#TrumpSummit: #Trump, #Treason, #Traitor!

The President of the USA fails to protect the country from an ongoing attack by Russia. Let that sink in… The whole premise of government, according to the Social Contract Theory of Hobbes, of Locke, and of Rousseau, is protection. On this point, all three of these men agree. We, as free men and women, agree voluntarily to give up some of our inalienable freedom to the government in return for protection of life, liberty, and property. That is the fundamental principle of the relationship between a government and the people it governs. So the question today is: What do the people do when its government fails to protect them from an attack by a foreign power?

Make no mistake about this fact: Russia attacked the United States and installed Donald Trump as a Puppet President. What did Donald Trump have to do for Russia in return? Turn on your TV set and watch the traitor on a daily basis. Traitor Trump pleases his Russian Master, Vladimir Putin. The national disgrace unfolds daily before your eyes. What is Trump doing today? Locking children in cages. Taking bribes from China and any other country who wishes to buy him. Starting trade wars with our friends and allies. Destroying the NATO alliance. Just look at the division in the USA between those who see Trump clearly as a traitor and those who refuse to see that Donald Trump is a criminal and a traitor to the country. All of the founding fathers, Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton, all of them must surely be turning over in their graves!!!

If you reject the evidence of your eyes and ears, then maybe the FBI, the CIA might convince you. No? How about the Department of Justice? No. Hmmm. In that case, I suggest you might as well prepare to live under a dictatorship, because clearly you are no longer interested in living as a free man or a free woman. You have no need for democracy, you have no need for freedom, you have no need for a social contract. In fact, you have no need for America, and America has no need for you, if you are not willing to do the only thing you can do to take your country back: V-O-T-E!

VOTE! The Ballot Box this November is the last opportunity you will ever have to stop Donald Trump from becoming the first Dictator in the History of the USA, and quite likely Ivanka will be the second, followed by…You get my point. Dictatorships are basically crime families with one generation passing power to the next. So, where were we? Oh, Ivanka, followed by Barron, followed by…

Again, and let me finish with this point, the only viable remedy is for every man and woman of voting age who holds the ideals of freedom and democracy near and dear to their hearts, is to go to the Ballot Box and VOTE for a Democrat. The Republicans have committed TREASON against the USA by not holding Trump accountable. This must come to an end now. Tomorrow will be too late.

If you want to see Donald Trump out of power, then you must vote for a Democrat in November. The Republicans are in power now, and if you vote for them again, you will get more of the same.

So, what can you do? No, what must you do?

If you want your democracy back, if you want your freedom back, if you want your human dignity back, VOTE for a DEMOCRAT!!!

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BEYOND TRUMP: “A Time Comes When Silence Is Betrayal”

“A time comes when silence is betrayal.” The truth of these words is beyond doubt, but the mission to which they call us is a most difficult one. Even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of TRUMP.

Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover, when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this Dreadful Donald Trump – Putin’s Puppet, we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty. But we must move on.

We can no longer afford to worship Donald Trump´s God – who is A God of Hate – or bow before the altar of rage and retaliation and criminal conduct. There can be no doubt here. Again, Trump worships a God of Hate. “THE TRUTH OF THESE WORDS IS BEYOND DOUBT.” Only such a hate-filled man would rip children from their parents arms, even babies from their mother’s breasts…

Isn’t Trump’s wife an immigrant? What if her child was ripped from her breast and locked in a cage? The God of Love will judge Trump, but there is only HATE inside of Trump…

The oceans of history are made turbulent by the ever-rising tides of hate. History is cluttered with the wreckage of nations and individuals that pursued this self-defeating path of hate.

Many of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak.

And we must rejoice as well, for surely this is not the first time in our nation’s history that a significant number of its people have chosen to move beyond Donald Trump’s world of lies, bigotry, misogyny, racism and hate to the high grounds of a firm dissent based upon the mandates of conscience and the reading of history.

Perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement, and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the Darkness and Desecration of Democracy and The Rule of Law that Donald Trump seeks to destroy the soul of America with…

We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today.

We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.

In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.

Procrastination is still the thief of time.

Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity.

The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late.”

There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. Omar Khayyam is right: “The moving finger writes, and having writ moves on.”

