Social Media Might Be the Worst Thing To Happen to African-Americans: Dr. Boyce Watkins, Kwame Brown & Stephen A. Smith Provide Validation By: Reginald Mathes, MPA

Willie Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies. Research suggest that he was invited to the colony of Virginia in 1712 to inform slave owners new methods to control their slaves. Additionally, research suggest that term “lynch or lynching” was derived from his last name. He claimed to have seen a slave hanging from a tree as his boat sailed to Jamestown, Virginia. In his letter, he presumes that lynching was causing uprisings, loss of valuable stock (slaves), runaway slaves, and even a lack of profit from crops being left unattended. Also, in his letter he contended that he outlined a number of differences among the slaves and made them bigger. His primary weapons to gain control of the slaves was fear, envy and distrust.

The differences that he used included: age, skin tone, size, intelligence level, size of plantations, status on plantations, and hair quality. There are a few more differences he used to control slaves, however, I have chose not to list them. He assured his audience that distrust was the most powerful weapon he used to control his slaves. In fact, he assured his audience of slave owners that distrust even outweighed envy. Willie Lynch felt that the use of envy was more powerful than adulation, admiration and respect. He stated “ Don’t forget you must pitch the old black Male vs. the young black Male, and the young black Male against the old black male”. Additionally, in his speech he stated that “ You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin slaves. He even indicated that You must use the dark skin slaves vs. the light skin slaves, and the light skin slaves vs. the dark skin-slaves. Essentially, his ultimate plan was to turn the slaves against one another to gain control of the slaves.

Today it seems that African – Americans are still cursed by the teachings of Willie Lynch. In my humblest opinion, I presume that social media illuminates validity in my claim on a daily basis. If I am not mistaken, African- Americans are the only race of people using social media to bicker, humiliate, criticize and tear one another down. However, I may be wrong. Am I saying that African-Americans only use social media to tear each other down? No, of course not. African – Americans use social media for all the reasons any other race of people utilize the incredible technological advancement of “social media”. However, it’s heart breaking to see scholars such as Dr. Boyce Watkins and other African – American celebrities such as Stephen A. Smith, end up in verbal battles and arguments that sometimes lead to shouting matches where profanity and name calling is being used. It’s truly embarrassing.

This is why I contend that African-Americans are still cursed under the spell of the slave owner Willie Lynch. For the last two weeks, Dr. Boyce Watkins, Kwame Brown and ESPN’s host Stephen A. Smith have been at each other’s throats about each other’s Black identity, Blackness, athletic ability, and even personal disagreements about one’s outside of their profession and entertainment platforms. I contend that African-Americans should be using social media to build unity, business’s and uplift of the Black community. Am I saying that African-Americans do not use social media for unity and uplift? No, of course not, however, it is essential that our youth does not see our leaders of our community tear each other down. Social media is filled with enough violence among African-Americans and celebrities tearing one another down. The last thing we need is for our scholars who have graduated from PWI’s, with PHD’s to join the nonsense. Are we still Willie Lynched?

RICKEY SMILEY EXPOSES THE BLACK COMMUNITY AS DANGEROUS AFTER A PASTOR’S DAUGHTER IS KILLED EASTER WEEKEND IN BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA BY: REGINALD KENNETH MATHES, MPA

As a victim of gun violence in 2003, I still never knew that Black men were killing each other at an epidemic rate until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland in 2011. Additionally, I never knew that Blacks had such a disdain for one another until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, it’s fulfilling and rewarding to see another member of Omega Psi Phi (Rickey Smiley) speak up in regards to the truth about the Black community. Rickey Smiley spoke passionately out of pure anger regarding the death of a pastor’s daughter during Easter weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. According to ABC News, 32-year-old Areyelle Yarbrough was shot and killed at a local park during an Easter weekend gathering.

Hearing another Black man, especially, a member of my fraternity express the same frustration and anger about Black on Black crime allows to feel somewhat of a relief. I’ve been told several times that I lost my mind when I started expressing my passion for eradicating Black on Black crime across America. It’s truly and epidemic. Smiley ask “ what is wrong with us, why we don’t know how to act?”. I’ve been listening to YouTube sensation Tommy Sotomayor for the last five years, and his theories, thoughts, and beliefs are spot on with Rickey Smiley’s rant on social media that took place recently. He’s Fed up, just like I am. In fact, he’s a victim of Black on Black gun violence as well, and guess what? His daughter is too.

