911 is a joke!

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911 is a Joke!

As crazy as things are now, they could always be worse. In some instances, that is a guarantee. Take for example what is happening in Baltimore, MD as indicated below.

Baltimore will no longer prosecute the following crimes:

  • CDS (drug) possession
  • Attempted distribution CDS
  • Paraphernalia possession
  • Prostitution
  • Trespassing
  • Minor traffic offenses
  • Open container
  • Rogue and vagabond
  • Urinating/defecating in public

According to a press release from the Office of the State Attorney for Baltimore, this is a good thing. To quote:

“Today, America’s war on drug users is over in the city of Baltimore. We leave behind the era of tough-on-crime prosecution and zero tolerance policing and no longer default to the status quo to criminalize mostly people of color for addiction. We will develop sustainable solutions and allow our public health partners to do their part to address mental health and substance use disorder,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. 

The Baltimore Mayor approves of the move.

“Reimagining public safety in Baltimore requires innovation and collaborative effort. I applaud State’s Attorney Mosby’s Office for working with partners to stem violence in Baltimore and ensure residents have the adequate support services they deserve,” said Mayor Brandon Scott.

This seems nonsensical to me. However, they offered data that supported this move.

“The fact that we saw drops in 911 calls and recidivism for these offenses shows us that communities are less impacted by these announcements than one might assume. The trend is different for other offenses during that time period. The policy is therefore making a positive impact on communities. By working with researchers, Mrs. Mosby has shown that she wants to approach these issues holistically, analyzing the data, and not making decisions in a vacuum,” Susan Sherman, Johns Hopkins University Professor.

Maybe I’m missing something. If I know that my calls to the police for certain crimes will not do any good then, why would I call them? Likely, I will find some other way to cope. Could other people coming to that realization be the reason why 911 calls are down? Sigh. (The Public Enemy song – “911 is a Joke” comes to mind.)

The leadership in Baltimore may have received inspiration from Los Angeles County’s head prosecutor – George Gascon. According to Fox News, in LA County…

…many misdemeanor cases will be declined or dismissed prior to arraignment unless “factors for considerations” exist. The list of offenses includes trespassing, disturbing the peace, a minor in possession of alcohol, driving without a license, driving with a suspended license, making criminal threats, drug and paraphernalia possession, being under the influence of a controlled substance, public intoxication, loitering to commit prostitution and resisting arrest.

In addition, prosecutors will not seek the death penalty and those accused of misdemeanors and low-level felonies will be referred to community-based programs. For juveniles, those accused of misdemeanors will no longer be prosecuted.

There are at least three factors that these two cities hold in common a) they are enacting these policies to combat racism, b) they are enacted by Democrats and according to a consensus of online commentators, c) they will decline into ruin. Indeed, the most common sentiment I noticed was how Democrats ruining cities is a given depending on how far left their policies are. Is that true or, polarized political rhetoric? I did a bit of research. You decide. What would constitute a ruining a city? At least, in a way that could be measured? I think crime rates would be a prime indicator although I am sure there are several.

The following is a list based on Neighborhood Scout, a website that offers custom analytics for investing, appraising and financing real estate. This is not a political website. Based on their investment research, these are the American cities with the highest crime rates. The only thing I added to the data was the name of the current Mayor and their political party affiliation.

1. Detroit, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5
  • Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
  • Mayor: Michael Edward Duggan, Democrat

2. St. Louis, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
  • Mayor: Lyda Krewson, Democrat

3. Memphis, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 52
  • Mayor: Jim Strickland, Democrat

4. Baltimore, MD

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 53
  • Mayor: Mayor Brandon M. Scott, Democrat

5. Monroe, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55
  • Mayor: Friday Ellis, Independent

6. Danville, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 56
  • Mayor: Rickey Williams, Jr., Independent

7. Wilmington, DE

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 62
  • Mayor: Mike Purzycki, Democrat

