Archive | October, 2012

Can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

15 Oct

Why is the poem on this blog?

These three gents were not saints.

I’d dare say they were not “godly” men.

I think the below poem will give you some things to think about.

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This piece will be written in what I call the Triple Rhyme Time style. We will deal with three subjects and every three lines will rhyme instead of the traditional two lines.

“Good Money” is a colloquial phrase that means that something or someone alright or cool.

The question posed here is can three famous U.S. Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson be considered “good money”?

Well, let’s see.

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Can We Call George, Thomas and Andrew “Good Money”?

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

George Washington was the first President of the United States.

Let’s take a fresh look at his legacy to see how he rates.

Stories about him are legendary and he is the topic of many debates.

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He led the rebellion against the British but he lost just about every battle that he fought.

He was slippery and talented at stealth so he never got caught.

Without the tutelage of the Iroquois and/or Algonquian peoples his survival skills would have come to naught.

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Why is it that he is considered a freedom fighter but Ho Chi Minh was considered a terrorist?

Were they both not fighting to release the yoke of an imperialist foreign power or is there something I missed?

George was considered a man of virtue but here is a twist.

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Here is a tidbit of info that you probably didn’t get in any of your history classes.

You’re about to become one in-the-know because this isn’t generally known by the masses.

Did you know that it is rumored that the father of our country once traded a slave for a keg of molasses?

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His Mount Vernon plantation was the home to many slaves.

They suffered under an evil institution but they prayed constantly because they were told that Jesus saves.

It is peculiar how a freedom fighter would deny liberty to others which is something that the human spirit craves.

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Founding father and third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, wrote that “All men are created equal” in The Declaration of Independence.

It baffles me why he did some things because it just doesn’t add-up or make sense.

Let me tell you what I’m talking about as I don’t want to keep you in suspense.

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He owned a slave girl named Sally Hemmings who was 14 when the left, Virginia, and 16 when she returned with him from Paris, France.

While they were away, the widower, Tommy, started the romance.

He was the master so her resistance would’ve been futile so young, little Sally never had a chance.

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According to some, Sally was a slave that was 1/7 Black, and he fathered children six children with her even though he preached against the mixing of the races.

Virginia had a law on the books prohibiting marriages between the races, but it was overturned in 1967 and became one of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark cases [Loving v. Virginia].

Dang, that was only 50 years ago so Virginia and this country as a whole should run and hide their faces.

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Andrew Jackson was the 7th U.S. President and he is infamous for what’s called “Indian Removal.”

This was not a problem with the U.S. Congress at the time so this policy met with their approval.

This was a cruel thing to do to the Five Civilized Nations, so their deportation was met with resistance and refusal.

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The Five Civilized Nations were the Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Creek.

With the Seminole in particular it became a game of hide-and-seek.

They hid and fought using guerilla warfare in the Everglades and much havoc did they wreak.

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Andy was a warrior since he was 13-years-old and was ready to fight under the heat of the sun or the dim light of the moon.

For the Five Civilized Nations, his death couldn’t come to soon.

Jackson admitted that he had but two regrets: “I didn’t shoot Henry Clay or to hang John C. Calhoun.”

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Some of the atrocities that these three men committed makes me want to scream and cuss.

They are long dead now so ashes to ashes and dust to dust.

Revisiting who we call American heroes is a must.

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These men had no scruples and the bad things they did are far from funny.

This information should cast a dark cloud over their legacies and their reputations are no longer sunny.

So tell me, can we call George, Thomas and Andrew “good money”?

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Christopher Columbus: The Harbinger of Death

8 Oct

Unhappy Columbus Day!

To hell with Christopher Columbus!

I’ll pick my own heroes, thank you.

We have to always consult the record to know who we should revere.

This guy was a common killer that started the domino effect that destroyed and disrupted civilizations in the Americas and in Africa.

This Triple Rhyme Poem speaks on this infamous scoundrel.

Why is there so much adoration for Cristóbal Colón?

The chaos this guy caused chills me to the bone.

Trix are for kids so let me give you some hot, solid food being that you’re grown.

Ferdinand and Isabella were the ruling monarchs in Spain.

