TATSU THE KING

"Being Black for some people is a burden. For me it is an honor."

Today is the Sunrise day of Runoko Rashidi, the African American historian and scholar-activist. Here are Ten Powerful Quotes by him. 

1. “What you do for yourself, in large measure, depends on what you think of yourself. So if you think that you have no worthy history, that you come from nothing, you will tend to act that out. But if you think that you come from greatness, you will aim for the stars.”

2. “Black man in America, you are racially profiled, the last hired and the first fired. You are discriminated against on every level. You have the highest unemployment rate and the highest rate of incarceration. You are the last one to receive justice in the judicial system. You are even, typically, the first one to get killed in the movies! Racism underlies your entire life, from cradle to grave. Now how can you tell me, honestly, when it comes to picking a mate, that you don’t believe in race, you don’t see color and you can’t help who you fall in love with and then call me a racist for pointing it out to you? Let’s be real here.”

3. “We cannot destroy white supremacy until we address the internal contradictions in ourselves and in our communities that allow white supremacy to continue to flourish.”

4. “Egypt is in Africa. It has always been there. I have been to Egypt 22 times and it has been in Africa every time. And the people who were responsible for Pharaonic Egypt were African people = Black people. In fact, the African name for Ancient Egypt is Kmt = The Black City or the Black Community. The relationship between Africa and Africans with Ancient Egypt is similar to that of Europe and Europeans to ancient Greece and Rome. Our discussions of Egypt should not imply that we are ignoring the rest of Africa. We are simply focusing on what is arguably the most spectacular part of Africa and a part of Africa that has been artificially detached from our Motherland.”

5. “There is no question that Africa is the Mother Continent. It is the birthplace of modern humanity. If we did not know it before, the genetic studies of the past thirty years have surely confirmed this. Of course, a lot of people, even Black people, find this impossible to accept. And I think the reason for this is our bias against Africa. We are taught, systematically, from the beginning, to be anti-African. And I have found this to be the case even in Africa. So many of us would prefer to think of ourselves as anything but an African. Even myself, as a youth, because my mother’s mother was Cherokee, I thought of myself as a Native American. Yes, even me. But as I grew and learned about Africa and studied Africa my pride in my African identity soared like an eagle. So, today, when I hear our people say that they are not African, I don’t get angry with them. I feel sorry for them and pray that one day they cease to be content with the food of chickens and see themselves as the mighty eagles that they truly are. We are African people. Get comfortable with it. And learn to love your African self.”

6. “I think sometimes that the seeds of white supremacy and Black self-hatred are so deeply planted within us that if all of the white people in the world were to vacate the planet today, Black people would still be in a mess. Sometimes I think that it is the enemy within that is the real killer.”

7. “For Black people to talk about building up the Black community, marrying other Black people, spending money in the Black community, educating the children in that community and supporting other Black people is neither racism or racist. It is collective self-preservation and good common sense.”

8. “Africans came to America, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER enslavement. Don’t start our history at the end; start it at the beginning.”

9. “I have said it a lot of times and I say again right now. Africa is not named after Scipio Africanus. Scipio Africanus was the Roman general who engineered the defeat of Carthage, which was in the country we now know as Tunisia. The name Scipio Africanus means “conqueror of Africa.” That alone implies that the term Africa was in use before his time. We should stop repeating such a foolish and inaccurate and insulting comment. Whatever the name Africa means and wherever the word comes from, it was not named after a Roman general.”

10.“I just had a brother state on one of my Facebook pages that Black people have to forgive those that have wronged them. Funny, I never recall anyone saying that the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust have to forgive the Nazis. What am I missing here? Why are Black people encouraged to forgive their oppressors while others are not? Is our humanity less than others?”

"Being Black for some people is a burden. For me it is an honor."

Today is the Sunrise day of Runoko Rashidi, the African American historian and scholar-activist. Here are Ten Powerful Quotes by him.

1. “What you do for yourself, in large measure, depends on what you think of yourself. So if you think that you have no worthy history, that you come from nothing, you will tend to act that out. But if you think that you come from greatness, you will aim for the stars.”

2. “Black man in America, you are racially profiled, the last hired and the first fired. You are discriminated against on every level. You have the highest unemployment rate and the highest rate of incarceration. You are the last one to receive justice in the judicial system. You are even, typically, the first one to get killed in the movies! Racism underlies your entire life, from cradle to grave. Now how can you tell me, honestly, when it comes to picking a mate, that you don’t believe in race, you don’t see color and you can’t help who you fall in love with and then call me a racist for pointing it out to you? Let’s be real here.”

3. “We cannot destroy white supremacy until we address the internal contradictions in ourselves and in our communities that allow white supremacy to continue to flourish.”

4. “Egypt is in Africa. It has always been there. I have been to Egypt 22 times and it has been in Africa every time. And the people who were responsible for Pharaonic Egypt were African people = Black people. In fact, the African name for Ancient Egypt is Kmt = The Black City or the Black Community. The relationship between Africa and Africans with Ancient Egypt is similar to that of Europe and Europeans to ancient Greece and Rome. Our discussions of Egypt should not imply that we are ignoring the rest of Africa. We are simply focusing on what is arguably the most spectacular part of Africa and a part of Africa that has been artificially detached from our Motherland.”

