Nov. 2, 2020

Looking Back While Thinking Ahead To November 4, 2020

In June 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote a poignant editorial to the New York​ Amsterdam News asking for the immediate passage of the voting rights bill. The bill had been passed by the US Senate by not yet by the House of Representatives. The House eventually passed the Voting Rights Bill. So on August 6, 1965, The Voting Rights Bill was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson with Dr. King and several civil rights activists in attendance​. Today, 55 years later to celebrate ELECTION DAY 2020, I will read the letter that King wrote along with a brief note on the bill. Remembering that the 15th Amendment to the Constitution which was ratified in 1870 which supposedly gave the freed African Americans the vote in this nation had been virtually ignored for nearly a century in this nation. In 2020, it is no longer let my people vote as Dr. King implored in 1965. Now, the mantra​ has moved to literally beg African Americans to come to use that sacred right of the vote. On November 3, 2020, Black people are being begged literally to come out and vote as if their lives depend on it. Yet, the spirit of Dr. King’s final dream of reparations as quid pro quo for that vote is being ignored or castigated by our African American leadership.

Nov. 2, 2020

Win or Lose We Lose

I have no anxiety about the results of tomorrow’s Presidential election. Why? Because whoever wins  has mandated that African Americans will not be receiving reparations for the sins against our ancestors from 1781-1971. 1971 you say? Yes, 1971 because although the 1964-1965 Civil Rights Bill and Voting Rights were passed by this nation. They certainly were implemented immediately. President Johnson didn’t send a swarm of federal election regulators down south in 1968 to monitor voter suppression did he? I think that the 1972 election of Jimmy Carter was the first election that limited African American voter suppression in a presidential election.  Heck, if you go beyond the voter rights issues to economic rights and equality you might have to run the time span from 1781-2020 because the gap between whites and African Americans economically is still quite significant. If you run the time span for property and home ownership be African Americans it will run from 1781-2020 because the gap is significantly higher and still rising between whites and African Americans. If you include the health and education gap it also is widening between whites and African Americans. So would also run from 1781-2020 as well. So, why be anxious and worried about who wins and loses tomorrow in the presidential election when in the final analysis African Americans seemingly will continue to lose. Until our communities understand that our ancestor's pains are not being addressed by either political party. We lose even when we are supposed to win. 

Oct. 31, 2020

My Final Thoughts Election Day 2020

On Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at 11:00 PM the last ballots will be cast in this election. This has been the most strife-ridden presidential election of my lifetime in the black communities. Those of us who didn't step into line with the Democratic ticket were ostracized as racial turncoats for simply being critical of the historical neglect that has been the pattern of the Democratic Party towards African Americans. If you thought critically and asked strategic questions you were automatically placed in the category of supporting Donald Trump when before the election you had been openly critical of this current do-nothing administration. If you openly criticized Kamala Harris’s record you stood the chance to lose lifelong friends. If you attempted to ask the Democratic Party to stand up to meeting the demands of reparations for African Americans. You were told the request was idiotic and senseless because the issue was a non-starter. So why muddy the waters. You were told that if you didn't vote, certain death would come to all of your friends and relations. Fear was the catchword. Also, you dishonored all of your deceased ancestors who fought life and limb for the basic rights of humanity. So, I am personally happy to see the end of this madness that has been availed on our communities across this nation. What will we truly get from our votes this year related to our day to day lives? Will the Covid 19 virus mysteriously disappear? Will the year our young African American children lost in education ever truly be recovered? Will businesses that closed due to the virus ever open again in our communities? Will the winning political party address the needs of the African American communities? Or will we as a nation within this nation continue to be last on the totem pole in terms of policy implementation? Whether I voted or not to me is insignificant because for 48 years I voted and never gained a damn thing that truly impacted the majority of my people. But I will continue to be that voice of discontent on Wednesday morning November 4, 2020.

Oct. 30, 2020

We Must Never Forget The Painful, Atricious Sacrifice of Robert Charles

120 years ago this year Robert Charles refused to allow himself to be murdered for simply being a black man in a city of racially motivated hatred. Yes, Robert Charles did die a horrible death but his actions before succumbing to the mob caused white America to a least think of the possible consequences of defaming another black man without reason.

Oct. 29, 2020

Coach Jake

Our African American history in the area of sports is in a word is outstanding. What is really special to me are the legendary coaches who patrolled the sidelines at the Historically Black Colleges especially in the 1950s’, and 1960s’. On my read aloud project The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project, I read the book, Breaking The Line which told the story of four of these magnificent men. The coaches discussed included Coach Merritt from Tennessee State, Coach Banks from Morgan State, Coach Robinson from Grambling State, and Coach Jake Gaither from Florida A&M. The book centered on the 1966 football season just before the exodus of our young African Americans athletes to the primary white universities of Southland. These black coaches didn’t have the enormous budgets or staff of the primary white institutions.  But they had one thing that was overrode what the finances couldn’t buy, incredible character and dynamic leadership. Today, I focus on Coach Jake Gaither’s circle of influence. There was a commercial on when I was growing up about EF Hutton, when the company spoke you simply stayed quiet and listened. Well, Coach Jake was EF Hutton before EF Hutton. When Coach Gaither spoke everyone near him dropped everything and listened. We don’t have many of those men of excellence any longer. That’s why it is imperative that we never allow these men’s accomplishments to be forgotten. During the period when Jim Crow was ruling the south with oppression towards our African American ancestors. These men developed the leaders who in turned torn down the structures of white supremacy along with excelling in competitive sports.