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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

I finished your book earlier today.  It was great.  I enjoyed it so much, I took a few minutes to double-check the meaning of the words that came to mind to describe it to ensure they were accurate.  Among them:

  1. Compelling

  2. Candid

  3. Sincere 

  4. Substantive and

  5. Essential

Thank you for loving humankind and brown people enough to write it.

~ Kimberly Johnson

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.”

Never Again

One of the brothers from our community, who I respect, has been asking me repeatedly over the past 4 ½ years why more people, especially leaders in the church, have not been calling out Donald Trump (#TheLoser) for the many levels of nonsense he has subjected the nation to since his candidacy. There are several answers. First, no one expected him to win. We thought he was just an annoying, occasionally entertaining distraction who would wear out his welcome quickly on a serious stage with serious people. We NEVER expected the Republican party would allow itself to be taken over by this un-serious man who had been a New York Democrat all his life. And once he won the nomination, we NEVER expected that he could possibly defeat one of the most qualified people to run for president in the modern era, Hillary Clinton. Indeed, he lost to her by almost 2.9 million votes. However, since the Electoral College ultimately determines the outcome, the device originally intended to serve as a safety valve to protect the republic from an unfit candidate or “mob rule” and an uneducated electorate, instead undermined the expressed will of the voters – our votes – and handed this man the keys to the White House. (The world of sports, and college basketball, in particular, would cite NC State defeating Phi Slamma Jamma (Univ. of Houston 1983) and Villanova defeating heavily favored Georgetown Univ. in 1985 as examples of the reality of competition. Once you’ve reached the finals, anything can happen…and it did!) Second, many of us hoped that if he were elected, once he took office and realized the presidency was a serious place for serious people, #TheLoser would “act accordingly,” drop his shtick and honor the great burden and trust of the presidency. As with the aforementioned assumption, we were wrong, again! So “Why,” I was asked repeatedly, “isn’t the church calling the #TheLoser out on his flagrant immorality, unkindness, unpreparedness, unfitness for office and a whole list of “un’s”? There are two reasons. First, “Trump Fatigue” is a real thing and we grew weary of “feeling the need” to respond to ever single outrage. Second, we never thought it would get this bad. Now, as we close in on the final 15 days of the Trump Misadministration, the utter lawlessness and shamelessness of the past four years is on full display. In spite of losing the election by over 7 Million votes, #TheLoser and his minions keep trying to overturn the expressed will of the people (OUR VOTES) by fomenting disproved “conspiracy theories” that are unsupported by facts. They’ve been to court dozens of times and lost every time. State elections officials, some of whom are Republicans, have been compelled by those facts to do their jobs in spite of the fact they would like to support him. Why? Because his claims are unsupportable by facts. But that is not stopping him from filing lawsuits, cajoling and threatening state legislators and elections officials to simply “ignore” the actual results and name him as the “victor.” We NEVER thought it would get this bad! We never thought there would be an occupant of the White House who figuratively used the U.S. Constitution for toilet paper and did whatever suited him irrespective of law, custom, tradition or decency. We should have said much more much earlier. We were wrong. It wasn’t possible to speak to every single outrage and every single lie (there have been over 25,000 of