Black Trump Supporters Are Weird ASF

Photo by http://www.insider.com

Now that the dust has settled, I can address the Johnny Come Lately Trump supporter syndrome infecting Black people across America from the elites to the not-so-elite. What started with a failed reality tv show star (Omorosa) and two unhinged Black women (Diamond and Silk), the Black Trump supporter movement has snowballed into an enormous farce, featuring Candace Owens as the loudspeaker.

Black Trump supporters all have something in common: a willingness to overlook transgressions against Black people in return for second-class citizenship that floats them above the average Black inner-city American. They not only deny white supremacy; sometimes, they perpetuate it. For instance, Candace Owens has argued that white nationalism isn’t that bad. In the link provided, she adds a defense of her words. In the link, a recording of Owens pointed to Hitler and said his actions were fine, until he left Germany for more conflict or “globalization.” Sounds nuts, but this is what Owens believes.

When Hurricane Katrina ripped New Orleans to the ground, rapper Kanye argued former President George Bush’s delayed response proved he “didn’t care about Black people.” Rapper Lil Wayne argued the government was trying to “wipe New Orleans off the map.” Both rappers hinted that racism played a part in the federal government’s fumbling of Katrina. These same rappers have come forward as Trump supporters, even though Trump has consistently shown his racism.

Photo by www.thetimes.com

Black Trump supporters say, look at what Trump did for Black people. They point his criminal justice reform act and stimulus checks. The stimulus checks were a Democrat-led effort. They should get the credit. Trump deserves some, but not a bunch. Maybe 5%. He initially didn’t help stimulus negotiations. As for criminal justice reform, Obama did the same with changing crack versus cocaine laws. Before Obama, crack offenders received ten times as much time as powder cocaine offenders. The only difference was that Blacks were more likely to be caught with crack. Thus, the Fair Sentencing Act was enacted.

“Trump connects with fringe Black people.”

Everything Trump begrudgingly did for the Black community to get votes, Biden and Harris will do on a greater level with better intentions and without stoking racial unrest. Trump is no savior of Black people. He questioned Obama’s citizenship, tried to have five Black teens arrested for a rape they didn’t commit and he attacked Colin Kaepernick for peacefully protesting police brutality which is something most Black Trump supporters downplay or deny exists.

From my own personal encounters, I know Trump connects with fringe Black people. For instance, a close friend of mine and I had a disagreement about Trump, and this friend tells me of a secret alien program Trump is a part of. This friend began telling me about alien conspiracies and why Trump must be re-elected. All of this was nuts. Another friend of mine who supports Trump also reads tarot cards and believes xxxTenacion and the government faked his death.

So, Trump has tapped into the elite weird Black people and the regular weird Black people. His supporters wear Black skin, but white supremacy is their identity. Intentionally or unintentionally, these fringe Black people are trying to lead Black people to slaughter. As a Black man’s neighbor is murdered unjustly by overzealous cops, these white supremacists with Black faces urge the community to disarm itself and ignore the systemic racism infecting their community.

“Do we ever use the phrase ‘white on white’ violence?”

It bothers me to hear the phrase “Black on Black violence” by conservative Black people who bring it up. White people have murdered each other for decades on what some would say are genocidal levels. Do we ever use the phrase “white on white violence”? These same people contend that Black people only make a fuss when cops kill Black people but not when they kill each other. First off, that statement is a lie. Next, when a Black person kills another, when the police catch the killer, they usually throw that killer away for almost life, if not life. When a cop unjustly slays a Black person, the system defends that cop at the outset nearly every time. And almost never do those killer cops face any significant jail time. See the difference?

I write this article to bring attention to the Black conservative self-hater archetype Trump has unwittingly exposed in our community. Black people who deny and spread white supremacy are not Black. They are not a part of our community. They should have no say-so in our politics or general goings-on. People like Candace Owens, Lil Wayne and Diamond and Silk are cancerous to the Black community. They have denied who they are to become what they will never be: white. So, they settle for second-class citizenship with some perks. In order to keep those perks and prevent other Blacks from getting better perks independently, they try to turn Black people into sheep at slaughter time. Do not follow these weirdos.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, nonfiction, local news stories and national news stories. For self-publishers, authors and other writers and creatives, Jermaine provides proofreading on Fivver. Please join Jermaine’s email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get my recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.

