Because the classic book, How to lie with statistics by Darrell Huff, teaches us the tricks, it is best to take a look at the quantitative analysis of numbers and from them make our own deductions. The first graph shown here tells a story we might not realize is a reality in American neighborhoods. There are more gun shops in America than supermarkets. Wow! Somebody cares more about shooting than eating. The second one is just as alarming. Every time there is a mass shooting gun sales go up. Woe! It benefits somebody when there are mass shootings! Finally, the third one has the stats for the number of guns reported stolen. It’s preoccupying how the greater the number of guns on the streets, the higher the number reported stolen. I’m just saying: there is Food for Thought with these numbers. It’s very honorable to value the rights of people to arm themselves. However, I understand that there is no gun big enough to protect us from tyranny nowadays. In the old day of muskets and gunpowder, we could get together and form a guerilla against the oppressors. But we need much bigger guns than regular assault weapons and machine guns, given the advance in weapon technologies these days. Besides, the real and only chance we may have at being free from the oppressing powers that be is to KNOW and to SPEAK. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!
So now, we are living in the old Wild, Wild West at He Haw Junction! Still! Anyone with the right amount of dollars and a fake or valid ID, whether citizen or not, can get an assault rifle or two with plenty of ammunition with the intent to break into any personal individual’s house, any church or school, any public or private domain for whatever reason. As a matter of fact, these bandits’ rights to arm themselves with the purpose of slashing the right to life kill with impunity and are above the RIGHT TO LIFE of an individual. Arms void the Right to Life! No other Right is greater.
Mass shootings occur in the US more than once daily without previous warning of time, place, or victim. The perpetrators’ motivation may be to have fun and actually live the images in their heads acquired throughout their lives by means of the media’s prolific choices including news, film, and video games. Perhaps they are society’s failure to educate with compassion and instill human values. Perhaps the assassins are bandits aiming to take away an INDIVIDUAL’s freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to think in own way. Perhaps they are politically affiliated with the populist fascists of America and the EU, including Russia, or any Drug Cartel; and unless the INDIVIDUAL is readily armed and able to respond to fire with even greater fire without previous warning, or time to get ready for battle, there will be NO JUSTICE. Human loss of life and impunity upon the bandits will be bestowed to the exclusion of the INDIVIDUAL’s RIGHTS to LIFE, FREEDOM AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
Yes, the Constitution has an Amendment allowing INDIVIDUALS to arm themselves against the State. I guess we should also allow grenades, and other explosives, tanks, fighter jets, or DIY kits (homemade molotovs); the internet provides ease of information with directions on how to acquire and even assemble arms and explosives. With all the arsenal individual people can store in their place of residence, they may be able to defend their individual rights as human beings.
Wait a minute. I thought that individual safety and security was guaranteed! Is it true that in a democratic society, where the government is for the people by the people and there is Rule of Law, the government shall create bodies of authority or law enforcement whose goal is to PROTECT the RIGHTS of individuals against bandits who lawlessly abolish those Rights given by the Magna Carta and ratified and expanded in the Constitution? Whereas, there are also International Laws and Organizations safeguarding Human Rights of individuals where they reside at any given time.
In America, today, people need to arm themselves at home, in their place of worship, in public institutions, on the streets, and at work. They need to be ready to protect their individual HUMAN RIGHTS against armed individual bandits who threaten the right to LIFE of others. However, we are allowed and encouraged to be armed against tyranny and anarchy. The sale of arms has risen constantly with every new assault as more and more people take it upon themselves to protect their lives.
Since our HUMAN RIGHTS are not able to be protected by law enforcement agencies unless we have one assigned per person, if we are not armed and ready at any given time anywhere in the US to protect our lives against armed foe of any kind, the government can not guarantee the people’s right to life and liberty. That is anarchy!
This article honors the memory of a Human Rights activist who saw the big picture in her time, Sojourner Truth. When we as individuals speak out for the betterment of humanity, we are Sojourner Truth. I am Sojourner Truth! She was a teacher to us whose voice is as loud and clear as ever. #neveragain
Formerly known as “I Am Sojourner Truth” screenplay by Angela Terga and Lateef Calloway.
First the visionary structure. On October of 2016, you saw me fly across the Atlantic to attend Linda Aronson’s non linear script writing master class at Ealing Studios in London. The workshop added confidence to how we, the writers, chose to structure SoTru, the screenplay I’ve been working on since the summer of 2015 with Lateef Calloway, the young independent producer and director whose mission is to bring forth the ultimate icon of feminism and equality through the life and works of Sojourner Truth. The nature and relevance of her teachings are just as pertinent or more today than ever. More than a year later, at the beginning of 2017, Lateef and I plan to meet for several days when we will scrutinize the screenplay, compare it to the Treatment, take notes and then polish the…
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Formerly known as “I Am Sojourner Truth” screenplay by Angela Terga and Lateef Calloway.
