Blast From The Past:
OUR HAMITE AWARD WINNER FOR 1982:
Satchel Paige was an American Negro League baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who became a legend in his lifetime by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.
Paige's actual birthdate, July 7, 1906, was determined in 1948 when Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck traveled to Mobile, Alabama and accompanied Paige's family to the County Health Department to obtain his birth certificate.
According to Paige, his nickname originated from childhood work toting bags at the train station. He said he was not making enough money at a dime a bag, so he used a pole and rope to build a contraption that allowed him to cart up to four bags at once. Another kid supposedly yelled, "You look like a walking satchel tree."
At the age of ten, Satchel was playing "top ball" which was what got him into baseball. "Top ball" was a kids' game that used sticks and bottle caps instead of balls and bats to play a variation of the diamond sport. Satchel's mother, Lula, would even comment on how Satchel would rather "play baseball than eat. It was always baseball, baseball.
Paige first played for the semi-professional Mobile Tigers from 1924 to 1926. He began his professional baseball career in 1926 with the Chattanooga Black Lookouts of the Negro Southern League and became one of the most famous and fruitful players from the Negro leagues. While his outstanding control as a pitcher first got him noticed, it was his infectious, cocky, enthusiastic personality and his love for the game that made him a star.
On town tours across America, Paige would have his infielders sit down behind him and then routinely strike out the side. He played his last professional game on June 21, 1966, for the Peninsula Grays of the Carolina League.
When Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson, a former teammate of Paige, Paige realized that it was for the better that he was not the first black player in major league baseball. Robinson started in the minors, and had a major league team started him in its minor league affiliate, Paige would have probably seen this as an insult.
Paige eventually realized that by integrating baseball in the minor leagues first with Robinson, the white major league players got the chance to "get used to" the idea of playing alongside black players. Understanding that, Paige said in his autobiography that,"Signing Jackie as they did still hurt me deep down."
I'd been the guy who'd started all that big talk about letting us in the big time. I’d been the one who'd opened up the major league parks to colored teams. I'd been the one who the white boys wanted to go barnstorming against." Paige, and all other black players, knew that quibbling about the choice of the first black player in the major leagues would do nothing productive, so, despite his inner feelings, Paige said of Robinson, "He's the greatest colored player I've ever seen."
Larry Doby, who broke the color barrier in the American League at the age of 23 the same year Robinson did in the National League, would be a teammate of Paige.
Paige was the oldest major league rookie while playing for the Cleveland Indians. He played with the St. Louis Browns until age 47 and represented them in the All-Star Game in 1952 and 1953. He was the first player who had played in the Negro leagues to pitch in the World Series, in 1948, and was the first player from the Negro Leagues to be inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1971.
Can you imagine how proud Satchel Paige made blacks feel back then? He was without a doubt a great inspiration. Paige made something out of nothing. He came up during Jim Crow era which excluded blacks from the enjoyments in life, but he found a way to succeed at something positive and not destroy his life with self-pity and senseles pleasure seeking.
He was a very confident man and had every right because he was one of the best. We would like to honor Satchel with the 1982 Hamite Award which I'm sure all would agree he is more than worthy of the recognition.
Sadly, Paige died of a heart attack during a power failure at his home in Kansas City on June 8, 1982, a month before his 76th birthday. He is buried on Paige Island in the Forest Hill Memorial Park Cemetery in Kansas City.
|How were blacks feeling in 1982?
Double Dutch is a rope skipping exercise played when two ropes are turned in eggbeater fashion.
While the ropes are turned, a third person jumps within. Early Dutch immigrants introduced
it to America, and it later became a favorite game for black American girls to play.
Garry Lee Maddox
| Sports in 1982 |
- Garry Maddox aka (Secretary of Defense) wins the 1982 National League Gold Gloves.
- Frank Robinson and Hank Aaron elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
- March 6, 1982 - The NBA's highest scoring game ever was between San Antonio and Milwaukee, with San Antonio winning 171-166 with 3 overtimes.
