Slave versus enslaved person

By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person

Thomas Jefferson – Racist villain or abolitionist hero?

No founding father was more instrumental in establishing the United States as a nation grounded in individual freedom, natural law, Republican form of government, and a constitutionally limited federal government than Thomas Jefferson.  No founding father has been more unfairly maligned by academia and modern historians than Thomas Jefferson.  Some readers, those of a more … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson – Racist villain or abolitionist hero?

Libyan Slave Markets and Jumping into the Fire

by baldilocks A few people are still talking about slave markets of Libya. (Allow me to say something nice about CNN.) Some seem to think they just sprang up only since the ouster of Gaddafi, but they've been around for a long time and black Africans are the primary product. Again. And the African migration … Continue reading Libyan Slave Markets and Jumping into the Fire

The New York Times Wishes That the USA Never Existed

And that the slaves were never freed by baldilocks There were all kinds of attempts to lure the GOP state electors into voting for someone other than Donald Trump. A few took the bait, but so did some Democrat state electors; Hillary Clinton lost even more electors that Trump did. But, now that the Electoral … Continue reading The New York Times Wishes That the USA Never Existed

Condition: Unknown Unknowns

by baldilocks Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on. Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary...for those with "an … Continue reading Condition: Unknown Unknowns

Rooted in Folly

by baldilocks I watched the 1977 version of Roots during its originally showing, having read Alex Haley’s “autobiography” beforehand. I was 16 years old when the original came out. Viewing the series was a family gathering in my home, as was so for many black families, I’m told. It was a celebration of sorts. I … Continue reading Rooted in Folly

Meanwhile in the real world: #freestacy @fremfreq & Bangladesh Sex Slavery

Louis Winthorp: He was wearing my Harvard tie. Can you believe it? My Harvard tie. Like, oh sure, he went to Harvard. If he's being driven around in my car, he could actually be living in my house. Maybe he's even taken my job. For all I know, right at this moment he could be … Continue reading Meanwhile in the real world: #freestacy @fremfreq & Bangladesh Sex Slavery

Flashback: John Brown Raid Blamed on Hateful Abolitionist Rhetoric

Handbills are now appearing in reaction to the Killings at Harpers FerryVirginia  some examples we've seen this After Harpers Ferry shooting, Plantation owners blame GOP rhetoric for "toxic environment" Richmond Herald Politics Oct 29, 1859 and this I'm not kidding:  who in the Beltway press corps has the eggs to ask Harriet Stowe if the release of Uncle Tom's Cabin … Continue reading Flashback: John Brown Raid Blamed on Hateful Abolitionist Rhetoric

The Awful Slavery Ending European Imperialists

Neo Neocon nails it: in all the years since then, when I’ve about the evils of the institution of slavery I never heard a word about the role of Christian missionaries in ending slavery within Africa itself. In fact, ending slavery seems to have been one of the main reasons that missionaries were there, and … Continue reading The Awful Slavery Ending European Imperialists

The Other Black Genocide

by baldilocks This post originally appeared at my old blog in 2010--a response to a person who called me "dumb" and implied that I was a "traitor to my race" for opposing the building of the Ground Zero Mosque. That may seem ridiculous on its face, but it points to a deeper deception: that Islam is a "black religion" … Continue reading The Other Black Genocide

The Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe of Kenya

by baldilocks With scandal, after scandal, after scandal, after scandal being perpetrated by the Obama Administration—wording intentional--I thought that I would finally take the time to address an issue regarding the reaction to Obama’s acknowledged Kenyan Luo heritage—a heritage which I share. For the last six years, it seems that everything that Barack Obama has touched or … Continue reading The Blood Libeling of the Luo Tribe of Kenya

Patronage

by baldilocks As the opposite is so for many of us in America, citizens reared in other countries have little understanding of politics, history, and culture(s) in the USA.  I am in a special place in that my biological father is Kenyan and my siblings from the Old Country have trouble understanding the political opposition to … Continue reading Patronage

Flip-Flopper: Why I’m Against Black History Month…and For It (Part 2)

by baldilocks In the first part, I expressed my ambivalence toward Black History Month; here, I mean to make the case for its necessity. The Second Mind A few months back, a person at another blog asked this question:  how has America’s slave history affected present-day black Americans? The answer sits right in front of … Continue reading Flip-Flopper: Why I’m Against Black History Month…and For It (Part 2)

Southern Sudenese Independence and Simon Deng

Heather Robinson of Big Peace has a new interview with former slave and foe of Jihad Simon Deng: Deng, now a human rights activist whose historic 300-mile “Freedom Walk” in the spring of 2006 gained him an audience with former President George W. Bush, discusses his escape from slavery; and efforts he and other South … Continue reading Southern Sudenese Independence and Simon Deng

I never acknowledged Jay Nordlinger…

...for giving Mike Romano his props here. Bravo to Jay. And don't miss his latest column where he dumps on former hunger striker and now president of Brazil who for some reason had very little sympathy for a certain late Cuban dissident: ...he defended the Castros’ dictatorship. He said, “We have to respect the decisions … Continue reading I never acknowledged Jay Nordlinger…

Can he be both?

At the corner this morning this question is asked about John Brown on the 150th's anniversary of his raid on Harper's Ferry. Was Brown a hero of black freedom or a bloodthirsty terrorist? One could argue that he can be both. The cause of abolition was certainly just, no rational person would make an argument … Continue reading Can he be both?