My Guys

Information I Finally Learned!

Frederick Douglass as a young man.  Handsome.
Frederick Douglass as a young man. Handsome. | Source
A younger George Washington Carver.
A younger George Washington Carver. | Source
Frederick Douglass.  I admire him completely.
Frederick Douglass. I admire him completely. | Source
George Washington Carver in his laboratory.
George Washington Carver in his laboratory. | Source
George Washington Carver.
George Washington Carver. | Source
Poster by slave owners to get back their slave.
Poster by slave owners to get back their slave. | Source
Slaves gathered to take this picture near the end of slavery.
Slaves gathered to take this picture near the end of slavery. | Source
Slave areas
Slave areas | Source
My parents  did not know the truth about slavery and could not teach us what they did not know.
My parents did not know the truth about slavery and could not teach us what they did not know. | Source
Slaves at work.
Slaves at work. | Source
Area for Slave Auctions.
Area for Slave Auctions. | Source

A Poem About Lies of Omissions

My Guys resemble the Mocha complexion of my skin,

or my son's Bronze complexion,

because we are all of varied blends.

My Guys were missing from my grade school's text.

No daily learning of my Guys' achievements.

My Guys, being missing, gave my mind a thought,

Why are we here? What did we do

in this land for us all?

My Guys never mentioned gave me no true hope.

Though I never Knew there were Tales to know.

My Guys were missing until a flick of a page

when I gazed upon a Mocha complexion

which sent My mind into a glorious daze.

George Washington Carver

was the Guy I had found.

George Washington Carver

made My third grade heart

deeply proud ....


Still, ... Teachers taught misinformation about My Guys during WARS

keeping our minds in clouds.

We were informed My Guys were not capable of fighting or truly helping in WARS.

They cleaned the toilets.

They served the White Officers, and they .... My Mind drifted off.

My Guys!

My Guys!

My Mind escaped in flight!


My Guy, My maternal Great Uncle was an Alcoholic Sort.

He once spoke when he slumbered,

and his words gave me a jolt.

"Get down. They shot Charley

in the head!!!

My mouth fell opened in shock as I began to believe

My Guy, My Great Uncle, was dreaming of his combat in Germany.

My Guy, My Great Uncle sounded so scared.

My Guy seemed to suffer in an isolated nightmarish fear.


I informed my mother of My Guys,

her maternal Uncle's dream like haunts.

She refused to believe I witnessed the screams of him in WAR.

One day My Guy, My Great Uncle visited his niece, My Mom.

After they had lunch, My Mother cleaned,

and My Guy, My Great Uncle went to the basement

for some quick Zzzs.

As My Mother cleaned the ... dishes she heard a harrowing scream from below.

She ran down to the basement and watched in disbelief

as My Guy, Her Uncle, Screamed of his combat all while he

was Deep in sleep.


My Guys resemble the Mocha complexion of My skin,

Or My son's Bronze complexion, because

we are all varied blends.

My Guys are our Guys.

They are Americans


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N.E. Wright 4 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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DFiduccia 4 years ago from Las Vegas

...very moving hub!

DF


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

12/6/2011

Dear N.E., Fantastic hub. Wonderful subject and masterfully-written and presented. Voted up and away. You are a natural talent. That shows in your work. I would suggest too, that you might, if you write a sequel to this hub, include Mr. W.C. Handy, from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as well as the "blues masters," Howlin' Wolf, Lightining Hopkins and Muddy Waters, what solid contributions these true musicians gave to our world. They cannot be duplicated. By anyone. Thanks for your great writing. And have a blessed, Merry Christmas!


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satice_j 5 years ago from via the Bronx, NY

My brother is a Major in the USMC. I am going to use his word here, OUTSTANDING! I am moved to tears. I initially chose to follow you because u were a fellow NYer. I read your articles on Mocktails and loved that, but this hub, My Guys, has touched me so deeply. I grew up in a household where Black History was evident in the books my Mommy had in her library. I read her collection from the top left to the bottom right. I knew about your My Guys before I reached the grade level where I should have been learning about them and about Africans in America. It is shameful that that learning continues to be amiss. You truly hit the mark here evoking one to feel proud yet saddened at the child in you recalling your first meeting with a contributing African in America. and like Minnetonka, that line. "my guys are our guys, they are American" is what moved me to tears. I am a veteran of the U.S. Army and every time I think about how the 54th Massachusetts Regiment made up of volunteering African Americans, but called the colored troops, fighting valiantly in the Civil War, and one man - Sgt. William Carney saving the American flag from capture not once but four times, I am reminded that the history of the African in America and the contributions each made will forever go unknown to the masses if we do not talk about it, or put it in poetry such as this piece! Bravo! I am honored to know you via HubPages! Keep writing more like this! I will read it and I will tell other about you!


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msdee115 5 years ago from Stone Mountain, GA

Wonderful! Thanks chica!!!


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makusr 5 years ago from India

N.E. I live in India. To me Civil war and slavery have been just words. That was before I read you in this masterpiece.N.E. I want to share one thing with you. I run a school and love to teach there. We had a chapter in English literature . It is the story of Rosa the mother of Civil unrest. This was the story which jolted me. Yours is the second. Keep inspiring.


