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My Nephews

by baldilocks

baldilocksOrig­i­nally posted at Ace of Spades HQ on August 26, 2013, so excuse any­thing which seems or is dated. Re-​edited. And, do me a favor: please check out the links.

A few week­ends back [sic], I made my way from my home in South Cen­tral Los Ange­les to Albu­querque – where my par­ents and the vast major­ity of my fam­ily reside – for the wed­ding of my old­est nephew. Dur­ing the twelve-​hour drive, I con­tem­plated the per­son­al­i­ties of my nephew, his brother, his sis­ters, his male and female first-​, second-​, and third-​cousins and his male cousins by mar­riage. All – 18 to 26 – are great young people.

Some­thing that remains peren­ni­ally in the news is the rate of unem­ploy­ment for black teens, just over 40%. But here’s a thing about my fam­ily: my five nephews and my six first– and second-​male cousins are all employed! (My nieces are all under six­teen and my three female cousins are over thirty. An addi­tional male cousin – mar­ried, degreed and employed – is over thirty as well.) How could that be?

Well here’s one thing: only one of them lives in a blue state. So much for the alleged racism of Repub­li­cans. But their states of res­i­dence – New Mex­ico*, Texas, and Okla­homa – aren’t the only fac­tors; the oth­ers are more personal.

  • All are high school graduates.
  • Three are attend­ing two-​year col­leges, two attend a four-​year uni­ver­sity, one attends a tech­ni­cal col­lege, and two are four-​year uni­ver­sity graduates.
  • All are lit­er­ate, well-​mannered and well-​spoken They don’t even speak patois to their friends.
  • None have crim­i­nal or mis­de­meanor records.
  • All are prompt and know how to dress for employ­ment. None have adopted the saggy-​pants style.
  • Only one has a child and he is in his mid-​twenties.

So what is this about? Only four of the young men have been raised by polit­i­cal con­ser­v­a­tives. Two are ille­git­i­mate. Sev­eral are chil­dren of divorce – like me. All of them, how­ever, have been raised by actual con­ser­v­a­tives. So it is that they would not shame their fam­i­lies by fail­ing to be respon­si­ble men.

My old­est nephew – the one who just mar­ried – is prob­a­bly the most tac­i­turn of the group. But he’s not so shy that he was unable to woo, win, and marry a smart, accom­plished, and very beau­ti­ful young woman to be his wife. And here’s some­thing about the two, my nephew, and my niece-​in-​law: both of their sets of par­ents are mar­ried to each other. And one thing about my nephew’s par­ents – my sis­ter and my brother-​in-​law: both of their par­ents are still mar­ried to each other. (My mom and step­dad have been mar­ried for 42 years and my brother-in-law’s par­ents have been mar­ried for over 60 years.) And each gen­er­a­tion con­sists of hard work­ers who have always wanted more for their chil­dren than what they had. This is what is known as a pattern.

But ille­git­i­macy need not be a fac­tor in pro­duc­ing chil­dren of poor char­ac­ter. Sev­eral months ago, I posited that ille­git­i­macy by itself isn’t what has caused the break­down of the black fam­ily and the con­se­quent break­down of black moral char­ac­ter. The cause? Gov­ern­ment sub­sidy of ille­git­i­macy. When a child, espe­cially a boy, grows up with­out a father, he will often run wild if there is no other male author­ity to which he is answer­able – an uncle or grand­fa­ther, for exam­ple. But when chil­dren grow up in com­mu­ni­ties in which there are no male author­ity fig­ures, when they grow up in com­mu­ni­ties in which there are few to no mar­ried cou­ples, a peo­ple run wild.

The wide­spread (over 70%) ille­git­i­macy among black Amer­i­cans can be likened to the bib­li­cal fall in the Gar­den of Eden. Satan talked Eve into eat­ing the fruit that God had for­bid­den and she talked Adam into eat­ing it. This orig­i­nal sin will destroy most of humankind. The gov­ern­ment talked black women into hav­ing babies with­out ben­e­fit of mar­riage and this phe­nom­e­non has nearly destroyed black Amer­i­cans. Yet another pattern.

