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“Lincoln vs. Django”

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - Lincoln vs Django films reviewedIn the last few weeks I have seen the two movies related to Black life in America, Lincoln and Django. One enlightened me, and one entertained me. Lincoln, I can suggest that my grandchildren go and see. Django is vulgar, funny at times, and provides a glimpse into the harshness of slavery, but I would rather my grandchildren not see it. Since the young people need to learn of the harshness of slavery, it would be better to see Alex Haley's "Roots."

The movie, Lincoln, provides a historical look at the United States as it fought to extricate itself from the ugly institution of Slavery. It is a one Issue movie. Slavery, Slavery, more Slavery, and the price America paid getting rid of slavery. In a nutshell the movie demonstrates the distinction between the Emancipation Proclamation and the thirteenth Amendment. Even I, after practicing Law for thirty years now, didn't realize that the Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves and it took the Thirteenth Amendment to make it happen.



“There Comes a Time” - “That Time is Now.”

A few weeks ago we watched as the seeds of change occurred in the Black community of Los Angeles. The pastor of First AME Church Los Angeles was told to move on to another AME church in San Francisco. Before he arrived in San Francisco, the members of that church checked his history, his references, and his past, and told him no. It caused a tidal wave because the Bishop had sent him there and rarely does the membership say no to the Bishops. My mama taught me that Bishops can be wrong. She taught me to study the word for myself and make decisions according to God's word, not any man's.



What Would Martin Think?

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - What would Martin Luther King Jr think - MLK Jr and 2013In 1905, W.E. B. Dubois was a Professor at Atlanta University and one of the great leaders of the Negro resistance movement. In June of 1905, Dubois called for a movement, later called the Niagara Movement, which led to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In his call for the creation of the NAACP and the first meeting of the group issued on Lincoln's birthday, in 1909, Dubois described the social climate of America of the time and the world that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born into.

Dubois said that if Mr. Lincoln could revisit this country in the flesh he would be disheartened and discouraged. He cited the fact that the state of Georgia had disenfranchised Negro Americans, as of January 1, 1901, as had all southern states had done. He cited the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to rule on the disenfranchisement of the millions of Black citizens and openly enforced laws that allowed white men to vote, while disallowing Black men the same right.



2013 - What Will Be - I Wish!

Black news from Pasadena - Editorial - 2013 forecast - progress and sacrificeLast week, I wrote about the past and what will be, in terms of political activity in Pasadena. So when I was reminded that I was to write a forecast, I realized I had been there, done that. What's left is what I wish could be. So my wish is in a word: progress. I will tell you how I came up with my wish list.

At my age, I find myself visiting the doctor, no, not for social reasons, but because the little problems that I have with healthy like a simple cold now lasts longer and won't go away with a bit of Robitussin, a lemon stew, and some honey. As a born and bred Pentecostal, I skip the whiskey. But that's a matter of choice. Back at the Doctor's office, actually the clinic, I found a lot of jobs being filled, and to tell the natural truth, the jobs were filled by Asians, Filipinos' and Latinos. Naturally, I would like to see more people that look like me, Black that is. After all, since I have children, my wish for more Blacks is based not on any racist notions but on the need for jobs for my children and grandchildren.



2012 Year End

African American news from Pasadena - Editorial - 2012 Year End Talking about change is always a good way to look at the end of one thing and the beginning of another. As far as change goes, 2012 has had more than its fair change, both nationally and locally. Locally, things have changed politically and, likewise, change is on the agenda for 2012, as a result of some events that happened in 2012. Then there are things that seemed to have changed but, in reality, they have remained the same.

On the political front, locally, the loss of 44th District Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was hailed with parties and accolades for his dedication to his District. Less stated, and yet of no less concern, is the nervous anticipation as to what will happen next in the District. Under Portantino, the District has seen African American concerns included in receiving a fair share of attention from staff positions to programs where African Americans have been recognized for their contributions to the community.



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