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Dr. Edward R. Culvert
Welcome to the select writings and rantings of Dr. Edward R. Culvert.

A collection from his weekly column
Another Angle featured in the Culvert Chronicles USA; a New York-based newspaper that promises to deliver “the news and voice of the people!”

Preachy, provocative and entertaining the people’s favorite self-described “
social historian” tackles the issues of the day from race and education to politics and religion forcing you to think for yourself or get mad and motivated enough to take action to help improve the human condition.

Who wants to see your dirty drawers? Not Culvert but check it out for yourself in the featured article below and keep it moving.

EVERYONE MADE MONEY BUT THE SLAVE
In a blistering scholarly work on the institution of Slavery Dr. William “Skip” Gates of Harvard University put the icing on the cake by saying that Africans had as much culpability for slavery as Europeans and Americans.

He asserts that 90 to 95 percent of all slaves sold to the colonial powers, who brought them to the western hemisphere, where sold to the Europeans by African Chiefs. Dr. Gates sites the work of other scholars to support his findings.

Dr. Gates named John Thornton, PhD and Linda Heywood, PhD. Historians from Boston University as his supporting sources.

Race politics and race baiting are big business. With Dr. Gates exposing this supposedly new information, the entire question of race and slavery is going to take on a new dimension.

The institution of slavery rests squarely on the shoulders of Africans and Europeans.
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Who is going to pay reparations?

Africans are asking African Americans to send money to them to stem the AIDS tide, keep them eating and help breach the economic divide. Interestingly, the former oppressors are asking the former oppressed for help. What goes around comes around.

Max Weber, in his classic work, The Protestant Ethic or The Spirit of Capitalism, asserts the rise of the protestant church movement was a prime factor in the rise of slavery. Scholars have known this for years.

The sad thing is that you cannot tell people what you know, because the very people you are trying to help will turn on you, rend you and try to destroy you. It is easier to play the blame game.

For years, behind closed doors, African American historians have discussed the economic aspect of slavery A few bold souls said slavery was based on economics, and not on race.

Money was the prime inducement for the investment.

In his book, Blacks before Color Prejudice, Dr. Frank Snowden of Howard University said that in ancient Greece, the Greeks accepted Africans as equals.

He then gave a compendium of supporting data. When his book was released, members of the student population hanged him in effigy. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African American Sociologist from Harvard University, penned a book entitled Blacks Who Owned Slaves. Activist called him crazy. Yet, he is the farther of Black History month. How crazy could he have been?

This newly published information, by a top scholar is going to put a number of activists in the social hot seat. Activist have made their livings by using racial divisiveness as a means of keeping people apart, and rubbing salt into the wounds of oppression and exploitation.
Let us have reparations. However, let us ask the Africans to pay Reparations as we have asked the Europeans.

“Truth crushed to earth will rise again, and in rising will be stronger than ever before. “(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.).

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Light Skin, Dark Skin And Success
Statistical data once again raises the issue of colorization among African Americans.

The data tells us that a light-skinned African American male with a Bachelor’s Degree will be hired quicker than a dark-skinned African American male with an MBA.

This recalls some of the issues in the African American community we thought had been licked. 

The Black is beautiful mantra of the 60s has fallen by the wayside. 
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Commercial and advertisement institutions have associated beauty and sexiness with skin pigmentation. 

The recent data has taken us back to the pre-Civil Rights era when the adage:
if you were White you were all right; and if you were Brown you can hang around; and if you were Black you had to get in the back

A race of people cannot expect others to respect them when they do not respect themselves. 

This hogwash of color is one of the most inane ways of being divisive most thinking people have ever accepted. 

Anyone who has a modicum of intelligence and who has read any book on anthropology or genetics know that colorization is just a device for separation.
 
The works of
Frank M. Snowden and J. A. Rogers readily shoot down the myth of color superiority.

However, we find that color and position have a lot to do with achievement but very little to do with intelligence.

There is a pendulum of ignorance and race hatred that is swinging the other way.  Music television videos and television shows do not mirror the demographics of the African American community.

However, most successful African American men have wives and significant others who are lighter than they are.

Leadership has to start to speak out and let people know that divisiveness and race and color are just tools used to manipulate people who do not think.

Skin color is just a social control for the simple minded. Tomorrow we will explore the history of how color became a devise used to connote beauty and intelligence.
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IS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BASED ON IGNORANCE, MYTH OR FACT?
Most people who talk about Affirmative Action have no idea what Affirmative Action programs are, how they came about, or what they are designed to do. The explainers never talk about the program they take sides and approach their answers with bias.

This is what Affirmative Action is all about. It is about leveling the playing field, so everyone can have an equal opportunity to achieve.

We do not want to readily admit it, but there is still discrimination in America. It may not be overt, but it is covert.

What Affirmative Action does is to level the playing field so minorities, women and the disabled will have equal access to employment and schooling? This ought to be cleared up right now.
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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 strictly forbids the use of quotas. If people read the act, they would find few Affirmative Action policies would be considered quota policies. In the past, quotas were used to keep minorities out of employment, not to include them.

Over the years, the concept of Affirmative Action has changed. In modern America, you would think policies would be color blind and free of gender bias. Not so.

For every dollar a man makes, a woman makes seventy-two cents.

Under the law, every citizen is entitled to equal education, health care; social security benefits paid for with tax levy funds and earned invested income.

Outcomes are not granted, and not everyone is treated equal.

