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40 Acres and A Mule

Thoughts on the effects of slavery and sharecropping on the psyche of Africans in America. Are we still mentally enslaved to a different master? Share your insights and expressions.

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Where's My 40 Acres & My MuleThere are some issues need addressingsome sins that need confessingTruth is I’ve been used like a toolfor all these years I’ve workedyet I’m still being jerkedWhere…Continue

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They have a slavish nature, which makes them ideally suited for the divine role that our Lord has assigned to them. Subservience has its place in the divine order of things, and they were sent here…Continue

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Comment by Ty Gray-EL on December 3, 2009 at 12:37pm
Yes, yes. I hear you Lydell. I too recall how simply my aunts and uncles lived in, what was akin to, shanty-sheds and made do with scarcely anything. They received the refuse from the hog and turned it into a meal and was thrown the scraps back from their own labor and told to live with it. Not only did they live with it, they thrived on it.

When you look at that era of time as a legacy we should not be ashamed, but rather, proud of the indomitable strength and incredible fortitude it took to even survive under such dire social and economical conditions.

We would do well to study the legacy left by our ancestors, though the legacy be not tangible in the form of acres and mules, but usable in the form of spiritual strength and mental toughness. One had to be among the strongest human beings on earth to withstand the mental and physical onslaught that our ancestors pull their way up out of.
It gives me great pleasure to say that I am a Black descendant of Africans in America.

"I am the hope and the dream of those
Who valiantly braved
And courageously chose
To demonstrate ultimate bravery
By rising up through chattel slavery
I am the Dream come true…"
Comment by Lydell Jackson on December 3, 2009 at 11:21am
I am the grandson of sharecoppers and I have summer memories of what life was like "down on the farm." I can recall the simplicity with which my grandparents lived. How they made every detail of their daily life count for someting! they had very little in the way of material things and yet it seemed like they had everything they needed. Their love for family and friends sustained them as they worked the land of another with little reward for their labors. My grandparents were among the millions who labored to build the wealth of this nation after "slavery." They were still enslaved to a system that limited their opportunities to improve their lot in life. It would have been great if they could have exercised their talents and used their collective wisdom to advance their families security, but the social order of the day kept them struggling to survive...
 

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