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NYC leaders support black girl who read white nationalism poem
Newdsay ^ | March 14, 2006 | MARCUS FRANKLIN

Posted on 03/16/2006 12:10:52 AM PST by beaversmom

NEW YORK -- Autum Ashante, a 7-year-old black girl who caused a stir at two Westchester schools by reciting a poem she wrote about white nationalism, received support from some New York City leaders on Tuesday.

First, she stood on the City Hall steps with Councilman Charles Barron, who denounced what he described as attacks and harassment since Autum spoke last month at a middle and high school. Barron said he planned to ask Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office to look into whether the girl's free speech rights were violated.

Later, she had an appearance scheduled with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

On Feb. 28, Autum delivered a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," in which Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin are likened to pirates and vampires. She also asked students to stand and recite the "Black Child's Pledge," an oath of responsibility and black pride.

When white students at the Peekskill High School assembly stood with black students, Autum told them to sit down, the school district's superintendent said. The Peekskill City School District then sent recorded messages to parents of its 3,000 students apologizing to anyone who was offended.

Barron said he couldn't understand why anyone would be offended. He characterized the girl as "brave" and "outspoken in telling the truth," and he defended her 162-word poem, praising it as evoking "peace, power and pride about her heritage."

"Someone decided to call parents and apologize," Barron, a former Black Panther, said at the news conference. "Some are talking about banning her from speaking in the school system. You don't have to agree with everything we say, but we have a right to say it. We are very, very proud of you, Autum."

Barron said he couldn't cite specific incidents of harassment of the girl since she read...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: New York
KEYWORDS: charlesbarron; education; nyc; poetry; radicalleft; socialstudies
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1 posted on 03/16/2006 12:10:57 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Wonder what Hillary thinks about the little poet?


2 posted on 03/16/2006 12:11:31 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

This clown says she has the right to say whatever she wants and then complains that she is being harassed. I guess he doesn't support free speech after all.


3 posted on 03/16/2006 12:13:33 AM PST by Straight Vermonter (The Stations of the Cross in Poetry ---> http://www.wayoftears.com)
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To: beaversmom

Shame on them for using this little girl for their agenda.


4 posted on 03/16/2006 12:13:47 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: beaversmom
Barron said he planned to ask Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office to look into whether the girl's free speech rights were violated.

??

Um, she GAVE the speech.

5 posted on 03/16/2006 12:15:01 AM PST by M. Thatcher
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To: beaversmom

Africa is now just one quick plane flight away


6 posted on 03/16/2006 12:18:36 AM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: beaversmom

Cute little girl but already a radical.

7 posted on 03/16/2006 12:20:54 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
Barron said he couldn't cite specific incidents of harassment of the girl since she read...

Having heard Mr. Barron on Hannity's show on more than one occasion, I'm not at all surprised that he couldn't site any incidents; they aren't necessary for his agenda.

8 posted on 03/16/2006 12:22:24 AM PST by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.--Ronald Reagan)
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You don't have to agree with everything we say, but we have a right to say it.

Where is it written that this little girl is guaranteed a forum? Put some Nazi children up there if it's a free for all nut/hate fest.

9 posted on 03/16/2006 12:23:33 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom
in which Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin are likened to pirates and vampires.

What, no mention of " the Joooooos" ? The girl's speech writers are slipping.

10 posted on 03/16/2006 12:25:24 AM PST by csvset
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To: beaversmom
Cute little girl but already a radical.

Not radical..

Racist..

11 posted on 03/16/2006 12:29:55 AM PST by Drammach (In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king..)
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To: beaversmom

Black Child's Pledge

I pledge allegiance to my Black People.

I pledge to develop my mind and body to the greatest extent possible.

I will learn all that I can in order to give my best to my People in their struggle for liberation.

I will keep myself physically fit, building a strong body free from drugs and other substances which weaken me and make me less capable of protecting myself, my family and my Black brothers and sisters.

I will unselfishly share my knowledge and understanding with them in order to bring about change more quickly.

I will discipline myself to direct my energies thoughtfully and constructively rather than wasting them in idle hatred.

I will train myself never to hurt or allow others to harm my Black brothers and sisters for I recognize that we need every Black Man, Woman, and Child to be physically, mentally and psychologically strong.

These principles I pledge to practice daily and to teach them to others in order to unite my People.

