Remembering Black Women Around the Globe

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Submitted by Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is an author, columnist, educator, and therapist. She lives in USA

The United States celebrates Black History Month annually. Let the world celebrate the history of all black women as well. Daughters of Africa (published in 1994) and the new volume New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th and 21st Century Writing by Women of African Descent (published 2019) by editor Margaret Busby is an anthology about African women writers. Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom (2018) by Keisha N. Blain highlights black women leaders who demanded equal recognition and participation in global civil society.

Let us teach our black daughters and our white daughters about civil rights and activists for freedom. Let us care about black womanhood. Could the civil rights movement have happened without black women? No, indeed. Let It Shine, Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013) authored by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Stephen Alcorn is recommended.

Bold. Gutsy. Plucky. Scrappy. Determined. Spirited. Sojourner Truth, Biddy Mason, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Mary McLeod Bathune, Ella Josephine Baker, Dorothy Irene Height, Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Shirley Chisholm are featured.

Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in 1797, Sojourner Truth was an Afro-American women’s rights activist. Her famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. “…And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?”

“Nobody’s free until everybody is free.” Fannie Lou Hamer dedicated her life to fighting racial injustice. In 1964 she co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and ran for Congress in Mississippi in 1965.

The first African-American woman elected to Congress, Shirley Chisholm of New York, won election to the House in 1968.

More Brave Black Women

Of the 127 women serving in the United States 116th Congress, 22 are Black. In 1993, Carol Moseley Braun became the first African American female to serve as U.S. senator. Gloria Jean Watkins, known by her pen name bell hooks, is the author of Feminism is for Everybody. The bell hooks Institute in Berea, KY, celebrates, honors, and documents the life and work of this acclaimed intellectual, feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist, and writer. www.bellhooksinstitute.com. Known as the “Mother of the American Civil Rights Movement,” Septima Poinsette Clark was an activist, teacher, and advocate for education. www.biography.com/.

“In the 20th century, African American women formed the backbone of the modern Civil Rights Movement. They were the critical mass, the grassroots leaders challenging America to embrace justice and equality for all,” according to The National Women’s History Museum. www.womenshistory.org/.

There were countless unnamed black women who struggled for freedom and justice. Let us remember them as well. NASA’s employees Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vaughan were black scientists featured in the film Hidden Figures. Astronaut Mae Jemison became the first African-American woman in space in 1992. Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Condoleezza Rice, Joycelyn Elders, M.D., Maya Angelou and other black women stand as female icons for civil rights and equality.

The Civil Rights Movement was triumphant in 1964 and 1965, with the federal government’s passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

White women, let the named and unnamed black women of struggle, freedom, and equality nationally and internationally be nestled in our spirits and let their struggles be on our lips.

“There are still many causes worth sacrificing for, so much history yet to be made.—Michelle Obama

254 comments

  • Mariposa,

    When did I call you a racist????? SMH. You and I obviously speak different languages. You have not understood ONE THING I have said. NOT ONE THING!

    I give up!

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  • Donna well their u go again wuth your objective to use intellectual snibbery to insult
    Your inference in telling me thst i maje used of the whiteman s narrative is a coded language to call me a racist
    Give up if u may but dont try to act or pretend to be a messenger for every black household borne on the premises on your own personnel experiences abd friendships with a few whites
    The black experience with whites goes far and beyond knowning ir having personnel friends who are white but is an ongoing experiences complied of rules and regulation built within a racist system

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  • Donna well their u go again w2uth your objective to use intellectual snibbery to insult
    Your inference in telling me that i made used of the whiteman s narrative is a coded language to call me a racist
    Give up if u may but dont try to act or pretend to be a messenger for every black household borne on the premises on your own personnel experiences and friendships with a few whites
    The black experience with whites goes far and beyond knowning or having personnel friends who are white but is an ongoing experiences complied of rules and regulation built within a racist system

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  • Mariposa,

    Get the flipping chip off your shoulder! Read your posts. I basically said about you what you said about me. I tried to explain myself. You did not understand. You still don’t. That is not intellectual snobbery. I know what I meant to say. YOU HAVE NOT UNDERSTOOD ME! Not intellectual snobbery. Just fact.

    I’m done. Believe what you will. You always do anyway.

