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Libri Library Review: Adventure of The Yellow Face, By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

This was an amazing listen over Librivox, though I had to make an effort to find a reader that I liked.   This was actually part of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, but the story of Adventure of The Yellow Face was the one that impressed me enough to remember this set of stories.  I’m still shocked that I have never heard of this one before (ok, or not so shocked, come to think of it…).  This story, imho, is why he merits his knighthood and title of ‘Sir’ Arthur.

And then, there is the famous codeword: Norbury

(Quick comment on the Featured Image:  it is faithful to the scene as described in the story, but a child described as ‘Yellow’ would be much lighter-skinned than this drawing…)

Who would have imagined that Sir Arthur was, in his own way via these Sherlock Holmes stories, an anti-slavery activist, as well as anti-classist?

I am so glad that I found a better reading of these short stories, as the story The Adventure of The Yellow Face was absolutely worth purchasing the entire volume in order to have at hand and read again and again, although I think I’ve already memorized those last minutes of the story from listening to it over and over, tears streaming down my face each time.
I wonder if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was aware of the epithet “High Yellow” for those of us with very light complexions in the Black community?

At first reading, I thought that these short disconnected stories tend to lose my interest, especially with so many bad readers each for different story. LibriVox does have a few different versions of this anthology, but I don’t find it worth trying to find a third version.

My second favorite quote from this set of stories is:

‘“Watson,’ said he, ‘if it should ever strike you that I am getting a little over-confident in my powers, or giving less pains to a case than it deserves, kindly whisper ‘Norbury’ in my ear, and I shall be infinitely obliged to you.” ‘

And my favorite is at 31.15% of the way through…
:
“I think I  am a better man than you give me credit for…”  -But how could she have known how differently he would react than the ordinary man?
Musgrave ritual: it’s the “mom always cut the ends of the meat off, because that’s what grandma did…” Story. All over again…
The Greek interpreter: Mycroft introduced!!
 #racism confronted: Second story: Yellow Face, listening to version 3 of the LibreVox recording by far better reader.
An interracial marriage from Reconstruction era Atlanta?! Wow! Why have I never heard of this aspect of the Sherlock Holmes stories??!!
November 4, 2020 –31.15% Wow!! End of #interracial story The Yellow Face:
“He lifted the little child, kissed her, and… I think I am a better man than you give me credit for.”
Yes, Sir,
You are.
Story, The Gloria Scot: how children pay for the sins of the parents…”
Mr. Musgrave is an idiot: the family Ritual is obviously a memorized treasure map. So many steps with sun and shadow as landmarks…”
Henry Ward Beecher, as in Harriet Beecher Stowe? Amazing criticism of the#CivilWar, as if the British kept very much more abreast of events and issues in the US than we of theirs…

We can Do Better.

Shira

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Review: Secret City: A History of Race Relations in the Nation’s Capital, By Constance M. Green

An excellent survey of the mostly forgotten history of Washington, DC (particularly the city’s 2nd race riots, in 1919, which we were not taught about at Dunbar!). The only fault is that Morty Kaplan was actually Marvin Caplan, of Shepherd Park, founder of Neighbor’s Inc. Otherwise, Green does a superb job of describing a history which needs updating (which was partly why I wrote “Stayed on Freedom’s Call,”

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads
StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

which of course cites Green and many others in the history of Black-Jewish cooperation in DC.

We can Do Better.

Shira

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Library Book Review: Snow Storm in August, By Jefferson Morley

DCPL had several different editions of this book.  It has excellent and extensive work documenting the circumstances surrounding the Snow Riots in DC.   Read for my book: Stayed on Freedom’s Call.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads
StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

:

I have written a bit about this book earlier,  “Snow-storm in August about how Moreley, in his book, Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835, edition of his book, not only puts together a sound context for the Snow Riots, but also draws together strands which began then, and still define, he claims, our politics today.  I found most striking his juxtaposing of property rights and individual vs. community as well as freedom of speech, and whether free speech is applied best for owners (elites) vs. the people (the 99%).

Snow, the almost unrelated star of the event, was in the habit of  placing very attention-getting, and mouth-watering ads to beverly_snow_dni_washington_dc_oct15_1833_p2._-_2  attract customers, and was a manumitted former slave who’d established a very successful Epicurean Eatery in DC,  beverly_snow27s_epicurean_eating_house  described in Morley’s excellent book, which I got from the DC Public Library.

