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Letter From a Kingpin: A Discussion of Race, Politics And Slavery

Posted: 09/25/2012 2:59 pm
 
 
rickross1 "We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." Martin Luther King - Letter from a Birmingham Jail"

 

This morning while doing my review of the news of the day I came across one of the most simple, yet provocative articles I have read in quite a while, "Ann Coulter: Democrats 'Dropping the Blacks and Moving on to the Hispanics'". While I am no advocate for the messenger Ms Coulter, and disagree with many of her core views inside the article there were statements brought to the national stage that for far too long have went ignored.

 

"I think what - the way liberals have treated blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right," Coulter said. "There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don't owe the homeless. We don't owe feminists. We don't owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that's - or - or gays who want to get married to one another. That's what civil rights has become for much of the left." When asked whether immigrant rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, "No. I think civil rights are for blacks. What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven't even been in this country." Ann Coulter on ABC Video
 
My background and experience has positioned me to oddly be able to see the need for this dialogue on the topic; in my eyes having it triggered by a stark conservative is only more of a statement of the need to have a full conversation on the presented issues with a honest view of history. While many have connected me with the destruction of the black community, those same detractors fail to have a historical grasp on this countries long cyclical history of slavery, convict leasing, chain gangs and now mass incarceration. My role as a kingpin was as much a stop-gap to poverty, as it was a seller of drugs. Mass poverty, unemployment and lack of legacy wealth created an environment of unmotivated black youth in the early 1980's. I see many similarities today. If left unresolved these similarities will heat from a slow simmer until they boil over as we are seeing in urban centers across the nation, such as Chicago. My gift and curse was an ability to motivate the unmotivated to put in effort and help them see a true economic result. In amassing my fortune what I came to know is people -- no matter their background -- must be made to feel that they have a purpose. For many blacks that are direct descendants of slaves, that purpose was stripped when their knowledge of family history or goals for family futures was purposefully disrupted in the interest of American expansion.

 

Note: My analysis below deals moreso with lack of recognition of a duty and action that the American government has to descendants of slaves, rather than dealing with the right of other groups to access Civil Rights gains. I believe Civil Rights are due to all Americans, and are cornerstones to achieving the American Dream.

 

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Lets start with context so there is no question as to what Ms. Coulter speaks to in her shortened comments above. America is only 236 years old, the Independence of the country was gained in 1776. While in contrast America's African slavery lasted from 1619, to at least the date used by most textbooks 1862. But as can be seen in pieces such as "PBS Slavery by Another Name" American slavery really lasted until 1942. Through the use of convict leasing and vagrancy laws America kept Blacks subjugated well into the 20th century. It is only in 1942 that government officials made slavery illegal and acted to enforce the rights of African American slaves to be free. President Roosevelt signed circular No. 3591 legislation on December 12, 1941, finally, effectively making slavery illegal in the United States in 1942. So in all American slavery was some 320 years long, being that it started before the country's Independence and lasted well into its more modern existence (a full 150 years longer than the entire history of the country). The form of slavery used in America, this country of independence and freedom, was one whereby blacks were intentionally culturally stripped, unable to create familial structure, unable to create financial wealth and unable to create any sense of identity -- stripping men down to a sense of nothingness where in some cases they did not even know their own birth dates.

 

During this period America became one of the wealthiest countries the world has ever known. This occurred primarily on the back of the rest of the world's inability to compete with America's free slave labor advantage in creating everything from cotton in the 1700's to steel in the 1900's with no labor cost. During this entire time black slaves amassed little to no wealth, and were in fact not even allowed to stay in structured families without threat of being ripped from their social fabric by being sold.

 

The period from 1942 until the early 1970's was known as Jim Crow, whereby the descendants of slavery were made to be second-class citizens. They were largely unable to vote, unable to organize and unable to truly create wealth for their descendants. Note:Blacks were a group so ostracized they were unable to even see criminal justice done. A little known fact is despite all of the rampant racially motivated killing that went on throughout the country over nearly 100 years between 1877 and 1966, during a time of heavy peonage (a form of involuntary servitude) only one white farmer was convicted of the murder of one of his black "peons". Stopping and now doing the math from 1776 until around 1970 blacks were truly unable to amass wealth for themselves, but created the wealthiest country the world has known. It is for that which our families are owed a great debt. Note: This means that blacks with ties to slavery, were slaves for 83 percent of the countries entire history, and in addition slaves some 150 years before the country officially became independent.

