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“Stop Falling For The Okeydoke”

“You hit the nail right on the head!”

~ Bishop Felton Edwin May (Retired) of the United Methodist Church

“This book is a very personal and powerful examination of the “lie of race” that has served those in power well throughout our history and right up to the present day. [His book’s] approach dispels pervasive myths and untruths and illuminates the history, science and politics of this destructive ‘lie’.”

~ Myla Kabat-Zinn (daughter of Dr. Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States)

“I have known Stephen Tillett for many years, and he has been making big moves all his life. And now he is leading the way again with this incredible book! This book is leading edge thinking and it will have a big impact on America and the world!

~ Dr. Willie Jolley, Bestselling author of A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback and Achieving Greatness with An Attitude of Excellence

Dear Reverend Tillett,

I just wanted to let you know that I really liked the article you wrote that appeared in the Capital today. I completely agree with you that “race” is a lie, and it is continually perpetuated in all sorts of subtle ways – when the census asks what your race is, when studies report demographics on race, when doctors’ offices ask you what your race is. I find it irritating and offensive that so many people think that what I look like on the outside has such a huge impact on my behavior, health, thoughts, and emotions. As a social science researcher, I believe that continuing to divide people by the color of their skin so we can talk about differences between “races” is unethical and abhorrent.

I was so pleased and gratified to see that somebody else thinks that race isn’t real either. 🙂

Keep up the good work!

~Colby,  Annapolis MD

Dear Stephen,

I am pleased to say that your book, “Stop Falling for the Okeydoke”, is a ‘must read’ for anyone who wants a quick, sensible, and understandable discussion of what is, and has been, going on in this country for at least the last three hundred years.  It’s time to admit that God created one race, the HUMAN race, and that human beings created racism.  Anything we can create, we can destroy.  It’s time to destroy racism.  Reading this book will help people to realize how, when, and why it’s time to get busy and do that very thing.

The material concerning ‘tolerance’ is especially important, I think.

~ Jane Elliott

CTD, LLC., located in Maryland and established May 2, 2017, is a new company devoted to seeking and disseminating truth and dispelling misinformation and disinformation.  

Rev. Stephen A. Tillett was born & reared in Washington, DC.  He earned his Bachelors of Arts from American University and his Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity, both in Washington, D.C.  

“I am passionate about every reflection and representation of the human family coming together, not in a superficial “Kumbayah moment,” but in a manner that respects each one’s diversity and is devoted to full inclusion of every other one of us.”

NFL Flag Controversy

About Philando…

The not guilty verdict in the case involving the murder of Minnesota motorist Philando Castile, in front of his family, is an outrage on several different levels. First, Castile's personal history reveals that he had been stopped 49 times by the police over the past several years. None of those resulted in any convictions. One can only conclude that he was guilty of DWB, "driving while black." What innocent white person in America has been stopped by the police almost 50 times? If you have those names please let me know.   Further, Castile tried his best to follow the officer's instructions, even when they were spastic and contradictory.  The fact that the officer could not decide what he wanted Castile to do undoubtedly contributed to the shooting. Why should the officer's fear of a man politely and calmly sitting in his car, with his family, trying to do his best to follow the officer's instructions, lead to that man's murder?  Policing is not an easy job and it is certainly a stressful one. However, if a police officer is going to be so frightened that he/she shoots a person who is calmly trying to follow their instructions (a practiced and respectful calmness gleaned from the prior 48 stops, I would imagine) that person does not need a badge or a gun and needs to find a new line of work.   The same can be said in the murder of the unarmed motorist in Tulsa Oklahoma who was shot in the back while slowly walking away from a police officer. This killing seems to reflect that same level of unhinged fear. Again we understand vigilance to protect one's own life, but if there is no clear and present threat or danger and the officer is not being charged by a knife or gun-wielding assailant, why is anything more than a conversation or, at the most, a taser necessary?   In contrast to the murder of these two citizens, I recall watching a video of an enraged and obviously mentally imbalanced knife-wielding individual in Great Britain. The police did not shoot him, instead they surrounded him while each surrounding officer held a body-length shield. They subdued and arrested him and took him to the hospital for a mental evaluation. What a concept!   The other aspect of the Castile case which is both disappointing and enraging, but not really that surprising is the absolute silence by the NRA that a person who has a license to carry a weapon, and volunteered that information to the officer, was murdered. The NRA, which is quick to defend the right for people to own and carry guns, even after a massacre at a school, has yet to say a mumbling word about Castile's Second Amendment rights being violated. It begs the question, do Second Amendment rights extend to people of color in these United States? It would seem the answer is no.   A few years ago some stated that it felt as if it was open season on people of color by the militarized police forces across the nation. Instead of getting better, it seems to be getting worse. A list of the murdered now includes pregnant women, sleeping children, and people with their backs turned and/or even walking or running away from the police. Again, we understand that the most police perform their duties with vigilance and integrity. The sad thing is that those who do not almost never suffer any consequences for the lives they have unjustly taken, even when there was no actual threat presented to them. Video footage of these encounters show over and over again that just about all of these lives that were lost did not have to be taken as there was no threat posed to any of these officers outside of whatever fear was lurking in their minds. That's simply not enough reason to take another human being's life. Just sayin'...

