The Legacy of Slavery in the US – Coloradopoet – Guest Blogger – I’m Excited To Hear Coloradopoet Share Her Perspective

I am exhausted physically and emotionally but continue to participate in rallies with the Black Lives Matter Revolution. 

I’ve cried often, both in joy and sorrow, lost my voice a few times, and have felt intense anger.  I’ve spent 9 days and nights at protests, rallies, and marches.  I have, as have nearly each of 10’s of thousands of participants in Denver, Colorado, USA, protested nonviolently.

I lost a white friend (Annie) who was infuriated by my expression of emotions about “white people” after I  repeatedly watched the George Floyd crucifixion to prepare the video Black People – All People Just Want To Live.  Her last words to me on the phone were ‘fuck you”, then she hung up. 

It’s like I went to an emotional amusement park, where only some of the rides are amusing.  But, I will return to blogging and vlogging this week as I regroup.

I am excited to share this post by Coloradopoet.  In the post-Black People – All People Just Want To Live, I invited others to share their perspectives on all things racial.  Coloradopoet answered.  I am hopeful that Coloradopoet will share more posts in the future.  I am hopeful that one day that you will be encouraged to share fresh or already published content, especially on racism.  Can we talk? 

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Photo – Johannes Krupinski

We must not be like my friend Annie.  I will write about her in a coming post.

White people must not get so defensive and must be willing to talk about the realities of racism.  They must try to imagine how Blacks must feel in this revolution, then try to imagine again, on top of that.

Most of today’s Whites were born into the privilege of this hateful inhumanity, innocently.  Most of today’s Blacks were born into the barbarism and disparity of this hateful inhumanity, innocently.  But together we must change it, or it will destroy civilization as we ‘used to know it’.  It is not the same anymore.

I offer the warmest gratitude to Coloradopoet for choosing discussion and engagement, as opposed to denial and anger.  Kevy


coloradopoet – June 7, 2020, 2 Minutes

Racism against the black community in my country is different. It is built on slavery. It is not overt, but like a frog slowly boiled in water, accepted and part of the fabric of our culture.

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Photo – British On-Line Archives

We are strong individualists and it is a stumbling block in recognizing the legacy that slavery has left to an entire people group. We expect people to rise up out of their circumstances by themselves, hard work, education, ethics, and self-determination. This can obscure the burden, baggage, and the barriers the black community faces in having true socio-economic equality.

In a family, if one member is hindered by disability the other family members (should) sacrifice to help that one member to find self-realization.

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Photo – New York Public Library

I don’t think you can understand the burden of slavery that still exists unless you visit the south, where all of this began. It’s too easy to dismiss unless you look it in the face. It reminds me of the Holocaust deniers who deny Jewish extermination in Germany by the Nazis and Hitler. Many of our citizens who haven’t tasted and touched the roots of slavery cannot grasp the impact it has had on the black community.


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Photo – The New York Public Library

If you want to understand why the black community is hurt, angry, deeply wounded don’t look just to the heinous murder of George Floyd, look to slavery. I wish each person could walk through the plantations of the south, see with their eyes where oppressed people (slaves) lived, read their names, read the names of those who died on the slave ships coming from Africa.

 

 

 

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Photo – Hussain Badshah

I wish each person in the US could talk to the descendants of the Africans who were by law kept from learning to read and write and hear their oral history. I wish each of our citizens could walk through the large cities of the south and see what color of skin those who live in wealth are and those who live in poverty are. Only in the south can you still taste the remnants of slavery. You can see the buildings; the slave auction house that still stands in downtown Charleston, the slave quarters, the statues to the confederate soldiers (and witness fresh flowers recently placed for them), the remnants of the great wealth of the slave owners. Only in the south can you fully appreciate the degradation and oppression of an entire people group.

This is why the black community suffers a form of racism that is different than the rest of the world. We (all US people) should be outraged, mourn, grieve, care, and take responsibility for the legacy of slavery that still exists. We should do something concrete. We should have diversity programs, look to the incarceration rate, develop programs, demand justice reform. This is not a generalization either. I believe that as individuals we should each be actively involved in some sort of action. We have a responsibility that goes beyond saying that racism is wrong. Let us act!

Let our black citizens have space to hurt, to voice their pain, to ask for change, to be angry.

We have come a long way since the days where black lives were bought and sold. The civil rights movement brought along much-needed change. But until we have true equality and opportunity we have not arrived.

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Photo – To The Confederate Defenders – Coloradopoet

*I took this picture in Charleston in October, 2019. Please note the FRESH flowers that had been placed at the base of the statue* – Coloradopoet

Videos

The Atlantic slave trade: What too few textbooks told you – Anthony Hazard – Dec 22, 2014 – TED-Ed

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Slavery has occurred in many forms throughout the world, but the Atlantic slave trade — which forcibly brought more than 10 million Africans to the Americas — stands out for both its global scale and its lasting legacy. Anthony Hazard discusses the historical, economic, and personal impact of this massive historical injustice.

Lesson by Anthony Hazard, animation by NEIGHBOR.


SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME | Preview | PBS – Feb 3, 2012

See the full film at http://video.pbs.org/video/2176766758

SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME is a 90-minute documentary that challenges one of America’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery in this country ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Premiering February 13 on PBS.


White People Feel Discriminated Against? | The View – Oct 25, 2017 – The View

I’m not white but I can see how there might be a situation where a white person is judged based on their race. Often people assume that because you’re white you have money and a great life with no problems without realizing that they’re judging someone based on their race. Another example would be someone assuming that a white person is racist because they are white.  Hopefully, this made sense.


Black People – All People Just Want To Live – Jun 1, 2020 – Kevy Michaels


Music Videos

Brother Ali – Uncle Sam Goddamn (Official Video) – Rhymesayers Entertainment

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Adam Calhoun – Racism (Official Music Video) – Nov 13, 2018 – Adam Calhoun

COLLECTION

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Photo – British Library
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1938 – Library of Congress
About this Collection

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves.  These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP) of the Works Progress Administration, later renamed Work Projects Administration (WPA).  At the conclusion of the Slave Narrative project, a set of edited transcripts was assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves. In 2000-2001, with major support from the Citigroup Foundation, the Library digitized the narratives from the microfilm edition and scanned from the originals 500 photographs, including more than 200 that had never been microfilmed or made publicly available.  This online collection is a joint presentation of the Manuscript and Prints and Photographs divisions of the Library of Congress.

The Volumes

The published volumes containing edited slave narratives are arranged alphabetically by the state in which the interviews took place and thereunder by the surname of the informant.  Administrative files for the project are bound at the beginning of Volume 1.  These files detail the instructions and other information supplied to field workers as well as subjects of concern to state directors of the Federal Writers’ Project.  Read More


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