 

What this has left behind is a society that is ripe for what has been entitled the New Jim Crowwhereby mass incarceration has been used as tool to incarcerate in mass the descendants of those same slaves. Shackles are shackles, and chains are chains as much as we refuse to view them as such. This mass incarceration has been a great job creator as America poured billions into the War on Drugs, essentially creating crime that needed to be processed by officers, judges, attorneys and court staff. All of this being done at the cost of so many black males lives. In 1982 at my height, there was no Google, and we had no real knowledge of global affairs. What we did know is that Reganomics had led to a trickle down that was not occurring. It cut off social programs, job training and led to massive downturns in the ghetto economically. But had our great grand-parents been given their just due, we would not be in the position to have to wait for economics to trickle. We would have been our own pipe, trickling to others as any other group in the country's twelve plus generations were doing by 1980.

 

rickross3Today, priming the pump are record labels Warner Brothers Records and Universal Music, and artist such as the one using my name William Roberts pka Rick Ross knowledgeably validating selling crack cocaine (despite its harsh sentencing, even though neither the artist or label executives has or would sell crack cocaine themselves) to a group of young black men ready to follow messages pushed forth by this mass media. Shooting videos that make blacks appear like animals from Louisiana: Rick Ross "Hold me Back" (God Forgives I Don't) to Nigeria Rick Ross "Hold Me Back", feeding an image of the poor-criminal-black man as described by Toure in theWashington Post. So entrenched is the mentality left behind by a culture born from lack of ownership, that as I fight for my own name people can not draw the connection that the root of why it was taken from me without license or compensation is tied in the same culture of black slavery and lack of right of possession described above. Whereby we as African Americans are not to even own our own identity. I am Rick Ross, and I refuse to allow it.

 

Solutions

 

While this is in no way an exhaustive list, it is a start for true dialogue toward progress.

 

  • It is my belief we need real data sets on what the long term effects of American slavery have been on the descendants to start any real dialogue. Administrators for public services, education and incarceration should be forced to collect specific data on descendants of slavery so we can really see how this group is performing after being horrifically treated for so long, we can then delve into real solutions.

     

  • Descendants of slavery should be allowed to use new Internet based tools such as Ancestry.com to track their family's history at no cost paid for by the federal government. This would start to enhance a sense of identity and knowledge of history.

 

  • No Cost Financial planning. Family planning and Counseling services should be offered to those that are descendants of slavery in areas where data shows there is need.

     

  • Financial tax breaks targeted at descendants of slavery should be enacted, whereby those that are most disenfranchised are able to make up ground on the investment advantage of legacy money held by so many. To hear Republicans at their convention speak on redistribution this year -- from Ann Romney, Senator Marco Rubio and Mitt Romeny, they speak of an America that historically has not existed and we still must work toward by being honest about how wealth advantages were gained the last 100 years. There are roughly 3 Million Americans in the top 1% of earners, that's one percent of 300 Million people. Blacks are only a mere 1.4% of that top earning group (in numbers only 40,000 BLACKS are in the top 1%). That means (.1%) of all blacks in the country are in the top earning bracket. This is while 27.4% or 10.7 million blacks live below the poverty line earning less than 11,000 dollars a year. Note: The median asset for the few 40,000 blacks in the top 1% median assets are 1.2 Million and 1.3 million in debt load, making them negative 100K. Whites in contrast are 96% of the top 1% of earners, and for the 2.9 Million whites in the top 1% the median assets are 8.3 Million in Assets, 300,000 in Debt.

 

  • Crack and Cocaine should be sentenced same, and the sentencing should be applied retroactively. Currently the sentences given to Black men for the nonviolent offense of the sale of Crack cocaine are the same as that given for murder in some cases. This has destroyed countless families, by ripping the Black father from the home for a nonviolent crime. When released these young men should be allowed to vote in all elections. Voting is one of the great powers of men in a democracy. It should not be allowed to be stripped from descendants of slavery for nonviolent offenses that are incorrectly labeled as high level felonies. By stripping voting powers they undermine our ability to organize and effect change in our communities by demands of politicians. 10,000 per 100,000 black males ages 25-30 are incarcerated, largely for nonviolent drug offenses. To put this statistic in context the prison rate for Africans in South Africa during the the Apartheid was 836 per 100,000. About 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 was incarcerated, by far the largest racial or ethnic group-by comparison, 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of white men in that same age group were incarcerated.

