I have been accused by some Americans of saying harsh things about their country. I don’t mind, first because I’ve got a thick skin and I’ve encountered death threats in the past; secondly because what I say about America is taken from its own history, albeit, a history like this one: one that is never publicized and certainly never made a part of the either public or religious education curriculum. Most Americans to this day desperately need to hold on to their, however tarnished, whitewashed history. The alternative, to accept the truth about America, as a “nation” and as an empire, would be utterly crushing. Once the real history is known, there can be but one response if one is an American and identifies with its religious, social and economic history: Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa… forgive me world for I didn’t know what was being done in my name.
March 4, 2017
Say the words concentration camps, and most will surmise the topic surrounds World War II and the Nazis; but the hard labor, constant threat of death, and barbarism these microcosmic hells presented weren’t unique to Adolf Hitler — in just one year, around 20,000 freed slaves perished in the Devil’s Punchbowl — in Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A.
After the Civil War, a massive exodus of former slaves from Southern plantations trekked northward in hopes of reaching a location of true freedom; but embittered soldiers, resentful the people considered property were now free, had other plans.
One tiny town’s population mushroomed twelvefold from the influx, as researcher Paula Westbrook, who has extensively studied Devil’s Punchbowl, noted,
“When the slaves were released from the plantations during the occupation they overran…
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