HOUSTON RAPPER CHUCKY TRILL SHOT AND KILLED IN ATLANTA DURING NBA ALLSTAR WEEKEND: HIP HOP DESTROYED BLACK AMERICA By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

About a week ago, I predicted that at least one Black man will kill another Black man in Atlanta, Georgia during NBA All-star weekend. If I’m not mistaking weekends start on Friday night in American society. On Thursday, March 4th, 2021, Chucky Trill of Houston, Texas was shot and killed in Atlanta, Georgia. He died in another Black man’s arms that referred to him as his brother in an article I read. As a victim of Black on Black crime who was shot in the Back in 2003 close range with a 38. caliber pistol, I ‘ve become passionate about discovering a cure for Black on Black crime and nihilism in the Black community. I often wonder can we still blame the root cause of Black on Black homicide on White Supremacy and what Charles Hamilton coined “ institutional racism”. In 2001, I moved to Baltimore, Maryland from Raleigh, North Carolina to pursue a PhD in Higher Education at Morgan State University. However, the program’s curriculum was embedded in White Supremacy.

Somehow four years of studying racism and White Supremacy, led me to studying Black on Black crime. Baltimore City is riddled with daily Black on Black murder and it’s truly heart wrenching and terrifying. I’m not sure how studying racism lead me to studying Black on Black crime but this passion of mine seems to have become a lifetime passion. I use to refer to the end result of institutional racism and White Supremacy as “Black misery”. But is this truly the case, are we doomed because of racism and White Supremacy or are we doomed because we truly are feeble minded like the racist Eugenics philosophers suggested in their research. I do not think this is the case, however, when I see the state of Black America I often wonder is there some validity in their claims. In fact, after living in the Baltimore area for over 9 years, I’m convinced that the majority of African-Americans are mentally ill. I’ve never lived in a city where it seems all Blacks hate each other and despise the success of other Blacks.

I’ve never lived in a city, where I could not develop a relationship with another Black man it that could not turn into a genuine friendship. The majority of Black men that I tried to befriend as I am a transient and all alone, it would have been nice to meet one Black man that I could hang with and enjoy the night life. Instead I found myself hanging in the Fells Point district of Baltimore alone for 9 years. It seemed that each Black man that I tried to befriend was in a competitive mind state instead of a brotherly loving mind state. It’s as if Black men are just naturally against one another at all times. Don’t matter if its the job, church, school, sports, dinner, dancing, dating, homeowner ship, socioeconomic status, career goals and life. It’s seems as if it’s a life time competition to out do one another in the game of life.

Therefore, I wonder does this competitive spirit come from racism, White Supremacy, and slavery or are we just naturally against one another. Whoever killed Chucky Trill I’m sure it was a rival gang member or rap artist. I’m just a normal guy with no fame and lot’s of education and I live a decent, lifestyle and in Baltimore, Maryland the looks I get from other Black men and the experiences, I’ve had while living there one would think I was rich or famous. So I can only imagine the competitive hateful spirit that exist among famous rap stars who only rap and sing about demonic violence and the degrading of Black women. In fact, If you just look down your timeline on Instagram and Facebook our race is the only race doing dance challenges to demonic violent music with our children dancing in with the parents. So sad, foolish, fatuous, inarticulate and untaught.

Growing up in Suburbia, I was in love with the opposite of my upbringing which I now refer to as Black excellence. I was infatuated with hood mentality, gangster life, thug life, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Nas, Jay-Z, and all the other rappers that brainwashed me and several friends into being thugs and wanna be thugs. Instead of us mastering the skills that would lead us to prosperous lifestyles we mastered how to to walk like Tupac in the movie “Juice”. We mastered how to talk like the rappers we idealize and how to pretend to be gangsters and thugs. I presume that this same ignorance and foolishness is what led to the death the Houston rapper named Chucky Trill. Murder in the Black community is exciting and has become a lifestyle that is accepted and respected by young Black men. Not going to college or becoming an entrepreneur or a NASDAQ and S&P guru. We master and take pride in lifestyles and characteristics that lead to death, prison, misery and agony. In fact, I think the article I read regarding Chucky Trill indicated that his father was apart of “Rap A Lot” records or a rival gang member of Rap A Lot records.

Honestly, when a rapper dies I do not have to read the article because I know that the reason some Black man’s brain has been splattered on the concrete is because of the same reason my childhood friends are now whining and crying about the quality of their lives. The reason is because they allowed Hip Hop and thug culture to brainwash them into disregarding learning the life skills they needed to learn during the ages of 13 to 21. These are the critical years of our lives, and sadly to say most young Black boys and men are mastering how to be a gangster instead of mastering how to be productive citizen in life. In fact, the brainwashing of Black men through Hip Hop and thug culture is so bad that some of our leaders become natural hypocrites. As a Black man it’s like regardless of how successful you are and how powerful your platform may be, it’s like they still have to display that keep it real mentality. Community activist Neely Fuller Jr contends that we are poisoned by White Supremacy? Is the poison from White Supremacy?

For example, LeBron James gives back to the community and says great things regarding the community and racism and White Supremacy. However, he’s also easily seen working out to rap music and singing the same lyrics that destroy the minds of young Black boys. In fact, not only can you see him sing and rap the same lyrics that destroy Black boys minds, you can also see him using the same gangster hand gestures while singing those lyrics that motivate young Black boys to commit murders and live lifestyles that lead them to the graveyard or prison. I’m sure Chucky Trill was raised by a father who instilled a gangster state of mind in him instead of peaceful loving state of mind.

What is wrong with us? Is keeping it real and being thugs and carrying out this image our culture? Our culture was Black excellence before all this rap music was transformed into murder music.

