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Governor John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851) and pioneering Journalist Samuel Cornish (1795-1858) are the fathers and the sole creators of, ‘African American Journalism,’ which first began on March 16, 1827.

Now if you recall from your history books, and from my, ‘Black Dispatches And The American Civil War,’ news articles; 1827 was a time when slavery was still the law of the United States of America since slavery did not end in America until Confederate General Robert E. Lee decided to surrender to Republican General Ulysses S. Grant, which is what effectively ended the American Civil War on May 9, 1865 while simultaneously giving birth to the 1865 Galveston, Texas, ‘Juneteenth Independence Day Celebration,’ that’s still being actively observed by the African American communities within the United States of America and worldwide since African Americans in Texas were intentionally kept in slavery and forced to work for free, and beyond the January 1, 1863 signing of the, ‘Emancipation Proclamation,’ which is also known as the, ‘Proclamation 95 Executive Order,’ that effectively freed the Southern slaves prior to the passage of the 13th Amendment by the Senate on April 8, 1864, and by the House on January 31, 1865.

The signing of ‘Proclamation 95’ by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, also freed the Southern slaves prior to the ratification of the 13th Amendment by the required number of states on December 6, 1865.

The signing of the ‘Emancipation Proclamation’ by the Republican President Abraham Lincoln, who was also the undisputed leader of the Union on January 1, 1863, also freed the Southern slaves prior to the proclamation of adoption, which was made by Secretary of State William H. Seward on December 18, 1865.   

But, what was life like for some African Americans in the year 1795, and prior to the signing of ‘Proclamation 95’ and the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and why isn’t this particular subject required reading for all American schools of journalism?

Samuel Cornish was a, ‘Free Born Black,’ and an Abolitionist, and a Presbyterian minister, and a pioneering Journalist, and an Editor, and a Business Owner, who was born to two free born black parents in Sussex County, Delaware in the year 1795, and prior to being raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and also in New York City, New York, which had been the unrivaled domain of the popular white journalist Mordecai Noah, who had been writing news articles for the ‘New York Enquirer’ in the year 1827.

Mordecai Noah had made it his business to denigrate the free born blacks that he had been writing about in his news articles even though a great percentage of the free born blacks in his immediate area, and throughout the country, were indeed descended from the ‘Black Jews’ or ‘Israelites’ that had been stolen from the soil of Western Africa where they had been worshipping their Hebrew God ‘Jehovah’ prior to the start of Chattel Slavery, and the atrocious American Slave System, that President Abraham Lincoln, and the United States Congress, and the states would eventually abolish with the presidential signing on February 1, 1865, and with the April 8, 1864, and the January 31, 1865 passage, and with the December 6, 1865 ratification of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America.

But, what was life like for some African Americans prior to the advent of, ‘African American Journalism,’ in the year 1827, and prior to the signing of ‘Proclamation 95’ and the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and why isn’t this particular subject  required reading for all American schools of journalism?

The ‘Antebellum South’ continued to enslave and to murder and to torture and to rape the human beings from Africa while the white journalists continued to cover for them by normalizing their repugnant behavior, which had often manifested itself on Sundays, and prior to Governor John Brown Russwurm being born into the world as a, ‘Free Born Black.’

The free born status of Governor John Brown Russwurm would serve to open the eyes of thousands of Americans since he was not born in the United States of America, but would eventually become the second African American to earn a college degree from a prestigious American institution while his fellow African Americans were still being brutalized and raped and murdered and tortured and enslaved in certain parts of the United States of America while he was graduating from college in the year 1826.

But, what was life like for some African Americans in the year 1799, and prior to the signing of ‘Proclamation 95’ and the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, and why isn’t this particular subject required reading for all American schools of journalism?

The United States was experiencing an ongoing runaway slave issue as well as a number of spontaneous slave revolts while recovering from the societal and structural damage that had come to America as a direct result of the, ‘1775 to 1783 American Revolution,’ when Governor John Brown Russwurm was born in Jamaica in the year 1799, and prior to moving to Quebec, Canada as a child where he had remained up until he decided to move to the state of Maine where he had enrolled in, ‘Bowdoin College.’

Governor Russwurm’s enrollment in classes at Bowdoin College took place shortly before he began to write term papers about the leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture.

The thought provoking term papers had served to stimulate many meaningful discussions amongst the students and staff prior to Governor Russwurm’s 1826 graduation speech, which had also centered on the Haitian Revolution since the Haitian Revolution is the epicenter of black resistance, as well as the birthplace for black independence from slavery.

Governor Russwurm’s passion for the truth and subsequent 1826 graduation from Bowdoin College would change the world of journalism forever since he would decide to move to New York City, New York where he would meet Samuel Cornish, who had already been living under the racially charged, and crushing arm of the ‘American Press’ which had been led in part by Mordecai Noah and the other white journalists, who had been practicing a cruel form of ‘Editorial Racism’ that can still be found in today’s journalistic climate.

