Speaking & Teaching

Jan. 18, 2020

I simply cannot understand the reason why black folks are seemingly giving Biden a pass in this democratic presidential selection election? It was his political agenda and motivated actions that moved this nation to the mass incarceration of young black men when he was Senator Joe Biden from Delaware. Now old Papa Joe is pretending to be Barack Obama and chastising black parents about the lack of participation in the educational process of their children. I mean Obama never chastised white Americans for the injustice perpetuated on blacks in America. Now we are ready to remix this act with Biden? I wish we were given some clear cut choices with candidates truly willing to address our communities needs and concerns. Yet as this MLK WEEKEND 2020 starts we still are a community whose needs and concerns are back burner issues on the political landscape of the Democratic Party. For far too long now we accepted stripped down bones for meat to satisfy our hunger from a party that has absolutely refused to truly address the legitimacy of our demands. We have sought a haven in a home that changed the lock on progress and never gave us the new key. We cannot allow our committed support to be utilized in 2020 without some true guarantees. Many of our young blacks are asking that we remain or begin to be on CODE. That simply means we will no longer support a party that offers us false promises, false agendas, false benefits without advancing true gains for our communities. As I quoted yesterday there is no more cotton for black folks to pick. We will no longer be the last group to be seated at the table of economic, social, or civil equality. The table seating had better give us a prime view of the meal to be served with the real possibility that everyone eats. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Holiday was not the reason for his life or his death. Dr. King wanted that check cashed and payment rendered for services and equity spent by a community of black folks who built this nation. We eat Democrats in 2020 or you won’t as a party get served victories.

Jan. 17, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend 2020
Phillip Jackson
San Francisco Bay View
The Blackman Read Aloud Hour Project
Joseph Hall

Jan. 15, 2020

Just finished watching the Netflix project on Aaron Hernandez. I mean this athletically talented young man who became an absolute danger to not only others in society but also himself in the end. So, what did the project want to prove? Playing football and being entitled because of that gift caused Aaron Hernandez to sway off course, or being undercover gay and forced displays of masculinity caused Aaron Hernandez to leave murdered bodies and loss souls in his wake? I do know one thing this American society we live in today has absolutely allowed a kid’s game to become so all important that people are willing to accept all sorts of deviant behavior from the game’s participants just to have a winning team in their city. What has become of our values when win at any and all costs is now the measure of success in life. We glorify winning and because of that we see the crumbling of country’s values. It used to be it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game that counts. Now you are a joker if you take that line because “winning at all costs “ forgives all the sinning you did to get to the gloried circle of winning.

Jan. 14, 2020

So many in our black communities are intellectually, morally, spiritually, and mentally bankrupt. It is difficult phase we are in right now. The phase of discontentment with direct action or even a semblance of action against those who oppress. If Dr. King were still alive he would say that our black communities have chosen chaos over unity. Dr. King would ask that every community identity a multitude of individuals with the drum major instinct. Dr. King would ask our black communities to choose realistic group progress over individual material growth. Dr. King would ask that each of our elected representatives whether on a municipal, state, or federal level take an oath of dedication towards community growth.
So until those things are fixed in our black communities we're hopeless as a community. We will continue to see singular success but any real lasting success of our communities is a far off dream that King envisioned on the mountain top on April 3, 1968.

Jan. 11, 2020

Malcolm X was assassinated in 1965 at the Autobahn Coliseum in Harlem, NYC. He was eulogized by Ossie Davis as our unique black prince. He spoke directly to our communities about the concerns and issues that faced our communities. Malcolm X didn’t shade the truth because Malcolm understood that shading the truth did our communities no favor. Now fast forward 55 years and the violence that infects our black urban communities that Malcolm X foretold has come to past. Can it be related to the misunderstanding of our black history but those who have no compassion towards their brothers and sisters. Have we relegated a significant portion of our black youth to be labeled lower than dogs? The miseducation of our black youth must be corrected. We must get our black youth to comprehend and understand the honor of our black history. Malcolm X was more than a symbolic letter to be worn for the purpose of fashion. Malcolm X asked the black community to be all it can be but the journey begins with self education. So, do something really militant read a book about your history and wear that badge of honor.