I want to speak to those who saw Black History Month as trendy and have forgotten its significance. If this rings a bell, it is a month “they” call Black History Month but Black History should be lived “24/7/365”.
During the month of February, everyone is “blacker than black” as if the few people promoted were anything other than those folk “they” want us to remember. For example, just ask your child or anyone under the age of sixteen to name five important African American’s from our past; you might get three! They don’t teach it and nor do we, which is a shame.
There was a time when our history was never recorded or allowed to be spoken unless it was in the context of the so-called church via the message Master inseminated. You know the jive; “love thy neighbor” and “Thou shalt not kill”, both designed to protect Master and keep his human property in their place and on his place. Our kids don’t know the reality that since the year of our Lord 1619, when Africans were first dragged onto American shores of this place they called “merica.” People of African Descent have been chastised, criticized, punished, beaten, lynched and robbed of its culture.
These atrocities were done while the culprits enjoyed wealth and prosperity as a result of our never ending allegiance and patriotism, often blindly. Even today, when we have ascended to the White House nothing much has changed. Yet, the media and your aspirations of the so-called American dream have you disillusioned, and you continue to submit blindly.
Upon our backs, laden with the stripes of punishment for what they believed was for discipline and in spite of our loyalty, diligence, and tenacity. Even when they shoot innocent black boys down in the street like defenseless animals – – we loved America and followed. So you keep praying believing that someday we would come to be accepted and be treated like human beings; men and women.
I’ve written many articles on our historical journey in hopes you may receive explanations told by our ancestors causing you to look at and understand the root-cause of our asymptomatic behaviors. Further, helping you understand that there is a conditioning in “certain” communities that are not excuses, but explanations as to why these behaviors were never unlearned. These behaviors have been past down from generation to generation; blame it on “Willie Lynch,” education, the environment, whatever you want; but the problem is black people continue to wait for them to solve the problem!
It was us who warned about Denmark-Vessey, told you about Gabriel Prosser’s plans, called your attention to Nat Turner, Malcolm, and yes Martin too. It was us who sounded the alarm when old John Brown came calling on Harper’s Ferry, and there are still some sounding warnings today. Black Nationalism has died. We spend a trillion dollars a year. Yet, we bring 95 percent of what it to other businesses while keeping little for itself in spite of the fact that other people controlled at least 90 percent of all the resources and wealth of this nation.
We resisted the messages of trouble making Blacks like Washington, Delaney, Garvey, Bethune, Tubman, and Truth for fighting and dying on the battlefield for us. Most have forgotten their names and take no reverence in their sacrifice. These unique people, a forgiving people, a steadfast people, and a brave people unlike any known to the world fought and gave their lives seeking a better life for you and me. It is disheartening when I look at our station today and see how they are being repaid.
I have said and believe our story, the African American story, is the greatest story ever told because despite and in spite of all of the atrocities endured; we survived! Now, at this moment “Rise-Up You Mighty Race” – take a Stand and say enough is enough. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…
I am the author of the epic thought provoking novel “Just a Season” that has been compared to “a contemporary Roots”. I promise you will see the world through new eyes.
This is a MUST READ NOVEL!
REVIEWERS PRAISE FOR “JUST A SEASON:
“. . . Thank you for your example of tenderness and discipline in what I know is a story of love, delicately shared with readers in a way that says, this life, though brief, is significant. So hold it in highest regard for “the dash” is our legacy to love ones, indeed to the world, which we are blessed to share, albeit, for Just a Season.” Excellent! — Sistah Joy, Poet, Cable TV Host
“Wills pulls you in from the very first page… Just a Season is a heart-wrenching story about growing up and believing in yourself. I highly recommend this book to young men in high school, trying to find themselves and feeling like they have nowhere to turn.” — Cheryl Hayes, APOOO Book Club
“This is the stuff movies are made of… not since Roots have I read anything that so succinctly chronicles an African American story.” One Word phenomenal!!! Cheryl
“Not since The Color Purple have I read a book that evoked such emotions. John T. Wills possesses the ability to transport the reader directly into the life and struggles of his main characters story. This book actually touched my heart and inspired me to increase the equity in my “dash”! Excellent — Tonja Covington
“JUST A SEASON is laced with thought-provoking commentary on the Vietnam War, the assassinations of the 1960s, the migration of crack cocaine into inner-city neighborhoods, and a myriad of other ills that have rocked America. This is a very good piece intertwined with several history lessons spanning many decades.” — Dawn Reeves, RAWSISTAZ Book Club
“Just a Season is a work of love, respect and honor… A book filled with the wonder of life, and the pain and growth encountered in living it.” Outstanding! — Ron Watson, Editor, New Book Reviews.Org