Liverpool Blues: One Punch From The Promised Land

Liverpool had it all, and twice they blew it. Having matched the Man City record of 17 consecutive wins they twice had the chance to better it, and blew it twice. They were held at Old Trafford 1-1 (Oct 2019) to end their 17 winning streak in the league, and again against Watford who ended their 18 game winning run and 44 game unbeaten run, which started against City 2-1 in the previous season (Jan 2019) They had won 9 consecutive games at the end of it to secure 97 points, the third highest in EPL history.

Liverpool were 22 points ahead of City following their defeat to Watford and still had records in sight. They were five short of the Arsenal record of 2003/4 but did edge Huddersfield (Dec 2010-Nov 20110 league one record by 1. They could have still managed the earliest ever title win to beat the 2000-01 United record, and could have matched the points tally but faltered. They were held by Everton two games later before being beaten 4-0 at City with the title already won thanks to Chelsea beating City 2-1.

Burnley ended the Anfield run of 24 consecutive wins in July 2020 to ensure Liverpool would not end the season having won every home match. Arsenal then won 2-1 ensuring they would not match the City record set on the final day of the 2018-19 run where they only lost twice: to Liverpool 4-3 and United 2-3. That season Palace’s dramatic 0-0 draw ended their run of 18 consecutive wins meaning Guardiola fell short of his own record of 19 set by Bayern when he were in Germany. He won 0-3 in Dortmund who return the favour 0-3 by the time the title was won. Months later, in 2020 Burnley return to Anfield to finish the job.

Klopp was 68-0 in home games extending back to a defeat against Palce. He was less than 10 games short of the Mourinho record which stretched over two spells, or the Chelsea record of 86 games, which stretched across multiple managers before Liverpool ended it in 2008. For Mourinho his earliest home defeat came in February 2002 when Beira Mar won at Porto  2-3. He moved to Chelsea and won 46, drawing the remaining 14. At the San Siro he won 38 of his 29 games in his two seasons. In April 2011, Sporting Gijon ensured it came to an end, albeit with no Ronaldo, Marcelo or Benzema. His 151th game. He lost two more.

Mourinho would lose at home to Pep. He lost 5-0 in Nov 2010 before holding Barcelona 1-1 in the return of April 2010. He again lost in April 201, at 0-2 home loss in the UCL before suffering a 1-3 league defeat in December 2011. In the January 2012 Copa del Rey he lost the first leg 1-2, returning to draw 2-2 in the reverse. He then famously won at the Nou 1-2 in April 2012 to cap a remarkable turn around at his team smashed the points record margin. He lost 1-2 to Pep in the Manchester derby of 2016 and the December 2017 clash before winning there 2-3 in April 2018.

During his spell at Madrid, Inter and Chelsea Mourinho lost only four home games combined. In his 2011-12 he only lost to Levante 1-0 (Sep) and Barcelona 1-3, scoring 121 and drawin 4 to reach 100 points. In his first Madrid season he was 92 points to Barcelona 96, losing 4 games to their 2: Osasuna 1-0 (Jan), Zaragoza 2-3 (April) in addition to Barcelona and Gijon. In his first season at Chelsea he only lost away to City (1-0) and picked up 95 points. He conceded less than 15 goals. It was absurd as City scoring more than 100.

Mourinho was held home and away by Arsenal, who he beat home and away the season next. Chelseas run however began with Claudio Ranieri, who ended the 2003-4 unbeaten in six.  Avram Grant and then Felipe Scolari followed Mourinho, but his record was unparalled.

He did of course lose Champions League and League Cup games across his tenure, but he made a fortress of his league home. Even with 5 defeats equal to United that season, he still went on to win by the league by 8 amassing 91.

In 100 home games, dating back to his 2004 1-0 win against Fergusons United, Mourinho won 76, drew 22 and lost one. In the same time, Ferguson gained 234 points, Benitex 231 and Wenger 226. In 100 games Mourinho collected 237 points (W73 D18 L9) with Guardiola coming second at 234 points (W73 D15 L12). He would have beaten the record if not for losing to Benitez’s Liverpool in his 100th game (Jan 2019.) He was one punch from the promised land.

