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Though I had fallen short of probity in my personal life, I have been punctilious in my public life

and career. It has cost me dearly in stability, financial security, and friends. I wanted to picture

the matter like a scrimmage game, persons on the same team preparing for the greater enemy.

But people became deadly serious. I was naïve. 

 

 

Letters of an Abiding Faith:

Legacy of a Slave's GrandDaughter to her Son

written by Ella Lewis to her Son (Rudolph Lewis)

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Letter 49

Dec 20, 1989

 

Dear Son,

I received your letter glade hear From you. This leave me doing OK. Much better I hope you got the Check I sent you. It was not much But it the Best I Could do right now.

Doc let me tell you Some Thing a Baby got to Crawl Before he Walk. I say that to Say this. You have Come a long ways. Just thank God For What you have Because you Cant hurry God. You just got to wait and pray that the only hope I Know. So stop complaining Just Count your Blessings See What God have done.

Doc dont take Every Body For your Friend. Your Enemies Cant hurt you But your Close Friend can.* Sooner you learn that the better you will Be. Peoples dont want to See you with nothing. But you Keep praying and doing the right thing.

Lucinda gave me Microwave Oven on my Birthday. So when Ever you go to work You Get me a Small radio. I rite you again Soon I getting sleepy. I still praying For you So you Be good have a nice Xmas and a happy New Year.

From Mother

love you

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Commentary

*Henry Nicholas, the national president of 1199, came to town to wage a campaign for the 1199 members of Baltimore to vote the National Union into the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Workers (AFSME), rather than Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Most of the old leadership of the Baltimore/Washington local was for Nicholas and AFSME, rather than SEIU. Initially, the officers were split, with the Executive Vice President Beatrice Moore, wife of the local’s president (Bob Moore), leaning toward Nicholas and AFSCME. In the end she sat on the fence. I tried to do the same thing. I, however, handed to Nicholas a photo which indicated that personnel of SEIU, pretending to be local organizers, had gone through the records of the local before the guidelines for the election were established. 

Of course, all of that got back to Bob Moore. I was barred from the office. My paycheck, however, was signed by Henry Nicholas. Thus, in the campaign, siding with Nicholas, I was going against a friend of twenty years, a friend whom I had a great affection. I did not take the matter lightly. Though I had fallen short of probity in my personal life, I have been punctilious in my public life and career. It has cost me dearly in stability, financial security, and friends. I wanted to picture the matter like a scrimmage game, persons on the same team preparing for the greater enemy. But people became deadly serious. I was naïve. 

AFSCME lost Baltimore. Beatrice Moore was forced into retirement by SEIU. I decided I did not want to work further with Nicholas; because on the whole, I didn’t trust him personally anymore than Bob did. Yet I thought he could do more for workers here in Baltimore than SEIU; moreover, the rank and file leadership wanted him. But Bob was fighting for his life and he had debts he had to pay. Much of this I did not understand until after the campaign was over.

I had no interest in going to Philadelphia and Nicholas told me he had no other position for me than organizer, which may have required me going anywhere in the country. I was exhausted by the intrigue. This gaming was above my head. I handed Nicholas my resignation and he accepted it.

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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