Beale Street Talkin’

Be sure to see “I am Not Your Negro”, the new Baldwin documentary by Raoul Peck. The film concentrates on Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, and Dr. King, three men who meant a lot to James. It is so sad that we now have the “toddler President” who plays into the white fear of non-white rebellion, immigrant takeover, and general lack of social control. The old white world depended on the repression, oppression, and exploitation of others, who were supposed to stay quiet and suffer in silence. It wasn’t good for our nation back then, and now it is simply impossible.

Social Music

I was in a parking lot recently, waiting in a long line of cars. I had music blasting out the window, which is what I do in traffic jams. Much to my surprise, a young black girl wearing cat-eye shades started looking at me with solemn intensity. Her mother pulled her arm but she turned around and stared at me some more. I knew it wasn’t my 2003 Ford she was looking at – it was the sound she wanted, “Tribute to Jack Johnson,” by Miles Davis.

Art has the capacity to reach out far beyond its own borders, far past 1970, far past New York City, far past the musician who composed it or played it. No amount of politics can kill the appeal of Art. Art is a necessity. As we go forward into the uncertain future, remember we can all develop our ability to appreciate Art.

Book Review: “The Other Slavery” by Andres Resendez (2016)

Resendez has written an excellent book which could drastically modify the study of slavery in the United States – if someone would pay attention.
From the 16th century to 1940, Native Americans were pressed into slavery and near-slavery by Spanish colonials, Mexicans, and each other. Instead of a great divide between black and white, this slavery was between brown and brown, and one day you might be free, the next day, a slave.
Other forms of servitude such as debt peonage and convict slavery came into use after enslavement of Native Americans was formally abolished. A timely topic given the current discussions of using prisoners to build a Border Wall.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in this subject.

Marilyn Sue Michel

My legal name change hearing is set for December 6, 2016. I am changing my name after learning family secrets, and my true genetic identity.

Hans Michel Walck arrived in Philadelphia from southwestern Germany in 1732, at the age of 23. Ben Franklin was just a local merchant and publisher at the time. He lost an election in 1764, due in part to antipathy from Germans, whom he criticized as “swarthy” and “boors.” On the other hand, his loss resulted in a new job representing Pennsylvania in England, thus launching his career as an international statesman.

I’m looking forward to a new year, with a new name, and hopefully, a President I can tolerate.