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Showing posts with label Frederick Douglass. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frederick Douglass. Show all posts

Friday, September 28, 2018

#Resistance: Jeff Flake, Democrats, And Ana Maria Archila

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Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the nonprofit Center for Popular Democracy Action

You know American History. You probably have heard the name, Frederick Douglass. If you recognize the name, you know Douglass escape slavery (via the help of sympathetic Americans). He was self-taught on reading and writing the English language and he became the first former slave (Black American) to achieve elected Office in Washington DC.

He was an activist. 

The following minutes of a 30-minute video is currently part of a visit to what some called the Frederick Douglass House in Washington DC. The video is part of daily tours and it does a decent job of encapsulating Douglass and his life replete with tragedies of which he never recovered.

As I watched the movie during a visit to the House a few years back the following ending of the movie is forever emblazoned in my mind and psyche. Linked here.

"Agitate, Agitate, Agitate........ "

If people do not stand up to what seems growing tyranny, the nation will fold under the pressure of money, greedy and conservative "I got mine" selfishness.

Think about today's political arena and spectacles in the US Senate.  If you witnessed the spectacle you saw a Republican party wholly committed to placing a man on the SCOTUS who may, and seeming does have, issues which should preclude his consideration.  Of all the video of the day, we offer an example of Douglass's advice to the young man as the fellow considered shaping his life after Douglass.  

These two women have a place in US history generally unattainable via everyday life int he nation. Their place is set via the election of Donald Trump and provided a path to archiving via Trump's obvious desire to place a "get out of jail": Justice on the Court.

Judge Kavanaugh has been accused of a past of alleged abuse of young girls while he grew through his teenage and college years. He also has a past which apparently includes "beer" well beyond the level most people consume as they grow through their mid-developmental years.  

While we are hearing the US Senator, Jeff Flake R-AZ, who entered the elevator wasn't necessarily swayed in his decision to seek a delay in an early morning vote, I find it 8impiossible to ignore the level of 'Agitation and Resistance' from the two women.

What follows is a snippet of the full video.

CNN's Anderson Cooper interviewed one of the women.
Imagine life in Jim Crow America. Imagine young Emmett Till being tortured and thrown into a river after death, based on a false accusation of a white woman who has now admitted she lied on the young visitor to her hometown in Mississippi. Imagine the life of Native Original North Americans as American Manifest Destiny led to tribal genocide unparalleled in US history.  Imagine the extensive list of women who have come forth with stories of sexual abuse and raping via Bill Cosby. How about the on-going story of Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood. 

Imagine no one caring no one speaking out, no one 'agitating."

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Trump: Pavarotti's Friend

 Trump called Pavarotti a "good friend." Pavarotti's widow sang a different tune.
 .....Pavarotti, Trump calls him "a good friend of mine".  
The world renowned Italian operatic tenor and popular music singer died over ten years ago.
Reports are Trump started his remarks reading a prepared statement. He apparently reached a point in the statement where he felt comfortable ad libbing a lie.

Trump's lie was resoundingly refuted by the widower of the famous singer.  MIC reports during the Trump campaign his handlers would blast tunes from the signer to the point of inducing a letter from the family to cease.
In a letter from Pavarotti's widow and his three daughters the family told the Trump campaign that, "[T]he values of brotherhood and solidarity that Luciano Pavarotti upheld throughout his artistic career are incompatible with the world vision of the candidate Donald Trump."
Trump is noted for venturing off his script and falling into an abyss of revealing embarrassment. Do you recall his early 2017 FUBAR regarding Frederick Douglass.
“Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice,” the president said.
The nation elected a lying carnival barker as President. While it shouldn't surprise anyone his first unscripted thought is to tell a lie, it should concern us all how the man will perform on an international basis. Moreover, international leaders have psychological professionals who among other services provide profiles of their counterparts and probably of high ranking military leaders in the nation of their counterparts. What will be the assessment of Trump and how will the assessments bode with those who are now forced to interact with the leader of one of the world's most respected nations. 


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Independence Day.....From a Liberal and Historic Perspective

Dedicated to the memories!

Danny Glover Reads Frederick Douglass

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tom Robinson Fights Racism

There are times when we posts related to Tim Wise. We have  also posted Facebook screeds from Mr. Tom Robinson. We offer yet, another from Tom Robinson.

