Monday, June 22, 2015

Papa's Got a Brand New Flag...

Papa's Got a Brand New Flag:
Why African Americans Need a New Symbol of Freedom

                                             Min. Paul Scott




Today, the governor of South Carolina , Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the  SC State Capital. And that's  a good thing. Personally, I believe that anything even resembling a Confederate flag needs to be used for toilet paper at Taco Bell...


For many white Southerners , the Confederate  flag represents the heritage of their ancestors, but for me it represents the last thing my ancestors saw before they were hanged from trees in the South Carolina swamps.


Now, I know people in SC are having victory cookouts right now and having "We Shall Over Come" karaoke concerts  But , don't expect me to be overly, over joyed with the symbolic gesture of removing the Confederate rag.


To be historically correct, just as much injustice was done to African Americans under the Stars and Stripes as was done under the Stars and Bars. Matter of fact, even today, in the cities where many of the racist acts are happening,  Old Glory is waving proudly.  And the police officers who are committing terrible acts of violence  against black kids aren't pledging allegiance to the Confederate flag, they are pledging allegiance to the Red, White and Blue.


As black people we  need our own flag to represent our heritage.   Matter of fact we already have one. 

According to the late historian, Dr. Tony Martin in his work, Race First, in 1920 The Honorable Marcus Garvey , in his Declaration of Rights of the Negro Peoples of the World  adopted  the  Red Black and Green flag as the official symbol of the "African race."   According to Dr, Martin, Red stands for "the color of the blood which men must shed for their redemption and liberty."  Black for "the color of the noble and distinguished race to which we belong." And Green "for the luxuriant vegetation of our Motherland."  Marcus Garvey was the leader of the UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) which, at its height boasted two million members. 

So, in 2015  its time for black people to start waving our own flags again.

On July 4th, African Americans should once again adopt the Red, Black and Green Flag as our official symbol. There should be Red, Black and Green flags on black households, clothing and license plates from McKinney TX, to Baltimore MD, to Charleston SC.

Back in the , 60's James Brown had a hit song with "Papa's  Got a Brand New Bag," however today we are saying "Papa's Got a Brand new Flag."


If we really want to stop, not only racism and police brutality but also our children from killing each other in the street,  we have to give them something to be proud of.

As Marcus Garvey once said,

Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride.


Min. Paul Scott is founder of the Durham NC based Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at (919) 972-8305 or info@nowarningshotsfired.com
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Friday, June 19, 2015

Is Right Wing Media to Blame for Charleston Massacre ?

Originally published 8/8/10


Haters for Hire:
Understanding Racism for Ratings

Min. Paul Scott


It all started when, while standing in the checkout line at Community Foods Supermarket, Mike White told a joke that he heard on the local right wing radio morning show. However, Rasheed Blackmon, who was in line behind him was not amused. The simple off-color joke led to a racial slug-fest, as customers throughout the store began clubbing each other with frozen pizzas and boxes of Twinkies.The radio station finally got what they had been pushing for; a race riot on aisle five of the local grocery store...

Since the last presidential election, there has been a growing interest in right wing shock jocks with new ones springing up like weeds everyday in markets across the country. Whether it be Clear Channel's Rush Radio affiliates or Fox News, the line between journalism and entertainment has been permanently blurred. What is passing for examples of intelligent racial discourse are merely cheap one-liners and the conservative equivalent of "yo' mama" jokes.

Racism for ratings has become the order of the day and stations are scrambling to hire their own stable of hired haters.

What is ironic is that I doubt very seriously that most of the pundits who spew the racist rhetoric actually feel that way when they are off the clock nor will they be able to defend their positions in public debates. They subscribe to the old saying, "I'm not a racist; I just play one on TV." For them the profits of racial rage are strictly business, nothing personal.

