The reality of male entitlement and White supremacy - intersecting and independently - is not a new ism that's growing. Instead it's something that's always been, and has simply become more brazen in this particular moment in history.
The response to Black power has usually been White terror, although it’s not the history that’s commonly told. Yet it must, nevertheless, be understood that race as we know it today exists as a social control construct to both justify and conceal the true nature of the entire reshaping of America, and indeed the world—primarily its wealth.
Greenwood Cultural Center – Tulsa, Oklahoma (Image: Wikipedia)
Prior to his arrival to the US, Einstein was already making clear his stance against anti-Black discrimination, in part by writing a letter of support on behalf of 9 Black teenagers, known as the “Scottsboro Boys,” and once in the US, Einstein became allies with many prominent African Americans, like Marian Anderson and W.E.B DuBois. When Einstein saw injustice he would come to the aid and defense of African-Americans, again and again.
Charlie Chaplin and Einstein at the Hollywood premiere of City Lights, January 1931
For every dollar the US government spends, 1/50th of one penny is spent on the arts. Even so, more than a dozen news outlets have reported in the last 2 days that President Trump wants to eliminate that - to defund the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Fortunately, there are others with better ideas.
“Man of Mystery – LEGENDS: David Bowie” by Max Eternity
There’s no getting around the fact that Donald Trump is an over-the-top narcissist with extreme bombastic tendencies and a moral compass as vile and toxic as a nuclear waste site. It is truly a political nightmare in every sense of the word. Even so, there’s also no getting around the fact that Barack Obama has been a charlatan and an absolute fraud—his presidency an irreparable failure—and his political party a sloppy hot mess with only itself to blame.
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He was a renowned Jewish philosopher, and an early member of the NAACP. He was also an art and nature lover, who advocated a global shift toward vegetarianism. However, Albert Einstein is known primarily as the 20th century’s greatest physicist, although he was a radical socialist who called capitalism evil.
The hefty contributions of Albert Einstein to the US civil rights movement are nothing short of legendary. Even before his arrival in the US from his native Germany, Einstein had already “backed a campaign to defend the Scottsboro Boys, nine Alabama teenagers who were falsely accused of rape in 1931.” And according to a 2015 article at Live Science, when “Princeton's Nassau Inn refused to rent a room to contralto opera star Marian Anderson” because she was Black, “Einstein invited the singer home as his guest.”
Albert Einstein with his wife, Elsa (Image: Wikipedia)
In the first paragraph of a November 14th article at Der Spiegel, the author opens by saying “when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the American Age will celebrate its 100th birthday—and its funeral.”
My hour long conversation concludes (Part 3) with Rabbi Michael Lerner— a renowned author, activist and humanitarian based in Berkeley, California—who along with Vaclav Havel and Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Lerner was chosen in 1998 by Utne Reader as one of the world's "100 top visionaries". And among other things, in 2005 Lerner received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize from Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Rabbi Lerner is also the founder of Tikkun Magazine, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
According to the New York Historical Society, during colonial times 41 percent of New York City’s “households had slaves, compared to 6 percent in Philadelphia and 2 percent in Boston.” Too this, nearly “every businessman in 18th-century New York had a stake, at one time or another, in the traffic in human beings.” Donald Trump is from New York, and as Trump and White supremacy implodes in plain sight, remember that the current iteration of this multi-millennial, hellish and never-ending nightmare has its roots in New York City.