Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Old News?

I'm going to include a link to the actual board I found this on, because I felt the conversation, and comments were very interesting. I'm going to talk about Race here at ThaShow - it's hard not to.

Because I am a black man who is Not racist - I have dated women of every race on the planet and find them all beautiful. I have had friends in the past from every race, and honestly there is truly good in us all - However, racism is a HUGE problem in America - I hope I get a chance to break down "why" that is, in a later edition of thaShow!

The guy makes a comparisson to Slavery towards the end of this interview. He is clearly distraught after going through what we all whitnessed over the television.

The funny part is how he says the word "Fuck" and the newsguy acts all shocked... like he's never heard the word before. Someone else makes mention of that aswell, here on the original landing page of this youTube featurette.

Again, it's a great site and as you can probably tell I will be using it from time to time to help illustrate the points I'd like to make.

I also need to deviate long enough to mention that I was a Chatter - I sorta still am but, allow me to explain. Chat is what attracted me to the internet at the age of 17. The idea that I could meet people from anywhere in the world was where it started, that sounded cool! - Then the reality that I could meet women from local areas was an even better idea; Chat was pretty cool when I First got into it. But there were some Obvious problems.

Of all the 'well-documented' problems with the chat world - such as women and men lying, using fake pictures, profiles, etc... in addition to the people in chat rooms not being the "Brightest Bulbs" on the planet, and so on - There has always been an extreme amount of blatant Racism!

Because of who I am - I dont have a very good reputation in the chat world. It's bad enough to tell a bunch of racist white people that it's NOT cool to be racist - It's even worse when you're black; They just dont listen - and from my eyes, the so called 'non-racist' people are not doing enough on their own to object or stand with black people who have been objecting to racism for hundreds of years.

If anything - I'd say the Internet really exposes the unsaid here in America - we all know people will say things on here that they dont have the courage to say aloud. Lots of guys on here have more courage to talk to girls online, than they do offline. While I always felt it helps if you have offline experience, becuase you'll just know what girls actually want to talk about... that's just me.

Most of the things I say online - are things I say offline.

Even still, certainly not even I am innocent of saying things online that I normally would not utter in person. But, I've had conversations with many people over a 12-13 year span about the Reality of the Internet Conversations that do take place.

It's in our hearts, these words we type out on the screen - the words are in our Heads, our Ideas & Thoughts - We Think, then we Type. So what's said on here is just as real as anything we would say in person or over a phone line. And honestly, I'd say people are behaving the same way on here, as we do in person with one another.

If we truly care about being the Best country in the world - don't we need to be the best country in the world? Are we so blinded by our hatred that we cannot see that division makes us weaker, instead of stronger... ?

The comments that are left by white people on those boards are amazingly racist - and yet is seems that the only folks objecting are blacks.

Where's Michael Moore when you need him - to point the finger at whitey, and say, "hey I'm white too".

I mentioned that thaShow is really just an extention of thaClub - I held these types of conversations there and I must say - I noticed participation started to drop around the same time.

How come blacks & whites cannot discuss racism with one another? Why must it always turn into a name calling argument; instead of an eye opening discussion? Dialogue is one way to help heal the wounds because it can lead to understanding; and in My experience, the ideas that white people are holding onto, are the primary cause for the ongoing issues of racial hatred.

Want blacks to stop complaining about racism? ... Stop supporting racism. Stop silently approving racism. Stop being racist. Stop calling blacks niggers - Stop making excuses for why it's ok - or 'should' be ok - So what if blacks call each other niggas - There 'should' never be a GOOD reason for a white person to use that word. Nevermind blacks for a moment ...

Instead of trying to clean up black people; White people need to clean up White people. White people need to police each other. Because let's get real about the word Nigger vs. Nigga - it has nothing to do with how it's spelled. It's the intent behind the usage of the word.

That makes all the difference.

When a black man calls me a nigga - he's calling me his brother, his equal. Stop overlooking that please. Listen to what I am saying - Comprehend what you are reading. That black man looks at me and figures that we have a shared, common experience living in America.

When a white man calls me a nigger - he's calling me lesser than, not equal to. He's saying I'm beneath him, genetically inferior. There is no shared, common experience in his eyes; only hatred.

Read the comments on that board - The white people using the word "nigger" - use it as an insult. Not as a sign of bonding equality.

The constant argument that I hear - that 'since blacks do it, it should be ok' - is utterly riddiculous. And if white people want to go on thinking of themselves as intelligent, it's time for them to act like they're intelligent and DO something intelligent; like discarding riddiculous ideas like that one.

