Michael Jordan: The Nike Prison Industrial Complex Connection

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America, that certain sector of American society, that is, cannot get enough of its addiction to slavery.

According to Global Research, March 31, 2014, contributor Vicky Palaez says “[Former] Oregon State Representative Kevin Mannix recently urged Nike to cut its production in Indonesia and bring it to his state, telling the shoe manufacturer that “there won’t be any transportation costs; we’re offering you competitive prison labor (here).”

In other words, the back message from Mannix to Nike is that ‘we’ can bring the jobs back to the United States now, where the labor is even cheaper than it is in Indonesia – and where workers will be treated even worse – legally.

Pretty good spin for a company that is selling cheaply-made foot hardware at a premium just because it has Michael Jordan’s permission to use his name on a label. Pretty good spin for a Black man whom many have begun to see as a contributory cause to something that is only expected of white men.

Palaez’s report, “The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?” revealed some very specific information that we have known for a long time – mostly Black and Hispanic persons in the United States of America have, situationally, become a new kind of slave in America.

And the pay they receive, at $20 – $30 per month (yes, PER MONTH) is just enough for them to argue that it’s certainly not “free” labor — they pay about 17-cents an hour. Just enough to bypass being called “Massa.”

Yeah, NIKE, do whatever you have to do to make yourself feel better about legal enslavement in a nation that outlawed it nearly 150 years ago.

Skirting the Constitution while making a killing in profits is a slippery slope, especially when the non-incarcerated counterparts of those Blacks and Hispanics are still dunking at more than a 10-percent rate of unemployment as of April 2014.

While prison industry labor booms, American unemployment for persons of color still stagnates. But at least we know what happened to the jobs.

It would make a lot more sense if these prisoner/slaves (the non-violent ones, of course) were paid to work off their fines, pay down their debt to society and have it count, and have enough left over for commissary for snacks, socks, and phone calls so that they aren’t making their mothers sacrifice $18 a pop for a 5-minute collect call; but…that would be too much like the ‘right’ thing to do and not the ‘white thing’ to do.

Yes, America continues to have a love affair with slavery.

The corporate plantation owners simply do not want to reconcile themselves to the fact that they are notentitled to free labor under ANY circumstances.

If they want entitlement to free labor, then their tax rate needs to be no less than 55-percent in order to help subsidize the people that they do not want to pay so their government can have their backs.

The movement of the money keeps corporations rolling in dough that never truly gets reinvested back into the American economy.

Yet, if they (‘they’ know who they are) had not been busy crashing out Blacks, Hispanics, and poor whites before they ran out of political toys to play with and made a wrong move on middle America, Barack Obama would likely never have become President.

If they were not addicted to slavery, the unemployment rates would be far lower than five-percent across the board. As a matter of fact, given those stats, the American economy should never have crashed in the first place.

But maybe they weren’t expecting the public backlash that led to Obama’s election.

Or some of them may have figured that the few who would squawk about it were easily quashed with media-driven ploys like “they are crazy,” “she is disgruntled,” “they’ll get over it,” and “he is just a conspiracy theorist.”

Complicit in this nouveau slavery are the following named companies:

  • IBM
  • Boeing
  • Motorola
  • Microsoft
  • AT&T Wireless
  • Texas Instrument
  • Dell
  • Compaq
  • Honeywell
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Nortel
  • Lucent Technologies
  • 3Com
  • Intel
  • Northern Telecom
  • TWA
  • Nordstrom’s
  • Revlon
  • Macy’s
  • Pierre Cardin
  • Target Stores, and the list goes on.

It comes as no surprise then that Mr. Mannix would make that statement to Nike, the major producers of shoes, clothing, sports gear, fan gear, and Kids’ Jordan.

Even though Michael Jordan is nothing more than a highly-paid meer-slave who only lends his name to a line of sports gear that he really does not ‘own’ own, there are more than a good shipload of Black people – particularly the young – who are influenced by the label that bears his name.

The prison industrial complex is bad enough, but when those who are in for non-violent offenses are forced to work for $20-$30 a month, yes, a MONTH, then something is gravely and insidiously evil about it. Add to that the fact that $300 million in annual profit margins surged to more than $2 Billion in short order and this country still bled jobs while the national deficit went up to trillions, something is amiss and the “conspiracy theorists” aren’t as far-fetched as some would have us to believe.

Now comes the piece de la resistance – Jordan, a man with a known reputation for having a ‘blinging nasty attitude’ overall, meets up with a (former?) fan who has his own fan base, Chamillionaire.

This prison-backing Black man who profits off the shoe market built mostly by Black men puts the icing on the ignoramus cake by telling that certain celebrity that he does not take pictures with “no niggers.”

Well, Mr. Ilikemike … The niggers giveth, and the niggers can certainly taketh away.

