I rarely read, much less write about stories called ‘human interest’ but the above photograph caught my attention, and only because I made an incorrect assumption. The headline from the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper on July 7, 2018, from a story in the Washington Post the previous day, by Cathy Free read:
She was fired for taking in an inmate’s newborn
The woman was an officer at a prison facility in Louisiana that prohibited such personal contact. She has no regrets.
I thought, “here goes another story about liberal progressive white folk, in an attempt to assuage their guilt of white privilege, doing community service for black folk. That’s why the expression, “assume makes and ass out of u and me” is apropos. Aside from the irony of the woman’s last name (Bourgeois), here is the news article. I apologize for the long read, but I want to offer you the entire story.
Bell brought the pair to her home in Vicksburg, Miss., to temporarily live with her. Katie Bourgeois had been incarcerated for a few months in a Louisiana prison earlier this year when she learned she was pregnant.
“I felt panicked — I didn’t have anyone who would help, and I didn’t want my baby to get sent away with Child Protective Services,” said Bourgeois, 30, who was serving time for drug charges. “I wasn’t sure what to do or where to turn.” Bourgeois said. Bourgeois knew that she would give birth while she was locked up at the Louisiana Transition Center for Women — a privately run educational and training corrections facility in Tallulah, La., for inmates within one year of being released.
Bourgeois’s due date was in mid-May, about seven weeks before her release date in July. Bourgeois told some of the other women at the facility about her predicament, and several of them mentioned that there was a corrections officer who was kind and might be willing to help her.
The officer, Roberta Bell, was known to love babies. “Everyone said she was sweet and always kept her word,” Bourgeois said. One morning, while inmates were lined up to receive their daily medications, a friend of Bourgeois’ approached Bell and explained the situation.
Bell, who did not know Bourgeois, said she walked right over to Bourgeois and offered to help. “I knew it was the right thing to do,” Bell said. “When I asked Katie if she’d like me to come and get her baby when it was time, you could see the relief on her face,” Bell said. “She said, ‘Miss Bell, I’d love for you to take my baby, because I don’t have anyone else to do it.” Bell, 58, said that sealed her commitment.
She told Bourgeois that she’d take in the newborn for about two months while Bourgeois finished her prison time. “I knew that God wanted me to follow my heart, and I knew I couldn’t allow a baby to go to protective services when Katie really wanted that child,”
Bell said. Bell also knew that it violated the rules of her employment, because corrections officers are not allowed to give their personal contact information to inmates. Bell said she thought that she might get permission under the circumstances.
Bell told her supervisor about her plan to look after Bourgeois’s baby until her release in July. Bell said that during the day, she could leave the baby at a nearby daycare that was run by a friend. “[My supervisor] said it sounded like a conflict of interest because I worked there, but that he’d talk to some people in charge,” Bell said. “I didn’t hear back about it.”
Bell, meanwhile, watched Bourgeois’s belly grow, and she waited. On May 16, when Bourgeois went into labor and was sent to a hospital for the delivery, Bell said she was called into a meeting with administrators at the facility. “The captain said, ‘We’ve learned that your contact information was given to an inmate,’ and he told me it was against the rules,” Bell recalled. “He asked if I was still going to go through with [caring for the baby], and I told him that if the hospital called me, I was going to go and get that child.”
She said she wanted to help Bourgeois and decided to face whatever consequence came her way. Bell said she was hoping the consequence would not be steep. She had worked in juvenile and women’s corrections as a guard for about eight years and always enjoyed her job, which was only a 20-minute commute each day from her home in Vicksburg, Miss.
“I was aware it would be seen as a conflict of interest, but I am a woman of my word,” said Bell, who had worked at the facility for almost four years. “I wanted to do the best thing for Katie and her child.” She said she was terminated on the spot.
The following day, May 17, Bourgeois gave birth to a seven-pound boy and named him Kayson. Bourgeois was sent back to prison to complete the remaining two months of her sentence, which she was serving for using drugs while on parole, she said. She gave the hospital permission for Bell to get her son.
Officials at the Louisiana Transition Center for Women and the corporation that operates the prison, Security Management, did not respond to several calls and emails from the Washington Post requesting comment about Bell’s employment. “I knew that Miss Bell really cared, and that Kayson would be in good hands,” she said, adding that she wasn’t allowed to see or talk to Bell.
