Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Its not about the flag the national anthem or anything Colin said. Its is simply White America has to squash dissent. If Colin feels free to express himself it may embolden others. That is what they don't want. There are players who probably have much more radical views then Colin who don't feel comfortable speaking out in fear of losing their Job or endorsements or just media backlash. Lets be real we may be able to say what we want but we can't control how people respond or the course of action people may take.
FEAR silences most people from speaking out because they know even though they may make a lot of money and may have celebrity status White America can take that all away from them because they don't OWN the teams they play for they are OWNED by the teams they play for. They are just highly paid employees especially in football where the contracts aren't guaranteed and any player can be let go at a moments notice. In light of this fact what Colin said and did means so much more. He is risking his lively hood. Regardless if people agree with him or not his courage has to be commended.
Many African Americans have no affinity for the Flag. Under the flag we've faced the worse conditions humanly possible. We were Robbed of our Culture our Country our Language our Names our Identity and brought here Prisoners of War to be slaves and treated no better then cattle. What allegiances should African Americans have to the flag? Even after Slavery we had to deal with RACISM and DISCRIMINATION. Jim Crow Laws and lynching. Terrorism by the KKK sanctioned by the Government if not sanctioned definitely ignored. God forbid we ask for just a little equality man that will get your house firebombed or your church burned down. We've never really been free here.
Martin Luther King Jr. only wanted to be friends with white people and live peace and they killed his ass. That alone should tell us all we need to know right there. They finally decided to let us vote and what do we do? We vote for the same party that was fighting to keep us slaves and now we are slaves to that party.. Its true. Let Black Man say he isn't voting Democrat and watch him catch hell from other Blacks. As if one slave master is better then another. We still ain't free. We can't walk down the streets in peace without fear of the Police. We live in constant threat of DEATH hanging over our heads. That aint free.
We thought that if we could vote that eventually we would vote in politicians that would work in our best interest to bring about real CHANGE. We haven't seen it yet. Nothing substantial has changed since the early 1900s. I know because I've studied Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey. The same conditions those men fought to change are the same conditions we are plagued with today. Still have poor housing, we still have poor education, we still have economic inequality, we still face mass incarceration for minor offenses, we still face racism and discrimination, we still face lack of opportunity. We are trapped in a System of Racism/White Supremacy that we still very much so don't understand. And until we unite as a people as the Great Marcus Garvey wanted and solve our own problems we will never be free...
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 5:10 AM
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Yes we are citizens Yes by law we are Americans but that Flag should have no value to Black people because America sees no value in us. The Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey gave us a Flag, The Universal African Flag, Pan-African Flag, UNIA Flag, The Black Liberation Flag what ever you want to call it we have our own flag that we should pledge allegiance to and be proud of.
Garvey said "Show me the race or the nation without a flag, and I will show you a race of people without any pride. Aye! In song and mimicry they have said, "Every race has a flag but the coon." How true! Aye! But that was said of us four years ago. They can't say it now...."
The Red, The Black, and The Green.
Red for the blood that unites all people of Black African ancestry, and shed for liberation;
Black for the black people whose existence as a nation, though not a nation-state, is affirmed by the existence of the flag; and
Green for the abundant natural wealth of Africa.
The American Flag is a symbol of European World Domination and oppression of the Indigenous people of the World. Even today the Black Man and Woman in America 50 years after the civil rights movement are not treated as True Citizens of this country.
I had a conversation with a coworker of mine from Bosnia who is a citizen and she said that even though she's a citizen she knows that many people will never look at her that way. I told her that Blacks have never been looked at as citizens not equally. I told her how we weren't even looked as Humans. Our fight here has always been for Human Rights and that fight will never end. But we have to look in the mirror and love what we see. Love our Black Skin, Our Black Blood and our Black Liberation Flag...
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 9:01 AM
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Board of Directors and Citizens:
One-third of the population of the South is of the Negro race. No enterprise seeking the material, civil, or moral welfare of this section can disregard this element of our population and reach the highest success. I but convey to you, Mr. President and Directors, the sentiment of the masses of my race when I say that in no way have the value and manhood of the American Negro been more fittingly and generously recognized than by the managers of this magnificent Exposition at every stage of its progress. It is a recognition that will do more to cement the friendship of the two races than any occurrence since the dawn of our freedom.