Review of Emeka Ossai: More Fiction than Fact

Screenshot of Emeka’s YouTube video by J Reed

If you’re a blossoming self-publisher, author or other form of writer, you’ve likely encountered information by the charismatic Emeka Ossai. Through grammatically-incorrect emails, Emeka pushes his self-publishing course called ”My Self-Publishing Blueprint.” I’ve noticed an uptick in traffic on my website to an article I wrote concerning Emeka. To be clear, Emeka is, in my opinion, a charlatan whose BluePrint course I would not purchase. I’ve seen it, and it is worthless.

You could build a playlist and learn from it, instead of giving your money to a charlatan.

To explain more, Emeka’s course includes these 8 modules: 1. How to pick your niche, 2. Creating your book, 3. Publishing your book on Kindle, 4. Publishing your paperback book, 5. Ranking your book and getting reviews, 6. Creating an audiobook for additional income, 7. Email marketing for Kindle publishers and 8. Bonus lessons. This is all information provided by reputable sources for free on the sites previously mentioned. You could build a playlist and learn from it, instead of giving your money to a charlatan.

After a months-long hiatus, Emeka has returned revved up with more information on how to buy his BluePrint. The problem: everything Emeka sells you in his course, you can find on YouTube, Kindle or Google for free from reputable sources like Brian Murphy, Joanna Penn, Sean Platt and more self-publishers who actually know what they’re talking about and have the evidence to prove it. The information in his BluePrint course may be outdated or outright misleading, based on false premises about his own success.

[Emeka’s] methods are maybe shady sometimes.

For one, Emeka positions himself as someone who has himself made a living through selling on Amazon. However, he says he ghostwrote those books. Because of this, he can not release the titles of the books he successfully ghostwrote. Basically, you have no way to confirm his story.

If you want to learn about marketing your books, learn from someone with a proven track record, not someone like Emeka whose track record may have gotten him banned from Amazon. Quietly, the self-publishing community says, due to review swaps with other authors, Emeka got banned. His methods are maybe shady sometimes.

It seems after his hiatus, Emeka is scraping for cash. He is now offering a ”blowout” deal where 1-on-1 coaching with him is priced at $5,000. He prices his new package as follows: BluePrint Vol. 1 $397 + BluePrint Vol 2 (TBD) $4,997 + 1-on-1 coaching $5,000 for a total combined total of $10,394. Right now, he’ll give you this for $997. This whole package is a farce meant to make him some quick cash.

Screenshot of Emeka’s New Offer by J Reed

Do not give this man [Emeka] your money.

First off, the BluePrint has been available for a very long time. It’s worthless because all the information it contains can be found on YouTube or Kindle for free. Plus, he can’t prove he sold as many books as he alleges. And how can he effectively teach you how to sell books when he himself can’t prove he has? Moreover, his coaching package will include ”three monthly calls” and access to him by email for the $5,000 previously mentioned. Who is Emeka that three phone calls and some emails with him are worth $5,000? And the other course hasn’t even dropped yet. The reason he’s willing to give you all this at less than ten percent of its value is because it has no value. It’s worthless. Do not give this man your money. In his emails and on YouTube, he presents posts of people who have ”reviewed” him. He was banned from Amazon for fake reviews. There is no telling what else he is willing to do to trick people into thinking he has reviews.

For whatever reasons, Emeka went AWOL for some time. Now, hes back in full-force pushing an outdated course that’s worthless on its face. Do not trust his information. His methods are shady. He is not transparent. I highly recommend against purchasing his information or courses. Whereas I provide tangible services for authors like proofreading on Fivver, Emeka ”coaches” with mostly unverifiable information.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. For self-publishers, authors and other writers and creatives, Jermaine provides proofreading on Fivver. Please join Jermaine’s email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get my recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.

