Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

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    What African Americans should reflect one , What Americans should repair.

    Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    The greatest misconception today is that slaves were only of African descent.
    So i wonder, when i explore my history , will i find shame, inferiority, or strength ?
    Ignorance fueled the fire, for the devastation remains from slavery, It's still lingering like stale food left out to rot.
    I'm reminded by people who have little direction, whom are under-educated in major areas, that slavery no longer exist .
    They are the first to correct , this is why we must interject.
    Many are slaves and don't even realize it .
    Slaves to their family.
    Slaves to their jobs.
    Slaves to confusion.
    Slaves to society.
    Slaves to poverty.
    Slaves to random acts of ignorance.
    Slaves to a lower mentality.
    Slaves to a low self esteem.
    When most talk about slavery it becomes taboo, when the truth is that this is and issue that has not been properly dealt with. The truth is ,that slaves were strong. We there ancestors have had to live with resilience, dignity, and strength that comes from forgiveness. Many people are ashamed to say that they are direct descendants of slaves. Yet those same slaves are the very reason for our survival. They bared major trauma,horrific work hours, rations that barely satisfied one grown person, yet fed an entire family.Sustained the brutal attacks of injustice, still they harbored love, concern , and respect for one another, nurtured one another , in close quarters, Insuring the survival of future generations, yet today we complain about almost every aspect of life. who should be ashamed of who?

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    SerenityWintirs commented on Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    09-10-2011

    This is very enlightening. I never really thought about it this way but you are absolutely right. There will always be an unequal balance of power and finance but that isn't the real problem. The real problem lies in the fact that people ignore this. They don't want to recognize it for what it is. I live in Oklahoma where racism is still a pretty big problem since it wasn't as long ago for people here. We still have several old KKK churches and my mom's best friend (who is black and lives in Colorado) won't even come here to visit because he is convinced that they still hang black people here. Lol. They don't, but he doesn't believe that. So I think that emotions are still really strong, but if you think about it, it is all still pretty recent. I wonder how long it will take before it is complete history and all but forgotten. I don't know if that will be a good thing or a bad thing. I can easily understand why there is still so much anger alive and well, but hopefully there will come a day when there is no distinction made between skin colors.

    Olan01 commented on Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    12-31-2010

    Slavery is alive and well in America but not an open trade market, which is a sad comment on our society. The ancient world was built on slave labor and in ancient Greece you either was a landowner or a slave; unless you were a warrior, poet or mistral and were usely welcome in most homes of luxury to entertain. This is a nice, insightful write, my friend. Love, peace and freedom, Olan.

    shakeme4life

    01/07/2011

    Thank you Olan01 for your comforting words , i thank you for comment on such a racy subject ..my friend ... i realize not everyone is a racist ,,,, but i also realize the importance of educating ones self on the struggle ...learning from history ,can make for a better future ....

    JadedJezzabel commented on Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    11-06-2010

    you are on the right track.....statisticly.....there are more people living in slavery all acound the world TODAY than at any other time in history.........awesome

    shakeme4life

    11/08/2010

    Thank you for gracing my page and leaving a comment , yes it's a subject that's near and dear to me .....

    kdarcy commented on Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    10-23-2010

    Well thought out, much said here on the sad state of humanity ... but there is hope. Nice write, has to make one thing, well done k

    shakeme4life

    10/29/2010

    YES , thank you , kdarcy .... this is a topic near and dear to my heart and mostly how to settle the bad blood behind slavery ....

    truth917 commented on Are we really survivors of Slavery ?

    09-26-2010

    Wow! This is sadly true! How blind we are to these things. A very stimulating piece

    shakeme4life

    09/26/2010

    Thank you fellow poet and deep thinker ... we must reeducate , relearn , keep communication alive , and repeat repeat repeat

    If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) American poet.

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