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ForestBear 5 years ago

This is beautifully written. What a talent! wish I had those skills. Thank you for sharing


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Chuck,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Chuck RitenouR 5 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia

very nicely done.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Carol3san,

I really appreciate your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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carol3san 5 years ago from Hollywood Florida

I love the poem. And I love the pictures too. We can go on and on and on about our history.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello BukowskiBabe,

Thank you so much for your beautiful praises.

I am told I have a writer's soul, but I do not feel that way. I really did not study poetry, but I had a homework assignment in my creative writing class over 20 years ago at Columbia University when I worked there.

I never thought about writing poetry before that assignment. I was there to learn how to write short stories and novels. LOL.

I suggest you go to http://writersdigest.com and check out their online workshop classes in poetry. Since you have something to say learn how to write in the form you want to say it in.

Again, thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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BukowskiBabe 5 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

Oh my gosh, NE. Your prose is so beautiful. I love the poem, My Guys. You're talented. I can't write poetry. I have so much inside that I can't get out.


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BukowskiBabe 5 years ago from Somewhere in the middle of it all.

Oh my gosh, NE. Your prose is so beautiful. I love the poem, My Guys. You're talented. I can't write poetry. I have so much inside that I can't get out.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Pintoman,

Yeah, they do kind of have a revenge now.

My son had to read on a black inventor. That was cool. As a kid I did not know about this man. LOL. Now my son is telling me about these people. He is also telling me about Spanish, and Asian cultures that he has learned about. Oh, and he wants to learn how to speak Russian. Wow, that is different from when I was a child. LOL. I love it.

We need to know about all -- the people -- who contributed to this country no matter their race. Times are changing in the right direction in some cases and I like it. LOL.

Thanks so much for your comments.

N.E.


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Pintoman 5 years ago

As I was reading this I thought, yeah, we didn't learn this stuff in school. But we can read books about them instead of just a few minutes of twisted history from school. It's kind of like their revenge, everyone knows about the guys in those pictures. You can't keep a good man down.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Roshall,

I had Googled Ellen and William Craft, and I also placed a book about them inside my Amazon.com shopping cart.

I appreciate your sharing that information. The little I have read about them is way too interesting.

Thanks for sharing that information.

N.E.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Roshall,

I have not heard of Ellen and William Craft to this moment. I am going to Google them.

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

Hi, this was a lovely piece.There is a lot left out about Negros in our history.I had never heard of Ellen and William Craft til my friends grandmother told me of them. You did a great job. Have a great day.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thanks again Qwark.

N.E.

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Hey Snowysilver,

LOL. Your work is not fluff.

People who write humorous tales win lots of writing awards, oh and make lots of money. LOL.

Thank you for your beautiful praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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snowysilver 5 years ago from Midwest

Well, after the silly fluff I write about, it's nice to read something so wonderfully inspirational. Very nicely done!


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qwark 5 years ago

My pleasure! :)

Qwark


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Oh, wow, Quark thank you, thank you, thank you!

Your praise humbles me.

I am hopeful, but just when I think people are enlightened they disappoint me. LOL.

Still, I love the changes for the better we are seeing. It makes my heart sing. I just think about my son's teacher's and how they are so great to him.

Again, thank you so much for your lovely praise. I truly appreciate it.

Take Care,

N.E.


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qwark 5 years ago

Hello N.E.:

I've lived almost 70 yrs and have been witness to the many historical atrocities that not only your "guys" experienced, but those that we caused to happen to the Chinese, Italians, irish et al!

I KNOW the terrible effects of "Jim Crow" on your "guys!"

I read your hub with tears flowing down my cheeks! I'm drying my eyes as I type this response to you!

I am a white anglo-saxon human being.

You are only different from me because your ancestors existed in a part of the world that required that your skin be protected from the destructive rays of the sun! Evolution solved that problem by creating a protective substance caused "melonin" which darkens the skin! Other than that, WE ARE THE SAME!

Your "guys" suffered because of "our" primitive ignorance!

I'm afraid that we'll never outlive our seeming need to commit such uncivil actions toward those who differ from "us!"

I loved this personal, deep, sensitive and heartfelt "poem-in-prose!"

Voted up and AWESOME!

Qwark


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Rembrandz,

I thank you so much for your wonderful kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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rembrandz 5 years ago from Dubai Media City

NE

There's so much depth in your hub!

I am amazed!! Congrats!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi P.,

Yeah, I learned about racism when I was about 5 years old. I was in a supermarket grocery shopping with my mother ....

I learned more about African-American history when I came of age ....

I thank you so much for your praises.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Ar.cotton,

I found that book on Amazon, and I placed it in my shopping cart. Thanks for mentioning it.

When I was growing up, -- in the late '60s & '70s -- the schools here in America really did a poor job of teaching what minorities -- in general -- did to help build this country as great as it is. I am happy it is getting better now.

Thank you for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey Peter,

Wow, your lovely praises are totally appreciated, and humbling.

You are correct when you say we are getting better.

Though as you said it is slow. I am happy, and proud we are on the right track.

Thank you so much for your ... comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Cardisa,

Thank you so much for your high praise.

We were not taught the truth. In this country we need to learn about all groups who contributed to the growth of America as we know it.

That knowledge helps the self-esteem of young children of all races.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey SOBF,

I so appreciate your praise. It is very humbling. Thank you.