The one sided world of editorial racism would soon meet its match since Governor John Brown Russwurm had long understood the role that media plays within a functioning society, and how it had already been used by the rich and by the powerful to create and to sustain a series of destructive and crushing stereotypes that were being used against the power-less, who in this case were the free born blacks that were being written about by Mordecai Noah, who had already demonstrated his overt racial bias towards the blacks in his widely read news articles that were also being read by the religious people of the day and also by law enforcement.  

The fight to bring truth and balance and justice to the existing world of journalism in 1827 would not be an easy one, however, Governor John Brown Russwurm, who was also a pioneering journalist, and Samuel Cornish were equally insightful men when they decided to take up the fight for truth and balance and justice in journalism, and having the indisputable confidence that comes along with being born free, they founded the very first owned and operated black newspaper in the United States of America on March 16, 1827.

The newspaper was called, ‘Freedom’s Journal,’ and its very first issue was a direct response to Mordecai Noah, and to the other white journalists that had also been openly practicing editorial racism in their news articles.

The rebuke and statement of ‘Journalistic Independence’ and declaration of freedom in print simply started off with the eternal words, “We wish to plead our own case.”

The ‘Independent News Media’ was created on March 16, 1827 when pioneering journalists John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish wrote in an unmistakable language that could be understood by all, “Too long have others spoken for us. Too long has the publick been deceived by misrepresentation in things which concern us dearly.”

The immortal words, “We wish to plead our own case,” effectively created the world of, ‘Black Journalism’ or ‘African American Journalism’ when they were published in New York City, New York for the very first time on March 16, 1827.

The publishing of the words, “Too long have others spoken for us. Too long has the publick been deceived by misrepresentation in things which concern us dearly,” on March 16, 1827, has caused many to argue in recent days that the official ‘War On Fake News’ had actually begun on March 16, 1827, and with John Brown Russwurm and Samuel Cornish since black Americans had finally received a voice in print, and could therefore fully express themselves in a world of widely accepted ‘Journalistic Racism.’

The world at large and the world of ‘American Journalism’ would never be the same again since Freedom’s Journal was indeed an entirely ‘New’ form of media that would forever be known as , ‘Black Journalism’ or as ‘African American Journalism.’

The world of journalism was made whole on March 16, 1827 since Freedom’s Journal was an abolitionist minded four column periodical that had helped to change the debate about race, as well as the social construction of race itself, since everything that had been taught and said about race had come through the lens of the rich and the powerful, and also through the lens of white men like Mordecai Noah, who had known next to nothing about the free born blacks that he had been writing about since his great, great grandparents and his great grandparents had not been stolen from their homes in Africa and enslaved in America and forced to call ‘Jesus’ their God instead of ‘Yahweh’ who they had known from birth.

The lens of the victims of racism had been completely ignored by most news outlets, however, that would soon change in 1827 since Freedom’s Journal was printed every Friday, and had sought to instill a sense of pride within the affected African American communities that had also been reading Mordecai Noah’s editorial racism by publishing short biographies that were about the prominent blacks that wouldn’t be allowed to appear in Mordecai Noah’s news articles.

Samuel Cornish and Governor John Brown Russwurm also published black poets, and various sermons, and the births and the deaths of the blacks that were located within the local African American Communities. They also published marriage announcements and foreign and domestic news stories, and advertisements, as well as editorials that rightfully condemned slavery, and racial discrimination, and the other outlandish injustices that were being endured by African Americans while many of the white owned and operated newspapers in New York City were openly embracing and supporting slavery and racial bias against black people by being ‘Editorially Complicit’ in this crime against humanity.

The brand new form of media that Samuel Eli Cornish and Governor John Brown Russwurm had effectively created in New York City, New York on March 16, 1827, had hit the ground running since there was nothing else like it in all of the United States of America. However, in September of 1827 John Brown Russwurm became the sole editor of Freedom’s Journal shortly after Samuel Cornish unexpectedly resigned from the paper over a series of disputes that were related to the African American colonization of Africa effort, which is something that John Brown Russwurm had been promoting due to his support for, ‘The Colonization Movement,’ that was being led by the, ‘American Colonization Society,’ who had wanted to free the African American slaves while offering them the opportunity to move back to Africa after they had already been forced to build a paradise for their white slave masers, who had already raped and tortured their sons and their daughters.

The idea of leaving America to the very same whites that had already enslaved millions of black people did not sit well with the readers, who had previously remained loyal to Russwurm after Cornish abruptly left the paper due to their irreconcilable disputes over colonizing Africa.

