Date: 7-23-2020 Home : https://hansandcassady.org/ :: PREAMBLE FOR WHITE PEOPLE - RELATED TO > BOOK:
"WHY WE CAN'T WAIT" BY Martin Luther King, Jr. (published 1964)
Preamble ( definition ) : I am genetically "white" I believe. That is, Both of my biological parents - as far as I know were "Cacausian". My father was born and raised - on a farm - in Union county Ohio. My mother was born and raised - until my Grandfather's death (1928) on a farm - located off of McKinley Road - on the (then) far west side - of Columbus, Ohio. Circa, 1928(in fact) -my mother's name [ Mary Elizabeth Sprouse ] is found - on a census record - as a member of the "indentured" population - at the Franklin County Ohio Childrens Home. It is my understanding, she - and, her 12(twelve) siblings - were placed into the FCCH - by "court - order" - related to something - my Grandmother [her Mom] did [or did not do] - after my Grandfather's death (1928) My GrandMother's name was: Zora Elizabeth "Sprouse - Roby" ("nee" Miller). After George's death - from natural causes - Zora married a man named "Jerry Roby". What, my grand mother ( did ) - is NOT known - by me. My mother would only say "... a neighbor "reported" Zora ..." : My mother was adamant [that] Zora did not harm her; and, Zora tried to be a "good person"...
My senior sister - Barbara Cassady - did tell me [that] a "black man" - would watch her and my older brother [Richard Cassady] - "play" - while sitting on the steps of their rented house. He was a "nice man" - Barbara stated. And, she theorized [that] the man was "Jerry Roby". There was some "connection" - Barbara felt - or, our Mom would not have permitted him to stay there - and, interact.
[ "critical" "reading" skills :: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/twc/sites/utsc.utoronto.ca.twc/files/resource-files/CriticalReading.pdf ]
REPORT: Every day I get a bit further - in this project. Now in Chapter 4 :: Take away - thus far: ALL American WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THIS STUFF! :: Donald Trump - and the ignorant white supremacist people - he seeks to please - are dangerous! - and, (moreOver - the Donald+ gang) they diminish - more informed "American people". TODAY 2020 ::
IN FACT, I lived through it (Columbus Ohio "inner-city" Public Schools 1960 - 1972) and, I did not know much of the information Dr. King reports - here - in this treatise.
As I state - below - some of my white "friends" - were mean (to me) sometimes - but, I was equally ignorant - of why "THEY" felt the way they did. And, I also tell the story (below) of some of the "before their time champions" - I had the luck of knowing - back then. Dr. King, not only explains WHY - black people "Can't wait" - he also, clearly & plausibly explains (for me) -why "White people" react the way they do.
I admit, I was lucky - to be born, at the perfect moment... My aptitude - with computers - afforded me opportunities. My teachers - "Popovitch" & "Leaf" - were able to expose me - and, my classmates - to opportunities - at a DCSC Military site - located in Columbus, etc. For example, we viewed a "main-frame" computer (still in boxes - for shipping. The "device" - in pieces - filled a room. In fact, my various racial experiences - resulted in making me "unique" apparently. A Silicon Valley "head-hunter" - once told me: [circa 1999] "Susan, You can work with any body. Are there more like you? Is there any one - You can recommend?" Related to "software development" - there was not. Again, I had the opportunity - to attend UWGB. Where there were "computers" - [that] I was given access to.
A Chinese work colleague [in Silicon Valley] - suspecting [that] I was some kind of American software spy - naturally, "pushy" [when needed] and demanding to explain the software intricacies - in my End User Manuals - so thoroughly - literally threw a 'fake' punch at my face. I did not flinch. He apologized later - and, we laughed about his appreciation (and mine) of the movie "MATRIX". Compare - this reaction - to Donald's - he cannot even tolerate "questioners" - at his public events; Because, he has lived such a "sheltered & privileged life" - under his rich father's complete protection. :: [NYTimes ]
In FACT, our diversity - as a people - Americans - is our strength. It is my experience - and, I am 66 years old - [that] people of different "Ethnology" see "problems" - and, "solutions" differently. Thus, we will survive this "pandemic" - together.
And, until is is over - I promise [that] will raise HELL about our lack of Universal health CARE - which - the concept - is a part of the Democratic Party Platform - since 2016. :: https://hansandcassady.org/Page-2-of-INDEX.html
Susan created this page - for those persons - who may desire to "cut & paste" Martin's words. I only know [that] - when I was a student - in Columbus, Ohio "Public" Schools - we were required to purchase [pay for] - those books - which we borrowed - and - used a new invention (called a "high-lighter) to mark on. IN FACT, my mind took ownership - of the written material - sometimes - when I did this. That is, I struggled sometimes in school - and, manipulating information - helped me to absorb it.
So, cut & paste away - But please! remember these are Martin's words. Note (also) how he gives credit - to "the writing team" - he was a part of. I have spent most of my life - as a "member" - of teams of people - attempting to build things.
Contents :: Introduction (by Dorothy Cotton) : Introduction ( by Martin Luther King - Jr.)
1. The Negro Revolution - Why 1963? : 2. The Sword That heals : 3. Bull Connor's Birminghan
4. New Day In Birmingham : 5. Letter From Birmingham Jail : 6. Black and White Together : 7. The Summer of Our Discontent : 8. The Days to Come : Selected Bibliography
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cover: < Author < Contents < Original Cover - as Published January 1, 1964
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