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Hardy L. Brown

Art and Gert Forbes’ Golden Anniversary

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I recently had the good fortune to attend the Golden (50 years) Wedding Anniversary of Rev. Arthur and Gertherine Forbes in Riverside. Our families have been friends since 1968 when they came here and he worked at Kaiser Steel. Brother Forbes asked me to say something before I had to leave the celebration. I then asked the Lord to direct my thoughts.

Identify the Problem and Search For a Solution

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The article that appeared o­n Ebonics earlier this month in the Sun newspaper which suggested it be used as a tool to teach African American students in the City of San Bernardino set off a rage from many people in the comunity.

Ebonics is Not A Foreign Language

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This past Monday, an article appeared o­n the front page of o­ne of our local daily newspapers. The title was “Ebonics Suggested for San Bernardino City Unified School District.”  I must admit I was outraged when I saw the headline and silently asked what lame brain would suggest such a thing.

The New York Times the New White Blackface

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In American history, during the days of Jim Crow, there was a very popular marketing tool within the entertainment industry by Whites to sell products to Black America. There were many Whites who loved to be entertained by Black singing, dancing, and playing of instruments. However, there was a large portion of the White community who would not be caught dead in the same building with us. During that same period many Whites used Black cartoon characters to sell their products and in some cases actual fronted Black lead representatives to the Black community.

Does Riverside City Discriminates Against Blacks?

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The City of Riverside boasts o­n its website and in its personnel office that they are an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and people who feel they are qualified should apply. However, if you were to ask many Blacks, who work for the city, their response might be: “they might hire you but will not promote you.”

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