Why I refuse to use the flag GIVEN to us for Juneteenth!

When I received the image below via email, I was enraged. Why enraged, one may ask? Seeing a Red, White, and Blue represent the freedom of United States Citizens from being enslaved while there is a flag representative to the Black people of the United States, which is represented by the colors Red, Black, and Green.

Juneteenth Flag created by Ken Haith and Lisa Jeanne Graf

I researched the design of the flag. I came across an article from CNN. Upon reading the article, my anger was solidified. Please click the link, https://tinyurl.com/juneteenthflag, which provides the history of the flag.

This reminds me of how history of the USA is being whitewashed, this is another avenue in which it is being done. This may appear to be trivial; however, as I learned more about the creation of this flag, I became further enraged. The creator of this flag is Ben Haith. Picture retrieved from https://twitter.com/B3N_H41TH/photo

Ken Haith

Continuing with the reading, I also learned that the illustrator was Lisa Jeanne Graf. Picture retrieved from https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-jeanne-graf-a9863a6/.

Lisa Jeanne Graf

As you can see, there is no Black American involved in the creation or illustration of this flag. I see a lot of people sharing this flag and it is clear that more education is needed.

Below is the flag that better represents the Black people of the United States. The flag’s colors are Red, Black, and Green. View the flag and read what each of the colors represent. The image of the flag was retrieved from https://pathlesspagan.tumblr.com/post/182524331380.

UNIA Flag, 1921

This is not to cause division, hate, or disgust, this blog is to bring clarity, education, and understanding. I know that the history of the United States is a long and arduous history; but, it is not beneficial to anyone to leave out the importance that Black people have to the USA.

I invite everyone to learn more about the history of the United States for ALL of the citizens. The USA was never, nor will it ever be, all White. You can call it a melting pot, mosaic, blended, or whatever. However, it is important not to eliminate ANY member of the citizenry.

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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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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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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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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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.

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