Friday, June 30, 2017

[BIE] Should Black Folks Celebrate 4th of Ju-"Lie"






 

Should Black Folks Celebrate 4th of Ju-"Lie"

        Fighting for Your Right "Not" to Party:Why I'm Not Celebrating July 4th
by Min. Paul Scott

On July 5th 1852, the great orator and abolitionist, Frederick Douglas delivered an electrifying speech where he posed what was possibly the most significant question of his time; "What to the slave is the Fourth of July?" He received a thunderous round of applause.


A hundred and twenty some odd years later, July 4th 1976, as a nine year old junior militant, I stood defiantly on a picnic table, raised my sand shovel and posed a similar question. Why do black people celebrate Independence Day, anyway?"

The response I received at the "Pic-Nic" or Pic-A-Nigger? "Shut up and eat your hot dog! "The issue of whether African Americans should celebrate the 4th of July is one of those eternal questions that is often asked this time of year but never receives a valid answer. Why do black folks feel obligated to dress up in red white and blue top hats and sing the Star Spangled Banner when our ancestors were in the field picking cotton while the colonists were getting their party on?

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a day off from work and a trip to the beach as much as the next guy but it's time to replace political correctness with historical correctness. As a matter of full disclosure, I've never prided myself as the all American boy type. I hate baseball and even the thought of apple pie makes me nauseous.

So my view of American history may be cynical at best.  "African Americans were not free in 1776", did not have full citizenship in 1876, were still fighting for equal rights in 1976 and in the aftermath of the Sean Bell and Trayvon Martin murder, 2076 ain't looking too promising either.

Contrary to popular belief, America's victory in the Revolutionary War did not bring my ancestors one iota closer to Independence than if the Red Coats would have won. Just if the British had won, instead of having a Big Mac and a Pepsi for lunch, I would be dining on crumpets with a spot of tea. And I would probably be listening to Sir Paul McCartney in my ipod instead of 50 Cents.

Although, many overly patriotic zealots claim to cherish freedom of speech, speaking against this country's day of national pride is considered sacrilegious, worthy of a trip to the woodshed, or worse.

Although the constitution grants freedom of expression, in the 21st century, freedom of speech comes with a heavy price.  There is always the distinct possibility that you could wake up one morning in a cozy little cell in Guantanamo Bay or at best find yourself sitting across the desk from a stone faced IRS agent trying to explain why your last year's vacation at Disney World was tax deductible.

Should I have to live with the fear of "America love it or leave it" being graffitied on my front door just because I will have the only house in the neighborhood not proudly flying Ole Glory? As America becomes increasingly more culturally diverse he will have to deal with the blatant contradictions in His-Story books.

While Tony Romanomay be throwing a big party for Columbus Day maybe he shouldn't invite his coworker Blue Sky Runningbear to the shindig. And while John Smith may pay tribute to his WWII veteran grandfather to commemorate every V-Day, his neighbor, Yoko Tshima, may morn the death of hers.

Americans must begin to respect each others rights to party or not to party on 4th of Ju-Lie. While some will dismiss my views as those of some ultra militant, left wing radical who is still miffed that Rev. Jesse Jackson didn't get the Democratic Party nomination back in 1988, could it be that I represent the views of millions of the silent minority who are afraid to express themselves for fear of McCarthy-like persecution?

So, don't expect to see me at the annual fireworks show this year with my finger stuck in the potato salad. I'll be home reflecting on the fact that for millions of African Americans, on 4th of Ju-Lie, the road to Freedom is still under construction.


"It's Ok not to know, It's a shame not to want to know."
   Dr. John Henry Clarke


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

If you celebrate the 4th of July, or NOT, celebrate US ! 4th of July Community BBQ @ Mt. Trashmore

If you celebrate the 4th of July, or NOT, celebrate US !
4th of July Community BBQ @ Mt. Trashmore
Celebrate US, then celebrate the USA
11am until - $10 adult 


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Hi Seko,

I haven't seen you in a while and so I've partnered with Cynthia Blackwell of Real Realty Group to host a cookout on Tue., July 4, at Mt. Trashmore. Yes I miss you 😁😁😁 

The gathering will start at 11A and ends when the park closes. We are charging a $10 fee per adult to assist with food cost but guess what?  The children will eat for free.

