A Righteous Response

As events unfold involving injustices toward minority individuals I have observed a pattern of what I call unrighteous responses to the aggression and perceived injustice in our world. Is it right to shoot an unarmed Black child? No! Is it right to see shooters go unpunished in seemingly clear cases of murder? No! But help me understand why the response to this is to go home and burn down my own neighborhood. If I am angry with you, why do I destroy myself? It’s been said that “bitterness is the poison you take in hopes it will kill someone else.” News flash people – it does not work! Let me be clear, I am NOT advocating that when folks have a beef with City Hall or the local Police Department that they march down to City Hall or the PD and attempt to burn the building down. Bu ...

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The Killing of ASJ Allen

“The Rev. A.S.J. Allen was a revered Methodist minister in Alachua County who was murdered by a powerful plantation owner in 1904. His death sparked a social movement for justice as black churches, secret societies, and civic organizations mobilized to demand that Rev. Allen’s death be treated seriously by the state. AAHP (Alachua County African-American History Project) has been working with Alonzo Felder, Rev. Allen’s grandson, on researching the case. This film examines the events surrounding the murder. It was produced by Alonzo’s son, Seth Felder.” [/mp_span] [/mp_row]

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Cinco de Mayo – an American Civil War Holiday

Many people celebrate Cinco de Mayo for the wrong reasons. The holiday is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is September 16, but rather celebrates the country’s brief victory over French forces in 1862. Cinco de Mayo also relates to the mass immigration to California by people in Mexico and Central and South America during the Civil War and those people’s fight for the abolition of slavery. Black people really have good reason to celebrate the French army’s defeat at the hands of Mexican forces for two reasons. First, Napoleon’s generals, who commanded the French invaders, supported the slave-holding Confederacy in the U.S. Second, Benito Juárez, the president of Mexico at that time, gave land to anti-colonial Black-Seminoles. Napoleon had hoped that the Confederacy wo ...

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