Go Back to Your Country

Hearing and reading this phrase brought me back to my youth. First things first, the USA is my country. I am seven or more generations in this country. In addition to mine, my ancestors’ blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifices are in the thread of this quilt called the United States of America. Why is it important that I share this information with you may be the first question that comes to mind as you read this.

Well, let me begin when I was in high school in Philadelphia, PA. I attended and graduated from Overbrook High School. During my years there, a teacher told all of the black students, which was 99% of the school, that they need to get on a ship and go back to Africa. This was the first time, but definitely not the last time I’ve heard this in my life.

However, before I discuss the times this phrase has been hurled at me, let’s revisit that teacher. He was an Irish man. If he didn’t just come over here, I am certain his parents arrived just prior to him being born. But, he had the audacity to tell us to go back to Africa.

Dictionary.com defines go back as “to return”. Therefore, in order to go back somewhere, you must have been there in the inception. So the phrase, “go back to your country” is idiotic before even looking at the idiot spewing the hate. As was previously stated, I was told to go back to my country various times throughout my life. One time, my best friend and I were in the parking lot of a store and a man drove by and told us to go back to our country. The kicker…he had an accent himself. How dare he tell us to go back and clearly he just arrived not too long on the shores of the USA.

I did not want to join this conversation because I know when topics like this manifest themselves, there is something much more serious taking place behind the screen. As my sister says frequently, “Wag the Dog”. But, this topic hit me on so many levels because I’ve read, saw, and heard so many people say this phrase is not racist.

I am going to make it abundantly clear: IT IS A RACIST STATEMENT!! Anyone who says it is not is lying to themselves. Telling someone to go back is telling them that they do not belong in this country. The four women vilified, and I am certain they are receiving all kinds of threats, never said they hated the USA. They hate some of the situations that are occurring. They even may not like the President; but that is not disliking the country.

It is imperative that everyone learn the REAL history of the United States. Because many people, especially some uneducated white people, are unaware or do not want to face the fact that this country was NEVER all white and will NEVER BE all white. Stop the hate and let’s truly make this country as great as we portray it to be.

If you look closely at this image, you will realize that it is sideways. This is the direction the country is going and we need to right the wrongs. We should not be going back, forward is the way to go. We all must let go of our egos and realize that divide and conquer never kept a nation together. Share your thoughts with me. #AuthorKarimahG #TheShouldersOnWhichIStand #BeAnEagleNotAFeather

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101st Anniversary of That Woman on the Wall

A garden is a delight to the eye and the solace for the soul. –Saadi

On December 22, 2018, the Gladys Inabinette Shoatz Community Sitting Garden Committee celebrates the 101st anniversary of the love, compassion, community, and strength of Gladys Inabinette Shoatz.

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Cursive Writing vs. Typing

I’ve been thinking about this topic for some time. As an educator, I come across many students who cannot sign their names in cursive. I also come across those who cannot read cursive writing. Although it is frustrating, as time trudges on, I am of the belief that while cursive writing is important, I do not agree that it is as important as many state.

Gajowski (Dec. 2016) argues that “our brains get activated in ways that aren’t activated when we type something. And this brain activation helps with recall when we are learning.” My argument against this is if children are trained to type at an early age, it improves their spelling. When one can touch-type instead of hunting-and-pecking, the brain is activated. I did not conduct any research regarding this last statement; however, when my children were younger, I ensured that each of them learned to touch-type.

It was a program back in the 1990s called “Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing”. This program taught children how to type through games and assessments. I bring this up because many people who may not embrace typing over cursive writing may not be as proficient in typing so they relive their experiences with typing and cursive writing.

As for me, I retain much more information through typing than writing. When writing, especially if it is an abundance of material, my hands cramp up. I also tend to make mistakes and I focus more on the mistake and miss out on what was stated. View the two videos below. One illustrates writing in cursive and the other illustrates writing the same information through typing.

If you compare the time frame to write this sentence to the time it took to type the same sentence, you will notice that it took twice as long to write the sentence than it did to type the same sentence.

Don’t get me wrong, I do agree that dexterity and being able to use fine motor skills are important, I just do not believe that cursive writing, or the lack thereof is as big a problem as it is portrayed. There are two arguments I hear consistently for cursive writing. The first argument is that people need to know how to sign their names. The second argument is that if students do not know how to read cursive, they will not be able to read primary sources, specifically, many of the important documents used throughout history.

My counterclaim for these arguments are as follows. First of all, from third grade on, teach students how to sign their names. Teachers should not accept any written work from students if their names are not written in cursive. This will improve over the years if all teachers required only the signature in cursive. Secondly, many of the primary sources have been typed and are in secure locations. What may manifest itself is that if students are signing their names in cursive in every course, the cursive might just rub off. Let’s discuss.

 

Bibliography

Gajowski, MA, Carrie (Dec. 13, 2016). Cursive Becoming Obsolete? in Fast Forward by         Scientific Learning. Retrieved from https://www.scilearn.com/blog/is-cursive-handwriting-still-important 12/12/2018

Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not only nonviolence, Dr. King also wanted improvement of education. Sun Ed High of North Broward has the pieces of the puzzle that will make the dream come true. We are providing students who thought they could not graduate the ability to not just graduate but to become whatever they want to be.

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Everyday Black History – Carlota Lukumi

Life sometimes gets in the way. A few days passed us by, but alas, I’m baaack!! Was I missed? Was the everyday Black History missed? Well, I’m ready to rock-and-roll again.

Until recently, I’ve not heard of Carlota Lukumi. So, let me share a life of what I learned. If you know more, please share.

She is also known as La Negra Carlota. She was forced into slavery in Cuba after being kidnapped from West Africa as a child. In 1843, she led a raid that freed dozens of slaves from captivity. Does she remind you of anyone?

She was captured a year after the revolt began. However, she was able to liberate slaves from many different plantations in the area.

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Everyday Black History – Billie Holiday

I remember watching movies; going to plays; and learning about Billie Holiday growing up. Such an interesting and beauti ful woman with a great voice. She also had a lot of sadness.

She received four posthumous Grammy awards, for Best Historical Album. She, herself, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame 1973.

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Everyday Black History – Martin Delany

You learned about Harriet Tubman, Frederic Douglass, and Sojourner Truth; but, have you learned about Martin Delany? He was an abolitionist, journalist, physician, writer, and arguably the first proponent of Black Nationalism.

If you are or have ever been a member or interested in Black Nationalism, you have him to thank. He joined integrated militia to help defend the Black community against White mob attacks.

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