The Black History Month Lie

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke drops institutional knowledge about Miami's African American roots.

As we spend another February celebrating Black History Month, the reality is that many African-Americans in Miami don't know dark-skinned folks were among the first pioneers to settle here. We have been hoodwinked into believing African-Americans have always been second-class citizens.

The truth is we built this city. We need to know what was taken from us.

Sixty-five percent of Miami's settlers in the early 1900s were from the West Indies. By 1920, the city's 29,571 residents included nearly 5,000 Bahamians, who created historic neighborhoods in West Coconut Grove and Overtown.

Fisher Island, the most luxurious, exclusive land in Miami, was first owned by real-estate developer Dana A. Dorsey, South Florida's first African-American millionaire. He sold the property for $100,000 to Carl Fisher, the Indiana industrialist who built Miami Beach into a resort town where black people had to leave by sunset. Miami-Dade opened a school in Dorsey's honor, the D.A. Dorsey Center in Liberty City, in 1970.

Blacks were thriving in Miami until the city let a railroad get built straight through Overtown. That was the first blow because it industrialized a once vibrant residential neighborhood. Then they built Interstate 95, driving down property values even further and forcing a mass exodus for the second blow. Now we are seeing developers trying to wipe out what's left of the West Grove's Bahamian community.

Students deserve the opportunity to learn about Dorsey's legacy and how Bahamians wre among the city's first pioneers. People look at Bahamians like they just got here. But they were the ones who established Miami. In order to overcome, like Martin Luther King Jr. preached, we must understand our place in history. Public schools should consider setting up a black curriculum, especially at schools in Overtown, Liberty City, and Miami Gardens. Native Americans learned their history and used it to their advantage. That's why so many tribes have been successful building casinos.

If Miami's African-Americans really knew their history, we would elect more fighters to represent us. Knowing about Dorsey means I or any other black person doesn't have to feel shame or feel out of place playing golf on Fisher Island.

When people look at me like I don't belong there, I can tell them: "A black man owned this spot first."

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YOU RACIST ON THIS SITE ARE REALLY IGNORANT ! YOU LOOK AT THE LOWEST,WORST BLACKS IN MIAMI ! AND SAY ALL BLACKS ARE LIKE THAT YOU REFUSE TO LOOK AT THE BLACKS IN MIAMI WHO ARE PROFESSIONAL AND TRY TO GET THERE CAREERS GOING but GET TURNED DOWN BECAUSE THERE LAST NAME IS NOT SPANISH DESCENT  ! that is why many of the PROFESSIONAL BLACKS LEFT MIAMI AND MOVED TO NORTHERN FLORIDA OF GEORGIA BECAUSE THEY ARE GIVEN MORE OPPURTUNITES ! EITHER YOU WANT TO DENY THE TRUTH OR YOU ARE IGNORANT OF IT IF YALL WANT ALL THE BLACKS OUT OF MIAMI MAYBE WE WILL TAKE THE MIAMI HEAT WITH US TO ! I KNOW YALL DONT WANT LEBRON ON DWANYE WADE OR BOSH TOO LEAVE !  AND THERE BLACK BUT YALL LOVE THEM ! BUT HATE THE REST OF US HYPORCRITES ! IF ALL THE BLACKS LEFT MIAMI HEAT YOU WILL ONLY HAVE BIRDMAN ! SO SHUT UP AND SIT DOWN AND LOOK AROUND !

jurishay
jurishay

So called white people kill me...There is more white people on government assistance than any other...Your elite conquer and destroy everything in it's path...Your people are destroying the world as we speak...Your elite calls everyone terrorist when in fact they are the terrorist...It's funny how when black people try to put some positive truth out here the racist whites always come with a low blow...Why???Are you jealous??? Yes our people do need to get it together to build but how can we when you Europeans always have to add your two cents to every little thing...The first valuable lesson you need to learn is minding your own business if you did that we wouldn't have all this chaos in the world now...Your brainwashing European Jew media is part of the blame to why society is what it is...Your European Jew Nazi freak elite is the blame...Stop being mad at us for no apparent reason...

