These are stories that need to be told to the American people. Can anyone envision Americans leaving America for a better life in the 1920s and 1930s, when masses were huddling on Ellis Island in New York Harbor? A number of college educated Blacks were leaving their homeland, America, from New York Harbor to escape legal Jim Crow, lynching, and dehumanization in their only country for the land of Socialism.
Every time I hear the phase; “we are a country of immigrants” I get angry because it totally ignores the history of Blacks, and that Africans were brought to these shores unwillingly in bondage without any hope or way to freedom or full citizenship. This basically had not changed until the upheaval of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Which, Dr. King declared ended in 1963, with the liberal retreat from civil rights.
The mainstream media continues to ignore the sanctioned lynching parties in towns and cities across America from the 1870’s through to the 1960s. That history is buried much like this story! The history of Black Lives Do Not Matter is captures in 100 Years of Lynching, by Ralph Ginzberg I read it in 1973, while a student at the University of Michigan.
The Guardian published a great story and I want to share with you.
Youtube.com video link
I did several stories about Blacks in the Soviet Union on my radio show since 2007. Years ago back in the 1980’s I met a Black ballerina in the Bolshoi Ballet and several Black Russian military officers they told me they were descendants of Blacks that went to USSR to assist with improving Russia’s agriculture story. They spoke perfect English, Russian, French, Chinese, Italian. (Not Spanish or Spanglish Though')
These Americans were college graduates of Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Institute, and George Washington Carver disciples. That ventured out into the world and contributed to the economic grow of a foreign country a half a world away.
While America still has policies that suppresses and oppresses Blacks for foreigners, first the Irish, Jews, Italians, and now Latinos and Arabs they have remained loyal and in love with the only country they have lineage, The United States of America.
Many Blacks hate the term American, it is a Black bourgeois, pseudo-intellectual attempt to connect with Africa. The Africans think it is crazy to try to draw the comparison. Besides, every African I have ever met, regardless of status, wants to live in America.
When will we as countrymen accept and learn that Blacks are an integral part of origins Americana, not the ghettoization of Black American culture by entertainment moguls. From a historical basis a substantive list of contributions, not just in sports and civil rights, but in the economy, military, science and business.