4 - Julian Bond - draft 2
before we submit to such . . . ?"
As usual, a redskinned moderate in the crowd
He was answered the moderate [illegible] "Let us submit our grievances,
whatever they may be, to the Congress of the United State . . . . "
This debate took place in 1812.
Neither tactic worked.
And now after 350 years of white [illegible]
the Indians, Blacks, Spanish-speaking - still struggle to rid their
backs of the white mans burden. The kind of hard alternative posed by Tecumseh
and debated by the more moderate [illegible] in more modern ghettos,
barrios and reservations. It rages because two hundred years
after the "Founding Fathers" proposed to dissolve Americas'
differences in a melting pot, only we [illegible]
unabsorbed. And now many of us no longer wish to
melt, to be absorbed, to fit in, to join up, to flow into the national
But black people - and Spanish-Americans and the original
Americans - do insist on sharing in the abundance of the land [illegible] owned or worked.
We simply wish an opportunity to live the decent life.
Notes and Questions
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Redskinned: a slang term for Native American in the United States.
Tecumseh: a Shawnee warrior that organized a Native American confederacy.
Horn of Plenty: as known as Cornucopia which is an edible trumpet- shaped chanterelle