February 12, 1968, Memphis sanitation workers went on strike to protest, among other things, the death of two of their fellow workers due to unsafe working conditions. The Memphis mayor refused to negotiate. He saw no reason for concern over the condition under which “Negroes” worked and, besides, the strikers would be back as soon as the money ran out.

His cavalier and uncaring attitude raised a simple question in the men’s minds: Am I not a man? This same question had been used by abolitionists in an attempt to shame “Christian” men and women into realizing that Slaves were humans. Just as they were. And beholding to the same God and due the same rights. Eventually, a war was fought to settle that question from a legal standpoint. Blacks were men UNDER THE LAW.



Now, we find ourselves suddenly realizing that UNDER THE LAW means nothing if it isn’t recognized by the people. Virtually all Americans pay lip service to the truth that Black men are indeed men but many through their actions and the law demonstrate that it is, indeed, only lip service. It is time once again to let them now that we are men. Let them know that “I AM A MAN”That is the simple fact. And as a man in this country I have certain rights which I will insist are recognized and honored. All because I AM A MAN.

There was a time when Black men who wanted to be recognized as men had to stand up and declare it. And they did. Loudly and proudly.

They let the world know they were men by simply carrying a sign that declared “I AM A MAN” and not letting anyone forget it. Today, we find ourselves in the same situation. Black men are no longer seen as men. They are seen as criminals and thugs. They are, to quote the Governor of Maine, “the enemy” as far as much of America is concerned.

To fight back, we’ve designed a shirt to tell the world you have had enough. That you are a descendant of those men that carried a sign declaring their manhood. They were beaten, attacked by dogs, jailed, and even killed for taking this stand. Take your own stand and help others at the same time.

Purchase one of our I AM A MAN (Say it again) t-shirts. You don’t have to be Black or White or Brown or Red or Yellow to wear it. You don’t have to be Straight or Gay or Bi or Trans. You don’t have to be Anglo or Latino. You don’t have to be Native-born or Immigrant.

You don’t even have to be a man.

You simply have to be willing to say “I will have my rights AND YOU WILL NOT STOP ME!” They come in the original red letters on white background and a more impactful and modern white letters on black background.



Our shirts pay homage to those brave souls who carried that simple sign. Those men that said “I AM A MAN”. By wearing this shirt you’ll continue the message. You’ll be doing your part to fight the prejudice and bigotry so many face every day. You’ll be saying that without a doubt that now and forever “I AM A MAN”.
Get one for yourself and some for the men in your life. Just Click on the shirt you want and follow directions.
50% of all profits will be going directly to the ACLU. I’m pretty sure they’ll need the money over the next few years. The other 50% will go to keeping The RiverHouse Chronicles on-line.  Thanks loads and if you feel like sharing this EVERYWHERE…it couldn’t hurt.
– Eliot

Eric Holder Needs To Be Investigated

Why Eric Holder’s new job is an insult to the American public – Salon.com.

Even if it isn’t illegal (which I’m sure it isn’t), it’s immoral. And should be illegal. There has to be a better way of separating our government from those it is intended to regulate.

Taking a closer look at Mr. Holder’s job at Covington, is a good place to start.


Gunfight in Waco

Reason.com posted an article about the recent biker gang shootout in Waco, TX. More specifically, the article deals with folks that claim to have just been swept up in the events and not part of any of the primary participants.

They were simply bystanders

Law-abiding citizens that had NOTHING to do with the violence that left nine dead and 18 wounded. Therefore, they shouldn’t have been arrested and their property should have not been confiscated and they shouldn’t be in jail with $1 million bail awaiting trial.

Years ago a friend of mine was found behind an elementary school in Prince George’s County, Maryland. His hands were tied behind his back and he had been shot in the back of the head. While kneeling.


There was outrage among his friends and promises of retaliation. Having some experience in these matters, I was approached by the friends to join them in finding out who did it and retaliating. In my youth, I was known for a bit of a temper and an overdeveloped sense of duty to friends and family which was the other reason they came to me.

I declined

I declined because the guy that was killed was hanging with gangsters. Real gangsters. He dressed and acted the part. He was a hard man in his own mind but just another kid to the rest of us. He started to live the life. He lusted after and chased the life and he finally made it. He died like a gangster

He was a wannabe

At the end of the day, this thing in Waco is about wannabe gangsters that got caught up when real gangsters started acting like gangsters. Just like my friend. And, just like my friend, nine of them are dead.

They want to dress the part, act the part and hang around with folks that are the part but they don’t want to face the consequences. That’s just not how it works. Gangsters get arrested. Gangsters go to jail. Gangsters get killed.

They don’t whine about it afterwards