Month: February 2014

Month: February 2014

ONE-WAY TICKET TO PURGATORY: Slavery’s “Middle Passage” Journey

By W. D. Smither “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states…”  (Mahatma Gandhi) Another “Black History Month” is beginning to fade from the spatial horizons of our minds, like it always seems to do when trying to recall the bygone

SACRED SHADES OF SEGREGATION: Hand-Me-Down Bigotry and the Scarred Soul of America

By W. D. Smither  “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”   (Frederick Douglass, Statesman, Abolitionist, Social Reformer, Former Slave) I’ve often imagined how