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Sylvia P Thomas
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&&& We got work 2 do, Peoples! - Obama Prez is back in office 4 his final term - but this is not the end - it's the beginning - & the work we have is long & hard, but the reward is MORE than worth it! 2 often we see a landmark like the country's 1st Afrikan Amerikan Prez as the final state of affairs, but it's only a landmark - it indicates where we are now & where we should begin to go - not where we can relax, sit back, not where we can stop! Racism, religious bigotry, female bashing, gay bashing, foreign nation bashing, elitism, political corruption & cronyism, abuse of power, economic slavery, social dysfunction, mass environmental destruction, poor nutrition, chronic disease, rampant obesity, homelessness - dysfunctional & additive behaviors of every kind - they're all still out there & we can't sit back & allow ourselves to think that everything's okay now! Because it's NOT! Don't rest; don't get complacent, don't give up; don't get lazy - GET Going! We Need YOU!!!
Read my new treatise on  what the work is & how we need to do it! Find out how YOU can contribute to the Cause; what you can do in your own family, your own community, your life's work, your own particular human mission! How You can work with others to discover, analyze, plan & achieve the Cause's Goals!
Hotep Peoples! While we celebrate another 4 years of Barack Obama, Our 1st Afrikan Amerikan prez in da white house - let us not lose sight of the battle that we still need to wage. Brothah prez cannot obliterate all the racism that continues to exist & manifest in this society & like it or not, he is a Black Man in a white racist dominated society & must abide by those rules & not what is best for the peoples in this country & not what is best for our Afrikan Peoples in this country or in other countries in the Diaspora & the Motherland. Our People are murdered int he streets in the racist authorities continue to ignore the fact. From Dred Scott, to Plessy vs. Ferguson, from Rodney King to Trayvon Martin, racist brutality & injustice continues. These instances that get into the media are just the tip of the iceberg - most of these cases do not become widely publicized or even known outside the immediate areas where they are perpetrated. Women are still abused, children mistreated, neglected, abandoned, people are still homeless & starving, unemployed, financially ruined, denied adequate education, career opportunities, public services & protections based on their position or lack of it in society. When will it stop? When we stop pretending it's not as bad as it sounds, because it's way more worse than get widely published. It's still the advantages of the 1% by depriving the other 99!
We are in denial! Floatin' up dat river in Egypt (Kemet)
Let me speak about the recent mass killings in several areas of the country. The v.p. & da prez recently announced programs to reduce gun violence here. They called for stricter protocols for registering those who wish to purchase guns & more universal background checks. Da prez also stated that he believed in our constitutional right to keep & bear arms & that laws that expired in 2004 had prevented a large number of those unsuitable to own guns from purchasing them. Did it really? I find that hard to swallow for a number of reasons. 1. How do you know that those who were denied guns permits due to failed background checks were going to use guns for illegal purposes? 2. How do you know your stats are complete - or for that matter accurate? 3. Do you really think that stops anyone except the most rank amateurs from obtaining guns? 4. Do you really think that mentally ill peoples who do things like open fire in movie houses, schools, shopping malls or from the top of burger joints are actually concerned with obtaining guns in the legal way? 5. Why do you keep OVERLOOKING the sad fact that most of the gun violence is committed by criminals who ALSO are not concerned with obtaining guns in the legal way & do not bother! 6. What about all those racist, sexist, hatin' cops & neighborhood watch people who shoot unarmed citizens who, because of their own issues they just don't like, who are just minding their own business? 
Da prez also stated he was instructing federal & state agencies to put in place programs to strengthen mental health services. While this is helpful to those who seek out & use those services, there are other issues that need addressing as well. The 1st is the still extant issue of stigma against mental illness & the fear of exposure, ridicule, ostracism & just general lack of support for anyone who is known to need or utilize these services. We need education campaigns of awareness of the importance of obtaining help for mental health issues & the prevalence of mental health issues in western society. Many people suffer in silence due to shame & stigma & many are in denial due to fear.
The other problem is that as long as our government continues to practice terrorism & pretend it's the "right of amerika to defend itself" by unjust aggression in other countries due to anti-foreign feeling, religious intolerance, racism, cultural antagonism & the false promotion of the belief that these so-called "differences" make others not "amerikan" a danger that needs & deserves to be under attack, how are we to prevent severely mentally ill individuals from feeling that they should do the same??? Our government & our media are in denial about this international terrorism. How can we accuse other countries citizens - human beings like ourselves - with the same "inalienable rights" that we have - of having no respect for life when WE are Bombing THEM??? If these "inalienable rights" do not also belong to others - how can they belong to us? Do people really believe that these "inalienable rights" are merely a particular anomaly of the u.s. constitution? In that case what makes them so inalienable? Are these other peoples, not also endowed by the same Creator??? If we are supposed to have freedoms how can we deny them to others because we call them "different"? & how is it others are the "different" ones & not us? W e're not all the same either - nor should we be. We don't need to "recognize each others' "differences" - that's ridiculous! We need to recognize each others' "inalienable rights" to life our lives as we see fit & not presume as so-called "amerikans" that we have rights that others don't have. We can't keep assassinating leaders of other countries, races & religions or turning a blind eye to our government doing so simply because we're informed that "those people are not like 'us' ".
There is no superior race, religion, nation, political ideology, culture, worldview, way of life, that is superior to any other. We need to learn to respect those "inalienable rights" of all Peoples if we are ever to live in a world of harmony & peace. These are just worlds, but we can't prevent individual violence when our government commits international violence. We need gun control of the government & we need to stop turning a blind eye & stop accepting the government lying to us. Mr. Obama - is politics to continue taking a back seat to real leadership? You said in your 1st term that we have to roll up our sleeves - well it won't help if the powers that be continue to put the wrong shirt on!
The shirt we must all put on is not that of deceit in the interests of power, but honor, honesty & fair & equal opportunities for all Peoples - not just the ones where we live, but where we all live. Only this will bring Peace & Justice! Hotep! - Peace & Be satisfied - but be satisfied with NO LESS that Honor Peace & Justice of Us ALL!
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We as a country have never been more divided since the South joined the union. That alone makes our leader President Obama one of the worst presidents ever. You can point your finger anywhere you want but any good leader points the finger at him/herself. 
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have not seen you this fired up in some time
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  • Chicago State University, UIC School of Public Health
    Biological Sciences, 1978 - 2082
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Public Health, 1990 - 1991
  • Lindblom Technical H.S.
    college Prep, 1966 - 1970
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