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Did You Know That Memorial Day Was Started By Ex-Enslaved Africans?

One of the things that most black people know is that the public school system does a horrible job teaching black history. They will gladly tell you all the wonderful things that white people did and maybe even go back to Europe, but the contributions of African Americans are kept entirely on the back-burner.

A fact that you should probably know is that African Americans are the reason that Memorial Day even exists in the first place. According to Professor David Blight of Yale University, the event began on May 1, 1865. A group of former slaves in Charleston, SC gave a proper burial to 257 Union soldiers who’d been put into a mass grave.

The black community of Charleston then consecrated the new cemetery with “an unforgettable parade of 10,000 people.” The event was initially called “Decoration Day” and was led by 3,000 black school children who started off by singing the song “John Brown’s Body.” They were then followed by hundreds of black women with baskets of flowers and crosses. After that, black men marched behind them in cadence, followed by Union infantry.

The Union soldiers lived in horrible conditions, and 257 of them died from exposure and disease. This was the reason for the creation of the mass grave site. A total of 28 black men went to the site an re-buried the men properly, largely as a thank you for helping fight for their freedom.

They also built a fence around the cemetery, and on the outside, put the words, “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

Now you know the rest of the story. Go tell this one to everyone you know.

No one is stopping you from wearing african print or clothing. I do not care. But you should know the culture from which what you wear or do comes from. It is out of respect. No one is saying that AA are not from Africa you are..But understand that the Africa that your ancestors knew and the Africa today has changed. And like with anything new, to say that you know it and are apart of it, you must learn. And that is all I am saying you must do. Learn the difference between cultures, learn African history, why because it is your history. But it is also mine, and it is disrespectful for me to see ANYONE claiming that they apart of my culture when they are not. You can become apart of African culture once again like AA once were, but that is not done buy simple buying an outfit, or jewelry. And that is all I am saying. And if you do know the history the culture, good for you!  - from a random blog, I agree      like I remember when I was younger being made fun of for being African and my culture by AA kids and now it’s like a new trend like :/

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A Poem By An African Man

Dear white fella,

Coupla things you should know.

When I born, I black

When I grow up, I black

When I go in sun, I black

When I cold, I black

When I scared, I black

When I sick, I black

And when I die, I black

And you white fella

When you born, you pink

When you grow up, you white

When you go in sun, you red

When you cold, you blue

When you scared, you yellow

When you sick, you green

When you die, you grey

And you calling me coloured?