Let me get this straight America---
You Terrorize and Enslave an entire race of people who Look Like Me based on the Color of Our Skin...
You ban Us from citizen privileges for the next 100 years...
You fill 2/3 of your prison cells with those who Look Like Me based on the Color of Our Skin.
And You are angry, When We Do Not applaud Your Incomplete, Dishonest, And Racist American History.
The Struggle Continues!
BLACKS FIGHTING AGAINST WHITE AMERICAN RACISM IS NOT A NEW CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT NEVER ENDED.
Blacks fighting for human dignity and respect today is Not New. There is no difference in Blacks fighting for THEIR Human Dignity and Respect today and how they fought during the days of the American Christian Holocaust called Slavery. The Civil Rights Movement of the Forties, Fifties, and Sixties and decades before, was an extension of the fight. And the fight today is an extension of the Same Fight--Different Time--Different Day.
Martin Luther King and John Lewis and Thurgood Marshall and Ella Baker and Medgar Evers and A. Philip Randolph and Ruby Hurley and Daisy Bates and Malcolm X, and Rutledge Pearson...extensive list...fought the same fight that Ida Wells-Barnett and James Weldon Johnson and Walter White and William Trotter and W.E.B.DuBois and Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass and Richard Allen and Denmark Vesey...extensive list...fought.
Young people today are fighting the same fight thousands before them fought. Being enslaved and kept in chains is the history of America. Lynching Blacks is the history of America. Racism is the history of America. Being judged by the color of your skin is the history of America. Being denied the right to vote is the history of America. Being denied Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness as a Black person is the history of America. Fighting a Racist in presidential clothing who sat in the White House is the history of America.
Blacks fighting for Freedoms- Freedoms, which should have been guaranteed in the Constitution, is the history of America. That has not changed. The fight FOR Civil Rights IS the fight AGAINST The American Institution of Racism. The day is different ...the names are different...but the issues are the same and the skin color is the same; and in the final analysis, THE STRUGGLE is the Same. And THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES.
So White racists in America, are preparing to hold another Racist rally on September 18, 2021, and again with the treasonous Racist Loser former president, to "protest" the arrest of racists who tried to overthrow America to allow said racist former president to remain in office.
All of this happened because White racist supporters of said racist former president are upset because the descendants of enslaved persons voted in droves to defeat said racist former president.
AMERIKKKA-a country founded on CHRISTIAN WHITE AMERICAN RACISM shows its Racist Stripes EVERY DAY.
Florida's new “anti-riot” law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a way to quell violent protests is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
The 90-page decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee found the recently-enacted law “vague and overbroad” and amounted to an assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly as well as the Constitution's due process protections.
People engaged in peaceful protest or innocently in the same area when a demonstration turned violent could face criminal charges and stiff penalties under the law, the judge said.
“If this court does not enjoin the statute’s enforcement, the lawless actions of a few rogue individuals could effectively criminalize the protected speech of hundreds, if not thousands, of law-abiding Floridians,” Walker wrote.
“It unfortunately takes only a handful of bad actors to transform a peaceful protest into a violent public disturbance,” the judge added.
The lawsuit was filed against DeSantis and other state officials by the NAACP Florida conference, Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and other groups who argue the law appears specifically aimed to halt protests by Black people and other minorities.
The measure was passed earlier this year by the GOP-led Legislature and signed into law in April by the governor. It was a reaction to demonstrations around the country following last year’s killing by Minneapolis police of George Floyd, a Black man, that stirred passions nationwide under the banner of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The Struggle Continues!
REPUBLICANTS ARE HAVING A SH*T HEMORRHAGE. GOOD!
President Joe Biden announced September 9, 2021that all employers with over 100 employees must require vaccination or require weekly COVID-19 testing of employees.
Biden also announced all federal workers and contractors would need to be vaccinated. And Biden required all 17 million health care workers at facilities receiving federal funding would need to get vaccinated.
"HE CAN'T DO THIS!"... REPUBLICANTS ARE SAYING. THE ANSWER...YES... HE MOST CERTAINLY CAN!!!
I lost a friend when Dr. James W. Loewen passed last week (August 19, 2021). James Loewen was Professor Emeritus from the University of Vermont, a sociologist, a historian, and as the New York Times said, "...a civil rights champion who took high school teachers, college professors, and textbook publishers to task for distorting American history, overlooking Racism, and particularly the struggle of Black people in the South, by oversimplifying their experience and omitting the ugly parts." Dr. Loewen died Thursday August 19, 2021 in Bethesda, Md. He was 79.
“Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat the 11th grade,” Dr. Loewen wrote in “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong” (1995), the best known of his dozen books attacking historical misconceptions. According to Loewen himself, the book was aimed to challenge the white, Eurocentric view of the American past. It has sold 2,000,000 copies.
I met Dr. Loewen ---he insisted I call him Jim---a number of years ago. He considered me, and I considered him, a Friend. I brought him to Jacksonville in 2010 for the 50th Commemorative Anniversary of the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP 1960 Sit-ins and Ax Handle Saturday.
He spoke at the Schultz Center to a packed house of local schoolteachers...he spoke, appropriately, at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church’s Historic Sanctuary ...and he spoke at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, North Campus to a breakfast reception hosted by North Campus President, Dr. Barbara Darby.
