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How Black Mothers Will Save Our Nation

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It is widely accepted that the absence of fathers in homes leads to many of society’s problems and dramatically increases the odds of a child growing into a dysfunctional adult. Crime statistics can be directly correlated to homes where there is no father present. Income level is not the causation, race is not the cause, parental guidance is. Kids who grow up with only their father’s guidance and nurturing are also missing a vital life component.

Absentee fathers is an epidemic among black communities in America.

Decades of policies and entitlement programs have openly discouraged dual parent homes among America’s lowest income groups. Welfare checks flowed to homes where Dad was missing. So Moms realized that it didn’t pay well to keep Dad around and fathers were evidently OK with the freedom from responsibility, at first.

If you were to conclude that fathers were more influential than mothers, you would be wrong. Just watch a male sports star who gets a moment on camera. He will almost always mouth “Hi Mom!” or thank his Mother for inspiring him.  But a mother is only half a parent, she’s the Yin and humans also need the Yang, Dad. Can a woman fill both roles? No, but she can try to and may fill part of the void. That’s a big help but not a solution. This is not just true for humans, it is present throughout nature. Testosterone and Estrogen need each other.

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It is also well documented that children from families who attend church regularly are far less likely to commit crimes, drop out of school, join gangs, or cause societal problems. This is regardless of race or income level. Those who “pray together stay together.”

In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, if you misbehaved anywhere in America you would be disciplined by your Momma. They’d tell you, “If you get a spanking at school, you’ll get a worse one when you get home! Don’t misbehave.” If someone saw you doing bad things, they’d say, “Child, don’t you do that. I know your Momma.” Daddy may have been scarier when he spanked you with a belt, but Momma was terrifying with whatever discipline she wielded.

One of the best voices for integrity and black advancement in America today is Candace Owens. Many more are needed.

The following is from a recent article by author L. Todd Wood:

Do Black Lives Matter?
It is your job to determine if this is a racist rant or just a review of factual data…
 
WHAT IF ALL THE BLACKS SUDDENLY LEFT AMERICA, WHICH IS 13.3% OF THE TOTAL U.S.POPULATION:
Amount of people in poverty would drop – 34%,
The prison population would go down by -37%,
Welfare recipients would go down by – – – 42%,
Gang members would go down by – – – – – 53%
Chlamydia cases would go down – – – – – – 54%,
Homelessness would go down – – – – – – – -57%
Syphilis would go down  – – – – – –  – – – – -58%.
AIDS & HIV would go down by – – – – – – – – -65%,
Gonorrhea would go down – – – – – – – – – – -69%,
Average ACT scores would go UP – – – – – – – – 5.5 points.
Average IQ would go UP – – – – – – – – – – – – -7.4 points,  putting us 3rd in the world tied with Japan,
Average SAT scores would go UP almost – – – – -100 points,
The average income for Americans would go UP over $20,000 a year,
BUT DEMOCRATS WOULD LOSE 76% OF THEIR VOTING BASE!!!
And, many criminal defense attorneys would have to find another line of work!
 
Yes, Black lives DO matter!
If those same black people stayed in America but changed their family and community culture then the same improvements would happen. This isn’t about race. It is about culture. Of course, Black Lives Matter. But you wouldn’t think so if you looked at it through the lens of the news media. They would lead you to believe that blacks are eternal victims and whites are eternal oppressors, period. They have no interest in solving problems, that would leave them with nothing sensational to report.

Skin color isn’t important. Culture is what makes the difference.

Blacks have broken every barrier known to man, mostly in America. Politics, entertainment, wealth, business, philosophy, education, sports, leadership, medicine, journalism, science, and name it, they have reached the top of the top in each.
But, the black subculture in America’s main cities is a culture of perpetual poverty and victimhood. Community organizers and even “reverends” like Jeremiah Wright in Chicago or Al Sharpton don’t preach the gospel of Christianity, instead they spew hatred, blame, and accusation. They don’t encourage their parishioners to become better people. Instead they cultivate a victim mindset and a “get-even” focus. Forgiveness is not taught, judgment is demanded.

The 70’s chant “I’m Black and I’m Proud!” has been replaced by “I’m Black and You Owe Me!”

The same mentality can be seen in any community where poverty has endured. White people like that have been called “White Trash”, and other races have their own special insulting names. It’s not about skin. It is about culture.

I say let’s return to the “Black and Proud” mentality.

Let’s all start taking pride again in our work, our integrity, our nation, our family, our schools, our faith, our friends, our flag, our talents, our education, and our personal behavior.
But somebody has to lead the charge. Someone has to start making church, education, good manners, cleanliness, lawfulness, respect for elders and authorities, and generosity important again.

I say it will be the Mothers who save America.

