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Filmed January 2012 at TEDxMaui

Lisa Kristine: Photos that bear witness to modern slavery









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









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  As why I always say...we cannot CLOSE our eyes to other people's pain simply because we don't feel their pain or we think we have pain of our own to consider first.  Bullshyte.  We here in America with all our social issues to address?  Are LUCKY....lemme repeat...ARE LUCKY to have the freedom many of us don't even appreciate.  A lot of us have become sooooooooooo self-righteous and buy into massas slave books which ever one serve the mental purpose of self-worth.  But we never look to side of our eye to see that there are MANY upon MANY people worldwide still suffering from the woes of slavery that we legally eradicated ....and because of that?  These people are looking at us with those eyes of defeat that we should be familiar with.  And what do we do?  The ones who have benefited from the SWEAT, BLOOD and DEATH of our ancestors who saw vision for their people?  That would be us?  We turn our NOSES as if we are better cuz we feel?  It's not my problem.  That's over there...not here.


But!  Hey that's exactly what they were saying about us...those indentured folks who were once peasants i.e. serfs to the kingdom they unwillingly served. They couldn't feel our pain, our agony and many of them tried to justify it by placing our roles to them in their books they call bible, qu'ran and talmud.  And we bought into it!  There's no better christian that the slaves...there's no better muslim....than the slaves....there are no better jews...than the ones who created the so-called religious manuscripts that RAPED the whole world...still today...with the LIES of human purpose.  


I mean I've been saying this for years and each and every time black folks tried to minimize my perspective as if they KNEW better or what I know is worthless.  Again...bullshyte.  These same folks wouldn't give water to A thirsty child...or a dollar to a starving man/woman...cuz they feel it's not their problem..and yet every sunday or day of religion you will see their sanctified asses up in church or temple sooooo devoted and shyte like only THEY know the secret.  And that thinking is what the massas want us to feel. They want us to think we know the secret[which I call brainwashing]  through those religious books....so that they can continue brutalizing the world with their barbaric, backwards, selfish and self-serving angst of survival...but!  We must remember.  These are godly folks.  They have the pictures and everything to prove it.  


Slavery is not new folks.  It has been a part of the human experience for thousands of years in Asia and Europe.  Africans have only been snatched in the last 1500 or so years...but!  The massas have been enslaving their own people way before they stepped foot in Africa.  In a way, our experience in slavery is at the back of the bus phenomena solely because of the collapse of the Egyptian culture when the onset of patriarch regime[adopted from the Asian] took over which happened in the era of Min.  Before that?  Hyksos and Arabs had a hard time penetrating our soil...but!  Now that they have....they are not gonna let go without a FIGHT.  They have already shown that they are fearless. [The Ottoman Empire was finally defeated in the 20th century and even so]  The massas STILL don't give a fock about a child's rights or a woman's rights...or even a family's rights.  It's all about the money and power.  Bottom line.


Additionally, this is why I said that Children of God in India look to black people as a template toward freedom and civil rights.  And what are we doing here in this country where we have our [personal]freedom?  Kill each other.  We kill each other.  We kill our children.  We kill the mothers and fathers of our children.  And then we behave like we hate each other sooooooo much.  Why?   Why is there so much self-hatred?   Cuz there is enough room for KNOWLEDGE, experience and innovations from everybody black...we don't have to compete to be the center of attention..there is enough room to stretch and reach out.  Plus we still have work to do.  It didn't stop when we received our freedom nor did it stop when we received our civil rights...the fight continues until EVERYBODY man woman and child from all walks of life in this world are FREE.  Do you hear me?  Free!!!  Cuz one day we are going to look around for support [many of us do this all the time] when something happens like the death of a family member by the po po or a fellow black, illegal incarceration of a relative or friend or an injustice toward a whole community....then as always we gonna want the world to stop and help us.  So why won't we stop and help the world?  We know more than anyone else it would be a better life not only for us but for generations to come. What is stopping us for joining forces to stop this once and for all? Again why won't we stop and help the world like we know we can?[this is the same instance of why black celebrities with all that money won't help their black community to launch them into success...why is that?]  And for those of us who already know those answers.... the FINAL question becomes in terms of stopping this atrocity which we have proven we can...again the question is...  Will we?  But!.   .


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Black people don't realize or want to admit that centuries of enslavement and colonization served to program the Black psyche for centuries to come.


Lack of empathy, division and indifference is part of the programming.  It ensures that this one race of people will NEVER realize that they areone Race on this planet that needs to Unite regardless of differences in nationality, religion, culture and class.  


Indifference to the same oppression and suffering and struggle of others is also part of the programming.  


After all, those who benefit from oppression of those being oppressed cannot allow all the people all over the world are are being oppressed to connect-the-dots that they ALL have Common enemy.  


How else can no more that approximately 2% of the human population get away with oppressing and exploiting the other 98%.  

  Exactly my sista!  Now does that make ANY sense?  2% of the population in control of 98% of the population.  Somethin' WRONG!!!!  Very wrong.   And not one black celebrity or black entreperteur[sp] is willing to invest in the post slavery or post civil rights of black people.  Not one.  I wonder what we lost in all the commotion that keeps us from saving ourselves.  What is it?  But!