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What happened to Black Wall Street on June 1, 1921?

Black Wall Street, the name fittingly given to one of the most affluent all-Black communities in America, was bombed from the air and burned to the ground by mobs of envious Whites. In a period spanning fewer than 12 hours, a once thriving Black business district in northern Tulsa lay smoldering – a model community destroyed and a major African-American economic movement resoundingly defused.

The night’s carnage left some 3,000 African Americans dead and over 600 successful businesses lost. Among these were 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores and two movie theaters, plus a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and even a bus system. As could have been expected, the impetus behind it all was the infamous Ku Klux Klan, working in consort with ranking city officials and many other sympathizers.

Black America’s most prosperous community, Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma, went up in flames June 1, 1921, in the KKK-led Tulsa Race Riot. According to Wikipedia, “During the 16 hours of the assault, over 800 people were admitted to local hospitals with injuries, an estimated 10,000 were left homeless, and 35 city blocks composed of 1,256 residences were destroyed by fire caused by bombing.”

The best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be to compare it to a mini Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans could create a successful infrastructure. That’s what Black Wall Street was all about.

The dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As for resources, there were Ph.D.s residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry, who owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, hefty pocket change in 1910.

These are Black-built, Black-owned buildings that were occupied by bustling Black businesses before envious whites rioted and destroyed them.

It was a time when the entire state of Oklahoma had only two airports, yet six Blacks owned their own planes. It was a very fascinating community.

The mainstay of the community was to educate every child. Nepotism was the one word they believed in. And that’s what we need to get back to. The main thoroughfare was Greenwood Avenue, and it was intersected by Archer and Pine Streets. From the first letters in each of those three names you get G.A.P. And that’s where the renowned R&B music group the GAP Band got its name. They’re from Tulsa.

At the end of the day, June 1, 1921, this is what remained of Black Wall Street. Lost forever were over 600 successful businesses, including 21 churches, 21 restaurants, 30 grocery stores, two movie theaters, a hospital, a bank, a post office, libraries, schools, law offices, a half dozen private airplanes and a bus system.

Black Wall Street was a prime example of the typical Black community in America that did business, but it was in an unusual location. You see, at the time, Oklahoma was set aside to be a Black and Indian state. There were over 28 Black townships there. One third of the people who traveled in the terrifying “Trail of Tears” alongside the Indians between 1830 and 1842 were Black people. The citizens of this proposed Indian and Black state chose a Black governor, a treasurer from Kansas named McDade. But the Ku Klux Klan said that if he assumed office that they would kill him within 48 hours.

Here, the businesses that had been the economic engine of this most prosperous Black community in the U.S. are identified.

A lot of Blacks owned farmland, and many of them had gone into the oil business.

The community was so tight and wealthy because they traded dollars hand to hand and because they were dependent upon one another as a result of the Jim Crow laws. It was not unusual that if a resident’s home accidentally burned down, it could be rebuilt within a few weeks by neighbors. This was the type of scenario that was going on day to day on Black Wall Street.

When Blacks intermarried into the Indian culture, some of them received their promised “40 acres and a mule” and with that came whatever oil was later found on the properties. On Black Wall Street, a lot of global business was conducted.

The community flourished from the early 1900s until June 1, 1921. That’s when the largest massacre of nonmilitary Americans in the history of this country took place, and it was led by the Ku Klux Klan. Imagine walking out of your front door and seeing 1,500 homes being burned. It must have been amazing.

Survivors we interviewed think that the whole thing was planned, because during the time that all of this was going on, White families with their children stood around the borders of their community and watched the massacre – the looting and everything – much in the same manner they would watch a lynching. The riots weren’t caused by anything Black or White. They were caused by jealousy.

Almost 1,500 homes were also destroyed in the 35 blocks that went up in flames and over 3,000 Black residents murdered by the Ku Klux Klan-led Tulsa Race Riot.

A lot of White folks had come back from World War I and they were poor. When they looked over into the Black communities and realized that Black men who fought in the war had come home heroes, that helped trigger the destruction. It cost the Black community everything, and not a single dime of restitution – no insurance claims – has been awarded the victims to this day. Nonetheless, they rebuilt.

We estimate 1,500 to 3,000 people were killed, and we know that a lot of them were buried in mass graves all around the city. Some were thrown into the river. As a matter of fact, at 21st Street and Yale Avenue, where there now stands a Sears parking lot, that corner used to be a coal mine. They threw a lot of the bodies into the shafts.

‘The gun went off, the riot was on’

[excerpts from a CNN report]

On the night of May 31,1921, mobs called for the lynching of Dick Rowland, a Black man who shined shoes, after hearing reports that on the previous day he had assaulted Sarah Page, a White woman, in the elevator she operated in a downtown building.