IS SOCIAL MEDIA PERPETUATING BLACK ON BLACK HATE AND CRIME? By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

Has social media perpetuated the “crab and the barrel mentality” in the Black community? After moving to Baltimore, Maryland in 2011, I discovered that my race of people are some of the most envious people on the earth. However, I learned that that envy, pain, misery, jealousy, and hate among each other is deep rooted in White Supremacy, institutional racism, covert racism, invisible racism, and systematic racism. Growing up I never knew of these concepts and the fact that the majority of Black misery is deep rooted in racism. As a privileged Black boy and teen, I never understood the level of envy and jealousy that surrounded my existence. The envy and jealousy that surrounded my existence went unnoticed for several years simply because I was surrounded by childhood friends. As a privileged youth, who never really had to work or understand the value of a dollar, I was blind to the socioeconomic status of other childhood friends. Childhood friends who did not have father’s. As I matriculated into my adulthood the envy that was there when I was a child, teen, and young adult was finally illuminated. However, I think social media made it worse as we became adults.

Before the evolution of social media, failures and losers never knew the degree of failure they had experienced unless it was at a family reunion, wedding, high school class reunion and holiday gatherings. Times have changed significantly, today your life failures are apparent as soon as you scroll down your timeline on Facebook and Instagram and see childhood classmates and friends succeeding in life. Imagine seeing someone on your timeline succeeding in life that you were smarter than, however, that individual was just not brainwashed and brain damaged as bad as you were from THUG CULTURE. Envy is one of the seven deadly sins spoken about in the bible. As you get older jealousy and envy turn deadly. As a young Black adult man, I started to understand my socioeconomic status around the 30 years old.

I contend that jealousy and envy were definitely going to be existent when I approached my adulthood and will be there when I am dead and gone as well. However, I feel that social media makes envy in the Black community deadly. Blacks have struggled for years in regards to socioeconomic status, home ownership, and survival. I truly believe that social media has perpetuated and intensified the hate Blacks have for one another. I do not see other races of people on social media always speaking about someone “hating” on them. We are the only race of people that are on social media discussing “letting go of friends”, “fake friends”, “cutting people off”, home ownership, credit, and simply financial goals and accomplishment. Yes, I know other races of people discuss some of these things and post about some of these issues. However, in the Black community it seems all we talk about is getting ahead, how not to fall behind, cutting of the have not’s, hating, envy, jealousy and the typical Black behavior that perpetuates Black murder. I knew it was bad when I saw Dr. Cornell West arguing with another Black leader on FOX News.

Social media has driven the average Black woman and man into a cyber addiction that is essentially rotting the brain. From my experience, some of the most envious jealous individuals in the Black community are the ones that go out of there way to exemplify non jealous and envious behaviors. THESE ARE THE ONES THAT WILL KILL YOU. Social media has driven Black folks into a never ending grave yard rat race that will be talked about in history books when we are dead and gone. They might not discuss the plight that social media caused specifically on Blacks. Therefore, I’m trying to raise awareness about it through this blog. Social media has driven Blacks into a cut throat type of mentality. Blacks are becoming selfish, greedy, and evil. People are being motivated to cut childhood friends off via social media simply because of not making it or doing well in life. I see countless judgments through memes and comments via social media that illuminate socioeconomic status competitions.

Lastly, I believe that social media plays a major role in Black mental illness, Black misery, Black on Black crime and Black incarceration. Some Black inner city youth and other Blacks have never really had much in life. Some Blacks grew up without fathers and lived in unstable living conditions. Or simply conditions that are below the living standards of the people they’re following. In fact, I believe social media is secretly being used to divide the Black community. As a Black YouTuber, I noticed that over the past ten years, Black women and men have been at each other’s throats about love and relationships. If it’s not the meme’s saying something ignorant regarding someone else’s socioeconomic status or their very own socioeconomic status it’s fights, arguments, discussions about Black love, Black women and men arguing over the Black family structure, and simply just Black overall hate, disagreements, and ignorance. But what I’ve learned about the majority of Blacks, as long as you’ve got money or appear to be living a decent lifestyle you’re supported and praised. If you hit rock bottom, you’re childhood friends and classmates are sitting back waiting to point the finger and send your failures to their friends who are your friends instantly via social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more).

Lil Boosie Promotes Stick Challenge to Young Black Boys & Men By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