But just as there is redemp­tion to be had in the heav­enly realm, there is a way for black Amer­i­cans to keep them­selves from been destroyed here on earth.

Recently, CNN’s Don Lemon – no polit­i­cal con­ser­v­a­tive, to be sure – was called a “turn­coat mofo” for agree­ing with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that black peo­ple need to clean up their act with respect to being ‘good cit­i­zens’ – a phrase used because that is what I was exhorted to be when I was grow­ing up in the much-​maligned 1960s.

Mr. Lemon’s seem­ingly sim­ple pre­scrip­tion is powerful.

You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they’re act­ing white because they go to school or they speak proper Eng­lish. A high school dropout makes on aver­age $19,000 a year, a high school grad­u­ate makes $28,000 a year, a col­lege grad­u­ate makes $51,000 a year. Over the course of a career, a col­lege grad will make nearly $1 mil­lion more than a high school grad­u­ate. That’s a lot of money.

And num­ber one, and prob­a­bly the most impor­tant, just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Espe­cially with­out plan­ning for one or get­ting mar­ried first. More than 72 per­cent of chil­dren in the African-​American com­mu­nity are born out of wed­lock. That means absent fathers. And the stud­ies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.

And there was this on Twitter:

For his trou­ble, Lemon was exco­ri­ated–which included being labeled a “turn­coat mofo” by MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor.

Turn­coat mofo?” No. The turn­coats are those who urge other black Amer­i­cans to keep doing the same things over and over again while, each time, expect­ing a dif­fer­ent result. The turn­coats are those who exhort black Amer­i­cans to keep rid­ing that express train to poverty, illit­er­acy, prison and ruin. Like the feral teens that are a plague on our soci­ety, pattern-​recognition is for­eign to those who screech ‘turn­coat mofo’ to a man who imparts the tried-​and-​true wis­dom that black Amer­i­cans used to impart to their progeny.

* * *

I have been called a con­spir­acy the­o­rist – not to men­tion the equiv­a­lent of a ‘turn­coat mofo’– a num­ber of times. How­ever, if most polit­i­cal and social con­ser­v­a­tives can acknowl­edge that there are forces con­sist­ing of more than a sin­gle indi­vid­ual which con­spire to destroy America-​as-​founded and the ideals on which she was founded, then it is plau­si­ble that such forces have used and are using strate­gies — by def­i­n­i­tion, long-​term plans – to achieve their aims. It is for this rea­son — and for the vision of my lying eyes — that I put forth the fol­low­ing ‘con­spir­acy theory.’

For many decades, black Amer­i­cans hoped and prayed to be con­sid­ered equal to other Amer­i­cans under the law – fed­eral, state, and local. Well that goal has been achieved. It has been long past time for black Amer­i­cans, as a whole, to do their part. What hap­pened there? It’s this: too large a num­ber of us have become prey to those who have always wanted to keep us down, keep us enslaved, and, ulti­mately, destroy us.

I sub­mit that the Orga­nized Left and the Demo­c­rat Party — now one and the same – have long been try­ing to rid our coun­try of her black cit­i­zens. That goal is now almost reached. Think about it: blacks are vastly out­num­bered by whites, His­pan­ics, and oth­ers. And blacks have been pur­pose­fully splin­tered in this way: we have been duped into nearly destroy­ing the one earthly and seem­ingly unshak­able foun­da­tion we had. That foun­da­tion is known as the family.

The feral teens we see today are the fruit of the splin­ter­ing; they are angry and they know not why. They never learned fatherly dis­ci­pline – and the com­pro­mised edu­ca­tion sys­tem never both­ered to incul­cate in them the desire to think through their exis­ten­tial sit­u­a­tion or any other sit­u­a­tion. Often the only “men” in their lives are other mind­lessly angry lit­tle boys wear­ing the bod­ies of men. Mul­ti­ply this by millions.

So now, they are beat­ing and killing inno­cents of all races out of bore­dom or avarice or what­ever excuse they want to give. But the real prob­lem is mind­less and point­less anger, stem­ming from the lack of proper par­ent­ing by both mother and father.

