A Brief Reminder
When John Kennedy ran for President, conservative whites, especially in the South, claimed to fear that he would take orders from the Vatican.
He famously went to Houston where with his brilliance and candor he explained his understanding of our American system of government — he outlined…
The only Jazz is just an elegant
ballroom dance somebody
danced one night when they
The only Jazz is a standard
slow dance that stopped to fade
from 45 to 33 to 16
revolutions a century to just a
moment that a skipping needle
stopped to lift you up
off the ground,
The only Jazz is for be-bop
who play riffs with streams
like the waterfalls and then slip
and fall and brush it off like it
was all, you know…only the
And the only jazz Coltrane.
played he played once,
or maybe twice
when he heard it while he blew,
wondering where the jazz had
it’s the only Jazz nobody knew.
-Albert Turner Goins, Sr.
The Auction (edit)
Outside the ship the auction starts
With smell of blood and rotted hearts:
“Oh, you stand there gal,
Don’t you make a twitch,
Stand on that block,
With your blackness out,
And with your belly hanging down,
Stand right up straight
while the bidders shout.”
Forever in the Path: Tuskegee And the Origins of the Movement for Civil Rights: Monroe Work’s Lifetime Crusade Against Racist Violence.
As a young man, maybe even as a teenager, at least by the age that I was old enough to understand part of the psycho-sexual social phenomenon that white…