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01:02 PM on 02/11/2012
This proves what it says there at Ecclesiastes 8:9:"Man has dominated man to his injury" Even though this horrible act in history is all over one thing is for sure that we still are doing what is above to one another. I find deep encouragement from what it says at Revelation 21:3,4.
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Pointless Agony
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11:38 AM on 02/11/2012
The reason much of African-American history is hidden is because white people are afraid.
03:26 PM on 02/11/2012
What are they afraid of? A knowlegeable group of history experts should publish all contributions, etc. I wonder if this has been already done somewhere...
05:46 PM on 02/11/2012
Gee, thats kind of a blanket statement huh? Im white,and I could care less who knows what,and I dont have any power at saying who did what. But Im white, so I must be afraid right? And WHO is the racist here?
06:51 PM on 02/11/2012
Just a question / comment if a book has been published nor not.
No, because you are white, to me, that does not make you afraid.
The comment by Pointless Agony says whites are afraid (of US Black history).

should I jump off the bridge, or what?
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beverly149
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06:56 PM on 02/11/2012
Instead of being so defensive why don't you reach out and start a civil dialogue with the poster? Why the question of who is a racist here? The truth never hurt anyone and a civil dialogue is what keeps us talking. Telling the truth will give all of us a greater understanding of one another and then we go about healing the divisions that continue to divide us. I am tired of the stereotype of black always against white. It is not that way with me and several black americans.

History is history and a lot of it is not pretty.You cannot change what was done, but you can go about making this country even better for our children and their children instead of the constant bickering, and talking at one another instead of to each other.
10:25 AM on 02/11/2012
I wish African Americans would focus on the good that President Obama has done and demonstrate their appreciation by remembering American History and actively living it in their lives, like he has and not force him to be divisive. He is the President of the United States of America for all Americans and not just those who are descendants of slaves.
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thankulord13
Believing absurdities one will commit atrocities
01:26 PM on 02/11/2012
Pammy,