They defeated the Moors in the Battle of Granada and it was a big feather in their cap during their reign.

Now they wanted to expand their borders and increase their wealth and fame.

Cristóbal Colón – better known as Christopher Columbus had a plan.

He believed that there was an all-water route to the Indies because the Spanish didn’t want to go over-land.

To do so would surely lead to skirmishes with Eastern Orthodox Christians and Muslims and would cause blood to stain the sands.

You see, my friend, the Crusades were fought to seize control of Jerusalem.

It was a back-and-forth battle between the Caliphates and Christiandom.

Saladin was a chivalrous warrior but some of the Catholic knights did some things that were quite worrisome.

Oh – back to Columbus and his voyage of 1492.

It was a 33-day journey from the Canary Islands to the New World for he and his crew.

He dreamed of spices, exotic treasures and adventures would ensue.

He landed in what we today call the Bahamas where he encountered peaceful, welcoming indigeneous people who called the island Guanahani.

Columbus decided to call the island San Salvador in honor of whom he considered a divine majesty.

He immediately decided to claim the land for Spain and convert the natives to Christianity.

His lust for gold and the exotic fruits that this new world offered had him intoxicated with greed.

Those people were irreligious savages anyway so European civilization was something that the would surely need.

His endeavors were blessed by Ferdinand and Isabella and he was given resources to succeed.

Eventually, Africans were brought to the New World as a slave labor force.

The natives in the New World were dying of European diseases but quotas still needed to be met – of course.

The Africans who were captured sang songs and played drums asking for the help of their ancestors and it was done in a clever way like the code developed by Samuel Morse.

Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have the legacy of Spanish conquest.

The book entitled Puerto Rico: The Four-Storeyed Country, speaks on the apartheid-like legacy left.

Most of South America and Central America also fell to the conquistador’s zest.

Incas, Mayans and Aztecs all fell to their firearms and diseases to which they had no tolerance.

Their respective civilaztions haven’t been the same since.

Their cultures are all but lost and their descendants have psychological bruises, lacerations and dents.

He was a genocidal maniac who was no better than the Austrian named Adolph who had the funny mustache.

His actions were fueled by greed and his actions were brutal and brash.

If there is reincarnation, his soul shouldn’t be recycled it should be thrown in the trash.

In Jewish lore, after Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel they had a third son named Seth.

If you consider Christopher Columbus to be a hero I’d ask if you smoked crystal meth.

Why celebrate a person that caused so much destruction and suffering like Christopher Columbus the harbinger of death.

Who Are the True Children of Israel?

3 Oct

Why is this poem on this blog?

Judaism is full of myth.

This particular relgious mythology has been promoted by Asiatic, Indo-European, and European people.

Also, people of African descent have also promoted Judaism’s mythology.

Believe what you will, but if you dip this religious mythology in chocolate (i.e., make them Black Jews), it still doesn’t mean you can confirm any events or the existence of the biblical patriarchs.

Again, believe what you will.

Proving it is another mattter.

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Did you know that there are a good number of Black Jews out there?

They are not a common as Black Christians or Black Muslims, but they are out there.

As of the writing of this piece, among the many Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) denominations, three of the best-known are as follows: the Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of the Living God Pillar & Ground of Truth, Inc.; the Church of God and Saints of Christ; and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC).

NOTICE: I will pose some questions to adherents of the three organizations that they may find uncomfortable. As I’ve have always said and will continue to say, believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person and your beliefs make you productive rather than destructive. My goal here is to provoke critical thinking and analysis of the subjects at hand. I just want people to know about things that affect their community.

This poem is written in a style that I call Triple Rhyme Time. In this style of poetry, I present information on three subjects/groups and the rhyme scheme is different from traditional rhyme schemes as every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines.

I hope that you find this information enlightening.

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“Who Are The True Children of Israel?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The Commandment Keepers were a large, Black Jewish congregation in Harlem.

It surprises me how many people have never heard of them.

They believe that through King Solomon and Queen Sheba they are the descendants of Shem.

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Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew was born in Nigeria and he established the Israelite Rabbinical Academy.