- May 25, 1982 - Baseball's Ferguson Jenkins becomes the 7th pitcher in league history to strike out 3,000 batters he faced.
- June 11, 1982 - Boxing great Larry Holmes knocks out a game Gerry Cooney in 13 rounds for the heavyweight boxing title.
- August 2, 1982 - Oakland A's player Rickey Henderson steals an amazing 100 bases for the season.
- December 3, 1982 - Boxing great Tommy Hearns wins the WBC Welterweight title in decision over a slippery Wilfredo Benitez.
- December 5, 1982 - Football's Herschel Walker of Georgia wins the coveted Heisman Trophy.
- December 10, 1982 - Boxing heavyweight Michael Doakes knocks out a tough Mike Weaver.
Tommie Smith and John Carlos
Three Proud People mural in Newtown
DID YOU KNOW?
Ever wonder how the term "African American" came into existence? After the civil rights movement, blacks felt the need for a more accurate term to describe the race than colored or Negro, which was associated with much pain and suffering. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, blacks no longer approved of the term Negro. In its experimental stages the term Afro-American was used for a while but didn't last. Later the Black Power movement made us feel proud using black as the term in describing our race.
The song, "Say It Loud – I'm Black, and I'm Proud" by James Brown became an unofficial anthem of the Black Power movement. But it wasn't until the 1980s the term African American was advanced on the model of, for example, German-American or Irish-American to give descendants of American slaves and other American blacks who lived through the slavery era a heritage and a cultural base. The term was popularized in black communities around the country via word of mouth and ultimately received mainstream use after Jesse Jackson publicly used the term in front of a national audience. Subsequently, major media outlets adopted its use.
President Ronald Reagan
| Political Scene in 1982 |
- 1982 - Ronald Reagan was an American politician, commentator, and actor, who served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as an actor and union leader in Hollywood.
Isabel Sanford with The Jeffersons co-stars, Sherman Hemsley and Mike Evans
| Television / Movies in 1982 |
- Some Kind of Hero - film starring Richard Pryor as a returning Vietnam War veteran having trouble adjusting to civilian life.
- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip - a 1982 concert film based on Richard Pryor's album Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip.
- The Toy - starring Richard Pryor and Jackie Gleason.
- The Jeffersons - is an black sitcom that was broadcast on CBS from January 18, 1975, through July 2, 1985. The show focuses on George and (weezy) Louise Jefferson, an affluent African-American couple living in New York City. Proud George loved his family, little man carried a big stick and wasn't afraid of anybody. Movin on Up!
- Bryant Gumbel replaced Tom Brokaw on the Today show being the first African American to anchor a national news program.
Academy Award Winners:
- 1982 - Louis Gossett, Jr. for An Officer and a Gentleman. Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture:
- 1982 - Jayne Kennedy for Body and Soul.
| Famous Birthdays in 1982 |
- January 4, 1982 - Jason Jerrod Bourgeois an American professional baseball outfielder.
- January 6, 1982 - Tiffany "New York" Pollard an American reality television personality and actress.
- February 18, 1982 - Juelz Santana an American rapper and actor.
- March 27, 1982 - Alphacat an American actor, impressionist and YouTube personality.
- April 2, 1982 - Shanti Lowry an African-American actress and dancer.
- April 10, 1982 - Christopher Charles Dickerson an American professional baseball outfielder.
- April 25, 1982 - Brian Deon Barton an American professional baseball outfielder.
- May 20, 1982 - Christina "Tina" Ellertson former American professional soccer defender and former member of the United States women's national soccer team.
- June 4, 1982 - Sasha Sierra Allen an American singer and actress.
- July 4, 1982 - Mo McRae an American actor, writer and producer.
- July 20, 1982 - Percy Daggs III an American actor.
- August 20, 1982 - Jamil Walker Smith an American actor.
- September 19, 1982 - Columbus Short an American choreographer, actor, and singer.