The sports concept of fair play under the rules is supposed to apply. Affirmative Action is what this is about. It is conceived that the efforts of the individual will make a difference, not preferential treatment, inside information, or the old boy network.

By leveling the playing field, the runners or players that are burdened by the disadvantages of color, ethnicity, gender, physical impeded or economic station has the same chance to achieve the privilege few enjoy and take for granted. We might call it unsportsmanlike conduct.

Most people will believe the myths about Affirmative Action before they will believe the facts. It is a myth to think the citizenry of the United States does not support Affirmative Action. Another myth is that if Affirmative Action is enforced, White workers would loose their jobs. The truth is that government statistics do not support this myth.

There are two million unemployed African-American civilians and more than 100 million employed White civilians, (The Bureau of Census 1994). If every unemployed African-American worker was to displace a White worker, less than 2% of White workers would be affected.

Affirmative Action applies only to job qualified and school qualified citizens. In total, less than 1% of White workers in marginal jobs would be affected (Ivin 1995).

It is unfair to compare African-Americans to other ethnic groups, because African-Americans have a 375-year history in America - 245 involving slavery, 100 years of legalized discrimination, and 30 involving anything else.

Another myth states that Affirmative Action supports preferential treatment for unqualified citizens over qualified citizens.

Preferential treatment occurs when a minority or female candidate is chosen from a pool of qualified applicants. Things straighten themselves out because without the pool minorities and women would not be considered for many jobs.
This means everyone has a chance to be chosen.

Minority candidates and women candidates have used this chance to get into universities.

Deep feelings and strong opposition have come from White males and Conservative Voters. Americans must be doing something right because other countries have followed America in their attempt to right past wrongs.

Brazil is one of the countries that have instituted a program of Affirmative Action. In Brazil, less than 2% of Black Brazilian citizens are in college. To remedy this problem, Brazil has instituted a policy of Affirmative Action.

If it is so bad and discriminatory why would another country institute its policies?
The truth is it is not bad. It gives people who have been used and exploited a chance at the good things of life.

Remember quotas are not supported by Affirmative Action.

Quotas are strictly forbidden in Affirmative Action.
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A LOT OF MONEY IN THE HANDS OF FOOLS IS A DANGEROUS THING
Two groups of people in America are not immigrants: those who were found here and named Indians and those brought here against their will. Everyone else in America is an immigrant.

If we look very closely at Donald Trump’s genealogy we will find he is of Scottish and German extraction. He comes from a distinguished parentage. His family worked hard to achieve wealth.

This is what is so hard to understand: why would he want to deny other the same venue his family used to achieve fame and fortune?
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Two groups of people in America are not immigrants: those who were found here and named Indians and those brought here against their will. Everyone else in America is an immigrant.

If we look very closely at Donald Trump’s genealogy we will find he is of Scottish and German extraction. He comes from a distinguished parentage. His family worked hard to achieve wealth.

This is what is so hard to understand: why would he want to deny other the same venue his family used to achieve fame and fortune?

When new groups of people enter a new country, the wheat comes with the chaff.

This kind of thinking reeks of elitism. Notice I did not say racism. Study history. The Romans considered the Germanic tribes to be uncivilized and the scum of the earth.

What a difference a few wars and some fancy uniforms make.

The latest polls and statistical data indicate people are listening to
The Donald.

His problem is that as usual he will eventual shoot himself in the foot. This is what I mean. Boko Haram!

Who knows what they want? In a few short years, they have become one of the most hated groups of individuals on earth. When they kidnapped those 200 girls from school they made every parent who ever gave birth to a child want to kick their butts.

They may have started out with good intentions but when the blind lead the blind they all fall into the ditch.

I do not know what they want but I would take pleasure in giving them a beat down.

Donald Trump appeals to a segment of the population. What we need to be looking at is how Mr. Jeb Bush has raised $100 million dollars a primary. Does that mean he qualifies for another $100 million or more in matching funds?

When Donald Trump jumped on the Mexicans he should have remember how the United States screwed Mexico during the
Gadsden Purchase.

More explicit read about the Texas Revolt of 1835. The people who spoke English took the land from the people who did not speak English. Talk about rip-offs.

If it was not tragic and people’s lives didn’t depend on it this mess we call politics would make a great sitcom.

In 2015 the massive American people personally do not care who the president is, or the governor. We know that we have to pay no matter who is in office: we pay with Democrats. We pay with Republicans. We pay. We always have to pay.

We have to pay the mortgage, the light bill and the cable bill. And if we fall behind, we find ourselves sitting on the street on our proverbial butts.

This country was once called the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is now the plantation of the working person and the playground for the rich man. These are very trying times. As long as people with money can cloud the issues facing America we will never be able to solve the problems that exist in America.

In 1964 Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona had the political world jumping up-and-down running for the Republican nomination for president on a one-issue campaign.

The issue was law and order.

It is 2015 and Donald Trump, who to my knowledge, has never held public office nor worked for the city, state or federal government. He is now jumping up-and-down and talking about Mexicans.

What about Apple products being manufactured in China and sold in America? What about America importing more products than it sells? And the top priority of his presidential candidacy is to address the Mexican illegal immigrants?

Many Americans may silently agree with Mr. Trump but something is just not adding up. At some point in the equation weren’t his parents also immigrants?

If by a weird stretch of the imagination Donald Trump were elected President I am moving to Monaco. There I can collect my Social Security check with out paying taxes.
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS CAN TAKE A BOW FOR TURNING OUT
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In the last presidential election the assumption was that Black voters, who traditionally do not vote in large numbers, might not follow the 2008 voting pattern.

