Tag Archives: Martin Luther King

Tip of the iceberg

There’s always more to the story. We never bother to teach our kids about great Mississippians like Fannie Lou Hamer (view bio piece) and (view 1964 DNC testimony). And not many people teach their kids about Vernon Johns (see James Earl Jones portrayal) who preceded Martin Luther King the way that Claudette Colvin (see story in Mother Jones) preceded Rosa Parks. We are connected in ways that we don’t appreciate and that unconsciousness breeds disrespect. We have forgotten who we are and many of us don’t know from whom we are descended.

Inviting Fiasco

Foreign affairs can sap a nation of it’s energies and divert resources away from unfinished domestic affairs.

A white person with a criminal record is more employable than a black person with a college degree.
I am an Obama supporter but even I know that Lupe’s chance of being invited to an Obama inauguration should have been as likely as the Martin Luther King of 1967 being invited to an LBJ inauguration. My wish is that Black people were more knowledgeable about world affairs but if you look at our incarceration and homicide rates it’s apparent that our understanding is still too primitive to influence foreign policy. Enough of us have gotten through the hole in the fence that we haven’t even challenged the domestic agenda enough to counteract circumstances in which a white person with a criminal record is more employable than a black person with a college degree and no criminal record

Inauguration 2013: Lupe Fiasco leaves concert after antiwar rant