Not only this, but the opportunity here afforded will awaken among us a new era of industrial progress. Ignorant and inexperienced, it is not strange that in the first years of our new life we began at the top instead of at the bottom; that a seat in Congress or the state legislature was more sought than real estate or industrial skill; that the political convention or stump speaking had more attractions than starting a dairy farm or truck garden.
A ship lost at sea for many days suddenly sighted a friendly vessel. From the mast of the unfortunate vessel was seen a signal,“Water, water; we die of thirst!” The answer from the friendly vessel at once came back, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” A second time the signal, “Water, water; send us water!” ran up from the distressed vessel, and was answered, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” And a third and fourth signal for water was answered, “Cast down your bucket where you are.” The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heeding the injunction, cast down his bucket, and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River. To those of my race who depend on bettering their condition in a foreign land or who underestimate the importance of cultivating friendly relations with the Southern white man, who is their next-door neighbor, I would say: “Cast down your bucket where you are”— cast it down in making friends in every manly way of the people of all races by whom we are surrounded.
Cast it down in agriculture, mechanics, in commerce, in domestic service, and in the professions. And in this connection it is well to bear in mind that whatever other sins the South may be called to bear, when it comes to business, pure and simple, it is in the South that the Negro is given a man’s chance in the commercial world, and in nothing is this Exposition more eloquent than in emphasizing this chance. Our greatest danger is that in the great leap from slavery to freedom we may overlook the fact that the masses of us are to live by the productions of our hands, and fail to keep in mind that we shall prosper in proportion as we learn to dignify and glorify common labour, and put brains and skill into the common occupations of life; shall prosper in proportion as we learn to draw the line between the superficial and the substantial, the ornamental gewgaws of life and the useful. No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. It is at the bottom of life we must begin, and not at the top. Nor should we permit our grievances to overshadow our opportunities.
To those of the white race who look to the incoming of those of foreign birth and strange tongue and habits for the prosperity of the South, were I permitted I would repeat what I say to my own race,“Cast down your bucket where you are.” Cast it down among the eight millions of Negroes whose habits you know, whose fidelity and love you have tested in days when to have proved treacherous meant the ruin of your firesides. Cast down your bucket among these people who have, without strikes and labour wars, tilled your fields, cleared your forests, builded your railroads and cities, and brought forth treasures from the bowels of the earth, and helped make possible this magnificent representation of the progress of the South. Casting down your bucket among my people, helping and encouraging them as you are doing on these grounds, and to education of head, hand, and heart, you will find that they will buy your surplus land, make blossom the waste places in your fields, and run your factories. While doing this, you can be sure in the future, as in the past, that you and your families will be surrounded by the most patient, faithful, law-abiding, and unresentful people that the world has seen. As we have proved our loyalty to you in the past, in nursing your children, watching by the sick-bed of your mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes to their graves, so in the future, in our humble way, we shall stand by you with a devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to lay down our lives, if need be, in defense of yours, interlacing our industrial, commercial, civil, and religious life with yours in a way that shall make the interests of both races one. In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the fingers, yet one as the hand in all things essential to mutual progress.
There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all. If anywhere there are efforts tending to curtail the fullest growth of the Negro, let these efforts be turned into stimulating, encouraging, and making him the most useful and intelligent citizen. Effort or means so invested will pay a thousand per cent interest. These efforts will be twice blessed—blessing him that gives and him that takes. There is no escape through law of man or God from the inevitable:
The laws of changeless justice bind Oppressor with oppressed;
And close as sin and suffering joined We march to fate abreast...
Nearly sixteen millions of hands will aid you in pulling the load upward, or they will pull against you the load downward. We shall constitute one-third and more of the ignorance and crime of the South, or one-third [of] its intelligence and progress; we shall contribute one-third to the business and industrial prosperity of the South, or we shall prove a veritable body of death, stagnating, depressing, retarding every effort to advance the body politic.
