30 Days of Dad: Day 23 – Police Officer Doesn’t Believe Young Men Have A Home In An Upscale Neighborhood…Having “The Talk” With Your Boys

I can go so many places with this vid:

 

  • I can remember being with my “old” dad, getting pulled over in the suburbs having to answer, “What are you doing over here?”, as he was pulled over for no reason. I now know how insulting that is to happen in front of your children.
  • Some of you are thinking, “He had to pull them over because of their nice Cadillac as they may have been drug dealers”…nah, looks like they were rolling in an old Toyota Corolla.
  • Do you think these guys will get on Ellen or some other talk show if this goes viral? Surely if the cop has arrested those thugs for breaking into rich folk’s houses, he’d be on the news, Today show, etc..
  • Do White folks viewing this see why we have to have, “The Talk” with our kids? Perhaps what’s worse, as that you don’t “age out”. That means that whether 45 with a college degree or 65 and living off the interest from your retirement account (like these young men are going to do at this rate), this will still happen to you.
  • While this cop spends this much time “investigating”, some kid who never “looks suspicious”, is next door possibly doing heroin, stealing his identity over the web, or plotting his next terrorist attack, but he will never be racially profiled or randomly checked just for being “out of his place”.
  • No matter how much money you have, this is a reminder to the young guys, that you’re still a Ni____.
  • This is 2016, so how do you think this played out in 1946? If these young men could have invested in this community then, how would this impact their wealth today? Because of Jim Crow and “red-lining”, Black folks could not live the American Dream in most neighborhoods where property increased which totally undercuts their opportunity become wealthy and have something to pass on their offspring.
  • Go look up the Dred Scott decision of 1857.

It’s sad that my grandfather had to go through this.

My father had to go through this.

I had to go through this.

My sons will have to go through this.

My grand kids will have to go through this.

…and next time Mr. Officer, could you please be a gentleman and not walk on other people’s lawn?

That’s something I have always taught my children not to do.

CSD

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Ready To Homeschool Your Kids Yet?

I have written about this in the past and it’s time to bring the topic up yet again.

I didn’t learn about Rosewood until the movie was made and I was pushing 30.

I didn’t know about Black Wall Street until I was about the same age.

People have asked if I homeschooled just because I didn’t want my kids in a “bad” school.

People have asked if I homeschooled just because I wanted them to have a Christian education.

How about because I just want them to be taught the truth?

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This country can’t even report the facts in the midst of the tragedy in Orlando, Florida. While this is no surprise to most in the Black community, it is insulting.

You know, it has the same feeling if 1,000 people died in the U.K. and the Brits shouted, “This is the worst terrorist attack the world has ever seen!” I think American’s would have a problem with this statement, in while empathizing with the country.

However, there is no empathy, but “it never happened”. American massacres are never taught in the classroom, so ignorance and insult reigns supreme.

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Real Terrorism

Do your children even know about Oklahoma?

When was the last time you’ve heard/watched a memorial on that act of terrorism (outside of Oklahoma at least)?

Who did we go to war with after that event (the last time I checked, “his group” is still active in MI)?

How many movies have been made about the event?

What racial profiling and laws were created after this to keep “Americans safe” from such acts?

What presidential candidate is steady gaining momentum with shouts of expelling white male terrorist from the United States to keep us safe?

Black folks are not being uncaring about Orlando, but as Ralph Wiley wrote, this is Why Black People Tend To Shout…

Ralph Wiley

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Movie Debut of 2016…We Just Have To Wait Until October: THE BIRTH OF A NATION

Stand in line to see Star Wars? Nah, but this one, I’m in!

That said:
a.) I really hope it “went there” (because we’ve seen how things “get edited”) or white saviors appear that never existed
b.) I really hope it’s in more than just 4 theaters in the entire country
c.) Imagine the Hollywood quandary if it makes $500M?