Growing up in the suburbs of Southeastern Raleigh, North Carolina, as a young Black boy I was influenced by the lyrics and musical beats that cause most young Black boys to go down a road of destruction that leads to regret and misery. As a young Black teen and child that was born to educated parents who held Master’s Degrees and professional careers, I was still influenced by the thug culture that is embedded in young Black boys brains at an early age. Being born to older parents who never listened to rap or were ever influenced by violent African-American crime filled movies, one would think that thug culture would not be in the site of a young vibrant teen. However, it was not only in my daily vision it became a lifestyle that I portrayed and imitated throughout middle school, high school, college, graduate school, and even doctoral studies. The brainwashing from hip hop culture, thug culture, and rap music is a hypnosis that almost cannot be eradicated. Each year several Black teens, men, and even boys are murdered at the hands of this hypnosis that comes from the brainwashing of thug culture and rap music. As a thirty eight year old soon to be father of a son, I am terrified for the life and journey of my unborn son. However, I’m not terrified of the police brutality or White Supremacist, I am terrified of my son being gunned down by another male organism that has the identical skin tone and race as my my unborn son. Additionally, I’m not only terrified for him, I am terrified for myself as I decided to move to Baltimore, Maryland nine years ago to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration at Morgan State University. After discovering what I refer to as the “Black Secret” and studying Neely Fuller Jr., I discovered that the poisoning of White Supremacy has simply led to Black hate among each other. This hate seems to be intensified and multiplied in hopeless inner cities where the cost of living is outrageous and thousands of Black men and boys reside. Rap music and thug culture perpetuates this violence and demonic spell that has been poured down in the souls of Black men and boys like precious oil in the fields of Oklahoma or some middle eastern country. Sadly, this is what Black culture has become and the lifestyle that most young Black boys grow up thinking is the life they are suppose to be living. Young Black boys grow up thinking that they are suppose to be learning how to sell and consume drugs, disrespect women, and earn street credibility by committing crime that lands them in prison. Sometimes these crimes are murders, and attempted murders that leads life sentences and even death sentences. I remember visiting a cousin who lived in the complete opposite of an urban city or an area where homicides are common. My mother and her sister’s loved to shop at a flea market in the early nineties. As kids, we found ourselves getting back in the car with bootleg rap cassette tapes that produced violent, destructive, homicidal, and misogynistic lyrics. These lyrics would go on to be formulas, arithmetic, lingo, language, and the blueprint that would lead to a life of anger in our mid thirties and forties. As a thirty eight year old man, I see the misery and frustration in the lives of childhood friends. However, they do not know where the misery and frustration originated. In my opinion, this misery that we are currently experiencing because of not being able to experience the American dream is deep rooted in those brainwashing lyrics that we grew up not only listening to but actually studying at times. I see this same misery on the faces of Black men all across the country. The sad part about this understanding, is the fact that most Black men do not know that their misery and unhappiness and failures in life come from being brainwashed by thug culture in their early teens. I can pull to a red light any day, and see a fifty year old man bobbing his head forward and backwards to the lyrics of a rap artist whose probably not even twenty five years old. However, there are older rappers who are still making this brainwashing music that destroys the lives of countless young Black boys and men. In fact, there is a rapper the same exact age as myself that is still making demonic brainwashing music today. Torrance Ivy Hatch Jr., known as Lil Boosie is still making music today that is disturbing and will perpetuate the thinking process of young Black boys that leads them to a life of crime and incarceration while he will be living lavish in a multi-million dollar mansion outside of Atlanta, Georgia. After being released from prison about five to ten years ago, Lil Boosie has reentered mainstream hip hop culture as if he never left. Thanks to social media, Lil Boosie terrorizes the internet daily with his ignorant thuggish antics and rants. He promotes and glorifies marijuana use, violence, sex, homicide, and death daily to young Black boys, men, women, and girls. Recently, Lil Boosie was shot after attending a rapper’s funeral by the name of MO3 in Dallas, Texas. After being shot in the leg, Lil Boosie did not use this as an opportunity to promote the eradication of violence. However, the rapper known for allegedly having people killed in his hometown Baton Rouge, Louisiana, promoted a “Stick Challenge” on his social media platform. What is a stick? I never knew what a stick was until one of my college classmates who was brainwashed by thug culture introduced this lingo to me. A stick is a machine gun. The challenge that Lil Boosie is promoting and pushing basically challenges Black men to ride in their cars with their “sticks” while video taping themselves with the gun in the car. This is the same individual that was recently interviewed by VLAD on YouTube. During this interview Lil Boosie insinuated that rappers need to be more vigilant when performing and attending night clubs. He even went as far as to pretend to have a caring heart for the deaths of recently murdered rappers including MO3. After hearing about the shooting of Lil Boosie, I thought Lil Boosie would gradually understand the importance of speaking out against the gun violence and gang violence. Instead, Lil Boosie started performing his demonic, violent, and misogynistic music in a wheelchair. This illuminates a clear depiction of how powerful the brainwashing of thug culture is on the minds of Black men and Boys. Yes, we understand that Lil Boosie wants to continue to make money while being injured. However, this also shows how powerful the brainwashing from rap music and thug culture is to the actual rappers as well. The brainwashing of rap music is so detrimental to the thinking process of young Black men Lil Boosie’s followers will participate in the “Stick Challenge”. Is Lil Boosie being ordered to do this by elite White Supremacist who are aiming to decrease the population of African Americans as a whole? How does one go from talking about how sad the killing of King Von was to promoting a “Stick Challenge” on social media? There is actually a reward going to the individual with the most gangster “Stick Challenge” video. What does “most gangster” mean? “Most gangster” can be described in this sense as an individual who can present the most volatile, dangerous and scary video. Sadly, in Black America, the music that our kids grow up listening to is actually terrifying and scary. Music is suppose to bring about a pleasant feeling and maybe even a happy feeling. However, most the music that Blacks listen to is actually scary and frightening. I remember seeing myself dancing to and singing music that essentially was demonic. Why would any human being want to dance to and sing songs where the singer or rapper is glorifying murder, drugs, and life destruction? This is how I know that Blacks have been terribly brainwashed by Thug Culture. Not just the men, our women are brainwashed by this demonic music that puts us basically into a lifetime spell of zombie like behaviors and thoughts. Who wants to live like that? Sadly, young Black boys and even Black men love this spell. It’s as if it’s a way of life to idolize and promote. After discovering the secret meeting that took place regarding rap labels and the prison industrial complex, I think Lil Boosie has been chosen by elites in the rap industry to promote this challenge during an epidemic of Black rappers murdering each other. Drill music is evolving in Chicago. What is “ Dril Music”? Drill music is a Chicago style of rap music that describes the murders of individuals who have been recently shot and killed are laying in a morgue in downtown Chicago. Not only describing the murders but bragging and celebrating the deaths of young Black boys who were gang rivals. If Drill Music does not illuminate and provide evidence of a severe brainwashing of young Black boys and men in the Black community I do not know what will. In fact, Lil Boosie himself contended in his interview that bragging about the the killing of a rival gang member via rap music and social media is ridiculous. Then he goes on to promote a “Stick Challenge”. This let’s me know that rap music is like the warm-ups before and a professional athletic event. It’s like the rap music is the preparation and warm up to murder. In fact, young Black boys who have been brainwashed listen to this music before carrying out a murder. We have been brainwashed though rap music so terribly that we are now making music bragging and celebrating the murders of Black men and Boys on social media. The natives of Chicago have become immune to murder and loosing sons. I do not want to experience that level of misery and agony as I have a young Black baby boy laying in the womb of a young Black woman. In 2020, over ten rappers have died to the hands of gun violence and it’s actually becoming as normal as breathing in oxygen or consuming H2O. MO3 and FBG Duck were actually gunned down in the middle of the street in broad day light. Additionally, a Chicago rapper by the name of King Von was gunned down outside of a nightclub approximately two months ago. These killings are the end result of rap beefs, fueds, and verbal altercation that actually take place within the realm of social media. FBG Duck was actually from the home of what is known as the “Windy City”. Southside Chicago. Southside Chicago is a place that is being referred to as a war zone. This war zone is so deadly that Spike Lee directed a movie recently titled “Chiraq”. “Get it, Chiraq? Iraq? Yes, young Black men are killing each other at an alarming rate that has led to U.S. citizens referring to what was known as “The Windy City” now being referred to as Iraq AND LIL BOOSIE’S NEW”STICK CHALLENGE” WILL SIMPLY JUST PERPETUATE THE KILLINGS AND INSPIRE YOUNG BLACK BOYS AND MEN TO KEEP KILLING EACH OTHER.

