This is the little village of Roquemaure, in the Languadoc region of France. It is where my last name, Rockeymoore, comes from. There are many spellings of this name from Roquemore, Roguemore, Rochemure, Roquimore, Rougemox, Rocmore and Rockmore, to how my father spelled it which is how my siblings and I spell it.
The name appears to be a slave name only for us, as the Roquemores had many slaves and none of us black male Rockmores have done a genetic test — to check the Y chromosome descent — that I am aware of.
The two brothers who came…
“I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” ~ James Baldwin
I do as well. And I refuse to apologize for it or step back or down when people don’t like it.
At this point in our shared American history, all major criticisms are out there, are generally well-known by a good percentage of the population and for those who don’t know what is going on with global majority populations in this country, it is because they don’t want to know.
There are no mechanisms, in societies in general, to remove functional psychopaths — who have undeniably confirmed their mental state to the world by their words and actions — from power. When such an avatar rises to ultimate power, what is shown is that their mental state is mirrored in their constituency.
This is an ancient issue of power and control and a function of civilization as we know it, dawning in the earliest eras of human collective habitation. …
I grew up in the 70s and came of age in the 80s. Pre-political correctness. Which means I’ve never been interested in glossing over what people really think with some false veneer of civility that obscures more than it reveals.
In my experience, that is dangerous.
I’ve experienced extreme forms of racism in my life. Have been called nigger countless times. Have been in physical fights in neighborhoods and on playgrounds. Heckled racially by entire classrooms in Oklahoma and Illinois in the 70s. Was on a diverse basketball team coming from a diverse, military school district and among the first…
Some of y’all ain’t fer sure where I’m comin’ from.
You don’t know if I’m a mainstream purveyor of democratic truths or a semi-closeted conspiracy theorist, trying to make my surreptitious way through the real world. You don’t know if I believe that the Democrats are the best way forward or if I’m not a part of the duopoly altogether.
A lot of this has been purposeful on my part, for the past few years, as I’ve served on City Council and on boards and commissions around the city of San Marcos, Texas. But a lot of you have been…
False equivalence: “a logical fallacy in which two opposing arguments appear to be logically equivalent when in fact they are not. This fallacy is categorized as a fallacy of inconsistency.”
Equating black, brown, red or yellow prejudice with white racism is a false equivalence. If you’re still not clear about why that is, perhaps the following will help:
The reason why is because black prejudice against whites, when it occurs, is based upon 300 plus years of race-based slavery, overt and covert genocide, the Black Codes, Jim Crow, de-facto segregation, economic warfare, and peonage. It is the result of generations…
How does one become inhumane? In what sense do mental frameworks act to structure neural networks for integration with Artificial Intelligence (AI)?
The debate over nature versus nurture seems to be done, with the majority of professionals now believing that we all come into this world with some aspects of ourselves already hardwired. We are not tabula rasa then, who we already are when we exit the birth canal is then influenced by our environments. By our mothers most immediately, then families, friends then society.
Learning to become inhumane starts early. Children, being natural savages, treat each other according to…
Here’s a subjective, yet real, truth. A knowing shared by some folks, I think, when looking around them at the world they’ve chosen to co-create with others like.
I’m wary of many participants in the New Age and Alternative Community (AltCom) spiritual congregation.
The reason is they project their current spiritual status and go about their prognostications and prophecies, energy work and visualizations, channeling and walkings in, starseed heritage finding and higher dimensional chakra aligning as if they were beyond certain realities and in a manner that does not correspond to their actual, material station and responsibilities right here on…
The white supremacists want to just come on out and make the USA a straight up ethno-state.
That’s their plan? As diverse and belligerent as we are as a nation and they think their basement armories are enough without military support? What are they going to do? Take over the state national guard armories? Attack the military bases, commandeer the weapons? Get Russia to send them weapons by air or sea and through the states they control?
Of course their plan includes genocide. They realize that the rest of us will not comply. To create the ethno-state they desire, there…
I’m Your Black Friend from 3rd Grade. Do You Remember?
This is going to be a difficult write.
The reason why is because I’m going to explain something to you. Something real, something deep, something abiding.
I’m sharing this out of love.
Love for my family. Love for my friends. Love for my city. Love for my state and nation.
There is a lot going on in the world right now and we are all more or less aware of the nature of the essential question.
What is America going to be?
It’s a question we each hold close to…