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A Long Suffering People Protests The Killing Of George Floyd Inside The Colonies Of Enslavement And Around The Entire World

RileyRose (Author) McKesson

Protestors standing against the police killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Protests began after the police killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. All four officers have been charged and arrested, but the list of police brutality killings is just too long: Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Breonna Taylor and many more. Many have taken to the streets to show their solidarity in protest. Joining in on this struggle endured by Blacks around the world are countries worldwide. Floyd died last week after a police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes even after he stopped moving and pleading for air.

The death set off protests that spread across America — and now, beyond.

 

Time Magazine recently reported on French protesters who took a knee and raised their fists while firefighters struggled to extinguish multiple blazes of a largely peaceful, multiracial demonstration that degenerated into scattered tensions. Several thousand people defied a virus-related ban on protests to pay homage to Floyd and Adama Traore, a French black man who died in police custody.

Chanting “I can’t breathe,” thousands marched peacefully through Australia’s largest city, while thousands more demonstrated in the Dutch capital of The Hague and hundreds rallied in Tel Aviv. Expressions of anger erupted in multiple languages on social networks, with thousands of Swedes joining an online protest and others speaking out under the banner of #BlackOutTuesday and #BlackLivesMatter.

Henry Louis Gates’, Many Rivers To Cross, PBS miniseries.

“This happened in the United States, but it happens in France, it happens everywhere,” Paris protester Xavier Dintimille said. While he said police violence seems worse in the U.S., he added, “all blacks live this to a degree.” Blacks are a consistent and unending target for bigotry and discrimination all around the world.

As demonstrations escalated worldwide, solidarity with U.S. protesters increasingly mixed with local worries. It seems that being Black in America is a targeted disease that exists everywhere, being Black is a targeted culture since the 1500’s as pointed out in Henry Louis Gates‘, (Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University), PBS documentary, The African Americans Many Rivers To Cross, a six part miniseries documenting the beginnings of slavery to America, a trade that built America through hundreds of years of free labor in the richest Southern States.

After the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr, Jane Elliot asks a probing question of White Americans. Click to hear it.

The United States is in the midst of a brutal awakening, a country divided by racial prejudice and divisions of inequity since the beginning of slavery in the U.S. What’s clear in this documentary is the long term targeted degradation by White Americans of a culture that helped build U.S., turning it into the wealthiest country in the world. The reward to the very people that made this possible is ever ending target systemic discrimination and racism.

Yet this culture continues to fight time and time again.

Though the series, African Americans Many Rivers To Cross, is six parts, I’ve only viewed Parts I, II, and III to date. I will follow up this post when I have completed viewing the entire series. I was prompted to watch it after my friend, Donna Black posted an article: “Anti-racism Activist Jane Elliot leaves a White audience speechless with a brilliant question about race”, Elliot created the blue eyes/brown eyes experiment after MLK was shot.

After Black’s post, she asked me to lend a voice to it and so I did. The post is attached to a private account and so I decided to add it to my blog:  Jane Elliot did indeed ask a probing and confronting question of White Americans who were cornered in a theater, unwilling to give an answer, thereby yielding proof of their prevailing racism. Yet, I think even more is at play. Racism bears its head in so many forms throughout American history. Most topically in addition to police attacks are economics, which leads to the US unemployment system. Created in 1935 to assist workers as a part of the New Deal, but denied to agricultural workers and domestic workers in a plea deal with Southern States. The majority of these workers at this time were Black. These benefits were denied from 1935 to 1976.

That’s 40 years of inequity which affected the ability to feed Black families, keep families together, sinking opportunities of private education, and it helped to destroy familiar wealth to pass down for generations to which affects buying power and prosperity to present time. In fact, Black labor was a major factor of growth to the American economy.

Enslaved people built U.S. early infrastructure and created lucrative commodities of cotton and tobacco.

After emancipation, Black labor was crucial in industry, agriculture, and service. Yet the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), established in 1884, only started gathering consistent data on African American workers in 1972. For nearly a century, African American workers did not appear even as data points let alone in meaningful policies or labor legislation. This is more than racism, this is targeted hate designed to destroy the very people that were brought over in chains to build America’s industries. Again, It’s more than racism that needs to addressed; it’s targeted systemic hate for an entire culture of people. I agreed with my friend, Black, an apology from the U.S. government/administration has never been offered or even acknowledged. This would be the basis of a beginning to pulling out the root of the cause.