The loyalty had come to an end and Freedom’s Journal’s support for the colonization of Africa effort would prove to be extremely unpopular with its readers, and with the unforeseen loss of subscriptions, and circulation in March of 1829, Freedom’s Journal was forced to cease operations shortly before John Brown Russwurm decided to move to Liberia, Africa, which is the area in Western Africa that was established by the American Colonization Society for the blacks that they were able to recruit in America prior to the move back to Africa, and far away from the country that had wronged them.

The new arrivals eventually settled in and began their new lives while John Brown Russwurm went on to become the Governor of Liberia’s Maryland Colony while his former business partner Samuel Cornish returned to publishing in 1829 and tried to re-establish Freedom’s Journal under the new name, ‘The Rights of All.’

However, the new newspaper only lasted less than a year since the readers were still upset over the colonization of Africa effort that John Brown Russwurm had championed while he was the sole editor of Freedom’s Journal.                                               

 Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

 

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When I first learned about the existence of “The Negro Commandments” and their overall importance to a group of “Slavery Survivors” and “Jim Crow Survivors” and “Victims and Survivors of the Watts Riots and Police Brutality” more than 25 years ago, I decided that I would write about the commandments one day since they seemed to be just as timely and as important as they were when they were first written all those years ago, and at a time when death often outweighed life in many instances since 6 people could be murdered by the police and the KKK for every baby that was born to an African American family.

I first learned about The Negro Commandments over a cup of coffee, and once I gained the trust of the black woman that I was speaking with since I was an outsider, she put me in touch with one of the surviving “American Refugees” that had fled to safety with a set of handwritten commandments or guidelines that had managed to keep him and countless others alive.

The Negro Commandments are an important piece of hidden American history, and are just as relevant today as they were 25 years ago, and when they were first written and circulated throughout the Southern States.

I was able to see a slightly worn and very much intelligible copy of The Negro Commandments that an 88 year old black man, who preferred to be called an “Afro American” instead of a black American since he felt a certain kinship with the other black human beings that had also been scattered throughout the world, and who were also using the term “Afro” to describe themselves.

The 88 year old man that I interviewed over the course of 4 days after learning that he had been carrying a surviving copy of The Negro Commandments with him ever since he had turned ten years old was named Jody.

And during the course of our multi-part interviews Jody had advised me that his father Randolph, who was from the heart of Arkansas, had made him a handwritten copy of The Negro Commandments, and that his mother Lorraine, who was from Mississippi, had also received a copy from her father Joseph, who had approached her with the guidelines when she was no more than ten years old, which seemed to be the designated age since Jody’s aunt Patsy, who was two years older than Lorraine, had also received a copy at the age of ten years old just like Jody’s male classmates, who were named Roger and Donald and Colman.

The ten year old boys and girls were apparently told that they would be responsible for passing the information down to their own children, and for teaching future generations of Negros about what had happened during their lifetimes.     

The first Commandment as I wrote in my notepad has to do with the purpose and use of money, which Jody also called “Jay” or “J” which was apparently a colloquial term for money when he was growing up.

Money should be used for the betterment of the family and the community. Money must be saved whenever possible because we never know when we will have to move because of the Ku Klux Klan and the police that are working with them. Money must be kept to pay the white folks for safe passage because some of them are helping us when we have to flee for our lives when the Klan starts burning their satanic crosses and lynching people.  

The Second Commandment has to do with religion or worship.

Religion is every persons own business and it does not matter if they worship Christ or the Moslem religion or the Jews God or the dark arts because we are all being hunted down by the white men that carried us over here on those boasts. This is why the Negro Jews among us are acting like they are Christians because they know they will be killed for being Jews.

No one can tell the white folks who the Moslems and Jews are because they will be killed because they are Negros and have another religion and secret tongue that they use at night which is not English.   

The Third Commandment has to do with food.

Food must be saved because there are times when we cannot leave the house to purchase food because the Ku Klux Klan is out. The police also stop us for no reason so we must stay inside our homes unless we are going to work or to church because we are questioned just for doing yard work around the house. The police also follow us to the store and call us bad names and touch our women folk underneath the clothes and hit us for no reason.

Food is very important and when eating food we must always thank the Hebrew God because he freed the Hebrew slaves and gave them land just like the Jews here with us said. We must remember to eat mainly vegetables and to drink a lot of water because some of the meat we are sold and given is bad and if we refuse to purchase it we are beaten by the shop keeper or the police are called on us and we are lynched or shot or burned to death.

Food can also be dangerous so cook your food at home by boiling your meat because some of us have become sick from food that we did not cook our self. Always keep coffee around because it will keep you up when you have to flee to another town because of the KKK.

The Fourth Commandment has to do with newspapers.

We cannot trust the white newspapers because they will not report the lynching. They only tell you the police killed a Negro man or a Negro woman but will not tell you it was in cold blood. The newspapers also will not tell you how many Negros are killed and buried by the KKK and the police that control the streets.

