A Dream That Belongs To All
Just about everyone is familiar with the famous dream spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. on August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
But did you know there had to be many before him who had a similar dream?
Ever since the first slave ship arrived in America in 1619, these people in bondage had to hunger for justice, liberty, and freedom and even though these precious human rights weren't a reality for them they did the next best thing, and that was to dream about it.
Little did they know that by their extraordinary examples of strength and courage, they would become our very first role models on how to survive in a vicious and hateful America. The journey begins.
List of dreamers and leaders blacks admired and looked
up to for guidance in attaining American success
before and during the Civil Rights movement
Collective net worth - perhaps 1-100 million dollar range
(just guessing of course)
Not enough room on webpage to mention all but hopefully you get the point
James Presley Ball,
Peter H. Clark,
Ellen and William Craft,
Huey P. Newton,
James T. Rapier,
Eliza Ann Gardner,
Henry Highland Garnet,
Charles Henry Langston,
John Mercer Langston,
Jermain Wesley Loguen,
James W.C. Pennington,
Harriet Forten Purvis,
Charles Lenox Remond,
John Brown Russwurm,
Benjamin "Pap" Singleton,
James McCune Smith,
Maria W. Stewart,
Bayard Rustin, Harriet Tubman,
Theodore S. Wright,
Ida B. Wells,
Mary McLeod Bethune,
W.E.B. Du Bois,
Malcolm X ,
Martin Luther King Jr.,
A. Philip Randolph,
Jimmie Lee Jackson,
Solomon Seay Jr.,
Vernon Jordan Jr.,
Adam Clayton Powell Jr.,
Andrew Young Jr.,
William Monroe Trotter,
Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson,
Ralph D. Abernathy,
Whitney Young Jr.,
Absolutely amazing blacks who shine(d) as illuminators for a people in the dark.
What did these great people have in common?
They had a hope and vision of a better life not only for themselves but for all African Americans as a united group and were prepared to fight and die for it, and an extremely strong thirst for justice that could only be quenched with the victory.
How did this racism mess all start, what was the motivation for white people to hate blacks so much during slavery?
The root of man's troubles worldwide has always been greed. It was no different during slavery days. There was much money to be made in this land of opportunity and black slaves were needed to do the labor and of course, whites would reap the benefits which meant huge profits.
World slavery had been in existence since the beginning of mankind with all races being in some form of bondage at one time or another. Whites were the most aggressive and had meticulously planned their missions to enslave blacks.
Whites took advantage of an uneducated and defenseless people in Africa and dominated them for hundreds of years and pillaging and destroying their homeland without guilt.
They were able to do this because whites felt they were superior. Believe it or not the mindset of the early American colonist who had instituted slavery were entrenched with superstition and false religion which aided them in their superiority beliefs.
Before arriving in America as immigrants white people believed heavily in witchcraft. This caused many innocent people either being hung, drowned or burned at the stake. Many were executed during organized witch-hunts, particularly from the 15th–18th centuries. Large numbers of people were prosecuted for witchcraft in Europe between 1560 and 1630.
King James was one of the leaders in these superstitious beliefs and believed he was doing God's will in killing these so-called witches. These false teachings had spread all across Europe. James even wrote a book about witchcraft entitled Daemonologie which aided in the foolishness. Most people felt if it's OK for the King to believe in witchcraft it must be true and followed right along.
Early European immigrants believed heavily in witchcraft
and brought these fanatical behaviors with them to America.
This truth offers us a better picture of the mindset of European immigrants who would also convince themselves of another fanatical belief which was called Preadamism.
The bible mentions beast existing in the Garden of Eden before Adam was even created. Preadamism teaches that these wild beast were actually half human/beast animals who just so happened to be negroes, and God's only purpose for them was to serve whites. They also taught that these blacks/beast did not possess a soul.
If whites of that day believed in witchcraft, this Preadamism theory wouldn't be too outrageous for them to believe also. This belief was very widespread and they taught their children to believe it too. Now if you also add the study of false scientific beliefs of those days about black people it's easier to appreciate why black slaves didn't stand a chance for equality in America.
During this period whites also believed they were made in the image of God which meant being pure, white and holy and being black was savage and a sin. This is why in many of the slave movies we hear of Negroes being referred to as beast. It's ironic that their radical views about religion would mirror the world we live in today as being God's chosen people harming others in His name.