We still have a choice today: nonviolent protest or Trump´s Treason.

We must move past indecision to action.

We must find new ways to speak for the legacy of America, for democracy, for the rule of law and justice for all, to include immigrants, asylum seekers, and their children. That is who we are, not what Trump desecrates on a daily basis.

If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.

Americans, now let us begin.

Now is the time.

Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long and bitter, but beautiful, struggle for a new world. This is the calling of the sons of God, and our brothers wait eagerly for our response. Shall we say the odds are too great? Shall we tell them the struggle is too hard? Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets?

Or will there be another message — of longing, of hope, of solidarity with their yearnings, of commitment to their cause, whatever the cost?

The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise, we must choose in this crucial
moment of human history.

As that noble bard of yesterday, James Russell Lowell, eloquently stated:

Once to every man and nation comes a moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth and Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
Some great cause, God’s new Messiah offering each the bloom or blight,
And the choice goes by forever ‘twixt that darkness and that light.
Though the cause of evil prosper, yet ‘tis truth alone is strong
Though her portions be the scaffold, and upon the throne be wrong
Yet that scaffold sways the future, and behind the dim unknown
Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.

And if we will only make the right choice, we will be able to transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of peace. If we will make the right choice, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our world into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. If we will but make the right choice, we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world, when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
“Beyond Trump” is adapted from

“Beyond Vietnam”
Address delivered to the Clergy and Laymen
Concerned about Vietnam, at Riverside Church
4 April 1967, New York City

Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner

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#Trump: A Present-Day Bull Connor – by Charles M. Blow of the New York Times

Charles M. Blow
By Charles M. Blow
Opinion Columnist
June 10, 2018

Donald Trump proposed pardoning Muhammad Ali, even though Ali’s conviction for refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War had been already overturned.

The hypocrisy of lauding a deceased boxer who protested while simultaneously trashing living football players who protest seems completely lost on Trump.

At the time of his conscientious objection, Ali asked why should he go fight in Vietnam “while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?” As Ali put it, “The real enemy of my people is here.”

You see, people like Trump venerate black civil rights activists only in retrospect, after their agitation has ceased, often after they are dead, when they are no longer a threat to the status quo, when their true history is rendered in hagiography. Trump and people like him then disparage contemporary activists, as Trump has repeatedly done to Black Lives Matter and protesting athletes.

Earlier this year in the White House, Trump signed a proclamation for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and lauded him for his choice to “courageously stand up for civil rights of African-Americans.”

That is precisely what Colin Kaepernick and the N.F.L. players are doing, and they are condemned for it just like King was. In 1966, Gallup found that nearly two-thirds of Americans held an unfavorable view of him.


Dr. King wrote in his 1963 “Letter From Birmingham Jail”:

“You may well ask: ‘Why direct action? Why sit-ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?’ You are quite right in calling for negotiation. Indeed, this is the very purpose of direct action. Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks so to dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored.”

Again, this is what the players are doing.


Trump said of the players, “I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me — because that’s what they’re protesting — people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system.” But you can’t be pardoned if you’re dead, if you’ve either been killed by the system or the system fails to convict your killer.

Trump already knows these cases, but rather than show any sympathy for the dead, he simply cheers for more police, more police pressure, and more police brutality.

During the campaign, Trump traveled to Sanford, Fla., where Trayvon Martin had been killed by George Zimmerman. Trump never mentioned Martin, but said: “African-Americans are living in hell and are living — in, in the inner cities, I mean, they’re living in hell. You walk to the store for a loaf of bread, you get shot.”

Well, that’s eerily similar to what happened to Martin: The unarmed teen was returning from a store with candy and a drink when Zimmerman shot and killed him.

In August 2016, Trump traveled to West Bend, Wis., 40 minutes north of Milwaukee, which had just seen protests over the killing of another black man, Sylville K. Smith. Trump never mentioned Smith’s name or the case, but instead focused his anger on the “violence, riots and destruction” of the protesters, condemning the “rush to judgment with false facts and narratives — whether in Ferguson or in Baltimore,” and declaring, “The war on our police must end.”

