Recorded just a few days after the executions of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we are processing the pain, grief, anger, and outrage at the deaths of those brothers at the hands of police. I begin by sharing the story of 1973 New Orleans sniper Mark James Robert Essex, comparing his killing spree to that of the 2016 Dallas sniper Micah Xavier Johnson, who executed five police officers in cold blood during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) peaceful protest. We shout-out the current leadership of the BLM movement and salute the contributions of Oprah and the 25-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show as a contributing factor to the evolution of popular public discourse and the raising of white consciousness.
We dig deep into four quotes (by Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Thomas Edison, and Nelson Mandela) – each extolling the virtues of either a violent or non-violent approach to advancing the civil rights movement and achieving social justice. That leads us into a discussion of the real root of racism. And from there we dive into how to consciously consume mass media.
We talk about the “agents” among us: the agents are the architects (the framers) of this modern-day Matrix: they control the levers of power in this current celebrity-obsessed, material-driven society.
I share a lesson taught to me by Nelson Mandela: You can defeat your opponent without dishonoring him. And that brings us to five “conscious actions” you can take to evolve your life and mind.
I share on what for me is the spiritual legacy of President Barack Obama: demonstrating for Black men how not to stoop to the stereotype of the angry Black man, even in the face of unprecedented pressurized opposition. I share how to emotionally feel the weight, burden, and sadness of current events – and how to use spiritual tools to lift and clear toxic emotions.