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A TRIBUTE TO THE GOLDEN KNIGHTS

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reporter

The Vegas Golden Knights opened the season as the new kids on the National Hockey League block last October, the team prepared for the start of their first hockey season as a expansion club. The host city was stunned by the mass shooting outside of Mandalay Bay Hotel. The new expansion hockey team embraced the people of Las Vegas and the people embraced the team, the two needed each other. The City of Las Vegas needed something positive to recover from this horrific tragic event. The Vegas Golden Knights were the answer.
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The world will never be the same with the 58 people lost in Las Vegas, Nevada mass shooting on October 1, 2017.  The party town was shut down completely by a man, Stephen Paddock who wanted to be in the history books by shooting defenseless Americans. The mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shocked the nation and the world. The City of Las Vegas would use sports to unify their city and defy whatever Mr. Paddock wanted to achieve.

FACTS

It is very interesting to note that The American news media continues to get this incorrect that the Las Vegas shooting was the largest in American history. There are three other Native American mass shootings. The Sand Creek Massacre-Colorado 1864, 165 Cheyenne and Arapaho were killed, Wounded Knee in 1890, 150 Lakota were killed. Guess they also forgot the 1846 mass murder of the Wintu Native American Tribe by Explorer John C. Fremont on the Sacramento River. At least 120 men, women, and children died. These are the largest mass murder by gunfire in the United States.

OPENING DAY

There was an opening day tribute to the fallen victims of October 1st. The team stated that number 58 would never be worn in Las Vegas by a Golden Knight player as a tribute. They raised a banner with 58 stars, one for each victim and the Golden Knights logo. The team created fund raisers and donations for the victims the whole month of October.

The Vegas fans started learning the different rules and different offensive and defensive strategies of the game. In the beginning the owners produced a show on the ice before the games as entertainment just in case the team did not win. Fans would enjoy themselves every night if the Knights lost.

The Golden Knights responded with hard noise winning hockey and teams did not want to come to Vegas. Word started to circulate not to get the Las Vegas blues because the Golden Knights would beat you up on the ice.

East coast teams would take two periods or more before they would get their skating legs and by that time the Knights had already won the game. The strategy was working.

RECORDS

The team won game after game even the ones they were not supposed to win. They broke the records for the best start of a season for expansion team at 3-0, the first expansion team to win six straight, the first to win 34 games out of 50, and most points for expansion team 84, it would not end, the town fell in love with the team. A Golden Knight hockey ticket became the hardest ticket to get in Las Vegas.

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Even bad luck would not stop The Golden Knights. Their starting goalie went down, veteran and two time Stanley Cup Champion, Marc Andre Flury- Pittsburgh Penguins for a six week period, they kept winning. Two more goalies would enter the nets and leave Oscar Dansk-injured, Vadim Shipachyov retired and went to the Russian Hockey League. Then the newly acquired Malcolm Subban from the Boston Bruins stopped the goalie marry-go-round with stellar net minding and a 9-2-2 record. The Vegas crowd would yell SUUUUU with each save. Malcolm became a crowd favorite before he would also fall to the injury bug, with a groin injury; the Golden Knights continued to win.

The Knights continued their historic run becoming the first expansion team since The Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers to make the playoffs in their first year. The Knights lead the Pacific Division from December 23 until the playoffs something unheard of.. Not only that they were the first expansion team to sweep a playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings.

The only thing that stopped the Golden Knights were Alex Ovechkin and the Stanley Cup starved Washington Capitals.

VEGAS STRONG

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The Vegas Golden Knights and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles worked together to released new license plate with “Vegas Born” and the Knights logo on them. The extra monies will go to the medical needs of the October 1st shooting victims… Now that’s “Vegas Strong.” The team, city, and state have a new motto for the 2018-19 season. “Vegas Stronger” No doubt the Vegas Golden Knights will be a factor in The Pacific Division and Western Conference.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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ANIMAL HOUSE IN SUPREME COURT

ANIMAL HOUSE IN SUPREME COURT

Gary Norris Gray-BASN- Staff Reporter

We are witnessing the creation of Animal House in Washington, D.C. for those who did  not see the 1978 Movie from National Lampoon. It was a comedy about a fraternity on a fictitious campus. Their motto was “It was the Delta’s against the rules and the rules lost.” It was a movie about a frat house, Alpha Delta Phi, with John Belushi (Bluto Blutarsky) becoming a star. The food throwing, dorm smashing, sex party, toga dressing group had a ball. This group of men did not pass classes either, because they never attended classes and that was their badge of courage. Everybody thought it was funny but now it is slowly becoming a reality in our government in Washington D.C. It is not funny anymore.