The Republican National Convention, where Trump officially became the party’s nominee, was held in Cleveland, just 10 minutes away from where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by the police. Trump didn’t mention Rice or his case, but instead promised to “restore law and order.” As the civil rights legend Fannie Lou Hamer once said, “Black people know what white people mean when they say ‘law and order.’ ” The book, “This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer” quotes her as saying, “America is substituting cries of law and order for plain respect for blacks as blacks.”

That’s Trump. He sees demands for black equality as an attack on white privilege; he sees any disdain for white supremacy as a disdain for white people. For Trump, American greatness has a hue.

So pardon me if I roll my eyes at him saying of Ali: “He was not very popular then. Certainly his memory is very popular now.”

Yes Trump, they hated Ali the way you hate Kaepernick.

Effective protest often only works when it is disruptive and discomforting. If everyone likes your protest, you’re doing it wrong. That’s how we know these players are doing it right: They are showing that Trump is a present-day Bull Connor.

Last week Trump commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been sentenced to life in 1996 for nonviolent drug offenses. Her case was worthy, but it can’t erase the fact that Trump’s Justice Department is actively working to reinvigorate the racially skewed war on drugs.

Trump is using these pardons of black people to play to their celebrity petitioners. But he is also using them as a marketing tactic rather than a statement of principle, to shift focus from predacious systems to personal symbols.

In doing so, he hopes to win personal praise while leaving fully intact, or even strengthening, policies that negatively impact black communities.


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German Students Protest ‘Unfair’ English Exam

BERLIN — Complaining that your final school exams are too tough is a rite of passage — almost a tradition.

But German students in the southwestern state of Baden-Württemberg who hunkered down in April to take pivotal final secondary-school exams have gone a step further in their protests about the English-language portion of the test, which they said was absurd, with obscure and outdated references.

Nearly 36,000 people — over 2,000 more than the number of students who took the exam, called the Abitur — have signed an online petition demanding that officials adapt the scoring system in light of what they describe as “unfair” questions, even before the results have been released.

The test required the students to show comprehension of current issues like Britain’s pending exit from the European Union, or Brexit, and to comment on two contrasting cartoons about the process, titled “Project Fantasy” and “The Realities.” Click here to continue reading

by Christopher F. Schuetze
May 5, 2018

Teaching English Language Learners Worldwide

It is estimated that over 1 billion people are currently learning English world wide. According to the British Council, as of the year 2,000 there were 750 million English as a Foreign language speakers. In addition, there were 375 million English as a Second Language speakers. The difference between the two groups amounts to English as a Foreign Language speakers using English occasionally for business or pleasure, while English as a Second Language speakers use English on a daily basis.

These impressive numbers are driven by adult speakers around the world who use English to communicate in the workplace. It is a commonly held misconception that these speakers need English to communicate with native speakers. While ESL is required for those living and working in English speaking cultures such as the UK and USA, it is equally true that English is used as the lingua franca between nations where English is not the primary language. In a globalized world, the number of English learners around the world is only expected to further grow as the global trend to begin teaching English to young learners at increasingly younger and younger ages continues.

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Faith In Football

Faith In Football…never give up hope.

Gabriel Constans

41KtvjU6HDL._SY346_Great Expectations: Chile’s 99-Year quest for the South American Soccer Championship by Thomas Jerome Baker. Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.

Be for-warned that I love futbol (soccer), so am pre-disposed to like almost anything about the subject. Having stated that fact, it is still a nice surprise to read something about the sport that I did not know. I knew very little about the history of Chilean futbol, until now. Great Expectations provides a brief glimpse into the impacts soccer has had on the country, and people, since the ANFF (Football Federation of Chile) was founded in 1895. It is a heart-breaking history.

In 1920, Chile loses out on winning the South American Championship by falling to Uruguay by one goal. In 1945 they lose by one goal to Brazil, in the same tournament. Nineteen-fifty-two comes around, with the Pan American Games, and they lose to Brazil by three goals…

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They Were Trained for This Moment #NeverAgain

How the student activists of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High demonstrate the power of a comprehensive education.
By DAHLIA LITHWICK, Feb 28, 2018
Source: SLATE


The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned to class Wednesday morning two weeks and moral centuries after a tragic mass shooting ended the lives of 17 classmates and teachers. Sen. Marco Rubio marked their return by scolding them for being “infected” with “arrogance” and “boasting.”

