It Wasn’t Just Nine States That Were Racist But The Whole Damn Country.

The 2013 decision by the Supreme Court that invalidated the enforcement provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 didn’t accomplish anything good. It opened the floodgates for multiple states that previously had to seek pre-clearance before making changes in voting laws to ensure they weren’t discriminatory. The Act declared that nine states and many counties and cities across the country had so abused the process that they had to ask permission first before making changes because they couldn’t be trusted. Those states were; Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. It was the same thing…

There’s Way Too Much History to Tell in 28 Days

Photos by Carol Burns

The publication Black History Month 365 recognizes that our history is far too rich and extensive to be told in the shortest month of the year. Each month we’ll link to the best stories from our publication and some of the best stories we’ve run across by other writers. Black History Month is not only a celebration but a reminder of what our ancestors went through and how they persevered. Please check out any or all of these stories as you’re bound to discover something you didn’t know before. Be safe.

William Spivey — Editor

Cocoa Grio tells a tale…

Politics, Race, And The History You Won’t Find Elsewhere.

I’d rather write a 2,500-word essay on a historical subject than 500 about myself. That said, there are a few things I’d have, you know. I am a combination of contradictions, humble and arrogant, quiet but cocky, opinionated but entirely without an opinion depending on the subject. The one thing anyone who knows me would agree on is that I love to write. It’s the only way to get out the thoughts that would otherwise allow me no sleep at night.

Who Do I Know That Would Appreciate So Little?

Photo by William Spivey

As pictured, these earrings appear to be about twice as large as they are in reality. They’re tiny, and I can’t imagine anyone opening the box, expecting jewelry, and not be disappointed. One would-be recipient told me that they would slide right through the existing holes in her ears.

You might reasonably ask how I came to possess a pair of studs with minuscule diamonds attached? I’ve been forbidden from relating much of the story for reasons that are unclear to me. Why is it that she can post a picture on Facebook, yet I, a writer, can’t write about…

He Could’ve Been a Ladies Man.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. | Photo Credit: matthewlee171

By all rights, Thomas Jefferson could have been a true player. He was tall, allegedly 6' 2" and a half. You have to take that with a grain of salt because that number comes from his grandson's description. The Jefferson family has been known to exaggerate slightly in favor of its most famous member, but it’s fair to say he was taller than most men of his day.

Thomas was rich; he inherited 5,000 acres and 175 enslaved people while still a teenager. He became a lawyer and played the violin (which was like the electric guitar now in terms…

During the hours after Tiger Woods's serious car accident, little was known about his health status, even if his injuries were life-threatening? The images of the SUV he was driving suggested several bad possibilities. It couldn’t help but spark memories of the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash a year ago.

I turned away from the newscasts, which were full of speculation and a rehash of the ups and downs of Tiger’s career. …

He Expanded What Was Possible to Say or Do

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Rush Limbaugh, whether wittingly or unwittingly, was the architect. Give him credit where it’s due; he was the Messiah for right-wing media. He begat Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and every other wannabe radio or television star of political discourse. His formula was copied or slightly altered by dozens who learned to profit from hate, with Black people often being the target.

I’m not here to stomp on the man’s grave. This story won’t be a recitation of his racism, misogyny, or homophobia. All that is well documented, and you either are well aware of it or…

Why Was George Floyd’s Killer Given Special Treatment?

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I read an article this morning that encapsulates racism, white supremacy, and systemic racism all in one. It involves a lawsuit by Black correctional officers who work in the Ramsey County Adult Detention Center (Saint Paul, Minnesota), where the officer who kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck until he died was being held.

I’m from Minneapolis and grew up four blocks from where George Floyd was murdered, so I follow some of the less reported stories because they hit close to home.

The racial discrimination lawsuit claims that when Derek Chauvin was brought into the facility, all the officers…

It’s Never Too Late to Learn

Martin Luther King, Jr. and thousands of Voting Rights activists (including Georgia Congressman John Lewis, right) marches toward the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

I have been honored to be selected as the guest editor for the Our Human Family series of stories for Black History Month. Each Sunday during the month of February (the first actually came out on January 31st because we couldn’t wait to get started) a featured writer will give their take on something related to Black History.

I got us started with the Untold Story of the Haitian Revolution, there’s a whole lot more than what they told us in school, especially how the revolt reverberated around the world.

Cocoa Grio knocked it out of the park with her…

William Spivey

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