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#AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, The School To Prison Pipeline and The Homeschooling of African American Children

What Actually Happened At The #AssaultAtSpringValleyHigh, The School To Prison Pipeline and The Homeschooling of African American Children

Nov. 4th, 2015, Updated 2:17pm EST

by Michael Imhotep, TheMichaelImhotepShow.com

Since the 3 videos that surfaced on Monday, October 26th, 2015 from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC showing a very disturbing interaction between a Senior Deputy Sheriff of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina and an African American 16 year old unidentified female student, there has been a lot of talk and subsequent confusion on some key details. What I want to do in this article is to clear up some of the confusion the best I can and provide you with sources so you can do further research. Stay tuned for updates as more information is revealed.

  1. Ben Fields was not a Security Guard at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina as some callers on National Radio shows have mistakenly stated. He was assigned to the school as a School Resource Officer (SRO). He was, until he was rightfully fired on Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 2015, a Senior Deputy Sheriff of the Sheriff’s Department. He was also a football coach at the school. Resource Officers among other things are called in to handle disciplinary problems when teachers and administrators can’t handle situations with students. http://heavy.com/news/2015/10/ben-fields-richland-county-south-carolina-sheriff-deputy-spring-valley-high-school-photo-football-coach-bodybuilder-cop-student-desk-video-complaints/
  1. Was the 16 year old student who was assaulted by the former Deputy Ben Fields an orphan? There was an article written by Shaun King for the New York Daily News that stated that she was recently orphaned because her mother and grandmother died and that the girl is living in Foster Care. There are also reports that the girl was new to the school. The article stated that it was citing information coming from the girls attorney, Todd Rutherford (D-SC) who is also the Minority Democratic Leader of the South Carolina State House of Representatives.

Todd Rutherford then did an interview, Thursday, October 29th on “The Joe Madison Show” on Sirius XM and stated that not only was the 16 year old girl not an orphan, but her mother and grandmother were alive and well. It appears however that she is in Foster Care according to the updated article from Shaun King for the New York Daily News and the article from TheRoot.com.

When Atty. Rutherford was interviewed by WLTX 19 on Wednesday, Oct. 28th he stated:

“When he grabbed her around the neck and threw her chair back and tossed her across the classroom,” Rutherford said, “I was shocked. I had no words because that was something that simply should not happen. It was a classroom. We’re not talking about a roadside setting where you’re worried about the safety of an officer, we’re not talking about any setting where the officer’s safety is in jeopardy and he needs to make sure he controls the situation. It was a classroom.”

He also talked about Niya Kenney who was the 2nd student who was arrested. Todd Rutherford will serve as legal counsel for both the 16 year old student and Niya Kenny.   Atty. Rutherford said she was arrested for standing up for her fellow classmate. 

“Niya was arrested for saying ‘is anybody going to do anything about this? How wrong is this? What is going on here, why is nobody stopping this?'” Rutherford said. “It was disturbing to hear Niya say that when he entered the room she knew that something was going to happen because they call him [Ben Fields] ‘Officer Slam.’ And all the other kids took their cell phones out because they knew something was going to happen. That’s wrong on so many levels.”

  1. Why was the School Resource Officer called into the classroom in the first place? Two students who have done interviews stating what happened and were 2 of the 3 students who recorded the video said that the girl had her phone out (they didn’t state that she was talking on her phone as some people have mistakenly said) and she didn’t put her phone away fast enough when the math teach, Robert Long asked her to put the phone away. He then asked her to turn over the phone to him and she refused. Student Niya Kenney, 18 years old who was in the class and was arrested for trying to help the young girl after she was being assaulted by Resource Officer Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields as well as Tony Robinson who recorded the other video both said the girl was quiet and wasn’t bothering anyone in class.

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Student Tony Robinson, witness to assault

Tony Robinson who was one of the students in the class who recorded footage of the incident with his phone spoke with WLTX 19 on Monday, Oct. 26th and told what he saw.

According to WLTX 19 News –

Robinson says he went into the morning thinking it would be a normal, routine day of school. He was in math class, and he and his classmates were working on their assignments.