Now that I think about it, my nephew is a victim of gun violence as well and last summer, my cousin’s nephew was killed after attempting to carry out a robbery in Statesville, North Carolina. I remember the first Neely Fuller Jr video, I watched on YouTube titled “ Blacks Must Stay Away From Each Other”. I truly believe that this video was the beginning of my awakening in regards to survival as a Black man in America. Survival as a Black man in America, has nothing to do with racist Whites or the “Proud Boys”. Survival in Black America has everything to do with understanding that a Black man or boy will kill you quicker than a racist White cop any day. Again, it is rewarding and fulfilling to see and hear another Black man speak up out of sheer frustration and anger.

According to ABC News, even a toddler was shot during this incident last weekend in Birmingham, Alabama. Two weeks in a row, I saw that two different road rage incidents has lead to the deaths of two different toddlers in two different states in less than 10 days. At times, I do not have to search and discover the race of people who are pulling the triggers as I see the notifications going off on my phone on a daily basis. Recently, two weeks in a row in Virginia Beach, there were shoot outs that lead to the death of cops, a celebrity, and of course more Black people. You would think, after the death of Nipsey Hussle, Black people would wake up and put the guns and gang flags down and try to unite and love one another. In fact, Nipsey Hussle’s, funeral was the perfect display of the state of mind of Black America. Instead of Snoop Dogg and Nipsey’s younger brother getting on that stage in front of millions and saying “ stop the violence”, “ burn the gang flags”, they were on the stage glorifying and steal idealizing “gang culture”.

Even his wife, Lauren London was glorifying Nipsey Blue which essentially means “crip blue”. You know, the gang that was originated on the West Coast. The gang that has been the responsible for hundreds of Black men’s brains been splattered on the pavement or a car window. In fact, I’m almost terrified every time I’m at a red light waiting for it to turn green. Scared another Black man will shoot through my window out of pure jealousy and envy. Rickey Smiley suggest stop going to parks with crowded people (Blacks). I suggest Black men and women should stop going to predominately Black night clubs, parks, gyms, gas stations, homecomings, cook outs, family reunions, and any function where the crowd is predominately Black.

I mean let’s think about it. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out if a group of people are listening to music that is promoting and glorifying gun violence in it’s lyrics and drinking alcohol and consuming opioids, that something sinister is bound to happen. Even myself, if I am drinking and listening to our favorite music genre (gangster rap), I will forget the education I have received and revert back to the behavior and glorification of gangster life before the night is over. Rickey Smiley is fed up and coming in to his wisdom about the Black community. He states “ public service announcement, we are in danger”.

Again, it is a relief to finally hear a Black celebrity tell the truth about the state of Black America. We want to blame “ White Supremacy”, however, it’s not the White Supremacist I’m looking over my shoulder for when I walk to my car at night after leaving a grocery item or my phone in the car. It’s a Black man, teen, or boy that I’m looking for in the night. Sadly, Covid 19 has given uneducated African-American degenerates permission to wear mask 24/7. This has to be the last days. I heard gun shots in the woods today, and I don’t have to ask the race of color of the imbecile that was pulling the trigger. LORD HELP US!

DMX OVERDOSE ILLUMINATES THE HARSH REALITY OF HIP HOP & THUG CULTURE BY: REGINALD MATHES, MPA

As a suburban Black Boy growing up in in the South, I had no reason to gravitate to the poverty stricken areas of my hometown city. However, being enrolled in an elementary school near these areas, I was introduced to a lifestyle that was completely outside the norm of my family’s morals, traditions, and teachings. Even when visiting cousins in the rural South, I was introduced to a lifestyle and entertainment that was the complete opposite of the norms of my upbringing in my suburban neighborhood that was full of successful christian African Americans who were the epitome of the saying “ Black Excellence”. I never truly understood what “Black Excellence” was until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland to pursue a PhD. It wasn’t until I moved to Baltimore, Maryland that I discovered how bad Blacks had been brainwashed by Hip Hop and Thug Culture. As a suburban Black boy, I found myself imitating and glorifying the lifestyles of Nas, Jay-Z, DMX, Biggie Smalls, and many other rappers whose lyrics perpetuated violence, drug use, and nihilism in the Black community.

