IF YOU UNDERSTAND HOW WIMPISH AND INEPT THE WHITE PRESS IS TODAY CALLING OUT donald trump and his incompetence and his Racism, imagine what the press was like back in the day, during the Civil Rights Movement?
White reporters did not have a clue about issues that affected the Black community and were not interested in “fairly covering” issues that affected the Black community. They somehow felt that being White and a "news" reporter gave them the wherewithal and the "creds" to legitimately understand those political and those Moral issues.
White reporters NEVER had the insight and the empathy and the sensitivity to cover the Civil Rights Movement. They were just there, and those of us in the movement did not trust the White press.
As Blacks fought the hatred of White American Racism during the Movement through court cases and sit-ins and picketing and marches and demonstrations and registering to vote and then voting...and ALL under Threats of Violence...if it were not for the Black press, great and informed stories about the Civil Rights Movement would not have been told. Black journalists put themselves on the front lines of these stories before and during the Civil Rights Movement, while also putting their bodies in danger, so the sacrifices of activists would not go unnoticed.
White skin, contrary to popular belief, did not then, and does not now, make you an expert on Blackness. Does Not make you Understand the issues that affect a Black person's Life, Daily. You cannot learn that in a Journalism school. You cannot learn that by reading some news story off the Internet.
Today, the White press is still woefully inadequate covering the Pathology of obvious Racism, and the Pathological Core Racist Attitudes of a White Racist president and his White Racist administration. Nothing Has Changed. WE Still have to Tell The Story.
The Struggle Continues!
AS WE APPROACH THE 51st ANNIVERSARY OF DR. KING'S ASSASSINATION APRIL 4, 2019, WHEN WILL WE STOP TALKING ABOUT RACISM... WHEN WILL I STOP TALKING ABOUT RACISM...AND WHEN WILL AMERICA STOP KILLING ME BECAUSE I AM BLACK?
I WILL STOP TALKING ABOUT RACISM when you admit White America, the pathology of your White Privilege and your White Supremacy are real.
I WILL STOP TALKING ABOUT RACISM when you admit White America, it is impossible for JUSTICE to coexist with INEQUALITY. Justice is a constant—either it is or it isn’t. Inequality is a by-product of Racism and is also a constant.
I WILL STOP TALKING ABOUT RACISM when you admit White America that you are not concerned about my well being as a person whose hue of skin is Black.
WHEN WILL AMERICA STOP KILLING ME BECAUSE I AM BLACK? TRY NEVER!
If you are Black and you stand still, like Eric Garner, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and you run, like Stephon Clark, America will Kill you.
If you are Black and you run away, like Walter Scott, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and drive away, like Sam Dubose, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and you walk away slowly, like Terence Crutcher, America will KILL you.
If you are Black child playing in a park like Tamir Rice, America will KILL you.
If you are a Black teenager not bothering anyone, like Trayvon Martin, America will KILL you.
If you are a Black teenager and simply playing your music like Jordan Davis, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and get on your hands and knees like Kenneth Walker, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and you comply with every word that you are told...even if you pose no threat...like Brendan Hester and Philando Castile...and even if there is absolutely no reason for Police to be afraid, “America’s Occupation Troops” will pump bullets into your Black body, and never miss a minute of sleep.
If you are Black 23-year-old Richard Collins, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army ready to graduate from Bowie State and defend this Racist country, America will KILL you.
If you are Black and White and you help Blacks register to Vote, like Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Viola Liuzzo, America will KILL you.
If you fight Racism, like Harriette and Harry T. Moore, like Vernon Dahmer, like Medgar Evers, like Dr. Martin Luther King, like Rev. George Lee, like Herbert Lee, like James Reeb, like Samuel Leamon Younge Jr., like Wharlest Jackson ---and the list goes on and on and on---America will KILL you.
If you are a Black youngster visiting your relatives in Mississippi like Emmett Till, America will KILL you.
If you are Black children and attending church in Birmingham Alabama, like Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley America will KILL you.
If you are Black and attending church in Charleston South Carolina, like Cynthia Hurd, Daniel Simmons Sr., Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Myra Thompson, Susie Jackson, and Depayne Middleton Doctor. America will KILL you. (Simmons died later in the hospital.) The Only Reason a White person could walk into a Black church ...sit for an hour in that church...and then shoot and KILL 9 Black persons praying, is Deep Rooted Racism and Even Deeper Hatred.