Once Bell got a call and was told that she could pick up the baby, she raced over to the hospital, filled out paperwork and showed the hospital her identification. Once everything was verified, she scooped up Kayson, buckled him into the new car seat she had bought and took him home. She also had loaded up on diapers, wipes, and baby outfits.
Some of the other corrections workers at the facility brought her a bassinet for him to sleep in. About 700 women were incarcerated at the transitional prison, said Bell, adding that she learned to feel compassion for them while she worked there. “So many of them have been used and abused and have had hard lives on the streets,” she said. “I found that if I showed them a little love, it went a long way.
I sensed that Katie was a good person who had just made some bad choices in her life.” About 58,000 pregnant women are incarcerated every year, according to a 2017 study done by the Pregnancy in Prison Statistics Project. Bell said that by helping Bourgeois, she hoped to give her some solid reasons to rebuild her life and find new purpose. “I do know one thing — she has a beautiful little boy,” said Bell. “He’s a good little boy who doesn’t cry much,” said Bell, noting that she spent weeks feeding Kayson every 2 to 4 hours.
When Bourgeois was released from prison on the Fourth of July, “it was further confirmation that I’d done the best thing for them both,” said Bell. She was waiting for Bourgeois in the prison parking lot that day to pick her up. She said she couldn’t wait to show her how much Kayson had grown.
Mother and son are staying with Bell at her home, until Bourgeois can find employment and save enough to live on her own, she said, adding that Bourgeois is considering becoming a hairstylist. “She and Kayson are welcome to stay here for as long as they need to,” said Bell, who also looks after her grandchildren every summer. “I’m excited for Katie and what the future holds for her.”
Bell said she recently obtained a job helping one of her neighbors care for an elderly parent for eight hours a day while she considers future employment options. “Losing my job has been hard — my kids have been helping me out,” she said.
She said she is reminded that she did the right thing every time she holds Kayson. “To see his little face and his smile — it was just a joy,” she said. “And now, to watch Katie with him and see all of that love and the promise of a new beginning has made it all worthwhile.”
Bell said her dream is to start a group home for women who have recently been released from prison and have no place to go. Bourgeois said she would help. “How can I thank this woman? She’s a stranger who showed so much love,” Bourgeois said. “If not for this angel, I don’t know what I would have done. I feel like I’ve found a friend forever in Miss Bell.”
What do you think?
If my writing interests you, here is another example that I hope you will find informative.
Think Outside the Box of European Hegemonic Paradigms:
It Is Our Only Opportunity For Liberty and Freedom
That was the advice I offered Adebayo Adeniran a few days ago. He had written the following essay:
The wealthy 1 percent and their minions in the palace of Westminster are having a field day mocking the poor.
He ended his essay with, “Eating the rich is our only recourse.”
I then asked him, “What does that mean, and how is it achieved? His reply was, “Overthrow the system of exploitation and take over their possessions.”
The following is my response to him.
How is the system of exploitation overthrown?
Are you suggesting armed revolution?
I certainly hope not because that will never happen given the West’s armaments.
You will never out-murder the greatest murderer in human history.
I must also ask, what do you mean by taking over their possessions.
Does that mean that you will become a new colonial master in Africa?
I certainly hope not because what the European stole, and still possesses, are their colonies in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, which rightfully belong to the native indigenous peoples of those lands, not CHOSSA (Children of Stolen and Sold Africans).
“Eating the rich” sounds barbaric, and cannibalistic. Those are the traits of the European, not traits of an African, contrary to their incessant propaganda which labels us what they actually are. The Europeans’ lies, murders and theft perpetrated against humanity must and will end. But let’s be clear that:
“There are only two powers in the world, saber and mind; at the end, saber is always defeated by the mind.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
Our power comes from our mind.
“Our life is shaped by our mind. We become what we think.” — Buddha
Speaking of the mind, Carter G. Woodson, in his book The Miseducation of the Negro, 1932, had this to say regarding the mind and the mis-education of the Negro.
