You know, there is a lot of shit going on in my life right now, yet here I sit, quietly plugging along and knowing it will get better. I am not bitching and whining (much) to anyone that will listen, or demanding "reparations" for damages done to me by anyone else (although I do wish some people would suffer from a permanent case of STFU), nor things that were done to my ancestors.
What happened in Charleston was beyond horrible, nine innocent lives were lost and even more lives were changed in ways from which they will never recover. It is a tragedy that I will never belittle. I feel for those who knew and loved these people, they will suffer a pain that few of us know forever.
BUT, people like Al Sharpton (NO I will never refer to him as a reverend or a preacher or even a civil liberties leader, I am old enough to remember WHO and WHAT he was, what he helped to accomplish and how he allowed himself and his morals to be perverted into the hate mongering racist he is today) and a host of other leftist idiots have turned this tragedy into yet another media circus. They are exploiting the unimaginable pain of these families in order to push yet another point of their ignorant, hate based agenda.
YES, slavery happened. YES, the South left the Union because, in part, of slavery. BUT, there was issues besides slavery that led to the division of the Union, as anyone who has EVER studied history realizes. TOTAL CONTROL of everything was one, and although some people meant the Government abolishing slavery, it was more than that.
Slavery was NOT simply white men owning black men, women and children. It was so very, very much more. It was black men selling their enemies and rivals to white men across the sea. It was white men, and women, taking advantage of other human beings in order to make their lives easier. It was the total lack of regard for human life!
BUT, it wasn’t something new! Slavery had been around since Biblical times, it was always a presence in those times.
The large majority of people in the South DID NOT OWN SLAVES. Most of us were poor, we didn’t own thousands upon thousands of acres of land that we farmed, most of us lived on what we could trap, shoot or grow. We weren’t all hate filled, whip wielding “Masters” of the plantation.
That time in our Nation was a horrible, evil time. While the slaves were laboring in the fields, there were thousands upon thousands of Native peoples who were having their homes destroyed, being shot, burned or beaten to death and were fighting back the invasion of the White man.
The Natives of this country had assisted the whites in becoming established, and in return entire races were wiped out. Prior to the Civil War, many of the tribes had been forced to leave the areas that became the South, just as they had in the areas that became the North.
By 1861, more Native peoples had been killed or forced to leave the Eastern part of this country than the combined number of Slaves in the South at ANY time!!
The horror that was slavery was equaled and, some say, surpassed by the disease ridden blankets given to women, children and elderly Natives, by the rape and murder of women and children, by the horror of witnessing some white skinned man grabbing your child by the leg, swinging with all of his might and smashing his brains out against a tree.
Beatings? Yes, Red peoples were still being beaten to death by whites AND blacks alike. Rapes? Yup, that too. Hangings? On a regular basis! Brutality of unimaginable levels? Yes, each and every day from the early 1500’s. Brutality on the white part AND the red part.
Slavery? No, no red slaves, but there were indentured servants, which is almost the same thing. There were white men, women and children that were owned, hell there were white SLAVES that were owned, the law said ONE DROP of black blood made you a “negro” and you could (and would) be owned. But the Irish, the German, the Welsh, the Polish, the Italian, etc that indentured themselves (and families) to come to this country were essentially slaves as well. They had to toil in the fields, the factories and the whorehouses of this countries, as well as in many, many other ways, and they had NO SAY OVER WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM!
Natives peoples had slaves as well, white ones, black ones and red ones. They saw no color to slavery, only circumstances. Slavery was here before the whites arrived. And when the whites arrived with their slaves, it seemed normal to those who were already here.
The “flag of Virginia” aka the Rebel Flag is a simple piece of material that has NO bearing on what was done recently. Hell, the first Confederate flag was NOT the one everyone is bitching about, it was a flag called the Stars and Bars (look it up) and was very similar to Old Glory. But none the less, it is a piece of material that holds no special powers.
