Speaking & Teaching

Nov. 14, 2018

Just another note in our history. Today marks the 103rd anniversary of the passing of Booker T. Washington, the celebrated founder of Tuskegee Institute. Mr. Washington's life was full of remarkable accomplishments and his energy to provide uplift to the black community is still being felt today 103 years after his passing. Not many people know that Booker T. Washington was beaten within inches of his life on March 19, 1911, by a white janitor, Henry Ulrich in New York City for supposedly peeking into keyholes of apartments. He was accused of making advances on Ulrich's wife. Henry Ulrich, of course, wasn't convicted of this dastardly act of violence, he was acquitted. Even though Booker T. Washington addressed the issue this attack in a speech "The Moral Uplift Of Race" in Philadelphia, Pa. on March 26, 1911. The audience that evening was exclusively white and one wonders if Booker T. Washington really did feel that Ulrich was justified in beating him 2 weeks earlier for simply attempting to locate a business associate? This incident was never discussed in my social studies classes regarding the life of Booker T. Washington. All I was taught was Booker T. Washington's speech at the Atlanta Compromise about having our black ancestors casting their buckets where they are and not seeking social or civil equality. Even the foremost advocate of silent racist acceptance was and could be a target of vicious violent racist acts of terror. Rest in Peace, Mr. Booker T. Washington, The Black Blogger honors your magnificent educational and economic achievements.

Nov. 9, 2018

First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens’ Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.”

Nov. 9, 2018

Yesterday's statement that US Senator Bernie Sanders (Vermont) made really was disturbing. Sanders said that he understood the hesitancy that white people have when voting for African American candidates for the first time. He states that the hesitancy didn't mean that they were racist. Again, the ignorance of the so-called white liberal shows their true implied racist colors. Wasn't it just 2 years ago that Bernie Sanders was trapezing across the country with the Atlanta rapper "Big Mike"? Couldn't he simply have a dialogue with "Big Mike" about implied and explicit racist thoughts and actions in a historical context? Well, that would have meant that "Big Mike" was cognizant of the history of his ancestors and how that history is still relevant today. Our ancestors were here when the white Europeans arrived in their so-called "new world", our ancestors also came shackled from a far distant shore to this country, our ancestors were unshackled and re-shackled in this so-called land of democracy. Still today oppressive conditions exist for many people of the darker hue in this nation. If anyone should be hesitant about voting for a particular race it would be the oppressed nor the oppressor. After 4 centuries of serving the needs, concerns, demands, and fortunes of white Americans those white Americans should have no hesitancy about voting for a person of color, but a person a color should indeed have a great deal of hesitancy about voting for a white candidate. Senator Bernie Sanders statement yesterday proves that the color-line problem that DuBois identified in 1906 is still a major issue for whites in 2018. Today I will read about the white mob that brutalized, killed, maimed and created mayhem on the City of Wilmingham, North Carolina 120 years ago today is one reason that our history should never be washed away by the sands of time, or ignored by the history books.

Nov. 8, 2018
Hey, Bernie Sanders, I am really uncomfortable voting for white candidates you know the whole black oppression thingy. However, I may be a little more comfortable the next time. You see how silly that looks "good old" Bernie Sanders when you see it reversed for white people voting for a black candidate. We are the ones who should be hesitant because we are the ones who are still oppressed in the south, hell in this entire country.
 
 
Nov. 8, 2018

The American Football Coaches Association 2018 Trailblazer Award, well deserved Morgan State University’s Example Of Historic Excellence, Earl Banks.