Black History Spotlight:Denmark Vesey
By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
Denmark Vesey is believed to of been born in 1767 in St.Thomas,West Indies. He was the slave of captain Vesey,who was a slave trader and planter from Charleston, South Carolina. He spent at least two decades sailing with his slave master.
In 1800 Vesey was able to purchase his freedom from his master, after he allegedly won a local lottery. Vesey would go into the trade of carpentry, and would become relatively successful.
In 1818 Vesey would become a powerful speaker and preacher, he would travel to slave plantations in his local area. Vesey would preach to his fellow black people, (who were suffering horribly in forced bondage), that they would fight for and gain their liberation like the ancient Israelites of the Holy Bible. Vesey, Allegedly held meetings at his home, where he would also collect firearms and other weapons that he intended to use to arm 9000 black people in South Carolina. Unfortunately, Vesey would be betrayed like Jesus Christ, by some of his own people that he intended to free, when some black slaves fearful of white retribution, informed the white authorities. Vesey, would defend himself well in court, but would ultimately be sentenced by a white supremacist jury to be hanged to death. 35 other blacks would be sentenced to hang too, and 35 others would be sold to brutal (even by American standards) West Indian plantations. If not for the betrayal of a few black Judas’s, his rebellion would of been the largest slave revolt in U.S. history. The white fear that was caused because of the failed revolt caused harsher and more punitive laws to be passed to control and dominate black people. In Hampton Park in Charleston, South Carolina, there is a statue dedicated to the memory and legacy of the black freedom fighter.
By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
On Tuesday, a White supremacist man from Mississippi was sentenced to 11 years in prison, because he and a friend burned a cross in front of the house of a Black family to racially intimidate them.
Months ago Louis Revette, a 38-year-old man and his co-conspirator pleaded guilty to performing the crimes they were charged with, which included the federal felonies of using fire in the commission of a federal felony, interference with housing rights and a federal civil rights violation from the incident that happened in October 2017.
“I want everyone to know I’m not proud of what happened,” he told people in the court. “I hate what I did. I cannot even believe I did that. I’ve never done anything like that before in my life.”
“Those who instill fear and terror into our neighbors and our fellow citizens because of the color of their skin will face the full weight and force of the law from the U.S. attorney’s office,’ Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for Southern Mississippi, said in a statement from the Justice Department. “There is absolutely no place in our society or our country for this type of behavior, and we will do all that we can to prevent these racist acts and bring to justice those who are intent on committing these crimes.”
Revette’s co-conspirator, Graham Williams is scheduled to sentenced on November, 5 2019, and he could face up to 30 years in prison.
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By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare
Tennessee governor, Bill Lee signed a proclamation that declared July 13, as Nathan Bedford Forest Day.
Who was Nathan Bedford Forest you ask? Well, he was a treacherous and treasonous American who betrayed his country to fight for the treasonous Confederate army.
He was also a slave trader, the first Grand Wizard of the KKK, and he was responsible for the Fort Pillow Massacre, which occurred after the Battle of Fort Pillow, when General Forest and his troops massacred Black Union soldiers and their White officers, who were attempting to surrender at the time.
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According to the Tennessee code, the governor must declare January 19 as “Robert E. Lee Day”; February 12 as “Abraham Lincoln Day”; March 15 as “Andrew Jackson Day”; June 3 as “Memorial or Confederate Decoration Day”; July 13 as “Nathan Bedford Forrest Day”; and November 11, as “Veterans’ Day.”
“I signed the bill because the law requires that I do that and I haven’t looked at changing that law,” Lee said Thursday.
That being said there have been governors in the past who refused to sign proclamations, like Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, who refused to sign a proclamation for the book “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an American Family Farm,” which is about farming and family because he believed the author and journalist Ted Genoways, was too critical of President Donald Trump.
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One week after student leaders from the University of Mississippi voted overwhelmingly for the state flag of Mississippi to be removed from campus, because it contains the white supremacist confederate battle flag emblem, it was removed from campus by officials.
BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
A white supremacist, confederate flag waving group, were recently indicted on terrorism charges.
The group known as “Respect The Flag” , had fifteen of their members charged with violating Georgia’s street gang terrorism and prevention act and making terroristic threats.
The group reportedly got into a tense situation with a group of African-Americans having a birthday party at the Douglasville, Georgia home of Melissa Alford.
According to witnesses, when the group drove their pickup trucks by the house party, they started yelling racial slurs, and started brandishing weapons, as some in the group waved their racist confederate flag. If convicted they could face up to twenty years in prison.
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