- September 27, 1982 - Lil Wayne is an American rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana.
- September 30, 1982 - Magnolia Shorty was an American rapper in the New Orleans-based bounce music scene.
- November 15, 1982 - Yaya DaCosta an American actress and fashion model.
- November 18, 1982 - Damon Wayans, Jr. an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian.
- December 5, 1982 - Keri Hilson an American singer, songwriter and actress.
- December 8, 1982 - Raquel Kops-Jones professional tennis player from the United States of America.
- December 8, 1982 - Nicki Minaj is an American rapper and singer-songwriter.
- December 15, 1982 - George O. Gore II an American actor.
- December 17, 1982 - Joshua LaRoy Barfield former American professional baseball second baseman.
- December 27, 1982 - Michael Ray Bourn an American professional baseball outfielder.
- 1982 - Jowharah Jones an American actress and singer.
| Famous Deaths in 1982 |
- January 30, 1982 - Lightnin’ Hopkins was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas.
- February 17, 1982 - Thelonious Sphere Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer. Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire.
- June 8, 1982 - Satchel Paige was an American Negro league baseball and Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who became a legend in his own lifetime by attracting record crowds wherever he pitched.
- July 2, 1982 - DeFord Bailey was an American country music and blues star from the 1920s until 1941. Bailey was both the first performer to be introduced as playing on the Grand Ole Opry and also the first African-American performer on the show.
- November 4, 1982 - Rayford Whittingham Logan was an African-American historian and Pan-African activist. He was best known for his study of post-Reconstruction America, a period he termed "the nadir of American race relations".
| Famous Weddings in 1982 |
- April 28, 1982 - George Foreman and Andrea Skeete were married.
- 1982 - Gayle King and William Bumpus were married.
- 1982 - Montel Williams and Rochele See were married.
- 1982 - Rae Dawn Chong and Owen Baylis were married.
- 1982 - Woody Strode and Tina Strode were married.
- 1982 - Nell Carter and George Krynicki were married.
- 1982 - Edwin Moses and Myrella Bordt were married.
- 1982 - James Earl Jones and Cecilia Hart were married.
- 1982 - James Meredith and Judy Alsobrooks were married.
| Famous Divorces in 1982 |
- April 23, 1982 - George Foreman and Sharon Goodson were divorced.
- 1982 - Richard Pryor and Jennifer Lee were divorced.
- 1982 - Phylicia Rashad and Victor Willis were divorced.
- 1982 - Tracy Reed and Bill Simpson were divorced.
- 1982 - Jayne Kennedy and Leon Isaac Kennedy were divorced.
The Gap Band
Soul Train ran from 1971-2006
| Music in 1982 |
Billboard Top Soul Hits:
- "Let's Groove" Earth, Wind & Fire
- "Turn Your Love Around" George Benson
- "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" Daryl Hall & John Oates
- "Call Me" Skyy
- "That Girl" Stevie Wonder
- "If It Ain't One Thing, It's Another" Richard "Dimples" Fields
- "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" Deniece Williams
- "Let It Whip" Dazz Band
- "Early in the Morning" The Gap Band
- "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" Jennifer Holliday
- "Dance Floor, Part 1" Zapp
- "Jump to It" Aretha Franklin
- "Love Come Down" Evelyn "Champagne" King
- "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye
Popular Soul Dances:
- The Macarena
- The Robot
- The Electric Slide
- The MC Hammer
- The Worm
- Hip Hop
- Crip Walk
- Cabbage patch
- Running Man
- Chicago stepping
- KC Two-Step
- Detroit Ballroom
Musical Happenings in 1982:
- Michael Jackson's Thriller becomes the biggest-selling album in history.
- Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five's "The Message" is the first hip hop recording to focus on the harsh realities of ghetto life.
- Ain't Misbehavin' (musical) opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on May 9, 1978, and transferred to the Plymouth Theatre and then to the Belasco Theatre and closed on February 21, 1982 after 1604 performances and fourteen previews.
