Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:56
Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925, in Omaha, Nebraska, has been criticized by mainstream media and historians for his radical and violent rhetoric. Now, however, many scholars are revisiting Malcolm X's influence on the civil-rights struggles and concluding that his presence gave political leverage to the non-violent movement led by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"I always looked at Malcolm as advocating an 'eye-for-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth'," said James E. Newton, chair of the African-American history department at the University of Delaware.
In 1946, Malcolm X went to prison for burglary and served seven years of a 10-year sentence. It was during his time in prison that he joined the Nation of Islam (NOI) and upon release became the NOI's chief spokesperson. The NOI members were fervent advocates of a separate nation for blacks and whites, while advocating self-reliance for African Americans. Malcolm X later broke from the NOI and denounced its separatist philosophy after his pilgrimage to Mecca in 1964, where he witnessed for the first time, multiracial Muslim brotherhood.
Although Malcolm X denounced the separatist philosophy of the NOI, he always maintained the option of using violence in seeking justice for African Americans.
In a speech at Michigan State University in 1963, he gave the audience a history lesson in revolutionary thinking. "If Patrick Henry and all of the Founding Fathers of this country were willing to lay down their lives to get what you are enjoying today, then it's time for you to realize that a large, ever-increasing number of black people in this country are willing to die for what we know is due us by birth."
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 06:47
The news made a big deal out of the fact that one Dr. Dre who made millions as a rapper gave 70 million dollars to the University of Southern California to create a school dedicated to Hip Hop. All I could think of was that's just what we need, another class of rappers.
I thought of the 70,000 kids that will be kicked out of Head-Start as a result of the current Federal budget crisis. With all of that, we need another group of rappers to rap to kids who can't read, write and reason. I thought of the preachers who take our money on Sunday morning and use it for their personal wealth rather than for the good of the community. I thought of the Charter School movement that takes our tax dollars to create a few schools for a few kids while the masses are forced to go to non-productive schools. It's as if you have 10 children and you decide to invest in two, and the rest are on their own. Don't we owe it to all of the kids to treat them equally? That's what the Taliban does, educate the boys and shoot the girls who have the audacity to want to go to school and get an education. The worst part is that the statistics are showing that Charter Schools are not producing a bumper crop of geniuses either. Why not improve the whole school system?
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:16
A young Black man came to my office to seek support of The Journal for a position he was seeking. When the subject of his being a Republican came up, he volunteered that his father had introduced him to a lot of Republicans and they were nice to him. My response at the time was that he should look at the evidence to see who is a Republican and who is a Democrat. There are at least 40 Black Democrats in Congress and no Black elected Republican Congressmen or Senators.
If Black Politicians are to maximize their power, they will do it as a group. What if Dr. King had decided that he would work alone? We who are Black and proud would still be seeking the right to eat at a lunch counter, unmolested. We would not have Civil Rights Laws outlawing discrimination in employment opportunities.
Thursday, 09 May 2013 06:22
As another Mother's Day rolls around, for me, it's different. My mother is gone. I have the mother of my children and the mothers of my grandchildren, and I can say, without hesitation, they are all great and wonderful women. Each is different in motherhood, and while they don't hold my heart as my mother did, they hold the hearts of the greatest prizes my wife and I ever contributed to anyone - our three sons. In turn, they gave us seven grandchildren. Fair trade is acceptable.
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 06:55
Leave A Future For Your Children!
Over the years we have travelled home to Bakersfield for Easter, but the traditions changed. When the kids were young, we took colored eggs and hid them to watch the little ones find them. Now the kids have grown up and some of them have grown kids. The grown grand kids are painting, dyeing, and hiding eggs for the younger grand – whenever they come. Often times, now, they go elsewhere.
One of the things I noticed there, in my childhood hometown, was that the town has changed, but in so many ways, it is still the same. I see Real Estate offices with company names that indicate they were there when I was a kid. I notice automobile dealers that were there when I grew up there. I'm sure that these businesses have been handed down from generation to generation.
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