 

  • Lastly, a demand of our politicians from US President to local Alderman, that to get our vote they must enact targeted policy for descendants of slavery. We must start the healing process of rectifying a community destroyed as America built its culture of freedom so many enjoy at the cost of many black families very existence. So as President Obama speaks live to the UN on Slavery, I also request we also become more honest about America's past so we may move to a brighter future.

 

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As stated by the president, "Human trafficking is not a business model, it is a crime" President Obama. In America we must be honest that it has been a business, we must then look at ourselves and be honest about what we see in the mirrors reflection as we look at this business of American slavery's lasting effects.

 

I hope this Op Ed is read with an open mind for the messenger, and the message as that it is time to start the dialogue so we may start on the path toward a true healing.

 

Yours for the cause of Honesty and Truth,

 

"Freeway" Rick Ross
 
 
 
 
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"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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 blah blah blah blah blaaaaaa!  Homeboy should have THOUGHT about that when he was teaching gangbangers HOW to cook rocks to distribute them black neighborhoods....MINE in particular!  Nope not falling for it.  Cuz this information he is talking ABOUT....was available to HIM during the time he launch this self-destructive mode throughout Los Angeles, Pasadena and San Bernadino hot spots.  It was this contract the fueled the contras wars and Olive North was seated in the hot seat to explain how did he managed to connect with an obvious hood rat whose union funded gureillas in central America?  I'm still waiting for the answer.  And let me be clear....when Freeway Rick[I get confused with his name, I used to call him Freeway Willy] came to the community to pretend to care by sponsoring basketball tourement for young people and to donate monies to community improvement...I KNEW it was bunch mafia bull.  A lot of councilfolks got in trouble dealing with him cuz the black community KNEW that Rick was the HEAD dope man.  And he was soooooo arrogant and thought RULED southern Cali....and when he caught he really thought they was gonna let him out, if he snicked on North.  WRONG!

 

His involvement not only started the crack epidemic...but!  It strengthened gangs who terrorized their OWN community.  It also started the cowardly drive-bys where innocent people WERE murdered based on an ignorant uneducated notion of what it means to be respected.  No charts will EVER eliminated the genocide he is responsible for along with Tookie Williams.  He and Freeway were MONSTERS to their own kind.  Human cancer from the INSIDE OUT! They didn't give a shit about black people.  Lemme say this again....these MONSTERS didn't give a shit about their OWN people.  They demonstrated that by the endless killings they ordered through black communities across this country.  S0... really there is NOTHING he can say to save face.  Cuz reading and writing were legal back then.  And the information he is NOW referring to has been out there since the 50s and the 60s.  So....for me there is  no EXCUSE.  As the kids say....talk to the hand mofo.  I aint hearing it. Rick is like some of the present day Preachers who smear their bull onto unsuspecting folks with one hand while the other hand is feeling on kids.  I ain't buying NOTHING he has to say cuz the time is coming where he is gonna PAY big time.  I hope he is enjoying bending over in prison, cuz when it's time do come to pay back for all the wrong he's done....he will be used to being f'd in the azz without vaseline.  Cuz that is just some of the punishment he got coming.  Yep!  That's right I said it and ain't taking shit back either. 

 

It just kills me that once brothers get in prison....they start talking all this intellectual stuff.  Too late!  Monster!  You can undo this.  Cuz those who died can NOT come back and reliving their lives.  And that's the ONLY way in my view a MONSTER like you can be FORGIVEN.  The only way.  So....slither away and go back in your hole...where you BELONG..azzhole!  But!  

" And let me be clear....when Freeway Rick[I get confused with his name, I used to call him Freeway Willy]"

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Could you elaborate on this some more?  

 

I posted what I thought was from a writer, who was a reformed street dealer, who is often confused with being the rapper Rick Ross.  I know about the guy who claims to have been the person to introduce Black people to Crack Cocaine and flooded African American communities with Crack Cocaine for the United States Government, but, are you saying that THIS is the guy?