Around 10:30 a.m., the girl who had the confrontation with the officer was working on her computer, and had her phone out, Robinson said. He said the teacher asked her for her phone, but she said no. An administrator was then called to the room, and Robinson said he pleaded with the girl to get out of her seat, but she didn’t.

“She really hadn’t done anything wrong,” Robinson said. “She said that she had took her phone out, but it was only for a quick second.”

While she didn’t comply, Robinson said the girl was apologetic.

Niya Kenney, 18 years old was interviewed by WLTX 19 and on ALL IN with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

She told Chris Hayes that the girl didn’t do anything to deserve the treatment she received from Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields.

If you actually analyze what happened, if there was anyone who was disrupting the class it was math teacher Robert Long who called her out and instead of saying “please put away your phone or I’m going to have to take”, demanded her phone. Why? Did he feel threatened?  Was it because he felt an African American girl was defying his authority?

  1. Why was Senior Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields fired? Sheriff Leon Lott of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department held a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 28th, 2015 and stated that he had fired Ben Fields and gave a lengthy explanation of why he was firing him and he said it was because Ben Fields did not follow his training. He also stated that the video made him sick. He tried to put some of the blame on the 16 year old girl because he said the 3rd video showed the girl hitting the officer. It looks like it was more of a reflexive action because she was being grabbed from behind. This was a 300 lb man who is a powerlifter attacking an 16 year old girl because she had her cell phone out in class and the White Male teacher, Robert Long couldn’t handle the situation.

NBCNEWs.com reported on Wednesday, Oct 28th, 2015 –

A memo of the results of the department’s investigation says deputies, in instances where the suspect is in a seated position and is nonthreatening, are trained to use “tactical communication to try to talk them into compliance.” If that fails, deputies can use “pain compliance techniques,” but aren’t supposed to “throw or push away a suspect” unless the person is trying to harm them.

Still, Lott said, people shouldn’t “lose sight” that the student’s unruly behavior set off the incident.

“What she did doesn’t justify what our deputy did. It doesn’t justify his actions, but she needs to be held responsible for what she did,” Lott said.

Some people who are teachers and have taught said they would have ignored the girl and addressed it at the end of the class. Tony Robinson stated “she really didn’t do anything wrong”.   This brings into the conversation the School To Prison Pipeline where African American and Hispanic children are disciplined disproportionately for offenses that White children either are not reprimanded for or it is treated as a minor offense that does not result in suspension or having the Police called into a class room, especially for nonviolent offenses. This can result in children having criminal charges pressed against them.

  1. What is the School To Prison Pipeline?

NewsOne’s Madison J. Gray reported on July 3, 2014 in the article, “The School-to-Prison Pipeline: How Our Educational System Creates Inmates”

There’s been lots of talk about the school-to-prison pipeline over the past few years. Lots of people wringing their hands over what to do about kids, particularly Black boys, who leave school early and are eventually funneled in to the U.S. prison system, where as you read this, there are 840,000 Black males.

But what’s being missed, and something that probably needs to be paid close attention to, is the number of suspensions that are given to these boys as early as preschool, which in turn begins the process of funneling them in to a prison system that awaits them and whose talons will forever carve social scars in to their backs, like the welts of so many slavemasters’ whips. So let’s take a look at a few videos that examine this phenomenon that is affecting our youth and preventing their achievement, particularly among Black males.

 

There is also a Pre-School to Prison pipeline because there are 7,500 Pre-School Students who are suspended from school each year in America. Suspensions at early ages can scar children for life because they can be labeled as troublemakers by other teachers and administrators which can change the way they are treated and change the way they feel about school. This can make them more prone to suspensions later in their school career or cause them to drop out of school all together. There are a lot of people who talk about how some students are “pushed out of school” because of the School to Prison Pipeline.

CNN’s Sara Snider reported about 3 year old Joah who is a beautiful African American boy who has been suspended by Public Pre-School 5 times. African American students are being suspended from pre-school at a rate 3 times greater than White students.

