Friday, February 25, 2011
THE RICH SPOT: Defending SUNO: Preventing the Merger of SUNO & UN...: "Defending SUNO: Preventing the Merger of SUNO & UNO. Here's a little quick video I made on the issue. Many in the African-American commu..."
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
(Image from "The Simpsons")
Why the white man who invented DNA testing could be honored as a part of Black History
I couldn't help but to read this story that came out last week. It's the story of a man named Barney, (not the James nor the Jim) Brown. Mr. Brown was recently freed from prison in 2009 from a rape charge in 1970. He spent 38 years of his life in prison at the age of 14. He has since spent his time trying to teach children to be the best they can be. Now, Mr. Brown is not a DNA exonoree, but it came to my attention since recently alot of men, predominately African-American, have been freed as a result of DNA testing.
So I have begun to wonder: Should the white man that invented DNA testing be honored during Black History Month? I've been wondering about this cause after all, DNA testing has freed more men of color then the Emancipation Proclamation. It's true actually because the Proclamation only freed slaves in Confederate States. But if you're secceding from the country, would you actually listen to the president?
But none the less, Barney Brown's story, like that of Joseph Abbitt, Clarence Bradley and so many others shows how unjust the Judicial System can be. It's greatful that we live in a new technological age, where things can be much more clearer from previous times. So as we commerate the achievements of so many African-American men and women, I do wonder, should we also think the white man who came up with DNA testing? Who knows? We've invented so many stuff and don't get credit, it could've been a black man that came up with it. But secrets tend to be buried, until further testing
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Should Black Americans celebrate Black History Month?
First off, it's amazing to note how fast the year is already going. It's going quicker than how many people change drawers (Don't know about all of you). We just finished with the month of January, and now we're in February. This month marks the celebration of Black History Month. Morgan Freeman, best know for helping Batman defeat the Joker, stated in a 60 minutes interview a few years back that, Black History Month was "ridiculous". He insisted that Black History ought to be celebrated all year round. Now, it's no secret we have the shortest month of the year to celebrate.
Black History Month actually started out as Negro History Week, from Dr. Carter G. Woodson. Dr. Woodson is famous for writing the book The Mis-Education of the Negro and created The Journal of African American History.
All of the achievements that Dr. Woodson made were during the darkest moments in American History. A time when black men/women were hanging from trees like fruit, and weren't even allowed in a restaurant to buy a cup of coffee. And while we live in the 21st century, there are those that contend that Black History Month is no longer relevant cause "we have overcome". Really, Negro? Really?
Well, I do agree with Mr. Fox...I mean Mr. Freeman on Black History being celebrated all year. The contributions of a people should not be delegated just to one month. Besides McDonald's tells us they celebrate Black 365. Our history books should incorporate the Black struggle and the tasks and challenges that we had to face. The capital of the United States, which is now occupied by an African-American president, was designed and built by Benjammin Banneker.
With that being said, if we say this about Black History Month, should we say the same thing to other groups of people that celebrate their history in a month, such as Hispanic Heritage Month, starting Sept. 15 to Oct.15 ? Or what about Filipino American History Month in October, Women's History Month and White History Month (Which I don't plan to commerate. I think we know how this History started.). So, in the end, I do feel we need moments in our lives to celebrate heritages and traditions, whether they are commerated for one month or for one year. The question of Black History Month's importance has served as a great challenge for some, and it looks like it will continue to be that way.