- March 18, 1982 - Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass' severes his spinal cord in a tragic car accident.
- Your Arms Too Short to Box with God: A Soaring Celebration in Song and Dance is a Broadway musical based on the Biblical Book of Matthew opens at the Alvin Theatre. During the 1982 run, Al Green appeared with Patti Labelle in the show.
MTV in 1982:
Breaking the "color barrier" (1981–1983)
During MTV's first few years on the air, very few black artists were included in rotation on the channel. The select few who were in MTV's rotation were Michael Jackson, Prince, Eddy Grant, Donna Summer, Musical Youth, and Herbie Hancock. MTV rejected other black artists' videos, such as Rick James' "Super Freak", because they did not fit the channel's carefully selected AOR format at the time. A black woman, Carolyn B. Baker who was MTV's original head of talent and acquisition had personally rejected Rick James' video for Super Freak "because there were half-naked women in it, and it was a piece of crap. As a black woman, I did not want that representing my people as the first black video on MTV."
Blues Hall of Fame for 1982:
The Blues Hall of Fame is a music museum located in Memphis, Tennessee. Until recently, the "Blues Hall of Fame" was not a physical building, but a listing of people who have significantly contributed to blues music. Started in 1980 by the Blues Foundation, it honors those who have performed, recorded, or documented blues. The actual building for the hall opened to the public on May 8, 2015
- Leroy Carr
- Ray Charles
- Big Walter Horton
- Freddie King
- Magic Sam
American Music Awards winners in 1982:
The American Music Awards was created by Dick Clark to compete with the Grammy Awards. Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond co-hosted the first award show with Rodney Allen Rippy and Ricky Segall in 1974. Unlike the Grammys, which are awarded on the basis of votes by members of the Recording Academy, the AMAs are determined by a poll of the public and fans, who can vote through the AMAs website.
Favorite Pop/Rock Single
- "Endless Love" - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist
- Stevie Wonder
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
- Stephanie Mills
Favorite Soul/R&B Band, Duo, or Group
- Kool & The Gang
Favorite Soul/R&B Album
- Street Songs - Rick James
Favorite Soul/R&B Single
- "Endless Love" - Lionel Richie & Diana Ross
Award of Merit
- Stevie Wonder
Grammy winners in 1982:
The 24th Annual Grammy Awards were held on February 24, 1982 at Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, and were broadcast live on American television. They recognized accomplishments by musicians from the year 1981. Quincy Jones was the big winner winning a total of five awards.
Best Comedy Recording
- Richard Pryor for Rev. Du Rite
Best Instrumental Arrangement
- Quincy Jones & Johnny Mandel (arrangers) for "Velas" performed by Quincy Jones
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocal(s)
- Jerry Hey & Quincy Jones (arrangers) for "Ai No Corrida" performed by Quincy Jones
Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording
- There Must Be a Better World Somewhere-B.B.King
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Traditional
- Al Green for The Lord Will Make a Way
Best Soul Gospel Performance, Contemporary
- Andrae Crouch for Don't Give Up
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Female
- Ella Fitzgerald for Digital III at Montreux
Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male
- Al Jarreau for "(Round, Round, Round) Blue Rondo à la Turk"
Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist
- John Coltrane for Bye Bye Blackbird
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal or Instrumental
- Grover Washington, Jr. for Winelight
Best Cast Show Album
- Quincy Jones (producer) & Lena Horne for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Best Vocal Performance, Female
- Lena Horne for Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music
Best Vocal Performance, Male
- Al Jarreau for Breakin' Away
Producer of the Year
- Quincy Jones
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female
- Aretha Franklin for "Hold On I'm Comin'"
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male
- James Ingram for "One Hundred Ways"
Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
- Quincy Jones for The Dude
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
- Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald & William Salter (songwriters) for "Just the Two of Us" performed by Grover Washington, Jr. & Bill Withers
Hall of Fame Award
- Birth of the Cool Miles Davis
“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words. It is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.” Tim Wise
How did it begin?
