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Black History is Everyday of Your Cotton-Pickin' Life

"Cotton pickin'..." I heard that statement used in a sentence not that long ago as a filler when one was frustrated about something, but as you can see it is something that was done by slaves in past years. 

Crazy to think that Black American slavery took place only a generation or two away. Many of our grandparents or great grandparents were slaves if you are 30 plus years.  SLAVES!  Like many of us still are today.  Sex slave, mother slave, angry slave, entertainer slave, lawyer slave, whatever your profession, when you have a boss you are a...that's right worker, employee, or dare I say it, a slave! 

Sure, you may have a nice house, own a car, and have a savings account, but our ancestors in one way or another tend to speak out from their graves, "Hey Negro!"  Yes? we answer.  "You're a slave!"  Not just blacks either, but anyone who isn't in a position where they can sit back and get fat off the land and must work almost everyday. 

"Hey House Negro!" the field slave calls out.  Yes? we answer.  "Just wanted to remin' you to pray to the Lord, you gon' need Him!  Devil is still at work.  He is trickin' you...gon' take your mind and your babies, better watch 'em!"  says that slave who once sang old Negro gospels to get him through the day.

Whether you are "out in the field" working or "at the big house"or "in the office" slaving away, you are doing some cotton-pickin' for someone.  Pickin' over files, pickin' up paper, pickin' up a pen, pickin' up new get the idea.

So I thought about Black History Month for a moment and thought everyday there is some form of Black History Month in my household.  The children question, "What is it that you are saying?" when old-school terms fall off my lips, so I share a family story.  Then there are those times that my sons bring home something from school that is all about white history, so I take a book off the shelf about my family history as well as black inventors and have them draw black faces.  I also have my own black history moments that aren't about strangers, but about where I've been and where I am going and sometimes I share with others and sometimes I don't.  The way I see things, Black History Month is a good thing as long as your programming is controlled by you!  Don't leave it up to mainstream media to honor your history.  It's far too easy for the master to pull out all the bad of your past and re-program you to shimmy and shake for him, sleep with him, think you are dumb, a mere slave, and to sell yourself and your family out for a few pieces of gold.

Look back on your past for yourself based on the needs you have now!  What do you need?  Encouragement? Love? Peace? More patience? A faith?  Search your family history for these things and if you can't find them, better yourself mentally, physically and spiritually now!

Nicholl McGuire

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