Man United twice lost to bottom club Wolves; one coming when they were 30-0 in the league, yet that cant compare to the Barcelona shambles. Having marginally survived defeat against Chelsea in the UCL, and having been saved in the last few minutes against Sevilla (2-2), heading to Levante, it seemed certain they were going to unbeaten in the league, only to find themselves 4-1 down. In spite of a Coutinho hat-trick, they still lost 5-4. They went on to lose again in the UCL, blowing a 4-1 lead against Roma to bow out 3-0, losing on away goals.

Only Lampard has beaten Mourinho home and away. It came in the same season Guardiola twice lost home away, to Man United and to Wolves. Only Conte had inflicted such an insult up until that point, although they had suffered a 1-0 and 0-4 loss to Madrid in the Champions League. Mourinho meanwhile also lost to Basle home and away in the UCL, triggering him to sell Mata, twice Chelseas player of the year, as he was scapegoated for the loss. In the league, home and away, Mourinho has long been difficult to defeat.

In 2014 Mourinho beat Liverpool and Man City home and away. He ended the Man City consecutive home win record (Feb 2014); for Liverpool, he ended their hops of winning the league. He beat Wenger on his 500th game 0-2 and inflicted the 6-0 defeat (March 2014) in Wengers 100th. He himself, however, was stunned when a late Sunderland penalty saw them come from behind to win 1-2 (April 2014) at the Bridge. There were signs as weeks earlier a late Hazard penalty rescued the against West Brom (Nov 2013); but was unable to salvage his 77 game run against the basement side.

He won the league the next season but his final was a travesty; He began losing the community shield to Wenger, giving him his first win against Mourinhos Chelsea.  They lost 3-0 to City in their second game, before losing at home to Palace (Aug 2015) in their fourth, followed by Southampton 1-3 (Oct 2015), Klopp’s Liverpool 1-3 (Oct 2015) and Bournemouth 0-1 (Dec 2015). He lost his next game 2-1 agaisnt Leicester was sacked; his replacement, Guus Hiddink took over from 19 December, and whilst he did manage to beat Arsenal to secure the double, he was also doubled as Pellegrini’s City again won 0-3.

In 2015/16 Liverpool lost 0-3 at home to West Ham (Aug 2015) and Palace 1-2 (Nov 2015) but won at City 1-4. LVG’s United won at Anfield 0-1 (Jan 2016) to secure the double having already beaten them 3-1 (Sep 2015). He managed to beat Leicester 1-0 (Dec 2015) who only lost three times, the other two to Arsenal home and away, They lost 2-0 in the return (Feb 2016). In his home game against Arsenal a 90’ Allen goal salvaged a draw before United did the damage in the next game. Benteke spared his home blushes against Liverpool in May (2016.) He beat City 3-0 (Mar 2016) before beating Palace 1-2 to avenge their earlier loss (Mar 2016.)

In 2018/19 Liverpool led by Xmas, but still went on to lose by a solitary point; perhaps it was the Everton draw. They had stolen late wins against both Tottenham and Everton before a late Mahrez miss at home to City (Oct 2018) ensured their unbeaten record remained intact. City ended the season with 4 defeats (95+ 23-) to Chelsea 2-0 (dec 2018) Palace 2-3 (Dec 2018) followed by Leciester 2-1 and finally Newcastle Jan 2019, but their 14 consecutive wins including victory against Chelsea (6-0) Leicester 1-0, and United 0-2. They then won their next few games before finally being stopped by Tottenham 2-2 (Aug 2019) to end their streak at 15 games. They had a late goal disallowed.

If not for their final day concession, City would have ended the season with joint best defence, however, if not for their last second Jesus goal, they wouldn’t have ended the previous season with 100 points. If not for their last minute Aguero goal, they would have never won the title. If not for inches clearing the ball, Liverpool might have drawn at the Etihad, and instead lost the league to the only side to beat them.

