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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

TO ROUND OUT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, in reactivating this blog near the end of February posting started off with a quick post about Seaway National Bank. Seaway was one of the largest Black-owned banks in the country until it's untimely failure in late January 2017 and is now owned by the Indian-American owned State Bank of Texas.

The question posed in a post (you will see it embedded below) on my Sixth Ward IG page is what we can do about the dwindling number of Black-owned banks in this nation? I only wish there was an easy answer, but for a 52 year old neighborhood lender to go under as it had is certainly a shock and was years in the making.

Here's hoping that in striving to make Black communities very prosperous places to live we keep an eye on our businesses and support them. And conversely they continue to provide the necessary products and services with excellent customer service. There are definitely lessons to be learned here to insure we make it very difficult for something like this to happen again.

In the meanwhile feel free to click on this link which is basically to all posts labeled Seaway Bank over at The Sixth Ward. Perhaps I'll continue to talk about this bank and it's history. What I fear is that this once very important financial institution will be forgotten in the future. It shouldn't be as many others have been.
THERE WILL BE MORE ANALYSIS of the President's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. So we'll start with an annotated version of not only President Trump's address, also the annotated response to his address by former Kentucky Governor Steve Breshear. Both are provided by NPR.

Since I didn't get the chance to share live feed, hopefully, there will be an opportunity to share video of his speech during the day tomorrow.
I'M WATCHING PRESIDENT TRUMP'S joint address to the US Congress. I won't comment much on what is being said. However, it must be noted how polarized members of Congress (House & Senate) are. When Trump makes points on his agenda the Republicans stand and applaud on the other hand the Democrats remain restrained and they stay seated. I'm sure this occurred during the Presidencies of Bush and Obama, it's the times we're living in now.

Next time I promise to start share any live video I can find of events such as this. All you have to do is visit this page and tune in!
A PERONIST ON THE POTOMAC via The Economist
So when they contemplate Mr Trump’s first few weeks in the White House, many Latin American liberal democrats think they’ve seen this movie before. And they know it usually ends badly. Some of the continent’s own populists, by contrast, recognise Mr Trump as a kindred spirit. Nicol├ís Maduro, Ch├ívez’s dictatorial successor, criticised a “hate campaign” against Mr Trump—though that was before the United States this week blacklisted Venezuela’s vice-president as a drug kingpin (an allegation Mr Maduro called “baseless”). Guillermo Moreno, the former official entrusted by Ms Fern├índez with producing Argentina’s statistics, has identified “a Peronist” in Mr Trump, “who is trying to do what we did”.

It is not just Mr Trump’s assault on Mexico’s economy and national dignity, with his threats to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement and to build a border wall, that Latin Americans have to deal with. The bigger question for the region is what Mr Trump represents in the battle of political ideas. The risk is that he may re-legitimise populist nationalism just when it was waning south of the border. That is especially so in Mexico, where Andr├ęs Manuel L├│pez Obrador, who heads opinion polls for the 2018 presidential election, now talks of “the fatherland first”. Even Chile may not be immune: Alejandro Guillier, a former television presenter who boasts of a special bond with “the people”, has a chance in an election in November.
"THE WAR AGAINST BLACKS IN CALIFORNIA" The LA Times writes about the tipping point in LA's
Few places hold as much importance in Los Angeles’ black history as Central Avenue, the birthplace of the West Coast jazz scene and a magnet for those leaving the South seeking a better life.

It runs through City Council District 9 in South Los Angeles and ends blocks from City Hall — a pathway that is both symbolic and literal. Voters in the district have elected an African American to the City Council since the early 1960s.

But blacks today are a diminishing presence in District 9, making up just 40% of registered voters. Latinos are the overwhelming majority of the district’s residents and 48% of its registered voters, according to city records.

Against this backdrop, two candidates with deep community ties are challenging incumbent City Councilman Curren Price in next week’s election, both seeking to become the area’s first Latino council member in decades.
And sadly this seems to be a trend in other larger cities in California, especially San Francisco.
Los Angeles City Council district 9

h/t Newsalert
A NEW GOP STAR IS BORN: California Democrats forcibly remove Republican Vietnamese state Senator for criticizing the late state Sen. Tom Hayden:
Sen. Janet Nguyen (R) was the star of last weekend’s California GOP convention because she was forcibly removed from the floor of the Senate on Feb. 23 for criticizing the late Sen. Tom Hayden (D), who was honored by his former colleagues two days before.