Quit bringing up BET - the ONE black station out of 700 stations aimed mostly at entertaining white people. Because racism is not about that.

BET is not the cause of racism; Blacks calling each other nigga, has nothing to do with whites calling blacks Niggers.

C'mon - you're smarter than that; Aren't you?

Waiting for the world to change

Flipping channels I ran into a new video from John Mayer - Might not be new but, it was new to me.

Which brings me back to youTube - There's so much on it to share. So much to see. It's great for moments like this when I wanna tell you about the world we're living in.

It's holloween afterall, so let's pick up on this idea of Fear. We're in a society of fear, a culture of fear. I was watching the news briefly tonight, the first sentence was,

"Tonight's Top story, Arson & Murder!"

- top story ... Anchorman is one of my favorite movies because not only is it funny - it's pretty true to what the news does. Show you 49 minutes of bad, negative, fear inspiring news and 30 seconds of the squirrell on the waterski, or the cat who won that kitty fashion show.

Should I be afraid to share what others are already sharing?

I'm sure I'm expressing the feelings of many because let's face it. Outside of the ones sharing it, nobody else is really sharing it - So, I wonder if it's because of fear?

Bowling for Columbine really examined the development of fear in our society like no other film or documentary I have since seen has. Great film but of course the guy who made it has had his reputation Trashed for following it up with an attack on the powers that be.

Over 100 soldiers died in Iraq this month; Over 100 families have lost some one very special and irreplacable in their lives. And we've been told over and over to expect more, a Long Haul.

Most of us are too cool to get up in arms about it like they did back in VIetnam - shouting out War is not the answer - No, the answer is Love!

Bring back the hippies and the sex orgies (with condoms to prevent std's) - I'm all for that. Besides let's face it, sex is one major reason that we're not up in arms about what's going on. Fear, and Sex.

We're too afraid to rock the boat - because we dont wanna risk Never having sex again; or participating in the hunt for sex - the mission to accomplish sex at the end of the night, the road trip, or whatever journey we're too afraid of not getting to go on.

Sex is good - but it's bad, bad, bad - why is that?

Should I share that kind of information - should i make the effort to spread awareness about subjects that our society's leaders have worked very hard to spread Ignorance on?

See for me this all started with my desire to earn more money; To make LOTS of money - to get rich; I began with questioning Why some people had so much, and why others had to work so hard, for half as much... and sometimes didn't even get that.
Why? What went into the silver spoon that some kids are so fortunate to have in their mouths as they exit the womb.

A great line from one of the greatest films ever made comes to mind right now. "It's the question that drives us, Neo" - The Quest, The journey ... and yes I can admit that I've always been inquisitive. I've always wondered, and wanted to know.

Curiosity may have killed the cat - But Curiosity has opened doors to ideas and thoughts I never thought I'd be exposed to. It's as if there really is some great, powerful Force that is behind it all; Guiding my steps and leading me into places, and even trying to keep me out of other places.

True, I'm not exactly a "model christian" - and maybe that plays into my favor. because you see I have experienced the fullness of life. To some degree at least. I've never had the desire to be off heroin or coke - so that's one extreme I can say I've avoided. Then you've gotta include things like...

- moutain climbing - parachuting - bungee jumping - snow skiing - water skiing -

The Fullness of life differs for diferent people.

Who knows how you define fullness - and yet, I'm still a bit unfullfilled. I still feel as if I have so much more to explore, to find out - to discover. All the while I feel as if things are not in my control. World events put it in the back of my mind; No matter how much I try to avoid the "news" ...

Tonight's Top story - Korea Let's off a Nuclear Bomb - Iran is not going to stop it's nuclear enrichment program - and Bush is a liar.

Who do we turn to? Who do we run to? Who will keep the world safe? Who's telling us the truth and who's lying? Is Bill Clinton really a better person than Bush? Is he on the right side of the fence? Is it worse to lie about getting head in the oval office, or about a country posing a grave threat to our future?

I'm not really interested in answering those questions; Just posing them - for you to think about and discuss within your circle of friends, family, co-workers, and so on. Because frankly I'm not so sure the answers are simple at all. Not from the things I've seen and read. There's a string of funny videos on YouTube, displaying all the
Presidential bloopers of W. - and honestly I'm led to believe after watching them that, Bush is far from an idiot - and I may be one of the only people saying that in America today; I think it's all an act. You can get away with more when people think you're stupid or just don't know any better. That's a fact.