Racism and Hatred is the order of the day in Racist America.
When Racism is the 800-pound gorilla in every room, What do you do?
You fight the hatred of racism with every fiber of your being even when the Racism is perpetrated by the president of the United States and his appointed Attorney General ---who to remind you-- was confirmed by the United States Senate.
Don’t Talk About Me Until You Have Talked To Me…
Don’t Underestimate Me Until You Have Challenged Me…
Don’t Judge Me Until You Know Me.
The Struggle Continues!
I have been blessed to meet ...to learn from ...and to have been taught by ... some of America's best and brightest determined Black minds. They taught me about Civil Rights and Black History because I wanted to learn about Civil Rights and Black History, and I have never taken those learning experiences lightly.
When you have learned from and “rubbed elbows with" Civil Rights and Black History Royalty" such as ...Rutledge Pearson and Thurgood Marshall and A. Philip Randolph and Constance Baker Motley and Ruby Hurley and Arnett Girardeau and Robert Hayling and Bayard Rustin and Roy Wilkins and Earl Johnson and Clanzel T. Brown Sr. and Leander Shaw and Robert “Bob “Saunders, and more recently, Charlie Cobb (to name a few)...you know you have learned, and you know you have learned well. Remember I started my journey at age 11 in Mr. Pearson’s American History classroom, and then to the "classroom" of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP. There is an Ethiopian proverb which says, “He who learns, teaches.” It might sound corny to some, but it resonates with me.
You teach about Racism...and you speak about Racism, and you teach that disrespect and hatred and disdain and insolence are the traits which lead Racist White America to support ...idolize...and vote for a Racist president like donald trump. A Reprehensible and a Despicable racist. And you want to make sure you “teach” and teach Blacks well who get daily get caught up and smothered in this, “Racist Integration Generation.” Not that my words are the end all to be all, but some words and comments and reflections, which might get them to think and even reconsider the dangerous Non-Civil Rights and Non-Black History path they are traveling.
When someone tells you and shows you they are a Racist, then believe them. It was most unfortunate to have Black presidents of HBCU and Black preachers visit the White House and “kneel” before the throne of donald trump. They appeared to have no problems doing just that. Many of them could not spell Civil Rights Movement, let alone lead a phase of it. Yet they came to the office of an Avowed Racist and for what? What part of Racist and Racism did they NOT understand? And what have they gotten for their alleged toil and trouble? Nothing! Nada! Zilch!
A group of young Black Republicants visited donald trump in the White House today, and before you ask Why...let me say it was a patronizing and a condescending photo op. Just as donald trump used the Black college presidents and the Black preachers earlier, he used these Black students.
You expect that those who should know better would stand for decency and principles and integrity. Apparently not and for whatever reason, these young Blacks are headed down that same path of Nothingness, even betraying who they are, to put a few dollars in their pockets. Can you say Clarence Thomas and Ben Carson and Rev. Darrell Scott and Kanye West? donald trump has a presidential platform. And as an egomaniacal narcissistic Degenerate Racist, he shows you daily who and what he is...and he did again this week, when he proudly proclaimed he was “A Nationalist”...as in White Nationalist/Supremacist/Racist.
I would love to teach some Young Blacks about that Black image looking back at them in the mirror... what IT means and correspondingly, what THEY Mean.
And many of us try. Every moment is not a teachable moment. Sometimes you must leave some Blacks and some Young Blacks where you find them and move on. And as tragic as that sounds, I am reminded everyday that you cannot make a Race horse out of a Jackass. Many Young Blacks and Not So Young Blacks still cannot realize or internalize when they are being used by THE MAN. It is ALWAYS obvious, but they must take the blinders off their eyes. It might sound easier said than done, but if they don’t, then they become that Black person with No Place To Go! VOTE!!!
The Struggle Continues!
Short excerpt from my book, "Unless WE Tell It...It Never Gets Told!" and Chapter 8-Charlie Cobb. Charlie Cobb is truly an icon of the Civil Rights Movement.
