To Tonya Weathersbee – again…


From: wildbill4dixie@yahoo.com
To: tonyaa.weathersbee@jacksonville.com


Re: http://jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/051208/new_277444209.shtml


Regarding: >>> Confederate troops were fighting for a regime that had slavery in its constitution.<<<


FYI – the U.S. Constitution also had slavery in it. Or did you forget that?


And as far as the Emancipation Proclamation was concerned, please read the eye-opening “Section 10”, specifically the part which prohibits aiding a runaway slave in the pursuit of his liberty, IF, said slave happened to be owned by a bonafide Union man. So then, if you were a runaway slave and you got to Yankee lines, but your master was himself a Yankee sympathizer, all bets were off.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Proclamation


Regarding: >>> She was singing it in praise of Confederates who died for a cause that, had it won, would have made slavery virtually impossible to end<<<


Prohibitions against abolishing slavery were indeed contained in the Confederate Constitution, but those prohibitions were directed at the Confederacy’s National Government, not its various state governments. To put it simply, “States Rights” was an integral part of what the Confederacy stood for. To have or not have slavery was a question therefore to be decided by the individual states.


Regarding: >>>… white slavers spared them from a life of cannibalism and horror in Africa by bringing them to America.<<<


You don’t even need to open a history book to realize the bitter truth here, that being, that the folks who told you this have a point. All you need to do is look over at Africa today to realize the truth. Choose your “horror” Ms. Weathersbee. Would you like the crime rate of post-Apartheid South Africa? How about a look at the Dark Ages in Zimbabwe? How about the children soldiers of Sierra Leone? Or perhaps you’d prefer the enslavement of Southern Sudanese by Northern Sudanese? How about a visit to the beautiful Congo, which is giving South Africa a run for its money as the rape capital of the world?


http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/05/23/koinange.rape.war/index.html


Choose your horror Ms. Weathersbee. Just don’t sit there and tell me that the white man is the only one out there who has perpetrated horrors, or even that he is capable of the most ghastly of them. If you want to see G-H-A-S-T-L-Y at its worst, you’d have to look to the land of your forebearers. If you think white supremacy is the most violent, or the most virulent form of supremacy out there, then ask a Tutsi what he thinks of Hutu Supremacy and see what he tells you. http://www.hrw.org/reports/1999/rwanda/Geno1-3-02.htm


Regarding: >>>… the only honorable black people are the ones who allow whites to define their existence – is one of the reasons that racial progress lags in this city <<<


As to how you choose to define yourself, that’s up to you, because, and I think I speak for many others of my race when I say, “frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”. We are not looking to define your existence. It is you I think, who are looking to define our existence, as well as define the existence of those black folks who don’t see things your way. http://www.petersburgexpress.com/Pocahontas.html


And as far as “racial progress” is concerned, I suppose that would depend on what your definition of that term is. If to you it means white people getting on their knees, groveling to you and asking your forgiveness for something that you yourself never experienced, then I suppose it is lagging – which is fine by me and many others.


Finally as regards >>> That was what life was like for the majority of blacks in Dixie <<<


Now that’s what I call a global statement if there ever was one! If I were unread on the subject I’d almost be ready to break out into a chorus of “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen”. Unfortunately for you, I’ve read the Federal Writer’s Project, “The Slave Narratives” as well as other writings on the period. I happen to know that conditions for slaves varied greatly and I have plenty of proof. I’ve offered a very small sampling of that proof after my signature. I hope you can deal with it. I never would have brought such things up in the first place if you hadn’t shot off your big mouth. “Live and let live” is my motto. But “Live and Let Live” does not seem to be your way.


Have a Dixie Day


Bill Vallante
Commack, NY
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Brown, Rosella, Texas
"I sholy would like to go back to slavery days", said "Aunt Rose". "Foks didn’t starve to death den. De Marsters tuk care of em, and in good years every’body had money and new clothes from de comisary, and dey had fun too—barn dances and hay rides. Now dey folks is starvin’ and dey ain’t nobody whut cares.


Claiborne, James, Mississippi
"We is having harder times now den we ever had in slav’ry times. The thing we worries most about is gittin’ somethin’ to eat and wear. We didn’t have to think about dem things then. We know old Marsta tek care of us."


Edmonds, Mollie, Mississippi
Some says I is talking against my own color when I says we was much better off before peace came. I am telling you the truth, in many consents it was far better.


Hughes, Margaret, South Carolina
When de slaves were freed de most of them didn’t had nowhere to go, so we just stayed on wid de massa and missus and they was good to us as long as we stayed wid them. I wishes sometime I was a slave again, ’cause I likes being a slave, didn’t have nothing to worry ’bout them."