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Strange Fruit: The Lynching of Donald Trump and Blackism 101

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Today, United States President Donald Trump has given me another reason to despise him, and those like him. Today, United States President Donald Trump stated that he was being "lynched"; that statement was made in reference to impeachment hearings currently underway pertinent to his administration.

Today, United States President Donald Trump made history by being the only orange European-American to ever be lynched. Most people that have been subjected to lynching lack the opportunity, let alone privilege, of telling others about it. Virtually all have been Black People in America. I use the term "virtually" sardonically.

Not a day goes by that I do not marvel at the literal ignorance of people in the United States; especially in terms of verbiage. Black People in America, for reasons both systemic and institutional, are the greatest casualties of linguistic ignorance; but, at least, they have a somewhat valid excuse. All other "Americans" have no such excuse, and I will leave it at that. Most have no clue of the origins of the words they speak, let alone their meanings and their history. I have harangued my youngest child, her entire life, about understanding the words she utters and those of others. She both loathes, and loves, me for it. The only thing worse than willful ignorance is when it marries, and fornicates with, willful apathy. For their offspring is a child named stupidity.

Stupid people are dangerous; in fact, they are the most dangerous of all animals.

Lynching

A couple of years ago, when my child was attending high school, I wrote about the origins of the word "lynch". I was aghast at how many people did not, and do not, know its origins; especially those that were, and are, subjected to lynching. The following is an excerpt from that writing:

"Last weekend, I attended my daughter's regional speech and debate competition. Her team is consistently one of the top teams in the nation, and I was honored to be one of the judges in this competition. As is the case with many writers, seemingly irrelevant things tie into other things and the chain reaction begins. Thus comes inspiration, and ink to paper.

Subsequent to the grueling 10 hour competition, we exhaustedly headed home and decided to watch a movie. The movie was co-produced, directed by and starred one of the greatest actors of all time: Denzel Washington. The movie is entitled: The Great Debaters and is the true story of a small black college, in the mid 1930's, and its formidable debate team that, ultimately, received national recognition by debating Harvard University. Early on in the movie is an exchange between Denzel Washington (who plays the debate team coach/professor) and one of the team's star members. This is Denzel speaking:

Take the meanest, most restless nigga. Strip him of his clothes in front of the remaining male niggas, female niggas and nigga infants. Tar and feather him. Tie each leg to a horse facing in opposite directions, set him on fire and beat both horses until they tear him apart; in front of the male, female and nigga infants. Bullwhip, and beat, the remaining nigga males within an inch of their life, but DO NOT kill them; but put the fear of God in them for they can be useful for future breeding.

Anybody know who Willie Lynch was? Anybody? Raise your hand. No one? He was a vicious slave owner in the West Indies. The slave masters in the colony of Virginia were having trouble controlling their slaves, so they sent for Mr. Lynch to teach them his methods. The word "lynching" came from his last name. His methods were very simple, but they were diabolical: keep the slave physically strong, but psychologically weak and dependent on the slave master. Keep the body, take the mind.

I, and every other professor on this campus, are here to help you to find, take back and keep your righteous mind. Because, obviously, you have lost it.

Today, United States President Donald Trump has given me another reason to despise him, and those like him; but not because of what he said, and the term he so cavalierly used in saying it. Contraire, contraire. My depisement is resultant of United States President Donald Trump, chief representative of the United States, forcing me listen to a song I both loathe, and love (not unlike my youngest child's irreverence for my aforementioned dictates). The song is called "Strange Fruit". It was recorded by jazz vocalist and legend, Billie Holiday.

Billie holiday was a gorgeous woman, who possessed great depth and had lived a life of abuses. When people are abused by those they should trust, they eventually learn to abuse themselves. What makes an artist an artist is their intense ability to feel what others cannot; their sensitivity to that which is around them which, in turn, becomes "art". I suspect that most artists have difficult lives given their enhanced sensory perception in an insensitive world. Every time Ms. Holiday sang that song, Strange Fruit, she would vomit.

