That is for my youngsters:
American Historical past has not been type to you.
The content material and pictures that characterize you and your ancestors has depicted you in a really unfavorable mild. Your bodily options usually have been over-exaggerated: nappy hair, protruding lips, over-sized brow, and pores and skin as black because the night time sky.
You have been considered as one thing of a novelty to these in energy on the plantation; some even got here up with the characterization Sambo.
A Sambo was a docile, ignorant, unmotivated being. He had no motivation, no innate qualities of advantage or character, and one who wanted fixed oversight by a grasp or superior.
This caricature was not a single particular person however was used generically to justify the inhuman therapy of all Black folks within the South, and particularly the Deep South. However as soon as Black folks got here up from slavery via the Nice Migration, those self same traits adopted them north.
Subsequently, your physique and pores and skin grew to become a curse to you. I do know this can be somewhat overwhelming however that’s the reason I’m going to take my time in sharing these insights with you.
I merely need you to know, the explanation I’m sharing these historic photographs with you now could be as a result of America, and the world generally won’t ever be the identical once more. The historical past I realized relating to America misrepresented you.
I solely as soon as noticed a picture within the historical past books that I believed, “I might be like him.” That was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talking on the March on Washington in the summertime of 1963. He mentioned one thing about civil rights and a dream. If that’s true, then he was demanding from his nation one thing that God had already given him: full humanity.
The historical past of America is the historical past of the battle for freedom and liberty. But, it’s also the historical past of oppression and exploitation I do know that is arduous as a result of you have already got realized that the majority sacred of all phrases, “With liberty and justice for all.”
You consider this phrase and you are attempting to reside this out along with the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you’d have them do to you.”
Sure, that’s what we realized in church, trip Bible faculty and Sunday faculty. However I have to warn you, we don’t reside in our church buildings. We reside in a world the place an individual will probably be judged by the colour of his pores and skin lengthy earlier than he’s judged for his character.
Human exploitation, or the shortage of liberty and justice for some, is the nice trial of American democracy. A democracy is designed to worth and pursue altruistic means or beliefs; everybody can take part as a result of everyone seems to be vital.