Remember these men are now our future CEO, bank officers, corporate presidents, police officers, lawyers, mayors, governors, President of the United States, and Supreme Court Justices.

KAVANAUGH

The American public and politicians continue to wrestle with their morals and social justice. President Donald J. Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh another conservative judge to the highest court in the land. The current political leadership teaches our young men and women all of the wrong instructions, disrespecting each other and not care for his/her fellow man (person) especially those that are not the right skin tone.

RESIZED FOUR WISE MEN

Last week a Black American male icon Bill Cosby went to jail for 3-10 for being a sexual predator but Donald J. Trump, Matt Lauer, Bill O’Reily, Harvey Weinstein, and Charlie Sheen are still walking around free and may have committed a similar crime as Cosby (ALLEGEDLY). We can now add Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh to this famous list, Mr. Sheen could have transmit the HIV virus to his sexual partners nobody knows and nobody says a word.

Hypocrisies.

All of the television shows that Bill Cosby stared were pulled from syndication while Charlie Sheen’s show “Two and A Half Men.” can still be seen on the cable networks.

Hypocrisies.

White anger vs. Black anger on full display could not be missed this past week. Mr. Kavanaugh and Lindsey Graham could scream, yell, and cry at the nomination panel and that’s o.k. While Serena Williams throws her tennis racket down in competition at the U.S. Open and everybody is upset and she is too emotional.

Hypocrisies

“Kavanaugh’s anger may be understandable in a man who claims — hyperbolically — that his life and family have been “destroyed” by what he says are false allegations of sexual assault.

But they are hardly what we deserve or expect in a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, which has so much control over Americans’ lives, especially women’s.”

If Mr. Kavanaugh were a female she/he would have been escorted out of the room with that emotional outburst.  They would state that he/she was too emotionally unstable to be on the highest court in the land.

 

Kavanaugh stated that his life was ruined; no not really he just did not receive what he wanted and felt he deserved. Welcome to the real world Mr. Kavanaugh. He did not get his entitlement and that’s the reason why he is upset.

 

When or if Brett Kavanaugh puts on that black robe in Washington, D.C., The Supreme Court will officially be a legal Animal House with two potential sexual predators sitting on the bench. These two men either will not or cannot defend women’s rights. The fraternal Animal House brotherhood will finally reach the highest court in the land.

For those who do not remember in 1991 President George Herbert Walker Bush nominated federal Circuit Judge Clarence Thomas to the bench to replace Civil Rights lawyer  Thurgood Marshall.

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Professor Anita Faye Hill testified against Thomas at his confirmation hearings for sexual harassment in the working place at his Supreme Court nomination. Hill was dismissed just as the powers at hand are trying to dismiss teacher Christine Blasey Ford.

 The President of the United States stated last year. ” I moved on her like a B****. But I couldn’t get there. And she was married. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful-I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab’em by the P****. You can do anything.”

THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT PEOPLE OF COLOR
THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT WOMEN
THESES MEN DO NOT RESPECT MEN YOUNGER THEN THEMSELVES
THESE MEN DO NOT RESPECT THE LAW
THESE MALES DO NOT RESPECT
 the health OR well being of THEIR future members of the fraternity.
“Just as I believed Anita Hill in 1991, I believe Christine Blasey Ford.

I wouldn’t put Kavanaugh in jail for what he did when he was 17, but I sure as hell wouldn’t put him on the Supreme Court.”

— Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times

At the end of the Animal House Movie in the “where are they now segment”  the craziest and most obnoxious Delta, John Belushi- Bluto Blutarsky became a United States Senator and it is slowly becoming reality with Brett Kavanaugh becoming a Supreme Court Justice. This is not funny.

Not much has changed since 1991.

P.S. I’m not a Cosby fan because if you have to drug somebody to get sex your rap is very weak

 Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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AMERICA AND RACE-AGAIN

By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter

The United States of America has had an issue with race ever since its beginning in the late 1600’s when Blacks were considered as property and or slaves, Native-Americans were savages, Asians and Latinos just did not count.

This country has had some radical racial swings from right wing to left wing political thought and back again. This country once again is wrestling with the issue of race with Black sports and political figures taking the lead in civil rights.

The love-hate relationship continues with African-Americans and the American public.

NIA FRANKLIN

America is fighting with its self as they crowned a Black Miss America last week: New York’s Nia Franklin. Ms. Franklin is a beautiful Black woman on her talent, intelligence, and style.

In 2000, Angela Perez Baraquio became the first Filipino Miss America and Nina Davuluri, became the first Indian (New Delhi) Miss America 2014. America fights itself with the image of beauty with the Miss America and Miss USA pageants.

Most would say this was progress but the fight continues.

