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Forgiveness Does Not Exempt You From Consequences

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Richard O. Jones
When you apologized as a child by saying the single word “sorry” your parents
often waived your punishment and allowed you to return to your recreation.

You parents might have said, after you finally apologized, “That wasn’t so bad, was it? Now you
can go back outside and play.” All was forgiven without consequences.

Unfortunately, many adults still believe that once they apologize, everything goes back to normal. They expect the same no-penalty-forgiveness they received as a child. To forgive only implies that someone agrees not to carry a grudge against you, your debts are erased, or your wrongdoing is excused.

However your dirty deeds are not erased from memory. As in bankruptcy, your debts are forgiven but your bad credit rating will follow you. Thus your bad credit rating is your consequences.

When you are truly forgiven, your past will not be brought up and held against you in the future. Such forgiveness only occurs in the Bible. The Bible says that our sins are cast into the sea of forgetfulness. Believers in Jesus Christ are forgiven of all their sins over and over again when they ask God for forgiveness. However, spiritual forgiveness assures that you are saved from damnation not that your life on earth will be without consequences for your wrongs. There’s a
biblical principle that you shall reap what you sow.

In society forgiveness comes with a shadow of guilt that will follow you forever.
Since society doesn’t have a heaven or hell to send you to, society must hold you accountable in the here and now. People with a history of drug use or felony convicts should not blame society for not putting them in trustworthy positions.

Forgiveness in society does not equal to forgetfulness. Jesus Christ will not remind you of your pre-saved past but society is not so inclined. Forgiveness in society merely means, we will not stone you to death or carry a grudge but until you prove yourself – keep you distance. This is
because your past is where your reputation was built. And society will always hold you
accountable to the reputation that you created.

Saying I’m sorry in a sincere manner is only the first step towards being truly forgiving but you still have a ways to go.

When your child does wrong and you decide to punish him or her, the fact that they apologize is to their advantage and it may get the some leniency but it shouldn’t stop you from going forward with some form of consequences or you’re lacking as a responsible parent.

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Voting Stories Of Black Americans

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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
Black Americans, congratulations for not only going out to vote but for what they had to go through to do it. Each of us has a story to tell. Mine started years ago when I moved

5 miles from one county to another country.

Following that move there was nothing I could do-- by way of phone calls, emails, letters, and visiting various facilities-- to be able to get re-registered to vote. But with this election involving Obama, I simply had to vote.

On the advice of a friend I went to the voter’s registration office, only to discover that the form (obtained from the internet) I had sent in six weeks prior was not put into the system. One of the problems is that they did not believe that my present location was part of their county, when I knew it certainly was—because I pay taxes in that county, even for things I do not get (e.g. water and sewage). They ran some kind of check and the print-out showed me to be correct.

But they still could not allow me to vote and it was necessary to go to court. I took the form to the court house (just before it closed at 4:00 pm) and went through the same problem of the clerk and her supervisor--both loudly declaring that I was in the wrong county. Eventually, I was able to get the boss of the supervisor and gave him the print-out given at the voter’s registration office to prove I lived in the appropriate county. He accepted that and because I had
spent so much time (the employees had gone home for the day) he said he would save me
from having to come back the following by prevailing on the judge to sign the petition
right then. That took an hour but I was able to get back to the registration office in time
to vote—which ensured Obama’s victory.

The reason for going to all this trouble is my knowledge of the history Black people have gone through (and still do) in order to vote. Whites’ have designed all sorts of very elaborate devices as a way of preventing Blacks from exercising active citizenship. The reasons include being able to maintain control over all things important to the lives of Black people and thereby control Blacks themselves. These include things like jobs and riches, education, housing, cultural
achievements, health, and law and order.

Between 1890 and 1910 eleven Southern states adopted special requirements for voting
designed to deny Blacks the franchise. One was the poll tax, requiring the citizen to
pay a special tax—sometimes being retroactive--for the privilege of voting. Or, Blacks
were required to show poll tax receipts for a number of years. A frequent device was to
give Blacks only a day for registration—a day when White officials were not available.

Educational tests were sometimes stipulated. By asking Black people for registration
questions concerning government which they could not possibly answer, officials
could keep them off the list.

As often as any method, White Southerners resorted to intimidation and violence for the purpose of preventing Negroes from voting. There were numerous instances of Blacks attempting to register or to vote that were driven away, beaten up, or killed.

Or, intimidation was with White officials saying: “yes, you can register but keep in mind that you can get killed for doing so.”

One handbill that was scattered around town in 1932 said: “Nigger! The white people do
not want you to vote Saturday. Do not make the Ku Klux Klan take a hand. Do you remember what happened two years ago in May? A Nigger was burned to death for trying to vote…?”

Election day riots in which both Whites and Blacks were killed occurred in various sections of the South until relatively recently. Similar, but tempered, voting problems for Blacks continue to this day--electronic malfunctions, no paper ballots, long lines with no restrooms, not enough
optical scanning machines, not counting absentee ballot (which are the last counted),
fears of being arrested, and being told aboutvoting only on the day after.

