Do you know the history of Juneteenth?
Schoolhouse Rock and The Roots explain. (From black-ish, Season 4.)
The complete I am a slave song:
Yesterday, mijo ask me gwhy peoples celebrate the Cinco de Mayo.
“Is because of the Battle of Puebla,” I tole him.
“Do people in Mexico get borrachos and crazy like they do here in the United States?”
“Crazy? No. The kids get day off from eschool and then some mens dresses up in the pueblo of Puebla and play like is the battle happening again.”
“No crazy borrachos?”
“No, is more like kids eating candy and washing TV.”
“Is it about Mexican people being proud of their culture?”
“No,” I say. “I’m no proud of gringos gwearing sombreros and eating chimichangas.”
“Are chimichangas Mexican?”
“I don know. I never ate one,” I say. “But the gringos love to eat the food with all the cheez I don know what it is.”
POCHO amigo Arnie Bermudez’ new cartoon series follows events at your favorite local taqueria, SARAPE’s GRILL. Let’s take a look ….
From the The Roots and crew at black-ish, this Schoolhouse Rock! inspired video celebrates our proud Southern Confederate Heritage through the eyes of a slave.
PREVIOUSLY ON SCHOOLHOUSE MOCK:
Samuel W. Bennett’s GET DATA website features charts/graphs and infographics about current events, sports, news, culture, and history. We thought this log-scale graph of the native (in red, of course) and white population in the U.S. was fascinating, sad, and maybe, just maybe, encouraging.
After disease and war decimated the Native American population from an estimated pre-Columbian 5 million to a low of a few hundred thousand in the late 1800s, the American Native American population has recently approached the pre-Columbian population. The…figure shows that the population of American Native Americans from 1492 to present.
His chart that ranks Tolerance, Racism and Xenophobia in the United States shows we’re lots more tolerant than some other countries, but still have big-ass problems with gays, immigrants and “foreign languages,” not that this is news to us.
[There’s lots more from Alex Garcia de Aztlan on the Instagram.]
A citizen journalist with a smartphone can’t believe his eyes when he sees a parade of Confederate-flag-waving vehicles drive down a Dalton, Georgia thoroughfare. And then – wait for it – there’s that awkward moment when Instant Karma joins the fun. God do not like ugly. [NSFW, numerous F-bombs.]
At a 2000 concert, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young kill it with Young’s song Southern Man. Did the supergroup predict the future? Has Dixie learned from the past?
Mira los lyrics:
Attention, you Africans, sings Randy Newman. Sail Away to Charleston, SC. In America, you’ll get food to eat, and won’t have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet!
Charleston was America’s top port of entry for African slaves.
(PNS reporting from ATLANTA) African-American and Latino organizations are furious over a new marketing campaign for Black Mambo Malt Liquor, the first beverage specifically targeted to the Afro-Latino market.
In the first controversial commercial, a young, spicy Afro-Latino spokesmodel named Ricky Martin Luther King was digitally inserted into footage of civil rights speeches to talk about civil rights and their connection to drinking malt liquor.
The so-called “I Have a Drink!” ad, which was directed by Quentin Tarantino, has infuriated both the black and Hispanic communities.
“This ad is an insult to everything Martin Luther King stood for. It is an insult to the civil rights movement. And it is an insult to insinuate that either Latinos or African-Americans actually drink Black Mambo,” says Ron de Cuba, author of the book 40 Ounces and a Mule: A History of Alcohol and Slavery in America.
Like many people, I’ve spent these past few days reflecting on what’s wrong. What the hell is going on? People are expressing so-called shock and awe at the recent violence in Connecticut but no one has any answers. Some would call it soul-searching, others grasping for straws. Others still are trying to squeeze as much blood from this stone as they can before it passes into obscurity, which it eventually will…
One thing that I know for sure is that the violence epidemic in the United States of America is not attributed to any one thing. We have been on this road for a long time now and anyone shocked by the fruit that the blood-soaked soil has produced has not been paying attention. Welcome to the culture of death.
Ann Coulter made headlines recently by stating “Civil rights are for blacks” and blacks alone. Oh Ann, sweet little Ann. It’s hard to imagine you were ever a child (mainly because you’re so damn old.)
The statement is part of a larger argument that gays, women, and immigrants aren’t owed the same civil rights as African-Americans because those groups were never affected by America’s “legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws.”
Backtrack 200+ years for one second.
Adidas and fashion designer Jeremy Scott honored the nation’s Juneteenth holiday today by releasing the new JS Shackles sneakers, which feature orange plastic cuffs, evoking the très à la mode suffering of black slaves in 19th Century America.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, honors African-American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.
Adidas’ celebratory post on Facebook went up with the question: “Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” Many FB users commented that the shoes as “slave wear” and asking why anyone would want to voluntarily wear shackles.
George Washington’s birthday is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of Los United Estates, AKA The Father of Our Country. Some people call it Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents’ Day or President’s Day.)
The Not So Good:
Dave Chappelle isn’t so sure about George’s special day, right there in the middle of Black History Month (NSFW Video):