Welcome Freedom Prep Students!!!

Welcome, Freedom Prep Students.  This is a place where students from the Ole Miss Cohort, Rhodes Cohort, Syracuse Cohort and the Valley Cohort will be able to discuss multiple issues related to Liberation Arts.  Posting will begin soon.  Some of the first things that we will do will be posting questions.  I will keep you updated!  Keep those minds Liberated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

35 Comments to ‘Welcome Freedom Prep Students!!!’:

  1. Dekerrion Davis on 15 Oct 2009 at 9:51 pm: 1

    Why are most black men are in jail?

  2. Joshua Jones on 16 Oct 2009 at 7:31 pm: 2

    Why is it that their are more white people than black people on tv?

  3. Joshua Jones on 16 Oct 2009 at 7:35 pm: 3

    Is it that there are more white rich people than black rich people

  4. TYRONDA HENDERSON on 17 Oct 2009 at 9:57 am: 4

    is there white people in this world sill do black people wrong

  5. TYRONDA HENDERSON on 17 Oct 2009 at 5:37 pm: 5

    i have to say because black people are always doing something

  6. TYRONDA HENDERSON on 17 Oct 2009 at 5:38 pm: 6

    i have to say because black people are always doing something.

  7. Glorionna on 19 Oct 2009 at 6:00 pm: 7

    Well the question that I just asked I want to anwser it myself but I still want you to anwser it I think black people should be reconized for what they do because if a black person jumps off a cliff a whito person want do it to.

  8. TYRONDA HENDERSON on 20 Oct 2009 at 6:25 pm: 8

    hey this is Tyronda from Rhodes i just want to say do white people still put black people onn fire

  9. Z on 21 Oct 2009 at 9:28 pm: 9

    Tyronda from Rhodes,

    I just wanted to answer your question. No, white people do not put/light black people on fire.

  10. Sundiata Salaam on 22 Oct 2009 at 9:59 am: 10

    DeKerrion: That is a very inriguing and excellent question. This question goes as far back as enslavement in this country. I will give you an answer from that perspective, and allow you to think about other reasons. First, remember that during enslavement there was a major product that needed to be made and sold and they got free labor from Africans in order to do it. Now, in this new Prison Industrial Complex (Prison), many companies also use these Prisons in order to get the inmates to make merchandise for little to no cost. This merchandise is then sold to us (general public), while those who made it make almost nothing. I am sure that you may think, or some may think that this is not similar to slavery, because people in Prison at least are there because they broke some crime. I will talk more about that in class when we get to this section, but for now I want you to see that there is a direct connection between Slavery of the Past and Prison now.

    The Thirteenth Amendment to the constitution abolished (eliminated) slavery. Or did it? You read it yourself and tell me what you think, and also tell me if you can see the connection between prison(majority black) and slavery (black)

    Thirteenth Amendment:

    Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

  11. Sundiata Salaam on 22 Oct 2009 at 10:34 am: 11

    Z: Thank you Z for commenting on Tyronda’s question. Our group of 6th grade students are truly moving towards understanding the world they are living in and coping with their circumstances.

    Tyronda: To answer your questions about fire. I believe that your question is more complex than Z was able to answer. I think that what you’re asking is do Black people still get treated unfairly because of their skin color. And if this unfair treatment leads to violent acts against them. It may be true that no crimes have happened where black people have been set on fire; however, crimes of hate such as police brutality, and crimes against people like James Byrd (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_James_Byrd,_Jr.) are still happening. So I think that answers both of your questions.

    Now what we need to do is find ways to challenge these things that are happening. It is okay to become angry about them, but that anger must be used in the right way. Also, we would be wrong if we were to state that this was something that all white people do. However, we do understand that this does stem from White Supremacy. We will talk more about this idea of White Supremacy during class. Good Questions!!

  12. Andre Appleberry on 23 Oct 2009 at 6:36 pm: 12

    why did more black kids pick the white doll

  13. Olokun Olugbala on 24 Oct 2009 at 9:15 am: 13

    Brother Salaam,

    I commend your efforts and salute the intelligent and probing questions of our youth. What school do you work at/do these students attend? I think this is great that you are challenging the students in this way and that Blackademics helps to facilitate this space of questioning, thinking, learning and unlearning.

    Keep moving!!!!

    Love and Struggle…Work and Study,
    Olokun Olugbala

  14. Sundiata on 24 Oct 2009 at 4:37 pm: 14

    Brother Olugbala,

    Thank you for your comments. These affirmations are always needed in order to rejuvenate our spirit of moving forward. I woke at Freedom Preparatory Academy in Memphis, TN. It’s our first year in operation and we just have 6th graders. We will be adding a group of students every year. Also, please feel free to engage with our students, helping them with information, and challenging them to become critical thinkers. Peace!

  15. Olokun Olugbala on 25 Oct 2009 at 7:33 pm: 15

    I definitely will engage the students. Feel free to use any of my prior posts as ways to augment discussion and critical thought. I believe in what you’re doing so if there is anything in particular you need or think I can help with, don’t hesitate to reach out.


    Love and Struggle…Work and Study,

  16. craig freeman on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:27 pm: 16

    why do white men treat black women different but so not treat most black men like that.

  17. craig freeman on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:31 pm: 17

    dear tyronda from rhodes,black people are always doing something but that doesn’t mean that we are different. we are all equal. one. we are all human. all living and breathing. so we shoudlnt think that blacks are always doing something because most of the time we are not.