Similar to DMX, I was introduced to Marijuana by a family member which is the only reason, I thought it was acceptable. I remember telling myself, “ never try another drug” before putting my first Marijuana cigarette to my lips for my first “toak” or “puff” as some would say. I knew that Marijuana was the gateway drug to other hardcore drugs that would completely destroy your life. D.A.R.E. was a drug educational program that was implemented in elementary schools in the eighties to inform youth that drugs will destroy your life. I remember being terrified of crack cocaine after watching countless videos during our D.A.R.E. program class sessions. Years later, I discovered the effects of crack cocaine first hand after gravitating to a near by poverty stricken neighborhood that I had no business hanging around. I remember seeing crack heads who were basically walking zombies. Regardless of seeing the effects of drug use, and admiration of gangster mentality, I still wanted to be accepted by individuals who were born into a completely different socioeconomic status.

Thug culture and Hip Hop culture is so enticing that young Black boys and myself today ignore the pitfalls of admiring this death culture. DMX’s vegetative state is not going to help young Black boys understand that thug mentality is dangerous and deadly. Why do I say that? I say that because over the years we have not learned from the amount of rappers who have died from gun violence. In fact, it’s as if the deaths of Nipsey Hustle, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, MO3, Pop Smoke, and many more actually perpetuate the violence. It’s like the deaths of the rappers motivates these young Black boys to go out and commit more murders. Therefore, I do not think DMX’s overdose is going to help change the mentality of young boys who strive to be gangsters instead of scientist. Do you think DMX’s death is going to stop rappers like Future from motivating our youth to use opioids ? No. In Hip Hop culture, the rappers do not take the deaths of rappers and use that as a catalyst to promote change and revolution. They just keep going and going like the energizer bunny. Hip Hop culture is a selfish culture, the rappers promote this lifestyle to our youth at the cost of their lives.

I was so lost in pretending to be a thug as a teen, I actually purchased a dog chain from a pet store to imitate DMX. I watched his movie “Belly” countless times trying to imitate the northern slang and lingo so when I returned to school, I was viewed and respected as a “real Nigga”. As we can see, being a real nigga doesn’t get you anywhere but in a casket or a jail cell. Yes, I understand that he was tricked into smoking crack by a childhood friend, however, I also understand that DMX had several chances to change his life, and let go of thug culture and drug addiction. In Black America, remaining “ a real nigga” is more of a badge of honor than becoming a Christian and becoming a productive law abiding citizen.

It wasn’t even five years ago, that DMX was charged with arm robbery his hometown of New York City. This is an example how powerful and addictive thug culture is, regardless of how rich DMX is, he still had to return home to New York City from Arizona to commit an armed robbery. Therefore, I believe that Hip Hop culture played a major role in why DMX was not able to let go of the drug usage and become a family man. Even to this day, if I have too much to drink, I find myself listening to those old songs by DMX, Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, and all the East coast rappers that ruined the minds of so many Black boys and girls. I truly believe that if DMX had discovered scholars such as Neely Fuller Jr, Dr. Welsing, and Joseph Murray, I truly believe that he would have discovered a new desire to quit killing himself. In Black America, “keeping it real” leads to death, destruction, and incarceration.

As Blacks, we hear how White Supremacy has hurt us as a people, however, it’s not until you start to study the depths of White Supremacy to truly understand how we have been purposefully brainwashed into self destruction. I’m sure DMX has never heard of Neely Fuller Jr, and other scholars who could have changed his thought process. I’m not sure if we can blame thug culture on DMX’s current state, but I do know that Hip Hop is destroying Black America as a whole. If it’s not gun violence, it’s domestic violence, drug overdoses, emasculation of Black men, separation between Black men and women, and perpetuation of Black on Black hate and violence.

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?