  1. According to the National Association of School Resource Officers website www.NASRO.org:

“NASRO was founded on the “triad” concept of school-based policing which is the true and tested strength of the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. The triad concept divides the SRO’s responsibilities into three areas: Teacher, Counselor, and Law Enforcement Officer. By training law enforcement to educate, counsel, and protect our school communities, the men and women of NASRO continue to lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to our Nation’s youth.”

There were reports the student refused to give up her cellphone when officials tried to confiscate it.

According to Los Angeles CBS Local Channel 2’s Jennifer Kastner, the student’s actions are called “willful defiance.”

Kastner spoke to detective Rudy Perez, vice president of the LA Schools Police Officer’s Association.

He says these types of students need to be confronted with active listeners and not threats of physical violence.

“Start listening to why he’s doing it,” Perez says, “Is there an audience around him that needs to be eliminated? Pull him aside. Have a side conversation with a counselor and a school administrator of ‘Why are you acting up? What’s going on here?’”

Perez has spent 14 years as a school police officer.

He can’t speak to the video but said there are only a few situations in which he believes officers should use physical force on a student.

“If someone’s being hurt in a classroom, your school police officer will probably intervene to stop any threat,” he said.

  1. What makes schools in South Carolina different than many other states? The controversial “disturbing schools” law that was passed by the South Carolina State Legislature.

According to an explosive article from Vox.com, “The contentious South Carolina law that lets police arrest students for being “obnoxious””

When a South Carolina police officer brutally arrested a black student at Spring Valley High School, much of the debate focused on one question: Why was a police officer called into the classroom in the first place?

The answer goes back to a misdemeanor offense for “disturbing schools.” If that seems like an incredibly vague description of a crime, it’s because it’s an incredibly vague law: Students can be charged for “acting in an obnoxious manner” in a school. It carries a hefty punishment: a fine of up to $1,000 or jail time up to 90 days.

It’s under this statute that the student in Spring Valley High School was charged for refusing to put away her phone and leave the classroom per her teacher’s request.

The article from Vox.com goes on to say:

South Carolina isn’t the only state to have this kind of law. Over the past few decades, as lawmakers passed tough-on-crime policies, the idea of a tough approach trickled down to schools across the nation. As a result, schools began to outsource more and more discipline to law enforcement. School disturbance laws reflect that: Whereas a teacher would have had to find a way to deal with a disturbance before, he or she can now call on police to do the job. And seven other states, besides South Carolina, have similar laws, according to BuzzFeed’s Claudia Koerner.

Because of incidences like the what we just saw at Spring Valley High, the School to Prison Pipeline, bullying, etc. these are some of the reasons why some African American parents are choosing to homeschool their children and participate in homeschooling Co-Ops. An article from “The Atlantic”, Feb. 17th, 2015, entitled “The Rise of Homeschooling Among Black Families” stated:

“African American parents are increasingly taking their kids’ education into their own hands—and in many cases, it’s to protect them from institutional racism and stereotyping.”

Yolanda Spivey, writing for TheBlackHomeschool.com, “Why More Black People Are Taking Their Kids Out of Public Schools and Home-schooling Them” said “Joyce Burges, co-founder of National Black Home Educators recently told BBC.com, “The failings of public schools have caused all of us, whether we are white or black, to come up with creative ideas about how we can educate children. That explains the rise of the co-ops and African Americans seeing that this is not just a white thing anymore.” ping.”

There is an estimated 220,000 African American children currently being homeschooled, according to the National Home Education Research Institute.

Dr. Carter Woodson - Miseducation of The Negro

The words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson come to mind from the Miseducation of the Negro in 1933. He told us, “Black people are the only group of people who take their most precious possessions, their children, and ask their oppressors to educate them and to mold and shape their minds.” Although some of us are starting to listen, it is still not enough.