Negros must spread the word because Negros do not have homes or work but you do not see it in the white papers. The white newspapers will not tell you that the Ku Klux Klan and the police are killing Negro children or that they are being lynched by white men. The Negro must flee north and must tell the Negros out there and the white folks what is happening in the south so they can bring an army and food because we do not have arms.    

The Fifth Commandment has to do with sharing.

We must take care of each other by sharing salt and sugar and flour and beans and meat and vegetables and coffee with the people in our party so no one will go hungry while his brothers eat.

We have been taught a strange thing because we shared our food in Africa before the white men forced us to come here on those boats. We must make sure the pregnant and the children get full like they did before the angry white men made us come here. 

The Sixth Commandment has to do with outward expression.

We cannot speak in front of the white folks because the smart Negros with us are being killed by the KKK and the police. The regular white folks are also killing us and the smart Negros in our party so keep quiet unless you know them by name or from church and do not say too much or anything about returning to Africa because you will be murdered. And if you are asked if you believe in Jesus just say yes because the KKK and the police are killing Negro Jews and Negro Moslems because they said Jesus is not their God and that they had another God before they came here. 

The Seventh Commandment has to do with education.

We must educate our self about the past and about our ancestors so our children and their children will have the knowledge of who we are as Africans. We must also learn what the whites are doing so we can move up in their world. We must never forget what has been done to us in this world. Our children must know that we were not always slaves or called Negros. They must also know about the Negro Popes in Africa. They must also know about the Negro Christians that lived in Africa before the start of slavery and that were carried over here on the boats with the Moslems and Jews. We must teach our children about the past just like the Negro Hebrews and the Negro Moslems with us are doting. We must learn from them even though we are Christians since the Negro Jews are saying the lynching will end one day just like the slavery in Egypt.  

The Eighth Commandment has to do with social activities.

We as Negros must not be idle in the streets because the police and the KKK will attack us for no reason. We must gather in our homes and must be home before dark and must not get drunk because the police are murdering Negros for no reason besides being drunk. Stay away from dope because it is from the devil and will only make your pain worse. Be careful when speaking to white women because Negros are being lynched for saying hello ma’am. Do not engage the white folks unless they come to you first. And find a good milkman and have him deliver your milk for you so you do not have to go out and give him a little change for bringing the milk.

Read every day and seek to set up guardians in your community so they can watch over your homes and children and women folk.

Choose your music carefully when listening to other than religion songs and never forget how the Hebrew God freed us from slavery by using his humble servant President Abraham Lincoln.

The Ninth Commandment has to do with relationships.

Choose a good man or a good woman that has the same kind of thoughts because slavery has harmed the spirits of some Negros and this is why we must be careful around some of them because they have become strangers to us in these horrible days and no longer know the ways of Africa or any of the words that belong to our languages that have kept us close to our ancestors and land.

We must find a way to survive because we cannot live free like the Negro Indians and like the other Negro people that were here before the white men carried us over here on those boats.  

The Negro Commandments allow us to experience and to appreciate the horrifying times that Jody and his parents and grandparents and great grandparents and their parents were forced to live through when they had nothing more than hope in their hearts and a desire for salvation.

The Negro Commandments also allow us to see the kind of communicating and organizing that it took to bring African Americans through slavery and through the Jim Crow Era and through everything else that the African American people have had to endure throughout the centuries and without losing their faith in the Hebrew God, who Jody said had followed them from Africa.

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

Cerritos, CA –

The Forgotten Black Americans

The need to reintroduce the world to the other black Americans or to the forgotten black Americans became abundantly clear right after an eleven year old African American female abruptly asked me why the news media only shows Rappers and singers like Beyonce instead of showing inspirational black Americans that have a positive outlook on life like her and her 22 year old brother Antonio who is working on a Ph.D in Metaphysics and also in Christian theology since he wants to be able to reach out to the Americans and English speaking immigrants that are seeking counseling on a much higher level as well as the kind of counseling that doesn’t involve medication or the traditional psychological approach, which simply isn’t right for everyone since people, and blacks in particular, are as diverse as the stars themselves.

In honor of Black History Month, which is not only about the past but also about the present day, and in order to fulfill the wish of elven year old Tameka, I conducted a series of interviews that highlight the forgotten black Americans that are no longer being represented in the American news media or by their elected officials, who routinely put out news stories that highlight the various personalities of immigrants and nonblack Americans, which is what 11 year old Tameka pointed out when she said “It is as if we don’t exist.”  

Black Belief Systems and Black History Revelations

Maurice aged 32 and native of Nebraska: I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and also in God the Father, and I also respect everyone’s right to believe as they choose which is why I don’t knock my younger brother Kristopher who believes in “Demetry” who he states is the god of gay people and the only reason that he feels comfortable being a gay American.

