Its a beautiful Spring day, Im sitting out on the front porch watching life on Center St. Milwaukee unfold; with some family members when one of my nieces says, ” Lets get together for some of Yo Mama-in-law’s to-die-for Salmon Croquettes?” “Cool,” I said. “Let me holler at her and make sure she’s up to it.” Well about a week passes and then I text and inbox everybody that next Sunday we were going to have a Salmon Croquette Bruch at my house around 11 a.m. and Mama going to do the cooking, but we have to buy erthing, you know, pot-luck style. Well, that Sunday all the family shows up. Salmon croquettes, bacon, eggs,sausage, grits, rice, onions and potatoes, and you know we had biscuits and Alaga syrup. If you under thirty, you don’t know nothing about Alaga. We ate, drank and commensurated like we do. When the smoke cleared, Salmon juice was all on the wall, in the flower pots everywhere. Im Just kidding, but you get my point, we ate our backs out. All while we were catching up, sharing stories and reminiscing folks kept asking, “what we getting together for?” The answer kept coming back “just because we love each other.” So After we ate and began to recover from the food-coma that Black folks go into when they eat good food. Folks made them some plates to go, I led in the reading of the African Pledge, My sister, Minister Michele, whose not a real minister, we just call her that because she prays and ministers everywhere she goes, led us in a beautiful prayer and my Mama-in-law chided us to stay free and be self-determining. The folks who were still at the house, on couches, in chairs in all positions and degrees of half sleep, began to reflect on the day. Everyone said they had a ball and that statement we always make “WE HAVE TO DO THIS MORE OFTEN”
The point is, this writer thinks, the family is the solution to a lot of the problems of the world today. Next time you chilling with family and friends think about and be grateful for each other and remember the only reason we need for coming together is the fact that if we don’t come together we will perish separately. Peace.
If I may offer some clarity about Black Americans today supporting the Democratic platform. It is true Black Americans once supported the Republican Party. The two political parties began to flip-flop membership in 1964. Our freed forefathers and mothers who remained (99%) in America naturally joined the Republican Party after the Emancipation Proclamation because of the so-call American Emancipator, Abe Lincoln was a Republican.
The Democratic Party for the most part was Southern / Confederate ideology base. Up to when Democrat Lyndon Johnson signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Voting Blacks jump the ship of the Republican party to the Democratic Party during this period in American politics. Likewise with Whites leaving their Democratic Party joining the Republican. A Democrat today is not a Democrat 150 years ago.
I contend it would have been better for all Emancipated slaves be repatriated back to our homelands in Africa. Sadly, that is the apex of the dilemma Black Americans will always face being descendants of freed slaves, “here by choice” dealing with knowingly or unknowingly. And if anyone researched fully what Abe Lincoln fully desired for x slaves one would realize it included full repatriation of our freed forefathers and mothers.
President Lincoln full emancipation plan was not the desires of the US Congress, backed by the Elite’s which many members retained new and improved Confederate ideologies. Regarding using Black men and women perpetually as newly adopted lower class citizens, to continue building Southern States and Industrial Northern States.
Thereby, paying low wage earnings for “Black Servitude” to benefit White America.Black Americans have yet to realize American politricks two-party system..
When we do, if we do, we will begin the task to create a Black Political Party that represents real group thinking for the advancement of Black Americans in all of America’s social institutions.
The after effects of electing America’s first Black President has created a vacuüm in the American society. Tail Spinning American politics between its divided lines not seen in 150 years.
The true problem with 21st Century Black Americans is we are divided as a group / race within our group. We are socially mechanized under the controlled majority white group / race here in America. So much so to our own demise we are unable to seize this shifting moment in American politics and its society looking for “real change.” Yet the society over-all does not have the will to correct its inherited race problems from the 19th and 20th Centuries.
Black Americans; For the sake of our future posterity here in the American society must desist at once all our group divisions. Come together regardless of all White American social ideologies (New and Old) we have learned and adapted. Use those ideologies to create and advance the new structure “Change” stalled here in the infancy of the 21st Century.
We must break the alliance with all past social experiments that have failed the past 60 years to make sure for our posterity, all American citizens, and people of the World an end to the brutal past centuries still plaguing humanity today.
BLACK MAN AND WOMAN WAKE UP!
Why should Black / African-Americans that are descendants from slaves repatriate names from their original lands, AFRICA?
During slavery thousands of our fore-fathers and mothers were offer the opportunity to enter payment agreements for their freedom from slave master’s who own them like “property.” Not to have adopted or take back our Black / African names after being Emancipated from slavery is a gross oversight of our fore-fathers and mothers. Reclaiming their stolen and lost identities evidently did not enter their minds. Doing so would have cognitively DECLARED TRUE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM FROM AMERICAN SLAVERY.
Presently, now 150 years have passed from the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 and the 1865 enactment of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery in the US. State and County Governments persist today in charging the descendants of x slaves court and legal fees to legally change adopted White / European names. IT’S AS THOUGH WE ARE STILL SLAVES. FORCED TO BUY OUR FREEDOM FROM SLAVE OWNERS.
Why is it today the descendants of slaves wishing to reclaim their lost and stolen legacy are legally mandated to pay court fees to change these “hand me down” adopted White / European names? For the most part our loving parents handed these names down, but they was and many are still, blinded mentally by the racist societal conditions in America which denounces and ridicules our true African heritage and home lands. This keeps many of us dislocated from who, what, when, why and where answers and reasons for necessity of having a name designating one’s race. Particularly, Black Americans by majority stand out from other races in the American society holding another groups sir names. This matter serves as a signal to the broader society that group-wise Black Americans still do not know the value of a name, nor the value of group thinking. As it applies to other groups far more unified than present day Black Americans.