8. Alexandria, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Jacques Roy, Democrat

9. Camden, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Francisco Moran, Democrat

10. Scranton, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63
  • Mayor: Paige Cognetti, Democrat

11. Pine Bluff, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 64
  • Mayor: Shirley Washington, Democrat

12. Springfield, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Ken McClure, Democrat

13. Little Rock, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Frank Scott Jr., Democrat

14. Saginaw, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Floyd Kloc, Independent

15. San Bernardino, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: John Valdivia, Republican

16. Cleveland, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65
  • Mayor: Frank G. Jackson, Democrat

17. Kansas City, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 69
  • Mayor: Quinton Lucas, Democrat

18. Stockton, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 70
  • Mayor: Kevin Lincoln, Democrat

19. Canton, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 71
  • Mayor: Thomas Bernabei, Democrat

20. Chester, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 72
  • Mayor: Thaddeus Kirkland, Democrat

The list of the most dangerous cities in America extends to the top 100 cities. I only focused on the top 20. To offer a counter-balance, I looked up the 10 most Conservative Cities in America as of 2020 and compared them to the most dangerous cities list. Out of 10, only one was on the list.

The 10 Most Conservative Cities In America For 2020

  • Lafayette, LA
  • Tyler, TX
  • The Woodlands, TX
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Frisco, TX
  • Carrollton, TX
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Chattanooga, TN < Made the list of most dangerous American cites at #48
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Plano, TX

Out of curiosity, I looked up that Mayor and it was Andy Berke (Democrat). Now is that to say that ALL Democrats make bad Mayors? No, I would not say that. My thinking is that each Mayor (or Mayoral candidate, for that matter) should be judged on their individual merits and record of success. However, based on the data I found, Republicans have plenty of data to cherry pick from when running against Democrats in future Mayor races. Just my 2 cents.

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Help Wanted: White Men Need Not Apply

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Racism is wrong. Its wrong to be racist against black people and its wrong to be racist against white people. Its just wrong, period. And it really bothers me how Americans are racing back to an era of segregation in an effort to be politically correct. Something is really wrong and I hope we wake up to it soon enough. Until that day comes, we will continue to see news stories and shared opinions akin to what I am sharing below. Sigh.

Help Wanted: White Men Need Not Apply

I really like The Washington Examiner which is evident by how often I quote them. This recent story was not shocking to me. I’ve seen what they reported on before. However, I get upset each time. Here’s a quote:

Chat logs between an employee and a hiring manager viewed by the Washington Examiner detail an incident where a minority candidate with strong credentials performed exceptionally well in an interview. When that employee suggested to the hiring manager that the company wave the candidate through to the next step in the process, the hiring manager dismissed the candidate under the assumption he was white.

After learning that the candidate belonged to a minority group, the manager said she was excited to hire him, despite learning virtually nothing else about his background.

“Given the hiring practices they have in place where white, male candidates are blocked, regardless of qualifications, I have to say, ‘Yes, there’s obvious discrimination at this company,'” one employee told the Washington Examiner.

Another time, an employee suggested a candidate with years of industry experience. That employee was informed by the hiring manager that the candidate, a white man, could not be interviewed because he didn’t meet the diversity criteria.

Cigna did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

After reading that article, download my free ebook on critical race theory and pass it on. We need to stop this dangerous but increasingly socially acceptable racism. It is evil.

When you assume, you make an ass of U not me

Brietbart reported that “Vice President Kamala Harris’ niece, Meena Harris, declared that “violent white men” are the “greatest terrorist threat” to the United States following the deadly grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado, later setting off a firestorm on social media by erroneously assuming the suspect, a Syrian immigrant, was white.”

