“The year before, Newark, New Jersey, had been occupied by nearly lily-white units of the National Guard, sent there to quell a four-day rebellion in which 26 Blacks were killed. The Guardsmen behaved like an Army of White Vengeance, joining the racist cops in savaging Black people and shooting up businesses displaying “Black-owned” and “Soul Brother” signs on the Springfield Avenue thoroughfare.
However, the 82nd Airborne Division was a different social organism, entirely; our ranks were 60 percent Black, and we had been transformed. All of us (at least in my company) were aware of what had happened in Newark. As far as the Black troops were concerned, our division had only one mission in Washington, DC: to make sure the white soldiers — especially the mostly white military police — did no harm to the Black population.
And they did not dare.
Not one Black citizen of Washington was hurt by a soldier of the 82nd Airborne division — or, to my knowledge, even verbally abused — during the occupation.”
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Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a classic of the Nigerian literary canon. It’s a story set in a period in which the tragic colonialization of Africa as just beginning, a period when traditional African customs were forced to give way before the brutal invasion of strange customs from a land called Britain. Read a review of the book and its politics: A Look Back at Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart for its 60th Anniversary
It seems people are unable to understand that animals are a lot like us. They experience pain when they are injured or abused. They love each other and their habitats. They speak to each other. They have spiritual connections with the cosmos. They are souls, as we are. So why do some unevolved individuals continue to treat them as if they are valueless? Read about the lions rescued from illegal circuses at the DailyNativeNews: 33 Circus Lions Finally Return Home To Africa After A Lifetime Of Misery – DailyNativeNews
Every day, Google collects an astonishing volume of information about everyone who uses their devices. Read this article and follow the links to find out how much information Goggle has collected about you. Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran | Opinion | The Guardian
This story celebrates legendary photographer, Kwame Brathwaite, as he returns to capture the images of Black beauty. Read the full story: An artist’s ornate natural hairstyles, through the eyes of a legendary photographer of black beauty
In 1835, Britain borrowed 20 million pounds (300 billion pounds in today’s currency) from bankers Nathan Mayer Rothschild and Moses Montefiore to compensate owners of slave plantations in British colonies for the loss of slaves when the Slavery Abolition Act was passed 1833. The loan was so large, it was not until 2015 that the British government finally completed the payment, which was made using the money of British taxpayers. This means modern-day British citizens have been paying money into the hands of those responsible for the greatest crime against humanity, while not one cent of that money has gone toward compensating the descendants of the slaves. Read the full story: When will Britain face up to its crimes against humanity? – Repeating Islands
Black people who live in communities in which Black institutions such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are located become very successful. This is because the knowledge they acquire from the HBCUs empowers them to startup businesses and employ Black people in the communities. Read more about this via HBCUs Improve The Quality Of Life For Blacks Living In Their Cities | News One