African Americans took the polls taken by political scientists and theorists threw them out the window. In 2012 Black Voters turned out at a higher rate than White Voters.
In the last presidential election the assumption was that Black voters, who traditionally do not vote in large numbers, might not follow the 2008 voting pattern.

African Americans took the polls taken by political scientists and theorists threw them out the window. In 2012 Black Voters turned out at a higher rate than White Voters.

Our analysis, as predicted by the Culvert Chronicles’ Poll called COP (Culvert Opinion Poll) was on the money. What did the poll cost? Nothing! All we did was talk to people in the streets in various parts of the country.

The experts predicted a close race. COP said, “No way.” Mitt Romney wasted himself. He assumed white voters would rally to his camp.

Truth is America has changed. The 99% are beginning to realize color is just an incident of birth, and a poor white man is no better off in this society than a poor black man.

The old divides of race and gender are still there, but people are beginning to realize that the one percent just uses race, gender and sexual preference to keep the little people disunited.
2012 taught the politicians what Social Scientists and thinkers have known for many years. We have been jumping up and down saying; changes in technology have changed the social fabric of America.

Information cannot be hidden from people as it was in the old days. Americans can sit in their living-room and talk to people all over the world. Tasks that used to take months and years to complete are done in minutes.

Spin doctors must also understand there is no longer an information glut. Via the Internet Americans see for themselves what is going on in all parts of the world. Smart phones have changed the way people perform in public.

This means people of the world know as much, and in some instances even more, about what is going on throughout the world than the leaders.

Barack Hussein Obama’s election to a second term is a strong indicator that some of the ills that plagued America can no longer be used by a few people as a racial pork barrel. How can racist justify their remarks to the people about racial injustice and say things have not changed?

At one time America had a Black President. New York State had a Black Governor. Four percentage points stopped a triple play. New York City would have had a black mayor.

The poor me syndrome is still trying to be used by those persons who would keep America divided.

In what history will consider a short time the whole fabric of America has changed. This does not mean that we are naïve enough to believe racial and gender bias and all other biases do not exist, because they do.

No one with a little intelligence would argue things are the way they used to be. They are not. Little by little old things are passing away, and all things are becoming new.

The American people are not as naïve as our leaders think we are. Most people don’t say anything about what’s going on because they just don’t want to be bothered. All the little man wants is to live and let live. We still have to pay taxes and die.

Hats off to the African-American electorate, you did yourself proud. You are only 11%, but if you continue to vote in the future as you voted in 2012 African Americans will gain more respect than all the marches, sit-ins and sit-outs ever done. Just keep on keeping on.

Remember one thing, “You take out of this world what you brought into this world, nothing!”
IT AIN'T WHAT YOU DO IT'S THE WAY THAT YOU DO IT
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There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, but when your ambition get in the way of your good sense that is what gets you in trouble. There is a book called Machiavelli in Business.

Some people think it is worth reading. It is what it is, if you take it for what it is worth. Think about this. Why should a person work to make you rich? What do they get out of it?
There is nothing wrong with being ambitious, but when your ambition get in the way of your good sense that is what gets you in trouble. There is a book called Machiavelli in Business.

Some people think it is worth reading. It is what it is, if you take it for what it is worth. Think about this. Why should a person work to make you rich? What do they get out of it?

One of the things politicians miss is that the real people of a community are not going to work to put you in office and keep you in office and get nothing in return. The Democratic Party is guilty of this. Young highly educated African-Americans are flocking to the Republican Party.

Years ago we used to have the young Democrats. What happen to them? We got old and the new regimes are not interested in the young anything.

Political clubs are almost non-existing entities on the political scene. The only time the club is needed is to get signatures on partitions. Someone has to do the legwork.

Monday night used to be service night. People from the community would come into the club and receive help. Sometimes it was just having someone read or write a letter. That kind of thinking is gone with the Dodo bird. On today's political scene, it is done with mirrors. What you see is not what you think you saw.

Where are the new Francis Park, J. Raymond Jones, (the fox) Gerry Daniels, Marion Hathaway, Danny Burrows, Percy Sutton and David Dinkins? Oh we have Senator David Patterson, Charlie Rangel and Councilman Bill Perkins, but they need a supporting cast.

Who replaced Wesley D. McHolder the political theorist of Brooklyn who masterminded the campaigns of the late Shirley Chisholm Congresswoman from Brooklyn?

There are people who would love to have the accolades, but they do not have the ability. They want to start at the top and work down. To quote an unnamed source our candidates snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. That is embarrassing.

Consider this. A few years ago the Rev. Sharpton, with limited resources, almost won the Democratic primary for Mayor of the City of New York. That should have been a wake up call.

If the party is to remain viable in this state there has to be an infusion of new blood. The party cannot talk about what they did for Kennedy or Clinton that is old news. What have you done today?

Look at the liberal party. Dead, Dead, Dead. The so-called political theorists need to study political science 101. They have removed politics from a science that deals with issues to a crapshoot that deals with personalities.

When is the last time you heard a candidate submit a platform, and when they won, fulfill the promises they made?

The time has come when politics is not a profession for a poor man or the average man. It has become the pavilion of the rich, and those who are willing to sell themselves to the devil.

Look at the current crop of candidates seeking the democratic nomination for Mayor. Who are they? Some have been in the news, and never accomplished anything but raise money.

There was a time when candidates ran on their record of achievements in the party and for the people of the community. Some of the people running at this time held limited public office and were not decision makers.