But here’s the thing. Non-​black peo­ple are already tired of their loved ones being raped, shot, beaten, etc. for merely walk­ing around, for the crimes of oth­ers or sim­ply for not being black.

And when some set of white or other non-​black per­sons begin to retal­i­ate; it will go badly for the splin­tered minor­ity—both the guilty and the inno­cent–for numer­i­cal rea­sons alone. As a result, the Leftist-​infiltrated gov­ern­ment will come in and “save” how­ever many black peo­ple are left, but goal will be reached: black peo­ple will be almost exter­mi­nated in the USA and whites and other non-​blacks will be the slaves.

That’s been the plan all along…to kill all of us and to enslave all of you.

I am grate­ful to God that the young men in my fam­ily are fine, upstand­ing cit­i­zens. But I trem­ble for my peo­pleAmer­i­cans–as I watch the fruit of the rot­ten and satanic tree called Left­ism poi­son us all, one way or another.

That’s why I pray to Lord who pro­vided us with the Lamb who took away all of our sins. It’s our only hope, and I sub­mit that it always has been.

*Yes I know. NM isn’s all that red. But, to this Cal­i­forn­ian, red is rel­a­tive. One can open-​carry in NM.

(Thanks to Monty and Ace)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

by baldilocks

baldilocksOriginally posted at Ace of Spades HQ on August 26, 2013, so excuse anything which seems or is dated. Re-edited. And, do me a favor: please check out the links.

A few weekends back [sic], I made my way from my home in South Central Los Angeles to Albuquerque–where my parents and the vast majority of my family reside–for the wedding of my oldest nephew. During the twelve-hour drive, I contemplated the personalities of my nephew, his brother, his sisters, his male and female first-, second-, and third-cousins and his male cousins by marriage. All–18 to 26–are great young people.

Something that remains perennially in the news is the rate of unemployment for black teens, just over 40%. But here’s a thing about my family: my five nephews and my six first- and second-male cousins are all employed! (My nieces are all under sixteen and my three female cousins are over thirty. An additional male cousin–married, degreed and employed–is over thirty as well.) How could that be?

Well here’s one thing: only one of them lives in a blue state. So much for the alleged racism of Republicans. But their states of residence–New Mexico*, Texas, and Oklahoma–aren’t the only factors; the others are more personal.

  • All are high school graduates.
  • Three are attending two-year colleges, two attend a four-year university, one attends a technical college, and two are four-year university graduates.
  • All are literate, well-mannered and well-spoken They don’t even speak patois to their friends.
  • None have criminal or misdemeanor records.
  • All are prompt and know how to dress for employment. None have adopted the saggy-pants style.
  • Only one has a child and he is in his mid-twenties.

So what is this about? Only four of the young men have been raised by political conservatives. Two are illegitimate. Several are children of divorce–like me. All of them, however, have been raised by actual conservatives. So it is that they would not shame their families by failing to be responsible men.

My oldest nephew–the one who just married–is probably the most taciturn of the group. But he’s not so shy that he was unable to woo, win, and marry a smart, accomplished, and very beautiful young woman to be his wife. And here’s something about the two, my nephew, and my niece-in-law: both of their sets of parents are married to each other. And one thing about my nephew’s parents–my sister and my brother-in-law: both of their parents are still married to each other. (My mom and stepdad have been married for 42 years and my brother-in-law’s parents have been married for over 60 years.) And each generation consists of hard workers who have always wanted more for their children than what they had. This is what is known as a pattern.

But illegitimacy need not be a factor in producing children of poor character. Several months ago, I posited that illegitimacy by itself isn’t what has caused the breakdown of the black family and the consequent breakdown of black moral character. The cause? Government subsidy of illegitimacy. When a child, especially a boy, grows up without a father, he will often run wild if there is no other male authority to which he is answerable–an uncle or grandfather, for example. But when children grow up in communities in which there are no male authority figures, when they grow up in communities in which there are few to no married couples, a people run wild.

The widespread (over 70%) illegitimacy among black Americans can be likened to the biblical fall in the Garden of Eden. Satan talked Eve into eating the fruit that God had forbidden and she talked Adam into eating it. This original sin will destroy most of humankind. The government talked black women into having babies without benefit of marriage and this phenomenon has nearly destroyed black Americans. Yet another pattern.

