The Pardu

The Pardu
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Monday, May 25, 2015

The First Memorial Day (dead Union soldiers honored by freed slaves)

Special recognition to and Wiki

As an avid history buff I am surprised, elated and a bit disappointed with the fact that historians are now writing the Memorial Day was a commemorative day founded by freed slaves. Why am I suffering from a triad of emotions?
A.) Surprised the no place in my early educational development was I exposed to the information about Decoration Day (Later to be become Memorial Day).

B.) Elated to know that US History is, indeed, that of a culturally diverse amalgamation and rituals, that has contributed to the end of may celebration.

C.) Disappointed that my supposed knowledge of History has serious shortcomings, in part, due to unfair and unbalanced treatment of informative aspects US History. Surely, you recognize the last sentence as an agonizing way of saying, "It was not in the history books, from which I learned history as a young boy and young man."
Slaves Started Memorial Day

The Post and Courier (no longer a valid link) article, "Slaves Started Memorial Day," published on May 27, 2010, by Brian Hicks -- Charleston was in ruins.

The peninsula was nearly deserted, the fine houses empty, the streets littered with the debris of fighting and the ash of fires that had burned out weeks before. The Southern gentility was long gone, their cause lost.

In the weeks after the Civil War ended, it was, some said, “a city of the dead.” 
On a Monday morning that spring, nearly 10,000 former slaves marched onto the grounds of the old Washington Race Course, where wealthy Charleston planters and socialites had gathered in old times. During the final year of the war, the track had been turned into a prison camp. Hundreds of Union soldiers died there.

For two weeks in April, former slaves had worked to bury the soldiers. Now they would give them a proper funeral.

The procession began at 9 a.m. as 2,800 black school children marched by their graves, softly singing “John Brown’s Body."

The First Memorial Day

The historian David W. Blight described the day:
"This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the War had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

"Whiteness Gets Nuance In The Media...."

The Raw Story YouTube channel posted a video timely, relevant, important and "point-on." The video is posted below, but first a few words that should shake your comfort level with what you are seeing form abusive cops, facilitate courts, and a quiet Justice Department. 

Anyone in America who continues to refuse to recognize abusive disparate treatment towards African-Americans at the hands of cops, might be a person who will one day look back and say: ".....and we saw it coming with the black people, now look at what they are doing to is all." 

Race is an underlying thread among the more public cases we are witnessing almost weekly.  Power and authority transcends race.  Power is all consuming and aggrandizing; once acquired and rooted it must feed like an unsatiated predator. And, its prey will not always lend to identification via culture, skin color, or economic status.  The exercise of power and abuse that is becoming common place in the black community ,if left unchecked, may one day visit your home, your family, and maybe even you.

Social activist Deray McKessan with CNN's Brian Steltar.

'Whiteness gets nuance in the media and blackness doesn't'