Meena Harris tweeted this:

And as Breitbart pointed out, she was repeatedly criticized for her assumption. Case in point, check out this tweet:

Meena Harris may have been wrong about her assumption in this case, but what about all the other mass shootings in the USA. Did she have a point? No, she did not. After a bit of research, I found this graphic depicting 2020 Mass Shooters. (Mass Shooter being defined as a list on Wikipedia and people who have been convicted, charged with or wanted for violent crimes in connection with those shootings. And while there are certainly white men in this collection, it was not enough to persuade me to Meena Harris’ argument.)

The raging hate against white males is tangible. Its been around awhile but, it is certainly more pernicious these days and as I commented earlier, more socially acceptable. For example, can imagine the uproar if President Trump said that he would only hire white men for his Cabinet? Well, the reverse has happened. Where is the outrage?

Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI), issued statements demanding a racist, anti-white ban on further cabinet appointments for white people. Watch the video to hear it for yourself.

A recent tweet from Candace Owens touches on this issue on seeing white men as the chief oppressor of all races (which is what critical race theory teaches).

She made a couple of claims that I don’t hear in the mainstream media, at all. I imagine the general public were unfamiliar with these claims and likely to dismiss them as a result. So, I decided to look it up for myself in order to validate or dismiss them. Candace was correct. Here are some stats.

Blacks are attacked the most by blacks, overwhelmingly.

Blacks attack Asians more than any other group.

Tell the truth and they call you crazy

Daily Mail reported on a Diversity and Inclusion trainer who… wait for it… told the truth and as a result, sparked outrage from attendees and cancellation attempts. What did she say? I quote:

‘Are all the inequities you experience at the hands of white people?’ Baldwin asked.  

In her presentation, she referred to phrases including white supremacy, white privilege and systematic racism as ‘myths’ and argued that they shouldn’t be used because they distract from solutions and don’t account for the fact that people of color can cause just as much harm as white people

Kudos to you Brandi Baldwin! I agree with you. White privilege is a myth.

Was George Floyd murdered?

Click here to see George Floyd’s autopsy report.

Read it carefully and you will notice that he tested positive for fentanyl and methamphetamine. Those facts coupled with several underlying conditions are what the lawyers will argue is what really killed George Floyd. (Tucker Carlson goes into detail on this and other related facts on his show here.) If you view the facts objectively, you realize that George Floyd might not have been murdered on camera; at most manslaughter and that’s a bit iffy. (I am not a lawyer or a medical expert. I’m only speculating.)

Why do I bring this up? Well, unless you support the media narrative that cops in general hunt black men in the streets like wild animals and the officer charged with murdering George Floyd in particular then, you are… come on, you know… a racist. In addition to being branded with the scarlet letter of “R,” you may also be cancelled from your job. Case in point, here is a quote from The Daily Wire.

An Ohio Catholic high school theology teacher was fired after students released a video of her stating that George Floyd’s cause of death was disputed. 

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Bishop Ready High School teacher Deborah DelPrince was placed on administrative leave following her comments about Floyd. She was subsequently fired following media and student backlash. DelPrince has been a teacher in the Columbus area since 1999. 

Apparently, freedom of expression is nullified if your opinion contradicts leftist ideology. Here is the tweet that got her fired. In my opinion, it was unfair.

The whole incident underlies the obvious tension around the George Floyd murder trial. I don’t know all the facts. I have not seen all the evidence. In the minds of most Americans, the policeman charged should go to jail. If he is proven guilty in court or proven innocent, it is for a jury to decide. It is not up to the media or an uninformed mob demanding justice to try and convict the policeman charged. Every American is entitled to a fair trial, even when their guilt appears obvious. If we do not have a justice system, we have anarchy and the “peaceful protests” of 2020 are a dark reminder of what we do not want.

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Amazon Takes Employee Monitoring to the Next Level

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Did you hear about Microsoft’s email system being hacked? Yikes! I was a bit nervous at first then I remembered that I use Fastmail because of its commitment to security and privacy. I haven’t look back since. Click here to try it free for 30 days.

