Mid Year 2020

At noon standard time or 1 pm daylight time this dreadful year will be exactly half over. In the southern hemisphere, you get a break because that will be at 11 am.  We have had an impeachment, a plague, protests against oppression, and an economic collapse.  What is next? Frogs, locusts, or just a plain old shower of blood, the only thing worse would be the re-election of the man from Tang.

Today marks what would have been the 112th birthday of Thurgood Marshall in Baltimore, MD. He was lead attorney in the Brown vs. Board of Education case.  The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that legal segregation violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. This overturned the long standing rule of separate but equal stemming from Plessy vs. Ferguson 1896.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on this date prohibiting segregation in public places.  He subsequently appointed Judge Marshall as the first African-American to the Supreme Court in 1967.

Booker T. and W.E.B. BY DUDLEY RANDALL

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“It shows a mighty lot of cheek
To study chemistry and Greek
When Mister Charlie needs a hand
To hoe the cotton on his land,
And when Miss Ann looks for a cook,
Why stick your nose inside a book?”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“If I should have the drive to seek
Knowledge of chemistry or Greek,
I’ll do it. Charles and Miss can look
Another place for hand or cook.
Some men rejoice in skill of hand,
And some in cultivating land,
But there are others who maintain
The right to cultivate the brain.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.,
“That all you folks have missed the boat
Who shout about the right to vote,
And spend vain days and sleepless nights
In uproar over civil rights.
Just keep your mouths shut, do not grouse,
But work, and save, and buy a house.”

“I don’t agree,” said W.E.B.,
“For what can property avail
If dignity and justice fail.
Unless you help to make the laws,
They’ll steal your house with trumped-up clause.
A rope’s as tight, a fire as hot,
No matter how much cash you’ve got.
Speak soft, and try your little plan,
But as for me, I’ll be a man.”

“It seems to me,” said Booker T.—
“I don’t agree,”
Said W.E.B.

Source: Cities Burning (Broadside Press, 2004)

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