Since the beginning of man, humans have never learned to live with others who may look and act differently. Racism has existed forever. But for the story between white and black Americans, this is the true foundation of racism in America and why whites hated blacks.
This obviously false teaching doesn't exist so much in our day but you can sure bet a watered down version of Preadamism still lingers after all these years in people's hearts. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Adamite
These wild and fanatical beliefs are why whites fought so vigorously to keep the races separated during the Jim Crow period. They felt blacks and whites were so different that it would be a sin against God for the two races to mingle and cohabitate.
The Library of Congress has a collection of digital newspapers dating back to the 1700's. It makes for interesting reading to get the true sense how people felt back then about race relations. If you decide to visit the site use the keyword "Negro" but I must warn you it ain't pretty. You will notice the words beast, dirty, filthy savages, unclean etc mentioned in various articles. http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/
So now we understand why racism started we can get a deeper appreciation of what our early African American ancestors endured during slavery. They were in the fight when it was raw, and downright nasty being surrounded by a country of religious fanatics.
But once the Emancipation Proclamation set them free, little did they know they would endure another round of slavery entitled Jim Crow. After freedom from slavery, these religious whites were terrified to share the land with these black wild beast. Can you imagine how whites had to feel when they witnessed a negro entering the General Store to make a purchase without the necessity of a pass from his master?
Hell no negro beast, this ain't gonna work. So it was at this point in American history that whites dirtied and shamed America's name and true meaning by separating themselves from blacks and creating their own illegal separate but equal laws intended to benefit themselves only leaving black citizens out in the cold.
Even today most whites don't truly understand or believe the importance of what happened when these acts were committed. They are blissfully ignorant to the damage it continues to cause. Other nations were watching the events taking place in America as well as it's black citizens who had to live through the injustices for decades and are aware of this hypocrisy.
By whites illegally creating these laws against our Constitution and Declaration changed everything. The racist white Americans who went against the Constitution are actually a completely separate identity from true America and can actually be considered anti-Americans.
True America is what blacks always hoped for and still very much exist today as a platform for justice and freedom. It just so happens that false hypocrite whites control most of her for their selfish benefit. The true meaning of America is not white, America is colorblind and shows no preference to race.
The white Americans who kept silent during this period cast their vote for hypocrisy and were just as guilty for not speaking up at what they were doing to America's name. This period was called Jim Crow. This enabled them to continue building what amounted to a huge white power structure that mainly benefitted themselves.
Here is a very small sampling of the huge white power structure during the Jim Crow era that whites still control today:
The restaurant industry were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
The hotel industry were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
The public libraries were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
The entertainment industry were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
white neighborhoods were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
schools were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
workplaces were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
The banking industry were part of white power structure that denied blacks loans
The sporting industry were part of white power structure that excluded blacks
The media were part of white power structure that reported countless lies about blacks
Was Jim Crow Really all That Bad?
Jim Crow had left the black neighborhoods in shambles and by their outrageous conduct in monopolizing all resources for themselves, white people owns the deed to every bad neighborhood and ghetto in America.
There's not enough room on this web page to describe the hate and exclusion by government and white Americans against blacks during this period. Jim Crow laws touched every part of life, all across America. Blacks and whites were kept apart as much as possible. Good jobs went to whites, blacks were given the worst with less pay. Many industries wouldn’t hire blacks. Many unions passed special rules to exclude them. All juries and judges were white, blacks were illegally denied voting rights. No blacks allowed in public pools. Many restaurants would not serve blacks and those that did had a dirty colored section. Blacks and whites went to county fairs on different days. Blacks couldn't use public libraries. Simple common courtesy was rarely shown the blacks. Whites beat, tortured, raped and killed blacks with no fear of punishment. Blacks were denied credit for businesses, housing, cars by the banks. Blacks were kept out of white neighborhoods with housing covenants. Oklahoma had black and white phone booths. Texas had cities where blacks were totally restricted from living. Blacks could not leave their homes after 10:00pm in Mobile Alabama. Blacks could not marry whites. Georgia had separate white and black parks. Prisons, hospitals, and orphanages were segregated as were schools and colleges. Blacks and whites had to use separate sets of books in school, in Florida, they couldn't be stored together. When a person was sworn in at a trial, the whites used one bible and the blacks had a separate bible. For those who did complete college, a very important question had to be answered. Who was going to be their clients? Whites didn't engage blacks in business, and the battered Negro couldn't afford their services. These laws became so entrenched in American life, even unwritten laws affected black citizenship, blacks understood to stay out of white stores and establishments. Segregation was so complete that whites did not see blacks except when being served by them.
