Archive for the ‘African American’ Category

It Was Once Illegal for White People and Black People to Marry Each Other in America.

Posted By Levi

June 11th, 2015 8:23pm

Mildred and Richard Loving Tomorrow, June 12 is known as the Loving Day. No, it’s not what you are thinking. It’s a day on which Americans celebrate the fight for racial justice. There was a time in America, not too long ago, when it was illegal for black people and white people to marry each other. For most of our history, most states, especially those in the South banned miscegenation or inter-racial marriage. The idea that the races should not mix is a legacy of slavery and racism. Many whites had strong religious views against integration or the mixing of the races.  They objected to integration because they believed it would lead to interracial marriage, and they think that “race mixing” violates God’s word. Theodore Bilbo, two time governor of Mississippi and who believed that blacks and Jews were inferior, defended the system of segregation. He wrote that the “[p]urity of race is a gift of God . . . . And God, in his infinite wisdom, has so ordained it that when Read More

59 years ago today, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus!

Posted By Levi

December 1st, 2014 11:09am

December 1, 1955,  Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat, sparking the Montgomery Bus Boycott and  start of the Civil Rights Movement. And here, she is arrested after refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger.   Here is the police report when she was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama.  President Obama on the Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

No, Senator DeMint, the Constitution Did Not End Slavery; It Protected It.

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Jim DeMint is a former Republican member of the United States senate. He is currently the head of the Heritage Foundation, a think-tank in Washington, DC. Recently, he gave an interview in which he said the following: “The reason that the slaves were eventually freed was the Constitution . . . It was like the conscience of the American people. Unfortunately there were some court decisions like Dred Scott and others that defined some people as property, but the Constitution kept calling us back to ‘all men are created equal and we have inalienable rights in the minds of God.” “But a lot of the move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government,” DeMint continued. “It came from a growing movement among the people, particularly people of faith, that this was wrong. People like Wilberforce, who persisted for years because of his faith, because of his love for people. So no liberal is going to win a debate that big government freed the sla Read More

12 Years A Slave – The Story from 1853!

Posted By Levi

March 5th, 2014 7:19pm

As many of you are aware, the movie that won the Oscar for the Best Picture, 12 Years A Slave, is based on a true story. It is based on the life of Solomon Northup. Northup was never born a slave. He was a free African American living in Saratoga Springs, New York.  In 1842 he was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana. There on the plantation he suffered the indignities of a slave for 12 years. All during that time his wife and two children had no idea where he was. Eventually, his true identity was established and he was freed and returned to his wife and family. Here is the story of Northup’s ordeal as reported in the New York Times on January 18, 1853. Twitter:@Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

White people don’t think black people face much discrimination. Black people disagree.

Posted By Levi

December 10th, 2013 8:53pm

Source: Washington Post: When trying to figure out if a particular form of prejudice is gone or not, you should generally give considerable weight to the testimony of those against whom the prejudice is directed. So when the Pew Research Center asked black and white Americans how prevalent discrimination against African Americans is, and 46 percent of blacks and only 16 percent of whites said there’s “a lot” of it, that should spur white people who doubt how big a force racism is to do some thinking. Twitter: @Levianthony123 FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

Listen to Dr. Martin Luther King’s Favorite Song!

Posted By Levi

August 29th, 2013 6:21pm

According to writer, Robert Wright, this was said to be Martin Luther King’s favorite hymn. It is, indeed, a beautiful song. Lyrics below. Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I am tired, I am weak, I am worn Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home When my way grows drear Precious Lord linger near When my life is almost gone Hear my cry, hear my call Hold my hand lest I fall Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home When the darkness appears And the night draws near And the day is past and gone At the river I stand Guide my feet, hold my hand Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home Precious Lord, take my hand Lead me on, let me stand I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m lone Through the storm, through the night Lead me on to the light Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

The Inspiring History of the Song ‘We Shall Overcome’

Posted By Levi

August 28th, 2013 7:40pm

From NPR’s All Things Considered: It is not a marching song. It is not necessarily defiant. It is a promise: “We shall overcome someday. Deep in my heart, I do believe.” It has been a civil rights song for 50 years now, heard not just in the U.S. but in North Korea, in Beirut, in Tiananmen Square, in South Africa’s Soweto Township. But “We Shall Overcome” began as a folk song, a work song. Slaves in the fields would sing, ‘I’ll be all right someday.’ It became known in the churches. A Methodist minister, Charles Albert Tindley, published a version in 1901: “I’ll Overcome Someday.” The first political use came in 1945 in Charleston, S.C. There was a strike against the American Tobacco Co. The workers wanted a raise; they were making 45 cents an hour. They marched and sang together on the picket line, “We will overcome, and we will win our rights someday.” . . . On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon Johnso Read More

The Story behind the most Iconic Photograph of Lynching in America!

Posted By Levi

August 26th, 2013 7:34pm

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Over the years I have seen this photograph many, many times and I am sure, so have you. It represents the barbarity of racism in the United States during the Jim Crow period. The two young African American men were lynched in Marion, Indiana after they were accused of killing a white factory worker. However, I wasn’t aware of the full story behind the photograph until I came upon this NPR story that was aired a few years ago. (Thanks to Adam Serwer for tweeting the link)  Here is the story. Strange Fruit: Anniversary Of A Lynching by RADIO DIARIES August 06, 2010 4:30 PM Eighty years ago, two young African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were lynched in the town center of Marion, Ind. The night before, on Aug. 6, 1930, they had been arrested and charged with the armed robbery and murder of a white factory worker, Claude Deeter, and the rape of his companion, Mary Ball. That evening, local police were unable to stop a mob of thousands from breaking into the jail with Read More

What It Means To Be Black In America Today!

Posted By Levi

July 19th, 2013 7:45pm

President Obama speaking about the death of Trayvon Martin today:  “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store,” Obama said. “That includes me. And there are very few African-American men who haven’t had the experience of walking across the street and hearing the locks click on the doors of cars. That happens to me, at least before I was a senator.” The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws,” Obama said, “everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws. And that ends up having an impact in terms of how people interpret the case.” Here is the reality of what the President means. 1. New York City Stop and Frisk policy. This is the name of the policy under which  New York City police officers stop people they deem suspicious, to question them and, if Read More

Why do the Media talk about “Black-on-Black” violence But Not “White-on-White” violence?

Posted By Levi

July 18th, 2013 4:32pm

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Since the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, there has been quite a bit of discussion in the media about violence in the African-American community. There is no doubt that the level of violence by blacks against other blacks is very high and needs to be dealt with as an urgent issue. But in describing this kind of violence the media have a favorite term for it – they called it “black-on-black” violence. I hate the phrase. I think it is derogatory and suggests that there is something unique about black people when it comes to violence; that they are more prone to violence than others. But this is false. The phrase should be thrown in the dustbin. If the media can’t come up with a better term then they should equally use the term “white-on-white” violence when discussing violence within the white community. This seems only fair to me. Why? Because, like so many things in America, violence is also segregated, it is affected by race. Just as Read More