Racism…Discrimination…Prejudice…Greed…Injustice…Lies…Deception…Inequality…Malice…Inhumanity…any evil present or practiced, will fall away forever…in the presence and practice of Love…

Love is the Power of Creation and the only energy that is Omnipotent…

Once this understanding is reached by all humankind…the Way of Passage…becomes the Way of Life…securing Eternity…forever.

Let us secure Tomorrow…Today.  Lay down your hearts to Love…

Surrender…Let the transformation begin and experience the unity of “One Heart…One Love.”

Remove the cloaks of Fear…and Surrender…

Passage…is LOVE….

 

 

 

January 14, 1979…

January 14, 1979…That’s the day I lost my brother and my best friend…

Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992, a program on television tonight, took a look at the decade leading up to the L.A. riots of 1992.  The documentary also examined the racial tensions of the time, along with  the rise of gangs, the crack epidemic, and the way the LAPD chose to clamp down on the violence…

Watching this documentary, after living through some of the events in prelude to the riots, sent me a most clear realization of how to address some of the inquiries of what to do to help in the process of healing, police reform, and racism dismantling in the minds and hearts of those most vulnerable to this disease…Listen and Watch…and absorb the history of Black America…through their pain, struggles and losses…

These are stories that must be told…by those who have lived through the injustices…in order to give life to these horrific incidents…so the viewers can live vicariously through those left behind to endure the pain of loss and continued injustices visited upon one…just because of the color of their skin…Walk a mile in their shoes…Change begins when you fully understand the need for change…become the experience…and awaken to become an advocate of Change…

With this revelation, I would like to share with you a letter written by my mother to the ACLU in New Orleans, Louisiana,  Dated February 27, 1979…appealing for their assistance in obtaining justice for the murder of her son….

Dear Reviewing Attorney,

My name is Gerlene M. Bangs Tate, and I am a Supervising Child Support Investigator with the Los Angeles District Attorney, Bureau of Child Support Operations.  I was referred to your office by the Los Angeles ACLU.

On January 14, 1979, in New Orleans, LA, My son, Stanley Joseph Bangs, born April 12, 1953, was shot and killed by the New Orleans police.

I first heard of the incident early Sunday morning…January 14, by my ex-sister in law, who lives here in North Hollywood…I was informed that I would have to come down to get the body released for burial.

Upon arriving in New Orleans January 16, I commenced to take care of business.  I was told by a relative, that I was to contact a Sgt. Gavin-Robbery Division…I never did talk or see him…but after numerous round arounds, I was interviewed by a  Sgt. Wayne H. Cooper-Homicide Division, who related the circumstances as follows:

The officers were called on a disturbance call by a family member to the residence.  Upon arriving, the officers were shown where my son had taken flight to the Mississippi River levee…The officers went to the foot or bottom of the levee and called to my son to come down, subsequently after throwing concrete at the police car, he ran down past the police car approximately 100 ft., turned around with both hands in the air, but still clutching two big pieces of concrete in each hand, approached the officers, they shot off a warning shot, and since he was right upon the officers, the second shot was in his chest…

Something made me ask Sgt. Cooper, “Are you sure they didn’t shoot him in the back?” He vehemently replied, “Oh, no.” I also asked if the officers had been aware of Stanley’s emotional state, would the officers have handled the situation differently.  He stated, “I doubt it.”

Enclosed is a copy of the death certificate showing death was caused due to two (2) gunshot wounds of the back.  This is so opposite to the information given that I feel very deeply that this matter certainly merits investigation, and most probably merits legal action on behalf of me, his sisters and brothers.

My son is dead.  He was a deeply troubled young man, immature in a lot of ways, and was emotional at times, but he was my son and I loved him.

The officers unknowing to me at the time of Sgt. Cooper’s “taped” interview with me had been advised of my son’s emotional and mental state, by his aunt, and they were concerned for his safety because he was not familiar with the area, therefore, being forewarned and being made aware of the situation they could have been able to deal effectively with him, without killing him in what seems to have been a wanton killing…

I plead with you to accept this case.  True it won’t bring my son back, but it may help to protect the rights and lives of other potential victims of hasty, police “justice!”

