QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Don’t raise your voice. Improve your argument!”-

The most Reverend Desmond Tutu

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JAN MATZELIGER, SHOE LASTER.

On this day March 20th, 1883 Shoe maker Jan Metzeliger filed and received a patent for his shoe lasting machine.

A shoe “Last” is the mold of one’s foot used to make and customize shoes. Sewing the shoe together was a great hand skill in which one could produce 50 pairs of shoes in a ten hour day. Metzeliger’s machine produced 150 pairs in the same time.

Unfortunately Metzeliger sacrificed his health for his machine starving himself working long hours. He developed tuberculosis and died before his 37th birthday never truly benefiting financially off his machine.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BLACK MEN & WHITE MEN

“The difference between the black man and the white man is this. We move through the world playing defense. We don’t have the capacity to play offense. We are constantly looking for the moment when we are going to be disrupted so we walk through the world very aware that the world views you a certain way. So you gotta play defense and you gotta play it smooth. When you don’t get disrupted like that you walk through the world going: huh! What could I build there, how can I make this work?” You play offense. Your whole flow is different!”

– MAHERSHALA ALI

MARIELLE FRANCO’S KILLERS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE!

Last year we profiled Brazilian Revolutionary turned Politician Marielle Franco’s assassination. Franco, who became an advocate against police brutality after her friend, a Black man was murdered by cops. After fighting for the people of Brazil she too succumbed to the same fate. It was long rumored that the “Drive by” that killed her and her driver was politically driven. Now 2 days before the anniversary of her death two former police officers have been arrested in her murder. Here’s the link to our story on her life:

https://theblackmasculist.com/2018/03/20/the-case-of-marielle-franco/

Here’s also the link to the story of their capture:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/12/police-officers-arrested-murder-brazilian-politician-marielle-franco

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