The Black Panther, October 26, 1968
by Shirley Williams


12 posted on 03/16/2006 12:30:32 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: beaversmom

White Nationalism Put U In Bondage


White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirate and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
Drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel, tricks and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look in our streets
The mis-education of she and Hegro -- leaves you on your knee2grow
Black lands taken from your hands, by vampires with no remorse
They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers
They took the black women, with the black man weak
Made to watch as they changed the paradigm
Of our village
They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went
So far as to kill the unborn baby
Yeah White nationalism is what put you in bondage
Pirates and vampires like Columbus, Morgan, and Darwin
They drank the blood of the sheep, trampled all over them with
Steel laden feet, throw in the tricks alcohol and deceit.
Nothing has changed take a look at our streets.


13 posted on 03/16/2006 12:32:31 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: beaversmom

"Councilman Charles Barron, a former Black Panther"

That says it all. I equate that with KKK scum. Next
they'll have a councilman named muhammed, whom is a former hamas memeber...
and he'll be supporting a childs 'free-speech' rights in a PUBLIC SCHOOL, when the child talks about how good terrorists are for the world!?

Yeah, that's how you demean the system of public funding. Just support the agenda of public funding for a forum of any opinion.

Public schooling is so backwards.

I'd like to show this councilman my free-speech rights: with a middle finger.


14 posted on 03/16/2006 12:34:33 AM PST by Rick_Michael
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To: csvset

The most absurd and laughable contentions were that this little nincompoop is a poetic "genius". Where are you now that we need you - author of the "poem of the century" - T.S. Eliot? Yes, we're indeed in an intellectual "Waste Land."


15 posted on 03/16/2006 12:38:35 AM PST by T.L.Sink (stopew)
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To: beaversmom

Instead of complaining and acting like jackasses the black people of America should kiss the ground every day and thank their slave ancestors for being caught and sent to America. For enduring life in America so that they could live here. Not a single American black would want to live in Africa. I believe many Blacks are grateful but the misfits and complainers get in the news

My grandparents immigrated here in 1900, worked like slaves in sweatshops. I thank them for leaving Europe so I could be living here and be an American


16 posted on 03/16/2006 12:42:12 AM PST by dennisw (-Muslim's biggest enemy is the founder of Islam, Muhammad. Muslims are victims of this evil conman-)
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To: beaversmom
God help us.

The day that Charles "Mugabe" Barron and Al "Slim Shady" Sharpton are leading anything in this city is the day I move to Jersey City.

17 posted on 03/16/2006 12:47:11 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("The moment that someone wants to forbid caricatures, that is the moment we publish them.")
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To: beaversmom

And away we go!


18 posted on 03/16/2006 12:56:17 AM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: dennisw
I said exactly that in a college sociology course and was chastised by the professor and derided by my classmates.

FWIW, in the same class, the Feminzi's almost lynched my for stating that men "cheat" because of biology.
19 posted on 03/16/2006 12:58:53 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: beaversmom
"Someone decided to call parents and apologize," Barron, a former Black Panther,

And noted closet case and all-around moonbat.

20 posted on 03/16/2006 1:00:40 AM PST by Clemenza (Seattle: The Pesto of Cities --- George Costanza)
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To: endthematrix

I'd like to get this kid away from outside input, and see what she composes on her own. She is being programmed, and used.


21 posted on 03/16/2006 1:09:33 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: csvset

There is substantial evidence that Columbus was indeed a Jew. While its still being questioned, black hate groups take it as gospel since it fits into their white man/ jew bad scenarios


22 posted on 03/16/2006 2:50:26 AM PST by son of caesar
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To: endthematrix
I have to admit for a seven year old girl that is a really well written poem.

I am not saying I agree with it, but taken as a piece of work I would of though more of a teenager.

Either it was written by an adult or there is a Strong budding intelligence in there.

LOL I would not be surprised if she grows up to be a right wing republican.

A lot of children of exceptional intelligence encouraged to be either left or right by adults around them, tend to rebel as they grow into there teens or 20s and lead towards a political party opposite that of there parents.

23 posted on 03/16/2006 2:57:50 AM PST by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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To: beaversmom

Quiz: Miss, what ship did Darwin sail on? Where did he go? Was he ever in Africa? Did he own slaves? Did he support slavery? What is a "paradigm"?

