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White beans and sausage recipe

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I love beans. They’re affordable, full of fiber and protein and they can be quite good. This dish is called white beans and sausage. It’s easy and can be done in crockpot.

You need:
1 bag great northern white beans
4-5 cups of chicken or beef broth
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 Celery stalk, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1-2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tbsp garlic powder
Salt free seasoning
Pepper to taste
Italian sausage
Olive oil

Sort and rise beans
Let beans soak overnight. (Follow the directions on the package)
Drain beans and put in crockpot
Cook Italian sausage on stove top in oiled pan
Dump chopped vegetables, sausage and seasonings in crock pot
Add broth
Cover and cook on high 7.5 hours
Enjoy!

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Black Women: Thrown Off Golf Course for Golfing too slowly…another Black Woman Has Breast Exposed in Waffle House with Police

Story #1: 

Five  Black women at Grandview golf club in Pennsylvania were minding their business and golfing when some white men who ran the golf course told them they were golfing too slowly. The women were paying customers, so they continued to golf. Later, the police showed up. The white men who managed the course had called the police. The police didn’t stay because they determined this wasn’t a matter they needed to be involved in.  Now the golf club is losing business.

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Story #2:

Ms. Clemens, an Alabama Black woman, was arrested at an Alabama waffle house and had her breast exposed. The police claim that Ms. Clemens threatened the workers at the establishment and that she came in drunk with a man. Ms. Clemens mother said the dispute started over plastic utensils. Clemens and another woman asked for plastic utensils and when the restaurant worker told them it would cost 50 cents, they objected and asked to speak with the supervisor. Then the police were called and the rest is history. Next thing you know, Ms. Clemens is on the ground with her breasts exposed to the world as though she were on an auction block.

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I have no words.

Related post: Black Men Arrested for No Reason In Starbucks 

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Juanita Jackson Mitchell: First African-American Woman to Practice Law in Maryland

Juanita Jackson Mitchell was an African-American woman who was monumental in challenging segregation in public schools in Baltimore, MD. Born in segregated Arkansas in 1913, Mitchell grew up with a love for poetry and film.  She was the daughter of Kieffer and Dr. Lillie Mae Jackson. Her family often showed films in their home because African-Americans were segregated or barred from attending theaters in the south due to Jim Crow laws.

In the 1920s, Mitchell’s family moved to Baltimore where Mitchell graduated from Frederick Douglass Highschool and attended Morgan State University (today Morgan is an HBCU). She then finished her degree at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a B.S. in education. She also earned an M.A in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. A few years later, she became the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Maryland Law school, which had earlier denied her admission for undergraduate studies due to her race. She became the first African-American woman practice law in the state of Maryland. She married Clarence Mitchell Jr. in 1938, who was active and later held leadership in the NAACP.

Juanita Jackson Mitchell worked to advocate for voting rights for Marylanders through the NAACP. She also co-led a march to Annapolis, the Capitol of Maryland, to advocate for Civil Rights. She started the “City-Wide Young People’s Forum,” to train African-American youth about Civil Rights. During the Great Depression, Juanita Jackson Mitchell also organized a campaign to encourage African-Americans to only support stores that were desegregated.

She worked with Thurgood Marshall and The Afro-American newspaper,  to challenge the separation of Black and White children in Baltimore public schools. In 1935, Baltimore County did not have any high schools for Black children and there was only one high school in Baltimore city for children, Frederick Douglass. Not until 1939, did they increase the number of Black schools in the city. In addition, teachers in Baltimore who were African-American earned less than similarly credentialed white teachers. Black schools in the city were also very crowded, so crowded that at Douglass highschool, the children had to study in shifts. Jackson and Marshall brought several lawsuits against the Baltimore City schoolboard to challenge segregation up until Brown v. Board of Education was passed.

It is probable that Juanita Jackson Mitchell’s passion for education and equality came from her family. Her mother came from a line of educators and was a descendant of  Charles Carroll of Carrollton, who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Her mother, Lillie Jackson, was also a Civil Rights activist and a teacher. Lillie Jackson played a vital role in expanding the NAACP in Baltimore, which had been founded in 1912, but remained inactive until 1935. Juanita Jackson’s father was born on a plantation in 1836 and learned to read “by women in the big house” (Baum, 34) and later led the African-American schools in his county as a commissioner.

 

Baum, Howell. Brown in Baltimore. Cornell University Press, 2010.

http://www.blackpast.org/aah/mitchell-juanita-jackson-mitchell-1913-1992

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juanita_Jackson_Mitchell

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Race: National Geographic

Thank you Abagond! National Geographic has put out a race issue to make amends for their past racist portrayals of Black people and other people of color. National geographic routinely showed nude Black women and other women of color and displayed them as though they were not women, but animals.

See here. 

So, to make up for their racist past, the April 2018 issues of National Geographic displays a photo of two mixed-raced siblings, one who can pass for white, the other who cannot. The caption reads:

These twin sisters make us rethink everything we know about race” 

As Abagond said,

“Huh? One of the sisters could pass for White, but that stuff has been going on for hundreds of years. Who is this “we”?

The bottom line is Black people have known about the whole passing situation for centuries because we’ve lived with it. MOST African-Americans have European ancestry and most of us have stories of relatives who could pass for white and others who could not. There’s nothing to rethink on the part of Black folks…we’ve been knowing National Geographic’s racist editorials were wrong.

