Words From The Wise: Shirley Chisholm

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” – Shirley Chisholm   Women in politics have come a long way here in the United States. And I wanted to highlight someone who paved the way for not only women but other minorities to advance. Shirley…

Words From The Wise: Fannie Lou Hamer

“You can pray until you faint. But unless you get up and try to do something, God is not going to put it in your lap.” – Fannie Lou Hamer   When it comes to the leaders of The Civil Rights Movement, certain names get recycled to the public; some due to their popularity and…

Words From The Wise: William A. Darity Jr.

“A very standard kind of claim by individuals who say that (and I think this is a false dichotomy) ‘class trumps race,’ is the claim that our patterns of wealth inequality probably track our patterns of income inequality. Well, no.” – Professor William A. Darity Jr.   Antonio Moore from ToneTalks first introduced me to the…

Words From The Wise: Jay Winter Nightwolf

“When the European invader came here in the late 1490s there were 112 million of us in this Republic of the United States; it’s not a country, it’s a Republic. And in less than 500 years, through genocidal practices, through the introduction of diseases that we had no immunity to, and other evil things that…

Book Review

Greetings Good People, I just finished reading a very disturbing yet heartfelt book, written by Devery S. Anderson, and I wanted to provide you all with a review. Wednesday Aug.24 ^about 7:30 or 8 P.M. (dark)^ boy came to candy counter & I waited on him & when I went to take money he grabbed…

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

“I don’t like it when people try to read into things, or try to find, or create meaning that isn’t there. I don’t like it when people put so much weight on the things I say. Sometimes, more now than before the incident, I feel that the people I talk to hang on my words…

Words From The Wise: Dr. Joy DeGruy

“We’re looking at 246 years of American chattel slavery, and it’s very comfortable. And I think, to some degree, people can say, ‘you can’t have 246 years of trauma and expect that nothing happened’; especially when that trauma was followed by more trauma; especially given the fact that there was never a point of healing….

Native Allies

The gentlemen you see in the feature image of this post are Ute tribe members Dick Charlie (full-blooded Native American) and John Taylor (African American Buffalo soldier who married into the tribe). Throughout this past week, I’ve been doing some research on the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy and it’s effect on the Native American community….

Filmmakers: Tell the WHOLE Story About American Slavery!

My mother texted me on Memorial Day and asked me if I was going to watch Roots. I simply replied, “never.” For those who weren’t aware, the History Channel commissioned a remake of the 1977 miniseries, Roots, that was based on Alex Haley’s 1976 novel. Here’s a trailer for those who haven’t seen it. I’ve seen and have…