Education and the Black American Experience

  by Deborah Baber Savalla
If you know who Malcolm X, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton are but don’t know who Jesse Owens, Zora Neale Hurston, Ida B. Wells, or Frederick Douglass are then you are missing the best, brightest, most profound, and uplifting people and parts of the American-African experience. If this is true for you, it is not your fault. It is the fault of leaders and teachers who focus on future outcomes for American blacks by cherry-picking history. 
Most early black people in what is now the United States were brought here as slaves.
Most slave-ships bound for these shores were owned by Anglo-Saxon men. 
Most Africans captured were sold to slave-ship owners by other Africans. 
Most lynchings of American blacks occurred in Democrat-controlled southern states.
Most Ku Klux Klan members were Democrats.
This history is in stark contrast to…
All Republicans in Congress voting to end slavery in US territories. 
All Republicans in Congress voting to end slavery.
All Republicans in Congress voting to give women the right to vote.
All Republicans in Congress voting to pass Civil Rights legislation.
Does this mean ALL Republicans are good? Of course not, not anymore than it means all Democrats are bad! What it does mean is that we Americans, Black, Latin, Hispanic, Asian, Anglo (ABLHAA) are “We the people!” And it is up to us, we the people, to act. We the people must…
Learn history.
Study history.
Understand what’s bad.
Identify what’s good. …and move on with our lives! 
  • Jesse Owens won four Olympic gold medals in 1936 thus shaming and exposing the lies of Nazi propaganda.
  • Zora Neale Hurston won awards by writing stories of personal triumph over heartbreaking conditions.
  • Ida B. Wells won against the KKK and the Democrat-controlled lynchings in the South with dangerous, investigative work and hard-hitting journalism.
  • Frederick Douglass won his place in history as a fiery orator who, in a nation with recently-freed black men and women, held fellow Americans’ feet to his fire!
  • Martin Luther King, Sr. won recognition as an inspired pastor and loving father who gave voice to his son and namesake and spirit to his granddaughter Dr. Alveda King.
  • Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson the first African-American woman to graduate in surgery from Harvard was co-founder of the National Right to Life to fight for the end of abortion.

These accomplishments are in stark contrast to Malcolm X, murdered by one of his own extremists; or Louis Farrakhan who continues his anti-Semitic, hateful rants today; or Jesse Jackson the race hustler who through his so-called Rainbow Coalition extorted money from people and businesses; or Al Sharpton who weaponized a 15-year old black girl-child compelling her to tell hateful, damning lies about being raped by white, law enforcement men. We must reject them all, regardless of the color of our skin or theirs!
Instead, we the people, we the ABLHAA (American Black, Latin, Hispanic, Asian, Anglo) people must…
Reach for the Owens gold!
Triumph alongside the Hurston heart.
Use the Wells lens of journalism.
Model the outspoken Douglass thought.

Preach the words of truth, life, liberty, and justice…. and above all…

Cherish life!

 Deborah Baber Savalla is a member of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated: I am a former New York City book publishing executive with over 20 years of experience. I believe in moral clarity because it leads naturally to personal responsibility which WILL RESULT in small governments. I am honored to be the President of the Channel Islands Republican Women Federated (CIRWF) and privileged to work for Citizens Journal. I write columns and editorials for the Journal as a private citizen and not staff or as President of CIRWF. I strive to be scrupulous when identifying my work as a private citizen versus that of a reporter or Journal contributor. The views expressed as a private individual are mine alone and are not necessarily that of Citizens Journal nor that of CIRWF.

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