Pamela aged 21 and native of Pennsylvania: I believe in Marduk who’s the god of the blacks, and I also believe in the creation story that surrounds Tiamat. I have been praying to Marduk for as long as I could talk since he is the god of my family. We have never known or prayed to another god, so don’t believe the Hollywood movies that only show blacks as Muslims or as Christians because we are neither.

Melissa aged 30 and native of California: I believe in the doctrine of the Anglican Church which puts more emphasis on how one should live. My family has been in America ever since they left England as free blacks and arrived in 1725.  

Donald aged 19 and native of Arizona: I am a proud American Muslim who respects everyone’s religion, and I do not agree with the minority of Muslims that are attacking others simply because they are not Muslims or because they are not Islamic enough for their standards. The Prophet warned us about these misguided Muslims, who don’t represent the real Islam or American born Muslims, who just want peace throughout the entire world as well as an end to terror in the name of Islam since Islam is a religion of peace, which is why I get upset when I see images of Arab Muslims, who have just come to the USA, and who are accosting American veterans that have fought in Vietnam and in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are saying things like we know that you killed our friends, but that isn’t going to happen anymore since we are here now. These Muslims need to respect our military heroes or they need to be deported or stopped from entering the country all together before they have a chance to kill Americans. 

Ezekiel aged 39 and native of Chicago: I was born Jewish and my family came to America during the Spanish Inquisition which is what caused a lot of black Jews to flee to America due to persecution. We were living in America as Jews prior to the white Jews and the other black Jews that came into America after the Holocaust that took place in Europe after we had already experienced our very own persecution for being Jews while living in Europe. This is an important black history fact that has been deliberately covered up by the American media, who seem to be dedicated to keeping atrocious black stereotypes and white supremacy alive and well in America.

There are a lot of black Jews in America and also throughout the entire world since the original Jews or Hebrews were indeed black, which is a fact that continues to be hidden by the collective media, who also won’t tell you that the blacks kicked off the American Revolution which took place shortly after the British started trying to tell black pastors what they could and couldn’t say during their sermons. The defiance of Crispus Attucks in 1770 as well as our experience as Spanish Inquisition survivors and American Jews is an ultra-important black history fact that should be brought to light since Obama failed to mention the fact that Crispus Attucks was black when he mentioned him in one of his speeches. This intentional omission during a televised appearance, which the entire world had access to, told me that Obama wasn’t going to do anything to better the lives of black people, which is why more blacks were killed by the police under the Obama Administration than were killed under George W. Bush who I actually voted for since blacks could find jobs when he was the president. 

The Black Patriots or the Black Revolutionary Soldiers that fought for America and that were either drafted or that freely enlisted during the American Revolution are indeed a crucial part of black history as well as American history since they are jointly responsible for the United States of America becoming a reality when few white men were willing to fight the British army. So don’t listen to the white racists that constantly yell 1776 without acknowledging the black Americans that fought from 1775 to 1783.    

The Black Confederates that fought under the Confederate Flag during the American Civil War is also black history since it tells us why these particular black Americans sided with the Southerners who eventually turned their backs on them after the war had ended, which is what gave rise to misguided and uneducated racist idiots like the KKK, who know absolutely nothing at all about the un-slaved or free blacks that lived in North America prior to the United States becoming a nation.

The Black Brigade in Cincinnati during the Civil War is also black history; however I don’t see it being covered by the media which is why our children don’t know their history and want to join gangs since the athletes and the Hip Hop artists are the only black history that they know, which is simply tragic since our children also need to celebrate the men and women that fought and died for them long before Rap music came on the scene and long before there was drug dealing and gang banging and welfare recipients. This is why we need to return to our black roots and values which taught us to love one another as well as love for our country that our ancestors fought and died for during the American Revolution of 1775 to 1783.        

The Black Loyalists that fought for the British during the American Revolution is also black history, so I cannot understand why the news media in America is only showing the marching that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did during the Civil Rights Movement. What about St. Maurice who headed up the Roman Legion that was known as the Theban Legion? Have they never heard of the other influential black men like Crispus Attucks or Nat Turner or W.E.B. Dubois or Fredrick Douglas or George Washington Carver? Heck Harriet Tubman has also taken a back seat to the Civil Rights Movement even though she played a key role in black history.

Now don’t get me wrong because it is important to celebrate the accomplishments of  Rosa Parks and Former President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as Malcolm X and Minister Farrakhan and the athletes and the singers and the Rappers and the entertainers, but we cannot afford to forget about the pioneers of the black movement that came before the Civil Rights Movements since they are the very foundation of black America and America itself because if they hadn’t taken a stand hundreds of years ago then the world would be a very different place altogether.      

