This afternoon I had lunch with Floyd Norman....
A FEW WORDS ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY…
MANY BLACKS AND WHITES FEEL THAT TALKING ABOUT RACIST AND RACE AND RACISM CAN ONLY CAUSE FRUSTRATION, AND SERVES TO POLARIZE THE RACES EVEN FURTHER.
IN THE ACADEMIC ARENA THERE IS A SAYING, “IF IT IS NOT WRITTEN DOWN, IT DID NOT HAPPEN,” AND BLACK HISTORY IS SELDOM WRITTEN ON THE PAGES OF AMERICAN HISTORY. Racism is also subject matter that does not make its way onto the pages of American history and is often treated as a taboo subject or a four-letter word. Author and Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates has said that, for Black people in America, racism is a physical experience of fear and violence. WE simply cannot afford to ignore stories about the legacy of Black history, and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement any more. Those who tire of hearing about racism should ask yourselves, what if you were Black and had to live through the daily vulgarity of racism?
OPEN LETTER TO DR. BILLY HAWKINS, PRESIDENT OF TALLADEGA COLLEGE…
As stated in Talladega’s history, “Talladega College began on November 20, 1865 when two former slaves, William Savery and Thomas Tarrant, both of Talladega, met in convention with a group of new freedmen in Mobile, Alabama. From this meeting came the commitment: We regard the education of our children and youths as vital to the preservation of our liberties, and true religion as the foundation of all real virtue, and shall use our utmost endeavors to promote these blessings in our common country."
I JUST READ A PIECE ORIGINALLY ABOUT THE SILENCE OF RACISM AND HOW WHITE CHRISTIANS AND WHITE PASTORS DO NOT TALK ABOUT THEIR RACISM IN THEIR CHURCHES. “The truth is that many White Christians find no contradiction between their so-called Christian faith and their angers, fears, and resentments about people of color. Too often they never hear such angers and resentments challenged from their pulpits or denounced by their ministers. They rarely hear their racist jokes, slurs, and stereotypes—much less their discriminatory behaviors—labeled as “sin” by their pastors.”
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass
I AM CONVINCED THAT SOME —CHECK THAT—MANY WHITES IN THE MEDIA ARE DAMN FOOLS. I was channel surfing and stopped at CNN when I saw a panel discussing President Obama’s press conference today. And BTW, the President has given more press conferences in the last 10 days than the Racist Degenerate called Trump has given since July 2016. A reporter asked President Obama about the Democrats boycotting the Inauguration of the Racist Degenerate and the President said “he is not getting into that” or words to that effect.
Slavery created racial segregation and institutionalized racism. Most dictionaries define “racism” as racial hatred based on the color of one’s skin. As Dick Gregory said, “White is not a color; it’s an attitude.” There is nothing to compare to White racism.
LET’S FACE IT…THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS SUBSTANTIATED RACISM AS AN INTRICATE PART OF AMERICAN CULTURE. RACISM HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE, BUT DONALD TRUMP GAVE IT “REAL SUBSTANCE” AND WHITE AMERICA REWARDED HIM.
A Black person was interviewed on TV yesterday 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.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.