Uncomfortable History Month begins

I post about Black History Month numerous times each February, recognizing the accomplishments of Black people and also calling out the racism and discrimination against Blacks in our society. However, whatever I say is diminished by the fact that I am not Black and have not experienced that discrimination first-hand. Our friend Brosephus, however, is far more familiar with it than I am and his words have a legitimacy that my own lack. So today, I have chosen to share Brosephus’ post of February 1st, the first day of this year’s Black History Month. Thank you, Bro!

The Mind of Brosephus

Today is February 1st which means it’s also the beginning of Black History Month in the US. I typically don’t like to celebrate this as I personally think that Black History is American History.

However, since white guilt seems to be an issue nowadays, I’m going to go out of my way to make some folks feel uncomfortable.

So, for the next 28 days, I am going to search for something significant about American history and its apparent ability to make Americans uncomfortable.

Image via NCpedia.org

To kick things off, we’ll honor February 1st and the Greensboro Four.

On this date in 1960, four college freshmen from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) decided to take on segregation by staging a sit-in at Woolworth’s lunch counter. Ezell Blair Jr (now Jibreel Khazan), Joseph McNiel, Franklin McCain, and David Richmond started what eventually became a mass sit-in protest…

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44 thoughts on “Uncomfortable History Month begins

  1. I went a bit off topic, Jill, but there was a reason. Gail is watching a reno program beside me, and the renovators are building a wine rack, in the dining room, including a wet bar, for one white family, THAT HOLDS 320 BOTTLES OF WINE! What kind of a message are those people sending to their children, and to all their friends. WE CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT ALCOHOL IN OUR LIVES! And it is perfectly acceptable!
    Put 320 bottles of wine into the home of an indigenous family, and white people would go crazy with insults and condemnations! Watching that while reading about how white people treat people of colour, any colour, and knowing how they would insult and condemn others! TALK ABOUT WHITE PRIVILEGE!
    The contradicting pictures just overwhelmed me!

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  2. I know he was not a saint and his record was patchy but at times like this I have the urge to get onto a confederate-flag waving site site and type ‘William Tecumseh Sherman’ then insert part of a quote of his….
    ‘My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
    Concluding with…. ‘America could have done with him in Washington on the 6th January 2021’

    Yes, yes I know all the reasons why I should not do that…
    However there are times some folk deserve a taste of their own medicine and face up to what it’s like to be on the receiving end of offensive remarks.

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    • It has always astonished me how Black people could be brutalized and told they were not welcome — while they, as a people, had been violently forced to the U.S. from their African home as slaves. In Toni Morrison’s novel Beloved, the narrator notes that, like the South, the Civil War era northern states also hated Black people but happened to hate slavery more.

      After decades of news consumption, I have found that a disturbingly large number of categorized people, however precious their souls, can be considered thus treated as though disposable, even to an otherwise democratic nation.

      When they take note of this, tragically, they’re vulnerable to begin subconsciously perceiving themselves as beings without value. (I’ve observed this in particular with indigenous-nation people living with substance abuse/addiction related to residential school trauma, including the indigenous children’s unmarked graves in Canada.) … Yet there has been little or no reparations or real refuge for the abovementioned peoples.

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      • Regarding your last paragraph, we are looked down on as worthless alcoholics incapable of raising children to be anything but another generation of worthless alcoholics. THEY DO NOT REALIZE THEY INTERRUPTED THE PARENT/CHILD CYCLE BY STEALING OUR CHILDREN AND FORCING THEM TO BE RAISED in Residential Schools BY PEOPLE WHO DID NOT LOVE THEM, WHO STOLE THEIR HERITAGE AND REPLACED IT WITH PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SPIRITUAL AND sexual ABUSE — and NEVER allowed us to learn to be parents.
        First off, it was the white person who brought alcohol to us. WE ARE ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLES IN THIS WORLD who evolved without the NEED for mind-altering drugs such as alcohol, or opium, or shisha, etc., to make our lives LIVEABLE. White people in particular started their love affair with mind-altering alcohol 1000s of years ago, and have DEPENDED ON ALCOHOL EVER SINCE they invented it. And look what they did with the OPIATES THEY LEARNED ABOUT IN ASIA, resulting in the current FENTANYL CRISIS. But do people ever call their whole race worthless addicts because of the actions of the few? So why are all RED PEOPLE assaulted with such adjectives when most of us are not like that!
        I better shut up. I feel a protest post coming on. Sorry if I got carried away.

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  3. Jill,

    This is a great idea, for many of us WordPress bloggers to publish, at LEAST one post during February. However, I do really like your Morgan Freeman quote from your February 2, 2020 post:

    I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.

    I am a HUGE Morgan Freeman fan, always have been, especially when he was hosting Through the Wormhole. I was such a nerdy geek for that show. I’ve watched the entire series a second time as well.

