After the Civil War Blacks were no longer slaves but citizens and had rights and including the right to vote. There were states particularly in the south that hindered our voting right with poll tax and other pervasive ways. Unfortunately for us, Jim Crow laws as well as violence kept us disenfranchised .
With the above conditions we were shackled as we were slavery. Congress didn’t consider civil rights act legislation until 1957. From 1875 until 1957 there was decades of no civil rights legislation. The Civil Rights Act of 1957 was signed by President Eisenhower.
1957 – The Civil Rights Act of 1957 is passed by Congress. It is the first civil rights legislation since 1875. The bill establishes a civil rights commission and a civil rights division in the Justice Department. It also gave the Justice Department authority to seek injunctions against voting rights infractions.
President Kennedy in June 1963 proposed legislation saying the United States “will not be fully free until all of its citizens are free.”
After the death of President Kennedy, President Johnson took up the cause of the Civil Rights legislation. “Let this session of Congress be known as the session which did more for civil rights than the last hundred sessions combined,” Johnson said. The passing of this legislation was not an easy feat. There were ‘good ol boys’ in Congress who did not want this legislation passed.
A Virginian segregationist introduced bill to ban employment discrimination against women. Eventually, the bill passed the House by vote of 290 – 130. The bill moved to the U.S. Senate. Where there was great opposition by southern and Border States. They filibustered for 75 days. This was one of longest filibuster in history. Robert Byrd from West Virginia former Ku Klux Klan member spoke for over 14 consecutive hours.
The Senate voted 73-27 in favor of the bill, and Johnson signed it into law on July 2, 1964. “It is an important gain, but I think we just delivered the South to the Republican Party for a long time to come,” Johnson, a Democrat, purportedly told an aide later that day in a prediction that would largely come true. –expert from History Channel.
Racism, hiding in plain sight. I thought Roseann was trying to stay relevant until now. She sounds like a self-proclaimed racist. Like ice cream, racism comes in many flavors. I’m not racist but I’m not going to hire you. I’m not racist but I choose not to rent to you. I’m not racist but I joke about in my skit then in my real life I tweet racist comment about a public figures. Shame on you Roseann Barr costing all those people their job. WTF
This is what Roseann tweeted (CNN article source): “Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”
Barr was responding to a comment about Valerie Jarrett, a top former aide to President Obama. She claimed she was joking, but then she deleted the tweet and issued an apology to Jarrett and “all Americans.”
This is the story of 40 year old Frazier Baker, a school teacher that was appointed postmaster of Lake City, SC who was lynched. The federal government appointed Blacks in certain areas of the south as postmasters as part of the reconstruction period. Unfortunately, this did not please the local whites. White folks were so outraged; a white mob attacked Frazier and his wife and kids. On February 22, 1898 Frazier and a daughter was killed. His wife Julia and another child was wounded and barely escaped.
A white South Carolina senator made the statement that the fine white people of Lake City refused to receive their mail from a “nigger.” So, those fine white folks at 1am decided to set the post office on fire that also was where Frazier and wife and children called home. Frazier was unsuccessful when he tried to put out the fire and when they opened the door the white mob fired at them. His wife Julia was holding their 2 year old in her arms when the child was shot and killed. He was so furious that he swung the door open and died from a hail of bullets. The rest of the family took flight and hide in bushes until the fire died down and the gun shots stopped.
Julia and the children who escaped went to a neighbor for help. One daughter had been shot in the arm and Julia was wounded by the same bullet that killed her 2 year old daughter. They went untreated for days. The news of this lynching was received with condemnation. Ida B Wells-Barnett argued that this lynching is a federal matter because Frazier was appointed to postmaster by President McKinley. Federal government investigated and tried those involved but the all-white jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared and the men were never tried again.
The men who were tried for the lynching and murder of the Bakers is listed below:
In 1892, three African-American men—Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart—set up a grocery store in Memphis. Their new business drew customers away from a white-owned store in the neighborhood, and the white store owner and his supporters clashed with the three men on a few occasions. One night, Moss and the others guarded their store against attack and ended up shooting several of the white vandals. They were arrested and brought to jail, but they didn’t have a chance to defend themselves against the charges—a lynch mob took them from their cells and murdered them.
These brutal killings incensed Wells, leading to her write articles decrying the lynching of her friend and the wrongful deaths of other African Americans. Putting her own life at risk, she spent two months traveling in the South, gathering information on other lynching incidents. One editorial seemed to push some of the city’s whites over the edge. A mob stormed the office of her newspaper, destroying all of her equipment. Fortunately, Wells had been traveling to New York City at the time. She was warned that she would be killed if she ever returned to Memphis.
Staying in the North, Wells wrote an in-depth report on lynching in America for the New York Age, an African-American newspaper run by former slave T. Thomas Fortune. She lectured abroad in 1893, looking to drum up support for her cause among reform-minded whites. Upset by the ban on African-American exhibitors at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Wells penned and circulated a pamphlet entitled “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Represented in the World’s Columbian Exposition.” This effort was funded and supported by famed abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass, and lawyer and editor Ferdinand Barnett. Also in 1893, Wells published A Red Record, a personal examination of lynchings in America.
In 1898, Wells brought her anti-lynching campaign to the White House, leading a protest in Washington, D.C., and calling for President William McKinley to make reforms. She married Ferdinand Barnett that same year, and was thereafter known as Ida B. Wells-Barnett. While the couple eventually had four children together, Wells remained committed to her social and political activism.
What can I say!! It feels like we ain’t safe from hate even in church. Yeah, I used ain’t. When do we get a break? Why do white folks hate on Black folks for NO reason? I’m scared yall! Anywhere outside my home I am afraid. Black folks are known to die young because of this very shit. RACISM is alive and well and living in the racist heart of Ryann Roof. Who does this heinous murder of 9 Black people in church at bible study?
Anyone who ever attended a bible study knows that we pray at the beginning for God’s guidance and understanding of his word. When you discuss God there is reverence and holiness in air. I like to know, how can you shoot and kill 9 people because they are Black and you are white after spending an hour in that bible study atmosphere. Shaking my head, that old southern white racist attitude still exist, is still around in a young white man. This very attitude the great migration north. Scary! It brought back the fact that we are not safe in America because we are Black.
This is what its really like to be Black Rachel Dolezal.
Paula Deen has raised her inappropriate, un-political correctness and down-right stupid racist head again! For those who don’t know, Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo was a famous married couple who were loved for TV comedy shows.
Paula and her son did Lucy and Ricky Ricardo(Cuban) Halloween 2011 skit where Paula’s son was in brown face as Ricky.
I wanted to forgive you and I was almost there. All I had to do was keep remind myself that I practice a religion that requires that I forgive those who trespass against me. So I forgive you but I won’t forget. But, after this I guess I will never make your smothered pork recipe again.