Look @ Us: Our Women Fighting Like…


A couple years ago I used to always grab these videos and give a quick commentary…I honestly got tired of seeing this ignorance. It’s 2016 and I’m ready to go back into the fight to kill this sickness in our community.

These are OUR MOTHERS, SISTERS, DAUGHTERS and WIVES. These are OUR BABIES FIRST TEACHERS. Do some of US really question what is happening to US? It has happened.

G –

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1970s “Ball of Confusion” by the Temptations: That’s What Brew City is Today ….


 

By: Matthew C. Stelly

Black songwriters (up until recently) have always been ahead of their time. From Smokey Robinson and Maurice White to Luther Vandross, we are about a “message in the music.” Sometimes life imitates art but in the case of black people, our awareness and soul oftentimes us creating the life force that art extracts from.

Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong’s “Ball of Confusion” was written 45 years ago and the lyrics still stand up.— especially when applied to the city of Milwaukee and what has taken place for the past three decades.

The reality of “people movin’ out, and people movin’’ in” is as old as Milwaukee itself. Black exodus from the South, especially Mississippi, seeking work in the manufacturing industry led to creation of and white flight to suburbia and the creation of an entirely “new” mini-cities, borrowing from the multiple nuclei form of urban structures.

Now Omaha, in its craving and quest for Federal dollars, wants to expand its population through domination and direction of the east side and takeovers of the black neighborhoods in the name of “development.” Why? As the song made clear, “because of the color of their skin.” But as today’s Milwaukee is making clear, “run, run, run but ya sho’ can’t hide.”

Milwaukee’s political structures is as crooked as the day is long, and with the three decade marker I have chosen, it was at its zenith during the tenure of Mayor John Norquist. Under the guise of and lyrics that state, “Vote for me and I’lll set ya free,” the city’s black consciousness was as high as it has ever been. It was a consciousness that was not so much “responsive” as had been the case under the Commando Project and Father Groppi, but it was iconoclastic and pre-emptive. The New Kemet Planning Bureau, which I created, had a great deal of support and all I did was follow the advice that was offered by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton in their book, Black Power: The Politics of Liberation in America. They wrote, “Before a group can enter open society, it must first close ranks.”

What New Kemet offered then, was to take Milwaukee’s inner city, bounded by 76th on the west, Horton on the east, the interstate on the south and Florist on the north, and secede, intercept the community development block grant money after electing a “Council of Elders,” and re-name our area “New Kemet.” Kemet, as I explained then in 1989-91, translates to mean “land of the blacks” and at the time, that is what we were. We had three great black newspapers, of which I was the editor of one, two black radio stations and some black people who really seemed to give a damn.

Then, in came a spate of black politicos who started caring more about their own pockets than the people who voted them in. They began switching positions on things like immersion schools and economic development. The city then re-drew the districts to get rid of one Alderman and when that happened another one manipulated CDBG funding while still other went around using threats against inner city merchants. As the political system began to be controlled by outsiders, hired by area institutions and bought off, the voices of confrontation were summarily silenced.

Mine was one of them.

Recall the lyrics: “The only person talking about love thy brother is the preacher. Preachers may be paying lip service to loving your brother, but Sunday still remains the most segregated day of the week in America, and Milwaukee is no exception.

Unfortunately, it was the preachers who came up with large organizations and duped the masses into thinking that they spoke FOR them. Although I commend MICAH on some of what it has done, can there be any doubt that as a group it is nothing more than a therapeutic catharsis aimed at pacification, not empowerment? How can you have “brainstorming” sessions when no one comes up with any solutions except how to go out and find a white man to adopt you?

And as for “Nobody’s interested in learning, but the teacher,” the fact is not even the teachers know a damn thing! Even the megalomaniac Donald Trump, as ignorant and racist as he is, stated while speaking in Milwaukee that it had the worst school system in the nation!   As for the teachers learning, OPS could stand some brush-up classes and some training in cultural competency.

Remember the North High School  videotape back in the early 1990s that showed teachers chilling out while kids destroyed a high school classroom? Remember the perpetual hiring of school superintendents who would come in, wipe the slate clean, hire their pals and then leave a few years later?

The song asserts that, “The sale of pills is at an all-time high,” and it’s not just the street corner hustlers: you can add, Walgreens, Osco, and CVS to the list, to name but a few. Young folks are surely “walking around with their heads in the sky,” and it shows: pants sagging, golf visors on backwards, sucking on pacifiers, and butchering the English language in the name of “texting.” And let us not forget the obsession with video games.

