Speaking & Teaching

Jul. 9, 2020

Kanye West For President
If It’s Good Enough For Wakanda It’s Good Enough For America
Vote Crazy Twice Back To Back
See You All At The Comic Con White House Reception January 20, 2021

Jul. 8, 2020

I am reading The Half That’s Never Been Told: How American Slavery Built American Capitalism on My Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project on Facebook Live. Today, I go back to July 8, 1876 which was 11 years after the end of American Slavery and the African American hamlet of Hamburg, South Carolina which on that day was erased from the geographic map on the United States by white mobs who terrorized and murdered the African American ancestors simply because of the color of their skins and those African Americans aims for a better life and economic and educational uplift. The fact is the half that has never been told involves not only the institution of American Slavery but the entire spectrum of African American life in this nation. It’s history that never has been revealed but hidden in the carpet of racial hatred that feeds white supremacy in America. Listen as I read the facts that have been hidden from America’s history textbooks, the mysterious disappearance of Hamburg, South Carolina that occurred on July 8, 1876.

Jul. 7, 2020

Leroy Satchel Paige was in my opinion the greatest professional baseball player in this nation’s history. You name the player Babe Ruth, Willie May, Cy Young, Nolan Ryan, Barry Bonds, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, and so many more and Satch surpassed them on the baseball diamond. In 1965 on a September night Satch did something that should never be forgotten. Leroy Paige at the age of 59, or 65, or 69 pitched 3 innings against the Boston Red Sox. Paige retired 9 of 10 batters and allowed only one hit. Listen as I read an article that appeared on the 50th anniversary of that feat today. The article appeared in the Kansas City Star and was written by sports reporter the Sam Mellinger. I know many young people don’t know the name Leroy Satchel Paige but he is a legend in our illustrious African American history.

Jul. 5, 2020

Tearing down century old statues of confederate rebels who believed in white supremacy is just a cursory step towards gaining any type of societal racial justice. Why? Because, those statues have already performed the job they were installed to do. They provided a sense of racial fear during the period of time we knew as Jim Crow America. Most of those statues were installed during the period of time when along with white mob justice, the statutes supported the need to instill fear and promote white supremacy. So, in taking them down or allowing groups of people to take them down it is simply a case of racial pacification.

Changing the names of professional sporting teams is as Malcolm X, told us in the 1960s’ another meaningless step, or action that provides black communities a sense of accomplishing something. What is the accomplishment? Well, for the team changing its name it is the ability to increase team revenues. You think if the Washington Redskins changes the team name to the Washington RedTails that Dan Snyder, team owner won’t see a significant boost in his team’s bottom line related to increased marketing? How many black folks will be sporting Red Tail uniforms next fall? How much of that increased team revenue is coming back to our black communities? I’m waiting?

Today, July 6, 2020, I am releasing another Stokely “Kwame Ture” Carmichael teaching moment. This quote comes from a speech Stokely gave in Berkeley, California in 1966. This how I reflect on how that quote has maintained its relevance for over 54 years. If change is truly going to occur in any of our lifetimes in this nation. That change must be the complete destruction of the foundations of institutional racism that continues too foster and promote the massive societal inequalities that exists in this nation in 2020. Those inequalities weren’t supported by statues or professional team names. Sorry. They were supported and are still supported by unfulfilled bills of federal, state, and municipalities that maintain the social and economic inequities without any legitimacy of real change.

So when is real change coming? Not when you take down a statue, or change a team name. No, change will come when those individuals with the racist institutions that promote and feed off those in real need of change are torn down. Because, it is those privileged few who hide behind these pacification tactics and continue to feed on all levels of division.