So we ask that you seek to repair this by facilitating means of reversing the plight of poverty without a gentrification type of agenda among many other things such as the deeper history of our people. Our story did not begin with slavery. Can you understand how it is difficult to wholeheartedly respect this document that seems to lord itself over people who weren't even considered equal to those that drafted the document. Flash forward to the 60's again at the scratch of a pen we are told we can vote and I believe the "right" for us to vote actually comes to a vote every something odd years. The concept is odd in itself. It really doesn't make it too much better. If you want to show equality then why not just make it permanent....( Hmmm still Loving that control factor, huh?)
When you are making a case it's difficult to gloss over the root of a problem, there in the fact that our ancestors were not even considered wholly human...Even the man that " emancipated" us had reservations about the so called Negro....He is quoted as saying during a debate with Stephen Douglas...
Abraham Lincoln Quote:
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the Negro should be denied everything.”
(1809-1865) 16th US President
I bring this up as a point of reflection and one cannot say I am trying to rewrite history or even take these words out of context. The reflection comes in the form of how this mindset is still very pervasive in our society. I spoke a few years back (circa 2011) regarding icy hearts and apparently some haven't melted while others are beginning to understand the disparities in our society or even worldwide where people of color are simply not treated the same as Caucasian counterparts....This is seen through the blatant police brutality and false vigilante justice, atrocities like the shooting in South Carolina church, better yet the blatant shooting of Walter Scott in Charleston, Sam Dubose in Ohio, treatment of Sandra Bland case in Texas, Eric Garner in New York, and the list goes on..... Definitely too long......
Now in efforts to bring the point home in terms of the need for reparations I would like to speak on some research I came across that highlighted the contributions of Black slaves to the building of the core of this nation. These sites are well known and almost synonymous with the terms United States to any foreigner or U.S. citizen when they think of Washington D.C., which is none other than our nation’s capital. These popular sites among the many are known as The White House and the Capitol Building. According to records 400 out of 600 laborers behind the building of the Capitol were Black slaves who were paid a wage of $5/month, which may have seemed to be quite a bit of money for that time to some. However, the horrible irony behind this wage was that it was paid to the slave masters as opposed to the slaves themselves. I find this rather disturbing, but I am also not the least bit surprised. Historians have discovered that slaves worked 12-hour days, six days a week on construction of the Capitol. The federal government rented the slaves from local slave owners at a rate of $5 per worker per month. Besides working on the building, slaves worked in quarries extracting the stone for the Capitol. Other slaves provided carpentry skills, and still others worked at sawing stone and timber. While, slave women and children were used to mold clay in kilns. Congressman John Lewis characterized and depicted the conditions and the situations as follows:
“Imagine, in Washington’s oppressive summer heat and humidity, to chisel and pull massive stones out of a snake- and mosquito-infested quarry,” Lewis said. “Imagine, having to fight through the bone-chilling winter in rags and sometimes without shoes. Just imagine, the United States government paying your owner, not you, but your owner $5 a month for your labor. This Capitol, the most recognizable symbol of our democracy, was not built overnight, it was not built by machines. It was built through the backbreaking work of laborers and slave laborers.”
Congressman Lewis made these statements upon the placing of plaques honoring the slave labor in an area of the Congressional Visitor’s center called “Emancipation Hall”. Quite frankly, a plaque alone doesn’t cut it. Where is the justifiable payback? Where are the people who state, “If you don’t like it here, why don’t you just go back to Africa?!” This statement alone is insulting, especially when you know your ancestors built the core of this nation.
Now to bring this home even further (bases fully loaded). This is where I ‘m going to seek to appeal to the hearts and minds of all as the extrinsic and the intrinsic forms a fabric of the Universe. Washington D.C. is indeed at the core of this nation and how it runs. The White House hosts the figurehead and The Capitol carries out and conjures up laws. It is no coincidence that the Patriarch & Matriarchs (Origin of Civilizations) played an undeniable part in erecting these structures. Many shaped after the likes of early African civilizations such as Egypt (think obelisk’s, pillars, and domes). The problem is for centuries the builders didn’t receive there just compensation physically and spiritually.
