‘Slavery in America’ …. “🤨 Didn’t End after the Civil War …. A New Form of Enslavement …. Still Permeates the American Psyche 🤨 …. “!!



It could never be!

Recently an American in the music sphere stated that ‘slavery is a choice’.

Interesting to note, he’s an African American himself.

The current political, social and cultural climate in America is such that it lends itself to this type of thinking. The mask is off. Racism, white supremacy, dominance, distortion of facts, ignorance of history or plain shameless self-serving.

You pick the reason!

I find it so difficult to wrap my mind around this type of thinking. I can’t fathom how this happens.



“When you hear about slavery for 400 years … for 400 years?

That sounds like a choice. You were there for 400 years and it’s all of y’all.

It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”


Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many white landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century.

Thousands of black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s – a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.

“As it appears … full read/full credit”





On this episode of DAILY VICE, we traveled to Louisiana to meet genealogist Antoinette Harrell, the “slavery detective of the South,” who tracks down cases of modern-day slavery and abusive labor practices.

They talk to a man whose family was held on a plantation against their will into the 1950’s and Antoinette explains how she uses decades-old records to uncover how slavery was perpetuated long after the Civil War ended.


~~The Slavery Detective of the South~~

~~Published on Feb 27, 2018~~

Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many white landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century.

Thousands of black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s – a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.

VICE’s Akil Gibbons traveled to Louisiana to meet genealogist Antoinette Harrell, the “slavery detective of the South,” who tracks down cases of modern-day slavery and abusive labor practices.

They talk to a man whose family was held on a plantation against their will into the 1950’s and Antoinette explains how she uses decades-old records to uncover how slavery was perpetuated long after the Civil War ended.



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Cinco de Mayo …. “🇺🇸🇲🇽 America vs. Mexico: ATTN explains 🇲🇽🇺🇸 …. “!!


~~May 5, 2018~~ 


In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is seen as THE day to celebrate Mexican food, culture, and traditions

As time has passed, the historical context of  ‘Cinco de Mayo‘ started to be forgotten.

History of Cinco de Mayo in the US
In 1862, at the time the Battle of Puebla took place, the United States was engaged in its Civil War. The French presence in Mexico was a strategic move:

by gaining a toehold in Mexico, the French could then support the Confederate Army.

The defeat of the French at the Battle of Puebla was not definitive, but it helped to stave off the French while the U.S. Union forces made advances.
Thus Cinco de Mayo can be seen as a turning point in the US Civil War.

Cinco de Mayo was first celebrated in the United States in Southern California in 1863 as a show of solidarity with Mexico against French rule.

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‘Architecture Built to Heal’ …. “Memorial to Peace and Justice Built In Alabama …. National Memorial to Peace and Justice …. “!!


~~April 9, 2018~~ 


Memorial Honoring Lynching Victims Being Built In Alabama

 “Architecture that’s built to heal”

The Memorial to Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial planned to commemorate the victims of lynching in America, and is expected to open in Montgomery, Alabama in April 2018. The memorial is to be built in the downtown area of the state capital by the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit based in Montgomery. Also planned is a museum, From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, to be built near the Montgomery site where slaves were auctioned at market.

The monument “will consist of hundreds of floating concrete columns that will represent each county in the United States and contain the names of more than 4,000 lynching victims”.

It is designed by MASS Design Group from Boston, and will be built on six acres purchased by EJI. According to the EJI, there were over 4000 documented lynchings of black victims between 1877 and 1950; the purpose of the monument is to name and thereby honor them.

Outside of the structure in the surrounding field is another set of columns identical to the ones hanging in the Memorial. These columns, however, are not meant to stay at the Memorial. The outside pillars are intended to be temporary because The Equal Justice Initiative is asking each of the counties which these columns represent to come and claim their monument. They hope that with the claiming of the pillars, there will be a way to see which counties have representatives willing to confront the horrors of their past, and to strive to move forward, and which do not.



~Memorial Honoring Lynching Victims Being Built In Alabama~

Equal Justice Initiative Lynching Museum, Montgomery Alabama Opens in 2018

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This memorial honors the thousands of African Americans who were lynched between 1877 to 1950

Wes Johnson was about 18 years old when he was murdered in a cotton field in southern Alabama. It was 1937, and according to newspaper reports at the time, a mob of men had dragged him from his jail cell before he could stand trial for the charge against him: assaulting a white woman. Today, only one photograph is known to exist of Johnson, a single picture to preserve his image for posterity – his lifeless body hanging from a tree.

Bryan Stevenson wants to honor the legacy of Johnson, and thousands like him, with a new memorial for victims of lynching in America. Stevenson is a lawyer and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that investigates the lynchings of African Americans. To commemorate the victims whose cases they’ve examined, the organization recently bought six acres of land in Montgomery, Alabama and constructed a memorial.  

Last night, April 8, 2018, on 60 MinutesOprah Winfrey gets an early look at the memorial, which will open to the public on April 26. The memorial contains 805 steel markers, one for each county where lynchings occurred for more than 70 years following the Civil War.

The markers are suspended in air to evoke the horror of being hanged.

~~EJI Memorial~~

~~Published on Aug 15, 2016~~

The Equal Justice Initiative plans to build a national memorial to victims of lynching in Montgomery, Alabama, which is expected to open in 2018.

~Equal Justice Initiative~

To tell that story on 60 Minutes, Winfrey and a team of producers felt it was important to show historical photos of lynchings, images that are likely to disturb many viewers. In an interview with 60 Minutes Overtime, Denise Schrier Cetta, the producer of the story, and Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the broadcast, explain their decision to air such upsetting photographs.