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Talking Loud Saying Nothing February 17, 2019 11:22 AM
    “Whitehill, Plse read my notes. It is a very important issue, one that we avoid, but one the white man s very aware of. The black man is the enemy, not the black woman.
    Of course, we must wait until David BU gets a liberal white woman to tell us about the nature of our relationships with black women.”
    Excellent comment Hal. Short and on point.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Before you can give a ‘passing’ grade to that overly trite remark you (TLSN) need to tell us in what way the “black man is the enemy” (and not the ‘black woman’) to the white race.

    Why is the white ‘man’ afraid of the black man and not the black woman when the salvation of the black race lies in the hands of the mentally-emancipated ‘educated’ black woman who is bent of not having children until they find Mr. Black Right?

    ‘The black hands which rock the cradle (and pushes the pram or buggy to the nursery) determine the destiny of the black race’.~ Black Enlightenment

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  • Donna dont get frustrated because i called you out on two occasions
    You might have a short memory on black History as it is occurs while u presently try to report on those past perceptions and stigmas attached to black households
    What u ought to do if u want to be more informed is read present literature presented by young black artist in their poetry arts and music as it make note of present day injustices to the black race
    Some body must be teaching them
    Oh by the way u can also take note of the way tge youth reacts with symbolic gestures in their makeup or attire when people of the black race are unjustifiably denied justice at the hands of those who are called to protect and serve

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Miller,
    I am off to Holetown to sample some white culture. And have no desire to enter a potential maelstrom with the Syrian (?) right ring nutter or the SS women!

    Have a blessed day.

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  • @ Donna

    You are wasting your time. Mariposa is another idiot.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Miller…you will not believe the massive cockup…which we were expecting, but multiply it by 50…a real life cockup of massive proportions.

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  • Robert Goern
    So what are you two cents worth of nonsenical input says about u
    Oh that u are a jack.a.ss.
    Dont bother responding because you would be wasting your time
    Mariposa has no time for brayers like yourself

    The fact that i do not agree makes me an idiot
    You idiot

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    So.. 7 months ago….do the math, certain health food stores were given permission to import CBD oil, mind you, others who have been importing much longer had their hemp oil seized at that same port recently…meaning there is one law for certain people to do as they like and another law to lock up certain other people in the black majority population for the same thing, contrary to what Mia “watch muh” said…

    There is still no legal framework for medical marijuana as promised by Mia….no permits, no licenses for black people in the majority population…but CBD oil is bring imported..

    … all of that would be the usual government deceit….except for the part where the CBD oil which people who are in pain and with other ailments looking for relief spent their hardearned scarce dollars to buy when they put it on the shelves..although we told them not to buy any imported CBD oil in Barbados.. because you do not know what is being put in imported oil…….not only did the imported oil not work, did not relieve anything …but it gave those who bought it and tried it…diarrhea….a raging case of the shits….they now refuse to buy any imported CBD oil.

    Ah bet ya the imps and pimps are busy trying to cover up their part in that cockup up, but it is now public knowledge and the proof is there in the advertisement in last week’s paper offering club members a discount in the price of CBD oil….gotta offer discounts cause intelligent people now know if they go using tgst oil they eill get diarrhea.

    So much for government transparency…and allowing the majority population to control the medical marijuana…they bent their deceitful asses backwards to make sure some white person is selling CBD oil to black people to give them the shits…

    We knew there was going to be a cockup…but we did not know it would happen so soon and so very spectacular…lol

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    Ah waiting for Enuff in LaLa land to jump out and tell me this is a lie.

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  • Mariposa reflects on a point of concern borne out by many black historians which contends that white historians pages are filled with misleading information about black History and is called silly names
    Those who would like to dismiss such an assessment is simply deceiving themselves that the our history is not of importance and any one placing a stake to defend and protect black history is making much ado about nothing
    In other words let by gones be by gones all is well
    Join hands in kumbyha leave well alone and go on about other business
    Some even suggest that things for blacks have gotten better
    Never mind that the blacks nations economic struggles are in a fight to maintain a semblance towards a good quality of life
    Anyhow my memory is not yet shorten by a few nuggets of goodwill thrown here and there by a racist well established system whose indifference to the black race remains just about the same