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Vote to Make Your Ancestors Proud

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By  George E Curry

NNPA Columnist

George E. Curry
I am voting for someone else on Tuesday. No,  not John McCain.  I am voting for my beloved Big Mama, Sylvia Harris. I am voting for my stepfather, William H. Polk. I am voting for my Uncle Frank Harris, who could not read or write. I am voting for Aunt Katherine Foster, who could write, but barely. I am voting for all of my deceased relatives and so many non-relatives who did not live to see the day when a Black man could become president of the United States.

We don't only have a right to vote on Tuesday, we have an obligation. No one is asking us to submit to police dogs or fire hoses on Election Day. No one is proposing that we risk our lives, which was the case just 50 years ago as African-Americans pursued their constitutional rights. All we're expected to do is what those who went before us can't possible do - we're expected to vote.

When I approach the voting machine on Tuesday, it will be with a great sense of pride, knowing that I will be doing something that would make my deceased relatives proud. While this will not be the end of the civil rights movement - as some right-wingers like to proclaim - it is an important step toward racial equality that has eluded the United States since its founding.

I must confess that I never thought I'd live to see this day. That's not being pessimistic, that's being realistic. To appreciate this moment, you must appreciate what African-Americans have endured, especially those of us who grew up in the Old South.

I'll never forget the indignity of having to ride in the back of the bus in my hometown, Tuscaloosa, Ala.  I know how it feels to stare at "colored" water fountains and restrooms downtown. Of course, I'll never forget seeing my mother, Martha Brownlee, riding in the back seat of a car upon her return home after doing domestic work for the White woman driver. I remember thinking at the time that this woman felt my mother was good enough to cook their food and care for their children, but not good enough to ride in the front seat of her car. I filed that image away for posterity, determined that neither I nor my three younger sisters - Charlotte, Chris or Sue - would sit in the back seat of anyone's car unless we were being chauffeured.

Even as a teenager, I fully understood how the notion of White supremacy was designed to make Blacks feel inferior. When I took my mother to get her driver's license, like other African-Americans, we had to wait until every White person in the room completed the test before it was given to Blacks. I filed that scene away, too.

The irony of pervasive degradation, however, was that it made me stronger, not weaker. Those of us who survived America's version of apartheid knew that on our bad days, we were at least equal to the people who tried to suppress our humanity. Moreover, we knew that the wall of segregation would crumble and we did everything within our power to speed its demise. I am proud that a bunch of students from all-Black Druid High School piled in Joe Page's old car for a trip to Birmingham to protest the church bombing that claimed the lives of four innocent girls.

Because of the civil rights movement, things did change for the better. In 1970, I left Knoxville College in Tennessee for New York City, where I began my career in journalism as a reporter for Sports Illustrated, the largest sports magazine in the world. At the time I began work in New York, no African-Americans were allowed to work as reporters, editors or photographers at the Tuscaloosa News.

But even the Tuscaloosa News has changed. Not only are Black journalists employed there, the paper recently endorsed Barack Obama for president.

The editorial said, "He has a vision - unity, cooperation, healing and transformation - that most Americans share. He wants to re-orient the country to empower ordinary people, not just its wealthy voters, big corporations or Washington lobbyists. He wants to make government a helpful ally, not a suspicious monitor. He wants to replace swagger and bombast with genuine concern for rights and well-being."

The Tuscaloosa News? This is the same newspaper that published segregated classified ads when I was growing up. Now, it's endorsing a qualified Black man for president. In my hometown, Obama has already brought about change.

And he can bring about similar change for the country. That's why in casting a ballot for him on Tuesday, I will serve as proxy for the millions who did not live to see this day.

George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine and the NNPA News Service, is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. He can be reached through his Web site, www.georgecurry.com.  

The Arrogance Of European “Classics”

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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
Since Europeans teach to all cultures of the world that works of Art from different cultures and historical periods can be ranked in order of superiority and value, to arrogantly state classical Greek to be "superior" is foolishness. A work judged by European experts to be of the highest nature (i.e. approximating the perfection of the classical Greeks and Romans) becomes a classic of Western civilization (Kohl, A to Z p6, 7). Knowledge of Western Classics-to the exclusion of African or Asiatic works-is considered by Europeans to be a necessity for an educated person. Hence, their almost exclusive inclusion in educational curriculums is automatic. By being exposed to Western literary composition standards, as if they are the best, delusions are generated in Colored and White people of all cultures who attend Western ‘educational' classes. These standards are imitated in subject-matter (e.g. Greek legends) and in form (by the adoption of genres like tragedy, epic, ode, or verse satire) and thereby encage minds. Particularly influential in generating world-wide delusions about European Classics were the writings of Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835), a Prussian minister of education. He falsely portrayed ancient Greece as a miraculous fount of creativity that was not influenced at all by Asiatic and African sources. Europeans then declared it to be superior to all other prior human expressions.