I feel like our history is being purposely kept from black Americans and also from other Americans as well as from immigrants since we are not being taught about Crispus Attucks or George Washington Carver or Fredrick Douglas or the black Americans that courageously fought during the American Revolution and also during the Civil War that put brother against brother and father against father, which was also experienced by the blacks that fought during the Revolutionary war and as Patriots and Black Loyalists. We are also not being taught about the black Americans that were never enslaved since they came here as settlers. You see if the American media, which is supposed to be above propaganda, only shows images of blacks being slaves and struggling for freedom under white racism then black children and other American children and immigrant children will begin to perceive African Americans as inferior when we are not! The broadcast news and the racist white supremacist news outlets on the internet are not dedicated to the truth because if they were then they would start combating racism by showing “The Global Historical Record of Black History” which includes the contributions of W.E.B. Dubois and King Sakura as well as the ancient black Egyptians. The Global Historical Record of Black History also includes The Black Panthers that were fighting against racism in the Northern state of California which is supposed to be liberal and racism free since it’s The North.

The Global Historical Record of Black History wouldn’t be complete without the great African leaders that were once in power, and that did great things prior to and after the Eastern and Western slave trades that were perpetrated by the Arabs and also by the white Europeans who broke up our families and stole our languages after we befriended them and educated their children in universities like Timbuktu.  

Black history month should also include lessons about King David and his son King Solomon who is clearly black which is confirmed by his own description of himself, which is something that cannot be denied since we are indeed the people of the Holy Bible or of the Torah. You see if black people only look to Rappers and singers for inspiration then they will never learn the true history of black people which is not being reflected in their songs since the Rappers and the singers themselves don’t even know the true history of black people since the broadcast news is not covering it.

I want to thank you for being a real journalist and for covering the other side of black America as well as real black history, and I also want to thank you for understanding that all black skinned people don’t think alike, and deserve to be heard and even if they aren’t celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg.   

Angela aged 27 and native of California: I believe in the precepts of Hinduism which is the only religion that I have ever known since my mother and father have been Hindus for well over 60 years. My grandparents on both sides of my family are also Hindus, so the unfair stereotypes about all black people being Christians are false and really need to be done away with, which is why I don’t have time for ignorant people and especially the ones on talk radio who do nothing but repeat the same old news stories over and over again. I simply want to live in peace with everyone, which is why I don’t drink or smoke or do drugs of any kind since these substances cloud the mind and prevent the user from experiencing the real world which is why there are so many killings and abortions that are being committed by people that are simply out of their minds.   

Big J aged 54 and native of Texas: I believe in the power of Metaphysics and don’t do anything without using astrology. My mother and father also practiced Metaphysics and so did my grandparents on my mother’s side of the family. The Christian religion simply wasn’t for us since we saw a lot of hateful white folks that were going to church every Sunday and that were being abusive to blacks during services and right after, and it didn’t matter if they were Democrats or Republicans. However, a group of white Republican did help me out after some white Democrats jumped me while I was attending high school in Dallas.       

Carla aged 46 and native of Alabama: I am an atheist and always have been since my father who raised me by himself never believed in a god due to his experience with racism. He simply couldn’t understand why the pastor was telling them that murdering people was wrong while white people were lynching black people and getting away with it. He also couldn’t understand why he was going to hell for firing warning shots at a group of white men that were trying to rape his sister Marlene. However, now that President Trump has taken office and is trying to unify the country, he is hopeful for future generations since President Trump is the only American president that’s actually doing something to unite Americans by focusing on what we can do right now in order to heal the nation.

I am pleased to do this interview with you because I know that you won’t twist my words since I have read some of your past news articles that bring the readers the pure and unadulterated truth. You are a rare breed of journalist since most journalists are afraid of the politicians, which is why they simply link to other news articles while writing pieces that are based on someone else’s journalistic work instead of chasing down their own unique stories that enlighten and inform their readers.      

Andrew aged 47 and native of California: I’m a lifelong Buddhist and so are my parents and grandparents on both sides of my family, so it really irks me when people automatically assume that I’m a Christian since this is all they see in the fake news that doesn’t represent the diversity of real black people, which is why we need courageous independent journalists that aren’t afraid to tell the truth about both sides of black America since we as a people live tremendously different lives and lives that do not involve going to clubs or smoking marijuana or getting drunk or carrying knives or guns or joining gangs and going to prison.

The small percentage of black people, who do not number 30 plus million, and who are unfortunately involved in the aforementioned lifestyles, come from extremely different backgrounds, so they have not had access to the same resources that I have, so to make them the official spokes people for black America is wrong since they do not represent the entire race.