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Black parents do not have to teach their children about black history, although it helps. We send our children to school to be taught. If they do not know black history it is a failure of the educational system. It is learning by rote.
    Proof of this is that someone can come on BU and imply that the article by a white woman with a PhD in crap is timely because , if we are honest, no body on BU knew anything about the heroines she mentioned.
    S/he is really saying two things: I have never heard about these people and, since I am very clever, therefore nobody on BU has heard about them. Think about that statement.
    Remember, we had the Black Star bookshop in the 1960s and we have a swarm of bookshops today, so to say we know nothing about black history in 2019 says more about the author than it says about BU. Further, who can speak for BU readers? Apart from universalising their narrow experiences and knowledge, it s a presumptuous remark.
    Marcus Garvey must be rolling in his grave. Remember his saying: A people without a history is like a tree without a root. But who is to write that history?
    Finally, when hoteliers such as Sandy Lane advertise for chefs on the basis that no local chefs fit the requirement then it does not matter since what matters is the quality of the food.
    Why don’t we get an English prime minister since the quality of the policies are what really counts? Here we are in 2019 arguing juvenile nonsense about ethnic cultural history. This can only happen n Barbados.
    By the way, one of those mentioned by Martin in her article has Bajan heritage. A black Bajan author would have mentioned this little gem. S/he who writes the history determines the narrative.

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  • Well said Hal
    Totally agree
    It some how behooves me to think that in 2019 these same bajans who are always shouting about equality and fairness for high end jobs not given to black and that the Maloney and Williams always get the bigger share of the economic pie (according to loud voices here because they are white)have no problem with whites writing black History
    Some of these voices now up front and centre ridiculing blacks who are being security guards of their history wanting to take nothing for granted when the white historian reaches out and grab a handful of black history to write a book

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  • Proof of this is that someone can come on BU and imply that the article by a white woman with a PhD in crap is timely because , if we are honest, no body on BU knew anything about the heroines she mentioned. (Quote)

    @Hal Austin

    I suspect you are a LIAR.

    I read all the comments to this blog. Which contributor said “no body on BU knew anything about the heroines she mentioned?”

    As usual you are lying to make one of your silly points.

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  • @ Robert Goren,

    Why do you insist on calling people liars? Is it because your mind is in the sewer? I am sure you mean that the person has made a mistake.

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  • And I’ll go as far as to bet anything that, if anyone in this forum is honest, they have never heard about or read any publication of the authors Miller mentioned in the article.(Quote)

    ?????

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  • Hal dont pay Robert Goern any attention he has nothing to offer of substance but his stupid occasional insults coming from his two word vocabulary

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  • @ Mariposa,

    Is he an alcoholic, or just plain stupid?

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  • @ Hal Austin

    I thought it was beyond you to make mistakes, having presented yourself as the perfect know all.

    The contributor mentioned AUTHORS not heroines, so your comments are way off track.

    And what is wrong with the person wrote? If people never heard about the authors did you not reinforce the point by saying “if they do not know black history it is a failure of the educational system?”

    You often tell people not to read your mind. Are you not reading the person’s mind by implying they were speaking on behalf of BU readers?

    What does the Black Star shop in the 1960s have to do with the Authors mentioned in the post.

    Looks like you have a thing against certain contributors.

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  • @ Robert Goren,

    I now realise you are not only silly, but do not understand basic English. I did not say I made a mistake, and I do so often, but that the rule of good manners suggest that instead of calling someone a liar you use any number of descriptives: economical with the truth, made a mistake, etc. That you misinterpret this says something about you.
    Then your ignorance about Black Star bookshop. It appears as if you have never been inside a book shop, but remind me, what do they sell?
    I promise never again to engage you in conversation. Life is too short.

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  • Robert Goern
    I will bet u never read a book on black History written by a black author
    I would also go as far as to say you are not familiar with black literature or anything to do with the arts which has attracted many local as well as intenational persons
    Yet u come here on BU to decried those who shows an avivd interest in the preservation of black history
    What u ought to do is take a seat in the back of the bus a place where u might fit (in) and feel.most comfortable

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    @February 17, 2019 6:48 PM “By the way, one of those mentioned by Martin in her article has Bajan heritage.”

    Not only Bajan heritage. But Shirley Chisholm, the first black United States Congresswoman lived in Barbados with her Bajan grandparents for a number of years; and along with her siblings, attended Vauxhall Primary.

    Many people in Barbados know this. Maybe most people. Certainly the children at Vauxhall Primary know.

