Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:59
Activities of American racists, primarily represented by the Republican Party and so-called Tea Party, seem to be more restless than ever. Their activities are on the verge of fitting the definition of craziness. This time, there will not be the luxury of saying it is a southern thing. In New York, a statue of Jackie Robinson and Pewee Reese was defiled with swastikas and other racist symbols. In Washington D.C., the Abraham Lincoln statue was defiled with green paint. Now, racist right wing commentators are calling Oprah Winfrey a racist and a merchant of hate and evil, in response to her statement of her opinion comparing the Trayvon Martin case to the 1960's Emmit Till case. It seems that if you don't agree with the racists of the Republican right wing, who make their money spouting and promoting hate, you are subject to attack.
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:06
Comedian and Civil Rights activist, Dick Gregory, used to say that he spent ten years in Mississippi, one night. Nina Simone, in 1963, wrote and sang a song called "Mississippi Goddam", in response to the killing of Medgar Evers, in Mississippi, and the bombing death of the four little girls, in Alabama. Nina, who was known to use a gun on certain occasions, chose writing the song as opposed to going out to shoot somebody, where she says, "Alabama's got me upset, Tennessee made me lose my rest, but Mississippi Goddam, and I mean every word of it."
Tuesday, 30 July 2013 19:35
The Trayvon Martin case, and other recent events, reminds many Black Americans, especially those of us who are older, of our past. Last week I wrote of a Black Pasadenan woman who was arrested for calling the Pasadena Police to stop a potentially brutal fight between her two sons. She was in bed at her home when the fight broke out and called the police. She gave a clear, concise recorded statement to the 911 operator and asked for help and gave a description of the events and her location.
For some reason, the police became so enraged at the mother that they arrested her and charged her with public drunkenness after they had her to come outside of her house and onto the walkway leading to the sidewalk. To add insult to injury, in the report, written by Officer Hamblin and approved by a Sergeant Alainiz, the mother was called a Bitch. Specifically, Hamblin wrote he asked her a question and she "BITCHED UP".
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:08
When I attended the annual conference of the NNPA (National Newspaper Publishers Association) in June, this year, one of the speakers was actress and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph. She opened her speech with the words, "I AM AN ENDANGERED SPECIES." One month later, on July 19, 2013, President Barack Obama told the world, in his own way and his own words, that he, too, was an endangered species, when he spoke about the tragedy of Trayvon Martin.
This was not the first time that President Obama had to acknowledge his blackness. On March 17, 2008 after conservatives tried to get President Obama to disown his, then pastor, Jeremiah Wright, Obama gave a speech on race in America. Then Senator Obama said, "I can no more disown him than I can disown the Black community." In his impromptu speech on Friday, July 19th, President Obama once again reminded the world that he was a Black man in America and had suffered some of the same indignities that numerous Black men suffer.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 07:16
Trayvon Martin becomes another martyr for the seemingly never ending civil rights struggle. Trayvon joins Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, four little girls killed in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of other African Americans who have been killed primarily because of their race.
Martin, a seventeen year old black kid, was shot and killed by a twenty-nine year old white male, George Zimmerman, who, without a basis other than Martin's race, felt that a young black man in his neighborhood was suspicious. Zimmerman was determined that, unlike others who had been observed in the neighborhood and got away, Trayvon must be stopped before he got away.
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