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Re: “Separate and unequal

You are a funny person. To truly understand history, African-American history, one must go back to1609 when the first Africans came to America by a Dutch save ship. While I am quite qualified to teach African-American history, this is neither the time or the place. However, my point was and still is, that while we have made in roads in race relations we have also fallen backwards. One has to walk in the shoes of another to fully appreciate the trials and tribulations that person has had to face, in order for understanding to take place.

I will agree that there are racist among us who wish nothing more than the keep the races divided. But it is up to each of us to decide if we are going to be influenced by them or not. I choose not to be. I also choose to continue the struggle for equal rights not just for African-Americans, but for all groups who are oppressed, women and others.

Before you start to spout off quasi historical references be sure you know your audience or you could end up with egg on your face.

Now on a personal note, one of the individuals who was mentioned in the article is my wife's grandfather, so I am very familiar with the story and its key players. I think you were very disingenuous to the story and the history in particular.

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Posted by Ed Tingstrom on 06/17/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Separate and unequal

Lets do some fact checking. Slavery ended unofficially 150 years ago but not officially. Slavery in this country continued until the 1964 civil rights act. After the Emancipation proclamation was signed the south continued to find innovative methods to keep blacks enslaved in various forms. The share cropping system kept many a black American enslaved to the master, because all of the profits the black person would make had to be paid back to the master or the black could be imprisoned. Oh, yes any black that did not have a job was imprisoned, hired out to large plantation owners and forced to work until they had completed their sentence which some how never happen. One can not ignore the fact that blacks were the last hired (lowest pay) and the first fired without cause and not allowed to be part of unions for the longest time.

So you can try to minimize slavery in this country all you want but you can not change the fact that slavery has existed for a very long time and the African Americans have suffered and still suffer at the hands of white entitlement and self severing position of superiority.

Think about it America, when do we say enough is enough and walk hand in hand with our African American brothers and sisters for complete equality. It's still a fact that a black man has to work 150% more than the white just to get 75% of the recognition if that.

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Posted by Ed Tingstrom on 06/16/2015 at 11:13 PM
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