Feb. 10, 2021

The Arrogance Of American Whiteness

"“When I looked at the videos of the white mob assault of the United States Congress on 1/6/21 my mind took me back to 8/28/63, and then to April 1968 and then to 10/15/1995 and then to 10/15/15 and my respect for this American Government, supposedly the American Government of all the people diminished greatly. You must understand this important fact about the UNITED STATES CAPITOL BUILDING it was built with hands of skilled and unskilled free slave labor. Those black hands, black arms, black minds, black body power was deemed inferior to white Americans at the time. So during the four mass gatherings of black Americans in 1963, 1968, 1995, and 2015 the respect given that magnificent edifice was due to the factual knowledge that our ancestors blood, sweat, and tears was invested mightily in the construction of the Capitol. So although white politicians from both parties feared that black Americans would ravage the Capitol. The barriers were placed strategically to protect the Capitol. It was never threatened by the more than 2 million black men, women, and children who came to the Capitol steps to voice their demands. Because, our ancestors defied logic and created this building with pride. A building whose white occupants never those workers respected them as humans during almost 200 years of the Capitol Building’s existence. Yet, in matter hours white mobs overtook the Capitol Building and all that was supposedly righteous about this country’s democracy was exposed as a lie. The arrogance of American whiteness was on full display for all the world to see. One final thought the need to satisfy the call for reparations for the descendants of Americans of African descent increased immensely.”

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Feb. 10, 2021

SECESSION AND EMANCIPATION, 1861 - 1865 : Chapter 1 (Part 2/2)

In the general election, Grant faced former New York Governor Horatio Seymour, who campaigned as the “white man’s candidate.” In a March 11, 1868 speech to the New York State Democratic Convention, Seymour said that Black people “are in form, color, and character unlike the whites, and [] are, in their present condition, an ignorant and degraded race.”
Saluting The Work of The Equal Justice Initiative
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Feb. 10, 2021


“Young King, 
Keep your head up
Even when you’re fed up
Even when you get knocked down
Just know you can always stand back up
And stand proud”
I found the lines of this poem on MEDIUM and it took me right to our fraternity, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. Why? Because in the 58 years of our fraternity’s we’ve been knocked down by others and even by our own brothers as a failed experiment. Our brothers have been fed up so many times not only by the circumstances outside our fraternity but also by the circumstances that were happening within our organization. It has been hard to hold our heads up high when our organization has suffered through the economic woes of growth, the diminishing growth of brothers who dedicate themselves to our fraternity, the dwindling of many of our chapters both graduate and undergraduate. Yet, we have always had our 12 founders to lean on to provide us strength and guidance. It is time for our own structure and our own strength to provide the pathway to brighter times for Iota Phi Theta Fraternity. That’s why I support the Housen/Covington alliance to ensure our fraternity will stand tall and not fall back. Iota Phi Theta Fraternity adopted a theme a few decades ago “building traditions not resting upon them”. It made for a great tee shirt but in actuality it harmed the future growth and stagnated our fraternity. Why? Because we needed traditions. We had traditions. The founders and the initial lines of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity provided the basis of those traditions but somehow those traditions were lost in the building not resting concept.
Our ancestors strength was based on the fact that traditions linked our communities together. So when I saw the icon ONEIOTA it presented a sense that we would indeed begin to build traditions that would finally solidify our foundations. It’s time KINGS to understand that it takes a man to stand for something and to stop falling for nothing. We can move Iota Phi Theta Fraternity to a period of tremendous growth with the understanding that as men it is our duty and responsibility Housen/Covington 2021.
Joseph Hall

Feb. 10, 2021

Usain Bolt "A Streak of Pure Lightening"

Mr. Thunderbolt, A Dang Gone Lightening Bolt
My Black History Salute To The Greatest Athlete In Competitive Sporting History. Mr. Usain Bolt whose reign of dominance ran from his first gold at 15 years of age in the 200 meters to his final Olympics in 2016. No one ever did it better!

Feb. 9, 2021


Introduction & Part One Chapter 1
Third Edition