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  • WARU, Crazy & Unstable, Hogging the Blog

    This is proof positive that it is a faction of white racist terrorists who are tormenting black people in UK and other countries..it also proves that not all whites sit around and allow it to happen without showing empathy or trying to help the victims of the ugliness of white racism…

    .the problem I have is with the black governments in Barbados who allow and condone racism and other discriminatory practices against the majority black population…all for the tourist dollar…. it is ugly, repulsive, counterproductive and regressive..

    ….not to mention that it reflects very badly on both governments who have had over 5 decades to find other avenues of revenue generation that would not involve total dependency on the one horse tourism product. It shows that none of them are intellectually capable of freeing the majority population from that quagmire of dependency on tourism only.

    All racism should be stamped out in Barbados, it should not even still exist and should never be welcomed to the shores as visitors. Black children in the 21st century should not have to experience or witness racism, it was traumatic enough as it is for their ancestors and it remains ugly to this day that adults in Barbados still experience it on a daily basis..

    ” The racist graffiti was painted on Jackson Yamba’s front door in Salford on 8 February.
    Politicians, police and members of the public have condemned “horrific” racist graffiti targeting the home of a 10-year-old boy and his father days after they moved in.

    Jackson Yamba, 38, said his son was left traumatised and afraid to leave the property after the words “no blacks, no blacks” were sprayed on their door earlier this month. The slogan also appeared on communal doors in the small block of flats in Salford, Greater Manchester, five days after they moved in on 3 February.
    Yamba, a former barrister from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said: “I would expect this in the 70s or the 50s, but nowadays? I don’t think this should be accepted in a 21st century multicultural society.

    Yamba said his son, David, burst into tears when they discovered the “abhorrent” graffiti on their way to the boy’s school on 8 February.
    He immediately reported the vandalism to Greater Manchester police, but said he had not received a call or visit more than a week later, which led him to tweet about the incident on Saturday night. His post was shared thousands of times, prompting an outpouring of support from politicians, celebrities and fellow Salfordians.

    Speaking to the Guardian on Sunday, Yamba said: “As we opened the door, we saw the graffiti on the door: ‘No blacks, no blacks.’ My son started crying – he’s been totally traumatised. I couldn’t believe what I witnessed.”
    Yamba, who said he was the only black person in their block of eight flats , said he had been “appalled” at the lack of response from the police and that his frustration prompted him to speak publicly. Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of GMP, admitted the force’s response was “frankly just not good enough” as a hate crime investigation was launched on Sunday.

    Jackson Yamba and his son, David. Photograph: Twitter
    Yamba, a senior paralegal at a law firm, said he had lived in Britain for 13 years and never experienced such racism. The trainee solicitor said he did not know whether Brexit was to blame for a rise in hate crimes, but that it had “opened a Pandora’s box”, with the debate centred on immigration.

    He said he was considering moving away from the area for the sake of his son.“He used to go to school alone, but since that day he can’t even go through the corridor by himself. He’s traumatised by the incident,” he said. “Everywhere I go now, he has to be with me. He can’t even stay five minutes on his own because he’s scared. In his mind he thinks whoever has done it can come and harm us.”

    David, who started school in Salford in September, said: “Me and my dad were going to school and when we were walking out it said, ‘No blacks, no blacks’ on it, so I was scared and my dad kept telling me to go out.
    “I was worried they were waiting for us outside to see our reaction. We went outside and called the police. We started walking down the stairs and we saw more ‘No blacks, no blacks’ and I was scared because I thought, ‘The person who’s done this knows where we live.’ I kept holding on to my dad.
    “When I first saw it, I wished we could move, because that’s never happened to me before. I thought the police would come – I wish they would come and catch the person who did it.”

    The incident triggered an outpouring of condemnation on social media, with some Salford residents offering to paint over the graffiti or buy the family a new front door. Yamba said his neighbours had also been in touch to offer their solidarity, while the pair have been invited as special guests to the Salford Red Devils rugby club.
    “I’m grateful and humble,” said Yamba, as his son played video games in his bedroom. “It has made me feel more confidence in the sense that I’m not out here alone and people will stand with you”.
    Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said he was disappointed in the police’s response to the “truly sickening” act and that the chief constable was right to scrutinise the slow response.
    He added: “While this was a truly atrocious and depressing act, the immediate and widespread condemnation from across the community was heartening and reveals the true character of the people of Salford and Greater Manchester.”
    Rebecca Long-Bailey, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles, said: “I am shocked and appalled by this vindictive racist act leaving Mr Yamba and his family living in fear. It is sadly not reflective of Salford and the outpouring of support to Mr Yamba and his family on Twitter demonstrates that Salford and many other places do not tolerate racism. Such racism has no place in our city and it is right that we act swiftly to stamp it out.”