Kaba Kamene - Hidden Colors 3

I discussed this topic with Prof. Kaba Hiawatha Kamene (aka Booker T. Coleman) who is featured in the “Hidden Colors” documentaries and the upcoming film “Black Friday” (visit www.TheFilmBlackFriday.com). He is a retired teacher of 31 years in the New York area Public School System. He often times states that the School System is not failing our children. It is doing exactly what it was designed to do because it was never designed to educate African American children in the first. He and I are both advocates of Homeschooling and Independent Schools for African American children.  You can listen to interview I did with him on “The Michael Imhotep Show”, from Thurs. Oct 29th, 2015. We talked about “The Spring Valley High Case & The Need To Take Control of Black Children’s Education”. Listen to the podcast at http://tobtr.com/s/8034423.

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Resources to help with educating African American children

If you are interested in finding out more about Homeschooling your children and different ways it can be done regardless of whether you are a single parent, 2 parent household, grandparent, etc. Contrary to popular belief, Homeschooling does not mean that a parent sits at a table with a child at home for 8 hours teaching them. There are many ways in which you can Homeschool. Here are some resources to help you.

www.TheBlackHomeSchool.com – This website has numerous articles about homeschooling, how to do it and success stories with our youth, etc.

www.LiberatedMindsExpo.com – This is the official website of The Liberated Minds Expo Black Homeschool and Education Expo. The Expo takes place the 3rd weekend in July in Atlanta, GA. The expo has been in existence for 4 years and I have been to the last 3 years expos and have been a workshop presenter at the last 2 expos. Experts in the field of Homeschooling African American children, especially from an African Centered perspective are there with numerous resources.

Here is an excellent video from Dr. Samori Camara, Director of the Kali Academy and are presenter at The Liberated Minds Black Homeschooling Expo that can also help you.

Right knowledge corrects wrong behavior!!!

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher and lecturer and founder of The African History Network. He is the host of The Michael Imhotep Show on The Empowerment Radio Network and can be heard Monday-Friday, 10pm-12midnight EST on www.TuneIn.com or the TuneIn Radio App. Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs and for podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”. He is available for interviews and lectures. He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the upcoming documentary, “Black Friday” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.3 Trillion economy and creating intergenerational wealth. Visit www.TheFilmBlackFriday.com for more information.

(VIDEO) Using ‘Black Panther’ To Teach African History and Colonialism To Children – Michael Imhotep

by Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018, 7:49am EST – Updated 12:05pm EST

 

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Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show on March 1st, 2018 discussed “Using ‘Black Panther’ to Teach African History and Colonialism to Children”.  A teacher in Chicago and others are using the film “Black Panther” to teach African History to students.  Tess Raser in Chicago has created a 46 page curriculum that is designed to build upon elements and themes in the film for 5th – 8th graders.  She is currently using this curriculum with her 6th graders.  She states that the curriculum can be used for high school students as well.  These are resources that teachers can use in their classrooms and parents can use at home with their own children and in homeschools. 

“I created the curriculum for a couple of reasons,” Tess Raser told Blavity.com. “For starters, I loved the movie but left with critiques as well, and spent most of the weekend engaging in conversations in regards to those critiques and my friends’ analysis of the film and its characters. I was excited thinking about my students having those conversations as well.”

 

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Tess Raser of Chicago teaching her students about African History

 

When it comes to explaining some of the themes that lessons can build around exploring and studying the history of, here’s what former teacher and educational consultant Vanehsa McGee had to say:

The biggest, perhaps most prominent takeaway is the blackness of the actors and actresses, said Vanesha McGee, former teacher and now-education consultant based in Denver, Colorado. And this is why it’s especially important for kids of color to engage with this film, she said. The movie is also directed, written, and scored by Black people, and for this, everything from the music to the characters is without racial tropes and is, instead, multifaceted. 

Themes dealt with in the film can also be used to relate to issues taking place right now in America under Donald Trump and how he has emboldened White Supremacists.

For educators, Black Panther marks an opportunity to unpack these heavy themes with young people while also celebrating Black beauty more broadly under a racist, “America first” presidency. It’s tricky, but the movie makes it easier and more accessible, multiple educators told ThinkProgress.

