BANNING BOOKS IN FLORIDA-
A Florida law, passed in 2021, forbids instructional material from containing “the theory that racism is not merely the product of prejudice, but that racism is embedded in American society and its legal systems in order to uphold the supremacy of white persons,” or references to the 1619 Project, the New York Times work that focused on the role of slavery in the nation’s founding. In other words, do not make us and our White privileged feelings uncomfortable talking about our racism, and our enslaving Blacks based on the color of their skin.
THE LAW PRECLUDES material which contain “culturally responsive teaching as it relates to [critical race theory]” and “social justice as it relates to [critical race theory].”
THE LAW "ASKS" : Does "the book" solicit “social-emotional learning”?
The inclusion of any of those topics would be grounds for elimination.
TWO OF THE NEWEST ADDITIONS IN FLORIDA AND THE COUNTRY to the banned books list are:
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds. This book, published in 2020, is a New York Times best-seller that explores issues related to race, racism, and anti-racism in America. It has been banned and challenged for allegedly including "selective storytelling incidents” and not including instances of racism against all people.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This is the first year that the book appeared in the list of top 10 most challenged books. It tells the story of two teenage boys as they handle police brutality and racism within their community. The book has been challenged for many reasons, including drug use, profanity, alcoholism, and anti-police sentiments.
AHH, BOOK BANNING IN GERMANY, ERR KKKFLORIDA AND AMERIKKKA.
JUST IN CASE-
IN CASE YOU WERE THINKING ABOUT IT.
THE THOUGHT HAS NOT CROSSED MY MIND, YET.
Here are 5 countries that will welcome any Black Americans looking to relocate abroad.
1. Costa Rica-
If you’re a Black American looking to relocate to the south Caribbean, then Costa Rica is a great choice. A recent article in The Guardian highlighted a small relocation business called Life-A-Holic Costa Rica. Created by Davia Shannon in March 2016, the business focuses on guiding Black Americans through the process of relocating their lives to Costa Rica. Its unique way of life allows Blacks who’ve been indoctrinated into western world ideologies, to break free and build a life with people of the African diaspora in Costa Rica. Shannon has helped more than 170 Black and brown people from the U.S. relocate to Costa Rica.
Ghana is a vibe. So much so that more than 4,000 Black Americans currently reside there. In 2019 Ghana’s president invited Blacks in the U.S to return to the county and learn about their true ancestry. 2020’s summer of Black unrest pushed even more Blacks towards wanting to relocate abroad. Although jobs are scarce in Ghana, real estate and online businesses are booming. The opportunity for Black Americans to build a life in Ghana is in abundance.
If you are a Black American looking to reconnect with your roots then Senegal is another great place to relocate abroad. Its history is rich in tradition and its future looks bright. Rapper and mogul Akon is building a city there that will be a ‘safe haven’ for Blacks looking to flee racial injustices all around the world. The city plans to run entirely on solar power and will use Akon’s cryptocurrency for money.
Colombia’s black population is one of the largest in the world outside of Africa, Brazil, and the U.S. It was one of the stops during the trans-Atlantic slave trade and has a rich history of Black people on its shores. Its Afro-Caribbean lifestyle is very intriguing to Blacks looking to escape western traditions. Although the country still struggles with racism, African heritage is ingrained into the culture with music and dance at its core. They also openly celebrate Afro-Colombian Day as a nation, which is the celebration of the abolition of slavery in Colombia.
The Thai people are regarded as friendly folks and Black Americans who have relocated there have said they feel safer than in America. If you can deal with some occasional stares, then Thailand could be a relocation destination for you. Teaching English is always a readily available job for Americans. The cost of living is also very affordable compared to the states. Residents have easy access to affordable healthcare and healthy food.
JUST IN CASE YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT IT.
IT IS A GEOGRAPHICAL AND A HISTORICAL FACT that the Bible takes place "In and Around" the Continent of Africa.
So, why is it more Black Christians and Theologians do not challenge the notion of ONLY White Biblical figures and images?
To let White religious types, tell the story, all of the Disciples, all angels, all Egyptians and the Pharaohs, Moses, David, Solomon, Mary, Mary Magdalene, Samson, Joseph, and of course, Jesus (to name just a few), and everybody in the Bible, were all White Europeans which was, and is, geographically, historically, and physically Impossible.
Yet, stained glass windows in Black churches, church fans, illustrated "White" Bibles, television and Hollywood movies, and the thousands of images of religious figures, belie the "Blackness" in the Bible and would make one think persons in the Bible were "As White as the driven snow."
