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Senator B.K. Bruce: This Month in History – #Throwback Black History Month Post

Hello All! When you think about the many attempts Black people have made to liberate ourselves, it has been met with resistance or violence. However, when talking of inclusion, they are all for it, why? Because, inclusion means that America gets to pick and choose who enters their supremic space (yes I made that word up), and it keeps them in “check”, while falsely telling other Black people that “if you just do this, you can be like her/him”. Well, you have politicians, like this first Black Senator, Blanche Kelso Bruce, famously known as B.K. Bruce, who was born into slavery, attempt to really be a representative and make strides for Black people, but met with resistance. It is sad that almost 200 years later, Black politicians are still being met with resistance and have to sugarcoat what other ethnicities have never sugarcoated when they are fighting for justice. The saddest part is, we do not know whether or not to trust them as many times they get swayed away into the “diversity and inclusion” propaganda. We are not the spokesperson for everybody, we are the spokesperson for ourselves. I can’t advocate for other groups, I don’t have the energy or time, and neither should any black person! I wanted to highlight B.K. Bruce as a reminder that being met with resistance doesn’t mean that our efforts are in vain, it just means that we resist as well! Keep saying the same thing over and over again, that’s what I do, I just say it in different ways! A school in Washington. DC names after Senator Bruce was gentrified and changed to Cesar Chavez school, let’s not let them erase our history, let’s keep recording it and making history from our own point of view so that it is authentically preserved!

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

On February 14 of 1961, B.K. Bruce of Mississippi became the first African American to preside over the US senate.

Bruce’s advocacy for African Americans was most evident in issues affecting black war veterans. He was a staunch defender of black servicemen, promoting integration of the armed forces and fair treatment. On April 10, 1878, he unsuccessfully attempted to desegregate the U.S. Army, citing the U.S. Navy as a precedent. Two years later, Bruce delivered a speech asking the War Department to investigate the brutal hazing of black West Point cadet Johnson C. Whittaker. The following year, he supported legislation that prevented discrimination against the heirs to black soldiers’ Civil War pensions. He also submitted a bill in 1879 to distribute money unclaimed by black Civil War soldiers to five African–American colleges. As the bill gained publicity, however, more claimants came forward and depleted the fund. The Senate Committee on Education and Labor eventually reported against the bill.

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