Equal Opportunity is Freedom Equal Results is Oppression

Equal Opportunity is Freedom Equal Results is Oppression

By Providence Crowder

Transcript from this evening’s speech for the 9/12 Project’s August meeting

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My name is Providence Crowder, and I’m so honored to have been invited tonight to speak with you all on behalf of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY.

But before I get into the discussion for tonight, I want to tell you briefly about what the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY is.

What is the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY?

  • The Frederick Douglass Foundation is a public policy and educational organization (it’s a national organization and I’m with the NY chapter). We bring the sanctity of free market and limited government ideas to bear on today’s hardest problems with the assistance of elected officials, scholars from universities and colleges and community activists.
  • Our platform and tenants are to honor the legacy of the man, Frederick Douglass himself, and what he fought for.
  • Abolitionist, educator, and former slave Frederick Douglass believed in life, liberty, individual responsibility and limited government.  And, after reading the U.S. Constitution for himself, he had a profound respect for it.  We promote these ideas mainly through education and activism in hopes of influencing public thought, which ideally translates into influencing public policy.

About Me

Disclaimer:  I’m not an expert by any means, I’m not politically savvy, I am just a concerned citizen who cares about the direction our nation is headed in, and I believe in educating myself, and others, so that we can be the informed electorate that Thomas Jefferson spoke about when he said,

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

When we are informed, we notice when our nation is going off track.  I’m no genius, but I’m informed enough to know that our current state of affairs is way off course.

My faith: I’m also a Christian so I speak from a biblical worldview and I believe that much of what ails us in our nation is more spiritual than anything else. The Bible teaches me:

“The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

So I pray and ask God for wisdom and guidance in all that I do and even tonight in speaking with you all that God guides my thoughts and speech.

My politics:  I don’t believe in political saviors.  I don’t believe that salvation politics work.  I don’t believe there are perfect political parties because political parties are made up of imperfect and sinful people.  And most of us, whether we believe in God, or don’t believe in God, live by principles and have moral standards and guidelines in which to inform our decision-making.  And often times because of these guiding principles, concerning politics, we usually align more closely with one party over another or one person over another when it’s time to vote.

 Principle #6

So I’ve been tasked with discussing with you all tonight a principle that I hold to be true, and that principle is: I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

How many of you believe that? If you do, you are in good company.

  • The founders of our nation believed that.
  • Slavery abolitionists believed that.
  • Many civil rights leaders believed that and preached that.
  • The leaders and volunteers of the 9/12 Project believe that.
  • I believe that.

I concur with you.  As a member of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, I want to share with you a quote by the Frederick Douglass concerning this very topic:

Frederick Douglass once said this concerning the black American’s plight towards justice:

 In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. The American people have always been anxious to know what they shall do with us… I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us!  If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are worm-eaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! … And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … Your interference is doing him positive injury.

What he demanded from the white man concerning black Americans was equal opportunity, justice, fair treatment under the law.  Not special treatment.  Anything more or anything less he called Continue reading

The Confederate Flag, a Symbol of What?

By Providence Crowder

 

Providence CrowderUp until this moment, I have remained completely silent on the latest controversy surrounding the Confederate Flag. I’ve seen heated discussions fired back and forth among my Conservative brothers and sisters about what the Confederate Flag represents and where it should be exhibited. I’ve listened to the free speech arguments, the racist arguments, the “it’s history” arguments, the Southern pride arguments, the good, the bad, the ugly . . .

In the aftermath of the church shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, our nation is completely gridlocked on what to do about that old Confederate flag. It took awhile for me to absorb it all, to figure out exactly what is it that I feel about the flag. To be truthful, I dont feel much of anything. I do not believe everyoneContinue reading

Hasan Harnett Why I am a Republican

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On June 6, 2015, Hasan Harnett became the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. But he wasn’t always a Republican…

 

My story is probably a good example of how the Republican Party can and is growing by reaching out to different communities in North Carolina and across the country… and succeeding.

I wasn’t always a Republican… In fact, I only formally became a Republican much later in life… or rather, I didn’t realize I was a Republican until much later in life. I grew up poor in a rough neighborhood and in an area that was majority Black. I grew up where it was expected that you were a Democrat because of the color of your skin. Everyone was, and no one thought a thing of it.

But growing up, I was also taught two things: work hard, and get an education. I was told that would lead to success.

Later on in life, I met Dr. Tim Johnson. Dr. Johnson founded the Frederick Douglass Foundation and was the first African American Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party. He was one of the most influential figures in my life in terms ofContinue reading

Ayesha Guest Host on Talking Back w/ Shannon Joy

AyeshaHeadShotChaplain Ayesha Kreutz, President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY sits in and guest hosts for the beautiful and talented Shannon Joy of  the “Talking Back with Shannon Joy” show

In Case you missed it live: Here are the archived links to the two shows I did, sitting in for Shannon Joy on the “Talking back with Shannon Joy show”  on radio station WYSL 140 AM out of NY

We all talk, race, economics, state of the black family, progressives in the church and more.

www.wysl1040.com

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Black matters, black question

By Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz

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Can we or shouldn’t we agree that, in the end, blacks must ultimately help themselves? I want to share three quotes, then discuss.

