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:
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 masters 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 masters 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 childrenthose objects which nature urges even the slave to call his ownbeing 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 ones 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.
Ignorance is dangerous
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.