I feel sorry for the blacks that are involved in gangs because they have been brought up on garbage television just like the ignorant people that  have the nerve to grin at me while saying what happened as if black Americans don’t have the right to choose their own belief systems. The main people that have this kind of backwoods reaction as soon as they find out that I’m a Buddhist are the ones that have just come to the USA without any true knowledge about black Americans. The ignorant blacks and whites and Asians and Hispanics that have been brainwashed by their racist television programming, which only show black Americans in a negative light, when the vast majority of us are positive people who don’t engage in drug use or in alcoholism, have similar reactions since they themselves don’t fully understand how diverse black America really is, which is why I was extremely angry when Obama only invited Rappers to the White House since they don’t speak for me or for any of the other blacks that live a completely different kind of lifestyle.

Evelyn aged 77 and native of Louisiana: I am a Voodoo practitioner and in order to fully understand my family history Americans should read They Came Before Columbus The African Presence In Ancient America by Dr. Ivan Van Sertima. This book will allow the readers to understand the very beginnings of black history as it relates to the landmass that eventually became America. My family was here long before Christopher Columbus and the colonies; however the white history books which were written by white people with an agenda don’t reflect the truth about black people or about America, which was fine before Columbus arrived and stole our land.

My family coexisted with the native Americans without any problems, and a number of my family members also married freed black slaves. They also fought in the American Revolution that took place between 1775 and 1783, however, the racist white people that control the American media will not allow this kind of information to reach American households since it tells the truth about the blacks that eventually became citizens of the United States of America once the country was formed out of the war with the British, who knew of our existence prior to the Revolutionary war that sent them packing. The name Crispus Attucks filled my childhood home since my father had learned about him from his father who learned about him from his father and from his father’s father. Stories about Crispus have been passed down from generations to generations since we have never forgotten our oral traditions that keep us grounded in the real world despite what might be happening outside of our homes.

You see young fella Black History Month is not just about the Civil Rights Movement. It’s about our collective experience as both free blacks and as enslaved blacks, and it’s also about the individual decisions that we had to make as black Americans, which is why I am glad that you are interviewing me because I am sick and tired of the know-it-all black celebrities that have been handpicked to speak for me when they don’t know my family history. You see the racist media will put a camera and a microphone in front of an impoverished and uneducated black person who, knows next to nothing at all about black history or about the various degrees of black history, and his or her uninformed opinion that isn’t founded on anything at all, will automatically become reality even though they are not educated and no nothing about the free blacks that were never enslaved and that came to America as settlers. The media will choose a buffoon in order to make us look like we’re stupid. I have a Master of Science degree in psychology, so I am far from stupid.              

Post Revolution and Civil War Sports and Activities That Black Americans Love

Damien aged 25 and native of California: I enjoy croquet and horseback racing as well as volleyball and tennis and surfing which have been a part of my family for over 50 years. I also windsurf with my dad who started doing it when he was only 13 years old which is quite remarkable if you ask me since it takes real skill and a lot of guts. My grandparents taught me to honor black history month by praying for the United States and for more and better opportunities for black Americans since we can do anything that we set our minds to. I was also taught to honor the blacks that came before me by reading a book since knowledge is the only true way to be free since the knowledge that we obtain while living on the earth will determine how well we will do in our next existence which is why it is vitally important that we as black people take the time to educate ourselves before our time is up.    

Douglas aged 38 and native of California: I enjoy skid car racing which is something that my grandfather introduced me to a long, long time ago. Watching the boys and girls racing around the track while trying to out maneuver each other is absolutely awesome. I celebrate black history month by living free and by honoring my ancestor with an ice cold beer.

Monica aged 23 and native of California: I enjoy roller derby matches and routinely attend matches with my 19 year old brother Mathew who introduced me to the old school roller derby kings and queens that used to rule the L.A. scene when roller derby was big in California. I love meeting older Americans that love to talk about the days of Danny Reilly and the Los Angeles Thunderbirds and John Hall who represented the Detroit Devils during the roller derby wars. I honor black history month by the way that I live.

Oliver aged 29 and native of Ohio: I love to throw darts and never pass up the opportunity to participate in a tournament. I also participate in crossbow tournaments as well as in hiking and biking expeditions. I honor black history month by doing some of the things that my African American ancestors couldn’t due to racism.

Bob aged 53 and native of Alaska: I enjoy hunting and fishing and camping since this is how I grew up. I have never been into drugs or alcohol since I enjoy my life which is a living testament to black history month.  

Jason aged 21 and native of California: I enjoy indoor go kart racing which is really, really cool since you’re racing on a rubber track. I think that if more and more inner city kids were exposed to the kinds of things that I’m into then there would be less and less gang violence since we don’t have any black gangs where I live in Orange County CA. I honor black history month by the way that I live.

Isabella aged 43 and native of New York City: I love doing volunteer work with my father and mother and two younger brothers Pete and Lorenzo. My father got me into volunteering when I was only 7 years old and I have been doing it ever since. My father also introduced me to bowling when we took a vacation to Southern California and now I am hooked on the sport. My father and grandfather are avid bowlers and ham radio operators and they have bowing trophies that span from the 1950s to the present. We honor black history month by doing things as a family.

