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Gregg L.Greer Notes from the Struggle Editorial: What is the Value of a Black Life

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Today, not more then one hour ago, I should on the front-lines for a very important, Protest. That protest concerned a young man who was unfortunately beaten to death on the South Side of Chicago in a small Arab Liqueur store while trying to steal a two dollar bottle of beer. Yes, the fact that he was stealing was wrong but the question of the hour was did he deserve to loose his life for that worthless item.
 
In truth, time again and over again-we see the lives of young black men, children and women have been stamped out due to a flurry of serious underlying causes, but when the life has been taken by police officers other means that directly puts the system at fault it would seem that the value and worth of that life is substantially diminished. 
 
During, this protest the liqueur store owner who heard prior that we were going to be protesting, decided to place a DJ outside of the store playing loud gospel music (to drown out our protest and speaking). Even a catholic priest known in the community stood on the side lines for the liqueur store in case the local media showed up. Also, it is now believed that some of our brothers took concessions from the store owners to stand down to soften the protest approach.
 
Where I’m from-when advocating against an enemy of the people there can be no negotiation,no handshakes, and no side deals will be made.   
 
The moral of this story is I have to say-I am sorry to say, many of us who live in the black community are often subject to unbalanced scales of justice-when it comes black life, the scales are double lopsided, and we stand in constant jeopardy of those who want top extinguish our lives. That leaves me to ask an interesting question:
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How Much Is a Black Life Worth?
According to a recent article by The Root- Using these numbers, a black life is worth about $3,364,875 million, or—on average—each taxpayer shells out $50.06 to extinguish a black life, meaning that a black life is worth less than:

  • Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial (it cost the company about $5 million).
  • Ben Simmons’—who played in zero games in the NBA this season—2016 NBA salary ($5.093 million).
  • A weekend trip for Donald Trump to Mar-a-Lago ($3.6 million).
What these stats say to the many is that our system fails to show similar concerns over the lives of those in the black community and for the conditions that we deal with daily. I know for a fact that some of you would rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with being an instant consignee to the system and does not grapple with elimination of the underlying causes, that effects your people daily. Master says, move and you move-master says, jump and you all in body and soul.
 
It is unfortunate that the demonstration that took place went wrong, it is more unfortunate that our city is one of the most segregated in the nation. A city where weaker minded black’s get it on with the white “neocon” racist power structure and they leave those of us who are progressive minded in the community with no alternative, but to be crippled and hurt in most cases, yet we fight on to give a lifeline to our people.
 
In our tragic history-Black bodies were brought to this country as a commodity, and the only thing that has changed to-date is the volume and projection of the auctioneer’s voice. In truth they still wear a robes. They still sell you off at the highest bid, and have no use for you once your life blood has been taken.  
 
But “New Black Thought” say’s it is now time to leave the liberal plantation and secure a role in our historical struggle for emancipation and the redemption.
Yes indeed you are witnessing the making of a modern day revolutionary, who is unashamed, unbrought, and unrelenting. So I ask you gain, “What is the value of a black life.” (glg)
Bishop Gregg L. Greer, PEACE AND LOVE!
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. Greer is the Founder of Black America World News His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, and  CNN.  Greer writes commentary on Apolitical America, Huffington Post,  and others-or listen to his radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from Are interested in interviews from him and others of the brightest minds today, you can email  oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com

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The Hate that Hate Made!

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On Today July 17, 2016, many are aware of the current national news headlines detailing two cops who were killed in Baton Rouge, and multiple cops killed in Dallas, Texas last week.

In the wake of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner New York City, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and stolen lives-elsewhere, most of the time black people in city’s across America have known for some time that there is a deep rooted issue in our communities. Many of us are totally aware of the nature of police oppression and violence against the black community in urban cities. This has happened to such an extent that we as (blacks) expect from the police a regular “shake down, ” at least once in our life and for some-we’ve become immune to this treatment.