In their last few games Liverpool are without a win, despite having started the season in relatively decent form. They seemed solid contenders up until their 7-2 hammering at Villa but then once they won 0-7 at Palace they seemed back on course. It was in the games since then their title challenge fell apart culminating in their loss to Burnley, then the EPLs bottom side. It was as painful as United losing to Palace 1-2 to ensure they tasted their first home defeat thanks to a last minute goal.

At United, Solkjaer was somewhat of a mixed blessing. He lost to Barca at home, and PSG also but then he went on to beat them 1-3 away. He again won in Paris before losing the return and eventually being dumped out of Europes top table He managed to twice win at the Etihad, beating Pep 3 of 4 times despite missing out on a league cup final appearance. He started his United stint impressively, but faded after the initial games, however, going longer than 18 months, he outlasted Lampard, and most certainly, Moyes.

Signs of Liverpool faltering were evident in the Atletico game where they lost a two goal lead to bow out 2-3 after extra-time. They then went on to lose to Atalanta in normal time, 0-2 (2020/21) having won the reverse fixture by five unanswered goals. It was claimed they didn’t get started, but might the same have been said against Villa or Watford in the season prior. They now turn to face Mourinho’s  Tottenham, who Klopp has not had much troubles with. He was one of the men to get Mourinho sacked despite leading United to second in the league, and trophy success in Europa 2017.

Mourinho will not be a push over. In both of their last two games Liverpool were fortunate to get anything from them game, with Tottenham missing a host of chances in each before succumbing to a last gasp winner in their 2-1 defeat. Liverpool had been lucky for a while. If not for a last second Dembele list they would surely have failed to over turn the deficit against Barcelona in the UCL. In the same season, albeit Mane missed a string of chances, had it not been for Allisons last ditch save they wouldn’t have been able to compete. In the same year a late Sturridge goal (89) salvaged a Chelsea draw (Sep 2018). In their next game a Mahrez miss meant they got off with a another draw.

They beat Everton 1-0 (Dec 2018) thanks to a late mistake (96). They failed to beat a diminished United drawing 0-0 in Feb 2019 before drawing at Everton 0-0 in March. Against Tottenham they won thanks to a late OG (Mar 2019) before Origi saved them with a late winner against Newcastle (2-3) in May. Even against Paris in the UCL they won thanks to a last minute FIrminho goal (Sep 2018) although a similar goal condemned them to  a 1-0 defeat in Naples (Oct 2018) Even in the final they were within seconds gifted with a goal before securing the win with an 87th minute decider. In the following season this pattern persisted.

In October they beat Leicester 2-1 thanks to a 95th minute penalty. Lallana rescued them at Old Trafford in the 85th (Oct 2019). At Villa they were losing (Nov 2019) until Robertson 87 and Mane 94 bailed them out. Firminho 85 helped them win 1-2 at Palace (Nov 2019) He again saved them (84) at Wolves 1-2 (Jan 2019) and until the 68th they trailed 1-2 home to West Ham, before going to Watford and getting trounced. Having recently lost their home record a game after it should have gone to United, all eyes will be on Liverpool when they travel to North London on Thursday?

Update: Liverpool emerged with a 1-3 victory against Tottenham. It was only the second time in his career Mourinho had been beaten home and away.

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The Meaning is the Message

Peace unto, just finished contemplating the work of author Wendy Chun; appreciate she has 2006 and 2011 publications to her name also. In her 2018 talk mentioned here she quotes William Gibson’s (1984) description of Cyberspace which was also quoted by Charles Mills in “The Racial Contract” (1997). This exact quote again is referenced in the 1990 documentary Cyberpunk exploring the role of film, game, book and graphic novel (comic) in contributing to the genre.

