I wear this hat daily now as it silently encourages folks to dialogue. At the supermarket this evening, the cashier asked me “Is that in reference to the slaughtering of Native Americans?”

My short answer is this:
in addition to:
the slaughtering of African Americans,
the massacres of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe,
the 16th Street Baptist Church
and Bombingham,
Emmett Till and his open casket,
the NY Gobind Sadan Sikh Temple,
William L McCoy,
the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI,
the Emanuel AME Church,
Jim Crow,
Japanese Internment,
the Ku Klux Klan and
Forsyth County, GA,
the abduction of Judge Edward Aaron,
the murder of Louis Allen and James Craig Anderson,
Bonanza, Arkansas,
the Johnny Bright Incident,
the murder of James Byrd Jr.,
the Central Park 5,
the lynching of Cordie Cheek,
the murders of Octavius Catto,
Malcolm X,
Michael Brown,
Tamir Rice,
the Groveland Case,
the Colfax Massacre,
the Three Fifths Compromise,
the cross burnings,
the Duluth lynchings,
the segregationists and
the assassination of Medgar Evers,
the Georgia lynchings,
the South Carolina lynchings,
the North Carolina lynchings,
the … lynchings,
the death of Yusef Hawkins,
the Howard Beach incident,
the murder of Carol Jenkins and
the trauma of Jack Johnson,
the arson of the Macedonia Baptist Church
and the summer arson spree,
the torturing and lynchings of Hazel and Mary Turner,
the Meridian race riots,
Harry and Harriette Moore,
the Ocoee Massacre,
the Opelousas Massacre,
the Orangeburg Massacre,
the Thibodaux Massacre,
Eugenics and racial cleansing,
Hurricane Katrina’s forgotten citizens,
Ferguson and Baton Rouge and Detroit,
the lynchings of Mack Charles Parker, Wyatt Outlaw, Ell Persons, and …,
the Rosewood Massacre,
the state-sanctioned persecution of gays,
the Orlando shootings,
the Red summer
and redlining,
the blackouts,
white supremacy,
white capping,
and white paramilitaries,
the yellow peril,
the Tuskegee experiments,
the Silver Dollar group,
mass incarceration,
the New Jim Crow…

Which America do you see? It has always been…


Edited to add: y’all know I didn’t actually say all of that in response to the cashier, right? Did I really need to explain that 😂😂

By wmb3331

Isaiah Israel is a graduate of the University of Hawaii Pacific with a bachelors in Psychology and a deep love for history in which he believes that when you know the past you can understand the present and predict the future course of man and mankind and is the author of the best selling ebook The White Man's Burden Of Lies and Deceit.

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