Before we post the screed, know that facing racism and bigotry (or even bias) is not an easy mission to accomplish.  It takes courage (as you will read below), it takes focus, and it takes commitment.  Some have accomplished work unparalleled during the course of mankind to alleviate the world of such psycho/social mental deficiencies. All must be reminded of that in our lives that can be eliminated.

 I hope Mr. Robinson does not mind the following. 

You know Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King,  Ghandi, Susan B. Anthony (and company),  Malcolm X (Malik Shabazz), Medgar Evers, murdered civil rights and voting rights workers, and like the thought our not, you know the original (and real) Black Panther Party for Self Defense.  If you know of those people, you know they have one thing in common, "death to oppression and freedom for all people."   

Why did I reference Tom Robinson with regard to those names?  Because I think he is a humble man on a mission.  A mission that most of us dare not undertake (for various reasons).  And, it is people like Tom Robinson who have potential for impacting our world, if people will listen read and involve themselves.  I offer Tim Wise as another and much more recognized 'speaker of the word'.

Before Tom's short personal screed, Allow me to repeat an experience of a few years ago. The Cherry Hill House.  

Tom Robinson "Agitates".  Tim wise "Agitates".  We do not restrict our work to the elimination of racism, bigotry and bias, but we consider that we at The Progressive Influence also "AGITATE". 

Tom Robinson (Facebook screed unmodified)

Image courtesy Tom Robinson...Peace and tranquility

  • Please understand that when I say 'you',

    I am not talking about everyone, but the one's that I am talking about, know who they are. Yet I still have a question for us all of us; what are we afraid of ? Are we afraid of hurting the feelings of some people who might finds the ( truth ) offensive? Are we; who claim to be spirited fighters for truth and justice only willing to do it " under some circumstances? "

    So here we go...

    The fact that there has been unprecedented Black achievement in America is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and resilience of a magnificent people.

    Yes, in spite of not only throwing the kitchen sink at us, and all the appliances too, and putting every conceivable obstacle possible in our path and creating laws that only apply to us, so that we can be easily convicted and warehoused, and denying us a proper education with which we cannot get proper employment and treating us with disgust and disdain; for the last 450 years, ( still we rise...) And that is what burns your ass to the point that you have ( bought and paid for ) lawmakers; to re-double their efforts to strip away laws that were meant to help us and provide opportunities, and creating shams to prevent us from voting.

    Yes, yes, yes, we understand that you think that everything is our fault; that if it wasn't for us, your jobs would not have been out sourced or you wouldn't have lost your homes and the economy would be better, and gas prices would be lower, and your savings wouldn't have been wiped out. We understand that you've convinced yourself that we have international connections with multi national drug cartels, Customs and other law enforcement officials and the banking industry and are able to wash billions of dollars in drug money and have those same drugs shipped into the country, and then funneled into our communities', where they have caused generations of devastation and havoc, and you blame us for broken homes due to systemic high black unemployment, and a lop-sided educational, judicial and justice system. And our children's bright futures, have been dimmed, because we are lazy.

    And oh, yeah, lets talk about the guns too. You know the one's that are readily available and sold in this country; and protected by 2nd. amendment rights and the NRA and our corrupt politicians. Sure, you remember that, the guns that any sick lunatic can walk into any gun store and purchase, because some people are so fearful that some one is going to come and take them away, so they stockpile them as if their was going to be an apocalyptic invasion from another planet, or maybe a race war, that Fox News keeps warning you about.

    Yes we know; that you think that it is all our fault, as well. And you've managed to convince a good portion of Americans too. You've convinced them to continuously vote against their own economic interests and excoriate programs that also help them; for fear that they would have to share something with us; and they have and they still do? (WTF) How else can you explain the Tea Party?

    Man, talk about blind hatred and selfishness. And they teach this to their children and still call themselves' responsible parents?

    But guess what? The world has been watching you; and some of those Americans are beginning to wake up, and they are sick and tired of having a national identity and description in the world, that Americans are motivated by hate...

    We understand that you (some) refuse to take any responsibility for situations that you created or have allowed to happen right under your nose; because of greed, blatant racism and willful ignorance. We understand that you suffer from the psychosis of privilege and are so blinded by hatred that you don't realize ( or won't accept ) that you are getting played too. You refuse to admit to yourself that the views we are forced to peruse are the exact same one's that light your vista's too, because you have someone else to blame, right? Well, just let me ask; how is that working out for you? And guess what...