This poem seems to me like a put up job - inspired and probably written by a parent and a parent who was totally ignorant of where Darwin stood on the issue of slavery. Like many scientists in England and Europe at the time, slavery was treated as an abomination and Darwin was an abolitionist. In Voyage of the Beagle he wrote an extraordinarily moving denunciation of slavery, its evils and the fundamental immorality of those who supported slavery, directly or indirectly:
Chapter XXI
....
On the 19th of August we finally left the shores of Brazil, I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave-country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernambuco, I heard the most pitiable moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. I suspected that these moans were from a tortured slave, for I was told that this was the case in another instance. Near Rio de Janeiro I lived opposite to an old lady, who kept screws to crush the fingers of her female slaves. I have stayed in a house where a young household mulatto, daily and hourly, was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal. I have seen a little boy, six or seven years old, struck thrice with a horse-whip (before I could interfere) on his naked head, for having handed me a glass of water not quite clean; I saw his father tremble at a mere glance from his master’s eye. These latter cruelties were witnessed by me in a Spanish colony, in which it has always been said, that slaves are better treated than by the Portuguese, English, or other European nations. I have seen at Rio de Janeiro a powerful negro afraid to ward off a blow directed, as he thought, at his face. I was present when a kind-hearted man was on the point of separating forever the men, women, and little children of a large number of families who had long lived together. I will not even allude to the many heart-sickening atrocities which I authentically heard of; nor would I have mentioned the above revolting details, had I not met with several people, so blinded by the constitutional gaiety of the negro as to speak of slavery as a tolerable evil. Such people have generally visited at the houses of the upper classes, where the domestic slaves are usually well treated; land they have not, like myself, lived amongst the lower classes. Such inquirers will ask slaves about their condition; they forget that the slave must indeed be dull, who does not calculate on the chance of his answer reaching his master’s ears. 34
It is argued that self-interest will prevent excessive cruelty; as if self-interest protected our domestic animals, which are far less likely than degraded slaves, to stir up the rage of their savage masters. It is an argument long since protested against with noble feeling, and strikingly exemplified, by the ever-illustrious Humboldt. It is often attempted to palliate slavery by comparing the state of slaves with our poorer countrymen: if the misery of our poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin; but how this bears on slavery, I cannot see; as well might the use of the thumb-screw be defended in one land, by showing that men in another land suffered from some dreadful disease. Those who look tenderly at the slave owner, and with a cold heart at the slave, never seem to put themselves into the position of the latter; what a cheerless prospect, with not even a hope of change! picture to yourself the chance, ever hanging over you, of you wife and your little children—those objects which nature urges even the slave to call his own—being torn from you and sold like beasts to the first bidder! And these deeds are done and palliated by men, who profess to love their neighbours as themselves, who believe in God, and pray that his Will be done on earth! It makes one’s blood boil, yet heart tremble, to think that we Englishmen and our American descendants, with their boastful cry of liberty, have been and are so guilty: but it is a consolation to reflect, that we at least have made a greater sacrifice, than ever made by any nation, to expiate our sin.
http://www.bartleby.com/29/21.html

Ignorance is dangerous


24 posted on 03/16/2006 2:58:55 AM PST by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: beaversmom

Charles Barron is a total nutcase and professional racist.


25 posted on 03/16/2006 3:02:47 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides & they've sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: tonycavanagh

I don't think she wrote it.


26 posted on 03/16/2006 3:06:12 AM PST by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: endthematrix

This was written by Rita X from Detroit while traveling on the mother ship with the 1500 bombin planes. She be knowin all those woids.


27 posted on 03/16/2006 3:11:03 AM PST by RushLake (The Democratic party--Mary Jo Kopechne is unavailable for comment.)
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To: bjc
very good post, slavery not only degrades the slave it degrades the slaver as well.
28 posted on 03/16/2006 3:13:20 AM PST by tonycavanagh (We got plenty of doomsayers where are the truth sayers)
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To: beaversmom

Another Angela Davis in the making.


29 posted on 03/16/2006 3:24:03 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Jack Bauer wears Dick Cheney jammies.)
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To: beaversmom

She looks like a little snot nose to me ..Imagine what a racist little b*tch she'll grow up to be someday .Using a kid for your racist ideas should be a crime .


30 posted on 03/16/2006 3:27:08 AM PST by binkdeville
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To: binkdeville; All
Wake up people.

This girl is nothing but a trained monkey... a 'socio-science project' her filthy, racist parents and their cohorts created! The real villains in this are the administrators who allowed this circus-act to be performed on public property.

31 posted on 03/16/2006 3:44:20 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: beaversmom
Oh please Charles Barron is the biggest racist in NYC

I don't suggest he attempt to slap this white person for his own personal health.

32 posted on 03/16/2006 3:49:32 AM PST by mware (A teacher of geography.)
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To: beaversmom

The Headline on this story is wrong. It should say New Yorks race baiting community welcomes another chick to the fold.


33 posted on 03/16/2006 4:10:10 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: bjc
I don't know.. if you look at the poem...