Would studios make more stories on Black uprisings or leave money on the table? Remember, those stories are largely untold because they explain how brutal America’s slave system really was to fellow human beings just a few generations ago. There might be some explaining to do when the country has taught slavery was about evangelism and work for immigrants from Africa to children for 150 years.

Did you know that the lynching was never outlawed? Think about all of the trivial laws, especially over the last 150 years, and ask yourself how that one just slipped by. What about Sundown Town killings? Those committed during The Nadir were at least illegal by law (e.g. Emmett Till and Medgar Evers), even if no one got prosecuted like most police shootings these days.

No, Byron De La Beckwith‘s conviction at the end of his life does not count.

Therefore, remember that you could do whatever you wanted to your property during slavery! As Christians, we have to acknowledge that this type of worldview would have opened to door for every kind of evil (remember Genesis 6:5) that sears the soul of the slave owners and society as a whole.

“Question: “What does it mean to have a seared conscience?”

Answer: The Bible speaks of a seared conscience in 1 Timothy 4:2. The conscience is the God-given moral consciousness within each of us (Romans 2:15). If the conscience is “seared”—literally “cauterized”—then it has been rendered insensitive. Such a conscience does not work properly; it’s as if “spiritual scar tissue” has dulled the sense of right and wrong. Just as the hide of an animal scarred with a branding iron becomes numb to further pain, so the heart of an individual with a seared conscience is desensitized to moral pangs.”

Source: http://www.gotquestions.org/seared-conscience.html

Now, if people fought for freedom, this “attitude of rebellion” could have spread to other plantations. So-called slaves may have even outnumbered their “owners” on a plantation, so the brutality had to extra dehumanizing if you will. This was needed to keep the slaves scared and achieve the ultimate goal, a soul with no self-determination, hope, unwilling to fight, but more than willing to provide free labor.

Bonus points (or butter biscuits) if they would even snitch and oppress each other.

So, I’d bet Hollywood would make the usual chess move.

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If successful, Hollywood would make the movie, but someone like Marcus Garvey will be played by John Goodman, “in a riveting story about their desire and journey to spread the bible and democracy back to the savages left in Africa…”.

So there’s a risk even if the film is on-point. But it’s a risk I’m glad we finally get to take.

Roots and 12 Years A Slave have a place, but there’s a reason why we have not seen a movie on the slaves that were willing to get free, die trying and helping others do the same. Because if our bodies are free today, there are still tricks to be used to keep our minds shackled.

CSD

 

CSD Podcast #18 – The Tribe and I Give Our Review of the Movie RACE

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Welcome to our kitchen table! Make yourself comfortable, sit-back, gather your thoughts. The kids and I went to the movies to see the movie Race and decided to have a hot mic and let you listen in to one of our fairly typical discussions.

Click HERE to listen:

Forgive the noise in the background, as our dining room table is certainly not a sound-proof studio. Having the windows open on a warm day was no help either.

The kids made me so proud, as each expressed their own thoughts, aren’t afraid to be challenged, but were a bit afraid of the microphone. They made me excited (so forgive my enthusiasm), but I really got comfortable kicking it with them as people, and not children.

They did need to learn that silence on the air is a no-no!

If  you’ve seen the movie Race, great. If not, spoiler alerts abound, but I think you know how the story ended.

We teach our children to think critically about all things, most notably the bible, politics, education and especially media. You will hear some of the trigger points that we look for to tell if a person or organization has a certain bias. In media, where there are absolutely no coincidences and everything is a particular way for a particular reason, we are especially critical.

Therefore, we don’t believe in conspiracy theories (e.g. they didn’t mean that, you are reading too much into ___), but understand that every detail is intentional, whether through omission or commission.

Our soundtrack for the show?

BDP’s, You Must Learn – what else for such an occasion! This is certainly an anthem for us and one of the first songs that taught me more black history than I ever learned in my 12 years of schooling. I remember hearing the album cut and getting mad that it wasn’t the remix/video version:

If you’d like to learn more about fact and fiction featured in the film, I encourage you to check out http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/race/.

