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Guest Roy McElroy

Black America is an excerpt

from The Shearing of Willie McElroy

 

All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2019 by Roy McElroy

ISBN: 9781688884250

Independently published

 

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Black America

written February 23, 2019

Envision a time, where in the Western Hemisphere the only colonies in the Americas were founded by Black and Brown settlers.  A time during the early 1500s, where non-Whites had established viable settlements located along the eastern seaboards of the North and South American continents.  Taking advantage of the vast land grants deeded out to favored explorers hailing from the area known to the world as ‘The Cradle of Civilization.’  The ‘Dark Continent.’  ‘The Mother Land.’  Africa.  Imagine, where instead of the New World’s slave labor force being comprised of history’s dark-skinned victims from western Africa, the slave population consisted of a plethora of down-trodden White-Europeans.  People originating from the continent’s ‘Old World’ nations.  From England, the Netherlands, Russia, Ireland, France, Germany, Portugal, and Italy.  Generations who were forced, initially by poverty, into a life of perpetual servitude in America.  Groups of unfortunate innocents.  Visualize a vast triangle of trade that stretched across and around the Atlantic.  A frequently travelled sea route that ran from Europe to North America, down to the Caribbean, then on to South America.  And, back to Africa to offload food and unique goods from the New World.  Back onwards to the European continent to buy and trade for more human cargo.  Where vessels were filled to the brim with their valued inexhaustible ‘cargo’ of White people.

Originally, the relatively small population of immigrating White American servants – who had lived relatively free in Europe – were given a fair share at the opportunities of the New World.  Many had enthusiastic hopes in paying off some debt owed.  Eager to become benefactors working for the darker-skinned American landowners. Some were misfortunate criminals on ‘the run’ from the ‘law.’  Hiding in plain view - on the ‘lam’ in America.  Others were seeking to relieve him or herself of some problematic fate or situation imposed by a European Royal or maniacal controlling aristocrat.

Many White Americans did have some success in working off their debts.  A few even prospered and became ‘owners’ themselves.  However, within a short span after the establishment of the Plymouth settlement, the Black and Brown colonists altered the terms of their employment agreements.  As the White population increased in number, strategies to earn higher profits in the development of the continent were drafted by those in control.  Unfortunately, profit came at a cost to the only factor that could be easily altered.  The human element.  Consequently, Whites were purposely impoverished, physically exploited, and forced into unpaid servitude.  Those who could not afford to buy their freedom or cover the cost of a passage back to Europe were trapped.  Whites who could read and write, drafted failed arguments in a legal system run by their employers.  Leaving them with no choice, but to submit to the only role relegated to them.  To work for room and board without pay - in order to survive.  Quickly learning to relish and enjoy the leftovers that fell from tables of their “Masters.”

The process of complete subjugation transpired slowly.  Subtle and unnoticed to anyone on the outside looking in.  Like the foreign dignitaries that commented on how well versed some of the servants were in African customs.  However, as conditions worsened, incidents of protesting Whites – vocalizing their maltreatment – happened in the major townships.  In areas close to the modern-day cities of New York, Pittsburg, Stanton, and Atlanta.  At first, those protesting were fined by the local chieftains – for whatever holdings of value they had.  Then, as Whites began to mass in larger numbers, many were placed in the stocks or jailed for unspecified periods of time.  These events prompted a rapid transformation of the White population into something not intended for any man or woman in God’s ordered creation.  Whites, young and old, were beaten, whipped, caged, and mutilated – by those enforcing the rules of the land.  Converted into something less than a servant.  Transformed into something far different from their dreams of financial freedom.  They were turned into the owner’s most valuable asset – easily identified by the fair pigment of their skin.  Made into slaves.  White American slaves - belonging to their Black American and Brown American owners.  Who Whites would learn to refer to always as ‘Master,’ at the crack of the bullwhip.

