Dr. Umar Johnson Talks Education

0B4B80B97053000073400002-attachment-2-20151124_130936Dr. Umar Johnson visits WHUT Studios on the campus of Howard University for a powerful interview on the The Rock Newman Show! Dr. Umar Johnson talks about the challenges, misdiagnoses and inequities in America’s school system for Black and Latino children. According to Johnson’s website, “Umar is considered a national expert on learning disabilities and their affect on Black children, as well as an expert on helping schools and parents modify challenging behaviors that can ultimately lead to disruptive behavior disorder diagnoses in Black boys (www.drumarjohnson.com ).”

Dr. Umar Johnson is a Certified School Psychologist who practices privately throughout Pennsylvania and lectures throughout the country. Umar is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. As a school psychologist Umar evaluates children ages 3-21 in an effort to determine if they have educational disabilities and a need for special education services. Umar is considered a national expert on learning disabilities and their effect on Black children, as well an expert on helping schools and parents modify challenging behaviors that can ultimately lead to disruptive behavior disorder diagnoses in Black boys.

This message is on you will not ever hear by any state or school administrator – PLEASE LISTEN!

Fight The Power!

PhotoFunia-2c3d3a4In the 1960s, the main mission was to obtain the freedom for black people. The symbol of solidarity was a raised clenched fist and the chant was “power to the people”. This sign of unity was also a sign of respect for one another.

It was a glorious time for Black America in the late 1960s because for a brief moment, it was awakened, they stand a stand and showed bravery as courageous black men and women demonstrate their pride for being black and began to acknowledge the greatness in their blackness.

During those days, there was an ill-fated war where the government drafted millions of black men during the Vietnam War. I can recall those fought and served were soon forgotten, but those who did were proud enough to take a stand by chanting “fight the power”! The response from the power, however, was told “America Love it or Leave it.” First, where were black people suppose to go? They took us from our place of origin, enslaved all brought here, and created a new race of people calling them Negro. So, the chant and the raised fist was a symbolic statement – “say it loud I am black, and I am proud”.

Looking back, I think what we learned was that the philosophy prescribed to us by the system and a continuous stream of unanswered questions and lies; like we see today with several wars, police brutality and blatant racism. The foundation of the civil rights movement was supported by a religious ideology full of unquestioned answers fooling people into the idea that all you need to do is just pray. While the system used the tried and true strategy of divide and conquer to kill the movement.

The movement’s protest strategy of marching in the 1950s resulted in a few crumbs after unrest and rage produce fear in the majority community – in other words among the powers that be. In those days, “they” could control information via what were virtually state-owned newspapers and the two or three television networks. The unrest of those days were rooted in racism, as is today, but today the genie is out of the bottle because of this thing called social media and video cameras in the hands of almost everyone. Think about it – it was social media that caused the Arab Spring uprising that toppled several regimes and dictators.

The American super-power was involved preaching morality and trying to impose democracy all over the world while doing unspeakable horrors at home and abroad. The government released a Senate Terror Report, which clearly appeared as if it was America that was the terrorist sponsored by the state. I will say as a person of color and a descendant of slaves, America never had any moral authority to advise or dictate anything close to a moral or human high-ground toward or for black people. Regarding what they released, black people have seen much of the same terror inflicted upon them right here at home under its apartheid-like system.

They system has not changed; NO – it’s still all about money. What I see that is different, however, is that the entire world sees and knows what is being done to black people in America and that what black America has been saying all along is true and a fact. However, the movement of this generation, Black Live Matters is speaking truth to power and is courageous enough to take a stand against racism and injustice. This movement comes with people of all stripes, colors, and creeds protesting around the world.

What we saw in the 1960s was more of a rehearsal for what some called a revolution. Brother Gil Scott-Heron called it “Winter in America” and he told us that the revolution will not be televised. There was a revolution, however, they called it the Arab Spring and it was televised! Gill appeared, at the time to be on to something. Hence, the government used tools like CONINTELPRO to cripple and killed any such notion. Now, as we can see today resulting from the atrocities of government agencies and police human-rights violations “the revolution is being televised”.

Let me add this about empires and religion, the Republicans, as did the Romans before them, cheered on the Lions, as the Christians were being fed to them in giant arenas for pure spectator enjoyment. Sort of like those lynching of black men and police killing of late. What these people are doing to black people in the streets of America in the name of “justice” is no different from what was done by the Roman state against its people. Remember how that turned out.

