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I have been thinking about all this violence and race nonsense ripping our country apart and I have a little story to tell everyone.
Maybe then they will get it.
(2) A long time ago, in the 1600s some Pilgrims landed on American shores.
They were subjects of the king of England.
They built cities, towns, businesses, farms and settled the land, all for the benefit of the king.
(3) That went on for over 100 years.
The kings of England ruled over the colonies and garnered great wealth off the backs of the colonists.
(4) The first slaves introduced to America were 100 Irish Children.
Then later, a Caribbean ship carrying African slaves was intercepted and the slaves were brought to America, on orders of the king.
(5) Now remember, everyone was a subject of the English monarchy and only the most elite were allowed to own slaves.
The commoner was also a slave, with a little less restriction.
The king took the fruits of everyone's labor.
(6) Anyhow, the colonists put up with it for a long time.
They didn't like being subjects, or the fact there were slaves, so they got together and came up with a plan to change all of it.
(7) The colonists got more vocal and uppity in their rebellion against taxes, confiscation of wealth, homes, businesses and even guns.
Guns were a way of life.
If you didn't hunt, you didn't eat, but they were also very important as a means of defense from criminals....
(8) ...or an over reaching, oppressive government.
Finally, the king got angry enough to send troops to America to confiscate the guns and to quell the rebellion.
(9) The Americans fought hard to free themselves, create a sovereign country and to establish a Constitution that created the government for the people and by the people.
(10) Our Founders even included a Bill of Rights to ensure the the rights of the people would be the law of the land.
One of their most controversial statements was "All men are created equal".
People wanted them dead for saying such a thing.
Some still do.
(11) Freedom is dangerous for those who seek to achieve it.
Now think about it.
It took over 100 years for the Colonists to free themselves, before they could free the slaves too.
(12) A whole bunch of black people did not free themselves.
They had help from a whole bunch of white people .
It took time, but we all did it and we did it together.
We even had a war that was primarily about it.
(13) We had movements in the 60s, busing in the 70s and by the 80s things were going pretty good.
Now though, there are people who are trying to tear us apart.
They want to take us back to those days where we didn't trust each other.
(14) Please don't let all the great strides we have achieved as one nation be for naught.
Sure we have work to do but we have to do it together, or what good is it?
(15) Call a truce, or something so we can speak to each other freely without looking for ways to pounce.
(16/end) We are Americans, all of us, every race, every creed, every persuasion and we have overcome a lot bigger hurdles.
Let's pull it together.
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