The Los Angeles Times reported people at the Republican gathering wore “I Stand with Janet” stickers. A video was played during the convention that told the story of Nguyen and her family’s escape from Vietnam.

She received a standing ovation when she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the convention.

Nguyen said she was speaking for her family and thousands of other Vietnamese refugees who had fled the communist regime that took over South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975.

“I refused to be silenced or have my #FreedomofSpeech infringed when speaking out for those who are victims of tyrannical regimes!” Nguyen tweeted shortly after she was hauled out of the Senate.
Hayden who left the California Senate in 2000 was in the 1960s an anti-war activist who had visited Communist North Vietnam during the course of the Vietnam conflict. Hayden died in October 2016 .

More on this story here.

BTW, realized there was no hat-tip. h/t Instapundit
RECENTLY I WENT GROCERY SHOPPING at Ultra Foods on the south side and decided to snap the shot below of this sign by an unused cash register. It's letting residents know that if you want to use a bag the store will charge a "bag tax" of 7 cents on each paper/plastic used. The idea is to encourage more people to bring their own reusable bags.

I see this as an example of a well-intended idea but bad execution. You're taxing people to get these reusable bags that often cost more than a simple 7 cent bag. The reusable bags I have at home mostly cost about $1. Though at least for my part I did this voluntarily.

At first Chicago just simply banned disposable plastic bags but repealed that ordinance in favor of this one which came into effect this month. Let's see how long this lasts.
TRUMP, THE ANTI-FEDERALIST by Don Surber
President Trump does not come off as a Think Tank Conservative, but on Sunday night he made the most profound statement against a strong central government that I have heard a president make.
And states are different and people are different.
President Trump meant onne size does not fit all, as women who may remember from wearing pantyhose.

He said that to the nation's governors at the annual White House ball in their honor. The subject was health care insurance (often mistaken for health care) but it applies to everything else.

President Trump's solution is to leave it up to the states, because each state is different.
I think it's time for me to look up those anti-Federalist papers. Give me some perspective. On a variety of issues Trump has stated that he wanted leave some issues up to the states. For example, abortion.

Monday, February 27, 2017

MARK BROWN: FORMER CONGRESSMAN Jesse Jackson Jr. a mix of confidence, confusion, anger, self-pity
Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. stood before a bank of cameras Monday at the Daley Center to speak to a group of reporters for the first time since he went to prison.

Somebody should have talked him out of it.

Jackson offered a rambling, disjointed explanation of his handling of the divorce proceedings against his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson, again relying on innuendo to level oblique accusations.
Of course Brown had to hit him for the money he's raking in from the taxpayers at least $140,000/year. The tweet you see below is him coming into the Daley Center for his divorce proceedings from the aforementioned former Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson.
BLACK WALL STREET ON FILM: A story of revival & renewal.

Just in time for Black History Month and available through the Smithsonian. It's about the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma that was devastated in a race riot in 1921. The story of this neighborhood from 1948 to 1952 preserved on 16 mm film.
CONGRESSMAN CUMMINGS (D-MD) TELL COLLEAGUES to accept Donald Trump as POTUS and get to work:
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) rejects his colleague John Lewis' (D-GA) assertion that Donald Trump is not a legitimate president. Lewis led the inauguration boycott last month that left about 70 seats empty at his swearing in ceremony.

Cummings has repeatedly suggested that is the wrong attitude - not to mention unproductive.

“I think we have to work with him," Cummings said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "I’ve got people who -- you know, I keep telling people, this is our president. He’s going to be our president for the next four years. I’ve got people in my community who are suffering from cancer. They need treatment. I’ve got people who need jobs, and I’ve got to work with this president, but at the same time, there’s nobody that has been tougher on this president than I have been,” Cummings said.
This is roughly a week old article. I hope that there is news of this meeting between Cummings' Congressional Black Caucus and President Trump. Cummings is right!

h/t Black Republican
THE OSCAR TWEET THAT the Chicago Tribune got wrong for best picture is still up, but I promised to post the screencap with the hilarious "fake news" reply.

