Archive for the ‘Civil Rights’ Category

Kim Davis who refused to give gays marriage licenses is no Rosa Parks.

Posted By Levi

September 10th, 2015 8:34pm

I’m sure many you are familiar with the case of Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on religious grounds. She said that because she is a Christian she cannot issue these licenses because gay marriage is against “God’s laws.” For me the case against Davis is pretty simple. She is the county clerk. It is her job to issue marriage licenses to anyone who needs it. As an elected official she has an obligation to follow the law. She took an oath to uphold the law. The law now says gay people have a right to marry and such a right is protected by the Constitution. She says that she cannot carry out the law because of her religious beliefs. I have no problem with that and she has a right to her beliefs. But she cannot allow her personal religious beliefs to override her public duty. The right thing for her to do is to step aside and give the job to someone else. Freedom of religion means that you have a right Read More

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.

Posted By Levi

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

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

The State of African-American Young People Today

Posted By Levi

July 17th, 2013 11:34am

Professor Juan Cole provides some useful charts on the state of young African Americans today. • At age 25, 7.5 percent of whites are high school dropouts. • At age 25, 14.4 percent of African-Americans are high school dropouts • By age 25, 30% of whites have earned a college Bachelor of Arts degree. • About 14% of African-Americans have: • By some measures, African-American youth unemployment is 42% Graph: Youth unemployment by age and race: FollowShare Share this:EmailTweetShare on TumblrPrintMoreLike this:Like Loading... Read More

After 148 years, Mississippi finally ratifies 13th Amendment, which banned slavery!

Posted By Levi

February 18th, 2013 5:14pm

From CBS News: The 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery, was ratified in 1865. Lawmakers in Mississippi, however, only got around to officially ratifying the amendment last month — 148 years later — thanks to the movie “Lincoln.” The state’s historical oversight came to light after Mississippi resident Ranjan Batra saw the Steven Spielberg-directed film last November, the Clarion-Ledger reports. After watching the film, which depicts the political fight to pass the 13th Amendment, Batra did some research. He learned that the amendment was ratified after three-fourths of the states backed it in December 1865. Four remaining states all eventually ratified the amendment — except for Mississippi. Mississippi voted to ratify the amendment in 1995 but failed to make it official by notifying the U.S. Archivist. Batra spoke to another Mississippi resident, Ken Sullivan, who contacted Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann abou Read More