Monthly Archives: October 2007

Joel Osteen A Fat Cat In Skinny Goat’s Clothing

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It is Sunday morning and we are up and watching a little television when we just happen to come across this fellow in a huge mega church preaching about how God wants to bless you with prosperity etc. Now I am interested in what this humble sounding fellow had to say as I am constantly curious how people could actually listen to these prosperity preachers on a constant basis. It turns out that his name is Joel Osteen and I remember seeing him on Larry King not to long ago. He has a new book so I guess he was on the book whore, I mean tour circuit to push his goods.

Now I don’t subscribe to these prosperity pushers such as Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Pat Robertson, Juanita Bynum, The Tower of Power Schuller, Benny Hinn, Paula & Randy White, Oral Roberts, Mike Murdoch, Robert Tilton and Peter Popoff. Osteen and these preachers are pulling down money that would make the riches Pharaoh or Sultan blush. Yet God has specific scripture denouncing the rich lifestyle such as Mathew 19:24 “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Let Osteen and the other modern day swindlers tell it and you too can get to heaven by helping to line their pockets and bank accounts to overflowing.

Osteen was preaching today about not having a skinny goat mentality which he equated with a poor person mentality. You need to think big and know that God wants to make you prosperous with blessings. All you have to do is pray, OH and don’t forget to say the Amen. The Amen part is like sealing the prayer and blah, blah, blah. Now I am not a Christian by any means and know that God isn’t waiting in the wings to give me anything for giving these con artists one thin dime. In fact I think that just the opposite will happen, if I pay my hard earned money to this and the other thieves I will be even more destitute. It is like a fool calling the psychic hotline (which I worked for a short time) and what do they always ask? Why don’t I ever have any money, and will I get some money soon? I always wanted to say you have no money and won’t get any because you keep paying two dollars a minute for these phone calls. Why don’t you hang up and save your money then I could pop them on the head like a V-8 commercial.

Joel Osteen isn’t interested in my spiritual or any other part of my well being. He constantly talked about the fact that he also has a skinny goat mentality yet he grew up in the cradle of money as his father was also a preaching money maker. So where exactly did he get this skinny goat mentality. All he talked about for the entire time was building this mega church and how he felt that they could only afford to keep the old broken tiles and jacked up bathroom stalls etc. And when his cousin whom works for him said they should get all new things which prompted Osteen to wonder where his cousin got this fat cat mentality from. Well probably from the fact that through Osteen’s nepotism and cronyism he too is benefiting off the backs of Osteen’s poor stupid parishioners.

This mega church they built cost somewhere around seventy million dollars, damn that’s a lot of money. Yet he is a humble country preacher, “don’t know nothing about money matters,” is what he said when he had to go to Bank of America for a twenty five million dollar loan. Banks don’t just give that kind of money to people without a plan, no knowledge about how things in the real word work. He knows full well how money and the like work, like I said earlier, this guy was born to a money grabbing preacher. I don’t want to rag on anyone’s religion but I don’t believe that this preacher’s actually preaching about religion well maybe the religion of money. This guy and the others only seem to have one goal in mind and that is to separate you and me from our income and that is my problem.

I can barely look at these prosperity doctrine preacher’s let alone listen to the garbage they spew. I heard one preacher Paula White look into the camera and ask people to send her their first paycheck of the month. What! Is she crazy, most people are living paycheck to paycheck so who can afford to just send off a whole check to that cretin. She claims, just like Osteen and all the rest that you will get that back two fold or better. Gee if I send my hard earned money away how will I get this money back, is she going to pay my bills? This is another one of those “you got to have blind faith” things. I guess I am too inquisitive to just follow anything on blind faith. But, until others show more of a questioning nature instead of blindly following the pack like a good little sheeple.

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College Degrees Don’t Ensure Employment For Blacks

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As I ponder racism in the employment sector of the United States, I am stuck on the fact that so many people continue to talk of the huge gains that Blacks have made in breaking into the White dominated business world since the civil rights movement. But I am disappointed in these so called huge gains. We are still woefully under represented in the American White dominated work force. There are questions to whether this is due to White racism or to Blacks whatever or to the dysfunction of affirmative action.

