Tag Archives: Black

Can I Love My Blackness If I’m White?

Thanks to the crap storm created by Rachel Dolezal I have spent a lot of time questioning the legitimacy of the project that I have basically devoted my life to over the past few years. A few years ago I … Continue reading

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The Florida We Should Be Teaching

In the past three years I’ve picked up a super power. I have the amazing ability to connect almost anything that is happening in the rest of the country, and even the rest of the world, with something that happened … Continue reading

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You are paying to work

Because I have a lot more time on my hands than most I tend to do a lot of thinking. The other day I realized just how many things in a person’s life are centered around their job. Then I … Continue reading

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Some Florida History…Inspired by Cracked.com

The other day, one of the awesome Cracked.com authors wrote one of their list form pieces titled: 5 Historical Wars That Need Movie Adaptations. The top two on the list were The War of 1812 and the Second Seminole War. … Continue reading

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Florida is a state because of black people

It’s not really in the school history books; but the biggest reason Florida became a state is because of black people. The way Florida’s history is taught in schools here is basically mentioning the Spanish, and Ponce DeLeon, then Florida … Continue reading

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A Letter Concerning a Slave, a Sister, and a New Republic

In his book, Heaven’s Soldiers, Dr. Frank Marotti mentions a letter sent from my uncle Fredrick A. Clarke to my uncle James W. Clarke. It’s sent from Cowlitz Landing in Washington to Florida in April of 1854. The state of Washington … Continue reading

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Palatka Florida’s Missing History is My Missing History

I introduced you to my first, traceable, family members in Florida, Thomas and Honoria Clarke. Today, I want to tell you about where I’m from. I come from this little map dot between St. Augustine and Gainesville called Palatka. Here … Continue reading

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