What is a Homestead exactly? The legal definition is: A person’s permanent home or property that includes the land on which the home stands on and other adjoining building or property. My simple definition is: Living independently (as much as possible) by doing for self. Growing up in the islands, we […]
This article makes me worry greatly. In my everyday life I treat all young children the same but it is always important to me to engage the young black girls and boys I come in contact with whether its a smile, a hello, or just a you are so pretty or handsome. So to know that the rate of suicide for black children are rising worries me. Please share this article and think long and hard about the effects of it. We must fiercely protect our young. We must let them know that they matter, their voices matter, their opinions, and feelings. I am shocked by this article. Especially in the classroom, we must ensure our children are being included and not isolated, bullied or targeted. I have dealt with racist teachers before and it was not fun to be in their class or learn from them or listen to them. I thank God that I didn’t let their stupidity get to me, but no child should deal with that. Truly ask your kids about their day and their classes.
“The researchers who found that suicide rates have doubled for Black children while declining for White children were surprised by their own results. These are the first recorded data in history for which Black suicide rates surpass that of other race groups. Suicide is what can happen at the extreme of when youth and adults are marginalized and lack the resources to cope with this marginalization. The reasons for the increase in Black children’s suicide are unknown. In today’s climate, however, efforts toward protecting children from the subtle and not-so-subtle burdens of discrimination and oppression seem warranted.”
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I don’t know if I can post the whole article so I will post the beginning half and link to the rest. May the soul of this man and other survivors who have passed rest in peace, this is an important part of history that is not mentioned, but did happen. It’s a shame that they have not received reparations or justice, but we must keep their memory alive and bring them justice ourselves, because this cannot be swept under the rug any longer.
1921 GREENWOOD MASSACRE SURVIVOR, WES YOUNG, DIED TODAY AT 97 YEARS OLD
Wess H. Young Sr. 1921 Race Riot survivor, WW II Veteran, Father, Grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed this afternoon, September 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Dallas, Texas. He was surrounded by his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. His wife of 60+ years, Cathryn J. Young passed December 1, 2013. Mr. Young was 97 years old. Mr. Young was a great man, a true warrior and patriot. It was a great pleasure getting to know and represent him in our attempts to get justice for him and the other survivors who now number below 50. Below is a summary of the 1921 Greenwood Massacre a/k/a The Tulsa Race Riot
On May 31 and June 1 1921, a mob of over 2000 Whites, under the protection of city and state law, pillaged and destroyed during the worst domestic terrorist attack in U.S. history. The terrorist mob destroyed 36 square blocks killed upwards of 1000 people, and left 10,000 Blacks homeless, destitute, and traumatized. Afterwards city and state officials condone this terrorism, blamed the innocent Blacks, and instituted a cover-up so successful the horrors of the Greenwood Massacre were effectively blotted out of history for almost 80 years. In fact, the cover-up was so successful that while going to school on Greenwood Street, I never once heard about the bombing!!!
Rekia Boyd, Reneisha McBride, Aiyana Jones, Troy Davis, Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and now Michael Brown. These are the names, with the exception of Troy Davis, of people who have been gunned down police or a faux police officer. How many more people have to die before we admit that law enforcement is full of racist officers who look at Blacks as not citizens, but criminals in the making?
The police during the March on Wall Street have proven, they are here to serve and protect those with money and Blacks are not on that list, unless you are clearly Lebron James or some other athletic figure. So what do we do? Now people are marching, protesting, and rioting. I don’t condemn the rioters because this is what happens when people are tired of history repeating itself. Black people have been killed without a second glance since the slave trade began and it continues now.
I don’t focus or pay attention to “New Blacks,” those agents “Rap artists”, and all those other we shall overcome people who have drank the Kool-Aid: “racism is dead in America.” All the “isms” that plague this country like the locusts plague Egypt have not disappeared. The main reason is because people would rather lie and pretend then face a hard truth; “nothing has changed.”
What people fought for back in the day has come to fruition but a lot of it has not. Anyone walking out in this world feeding their child Disney happy endings is doing their child a disservice. The music, which isn’t the only ill, is telling them to do stuff to get locked up and run from the cops, while denying the existence that you can be shot simply for breathing.
My folks always said that “ignorance of the law is no excuse,” ignorance of what it means to Black in America is no excuse because a bullet can end up in you either way. I have said it before and I will say it again, there needs to be a deep psychological reprogramming of the police force and Americans as a whole.
A police officer cannot serve and protect with their gun when they are bias. What do you get when you add: police officer + racist+ gun= what we have going on now. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. These cops are not here for us and will shoot us if they feel threatened, not whether or not they are actually threatened.
I don’t believe I will be teaching my child to run to the cops for anything because of what may be done to them. It is a long running joke that cops are criminals, every cop show has a crooked cop in it, and art imitates life, except we have police all over the 50 states waging war on unarmed black people as though lynching is coming back in style.
Not all cops are like this, just like all politicians are not dishonest crooks, but guess which stereotype thrives when 99.9% act like heathens. So what do we do? What do we do when we have to not just watch out for who our kids hang with, but the flashing police lights that want to stop them just because they are “too black?”