Science fiction / fantasy was the basis for much of this. William Gibson not only contributed to the genre through “Neuromancer” but also his 1981 Omni magazine piece, “Johnny Mnemonic”, was, in 1995, adapted into a film. In 1988 “They Live” was produced, adapted from the Ray Nelson short story “8 O Clock in the Morning” (1963.) Other film adaptations include “Soylent Green” and “Logan’s Run”

Philip K Dick is another writer who had their work adapted. His 1968 “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” was made into the 1982 film “Blade Runner”. His 1956 “A Minority Report” was also made into a 2002 film, and his 1966 “We Can Remember it For You Wholesale”, became “Total Recall” (1990.) Isaac Asimov had his 1950s stories adapted into the 2004 film I Robot, whilst Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” (1953) was made into a 1966 film. This fate also awaited the work of George Orwell (1948) and Aldous Huxley (1932), whose work seems to have influenced the satirical film “Demolition Man” (1993.)

“Fahrenheit 451” (1953), “Brave New World” (1932), “The Demolition Man” (1993) and “Handmaidens Tale” (1985) all get mentioned in Daphne Patai’s “Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism” / “The Politics of Purity.” It warns against a dystopian future which comes into existence through corporates and governments monopolising the control of everyday life. It followed in the tradition of Philip K Howards “The Death of Common Sense: How Law is Suffocating America” (1994).

Erica Carle “The Hate Factory” (1974) later renamed “Give Us The Young” (1982) also surveyed the predictive programming power of science fiction. Building upon her condemnation of corporate dominance, “Why Things Are the Way They Are” (1996), she implicated Auguste Comte as a key antagonist in the drive to create a scientific dictatorship, in the name of female salvation (cf 1853.)

In his preface to the 1946 edition of Brave New World, Huxley warned “as political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatively to increase.” In media there is a similar paradox. Marshal McLuhan pointed this out writing “the potential is tremendous for the advancement of knowledge and understanding through television and electronics.” He went on to caution “the retreat of knowledge and the diminution of understanding” is also a possibility. Neil Postman took this further.

In “Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology” Neil Postman reminded his reader to manage technology. He seemed to extend the caution advised by Jacques Ellul “The Technological Society” (1954), and to some extent, Carl Jung, The Undiscovered Self (1959). He drew upon McLuhan “Understanding Media; The Extensions of Man” (1964) but also “The Medium is the Message: An Inventory of Effects”, published the same year Debord released “The Society of the Spectacle”

Neil Postman drew upon both Orwell and Huxley in his 1985 “Amusing Ourselves to Death” alongside a plethora of other communication thinkers and theorists in “Crazy Talk Stupid Talk.” (1976.) In “Doublespeak” (1989) William Lutz continued in the tradition of exposing duplicity in language, whilst encouraging critical thought. Neil Postman claimed the capacity to think reflectively was being lost arguing that we are “Informing Ourselves to Death.” He urged to think in meaningful contexts.

Marshal Mcluhan passed away 40 years ago today, 31 December 1980. In 1972, December 31st, Mark Essex went about attempting to exact vengeance against the system he thought had wronged him. He was executed 7th January 1973. On 7 December 1993 Colin Ferguson executed similar acts. In 2016, history repeated and was made. In Dallas, Texas, Micah Johnson killed five police officers (7/7/2016). In retaliation, a drone was used to kill him. In short, they “blew him up using a robot.”

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Farewell Maradona

Sport Sex and Silence

In a 2015 article for “Africa is a country” Sean Jacobs argued “the scorn of many conservative intellectuals comes from their conviction that soccer worship is precisely the superstition people deserve.” He adds “in contrast, many leftist intellectuals denigrate soccer because it castrates the masses and derails their revolutionary ardor.” Continuing with the ideas of Neil Postman, Guy Debord and Aldous Huxley, he highlights “bread and circus, circus without the bread” where the masses are “hypnotized by the ball, which exercises a perverse fascination [as] workers forget who they are and let themselves be led about like sheep by their class enemies.”

There were few better examples of this then the transfer fiasco. The EPL window officially closed at 23:00 BST on Monday, 5 October. I did not follow a single rumour as I have no interest in gossip. George Subira for example claimed men should avoid the football back pages and jump to the financial sheets of the paper, The Stock Market. There is an abundance of technical insight and tactical appreciation with regards to football. People know the titles their clubs have won, their transfer targets, coaching philosophy, loaned players and academy prospects but can say nothing of the club hierarchy or management structure. Science is increasingly being used to study sport but when do spectators use it to study the finance of sport?