“No systematic effort towards change has been possible, for taught the same economics, history, philosophy, literature, and religion which have established the present code of morals, the Negro’s mind has been brought under the control of his oppressor, the problem of holding the Negro down, therefore, is easily solved. When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary. The same educational process which inspires and stimulates the oppressor with the thought that he is everything and has accomplished everything worthwhile, depresses and crushes at the same time the spark of genius in the Negro by making him feel that his race does not amount to much and never will measure up to the standards of other peoples. The Negro thus educated is a hopeless liability of the race”.
Intellect/Intelligence is the key to our success is seeking liberty and freedom in a nation of our own, completely devoid of the Western paradigms of Capitalism,
Communism, Democracy, Autocracy, Oligarchy, Monarchy, and Monotheism, just to name a few.
I love your spirit and your intellect.
It’s now time to think outside of the European box that has caged you.
Capitalism mandates, and requires the concept of the ownership of Land, and all of its resources, and the ownership of People, and all of their physical and mental labor. That proposition is why our present dystopia exists.
The European has fought wars, stealing us and our lands for the last 2,300 years, to maintain their right to own us, and our lands. That behavior is part of their DNA.
The game called Mortal Kombat just aired a commercial a few days ago that said, “Mortal Kombat, it’s in our Blood.” U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D) Conn, released a book last year called the “Violence In Us” so please don’t fight the truth.
If European people would fight among themselves for hundreds of years, It should not be a surprise that they have waged wars on Africans, Asians, and Indigenous Americans for thousands of years.
I need not mention the corruption, injustice, unrighteousness, and evilness in other European economic ideologies, nor their political and religious hoaxes that have enslaved humanity for so long. It requires a book, which I have already written.
We all know the problems.
From this point forward, my posts will offer solutions. As Pope Francis recently said:
“An economic system that is fair, trustworthy and capable of addressing the most profound challenges facing humanity and our planet is urgently needed.”
I have developed an economic system that addresses Pope Francis’s concerns. I look forward to your responses.
Could Judge Tanya Chutkan Be An Oracle? Is Her Presence Prophetic?
The Matrix, is a popular science fiction film that explores complex themes of identity, reality, and the nature of the human condition. If you have seen, or know of the movie, then you know that the “Oracle” was portrayed by Amer African actress Gloria Foster, who brought a warmth and wisdom to the role that helped to make the “Oracle” one of the most popular characters in the film.
What is an Oracle?
“An oracle is a person or thing considered to provide wise and insightful counsel or prophetic predictions, most notably including precognition of the future. The word oracle comes from the Latin verb orarae, “to speak” and properly refers to the priest or priestess uttering the prediction.” — Wikipedia
In 1999, a Black Woman was the fictional Oracle for our planet Earth. Theproducers decided to honor the legacy of Black science fiction writers because many of the ideas explored in the Matrix trilogy were first introduced by Black science fiction writers, such as Octavia Butler and Samuel R. Delany. By casting a Black actress in the role of the Oracle, the filmmakers were able to pay homage to these trailblazing writers and their contributions to the science fiction genre.
Was Gloria Foster’s casting prophetic?
In the film, the oracle is a mysterious and powerful figure whose foresight allowed her to guide the humans in the Matrix towards their freedom. She helped them to understand the nature of the Matrix, and she gave them the hope that they needed to keep fighting. She was a powerful ally to the humans, and she played a crucial role in their victory over the machines. The oracle’s powers were highly sought after and never doubted.
One last question. Who is Tanya Chutkan?
Tanya Sue Chutkan is a Jamaican-born American lawyer and jurist serving as a United States district judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She is the judge overseeing the criminal trial of former U.S. president Donald Trump over his attempts to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, including the events leading up to the January 6, 2021, United States Capital attack.
Chutkan was born on July 5, 1962, in Kingston, Jamaica. She has a younger brother, Norman, and a younger sister, Robynne, both of whom are physicians. Her father Winston Chutkan is an Indo-Jamaican doctor, and her mother Noelle is an Afro-Jamaican who was one of the leading dancers at the National Dance Theater of Jamaica. Noelle is the daughter of Frank Hill, one of the founding fathers of the Peoples’ National Party. Noelle’s sister, Jean Barnes, who is Chutkan’s aunt, is the mother of former Liverpool and England footballer, John Barnes.
She received a Batchelor of Arts degree in 1983 from George Washington University. She later attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She graduated in 1987 with a Juris Doctor.
