tv National Black Writers Conference 2018 Tribute CSPAN May 6, 2018 5:30am-7:15am EDT
[inaudible] the pillaging of resources, people over centuries destroy the black lives and a civilization. this is the truth of what happened to us, the story rarely told, captured in cargo to america's and slade africans and their caribbean south, central and african-american descendents well over 250 years of forced labor peer we are the benefactors, but the enormous wealth, the uncompensated lifelong labor on which capitalism was built on the land appropriated from the indigenous people. we survived emancipation and
during reconstruction it made greater strides in a shorter time than any group in the history of this nation. african-americans acquired land, built churches and businesses, established black colleges and universities elevating lives in serving in congress, but today millions of african americans exist in and the lives and stereotypes of used to explain it, the dream crushing poverty is the result of black pathology, but the cause of it. it is a poverty of ambition or industry, but rooted deeply in denial of opportunity legalizing justices, underfunded inferior schools in the inherited disadvantage of more than centuries of lost income. today, black pain in poverty are
criminalized and our young are murdered with impunity by those pledged to protect and serve. policing in the united states begins with the slave upper trolls organized to protect property, black people or property. post- emancipation the incarceration of a black man becomes a way around that affirmation of slavery, chang and gang labor and programs marked the birth, sharecropping riesling to black families for generations. the black codes and vagrancy laws ensured the black man who could not find work would be arrested, imprisoned in forced back into slave labor. domestic terrorism begins with the kkk and thousands of black men women and children, poll
taxes, literacy tests, intimidation to keep black people from the polls, redlining denies thinking services, barring avenues across black communities in chicago, atlanta, east st. louis, florida and the story to black wall street to total for oklahoma are bonded to the ground. aid to families with dependent children creates the fathers black household with the mandate no adult male can reside in the home. mafia drug cartel target black communities with harrowing. the cia with crack cocaine, but nothing in recent times has erected greater devastation in the warren drugs targeting, arrested, convicted by white juries and lengthy sentences for offenses that, others a slap on the wrist, generations of young,
poor, black and brown people and disappeared behind walls of a for-profit system of mass incarceration. incomes were lost, black families and communities destroyed, lost also was the wisdom, tradition know-how to parent a child. this is who we are and this is how we got here, but the truth of black existence and resilience always struggles to the surface. the young we serve and 58 cities amid the offspring of those whose lives were torn asunder, and the children most in need in the village we are rebuilding. speak for themselves about the efficacy with trained leaders, psychologists, social workers and volunteer mentors. see how cares culturally anchored improving curriculum
are changing and nourishing their lives. >> of the best day i ever had was the day when we had-- speed up your right hand out in your left hand up to clear my mind. >> negative energy out, positive energy in. just breathe, man. >> before i was in the rising program i had a lot of stuff on my chest. my dad is in jail. i was mostly thinking about that more than other stuff. >> always thinking about things with my mom. she's schizophrenic and it was really tough growing up. >> my mom, she didn't know how to deal with her hurt in her pain and she made the wrong choices and those choices came on to me.
>> my sister been incarcerated three, four times from 18 to my 22. i miss half my letter grade in the firm that she was back-and-forth in jail. her son was just turning one. just had a daughter. taking care of with the kids and that very important education. people think what they think about what's going on. they probably just miss school to miss school, not knowing there's a reason behind everything that. >> to see people being shot and killed in front of me, many. i love my mom. at the age of 12. i lost my dad at the age of nine i didn't feel like i was being loved and i was in and out of children facilities.
i was in and out of children facilities and i felt like i didn't have no family. when i first heard about the rising program, i really thought i knew everything on my own. i didn't need anyone or nothing. >> i was just like hey,. [inaudible] .like to talk about the negative things that happen in my life, but coming in and chile men talking with them, i open up. i don't have a choice because they bring it right out. it's not debate, they just bring it straight. >> help me with finding pieces of other people lives and putting myself into their shoes and seeing things that i liked and things that i wanted. >> gives me confidence to be able to talk to everyone like
brothers or family. it's really comforting to have that like people won't judge you it's really help-- comfortable. >> i really like interacting with the other kids, i mean, i really like to just talk with them and find out more about them like when we talk about personal stuff on a personal level, i like the fact that they can trust everyone in the circle and i can trust everyone in the circle. >> i have an anger issue inside of me. i just let it all out. i felt like all the weight was lifted off my back. okay? i need to get back on track and go back to this 4.0 and be what you want to be. >> we had to make up a handshake with a partner and it really taught me-- it's the weirdest thing ever, but it taught me about teamwork. i've never really been able to
work with anyone else. >> it's a relief that i can even walk into a classroom and feel hurt, but when i leave i feel more successful. >> the rising program is a very trustworthy program. you will be led 100%. >> they made me feel as if my words inside them and then amendment telling me that it makes me want to do more. [applause]. [inaudible] >> we can end it there chernow-- chair and apple. [cheers and applause] >> linda green, thank you so much for this honor.
[applause]. >> i don't think she can hear you cheer and out-- [applause]. >> is a video online? got to call you? >> join the movement. >> tell them. >> link on to me. how many of you reside here in brookland? brooklyn care needs help. brooklyn cares its help. we need board members and his supporters. in this region we have a clean cares, holland cares and southwest queens cares and i was just telling eugene that i just came back from st. louis to have st. louis cares. it's love.
through group men touring, if you psychologists, a few mentors with schools helping children to understand their history, culture, their value and giving them the love-- that's the other part of the video i did not show it's called the university for parents and its still in pilot in atlanta and we are taking people who have been marginalized, who have given up hope may have been incarcerated, drug addicted, people that our society has written off. we are writing them back in. [applause]. in a way someone did for us or we would not be sitting in these chairs today anyone interested in joining soon after the program. [applause]. >> gathering at the water's. gathering at the reception.
before you get your tickets, get your book signed. i want to thank everyone for coming this evening. let's have another round of a problem-- applause for our guests. a whole lot of love. give it up for the honorees for the 2018 national black writers conference, gathering at the waters. [applause]. >> here's a look at authors recently featured on afterwards. our interview program that includes best-selling interview-- looks. ronald kessler reported on the tribe administration. david corn described how russian hackers tempted to influence the 2016 presidential election and south carolina republican senator tim's gone and representative trey goudy talked about their friendship and time in congress. in the coming weeks, former defense secretary donald rumsfeld will we crowd-- recount
the presidency of gerald ford along with former vice president dick cheney. jerome corsi will be here. this weekend facebook cofounder chris hughes argued for a guaranteed income for the working class. >> there are a lot of ways to finance a guaranteed income. my view is that the clearest way is to ask those who have done their best in the new economy to pay their fair share of mass people like me, so specifically to bring tax rates on income above 250,000 backup to where they were historically, 50% and close some of the most egregious loopholes in our tax code like the buffet throughout which enables billionaire investors like warren buffett to pay a lower tax rate than his executive assistant's. if we do go than i think