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

........................anyway BEFORE even those early BLACK people were the SEMINOLE indians and the ancient MAYAN and MEXICAN settlers

so sorry Uncle Luke, there were civilizations even thousands of years before BLACK people came here AND TODAY BLACK people are a disgrace to their own people who built MIAMI originally only to have it trashed and disrespected by other BLACK people = period = blaming WHITEY is simply the biggest lie told

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.....................yes and i am certain those initial BLACK settlers didn't run around with their pants pulled down and their caps on backwards and they CERTAINLY were NOT dependant on SNAP free government cheeze and section 8 housing subsidies and goodwill basket clothing yet having $300 glow-in-the-dark sneakers,  and that those early BLACKs were SELF-RELIANT and SELF-SUFFICIENT hard working people who had to overcome hardship

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

"I am afraid that there is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don't want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public."


Booker T. Washington

miamimama
miamimama

Seems like the black people should be buying their own property instead of selling out buying cars and jordans. how can somebody take something from you unless you let them. blacks too busy trying to look good instead of investing in their own communities and then wonder why others come in buy sh*t up and then they want to scream that it was taken. no excuse for west grove to be wiped out except for the children of the older generation who got caught up in the hype and chose to spend money on stupid sh*t rather than reinvesting it into their communities, or they got greedy and when mama died they let the property taxes go unpaid and then jumped at the first $20,000 offered to them for big mamas house. that is why they have lost the grove cause they basically gave it away and the blacks with money too busy trying to keep up with the jones's buying bentley's making it rain and taking trips to far off places living in the burbs, instead of coming together and buying land and building business.  dumb asses.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1

You are right. We should give the West back to the Indians. New York should go back to the Dutch. All of South and Latin America should be given back to the Mayans, Incas, and Aztecs. All of America should live on a space as big as Staten Island. Also when we play sports, the winning team shouldn't get credit. The world should be a giant tie. Face it idiot, it's survival of the fittest. Maybe the West Indians lost? Accept Darwinism. It is happening all around you. 

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"Now we are seeing developers trying to wipe out what's left of the West Grove's Bahamian community."

By doing what exactly?  Oh, you don't know what you're talking about.  Pretend I never asked.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Exiliado

.......................this could be said for cancer research, the military industrial complex, any religion, homelessness, many treatable diseases and basically anything that generates a profit as long at it remains broken

the only open issue that ever really mattered was the obligation of a nation for slavery to slaves by original slaveholders = period

since THAT matter was left open it has festered ever since and anone today could take either side with effect

i certainly wouldn't have minded if STROM THURMOND had to pay restitution however upon my research i found he DID support HIS bastard melatto child with a BLACK woman (yes indeed maybe out of GUILT and PITY) - but how many BLACK MEN own up to their off-spring and support them as such ? ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@miamimama

...............................unfortunately the problems go too deep for most BLACK younger people to overcome........i see many young BLACK women who ride the public bus and have false eye-lashes and hair obviously not their own wanting to be attractive yet they are four-hundred pounds,  UNeducated,  UNmarried with mulitple children - game over - as much as these young BLACK women would like to get ahead they simply made ALL THE WRONG PERSONAL CHOICES = period

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@kirkslade1

..........................the fallacy in Uncle Lukes argument is just because soo many came and settled it was a net positive for the area, which is like arguing that since 25,000 Marielitos overran Miami Beach it made a lasting valuable contribution for cubans

IF bahamians were so productive the BAHAMAs should be greater off financially and more productive than GERMANY today - so what happened there ?

AND as for the WEST INDIES the BLACK brothers there were instumental in shackling and enslaving their own people to be SOLD and then transported (kidnapped) as slaves - NO WHITEY ever went into the african bush jungles themselves but were dependant on BLACKs selling out other BLACKs

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@HaryTheHandyman

...............actually we are trying to wipe out BLACKS everywhere - its called gentrification - and CABRINI GREEN is the best example yet in america

HISPANICs are cheaper and make better communities

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