“I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the white Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to ‘order’ than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set a timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
According to National Geographic, paid maternity leave in common throughout the world. The news source states that paid maternity leave for childbirth is federal policy in 34 out of the 35 nations that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. The hold-out country is the United States.
“The outstanding and most prominent of man’s beliefs are those which were forced upon him, or which he absorbed of his own volition, under highly emotionalized conditions, when his mind was receptive. Under such conditions, the evangelist can plant the idea of religion more deeply and permanently during an hour’s revival service than he could through years of training under ordinary conditions, when the mind was not in an emotionalized state.” -Napoleon Hill
“The 1800s in America was a time when a few ruthless individuals gained most of the country’s wealth. Banker J.P. Morgan once refused a loan to the U.S. government because, he said, it lacked collateral. Cleveland’s John D. Rockefeller began his business career as an accountant, heading a firm that investigates the potential of oil investments. He told his own employees there was no future in oil, then wholeheartedly invested in the natural resource himself.” -From, “Indian Summer” By: Brian McDonald
Alaska is a state that does not have sales tax or income tax. According to the June 2018 issue of National Geographic, in Alaska: “The oil and gas industry funds 90 percent of the state budget- plus an annual dividend of over $1,000 to each Alaskan- mostly through a tax of North Slope oil flowing through the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).”
“In 1917, the U.S. bought the Dutch West Indies for $125 million and renamed them the U.S. Virgin Islands. WWI was underway, and Uncle Sam wanted the islands as a naval base to protect the strategically important Panama Canal. The U.S. government assigned the administration of the islands to the Department of the Navy.” -From, “Gangsters of Harlem”