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.

#GISCG #GISCSP

Author Karimah G’s Endorsements for the Florida 2018 Midterm Elections

Hello,

Below are my endorsements for the Florida 2018 Midterm Elections. In addition to my endorsements will be links where you can be informed on all of the candidates and make the decision that is best for you. As a reminder, we are in a Representative Democracy and when we vote for someone, it is important that the person you vote for fit your values.

Therefore, these endorsements are of people, referendums, laws, and charters that represent my values. If you are in Florida and received your sample ballot, fill the form out prior to voting so that it is easier for you to remember who you decided to vote for.

In Broward County, early voting begins on October 22, 2018 and ends November 4, 2018. All Early Voting Sites are open from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM Daily. For a listing of the Early voting sites, please visit Early Voting Schedule General Election.

Prior to reviewing the list below, either retrieve your sample ballot sent to your house; or download a sample ballot by clicking here.

  • US Senator – Bill Nelson
  • Representative in Congress – District 20 – Alcee L. Hastings
  • Representative in Congress – District 22 – Ted Deutch
  • Representative in Congress – District 23 – Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Andrew Gillum/Chris King
  • Attorney General – Sean Shaw
  • Chief Financial Officer – Jeremy Ring
  • Commissioner of Agriculture – Nicole “Nikki” Fried
  • State Senator – District 34 – Gary M. Farmer, Jr.
  • State Representative – District 93 – Emma Collum
  • State Representative – District 98 – Michael Gottlieb
  • State Representative – District 103 – Cindy Polo
  • State Representative – District 105 – Javier Estevez
  • County Commissioner – District 2 – Mark D. Bogen
  • County Commissioner – District 4 – Lamar Fisher
  • Shall Justice Alan Lawson of the Supreme Court be retained in office? Yes
  • Shall Judge Burton C. Conner of the Fourth District Court of Appeal be retained in office? Yes
  • Shall Judge Jeffery T. Kuntz of the Fourth District Court of Appeals be retained in office? No
  • Shall Judge Carole Y. Taylor of the Fourth District Court of Appeals be retained in office? No
  • Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Group 38 – Stefanie Camille Moon
  • Circuit Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit, Group 46 – H. James Curry
  • County Court Judge, Group 9 – Tanner Channing Demmery
  • County Court Judge,, Group 19 – Jackie Powell
  • School Board Member – District 1 – Jim Silvernale
  • Broward Soil and Water Conservation – District Seat 2 – Richard Leys
  • No. 1 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 2 Constitutional Amendment – No
  • No. 3 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 4 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 5 Constitutional Amendment – Yes
  • No. 6 Constitutional Revision – No
  • No. 7 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 9 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 10 Constitutional Revision – No
  • No. 11 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • No. 12 Constitutional Revision – Yes
  • Funding For Countywide Transportation – Yes
  • Standards for Establishing County Commission Districts – Yes
  • Redistricting Procedures for County Commission Districts – Yes
  • Broward County Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Yes
  • Broward County Office of Inspector General’s Discretion – No
  • Broward County Planning Council Revisions to Zoning Glossary – Yes
  • Central Examining Boards Appointment of Alternate Members – Yes
  • Board of Rules and Appeals Quorum – No
  • Posting of Notices, Agenda, and Backup Materials No Later than 48 hours – Yes
  • Composition of Independent Board that Nominates the County Auditor – Yes
  • Composition of the Broward County Inspector General Selection – No
  • Housekeeping Amendment to Delete Ineffective or Unnecessary Language – Yes

United States Senator – Bill Nelson (DEM)

You can learn more about Bill Nelson by visiting his website at https://www.billnelson.senate.gov/

Representative in Congress – District 20 – Alcee L. Hastings (DEM)

You can learn more about Alcee L. Hastings by visiting his website at https://alceehastings.house.gov/.

Representative in Congress – District 22 – Ted Deutch (DEM)

You can learn more about Ted Deutch by visiting his website at https://teddeutch.house.gov/.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor – Andrew Gillum and Chris King

You can learn more about Andrew Gillum and Chris King by visiting their website at Andrew Gillum and Chris King.

The Sun Does Shine: Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection (Unabridged)

I finished listening to The Sun Does Shine: Oprah’s Book Club Summer 2018 Selection (Unabridged) by Anthony Ray Hinton, Lara Love Hardin, Bryan Stevenson – foreword, narrated by Bryan Stevenson – foreword, Kevin R. Free on my Audible app.

When you read of prosecutorial errors and a defense attorney not putting his client first, you may become upset. When you hear the miscarriage of justice told from someone wrongly incarcerated for 30 years on death row, you may become enraged. This is a call to action.

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Article: Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges

Supreme Court allows Ohio, other state voter purges. Are you paying attention? Oftentimes when one state is permitted to do something, others soon follow. Are you a complaining, registered voter who hasn’t voted in a while? Check on your voting status prior to the deadline of registering.

Don’t say you weren’t warned. #knowyourregistrationstatus #disenfranchisement #peoplediedforthisright #AuthorKarimahG

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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.

Check out this review of Mitchell Moore Park on Google Maps

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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.

The Underdog (Never Give Up)

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.

Learn more about Billie Holiday by visiting my affiliate website here for purchasing options.

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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.

Learn more about Martin Delany and others by visiting my affiliate website. Click here for purchasing options.

Every Day Black History – bell hooks

Took on the pen name “bell hooks” (After her grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks) in the 1970s to move away from writing poetry and into a focus on critical essays on systems of domination.

Continues to be a voice for educational reform, and the ability of students to engage in rigorous study and to think critically.

Learn about bell hooks and other women in Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards Volume 2. Click here for more information on purchasing options at my affiliate website.