In 1865, whites asked what to do with freed blacks. Frederick Douglass, born into slavery, said: ” I have but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! …. If apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength…let them fall. And if the negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs!”

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REFLECTIONS ON FERGUSON: By P. Crowder

REFLECTIONS ON FERGUSON

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Here we are once again in this nation, witnessing together the aftermath of a tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, made national because of the implications of racism.   Those in the “know” understand that the insertion of racism into any scenario spirals that scenario into an abyss of emotional mayhem.  Whether or not racism was a factor in the events that unfolded during Officer Darren Wilson’s encounter with Michael Brown on the afternoon of August 9th in Ferguson matters little.  If the perception of racism exists, the perception alone is a threat to public peace.

For the past couple of months, I’ve sat and watched the news coverage of Ferguson.  This debacle brought the same civil unrest in the black community as the trial of “white” Hispanic George Zimmerman, the man accused of murdering “unarmed” “black” teen Trayvon Martin in 2012—the media’s emphasis.

Just as it did during the George Zimmerman trial, the mainstream media played a huge role in heightening the racial tension already present between law enforcement and the black community in Ferguson.  The charge of racism immediately changed the event from a question, “Was police officer Darren Wilson justified in his actions?” to a conclusion, “Racist White cop murders unarmed Black teen.”  From the moment race was injected, the facts surrounding the case no longer mattered.  The officer was guilty in the court of public opinion no matter what the evidence suggested.

One thing is for certain, if Michael Brown was white, few of us would know who Brown of Ferguson, Missouri was. If Michael Brown was white, the question would have remained, “Was police officer Darren Wilson justified in his actions?

The Black Community

In black communities all over this nation, countless black teens die daily at the hands of other blacks.  Often times, no witnesses come forward for these crimes leaving no persons to prosecute, there is sometimes little to no neighborhood cooperation with police investigations, and there is a no snitching street code that is strictly adhered to.  Blacks often turn a blind eye, harbor and abet, and in some cases glorify the “street killers” among them.  There are no rallies, no marches, no Jesse, no Sharpton, no NAACP, no outrage.  No “Justice for Mike Brown” or “I am Trayvon Martin” mantras, only silence.

When a black man kills another black man, there are no cries, no moral outrage, and no indignation.

Michael Brown the Martyr

This leads me to conclude that the happening in Ferguson really had nothing to do with Officer Wilson or Michael Brown at all. If it did, facts would matter, but they don’t.  In this particular instance, Officer Wilson is an offense because he is a white cop, and because there seems to be a concerted effort by the media et al to push a radical agenda that will eventually lead to a race war, Wilson has been dubbed every racist White cop, and Brown –a martyr—in this war for racial justice.

After the death of Trayvon Martin, Reverend Jesse Jackson is quoted as saying, “Trayvon Martin is a martyr. . . Martyr’s have power.  He represents us all . . . How do we go from a moment to a movement that creates fundamental change? If it’s a moment, we go home. If it’s a movement, we go to war.  Movements are made of serious substance. … There is power in the blood of the innocent.”

The powers that be have snatched Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown from the reality and facts surrounding the lives they once lived, and christened them as martyrs for the cause.  This is why black people will protest and even riot in the name of justice for Martin and Brown in cities far away, but are silent when black people are murdered in much greater numbers by the hands of their own in their own backyard.  It is evident that black on black crime creates only moments, not movements.

Black Leaders Speak Out

Jesse calls for war, but like other race baiting liberal operatives with an agenda, he will suffer no injuries in this war.  There is no sacrifice for him.  He is shielded by political power and privilege and is paid considerably well by his political party for creating racial strife and keeping black people angry.

If Jesse was truly concerned about racial profiling, racist cops, unlawful searches, and black teens being killed by white cops, he would discourage blacks from becoming confrontational with police and encourage them to join the force.  What greater way to ensure people are treated justly at the hands of police officers than by being a police officer that treats all men fairly.

As of late, random acts of violence and terror against whites are on the rise.  If black so-called leaders are truly concerned about justice, why are they not condemning this evil done to others, the same evil that they claim is being done to them; this evil that only stands to substantiate racial stereotypes that black men are violent animals.  These wicked acts are among the greatest tools for white supremacy groups to recruit people to their cause.

