“There has been a lot of evil in the world. But to me, none as great as slavery. It’s the worst thing that has ever happened. They take you from your home. They take you from your family, your history. They make you work. They tell you when to mate. They chop off your foot if you try to run away. And I’m sorry to say this, but white people did that. And black people are still living with the remnants. For over 200 years, black people built this country and didn’t get a single dollar. And sure, it isn’t happening anymore, but we’re still living with the remnants. We don’t have the same connections, the same powerful friends, the same access to capital. I tell young African Americans that they’ll do just fine, but they’re going to have to work twice as hard. I tell them that they will need to go out of their way to search for their identity. They aren’t going to find much about their heritage in the history books. Even the constitution classifies black people as three-fifths of a man, and that was supposedly written by the most enlightened, glorified white people of that time. I tell young African Americans that they are going to have to dig hard to find out the giant contributions that Africa made to civilization, because they aren’t going to find it on the television. And I tell them that just because it’s a tough road does not excuse them from personal responsibility. I tell them that God put them on earth to build and not destroy. And I tell them that some opportunities cost money, but books are absolutely free.”
Nice Photos from Alaska as National Blueberry Month Ends
All blueberries are not the same! There are 4 different types of blueberries in #Alaska, Alaska blueberry (V. alaskaense), oval-leaved blueberry (V. ovali¬folium), red huckleberry (V. parvifolium) and bog blueberry (V. uliginosum). Reference: University of Alaska Fairbanks Luckily they’re all edible and great tasting!
Photos: Blueberries from around the state by BLM, FWS, NPS
“I won’t even talk to young writers anymore unless they can give me a good reason. I say, ‘I don’t have any time to talk to you unless you intend to give your entire life over to it, because it can’t be done otherwise.’”
Photograph: Michael Friberg.
1884 Poem by Christina Rossetti, Portrait of Christina and her Mother by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1877.below is a transcript of the poem.
Another year of joy and grief,
Another year of hope and fear:
Oh Mother, is life long or brief?
We hasten while we linger here.
But since we linger, love me still,
And help me still, O Mother mine
While hand in hand we seale life’s hill,
You Guide, and I your Valentine.