BLACK ON BLACK HATE IN THE MIDDLE OF A RACE WAR BY: REGINALD MATHES, MPA

Despite the racial tension we are seeing in America today, I still see the poison in the eyes of other Black men among each other. The same poison I see in the eyes of Black men among each other, I see in the eyes of Black women among Black men between one another. In fact, as a new Youtuber I’ve discovered that we’re the only race of people who are discussing Black relationship issues on a daily basis on podcast all around the web. I’ve never seen a group of White women or Asian sitting around discussing their disdain for their men publicly. As America is in a race war, Blacks still seem to hate one another just as much as always or more. White supremacy and systematic racism has riddled Blacks in a state of misery and disdain for each other that cannot be cured.

In these trying times that we are living in as American citizens, one would think that Blacks will unite and start to love each other more than we ever have. However, that is not the case as a Black man is almost killed daily by another Black man nationwide. Can you imagine being a Black man in America? Our women hate us, racist whites hate us, and our very own brothers hate us as well. Additionally, not only are we the only race of people that are having daily discussions via cyberspace regarding Black female and male love for one another. I’ve also discovered that we’re the only race of people that use social media as a platform to discuss how and why our socioeconomic status is either better or worse than one another. We’re the only race of people that discuss daily on social media platforms the need to turn our backs on childhood friends and family members. “Hate” and “Broke” are two words that Blacks love to use continually and nonstop.

“He’s broke”, “They hatin” are common sayings that I see daily on social media platforms among Black women and men. Someone is always supposedly hating on them and the material things they may own. Or someone is always discussing how another Black person doesn’t have any money or not as much as the accuser. This is essentially the Black sector of social media in the middle of the so-called revolution. Even in the the middle of our so-called revolution, we are still at each other’s throats and of course murdering each other nightly. Last year, I was a Special Education Teacher at a Predominately Black Middle School in Ft. Meade, Maryland. It was not my White students or my foreign students looking to ruin my career, it was the students who had the same color as mine. My White students even went as far as to give me Christmas gifts. Do you think I received one Christmas gift from a Black student? Why, hell no.

Imagine being on a job and having to deal with racism from White Colleagues and Black hate from Black Colleagues. I do not know if the hate among Blacks for one another is a Northeastern regional thing. But it’s obviously not, if 400 Blacks are murdering each other annually in Chicago. I remember my first day of work as a Special Education Teacher. I remember walking to my car and seeing two of my Black colleagues just staring at me as if they hated me. Again, it was the first day of school. We did not even know each other. In fact, the female would later enter my classroom bashing her boyfriend who was standing beside her as they stared at me as I walked to my car. Thankfully Neely Fuller Jr, has assisted me with understanding the hate we have for one another and where it comes from. I started out writing these blogs about White Supremacy. Now, I understand what White Supremacy as truly done to the Black race. In the middle of a race war we still hate each other.

WHAT’S BLACK AMERICA’S REAL PROBLEM? By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

As we are currently witnessing Black men being slaughtered by law enforcement almost on a daily basis, I still have the tendecy to wonder if Black America’s real problem is White Supremacy. As a Black man that moved from North Carolina to Baltimore, Maryland in 2011, I discovered a hate among Blacks for each other that I never knew existed. Originally, I blamed White America for the majority of the problems that reside in Black communities. I still blame White Supremacy for the deep rooted problems that hinder the quality of our lives such as home ownership, business loans, and employment. However, after I stopped blogging for a few years I discovered that their is a deep rooted hate among each other in our communities. The Black on Black crime that I see happening on a daily basis in Baltimore City is horrifying. Therefore, I wonder is our real problem White Supremacy. Is deep rooted racism the reason Baltimore had 2 fatal shootings, 1 fatal stabbing, and 12 shootings this Labor Day Weekend. At a time when Blacks should be uniting and coming together as a whole it seems we are still killing each other at an epidemic rate. In fact, there was a disgusting Black on Black shootout in Atlanta this weekend at a bar named ” The Cheetah”. Sadly, these are the situations that make me wonder is White Supremacy our problem during a time when Black America is blaming White Supremacy for everything. I do beleive that White Supremacy is the blame for our deep rooted problems. However, at times I think that our hate for one another should be our main concern. Yesterday, I started reading a book written by Dr. David Jermiah titiled ” A Life Beyon Amazing”. The first chapter introduces the significance of love. I wrote this blog to hope that it will be shared in the name of love. Can Black and Whites develop a love for each other that Dr. King spoke about in his most famous speech ” I Have A Dream”? Can Blacks love Blacks? Are we doomed as humans as a whole?

The Poison: by Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

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An antidote is a medicine or remedy that is used to counteract the effects of poisoning.  Fuller Jr (2014) refers to the pain, misery, and agony that can be easily observed on the faces of Blacks in America as poison.  Fuller Jr. (2014) presumes that the poison that is easily seen within the existence and persona of most African-Americans, especially African-American males is the end result of slavery and White Supremacy.  Essentially, he goes on to reveal that this poisoning is a result of Slavery and systemic oppression that was purposefully designed to lock Blacks out of mainstream society after 1865.  Fuller (2014) contends that this poisoning and agony that has been trickled down from White Supremacy is the reason Blacks are slaughtering each other in the night.

