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December 5, 2022

 

Black people’s RESISTANCE to whiteness

Video about the Violence Endured

Jane Bolin

The first African American female judge

Being that it is Women’s history month; a month dedicated to celebrating the contributions of women, for example, Jane Matilda Bolin, the first black female judge. Jane Bolin graduated from Yale Law school where she was one of the only three women in her class and the only African American student. Being a minority in many of the colleges she attended she experienced overt racism, social isolation, and even hostility. Even then she continued to become the first black woman to earn a law degree from Yale, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and later on, the first African American female judge in the U.S.

Bolin was an advocate for children and families, she was said to be a “thoughtful, conscientious force on the bench”. She would even not wear traditional judicial robes so that the children she worked with felt more comfortable. She also changed segregationist policies, including skin-color-based assignments for probation officers. Bolin worked with Eleanor Roosevelt in providing a holistic program to help put an end to juvenile crime among boys. She also worked in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the New York Urban League, and was a member of the New York State Board of Regents. Bolin fought for racial justice all her life, but as a judge, she always saw herself as a guardian for the whole city and for all children in need.

I think Jane Bolin is an inspiration because even after she campaigned unsuccessfully for a state assembly seat, she didn’t give up. In fact, she found other ways to further her knowledge of law and help her community. As I read about her work as a judge I can’t help but feel that we need more people like her; caring and considerate. That kindness is what will transcend our differences.

How can kindness reunite our country?


Hate Crime

The Hate caught my attention.
But white folks say it was the event
that took place that caused them 
to make that decision.

Slavery, segregation, and boom
flames in the air.
And yet they don’t seem to care. 

The  Trail of Tears, African-Americans, and Native Americans 
To being here (2022) and no justice being returned there, Oklahoma (1921)
But it’s beyond, it’s about the payment

Imagine you as a child playing in your basement
and you look up and it’s flames 
burning your childhood pavement. 

Was it the jealousy of Gurley,  Stadford, or Smiterman?
What was the real reason for the hurt
to make Black Wall Street and 
Tulsans’ lives end up in the dirt?

Hate Crime

It took the damage of burning
a thriving black community 
to get Black People to die.
But still, we rebuild and rise.

The American Dream was never real.

How could it be when 
African-Americans are always 
put in the lower class.
Out to be killed and put last

Hate Crime 

What does it take for it to come to an end?
All the lives that were taken away

Emmett Till, Martin Luther, Malcolm X, Turner, Hampton?
What does it take to break this chain, 
to see this unbearable rain?

Hate Crime

The decision of killing 300 black Tulsans, leaving thousands homeless
with no food, boneless.

The brutality that was done is not going to stop black communities 
it leaves us to build up our own opportunities.
We are going to fly and take this message nationwide. 


Harry T. Moore

Pioneer leader of the Civil Rights Movement and Educator

February is Black History month; an annual celebration of African Americans and their achievements as well as a time to recognize their role in U.S history. Amongst Martin Luther King Jr. , Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks stood Harry T. Moore. He was a teacher in a segregated public with two daughters. As a teen, he spent some time in Jacksonville, a large and vibrant African American community, with a proud tradition of independence and intellectual achievement. He was raised with lots of nurturing and he held a lot of love for learning which shows in his work.

He was said to have laid the groundwork for the modern civil rights movement as he began his work in the 1930s. He investigated lynchings and registered African Americans to vote. After being fired from his teaching job because of his activism, he took on a job in the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He, later on, died advocating for what he believed in; voting rights and anti-lynching. The protests over Moore’s death rocked the nation, with dozens of rallies and memorial meetings around the country. To say he created an impact is an understatement.

I think it’s that passion and love that can drive people to do the most amazing things. He put his life on the line for the good of society, and although it shouldn’t be the sole duty of one, he woke up each day and did it. I think the world listens when it sees unadulterated movement. That like know of what’s right and wrong but even more, that bravery to stand for what we believe is right. Harry T. Moore’s bravery snowballed into a much-needed wake-up call for America.


What are you willing to sacrifice for the betterment of society? For what you believe in?


Barbara Johns: Brown vs. Board Of Education

The article, “The 16-Year-Old Who Fought Segregation” brings back to life the landmark case of Brown vs. Board of Education.  This case went to the Supreme Court on the topic of segregation in schools.  With a 9-0 vote, it was declared unconstitutional.  The leading black students that did a walkout to protest say to have not felt any fear, but rather knew it was a moment to seize.  A young black woman named Barbara Johns was at the forefront of fighting this segregation of schools.  After experiencing the bad conditions her school was in she decided to put a stop to it.  She along with the youth empowered this movement.  

With February being Black History month we especially celebrate people like her that fought for equality.  Her impact was part of the waves of movements that would ultimately bring justice and equal rights to Black people.  She gives us insight into the power young people hold in changing the dynamics of our society. 

How could you work towards making changes for the better of our society?


