Written by Jannah Bolds Editor-In-Chief, The Bold Opinion
Late August 2019 marks the 400th year anniversary of the introduction of African flesh via the African slave trade here in America.
Honestly, 400 years was not that long ago. Certainly much longer than the fight for civil rights 56 years ago today, and also preceding the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation only 100 years before that. So, it’s definitely safe to say we are still feeling the effects of those dark times in 2019. Some may not agree, but I would challenge them to look deeper than themselves in contrast with 20th century modernisms. Pardon my digressions, this is a topic for another day! Continue reading August 1619 – America’s First Sin→
As you all know, our Commander in Chief is taking measures to have undocumented students be deported even after they have shown to be productive members of society who are working hard to get their education. I honestly find this to be extremely hypocritical. America as we know it today was built on the backs of non natives, whether they came through on Ellis Island back in the 1800s or by deadly force during slavery. It seems to me that non citizens are only of value when we can exploit them.
When they start getting into good colleges and getting the jobs you feel entitled to, it becomes an “immigration” issue. It’s not an immigration issue, it’s a racial issue and an entitlement issue. Nobody batted an eye when undocumented people were limited to manual labor jobs that underpaid and over worked them. So many of our ancestors came to this country seeking refuge from harm and to create better life than they were given by default.
To take it a step further, America is a stolen land built up by stolen people. Nobody really has a right to be here more than anyone else. I don’t care if slavery and Native Americans dying at the hands of Settlers was hundreds of years ago. It matters because Americans take pride in the fact that this happened but are now angry that other people want the same opportunities they have been afforded for generations.
Undocumented students and workers aren’t why you don’t have a good paying job. They aren’t why you can’t get into the school of your choice. You’re the reason why. You and your forefathers have used others as stepping stones for centuries & you’re panicking because it’s no longer an option.
To sum it up, I really just want everyone to stop blaming immigration for America’s problems. The source of our issues is refusing to learn from the past & doing better by those coming after us. If you want to succeed in life, you have to do the work. Expecting others to limit themselves because you’re lazy is complete bullshit. Stop clinging to your privilege, entitlement, classism, and racism. Get up off your ass & make it happen.
If opportunity passes you by it’s because you allowed it.
It was an absolute pleasure to witness my eldest brother’s first solo art exhibit this passed Friday (July 15, 2016). He worked extremely hard to put on such a fabulous interactive exhibit that he deserves a world of gold medals! His style of art comes from a deep passion for African American history; exposing pain and strife like whispers from ancestors.
Poetics of the Disembodied will be on display at the M.O.C.A (Museum of Contemporary Art) 75 Bennett Street NW. Atlanta, Ga 30309 until September 10, 2016. You are strongly encouraged to go and view the exhibit. You’ll be surprised what you’ll learn.
Check out Masud Olufani’s website to check out more of his awesome work. You may also find him on facebook and on Instagram @Olufani. http://www.Masud-Olufani.com
Here is just a sneak peak into what viewers experienced on opening night.