Just step back for a moment.. and you will see a condemnation of Liberalism and Humanism of all things..

The charge against Darwin is pointing at how Darwin's work has been used as evidence that religious thought is distorted and must be removed from the public square and the schools..

One has to admit that Liberals have been promising freedom and opportunity but they have been delivering only dependence and terror to the Black community.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED TAKE A LOOK AT OUR STREETS

It goes on to say..

They took the gold, the wisdom and all of the storytellers
They took the black women, with the black man weak
Made to watch as they changed the paradigm
Of our village

This my friends is a condemnation of "The Great Society" that was supposed to uplift the poor of this nation but instead destroyed the black family with a legion of social workers and "do gooders" who promised much but delivered death, dependency and destruction of the black community. Their dependency being created and manipulated so as to assure the Democrat power base without having to actually engage Black people and their aspirations as just people and citizens of America.

They killed the blind, they killed the lazy, they went
So far as to kill the unborn baby

Another charge.. saying the same.. death is everywhere in the Black community, unemployment and drugs take the children who make it.. but the hand of abortion, the eugenic dream of Margaret Sanger has taken half of its toll in the US in the lives of Black children. And, this horror has been visited on the community to both encourage irresponsibility and to cynically reduce the numbers of undesirables, even though these undesirables could just have easily been the next Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell.

The horror that has been visited on any community that has accepted the dependency offered by the programs of "The Great Society" has been staggering. Blacks are just some of the victims, but poor whites from the Appalachians and rural south, and Latinos who have been sucked in have suffered too.

Letting go of dependency on Food Stamps, rent support, day care, Medicaid, and Aid for Dependent Children is such a barrier. If you get a job, and try to work your way out.. you lose $2 for every $1 you earn. The social workers point out all that you will lose if you earn another $1000 per year. Its insane.. but I have been there.. you just have to tell them to go to heck.. and resolve to live without until you make it on your own.. but it is so hard.

Many do not see the trap, "The blind and the lazy"

The rest of this poem is just a restatement of the same charges.. this is about the betrayal of the "White Liberals" who have long promised opportunity and freedom while offering dependency and death as the solution to achieve those ends..

This is just the recognition, and the anger, that precedes dignity. The tool of Racism is key to the Liberal agenda because it misdirects people who happen to be Black from seeing that this is not about Race and not about the "White man" keeping them down. Its about faith and values and the family and empowering ones self through hard work and commitment.

The folks who should fear this young lady are the Rats, cause this seems like racist charges against Conservatives.. but clearly it is not. This is an awakening that 40 years of the "Great Society" has only delivered "Crack and Hoe's and Pimps, and millions of missing black children, instead of proud fathers and mothers raising their children to reach for the stars.

34 posted on 03/16/2006 5:14:20 AM PST by dalight
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To: beaversmom
On Feb. 28, Autum delivered a poem titled "White Nationalism Put U In Bondage," in which Christopher Columbus and Charles Darwin are likened to pirates and vampires.

This is really getting some exposure.

I believe this may the 6th or 7th posting.

In any event, who the hell told this little racist bigot that she was a "poet"?

If her racist rantings are "poetry" then I'm an expert on Quantum Physics simply because I know a dab of caramel from a Snickers bar will hold a piece of paper on a wall.

She's nothing more than a spoiled little shit that has been told she is a "so smart", when in reality, all she is doing is parroting what has been so oft repeated to her.

I doubt very seriously that she has any real awareness of what the hell she has said.

Prodigy?

No, just a copy-cat little racist bigot-in-training with an extrovert personality that apparently loves the limelight.

Expect her to be manipulated by the likes of "Reverend" Al Sharpless and certified bigots like Barron.

Jesse Jackass should make an appearance, soon, but only if there is some money in it for him.

35 posted on 03/16/2006 6:04:11 AM PST by OldSmaj (Hey Islam...I flushed a koran today and I let my dog pp on it first. Come get me, moon bats!)
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To: endthematrix

That pledge has really done a lot of good. /snicker


36 posted on 03/16/2006 6:11:33 AM PST by Aznar5
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To: beaversmom
"NYC leaders rabble rousers support black girl who read white nationalism poem"
37 posted on 03/16/2006 6:13:44 AM PST by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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To: beaversmom

Already a racist radical.


38 posted on 03/16/2006 6:31:53 AM PST by em2vn
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To: endthematrix

Where the hell did a seven year old learn that crap?


39 posted on 03/16/2006 6:35:10 AM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: verity

Exactly!


