Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Reason Europeans Erased Africans from History

Historian Robin Walker breaks down the difference between racial and self-esteem in the context of Africans being erased from history:

A Brief History Of European Colonization in Africa

George Hawley. Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas

The American conservative movement as we know it faces an existential crisis as the nation's demographics shift away from its core constituents--older white middle-class Christians. It is the American conservatism that we don't know that concerns George Hawley in this book. During its ascendancy, leaders within the conservative establishment have energetically policed the movement's boundaries, effectively keeping alternative versions of conservatism out of view. Returning those neglected voices to the story, Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism offers a more complete, complex, and nuanced account of the American right in all its dissonance in history and in our day.

The right-wing intellectual movements considered here differ both from mainstream conservatism and from each other when it comes to fundamental premises, such as the value of equality, the proper role of the state, the importance of free markets, the place of religion in politics, and attitudes toward race. In clear and dispassionate terms, Hawley examines localists who exhibit equal skepticism toward big business and big government, paleoconservatives who look to the distant past for guidance and wish to turn back the clock, radical libertarians who are not content to be junior partners in the conservative movement, and various strains of white supremacy and the radical right in America.

In the Internet age, where access is no longer determined by the select few, the independent right has far greater opportunities to make its many voices heard. This timely work puts those voices into context and historical perspective, clarifying our understanding of the American right--past, present, and future.

George Hawley. Right-Wing Critics of American Conservatism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2016. Pp. 366. $34.95 (cloth).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The San People are 1 of the oldest humans on earth, who are indigenous to Southern Africa.

The San people are members of various indigenous hunter-gatherer people of Southern Africa, whose territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The san are 1 of the oldest humans on earth, who are indigenous to Southern Africa.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Walter Heasley — Killing Me Softly

Amanirenas - Queen of Kush

Amanirenas ( Queen of Kush)  effectively resisted an incursion by the Roman army, keeping the Romans from extending their Roman-Egyptian border into Kush.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Akil Alleyne — No, Libertarianism Isn't a "White Supremacy" Theory

Born in Toronto, Canada and raised in Montreal, Akil Alleyne is a 2008 graduate of Princeton University and a 2013 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where his major areas of study were constitutional and international law. He most recently worked for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the civil liberties of free speech, freedom of religion and association, and due process.

One of the most frustrating things about being a libertarian is the likelihood that much of your time will be spent correcting mischaracterizations of the philosophy and the movement it spawned. Perhaps the most common calumny hurled at libertarianism in recent years is the claim that it is an ideology of white supremacy. “Libertarianism is for white men” is just one example of the headlines screamed by left-leaning websites such as Salon and AlterNet in the past decade alone. As Cato Institute vice president Gene Healy once wryly remarked, “Never before have so many been so intimidated by so few, with so little political power.”

Now comes The Baffler’s Andrew Hartman to join in the chorus of hysteria with his recent article “The Master Class on the Make: How the White Backlash Found Its Academic Bona Fides.” His central thesis? “Libertarianism is a political philosophy shot through with white supremacy. Public choice theory, a technical language nominally about human behavior and incentives, helps ensure that blacks remain shackled.”

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chidike Okeem Takes on Ben Shapiro — 'Ben Shapiro sees blackness just as he sees leftism'

Chidike Okeem, the black conservative writer and thinker at VOICEOFCHID.COM takes on Ben Shapiro, a conservative activist.

Stevie Wonder ft George Michael - Love in Need of Love Today (Live @Apollo Theatre 1985)

One of the best duets of George Michael. Together with Stevie Wonder at the 80s, two voices powerful in every way, they sing this duet and please enjoy it, its amazing!

Kyle James Howard — American Racism & The Dangers of Color-Blindness

“The answer to racism is not colorblindness. The answer to racism is to embrace a worldview that says diversity is beautiful.”

The American church (and society) has yet to have a real and honest discussion concerning racism. For one group, there is a tremendous amount of pain. For the other group, there is a tremendous amount of shame and embarrassment. If the American church (and society) doesn’t have a real and honest conversation about racism, it will be do nothing but perpetuate the pain and shame. We have to get to a point where white Christians are able to embrace Historical embarrassment in light of the cross and truly be humbled by it. This humility will allow them to enter into a posture of learning rather than insist that they are the ones who need to teach minorities.

On the other side, blacks have to truly bring their pain to the cross and allow Christ to swallow up bitterness and resentment that racism has caused them. Honestly, I am no longer optimistic that I will see this happen in my generation. I believe the American church has had a beautiful looking bandaid placed over an infected wound that has yet to be truly healed. I pray that the next generation will pick up the baton and carry it on.