OSAKA AND WILLIAMS

At the same time, America falls back into its old habits, bashing African Americans and verbally beating up the best athlete in America — Serena Williams. The Black female tennis star blows off steam in a tennis match and the whole world loses their collective mind.

Williams lost a match to her mirror image young Japanese-Haitian Naomi Osaka in New York for the U.S. Open Championship. We have seen this anger before with white male tennis players like John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Novak Djokovic (who won this year’s U.S. Open this year), and Ilie “Nasty” Nastase. These men can curse out an umpire, or throw a racket at the chair and receive a little verbal reprimand, all of this with little anger toward these men by the American public.

Boys will be boys, right? It is funny, right?

An Australian newspaper, The Herald Sun tried to make fun of Serena Williams’ anger with a cartoon and it looks like it came right out of the racist sambo era. This is what African American Athletes have to deal with every day.

Not only that it made Naomi Osaka white with blond hair. REALLY Osaka is Haitian-Japanese and is also of a darker hue.

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But when a Black female or male does this same emotional outburst it is different. When a Black man or woman defends him/herself or his/her community he/she gets criticizes, ostracizes, and bashed from American society.

Curt Flood felt the wrath of American baseball fans when he went to court to fight his trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the last place Philadelphia Phillies. How dare Flood challenge the notion that players were property and owners can send you where-ever they wish.

Flood was not happy and wanted the world to know this was not going to work.

This American “stay in your place,” notion happened again in New York City two weeks ago with Serena Williams on the court. The Chair was telling Serena to be quiet and play. I’m in charge here not you.

It happened in 1968 to Olympic track stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos. It happened to The Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali in 1969 and it happened to Curt Flood and LeBron James. The question should be asked WHY?

America is fighting itself because it has a leader that fans the flames of racial discord and descent. Mr. Trump has gone after the National Football League over the past two years which is predominantly staffed with African Americans.

This President has attacked African American former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his stance on justice, equality, and trying to stop police brutality, something that all Americans should be trying to do.

KAEPERNICK

Mr. Trump now turns his guns on the Nike Sports Company for honoring Kaepernick and his justice stance. Amnesty International could not be far behind Trump’s wrath by giving Colin the Ambassador of Conscience Award.

Kaepernick could not get a starting job for any other team and the majority of the players that knelt with him in 2016 cannot be found on the field today.

America has done it before with the heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, by stripping him of his title world championship title because he would not go to war in Vietnam.

It happened with John Carlos and Tommy Smith for standing on the podium of the Summer Mexico Games with their fist raised in protest and bare feet in solidarity with American’s poor residents. They were sent home after winning Gold and Bronze for the United States

It also happened with Curt Flood in 1969 challenging Major League Baseball’s reserve clause now its Kaepernick’s turn. Black and visible personalities do not tread on the American Flag or its traditions.

America fights with itself when they embrace Ali after he becomes disabled and is no longer make political statements;  they embrace Carlos and Smith 50 years later as both of these track stars could not find a job and be shunned by this country.

Baseball is still fighting with the image of Curt Flood and free agents. Flood never played for the Philadelphia Phillies after winning a pair of World Series titles in St. Louis. America in time will finally embrace Curt Flood as well as Colin Kaepernick but the road will be long.

But we all need to ask why does America keep repeating itself?

This country continues to want quiet, non-political, non-controversial Black personalities like Tiger Woods, Jim Brown, Herschel Walker, Dennis Rodman, and Michael Jordan who do not know their Black identity.

They want a George Foreman waving a mini American flag in the middle of the boxing ring at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. Negroes that will not or cannot protest against America.

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This is nothing new Francis Scott Key went with the American tradition of blasting Black people. Key did not like the Black British Marines and made it known in the Star Spangled Banner.

These Black British Marines were fighting for their freedom in 1812 – 1814. Key wrote the third stanza about his disdain toward these Black warriors. At the time, Key was a landowner, slave owner, and tried at every possible opportunity to jail free Blacks even when a crime against these free Blacks was committed by Caucasians.

As a lawyer and the District Attorney of Washington, he could do it. Key fought for Slavery and against Abolitionists.  Key did not care, he was a stone-cold racist stating that Blacks were “A distinct and inferior race of people, which all experience proved to be the greatest evil that afflicts a community.”

America is doing it again with the current administration in Washington with sports figures as the political backdrop. Key made it known that he wished ill will toward the enemy be they Black or white.

The current administration in Washington D.C. is just following suit.

THE THIRD VERSE

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

 

 

This stanza was written over 200 years ago and these feelings are still present in the United States. Are we a better nation today, an improved nation today, maybe, but we have work to do when a 36-year-old Black female tennis star can upset a nation over a single tennis match?