I Stand With Angela

Angela Davis is a American political activist who was a  part of the black panther party that was founded in 1966 and she played a major role during the Civil Rights Movement.  This year Angela Davis was supposed to be given an award for “one of the most globally recognized champions of human rights, giving voice to those who are powerless to speak” by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute; however the nomination was rescinded. The organization informed her that she actually did not reach the criteria to receive the award and also another organization, Holocaust Education Center, saying that she shouldn’t receive the award because of her support of the Boycott, Divestment,Sanctions (BDS) movement that protests against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Angela Davis does deserve the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights award. Ms.Davis should receive the award because of her involvement during the civil rights movement and also because of the fact that she is still an international activist against injustice this day.

Angela Davis was apart of the Black Panther party during the civil rights movement in the 1960’s and was a very powerful figure during this time.  Angela Davis was a college professor at UCLA and was a strong supporter of the three prison inmates at Soledad prison known as the “Soledad brothers”. Davis was always at protests and giving speeches at rallies to help black people fight for their civil rights. Davis gave a speech called “The Liberation of Our People” on Nov. 12, 1969 at a black panther party to address the Vietnam War and the U.S war machine. Davis insisted that the anti-war movement make the connection between not just national but international domestic forms of oppression and imperialism, she wanted to start a united movement linking this issue. She connected what’s happening in Vietnam to what was happening at that time she gave the speech. During the speech Angela Davis stated,  “I think that demonstrates that if the link-up is not made between what’s happening in Vietnam and what’s happening here we may very well face a period of full-blown fascism very soon.” This statement was very strong and powerful because fascism is a one-party dictatorship and fascist are against democracy, if terror like what was going in Vietnam at the time continues, it will spread into this country and will make it worst for our people. Angela Davis was a motivational and inspirational figure during the civil rights movement as she wasn’t only speaking on issues that was going on in the U.S but also issues that was going on in other countries as well.

Angel Davis was not only an Civil rights activist during the civil rights movement she is also an activist now in present day. Davis hasn’t stopped speaking for what she believes is right at all, she continue doing what she loved which was fighting for people’s rights. Davis has recently spoken on how she supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) that protest against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. According to the article “Angela Davis ‘stunned’ by decision to rescind civil rights award” it says “BDS is a Palestinian-led movement for freedom, justice and equality. BDS upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity”. As you can see Davis was in support of a movement that she could connect to personally because this is similar to what happen in her country (U.S)  in the 1960s and she was apart of movements to fight for her and her own people ( black, hispanic, working class etc. ) freedom, justice and equality. Angela davis was interviewed at “Democracy now” and she spoke about her position on Palestine and BDS. As the article and interview shows Ms.Davis is more excited than mad for them not giving her, her award. Ms. Davis is actually happy that the conversation on racism and discrimination in other countries is starting to get bigger and she will be glad to help encourage these conversations. According to the interview placed on Jan. 11, 2019 by Democracy Now Angela Davis says “ It’s actually quite exciting to see the issue of Palestinian justice, justice for Palestine, emerge as a topic of popular discourse. We have attempted for so long to encourage a conversation like this. I don’t know whether I enjoy being at the center of the controversy; I think I’ve had my share of controversies in my life. But I’m happy to assist in the process of encouraging more discussion on racism, on anti-Semitism, on justice for Palestine”. As you can see Ms.Davis is someone who deserves this award because of her supports in significant movements that revolve around the topics of racism, discrimination, inequality etc.

Others may say that Angela Davis doesn’t deserve this award because of murder charges she faced in the early 1970s. In the early 1970s Ms.Davis purchased firearms for her own personal safety and gave them to her bodyguards. During Lester Jackson trial for killing a prison guard, he attempted to make an escape and several people in the courtroom were killed because Ms.Davis security started shooting. But since the guns used were purchased under her name, Ms.Davis was then charged with three capital felonies, including a conspiracy to murder but those charges was later dropped. People may believe that somebody who was once involved with murder charges  does not need a award that involve human rights.

In conclusion, Angela Davis needs to receive the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights award despite the letters and protest the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute received from their local Jewish community. Angela Davis was a very motivational figure during the Civil Rights movement and is still one till this day where she fights for justice no matter what country it is. She deserves this award because of all the effort and hard work she put in as a young Black women in America during a time where young black women were being discriminated.


Racial Biases and How It Coincides With Use of Police Force

The reason as to why I’m so passionate about this issue is that, even though I’m not African-American myself, I am a minority and there has been a recent spike in actions taken against several minorities in the United States (i.e Muslims, Mexicans

,). This was a very sensitive topic as there are several protests, riots and blogs created on this type of issue and now with the internet, we are more informed than ever when these occurrences happen. I knew that it was an ongoing issue that has been happening for several years already. I knew that these instances would cause severe and huge protests among those affected. I know now that the police are significantly more lenient with other people in general except for African-Americans. I also learned that the majority of the perpetrators aren’t even convicted or they’re given very light sentences.

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