Historically, in many cases Federal Govt census workers imposed European Surnames on newly emancipated slaves during and after the 1870 Census Population Count. Prior census collecting data reveals slaves were not assigned each names. Newly freed man and woman would sign an X following first names given mostly by loving mothers who birth them.
The lack of a desire and knowledge of many Black Americans to reclaim their names for the sake of heritage and a symbol of independents from former slave masters is a non-debatable issue between Black Americans. Personally I’m bother by this because the majority continue in misguided and misplaced pride in having European names. This issue is open to much ongoing disagreements between concerned and non-concerned Black Americans. The value of original names vs adopted European names by x American slaves in their prodigy remaining in America appears a closed case.
Anyone advocating the issue most time is ignore and brushed to the side in conversations. Those few, but many that repatriate their self-identity are condemned by family and group members in some way or another that isolates awareness of holding a “proper name” as radical(s) or non-conforming group thinker which is not to bad a title. Considering the overall status / standings of Black Americans in the American society.
We as a group in the American society should by all sound reasoning place high value in holding a formal “repatriated” name.
The Milwaukee Machine led by Tom Barrett and his Citizen Elected Crony Leadership and Private Business Cronies, could not sway The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to overlook Federal policies and rules this time around.
I wonder why this particular incident raised eyebrows in Washington D.C.? Is Washington D.C. wakening up to Milwaukee City Govt misuse of Federal Grants? Hopefully so!
Specifically, Federal grants intended on alleviating impoverished conditions in Milwaukee. A City Audit would / will revealed millions and millions of grant dollars never making it to poor communities in Milwaukee. It also would have shown most of the Federal grant dollars targeted to poor communities go to surrounding communities, private business residing outside the City awarded contracts (City Procurements) by Milwaukee City Hall Community Development Commission. These outside contractors employees are primarily white and do not live in the City of Milwaukee.
City of Milwaukee Federal grant dollars received over the decades have benefited Wisconsin Whites citizens greatly more than it has benefited Wisconsin Black citizens. Someone proves me wrong! Only an audit of City and County books can dispel this belief which publicly presented by the Local Chapter of The NAACP. Though these charges have floated in the Black community by concerned citizens for many years with no redress when presented to elected public officials.
Obvious proof of the misuse of Federal Grant Fundings, by Elected City Leadership is mounting researched data and reports outlining the ill social living conditions of the Black residents living in the City of Milwaukee. Plus often Nationally and Abroad reports and studies. Findings outlining Milwaukee, WI. ill rankings in social living indicators, e.g. Crime rates, Black male incarceration and unemployment rates, Education, Infant Deaths when compared to other Cities demographics in the Nation.
No comparison needed in my opinion. The proof is in the pudding.
If there is no truth in this cartoon. Mayor Tom Barrett and County Executive Chris Abele why not agree to open the books to an outside audit? Your window of deniability might be closely approaching.
Obviously, what’s telling about this demographic map is the Black community is color green. But what matters in our society than where or what community American citizens resided is the flow of Economics-v-Poverty. The color green represents the demographics of Milwaukee Black Community. Dollar bill green in fact!
Suppose we viewed and used this map to track Black dollars which this society fears Unity of Black dollars ever connecting on behalf of advancement of our group first.
It would most definitely show Black dollars flowing out and into the surrounding blue colored white communities. Dollars leaving Black communities is responsible for and comparable to the level of poverty experienced in Milwaukee Black Communities and other “same” communities in these United States of America.
Milwaukee and surrounding cities are prime examples; That Black people disunity is a “primary” cause of the level of poverty experienced by their / our group when compared to White and Brown Communities in the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County. Sadly, conscience and cultural aware Black people must admit, as often stated in our circles; “We Are Our Own Worst Enemy.”
Why is it (rhetorical speaking) that we as a racial group in the American society only organize after civil rights and due process of the law been violated by societal systems and representatives active in miscarriages of justice and fairness against our group and members? When will enough be enough?
Group unity with personal member’s loyalty to the group preservation is the “Power Base” not established yet, but often attempted in the Black American Experience. The Power of Unity would prevent the constant aggression, oppression and double standard social targeting against Black / Brown Americans. America is not a color-blind society, nor for that matter is the world.
Skin color blindness is a pipe-dream filled with false hopes, e.g. “Can we all get along? American and World History couple with present day societal events between the races with shared various ideologies answers that question with a resounding NO! Until humanity over-all accepts the new rationale or ideology of One Race–The Human Race; It is imperative that our group in particular unite separately in the American Society. On all social fronts active in every social institution in the American Society. Or we will perish or stay oppressed and complicity responsible for our continue group degeneration.
Our group integration into the American society is aggressive to the dominant society dictated by Constitutional Laws & Amendments. The dominant members / group society refuses overtly and covertly to accept Black Americans as equals in the society. Regardless of their US Constitution and added Civil Rights protection amendments. The 149 year old American experiment of integrating the Black man and woman into the American dominant society has failed.
The dominant members of the American society control all social institutions. Active with that control is their ingrained and perpetuated group prejudice against Black Americans. No civil laws, public policies and rules written in the past or present have affected or changed this socially ingrained prejudice against Black Americans.
Black Americans, if you continue as a group with foolhardy complicity in your group degeneration, you will perish and stay oppressed in the American Society. It is imperative for these times that Black Americans unite to end the social ills that plague their communities.