Telling the truth is not be divisive, it is called being honest. If you don't realize that then you need to get a better understanding of what truth is.
01:50 PM on 02/11/2012
Then why do you get upset when people point out that the achievement gap between black and white is caused by a victim mentality and not r.acism?
06:42 PM on 02/11/2012
I know truth. I have a Master's in African Studies. Thank you.
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TRUTHHURTS500
02:33 PM on 02/11/2012
What does the recognizing the contributions slaves made to a major institution in America have to do with focusing on the good the president has done and him being president to all citizens of America? This isn't about President Obama and everything to do with part of American history.
07:39 AM on 02/11/2012
In Philadelphia, this was done at the residence of President Washington (remember the capitol back then was Philadelphia) and it added to the reality of what we know about him. Why hide what happened? Admitting to it may give us a better understanding of how shameful our ancestors' behavior was but that it was accepted in their times but not ours.
05:40 AM on 02/11/2012
History should be told for what it is, this serves as a reminder of what we should not repeat!
12:47 AM on 02/11/2012
I would like to see this elephant in the room acknowledged in our educational system, and not just in the tours the Washington DC visitors get, but also in all textbooks for children & college students nationwide. We need to learn as much about the ugly parts of our history as about the patroitic bits that we like to hold up our head high about. We can't prevent future such mistakes if we don't understand how they came to be in the past. The trappings of wealth were created in many circumstances by treating workers in ways that weren't very Christian in the sense of being something Christ would have done. We need to stop abusing the poor and blaming them for their failure to thrive in a discriminatory world.
09:25 PM on 02/10/2012
Why is this suddenly important? It is not his responsibility to do such a thing. I'd love to see what would go down if it was pushed that he recognize white people for building a structure. Get over the black and white thing people
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Pointless Agony
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11:31 AM on 02/11/2012
It is important because it is hidden history. History is power. It's not just about black and white, it's about the truth!
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10:32 PM on 02/12/2012
It's not hidden from anyone... I learned in middle school that some of it was built by slaves.
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thankulord13
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01:27 PM on 02/11/2012
It is called truth, try it!
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10:32 PM on 02/12/2012
No one lied about it.
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Peachie49
08:20 PM on 02/10/2012
President Obama is NOT a descendant of slaves, therefore he has no more reason than any of the other past presidents to make such a proposal. Rep John Lewis was a civil rights activist, he has a special connection to the Civil Rights Movement, it is logical that he would push such a tribute in the House.The President is what he is, and people Black & White need to leave him be and give it a rest.
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Pointless Agony
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11:35 AM on 02/11/2012
The slaves labor is an important part of American history. Are you ashamed that black people helped make what this country is today?
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10:34 PM on 02/12/2012
Are you ashamed of White people? You keep prattling on, why aren't you acknowledging all the White people that helped build the White House. You are afraid of history lol.
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thankulord13
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01:33 PM on 02/11/2012
His wife and children are since we are using your logic. The fact of the matter is that it happened and it needs to be acknowledged. It amazes me how we as a society would rather remain ignorant instead of acknowledging the truth.
08:08 PM on 02/10/2012
I would bet that many of those slaves said silent prayers or amongst themselves that one day GOD would free Black people, and create a Black president of the United States to reside in that house.
07:21 PM on 02/10/2012
Cowards, the black man is always held to a different standard. Why didn't they pressure Bush? People kill me when they criticize Pres. Obama for breaking promises. He's the first president to not fulfill a promise.
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moore2george
03:15 AM on 02/11/2012
obama is not the first president to not fullfill his promises. all presidents are liars and promisers. they make promises all the time knowing they will not keep them. thase claming to be christians are not living as christians because they tell lies all the time.
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10:35 PM on 02/12/2012
What are you babbling about? What do Christians have to do with this..
06:36 PM on 02/10/2012
everyone deserves thier 15 mins of fame.. even u haters lol
05:06 PM on 02/10/2012
Whats it get you?.....OK Slaves built the WH. Are you any different. Do you think inner city poverty will be cured. Will suddenly 70% of your kids grow up with a father? Will they release the ancestors of slaves from jail? Nothing zip zero will change and so many more pressing issues to be addresed in the black community that wasting time on this is foolish.
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Pointless Agony
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11:36 AM on 02/11/2012
Knowledge is power. We are led to believe we came from nothing. That we were not kings and queens in Africa. We are led to believe that white people did not come from black people.
03:31 PM on 02/11/2012
The movie: Amazing Grace filmed in England played by English actors.
Alot of knowledge. Alot of "power".
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TRUTHHURTS500
03:01 PM on 02/11/2012
How do you know? One of the problems with Black people is not knowing your history, where you came from. If you only hear negative things about people who look like you, magazines and media that only cater to Europeans.

Black people have been brainwashed and controlled by Europeans since slaves set foot on this land. Anyone who voiced the opinion that Blacks have their own, not depend on the government and educated Black people of the imperialism of America over all people of color in the world, were called troublemakers, communist, race baiters. But Newt Gingrich can say Blacks should ask for jobs not welfare is ok, somehow you agree with it. Malcom X, Marcus Garvey and many more Black people said the same thing and they recieved negative responses for Whites because they felt threatened and uncomfortable. Know your history.
06:29 PM on 02/11/2012
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04:20 PM on 02/10/2012
What's the point?
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ggranny
03:38 PM on 02/10/2012
In all due respect to the Congressman, I believe that there is pride shared by those of us that know that part of our history, however to direct this to the President at this time of so much racial divide, which could be more damaging to Africans Americans than to make this an issue. Furthermore we as parents of black children should do our part in educating them about their heritage...work with schools and insist that their history curriculum includes black history...let's not take your great idea and make it a tool of deviousness in our community. I truly do believe that if we can reelect President Obama your request will be honored. America is in serious trouble, particularly your constituents and others like them this is not the time...let us become wise and learn how to pick our battles...most importantly when. Use your platform to let African Americans know what will happen if we don't vote like we did in 2008...many states are making it difficult for many to exercise their voting right...so please Mr. Congressman use your time wisely, doing something for the descendants of those in which you seek honor. The racism on the other side is so blatent, and lack of respect to the President is appauling...to put him out there about this issue would be throw meat to the weak black voter as well as the rightwing fringe that suggest out children mop floors and clean toilets.
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03:25 PM on 02/11/2012
That's Black peoples problem right now. We are so afraid of making White people uncomfortable and threatened about something they created. If the men and women of the Civil Rights era was as sat around and waited for one Black person to end Jim Crow and Segregation, both would still be in place today. You are right Black people need to teach our children and each other our history, but other ethnicities need to know the history of the Black Experience in America so that history does not repeat itself.

