So how did we get it wrong? How did we always make Uncle Tom out to be this negative term within the black community? I strongly urge that every African-American read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and “The Autobiography of Josiah Henson.” If you have ever called a black person an Uncle Tom, you have definitely used the wrong terminology.
Their history and greatness are conveyed to them in daily Black history facts, in African proverbs, poems, and stories. Examples of the ‘firsts’ of African-Americans in this country portrayed in each classroom. From George Washington Carver, Jackie Robinson, Barack Obama, Oprah, and many more, my students can see themselves in the reflection of greatness around them.
Councilor Phil Lakin, Jr., when you say in a public city council meeting, that as an economist you simply cannot, will not, ever support a moratorium… I ask you, could you support one as a father? What about as a neighbor? A Christian? A human? Could you support one as a person who believes in equality, love, and empathy? You are in a position of power. You can affect change for the people in your community and district one IS your community.
With ‘race’ being an inescapable factor in the conversation of justice in America, it is irresponsible to omit the racial demographics of those incarcerated.
What will become of the country that allegedly “shines on a hill” as a beacon for those wondering in an ocean of solitude sogged from the political oppression they experienced in their home countries?
With ‘race’ being an inescapable factor in the conversation of justice in America, it is irresponsible to omit the racial demographics of those incarcerated. On the Department of Corrections website, there is no place where you can see the total numbers of incarcerated individuals by their race, despite this information being available on each individual’s profile, along with height, weight, hair color, and eye color.
Tell them they are excellent because they are Black. Educate them on the history before their ancestors were slaves.