There is nothing wrong with having wealth. What is wrong is using wealth to circumvent and bastardize the democratic process. That is what is wrong. People do not vote, do not participate, and generally do not care who wins an office. Most feel it is immaterial who wins. They have lost faith.

We have an off year election coming up. Let’s see what happens. It should be an indicator of what is to come. Who has the stamina, intellect and know how to run and win. Notice, money was not mentioned.

The super PAC’S have taken care of that. Remember what the Rev. Al did! Single-handed he scared the New York City Democrats by losing to former Borough President Ruth Messenger by 150 votes.

She had the organization but Rev. Al Sharpton had the people. Prov. 29:18, “
where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”

This is good stuff.

Who wants to see your dirty drawers?

There is a new fad running rampant in the African American community. Most rational beings do not know what to call it, but most African American adults are offended by looking at nitwits dung stained drawers.

To digress for a moment, Morehouse College in Atlanta has instituted a dress code. Dr. Benjamin May’s former President of Morehouse and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr his student are looking down and smiling. Morehouse men are the best.

There are always social deviants in the African America community who start some ridicules fad and tickle the fancy of the slow of mind. Think of the Sixties with men wearing high heel shoes and the bell-bottom trousers. Sometimes the pants were too tight you had to sit down to put them on. A few years earlier, there was the Zoot suit craze.

Most of these fads are just vehicles to take the money from the weak of mind.

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I encourage students to watch CNN. Look at the men who control the destiny of the world and look at how they dress. They dress to the nines in business suits, and if the dates were not shown, it would be difficult to tell the year of the presentation.

If you are wearing it on your ass, it is not an asset. Reminds me of something I read. It said a fool and money soon part. This is so true. It is interesting to look into shops in the inner city and see what kind of clothing is being sold. Most clothing is fad clothing, two years from the date it is bought, it is not in style, and the process starts over.
Being in style is what it is all about, and telling people what you paid for a garment gives you status in the land of the disenchanted.

This drawers thing is a hold over from jail. In jail, prisoners are not allowed to wear belts. There is no G.Q. styling in the jail, and if you happen to be slim, your pants hang over your hips. When inmates come home, they continue to let their pants hang. Others see this mental malady, and follow. Monkey see, and monkey do.

Some people say it is a fad. However, consider this, television shows are shown all over the world. These videos portray African American young people as buffoons, gangsters, and booty shakers.

When people make videos, they are young. Some of the videos border on pornography. The strange thing about life is that you do not stay young. You get old. If a young woman makes a video in 2013, technology can show that video ten years from now. What will your child’s friends say when your jiggling butt is shown on T.V. and the next day in school the children start to tease your child.

Your big butt will be the topic of conversation.

What baffles me is why parents and community leaders are reticent to talk about the dirty drawers fad. Our society has become so callous, parents are afraid to tell their children about what clothing to buy. Parents say I do not have to wear that mess. True, but you have to pay for that mess.

Come to think about it, young females are starting to emulate the males. In the final analysis, it appears young people will emulate wrong rather than right.

Do not write me and tell me I am out of touch. If not wearing your pants around your ankles is out of touch then I am out of touch, and proud of it. Then again, maybe I will start a new fad. Everyone who plays hooky from school, and get caught will be flogged in the schoolyard. That makes about as much sense and wearing your pants around your ankles. Let’s keep it moving.
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HERE WE GO AGAIN: CHARTER SCHOOLS VS. PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In a couple of days, the children of New York City will enter a school.

Their bright eyes will be shining and inquisitive natures brimming with the anticipation of learning.

Then the same old arguments will start.

Which are better charter schools or public school? Sound thinking will be toss to the wind and the special interest will begin.

Let us cut to the quick.
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A public school has to take every student who comes through the door. The end result is they try to educate every student.

A charter school is a business.

The end result is making money for its investors. Charter schools can screen students for potential problems and not take a student.

A student can be expelled from a charter school.
Where does a child go who has been expelled from a charter school?

To a public school!

Some people think the world is going to give them something for free; the only thing you get free in this country is poor advice.

At the close of the day, a charter school is a business.
Businesses are designed to make money.

A public school is an institution of learning.
The end result, good or bad is to educate children.

That’s it.

Comparing them is like comparing a monkey to an elephant.

They are both animals but are nothing alike.
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TEN THINGS AFRICAN AMERICAN PARENTS CAN DO TO IMPROVE THEIR CHILDERN'S ACADEMIC WORK
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Get rid of your televisions, and your child’s grades will go up. African-American children watch an average of 27 hours of TV per week in comparison to Asians children who watch an average of 1.5 hours per week (WHO WINS THE MATH AND SCIENCE AWARDS)

2. Spend quality time with your child. Go to the library or the museum. Take them to the opera or to a Broadway show.

3. Read to your child and with your child.
Take the text feature off your child’s cell phone.
1. Get rid of your televisions, and your child’s grades will go up. African-American children watch an average of 27 hours of T.V. per week in comparison to Asians children who watch an average of 1.5 hours per week (WHO WINS THE MATH AND SCIENCE AWARDS)

2. Spend quality time with your child. Go to the library or the museum. Take them to the opera or to a Broadway show.

3. Read to your child and with your child.
Take the text feature off your child’s cell phone.

4. Give your child a regular scheduled time to study, and check their homework. Help them if you can. If you cannot help do not wait until the child falls behind.

5. Go to the school and let them know there is a problem. Teachers are not your enemy they are your child’s best resource. Many parents let their ego get in the way of their good sense. Some parents are too ashamed to let teachers know they cannot help a child with their homework.

