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White people resented African Americans’ prosperity, and their alleged equality. This video is an excerpt from Episode Four, Making a Way Out of No Way, from the series The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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  • IB

    Breathtaking ,pathetic,…! It’s lamentable a people had to go through this horor. As african from Togo, and living in America for almost a decade, and having studied the history of the civil rights movement lead by its activists, I have not ever imagined such horrible realities till today I watched “Many Rivers to cross”. Thanks for keeping this history alive and may we all learn from it and avoid it to repeat itself.May God bless all the people who sacrificed their lives for others to live. Thanks professor Henry Luis Gates.

  • http://www.freechurchofthedivinemarriage.yolasite.com/ Donna Lee

    Yes! There are deliberate and malicious blocks and
    obstacles, including racism, which latter, by the definition I’m aware of, is
    inherent in the institutions of American society. And life is not easy for anyone, no matter
    how it looks. We all have our changes,
    although certain people and races seem to have and to some extend do have some
    advantages.

    However,
    I, as a black woman, am and have been covertly harassed to the point of
    persecution for almost 50 years in this country, and hardly a day goes by that
    I am not for at least the past 6 ½ years
    and that mostly by the black people around me!
    This includes the highest echelons of this society like The Schomburg
    Collection in New York City, to the lowest sinks of those with whom I am in
    close quarters, including many of my family members! I’m sure you’re asking yourself why this
    would be so; what’s wrong with this woman?

    The
    fact is, however, that people are doing this to me out of envy because I am one
    of the most excellent people I know, morally, and in every other conceivable
    way! If you don’t believe me, read some
    of my books on amazon, including my 2009 Pulitzer contender entitled,
    Nowheresville, Everywhere, Earth. The
    rest of my books there have black and green covers.

    I’m
    not a perfect person, but as Audre Lorde, the renowned black poet, prescribed
    in her book entitled, Sister Outsider, I endeavor to be excellent and do my
    very best every single day and most days I succeed magnificently as anyone who
    endeavors to do so can and WILL do, as well!
    I am fed up with Americans behavior toward me in general over these many
    years. I have written about it
    repeatedly in every forum I can find to no avail. However, the people who are so willing to
    persecute me in the way they are doing, even after all this time, half a
    century (!), still seem not to be able to grasp the import of what they are
    doing, the consequences of their behavior and that I do not intend to lay down
    and let them with impunity!

    The
    problem with most of the people I encounter, black or otherwise, and which for
    many years was my own problem, is their inner ATTITUDES from which their
    actions flow. With most people, it is
    always someone else’s fault about what happens to them, even when they
    themselves are plainly wrong or mistaken to anyone objective. This lack of clarity about reality is the
    real enslaver of people and it is encouraged assiduously by all and sundry
    among all races. Further, most of the people I do business with and know
    personally when they are under the slightest pressure behave extraordinarily
    badly, yet expect and demand that I don’t.
    Not only that, they’re vastly incompetent and lacking in resource in
    their jobs as well as in life. They take
    no pride in their jobs and then blame other people because they CHOOSE to
    continue to do things day in and day out that they absolutely hate and then
    feel that they should be able to expect others, particularly ME to do things I
    hate because they have to!

    Also,
    this is never expressed directly because these people do not know how to
    express themselves honestly and even if they do, they prefer to use emotional
    blackmail and other energy vampirism to get their way and to try to control
    situations. If the solution is not at
    hand to questions I ask, very few employees take the time to or believe they
    should look very far to find it. Many
    are even willing to hang up on me and not answer the phone when I call back!

    There
    are very effective and deliberate ways to gain the clarity one needs. The technique I use is to first ask myself
    what my motives are before I do things.
    If they are not affirmative or positive, I find I need to check myself
    or at least reconsider what I’m about to do.
    This is not often difficult for me because I have a very good moral
    compass or director and a good deal of self-control or I couldn’t have survived
    among you even as long as I have. Second
    if I feel extraordinarily confused, I ASK my higher self, whatever that may,
    and it is a scientific premise that most human beings only use 10% of their
    brains capacity at any given time, so even if one doesn’t believe in a
    supernatural agency or a god or goddess to put it plainly, then ask whatever
    extra resources you have inside, even if it is only the 90% of your brain power
    that you don’t usually use, to give you the clarity you need. This has not failed me once in the several
    years I’ve been practicing it and no matter how bad I feel, I get the clarity I
    need, usually very quickly.

    Another
    technique I use is that if I find myself holding on to anger or resentment
    about a situation and trying to force my way through, I surrender that desire
    and look elsewhere, and 100% of the time I’ve been practicing this, I have
    gotten the product, information or whatever I’ve been seeking at a lower price
    and with a smile. In other words, from
    my experience, these techniques WORK 100% OF THE TIME! TRY THEM!

    These
    things are often not easy to do, but they are CRUCIAL to all people in
    overcoming many of the stressors in our lives which multiply exponentially daily. For more information on this, Google the
    revolutionary church I’ve founded which is unlike any in all of recorded
    history yet includes the tenets of many past ones, at “Free Church of the
    Divine Marriage.”

    In
    closing, I’d like to say, “May you have
    the future of your choice; may you have a thousand reasons to rejoice.” That is what I am set on doing! On person who seems to agree with me is
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who has praised the wisdom of my tools
    twice this year, in writing! Blessed be!

  • Maureen

    Thank you for airing this show again. Everyone should have to watch this. How did this ever happen? So very heartbreaking.

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