Taki S. Raton – Why The Civil Rights Movement Has Failed Blacks

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  1. Hi Roseanne<

    We were in Kamuela on November 17, getting gas at convenience store when I was teasing my daughter who had been razing me for not asking directions to the nearest coffee shop.

    Anyway i looked up and noticed a familiar face getting gas, whom I smiled and nodded. (as my daughter was cracking me up) If that person was you, the likelihood of remembering us would be rare. (I can't remember everything)

    We are back in Alaska now on an island along the AK Peninsula, but we were wondering if you were even in Kamuela on November 17th, 2013. (I was wondering if that may have been you or if I was just seeing things, but if you weren't even on the Big Island then I was delusional)

    Very much appreciate your efforts to disclose Monsanto. (we have a small (wild) salmon operation in Alaska, we are competing with genetically altered salmon producers)

    We are considering helping a semi-retired local woman, who gave us an invitation to help her 12 acres in Honokaa during our off season starting next Fall. We have to wait and see how our Salmon Season works out to see if it will carry us for the winter in Kamuela. Helping this sweet woman (whom we met at a Farmers Market in Kona) is strictly voluntary as there is no housing or pay, but the reward is eating best organic food in the world.

    Take Care

  2. Autumn Hazel Louisianna says:

    There is so much I want to say, but here’s a bit :
    After listening to this entire discussion, the keyword that keeps coming to mind is separatism. Now, I am from Milwaukee, born and raised, and have experienced first hand how the civil rights movement has not only failed the black community, but, everyone as a whole, (and this can be viewed as a national crisis).
    And what it really comes down to is this: WE HAVE FAILED OURSELVES. This entire country is built on the concept of we, and then me, and then them. When in reality, including this idea of dual mastery, which sounds more like dual sovereignty, there is no me, them or us, without a whole, a community. And to think that creating all black this, and all black that is sufficient enough to battle the downfall of ones black community is detrimental not only to the community but to the self. How can you solve the problems of your people, when you fail to realize that ALL people are suffering, that, like Roseanne stated, this is more of a class war, bestowed from the powers that be. Being from Milwaukee, and being of mixed ethnicities, and poor, and a woman, I know what it means to be failed by ones community, to be failed by the very people that are elected to support us as a people, and what it means to be excluded. Yet, I have risen above it all. Because I know that my suffering is most people’s suffering, and this is something that Mr. Raton, you might be missing when teaching the youth about community. The key concept. The human condition.
    And when the youth only hear one side of the story, they either rebel against it or go with it. And that is one of the biggest problems of Milwaukee, this spreading of an idea that is passed down from adult to youth of which is internalized as the concept of ‘we’ versus ‘them’ and then becomes this I am black, thus whites hate me, and I may never rise above this preconceived notion of what it means to be black, attitude. (paraphrase) But, this attitude is not just exclusive to the black community, its apart of the poor community. This I am poor, I get treated poor, and I am never going to rise above the notion of what it is to be poor. (caste system). I believe that with this kind of ethno-centric thinking only perpetuates negative reactions, causing the viscous cycle of hate and violence, in turn, destroying whatever hope for a community of not just black, white, red, or yellow, but human. A hatred that breeds, and festers, and becomes internal, and then generalized.
    Though, I fully support learning of one’s culture, why not start at the roots? Not just this concept of American Black, but African, Haitian, Jamaican, Puerto Rican, and Dominican. The people need to know, the youth need to know, that though one should be proud to be who they are, one must not forget that we are apart of something bigger than just a racial community. And that is more important, especially in these times, when the youth are bombarded by a distrustful country, technology, lack of compassion, and a media that shoves B.S. in their face day in and day out. What Milwaukee needs, as well as the rest of this country, and world, is a global communal shift in perspective. More and more we near the edge of our existence, like the dinosaurs. For we cannot seem to evolve past this existential stump of the dog eat dog world mentality. And this is saddening, yet, apart of our human condition, and thus all is suffering, as we bypass the small moments of beauty and bliss in our daily lives, just to step over and upon one another. I am glad this discussion was had, but its a shame Mr. Raton that you seem to think that creating exclusion in community will solve the external problems of humanity. If thereis to be any hope, as we can no longer expect it from our government, then we must believe that coming together as a global community will be our only beacon of light in the saving of our future, and all that it entails.

    In goodness and peace;

  3. Nothing that Roseanne did or might do can be even remotely compared to what’s been done by our elected officials already. At least she’s trying, she’s out there in the public putting her money where her mouth is, she’s able to speak and spell and organize her words effectively and she’s not afraid of the secret service showing up on her door. For all of this – Roseanne is to be thanked… not insulted.

    Thanks Roseanne. I voted for you and I’d do it again if given the opportunity.