I suppose the bible has always told us that there will be wars and rumors of wars; and that some day all of this is going to end. But Nostradamus told us we had till 3,000 and something.

I'd say now is a good time for prayer. I've seen lots of evidence over the past few months that leads me to believe that even religion has been tainted by a small handfull of people, seeking to have power over the masses; And it's worked right down to the tee. And yet all the evidence I've seen, which clearly spells out to me that, Much of religion has been edited and censored in a way to control and rule over people, and yet there is still some unseen force - some powerful creator who is in control of it all. As I age, and live this thing called life I do find myself coming closer to God - or perhaps God is coming closer to me.

Either way I feel His prescense - and I feel that I can truly help other people see what He wants them to do with their lives. I feel like the planet isn't ready to go just yet, and eventually we'll all wake up to what's happening around us, and take a time out to re-think our plan. There is so much left to do.

We have an entire Universe to explore...

We should be uniting to find ways to get people onto other planets, to cultivate life on other planets, and so on. This in-fighting here on earch is much like the story of the crabs in the barrell.

It's a story that I heard Rich Dad tell, as a story that originated in Hawaii - it's a story that I've heard older black men tell as a story that sums up what's happening in the black community - I've heard motivational speakers use it to explain what happens in our Circle of Friends when we Do indeed attempt to climb up, and OUT of the barrel.

Other crabs reach up and pull us back in. No one gets out due to everyone pulling each other back in. Of course the solution to this problem would be to give each other a hand up!

But simple things are too complicated for us Humans to do... so it seems for now.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Next Best thing..

I really want to bring you folks something entertaining; Something worth reading, watching, and/or listening to.

I began kicking around the idea about 6-9 months ago - to create an entire page filled with my favorite videos from youTube.

This was before all the recent hype - Lately I'm seeing all kinds of articles discussing the possible next step, now that google has bought YouTube out - Google may become the next Network. I saw that and began thinking...

Would it remain true "to the people."

It's hard to comment on current events in the world today; Things seem to be turning more and more dangerous for anyone who's doing their Democratic duty in keeping others aware of what they need to be aware of.

No, speaking out is frowned on - and I must admit that I Do wonder if I get spyed on for things I've said and done in the past - in open public forums via the internet. We all know that spying is taking place - supposedly for our safety. But I'm a black man.

I try hard not to play the "race card" - but some things are unavoidable. When I think of America for me it's not the grand and glorious vision that many non-blacks hold of this country. It's not a hate filled vision either.

I simply look at America for what it is - for what it's been - and for what it's become. This is the home of racism - this is the root of the idea that one race is Superior to another. And if it's happened once in this country, couldn't it happen again?

Slowly we are all watching our Freedom's being erroded by the current events in the world and, again it's almost dangerous to take a stand on one side or another; To speak out against what our country is doing in the current war; To question their strategy and if it's working or not - It's hard not to be afraid of what they may do, if I did that.

I'm sure that's why others don't speak up.

I'm sure that's why so many have tuned out - better to vegg, than to be in the know I suppose. Better to watch reality tv, than to actually take part in reality.

Because reality is too real at times.

I feel Like I'm rambling so I'm sure you do to - but I'm going somewhere with all of this and will tie it together for you in a minute. Just keep reading.

Reality is, America had crooked beginnings; The fore-fathers who are often praised for what they were, are often Never publically riddiculed for what else they were. Two Sided, Hypocritical Individuals.

They preached freedom and equality for all; while with holding it from black people.

Who cares is the modern day mantra - any non-black person and even quite a few blacks do not even Care anymore about what happened then... So convinced we are that things have changed, people have changed, agendas have changed - Racism was 400 years ago.

Oh, Slavery was 200 years ago - and racism, well So what - it'll never go away! Those people who keep bringing it up are the problem - not those of us who have blindly accepted a reality that, is Not very real at all.

Because reality is too real for these people to handle - These people who preach silly ideas like racism will be with us forever; yea, so long as we keep turning a blind eye to it when we see it. So long as we keep supporting beliefs that keep us divided.

United States of America - how United are we?

Are we too afraid to make the change - to lead the charge in the right direction? Too uninformed to realize that there is a problem, and that it's crying out for a solution to find it. Burried beneath all the bullshit ladies and gentlement have piled on top of it - all in an attempt to hide that it's even in the room...

Our collective actions on things such as Racism are very reflective of what this nation will do, when the USA becomes Nazi Germany West.

We're going to do nothing.

