THE LAST WORD
PHIL ROBERTSON’S FANTASY OF THE SOUTH
THE LAST WORD
PHIL ROBERTSON’S FANTASY OF THE SOUTH
PBS – “MANY RIVERS TO CROSS”
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The Dictionary You Can Understand
“It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards.” This selection is an example of a Jim Crow law that was effective in the state of Alabama from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.
Jim Crow laws functioned to keep black and white people separated, particularly in social settings and social institutions such as marriage. The states and cities were allowed to punish people who went against these laws.
Nina Simone – “Backlash Blues” at Montreux 1976
When Rosanell Eaton was 21 years old and living in segregated North Carolina, she became one of the first African Americans in her county registered to vote, after successfully completing a literacy test that required her to recite the preamble to the Constitution. But now, at 92 years old, she faces new obstacles under the voter suppression law signed by Gov. Pat McCrory (R) Monday. For one thing, she may not qualify for the voter ID card required under the new law, because the name on her birth certificate is different from the name on her driver’s license and voter registration card. Reconciling this difference will be a costly and time-consuming administrative endeavor. For another, she has participated in early voting since it was instituted in the state. Now, it’s been cut back a week.
She is one of several individuals who, along with civil rights groups, are already suing the state for what may be the most restrictive voting law in the nation. Other restrictive new provisions in the law include the elimination of same-day registration and early registration for high schoolers in advance of their 18th birthday, and prohibiting certain kinds of voter registration drives that tend to register low-income and minority voters.
When the town’s toilets flush, guess what ends up in African-American yards
Alisa Coe and Bradley Marshall—attorneys in our Florida office—took off on a two-hour drive last month and ended up 60 years away in the rural Georgia town of Rochelle, where black people live on one side of a railroad track and whites on the other.
You’ve heard of this place if you pay attention to news; last weekend the national media was reporting on the local high school’s first interracial prom … ever.
But even as the media focused on the prom, Alisa and Bradley faced up to the town’s mayor and chief of police, who bullied the two attorneys as they investigated claims that the city’s sewer system routinely dumps raw sewage into the streets and yards of the black community (but not the white community). The mayor used his car to block the attorneys’ car when they drove into a black neighborhood, and then screamed and threatened them with arrest. The chief of police pulled up with his lights flashing and told the duo to call him before coming back to Rochelle.
Those fellas obviously didn’t know who they were messing with.
Alisa and Bradley are members of a legal team led by managing attorney David Guest, who is famous in Florida for such things as ignoring alligators as he wades through the Everglades investigating environmental offenses. The whole team’s infused with that spirit.
Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. In the U.S., Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.
Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926.
The goal of Black History Week was to educate Blacks about their
cultural background, and instill in them a sense of pride in their race. [Source: Wikipedia]
Perhaps you are new to the celebration of afro-american history and culture. I just discovered the ultimate source of all things about us and those who love us or, at least, find us interesting: THE GRIO, whose parent is NBC-Universal. This colorful website is rich in content and is one which you will enjoy throughout the whole month of celebration. And, don’t be a stranger here. This year THE GRIO is proud to present “100 History Makers in the Making” which introduces us to black leaders who are making a difference in American society and just might make “the history books.”[sic] 🙂 I jest. Their stories will feature largely in our history. Don’t miss this look at today and peek into the future.
As a black American, I am concerned about the Presidential Election in 2012. I have a driver’s license which is a “picture ID” in my state which will required to vote. A large number of blacks and the elderly in the South have no picture ID. Some are too poor to own a car and need a driver’s licensed. Their Social Security card used to be sufficient ID in business affairs where they had to prove who they were. Republican dominated legislatures all over the nation are orchestrating a campaign to reduce democratic access to the ballot box in 2012 to secure a republican victory…like the one in the last mid-term election. It is said that the infamous Koch Brothers are behind this seemingly uncoordinated scheme. Please read this excerpt from Rolling Stone.
As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. “What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century,” says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.
Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.
All told, a dozen states have approved new obstacles to voting. Kansas and Alabama now require would-be voters to provide proof of citizenship before registering. Florida and Texas made it harder for groups like the League of Women Voters to register new voters. Maine repealed Election Day voter registration, which had been on the books since 1973. Five states – Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia – cut short their early voting periods. Florida and Iowa barred all ex-felons from the polls, disenfranchising thousands of previously eligible voters. And six states controlled by Republican governors and legislatures – Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin – will require voters to produce a government-issued ID before casting ballots. More than 10 percent of U.S. citizens lack such identification, and the numbers are even higher among constituencies that traditionally lean Democratic – including 18 percent of young voters and 25 percent of African-Americans.
Taken together, such measures could significantly dampen the Democratic turnout next year – perhaps enough to shift the outcome in favor of the GOP. “One of the most pervasive political movements going on outside Washington today is the disciplined, passionate, determined effort of Republican governors and legislators to keep most of you from voting next time,” Bill Clinton told a group of student activists in July. “Why is all of this going on? This is not rocket science. They are trying to make the 2012 electorate look more like the 2010 electorate than the 2008 electorate” – a reference to the dominance of the Tea Party last year, compared to the millions of students and minorities who turned out for Obama. “There has never been in my lifetime, since we got rid of the poll tax and all the Jim Crow burdens on voting, the determined effort to limit the franchise that we see today.” [To read the this excellent entire article click here.]
Blacks (and whites) had to demonstrate and protest to help overcome the “Jim Crow” laws which preventing them from voting. It is conceivable that many young people are not aware of The Civil Rights Act-The Voting Right Act. They ended an ugly chapter in American history that David and Charles Koch are trying through money to reverse ex post facto. We must learn the lessons of our past, my fellow Americans. ‘To diminish the rights of one American diminishes us all.’ Watch this capsule history of our struggle and success:
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Recorded August 24, 1919 Columbia Records A2787Al Jolson (May 26, 1886 — October 23, 1950) was a Lithuanian singer, comedian and actor. He was famous for performing in black-face.
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the “happy-go-lucky darky on the plantation” or the “dandified coon”. blackface minstrel shows were the national art of the time, translating formal art such as opera into popular terms for a general audience. Early in the 20th century, blackface branched off from the minstrel show and became a form in its own right, until it ended in the United States with the U.S. Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Netherlands continues to celebrate St. Nicolas Eve with Zwarte Piet in full blackface Moorish costume.
Shuckin’ and jivin’ (or shucking and jiving) is a slang term for the behavior of joking and acting facetiously. More generally, the term can also refer to the speech and behavioral mechanisms adopted in the presence of an authoritative figure. Shuckin’ and jivin’ usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling, used to one-up an opponent or avoid punishment. Shuckin’ and Jivin’: Folklore from Contemporary Black Americans (ISBN 0-253-20265-5) is the name of a book written by Daryl Cumber Dance in 1981. In 1972, the Johnny Lewis Quartet record a soul jazz LP called Shuckin’ ‘N Jivin’ . “Shuckin and Jivin” is also the title of a song by the Osmonds 1971
Some claim that the origins of the phrase may be traced to when “black slaves sang and shouted gleefully during corn-shucking season, and this behavior, along with lying and teasing, became a part of the protective and evasive behavior normally adopted toward white people”. 
According to the 1994 book by Clarence Major, ‘Juba to Jive, a Dictionary of African-American Slang,’ ‘shuck and jive’ dates back to the 1870s and was an ‘originally southern ‘Negro’ expression for clowning, lying, pretense. [Wikipedia]