We tell our stor y in in­deli­ble ink

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the an­nals of Amer­i­can his­tory.

We want to be re­spected for our spilled blood, sweat, and tears. To be paid repa­ra­tions for gen­er­a­tions of free la­bor, forced con­tri­bu­tions of our bod­ies, minds and spirit, which helped make this a great coun­try

We know that the whole truth of us will never be writ­ten, spo­ken, or ac­knowl­edged by the vic­tor, and yet we still pine for it. When will this stop? Not any­time soon. That’s just the na­ture of his­tor­i­cal con­flicts.

Yet, we can take it all back. Take back our hu­man­ity. Our dig­nity. Our selves. How? First, we have to be­gin to be­lieve, and then be­have as if we are vic­tors our­selves! But what have we won? Ha, ha, ha! We are still here. Could it be that sim­ple? Yes. I agree that it is im­per­a­tive that we con­tinue to re­pro­duce. And that we cul­ti­vate a cer­tain Negri­tude (d. the af­fir­ma­tion or con­scious­ness of the value of black or African cul­ture, her­itage, and iden­tity), if you please.

But first, we re­ally need to love our­selves. Then, our story will be writ­ten, right. Af­ter all, it was first told right in ora­tion. Next in evap­o­rated blood and tears.

What we need now is for our story to be pub­lished - in per­ma­nent ink - and to join other in­dis­putable and in­deli­ble truths.

And that brings me to Donna Brazile. She is sched­uled to spend an evening at the Mi­ami Book Fair read­ing from her ‘in­sider’ story of the Demo­cratic Party where she served as the interim chair dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign.

I’m so glad she was in the mix, and that she has writ­ten her truth. But she is be­ing vil­i­fied and taken down for telling it like she saw it. The at­tacks be­gan pre-pub­li­ca­tion.

Whether all her claims are true, or false, it doesn’t mat­ter as much as that she recorded her per­spec­tive.

And Ms. Brazile is not back­ing down; not one inch. In fact she re­sponded to her crit­ics by telling them to “go to hell.” Write on, Donna.You wrote right.

Black ‘her story’. Black his­tory.

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