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Black History Month Commentary

2Since the year of our Lord 1619, when those Africans were first dragged onto American shores of this place they called “merica”; our people have been chastised, raped, punished, beaten, robbed, and murdered. These atrocities were done while the culprits enjoyed wealth and prosperity as a result of our never ending allegiance and patriotism, often blindly to the people who kidnapped and brought us.

Even today, the system of white supremacy is still white America’s number one rule even as a black man has ascended to the White House! There are those, mostly white folk, who castigate this man because he is a uniquely qualified man of African heritage. I think, after all our suffering, just having a man who looks like us as the most powerful man in the “Free World” is an honor for all people of color. We should appreciate that which is something no one living or dead ever thought would happen.

We are a unique people, a forgiving people, a steadfast people, and a brave people unlike any known to the world. It was our labor that built this country. We are responsible for the great wealth America enjoys to this very today. When you look at America’s enormous wealth and the power derived from its tremendous control of resources, think about the sacrifices our forefathers made to make all of this possible. We have looked out for this country for hundreds of years and still doing so today, which is simply amazing.

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 – we loved America. Even when America refused to allow us to walk in the shadows – we followed. Believing that someday we would come to be accepted and be treated like men and women. Our strength in the face of adversity is vastly understated.

Our history is one of unbelievable struggle. We’ve been brave on the battlefield despite being classified as three-fifths of a man. This was and is outstanding, and frankly beyond the call of duty considering that we have lived through slavery and under an Apartheid-like system through most of our time here. To be honest, we are still considered a race of people living in a nation without a nationality. We have raised America’s children, attended to its sick, and prepared their meals while those forefathers were occupied with the trappings of the good life.

Even during the times when they found pleasure in our women and took enjoyment in seeing our men lynched, maimed and burned. We continued to watch over America’s soul. We labored in the hot sun from can’t see to can’t see to assist in realizing the dream of wealth, good fortune, and made America a great world power. We were there when it all began, and we are still here today, protecting the system from those Black people who have the temerity to speak out against America’s past transgressions.

It was us who warned about Denmark-Vessey, told them about Gabriel Prosser’s plans, called their 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 and, as a result our community brings 95 percent of what it earns 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.

In today’s business environment, we sadly do not support each other and just keep doing business with the larger community; in fact any other community. Some say, as a people, we were very successful doing this after slavery ended and even as recently as 1960 but you know what happens when you began to build your own communities and do business with one another – you’re pitted against one another to destroy ourselves.

Oh, let’s not forget we pray a lot hoping that when we die you will find a place where there is a mansion waiting for you with streets paved with gold somewhere in the sky. 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. Yet, most have forgotten the names and take no reverence in their sacrifice due to a lack of reciprocity and equities.

Moreover, we went beyond the pale when we allowed our children to be turned over to the American educational system. With what is being taught to them, it’s likely they will continue in a mode similar to the one we have followed for the past 45 years. Remember, Mr. Lynch when he walked the banks of the James River in 1712, he prophetically said that his plan would make African’s slave for 300 years; little did he realize the truth in his prediction because his promise has come to fruition.

Lastly, with two generations of children going through this education system – must we look forward to another 50 years of despair. We can change that if we come to understand that education is the single most important ingredient necessary to neutralize those forces that breed poverty and despair. When you continue to do what you’ve always done; you will get what you always got!

Intelligence is the ability to know things and knowledge is the things you know. We have not woke up, stood up more forcefully, nor did we learned the lessons taught by our ancestors

And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Greatest Story Ever Told

462_160In thinking about the times in which we’ve lived I can say without a doubt our history ‘is the greatest story ever told’. I am always reminded of the ghosts of the greats who blazed a might trail for us to walk. Black History Month, as short as it is, should be celebrated and taught all year long! It is our responsibility. I was blessed to have had the good privilege to live during the civil rights era to witness groups and individuals fight to end racial segregation and the unequal treatment of black people, which we should never have had to fight in the first place.

Of all the things I am grateful for; is to have lived long enough to witness something ‘no one living or dead’ ever thought would happen. Which was to witness a Black Man elected to be President of these United States of America! To see him and his lovely family exhibit the style and grace representing black people in an extra exemplary way making us proud.

It would be my hope that all of us take this opportunity during Black History Month to reach one – teach one. Share the stories of our struggle with the children. I have added a few of the many significant events and some of the brave and courageous soldiers in the army that changed America or dare I say the world.