He ordained more than 20 rabbis who led congregations in the U.S. and various islands located to our south in the Caribbean Sea.

He taught that the original Jews were all Black but the Ashkenazim deserved credit as they kept traditions alive while Blacks were taken into slavery.

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Rabbi Matthew was a supporter of Marcus Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and the vision of a Black Utopia.

The Commandment Keepers added to the UNIA program and strengthened ties between Blacks in America and Africa – particularly Beta Israel in Ethiopia.

The spiritual, economic, and political mixture had the potential to be quite a cornucopia.

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The rites and practices are in line with the Sephardi style of Judaism such as the way they conduct services on the Sabbath and the use of the De Sola Pool Spanish and Portuguese Prayer Book.

To have seen these Black Jews walking into their synagogue at 1 West 123rd Street would have caused most to take a surprised second look.

Like the namesake of Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Less Traveled” was the path that this congregation took.

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Prophet William Saunders Crowdy started the Church of God and Saints of Christ in Lawrence, Kansas in 1896.

Their doctrine borrows from both Old Testament and New Testament rituals that makes for a unique mix.

They are well-organized and active in their respective communities so their legacy sticks.

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They are the oldest BHI in the world but don’t get a lot of press.

Maybe it is because they silently do community service work and only on the Sabbath do they have a distinguishable style of dress.

They teach that the original Hebrews of the Bible were Black, but the brotherhood of all men is something that they also profess.

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Their a capella style of singing is enjoyable and will get your hands clapping and your feet moving.

You’ll be prancing and swaying to the harmony as their sweet hymns are so soothing.

It is so enjoyable you’ll think that you’re in a dance club grooving.

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The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ is a little different from the other two.

They believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that he is coming back to gather his people, but he comes like a thief in the night so as for an exact time we haven’t a clue.

However if you are not of the Twelve Tribes he is NOT a savior for you.

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Tazadaqyah is the current leader of the organization and he is called The Comforter by those who believe in what he is teaching.

Their church doesn’t have an open-door policy so unless you’re invited you’ll have to go to his website to hear him preaching.

He is charismatic, street-smart, and a good speaker so among inner-city dwellers his message is wide-reaching.

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In their theology, Blacks are the chosen people and that White people and those who disbelieve in his teachings will all burn in Hell.

White Jews are impostors and they have no right to be in the Holy Land in which they currently dwell.

He proclaims that Deuteronomy, Chapter 28 lets you know who the true Israelites are so do not go for the lies or fall under the spell.

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I have a total of 12 questions for all three groups.

There pretty straight-forward and require no jumping through hoops.

They’re just questions to which you may have answers so there is no need to rally your troops.

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  1. How is it that a nomadic people with no history of architecture built large pyramids in Egypt which is a feat that even today we cannot duplicate?
  2. Why are you not focused on the overall upliftment of all African people and instead preach hate?
  3. What was the name of the pharaoh that took the Israelites into bondage and what was the exact date?
  4. How can you say that African-Americans are from the tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Issachar are modern-day Mexicans?
  5. In my archeological research I couldn’t locate any grave sites for the Hebrew patriarchs so may I please borrow your lens?
  6. Do you understand that you must have an multi-faceted, revolutionary plan must be based on liberty and equality if you’re going to be considered the new Black Jacobins?
  7. How is it that Zondervan’s Compact Bible Dictionary says that Ham is the father of the Black race, but not of the “Negroes?”
  8. Has not science proven that ALL humanity sprung from the great lakes region of Africa from whence the Nile River flows?
  9. Is there any scientific evidence to support your claim of a separate, unique, dark-skinned Israelite race, or are we being fitted for The Emperor’s New Clothes?
  10. Do you have a plan for Black economic development like Claud Anderson’s Powernomics or Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power?
  11. Or will we have to engage in illegal activities that will cause us to end-up in Attica or Folsom while the hacks watch over us from the watchtower?
  12. After reading this, can we please remain civil and not have any hard feelings or become sour?

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Believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person is fair as far as I can tell.

Some actually believe that Joshua marched around the city of Jericho and it’s walls crumbled and fell.

I still have a question: Who are the True Children of Israel?