Week 1: October 2020
Updates to come
Jonathan Daniels, 26, from Keene, NH
Andrew Goodman, 21, New York, NY
Viola Liuzzo, 39 year Detroit, MI
William Lewis Moore, 36, Binghamton, N.Y.,
James Reeb, 38, Wichita KN
Michael Schwerner, 24, New York, NY
What do these six individuals have in common? It is not state of residence nor gender. Perhaps it might be that none is over 39. The sparse identifying factors do not readily reveal that all six were whites, not merely whites but whites who died martyrs giving their lives for a greater than themselves, The cause: fighting in the South for Black voting rights. Each murdered by either Klansmen and/or white supremacists who were never found guilty.
Why bring this up, you may ask?
If individuals, living lives that did not rationally require their intervention in seeking voting rights for Blacks, opted to leave home, spouse, children, profession, and future to go into harm’s way to insure rights for people they did not know nor looked like them should require something from the beneficiaries.
The depth of sacrifice these valiant individuals gave is what President Lincoln called “the last full measure of devotion” should inspire and motivate all citizens to vote; but for us, Blacks, particularly, it should necessitate us to vote. If our brothers and sisters, of another mother, left safer lives for our right to vote, ii should spur us to rush to the polls or to get absentee ballots and vote, no matter the obstacles to suppress or block our vote.
The martyrdom of our white counterparts require that we recognize the depth of their sacrifice by casting our vote. As we honor them by voting, we also memorialize with honor and respect our martyr iconic brothers and sisters of the same mothers. These include Medgar Evers, Pastor George Lee, Lamar Smith, Herbert Lee, Jimmie Lee Jackson, James Chaney, and so many more not the least are 14 year old Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Addie Mae Collins, and 11-year-old Denise McNair, victims of Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church bombing)
We encounter multiple options daily. The career path to take is an option, so is the attire to wear on a first date, as is faith or fear. In this season of Covid-19, far too many say to wear a mask in public spaces is an option. We must realize every option has consequences. The wise carefully weigh consequences.
In the 2020 election, the wise will weigh consequences. It is a time wherein sacrifices for voting rights in the past are intersecting at the point of the fierce urgency of now. The wise will evaluate the situation, suspend voting as an option by elevating it to the level of necessity.
This Is No Joke
According to the New York Times, that is the scant amount of federal income tax the President of the United States paid in 2016 and 2017. The latter is his first year in the White House.
There are so many ironies here that if it were not written in what is deemed by most reasonable people as a legitimate newspaper, this could be seen as a joke. The president, who adamantly asserts he is a multi-billionaire, paid less in federal income tax than the $44,100 amount the court ordered him to pay for Stephanie Clifford, AKA Stormy Daniels legal fees. It is more than 173 times more than the $130,000.00 Mr. Trump allegedly reimbursed his then lawyer Michael Cohen for paying Stephanie Clifford "hush money" to keep quiet about an alleged adulterous relationship.
Compounding the NY Times explosive revelation, Mr. Trump's Justice Department recently intervened in a defamation law suit brought against Mr. Trump by a journalist who says Mr. Trump defamed her because of the rape charge against him. The Justice Department's move to transfer the defamation suit from state court to federal court means the federal government or most specifically hard-working taxpayers would end up paying Mr. Trump's legal bills. If the suit goes forth in federal court, be assured Mr. Trump's legal bills will far exceed $750. This is no joke! Neither was Mr. Trump's $70,000.00 tax deduction for his hair care during The Apprentice a Joke!
This Week's Must Read
OPINION: Black Men Must Cast Their Vote, The Stakes Are To High is a BET article by Antjhuan Seawright that makes the case why Black men must vote in the 2020 election. It is a must read for Black men who are eligible to vote. It should be read also by women who know Black men who have decided to sit out this election. In truth, it should be read by all.
Antjuan Seawright is a Democratic strategist and founder/ CEO of Blueprint Strategy LLC. He is also a CBS News political contributor.
This Week's Must See
The must see video is Former First Lady Michelle Obama's passionate plea to vote for Biden goes far beyond a mere campaign speech. It expresses a deep emotional imperative why the vote is an urgent plea. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSmw6itzSaA
Important 2020 Dates for NC Voters
October 9 Last Day to Register to Vote in 2020 Election
October 15 First Day for Early Voting
October 27 Last Day to Request Mail-In Ballots
October 31 Last Day for Early Voting
November 3 Election Day
How to Vote in Your State is an interactive website on all things voting sponsored by the Washington Post. It has information for each state and voting territory. Find it at
If you have doubts about your name being on the on the registration roll, check with your board of election before October 9th to have time to register.
Read and Talk
There is a saying that goes, "What's old is new." King Solomon, a man renowned for great wisdom, is recorded as saying, "The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
Over the years, many of the young people I have taught were required to read the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. If you are concerned about the importance of the 2020 election, I challenge you to read this very relevant book which was first published seventy-five years ago this past August 14th. Now if you are one of those who had rather see the movie first, various versions can be found on the web. I usually recommended to students the animated version, which actually adds a bit more "reality" based to the context. .
Another Sign of Fall
Green. yellow, orange, gold, brown, and red are among some of the brilliant signs that fall is here. Among all the signs of fall, there are others you may see. Here is one of the others you may see also.