Events in the Civil Rights Movement

Solders of the Civil Rights Movement

I am reminded of Malcolm X who used to say “Make It Plain” which meant in essence to bring forth the knowledge. And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


The Birth Of Black History Month

007_1000I love Black History Month because we have so much to be proud of during the month-long celebration of the legacy of Black History. However, it should be celebrated all year long! Therefore, it is important and we should be celebrate black history 365 days a year. This is a time for the world to know the tremendous contributions people of color, i.e. black people have made and contributed to mankind and the world. During the month of February, I will be posting an article each day resurrecting the greatness of a history denied, untold, and will feature the ghost of the greats who paved a mighty path.

I am blessed to have lived long enough to witness what no one living or dead ever thought possible. It was and is the most significant historical event since the resurrection of our Lord – the election of the first African American President of these United States and the leader of the free world. In spite of the wretched history of slavery and oppression, this man was elected twice.

This, notwithstanding, all of the storied achievements made by so many, I am proud of the many contributions African Americans have made to this great country and dare I say to the world. I am equally as confident that there is an abundance of history yet to be made. However, most people do not know the origins of Black History Month so that I will share that information.

February is dedicated to this proud annual observance for the remembrance of those important people and events honoring the African America Diaspora. The idea of Black History Month was conceived in Chicago during the summer of 1915. Dr. Woodson, an alumnus of the University of Chicago with many friends in the city hosted a convention to give honor to the untold history of black people and their accomplishments. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, known to be the father of Black History Month, traveled from Washington DC to participate. It was a national celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the so-called emancipation, sponsored by the State of Illinois.

Thousands of African Americans traveled from all across the country that summer to see exhibits highlighting the progress their people had made since the extermination of slavery. Awarded a doctorate at Harvard University three years earlier, Dr. Woodson joined other exhibitors with a black history display. He was so enamored with the idea that he began the process of making this exhibit an annual event. For this reason, we owe the celebration of Black History Month, including the study of black history, to Dr. Woodson.

In 1924, his group responded with the creation of Negro History and Literature Week, which they renamed Negro Achievement Week. Their outreach was significant, but Dr. Woodson desired a greater impact. He told students at the Hampton Institute, “We are going back to that beautiful history, and it is going to inspire us to greater achievements.” In 1925, he decided that the Association had to shoulder the responsibility. He felt going forward with this idea would both create and popularize knowledge about black history.

He sent out a press release announcing Negro History Week in February of 1926. Dr. Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist and former slave, Frederick Douglass. For this reason, the myth, that the month of February was selected because it is the shortest month, is simply not true.

Dr. Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. What you might not know is that black history had barely begun to be studied or even documented when the tradition originated. Further, it is important to remember that blacks had been in America since August of 1619 when a Dutch man-of-war ship rode the tide into Jamestown, Virginia, and the first slaves were dragged onto its shores. However, it was not until the 20th century that African American history gained a respectable presence in the history books.

From the beginning, Dr. Woodson was overwhelmed by the response to his call. Negro History Week appeared across the country in schools and in many public forums. The expanding black middle class became participants in and consumers of black literature and culture. Black history clubs sprang up, teachers demanded materials to instruct their pupils, and progressive whites supported their efforts. They set a theme for the annual celebration providing study materials such as pictures, lessons for teachers, plays for historical performances, and posters of important dates and people.

The 1960’s had a dramatic effect on the study and celebration of black history. Before the decade was over, Negro History Week would be well on its way to becoming Black History Month. The shift to a month-long celebration began even before Dr. Woodson’s death. As early as the 1940’s, blacks in West Virginia, a state where Dr. Woodson often spoke, began to celebrate February as Negro History Month. By the late 1960’s, as young blacks on college campuses became increasingly conscious of links with Africa, Black History Month replaced Negro History Week.

Within the Association, younger intellectuals, part of the awakening, prodded Woodson’s organization to change with the times. They succeeded and in 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the Association used its influence to institutionalize the shifts from a week to a month and from Negro history to black history.