The Florida legislature marked their return by enacting a $67 million program to arm school staff, including teachers, over the objections of students and parents. Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill opted to welcome them back by ignoring their wishes on gun control, which might lead a cynic to believe that nothing has changed in America after yet another horrifying cycle of child murder and legislative apathy.

But that is incorrect.

Consumers and businesses are stepping in where the government has cowered. Boycotts may not influence lawmakers, but they certainly seem to be changing the game in the business world. And the students of Parkland, Florida, unbothered by the games played by legislators and lobbyists, are still planning a massive march on Washington. These teens have—by most objective measures—used social media to change the conversation around guns and gun control in America.

Now it’s time for them to change the conversation around education in America, and not just as it relates to guns in the classroom. The effectiveness of these poised, articulate, well-informed, and seemingly preternaturally mature student leaders of Stoneman Douglas has been vaguely attributed to very specific personalities and talents.

Indeed, their words and actions have been so staggeringly powerful, they ended up fueling laughable claims about crisis actors, coaching, and fat checks from George Soros.

But there is a more fundamental lesson to be learned in the events of this tragedy: These kids aren’t freaks of nature. Their eloquence and poise also represent the absolute vindication of the extracurricular education they receive at Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Despite the gradual erosion of the arts and physical education in America’s public schools, the students of Stoneman Douglas have been the beneficiaries of the kind of 1950s-style public education that has all but vanished in America and that is being dismantled with great deliberation as funding for things like the arts, civics, and enrichment are zeroed out.

In no small part because the school is more affluent than its counterparts across the country (fewer than 23 percent of its students received free or reduced-price lunches in 2015–16, compared to about 64 percent across Broward County Public Schools) these kids have managed to score the kind of extracurricular education we’ve been eviscerating for decades in the United States. These kids aren’t prodigiously gifted. They’ve just had the gift of the kind of education we no longer value.

Part of the reason the Stoneman Douglas students have become stars in recent weeks is in no small part due to the fact that they are in a school system that boasts, for example, of a “system-wide debate program that teaches extemporaneous speaking from an early age.”

Every middle and high school in the district has a forensics and public-speaking program.

Coincidentally, some of the students at Stoneman Douglas had been preparing for debates on the issue of gun control this year, which explains in part why they could speak to the issues from day one.

The student leaders of the #NeverAgain revolt were also, in large part, theater kids who had benefited from the school’s exceptional drama program. Coincidentally, some of these students had been preparing to perform Spring Awakening, a rock musical from 2006.

As the New Yorker describes it in an essay about the rise of the drama kids, that musical tackles the question of “what happens when neglectful adults fail to make the world safe or comprehensible for teen-agers, and the onus that neglect puts on kids to beat their own path forward.” Weird.

The student leaders at Stoneman Douglas High School have also included, again, not by happenstance, young journalists, who’d worked at the school paper, the Eagle Eye, with the supervision of talented staff.

One of the extraordinary components of the story was the revelation that David Hogg, student news director for the school’s broadcast journalism program, WMSD-TV, was interviewing his own classmates as they hid in a closet during the shooting, and that these young people had the wherewithal to record and write about the events as they unfolded.

As Christy Ma, the paper’s staff editor, later explained, “We tried to have as many pictures as possible to display the raw emotion that was in the classroom. We were working really hard so that we could show the world what was going on and why we need change.”

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Emma González
Photo: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma González gives a speech at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Feb. 17.
Photo edited by Slate. Photo by Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images.

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#SexTurkey: Noel Gallagher revela insólito incidente con periodista chileno


SANTIAGO.- Las agendas promocionales de un artista internacional suelen incluir una que otra entrevista telefónica con medios de comunicación de los países que visitan. En eso estaba Noel Gallagher, líder de Oasis, tras arribar a Santiago, Chile esta semana, cuando la particular pronunciación del reportero local transformó una pregunta de rutina en otra que para el guitarrista resultó verdaderamente insólita.

