By Dedrick D. Henry, Sr.
Twenty- thirteen started off with a real BANG! ; a year has never been more welcomed and/or anticipated. The progress is and will be a process but the accomplishments speak for themselves. The roads were being made for this a long time ago; for this day to come where an educated Black man is respected and trusted enough to run the country. Many have lost their lives for the cause and have died fighting for this day to become a reality. Black blood has been shed literally in every state and in every city in white AmeriKKKa, so to disregard the fact that a Black man is running things is complete ignorance.
This is no joke to me, I’ve read numerous amounts of Black History books, novels, encyclopedias and I’ve seen way too many movies where we were always casted as slaves or servants. White AmeriKKKa has always depicted Blacks as less than human and white people to be superior even as to affiliate all bad things with the word Black. Think about it; a Blackout (no power), to Blackmail (deceit), a Black eye (why not blue that’s really the color?), a Black cat (bad luck), and even now Black Friday (pure insanity). This was all done by design. They never thought or imagined that one day we would learn to read, write, vote and communicate in their language.
Trying to keep us uneducated in the slave quarters was the plan and by separating Black families we almost lost our heritage and blood lineage. If not for strong, educated Black women like Sally Hemings, Coretta Scott King, Betty Shabazz and Harriet Tubman, to name a few, their plan would have been a success. White AmeriKKKa has and will always fear an educated Black man (W.E.B. Du-Boise, Thurgood Marshall) or woman (Mary McCloud Bethune, Oprah Winfrey) and any person who is not afraid to tell them they are wrong about a particular subject, stance or issue.
Slain Civil Rights activists Malcolm X, Dr. King and Medgar Evans did not die in vain, their hard work and respect of the Black race and its’ people are coming to pass. Basically all the Black individuals sung and unsung who were influential in our struggle for equality, justice and most important our civil rights as humans. The Tuskegee Airmen; the Little Rock Nine; Rosa Parks; the all Black battalions in World War l and ll; Huey Newton and the Black Panther Parties; Black soldiers in the Civil War (1861) who fought the same fight as Dr. King “Let Freedom Ring” and the tribes we come from that provided us with the will and resilience to stand and fight because all things have an end just as they have a beginning.
Black children and white children are now being bused and schooled in the same facilities; prestigious universities now accommodate people of color; there are no more signs that read whites only; beaches are now integrated. I’m not saying that it’s all good cause it ain’t! Just know that just as Emmitt Teele was a young, unsung hero so are Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis these young Black boys remind us that the fight is not over. Seeing First Lady Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama in the White House should give every Black boy and girl hope for the future and a sense of pride in their history and heritage.
Black men and women are now becoming President, Millionaires, Billionaires and CEO of major corporations. Gone are the days of Driving Miss Daisy, Master, Boss and Sir. Those folks played their parts but most of those parts have been downsized not in the sense of servitude I presume, excluding the prison system of course. Black is a Strong color, very powerful and unable to see through. Put any color with Black and watch its dominance. Black is the shadow that follows you in the light; you see there is no running from Black. Black is Beautiful; Black is Strong; Black is what you see; Black is you and Black is me!
AND BLACK IS BACK BY POULAR DEMAND!!!