Virginia Is SERIOUSLY Doing Black History Month All WRONG
Black history month is a time for a dialogue about the great accomplishments by Black Americans in the history of the United States, but that conversion has been all but destroyed by the events in Virginia!
Frederick Douglas: Born into slavery. Watched his mother die at age 6. Was beaten and told he was not allowed to read or learn.
Frederick Douglas was a hurdle jumper! He taught himself to read. He self-educated himself. He emancipated himself. Douglass died a free man, wealthy, a prolific writer and business owner, who had the ear of Presidents!
Frederick Douglass would be appalled! I am sure he would say:
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
Instead, we have three cases in Virginia that have dominated the news cycle, and opened up wounds.
The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam (D), after seemingly making excuses for infanticide, was discovered to have a picture of two people in KKK and Blackface costumes on his personal medical school yearbook.
Virginia’s first Black Lt. Governor, and possible Northam replacement, Justin Fairfax (D) is facing a serious sexual assault allegation.
The latest? Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has also admitted to wearing “brown makeup” to a party, days after the state governor admitting wearing blackface.
This is not supposed to be the way Black History Month begins, or continues, but it seems there is no end in sight.
We should be talking about Harriett Tubman! Known as the “Moses of her people,” Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War.
She made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
I am sure she would tell us:
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
We should be talking about Bessie Coleman. She was an American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native American descent, to hold a pilot license. She achieved her international pilot license in 1921.
Instead, Virginia Democrats are running out of top officials not mired in racial scandal.
With Attorney General Mark Herring’s revelation that he, too, once wore blackface, the situation has metastasised from a controversy ensnaring one man, Governor Northam, to chaos that has stolen the dialogue for the entire nation.
Rosa Parks would be furious! Parks was a civil rights activist who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Her defiance sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott; its success launched nationwide efforts to end racial segregation of public facilities.
Parks would tell us:
“We teach people to reach their highest potential. I set examples by the way I lead my life.”
Sojourner Truth would be beside herself! Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in .
But I think what they would be saddest about, is the state of our nation. You see, these incredible people, Douglass, Tubman, Coleman, Parks and Truth were all hurdle jumpers! They didn’t cry about their hurdles!
After what they went through, they would scoff at a picture of a Halloween costume! They would tell America that it is all nonsense! They would tell America that it has taken the eye off the ball.
You see, none of these greats, and many others, Martin Luther King… Booker T. Washington… George Washington Carver… none of them cried in front of their hurdles! They JUMPED them! They didn’t blame people for their situation. They grabbed themselves by the bootstraps and jumped…their…hurdles!
We are born, we face hurdles, and we die. Some hurdles are natural. Some we create ourselves. Some others place in our way.
Two types of people.
Hurdle jumpers. They understand that jumping the hurdles in life is where we grow. Where we gain strength.
Those that cry in front of their hurdles and want them removed. They don’t understand that concept. Because they do not jump, overcome…they don’t grow.
Some believe people should jump their own hurdles, and grow as they walk through life. They believe government should only be a safety net for those truly in need.
Some want everything fair. It’s not fair if some have hurdles others don’t. They want government to remove the hurdles. They don’t see the hurdles as growth opportunities.
They see government as a fishing net, taking care of everyone. That results in a weak society and a strong controlling government every time.
Lets get back to being great like those we have mentioned!
Especially the Super-Great Frederick Douglass.
Frederick Douglass, the greatest hurdle jumper ever:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress!!!”
We are no longer a nation of hurdle jumpers! We are a nation of spoiled people who get offended at every turn! We are a nation that jumps at every situation that we can use as a tool to beat up on those who we ideologically disagree with.
We have taken our eye off the ball: Greatness!