The Battle of the Bulge Lives in American Racism

 

Written by Gregory Meriweather @ RadioBlackOn

It seems quite strange to live in a world where the President of the United States is accused of asking why we would want people from Haiti and more Africans in the US, while suggesting that the US should get more people from countries like Norway. When the President references a place where the people are mostly blue eyed, Caucasians, it is difficult not to see his comments as racist, adding the fact that most people from Africa, El Salvador, and Haiti are people of color.

Many people are offended by the comments of the President, but I don’t share in those feelings. I am pleased to hear that the President speaks this way about people of color. It seems as if we (Blacks) have fought for hidden racism in the midst of a country that was built on it.

While statues representing the Confederacy are being removed, there are still so many hidden symbols of racism. Two of the greatest monuments in the United States were created by the same person. That person is John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum. He is the man responsible for Stone Mountain, and Mount Rushmore. He was a member of the Klu Klux Klan, and the creator of two of the greatest racist masterpieces known to man. How many people are aware of the Klan’s financial contributions to Stone Mountain? How many of the Presidents on Mount Rushmore were slave owners? What is the message sent daily as these monuments stand?

It seems that racists are able to move about better while hiding their true feelings. If we take the time to listen to the speeches of Dr. King, and Malcolm X, we should notice how relevant the things they were saying 50 years ago are today. Go and listen to “Harvest for the World” by the Isley Brothers, or “What’s Happening Brother” by Marvin Gaye. The message of what is happening in America towards Black people is still the same, and we are asking questions in the midst of a battle which we don’t understand. I feel it is time to bring some clarity in the midst of this hidden war.

Operation Greif was a special operation commanded by Waffen-SS commando Otto Skorzeny during the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. The operation was the brainchild of Adolf Hitler, and its purpose was to capture bridges over the Meuse river before they were destroyed. English speaking, German soldiers, wearing captured British and US Army uniforms and using captured Allied vehicles, were to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines. This is what racism is today in the United States. Racism today looks confusing, because we don’t know if the intentions of people who once called us ni**a are now good and sincere. When analyzing the continued hardships of Black people in America, and all over the world, it looks like we are still being treated as the enemy. Blacks are still being discriminated against. We are still facing financial hardships, living in subpar communities, and struggling to get our footing in the land that so proudly says, “This land is your land, this land is my land.” If this land was made for you and me, why does it not look like it?

Eric Clapton is a prime example of an Operation Greif special ops soldier. Clapton has been noted as one of the greatest guitarist in history; A blues playing Brit, who made an album with blues legend, B.B. King, and wanted to “Change the World” with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds. Eric Clapton had many of us believing that he never had a racist bone in his body.

Yet in 1976, Clapton made some comments at a concert in Birmingham, England that proved otherwise when he said, “Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. Get the wogs out. Get the coons out. Keep Britain white. I used to be into dope, now I’m into racism. It’s much heavier, man. Fu**ing wogs, man. Fu**ing Saudis taking over London. Bastard wogs. Britain is becoming overcrowded and Enoch will stop it and send them all back. The black wogs and coons and Arabs and fu**ing Jamaicans and fu**ing… don’t belong here, we don’t want them here.”

The Enoch that Eric Clapton was referring to is Enoch Powell who, like Trump, was a racist politician. Most known for his “Rivers of Blood” speech, Enoch Powell was against mass immigration. Trump does not necessarily want to do away with immigration, he just wants immigrants coming to America to have blonde hair, and blue eyes.

When reflecting on the racial undertone of his speech, Powell said, “My prospect is that, politicians of all parties will say, ‘Well Enoch Powell is right, we don’t say that in public but we know it in private.’” Based on that statement, it looks like Clapton, and Trump have broken the cardinal rule of racism, and that rule is that you don’t speak about it publicly. You are to move in a way that makes the enemy believe you all are one. Allow them to think that they are your friends. Talk to them, eat with them, date them, and embrace them. But when you are away from them, and in your private areas amongst colleagues, you talk about them, you hate them, and you strategize against them.

