Last of a Dying Breed

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From slavery up to this current year black people are being killed. We are dying more than the many other races on this earth. Do I have scientific numbers no… But from news, newspapers, social media and etc we see that there is a blant disregard for our lives.

In the last 10 years more of us have died not only by law enforcement or the average white man.. But by our own people. Soon black people will be history.

The difference in all this killings is that if you’re wearing blue (uniform) or Caucasian American you can get off with claiming “justified killing.” But how do we expect things to change with other races when we (black people) kill each other with blant disregard for our own people’s lives. Yes we march, follow trends but in the end. The streets watch while ‘Marquise kills Tommy” and because snitches get stitches no one speaks. So there goes another black person’s death that goes down in our history books.

Question: How do we change that? How do we make history with each passing year? We show other races we care about our own. So report those killers and let them be held accountable just as much as we want Caucasian folks to be held accountable. Even more so show our men in blue that they will be held accountable.

But it starts with us. I’m sure Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman, and so many others didn’t pave the way for us to watch us screw things up like this.

If #blacklivesmatter, we (African Americans) should show everyone that our lives matter!!

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Faces of Our History: Daisy Lee Gatson Bates

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Daisy Lee Gatson was born on November 11, 1914, in Huttig. It was said that Daisy’s mother was raped and killed by 3 white men and shorty after her death Gatson’s father left. He left Daisy with a friend of his at age 7. She was raised by Orlee and Susie Smith.

At age 15, Daisy met her future husband Lucious Christopher Bates, better known as L.C Bates. Then he was a salesman living in Memphis, Tennessee. Shortly, after the death of her foster parents she and L.C. moved back to Memphis for a short stent and then ended up in Little Rock in 1941 kick starting their newspaper Arkansas State Press. The newspaper was dedicated to the civil rights movement for black people. The paper also highlighted successful black in Arkansas. The first printed issues was on May 9, 1941.

The paper was known for being the voice of the Civil Right Movement, way before the movement was nationally recognized. Later on, Daisy was recognized as the co-publisher of the Arkansas State Press newspaper.

In 1957, Little Rock dealt with the Integration crisis where white advertisers stop supporting the paper and cause it to go under. October 29, 1959, was the last printed publication of the paper.

A few years before the paper shutdown, Daisy was elected president of the Arkansas Conference of the NAACP branches. Her name became known in 1956 during the pre-trial of the federal case, Aaron v. Cooper which was the platform for the September 1957 desegregation of Central High School.

Daisy decided that the big change with integrating the schools she wanted to be sure it would go well. Nine black students later dubbed the Little Rock Nine, Daisy decided to be with them every step of the way. She thought of ways to get them into the school without harm. She enlisted the help of ministers that would escort the kids into the school. Despite all her efforts, with threats of killing the Little Rock Nine, President Eisenhower dispatching the 101 Airborne Division and the National Guard to maintain order for the desegregation commence. During 1958-1959, the public schools were closed to prolong the desegregation process. It was dubbed “The Lost Year.”

After the Bates were forced to close their paper in 1959, Daisy then moved to NYC in 1960. There she wrote her memoir, The Long Shadow of Little Rock. It won a 1988 National Award.

She ended up moving to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Democratic National Committee. She also worked on the anti-poverty program with President Lyndon Johnson.

She had a stroke and then she return to Little Rock in 1965. Moved to Mitchellville in Desha County in 1968. She dedicated herself in improving life for the community.

Little Rock pay tribute to her by opening the Daisy Bates Elementary School. Also making the 3rd Monday in Feburary Daisy Gatson Bates Day an official holiday.

Daisy died in Little Rock on November 4, 1999.