Because of many factors. Blacks couldn't get good jobs to purchase their own homes. They were denied loans. They were discriminated against every step of the way. There were also housing covenants whites used to keep the blacks who could afford homes out of their neighborhood. Most white Americans were guilty in this mistreatment of their black American brother because they remained silent and should have spoken up not only for blacks but for America. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best when he made the following comment.
“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
Jim Crow is over, now what?
At the official beginning of our quest for Civil Rights, victory and success wouldn't be automatic. It wasn't guaranteed. It would take much effort. In a sense, we could compare the strenuous fight for equality in America to running a marathon race. It would take hope, strategy, endurance, and patience for victory.
But did our Civil Rights leaders think beyond victory and what would follow for our people? Jim Crow had been like a second slavery that kept most blacks physically and psychologically oppressed for decades and when over flooded American society with many blacks suddenly integrated into an unwelcoming white American society and simply were not prepared to compete with the much more advanced and privileged whites.
Would the baton be passed to the next runner
of our marathon race with total success?
Sadly, The Baton Was Dropped
During the 1960s Civil Rights movement there were many splinter groups attempting to achieve equality for blacks, with some wanting to use violence. But the overwhelming majority of blacks chose the non-violent approach that Martin Luther King Jr. preached. This is why he was so popular. People loved him for his wisdom.
King realized these victories were only the beginning for blacks as a group and had unfinished business in leading his people to total success, but sadly this would not be the case because he was cut down by an assassin's bullet. There would be many black groups and leaders after him who tried to guide blacks without success and eventually fizzled out. We were on our own.
Now that integration was a reality for blacks it also became a challenge. During the Jim Crow period, whites had accumulated so much wealth and power that our country wasn't actually America, it was white America. Blacks had to wonder, how do we fit in? It had to be uncomfortable and somewhat intimidating working and living around people you knew didn't want you there.
The stronger blacks understood the struggle and succeeded in America just fine but many more didn't understand how to infiltrate this white structure and settled for handouts in the form of welfare from the government who figured they better give blacks assistance after all the years of torment or risk having cities burned down by hungry blacks.
The problem is many blacks felt they hit the jackpot and began to make a career out of welfare and chose not to fight the white power structure and live their lives with foolish pleasure seeking and teaching their children to do the same and the condition just recycled itself generation after generation.
This is when we slowly entered a bad mental state becoming sick and diseased and feeling unworthy and unable of attaining American success, and when crack cocaine appeared on the scene in the 1980s it just compounded our problems. Now a poor and strapped black kid with $100.00 could start his own business selling drugs.
As a result of this disease quickly spread to most communities in America. Peer pressure aided in it's spread. If we see other blacks not fighting to attain success the legitimate way in America and instead choosing to sell drugs, then that's what we wanted to do also. View the following video to get a glimpse of how the human mind works around the group of people we associate with.
Peer pressure isn't always bad. Our ability to follow social cues helps us fit in, succeed and survive. When everyone's doing something, we assume there's a good reason, and we follow along.
But sadly this feeling of hopelessness and misery in the black community would go on to make other African Americans very rich, because these ones sensed an opportunity to exploit our despair and would talk, sing or rap like they could really feel our pain and suffering and deposit our money from sales of their product into their own bank accounts.
It's strange because in a sense these people have become our new leaders that we listen to for advice and guidance but hardly ever use the word COLLEGE in their messages to us. They tell us what we want to hear to make us feel better which is to Blame Whitey! for our problems, which has some truth to it but enough truth to destroy ourselves? I guess we'll show them!
But do they really teach us how to attain American success like our earlier Civil Rights leaders wanted for us.
Of Course They Don't. Didn't I Tell You Earlier The Baton Was Dropped!
Today, these are the one's blacks admire and look up to for guidance:
- Sports figures
- Barack Obama - who we must share with the rest of America, and his example is immeasurable
- But hardly any educators, sorry Neil deGrasse Tyson
It's been said that hindsight has perfect vision and it's clear if we had strong black leaders after the movement who constantly stressed education and hard work instead of having fun and settling for crumbs we would be better off. White Americans had dirtied the true meaning of our country by their racist laws. They had made a mockery of justice and liberty until they couldn't do it any longer, but by then they were so far ahead of blacks in every category of American success that it seemed like mission impossible for blacks to catch up.
