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Author: Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson: Why the bully in Blackface never really has to apologize

Making a conscious decision to sit down and put shoe polish on your face is a form of bullying. To appear in public or in a picture in blackface and pretending you did not know it is offensive is a form of bullying. Acting as if the 1980s was a time where people did not understand that appearing in blackface was offensive to black people is a form of bullying. I am tired of these bullies never having to really apologize. It seems we cannot escape being exposed to the enduring usage of blackface by white people across the...

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Reggie Jackson: The roles racism and slavery played in the creation of our Electoral College system

Despite the fact that on four separate occasions the person that a majority of Americans voted for lost the Presidential election, the United States stubbornly holds onto the Electoral College to select the President every four years. Most of us, including those who argue for the system, are unaware of the role racism played in the creation of the Electoral College system. We claim to have democratic elections but in the most important election in the country, maybe the most important in the world, it is possible for the winner to lose the election. In the minds of most,...

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Reggie Jackson: A history of Black History Month and how educational neglect keeps it necessary

“Those who have no record of what their forbearers have accomplished lose inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history.” – Dr. Carter G. Woodson Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Black History Month? Why is it during the shortest month of the year? Why don’t we celebrate African American contributions year round? This annual celebration began because our schools and society refused to acknowledge that people of African heritage had ever contributed anything to America. The founder of the celebration, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, wanted to dispel that ugly myth and provide accurate information about...

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Slavocracy: American’s false milestones for solving a 400 year forced immigration policy

“One can give freedom only by setting someone free. This, in the case of the Negro, the American republic has never become sufficiently mature to do. White Americans have contented themselves with gestures now described as tokenism… for as they like to say Progress.” – James Baldwin In August of this year, we will mark 400 years since the first African captives arrived in the English colonies. They arrived in shackles and were sold to the British colonists for food and water. The historical record of their arrival was distorted by John Rolfe who claimed that “20 and odd...

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Reggie Jackson: “Living While Black” shows what White Democrats can learn from lame-duck session

Reggie Jackson Milwaukee Independent The lame-duck legislation session that came at the end of 2018, in which Wisconsin’s Republican lawmakers placed restrictions on the incoming Democratic governor and Attorney General, is instructive by its example. I have listened to the complaints of white Democrats who speak of the unfairness of this “power grab” as they call it. “How dare Governor Scott Walker and the Republican led Legislature change the rules? Don’t they understand the un-democratic nature of what they’ve done? What about the will of the people who voted Tony Evers and Josh Kaul into office?” For those of...

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The Chicken or the Egg: How Changing Racist Attitudes Leads to Changing Racist Institutions

One of the outstanding paradoxes humans have discussed for years is the question of what came first, the chicken or the egg? If chickens lay eggs, and hatched eggs lead to chickens, which came first? No one knows. No one will ever know. It will be debated forever. Likewise, we regularly discuss which needs to change first in our society, racist attitudes or racist institutions? Racism has been a part of the United States of America since the Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1607. The attitudes toward the indigenous First Nations people of the so-called New World are...

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