He makes further interesting points in his fascinating book on DC´s 1st race riot (available via DC Public Library, but most certainly worth buying…).  He build some excellent arguments showing direct causal relationships between events and ways of thinking then, and events and ways of thinking now, worryingly.

A second version of his book (Snow-Storm in August: The Struggle for American Freedom and Washington’s Race Riot of 1835) This book needs to be read not only for the excellent analysis of how our political history led to our political present, but also for logic. The logic of mob mentality, the logic of blame, and the logic of ‘divide and rule,’ as our British friends say. White workers against Free men of Color rioted for mistaken reasons, but for understandable anger.

And another excellent quote regarding “The South’s violent reaction,” from page 174. Deliberate, even if indirect, incitement to violence is inimical to the cause of Democracy.

This book shows why when some are enslaved, none are free.

Excellent work.

Link here:
http://www.worldcat.org/title/snow-st…

ShiraDestinie
This is another work that needs to be resurrected from the forgotten oblivion to which our society has consigned it.

   Continuing Education is crucial to our republic, and to our future.  Reading and critical thinking on the work like this is crucial to how we vote, as well, in the immediate term.  Over the long term, empathy, built through tools like free adult education, probono legal aid, and #languagelearning, is crucial.

We really can Do Better.

Shira

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Library Copy Review: Subversives: Antislavery Community in Washington, D.C., 1828-1865, By Stanley C. Harrold

 Noting that the DCPL did not have a copy of this book, but I was able to read it at the Library of Congress -thank you to our public libraries!
This is an Excellent and extensive work documenting cooperation in DC.   Read for my book: Stayed on Freedom’s Call.

StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads
StayedOnFreedomsCallGoodReads

Particularly:

Free Negroes in the District of Columbia, 1790-1846 [WorldCat.org]

quoting Cook’s need “to be very particular to do nothing knowingly, that would in the least tend to disturb the public weal…” P. 41 of Harrold, Subversives, 2003

and
“best known” Israel Bethel (split from white Ebenezer, 4th st.) minister. Mentioned with Mt. Zion Negro Church, 1814 in Georgetown (earliest Black church in DC) contrasted with cut ties to mother denomination. Praised with Wesleyan Metropolitan AME Zion church aka African Wesleyan Society on D St, (S.E?) split under Abraham Cole. Began welcoming white abolitionists to their churches -P. 41, No Segregated Seating!!

and

American slavery, 1619-1877 (Libro, 1993) [WorldCat.org] worldcat.org
Harrold (in “Subversives” LSU, 2003) uses Kolchin to claim that most Whites saw Black ppl as needing slavery to control..

found this related info. in the bibliography of “Snow-storm in August : Washington City, Francis Scott Key, and the forgotten race riot of 1835″, p. 4   (I will post an article combing the three reviews I’ve somehow managed to write but not post as proper blog articles…)

Congressional spitting/coarse lang. <-slave-owners; Slave despair & falling #s=slavery vulnerable in DC. Defense of slaves in DC <->legitimate institutution. P.6: 1850 GA secede if DC slavery abol. MD manumissions <-$ ->darker skinned free ppl, seen as more threat than mulatos. P. 16 Judge Cranch, 1821 ruled William Coston grandfathered out of new $20 free Black good behaviour bond. Black-White Cooperation: Quakers Tyson (est. school) & Lundy (pub. Genius of Univ. Emancip.). Mary Billings, George Drinker & Joshua Leavitt (1834 slave pen tour), Charles Torrey & Elisha Tyson (1840s), John Needle & William Chaplin (1850), M. Miner & (Gtown) Maria Becraft. Snow, Cook, Bradley. 1836 Gag Rule. J.Q.Adams, Gates, Giddings, Leavitt & Weld, Child & Torrey. P. 37: Geog. vs. Relational Community
ShiraDestinie
This work needs to be resurrected from the forgotten oblivion to which our society has consigned it.
Please, please, please, read this book, which I was fortunate enough to be a District resident when I needed to read it, as DCPL did not have it, but the Library of Congress did.  Sitting in the Jefferson Reading Room to take notes was amazing, given the size and history of that room, which is more the size of a lecture hall.

