Sorry for The Wait: A Letter to the Community
The Black Hurricane is a digital publication and resource for Black Students. The reason I decided to partake on this project was exactly behind the reason it was created, so for the purpose of transparency I have fused both my narrative as Founder/CEO of this much need resuscitation along with the first and only editor Jerome Nelson. We share similar interests in part to serve the underserved and also empower the youth of today to see that they can achieve, and use their abilities—when challenged. Historical grounding is important and helps us to know why we exist and a sense of purpose. The more things change the more they stay the same. We must combine the new and old, and I commemorate our predecessors for providing an anchor in history for us to latch to. It is my hope to see more resuscitations or starts of publications serving more institutions especially at PWI’s. This will create that network of inner and outer campus community that we so desperately need. Think about that for a second are we not inside-outsiders? In one instance we are apart of the university, we pay and take classes! But in another we are outsiders limited to the proper attention we need! We are not alone!” We are not the minority; we are the chosen few!” So wake the fuck up and begin to prepare for our liberation!
Before we can even begin a discussion of a Black publication we must first accept one common fact. That being, that there is a difference between Black students and other students—different interests, backgrounds, understandings and need.
I am not just speaking about interests that exist because everyone is an individual but that there are certain group behavioral patters that are different. And these are the differences Black Hurricane is concerned with satisfying.
The Black Hurricane concerns itself with meeting the needs of the Black student on whatever level it is on, high school, grade, school, or the various college, university levels that exist and not with attacking the university community as a whole but rather to make it a whole, so that Black students can survive their experience in the educational institution.
Black Hurricane serves 2 primary functions: 1) as an activity of an independent student organization it would serve as a means by which Black students could get experience in group participation that would allow us to develop into functional members of the society. We would get to refine the talents that we have as young adults; 2) it would serve as an information source. Despite there being multiple news publications here in the community at large, there exists information void for the Black student community. There is a plethora of reasons for this void, however, the basic reason is interest—a breakdown of interest in both parties.
The present news services do not publish stories that concern themselves directly with the Black student (unless these stories can be exploited for their own readership), a lack of genuine interest in the Black student is evident, therefore bringing about the lack of interest from the Black student who does not bother to read any of this news unless it concerns them in which the other publications benefit through a new source of readership.
Therefore the Black Hurricane has a responsibility of putting together an publication that will satisfy this need of the Black student community and thus creating more of a university.
Also it will help create sensitivity within the Black student community to its own problems and suggest and lead actions toward solutions. And to present by example the concepts of “Black Thought” and act within the consistency of “Black Thought.” It will also lengthen the activeness of every Black person on campus and everyone within our sphere of influence. Do not be scared to associate with Black but if you so choose to dissociate with Black then this is not the place for you…
As our major political objective, an assembly for the student body, in which students prioritize in participation for the purpose of determining the will of the students as to the school's’ destiny.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed upon their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights within the schools, governments are instituted among the students, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of student government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the students to alter or abolish it and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its power in such form as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.
Discretion, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and temporary causes, and accordingly all experiences have shown that humankind is more liable to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and forces, pursuing invariably the same object, reveals a design to reduce them to absolute destruction, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such a government and to provide new guards for their future security.
Let us create our own realities and remove the veil of ignorance that has blinded us since birth. The truth alone shall set us free.
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POWER TO THE PEOPLE
Jeremiah Johnson Jerome Nelson
Founder/CEO Digital Black Hurricane 2016 Editor Original Print Black Hurricane 1970