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  • SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife

    You are correct. Shirley Chisholm’s mother and grandmother lived in Vauxhall, Christ Church before she migrated to the USA. The older folk in that village will also tell you this. But she is also of Guyanese heritage as well.

    There are some who come to BU in their “puffed-up” arrogance and purposely misrepresent the facts to hurl their usual tirade of insults.

    I’ll give you an example. Someone wrote: “Financial services giant Sagicor, which last year moved its holding company to Bermuda…… the British overseas territory located in the North Atlantic…….”

    A clever individual responded as follows:

    “BERMUDA is not in the North Atlantic. It is this low level form of semi-literacy that pervades Barbados. Don’t they teach geography in Barbados anymore?”

    Another contributor responded by posting the following information: “Bermuda is a 21 square mile island located on the North Atlantic and off the east coast of North America. It is actually a string of 138 islands and tiny islets, out of which some 20 are inhabited and seven are joined by bridges and causeways to the main island.”

    In response, this same clever individual wrote:

    “Barbados (/bɑːrˈbeɪdɒs/ (listen) or /ba:r ‘beidoʊs/) is an island country in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, in the Caribbean region of North America………..It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic…”

    “Nice to see BARBADOS is in the North Atlantic.”

    Perhaps it’s a Bajan cultural thing or as a result of learning by rote. Just bear in mind, if you were born in Barbados, no matter where you live or how long you live there…….you’ll always be a Bajan.

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  • I see even when you quote ridiculous references to geographical location idiots come back and use those quotes as statements. It is not the first time. It is the idiocy of learning by rote. I am sure that being anonymous helps. Have you noticed these spivs never repost the entirety of the discussions, only the little bits to ‘prove’ their paranoid points?
    Irony, dear reader, irony. Proving that even Barbados is considered by some geographers to be in the North Atlantic, which is clearly not the case. Iceland is also listed as being in the North Atlantic. Common sense tells you that Iceland and Barbados are unlikely to be in the same geographical location – thousands of miles apart..
    Learning by rote is accepting what is being taught without challenging it. Proof if ever it was needed. I hope this fool’s book keeping is more accurate.

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  • @Talking loud saying Nothing, I had decided sometime ago to make my comments and let it be, not to get into so much back and forth as is the custom on BU. Previously, my comment to Hal Austin was in response to SSS who has erroneously concluded her experiences with her many white associates is in it self reflective of the real world. Look here you two, I do not now or ever assumed previously that the black woman is the enemy of the black race. However, if you two want to ignore my ” notes” as well go on, But, I know, the white man has from time immemorial played the black woman against her race you two can ignore this at your own peril. This SSS person is but a fine example of this, make her their pet monkey and she is willing to give up Jesus for Barabbas again. How many times living in the USA I saw black women enjoying a relationship like SSS and her white friends who are willing to deny slavery ever existed. The white man gave jobs to black women while refusing same to black men, what is the black woman’s attitude towards her sons and brothers? He gave her welfare and housing at the exclusion of her black men, didn’t she sees him as the second coming as this SSS person does?

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  • Common sense tells you that BARBADOS and BERMUDA are NOT the same island……. Bermuda IS located in the North Atlantic, while Barbados is not.

    What is there to CHALLENGE that BERMUDA is in the North Atlantic?

    Comprehension skills seem to be lacking. Perhaps that is a result of learning journalism by rote.

    Common sense also tells you if you BELIEVE other people are idiots, fools and learnt by rote……….you just simply IGNORE them.

    By constantly ENGAGING them or RESPONDING to what you call their “appalling ignorance,” PROVES you’re more of a NITWIT than they are.

    Despite all the insults and pejorative remarks……… the fundamental point for ALL to consider is that a SENSIBLE man is being riled by a “paranoid fool.”