In his “Technical Analysis of the financial markets” John J Murphy attempted to apply science to studying stocks. Imagine if all the time football fans invest in sports was applied to an understanding of finance. Imagine if spectators knew more about the club hierarchy than they did their club’s playing styles. Ask any punter and they can name the coach of every club but how many can name the board of the directors; the CEO, The general manager, The vicepresident, The managing director? How comes these people know everything about the club other from and other than the business side of it, and yet the majority of these people are still poor?

In The Culture of Narcissism, (1979) Christopher Lasch contributed a chapter on sport. He flays the “bland regimen of co-operative diversions” claiming they were being made into spectacles undermining excellence and the athletic experience. He also complained about the ways in which sporting events to promote political ideology rather than performance appreciation th which an audience is diverted towards sensationalism.  He, did not, according to Laurie Johnson despise sports; he saw play as important.  If anything, of our play becomes a retreat from reality, and a planned escape in a reactionary manner, these games will not help us. They become deeply problematic. They detain us from engaging with reality and it’s immediate demands.

Current Manchester City (EPL) Chief executive, Ferran Soriano, was Finance Director of FC Barcelona (LaLiga). He is also CEO is NYCFC(MLS) and Melbourne City FC (A-league) Ian Ayre is the CEO of Nashville SC of Major League Soccer and a former chief executive officer and main board director of Premier League club Liverpool. I have a feeling no one watched those transfers. It’s as if all of this emphasis on the external is to divert from the internal happenings of these sports. They have no concern and may be they shouldn’t be.  Sport is about fantasy not engagement and most fans are not interested in this other life; they prefer to live through these people. Not every waking moment need who be geared towards productivity; it’s a shame athletes are no longer be permitted to experience this.

In his most famous work “American Life in the Age of Diminishing Expectations” Lasch foresaw this decline in content quality and character of thought, itself replaced by a growing emphasis on ineptitude. He died in 1994 before these external personas of o like platforms came to dominate our interests. Endless freedom, this idea of keeping all options open meant many failed to move towards purposes freedom. Avoiding commitments keeps people in suspense rather than engagement. Likewise being flooded in electronic and digital means of accessing and archiving sports, it’s almost as if there is no longer an appreciation of the real, just a distortion of it.

In June 2008 comparing Zidane to Rivaldo, Rob Smyth wrote that “the cerebral genius of Zidane, nonetheless, makes him the ultimate fantasy footballer, whereas Rivaldo was the ultimate Fantasy Footballer.” He remarked that
“the suspicion remains that some appreciate Zidane without knowing exactly what they’re appreciating; that they are perpetuating a discourse for fear of being seen as a philistine.” In football this idea even extends to the debate between Maradona and Pele. This mystical and metaphysical element of football is the intrigue drawing many to the changing room rather than the boardroom studying developmental charts rather than financial spreadsheets. Entertainment is an escape; the facts fail to flatter, they fall for fairytale and succumb to spectacle.

“If Maradona is football’s god” wrote Sean Jacobs “then Eduardo Galeano wrote the beautiful game’s holy book.” He authored classics such as Upside Down: A Primer for the Looking-Glass World (1998) and Days and Nights of Love and War (1978) which inspired Crimethincs Days of War, Nights of Love (2001.) About Maradona he would recount that “it was impossible to live with the responsibility of being a God on the field but from the beginning he knew that stopping was out of the question. ‘I need you to need me’ he confessed after many years of living under the tyrannical halo of super human performance. Swollen by cortisone and analgesics and praise, harassed by the demands of his devotees and by the hatred of those he offended”.
In ‘Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life’ Alex Bellos speculated that “while Brazilians put Pele on a pedestal they do not love him the way they love Garrincha. Garrincha symbolised playing for playing sake […] It is because Pele does not reflect national desires Pele above everything else symbolises winning. Brazil is not a country of winners. It’s a country of people who like to have fun.” Galeano interrogated this further suggesting that “maybe its because a flawed genius is someone we can more easily empathise with  

Maradona is one of us. Or maybe it’s because his fallibility still leaves room for speculation.  
Pele had become everything he could possibly have been but for Maradona the question still lingered ; even after his myriad [of] successes in the game, what could he still have become.”
You can’t predict that.