them!), but we needed to say more. When he routinely attacked women in government (like the governor, attorney general and secretary of state of Michigan) we should have spoken out. Only men who are small, insecure bullies attack and denigrate women just because! When #TheLoser demonized “Mexicans” as “criminals” and “rapists” we should have shut him down. When #TheLoser stated that the racist and anti-Semitic domestic terrorists in Charlottesville, VA, who threatened and perpetrated violence, were “good people,” we needed to hold him accountable and NOT let right wing so-called “religious leaders” to provide a fig leaf for him to hide behind. When #TheOccupant and his misadministration basically took a pick ax to many components of our government, undermining both the morale and effectiveness of the State Department, EPA, CDC, Department of Education and many other arms of government, we should have insisted that the Republicans in Congress (especially in the Senate of the past 4 years) hold him accountable to some governing norms and not acquiesce with their silence to his many anti-constitutional and counter-constitutional impulses. He has made the United States a client state of Russia/Vladmir Putin. And he his team has been largely inept, anti-science and even seemed unconcerned about the reality of the Coronavirus pandemic. These obsequious tools need to be held accountable for lacking the stones to challenge #TheLoser and his uninformed supporters who are, in effect, engaging in scorched earth politics now because the votes didn’t go their way. Whatever happened to “America First”? Oh yeah, that’s right…Trump First. Finally, the Christian church must confess being asleep at the switch while allowing self-proclaimed “leaders” who allege to speak for “The Church” to look the other way at #TheLoser’s MANY displays of indecency, crassness, poor character, ineptitude and incompetence. They would never have accepted even a hint of any of that from President Obama, but have given #TheLoser a free pass for four years, and sold the country out in exchange for some judicial appointments (“red stew” Genesis 25:29-34). These people claim to be “people of The Book” (the Bible) but only embrace it selectively. They give full-throated support to #TheLoser’s anti-immigration policies, when, in fact, the Bible says, “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner” and “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born.” It is interesting that the values Jesus spoke about (“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” are often now deemed to be "leftist." The personal mission statement Jesus announced was to “proclaim good news to the poor…proclaim freedom for the prisoners…(and) to set the oppressed free” are derided by the undiscerning as “socialism” and “communism.” All the while these folks have misrepresented “The Book” and our Savior and bastardized the faith, diminishing us in the very eyes of the people to whom we should be reaching out. Many of us in the church were resigned to tolerating #TheLoser’s excesses and hoping after the election he would just go away. Now it appears the cancerous residue of his time on the campaign trail and in office could infect us for years to come. Incalculable damage has been done to our nation and her people. Those of us who serve in the church of Jesus Christ must now push back against lies, inaccuracies and prejudices under the cover of “the church.” We must not allow the ministry of Jesus Christ to be considered the province of one party or the other anymore. Our role is NOT to be agents of any party or government. Our mission is to be prophetic and to be visible reminders of the Holy. We must hold parties and government accountable to We The People all the time…even if our portion of “The People” did not prevail in a particular election or piece of legislation. I close with a passage from 2 Timothy Chapter 4:1 “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to...

