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Sick and Tired of Racism Aimed at My People

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Racism and voting and moreMy father was born in May of 1919, so by my calculation he would be 93 years old if he were still with us. I've said many times, he taught us that there are some White folks who don't sleep at night trying to figure out new ways to keep Black folks down. I never knew my paternal grandfather as he died when my father was 8 years old. However, my mother's father was a fire-brand Methodist preacher, named Shaw, and while I never talked to him much, he published a magazine called "U-NAM–IT" for the people residing in rural Oklahoma where my family lived.

The world is watching certain racist governors of states like Texas, Ohio, Florida, Indiana and a number of other states fighting to turn back the clock to a time when Black folks couldn't vote. These antics remind me of what my father said. I found in my grandfather's writings an editorial on voting where he writes, "So long as America is reported to be 'A government of the people , for the people , by the people' no one who refuses to vote may truthfully say, 'I am an American.'" Refusing to vote is a measure of disloyalty to the government, and to an equal degree, morally disqualifies one from enjoyment of rights and privileges of an American citizen. Failing to vote repudiates the principles for which Americans have died, since 1776, and shows contempt for those who sleep beneath mounds on battle fields of this and foreign countries where Americans have died fighting for freedom . . . Register and vote!

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The Republican Convention - A Festival of Lies Born of Racism

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Republican tacticsThe Federal courts in Texas, Ohio and Florida, this week, overturned the voter suppression programs of the Republican Party in those states. The bills were produced to reduce the number of Blacks, Latinos, the elderly and other voters who the Republicans believed would vote democratic. The appeals court in Texas found that the gerrymandering of the voting districts in Texas based on the 2010 census had a discriminatory purpose and effect that included reducing the power of Black and brown voters to elect candidates of their choice.

The voter suppression actions were only one part of the campaign of the Republican Party to buy, or steal, the re-election of America's first Black President. Another part of the campaign was to lie, lie, and lie some more. The purpose of the lies was to make mostly older white voters believe that President Obama was not an American, that he hated America, and that he was somehow sent to harm America (and code language that "he's not one of us".)

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When Life Brings You to Another Crossroads

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - On Black inspiration and crossroadsBlack folks have a long history of things happening that are unjust. That is the time to call on Black fore-fathers who fought greater, bigger battles, for inspiration. Frederick Douglass taught us that power conceded nothing with a struggle; it never did and never will. He taught us that the slave that is whipped easiest is whipped oftenest. Malcolm X taught us that once we set a goal, or entered a battle, we must win by any means necessary. One pioneer after another in every field of endeavor taught us that when one door closes, another opens. In education, the powers that be closed the school house doors and Blacks built their own schools, including a Black College system. As an aside on that subject, I still don't understand why the last Black College was built in Texas, as if the West Coast didn't exist or didn't need Black Colleges. These Black Colleges were mostly built by Black Churches and the mission was to meet the needs of young African Americans who were not welcome in white colleges.

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SURPRISE!

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - Surprise them again and voteWhen Senator Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, the possibility of him winning caught a lot of people off guard. After all, America had seen Shirley Chisholm of New York run for president, talking nonsense about being un-bought and un-bossed. Then, we saw Jesse Jackson running, talking about, I am somebody. Then came this tall skinny guy from Chicago, named Barack Obama, talking about doing things different and changing the way to do things in Washington. That was silly and he would be easy pickings. The impossibility of him winning put a lot of people to sleep. SURPRISE!

I remember someone telling me the story of a local preacher preaching a message called, "Surprise!" He told about when Moses approached the Red Sea and trying to figure out how to get over. Then he stretched forth his hand and, SURPRISE, the waters divided and they walked through. Then there came a time when Jesus had been crucified on a mountain called Golgotha and He was entombed. When they came to the tomb, on what Christians call Easter, and rolled the stone away, SURPRISE, He had risen and was gone.

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Original Black Values Are Being Lost . . .

Black Americans Must Return to Our Original Mission

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Rebuild the Dream movementBlack America has always taken great pride in Black Colleges. There are 105 Black Colleges and universities. These colleges and universities have served as the base for the post-slavery progress of Black America. Black professors have served as mentors and living role models for the students of these schools. In large part, the schools were created in response to the American culture of segregation and to counter the vestiges of slavery. They were also created to develop a leadership class to bring the African American builders of America to a position of equality.

Dr. Benjamin Mays, the great educator and mentor of Dr. Martin Luther king, described his experience in a Black College he attended at North Carolina State College in his book, Lord The People Have Driven Me On. He said, "It did my soul good in 1911, to find at State College an all-Negro faculty and a Negro President." Mays went on to describe the inspiration he received from these Black mentors as professors, staff and faculty whose inspiration was of incalculable value. He was impressed that the faculty was not only inspirational in their teaching but that they also fought racial injustice and discrimination.

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