On June 1, 1921, in Tulsa Oklahoma, occurred one of the worst catastrophes to grace the communities of Black people. It was then that the systematic destruction of years of building had made manifest in less than 24 hours. Also known as “Little Africa,” the black business district of North Tulsa lay fuming — a model community destroyed, mansions melted down to the ground, hope stretching its mournful arms forward in a desperate attempt to hold on to its dear Greenwood.
Greenwood, a neighborhood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was one of the most successful and wealthiest Black communities in the United…
“Today, students of color in the United States are nearly three times more likely than white children to be labelled cognitively impaired. When Latoya walked into Seth’s first special-education classroom, she said, “I did not see one white child. All I saw was black boys.”
“School,” one student said, “is like prison where I am in the weird class.”
This isn’t really a black history fact. It’s more like a modern-day fact with roots that go back to the Jim Crow era.
GNETS is short for Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support but support is not a word that…
I have a lot to say so this is only part one as there were multiple dynamics to this film. Also, this post has spoilers.
What is Blackkklansman about? First, we should know that the story is based off a true story and a memoir. From Rotten Tomatoes:
“From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission…
“Is it true that ‘Anna’ stands for ‘Ain’t No Niggers Allowed’?” I asked at the convenience store in Anna, Illinois, where I had stopped to buy coffee.
“Yes,” the clerk replied. “That’s sad, isn’t it,” she added, distancing herself from the policy. And she went on to assure me, “That all happened a long time ago.”
“I understand [racial exclusion] is still going on?” I asked.
“Yes,” she replied. “That’s sad.”
— conversation with clerk, Anna, Illinois, October 2001. James W. Loewen, Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism (Touchstone, 2006),3
Aside from Tuskegee Institute–one of the first schools for African Americans financially sponsored by Blacks and Whites but headed by a Black President, the late Booker T. Washington — in 1870, the first Black public High School opened in Washington, D.C. The Preparatory High School for Colored Youth (renamed in 1916 to M Street Public School when its location was changed from M Street), was founded in the basement of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church by William Syphak, the first chair of the Board of Trustees of the Colored Public Schools in the District of Columbia.
According to Dr. Thomas Sowell…
What if you identified as one race but because of geographical differences you were told you were another race? Even if your skin tone said otherwise? Is it right to determine race by skin tone alone? Does race itself even exist?
In today’s episode of Black History Fun Fact Friday, we will explore The Race Card and how it has handicapped the life of one man who is still fighting to reclaim his identity. He is quickly becoming an important part of history as his story tells us so much about what race is and what it is not.
The Harlem Renaissance, also known as The New Negro Movement, was a cultural, literary, and artistic movement of the 1920s that brought Israelite, so-called Black, talent and creativity to the mainstream. It was an exciting time in Black history. A time where Blacks were re-defining who they were and opening up about their gifts. Music, poetry, writing, painting, dance, song, Israelites poured out their souls and let who they were bleed into the fabric of America. At once suppressed, many African Americans felt now they could use their gifts to re-educate America concerning who they were as a people. …
Has history been accurate in its portrayal of the group affectionately known as The Panthers?
In Whitewashing the Black Panthers, Michael Moynihan argues that PBS’s documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard for The Revolution, tries to excuse a “murderous and totalitarian cult” saying, “Almost anything that reflects poorly on the Panthers is ignored or dismissed and no critics of the party are included. The story is told entirely through the testimony of former Panthers and sympathetic historians.”
Often portrayed as a militant, black supremacists hate group, it’s amazing to me that this group of people wrote a ten-point program outlining the…
There has been an increase in racist behavior toward Blacks of late or rather, a more public showing of racism. We know that it was always there and now it is beginning to leak from people’s homes and into the streets. The Trump Administration has empowered conversations from dinner tables to now leak into the mainstream media. It seems that every week someone is calling 911 on the African American. It’s not just “BBQ Becky” or the woman who called the police on the group in Oakland, California but 911 calls are being made every day. Videos of racial profiling…
“Go down Moses
Way down in Egypt’s land
To let my people go!”
When you take someone and make them a slave, the first thing you must do is take away their identity. Starting with the removal of their name, you take away all traces of their former selves. You do not just remove a people from their environment, but you remove those things that influence that environment. The slave must have no connection to his former way of life or his former way of thinking at all least he realizes he is a slave. …