Friday, June 12, 2015

Informing the debate about African American rights

Guest: Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark, early member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) who worked with Medgar Evers and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talks about the importance of Juneteenth Celebration and the illusive goal of social justice for African Americans.

We would like to thank Colia for being on Activist Radio, and coming to the Hudson Valley for our Juneteenth Celebration in Kingston, NY.

-Saturday, June 13, 5 pm, Juneteenth Celebration at the New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone Street, Kingston. Keynote Speaker:  Colia Liddell Lafayette Clark, National Voter Rights Hall of Fame. End the New Jim Crow Action Network is also Including a delicious southern style dinner.

We had a bad phone connection, but we persisted and it payed off. Colia insisted on looking at the history of Juneteenth first, something I thought listeners might want to skip over. But each of her points informed out current debate about African American rights today. Her view that the country was built on racism against many immigrant groups was so interesting. The Irish lynching blacks in New York City during the Civil War period can be seen in this light. Turning one immigrant group against another is a way to control them all, and the tactic is certainly being used today by the 1% to keep from having to share their obscene wealth with the rest of the population.

So we had a few technical difficulties. There was a lot of wind sound, and at one point, Colia was unable to hear Eli's question. But it is good, authentic radio. We want to make you think, the exact opposite of what the mainstream media is trying to do. 


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