Please reply to this invite to let us know that you will join us. We look forward to this time of food, fun, and networking. 

RSVP by Mon., July 3rd, thanks. 

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

HBCUs & Free Tuition Movement, Sheepdogging Thru Trumpland, Liberals Expose Themselves: BA Report for March 2, 2017

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Time For A Movement For Free Tuition at HBCUs and Public Colleges amd Universities
A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
Instead of worrying about where Kellyanne Conway's feet are, or blasting Betsy DeVos's ignorance on HBCUs we should insist that black college presidents start or join a movement for free tuition at HBCUs and public colleges and universities. Millions of college grads of all colors carry unpayable debt and are frustrated by lack of opportunities. This demand earned Bernie Sanders millions of votes. It’s a mass movement in waiting
Keith Ellison: Sheep-dogging Through Trumpland
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Russian Conspiracy theorists have not yet toppled Donald Trump, but they have neutered much of the Sandernista wing of the Democratic Party. Keith Ellison lost the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee to another warmonger, and quickly joined in ganging up on Russians. “The DNC contest scenario was politically identical to last year’s presidential primary race, with Keith Ellison taking up the role of Bernie Sanders’ sheepdog.”

Freedom Rider: Liberals Expose Themselves
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Democrats and phony progressives talk a lot about mounting a great “resistance” to Donald Trump, yet gave Barack Obama a blank check to pursue much the same policies. Trump will find it difficult to exceed Obama in deportations, and damn near impossible to best him in bailing out corporations or attacking other countries. Trump’s rise has caused the Democrats to show their true colors as the party of war and the (deep) national security state.

Contrary to White Liberal Opinion, Donald Trump is no Communist
by Danny Haiphong
Feeling not a bit ridiculous, so-called progressives carry signs depicting the right-wing billionaire Donald Trump under a hammer and sickle flag. “The Democratic Party and its loyal white liberal base have spearheaded a dangerous Neo-McCarthyist campaign that pits anyone who doesn't align with the Democratic Party line a dupe of the Russian government.” The truth is, Trump is a (ruling) classmate of Clinton. It’s a war within the One Percent.

Maryland County Commission Favors Developer Over African Burial Ground
by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo
When a planning board in a wealthy Washington suburb sided with developers that want to obliterate an African burial ground, the only concession they made to Blacks was to use ground radar to search for human remains -- as if there is a question of who lies there. One protester asked: “They going to use radar on Lincoln's tomb? Or the Unknown Soldier? Or Kennedy's grave in Arlington to determine if those sites are still holy?"

Make America Great Again
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
Unlike the president, our poet is firmly grounded in the history as well as the here and now of America. Here is his prescription for what it will take to really make America great again.

The African Union Needs a Total Overhaul, Not Mere Reform
by Henry Makori
The fundamental problem of the African Union is ideological. And no one typifies this crisis better than Paul Kagame, the terrifying tyrant and imperialist stooge of Uganda. His new report proposing remedies for reforming the Union belongs in the dustbin. The AU does not need reform. It needs a radical transformation taking it back to its Pan-Africanist roots.

An Open Letter to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Their Report: “Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint”
by Tom Stephens
There were some positive aspects to the report on the poisoning of Flint, Michigan. But, the commission left the responsible officials off the hook, as if “racism” exists without “racists.” The Governor and his men knew exactly what they were doing to the people of Flint, just as they knew what they were doing to the people of Detroit, through their Emergency Financial Manager regimes. “There’s nothing unconscious about their racist evil.”
What Explains the Racial Wealth Divide?
by Josh Hoxie
Despite mountains of facts, two-thirds of Americans continue to insist institutional racism is not the root of social inequality. Instead, they locate the problem in individual behavior, or in lack of education, or single-parent households. Yet, “white two-parent households turn out to have ten times more wealth than the equivalent black families,” Black folks are no more spendthrift than whites, and education counts for less than white skin.
On Trump's Pro-Policing Executive Orders: Keep Fighting, Keep Resisting
by Critical Resistance
Increases in policing produces these results: insecurity; broken families and occupied communities; divestment of public resources for education, health, recreation, housing; disenfranchisement for communities targeted by policing and courts; fear and hatred; more inequality; more racism; more human rights abuses; more violence; public debt as the militarized state redoubles itself; and environmental injustice.
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Time For A Movement For Free Tuition at HBCUs and Public Colleges amd Universities
A Black Agenda Radio Commentary by Bruce A. Dixon
Instead of worrying about where Kellyanne Conway's feet are, or blasting Betsy DeVos's ignorance on HBCUs we should insist that black college presidents start or join a movement for free tuition at HBCUs and public colleges and universities. Millions of college grads of all colors carry unpayable debt and are frustrated by lack of opportunities. This demand earned Bernie Sanders millions of votes. It's a mass movement in waiting
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Keith Ellison: Sheep-dogging Through Trumpland
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The Russian Conspiracy theorists have not yet toppled Donald Trump, but they have neutered much of the Sandernista wing of the Democratic Party. Keith Ellison lost the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee to another warmonger, and quickly joined in ganging up on Russians. "The DNC contest scenario was politically identical to last year's presidential primary race, with Keith Ellison taking up the role of Bernie Sanders' sheepdog."