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You can follow me on Twitter @KyleJamesHoward. Also, check out my podcast Coram Deo Podcast which focuses on issues concerning Biblical Counseling and Practical Theology. You can search for podcast on any major podcast catcher, listen on the web here, follow updates @CoramDeoPodcast, or just click the artwork below.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Akil Alleyne ‏— Wendy Williams & #MeToo Fatigue

On the important insight to be gleaned from Wendy Williams' shallow and intemperate remarks about the #MeToo movement.

Trump Takes Undue Credit on Black Unemployment

“The number of employed black Americans rose by 354,000 in the first 11 months under Trump. But that rise is dwarfed by the gains in the previous three years: 541,000 in 2016, 767,000 in 2015 and 710,000 in 2014.”

( - When Trump took office in January 2017, the black unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, the lowest it had been in nearly 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Under Trump, it dropped a full percentage point to 6.8 percent in December. That’s the lowest rate since the bureau began regularly breaking out unemployment rates by race in 1972.

A similar drop of 1 percentage point was recorded during the same 11-month period in 2016. The drop was even more pronounced in each of the three years before that. It fell 1.9 percentage points in 2015, 1.5 percentage points in 2014 and 1.8 percentage points in 2013.

In other words, the downward trend has continued under Trump, albeit at a slower pace than in recent years.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Another Genealogical Tool For African Americans: Ancestry Painting Of Your Genome

(Booker Rising ) Research into the genetic causes of disease have been overwhelmingly done only on majority-European populations. For example, a 2009 review found that just 4% of the participants in published genome-wide association studies had non-European ancestry. 23AndMe (which I was unaware about until yesterday) is trying to change the game. They currently only have 1,000 African-American samples in their database(or 1.2% of their total database), even though black Americans are 13% of the U.S. population. As a comparison, they have 56,000 samples of mostly Northern European ancestry, 3,500 Hispanic samples, and 3,400 South Asian samples). Part of this gap is cost ($400 for a test). However, many (most?) African Americans who get such tests instead use African Ancestry’s service (which has 25,000+ samples). People also probably don’t know about 23AndMe’s services either.

As Booker Rising mentioned yesterday, 23AndMe is teaming up with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Dr. Rick Kittles (from PBS’ “African American Lives” series) and Harvard University in order to test 10,000 African Americans and thus dramatically boost the diversity of their genomic database. Of course, there is already controversy. Some folks argue how to address fraud, as lily-white folks may try to secure a free test. As Razib Khan points out, African American genetic admixture is pretty clear, with Africans/pure blacks and European/lily whites sticking out like sore thumbs. Of course, there are also white folks complaining about black folks getting a free test. My response: (1) African-American genomic data is of higher value because far less is known about it; and (2) there’s far more black resistance to scientific research due to history (e.g., the infamous Tuskegee Institute study). Thus, incentive offer (free test to learn about your ancestry and health genome) in order to secure data.

The health data sounds iffy to me, perhaps because it’s only been done on white folks. While there will be some overlap with African-Americans, I’d take the health info.

Tasha Cobbs Leonard — Your Spirit ft. Kierra Sheard

Quotes of the Day: White Supremacist Ideas Must Be Challenged, Not Ignored

"Though [Milo] Yiannopoulos may reject the white nationalist label, he is frequently cited espousing adulation for certain alt-right ideas and cavalierly refers to the racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the alt-right as merely deliberately offensive ways to poke fun at social norms. Notably, Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter in July after his followers launched an onslaught of racist attacks on “Ghostbusters” actor Leslie Jones.This clever rebranding of white supremacist ideals as “alt-right” allows adherents to obscure the horrid nature of their beliefs, promulgate their ideas with minimal public scrutiny, and rise in prominence through “think tanks,” online publications, forums like 4chan, and the promotion of spokespersons like Richard Spencer.To ignore the influence that these new Neo-Nazi “leaders” of the alt-right can have on young, impressionable minds—particularly minds that have not been exposed to superior ideologies—is irresponsible and naïve. There are untold numbers of individuals who have the potential to do exactly what Dylann Roof did—namely, take vitriolic rhetoric about the inferiority of other races to its violent, logical conclusion." -- Kareim Oliphant

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

More Donna Summer — This Is My Life

Stephen L. Carter — The Daily Grind of Recycling

Warm feelings about saving the planet have given way to the drudgery of sorting and rinsing and nagging from the government.