Since the mid-1970, every American president, Democrat, and Republican, has issued proclamations endorsing the Association’s annual theme because black history is American history. The profound legacy of our past should never be forgotten and always embraced for we are merely the sum of the whole. Thank you, Dr. Woodson! And that’s my Thought Provoking Perspective…


Alternative Facts

trumpI am not happy to report what used to be know as lies are no longer the case. This weekend we witnessed the age old trick white folk have used since they stole America. What they do is change the meaning of words to suit the agenda. I don’t think anyone, even them, can deny there is not such a thing as White Supremacy! Case in point, the new administration have told misleading and made unethical statements from the start of his campaign. So what they have now done is to create a word for these falsehood called “alternative facts”.

Let be clear, we are moving in an era of an alternate reality. Therefore, these folk have done what they have always done rig the system for their benefit. Make no mistake that the goal of this crew, Republicans, is to erase President Obama’s history from the pages of America’s story. Therefore, pay attention to language and you will the disrupted words created and used to create a narrative to fit their agenda!

White folk claimed the word nigger was bad and changed it to the n-word but amongst them the still use the word. There is a Supreme Court Ruling that states; “there is no rights a black man has that a white man is bound to respect”.

In the first place, nobody expects this guy to be president, especially since he has never held in public office. So white people you have to own what you have done. In spite of all the egregious thing from his past and those things he has said – you did this and you will pay dearly for the error in judgment. This guy and his cronies will that advantage of your rights just as they take away the rights of black people and minorities!

When you look at his supporters, what they have done is straight out of the racist American Playbook! If you make the poorest white person feel they are better than any other black person you are a real American! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


The Commander In Chief

14993312_10154615666982464_2133913184964303209_nI am grateful and proud to have lived long enough to witness what most people, living or dead, would have ever thought possible, which is to see a Black Man elected President of these United States; not once but twice. Particularly, with America’s documented history concerning race and racism which has been as horrible as anything the world has ever known. Therefore, to know that a man of color is the most powerful man in the world and lives in the White House is as significant as the resurrection of Christ in my view. Regardless of anything he might or might not have done; the optics was great!

There is an old saying in the black community, which is we, black people, have to be twice as good to get half as far. Mr. Obama, like him or not, compare to the last guy the difference is clear. He has changed the history of America, and I say that in spite of the blatant bigotry and opposition from all quarters. White folk, most hate him and of course many black people do as well. Yes, he could have addressed and focused more on the suffering and plight of black people, but I will say compared to all other presidents he has done a marvelous job.

President Obama’s victory two times was as complete and devastating as Sherman’s march through the South. But there is no early sign that the zealots of the anti-government far right-wing have learned anything at all or desire to change their hatred rooted in the color of his skin. So we can expect more terrorism to lie ahead.

Most have forgotten the horrors of the last administration and the misdeeds of prior office holders and some will continue to buy into the ploys of the right. This is to include the McCain types and Donald Trump! I for one am proud of the work Mr. Obama has done and continue to do. Let me also say for the vial hatred constantly directed at him, if there were any dirt or skeletons in his closet – it would surely have been revealed and used against him by now. So I will say just the mere optics of him being president is the most amazing presence one could have.

Let me just recap some of his most recent successes and accomplishments while being CIC:

  • Passed Healthcare Reform: After five presidents over a century failed to create universal health insurance, signed the Affordable Care Act (2010).
  • Passed the Stimulus: Signed $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009 to spur economic growth amid greatest recession since the Great Depression.
  • Passed Wall Street Reform: Signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) to re-regulate the financial sector after its practices caused the Great Recession.
  • Began Drawdown of War in Afghanistan and Iraq: From a peak of 101,000 troops in June 2011, U.S. forces are now down to 91,000, with 23,000 slated to leave by the end of summer 2012.
  • Eliminated Osama bin laden: In 2011, ordered Special Forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan and eliminated hundreds of terrorist the world over.
  • Turned around the ailing Auto Industry in 2009 to save one of the last major manufacturing industries through massive restructuring.
  • Repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: Ended 1990s-era restriction and formalized new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.
  • Toppled Moammar Gaddafi in March 2011 ending Gaddafi’s forty-two-year. No American lives were lost.
  • Provided Payment to Wronged Minority Farmers when he signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers.
  • Won a Nobel Peace Prize.

I only selected a few of his significant accomplishments. However, I am proud of the wonderful optics of him being an excellent family man, an inspiration to the world, and role model to billions of minorities, and African Americans in particular. When I look back at history, I cannot find another president who inherited as much mess and still was able to produce positive results. He has outsmarted his opponents at every turn and fought for the American people unlike no other.