In time, the owners considered Whites to be nothing more than just “property.”  Ignorant souls, who possessed the innate ability to speak, create, sing, dance, think – and even to love.  Yet, they were treated no better than any other beast of burden.  Valued less than bovine.  As farm stock having the form and likeness of a human being.  Who, by the hundreds, were placed naked on the auction blocks – to be traded or sold like any other commodity by the dark-skinned Americans.  Slaves refusing to obey were typically mutilated or executed in public.  Becoming examples to those slaves harboring thoughts of rebellion.  After decades of forced family separations and other punishing restrictions, Whites lost their sense of national origin.  Forgetting any memories of ever being free.  Losing the knowledge of ‘who’ they were as individuals – and as a people.  The intended result of generational slavery.  Resulting in slaves completely forgetting their parent’s-parent’s origin, language, culture, and religion.

Few, of the Whites born into bondage after the year Seventeen Seventy-Six - the year the colonies in the Americas purchased their independence from the African Kingdoms - even knew of the existence of the fledgling European and Slavic states.  Even fewer could write or pronounce the names of these lands – since they had been born into a world that spoke only Swahili, Amharic, or Yoruba.  The native tongues of their American masters.  Languages, of which as slaves, were forced to speak – but could not be taught to read or write – since it was forbidden to educate ‘property.’ Though the pronouncement that ‘all men were created equal” during the inception of the United States, the civil liberties afforded by the newly formed nations’ citizenry, excluded such rights to its slave population.  Instead, American statesmen sought to increase the size and prosperity of the nation through even more exploitation and suffrage of Whites.  Devising unconventional methods to induce fear, spiritual complacency, and in-bred submission.

In contrast to real history, the newly formed government honored the multitude of treaties made with the land’s original inhabitants – the American Indians.  This allowed for the young country to extend its physical boundaries from the Atlantic to the Pacific rather quickly.  Granting statehood and citizenship to those Indian nations willing to join America’s ‘Manifest Destiny.’  As America grew and its economic influence expanded abroad, several prominent Black leaders began to question the necessity of owning slaves.  Since mechanization had replaced most of the laborious tasks performed by slaves in the agrarian-based economy.  Some owners, including those who had sired offspring and married several of their fairer-skinned slaves, began to seek ways to legitimatize the human aspect of Whites.  Something most of the Western states with large native American populations had been abdicating for - not long after the invention of the steam engine.

Meanwhile, the African continent experienced a boon of technological and economic advancement.  The Suez Canal had been completed – allowing for increase trade with the Orient.  Massive flood control and irrigation systems were being developed to reclaim and irrigate portions of the Sahara Desert.  And, food production on the continent allowed for the exportation of goods.  As well, the Hebrew nation of Israel had been resettled by the returning diaspora of Jews.  With its national borders extending to all the lands promised to Abraham by the Christian God for the first time in human history.

In the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-One, President Nathanial Turner had issued an edict ending slavery throughout the United States of America.  Whites were finally free.  Though many were reluctant to embrace the responsibilities that came with citizenship.  Many elected to remain on the plantation – though in a paid capacity.  By the turn of the century, most Whites had eventually adapted and become equal partners in the American Dream.  Assisted by the State and Federal Reparations Acts.  Given to slave decedents, in the form of tax credits and financial assistance to the poor.  Programs which continue to this day.  Set to expire four hundred years after the day of their emancipation.

Now, before leaving the rest of this fantastical story up to your own imaginations, you’ll need to consider the other ‘what-ifs’ of this twist of real-world history.  For example, in this timeline many of the wars involving the United States did not occur.  Though armed conflict was not entirely averted, the horrors of the American Civil War, the Mexican American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Cold War did not happen.  Nor did the years of violence in Ireland and the Middle East take place.  As well, the terrorist attacks on America in two-thousand and one didn’t happen either.  It should also be noted that mankind has yet to land on the Moon in this made-up adventure.  Nor has the Mormon Church come into being.  As well, the invention of the A-bomb did not happen - because it was not necessary build such a destructive device against Japan.  However, exploration of the stars is being discussed by those African countries on the verge of inventing an environmentally friendly perpetual motion energy source.

 

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