Aug. 8, 2019

August 8, 1866 Birthday Of A Great Black American Hero "Matthew Henson"

The Tragedy And Triumph Of Matthew Henson
Racism Carpets Matthew Henson's Historic Achievement

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Matthew Henson who was the first recognized Non-Eskimo​ to reach the North Pole. He was the first of many explorers who sought to be on top of the world. He reached that pinnacle on April 6, 1909,​ with Commodore Peary who arrived 45 minutes later. As with all black historical events in the early 20th century,​ Matthew Henson's historic accomplishment was swept under the carpet of racist ignorance until ​Matthew Henson had passed​ away. He was the ​constant companion of Peary during these Arctic expeditions but it was Peary who ​turned his ​back on Henson after returning to the United States. Today, I will read two articles that will detail the racism that Matthew Henson faced during his lifetime. Join me in recognizing the greatness of Mattew Henson whose body is now interred in the Arlington National Cemetary next to Admiral Robert Peary. He finally was recognized for his historic achievement but long after his death.

The post photo cover includes an image of Akatingwah carrying Anaukaq, the son she had with Matthew Henson, along with of course the great black explorer Matthew Henson.

Aug. 7, 2019

Bitter Fruit, We Must Never Allow Ourselves To Forget The Savageness Of This Nation

August 7, 1930, Real History The Savage Mob

Today's historical moment in time takes us back 87 years to August 7, 1930, when 2 black men were lynched and one miraculously saved. Back in the dark days of Jim Crow America white mobs terrorized blacks throughout the nation. There was no talk of the lone wolf terrorist who stalked the communities of black America. It was the white wolf mobs that create hatred and mayhem not only in the former confederate states but in states throughout this nation. 89 years ago we should never forget the names of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith who were taken from a jail cell in Marion, Indiana by mobs thousands of so-called citizens white men.

Shipp and Smith were savagely brutalized, burned alive and shot and butchered with a crowd of 15,000 whites, men, women, and children watching in a carnival atmosphere. There was no trial for Smith and Shipp, they were no testimony from witnesses detailing the crimes that Smith and Shipp were accused of. The mob convicted them and carried out the sentence for all of this nation to see. The photos of the strange fruit hanging from the massive Indiana tree bore the illegitimacy of a twisted nation reveling in the racial hatred of whites against the entire race of blacks.

Had it not been for the fact that one survivor James Cameron, a young black teenager who was saved from the hangman's noose and the butchery when a lone white voice called out his innocence. Mr. Cameron lived 92 full years and became an advocate against racial terror that came in the mode of lynching blacks. During his life, James Cameron became an entrepreneur, father of five, civil rights activist, and founder of this museum. He taught people to “forgive but not forget” and to be “better, not bitter.”

However, Thomas Shipp or Abram Smith didn't live long lives. They had their lives snuffed out in the main town square of Marion, Indiana. They were never convicted of any crime. Yet, one accusation caused the hated mania of those mobs of white men, rape and neither Shipp nor Smith stood a chance after that accusation. They would not last the night and the visible sign of both Shipp and Smith hanging mutilated from that Indiana tree was a sign for any other blacks in Marion to not step across the line, or they would face the same treatment.

Aug. 7, 2019

August 4, 1904 Ralph Johnson Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize Winner

115 years ago Ralph Bunche was born. When one mentions the Nobel Peace Prize and the first African Americans of distinction to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. You automatically refer the name Martin Luther King Jr. whose stately monument sits majestically on the National Mall. Yet the very first African American to win that cherished honor was, in fact, Ralph Bunche who delivered impeccable diplomatic work trying to achieve peace in the Middle East.
"To make our way, we must have firm resolve, persistence, tenacity. We must gear ourselves to work hard all the way. We can never let up."
Today, I will read his Ralph Bunche's acceptance when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950. This historic accomplishment should never be discounted even though peace in the Middle East has still not yet been achieved. At least it was a brother who sought to bring an end to the violence.

Aug. 6, 2019

Black Blogger Looking At The Most Recent Poll

Looking at a snapshot view of the current race for the Presidential Democratic nomination. It seems that Kamala Harris and Corey Booker's campaigns are languishing. Corey Booker is very close to being irrelevant with 2% of the support nationally. While over the past month Kamala Harris's campaign has lost 13% points in national support. The debates have actually been devastating to Harris's campaign.
In today's poll results:
Biden gets 47 percent of black Democrats, with 16 percent for Sanders, 8 percent for Warren and 1 percent for Harris;
Women Democrats go 31 percent for Biden, 24 percent for Warren, 10 percent for Sanders and 7 percent for Harris;
Very liberal Democrats go 40 percent for Warren, 20 percent for Sanders, 19 percent for Biden and 7 percent for Harris;
Somewhat liberal Democrats go 28 percent for Biden, 20 percent for Warren, 14 percent for Sanders and 10 percent for Harris;
Moderate/conservative Democrats go 43 percent for Biden, 11 percent for Warren, 9 percent for Sanders, and 4 percent each for Harris and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Corey Booker doesn't even register amongst black Democratic voters and Kamala Harris is only registering at 1% of black Democrats. It seems that the fight for the nomination will go down to Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren right now. With Bernie Sanders fighting for the third position. None of the non-traditional candidates except for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is registering at 4% with moderate/conservative Democrats, and 5% nationally are even registering above 1%. The leader in the clubhouse at 1% is Andrew Yang. 
As it stands now the race to Iowa is a 3 candidate race Biden, Warren, and Sanders with Kamala Harris trailing those three candidates and losing ground fast. It seems that Kamala Harris's "I Was One Of Them" didn't help her because she lost appreciable ground since that statement. The last debate saw Kamala Harris' worst performance and the dip in her support is evidence of that fact. Corey Booker who some newsies felt did well in Detroit's debate showed a slight gain. It seems that Booker's campaign simply cannot gain national traction. 
If either Booker or Harris doesn't make remarkable gains in the upcoming September 12,13 2019 debates in the friendly territory of an HBCU, Texas Southern University. It could mean that one or the other, or possibly both Harris and Booker will be positioning for a cabinet position in the upcoming administration.
The funny thing about polls is that they can change in a heartbeat when some cataclysmic event can erase a leaders position, or make an underdog the favorite. Yet Harris and Booker have to climb over multiple candidates in order to reach the favorite's slot. If they cannot even get the support of the black Democratic voters than it's going to be difficult to get the essential financial support to run a national campaign. Corey Booker is in the most tenuous position because the New Jersey Primary is so late in the campaign season. At least Harris has an early shot to win a significant number of California delegates.
However, if this poll from Quinnipiac University National Poll is correct both Harris and Booker have work to do with the black Democratic voters. Also, 14 Democratic candidates have less than 1% national support which means that the next debate at Texas Southern should have fewer contestants.
This is my Tuesday snapshot of the current Democratic campaign for President. It's interesting. My read is that neither Harris or Booker have shown the "it factor" or the "issue-factor" to be strong contenders, but hey, it's only August 2019. The Iowa Caucus starts the fun on Monday, February 3, 2020.
Aug. 6, 2019

Rest My Sister, Rest In Heavenly Slumber

Toni Morrison’s life accomplishments will be revered for eternity. Her poignant words will be delivered to multiple future generations. That is Toni’s gift that will keep on giving. I hope that Toni Morrison’s rest will be eternally peaceful. Toni provoked a people to seek the answers from the past to uplift the future. Thank you Toni Morrison for producing black greatness and constantly encouraging black excellence in others.