Actually, it's a worldwide negative perception of whites, but why? Well, a quick and simple trip back in history will get the probable answer.
The best way to describe European history would be wars, wars, and more wars.
The Europeans wanted better and pursued a life of civilization as opposed to barbarism. They discovered a tool that would help them with that. It was called Science, which was a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In other words, every single thing would be studied and scrutinized.
Foolishly, church leaders of that day welcomed science, but it would eventually become a direct enemy of humanity's maker.
Because science would teach the ordinary person to believe in themselves and the intellectual powers, they possess as opposed to an All Mighty Creator. Because the Creator of the universe is mathematically correct, once these early scientists were able to figure equations for themselves in regards to nature, they felt there were like a god. Science would also teach the world to exist because of a Big Bang theory and evolution, instead of being created.
Did these early Europeans belief in science affect the Negro?
Absolutely! It affected all tribal nature human beings. Whites collectively proclaimed themselves superior and this is where the trouble started for the rest of humankind. The Europeans were much smarter and more advanced than tribal communities. Millions of Negroes and other races lost their lives and suffered much because of science.
Before slavery, the Negro had been isolated from the rest of the world for many years due to the humongous Sahara Desert to the North and the Arab slave traders to the East made it tough if not impossible to travel. They weren't able to share in the new learning discoveries the world were experiencing. These people were a group lost in time, away from the modern world.
Once the Portuguese got the slave trade started with the entire world, the scientist had an opportunity to scrutinize and evaluate the lowly Negro, and I have to warn you right now it wasn't pretty.
An illustration from the influential American magazine Harper's Weekly shows an alleged similarity between "Irish Iberian" and "Negro" features in contrast to the higher "Anglo-Teutonic." The accompanying caption reads "The Iberians are believed to have been originally an African race, which thousands of years ago spread themselves through Spain over Western Europe. Their remains are found in the barrows, or burying places, in various parts of these countries. The skulls are of a small prognathous type. They came to Ireland and mixed with the natives of the South and West, who themselves are supposed to have been of small type and descendants of savages of the Stone Age, who, in consequence of isolation from the rest of the world, had never been out-competed in the healthy struggle of life, and thus made way, according to the laws of nature, for superior races." (this is an Harper's Weekly assessment of race, not ours) photo#101-yr-2015
The following excerpts are scientist views of the Negro back then:
Charles White (1728–1813), an English physician and surgeon, believed that races occupied different stations in the "Great Chain of Being," and he tried to scientifically prove that human races have distinct origins from each other. He believed that Whites and Negroes were two different species. White was a believer in polygeny, the idea that different races had been created separately.
Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) was a German philosopher who said "The yellow Indians do have a little talent. The Negroes are far below them, and at the lowest point are a part of the American people".
Franz Ignaz Pruner (1808–1882) was a medical doctor who studied the racial structure of Negroes in Egypt. In a book which he wrote in 1846, he claimed that Negro blood had a negative influence on the Egyptian moral character. He argued that the main feature of the Negro's skeleton is prognathism, which he claimed was the Negro's relation to the ape. He also argued that Negroes had very similar brains to apes and that Negros have a shortened big toe, which is a characteristic connecting Negroes closely to apes.
Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778), the Swedish physician, botanist, and zoologist says The Afer or Africanus: black, phlegmatic, relaxed; black, frizzled hair; silky skin, flat nose, tumid lips; females without shame; mammary glands give milk abundantly; crafty, sly, careless; anoints himself with grease; and regulated by will.
Scottish lawyer Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696-1782) was a polygenist: he believed God had created different races on Earth in separate regions. In his 1734 book Sketches on the History of Man, Home claimed that the environment, climate, or state of society could not account for racial differences, so the races must have come from distinct, separate stocks.