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Freedom Rider: Liberals Expose Themselves
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
Democrats and phony progressives talk a lot about mounting a great "resistance" to Donald Trump, yet gave Barack Obama a blank check to pursue much the same policies. Trump will find it difficult to exceed Obama in deportations, and damn near impossible to best him in bailing out corporations or attacking other countries. Trump's rise has caused the Democrats to show their true colors as the party of war and the (deep) national security state.

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Contrary to White Liberal Opinion, Donald Trump is no Communist
by Danny Haiphong
Feeling not a bit ridiculous, so-called progressives carry signs depicting the right-wing billionaire Donald Trump under a hammer and sickle flag. "The Democratic Party and its loyal white liberal base have spearheaded a dangerous Neo-McCarthyist campaign that pits anyone who doesn't align with the Democratic Party line a dupe of the Russian government." The truth is, Trump is a (ruling) classmate of Clinton. It's a war within the One Percent.

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Maryland County Commission Favors Developer Over African Burial Ground
by BAR Editor and Columnist Dr. Marsha Adebayo
When a planning board in a wealthy Washington suburb sided with developers that want to obliterate an African burial ground, the only concession they made to Blacks was to use ground radar to search for human remains -- as if there is a question of who lies there. One protester asked: "They going to use radar on Lincoln's tomb? Or the Unknown Soldier? Or Kennedy's grave in Arlington to determine if those sites are still holy?"

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Make America Great Again
by BAR poet in residence Raymond Nat Turner
Unlike the president, our poet is firmly grounded in the history as well as the here and now of America. Here is his prescription for what it will take to really make America great again.

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The African Union Needs a Total Overhaul, Not Mere Reform
by Henry Makori
The fundamental problem of the African Union is ideological. And no one typifies this crisis better than Paul Kagame, the terrifying tyrant and imperialist stooge of Uganda. His new report proposing remedies for reforming the Union belongs in the dustbin. The AU does not need reform. It needs a radical transformation taking it back to its Pan-Africanist roots.

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An Open Letter to the Michigan Civil Rights Commission on Their Report: "Systemic Racism Through the Lens of Flint"
by Tom Stephens
There were some positive aspects to the report on the poisoning of Flint, Michigan. But, the commission left the responsible officials off the hook, as if "racism" exists without "racists." The Governor and his men knew exactly what they were doing to the people of Flint, just as they knew what they were doing to the people of Detroit, through their Emergency Financial Manager regimes. "There's nothing unconscious about their racist evil."
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What Explains the Racial Wealth Divide?
by Josh Hoxie
Despite mountains of facts, two-thirds of Americans continue to insist institutional racism is not the root of social inequality. Instead, they locate the problem in individual behavior, or in lack of education, or single-parent households. Yet, "white two-parent households turn out to have ten times more wealth than the equivalent black families," Black folks are no more spendthrift than whites, and education counts for less than white skin.
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On Trump's Pro-Policing Executive Orders: Keep Fighting, Keep Resisting
by Critical Resistance
Increases in policing produces these results: insecurity; broken families and occupied communities; divestment of public resources for education, health, recreation, housing; disenfranchisement for communities targeted by policing and courts; fear and hatred; more inequality; more racism; more human rights abuses; more violence; public debt as the militarized state redoubles itself; and environmental injustice.
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