6. Attend PTA meetings, and parent conferences. Get to know the school personnel.

7. Get your child to school on time and pick them up on time. There is nothing more traumatic for a child than to see all their friends go home and they are sitting in the office for hours.

8. Make certain your children bath properly. There is nothing worse than a child that has a smell.

9. Give your child a curfew.

10. Do not be ashamed of chastise your child, not physical, but set rules and make them adhere to the rules. You are their parent and not their friend.
Never Burn The Bridges That Brought You Across Prediction: Historical Black Colleges Will Rise
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For many years enrollment at traditional Black Colleges has diminished.

Some colleges had to merge or close their doors. Many of the colleges are in dire financial straights. 

The course of economic events are making African Americans take a second look at traditional Black colleges.

Nationwide, the criteria for entering city and state universities is based on SAT scores and grades.

Few colleges take potential into consideration.

Some African Americans and Latino students who have attended inner city schools have not received proper college training.

More money is being spent but positive results have not been forthcoming. The question is why?
Elected officials who do not have credentials to teach in the schools have blamed the teachers. However, there is enough blame for everyone to have their fair share.

Financial retrenchment, the recession, and loss of family income has forced students who under normal circumstances would have attended private colleges to take a look at state and city supported colleges 

The number of Black and Latino students in senior colleges is diminishing. Some students are not willing to spend thousands of dollars mortgaging their life’s to receive a college education.
When they graduate many take a position on the unemployment line. That was one of the underlining causes for occupying Wall Street. To add insult to injury, interest rates on student loans have doubled.

This means for economic reasons if an African American students wants to attend college they may have to return to the traditional Black Colleges.

These colleges were the bridges that their parents and grandparents used as vehicles for success. Segregation had closed other avenues.   

The question is how long can traditional Black Colleges remain open until people realized they still fulfill a need. This may appear to be far fetch but only time will tell. 

Some African Americans tend to forget the lessons of history and assume yesterday was business as usual. Not so little ones.

Some of the greatest African American scholars started their careers at traditional Black Colleges. Booker T. Washington, Dr. W. E. B. Dubois, Congressman and Pastor Floyd Flake are included in the endless list.

It appears economics is driving poor and middle-class African Americans to cross the same bridges that brought their parents from the dark of the shadows of slavery to the light of intellectual development.

Let’s keep on moving forward.

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REVISITING THE HISTORY OF AFRICA
The month of February is upon us and for the next few weeks we will recall the exploits of African people and the contributions they have made to the upliftment of humankind.)

Many pseudo intellectuals say Africans had no civilization and have made no viable contributions to modern civilization.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Most of European Civilization, Religion, Mathematics, Architecture, Medicine, and Astronomy were taken from Africa.

When you have been lied to for years, it is difficult to sort fact from fiction.
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Books that would enlighten the uninformed are not readily available, and have to be culled from the shelves of obscure libraries.

Many people will not accept the obvious, and believe whatever they are told by people who have hidden agendas.

For the next few weeks we will examine hidden facts about Africa people and look at authentic sources for the truth.

Some people say that truth, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Let us quote Jesus, "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." Let us search for freedom.

One of the primary sources of truth for modern man is a book written by John G. Jackson -- Introduction to African Civilization.

It is accepted as one of the prime sources for the history of the development of African Civilization.

In his work, he quotes irrefutable sources -- Gerald Massey, Count Volney, Wallace Budge, and the like. These men are not Africans and are accepted in academia as reputable scholars.

There are others, but these men, many of them knighted by the Queen, are the accepted authorities.

Oh! Have you noticed that Egypt has been moved from Africa to the Middle East? (How you do that?) Well, when you are writing the book, you can put in anything that you want to. It does not matter if it is right or wrong.

If it sounds good to you, then that's it. This is called defining a new reality. That's the technical name. What others call it is altering history to make you look good and, negating the importance of other cultures and societies.

In sociological terms it is called hegemony. This means you negate the importance of other cultures and super impose you culture on people and make your self superior.

You see, it is the same old shell game. "My stuff is best, because I am me, and therefore I am the best, and whatever I do is better than anything you can do."

Let's get to some good stuff! Did you know that the numbers we use and mathematics are African and Indian and not European?

Most people do not believe this, but it is the truth. It was not until the twelfth century that Europeans would accept mathematics. They felt that anyone engaged in mathematics was engaged in witchcraft. The church would have you burned at the stake.

I know you do not believe.

Let us take something else.

Are you familiar with a man named Nicholas Copernicus? He believed that the secrets of nature were written in the language of mathematics.

He is best remembered for his highly enlighten theory of what is called "heavenly revolution."

He argued that the earth was not the center of the universe. He said that the sun did not revolve around the earth, the earth revolved around the sun.

Because of the church, he could not share this information. Two months before his death, his work "On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres" was published.

Then he died. This gives you an indication of the lengths people in power will go to control information.

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

The flow of information is controlled, and then we are told what we need to know. For the next month this space will share with the reading audience, information that will make you feel proud of who you are.

One parting thought: "If the Greeks and Romans were such great Mathematicians, how did they do it?"
One of the first things I learn about higher mathematics was that to do higher mathematics you had to have a zero. What is the roman numerable for zero?
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FIFTY YEARS AND STILL COUNTING
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Reviewing the recent march on Washington D.C., made fifty years seem like yesterday. Time has passed. Racial, ethnic and gender bias are wounded but still alive.