If black so-called leaders are truly concerned about justice, why not call for an end to the black on black violence with the same zeal as they do white on black violence.  With over 90% of black men killed being killed by other black men, we appear hypocritical when we decry white on black violence and close our eyes to the black on black violence within the bounds of our communities.

How Do We Combat Racism?

I will never deny that racism exists.  It is alive and well, and has been since near the beginning of human history.  Yet, do we combat racism by inciting divisions, violence, and hate?  Do we allow politicians and race baiters to profit from stirring fear and distrust among the races?  Do we reckon racism as political when it is spiritual?

Those of us who know God understand that true peace will not be wrought through human effort. The Bible teaches us that nation, or races, will rise up against nation.  Things will get worse.  Wickedness will increase.  Racial strife will intensify.  But we should not lose hope.  As believers, we are given a mandate to lead the charge against racism in a way that will bring people into the Kingdom of God.  We hold the answers and have the moral authority to speak to the root of the problem, which is sin.  “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”  We are to implore others on Christ’s behalf to “Be reconciled to God.”  Because, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.

Conclusion

So I say again, racism is a spiritual matter that cannot be remedied solely through human effort. I pray that Christians everywhere would obey Christ’s command to, “love your neighbor as yourself” and teach others to do the same.  If we are standing on the side of right, our conscience will lead us to fight injustice, not by promoting hate, but demonstrating love and respect for all people.

The abolitionists stood on the side of right, the Civil Rights leaders stood on the side of right, and all who stand against injustice, stand on the side of right.  Even so, racism remains.

If we claim to hate racism and its destructive fruits, we would seek not only to right wrongs through human effort, but attack the “ism” problems (racism, sexism, classism, etc.) at their roots, through the ministry of reconciliation.  We need to be reconciled unto God through Jesus Christ so that we can see people as God sees them.  In Jesus Christ there is no partiality.

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Some Monroe County GOP Leaders Bailing on Principles? For Control and Power

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

No one likes a Weak Advocate.

 

– Rochester, New York  August, 2014
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The Republican way is about principle, and what we are seeing is people fighting to obtain or keep power and prestige. We will not be silent.
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In NY State’s 138th district, Peterson Vazquez is running against Democrat Assemblyman Harry Bronson on the Republican line. Peterson came here LEGALLY from Puerto Rico years ago and was raised in a Godly home of meager means. Peterson, like many, went through a time of rebellion and dropped out of school, but he overcame it all. He went on to serve in the Army, worked as a tax collector, witnessed first-hand how corrupt the government is, became a conservative Christian and has now chosen to serve the public again by running for the Assembly.

This is an office that is the closest to the people. His desire is to give the people a voice. His values were formed in the church and not by the party puppet masters who call the shots and force their members to play the game. However, having principles has become a problem when it comes to getting support from local Republican Party, run by County Chairman and Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich.

It seems that Peterson would get better treatment from the Republicans if he were coming across the border coughing out drug-resistant TB or if he were a gang member. There’s a not-so-secret agreement in Monroe County between the Republican Party and the Democrat Party- the Democrats get control of the city of Rochester, and the Republicans get to control the county. Because Chairman Bill Reilich doesn’t seem to want to know about Republican minorities, minorities are taken for granted by the Democrats and fully ignored by the Republican Party.

This agreement also allows the parties to use the Independence Party to protect incumbents from challengers. The Independence party has become an incumbent-protection racket for the two main parties to divvy up the elected positions. First they agree who’s on the party line, and then they pass petitions with Democrats and Republicans on those same petitions.

This wouldn’t be a bad thing if only the Independence Party members were doing this, but the County GOP is apparently having Republican County workers pass petitions for this party. Peterson Vazquez wanted to get on the Independence Party line because politicians have been convinced that it’s almost impossible to win in this county without being on this third line. Upon initially inquiring with the County GOP, Peterson was told that Harry Bronson was already on the line, even though petitions hadn’t been passed.

When he told his campaign manager that he wanted to get petitions signed to force a primary for the Independence Party, he discovered that she, as a county worker, couldn’t pass those petitions because she was already obligated to pass petitions with the pre-determined victors Harry Bronson and Andrew Cuomo on them. You read that right. Even though she’s a Republican, she had to pass petitions to get Democrats onto the incumbent-protection party line.

After weighing the situation, Peterson told her that she couldn’t be his campaign manager if she was going to be passing petitions for his opponent. Even after asking headquarters if she could pass them in a different district, where Harry Bronson wouldn’t be on her specific petition, they told her no. She was obligated to pass petitions for Harry Bronson, who is a co-sponsor of the NYS GENDA Bill, which has been dubbed as the “Transgender Bathroom Bill” and as the “Big Pedophile Agenda Bill.” New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has a position paper on this bill.