  Yep!  That's what I'm saying sista girl.  hummmm  And I quote "My background and experience has positioned me to oddly be able to see the need for this dialogue on the topic; in my eyes having it triggered by a stark conservative is only more of a statement of the need to have a full conversation on the presented issues with a honest view of history. While many have connected me with the destruction of the black community, those same detractors fail to have a historical grasp on this countries long cyclical history of slavery, convict leasing, chain gangs and now mass incarceration. My role as a kingpin was as much a stop-gap to poverty, as it was a seller of drugs."   Yep! That's HIM allllright. He knows it too cuz it came right outta his OWN mouth when he said "connect me with the destruction of the black community." Yep that's that monster. Now he wanna talk all intelligent by saying his has a gift of motivating others.   Nawl asshole, that was no skill. You just told them how to make MONEY without working for it.  And as soon as he told them how that, blackfolks could no longer WALK down the street in their own neighborhoods outta fear of whom? Not massa....not the po po.  But!   Their OWN people!!   He did this! With the "help" of the government....this MONSTER with the other Williams MONSTER did this to black people.   With their eyes WIDE open.  So...homeboy needs to go somewhere, sit down and shut the fock up! The damage's been done.  Two generations of blackfolks....GONE!!!  But!

  Cuz some people are FORGIVING...and others  have MEMORY loss cuz for the most part it didn't affect THEM[as much].  Just like during that time gangsta rappers were STEALING samples from legitimate music artists....but!  Because these baby monsters were a part of a gang mentality that bullied their OWN people, many artists were TOO afraid to do anything about it until RECENTLY i.e. sue for royalties.  But I also have my own theory as to why this all came about with blackfolks NOT pulling their kids outta these gangs and kicking their azzes big time.  Cuz that's what PARENTS used to do in my day.  You couldn't be a part of a gang, or selling drugs or not going to school-it just didn't happen back then.  But this hip hop generation that generated from this decaying era tells a huge story of desensitizing black folks of the "black" love we once had for each other.  The tool used?  MONEY!  And this is why my intelligence is insulted with fast-talking monsters like Ross who could have potentially been an outstanding businessman HAD he remembered our JOURNEY.  But!  He didn't.  And he didn't care.  Not only is he a monster.....he's a coward as well[by using his rhetorical gift of gap-DON'T FOOL ME...Hell no.]  And when they were picketing years ago about letting Tookie Williams live....I said it LOUD AND CLEAR:  kill him!  And if the deal was on the table for Freeway Rick I would have SCREAMED the same:  KILL HIM twice.  Each time for each generation that was destroyed.  But!

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

I just wanted to be sure that this was one and the same person.  Now, I want to know how the hell is the writer of this peace not mentioning that and trying to pass him off as just another reformed street dealer.

 

I dont know what the writers intentions where, I do know this is a reoccurring theme that isn't ever going to be easy to accept.

 

From the 80's until today, a hard reality holds true.  The most effective people to reach youth living that life, are those who LIVED that life.  There's no way around that.  Everybody can justify wanting their pound of flesh, but you have to ask what is it you really want?

 

An ex stripper, sugarbaby knows the ins and outs of the life.  She knows what attracts young girls to it, and she knows "the other side of the game" not seen or discussed.

 

Women who have lived that life who go on to work directly with young girls to get them out and prevent them from going in do not face this level of resistance.

When Blackmen are reformed, there is a extremely focused effort to prevent and sever any attempt to undo or prevent young men from entering that life of destruction. 

 

Do NOT kid yourself, the young boys see this.  They saw it with Stanley "Tookie" Williams, but they also saw that many  didn't really give a shit what impact he had, they wanted revenge and several pounds of flesh.

Brotha Muhammad Ciper wrote "An ex stripper, sugarbaby knows the ins and outs of the life. She knows what attracts young girls to it, and she knows "the other side of the game" not seen or discussed. Women who have lived that life who go on to work directly with young girls to get them out and prevent them from going in do not face this level of resistance."

 

