"The renowned scholar, author and activist Dr. Cornel West, joins us to discuss his latest book, "Black Prophetic Fire." West engages in conversation with the German scholar and thinker Christa Buschendorf about six revolutionary African-American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X and Ida B. Wells. Even as the United States is led by its first black president, West says he is fearful that we may be "witnessing the death of black prophetic fire in our time."
Using Google Images as my time machine, here is some of what I saw in 1949: Click on images to enlarge or see the film; click on links to go to posts on the given subject: Dorothy Dandridge in a glamour photo, circa 1949: Lena Horne and Duke Ellington on the cover of the October 1949…
Note: I use present-day names. Within each decade, things are not necessarily in chronological order. 1600: Population: 1,000? 1600s: The Delaware - for at least the last 1,000 years. Munsee language, Eastern Woodland culture. 1610s: Juan Rodriguez's trading post, Dutch fort. 1620s: The Dutch: "Manhattan was sold for $24". Black slaves. 1630s: 1640s: Bowling Green Massacre (the real…
President Donald Trump is slated to give his first presidential address to Congress today. Democratic lawmakers have begun giving their tickets away to immigrants as a protest against Trump’s push to increase deportations and to block residents from some Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Well, this is not the first time people of Mexican descent have been demonized, accused of stealing jobs, and forced to leave the country. During the Great Depression of the 1930s, more than a million people residing in the United States were deported to Mexico—about 60 percent of them were U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. We speak to the preeminent scholar on this often overlooked chapter of American history: Francisco Balderrama, professor of American history and Chicano studies at California State University, Los Angeles. He is co-author of "Decade of Betrayal: Mexican Repatriation in the 1930s."
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The more oppression changes, the more it stays the same.
The desegregation of Little Rock Central High School in September 1957 brought to the surface the vile racism of whites, both within the community and outside it. A huge, nasty mob formed around the high school on September 4, the day that nine black students were to integrate the school. The nine black students were, Minnijean Brown, Terrance Roberts, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Jefferson Thomas, and Carlotta Walls. Horrible acts of hate and violence were directed at them.
The purpose of sharing these video’s for Black People living in America on this day, of this year, during this Black History Month is the hope that black people will understand that after four-hundred years their condition has not changed one iota - because black people have no wealth.
Tariq Nasheed, also known as Tariq Elite, is a young black author, documentary film producer, media personality, satirist, Internet radio host, relationship expert, and social commentator, focusing on the psychology of dating and African American social history. Tariq is profound, and dare I say one of a kind as his works explore the hidden history of African America people.
Monday, October 12th is Columbus Day, which we have celebrated in this country since the eighteenth century… and that’s probably long enough. When you find out the actual facts of what Columbus did when he got to America, you’ll find one of the darkest chapters in American history. Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola (Think Tank), hosts of the The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
Here are the songs that went to number one in 1949 on the US R&B chart. Most are blues rather than R&B. Some are jump blues, which was more uptempo and would give rise to rock and roll and actual R&B in the 1950s. John Lee Hooker: Boogie Chillen: Big Jay McNeeley's Blue Jays: The…
The Tulsa race riot (May 31st to June 1st 1921) in the US killed 75 to 150 people, burned down 35 city blocks, and left thousands homeless. With the help of the police, planes and the National Guard, hundreds to thousands of White men rioted in Greenwood, aka Black Wall Street, a Black neighbourhood in…
The Ghost Dance (1889-1891) was a dance that spread like wildfire among Native Americans in the western US in 1890. It came with Ghost Shirts and Ghost Songs. It was a last desperate attempt to end White rule. It led to a US military crackdown that was the end of all hopes. It was started by…
The Zoot Suit Riots (1943) took place in Los Angeles and lasted for about a week. It started out as fighting between White US servicemen and pachucos, Mexican Americans who wore zoot suits. But soon Mexican, Black and Filipino Americans were being beat up whether they wore zoot suits or not. And Whites, some of them off-duty policemen,…
Mary Turner was a 19-year-old black woman born in 1899 to Perry Graham and Elizabeth Johnson in Brooks County, Georgia. When Turner was eight months pregnant, she was murdered after she publicly denounced the unlawful extrajudicial killing of her husband, Hazel Turner.
