January , 2019

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“Where is the heart of human kindness?” – The Rev. Harold E. Bailey

“With the vote – black youth and elders can talk back”

The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder of Probation Challenge, the first Illinois State Education Mandated program of its kind in the country, is disturbed as to the knowledge of black history among youth and many adults. Bailey believes if youth knew better – many would do better. He said “Tax payers should review and monitor why black schools in Chicago are closing at the expense of losing our future to the justice system. He said the schools are closing at the hands of City Hall political traitors.” He said there appears to be a partnership to dismantle black schools largely in the Chicago African American community. Now, as efforts have failed to find proper capitol to maintain Chicago Public School, the Illinois State Governor Bruce Rauner, proposes to do a take-over of the Chicago Public Schools which Bailey said is merely a pretense of aiding … but that it would not be with an honest intent.

Bailey said, “All city and state fraudulences have come forth only after the closing of schools, which has forced youth into the streets of the city … now the Calvary arrives?” Bailey said that the entire matter smacks of concerted racism between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his vacationing friend Governor Bruce Rauner. “The benefactor of these lame governmental financial ills will continue to be the criminal just us system.” Bailey said as youth drop out … they will drop into the criminal just us system where there’s unlimited dollars! He said, “These actions are old political ploys warmed over which causes distractions for leaders to achieve a greater gain. The greater gain appears to have a semblance of yesterdays when blacks were warehoused on plantations.

In the entire Chicago dilemma, the black communities South and Westside appear to always be at the bottom of the barrel for a hand’s up. With Chicago submerged in crime, drugs and community violence, Bailey said, “Do we even care to remember the horrific past of black people? It would be wise to instruct our youth that in the documented archives of these Not-So-United-States, it is reported that in order to vote, colored (blacks) had to assume how many jelly-beans were in a canister or jar and, of course they would never have an accurate count, thus they were not allowed to cast their votes. Many devises coupled with subliminal methods are applied even today to keep blacks from voting. Bailey believes at this stage of the game in Chicago – voting is the only way to get constructible Talk Back results that should lead to masses resignations from many political camps.

The minister of over 45-years, believes that some political leaders take the people for granted – only because they are allowed to – as in Flint, Michigan, where the majority of blacks are affected by the poisoned water. Question just ought to be: Where are the resignations and … who’s going to jail? The same applies to Chicago where many of the politicians have spite in the face of tax payers – and said that it was raining… so said an angry Bailey.

Bailey seems to believe that if youth had an opportunity to know hard-core truth regarding the across town activities … and if they knew that some would desire to have them not get that much needed education so they may compete in worldly affairs… they would immediately get that education – but they have been void of understanding… “I do believe the failure to communicate these critical matters on to African American and Hispanic youth … are intentional”, said Bailey!

History dictates: In remembering the multitude of black lives lost … while other blacks were penalized because it was whispered that Colored people were sneaking around and rallying people to get-out-the-vote. Going further down the road of devastations, recalled has it that many of our fore-parents were castrated or hung from a tree in the town-square as a reminder for others not to even entertain the thought of voting?

It is documented by Russell Brooker, PhD, that from about 1900 to 1965, most African Americans were not allowed to vote in the South. This was especially true in the Deep South: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
White people in power used many methods to keep African Americans from voting. Some of these methods also prevented poor white people from voting.

Bailey asked the question, “Are the Chicago Police incidents and other horrific killings indicatives of historical yesterdays with slaves…and all was considered a way of life by the Master… thusly it was deemed as legal slaughter?”

Eight Ways People Were Kept From Voting

1) Violence: Blacks who tried to vote were threatened, beaten, and killed. Their families were also harmed. Sometimes their homes were burned down. Often, they lost their jobs or were thrown off their farms.
Brooker reported that whites used violence to intimidate blacks and prevent them from even thinking about voting. Still, some blacks passed the requirements to vote and took the risk. Some whites used violence to punish those “uppity” people and show other blacks what would happen to them if they voted.

2) Literacy tests: Today almost all adults can read. One hundred years ago, however, many people – black and white – were illiterate. Most illiterate people were not allowed to vote. A few were allowed if they could understand what was read to them. White officials usually claimed that whites could understand what was read. They said blacks could not understand it, even if they could.

