brothermanifest 
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Re: “Modern Day Horror

The recent editorial in Style Weekly called Modern Day Horror by Mark Holmberg attempts to shame those who protest the building of a baseball park on top of Shockoe Bottoms African Holocaust dungeons because to the author there is no equitable cry for shame regarding the conditions existent in Richmond's housing projects. The confabulation (google it) inherent in the authors argument - even though he mentions slavery and the co-existent psychological residue from it - is that the sheer existence of a housing project filled unequivocally by blacks is a by product of the very same Afrikan Holocaust Dungeon site he is shaming of those who protest.

This cognitive dissonance; this dis-remembering; that black people in the city of Richmond - or anywhere else in this nation - globe even - are in their present day circumstances not out of context of history - white folks historically have made it so black people are poor today as a result of slavery, discrimination and economic disembowelment. to point at those who are fighting to reclaim a piece of the identity from a historical framework of why it is that black people are poor in the first place is ridiculous. What would be better in relationship to a a reporter to do - would be to find out who among the thousands of families in Richmond who were denied mortgages in the 1930's may have progeny in 2014 that live in the projects today with intent on calculating how much equity they possibly could have had if their family had not been red-lined by the federal government and denied a loan due to the neighborhood being black predominately. this perhaps would be a much easier discussion than say going back several centuries and calculating how much capital that same family would have had if their ancestors had been paid for their labor during slavery which in all likelihood would nullify the need for a project at all if my line of reasoning escapes the reader.

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Posted by brothermanifest on 06/17/2014 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Changing Appetites

The comment above this one is interesting because I manage a community garden and just this saturday I had about 5 boys eating corn off the stalk. Don't know what you went through but your experience does not speak for everyone. I think that is step one. To stop painting our finite experiences as the reality of everyone. This is an incredibly complicated issue and lack of access to grocery stores is one that I face personally. Maybe you can't relate because you have a car, or have access to one, or live in an area with a grocery store. I have three kids, no car, and work 5 days a week. it is incredibly difficult for me to get to the grocery store to shop for food. I live in Woodland heights. So in my attempt to eat healthy I have to depend on a ride or a bus that comes once an hour - in which i must take my sons get on that bus and get groceries - then catch that bus home.

This was way worse when I lived on broad rock blvd, where there are no grocery stores and no bus service on the weekend.

It is time we take a moment to think a bit about how the issue affects people more; even beyond our limited interactions with poor folks - and our idea that we as poor people don't want to cook or eat healthy. That is an easy out - blame the victim - oh they don't like to cook - oh they by processed food with EBT - please - until you walk in our shoes - do us a favor and don't do us a favor. Everybody wasn't raised like you - or live where you live.

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Posted by brothermanifest on 09/18/2013 at 10:24 AM

Re: “The Perfect Mayor

Brother Manifest for Mayor!!

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Posted by brothermanifest on 04/27/2012 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Richmond Lures TV Chef

lol at these comments

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Posted by brothermanifest on 04/27/2012 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Top 40 Under 40 2011

i heard that class of 2010 got chocolates in the mail... class of 2009 likes candy too...

Posted by brothermanifest on 07/07/2011 at 4:40 PM

Re: “Brilliant Disguise

love this quote: "The I.E. event couldn’t have been for Richmond’s so-called creative thinkers. Most of the people I’d identify as local spark plugs would have spent the conference’s hefty $125 admission fee on something more practical — a rent payment, say, or a new piece of software"

I couldnt have said it better myself

Posted by brothermanifest on 07/07/2011 at 4:34 PM

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