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By Billy "Hollywood" Groves
EAST TEXAS-America is often described as a melting pot of people, cultures and traditions with elite whites at the top of the “food chain” and African Americans at the bottom. Unfortunately, those facts have been in place since African Americans first arrived here as slaves.
All of that free labor, all of the public service, all of the accomplishments of America’s best kept secrets (Black people) past and present---still cannot lift Black folks off the bottom of America’s food chain.
Before my “pull yourself up by your booth strings” critics start “tripping”, I have to remind them that it’s America’s unpaid debt to Black Americans that created and continues to contribute to poverty and hunger among Black youth and adults. I guarantee you that America would have had many Black presidents if African Americans would have been given what was owed them by the American government after the civil war.
In my mind, “reparations” for Black people who are descendants of American slaves is a far better “idea” than spending billions on wars trying to dominate “the world” militarily.
Since Black youth are suffering the most in poverty and hunger, it’s a “no brainer” as to who deserves to get money from America. America has made many bad choices toward their Black citizens, then and now.
We (America) have a chance to right some historical wrongs by giving reparations to African Americans.
Who knows and who could say, what Black people could do to advance America if we had the finances to fully develop our people. I truly believe that if America would have come through with those 40 acres and a mule in 1865, African Americans would be on the same economic level as white Americans.
I also believe America’s defiance against Black progress has cost America the loss of valuable talent in science, medicine, technology and leadership that is sorely needed. God Bless America, Africa and freedom fighters for reparations!
Rev. Delvin and Brenda Atchison of Waco, pastor and wife of Antioch Baptist Church in Waco, recently returned from their vacation in England. The Atchisons were accompanied by Rev. Marvin and Eunice Jones of Waco. Brenda Groves Atchison is the daughter of Sis. Earlie Groves of Crockett and a Sam Houston State University graduate, who has been an educator for many years. Brenda said they got to see some of the historical spots around London, including the Oxford Schools. The Atchisons did a lot to advance the cause of freedom for Black people in East Texas when they served as pastor and wife of Bethel Baptist Church in Crockett. From what I am hearing from Black people in Waco, they are doing a good job for Blacks in Central Texas.
A Community Organizer ALERT
By Eddie Griffin, Member BASG
FORT WORTH- Our friend and colleague Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now, was arrested at the Republican National Convention while trying to question the St. Paul police about the detention of Producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. The Democracy Now crew was covering the story of street protest at the RNC when they were arrested. Amy was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a legal process and interference with a peace officer.
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S., Democracy Now! is broadcast on Pacifica, NPR, community, and college radio stations; on public access, PBS, satellite television (DISH network: Free Speech TV ch. 9415 and Link TV ch. 9410; DIRECTV: Link TV ch. 375); and on the internet. DN!’s podcast is one of the most popular on the web.
Democracy Now!’s War and Peace Report provides our audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.
Perils of a Free Press
During the demonstration in which the Democracy Now! team was arrested, law enforcement officers used pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades and excessive force against protesters and journalists. Several dozen demonstrators were also arrested during this action, as was a photographer for the Associated Press.
Eddie Griffin comments
It seems like only yesterday we were criticizing the Communist Chinese for brutal suppression of protesters and journalists who covered their story during the Beijing Olympics. Should we be surprised that the same has happened in St. Paul, Minnesota?
Police states are not just endemic to China, Russia, Zimbabwe, and other countries where human rights have no meaning. We find our country equally as totalitarian under the US homeland security policy.
What is amazing is the fact we saw the protests and arrests on national television and never considered the fate of the demonstrators. Had it not been for the arrest of Amy Goodman, we would have silently acquiesced to the city and state’s right to detain.
No, this is not right. Ms. Goodman is one of the finest journalists in the business. We have often relied on her report, when all we received from the mainstream media was propaganda.