I remember thinking that Fuller (2014) was insane when I first started studying his work.  But then I thought about how my life may have played out if I wasn’t so obsessed with gravitating to the hood (THE POISON).  It was at that moment that I realized why I was shot in the back close range with a 38. Caliber pistol.  It was at that moment that I realized why I have experienced so much envy on the job and off the job in my new found home of Baltimore, Maryland.  I think he’s right.  The supremacy of White privilege and pure White evil has poisoned us and the majority of the SKULL OPENERS in urban communities have no clue where their anger and frustration originated.

I remember when I originally started studying White Privilege, White Supremacy, institutional racism, and systemic oppression while pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration, I thought we were studying irrelevant outdated information.  Then it hit me, then I started seeing it everywhere.  It was mind blowing.  I could see invisible racism and overt racism.  But when I finally started to see the poison that is embedded within us black men as a result of slavery, covert, and overt racism, it was even more mind blowing.  I think we are truly doomed as a people.  At times, I sit and think “where I would be if I never headed North in 2011 and discovered truth?”

“Knowledge is Power” is a saying that myself and most African-Americans overlook as just a slogan such as “Just do it” by Nike.  It wasn’t until about a month ago that I discovered that this is not just a saying and its truth.  I predict that about 90% of African-Americans do not understand where the misery and poison comes from in the African-American community.  Fuller (2014) states “you can almost see it in their eyes”.  Well, I’m here to make a correction to that statement.  You can see it in their eyes.  As I walked into the market recently, I noticed a guy cleaning the windows staring at me with PURE anger in his eyes.  The knowledge allows me to smile and walk the other way or walk past him ignoring his entire existence.  But what is the solution for the poison that is perpetuating the number of Black skulls that are opened up by hollow point bullets in the African-American community?  Is the ANTIDOTE the reformation of Hip Hop culture?

The poison that is embedded in us as a result of White Supremacy that you can easily see in the eyes of young Black men and women is poured on us like flaming petroleum from a plethora of angles.  The music we love and glorify is just one of the many tactics used against Blacks that perpetuates the poison and anger you see on the majority of Blacks faces as well as in their eyes.  According to Alexander (2010) rap music transitioned after the War on Drugs started into and thousands of black men were rapidly cleared off the streets and forced into private prisons.  But even if we know this we have a tendency to continue to glorify the ignorance and destruction of our people.  Alexander (2014) states “they struggled to preserve a positive identity by embracing their stigma” (p.175).  Therefore, I better understand the poison that is embedded in my so-called brothers that I see daily in American society.  I have a stronger of understanding of why change is damn near nonexistent among the majority of Black men who have fallen victim to the system.  Psychologist contend that humans have a tendency to embrace their demise when they basically feel like they are TRAPPED.  Again, the knowledge is power.

But what is the Antidote? What is the solution to cease the number of African-Americans that are being killed by African-Americans daily in Chicago?  How can we build an economic powerhouse to fight White Supremacy if we cannot even work together within our careers?  Is the ANTIDOTE sterilization of Pookie, SHAQUEASHA and Tyrone?  What is the solution for the tearing down of one another simply because of appearance?  Is the ANTIDOTE for Black misery and Black on Black crime, Blacks simply staying away from one another unless we are being productive?  Is the ANTIDOTE, the teaching of the importance of love and compassion?  Is the Antidote, Donald Trump sending in the National Guard permanently in crime riddled African-American communities?  What is the solution that will assist the frustration and misery that perpetuates African-American skulls being opened by bullets that are being fired by young Black boys that are now being referred to as MONSTERS?

Dylan Roof, My Thoughts, and the Murder of 9 African-Americans By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

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“The singing of “We Shall Overcome” will not combat white supremacy or Black inferiorization any more than singing any song will help to solve a problem in medicine physics ~ Welsing

Before moving to Baltimore City in 2011 to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration at Morgan State University, I never heard of terms such as overt racism and covert racism.  Ironically, Barrack Obama stated “it’s not just a matter of overt discrimination” immediately after the terror that was committed by Dylan Roof.   I never heard of terms such as institutional racism, eugenics, whiteness and biological supremacy.  I never knew that institutions of higher education that we are taught to idealize were major funders of the Atlantic Slave trade, and housed slaves while whites were enjoying a new experience of enlightenment.  I never knew that racism could be hidden in policies, curriculum’s, and laws.

I never knew that the term whiteness could be linked to their claim of owning the earth.  I remember asking my professor if my dissertation topic regarding the lived experiences of African-American students at PWIs was relevant.  He laughed.  Then Trayvon Martin was killed and all the information they were teaching me for four years became clear.  Race relations, racism, and essentially pure hate for non-whites in America is probably the most important issue today.

Then there was Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  Now it’s South Carolina and the Confederate Flag.  On June 17, 2015, Dylan Roof murdered 9 African-Americans and attempted to murder an additional three in a historic AME Charleston, South Carolina church.  From my understanding he was welcomed into this church family by open arms.  Open elderly African-American arms.  As we continue to approach what I refer to as the “last days”, I ask “should we be surprised?”  Why should we be surprised if research reveals that the global white collective starts and finishes with the unconscious consideration of white genetic survival, and the fear of white genetic annihilation?

In my opinion, before we can analyze our degree of surprise regarding the killings of 9 African-Americans in an historic South Carolina church, we must examine the active conditions of our American society.  It is essential that we examine the active conditions of a society, where increasing numbers of Black males are being killed by black males, and law enforcement agents.  It is vital that we investigate the elements and conditions of a culture wherein the greatest percentage of its resources are used in the creation and production of instruments of mass destruction (Welsing, 1991).  If these 9 killings are no longer discussed nationally in the media, and the solution to the problem is the eradication of the Confederate Flag, then we are stuck in a never ending cycle of White ignorance and the continuation of racial hate crimes.  In the words of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan “we’ve caught more hell under the American flag than we have caught under the confederate flag”.