The Church Is Not Immune

In the matter of the cognitive dissonance that infects our society, the church is not immune to this phenomenon. The Bible tells us one thing, but our personal and family history and culture sometimes lead us in a contrary direction. The recent uproar at the Southern Baptist convention about rebuking race is such an example. If there is any sector of American society where we would hope that racism can be challenged and rebuked consistently, fervently and without equivocation, it should be the church. Unfortunately, the desire or perceived need not to offend stakeholders, even in the church, has lead some religious groups and denominations to offer tepid-at-best statements against this cancer on our national soul. Whether one is re-visiting some of the foundational documents of our country that states that "all men are created equal" or if one is looking at the Scriptures which tell us that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and that God shows no favoritism, our guidance on matters of ethnic diversity should be crystal clear. All the way back in 1959, Racism was defined by the President's Joint Council on Mental Health in Children, as being  "the number one mental health problem among children in the United States."  Scripture has authorized those who say they believe in God to "bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for prisoners" (Isaiah 61:1). The church needs to stand on its moral and spiritual authority to free itself and our society from the captivity and darkness of the lie of white supremacy and the scourge of racism in our country and around the world! I am grateful that voices of conscience among the Southern Baptists and the tug of scripture eventually compelled them to do the right thing, but I'm sorry it took so long and was such a tortured process. It is never wrong to do the right thing, no matter who objects or how much money they put in the offering plate. Just sayin'...

Father’s Day Tribute

As I reflect on the continuing influence of my father in my life on this 18th Father's Day without him, a few thoughts come to mind. First, Malcolm Tillett was an educator. He taught history, government and other similar courses in high schools in the District of Columbia. He also developed in me a love of history, a penchant for critical thinking and a thirst for accurate information that is often diluted, at best, in our history books. Second, I am sure that Dad would be both mortified and unsurprised at some of the self-destructive tendencies that have been on display in our political arena for the past several years. The Party Before Country (PBC) crowd assiduously resisted cooperating with President Obama on just about everything. As a consequence, we have crumbling tunnels, roads and bridges that could have been repaired years ago but were left deficient because of a deficient Congress that refused to cooperate with him on anything. That is a dereliction of duty of the highest order. Stop Falling for the Okeydoke seeks to bridge the education gap and help those who do not have a clear understanding of the legacy of greed and the naked thirst for power at all costs in our country to "buy a vowel and get a clue" about what is really being done to all of us, irrespective of the color of our skin. I hope we can become more forthright in holding our elected officials accountable to actually serve and represent us. So on this Father's Day, Dad, I salute you and your contribution to educating young minds, starting with mine, and launching me on this journey. I hope I'm making you proud.