EMULATE TRUMP AT YOUR PERIL via Capitol Fax
If you’re running for office anytime soon, or if you currently hold office or are a “public figure,” please try to keep one thing in mind: So far, the only person to prove he can thrive by talking like President Donald Trump is . . . President Donald Trump.

Trump, and only Trump, can insult a war hero because the man was captured by the enemy, joke about grabbing women by the unmentionables, accuse an opponent’s father of participating in a plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy and still be elected to the highest office in the land.

Heck, Trump may have even been right when he joked during the campaign: “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

But don’t even think of trying this at home. The president’s election was not a permission slip allowing everybody to now say the most outrageous things that come to mind. Trump changed the rules last year for himself, not anybody else—or, at least, not yet.
Read the whole thing. So far only the 45th POTUS can get away with being a troll - refer to [VIDEO] below.
That video was made before last year's election.
PRIMARY FOR VIRGINIA GOVERNOR tests power of an anti-Trump campaign
That there is a competitive Democratic primary race here at all is unexpected. The nomination was thought to be Mr. Northam’s for the taking until Mr. Perriello made a surprise entry in January, vowing to make Virginia, the only Southern state that supported Hillary Clinton, “a firewall” against Mr. Trump.

[Lt. Gov. Ralph] Northam, the chosen successor of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is barred by law from seeking a second consecutive term, had locked up support from every major Democratic official in a state that is trending left. But then Mr. Trump won in November, and [former state Representative Tom] Perriello saw his opening.
Especially noted is that Virginia voted for Hillary Clinton in November. Bucks a trend that usually the party in the governor's mansion in VA doesn't always carry the state nationally.


LAST NIGHT'S OSCARS - Fake News?
In case the Chicago Tribune deletes this tweet I'm going to screen cap it. And I will include the hilarious reply to that tweet a little later. The inspiration for the "fake news?" you see above.

Of course for Best Picture the correct answer is Moonlight.
NEW DNC CHAIRMAN - White people NOT entitled to protections under Voting Rights Act
 An investigation into Perez revealed extreme views he holds according to A Review of the Operations of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division conducted by the Office of the Inspector General Oversight and Review Division in March of 2013. [DNC Chairman Tom] Perez told investigators that white people were not entitled to protection under the Voting Rights Act according to a report from the Washington Free Beacon.
Shut white people down, right? Troubling for a party that suffered a surprising defeat for the White House last year.
FOR BLACK COLLEGE PROSPECTS, belonging and safety tops Ivy prestige:
Tales of talented black students on majority-white campuses running through a racial gauntlet that has them questioning their brilliance, abilities and place are familiar to parents like me who have a college-bound child at home.

The trauma that sometimes comes with being a black student at predominately white institutions is tangible. In their 2015 paper, "Reimagining Critical Race Theory in Education: Mental Health, Healing and the Pathway to Liberatory Praxis," Ebony McGee, a professor at Vanderbilt University, and David Stovall, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that black college students who weather the effects of studying and living on predominately white campuses suffer from a "physical and mental wear-and-tear that contributes to a host of psychological and physical ailments."

"We have documented alarming occurrences of anxiety, stress, depression and thoughts of suicide, as well as a host of physical ailments like hair loss, diabetes and heart disease," McGee said in an article on Vanderbilt's website, adding that calls for black students to draw on mental toughness and perseverance — what researchers are referring to these days as "grit" — overlook the additional burden black students bear as they face off against overt and covert racism.
As long as HBCU's can rival on some level what you can get at a "majority white school". Regardless I have no regrets as far as attending an historically Black college.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

EMMETT TILL'S FAMILY reacts to accuser's confession 60 years later. This story aired on Chicago Tonight on Thursday. It's something that's been in the news for roughly the past month. Apparently the woman - Carolyn Bryant Donham - at the center of this most unfortunate lynching now admits it was all fabrication.
Think of it this way, this case only served to further publicize the lynchings and what set them off in the deep South.
IN 1997 I SAW THE FILM ROSEWOOD that depicts the racist attack on this forgotten Florida town. Almost similar to what happened with Emmett Till a  white woman claimed a Black man harmed her - with Till allegedly he flirted with a white woman. Either way this set in motion an unfortunate series of events even if the claims were either baseless or lies. A whole town gets destroyed or a 14-year-old boy gets murdered - shameful events of American history.