Remember:

propaganda

  • : ideas or statements that are often false or exaggerated and that are spread in order to help a cause, a political leader, a government, etc.

Source: merriam-webster

 

I leave you with comments from the above website, historyvshollywood. The movie basically ignored how the story really ended, and that explains quite a bit in and of itself.

“What happened to Jesse Owens following his success in Berlin?

In researching the Race true story, we learned that following his success at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the Amateur Athletic Union had arranged a post-Olympic tour of Europe for Owens to participate in. Owens found himself under financial strain while on the often unpredictable Olympic tour and instead decided to return home to his wife and try his luck in Hollywood. He hoped to capitalize on his fame much like Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller did after medaling in the 1924 and 1928 Olympics. Unlike Weissmuller, who found fame starring in the Tarzan movies, Owen’s skin color undoubtedly affected his job prospects in a country that was still separated by segregation. He only managed to find limited success on the vaudeville circuit. The decision to try to capitalize on his triumphs as an athlete put him at odds with the athletic union, who stripped him of his amateur status.

“After I came home from the 1936 Olympics with my four medals, it became increasingly apparent that everyone was going to slap me on the back, want to shake my hand or have me up to their suite,” Owens commented, “but no one was going to offer me a job.” -HistoryNet.com

With limited opportunities and a wife and three daughters to support, Owens did things like running against racehorses and working at gas stations. “What was I supposed to do?” Owens said later. “I had four gold medals, but you can’t eat four gold medals.” He staged a series of post-Olympic comebacks, some successful, some not. He eventually moved to Chicago and traveled the country as an inspirational speaker. He spent much of his spare time working with disadvantaged youth. Over the years, he wasn’t untouched by controversy. At times, he was called an “Uncle Tom” for refusing to take a more disruptive stance against racism. However, in the end, Owens is held in no less esteem than fellow race pioneers likeJackie Robinson and Joe Louis. All took enormous strides against racism via defining moments that helped to encourage a change in the cultural landscape. -NYTimes.com”

Source: http://www.historyvshollywood.com/reelfaces/race/

Happy President’s Day from CSD! Now…You Wanna Hear A Secret?

The Great Griot is one of my favorite Youtube channels. Our family has watched every video and the quality keeps getting better and better, but it is the material that is invaluable and always leaves us wanting to search for more after each short lesson.

Once again, I have learned more history in this show than I EVER learned in twelve years of formal school or home. Had it not been for my great professor, Dr. Lyn Lewis, I would throw college in there as well.

This short and terrific video is a great one to watch for President’s Day and to foster a discussion with your children.

Some other highlights:

  • Have you ever been told to “Go back to Africa” (I have and it’s often preceded with, “If you don’t like it here…”)? Find out why that idea has already been tried, and why it didn’t work before. Trust me, the reason is the same why I did not work too well for Liberia and would not work now.
  • Did you learn or teach your children,  that Ole Honest Abe freed the slaves?
  • What were his true feelings?
  • Is America built on Christian values, the “superiority of the white race”, or both?
  • Did the country’s founding fathers really view all men as equal? (If not, are you still quick to assume they are Christians?)
  • For those with multi-ethnic children  (or as they say, “mixed-kids”), what did one of “our” greatest presidents really think about you and your offspring?

Lastly, do you see the comparison between President Barack Obama and Abraham Lincoln in a different light? If so or if not, I’d love to hear why in the comments below.

CSD

Teach Them To See The World As It Is – The Moment Of Revelation

For my Dads out there who always have something to teach your kids, always dropping knowledge, as they say, “You’ve told us this one before” or they seem like they do not want to listen, well don’t give up!

 

You just see the world differently than they do.
But one day…they are going to get some glasses and see things a different way as well.

CSD

 

Teaching Our Own

What’s That Definition of Insanity Again?