When a boxer can make Americans angry for not defending our nation, or when a basketball or baseball player exercises his right as a free agent to move to any team he wishes. Still it is all because of the color of the skin not the content of their character.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not be pleased.

AGAIN, REMEMBER WHO IS TELLING THE STORY!!!!  

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES ARE TOO BLACK

AFRICAN AMERICAN ATHLETES ARE TOO BLACK

By Gary Norris Gray BASN NEWSROOM STAFF REPORTER

As we move into the National Football League’s third season of civil rights protest. Black players on many teams are kneeling or raising their fist, again, when our National Anthem is being played. These current players want America to have a conversation about race in the United States, a conversation America continues to run away from. The players also want a conversation about our lack of concern when our veterans return from service with no assistance.

Our current President once again targets these same players with vile rhetoric that proves that he is truly a racist and wants African-American males to be subservient to him and the dominate White American culture.

Black and white fans do not watch the NFL for very different reasons and the league has to fix this problem. Colin Kaepernick could not have said it better, ” You don’t watch The NFL for the anthem so if you don’t like the kneeling just ignore it like you do racism and police brutality.”   

The poem ‘TOO BLACK,’ will be dedicated to the following football stars

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THEY TAKE MY KINDNESS FOR ………..WEAKNESS.

COLIN KAEPERNICK………………………………………….TOO BLACK

NEWTON, CAM

CAM NEWTON………………………………………..TOO BLACK

 

THEY TAKE MY SILENCE FOR……………..SPEECHLESS.

Warren Moon

WARREN MOON……………………………….……TOO BLACK

THEY TAKE MY UNIQUENESS AS……………….. STRANGE

KORDELL STEWART

 

KORDELL STEWART…………………………TOO BLACK

 

THEY TAKE MY LANGUAGE AS………….. SLANG

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RANDALL CUNNINGHAM…………………………………TOO BLACK

 

THEY SEE MY MISTAKE AS………………….DEFEAT

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MARSHAWN LYNCH……………………………..TOO BLACK

 

THEY TAKE MY SUCCESS AS……………….ACCIDENTAL.

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RUSSELL WILSON………………………………..TOO BLACK

 

THEY MINIMIZE MY INTELLIGENCE TO….POTENTIAL

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RICHARD SHERMAN………………………….. TOO BLACK  

 

MY QUESTION MEANS I AM UNAWARE

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MICHAEL SINGLETARY……………………….  TOO BLACK

 

MY ADVANCEMENTS ARE SOMEHOW UNFAIR

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DONOVAN MCNABB…………………………………..TOO BLACK

 

TO VOICE MY CONCERN IS DISCONTENT

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DUANE THOMAS ………………………..TOO BLACK

 

IF I STAND UP FOR MYSELF, I AM DEFENSIVE

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SHANNON SHARPE…………………………………………..TOO BLACK

 

IF I DON’T TRUST THEM, I AM TOO APPREHENSIVE.

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E,J. MANUEL………………………………………….TOO BLACK

 

I AM FAKE IF I ASSIMILATE

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DAK PRESCOTT………………………………………..TOO BLACK

 

MY CHARACTER IS CONSTANTLY UNDER ATTACK.

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TERRELL OWENS……………………………TOO BLACK

Written by unknown disabled person

This poem is dedicated to all of the African-American brothers and sisters who make sports their chosen profession. They continue the fight against institutionalized racism in the United States.

* DARK ITALICS ARE NOT PART OF POEM THEY ARE MY CONTRIBUTIONS

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Blogtalkradio.com Disabled Community Activist. Email at glc@gmail.com

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ALL LIVES MATTERS???

ALL LIVES MATTERS????

 Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Newsroom Staff Reporter

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PART I

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The United States of America celebrated the Fourth of July Wednesday while 2,000 Latin children were still in cages with concrete floors separated from their mothers and fathers.

Black males are being escorted out of restaurants, coffee houses, and waffle houses for doing nothing but being who they are. While Black female tennis champion gets tested more than any other American player on the tennis tour, This is after Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova gets caught using meldonium in 2015. The question should be asked WHY?

YET ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!

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Some white females are calling their local police departments on African Americans for non-emergency issues. Wasting time, energy, and resources. Nobody is calling these young ladies out for their racist acts on innocent people.

 With this current President in the White House we are traveling an old worn out historical path. History is repeating itself. Emmett Till, The Central Park Five, The Tuskegee Experiment, Rosewood, Black Wall Street, and the Scottsboro Boys are going to be revisited.

ALL LIVES MATTERS!!!!

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African Americans wrestle with patriotism, loyalty, and honor in the United States at the same time being treated like rubbish. These devoted Black citizens keep rising about the skirmish, rising above the fray.