40 posted on 03/16/2006 6:35:32 AM PST by Howlin ("It doesn't have a policy. It doesn't need to have a policy. What's the point of a Democratic policy)
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To: beaversmom

Indoctrinating children in racism ought to be considered child abuse.


41 posted on 03/16/2006 6:49:44 AM PST by blitzgig
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To: beaversmom
Barron said he couldn't understand why anyone would be offended. He characterized the girl as "brave" and "outspoken in telling the truth," and he defended her 162-word poem, praising it as evoking "peace, power and pride about her heritage."

What does a 7 yr. old girl know about her 'heritage'? She hasn't lived long enough to experience it; she can only have gotten her hate for 'white nationalism' from her parents or those with whom they congregate.

As for her telling the white kids to 'sit down', and it being defended, just imagine firestorm if a white kid had done that to the black kids in a school.

And as for 'white people' being the cause of her peoples' bondage, someone needs to give the child an accurate history lesson. It was black men who sold other blacks captured in tribal warfare and spoils taking into slavery in Africa lo those many centuries ago. The white men just sat at the docks and waited for the slaves to be brought to them for purchase and shipment to the new world. So there's blame enough, all around.

42 posted on 03/16/2006 6:58:17 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: dalight

You may be right, but in deconstructing the poem in this way you can miss the forest for the trees. Moreover, there is no way on god's green earth, prodigy or not, that a 7 year old wrote it that way.

It is simpler to see Darwin and Christopher Columbus (and Morgan?) as symbols. My point was that a knowledgeable person would use a symbol accurately.

Basically this is a poem from an uneducated marxist-leninist, the type of drivel that appears on campuses all the time. It would get zero attention if written by a 20 year old.


43 posted on 03/16/2006 10:49:33 AM PST by bjc (Check the data!!)
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To: beaversmom; wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; ..
Let's be for real about the origins of "modern slavery," and the complicity of fellow Africans. According to Encarta, politically correct Microsoft's encyclopedia, "These were African people captured by other Africans and transported to the western coast of Africa."

They were traded for goods made in Europe, or goods transported from elsewhere like India, then transported to the Americas where they were subsequently traded for goods from the New World to be brought back to mostly England, Holland, Portugal and Spain.

Here's a few more sources.

Portuguese merchants, as they came along the coast of Africa, sought gold in West Africa; with time they also brought goods that they’d purchased in India for sale.The people of Kongo sold ivory and copper and, in response to the demands of some Portuguese, human beings.

In Africa slavery existed long before European exposure, however, over time the motivation for slavery changed. Originally slavery existed because of the expanding of African territories or the need to pay off debts. Europeans, during their attempts to make a shorter trade route to India and Asia, encountered the African custom and adopted it. Therefore, the Europeans filled their pockets with goods from West Coast Africa, including human cargo.

Truth be told, practically every nationality of people that exists today could point to a time in its past history when it fell victim to slavery. Hitting closer to home, the pages of history dealing with the formative years of the United States are despoiled with gruesome stories of ships carrying slaves sold to the Americas by their fellow Africans (and others, e.g., Arabians).

Pirates captured Patrick at the age of 16, during a raid and sold him as a slave in Ireland.

Have a happy Saint Patrick's Day!

44 posted on 03/16/2006 4:45:18 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: beaversmom

And let's see what would happen if the races were reversed and it was white pride and the white student told the black ones to sit down; and great black scientists or explorers were compared to *pirates and vampires*. *sigh*


45 posted on 03/16/2006 6:37:46 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: endthematrix

And this was written by a 7 year old? On her own? I don't think so.


46 posted on 03/16/2006 6:39:52 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: endthematrix

I think she's listening to dad too much :(


47 posted on 03/16/2006 6:40:47 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; Tired of Taxes

ping


48 posted on 03/16/2006 6:41:11 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
And let's see what would happen if the races were reversed and it was white pride and the white student told the black ones to sit down; and great black scientists or explorers were compared to *pirates and vampires*. *sigh*

Come, my white brothers and sisters! Break free from the chains placed on you by George Washington Carver! Burn, peanut patents, burn!

/s

49 posted on 03/16/2006 6:44:40 PM PST by Caveman Lawyer (Cluckin' defiance)
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To: beaversmom
A big percentage of the blacks in New York City are not black but grey..
So are the whites..

Does she mean Micheal Jackson white, Tony Brown white , or Julian Bond white.. I'm at a loss here..

There you go.. "its hard out there for a race PimP".. not easy on the Ho's either..

50 posted on 03/16/2006 6:51:51 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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