For decades Black people dealt with the reality of race, we knew white men were sleeping with and producing offspring with Black and mixed women, so most of us have always known that the lines of the race were more blurred. Duh…

Here is a classic story of a woman whose mother passed for white, so National Geographic you’re about a few centuries too late on this one:

 

 

via National Geographic’s racism

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John Willis Menard, first African-American Man Elected to Congress

 

Sweet ocean goddess, divinely fair and free, outstretching far into the summer sea,

As if to catch the constant ocean breeze

That swiftly speeds over the gulf and seas!

~ John Willis Menard, Florida

John Willis Menard was a prolific writer, poet and the first Black man elected to Congress, however he was not seated. He was born in in 1838 in Illinois, not far from Abraham Lincoln. He was descended from Creole ancestry. His grandfather was a Frenchman who served at Lieutenant Governor of Illinois. Menard is common name for towns in Illinois and Texas.

Menard attended Iberia College in Ohio but did not finish. However, Menard was enormously successful.

He was the first Black clerk in the Department of Interior in Washington, D.C.

He authored an address called “To the Free Colored People of Illinois,” around the same time as the Lincoln- Douglas debate.

As an employee of the Department of Interior, Menard was sent to Belize to report on the conditions of the island. Menard believed, at one point, that Black people should be allowed to relocate to another country and his assignment was to determine the suitability of Belize. Menard did write a report on Belize, but ultimately the project went nowhere.

In 1865, he moved to New Orleans. It was just after the Civil War and the Reconstruction was beginning. For the first time, there were opportunities for African-Americans to (in theory) hold office. In New Orleans, Menard got a job as “Inspector of Customs.” It was also around this time that he published his first newspaper called “Free South,” which was later changed to “Radical Standard.”

When a seat in Congress opened in a special election for the 2nd Congressional district, Menard ran. However, Congress decided they weren’t quite ready for a Black member yet and so Menard wasn’t seated. He gave a spirited and fiery speech about the election before Congress. Soon after the injustice of the election, Menard moved to Florida. Once in Florida, it didn’t take long before he was elected to the Florida Legislature for a short time. Around this time in the late 1870s, he also began writing his poetry.

For most of his life, Menard had been an ardent supporter of the Republican Party (Abraham Lincoln’s party), however, he soon became disillusioned with the Republican party because they did not value African-Americans and were too willing to appease the Democrats, who campaigned on racism.

Ironically, because of Menard’s criticism of the Republican party, he caught the eye of George Drew, the newly-elected Democratic Governor in Florida. Drew appointed Menard as Justice of the Peace.

While in Florida, Menard also began writing a newspaper called the Southern Leader, which was successful. However, when yellow fever broke out in Florida, he moved away for a time. When he came back, he couldn’t revive his paper.

In 1889, Menard moved to D.C. and got a position in the Census office. He married a woman from Jamaica and had two children. He died on October 8, 1893. Throughout his life, Menard was very outspoken about the need for educational opportunities for African-Americans. He believed education was the defining factor for equality.

Menard lived through the era of slavery to see the rise of African-Americans during the Reconstruction and then he saw the Black Nadir. Despite his brilliance as a writer and speaker, even he faced discrimination and injustice.

“How long, O God! how long must I remain

Worse than an alien in my native land?” ~ John Willis Menard, The Negro’s Lament

From Lays in Summer Lands

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The Beautiful and the Damned: A review

The Beautiful and the Damned was a novel on my 2017 reading list. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Beautiful and the Damned is a story about a young, well-to-do man who is grappling with finding his identity and purpose. Anthony Patch lives off the wealth of his grandfather and grows up in New York where he parties with socialites, drinks and falls in love with a beautiful woman named Gloria.  At first, it seems like Gloria and Anthony are a perfect couple. Gloria is beautiful, light-hearted and the envy of many girls in her social circle. She drinks in life and revels in her youth daily. Anthony is wealthy and has a world of opportunity at his feet. Yet, as time goes on, something happens that jeopardizes Anthony’s standing amongst New York’s well-to-do and elite and soon Gloria and Anthony begin to struggle to maintain their lifestyle and maintain their love for each other. The only thing that gives Anthony any purpose is his dream of writing.

Anthony grew up in a world of privilege and when his privilege begins to crumble and he struggles, he loses his footing and spirals down. Gloria is a woman, who was used to putting herself first, but when she marries Anthony, for the first time, she is forced to surrender to the reality that she may not always be able to put herself first. As a woman and a wife, Gloria has to grapple with the fact that not only does she have to take care of Anthony, but she must bear the consequences of his poor choices. Ultimately, Gloria is put into a subordinate position to her husband and her independent, free spirit withers with time.

Overall, it’s hard for me to completely like Anthony as a character. He seems over-privileged, entitled and sheltered. While Gloria comes off as vain, racist and superficial. Yet, it’s hard for me to completely dislike them as characters either. As life hits Anthony harder and harder, he is faced with the reality that for the first time in his life, he may have to try to earn his place in the world like everyone else. You almost feel sorry for him, as he fails constantly throughout the novel. Yet, part of me wants to slap him upside the head and tell him to get over himself, get a job just like everyone else, be a big boy and stop acting like he’s the center of the universe.  As for Gloria, at times I wanted to grab her by the shoulders, shake her and tell her to come off her high horse. She comes off vain, but as her relationship with Anthony deteriorates, you realize she is a woman in a society where women have few choices.

Overall, I did enjoy the novel. It was a departure from the books that I usually read. A major criticism of the book is that the few people of color and minorities are stereotypical, then again the book was written in 1922. I can see why people rave about Fitzgerald and so many of his works are considered classics.