The names above who have died are lives that could have been saved. These innocent lives are lost while the Colorado movie theater shooter is still alive, and I’m sure a book deal and movie deal is coming his way, the Boston bombers, who caused much suffering, is still alive and even got a cover on Rolling Stone.
Yet, people are shocked at how America can sit back and defend Israel when they are killing innocent Palestinians. America can do this because they massacre people within their own borders and not think twice about it, why would thy not support their equal, Israel?
So now we know that we must protect our kids, but how do we do that? We do that by protecting our own neighborhoods, cops are not there for us, they already have prejudged us, and they won’t think twice to treat us like a first-person shooter game, without a reset button.
So we defend our neighborhoods physically, if a cop comes in there willing to shoot, he needs to have just as many guns pointed back at him. Notice they are not shooting armed people, but unarmed people, people they know have not weapons to defend themselves. No cop is going to act irrational when he does not have the police power to back him up, unless he wants to die, and surprisingly considering their job, they don’t want to die.
A scenario like this protects an innocent life. People simmer down when they are outmatched and police officers are no different. I would love to see these officers bust into West Virginia or the rural parts, where they know the people are heavily armed, but they wouldn’t because they know 1,000 guns would be pointed at their heads.
Physically defense of our neighborhoods is not the only way to protect our neighborhoods, we must be very careful of who we elect to office, meaning not every Black politician will get our vote and every white and other politicians, will need to prove that they are non-racist and truly for us. If they switch up once in office, then we pull the house of cards down and get them tossed out.
The trick to this is to look at their language, how do they talk about Black people and black neighborhoods, do not get caught up in the new issue of the week that seems to pop up every presidential run, every governor run, or ever mayor run. Every big election has some huge issue attached to it: it was homosexual’s wanting to marry, and then it was universal health care, and so on and so on. These issues are used to gain money and support, but they do not help us in the least. They do not focus on us or tell us how we and our interest will be protected.
On Wall Street every group you can think of have lobbyists: Tobacco, Israel, Latinos, Farmers, car manufactures, Health insurance companies, Google, and more, but Black people have no lobbyists and it is hurting us. We need to lobby and we need more lobbyists whose focus is just for us and not for others, head nod to you NAACP. You don’t see Israel lobbyists focused on anything but Israel, they are not focused on LGBT, Latinos, or anyone else, they are focused on their interests and that’s why our government is scrambling to give them over $22 Million dollars in foreign aid to kill more Palestinians.
Another focus should be on whose pockets we are lining with our money. If you are not for us you do not get our money, it’s that simple. Many businesses are run by racist CEOs, executives, and owners; they could care less about Black life, so we make them. If any owner or CEO is funding the bail of or supporting someone who kills a black person, then we do not buy any of their products. We ban them from our homes; we make sure the markets in our neighborhoods do not hold them, but not buying them. No one likes losing money, there is a reason why Jesus told the rich of his day to not overcharge people, and the rich haven’t changed. They are consumed by a greed that is never satisfied and we should use that to our advantage.
Understand that we should be for self and no one will make us feel bad for it. People are quick to come to Blacks and label us racist while making deals behind closed doors, again their people are not the ones being gunned down in the street in every day ending in “y.”
Last but least we must not forget these names nor must we let these people get away with taking bright lives away from our community. Do your research, be the change, talk to your children, and kids focus on the news. Don’t believe anyone that tells you, you are in a post-racial America, that these black names did something to cause their death, and don’t believe any music that tells you to go jail, when you will end up in a body bag before you can make it to jail.
This is all I have to say, R.I.P to all the innocent lives lost to racist officers and racism in America.
I thank God for a thread on a site that I frequent that understood the Paula Dean explosion for what it is, a distraction.
The Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, but obviously does not have the highest thinkers in the land, voted 5-4 to strike down a very important part of the Civil Rights Act that concerns voting rights.
Section 5 of the Civil Rights Act does not allow states, especially states that historically discriminated against African-Americans rights to vote, from making changes to their voting laws or procedures without the approval of Congress. The justices of the court although split on this section did not touch it, but they did touch Section 4.
Section 4, focused on states that had a history of discriminating against African-Americans and disenfranchising them. Well those geniuses figured that these states needed less scrutiny since there has been a change in their attitude, I mean it was only 40-50 years ago they were asking Black people “how many jelly beans are in this jar?” just for them to get the right to vote. Some of us have parents, grandparents, great grandparents that are older than 40-50 years old and lived through such discrimination themselves!
What troubles me is the excuse given for such displays of madness: the data showing the necessity for Section 4 is “outdated” and does not reflect the “post-racialness” that is America today. Well gee, I guess all those people calling President Obama, Michelle Obama, and their two daughters all types of monkeys and n-words are just isolated incidents.
Let me break down how serious and important of an issue this is; the Supreme Court is the highest court in the land, it sets precedents on issues that will affect the voting choices of future generations should those issues re-emerge, aka Roe v. Wade. The highest court in the land that passed Plessey v. Ferguson, Separate-but-(UN)equal and Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, striking down Separate-but-(UN)equal, has now set a precedence that Blacks can now be subjected to Jim Crow 2.0.