WHITE AMERICA...YOU HAVE CAUSED A MESS...AND A MESS OF YOUR OWN CHOOSING. Many of you were hoping...and it still can happen...that the Mueller Report would save YOU from yourself and help you solve this mess you gladly entered.
The Mess? Electing a Lying Treasonous Reprehensible Misogynistic Xenophobic Sexist Racist Criminal as president. Your shortsightedness and dimwittedness put everybody in this Mess. Part of the Collateral damage from White Racism and White privilege.
There are those who would gladly argue that America is not in a mess and they elected who they wanted and are proud of what they got. Others will not admit they did or did not vote for a Degenerate as president and are embarrassingly silent. And once again, even though those of us in the Black Community are as active as we can be, we stand on the sidelines watching this show. You see, you took US out of this election game White America, by “gerrymandering” the rules. It was called Voter Suppression and White American Racism and White Privilege. You know, Your Default Systems.
You got the Supreme Court to interpret that the Voting Rights Act was no longer necessary...that centuries of Voter Racism had somehow disappeared...that Good Christian White folk had atoned for their past “Racist sins” ...that you were judging Blacks NOW by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.
You insidiously embarked on different versions of Voter Suppression as you purposefully eviscerated our Right to Vote by purging US by the hundreds of thousands from the voter roles throughout this country. You did not have to have a “good reason” for as we have seen in the past and today, any “little reason” will do when you want to hinder and stop Blacks from voting. Like I said, Christian YOU, were judging Christian US, by the content of our character, Right?”
Now that donald trump has proven his Total Incompetence and his Unconscionable Embarrassment and his “No-Parameters” Uncouthness and made America a laughingstock, you NOW want to Wring your hands hoping SOMEONE SOMEWHERE would Bail You Out of what You Hath Wrought.
Whether Robert Mueller’s investigations eventually prove what many of us know, what is glaringly obvious, and what is so patently evident, is the only way you can make up for this mess White America, is to Vote your way out of this mess ...and Clean UP your mess...just as you voted your way INTO this mess.
Of course, had you really judged Blacks "by the content of their Character" and not the "color of their skin"...and had you not used your White Privilege and Your White Racism, AGAIN, to keep Blacks from voting...WE could have “saved” you from yourself, and kept YOU out of this Mess, by not voting for a Lying Treasonous Reprehensible Misogynistic Xenophobic Sexist Racist Criminal as president! Racist Actions have Racist Consequences, and they are Never Good.
The Struggle Continues!
I am quite amused ...yes amused...at White professionals--media types, political analysts, medical types, celebrities, attorneys--- who are NOW asking, "There must be something wrong with donald trump." What? You thought he was not a Reprehensible Sociopathic Racist when you voted for him. He showed you who he was and in his own words, and you voted for him anyway. Are You Listening White Females!Did you expect your vote would somehow make trump's Racism and his Misogyny just disappear ... and that your "We'll show them" vote for donald trump on the Racist Rebound from Barack Obama was going to make him change his Sexist and his Racist Stripes...and that his Narcissism and his Pettiness and his Sulking and his Pouting and his small-mindedness and his Keeping Grudges and his "need" to be the center of ALL activities and his Lying would morph into Integrity and Honesty and that he would turn into a Principle-driven human being.
Did his 50 tweets about nothing over the weekend give you a clue, including his tweet disparaging John McCain, that something was wrong with YOUR president. I was not a John McCain fan but he did die a dignified death, and was his "own" man when he died, yet even in death YOUR president felt the need to "speak unkind things" of John McCain.
Did you think making him president was going to change America...You...or WHAT? You Broke America AGAIN, White America, and You Own It...AGAIN!
The Struggle Continues!
A Short Excerpt from my book, "Unless WE Tell It...It Never Gets Told!---Chapter 4...Bob "Crow" Hayes. I cannot talk and write enough about local Black Heroes who not only impacted Jacksonville and the State of Florida...BUT...Also this country! Bob Hayes is ONE of the Greats!
"Bob Hayes was the halfback on the 1958 Matthew William Gilbert High School football team, coached by Earl Kitchings, who saw his team finish with twelve wins and no losses to win the Black high school state championship of the Florida Interscholastic Athletic Association with a 14–7 victory over Dillard High School of Fort Lauderdale, and become the FIRST public high school to win a football championship in Jacksonville. In 2007, after fifty years of being shamefully overlooked because of Racism and Segregation, that 1958 team was finally recognized by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA), which proclaimed it as one of the best teams in state history and the best Florida football team of the 1950s.