Charles Darwin (1809 – 19 April 1882) apparently believed that the struggle for existence among humans would result in racial extermination. In Descent of Man he asserted, "At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.
When comparing Caucasians to Negroes, Voltaire (1694 – 1778) compared them to different breeds of dog:
The Negro race is a species of men different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds. The mucous membrane, or network, which Nature has spread between the muscles and the skin, is white in us and black or copper-colored in them.
Benjamin Rush (1745–1813), a Founding Father of the United States and a physician, proposed that being black was a hereditary skin disease, which he called "negroidism," and that it could be cured. Rush believed non-whites were white underneath, but they were stricken with a non-contagious form of leprosy which darkened their skin color. Rush drew the conclusion that "Whites should not tyrannize over [blacks], for their disease should entitle them to a double portion of humanity. However, by the same token, whites should not intermarry with them, for this would tend to infect posterity with the 'disorder'... attempts must be made to cure the disease.
The German anatomist Johann Blumenbach (1752–1840) was a believer in monogenism, the concept that all races have a single origin. He also believed in the "degeneration theory" of racial backgrounds. He said that Adam and Eve were Caucasian and that other races came about by degeneration from environmental factors, such as the sun and poor dieting and believed that the degeneration could be reversed if proper environmental control was taken and that all contemporary forms of man could revert to the original Caucasian race. According to Blumenbach, there are five races, all belonging to a single species: Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, American, and Malay. Blumenbach said: I have allotted the first place to the Caucasian because this stock displays the most beautiful race of men.
O.K. O.K., enough already! I told you it wasn't going to be pretty.
The beliefs these so-called scholars had is the single most reason why millions of Negroes were tortured, murdered and raped throughout history. Scientist published their findings as fact and people all over the world believed them.
But we wonder what the scientist would say if alive today with access to a computer, and visit Google to type in the key phrase "African immigrants in college" they would discover that these same Africans out-perform academically
every single race in America's colleges.
That's interesting, but what does it prove?
It proves that intelligence is not dependent on skin color or race, but instead access to education and a fertile mind to receive instruction. In America, slavery happened years ago but damaged and demoralized the fertile minds of many black Americans, and continues down to this day. There are some blacks who think of education and learning as a white thing and don't want anything to do with it, now if that's not an effect of slavery I don't know what is.
Doesn't It boggles the mind that these so-called superior, intelligent and civilized humans didn't for one time think to share their knowledge of enlightenment with the world so all could live a better life, be happy and progress? No, sadly these people chose to claim white superiority, to dominate and to kill weaker ones similar to the barbarian way of life they came. An example of this is with Colonialism.
What is Colonialism?
Colonialism is the establishment, exploitation, maintenance, acquisition, and expansion of colony in one territory by a political power from another territory. It is a set of unequal relationships between the colonial power and the colony and often between the colonists and the indigenous population.
In other words a much powerful nation sets up shop in a weaker nation by force and robs the resources and forces the natives to work as slaves for little or no pay while grossly benefiting from unequal trade activities while depositing profits to it's mother country.
Colonial rule in the Belgian Congo began in the late 19th century under King Leopold II
of Belgium. Leopold exploited the Congo for its natural resources, first ivory and later rubber which was becoming a valuable commodity. The regime in the Congo was responsible for using forced labor, murder and mutilation to force native Congolese
who did not fulfill quotas for rubber collections. It's estimated millions of Congolese
died during this time.
Colonialism demoralized the native population making Europe stronger and Africa weaker. Even though many white nations participated, non-Europeans nations included, the United Kingdom was the king in this horrible act against humanity.
Because of whites belief in science aided with their secondary faith in religion, they felt they were obligated to save and civilize the world. Google "White man's Burden" for proof of this belief, and by the way our United States President Teddy Roosevelt loved the White Man's Burden theory.
Whites tend to have a poor memory in regards to their crimes against humanity, but the other nations who suffered through it haven't forgotten, because just like the effects of slavery still lingers for blacks in America, people who suffered through colonialism still feel the pain and can see with their literal eye the destruction it left behind.
