Good morning everyone! This has been a tumultuous and eventful week, hasn’t it? The weather is scaring us up, racist slaps in the face continue, and politics as usual is the order of the day. Let’s dive right in, as I and others have some preparations to make.
East Coast Earthquake
Monday, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked the East Coast. Starting in Virginia, its presence would be felt in various other places. NY and DC, urban areas that really aren’t built for earthquakes like the West Coast were affected. Personally, I didn’t feel anything, and fortunately, nobody was hurt. Doesn’t make it any less scary. This week, I also learned that there is a fault line running across 125th street. Eh. I don’t like to think about what would it be like should that hit. Perhaps I should get a “go bag” together for the occasion? #earthquakepack
Obama Rejects Pardon Request for Marcus Garvey
In a move that further illustrates the disdain for Black people, President Obama flat out rejects a request by the Jamaican government for a posthumous pardon of Marcus Garvey. As many students of history know, the legendary Black leader was deported on questionable charges of mail fraud. The real aim was the destruction of the UNIA movement, and it was spearheaded by an overzealous and fearful J. Edgar Hoover. Righting this wrong, even symbolically is considered “a waste of time and resources” in the opinion of this current administration. Well, at least we are all no longer deluded that President Obama has any Pan-African leanings. As the president continues to show disrespect for all things explicitly Black, skepticism will continue to mark his relations with the rest of Black America.
Cherokee Nation Boots Black Members
In more anti-Black news, the Cherokee Nation kicks out its members who are descendants of slaves. While sovereignty grants them the right to do this, it is still seen as an affront. It’s more sad than anything. As other people of color, the indigenous should be uniting with Black people, especially in times like these. At times, one wonders if alliances are at all possible anymore. It begs the question: should many African-Americans continue to claim indigenous, when some refuse to claim you? Food for thought folks.
New York City Braces for Hurricane Irene
As Hurricane Irene Heads towards North Carolina, it is expected to hit the New York area over the weekend. There is such a concern, that New York is shutting down the subway in preparation. There is also a call for evacuation of low lying areas, otherwise known as Zone A. There is no rest for the weary this week on the East Coast huh? Well, at this point, I will be following news, seeing the storm progression, and stocking up on some bottled water. Be safe out there.
-Marc W. Polite