5. “There is no question that Africa is the Mother Continent. It is the birthplace of modern humanity. If we did not know it before, the genetic studies of the past thirty years have surely confirmed this. Of course, a lot of people, even Black people, find this impossible to accept. And I think the reason for this is our bias against Africa. We are taught, systematically, from the beginning, to be anti-African. And I have found this to be the case even in Africa. So many of us would prefer to think of ourselves as anything but an African. Even myself, as a youth, because my mother’s mother was Cherokee, I thought of myself as a Native American. Yes, even me. But as I grew and learned about Africa and studied Africa my pride in my African identity soared like an eagle. So, today, when I hear our people say that they are not African, I don’t get angry with them. I feel sorry for them and pray that one day they cease to be content with the food of chickens and see themselves as the mighty eagles that they truly are. We are African people. Get comfortable with it. And learn to love your African self.”

6. “I think sometimes that the seeds of white supremacy and Black self-hatred are so deeply planted within us that if all of the white people in the world were to vacate the planet today, Black people would still be in a mess. Sometimes I think that it is the enemy within that is the real killer.”

7. “For Black people to talk about building up the Black community, marrying other Black people, spending money in the Black community, educating the children in that community and supporting other Black people is neither racism or racist. It is collective self-preservation and good common sense.”

8. “Africans came to America, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER enslavement. Don’t start our history at the end; start it at the beginning.”

9. “I have said it a lot of times and I say again right now. Africa is not named after Scipio Africanus. Scipio Africanus was the Roman general who engineered the defeat of Carthage, which was in the country we now know as Tunisia. The name Scipio Africanus means “conqueror of Africa.” That alone implies that the term Africa was in use before his time. We should stop repeating such a foolish and inaccurate and insulting comment. Whatever the name Africa means and wherever the word comes from, it was not named after a Roman general.”

10.“I just had a brother state on one of my Facebook pages that Black people have to forgive those that have wronged them. Funny, I never recall anyone saying that the Jewish survivors of the Holocaust have to forgive the Nazis. What am I missing here? Why are Black people encouraged to forgive their oppressors while others are not? Is our humanity less than others?”


I hope y’all understand that Zimmerman didn’t win by proving his innocence. He won because his attorney was able to justify that Trayvon deserved to die. That’s the country we live in, it was like that before this trial and will be so long after.

cyb3ranthy:

nikkisshadetree:

everlastingjay:

wontbetelevised:

A year after I said this,nothing has changed.

💯

This will be the strategy with Mike Brown and it sickens me.

Every time a white person dies, they are seen as pure and a pillar of the community. Black people are another story.

Not surprised.


witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”

witchsistah:

everythingrhymeswithalcohol:

kyssthis16:

shoulderblades:

fileformat:

janemba:

ladyluna13:

gangstereffortlessly:

the-unreasonable-doubt:

This is what I have to deal with, people like Bertha. Last two pictures are just for kicks 😂

Smh. Filth.

Wow. It’s just ridiculous

……self conches omg

I cannot deal with her selfie im screaming

smh bertha please chill

#SelfConches….

Cryin

Well, she does look like a nautilus. 

She’s so #SelfConches “Kanye voice”


Did you know that Crest Toothpaste, Folgers Coffee, Bounce Fabric Softener and Safeguard Soap were all created by an African-American Man? 

Dr. Herbert Smitherman was a pioneering executive and professional chemist at Proctor & Gamble who led the way for other African-Americans at the prestigious company in the 1960s. He was the first black person with a doctorate hired at Proctor & Gamble.

With a Ph.D in physical organic chemistry, Dr. Smitherman developed a number of incredibly popular patents, including Crest toothpaste, Safeguard soap, Bounce fabric softeners, Biz, Folgers Coffee and Crush soda, to name a few. Not only are they still on the shelves, but many of them are on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the featured exhibit, “America I AM: The African-American Imprint.”

Nicknamed the “Jackie Robinson of Proctor & Gamble,” Dr. Smitherman spent 29 years there before turning in his labcoat to work as a professor at Wilberforce University. But after serving at the historically black college, Smitherman turned his attention to starting a high school called the Western Hills Design Technology School to help black students perform better in math and science.

A child of the south, Dr. Smitherman’s family lived in Birmingham, Alabama, where his father served as a reverend. A young Smitherman would see his father’s church burn down twice during their push for voting registration and voting rights. 

He died on Oct. 9, 2010.

Did you know that Crest Toothpaste, Folgers Coffee, Bounce Fabric Softener and Safeguard Soap were all created by an African-American Man?

Dr. Herbert Smitherman was a pioneering executive and professional chemist at Proctor & Gamble who led the way for other African-Americans at the prestigious company in the 1960s. He was the first black person with a doctorate hired at Proctor & Gamble.

With a Ph.D in physical organic chemistry, Dr. Smitherman developed a number of incredibly popular patents, including Crest toothpaste, Safeguard soap, Bounce fabric softeners, Biz, Folgers Coffee and Crush soda, to name a few. Not only are they still on the shelves, but many of them are on display at the Cincinnati Museum Center in the featured exhibit, “America I AM: The African-American Imprint.”

Nicknamed the “Jackie Robinson of Proctor & Gamble,” Dr. Smitherman spent 29 years there before turning in his labcoat to work as a professor at Wilberforce University. But after serving at the historically black college, Smitherman turned his attention to starting a high school called the Western Hills Design Technology School to help black students perform better in math and science.

A child of the south, Dr. Smitherman’s family lived in Birmingham, Alabama, where his father served as a reverend. A young Smitherman would see his father’s church burn down twice during their push for voting registration and voting rights.

He died on Oct. 9, 2010.