On the evening of May 16, 1918, a white planter who was known to abuse and beat his workers, Hampton Smith, was shot and killed on the plantation by a black worker, 18-year-old Sidney Johnson. Smith resolved the labor shortage through the use of convict labor, paid Johnson’s $30 fine (Johnson had been convicted of playing dice), and forced him to work on his plantation.
Johnson had been beaten several times by Smith, even days before Smith’s death; he was beaten severely by Smith for refusing to work while he was sick. Smith also had a long history with Mary Turner and her husband. Turner’s husband had been sentenced to the chain gang when he threatened Smith for beating Mary.
Smith’s murder was followed by a week-long mob-driven manhunt in which at least 13 people were killed. Among those killed was Mary’s husband, Hayes Turner, who was seized from custody after his arrest on the morning of May 18, 1918, and lynched.
Mary became distraught after the murder of her husband. She denied that her husband had been involved in Smith’s killing, publicly opposed her husband’s murder, and threatened to have members of the mob arrested. The mob then turned against her, determined to “teach her a lesson.”
She was able to flee, but the mob found her and took her to Folsom Bridge, where they hung her upside down from a tree, doused her in gasoline and motor oil, and set her on fire. While Turner was still alive, a member of the mob split her abdomen open with a knife. Her unborn child fell on the ground, where it cried before it was stomped on and crushed. Finally, Turner’s body was riddled with hundreds of bullets. Mary Turner and her child were cut down and buried near the tree. A whiskey bottle marked the grave.
The murders of Hayes and Mary Turner caused a brief national outcry. Following the lynchings, more black residents fled the area, despite threats against the lives of anyone who tried to leave.
Laura Nelson and her son L.D. Nelson were lynched on May 25, 1911 near Okemah, the county seat of Okfuskee County, Oklahoma. Laura, her husband Austin, and their teenage son L.D. had been taken into custody after George Loney and three others arrived at their home on May 2, 1911 to investigate the theft of a cow. The son shot Loney, who then bled to death, while Laura was reportedly the first one to grab the gun and both were charged with murder.
These are actual tiny child handcuffs used by the US government to restrain captured Native American children and drag them away from their families to send them to boarding schools where their identities, cultures and their rights to speak their Native languages were forcefully stripped away from them. (Photo: US government)
The Black Power Movement in the United States inspired many movements around the globe. It was inspired by the efforts of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), which later turned in to the Black Panther Party, and The Black Arts Movement. The Black Power Movement also entangled with the Civil Rights Movement. Black Power in the United States called for Black pride, political equality, Black economic independence and stability, educational freedom and equality, proper living conditions, and equal protection under the law. The idea of Black Power brought about tremendous political strides, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
I have long wanted to write a piece about the abolitionist, John Brown, because he was a man of action and a man who would not be deterred from his mission of abolishing slavery. He was more significant in eradicating slavery than any single individual at the time. As you know, history has not been kind to his legacy and therefore, anything reported about Brown is in no way told in a positive light. He is projected as a wild crazy white man that lost his mind, but that was not the case at all.
Junípero Serra (1713-1784), a Spanish priest, founded nine of the 21 Spanish missions of California, set up to bring Native Americans to Christ. He has been called the last conquistador, a destroyer of cultures.
Serra went with soldiers to round up people, forcing them to stay and work at the missions. Each mission had a church, a school – and a whipping post. Those who would not work were whipped. As you can imagine, there were uprisings at the missions and attempts by Native Americans to free their people from them.
Serra wanted to change not just their religion, but their names, their languages and their way of life.
The missions were, in effect, re-education camps. They turned the Native Americans who lived along the coast of California – the Kumeyaay, Tongva, Juaneño, Chumash and Ohlone peoples – into labourers for the gente de razón, the “people of reason” – aka, the Spanish and their hangers-on.
Serra converted thousands – yet tens of thousands died. When he arrived in California there were 65,000 Native Americans. By 1832, only a fourth were left: 17,000.
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