This theory can be proven based on an interview where Clapton apologized for his words, and said, “I sabotaged everything I got involved with. I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music.”

I don’t think Clapton’s apology is sincere. I believe he is just doing what is necessary to move from being a POW (prisoner of war), to being a soldier once again. He enjoyed sleeping with Black women, just like slave masters. He enjoyed speaking our language, and engaging in conversations with us, because he knew that he could use it against us. Ultimately he loved white-washing our music, and making a fortune while doing it. Great job soldier, you have completed your mission. You have taken everything from Black people in a classic slave master way. You have taken our language, our women, our talents, and used them to build your community, all while being a full blown, not a semi, racist. Operation Greif is still working today.

Now is the time for us to be honest about this things that are going on in this world. Black people all over the world are feeling the pain of racial warfare. Operation Greif had an objective of bringing about confusion, and we are more confused than ever because of how deeply they have infiltrated our culture. We must begin strategizing ways to overcome this system. It will not be an easy fight but it will be well worth it if we can get our people back on track.

Some may believe that I am going too far. Many may believe that I am thinking too deeply. Others will look at this and only think about the personal success they have attained, and some will just simply ignore me. Enoch Powell proves everything I’ve said to be true when he said, “What’s wrong with racism? Racism is the basis of a nationality. Nations are, upon the whole, united by identity with one another, the self-identification of our citizens, and that’s normally due to similarities which are regarded as racial differences.”

It is hard to fight what you can’t see, so it’s time for us to take off the blinders. An apology without visible change, just won’t do. War has been declared on our people, are you willing to fight?

Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black LLC. He is also the Host of the Gregory Meriweather Show on WBMN Groovin’ 24/7. http://listen.samcloud.com/w/74108/WBMN-Groovin-247/?play=y#history

The “New War” against Black men is being led by members of the clergy

November 7, 2017

Written by Gregory Meriweather  @RadioBlackOn

Jeff Sessions has come to town to meet with The Ten Point Coalition, and the first thing that comes to my mind is Bible verses. How fitting, being that the leadership of The Ten Point Coalition are members of the clergy.

The first verse that I thought of was  Psalms 37:25 which reads, “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”  As I was thinking about this scripture, I asked myself, “Have the righteous been forsaken?”  Then I realized that maybe these men (The Ten Point Coalition), are not the righteous that God was referring to in His text.  From Mike Pence, to now Jeff Sessions, all I have heard about is the funding that may come to Ten Point by way of meeting with these individuals. Some may not want to call it begging, but if you do not call it begging, what other word would be fitting?  Maybe prostitution would be a better word to describe the antics of the Ten Point Coalition.  The scary part about this is that we have yet to know what the exchange will be. Unfortunately, I believe the exchange will be them serving our (African-Americans) heads on a platter, sort of like John the Baptist, but in exchange for a few dollars.

The next verse that comes to mind is Matthew 26:14-15 which reads, “ Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.” This verse matches more so than the latter.  Ten Point claims to be for the people, yet their actions seem to point in the direction of self promotion.  I was sickened as they (Ten Point and AG Hill) paraded U.S. AG Jeff Sessions around Indianapolis, and even took him to have some soul food at the Kountry Kitchen Restaurant, as if that was a test to see if he likes African-American cuisine.  I wish you all understood the message that you were sending to the African-American community while doing this. Jeff Session is not trying to solve the problems of African-Americans because the problems are stemmed from racism, which he is clearly OK with. The only way to solve the problems that we face as African-Americans is to fix racism, and develop true equality (education, opportunities, housing, banking, etc.). In the words of Jay Z, “We ain’t doing crime, for the sake of doing crime. We movin’ dimes cause we ain’t doin’ fine.” If Judas knew the real mission, he may not have betrayed Jesus, but since he didn’t, 30 pieces of silver was sufficient. This causes me to wonder if Pastor Harrison and The Ten Point Coalition really understand what the problems are in our communities? 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a savvy racist.  He understands how to sit amongst the people whom he looks down upon, if it means getting what he desires. He knows how to say meaningless rhetoric, which sounds like sweet music to the common ear. When Attorney General Sessions started talking about ridding the street corners, and neighborhoods, it sounded like he was waging war on the community, the Black community in particular. The Netflix documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay shows how many politicians have made crime reduction their goal.  We all know who their focus has been when speaking about crime. This is the oldest trick in the book.  Even in the movie, there were Black leaders who said that they were wrong for backing this system.  Pastor Harrison has already been drug through the mud for his position on “stop and frisk,” which he later recanted. Yet, here he is again appearing to be the man who is about to spearhead this administrations new war, but theirs will focus on violence. According to the Indianapolis Star, Pastor Harrison stated, “We cannot make this political. We cannot make this about race. The focus has to be on ending this senseless violence that’s disproportionately affecting young men of color.”

