Black people must insist that the rule of Law is protected. SERVE THE PEOPLE, NOT YOURSELF!
There is concern by reasonable people that President Donald Trump will refuse to leave office if he is defeated in November. This concerns black people and our allies because the fight for civil rights after the Civil War led to the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments and a more complete expression of democracy. No one is more of a stakeholder in our democracy than black people.
Make no mistake about it, the President is the Commander-in-Chief and can make a decision that will determine if we live or die, feast or famine. Thomas Jefferson said that a Prince whose character is marked by acts which define a tyrant is unfit to rule.
Let me give you an idea of what has happened with the abandonment of the rule of law and precious constitutional norms and non-enforcement of settled civil rights law. For black people, 1919 was known as the RED SUMMER. White mobs killed hundreds of black people and 97 black people were lynched in this year alone.
Odetta sang about the lynchings through her haunting song, ANOTHER MAN DONE GONE. In Elaine, Arkansas, 200 black people were killed during one Tulsa Oklahoma type eruption. Between April and November of 1919, white blood-thirsty mobs attacked and killed black people as if they were shooting jackrabbits. Mobs killed black people across from the White House. The NAACP worked 24-7. Two decades later (1943), white mobs attempted to destroy the Beaumont, Texas black community. The source of the conflict was that black people were competing for jobs in the wartime defense industries particularly around the shipyards. Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay wrote an Anthem for Black America.
“If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accurséd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O, kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!”
Let us not mince words, this was American styled fascism, led by a dumb segregationist supporter (President Wilson) of the hooded boys-KKK– who refused to accept that a brand-new day was coming. Black people decided to migrate from the cotton fields to Philadelphia and Chicago, northern cities in search for jobs and a better life. Converging with the great migration were the thousands of black soldiers who had fought Hitler and Mussolini to make the world safe for democracy. In Chicago, rather that accepting an inglorious death, returning black soldiers took up sniper positions and evened the score, leaving 15 white vigilantes eating blue steel.
For black people, during the Red Summer of 1919 there was an empty chair in the white house and the statehouses of America.
The lesson learned is that the state had the power to act and chose not to. The President went to his playbook and the tried and true trusted play was to cower to the attackers. President Wilson was brave in sending men to fight in Europe but when he had to face his marauding countrymen, he became a woosie. After embracing the segregationists, he began scapegoating and gaslighting Asians. A direct parallel to events of today is reflected by President Trump turning his fear and anxiety toward the Asians by branding COVID 19 as the KUNG Flu and the China Virus.
Malcolm X said that “Of all studies to reward your research, history is best qualified.” I am suggesting that if you think that 2020 is terrible, you should study the RED SUMMER OF 1919.
October 16, 2023, HOUSTON, TX – Congressional Candidate Amanda Edwards has raised over $1 million in less than 4 months, a substantial sum that helps bolster the frontrunner status of the former At-Large Houston City Council Member in her bid for U.S. Congress. Edwards raised over $433,000 in Q3 of 2023. This strong Q3 report expands on a successful Q2 where Edwards announced just 11 days after declaring her candidacy that she had raised over $600,000. With over $829,000 in cash-on-hand at the end of the September 30th financial reporting period, Edwards proves again that she is the clear frontrunner in the race. “I am beyond grateful for the strong outpouring of support that will help me to win this race and serve the incredible people of the 18th Congressional District,” said Edwards. “We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s trajectory, and we need to send servant leaders to Congress who can deliver the results the community deserves. The strong support from our supporters will help us to cultivate an 18th Congressional District where everyone in it can thrive.” Edwards said. “Amanda understands the challenges that the hard-working folks of the 18th Congressional District face because she has never lost sight of who she is or where she comes from; she was born and raised right here in the 18th Congressional District of Houston,” said Kathryn McNiel, spokesperson for Edwards’ campaign. Edwards has been endorsed by Higher Heights PAC, Collective PAC, Krimson PAC, and the Brady PAC. She has also been supported by Beto O’Rourke, among many others. About Amanda: Amanda is a native Houstonian, attorney and former At-Large Houston City Council Member. Amanda is a graduate of Eisenhower High School in Aldine ISD. Edwards earned a B.A. from Emory University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Edwards practiced law at Vinson & Elkins LLP and Bracewell LLP before entering public service. Edwards is a life-long member of St. Monica Catholic Church in Acres Homes. For more information, please visit www.edwardsforhouston.com
As September 13th rolls around, we extend our warmest birthday wishes to the creative powerhouse, Tyler Perry, a man whose indomitable spirit and groundbreaking work have left an indelible mark on the world of entertainment. With his multifaceted talents as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, producer, and director, Tyler Perry has not only entertained but also inspired audiences worldwide, particularly within the African-American community, where his influence and role have been nothing short of powerful. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1969, Tyler Perry’s journey to stardom was a path riddled with adversity. Raised in a turbulent household, he found refuge in writing, using it as a therapeutic outlet. This period of introspection gave rise to one of his most iconic creations, Madea, a vivacious, no-nonsense grandmother who would later become a beloved figure in Perry’s works, offering a unique blend of humor and profound life lessons. Despite facing numerous challenges, including rejection and financial struggles, Perry’s determination and unwavering belief in his abilities propelled him forward. In 1992, he staged his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” which, although met with limited success, was a pivotal moment in his career. Unfazed by initial setbacks, Perry continued to hone his craft, and by 1998, he had successfully produced a string of stage plays that showcased his storytelling prowess.
Calling all teenage student-athletes! If you have dreams of playing college soccer and wish to represent an HBCU, the HBCU ID Camp is your golden opportunity. From 8 am to 5 pm on November 11-12, Houston Sports Park will transform into a hub for aspiring male and female soccer players. Coaches from HBCUs across the nation will be present to evaluate, scout, and offer valuable feedback. Moreover, they might even spot the next soccer prodigy to join their collegiate soccer programs. This camp is not just about honing your soccer skills but also a chance to connect with the HBCU soccer community. You’ll learn the ins and outs of what it takes to excel on the field and in the classroom, which is crucial for a college athlete. The HBCU ID Camp is an excellent platform to network with coaches, learn from experienced athletes, and take the first steps toward your college soccer journey. To secure your spot at this incredible event, don’t forget to register [here](insert registration link). Space is limited to 120 participants, so make sure to reserve your place before it’s too late. It’s time to turn your dreams of playing college soccer into a reality.