Strange Fruit: The Lyrics

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

Black body swinging in the Southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant South,

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,

Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh,

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh!

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck,

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,

For the sun to rot, for a tree to drop,

Here is a strange and bitter crop.

I have that song on vinyl and it terrifies me to listen to; literally terrifies me. Not out of any fear of European-Americans and their penchant towards violence pertinent to me and those like me; but it is the terrible sadness that it brings, the genetic memory. I know why Ms. Holiday threw up after each performance of that song. It begins in C Minor. Minor keys/chords have a "sad" sound; while major keys/chords have a "happy" sound. For instance, the Star Spangled Banner starts in G Major, and makes you feel "happy". Ironically, the writer/composer of the Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key, wrote:

"No refuge could save the hireling and slave
from the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave.
And the star-spangled banner, in triumph doth wave
o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave".

What Key was saying is: Nigga, if you dare cast your eyes upon me, if you dare seek to be a man, I will pursue you and exact revenge (think slave patrols, police and militias/second amendment). We will hunt you down and the search will leave you in terror because, when we find you, your next stop is the gloom of the grave. That is the third verse of the "National Anthem". Either you are aware of this, or you are not. If you are not, ask yourself why. If you are, you are a fool to expect me to "stand" for your homicidal declaration/anthem, and a damned fool if you are Black and do it.

Don't worry, be happy.

The song, Strange Fruit, is not an anthem; it is a lament and was not written to make anyone happy, nor proud. Read the words/lyrics. Many lynchings became parties, where European-Americans would bring picnic baskets and blankets; there would be bands...it was a festive event. They would take photographs of the "bulging eyes and twisted mouth" with their children standing next to the swinging corpse, the Strange Fruit. Then, they would make postcards of the atrocity and send them across the country, via the United States Mail, to adoring relatives.

My last two articles involved the incessant murders of Black People in America at the hands of state sanctioned, uniformed thugs which is, in fact, U.S. police-y. It, I suppose, is fitting that United States President Donald Trump would make a statement about being lynched at this moment in time, and it is beyond rapacious insult. However, European-Americans, and all other "Americans", insult Black People in America all of the time and either don't care, or expect us to be too stupid to know we are being insulted. I am not that stupid, but, in the aggregate, I suppose I am irrelevant in that regard.

Many years ago, I knew a woman, named Rodica, from Transylvania. She was a very attractive, intelligent woman and once said to me in her really thick, Romanian accent: 'Old Transylvanian proverb, Rohn. The future is certain, it is the past that is always changing'.

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I agree that Billie Holiday's great depth and life of abuses gave her the insight and ability to turn a poem written by a white teacher, Abel Meeropol, into a haunting song that very poignantly expressed the absolute horror of the lynching of blacks in the US. I can't imagine what possessed people to attend and gawk at such a sick display of human malevolence. Thank you for this article.

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I am glad that this was said. When watching the news this morning, I was frustrated because all of the progressive news outlets who were "outraged" due to Trump's remarks were outraged for the wrong reasons. They were angry because he used the word lynching, and so of course they begin their "he is so un-presidential" chant. They were not angry because of the hurtful and insensitive nature of the remark that targets Black people. They do not care about the effect of the remark, they care that the remark was made with the inclusion of certain words.

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Indeed, Ms. Goldberg, indeed. You may have also noticed how, like a puff of smoke, the story disappeared. Kind of like Black People in America; these people are constantly attempting to erase. The Great Erasure, I call it.

I hope that the readers understand the connection between the content of the article, the past and the present, but that hope is slight.

By the way, with regard to Strange Fruit, consider this: good ole racist, pedophile, rapist and "founding father" Thomas Jefferson said "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure".

I always enjoy your frank, and thoughtful comments. Thank you for your support and wit.

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An excellent book with many side stories about slavery and race in the early 19th century is "Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835"

The reason I mention it is because one of the side stories is of slave-owner Francis Scott Key, the War of 1812 which was another disgraceful US war, and how Key came to write the racist Star Spangled Banner.

