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A few days ago, during her first week in 2nd Grade my daughter was asked by a fellow student, why she wore a “black mask”. It was not a question of innocence or curiosity. The same child, on the first day of school, brought a Vietnamese student to tears with mean-spirited, racially-charged comments about her ethnicity.
This from a 7 year old? Who will he be at 27 or 47 years old when there’s no authoritative figure in seat to mandate a less than sincere apology?
There are NO WORDS for how sick I am of the “race matters” discussion! Tired of explaining where racism and culture bias occurs to people who don’t have to live within its historic time stamp. Repulsed by people who wield their sickness openly and willingly, while expecting me to be patient, understanding and capable of looking beyond it.
Angered by having to educate my innocent 7 year old (I’ve been through this “coaching” twice already with my sons) about the crap she’ll have to face as a result of being sugar-honey brown!
Unbelievable I walked away from a life rooted in Civil Rights and Social Justice 15 years ago only to find we’ve made little to no progress in the struggle for freedom and justice. Feels more like we’re living in 1964 rather than 2014.
As the senseless deaths of black males continue to be a tragic American past-time, inconceivable the 1857 words Chief Justice Roger B. Taney spoke to Dred Scott and the world ring truer than ever! That black men…
“had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic, whenever profit could be made by it.”
And this is our PRESENT DAY reality?!
My Great Grandmother Annie Jackson’s Jim Crow South admonishment and warning to her sons has found its 21st century incarnation and medium in ME?!
Damn. Damn. Damn!
How the hell can this be?! Makes me wanna holler!
Tonight at 6PM ET we return to our You Got Roots?! virtual round-table to talk with Cornell University Historian Edward E. Baptist about his recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, American finance grew on the back of slaves and catching-up with genealogy blogger Taneya Koonce on her recent JET Magazine feature, Rooted In Family History.
We’re taking a ‘pulse-check’ on where People of Color are on the journey to restore their family legacies – past and present.
Both Ed and Taneya have projects in the making that are of HUGE interest to African American researchers tracing their slave ancestry! So STAY TUNED!
- Welcome and You Got Roots Intros
- Let’s Talk Interview — Ed Baptist and Taneya Koonce
- Twitter & Chat Community Questions/Comments — what would you like to know or share? Dial-in: (347) 838-8307
- Weekly TECH TIP — Family Tree Building! Tools & Best Practices by Taneya Koonce
Alright y’all 6PM ET! In the words of Marvin………………… LET’S GET IT ON!:)
Luckie | @AAGSARFacebook | #YouGotRoots #YGRLetsTalk
For the American African-descendant that’s no easy task! In a culture yet to make peace with its deeply engrained race-hatred, brown/black children are often encouraged, trained and taught to be anything other than their naturally beautiful selves.
Embracing and loving you in America takes courage — and character. That’s why I dig Culinary Historian Michael Twitty of Afroculinaria so much!
Black. Jewish. Gay. Educator. Activist. Antebellum Chef, fighting for Culinary Justice AND sanctioning his own words too — BLACKIFIED?!
Unapologetic. Brilliant. Gifted. Michael. What’s not to admire?!:)
From craving Michael’s Lowcountry Many Rivers to Cross fixins, to being moved by his gracious delivery of an Open Letter to Paula Deen, to being schooled on the exploitation of my Slave Ancestors skills and labor via his MAD Symposium lecture. EVERYTHING about Michael Twitty is unexpected, relevant, and authentic!
He’s exactly what a 21st Century Thought Leader should be!
So how does one create a Michael Twitty? Just ask Michael and his glorious Ancestors!:)
You Got Roots. Sunday, March 9 at 6PM ET. Join us! It’s time for SCHOOL y’all!:)
Image Source – Artwork by the talented and so sweet, Miyuki
In a little less than 1 hour AAGSAR’s BlogTalkRadio series, You Got Roots goes live! Wow!:)
With a healthy mix of nervous energy [still figuring out our audio clips!:] and overflowing with PURE excitement [how cool is this?!], we’re gearing-up for AAGSAR: Where African American Genealogy & Smart Technology Connect!
Today’s launch is all about the listening audience getting to know us, the African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research Community (AAGSAR), better and vice-versa. I’m the first to admit this audience complete with its platform and tools are ALL NEW to me! I have 1 whole TEST show under my belt!:)
With all of the amazing opportunities we have before us, we have more than our fair share of challenges. Never has there been a more critical time to talk, connect, build and grow together than now.
And when I say “we”, I’m not just referring to People of Color. I mean WE — people who can find common ground and purpose to advance forward. True progress requires vested effort and community collaboration.
So, what’s on today’s You Got Roots program menu?
- Welcome and You Got Roots Intros (Luckie Daniels, Host & Bernita Allen, Co-Host)
- Let’s Talk Interview (Bernita) — What you need to know about Luckie but were afraid to ask!:)
- AAGSAR Community Callers (Luckie/Bernita) — share a bit about who you are, where listeners find you online and why AAGSAR works for you? Dial-in: (347) 838-8307
- Listening, Twitter & Chat Community Questions/Comments (Bernita) — what would you like to know or share? Have at it! Dial-in: (347) 838-8307
- Weekly TECH TIP — Why Your Online Narrative Matters (Luckie Daniels)
- Wrap-up & Next Week on YGR (Luckie/Bernita) — HISTORY: Getting BLACKIFIED with Afroculinaria’s Michael Twitty
Alright y’all 6PM ET! Let’s talk!:)
Luckie | @AAGSARFacebook | #YouGotRoots #YGRLetsTalk
“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.” – Margaret Wheatley
It never fails. Anytime an African American person takes a pro-active [vs. passive] posture in discussing matters of racism and cultural bias in a non-black arena, we’re quickly painted with a broad-stroke — race-baiter, fight-starter, antagonist, troublemaker. BULLY!