Imagine what’s next.  Imagine what we are going to witness in the very near future.  Recently, I watched Mississippi Burning.  It’s a scene in that movie that displays a White politician discussing the Anglo-Saxon culture, and indicates that this nation and maybe this world was created for the wellness and glorification of White lives.  I guess this was the same state of mind Dylan Roof was in when he murdered 9 elderly African-Americans in the house of the Lord.  But why?  It’s taught.   Yes, racism and extreme racism of this sort is taught.   I had the opportunity to discover that racism is taught, while substitute teaching at a predominantly White elementary school in a predominately White town known as Towson, Maryland.  I was approached by an adorable white female elementary school student that could not have been any older than the age of 5.  She said “what’s your favorite season?”  Of course I said summer.

She returns with a drawing of a sun with sun shades on it.  How cute.  I damn near cried.  Especially after the pain and misery, I’ve experienced in Baltimore, Maryland that I am determined to overcome.  At that very moment, I discovered that racism is a learned behavior.   I assume that racism is taught in particular White homes in our dear country of AmeriKKKA.  If this young White elementary female student attempted to be my friend, I assume that her parents were individuals that understood that the human race is the only race.  However, I presume that the opposite was taught in the home of Dylan Roof.

I contend that hate was taught in the home of Dylan Roof.  Ironically, I’ve recently watched American History X (1998).  I discovered that hate is baggage.  Is the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan carrying a luggage full of hate?  Is the Former United States Representative Allen West wrong when he indicates that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s recent statements are outrageous?  Can we blame the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan’s statements for indicating that it’s time for the minority to start killing the majority?  His statements may be outrageous, however, I guess he’s tired of the singing “we shall overcome”.

Or I should probably say “I assume that he is tired of seeing Blacks forgiving, praying, and singing, while the murders of their family members are being fed burgers”.  So is he outrageous for calling for retaliation by 10,000 Black men who are ready to die?  There is a war going on outside no man is safe from.  So what’s next?  Another police killing? More police brutality? More police murders of Black men?  A race war in the streets of America?  What’s going on in America? What’s next?

THE TRAP: The Horseshoe Casino & the Continuation of Black Genocide By: Reginald K. Mathes, MPA

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The white supremacy attack upon the Black male causes a collapse of Black family life and a distortion in the role of the Black female.  This, in turn, causes a distortion and collapse of the support system for Black infants, children and youth, thereby beginning the process of inferiorization” ~ Welsing   

Last week, I decided to travel to Baltimore City’s newest 24 hour entertainment extravaganza.  The Horseshoe Casino.  I decided to experience the Horseshoe Casino during a beautiful sunset in the early morning around 3:00 AM.  As I navigated to one of the tallest parking decks that provides the most extravagant view of Baltimore City, I was confronted with the city of the misunderstood.  Or should I refer to the individuals that reside in this city as the “City of Survivors”?  Or if I labeled my people, as the City of the Lost, would I be stoned and castrated? Just my random thoughts.

The African-Americans who are suffering from institutional racism, residential segregation, oppression and essentially white supremacy.  Which I will soon start referring to as the PHANTOM.  See, I’m suffering from the same pain; therefore, I feel like I can express myself in any shape, form or fashion.  Do you get it? Furthermore, as my car accelerated up the tallest free parking deck in the city, I had a decision to make.  “Do I get out of my car”?  Do I go home and sit my ass down, as my mother has always suggested? Or do I go inside and let the bright lights, women, chandeliers and money trick me into thinking I made it?  Of course, I decided to enter a casino that was established and built in walking distance of a population that is in severe need.  Basically, an underserved community of African-Americans.

I ask myself, how do they establish a casino in a city that is in need of mentoring programs, and never-ending MLK speeches?  Never ending Farrakhan and Malcom X speeches.   A city that is in severe need of hope.  A city of mothers who are in significant need of Dr. Umar Johnson’s speeches.  Why would they put a casino that serves 24 hour alcohol in the middle of an undeserved community?  I guess it correlates with Dr. Francis Cress Welsing’s (1991) theories regarding the white collective.  Basically, annihilation of the Black race.  I refer to it as the extermination of the Black collective.  I predict that the establishment of this entertainment arena will assist with the perpetuation Black genocide, increased HIV rates, Black on Black crime and ultimately Black misery.  There is a chapter titled “Why White Americans are Healthier” in Knowles & Prewitt’s book titled Institutional Racism in America (1969).

Knowles & Prewitt (1969) contend that in order to answer this question we must distinguish between improving health, on the one hand, and decreasing disparity between Black and White health on the other.  I argue that establishing a casino in walking distance of the murder of Freddie Gray and underserved communities will continue to prolong health disparities in Baltimore City’s African-American underserved communities.  However, I have to admit that I anticipated gambling about twenty dollars on the slot machines, however; after entering the HorseShoe Casino, I started thinking with my higher learning.  I started remembering how terrified I was when my car accelerating up one of the tallest parking decks in the City of Baltimore as the sun was rising.

Ironically, I’ve been complaining about paying for parking for 4 years.  Guess what? Parking at this casino is free.  I can hear the white collective saying “make the parking free and serve the alcohol 24 hours”.  See, that’s THE TRAP” and we all are falling for it including myself.  I didn’t understand how deadly of a TRAP the Horseshoe Casino was until the next day.  As I traveled to a fine dining restaurant that specializes in Maryland’s signature crabs, a friend of mine said “it’s a terrible thing what they did there with that casino”.  Then it hit me.  Then it actually terrified me.  At that moment, I instantly understood why I was terrified to get out of my vehicle and engage myself into the bright lights that Kanye West sings about in one of his award winning songs.

It was at that moment, when I understood why Welsing (1991) states “as Black people, we also can adopt the definition that under the conditions of White supremacy, Black manhood does not mean macho or money, but instead it means warrior or soldier against White supremacy, embracing everything that the words warrior or solider imply” (p.192).  It was at that moment that I remembered walking through the most beautiful casino on earth, and noticing the anger, frustration and misery that resided on young Black men’s faces.  The images on these faces depicted pain, anger and violence which essentially led to my prediction of another blood bath in Baltimore City.  This was an experience that has led to a new goal, and vision of establishing a nonprofit to assist Baltimore City with saving young African-American men and boys lives.