You essentially had them building at the center or core of a nation, yet seemingly strive to keep them at the periphery. It is as if you are breaking Universal laws by committing such acts. Blacks have a long history of being treated as outsiders when we are at the core of building this nation. Truth is the South was becoming too powerful for the North off the backs of free labor, hence the derivations of the Civil War to “preserve the Union”. The freedom of the slaves was a by-product of such a war and helped minimize the perceived threat of the seceding South. Are you beginning to understand the double edge sword of the words of Abraham Lincoln during the debate. Some may argue he was trying to appease his constituency and the act of emancipation was altruistic. Please keep in mind you are dealing with the lives of human beings such as yourselves. In other words no one has time for the mind games and politicizing of human rights any longer. This is something that must be addressed in order for things to come full circle.
The Universe (GOD) does not like ugly and by coercing us to play the periphery or being resistant to leveling the playing field you are doing the world and the country a disservice in trying to delay the karma of benevolence that should come from free labor. For those that feel this language is here to spew divisiveness, this is far from the case and this is why it appeals to facts and the Heart mixed with a common sense approach to shifting minds on the matter. Divisiveness may be found in the fact the other 200 laborers may have been indentured servants or even free men earning fair wages. In fact many were cited as being immigrants. One only needs to look at Treasury pay slip archives to make these discoveries. I love hearing the stories of some of my fellow West Indians tell the story of how their great grandparent was instrumental in the building of the Panama Canal, or White counterparts speak on the building of the Brooklyn, George Washington, or Tappan Zee bridges. They make these statements with a sense of pride. The challenge is that what true pride apart from the level of endurance needed to work in difficult conditions for free can be found in the building of the core of a nation that again keeps the original builders at the periphery.
Lawmakers to you I ask “How do you want your legacy to be shaped?” Did you notice how I just brought up the examples of the pride found in the building of the bridges or canals that essentially made it easier for people to reach the core of cities or countries that were a challenge before? Symbolically you can essentially build that bridge and canal between the periphery and the core through the passage of laws that address true reparations for the Patriarchs and Matriarchs (Origin of Civilizations). Andrew Jackson seemingly passed the buck with the “40 acres and a mule”. At this point the issues that pervade our society and culture not only nationally but worldwide run far deeper than just receiving land. It has to be of the intrinsic and extrinsic kind for the Universe (GOD) to acknowledge it in all of its glory. The key is to allow us to be a part or even lead how we are compensated for atrocities and free labor of the past that have left a negative trickling effect on our progress as a people and an uneven playing field ( If you’re thinking about Affirmative Action, then you are severely missing the point). However, we so persevere as I’ve said time and time again.
We’ve done the forgiveness thing for quite some time and now it is time for us as a nation to put our money where our mouth and laws are in the very buildings that those who have been on the periphery helped build. Let’s build a genuine referendum on how we need to be compensated inside and out and watch the dominoes fall right into place as a result of this resonating energy we are about to overwhelmingly put out there. This is not to say it hasn’t been done before, but we must move past plaques and monuments in order to affect true change. To my people, the Patriarch & Matriarchs (Origin of Civilizations) Chosen tribes our time is no longer near, it is here. Below is a video found on atlantablackstar.com, in which a gentleman makes a succinct point on why the forgiveness and prayer factor can only do but so much and economic power is what is required to level the playing field among other factors. Please make no mistake I'm a firm believer in prayer, as I view it as meditation. Yet, it's meditation that leads to manifestation, in essence the opposite of faith without works. The meditation on a massive scale helps push a movement forward, as they essentially always begin with a thought construct. On my next posts I plan to speak on what actions would yield a true sense of reparations. I'll tell you this much, money isn't the only thing on a Brother's mind. Nevertheless, I will keep an eye and ear on the pulse of the people and see what other facets they have in mind. Peace Fam! Love Is Love ;-)....
-Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)
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