After slavery ended Blacks during the reconstruction era were building small but prosperous towns all around the south run completely by self sufficient freed slaves autonomous of White America. But unfortunately, these towns struck a negative chord in the White communities since they disproved White’s conviction of Blacks inferiority. The rise of White terrorist groups such as the KKK was launched to terrorize the inhabitants and burn entire towns to the ground in order to keep their superiority complex alive. These types of scenarios are well documented and continued for years. This forced Blacks to move closer to the White communities where they had to settle for a second class living and working arrangement.

Blacks did not have the money power of their White neighbors yet managed to live very cohesively within their own communities. They ran the businesses that served the Black community since services could not be obtained from Whites due to segregation and Jim Crow laws. Separate meant anything but equal which had them feeling the pinch in schools and also in daily life so Blacks called for civil rights. Once this was obtained and Blacks were allowed to apply for employment with White companies the Blacks that could left the Black community in search of the White American dream. This caused the majority of businesses to close in the Black community due to lack of income. Now more Blacks being unable to obtain work from the local businesses had no choice but to find work in White owned American companies, where discrimination still reigned supreme. This discrimination led to the advent of affirmative action which was a means to force these White companies to hire minorities and women.

Whites had to be forced to allow Blacks into the workforce. Yet you listen to all the people who come down hard on unemployed Blacks such as Bill Cosby, John McWhorter, Shelby Steele, Clarence Thomas and Stanley Crouch, and you hear them say that the only thing the Black race has to do is pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get a degree then all worries are over. What is it about the root of the Black condition that these fools don’t understand? It looks pretty obvious to me but then if I say the root is racism I am being a race hustler or racially divisive. I believe the racists utilizing their White privilege to further perpetrate the status or lack there of in the Black community are the race hustlers and racially divisive.

So why aren’t these self appointed so called voices of the Black community addressing why the majority of companies don’t reflect the racial makeup of this country even with affirmative action? They are overwhelmingly represented by Whites but since Blacks make up about 13% of the nation if all things were equal wouldn’t we be 13% of the workers and wouldn’t 13% of businesses themselves be owned by Blacks as well. So will pulling my self up by my bootstraps somehow cause racist White business owners to hire me? Since discrimination is supposedly for the most part behind us then how these companies are staying so devoid of a real Black presence is a wonder? I would love for Bill Cosby or John McWhorter to tell me the names of all the fortune 500 businesses that are headed by a Black CEO and employs predominantly Black workers.

Black people are in a constant state of shame, ridicule, harsh judgment, being criticized, harassed, suspected and embarrassed. On top of this we have to endure the same treatment from some of our so called brothers and sisters on a constant basis. Unfortunately for the men listed above getting a degree and long bootstraps don’t always cut it. Becoming successful has more to do with being given a chance by the White benefactors than bootstrap pulling or degree holding. You could have every degree offered and if the plethora of White business men don’t want to hire you for whatever reason, trust me, you can pull every boot strap you can find till they break and that won’t get your Black degree holding butt into a good paying job. I am not saying that a degree doesn’t help but it isn’t the golden ticket that these fellows would like us all to think it is. Having a degree isn’t a guarantee of anything except that you have broadened your skills and your knowledge base.

With the further loss of affirmative action I believe that these White companies will become even more white. Somehow affirmative action couldn’t even up the racial disparity in most of these companies yet we are supposed to sit by while the racists are put even more in charge of Black’s employment fate. For more on affirmative action and the Black read Brotherpeacemaker’s Affirmative action is my bootstrap. I don’t think that we would willingly put Al-Qaeda in charge of the United States Defense Department. That would prove to be counter productive.  So why then do we think that putting the people who for years have protected their privilege all the while denying us the opportunity to earn a decent living is going to work out any better? Why do we insist on relying on White America to steer our lives in the direction that we actually need to go?

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That Is Racism My Dear Watson

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You would think that being a Nobel Laureate implies that you are an individual with above average intelligence and ethics. But James Watson has proven that statement as absolutely false. Spewing some of the same racist rhetoric as the likes of Margaret Sanger, Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell and Adolph Hitler, James Watson showed us all that he is nothing more than a Eugenics spouting nut. In the infamous interview by the Times Online he is spouting statements dealing with the inferiority of “darker” races, that employers see that all people are not equal referring to Blacks and the fact that he wants to recruit Blacks but “there’s no one to recruit.”

