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Labor Day 2021

5 Sep

Happy Labor Day!

Tulsa Race Massacre@100

30 May

Memorial Day marks the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. When I first wrote about Greenwood in 2008, Black Wall Street was a footnote in history.

In 2021, everyone from ABC News to the Wall Street Journal is going back to Tulsa.

There are new documentaries (here, here and here) and a hip-hop tribute.

On June 2, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and Smithsonian magazine will hold a virtual panel discussion, “Historically Speaking: In Remembrance of Greenwood,” focusing on the development of Black Wall Street, the events leading up to the one of the worst episodes of racial violence in U.S. history, and the Black community’s resilience. The event is free but registration is required. To register, go here.

Happy New Year

1 Jan

We finally said goodbye to 2020, an annus horribilis. But what lies ahead might also be frightening.

How it started.

How it’s going.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia

3 May

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is fiddling with black lives. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that more than 80 percent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were black. The New York Times reported:

As Georgia reopens many businesses over objections from President Trump and others, a new study illustrates the high rates of coronavirus infection among black people in the state.

The report, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that more than four-fifths of hospitalized coronavirus patients in the study were black. They were not more likely than other groups to die from the disease or to require a ventilator. Still, of the 297 patients in the study whose race and ethnicity were known, 83.2 percent were black.

“That is a very high rate of infections,” said Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, a cancer surgeon and the president of Howard University, who was not involved in the C.D.C. report. He said the high percentage of blacks in the study likely reflects the patients’ occupations.

“A lot of it may come from the fact that African-Americans are essential employees in our system,” he said, adding, “Everything from bus drivers to health care workers and cleaning services, they are on the front line, and therefore are far more likely to be exposed.”

Since Kemp made his devilish decision, there have been 4,799 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 263 additional deaths.

Rainy Days and Nights in Georgia

26 Apr

The national death toll from the coronavirus is 54,161 and counting. The grim statistic didn’t stop Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp from relaxing his stay-at-home order and allowing some businesses to reopen including barbershops, hair and nail salons, bowling alleys, and massage and tattoo parlors.

Kemp announced:

Given the favorable data, enhanced testing, and approval of our healthcare professionals, we will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists to reopen their doors this Friday, April 24, 2020.

On Monday, April 27, 2020, movie theaters, restaurants that offer dine-in service and private social clubs can hang an “open for business” sign on the front door.

At the time of Kemp’s announcement, Georgia had 18,947 COVID-19 cases with 733 deaths. As of this writing, there are 22,695 confirmed cases and 904 deaths.

There are idiots and then there are “covidiots” like Kemp from whom President Donald “Let them drink bleach” Trump is now keeping his social distance. During a coronavirus task force briefing-cum-carnival show, Trump said:

If you ask me am I happy about it? I’m not happy about it, and I’m not happy about Brian Kemp.

African Americans say Kemp is out of pocket. They are staying home.

With a covidiot like Kemp in charge, there will be many rainy days and nights in Georgia.