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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 20, 2019, 06:03 PM »
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 17, 2019, 11:44 AM »
“We broke a few eggs so we could continue this project...”

https://www.facebook.com/1482981722/posts/10218372217485113?sfns=mo
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 15, 2019, 10:37 PM »
Do you know just how horrific racism is even as late as tge 1959’s?
This is what we’re supposed to just get over.

https://blackmainstreet.net/never-forget-69-black-boys-were-padlocked-into-a-dormitory-where-a-mysterious-fired-started-21-burned-to-death/
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Wings and Things
« Last post by Wordweaver on February 15, 2019, 02:31 AM »
Yes Daisy that is a promise, as long as you are here I shall be around.
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 13, 2019, 07:35 PM »
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Wings and Things
« Last post by daisyxo on February 11, 2019, 07:38 PM »
I hope that's a promise,  Weave ... to keep writing ... you need to.  I look forward to reading everything you share with us.  This one is quite insightful, from and outside looking in.  I agree with Halo, loved every word.
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 11, 2019, 12:14 PM »
To most of us, the phrase “Uncle Tom” is synonymous with a Black person who has sold out their race. The character Stephen from Django played by Samuel L. Jackson, is a perfect example of someone commonly referred to as a “Tom.”

In actuality, the term “Sambo” better fits the characteristics we often ascribe to Uncle Tom.

The racial term “Sambo” first came to prominence in modern American culture with the publishing of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s anti-slavery book, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. However, the origin of the term reaches back to the 1700s according to some scholars, and there is evidence the name is a variation of a West African name as well.

Today, the term is largely derogatory but the etymology of the word appears to be “zambo,” a word that was used during the Spanish and Portuguese Empire periods to describe a mixed person that appeared more Black than white. It was also said to mean bow-legged or knock-kneed. There is also evidence that the word is derived from the West African Foulah tribal language, which translates into “uncle.”

In Stowe’s 1852 book, the character of Sambo was one of the slave overseers that work for the cruel slave owner, Simon Legree. Uncle Tom, a god-fearing slave with a compassionate heart, was tormented and beaten to death by Sambo, who regretted his act even as Tom forgave him as he was dying. Although Stowe had higher aims with her book, the depiction of Black characters as matronly and subservient further added to stereotypes that persist today

Scottish author Helen Bannerman’s The Story of Little Black Sambo in 1899 also gave the term more of its negative connection. The tale of a dark-skinned East Indian boy helped push the narrative that the term was racist and meant to be offensive.

Other variants of the name appear throughout African and indigenous culture across the Caribbean. In several African languages, especially along the coasts, the name was rather common despite differing spellings.

https://blackamericaweb.com/2017/01/11/little-known-black-history-fact-sambo/
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Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Wings and Things
« Last post by Wordweaver on February 10, 2019, 09:26 AM »
Thank you so much Halo,  I suppose if it were not for the alley here I would not write at all now.
It takes like kind cranking out verse to inspire and kick start a poet and even then it becomes
harder as time goes by.  It seems like a hundred years ago when I could just sit down and
write as it rolled off my fingers effortlessly.   Although those days shall never return I will
always make an attempt occasionally.   
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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 09, 2019, 08:39 PM »
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