by baldilocks

I watched the 1977 version of Roots during its originally showing, having read Alex Haley’s “autobiography” beforehand. I was 16 years old when the original came out.

Viewing the series was a family gathering in my home, as was so for many black families, I’m told. It was a celebration of sorts. I don’t remember much about the viewing except for one thing: during the scene in which Kunta Kinte is captured, everyone in my house became dead quiet.

LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte

LeVar Burton, most widely known for his portrayal of Chief Engineer Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, had his first professional acting job in the original Roots as the young Kunta Kinte. For the 2016 version of Roots, Burton is the executive producer.

I mention this because I’ve always liked Burton and if I were going to watch the more recent version of Roots, his role in it would be the only reason to do so. As it turns out, it isn’t reason enough.

Call it fatigue at the continual opening of an old wound. Western slavery ended in a very bloody fashion in the 1860s. I’m over it. What I’m not over is the centuries-long enslavement of black Africans and the trashing of their continent by Islamic entities ranging from the Ottoman Empire to 2016’s Boko Haram. When will that movie get made? My guess is that, if it isn’t a self-/fan-funded venture, never.

There is also the fact that many black Africans played an exclusive role in selling members of other tribes to Europeans and to Americans. Those black African salesmen were usually Islamic.

And, oh yes: I see no point in celebrating Haley’s real legacy.

I’ve said before that God sometimes takes the folly of man and uses it to bless others. I think that this is the case with American slavery. For those who wished that their ancestors had remained in Islam-ravished western Africa, I suggest you repent, turn to God and open your eyes to the blessings He has put in front of all of us…and stop crying about the long-dead treachery from those who look like you, and those who don’t.

And if slavery really bothers you that much, there are plenty of organizations who combat 2016 slavery. You should help them or, at “least,” pray for them.

Now, excuse me while I go watch some sci-fi. There’s a reason I like it so much. With this post in mind, see if you can guess what it is.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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I love that Question. What a good guy. Who are you?

Donald Trump to DaTechGuy Aug 19th 2016

Part of an occasional election series on the things Trump does that conservatives should celebrate:

Apparently Donald Trump held a press conference while I was asleep and it was everything a conservative could dream of:

“I”m going to continue to attack the press,” he added. “I find the press to be dishonest. I find the political press to be extremely dishonest.”

Well they are. Just ask Katie Couric, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Scott “Holocaust Denier” Pelley, Face the Nation host John Dickerson who advised Obama in 2013 to ‘Destroy the GOP,’ etc., etc.

All of which is why, “If this news conference turns into a press-driven referendum on how the press is doing,” Ari Fleischer tweets, “Trump will have won the day.”

The Press? Dishonest? I haven’t seen someone so shocked since Captain Renault found gambling at Rick’s Cafe American!

But even funnier is the NYT explaining to their readers why they can’t help but cover him:

But the New York Times headline: “Television Networks Struggle to Provide Equal Airtime in the Era of Trump.” Oh, yes. Five pages this baby prints out. And the New York Times has another story: “Hillary Clinton Struggles to Find Footing in Unusual Race.” This is also related.

They’ve got two stories here on how the Times is actually apologizing to its readers for being unable to balance coverage in favor of Hillary. If Trump were any other Republican, they would have practically destroyed him by now and they’d be worried about rehabbing Hillary’s image and building her up. But she’s so unexciting, she’s so dull, she’s so scandal ridden, they’ve got nothing to work with. All they can do is try to destroy Trump, but they don’t know how. Because they didn’t make Trump, they can’t destroy Trump.

That’s why Trump can do things like this:

“I’m not looking for credit [for the donations] but what I don’t want is when I raise millions of dollars, have people say — like this sleazy guy right over here from ABC,” Trump said, pointing toward ABC News reporter Tom Llamas. “He’s a sleaze in my book.”

Llamas asked why Trump called him a sleaze.

“You’re a sleaze because you know the facts and you know the facts well,” said Trump.

The point is that people KNOW what he’s saying about the press is true, that’s really good but that because of ratings they media don’t dare not report this, that the best.

If you’re a conservative and aren’t enjoying Trump taking down the press there’s something wrong with you.

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As I was leaving mass today I noticed in passing  a front page headline at the Catholic Free Press available as you leave the church which decried increased raids on illegal immigration.

This reaction is not uncommon in religious circles. It’s actually reached a point where in Philly hotlines have been set up to “deal” with raids:

  • Q:What is the New Sanctuary Movement and its connection to the deportation hotline?

A: [The] New Sanctuary Movement is an interfaith, multicultural immigrant-justice organization fighting to win more just and humane laws for immigrants and to keep immigrant families together. We are united in our shared faith values of justice, dignity, and hospitality for all, regardless of immigration status. We’ve worked for the past nine years to keep immigrant families together through the successful campaign to end the practice of the Philadelphia police collaborating with deportations. [We] accompany families facing deportation, and are now working on a campaign to win driver’s licenses for undocumented Pennsylvanians.

Q: Where did the idea for the hotline come from?

A: The idea of the hotline came from our immigrant members’ very real feeling of being terrorized by constant violence in their home countries and now in the United States. The [Christian] mandate to welcome the stranger and love your neighbor are not just about feelings; they are a call to action. We cannot sit idly by while our community members are dragged away from their families at 4 in the morning. The hotline and emergency rapid response of “Sanctuary in the Streets” aims to bear prophetic witness to this injustice while we organize against the deportations. People across the country are responding to the raids in a manner that best suits their own communities. We believe that “Sanctuary in the Streets” [the hotline] is what Philadelphia needs to be safer from the terror of deportation.

Now these actions are getting positive press but It hit me, that a lot of the same media that is cheering these priests would be outraged if they were defying the law on other issues concerning Catholic belief.

So just picture for a second if a city decided to make itself a sanctuary choosing not to enforce Abortion laws, or the Supreme Court’s rulings on Gay Marriage or perhaps the latest Obama demand that we let men into ladies rooms if they believe they are women despite lacking a womb.  Picture priests helping said cities defy federal law and providing hotlines to anyone who refused to bake a cake or a gay wedding.

Then ask yourself what kind of media they would get?

And why stop at religious issues, why not sanctuary cities where federal guns laws are not enforced or the federal minimum wage rules are ignored.  We can easily make the moral case for both of these positions, the possibilities are endless.

I suspect that until conservatives start using this tactic and leftist priorities start getting burned we will not get our friends in the media to suddenly embrace the rule of law.

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