Aug. 24, 2019

Project 1619 Bryan Stevenson Equal Justice Initiative

The Blackman Read Aloud Project continues its mission of sharing vital knowledge on this nation's black experience by reading aloud Project 1619. Today's reading is an essay written by Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative discussing this nation's failed justice system aligned to America's sin of slavery.

Slavery gave America​ a fear of black people and a taste for violent punishment. Both still define our criminal-justice system.
By Bryan Stevenson
AUG. 14, 2019

Aug. 23, 2019

Provoked Friday Night Thought 1619

"If slavery is America's original sin? Just how many additional sins to Americans of African Descent is America responsible after slavery supposedly ended? I mean the American sin list is long and still growing. If the true story of slavery, as well as the after-effects of renewed slavery, was really taught in our intermediate and secondary schools. The sins of slavery would be even more appalling to this nation and the world. If we taught our elementary school children the realities of our founding fathers rather than the fairytales of disbelief. The nation wouldn't balk at paying some form of reparations to level the balance scales which upended Americans of African Descent for over 4 centuries. Every American should be obligated to read and digest The 1619 Project to get a full sense of the criminality that is still evident in this nation as a result of America's original sin. There should be discussions across the racial, economic, educational, and social sectors of this nation to confront finally the devastating effect slavery has had on past, present, and future American of African Descent in this nation. Until those discussions are held and the issues discussed and solutions developed there will seemingly always be two America's with two entirely different agendas and directions. We cannot solve our societal race problems until we confront the ever-present, overarching issue that soils the fabric of this nation, slavery. Will, we ever be that nation of the people, by the people, and for the people? Or will the issue of race always displace that creed? Was that creed always meant to be an imaginary illusion that sounded good on paper but was never intended to be realized in our nation?"

Aug. 23, 2019

The 1619 Project: Tracing Black History Through The Words Of Writers and Poets

This is an exceptional undertaking and collection of poems and short stories that provide a walkthrough black history by these writers from the slave ships to Crispus Attucks, to Gabriel Prosser's rebellion, to the disrespected black soldier after World War 2, to the 4 little girls murdered in Birmingham, Alabama. This live reading is one that shouldn't be missed. Please make a contribution to my fundraising drive to keep this channel of information flowing.

We asked 16 writers to bring consequential moments in African​ American​ history to life. Here are their poems and stories from Project 1619 being read by The Blackman Who Reads Aloud.

Aug. 22, 2019

Chicken Sandwiches and Shawn Carter

"Black America again seems to be off the rails when a genetically hormone-induced chicken sandwich is the talk of our community or if Shawn Carter is or is not a sellout for doing what Shawn Carter seems to do best, which is making bank. While all-around, those chicken sandwich questioning folks and Shawn Carter sellout folks, many of the schools in amongst those concern sandwich-Carter folks continue to collapsing and available black economic opportunities are few and far between. We will support Popeye's, hate on our brothers and sisters but neglect what is truly going to build protect our futures. Why not focus our misguided energies to ensuring a quality education for our children. We need to look beyond color and look towards aligning ourselves with policies and policymakers bent on the uplift of our communities. Start plans that will erase policies that stifle our community's progress. Stop supporting policymakers who aren't committed to our overall economic prosperity. If Shawn Carter gains revenue from his deal with the NFL that can then be reimagined into building black community growth. Where is the harm in that model? We've been used so long by the powers to be. Why not use those same powers of harm to help us do some and gain some immeasurable good? We have to begin to look long-term because we continue to get caught up in short-term bullxxit that it diverts our attention. The media and social diversionary tactics are tools of those who want us to get caught in staying in the status quo. How much of the chicken sandwiches purchased by the black community revenue actually gets back into the black community that has started this movement?"

Aug. 22, 2019

The Next Selection On The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project

Since we are focusing on Black History in this nation with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the 20 or so Africans arriving in English Virginia. I am going to be reading next this story from the period of Jim Crow Florida next Devil In The Grove which was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour starting today August 22, 2019.