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“My grandfather belonged to Thomas Jefferson.”

A story done by ABC News in 1999 about slavery as told by people who had been slaves, recorded in the 1940’s, recorded by John Henry Faulk. The interviews are in the Library of Congress and in the Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Faulk describes a conversation with a former Black slave that made him think about his own racial prejudice:

“He was an old black man, and I was telling him what a different kind of white man I was. I remember him looking at me, kindly, and he said, ‘You know you still got the disease… I know you think you’re cured, but you’re not cured. You can’t give me the right to be a human being, I’m born with that right. Now you can keep me from having that. If you’ve got all the policeman and all the jobs on your side, you can deprive me of it. But you can’t give it to me, because I was born with it just like you were.'”

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  1. Hi Gordon,

    Thank you for sharing those long ago slave voices describing their experiences of “emancipation.” Food for thought, indeed …

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  2. …and to actually hear the voices of the oppressed, the slaves, was surreal and so painful to hear…but absolutely necessary to Truth.

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  3. Poignant, poignant, TRUTHFUL statement quoted above. Bigotry IS a disease. I’ve read a number of these listed articles. Thank you, Mr. Harris!

    Like

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