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~~Why 60 Minutes aired disturbing photos of lynchings in report by Oprah~~

~~Published on Apr 8, 2018~~

The reason behind the broadcast’s decision to show graphic photographs of lynchings in this week’s report by contributor Oprah Winfrey.

60 Minutes


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~Oprah Winfrey gets first look inside memorial to the victims of lynchings~

~~Published on Apr 6, 2018~~

The new memorial is dedicated to the thousands of victims of lynchings that took place over a 70-year period following the Civil War

~~The Sculpture of Slavery~~

~~Published on Apr 8, 2018~~

The man behind the new lynching memorial in Alabama says to understand lynching, you have to understand slavery.


A Puerto Rican Moment …. “It Happens …. “Y tu abuela …. dónde está? …. “!!


~~August 25, 2016~~ 


As I was growing up, I learned that my “people” was a mixture of many different races.

There was no need to be “uppity” because your skin was white.

There could very well be many different skin hues in your family tree.

This fact was never important.

That’s why the question about your “grandma” came into play.

If you’re ashamed, unaware and think you are above others,

be aware that your “grandma” made have a darker color skin.

We are really, what I lovingly call, a “mutt race”.

We are a cauldron of love, honor, integrity, purpose, joy, happiness, fun, hospitality and friendliness.

I can say that … I’m Puerto Rican!



Race and Ethnic Groups
The people of Puerto Rico represent a cultural and racial mix

When the Spanish forced the Taíno people into slavery, the entire indigenous population was virtually decimated, except for a few Amerindians who escaped into the remote mountains. Eventually they inter-married with the poor Spanish farmers and became known as jíbaros. Because of industrialization and migration to the cities, few jíbaros remain.

Besides the slaves imported from Africa (Sudan, Kongo, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leona, and the Gold, Ivory, and Grain coasts), other ethnic groups brought to work on the plantations joined the island’s racial mix.


Fleeing Simón Bolívar’s independence movements in South America, Spanish loyalists fled to Puerto Rico – a fiercely conservative Spanish colony during the early 1800’s.

French families also flocked here from both Louisiana and Haiti. As changing governments or violent revolutions depressed the economies of Scotland and Ireland, many farmers from those countries also journeyed to Puerto Rico in search of a better life.

When the United States acquired the island in 1898, American influence was added to culture.

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A Puerto Rican Moment …. “It Happens …. Puerto Rico is still a COLONY …. “!!


~~June 24, 2016~~ 



I’m aware that the graph above only mentions Puerto Rico.

I found this graph in a Facebook Page dedicated to Puerto Rican issues.

Yet, as I went looking further, the USA has actually  sixteen territories.

Five of these are inhabited.

The rest are small islands, atolls and reefs.

What do you call a country that is the “owner” of lands beyond its borders?

There’s a question that confounded Pedro Albizu Campos, is now being asked:

“How is it that owning one man (slavery) makes you a scoundrel, but owning a nation (Puerto Rico) makes you a colonial benefactor?”



American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands are also considered to have a colonial relationship with the US because its citizens are also subject to the laws of the US Congress passed without their consent.

These territories, along with Puerto Rico, are known as unincorporated territories.

Currently, there are sixteen territories of the United States, five of which are permanently inhabited: Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

Ten territories are small islands, atolls and reefs, spread across the Caribbean and Pacific, with no native or permanent populations:

Palmyra Atoll, Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Wake Island, Midway Islands, Navassa Island and Serranilla Bank.

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Stand Up for Puerto Rico


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If anyone knows the owner of any, please advise and it will be corrected immediately.



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Something to think about …. “Governor Nikki Haley”!!


~~July 10, 2015~~ 


Today was a very special day for many who fought for the Confederate flag to come down from the Capitol grounds in Charleston, South Carolina.

The precipitating event to bring this to fruition occurred on the evening of June 17, 2015.

A mass shooting took place at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States.

Nine people were killed, including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney; a tenth victim survived. The congregation is one of the United States’ oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights.

Not living there, I’m not privy to the state’s politics, debates and local discussions. I’ve seen this political “personality” on the news recently. I’ve seen her impassioned expressions about the removal of this symbol of hate, racism and slavery.

Come to find out … it’s all a political ruse. She had no option and to “look good” in the many eyes that were watching, she had tried to be a spokeperson to do what was right. HortyRex©



I’m so sick of Nikki Haley getting so many accolades for undoing something that should never have been done in the first place.

She won the Governorship partly because her opponent wanted to take down the Confederate flag but she supported its presence.

Now she’s talking like this very compassionate person who just wants blah, blah, blah.

by Linda Hojem-Soderberg







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The month of June 2015 …. “Major Flag Stories”!!


~~June 26, 2015~~ 


A strong push to remove the Confederate battle flag from Capitol grounds in South Carolina and Alabama — as well as the shelves of major retailers — was sparked by the racially motivated killings of nine people inside a historic black church last week.

Long a controversial symbol, the flag can be seen in photos of the accused shooter, Dylann Roof. Roof, 21, used a “Stars and Bars” license plate holder on his car and can be seen waving the battle flag in other shots. Roof’s apparent embrace of the flag has energized its opponents and caused some politicians to rethink their previous support for its use.

Over the years, the Confederate battle flag has come to mean different things to different people in politics and pop culture. To many, it is emblematic of slavery, racism and the bloody battles that made the Civil War the deadliest conflict in U.S. history. But supporters of the flag say they see it as a memorial to slain Confederate soldiers.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit … excellent article




In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday, June 26, that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in the historic decision, said gay and lesbian couples had a fundamental right to marry.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family,” he wrote. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.”

The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off celebrations across the country and the first same-sex marriages in several states. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions.

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