It was difficult to see some of the old relics of the past, who rode Dr. King’s back to prominence, looking into the TV cameras with straight faces and taking credit for things they had little to do with.

The simplicities of hatred have changed masked under the guise of class, economic, and intellectual genocide.

Reviewing the recent march on Washington D.C. made fifty years seem like yesterday. Time has passed. Racial, ethnic and gender bias are wounded but still alive.

It was difficult to see some of the old relics of the past, who rode Dr. King’s back to prominence, looking into the TV cameras with straight faces and taking credit for things they had little to do with.

The simplicities of hatred have changed masked under the guise of class, economic, and intellectual genocide.

Proud voices that shouted from the rooftops have grown fat with filthy money.

Vocal timber needed to bring about social changes has been compromised.
The fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington was nice and entertaining but it should have been used as a catapult to launch a mandate for the downtrodden appropriate for the 21st century. I did not hear that!

I did not hear an agenda based on sound research. I did not hear a voice addressing the educational needs of Black and Brown children in the inner-cities.

I did not hear an agenda for the alleviation of the skyrocketing unemployment rate among African Americans and Latinos.

I did not hear anyone address intelligently the problem of Black-on-Black murders among young African American men.

I did not hear anyone talk about the high abortion rates among African American women many who use abortion as a form of birth control.

I did not hear anyone speak about the heinous crimes of robbing poor African Americans trying to buy homes by banks.

Some people had good credit ratings but were steered by banks to sub-prime lenders. This caused, in the long run, people to loose their homes.

Hard working people paid exorbitant rates for loans to purchase a home, and then lost their life’s savings.

I did not hear anyone talk about the escalating tuition rates for colleges across the nation.

I did not hear anyone speak of the death rattles of Traditional Black Colleges.

I did not hear anyone talk about why Dr. Martin Luther King called 1199 his favorite union. I did not hear the roll called of the dead warriors of the movement who for one reason or another did not become media stars.

Who remembers Leon Davis, and Alvin Heaps of the R.W.D.S.U.?

Who remembers Cleveland Robinson and Dr. Beverly Bruce of District Council 65?

Who remembers Doris Turner of 1199? Who remembers L. Joseph Overton who was in charge of security for the march?

I did not hear anyone call the name of Thelma Glass of Alabama State University?

I did not hear anyone call Fred Gray's name.

I did not hear anyone call the name of one child who walked to school before they would ride segregated busses.

I did not hear the name of Claudette Colvin called. She was the first person arrested for sitting in the wrong place on a white bus.

This information is in a book entitled, Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose. These names are lost in the valley of the forgotten.

Bayard Ruskin was drummed out of a leadership position in the Civil Rights Movement because he was allegedly a homosexual.

It is a contradiction for a movement fighting for the rights of people to discriminate against an individual because of his/her sexual preference

In 1940 Asa Phillip Randolph threatened a march on Washington.

In 1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law a bill outlawing discrimination in businesses that held Federal contracts.

In 1941 A. Phillip Randolph cancelled the threatened March on Washington.

People, who do not know, think the Civil Rights Movement started in 1955 with the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Anyone with a basic knowledge of African American history knows this is not true.

At the close of the day everyone locked arms, sang Kum Ba Yah and went back to the ghettos and a meager existence in the land of plenty.

Without vision the people perish. What is the vision of African American leaders for the future of the people they are leading in this land called America?
BLACKS IN THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
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One of the least known sagas about America is buried in history books.

That is, the truth about the roll Black Men played in the Revolutionary War.

In these times of high unemployment among African-American men and the “know nothing” attitudes of pseudo intellectuals toward the problem, truth is lost.

One of the least known sagas about America is buried in history books.

That is, the truth about the roll Black Men played in the Revolutionary War.

In these times of high unemployment among African-American men and the “know nothing” attitudes of pseudo intellectuals toward the problem, truth is lost.

African American men are perceived as drug dealing, sluggards who do not take care of the fruit of his own body. In some cases, this is true. However, this is only half of the story. The other half of the story is mired in ignorance, mis-education, and misinformation.

History needs to be told.
Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” Col 4:1:

Let us look at the first shots of the colonial revolution. Crispus Attucts a black man was the first person killed by the British.

History describes him as a barfly. He was not a bar room rowdy. He was one of the organizers of the revolution. Recent findings support these facts. Why is he presented in a lesser light?

Black men fought and died in all of the wars America has fought, starting with the Revolutionary War. The British told the enslaved Africans if either you fight with us, and we win the war we will free you, and you can return to Africa or any place in the world the British flag flies. The Colonist presented a counter offer. Do not fight with the British. They are against what we stand for and will not keep their word.

They will make you servants to the King and your condition will be no different than it is now.

Well, some of the Africans in the country fought with the British. Lord Dunmore proved he was a man of honor. Lord Dunmore and General Cornwallis marched their defeated army into Canada. He then told his Black troops that he was returning to England and would send ships for them. These ships would take them any place in the world the British flag was flying and they would live as free men.

Now the story becomes interesting. One of the places the Black troops stayed was Nova Scotia. Lord Dunmore returned to England, and sent the ships. Some of the troops quartered in Nova Scotia stayed and became free men in Canada. Some chose to go to Jamaica, and Barbados. Others went to Africa and helped found the crown colony of Serria Leone.

Everywhere the British flag was flying they migrated, and they lived as free men.

Consider this. This scenario was happening in 1777 through 1780. Slavery did not end in the British Caribbean until 1835.

