Mar. 10, 2021

Harriet Tubman A Salute To Not Only Black America’s Hero But A True Global Hero

10 Points On The Greatness of Harriet Tubman
Reading Harriet Tubman by Eloise Greenfield
On the 108th Anniversary of the day,​ Harriet Tubman breathed her final breath after a life of immense struggle, a life of significant trials, a life that featured a multitude of obstacles, a life that showed this nation this woman’s defiance, a life that exhibited this woman’s determination, a life that clearly uncovered this woman’s fearlessness, a life that symbolized the meaning of spiritual strength and a life that epitomized the meaning of and example of America’s hero. Yes, Harriet Tubman’s physical remains rest for eternity in The Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York but the spirit of Harriet Tubman resides in all of us who demand equality and purpose of life. Harriet Tubman knew that freedom came with a price and it was a price she was willing to pay with her life if necessary. Harriet Tubman’s spirit could care little about being a symbol on a twenty dollar bill unless all of her people weren’t fully vested with equality and justice. So today I bring the words of the noted wordsmith Eloise Greenfield and her book about Harriet Tubman, The Moses of our Nation. She fought for freedom and died a pauper but her legacy is priceless. God bless Harriet Tubman on the anniversary of her passing.

Mar. 9, 2021

White Gold & The Sign

White Gold
That Domino Sugar Sign in Baltimore’s Harbor So Bold
Yet that shining harbor sign hides a deadly story not told
Two brothers William and Frederick sought personal riches in white gold
White Gold’s deadly journey began in cane fields on islands faraway
Sugar Cane plants rising high to the heavens
The hot heat and warm rains nurtured the cane to it’s green beauty
Oh how lovely are the fields before the cutting it’s glorious
Just like the beauty of fields of cotton before the picking
The leather straps and whips are ever present
You only have two days to clear the fields and present the crops for sale
The stolen dark bodies men, women, and children aren’t dark gold
But without them William and Frederick would not have white gold
Early to field, early to death, chop too slow and you’re put to rest
Black souls are easily replaceable Will and Fred need only stock a ship
Head that ship to an African coast and steal some more black souls
You see black souls equate to more and more white gold
You take two scoops or three William to sweeten your black coffee
As you look down the row of sugar cane plants of those black souls dying for white gold
You want two shots of rum Fred to ease the pain of seeing those dying stolen black souls making you that white gold
White Gold
That Domino Sugar Sign gleaming so bright each Baltimore Night
You need to know the story of the black souls killed in search of white gold
You need no longer hide the deadly story of white gold
White Gold

Mar. 8, 2021

Things That Make Me Realize That Some Black Folks Have Lost Their Minds

Provoked Thoughts
The Interview I Missed On Purpose

Mar. 8, 2021

The Story Of Thomas Johnson

There has been and continues to be deliberate attempts by the so-called right wing party to whitewash slavery from the history books of America. The concerted effort by the right winged leaning educators to dismiss the excellent research done by the 1619 Project. These creators of the great white myth would rather block using the 1619 comprehensive research that tells the true story of Black America and allow the same white lie to fill the history books or classroom history lessons American students white, red, brown and black are exposed too in classrooms across this nation. This isn’t an old story its a story that still has it’s relevance today.


In 2015, Texas Social Studies Book Adoption the textbook evaluation committee did in fact attempt to whitewash slavery from United States History textbooks produced for students in Texas’s classrooms. Those historically blind educators changed the condition of my enslaved black ancestors from being held in bondage to being held as indentured servants. Indentured servants had a chance of gaining their freedom after a specific period time which for enslaved blacks was never possible.  That effort was no error in judgment it is a concerted plot to whitewash their history, diminish the reality and savageness of slavery try to make it acceptable. Yet, it is the right wing doctrine to whiten history and block the stain of the cruel system of slavery. 


We need to be able read between the lines because the goal is to "whitewash" the black experience from the history textbooks that our children are reading. Don't think it's hype because it isn't it is a definite act of exclusionary history and are our enslaved ancestors are the targets. The simple goal is to whitewash American History in the 21st Century and dismiss the many accomplishments of our enslaved ancestors. For without the free labor our ancestors provided, the lives sacrificed for the economic gain of those holding the keys to the steel bonds of slavery, this country would never have reach the power it attained. The stolen Africans and the generations of Americans of African descent that followed cannot be allowed to be wash out and erased from the history of this country.


Well this is one Black Man who won’t allow our/my ancestors to be whitewashed from the Story of America’s More In-Perfect Union. As a matter of fact my cousin Esther Johnson, our family’s historian has recently uncovered this tidbit of Black America’s history.  Thomas Johnson is my great-great-great grandfather.  He was born in 1775 a year before the writing of Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. He was born free and married Rebecca Anton or Aston, Rebecca and Thomas had two sons Henry and John. Henry Johnson is my great-great grandfather and he married Frances, my great-great grandmother. Their daughter Fanny is my great grandmother and her son James William Johnson is my grandfather.  


Now we get to the juicy part of America’s history the part that White America would love to keep whitewashed. At the age of 37 or so Thomas Johnson enlisted in this nation’s continental army and served during the War of 1812. This is so mazing considering that the Continental Army at the beginning of the War of 1812 had 7,500 enlisted soldiers and by the end of the War of 1812,  35,000 men had sworn allegiance to the protection of this nation from the British invaders. Cousin Esther has documented evidence that my great-great-great grandfather Thomas Johnson served in the Continental Army during the War of 1812. Wow, my ancestor served to save this nation’s freedom won during the Revolutionary War 31 years earlier in 1781. My family’s history continues to amaze me.  This strengthens the case for Black America’s payment of reparations. Why? Because in 1787, the Founding Fathers decided to assign the rank of 3/5 a man to any Black Americans living in this nation. Thomas Johnson was never viewed as more than chattel whether born free or enslaved. Yet Thomas Johnson was willing to spill his blood to save this nation that still oppressed him and those like him. Thomas born a year before the famous Declaration of Independence believed that all men were created equal and it was a principle worth dying for. Even if White Americans didn’t think it applied to persons of color. Take that Texas and run it up your Lone Star Flag Post. 



Mar. 7, 2021

Breakfast Cereal Experience

Provoked Thoughts
Enjoying A Bowl Of Pure Yumminess

Denise Dobson-Mcdonald informed that today is NATIONAL CEREAL DAY here are some of my childhood memories of eating cereal. Boy growing up learning to spell words with Alpha-Bits, watching the white milk turn brown in the bowl with Cocoa Krispies, imagining my journies I took with a bowl of Captain Crunch,trying to outwit the silly rabbit while eating a bowl of Trix, watching my muscles grow while eating my Wheaties,roaring like a lion on a bowl of Frosted Flakes or going coo coo for Cocoa Puffs, eating a bowl of Raisin Bran wondering what be last in the bowl a few raisins or the bran flakes, and finally hating to see a box of Corn Flakes as my only option because the flakes would get so soggy after only a moments, not a single morning in my young life didn't involve eating a bowl of cereal. Heck I even remotely remember how a bowl of cereal beatdown a case of smoke-enhanced munchies Happy Cereal Day everyone. Boy, I miss those days of my youth thanks Denise Dobson-Mcdonald for energizing my memory this afternoon about a bowl of cereal. I can not even eat a bowl now because all my breakfast consist of now is a healthy bowl of oatmeal with fruit. No more sugar-coated cereal for this man.