The People Have Spoken

In most election years, Monday, December 14th would have passed without anything more than a brief observation about the quaint constitutional requirement of electors gathering in state capitals around the country to cast their electoral votes for the winner of the recent presidential election.  However, in this year (2020, the year that keeps on giving – and I don’t mean that in a good way) due to the lies and disinformation falsely accepted as “fact,” there is great interest in the outcome of the Electoral College’s vote today.  President-elect Joe Biden won the popular vote by over 7 Million votes – a 4.4 percent margin of victory.  He won four of the six largest (most populous) states: California, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. For those who want to assert that California is somehow not a legitimate part of the United States, please understand that more than one of every nine U.S. citizens (328.2 million) is a Californian (39.51 million). In every democracy but this one, receiving a plurality or majority of votes cast would be enough.  But the great irony we face in the United States is that the votes of We The People are essentially advisory or secondary to this 18th century compromise inserted in the Constitution in the 1780s. Constitutional architect (and slave owner) James Madison himself stated these words about the creation of an electoral college, "There was one difficulty of a serious nature however attending an immediate choice by the people. The right of suffrage was much more divisive in the north rather than the southern states; and the latter could have no influence in the election on the score of Negroes. The substitution of electors obviated this difficulty and seemed on the whole to be liable to the fewest objections." In a nutshell, we got stuck with the electoral college in the latter portion of the 1700s as a compromise caused by America's "birth defect" of slavery.  Now, in the 21st Century, something that should have been done away with before my great-grandmother was born, right after the Civil War, is a prime contributor to the simmering division roiling our country today. Thus, candidates with no path to victory in the popular vote rely on suppressing votes of people with whom they disagree, in order to “win” in the Electoral College. Simply put, no one but perhaps the current president and his most zealous devotees, would still be talking about an election that was decisively determined by the voters on November 3rd. Yet, rather than calling this for what it is, a means for a small number of well-heeled individuals and corporations to force their agenda upon the nation (buttressed by five Supreme Court justices appointed by people who lost elections) the media and others still try to make this process seem “normal.”  And so, many are still on “pins and needles” awaiting the outcome of the electoral college results.  Both concerned citizens and some domestic terrorists and thugs are descending upon state capitals in an attempt to intimidate electors and state legislators into changing the outcome of the election and disregarding millions of votes. (In Arizona, electors met in an undisclosed location because of threats) Yes, in our “United” States, people are essentially advocating treason (defined as: “the crime of betraying one’s country” and “attempting to overthrow its government”) because they are unhappy with the expressed will of the voters.  Please note that none of them have demanded recounts in states narrowly won by the current president, such as Florida, Iowa, North Carolina or Texas.  Only states where President-elect Biden was the victor have been compelled to recount the same votes over and over again. Even more insidiously, the attacks against our voting franchise are largely focused on several cities in the U.S. where majority African American populations expressed their will through their votes so completely that allegations of “voter fraud” and “vote rigging” are bandied about with no evidence whatsoever. Indeed, the purveyors of these lies have filed specious lawsuits that have been rejected by at least 86 judges to date from state courts to the Supreme Court. As one federal judge said, “The people have spoken.”  Indeed we have! Submitted by Rev. Stephen Tillett, Submitted by Rev. Stephen Tillett, Pastor of Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church in Annapolis, MD, author of Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of “Race” Continues to Undermine Our Country, Political Analyst for “The Lavonia Perryman Show” (910 AM Superstation, Detroit, iHeart Radio), retired Air Force Chaplain