I talked about “Employee Surveillance” in the past because, like now, I see it as a growing privacy concern. In the never ending quest for workplace efficiency, companies monitor workers to the Nth degree in order to squeeze out as much work output as possible. On the surface, it may sound appealing. However to the worker, its not always an ideal situation.

The Jim Stroud Show – April 2019

Amazon has been on the cutting edge in its pursuit of workplace efficiency, to a fault. The latest iteration was reported on by VICE. Here is a quote:

Amazon delivery drivers nationwide have to sign a “biometric consent” form this week that grants the tech behemoth permission to use AI-powered cameras to access drivers’ location, movement, and biometric data. 

If the company’s delivery drivers, who number around 75,000 in the United States, refuse to sign these forms, they lose their jobs. The form requires drivers to agree to facial recognition and other biometric data collection within the trucks they drive.

Further along in the article it reads:

“Amazon may… use certain Technology that processes Biometric Information, including on-board safety camera technology which collects your photograph for the purposes of confirming your identity and connecting you to your driver account,” the form reads. “Using your photograph, this Technology, may create Biometric Information, and collect, store, and use Biometric Information from such photographs.”

It adds that “this Technology tracks vehicle location and movement, including miles driven, speed, acceleration, braking, turns, and following distance …as a condition of delivery packages for Amazon, you consent to the use of Technology.”

There have been more than a few privacy concerns. Some of them from the US Senate. To quote CNBC.

Five senators are calling on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to provide more information on the company’s recent deployment of “surveillance cameras” in vehicles used by contracted delivery drivers.

In a letter Wednesday, Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut asked for more clarity on Amazon’s use of footage collected by the cameras and the scope of their use, with a deadline for Bezos to respond by March 24.

The letter was in response to reporting by CNBC in February, which revealed that Amazon recently began rolling out cameras from Netradyne in vehicles at a handful of contracted delivery partners across the U.S. The cameras, which Amazon said record drivers “100% of the time,” have four lenses that capture the road, the driver, and both sides of the vehicle. The cameras are equipped with software that’s capable of flagging a series of safety infractions, including failure to stop at a stop sign, speeding and distracted driving.

In a training video distributed to delivery firms, Amazon said the cameras will help improve safety across its delivery network, but drivers and privacy advocates raised concerns about the potential for heightened employee surveillance and a lack of privacy.

Some Amazon delivery drivers do not appreciate this added layer of efficiency and some are quitting their jobs because of it. Here is a quote from Business Insider.

He started work in 2019 and saw Amazon’s policies change to include more active means of surveillance. First there was an app tracking his route. Then the company wanted pictures of him at the beginning of each shift on another app, he told the foundation.

But the breaking point came, he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation, when Amazon announced it would be installing AI cameras in its fleet of vehicles.

Insider reported in February that Amazon was equipping all delivery vehicles with an AI camera system called Driveri, which is manufactured by a company called Netradyne. The cameras are always on and scan drivers’ body language and the speed of the vehicle, detect if a driver is wearing a seatbelt, and even measure drowsiness. The system then uses “automated verbal alerts” to tell drivers if a violation has been detected.

When Amazon announced the policy change and gave its drivers a deadline to agree to the surveillance protocols, Vic told Thomson Reuters Foundation that he decided to put in his notice.

“It was both a privacy violation, and a breach of trust,” he told the foundation. He also said the company requiring drivers to agree to constant surveillance to do their jobs seemed like “a sort of coercion.”

Amazon has faced scrutiny before because of its surveillance of customers as well as its workers. According to VICE, “at least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring.” For some, this constitutes a “surveillance empire” where Amazon and police can monitor homes via their RING system and quite possibly now via truck delivery cameras. Click here to read the security and privacy concerns surrounding this alliance. But, I digress.

Amazon is by no means the only company to take the pursuit of efficiency to the Nth degree. According to CNet, Apple has been walking a compliance tightrope on the issue.