The Facebook Front & The Crab in the Barrel Mentality: By Reginald K. Mathes, MPA

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Covetousness is defined as a strong desire to have that which belongs to another. It is considered to be a very grievous offense in scripture. The tenth commandment forbids coveting anything that belongs to a neighbor, including his house, his wife, his servants, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to him.  In addition, covetousness is defined as feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else.  Before moving to Baltimore, MD in 2011, I might have logged into Facebook maybe once a month.  However, out of loneliness, homesickness and covetousness, I fell victim to admiring my so-called friend’s lifestyles and even individuals that I’ve never met.

So, I asked myself “what are you doing?” However, after becoming addicted to Facebook, I realized I’m a covetor as well and it’s like crack cocaine or heroin.  It’s just as addictive as Newport cigarettes and potent marijuana.  In my opinion, covetousness goes hand and hand with the “Crab in the Barrel Mentality”.  From my understanding, the Crab in the Barrel Mentality, is sometimes referred to as crabs in the bucket, a phrase that describes a way of thinking best described by the phrase “if I can’t have it, neither can you.” The metaphor refers to a pot of crabs.

Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless “king of the hill” competition which prevents any from escaping and ensures their collective demise.  Maybe this is part of the reason there was 40 murders in the month of May in Baltimore, MD.  Maybe this is the reason there were 9 shootings this weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.  Or better yet, maybe this is the reason I heard “come back home” several times after leaving home to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration.  Literally, attempting to pull me back south from the north to renter their bucket of crabs and a life covetousness.

Or better yet, maybe this is the reason my PhD candidate colleagues are so competitive instead of being collaborative.  Maybe this is the reason my so-called hometown friends said “you could have done that here”, speaking of my newly appointed position of “Substitute Teacher” within one of the most dangerous school systems in America.  As if they didn’t know, I escaped their bucket of crabs to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration.

Or is it the curse of the Willie Lynch Syndrome? Maybe the rat race and competitiveness among African-Americans in the African-American community is due to the teachings of a British Slave owner named Willie Lynch.  We must understand, Willie planned on controlling slaves for 300 years, however; I contend that his teachings may still be controlling the African-American mind today.  He used fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes.  This is extremely interesting, I’ve heard recently that when a person is jealous or envious they are fearful.  Therefore, I assert that the “crabs in the bucket” I escaped in 2011 may have been fearful of my escape.  But why?

In addition, Willie used intelligence, status on plantations, attitudes of owners, location of where the slaves lived and the texture of a slave’s hair to control the minds of slaves.  However, the actual Willie Lynch letter indicates that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation, respect or admiration.  Wow, this is so deep! He understood that envy was stronger than admiration.  Doesn’t that remind us of FACEBOOK?  Doesn’t admiration remind us of covetousness?

Willie was incredibly intelligent because originally in the letter he indicates that these teachings will refuel and self-generate slaves for 300 years.  However, later in his speech/letter he reveals that these teachings could refuel and self-generate slave mentalities for thousands of years.  Just scroll down your Facebook page, which I consider our new way of conceptualizing American society and the world.  I argue that Facebook perpetuates COVEOUSNESS, ENVY, ADMIRATION of thy neighbor’s possessions and lifestyles.  Of course, I can consider myself a victim as well.

In fact, the consistent light skin vs dark skin debate which is constantly discussed via FACEBOK was used as a tactic to control slaves.  I just heard a one hour debate two nights ago regarding this topic.  Therefore, I guess it’s confirmed that we are still cursed by the Willie Lynch Syndrome.  Also, he used female vs male and male vs female tactics to keep slaves under control.  Maybe this is part of the reason some Black men hate Black women.  Maybe this is the reason 80% of Black men prefer dating a lighter skinned women verses dating a darker skinned woman.  Is the reason some Black women hate Black men?

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If the Willie Lynch letter was written before the “crab in the barrel mentality” was conceptualized, then we can assume that the crab in the barrel mentality trickles down from the teachings of Willie Lynch.  See, now I understand why one of the crabs in my native land stated “your student loan debt will be passed down to your children” I DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN.  Now I understand why my so-called best friend was so adamant about me seeing his family’s socio-economic status improve.  Hell, I’m starting to think it’s a sickness.  Hell, I’m starting to think it’s a disease.  Now I understand why the bucket of crabs I escaped are in a competitive HOME OWNERSHIP rat race. PATHETIC.  At first, I assumed it was because they grew up in a poverty stricken area and public housing.  However, now I can forgive and understand.  It’s not their faults.  It’s just what trickles down from White Supremacy, and I assume the teachings of Willie Lynch. 

Now I understand why I was threatened of being stabbed right before migrating north to pursue a Doctorate of philosophy in Higher Education Administration at Morgan State University.  Now, I understand why I felt like a runaway slave following the hidden curriculum of the Underground Railroad when my vehicle navigated across the northern Virginia state line in 2011.  NOW I UNDERSTAND!

A City of the Frustrated and Oppressed: Justifiable Homicide and the 2015 Baltimore City Riots By: Reginald Kenneth Mathes, MPA

White supremacy is war against Black people in general and against Black males in particular, as embodied in such tactics and strategies as justifiable homicide.  It will require a total commitment and counter war effort on the part of all Black peoples to neutralize, by every means at their disposal, this war of racist injustice” ~ Welsing

“A lack of education” is what a White cashier said aloud to me at a local gas station in Baltimore County after Baltimore City erupted into flames.  There I sat watching the city that I’ve been curious about for approximately 4 years burn in flames as Baltimore City Black youth claim their reparations in their very own underserved communities.  Again, I’m faced with the opportunity to decide if I want to turn my nose up at Baltimore City youth and call them ignorant animals as the majority of White America are doing today.  Or do I refer to them as ants like the elderly White women did while sitting beside me watching Baltimore City youth flee their very own community marts.