Duke aged 38 and native of Virginia: I love dodge ball and soccer and spend hours watching old dodge ball matches. I also take a vacation during soccer season so I can watch all of the games. Soccer has always been a passion of mine. I also like basketball too, but dodge ball reminds me of the times that I spent with my grandparents out in California.

Professional Wrestling is also at the very top of my list since guys like Brock and John Cena and Randy Orton and Undertaker and Kane and Jericho and Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and Bobby Lashley and Bray Wyatt and AJ Styles as well as Samoa Joe and The Hardys and The New Day are absolutely phenomenal.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks and Nia Jax and Asuka and AJ Lee as well as Paige and Naomi and Natalya and Gail Kim and Rose Mary are my favorite female wrestlers since they bring the fight. I honor black history month by the way that I live.

Nigel aged 46 and native of California: I enjoy bird watching and visiting botanical gardens and zoos and national parks and museums. I also enjoy wine tastings as well as plays and ball room dancing and classical music. I also produce my very own oil paintings as well, which is something that I learned from my grandfather who produced and sold over 600 paintings prior to his death.in 2013. I honor black history month by the way that I live.

Vincent aged 28 and native of California: I build model trains and also enjoy working on classic cars and Cessna engines. I also come from a military family and served several years in the US Army. I honor black history month by the way that I carry myself which is consistent with my military background.            

Black Political View Points  

David aged 18 and native of Utah: I’m a political atheist since I have a mind of my own and don’t believe in voting for a party simply because millions of black people find it appealing. God gave us a brain for a reason which is why my entire family out in California votes Independent since we want transparency which is indeed what President Donald J. Trump is giving us by tweeting directly to the American people. He is the only president that treats all Americans like they matter. What other president do you know that specifically asked white people to hire blacks before he even became president? What other president has cared enough to try to lower the price of prescription drugs for the Americans that are being crucified by the prices?

Maxine aged 33 and native of Arkansas: I’m a Libertarian since I believe in freedom for everyone. If a woman wants to have an operation to become a man because she prefers have sex like a man then I have no problem with her decision. Also if a man wants to have an operation to become a woman then I say live and let live.

Josephine aged 22 and native of Wisconsin: I’m a Green Party member and will do everything within my power to make sure that Donald Trump gets reelected since we finally have a real man in the White House who isn’t afraid to confront Islamic terrorism. I am not a Democrat and never have been and never will be because they put votes before lives which can be seen in San Francisco politics. The US Army needs to disarm all of the police departments in California since they won’t cooperate with federal immigration. The feds are the highest law enforcement agencies in America.

Jonathan aged 42 and native of Tennessee: I’m a Republican just like my mother and father and grandparents before them. None of my family members have ever been Democrats, so I don’t understand why the media in The North continues to portray blacks in America as Democrats. Throughout our history as black people we have always voted Republican, but the media only shows the Northern blacks that are protesting and that vote blue, and this is why we need our own news agencies and independent filmmakers and movie theaters that show conservative and God centered movies that uplift the people. The single biggest mistake that the white people in The South ever made, since they had all of the money, was to allow Hollywood to become the only major movie making outlet in America. The South should have created a counter film making industry as well as a string of conservative movie theaters to show our Christian movies. This would have kept America rooted in God. You know us blacks in The South always wanted this but we never had the money to make it a reality and now we are plagued with a gangster culture that was created by Hollywood.

Donovan aged 34 and native of Georgia: I’m a Democrat and I voted for Hillary Clinton, however, now that I see what President Trump is doing for America, I hope the Democrats in Georgia and California and all over the United States will work with President Trump as he tries to bring prosperity and much needed changes to America. We need jobs down here in Georgia as well as real leaders that will work with President Trump because at the end of the day we are all Americans. We also need to show the world that we respect our own laws and democratically elected president as well as our election process. I will be voting for Trump in 2020 since he’s trying to unite the country while my party is trying to cause trouble for him. I fear what’s going to happen to America if another Democrat should get into the White House since my party doesn’t want us to have the tax cuts that President Trump wants us to have, and that they never offered us. Don’t the Democrats care whether are not we live or die which is what the tax cuts will mean for some people?  

Black History Month is about reflecting on the past while celebrating the diversity that can be found within the community of black Americans who are a diverse group of people as you can clearly see from the various interviews that genuinely describe who black Americans were and are in 2017.

We can only understand the true nature of black Americans by hearing from ordinary Americans who simply want to be heard since they feel like they have been forgotten since the blacks that are being featured in the broadcast news do not share their interest or values or thoughts or diverse political views or religious beliefs and convictions.              

                        

Nathaniel Armstrong, Jr.

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