Angel Bumpass: No Freedom, No Peace

Photo Retrieved from Twitter/Tennessee Dept of Correction Angel Bumpass

At the age of 23, Angel Bumpass sits incarcerated, serving a 60-year-sentence for a murder that occurred when she was just 13-years-old. On her way out of the courtroom following her sentencing, Angel’s last words were, “I’ll never see my kids again.” Ironically, her 46-year-old male co-defendant who she does not know personally was found not guilty.

“None of [Angel’s] fingerprints were found on the home’s surfaces…”

Since the airing of her case on A&E’s hit show Accused: Guilty or Innocent, Angel’s appeal has gained traction, with her family setting up a Change.org petition. The outrage stems over the fact that the prosecution, outside of two fingerprints on duct tape used to suffocate the victim, nothing linked Angel to the murder. None of her fingerprints were found on the home’s surfaces, while nine unidentified prints were. Moreover, with the jury rejecting to convict her male co-defendant, it seems the jury is saying either she could have bound and killed the male victim herself or she assisted and was covering for someone else.

Photo Pulled from Reddit

To begin with, Angel Bumpass was 13 at the time of the murder. No one on the prosecution’s side knows what role, if any, she played in the murder. At worst, she could have been a child under the duress of an adult and, thereby, a kidnapping victim. She would be a victim, not an assailant. Also, the tape could have already had her fingerprints on it and been stolen from her garage.

We have cases where white chicks have literally killed their children and walked, beating every felony charge. Somehow, the jury just can’t find it in their merciful hearts to convict a blonde-haired child murderer, yet juries can convict as an adult a Black mother of a crime that occurred when she was no more than 13 years old. Without barely a hint of evidence and no clear motive, how is that even possible?

“The lead investigator…was charged with evidence tampering…”

It’s also worth mentioning that one of the lead detectives in Angel’s cases, Karl Fields, was fired for making advances toward a rape victim whose assault he was investigating. As an investigator, Fields was accused of everything from coaching witnesses to losing evidence. Fields was even charged with tampering with and fabricating evidence before, in an unrelated case. Though the charges were dropped, the charges show what type of corrupt cop he was. This is the man whose testimony and investigation helped jail a mother. This alone is call for a retrial and her to be released.

Angel Bumpass. Say her name. Write it down. Never forget it. Go to Change.org and sign her petition. She and her children need you now more than ever. Help us fight this constant oppressive system of racial injustice.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get his recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.

The Irony of Johnathan Price

From left to right: Murderer Shaun Lucas, Victim Johnathan Price
Photo by: UpnUpNews

“I never got that kind of energy from the po-po,” Johnathan Price wrote, concerning officers. From his experiences, he claimed, he never got bad treatment from police. He urged Black people to judge by their own experiences, not everyone else’s. Johnathan defend cops. Ironically, it was his belief in police, his trust in police that ultimately got him killed.

Recently, it came to light that cops murdered Price after responding to a call in which Price was assaulted while trying to break up a domestic dispute. When cops came, they attempted to arrested Price, though Price wasn’t the culprit. At some point, Price went to shake an officer’s hand. The officer tased Price, and when Price’s body convulsed from the jolt, the officer shot him four times.

Normally, I would be up in arms about this. How is an innocent, unarmed man gunned down by the police for trying to break up a fight? The weirdest part of this story is that the officer claimed to have shot Price because Price began jerking from being electrocuted. What? Who trained this guy? Who hired him? What’s his record look like as a cop? Normally, the senseless murder of another Black men by cops would have aggravated me. I would protest, scream his life matters, push for change. But that’s not what Price would have wanted.

[Price] denied systemic racism…

Price believed in cops, in the system, in the process. He denied white privilege, Black oppression by cops and the ailments that sickened police departments. He chose to promote a narrative that denied any trace of systemic racism. He never protested. He never believed Black men were targets. Price was just the male version of Candace Owens.

I won’t protest for him…

So, like a tragic but distant car crash, I’ll shake my head. I’ll wish Price the best. But I won’t protest for him or call out racism. I won’t stand up for him. I won’t be his voice, because nothing happened to him that hasn’t happened to people whom he denied.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get my recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.

Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Photo by Houston Defender

You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool COVID-19. After insisting for months in public that coronavirus wasn’t a threat, Donald Trump himself has contracted the virus. According to Dr. Gupta, it doesn’t look good for Trump.