If this is not about politics,  Indiana Attorney General, Curtis Hill would not be at the table, and US Attorney General Jeff Session, most definitely would not be there. This is ALL about politics, pockets, pawns, and the poor.

The Last verse that I thought about is Matthew 15:13-14, which reads, “He replied, Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” In my opinion, The Ten Point Coalition has chosen to be led by the blind administration of President Donald Trump, and desire for the African-Americans to get onboard with following them into a pit. They have become the “Oligarchs of Indiana.” Oligarchs are a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution. History has shown us our oppressors have always created oligarchs. This is how they controlled, and currently control Africa. They know that the formula works, and they have Ten Point hook, line, and sinker. They give them money/power in exchange for the people, and this (oligarchs) is what Pastor Charles Harrison and the Ten Point Coalition have become. There are many of them in Indianapolis, but we are currently focused on them. 

Malcolm X made a statement that describes this situation perfectly when he said, “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” The sad part about this, is that it is not only the newspapers who are doing it. We can now include some members of the clergy.

 

Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black LLC., and the host of the Gregory Meriweather Show on WBMN Groovin’ 24/7

 

Who can we trust when justice is necessary?

November 6, 2017

Written by Gregory Meriweather

The Aaron Bailey killing took place 5 months ago, and the leadership of Indianapolis, are still trying to figure out how to resolve what seems obvious.

Yesterday, Mayor Joe Hogsett took to the streets, and visited some local churches in the Indianapolis area. The Mayor visited New Direction Church, Eastern Star Baptist Church-Cooper Rd, Eastern Star Church Northeast Campus, Eastern Star Church, Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church, and New Life Worship Center.

While there, the Mayor spoke on the next steps in the case, now that Special Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter has moved not to prosecute the officers involved.

The Mayor stated, “My thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the death of Mr. Bailey, including his family and those who called him a friend. At the outset of this process, I made a commitment to the community that immediately upon conclusion of the criminal investigation, IMPD would launch a full administrative review into the actions that led to this police action shooting. I intend to follow through with that commitment.

Effective immediately, I have asked Chief Bryan Roach to gather all evidence from the Special Prosecutor’s investigation along with any other available materials to begin that process. I have also asked that the review be expedited so that an administrative decision can be rendered as quickly as is responsible.

I offer my heartfelt thanks to faith and community leaders for their patience and leadership over the last four months, and I urge those who have been moved to action by these events to continue to challenge our city to do more to earn and sustain trust between Indianapolis neighborhoods and our police department.”

This sounds all fine, and dandy, but we must remember that in order for these officers to be terminated, there is a PROCESS. This process was in play well before the Mayor made these illustrious speeches to the churches. The Mayor knows that the Firearms Committee of IMPD must do their investigation, and then it must go to the Merit Board. The Merit Board can then issue the disciplinary action which may include termination. The Chief of Police cannot make these decisions alone, and neither can the Mayor.

It takes me back to a time in history on April 4, 1968, when Robert Kennedy made the announcement that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Indianapolis leaders had found a way to give Kennedy the credit for stopping riots from taking place in the city, but for those of you who know the real story, understand how far from the truth that really is.