    You cannot hold a man down without staying down there with him.

    The only difference between us, and you is that you volunteer to stay down there with us; and you do it to protect the rich and the powerful, who tell you that if you just keep believing their bullshit, then scraps from their table will trickle down to you too. And they continue to demonstrate; time and again, that they don't give a rats ass about you, your future, your children, your homes, your outsourced jobs, your college loans or your families' health or well-being in general. But all of your problems are our fault; right?

    Oh, did I forgot to mention that they really don't care about your husbands, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, ( Some raped or otherwise sexually abused ) that they send off to wars for corporate profits who come home bruised and broken, spiritually, emotionally and otherwise. Only to be denied benefits and discharged from the military because of a "trumped up" personality disorder.

    When will you get it; that we are all Americans and if this country is going to live up to it's potential and ideals, we are going to have to start to embrace our difference's and stop letting fear and hate cloud our judgement.

    Whenever I post this I get all types of messages. Some people tell me that that I am 'too' serious about this whole racial thing and I need to chill out. Others say that I am too angry and then they un-friend me. Some people just cuss me out for blaming them and then proceed to to tell me that they never owned a slave, and then they call me a racist. The saddest part however, is the silence that I get from people I thought would support the ideals of their country...

    Tom ~


Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Meaning of the Fourth of July

First a word about Memorial Day.....

After researching and writing about the origin of  Memorial Day, I will admit to finding historical origins to national holidays has turned into a fascination for me.  

My knowledge of the origin of Memorial Day escaped me through the entirety of my life. An astounding fact for one who prides himself in absorbing as much information as the 24 hour day permits.  

I was astounded to find that Memorial Day was first celebrated as former slaves visited a southern grave yard to honor Union soldiers who died fighting in the Civil War. The day was first called Decoration Day as the former slaves took items to the grave yard to make the graves look more attractive and befitting the honors of the died soldiers.  The Progressive Influence (linked article) The First Memorial Day (dead Union soldiers honored by freed slaves)

The Origin of the Fourth of July far supersedes Decoration Day, but I it may not supersede relative to actual celebration.  The history is not at my fingertips, but I doubt the national celebration was formally established prior to the Civil War ending Decoration Day, or, I should say not the level of celebration we experience over the past 200 hundred years.

The following is from Guest Writer Marion Young.....

Black folk are steep in American traditions and celebrations. To see the flag being burned can be disturbing to many. However, it is the only safe form of outrage and dissent to the gross injustices done to so many. Listen to what Frederick Douglass had to say about the 4th of July.

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro (linked below)


Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Power and Poignancy of Prophets


We often overlook people who were somehow 'on point' with their lives and their messages.  
" Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought."

Yes, Mr. had newspapers, we have Fox News, and the Right-wing Blog sphere. Your message, Sir: Poignant!

How is this message any different than the message of one in our era who spoke similarly: Malcolm X? Of course , Malik Shabazz had no life difficulty compared to Frederick Douglass, but he also lived during a greatly different time. The message is no different.

Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who wrote "I prayed for 20 years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs" went on to become a leader of the abolitionist movement, author, statesman, and orator of great influence. He was the first black man to be nominated for Vice President of the United States, on the tiny Equal RIghts Party ticket (and apparently without his consent, interestingly enough) and also wrote "The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion."
Watch your thoughts; they become words.

Watch your words; they become actions.

Watch your actions; they become habits.

Watch your habits; they become character.

Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.



Saturday, October 29, 2011

"Agitate, Agitate"

During a recent trip to the nation's capitol, I had the distinct pleasure to visit the Frederick Douglass Cherry Hill House.

Yes, I visited the White House (a tour), I visited the MLK Monument, and I toured around other historical monuments but there was something about the visit to Frederick Douglass's House that remains emblazoned in my mind.

Despite arriving at the Cherry Hill House prior to the National Park's daily scheduled tour, I was allowed to watch a 20 minute film in the museum theater.   The video chronicled  the life of Frederick Douglas from his early childhood to his death. Much of the film was devoted to matters related to his life as a slave and his quest for freedom from slavery.  Of particular note was the film's end minutes.