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So maybe we should just start by saying a black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and seven times more likely to go jail than his white counterpart. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of arrests for violent crimes, but  over 60 percent of prosecutions. Everyday thousands of blacks have suffered subliminal forms of discrimination to harsh issues both inside and outside the criminal justice system. We don’t need social science research to show how striking are the racial disparities exist at nearly every level for blacks-just go into the hood and ask a black person!  We have suffered from mass incarceration by ungodly arrest rates, to unheard of bail amounts for minimal crimes. One truly doesn’t need to  shift through any vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the American Justice

 Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?

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With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities black  have no choice but to push our way forward from here,  and most will tell you they are long tired of being victims.  

Gregg L.Greer-President, Freedom First International-S.C.L.C Member

I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way. 

With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities have no choice but to push our way forward from here.

The Father of hate will forever be lies, the forested lie that hate tells is some races are better than others. Eric A Russell-Founder of Tree of Life Justice League of IL.

Yes it’s tragic that Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gun battle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.

It’s sad that two of those who died were Baton Rouge police officers, said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. The gunman also killed a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounded a deputy who is “fighting for his life,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said.

 

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It is with this thought in mind-that we embrace the pain-that other communities are feeling, because we know this pain-it’s a way too familiar pain. This pain has slowly given rise to Black Militant groups such as the one pictured above. (Armed Black Militants Prep for War-you tube)

The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist  is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.

 It is my hope and most likely a dream- that the President and others who discuss the tragic circumstances of Dallas, and Baton Rouge will spend equal time discussing the level of frustration in the black community- I will caution all that-the time came yesterday- when the black community grew tired. Please know that we don’t want to blame anyone for senseless loss of life-but please-please tell me who’s to blame for the “Hate that Hate made.”

 Peace and Love

 

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DANGER: Are you a Revolutionary, an Ignorant Fascist or just a plain ole Fool!

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I’ve spent the past year back in Chicago, and the past ten years around the country working toward positive civil rights campaigns. As a leader I’ve directly participated in a few of the major modern historical civil rights campaigns across the country. Examples being Tamir Rice, as Advocacy leader, The George Stinney Jr. Case as an Advocacy Leader. I have fought against Stand Your ground in Florida,  as the leader I’ve  organized multiple Police Brutality campaigns in Chicago and around the nation. I never liken myself to be a revolutionary-because I know the commitment and force needed to take on such a title, but subjectively I possibly could use this title. Hmmm!
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Recent 2016 Black and White Picture of me and other’s protesting the Chicago P.D.
In any case-at this point I believe I am qualified to address the issue of those who subjectively claim that they are revolutionaries because they seem to lead the youth and others that they represent into a downward spiral of false idealism’s, rising tempers, growing arrogance and misplaced self-confidence. This “toxic,” combination becomes so dangerous that they lead some to arrest (jail) or even those who lose their lives, unnecessarily in every instance.
Let’s look at the historical work of at least One “True,” Revolutionary to see what they would say about this subject.
A True Revolutionary: Do not enjoy the Comforts of unjust system that they don’t believe in: 
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Two new books open a window on “Che” Guevara (above) and his quixotic quest to remake the world and on his comrades who, like him, were, as he wrote, “willing to forgo every comfort to fight for another country” and to follow him into the worst abysses, from Zaire to Bolivia. 
  