To those who have and are charged with killing and brutalizing people of color and the least of thee; I say to you – there’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good about racism or the war upon black and brown communities – it is simply Hypocrisy!

History tells us that those who make peaceful revolution impossible or fail to change a system when it is broken will make violent revolution inevitable. In the 1960s, they stopped using lynching and used fire hoses and dogs. Today, they use the police to shoot and kill. So I say, Fight the Power! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…




2The history of America is littered with crimes against many nations and the people on its stolen land; from the massacres of the Native American’s under the guise of “Manifest Destiny” to the enslavement of people of African American descent. On a day that has nothing to do with being thankful, rather an economic celebration of one of America’s earliest crimes derived from one of history’s biggest lies. However, I am thankful to be alive but living for most black and poor people is a life very different from those of privilege!

This day should be rooted and derived from something like the Sermon on the Mount since America proclaims to be a Christian nation. It was said in that sermon that the first will be last, and the last will be first. It was also mentioned something about the least of thee. With regard to black people’s oppression and the near weekly murders at the hands of the police, we have been first at last for a long time and the least of thee. As we witness the uprisings across the nation and dare, I say around the world. The time is ripe to expose wrongs and make them right.

We hear the common mantra that this is a nation of laws to which they neglect to add that those laws were written for and by white people for the benefit of white people etched in and established by the Constitution. What I see, as a product of the 1960s, is that “we remain a nation of people living in a nation without a nationality and treated as such!” In short this means black people’s lives are of no value.

Just a little historical perspective here; we know black people and men, in particular, were lynched throughout the history of America. However, it was one particular incident in 1955 with the murder of Emmitt Till that sparked a revolution [Civil Rights Movement] that changed the world and improved the lives of every black person thereafter. In addition, the people of that day who had the courage to rise up against the system of injustice were young people. In fact, Dr. King was only in his mid-twenties.

Other more militant groups emerged when young people realized prayer and peacefully begging for the most basic human rights did not work nor has it ever. The system, police, and government destroyed those organizations except those whites control, which is most. I knew people, then as I see now, who says everything is fine, and there is no reason to express outwardly outrage. I’ll tell you why; silent is a more destructive force imposed on the mind of the hopeless and feeds the systemic oppression that will continue.

Fast forward to today with the murder of another child [17 years old] shot instantly without a chance. However, Mick Brown’s death has galvanized people like nothing since the murder of Emmitt Till. I admire the young people for standing up, rising up, and organizing against the travesties of police killings. They organize, today, much like the did in the 1960s against government sanctioned and the license for what they call “righteous kills” and abuses never any accountability.

I am thankful today that we have video cameras and that no long can they cover up killings, like they tried to do in Chicago. No longer can they tell people anything or half of the truths and expect the lies to be believed as truth or accepted. The protesters today are not your father’s protesters – these are the children born the philosophy of Malcolm X, Stokely, Rap Brown, and some with a little of Nat Turner in their blood. Not that of Martin or the organizations of the big six who sang “We Shall Overcome” more than fifty years ago because this generation sees that “We Have Not Overcome”!

As you celebrate this day, that pays homage to terrorism, which represent the slaughter of millions of the native people that continue. Stop for a moment and say, “enough is enough” of the terror inflicted upon black people and say this murderous assault upon our people and children must stop. Or next time it could be you or your child. Take a stand and remember what Nat Turner said minutes before he was hung – “They Crucified Jesus didn’t they”.

So let me wish each of you a Happy Savage Day and say what I am thankful for today is that this generation’s devotion and willingness to seek justice by any means necessary and yes I know Black Lives Matter! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Commentary: American Terror Worse Than ISIS

2The American government intrudes in the lives of people all over the word in the so-called war on terror claiming they want to end it. The impetus being that in most cases that hate and anger is what they created. I do not subscribe to the theory that ISIS is the boogie man promoted as the evilest group of people on the planet.

In my view the system of white supremacy and those who maintain it takes first prize. There is hundreds of years of history and evidence to prove it. Naturally, white folk will disagree, and they have for four hundred years. But as recent news accounts demonstrate the terrorist are here in America and are being paid by the government.

During yesterday’s news conference in Chicago, all the talk was about praise for the police and, of course, the usual plea’s for peace. The mayor surrounded himself with a bunch of “chicken pickin” uncles and black people to say “we are one city.” Now, the mayor and everyone knew this was murder over a year ago and saw the video, On top of that they even paid off the family. So this was no new revelation. They were doing what they have always done, try to sweep this story under the rug. I am so sick and tired of hearing about “all the good cops” because there are none. If there are so many good cops, where the hell are they while this terror is being inflicted upon the black community?

