Mass Shooting Day — 0010

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • This nation was established in violence, and it is perpetuated in violence. On a national scale. On a global scale. Violence — or the threat of violence — is how this nation deals with problems.
  • The epidemic of violent killings and of Mass Shootings, that may or may not kill someone, is a judgment on this society. We must confess our crimes — crimes of commission and omission — repent of our criminality, and change our ways. Before it is too late. Before we see doom coming.
  • It is criminal to want so much entertainment, and to spend so many billions of dollars and so many thousands of hours of our time and our efforts on entertainment, when so many needs of the society go unmet. The hungry, the homeless, the sick, the impoverished, the neglected, the mentally distressed. No, we go running out to watch the latest blockbuster. No, our eyes and fingers are glued to our smartphones. When the distressed person with a gun starts shooting at you and the people around you, will you be taking a selfie?
  • Interesting, isn’t it, that much of what needs to be said about ourselves, about our society, about our government, about our leaders, is being said by comedians? Are we laughing to keep from crying?
  • We need to change, to keep from dying.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0010. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0010.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0009

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Madness in a human being is like a dirty bathroom. Funk-kee! If we don’t clean up that funky mess today, tomorrow it’s going to be even funkier. And so it goes. Every day a person in distress fails to be helped, the distress gets worse, and it’s becomes even more difficult to help. Now this person is a funkier mess.
  • So, we hire professional mental health people to deal with this funky mess. The problem is, this is not working. The epidemic of mental distress just keeps getting worse and worse. This being a capitalist economy, the worse the situation gets, the more money the professionals make — so they are not going to tell us that they are not helping. In private, I heard one of the leaders in the mental health field admit, in so many words, that they actually do not know what to do about this epidemic of Mass Shootings. This is murderously irresponsible.
  • Capitalism is not consistent with the Gospels. Check it out. The contradiction of “good Christians” living in the sin (yes! I’m calling it that) of capitalism produces extreme psychic violence, both within the so-called Christians themselves and among all people who are struggling to live in such a contradictory society. The the mental stress, the constant physical violence and Mass Shootings are natural consequences of what should properly be called self-righteous hypocrisy.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0009. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0009.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0008

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Madness in a human being is like a dirty bathroom. Funk-kee! If we don’t clean up that funky mess today, tomorrow it’s going to be even funkier. And so it goes. Until, one day, the funky mess of a person picks up a gun.
  • So, we hire professional mental health people to deal with this funky mess. The problem is, this is not working. The epidemic of mental distress just keeps getting worse and worse. This being a capitalist economy, the worse the situation gets, the more money the professionals make — so they are not going to tell us that they are not helping. In private, I heard one of the leaders in the mental health field admit, in so many words, that they actually do not know what to do about this epidemic of Mass Shootings. This is murderously irresponsible. People are being shot, people are dying. And the mental health profession will not admit that they cannot solve this problem. If the fire department cannot put out a fire, shouldn’t they let us know? Or should we just let the place burn down — and let the fire spread — thinking the fire department is handling it?
  • “It takes a village to raise a child.” (Not a government agency.) In fact, it takes a village for us to be human. It takes a village for us to work out these problems of mental disorder. I know from experience that helping one mentally distressed person is too much for me. I’m just one person. It takes a village, a communal effort, or, at least, a few friends. “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”
  • For this raging epidemic of mental distress, we need bucket brigades. Bucket brigades of compassion, common sense, and just plain helpfulness.
  • As long as the society is crazy, crazy people are just going to keep getting crazier.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0008. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0008.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0007

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • “I can’t believe this is happening.” Yeah, it always happens to someone else, right?
  • Where is the focus of our efforts? I was a troubled teenager, and all my parents wanted was for me to leave them alone, so they could go to work and come home, go to work and come home, day after day — while I was in seriously painful distress. I did some really crazy things. What if a gun had been available? Why is gun control controversial?
  • Thirty-six years ago, a troubled and challenged 16-year-old young man attached himself to me. He was hungry — because his mother wasn’t feeding him — so I took him out to eat. He was lonely, so I took him to the movies and to other places. He became like a son to me. A few years later, when he found out that his girlfriend’s baby was not his, he freaked out. But, instead of getting a gun and shooting people — which is what he wanted to do — he came to me to talk about it. That was a Mass Shooting that did not happen. When you have the opportunity to help a troubled person, what will you do?
  • As long as the society is crazy, crazy people are just going to keep getting crazier.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0007. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0007.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0006

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • “I can’t believe this is happening.” Yeah, it always happens to someone else, right?
  • Every time a police officer shoots a civilian — on the street, in a vehicle, at home — it is a Mass Shooting, because every one of us civilians is at risk. And not just African Americans. Forty years ago, African Americans in Chicago were complaining about the police shooting African Americans. Other Chicagoans didn’t care. Then the police started shooting white people. That got a response. When police shoot a civilian, every civilian is at risk.
  • If you form a neighborhood organization and invite the local precinct captain to come, he will come. Other public officials will come, and every politician — elected and not-yet-elected — who wants your vote. (People who feel powerless are more likely to find power in the barrel of a gun.)
  • Why is gun control controversial?
  • As long as the society is crazy, crazy people are just going to keep getting crazier.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0006. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0006.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0005

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Where is the focus of our efforts? To look pretty? To feel good?
  • As long as the society is crazy, crazy people are just going to keep getting crazier.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.
  • Why is gun control controversial?