 

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

“Black Panther” is having an impact on the conscious level of African Americans by Michael Imhotep

 

by Michael Imhotep host of The African History Network Show

Saturday, Feb. 17th, 2018, 10:57am EST – Updated 7:38pm EST

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The much anticipated Disney – Marvel Studios blockbuster movie “Black Panther” is finally here and African Americans are speaking out and showing up to see the movie in droves and some in African attire.  The film officially opens on Friday, Feb. 16th, 2018 in over 4,000 movie theaters.  It is expected to gross $170 million in it’s opening weekend.  As the TheGrio reported, the film grossed $25.2 million on Thursday, Feb. 15th. 

The character  of the “Black Panther” was created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics.  He first appeared in issue 52 of “The Fantastic Four”.  The character first appeared on the big screen in the blockbuster film “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016. 

Numerous interviews have been done with cast members such as Chadwick Boseman who plays King T’Challa of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who is also the Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, etc.  One of the most important things to take away from this film is that we get a chance to see an African Nation that was never colonized, never conquered by Europeans and was not the victim of Slavery.  This is one of the reasons why Wakanda is so technologically advanced ahead of the rest of the world.  Their history was never interrupted by Slavery and Colonialism.

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This movie is an opportunity for the real teachers of African History and African American History to use the enthusiasm surrounding this film to teach African Americans real history.  As the founder of The African History and host of The African History Network Show, I saw the movie on Thursday night Feb. 15th and was totally blown away by the movie.  We see African garb, traditions, honoring of our African Ancestors, the importance of knowing ones history, nationhood, all of the women have natural hairstyles, numerous beautiful dark skinned women, etc. all displayed on the big screen.   There will be naysayers who will complain for whatever reason but this is what naysayers do to gain attention and to stay relevant.  There will be others who will use this film as a teaching tool for our children and our people?  Which one will you be?

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Here are some videos and Social Media posts that deal with the impact that the film will have on the consciousness of African Americans. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what historian, author and archaeologist Tony Browder had to say about the film “Black Panther”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what radio talk show host Keidi Awadu of LIB Radio had to say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am discussing the film “Black Panther” on my radio show “The African History Network Show” on 910 AM Superstation from 2-18-18 – Michael Imhotep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is what I posted on my personal Facebook Page.  Watch this video from The Washington Post.

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

(VIDEO) Tavis Smiley vows to fight back against Sexual Misconduct Allegations – Michael Imhotep

Friday, Dec. 15th, 2017 – 11:00am EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Tavis Smiley, longtime host of the “Tavis Smiley” show on PBS has had his show suspended by distributor PBS on Wed. 12-13-17 because of an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct with numerous “subordinates” as reported by “Variety”.  Tavis Smiley denies the allegations and says the relationships were consensual and were with “colleagues”.  

Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network and host of The African History Network on 12-14-17 breaks down this story and the rash of men who have found themselves in hot water recently because of sexual harassment allegations.  

Tavis Smiley responded on Facebook on Dec. 13th, 2017 and vowed to fight back stating as reported by TheRoot.com:

“I have the utmost respect for women and celebrate the courage of those who have come forth to tell their truth,” Smiley said in a statement released on Facebook after the suspension was announced. “To be clear, I have never groped, coerced or exposed myself inappropriately to any workplace colleague in my entire broadcast career, covering six networks over 30 years.

“This has gone too far. And I, for one, intend to fight back,” he added.

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

(VIDEO) Rose Sanders, threatened with Death for organizing Black voters in Alabama in 2017 – Michael Imhotep

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2017 – 5:54pm EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Rose Sanders is the Co-Founder and Coordinator of the Vote or Die Campaign in Alabama.  She spoke with Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” on TV ONE, Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2017 about the grass roots organizing effort that she and her organization engaged in to turn out the African American vote for Doug Jones (D) and to stop Judge Roy Moore (R) in the U.S. Senate Special Election in Alabama.  She told Roland Martin about how she was threatened with death for organizing African Americans to vote not in 1965 but in 2017.  Find out what happened with the Deputies showed up.  If the African American vote didn’t matter why was there so much voter intimidation and voter suppression that took place?  

The New York Times reported the day before the election, Dec. 12th, 2017:

The Senate election in Alabama on Tuesday is not just about the choice between Doug Jones and Roy Moore. It’s also about a voter suppression campaign that may well sway the result of a close race.

