the REAL Rick Ross sends a CHALLENGE to the FAKE Rick Ross and “whole Hip-Hop community” to END the “Hip-Hop to Prison Pipeline.”

I quoted Marimba Ani yesterday, in which she discussed the inherent conflicts between the ethos of Europeans and Africans. When I looked for more information on the word and its meaning, I found it interesting that Wikipedia stated:

Ethos is a Greek word meaning “character” that is used to describe the guiding beliefs or ideals that characterize a community, nation, or ideology. The Greeks also used this word to refer to the power of music to influence its hearer’s emotions, behaviours, and even morals.

Hmmm….

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethos.

the Brown family needs to pursue a claim of conspiracy to interfere with human rights against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Department, the prosecutor and others involved in ensuring that Wilson would never be indicted the MURDER of unarmed teen Michael Brown

Originally known as the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. § 1985(3) states:

(3) Depriving Persons of Rights or Privileges. If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire or go in disguise on the highway or on the premises of another, for the purpose of depriving, either directly or indirectly, any person or class of persons of the equal protection of the laws, or of equal privileges and immunities under the laws; or for the purpose of preventing or hindering the constituted authorities of any State or Territory from giving or securing to all persons within such State or Territory the equal protection of the laws; or if two or more persons conspire to prevent by force, intimidation, or threat, any citizen who is lawfully entitled to vote, from giving his support or advocacy in a legal manner, toward or in favor of the election of any lawfully qualified person as an elector for President or Vice President, or as a Member of Congress of the United States; or to injure any citizen in person or property on account of such support or advocacy; in any case of conspiracy set forth in this section, if one or more persons engaged therein do, or cause to be done, any act in furtherance of the object of such conspiracy, whereby another is injured in his person or property, or deprived of having and exercising any right or privilege of a citizen of the United States, the party so injured or deprived may have an action for the recovery of damages occasioned by such injury or deprivation, against any one or more of the conspirators.

“You can’t integrate the European side into the Afrikan side. You’ll become schizophrenic. You’ve got to integrate the old Afrikan side, which is our heritage, and the new Afrikan side, which is our reality, to produce a new Afrikan consciousness.” — Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Jr.

“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.”

Source: Hosea 4:6, King James Version.

“There is no such thing as ‘race.’ None. There’s just the human race, scientifically…anthropologically. Racism is a construct — a social construct — and it has benefits. Money can be made off of it. People who don’t like themselves feel better because of it. It can describe certain kinds of behavior that are wrong and misleading. So it has a social function, racism. But ‘race’ can only be defined as a human being.” — Toni Morrison

I’ve been saying this throughout my entire case — this is how you know that the only reason there are zero and/or a gross underrepresentation of qualified African Americans and people of color employment in higher-status, higher-paying positions throughout America, is not “due to chance” or “accidental.” Neither is the social unrest that our country is experiencing in 2014…

Watch Pulitzer Prize, Nobel Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Toni Morrison’s November 19, 2014 interview with Stephen Colbert here: http://www.salon.com/2014/11/20/toni_morrison_completely_schools_stephen_colbert_on_the_topic_of_race/.

“The Black prophetic tradition is fundamentally committed to the priority of poor and working people, thus pitting it against the neoliberal regime, capitalist system, and imperial policies of the U.S. government. The Black prophetic tradition has never been confined to the interests and situations of Black people. It is rooted in principles and visions that embrace these interests and confront the situations, but its message is for the country and world. The Black prophetic tradition has been the leaven in the American democratic loaf. When the Black prophetic tradition is strong, poor and working people of all colors benefit. When the Black prophetic tradition is weak, poor and working class people are overlooked. On the international level, when the Black prophetic tradition is vital and vibrant, anti-imperial critiques are intense, and the plight of the wretched of the earth is elevated. What does it profit a people for a symbolic figure to gain presidential power if we turn our backs from the suffering of poor and working people, and thereby lose our souls? The Black prophetic tradition has tried to redeem the soul of our fragile democratic experiment. Is it redeemable?” — Cornel West

Source: Cornel West. “Cornel West: The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation.” Slate. October 5, 2014. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/05/cornel_west_the_state_of_black_america_in_the_age_of_obama_has_been_one_of_desperation_confusion_and_capitulation/.

“The central role of mass media, especially a corporate media beholden to the U.S. neoliberal regime, is to keep public discourse narrow and deodorized. By “narrow” I mean confining the conversation to conservative Republican and neoliberal Democrats who shut out prophetic voices or radical visions. This fundamental power to define the political terrain and categories attempts to render prophetic voices invisible. The discourse is deodorized because the issues that prophetic voices highlight, such as mass incarceration, wealth inequality, and war crimes such as imperial drones murdering innocent people, are ignored.” — Cornel West

Source: Cornel West. “Cornel West: The state of Black America in the age of Obama has been one of desperation, confusion and capitulation.” Slate. October 5, 2014. http://www.salon.com/2014/10/05/cornel_west_the_state_of_black_america_in_the_age_of_obama_has_been_one_of_desperation_confusion_and_capitulation/.