But just as there is redemption to be had in the heavenly realm, there is a way for black Americans to keep themselves from been destroyed here on earth.

Recently, CNN’s Don Lemon–no political conservative, to be sure–was called a “turncoat mofo” for agreeing with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly that black people need to clean up their act with respect to being ‘good citizens’–a phrase used because that is what I was exhorted to be when I was growing up in the much-maligned 1960s.

Mr. Lemon’s seemingly simple prescription is powerful.

You want to break the cycle of poverty? Stop telling kids they’re acting white because they go to school or they speak proper English. A high school dropout makes on average $19,000 a year, a high school graduate makes $28,000 a year, a college graduate makes $51,000 a year. Over the course of a career, a college grad will make nearly $1 million more than a high school graduate. That’s a lot of money.

And number one, and probably the most important, just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should. Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.

And there was this on Twitter:

For his trouble, Lemon was excoriated–which included being labeled a “turncoat mofo” by MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor.

“Turncoat mofo?” No. The turncoats are those who urge other black Americans to keep doing the same things over and over again while, each time, expecting a different result. The turncoats are those who exhort black Americans to keep riding that express train to poverty, illiteracy, prison and ruin. Like the feral teens that are a plague on our society, pattern-recognition is foreign to those who screech ‘turncoat mofo’ to a man who imparts the tried-and-true wisdom that black Americans used to impart to their progeny.

* * *

I have been called a conspiracy theorist–not to mention the equivalent of a ‘turncoat mofo’– a number of times. However, if most political and social conservatives can acknowledge that there are forces consisting of more than a single individual which conspire to destroy America-as-founded and the ideals on which she was founded, then it is plausible that such forces have used and are using strategies—by definition, long-term plans–to achieve their aims. It is for this reason—and for the vision of my lying eyes—that I put forth the following ‘conspiracy theory.’

For many decades, black Americans hoped and prayed to be considered equal to other Americans under the law–federal, state, and local. Well that goal has been achieved. It has been long past time for black Americans, as a whole, to do their part. What happened there? It’s this: too large a number of us have become prey to those who have always wanted to keep us down, keep us enslaved, and, ultimately, destroy us.

I submit that the Organized Left and the Democrat Party—now one and the same–have long been trying to rid our country of her black citizens. That goal is now almost reached. Think about it: blacks are vastly outnumbered by whites, Hispanics, and others. And blacks have been purposefully splintered in this way: we have been duped into nearly destroying the one earthly and seemingly unshakable foundation we had. That foundation is known as the family.

The feral teens we see today are the fruit of the splintering; they are angry and they know not why. They never learned fatherly discipline–and the compromised education system never bothered to inculcate in them the desire to think through their existential situation or any other situation. Often the only “men” in their lives are other mindlessly angry little boys wearing the bodies of men. Multiply this by millions.

So now, they are beating and killing innocents of all races out of boredom or avarice or whatever excuse they want to give. But the real problem is mindless and pointless anger, stemming from the lack of proper parenting by both mother and father.

But here’s the thing. Non-black people are already tired of their loved ones being raped, shot, beaten, etc. for merely walking around, for the crimes of others or simply for not being black.

And when some set of white or other non-black persons begin to retaliate; it will go badly for the splintered minority—both the guilty and the innocent–for numerical reasons alone. As a result, the Leftist-infiltrated government will come in and “save” however many black people are left, but goal will be reached: black people will be almost exterminated in the USA and whites and other non-blacks will be the slaves.

That’s been the plan all along…to kill all of us and to enslave all of you.

I am grateful to God that the young men in my family are fine, upstanding citizens. But I tremble for my peopleAmericans–as I watch the fruit of the rotten and satanic tree called Leftism poison us all, one way or another.

That’s why I pray to Lord who provided us with the Lamb who took away all of our sins. It’s our only hope, and I submit that it always has been.

*Yes I know. NM isn’s all that red. But, to this Californian, red is relative. One can open-carry in NM.

(Thanks to Monty and Ace)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!