   Continuing Education is crucial to our republic, and to our future.  Reading and critical thinking on the work like this is crucial to how we vote, as well, in the immediate term.  Over the long term, empathy, built through tools like free adult education, probono legal aid, and #languagelearning, is crucial.

We really can Do Better.

Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Review: Farther Along: A #CivilRights Memoir, By Marvin Harold Caplan

      I was certain that I’d reviewed this book earlier, as it is one of the most important references for both the singing walking tours of DC that I created back in 2010, and also an important reference for my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call, about Black-Jewish cooperation in DC. That is because Marvin Caplan practically personified that cooperation, by 1963. He courageously spent years in the deep south organizing Black workers into unions, and then came up to DC to find his neighborhood threatened by blockbusters. So he founded Neighbors, Inc, to stop them.
 And it worked.
Please, please, please, read this book.

   Voting in the current midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.  Reading and critical thinking on the work like this is crucial to how we vote, as well, in the immediate term.  Over the long term, empathy, built through tools like continuing education and #languagelearning, is crucial.

We really can Do Better.

Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Review: The Quest of the Silver Fleece, By W.E.B. Du Bois

I listened to another book by a pioneering sociologist, most well known as the author of The Souls of Black Folk, the_souls_of_black_folk_title_page and co-founder of what is now the NAACP, whom I have admired since elementary school: web_dubois_1918
This novel is certainly a testament to the exploitation and cruelty of which human beings are capable. But it also bears witness to the possibility that comes with education, for all.

Had the so-called southern gentleman had a better understanding of his investments, his exploitation by Northern investors could have been spared, and obviously the education of our young heroes allowed the possibility of escape from part of their problem, or at least the possibility to envision another way to live.

The ending leaves me with mixed feelings. No redemption there, really, in an attempt to wash away his sins upon his death chair, IMHO. No atonement, merely admission, and that more from fear than any repentance. A bit like our country, still.

But we could Do Better.
August 23, 2022 –

2.0% “Thank you!

“I want to live in a world where all people count.””

August 23, 2022 –

5.0%”What an entrance, Zora!”

August 24, 2022 –

6.0%”Brilliant, rebellious, and probably in danger, that girl!”

August 24, 2022 –

8.0%”I’m already terrified that this is not going to end well. For either of them.”

September 19, 2022 –

9.0%”Saddening”

October 2, 2022 –

29.0%”Was I the only one too busy surviving to notice adolescence? I hope that Zora stays safe, but fear for her.”

October 2, 2022 –

39.0%”Why are the victims always blamed and told to die?”

October 3, 2022 –

59.0%”Yup, the DC Black elite has hardly changed since the time the District was called (in the white press) the “Colored Man’s Paradise.” Sadly.”

October 3, 2022 –

99.0% “What are these ladies, God spending his time arranging marriages since the creation?

Funny, from Beverly Snow beverly_snow27s_epicurean_eating_house through this time, even beyond Tulsa, the colored schools and businesses are always the target.

These different readers! Ugh.”   -ok, so not all Librivox.org audio is top notch, but more volunteers readers could help with this, no?

The United States could totally Do Better, if we chose to do so…

Shira

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Logic and Voting For Our Future, on Day 29/67

      My thoughts on  Day 29 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, the middle of week 8/18, have been on applying mathematical proofs to the history of voting in the US (and on how reading transfers to other materials, like voters registration and ballot text…):
  similarity_proof_pythagoras27_theorem
History and applying that history logically to our present circumstances are also crucial in the voting process

register_to_vote_african_american_1960s_sign

   Voting in the upcoming midterms is crucial to our republic, and to our future.

Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Review: The Souls of Black Folk, By W.E.B. Du Bois

I listened to a book by a pioneering scholar whom I have admired since elementary school: web_dubois_1918
This book is one that should be on every shelf in America, and I mean that in the widest sense, as in North America and South America. Since it’s in the public domain, it is available freely as an audiobook, beautifully read on librivox.org, and presumably also on both the project Gutenberg and the internet archives sites. Du Bois mentions, in fact, very nearly the same subjects spoken of by Dr. Anna J. Cooper in her work a decade earlier in A Voice From the South, By a Woman of the South, VoiceSth except that he rarely mentions women except for Phyllis Wheatley and one or two other women. He does however, not explicitly, but still, mention the Episcopalian clergy problem, bringing up the same issue that Dr. Cooper mentioned in her work about black people being trusted to lead and educate the black community. And also the problem of the history of slavery having very real lasting impacts into the present day at that time, and unfortunately still today. What he says is the same thing that she said earlier which is that both context and history matter.
1.0%”Librivox.org has a well liked reader for this classic. Excellent”
August 19, 2022 –

2.0%”Beautiful poem to start with by Ms. Simmons.”

August 19, 2022 –

3.0% “Had never thought of the Freedmen’s bureau as a government.

Going to SC, taking back the little land already issued to freed slaves.

😦

The Bureau and Gen. Howard had an impossible job, given the circumstances.”

August 19, 2022 –

4.0%”Mamon, unfortunately, appears to have won…”

August 19, 2022 –

6.0%”Had this call for education across the South, for all citizens, been heeded at the time, current events could have been avoided.”

August 19, 2022 –

7.0%”Exactly. Better living conditions give better work results.”

August 19, 2022 –

8.0%”Interesting, the irony of the fact that Booker T. Washington’s policies would in fact undermine the very existence of his own school, given that his de-emphasizing higher education would mean they wouldn’t be any teachers for Tuskegee.”

August 20, 2022 –

9.0%”Cunningly devised laws … to be preyed upon… handicapped… dangerous for the future… Here is the imperative for trained Negro leaders. … Educate them. Then by the ballot…”

August 20, 2022 –

11.0%”Beautiful homage to the risk of death in childbirth.”

August 20, 2022 –

13.0%”Same call as that of Dr. Anna J. Cooper for the Episcopalian clergy.”

August 20, 2022 –

14.0% “I will go to the king
… If I die, I die.”

Beautiful use of Esther’s words…”

   and yes:

“Exactly: the Toutons 1000 years ago were woefully barbaric, while knowledge came from beyond Europe.”

Hang on:  How did he manage not to mention Dr. Anna J. Cooper in this book?!

Doctor Anna J. Cooper anna_j._cooper_1892  essentially builds the same  case that he does, and I love that question that she poses “who will care for our souls”.  I still wonder if that’s where W. E. B. Du Bois took the title for this book ‘The Souls of Black Folk’ from, as I’ve read somewhere that it was a response to this book by Dr. Cooper.

The United States can totally Do Better, can’t we?

Shira

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Reading Octavia Butler for Fun, and For Our Future, on Day 28/67

      My thoughts on  Day 28 of my 67 night-school class set of lesson plans for GED/HiSet learners, have been on what makes a choice or situation equitable, and on a fiction series that provokes interesting thoughts around that question.  So, reading even fiction, even just for fun, can also lead to learning, to questioning, and to a better future (not to mention that reading fluidity transfers to other materials, like voters registration and ballot text…):
As an aside, both Octavia Butler and Toni Morrison are writers whose works should receive far more attention…

Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

This book had me hooked from about the first five pages. The complex and well-drawn protagonist is very well matched with the ethical dilemmas presented and with the complexity of the ‘rescuers ‘ of Earth. Now I’m dying to get my hands on the next book (Adulthood Rites) in the series!

Update: I’m still tempted to give it five stars, which I only reserve for reference books and books that I feel the need to own, rather than check out from or donate to the public library system. This book has so haunted me since I finished reading it that I feel compelled to put aside my work and check out the next one from the library! 🙂 I note that I especially feel this way after having read Toni Morrison’s The Origin of Others and suddenly really seen how this protagonist being Black affects the rest of the story.

Reviewed in June, 12018 HE

Octavia Butler  butler_signing   has always given us much to chew on, but this series topped all of her question sets, for me.  The ethics of a choice imposed on a nearly dead planet by a species which is sacrificing many of its own members to save those of another, while claiming the right of the rescuer to do as they will, regardless of the desires of those being rescued.

