People have to wake up to the privileges of the rich and famous people in the world. The Poor, lower class across all race should stand as one against the formidable forces of the rich. You have more power than you think but you have to stand together. This is injustice that no one is talking about.pot injustice
Obviously, he is not a man of critical analysis or he would not come out with the stupendous statement that President Obama shortchanged black people. President Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama have done a hell of a lot for the American people including black folks. He was not a Black people’s president, he was the President of the United States of America and he has done a lot and could have done even more if his hands were not tied by the stalemate of the American Senate.
Celebrities like Sean Diddy who have a voice and a presence in American society ought to be more responsible with their words because ordinary folks believe the crap.
It makes me mad, sick and tired of racist Americans who are bent and determined to destroy one of the best Presidents America has ever and will ever see. Barack Obama is a man of principles. Perhaps he is too honest for Americans. They really are not accustomed to such honesty and care from a President. He is a man who is not faking how much he cares for Americans because he does and it shows. And because he is doing so well, the devils in the midst are confounded and confuse. They try everything to humiliate the man but as Maya Angelou says so beautifully in her poem ” Ands still I rise…”
Americans of every stripe should stand up for justice and equality and stop simpletons like Donald Trump to attempt to dehumanize the President of the United States of America, to try to psychologically lynch another Black man. But Trump you will not win because you are not in Barack’s league, physically, mentally or socially. Barack is not a gutter rat. He has class and beauty, so stop haranguing the President. You will not prevail. If the Republicans want another loose cannon to run against Barack in the next President, they may be wiped off the ballot completely this time.
Goldie Taylor articulated my sentiments – this you must watch
“Show me your papers!”
Major Blackard, then just 19 years old, dug into his trousers in search of his wallet. He patted his jacket, but could not find his billfold.
“Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said. Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and taken to the St. Louis city jail. Unable to prove his identity, he would spend the next 21 days in a cramped, musty cell. That’s where his older brother Matt found him, beaten and bloodied. Matt returned with Major’s employer later that day, wallet and identification card in hand, to post bond.
The year was 1899. Major Blackard was my great, great grandfather.
The real crime, as Pulitzer Prize winning author Doug Blackmon points on in his seminal work Slavery by Any Other Name, was that my grandfather was a colored man in America.
This morning, as White House staffers handed out copies of the president’s long form birth certificate, I couldn’t shake the feeling that something very ugly was going on. For the first time in recorded history, a sitting president of the United States found it necessary to produce his original birth certificate for public inspection. Not once, in 235 years, have we ever demanded proof that our president was born on American soil……
Latinamericans generally present themselves as one big happy family where everybody is equal and there is no discrimination. However when you look beyond the veneer a different picture emerges. Blacks and the Amerindians are generally the poorest in these countries, they are generally at the bottom of the social and economic totem pole while the white skinned occupies the top. Why is this? One of the countries in South America where I believe that Blacks fare the best in terms of equality is Cuba. But in many of the other countries the blithe of Black racism and discrimination is very present. It is only in recent years through rap lyrics the issue of racism in Latinamerica is addressed. It is why I am pleased that Dr. Louis Gates is taking a closer look at Blacks in these countries and we know how thorough the man is. Don’t miss this 4-part series on PBS. Let us see what Dr. Gates will uncover.
(excerpt of article from Savoy Magazine)
Latin America is often associated with music, monuments and sun, but each of the six countries featured in Black in Latin America including Brazil, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico and Peru, has a secret history. On his journey, Professor Gates discovers, behind a shared legacy of colonialism and slavery, vivid stories and people marked by African roots.
12.5 million Africans were shipped to the New World during the Middle Passage. While just over 11.0 million survived the arduous journey, only about 450,000 of them arrived in the United States. The rest—over ten and a half million—were taken to the Caribbean and Latin America and kept in bondage far longer than the slaves in the United States. This astonishing fact changes the entire picture of the history of slavery in the Western hemisphere, and of its lasting cultural impact. These millions of Africans created new and vibrant cultures, magnificently compelling syntheses of various African, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish influences.
Despite their great numbers, the cultural and social worlds that they created remain largely unknown to most Americans, except for certain popular, cross-over musical forms. In his new series, Professor Gates sets out on a quest to discover how Latin Americans of African descent live now, and how the countries acknowledge—or deny—their African past; how the fact of race and African ancestry play themselves out in the multicultural worlds of the Caribbean and Latin America. Starting with the slave experience and extending to the present, Professor Gates unveils the history of the African presence in six Latin American countries through art, music, cuisine, dance, politics and religion, but also the very palpable presence of anti-black racism that has sometimes sought to keep the black cultural presence from view…..
Blacks are moving back to their roots in the south. What does this mean? Have Blacks arrived? Are they enjoying the subburban quietude that Whites appear to be addicted to or are Blacks moving to where the grass is still looking greener. Whatever the reason, it is great to see people heading home to be role models for those they left behind and help their communities to grow and prosper with the new skills and resources they take with them.
“The notion of the North and its cities as the promised land has been a powerful part of African-American life, culture and history, and now it all seems to be passing by,” said Clement Price, a professor of history at Rutgers-Newark. “The black urban experience has essentially lost its appeal with blacks in America.”
During the turbulent 1960s, black population growth ground to a halt in the South, and Southern states claimed less than 10 percent of the national increase then. The South has increasingly claimed a greater share of black population growth since — about half the country’s total in the 1970s, two-thirds in the 1990s and three-quarters in the decade that just ended.
The percentage of black Americans living in the South is still far lower than before the Great Migration in the earlier part of the last century, when 90 percent did. Today it is 57 percent, the highest since 1960.
“This is the decade of black flight,” said Mr. Frey. “It’s a new age for African-Americans. It’s long overdue, but it seems to be happening.”