Black and Red Journal: African-Americans, Many Rivers to Cross

There is merit in this statement but it like so much African-American history fails to include the hypocrisy of Native Americans, specifically the “Five Slave Holding Tribes.” The article in the first sentence declares how the wounds of slavery “still afflict the country today” I would argue this should include the wounds inflicted on the descendants of Indian Territory Freedmen.
The horrific “profitable practice of slavery and the brutal inhumanity of Jim Crow” did not stop at the borders of Indian Territory. The slaves of the Five Slave Holding Tribes that were emancipated in 1866 also suffered from Jim Crow, race wars and lynching’s yet very little of this history seems to be included in “African-American” history. The contributions to the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole especially seems to be lost to history when programs of this nature are produced and it is about time the history of Indian Territory Freedmen be included.
As I watch this series it is my greatest hope that the story of slavery among the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole Nations is incorporated in the story. The “amnesia about slavery” that Dr. Gates discusses I would argue should also include the amnesia in Indian Country. If Dr. Gates and the producers of African-Americans-Many Rivers to Cross are “interested in recognizing and discovering oft-neglected pieces of the American puzzle” I humbly submit he need look no further than Indian Territory or what is now the state of Oklahoma.

via Black and Red Journal: African-Americans, Many Rivers to Cross.

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