We need to "reclaim" the truth about the Bible, just as we need to "reclaim" the truth about an Incomplete, Dishonest, and a Racist American History.
It makes a difference when you TELL THE TRUTH about History AND the Bible.
BTW-You cannot hide a "WHITE BLUE-EYED BABY" named Jesus in Egypt, on the continent of Africa.
IN THE ACADEMIC ARENA there is a saying, “If it is not written down, it did not happen.”
Real truthful Black history is seldom "written down" on the pages of racist White American history by racist White historians, and racist White textbook authors.
Racism is also subject matter which does not make its way onto the pages of racist American history and is often treated as a taboo subject or a four-letter word. We can see this "phenomenon" with racist White elected officials misrepresenting the truth about their racism, and cowardly hiding behind their convenient and current bogeyman, Critical Race Theory, which many racists cannot define.
Author and Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates said that, for Black people in America, "Racism is a physical experience of fear and violence."
Note to American history teachers, White and Black: Do not expect your Black students to absorb your history class if you do not incorporate Black history. If I sit in a classroom and only read about the contributions made by White Americans and White Europeans, then the “learning field” is never level. It is downright dishonest that American history as portrayed in history textbooks essentially makes the statement that Blacks made no salient contributions to this country. There is a reason WHY Dr. Carter G. Woodson felt the need to establish Negro History Week in 1926.
Understand this, American History as taught in middle school, high school, and colleges and universities, is Incomplete, Dishonest, and Racist.
My Black ancestors helped to develop this country before, during, and after slavery. And of course, MY HISTORY, THE HISTORY OF MY AFRICAN ANCESTORS Did Not begin with slavery in this country.
You must teach the truth without regard to what the textbooks proclaim. You are not teaching if you do otherwise.
We simply cannot afford to ignore stories about the legacy of Black history, and the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement anymore. Those who tire of hearing about Racism should ask yourselves, what if you had to live through the daily vulgarity, evil, and the pathology of White American Racism, and the Dishonesty of American History?
IF YOU ARE INTIMIDATED WITH TELLING THE TRUTH, then get out of the classroom, and get out of public education administration.
Mr. Rutledge Pearson, my American History teacher, the adviser to the Jacksonville Youth Council NAACP, and my mentor, armed us with the truth, irrespective of what was “written down.” Black History is who WE are. Racism is why WE fight . . . and the Struggle, is what WE must continue. DOING NOTHING is not an option.
How Evil and Un- Christian that White folks have not-would not-will not prioritize replacing tainted and poisonous lead pipes and the toxic water they produce(d).
Could it possibly be that the most prolific cases of contaminated lead pipes and the resulting toxicity to humans are based in the predominant Black cities of Flint, Michigan and Jackson, Mississippi?
Only in Racist White America.
ONLY IN RACIST WHITE AMERICA, can racist Whites in Georgia keep a Bent Back Negro Pawn Puppet in the running to become a United States Senator.
This doo-dah, with a Black hue of skin, who publicly said, "China keeps our good air and sends America its bad air," who thinks America has "too many trees," could not put together two understandable sentences.
This handkerchief head member of the "Yassa Boss Society," who is so "truth challenged" that in addition to having problems with his ABC's, also has a problem DAILY keeping his lies straight.
And shamefully, this Black ninnyhammer STILL does not think He Is a Black, let alone being a "used" Black.
Did I also say he is endorsed by one of America's most ignorant racists, and that is saying a lot?
ONLY IN RACIST WHITE AMERICA.
The Truth in Humor
GREAT TONGUE IN CHEEK ARTICLE WHILE TELLING THE TRUTH. ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHY LEONARD PITTS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS.
"Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was walking down the street when he heard it — the blood-curdling sound of children being ruthlessly exposed to diversity.
Faster than you can say, “political hack,” he ducked behind a handy mango tree. Moments later, gone was the mild-mannered governor of a great southeastern state. In his place, clad in the teal unitard and pink cape that strike terror in purveyors of compassion everywhere, stood . . . Captain Florida!
Wasting not an instant, the sunshine avenger scanned the horizon with his opportunistic vision until he spotted the source of the sound. There, in a middle school classroom, the Woke Monster towered over two boys.
“You know,” the Woke Monster was saying, “it shouldn’t matter if another kid is gay or transgender, should it? What matters is what kind of person they are.”
The boys never got to respond, because at that precise moment, Captain Florida came crashing through the window. “Eat restrictive legislation!” he cried as he slugged the Woke Monster.
