LET’S GET TOGETHER AND ASSIMILATE – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango —Assimilate

Weren’t we all supposed to assimilate? Wasn’t that one of the big items on the agenda of the constitutional convention? Gee, I guess it’s hard to have genuine assimilation when you slaughter all the natives and have black slaves, huh.

I think maybe we got that whole bit wrong.

Just saying.

Well, this is the 400th anniversary of slavery and it’s neverending remnants in America. There were, I’m sure, fine people on both sides, but the guys with the guns and whips were officially the “better” guys. I was trying to find out the exact day and month, but no one seems to have noted it anywhere, so we can just call this the “400th Birthday of our Grand Democratic Experiment.”

Landing of Negroes at Jamestown from a Dutch Man-of-war, 1619. In this image, the Dutch sailors, who have captured slaves from a Spanish ship, are negotiating a trade with the Jamestown settlers for food. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Talk about disheartening. I remember the big battle of the Civil Rights movement. Whatever else he did wrong, Lyndon Johnson was a hero on that one. He burnt every favor owed him to get that bill passed. He twisted arms, threatened people, probably black-mailed them too. But he got it done and they said it couldn’t be done.

What I find so horrifying these days is how quickly we’ve managed to undo whatever previous good works we achieved. Just 2-1/2 years and we’re right back in the soup. I thought laws were LAWS and once a law was a law, you couldn’t casually dismiss it.

I was wrong.

Assimilation. Right. Well, MY life is pretty well assimilated. How’s yours going?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

10 thoughts on “LET’S GET TOGETHER AND ASSIMILATE – Marilyn Armstrong”

    1. We are. But we have some big steps to take and I’m not seeing anyone’s government taking them. At the very least, we owe some significant apologies to Natives and Black and Hispanics and a few other groups. At least be humble enough to say we really ARE sorry.

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      1. Trudeau is good at apologies, especially for those things that happened hundreds of years ago, yet most of the reserves where the indigenous live they can’t drink the water.
        Leslie

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  1. “Just 2-1/2 years and we’re right back in the soup.” Unfortunately, that soup is exactly what the GOP craves. The only way to get it off the menu is to vote them out of office in 2020.

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    1. I think what I find so demoralizing is that it took such a short time to go to pieces. We worked so long and so hard and it took just a couple of years and it fell apart. It didn’t even require a coup. Just one crapola president.

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