Jul. 18, 2020

Why Reparations? July 17,1944: The Port Chicago Explosion Seventy-Sixth Anniversary Of A Blackman's

My,​ Why Reparations series continues this morning on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the massive explosion that occurred on the docks at Port Chicago, California. If you don't know about this incident that ended the lives of 202 black sailors instantly at 10:18 PM. It behooves you to listen to my reading about the racist crime that was perpetrated on the black sailors that were on duty that night in July 1944. The actions were predicated on the premise that black sailors were the ones who were given the most menial duties. In this case in Port Chicago, those duties involved the highest degree of personal danger. The explosion was so horrendous, so cataclysmic, that it registered 3.4 on the Richter​ Scale. The 350 men who were near the explosion, 202 of them black were killed instantaneously​. These black men were given no training in handling these dangerous munitions either before or after the explosion. The explosion leads​ to a group of black​ sailors, The Port Chicago 50 refusal to work unless the conditions were improved. These sailors were put on trial for mutiny​ and convicted by the Navy for simply fighting for the right of fairness. Listen to two articles that described the Port Chicago disaster from the seventieth​ anniversary in 2014.

Jul. 18, 2020

Reflecting On John Lewis A Purpose Driven Life

From Nashville to Raleigh to Washington to Birmingham to Selma to Atlanta to Washington to his final home John Lewis led a purpose driven life for the betterment of humanity.

Jul. 17, 2020

Hold On Ruth! Donald’s & Mitch Are Watching

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Damning Medical Report

Are there enough democratic senators to “filibuster” the ADVISE/CONSENT judicial nomination of a SUPREME COURT JUSTICE? Because, it looks like Justice Ginsburg may not make it until January 2, 2021 with her new cancer prognosis. The new CONGRESS won’t be sworn in until January 3, 2021 without a filibuster nothing can stop the republicans and Trump from appointing another Supreme Court Justice no matter the outcome of the November 3, 2020 election. The republicans stonewalled Obama choice of Merrick Garland in 2016. As Mitch McConnell told the media that the US population had a right to determine Anton Scalia’s replacement with the election of President impeding in November, 2016. What will McConnell do if he is a possible lame duck senator majority leader? Trump will push for a quick replacement for Ginsburg’s seat. Will the republicans oblige or will they deny giving the republican a solid majority on the court in the coming decade? Can Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hold on and live for 6 more months? Right now in order for to filibuster to halt a Supreme Court nomination. The Democrats will need a simple majority of 51 votes. This means the Democrats need to hold on their 45 votes and pull 6 Republicans to switch to filibuster any Trump nominee. That is a long shot at best. The only sure thing is to keep Ruth Bader Ginsburg alive.

Jul. 16, 2020

Why Reparations? July 16, 1862 "Ida Belle Wells-Barnett Birthday" Celebrating This Fearless Warrior

Ida Belle Wells Barnett was born on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Before any college, or university started to catalog the lynching of blacks in America. Ida Wells was the vocal opponent of the rule of the white mob violence that was inflicted on blacks throughout this nation. Before Tuskegee Institute's renowned historical collection of the murders of blacks due to lynching, Ida Belle Wells-Barnett was front and center laying her life on the line to expose this injustice. Now we have Bryan Stevenson's memorable work that details the over 4400 lynchings that occurred from 1876-1964. It includes a memorial that pays tribute to those who lost their lives in this horrendous manner. Yet, there stood Ida Belle Wells-Barnett advocating for justice in a Jim Crow'ed America.

Our black history need not ever be a black mystery. In the late 19th century, and early 20th century there lived a black woman who stood up firmly against murderous injustice. Ida Belle Wells-Barnett was a newspaper publisher of truth and an ultimate defender of human, civil and social justice for Americans of African Descent. Once ancestor Wells dedicated herself to the issue of murderous acts of lynching. She worked tirelessly to ensure that it would be defeated by any means necessary.

Ida Well Barnett sought out to expose those black men, women, and children who were hanging like strange fruits from trees or being roasted alive like meat on a grill. These atrocious acts simply because of the color of their skins. Ida Wells couldn't live with herself without speaking out against these terrorist activities being perpetrated by white people in this country. Ida Wells-Barnett placed her life on the line to bring these horrendous crimes from the beneath the veil of hatred and indignation.

In today's salute, I bring you a speech that Ida Wells-Barnett gave in Chicago, which came to be her second home, in 1900 about the lynch laws in the United States. This wasn't an easy subject to broach during that period but Ida Wells-Barnett wasn't afraid to confront injustice head-on. She saw her purpose as a battle against those who sought to destroy the humanity and lives of Americans of African Descent.

Throughout most of her adult life, Ida Wells-Barnett fought to make visible the most despicable acts of violence perpetrated on our black ancestors. While Mrs. Wells-Barnett fought to put a light on these atrocities​ much of America attempted to keep these acts of violence darkened and forgotten. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud brings you today the words of Ida Belle Wells-Barnett on the anniversary of her birth 157 years ago today.​

Jul. 15, 2020

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July 15, 2020

Today We Delve Into The Murders Of The Civil Rights Movement. Our History Comes Alive In The Reading Of A Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Rights Movement
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