Yes, Mr. President you did an amazing job. In fact, considering the opposition before you; I’ll just call you Superman. I believe he can fly! God Bless you Sir and your beautiful family. Finally, we are going to miss you when you are gone! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…

To see more accomplishments


The Graceful First Family!

You made me proud to be an America but today “not so much”!

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GOD BLESS AMERICA


Mourning In America: Welcome To The 1950’s

11When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, many assumed a “post-racial” America was upon us. They were fiercely wrong. People believed America had somehow reconciled its shameful racial history by electing a black man into the White House. It was merely good optics! As it turned out, one man alone could not undo the countless systemic issues that have plagued a country built on slavery. During Obama’s last year in office, we saw just how deeply wrong the idea of a “post-racial” era was with the rise of the alt-right movement and the racist attacks that have unfolded as a result of Donald Trump’s campaign for president.

Now that Trump is the president-elect we will see racism rise to a level not seen since the days of old. A few days ago we set the clocks back one hour; last night the clock was set back a half a decade. I have seen a lot over my years, racism that was unthinkable, but last night’s victory for Trump made me think of the coming “nightmare”! Many attributed Trump’s success to his ability to turn out white working-class voters. I say no; rather it was due to racism and bigotry, let’s be clear race was an important factor in this election.

“This was a white lash against a changing country… It was a white lash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.” Yeah, when they say they want to take their country back; you got a lot of white people who feel fervently believe that white people are losing America and Trump will be the champion of that motto! Dare I say, for all non-white people “there are some difficult days ahead!”

The history books will record last night and surely January 20th the day they took back their country by having allowed Donald Trump to be elected President of the United States. No doubt, the Democratic Party failed miserably. But something else was truly at play here. To ignore it or rubberneck around it might be convenient, but it’d be wrong. This victory was all about race and a repudiation of anything Obama has achieved.

Step one: millions of people will lose health insurance, stacking the Supreme Court with bigots, repealing every executive order Obama signed, appointing the shameless people that Trump has had around him, more concerning the appointment of a Rudy Giuliani or a Chris Christie as Attorney General!Or even reinstituting Slavery as he deports the Hispanics and bar all Muslims!!!

From the moment he announced his candidacy, Donald Trump ran a campaign of white supremacy and white pride. In fact, his true entry into presidential politics predated his bigoted, anti-immigrant announcement speech that he delivered in the summer of 2015. Instead, it was his attack on the very humanity of President Obama that signaled to the worst elements of our country that Donald Trump was a bigot with a very low bar for what he was willing to say or do to attack people of color.

Without a single shred of evidence, Trump insisted President Obama was not an American citizen but was born in Kenya or somewhere else other than the United States. None of this mattered to Trump or his growing base of bigots. All that mattered was that they now had a spokesperson that would openly and champion the cause of their bigotry and the more Trump embraced his role as a public bigot, the deeper, more dangerous, and uglier it got. Racism and bigotry is no longer in the shadows.

Before Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, his base was almost exclusively made up of white, rural conspiracy theorists and racists. So, when he announced his candidacy, Trump, fully understanding his base, launched right into calling Mexicans rapists and robbers. Of course, his base absolutely loved it. Then, he pledged to forcefully deport every undocumented immigrant in the country in two years or less. When pressed on specifics, he gave us little, but his base ate it up. Before long, his next significant announcement was that he would, as a policy, ban all Muslims from entering our country. Never mind the legality and logistics of such a thing, which say to hell with the constitution or any law.

Trump won the Republican nomination because he was driven by a philosophy of white supremacy, racism, bigotry, and xenophobia. It appealed so much to his base that they were willing to look past moral failures. This guy was endorsed by the KKK, favored by David Duke, beloved by neo-Nazis and white supremacist publications everywhere; Trump resonated so much with white America that they elected him President of the United States. Let’s hold our breath until the wall is built!

He was simply willing to appeal to the very worst instincts of our country, and it worked. In fact, the Republicans have had a plan to turn back the hands of time – like 1950. With Trump as president now the can! I have long since believed that the United States is deeply racist at its core. This election has confirmed it. The white people you know and think are your friends and neighbors voted for him. If ever the phrase God Bless America is needed and for those who pray – now is a good time to ask for it. And that’s my thought provoking perspective…


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