At over 6’3 and 240 pounds, Trump is large and out of shape. As his mental health declines, coronavirus has just complicated things for the embattled president even more. The real question is, what does this diagnosis mean?

Under Trump’s watch, hundreds of thousands of Americans have died from the virus. Due to Trump’s intentionally downplaying the virus, we’ve lost precious lives. His contracting the disease is just proof for his followers that it exists. Coronavirus itself isn’t political. No matter how much Trump tried to make it, it isn’t and never has been.

Trump does not deserve to be president. The same disease he let ravage Black communities has come to his yard to roost. Hopefully, he still has his supply of hydroxychloroquine.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books. Get my recently released Science Fiction novel A Glitch in Humanity by clicking here.

A Black Call to Arms

White Murderous Thug Who Cops Rode Past Without Arresting

Whatever money you have, if you have not already, go to your nearest gun store and purchase as much legal weaponry as possible, Black people. This includes knives and legal explosives. There is a war on us, and it’s being backed by local, state and federal governments.

Last night, during protests over the unlawful, brutal shooting of a Black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by blood-thirsty cops, a white thug armed with a machine gun murdered two protesters and shot numerous others. As police approached in heavily-armed vehicles, the white thug walked towards them, and no one arrested him. He was still armed with the machine gun, and cops had a clear view of him. Black people, this is a call to arms.

Black people, you must arm yourselves and your families and friends

For far too long, from college campuses to project hallways, people have debated police brutality against Black Americans. With the accessibility of cameras and other smart technology, we have proven cops are unfairly brutalizing and murdering Black people. Getting those cops convicted has been tricky. Now, we are contending the criminal justice system handles white criminals differently than Black offenders. This proves it.

Jacob Blake and Son

The white thug slayed two people and shot numerous others and was identified by a witness who recorded the shooting. Yet the police did not stop or question or attempt to make contact with this thug. They let him walk away and later issued an alert for his apprehension. This is a slap in the faces of the victims and their families.

This is not justice.

One of the most aggravating aspects of this case is the media’s referring to this white killer thug as a “vigilante.” When someone thinks of vigilantes, they think of Batman and Superman, who were protecting their cities from bad guys. Painting this white thug as the equivalent of Superman legitimizes his actions and paints his Black victims as the bad guys. This is not justice. In particular, I want to call out TMZ for this bias.

To close, Black people, you must arm yourselves and your families and friends. The revolution will not be televised.

WISCONSIN POLICE SHOOT JACOB BLAKE SEVERAL TIMES IN THE BACK AS HIS CHILDREN WATCH

Photo by Naija Super Fans on Revolt.Tv

In this video, Wisconsin police shoot a Black man named Jacob Blake in the back several times times as his children look on. Those who support unrestricted police actions will argue that Jacob Blake should have stopped. He shouldn’t have gotten in his car. The cops felt in fear of their lives. Before you go there, watch this second video.

In the second video is a man who threatens cops with a knife for twenty minutes before any real action is taken. The police seem afraid to use deadly force on the knife-wielding white man. It isn’t until many minutes later and after repeated attempts to have the man drop his weapon do the police take any significant action.

There is a special type of evil in America, cloaked in bad intentions and police uniforms.

When Jacob Blake began walking to his car, the police could have headed him off, preventing him from opening his car door. They could have pulled their tasers. They could have taken him down. Instead, they shot him in the back several times while his children watched in horror. Who knows if he will live?

Photo by Alou00efs Moubax on Pexels.com

There is a special type of evil in America, cloaked in bad intentions and police uniforms. They tell us Black men are dangerous animals and must be kept in order with deadly force. That’s why 17-year-old LaQuan McDonald was shot to death by a cop and called a “man” in the media. Had McDonald been a white kid from the suburbs, he would have been described as a boy, not a man, and his killer would have been put away forever.

Cops must be held accountable, and laws must change to reflect that.

Cops are supposed to be professionals. It is up to them to fairly de-escalate situations. For some reason, cops tend to shoot or murder Black men for the same offense as their white counterparts. We can no longer make excuses for discrepancies and bias in criminal justice. We need criminal justice reform. Cops must be held accountable, and laws must change to reflect that.

