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!
AN EXCERPT FROM “UNLESS WE TELL IT...IT NEVER GETS TOLD!” and CHAPTER 7-SCHOOL INTEGRATION.
I wrote about a number of School Desegregation cases including the Little Rock Nine and had the honor of meeting recently, one of the Nine, Carlotta Walls Lanier. I met Elizabeth Eckford and Jefferson Thomas here in Jacksonville in 1958 when Mrs. Daisy Bates spoke at an NAACP Mass Meeting. I also wrote about Ruby Bridges, who integrated the New Orleans School system as a 6-year-old.
No one issue produced heroes and achievements—as well as negative and virulent racist reactions—like the fight over school integration. And leading the "charge" was NAACP Legal Defense Fund Chief Counsel,Thurgood Marshall.
When Thurgood Marshall and the Original Dream Team petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to Integrate the schools...and the Supreme Court issued its monumental ruling on school segregation in Brown vs. the Topeka, Kansas, Board of Education on May 17, 1954, with a unanimous (9–0) decision stating that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” ...school integration started its determined journey into public education. The key holding of the Court was that, even if segregated Black and white schools were of equal quality in facilities and teacher’s segregation by itself was harmful to Black students and unconstitutional. Of special note...the Duval County School Board named a high school Nathan Bedford Forrest after this Slave Trader, Confederate General, and one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan as an answer to Brown v. Board of Education.
One of the School Desegregation cases that I wrote about, and one that you do not hear about, is the Donal King school desegregation case. The NAACP Jacksonville School Desegregation was originally referred to as the Braxton case because it was initiated by plaintiff Sadie Braxton on behalf of her children, Sharon and Daly Braxton. It was filed in federal court in 1960 by Jacksonville NAACP attorney Earl M. Johnson. In August 1962, U.S. District Judge Bryan Simpson found that the Duval County school system was segregated, and ordered the School Board to submit a plan to bring about integration. The Duval County School System spent $800,000 (6 million dollars in today’s currency) fighting School Integration.
In September 1963, a year after Judge Simpson issued the order to integrate the Jacksonville school system, Iona Godfrey King ( a friend and a member of the 1960 Youth Council NAACP) enrolled her son, Donal, in Lackawanna Elementary School. Donal was one of thirteen Black first-graders to enter formerly all-white Jacksonville schools that year as a result of the order to desegregate schools. He was the only Black student at Lackawanna Elementary, yet Mrs. King was not part of a concerted desegregation effort. She simply felt that sending her son to his neighborhood school was the reasonable thing to do. “My child had a right to go to a public school that was five blocks away,” Iona said. “He’s an American. Why can’t he go to the nearest school?”
Donal Godfrey remembers his mother walking him to school that first day and the biting comments that came with that walk. “Where do you think you’re taking that little Black boy?” was something Godfrey said he heard from the street. Police detectives would end up later having to walk Godfrey to and from school. Outside the school, a group of ten women picketed Donal for a week after the start of school year. “I can remember the first day where there were a few parents asking questions like, ‘Where do you think you’re taking this little Black boy . . . this little nigger? What do you think you’re doing?’” recalled Donal. “I didn’t understand all the hoopla around it. I took it as something not being right, but I needed to go to school.” In his classroom, Donal sat in the last row.
He remembers his teacher reading such stories as “Little Black Sambo.” But Donal never mentioned any of this to his mother. “I knew nothing of the heckling and harassment to and from school,” Iona later told me. Other than teasing, little else happened to him during the first six months of school. Then the family became a target. “I remember people calling [and] hanging up. [They said] ‘you need to take the nigger out of school or something is going to happen,’” said Donal.
This went on until February 1964, WHEN A BOMB ripped through the Godfreys’ Gilmore Street home. Iona Godfrey King said that they believed that the bomb was intended to be placed near their bedrooms but, luckily, was placed on the opposite side of the house and did not kill or injure them. Donal, who was six at the time, left Lackawanna Elementary immediately after the bombing, but eventually returned to complete fifth and sixth grades.
