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South Cobb Recreation Center
875 Six Flags Drive Austell, Georgia
Saturday August 24, 2013
Duron “Brother Manifest” Chavis
Welcome 12 Noon (Main Floor)
Professor Griff (from the Hip Hop group Public Enemy)
“Revolutionary Libation” 12:10 (Main Floor)
“Sovereignty” 1:00-1:45 (Classroom A)
Attorney Pilar Penn
“Decoding the Legal Matrix 101” (Black Law Dictionaries Welcome) 1:00-1:45 (Classroom B)
Children’s Breakdance Workshop (Zulu Nation/Funk Lordz) 1:00-2:00 (Main Floor)
Born to Sing 2:15-2:25
Dashiki Zoe 2:25-2:35
Ashley Elizabeth 2:35-2:45
“Why Culture ain’t cool no more… and what we can do about it” 1:55-2:35 (Classroom A)
“Practical Applications of Ideas and Rhetoric” 2:45-3:25 (Classroom A)
Chief Le Tava Mabilijengo
"Practical Communalism" 3:35-4:20 (Classroom A)
Asafo Wedemiah 3:50
Fyah Ayana 4:05
Richard Raw 4:15
“Surviving the Maafa in the 21st Century” 4:30-5:15 (Classroom B)
“The Plant Based Face” 4:30-5:15 (Classroom A)
Natural Hair & Fashion Show
Sponsored by The Good Hair Shop & Di-O Original 5:20-5:40 (Main Floor)
Precise Science (Performance) 5:50-6:05 (Main Floor)
Kalonji Changa “Marching Orders” 6:10-6:20 (Main Floor)
Also… Saturday August 24th:
CREW LOVE: 34th Annual Black August Commemoration Edition
9PM to 2AM - $10
Location: 585 Wells (Southern Mill Lofts/Ambient Studio) off corner of Metropolitan, Atlanta, GA 30312
Black August Block Party & RBG Family Reunion
Habesha Gardens (Dunbar Center) 477 Windsor St. Atlanta, Ga
Sunday August 25, 2013
Black August 5K Run for Freedom 8:00 am
Sponsored by RBG Fit Club (Stic of Dead Prez), FTP Movement and Habesha
*Run, Jog, Walk Registration (incudes t-shirt)
Afrikan Martial Arts Class 10:00 am
Sponsored by Afrikan Martial Arts Institute
Chak-ra Yoga 10:00 am
Sponsored by Tawa
Garden Party –Community Agriculture 10:00 am-Noon
Sponsored by Habesha Gardens
RBG Family Reunion 12 noon-6:00 pm
Poets 4 Political Prisoners 2 pm-4 pm
By 1680, you see the beginning of the changes. What had happened - and this is a complicated story - was that colonial leaders had to deal with Bacon and that rebellion. The British sent a fleet of three ships and by the time they got to Virginia, there were 8,000 poor men rebelling who had burned down Jamestown - blacks, whites, mulattos. And it was quite clear that this kind of unity and solidarity among the poor was dangerous.
After that, they began to pass laws, very gradually. They passed laws that gave Europeans privileges while they increasingly enslaved Africans. They passed a number of laws that prevented blacks, Indians, and mulattos from owning firearms, for example. Everybody had firearms. Everybody in Virginia still has firearms!
Then there was another change: There was a decline in the number of European servants coming to the New World. At the same time, there was an increase in the ships bringing Africans to the New World. By the 1690s or so, the English themselves had outfitted their ships to bring Africans back from the continent, and this is the first time that they had had direct connections.
But the Africans also had something else. They had skills which neither the Indians nor the Irish had. The Africans brought here were farmers. They knew how to farm semi-tropical crops. They knew how to build houses. They were brick makers, for example. They were carpenters and calabash carvers and rope makers and leather workers. They were metal workers. They were people who knew how to smelt ore and get iron out of it. They had so many skills that we don’t often recognize. But the colony leaders certainly recognized that. And they certainly gave high value to those slaves who had those skills.
After 1690 things begin to change. All of the Europeans become identified as “white.” And Africans take on a different kind of identity. They are not only heathens, but they are people who are perceived as vulnerable to being enslaved. And that’s a major point. Africans were vulnerable because it became part of the consciousness that they had no rights as Englishmen. Even the poorest Englishman knew that he had some rights. But once a planter owns a few Africans, the idea that the Africans had no rights that they had to recognize became very clear. And that’s why they were vulnerable to being enslaved, and kept in slavery. The laws that were passed after that all tended to diminish the rights of African people. But between 1690 and 1735, even those Africans who had been free and who had been there for many generations, had their rights taken away from them.
Once you magnify the difference between the slaves and the free, then it was possible to create a society in which the slaves were little better than animals. They were thought of as animals. And the more you think of slaves as animals, the more you justify keeping them as slaves.
After a while, slavery became identified with Africans. Blackness and slavery went together in the popular mind. And this is why we can say that race is a product of the popular mind, because it was this consciousness that blackness and slavery were bound together, that gave people the idea that Africans were a different kind of people.
Think of the early 17th century planter who wrote to the trustees of his company and he said, “Please don’t send us any more Irishmen. Send us some Africans, because the Africans are civilized and the Irish are not.” But 100 years later, the Africans become increasingly brutalized. They become increasingly homogenized into a category called “savages.” And all the attributes of savagery which the English had once given to the Irish, now they are giving to the Africans.
Why were Africans the slaves of choice?
Audrey Smedley is a professor of anthropology at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is author of Race in North America: Origins of a Worldview.
THIS THIS THIS
READ IT AND KNOW IT
IT DID NOT SPRING OUT OF THE GROUND IT WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT, AS IT ALWAYS IS
They took us because we HAD THE SKILLS.
And from then on, they lied to us, berated us and told us that we were without capacity to learn.
But we’re the lazy ones?
for those with an interest in the documentation and details, there’s also a summary of The Invention of the White Race by its author, Theodore W. Allen, here.
exactly. learned this MY LAST SEMESTER IN COLLEGE in a 400 level class taught by an amazing professor. (i have a feeling he’s probably met her, too)
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