Unfortunately, if you follow the right wing rhetoric to its logical conclusion, eventually some one's gonna get hurt and it's not going to be one of the media moguls in an office building in downtown Manhattan nor one of the local haters-for-hire hidden away in a DJ booth in some undisclosed location, it's going to be one of your friends or neighbors. After the racial Apocalypse, the head honchos at corporate will just put the racial rebel rousers in their Clear Channel Radio Host Protection Program, change their identities and ship them off to some unsuspecting town in Idaho where they will start the same mayhem over again, while leaving their former city of employment in shambles.

While many will be quick to blame the messenger, it must be noted that as early as the 18th century, Thomas Jefferson warned that if America did not get its collective act together in terms of race relations, according to Bradford Chambers in his book "Chronicles of Black Protests," he foresaw a race war and the "extermination of the one or the other race."

You have folks on both sides of the political gulf that take what they hear on Fox News and conservative radio as the Gospel, a reflection of how the average white American feels about people of color. However, just as the Hip Hop videos on Black Entertainment Television do not reflect the lifestyle choices of all African Americans, neither does Fox News reflect the racial attitudes of all whites.

According to WEB Dubois in his book, "Black Reconstruction in America, " in 1860 only 7% of the total population of the South owned nearly three million of the 3,953,676 slaves. These were the members of the "planter class" who controlled the politics and economics of the southern states. Dubois wrote that the propagation of the doctrine of black inferiority was based on the interests of this planter class by which the majority of the population (poor whites) were manipulated. In modern society, the planter class would be the media moguls and their prophets of rage, while the poor whites would be the majority of their listeners.

One of the reasons why this trend continues is that most Americans have a very lackadaisical attitude when it comes to historical research. It is easier to listen to some bigot on the radio and just parrot right wing talking points than it is to engage in a critical analysis of the race problem. Plus, it's more entertaining to watch Glenn Beck go off one one of his tirades than it is to sit down and read a book. Let's face it, the Right's theater of the absurd sells out every night.

Also, we live in an area where the local newspapers would rather pretend that by ignoring racial issues they will eventually disappear. Racial issues will not make the morning paper until two days after blood is flowing waist high in the streets,evidence of the old adage "if it bleeds, it leads."



Nationally, this has been a long hot summer in regards to the topic of race in America and with the upcoming mid-term elections, you can bet that the heat of the summer will bleed into the fall.

While the media gatekeepers are cashing in on the racial hatred, folks like you and I are just pawns in the game.


***Originally published 8/8/10****

Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation  He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired.com or (919) 972-8305

Friday, June 5, 2015

Boycott the Rolling Stones' Rock Rape of Black Women

Over the last few weeks , rapper Rich Homie Quan has been taking a lot of heat for song lyrics that some are saying glorifies the rape of women. However, a NC minister is asking why there is not similar outrage surrounding the re-release of The Rolling Stones hit song “Brown Sugar?”

As a prelude to their upcoming re-release  of their 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” (June 8) the Rolling Stones recently leaked a lost version of the cut , Brown Sugar, a song about the rape of a black slave girl.  A few years later, The Stones also recorded  the song Some Girls”  which contained the lyrics “black girls just want to f**** all night.”

Minister Paul Scott , founder of the Durham NC, Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry says that there is a double standard when it comes to rock and rap, pointing out also the massive protests  by feminist groups over rapper , Rick Ross’s lyrics on the 2013 song   U.N.O.E.N.O, where he rapped about date raping a woman after putting the drug , Molly, in her drink.

“When a young black rapper talks about rape he is criticized but an  old white  rocker is given a hood pass,” says Scott. “Rappers and Rockers need to be held accountable.”

Scott, who has been a vocal critic of misogynistic lyrics  in Hip Hop says that the new Rolling Stones album should be boycotted.

"There is no statute of limitations on Rock rape, especially when the songs are still being played on the radio." says Scott.


