Thursday, 24 September 2009 23:37
When I was young my mother would read and recite Black poetry to me and my siblings. She served as a role model to the four of us children in many ways. Her work, her interaction with the schools we went to and the church. All these things had problems, work, school and church, but all had their positive aspects. That, after all, is what learning is about. You observe a problem and you watch to see what others have done to solve it. Watching is your research, your action to solve the same problems amounts to following the pattern of living.
My father was less verbal than my mother, but I learned how to be a man and take care of my family by watching him and my uncles interact with their families. When he did talk it was usually about how he was being treated in a society that refused to honor Black men. The main lesson from the men in my life was that the needs of the family were first second and foremost. You take care of your family and they will take care of you, the family name, your grandchildren, and your legacy.
Thursday, 17 September 2009 10:47
Am I the only one who is sick of seeing young Black males with their thug culture on display, their pants hanging down, and their disrespectful vulgar language constantly being thrown around?
Isn't it time to stop being so tolerant and do something about it. Not me, YOU PARENTS AND CIVIC LEADERS WHOSE JOB DESCRIPTION REQUIRE YOU TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE YOUNG. They can't read, so they can't get a job. They hang out on the corners waiting for the cops to catch them doing something they can get arrested for, and the cops will oblige.
If the cops don't catch them doing something wrong, they sometimes may stop them and create a situation where they can arrest them anyway. But if they are respectful, even in the face of bad cops, they have a better chance of getting out of trouble.
I have a police report where the police actually wrote they wanted the jailer to "PUT THE YOUNG MAN 'ON ICE' UNTIL THEY COULD THINK OF SOMETHING TO ARREST HIM FOR." To that particular jailer's credit, he refused.
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 20:24
. . . That Americans Who Hate Him See Him as 'Just Another N---er
A white pastor of a church in Arizona has prayed for the death of President Obama. White Republicans say the President is not an American. Some white Republicans have vowed to stop anything that president puts forward. Some white folks say they will never allow their children to hear a speech by President Obama. Many whites say President Obama is not their President.
They carry guns to rallies where he goes to speak; they call him a Nazi, a Communist, and a Socialist. We all know what they really want to call him. Their actions speak volumes about their racist attitudes and their rejection of the fact that a Black man is President of the most powerful nation in the world.
Thursday, 03 September 2009 09:27
Last week, my wife and I boarded a plane to travel to Atlanta, Georgia - a place many call "America's Black Mecca." It has five Black colleges and universities, mostly associated with the legendary Atlanta University. The schools associated with Atlanta University include Clark Atlanta, Morehouse, Morris Brown, Spelman, and Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Atlanta is home to the Civil Rights movement and where Dr. Martin Luther King was chosen to lead the attack on discrimination and segregation in America, beginning with the Birmingham bus boycott.
I remember when my wife and I drove to Atlanta last year to see our grandchildren and our son Jamal and his wife, Makini, how surprised I was to discover how close Atlanta was to Birmingham. It's only about one and one half hours away. Birmingham was such a violent place for Blacks and Civil Rights workers that it was nicknamed "Bombingham" in the sixties. I guess you could say it was one and one half hours away from hell, if you were Black.
Thursday, 27 August 2009 08:23
In April, The Journal published what we called, "The State of Black Pasadena 2009". In the article we addressed Education, Economics, Safety and Security. The response has been an outpouring of quiet discussions and proposals to resolve some of the problems in order for Black Pasadena to move forward. In recent days, the changing landscape has caused increasing request for a community forum on the issues and plans are being made to move ahead.
A few things can be discussed here about the changing landscape. In the area of education, the anticipated departure of the president of Pasadena City College, Paulette Profumo, may open up an opportunity to have a Black president at the college which has abandoned the Black community. Also, more and more people are questioning what is happening at the PUSD. There seems to be a purging of Black administrators in favor of White and Armenian administrators from Glendale and Diaz's hometown of Gilroy, CA. Like the fruit of Gilroy - garlic. This whole thing is starting to stink. Black students plus non Black administrators is a recipe for Black student failure. Sound familiar? Kind of like the Boys and Girls Club on North Fair Oaks nearly getting shut down because, even though they serve mostly Black and Brown, the administrators are all White. Hopefully, the ongoing discrimination lawsuit against them will cause some changes.
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