Stephen L. Carter is a Bloomberg View columnist. He is a professor of law at Yale University and was a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. His novels include “The Emperor of Ocean Park” and “Back Channel,” and his nonfiction includes “Civility” and “Integrity.”

(BloombergView) Recycling is supposed to produce a warm we’re-in-this-together glow, as we join hands in solidarity to save the planet. Small children practice it in school as a sacred ritual of the secular religion. For years now, I’ve been able to smile inwardly at the knowledge that along with my neighbors, I’m doing the right thing.

Lately, however, recycling doesn’t feel like ritual. It’s just work. A lot of work. Sometimes a lot of hard work.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

James Ingram — Always You (1993)

Chidike Okeem — The Conservative Roots of Black History Month

For serious, solution-oriented black conservatives today, Dr. Carter G. Woodson provided a model of how one can be enthusiastically pro-market, doggedly anti-Marxist economics, and do so while being unapologetically African.

Eminent black historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week in 1926, which intended to redress the lack of attention paid to black achievement in society and in academia. This later morphed into Black History Month. However, Black History Month, as it exists today, is a lukewarm version of what Woodson envisaged. Woodson wanted Negro History Week to be a celebration of black achievement, history, and culture. However, looking at the tepid practice of Black History Month today, one would be excused for erroneously believing that the bulk of black historical achievements began in the 1950s.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the second African American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard University after renowned sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois, was famously both pro-African and pro-capitalism. Woodson understood the freeing power of capitalism and the potential it has for self-uplift. For serious, solution-oriented black conservatives today, Woodson provided a model of how one can be enthusiastically pro-market, doggedly anti-Marxist economics, and do so while being unapologetically African. He demonstrated that endorsement of free market economics does not have to coincide with self-hatred and anti-blackness.

Ideally, Black History Month is something that should be unnecessary in the Western world in the 21st century. Those who make the argument that black history should not be relegated to a limited period of time on the calendar make a point that is worthy of noting. However, Woodson’s goal in creating Negro History Week was to encourage the widespread appreciation of black historical achievements, and it was a necessary tool when he created it. The fact that Black History Month still continues today demonstrates the sheer extent of the erasure of blackness from the great achievements of history. It demonstrates that blackness is still undervalued, unappreciated, and only recognized when it can be attached to abjection and negativity. By now, the Western world ought to be at a point where black achievements are afforded as much respect as the achievements of other groups.

If Black History Month is to stay true to Woodson’s vision, then promotion of black achievement needs to be the focus. Rather, as it exists today, Black History Month predominantly focuses on Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955-1956, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and other breakthroughs from oppression that occurred during that period. It is crucial to note that Woodson died in 1950—before the monumental events and milestones of the modern civil rights movement began. Given that Woodson was not alive for the bulk of the civil rights gains of the 1950s and 1960s, the modern civil rights movement could not have been part of his vision for the recognition of black achievement. Woodson astutely believed that asserting the importance of black people to world civilization was an inextricable component of reducing the prevalence of anti-blackness and racism in the Western world. Spotlighting freedom from oppression was not the primary goal of Negro History Week, inasmuch as Woodson knew there was more to black achievement and black culture. Woodson understood that the history of black Americans does not begin with slavery; rather, it begins with grand, ancient civilizations in Africa.

In many ways, Negro History Week as envisioned by Woodson is as much about the African continent and African ancestors as it is about African Americans. He knew that African Americans would never live up to their potential without an integral understanding of who black people are and what the African has contributed to world history and civilization. In his magnum opus, The Mis-Education of the Negro, published in 1933, Woodson wrote:

In history, of course, the Negro had no place in this curriculum. He was pictured as a human being of the lower order, unable to subject passion to reason, and therefore useful only when made the hewer of wood and the drawer of water for others. No thought was given to the history of Africa except so far as it had been a field of exploitation for the Caucasian. You might study the history as it was offered in our system from the elementary school throughout the university, and you would never hear Africa mentioned except in the negative. You would never thereby learn that Africans first domesticated the sheep, goat, and cow, developed the idea of trial by jury, produced the first stringed instruments, and gave the world its greatest boon in the discovery of iron. You would never know that prior to the Mohammedan invasion about 1000 A.D. these natives in the heart of Africa had developed powerful kingdoms which were later organized as the Songhay Empire on the order of that of the Romans and boasting of similar grandeur.