    Makes you wonder WHO exactly is the “paranoid fool.”

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  • “BERMUDA is NOT in the North Atlantic. It is this low level form of semi-literacy that pervades Barbados. Don’t they teach geography in Barbados anymore?”

    I hope this fool’s journalism skills were accurate.

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  • Artax

    A fact that you obviously over looked is the fact that Shirley Chisholm lived in Barbados as a child though she was born in NY …

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  • Artax

    You ask the average Bajan old or young what is the biggest parish is Barbados, and 9 times out of 10 you are going to get a wrong answer because people refuse to take the time and study such facts.
    And what has misrepresenting facts to do with semi-illiteracy?

    If I ask you to tell where the smallest bone or the hardest part of the human body is located, and you are unable to give me a correct answer that does not make you semi-illiterate … that makes you ignorant of such facts…

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  • Artax

    And finally, a great many people in America still believe that the capital of New York state is New York City rather than Albany … this plain ignorance and not illiteracy…

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  • Mr. Lexicon

    I shall once again remind you that……… YOU READ, YET YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU READ!

    (1) The fact that I agreed with Simple Simon’s February 17, 2019 9:20 PM submission re: “Not only Bajan heritage. But Shirley Chisholm, the first black United States Congresswoman lived in Barbados with her Bajan grandparents for a number of years; and along with her siblings, attended Vauxhall Primary,”………..

    …………..proves I DID NOT over looked the fact that Shirley Chisolm lived in Barbados.

    (2) Where did I mentioned misrepresenting facts has anything to do with semi-literacy?

    (3) Your February 18, 2019 7:16 AM contribution is irrelevant because I am NOT the author of the comments in which the word “semi-literacy” was mentioned.

    I implore, beseech, supplicate, entreat, exhort (or any other word that means to beg someone earnestly) you to READ and UNDERSTAND what was written before commenting.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Whitehill

    I had no intention of making any further comments on this subject, seeing that you are dealing with a member of ‘the always right posse.’ You gurus who get off on believing that only you have the knowledge to be analytical when in fact your thoughts on this subject are more diabolical than anything else. But, you know what, I will make an exception since you want to continue with your assery. You are more stupid than I thought and also very dangerous as well. Yours is but an insinuation that is baseless and filled with conjecture. To even purport what you have written here is setting a very dangerous precedent because you are completely devoid of my history or my steps up the corporate ladder. You are also an insult to every strong black woman who has had to fight, work hard, study long and prove themselves while having to take on the perversions of associated with weak such as you. But, what else to expect from persons of your kind, you are just the new age black version of the Ku Klux Klan. I have had my time with you. Makes no sense continuing with you because you are venomous. At work right now sucking up to my boss so he can approve this deal and get our lawyers to draw up the paperwork. Bye bye for now.

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  • Sunshine Sunny Shine

    …perversions associated with weak minded souls such as you…

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    @Lexicon, u need to CHILL…

    Not only is NY city considered the ‘capital’ icon city of NY state but it is so for the world tooo despite much greater popularity by many others.

    Get real bro 😂

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  • Pedantic

    What is the capital of New York state?

    1) New York City
    2) Albany

    You need to Chill … because I am correct …

    Miami is considered the capital of Florida as well but is it

    1) Miami
    2) Tallahassee

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  • If I can put in my two pennies on “North Atlanttic.”

    Some people are very ‘crude’ in their description of geographical region and if you are North of the Equator then you are in the North Atlantic. If you are south of the Equator then you are in the South Atlantic.

    Some further subdivide and talk about “Mid Atlantic”, and some will use the Tropic of Cancer or Tropic of Capricorn as their reference point.

    There is not much here to get excited about.

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  • What the hell? Have we degenerated into ‘arguing’ as if we were all five years old.

    Quite a few states have cities that are more prominent than the capital. And how does knowing that the capital of New Jersey is Trenton and not Princeton or Newark helps me or Barbados.

    I had a friend who knew lots of trivia and she became angry when the then boyfriend called her a “storehouse of stupid shit”

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  • dpd
    re Not only is NY city considered the ‘capital’ icon city of NY state but it is so for the world tooo despite much greater popularity by many others. Get real bro

    MARK FENTY is correct, ya idiot

    the capital of New York state is indeed Abany.Fact! and..
    the capital of Florida is Tallahassee

    who cares if AS YOU OPINE NY city is considered BY SOME TO BE the ‘capital’ icon city of NY state but it is so for the world too?