There isn't any denying that science has also helped make our lives better, but the responsibility that goes along with it is simply too much for humans to handle. Whites did not temper science with love and common sense. Just look around the world today, and you would probably agree we are on the brink of destruction with pollution, nuclear weapons, degradation of the earth, etc. are all products of science. The bad far outweigh the good.
Early science also taught Europeans it was man's nature to compete. In fact, they felt it was healthy and natural to compete to create superior human beings, especially white ones. This erroneous belief about competition would go on to be the largest difference in European and African cultures.
Whites brought these competitive qualities and attitudes with them from Europe. Africans were totally opposite because in their homeland everything was shared and done for the tribal community. There wasn't an I in Africa, it was US.
Blacks played an enormous role in the building of this country, even with hands tied behind their backs but were not welcome to participate. Whites felt that it just didn't look and feel right for blacks to be associated with superior whites in the building of America.
So white Americans kidnapped the U.S. Constitution and created laws (Jim Crow) to keep things entirely separate and achieved like crazy in all aspects of life, and boasting white superiority.
It has not been proven that competitiveness is better than teamwork. View this small list of words associated with competitiveness out of the dictionary and you'll have to agree this is the state of America today.
aggressive, brutal, cutthroat, every person for themselves, fierce, merciless, ruthless, unmerciful, vicious, voracious, without mercy,
adverse, alien, argumentative, belligerent, bitter, cold, contentious, contrary, disapproving, dour, hateful, ill-disposed, inhospitable,
inimical, malevolent, malicious, malignant, militant, nasty, ornery, pugnacious, rancorous, scrappy, sour, spiteful, unfriendly, unkind,
unpropitious, unsociable, unsympathetic, unwelcoming, viperous, warlike.
More and more blacks have developed this competitive and lofty spirit and probably will soon look down on others as well, even within our race. Ole Blue Eyes, who was a great singer and real American who viewed each human being as equal had an incredible grip on the situation about the division between blacks and whites. Check out what he said below.
One of the greatest entertainers of all times, Frank Sinatra once made a quote about the damaging effects of ones who subscribe to white superiority whether covertly or overtly.
"We've got a hell of a long way to go in this racial situation. As long as most white men think of a Negro first and a man second, we're in trouble. I don't know why we can't grow up."
Womens fashions in the 1980s
Mens fashions in the 1980s
The rah-rah skirt is a short flounced layered skirt that originated in cheerleading and became a popular fashion trend among teenage girls in the early 1980s. Later in the 1980s it was often worn with leather, denim or lace.
Jheri curl hairstyle worn in the 1980s.
| Fashions and Styles in 1982 |
The early 1980s were very different from the rest of the decade, with some carryovers from the late 1970s. Clothing colors were subdued, quiet and basic; varying shades of brown, tan, and orange were common. Fashionable clothing in the early 1980s included both unisex and gender-specific attire. Widespread fashions for women in the early 1980s included sweaters (including turtleneck, crew neck, and v-neck varieties); fur-lined puffer jackets; tunics; faux-fur coats; velvet blazers; trench coats (made in both fake and real leather); crop tops; tube tops; knee-length skirts (of no prescribed length, as designers opted for choice); loose, flowy, knee-length dresses (with high-cut and low-cut necklines, varying sleeve lengths, and made in a variety of fabrics including cotton, silk, satin, and polyester); high-waisted loose pants; embroidered jeans; leather pants; and designer jeans. Women's pants of the 1980s were, in general, worn with long inseams - a style carried over from the 1970s. Accessories for women included thin belts, knee-high boots with thick kitten heels, sneakers, jelly shoes (a new trend at the time), mules, round-toed shoes and boots, jelly bracelets (inspired by Madonna in 1983), shoes with thick heels, small, thin necklaces (with a variety of materials, such as gold and pearls), and small watches. The fitness craze of the 1970s continued into the early 1980s. General women's street-wear worn in the early 1980s included ripped sweatshirts, leotards, tights, sweatpants, and tracksuits (especially ones made in velour). Prior to the mid-1980s, it had been taboo to show a slip or a bra strap in public. A visible undergarment had been a sign of social ineptness. With the new fashion's most extreme forms, young women would forgo conventional outer-garments for vintage-style bustiers with lacy slips and several large crucifixes.
