My youngest daughter has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and a speech delay. She requires a significant amount of support in order to be successful in the traditional class with her non-disabled peers. And my local public school is providing my daughter with an amazing implementation of her rather complex Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Citizens are crying out for better policing practices across the city. On Thursday, December 28, 2017, the Terence Crutcher Foundation hosted a community town hall meeting at the 36th Street North Event Center. The evening was filled with speakers advocating for change in policies and police-officer relations with north Tulsa residents. Dr. Tiffany Crutcher was poised, eloquent, and calm whenever she spoke at the town hall. She recounted how she and her family have been treated since her brother, Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by Betty Shelby, and the subsequent trial, and she spoke of community relations with TPD and the goals of the Terence Crutcher Foundation. At the end of the town hall meeting, the audience viewed a video from the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) addressing statements that District One’s city councilor, Vanessa Hall-Harper made against TPD and Betty Shelby. Hall-Harper claimed that the FOP participates in a culture of corruption, and she refused to back down whenever she was questioned about her comments. The FOP member in the video stated that he did not understand why Mrs. Hall-Harper holds those beliefs, and that is one of the biggest problems dividing the police and the FOP from the community.
When attending an Omaley B. concert, one finds their-self traveling nearly a century backward to an age of absolute resilience, self-determination, Black unity, and brilliance.
Once Omaley takes them their,
Sounds of rhythm and blues permeate the air as his once-in-a-century, unique voice kindles their hearts and ears with the nostalgic phantasms of a formidable and awe-inspiring past-legacy. A real history lesson on the greatness and excellence of Black Wall Street is rendered.
The white-supremacy institutions of Tulsa, Oklahoma are well-oiled machines, working against the progress of District One its Councilwoman, Vanessa Hall-Harper.
What the Tulsa World Editorial Writers fail to understand is that the councilwoman’s constituents asked the councilor to push for the moratorium with the aim being an end to the proliferation of discount-dollar stores in north Tulsa.
It is important to remember the majority of the city’s African-American community and their allies considers the moratorium a victory.
225 days have passed since former Tulsa Police Officer (TPD) Betty Shelby got away with murder. And today marks 387 days since G.T. Bynum assumed the role as Mayor of Tulsa.
At the 2017 Zarrow Mental Health Symposium, Mayor G.T. Bynum told attendees that most of the 77 recommendations form the Tulsa Commission on Community Policing he created would be implemented by year’s end.
Unfortunately, time is running out on the community policing dashboard. Purportedly, only 51-percent of the 77 recommendations for community policing is implemented, and 49-percent is ambiguously in the works of being implemented.
“I had often observed, that when her mother washed her face it looked very rosy; but when she washed mine it did not look so; I therefore tried oftentimes myself if I could not by washing make my face of the same color as my little play-mate(Mary), but it was all in vain; and I now began to be mortified at the difference in our complexions. (Equiano, 1794, p.64)”
People, who are usually white, often tell me that I am too obsessed with race. In fact, I have even been criticized and compared to a race fanatic. Notwithstanding those allegations, I will always believe that systemic racism is a facet for today’s illiteracy curse plaguing the multitude of Black children some one-hundred-fifty years after the Emancipation Proclamation — the epoch, in American history, that lead to the appearance of Black liberation. However, I, now, reckon the more significant problem stems from an aristocratic class of Americans, one-percenters — mostly white — who do not care about people of color nor poor White people. Therefore, it is incumbent upon all of us —Black, Brown, and White — to participate in that extension of democracy granted to the masses by the few decent, human beings among the upper classes.
96 years after the 1921 Tulsa Massacre on Black Wall Street & Greenwood, Tulsa has it’s first African American Affairs Commission.
By Darnell Jones In 1979 the Hispanic Affairs Commission was created. The Indian Affairs Commission was created in 1991 and the Status of Women Commission was created in 1985. Almost 96 years […]
It is a black holocaust; a modern-day intellectual massacre — a Willy-Lynch reincarnated method playing out in the twenty-first-century on how to control and maintain ‘your’ present-day negro population; and the solution, so they do not become a “problem,” is cognitive docility. [Meaning] Educate them to the bare minimum as to be uncompetitive and miseducate them to the maximum. Continue being the echo chamber of white-supremacist domination telling them that their American journey began as enslaved people — below the oxen and the mule — and mention no prior history.
By Darnell Jones Friday, December 15th Tulsa World article headline belittled the Greater Tulsa African-American Affairs Commission to a ‘race panel.” It’s odd that you can’t find anywhere in the Tulsa World […]
TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Public Schools is calling on parents and families to “stop the holiday drop” in student attendance and to make sure that children are in class on time every day. The district is also reminding parents that classes continue through Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, with the winter break beginning on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Classes will resume on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.
Because of them, Doug Jones, a man who brought the evil of the KKK to trial and who has fought for justice and civil rights for all people during his entire career will become the next US Senator from the state of Alabama.
I have a difficult time hearing that a local charter has a majority white teaching staff while serving a majority African-American student body. It reminds me of an excerpt from Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery.
“These gentlemen seemed to take it for granted that no coloured man suitable for the position could be secured, and they were expecting the General to recommend a white man for the place.” – Booker T. Washington
“One of the things we really strive to do is have instructors that look like our children. We feel that it is very important in building the bonding relationships that will last a life time. We have quite a few male teachers and a lot of them are ministers and they a huge impact on the young men as well as the young women.” – Ms. Cherly Henderson is a History Teacher at Langston Huges Academy.
Today in schools across the country, public and private, black males as commodities – the stereotypical PE teacher or athletic coach and the black pupil as the basketball or footballer – is the new norm. The epoch of this commodification draws its roots from slavery. Commoditizing black males as simple-minded we reinforce through popular culture. It’s in our movies, TV shows, and now it’s in our schools.