Jun. 11, 2019

Black Society's Priority Displacement

I am getting more tired of the role the diversion of sports plays in our society. It seems that either a basketball, football or even god forbid baseball game garners more interest especially in our black communities than the real deal issues that are decimating our communities every day. Ten people murdered last weekend in Chicago, literacy and math scores plummet across urban black elementary and middle schools, black unemployment among blacks aged 18-25 doubled in the past 5 years, hardly no response, Kevin Durant tore his Achilles Heel, Black America on a full response mode on social media. I really didn't understand the insanity of these games the supremacist institutions created to divert our attention until some singular event of some magnitude occurs to a professional black athlete. Every day on my blog and on my read aloud sessions I crave for an audience, a black audience interested in developing a true sense of the history of our peoples. I crave for a black audience to share my goal of developing communities of strategic universal black readers. Yet, my page is absolutely clear of responses from so many of my Facebook contacts. This morning I delivered a blog post about the racist history of the University of Alabama and that relationship to the current rush of black athletes on the collegiate football and basketball teams. Not a hint, or a sense of interest on my Facebook page. I know if I go into many living rooms and mentioned the names Vivian Malone or James Hood, I would get mostly perplexed looks of wonderment from so many black brothers and sisters. Yet, one mention of fans booing KD's injury in Toronto, Canada, or what's his name the rapper not seating down courtside at the games, or whether Beyonce is mad at Mr. Carter because she wouldn't share her popcorn and Black America is in a tither. Our communities so damn combustible they are about to bust. At first when one of my closest Facebook friends told me that sports were the actual enemy of black community progress. I felt like Nina Thompson was overstating that issue. Yet, this evening I understand now why she feels that way. The white power structure knew what they were doing by introducing games of play for pay to black communities. They understood the diversion that professional sporting events could produce. Now that public gambling is coming to the sporting venues our black communities will never move towards eliminating the multitude of issues that decimate our communities every day. Our priorities are so wracked out that we find interest in the most trivial events in life. If winning a basketball championship is so unique why is one crowned every year? We gotta get better folks. Or we will continue to be misled and misinformed by forces more powerful than we are. This evening I read a poem by Bob Dylan, which he wrote after the assassination of Medgar Evers on June 12, 1963. The name of the poem is "Only A Pawn In The Game". Today, I have come to understand that we are still pawns and the Kings and Queens are ruling the board in this country and around the world. Oh, my post on my page was a research activity and the 30+ responses sorta proved my point.

Jun. 11, 2019

June 11, 1963 Really, Roll Tide

56 years ago today on the campus of the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, two African American, Vivian Malone, and James Hood attempted to break the bonds of segregation at Alabama's premier state university. At that time everything about the University of Alabama was white except for the domestic help. All the university's professors were lily-white, every athletic team's coaches were lily-white, every student whether male or female was lily-white, heck all the blossoms on the tree bloomed white. The greatest treasure of the University of Alabama in 1963 as it is the greatest treasure in 2019, the university's collegiate football team lead by then the legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant were comprised of nothing but good old southern white boys.

On the doors of the entrance leading to the campus of the University of Alabama stood one George Corey Wallace who would stage a performance for the white segregationist ages. Wallace, then Governor of the state would stand at the doors forbidding to allow the two African Americans the opportunity to enroll in their home state's university. Of course, Wallace's theatrics were driven specifically for white hate-filled segregationists who reveled in this type of race-baiting. Wallace had already agreed to allow the admission of Hood and Malone but he just couldn't simply open the welcoming doors of the University of Alabama to two of Alabama's black residents. That wasn't acceptable behavior for the man who pronounced when he took the oath of office, segregation today, segregation tomorrow, and segregation forever. George Wallace knew how to play to his base. So his base personality on June 11, 1963, was that of a pure white racist who was bent on protecting the honor and prestige of the University of Alabama from being soiled by any person of color, even if those individuals had the right to attend the state's premier university.

Wow, only 56 years ago today the entire dynamics of Alabama's University system was completely and forever changed. Alabama's African-American population in 1962 had numerous HBCU's to choose from starting with Tuskegee Institute, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Miles College, Talladega College, Stillman College located right in Tuscaloosa among others. So, why George Wallace and his band of segregationist thought should they soil the lily-whiteness of the University of Alabama or Auburn University? The choices were there for the black students but the only thing that was missing in those HBCU's was the equality of resources and the equality of funding. The early years of the 1960s' were the years of a hoped integration of the races, Especially considering that 9 years earlier the United States Supreme Court had ruled that separate but equal was unconstitutional. However, every former Confederate State literally ignored this ruling; and when the court gave those states wiggle room with the 1956 ruling of all deliberate speed, integration of the public schools actually grounded to a halt.

This day is a time to reflect on how things have changed at the University of Alabama, although the percentage of African Americans in Alabama is 25%. There is only a percentage of 10% African American enrolled at the University of Alabama. Although, more than 80% of the starters on the university's football team are African-American, and 12 of the University's men's basketball team are African-American. Still, the state's HBCU's are suffering financially while Auburn and Alabama are still the bastions of consistency in terms of funding and resources. I wonder if George Corey Wallace would've stood at doors blocking integration knowing that he was possibly interfering with future athletic greatness of the University of Alabama's football dynasty? I am sure knowing how Wallace performed for his base. George Wallace would've had Paul "Bear" Bryant and he wearing the houndstooth hat saying roll tide!

