Speaking & Teaching

Jul. 11, 2019

"Without history, there is no memory; without memory, there is no future; if you cannot learn from the past, we repeat the same mistakes over and over again"

Reparations owed to descendants of our African Americans in this country have nothing to do with whether or not living white Americans weren't around during the period 1619-1965 of white oppression. The crimes committed against our black ancestors fall under the category of "crimes against humanity". There is no statute of limitations for crimes of this nature. According to the trials held in Nuremberg, Germany after World War II, the crime committed against the Jewish people by the German Nazis were seen as crimes against human humanity due to the Jewish Holocaust. The crimes were committed by the German people yet they were authorized by the German government. In addition, the German government officials closed their eyes to the atrocious acts performed by German citizens on the Jewish peoples. The Jewish people were thus eligible for reparations due to not only the actions of German citizens but also acts of government neglect, acts of government promotion, and acts of legalized murder authorized by the German government. Hence, even today some 75 years after the end of World War II individuals can still be prosecuted and the German government can still be held liable for the Jewish Holocaust.

The same principles that are applied toward the guilt of the German Government, as it relates to the Jewish Holocaust, can be applied as well to the United States government related to the nearly 350 years of institutional government supported oppression of African Americans during the period of slavery as well as government supported oppression after the decade of Black Reconstruction. The laws that were included in the constitution, the 3/5 clause, and the continuation of the international approved slave trade are examples of laws against humanity. The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 is another example of an example of laws against humanity. The Supreme Court rulings of 1858, Dred Scott which judged blacks as subhuman is another example of federal judicial action against humanity. The Supreme Court ruling in Plessey v Ferguson was another example of a federal judicial act against humanity. The very fact that the United States legislative or executive branches of government didn't intercede in the murderous mob killings or lynching of black American citizens was a symbolic sense of federal approval of those actions. These murders which numbered in the thousands, many of which are still unrecorded are indeed prime examples of crimes against humanity. The fact that slavery existed for more than 2 centuries in the United States unabated is the most heinous example of this nation's crimes against humanity.

The fact that our ancestors were forced to work in horrid conditions without pay. Work in slave labor conditions is another example of crimes against humanity. The fact that even after the passage of the Civil War Amendments, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, our ancestors continued to be forced to work in conditions resembling slavery are crimes against humanity. The convict leasing state and the federal government approved programs are crimes against humanity. The peonage system that was ignored by federal officials are crimes against humanity. The lack of judicial representation of an entire race of people in state and federal courtrooms are crimes against humanity. The inability of citizens to play an active role in the democratic process of voting for nearly 350 years is a crime against humanity. The inability of black parents to have their children receive an equal opportunity to educate their children because of state and federal legislation is a crime against humanity. The inability to earn an income equal to the income of whites, or being denied the opportunity to even earn an income is a crime against humanity. Especially considering federal and state legislation was created to support these economic inequalities.

So, no white person can make the argument that we had nothing to do with the crimes performed by the state and federal governments related to crimes against humanity related to owed black reparations. You see the legal standard has been set by the international courts that crimes against humanity have no statute of limitations. You can look over the dark past of American history to see many thousands upon thousands of cases of crimes performed by both state and federal sanctioned officials in these United States that fall under the category crimes against humanity. In 1947, the NAACP attempted to appeal to the United Nations for a sanctioned ruling that would force the United States to own up to the crimes that were suffered by black Americans. Only to be stiffed by the United States in gaining any traction. Malcolm X intended to go before the United Nations for reparations due to black Americans only to be murdered before he could state his case internationally. Martin Luther King wanted to go before the federal government in 1968 for some form of wealth redistribution only to be murdered weeks before his plan was implemented. We have some of our own black people 35% who disagree with blacks receiving any form of economic reparations. Yet the reality is that reparations are indeed a sacred honored right that must be acknowledged and paid. Because there is no. absolutely no statute of limitations on crimes committed that can be deemed as crimes against humanity. What was the treatment of black Americans in the United States from 1619-1945 if it wasn't a crime against the humanity of man?

