Aug. 12, 2022

Don’t Be Directed Let’s Direct Change

Blind Allegiance has gotten us where in 60 years of loyal Democratic Party support? Our ancestors made choices when choices had to be made shifting party loyalty when they deemed it necessary. We must allow our communities to have the same response today because this boogeyman syndrome is way out of kilter. You had better vote for blue if you are truly black because blue is always right for us. Even though blue has never truly rewarded us, you see blue and red have endangered our communities, locked up our youth, oppressed and murdered us and blue and red are both guilty of ignoring our needs. Trump was one of the most racist President ever. He tossed insults, refused to recognize the agony and misery of our ancestors. Misery and oppression they faced watching their love ones hanging from trees after being burned alive or violently disposed of but President’s of both parties while occupying the White House’s casually disregarded crimes, or worse offering shelter to those who lynched and terrorized. I’m not saying vote red no because that choice hasn’t been an intellectually cognitive one historically.  What I am say is no longer can we offer up blind allegiance without a pact that is undergirded with substantial gains that benefit our communities. Now we have both parties disregarding or ignoring our case for reparations. Why? Because they can, because they know we have not shown the political maturity to not tip over the political apple cart. You see never have in 62 years have went full bore after the Democratic Party to meet the demands of our communities. Well, in 1964, Fannie Lou Hamer and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party tried but where silenced by a sitting President (Lyndon Johnson) and his team of black community controllers. So, please don’t expect blind allegiance when blind allegiance hasn’t served us a full meal at any table, whether that table was draped in a blue or red tablecloth. The crumbs collected by the minuscule droppings have truly never been enough to nourish our communities needs. Our votes are sacred but we as a community haven’t valued our votes because we gave them away willingly without payment expecting in return. There shouldn’t be ghettos in America, starving children in America, undereducated children in America, soiled tainted water in America, people without healthcare in America, homeless or evicted people in America but there are and it didn’t start with Trump. The majority of people who are affected by these wrongs are in our communities not theirs. Malcolm X demanded we value our votes as sacred as did Martin King but we haven’t and we don’t. If you want blind political allegiance than you do disservice to Monroe Trotter, Marcus Garvey, DuBois, Douglass, Paul Robeson, Ella Baker, Ida Wells, Fannie Hamer, Stokely Carmichael, and all of our elders who demanded that we learn from the past to build on the future.  Each one of those leaders would’ve been upfront and discussing both parties, whether red or blue wrongs and demanding them to do right by us. Now I am not proposing to go for anyone  in particular or no party specifically. I am only asking that we value our individual votes collectively and get something tangible from those votes because blind allegiance hasn’t gotten us anywhere.

Jul. 31, 2022

The Greatest Winner of All Time

Growing up in the 60’s while watching 1 of 3 networks on a Sunday afternoon. You were almost assured of seeing the Boston Celtics lead by Bill Russell play basketball to perfection. Bill Russell was the demigod of winning it seemed he never was on the losing end of a basketball game. I always went to see the Celtics play when they took on the Baltimore Bullets and I was never disappointed at the result because I was going to see Bill Russell’s team. Bill Russell was a defiant black man born in the period of Jim Crow’s Louisiana when a black man dared not look eye to eye towards any white man but Bill Russell never it seemed tilted his head down. Bill Russell was majestic, towering, and graceful, Bill Russell was the ultimate winner. All this talk about this GOAT and that GOAT, well all Bill Russell had to do was to lay down his eleven rings and stop the argument right there. You see Lebron and MJ didn’t have to face the threats of lynching, murder, deification on their beds, racist catcalls almost every night, growing up with night riders looking to terrorize them, so don’t tell me about GOATS because the true GOAT was BILL RUSSELL. Bill Russell epitomized blackness never ran away from it owned his blackness and defied anyone who asked him to yield to his blackness. When I think of black male sports heroes I think of Ali, Owens, Louis, Brown, Chamberlain, Robinson, Aaron, Gibson, Paige, Johnson,and the ultimate winner Bill Russell. Rest well big fella you earned your place in the pantheon of life’s legends.

Jul. 25, 2022

The Crime Of Being

Emmett and Louis Till were both victims of what for many African Americans past and present is a crime of being,” that is, being a black American in a nation that still sees color first and the hell with the content of character. This quote about the crime of being came from John Wideman's book "Writing To Save A Life". The book was a featured read-aloud on my Facebook Live Project. Louis Till was no saint and Emmitt Till was as close to innocence as a young boy could be. Yet both father and son were lynched by a nation that sought no semblance of justice for either. On this day Emmitt Till’s 81st birthday, father and son are remembered for the savagery of racial injustice. One Louis Till was murdered by a military tribunal that didn’t dig enough for the facts before the unjust sentence of the hangman’s noose was carried out. The other Emmitt Till was murdered a decade later by a vengeful collective of hate-filled racist white men who felt authorized by the State of Mississippi,  a state that cared little for that boy’s justice. Mississippi, only that Emmitt Till pay for supposedly upsetting the social structures that separated white and African American people in the belly of the beast that was southern racial hatred. Neither Louis Till who is buried in a small box on European soil nor Emmitt buried, and reburied in a Cook County Cemetery will ever face peace until this nation pays for the harm and pain it caused the Till family. You see murder has no statute of limitations. America, the nation was deemed guilty but America the nation has yet to have faced its punishment. “The crime of just being” has managed to continue to be promoted by this nation for these past four centuries of African American oppression. Isn’t it time for African Americans to be relieved of the perceived sin of color in America, as well as the crime of just being?

Jul. 19, 2022

Racism Chases Us

Jul. 18, 2022

Shake That Monkey, Really?