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Shackles On My Mind

It is claimed out of the mouths of fools, babies, idiots and madmen comes truths and wisdom. So let’s take a madman like Donald T Sterling who spoke the truth the way he saw how successful Black people don’t reach back to empower their community.

When the general public heard the TMZ released recordings the culture automatically reacted with the “taking the fight to the messenger” approach. His peers fined him, forcing him to sell his business and subjecting him to a public flogging for his bad behavior, thoughts and language. This a man the NAACP were busy washing and kissing his feet and on his way to receiving his 2nd lifetime award. Yes two lifetime awards to a man many in Los Angeles County knew for who he is.

As a culture we now subject people who speak their minds to such public lynching, yet we are forced by law to live by the ideals and principles of the “Founding Fathers” who were, international slave owners and traders, pimps, pushers, rapist, organized criminals and documented racists.

Still no one has accused Donald T Sterling of being a liar, yet he has being vilified for speaking the truth the way he sees. You see I myself for the moment was guilty of getting caught up in that lynch mob mentality because as Black people we are still fighting for equality and view such racially charged condemnations collectively as a setback to the struggle.

You see Mr. Sterling’s sentiment is the result of a culture built on inequality. The Slave Manual, from the House to the Field Nigger chapter and the Civil Rights initiative of equal but separate.

There is Oprah Winfrey who has had billions for several years, how many other billionaires from the Black community did Oprah make? How many young Black people is she saving from certain gun deaths in the streets of Chicago with her billions?

Then there is Aliko Dangote the richest Black man, how many other young Nigerian billionaires came up through him, how are his billions helping to rescue the kidnapped girls from Chibok. The same goes for Folorunsho Alakija the richest Black woman, where are other young Nigerian women in her billionaire’s circle.

The richest Black man and woman are from Nigeria, with the mass population living in extreme poverty many in conditions unfit for farm animals, plus living under the terror of Boko Haram. The worst possible human crimes inflicted against children in the world today are committed in Nigeria.

There is Bob Johnson founder of BET, how exactly has he helped to reduce the poverty in the Black community or reduce the crimes inflicted on the Baltimore African American community.

There is a long list of wealthy African Americans who have not constructively used their wealth to empower the Black community including and not limited to Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Puff Daddy, Will Smith, the freshly minted billionaire Dr. Dre and Jay Z who recently had to have Solange Knowles slap some blackness back into him. Mind you they all made their billions on the backs of the Black community but now surround themselves with rich White folks believing that is the only way they can hold on to their riches.

Donald Sterling does not consider the Jews a minority group. He believes Jews are empowered because they reach back and give back to empower their community. You see that is what Mr. sterling was saying to Magic Johnson. Frankly Donald Sterling viewed a racist by the general public makes him or me no bother.

Magic Johnson investing in a movie theater in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles and a couple of Starbucks in the hood is just what it is, investments. Magic Johnson did not invest in the hood to empower Black people, the fact is Donald Sterling made his billions in the hood off the backs of Black people the same way Magic Johnson is making his millions. The difference here is that Donald Sterling is making the argument that he is giving back more to the African American community than Magic is. He is right to an extent because the NAACP must have recognized that to award him two lifetime achievement awards. – @OgbeniAyotunde

6 thoughts on “Shackles On My Mind

  1. Reblogged this on Young African Pioneers.

  2. I’m always wary of public lynching. Thank you for your perspective and reminding us not to be sheep. Good questions.

    1. Thank you

  3. Thank you for speaking up and calling out what is true. For it is men like you who use whatever you have in your power to lead black people into the strength of compassion, spirituality, and culture we lost so many hundreds of years ago – even before selling each other to white men. We have to hold within our minds and hearts our visions for what Africa – which is her people – can become – through courage, compassion, and fearlessness. Thank you for your work. Your pictures every day put me in the reality of Africa and what is needed .

    1. Thank you for taking the time I truly appreciate you. Attached is a tread from a Facebook group which you might find of interest.

      Asaru Ba Jaburik: I agree with most of this and I noted a lot off the same things when Sterling made his comments…especially when he said that Jews give each other zero interest loans – that’s impressive. I remembered that that practice is law in the Torah, making it culturally ensconced amongst themselves and they forgive loans if the borrower is unable to repay after a certain amount of time.
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      Asaru Ba Jaburik: One thing I do disagree with is about Magic Johnson and Oprah…although they are not perfect and I would like to see them do more, I am encouraged by some of the things they have done. Oprah’s leadership academy for girls should be a bright spot for the future of Africa and Magic has opened businesses and employed 1000’s of our people all over America. In East Point, GA alone he opened a movie theatre, Fridays and bought a mall…all in Nubian areas. Plus he opened a bank with Janet Jackson and some other rich folks. I think they should be applauded for the things that they have done, but encouraged and expected to do more. Unfortunately Sterling is right about the vast majority of Nubians who get rich off of us…they do little to nothing for our communities.
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      Ogbeni Ayotunde: Thank you so much for your comment and insight truly appreciated. I understand Magic Johnson and Oprah are making strides but not constructively. I really don’t see how opening a movie theatre in East Point is empowering the African American community when the profits from the movie theatre goes into the pockets of the Jewish controlled Hollywood. It is no different from opening liquor stores in Black communities. You see while Magic Johnson hires 1000’s Bill Gates and Mark of FB are hiring in the millions. They say charity begins at home so how many Black people are getting help from Magic and Janet’s bank. All they are doing is exploiting the Black community as any other business. Oprah opened a leadership school in South Africa spending millions to help a few girls who were eventually abused. Had Oprah done her research she would have understood that uniformed girls in boarding schools is colonial. When African Americans understand to empower Africa the continent is to empower the African American community, the village ideology. So it is disgraceful to watch Oprah, Magic and the rest of the successful African Americans use their billions to exploit their own people while Bill Gates is spending his billions to eradicate malaria in Africa.
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