May 21, 2108, Prescott-
I woke this morning, to a message of excoriation, from someone who I deeply respect, but who can hardly be said to hold me in like regard. It happens.
I’m no one’s slave, though I am gladly of service to many. Don’t demand that I do your bidding or be at your beck and call. I will serve a person’s needs because that’s what the Creator, through the Universe, has messaged me to do.
Slavery should never have happened, in the first place. I hear, from minds more perceptive than mine, that extraterrestrials instituted the practice. Whatever. It should NEVER have been put into practice, period.
So now, as Dr. Joy DeGruy has so profoundly explained, in “Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome”, people of colour get to deal with the emotional and social sludge of slavery’s legacy. People of pallour get to face up, and ‘fess up, to all that our forebears ignored and many of our contemporaries wish to sweep under the carpet or kick down the road. Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin warned us of this, all those lovely years back, and who listened, exactly?
My angry correspondent dismissed me as just another stupid individual, not worth his time. At least he has not banned me from reading his incisive work-so no loss on my part. I will keep reading, and listening, and learning, because true stupidity comes from indulging in backlash, from putting up barriers, from being, “all in all……just another brick in the wall.” (Thanks, Roger Waters).