Famous motivational speaker Dr. Kenneth McFarland was once asked by an audience member, “Dr. McFarland, I’m not in business. I’m only a mother and a housewife. What good can I do?”
His response was brilliant and accurate. He said, “Madam, if you don’t do your job right, it won’t matter what the rest of us do!” All societal healing begins in the home.

Mothers are our First Responders.

They are the Emergency Medical Technicians. They are the safety officers, the counsellors, and even the community organizers. They are the primary educators, the drill sergeants, and occasionally, the jailers.
We need for Momma to get that switch down off the shelf and remind her children that they’d better “straighten up and fly right.”
We need a resurgence of discipline in the home. Don’t talk back, don’t waste food, clean up after yourself, leave things better than you found them. Do your chores. Chores and learning are your job until you are on your own. Watch out for your younger brother or sister. Take pride in your home. Help your Mother in the kitchen and around the house. Learn to be a good parent some day by watching your own parents do their best.
We need Mom and Dad to go to church every Sunday and take the kids along, like it or not…at first.
We need Mom to stand at the door and shoo away the mean kids or gang members trying to recruit Junior.
Mom needs to be the one who swats her child the instant they use profanity. Tell them to learn proper English so the rest of the world will know that you “matter.” Tell them to dress intelligently. Dress to look like you belong where you want to be, not just where you are today. Tell them to sit up straight, walk tall, look people in the eye. Say “yes sir and yes ma’am.” “Say you are sorry and mean it.” “Stop whining and solve the problem.” Teach them to shake hands and show respect to all people, especially those who don’t usually get it.
Mothers need to tell the preachers, “We come here to hear the gospel, and be inspired to be better people. If you’re not preaching Love, we’re finding another church.”
Mothers need to tell the schools, “My child isn’t learning how to live a rewarding life. Stop trying to convince them that they should never be made to feel uncomfortable! I don’t care if they are uncomfortable as long as they are learning how to make a good living and be a good citizen.”
Mothers need to smile at the police and thank them for keeping us all safe. They need to know the policeman’s name and develop trust with them. Give them a fresh baked cookie once in awhile.

Mothers should be our nation’s first line of Law Enforcement. 

Tell your kids, “There will be none of my children at marches for a martyred criminal regardless how tragic their death may have been.” Tell them, “Sympathize and show respect but don’t get mad and demonstrate unless it will do some good. Screaming hatred, looting, rioting, vandalizing, attacking, these are the behaviors of criminals. And criminals belong in prison.”
“Stop listening to music that isn’t music. When it is just Hatred With A Beat, stop it! Don’t disrespect women and call them names, don’t disrespect police and call them names, don’t disrespect your own race and call us names. We don’t allow those words in this house!”
When Mothers stand up so will our Nation! Stand up for what is right. Stand up for what is good. Stand up for our Flag. Stand up for dignity, pride, and integrity. And Dads, go home and be a Father. Make America Good Again!

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 21 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his Advisory/Mentor work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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‘Anti-Racists’ are Racist: Do Not Apologize for Being White

‘Anti-racists’ claim that whites, by virtue of their skin color, are detrimental to society

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Ibram X. Kendri, the bigoted professor from Boston University and director of their Center for Antiracist Research, says that whiteness is a problem for all of society, indeed for the entire globe. Who knew?!

Kendri, who was included in Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020, seemingly knows a lot about white people. In fact, he professes to know about every white person in America if not all over the world.

Me? I’m one of those people who merely gets up every day, brushes his teeth, gets dressed, eats a decent breakfast, and goes to work. I had no inkling that in the U.S. and other western nations white people like me had been “socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white.” How naive I have been all these years!

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Now I discover that to be “less white” is a virtue! It requires one to be “less oppressive, less arrogant, less certain, less defensive, less ignorant,” and, more humble, more willing to listen, more willing to believe, and, get this, “to break with the apathy” that white people like me exhibit and “to break with white solidarity.”

Woke Institutions and Brainwashed Authors

White solidarity? Darn, nobody told me about this. Thank goodness it’s all become so clear thanks to enlightened (white) authors such as Robin DiAngelo, who wrote the thoroughly racist and condescending book White Fragility, and thanks to companies such as Coca-Cola which have the foresight to impose programs for its white employees, to be less white.

When there’s a challenge in front of me, I actually do strive to find the right answer, particularly something related to numbers. I will collaborate on occasion, but most of the time I prefer to figure out things for myself, aided by the “all-knowing” Internet.

Am I arrogant, oppressive,  defensive, or ignorant? No one has ever brought this up. Being white, however, I guess I can’t help it! I don’t seek to inhibit the success of others, but I’m now informed that by virtue of my skin color I am detrimental to society. Mea culpa!