The police of New Orleans would not give me a police report, nor give me my son’s wallet and clothes he was murdered in…Sgt. Cooper informed me that I wouldn’t get them unless I got an attorney to get them.

I guarantee that if you accept this case, I will fully cooperate with you. Thanking you for consideration and a reply.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. Gerlene M. Bangs Tate

Three days before my brother left for New Orleans, we had a talk…He was at a crossroads in his life, and he wanted to visit relatives in Louisiana to clear his thoughts and decide what he wanted to do with his life…He was taking some college courses, school was out, and he wanted to formulate a plan for his future.

Whenever he made decisions or was troubled about something, or needed objectivity, he would call me or come see me to talk things out, or let me know of his plans…my brother was very loving and sensitive…he couldn’t understand how mom and dad could separate, if they loved each other…

The New Orleans police tried to push a “stereotypical”  defense in killing my brother…He was going to harm them with concrete, while running away from them! Sounds all too familiar…

Fast forward…

Rodney King received a beating within inches of his life…because he was “high on PCP.” Although when tested once at the hospital…there were no traces of “PCP” in his system.  His only crime was being born Black…George Floyd…crime…being born Black…Rayshard Brooks…crime…being born Black…Trayvon Martin…Amadou Diallo…Kenneth Chamberlin…Jonathan Ferrell…Eric Garner…Philando Castile…Breonna Taylor…Alton Sterling…Stanley J. Bangs…and it goes on and on and on and on and on…

Stop…look…listen…become…understand…Change…Change…CHANGE!!!

No one is born a Racist…Teach the children well…so that they will remember acceptance and appreciation…and embrace and delight in diversity…

Dates of death because of the color of one’s skin…should not be a “remembrance.”

Change your shoes…and take a walk….

 

 

 

19 Days Later…Here We Are…Again!

Flag Day…19 days later…

Something is extremely wrong with this picture…19 days after the murder in Minnesota of George Floyd, by a police officer, as three of his colleagues stood by and callously watched; we witness another murder of a young Black man, Rayshard Brooks, 27, in Atlanta, Georgia, by a police officer…Rayshard was shot twice in the back, as he was running away from two police officers, trying to arrest him…

Shot…twice in the back…running away from them…unarmed. My brother…all over again!!! How many more Black lives will be taken before police reform is initiated across America, and Racism is dismantled
in the hearts and minds of those who look upon people of color…as less than human…when the origin of life of every human being on this planet…began and came out of Africa! One race…which calls itself the human race…originated in Africa…again, I say it!!!

Can one wipe out the life from which they came?! Can one tear out the heart of their mother? Can one take away the breath of another…because they don’t know their brother or sister…because your brother and sister don’t look like you? Behold the hearts and minds entrenched and indoctrinated and immersed in Racism…

This evil that is embraced and continually taught to generations…will put an end to all human life…before change can be initiated, accepted and implemented…this horrific legacy must be eradicated now…or future generations will be destroyed before they have the opportunity to live in peace and freedom…regardless of whom does or doesn’t look like whom…

Start teaching “humanity” instead of racism… Feed your children…and your children’s children about the beauty of diversity…with love and appreciation of the fact that all people…especially people who don’t look like you…deserve life…and the breath of life….

Teach them that we are all one race of people…that we are all related to one another…and when a Black man or woman is felled by policemen’s bullets and brutality…or by a private citizen who believes they are privileged and above the law for doing the same thing…remind them…that they have taken someone related to them…that they have released a mother’s cry to forever be reverberated throughout the heavens with a pain that can never be imagined… that their hatred and racism has torn another gaping hole in the fabric of humanity…then imagine…if the world were different…and it was your child…and they faced the same fate…because of the color of their skin…Just imagine… Look back at this country’s history of Black America…What if…You were Black America???

