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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 10, 2014, 01:23 PM »
Listen. Open your ears America, in a lot of cases shut your mouth, and just listen.
The Poetic AX ~ Sharp Critique / Re: my hand clutches your dress
« Last post by cy street on September 09, 2014, 07:13 PM »
Love your eyes on my ink...

Hope all is well...
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 08, 2014, 07:42 PM »
This list indicates approximately one hundred and fifty women who were lynched.  Four of them were known to have been pregnant at the time.

These were real people.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 08, 2014, 07:11 PM »
"History is important, everybody's history is important," George said. "I think uncovering the truth helps us understand our past and the racial divide we live in every day."

Who? What? Why?
A story from Valdosta, Ga. that will shed more light. So little, so late, yet the effort of acknowledgement has to be respected.

Details on the actual horror leveled on a pregnant black woman for the crime of speaking up..
.... they decided to “teach her a lesson.”   The woman tried to run away, but the mob caught her and brought her back.  They then tied by her by the ankles, hung her from a tree, covered her with gasoline and set her on fire.

While she was alive, the mob cut the woman’s stomach open with a knife.  Her baby fell to the ground, crying and the mob stomped on the child’s head and crushed it.

Read her story and tell me again why black people should just get over it?
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 08, 2014, 07:06 PM »
The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth on them.

```` Ida B. Wells`````   

So let's take a look at the wrongs we need to turn a light on. The wrongs that's demanded of black people to keep silent about, to just get over it. The history that's undervalued, underestimated and marginalized.
Let's look at the vacuum some would have you believe never happened, therefore there is no legacy of slavery and there is no necessity for an American apology for that legacy.

Here's a fact for you to ponder in light of the aforementioned attitudes about black history:


Do you need more light than that? Look at the results.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 07, 2014, 04:43 PM »
Further back in this forum we had a long discussion on legacies. It seems some believe the system in place now came about either through osmosis or an outright vacuum. You know, the ones that think black history has no effect on what that legacy is going forward. The ones that believe black folks should just get over their history as if that's going to alter the legacy of America. There is no intelligent discussion to be had with that kind of ignorance. I post this for those that understand history, going forward, has a legacy that affects those that has to live it.

Here's the last paragraph. It would be interesting what the information was leading up to that conclusions, yes? That being the case, I've linked the article as well.

These kinds of racism are sometimes used to justify exclusions that make it harder for black families to close that wealth gap. Sometimes they are used to justify shooting even unarmed African-Americans. And that points to another important reason to understand slavery's legacy. Facing up to the history of what happened to William, and millions of other people, would help us all -- maybe even reviewers at the Economist -- to take seriously the possibility that slavery's legacy is still destroying lives.

Take note of the title of the article as opposed to what the site decided to use as headliner. Interesting how the headliner is used to devalue an article about slave legacy, instead of letting it stand on it's own merit. Even more interesting is how a magazine that has a capitalistic reason to deny the economic legacy of slavery was used to pan this article.
You know what's more interesting than that? This same magazine had to apologize for their criticism after they were challenged.

Do you see it? It's right there. This is a classic example of the cultural conditioning of institutional racism that undervalues, underestimates, and marginalizes anything having to do with black history and black people.  As always, I'll give time to anyone who can give me a different explanation for that headliner.
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Keris
« Last post by black_cross_rising on September 06, 2014, 01:02 AM »
In all my years of godless silence
When I thought He'd forsaken me
Soldiering on through the still
Only roughspun knowledge guding
Each hesitant step a burden
Circumstance shattering hopes wrought
Casting eyes to the starry abyss
Wondering where He may be
And I know skyward is the way
But my eyes are upon the ground
For what is there really for me to find
If there's nothing around to be found
In weathering this storm heart petrifies
Intentions cool like southern ice
Smiles curdle under the weight of irk
Skin punctured by every nail on this cross
And when pace comes to crawl
When jump quickens to a fall
Should this maddening pursuit fail
And this search yields a wicked brick wall
Clench your fists and sigh a curse
Things get better as they get worse

In all my years of godless silence
Thinking He'd no more lessons I could reave
Running out of cards to draw
Running out of reasons to believe
He strikes out of the ether
A parting lesson before I move on
Regret, in all its flair and arrogance:

I met you.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 04, 2014, 09:39 AM »
Oh yeah, it's a new day in america alright. black people are just holding on the racism because there's no such thing as actual racism anymore, that's just ancient history. No siree, racism is dead and only race pimps keep it alive.  So says the fools, and sadly there are plenty of them.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on September 04, 2014, 09:27 AM »
I guess Maricopa county, Az is loaded with money, because this racist jerk is costing them again. Good!! If they're stupid and racist enough to keep voting him in, then I hope that county is sued into bankruptcy. They are getting what the deserve.
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