But to illustrate the fallacy of these lies and the esteem that Renaissance European males had for the brilliance of Ancient African "Classics" let us pick up the story when Cosimo, the ruler of Florence, Italy discovered the lost works of Plato in 1438.  He assigned the Greek scholar Ficino to translate these into Latin. But in 1460, when Cosimo was handed the lost works of the Egyptian Hermes Trismegistus (?5500 BC), he believed he had the words of the most ancient and the greatest sage of them all. Immediately, Cosimo ordered Ficino to switch over to translating Hermes' works.  Thereafter Hermes' concepts sparked the emergence of a glorious new culture named the "Renaissance"-- meaning "Rebirth because to be "spiritually reborn" (following a mystical death and Spiritual Regeneration) was foundational in African Tradition to reaching the Afterlife. During the Renaissance-the period when Europeans were converting from an inferiority complex to a superiority complex by means of the Gun-there was the rewriting of history to claim that the highest of Western European culture was rooted solely in ancient Greek culture, as opposed to its true origins in Ancient Africa. Ancient Africans' influence on world history is unequaled!!

Humboldt's ridiculous assumption as well as the proclaiming of Western Classics as the ultimate best has played a very strong role in defining European, Asian, and Black people's worldview. Such egocentric European propaganda is particularly powerful in impressing the minds of the naïve and those unaware of what is behind the façade presented by Europeans-a fantasy cleverly and realistically done. Its use in arguments attempt to justify imperialism, colonialism, and racism. Of course, both indoctrinations influence how students throughout the world think and feel and what they say and do as well as what they spread to the gullible. Have you ever heard or read in Western literature about the tremendous role Ancient African played in Western "Classics?"; Or, the role of Asians? (consult Asian scholars, literature, and Art for details). To blindly accept European propaganda is to be deluded. Even if you do not know the truth about the deception used in the educational system against Colored peoples, Critical Thinking demands that you ask: "Who or what qualifies Europeans to be judges and standard setters of anything outside of their own world?"

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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.

The Nagging Effect: Corporations Manipulate Sales Through The Nagging Of Your Kids Part 2 of 2

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Richard O. Jones
Who really does the grocery shopping in your home? Is it really you or are you merely on an errand for the corporations? How much in your cart is there as a result of the influence of your kids?  And the big question is: Where did your kids get the influence? Children aren't hard to take advantage of; they tend to trust adults even when they shouldn't ­ sometimes especially when they shouldn't. Most parents teach their children not to trust strangers, don't get in their cars, and don't be lured away by strangers. However, parents allow children to trust what they see and hear from the strangers on TV. Parents allow these electronic strangers to lure their children away, as they come tagging behind them down the aisles of junk food and super hero toys.

Marketers know that most children don¹t grasp the motives behind advertising or realize that the products advertised may not be good for them. The advertisers also realize that if they can get the kid to nag or whine enough the parent will submit and theoretically appease the kid with goodies in exchange for temporary peace...  It's all well corporately orchestrated to the tune of billions of dollars annually.

Like investors in prime real estate, corporations see children's minds as a kind of cash cow. "If you own this child or cash cow at an early age, you can own this child for years to come, is their pattern of doing business. Companies actually want to own the kid younger and younger and keep them from the cradle to the grave, reveals a recent study.

Advertisers infuse their pitches with messages that prey upon the emotional weaknesses and insecurities of children. Advertising at its best is making people feel that without their product, you're a loser," explained Nancy Shalek, president of the Shalek Agency. "Kids are very sensitive to that. If you tell them to buy something, they are resistant. But if you tell them that they'll be a dork if they don't and popular if they do, you've got their attention. Begin to notice how many TV commercials use this type of pitch to children. You open up emotional vulnerabilities, and it's very easy to do with kids because they're the most emotionally vulnerable."

Moreover, some marketers try to sell by tapping into destructive and antisocial urges. According to Rick Litman, a partner at Kid 2 Kid Market Research, the goal is "to use youth rebellion to more effectively target a product and sell a product. Parents submit to this to appear cool and/or to win the friendship to the child. You see this in a lot of youth fashion and music, which earns billions annually."

All parents must stop allowing TV advertisements to control their child's diet and lifestyle. Don't allow your children to nag you into falling prey to the corporations' tricks. However, the harsh reality is that many parents themselves were captured as children by commercialism and are still psychologically enslaved by advertisement trends today. These parents will likely indulge their children with "things" and "trends" as exposed on TV rather than teach them to critically consider their choices. Parents must teach their children not to be influenced by commercials and advertisements that sell products that are suppose to make them "cool" or "popular." It has been my experience through decades of observation, that when product branding is instilled in the mind of a child, he or she grows up feeling that he or she needs material "things" to make them whole or to be accepted.

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