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“The Black Male Political Agenda” by T. Hasan Johnson, Ph.D. and the 10,000+ Members of the Brotherhood of The Onyx Report

T Hasan Johnson, heard this following his recent discussions

Black Masculinism and New Black Masculinities

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The United-Independent Compensatory Code / System / Concept: A Compensatory Counter-Racist Codified Word Guide (2010)

…the use of the word “dark” is often intended to cause people to think, speak, and / or act as if “dark” means the same as “tragic,” “evil,” “dangerous,” “destructive,” etc., particularly when “dark” or “darkness” is associated with the physical appearance of people (p 85)
[They] sometimes use these words in such a manner as to associate [darkness] with evil, or with incorrectness, while using the words [light, lightness] with so-called “pettiness,” “goodness,” or “correctness”. Racist man and aciatwoman sometimes do this in a manner to promote the thought that “dark” people…are also evil, ugly, and / or incorrect …to promote the thought that “dark” people are a source of evil and / or dreadful events
[…] They [also] do this as an indirect mean of associating ignorance and confusion with “dark” people . It is not correct to use the term “keep in the dark” in this manner. it is best and correct to say, “Keep (a person) from knowing,” …

Neely Fuller page 86 of the code book writes “dark(,keep in the) avoid hsunf this term . Never use it to mean “keeping a person from knowing,”…to mean that “darkness” and “ignorance” is somehow, one and the same.”

Racistman and racistwoman, collectively…usually speak of “darkness” in such a manner as to directly or indirectly promote fear, contempt, hostility, and hatred of “dark,” “Black,” and/or Non-White people

 White people who have chosen to participate in The System of White Supremacy (Racism) usually associate the use of the words “dark,” “darkest,” and/or “darkness” with places, things and people regarded as worthless, dangerous, and / or “undesirable.”

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All Workspaces are free and none of the facilitators receive any renumeration for their work. In order to work together effectively, we ask facilitators and participants to meet the following requirements and commitments:

Participant Requirements:

A commitment to attend all sessions of the enrolled module(s), unless there are reasonable extenuating circumstances.
If you cannot attend a session, you should give as much notice as possible to the facilitator(s).
Any preparatory study materials deemed compulsory by the facilitator(s) must be read, watched or listened to before the associated session.
If you are unable to attend a session, you must study the associated material and listen to the recording of the session.
Punctuality: please arrive 5 minutes prior to the start of each session.
Please respect the physical and social spaces within which sessions take place.
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A commitment to the aims and ethos of DL.
A commitment to an agreed timetable.
Punctuality: facilitators must arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of each session.
Facilitators must make themselves available outside of study sessions to those who may have enquires about the module’s topics, texts or other materials.
All sessions will be planned in advance.
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All facilitators will, during the course of their module, think about means by which to implement and contribute towards decolonising pedagogy.

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The DL Chronicles


five years ago today, it was a Saturday and in East London, England, we were launching an ambitious project in Decolonial London. Unlike the world we sought to destroy, it fell apart.

In the end, despite a myriad of reasons, at least this side it can be said that two factors had a major and detrimental impact

  1. a “private” group chat in which some of the members of the project were being discussed and mentioned
  2. “queering” of the space, which included the “gender politics” of the private group chat above

Some of the members of the group felt other members / facilitators were creating problems with other members, particularly through their “patriarchal” manners, attitudes and ambitions. It was also assumed that the space was made unsafe for ‘alternative genders’ and ‘diverse sexualities.’ These are roundabout summaries as it would be somewhat treacherous to go into finer detail, even if in the private group chat it went there.

Being five years removed from this situation it must be said that my perspective is so radically different right now, especially at a time when transpolitics are being celebrated whereas in the past they were chastised. In ths DL space it seemed the “down low” (alternative) tendencies of some of the participants and / or facilitators were overlooked, much to the demise of the project.