I'm sorry my brotha. I know you didn't direct your comments to me but I just have to say that your above statement as an example is purely apples and oranges-two completely different dynamics. I say this because those women who lived that lifestyle have not destroyed generations of blackfolks; they have not influence a total hip hop culture of social defiance, not just defiance toward the outside world....but! To their own people in the OWN community. They didn't come into unsuspecting neighborhoods and shoot to KILL any moving target-doesn't matter if it's innocent women and children. That's just never happen with women of the nightlight. And usually when a "ex-stripper or sugarbaby" indulge in this form of sexual behavior it is as a ramification of childhood sexual buse, family abandonment and/or social neglect..and usually the ones to influence these low self-esteemed women's to turn their "candy" into money are MEN. Because they are the potential CLIENTS and the ones to benefit sexually. And if you look deep in the childhood background of ANY woman who participates in this form of entertainment....you will SEE abuse of some kind including morbid sexual misconduct from either a family member, family friend or peer. But this abuse decays the "woman's" wounded self-image and moral values and if she has children, it affects them as they grow up...but in no way does her behavior reflect  a direct form of destruction of TWO not one generations of blackfolks in the black community.  Nope. There is no evidence of that.  And this is where we split the sea of disagreement. Cuz the true culpit behind her sickness to act out sexually is a male-driven dynamics. No?  As a matter of fact, it was the initial flooding of crack-cocaine in the black community distributed by male gang bangers that broke down the matriarch of black families....formed her into what is known today as a "strawberry."  Black men did this..... not women.   

 

  

When Blackmen are reformed, there is a extremely focused effort to prevent and sever any attempt to undo or prevent young men from entering that life of destruction.

 

But that attempt is far TOOOOOO late mainly cuz they cannot give those taken LIVES back to mourning families...AND most importantly black men who are reformed cannot mend broken families as a direct result of their destructive behavior in their OWN neighborhoods. They just cannot.  Especially if they are still in prison.  But what they will do is continuous try to minimized their sole responsibilities in this destruction by taking the focus off the people who were KILLED and communtities destructured and direct toward their reform.  In many ways these men do not want to take the consequences for their irrevesible conduct.  What they want is for the black community that they DID all they could to destroy to forgive them without consequences. Not happening. If you want make a decision as a man, then you SHOULD take it like a man the CONSEQUENCES of that decision.  Cuz sex and DEATH are really two different things. Both have nothing to do with the other. So.

 

Do NOT kid yourself, the young boys see this. They saw it with Stanley "Tookie" Williams, but they also saw that many didn't really give a shit what impact he had, they wanted revenge and several pounds of flesh.

 

Again my brotha I'm gonna have to disagree. Tookie really THOUGHT if he wrote a couple of children's books, talk about gang reform, that would LET HIM OFF THE HOOK!  When it was soooooooo obvious he didn't give a shit about black people [he NEVER let anyone off the hook...cuz he really didn't care] until massa talked about using the needle to end his life. Then all of sudden, he's a changed man. Well that's not good enough for the parents and family members who have lost their children and relatives under Tookie's watch.  It's not okay to hear that "you're relieved of that responsibility of killing and destroying the black culture"..especially when we managed to SURVIVE slavery, jim crow and segregation. Nope it doesn't roll like that.  And another reason why is because he was a MONSTER[to his own kind]. Unfeeling...detached monster reaping social havoc in his own community.  And in any movie, a MONSTER is [always] slain.  Rightfully so. 

 

Lastly, as a man Tookie should have accepted the sentence he EARNED. But behind all that aggressive behavior he spewed outward, he was actually a bully COWARD. And at the end of the any day, that's exactly what he was. Now they execute people all day long for murdering innoence folks. Why is it that Tookie and Ross don't think they die for their misdeeds placed long term on society? Why are they any different than any other murdering criminal?  Who are they...exactly to expect forgiveness?  Cuz last I seen, no one yet can bring back the dead. And if there are those who should bring back the dead? It would be THEM[in order to undo what they've done].  But! That's not how life goes. I mean if they were big and bad to do this without a conscious, then they should be just as big and bad to take it like the MEN they claim they are. But! To those who followed them surprise......they are merely humans.  And to deter that type of behavior from EVER resurfacing in our community again cuz younger generation of monsters are watching and being influenced, these men absolutely should PAY for the crimes against their own people.  Absolutely!  And really that's bottom line. But here's the irony my brotha....if you look closely into the childhood background of both men you will also find a series of one of the following: sexual abuse[men don't talk about], family abandonment and social neglect. Now!  Who would have thought that?    Cuz behind smoke...there is always "fire." But!

  Oh more thing...if these so-called reformed black men REALLY cared about the future and present-state of the black community including black people.....they WOULD NOT keep re-entering the prison system once released.  It's mighty funny they talk all this "good" intellectual stuff while in cages...but!  As soon as they are let out....they convert back to bad behavior that continue to destroy our culture.  Like a revolving door of the door of no return.  So....don't believe a WORD cons say...cuz they don't call them "cons" for nothing.  But!

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