July 11, 2006

Black Hair Documentary Part Four

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Black Hair Documentary Part Three

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Black Hair Documentary Part Two

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Black Hair Documentary Part One

I wanted to share this video with those Black Introspection readers who have yet to see this documentary that chronicles the take over of the Black Hair industry by the Koreans. I will post all four parts and then write a piece detailing my opinion about what has happen with the Black Hair indusrty.

July 10, 2006

Fruits of a Poison Tree....

With recent news the reparations movement is gaining momentum and after reading an article that chronicled some of the expulsions Black men and women were on the receiving end of along the “Mason Dixie line and into the Midwest” I was moved to revisit white land grabs in the U.S, the giving of land to whites and the benefits that have been afforded the recipients of those lands over the years.

Consider this, Franklin Raines while serving as the head of Fannie May gave a speech at Howard University in 2003 and in that speech he said this:

“If African-Americans had been allowed to keep the property that they owned in the 19th Century, they would have more than $12 trillion of property. And today it's $1.2 trillion.”

There is plenty of documentation of lands owned and being given to free Black men and women by the Freedmen Bureau. The Freedmen Bureau was established in 1865 as part of the war Department. The Freedmen Bureau “supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. The Bureau also assumed custody of confiscated lands or property in the former Confederate States, border states, District of Columbia, and Indian Territory.” The Bureau netted freed Blacks 160,960 acres of land in Florida and more than 350,000 acres of land in Georgia, The Southern Homestead Act of 1866 also netted lands for Free Black men and women before it was repealed the following year.

Since we have documentation of land being owned, purchased or given to Free Black men and women why is there no record as to how that land became owned by whites? Did those Black men, women and children just decide one day, let’s give our land to the good white folk? Or did something more sinister take place?

In their research the Washington Bureau of Cox News Papers (WBCNP) found that expulsions of Blacks were happening simultaneously as Blacks were purchasing and being given land. WBCNP suspects that the expulsions started in 1864 two years after the passage of the Homestead Act. While the Homestead Act primarily benefited European immigrants, some free Black folk were able to acquire land via the Homestead Act. The WBCNP also found that in Georgia, “an examination of county tax records and land deeds suggests that some black-owned land was appropriated by whites after the expulsion and was never returned.” I must ask the question, if documentation proves that the owners of land today are the descendants of those who “appropriated” (a euphemism for stole) the land from Blacks and the descendants of those Blacks can be found should not that land be re-acquired by the descendants of the rightful owners and all riches that have been acquired via the land be handed over to them as well?

We must not forget, land ownership has been the means by which many generations of whites have been able to send their children off to college, take loans out to open a business and or acquire more land. All these things are fruits of a poison tree. Brother Franklin words should resonate with all of us, the difference between $12 trillion and $1.2 trillion is $10.8 trillion. Imagine the possibilities; now imagine the transfer of those possibilities to whites and how it has benefited them.

July 07, 2006

I got so much trouble on my mind!!!

I got so much trouble on my mind!!!

The great words of Chuck D on what is my favorite P.E. song of all time, “Welcome to the Terrordome”. Now that I am settled in a new city, seeing new things, meeting new people I believe it is about time I get back into this blogging thing and give the Blogsphere more of what has been missing “Black Introspection”. Brother Noah and I have been slow to update the blog for different reasons but yet and still the hits the blog gets and e-mails I get continue to prove that our readers want more Black Introspection and I am obligated to give it to them.

One of the things I want to address is a web site I came across via a user group I subscribe to. This website is dedicated to what it calls dead beat dads. A sista has put a site up called "sorryassbabydaddies.com" where she will allow women to send in photos of their children’s father along with pictures of the child with a story attached to it that details why the Father is sorry. Of course this service meant to humiliate the Father is not free, one can humiliate someone for a small fee of 20$. The Fathers can submit a rebuttal to what has been posted about them but they too have to pay 20$. I am certain this sista did not give this site much thought and is only interested in humiliating men who do not take care of their children and making money. I do not particularly have a problem with men who do not take car of their children being exposed as dead beats but this site has no way of checking the information giving to them, and then to charge the men who are being humiliated on the site to respond is ridiculous and irresponsible on her part. Further more, posting the pictures of Children on this site is the most irresponsible thing a parent can do, what would posses a parent to put their child picture on a site like this is beyond me but we know the old saying about a woman scorned.

Switching topics, as we get closer to the 2006 election cycle we are being terrorized with news of foiled terrorist threats coming from all over. There was the foiled threats from Canada, and today there was news of a plot to blow up tunnels in New York, I am certain this is not the last of the terrorist threats that will be exposed as in the works before the November elections. The one threat that I found to be the most interesting of all was the one supposedly posed by the brothers down in Florida. These brothers according to the government had plans to blow up a few buildings; their plans were more aspirational than operational so says the government. These brothers according to the government wanted to go look at their potential targets but they needed, clothes and shoes to do it, they also needed transportation and gas, but it don’t stop there, they also needed a camera to do the surveillance with, the only thing these brothers had was their own person and their only connection to a terrorist was the government agent. These cats sound real threatening to me. They are about as dangerous as those North Korean missiles that are flying over our heads as I write this.

To be continued……

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