It only takes a moment to change your heart…to commit to change centuries of inequality and injustice…look in the mirror…and begin…with your next breath…

This country can not afford another 19 days from June 12th in Atlanta…for another son or daughter of color to be murdered in the name of racism…and police misconduct.

America is hanging…by a thread…a thread called Racism….

A Path To Peace…

A Path To Peace…Can we find it? Is there such a thing? And when we find it, will we find passage on the path to begin the journey?

The Path To Peace…is right in front of us…it’s overgrown with brambles of hatred…injustice…deception…lies…discrimination…prejudice…greed…racism…selfishness…unrighteousness…centuries of man’s inhumanity to his fellow man…these brambles are thickets of endless egregious acts…

Can a path ever be cleared to begin the forgiveness and healing that will summons a preamble to Peace…for all?

Our country’s history towards diversity has never been one of welcome…down to the treatment of our brothers and sisters indigenous to America…

A Path To Peace…is crucial to the survival of this Nation…as a path is cleared…we will experience the pain of contact with the many thorns lining the prickly shrubs and vines to be cut down and hauled away… in preparation for our journey to peace…

Are you ready for this journey? This path has been hidden from view far too long…

Put on your gloves if you must…Your spade of love is calling…

 

Let’s Talk About It…

George Floyd…Let’s Talk About It… What must we do…to expunge the hatred ingrained against a people…because of the color of their skin?!  The ignorance…the racism…the hatred…it is evil in it’s purest form.  There can not be love, where hatred dwells…NEVER!!!

Anyone….ANYONE…who claims to have love…and thinks they are giving love…and that love only extends itself to someone who looks like you only…YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT LOVE IS…OR WHAT KIND OF LOVE YOU ARE GIVING!!! “Segregated love” is not love…it is another form of “HATRED.”

George Floyd was given life and a purpose… and a mere “idea” of a person…along with a few other persons, who thought bigger of themselves than they really are…took away George’s freedom…and his right to live.  They looked upon M.R. Floyd…as less than human.

No one…who has such little regard for human life…is nowhere near…human.

I was going through some papers today…and I came across some of my mother’s letters to the ACLU…about my brother… Stanley…my best friend… who was murdered in January, 1979, by police in Louisiana… while visiting relatives…he was 25 years…he was shot twice in the back…unarmed…running on the levee…He was Black…

Mom’s letters where heart rending…I cried reading them…remembering her pain…watching her cry….when she didn’t know I was watching…grieving the loss of her son…her child…callously cut down…just because…I remembered how I felt…my anger…my resentment…my helplessness…Returning…like a never-ending story…

Let’s Talk About It… Every time a Black man is murdered…by police…or those who believe they are “privileged” and above recourse…because they aren’t of color…they are murdering my brother…again…my sister…my father…my mother…my family…my human family…

Because I Am…I  identify…I am Categorized…I am Labeled…I am Classified…I am Stereotyped…I am Stigmatized…I am Trivialized…I am Marginalized…I am deemed less than human…because I am Colorized…

My heart hurts anytime anyone is deprived of their life…liberties…and pursuit of happiness…because they are considered “different.” Diversity is beautiful…and necessary to God’s Creation of this astounding Universe!

The Hatred that lives and grows on this planet…is unique only to this planet…unique only to the human life that dwells here…Enlightenment will never fully be realized by all…until Love is understood…and mastered… Taking lives and limiting freedoms because someone doesn’t look like you…will not insure God’s Love…or give passage to your idea of “Heaven.”

Yes, Let’s Talk About It…While we’re talking about it…let’s do something about it.  Take a good look around you…this hatred…this “privilege” this delusion and grand illusion is destroying humanity…our planet…and any chance of human evolution toward enlightenment… Change the world? Change your hearts…and if you’ve lost your soul…it’s never too late to regain it through acts of Forgiveness…which is a wonderful road to Love…

Let’s Talk About that….

Stop the killing…Stop the hatred…Learn the true meaning of Love…or be forever lost…in darkness….

Let’s Talk About It…NOW.

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