A very talented young Black man from Rochester, New York graduated from University Preparatory School for Young Men. He graduated valedictorian of his class, the first black to do so. It was an honor for Jaissaan Lovett but the principle, Joseph Munno refused to let the young man speak to the class graduation day because the two had different ideas on the issue of how student protest should be handled.

Principle Munno wanted to ruin graduation day for Mr. Lovett because he had the power to do so but the Mayor of Rochester-Lovely Warren would not hear this and invited the young man to give that same speech at City Hall then the mayor posted it on facebook. Ms. Warren is African American.

It is ironic that Mayor Warren and Jaissaan Lovett come from the birth place of Frederick Douglass. Mayor Warren used the words of Douglass “That it is easier to build strong children then to repair strong men.” America continues to miss the boat. Mayor Warren was and is very proud of this young man.

Black freedom fighter Frederick Douglass from Rochester, New York  spoke on the condition of slaves on the Fourth of July 1852. This is part of the over two hour speech.

The Constitution is a GLORIOUS LIBERTY DOCUMENT. Read its preamble, consider its purposes. Is slavery among them? Is it at the gateway? or is it in the temple? It is neither. While I do not intend to argue this question on the present occasion, let me ask, if it be not somewhat singular that, if the Constitution were intended to be, by its framers and adopters, a slave-holding instrument, why neither slavery, slaveholding, nor slave can anywhere be found in it.”

 “Had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

Douglass was right only a typhoon will change this great nation and the question remains are we in the eye of that racial, political, social, and economic storm?

The following article was written in October 2017.

PART II

 

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These are the following nine reason African Americans are still slaves in the United States, yet some people say ALL LIVES MATTER. If that were true, everybody would be working to change the criminal justice system. This justice system only reinforces institutional racism.

Black people are imprisoned in exceptionally high numbers.

People should be asking how 12.5 percent of America’s population can be 54 percent of America’s prison population. That is 2.3 million BLACK people.

The numbers exploded during President Richard Nixon’s War on Drugs but what the American media will never tell you, is how those drugs came into America in 1969-1970.

NOW THINK REALLY HARD. How many African Americans owned boats, trains, or planes in 1970’s?

 Black people are more likely to be arrested for nonviolent offenses.

Question, how many white individuals get arrested for Jay-walking, DWB, Driving While Black, selling loose cigarettes on the streets, sitting in a coffee shop, mowing the lawn, selling water on the street, or walking in the middle of the street? Black people are 3.2% more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white peers, even though blacks and whites use the drug at similar rates.

The wheel of justice turns very fast for Black people but slowly for whites. Penalties for crack cocaine vs. powder cocaine the gap is far and wide. African Americans receive a five year sentence for crack cocaine while suburban Caucasians get five months or less for powder cocaine. This is the American justice system.
 

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions appears to be seeking a return to higher incarceration rates with new laws. Will this really MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN?

 Black people are more likely to be sentenced to death for crimes against white people.

White citizens who kill Black people receive lesser sentences at trial (life in prison) than when African Americans take a white life (death).

The death penalty was reinstated in 1976: 80% of people who have been executed have been put to death for crimes against white people. Again, the news media will never inform the American public about this fact.  Blacks and whites are likely to be murder victims at roughly equal rates.

Black people are less likely to be judged by a jury of their peers in criminal trials.

All- white-juries are commonplace in the American court system, but it is rarely seen an all-Black-jury at a criminal trial. Is this equality under the law for African Americans? The law states you shall be judged by your peers. African Americans never get this opportunity. Government studies have found that racism is common in jury selection.

Black children are more likely to be disciplined in school than their white peers.

Black kids are suspended and expelled more than their white class mates for the same offense

African American children are sometimes physically assaulted and are assessed harsher punishment by school authorities when that child breaks any rule.

This begins the school-to-prison pipeline which starts at pre-school. The path to incarceration begins.

YET ALL LIVES MATTER!!!!

Each day, 500,000 people fill America’s jails awaiting trial because they are too poor to afford bail.

 Americans technically are innocent until proven guilty, but if you are poor that can be an additional problem, because they are sent to jail and wait until their trial date because they do not have the funds for bail. The Vera Institute found that 50% of people awaiting trial couldn’t afford bail of $2,500 or less.

Even Black men who do not have criminal records are less likely to be hired for jobs than white men who’ve been convicted of felonies.

Discrimination runs rampant in the job market. NBC News reported in 2015 that if the applicant had an African sounding name he/she did not get a second interview but white individuals with European names received phone calls after the first interview. This was also true with apartment hunting in major cities across the United States.

Key findings include:

  • Both Black and Hispanic men were less likely to receive a positive response from employers—including a call back or email for an interview or a job offer—compared with white men.
  • Men with criminal records were more likely than women with criminal records to receive a negative response from employers.
  • White men with a criminal record had more positive responses than Black men with no criminal record.