Instantly, I start realizing that I just experienced the racial micro aggressions that research suggest African-American students experience at predominantly White institutions (Harper, 2008).  Hardwood et al. (2012) asserts that racial micro aggressions are subtle insults that African-American students experience while matriculating through undergraduate studies at PWIs.  In fact, Hardwood et al. (2012) reveals that these racial micro aggressions are often racial jokes and verbal comments, racial slurs written in shared spaces, segregated spaces and unequal treatment, and denial and minimization of racism.  From my understanding, the subtle insults are often times difficult to understand and analyze.  However, this was not the case when the White lady beside me said “they were like ants” while enjoying her Maryland crab cakes at a newly established fine dining restaurant that serves mostly the privileged in a town that I guess is my new home.

I guess I was a fleeing “ant” as well when I was fleeing from my native land to attempt to escape the bucket of crabs that research indicates is a result of White supremacy and runs rampant in the Black community.  Basically, Blacks pulling Blacks down.  I assume that the same frustration, I felt before leaving my native land is similar to the frustration of Baltimore City Black youth and Black men.  However, in their case it’s not just crabs in a barrel they experience that leads to frustration and hopelessness.  I guess we can add justifiable homicide to the list of challenges, Baltimore City Black youth and men face.  Or an attempt at justifiable homicide.  However, we choose to communicate Freddie Gray’s death doesn’t really matter.  What matters is the fact there is a city of human beings that have been treated like animals for years and it finally reached its tipping point.

Ironically, as I sat down next to these two White women enjoying crab cakes while communicating racial micro aggressions, I was met by their eyes that said “hey, we’re not racist”, I was the only Black in the establishment.  With the fear they had in their eyes when I sat down beside them on this sad day in Maryland, I became fearful for my own damn life.  I wasn’t too sure or not if they would allow me to leave the restaurant without being lynched or stoned.  Moreover, I guess part of the reason I didn’t know if I was going to end up like Emmett Till or not, was because Maryland hadn’t seen riots of this caliber since 1968.  I grew more and more frustrated while I listened to an almost elderly White woman indirectly or covertly communicate subtle insults about Baltimore City youth, however; this frustration was not comparable to the frustration and misery that was illuminated on CNN.  Their level of frustration actually assisted them with successfully making a Maryland Law Enforcement SWAT team retreat.

My knowledge regarding justifiable homicide and the frustrations of the Black community, which are a result of White supremacy, eradicated my notion to label young Black Baltimore city youth as ignorant and inhuman.  Especially, after moving to a metropolitan city to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration and seeing a city of Black people in a state of despair that I didn’t know exist.  Maybe now the issue of the lack of revitalized buildings, oppression, revitalized schools and the results of institutional racism will be addressed.  I knew I saw and recognized something different and inhuman upon arriving in Baltimore City.  Ironically, I had the opportunity to witness the City that I was concerned about be burned down by the frustrated children that I taught in Baltimore City Public Schools and African-American adults in Baltimore City.

Can we blame them for their actions? Or do we blame another one of America’s law enforcement agencies with attempting to commit JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE?  According to Welsing (1991) an open warfare is continuously being waged against the African-American collective.  In fact, Welsing (1991) contends that this war that is being waged against the Black collective is due to White’s original fear of White genetic annihilation.  I do not whole heartily agree with some of the Cress Theory.  However, I do agree with her assumptions about what perpetuates Black inferiority and her theories, thoughts and ideas regarding America law enforcement and justifiable homicide.  For example, I agree that whenever there is an extreme sense of vulnerability due to unemployment and inflation there will be increased crimes in African-American communities which essentially perpetuates justifiable homicides of African-American males.  That being either children or adult males.

So if the system is basically a modern day system of slavery designed to perpetuate the oppression of people of color, should we be surprised if another law enforcement officer is acquitted for murdering another Black boy?  Welsing (1991) states “this murder and slaughter will be logically viewed as justified within the specific logic framework of fear of White genetic annihilation” (p.186).  Welsing (1991) actually relates the killing of Black men by law enforcing to the sport of hunting.  Honestly, it’s starting to seem like it is a sport to the White male law enforcement collective.

If murdering Black males of all ages is a sport to the White collective, why is throwing bricks at fully armored White males by young Black boys a good enough reason to label them as thugs and animals?  Can we blame underserved African-Americans males for reacting in this way when they come from the blood of slaves and have the heart of kings?  Can we blame them for reacting in this way if their ancestors were thrown off of moving ships into the Atlantic Ocean while their ankles were shackled?  Is this Karma that God is placing on the White collective for the slaughter of indigenous populations and the invasion of African territories?  Is this God’s ultimate plan to make ignorant White law enforcement officers recognize their privilege?  Or is this a notion of a higher power to make White America in general recognize their privilege?

I remember reading about White colonist invading a village of Indians and destroying their luxurious homes and farms.  The literature revealed that the colonist had never seen homes of such caliber owned by indigenous people.  After slaughtering the villages in entirety, they decided to stick around and enjoy the fruits of the indigenous people’s labor.  Literally, their fruits.  According to Wilder (2013) their actions were ordered by George Washington.  America’s President at the time.  Well, I guess if you’re White then you’re right.  I was being sarcastic; however, if they are acquitted or the charges are overturned then maybe the fear of White genetic annihilation is the fuel that keeps the fire burning in the White collective.

Finally, I argue that White identity development is essential to the character development of White law enforcement agents in America.  It is essential that Whites recognize and understand their privilege.  It is critical that White law enforcement agents understand that we are not living in a post-racial society.  In addition, I argue that if White law enforcement agents are trained in a way that allows them to understand that White supremacy is a system that was implemented after slavery to perpetuate Black inferiority, justifiable homicide, despair in the African-American community and Black on Black crime then change can slowly begin.  So whats next?  What’s next for Baltimore City?