Henry Louis Gates’, The African Americans, Many Rivers To Cross on PBS.

Racism, bigotry, inequity are just symptoms of the cause, much like drinking and drugs are the symptoms of the cause of alcoholism. Without addressing the underlying why (hate), you cannot affect real change to begin to defeat the symptoms. The government does not seem motivated in any form to confronting this issue, not for 400+ years. Herein lies a pervasive cancer. In order to cure it, it has to be acknowledged and dragged out by the root in order to destroy all of its branches. There are many and they are far reaching. Just my opinion…

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS – Billie Eilish Drops James Bond Theme Song ‘No Time to Die’

With six Grammys, 13 platinum singles and one of the biggest debut albums in recent memory, Billie Eilish has already conquered the music world and has moved on to film. After performing a unique take on the Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” at the Academy Awards last weekend, the singer has dropped the theme song to the forthcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die,” which comes out April 10. The song is the second she and brother/musical collaborator Finneas have dropped since the spring release of her blockbuster debut full-length, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” after “Everything I Wanted,” which dropped late last year.

No Time to Die” is slow and ominous, with Eilish flexing the high, quavery register of her voice in a way not unlike her take on “Yesterday.” But the Bond-ian touch comes when an orchestra swells in the background, gaining intensity as the song progresses before it closes with a twangy guitar chord that subtly evokes the Bond themes of the ’60s.  The song includes legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley. From Variety…

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Star Trek Inspires The Creation Of Vela Kurv, A Biracial Female Superhero

Vela Kurv Becomes on sale now on Amazon
-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer
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Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek

What would it be like if we had a world of totally equal opportunity, if we had no inequality, no disease and no poverty? What if we lived in a world where mankind only needed tobetter itself? What might that world look like?

Such was a world created by Gene Roddenberry, in the original Star Trek series (1966-1969), officers serving and coexisting in rank on a bridge of multi ethnicities. Nichelle Nichols, (cast as Nyota Uhura), has shared the story of how she met MartinLuther King during the Civil Rights Struggle while she contemplated leaving the Star Trek series. She explained how she told Roddenberry, she was leaving the show and he asked her to reconsider, because he was building something of significance. Making a statement about the inequity of a society in which they were living.

Nichols was invited to an event and as luck would have it,she meets Martin Luther King that night. He sought her out and told her how much her show meant to him. Nichols explained that she was leaving the show. He told her, she couldn’t do that. What she represented was too important. Roddenberry’s Star Trek was the only show that he would allow his children to watch because of the multi ethnicities that served together of equal rank (all officers) and of equal capability and training.Nichols decided to stay on the series after her conversation with King.

How Star Trek Influenced Vela Kurv’s Creation

Star Trek had such a resonating tone of truth for me. It spoke to me as a child; I would watch the syndicated reruns everyday after school during my elementary school days. The truth of opportunity and capability resonated with me, as well. How could it not, resonate with everyone, I thought.

This television series did something extraordinary during a very turbulent time in the United States. Star Trek was able to shine a light on inequity, on prejudice and racism and on the plight of war. In fact, so much of the series connected with me, that I was driven to create my own biracial female superhero inside my own world of science fiction, her name is Lorabella Kurv Wiles, also known Vela Kurv. Presently Vela Kurv Begins and Vela Kurv Becomes are in print and for sale on Amazon.

Vela Kurv Finds Its Way To Story

The backstory of Vela Kurv is somewhat surreal. Vela Kurv is part of a line of women created by the combustion of a star, the Constellation Vela. Lorabella becomes Vela Kurv because of her alien and human bloodline. Like all superheroes, she struggles with her own humanity. She has a lesson to learn in dealing with her own father, who happens to also be the commanding officer of Earth’s military.

The struggle of humanity exists for us all in how we view our own world and circumstances. The scales of justice don’t always feel balanced because the struggle for equality has never been just. I can only hope for a world filled with truth, justice and equality for all men, women and children but until that day becomes a reality, I have made make my commentary through the world of Vela Kurv and I show how this biracial female superhero seeks to balance the scales of right and wrong, because she believes that it’s possible. She fights to make justice the prevailing truth inside the world of Vela Kurv.