First the visionary structure. On October of 2016, you saw me fly across the Atlantic to attend Linda Aronson’s non linear script writing master class at Ealing Studios in London. The workshop added confidence to how we, the writers, chose to structure SoTru, the screenplay I’ve been working on since the summer of 2015 with Lateef Calloway, the young independent producer and director whose mission is to bring forth the ultimate icon of feminism and equality through the life and works of Sojourner Truth. The nature and relevance of her teachings are just as pertinent or more today than ever. More than a year later, at the beginning of 2017, Lateef and I plan to meet for several days when we will scrutinize the screenplay, compare it to the Treatment, take notes and then polish the diamond of a well crafted first draft. SoTru, the script, must not only pass the ten page test, it must receive a first class production fund.
During out first meeting in 2015, Lateef and I crafted the structure of the biopic. Starting somewhere near the middle where her life appeared most exciting and then flashing back to her nativity for a tour of enduring heartache and pain with dignity and grace until the end. Once the journey’s vision was set, I proceeded to research, read, write and get into the spirit during my month-long visit to Battle Creek where I stayed at six generation descendant of the historical figure, Thomas McCliechy’s home. Thomas and I talked about “grandma” every day all day when he was around. I would often ask him how he thought Sojourner would want me to write-in this or that occurrence stated in her Narrative’s editions. I can see Thomas’ goatee moving up and down as he’d say, “tell the truth, that’s what she would have said. That’s what she stood for, and that’s why she changed her name to Sojourner Truth.” In honoring that manifesto as a writer, I have encountered many forks on the road of writing SoTru. My greatest endeavor and hope is to show what the avenues present while not inflicting judgment on the path traveled. For truth, in my own definition, lacks judgment. Therefore, exposing the facts should be all one needs to come to a conclusion. For instance, when Sojourner took it upon herself to travel the northeastern countryside instilling prudence and warning the hordes of wretched souls seeking enlightenment against the pitfalls of fanaticism, she exposed the truth before her, not just by her words but because those poor souls saw it and felt it in their hearts. Even the preachers urging them to extremism and delusion agreed with her common sensical arguments and so will audiences worldwide when they see and hear her coming to life on the screen. Is it not relevant today to warn our brothers and sisters of the perils of dogma?
The Writer’s responsibility. Besides sticking to the telling (showing) of the truth and nothing but the truth, so help us God, writers of figures such as Sojourner Truth have the delicate task of transforming historical speeches and events into everyday life AND keep you at the edge of your seat every minute of film’s hour. I can just hear the critics say, “we were on the edge of our seats every step of SoTru’s way,” instead of “the dialogue was ridden with
self-importance.” Critiques apart, being able to convey feeling to the general public is the writer’s purest aspiration. Will the audience cry and laugh and wonder and sing along and fear and cheer with our dearest hero? Only then, will our soul rest. How do we best bring a character to life in the public’s heart and eye, for present and future generations? That’s our quest and you’re the judge of our success. So delicate a matter it is that we must exercise the most caution and care in the construction of every scene for no one set is irrelevant.
Words such as conflict, suspense, intrigue, fear, elation, sorrow, despair, grief, pain, sickness, delusion, courage, inspiration, revelation, endurance, hope, love, forgiveness, desire, determination, agitation, declaration, mobility, encouragement, count among some of the exciting circumstances surrounding the life of one of the most dynamic inspirational lecturers of all times on topics such as freedom and equality, Sojourner Truth. Her legacy is in our hands to inspire new generations to achieve a higher standing in the world through education and organization. In her own words, “agitate, agitate and get in the mix while it’s still stirring.” A legend in her own time, SoTru brings us a breath of fresh air in the form of hope and accomplishment while entertaining us with our hero’s wit and song. So keep in mind the title “SoTru” soon to hit the box.
Relevance and Purpose. What makes this film relevant today is not just that talent shines no matter what and God has always and will always use some of us to create great waves of change, nor that this woman born Isabella Baumfree accomplished almost all her goals by mere faith and determination, self-reliance instead of fear using common sense, nor that she attained Buddhahood. What makes this film relevant today is that she showed us how we must find a way to love even our enemies so we can see truth for it is “on the shoulders of the black man that the civilization of the white man rests.” I interpret this statement to mean that the black man civilizes the white. But what civilization is has different meaning to different people. To me it means the evolution of the species. Evolving means peace, harmony, prosperity, health, water, resources, knowledge, justice, fairness, brotherhood, tolerance in the world towards one another.
SoTru was the first to win a court battle against a powerful white man and get her son out of slavery in the deep south. Nonetheless, she lost him to the festered social arena and mass incarceration of black youth in the city of New York soon after slaves were freed in 1828. In response, she changed her name and filled her heart with love, vowing to profess Truth on her Sojourn. Thereafter referring to herself as Sojourner Truth, councillor to her people and advisor to Presidents, pressing the issue of women’s rights, equal pay for equal work, equal education and penal reform. The same voices are being heard today across the world. Join us in acclaiming justice and equality from sea to shining sea. SoTru.