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

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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.


He Could’ve Been a Ladies Man.

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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…


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History.com

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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Photo by Jonathan Farber on Unsplash

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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Photo by munshots on Unsplash

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

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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…


More Reasons Besides the Tuskegee Experiment Why Black People Are Wary of the Vaccine.

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As soon as I am eligible to take the vaccine for COVID-19, I plan to. I am of an age and have previous conditions that will make me choose the vaccine risks over the risks of becoming infected with the coronavirus. I also care enough about others in my life to do all I can to not risk their health by my refusing to get a shot. That being said, there are plenty of reasons for Black people to be wary of being given any of the vaccines based on how Black patients have been treated historically in America. Many…


The Neighborhood Where George Floyd Died When I Grew Up

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The short story, Between Portland and Park, is fictional. Yet, it incorporates dozens of facts about Minneapolis, Minnesota, its racial history, and policing of minorities in a period before George Floyd died with a police officer kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes. While there is a fictional storyline about a character named Yvette. Reading this will give you an understanding of what it was like growing up Black in any large city in America. The home in the photo isn’t the one I grew up in; it was…


What History Books Don’t Tell You

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Statue of a Black woman as a slave. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

I’ve been writing about America’s slave breeding farms for years. Over time, I’ve not only gained additional knowledge but perspective. As in many investigations, the best way to understanding is to follow the money. At the same time, racism is a major factor in the treatment of enslaved people. It’s always been about the enrichment of others. The form of chattel slavery practiced in America was different and far more insidious than that practiced in most countries. Almost everywhere else, slavery was for a limited-term, and if not, the children of enslaved people were born free. …


The Klan Robe is Always in Style

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On Christmas Eve, 1865, in Pulaski, TN, six former Confederate officers were drinking at a fraternal social club when they came up with the Ku Klux Klan idea. Those six officers remain unidentified, but by 1867, former Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest had been appointed the first “Grand Wizard.” Forrest had been generally considered a fine military leader except that Fort Pillow Massacre blemish his record. After the Civil War, he’d been reduced to managing a plantation using convict labor, so becoming Grand Wizard was a step up.

Bedford’s superior forces attacked Fort Pillow, which had about 600 soldiers, half…

William Spivey

Writer, poet, wannabe philosopher. I write about politics, history, race, and social justice. Support me at https://ko-fi.com/williamfspivey0680

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