Many white people during this integration period wanted to keep things white and were not just going to hand America over to us. They were very comfortable living without blacks in their neighborhoods, schools, and everyday life. They had every advantage to achieve the highest heights becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers etc without the distractions of racism that blacks dealt with.
Many blacks were intimidated by this white power structure and failed to compete because of an inferiority complex. It's ironic that today's black skinned people are actually among the smartest people, if not the smartest in America, but they are not African Americans but our distant brothers the African immigrants. Black immigrants from Africa have the highest levels of educational attainment, a higher share than Americans overall. If Africans can achieve the highest heights we can too.
So when our bold leaders of the 60s died off it was all downhill for the weaker ones. They chose to party their lives away and constantly complain about how bad the white man treats them and proceed to light up a joint in the same sentence.
Good role models should have helped us with this self-defeating attitude that swept into every black community. There was clearly a huge void left by Civil Rights era in terms of black leadership. After they died and faded from view their shoes were very hard to fill.
Moral leaders blacks admired and looked up to for guidance in
attaining American success post-Civil Rights era
Collective net worth - perhaps 50 billion - trilion dollar range
(just guessing of course)
Not enough room on webpage to mention all but hopefully you get the point
Bell Biv Devoe,
Sean "Puffy" Combs,
Ol' Dirty Bastard,
Cheryl "Salt" James,
Soul for Real,
The Notorious B.I.G.,
Trouble T Roy,
The Gap Band,
Cee Lo Green,
Brandon "B-Doggs" Mitchell,
Mary J. Blige,
Tony! Toni! Toné!,
Boyz II Men,
Al B. Sure!,
LL Cool J,
Ashford & Simpson,
Con Funk Shun,
Corinne Bailey Rae,
There is no denying that every single African American in America today benefited from what our ancestors unselfishly did for us. Don't we owe them for what they accomplished by extending the love they showed to us by doing the same for our own people today as a united group? Why is this so difficult for us to do? There is so much work to be done.
The general outline of the dream part2 is very simple. As a united group, the cycle of despair in the black community must be destroyed forever. It's clear that the aforementioned events in history have affected our race more than any other in America but it's time to move beyond these feelings of self-pity and hopelessness, and replace them with knowledge and action.
How does it personally make you feel to see our young black boys on America's streets looking lost to the world and don't have a clue how to attain American success against this huge white power structure? They face it all alone, and we all know what the outcome will be.
Some will say it's the parent's job to help these boys which are mostly true, but consider what these parents must fight against. Intimidating peer pressure from their group they hang out with and to compound that with the entertainment field who constantly tells them how worthless they are and grow richer and richer in doing so. It would be my bet that most of these kids have good parents at home who sincerely care about them but feel helpless.
These are the ones we need to help. They lack honor and roots to our absolutely amazing history. How hard would it be to build small compounds around the country to help break this cycle of despair where our young men would not only go to school to learn life skills to succeed in America but also live for a set time to deprogram them from their peer pressure groups, bad habits and hate of the world they face each and every day.
Yes, we even want the ones in prison. Show them some positivity on a daily basis for a few years if need be. Get the U.S. government involved. We all know that all these people need is to believe in themselves and watch them soar like the eagles.
At one point in my life, I had decided to do a personal study about American history but wanted to do it on a year by year basis. So I started with the year of the Emancipation Proclamation which was in 1863 and by the time I got to the 1920's I was literally exhausted from reading about all the hate directed towards blacks from the U.S. government on down to its white citizens until I came across Mr. Julius Rosenwald and started reading all the wonderful things this great man did for our race.
He was a true humanitarian and revived my hope in mankind. If a generous white man can do so much for our race of people, why can't we?
These schools became informally known as "Rosenwald Schools." At least 60 former Rosenwald Schools are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2015 the National Trust classified the Rosenwald Schools as National Treasures. In some communities, surviving structures have been preserved because of the deep meaning they had for African Americans as symbols of their leaders' and communities' dedication to education. Others were threatened by lack of funds in rural areas, urbanization and changes in demographics, changing style of education to consolidated and integrated schools, and other social changes.
Thank You Julius Rosenwald
Can you imagine if this dream part2 were a success? Upon graduation, we would have these intelligent young black men released into society equipped to challenge the huge white power structure that was illegally built during the Jim Crow period and would no doubt become victorious in doing so. Can you imagine how many of our black females looking for a husband would be at the compound on graduation day? Stand in line ladies.