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November 19, 2008

House Negro: United We Stand!

Coming from the south, and also being an African-American, my vernacular is usually detected any, and everywhere I go.  East Texans have a “Bite” to their dialect that can not be duplicated anywhere else, but can be detected in any room or in any crowd.  Aint, Ya’ll, Fixin’ to’, sho’nuff, can be the preface to any question you’d like to ask in the American language, yes we southerners have our own way of speaking and talking.  Because of this, their are terms used in the south that have negatively branded the way we think of the people who reside below the Mason-Dixon line.  

Interracial couples are careful when traveling together through the southern states at night.  Due to the history of words stated by some of it’s inhabitants followed by action, some blacks are frightened to sojourn alone through this beautiful part of the country.  That’s right, here, in the 21st century, some have fear of the mindsets held by citizens in which they share a social contract.  Nigger & Coon are two words that can also preface many sentences you might here down south, that still brings my heart to a standstill.  See, I was first called a nigger when I was nine years old as I walked to school.  At 25, me hearing the chilling stories of my 95 year old grandfather, as tears come down his cheeks explaing about a friend of his who was beat to death just for being accused of looking at a white-woman.  My first girlfriend was white, and we broke up in the fifth grade, because her mother did not know I was black, and when she found out, my girlfriend was in a world of trouble.  When a good friend of my decided to date a black guy, notes of folly were passed around the class calling her a “Nigger Lover”, and today I live in Navarro County, a County that in its dark history had a black man Burned at the Stake while thousands of people watched.  America does not have a flawless past, and even in its present existence, there’s a tone of work that needs to be done.  

However, on November 5th, America woke up to a fact that could not be denied.  A black male, of African-decent, who in times past might have been discriminated against or even abused, had been elected to represent the voices of millions who live in this country.  A peaceful transfer of power, Barack Obama represented a tangible dream held by Dr. King, and a hopeful future to all the children born on Nov. 5th.  For the children born on that date, would have been born to never know America’s highest office to be held by one race only.  Yes We Can!, shouted so many people, of different races, of different ages, in different countries, America inspired the world once again, like it had so many times before.  

Today, Wednesday November 19th, a statement was made that sent a signal to all of America.  This statement did not concern the pirates both off of the coasts of Somalia and in the Halls of Congress, but this statement, drew from a southern vernacular, and attempted to formulate a picture of our President, using some paint from our past.  A senior member of Al-Queda stated that not only Our President, but other black elected officials were nothing but House Slaves (Negro’s).  

To those who thought that Al-Queda was dead and or in non existence, this is a perfect example of the lengths they would go to, in getting our attention and the attention of the world.  This statement, although disgracing and vile, can be rebutted only in one way.  For the American People, to stand united, and say Yes We Can!, by no longer tolerating Hate/Ignorance by our peers.  To all of those people who did not vote for Obama because he we was “Muslim” or as I like to call it “Negro”, and to all of those people who were afraid that he was “new and not experienced” or as I like to call it “Negro”, lets band together truly as one nation, and stand behind our President Elect.  

The only way that the statements from Al-Queda will not be true is if we all become house Negros!  Let me tell you what a house negro is.  This term was used to differentiate between the slaves who worked primarily in the fields and those who worked primarily in the house.  The slaves who worked in the “Big House”, worked closely with the slave owners, and either cared for/nursed the kids, cared for the owners in time of sickness, at times holding sexual relationships with the owners, and even being educated at the owners discretion.  The point is, this person was a slave or servant, and regardless of the opportunities given, often times the hatred for his/her owner was suppressed, and his/her duties were carried out.  

I believe if we here in America, stand together, and adopt the servants heart, these statements will not only carry no weight, but will definitely show that our past is behind us, and our future looks more grand than ever.  United We Stand, as servants to one another, pledging our duty to aiding in the well being of our neighbors, our selves, and our nation.  This is our creed, of being a country as good as its promise, and holding true to its word.


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  3. I cant tell you how relieved I was that Obama was elected. Al-queda is just scared of the popularity Obama holds in the WORLD and the US a divided enemy is a conquered enemy so he seeks to remind people of the racism and ignite a racist setiment, But then it is hard to attack hope so I guess if they cant find an intelligent way to attack they resort to ignorance

    Comment by Heather Berzins — November 20, 2008 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

  4. Hi Aaron,

    Thoughtful article, and thank you for sharing some of the stories from the past that are so relevant for us to understand our present.

