October Is Anti Bulling Month – Part 2


elizabooks is proud to have contributed to the anti-bullying campaign with the Best Selling ebook, STALKED! By Voices, which is not only a story of stalking but also one about bullying.

I know this will be hard for most people to believe but my being bulled, by The Stalkers, started in the second grade and grew progressively worse in High School. All my teachers knew that I was being bullied but went along with the psychology of the day which was,
a. they (the bullies) will grow out of it and will stop
b. If you’re not strong enough to fight for yourself, well then you deserve it,
c. A little public humiliation builds character and makes sure you’ll never repeat whatever action it was that has people bullying you.
Let me tell you that my teachers and the psychology of the day were absolutely and unequivocally WRONG. Children who are bullies grow up to be adults who are bullies.
Without a doubt, I can also tell you that publicly humiliating a person is a sure fire way of making a life-long enemy and it closes the door on genuine trust. Because that bullied person will always remember you as a bully and how small you made them feel.
When I started writing Stalked! By Voices back in 2001 I told no one. I wrote the book as part of therapy to help erase some of the horrible memories I still carried around as an adult.
When I did tell people about the book, I remember those people who were closest to me, said that I shouldn’t air my dirty laundry and to let the past be the past. Or, that it was better for my career if I didn’t let people know about my past.
The truth be told, I didn’t feel it was my dirty laundry that I was airing, but someone else’s. After all, I wasn’t the one going around bullying people and traumatizing and entire school and county.
I remember in exquisite detail being bullied about,
a. my family being poor.
b. my being taller than the other kids
c. my clothes
d. my weight
e. my skin color
f. my being smart
g. my singing
h. my lack of ‘fighting spirit’. The stalkers they wanted me to get into a fight with them, but that would have been a very bad mistake. They outnumbered me three to one and I would have had my ass kicked, for sure. But have you ever noticed how bullies run in packs? It takes less courage that way.
Things did not get better as I grew older. My bullies were so into bullying me, that they followed my across the country, from Alabama to Illinois.
When some people find out that you were bullied as a child and/or stalked as an adult, they will see you as weak and want to get in on the fray. Let me warn you now, adult bullies take it to a whole other level.
By grown up adults who should know better,
a. I was called ‘big retard’.
b. told that my stalking was all in my head. And then laughed at because I
too stupid to know that what I was being told was a lie.
c. that I was “not in my right mind”
I had one employee of a company that I use to work for say to me
“You’re running around here, working as the temporary supervisor, when you’re so dump, you don’t even know you’re Black.”
I was so dump-founded at the time I couldn’t respond. I kept thinking, “Where on earth did you get such a stupid idea. Hell, I grew up in Latham, Alabama in the heart of the deep South and those good old White Boys down there didn’t have a problem telling me or any other Black person that were black.
I had another employee say. “Well, the job [as temp supervisor] is so simple, a trained money could do it.”
All of this mis-information, I’d find out later, was coming from The Stalkers. Again, children who are bullies grow up to be adults who bully.
Finally, when it became known that I was going to publish, ‘STALKED! By Voices’, I had influential well-meaning people stand up in meetings and in he church I attend and say,
“A Book? You can’t write a book! You don’t know how.”
“I’d never read such a filthy book.”

Below are the stats for that filthy book that I didn’t know to write .
#38 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Counseling & Psychology > Pathologies > Schizophrenia

#221 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Mental Health > Schizophrenia

#1891 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Psychology & Counseling > Pathologies

And then, after my books began to sell, I was asked
a. Is it someone else writing under your name, as in ‘ghost writer’
b. It is someone with a similar name and you’re just saying it’s you?
c. Is it you man-friend who’s doing the writing for you?
And I’ve even heard it whispered,
“She’s so dumb, she doesn’t even know she’s being stalked. It’s probably one of the stalkers writing the book and blaming it on her.”
To all my bullies let me say this, you may not have liked me or my book, but that dirty filthy book has started a conversation that has led people to start talking openly about being bullied, start anti-bullying campaigns and others have taken up the conversation where I stopped and have made it their own which has gotten October designated as Anti Bulling Month.
Take that bullies.



Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
Jared Anderson
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The at Woman

October is Anti-Bullying Month – Part 1

Below is a post I did for my blog, A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth.  And I’m re-posting it along with the results for all those people who called me , stupid, big retard, not in my right mind, and a bunch of other things I won’t print here.