The terror is not only coming from the police but the white community in general. They compare the Black Lives Matter Movement to the KKK. Yet, over the weekend protesters from the group were shot and wounded in Minneapolis as they protested one of the hundreds of police killings of a black man. Police say they are seeking for three suspects, described as two white males and an Asian male, who were captured yesterday. The men, described by protesters as white supremacists had been taunting and provoking protesters, and were being escorted out of the area when the men pulled weapons and began firing.

The protesters were demonstrating the death of Jamar Clark, 24, on Nov. 15 in a police confrontation. Multiple witnesses have said Clark was shot in the head while handcuffed, a description that police dispute. Authorities have refused to release available video of the shooting, which reportedly recorded only portions of the confrontation. This is also what happened in Chicago. It took a court order to make the city release the very disturbing video of that police murder.

For two years, we have witnessed a murder by police at the rate of one black man, woman, and child a week. So far neither the system nor white folk seems to see a problem here, even when each recorded video is worse than the last. Here’s what we do know: THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT BLACK LIFE.

This case was so bad that Chicago authorities offered and paid the McDonald family a $5 million settlement last summer before the family had even filed suit. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the city paid out $14 million to settle allegations of police misconduct and brutality between 2006 and 2012, yet officers in almost all of those cases no cop faced any disciplinary action. A police review panel established last year to review allegations has handled 439 cases; none has resulted in officer discipline.

In the Chicago murder, it remains to be seen whether the result of this murder charge will produce a conviction – highly doubtful! But the Chicago police officer is now charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old black male more than 13 months ago. It will be the first such indictment in 35 years in Chicago. The victim, Laquan McDonald, had been in possession of PCP and armed with a three inch knife, which was closed, but the long suppressed video of that shooting apparently shows McDonald walking away from police when an officer jumps out of a police car, and in 30 seconds fires at him and hits him 16 times. No other officer on the scene fired.

Egregious as this apparently is, the case probably would have been ignored if not for the video, in the same way, most killing and brutality case have in the past. Yet, even with video it seems not to matter much. The police union, the so-called brotherhood, for example, had claimed that the officer fired after McDonald lunged at him with a knife; there is apparently no evidence of that in the video, which was released by order of the court. This tells me that the city and police had something to hide.

The New York Times has reported, this year alone more than 99 percent of citizen complaints concerning police misconduct were dismissed with no action taken. Given that overall record, it would seem safe to assume that the 28,000 official complaints comprise only a fraction of such incidents. In the rare cases in which action was taken, black officers were twice as likely to be disciplined as their white colleagues.

The officer, who shot McDonald, Jason Van Dyke, had 18 complaints filed against him, including allegations of brutality and racism. No action had been taken on any of them.

It’s a pretty straightforward principle: Those whom we entrust to enforce the law deserve our full support. But that support does not and cannot imply a de facto exemption from that same law, nor any immunity from judgment and accountability. And while that principle applies regardless of the race of officer or citizen, black Americans have a legitimate reason to believe that when it is violated, they are disproportionately its victims.

They talk about ISIS and terror in other places. I say the black man’s fight is not with ISIS, rather it is about the terror inflicted upon black people here in America on main street USA! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


Elegance and Grace Personified aka The Horne

There is nothing that gives me more pride than paying homage to the remarkable trailblazers who paved the way for others to follow. None was more significant that the lady known as “the Horne”! The electrifying beauty and uncompromising performer Lena Horne shattered racial boundaries by changing the way Hollywood presented black women for six decades through a singing career, stage, television, and in films.

She is best described in her own words saying, “my identity was clear because I no longer have to be a ‘credit,’ I don’t have to be a ‘symbol’ to anybody. I don’t have to be a ‘first’ to anybody. I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.”

In 1933, Ms. Horne was pushed into a job at the Cotton Club by her mother, who knew the Harlem nightclub’s choreographer. The segregated club attracted white clientele, who liked to watch the top black entertainers of the day, such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, surrounded by what was promoted as a “tall, tan and terrific” chorus of girls.

The Horne, as she was endearing called because of her striking beauty and voice, considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, attracted the attention of Hollywood in 1942. She was the first black woman to sign a meaningful long-term contract with a major studio, a contract that said she would never have to play a maid. This single act transformed the image of the African American woman in Hollywood.