    Here are my thoughts:

    A culture is not one homogenous block – it is a bell curve, with the early-adopters, the masses, and then the laggers-behind at the end. This is true for any trend (see Malcom Gladwell’s “The Tipping Point” as a good springboard for further thought on this) and is certainly true for social change.

    I am sure you can still find people that believe women should never have been given the vote or allowed behind the wheel of a car. I am sure you’ll find people who believe gays should not have the right to celebrate their love for each other and be recognized as a monogamous committed couple (and thus a fundamental social building block in our society) – a right that straight couples take completely for granted. And likewise, the early adopters might blow even your own socks or mine with ideas so progressive that we might not be ready to consider them: that children should vote, that monogamy should be only one of several recognized forms of union, or that every citizen should serve two years of civic service after high school, or such. Taking any of these extremes and holding our culture accountable for them is not recognizing the way we move forward as a group, with some in front, some in the middle and some all the way in the back, dragging their feet (or even being carried kicking and screaming) – heck, I’m sure some even refuse to come, and stay stuck in the past altogether. Our culture is comprised of ALL these, and the correct way to take our culture’s pulse is to look closer to the middle, highest point in the bell curve. And, clearly, the largest group on this bell curve considered race to be NOT a very relevant factor in this presidential race – they voted because of the economy, because of conservative/liberal views, they voted for/against the Iraq war effort, etc. – but an overwhelming majority did NOT vote for “the white guy / the black guy.” And that speaks well of where we stand as a Nation, in my eyes.

    Our culture is a wide, wild mix. As you deal with all sorts of people, you’ll find those that believe that Blackfoot is real, the ones who think the moon landing never happened, the ones who believe UFOs and the Government are in a secret conspiracy, those that believe crystals hold magic powers, and so on. You’ll find people who are bigotted, anti-semitic, closeminded, irrational and so on. And you’ll find people whose limited cultural context has never made them question is using the n-word even lightly, jokingly, may sully their character or cause soemeone within earshot to cringe or frown. Again, one has to consider where our Country stands in general, beyond these pockets of excentricity.

    I believe their comment is an attempt at relevance they no longer have. I believe it is an effort to make us riled up, to make us confused, to cause unrest – which is, after all, their main (sole?) export.

    I say, the hell with them and whatever they say. They don’t qualify as critics or judges of this great living dream, this great social adventure we call America as they would see America dead, they would seek its failure and its demise – and thus their bias is obvious.

    It was easy for them to justify their ignoble acts when a self-interested, idiotic rich white man with oil interests was in the Whitehouse. Now that we have ourselves rejected that paradigm (and for pete’s sake, it only took us 8 years to figure our this loser had to go?), but as I say, now that we ourselves have chosen a new voice of change, Al-Qaeda’s mouthpiece Ayman al-Zawahri can try and try to spin this but it rings hollow.

    I tread on this next paragraph lightly, as I am neither black nor white and have neither ancestors who were slaves nor slave-owners. But it occurs to me that the ideas you write about a House Negro might be stereotypical and oversimplified.

    It occurs to me that at a time when slavery was the norm, a slave might not necessarily feel hate for their master, nor a master feel cruelty only for their slave. They probably would have felt hatred or love, allegiance or antagonism, depending on their own personal circumstances and the character of the people involved, and the actions of each person. I understand some house slaves’ children were educated along with the owners’ children, for example. I’ve also read (but not confirmed) that some house slaves were treated as trusted confidants and were ocassionally given their freedom after the owner died.

    In that context, a House Negro -though likely resented and scorned by the field slaves- might have been a nexus between the two races and a welcome agent of positive social change.

    In times of social inequality and segregation, epithets and scorn were the fate of those who got closer to the dividing line or dared cross it. But now, looking back, we should consider if perhaps we owe them gratitude for eventually helping erase the dividing line altogether.


    Comment by Greg — November 20, 2008 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  5. Powerful words right there. But yes al-qaeda’s comments mean nothing just meaningles threats against the “infidels”. I personally am estatic about a black mane becoming president. Not just 50 years ago blacks were beaten, spat upon, and even killed and now I think things will change from that to a sort of “New America”. Maybe this will actually be the “Land of the free and the home of the brave” for the 1st time in our history. Even though i’m a strong Southerner and a member of several Confederate Heritage groups (SCV, Valverde Artillery, etc.) I am by no means a white supreamacist and am actually multi-racial. But yes I am quite satisfied with our soon-to-be president.

    Comment by Ethan McCarter — November 23, 2008 @ 7:00 am | Reply

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