Category Archives: Race

Panzer Man

New poem by Stephen Earley Jordan II 1/31/2017. Continue reading

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Post-Election Thoughts: The hate that hate produced

We are a country that shames other countries for cutting off hands if you steal; but we give a 3-month jail sentence to a rapist. We are a country that considers religious headwraps as suppression of women, yet we praised a man’s behavior toward his gestures toward woman as “locker room talk”. Continue reading

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Living in Fear: What will change America’s view on law enforcement’s treatment of Blacks

America is also intimidated by Black males. Unless we are smiling, tapdancing around, and constantly making jokes. We are deemed an angry defensive threat. Continue reading

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#StupidQuestionsWhitePeopleAsk

Do not mistake our dislike of a system created to suppress us as angry about life. Do not mistake our bluntness with words as being rude, it’s simply not sugar coated. Do not mistake a dashiki, an afro, or even a license to carry a concealed weapon as militant–we just want to be free. Continue reading

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The Park of Dogs

In the park of dogs, I was told that I should be thankful that I didn’t have to work with them (the Puerto Ricans) and supported their beliefs by saying that “those people” were lazy, take too many vacation days, come into work late (or leave too early), and how the system here is so broken and dates back so many generations that no one sees it as wrong. Continue reading

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From African to African American and the traditions that kept us alive

The African-American men had been psychologically destroyed by slavery and the notion that they had no power over themselves or their wives. This was the first time African-American men were able to take control. Like the husband in “The Color Purple” these men now overpowered their wives. Many African-American men would use “God” as justification for such mistreatment. They would, ironically, quote the same thing their former slave masters had said, “Slaves obey your Masters” followed by “Wives obey your husbands” (Colossians 3:18,12). Slave masters once used these quotes to justify the beating of slaves. African-American men used this same quote to command passive obedience. Continue reading

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Slave Cemeteries: Finding Inspiration in Preservation

We reach a dead end at most attempts to research our history unlike our White counterparts who can claim their ancestor touched the Magna Carta, shook Shakespeare’s hand, or navigated a slave ship that took my ancestors to America or to any of the islands in the Caribbean. Blacks have to make up things and end up passing down lies from generation to generation. Continue reading

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