Dec. 14, 2021

Walking Time Bombs Created For Our Enjoyment

"How many former National Football League players are walking around as potential time bombs ready to explode at any moment due to undiagnosed head injuries suffered while playing a game for simply no other reason than our enjoyment, and diversion? I mean this is a serious issue say the wrong thing, or do the wrong without thinking and boom off he goes without any warning. Phillip Adams's brain was autopsied and it came back with a severe case of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Aaron Hernandez suffered from CTE as well. I mean when does our society say to itself we must look closely at those we cheered so loudly for when they were on the field of play to ensure that they are doing well after the cheering has stopped. I know the victims of Aaron and Phillip had wished the safeguards were in place to ensure that these tragedies hadn't occurred."

Dec. 9, 2021

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This thought here is quite profound

Dec. 9, 2021

The Black Blogger "Colonel Charles Young" December 9, 1903 “Standards and Ideals of New Negrodom

Captain Charles Young
“Standards and Ideals of New Negrodom”
December 8, 1903, 

I would like to take it back this morning 118 years to Captain Charles Young addressing campus students at Stanford University. This address was discussing the daily attacks that were being initiated by citizens of this nation against citizens who were also citizens through second class in so many regards of this nation as well. Captain Charles Young's speech was in direct opposition to Booker T. Washington’s philosophy of “casting your buckets where you are.” You see Charles Young had idealized a nation that would recognize excellence and accomplishment no matter one’s race. Ancestor Young was the very first black person to reach the status of an Army officer. So, to him, there should be barriers that forbid anyone, no matter their race from reaching the highest levels of individual, or group achievement. In the midst of the most violent period in race confrontation in this nation, Charles Young told his mostly white audience that in order for this nation to be its best self it had to unlock the chains of oppression that held black accomplishment down. It truly was hard for the United States to let loose of the bonds of racism and segregated hate because a wide swath of our nation’s inhabitants truly believed that the only way this nation would fulfill its promise was through the hearts and minds of white people. As you listen to this speech read by The Blackman Who Reads Aloud understand that it occurred only 38 years after the passage of the 13th Amendment and only 26 years after the end of that brief moment in the sun our ancestors felt during Black Reconstruction. I’m sure that Captain Young would be dismayed that 118 years after he approached the podium in Stanford University in Palo Alto, California that the issue of race would still resonant as a dividing line between blacks and whites in this nation. You see we cast our buckets as Booker T. Washington asked our ancestors to do. Only to have those buckets fill with the slime and stain of bigotry, hatred, racial oppression by a nation whose love of whiteness overrode any sense of justice. If only… this nation could, would … comprehend the past and look towards a better more righteous tomorrow.

Colonel Young’s remains are buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in recognition of his honorable service to a nation that didn't honor those of his color.

Dec. 8, 2021

December 8, 1953, A Dream Seemingly Forever Deferred

Sixty-eight years ago on a brisk late fall morning, December 8, 1953, the course of American History was changed as a team of legal experts from the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP) The team’s talent had been nurtured by the late Dean of Howard University Law School, Charles Houston. These men and women lawyers had been put through hundreds of moot court proceedings arguing the merits of the case that was to be presented that morning in front of the nine Supreme Court Justices. These lawyers had been tried and tested by the injustices of Jim Crow America but were still standing. Especially, Thurgood Marshall who was heading the legal team that morning presenting before the highest court in the land. Mr. Marshall had been put through the wringers of white racial hatred from seemingly all regions of this nation’s White Americans. This wasn’t Mr. Marshall’s first rodeo and he surely was about to be thrown off his saddle by level of hatred that was evident in the nation this particular Tuesday morning.

As Thurgood Marshall and his legal team approached the doors of the highest court in the land on December 8, 1953 the pressures of segregation was threatening to rip this nation asunder. At issue the doctrine of separate but equal between the races of black and white was being challenged. This national doctrine was established by the Supreme Court ruling Plessy vs. Ferguson, 1896, which mandated that segregation of the races was the law of the land. This race-driven doctrine, however, was being challenged by Oliver Brown and the NAACP against the Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas. You see segregation of the public schools was not only within the bounds of the laws of this nation but it had been legally endorsed by the highest courts and laws in the land. So from Beacon Hill to Stone Mountain Georgia, from the Nation’s Capitol to the ex-capitol of Dixie, Richmond, Virginia, from Dallas to Detroit, from the despair of Clarendon County, South Carolina ton outright bigotry of Topeka, Kansas, from every molehill and township, every city and county of the supposed international democratic symbol of freedom of the world, racial segregation ran supreme and racial bigotry festered every second of every day in the United States of America.

However, on this day, December 8, 1953, a tall lanky 32-year-old attorney from my hometown Baltimore City, Maryland who was raised in the bastion of Maryland segregation stepped before those nine jurists of the Supreme Court and made his plea, the plea for the millions of our ancestors caught in the evil web of racial segregation to end this travesty of injustice. Thurgood Marshall, understood the stakes of this battle. It was a battle for the very soul of America. It was indeed a righteous battle and Thurgood Marshall and his team of legal experts were on the right side of justice. The call was simply this for once America’s judicial system must rule for the abolishment of segregation in all public schools in this country. The Chief Justice Fred Vinson and those 8 jurist hear the argument but Earl Warren and 8 jurist would rule on May 17, 1954 that Thurgood Marshall’s argument was a just one. What follows on my blog today’s in their words my voice, are the words spoken on December 8, 1953, by the late, great, dynamic, and honorable former Justice of the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall. Who on that Tuesday, December 8th morning represented every black person in the United States who was suffering, or had suffered by this vicious mandate racial injustice that was allowed to grow like a cancerous infection without treatment. This disease of racial hatred was killing this nation from the inside out and had to stop.

Now 68 years later the disease of racial hatred and bigotry continues unabated and the American Lie of equal justice for all is still a myth as the gaps of disparity widen and generations of people of color fall into the malaise of hopelessness, when will America live up to the creed of equality of all races? Certainly, when Thurgood Marshall stood at that Supreme Court podium 68 years ago he surely expected that this situation would have resolved itself by now. When will America face up to its stained history and fix this thing? When will that broken promise of equality that existed on December 8, 1953, be mended?

Dec. 7, 2021

This Here

Many or most of our HBCU, like Virginia State University are shrouded by the senseless violence that feasters in the black communities, violence that is unchecked due to the atmosphere of racial indifference that is an earmark of this country. I'm tired of the country's indifference and it's time for a change but the thing is this; change must come from within our communities not from those who created this environment with policies of neglect and hatred by white politicians who seek our demise, not our uplift. Growing up black in America shouldn't be so terrible and hopeless but it is. Finally, the simple fact is this we can either stop the madness personally or we are doomed to be erased from this world because we keep looking outside of ourselves for the solutions. Petersburg, Virginia isn't any less deadly or dangerous than Chicago, IL or Baltimore, MD for a black man caught in the scope of a bullet.