Apple recently banned its manufacturing partners from collecting facial recognition scans and the fingerprint data of Apple employees who visit manufacturing facilities, according to a Wednesday report by The Information. Citing an internal Apple document it reviewed, the outlet also reports that the new privacy rule does not apply to the more than 1 million factory workers who make Apple’s products. 

The internal document is reportedly part of Apple’s new security protocols aimed at reducing intellectual property theft, and also includes a mandated increase in surveillance camera use at manufacturing facilities, along with upgrades to component tracking systems that monitor Apple hardware during production. The document requires manufacturers to conduct criminal background checks on factory workers as well. 

So, where are all of these new incarnations of employee surveillance heading? I think towards a major employee revolt, unless the company can prove such measures are beneficial to the worker. Accenture proved this with a survey they conducted in 2019. Here’s a quote:

Among the key findings: While more than six in 10 C-level executives (62 percent) said that their organizations are using new technologies to collect data on their people and their work to gain more actionable insights — from the quality of work and the way people collaborate to their safety and well-being — fewer than one-third (30 percent) are very confident that they are using the data responsibly.

In addition, more than half (52 percent) of workers think that the use of new sources of workforce data risks damaging trust, and 64 percent said that recent scandals over the misuse of data makes them concerned that their employee data might be at risk too. The good news is that 92 percent of workers are open to the collection of data on them and their work, but only if it improves their performance or well-being or provides other personal benefits. More than six in 10 workers (62 percent) would exchange their work-related data for more-customized compensation, rewards and benefits, and 61 percent would do so for more customized learning and development opportunities.

I think companies will always push the envelope on employee surveillance because who doesn’t want a well run company? I think what gets companies, especially big tech companies, in hot water is when they start treating their workers like machine parts instead of people. So, in this regard, I offer Amazon (and other big tech companies) some free advice that they will likely ignore.

  • Whatever your next efficiency technology is, do not force your employees to comply to it. Offer them clearly defined benefits for opting in and the more pervasive the initiative, the higher the reward.
  • Clearly spell out what information you are collecting, how it will be be used and who will have access to it.
  • Every employee should have access to any information collected on them. Workers should have the right to dispute what has been collected, in the event of a discrepancy.
  • Put a time limit on how long the data can be stored and update the employee once its done.
  • Do not rely solely on a machine when making choices about your workers. Take it into consideration, of course, but no machine is perfect and should never supersede human wisdom.

To all big tech employees I wish you well. Protect your privacy. Who knows how far your data will go?


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Do Black People Owe White People Reparations For Slavery?


DISCLAIMER FOR THE EASILY TRIGGERED: Slavery is wrong. I make no apologies for it. None of the research presented herein is intended to lessen the injustice of African slavery in America or slavery in any incarnation. If you disagree with what I have researched and decide to call me a (insert your insult here) I will say now, that you’re rubber and I’m glue. What you say bounces off me and sticks to you. Such is my present-day retort and likely my future rebuttal, should I feel so inclined. If you’re still curious as to why I posted this disclaimer, read on.

So, today, someone shared with me this article from Fox News, “Evanston, Illinois first in US to pay reparations to Black residents” and here are some quotes from that article.

The City Council in Evanston, Ill., voted 8-1 late Monday to approve a plan to make reparations available to Black residents over past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery.

The plan, which could be the first of its kind in the U.S., is to distribute $400,000 to eligible Black households. The Associated Press reported that qualifying households in the city of 73,000 would be eligible to receive $25,000 for home repairs or down payments on property.

Ald. Robin Rue Simmons, the lawmaker who proposed the initiative back in 2019, called the approval a first step but said more needs to be done.

“It is, alone, not enough,” she said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “We all know that the road to repair and justice in the Black community is going to be a generation of work. It’s going to be many programs and initiatives and more funding.”

Further down in the article it reads…

Qualifying residents must either have lived in or been a direct descendant of a Black person who lived in Evanston between 1919 to 1969 and who suffered discrimination in housing because of city ordinances, policies or practices.