You are correct about freeing slaves not being the true reason for the Civil War.

For years my father would tell my siblings and me that the Civil War was fought, because of secession. Period. Not to free slaves.

Years later, -- as an adult -- whenever I would hear someone talking about Lincoln freed the slaves, I would groan to myself thinking, I am not comfortable with Blacks being used like a pawn on a chess board. Moments later I would laugh and think, we may have been ... pawns, but we are no longer slaves. LOL.

I am not certain we would be free today. America holds on to bad habits way too long. LOL. Racism is still here. Oh,and in the Constitution Blacks are referred to as 3/5th. It is still there.

Also, the President of the United States was carded, and none of the elected Republicans -- that I know of -- stood up firmly against the birthers or Donald Trump. They loved the doubt about Obama not being a true American for political reasons. It works for them, and that is just sad.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge, and thanks again for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hi Beatrice,

Your words are beautiful.

Thank you so much for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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beatrice dupree 5 years ago

Poetry the Truth Unchained

N.E., Your spirited poem has captured what so many abolitionist like John Brown wanted people of that era to understand.

The whole truth is, it is not what happened to our people that we should be ashamed of for we were overpowered.

Fredrick Douglas, Washington Carver and other's proved. How we deal and live after we get away from the experience is what alows us to rise above fear and shame.

Keep thinking like a poet,

beatrice dupree


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SOBF 5 years ago from New York, NY

NE – What a wonderful and glorious piece of work. The stories we need told are many and of great value. They must be repeated or they will be lost. I think this is the first time I have ever voted every option available (except down) on anyone’s writings. Kudos

I also voted no on the slavery /civil war question for several reasons. The first being that the Civil War was never fought to end slavery. Actually the freedom of slaves never truly entered the conversation until the Union had concerns over their ability to win the war.

Contrary to what our children are taught the slaves were freed to win the war, the war was not fought to free the slaves.

That fact combined with the outlawing of slave trading and the Haitian revolt. The US would have eventually had to give in to international pressures and free the slaves.

Thanks again for a wonderful hub


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

This is an awesome piece Miss Wright. All the lies told to us about our past has to come to light. Day by day our past is revealed to us with the truth. Our forefathers were heroes, inventors and leaders. All the lies must stop!


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PETER LUMETTA 5 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

N.E. you can say what you want but You Are A Poet. This beautiful poem brought a tear to my eye remembering all "The Guys" of all colors we tend to put aside. We're getting better, slowly but surely, it just took so damn long. A work like this really helps, please continue your writing and sharing we need it. Thanks Peter


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ar.colton 5 years ago from Vancouver, B.C.

Loved your hub N.E.

I recently read an autobiography by Harriet Jacobs, "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." I was shocked at the things I didn't know.

I went to school in both Canada and the US, in Canada we learned about the underground railroad. In the states we learned very little. A giant gaping hole in American history. It needs to be amended.


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P Prince 5 years ago from New York

So Awesome!!! I learned about racism in such an awful way. I refused to subject my children to that, so I educated them via similar pictures you posted, African American History Books, Stories, trips, and plays. Most importantly I helped them take pride in their heritage. I love your poem and pictures, very talented!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Peg,

Oh, thank you so much for your very kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Lovely work, N.E. Beautifully written and the pictures were amazing. Peg


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you, Cherrycrime26, for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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cherrycrime26 5 years ago from NY, Now Living in Atlanta Ga

Beautiful Hub


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi AntonOfTheNorth,

You are way too kind, but I am going to start accepting the title poet. It is hard. LOL. Still, you are right.

A fellow Hubber, Germaine Reilly, had made a comment about seeing a play about Frederick Douglas. I wish I could create a play on him. My father would praise me for the rest of my life. LOL. Mr. Douglas was one of my father's heroes. OMG, he loved talking about that man. Oh, and Winston Churchill. LOL.

Google Frederick Douglas, and you will get a wealth of information on him. I have had his autobiography for over two decades now. My father made me get it. LOL. Still, it was a great read.

I agree about the Civil War it was unfortunately needed to free slaves. It just was.

I hate wars too ....

Your comments made me smile, and I thank you for that.

Take Care,

N.E.


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AntonOfTheNorth 5 years ago from The Land Up Over

Hey N.E.

I have only one issue to take with this hub. . .

Of course you are a poet!

This was a wonderful read. I'm not sure why you elected to follow me, (I'm brand new to hubs and haven't even written my first one yet) but I'm glad you did as I came to this and read your poem.

I am a Canadian. I checked off yes about the civil war question, with this qualifier: "Yes it was necessary, but it shouldn't have been"

Respectfully, I disagree with randslam regarding the freedom being inevitable. One only need look at the current issues in, say, Libya, or the American response to 911 (Homeland security), or the Canadian Residential School legacy with our First Nations to realize how fragile freedom and equality can be, but I agree that violence as a policy is just wrong. Violence as policy is what makes freedom fragile.

I am (among many things) a theatre professional and was intrigued by your comment about creating a play about Frederick Douglas. I have no knowledge of him that I can recall so if you are willing and wanted to point me at information about him, I would be grateful. Not many say 'play' in this context. (they tend to movie) so this interests me.

thanks for this. Please accept that you are a poet. I'm not on stage acting every day either, but I am an actor. Even when I'm writing, or sleeping, or eating. ;)

cheers


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey JmKnapp53,

I saw your site, and loved it.