Jun. 10, 2019

Look For Me In A Whirlwind

Marcus Garvey loved his black brothers and sisters unconditionally. Today I continue my celebration of Marcus Mosiah Garvey by reading his words, Look For Me In A Whirlwind.

Jun. 10, 2019

June 10, 1940 Marcus Mosiah Garvey Eternal Peace

Just a few thoughts on Marcus Mosiah Garvey. Marcus Garvey lived only 53 years but the imprint that Marcus Garvey left in this world still reverberates 79 years after his death. Marcus Garvey was neither born in the United States nor was Marcus Garvey educated in the United States. However, Marcus Garvey goal and vision included the unification of all African American people in the United States along with the unification of all African peoples in the entire world. It was indeed a marvelous goal that Marcus Garvey sought. He envisioned a continent Mother Africa that would house all the African people of descent under one unified flag and one unified government. It is said the true father of Pan-Africanism was Martin Delany whose efforts before, during and after the American Civil War was dedicated to former slaves returning to the home of their ancestor's birth.

Yet, if one really analyzes the Garvey movement you will see that Delany's efforts were microscopic in comparison to the efforts of Garvey's Negro Improvement Association. Marcus Garvey actually never was able to visit the continent that he saw as the only hope for the multitude of descendants of peoples worldwide forced into servitude. He was forced out of the United States by a government hellbent on destroying his efforts to unite America's African American population. Marcus Garvey was not even respected by some of the so-called black leaders of the period. The most notable black adversary of Marcus Garvey was W.E.B Dubois, who called Marcus Garvey the most dangerous enemy of the Negro peoples in the United States. This, of course, was long before DuBois became a vocal proponent of Pan-Africanism himself was forced from the nation of his birthland by the same racist powers that imprisoned and exiled Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

You see Marcus Garvey understood that in order for any integration with whites to work Africa for Africans had to be a powerful agent for change and prosperity. Even in 2019 African Americans still, suffer from many of the same ills that affected our communities in the 1920s' and 30s'. Our community is still poverty-stricken, educationally depleted, and unequal both socially and civilly. In addition, not only has integration failed to bring about equality. Many of our communities are more segregated now than in the period of the civil rights movement that sought an educational goal of integration. We still have peoples who seek to evade their blackness in order to be acceptable to the white powers who control the wealth of this country. While Africa continues to controlled not by Africans but by white western powers who infringe on the peoples that Marcus Garvey sought to empower.

Marcus Mosiah Garvey was in my mind one of the most misunderstood black intellectuals ever. Had other African American leaders understood his pull and power our black communities may have prospered greatly. You see Marcus Garvey had the ability to relate to the common black man and woman. He encouraged a sense of pride in developing a love of their personal individual blackness. It was this movement of black beauty that eventually was rediscovered during the Black Power Movement of the 1960s' and 70s'. You see Marcus Garvey was indeed a visionary who like Frederick Douglass and every significant black leader that would come after Garvey understood that black individual growth aligned with the love of black communities would create a progressive black movement.

Marcus Garvey wasn't perfect. Marcus Garvey made mistakes like any other man like his meeting with the Grand Wizard of the KKK in Atlanta, Georgia in 1922. Yet, even though he made mistakes his overall purpose for black worldwide unification can never be easily dismissed. So, today on the 79th anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey's death in London. England on June 10, 1940. The Blackman Who Reads Aloud brings the words of his famous speech the guiding principles of the Negro Improvement Association.

Jun. 9, 2019

Kumar Rocker : A Generational Baseball Talent

Every generation has a baseball pitcher who is a once in how many millions talent. That generational pitcher who excels beyond the measure of all current baseball pitchers. You see those names etched in baseball historical glory, names like Leroy Satchel Paige, Walter Big Train Johnson, Bob Feller, Sandy Koufax, Robert Bullet Bob Gibson, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Nolan Ryan, and Pedro Martinez. You have baseball pitchers who had fleeting success only to have that success derailed by circumstances beyond their control like J.R. Richards, Dwight Gooden, and Jose Fernandez. Last night a new dawning of baseball greatness appeared on the horizon in the form of a Vanderbilt University, Kumar Rocker, who pitched a 9-inning no-hitter while striking out 19 Duke University players in the Super Regional contest. It will be another 3 seasons before Kumar Rocker is able to throw a professional pitch and a lot can happen between then and now. However, if the cards fly right and his ability to escape injuries happens. I truly think Kumar Rocker will be the new "it" that major league baseball needs to draw in the crowds to the stadiums across the country. Watching the wind-up of Kumar Rocker's I got the feeling that Bullet Bob Gibson had been reincarnated. His compact delivery with no wasted movement generates enormous power on his fastball and already he has a plus, plus major league ready curveball. All he needs now is the ability to perfect his game even more and watch out Kumar Rocker is coming strong.