This bill has won 65% of the vote in the Assembly, and it failed by only one vote in the State Senate. While the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act pretends to be a gay rights bill for transgenders, it is really a bill that gives rights and access to perverts, pedophiles and rapists. This is another Pedophile Agenda effort to normalize pedophilia using the Gay Agenda as a front. It’s so heinous that even gays should find this offensive, but, for some reason, they support this bill whole heartedly, hopefully out of sheer ignorance.

When it was proposed that Peterson’s campaign manager decide not to pass the petitions, she indicated that she felt that her job would be in jeopardy if she didn’t. While it may not be illegal, it is definitely a problem that the GOP Chairman allegedly forces county workers to pass petitions for radical liberals, even though it violates their consciences. Peterson had to let her go.

He picked up another campaign manager and passed petitions to force a primary on “an opportunity ballot” to get on the Independence line. After weeks of gathering signatures, they took them to the Board of Elections. The petitions were all thrown out for a minor mistake. Neither the Republican representative Peter Quinn nor his Republican underling even bothered to advise Peterson on how to avoid making this mistake or on how to fix it before the petitions were turned in.

While there may have been some little technical reason that these men couldn’t have advised Peterson of this minor omission, do we really believe that a Republican Party that allegedly forces county workers to pass petitions for Democrats, can’t give a Republican challenger a little advice? It’s as if these Republicans on the Board of Elections had been given a directive regarding Peterson’s challenge- ensure that he loses at all costs.

Why is the Republican Party, funded with donations of people with principles, seemingly forcing county workers to pass petitions to protect the incumbency of Democrat Harry Bronson who co-sponsors a bill that does everything it can to empower sexual degenerates? Harry Bronson’s bill, which literally aids and abets perverts, pedophiles and rapists, defines the War on Women. Shame on the Monroe County Republican Party.

If you believe that women and girls need to be protected from predators, donate, volunteer and vote for Peterson Vazquez. Otherwise
keep giving money to the Monroe County GOP that aids and abets Harry Bronson.

Peterson is not running to play the ruling-class establishment’s game. He is running because he is a great example of the American Dream and wants to be a public SERVANT, give the people a voice, clean up the culture of corruption in Albany, help strengthen the economy, protect the Constitution of the United States and help people have the opportunity for upward mobility. This is why The Frederick Douglass Foundation has decided to back Peterson.


The Frederick Douglass Foundation of New York endorses both voting for Peterson Vazquez and voting against Harry Bronson- which ever makes you more comfortable.

But Even the Republican Establishment seems to be working harder to defeat him than they are to actually help other Republicans get elected. With this overt and obvious lack of help from the party, you can rest assured that, if elected, Peterson will answer to a higher power. Wouldn’t that be a breath of fresh air? 

It is time to show the establishment the voice of the people matters more than back room deals.

To read more on this Republican Party Corruption and more on the implications of reelecting Harry Bronson, the FDFNY has done an extensive report.

 
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Some in the Republican Party are bailing on what we stand for in favor of power, money and prestige, and we have two choices: condone it (be silent) and move on, or have the courage to speak out.  We have weighed the various pros and cons of being strong, courageous advocates. No one likes a weak advocate, and those who hate truth will also hate us. That is okay.

People will ask: All this over an assembly race, is it worth it? And we say YES! An Assemblyman is one of the closest public servants and voices of the We the People.

Your Servant In Christ, Chaplain Ayesha Kreutz
President of The Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY
I have one great political idea. . . . That idea is an old one…..The best expression of it, I have found in the Bible. It is in substance, “Righteousness exalteth a nation; sin is a reproach to any people” [Proverbs 14:34]. This constitutes my politics – the negative and positive of my politics, and the whole of my politics. . . . I feel it my duty to do all in my power to infuse this idea into the public mind, that it may speedily be recognized and practiced upon by our people. ~ Frederick Douglass
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Republicans are for the Rich and that is why

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Republicans are for the Rich, And that’s why the Democrats want to keep you poor.

Republicans believe a rising tide lifts all boats, And that’s why the Democrats are on the shore shooting holes in any boat that floats.

Quit treading water.  Get Rich and buy your own bullet-proof boat so the Democrats can’t take you down, and they WILL try.

Find out about what Republicans really believe by consulting someone who’s not shooting holes in your boat whenever you turn your head.

The Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY
If Frederick Douglass, José Celso Barbosa and Sojourner Truth,  were Republicans, If Tim Scott and maybe you ought to find out why.

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Start the Weekend off Right!! Friday July 18th
Smoked Pulled Pork / Chicken or Fish Fry Fundraiser Dinner For Peterson Vazquez for Assembly (138th NY) –
Minimum Donation:
$15 Single $40 Family (4)
Dinner and a Raffle Ticket $20

Delivery Times: 11:30 – 2 or 4 – 7 – Henrietta and Chili ONLY

Pick up anytime Ely Fagan American Legion (outpost 1151) 260 Middle Road Henrietta NY

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