3) Property tests: In the South one hundred years ago, many states allowed only property owners to vote. Many blacks and whites had no property and could not vote.

4) Grandfather clause: People who could not read and owned no property were allowed to vote if their fathers or grandfathers had voted before 1867. Of course, practically no blacks could vote before 1867, so the grandfather clause worked only for whites.

5) All-white primary elections: In the United States, there are usually two rounds of elections: first the primary, then the general. In the primary, Republicans run against Republicans and Democrats run against Democrats. In the general election, the winner of the Republican primary runs against the winner of the Democratic primary. The Republican or Democrat who gets the most votes is elected.
In the South from about 1900 to about 1960, the Democratic candidates usually won. (See the exhibit Political Parties in Black and White to learn the reason for this.) Republicans were almost never elected, especially in the Deep South. This means that the Democratic primary election was usually the only election that mattered.
African Americans were not allowed to vote in the Democratic primary elections. White Democrats said the Democratic Party was a “club” and did not allow black members. So blacks could not vote in the only elections that mattered.

6) Purges: From time to time, white officials purged the voting rolls. That means they took people’s names off the official lists of voters. Some voters would arrive at the polls and find that they were not registered to vote. Often they could not register to vote again until after the election. Purges more often affected blacks than whites.

7) Former prisoners: People who had gone to prison were often not allowed to vote. Blacks were very often arrested on trumped-up charges or for minor offenses. Sometimes, white owners of mines, farms, and factories simply needed cheap labor, and prisons provided it. This law kept many more blacks from voting than whites.

8) Poll taxes: In Southern states, people had to pay a tax to vote. The taxes were about $25 to $50 dollars in today’s money. Many people had extremely low incomes and could not afford this tax. This poll tax applied to all people who wanted to vote – black and white. There were ways for whites to get around other laws, but not around the poll tax. Many poor whites could not vote because of the poll tax.

Blacks Finally Got the Right to Vote – Not So Long Ago

In 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act. Millions of African Americans began voting as a result. This Act is generally considered the end of the Jim Crow Era.

Today, most of these ways to stop people from voting are illegal. The U.S. Supreme Court said that states could not use the grandfather clause and could not have all-white primary elections. The U.S. Constitution was amended in 1964 to make poll taxes illegal. Literacy and property tests are not used today. While violence is seldom used, voter intimidation does still occur.

But… there are still vestiges – laws and customs – that make it difficult or impossible for many black citizens and other minorities to vote.

• Former felons are not allowed to vote in most states. (Different states have different laws.)
An irate Bailey said, “I hasten to remind our youth and elders alike that the ideologies of yesterday … still exist; only players have changed? In others words the game is still the same. “

Present politicians now speak in codes as blatant racist in new clothing? They speak to the hearts of those who are ignorant and educational unlearned as to the history of Colored, Negro, Black or African American people. People of little learning seek only to keep status quo, until the rules of the game change because of the color or complexion of their skin.

Who’s next on the list of disapproval in this country accordant to radical politicians is rather frightening?

Colored (Niggers) were told rather than advised what to do! They then dared anyone to even under their breath to talk back. Does this sound like the measures that are happening in Chicago and around the United States today? Are blacks and Hispanics being told what to do – as years ago? Are they admonished to stay in their place! Question: Where is that place in America for African Americans and Hispanics?

I dare our youth and elders alike to maintain dignity and a great deal of respect as they journey to the polls to “talk back” to those who sit in seats of authority and have conspired with the ‘Master’ to punish what they deem …as the field Nigger continued to report to the Master. This is as many local and national political leaders subscribe to… the bidding of the Master.

Let’s not play games with ourselves, it is expected of our youth to destroy one-another. This form of genocide saves the KKK from doing its job! However, I challenge youth to not fight with the guns and other tools of destruction, but to pick up the tools of education … which blacks were not allow to even mention in the days of slavery. Talk back by going on to college and universities, seek scholarships and grants that will allow you then to reach back and help the less fortunate. But first, you must clean the political house that has stood in the way of educational progress for people of color by closing the instructions of learning. Talk Back!

“Register to Vote – then Vote a true conviction – TALK BACK”Rev. Harold E. Bailey, founder and president of The Probation Challenge and PCC Internet Network. WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network
Contact: 773-978-3706

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