Friday, October 05, 2018

Black History: New Revelations about Emmett Till

Okay, it's not exactly a revelation, but the white woman whose accusaion sparked the brutal murder of Emmett Till in 1955 has now, AT LAST, admitted that she lied.

The 14-year-old whistled at a white woman - that much has been made clear by his cousins,, who were present at the time of the incident.

But he DID NOT touch her inappropriately.  This white woman has FINALLY admitted that.  So she will not take that secret to her grave.

Of course, Ida B. Wells researched this many decades ago and proved that these allegations that Black men had touched or, indeed, attacked white women were completely erroneous.  They were simply a pretext, used to justify the lynching of Black men, women and children.

Go here for my blog post about Ida B. Wells.

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Thursday, October 04, 2018

Black History: Rosewood

We have heard about the Black Wall Street.  Other Black communities were also destroyed by racist violence, including Rosewood, Florida.

Rosewood was attacked and destroyed by a racist mob.  Even the children  had to hide, or run for their lives when there was nowhere left to hide.   

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Patrick Vernon on the Importance of Black History Month

In this video, a panel including activist and campaigner Patrick Vernon discuss the importance and relevance of Black History Month/African Heritage Month.

If you have seen the documentary More than a Month, you know that this debate continues in the United States, where it was found that the way Black history was taught in schools focused on a few signicant figures.  People such as Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks featured prominently, as so they should.  But Black history did not begin with slavery.

Although this approach to Black history is wholly inadequate, when there was no attempt made to recognise Black History Month, Black history was not acknowledged or taught at all.

Therefore, Black history is still very relevant, and although there is no need to confine it to one single month, Black History Month/African Heritage Month serves as a signpost towards greater knowledge and understanding, both here in Britain and in the United States.  . 

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Black History: Who Was Roots Really Based On?

Laurence Fishburne in Roots
Everyone remembers Kunte Kinte, the central character in Alex Haley's Roots.  Stolen from Gambia, he was taken in chains to the United States (land of the free) along with thousands, maybe millions, of other Black people.

But whose background really formed the story of Kunte Kinte's upbringing and culture?

Want to find out?  Go here to buy my book, Black Success Stories.

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See also: Black History: How to Give the Gift of Knowledge.  

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Monday, October 01, 2018

Black History: How to Give the Gift of Knowledge

Len Garrison
Do you want to give the gift of knowledge to your child?  Do you want your child to be aware of Black history and heritage?

Did you know that the late, great Len Garrison, who created the Black Cultural Archives in London, did so with no training and no funding?

Want to find out how he did it and how to research your own history?  Read my interview with him. Go here for my book Black Success Stories.  Order your copy today!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Six-Year-Old's Encounter with Gun Violence

Merkel Taylor, recovering from head wounds
If you read or follow my blogs, you know that I am committed to nonviolence and Nonviolent Communication (NVC).

Go here for the Blogging Carnival for Nonviolence 2018.

Markel Taylor, 6, was being driven to football practice by Marlow Parker when he was attacked. 

This little boy was shot in the head, which has led to serious long-term issues for him and his brother. They are still living with the aftermath of this horrific incident and the trauma it caused. 

Go here to read more.

This case is currently subject to legal proceedings, so not much information is available at this time.  But this is an example of what can happen when we resort to using violence. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Black Man Who Attends Klan Rallies

I am sure you have heard about Spike Lee's new film, BlacKkKlansman.

In this TED talk, Daryl Davis talks about forming a friendship with a Klan leader.  He didn't do it because it was his job. Unlike Ron Stallworth, the author of BlacK Klansman: A Memoir and subject of Spike Lee's film, Daryl Davis was not an undercover police officer.  

Davis was fascinated with finding out how, and why, people hate others whom they don't even know.  So he approached the Klan. 

This TED talk shows that true friendship can form between people who come from conflicting ideologies, even the white supremacist ideology of the Klan. 

Daryl Davis has proven that, although we stronngly disagree, we can have mutual respect for one another.  And we can connect with, and form friendships with, anyone

See also:  Spike Lee Wants Us to Respect Our White Allies.  

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