A relationship is only set in understanding if:
communication is forthrightly established,
active listening is engaged and used for its
benefit of all present, ignorance is banished
and goals set in: hearts, minds and this will
be documented so as to ensure it is known…
let nothing then stand in its way, neither lie
nor denial to its existence, love is then sown
by the seeds of equality, a promise to coexist,
integrating differences aside to one common
goal, peacefulness restored… with dignity for
all without hate or violence, today uncommon.
The world says, according to the UN, humanity has ‘Human Rights’ and they have been declared in the U.D.H.R. (Universal Declaration of Human Rights). There is but one problem to these very ideals the UN would have us all to believe… they have had no interest in enforcing them (to police them, nations that have signed the agreements or to enforce compliance)- just look to Darfur as the primary answer to the questions of and on all our hearts. If the world bodies did not simply look away then an answer to why it was allowed to proceed, without intervention, could be possible (or plausible) to fathom.
From Langston Hughes we get this line, speaking of women,”In other words, you want them both old-fashioned and modern at the same time,” I said. “The convolutions of your hypothesis are sometimes beyond cognizance.”
“The Best Of Simple,” Langston Hughes, Hill and Wang, New York, 1961, American Century Series, p. 18
From Langston Hughes we also get this line, speaking of a vicious circle,”What do you mean, by herself?,” I asked. “Negroes in white neighborhoods are not by themselves.” “They are colored, though, ain’t they?,” asked Simple. “Isolationist,” I said. “Self-segregationist! What do you want Negroes to do, never expand, never spread out?”
“The Best Of Simple,” Langston Hughes, Hill and Wang, New York, 1961, American Century Series, page 224
In the book ‘Black Power, The Politics of Liberation in America,’ by Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton, a comment from one Negro Woman, prominent in civic affairs in Tuskegee (after the killing of Sammy Younge Jr.), said,
“Anyone who knows me understands that I yield to no one in dedication
to equal citizenship rights. I have long worked for elimination of injustices
and discrimination. I believe in the American dream- the Christian principle-
of democracy for all regardless of race, color or creed. I have stood by this conviction.
… Tuskegee is our home, we are proud of its institutions. We insist on equality
of opportunity- under law and under God- but we are not radical street demonstrators, losing control of our good instincts. Nor will we endorse or support those who work without purpose or concern for law and order.
Let all of us- white and colored- join hands in securing justice, obedience to
law and good will which will bring progress in every area of our common life.¹”
1… This footnote is attributed thusly, Letter to the Editor, The Tuskegee News (January 20, 1966), p. 2
If you want to read a little more of Tuskegee and Black Patriotism, here is an article about the Tuskegee Airman [led by Dr. Roscoe Brown… then Captain Roscoe C. Brown Jr., PhD (March 9, 1922- July2, 2016)] and learn of his involvement with: education, equality and excellence in New York.
“Excellence overcomes prejudice.”
Dr. Roscoe Brown
P.S. I attended a speech given by Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) while a student at S.J.D.C. (San Joaquin Delta College), Stockton, California. His speech was not peppered with hate [this is not to say there was none there… and distrust was strongly prevailing] but on ‘Pan-Africanism,’ on ‘Liberation toward progressive change.’ For me, this was not simply raising awareness but in fact (actuality) a reason for: obtaining and exerting political clout, reaching out to other like minded people equally and seeing it through to where it would and could (must) continue if liberation of any race is to succeed. I see it more (especially today) where it is ‘the mind’ that is trapped… and the body of all races and classes of people is caught in the fray and: reacted to, subjected to hurt or harm, and even killed- today for ideas and beliefs more so than in the past. There are others that still do not see it this way, as Sundiata Cha-Jua, found here. This could be, as Stokely might say it,”Giving substance to our goals.”
Images are from here.