We're going to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to anybody Speaking out against it, or encouraging us to speak out with them. We're going to sit back and hope they don't cancel our favorite tv shows or raise the price on our favorite type of music. We're going to say "so long as it's not effecting me, there is no problem."

Are there more minorities in America than whites? I wonder...

Because what will white people do, when the same astrocities are once more being carried out; In the name of safety, in the name of a better life, for white people. Will they fall in line, again - do nothing, again - take no action to save the lives of others, again - while a small handfull of white people do fight and hundreds of years later finally succeed in getting the majority of white people to stop endorsing acts of violence on other races (at least to stop endorsing it publically) ...?

And I started out with YouTube... didn't I? Well here is the tie in.

There are a bunch of excellent videos on there that I'd love to share. But I'm a lil afraid to do so. Why? The information is damaging - However, what it really shows is just how apathetic Americans are; At least that was my first thought. Then it dawned on me that perhaps it was all planned out - Americans have always been apathetic.

That's just who and what this country has always been.

Nothing has changed... except for Technology.

Technology is better today than ever before (as far as we know.)

Technology has made our lives easier to live... but we're still the same people. We're still carrying on our Traditions, even if those traditions include racist ideas & apathy towards what our gov't is doing. Traditions that include backing everything our country does, so long as it's not harming us... right now.

Our traditions are not about holding onto who We are - they are about holding onto what our ancestors were; Truthfully not all traditions deserve to be passed on. Not all ways of thinking, veiwing the world, etc - should be carried on for generations and generations, No - Some things deserve to be inturrpted, changed, transformed & improved.

... like technology - look at it. It's ever evolving.

But are we?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Welcome back al

What have I been up to?

Blogging of course! - Well not really. But I have been reading more about it. As you may know, I was extremely NEW to blogging, podcasting, etc when I first began pumping out ideas for ThaShow - I was reading about all the great things blogs can do for a business; and being a business owner that idea appealed to me.

I'm sure everyone is new at first - and while I apologize for not Posting anything for the past few months, I assure you it was for good reason.


Always important in life to be clear about anything we do. Clarity was one of the things I needed in terms of what direction thaShow would go in.

As it turns out, I've been blogging for several years and just didn't know it. For a while I was not sure what to write - what to share - I sorta wanted to share the same kinds of things I shared in my Yahoo Group - but decided against it. Originally I wanted thaShow to be a Podcast with a weekly or bi-weekly edition ready for the masses to eat up in their itunes, ipods, or whatever RSS readers they're into.

And that was before I even really had a good grasp on what any of that meant; I just knew there was something GOOD in it.

So in a nutshell that's where I've been - and you can expect to read more from me on a more regular basis.

About the podcast

- the audio version of this show may not be available as Soon as I would've liked - and perhaps as soon as You would've liked. I was using the audio-blog option that was made available to the people here on blogger - but it was crap. And turns out now it's no longer functioning at all.

Good while it lasted I suppose.

Truthfully it would be better to do a Vlog - but we need to get a video camera before that can happen.

So while kicking around ideas on my own I've decided to start letting YOU "yes you" in on our creative process.

Here's what I'm thinking of doing.

  1. Inviting Contributors to share their thoughts.

    Stay tuned for that; I happen to have met some very interesting people via my first blogging adventure and will be in contact with them to see if I can get them to submit One article per month to Thashow @ BlogSpot.com - People often tell me how much they enjoy reading some of my thoughts but... just wait until you get a load of these folks.

    If you're a pretty interesting person and would like to be a contributor to Thashow simply let me know and We'll take it from there.

  2. The Podcast is coming

    - and much like my idea for having other people help chime in around here as far as posts - we'll bring in some of the funniest people I know to talk with you about whatever comes to mind on that day. I promise you it'll be pretty entertaining.

  3. Videos

    - Yes, even though we dont have one now, it's worth it to invest in something that will give us the capability to Truly get our message accross to you.

  4. What's our message? ... what's My message?

    Let's make this world a better place, one person at a time. Let's laugh and enjoy life. Let's be critical and political - let's examine the ideas and laws that influence our pursuit of happiness - let's not hate each other over opposing Views; instead let us Listen to each other in hopes of gaining more understanding into why We want, what we Want - and overall let's be fair enough to Give to others, so that we may also recieve.

    Check out my Money making Newsletter - and stay tuned for information on how you can fatten your pockets by Investing in Real Estate.

    And I'll get back to the behind the scenes negotiations of making thaShow a more comprehensive blog, that's worth tuning into.