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AFRICANGLOBE - Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless. Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children. This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous. “We took out all the radicality of their legacy,” says Raoul Peck, director of “I Am Not Your Negro.”
AFRICANGLOBE - America’s founding fathers brought two nations into open warfare in the name of freedom. This is a form of radicalism represented by Malcolm X. When he exhorted black Americans to stop singing and start swinging, he openly affirmed the legitimacy of violent self-defense against white supremacy and its murderous practitioners. Malcolm certainly sought to disrupt the status quo of white supremacy by unsanctioned means.
AFRICANGLOBE- If Black lives matter, surely their economic lives matter too. And a new report shows that Black people still face discrimination and hardship in their fight for economic dignity, as sure as they do in the fight for basic respect.
AFRICANGLOBE - Comedian Chris Rock famously joked that in many schools, African-American history is often limited to the study of Martin Luther King. With Black History Month coming to an end, we wanted to highlight five slightly lesser-known African-American geeks that have made enormous contributions to society. One amazing thing to keep in mind is that most of these men and women were geeks at a time when most Blacks in the US didn’t even have access to education.
AFRICANGLOBE - The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. was short. He was born in 1929 into a racist, hate-filled society with entrenched bigotry enforced by uncivilized laws. But, like Mohandas Gandhi, who took back his country from the British, MLK forced change on the United States through his inspired use of nonviolent resistance.
AFRICANGLOBE - America’s devils only want you to know that King prayed, sang and marched! We have to understand that we can’t expect to see movies made about Nat Turner or Denmark Vesey. We won’t see streets named, buildings named or high schools named after some Black freedom fighters because we have to study and cultivate our own history, make our own movies and not settle for what devilish movie moguls want to produce and distribute.
AFRICANGLOBE - A scathing letter sent by the FBI to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has been uncovered, pulling back the curtain on the FBI’s efforts to discredit the leader as his popularity grew. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is depicted as evil and a fraud in the letter that urges the civil rights icon to commit suicide. The letter calls Dr. King “evil,” a “fraud,” and a “dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile.”
AFRICANGLOBE - To say that Leonardo DiCaprio is simply a good actor would be a gross understatement, given the remarkable resume of award winning performances he’s given throughout his illustrious career. But his acting chops alone are not enough to spare him from the flack he’ll receive from his latest movie role.
AFRICANGLOBE - Black women are three times more likely to abort than those of any other race. Black teenage abortion rates are more than double the national average. Around one thousand more black children are dead every day from abortion. Sixteen million black children have been killed since 1973 in the U.S. alone. Forty percent of black pregnancies end in abortion. Abortion is the leading cause of death in black America.
AFRICANGLOBE - One of the important aspects in the remembrance of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is that he, like all of us, was an evolving human being who readily admitted that as impactful as his work in the civil rights movement was, it had not reached the root of the problem facing Black Americans.
AFRICANGLOBE - Saturday night, controversial Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. presented his recent PBS documentary series on African American history as part of Yale’s extended celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. For more than two hours, Gates discussed the progresses made by the African American community,
AFRICANGLOBE - It amazes me how much focus there is on Black American history in the months of January and February. It seems to be almost sacrilegious for some Blacks not to deliberate on these months. But how much are we missing by limiting our celebrations to approximately 60 days?
AFRICANGLOBE - Just like they did to Martin Luther King, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela’s memory is being whitewashed, sanitized, pasteurized and watered down! Instead of being a freedom fighter, a warrior against White apartheid and White tyranny or a soldier in the fight for equal rights and justice, Nelson Mandela is to many people merely someone who worked with the South African government to bring an end to social apartheid!
AFRICANGLOBE -Malcolm X was assassinated three years before King, but both men were 39-years-old when they died. Is this just mere historical coincidences or is there something else. In traditional African society one becomes an elder at age 40. Hence, both were snatched away from us on the very eve of attaining the height of their powers.