As a film historian, Donald Bogle said, “Movies are a powerful medium and always depicted African American women before Lena Horne as hefty, mammy-like maids who were ditzy and giggling… Lena Horne becomes the first one the studios begin to look at differently… Really just by being there, being composed and onscreen with her dignity intact paved the way for a new day” for black actresses.

In Hollywood, Ms. Horne received previously unheard-of star treatment for a black actor. Her reputation in Hollywood rested on a handful of classic musical films. Among the best were two all-black musicals from 1943: “Cabin in the Sky,” as a small-town temptress who pursues Eddie “Rochester” Anderson; and “Stormy Weather,” in which she played a career-obsessed singer opposite Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. She shared billing with hugely famous white entertainers such as Gene Kelly, Lucille Ball, Mickey Rooney and Red Skelton but was segregated onscreen so producers could clip out her singing when the movies ran in the South. “Mississippi wanted its movies without me,” she once told the New York.

Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios featured Ms. Horne in movies and advertisements as glamorously as white beauties including Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, and Betty Grable. James Gavin, who has written a biography of Ms. Horne, said: “Given the horrible restrictions of the time, MGM bent over backward to do everything they could. After MGM, she was an international star, and that made her later career possible, made her a superstar.” Ms. Horne appeared on television and at major concerts halls in New York, London, and Paris. She starred on Broadway twice, and her 1981 revue, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” set the standard for the one-person musical show, reviewers said. The performance also netted her a special Tony Award and two Grammy Awards. She was formidable and the first black cabaret star for white society.

As a songstress, her repertoire consisted of sophisticated ballads of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser and Billy Strayhorn. She loved the music but also said she liked surprising the white audience who expected black entertainers to sing hot jazz or blues and dance wildly. In her singing, Ms. Horne showed great range and could convincingly shift between jazz, blues and cabaret ballads. New Yorker jazz writer Whitney Balliett praised her “sense of dynamics that allowed her to whisper and wheedle and shout.”

She told the New York Times in 1981, “I thought, ‘How can I sing about a penthouse in the sky, when with the housing restrictions the way they are, I wouldn’t be allowed to rent the place?” In the late 1940’s and 1950’s, she chose to focus on quietly defying segregation policies at upscale hotels in Miami Beach and Las Vegas where she performed. At the time, it was customary for black entertainers to stay in black neighborhoods, but Ms. Horne successfully insisted that she and her musicians be allowed to stay wherever she entertained. One Las Vegas establishment reportedly had its chambermaids burn Ms. Horne’s sheets.

In 1963, Ms. Horne appeared at the civil rights March on Washington with Harry Belafonte and Dick Gregory and was part of a group, which included authors James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry that met with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to urge a more active approach to desegregation. Ms. Horne also used her celebrity to rally front-line civil rights activists in the South and was a fundraiser for civil right groups including the NAACP and the National Council of Negro Women.

Working closely with NAACP Executive Secretary Walter White, Ms. Horne said she wanted to “try to establish a different kind of image for Negro women.” They successfully challenged the casting system that had long marginalized black performers onscreen by having them portray servants, minstrels or jungle natives.

To Ms. Horne’s surprise, her efforts to overcome servile screen parts was resented by many black actors who viewed her as a threat more than a pioneer. She said she was perceived as a danger to the system of informal “captains” in the black acting community who worked as liaisons with film producers when they needed “natives” for the latest Tarzan picture.

After the triumph of her 1981 Broadway show, she led an increasingly isolated life in her Manhattan apartment. Over my lifetime, I have seen and known giants who have illuminated the world. None shined brighter then “The Horne”. A life rich in wonder who now belong to the ages. Rest In Peace Ms. Horne as you take your rest among the ghost of the great. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

America’s Secret: Murder Is The Case

200x200There is a lot of talk in the news these days about a terror group called ISIS. Yes, no doubt they are doing bad things, to be clear they are doing those things, for the most part to white folk. I would argue that what those people who originated in Europe did to Black People and the Native America was not different and they also had a gang of thugs called the KKK. I have said many times that everybody knows it and history reports that there is a certain group of people who kill and murder with impunity. Being black in America we call them the police.

Early on they used the myth or false narrative that is called “Manifest Destiny” in which God himself said it was the right of white people to have domain over the earth and everything on it. Of course, this manifested itself into other reasons like race, bigotry, greed, and for reasons of oppression. Those people wrote and oath on a piece of paper, which said all men are created equal while holding human beings in slavery as chattel and said God Bless America.