En ánimo de preguntar por la ausencia del anterior baterista de la agrupación, Zak Starkey, el periodista pronuncia una frase que Gallagher entiende una y otra vez como “Sex Turkey” (sexo con un pavo). Tan descolocado se sintió el guitarrista de Oasis que posteó el diálogo completo en el blog del MySpace del grupo, bajo el título de “Cuentos de Noel desde la mitad de ninguna parte“. La conversación fue la siguiente:

Periodista: Hola, ¿Noel?
Noel Gallagher: Hola.
P: ¿Comenzamos?
NG: ¡Vamos!
P: Ok. La última vez estuviste en Santiago con “sex turkey”, ¿qué pasó?
NG: ¿Cómo?
P: ¿Qué pasó con “sex turkey”?
NG: Disculpa. ¿Dijiste “sex turkey”?
P: Sí, Qué pasó con él…

¿Con él? ¡Jesús!“, acota el guitarrista, quien bromea con las “dudosas artes” que formaron parte de su pasado. Pero así y todo, “¿puede este tipo puede pensar que tuve sexo con un pavo?“, se pregunta.

Y luego sigue con el diálogo.

NG: Ok. Parece que aquí se cruzaron algunos cables. Volvamos al principio y empezamos de nuevo. Lentamente, ¿sí?
P: Como tú quieras.
NG: Ok. Fire at will.
P: ¿Disculpa?
NG: ¡No importa! ¡Comencemos de una vez!
P: Ok. ¿Puedes explicarme cómo fue estar en Santiago con “sex turkey” y cómo se compara con Chris Sharrock (baterista actual)?”

O esto es una broma para un programa de radio en vivo o alguien puso ácido en mi té“, dice Gallagher que pensó en ese momento.

NG: ¿Cuando tú dices “sex turkey”, quieres decir “Zak Starkey”?
P: Por supuesto.
NG: Aah, ¿Zak Starkey? ¿Dijiste Zak Starkey?
P: Claro. ¿Qué pensaste que dije?
NG: ¡Ja! Fuck, ¡Zak Starkey! Pensé que dijiste… oh, no importa. Creo que tenemos que cortar esto.
P: ¡Pero no has contestado a mi pregunta!
NG: Ambos son lo mismo. Necesito tenderme ahora. Adiós.

Fuente: Emol.com, 7 de Mayo de 2009

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Sebastián Boyd Pastén. Ese es el nombre del cabo segundo de Carabineros que sorprendió esta semana por su gran manejo del inglés.

La situación quedó registrada en un video en Arica, donde Boyd –de 24 años– da instrucciones de ayuda a unos turistas algo perdidos y queriendo movilizarse por la Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera. El material se hizo viral en redes sociales en cosa de horas.

Personas en redes sociales señalaron que se podría haber criado en Estados Unidos por tan buen manejo del idioma extranjero, pero el carabinero lo niega.

Lo cierto es que nació en Ovalle. “Varias personas han dicho que crecí en Estados Unidos, pero nada, nunca he salido al extranjero. Me han dicho ue mi inglés tiene un acento más británico, eso sí”, dijo en una entrevista al diario La Cuarta.

En la misma conversación declaró que ni en su familia se habla inglés. “Aprendí solo. La pronunciación la trabajé con internet en YouTube. Cuando vi películas sin subtítulos me di cuenta que estaba avanzando”, agregó.

Eso sí, el estudio del inglés es algo que lleva desde hace tiempo. “Aprendí inglés por medio de un diccionario cuendo era niño, a los 11 años (…) Estana en una biblioteca familia, en un estante, y ahí empecé”, relató.

A su juicio, el chileno le teme al inglés y por eso no se maneja tan adecuadamente. “Si nosotros nos ponemos a hilar fino, el inglés tiene una cantidad de verbos muchísimo menor que el español. El español tiene como tres mil verbos y el inglés, menos de cuarenta”, aseguró.

A su vez, “la pronunciación parece que es muy intimidante, como las palabras se escriben de una forma y se proncuncian de otra, a la gente no le gusta esto”.

Tras el video, Boyd ha recibido las felicitaciones de su familia y también compañeros, quienes jamás se habían enterado de su gran manejo del inglés.

“La mayor parte de mis compañeros no sabía para nada que hablo inglés, porque no lo ando mostrando a los cuatro vientos”, declaró.

Fuente: Ahora Noticias, 23 de febrero de 2018

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Martin Luther King Is Dead Now: Should #BlackHistoryMonth Be Eliminated?