It seems that the Mayor is doing whatever is necessary to keep the people at peace. It has been said by some that the Mayor really cares about the people, but when you go back and look at the case, you will find that it took the Mayor almost a month to truly speak about the shooting, His first real speech about Aaron Bailey was at the Mayor’s breakfast for IBE Summer Celebration. Before then, he was as quiet as a church mouse. I recall asking on numerous occasions, “Where is the Mayor?”

Furthermore, I want to know what made the Mayor choose these churches? He did not come inside the neighborhood where Aaron Bailey was killed to give his speech. He did not find a community center. He did not come to the “hood.” He went inside the churches that hold some of the most prominent Black citizens of Indianapolis in them. He went to the places that have large congregations, yet soft voices. Let’s just say he went to the megachurches. He went to the places with the “names.” I keep asking, what makes the politicians think we trust the churches? We have been getting robbed by these people for a long time. They have found the code that the slave masters used that said, “I should receive my blessings now, and you will get yours in Heaven.” If I may speak for the community, let me say, “WE DO NOT TRUST THE CHURCH.” I am not saying that all churches or Pastors are bad, but when you see them living well, while most of their congregations are poor, then it is time for some serious questions to be asked, and answered.

This isn’t the first time Indianapolis has had a police action shooting of this magnitude. Many remember the Michael Taylor killing, and how things turned out with that case. Aaron Bailey is another casualty, of a long list of citizens, who have wrongfully died by the hands of carelessness, and in some cases hatred. IMPD knows, that WE DO NOT TRUST them.

The legal system has failed Black people in more ways than I can name. If we just take a look at Mass Incarceration, we already know that the legal system was not built for us. Justice is blind when it comes to Black people. When I say blind, I mean blind to the facts. Facts have never mattered when it has come to keeping us out of the system. WE DO NOT TRUST THE LEGAL SYSTEM.

Mayor Hogsett has done a phenomenal job showing up to make Black people feel good. He has danced with us, smiled with us, sympathized with us, clapped to good ol’ gospel hymns with us, prayed with us. He has also done something that most politicians do. He has showed up in the church for his political party. He has showed up when a vote matters. He has assured us that they are going to do all the right things to help us. He has also done one other thing that most politicians do, and that is leave us hanging. The Mayor is a classic politician. He knows how to keep us in the grey. He knows how to help us remain uncertain on where he stands. I won’t single him out, because I feel that most of our politicians mistreat us. They tell us to call, they don’t answer. They tell us to ask, they don’t respond. They tell us to stand, yet want us to sit down. When we want to sit, they want us to stand. Let me just say, WE DO NOT TRUST POLITICIANS.

Finally, there is the Black elite. There is a group of Black leaders who sit in the seats that hold Black people back. Their positions say that they are about Black people, but their actions don’t. Indianapolis has a way of bragging on certain Black leaders, but when we look around we will find that Black people in Indianapolis are in the same position that we’ve always been in. I find it hilarious when the news shows the politicians going to speak with certain people. They speak to you all because they know that message doesn’t go anywhere after it’s given to you. You get to sit amongst us, because you look like us. You know how to code switch, and talk like us, but when it comes to loyalty, you are more loyal to the dollars than you are your people. You are so loyal to the dollars that you will turn your back on us before the ink on the check dries. Let me say this, WE DO NOT TRUST THE BLACK ELITE.

There comes a time when we must realize that Willie Frank Middlebrook wasn’t wrong when he said, “The Calvary ain’t coming,” and “Something in this milk ain’t white.” There are a lot of layers in Indianapolis, Indiana, and America designed to hold Black people back. We need to develop a segregated mentality in the midst of integration. We are integrated in person only. EQUALITY has yet to be integrated, and we keep waiting on someone to give it to us. They have told us the same lies for over 400 years, and we believe them. I urge us to stop hitting the snooze button, and wake up!