I don’t need to name names; we know who you are because it is written in historical documents that tell the story. They use to bury the evil they did, like the thousands of hangings, burning, bombings, and murder. The same wretchedness occurs today only at the hands of the law! Frankly, if it were not for the availability of videos – most people, white people, as they have denied for hundreds of years would still not believe these atrocities were happening to black people and those of other races. Frankly, even with video of what is nothing more than murder – they don’t believe their lying eyes.

I remember Malcolm X said the white man, who he called “the devil,” should thank his lucky stars that the people of the world have not risen up against his evil ways. Even Martin said they are the biggest purveyors of evil on the planet. This small group of people has killed, murdered, and conquered more than any people on the planet. Therefore, like Brother Malcolm asked, how can so few rule so many.

History reports that they said one of their own got lost and claimed to discover a place and they took it calling it the new world. This guy raped, pillaged, enslaved, and murdered the people living on this land. More of these backward people from the same place soon followed to conquer more land all over the hemisphere through the same tactics. Always destroying their culture and erasing their past. The same tactics were used; they brought a Bible and gave them a new religion. Those who did not accept their religion were killed.

There are countless examples going back beyond the Crusades to the American Indians and certainly that of the stolen humans from Africa. The greed of these people expanded to both North and South America enslaving and stealing all they could in the most barbaric manner that would make Hitler blush. In one particular point of the American history, these people fought against each other killing more than a half a million of their own kind to maintain the wretched cause of slavery.

For all of the evil committed and buried deep within in the souls of these folks to which history would describe as their nature. I would not dare tell the truth about such a horrible past either. This is where they fall back to the tried and true eraser of wrong – in the name of Jesus. Frankly, they are no more Godly than the darkness that has yet come to light. Matter of fact, on the day of the Sabbath, the so-called holiest day of the week, is the most segregated hour in America. That should tell you where their faith lies. I’ll answer that “Murder is always the case”! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

The Day Innocence Died: Who Done It

2On this day, thee sad anniversary, for lack of a better word, of the assassination of President Kennedy fifty-two years ago in Dallas, Texas. From that day to this there have been conspiracies and most of the American people still don’t believe the official account of what they say happened. A few years ago, I interviewed a lady on my radio show about the assassination, and she argued she had solved the case. I did not buy her assertions or most of what we have been told. I know this; it was not Oswald acting alone.

After the interview, I wrote a number of articles concerning the numerous theories, myths, and some untruths regarding what happened leading to the remembrance of this monumental tragic event that occurred November 22, 1963. The photo captioned above was posted all over Dallas the Day Kennedy was killed. It should have been a clue something bad was planned.

In light of the information available, most reasonable thinking people could come to the conclusion that it was the day that innocence died. This event is so mired in intellectual dishonesty that the government sealed and locked away documents until the year 2037 and here we are fifty-two years later wondering why, particularly since this was the crime of the century. I’ll suggest that it is because the media continues to participate in what most see as a cover-up.

The world surely would have been very different if Mr. Kennedy had lived. Maybe, if Kennedy had not been murdered would the countless assassinations that followed have happened. Or would the American politic that was to follow happened; Johnson’s ill-fated escalation into the Vietnam war, the crook Nixon’s resignation and that of his Vice-President, Reagan and his administration’s criminality, or the evil of both Bush’s. One could say, what followed was like in the Wizard of Oz; the curtain unveiled secrets America use to be able to hide.

Of all of the many theories, evidence, and experts whose research the assassination all coming to varying conclusions. Of all of the information I have seen, the conclusion put forth by Professor/Author Jerry Kroth gives a reasonable and logical theory as to what may have happened and who done it. We’ll never know the true because the government will not release the factual documents until the year 2037 and we will all be dead.

The video below by Professor Jerry Kroth’s giving a presentation that presents the single, most plausible theory of the assassination. It is based on the admissions of grassy knoll gunman, James Files, the deathbed confession of CIA spymaster, E. Howard Hunt and the most recent scholarship to have appeared in the last decade. Dr. Kroth proposes that Lyndon Johnson, the CIA, and Mafia, acting in concert, carried off one of the greatest crimes in modern American history.

This information comes from his book, released just this September, Coup d’etat: The assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It is a concise well-documented expose of a brazen, as he says, overthrow of the United States government on November 22, 1963.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this series is that of the presenters and does not necessarily reflect the views of the author. It is information that is in the public domain provided for the reader to form an opinion. Whereas, it is the author’s position that the most profound sin is a tragedy unremembered and the absence of truth. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

The world changed “The Day Innocence Died” and spiraled downward from that day to this…


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