FAKE NEWS? Racist Note Given To Black Waitress In Virginia Is A Fake
A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a patron last month fabricated the incident, the customer claims.

Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man stiffed her on his $30.52 restaurant bill and wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt.

But the note was forged, says Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the customer.

Hebda said in a statement Friday that his client did leave Carter a small tip — one penny — because her service was poor, not because she is black.
...
Though Carter’s story went viral, there were some early indications that her claim did not quite add up. For one, the receipt she posted online was printed several hours after Anita’s New Mexico Cafe closed. The receipt also bore markings showing that it was a reprint of an original receipt.

As it turns out this story had wings being spread to different media outlets.
Websites like the Huffington Post, Raw Story, the Daily Mail, the New York Daily News and others posted the story as an example of racism in America. The Loudon County NAACP became involved, and a Virginia man opened up an online fundraiser that brought in more than $3,600 for Carter.
So what happens when these donors find out this story was a fabrication? Check this tweet for the alleged receipt.
This is not something anyone wants to hear about, stoking false claims of racism. h/t Newsalert!
JUDGE WAPNER FROM THE PEOPLE'S COURT DIES - the former Judge on The People's Court was 97. So today on this blog we just noted two deaths of celebrities.

Just to ligthen the mood does anyone remember that sketch on SNL back in the 1980s. Phil Hartman plays Judge Wapner and Jon Lovitz plays Satan - who had a different name that I'm too lazy to look up the spelling.

May the former LA County Superior Court Judge turned TV Judge rest in peace.
HOPEFULLY THIS NEW AFRICAN-AMERICAN TV network to be based at FAMU in Tallahasee, Florida will be successful. Hopefully it won't merely turn into another BET network. In realizing that there are those who are opposed to media ventures geared towards specific ethnicities, there is a need.

Oh and I see former Republican Congressman JC Watts is a co-manager of this network.

Forgot to call out the name of this new network: Black Television News Channel
BILL PAXTON DIES after complications from surgery. He was currently working on the CBS series Training Day. And I also remember him from Aliens & Apollo 13. I also vaguely remember him in True Lies. Truly sorry to hear about his passing.
RACHEL DOLEZAL ON BRINK of homelessness. Many of us followed and even demonized her for her deception. Now that I know this I feel bad for her, but it appears she has dug in.
Two years after she was revealed to be a white woman pretending to be black, Rachel Dolezal is unable to find work and lives off food stamps — but she still believes she did nothing wrong.

“I’m not going to stoop and apologize and grovel and feel bad about it,” she told the Guardian. “I would just be going back to when I was little, and had to be what everybody else told me I should be — to make them happy.”
...
The 39-year-old also lost her job as an adjunct instructor at Eastern Washington university because of the ordeal, and she hasn’t been able to get work since.

The former professor and columnist told the Guardian she’s applied for more than 100 jobs, but not a single place will hire her. The only offers that have come her way have been for reality television and porn.
She did admit that she was born to white parents, but still identifies as Black. I'm OK if she's happy with her identity, it's too bad that she's in the situation she's in. I also wish she didn't have to engage in her deception to cover her background.

I forgot to note her story made headlines because she was at one point the former head of the Spokane, Washington NAACP.

h/t Newsalert!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

DIDN'T DO A VERY GOOD job of following the race for Democratic Nat'l Committee chair. I see that Obama's former Labor Secretary has finally gotten the job. And then made Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison his deputy chairman. This particular election as it turns out wasn't without controversy and just to give you some indication, let's start with this [VIDEO].

That video I posted, just repeated the same quotes over and over and I just couldn't do it. Hearing the same nonsense again and again just didn't sit well with me.
LEGISLATION FILED TO ELIMINATE the FOID card in Illinois:
A state representative from Smithton has filed a bill that would eliminate the Firearm Owner’s Identification card, which is needed to buy or possess a gun and purchase ammunition in Illinois.

Rep. Jerry Costello II, a Democrat, says FOID cards are a burden to “responsible” Illinois residents and prevent them from obtaining firearms and exercising their Second Amendment rights.

“My job as a public official is to make sure the constitution is followed,” Costello said Friday. “... Obviously, I’m passionate about the Second Amendment, and people living under our constitution are allowed to bear arms. I think it is more burdensome in the state of Illinois than the rest of the country — and I think that’s wrong.”
Sounds all fine and good, just feel as if there won't be much support for it. It seems no one learns from being smacked down by the Supreme Court on gun control.