After reading it you may want to take a knee during the racist, fascistic, warmongering National Anthem.

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Everyday, I have greater and greater respect for my own ignorance; and I always admonish truly thinking people to do the same. I was unaware of Jefferson Morley's book; I have just ordered it. For obvious reasons, which I am sure you are aware, the legal aspects of the events chronicled are of great interest to me in conjunction with the historical significance of those events.

The portent of a great read notwithstanding, I can tell you with supreme certainty that I will not be standing for the National Anthem (haven't in 2.5 decades). And, frankly, even taking a knee is too reverent for me.

Normally, I go to the bathroom when it is played.

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I wonder how many European-Americans and Black People in America have ever read Mr. William Lynch's letter/speech. It tells the tale.

Cowards, all.

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A piece of sh*t more vile there has not been.

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From Mr. William Lynch:

Control the Language Crossbreeding completed, for further severance from their original beginning, we must completely annihilate the mother tongue of both the new n-word and the new mule and institute a new language that involves the new life's work of both. You know language is a peculiar institution. It leads to the heart of a people. The more a foreigner knows about the language of another country the more he is able to move through all levels of that society. Therefore, if the foreigner is an enemy of the country, to the extent that he knows the body of the language, to that extent is the country vulnerable to attack or invasion of a foreign culture. For example, if you take a slave, if you teach him all about your language, he will know all your secrets, and he is then no more a slave, for you can't fool him any longer. For example, if you told a slave that he must perform in getting out "our crops" and he knows the language well, he would know that "our crops" didn't mean "our crops" and the slavery system would break down, for he would relate on the basis of what "our crops" really meant. So you have to be careful in setting up the new language for the slaves would soon be in your house, talking to you "man to man" and that is death to our economic system. In addition, the definitions of words or terms are only a minute part of the process. Values are created and transported by communication through the body of the language. A total society has many interconnected value system. All the values in the society have bridges of language to connect them for orderly working in the society. But for these language bridges, these many value systems would sharply clash and cause internal strife or civil war, the degree of the conflict being determined by the magnitude of the issues or relative opposing strength in whatever form. For example, if you put a slave in a hog pen and train him to live there and incorporate in him to value it as a way of life completely, the biggest problem you would have out of him is that he would worry you about provisions to keep the hog pen clean, or the same hog pen and make a slip and incorporate something in his language where by he comes to value a house more than he does his hog pen, you got a problem. He will soon be in your house.

The most potent weapon of white supremacy is, for the 400millionth time, language. That is why we were the only persons in U.S. history for which it was illegal to teach to read and write. The slavers erased our language(s) and forbade us to speak them through abject terror/atrocity. They knew then, like they do now, the horrendous crimes affot and it was paramount that we not be able to speak in a language or code they could not understand for fear of rebellion.

Same excrement, different day.

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Complete erasure of culture and language was the idea behind the Indian boarding schools and forced sterilizations, not that any native bullshit matters anyway.

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Thank you all, again, for your comments. For any trolls with multiple accounts, that delete them subsequently, can not be identified and have written nothing I do not respond to such individuals. The OEN editorial staff is quite aware of same.

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thanks for the ehads up. Troll banned.

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Rohn, the article (link) you are referring to is dated 8/20/2005 and I have had no success in finding any date further back than the 1970-80's. Do you have anything actually from the dates of when this letter or appearance happened or dates of the actual event? I found the article depressing or rather describing depressing denial of the Unalienable Rights of anyone anywhere, any time. I also am saddened by any act of slavery by any other name, to anyone else regardless of their individual differences. The native American Indians have a long documented trail of tears as well as others. Any further documents or leads on this matter for me to research would be greatly appreciated.