I was in Washington DC (2017) for the book signing and the book release of Ta-Nehisi Coates' remarkable book, “We Were Eight Years In Power.” Jim was my guest along with my nephew, Cassius Priestly, and his lovely wife, my niece Jacqulyn, and friends, Mrs. Elaine Ford Jackson, and Mrs. Jackson’s daughter, Mrs. Sherri Edmond Fennell. The release was held at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC. Looking back at that event, it was fitting --for me-- to have attended such an event at historical Metropolitan AME with family, friends, and Dr. Loewen. The following evening, I had dinner at Jim’s home with his wife Susan, and noted historian and Civil War expert, the late Hari Jones (assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum in Washington, D.C.. Hari passed the following year). Talking with Two Legends! You Just Listen!
“History is by far our worst-taught subject in high school,” Dr. Loewen told "The Atlantic" in 2018. “I think we’re stupider in thinking about the past than we are, say, in thinking about Shakespeare, or algebra, or other subjects. Historians tend to make everything so nuanced that the idea of truth almost disappears.”
Jim would remark to me, “American History is full of B.S.” His “B.S” meant “Bad Scholarship.”
Dr. Loewen dismantled a fictionalized American History, exposed towns which historically excluded minorities, admonished teachers and historians for dumbing history lessons down, and as an expert witness, dealt with defendants in 50 class-action lawsuits who, according to his expert testimony, victimized people in civil rights, voting rights and job discrimination cases.
Dr. Loewen began his half-century as a university professor of sociology in 1968 at Tougaloo College, a HBCU in Mississippi. Facing his first freshman class, he posed a seemingly simple question for 17 students: “What is Reconstruction?” “Well,” he recalled them saying, “Reconstruction was the period right after the Civil War when Blacks took over the government of the Southern states. But they were too soon out of slavery, and so they screwed up and white folks had to take control again.”
Dr. Loewen’s heart sank, he told NPR in 2018. It was a glimpse of the enormous task before him: setting the historical record straight for Mississippi’s — and America’s — young students. Patiently, he explained to his class: Black people never took over the Southern states. They all had white governors, and all but one had white legislative majorities. Reconstruction governments did not “screw up.” They created the best constitutions the South had ever had, and better governments than any others in the South in the 19th century. And whites did not put things right by taking control again. The people who took charge were white supremacists, and some were original Ku Klux Klansmen.
Dr. Loewen left Tougaloo College in 1975 and for most of the next 20 years taught sociology, with an emphasis on race relations, at the University of Vermont. He was Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont. In 1995 he published “Lies My Teacher Told Me,” his study of 12 history textbooks widely used in America. That book, which accused historians of propagating blind patriotism and sanitized optimism, and virulent racism, was acclaimed by critics and won the American Book Award. The book comprises famous chapters like 'The Truth About the First Thanksgiving', 'Gone With the Wind: The Invisibility of American Racism in American Textbooks.' Updated editions were issued in 2005, 2008 and 2018 by the New Press, which has called the book its all-time best seller.
Since 1996, Dr. Loewen had lived in Washington, where he was a visiting professor at the Catholic University of America. He lectured nationally and internationally. His other books include, “Lies My Teacher Told Me About Christopher Columbus: What Your History Books Got Wrong” (1992) and “Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong” (1999). His book “Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism” (2005) documented the stories of thousands of communities from 1890 to 1968 that systematically, and often forcibly, excluded Black people, Jews and others. The word “sundown” referred to signs at city limits that warned Black people not to “let the sun go down on you” there.
"Telling the truth about the past helps cause justice in the present. Achieving justice in the present helps us tell the truth about the past." --Dr. James Loewen
It was not often I got a chance to talk with a White academic--an esteemed White academic--on a regular basis who was not afraid to talk about the Racism of American History. Talking with Dr. James W. Loewen afforded me that opportunity. I will miss our conversations...his dry (very) wit...HIS academic honesty...and I will always admire his never ending mission to correct the wrongs of what I call an Incomplete, Dishonest, and a Racist American History.
Sleep Well, MY Friend. You have earned your rest.
AFTER LISTENING AND WATCHING THE EMERGENCY DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TODAY -August 23, 2021- to deal with "a mask mandate" in light of the amazing and potentially deadly upsurge of the Delta Variant affecting OUR children--it is still on one of PBS cable stations--I am more convinced than ever...and I did not have to go far to arrive at this decision...Jacksonville/Duval County is in Real Sad/Bad/Terrible/Awful shape. Watching Jacksonville's Ignorance On Parade of "conspiracy theorists" and "ne'er-do-wells" is a Sad Commentary on Jacksonville's Potential as a responsible "Think Tank" City of Mature Thinkers.
BTW...The Duval County DID vote 5-2 to impose a mask mandate. Duval County's Covid cases in the School System now exceed 800. Last year at this time, it was 40.
Very few things are as disheartening, disappointing, and frustrating than to hear those who you thought a lot of, and had confidence in, tell you they are not going to "get vaccinated" FOR WHATEVER REASONS. It Makes No Sense.
HEAR YE! HEAR YE!! HEAR THIS!!! PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO THOSE WITH A NEED TO KNOW!!!!
3 of the 5 Cyber Ninjas "conducting" the Arizona "audit to prove trump won" Presidential re-election have tested positive for Covid.
2 of the 3 are hospitalized. So the "audit" will be delayed long enough for them to get their injection of disinfectant and bleach. The UV light will come later.
THAT IS ALL!
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.