This means the free slaves from America had fifty-five years to become entrepreneurs and accumulate wealth.

They became the Gentry of the British Caribbean. Why? Everyone else was in slavery.

Other Africans who fought in the Revolutionary war returned to Africa and under the tutorage of the British helped found the crown Colony of Serria Leone.

A few years ago at a program sponsored by the NAACP at the Williams Intuitional CME Church in Harlem, a man from Serria Leone became incensed when I made these remarks.

He had to be physically restrained by his friends. He yelled, that is false teaching. My remarks to him were I would tell you where you could read what I have said.

He was not concerned about reading. He was concerned about not being associated with American Blacks.

Some people say they want to hear about African-American history. Some really do. Most want to hear what they want to hear and that is not truth. Most is fiction.

Some people’s knowledge of Black History is confined to Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and a few others. They do not want to hear of the struggles of the lesser lights. The people whose names will never be household words will be lost in time.

People will never name their children after them or make movies about them. Without the little people, there would never have been a struggle or movement to free the disenfranchised.

Think about this, Hollywood is always looking for good stories to make movies about. Make a film about Blacks who fought in the Revolutionary War. It would earn an Academy Award.

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The Damage Was Done In The Womb
Inner city schools have some serious problems with their educational systems.

Educators have tapped danced around the issues but have not come to grips with the fact that some children cannot learn.

Their Mothers and Fathers have ingested narcotics and damaged their children’s brains. Their children’s ability to assimilate process facts and acquire knowledge no longer exists. Scientists have known this since the 1960’s.
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This is not just a wild guess to make copy for a news article but facts acquired by interviewing doctors who will speak privately but do not want to be quoted in the press.

This article is a plea to prospective parents to stop using drugs.

Particularly, the leaf of the cannabis plant, herb, grass and weed, which is used to induce a euphoric state but the long-term effects of its use is rarely discussed.

 Researchers have published articles stating the uses of marijuana can alter the genes and chromosomes of the body. It is now accepted in medical circles that genes determine intelligence, height, eye color, and predetermine the body’s susceptibility to certain diseases and cancer.

Genes also controls intelligence and the ability to learning.
 
When you have visited schools and talk to teachers who are trying to educate children you will see what I mean. Many children cannot remember what has been taught from one day to the next and are despondent.

They want to learn but become depressed when they cannot learn. They become the brunt of jokes and ridiculed by other students.

Teachers have to contend with the added pressure of having to stop fights and heckling. These acts damage a child’s self-esteem; therefore, they develop a dislike of school. This problem, added by existing problems in the home and homelessness equals a formula for failure.

 This scenario goes beyond the ability to teach. Some teachers are not trained to handle these kinds of psychological problems.

Children of parents, who have ingested harmful drugs, are mentally crippled. Their parents have destroyed their ability to learn. Parents want their mentally crippled children to be made into little Einstein’s. This is not possible.

To support my thinking, I present the following facts. Go to any inner city hospital and speak with social workers. Ask them about the number of newborn baby’s addicted to drugs. Some of these children are taken from their parents. Some children stay in the hospital until they are drug free.

This is a very sensitive subject, and when you address it people begin to bristle. The first thing said is that it is a racial or ethnic issue. People cloud the real issue by attacking the social scientists who only presenting the facts.

 The truth is there is a problem and it is not going away or getting any better. The education of children in the inner city is getting progressively worst. Taxpayers spend disproportionate amounts of money with no solutions in sight.
 The problem of children born addicted to narcotics is being flagged but is not being addressed. Here we run into political expedience.

Another problem not talked about is the number of children born in hospitals and abandoned by their mothers. This is something, which needs to be addressed.

A woman will enter a hospital in the late stages of labor. She will have had no prenatal care. She will give a false name, receive care and after the child is born, a friend will bring the mother clothing. The mother will get dressed, leave and never return. The hospital is left with an unwanted child and another human life is put at risk.

 A few years ago, many hospitals wrote to churches and asked them to have volunteers come in and hold babies. Many of the babies never had any physical contact with anyone but a nurse.

If society wants to really address and solve problems we first have to be honest. A segment of our society is flooding schools with mentally damaged children. Schools have tried to solve the problem but it is a political hot potato.

No one wants to commit political suicide or destroy their career by telling it the way it is.

At some point, the facts have to be made public, and let the chips fall where they may. When this is done, positive changes can be affected. If you do not admit there is a problem, how can you solve the problem?

 Narcotics are destroying a generation of young people and unless the problem is addressed special education classes will continue to grow and all the children will suffer.
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I REMEMBER WHEN…
I remember when families went to church together.

I remember when members of the community took care of each other.

I remember when men respected women and women respected themselves.

I remember when all the able-bodied people in the community worked.
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I remember when Jimmy Carter was president.

I remember when old people in the family were taken care of by their families.

I remember when everybody in my class could read and do mathematics.

I remember when you could understand the word to the songs on the radio.

I remember when sexual promiscuity and misogyny were not permitted on the TV or movie screens.

I remember when people took pride in them selves and would not associate with social deviants, dysfunctional individuals, and misfits.

I remember when you could go to church and receive a message of hope and encouragement.

I remember when ministers were more concerned with the redemption of souls than the collection.

I remember when everybody knew who his or her father was.

I remember when people did not dye their hair to keep from looking old.

I remember when father came home every night and mother did not work.

I remember when young Black Men dressed to the nines, and did not show their draws.

I remember when dope was not a big thing in the Black community.

I remember when going to prison was a disgrace and not a badge of honor.

