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Re: Profiles in Courage
« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2017, 08:06:04 pm »

Uncomfortable truths: The role of slavery and the slave trade in building northern wealth

By Denise Oliver Velez

# blackhistorymonth  # blackwomen  # CivilRights  # TeachingResources  # VotingRights 

"If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon
Sunday Feb 12, 2017 ·  9:00 AM EST


The Rev. James Rowe describes her statue, which he sees on his early morning jog:

She is carrying two heavy jugs, one of liquor and one of molasses, back from the Rondout Creek area where she would have purchased them for her owner who ran the local Jug Tavern. The statue is beautiful, but it is not pretty. Her clothing is a rag of a dress, her feet bare, her back showing the scars of beatings, and in the predawn light I can almost see the determination in her eyes set toward freedom.

He muses about his white privilege in the land of Sojourner’s slavery.

And as my predawn runs and ministry take me along these historic and ancestral streets alive with ghosts, I cannot help but wonder occasionally how my life would have turned out if my ancestors had been Mohegan instead of white settlers or slaves instead of free. I say occasionally because as a white, male, cisgender person I have the privilege to be able to not think about such things because who I am as considered the norm for our society. And not thinking or speaking about these things is the preferred societal, "normal" thing to do. [b\When I talk about my white privilege in my predominately white privileged world, I get pushback from others.[/b]

That pushback likely comes from those to whom any mention of privilege makes them uncomfortable—or is received as an affront, and not merely a fact of life. Hopefully, the sight of young Isabella pushes other viewers to introspection.

Lengthy article with many historical facts about how the yankees in New England profited from slavery that you may not know about.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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