A Page From Unknown Black History

Necola TullStarred Page By Necola Tull, 18th Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3pvte4eq/
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A few things people may not know about the black history that was never published in the school books. If they were, I would have known about it. I read part of a story today that enlightened me on my own history -- black history.

A Little Light Reading

I receive a story a week from The Library of America. I have been receiving for years now. I normally file them away to read another day because I am so behind in reading them. Today, I decided to read a few lines of the introduction in my email. I ended up reading more than I had planned. I was learning something I had never known about black history. On the eve of Rev. Martin Luther King's birthday holiday, it came to no surprise as to why this particular subject matter was presented this week. However, it did remind me about so much we don't know about slavery, civil rights, freedom, and such from history. Because I didn't know, I desperately wanted to let someone else know.

Evicted: What the Books Left Out

The story focused on the right for blacks (Negroes) to vote. It isn't just about the ban on voting for my people, it was about those that had been given the right to vote legally, but were penalized for exercising that right.

I was surprised to learn that the blacks that voted, were later evicted from their homes which resided on the property of whites. That's right. Because they voted, they were kicked off into the streets. Not actual streets then, but country dirt roads leading to nowhere. Just about all of the evicted depended on the white landowners for not only shelter, but for work, food, and livelihood.

What Next?

In 1960, John Doar. recently appointed Assistant District Attorney General for the U.S. Civil Rights Division, had heard about the evictions and decided to investigate. He tried to get help from the FBI, but J.Edgar Hoover wasn't having it. He basically said no without actually saying no.

I don't want to give the entire story away because I believe people need to read for themselves what I have read.

The Evicted by Fred Travis from Reporting Civil Rights: American Journalism 1941-1973.

Count Your Blessings

We all need to educate ourselves more about our history. This isn't just a call to the black people, but to all people. Since I am black, I am focusing on what I do and don't know about my history that embarrasses me. I graduated from high school, and completed eight years of post-graduate school. Tell me how sorry I feel about not knowing that black people were evicted just because they wanted to vote?

I have to count my blessings because Lord knows that it only takes one thing to put you in a situation where you can be put out in the streets. People lose their jobs and have to go back home. People get divorced and left to be a single parent while fighting the ex in court for months on end just for support. It doesn't take a lot to hit rock bottom.

Count your blessings, people.

A Call to Action

No one should have to live on the streets, or be evicted when there is so much revenue in this country alone that can house every single person in it without extorting rent from them. I truly believe it is a sad world to live in when not everyone can afford to keep a roof over their families head, or other necessities while there are others with so much that only care about getting more for themselves.

A humongous unequal distribution of wealth and power. This has to change! People shouldn't be penalized for wanting to do better for themselves and their family. From history, even the free blacks were still bound in other ways. They won their right to vote, only to lose their place to live.

Today, we can still lose our homes, jobs and more. It's as if we haven't advanced at all in the last 50 plus years. We have the right to vote, speak, and carry arms. When will we have the right to stay in our homes?

When will this country change?

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Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Culture, Education, History, Illiteracy, Landowners, Mlk, Negroes, Privileges, Race, Sharecroppers, Slavery, Voting, Voting Rights, Whites

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author avatar Necola Tull
I am a mother of two with a deep passion for writing. I like writing creative short stories and poetry. I am also a freelance writer. I write, SEO, articles blogs and more.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
19th Jan 2015 (#)

wow i had no idea they were kicked out of their own homes, i will suely look for it now.

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author avatar Necola Tull
20th Jan 2015 (#)

I know. See why I wanted to share that?

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
20th Jan 2015 (#)

For as many white people that treated blacks poorly it is also important to know that there were whites who did not agree with the mistreatment of them. Possibly many were scared to speak up, I do not know but I do not that not all whites are racist.

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author avatar Necola Tull
20th Jan 2015 (#)

Please, please, please do not think I was being racist by writing this. Actually when Doar decided to take action himself, he not only got affidavits of those that were evicted, he had affidavits from white people that did not agree with the evictions.
I purposely left a lot out of my posting so that people would read the story for themselves.

Please know that my intentions were not so much as to point a finger at the whites that did this, but to the fact that I never knew such a thing had happened at that time. I am the closest thing from being a racist. Please know that I meant no disrespect to no one.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
20th Jan 2015 (#)

Lots of even worse happenings have occurred all over the world. We cannot do much except never repeat such follies - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Jan 2015 (#)

There is a lot of Black History in books that we don't know about, thanks for sharing!

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