 Black Disabled Americans are literally the last hired and the first fired.

The Disabled Revolution of the 1970s favored most white disabled community and left African American disabled folk behind. Many leaders of the movement stated that they modeled their revolution after the Civil Rights Movement, but they forgot one thing: BLACK PEOPLE. America’s Black disabled were on their own and had to play the game of catching up in the 1980s.

African American disabled women fared much better in the 1980’s then disabled Black males and they were hired by disabled organizations.

Mental health assistance is not as available in the African American communities as it is in the white communities.

The murder on Easter Sunday in 2015 of 75-year-old Mr. Robert Godwin in Cleveland by a distraught African American, Steve Stevens and whose later suicide in Erie, Pennsylvania just magnifies this problem of mental health in the Black communities.

PART III

 REMEMBER ALL LIVES MATTER

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In World War I and World War II, African-Americans were sent overseas to defend our nation. They all went there, able and willing to fight against fascism.

These young men were fighting for freedom in a foreign land and when they came home to America they did not have that same freedom. Under the Red, White, and Blue these veterans returned to be second class citizens AGAIN…

Shannon Sharpe explains why Colin Kaepernick is protesting, kneeling for the National Anthem.

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Mr. Kaepernick is truly an Black American hero like the many other African American heroes of the past.

Mr. Sharpe makes it clear why Kaepernick is taking that knee.

Mr. Sharpe states, some Americans insist that Black Lives Don’t Matter but All Lives Do…Now think about these Black men who go to Germany to fight for people who they have nothing in common with and gain their freedom, only to return home and sit in the back of the bus for 15 more years.

DOES THIS MATTER?

Black men are being killed, beat up, shot, and arrested for noncompliance, when white criminals who stab, kill, and rape get tazed, pepper sprayed, and handcuffed. In other words they live to tell their story.

DOES THIS MATTER?

Another young white male travels miles and miles across a state boarder then walks into a church in South Carolina to join their prayer group, with the intent to kill. He then stands up and shots nine members to death, premeditated. The arresting officers take this young man to Burger King to buy a whopper because he is hungry… If it were not for the courageous young white female who followed him in her car. This young lady called the police or this killer might be still in the land of the free to strike again.

BLACK LIVES DON’T MATTER…

Noncompliance to a Black man is a death sentence. A white male might get beat up or wounded but he will live to tell the story.

Mr. Sharpe continues: If I don’t tell you my Religion, If I don’t tell you my political affiliation, If I don’t tell you my mom’s name, The one thing that I’ve been for 48 years is Black and that’s what America sees.

Americans don’t see my religion, they don’t see my orientation, they don’t grasp my political affiliation, but they see the Black skin.

This is what upsets many African Americans: the double standard that permeates the country.

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In 2008 President Barack Obama tried to invite the United States into a bi-racial community, a multi-racial family.  It did not happen and President Donald J. Trump is currently pushing in the opposite direction, creating a clear racial division among Americans. The forces of white supremacy would not let President Obama succeed. Those same forces are now backing President Trump.

Slavery is still here under a new name, and new racial, political, social, and economic face.

This is a sad commentary on the United States of America.

Special Thanks to Jamilah King-Sr. Editor of MicDaily

The Justice Center-The Council of State Governments

Arizona State University

Frederick Douglass

Shannon Sharpe

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at glcgray@gmail.com 

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HAPPY JACKIE ROBINSON DAY 2018

HAPPY JACKIE ROBINSON DAY 2018

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Newsroom Staff Reporter

The United States of America is going through another episode of traumatic race relations, with this country’s leader turning a blind eye to the current crises and even aiding and abetting the enemy with his comments.

This on the 71st anniversary of Jackie Roosevelt Robinson breaking the baseball color line, and the 50th anniversary of 1968, the death of The Reverend Doctor Marin Luther King Jr. American racism is alive and well making money.

The power of the Civil Rights Movement is receiving its second legs with the assistance of this White House setting into motion the current events in the United States.

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We live in a nation where Black people can be arrested just for standing still. Whether in a Starbucks, a Wal-Mart or waiting for a bus.

Black people still cannot get a cab late night in many cities, cannot get a second interview, just because of his/her African name and dark skin tone.

Black people can be shot for playing with a toy gun in their own neighborhood, their own back yard and the police, the ones that are supposed to protect us are scared of Black people. Question, why did they join the police force in the first place if they are not going to protect and serve all of the people?

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When a Black disabled person returning a shopping cart to the local store gets stopped by the local police force and asked questions just because that officer can. African-American disabled males getting thrown out of their wheelchairs for not complying with the police, again, because they can.