*Jermaine Reed, MFA is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books.

Black Lies Matter: Sheriff Darryl Daniels

As a Black progressive, I consider myself open-minded and accepting of all. I am one who believes no matter your race, religion or cultural background, you have a right to support any political party or politician of your choice. That said, I’m finding it much harder these days to respect Black conservatives, because it seems their only goal is to help oppress Black people. Many Black conservatives come from well-to-do families or have been raised in primarily white spaces, so, even though they have Black skin, they can not and do not support Black freedoms. We must cast these people aside and never allow their poison to infiltrate the minds of our Black youth.

America has created a composite Black person…in the form of conservative, and deaf to Black issues.”

In Florida, Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels threatened to deputize every gun owner in his county to suppress Black protestors. Fast forward a few weeks, and this same grandstanding ex-sheriff is being divorced by his wife for cheating. He has also been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the investigation into the felony of destroying evidence. While he was busy trashing Black Lives Matter, Sheriff Daniels was also cheating on his wife and tainting the sanctity of marriage. This is normally the case of those who grandstand against Black people. It fits him right that he lost his seat to a conservative named Michelle Cook. The people have spoken: Black voices will not be silenced, even by people who only share skin color with Black people.

America has created a new composite Black person. This composite comes in the form of Black, conservative, and deafness to Black issues. These Black conservatives are as far from culturally Black as possible. Black People like Candace Owens and Eddie Johnson (another Black cop against Black people who lost his job after cheating on his wife) are not Black. They do not care about Black people. If they did, Candace Owens wouldn’t be dismissing the murder of George Floyd, and Eddie Johnson would have fought for Rekiya Boyd, a young Black, unarmed woman murdered by an off-duty cop who walked free.

…never let Black youth grow up to think Black lives do not matter.

When Candace Owens or someone like her makes a statement dismissive of Black lives, we must ignore her. We must never let our Black youth grow up to think Black lives do not matter. If you are Black fighting against Black people, the question becomes, who is fighting for you?

*Jermaine Reed is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books.

J. Cole: The False Prophet

Photo by: https://dreamville.lnk.to/middlechild

by Jermaine Reed

In 2008 or 2009, in the midst of getting my firstbcollege degree and finding out who I was, I heard a lyrical rapper with the same name I had. That lyricist was a biracial college graduate from North Carolina, a state I had only ever discussed in passing. Having grown up in Chicago’s notorious Robert Taylor Projects, Cole’s analytical and humbling lyrics were a breath of fresh air. He spoke about empowering Black youth, deconstructing a racist criminal justice system and holding police accountable for their actions.

Then, COVID-19 happened, and the outsoken lyricist J. Cole from North Carolina went mute. With Chicago activist-rapper Noname questioning his whereabouts during the current struggle, Cole responded with ”Snow on the Bluff.” In it, he chides younger rapper Noname, 28, for scolding him instead of teaching him. He says that just because she is ”woke” and he isn’t, that does not give her the right to address him in such a way. Yes, he has a degree, but he is not as smart as everyone thinks he is, he argues. His IQ is average, he says. This position is foolery.

J. Cole’s career is founded on being woke. It is he who calls out racial injustice and encourages civil unrest. He is not some guy who does not know what is going on in the world. Quite the opposite: he does nothing but comment on the world, America in particular.

Recently, Dave Chappelle addressed not using his celebrity platform during this time of racial civil unrest. Chapelle argues that he does not want to hijack the movement. He is not needed now. When he is, he will come forward. This, I respect. He is not claiming ignorance, unlike J. Cole.

I am not calling J. Cole a coward, but where are you? You are the same age as the millennials and other generations in the streets fueling this movement. Outside of being offended by and making songs about someone who critiqued you, what good are you doing? You have thrown rocks all these years. Now, it is time to show your hands.

*Jermaine Reed is a writer from Chicago who writes fiction, local news stories and national news stories. Please join his email list to get updates on blog posts, writing advice and free books.

To get more self-help advice and tips on mending or building personal relationships, subscribe now.

You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

The Reeders Block will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.