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SYSTEMIC OR BASIC RACISM But in recent times, to my way of thinking the word racism seems to have become tired of standing alone; it has now become almost commonplace to hear the qualifier “systemic” as if it would add more force, more urgency to the matter/issue at hand. That has become more evident since the live asphyxiation of one citizen George Floyd by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin on May 25 (US Memorial Day), while being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. After being familiarized with a prison cell and charged with 2nd-degree murder, Chauvin was able to post …

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Masks for safety or prison?

Let’s get on our knees for our mouth’s sake Is your mouth in prison because of the face mask requirements? Have you, ever since, been covering up, and subjecting your mouth to confinement behind a mask? It is time to pray our mouths from this new prison labelled as a mask. One’s mouth rules their life and destiny. We speak with our mouths and call it verbal communication. Your ability to speak and what you say and how well you say it; creates a path for the different avenues of life you may venture. Very early on, as young as …

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If The Coronavirus Killed the Handshake and the Hug, What Will Replace Them?

The pandemic has brought in its wake the possible elimination of this ubiquitous form of salutation or agreement Have no fear but be aware: ‘the truth can no longer be hid Covid has changed all that we did.’ The handshake has always represented a deeply established social custom, and the most ubiquitous form of salutation or agreement. But thanks to the emergence of Covid 19 the hands are once again being recognized, as vectors for infection. There are some who do not shake hands for religious or cultural reasons, and who feel that the current restriction should has served to …

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(Don’t Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go

An ongoing four-year real-life blockbuster political reality horror show, starring the world’s first-ever perfect superlative human being, is nearing its conclusion — not soon enough for manyI’ve never taken kindly to the self-serving ad nauseam pontificating: “most powerful man… most powerful country…” It all grates on my ears, my psyche. For various reasons news is always of interest to me, so watching daily images and hear-ing that unique and unmistakable voice always expounding… make me cringe. It’s like rubbing styrofoam together. Merriam-Webster defines it as “styrophobia.” Nevertheless, strap in. It’s called Trumping… nothing short of an interminable reality show playing …

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CORONAVIRUS: Dangerous times and seasons

Continue to pray like never before because the virus has become political It’s time to discern the times and seasons we are living in now. We thank God that the number of people afflicted by the coronavirus is slowly decreasing arpond the world. However, we need to continue in prayer because the virus has left humanity with so many side effects – let’s just say everything has changed. Please note, we’re still in lockdown, still social distancing, and still following other sanitary measures. There are still sanctions on the churches and there are even some churches who have not yet …

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# Black Lives Matter Movement— Is Clarity and Accountability needed?

As onward they go how much about the movement do protesters really know? As protesters took to the streets all over the country to protest police brutality following the killings of Black, Indigenous or visible minority individuals the phrase “Black Lives Matter” became synonymous or interchangeable with the movement. Irrespective of where you may be situated on the speculative scale, a significant percentage of the protesters have done so in a peaceful manner, but it was the violent ones who continued to get most of the attention. Nonetheless the focal point of this column is not on that, but to …

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More Reasons Why Black Lives Matter To All Of Us

Wake up, wake up, it’s just a dream… Trump is out of hospital and he’s back to his old tricks BY DR. ALWIN SPENCE I don’t know about you, but I am tired of hearing about the injustices in the United States. So many Black people have been killed particularly by white police and again and again, the justice system finds a way to set these murderers free. You see I have given up believing that there is justice for Black people. It is even more frustrating to know that all the effort by white and Black to obtain this …

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MICHAEL JACKSON WAS ON TO SOMETHING

Each Black life involuntarily extracted… or sacrificed is an investment in the lengthy process of Black liberationFor weeks, some Black and other people who care about us have been in an an-ticipatory state regarding the Brionna Taylor matter, not the least of which was the $12 million settlement (for her life awarded her family) for her brutal murder by Louisville, Kentucky police, but murder charges against the perpetrators. It was a veritable extended state of anticipatory anxiety as people awaited the outcome the extended verdict into the Bonnie and Clyde-type slaughter of the 26-year-old described in one article as “an …

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Like wolves in sheep clothes, there is evil among us

Deliver us from evil… Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil”. King David penned these words many years ago but friends I want to remind you that evil still exists, even today. Evil is very active in the world today. There are good people and there are evil people. There are good days and they are also evil days. Most often where there is increased fear, there is evil. Some people think that no one can do them harm or wickedness. It’s sad to say that such people …

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Life Changes

Accept what is and change what you have the power to change. Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be…. Sonia RicottiYou may not be able to change your circumstances, but you certainly can change how you respond to the circumstance and you can change what you have the power to change. Virginia Satir said: “Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” It’s all about your attitude and your perspective. There’s always another way to look at …

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