Modern day lynchings have taken on a new form and now it is a uniform with a badge. The gun has replaced the rope and mob gatherings are no longer needed.

If a black man is shot and killed and nobody pays the price in jail time… African-Americans do not buy anything in that city for an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year. Justice will then be served because it is costing money to that town, city, or county.

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Major League Baseball-America’s former past-time had all of its players and coaches wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson but what does it mean when African-American participation has dropped the past 10 years to eight percent. If you don’t teach children the game they will not play. Baseball has yet to learn this lesson because they keep promoting good players like Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels and Bruce Harper of the Washington Nationals who happen to be white….

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Baseball was racially tone-deaf AGAIN on Jackie Robinson Day as the Cleveland Indians wore Chief Wahoo on their jersey and their caps with a Jackie Robinson patch on the side. Still cannot wrap my head around this visual picture, money is more important than moral values as these Cleveland caps sold out in hours. There should have been a boycott of those caps and made the Cleveland Baseball organization (eat them) pay for them. If you do not set demands you will not be heard, this is just the example.

This is the racial economic disconnect the Reverend Doctor King was bringing forth 50 years ago.

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Dr. King said it clearly White America must see that no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil. That is one thing that other immigrant groups haven’t had to face. The other thing is that the color became a stigma. American society made the negroes’ color a stigma.

 America freed the slaves in 1863 through the Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln but gave the slaves NO LAND or nothing in reality to get started on.

 At the same time, America was giving away millions of acres of land in the West and Mid-West. Which meant there was an willingness to give the white peasants of Europe an economic base. And yet it refused to give it’s black peasants from Africa who came here involuntarily, IN CHAINS, and had worked FREE for 244 years any kind of economic base.

 And so emancipation for the negro was really freedom to hunger. It was freedom to the winds and rains of heaven. It was freedom without food to eat or land to cultivate and therefore it was freedom and famine at the same time.

 And when white America tells the negro to lift himself by his own bootstraps they don’t look over the legacy of slavery and segregation. Now I believe we ought to do all we can and seek to lift ourselves by our own bootstraps, but it’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps. And many negroes, by the thousands and millions have been left bootless as a result of all of these years of oppression and as a result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma and something worthless and degrading.”

  Stop telling me that there are more people who hate racism than there are racists and bigots. Where are the majority of Americans that hate racism and standing up to it? I don’t see you because you’re silence on this issue is deafening. You defend everything but BLACKNESS.

Your silence is killing thousands of Black males in America. The Lord our God gave you instructions so you know better, yet you stay silent because it is safe.

How can you change the big issue of race relations and equality when you won’t even address or put effort into the small issues letting your children do it for you.

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1.) They are currently eight states with the confederate flag within its own state flag. The states are Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Texas.

The State of Georgia changed its flag because it wanted the Summer Games of 1996. The Olympic committee told the legislators of Georgia they could not play the games under that flag. The Atlanta City council banded the flag from being flown during the games. Four years later Georgia changed its flag to the current one with confederate ties.

The University of Mississippi had an issue with rebel flags at their football games on Saturday afternoons until African-American players complained in the early 1990’s. It was formally banded in 1996.

2.) The Confederate statues from Virginia to Texas and Confederate Battle Flag should be place in museums for American historical reference. But this is a reminder for African-Americans and people of color who have to pass by these battle flags and monuments everyday.

3.) Strike the 1787 three-fifths cause Article I, Section 2 of the United States Constitution. This is a legal document and should be corrected so a president like the current resident will not get any ideas to re-instate this law.

4.) Give them the economic base (LAND) for African-Americans so they can improve their lives. This is the opportunity Dr. King was discussing before his untimely death. This is something the United States refuses to do.

5.) And last changing the name of the Washington Football Club and the logo of the Cleveland Indian Baseball Club.

God Bless America

Thank you Brother Anthony Johnson for the inspiration for this article.

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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PLAY FAIR

PLAY FAIR

Gary Norris Gray-BASN Newsroom-Staff Reporter

As the yearly March Madness tournament comes to a close, cracks are surfacing all over the hardwood floor. In the men’s final four there will not be an African American head coach in the final four, the players are still not being paid for their countless hours of practice, (HBCUs) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Mid Majors are given the toughest road to the Final Four, and now the (FBI) Federal Bureau of Investigation is on the trail of the (NCAA) National Collegiate Athletic Association administration offices. The question remains can this organization play fair?

The NCAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and the so called Student-Athlete is an employee of the university and the state. The players are given a yearly stipend with said player giving up all monetary rights gain by the university from their likeness and their service. These same players must sign these contracts every year or forfeit playing for that college or university.

