Oct. 5, 2019

My Homecoming Morgan State University 2019

It's that season again across the black college and university communities across this nation, homecoming season. That one week a year when alums from all across the nation venture home to the HBCU's that they attended to celebrate past times, renew friendships and establish new friends. It is the circling of experiences and renewals of friendships that make a homecoming at a historically black college and university so very special.

I love my school's homecoming season. I attended Morgan State University from 1973-1977 and I can certainly say without question my foundation and principles were solidified as a result of being a student of this outstanding university. If you attended a college or university that was majority white and you happened to be black. The experiences would be far different than what you may have experienced at an HBCU. You see while the resources that those white schools afforded you were never lacking.

One thing that an HBCU provided was the historical sense of family. My oldest brother attended the University of Maryland when the school had a grand total of about 100 minority students in a college population of nearly 30,000 students. You think that he ever felt a sense of family at this university? I saw personally the trials and tribulations he suffered being one of few minority students during the late 1960s'. I never wanted to be like him because I needed a sense of family in order to gain my maturation and footing in life. That's why I choose to attend then Morgan State College. What I may have lacked in the available resources he had at the University of Maryland was outweighed by the familiar settings of blackness that he never experienced.

I don't think my brother ever attended a Maryland Homecoming after he left that university. I don't think he ever looked back once. While I look back every year to a week in early Fall when I know I can go back to my alma mater and relish the past as I look ahead to the future. Every HBCU thinks that their homecoming is the best. You have North Carolina A&T which proudly pronounces that its homecoming is Greatest Event in the history of celebrations. Of course, you have Howard University's homecoming which is a revelation because what do you expect from the Mecca? However, to me, personally, my homecoming at Morgan State University is by far the greatest. Why? Simple, because of the fact that its mine and the experiences I treasure are those I will forever cling to.

Don't argue with me on that fact because I surely won't argue with you about whether your HBCU homecoming is better than my own. The reason is that your homecoming is your and the experiences that your HBCU homecoming provides are yours to cling to as well. One thing I can be assured of is that yours, or mine, HBCU homecomings are going to be historic and grand. Our black history was formulated on the campuses of each and every HBCU in this nation. So in so many ways, our HBCU homecomings are blended events to be celebrated by each and every black person in this nation.

So, for me, Homecoming 2019 begins the week of October 6, 2019, and I will visit my school at Morgan State University on October 12, 2019, to celebrate the greatness that comes when all the Morgan State University comes together to celebrate our fair Morgan.

Oct. 4, 2019

The Fugitive Slave Law Of 1850 & Reverend Jermain Wesley Loguen's Defiance

The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
October 4, 1850
The Struggle For Black Freedom

Today, I will spend 1/2 hour reading the actual act passed by Congress, the US Senate and signed by President Milliard Fillmore, The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and then I will read a speech given by Jermain Wesley Loguen in Syracuse, New York, an escaped slave from Tennessee who spoke of his defiance of such a measure. As I continue to teach our history as well as promote the read-aloud as an actionable strategy to elevate literacy in our community. We as a black community owe it to ourselves to learn the history of our ancestors in this nation. We must learn to research, analyze, and comprehend our historical story in order to become more cognizant of how that history affects our conditions today.

Oct. 3, 2019

Stop 🛑 With All This Forgiveness Black America

"“Folks are mentioning the Bible in regards to that foolishness that occurred in that Texas courtroom yesterday. Something about forgiveness, why it is that blacks are always the one’s that have to be showing forgiveness? We’ve been savaged, ravaged, vilified, lynched, unjustly imprisoned, economically deprived, educationally denied but in the end, we are the peoples’ expected to follow and demonstrate God’s abiding word. Murder us in a Charleston church founded by Denmark Vesey and we are expected to be forgiving. You can have a patrol officer shoot one of us in cold blood and you expect us to forgive and forget. Kill us in jail cells and you expect us to pray for your forgiveness on Sunday’s. Now kill us in our own home and have the white convicted murderer be hugged and comforted by the black judge and the black court officer. Enough is enough. The Bible is so many ways enslaved us and proffered ways for white society to continue to abuse us. You can turn the other cheek just so many times before neck spasms force you to turn no longer. Stop it and check yourselves being forgiving becomes being foolish when injustice starts to become acceptable.”"

Oct. 3, 2019

Only In Texas Where The Color Line Is Imprinted By Foolishness

Today on my Facebook Timeline, my fellow Morganite alum asked this question and I responded.

Walter Fields:
When does a judge hug a criminal defendant who has been convicted of murder? The judge should be sanctioned and removed from the bench. Our judicial system is wrecked.

Joseph Shelton Hall:
Only deep in the "heartlessness" of Texas! Where both color and justice are blinded by unconsciousness!

Oct. 3, 2019

Perilous times for Trump: By 45%-38%, Americans support impeaching him over Ukraine allegations, USA

48% of this nation's populace according to a USA Today poll favor the impeachment of Donald Trump. That's the same percentage of voters who voted for Hilliary Clinton. So my question is this. When will that percentage of the nation's populace who favor the impeachment of Donald Trump begin to include even a strong minority of Donald Trump's supporters? Let's say 5% of Donald Trump's supporters which will push the national figure to say 53% favoring his impeachment. Otherwise, Donald Trump may have impeachment articles passed by the House of Representative but his Impeachment trial in the US Senate will simply be a total facade. The needle for Donald Trump's impeachment must move not with those who never supported Trump from 2016 on. The needle for Donald Trump's impeachment must move to those Americans who saw all the negative aspects of Donald Trump prior to entering the polling booths in 2016 and still voted for him.

You see what happened with his escapades in Ukraine regarding the Biden's are small potatoes to what Trump had done prior to his being elected in November 2016. 48% disliked him and didn't support him on that election day and they still vigorously oppose him 3 years later. Trump should have been impeached for his actions with the Russian bots that lead to his actual election. Yet, Trump survived that Mueller investigation and unless even a small percentage of his supporters turn towards his impeachment in this situation. Donald Trump will survive this situation.

The funny thing is that his supporters may even be even more stringent in their support for Trump if this impeachment ends with Donald Trump still standing. They will see Donald Trump as beating down the so-called liberal masses that are threatening the very way of life these people hold so dear. They elected Donald Trump on the premise of making America Great Again, which to those consciously aware was saying protect at all cost the whiteness of this nation. The best thing that Congress can do is censure Donald Trump.

Keep the fight out of the US Senate which has shown to be lacking the intestinal fortitude to confront Donald Trump's supporters. The Republican Senators will find a way to pump up Trump in these proceedings leading into the 2020 elections. Keep these impeachment hearing low-keyed. Otherwise, the dynamite that may explode will be the reelection of Donald Trump in 2020. Because of the Democrats' inability to bring down Donald Trump in impeachment proceedings. Just my thoughts today as look around and search for meaning in this man's madness and his supporters' even crazier allegiance.