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12.13.14: Justice For All NYC & Washington

Justice For All 12.13.14

March In Washington Draws Thousands Of Protesters Demanding Justice For All – DC

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Tens Of Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings – NYC

By |December 14th, 2014|History, Journal|2 Comments

Open Letter to The Blatantly Racist & Passively Biased: I Am Out of Patience

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I have no desire to see you enlightened or converted. I am not your voice of reason or by cultural default, source of untapped tolerance. There’s nothing in me willing to offer any measure of diplomacy to the sickness you openly and passionately spread. All the graciousness I’ve wielded for close to 30 years, in a desire to work and live among you peacefully, is depleted.

Make no mistake, though you observe me mothering with love, laughing with authentic joy and seeking refuge in the Divine, I’m brimming with anger I work hard to contain, daily.

To the BLATANTLY RACIST, I’m sickened by your transparent race hate, cruelty and cowardly attempts to veil your poison behind political rhetoric and desire for “American values”. Appalled by your ability to excuse, ignore and/or deny away your barbaric crimes against humanity — past and present. Disgusted by your boldness to reinvent a 21st Century incarnation of the Jim Crow South; once again hiding behind a deliberately broken justice system, jaded laws and morally corrupt champions who represent anything but peace.

You’ve created a psychotic American culture thriving on hate, ignorance and fear; rising by oppressing others. You are history on rewind, and of that you should not be proud.

To the PASSIVELY BIASED, your permissiveness is alarming. For you, racism is non-existent because after all, we elected a “brown President”. Dismiss all claims of bias and injustice as “playing the race card”. Complain frequently about how black people should “just get over it”. You boast of being “colorblind”, as if to be accepted my beautiful brown hue is better […]

CAPITOL HILL: Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!

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Capitol Hill’s Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’

#WeHearYou

By |December 11th, 2014|Announcements, Journal|0 Comments

Happy Birthday Anbownes!

If you missed knowing this REMARKABLE woman, you missed somebody mighty special! God broke the mold with this one! Happy Birthday Fannie Louella JACKSON BARWICK, our Anbownes!:)

Fannie Louella Jackson Barwick

December 7, 1920 – March 5, 1992

James Baldwin… HOPE

“I can’t afford despair. You can’t tell the children there is no HOPE.” ~ James Baldwin

James Baldwin, Distinguished Visiting Professor

By |December 6th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

TIMESTAMP: Law Enforcement & Accountability

Nothing to add here. COLORLINES has summed up the tragic state of affairs just fine. No America #WeHearYou!

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By |December 4th, 2014|History, Journal|0 Comments

A Worthy Timestamp: Discussing & Understanding White Privilege

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Discussing and finding common ground on the subject of ‘White Privilege‘ is always “eventful”. Checkout this recent exchange between myself and other commenters on the subject matter. Then please, PLEASE read (and absorb) the 11/27 CNN article “The New Threat: Racism without Racism”, which completely conveys all the points attempting to be made in the exchange and shines light on why denial of our cultural and societal realities is so damn scary!

* ALL names of commenters have been removed *

COMMENTER #1: I like it except for #4. I am as white as they come and I have never considered myself more privileged then anyone else. My parents taught their kids to be color blind in this regard. WE are human beings.

COMMENTER #2: Nice.

COMMENTER #3: C1, with all due respect, white privilege is what you automatically have as a member of our society. You have even more as a white male. It isn’t about what you were taught (though that sounds commendable and spot on)–it is about a certain level of advantage that you carry because of the color of your skin in this particular system we live in. Most whites don’t even realize they have privilege because it is so invisibly a part of the structure of our society.

COMMENTER #3: Here’s a pretty good, brief discussion of white privilege (from a white woman): http://www.tolerance.org/article/racism-and-white-privilege
On Racism and White Privilege | Teaching Tolerance
Excerpted from White Anti-Racist […]

FERGUSON… 11.24.14

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Up giving thanks for another day this AM. Anger, disappointment and disgust still there, but thankful. I grew up with family who fought for our Civil Rights. Worked for and with many of the movements legacy leaders — Andy Young, Hosea Williams, Marian Wright Edelman, John Lewis — I am STUNNED in 2014 I’m still having “rights of passage” dialogues with my children about how to live as safe as possible while black/brown in America. Still have to worry when they are away from me, no matter how old they are. Still have to overcome my inner fears when I tell them to stand for what they believe and DEMAND they get it. What a deep, unshakable legacy of hate and oppression this country has inherited. And how cruel the perpetuation of it is. SURREAL.

Ferguson. Mike Brown. Justice? #INDICTAMERICA

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By |November 24th, 2014|History|4 Comments

Ancestor Reverence: To Acknowledge

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before.

~ Alice WALKER

By |November 22nd, 2014|Journal, Reflections|0 Comments

And So It Begins: Why Does MY Preservation Matter?

Wingfield-Genealogy---CurationI often wonder what African American descendants researching Slave Ancestry could learn about our Ancestors and heritage if descendants of every slave owning family shared their research data OR donated legacy documents to a repository for public consumption? What could we learn if our own families had preserved Great Grandma’s bible and funny childhood tales or shared freely the rare, coveted Ancestor photo or cloaked family “secret”?

When I visited Duke University Rubenstein Rare Document & Manuscript Library last November I *thought* I knew what to expect. I’d been hoping to touch the collection since discovering it online in 2009, so at least I knew what was “physically” there.

But how could I have known the shock and multitude of answers contained in Samuel WINGFIELD’s plantation ledger? Or known how much seeing and touching the names of my Ancestors branded on those ancient papers would mean to me?

Had it not been for Mrs. Alexander BAIRD’s August 1990 submission to Duke’s Special Collections Library, I’d never know the weight and financial yield of my WINGFIELD Ancestors labor or the names deserving to be called and brought home.

I still don’t know Mrs. BAIRD’s relationship to the WINGFIELDS. I don’t really care. It doesn’t matter. What does is that some 14 years ago she had the forethought to make sure history that’s irreplaceable could rest in a place dedicated to preservation.

I’ve begun talks with Spelman […]