    THE FACT IS THAT ALBANY IS THE CAPITAL OF NY STATE .

    This is like when you sought to redefine the causes of cervical injuries, and postulated that there are “emergency” postmortems!

    Let us separate FACT from FICTION!….AND EMOTION AND OUR FALSE BELIEFS

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  • For those who belive that the white establishment interest of robbing and stealing from the black race is fair and just
    I got news guh wunna
    Wunna fooling wunnaself
    The same equality that is praised by many here is the same whip used to keep the black race docile
    Hence the white establishment can stomp over what ever is of interest to the black race betterment while our docility stays dormant without us even noticing what is taking place right before our faces
    The white establishment has used coded language like Nice ..easy to get along and send other messages of niceties to hoodwinked the black race into beliving they got our best interest while all along having a plan B action of self interest in mind

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  • Not only Bajan heritage. But Shirley Chisholm, the first black United States Congresswoman lived in Barbados with her Bajan grandparents for a number of years; and along with her siblings, attended Vauxhall Primary.(Quote)

    @ Simple,

    You are right, but I was not referencing Shirley Chisholm.

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  • Mariposa

    There isn’t anything wrong with having White people as friends … I have quite a few here and one very close White friend who believe it or not is originally from Zimbabwe.

    But the problem arises when Black people who have these so call White friends try to deny who they really are to accommodate their White friends…

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  • And I’ll go as far as to bet anything that, if anyone in this forum is honest, they have never heard about or read any publication of the authors Miller mentioned in the article.(Quote from the book keeper)

    @February 17, 2019 6:48 PM “By the way, one of those mentioned by Martin in her article has Bajan heritage.”
    Not only Bajan heritage. But Shirley Chisholm, the first black United States Congresswoman lived in Barbados with her Bajan grandparents for a number of years; and along with her siblings, attended Vauxhall Primary.
    Many people in Barbados know this. Maybe most people. Certainly the children at Vauxhall Primary know.(Quote from @ Simple)

    (1) The fact that I agreed with Simple Simon’s February 17, 2019 9:20 PM submission re: “Not only Bajan heritage. But Shirley Chisholm, the first black United States Congresswoman lived in Barbados with her Bajan grandparents for a number of years; and along with her siblings, attended Vauxhall Primary,”………..
    …………..proves I DID NOT over looked the fact that Shirley Chisolm lived in Barbados.(Quote from the book keeper)

    No comment from me, just look at the inconsistences and the obvious Googling and the re-writing of submissions. There was no mention of Chisholm in the first submission, just an arrogant assumption to speak on behalf of thousands of BU readers..
    It was nevertheless an attempt to move the discussion away from the principle of having a white author (or as some will call her, a Caucasian) writing in a black-focused blog about black heroines, to one about content. It was never about content.
    I suggest we should bring in foreign book keepers to keep books for businesses and not people who played truant when important subjects were on at school.

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  • de pedantic Dribbler

    OMG…😂… I would never imagine that two supposedly SENSIBLE people would hook on to such a facetious (duly in quote marks) remark about a “capital” with such vigorous ‘facts’. Oh lordie..!

    Yes @Theo arguing about trivia of geography …what a hoot!

    Lexicon you I excuse cause as @Artax continuly says you read and retort for it’s sake only and seemingly without any proper grasp of tone, context or intent of the remarks to which you are responding…. I know the capital of NY …visited it as a student eons ago to lobby if that helps…thou finicky, foolbert!

    But for this other gentleman who accepts ridiclous alternative facts from a boisterous politician to rail with such rigtheous indignation against a boldly facetious remark is utterly, shameless… ROFLOL moment!

    What a start to the day!

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  • “No comment from me, just look at the inconsistences and the obvious Googling and the re-writing of submissions. There was no mention of Chisholm in the first submission, just an arrogant assumption to speak on behalf of thousands of BU readers..”
    ++++++++++++++++

    “Artax February 17, 2019 10:52 PM: SirSimpleSimonPresidentForLife: You are correct. Shirley Chisholm’s mother and grandmother lived in Vauxhall, Christ Church before she migrated to the USA. The older folk in that village will also tell you this. But she is also of Guyanese heritage as well.”