The hatred that prompted recent events is simply that hatred. It isn’t some spell cast by a symbol of slavery, or a special power held by a flag. It is a broken person (of which there are many of ALL colors) perverting something to suit his needs.
And the deal with Thomas Jefferson? WTF? Has this country lost its collective mind? He was, regardless of his slave holdings, an important, powerful man in the history of this country. Without him and his influence this nation may never have been formed. Hell, the first five of our Presidents were slave owners when they held office!! Twelve presidents of this country were slave owners!
Should we get rid of the statues and portraits of them all? Should we stop teaching the history of this country because we had 12 slave owning presidents? Oh wait, we HAVE stopped teaching History, and that is part of the problem. Thank you Liberals!
Let’s take a step farther onto this road of PC idiocy.
Andrew Jackson was basically a serial killer by proxy. He ordered the troops to systematically kill all Native women and children after massacres in order to complete the extermination of the Red man. He was a genocidal maniac who not only was responsible for uncountable deaths but also participated in an estimated 100 duels. Are the liberals demanding he be removed from history because of his crimes? NO, but when you throw in the fact that he was a wealthy slave owner he suddenly becomes high on the list to abolish from our history. He becomes a racist.
Why isn’t anyone in history thought of as racist for their views and treatments of Native Peoples? Or their treatment of Irish, or German, or Chinese? When did racist become a simple black/white issue?
And WHY are we turning each and every horrible event into a racist issue? Why do we not hear stories on the National News channels of blacks killing whites, or Mexicans killing blacks, or Chinese killing whites? When did race become an issue ONLY if there is death of someone who is considered black?
I don’t identify when being white, I never have. I don’t identify with black, I never have. I don’t even identify with Native, because I am all of those things. I am a mixture of colors and cultures, of red, black, and white. Of Native and slave, of Irish and German. I don’t see hatred in colors, I don’t see separation, I see people. I see evil, I see stupidity, I see ignorance in people, not color.
I am a product of the 1960’s, I have seen the treatment of black folks by white folks, of Natives by black and white, of Vietnam vets by everyone. I have witnessed hatred in many shapes and sizes, but never seen it as a color.
We, this country, have descended into an abyss of stupidity pushed by people of ALL colors. We have stopped feeling compassion for our own, and by our own I don’t mean our own color, I mean our own citizens. We take tragedies and make them the new battle cry for this issue or that one, we exploit the pain and suffering of families by flashing it across the television and internet like the latest new music video. We have become less than human.
The people in South Carolina are suffering a PRIVATE pain. Now they must sit for hours upon hours while tens of thousands of STRANGERS parade into the funerals of their loved ones, not out of compassion, not out of empathy, but for the MEDIA GLORY of being there. Those strangers never even knew the victims existed! They didn’t know them, or their families, or their beliefs, AND THEY DIDN”T CARE UNTIL THOSE POOR PEOPLE WERE SLAUGHTERED!!
What the hell is wrong with this country? HOW have we become so divided and filled with hatred toward one another? WHY are we NOT moving toward unity, but are moving farther and farther from it each and every day? Why has racism become the hot word of the day?
What about the children that suffer from hunger EVERY DAY right here in this country? Does it matter what color their skin is when their bellies growl and cramp because they have no food? What about the men that served this country in all of the wars we inserted ourselves into? Does it matter if their skin is red or white or black or yellow when they lay cold and hungry on the sidewalks of our cities? Does it matter what color someone’s skin is when they are dying from cancer or HIV or any other of a dozen of death sentences? Does it matter to YOU? Would YOU only help a child that is white? Or black? Or would you help ANY child?
Racism is NOT the problem! The problem is the media and the few power hungry idiots that insist on getting their faces on the evening news, not because they owe hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes, but because they are spouting hatred for others.
Wake up!! This media circus that happens each and every time something horrible happens is what PROMPTS more sociopaths to do these terrible things. Kill a bunch of people of a different color and go down in history! Yay! WTF?
Okay, I’m done. I will say no more on the subject, except to say that my heart goes out to the families and friends of those people slaughtered. RIP.