Chuck D did not want to become a Rapper right away. Rick Ruben ... convinced him that he was not that old to be a rapper.

He was in his twenties and he thought he was old. LOL.

Keep working on him you will get him.

I thank you so much for your interest in my work.

Take Care F.B. Friend,

N.E.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi bbnix,

Well, lets just say I was ecstatic when I found out how much African-American did here in America. It just seemed like we did nothing .... To be honest I did not know why we were here.

I am so glad that things have changed so much from when I was growing up in the late '60s and '70s. LOL.

I thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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jmknapp53 5 years ago from Malone, NY

Thanks, N.E.

Actually, I think My Guys tells the story of your triumph over spiritual abuse. Those are our favorite kind of stories to publish.

We focus mostly on abuse in toxic groups, abusive churches, and cults. But it seems to the AA experience all too well. Your triumph and art will speak to our readers. I just know it.

I saw you like old skool. I came late to hip hop. But once I bumped into Public Enemy it was all over. (Tried to talk Chuck D into joining our advisory board, but no luck. Yet.)

I'll grab your photo. Should I use your bio from HubPages?

Looks like we friended each other on FB.

Can't wait to read more of your Hubs.

J.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

It's safe to say that African-Americans had more than just a little effect with the greatness of this country, but I think the most exciting things is where we're all going together (in spite of any idiotic opposition)...

Huge seems an almost appropriate term...monumental perhaps? Maybe there just isn't a good enough superlative...hmmm..

Thanks again,

See ya'


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Jmknapp53,

I thank you for your wonderful praise.

LOL. You are correct. People do have issues with poetry. LOL.

I do not know what the Hubpage administrator would think of your re-posting my work, but I say yes. It would be my honor for you to share my work with others if you believe it is useful.

Hum, healing spiritual abuse? I never thought of if as spiritual abuse at all, but it sadly seems to fits after I mulled over your words.

Once I learned about African-Americans who contributed to this country I must say myself esteem -- spirit -- was lifted. Before that I was ashamed ... we seemed to have just been here but did nothing to grow this land. I get sad every time I think about that.

Thank you so much in your interest in my work, and again, it is my honor to have you re-post it.

Take Care,

N.E.


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jmknapp53 5 years ago from Malone, NY

Beautiful. If I call it poetry, it will never get read. I'll call it a story, a deeply moving personal story.

May I ask permission to repost it on our site, with attribution, copyright, and links to HubPages and your site?

Our site is http://theCHSCA.org. We work on healing spiritual abuse.

Your story is about that. Isn't it?

J.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Feenix,

I am going to tell you my honest belief, I honesty believe we would be slaves this minute if it were not for the Civil War.

We both know the War began, because of Secession for the part of The Union. For the Confederates it was about keeping Slavery ... which is why they seceded in the first place. All of it was dumb -- thank God -- on the Confederates part, because Lincoln was not going to Free Slaves. Of course this is just my opinion from all I have read and learned about the subject.

Well, -- LOL -- I am going to thank you for your comments, and praise. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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feenix 5 years ago

N.E. I voted this hub up and I also voted that the Civil War was needed to end slavery -- although I am not entirely sure about that.

Anyway, this is a terrific post in that it brings attention to some very important figures in American history who always have been, and who continue to be, overlooked.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Shirley,

I am so with you about equality. I love the way things have changed mostly for the better in this country.

I am a liberal and I voted for a Republican three times because of what he did for education here in New York City. I adore my son's teachers. He is reading on grade level now, and he was very delayed because of his ADHD with Impulsive tendencies.

In the '70s my bright younger brother was placed in a class room with wheel chair bound students who were also mentally challenged.

In his regular class room he would complete his class work twenty minutes before the rest of his classmates, get bored and go to the middle of the floor to play with his toys. The teacher thought he was crazy.

He did a year in that class. Two weeks after he was placed back in a regular class room he was taken out and placed in a class for gifted children.

Several years later, and a different school, they tried to do the same thing to my baby brother. My mother would not allow it that time. She fought tooth and nail .... Now, my baby is now a doctor. So is his wife.

As I said I love the way things have changed. LOL.

I thank you so much for your warm comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Shirley Aguas 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi, N.E. Wright. It is nice to be here. I like the message that you want to convey in this poem. All i can say it this, we are all equal, and should be treated as such, regardless of skin and race.

Take care always...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Billrrrr,

Wow, thank you for your great story.

I love the progress of this country.

My parents went through more than I could imagine. Still, they would not teach us bigotry at all. My father's very best friend in the '40s and '50s was white.

My siblings and I really could not believe it, but it was true according to my mother.

I love the Red Lobster in Valley Streams. LOL. No one should look at anyone funny. LOL. The last time I was there it was multi-racial.

I am going to check out your work ASAP.

Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate them.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Billrrrr 5 years ago from Cape Cod

My people have only been in the United States for about 100 years. They came here (of their own choice) in a leaky boat and with very little money. They struggled with poverty and discrimination because they were 'dagos', 'wops' and 'greaseballs'. That said, their problems were minor compared to the horrible atrocities inflicted upon African/Americans. My pal Chet Krolewicz got to see the ugly face of racism in the 1940s when he became the first white player in the all black Fletcher Henderson orchestra - see my hub Big Band Life & Segregation in the 1940s. One of my most memorable moments of my academic life took place in the 1960s in Kenmore Square in Boston. I was being taught Communications/Broadcasting by the best pros in New England...but I was learning more from my friend 'the janitor' who introdduced me to the music of Gloria Lynne

and others long before mainstream America would discover works like her fabulous 'I Wish You Love'. My greatest honor in a long career was when a group of Hatian people (who were among my best workers in my team of 100) adopted me as their 'brother'. I just finished working demos in BJs stores near you in Valley Stream, College Point, and the Bronx. Everyone was wonderful to me and my old guy crew. My partner & I were the only white guys in The Valley Stream Red Lobster and we had a great meal and a great time. Nobody looked at us funny and everybody was friendly and great. I'm just trying to say people are people and this country is still great. I know we have many problems but we have made much progress and we will continue to do so...in part because of great Americans like you. Keep pushing. Keep going. Keep writing.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Bbnix,

I read one of your poems. You are talented!!!

I love the way your work looks easy. LOL. It just flowed. LOL.

We both know writing may not be brain surgery, but it is not easy to do. LOL.

Some great artists, or activist had not lived to see their work make a difference. At least Dr. King saw the Civil Rights Act pass into law.

I wish his Poor Man's March could have come to fruition with him in the lead. It was for all Americans who were in poverty. Race did not come into play, because poverty has no race. Poor is poor.

It is so nice communicating with you. LOL.

Take Care,

N.E.


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

I so appreciate your comments about our professors. I so want to be the great writer I imagine I can be. Support like yours means more than you'll ever know, but then, I suppose, that's the thing about us writers (and artists), everything is momentous.

I too want to write to one's heart and soul and not see their eyes glaze over like a child who's being lectured to all the time.

One of my all-time favorites that carried an underlying message was "one flew over a cuckoo's nest," by Ken Kesey. It lead to many changes in mental institutions. We need more like that, but on a larger scale, I think..

And of course, I'm not even talking about Dr. King, who literally changed the lives of millions...

Thanks again, my good friend...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Micky,

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I truly appreciate it.

Take Care,

N.E.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Bbnix,

You were exposed to some great writers. LOL.

My father would talk about them, but not bring a book home that they had written so to be sadly honest I have never read anything from Langston Hughes, or Zora Neale Hurston. I am not proud of that.

I keep promising to get their works, and I keep forgetting. I think I am going to amazon.com after my work here on the Hubpages. LOL.

I Have A Dream speech is just moving. The Mountain Top speech ... is breath taking to me.

I bet you your professor did not inform you that your writing style is from who your are. Most professors do not. As great as my favorite English professor was he did not tell us that.

Most professors tell us to read the type of works we like to write for at least a year, and then write. They forget to tell us to make sure we write from who we are, and what we have experienced, because that is truly our writing style.

I am with you about writing about injustice. I just want to do it in a way that is not too peachy. LOL. I am trying to figure it out.

I thank you for your wonderful words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very beautifully done! Thank you so much for "my guys". God bless you dear heart!


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bbnix 5 years ago from Southern California

As my first visit to your hubs, I find this, my first read of yours, a truly wonderful and inspirational poem, and quite confident as to this being one of my all time favorites.

Near ten years ago now, with a light push from a wonderful English teacher, I became an English major. Most prominent in my memory of all that literature, was the struggle of the slaves and the obscene disadvantage due to color alone. Here in San Diego we have our hidden racists, but I never was exposed to much more than my family's experience with discrimination, as my grandfather was from Mexico.

Although only exposed to a tiny fraction of the great African American writers, I enjoyed reading Frederick Douglas, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, as well as loved, especially, Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" and my all time favorite, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s " I have a Dream".

In fact, I was so taken with Dr. King's writing, I tried to emulate his beautiful style, but I only ended up confusing my professor at the time - I remember I was very disappointed.

Given all that, I realize that so many are still at a disadvantage in today's so called modern world and I find it unconscionable, and I've decided to do something about it in my art, my writing, and my day to day existence.

Anyway, I look forward to following you, my friend, as I'm confident we share a common goal of social changes that need to happen for all who have little to no voice of their own...


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL.

Oh yeah, verisimilitude. LOL. The appearence of being true or real. That is fiction writing.

You are totally correct.

Thank you for the correction.

Take Care,

N.E.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

I don't believe it is truly a lie. Fiction often tells the truth using lies. Through the lie, the truth us revealed as a deeper and more powerful form that sticks with each of us.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Phoebe, I thank you so much for your praises, but, I am the first person to tell people I do not have a poetic soul. LOL.

I love writing fiction. Yes, I love telling lies. LOL.

Still, you humble me, and I thank you.

Take Care,

N.E.


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Your poetry is beautifully written and full of emotion, this is the kind of poetry I long to be able to write, yet I don't have the poetic soul in order to do so. This is one of my favorite hubs from you. Excellent work!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Brinafr3sh,

Wow, I love your words. LOL.

Thank you so much for your wonderful praises.

Again, your ... words I love ....

Take Care,

N.E.