More info on Illinois' FOID card.
REPEAL & REPLACE OBAMACARE - and the GOP is working on this piece of legislation. 
A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners.

Instead, it would create tax credits worth up to $4,000, allow bigger contributions to personal health savings accounts and impose a new levy on expensive health coverage some employees get at work.

The 105-page measure largely tracks talking points that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled last summer and a similar outline that GOP leaders recently gave lawmakers. The document is 2 weeks old, and GOP aides said it is subject to change.
How many pages was the American Care Act? Hopefully not so many pages to this and legislators will know all the provisions.

h/t Instapundit
CONGRESSMAN BOBBY RUSH declares his congressional district offices as sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants. Of all the most useless gestures you can come up with!!!!

I just have to note his statement on the failure of Seaway National Bank which was posted recently to my other blog The Sixth Ward.

Would my friend at the immigration blog American Rattlesnake be interested in Congressman Rush's stand on immigration.
LIFE: IT CAN END WITH A GUN: A message placed on the button you see below by an art student at my high school alma mater Harlan Community Academy - GO FALCONS. A few years ago the official school website shared a number of pieces of artwork made by students and this was one that struck me.

Believe me as a supporter of the 2nd amendment, this is an important message if you choose to deal with guns. These "tools" if you will aren't tools to play with when someone makes you mad. This "tool" can change or end a life in an instant!

As will happen sometimes on this blog, this post had been rewritten.

Friday, February 24, 2017

[VIDEO] VAN JONES DOESN'T want there to be a safe space for ideology. He doesn't mind if you're safe from harrassment or violence, but as far as ideologically college students need to know how to address the diversity of ideas. Be ideologically strong! h/t Newsalert
SENECA VILLAGE WAS LOCATED between 82nd and 89th Streets on the western edge of the NYC park we now know as Central Park. It was once home to a thriving Black community from 1825 to 1857 when it was razed to build that city park. Essentially a community with dozens of homes, three churches, and a school was razed in a fit of urban renewal 19th century style. And when a body was dug up from a former church graveyard no one remembered that it even existed.

I see there is a marker that notes this forgotten community. This will be put on a list of places to visit when I finally visit the Big Apple.
ANYONE DOING ANY California dreaming should forget about it. Via Forbes: "The Physical Collapse Of A Social State"
California has indeed had an epic amount of rain this year – far, far greater than anyone predicted. So much so that California infrastructure is being exposed for what it has been – ignored.

The biggest non-social justice headlines have gone to people fleeing Oroville Dam, which holds back Lake Oroville, the second largest man-made lake in California. For over a decade, despite many warnings, the social justice warriors have not only refused to build new water infrastructure to feed a population growing with the immigrants and now refugees they want to protect, they have also refused to spend money to protect the infrastructure they have.
It is said that California has over $77 billion in deferred road, highway and bridge maintenance.  It showed this week with a sink hold in LA because of the rain they didn’t predict.  There is also the collapse of part of one of its main highways in the North, Highway 50, from the rain they didn’t predict – not to mention the Oroville dam, the break in a Central Valley level and over-flowing dams causing flooding in places like the southern part of Silicon Valley.

Of course, there is the whole issue of the lack of water infrastructure in California.  There is not enough of it to store and supply the water needed for its industry and residents.  Indeed, the system was designed for half those living in California today. Keep in mind that, three years ago, even the EPA said California needs $44.5 billion to fix the infrastructure that it has.
While I was under the idea that California is doing much better it turns out that the Golden State still has issues. Sadly neither the will nor the attention to do anything about them. Doesn't look like they'll figure this out in the near future.

THE GRIO WROTE ABOUT the demise of Seaway National Bank earlier this month. Seaway barely got any coverage when it failed whether locally or nationally. Why should this be significant with Seaway at one point being the sixth largest Black-owned bank in the nation.
Big banks are less likely than black-owned banks to approve mortgage applications for blacks than other racial groups. In fact, a Time article written last year shows that the approved mortgage applications for African-Americans are only 5.3 percent, down from 7.8 percent in 2007. Without approval on mortgages, it makes it tough for blacks to own property within their own community. It also makes it much more difficult for our community to rebuild new schools, stores, and other black-owned spaces needed to propel our community forward.