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Ed O’Bannon-UCLA and Chris Webber- University of Michigan learned the hard way with the EA-Sports NCAA basketball video game and the $20 dollar Michigan basketball jersey.  These students should also get workman’s compensation when injured. When a student athlete is injured and cannot play his/her sport they lose that scholarship 85% of the time. 90% of injured African American athletes graduate from HBCUs after being transferred from a Division One which dismissed them do to injury, problems, or disagreements. This is rarely talked about on any sports network because Division One schools know this is incorrect and needs to be fixed.

Basically, March Madness is the NCAA’s bread and butter. College athletics’ governing body will earn somewhere around $900 million in revenue from the tournament, representing about 90% of its annual revenue. On the surface that seems like cause for outrage, especially in light of how much the players earn: NOTHING!!!!!-(Source:Investopedia)-Bobbee Bee “The Hater” H.is A.nger T.eaches E.verybody R.eality (bobbeethehater.blogspot.com)

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The NCAA increased the number of teams participating in the spring tournament from 64 to 68 adding wild card teams to each regional final in 2010. The vision was to grant mid-majors and HBCUs opportunities. This year they pitted two Black conferences (SWAC vs. MEAC) against each other in the guise of a Black National Basketball Championship.

This year Texas Southern-(SWAC) Southwest Athletic Conference played against North Carolina Central-(MEAC) Mid Eastern Athletic Conference, eliminating one of them.  That was not a mistake.

The NCAA would never do that with mid majors for example pitting the Missouri Valley Conference vs. the Ohio Valley Conference in the first round, giving both teams of that conference to advance at least one team. They would never do that to a Jesuit school either example St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia against Villanova. It would not happen. This is a clear political, economic, and racial stunt by the NCAA.

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The Chicago Ramblers from “The Valley” have made more money 8,190,000 dollars in two weeks and have funded the whole university’s sports program. The Chicago school could make another $ 2,300,000 dollars if they win the last two games of the year. The Ramblers basketball team’s expencies would only pay for the University of Michigan lacrosse and hockey teams that’s how out of whack monetary payouts of Division One schools have become, it’s a runaway money train and the HBCUs are not on it, they are not invited.

The Five Families this year made over $ 20,000,000 each (ACC) Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12, (SEC) South East Conference, Big East, and the Big Ten leaving the HBCU’s,  (MEAC) Mid East Athletic Conference, (SWAC) South West Athletic Conference, (SIAC) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and (CIAA) Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association to fend for themselves.

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Five years ago The Lady Pirates (Hampton University) did everything the NCAA asked them to do. The NCAA asked the Lady Pirates to play 30 games… they did that winning 28-5.

 The NCAA asked them to play a tough schedule outside of the MEAC. They did that by playing Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, Louisiana State, South Carolina, DePaul, South Carolina State,
and Florida Gulf Coast.

 The NCAA asked them to beat ranked teams. They did that by defeating The Lady Golden Eagles of Southern Miss., the Lady Bulldogs of Mississippi State, and the Lady Tigers of LSU.

 The NCAA asked them to win the MEAC regular season title and the MEAC Tournament, The Lady Pirates did that TOO.

 The reward for the ladies of Hampton University Pirates, a date with the number one ranked Duke Blue Devils on their home floor in North Carolina. The Pirates scared them to death coming within four points in second half. Hampton University moved out of the MEAC this past winter to the Big South Conference. It happened again for the Salukis of Southern Illinois men’s team. The Salukis came in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference and lost the third place Illinois State Red Birds in the Tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  The selection committee just X-ed out the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference and really did not want to see Chicago- Loyola playing.

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The Salukis lost three times to the Ramblers and only lost five more conference games. SIU clearly could be doing what the Ramblers are doing in the tournament but the Salukis stayed home while the Ramblers keep upsetting the apple cart with March Madness victories. This is the dilemma of the Mid-Majors and HCBUs

It is a shame and a disgrace Texas Southern University went 0-13 in non-conference games just to satisfy the NCAA qualification standards. The Tigers unlike the Lady Pirates five years ago were not required to win a non-conference game because they won their conference and league title. If Texas Southern had lost either one of those requirements they would have been sent home like the Southern Illinois Salukis.

The only solution for the HBCUs is to separate themselves from the NCAA and create their own leagues with their own funding sources, since the NCAA cannot treat small schools and HBCUs fairly.

This was done with the old Negro baseball leagues in 1919-1959 and it was a special brand of baseball. The Major Leagues finally accepted Black players in 1947 and baseball became America’s game.

Will the NCAA learn from this historic event.. I have my doubts because money now overrules morals and justice in America today

As the Staple Singers stated, “Let’s do it again.” 

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian, Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston, Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email Glcgray@gmail.com

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