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"Study the people who took you out of history. Then you'll understand your history." -Arturo Alfonso "Arthur" Schomburg

 

"For your survival, draw on the intellectual heritage of the whole world, but always start with your own intellectual heitage".

--Dr. John Henrik Clarke

 

"The surest way to kill a race is to kill its religion and ideals. Can anybody doubt that the white race deliberately attempted to do that? This is to kill the souls of a people. And when the spirit is killed, what remains?"

--Frederick Peso, Mascalero Apache

 

"Sure there are a few good whites just as much as there are a few bad Blacks. However what we are concerned here with is group attitudes and group politics. The exception does not make a lie of the rule - it merely substantiates it."

--Steve Biko

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Historic Perspective: The courageous life of Barbara Sizemore (Part I)

Some biographers assert that Dr. Barbara Ann Sizemore’s career in education spanned 57 years, from March 23, 1947, the day she graduated from Northwestern University, to July 24, 2004, the date of her death.

 

I wonder when that video was made.  I am guessing the early 90s.

 

She is older in this video and died in 2004.

 

 

Now how about finding interesting things to read and include science.  I could read in school as early as I can remember.  The problem was they gave us nothing but boring junk to read.  After I discovered sci-fi it was no longer a problem.  I read what they gave us and forgot about it.  The stuff I found was better.


All Day September  by Roger Kuykendall
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/2295/all-day-september

The Fourth R by George O. Smith
http://www.onread.com/book/The-Fourth-R-17950/

Black Man's Burden by Mack Reynolds
http://sfgospel.typepad.com/sf...ia-and-progress.html
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/4826/black-man-s-burden

 

There Will Be School Tomorrow, by V. E. Thiessen
www.feedbooks.com/userbook/11643.pdf

 

THE YEAR WHEN STARDUST FELL by Raymond F. Jones
http://www.amazon.com/Year-Whe...t-Fell/dp/1935774409
http://www.readcentral.com/boo...Stardust-Fell-Online

 

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Last edited by Xumbrarchist

So what does just saying we don't get it accomplish?  Here is an admittedly fictional example of getting it.

 

Black Man's Burden by Mack Reynolds
http://sfgospel.typepad.com/sf...ia-and-progress.html
http://www.feedbooks.com/book/4826/black-man-s-burden

 

It is also something for kids to practice that reading on.  Technology has not only change since 1947 when her career began but since she died in 2004.  I did not hear her mention that factor in the "Not getting it."

 

It ain't going to stop YALL !!!

 

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I think these computers and the Internet create a unique opportunity/crisis situation.  I tried getting discussions going on Black people standardizing on the Linux operating system on half a dozen Black websites about ten years ago.  I really didn't think anything would probably happen but I wanted to see the results of the discussion.  I could not even get any going.

I think the computer industry is playing planned obsolescence games with software and they are just sucking up money and not really doing much besides make the software look and operate a little differently.  We are supposed to believe grade school and high school kids need computers with more than a gigabyte of memory?  They can't make a decent operating system that would fit in 100 meg and leave 900 meg for applications.  

If we increase our knowledge of software then we would not need to throw money at then for next to nothing.  I regard most of this ultrabook and cloud computing to be a marketing scam.  Ultrabook are just cool looking to make netbooks seem kludgy to be attractive and charge more money.  But what good would that really do Black Americans.

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Originally Posted by roarin1:

The existing quagmire remains. No matter when Dr. Sizemore delivered this observation--the message, especially as it pertains to (Black) nationalism, remains the same....'black folks just don't get it'.  

Exactly. Now do you understand my frustration with the 'conscious' community and their lack of ACTION.

Originally Posted by Yemaya:
 

Exactly. Now do you understand my frustration with the 'conscious' community and their lack of ACTION.

Well Yemaya,

 

I consider you a 'conscious' sista (a little levity).

 

Being in nyc, I can understand why you are frustrated.  I do

not know a place in this country that has a larger consentration

of "conscious" folk than in nyc. I don't know a place that even

comes close.

 

The largest institution in the black community is the church.  Talk to them about nationalism, or just its tenets without using the word 'nationalism' and see what kind of push back you get... You know it.

 

I got a homie, who owns a small store. he sales music movies and books, to name a few. I've patronized his store much and sometimes stop by to rap with'em.

 

On a wall he has three kinds of books: Non-fiction (the stuff conscious folks go for), religious material (bible/inspirational and a little islamic material), and those hot steamy sex, gangster and scandal books.  Guess what sells the most and what sales the least. The religious inspirational material constantly a close 2nd.

 

How can any 'conscious' individual or group ralley the troops if folks won't even arm themselves with useful information?  

 

Note: those non-fiction books consist of more than books on afrikan history or egypt, so don't get it twisted. A good deal of socio/political/economic material on the dude shelves, hardly even picked up.

 

Since the church is the largest institution, for me, that's where my fustration is. They can have they jesus, that's not the issue. Black liberation wasn't foreign to the church historically. When are they gonna use their institution toward the liberation of black people? Speaking as one person, I've spoke with many preachers. Hardly any that I've spoke to ever heard of turner, vesey, prosser or prince hall.

 

The 'conscious' community don't have institutions of any great consequence. No power. The church community does...and in large don't use it.

 

I don't know if I can be so frustrated with an entity that really don't have much power  to use for our liberation, in contrast to an entity that does have power and for the most part, will not use it for our liberation.  That's like being more upset with someone who has not got out of the blacks, than someone 10 meters away from the finish-line in a 100 meter-dash and stops.

 

Originally Posted by Raptor:
Originally Posted by roarin1:

So what does just saying we don't get it accomplish? 

 

No more than saying that nothing has been accomplished, accomplishes.

 

The work has got to start somewhere, else, as Dr. Sizemore stated that Our Culture will die and then...what next?

"What next"?  Nothing... We're dead.

I am not complaining about HER saying it.  It is people repeating it here that is irrelevant.  She is also complaining about the schools and that later video I posted is about reading.

 

But read WHAT???  I didn't notice her mentioning anything about SCIENCE.  These cheap but really powerful computers did not exist in the early 90s when that first video was made. 

 

Have I been making any suggestions about what to do with them since I have been on this site?  Have I made any suggestions about WHAT TO READ?

 

What ACTION are people around here suggesting?

 

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Originally Posted by Raptor:
Originally Posted by roarin1:

So what does just saying we don't get it accomplish? 

 

No more than saying that nothing has been accomplished, accomplishes.

 

The work has got to start somewhere, else, as Dr. Sizemore stated that Our Culture will die and then...what next?

"What next"?  Nothing... We're dead.

Exactly Brutha.

Does anyone ever consider that ALL EXISTING CULTURES are OBSOLETE?

 

A large amount of CULTURE is just people refusing to change and cope with the new situation.

 

CULTURE is about mind control.  Parents wanting children to be like them.  But now it is corporations using television to program children.  That started in the 50s.  So now we have computers and the Internet and Social Networking nonsense.  Is it just Global Gossip?

 

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