The lyrics back then explained, “Shooting rockets to the moon” which still persists, in fact they’re now talking about colonizing Mars! The lyrics add, “Kids growing up too soon” may be because of the genetically engineered food that we are ALL consuming, thanks to farmers trying to increase their profits by injecting the livestock and the plants with who-knows-what.  The result is 12 year old girls wearing 38 size cup bras, 10 year old boys shooting sky hooks over Kareem, and white teachers and cops so afraid of both that their philosophy is, “Fire, ready, aim”!

That’s what you’re seeing now. Although the ass backwards riot was mis-guided, it was still timely after all the crap that black people in Milwaukee have been put through. Remember the so-called “Black Mafia”? These were self-appointed negroes who had Milwaukee thinking that they were real leaders. And they bilked those poor black people out of millions over the years. Then they stood back and watched Tommy Thompson destroy welfare. Because of that, the black community became “too weak to do anything but wander.”

Forty-five years ago the song said, “Fear in the air, tension everywhere.” Do these words not accurately describe today’s conditions? “Unemployment rising fast, the Beatles new record’s a gas.” The Beatles are now gone, as are far too many of the good bruthas and sistahs who fought during the day. The song concludes with, “People all over the world are shouting end the war/And the band played on.”  But the question is, which war are they talking about? The ones overseas or the ones the cops are waging in black communities all over America?

The “ball of confusion” described by Whitfield and Strong in 1970 is still alive and well in America today in 2016. And Milwaukee, as quiet as it’s been kept (until recently), is no exception.

 

 

 

 

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Ald. Johnson extends invitation to Housing Authority Contractor Fair today


Alderman Cavalier Johnson invites local contractors who are interested in opportunities for contracts with the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee to attend a contractor fair taking place today.

Over the next several years, HACM expects to offer numerous opportunities for local contractors to do construction or maintenance work. Attendees can take part in one of two presentations at either 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. Opportunities for networking, along with question and answer sessions, will be ongoing throughout the event. 

What:  HACM Contractor Fair 

When:  Today, August 17 -9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Where: Manpower Group – 100 Manpower Place

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THE LUNACY AND ILLOGICAL LITANY OF “BLACK LIVES MATTER”


The question I have to ask is, “Matters to whom”? Why are black people carrying signs, holding rallies and making moral appeals to people or a system that are so callous and has such a low regard for them that they seem to not believe that “Black lives matter”?

How ridiculous it must be and how low we must have sunk to have to “remind” people that we matter. We matter when they’re writing those research grants. We matter when they’re developing a poverty pimp program that employs everybody but the people who they purport to want to help. We matter during tax time and when it comes time to fight a war. We matter when they need a touchdown or a slam dunk. We matter when they need to sell tickets to a concert or the latest movie. And we matter when they need to find out what the latest handshake it or what to copy when it comes to “urban style.”

Why do these kids feel the need to remind them that they matter? Tell yo’ mama and daddy that you matter and tell them to change the educational system that still associates all that is “dark” and “black” with that which is negative, dirty or inferior. Tell them to stop telling you that you’re nobody without a job. Tell them to stop giving you honorific names that you haven’t earned or can barely spell. Tell your preachers to start getting involved in the community and to stop passing the collection plate so much. Ask your pastors why the community looks worse now than it did when the church was built. Ask your bishops and priests why, if black lives “matter” so much, Omaha still ranks number on in the nation in Black child poverty and Black youth homicide. Tell your leadership to find where the $250 million in Community Development funds that were earmarked for North Omaha have gone since 1975, and even more that has disappeared from Milwaukee’s CDBG coffers.

If Black lives mattered, shouldn’t that grant money reflect that fact? Black lives matter? Tell those thugs that are gunning down innocent bystanders that. Tell anybody you know that black lives DO matter, so stop spreading STDs and HIV/AIDS all over the metro area even though you know you’re infected. If you have to tell people that “black lives matter,” then you already know that those people don’t think that they DO matter!

You should be ASHAMED for the world to see our biggest, smartest and brightest begging for acknowledgement from a system that is telling the world that it’s some kind of moral leader.

If Black Lives Matter, then first of all let those lives matter to YOU. And make sure that your actions and words are consistent and that what you do proves that you believe that Black lives matter. If other people don’t believe it, then that’s something that you need to deal with. Why is what others think so important of you when your actions don’t show it?

You’ve got to show that Black lives matter by using more than words and signs. Without practice, preaching is of little use.

MATTHEW C. STELLY

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