Speaking & Teaching

Jun. 14, 2021

I wonder if our black communities do more harm than good when we celebrate Juneteeth. First off if the celebration had originated in a state like say Michigan, Illinois then maybe it would be a healthy celebration of emancipation. But Juneteeth coming from an arch confederate state like Texas makes this June 19, 1865 date of supposed emancipation of enslaved Black Americans a date not of celebration. Why? Because within a decade plus two years, Black Emancipation ended with the termination of Black Reconstruction with the Compromise of 1877. This compromise which allowed the former confederate states especially Texas to renege on ever constitutional right that our Black Americans supposedly secured with the Civil Right Amendments. The state of Texas lead the way with the indoctrination of every conceivable way to wrestle away the black residents constitutional rights. White Texans did this through acts of terror which included the lynching and burning alive of our black ancestors. I mean how could Juneteenth even have any validity if on June 19, 1877 rather than beef being cooked on the spic a black body was being burned alive for the enjoyment of the whites in Texas? Also, how could you celebrate emancipation rights where the rights that the Constitution supposedly gave you were being ignored on every border of the State of Texas as well as most of the United States? How? What about the supposed end of the slavery that was celebrated on June 19, 1865? Did it truly end? When the Union Troops left states like Texas along with the end of the Freedman’s Bureau what protections did our Black Americans have? I mean in a sense a worser form of slavery was implemented, one that now gave our black ancestors bodies no economic value like that peculiar institution did. So their bodies were disposed of without any remorse and those same bodies were worked to death across the southern states including Texas. You think you could celebrate freedom when you as a black man, woman, or child was caught in the cycle of Jim Crow slavery? You think when you as a black American couldn’t get an education at a school for more than 3 months a year you could celebrate Juneteeth? You think you could celebrate emancipation when the white night riders decided to target your family for publicly declaring that you were seeking equality of rights? I mean I love a party just like any other person but Field Order 3 delivered on June 19, 1865 by Union General Granger to the black communities in Galveston, Texas was not the cause for celebration it only foretold that the real struggle for black equality was just starting. This country loves to support our causes for symbolism and Juneteenth is indeed a symbol not of emancipation but of continued oppression. Oppression, yes, oppression and slavery and a more virulent form. I also feel that we shouldn’t be celebrating Juneteeth because our ancestors promises made in 1865 have yet to be delivered. When you celebrate broken promises you may believe that those promises have been kept. How can you celebrate Juneteenth when the original Field Order 15 which supposedly gave us 40 acres and some semblance of ownership in the American dream was ignored? What did Field Order 3 give Black Americans, surely it was emancipation, nor to it even mention personal ownership of the American Dream.

Jun. 14, 2021

Spend a few moments with JoeSmokeBlackThoughts detailing the life of William H. Carney, the very first American of African Descent to earn the distinction Congressional Medal of Honor Winner. I will detail William Carney's life and conclude with the reading of Catherine Clinton's book, HOLD THE FLAG HIGH, on this 14th day of June, 2021.

Jun. 13, 2021

"For quite a few black preachers the pandemic destroyed their ability to live high off the hog. Now that the black church doors are open new cars will be rolling, the life of high hog living is back cause black preachers are now strolling and the black preachers will be patrolling the tithing plates enough with all that consoling. We all know that for many black preachers life again is damn golden."

Jun. 13, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 1967
54th Anniversary of Thurgood Marshall’s Nomination
Supreme Court Associate Justice
The Constitution of the United States Was Justice Marshall’s Wakanda
Our Legal T’Challa - Thurgood Marshall

Today 54 years ago President Lyndon Baines Johnson nominated Thurgood Marshall to be the first black Associate Justice for the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court occupied a special place in our historic fight for civil rights. First, it was the place where justice died for Black Americans. Then for a short period of time a more liberal leaning court became a beacon for Black Americans to seek shelter from the vile hatred of a majority of the nation's white people who sought to oppress people of color. Thurgood Marshall was the symbolic justice for that movement towards black equality. Well, those days have turned and the current Supreme Court seems to reverting back to the days when Black Americans had no friend among the 9 justices. Even when one of those justices is black.

Jun. 12, 2021

Papa Joe and Michigan Bo born of the same cloth
Don't mess with our images
Hell we're white men who coached college football
What's a little sexual deviation amongst friends
We were hailed as American heroes
Now in death we've become American zeroes
Nothing happy about that valley
That big house seemed to be the in house for sexual deviants
Oh well Papa Joe and Michigan Bo soon to be forgotten
Closed eyes makes these men's deeds damn rotten