Mar. 4, 2020

TWO MUSKET BALLS IN THE CHEST FROM 5/5 TO 3/5 The Story Of Crispus Attucks

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 250 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 become 3/5 property. One must wonder if Mr. Attucks would’ve been on those streets if he could’ve forecasted the future?

Mar. 3, 2020

Why Reparations? We Cannot Settle For Less “Convict Leasing”

Why reparations? The evil institution of slavery in this country was quite peculiar. It put value on black human souls and that value gave those black souls some levels of protection. While slavery was both vile and cruel. The slave owners financial wealth was based on the number of those slaves he held captive in chains. The children born from black women slaves were forever bound to the evil system of bondage. When slavery ended with the passage of the 13th Amendment in 1865, it was assumed that all the evilness perpetrated on blacks in this nation would end. Yet, in many ways that evilness only increased in its deprivation. You see no longer was an economic value placed on people of color in the southern states. Our ancestors became throwaways. Once used up their lives had no value. With the end of Black Reconstruction the onslaught of white supremacy rose to a level of unimaginable terror, unbearable pain to our black ancestors. One system of slavery supposedly eliminated another far more heinous system called convict leasing created. Why Reparations?

Let’s dig a little deeper: By the late 1870s, the defining characteristics of the new involuntary servitude were clearly apparent. It would be obsessed with ensuring disparate treatment of blacks, who at all times in the ensuing fifty years would constitute the vast majority of those sold into labor. They were routinely starved and brutalized by corporations, farmers, government officials, and small-town businessmen intent on achieving the most lucrative balance between the productivity of captive labor and the cost of sustaining them. The consequences for African Americans were grim. In the first two years that Alabama leased its prisoners, nearly 20 percent of them died. In the following year, mortality rates for the leased convicts rose to 35 percent. In the fourth, nearly 45 percent of the leased convicts were killed." This was just one southern state, Alabama, just imagine this system of expansive injustice being spread across the entire southern region of a nation that was supposed to provide protection for its most vulnerable citizens. So, why reparations? One answer is convict leasing and the horrendous injustice inflicted on our black ancestors.
Please don’t allow reparations to become a side issue to be cast aside and forgotten. Don’t allow either political party to think we can forgive and forget. The lives lost by just this method of oppression deserves justice, along with the generations of lives that were forced to accept this vile treatment without a repayment.

Slavery By Another Name
The Black Blogger

Mar. 1, 2020

Guest Blogger Dennis Boatwright’s Visit With A Black Elder

The inability to read and write keeps many members of our black communities from knowing what they are rights and privileges they are entitled to. It also limits their ability and actions about how to strategically and forcefully demand those rights and privileges. Another negative limitation of this inability to read and write with comprehension is how it silences their voices politically in society. It is almost as if they become invisible, isolated from the rest of the world around them. Many of these individuals struggle with a basic understanding or simple understanding of national and world events that affect their daily lives. Ignored and shutout by institutions that control those events because those institutions understand that with that knowledge these individuals are no threat to the status quo that minimizes change. This morning a friend of mind speaks knowledge to power to why we all must ensure that everyone has the ability to gain those skills to read and write effectively, thanks Dennis Samuel Boatwright II


Last night I went to Barnes & Nobles in Ann Arbor, MI to buy OPEN SEASON, a newly released book authored by famed Trayvon Martin attorney, Ben Crump. While searching for the book I bumped into an incredible 82 year old retired elder African American man who was obvious very educated an in tuned with world affairs. He's the only person I know that has read every book I happened to mention to him. He was polite, yet serious. He told me at the end of our conversation that this was his third time ever having a pleasurable discussion with a total stranger. I found out that he was a former prevost of a major university, and has post doctorates in physics and economics. Before we departed, I asked him if he could recommend just one book for me to read, what would it be? He said that back in the 70s he used to carry three books in his brief case at all times,one of which is the book EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS AND THE MADNESS OF CROWDS, written in 1841. He then said, they have it here, "I'll buy it for you." It is a classic eye opening book which gives readers an idea on why we hold certain beliefs, why we are willing to spend so much on diamonds, etc.Our encounter was the second time I ever met such an intelligent fellow who had a positive impact on my thinking in such a short time span.

Feb. 29, 2020

The Forgotten History of America’s Worst Racial Massacre

As I end February 2020, Black History Month, I will discuss the single most documented savage act of white mob violence on blacks in our black history. We’ve read about the events of Elaine, Arkansas multiple times on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour. Before Greenwood there was this act of savagery. During a period of time when open hostilities against our ancestors simply because of the color of their skins.

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Uncovering Our Black Experience: Elaine Arkansas Massacre
Hundreds of black citizens were killed in Elaine, Ark., a century ago + 1 year

By Nan Elizabeth Woodruff
Dr. Woodruff is a historian and the author of “American Congo: The African American Freedom Struggle in the Delta.”

In the year 1919 in this nation, multiple events of white mob violence occurred during that hate-enraged year of black oppression. The worst of the Red Summer acts occurred in the small town of Elaine, Arkansas in the Fall, 1919. Today, I will be reading from an article that appeared in the New York Times on September 30, 2019, which looks at this act of barbaric proportions a century later. This was by far the most vicious act of race induced rage inflicted on black African Americans after the Civil War. Listen closely to the details that Dr. Woodruff pieced together because it will outline how government forces solicited the aid of the white mob to silence the voices of blacks who were demanding​ simple human and civil rights.

Feb. 28, 2020

Provoked Thoughts

"Blackman’s Provoked Thoughts
The Planet’s Big Payback

The planet has started it’s counterattack against mankind. The coronavirus isn’t targeted at a specific group or nation. It’s a global affront that may just alert humanity to the inexcusable actions and devastation of the environment. So, keep an eye on the age group that is adversely affected by the outbreak. If the ages people between 50-80 are infected by coronavirus, then you will know that planet is looking for as James Brown says the big payback. She’s mad, mankind could be extremely sad.


Joseph Hall