Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 11, 2013
Black History Month is again in full swing. Originally envisioned by the renowned historian Carter G. Woodson as Negro History Week, since 1976 the nation has been asked to take the month of February to recall and celebrate the unique contribution of African Americans aka Negroes aka Colored folks aka Black people to the American story. To truly appreciate the mistold and overlooked history and why it is so important that America focuses on it, one need look no further than Woodson’s works. These include one of the most passionate arguments against white supremacy ever written, Carter G. Woodson’s Appeal, written in 1921 and The Miseducation of the Negro (which should be required reading for every American, and which can be read in its entirety here), if for no other reason than his now 80-year old evaluation of the fundamental issues affecting the psyche of Black Americans and our collective relationship to this country's majority (in this author's opinion) remains true to this day:
When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.

The 2013 theme for Black History Month is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington". This theme succinctly evokes the watchful hopefulness that many Black Americans feel this year, which is both celebrating the Jubilee (the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation) and the 50-Year Anniversary of the March for Jobs and Freedom. The watchful hopefulness that many of us had, in some measure, when President Barack Hussein Obama was elected, then inaugurated, as the nation's first Black President. As President Obama noted in his proclamation honoring this month:

We look back to the men and women who helped raise the pillars of democracy, even when the halls they built were not theirs to occupy. We trace generations of African Americans, free and slave, who risked everything to realize their God-given rights. We listen to the echoes of speeches and struggle that made our Nation stronger, and we hear again the thousands who sat in, stood up, and called out for equal treatment under the law. And we see yesterday's visionaries in tomorrow's leaders, reminding us that while we have yet to reach the mountaintop, we cannot stop climbing.
Full Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 12, 2013
The Crassuses of the world are few and far between, thank the lord.
CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#3 Feb 12, 2013
Old Proverb:

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.

Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.

2013 Updated Revision:

Give a man a welfare check, a free cell phone with unlimited free minutes, free Internet, cash for his clunker, food stamps, section 8 housing, free contraceptives, Medicaid, ninety-nine weeks of unemployment, free medicine, and he will vote Democratic the rest of his life…even after he's dead.

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