In the years that have passed my thinking has been more centred around countering “gynocentrism” and “misandry”, studying the Man Woman Myth series and other waves of masculinist material. Of particular interest has been the work of Tommy J Curry, who himself, featured on the 15 March 2015 London launch. His ideas, however, were much better summarised by the likes of Shahrazad Ali (1990) and George Subira Trower (1996.) These two, however, has been overlooked or ignored.  In both texts they address the dangerous tendency to share private information with people outside of spaces which in the case of DL was so painful as it blurred defining lines (of confidence) making it difficult to trust, identify and trust allegiances. It came to be the case that “in-fighting” or hostile disagreements spoilt the space, for the “foreign” thinking came to be taken as the “natural” position, as many dangerous assumptions and ideas went unchallenged, and widely accepted without interrogation.

To repeat, each needs to ask themselves, “where does my person begin, and my oppression end…”






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Why It’s Hard To Date A Black Woman

…and we are back

imagine that, five years away from this platform and how things are changed beginning with the one I have been most criticised for; life partner. It is now common knowledge that for the past few years I have been in a process with a white trans-male creating a massive schism in the world of pan-afrikanism. It seems I am no longer afrikan enough for people despite my ongoing and sustained commitment to black identity and empowerment.

There have been innumerable positions assumed about this current arrangement, many imagining it was related to a “diary of a tired black man.” It has not been,, I will nevertheless repost this classic along with a likely fictional “exposition” by a proverbial Matthew Lynch. This piece was bought to my attention by Hasani Pettiford who word, “Why We Hate Black Women.”

Penny Dickerson

Top Ten Reasons Why It’s Hard To Date A Black Woman by Matthew Lynch (Black

  1. Black women make black men feel under appreciated, unwarranted and irresponsible and   regressive.
  2. Black women are too aggressive and no longer patient in waiting on the pursuit of a man.
  3. Black women are strong headed, too independent which presents great challenges in relationships.
  4.  Black women are masculine in that they are controlling and like to run the relationship.
  5. Black women expect too much. They are gold diggers who will not look twice at a blue collar black man.
  6.  Black women are hot headed and have bad attitudes.
  7. Black women stop caring about their appearance after a certain age.
  8. Black women are not as sexually open as other races, especially in regards to oral sex.
  9. Black women’s tolerance is far too low; they are no longer empathetic to the black man’s struggle in…

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Legendary Legacy: Foreman In Perspective: Podium, Pulpit, Pugilst

“Foreman spread Frazier across the ring like he was apple butter.”

Article coming soon…

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Legendary Legacy: 30 years on, Mike Tyson In Perspective (Part 3)

About Foreman, it was said that “he thought that the best way to deal with the world was just to become a monster.” (Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated.) Meanwhile, during his Micky Burns interview on Profiles (c 2013), he affirmed “I was a boxer and I remember these [my left hand] were my referee and these [my right hand] was my judge.  My hope was that I was going to kill someone in the ring so that they’d really [be afraid.]” Tyson, like even Hagler, seems to have used the ring to prove his worth and battle against his torment. In his words, “I used Islam because I was bitter at the world.” By the end of his fight with Kevin McBride, his heart was with boxing no longer. It was no longer his passion. Fighting to take care of his bills, and no longer a ferocious animal, Tyson decided against disrespecting the sport further, and expressing regret and disappointment, he revealed his despair. Congratulating Kevin, he conceded “I’m sorry I let everybody down; I just don’t have this in my heart no more. I don’t love this no more.” “I’m just tired of fighting.” He ends the Tyson documentary explaining,”I had all of these things in life but none of them fulfilled that big hole.”

