You know I’m researching Chicago Roller Skating History and Black Roller Skating in Chicago, right? So, I’m stuck in the 1942 Chicago Defender because there was so much going on in this city and I have to check it out. The article from the June 20, 1942 issue stuck with me because it shows how much hasn’t changed in 80 years. And Black people are still fighting for some of their rights in 2012.
Following are things that really stood out.
Calling All Negroes
I have to admit, the headline made me laugh because this is organizing before Twitter. There was a call for Black people to meet at the Coliseum for a common purpose, and I’m sure that the place was packed with people who cared. I still say, as I said in a previous post that Black people were better when they were Negroes.
Negro Power Against the Government’s Jim-Crow Policy of Discrimination
It looks like this is a battle Black People are still losing according to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. I haven’t read the book yet, but the prison system is overflowing with Black and Brown people, with Black leading the pack.
Winning Democracy for the Negro
Uh, this seems to be an oxymoron in 2012.
Fight for the Right to Live, Work and Be Free
I don’t think Black people in America care about this so much these days. In order to live and work, you have to be free. Unfortunately, the minds of Black people are being controlled by mainstream media so they won’t be free until they turn off the noise, open books and begin to think for themselves. Like Carter G. Woodson said in the Mis-Education of the Negro, when you control a man’s thinking, you don’t have worry about their actions. They have been trained to do what their oppressors want. So, Black people are on mental lock down in 2012.
As long as they are being controlled, they are not going to fight for the right to live and work. They are going to settle for what’s offered to them and continue to hope for the best instead of trying to do better.
Do you see the cooperation between all these people? That’s how stuff worked in 1942! Will we ever get there again? Only if we turned off the television collectively and started talking to each other and thinking for ourselves.