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Monday, June 1, 2015

AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted

AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted:
The Return of the Intelligent Thug
                                 Min. Paul Scott

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery/None but ourselves can free our minds”
  Redemption Song-Bob Marley



Back in the day, members of my generation proudly sported our “Warning Educated Black Man” T-shirts while pumpin’ Ice Cube’s “AmeriKKKa’ s Most Wanted”  in our rides.” During that period we were clear that this country’s biggest fear was an army of militant minded Brotha and Sista Souljah’s waging an all out war against the lies of Western Civilization that kept us bound in the chains of mental slavery. Unfortunately, that era ended abruptly following the LA Rebellion of 1992 and was purposely replaced by a corporate sponsored gangsta dynasty where ignorance was not only bliss but a Hip Hop cultural norm.  However, in  post Baltimore Rebellion America the days of the pro-black T-shirts might just be making a comeback.

Recently, Georgia college student Eric Sheppard was  arrested following a month long manhunt by the Feds. Last April, Sheppard made headlines by stepping on The Stars and Stripes during a college protest.  An arrest warrant was issued for the student because the police found a gun inside a book bag that allegedly belonged to him.  However, many African Americans feel that Sheppard’s  real crime , as a 21 year old black man, was  having more on his mind than the NBA Finals, rap music and strip clubs.  Especially, in a country having nightmares over the possibility of politically conscious street gangs uniting for a common cause .

Yeah, America’s biggest fear has been realized.  The “Intelligent Thugs” that they buried  two decades ago have suddenly  risen from their graves.

The fear of black intelligence stretches back centuries in this country. One must remember that until the late 19th century it was illegal to teach black folk to read. And while much attention is paid towards the brutality of the slave revolts headed by people such as the Reverend Nat Turner, many of the rebels were highly intelligent. As early as 1830, David Walker’s Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World caused so much fear among white slave owners that a $10,000 bounty was placed on Walker’s head.

Also, although many people focus on the “burn baby burn” slogans of the 60’s and early 70’s, it must be understood that the members of the Black Power Movement were bookworms.  Kwame Ture, the man credited for popularizing the term “Black Power” was a Howard University graduate.  Malcolm X  was able to debate some of the  best  scholars in the world courtesy of a jailhouse education.  And even though people like to focus on the guns that the Black Panther Party carried, it was the mind of  Huey P Newton that people feared the most as he was able to intellectually navigate between the streets and college campuses.

So, today tragic  events from the  Trayvon Martin murder to the murder of Freddie Gray have many young people embracing some of the teachings that my generation used to talk about in campus student unions and in the back of dusty little black bookstores. However,  where we  had to wait weeks for a new book by Del Jones or a Steve Cokely cassette tape to arrive at the Know Bookstore, these kids have total,  unrestricted,  immediate access via the Internet to all types of information. So, the same political education that took us weeks to study can be learned by a Baltimore gang member during a cross town bus ride via an iPhone and Beats by Dre headphones.

Although, some may think this is just another Hip Hop inspired fad (as many accused the “conscious Hip Hop /Fight the Power Era “ of being) , times have changed.

Unlike the LA Rebellions of 23 years ago, the most recent uprisings  did not have a Hip Hop soundtrack. There was no inflammatory song that the media could pinpoint for inspiring the riots. It can be further argued that the rapper commentators  who appeared on CNN  were not the “voices of the streets” as they were a decade ago, but now were only being used to calm the fears of white America.
Also, if you read the manifesto, that was allegedly written by Eric Sheppard, instead of rap lyrics you will see shout outs to African centered scholars such as Dr. Khallid Muhammad and Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, whose entire catalogs can be easily accessed on Youtube.

So, although talking headz like Sean Hannity  and Anderson Cooper may consider the Eric Sheppards of the world  fringe elements and the media may write his manifesto off as a “publicity stunt”  so their middle class white audiences can sleep at night, the reality is for every Freddie Gray that dies an Eric Sheppard is born.

Maybe the gangs coming together in B-More is a sign of changing  times. What if they put down the guns and decide to form a political coalition after watching an Amos Wilson video on Youtube? Or what if  instead of selling drugs they  decide to open legit businesses after listening to a Dr. Claude Anderson podcast ?
Perhaps the years of us telling these kids that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste” and “Knowledge is Power” were not wasted after all.
Maybe, all they really needed, to borrow from rapper, Young Jeezy was some intelligent “Thug Motivation.”

