Author Archives: rodney_hurst
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves,” First Lady Michelle Obama said when she addressed the first night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. And Racist White America had "a going and coming" Diarrhea Hemorrhage with a protracted denial that Slaves built the White House. After the brouhaha, Politifact did a solid job looking into whether the first lady was correct. SPOILER ALERT!!! SHE WAS.
Are Jacksonville's “City leaders” SO BLIND that they cannot see what is happening to their City or do they Just Not Give a Damn. Jacksonville is once again at another racial crossroad and not because of an exhibit at a museum, but Jacksonville’s City Leaders apparently think they will get a different result by doing the same thing over and over and over again…saying nothing and keeping their heads in a hole in the sand. In fact Jacksonville lives at a racial crossroad…and Jacksonville has NEVER taken the right Racial Path. WILL JACKSONVILLE EVER WAKE-UP? In the meantime, for those of you who are fighting and who are MATURE enough to understand the fight against Racism is a marathon not a sprint, Teach our Young People. Take them to see the exhibit. It is definitely worth the trip and unforgettable learning experience. One day Jacksonville might do better and clean up the mess it is leaving for its young people. Here's to Hope and Beauty and Art and CONTINUING to Fight Racism and STAYING in the Struggle.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.
…(We)… set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Questioner: Mr. Hurst it sounds like you are calling all White people racist.
Me: Is that what you heard?
Questioner: That is what it sounded like to me.
Me: You feel I called you a racist?
Questioner: Well maybe not me.
Me: Well who then…since you felt I called all Whites racist, and you are White?
Questioner: Well it just sounded that way.
Me: Let me get this straight, I sound like I am calling all Whites racist but you are not sure if I am calling you a racist, right?
Me: Do you admit racism exists?
Me: Are You a racist?
Me: How do I know you are not a racist?
Questioner: I’m just not.
Me: Do you feel Blacks are equal to you?
Questioner (pause)…Well not all.
Me: Because of their intellect? Do you feel Blacks are as smart as you?
Questioner: Well some might be, but not all.
Me: Let me ask you again, are you a racist?
Questioner: I don’t think I am.
Me: Is that a change from your previous answer of NO?
Questioner: —(PAUSE and no Answer.)
Me: Would you like to sit down?
DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ME, UNTIL YOU HAVE CHALLENGED ME
DON’T JUDGE ME, UNTIL YOU KNOW ME.
Will White America apologize for Slavery and the 10 million Africans killed in the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
Will White America apologize for the hundreds of thousands of Blacks killed during Slavery?
Will White America apologize for the racist killings of Harriette and Harry T. Moore and Dr. Martin Luther King -and Medgar Evers -and Vernon Dahmer -and (the four young girls in Birmingham) Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley and Addie Mae Collins -and Emmett Till -and Herbert Lee -and Virgil Lamar Ware -and Lt. Col Lemuel Penn -and Jimmy Lee Jackson -and (The Nine persons killed in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.) State Sen. Clementa Pinckney and Cynthia Hurd, and Tywanza Sanders and Sharonda Singleton and Myra Thompson and Ethel Lance and Susie Jackson and the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. and DePayne Doctor -and Tamir Rice -and Walter Scott -and Dontre Hamilton -and Eric Garner -and John Crawford -and Michael Brown -and Ezell Ford -and Alton Sterling -and Philando Castile and the list is ever long and extensive.
Will White America apologize for Red Summer, the appropriate name given the summer of 1919 by James Weldon Johnson when there were 26 race riots in this country ALL started by Whites?
Will White America apologize for the total destruction of Black Wall Street in Greenwood-Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the deaths of more than 600 hundred Black persons? OR Rosewood? and that list is also ever long and extensive.
If you want to have a mature conversation and admit Police are not White Saviors riding to some fantasized rescue on a White horse —like the Klan in the Racist movie “The Birth of a Nation” by D. W. Griffith—then we can talk.
