Black History Month 2003

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  • Aztec

    Geez I hope noone freaks when I say "Happy Women's History Month" at the beginning of March!

    Happy African-American History Month to everyone of every color, gender, and sexual persuasion... Love to all...


  • OrbitingTheSun

    Yay, Aztec! Love all around...

  • DakotaRed

    For a break from some of the race baiting going on here, there is a segment of Black History that goes almost totally ignored by both races. That is Blacks that fought with the Confederacy during the Civil War. Can you imagine the spirit of these men, who although severely oppressed and mistreated, still stood together and fought for a land that wanted them enslaved? They weren't forced into it, but fought with pride for their homeland and defended it. I feel it is long past due that those men received the honors and recognition they deserve also.

    Lew W

  • Valis

    All Black History Month does is give a group of people recognition for contributing to society...our calendar is filled with all kinds of observances and for people to take it out of context is just being contrary. There is nothing wrong with honoring a group of people who have helped our country progress in the sciences, arts, humanities, civil rights, and in so many other cultural ways that they cannot be dismissed. I think Black History Month is a good thing. Many people decry the concept of Black History Month, while at the same time blaming crime on uneducated and uncaring parts of the community, Why? Becuase they like to bitch and would probably never stoop so low as to read any of the books, watch any of the movies, understand another's struggle expressed in said media, never even bother posting something positive to a thread like this, much less spend time improving the life of one's fellow man in those very same communities they blame for crime.


    District Overbeer


    Black History Month 2003.

    Living up here in Canada (Canuckistan), my introduction to Black History Month originally was one of curiosity and intrigue.

    Presently, on local community radio: CKLN 88.1 FM - there has been some really cool programming on Black History Month -

    I find the programming constantly entertaining, interesting, and full of historical references and stories.

    The stories regarding Canada's involvement with the Underground Railroad, was absolutely fantastic. Plus, there's a detailed history presented on Black peoples' struggles here in Canada and abroad, focusing on 'look at us now' - which I totally dig and support.

    Last year, I went to the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. February 2002, they had a special theme related to African History Month, and African-Americans' contribution to Rock n' Roll, Blues, Jazz etc., it was the most honourable and appropriate dedication I had ever seen. It was wonderful!

    Black History Month is a time for peoples from the African diaspora to share with us their stories through their own personal experiences, and in their own words.

  • Country Girl
    Country Girl

    I personally like National Pickle Week!

    Yay to the lowly pickle! You have risen above your humble beginnings to bear such noble family names as Vlasic and Heinz. You truly are a winner!

    Country Girl

  • jst_me

    Country GIrl, You are comparing the struggles of African Americans to those of pickles??
    No wonder you wanted us to drop the last thread you started. 
    You seem to be as country as your name implies.
     On another kids get really annoyed at the short list of 
    people their schools up here gave them to do projects on for Black 
    History Month (MLK, Jackie Robertson...) They have always been able 
    to pick ANYONE when we lived back home. The best one my son ever did 
    was on BB King, who is one of my boy's heros....not because he is 
    black but because he is friggin awesome.
  • teejay

    Lt. John Fox -- WWII War Hero

  • funkyderek
    Let's make a deal. Have all the school textbooks rewritten to include the accomplishments of ALL Americans regardless of skin color and there won't be a need for black, white, green or any other color history month.

    A brilliant idea, Lisa! Rather than perpetuating racism by defining people according to their skin colour, we should judge them on their achievements and "the content of their character".

    Equality will never be achieved while people insist on segregation of "black history" or "black art" or "black literature" from their "white" counterparts. Such segregation can only engender and enflame racist feelings.

  • sableindian


    Legacy of slavery in the Americas

    The following has been credited to William Lynch, a White slave owner, who reportedly made the speech on the banks of the James River in 1712. According to an essay appearing in "Brother Man- The Odyssey of Black Men in America- An Anthology" Lynch was a British slave owner in the West Indies who came to the United States to tell American slave owners how to keep their slaves under control. The term "lynching" is derived from Lynch's name.

    Willie Lynch's Speech On His Methods For Controlling Slaves


    I greet you here on the bank of the James River in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twelve. First, I shall thank you The Gentlemen of the Colony of Virginia for bringing me here. I am here to help you solve some of your problems with slaves. Your invitation reached me on my modest plantation in the West Indies where I have experimented with some of the newest and still oldest methods for control of slaves. Ancient Rome would envy us if my program is implemented. As our boat sailed south on the James River, named for our illustrious King, whose version of the Bible we cherish, I saw enough to know that your problem is not unique. While Rome used cords of wood as crosses for standing human bodies along its old highways in great numbers, you are here using the tree and the rope on occasion.

    I caught the whiff of a dead slave hanging from a tree a couple miles back. You are not only losing valuable stock by hanging, you are having uprisings, slaves are running away, your crops are sometimes left in the field too long for maximum profit, you suffer occasional fires, your animals are killed, gentlemen, you know what your problems are; I do not need to elaborate. I am not here to enumerate your problems, I am here to introduce you to a method of solving them.

    In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling Black Slaves. I guarantee everyone of you that if installed correctly, it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. My method is simple and members of your family and any Overseer can use it.

    I have outlined a number of difference(s) among the slaves; and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes. These methods have worked on my modest plantation in the West Indies and [they] will work throughout the South. Take this simple little list of differences, think about them. On top of my list is "Age" but it is there only because it begins with an "A." The second is "Color" or "Shade," there is intelligence, size, sex, size of plantation, status of plantation, attitude of owner, whether the slaves live in the valley , on a hill, East, West, North, or South, have a fine or coarse hair, or is tall or short. Now that you have a list of differences, I shall give you an outline of action but before that, I shall assure you that distrust is stronger than trust and envy is stronger than adulation, respect and admiration.

    The Black Slave, after receiving this indoctrination, shall carry on and will become self-refueling and self-generation for hundreds of years, maybe thousands.

    Don't forget you must pitch the old black versus the young black and the young black male against the old black male. You must use the dark skin slave vs. The light skin slave and the light skin slaves vs. The dark skin slaves. You must also have your white servants and overseers distrust all blacks, but it is necessary that your slaves trust and depend on us. They must love, respect and trust only us.

    Gentlemen, these Kits are keys to control, use them. Have your wives and children use them, never miss an opportunity. My plan is guaranteed and the good thing about this plan is that if used intensely for one year the slaves themselves will remain perpetually distrustful.

    Thank you gentlemen.

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