Woodson’s point about no thought being given to African history except where Caucasian exploitation is concerned is particularly poignant. Arguably one of the cleverest artifices of white supremacy is the thorough scrubbing out of African civilization and human existence before contact with Europeans. This is why, according to dishonest Western history books, African history begins with European contact and civilization—and, in the American context, African American history begins with slavery. When oppression and subjugation are falsely presented as the genesis of black human identity, it provides a pseudo-intellectual justification for the marginalization of black people both on the African continent and in the diaspora. Moreover, it provides a justification for self-hatred among black people who are not taught any better.

If Woodson were alive today, he would no doubt be disappointed that his brainchild has been degraded. He would be distressed to learn that his goal of the widespread understanding and recognition of black historical achievement is not being realized. Also, he would most likely be pilloried and accused of being a black militant or an extremist—labels that are customarily placed on any black person who attempts to seriously debunk the brazen mendacities that are shamelessly presented in Western history books as unimpeachable. Indeed, the civil rights gains in America during the 1950s and 1960s are monumental, and they are an unquestionably important part of African American history. However, that cannot and should not be the principal focus of Black History Month. Black Americans have African ancestors who were marvelously accomplished, built civilizations, and were intrepid innovators. African Americans, despite a history of oppression, have demonstrated that same entrepreneurial spirit throughout American history. The convenient white supremacist fiction that Africans lived in mud huts before the arrival of Europeans is arrant balderdash. The history of black people does not begin with slavery or colonialism—nor does black achievement begin with gaining civil rights in the West. Black History Month needs to depict the full historical picture of black brilliance—just as Dr. Woodson envisioned.

-- Chidike Okeem is a black conservative writer. He was born in Igboland (Southeastern Nigeria) and raised in London, England. After a decade in Northern California, he now lives in Dallas, Texas.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

How Jackie Robinson Took on Barry Goldwater

In honor of the Ken Burns latest documentary on baseball legend Jackie Robinson, we talk about the 1964 election and discuss how Jackie went up against GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. And we find out why the icon aligned himself with the Republican party during the Civil Rights movement.

I am too Dark To Be Dominican

Part 2 to my Latina Video! .. Please share! I love you guys and thank you for all the love and support! I tried really hard not to get emotional in this video,..=( But again I love you all!

Egalite for All: Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Revolution

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Black Conservative Case Against Dennis Prager

(Right Noise) - But Prager’s argument has two sides: while liberals may overcharge racism, conservatives underestimate it with the same zeal. A Pew Research Study released last year expresses that very point. It finds that Democrats believe that not enough attention is paid to “real” instances of racism, while Republicans argue that too much attention is paid to “fake” racism. Both can be true: Democrats may pay too much attention to “microaggressions,” while Republicans prefer to ignore racial disparities in police shootings and incarceration.

But all this really means is that the right has lost just as much credibility on the issue of racism as the left.

Please read Joseph Hunter's entire critique of Dennis Prager. ( ).

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Black Conservative Radio — Listen to the newest Right Noise podcast

Donald Trump is almost heroic–really: Find out what our philosophical, cultural, and religious ancestors recommend we do to weather the Trump Era. 

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Akil Alleyne — Interview: Marijuana Legalization & The Opioid Crisis

So I decided to close out the old year with a YouTube chat with my man Sam Tracy about how #Marijuanalegalization can help combat the opioid epidemic.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Sidney Poitier Wins Best Actor: 1964 Oscars

36th Oscars: Sidney Poitier 


Aretha Franklin - "It Hurts Like Hell"

Love was always supposed to be
Something wonderful to me
To watch it grow inside yourself
To feel your heart beside itself
Sometimes it hurts to love so bad
(When you know you've given all you can)
Sometimes it hurts to even laugh
(You do your best but it's still much too sad)
Sometimes the pain is just too much, oh oh
And it hurts like hell, that's the way it feels
True love, it has no hiding place
It's not something you just put away
It's always there inside of you
Oh, and it shows in everything you do

Rosa Perez-Isiah — The Myth of Colorblindness

On the danger of "colorblindness" and not discussing race.

(Medium) Recently I read a quote by a popular actor that troubled me. His words:

“The best way to stop racism today is to stop talking about it.”

Interesting thought. Should we end poverty by not talking about it? Should we close the achievement gap by avoiding the topic? We could begin to change so much of what is wrong in our nation if we engaged in honest and courageous conversations about our biases, beliefs, and misconceptions. One of those misconceptions is the myth of colorblindness.

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Quote of The Day — Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

"Colorblindness sees the nation as a meritocracy, assumes equality, and sidesteps the complexities of race."  — Professor Leah Wright Rigueur

Leah Wright Rigueur is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. An historian by training, she received her B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Princeton University