Minority Rights

Posts and articles related to African American rights, legal struggles and awareness.

From Abraham to Barack: Freedom, Liberty and Equality

Today, America celebrates a number of progressive celebrations. Celebrations of freedom, liberty and equality. Today we as a nation will share in the inauguration of the nation’s first African American President who also happens to be the first black President to be re-elected. Aside from any kind of political stance or leaning, I am proud to be an American in a land where we are making progress in racial equality; although we still have a way to go. As amazing as any inauguration is, this one also falls on two holidays for remembering civil changes and forward-looking views that were radical for their time and still cause debate today. The first is the 150th anniversary of the signing of the emancipation proclamation by the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. The emancipation proclamation was the litigation passed that ended slavery. Mr. Lincoln fought vigorously against opposition to move America away from what was seen by supporters as a barbaric method for handling labor needs and unfair subjugation. Even though this litigation freed slaves, injustice and inequality remained for decades following it’s passage. There is always a difference between freedom and equality. While slavery ended, minorities where not given the same rights and liberties as the majority in America. From the signing of the proclamation in 1862 thorough now, minorities have struggled to gain equal ground. No time was more tumultuous than the period between 1950 and 1970. During this time many civil rights leaders would emerge; names like Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Although his birthday was a week ago, we as a nation recognize the non-violent contributions Dr. King helped bring to us all. Dr. King focused his attention and work on educating not only African American disciples about the ‘righteous’ path to change but also offering ideas and concepts to the world about why equality is the mark of a great people. Although there were rumors of infidelity, questions surrounding his character, and such; his impact was bigger than any speculation. Dr. King received his doctorate from Boston University in 1953, would be named Time’s Man of the Year in 1963, and he is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. As we bring in the second term of President Barack Obama, we the people of this great nation, no matter our political views, skin color, or religious affiliations, share in one simple fact: we are standing on the work of those that came before us. “Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. Thank you Dr....

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A Window Seat and A Message

Find more videos like this on UNCUTnation.com Maybe its just me, but I don’t remember window seats requiring full nudity? Is this the state of our Neo-Soul? I will say that the extent of my public nudity endeavors was streaking at a party in high school with under 15 attendees, so I must say Ms. Badu, you have guts. But I fear that the message is lost in the media torrent of heath care and calls for bans on abortions after 20 weeks. In case you watched the video for the nudity and didn’t stay for the message, listen to the song...

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An Interracial America

Slowly a man meanders down the street, quietly humming to himself along a crowded Los Angeles intersection. He is dressed in a pullover black blazer and gray slacks, clean shaven. The only detracting marks are three tattoos, one on each shoulder and one on his left arm, all hidden by his blazer. Reaching a stoplight, he presses the button for the cross walk and waits. After waiting a moment, he is authorized to walk, crossing at the same pace he hears car doors lock beside him as he crosses. At the same time a couple enters the cross walk, seeing him the female hugs tight to the man beside her. The man smiles and tips an imaginary hat, the woman cringes. The woman nor the cars know that this man is a doctor that may one day save their lives, but he does not mind what is obvious, he has earned his degree and will do what he has learn to do should the moment arise. It takes more than money to reach a degree, it takes passion and a love for education; but money is needed. Aside from the stereotyping of society, what other issues face the black community, in particular, the black college student? That prior illustration may seem like a version of the opening for the movie Crash but that was a personal experience of my own. Cultural differences will always exist due to the number of societies and ethnic backgrounds. Cultures experience change, growth, and progress but it is societies that cause deterioration of communication and unity. Ethnic burdens also last for generations, seeming almost to become genetic. My family is no exception to this pattern. Although my Grandmother grew up in the heat of slavery and survived the dissolving of segregation she stood apart from all my other Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles in her beliefs of equality. The value she instilled in me was the fact that all men and women are equal and it is only the spirit contained in the flesh that is truly unique. We have an African American president now, but has the world or even America actually “Changed” will it ever, before it all...

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