The observance of Black History Month has been muted — due in part to all of the dysfunction that has been displayed.

Recognizing, celebrating, and observing the history of the African-American race is very important. What makes it important is the manner in which our ancestors were brought to the shores of America, hands tied and chains around their ankles.

It’s difficult to imagine the amount of pain, anguish, degradation, humiliation, and suffering on every level that each person experienced.

Can you imagine being free one day and enslaved the next, through no fault or personal commitment? How about being torn from your family members, never to see them again?

The state of Virginia, with all of its current problems, must face the racial problems that have engulfed it for 400 years. However, Virginia isn’t alone. In other states, the acceptance of African-Americans as equal in every way is still a major problem. We admit that as a race, we have made some progress, but it hasn’t been without severe cost in blood and suffering.

We’re aware that other races, even some whites have suffered indignation, as well. The difference is that most of the non-African-Americans chose to come to America, but Africans didn’t. Many times they were sold by their own people to the slave merchants. Those who sold their brothers and sisters became slaves themselves, eventually.

Our history also taught us that some of the Anglo race didn’t agree with slavery and stood up against it. I have had the pleasure to work with many individuals who fit that description. I know that not all people of the white race are racist. At this time we interact with our white brothers and sisters in order to make our community better.

We’re able to do this because we believe in what is written in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and evidence of things not seen.”

Our hope strengthens our faith that there are those who truly believe that all men are created equal, and they’re willing to confront their own because of their belief.

Some of my local union members and I attended the National AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil, Human and Women’s Conference a few weeks ago. While there, we joined thousands of other individuals of all races and ethnicities to protest against the ungodly governmental shutdown that affected hundreds of thousands of people.

As a result of the shutdown, the country lost about $11 billion dollars. During the entire debacle, the billionaire and others like him didn’t show one shred of empathy for the affected men, women and their families. As an African-American who has traced his ancestry, I’m strengthened through faith and hope in righteousness.

My sainted grandmother would say, “There is someone who sits high and looks low.” My 94-year-old friend, George Cash Jr. often says, “All good byes ain’t gone.”

The Rev. James E. Daniels is founder and chairman of the Eagles Nest Community Organization and lives in Texas City.


(21) comments

Carlos Ponce

"As a result of the shutdown, the country lost about $11 billion dollars."
That came from the alleged "non-partisan" Congressional Budget Office. What was not reported was the "loss" will be made up quickly. See
"The Effects of the Partial Shutdown Ending in January 2019"
Also predicted was a massive drop in GDP for the Fourth Quarter in 2018 but in actuality it was up 2.6%. See
"Gross domestic product increased at a 2.6 percent annual rate."
Thank God for giving us a president who looks after ALL the people which means the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans and Hispanics and ALL groups.

Bailey Jones

Carlos, what came from the CBO was a loss of $11B, of which $3B is a permanent loss, as the link you posted states, but you elected not to. "Although most of the real GDP lost during the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019 will eventually be recovered, CBO estimates that about $3 billion will not be."

Carlos Ponce

Like I posted "projected" - not set in stone. CBO has been wrong on many Trump era projects. And when they're partially right they underestimated the positive effects of the tax cuts like jobs created.

George Croix

Never good to forget our history.
Never good to be a captive of it.
11 Billion bucks is about what illegal aliens cost American citizens and legal residents MONTHLY, not even counting the human costs of crimes committed or jobs taken or services stolen or funds eaten up by people who are not supposed to be here. I’m glad someone in high office finally cares about that situation enough to keep pushing for remediation of it. A political first and only guy would have never tried - too risky to their future. Fortunately our current leader has a couple of things his predecessors lacked, or at least were not comfortable with....
I do understand how tough it must be for high expectations to be dashed and ultimately end up worse off than when the hope started....
For a while at least that failure to produce has been rectified and improved to all time high levels so we should...should...all celebrate our felllow citizens’ gains...
Here’s hoping that progress continues....

Bailey Jones

For some good reading of American history which includes the (often downplayed) context of the African American experience, I recommend "These Truths: A History of the United States" and "The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism". And if you can handle staring straight into the face of American racism, "Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America" and "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II".

Kelly Naschke

I’m getting good....I no longer read Daniels columns...I just skim them to see how long it takes for to either start crying racism or bash the president. Right on cue....same crap over and over. Way ta go homeboy!! Question for you only worry about slavery from 200 years ago...or do you worry about modern day slavery too? Why aren’t you writing columns in North African papers or Mexican papers where slavery still exists TODAY?? Daniels is the personification of a racist hypocrite.

Charles Hughes

I notice that its always people like you that always say why do be have to keep bringing up the past, or get over it,that happened long ago.I'll bet you'll never tell a jewish person to quit bringing up the holocast because thats in the past.I think its a good thing to educate young about the past and let them know the evil and hate some had to live though.And with the racial tones we see and hear today its lets us know that some are still capable of that same mindset today.I'ts only to educate not point fingers.Be blessed we're all gods children.