The article reminded me of a conversation I had with a very dear friend of mine about race issues in America. (My friend happens to be white.) She asked me what percentage of black people would likely hold her personally responsible for slavery? I told her that I could not quantify a percentage but likely many African Americans would hold her personally responsible for the sins of her ancestors because of news reports like this.

Now, I’ve heard several arguments made for reparations on numerous occasions, but I tend to reject them. Why? For me, it always comes down to this – who should pay?

The topic of reparations for African Americans is a topic that has been discussed ad nauseum and typically for political advantage. Case in point, here’s a quote the Washington Times. The headline reads, “California moves to consider reparations for slavery.” The date of the article is August 29, 2020.

California lawmakers are setting up a task force to study and make recommendations for reparations to African Americans, particularly the descendants of slaves, as the nation struggles again with civil rights and unrest following the latest shooting of a Black man by police.

The state Senate supported creating the nine-member commission on a bipartisan 33-3 vote Saturday. The measure returns to the Assembly for a final vote before lawmakers adjourn for the year on Monday, though Assembly members overwhelmingly already approved an earlier version of the bill.

“Let’s be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of Black life in California,” said Democratic Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles.

She cited disproportionate homelessness, unemployment, involvement in the criminal justice system, lower academic performance and higher health risks during the coronavirus pandemic.

Although California before the Civil War was officially a free state, Mitchell listed legal and judicial steps state officials took at the time to support slavery in Southern states while repressing Blacks.

The legislation would require the task force to conduct a detailed study of the impact of slavery in California and recommend to the Legislature by July 2023 the form of compensation that should be awarded, how it should be awarded, and who should be should be eligible for compensation.

The panel, which would start meeting no later than June 2021, could also recommend other forms of rehabilitation or redress.

A sober minded person might ask, what does slavery that happened centuries ago have to do with today’s homelessness, unemployment, health risks associated with the coronavirus and the other social issues mentioned in that quote? Outside of inciting the passions of would-be voters, what immediate benefit does it provide to the people of California?

When reparations are discussed it is typically proposed that the US government should be paying African Americans an undetermined amount of money for the suffering inflicted upon their ancestors by all the white people in America. If we look at this logically and without angry rhetoric, that argument doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. To illustrate that, let me share with you some inconvenient facts.

Inconvenient fact #1: Very few white people in America owned slaves.

  • According to data on White Slave Owners from a US Census Bureau 1860 Report, only 1.6 percent of whites in America owned slaves. I’ll quote that number again, 1.6. Between 1525 and 1866, in the entire history of the slave trade to the New World, according to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, 12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World. 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage, disembarking in North America, the Caribbean and South America. And how many of these 10.7 million Africans were shipped directly to North America? Only about 388,000. In other words, 4% of slaves from Africa went to North America. The other 96% went to South America.

Inconvenient fact #2: Native Americans owned and traded in slaves!

  • According to the Oklahoma Historical Society website and Smithsonian Magazine, from the late 18th century on, Native Americans in the South, like whites, owned slaves. And, when the U.S. government “removed” the five nations to “Indian Territory” (now the state of Oklahoma) in the 1830s, they took their slaves with them, so that “[b]y the time the Civil War broke out more than eight thousand blacks were enslaved in Indian Territory.” Overall, enslaved people accounted for “14 percent of the population” of the Indian Territory, and it wasn’t until after the Civil War that emancipation arrived for some of the slaves. 

Inconvenient fact #3: African Americans owned slaves too

Should white people today be forced to pay reparations when only 1.6 percent of whites during the slavery era owned slaves? Should we demand payment from Native Americans and African Americans as well? Both groups owned African American slaves too. I could go on but, no, I’ll share a bit more.

Inconvenient fact #4: Whites Were Slaves in North Africa Before Blacks Were Slaves in America

I am quoting a 2004 article now from Ohio State News.”

