Nov. 2, 2018
"The Blackman's Read Aloud Hour's Friday Night Provoked Thought"
Exposing Our History To Those Who Struggle To Comprehend Our Magnificent Struggle
You know what is still relevant this passage is, it was written by Paul Robeson in 1936, it appears in Chapter 10 of Paul Robeson: A Biography:
“The assimilationist was also deluded, Robeson believed, in thinking that the way out of bondage lay in “deliverance by some act of a God who has been curiously deaf for many centuries; for certainly if prayer and song and supplication could effect a release, the Negro in America would long ago have been free.” Robeson offered as his “humble opinion that we can get nowhere until we are proud of being black—and by the same token demand respect of other people of the world. For no one respects a man who does not respect himself.”
Change the word assimilationist to the integrationist who were deluded into thinking that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act would lead to a total racial equality. Yet 54 years later in 2018, many black citizens in communities across this nation are still facing invisible and visible racial barriers to equality. Our black communities give billions of our dollars to black religious institutions seeking refuge and solutions from God while many of those black institutions continue to fail in the mission uplifting our peoples from the distressing aspects of life. You think that our youths show a measure of respect for each other while the body bag count continues to rise? Many of those youth don't comprehend the majesty of our cultural and historic strength because they haven't been taught it. So respecting each other's purpose in life is easily ignored. If you are proud of your blackness you would not look to harm anyone who is black.
That is why you must read your own history because history is living, it's breathing, it educates, it motivates, it builds an environment that cascades down love for your brother, and your sister. We need to teach our children in this generation their history. So that they, in turn, can share our magnificent historical journey to the preceding generations. If we continue to falter in this journey. We run the risk of covering up our history to a society that is hellbent on whitewashing our history. What you learn about the real Paul Robeson taught by us will differ greatly from the whitewashed Paul Robeson. That is why it is so vital that we provide vehicles and resources to elevate learning beyond the classrooms. That is one of the reasons you should have you young ones turn on The Blackman Read Aloud Hour because it focuses on reading proficiently our magnificent history in full context.