In 2011, Alabama lawmakers passed a photo ID law, ostensibly to combat voter fraud. But “voter impersonation” at polling places virtually never happens. The truth is that the lawmakers wanted to keep black and Latino voters from the ballot box. We know this because they’ve always been clear about their intentions.

A state senator who had tried for over a decade to get the bill into law, told The Huntsville Times that a photo ID law would undermine Alabama’s “black power structure.” In The Montgomery Advertiser, he said that the absence of an ID law “benefits black elected leaders.”

(VIDEO) Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate Race: Alabama History, Civil Rights and Racism

I met Rose Sanders in October 2017 in Philadelphia at the 20th Anniversary of The Million Woman March.  She is 72 years young and she is the wrong Sista to mess with.

DeJuana Thompson, Creator of the Woke Vote Program also joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to explain why political campaigns must engage, energize and mobilize African Americans well in advance of election day.

 

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

(VIDEO) Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate Race: Alabama History, Civil Rights and Racism – Michael Imhotep

Wednesday, Dec. 13th, 2017 – 10:20am EST, Updated 10:58am EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Doug Jones (D) wins the U.S. Senate Race Special Election in Alabama held on Tuesday, Dec. 12th, 2017 defeating Judge Roy Moore.  This was for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by former U.S. Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions who is now the Attorney General.   Doug Jones (D) won because African Americans voted their interests and showed up.  With 99 percent of the vote in, Jones was leading 50-48 percent, or 673,236 votes to 652,300 votes — a margin of more than 20,000. 

According to CNN Exit Polls, 98% of African American Women who voted supported Doug Jones (D) and 93% of African American Men did so as well.

Judge Roy Moore in recent weeks was plagued by allegations of dating underage girls when he was a District Attorney in his 30s.

Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network and host of The African History Network Show discussed the results of the U.S. Senate Race, the impact on African Americans some of the history of Alabama, Slavery, the Civil War, Civil Rights and Racism.

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

The Racist History of The White National Anthem & The Pledge of Allegiance – Michael Imhotep

Thursday, Sept. 21th, 2017 – 9:05pm EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Michael Imhotep discussed the history of The National Anthem and The Pledge of Allegiance coming of out White Supremacy and Racism on the Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 edition of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit.  He tied the recent controversy over Colin Kaepernick, Jemel Hill of ESPN calling out Donald Trump, Removal of Confederate Monuments and Kid Rock all together and tied these events to history.

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

 

Hundreds of Protesters March Against Kid Rock & White Supremacy in Detroit

Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 2017 – 1:19pm EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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On Tuesday, Sept. 12th, 2017 outside of the Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit in the Grand Circus Park area hundreds of protesters gathered.  The protest involved about 200 Hundred people, mostly African Americans, who marched the length of 5 blocks to protest recording artist, Kid Rock being named the opening act at the Little Caesars Arena.  They were also protesting issues such as the partial funding of the stadium coming from Detroit Tax Payers dollars, Kid Rock’s past usage of the Confederate Battle Flag in his concert performances and the fact that there are no African American owned businesses housed in the new arena but Kid Rock has a restaurant. 

The protest was organized by members of the Detroit Chapter of The National Action Network (NAN) including local President, Rev. Charles Williams II and Sam Riddle who is the Political Director of the Detroit Chapter of (NAN).  Read more here

As far as I’m concerned, the next logical step is to have a Nationwide Economic Boycott of Little Caesars Pizza which is owned by the Illitch family who also owns Little Caesars Arena.  It’s time to Redistribute The Pain with Economic Withdrawal.  I am all for mass protest and Marches.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was correct when in his last speech, April 3rd, 1968 he said “We have to always anchor our external direct action with the Power of Economic Withdrawal”. 

Whenever we have these marches, at the end of the march, we have to March ourselves down to African American owned businesses and buy them out.

The 2nd logical step is to make sure people vote in the Mayoral Election in November 2017 and VOTE MIKE DUGGAN OUT OF OFFICE.