After graduating from Matthew William Gilbert in 1960, Bob Hayes attended Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on a football scholarship. The halfback was Willie Galimore, who would later become a Chicago Bear. The quarterback was Charlie Ward, whose son, Charlie Ward Jr., would win the Heisman Trophy in 1993. The blocking fullback-tight end was Hewritt Dixon, later an Oakland Raider. Bob Hayes was a wingback in that vaunted backfield of celebrated coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither, though he also took the field as a halfback and a receiver.
Bob played at FAMU from 1961 to 1964. He averaged an incredible 34.3 yards per return as a freshman in 1961, led the team with eleven touchdowns as a junior in 1963, led the team in punt returns in 1962 and 1963, and led the team in kickoff returns all four years. Bob’s excellent football skills were there and on display in college, but it was his blazing track prowess that would make him legendary.
Bob Hayes was the first person to break six seconds in the 60-yard dash with his indoor world record of 5.9 seconds. In 1962, at a collegiate track meet in Miami, Hayes ran a new world record of 9.2 seconds for the 100-yard dash. In 1963, he broke his own record with a time of 9.1. He was the AAU 100-yard dash champion three years running, from 1962 to 1964, and in 1964 was the NCAA champion in the 200-meter dash. The FAMU 400-meter relay team of Robert Hayes, Robert Paremore, Robert Harris, and Alfred Austin would run the fastest time in the collegiate division in 1962 and 1963. Alfred Austin, a legend in his own right, refers to the team as, “three Bobs and an Al.”
In the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Bob won the 100-meter dash going away, in world-record time. This was an extraordinary achievement against the world’s best sprinters. Yet his greatest race—and arguably the greatest anchor leg in the history of the Olympic Summer Games—came a few days later, when Bob ran the anchor leg for the United States in the 4 x 100 relay. When Bob got the baton, the U.S. team was in sixth place, nearly six yards out of the lead. He took the baton from Dick Stebbins in the passing zone about five yards sooner than usual, and 112 yards from the finish line. The man they proclaimed the “World’s Fastest Human” had a mini United Nations in front of him. First, he had to catch Jamaica. Then Russia, Poland, France. Never mind winning the 4 x 100 relay—Hayes was worried about getting any medal for the United States. But Bob Hayes, in the words of one observer, “exploded down the track in an eruption of speed never witnessed before or since.” He blew past the field in about forty yards and went on to cross the finish line more than three yards clear of the nearest competitor, for a new world record of 39.0 seconds for the 4 x 100 relay. In that anchor leg, he had caught some of the finest sprinters in the world, and one of track and field’s great debates is over how fast Hayes really ran that day. Track officials gave various estimates for his time, the slowest being 8.9 seconds but most being at 8.6 and 8.7. Hayes removed any doubt about which athlete would come to define speed for future generations.
Ralph Wiley, the revered sports columnist, would write, “The Bullet Man was behind five relay teams when he got the baton on the anchor leg of the 4 x 100-meter relay final in Tokyo. He made up nine meters on the field. Nine meters! He ran his leg in 8.6. That’s not running. That’s teleportation. That’s Star Trek.”
Bob was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and immediately made NFL team defenses change from "man-to-man" to "zone" JUST to cover him. When the Cowboys won the 1972 Super Bowl, Bob Hayes became the only person in the history of sports to have won BOTH an Olympic gold medal --2 in fact-- and a Super Bowl championship ring." He still holds that distinction. Bob passed in 2002 and was posthumously inducted in the NFL Hall of Fame in 2009.
When you say Jacksonville, Florida, the next words out of your mouth should include, "Hometown of Native Son, Bob Hayes. He changed the game of professional football!"
Here we go again, Easter Season and the Resurrection, and TV movies and TV series and their Racist interpretation of the Bible. Do you really want to try that Part Again about a White Jesus in the Middle of Africa?
I guess you will explain how to hide a White, Blue-eyed baby in Egypt...on...the Continent of Africa?
The Struggle Continues!
