Music legend John Legend reads Muhammad Ali’s speech against the Vietnam War in 1966. “Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on brown people in Vietnam, while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” Ali said. John Legend’s reading appears in the film “The People Speak,” which is based on Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove’s “Voices of a People’s History of the United States.”
During the 60s I was being taught that ‘All Men Are Created Equal’ and each of us has the inalienable right to peacefully pursue our unique vision for ‘L, L, & Happiness’.
As I matured, I listened to Muhammad Ali tell me not all Americans enjoyed these rights, while unabashedly speaking truths that needed to be heard by all Americans.
This is one reason why Muhammad Ali is, and will always be ‘The Champ’.
Much love and respect for Mr. Muhammad Ali, an American icon and champion, as well as one helluva decent, thoughtful human being.
Sadly, Cassius Clay was raised during a period of human history when widespread human ignorance and UNJUSTIFIED HUMAN OPPRESSION deprived peaceful, loving people of African descent from experiencing their basic human and American right to peacefully pursue their dreams.
No one can dispute the human ignorance and UNJUST HUMAN OPPRESSION of our past is disgusting and despicable. Which is why I loved The Champ for often going full throttle when sharing his thoughts, concerns, pain and justifiable anger.
Sadly, based on my life experiences I honestly believe the unjustifiable human oppression we call racism that deprived The Champ, as well as peaceful, loving wonderfully talented Motown musicians and their ancestors from experiencing and enjoying their basic human rights has largely been replaced with a more current form of UNJUSTIFIED HUMAN OPPRESSION that for decades has deprived countless American children from experiencing a SAFE, fairly happy “Average Joe” American kid childhood Grammy winner and Childhood Trauma, Abuse, Neglect & Maltreatment victim Kendrick Lamar laments he, his siblings and numerous cousins were deprived of enjoying by their Gangsta/Street Culture embracing family and community members.
Kendrick is not alone in recognizing a significant population of American children are INTENTIONALLY, IGNORANTLY or RECKLESSLY introduced to what the late Tupac Shakur, a popular American recording artist and victim of Childhood Trauma/Abuse/Neglect, describes as “Thug Life”, an acronym for:
“The Hate U Give Little Infants Fvvks Everyone”. ~Tupac on T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.
“We don’t need no more rappers, we don’t need no more basketball players, no more football players. We need more thinkers. We need more scientists. We need more managers. We need more mathematicians. We need more teachers.”
“We need more people who care; you know what I’m saying? We need more women, mothers, fathers, we need more of that, we don’t need any more entertainers.“ ~Tupac Shakur
Tupac was well aware that not only are American kids being UNJUSTLY OPPRESSED and DEPRIVED from experiencing their full human potential, Tupac realized OUR NATION is being deprived of enjoying the potential achievements offered to ALL Americans by reasonably well adjusted kids maturing into responsible teens and adults who care about the future of OUR Nation.
In this documentary American victims of Childhood Trauma share their personal experiences about America’s Culture of Child Abuse and Neglect, or what many ‘responsible’ loving, caring Americans choose to view as “Poverty.”
It is time to end “America’s War on Poverty,” correctly renaming our Nation’s expanding social disorder and # ONE HEALTH CRISIS known as CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, to
“America’s War on Childhood Abuse, Neglect & Maltreatment”
Muhammad Ali was a strong, confident American fearlessly voicing his opinions and anger at the human ignorance responsible for unjustly oppressing far too many peaceful people for far too long.
Who is today’s strong, confident American voice willing to fearlessly speak out about the unjust human oppression experienced by far too many American newborns, infants, toddlers, children and teens? Kendrick?
Doctors Ross and Dietz offer insights into how our Early Childhood Development plays a key role in determining the type of individual we mature into.
Robert K. Ross, MD, President and CEO of The California Endowment, addressed inmates at Ironwood State Prison offering a compelling overview of the role that exposure to Childhood Trauma plays in the lives of Emotionally Troubled and chronically ill American teens and adults.
At 2:12:25 in this documentary about Mafia hit-man and victim of Early Childhood Trauma/Abuse, Richard “The Iceman” Kuklinski, Dr. Park Dietz explains why young Richard most likely developed into a emotionally disturbed, paranoid, cruel, heartless teen and man who did not give a frig about anyone else, including his wife and kids.
(NY Times May 18, 2015 – Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers)
Black Women, Suicide, Depression, Self Harm & Mental Health; PSA from Abiola Abrams
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