Bring Back The Factories

Posted by elizabooks on January 28, 2013

Yesterday, I was in the middle of writing my blog post, ‘Old School Chicago Politics,’ when an article about five people being killed, in Chicago, over the weekend (1/25-26/2013) caught my attention.

Chicago politicians give the impression that they are perplexed about how to stop the violence that’s currently raging out of control. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

One simple solution is to bring back the factories!

Remember, the ‘good old days’ when you graduated from High School and that diploma all but guaranteed you a 30 year job in a factory.

You weren’t high rolling but you could at least keep a roof over your head, put food on the table, and send your kids to a good school so that they could get and even better factory job than the one you had. With the right education, they might have even end up being the boss.

But now there are no more factories such as, Illinois Steel, US Steel, John Deere, Caterpillar, Brach Candy Company, Hostess Brands, In. the makers of Twinkies, etc.

Currently, the only companies willing to hire under-educated Black men are The Gangs. And mind you, The Gangs are doing what other companies won’t. They’re actively recruiting young Black men, giving them on the job training, teaching them discipline and loyalty, promoting those who make their sales quotas, and most importantly, they pay well.

For a young Black male on the streets with no other job available to him, ‘slinging drugs’ is the only way he has of taking care of his family. And the best way of making sure that you continue making your sales quota is by eliminate the competition or any threat or hindrance such as a neighbor who threatens to call the Police.

Below is an excerpt from the website,http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/653.html

From the 1940s until the 1970s, the steel industry remained one of the Chicago area’s leading economic sectors. Immediately after World War II, the United States was making over half the world’s steel, and mills in Indiana and Illinois accounted for about 20 percent of total U.S. production capacity. Many of the large open-hearth plants established in the early part of the century continued to make huge amounts of steel. Between 1959 and 1964, Interlake and Wisconsin Steel became two of the first U.S. mills to install basic oxygen furnaces, which were faster and cheaper than the older open-hearth equipment.

Meanwhile, a large new plant was built by Bethlehem Steel at Burns Harbor, Indiana.  The last giant mill constructed in the Chicago region, the Bethlehem plant helped make the Illinois-Indiana region the geographical center of the U.S. steel industry at the end of the 1960s.

During the Cold War, when most Chicago-area steelworkers were represented by the USWA, relatively high wage levels did not prevent labor conflict. Between 1945 and 1959, there were five industry-wide strikes. In 1952, about 80,000 Chicago-area steelworkers walked out for two months. An even more serious work stoppage occurred in 1959, when tens of thousands of workers in the Chicago area joined 500,000 steelworkers nationwide in a four-month strike to win changes in work rules, wage levels, and benefits.

During the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. steel industry suffered a sudden collapse that threw thousands out of work. U.S. Steel and other American steel companies that still depended upon large numbers of older, inefficient plants failed to withstand the combination of a decline in demand and the rise of international competition in the 1970s.

The sudden decline of American steel stunned the employees of mills across the Chicago area. Between 1979 and 1986, about 16,000 Chicago-area steelworkers lost their jobs. Wisconsin Steel closed abruptly in 1980 after attempts at a financial bailout failed. South Works endured a prolonged shutdown before closing its doors in 1992. Inland Steel cut thousands of workers. Republic Steel dismissed half its employees. In 1984, it merged with LTV Steel, which declared bankruptcy in 1986. The closures left many steelworkers without jobs or health care and decimated communities in northwest Indiana and the Calumet district.

If you have trouble understanding what this article is saying, simply put the major reason these factories are gone is not so much the decline in orders for steel, but a desire by the steel company owners to bust the Unions.

It appears that the owners were not so receptive to Union leaders coming in and telling them how to run their businesses. So their solution, since their children weren’t interested in taking over for them, was to let the factories fall into decline. International competition finished us off.

For more information, you might want to read the following white paper.


America needs to get back to manufacturing goods again instead of importing goods. Therefore, giving some real credence to the term, ‘Made in America.’


This commercial aired at the February 2014 Superbowl game.

And to all the bullies, stalkers, and naysayers, I say, “Don’t forget to buy some Weather Tech Floor Mats for your car this winter.”

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth