Mar. 6, 2021

Reparations Now

Those cotton fields were bushy white
But the bolls and plants were bloody red
The bushels of cotton were packed so tight
The black souls were packed in blood and toil
The whites who welded those bloodied leather straps
Swung relentlessly on the backs of those black souls
Black souls that sought a better day
Black souls that never got a day of pay
So relentless was that quest for profits
It even turned their white Jesus into a cash seeking prophet
Something about those bloodied cotton fields just wasn’t right
So now it’s 2021 white denial is in the air
Yet cotton’s wealth and bloodied fields
Took millions of souls of black folks with bushy locks
But dammit America whose price is it to pay
When will Black America’s black lost black souls have their say
Why does White America continue to say it no longer has a debt to pay
A simply sorry America just won’t do
Only by paying descendants of those black souls lost can America
pay the debt that is now due
Only then America will your founding principles then stand true

Mar. 5, 2021

The Impact of Low Literacy During a Public Health Crisis

Literacy is an ability to understand, identify, interpret, create, communicate, and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts at the center of all those skills? Reading. Literacy doesn’t just stop at reading and understanding words on paper. Many other kinds of literacy are also important for people to live healthy, productive lives and meaningfully participate in society: in order to fully function and participate effectively in this nation you must also master these literacies:
Mathematical literacy, scientific literacy, digital literacy, and civic literacy. As a black community we must ensure that we guide our community members to elevate a conscience empowerment and mastery of each of these literacy. This is the reason I continue to work everyday towards illuminating the universal goal of engaged black strategic readers. Because we cannot compete in today's or tomorrow's world without fully modeling these skills on an everyday basis. More than 36 million American adults cannot read or function above a third grade level. How many of those 36 million are Americans of African descent? Way too many for me to accept. Listen to my reading of a paper done by Anita Carif today and SHARE IT WITH OTHERS. If you don't think this lost year of classroom education due toe COVID restrictions will not effect our black communities. You are living with your head stuck in the sands of ignorance.

Mar. 4, 2021

Wasted Blood

March 5, 1770
Ready, Aim, Fire, British muskets balls hurtling through the Boston city streets striking down rebellious citizens of a British colony. The very first person taken down on that day was a Blackman, Crispus Attucks, who took two muskets balls to the chest on that uprising 251 years ago today. Ancestor Attucks died on the streets of Boston knowing that he no longer wanted to be a subject of an oppressive monarchy. His ultimate sacrifice was the initial blow in this nation’s fight for independence in what came to be known as the Boston Massacre. Crispus Attucks gave his life understanding that he was 5/5 a man willing to face down armed British soldiers within no more than rocks, and chunks of ice. Why? Because he believed that in the hotbed of revolutionary talk . There was something worth fighting for a chance to have control of his life. Crispus Attucks wasn’t a slave he was a freeman. After America secured it’s freedom in 1781. By 1787, men, women, and children of similar skin color as Crispus Attucks were no longer considered human. They were now chattel, property, capable of being owned in perpetually. Crispus Attucks died 5/5 a man only to have future generations of Attucks become 3/5 property or human chattel. One must wonder if Mr. Attucks would’ve been on those streets if he could’ve forecasted the future?

Mar. 3, 2021

Well At Least He Managed A World Series Champion

"“In 1983 my hometown team, Baltimore Orioles won the World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies. The team’s manager was Joe Altobelli who passed away today. Not to demean Joe Altobelli but this is what team owner Edward Bennett Williams, said sitting in his office one summer day in 1985, Williams uttered a quote so colorful even he briefly denied it. He had a choice word for former manager Joe Altobelli. Actually, two: "cement head.I wonder if the two met up today in the heavens?”

Mar. 3, 2021

Why Reparations? Our Free Labor Made Cotton King And New York City Great

FERNANDO WOOD, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY IN 1860 THOUGHT HIS TIMING WAS PERFECT. The election of an antislavery president had finally forced the South to make good on years of threats, and the exodus of 11 states from the Union had begun. Militant South Carolina was the first to secede, after a convention in Charleston five days before Christmas of 1860. Within weeks, 6 more states had broken off from the Union, and by the end of May, the Confederacy was complete.
As the most profound crisis in our young nation’s history unrolled, Wood, the mayor of New York, America’s most powerful city, made a stunning proposal: New York City should secede from the United States, too.
“With our aggrieved brethren of the Slave States, we have friendly relations and a common sympathy,” Wood told the New York Common Council in his State of the City message on January 7, 1861. “As a free city,” he said, New York “would have the whole and united support of the Southern States, as well as all other States to whose interests and rights under the constitution she has always been true.”
Although many in the city’s intelligentsia rolled their eyes, and the mayor was slammed in much of the New York Press. Wood’s proposal made a certain kind of sense. The mayor was reacting to tensions with Albany, but there was far more behind his secession proposal, particularly if one understood that the lifeblood of New York City’s economy was cotton, the product most closely identified with the South and its defining system of labor: the slavery of millions of people of African descent.”