These hearings and the presidency of donald trump is really about two things...White American Racism and White American Privilege. WE have seen it run amuck with this Reprehensibly Racist and Incompetent president. The fact that Sycophant Republicants on the House Oversight committee, Insidious Republicants in the House of Representatives, and Wimpish Republicants in the Senate choose to support and defend the Degenerate Criminal Racist donald trump says a lot about their toleration and support of Racism and a Racist...and the toleration and support of someone who is a Criminal and should be in jail.
I am not going to say what would have happened to Real President Barack Obama, had he engaged in or been ensnared by or even accused of one of these criminal activities...let alone the MANY that donald trump is the center of. We know what would have happened so there is no need to even go there since President Obama served 8 years without a hint of a scandal...no one arrested...no one indicted...no one in jail. And Yet in 2 years...2 YEARS...EVERYONE associated with this president and his den of iniquity called his administration, is either a Bonafide Criminal Liar and Perjurer...is going to jail...is being charged with a crime..or has violated their public trust serving the American people.
Yet this is White America. A White America who is always willing and able to turn and look the other way when the perpetrator is someone who looks like them irrespective of the position or the platform...Police...School teachers...members of Congress...Mayors...Governors...Sheriffs...presidents...and even Mass Murderers. The fact that you are White, gets you a free "do not go to jail and do not worry about being prosecuted" card.
donald trump represents everything that is wrong and Racist in White America today and White America apparently LIKES and WANTS it that way.
The Struggle Continues!
RACE AND RACISM ALWAYS TRIGGER “CONVENIENT BLINDNESS AND CONVENIENT AMNESIA” IN WHITE AMERICA.
White America was “conveniently blind” to not consider those whose hue of skin was Black as human beings when America was founded. “Conveniently blind” White America, with the total support of equally “conveniently blind” White Christian America and the White Christian Church, treated Africans as “property” to “establish” the American Christian Holocaust called Slavery, and to get around the teachings of the Christian Bible.
America’s so-called White founding fathers...All Slave Owners...were “conveniently blind” when they “founded” America and when they wrote the founding documents of this country, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution. Even though they wrote “We, the people” and “All Men are created equal”, they and their words were “conveniently blind” when it came to applying those words to a Race of people whose hue of skin was Black.
When Christian White America kidnapped Africans and brought them to this country as THE source of a Free Labor Economy, America was drunk with “convenient blindness” and “convenient amnesia” as Africans established American Capitalism.
White America hid behind a cowardice shield of “convenient amnesia and convenient blindness” when they went to war as an enemy government called the Confederacy, fighting to maintain Slavery which is the ONLY reason the Civil War was fought. Their reason for fighting the war using terms such as “Southern heritage” and “state’s rights” also is cratered in “convenient blindness” and “convenient amnesia.”
President Andrew Johnson’s “convenient blindness and convenient amnesia” was so acute that as a Slavery supporter and a South Sympathizer, he gave a blanket executive presidential amnesty to Jefferson Davis and his Confederacy cabinet, Robert E. Lee and his Confederacy generals, and all the Confederacy soldiers who fought for the Confederacy seeking to overthrow the United States of America as Treasonous Criminals.
White America Suffers from a terminal case of “acute convenient Amnesia” and “opportune total Blindness” when there are talks about Reparations for the money stolen from Africans and Blacks for 300 years.
American History historians and teachers and professors and textbook authors TODAY HIDE BEHIND multiple heading of “convenient blindness” and “convenient amnesia” as they teach and write about an Incomplete, Inaccurate, and Racist American History, while absolutely refusing to tell the True stories of the Salient contributions by those whose Hue of Skin is Black.
The Obvious Question is Why.
the American Christian Institution of Racism which today is steeped in Brazen and Blatant White American Racist Blindness and White American Racist Amnesia...refuses to admit the Achievements of Blacks in spite of White America’s daily Racist efforts to repress and discount those Achievements. Which means White America will not admit...will not acknowledge...will not allow the teachings of contributions by Blacks who helped to develop this country and helped to make this country In Spite Of the Racist treatment by White Americans. Contributions which cover ALL genres of American Life.
Convenient Racist Blindness and Equally Convenient Racist Amnesia... Reasons Why American Education REFUSES TO TEACH BLACK HISTORY.
The Struggle Continues!