Treason and Sedition: Don’t Burn The House Down While You’re Still In It

On November 3rd, almost 159 million people voted. That is over 62.3 percent of all voting age Americans. The 2020 election had the highest voter participation since 1960 and was the first turnout over 60 percent since 1968 (encompassing the last 12 election cycles). The voters expressed their will in an unmistakable fashion, and elected Joe Biden to be our next president with 81,283,098 votes, a margin of victory of over 7 million votes and 51.3 percent of all votes cast for president. It was a 4.5 percent margin of victory. Biden is the first candidate to get over 70 million votes. His historic vote totals represent 32 percent of all voting age Americans. Donald Trump’s historic totals, as the only other candidate to receive over 70 million votes (74,222,958), represents the expressed will of 29.18 percent of all voting age Americans. Of course, in the United States, the expressed will of the American people by their votes notwithstanding, the slavery-era compromise Electoral College, devised in the 1780’s, has the final say. In this election, President-elect Biden earned more than the necessary number of those votes to uphold the expressed will of the voters receiving 306 electoral votes. Despite these historic vote totals, there is now an ongoing effort by the losers to reinterpret the historic vote totals and claim that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” irrespective of the clear margins of victory. The go-to move for the losers has been to attack the integrity of the votes in several cities in “battleground” states (Atlanta, GA, Detroit, MI, Philadelphia, PA and Milwaukee, WI). Maligning the votes cast by majority African American voters is no accident. Ironically, there have been no unfounded aspersions of “voter fraud” for any of the states Donald Trump won, including a narrow victory in North Carolina, only in states where he lost. What has followed is an embarrassing torrent of unsuccessful lawsuits that at least eighty-six judges, to date, have found bereft of facts and unpersuasive, from state courts to the Supreme Court. This has led to counter-constitutional efforts to try to sway state legislators and members of Congress to overturn the will of the voters. Now some are suggesting a new pipe dream of declaring martial law, to remain in the White House past noon on January 20, 2021. Nevertheless, I trust the patriotic men and women in the military and other institutions of government to uphold the results of the election that director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs (a Republican) called, “the most secure in U.S. History.” They will honor the oath many of them took to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…(and) bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” The critical question each of the provocateurs of debunked “voter fraud” lies must answer is: Why have they been willing to set aside their oaths to the Constitution to try to overturn a lawful and historic election just because they do not like the outcome? Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution speaks to spirit of the efforts to undermine our democracy. “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort…” These activities can also be called Sedition, which is “overt conduct, such as speech and organization, that incites resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority” which may include the “subversion of a constitution.” It is a “betrayal of trust.” By supporting unprovable lies and conspiracy theories, these people are committing acts of treason and sedition against our country. In Federalist No. 43, James Madison wrote, “As treason may be committed against the United States…But as new-fangled and artificial treasons have been the great engines by which violent factions, the natural offspring of free government, have usually wreaked their alternate malignity on each other.” In other words, people may use the freedoms of our democracy to wreak malignity (great harm) on that democracy, if they do not get their way. They try to burn down the house they are still living in! Here is the great truth buried in the statistics in the first paragraph. Many of these acts of treason and sedition are being carried out by people who arrogantly label themselves “patriots” and bloviate on and on about “freedom.” You are not patriots and are trying to undercut our freedoms because your preferred candidate lost the election. Understand that you do not represent the majority of American political or ideological thought. Over 81 Million US citizens voted during a pandemic to render their assessment of the past four years, and certainly the incompetence and “homicidal negligence” during the past ten months of Coronavirus, to render a verdict of: “You’re Fired!” Stop trying to wrap yourselves in our flag, like an ill-fitting garment. It does not fit you because you do not honor the principles of our government nor the sacrifices that were necessary to defeat and overcome secessionist traitors in the United States and fascists and Nazis overseas. Two wars were fought to defeat these toxic ideologies on the world stage. We must not allow them to reanimate and thrive here in the third decade of the 21st Century. Your time is over. You lost. Stop hiding behind your store-bought fatigues and weapons. Violence and intimidation are the refuge of the coward. They are a poor substitute for actual patriotism and honorable citizenship. If you genuinely love our country as you say you do, respect our Constitution, and respect the votes of your fellow Americans, even those with whom you disagree. Time and human development move forward, never backward. Accept the new normal and move on. We already have. Submitted by Rev. Stephen Tillett, Pastor of Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church in Annapolis, MD, author of Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of “Race” Continues to Undermine Our Country, Political Analyst for “The Lavonia Perryman Show” (910 AM Superstation, Detroit, iHeart Radio), retired Air Force Chaplain.

