Category Archives: race

GUNS GUNS GUNS by Peter Nolan Smith

American boys loved guns in the 50s. Plastic weapons lay gift-wrapped under the Christmas tree. Our movie heroes slaughtered the country’s enemies on the silver screen and tough cops performed gun ballets on prime time TV. Guns were good for the country and America was good to guns. Armed with air rifles my older brother, […]

Abe And Marilyn and Blackula

Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclaimation in 1863, freeing slaves throughout the South, however thei liberation awaited the arrival on the Union Army at which point they sang, “Free at last, hallelujah.” The unchained darkies’ paradise lasted a few years, as the South instituted Jim Crow laws aimed at their subjugation to sharecropper lands. The […]

Tar In The Blood

My father’s side of the family traveled to the New World on the the Mayflower. They were Howlands. John Howland was washed overboard and somehow swam back to the ship. My Irish Nana sailed on a ship a deck above steerage in the Year of the Crow. She was 14. In 1966 my parents enrolled […]

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King was born on January 15, 1929 In Atlanta Georgia. The pacifistic preacher would have been 89 today, if he had not been assassinated in Memphis, where he had spoken out for striking black teamsters at the Mason Temple. His prophetic words survive today. “And then I got to Memphis. And some began […]

Now More Than Ever