Vela Kurv Considers Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek TNG’s “The Battle”

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


How to prepare for being blindsided? Captain Picard is offered a gift from Ferengi Daimon Bok, the hulk of Pickard’s former command, The U.S.S. Stargazer. What begins as a gift becomes the tool for revenge. Bok uses this gift as an elaborate ploy to gain revenge on Picard for killing his son in the Battle of Maxia. Bok tries to put a nail in Picard’s coffin by falsifying the ship’s records of the battle laying blame on Picard instead of a documented self defense maneuver. Finally, Bok physically injures Picard by using a mind-control device to change his perception of reality and set him up to be destroyed aboard the Stargazer by Picard’s present commanding ship, the U.S.S. Enterprise-D.
In the end, Bok’s falsified records begin the unraveling of the truth. However, rescuing Picard from his own demise now becomes Riker’s (Picard’s second-in-command) objective as well as his duty. I believe it is Picard’s own logic and presence of mind that enables him to push through the fog of mind-control and free himself from his impending plight. But probably the additional contributing factor is the respect that he’s earned to push Riker and the rest of his crew, Counselor Troi and Doctor Crusher to dig deep for answers.

In the end, not only is a leader responsible for the constant oversight of their own balance of senses but the richness of the relationship they foster with their crew. In order for subordinates to have your back, they have to first want to. Engendering this type of loyalty has to be an aspect of the commander’s character. Talk about working on the internal humanity, this is truly the challenge of responsibility.

Signing off, Lorabella.

Vela Kurv Examines “Ex Post Facto” with the Starship Voyager

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


Another curious episode drawing from Latin for its title “from a thing done afterward”, which refers to the concept of retrospective? A law that retroactively changes the legal consequences (or status) of actions committed or relationships that existed prior to the enactment of the law. Chief Helmsman Tom Paris is accused of murder on a planet occupied by the Banean people and instead of being sentenced to death; their new punishment is the implantation of memories of the murdered victim into Paris’ mind so that he regularly relives the murder through the eyes of his victim.

 

Janeway is determined to prove his innocence, a commander standing by her pilot that she desperately needs to get her crew home, so Voyager flies in to investigate this conviction. Tuvok determines that Paris is innocent, a pawn in a warzone between the feuding Banea and Numiri. The Banean doctor is proved guilty. Paris is released, and the doctor arrested along with Ren’s wife who was complicit in the murder of her husband. Voyager leaves the Banean homeworld and continues its journey.
Janeway’s strength is shown and proven by Paris’ innocence. Her judgment is also proven to be of good merit, another lesson for a leader (me) building her chops of command to draw from.

Signing off, Lorabella

Vela Kurv Explores “Eye of the Needle” with the Starship Voyager

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

 

This is a curious analogy of science and faith. The title reminds me of a bible verse: “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24. Similar verses are in Mark 10:25 and Luke 18:25). Two questions occurred to me: what an eye of the needle analogy on a show all about science and what relevance does it have to Janeway and the Starship Voyager trying to find a way home? Home that is 70,000 light-years away, even?

 

 

In the bible verse, the reference is all about whether or not a rich men can enter Heaven; they can get in but only if they put their faith in God rather than in their riches. Well the relevance answer is that the message is all about the persistence of a young Ensign (Harry) Kim who believes he can find a way back home; it is his perseverance that uncovers a decaying wormhole which may allow Voyager to transport home to Earth. Janeway encourages Chief Engineer B’Lanna Torres to investigate her discovery of piggy backing the ship’s transporter to the relay inside the wormhole in order to transport the entire crew back to the Alpha Quadrant and find their way home.

Foiled again, the ship doesn’t find its way home; it turns out the wormhole traverses some 20 years into the past and Starfleet prohibits against the altering of timelines. The test becomes how the leader Janeway expands her new relationships with her new crew and learns to build camaraderie and trust. Yet and still, the adventures of Janeway’s command continue, Voyager’s crew is grossly disappointed by their inability to transport home; nor are they given the satisfaction of notifying Starfleet that they’re alive but lost. Chief Tactical Officer Tuvok reveals that the Romulan scientist Telek R’Mor (who received Voyagers broadcast for help through the relay) dies before he can transmit the crews messages to family, friends, or Starfleet notifying them of their plight and location (lost in the Delta Quadrant). Here is where the Captain must grip the reins of command and find a way to lead when hope is at its lowest.