    But here with his quote, I must totally agree with him. I grew up in South Dallas and a equally balanced area of 1/3rd Black, 1/3rd Hispanic, and 1/3rd White. Fortunately, I had two fine parents that were, well, “color-blind.” It made no difference to them and we all had friends from every ethnicity. So I find it shameful, let alone indecent, that in 157-years after the end of the American Civil War on slavery, in 145-years after The Reconstruction Era—to rebuild America not just literally in building materials and the South’s economy, but socially as well—and that in 54-years since the official end of The Civil Rights Era… this #^@%*~$ 🤬 country is STILL struggling with abhorrent racism, bigotry, hateful violence, and plenty of social prejudice and discrimination to make any normal human being vomit repeatedly! Un-EFFIN-believable! What is this nation’s ONE social demographic’s malfunction (whites, to be perfectly clear!) with those who are a mere miniscule 0.8% genetically different!?*

    Think about that! That percentage is so incredibly insignificant that it deserves no discussion whatsoever, not even a byline in a middle school campus’ newsletter from the tiny island of Simping, Indonesia! Geezzz. What this percentage translates to is that the entire human race has a genetic/DNA of 99.2%! And yet, we are still fighting, struggling with this near invisible difference! WTF America!? Furthermore, that miniscule 0.8% really only represents our many various habitats or environment from birth to young adulthood and its exterior influences of diet, climate, and resources inherent to that specific (small?) region. Duh, right!? 🙄

    Nevertheless, we still have imbeciles like Senator Ted Cruz (R)-Texas who blabbers foolish non-sense like this:

    Ted Cruz calls Biden’s vow to nominate first Black woman to U.S. Supreme Court “offensive”
    —by Andrew Zhang at The Texas Tribune, Feb. 1, 2022 – link provided in next comment below

    Bottom-line and a FACT that will never ever change: A person is not born a racist. They are taught to be one. Period! End of debate or discussion!

    ——————
    * – Source: https://www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/race-is-real-but-its-not-genetic

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    • I fully agree that Black History is American History, or at least a large part of it. Unfortunately, not everyone is on that boat. Like you, I adore Morgan Freeman but have never seen the “Through the Wormhole” series. However, I checked and I can watch it on Amazon for free, so I will be starting season 1 tonight! Thanks for the suggestion!

      It is indeed shameful that in this, the 21st century, we still haven’t learned what is really important in life, haven’t learned to stop hating, to end our ‘fear of other’, to set aside differences and live side-by-side in peace. Men can walk on the moon, can cure most diseases, can implant a pig’s heart into a human, but they can’t get over their bigotry and hatred. Pathetic.

      As for Ted Cruz and his ilk … they don’t even deserve our notice or attention. They are idiots.

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    • We need silly and humorous more now than ever! Why do you think I continue my Jolly Monday and sometimes Saturday Surprise posts? We cannot afford to sink into the depths of despair … yes, we must stay on top of what is happening and let our voices be heard, but we also need to chuckle or even laugh sometimes. Hugs, dear Angie!

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      • I just erased a really good, NO, a really great reply. I’m realizing the touch pad on the laptop is the culprit since that’s where I rest my hand half the time. Now I have to learn to keep away from that little stinker and find another hand rest. Maybe some day that will happen but now my printer has an empty ink cartridge so I guess I had better fix that before I lose the entire job and have to start over. Hugs right back Jill.

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            • Did you get it disabled? Let me know if you need any help. I absolutely hate the touchpad … it is obviously not intended for those of us who write most of the time, but for those who play video games online, I think! Hugs ‘n love to you, dear friend!

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              • My computer let me use the hardest to hit setting, but doesn’t seem to have anything to disable it. I can tell a slight difference, but not a good fix yet. Any advice will be welcomed and appreciated. As far as I’m concerned they could leave the touchpad off and I would be happy.

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                  • I have a Lenovo Idea Pad, 15 inch, and Windows 11. Guess I could ask Lenovo how to do it but didn’t think about that until just now. Most of my revelations come while talking or writing to my daughter or my sister, so having suddenly realized this makes you a sister I think. Welcome to the family!

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                    • I’m not familiar with the Lenovo, so I Googled and this is what I found:
                      In the search box, type mouse.
                      Now look at the search results. If you see Mouse Properties or Mouse, click on it. Otherwise, click on Mouse & Touchpad settings
                      Click on Additional Mouse Options. Depending on the model, the menu may have a different layout.
                      On a ThinkPad, you will see a tab named UltraNav or ThinkPad. You will have to either check or uncheck the Enable TouchPad checkbox, or select Use TrackPoint Only from a drop-down list.
                      On a Lenovo or IdeaPad laptop, the tab may be named Device Settings or show the brand name of the touchpad, and the button will be named Enable/Disable or Start/Stop device.

                      If this doesn’t work, maybe give customer service a call … you really must get that touchpad disabled before it drives you to throw the tablet against a wall!

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                    • No no no!!! Do not throw it out the window! Were it not for this damned heart thing that keeps me from being up to a long-ish drive, I’d come down there and work on it myself! Did the info I sent help at all?

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                    • It is now fixed, and thank you. Now if you could just give me a few pointers on how to cure my “graceful movement” problems, and the ones I have about knocking things off the sewing table *** every time I pass within a room without even going in at times but still causing things to hit the floor just because of my proximity I could save myself from a lot of trouble.

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                    • Hah!!! Me trying to help you cure your graceful movement issues would be a case of the blind leading the blind! Best advice I can probably give you is to put everything on high shelves as you would if you had a toddler in the house!

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                    • Oh yes … you and I are so alike in many ways! I periodically use a pair of kitchen tongs that have rubber tips to bring things from the top shelves and … well, let’s just say it doesn’t always work out quite the way I intended!

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                    • I hear that!!! I have several grabbers to get things down or up off the floor, but the reaching is very iffy. It’s really hard to get flour up off the floor! Not to mention pickle juice and of course, mashed bananas!

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