Texas History (True History)
This post was written in an attempt to keep true history alive! As we all should know, the state of Texas is working to change the name of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade to the Atlantic Triangular Trade, burying a major part of history in the past. We can all speculate on why they are doing so but I feel that it's important to tell the truth about history and since I reside in Texas, its history in its truest, rawest form. So many people often ask why did I create Tha Reality Is radio show and website, what are my intentions for its creation? I always say, "It's a place where minorities can come tell their story and voice their truth along with having meaningful and educated conversation with open-minded individuals who may think differently about certain topics or perspectives but also have the opportunity to gain knowledge of societal issues from a perspective they may not have known before."
With all that being said, over the last year or so I've been diving into my history and discovering things that I was not aware of as well as rediscovering things that I have previously learned in life or about our American history, but for the last month or so I've dived more so into Texas history and what lies deep within the roots and red clay of this state. Inspired to do so by Dr. Safisha Hill, activist and professor of Black Families and Civic Engagement at the University of Texas at Arlington, I've found out so much about this state. Did you know that Cockrell Hill is named after slave owner Alexander Cockerell? I'll be honest I didn't, but with research you're able to discover so much.
I said all of that to say this, find out your history, who you are, where you come from and that's the only way you'll know where you're going. I have posted this video for those who don't know true Texas' history; too often in schools they teach us what they want us to know, the good things, or the bad things that have been buried underneath a lot of so-called "good things". This video is graphic, in detail and description, but it depicts things that blacks had to endure back in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Some people will say hey you don't need to watch this, but I say you do. Too often we want to discuss race and ethics when the world is at war, but we should be educating ourselves daily and not just sitting around waiting for mainstream media to fill our minds with thoughts of what is or should be.
What I hope you gain from this video is not hate or malice but an understanding of how far we've come and still in this day and time how far we have to go, but again you can't move forward without knowing what your ancestors, my ancestors, our ancestors went through to get us to this point and as I often say, "Pay homage to the ancestors whose shoulders and backs we stand on to reach our full potential, because without their sacrifice this life that we complain about, the one that's a lot better than they had, is our's for the taking!" Be blessed!