Now the racist rambling of some lab hermit scientist really does not register too high on my racist meter yet, this is a different case since this hermit also happens to be a Nobel Prize winner for helping to discover the double helix in DNA. This gives what he says more weight; therefore people with the White mindset all over the world listen to this man and use his words to give their own racism credibility. Pull yourself up by your boot straps White people tell the Black community constantly, yet a lot of those same Whites who give credence to this scientist are the same racists who are supposed to be color blind employers willing to hire those same Black people. Well I guess that a lot of Black boot straps have just been cut thanks to Mr. Watson.

People are already coming out in droves to say things such as he must have been misquoted or since he could not believe that he said such things maybe the journalist lied. Well they have the whole interview on tape so no one lied and he was not misquoted nor misunderstood. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, a scientist in the study of DNA nor a MENSA member to know that this man is a racist. Freedom of speech is what one person yelled, which I don’t understand how that is relevant. No one said he couldn’t say what he did, he had every right to say it, but that doesn’t mean that people have to like it.

People have called for his apology and of course he gave it without one bit of hesitation saying that he was mortified by the imbroglio. But what is it going to accomplish asking for an apology or him giving it? Is it going to take away the smug content of racists who undoubtedly stand firm behind his statements, I think not. I understand that people will say that those smug racists people are just ignorant.  But that is no consolation to the many people who are, will be and have been maligned by them. Unfortunately, these so called ignorant racists are actually the hordes of allegedly upstanding White mindset individuals who are in the majority and holding all the cards.

I am not shocked by the statements and certainly not surprised that another White person has come out to slander the Black community as this seems to be an American staple. We will always have our Johnny Come Lately victims of racism such as the Jihad screaming Arabs/Muslims and Hispanics who are seen as nothing more than border jumping illegal aliens, but the Black community has never fallen off the racist’s axis of inferiority list. As far as I know we are the only permanent list entry, everyone else seems to enter the list only to be relinquished later such as the Irish or Italians. This is just more vilification of the Black person that has served as a reminder of our original position here in this country. The little regard that is given to Blacks makes me wonder why anyone would be surprised by anything that Whites say or do when Blacks are the topic.

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Black Community Responsibility

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I agree that there are some things that the black community themselves need to own and take responsibility for, but they differ greatly with what people like Bill Cosby and such are spewing. I never hear anyone asking white people or the white community to take responsibility for any of its actions. The fact remains that every community has problems; I don’t think that you can find one that is devoid of them. So why this push to force blacks into accepting this fallacy that our community is somehow the worst one, or we somehow have failed where others are excelling? Well, you know the answer, just more propaganda to keep blacks feeling inadequate.

The Bill Cosby’s of the world will have you to believe that we are in such a state of disrepair all by our own doing. But, is it really our own doing that has put us in this predicament? I say yes and no, the issues are too complex for his simpleton explanation that if we only showed some responsibility everyone would be college graduates and on the cover of Forbes. When we all understand or should understand that college isn’t for everyone and America as a whole has only allowed 10% of the population to reach Forbes cover standards of living. We have to come to a realization that what we need as a community differs from that of America as a whole, that our needs don’t parallel that of the white community.

 

One of the things we should own is the fall of black neighborhoods; it is us who left our brothers and sisters in the hood as soon as we make a little dough the motto seems to be “see ya suckers.” As the higher income makers move to join their idea of equals in some white neighborhood, the tax dollars that helped to keep the area up goes with them. But I want to live in an affluent neighborhood, you hear these money makers say. Well what makes the area their moving to affluent, the type of houses, the landscaping, business or the fact that they are full of whites? I don’t have a problem with wanting more, hell, that’s what America is all about, but why can’t you want more for your people. Why can’t you stay in the neighborhood and make something nice there? If more blacks who get a leg up were to stay and gentrify our own neighborhoods we wouldn’t need to run to white neighborhoods like country cousins beggin’ at the big house for a nice area to raise our kids.

 

Black neighborhoods would be better off if it were diversely populated with blacks of all socioeconomic classes. With the money sticking around, so would businesses, and the schools would be a whole lot better; all of which means that everyone as a whole would be doing a whole lot better. The black owned small business inside the neighborhoods would help a lot with unemployment and so on. Sounds a lot like a trickle down effect, but my naïve nature is showing again. I don’t believe that blacks care about the black community as much as they care about impressing their black and white counterparts as well as those beneath them, with the look what I have and where I live syndrome.

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