You’re Not a Prisoner of the Past

Jennifer Teege- My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me
I really enjoy researching my genealogy, but for some of my ancestors, I wouldn’t want to meet them because they would not have accept me. I’ve come across people who don’t want to research certain parts of their family because of the pain a relative or ancestor caused (why bother they might say). We have to move past this type of hurt, to get to the truth. Jennifer Teege, author of My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A black Woman Discover’s Her Family’s Nazi Past says, “You’re not a prisoner of the past.”

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Snoop Dogg, I’m Not Boycotting Roots

Roots- History Channel

Snoop Dogg is encouraging Black People to boycott the new movie remake of Roots. Being very vocal his objections, Snoop said“… [F] that old [ish] …” This response is not shocking or surprising to me. This is a typical reaction some black people have when they see a “slave movie.”

Let’s face it, watching black people being beat and humiliated by White slave owners is very painful. These period pieces can easily make Black people angry and frustrated, since there is nothing we can do to right those wrongs. Thus, many of us go the route of dismissing and devaluing the past which is a reason why African Americans know very little about their own family history and genealogy. [Read more...]

Stacey Dash, Do You Want To Censor American Culture and Business?

Ms. Dash, in response to your recent comments on Fox News where you recommend getting rid of Black TV channels like BET, I say this. A business has the right to curate content, music, media, and food for a specific audience of our society. Restaurants do this all the time giving us a wide variety of choices: Italian, Chinese, Southern Soul, Jamaican, Indian, and more. Is it racist for these businesses to only make one style of cuisine? Absolutely not, unless they were denying someone entrance because of their race, nationality, gender, or religion. [Read more...]

Their Sacrifice Was Not For This

I am disappointed and frustrated that the city of Baltimore, Maryland erupted with a wave of violent rioting after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died from spinal injury while in police custody. Despite pleas of peace and calm from Gray’s family, pastors, and community officials, rioters  thugged out and wreaked havoc. The casualty of this mob attack are those who invested in the very community where few were willing and the residents who may loose some community resources. One of the properties destroyed was a $16 million dollar senior affordable housing and transformation center. This church run facilitated was scheduled to provide 60 apartment units and human and health services that included workforce development, life coaching, behavior counseling, and mortgage lending services [Read more...]

Open Letter to Ben Carson: Slavery Vs. Obamacare

To Dr. Ben Carson:

Personally, I don’t have a problem with you coming to speak at Valdosta State University on September 11th. I do have an intellectual issue with you saying that the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare, is the worst thing since slavery. Before going further, I just want to make it clear that I do not have an issue with you exercising your freedom of speech (a right our ancestors did not have). Like you, as a descendant of slaves, I have researched my ancestry, so I’m puzzled by your comparison of one of the worst forms of brutality in human history with healthcare policy.

Comparing the institution of slavery where human beings were treated worse than animals and violated in every way possible with a government health policy which at worst may require some people to pay higher fees or OMG get a different policy, doesn’t make much sense. News Flash- Although Obamacare has started, we still have the right to vote; we have the right to come and go as we please; we have the right to marry who we want; we have the right to live and work at the place we choose; we have the freedom to learn and be educated. Slaves had none of these rights. Obamacare doesn’t even come close to restricting inalienable rights, unlike the polices of forced removal of Native Americans, Jim Crow, Segregation, Separate but Equal, Japanese internment camps, etc.

Dr. Ben Carson, I think your “Obamacare is the worst thing… since slavery” comparison is very weak, factually wrong, and not worthy of your brilliance and accomplishments. In your conversation with Roland Martin, you mentioned that you are in a war against political correctness. I understand why you would support open and free communication, but it seems that you have fallen into the “big bad government is going to take away all our freedom” camp. If you want to become elected and change those things that you feel are not right, then stand on your own principles and platform, not on the institution of slavery and your cherry picking, big government, fear control gimmick.