The Anti-Racist Racists

With Coca-Cola and other organizations teaching white people to be less white, I’m wondering, will the sequel be how Asians can be less yellow and Indians can be less brown? In America, both groups seem to excel academically. Perhaps only domineering Caucasians, particularly 60+ white males like me, however, are the ones upsetting the apple cart all over society.

Was I given a free pass for the last 40 years? I mean, all the while nobody mentioned my whiteness as a social and cultural problem. My black friends from Little League, high school, various hiking groups, and other groups around town haven’t said squat. So, up ’til now, presumably, I was doing okay. Perhaps they’ve merely been nice to me while whispering behind my back.

Heeding the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I thought our common goal was to live in harmony and to reach a state of color blindness where people were judged by the content of their character and not by their skin color. Hmmm…  I guess that is no longer in play.

I’m wondering, what would MLK conclude about today? Would he speak up against the propensity of the Left to define everybody else by class, sex, or race? Would he be opposed to pitting young against old, rich against poor, black against white, rural against urban, male against female, and all the other phony dichotomies that the Left relentlessly promulgates each day?

Absurd From the Get-Go

Imagine the unending uproar if someone drew up a list of how hundreds of millions of black people all over the world could become “less black.” The  absurdity of regarding all white people, hundreds of millions of them, as having a general set of characteristics, let alone having those characteristics be detrimental to society, is the grand facade of the ages.

How long will “woke” organizations maintain this illusion? Have they been coerced to the point where they’re afraid to say, “This is ridiculous, and needs to stop now”? [Actually, they have been coerced.] Will decades pass before we see the end of this malarkey?

I do not apologize for being a white person, just as no person of color has to apologize for their ethnic background, skin color, race, or religion. If you’re a good citizen who respects the rights of others, that, my friend, is sufficient.

Morgan Freeman, who played God in the movie Bruce Almighty, wishes we would do away with Black History month and merely have history. Freeman also wants us to stop regarding individuals as black and white and simply let people be people. Amen to that.

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Finding Meaning in Daily Activities, Even Now

You are creating your life every day; every choice you make determines the quality of your life

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If you’re like me, each day you shudder to think what new, nation-destroying ploy, or blunder, the Biden administration will foist upon us next. In our own lives, nevertheless, while awaiting November 2022 and the chance to take back the Senate and House, we have the opportunity to find meaning nearly each day.

In her book, My Grandfather’s Blessings, Rachel Remen tells a story about a doctor who had to deliver a baby in the hallway of the emergency room area. He had delivered other babies but not like this. While swabbing the baby’s face, she opened her eyes and looked right at him: he was the first person she had ever seen.

This experience changed the doctor’s way of proceeding. He regarded this as sacred moment. He remembered why he chose this line of work. He felt validated. His cynicism fell away. He became more invigorated, more inspired, and started to interact with more of his patients and his co-workers. Soon, he was invited to events he had never participated in before. His whole world opened up.

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Now, he seeks such moments constantly.

A Capacity that Builds

Finding meaning is a capacity that we build, like a muscle. When you first started in your current career position, finding meaning was not an issue. You were excited. There was so much you wanted to do. You had all kinds of plan. Then, years passed.

Little by little you became jaded perhaps. Why did I choose this line of work? Why can’t I find competent help? Why are customer or clients so demanding?

It is possible, even now in this time of turmoil, to reinvent yourself on the job, to rediscover what initially attracted you to this profession and what the current possibilities might be. Sometimes the re-awakening is triggered by attending a conference or convention, taking a course, reading a vital book, or spending time with a colleague or peer.

Goodbye to Yesterday

Today and the days that follow do not have to be extensions of what came before. You do not have to proceed into the future looking through a rear view mirror. A world of choices awaits, even if in the same old position you’ve been holding down for years.

Will you make new choices? And what will drive those choices?

Discovering or rediscovering meaning is about getting clear on what’s most important to you and aligning your choices with those priorities. It’s about living and working with intention instead of operating on autopilot or by default, where one day looks exactly like the next.

So, What Matters Right Now?

Start by identifying what’s most important to you …today, not what was important five, ten, or 20 years. Is it creativity, or perhaps collaboration? Maybe it’s impact or flexibility?

Next, identify what professional – and this might be different than your current profession! – and personal goals align with those priorities. What does living or working more creativity look like? If, say, collaboration matters to you, how can you incorporate more collaboration into the work you do?

From here, you’ll want to pinpoint actions or choices that support those goals. Where are your current choices in or out of alignment with what you’ve identified as most important? What new, more intentional choices can you make?

Each and Every Day

Consider this: You are creating your life every day. Every choice you make, action or inaction, determines the quality of your life. If not now, when: Making the choice to live and work with intention and in alignment is the key to cultivating a life of meaning and fulfillment.

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