I always try to contribute something in the exchange of ideas and thoughts to the article being discussed if possible: "The ideal tyranny is that which is ignorantly self-administered by its victims. The most perfect slaves are, therefore, those which blissfully and unwarily enslave themselves." -- Dresden James

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There are three main tactics of the European-American playbook in how it deals with Black People in America. The first, is to put the Black Person in America on the defensive (a tactical error in some cases). The second is to discredit him/her which leads to the third; the ultimate erasure of that individual and, thusly, HIS-story. The only thing that HIS-story has purposefully eliminated more than that of the Black Person in America's story is the story of the unique brutality shown to them by Europeans; vestiges of which are with us to this very day.

Tell me, Jesus walked on water, can you tell me exactly when that happened? Did your "founding father" George chop down that cherry tree? I know, you "can not tell a lie".

I appreciate you informing me of the trail of tears. My grandmother's grandparent's were part of that forced relocation. They ended up in Kansas and Oklahoma. Thank you for your enlightenment.

However, for my African ancestors the story was vastly different. You see, the "Native American", as you call it, was at home. He knew the landscape, she knew the weather, he had his own language (which, to his credit, he has maintained), she practiced, and still practices, her religion, he knew the edible plants; she is the only real "American". Knowing these things he could, and she has, resisted; she could fight. And then, in the "whiteness" schools, at least they were being taught to read and write the white man's language he attempted to force upon them. The Black man, on the other hand, was legally barred from obtaining any literacy whatsoever; a policy that haunts him to this very day.

My African ancestors were taken 9,000 miles away from anything they were familiar with; neither flora nor fauna. They were unfamiliar with "tornadoes, they were forbidden to speak their native languages. Their religions were not only erased, they were forced to accept a new one that imagined a white man as being God. All while being raped, beaten, tortured and murdered. Let me speak nothing of the, possibly, millions that died during the two to three month journey to this strange place across the globe. My point, Sir, is that they, unlike my pround real "American" ancestors, could not possibly put up a fight; still can't for the same reasons.

So, though I appreciate, and expect, your attempt to question the facts as presented in my column the fact of the matter is that whenever the Willie lynch speech/letter was written/publsihed no one can argue it's accuracy. Why don't you proffer an etymology for the term "lynch"?

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Rohn, is it not your article that I questioned, please note "I found the article depressing or rather describing depressing denial of the Unalienable Rights of anyone anywhere, any time. I also am saddened by any act of slavery by any other name, to anyone else regardless of their individual differences".

I did publish an article some time back that was on OEN on the same subject "The only question that really matters: Why?" "Why have we not Known?"

"When Einstein was offered the Israeli presidency, Israeli Prime Minister David Ben Gurion stated, "I've had to offer him the post because it was impossible not to, but if he accepts we are in for trouble." In a letter written in the same year, Einstein compared the Zionists' project with that of the Pilgrims, noting, "how tyrannical, intolerant and aggressive [they] became after a short while." And in Einstein's last media interview, which ran in the New York Post a month before his death, he stated "We had great hopes for Israel at first. We thought it might be better than other nations, but it is no better."

History has shown it is not the color of one's skin that determines one's destiny of just cause but the mind set of Superiority over others which brings about the divide and conquer tactics of fear, greed and the list goes on but the result is the same denial of Unalienable Rights for all. Kangaroo courts are as old as the ages and one would hope that the Magna Carta was recognition of said rights when practiced. Accused of being a witch by anyone could result in your death by burning at the stake. There is more to the history of the African slave trade as well as others, as to who were the financers, African tribes that sold out their brothers and sisters to the slave traders, those who would purchase a slave for any other purpose than to set them free.

I do not proffer for acceptance nor rejection, of the Willie lynch speech/letter but in the spirit of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings may have changed throughout history as you suggested.

The exact origins of the word "lynch" are a matter of dispute. In the widely cited 1905 book Lynch-Law, James E. Cutler traced the origins to Revolutionary War-era politician Charles Lynch of Virginia, who was a justice of the peace and landowner. Because the official court system was not yet well-established and because there was a war going on, Lynch created a system of informal citizen juries to handle legal matters. It's important to note here that the punishments handed out by Lynch's court did not include the death by hanging that is associated with the modern-day definition of lynching. The most common sentence for those found guilty was 39 lashes with a whip.