From 1987 to 1990, Chutkan was in private practice at the law firm Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells). From 1990 to 1991, she worked at the law firm of Donovan, Leisure, Rogovin, Huge & Schiller. From 1991 to 2002, she was a trial attorney and supervisor at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In 2002, Chutkan joined the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, becoming a partner in 2007. Her practice focused on complex civil litigation and specifically antitrust class action cases.
On December 19, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Chutkan as a judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, a seat created pursuant to 104 Stat. 5089. She received a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on February 25, 2014. On March 27, 2014, her nomination was reported out of committee by a voice vote. On June 3, 2014, the United States Senate invoked cloture on her nomination by a 54–40 vote. On June 4, 2014, her nomination was confirmed by a 95–0 vote. She received her judicial commission on June 5, 2014.
Chutkan’s biography is a study in contrast with that of Aileen M. Cannon — the federal judge in Florida overseeing Trump’s criminal case over alleged obstruction and mishandling of classified documents. Cannon is a former federal prosecutor and one of the last young conservative lawyers Trump appointed to the bench before leaving the White House.
An African-Asian born Jamaican is about to set a new course and direction for America. Donald Trump will not be able to control his mouth and the Sister Judge will hold him in contempt of Court. When she has to incarcerate him for Contempt of Court, the greatest disaster in America’s will ensue. It will also be the end of the U.S. Civil War II, will be catastrophic, and drain the U.S. of all of its remaining stolen resources.
China, Russia, Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela will watch with glee. Brazil, India, Pakistan, and South Africa will dance for joy. And the European City-States will cry in horror as their Western power base evaporates.
For me, it’s simply the end of another empire. We may actually get to witness it with our own eyes. I believe, unless he dies a natural death, Donald Trump will be convicted and sentenced to a jail term by Judge Tanya Chutkan. The irony that a Black Woman is the harbinger of Civil War II should be disconcerting for European folk. Civil War II can’t be avoided.
I am not an ‘Oracle,’ but I will prognosticate the end of the America empire.
And simultaneously, I predict that a new Nation-State, Nchia Mababu (Swahili, Land of our Ancestors), will rise on the Continent of African
Judge Tanya Chutkan’s role in “our-story” is fitting destiny; and justified punishment for the slavery, suffering, and death that Our Sisters have endured for over 400 years here in the Wilderness of the Americas.
Do you think Judge Tanya Chutkan is an Oracle? Do you think her presence is prophetic?
Anti-Zionism Is Not Anti-Judaism, Nor Anti-Semitic: What Is Anti-Zionism? What is Zionism?
Let me begin by acknowledging that I am entering waters that only brave brothers like Rohn “Truth” Kenyatta, JR “Rick” Stanton, and MarkWEvans dare tread.
Israel (a.k.a. The United States Light) is an unusual nation in many aspects. Though there is, at least supposedly…
As Brother Rick recently said, “Looking at our people and our situations and circumstances I say we are comatose; alive but barely functioning. We are brainwashed and definitely conditioned to respond to both preprogrammed and new stimuli and messaging by our enemies who forced us to internalize their worldview, values and most dangerously acquiesce to their domination and subjugation of us. All of us are recovering automatons and deadheads to one degree or another, some more so than others. Engage in mental decolonization! Free our mind, the rest will follow.”
It is mandatory that ZIONISM, the “elephant in the room,” be addressed. Until the distinctions between Zionism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Judaism are made clear, Diaspora Africans will remain comatose, with a colonized mind.
That is why I am compelled to deal with this issue once again.
Let me briefly deal with each one, starting with antisemitism, which was birthed first. On October 27, 2022, the…
I will start with the last question first; what is Zionism? There are many definitions of Zionism, but my query begins with understanding that there is a distinction between Economic Zionism, and Political Zionism.
Economic Zionism is said to be about the ‘economic development of the Jewish state,’ but in reality, European banking cartels [the Court Factors] used the stated purpose to create a home base for it’s continued control of the world economy. It was a major force in the early days of the Zionist movement, and it still plays the key role in the development of the Jewish economy, not just in Palestine, but around the world.