Gentlemen of the Exposition, as we present to you our humble effort at an exhibition of our progress, you must not expect overmuch. Starting thirty years ago with ownership here and there in a few quilts and pumpkins and chickens (gathered from miscellaneous sources), remember the path that has led from these to the inventions and production of agricultural implements, buggies, steam-engines, newspapers, books, statuary, carving, paintings, the management of drug stores and banks, has not been trodden without contact with thorns and thistles. While we take pride in what we exhibit as a result of our independent efforts, we do not for a moment forget that our part in this exhibition would fall far short of your expectations but for the constant help that has come to our educational life, not only from the Southern states, but especially from Northern philanthropists, who have made their gifts a constant stream of blessing and encouragement.
The wisest among my race understand that the agitation of questions of social equality is the extremest folly, and that progress in the enjoyment of all the privileges that will come to us must be the result of severe and constant struggle rather than of artificial forcing. No race that has anything to contribute to the markets of the world is long in any degree ostracized. It is important and right that all privileges of the law be ours, but it is vastly more important that we be prepared for the exercise of these privileges. The opportunity to earn a dollar in a factory just now is worth infinitely more than the opportunity to spend a dollar in an opera-house.
In conclusion, may I repeat that nothing in thirty years has given us more hope and encouragement, and drawn us so near to you of the white race, as this opportunity offered by the Exposition; and here bending, as it were, over the altar that represents the results of the struggles of your race and mine, both starting practically empty-handed three decades ago, I pledge that in your effort to work out the great and intricate problem which God has laid at the doors of the South, you shall have at all times the patient, sympathetic help of my race; only let this be constantly in mind, that, while from representations in these buildings of the product of field, of forest, of mine, of factory, letters, and art, much good will come, yet far above and beyond material benefits will be that higher good, that, let us pray God, will come, in a blotting out of sectional differences and racial animosities and suspicions, in a determination to administer absolute justice, in a willing obedience among all classes to the mandates of law. This, coupled with our material prosperity, will bring into our beloved South a new heaven and a new earth.
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 3:17 PM
Integration hasn't worked won't work and wasn't designed to work. What integration has done and was designed to do was to take the Best of us from the Rest of us. The whole concept of getting out of the hood leaving the hood came out of Integration. We wanted to live in good White neighborhoods we wanted to go to good White schools hell even wanted to marry good White women. We didn't want anything that had to do with black. And only the best of us the upper middle class wealthy college educated Negroes could afford to live in the White Neighborhoods and send their kids to the white schools or had enough money to attract a white woman. But what did that leave in hood?
With the best and brightest leaving it left the hood with no capable qualified Leadership. With integration in full swing no need to patronize black businesses when the doors of Good White Businesses were finally open to us now. No need to put your money in Black Banks because the doors of Good White Banks were open to us now. No need to buy a home in Black neighborhoods when access to Good White Neighborhoods were open to us now....
This how gentrification took root. Whites left the inner cities but still owned many of the properties they just decided to rent them out. Now they've decided to come back and they are tearing down the properties in big cities they let us rent that became ran down and building new more expensive properties that they know we can't afford because what left in hood don't have the wealth to obtain and the upper middle class wealthy college educated Negroes don't have the desire.
Our errors and mistakes during the Civil Rights era should be abundantly clear by now. We should have been trying to Build Strong communities for ourselves instead of Trying to integrate into theirs. And I say trying because we haven't even succeeded at that. We still fighting for a seat at their table instead of putting something on our own table for ourselves. It is sad but It's true. They didn't kill Martin Luther King Jr when he was talking integration they killed Martin Luther King Jr when he started talking talking about Black Economic Empowerment. When he started talking about putting your money in Black Banks and patronizing Black businesses and building up the Black Community. That's when they took him away from us. And every leader that has talked that way since. But we can't be scared to talk that talk because Black Economic Empowerment is the only thing that is going to pull us out of the miserable condition the vast majority of us are in.
We need a new movement. We need to come back to ourselves. We need to strengthen our communities by investing in us. By starting Black Businesses and supporting existing Black Businesses. By Buying homes in Black Communities and building back up our neighborhoods. By pulling our wealth together and building something for ourselves and solidifying a future for our children we can't continue to wait for another group of people to do it for us. We have to to do it for ourselves...
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 12:32 PM
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Posted by Anthony D. Hall at 9:19 PM