A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 – a far greater number than had ever been estimated before. In a new book, Robert Davis, professor of history at Ohio State University, developed a unique methodology to calculate the number of white Christians who were enslaved along Africa’s Barbary Coast, arriving at much higher slave population estimates than any previous studies had found.

Most other accounts of slavery along the Barbary coast didn’t try to estimate the number of slaves, or only looked at the number of slaves in particular cities, Davis said. Most previously estimated slave counts have thus tended to be in the thousands, or at most in the tens of thousands. Davis, by contrast, has calculated that between 1 million and 1.25 million European Christians were captured and forced to work in North Africa from the 16th to 18th centuries.

Davis’s new estimates appear in the book Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan).

Now, should today’s white people demand reparations from today’s black people for the crime of enslaving their ancestors for two centuries? For some reason, lack of education mostly, so many people in America believe that America created the institution of slavery. I assure you America did not invent slavery. A cursory glance into a bible proves that. But, I digress, because I am veering off from something, I really want to say in 3 points.

  • Point #1… The Reparations Agreement between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany was signed on September 10, 1952, and entered in force on March 27, 1953. According to the Agreement, West Germany was to pay Israel for the costs of “resettling so great a number of uprooted and destitute Jewish refugees” after the war, and to compensate individual Jews, via the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, for losses in Jewish livelihood and property resulting from Nazi persecution. | That was justice and the right thing to do.
  • Point #2… When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, President FDR forced Japanese Americans to be relocated and incarcerated in concentration camps. There was no justification for this strategy and later, research proved it was motivated by fear and racism. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 to each former internee who was still alive when the act was passed; a total cost of 1.6 billion dollars. | That was justice and the right thing to do.
  • Point #3… Reparations were paid to Jewish and Japanese survivors who were personally affected by the trauma. So, should African Americans be paid reparations? The African survivors of Slavery, who were personally traumatized centuries ago, should have been. But not the African Americans of today because who can truly know who owes what? Statistically speaking, very few whites enslaved black people, Native Americans enslaved black people, black people enslaved black people and blacks enslaved white people for two centuries. So, again, who pays?

No doubt, some of you reading this will have a problem with what I’ve shared. Perhaps, you are calling me names now. (No doubt. Its why I posted the disclaimer at the beginning.) If so, let me leave you with one final quote where a certain group is demanding social justice because of slavery. This quote is from BBC News.

The West is being asked to pay Africa $777 [trillion] within five years in reparation for enslaving Africans while colonising the continent. The African World Reparations and Repatriation Truth Commission, meeting in Accra for its first international conference, also called for all international debt owed by Africa to be “unconditionally cancelled”.

The Accra Declaration issued at the conference says that money will be demanded from ”all those nations of Western Europe and the Americas and institutions, who participated and benefited from the slave trade and colonialism”.

The conference, co-chaired by Dr Hamet Maulana and Mrs Debra Kofie, announced plans to set up an international team of lawyers from Africa and the diaspora to pursue all legal means to collect the money. The group will also be contacting the International Court of Justice, as well as the United Nations and the Organization of African Unity for assistance.

Mrs Kofie told the BBC the reparation figure was based on the number of human lives lost to Africa during the slave-trade, as well as an assessment of the worth of the gold, diamonds and other minerals taken from the continent during colonial rule.

She says Africa’s turn has come. “We are the only group that have not received reparations. The Jewish people have received reparations. The native Americans have received reparations. The Korean comfort women and so-on and so forth,” she said.

The declaration added that all those in the diaspora, who want to return and settle in Africa, should be allowed to do so and that those who enslaved and colonised Africa should provide seaworthy vessels and aircraft for such repatriation.

The date of that article from BBC News is August 20, 1999.

Thanks for reading this far. I know it was a rather long rant today. A shorter one tomorrow. (I think. It all depends on what I read.)