Signing off, Lorabella

Vela Kurv Finds More Than “The Cloud” Covering Crew Individuality in Star Trek Voyager

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv

Captain Janeway has to determine when individuality is a help or a block for both the Doctor and Neelix aboard the Star Trek Voyager starship. Exploration of an unusual nebula reveals a discovery of a spaceborne life-form injured by Voyager’s entry. Also revealed is “the Doctor’s” injustice of circumstance, a hologram with an attitude and under consideration of reprogramming to adjust his attitude for a bruised crew’s feelings. Kes points out the inequity of this assessment because Holograms deserve to evolve too, so Janeway listens…
Neelix learns to adjust his fearful perspective for the good of repairing the injured life-form and Janeway grants “the Doctor” the ability to evolve. He is given the ability to expand his programming, he can turn himself off and on and put together a list of needs in order to best service the crew’s medical needs.
Military leaders need to be able to adjust their assessment of justice in order to balance the scales correctly. Our first determination of what’s best may not be accurate and listening before acting may be the adjustment that equals the fair answer for the best solution.
Signing off, Lorabella

Vela Kurv Reviews Star Trek Voyager’s “Phage”

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


Janeway in “Phage” like Picard in “Code of Honor” must deal with a medical plight. However, in this scenario, it is not a Federation quest to deliver a vaccine to an infected planet, but a new race in the Delta Quadrant, the Viidians, who themselves have become raving body part raiders because of a plague on their own world.

Janeway finds that these aliens attacked and stole lungs from her crew member (Neelix), in order to implant them in a dying Viidian sculptor. Because she spares the sculptor’s life instead of killing him to take the organs back, he offers his race’s superior medical expertise to save the debilitated Neelix and Voyager’s doctor is also enriched with new medical technology for a long lost crew, very far from home.

Although Janeway employs a threat against the Viidians from ever utilizing her crew to harvest body organs, in the end her diplomacy wins over force and an executed death threat. Knowing the time to warn, act, or exact diplomacy is a skill a commander must accomplish. I’m keeping notes to help me make the best choice when I’m conflicted with a similar choice.

Exhausted now, goodnight, Lorabella

Vela Kurv on Star Trek TNG’s “The Last Outpost”

-Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

From Lorabella’s journals at the West Pipe Space Academy, before she becomes Vela Kurv


Determining where the greater threat lies, when all factors are not evident? U.S.S. Enterprise-D is in pursuit of Ferengi spacecraft, while attempting to recover a T-9 converter. Both ships become trapped by a powerful energy beam emanating from an outpost on the planet and from the long-dead Tkon Empire.The true enemy was not detected by the Enterprise crew until Picard orders a surrender and the Ferengi interpret his offer as a call for them to surrender to the Enterprise. Now the investigation begins and in the end diplomatic efforts are successful in freeing both ships, and retrieving the energy converter from the Ferengi Daimon Taar.

In the end, the true enemy becomes a friend, impressed by reason and a logical assessment of philosophy. The true test for a new leader, such as me, will be the ability to use reason when a soldier’s first response is always to fight.

Good night all, Lorabella

President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Brag about Low Unemployment Versus the Impact of “Underemployment as the New Unemployment Measuring Stick,” Bloomberg Opinion Reports

 -Riley Rose McKesson, Writer

Literacy Is The Challenge For Educators But Is It The Cited Pinnacle For Impoverished Communities Seeking Fair Education In The United States?

What does a college education mean when an experienced worker is laid off and can’t find employment they are qualified to fill? Especially when job search reveals that in order to find work workers must take a substantially underpaid position to survive. How does this affect the well being of the workforce? Is this the definition of literacy?

The United States National Unemployment Rate is reported as remaining at 3.7 percent through October of 2018. “Approximately 250,000 jobs were created in October 2018 and the national unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.7 percent,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is low unemployment real and is literacy truly an answer for the depraved?

In my article, “Driving Toward Literacy Engineered By Noteworthy Female Authors: J. K. Rowling, Stephanie Meyers and E.L. James, Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth, Whose Words Are Relatable As They Touch The Lives Of Urban Communities, Particularly Children Of Color,” on SheWrites.com, low literacy rates drive up health care costs by $73 million according to the Health Policy Institute (2018). The job market is a Catch 22 paradox.

