|General Sherman knew then, what we refuse to know now|
The thought of allowing blacks to carry guns conjured images of Nat Turner, John Brown, and the Revolution of San Domingo in the eyes of Gen. Sherman.
So a comprise was struck: one black regiment could carry and parade with shovels.
In the Grand Review of the Armed Forces which followed the cessation of hostilities very few blacks were represented. Relegated to the end of the procession in ‘pitch and shovel’ brigades or intended only as a form of comic relief, neither the free black soldier not the former slave was accorded his deserved role in this poignant national pageant.If only black people had been forced to carry shovels instead of guns in Washington D.C. since Gen. Sherman's comprise of 1865 at the Grand Review of the Armies... but that wasn't in the cards.
Though the bulk of black gun-crime is directed at black people (especially in D.C.), the fear of being the victim of black gun-crime is the number one reason cities like D.C. and Baltimore were abandoned.
Enter Aaron Alexis.
Had Mr. Alexis, a black male, been forced to carry a shovel instead of a gun, the Navy Yard Massacre would never have happened. [Profiles of the Victims: The 12 people killed in a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday were mothers and fathers, hockey fans and airplane enthusiasts, amphibious operations specialists and bird lovers., NYTimes.com, 9-18-13]
There is much to learn from General Sherman and his fear of arming blacks, even if it was only for a parade. [Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis was 'not happy with America,' friend says, USNews.com, 9-18-13]:
"Everybody loved him," Kristi Suthamtewkal said.
He spent a lot of time in his room, burning incense, she said. Michael Ritrobato, a handyman at the restaurant, said Alexis played violent online video games but was good-natured, not angry.
After he returned from a contract job in Japan in Nov. 2012, he didn't seem as easy-going, though.
He felt like he had been cheated out of money from the contract and complained that he was mistreated because he was black, Kristi Suthamtewkal said.
"He felt a lot of discrimination and and racism with white people especially," she said.Keep digging your own grave, whitey.
Turn away from the ugly truth of Obama's America (remember, you live under the rule of the Kerner Report, from which there is no supplication), and keep digging.