Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston




Several conservative bloggers have been repeating this misinformation (which they probably read on other rightwing blogs and news sites):

"We do know from every media source that three representatives from the White House will attend Brown's funeral tomorrow. I think that at least one of those representatives went to school with Michael Brown's mother back in high school.

In contrast, there was not a single representative from the Obama administration at the recent burial of Major General Greene at Arlington National Cemetery."

The above claim is TOTALLY WRONG. This is what happens in the right wing blog sphere. They read a false claim and it spreads like wildfire.

The fact is that President Obama's cabinet officer, Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel attended Major General Greene's funeral.

Will the right wing blogs and news sites retract their abominable lie?

Of course not.

"Right-wing media outlets criticized the Obama administration over news that three administration officials planned to attend shooting victim Michael Brown's funeral, citing the myth that the White House failed to send representation to the funeral of Maj. Gen. Harold Greene, who was killed in Afghanistan -- In reality, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel attended the two star general's service."

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Phyllis Wheatley -- 1753 – December 5, 1784

February is Black History month.  

Phyllis Wheatley was America's first African-American poet.  A bronze sculpture, by Meredith Bergmann, celebrating Ms. Wheatley is on the mall on Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Mass.

Boston Women's Memorial: Phillis Wheatley
Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street, Boston, MA

bronze and granite, 2003
bronze: 59” x 50” x 32”

Wheatley, a slave in colonial Boston, was our first published African-American poet. Her pose is derived from the only extant image of her. She represents youth and Imagination.

On Being Brought from Africa to America

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

I read this poem as supremely sarcastic in the poet's intent.  "Twas mercy brought me from my "Pagan land..."  Really?  Mercy took her away from her "Pagan" land?  And taught her "benighted soul?"  Benighted by the white masters?   The most heartbreaking lines are the last 3:  "Their colour is a diabolic die."/Remember, Christians, Negro's,  black as Cain,/May be refine'd, and join th' angelic train."


Kevin Robbins said...

Love Ms. Wheatley's sense of humor and sarcasm in the poem. Following the link to wiki, I see she died after her husband was imprisoned for debt. Lucky we don't have debtor's prisons anymore.

Shaw Kenawe said...

I'm not sure the GOP's Tea Party wing won't demand we reinstate their use right after the GOP puts women and their doctors in prison for a legal medical procedure.

E. Dickinson said...

Compare and contrast with the "poetry" of S.Palin:

"I want to help clean--
up the state
that is so sorry
today of journalism--
and I have--
a communications

tnlib said...

Nice tribute to a wonderful woman. No doubt VA and Texas will write her out of the history books.

dmarks said...

I'm working on a post about Detroit's Robocop statue. Seriously, there are better people in Detroit's history to honor than Robocop, as amusing as the idea may be. This post of yours gives fuel for thought.

Looks like they missed the boat, or bus as it were, on the idea of a Rosa Parks statue.