Jim Stroud

P.S. Did you know that reparations were actually paid to slaves after the Civil War? This was thanks to a measure initiated by Abraham Lincoln (R). However, after his assassination, his Vice President – Andrew Johnson (D) assumed power and reversed it. Click here to listen to my podcast where I discuss that bit of history. (Or, just listen to it below.)

The header image comes from the Face 2 Face Africa article, “The shocking history of enslavement of 1.5 million white Europeans in North Africa in the 16th century.” I HIGHLY recommend it.

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Same Border Crisis. Different Day.

The Democratic mayor of a southern border town says Democratic President Joe Biden is in denial over the magnitude of the immigration problem, amounting to a “slap in the face” to the people he serves. “You have a breach on national security levels that have never before been seen in modern history and you’re not even batting an eye about it, you’re not even calling it a ‘crisis,’ you’re calling it a quote unquote challenge,” Mayor Bruno Lozano of Del Rio, Texas, told the New York Post on Sunday. (Even Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) had to admit things are not working out; to put it mildly.)

If you thought things were bad at the border, think again. Its much worse.

With so much going on today, President Biden decides to call it a day at 1:13 pm.

President Joe Biden called a lid at 1:13 pm eastern on Monday afternoon as the crisis at the border reaches catastrophic levels. 

“A photo/ travel lid was called at 1:13pm,” the White House pool report states. 

In other words, Biden won’t be seen for the rest of the day. The lid comes after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki failed to answer a number of questions about the border during a briefing Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, as the Biden administration tries to figure out how to process an overwhelming number of migrants at the Southern border, a possible solution is debated… Fly them to the northern US Border and process them there.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Sunday that he has no immediate plans to fly migrants to the northern U.S. border for processing to grapple with the surge from Mexico and Central America, but that “all options are on the table.”

“We don’t have those plans in place now, but what we are doing is we are putting all options on the table as it is our responsibility to do, and we are implementing those options that will both service our legal obligations and our humanitarian values and principles,” Mr. Mayorkas said on CNN’s “State of the Union.

Apparently, one of the options on the table is to house the illegal immigrants in hotel rooms while our National Guard troops sleep in parking garages. Come on, man! Where is the love for our military?

And another option is to just release them into the country without notifying the immigration courts or issuing a Notice to Appear. Laws no longer matter at this point anyways so, why bother at all? #sarcasm

The whole border debacle makes me question not only the Biden leadership but the chosen team members of the administration. So many errors. Its making me dizzy. Take the incomplete border wall. Do you know that pausing construction on the border wall is costing taxpayers $6,000,000.00 per day?!! (But hey, its only money. We can always print more. What’s the worse that could happen?)

Some mistakes may be human error but others are flagrantly illegal. Who is going to hold the Biden Administration accountable? Check out this quote from The National Pulse:

Under federal law, border patrol can detain children for a maximum of 72 hours, but as of March 20th, “3,314 unaccompanied children had been in custody longer, with 2,226 for more than five days and 823 for more than 10 days,” the outlet continues.

President Biden, therefore, is illegally holding these children, and staunch critics of Donald Trump’s immigration policy such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have failed to criticize the move.

Many suspect that “Hidin’ Biden” is a red flag that can’t be ignored. One White House physician has broken his silence about it.

And a former Democrat adviser Dr. Naomi Wolf expressed alarm regarding President Joe Biden’s current state of health and its implications for U.S. national security.

Addressing Biden’s health, Wolf stated that “as Americans, we would be remiss not to notice that this is a man who is struggling physically, and our national security kind of depends on our being grown-ups.” She said, “when a very elderly president is struggling physically, it’s an important national security concern” that all should be able to discuss “without partisanship.”

Still the mainstream media defends President Biden as best they can. In their latest attempt, they cautioned against joking about Biden’s missteps. Why? It could inspire assassins. No joke. Sigh.

Maybe VP Harris will swoop in to save the day? Maybe one day, but not this day.

Okay, I think I need a nap. I feel stressed. More tomorrow. If you are not following my blog already, please do so now. It would make me smile.