Background info for this Blog: #1

I have felt compelled to write a book, which this Blog is a forerunner or basis for, to chronicle how Black people have managed to survive in the USA, in spite of having to contend with racism from many White people who want to maintain the status quo towards Blacks, relative to the history (evident by current signs of racism throughout the USA) of Blacks in this country. This Blog will be a Prologue or abridged version of the book I intend to have published.

I am also feeling compelled to write a book about other oppressed people of varying ethnicities around the world, after the one mentioned above…stay tuned. I am of African ancestry, therefore, I believe it is only appropriate that I start with this topic from my own ethnic background. No intention to minimize others historical nor current experiences in this regard…

Besides my experiences and perspective regarding this topic, I will interview about seven (the Book of Genesis in the Bible denotation for perfection, fullness, perfect orderednes, i.e., the number for the completeness of creation) females and males of African descent with extensive experience as citizens in the USA, to just share what they have experienced: where, with whom, how, etc. they actually survived, providing “examples of survival.”

I believe these narratives will help many people, especially our youth, to get another version of the Black experience in the USA, and most importantly examples of coping strategies living in this reality.

I honor and respect Jewish communities throughout the world for perseverance, tenacity, and just plain endurance given their realities of historical and current racism and discrimination, which I believe is a mirror image in many ways of the Black experience in the USA (as well as throughout the world on this earth!)

As I mentioned above, USA Blacks have not only Jewish brothers and sisters who inherited a historical background of oppression and discrimination to look to for collaboration, support, etc. , but there are numerous other ethnicities throughout the world who are our brothers and sisters in this regard with whom we should and could seek the same… Like I stated earlier here, I am certainly seriously considering writing a book about experiences and perspectives of the latter brothers and sisters regarding the topic at hand in the not so far future, in addition to sharing a Blog with an abridged version of this book… As my first historical nonfiction book, I will begin with the Black experience , as survivors in the USA.

Until soon…B.G. Aucoin

Liberty for All!

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Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

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Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

This is an example post, originally published as part of Blogging University. Enroll in one of our ten programs, and start your blog right.

You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.

Why do this?

  • Because it gives new readers context. What are you about? Why should they read your blog?
  • Because it will help you focus you own ideas about your blog and what you’d like to do with it.

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

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