I will not trust this system unless there is visible change. I urge for my people to stand with me on this. Aaron Bailey’s killing is a major problem, but does not scratch the surface of all the injustices we face on an every day basis as Black people in America. We need to love each other more, stop fighting amongst ourselves, and build our nation in the midst of the one that does not want us here. As for the Blacks who do not want to work with us or help, I say we speak candidly with them, and let them know our position. If they can not comply, then they need to be removed from their posts. This does include electing people who are for the people. They have done a lot of things that they claim are for our benefit, yet their hearts are far from us.

This is their system. We have yet to be included in this system as people, and in my opinion we never will. Trust is earned, and they have yet to earn the right to be trusted by us.

Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black LLC., and the Talk show host of the Gregory Meriweather Show, and the Expo Show.

Unsolved Homicides Leave Multiple Messages

By Gregory Meriweather March 18, 2016

gmeriweather@blackonblack.network

According to the Violence Policy Center, Indiana ranked No. 1 in Black homicide victimization in 2013. Although I am concerned with the entire state, I must first cut the grass in my own yard. In 2015, 87 percent of homicides of white victims in Indianapolis were solved. Only 50 percent of homicides were solved when the victim was Black. I find these statistics alarming, yet disappointing.

I had the opportunity to speak with a father whose son was murdered in 2015. Unfortunately, his son’s murderer has not been apprehended. When speaking to this father, the first thing that I realized is how lifeless he seemed. Every time I reached out to him, I would ask how he was doing. Each time he answered, I could feel the pains of each day he lived knowing there was someone walking freely with his son’s blood on their hands. Being the father of two children, I could not imagine how I would feel if I were in this man’s shoes. Then my mind began to think about all the messages that are sent when a murder goes unsolved.

The first message I believe was sent is that the murder rate will continue to increase if people believe they can get away with it. What are we saying to would-be murderers? From the looks of the lack of murders solved in the Black community, it seems as if one would stand a good chance of getting away with murder, as long as the person(s) killed are Black.

It also sends the message that someone wants us to kill each other. If this is not the case, why are only 50 percent of the murders resolved when the victim is Black? In most grading systems, 50 percent means you’re failing. We watched the former IMPD chief tell us they were going to utilize every resource they had to solve a homicide when the victim was a white woman. It took them no time to find someone to bring to justice. Are our people not worth the utilization of the same resources to bring their murderers to justice?

When people ask why Black people do not trust the police, the answers are all written in blood or behind prison walls. When you look at all the corruption police departments across the country have taken part in as it relates to Black people, you would think society would understand. Why would I believe you are going to make sure the people who are killing us are brought to justice when you are killing us, too? Nevertheless, this is a relationship that needs to improve by leaps and bounds.

Here are a few things I believe need to happen so there can be a decrease in unsolved murders:

We need to get back to having neighborhood police officers. We need police officers who look like the people they serve the most. We need officers who are not afraid to get out of their police car without pulling out their guns first. When officers talking to people in the neighborhoods become a normal thing, then citizens talking to the police about serious matters won’t seem so strange or as dangerous.

IMPD, you can’t send the message of not caring to these streets. In most cases, your best allies are the people in the community. You need us just as much as we need you. Homicide detectives, answer your phone as best you can. Make a return phone call in at least 24 hours to let the family know the case still matters to you. If there is nothing else you can do, tell them that. Express to the family what you feel is necessary to crack the case, and let them help you.

We need to communicate and engage ourselves with IMPD. I know it may be a challenge, but it’s necessary. If we do our part, and they do theirs, I believe we will see a change.

If neither of us do our part, we will come to the conclusion that we are happy dying and they are happy seeing us kill ourselves.

Gregory Meriweather is the host of The Expo Show, and Chief Executive Officer at Black on Black LLC.

Where Have the Rows Taken Us?

In the midst of all the murder, hatred, and crime going on in the African-American community, my mind began to wonder what has led our people to such a dark place? Of course, I immediately began to think about slavery, but that wasn’t enough. There is something that is so imbedded in our culture, that we are having a hard time seeing what it is, and since we are struggling to see it, it is even more difficult to fix it.