Black-owned banks are more likely to be in urban communities. They are also more likely to hire black employees and to support and lend money to help start black-owned businesses.

Seaway Bank was no different. It was established in 1965 to counter discriminatory lending practices and was once recognized as one of the largest minority-owned banks, employing over 200 people. Since the 60’s, it was a staple on the Southside of Chicago nestled along 87th Street.
Finally there's this:
 Collectively, there may have been a chance for our community to do something about this, but unfortunately, not enough of us knew about it in time to do so. This is a problem that has kept us on the defense rather than offense for far too long.
And again I will just as easily point the finger at Seaway Bank's management. Perhaps the alarm should've been sounded long before the collapse. There were attempts to save the bank that were publicized last summer unfortunately it appears they didn't like what they saw.

I'm glad to have preserved this post from Seaway's now deactivated IG account. The many founders and organizers of Seaway even if they're no longer with us are surely disappointed in this outcome. The Seaway brand is now owned by people from outside of the community.
[VIDEO] LAST MONTH My Block My Hood My City went around the city of Chicago to ask people what the stars on Chicago's flag represents. Each star represents a significant event from Chicago's history for example two of the stars represent both the Ft. Dearborn Massacre & the Great Chicago Fire.

In this video, MBMHMC creater Jahmal Cole looks at one of the main settlers of Chicago - Jean (John) Baptiste Pointe du Sable. He is the namesake of Chicago's DuSable Museum of African-American History. On this day Mr. Cole is seeking to instill pride in all Chicagoans.
BTW, I really like his parting shot at the end of this video. If you can't handle your block you can't handle the complex issues of a big city.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CHICAGO'S DUSABLE MUSEUM of African-American just shared on IG this animated gif you see below showing buttons from the election of the Windy City's first Black mayor - Harold Washington. They posted this exactly 34 years after his victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of Chicago where he faced off against incumbent Mayor Jane Byrne and future Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Of course Washington went onto become mayor after that.
In a later post we will hear a lot about the namesake of this museum. The DuSable name has great significance to Chicago history.
LAST YEAR AT MARATHON PUNDIT, the blogmaster John Ruberry took a number of urban exploration trips around the Chicago area. One of his stops was on Chicago's west side in the Lawndale neighborhood. He encountered a lot of vacant boarded up houses and some new construction. Especially this building below.
Here's the story behind it:
North Lawndale's most famous resident was Dr. Martin Luther King, who moved into an apartment on this site at 1550 South Hamlin 50 years ago last week to draw attention to racial discrimination in the north. Mayor Richard J. Daley was at best indifferent to King's move, after all besides municipal government, the legendary boss of Chicago believed the only community presence needed by the city's blacks was the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization. MLK obviously disagreed.

After King's assassination, as with West Garfield Park, North Lawndale was hit hard by the riots that followed. King's apartment was damaged during that upheaval and later torn down and for decades a vacant lot was all that was left at 1550 S. Hamlin. Five years ago the Dr. King Legacy Apartments opened on the site--and they look darn sharp.
Ruberry's basic premise in most of his urban exploration trips through the area is that Chicago is going in the wrong direction. It could be said he's documenting Chicago's decline. Although I may not agree at least we're seeing a part of the city no one else may take note of.

I hope to share some more past urban explorations from the Marathon Pundit.
BOTH OF THESE LINKS I will share with you are really old news, but very important to the Morehouse College community none the less.

To start I've learned the current President of Morehouse Dr. John S. Wilson will be stepping down from his position in June. The college Board of Trustees have opted not to renew his contract. So Morehouse will be looking for a new President to lead the college forward.

Also one of my former Professors Tobe Johnson who is a longtime faculty in the Political Science department is retiring. I found this article on this a few days ago and it's quite shocking. He's always said the only way he's leaving his job at Morehouse is if he's rolled out in a casket. In the meanwhile he's the current chairman of the college's Pol. Sci. department. A role he's held at least once before during his 60 years as a professor.

