Friday, March 8, 2013
DID I MISS THIS WHEN THEY WERE CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH…? OR IS IT JUST ANOTHER CASE OF SELECTIVE MEMORY…HUMMMM!
Why do I have a photo of Wanda Sikes here, well it seems her ancestors were Virginia slave owners, some of those owned were family members…
A free black man in Trimble County, Kentucky, " … sold his own son and daughter South, one for $1,000, the other for $1,200."
… A Maryland father sold his slave children in order to purchase his wife.
A Columbus, Georgia, black woman -- Dilsey Pope -- owned her husband. "He offended her in some way and she sold him …
" Fanny Canady of Louisville, Kentucky, owned her husband Jim -- a drunken cobbler -- whom she threatened to "sell down the river."
At New Bern, North Carolina, a free black wife and son purchased their slave husband-father. When the newly bought father criticized his son, the son sold him to a slave trader. The son boasted afterward "the old man had gone to the corn fields about New Orleans where they might learn him some manners."
Carter Woodson, too, tells us that some of the husbands who purchased their spouses "were not anxious to liberate their wives immediately. They considered it advisable to put them on probation for a few years, and if they did not find them satisfactory they would sell their wives as other slave holders disposed of Negroes."
He then relates the example of a black man, a shoemaker in Charleston, S.C., who purchased his wife for $700. But "on finding her hard to please, he sold her a few months thereafter for $750, gaining $50 by the transaction."
IT’S NOT BLACK HISTORY OR WHITE HISTORY IT’S AMERICAN HISTORY FOLKS, ALL OF IT, THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY…(what makes you think you’re so special?)