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Should Black History Month Be Eliminated? That question gets asked every year around this time of year, when we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some people go so far as to argue that if we don’t have a White History Month, then it isn’t “fair” to have a Black History Month. Others quickly point out that every month is White History Month in the USA, and the debate sooner or later goes away until the next year comes around…

My purpose today is to look at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by looking at his death. I know that is a paradox, to examine a man’s life by looking at his death. Nonetheless, I recall three eulogies of Dr. King: 1. Dr. King “spoke” at his own funeral, effectively eulogizing himself. 2. The famous Robert F. Kennedy announcement of Dr. King’s assassination, and 3. the little known eulogy of Dr. King by David Dinkins.(???)

The question immediately arises: Who is David Dinkins? The obvious answer is that that is the reason why we have Black History Month, not to remember Dr. King. If we lived until we could not remember anything but only one thing, from here to eternity, that one thing would be Dr. King. He is unforgettable for all time, for all of humanity.

David Dinkins, on the other hand, runs the risk of being forgotten, for he was but a mortal man. In his life, however, he did become the first (and only) African American Mayor of New York City, elected in 1989 (1 term in office,1990-1993). I wonder how many people living outside of New York City today know that?

So I would argue that Black History Month is a vehicle for discovery, to discover the David Dinkins of our history, on the one hand, and to honor the legacy, not only of Dr. King, but the legacy of a people whose history did not begin in 1619 in Virginia. We go way back, to a time and place in history in which we were Kings and Queens, rulers of empires, scientists and artists, statesmen and warriors. Black History goes way back, even before the time of recorded history.

The American chapter of Black History indeed began in August, 1619, when “20 and odd” Africans first “arrived” in America, not aboard a Dutch ship as reported by John Rolfe, but an English warship, White Lion, sailing with a letters of marque issued to the English Captain Jope by the Protestant Dutch Prince Maurice, son of William of Orange. A letters of marque legally permitted the White Lion to sail as a privateer attacking any Spanish or Portuguese ships it encountered.

The 20 and odd Africans were captives removed from the Portuguese slave ship, San Juan Bautista, following an encounter the ship had with the White Lion and her consort, the Treasurer, another English ship, while attempting to deliver its African prisoners to Mexico. Rolfe’s reporting the White Lion as a Dutch warship was a clever ruse to transfer blame away from the English for piracy of the slave ship to the Dutch…

As you can see, re-visiting historical accounts helps you to have clarity about the facts, but also, allows the passage of time to deliver a less passionate, more objective judgement about people and events that transpired at a past moment in history.

For me, it’s like watching a movie you have already seen before. For instance, I watched “Titanic” seven (7) times, (the movie was so emotionally evocative), and each and every time I saw the movie, I noticed something different. I left each viewing with a different reflection. Beauty, love, dedication, destiny, hope, hopelessness, fate, justice, discrimination, class, chivalry, survival and the triumph of the human soul over adversity, yes, all of these things and more made their ways to my consciousness on each successive viewing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I submit to you that Black History Month is no different. Today, for the first time in 55 years, I discover who David Dinkins was (the 106th Mayor of New York City), what he did with his life, and this amazing rhetorical rendition of a eulogy for Dr. Martin Luther King. If I discover nothing else new during this celebration of Black History Month 2018, I am more than compensated by having found this brilliant eulogy to share with you…


david-dinkins 1990 - 1993

Martin Luther King is dead now, and we, the mourners and losers, are left with his dreams—with decisions to make. He is dead now, and there are no words we can say for him, for he said his own. He is dead now, and any eulogy must be for us, the living.

Martin Luther King is dead now, so for him there is no tomorrow on this earth. But for us there are tomorrows and tomorrows. He painted a picture of what our tomorrows could be in his dream of America. This past weekend painted a picture of how that dream could become a nightmare should we lose sight of his principles.

Martin Luther King is dead now, but he left a legacy. He planted in all of us, black and white, the seeds of love of justice, of decency, of honor, and we must not fail to have these seeds bear fruit.

Martin Luther King is dead now, and there is only time for action. The time for debate, the time for blame, the time for accusation is over. Ours is a clear call to action. We must not only dedicate ourselves to great principles, but we must apply those principles to our lives.
Dinkins Mandela

Martin Luther King is dead now, and he is because he dared believe in nonviolence in a world of violence. Because he dared believe in peace in a world of conflict. He is dead now because he challenged all of us to believe in his dream.

