Issued by the United States Postal Service in 2005, "To Form A More Perfect Union" stamps recognize the courage and achievement of the Black men and Black women who, during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, struggled to bring the vision of our founding fathers closer to reality.
Ten important milestones of the Civil Rights Movement are commemorated with the "To Form A More Perfect Union" stamps (in chronological order):
1) Executive Order 9981, issued by President Harry S. Truman and implemented over several ensuing years, abolishing segregation in the United States armed forces;
2) Brown v. Board of Education;
3) The Montgomery Bus Boycott;
4) The Little Rock Nine;
5) The Lunch Counter Sit-Ins;
6) The Freedom Riders;
7) The March on Washington;
8) The Civil Rights Act of 1964;
9) The Selma March, and
10) The Voting Rights Act of 1965.
You can teach an entire Black History course on these 10 events.
A BLACK PERSON WAS INTERVIEWED on TV and the interviewer asked, "Do you respect donald trump?" She responded,"As a Black person, if you treat president trump the way Whites treated President Obama, you are no better than them." I could not respond to her in person but this is my response to her "don't do as they do" answer.
Your response was not well-intended. In my opinion, it was uninformed, misinformed and a downright miscarriage of comparisons. President Obama was disrespected by White American Racists, a White Racist Congress, and now a White Racist president based solely on the color of his skin, which is how The White American Institution of Racism works. Many in White America had no clue who President Obama was because they could not get beyond the color of his skin. And please, no references to Dr. King's quote about judging persons based on the content of their character, as opposed to the color of their skin. White America does not believe that. They only use that quote of the many by Dr. King, because it is convenient to hide behind.
I treat donald trump the way I would treat your average garden variety racist. He is no different. He has soiled and desecrated and denigrated and dishonored the position of President which he now holds. He is a racist and a sexist and a misogynist and a xenophobe and a liar. I do not respect racists and sexists and misogynists and xenophobes and liars. He was all of those things ---and then some---during his campaign, which was prima facie evidence of who and what he would be as president. He has done nothing since his election to dispel his arrogantly disrespectful manner, except to show varying degrees of criminality. Correspondingly, I do not respect donald trump. He does not deserve respect, especially as the president of the United States.
The Struggle Continues!
"Red Summer," is a phrase coined by James Weldon Johnson as he investigated more than 38 White instigated Race Riots in 1919 for the NAACP.
The racist attacks in 1919 were widespread, and often indiscriminate, but in many places, they were initiated by white servicemen and centered upon the 380,000 black veterans who had just returned from the war. “Because of their military service, black veterans were seen as a particular threat to Jim Crow and racial subordination,” notes a report by the Equal Justice Initiative.
Indeed, many African American soldiers returned from the war armed with a renewed determination to fight segregation and a near-constant barrage of brutality.
During the Red Summer, massive anxiety became mass violence. Between April and November of 1919, there would be approximately 35 riots and instances of mob violence, and a three day long massacre in Elaine, Arkansas during which over 200 black men, women, and children were killed after black sharecroppers tried to organize for better working conditions. The Ku Klux Klan, which had been largely shut down by the government after the Civil War, experienced a resurgence in popularity and began carrying out dozens of lynchings across the south.
More than 1,000 Blacks were killed including more than 140 who were lynched. White American soldiers were a part of the perpetrators of this Racist violence. However, Black soldiers back from World War I fought back. Had it not been for Black soldiers protecting their neighborhoods and their communities, the number of Black deaths would have been much higher.
This and other vile and despicable chapters are simply part and parcel of Racist American History. Of course, do not expect to read any of this in "approved for students to read" classroom textbooks. There are a number of excellent books and articles which detail "Red Summer." Once again, Unless WE Tell It...It Never Gets Told!
The Struggle Continues!
MEMO # 916 TO WHITE AMERICA
SUBJECT: DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ...
America is approaching the celebration of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In fact, his birthday was yesterday, January 15. Go to a Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast and observance by all means, but do not go to the breakfast or observance with an, "I know all about Dr. King" or “Dr. King was a Great American” attitude. Your typical, "I am an expert on all things Black."
Let me remind you that you never wanted his birthday as a national holiday. In fact, your so-called great communicator president, Ronald Reagan, initially refused to sign legislation declaring the holiday, citing “costs”-which is our code word for your “White American Racism.” Go because you need to listen and maybe even learn.
J. Edgar Hoover called Dr. King “the most dangerous Negro in America” and proceeded to persecute him his entire life. Let me also remind you that the state of Arizona lost the Super Bowl because the citizens of that God-fearing state defeated a ballot issue to declare Dr. King’s birthday, a national holiday.
As long as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about civil rights, he was all right. When Dr. King ventured outside the civil rights bubble and started talking about the immorality of the Vietnam War and the plight of poor people, he became one of White America’s larger targets, and he became a pariah. The Poor People’s March was designed to highlight the lack of quality of life for the poor, many of whom were Black, and the have-nots, and the vast majority of whom were Black. That lack of quality of life still exists.
I tire of hearing the much overused and overworked and mischaracterized quote by Dr. King: “I judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” Those words have become a crutch for many of you in White America as you try to justify your racism and your so-called color blindness. America did not believe those words when Dr. King spoke them, and America certainly does not believe them now. In fact many of you do not even understand what Dr. King was saying. donald trump is evidence of that.
White America in the 1960s considered Dr. King a wretched “villain” for calling out America’s racism. Seventy-five percent of White Americans disapproved of Dr. King when he was killed. Yet today, many of you walk around invoking Dr. King’s name and repeating his quotes as if he was your favorite philosopher and your man of the cloth.
You, White America, identified Dr. King, who lives in your guilty conscious, as an idealistic dreamer. You have tried to sanitize, homogenize, and whiten his image. And why you ask? Because you would like to soften the image of this great man for yourselves as you continue to revise, or try to anyway, civil rights history and Black history.
You refuse to acknowledge Racism because you are not the targets of the Racism you created. Yet you are the first to howl when we accuse you of being a Racist; and then you try to absolve yourselves by giving your interpretation of what is not Racism. And in the process, you call us Racists for pointing out your abhorrent Racism. Better yet, you often proclaim, "Whites are more discriminated against than Black." You do not get a chance to affect and infect me with your Core Racist Attitudes and then tell me how I should respond. When Blacks fight for their freedom as American citizens, they will not accept freedom on your terms. Dr. King was willing to give his life for those freedoms, and he paid that Ultimate Price.
And that White America, is the Struggle for Black Human Dignity and Respect.
Meanwhile on the NFL Plantation...
Eric Bieniemy, the Black Offensive Coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs and the architect of the Chiefs' high powered offense, cannot get a "decent" interview for consideration as an NFL Head Coach. White NFL owners will hire college coaches with NO NFL experience as their head coach or hire someone who has been off the "NFL field" for a while or hire "retread head coaches" BEFORE they would remotely consider hiring a Black person as head coach. Of course, those hired college coaches and retread NFL coaches are ALWAYS White. Did I mention 72 per cent of NFL players are Black? So what else is new? Massa is Still Massa on the NFL Plantation, no matter how many Blacks are in the "field."
The Struggle Continues!