What could it be that has us lacking concern for our fellow men and women? Why are we killing each other at a rate of extinction? Historians will say that we were taught to hate ourselves through slavery. I agree, but is that it? Some would say that the Willie Lynch letter played a role then, and is still significantly important now.

That could very well be true, but what causes me to not care enough about what is going on with the person who lives right next to me?

What causes us not to care about the less fortunate African-Americans in our communities? Mamie Till said it best when she said, “Two months ago I had a nice apartment in Chicago. I had a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the South I said, `That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.” Even though many of us remember the story of Emmett Till, it has not been impactful enough to make us change. But why?

We have seen numerous murders of our people by the hands of white supremacists, and law enforcement alike. We now have white supremacy rearing its ugly head again, and yet we cannot seem to come together. Where did this stronghold come from?

I began to think deeper, and now I can say that I may have the answer. It was the rows. Yes, the rows of cotton picked by our ancestors during slavery. We were living together. We were in bondage together. Other than being separated by way of being sold, the rows became the way of developing village people into individuals.

When our people were working the cotton fields of the South, we did not realize the lasting impact that slavery would have on us. We did not know the fear that was bestowed upon our people. We did not understand what cultural behaviors would be lost, nor did we understand the new culture that was being birthed.

Imagine yourself at the start of a row of cotton. What is the goal?

The goal is to pick as much cotton as possible to make rate. You, and every other slave has a responsibility to your own row. You are also individually responsible for the punishment of not making rate. So by the end of the day, the master is now taking tally of your daily picks. One by one he is counting the weight of your bags. Whomever had the lowest amount, and whomever did not make rate, were then punished by way of the master’s whip. When this was all taking place, I am sure their minds were transforming as well. For every lash across the back, that person was becoming more and more of an individually focused person. Competing against their own people as a means of survival was birthed, and still lives today. Some may ask, “Why didn’t they work together to cover whatever the overall final weight needed to be?”

This was all a part of the plan. Could they have worked together to get the necessary end result? Yes, they could have, but this would have been building people who worked together, as opposed to working as individuals. Learning to work together for the common good of all would have been dangerous to the powers that be. If we could work together, then freedom would become inevitable.

Fast forward to 2017, and you will see where the rows of the cotton fields have taken African-Americans. We have become self-serving people. We are people who focus on what it is that we want, need, and desire as individuals. Even when it comes down to matters that challenge our moral responsibilities, we fail. When someone kills our children, we go down our row, and say, “That has nothing to do with me.” Some of our rows look like higher education, better neighborhoods, higher salaries, better social groups, etc. Yet while we are going down our rows as fast as we can, we don’t dare to look up, and see who is struggling. We won’t take a little bit out of our “bags” to help someone make “rate,” even if we are well above the standard. We stopped being family. We stopped being tribal. We stopped being village people who cared for one another. We are no longer inseparable. We have accepted the role, and our row, while hoping to never feel the lash of the master’s whip on our backs. We have become immune to our own collective demise. We don’t mind watching our brothers and sisters fall, or fail. When we do, we somehow look at our own people and do not see ourselves. We must change this behavior if we ever plan on being impactful as a race.

Is your row important? Yes, but not more important than your brother or sister. We can make rate by working together. One thing is certain, they could not have whipped all of us. That would have made for bad business then, and it makes for bad business now. So why not come together, and collectively win? There will be individuals who disagree with this, but we can’t worry about them. As you go down your row, raise your head, look around, and see who is not making rate, then help them. This can look like advice, a phone call, a connection to a job, constructive criticism, or even just telling them the truth. If you want to see something great take place in the African-American community, learn to work together for the good of the whole, and not just for the good of yourself.

Gregory Meriweather is the CEO of Black on Black Network, talk show host, writer, and public speaker. email: gmeriweather1@gmail.com booking: info@blackonblack.network