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A post election apology/assessment from an elder to youth

By B. Mchie
My son who writes on this blog occasionally and I debate often on whether elders owe more to youth than the other way around in black America. We usually end up saying both could do more for the greater good of all. Today I’m offering him and youth in general an apology for the lack of impact black elders are responsible for that allowed the 45th president to be Donald J. Trump

History + Culture = Heritage

by B. Mchie
Time and time again especially in the African American community we here elders in particular say the following. If you don’t know where you came from you’ll have difficulty knowing where you are going. Our forefathers in African America have placed a number of historic benchmarks to help present and future black citizens know where they came from.

What happened to the Queen?

by B. Mchie
When my mother passed away I received many cards, phone calls of condolences from family and friends. One that still comes to mind 25 years later is that she was “My Oldest Friend.” She was not any more or less important to me than your mother was (is) to you but I bring her up to write about black women in America. A wise woman once explained to me that each and every African American decent of slavery today is alive because an African woman chose to live through the middle passage.

The Unfinished Community Building in Black America

by B. Mchie:
Phrases like “It takes a village to raise a child” are often used as a metaphor for old school neighborhoods, how our black ancestors lived and a romanticized past that many want back.

Back to some basics in African America!

by B. Mchie
It is 2016 and in the contested racial relationship between black and white Americans there are three basics for blacks that need to be clearly reestablished in the 21st century.
1. America is not in a post civil rights era

Why more clarity in discussions about race, culture, nationality or color may be needed

by B. Mchie

As an educational consultant I visit middle and high schools often as well as college campuses too.
My work features a curriculum reform service that prepares teachers to instruct with more cultural competence in all subjects and grades.
In my travels and discussions I often hear dialogue from people from many cultures, countries, classes and genders.
I find it interesting that many of us blur the distinctions between groups of people in these conversations.

A Truth About Black History Month

by B. Mchie

Often during Black History Month I hear many in my African American community say somthing like "see the white man gave us the shortest month of the year to celebrate too." The reality is that Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the founder of BHM selected February for two primary reasons.  In 1926, as a people we were just getting away from centuries of being classified as property rather than human beings and (at the time) the two men who most influenced our emancipation from slavery were born in the month of February.  They were Abraham Lincoln, and Frederick Douglass.

Race and Sports in America, 2014

by B. Mchie
Question authority is more than a bumper sticker from the 1960's. It is a statement that speaks to how anyone keeps themselves in check whether personal or business concerns are the subject. Regarding the racial landscape of team ownership in the NBA I find the current method of qualifying to own to be very sad and question the end game of the commissioner and the players.

Civil Service Disobedience

By J. Marcus

I recently took a trip to New York City for business and personal reasons. It had been about 7 years since my last trip there and, all I can remember is hurrying from place to place for work, unable to soak in all the energy that the city contains. This was of before the ‘The Great Recession,’ followed by the ‘Occupy Movement’ and now the well-established ‘Stop-and-Frisk’ law that has become common practice. 

 

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