I remember when education was the most important thing in a young person's life.

I remember when it was a disgrace for a girl to have child out of wedlock.

I remember when you had to marry a girl if you got her pregnant.

I remember when violence was relegated to a certain class of people.

I remember when being called Black was grounds for a fight.

I remember when racial oppression united people, because they knew who the enemy was.

I remember when Black People had a vision.

I remember when teenagers had a curfew.

I remember when you were taught table manners in school.

I remember when teachers were respected.

I remember when you could hear the most prophetic speakers lecture at the Harlem Y.M.C.A. on 135th street on any given Sunday afternoon.

I remember when Black People who had made it could be seen in the Black Community.

I remember when we did not have locks on our doors in Harlem.

I remember when you were called a bum if you did not work.

I remember when bars had a special entrance for women, and every bar had to serve food.

I remember when Ministers were the most educated men in the Black Community.

I remember when Y2K meant 2000, and that is all.

LET’S MOVE ON!
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The answer to the immigration problem is not a one-liner
For the past 25 years, the leadership of America has been sweeping the immigration problem under the rug hoping one day that it would go away. Instead of going away the problem has just exacerbated itself.

In 2013 illegal immigration has becoming a grave national problem putting strains on local governments, particularly, the governments of the Border States.

Federal programs stipulate undocumented aliens must be serviced,. Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma and other states have voted to do away with federal programs. They cannot afford to pay their state’s share.

Some people want to make the immigration problem an ethnic or racial problem while others say it is a logistics’ problem, just dollars and cents.

It is easy to be altruistic when thinking about the sufferings people endure in other countries, but there comes a time when someone has to pay the bill.
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Unemployment in America is hovering around 9%, and the tax base of many cities has eroded. Detroit, Michigan has lost 25% of its population. This means that less people will have to pay more in taxes.

Americans who work are being drained dry. Corporations, who earn their dollars from the American public, pay little or no federal tax. This is wrong, wrong, wrong!

One group of poor people is being pitted against another group of poor people to solve the immigration problem.

Sitting on top of the whole mess is a hungry monster call Social Security.

Some legislators have said that by the year 2012-2013 Social Security will be bankrupt. How are people going to live? This ought to be the concern of good government groups.

We have been told the panacea for this economic malady is the acquisition of a 401K. If it were that easy, it would solve the problem.

When you are living paycheck to paycheck, and the rate of inflation out distances your income you are more concern about eating now than retiring later.

There is another problem that needs to be addressed and that is the most serious problem.

No one on has dared to touch. The illegal immigrant population is younger than the population of the United States.

One day, illegals are going to get old. When they reach the age of retirement how are they going to live?

They will not have Social Security, and they will not qualify for Federal programs. How are they going to live?

Twenty five years ago if America had visionaries in positions of leadership we would not have this problem today.

Couple these aforementioned variables with the 14 Amendment of the Constitution of the United Sates. The 14 Amendment states, anyone born within the borders of the United States is a citizen of the United States.

Even though a child’s parents are here illegally, children born to those parents are citizens. If you think we have a problem now, just wait a few years.

If this problem is not addressed honestly and intelligently America will be torn apart. There is a thing called a saturation point. America is close to its saturation point.
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CULVERT SPEAKS
  • Most of these fads are just vehicles to take the money from the weak of mind.Dr. Edward R. Culvert (Nobody wants to see your dirty drawers)
  • The so-called political theorists need to study political science 101. They have removed politics from a science that deals with issues to a crapshoot that deals with personalities.Dr. Edward R. Culvert (It ain't what you do it's the way that you do it)
  • In 2015 the massive American people personally do not care who the president is, or the governor. We know that we have to pay no matter who is in office: we pay with Democrats. We pay with Republicans. We pay. We always have to pay. Dr. Edward R. Culvert (A lot of money in the hands of fools is a dangerous thing)
  • This newly published information, by a top scholar is going to put a number of activists in the social hot seat. Activist have made their livings by using racial divisiveness as a means of keeping people apart, and rubbing salt into the wounds of oppression and exploitation.Let us have reparations. However, let us ask the Africans to pay Reparations as we have asked the Europeans. Dr. Edward R. Culvert (Everyone made money but the slave )
  • Two groups of people in America are not immigrants: those who were found here and named Indians and those brought here against their will. Everyone else in America is an immigrant. Dr.Edward R. Culvert (A lot of money in the hands of fools is a dangerous thing)
  • “Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.” Col 4:1: Dr. Edward R. Culvert (Blacks in the revolutionary war)
  • Books that would enlighten the uninformed are not readily available, and have to be culled from the shelves of obscure libraries. Many people will not accept the obvious, and believe whatever they are told by people who have hidden agendas. Dr. Edward R. Culvert (Revisiting the history of Africa)
  • Many pseudo intellectuals say Africans had no civilization and have made no viable contributions to modern civilization. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of European Civilization, Religion, Mathematics, Architecture, Medicine, and Astronomy were taken from Africa. When you have been lied to for years, it is difficult to sort fact from fiction. Dr. Edward R. Culvert (Revisiting the history of Africa)
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HISTORY
Revisiting the history of Africa
Fifty years and still counting
Blacks in the revolutionary war
AT-LARGE
The damage was done in the womb
I remember when
The answer to the immigration problem is not a one-liner
EDUCATION
Here we go again: Charter Schools Vs. Public Schools
Ten things African American parents can do to improve their children’s academic work
Never burn the bridges that brought you across prediction: historical black colleges will rise
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