Burgess Owens: I Used to Be a Democrat Until I Found Out the Misery That Party Brought To My Race
"This is not about Black or White, rich or poor, blue collar, white collar, we're fighting for the heart and soul of our nation. We have a very special country that started with Judeo-Christian values that allowed every single generation to become better than the last. … That has not stopped until now. Kids don't have the opportunities that we had. … people change. I used to be a Democrat, until I did my history, and I found out that the misery that that party brought to my race. … Ideologies don't change, people do. We're fighting for the heart and soul of our country against Socialism, Marxism, an evil that has brought to us the stealing of our history.
Karl Marx said it the best, the father of Socialism, an Atheist, Anti-Semite, and a blatant racist, yet we teach his philosophy system in our schools today. He said it, the first battle ground is the re-writing of our history. You steal our history, you steal our pride and our past, our prestige for the present, and our vision for the future. Every single urban city in our country is now experiencing that loss.
Real quick history, because these are things we are not taught. I'm blessed to be the great, great grandfather of Sals Burgess. Came here in the belly of a slave ship. Sold in Charleston, South Caroline with his mother to the Burgess plantation. An evil, evil man that drove my great, great, great grandmother either to leaving her family, her kids, or to committing suicide. I don't know, she disappeared. But Sal, at the age of 8, was blessed to be surrounded by men who believed in freedom. Eventhough shacked, they escaped. They went the southern route of the Underground Railroad facilitated by White- & Mexican-Americans.
And he made his way out south to Texas. End-up being a successful entrepreneur on 102-acres of land paid-off in 2-years. Started the first Black church, first Black elementary school, pillar of his community, 18-kids, Christian, Repblican ... Proud American.
An example of what any race, any culture, is given hope, opportunity, and freedom.
It didn't end there by the way. The history of our country, of our Black American has been stolen from us for decades. Almost so a century. Booker T. Washington, 1880 - 1882 began Tuskegee University. By 1905, it was producing more self-made Black millionaires then Harvard, Yale & Princeton combined. The 40's, 50's & 60's, it was a Black community that led our country in the growth of the middle class. Led our country in-terms of men committed to marriage. It was 70%, now it's 30%. Led our country in-terms of commitment to business ownership, 40% now it's 3.8%. Men matriculated from college. We now have a higher percentage of men incarcerated than at college.
... my degree was Biology. I learned a long time ago that slavery is not a gene in the DNA helix. It's our actions. It's our attitude. It's our belief. I do not believe in reparations because what reparations does it points to a certain race, a certain color, and it points to them as evil, and it points the other race, my race, as one that is not only becomes racist but also beggars.
I do believe in restitution. Let's point to the party that was a part of slavery, the KKK, Jim Crow, that has killed over 40% of our Black babies, 20-million of them. State of California, 75% of our Black boys cannot pass a standard reading-writing test, a Democratic state. So yes, let's pay restitution. How about the Democratic party pay for all the misery brought to my race, and those, after we learn our history decide to stay there, they should pay also, they're complicit. And every White American, Republican or Democrat, that feels guilty because of White-skinned, you need to pony-up also.
That way we get past reparations, and realize that this country has given us greatness. Look at this panel. It doesn't matter how we think, it doesn't matter our color. We have become successful in this country like no other because of this great opportunity to live the American dream. Let's not steal that from our kids by telling them that they can't do it." - Burgess Owens
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