Do you think we would ever see Dr. King’s speech come to pass?
Do you think we would ever see Dr. King’s speech come to pass?
I am reading When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race Sex in America by Paula Giddings, and I am so enlightened and much smarter as a result.
The one thing I need to point out was how united black people were in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Life wasn’t easy by a long shot, but any time there was a cause, they got together really quickly like the Tea Party. There was a point where the National Association of Colored Women (NACW) was 50,000 members strong. Can you show me ANY black organization that has that many members today? Consistent members.
Black people got together to fight for employment, the right to vote, the right to safety, the right to own property. They wanted equality in all aspects of their lives. And with reason. They had worked hard to try to remove the remnants of slavery, and they wanted their 20 acres and a mule. They never got it, but did the best they could with what they had. And they continued to stand up to the people who tried to keep them enslaved economically, socially and mentally. It was hard to keep Negroes down.
Today, it’s hard to get black people up to do anything for a good cause. I often wonder: what would make black people today get together like the Negroes of the past? It’s not the failure of the educational system. The consistent deaths of children certainly doesn’t seem important. And they continue to turn a blind eye to the state of broken homes and distant communities where self is the most important person despite the obvious needs of the children, elderly and the broken spirits. So, what would it take for black people to get the Negro mentality and fight?
What are your thoughts?
Disclaimer: I am not a racist. I have strong feelings and views about the history of black people in America.
I am reading When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America by Paula Giddings, and am experiencing so many emotions. My feelings range from pride to sadness to absolute rage!
I am proud of the courage and efforts made by the females that made it possible for me to be able to read this book and write this blog post. I thank God for Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell, Anna Julia Cooper and all the other women mentioned in the book.
Sadness is felt when I read about what black mothers had to do to protect their children in American society. But it really hurts to learn how they had to protect their daughters from being sexually exploited by white men. How they had to be protectors of their families because of the racism against black men. How they had to defend their morality and intelligence despite obvious proof they were intelligent women. And all of this was made up by white men to their advantage.
Now, rage kicks in when I think about how black women were the only women who could birth slaves which means America was built on the backs of their slave children, yet we are still at the bottom of the political, social and economic food chain. And, black women were used for other people’s political and social agendas even though their positions in these arenas were not seriously considered.
What really turned my chocolate self purple was when I read that while black women were being “breeders” to produce slave children to make more money for their masters, white women were intentionally getting pregnant to collect money. In fact, they had always been degraded so that white women could be placed on pedestals. It’s still happening today; just watch TV. And, we all know that people from other countries have been compensated for “wrongs” done to them by America and are progressing very nicely in the “land of the free”, but black people are still fighting to get equal pay and equal justice. Hell, they are just trying to get jobs to feed their families these days. Unemployment rates in the black community far exceeds national levels. Coincidence? I think not. Bulls**t. Most definitely.
Arrghhh. I’m getting angry just thinking about the injustice and the unfair treatment. And I haven’t even reached page 100!
Anyway, When & Where I Enter has given me a greater respect for the black women in history; a greater respect for myself; and a greater appreciation for black women in general.
To vent my frustrations about these findings and other things I learn about the contradictions about blacks in American history, I’m going to start a podcast to complement by blog, As NOT Seen on TV. I don’t know when it’s going to happen, but look out for it because it’s going to happen. And when I enter, people need to look out!
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Have you read the book? What are your thoughts? What are your feelings?
I have been engrossed in reading books on African American History. REALLY ENGROSSED. From these readings, I have discovered that black history accounts told by black people are most accurate. While this may seem obvious, one would be amazed at how much we read about black history that is written by white people that is not true but we wouldn’t know it was NOT true because we never read books by black authors to know otherwise.
I wonder if white historians would have the same opinion.
Many of my readings expressed that black people were taught by white teachers to despise or completely ignore their history altogether. Or, like much of what I’m reading these days, many white people wrote their thoughts on behalf of slaves, which is totally off course because they could never know the experiences of black people in America. Ever. So, I question a lot of the black history information I encounter if it is not written by black people.
My friend once told me that an encyclopedia her son was reading said something about slaves being happy. That doesn’t even sound right on any level, but it was in writing and this little black child was reading it. So, he would have grown up thinking that was the truth if he did not have a mother who knew her black history.
You know what? That wasn’t even the topic I was going to write about. But, I feel more enlightened after writing it.
I have been indulging in African American history books, and feel more empowered by what I’m learning. I am also disgusted about the fact that there has been little change in the treatment of black people since slavery. Yes, there are more freedoms, but we are not totally free. And, the only thing that has changed since being released from bondage is the WAY blacks are being controlled.
I won’t get into a long story right now. I’ll save that for As NOT Seen on TV. However, I would like to direct you to a story that I wrote titled The Lack of Black in Chicago 1893 … and Chicago 2016?
Check it out and share your thoughts.
I am conducting research on African American amusement parks and other topics related to African American history. I must say that it is hard as hell to find information online on these topics. It’s equally challenging to find it through library sources.
What does this mean? I have to do a lot of extra work. However, I am praying for historians in different states who are kind with sharing information. This also means I have to start developing relationships with senior centers to gather the information I need.
Here is what is disturbing about my discoveries:
1. Black people were considered irrelevant throughout history which is probably why their histories have not be written or buried.
2. How can I be sure that the information I find is accurate? I know I can only go on what I find. But, did anybody related to these topics write anything anywhere?
3. Once I report my findings, who can I present it to that will actually care?
I just wanted to share my thoughts on my African American history research. If anybody can direct me to reliable resources, it would be greatly appreciated. This is more work than I thought. This was supposed to be a hobby!