Unrealistic Wannabe’s: Complain, Complain, and Complain but still live in comfort-Still go to school, still use the churches and courts, and will call the police in a hot “New York” minute. Yet and still they claim to be anti police or a police abolitionist. Hmmmmm!
Any true revolution is considered an event which has a major impact on changing the political, economic or social structure of society – usually in a short space of time. A revolution may be violent or peaceful in order to achieve its aims. The aims of revolutions are usually tied to an ideology, e.g. Communism, liberalism or related to national independence.
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Unrealistic Wannabe’s: If your idea of revolution is to pick up a sign and simply protest on a downtown street about government or an “alleged,” mistreatment but you always stand behind someone else’s movement or action- then please ask yourself is the trend setting movement worthy of your time or anyone else’s for that matter.
Mostly importantly fighting-for human rights is a high level challenge-you should know that most fanatics psychologically are unable to “back down, and admit defeat, ” They may cause you more harm them good. Those who don’t strategize or who have no true method to their cause, should at best consider just calling themselves activist or maybe a cult in truth. Whatever you decide, please really think about, who you are and your reason for participating.
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WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY-there is a fine line between revolutionary thinker or Fascists, and a fool!
During the 2nd World War, the Nazis’ used revolutionary and nationalistic propaganda to win over most German Nationals-But soon thereafter anti-Jewish campaigns increased in scale and ferocity. In the invasion and occupation of Poland, German troops shot thousands of Polish Jews, confined many to ghettos where they starved to death and began sending others to death camps in various parts of Poland, where they were either killed immediately or forced into slave labor. In 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Nazi death squads machine-gunned tens of thousands of Jews in the western regions of Soviet Russia. Unfortunately many of the Natural Germans who fell into the evil flow of Nazis Party and promoted German nationalism and anti-Semitism-paid highly for their critical misstep, when Nazis Party felled-even to the extent that Germany has changed forever to date. 
As it is said genuine revolutionaries, whether they fail or succeed, often win the hearts of the world’s romantic and idealistic, especially the young, who admire in them their passionate rejection of an unjust economic and social order which they insist causes so much hopelessness and needless death. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, “probably the most genuine revolutionary leader,” as even Henry Kissinger admitted in his memoirs, inspired such admiration–admiration that can be seen still in the banners and T-shirts worn by a younger generation seeking to protest “globalization.”
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Question: Are you willing to die for it?

In the end that Latin America is still, as Guevara complained, “torn asunder by hunger, poverty, disease, injustice and hatred. In this sense, Guevara’s awesome offering may be found in the lessons of his short life.
For my part I have to say, “unless you are willing to live your life, give your life and everything else to fight for cause-don’t tell me you are a revolutionary, and stop leading the youth and others astray because then you become an enemy: Word to the wise!     
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Southern Lives Matter_Alabama Rally turns out to be a “DUD” with no attendees!

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The a group of 30 Angry Pro Confederate Flag Supporters/Protestors sparked a controversial debate when the crowd showed up for a rally this past Friday August 28, 2015 at the Alabama Capitol State House in favor of the flag and carrying ‘Southern Lives Matter’ posters to mock the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. . Many were singing “Dixie,” some were taking selfies.  The rally was organized primarily to bring attention to legislators and all regarding the widespread support and approval for keeping the current confederate state flags in light of recent demonstrations calling for removal. 
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Another aim was for attendees to have an opportunity to address the Southern Folks message of Southern Nationalism and secession, as well as several other topics. Initially the rally was well received by the majority of over 300 demonstrators via Facebook and many of them expressed interest in exploring the merits of “Southern Nationalism,” but only 30 attended on the day of the rally. A few young black bystanders decided on an attempt to explain to the delusional men in Confederate uniforms that the war had ended, only to have the protesters tell them “Go back to where you came from.” Then stating to the onlookers  “If you don’t accept history behind flag, find a new country.”
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Standing at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps, where 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. led a march for civil rights, Tim Steadman said it wasn’t right to remove the flags.  “Right now, this past week with everything that is going on, I feel very much like the Jews must have felt in the beginning of the Nazi Germany takeover,” he said. “I mean I do feel that way, like there is a concerted effort to wipe people like me out, to wipe out my heritage and to erase the truths of history.”  A statement from the groups facebook page says;
We are spreading the news across America about this tragic and illegal action of hate toward our Southern family. Like our page to get up to date news and announcements about this fight for freedom. Have a news story we should tell? Message us! Tell America and be heard!

The two groups briefly discussed heritage and racism while Confederate flag supporters proudly waved their flags, before ending the conversation. No arrest were made by Capitol Police, the rally ended two hours short of it’s original goal-due to low turnout.

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