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Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

Beautiful writing and photos. It touched me. Bronze skin is dominant, powerful, and can intimidate some people. Bronze skin haven't been so famous since Christ Jesus with his beautiful bronze skin. Bronze skin is famous now. Thank you God for the skin I'm Rockin and was born with. It's not a "sun tan spray". The sunshine in the sky loves me, it doesn't cause me skin cancer. I feel this is my habitation I belong here, though I'm not of this world. peace :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Bijja,

I believe you are right about poems about your memories making good poems. Especially when they are subjects you feel deep about.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Bijja 5 years ago from India

NE,

That's great poem.

Memories make good poems.

How about this one: http://www.wikinut.com/in/rnqio/www.wikinut.com/la...

Thank you.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Wow,

Thank you so much Fay.

N.E.


Fay Paxton 5 years ago

A very heartfelt poem. I can certainly relate. Voted up and awesome.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Rich,

I truly appreciate your kind words.

Things are very changed from then to now. Still there is racism here in America, but I feel the progress, and love it.

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Richawriter 5 years ago from On Top of the World

Very touching writing N.E., I feel it coming straight from your heart and I wish I could truly understand what you went through but the truth is I can't.

I learned from your words though, so thanks for that. Things have improved drastically these days and I like to think that equality now reigns. As I was growing up in the eighties there was still some racism in the UK but now it's all but gone. There is still the memory of it lingering just below the surface though and I have felt it many a time, it's palpable.

I look forward to reading more of your honest and beautiful writing.

Take care. Rich :)


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Heavenbound5511,

Wow, thank you so much for your wonderful -- awesome! LOL. -- praises.

I humbly appreciate them.

Take Care,

N.E.


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heavenbound5511 5 years ago from Under the shadow of the Almighty God!

Awesome! I enjoyed reading this! Voted up and awesome!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Immortalcoach,

Oh man I am feeling your wonderfully poetic comments. LOL.

Douglas and Truth are my father's favorite Republicans. LOL.

Thanks again for your ... comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hey Randslam,

I am with ya.

A few week ago, on 60 Minutes a ... book publisher was speaking on why he was changing the "N" word to Slave.

As he was explaining his reasons, ... you could see and hear him chocking back tears. He felt guilt and shame, and I was just confused.

He seems to mean well, but he will do harm. Not meaning to, but it will be harmful to try and change in books what was truly going on in our past.

Huck Finn needs to stay the way it was written.

Thanks for your comments Randslam.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

The Texas textbook conspiracy should not be lost on average Americans...someone needs to shout out and let freedom reign!

The changing of content in Mark Twain's books are an abomination to all that is literarily sacred. Twain was writing of a time when words were flung like knives--it should not be "re-recorded" in a politically correct fashion.

If Jim was a n**ger, than so be it. We can't use these words frivolously, but we can't deny that at one point we called "a spade a spade." It was a way of life that the civil rights movement of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK worked to create progress--let's not regress by erasing the past.

Love live N**ger Jim...and Mark Twain's completely un-racist masterpiece, called Huckleberry Finn.


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immortalcoach 5 years ago

Maui Calling...blue oceans and big sky...

All these men are so important for our human family.

Growing up in B-more i had many opportunities to travel on the dust of Mr. Douglas and Ms. Truth. Amazing.

I love them all and want everyone to know that they are immortal... no matter the hue of the skin. How do you know this?

Feel the vibration of love and light that surround you right now. breath and feel it again...

You are the light of the World- Shine and share your gifts.

Thanks


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Smcopywrite,

Hum, Texas is trying to change text books now. It had not already done so. It is just sad.

Now they want to change the words of Mark Twain who was just letting us know how things were. He was not a bigot.

I live in the Bronx now, but I grew up in Queens, NY.

That were I went to school until college. I still get a little ticked off about it. LOL.

Thanks for your ... response.

Take Care,

N.E.


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smcopywrite 5 years ago from all over the web

history is never about what actually happened but what someone wanted to report happened. unfortunately, these are the people that write the books of history.

i wish our guys were in those books and i am certain they are grateful for those that remember them.

thank you

having to explain to your good children about bad children in the world is difficult. you hope that it doesnt change them from being who they are inside. unfortunately you will find these same kind of children everywhere, not simply in the Bronx.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Alberich,

I am happy you are back Hubbing.

I thank you so much for your lovely comments.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Wow, Alberich,

Those words -- of Zora Neale Hurston -- are -- always -- beautiful.

Take Care,

N.E.


alberich 5 years ago

.. forgot to add this:

Life is the flower for which love is the honey.

(Zora Neale Hurston)

;-)


alberich 5 years ago

N E as astonishing lovely and close as always!

To read your hubs are like coming home Ive been away from hubbing for awhile but I will get back here to get comfortable with myself again.

Love and Blessings to You and your Family!!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Randslam,

This is true, making ones home better is better than moving.

Yeah, my son is cool when he is being 7 not 11. LOL.

When I read Minnesota, I right away thought of your kids ice skating. LOL. Nice outdoors place I heard. Glad they are doing well.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Cheers, N E! Moving isn't always the right thing--making your home better is.

Your son sounds like a cool kid...help him hang in there and he'll be fine. My kids are in Minnesota with there mom and do great things.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Randslam,

I like that description of you. LOL. It is so cool.

I do not blame you for leaving America .... I love my country, but we do think too much about Wars, and not enough about Health Care. LOL.