  18. craig freeman on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:34 pm: 18

    dear andre, most blacks chose the white doll because they thought the black doo was hidious, ugly, and they didn’t want to look like that.

    because people could have told them that they are ugly, which could make them have low self esteem. about them selves

  19. BRAXTON PIERCE on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:39 pm: 19

    i like your response craig good explaination….one of the main reasons the the girls picked the white doll because they were never taught the right think and they`r parents allways told them that black people are bad

  20. craig freeman on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:47 pm: 20

    thank you braxton,

    I like what you said about my explanation. and that I will keep having good ones.

  21. craig freeman on 27 Oct 2009 at 7:53 pm: 21

    dear tyronda to answer your question, I just wanted to say that most black sometimes can still get treated unfaily. if you heard of the jena 6. if you haven’t it’s about six blacks who went against whites. because the whites had a tree that they would hang blacks on if the balcks messed with them.

    so the 6 black boys fought back. and they got put in jail because how brutal they beat the white boys, owner’s of the tree.

    so yes some blacks still get treated unfairly.

  22. amber folkes on 29 Oct 2009 at 6:03 pm: 22

    why is it when black young women are (going) its bad but when black young men are doing this its ok.

  23. BRAXTON PIERCE on 29 Oct 2009 at 7:12 pm: 23


  24. craig freeman on 29 Oct 2009 at 7:17 pm: 24

    dear amber, some people think it is wrong for young black girls be (going) but some people think that it is bad when girls be going but not black men.

    but everybody should be treated the same. so it shouldn’t matter if boys or girls are going cause like braxton sayed we are all equal.

    and it shouldn’t matter if you are a boy or girl, we are all equal, and equal

    yours truely,

  25. WAYNEASHA KELLY on 29 Oct 2009 at 8:46 pm: 25

    Why are people always judging us because of what they hear.Like if they hear something about one person going to jail they want to say well black people are bad people.

  26. Wayeasha Kelly on 29 Oct 2009 at 8:56 pm: 26

    Dear Tyrounda I read your question and there are lots of white people that still treat black people bad,just like the people that wanted to kill Barack Obama.

  27. BRAXTON PIERCE on 13 Nov 2009 at 10:54 pm: 27


  28. CLAUZEL MOORE on 14 Nov 2009 at 1:32 pm: 28


  29. ronnie herron from rhodes on 21 Nov 2009 at 10:28 pm: 29

    mr.salaam i have a question about what we talk about in liberation art about the black men and women how come the accident that happen bewteen shaniya the dad had tried to let the mom be amom to your daughter but she sold your for drugs so now she is dead that’s how black women do wrong

  30. Alandra Adrine on 22 Nov 2009 at 7:57 pm: 30

    mr.salaam i saw some white kids doin drugs and the police where there and they didn’t do anything and then the next day i saw some black kids doin drugs and the same police were there and they did something about it and then the next day i saw some black and white kids there doin drugs and different police were there and they only took the black kids mr.salaam what do u call that?

  31. amber folkes on 30 Nov 2009 at 8:28 pm: 31

    mr.salaam,you said that whites said a black person’s life doesn’t matter.In a movie,LAWRENCE FISHBURN said that the reason there is a achohal & gun store on EVERY corner is because the whites want us dead.does that have something to do with the situation?

  32. Mr. Salaam on 1 Dec 2009 at 1:55 pm: 32

    Amber: Very good question Amber! This question shows that you are really thinking deeply about our conversations in Liberation Arts! Also, by you mentioning the Lawrence Fishburn quote, it shows that you are doing an excellent job of connecting our conversations to what you see and hear!

    Now, I didn’t say that white people as a whole do not care about black life. If I made that statement that would be incorrect. What i actually said is that since this countires beginning, there have been numerous examples that have shown Black people that their life is not as valuable or important as White people.

    During slavery, African (black) people were in fear of being killed at all times. They not only feared being killed, being killed was a reality. There are many instances were black people were killed/lynched, and there was no punishment for those who committed the crime. It is also estimated that many were thrown off or tortured and kliled in some way on the slave ships that came from Africa. In most cases, no punishment was given to those that committed the crime.

    As this country continued, the lynching of black people became normal. In many of these lynching cases, black people were lynched for practically nothing. But most important to our conversation is that black people were often killed because of what they “supposedly” did to white people (Look up Emmitt Till).

    In your current time you have the example of the Jena 6. 6 young black men who were accused of attempted murder when they jumped a young white male. The police claimed that the murder weapon was the “shoe” of the boys. In this same place, a young black male was also hit over the head with a bottle, and the young white male who did this was not charged with attempted murder.

    These are just some cases where they show that black life is not considered as valuable as white life. Also, you should look up Police Brutality situations were police kill a young black male and they are not punished for it. (Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Rodney King to name a few…)

    I will answer more later about the Laurence Fishburn statement. Write back letting me know if this answer helps you to understand.

  33. amber folkes on 1 Dec 2009 at 8:48 pm: 33

    MR.SALAAM,I understand what u are saying.I also wonder if whites want to kill blacks slowly.FOR EXAMPLE:who is owning the drug & marawana companys?The whites.Who puts achahol & gun stores on every corner?The whites.I guess they figure,oh the blacks love drugs & achahol.They don’t care if it kills them,so lets establish more of this.

  34. Keirney , on 4 Sep 2011 at 2:07 pm: 34

    Wow Who Made This I Didnt Know They Had Thiss OMG I’m Soooo Late Hi Mr. Salaam !!!

  35. Linda Keita on 17 Oct 2011 at 9:00 pm: 35

    Keirney invite you friends so that you can continue the questions here…

    I remember when I was a little girl i attended the real freedom school that was in 1962.

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