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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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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Article: All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by microchip flaw that leaves devices vulnerable to hackers, Apple says

Oftentimes there’s a dispute between Team Droid and Team Apple. We hold allegiance to brands that do not benefit us. While I often argue for Team Droid, I know that the manufacturers want our loyalty which lead to us spending our hard earned cash with them. This results in abundant profits for all manufactures and contracting funds for all of us consumers.

This blog is pointing out how Apple manipulated their consumers with the “No hacking hardware and software”. See the link below explaining what Apple said about the vulnerability of ALL of their iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.

This is just food for thought, instead of arguing minutiae, let’s use our critical thinking and argument skills for improvement of more important issues.

All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by microchip flaw that leaves devices vulnerable to hackers, Apple says

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Watch “The Underdog (Never Give Up) Hoop Dreams.” on YouTube

These young men are working towards many goals. Even if basketball is not in the future, one said he may go into film and production. Watch this video.

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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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Everyday Black History – Audre Lorde

Don’t get it twisted and think that phenomenal Black people in general, or phenomenal Black women in particular, only helped in the US or Africa.

Today you will meet Audre Lorde. She empowered African women living in Europe to become more conscious through Afro-German movement she started in Berlin.

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Everyday Black History – Elijah McCoy

Have you ever heard or said something is the real McCoy? Do you know where this term comes from? Well, look no further than Elijah McCoy. He was the son of former slaves from Kentucky who escaped via Underground Railroad to Canada.

His oil-drip cup invention was so amazing that people termed the phrase “The Real McCoy” which now refers to something authentic and of high quality.

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