Although Tyson stands as the youngest heavyweight champs, despite the achievements of Hopkins, Foreman remains the oldest heavyweight Champ. It might be said that there were as many comparisons to be drawn between the lives of the two heavyweights, than one might expect. After retiring from the Ring in 1977, following his points loss to Jimmy Young (a fight which involved the fourth and, although dubious, last knockdown of his career) he retired from the Ring only to return in 1987 (March 9), aged 38, stopping journeyman Steve Zouski. Six years later, following his strategic, slow start, Foreman went on to fight Holyfield, only to lose on a decision. It seemed as if his title shot opportunity had been missed, but after Holyfield was stunned, on points, by Moorer, Foreman got his chance. In 1994, knocking out the undefeated Moorer in the 10th round, history was made. Foreman redeemed himself regaining the title he lost 19 years prior. Foreman would later retire, 1996, after a points defeat to Shannon Briggs, with his final record being 76(68)-0-5. His only knockout was his shock loss – which was also his first defeat – to an Ali (44(31)-2, who, incidentally, had been beaten, on points, to “round 2” Foreman victims, Norton and Frazier (Frazier’s “0” was taken by Foreman.)

Like Tyson, there was more to Foreman. If indeed, “he thought that the best way to deal with the world was just to become a monster”, “beneath it was always that softness that he was trying to hide.“ Like Tyson, prime Foreman “gave off the persona of someone who was just hateful and mean and didn’t care what you thought, didn’t care anything about the rules, didn’t care anything about life.” Hitting Frazier with a rabbit shot, and taunting his bruised body in the earlier round seemed to evidence this, as did Foreman hitting a falling Norton on two of the three occasions he was collapsing. (Unlike Foreman, Ali restrained himself when Foreman was going down following Ali’s mesmerising eight round flurry.) Foreman stepped into the ring imagining he would also defeat Ali in the second round but instead, left learning that “that facade was a joke and that he really was a vulnerable man behind that monster.” Zaire took his confidence (selfhood), and “mean-menacing” identity. His world came crashing down. He could not deal “with the public humiliation of having been outwitted by Ali.” Once near-invincible, he was left a shell of that man: “I was devastated.” After, he would meet women and trying to get over his loss, indulge in spending frenzies.

Many boxers have died early, and many have died quite “skint” or “impoverished.” Like recording artists, it seems that many professional boxers rarely end their careers with as much money as they generated during their fighting time. Many boxers seem to enter the profession to build themselves. They want respect, status and identity. Often, these are the wretched of the earth coming into boxing to find themselves; to be somebody. Deontay Wilder affirmed this when, shortly before his fight with Bermane Stiverne, he explained that boxing was his last chance of selfhood. (“I felt like it was my last opportunity to become somebody.”) Meanwhile, Chapelle’s infamous joke also speaks to this pain. Mirroring the fathers advice from “Don’t Be A Menace”, Chapelle remarked: “I spoke at my high school and I told them kid’s straight up, if you guys are serious about making it out of this ghetto, you’ve got to focus, you got to stop blaming white people for your problems [pause, silence]…how to rap or play basketball or something; you’re trapped; you are trapped. Either do that or sell crack, that’s your only options; that’s the only way I’ve ever seen it work. You better get to entertain[ing] these white people; you better get to dancing. Go on out there and be somebody.”

Entertainer, Chris Rock, seemed to make a similar observation, only this one directly related to boxing. In his words, “my dad used to say…”you can’t beat white people at anything, never, but you can knock them out.” If you have six and the white guy has five, he wins. If you’re black, you can’t let it go to the judge’s decision because you’re going to lose, no matter how bad you beat this guy up. Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney [June 11, 1982] is the perfect example of life. Larry Holmes beats the s**t out of this guy for 11 rounds [and] he knocks him out in the [thirteenth] round [of 15]; they had to stop the fight. The man[Cooney] is bloody; he had been beaten the whole fight.  It goes to the judges’ scorecards [and] Larry Holmes is losing the fight. If he didn’t knock him out, he would have lost the title and that is essentially the [ruled] experience…there is always going to kind-of-be an over-reaction in one way or another, regarding your presence, be it good or bad.” Maybe it was in attempting to take control of his fate that Foreman made his fists his judges, and like Tyson, “hit with bad intentions.” Like Foreman’s reincarnation, Tyson has also remade himself to cement his legendary status, reinventing himself and in the process showing that he was much larger than the Boxing Hall of Fame: Loved and liked; A Somebody; An Immortal.

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