Aug. 20, 2021

The Rise of American Karenism"

The Rise of American Karenism"

“The list of these outrages is nauseatingly long, but they point to the way white people, particularly white women, in these supposedly liberal destination cities, with the ease of 911, have warmed to a new way to use the police—still often an overwhelmingly white power—as their muscle, as a cudgel against Black people who stir within them even the slightest unease. The police have become instruments of their intolerance, a way to swing the ax without using one’s hands. There is no longer a need to yell or taunt or spit. One need only dial. Keypad tones are the new barking hounds. White wrath can hide behind a phone call and a blue wall. These women now even have their own pejorative, Karen, personified by the woman who called the police on Christian Cooper, a Black birdwatcher in Central Park.
It is all about white power over Black bodies.”


Charles Blow


Aug. 20, 2021

Samuel Simeon Andrews: Enslaved Who Persevered So That We Could Live

This week's enslaved ancestor's recollection comes directly from the Federal Writer's Project, Florida Slave Narratives, the year 1936, the formerly enslaved ancestor is Samuel Simeon Andrews who at the time of this interview was employed at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Florida. This remarkable recantation of his experiences in slavery unveils a proud black man who fought against remarkable odds to live out his life as both slave and free. I continue my personal journey as The Blackman Who Reads Aloud revealing the history of our peoples who persevered so that I, we and you could live.

Aug. 16, 2021

Miss Lucy Brown: North Carolina Slave Narratives: 1937

Today, I read the recollections of Miss Lucy Brown who had no idea when she was born or who her father was. She did however know who owned her and her mother, damn shame, reparations are our demand.

Aug. 15, 2021

Reparations Now

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Passage of the 13th Amendment 1/31//1865 by Congress

Where are our reparations owed to our black nation
Everywhere reparations are owed to our world’s black nations
Economic Reparations really should be our people’s destination
Black People it will bring community elation
Some black folks would much rather have complete racial separation
Forget all about any owed reparations

When Conyers went to Congress to demand economic reparations
Congress looked back at Conyers with all sorts of mental gyrations
About those reparations well Congress said they had no moral foundation
Then Congress denied the need for any balanced economic equation
For race of peoples loss due to white social, economic and judicial domination
Will making something right come now without a fight
Reparations coming our way was surely Conyers fantasy flight
Simply forgive us said America for all past bad deeds
Because free black labor was needed to fill white America’s needs

I know this might sound just a little bit trite
Yet thinking black folks getting paid is simply not to bright
Well the Dems seems have been getting black peoples steam
Getting reparations from even Dems is simply just a dream
Republicans boast but everyone knows reparations
Coming that crew is like eating week old burnt toast

How long has there been a need for reparations
in this nation for us its been apparent
Maybe if we had got it there would be no need for all this criminal deterrent
Has it been 155 years since you legally freed us
Why in the hell do you feel the need to constantly bleed us
So tell me this why are now more of my brothers are incarcerated than enslaved
If that your idea of freedom, not mine’s seems slavery still binds
When Wilke’s bullet splintered Lincoln’s brains in 1865
Johnson made sure reparations died
Now no mules, no acres, no grants to really aid us

Was it really Lincoln’s plan to pay former slaves anything at all?
No mule, no acres or fields to plow
They didn’t even consider giving us a damn milking cow
No hens, no roosters, no ducks, and not even a sow
Within ten years we were back where we started
All of dreams of true freedom now broken hearted

The mule that was promised ended up lame
The land that was promised turned up back in the rebel planter’s name
For that America is personally your most hedious shame
To turn back on promises and look around constantly ducking all the blame
So 100 years after that bullet splintered that President’s brain
Still no reparations to ease our people’s pain

So you decided a course to give hope some force
After 100 years of our bodies hanging in trees
Damn even that couldn’t bring all black people to their knees
Even while bodies swung slowing in the breeze
Garvey and Malcolm sought an exit from here
They knew no way in hell reparations was near
They answer to this was quite, quite clear without reparations
Let’s simply get the hell out of here

King saw a hope with some hope
He finally thought getting some type of reparations was dope
Just then that murderous bullet left that rifle aimed scope
Poor People’s Campaign and Reparations…America again said Nope
Leaving our people with his murder to cope
Is this why so many of them turn to real dope
For this nation told them to remember the rope

So Conyers has called for three decades to talk
All the white members of Congress wish he’d would simply walk
Thinking of paying reparations to black folks is simply a lark
Hell Conyers and crew might as well take that walk in a park
Giving time and effort to this is like starve of frenzy of sharks

Reparations in this nation you say
Legislation preparations; hell no to reparations
Why didn’t we choose racial separation
Sure as hell never getting no reparations
For all this judicial and economic domination
Truly this is America’s real abomination
Failing even to consider paying our people reparations

So it 2020 now the discussions are clear
White candidates won’t whisper about reparations in a Blackman’s ear
They know if considered the nation will collapse in all out fear
Let’s build our own land forsaken in this nation
Translation to them was giving our people a new destination
Purging this fight for providing what’s right

So we as people continue to call
Hoping that reparations comes to us all
Simply saying your sorry is no easy fix
America we as a people have seen enough of your tricks
Deception, corruption, neglecting, never correcting, imprisoning, murdering
denying, outright lying, ignoring, damn America for us this becomes boring

Reparations in this nation
Really now reparations in this nation
Reparations really being a destination
People think that it will bring elation
Some would much rather have racial separation
Forget all about any reparations
Never, our justice means never putting reparations on permanent pause.

Smoke, The Black Blogger
Aug. 15, 2021

Midge Burnett: North Carolina Slave Narratives: Federal Writer's Project

The Blackman Who Reads Our Black History Aloud continues his journey through our ancestors who were held in human bondage recollections by reading the words on Midge Burnett of Raleigh, North Carolina today.