     Each time I think on this series, in particular, of hers, I think of another way in which she was really another Black American prophet, like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each tried to give warnings to the American people, sent, of course, each in their own ways of sending these messages, but the messages were very clear:  we must learn to build cooperative community, and to teach ourselves to put aside our instinctive hierarchical and dominating natures, in order to survive as a species.  We now have the Chaos, unfortunately, which Dr. King predicted, spreading like a virus.  Only by heeding his warnings, written 50 years ago, and seasoning those words with the knowledge of how close we may be to Octavia Butler’s ultimate warning, via this series, can we come to understand how important it really is to put aside our petty differences, and work together to save ourselves as a civilization.

   Voting in every election remains  crucial to our republic, and to our future.  As does learning.  We really can Do Better.

Shira

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Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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Review: Anna J. Cooper’s A Voice From The South, By A Woman of The South

I got this book from Gutenberg project, initially, but found a cleaner pdf, and then epub versions on The Internet Archive.
(What is it with the WP editor killing my paragraph spacing?!!)
Interesting ending, on belief. I held off on rating this for a while, and then rated it a 4 star -everyone should read this book, book, but maybe not use it as a current reference book.

Doctor Anna J. Cooper anna_j._cooper_1892  starts off by building a case that if the United States is based on Christianity, then it has certain obligations, including not allowing a set of institutions based on bullying and hypocrisy to rule the country. From there she points out that these hypocritical and bullying, or ‘might makes right’, institutions, have taken advantage of Black labor, and kept Black people in poverty. She points out that it is a tremendous waste of potential, and also that history and context really do matter. Toward the end chapters, she is calling for the Black community to build institutions for what would later be called Negro uplift, and I love that question that she poses “who will care for our souls”. I wonder if that’s where W. E. B. Du Bois took the title for his book ‘The Souls of Black Folk’ from, as I’ve read somewhere that it was a response to this book by Dr Cooper. She is, of course, an extremely strong advocate for education, for understanding history, for context, and says near the end of the book that we should be using our trigonometry and physics to help our neighbors measure our fields and build up housing and businesses, banking institutions within the Black community given that that’s denied to us by the dominant society. The statistics that she cites are unfortunately not very different by percentage from those cited 50 years later by Dr. King and haven’t changed much to this day. She calls for the essentials of food, clothing, and shelter, and Universal education to be provided to the Black community because we have paid our debt in work, in inventiveness, and in blood in the cotton fields and on the battlefield.

Please also see the reading updates. She started off by building a case based on accepted ideas of the time, many of which are outdated, but were necessary to get her audience to listen, back then.

Leaves me saddened and angry that so little progress has been made in the century since she wrote this. As she wished for, more Black writers are finally being published, but context is still sorely lacking.

The United States can do better.

Reading Progress

August 10, 2022 – Shelved as: to-read
August 10, 2022 – Shelved
August 11, 2022 – Started Reading
August 11, 2022 – Shelved as: bookgroup
August 11, 2022 – Shelved as: racisme
August 11, 2022 – Shelved as: policy
August 11, 2022 – Shelved as: dcpl
August 11, 2022 –

page 11

2.99%“By pg 11 I had to take strong issue with her treatment of Islam both in the Arab countries and in Turkey especially. I have lived in Turkey, and still have many Muslim friends who will strongly object to her characterization of Muslim women as empty headed. Even during the time she was writing, 100 years ago, the women of the Harem were not so, and for a hundred years after Suleiman, they were powerful.”

August 11, 2022 –

page 12

3.26% “Exactly:

“… our satisfaction in American institutions rests not on the fruition we now enjoy, but springs rather from the possibilities and promise that are inherent in the system, though as yet, perhaps, far in the future.”

Even to this day. This is why I took the oath of office twice.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 13

3.53%“Cites a lady well before Viktor Frankl on happiness as feeling able to make progress on important work for others.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 14

3.8% “Mais, non. Europe got Chivalry from Arab poets via the Crusades. La chivalrie ne vient pas de l’église ni du feudalisme, elle a eu du “nos ancêtres les Gaulois.”. De la Sorbonne , sans doute c’est aussi pour ça que j’ai laissé la France.
No, chivalry did not come from feudalism and certainly not in the church. She must have gotten this while at the Sorbonne from the old French “our ancestors the Gauls” thing.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 15

4.08%“Like my grandma at Mt Zion UMC, she probably believes this, but, whether she believed this or not, politically speaking, she really had no choice but to praise and lift up the church and Europe in order to assure the white folks of our loyalty to the United States.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 19

5.16% “This was written only 21 years after the emancipation.

