Veterans Legacy Program: “Pride of the Buffalo Soldiers” – VAntage Point  





To All My Readers of African Descent Listen to the part of the Video that says the Buffalo Soldiers did not look for or seek recognition or validation from white society to succeed.  Obviously in American Blacks and all people of Color are under attack.  We are not wanted. Many are hoping to see our erasure from the landscape however Take Pride in your Race.  Our Culture!  Our Traditions!  It’s Up to Us and We as Black People cannot rely on other races to assist or to support our causes!  Do For Self!

Despite negativity from evangelicals and fundamentalists We Will Not be wiped out or exterminated.  The success, riches and wealth of America was pretty much built on the backs of Africans.  We are here and we are not going anywhere!!

Say It Loud!!  I’m Black and I’m Proud!

Black History is American History!





Edward G. Palmer Korean War


DeBorah_US Army 1977-1981


Share Your World – October 23, 2017



Share Your World – October 23, 2017

Share Your World – October 23, 2017




I combined the last three Share Your World questions as work has been very hectic and there was an incident on my job that was disturbing to say the least. One of the employees Snapped.  Therefore even though I’ve been acting normal and trying to keep my emotions and feelings under control the altercation I witnessed has affected every aspect of my life.

I apologize to my readers.


Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?

Both. Fairly easy concerning academics except math. I hate math and I suck at math. I Love English and History. Then and now.

Difficult because I was bullied in school. The summer before I graduated High School and went into the Army I was pushed down a flight of steps. Children can be and are cruel. Very cruel.


List some of your favorite types of animals.

Cats. Dogs. When I was a teenager gerbils.

What is your favorite large city you have been to? What is the one thing you remember most?

The city I live in New York City aka The Big Apple. All parts of the city are memorable. Most tourists concentrate on Manhattan where the majority of tourist attractions reside but the outer boroughs have their own special charm and elegance.


What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

To be honest chocolate.  Dark Chocolate! LOL!!   🙂   😀

Are you focused on today or tomorrow?

Both. My mind is all over the place. I am rarely in the moment.  I have anxiety and panic attacks plus what took place at my workplace a few weeks ago turned my life upside down in a bad way.  More triggers. More worries. Crying. Tears. Insomnia.

The only place that I’ve found peace and solace in these upsetting nerve wracking weeks was a couple of Saturdays ago while walking through a local neighborhood historic cemetery near my home. Cemeteries are calm, quiet, restful, peaceful places great for introspection and deep thought.

If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?


My Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who fought in the Civil War plus his wife. I want to know more about my Great, Great Grandmother and her life after her husband’s death.

What is your favorite outdoor activity?

Walking and taking photos.

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

Passenger. I can’t drive.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be?

Health, Wealth, More time with my brother Stephen.


What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 




Whose Flag?

Whose Flag?


Whose Flag? The flag that ignited the Trail of Tears and condemned my Native American Ancestors far from their Promised Land?

The Flag that ignited Manifest Destiny and stole, robbed, cheated and raped millions of Indigenous peoples to broken treaties, destruction and death.

The Flag that ignited the slave ships of the Middle Passage where my African Ancestors were kidnapped from the Motherland. Denied their heritage. Their religion. Their customs and traditions.  And what of those thrown overboard as so much excess baggage.  Or the others who jumped rather than condemn generations to slavery and Jim Crow.

The Flag that ignited the Dred Scott decision telling us we are only 3/5ths of a man? Where are we in the signing of the Declaration of Independence? Do you see any Native or African Americans in those paintings? Not even any women!  So do we salute a flag, a symbol of colonialism, slavery, Jim Crow and racism? Since we were not included by the Founding Fathers most of whom were slave owners?

Do we honor a flag that forced my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents to get off the sidewalk when white people approached? Get to the back of the bus. Settle for sub-standard schools and housing. Forced sterilization which was done throughout the Southern Bible Belt states.

The flag of Dixie-crat racist Strom Thurmond whose death revealed the Black Daughter he had kept hidden for nearly 70 years?

Read the story of Fanny Lou Hamer one of the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement.





What of our white Sisters and brothers like Murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner up to and including Heather Heyer? White Americans who fought evil and lost their lives. Does the flag represent them?

Does this flag represent the two Indian engineers who were murdered or the Chinese doctor who was dragged from his airplane seat?

Did that flag represent the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

What of the Japanese Americans who were stripped of all their worldly goods and sent to camps just because they resembled the enemy?  And By the Way who is our enemy?

What of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama–a church with a predominantly black congregation that served as a meeting place for civil rights leaders where  Four young girls were brutally killed.

What of the the nine who were murdered last year in South Carolina during a Bible study by one whom they welcomed as a fellow Christian but who turned out to be a demon.

Tell me again why I should put my hand over my heart or in my case salute since I am a U.S. Army Veteran for this flag. This flag who denied my Korean War Veteran Dad who was in uniform and hungry. Who tried to get a hot dog and the white man said we don’t serve Niggers?

Tell me why this flag and this country whom my Great, Great Grandfather William Henry Halstead who fought in the Civil War still denies it’s promise to me and all his descendants?

Did and was this flag the covering for the slave master who barged into my Great, Great, great, great Grandmother’s slave cabin late at night and forced himself on her?

Did and was this flag the covering and excuse for the Married Redneck Drill Sgt coming to my barracks and calling my name after hours?

Tell me again why we honor this flag and why does this cloth not live up to it’s promise to ALL Americans?








One Word Photo Challenge: Family

One Word Photo Challenge: Family

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Part III: People, Places & Things

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

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This week’s word is Family!

My Family Past and Present from the 19th Century to the 21st Century!





The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus


That idiot moron psycho illegally occupying the Oval Office needs to remember this poem which is part of the Statue of Liberty. Many times when I have taken Circle Line and other local New York cruises around Manhattan I have passed by this Grand Lady holding her torch high to welcome people from ALL Races and Religions. Yes my ancestors were forcibly brought here but this is my home as it became the home of my ancestors who came to these shores dating back to the early 1800s. Though my family came here as slaves we distinguished ourselves and a good many of my family members including myself served in the Military to defend our homeland.

As much as white Christian Americans Love telling me to “Go Back to Africa” a place I’ve never been though I do intend to visit my ancestral homeland one day, America is my home. Here I will stay unless the homicidal maniac either deports me and Stephen or lines us up against his wall to be shot and killed.


The New Colossus” is a sonnet that American poet Emma Lazarus (1849–1887) wrote in 1883 to raise money for the construction of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.[2] In 1903, the poem was engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal’s lower level.


The New Colossus 


Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”