coming home is always emotional for me…
this time the most prominent emotion is “happy”. my parents’ non-relationship elicits a slight negative emotion but overall, i feel very much at peace being here.
things are getting worse. every time i talk to my dad, he talks about how bad detroit’s gotten. although his emphasis on how he answers the door with a shotgun now is unncessary b/c that shotgun has been by the front door for almost 2 decades.
but even my mother, the eternal optimist, has nothing good to say about current developments. so she doesn’t say anything. i worry about the city where i’ve left my parents. i know they’ve come too close to paying off the house to just move somewhere else without selling it, or walk away from it. but i fear a time will come when safety & ease of living might have to outweigh money…
on the other hand, my parents’ house seems blessed…cars have been stolen from the driveway, my bike off the porch, the generator from the garage…but no one has ever attempted to break into the house since we moved here in 93. which is not true of any other house on the block. so i guess my dad’s willingness to shoot has its upsides (he has cocked & shot his shottie out the window more than a few times).
i was telling my mom how much i enjoy weed & she was like “can’t you just look at the trees–doesn’t that make you happy?” i said “nope, sometimes you gotta smoke ’em”.
we had a cool conversation about all the celebrations of the confederacy that people in the south are planning…
i understand the notion of states rights. i even understand that–although the ONLY “state right” that all signatories of the confederacy wrote in there statements of secession was the right to own and trade slaves, the civil war was not just about slavery, but rather the right for states to do what they perceived to be in their best interests.
but still. state laws will never trump federal laws. that’s just how hierarchy works. secondly, everyone knows that the north was anti-slavery for political & economic reasons–not because of any issues of morality. so now, looking at history of not just the u.s. but all the former colonies in the americas…it is more than apparent that if slavery continued at the rate it was going, the population of the south would eventually be overwhelmingly black. in fact, slavery was so entrenched that even today, Mississippi, Louisiana, & South Carolina have populations that are over 30% Black. Georgia is just under with 29%. Alabama has 26%.
This created a short-term political advantage for southern states (then democrats) because slaves counted for 3/5ths of a person. This meant that although slaves couldn’t vote, they paradoxically had representation among the house of representatives.
In the long-term, the Haitian revolution as well as rebellions throughout other caribbean islands and in the U.S. showed how dangerous it would have been to have black majority populations, even in pockets. To have a slave-based economy was just not tenable in the long-term. Furthermore, as other nations began outlawing slavery, eventually other world powers would have ceased to engage in trade with the U.S. if they continued with legalized slavery.
Not to mention, slavery violates the whole entire notion of human & civil rights.
so in retrospect, with it well-documented that the ONLY “states right” the southern states cared enough to fight for was slavery, i don’t understand how this is something to celebrate.
is is very uncouth & frowned upon for the grandchildren of nazi soldiers–whether they are in germany or somewhere in south america–to celebrate their ancestors “fight for what they believed in” resulting in the holocaust. the ones who do celebrate this publicly are skinheads that are not considered mainstream society & receive the general ostracism that militant outcasts receive. why in the south, do white people feel so imposed upon or defensive about their celebration of the fight their ancestors lost to keep people enslaved?
so, question: how am i wrong for viewing you as an ill-informed, illogical racist?
answer: i’m not.
that was such a tangent.
anyway, my interest of late has been reading books about economic development in sub-saharan africa, analyses of globalization, and books on politics in the u.s.
i just posted on the altanta community. i wonder if someone will tell me why people celebrate the civil war.