The 3rd logical step is to correct the educational curriculum across the country because most people have purposely been miseducated when it comes to history.  There is currently a Democratic Bill in the Michigan State Legislature to teach African American history in every public school in the State of Michigan.  One of the lead sponsors of the bill is Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit.   She said:

“We all have to do a better job of getting to know each other and understand each other.” She went to say, “But it starts in our schools in educating children properly so they’re able to push back when they hear lies pushed forward about different races of people.”

 

 

 

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, Michael Imhotep on Economics, Politics, Immigration, Obama, Trump & The All Black National Convention

Friday, Sept. 8th, 2017 – 7:37pm EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Dr. Boyce Watkins of The All Black National Convention interviewed talk show host, researcher, lecturer and writer, Michael Imhotep, founder of The African History Network on the Friday, Sept. 8th, 2017 edition of Intellectual Chocolate.  They discussed Economic Empowerment for African Americans, History, Politics, Donald Trump, Pres. Barack Obama, Russia, Voter Suppression, DACA & Immigration, The Negro Baseball League, Race Movies and the upcoming All Black National Convention.

 

 

Additional Sources:

The All Black Convention 2017 – Friday, Sept. 29th, – Sun. Oct 1st, 2017 in Louisville, KY

“We Have A Lot To Lose: Solutions To Advance Black Families In The 21st Century” – 125 Page Agenda – CBC.House.Gov

‘We Have A Lot To Lose’: CBC Meets With Trump To Address Issues Important To Black America News One Now – March 25th, 2017

Debunking The Myth That Immigrants Take Jobs Away from African Americans by Michael Imhotep – Sept. 8th, 2017

“White House claims ‘dreamers’ take jobs away from blacks and Hispanics. Here’s the truth.” – Washington Post – Sept. 6th, 2017

“How America’s 565,000 Black Immigrants are Reacting to News of DACA Reversal” – Sept. 7th, 2017 – AtlantaBlackStar.com

“What Did Trump Do? The First 100 Days #StayWokeList – CBC.House.gov –  May 2017

“Undocumented Black Immigrants Say Their Stories Are Overlooked as Media Focuses on Latino Issues” – AtlantaBlackStar.com – March 24th, 2017

“Segregation Costs African Americans Billions Every Year In Chicago” – News One Now – March 30th, 2017

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

(VIDEO) The African American Roots of Labor Day: The Untold Story

Friday, Sept. 8th, 2017 – 3:14am EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Michael Imhotep, founder of The African History Network, was a guest on “Wake Up With Steve Hood” on 910 AM Superstation WFDF Detroit on Sept. 7th, 2017.  He discussed the African American Roots Of Labor Day.  Many people know that Labor Day marks the unofficial end to Summer and there are usually Labor Day parades, cookouts, retail sales, etc.  Many people don’t know the bloody history behind this holiday, the history of Labor Unions or the role that African Americans have played in the history of Labor Unions such as the Colored National Labor Union founded by ship caulker Isaac Myers in 1869.  Some scholars date African American Labor Unions to as early as 1838.   The most well known African American Labor Union is probably The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters organized by A. Philip Randolph and Milton P. Webster. 

 

Malcolm X and A. Philip Randolph 1962
Malcolm X addresses the crowd in front of a sign reading “Negro and Puerto Rican Communities Support Local 1199’s Fight to End Exploitation …” Joining him on the platform are A. Philip Randolph, Rosa Parks, and other labor leaders. Photographer unknown. (1962)

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday, in September and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century.  The first labor day paraded occurred on Sept. 5th, 1882 in New York City.  It became a Federal Holiday on June 28th, 1894.  President Grover Cleveland signed the bill into law as a way to mend the fence and appease the Labor Unions involved in a massive railroad strike that led to bloodshed when he declared the strike a federal crime and deployed 12,000 U.S. Troops into Chicago to break up the strike.  This strike started on May 11th, 1894 when workers at The Pullman Place Car Company Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.

Watch the videos below

 

 

Additional Sources:

“America’s Racist History of Labor” – 9-4-17, TheRoot.com

“Who started Labor Day? The bloody and confusing history of an American holiday – 9-4-17 – WashingtonPost.com

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.