“But . . .” the Woke Monster gasped, “I was . . . just . . . trying to teach the kids . . . tolerance!”
“Not on my watch!” snarled Captain Florida as, with another mighty blow, he vanquished the Woke Monster, as another teacher decided she’d rather get her real-estate license.
“We must fight the woke in our schools,” declared Captain Florida, as the teacher gave notice. “We must fight the woke in our businesses.
We must fight the woke in government agencies. We can never, ever surrender. . . .” Which is an actual thing the actual governor actually said, sounding not unlike Winston Churchill (”We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds. . . . We shall never surrender.”)
Except, of course, Churchill was only talking about Nazis. He didn’t know about real threats, like “woke.”
But Captain Florida did. And now he posed with arms akimbo, scanning the horizon for new dangers. The kids gaped.
“Who’s going to teach us math?” asked the first boy.
“Wait a minute,” said the second boy. “Captain Florida. Aren’t you the one who attacked that Miami restaurant for hosting a Sunday brunch where drag queens perform?”
“Yes,” said Captain Florida, “I did fight the Legion of Cross Dressers.”
“And didn’t your election cops just arrest some former felons for voting,” asked the first boy, “even after the state told them they could?”
“Dr. Voting Fraud. One of my toughest foes.”
“And you even picked a fight with Disney World, didn’t you?” It was the second boy again. “They opposed your ‘Don’t say gay’ bill.”
“Ah, Mr. Mouse. A worthy opponent.”
“My dad thinks you’re a jackass,” said the first boy.
Captain Florida gave him a sharp look. “Your father doesn’t understand my mission. I fight for freedom.”
“But who’s going to teach us math?” the boy demanded again.
Captain Florida wasn’t listening. “You see, boys, someday I want to do for America what I’ve done for Florida.”
“But my dad says all you’ve done is bully LGBTQ people, people of color and other vulnerable Floridians because you want those MAGA lunatics to elect you president.”
“Exactly. Ever since I was bitten by that radioactive ambition, I have lived my life by a simple creed.”
Captain Florida returned his steely gaze to the far horizon. “With great power comes great opportunism.”
MEMO TO WHITES AND BLACKS who continue to ask, when Will I Stop Talking About Racism? and who think talking about Racism is "too divisive" and "too negative"... and, who would rather hold hands and sing Kumbayah...
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop thinking that White Racism and White Privilege and White Supremacy, ALL birthed during the American Holocaust called slavery, do not exist.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you admit the only reason the "Civil War" was fought was to maintain slavery.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you apologize for slavery and the Jim Crow laws you passed to rationalize your opinion that Blacks are less than human.
I Will Stop talking about Racism when you understand you don't have the right to be "uncomfortable" with the Truth that your ancestors enslaved my ancestors and put them in chains.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when we figure out just compensation …spelled Reparations…for the 300 years of involuntary free labor that you used to become obscenely wealthy, which was “Death Money” you “stole” from my ancestors.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop valuing me more as a Black athlete for your entertainment purposes ONLY on the Athletic field, and start valuing me as a Black student.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you start including the many contributions of Blacks in American History textbooks, which you have purposefully excluded from American History textbooks.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you admit to the pathology of your White Privilege.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when police ---aka Occupation Troops--- stop declaring open war on and killing Black males for walking and running and breathing and shopping and riding a bicycle while Black.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when prosecutors and police stop fabricating ways to unfairly arrest and prosecute Blacks while developing a “straight to jail” pipeline.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop voting for Racists and only because they are Racist, and then elevating them to a platform that approximates the second coming of Jesus Christ.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop passing laws to totally disrespect my Black History and then think I don't understand your Racist motives.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop disrespecting an eminently qualified, now former President of these as yet United States of America, whose hue of skin happens to be Black.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you stop justifying the election of a Racist as president, as governor, as school board members, and as members of Congress.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism ...when you Stop Lying and saying you voted for the Racist former president because “he was angry” ... and when you admit the Racist Degenerate former president has “reactivated” (not that it has ever gone anywhere) the Culture of White American Racism.
I Will Stop Talking About Racism when you start valuing MY Black Life and understanding that Black Lives Matter.
I Will Never See the End of Racism During My Lifetime, therefore My Fight and Racism Will Never End.
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.
Words to Ponder
I READ THIS ON TWITTER, "The one thing Republicans hate more than helping Americans, is educating them."
I AM ADDING THIS, The one thing Republicants hate more than respecting Blacks, is their RIGHT to Vote.
Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.