The word "lynch" would take on its definition of death by public hanging over time. As the United States expanded westward, historians Eric Foner and John A. Garrity note in The Reader's Companion to American History, lynching became a common occurrence in reaction to criminal behavior. Foner and Garrity note that in the pre-Civil War era, the most common victims of lynching were gamblers, horse thieves and opponents of slavery.

According to The Reader's Companion to American History, it is estimated that 4,743 Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968, and that a large majority of victims (3,446) were black. These numbers are merely conservative estimates, though, as many lynchings went unreported. While 16 states had anti-lynching laws, they were rarely enforced. Tracing The Story Of 'Lynch Mob'

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Here is an example of the postcards, sent through the United States Postal Service, across the U.S. to adoring families, of lynchings of Black People in America.

Now, dare imagine those grinning, proud white faces being of Black People in America, with a white boy/girl at the end of that rope looking just like these Black People in America look.

Let's hear it.

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Pt. 1 -- "Most people that have been subjected to lynching lack the opportunity, let alone privilege, of telling others about it."

Rohn, the depth of that statement has me shaking with pain and anger. Were it not for Ida B. Wells-Barnett's telling the stories often and well back then, or Charles Allen's 25-year collection of those horrific postcards, etc. which he then turned into Without Sanctuary and of course, The Equal Justice Initiative's confirmation of all of it today with their heartbreaking-for-me Montgomery, AL monument (I thank our ancestral spirits for Bryan Stevenson's vision everyday!), they would've NEVER had their stories told!

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Pt. 2 -- "Not a day goes by that I do not marvel at the literal ignorance of people in the United States; especially in terms of verbiage. Black People in America, for reasons both systemic and institutional, are the greatest casualties of linguistic ignorance; but, at least, they have a somewhat valid excuse. All other "Americans" have no such excuse, and I will leave it at that. Most have no clue of the origins of the words they speak, let alone their meanings and their history."

I agree with you on the 'literal ignorance" thing, Brother. And while I also agree we've been the greatest casualties of linguistic ignorance with a somewhat valid excuse, I have to say that, despite their systemic and institutional shenanigans, we've shown, over those 400+ years, that there's NOTHING we can't learn and therefore do when we put our minds to it and the entire village is involved. THAT is their greatest fear, Rohn. And it should be.

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You are beyond correct. Whew!

Remember when we couldn't be quarterbacks (too stupid), now damned near every q.b. in the NFL is black (yet NO owners and few coaches).Teachers? Who pioneered blood plasma development? How many planes did the Tuskeegee airman lose; though too stupid to fly a plane?

As long as you and I exist, and those like us, we will never be erased.

I know you read my colums and as I said in "Human Savings Accounts" : Black People in America will never know what happened to them until they educate themselves, and what happened to them is likely the greatest atrocity in human history. There is a reason that these individuals were, and continue to be in various ways, denied education. For if they ever really come to grips with, and fully understand, what has been done to them the jig is up, literally. That is why it is imperative to be certain that the last thing they do is get a library card and use it, or attend a decent school.

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Pt. 3 -- "The song, Strange Fruit, is not an anthem; it is a lament and was not written to make anyone happy, nor proud."

Amen, and Amen again! This, my Brother, is a serious nit I need to pick! Exactly like "Strange Fruit," the old, Negro spiritual, "Com By Yah" (in the Gullah patois of my birth) is in no way an anthem nor is it this joke of a touchy-feely white misappropriation; it too is a lament, not written to make anyone happy, nor proud. It was a pained entreaty made by enslaved Black folk all over the Georgia and South Carolina Sea Islands, for help and spiritual relief from the physical and emotional horrors inflicted upon them by white folk -- to their white Jesus (from the European missionary swarm over the entire Continent, to the Bible-thumpin' "Christian" folk here in America and beyond, it's so obvious how well inculcation/indoctrination tinged with naked terror really works right?)!