You know…I wonder how many people thought this teacher was “playing the race card” or just “looking for a check” when she brought this issue up? Much respect to her for standing up!

http://www.azfamily.com/story/31041472/former-teacher-responds-to-racial-outrage-at-valley-school

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Actually, I think the students have learned a lot during their years in the government’s school. They said it was a mistake.
Therefore, it was something they really didn’t mean to do, it “just happened”.
Sounds like evolution and the big bang doesn’t it?
By random chance, they were in the right place, at the right time, got in the right order,…
Yep, graduate those ladies with honors!

But, why do I love Homeschooling?

Because this is required reading and not Huckleberry Finn, Romeo and Juliet, Oliver Twist, etc…and we can have lecture while walking on a beautiful January day. American History, English, Sociology and Physical Education all rolled up nice, neat and POWERFUL.

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Thankfully, the teacher seems to have read the pages of Carter G. Woodson’s timeless classic.

Sadly, the students nor their parents have done the same.

Now, I must ask, would your kids pose in such a photo with their friends…and are you sure about the answer?

Ask them…

P.S. – Tell Stacey Dash to check it out as well so she’ll see why he created Black History Month.

CSD

 

 

Remember – If You Don’t Teach Them, Don’t Worry, Someone Else Will.

Teaching Our Own

Sad But True American History Fact Never Taught:

Between 1918 and 1919, 136 blacks were lynched.
They included women, children, and at least 10 veterans, several still in uniform.

The next time someone questions the patriotism of black folks in this country because we criticize the actions of this country, remind them of such facts…and challenge them to name some other people groups and cultures that would still be willing to take pick up arms and fight for a nation that has never treated that same group as equal.

Those actions prove we are probably the most patriotic people on this planet, and have a right shed by the blood of our ancestors and those fighting in uniforms today, to criticize and hold this nation accountable.

I found this stat having movie night With The Tribe: https://vimeo.com/64343362

Very impressed with the truth and footage released by the History Channel! To my full and partial homeschooling folks, there’s even a classroom guide that can be used for discussion points with the kids!

http://www.history.com/…/media/pdf/2012-0141_road_freedom_F…

Revenge of the Homeschooling Dad: Slave Trade Video Game

Reason number 1,652 that we should be teaching our children that truth at home.

All I can say is watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_Pfzv_71BY

Perhaps I could give them the benefit of the doubt if they had a Holocaust version as well. But I wonder why they do not?

I wonder if the game covered the lynchings, rape, family disconnection, in all it’s graphic and horrible detail like Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto? Not that it makes it much better, but it would certainly show the inhuman sociological foundation our country is built upon.

To make a game such as this only reinforces the “purpose” for Africans in America, and that is what causes outrage. Now, I may have a different consideration of the game captures the amount of wealth that was created, passed down and still utilized from free slave labor. Is there an alternate ending of what America would have become WITHOUT slavery? It’s a video game right? So we can let our imaginations run wild.

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Overall, this is what happens when places either have a lack of diversity or, it could even have been created by a descendent of a slave who now views him or herself from the perspective of the dominant society.

Sadly, the latter is the part that no video game could possibly capture. However, it has been the longest lasting effect of “African Immigration” (as some history books say).

CSD

 

Homeschool History Lesson Of The Week: 12 Childhood Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Realize Were Racist

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Homeschool History Lesson of the Week recommendation!

12 Childhood Nursery Rhymes You Didn’t Realize Were Racist

Folks, you must check this out. How many of them did you sing as a child or teach your children?

Now some will still say, “Why does everything have to be about race?” Well, my question is the same, why did everything have to be about so-called race?

For Christians that say, “Isn’t this just about being PC?” Well, would we have the children sing an Xmas song that was actually a tribute to satan but the words have been changed? How many won’t even let their kids read Harry Potter because of witchcraft?

This list of 12 could be analyzed at 3 per day, having the children investigate the 5Ws and 1H:

Who wrote it?
What is the song about and trying to teach?
Where was it most popular?
When was it written and popular?
Why would these songs/rhymes be so popular?
How do you view these songs now that you know the real meaning? (The “how” could vary depending on age).

*Make Learning Expose This Life!*