According to Leonid Bershidsky, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering European politics and business, “Some major Western economies are close to full employment, but only in comparison to their official unemployment rate. Relying on that benchmark alone is a mistake: Since the global financial crisis, underemployment has become the new unemployment.” Bershidsky expands and clarifies, “Western countries are celebrating low joblessness, but much of the new work is precarious and part-time.” How does an educated, experienced worker who is literate earn sufficiently to make a living and support a family, in a rising cost economy that’s paying a decreasing wage? Is the hope of a better life because this worker is literate, a reality?

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Further clarity on literacy and underemployment

Blumberg Opinion clearly points the finger at the politicians claiming low unemployment: “In a recent paper, David Bell and David Blanchflower singled out underemployment as a reason why wages in the U.S. and Europe are growing slower than they did before the global financial crisis, despite unemployment levels that are close to historic lows. In some economies with lax labor market regulation — the U.K. and the Netherlands, for example — more people are on precarious part-time contracts than out of work. That could allow politicians to use just the headline unemployment number without going into details about the quality of the jobs people manage to hold down.”

Clearly the problem points to underemployment despite the literacy of workers. If world leaders are misquoting the employment of suitable workers, (Bloomberg Opinion), how does the problem get resolved? “In recent months, leaders including President Donald Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have bragged about record high employment. The veracity of these boasts varies, however. As different economies recovered from the global financial crisis, some relaxed labor regulations, creating more precarious jobs to drive down the headline jobless numbers and get more people off the dole.”

Underemployment Despite Literacy In An Educated Population

The whole point of literacy is to educate and train oneself in an area of expertise that one is interested in, so they can support themselves in their lifetime. As workers work, over time their experience and expertise grows and so should their wages. If this is not the true model of growth, then workers become disillusioned and resistant to accepting unappealing work. Once again, health care costs rise from a growing pyramid of physical and mental health care stresses.

The impact on health care costs of the underemployed

“Should We Be Happy At Work” as reported by Dede Henley at Forbes magazine reports that, “…unhappiness at work can be expensive.” The American Psychological Association estimates, “… that 550 million workdays are lost each year due to stress on the job. 60-80% of workplace accidents are attributed to stress. And workplace stress has been linked to health problems ranging from metabolic syndrome to cardiovascular disease and mortality.” We know without a doubt just how miserable and costly a bad boss can be.

Employees reported with a high overall ‘well-being’ have lower health-related costs (41%), as compared to employees that are struggling and a reported 62% lower costs compared to employees that are “suffering,” according to a 2012 Gallup State of the American Workplace study. In addition, a study by Willis, Towers, Perrin reported on higher employee engagement, productivity and morale as contributing to major financial returns and competitive advantages for U.S. businesses.

In looking at the overall state of U.S. educated, literate, workers who continue to struggle to “make ends meet “ in a supposedly recovering and growing workplace, underemployment feels like the crab in the boiling pot pulling the struggling worker back down into the depths of plight and surrender. As a teacher working within the depressed urban communities of Southern California, finding the olive branch that offers a solution feels evasive and unreachable. Encouraging the youth of a depressed urban environment can be elusive and unfounded if the evidence of education and literacy cannot be found within the very environments that need it most.

The goal is always to encourage students in K-12 schools, to want to read and write and pursue higher education so the marketplace will embrace how these students will contribute to it. Be it be that these students pursue careers in writing as new authors, or following a path into engineering or medicine or perhaps focusing on a path of career training in the industry of automotive repair or hair care – becoming a barber or a beautician as salon owner. Yet and still, these students need to see that the fruits of their desired education and training will offer a better life for their pursuits than the path of underemployment. How do we solve this concern, given the current plight of the underemployment marketplace as it currently exists in the U.S. right now (November 2018)? There doesn’t seem to be a heart-warming solution in the current state of marketplace or opportunity. All we can conceivably do is hope for the best.

 

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  1. Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University. Low Health Literacy Skills Increase Annual Health Care Expenditures by $73 Billion. Retrieved from URL: https://hpi.georgetown.edu/agingsociety/pubhtml/healthlit.html.
  2. Blumberg Opinion, Underemployment is the New Unemployment. Retrieved from URL: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-09-26/unemployment-numbers-hide-the-effects-of-underemployment
  3. Forbes Magazine, Should We Be Happy At Work? Retrieved from URL: https://www.forbes.com/sites/dedehenley/2018/04/30/should-we-be-happy-at-work/#b8e90e959eae.
  4. GALLUP, How Employee Engagement Drives Growth. Retrieved from URL: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236927/employee-engagement-drives-growth.aspx.

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