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OPINION | A Special on Juneteenth, Tulsa Slavery & Racism in America

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THE recent celebration of Juneteenth reminded me of my ancestors’ journey and I thought it might be appropriate to do some reflecting for those who didn’t learn about Juneteenth slavery and the origins of racism in America.

In fact, this Trump Era and Torres Era reminds me of the old South and the promotion of racism. But in the course of my Master’s studies in Political Science at San Diego State and Georgetown University we learned about Slavery and the TRUE origins of Racism in America studying America’s Founding & Founders and why they left the issue of Slavery for future generations to resolve due to it being an Institution. But Juneteenth (19th) is actually African-American’s Official Recognition Day for the Emancipation of Slaves. The Emancipation Proclamation became law on January 1, 1863 but it took 30 months (2.5 yrs.) for the news to travel to all of the known slaves in America which culminated in Texas on June 19, 1865.  But needless to say, the news of freedom was deliberately DELAYED just like everything else to the benefit and respect for Blacks have been DELAYED for Black folks in America up-too this very DAY! But I can’t express how THANKFUL I am to all the White People who are protesting as they are the modern day “Abolitionists.”

It should also be duly noted that the biggest massacre of Blacks in American History took place in Tulsa which is why Tulsa is a slap in the face to Blacks for Trump and white racists to start his campaign.  A white girl FALSELY accused a Black shoe-shine man of assaulting her in 1921, which caused Whites to burn and blow-up Black Wall Street and over 300 Blacks were MURDERED! I personally believe after what I have learned about the KKK and White Supremist is the destruction and massacres was a set-up they planned because Tulsa was the location of one of the Black Wall Streets. African-Americans had figured out a way to create their own financial system and had been thriving in Tulsa as it was previously “Indian Territory” where former slaves had runaway to avoid slavery. My great grandfather (Ed Crawford) was even one of the Blacks slaves who had runaway to then Indian Territory and had children by an Indian Concubine (my great grandmother on my mother’s side who was a Cherokee Indian)- I’m so proud of my heritage.

Blacks had really built small fortunes in Tulsa with Grand Pianos in their living rooms by 1920s and many Whites were out-right enraged which was the main motivation for trying to devastate the Black population in Tulsa. But just think how whites reacted to a false assault back then killing hundreds of Blacks and taking their belongings out of their homes and no one was ever prosecuted for anything — sounds familiar with Police taking Black lives. So when you think about the protests of today don’t forget to remember the Emancipation of Slaves the Black Wall Street Massacre and all the other deaths and misjustices perpetrated on Blacks, which is why WE have seen ENOUGH — and thank God for cell phones because now we can start showing the PROOF.  For more on Juneteenth and other events of today that I predicted BEFORE Trump took office like the rise of White Supremacy & rise of Domestic Terrorism, North Korea fiasco, a rise in Racism in America and the other Black Wall Street that was in North Carolina get my book, on Amazon.com “The Audacity to Change.”  I actually warned America to “buckle their seat belts” on the cover before #45 was elected — its only $20.  The events in the CNMI are not my only I Told You So events, check-it-out.

But I’m sure most readers think slavery was horrible and it was but at one time, believe it or not, in the world’s history slavery was actually “an act of compassion for one’s enemies” — a good thing compared to being killed. The world went from killing all rivals and opposing forces to putting the survivors of battles into slavery as killing became viewed as “a waste of human flesh.”  So, slavery became an Institution throughout the world with slaves of all different colors and even white slaves. It wasn’t until slavery was brought to America that Racism was born in America all because some “bigots” (White Supremist) realized that if they only brought Black Slaves to America there would be no problem with differentiating between a free white man and a black slave — thus racism was born in America. The Protests of today are just more small steps towards absolute HUMANE behavior in our evolution.

Like any Institution the slaves had to be justified which was taught an instilled in whites, especially in the South as white children grew up being taught all kinds of ugly and wrong things about slaves. Today, there are still many white children being raised to be a “White Supremacist” so some people really can’t help what they have become, especially if they have a weak internal conscious/constitution. I can remember telling my students that if the Spanish had been Muslims that more than likely they would be Muslims today, which is highly true as that is just how our evolution as humans came about. So be thankful YOUR race wasn’t chosen to be slaves in America because history could have easily been completely different and even the opposite with Blacks putting Whites into slavery-for TRUE.