If you’re a plain-spoken black woman, go ahead and augment your derogatory “coloring” with aggressive, defensive, threatening and volatile too!
This reverse race-card labeling, delivered by the always undeserving accuser is as dependable as clock-work.
It is an unwritten social-rule in our fractured culture — at all times, African American people should apply saint-like passivity, patience and diplomacy when confronting matters of race. We should be stoic; always traveling along the “high-road”. We should implore those denying us the freedoms we deserve with insightful lessons on inclusion and diversity, right?
After 14 years of maintaining an online presence in the genealogy community, and 40+ years of being brown America, I’m rarely shocked by the swirl following one of my “Come to Jesus” Our Georgia Roots blog posts and/or Twitter comments!
Are not the contributions of my once enslaved Ancestors worthy of society’s acknowledgement? As the 21st Century living descendant preserving their legacies, do I not have every right to expect unbiased access to the historic records, resources and technology impacting my ability to successfully trace my ancestry?
As the Great Granddaughter of Ancestors who thrived far beyond the Jim Crow South they survived, and the Granddaughter of Ancestors who in 1963 Marched on Washington believing we’d live the American Dream, you can count on me raising cane about not being a full beneficiary of it in 2014!
The struggle to not weigh down the shoulders of my beautiful brown children with America’s persistent DNA memory of race hatred and fear is exhausting, and witnessing Mamas who look just like me grieve dead sons who look just like mine, leaves me enraged. Damn right I’m going to talk about it!
When AAGSAR You Got Roots BlogTalkRadio goes live next Sunday evening on March 2 at 6PM ET, expect no less. I make no apologies. I don’t have another 15 years to willingly invest tiptoeing around racially-biased but socially-sensitive feelings.
EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE.
The goal of You Got Roots?! is to gather progressive like-minds [not like-races] in discussions about how we individually and collectively push the dial forward. Genealogy. Technology. Innovation. Education. History. Social Justice. Advocacy. Collaboration. Community. Community. Community!
It’s time to talk y’all! Let’s build TOGETHER.
- WHAT: AAGSAR Where African American Genealogy & Smart Technology Connect!
- WHEN: Starting every Sunday, March 2, 2014 | 6-6:30PM ET
- WHERE: blogtalkradio.com/AAGSARYouGotRoots
Luckie | You Got Roots?!
There are no excuses in 2014 for not delivering culturally relevant and historically accurate narratives in respect to African American history.
Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross masterfully guides viewers through 500 years of African American history, and is ideal for families and educators working to truly engage young people in learning.
Enhanced by visual aids, Subject Matter Experts, rich oral histories and geographical context, Many Rivers is completely engaging from beginning to end, and offers Classroom Lesson Plans designed to support junior and high school student learning!
Visit the PBS Many Rivers To Cross website to learn more about the series and classroom learning curricula!
Black History learning has NEVER been so empowered and exciting!:)
On January 15, 2014 in honor of the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1300 Community House Middle School students taught an awestruck online community a much needed lesson in dreaming!
From simple, clear promises to well thought-out pledges, student after student shared how they would contribute to Dr. King’s Dream of a better future. We got a glimpse of how society’s future citizens and civic leaders #DREAMFORWARD.
And here’s what I learned about our Dreamers. They not only understand the challenges we face and tackle them head-on, they understand their role today and the one they’ll play tomorrow in resolving them!
Our Dreamers were so unified in their #DREAMFORWARD message, it was difficult distinguishing race and ethnicity among them.
The scars left by our country’s blemished history ARE fading, and this gives me hope someday we will live in a society capable of self-correction.
I’m convinced our greatest chance of fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of equality and true freedom, rests within the genuine intentions of young people to not repeat the mistakes of the past, stand for what is right and vest in treating ALL people fairly with respect.
Thanks to Congressman John Lewis for providing our Dreamers their charge forward! Who better than you can speak to the sacrifice and reward of being willing to stand for justice? You epitomize civic leadership and we were thrilled to have you dreaming with us!:)
Thanks to our Dream Team coordinators, Principal Brooks, Katy Coffelt and CH teachers for your support in making this event happen! You folks ROCK!:)
And to our Community House Dreamers you outdid yourselves! Thanks to your vision, we’ll be tagging the #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr with dreams for MANY days to come!:)
NEVER stop dreaming. BE A KING!
P.S. I’d be remiss. Our Dream Team has more than earned its dream…
It is our dream, as an administrative team, that public schools will stop participating in the type of labeling, sorting, and selecting that is so characteristic of our society as a whole. It is our dream that all students will have equity in education, where every student gets what he or she needs, regardless of background. It is our dream that every student will be taught at the highest possible levels and a rigorous academic course of instruction is available to all students. And it is our dream that doors will open for all students as a result of having received the best possible education our schools can offer. #DREAMFORWARD
Ongoing MLK Campaign: 100 Days of Nonviolence – The KING Center