I think about safe places to live all the time. I live in New York. In the Bronx. It is rough.

I have a 7 year old son, and I really hate how he is getting bullied in school. He is such a sweet child. He does not even know he is being bullied or picked on. I had to tell him he was being picked on and bullied after he described an incident to me. LOL. He did not know. If I think too much about it that scares me.

I think of moving all the time. to different states, or countries. I think about moving to places that have Health Care for All. LOL. I may move to Vermont, because they are implementing Universal Health Care. Sounds good to me. LOL.

I believe you are correct, we are on the same side. LOL.

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

Not a problem. I lived in the US for seventeen years--1983 to 2001--after growing up in Canada. I read the various works of ghetto writers who taught me the lessons of living in the projects.

You are right about pacifism not being able to work when you have to fight to get to the grocery store--I understand. But one of the reasons I moved back to Canada was the revelation that America, and Americans, have grown up living in an antagonistic environment.

I didn't have to--so why should I try to live the American Dream, when it turned into a nightmare. I like to debate, converse, dialogue--even fight for an opinion--but I will not do it physically unless it is my only option. I played hockey for decades and weigh as much as Mike Tyson--I can hit with the force of a small rhino--but that is not my first line of offense or defense. Wisdom with words is.

If that doesn't work--let's go at it--mixed martial arts can put a man down in no time. Peace and appreciation for your participation in this wonderful dialogue.

We appear to both be attempting to fight the good fight...in my humble opinion.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Randslam,

I never ever thought about the pacifist equation. Maybe I should have. My bad.

Still, I do not agree with the inevitability of freedom for all Slaves. I believe with all my heart I would be a Slave today without the Civil War. I just do.

We did not have full rights in this country for another 100 years after the freeing of all Blacks.

There are Law Makers -- today -- who want to get rid of the 14th amendment. That would make Black Americans who's ancestors were slaves illegal. That would be everyone on both sides of my family.

I wish I could be a pacifist. I first learned that term when I was a child growing up in the Projects. It never worked there. I saw people try it all the time. It just was not practical. You are going to fight just, because you are walking to the store for your family. I actually saw that happen once ....

If you did not fight back, than someone else would try to start a fight with you. People go after the perceived weak until they see them fight. That is the same with countries.

I agree with you, War is hell, and it is not a cliche!

Still, again, I do not agree with you on not fighting the Civil War, because without it -- I truly believe -- I would be a Slave.

Anyway, LOL, I really enjoyed this conversation. LOL. Seriously.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

I voted No. Because the inevitability of freedom for the slaves was destined.

As to the screams of a soldier coming back from WW II, many men screamed for many years in the night. "War is hell," is not a cliche--it is the truth.

I learned of war early from books, and understood. I became a pacifist warrior many decades ago. I will fight for freedom at every turn--but it will not be with arms, unless, I am down to my last option.

Freedom must be fought for with words of understanding, responsibility and vision.

That is the facts, Jacks. Thank you for your kind words and keep on writing. You are a gifted story teller.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Randslam,

Thank you so much for your praise.

I must admit the No Vote is just a little sad. They seem to be Ron Paul followers. LOL. I once heard him say that there should not have been a Civil War.

OMG!!! I hate Wars, but not that one. LOL. I'm just saying I am more than happy I am not a slave today. LOL.

I guess the No Voters are thinking there would be No Obama as President. LOL. OMG.

Thank you so much for your great comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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randslam 5 years ago from Kelowna, British Columbia

What a beautiful poem, discussing the importance of major players on the road to equality--we're not all there yet, but the journey is worth it.

I was very intrigued at the results of your short survey question--what can we learn from this? I voted no, but it is obvious that opinions are going both ways.

Thanks, N E


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello FreeCampingAussie,

I saw Roots when it first came out in 1978 I believe. I was 14 years old. It was the first time I cried while viewing any show.

Sure, I heard of Slavery, and that Black were Slaves, but it truly was abstract in my mind. Whenever I saw Slaves in Shirley Temple movies they looked happy. Hollywood! LOL.

My parents did not know what Slavery truly was either. They were not told about the details. Way too painful for their grandparents to recount what they were told I am sure.

I thank you so much for your wonderful praise.

Take Care,

N.E.


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freecampingaussie 5 years ago from Southern Spain

I watched Roots as a child and was so sad as I believe that everyone is equal , no one is better than the other & we can learn from each other .

This is beautiful work, no wonder you have so many followers !


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Sunnie Day,

I love your name. LOL. It is just too cool.

I thank you so much for your wonderful praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Just too wonderful! This is so true! Very heart felt..More inspiration please! Thank you so much.UP UP UP

Sunnie


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Fossillady,

The great thing is my son, nieces, and nephews are really learning more and are mostly treated equally. I love it.

My Guys are your guys.

Thank you so much for your very kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Fossillady 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

Wow, I'm so sorry that things were this way and I hope you see equality arisen. Your guys are my guys too! Beautiful words.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Thank you Goody5,

I checked out your Hub. It was cool. I shared it with my other followers.

Thanks again.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Goody5 5 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

N.E., I just wrote a hub about our new hub page dragon accolade - http://hubpages.com/hub/News-Flash-The-New-Hub-Pag... I don't know how long it's going to be around, so check it out as soon as you can. Take care.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

LOL.