In the early 1980s, fashion had carried onward from the late 1970s. Athletic clothes were more popular than jeans during this period, as were more subdued colors. Looser pants remained popular during this time, being fairly wide but straight, and tighter shirts were especially popular. The general public, at this time, wanted to wear low-maintenance clothing with more basic colors, as the global recession going on at the time kept extravagant clothes out of reach. Popular clothing in the early 1980s worn by men includes tracksuits, v-neck sweaters, polyester and velour polo-neck shirts, sports jerseys, straight-leg jeans, polyester button-ups, cowboy boots, beanies, and hoodies. In the mid 1980s, popular trends included wool sport coats, Levi 501s, Hawaiian shirts, shell suits, hand-knit sweaters, sports shirts, hoodies, flannel shirts, reversible flannel vests, jackets with the insides quilted, nylon jackets, gold rings, spandex cycling shorts, cowboy boots, and khaki pants with jagged seams. T-shirts underneath expensive suit jackets with broad, padded shoulders, hawaiian shirts (complemented with sport coats, often with top-stitched lapels for a "custom-tailored" look), and (in counterpoint to the bright shirt) jackets that were often gray, tan, rust or white. Easy-care micro-suede and corduroy jackets became popular choices, especially those with a Western style.
Rap and hip-hop:
Athletic shoes had been worn as casual wear before, but for the first time they became a high-priced fashion item. Converse shoes were popular in the first half of the 1980s. Air Jordan basketball shoes (named for basketball player Michael Jordan) made their debut in 1984. The NBA banned these shoes from games when they debuted, which increased their cachet. Soon, other manufacturers introduced premium athletic shoes. Adidas sneakers took the decade by storm, becoming popular among teenage boys and young men; the Adidas sneaker was popularized by the Run-D.M.C. song My Adidas. Nike had a similar share of the market, with Air Max and similar shoes. High-tops, especially of white or black leather, became popular. In the early 1980s, long and white athletic socks, often calf-high or knee-high, were worn with sneakers. As the decade progressed, socks trended shorter, eventually topping out just above the height of the shoe. Ensembles featuring the colors of Africa (green, yellow and red) became wildly popular among African Americans, as did kente cloth. In the urban hip-hop communities, sneakers were usually worn unlaced and with a large amount of gold jewelry, as well as headwraps.
The Jheri curl often spelled Jerry curl or Jeri Curl is a permed hairstyle that was common and popular among African American, Black Canadian, and Black British, especially during the 1980s and the 1990s. Invented by the hairdresser Jheri Redding, the Jheri curl gave the wearer a glossy, loosely curled look. It was touted as a "wash and wear" style that was easier to care for than the other popular chemical treatment of the day, the relaxer.
United States Census for African Americans
in the 1980s
| Our Community in 1982 |
Newsworthy Events in the Black Community:
- October 14, 1982 - President Ronald Reagan proclaims war against drugs.
- HIV and without treatment, average survival time after infection with HIV is estimated to be 9 to 11 years. Trivia:Infection with HIV occurs by the transfer of blood, semen, vaginal fluid, pre-ejaculate, or breast milk. Within these bodily fluids, HIV is present as both free virus particles and virus within infected immune cells. AIDS was first clinically observed in 1981 in the United States. The initial cases were a cluster of injection drug users and gay men.
- 1980s - Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980.
- 1980 - Less than a school year differentiated the years of schooling attained by African Americans and white Americans born after 1980.
- 1980s - The United States Population is 226,504,825 with a total of 26,482,349 being African Americans.