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Look past skin color to battle prejudice

Look past skin color to battle prejudice

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Look past skin color to battle prejudice
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (center).
Photographer: Wikimedia Commons

Black History Month leaves out a lot of information, but then again, I guess everything can’t be covered. So let me add just a bit I have not heard mentioned before. 

The first concept not heard of before is the absolute fact that many blacks defended the South during the Civil War. There is much historical evidence that supports this fact. While the blacks were not allowed to fight by the side of white soldiers, they still fought and died for the South. Many tales from Union soldiers support the fact of blacks fighting them.

The second concept not heard is the one proving that many blacks owned other blacks, and even whites, as slaves at the time of the Civil War. Five of the most prominent individuals were: 1) Anthony Johnson, who owned both black and white slaves. 2) William Ellison Jr., who was a slave himself but bought his freedom and that of his family becoming an owner of a plantation and 60 slaves. 3) Antoine Dubuclet, who owned over 70 slaves. 4) Justus Angel who, with his “mistress,” owned 168 slaves and 5) Widow C. Richards, who along with her son, owned 152 slaves.

People are people no matter skin color. Let’s try to remember that as we look at and interact with each other as Dr. King Jr. requested in his “I Have a Dream” speech, all of us living side-by-side both without prejudice.

Barry Groat
Schenectady

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