So determined were whites in Tulsa to wipe out all evidence of Blacks’ prosperity and achievement despite impossible odds, they used airplanes to firebomb Black Wall Street from the air.

A local newspaper had printed a fabricated story that Rowland tried to rape Page. In an editorial, the same newspaper said a hanging was planned for that night. As groups of both Blacks and Whites converged on the Tulsa Courthouse, a White man in the crowd confronted an armed Black man, a war veteran, who had joined with other Blacks to protect Rowland.

Eddie Faye Gates, a member of the Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed several years ago to determine exactly what happened, told CNN what happened next.

“This White man,” she said, asked the Black man, “What are you doing with this gun?” “I’m going to use it if I have to,” the Black man said, according to Gates, “and (the White man) said, ‘No, you’re not. Give it to me,’ and he tried to take it. The gun went off, the White man was dead, the riot was on.”

Truckloads of Whites set fires and shot Blacks on sight. When the smoke lifted the next day, more than 1,400 homes and businesses in Tulsa’s Greenwood District, a prosperous area known as the “Black Wall Street,” lay in ruins. Today, only a single block of the original buildings remains standing in the area. Experts now estimate that at least 3,000 died.

‘We’re in a heck of a lot of trouble’

Beulah Smith was 14 years old the night of the riot. A neighbor named Frenchie came pounding on her family’s door in a Tulsa neighborhood known as “Little Africa” that also went up in flames.

As fires set by white rioters raged, claiming all they held dear, Black men who fought back to protect their families, homes and businesses were arrested and killed. There were outnumbered 10 to one. Here, a white man with a shotgun guards the body of a Black man and several prisoners outside Tulsa’s Convention Hall.

“Get your families out of here because they’re killing Niggers uptown,” she remembers Frenchie saying. “We hid in the weeds in the hog pen,” Smith told CNN.

People in a mob that came to Kenny Booker’s house asked, “Nigger, do you have a gun?” he told CNN. Booker, then a teenager, hid with his family in their attic until the home was torched. “When we got downstairs, things were burning. My sister asked me, ‘Kenny, is the world on fire?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but we’re in a heck of a lot of trouble, baby.’”

Another riot survivor, Ruth Avery, who was 7 at the time, gives an account matched by others who told of bombs dropped from small airplanes passing overhead.

The explosive devices may have been dynamite or Molotov cocktails – gasoline-filled bottles set afire and thrown as grenades. “They’d throw it down and when it’d hit, it would burst into flames,” Avery said.

Only a single block remains of the 1,400 homes and businesses that made up the area known as Black Wall Street.

Unmarked graves

Many of the survivors mentioned bodies were stacked like cord wood, says Richard Warner of the Tulsa Historical Society.

Survivors search the ruins of their homes for anything they can salvage. To this day, no insurance claims nor any restitution has been paid.

In its search for the facts, the commission has literally been trying to dig up the truth.

Two headstones at Tulsa’s Oaklawn Cemetery indicate that riot victims are buried there. In an effort to determine how many, archeological experts used ground-piercing radar and other equipment to test the soil in a search for unmarked graves.

The test picked up indications that hundreds of people have been buried in an area just outside the cemetery.

Editor’s note: The Tulsa Race Riot Commission, formed in 1997 to determine exactly what happened and what should be done now, delivered its final report in 2001, calling for substantial restitution. “In June 2001,” according to Wikipedia, “the Oklahoma state legislature passed the ‘1921 Tulsa Race Riot Reconciliation Act.’ While falling short of the commission’s recommendations, it provided for more than 300 college scholarships for descendants of Greenwood residents, mandated the creation of a memorial to those who died in the riot, and called for new efforts to promote economic development in Greenwood. A documentary, “Before They Die!” has been made about the survivors and their quest for justice. It chronicles efforts in Oklahoma to gain reparations for the survivors. And watch the video “One Day in May!” at www.BeforeTheyDieMovie.com.

This story comes from the Ujamaa Network, which can be reached at mikehouse@ujamaanetwork.biz. They add these words of wisdom: “We must buy from ourselves in order to re-circulate Black dollars. If we want our dollars to return, we must spend them within our own community. 2011 will be our year if we decide it will be. Make a commitment to yourself to do as much of your spending within our community as possible.”


Plainclothes NYPD Officer Hits Teen Subdued By Other Cops – 19 December 2014

Originally posted on Lucas 2012 Infos:

The New York Police Department said it has launched an internal investigation of a plainclothes police officer caught on video punching a young suspect as three uniformed cops tried to subdue and handcuff him during an arrest.

The video shows a young black man surrounded by NYPD officers when a white man in a camouflage jacket sprang from nowhere to punch multiple times in the stomach.

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Stop it! Get off of him!” yelled Sarah Doneghy, who recorded the incident and uploaded the video to YouTube. The video does not indicate the date or time of the incident.

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