Look, I was born & raised in Charleston, SC 62 seasons ago. My family were Gullah people born & raised on Edisto Island, one of the Sea Islands of SC. My maternal grandmother and grandfather were born in 1908 and 1913 respectively and from her Black Methodist church, to my grandfather's Black Baptist church on the Island, I've heard this old, Negro spiritual (back when they told us we were "Negroes" anyway. As a matter of fact, it's pre-printed on my original birth certificate which I still have) -- all my life. As usual though, white folk keep trying to make sure they get the credit for either "discovering" or writing it. From the Library of Congress (please do click on the player and listen to the song from 1926 :

Kumbaya: History of an Old Song

I am so sick and damned tired of white folk's first, appropriation, then misappropriation of it. And worse, I'm equally sick and tired of supposedly "educated" Black folk using "Kumbaya" in the same way! Our stories and voices have long been stolen and used to fit the white gaze, so much so, neither group has a damned "clue of the origins of the words they speak, let alone their meanings and their history" even though the latter should! But, as Zora taught, "All my skinfolk ain't my kinfolk."

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Pt. 4 -- My fellow, genealogy-seeking cousin, Rhonda's death in January 2018 was the last time I heard and sang the spiritual. Her funeral (at which Mother Emanuel's new pastor, Rev. Eric C.S. Manning spoke) was held at my grandfather's church on the Island. It was the choral selection just before the Benediction. I remember thinking to myself how folk, with no knowledge of how the descendants of formerly-enslaved people lived and believed, had bastardized something that for us, meant a salvation of sorts. I've long since stopped believing in white Jesus, but I will never stop loving those spirituals that, over a lifetime, had somehow made me feel whole.

"The most potent weapon of white supremacy is, for the 400millionth time, language. That is why we were the only persons in U.S. history for which it was illegal to teach to read and write. The slavers erased our language(s) and forbade us to speak them through abject terror/atrocity. They knew then, like they do now, the horrendous crimes affot and it was paramount that we not be able to speak in a language or code they could not understand for fear of rebellion.

Again Rohn, we agree. Language is the most potent weapon of white supremacy (which is why the MAGA folk always blow their tops when they hear someone speaking a language they don't know). And while it's mostly true the slavers erased our languages and forbade us to speak them, they were sh*t out of luck when it came to the Gullah/Geechee people of the Sea Islands of SC and GA. And because they were SOL, we had Harriett Tubman, Denmark Vesey and The Stono Rebellion just to name a few. But they're hip to it now and, as usual, under the guise of "helping" (that whole "White Savior" thing) they've got a plan to make sure it never happens again. Hell, even Yale's got their fingers in the Gullah honeypot! {SMDH}

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I am aware of the Gullah people; few Black People in America are without roots in New Orleans and/or LA. However, and this is my sadness, how many of us know that?

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By the way Deb, I will be reciting "Black History" at an event in the next few days. It will be recorded and I hope to have that recording available here at OEN. In any event, I will see to it that you have access to it.

I am inspired by you, the readers at OEN, the staff and everyone that thinks enough of what I have to say to take the time to read my writings. Actually, given the venue and readership, I find it a most humbling thing.

Having said that, don't you have some writing to do?

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All of US have roots in LA, Mississippi, Alabama, GA, NC, SC and VA...that is where we got dropped off from the two to three month, 9000 mile ride, puking, defecating and urinating on each other in the holds of the tall ships so that we could be some European maniac's "property". Then he, the European, will turn around and tell you/us "your people sold you to us". First what sick soul wants to "own" another human being? And, further, the Europeans (as always) had a gun in one hand, and a bible in the other; he did the same to my real "American" ancestors as well though they were at home, knew the land and could fight back. I doubt these "negotiations" were akin to haggling at the local swap-meet. Every time a European talks about "capitalism" they are insulting us, directly. Because that "capital"...was us. And we are to be so foolish (and most of us are) that we are unaware of that stark fact. If European-Americans do not like the smell of thier own excrement, they ought not eat.

Where is an air-sickness bag when you need one.

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