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The Discovery Channels Presentation of The Road To Freedom
I watched this mornings supposedly historically accurate depiction
of the road to freedom for Blacks in the South after the War Between
The States. The sum total of its merits was; another Northern biased
Reconstruction moment to divide Black and White folks in the South
by not giving anything but biased information; and nothing was more
incredible than the meal on the table for the now free black family.
The turkey from Hollywood had to come from Jurassic park, as big
as it was, and had a tan that Marilyn Monroe would have been envious
of; rolls stacked at least 6" high and as big as grapefruit,
literally a feast for a king, and the family look as prominent as
any rich white family as they prepared to dine .
The documentary spoke of all the Black folk who ran out to meet
and greet their new messiah and liberator Lincoln in the Capitol
of Richmond, never once mentioning once what Lincoln must have been
thinking, boy have I really pulled a fast one here. Now if I can
figure out how to colonialism them all back to Africa. He and his
cronies had already successfully purged Illinois and the New England
States of their presence.
Then there was sharecropping; another time when Southern white folks
had taken the advantage of the poor black man. Never once did they
mention the devastation of the land, the murder of the farm animals,
the devaluation of the money, now useless. Where was that supposedly
free man going to live, and who was going to provide for his basic
needs, and for that matter, who was going to provide for the needs
of the same Southern white man he now looked to for help and answers.
Sharecropping like Jim Crowe, a social ill force upon Southern folks,
but a situation as bad as it was made to be in the body politic
by the Northern victor; it was the love and understanding of each
other that allowed Black and White folks of the South to overcome.
The documentary went on to espouse how wonderful the 14th Amendment
was for Black folks and the country. Never once did they mention
the dishonest legislative manipulations of the radical Republican
Party of it's passage or the unconstitutional parts of it's whole.
The Discovery Channel would do itself proud by asking the History
Channel for a little help in their productions historical truths,
or at the very least, allow the South to present it's side of history
to our populous as well.