Harold Bell By Harold Bell 

Four hundred years after we were kidnapped and brought to America against our will, we are still not good enough.  Through slave labor America has become the greatest country on the face of the earth but black folks are still seen as the last, the least and the less.   

First, we were sold out by our brothers and sisters for what would add up to today as pennies on a dollar.  In 2008 there are some who are still selling us out for pennies on a dollar. 

Yes, there was “Spooks Who Sit by the Door” in Africa.  Little has changed since we were brought here by boats and ships from the most beautiful Continent in the World.  Instead of second-class citizens we are now third class citizens behind America’s “New Negro”—Hispanics.    

Many of our ancestors were among thousands and thousands who never made it to the shores of America.  On the high seas an illness or a defiant look from a slave could mean a watery grave on the bottom of the ocean.  It is by far the worst lost of life in American history, there are no comparisons.  

The Powers-To-Be in America are often heard asking the question, why can’t American blacks pull themselves up by their boot straps like the Jews?  How can we pull ourselves up by our bootstraps if you don’t have boots?  Or many can be heard saying “Black folks need to get over slavery and reparations.” 

I am getting over slavery and reparations but I can’t get over the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King, President John Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy and forty years later we are still singing “We Shall Over Come.”  I can’t get over the lynching of Emmit Till, or four little girls blown up while attending church, Medgar Evers gunned down in his driveway by cowards, black and white civil rights marchers in Selma and Birmingham, protestors in Alabama bitten by dogs and fire hosed by Jim Clark and Bull Connor while their redneck cops beat on human heads as if they were drums. 

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  1. Who is the Whiteman?

  2. If you ever want to read a reader’s feedback 🙂 , I rate this post for four from five. Detailed info, but I have to go to that damn msn to find the missed pieces. Thank you, anyway!

  3. But..there are MANY deadbeats even as we speak purporting Christian values and yet choosing to not “render unto Caesar” AT ALL! 😦 What a sad commentary on the real issue….sex without responsibility.

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