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The Registry Blog is our commentary or opinions on African American heritage, history or culture. It is informative, challenging to some and fun to read and engaging.

Mon, 04.01.2019

Reparations, Who/What Needs Repair?

This year conversations towards the national elections in 2020 show a number of democratic candidates talking about reparations with some plans of action.   This blog will use the term reparations as it is used in tort law, which is narrow and is completely inapplicable to the history of slavery in the USA.   Ethically it requires a […]

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Wed, 02.27.2019

On The Shoulders Of Giants

When Colin Kaepernick stopped standing for the national anthem at NFL games it sparked a nationwide conversation about patriotism and police brutality. Black athletes using their platform to protest injustice has long been a tradition in American history. In this episode we tap in our friends at Throughline to explore three stories of protest that are rarely told but essential to understanding the current debate: the heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the sprinter Wilma Rudolph, and the basketball player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.

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Mon, 01.21.2019

Racisms Disease and Healing Deferred in America

Like many of you I know a family member or friend who is suffering from or has died from cancer.  Many of you also know of someone who is suffering from or has died from racism in America.  Both are deadly, both are merciless and kill any and all without closure.  Some succumb quickly to its grip others […]

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Sun, 12.23.2018

The #MeToo movement and Black Women

Let me begin this blog with the disclaimer that I am a black man commenting on black women, therefore I’m on the outside looking in per the #MetToo movement.  In America the lives of black people in general are not as valuable as the lives of white people.  This started with a legal document, the “Articles of […]

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Sat, 06.30.2018

Nature vs Nurture and Race, an African American Viewpoint

 After about two decades after his birth my son’s mother told me that he was becoming more like me.  He has her smile, countless other characteristics from her too, both blending nature and nurture.  We separated when he was about five with her having full custody.  I got weekly visits and separate annual vacations. Debating nature […]

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Wed, 06.13.2018

21st Century BlackFace

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Thu, 05.31.2018

The Lost Art of the Black Boycott

On June 15th 1953 the black community of Baton Rouge, Louisiana staged the first municipal boycott of the 20th century.  I’m using this factual event to ask the African American community why we are not using this strategy in 2018?  I’m not confusing non-violent protest with boycott, I am referencing the difference to not forget […]

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Mon, 04.30.2018

The Alarm of Oppression by B. Mchie

I recently researched the Herero people of Namibia and came across the Berlin Conference of 1898.  I was stunned yet educated by a missing piece in what was making my alarm ring.  This gathering of whites in Germany calculated an assault on Africa after American slavery to usher in European colonization.  From Demark to Portugal, […]

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Thu, 03.29.2018

Black Panthers Feel Good Matrix, by B. Mchie

The movie Black Panther has exceeded many expectations, gross revenue, critical acclaim, symbolism, millennial attention, pride etc.; I’ve seen it twice.  My adult son enjoyed it and I think all viewers agree that the story, graphics, imagination, ethnic representation, moral of the story were special. With so much fanfare, I sigh a bit over the […]

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Wed, 02.28.2018

Country Before Party, Community before Self by B. Mchie

Last year, white republican senator Jeff Flake made a public contribution to the democratic candidate in the Alabama senators race.  On the check’s memo area, he wrote “country above party.”  I use this metaphor to speak to the African American community and have all of (including myself) to ask (and answer) can we do more […]

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Tue, 01.30.2018

2018 NAPPID Day Questions by B. Mchie

Conceived in 1995, NAAPID stands for National African American Parent Involvement Day. Inspired by the Million Man March, it was created to encourage black parents to begin practicing the goals of NAAPID; there are a number of initiatives built into this.  Promote African American parent involvement in their child’s education, provide strategies for African American […]

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Sat, 12.23.2017

I salute Alabama’s Black Women, by B. Mchie

With the recent senatorial election in Alabama I must say I was pleased that Mr. Jones won against Mr. Moore.  This was a special election because the president appointed Jeff Sessions to the office of attorney general.  A friend and colleague of mine who was born, raised and still lives in Birmingham once said that […]

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Tue, 11.28.2017

My Self Esteem as a Descendant of American Slavery, by B. Mchie

Like many baby boomers in 2017 I can look back and see more than two generations of history. I can see it through and recall the vastness of what the world has become since around 1950. I can also break this down for my country, state, city and neighborhood where I was raised. I was […]

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Sat, 10.28.2017

The Idolatry of American Whiteness, by B. Mchie

Back in 2003 I watched a documentary on PBS called Race and the Power of Illusion. It brought back many memories of my life as a black man in America. It also dredged up many sensitive feelings I had and have regarding America’s major cog of racism; color. Growing up in the 20th century civil […]

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Mon, 08.28.2017

The Black Church, is it AWOL?, by B. Mchie

Many of my family members were raised in the Baptist Church. One of the reasons I attend services is to bond with a community that looks like me. Another is that for the most part these fine people practice enough of the commandments in their lives that I feel that closeness we all seek. Historical […]

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I am glad daylong for the gift of song, For time and change and sorrow; For the sunset wings and the world-end things Which hang on the edge of tomorrow. I am glad... RHAPSODY by William Stanley Braithwaite.
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