 

Debunking The Myth That Immigrants Take Jobs Away from African Americans

Thursday, Sept. 7th, 2017 – 3:58pm EST

by Michael Imhotep founder of The African History Network

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Participants 2016 Undocumented and Black Conference in Miami
Participants at the 2016 Undocumented and Black Convening in Miami, January 2016. 2016 Undocumented and Black Convening

On the Thursday, Sept. 7th, 2017 edition of “News One Now with Roland Martin” on TV ONE, they discussed the recent claim by The White House that “Undocumented Immigrants” are taking jobs away from African Americans.  Roland’s guest was Economist Dr. William Spriggs to deal with the facts.  This myth often times comes up on radio shows and discussions when it comes to Immigration in general but especially “Undocumented Immigrants”.   What many people are missing is that because of White Supremacy and Racism, you have groups of oppressed people of color being pitted against one another so that the power structure, the top 1%, continues to profit. 

Also, another element which is often times left out of the equation is the fact that “Undocumented Immigrants” are being hired by companies so their labor can be exploited.  Instead of targeting the companies that exploit the labor, many people want to target “the exploited”.  

According to the article from Huffington Post Black Voices, “Black, Undocumented and Fighting To Survive”:

Hidden in plain sight, Black immigrants are erased and deported without anyone checking twice.

There are approximately 565,000 Black undocumented immigrants across the country who are erased from the (non-black) Latinx-dominated immigration conversation despite being disproportionately targeted by both the criminal justice and immigration systems. The racial profiling, tougher sentencing, and mass incarceration of Black people makes it so we are detained and deported at disproportionately higher rates than non-Black immigrants.

Another element that usually does not come into the equation is that there are more unfilled jobs right now in America than anytime since 2001.  There are approximately 6.2 million available jobs open right now in the U.S.  So how are “Undocumented Immigrants” keeping these jobs away from African Americans?  There are extenuating circumstances when it comes to employment for African Americans and one of them is job discrimination.  

Yahoo News reported in on June 6th, 2017 on 6 million unfilled jobs:

The latest job openings and labor turnover survey — known as the JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary) report — released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday showed that in April there were 6.04 million jobs open in the U.S. In the same month last year there were 5.64 million jobs open.

This is the most ever for the series dating back to its inception in 2001. The jump in job openings also came as hiring and firing declined slight in April, indicating that the labor market continues to tighten as the available pool of workers has been taken up during the post-crisis economic expansion.

The Washington Post reported on Aug. 8th, 2017 that “There are 7 million unemployed and 6.2 million job openings. What’s the problem?”

The United States has a record 6.2 million job openings. It’s the highest number since the Labor Department began tracking job postings in 2000.

At the same time, there are 7 million unemployed Americans. That’s almost one job for every person searching for a role. This should be a no-brainer, right? Get the jobless onto the doorsteps of these employers.

Sadly, it’s not that easy. There are two fundamental problems with the job market today: Businesses complain they can’t find qualified workers to fill the jobs, and workers complain they aren’t getting paid enough.

Watch the video below and let’s deal with facts and evidence and dispel the myths.

 

Michael Imhotep is a talk show host, researcher, lecturer, writer and founder of The African History Network.  He is the host of The African History Network Show on 910 AM Superstation Detroit WFDF on Sundays 9pm-11pm EST and on BlogTalkRadio on Thursdays, 8pm-11pm.  Visit his website www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information about his lectures, DVDs, our history and podcasts of the show.

You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Periscope and Youtube @MichaelImhotep and his Facebook FanPage, “The African History Network”.  He is available for interviews and lectures.  He is a strong advocate of African Americans reclaiming their history, culture and controlling the economics, education and politics in our community. He is featured in the documentary “Elementary Genocide 3: Academic Holocaust”, the documentary series “Black Friday: What Legacy Will You Leave” which deals with African Americans controlling our $1.2 Trillion economy and creating generational wealth and “Resurrecting Black Wall Street: The Blueprint” from Your Black World Films.  Visit www.AfricanHistoryNetwork.com for more information and DVDs podcasts and Online Classes from Michael Imhotep.