Min. Paul Scott represents the Messianic Afrikan Nation. He can be reached at info@nowarningshotsfired. Follow on Twitter @truthminista

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Answers that Don't Answer

I just left the Durham City Council Meeting, which was billed to be a discussion of last month's Department of Justice report that focused on the high homicide rate in the Bull City. What really stuck out about the report was the revelation that Durham's murder rate of black men was 6-8 times higher than the national average.

That statement set off a red alert and we were hit with the usual "this is an emergency, we have got to do something!"

However, during the meeting today, that information was not mentioned...Like the whole community wasn't buzzin' about gangs of black men tearin' up Durham, last month.

And most importantly, no one had the guts to ask the age old question..Why?

Perhaps, we should start at the source of the report itself; the Department of Justice.  Under the auspices of the DOJ, the FBI is largely responsible for the formation of the Bloods and the CRIPS. Back in the 60's/70's, FBI head J. Edgar Hoover, launched a program called COINTELPRO, which had as its goal "the prevention of the rise of a black messiah who could electrify the youth." Under that program many black leaders were either assassinated or sent to jail for long bids. This void in black leadership gave rise to the street gangs in the "inner cities."

Secondly... Where do all the drugs and guns come from anyway? Do they just magically appear outta thin air? No, they have a place of origin and it ain't the 'hood. As the proverbial saying goes ala the classic film "New Jack City, "we don't own the planes and trains that bring the guns and drugs here. It most be noted that the original drug dealin' operation in this country was Russell and Company that pushed opium to the Chinese during the early 19th century..

But it's easier to blame the "boyz in tha hood."

And lastly, as many people discuss the militarization of the police force, police brutality and the prison industrial complex, we cannot pretend that this does not go hand in hand with the demonization of young black men in this society. 

So, for us DOJ really stands for "Degradation Of Just-us"



Until we answer these fundamental questions and stop treating black death like a Police Dept PR party, to borrow from COINTELPRO victim the late  Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party, we'll be left with "answers that don't answer, explanations that don't explain and conclusions that don't conclude...

Min. Paul Scott Messianic Afrikan Nation ministry Durham NC 
(919) 972-8305 info@nowarningshotsfired.com









Sunday, May 17, 2015

Open Challenge to Professor Jerry Hough

Professor Hough,

   I read your comments regarding the fallout from your recent online comments concerning African Americans. As a Durham NC resident, I take exception to people, such as yourself, taking the liberty to speak with presumed authority on the topic of black culture.

In your comments to WTVD, you seem to be throwing down the gauntlet and issuing a challenge to debate the issue of race outside of the boundaries of politically correct "sensitivities."

As one of the ideological children of Malcolm X, who you referenced in your initial comments, I accept your challenge to a no holds barred debate on race in America.

Having the right to voice an opinion is part of a democracy. But to have ideas go unchallenged is Fascism.


                           Min. Paul Scott
                           Messianic Afrikan Nation
                           Durham NC
                           (919) 972-8305

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Call for a Militia of Intelligent Thugs

Saying that African Americans are currently,  under “intellectual assault, this May 19th (the birthday of Malcolm X) a Durham NC minister is calling for formation of an army of “intelligent thugs.”

Minister Paul Scott, founder of the Messianic Afrikan Nation, says that while many people are focusing on recent, police assaults , black men also are being intellectually assaulted by the media. He points to the backlash following urban rebellions in cities such as Ferguson and Baltimore as examples of how African Americans are portrayed as mindless, thugs.
“Malcolm X and other black leaders weren't feared because of violence, they were feared because of their vocabularies," says Scott.
To combat this Scott is calling for a “Militant Mind Militia” to fight against the degradation of the black community and to set up “street institutions”  to teach gang members to fight with books instead of bullets.
"We have to teach these young people that  the most dangerous person in America is an educated black man,” says Scott. “It’s time that we attack back with facts!”
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