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0005. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0005.

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From Christendom to White Domination — A preview

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In 1415, when Portuguese forces seized the little peninsula, known as Ceuta, on the north coast of Morocco, the Portuguese did not see themselves as pursuing “white power”, they¬† saw themselves as extending Christian power. Crossing over the Straits of Gilbraltar meant continuing the Reconquista — the struggle on the part of Spanish Christian monarchs to regain the Spanish peninsula from Muslim rule. This was the continuation of the struggle between the Christian powers of Europe and the Muslim powers of Africa and Asia — a struggle that had begun over 700 years earlier.

In the Abyssinian-Adal War of 1529-1543, Portugal allied itself with Abyssinia and the Ottoman Empire allied itself with the Sultanate of Adal, a small but powerful state located where Somalia and Djibouti meet the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. This was a major conflict, a war pitting two Christian powers — Abyssinia and Portugal, one African and the other European — against two Muslim powers — the Sultanate of Adal and the Ottoman Empire, one African and the other Asian and European. The Ottoman Empire aided Adal with Albanian troops from Europe. This was not a war of White against Black. It was a war of Christian against Muslim.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Europe experienced what is called the Age of Enlightenment. A major result of this transformation of European thinking is that Europe saw itself more in ethnic and racial terms than in religious terms. I prefer to call this period the Age of Enwhitenment. Europeans became white people. Ever since then, the global struggle that led to the eventual European conquest of the world became a struggle for white supremacy.

At the Berlin Conference of 1884-1885, the European powers divided the map of Africa among themselves. Italy took on the task of conquering Abyssinia (since then known as Ethiopia). At the Battle of Adwa in March of 1896, the Italians were resoundingly defeated by the Ethiopians. Italy was the only European power to be completely rebuffed by an African nation.

The second war between Italy and Ethiopia began in January 1935 and ended in May 1936 with the complete Italian military occupation of Ethiopia. In January of 1941, the Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie returned to his country, and with some British aid, fought and ended the Italian occupation by May of that year. In 1947, in the peace treaties bringing World War II to an end, Italy recognized Ethiopian independence.

In the 16th century, a European nation — Portugal — fought side-by-side with an African empire — Abyssinia (Ethiopia) — as two Christian nations standing against two Muslim powers — the Ottoman Empire and the Sultanate of Adal. Christian against Muslim.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, a different European nation — Italy — fought against Abyssinia. This time — coming after the Enwhitenment — it was White against Black.

In the white supremacist manifesto, The Rising Tide of Color, the author, Lothrop Stoddard, emphasizes the importance of keeping Black and Muslim separate. In the old Tarzan movies, the good white people found themselves pitted against violent and confused Black savages who were being manipulated and controlled by clever light-skinned men in turbans — by implication, Arab Muslims. This worldview is particularly relevant today, as self-described white supremacists pit themselves against both Black people and Muslims.

Whether you like it or not, you are living on a battlefield, in the middle of a war. Your life and your mind are territories and resources to be employed, destroyed, neutralized, or used against you. All of the instruments of culture, so-called “entertainment”, education, religion, news and information, and institutions of economics and government are engaged in this war. All of the media are engaged in this war. There is no neutrality, no breaking even. You can only win or lose.

Gird up your loins.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0004

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Where is the focus of our attention? Entertainment. Entertainment. Entertainment. The blockbuster movies. The hit songs. TV shows. Even our personal relationships — “Who wants to hear that stuff?” — when friends and family are troubled. And we go to church just to get happy.
  • As long as the society is crazy, crazy people are just going to keep getting crazier. Many of them have guns because they are cops. Many others have guns just because.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.
  • Why is gun control controversial?

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0004. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0004.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0003

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Over fifty years ago, psychologists did a study in which they compared the helpfulness of psychiatrists, psychologists, and friends for troubled people. Their study showed that seeing a psychiatrist usually makes things worse, that seeing a psychologist usually was no help, but that talking with friends is helpful. We need hours and hours of face-to-face, sincere and sensitive conversation with friends.¬† Our societal crisis — I would say catastrophe — of mental disorder needs to be dealt with as an emergency, and we all need to be involved.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.
  • Why is gun control controversial?

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0003. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0003.

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Mass Shooting Day — 0002

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • Why is gun control controversial? We register drivers and the vehicles they drive. We register hazardous substances. We register individuals in various professions. We do not allow blind people to drive, broke-down vehicles on the road, hazardous substances in the mail, or unsuitable individuals in certain professions. Regulating guns does not stop people from having them. But, when someone has an impulse to commit murder or suicide, perhaps a gun will not be readily available.
  • Our society is in a crisis — I would say a catastrophe — of mental disorder. It needs to be dealt with as an emergency. We all need to be involved.
  • Why aren’t the various communities of people of faith at the forefront of answering the need for societal healing? The condition of our society is an indictment of all people who claim to love the gracious and compassionate God who created us and who claim to love their neighbors as they love themselves.
  • If your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue is not a house of compassion, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count yesterday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0002. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0002.

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