This is Kenneka Jenkins for about 59 seconds on the surveillance video at the Rosemont Hotel. The video is not a complete video. I don’t understand why there is no video of the refrigeration area of the kitchen. In the hospitality industry there are certain items under constant surveillance. Profit Centers. Areas like the freezers, petty cash, the servers, all are under the eyes of the camera. Where is that view. Until that shot is shown, there will be speculation. Rest in Peace Kenneka Jenkins.
Martin Luther King did a number of speeches. He’s most importantly remembered for the “I have a dream” speech. Most know nothing of the “ A Time to Break the Silence“, this is by far his greatest of speeches. It is a 2 Part video so that you’re able to take it all in. In the words of Mary J. Poppins, ” Just a spoonful of sugar, helps the medicine go down”. I think I may become a motivational speaker after all.
“We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society.”
― Alan W. Watts
Right now in Charlottesville, VA the place is erupting. Why? Over the tearing down of the Robert E. Lee Memorial on the University of Virginia’s campus. He is being “misrepresented” by a group of idiots. I can attest to my personal misrepresentation experience by the government of the State of Indiana.
How is Robert E Lee Being Misrepresented?
The definition of the word Misrepresentas given by Webster’s Dictionary is as follows: give a false or misleading account of the nature of. “you are misrepresenting the views of the government”
Synonyms of the word Misrepresent : give a false account, misreport, misquote, quote/take out of context, misinterpret, put a spin on, skew, warp, falsify, distort, misstate, exaggerate.
Those who are fighting to maintain the memories of the Confederate States of America’s war heroes, are actually misrepresenting those men and women. They were not heroes in the slightest. The monuments dedicated to the heroics of the CSA, must be put where they are deserved. As a traitorous people they were willing to not only die for, but to also kill to keep the institution of chattel slavery in place.
The memories of those men are seen in the faces of every descendant of slavery in the United States of America. Let that be the memory of their crimes against humanity. To hell with those that supported our “peculiar institution”. Take the monuments that celebrate men like Robert E. Lee down. Forever.
Did Usher Get Busted? By a “Bust Down”? I don’t know.
Honestly I don’t think that Usher did what they said he did. Especially after learning that Gloria Allred was a supporter. It almost seems that every time a black man is in some sort of sexual controversy, she’s somewhere in the middle.
Keep your head up Usher. You’ll make it through this. Trust me, as someone that’s dealt with legal system before, you’ll be ok.
“Hatred is the poison that kills the hater from within.” – Dr. James Cameron
It’s time to Reinvent America
America and black people have a long history. Some would call it love/hate. I think it’s time to reinvent America in OUR image. The true American dream. Conflict is a good thing. The very nature of conflict helps to reinvent.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Reinvent as a transitive verb meaning to: 1: to make as if for the first time something already invented. I’m not going to reinvent the wheel. 2: to remake or redo completely; 3:to bring into use again. In this instance, I am referring to all uses listed of this transitive verb.
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines Conflict as: : 1. fight, battle, war an armed conflict; 2a : competitive or opposing action of incompatibles : antagonistic state or action (as of divergent ideas, interests, or persons) a conflict of principles, 2b: mental struggle resulting from incompatible or opposing needs, drives, wishes, or external or internal demands. His conscience was in conflict with his duty. ; 3: the opposition of persons or forces that gives rise to the dramatic action in a drama or fiction. The conflict in the play is between the king and the archbishop. In this instance, I am referring to the second usage listed of this transitive verb.
A lynching kicked off the a push to Reinvent America of the 20th Century. Protest. Effective. In the 20th Century, protest took on many different forms. There was Ida B. Wells then the Harlem Renaissance, then war. In a place like America, everything changes in America. Change always means conflict. It is what it is, that’s the American way. Does racial conflict mean chaos or community growth?
Saved from the lynching. On to create peace.
Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were young African American teenagers who were lynchedon August 7, 1930, in Marion, Indiana, after being taken from jail and beaten by a mob. They had been arrested that night as suspects in a robbery, murder and rape case. There was a third man, his name was James Cameron. He somehow managed to escape the lynching, and later was convicted as an accessory after the fact. For all intents and purposes, in the eyes of the people of the State of Indiana, James Cameron was a undesirable. A felon. A convict. Oddly enough, I’m a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University also in Marion, Indiana.
Reinvent Indiana. Reinvent America.
James was just sixteen years old in 1930, when he and two other black teenagers were brutally lynched. James was saved. He was tried and convicted as an accessory to the murder that incited the lynching. He spent five years in prison. While there, he began writing the memoir, A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story, was the story of his life up to the age of twenty-one.
A Time of Terror: A Survivor’s Story. A quest to reinvent America.
While Jimmie Cameron was in prison for the crime of??? Rather than find hate, the young man wrote his account of the lynching. Even though he was a teenager and in a maximum-security adult prison, he penned his traumatic experience and was able to forgive A talented storyteller, Cameron shows us the humor and horror of coming of age as a black child during the Jim Crow era. Populated by unforgettable characters both kind and cruel, A Time of Terror is a his story of anger and courage, forgiveness and redemption.
James Cameron, 92, who at 16 survived being lynched from a maple tree in Marion, Ind., and decades later was present when the U.S. Senate apologized for its failure to enact federal anti-lynching legislation, died June 11 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Milwaukee.
Part of the reason I created this site was to let the world know, for this to be documented, somewhere, that America can be great.
If James Cameron believed we could reinvent America, then I believe we can as well.
You can only create growth with the sharing of new ideas. You can only hear new ideas with some sort of conflict. Conflict can be a healthy thing. How conflict is handled, shows maturity.
“While quiet in demeanor with a playful spirit, James Cameron was a force of nature and an unrelenting champion for civil rights. He overcame anger and hate as a young man, then dedicated his life to preserving and sharing African American history, eradicating racism and fulfilling the promise of America.” -The Honorable Gwen S. Moore, United States Congress, Wisconsin 4th District
Even after escaping the brutality of a lynching, James Cameron believed that we could reinvent America and make this country truly the great place it will be.
When the people have access to information, pretty cool things happen. See: Revolutionary War. I love the trend of digital content. It makes the internet experience that much better. As of recent the Indianapolis Recorder appears not to have the best interest of the African American news in mind.