Jul. 11, 2019

Today, on The Blackman's Blog, we look back 114 years to a meeting of 29 brave black souls who created the Niagara Movement. Men like Monroe Trotter, WEB Dubois, John Hope, Frederick McGhee, Max Barber who were refusing to go along with Booker T. Washington's philosophy of casting buckets and accepting second-class citizenship in this country.
I will revisit not only the guiding principles of the initial meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada but also the statement of purpose from the second meeting in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the summer of 1906. Although the Niagara Movement was disbanded in 1910. Its historical relevance was profound and longlasting. Because from the Niagara Movement the NAACP with WEB DuBois as one of that organization's founding members. In addition, the exceptional work of Boston publisher Monroe Trotter continued with his journal The Guardian.
So join me this morning as I revisit the Niagara Movement that started on July 11, 1905. The struggle for full emancipation for our black ancestors was its goal. These 29 men sought only to be treated as men and be given the rights deemed constitutional for men in this nation.​

Jul. 10, 2019

What does American Democracy Mean To Me?

Today I celebrate the birthday of Mary McCleod Bethune, the founder of one of America's greatest educational institutions, Bethune Cookman University, located in Daytona Beach, Florida. Ms. Bethune​ was also the founder of the Council of Negro Women, a thriving organization dedicated to the uplift of black communities across this nation. Ms. Bethune has always placed a premium on blacks gaining a strong educational foundation. That's why she is remembered as one of America's foremost educational leaders. Today, I read the words Ms. Bethune spoke as she described exactly what American Democracy meant to her. Mary McCloud Bethune stated at this period in our black history, 80% of black Americans had moved from being illiterate to being literate when she spoke on this radio panel broadcast. It is my hope that in the near future our black communities will achieve a level of universal literacy to honor the memory of Mary McCleod Bethune.

Jul. 9, 2019

The need for social media attention in this nation is absolutely out of control. Individuals are taking the top off of ice cream containers and the licking the ice cream and then placing the top back on the fouled ice cream. People are opening drink containers than spitting into the containers and placing the bottle top back on the fouled container. All of this for some aspect of gaining a viral post on Facebook, or some other social media network. The fact these acts have been encouraged because of the stupidity of mostly ignorant Americans who continue watch this nonsense in the 100,000s' and sometimes exceeding the million of times is foolish. To me, this says something is perversely wrong in our society. Because simply by watching these criminal acts that could lead to multiple health concerns tells us that a mental sickness has permeated our society for both the perpetrator and the viewers.

My question is this? Who is sicker the perpetrator or the multiple thousands upon thousands who feel the need to find some source of pleasure principle in viewing these atrocious acts? The need for social media attention has become a defining norm in our society. If only these idiots would do some research and understand the human damage they could possibly develop or foster. I can clearly remember that some individual or individuals tampered with Tylenol capsules in Chicago, Illinois back in the 80s'. People died and I don't believe the perpetrators were ever caught. The direct purpose of the Tylenol criminals was to kill and damage the Johnson and Johnson Corporation and frightened the American public. Today's idiots are not attempted to frighten the American public or cause an American corporation fiscal harm. These idiotic ignorant simpletons are simply acting out for viral recognition on some social media network or channel.

The law enforcement agencies must immediately stamp down harshly on these criminal acts to the highest degree of prosecution. This isn't fun and games it has the possibility of leading to a serious catastrophe, it left unchecked. I tell you what if they are looking to gain viral attention give it to them with viral jail sentences that include multiple thousands of days of incarceration.

Jul. 9, 2019

On July 9, 1893, Daniel Hale Williams performed the second open-heart​ surgical procedure in this country. Daniel Hale Williams opened Provident Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, the first black hospital for patients requiring a hospital stay. He started the first facility that trained black nurses in this nation. Daniel Hale Williams was simply a man who was ahead of his time at a period in our history where a man like those was treasured. Today, on my blog,​ I read from an article on facs.org the life of Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, who never allowed his skin color to determine his contribution to society. Even though others might have sought to minimize his contributions to the medical profession.

Daniel Hale Williams evoked Frederick Douglass’ advice to him when he started his term as surgeon-in-chief​ at Freedmen’s: “The only way you can succeed is to override the obstacles in your path,” he said. “Hope will be of no avail. By the power that is within you do what you hope to do.”