I'M VERY SORRY TO hear that Alan Colmes has passed away at 66. He used to host a FOX News program called Hannity & Colmes with conservative radio host Sean Hannity. Colmes was the liberal counterpart. Eventually this duo broke up and Sean Hannity got an hour to himself called simply Hannity.
THIS FLAG REPRESENTS some of my childhood. In grade school, I was exposed to the anthem - Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing - and other symbols of Black America in high school especially the pledge to the Black flag in high school. This was not from my parents but my public school teachers. I used to make fun of the pledge though not the anthem. Either way I'm not sure how I feel if today's young people don't respect these symbols.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

GORDON PARKS' never before seen photos of 1950s segregation. These are very striking images of how a certain segment of the population lived. And in spite of the difficult times many of these subjects seemed very dignified. Oh and this was published almost two years ago!


REV. JESSE JACKSON was at Harvard University on Tuesday to offer a criticism via Newsalert:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson criticized Harvard University for a lack of diversity for those who manage of the university’s $36 billion endowment during a Black History Month event on Tuesday.

“Harvard has a $36 billion endowment, that’s a large sum of money but how many blacks and browns are managing any of that money?” Jackson said, speaking to a crowd of about 200 seated before him at Longfellow Hall.

“Harvard had a little bump in the road with it’s endowment a few weeks ago. They named a business center after Reggie Lewis,” he said, referring to Reginald Lewis, the late African-American billionaire businessman.

“Father Reggie’s strength was getting some pension money, but who in the lineage of Reggie Lewis is managing any of that endowment pension money?” Jackson said.
Meanwhile about one month ago his thoughts on the impending failure of Seaway National Bank - a formerly Black-owned financial institution
I'm curious about where Rev. Jackson was as this important Chicago financial institution was on a gradual decline until it was taken over by a company outside of the community. If only his voice had been heard more than this tweet than on the lack of diversity as far as


[VIDEO] IN 2015 I SHARED my own footage of the protests during Black Friday 2015. These protests emerged after dashcam footage of a police shooting of unarmed Laquan McDonald was released. The point was to keep shoppers from shopping at the many Michigan Avenue stores. Such activism had been on display during Black Friday 2016.

From Rebel Pundit, we're seeing what most of us didn't see especially from the media. A variety of people protested the McDonald shooting or any alleged cover-up. We're seeing that there are a lot of groups that have their own agendas and as could be alleged in the video I'm about to share who are these group really representing. Do they represent the Black community or do they represent some other agenda that isn't likely to benefit the Black community.


BTW, It's funny how they did a freeze from of the one man - showing a diversity of those doing the protesting on that day - who comes out and say there's no media at this event. Perhaps he's the organizer.
I STARTED MY FLAGSHIP BLOG It's My Mind in 2005. One of the themes I attempted to follow that first year was to do a number of Black History Month posts. Going back through those archives, it appears that my attempts have ended in failure. Although this is one post of note I'm proud of regarding historically Black colleges took an idea heard from a lecturer at Morehouse and took it much further.
BACK IN APRIL 2002, Glenn Reynolds shared a list of those websites that were inspired by his long running blog Instapundit. Amazingly another blogger inspired by Instapundit created the same list with an "addendum" flush with hyperlinks. Many of those blogs are either inactive or wiped off the web, but shows the influence one do-it-yourselfer can have on the internet. Reynolds is for sure not a full-time journalist regardless.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017


SEAWAY NATIONAL BANK was an important Black-owned bank on Chicago's south side that failed in late January. It was a somewhat gradual decline that caused it to ultimately fail and get taken over by the FDIC and then sold to the Indian-American owned State Bank of Texas.

Wanted to write about a post at The Sixth Ward about a piece by Greg Hinz - behind paywall - but it's taken so much time, but he asked how this was allowed to happen. However, it should be noted even he surmised that something was wrong at that bank according to other media reports over the last three years. No one stepped up to the plate because no one seemed to have liked what they saw there.

I've been writing a number of pieces about the Bank's closing and new future under new ownership. The name is preserved, however, many see this rather recent and shocking development as if a family member died. From what I do know the sudden death of this 52 year old community financial institution was quite needless.

You can read more written pieces about Seaway here.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Roughly four seven years ago, I started this blog. Even though I only got into Instapundit fairly recently it was a blog that had existed since 2001. Then saw other blogs copy that basic format. Now I'm just now getting back into it. Hopefully you will see some activity here in the near future and any old posts will be wiped.

There is a direction in mind for this domain.