Rev Dr Jude

I Am Black
March 12, 2017, 5:26 pm
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From Black Lives Matter to BLACK LIBERATION by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is agreed to be a must read for we who believe in Freedom! Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor in African American Studies at Princeton University. She’s an activist and scholar; and writes on Black politics, social movements and racial inequality. From Black Lives Matter to BLACK LIBERATION is dedicated “To the parents, brothers, sisters, partners, and friends of those who have been killed by police and other forms of state-sanctioned violence and yet remain committed to the struggle for a just world.”The book is 219 pages. I’ve got half the pages bent down because of an amazing quote or mind blowing idea! Those quoted include: Frederick Douglass, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Huey P. Newton, Naomi Murakawa, Jimmy Carter, Lee Atwater, Lee Sustar, Richard Nixon, Christian Parenti, Manning Marable, Amiri Baraja, Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin, Tef Poe, Barack Obama, Vann Newkirk, Darnell Moore, Johnetta Elzie, Donna Murch, Al Sharpton, Ashley Yates, Brittney Ferrell, Charlene Carruthers, Alicia Garza, DeRay McKesson, Asha Rosa, Aldon Morris, Arundhati Roy, Megan Francis, James Forman, Mwenda Katwiwa, Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, John Watson, Tim Wise, Claude McKay, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Karl Marx, Edmund Morgan, Antonio Gramsci, and C.L.R. James.

The author does such a good job telling the history and connecting it with what we see today. Because she is so knowledgeable and an activist, every chapter has a mind blowing conclusion; on such topics as: Black Awakening in Obama’s America, A Culture of Racism, From Civil Rights to Colorblind, Black Faces in High Places, The Double Standard of Justice, The End of an Illusion, #BlackLivesMatter, and Black Liberation.

Some examples of the things I didn’t quite get until now? Every time there has been a step forward in Civil Rights Law, back to the Civil War, the white men in power immediately spin it so no progress is possible! Black People continue to be blamed for their poverty; while complete and total, political and economic reform is the only answer! Law, order and modern policing are based on racism and the subjugation of Blacks! President Obama could not be for the Blacks because it was whiteness that had got him elected! It is disingenuous to focus on poor, working class Blacks without addressing the many ways the criminal justice system has taken Black parents from their children! All these police killings of unarmed Black people is nothing new; it’s social media that has made the world aware of how heinous the situation is in the US! White supremacy and capitalism are intimately connected! “The New World we are struggling to create must destroy oppression of any type!”

I am Black. As a white, homeless, senior, woman, I mean no disrespect to People of Color, when I say, I am Black. I had dread locks for 26 years as my plea for the end of racism and beginning of Peace on Earth. Never in those 26 years did I feel as Black as I do now. In the last 5 years, a tyrannical narcissist, card carrying member of the Good Ole Boys, defrauded me of my home, inheritance, business and all my personal possessions. That’s not what made me feel Black either. It’s that I finally see how the whole system is rigged and that nobody has a chance against the man. That terrible discouragement and hopelessness is what makes me feel Black. I realize if I had been Black, when the sheriff came to physically remove me from my home; he would have just killed me instead!