Thank you Jg84.

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N.E.


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jg84 5 years ago

SNAP SNAP!!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Fayehelen,

Guess what? American teachers did not really teach us about slavery. And this is America! That is not so good. LOL.

Most of us learned about slavery watching the TV Mini series, Roots in the '70s. My parents learned about the true nature of Slavery when I learned. It is sad, but true.

I thank you so much for your kind praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


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fayehelen 5 years ago

Hey :) I will be honest - although I know bits about slavery, I know NOTHING about the civil war (it's not really taught in English Schools as far as I know). Even so, with my little knowledge, I loved this poem - the way it flowed and how the beginning links to the end. Beautiful work, well done. Take care, fayehelen!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Pmccray,

This was something that had to come out.

I just started writing, and could not believe how it flowed.

I thank you so much for your praises, and support.

Take Care,

N.E.


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

Awesome tribute to those on whose shoulders we stand in the march for freedom. Voted up, marked awesome and shared.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello To Start Again,

Thank you so much for your wonderful praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


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To Start Again 5 years ago

Your words were beautiful, very nicely done!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

I have never cried from a dramatic movie before until I seen Roots.

I just did not know that was what happened to my people. It bothered me, but I had a choice to make.

Should I blame all White people -- in the present -- for Slavery or just have problems with people who were racist towards me? I choose the latter. LOL. Plus, my Father would not have allowed me to be a bigot. LOL.

Economics, was mostly behind slavery. Free labor.

I thank you for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


charmgirl 5 years ago

Truly fantastic Hub! It must have been a shock for you to see what slavery was really about. It was a shocking thing to have happened-How can a man say he is better than another just because of the colour of his skin?


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Pixienot,

I watched way too many WWII movies as a child. LOL. So, when I heard my Great Uncle's nightmare it sounded like a scene from one of many films I have seen. I knew it was combat he was screaming about, and I knew he was in Germany. I was about 14 years old when I realized I was not told the truth.

Most combat soldiers of any race just do not like talking about any war. They cannot. My Great Uncle's sister would just joke with him about all the possible German children he had living in Germany. I was a kid so I did not get that joke. They did not do details. LOL.

Also, most Blacks never spoke about slavery. My parent did not know the true forms of slavery. Not until I had learned while we watched Roots together. Again, I was 14 years old. LOL. Boy I was learning too much truth then. LOL.

My parents did not even know why their family left the South. Not the real reasons. Too painful I believe.

No, I am not a poet. I would not mind being one, but I am not comfortable with calling myself one, because I do not eat, drink, or sleep poetry. That is what most poets do, and I admire them completely for that reason.

I do eat, drink, and sleep fictional tales though. LOL. I adore making up stories, and sometimes my dreams turn into story ideas. LOL.

I truly appreciate your praises.

Thanks for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Pixienot 5 years ago

N.E. Awesome poem. I thought back to WWII and the stories my folks told me. I loved your knowledge and how you stated it - we are ALL Americans, thus all in the same family.

Great work. Shame you are not a poet, you have the talent.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hello Breakfastpop,

I thank you for your lovely praises.

Take Care,

N.E.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a moving and compelling poem. Bravo. Voted up and awesome.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey A.A. Zavala,

Thank you for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

Thank for sharing this poem.


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey LillyGrillzit,

Thank you so much for your great praises.

You always encourage me.

Take Care,

N.E.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

It is a pleasure to read your work. This is beautiful and true. Write On!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Tmbridgeland,

Thank you so much for your nice comments.

Yeah, Google.com is cool, when it comes to finding some great historic pictures.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Marcella,

Thank you so much for your kind words.

Take Care,

N.E.


Marcella Glenn 5 years ago from PA

Very nice hub.


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tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

This was sweet. Nice pics too. Thanks. Keep it up!


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hi Tom,

Wow, thank you so much.

To be honest I was reading several Hubbers' work, and suddenly this Poem came to me. I stopped reading and worked on the Poem for over two hours. I typed it, and started looking for photos.

I am shocked I came up with it. I am not a poet. LOL.

The last poem I did was twenty years ago. LOL.

Thanks again for your praises.

Take Care,

N.E.

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Hello Germaine,

I appreciate your kind words.

Of all the few men -- in history -- my father spoke of often. One of them was Frederick Douglass. He was inspirational. I believe that is why my father respected him so much.

I would love to see a play about Frederick Douglass. I just would. I am glad you enjoyed it.

Thanks again for your comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


Germaine Reilly 5 years ago

Your poem has great pace and the sentiment is clearly heartfelt.

I saw a play about Frederick Douglass a couple of days ago, he was an inspirational man, responsible for creating real change.


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justom 5 years ago from 41042

N.E., this is amazing work. I'm just kind of sitting here trying to figure out to tell you how good this hub is. It's EXACTLY what HP needs more of. I'm proud of your guys too:-D More please! Peace!! Tom


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N.E. Wright 5 years ago from Bronx, NY Author

Hey Minnetonka Twin,

Oh, thank you so much for your beautiful praise.

Yes, we all must fight against misinformation.

Thank you so much for your great comments.

Take Care,

N.E.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

This is so beautifully written. I love the last line, "my guys are our guys, they are Americans." AMEN to this hub. So much misinformation was and has been taught in our schools. God Bless you:)

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