I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT RACISM SINCE MY 8TH GRADE AMERICAN HISTORY SCHOOL TEACHER AND MY MENTOR RUTLEDGE HENRY PEARSON INVITED ME AND MY CLASSMATES TO JOIN THE YOUTH COUNCIL NAACP. He would tell us in the classroom…”If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” I was 11 years old. Mr. Pearson started me on two roads…fighting Racism and Understanding the Great Legacy of Black History. He wanted to make sure that we were armed with the tools to fight a country that did not want us here—even though they kidnapped us from OUR country to being us here. He wanted us to know that from Slavery on, America did not GIVE US anything…that WE rightfully EARNED the citizenship that America did not want to give us. And he wanted US to be proud of who were and to know and appreciate the great legacy of those Black males and females who blazed paths of accomplished through the Jungle of Racism.
That was 61 years ago. What is remarkable in the battle against Racism over the years is very little has changed. One of the reasons we see what is happening in the streets by police and the deafening silence by larger White America is White America does not fundamentally respect Black America. Oh…White America will tolerate us….on the football field…on the basketball court…on the performing stage…on the TV screen…on the movie screen…but sincere respect, not so much. White America does not respect our history…they do not respect our struggle…they do not respect how much Black America has achieved in spite of…WHY? Because the lack of respect and the stumbling blocks for Black America have been carefully placed there by White America. The lack of respect by White police…militia patrols in the Black community…is part and parcel of the larger vista of disrespect of Blacks in America by White America.
Oh we have made some “strides”—I do not call it progress—I will leave it to others to call it progress. Some even think we have arrived. And that is because we can go where we want to go, for the most part, drive what we want to drive, be with who we want to be with, sleep with who we want to sleep with, and all in this societal phenomenon called Integration. It does not mean that Blacks are so readily accepted; it simply means that White America has a higher level of toleration for Black folks…NOT RESPECT… TOLERATION. In part because it is politically and socially expedient to do so and because it makes good financial sense for the White Big Boys. The Black community generates billions of dollars every year and the White Big Boys are always standing ready to reap this financial windfall. It does not mean you are highly respected, it just means you are a means to an end…and that end is lining their pockets with your money.
Unless and until White America understands and RESPECTS US as Aretha would say, we will continue to see Blacks killed by police for reasons that do not approach the need for an arrest let alone deadly force…We will continue to see White elected officials disrespect the President of the United States and the most powerful man in the world but a power White America will not acknowledge because he is Black…Distasteful caricatures of Blacks in roles of TV and in the movies because it pleases Whites to laugh at us while we are ignorantly laughing at ourselves. DISRESPECT. Until Respect is at hand for Black America, we will continue to see these scenarios played out in the streets and on FOX and CNN and NBC and CBS and ABC and MSNBC etc etc etc and those racist local newscasts by insignificant Black and White minions called local news reporters. We need to learn to withhold our money from Racist White America…withhold our votes from Racist White elected officials… Don’t allow White elected officials with their LIES to rush our Black pulpits …WE need to tell our preachers we do not want the Liars in our church and if they do not get the message…JUST LEAVE. The most ridiculous thing I hear from Black folks is … “The Black Church should not be political. I come to church to hear the word.” Clueless Black folks who call themselves Christians yet they are not prepared to work and sacrifice and fight for who they are and even whose they are and they incredulously hide behind the Christian Cross. They really need Black Bible Study…not just Bible study …but Black Bible Study.
We MUST continue to fight and demonstrate and strategize and figure the different ways to MAKE America Respect us. Every Black Lives Matter demonstration is an indication that things are not right White America and they will never be right until WE can also say “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and know those words apply to US. It is not easy. Fighting the War of Racism is not easy and has never been easy. Yet it is a fight and a war for which we must continually declare or WE PERISH AS A PEOPLE.
Many of the signs are gone, giving the appearance that racism is less overt; but that does not mean that it has disappeared, or that “equality is at hand” in what Dr. Maya Angelou refers to as “these, as yet, United States of America.” Recognize the Hue of the face looking back at you in the mirror. In the final analysis, being Black and understanding being Black is a state of mind.
The Struggle Continues. RLHSR.