George Croix

That’s mostly a good post but be sure you mean it to include ALL peoples because anyone looking can see that some of the most virulent racism comes from the loudest voices against it...
Anyone afraid to look deserves to be perpetually intimidated....imo...
I believe most black people and most Jewish people care deeply about their past and also their present and future. No different from any other demographic or single person.
Unfortunately a few in all groups are always willing to let the past, even one they never experienced, define them.
It’s their choice.....
Nobody should feel guilty about what somebody else did in the antique past, but they can if they want to...,
Imo, as a person like, well, victory despite the past than perpetual victim of it...

Charles Hughes

No meanness or malice intended brother.Some of the comments you get whenever Rev Daniels or anyone else for that matter speak about black experiences can really appear to be bigoted.

George Croix

Appear bigoted describes some of the speakers and writers who cannot
write 3 sentences without tossing out some ‘ism’ or ‘ist’ accusation or at best implication.
There’s no color limitations to either is or isn’t...,

I’m an only child....

Paula Flinn

Well, I surely don’t think Rev. Daniels is “the personification of a racist hypocrite.” Rev. Daniels chooses to write about Black History Month in our paper, and if you don’t like it, don’t read it or scan it. Your choice. Revered Daniels has a good heart, and sometimes criticizes the President, but to call him whst you did is wrong, in my opinion.

Don Schlessinger

I wonder, will the card never find it's way back into the deck?

Rusty Schroeder

Jussie Smollett says No :( :(

George Croix

He ain’t saying a thing today.
Looks this point... yet another ginned up accusation.
Maybe more later..,

George Croix

Every pony should know at least two tricks.....

Jarvis Buckley

Kelly, I truly appreciate your comment. It is so true. Taking statues
down in city's & colleges . Does nothing. Good or bad , history is history , knowledge of it makes us all better people.

Emile Pope

Garbage. Monuments to racism should be removed.

Carlos Ponce

Emile, read and view for another perspective:
"Predominantly black group fights to keep Confederate statues in Dallas"
"How do black conservatives feel about Confederate monuments? It's complicated - Some black politicians want to keep Confederate memorials standing"
"Predominantly Black Dallas Group Forms To Protect Confederate Monuments"
"A group comprised mostly of black activists dedicated to preserving American history is calling for Confederate monuments and statues to be preserved as reminders and lessons of the darker side of the country’s past."
"Opinion: Don't Take Down Confederate Monuments. Here's Why."
"Listen to A Black Conservative Tell You Why Removing Confederate Statues is Revisionist History"
What's next, Emile - rename Galveston because it's named after a slave importer Bernardo de Galvez?

Carlos Ponce

Interesting item from
Surprisingly, by 1840, Black performers also were performing in blackface makeup. Frederick Douglass wrote in 1849 about one such troupe, Gavitt's Original Ethiopian Serenaders: "It is something to be gained when the colored man in any form can appear before a White audience." Nonetheless, Douglass generally abhorred blackface and was one of the first people to write against the institution of blackface minstrelsy, condemning it as racist in nature, with inauthentic, northern, White origins.
When all-Black minstrel shows began to proliferate in the 1860s, however, they in turn often were billed as "authentic" and "the real thing." Despite often smaller budgets and smaller venues, their public appeal sometimes rivaled that of White minstrel troupes. In the execution of authentic Black music and the percussive, polyrhythmic tradition of "pattin' Juba," when the only instruments performers used were their hands and feet, clapping and slapping their bodies and shuffling and stomping their feet, Black troupes particularly excelled. One of the most successful Black minstrel companies was Sam Hague's Slave Troupe of Georgia Minstrels, managed by Charles Hicks. This company eventually was taken over by Charles Callendar. The Georgia Minstrels toured the United States and abroad and later became Haverly's Colored Minstrels.
Black versions of blackface productions also contained buffoonery and comedy, by way of self-parody. In the early days of Black involvement in theatrical performance, Black people could not perform without blackface makeup, regardless of how dark-skinned they were, but blackface minstrelsy was a practical and often relatively lucrative livelihood when compared to the menial labor to which most Blacks were relegated. Owing to the discrimination of the day, "corking” or "blacking up" provided an often singular opportunity for Black musicians, actors, and dancers to practice their crafts. Some minstrel shows, particularly when performing outside the South, also managed subtly to poke fun at the racist attitudes and double standards of White society or champion the abolitionist cause. It was through blackface performers, White and Black, that the richness and exuberance of Black music, humor and dance first reached mainstream, White audiences in the U.S. and abroad.

Jarvis Buckley

Emile I respectfully disagree.

Mike Meador

Daniels.......[thumbdown]. Period.

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