I am not on board with this 5-4 decision at all and the current Supreme Court justices on Robert’s court are full of it! Anyone who thinks that racist, diabetic, dried up, lazy, uncouth Paula Dean is worthy of more attention that this case is crazy. Paula Dean I am happy you are getting dragged and dragged you shall be, but your dragging will not overshadow such sneaky moves being made to send us back to Jim Crow.
There are attempts being made to take this country away from “illegals and others” meanwhile those others are who labored to build this country, yet the ones receiving the most benefits are the ones that did the least work.; unless you consider murder, rape, torture, and psychological brainwash serious labor, let me give you a tip that makes it much easier, chicken pox.
America is not post-racial, I don’t even know where words such as “post-racial” and “reverse racism” even came from, who is playing with Webster dictionary and making stuff up? Saying America is post-racial is like saying its “post-sexist” again both are LIES and I am sick of it. The decision makers would strip away Affirmative Action if they could, but don’t worry they’re working on it.
This decision doesn’t just hurt black people they hurt other minorities that seem to think they are a part of some exclusive club of white privilege, trust me you’re next. There seems to be a fairytale land where the Civil Rights Movement and the progress made from it cured all the ills of America, but it didn’t.
While the LGBT community is making strides in securing rights for themselves, we are left with our rights being stripped away. This does not mean there is a correlation between increase rights for LGBT people equaling declining rights for Blacks, this correlates with the mindset of those in positions of power, they want to be on the right side of history when convenient, be the hero on issues that garner the most media attention. Our rights should not be bargained, negotiated for, or bought, they are ours and we should have never had to fight for them to begin with!
You Supreme Court justices will be protested and President Obama it would be great if you spoke on this, but I really don’t expect that to happen. I don’t see you as the Black president, far from it, but I do see you as the President of the people and YOUR people, American citizens, are being unfairly targeted and I expect you to care.
Tiff J of The Intersection of Madness & Reality wrote an amazing piece on street harassment. She talks about the study of street harassment and how it affects women, especially Black women. Tiff J takes a stand against the misogyny and male privilege of street harassment, while giving an account of her own personal run in.
I do not understand why boys, no grown man would act such a way, think it is okay to make crude and inappropriate remarks to women. There have been stories of women with their children being harassed on the street. Imagine explaining to your young child what the words, some stranger on the street called you, mean.
Street harassment is a serious problem just like rape, sexual abuse, abuse, and more. Women should not fear for their safety if they choose to exert their power of being human by not engaging strangers in conversation. No woman should be attacked because she did not respond to cat calls or give her number to some guy.
The theme of males being able to assault women due to their egos being hit are becoming too common and I am not amused in the least. This issue does not only affect adult women, but young girls that are teenagers and younger.
The fact that women must cater to the ego of strange men is not a practice of democracy. Point blank, street harassment needs to be taken seriously and I strongly believe women should have the right to shoot such men, but the law would place these women in jail for murder rather than self-defense.
Young boys need to understand that screaming sexual and crude remarks or cursing a woman out because she ignores you is not okay. It is disrespectful and immature. No male is entitled to the acknowledgement or attention of a woman and should not feel so.
These young men need to be raised understanding that they do not have the right to treat a woman however they feel just because they feel slighted.
Please read the article by Tiff J in the link and share your thoughts about your own experiences or your own thoughts about street harassment.
Does everyone want to belong? Yes. Does everyone want to be in the “in” crowd? Yes. Does everyone want to be beautiful? Yes. Does anyone want to be tolerated? No.
As humans we want a lot of things and are told what to want, but everyone is or has gone through a phase of wanting to be accepted whether it’s by guys, girls, family, friends, anyone or anything. I have gone through that phase and every now and then I find myself going through it again.
No one is perfect no matter how one acts, appears, or seems no one is perfect and that is what needs to be drilled into the heads of people who seem to think that perfection exists.
I have two attitudes: sometimes I care and sometimes I genuinely don’t give a dang, but there are times where I shield myself to protect myself.
You must accept yourself flaws and all. As humans we tend to focus on our flaws and maximize them, but either way they are there for a reason. Like me I have hairy arms and there are times I don’t like them, but for one reason I refuse to shave them and it has nothing to do with pain it’s just something in me that refuses to do it.
Now have I seen arms worse them mine, yep but for me it’s my own flaw that I maximize but on most days I barely even realize it lol. But I have many moments when I like them more than when I don’t because it’s a part of me and it’s great to cover me from the winter lol. Weirdly no one ever says anything about them when I wear short sleeve shirts.
It’s easier said than done yes, but accepting yourself is important because the hurdles people jump through to be accepted could be avoided if they accepted themselves. You can’t want someone to find you amazing when you don’t find yourself amazing.
When you accept yourself you begin to build confidence, not in the way that you become big-headed or have to pick apart the next person to make yourself feel better, but a confidence that flows from the inside out.
Accept yourself no matter what others say, whether it be family, friends, idiots and more, cause at the end of the day they are not you and they couldn’t be if they tried.