” Just at the age of ruddy manhood.”

A time for introspection indeed. Wow.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 22

5.98%“”We need men who can be a father a brother a friend to every week, struggling, unshielded girl.””

August 12, 2022 –

page 26

7.07%“Is she essentially calling for an Episcopalian talented 10th?”

August 12, 2022 –

page 33

8.97% “Beautiful:. “a people whose civilization was hoary headed before the parent elements that begot his race had advanced beyond nebulosity.”

Sorry, Gus, but this beats your “my people were writing poetry while your people were swinging through the trees !” (Gus to the white guy in My Big Fat Greek Wedding)”

August 12, 2022 –

page 34

9.24% “And the interesting thing is that ” this incarnation of power ” is still with us , unfortunately.

It’s what western civilization is built on.”

August 12, 2022 –

page 37

10.05% “Thank you: “… you will not find jurisprudence formulating as an axiom the absurdity that man and wife are one, and that one the man – that the married woman may not hold or bequeath her own property…”

Thank you, thank you, Dr. Cooper !!”

August 12, 2022 –

page 50

13.59% “”… deliberately fold their arms and turn round when Black Woman’s turn came to alight”

Yup.”

August 12, 2022 –

30.0% “” teaching GOOD MANNERS.”

Yup, things haven’t changed. Unfortunately.”

August 13, 2022 –

35.0% “”…and all the strong will have learned at last to deal justly , to love mercy, and to walk humbly; and our Fair land will happen taught the secret of universal courtesy…”

Exactly what Project Do Better is working for. Thank you for this encouragement, Dr. Cooper, of blessed memory.”

August 13, 2022 –

38.0%“Man or woman who has writhed silently under a mighty wrng. The pleading of the American woman for the right and the opportunity to employ the American method of influencing the disposal… is based on principles as broad as the human race and as old as human society. Her wrongs are thus indissolubly linked with all undefended woe, all helpless suffering, and the plenitude of her rights will mean the final triumph of”

August 13, 2022 –

39.0% “”…lofty purpose of Spain’s pure-minded Queen”
??!

Seriously ?
Dr. Cooper didn’t read some of the original letters back and forth between Columbus and Isabel about those ‘cannibalistic barbarians’ that it was okay to force into slavery despite the church’s position against it.”

August 13, 2022 –

47.0%“”The community that closes its gates against foreign talent can never hope to advance beyond a certain point. Resolve to keep out foreigners and you keep out progress.””

August 13, 2022 –

48.0%“”-in 1619.””

August 13, 2022 –

49.0%“But in fact, the laboring man has nearly been ground to powder here.”

August 14, 2022 –

52.0%“Ouch! But, in my experience, also true…”

August 14, 2022 –

57.0% “Even today: “… we know that our present poverty is due to the fact that the toil of the last quarter Century enriched these coffers, but left us the heirs of crippled, deformed, frostbitten, horny-handed and empty-handed mothers and fathers.”

Still, today!!”

August 14, 2022 –

60.0% “”A man who’s acquaintanceship is so slight that he cannot even discern diversities of individuality, has no right or authority to hawk “the only true and authentic ” pictures of a race of human beings.”

Exactly!
Thank you, Dr. Cooper.”

August 14, 2022 –

66.0% “”… the South presents a solid phalanx of iron resistance to the Negro’s advancement…”

And she still does, even today, which is why I left.”

August 14, 2022 –

67.0%“” give him a fair wage and an honest reckoning and a kindly God-speed””

August 14, 2022 –

76.0% “”In cities, lower priced houses on streets are almost uniformly kept for the white poor.”

Alley dwellings and black infant mortality.”

   Comment: to be fair to Dr. Cooper wrt Spain’s Catholic Queen, the letters between Isabel and Colo. were only recently accessed, afaik, as shown in San Diego, CA, The Museum of Man’s “Cannibals” exhibit abt 2019, so they were not likely accessible to the Francophone or Anglophone world at her time.
   We really can Do Better, can’t we?

Shira

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