Recognition of the history of Black people in America is not the only issue the president has that's going to make White people uncomfortable. International issues are going to be a challenge for him and it is also related to the history of America. The Palestinian/Israeli conflict, the conflict with Iran, the presidents support of NATO's assistance in regime change in Libya. It's all associated with America's imperialism that has affected people of color around the world.

The Rev Wright issue. When the media tried to destroy his reputation, Black people were mad at him when he defended himself. All Rev Wright did was tell the truth about America. History is what it is and if people in this country are too childish to acknowledge it to bad!
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ggranny
10:14 PM on 02/11/2012
There is a time and place for everything, and if you don't realize what is going on with the racists and the middle-class/poor Americans of all color/races...then you are out of touch. It is more about prioritizing the issues that we raise at this critical time. Maybe you are the one that is too childish to realize that. If you are African American...all I am saying is this is not the time to pick this fight and make this an issue...if you are not African American...then you should teach others about the history of slavery and the many accomplishment made by those that white deemed inferior to them. This has nothing to do with fear. Being wise...one should know when to pick a fight and when to focus on the issues that affect our lives today.
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10:38 PM on 02/12/2012
Most White Americans didn't even have family in the country during slave days and some didn't have family in this country until after the beginning of the civil rights era.

You're a long winded bigot. I owe you nothing.
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Sistagirl Young
02:59 PM on 02/10/2012
I truly think for our ancestors to be so acknowledged would be a wonderful thang.. Why isn't there this acknowledgement? I don't know. I could surmise a list of possibilities. But who knows? Does it detract from what the House of White represents? If one thinks so then I can understand a person's reluctance to do so. I ain't sayin' it's right, I'm just sayin' I can understand. It's kinda hard to promulgate and perpetuate the inferiority of a peoples when history is rife with the unacknowledged accomplishments of said inferior peoples. I guess. Life.
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TRUTHHURTS500
03:36 PM on 02/11/2012
That's what I'm talking about! Co-signed Sistagirl!
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Sistagirl Young
05:16 PM on 02/11/2012
Hello TRUTHHURTS500; What kind of people take credit for other peoples work? I know and I know you know. But that was then and this is now. The more thangs change the more they remain the same. Interestin'. Ain't it? Thank you for your response. If I may go off topic there is a video on the onion. I don't have to tell you what to look for. When you see My President Obama you'll know. I'm still tryin' to figure it out. If you wouldn't mind would you let me know your view on it? I ain't seen it no where else. Hard to believe. Unless this is a gag. But this takes the cake. In my opinion. Thank you. Life.
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10:39 PM on 02/12/2012
How is it not acknowledged? We learned about this in school, sorry if you didn't...
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Sistagirl Young
11:25 PM on 02/12/2012
Hello JessCostello; So am I. Sorry that is. When I was in school we (meaning Negroes) were only told of the accomplishments of Booker T Washington, George Washington Carver, and Harriet Tubman. Thaat's it. That''s all. The acknowledgement refers to placin' a plaque on the House of White to show the importance of the Black man's rightful place in constructin' this house of presidents. Wow, three Black people in all the history of the makin' of this diverse nation. You may find this hard to believe but they even told us Columbus discovered America? Can you believe that. There's a book ya may wanna check out. It's called Lies My Teacher Told Me. Thank you for the comment. Lie.