On March 12, 1964, a two-count indictment was returned against William Rosecrans and five co-defendants. The first count charged that on September 1, 1963, and continuing to the date of the indictment, they, in violation of Title 18 U.S.C. § 241, did conspire “with each other and with other persons to the grand jury unknown to injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate one Donal Godfrey, a negro citizen of the United States, and other persons similarly situated, in the free exercise and enjoyment of a right secured to them by the Constitution of the United States, namely, a right to attend the Lackawanna Public School and other public schools in Duval County.
U.S. District Judge Bryan Simpson sentenced Rosecrans, a member of the Indiana Ku Klux Klan and an associate of the local Klan, to seven years in prison after he pleaded guilty in the bombing. Five Jacksonville men were tried; not surprisingly, one was acquitted and mistrials were declared in the other cases.
Donal King graduated from Robert E. Lee High School and eventually left Jacksonville in 1977, when he joined the military. Donal Godfrey worked for the U. S. State Department for a number of years, retiring in 2015. Iona, who lived with Donald and his family for a while in Africa, now lives in the Baltimore Area.
The Struggle Continues!
Pic 1-Little Rock Nine with Carlotta Walls
Pic 2-Carlotta Walls Lanier and Dr. Rudy Jamison, Charlie Cobb, Me, and Dr. Chris Janson.
Pic 3-Ruby Bridges who integrated the William Sheffied Elementary School in 1960 as the only Black int he entire school.
Pic 4-Norman Rockwell Classic Painting, inspired by Ruby Bridges, entitled, "The Problem We All Live With."
Pic 5-President Obama showcased the painting in the White House Outside the Oval Office...as Ms. Bridges talks with him.
Pic 6- Donal King
Pic 7-Youth Council Members at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Ax Handle Saturday, with Youth Council Members...Isaac Carnes, Marjorie Meeks Brown, Connie Chisholm. Iona Godfrey King (Donal's Mother) , and my Wife, Ann Hurst.
As long as I have understood the Great Legacy of my Blackness, White America has opined the Hue of My Skin is proof positive of their Racist notion that I am Inferior. To White America, the darkness of skin is somehow an indication of a lack of smarts. White Racist Sociologists and White Historians have written Racist Academic papers ad nauseum on this. Yet White America will not admit this country was founded on the Christian Racist Belief that Black skin is nothing more than representative of Chattel or Property.
Then the Good Lord gives clarity and sends Godly Proof Positive that White Racist notions of Inferiority and Superiority are Stupidly twisted with Excellent Examples during our Lifetime.
Two examples...The American Dream and The American White Male Ego is entrenched in the Racist Notion that one day, "OUR White sons" could grow up and become President of the United States. It would only happen to a White person and a White Male because they were White, and they were Male...and the corresponding fact it would never happen to a Black person and a Black male because they were and are inferior. Certainly, a Black male does not have the “Stuff” to run this country. That is ONLY the Province of a White Male.
To say that Barack Obama SHATTERED that White Racist Myth is quite the Understatement. Not only did President Barack Obama shatter the White Racist Myth, but he Destroyed a number of Fragile White Male Egos in the process. Can you say John McCain and Mitt Romney?
President Obama and his Black Skin brought Intellect, Intelligence, Gravitas, Quality, Class, Principles, and Integrity into the White House as President while showing Providential Decision Making is not just the purview of White America and White Male Presidents. And President Obama is not an Isolated case. Mrs. Obama is arguably the Best First Lady in the History of First Ladies and could step right into the Oval Office as President and not miss a stroke, but we will hold THAT DISCUSSION for another day.
And now we have donald trump, Your president White America, who you elected with ALL of his Racism and His Misogynistic Sexism, and who has substantially proven his White Privilege and his White skin is not remotely a substitute for Intellect, Intelligence, Gravitas, Quality, Class, Principles, and Integrity. In fact, donald trump has comparatively shown that he is quite inferior to Barack Obama, which again shatters the Racist Myth of Superiority based on Skin Color.
So White America...you can continue to fool yourselves and continue to think that OUR BLACK SKIN MAKES US Inferior...BUT WE Know better, and YOU Know Better Too.
If you take away trump’s Racism and your Racism and Your White Privilege, the question is...What Do YOU Have Left? Don’t answer. You will not like Your Answer.
The Struggle Continues!