Jul. 17, 2019

Why Reparations? July 17,1944: The Port Chicago Explosion Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Is Today

Did you know that the 75th Anniversary of Port Chicago Naval Shipyard is today? Do you know anything about this massive accident that was caused by discrimination, segregation, Jim Crowism, and disrespect of black men in the US Navy? I will provide some knowledge on this incident today on my blog.

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 US Navy's 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, 50 of the 325 black navy sailors who refused to work unless the conditions at the loading dock were significantly improved. They were threatened with death by firing squads by these 50 men felt duty-bound to fight for safe working conditions

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. 16, 2019

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 hanging like strange fruits from trees. Our ancestors who were being burned alive and murdered in this nation. These atrocious acts simply because of the color of their skins. She 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.​ Her words on the day of this speech in Chicago, Illinois tell us why reparations for blacks in​ this nation is a sacred right and should be awarded for every descendant of black Americans of African descent who suffered due simply because of the color of their skin.

Jul. 15, 2019

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Jul. 14, 2019

Trayvon Martin

Never forget the injustice that occurred six years ago

Jul. 14, 2019

Sandra Bland


We shall always remember the innocents for they will light the way to our people’s eventual day of justice.