But slaves were believed to have been uncivilized and were to be treated like an animal to a very high degree. But they didn’t know slaves were civilized and very intelligent and only at a disadvantage because they didn’t know the English language nor the environment. What many people don’t know is that slaves actually pre-tended to be dumb — yasir boss and saying things backwards on purpose! Slaves really didn’t talk that way they just pretended to get things backwards on purpose which was the birth of our slang today.  Michael Jackson said “I’m BAD” which really means “I am Darn GOOD or even GREAT.” In fact, people all over the world have adopted OUR slangs and custom of “body & hand bumping” using them with pride. But slaves had to play the game because as long as the owner thought you were dumb it preyed on the owners ignorance of the truth that a slave was not only smart but many could read & write better than a lot of whites — a form of “reverse phycology” to just survive.

But they would breed slaves just like animals not knowing they were creating the most athletic group of people in America today because all the sick and weak died on the voyage leaving a healthy core group. So yes, that’s why African-Americans excel in sports because we were actually bred like animals to be athletic.  But we paid a big cost for it living the life of a slave with our women being forced to be breeders by the “mandingo” (a big & strong slave) or even by the slave master and/or the owner.  Blood related families were rare on many plantations, especially in the deep South as most slaves were really treated like property to be used and even whipped and sold if they didn’t obey.

But many of the founders of America whom people want to point a finger at for having slaves really don’t know the whole story as slavery was an Institution. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founders where not perfect humans like the rest of us but they kept slaves because slavery was an institution (the accepted and expected way of life in those days) and they KNEW their slaves would live out a much better life under their rule by a “Covenant.” Yes, many slave owners, especially in the north, governed by a Covenant that “if you did like you were supposed to do you would never be sold-off down south” and they could live out their life with some sense of normality with a family. But the majority of slave owners, especially in the deep south ruled solely by the “whip and even disfigurement” like cutting off the end of one’s foot so they couldn’t run-away any more.  

Slavery really set up the conditions for racism and we are still trying to stomp it out slowly but surely. We went from being jungle bunnies, to negros, to blacks to finally having the proper name of African-Americans after hundreds of years. WE went from chains, to Jim Crow & Segregation, to Drugs & Jail and we are still working on Equality. Heck, most people don’t know Jesse Jackson told and WARNED us long ago about the real SYSTEMIC Plan for Blacks who were TARGETED to sell drugs by white gangsters and it just continued until today because it worked to put Blacks in check from pursuing the American Dream making Blacks junkies, dealers or locked up or dead. No one in the ghettos of America knows how to get drugs from Mexico, Central & South America to America — it was a plan that is still being used. Today, the Cartels bring the drugs straight to our doors in the ghettos of America literally. The White Power Structure gets even richer building Private Prison to house mostly blacks for crimes that most whites get probation. In fact, it wasn’t until cocaine reached the elite whites that the War on Drugs was declared almost 50 years ago and it’s still going because White America don’t CARE enough and don’t really want to stop this vicious cycle for Blacks — it’s a trap being Black in America for TRUE!  The task of getting people to stop thinking and being so against African-Americans is still an up-hill journey because this kind of change takes place one person at a time while we still have bigots and racist who are raising their children to be racist.  Sadly, but TRUE almost 40% of White Americans still support a President who is literally promoting the activities of White Supremist and other racist groups. WE are still on that journey to the Promise Land of Equality and Respect for ALL which is why Dr. King taught us that “it will always be a DAY-ON and never a day-off” in fighting for our Rights and true Equality with Respect for ALL. One People One Direction.  

Some of this was actually part of the lesson that I taught to students in Social Studies when I showed them the original film “Roots.”

The writer is a retired teacher, former CNMI Board of Education Member, James Madison Fellow (U.S. Constitutional Scholar) and a Fulbright-Hays Foreign Scholar who resides in Kagman

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