 Below is something else we should ALL keep our eyes on.  Prior to the US occupy in Iraq, women and children had no real protection against those would tortured and killed them simply because a woman's leg may be seen or if she is caught outside alone.  And I'm not gonna readdress the issue with the dancing boys.  Here is the newest thing that Iraq is attempting to do. 


Iraqi law would be a huge setback for girl's and women's rights



In this Thursday, March 13, 2014 photo, women pass by a banner for the Jaafari Personal Status Law in Baghdad, Iraq. The Arabic on the banner reads, "The Jaafari Personal Status Law is for you and all of us." The contentious civil status draft law for Iraqi Shiite community that allows child marriage and restricts women?s rights has stirred up a row among many Iraqis who see it as a setback for child and women rights, threatening to add more divisions and woos to the society that is already in fragments.



BAGHDAD (AP) - A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women's rights.

The measure, aimed at creating different laws for Iraq's majority Shiite population, could further fray the country's divisions amid some of the worst bloodshed since the sectarian fighting that nearly ripped the country apart after the U.S.-led invasion. It also comes as more and more children under 18 get married in the country.

"That law represents a crime against humanity and childhood," prominent Iraqi human rights activist Hana Adwar told The Associated Press. "Married underage girls are subjected to physical and psychological suffering.

Iraqi law now sets the legal age for marriage at 18 without parental approval. Girls as young as 15 can be married only with a guardian's approval.

The proposed new measure, known as the Jaafari Personal Status Law, is based on the principles of a Shiite school of religious law founded by Jaafar al-Sadiq, the sixth Shiite imam. Iraq's Justice Ministry late last year introduced the draft measure to the Cabinet, which approved it last month despite strong opposition by rights groups and activists.

The draft law does not set a minimum age for marriage. Instead, it mentions an age in a section on divorce, setting rules for divorces of girls who have reached the age of 9 years in the lunar Islamic calendar. It also says that's the age girls reach puberty. Since the Islamic calendar year is 10 or 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, that would be the equivalent of 8 years and 8 months old. The bill makes the father the only parent with the right to accept or refuse the marriage proposal.

Critics of the bill believe that its authors slipped the age into the divorce section as a backhanded way to allow marriages of girls that young. Already, government statistics show that nearly 25 percent of marriages in Iraq involved someone under the age of 18 in 2011, up from 21 percent in 2001 and 15 percent in 1997. Planning Ministry spokesman Abdul-Zahra Hendawi said the practice of underage marriage is particularly prevalent in rural areas and some provinces where illiteracy is high.

Also under the proposed measure, a husband can have sex with his wife regardless of her consent. The bill also prevents women from leaving the house without their husband's permission, would restrict women's rights in matters of parental custody after divorce and make it easier for men to take multiple wives.

Parliament must still ratify the bill before it becomes law. That is unlikely to happen before parliamentary elections scheduled for April 30, though the Cabinet support suggests it remains a priority for Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's administration. Al-Maliki is widely expected to seek a third term.

Baghdad-based analyst Hadi Jalo suggested that election campaigning might be behind the proposal.

"Some influential Shiite politicians have the impression that they should do their best to make any achievement that would end the injustice that had been done against the Shiites in the past," Jalo said.

The formerly repressed Shiite majority came to power after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein's Sunni-led regime. Since then, Shiite religious and political leaders have encouraged followers to pour in millions into streets for religious rituals, a show of their strength.

Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shimmari, a Shiite, has brushed off the criticism of the bill. His office introduced a companion bill that calls for the establishment of special Shiite courts that would be tied to the sect's religious leadership.

Al-Shimmari insists that the bill is designed to end injustices faced by Iraqi women in past decades, and that it could help prevent illicit child marriage outside established legal systems.

"By introducing this draft law, we want to limit or prevent such practices," al-Shimmari said.

But Sunni female lawmaker Likaa Wardi believes it violates women's and children's rights and creates divisions in society.

"The Jaffari law will pave the way to the establishments of courts for Shiites only, and this will force others sects to form their own courts. This move will widen the rift among the Iraqi people," Wardi said.

New York-based Human Rights Watch also strongly criticized the law this week.

"Passage of the Jaafari law would be a disastrous and discriminatory step backward for Iraq's women and girls," deputy Middle East director Joe Stork said in a statement. "This personal status law would only entrench Iraq's divisions while the government claims to support equal rights for all."

It is unclear how much support the bill enjoys among Iraqi Shiites, but Jalo, the analyst, believes that it would face opposition from secular members of the sect.

Qais Raheem, a Shiite government employee living in eastern Baghdad, said the draft bill contradicts the principles of a modern society.

"The government officials have come up with this backward law instead of combating corruption and terrorism," said Raheem who has four children, including two teenage girls. "This law legalizes the rape and we should all reject it."


We here in the west can ignore this if we want to....but!  I'ma gone tell you it ain't far from us at all...especially if there are Iraqis living in America who bring this horrible custom with them.  You never know who might be living next door that may be experiencing this very thing. If they can do FGM under our noses...what the hell else can they be doing alllllllll in the name of custom and tradition?  Which custom and tradition only means:  THE MALE WAY OF LIFE!!  But!


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