    Inconsistencies and Googling, shiite. I learnt about Chisholm when I was attending primary school.

    This is the same individual that previously mentioned: “I see even when you quote ridiculous references to geographical location idiots come back and use those quotes as statements. It is not the first time. It is the idiocy of learning by rote.“

    Similarly, I made a reference and the idiot came back and used those quotes as statements. And this man calls himself a journalist.

    It’s truly amazing that a grown, so-called intelligent man would want to engage in matching wits with someone he believes is an appallingly ignorant bookkeeper.

    It must be duz eat out you insides dat an appallingly ignorant bookkeeper has an uncanny ability to rile you up to the extent that you expose who you really are………

    …….. a silly old, BITTER, pompous, narcissistic, condescending, sanctimonious, useless, has been pantomath, who doesn’t have anything better to do in his old age, but to persistently enter the halls of BU to consistently insult other contributors.

    Hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Remember:

    “BERMUDA is NOT in the North Atlantic. It is this low level form of semi-literacy that pervades Barbados. Don’t they teach geography in Barbados anymore?”

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  • I do not like calling people liars, but you are mentally deranged. You regurgitate what you have been told – learning by rote. Don’t take the discussion away from Martin’s black heroines and your appropriation of @Simple’s reference to Shirley Chisholm., but if you want to discuss if Barbados is in the North Atlantic, along with Iceland, we can always do so. Don’t hide your appalling ignorance behind cynicism, it shows. It is your old trick.
    You cannot sustain a logical argument without trying to shift it. You are an intellectual fraud, and as such you may well be in the totality of your life. You have never brought a single original idea to BU. Your modus operandi is trying to prove others wrong.
    If you come on BU anonymously and fabricate stores, I would not be surprised if you did so in your professional life. I hope the authorities take a close look at your work.

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  • Are you sure you’re not mistaking me for your silly wife?

    I NEVER mentioned anything about HEROINES…… I mentioned AUTHORS.

    You were the one who wrote I made a reference to “HEROINES,” which is UNTRUE.

    That’s what you do, you misrepresent the facts just to prove you’re correct.

    And what is your modus operandi other than coming to this forum to prove everyone is appallingly ignorant and that you are the epitome of intellectualism?

    What original ideas do you bring to BU other than quoting from books you read that support your views?

    It’s truly amazing that a grown, so-called intelligent man would want to engage in matching wits with someone he believes is an appallingly ignorant bookkeeper.

    It must be duz eat out you insides dat an appallingly ignorant bookkeeper has an uncanny ability to rile you up to the extent that you expose who you really are………

    …….. a silly old, BITTER, pompous, narcissistic, condescending, sanctimonious, useless, has been pantomath, who doesn’t have anything better to do in his old age, but to persistently enter the halls of BU to consistently insult other contributors.

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  • Pedantic

    You sound like a liar…because one the one hand you claimed that New City is the capital of New York state …while on the other hand… you have stated the opposite …claiming that you have been there as a student…

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  • @ DPD THE MAN WITH UK APHASIA

    RE February 18, 2019 11:14 AM

    I WILL SAY THIS AGAIN WITHOUT FEAR OF CONTRADICTION AS WHEN I REFUTED YOUR BS ABOUT EMERGENCY POST MORTEMS AND YOUR IGNORANCE ABOUT CERVICAL INJURIES ,

    MARK FENTY is correct, ya idiot

    the capital of New York state is indeed Abany. Fact! and..
    the capital of Florida is Tallahassee

    who cares if AS YOU OPINE NY city is considered BY SOME TO BE the ‘capital’ icon city of NY state but it is so for the world too?

    THE FACT IS THAT ALBANY IS THE CAPITAL OF NY STATE .

    This is like when you sought to redefine the causes of cervical injuries, and postulated that there are “emergency” postmortems!

    Let us separate FACT from FICTION!THE ABOVE IS SOUND DOCTRINE THAT CAN NOT BE REFUTED DOES NOT MATTER HOW MUCH YOU LOL ON THE FLOOR

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  • @Dee Word

    What is the point? Some of you have too much time on your hands.

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  • Amazing Read! – Thanks for highlighting black women. Also, If anybody wants to see some #blackgirlmagic in medical school and have some questions about the process and study habits, please make sure to stop by my blog!

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