Martin Luther King is dead now, and we cannot allow the substance of his dream to turn into the ashes of defeat. If we are to build a tribute to what he stood for, we must, each of us, stand for the same things.

Martin Luther King is dead now, and I ask each of you, the living, to join him and me, to go from this room and keep the dream alive.

We must now commit ourselves, we must now work, we must now define what kind of America we are going to have—for unless we make his dream a reality we will not have an America about which to decide.

Martin Luther King is dead now—but he lives.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?

“Thank you very kindly. Principal, Mr. Williams, Members of the faculty and members of the student body of Barratt Junior High School, Ladies and Gentlemen. I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here today, and to have the opportunity of taking a very brief break in a pretty busy schedule in the city of Philadelphia, to share with you the students of Barrat Junior High School. And I want to express my personal appreciation to the Principal and the administration for inviting me and giving me the opportunity to see this very fine and enthusiastic group of students here at Barrat.”

I want to ask you a question, and that is: What is in your life’s blueprint?

This is the most important and crucial period of your lives. For what you do now and what you decide now at this age may well determine which way your life shall go.

Whenever a building is constructed, you usually have an architect who draws a blueprint, and that blueprint serves as the pattern, as the guide, and a building is not well erected without a good, sound and solid blueprint.

Now each of you is in the process of building the structure of your lives, and the question is, whether you have a proper, a solid, and a sound blueprint.

And I want to suggest some of the things that should be in your life’s blueprint.

Number one in your life’s blueprint should be, a deep belief in your own dignity, your own worth and your own somebodiness. Don’t allow anybody to make you feel that you are nobody. Always feel that you count. Always feel that you have worth, and always feel that your life has ultimate significance.

Now that means you should not be ashamed of your color. You know, it’s very unfortunate that in so many instances, our society has placed a stigma on the Negro’s color. You know there are some Negro’s who are ashamed of themselves? Don’t be ashamed of your color. Don’t be ashamed of your biological features. Somehow you must be able to say in your own lives, and really believe it, “I Am Black But Beautiful!” And therefore you need not be lulled into purchasing cosmetics advertised to make you lighter, neither do you need to process your hair to make it appear straight. I have good hair and it is as good as anybody else’s in the world…And we gotta believe that. Now in your life’s blueprint Be Sure that you have a principle of Somebodiness.

Secondly, in your life’s blueprint you must have as the basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor. You’re going to be deciding as the days, as the years unfold, what you will do in life — what your life’s work will be. Once you discover what it will be, set out to do it, and to do it well.

And I say to you, my young friends, that doors are opening to you–doors of opportunity are opening to you that were not open to your mothers and your fathers — and the great challenge facing you is to be ready to enter these doors as they open.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, the great essayist, said in a lecture in 1871, “If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.”

This hasn’t always been true — but it will become increasingly true, and so I would urge you to study hard, to burn the midnight oil; I would say to you, don’t drop out of school. I understand all of the sociological reasons why we drop out of school, but I urge you that in spite of your economic plight, in spite of the situation that you’re forced to live so often, with intolerable conditions — stay in school.

And when you discover what you are gonna be in life, set out to do it as if God Almighty called you at this particular moment in history to do it. And just don’t set out to do a good Negro job, but do a good job that anybody could do. Don’t set out to be a good Negro doctor, or a good Negro lawyer or a good Negro school teacher or a good Negro preacher or a good Negro barber or a beautician or a good Negro skilled laborer. For if you set out to do that, you have already flunked your matriculation exam into the University of Integration. Set out to do a good job and Do That Job So Well that the LIVING, the DEAD, or the UNBORN couldn’t do it any better.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of Heaven and Earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail.
If you can’t be a sun, be a star.
For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail.
Be the BEST of whatever you are.”

“Finally, in your life’s blueprint, must be a commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love, and justice. Well life, for none of us, has been a crystal stair, but we must keep moving, we must keep going!

If you can’t fly, run.
If you can’t run, walk.
If you can’t walk, crawl,
but by all means, keep moving!”
— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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