“Why does economics matter? Because everything that one does each day, hour, minute, and second, is precisely…
In the early 20th century, Jewish immigrants to Palestine established a number of agricultural settlements and industrial enterprises. These enterprises were often supported by financial assistance from the Jewish Agency, other Zionist organizations, and the European banking cartels.
A political turn was given to Zionism by Theodor Herzl, an Austrian journalist who regarded assimilation as most desirable but, in view of anti-Semitism, impossible to realize. Thus, he argued, if Jews were forced by external pressure to form a nation, they could lead a normal existence only through concentration in one territory. [My exact sentiments regarding Diaspora Africans.]
In 1897 Herzl convened the first Zionist Congress at Basel, Switzerland, which drew up the Basel program of the movement, stating that “Zionism strives to create for the Jewish people a home in Palestine secured by public law.”
I raise this question because both men have inspired me in my quest to establish Nchia Mababu, a homeland for Diaspora…
The centre of the movement was established in Vienna, where Herzl published the official weekly Die Welt (“The World”). Zionist congresses met yearly until 1901 and then every two years. When the Ottoman government refused Herzl’s request for Palestinian autonomy, he found support in Great Britain.
In 1903 the British government offered 6,000 square miles (15,500 square km) of uninhabited Uganda for settlement, but the Zionists held out for Palestine. At the death of Herzl in 1904, the leadership moved from Vienna to Cologne and then to Berlin. Prior to World War I, Zionism represented only a minority of Jews, mostly from Russia but led by Austrians and Germans. [The Ashkenazi.]
It developed propaganda through orators and pamphlets, created its own newspapers, and gave an impetus to what was called a “Jewish renaissance” in letters and arts. The development of the Modern Hebrew language largely took place during that period.
…By 1914 there were about 90,000 Jews in Palestine; 13,000 settlers lived in 43 Jewish agricultural settlements, many of them supported by the French Jewish philanthropist Baron Edmond de Rothschild.
Upon the outbreak of World War I, political Zionism reasserted itself, and its leadership passed to Russian Jews living in England. Two such Zionists, Chaim Weizmann and Nahum Sokolow, were instrumental in obtaining the Balfour Declaration [presented to Lord Rothschild] from Great Britain (November 2, 1917), which promised British support for the creation of a Jewish national home in Palestine. The declaration was included in Britain’s League of Nations mandate over Palestine (1922).
…Thus, 50 years after the first Zionist congress and 30 years after the Balfour Declaration, Zionism achieved its aim of establishing a Jewish state in Palestine…
[It is up for debate that Palestine may have been the ‘ancient homeland of the Jews,’ but in 1947 it was called Palestine, and inhabited by millions of Arab people, who practiced Islam.]
During the next two decades Zionist organizations in many countries continued to raise financial support for Israel and to encourage Jews to immigrate there. Most Jews, however, reject the view propagated by some very Orthodox Jews in Israel that the Jews outside Israel were living in “exile” and could live a full life only in Israel. — The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica –
Before any of you want to label me anti-semitic, I think it important to know what the word really means.
The word Semitic predates anti-Semitic by a full half-century, but while antisemitic solely indicates hatred of Jews, Semitic refers to a full family of languages: not just Hebrew, but also Arabic, Aramaic, Ethiopic, and ancient Assyrian. The word Semitic was originally just about language; its association with people who spoke those languages didn’t come until later. — Wikipedia
The definition is extremely precise because it names specific languages, and the people who speak them. Because it is important to elicit sympathy for their cause, Zionists have caused the word ‘anti-semitic’ to mean anti-Jewish. The fact is that the word’s original meaning, as defined above, referred to languages, which were spoken by a number of peoples who lived in the now so-called ‘Middle East.’
For the record, I am definitely not anti-Jewish (antisemitism), nor anti-Semitic. Jews, Christians, and Arabs living in what is called the “Middle East” are Semitic peoples. And I am certainly not anti-Judaism. Judaism is a religion, not a race, the false narrative created by the European to maintain their economic and political control of the world.
Just because I don’t believe in Judaism’s religious tenets doesn’t mean that I dislike it. I believe every human being is entitled to their own religious belief as long as their beliefs don’t infringe on the rights of others.
My dissatisfaction is directed at Economic Zionism, not the religion of Jews, Christians, and Arabs, nor the languages they speak.
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