“CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Dear Rachel, You cannot Redefine ‘Blackness’

Written by:  BerThaddaeus Maurice P. Bailey

CBCF15-8258Recently the concept of Blackness was brought to the forefront of trending topics when Rachel Dolezal, a White woman of Czech and German descent and president of Spokane, Washington chapter of NAACP, falsely identified herself as a Black woman.

Dolezal obtained her master’s degree at Howard University, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Court documents disclose that in 2002 she filed a civil complaint against the university stating that the university was “permeated with discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, and insult”. Her lawsuit claimed discrimination on the grounds of race because she was not offered an assistant teaching post, a post-graduate instructorship and was denied scholarship aid while attending the institution.

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America’s Greatest Mental Illness

Thursday, June 18, 2015 is a day Charleston and the nation will never forget. While hosting bible study, Reverend Clementa Pinckney and eight parishioners were gruesomely murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  As the facts of the case are still presenting themselves, one assertion that has been made is that the shooter, Mr. Dylan Roof, was “mentally ill”. The truth is that the culprit was indeed a mentally ill man. The mental illness that he suffers from is racism. There is no logical or scientific explanation that can justify a sane human being horrifically and mercilessly taking the life of another human being simply because he or she disfavored another’s racial background.

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On Charleston…a petition for a remedy of apathy

To those who lost their lives we offer our hymns, prayers, and sincere condolences. To those who survived, we pray their comfort by the Savior in wrapping their heads around being left behind?  To those who live in counties and cities all across the nation: I have a literal question. How many more of these types of incidents whether racial, gun violence related, or acts of terrorism? How many more violent acts will we observe on CNN, MSNBC, or in our neighborhoods before we speak up, act up, and live up to the charge of protecting our communities? How many more times will Rev. Al, Dr. Dyson, and Dr. West spar over best ways to address these issues? How many more cogent, thoughtful obituaries will we hear from US leaders speaking from hallowed pulpits before we see change? I’m still waiting for the world to change.

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“CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Statehouse

Written by A. Shuanise Washington

As a South Carolina native, this week’s shooting at Emanuel AME Church affected me profoundly and personally. It reminded me of my upbringing in a state with a deeply entrenched history of slavery and segregation. The murder of nine, innocent black people at Emmanuel AME Church is a window into the racial terror that South Carolina knows all too well.

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Dear Sister Rachel Dolezal

After watching your interview recently on the Today Show; I wanted to reach out to you in sisterly love; not sisterly love because you identify as “black”, but sisterly love; woman to woman; as an African woman. There were many things that you stated which caused me to have follow up questions for you; such as your “self –identification came through the black experience”. Since you stated there was a “complexity of identity”, I had to stop to define identity.  In this context, we can imply that identity is being used to describe the characteristics of your individuality. The quality of your individuality ultimately has the power to set you apart from others because of your uniqueness; instead you conformed to black culture. For a people who were stolen away from their own land and sold to a foreign land, for the women who were raped on the plantation; later birthing children and having them ripped from their arms; these black experiences causes complexity of identity.

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Who Will Save our Boys? Public Policy or Personal Ownership?

Black Males Matter

I recently had the amazing opportunity to attend my first Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit in Atlanta, GA, a three-day business event tailored to both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. I was overly excited to attend the high-powered sessions on business topics. However, though in the midst of an entrepreneur’s event, I was most excited to attend the much needed and solution-focused Black Males Matter Town Hall.

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“CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: CBCF Remembers the 61st Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

                                                        Written by Tim Pulliam

In May, the CBCF takes a moment to acknowledge the historic Brown v. Board ruling that ended the legal foundation for discrimination on May 17, 1954. For more than six decades, African Americans have made significant strides as a result of the court decision. Today, we are afforded more educational and professional opportunities. President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and now Attorney General Loretta Lynch represent the progression we have made from the days of Jim Crow in 1954. But even with this groundbreaking ruling, the CBCF realizes that discriminatory practices still exists in our educational system, and more needs to be done to close the achievement gap among our black youth—particularly young black men.

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“CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: The Issue is Police Brutality, Not Rioting

                                                        Written by Kelsea Wilkerson

The African-American body is undervalued and unappreciated in America. Even more so, the life of the African-American man, as precious as it is, is in constant danger of being eradicated. As I organized my thoughts to write this piece, I had to ask myself: Why exactly are you mad?

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“CBCF Perspectives” OPINION: Law Enforcement and Communities of Color: Why Loretta Lynch Needs to be Confirmed

                                                        Written by Kenya Metters

Every 28 hours a black man, woman, or child is killed by police or vigilante law enforcement. News accounts about this startling statistic have forced a national dialogue on the ongoing tension between law enforcement and communities of color. The emotional outburst that erupted in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown as well as the fatal shooting of Walter Lamar Scott of Charleston, South Carolina has led the nation to the realization that our criminal justice system needs reform.

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