How the Pro-birth Movement is Being Used to Damage Our Courts

How the Pro-birth Movement is Being Used to Damage Our Courts With the election just three weeks away, one item that has become a prominent campaign issue is the Supreme Court of the United States. The passing of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has made control of the Court a campaign issue for the ages. Conservatives, and especially pro-life advocates, are determined to place a generational stamp on the direction of the Court by accelerating the hearings and confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the High Court. In a presentation at Barrett’s confirmation hearing, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse laid out, in great detail, the real reasons why this conservative takeover of the Federal courts is such a high priority for many in the conservative movement. He also highlighted the money trail undergirding this well-funded effort.  It have been funded by over $250 million – a quarter of a billion dollars – in “dark money” (anonymous donations, often from very wealthy donors or corporations) funneled through the Federalist Society the Judicial Crisis Network, the Donors Trust and the Bradley Foundation.  These organizations and others have helped to coordinate an “orchestrated chorus” of parallel amicus briefs and court cases designed to end up before the Supreme Court, to be ruled upon by the enhanced conservative majority (five of whom will have been appointed by Republican presidents who did not win the popular vote!) Do these groups and wealthy funders actually care about abortion?  Whether they do or do not care, a solid base of voters supporting the election of politicians to positions to oversee the conservative takeover of our courts are pro-life voters whose main focus, or even sole focus, is on the issue of abortion. For those people who are preoccupied with abortion, more than any other issue or concern that may come before the Court, this is an opportunity to turn back the clock and take control of women’s bodies and the decisions that they make with respect to their reproductive health.  The issue/medical practice of abortion has many layers.  Are we really willing to deprive a woman (or girl) of abortion as an option if the child they carry was conceived in an act of violence?  Further, will we support state laws that would grant parental rights to sexual predators that would compel the victims of sexual violence to seek the agreement of their abusers, before making an already heart-wrenching decision, or worse, to force them to co-parent with their abusers? Will we insist that a woman carry a baby to term that has already been determined to have conditions that are incompatible with life?  And are we prepared to compel a woman to carry a pregnancy to term, even if it may endanger her own life?  Pregnancy is never a risk-free journey, but if we know in advance that continuing the pregnancy might cost the woman her life, is it still appropriate to coerce her to continue? In the face of this complex issue, the Supreme Court is now front and center in our political calculations for this election season.  Let’s take a quick look at how much of the Court’s work actually involves addressing abortion.  The Supreme Court typically renders between 70 to 80 rulings a year. Taken in the aggregate over several years, less than 1 percent of those rulings have to do with abortion. But there is a segment of our society for whom that issue is so central to whom they believe they are, that they will unwittingly pitch the entire judiciary in a particular ideological direction in the hopes of achieving their desired outcome on that issue. These people refer to themselves as pro-life. Benedictine nun sister Joan Chittister said the following with respect to “pro-life.” “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” In a July article in America The Jesuit Review, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore wrote the following as he sought to explain to Catholics “Why Black Lives Matter.” The following excerpt is pertinent to the pro-birth, pro-life conundrum. “The cornerstone of the church’s social teaching is the truth concerning the dignity of the human person. Every person is created in God’s image and likeness and is endowed with inviolable dignity from the moment of conception until natural death...As Catholics, we rightfully believe that the unborn and frail elderly are endowed with inviolable human dignity.  The words “Black Lives Matter” should turn our attention not only to the grave injustices and indignities suffered throughout the black community but especially to the smallest and most fragile black lives whose situations are often made more perilous by poverty, unemployment, substandard schools, inadequate housing and poor health care. We cannot say we are fully “pro-life” if we routinely overlook the conditions in which far too many people (of color) live.” (Emphasis mine) In his article, Archbishop Lori is seeking to remind Catholics that their concern for the “sanctity of life” cannot begin and end in the womb. We must all be concerned with the quality of life for former fetuses once they have exited the womb and must live their lives in this challenging world where they did not ask to come. To be truly pro-life means to be just as concerned about not only the 40 weeks of gestation, pre-delivery, but the next 75 to 80 years of life after they arrive.  Being authentically pro-life means being willing to support the spending of our Oh so coveted tax dollars to help provide supplemental nutrition for the 40 percent of our children who are growing up in poverty. To punish children, through policy, because of our self-righteous judgments about the poor choices and decisions of their parents, is immoral and does not value “human dignity.” Being genuinely pro-life means supporting quality healthcare, childcare and early childhood education for these children once they are born.  It also means ensuring that schools in socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods are funded and supported on par with your child’s school, whether public or private.  It also means creating opportunities for these children to have vocational training, aside from the college track, so that they can support themselves and their families, yet unborn.  Genuinely being pro-life also means not subjecting former fetuses to endless wars on foreign battlefields that began on false pretenses in 2003 and continues to this day (longer that WWI, WWII and the Korean War combined).  If we truly support a culture of life and believe in the sanctity of life, the sanctified and precious lives of these young men and women must matter, too! Finally, if some former fetuses make some mistakes in their lives and/or become addicted to drugs, being pro-life should make us concerned enough about their well-being to treat their addictions as a medical and mental health issue rather than a carceral one.  Jail is not the answer to many of the things our public policy would imply, and incarcerating people without a meaningful possibility to rehabilitate themselves and become contributing members of our society cannot in any way be construed as pro-life. Are we really willing to consider so many lives to be throwaways and unworthy of support, redemption or restoration?  Where is the sanctity and dignity in that? The Supreme Court, and the Federal courts, cannot be packed with judges who we can be confident will rule in a certain way on the primary issue of our concern, to the detriment of many others.  How would they rule on issues related to the environment? Healthcare?  Workplace safety? ...

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