Sojourner's Place

the price of freedom  

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The day began like any other day. People navigating the snow-filled streets going about their daily business buying and selling goods, doing working, discussing politics, the future, and the presence of an unwanted military regime.

But as late afternoon approached, a Private standing watch over the governmental seat, found himself being surrounded by a group of about 100 insurgents. Realizing he needed assistance, the Private called for and received assistance from nine other Soldiers being led by their Captain. Yet, the reinforcements did not phase the group of insurgents as they continued harassing and insulting the soldiers. Then, using the only weapons immediately at hand, the insurgents fashioned balls from the snow and began throwing them at the symbols of an unwanted military evasion of a foreign government.

Suddenly someone - no one knows who - yelled FIRE! Shots rang out hitting 11 insurgents, of which 3 died at the site and 2 others later.

This insurgent activity, more commonly known as the Boston Massacre, took place on March 5, 1770. It is said that the Boston Massacre served as a galvanizing agent for the colonies to seek independence from Britain. The first to die is known the first hero of the American Revolution.

On this Memorial Day, when we remember the men and women who gave of themselves for our Democratic Republic, let us not forget that the first blood shed for American freedom was by the first hero of the Crispus Attucks, a BLACK MAN!
Is it not ironic that we would shed the first blood, build with our blood, challenge with our blood, and prove with our blood that We, Too are AMERICANS - but that our blood is never enough?

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner('s Place) ain't got nothing more to say. ~~SjP

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4 sojourners hollin' back

Sojourer, I could not link onto your "Price of Freedom" post, so I clicked onto your URL, which took me straight to your site.

Great post, especially this part:

"Is it not ironic that we would shed the first blood, build with our blood, challenge with our blood, and prove with our blood that We, Too are AMERICANS - but that our blood is never enough?"

Yes. . . .is it not ironic that we black people who have loved and fought so hard for this country, to this day, still have so much that we have contributed brushed, pushed and kicked to the side as if it all is of such triviality?

Crispus was the first in a long line of black people who loved this country, even while enslaved, even when they were in precarious freedom; black people who loved America enough to give the ultimate sacrifice.

Incidentally, at the time I saw your comment at my site, I was in the process of completing and putting up my Memorial Day post------on the TRUE history of Memorial Day (Professor David Blight's historical documentation.)

Imagine that!

I wanted to do a special Memorial Day tribute, and that I did.

Oh, I also clicked on the image of the black soldiers above your Crispus Attucks post, went to that site, and lo and behold.....the True Memorial day history!

Hmm....must have been meant for me to post on the freed black people who gave a beautiful and moving tribute to those soldiers (black and white) who helped black people free themselves from the tyranny of slavery.

Anyway, you have a great site with very good posts.

Keep up the good work ;)

May 26, 2008 at 1:05 AM
George M  

Hey friend!

Great post, as usual. It's interesting that Crispus Attucks and MLK were the ONLY two people of Color discussed in my high school "history" class.

Keep the knowledge coming,

George

May 26, 2008 at 2:59 AM

Ann - much obliged for stopping by. I hope you do so often. I enjoyed your post,too. As I said, must have been divine intervention because you mentioned a town very near and dear to my heart as part of the Memorial Day history!

George! Always good to "see" you here! MLK was assassinated when I was a sophomore in high school so of course we learned nothing about him in history class. Only heard about him via the boob-tube, which more time that naught was negative. It always amazes me how much props he's given now considereing he was all but vilified during his life as a "trouble maker" up north.

As far as Cripus Attucks - well I never heard about him until I went to college where there was an elementary school and park named after him. And even then, I received that lesson from the townspeople. Still most people have no idea of the true history of this Country - if they did, I think life would be very different!

SjP

May 26, 2008 at 11:11 AM

On this Memorial Day, when we remember the men and women who gave of themselves for our Democratic Republic, let us not forget that the first blood shed for American freedom was by the first hero of the Crispus Attucks, a BLACK MAN!
Is it not ironic that we would shed the first blood, build with our blood, challenge with our blood, and prove with our blood that We, Too are AMERICANS - but that our blood is never enough?

How very well put. I look forward to the day (if it ever happens) when the contributions of blacks to this little blue planet are celebrated. We have given so much.

May 26, 2008 at 12:06 PM
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