I Freed a Thousand Slaves


Don’t get it twisted, Harriet is not to be honored by a $20 bill. A bill she probably never seen in her life. The same paper they put her on they would deny her descendants their 40acres and a mule. On the physical it is mockery put in place to fuel a racial fire that’s already burning. However, what is used for evil can also be used for good. Tubman was a hero because she saved lives. Who is more beautiful than someone who put her life on the line for others? This is deeper than we know. She’s on the $20 bill. Two. Double. Done again. What has been done before will be done again.  And so, let the Tubman’s rise and the second age of The Underground begin.

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8 thoughts on “I Freed a Thousand Slaves”

  1. I’m not jumping for joy for this decision, but I also wanna know why. And knowing the history of Andrew Jackson’s stance against banking systems….it all seems random as hell.

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    1. Right. I think it’s mockery and disrespectful. On the other hand, I look at all of the slavery movies & TV Shows coming out and I ask myself, “Why now?” Underground is about the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman was one of the most successful conductors on the Underground. Could it be blacks are awaking to a level of consciousness and spiritually moving along a symbolic Underground? Its just really interesting to me on all sides.

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    1. I’m actually not speaking of the $20. That was done to be a mockery and disrespect, and to provoke blacks to anger in the midst of an already growing race war. We can honor our own heroes, possibly in the way you’ve stated. What I’m speaking of when I say awakening is spiritual freedom. The Underground Railroad was a road to Freedom. Perhaps something is going on with the spiritual awakening of blacks with all of this return of history. They put her on the 20, but I’m not looking at that so much as her role historically. Now people will be focusing on her as they should have already. What they use for evil, we can use for good.

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      1. Agreed. However, why must everything we produce of substance, begin at slavery? Are we not perpetuating the myth of how our history begins? I promised myself after 12 years a slave, I couldn’t bare another slave narrative. This trend isn’t new, it’s a guaranteed money maker. When movies relive the days of ol’, money is made. Why do you think these shows and movies have the names they do? I’m tired of American media telling me my beginnings stem from slavery. We are so much more than the last 300 years. Heck, America is the youngest nation, as the USA, so that should tell people all they need to know.

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        1. That is correct. Our history far exceed slavery but sadly many blacks have no idea what that institution was really like. The children growing up today probably don’t even know who Harriet Tubman was because slavery is being taken out of the school textbooks and that’s a fact. African Americans have over 4,000 years of rich and glorious history . But how can we speak of our ancient past when our very time in America is a mystery to us. If we don’t understand the last 300, we won’t understand what came before.

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          1. There are great teachers who have studied and written their findings. Dr. Ben Carson, Dick Gregory are two. Institutions such as HBCUs. The tools are there, we just aren’t willing to utilize them to break free. Too busy tryna fit in. Too scared to fight. I follow Black Thought persons on social media bc it is important to me, to see positive and informative images and readings about my culture. If more Black People wanted socioeconomic justice, we would have it. It’s all about choice. Nothing ancient, because there is nothing new under the sun. We just haven’t chosen to change the narrative, did it before, we can do it again. You don’t just lose thousands of years of greatness.

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            1. And thats exactly the point. All of this information at our fingertips and as a collective we are still unaware of who we are, what our culture consist of, and what our duty as a people is. In the age of information, ignorance is indeed a choice.

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