The Introduction to
"The Black and White
"Did you know that the first official slave owner in Colonial America was a 'Black' African?
Did you know that there were 'Black' slave owners in early America up until the time of the Civil War?
Did you know that there were many 'White' slaves that came from Europe?
Did you know that Slavery still exists today in some countries?
These are some of the surprising facts the author discovered while researching racism and race relations in early America through today.
When his teenage granddaughter mentioned that she did not like a group of people with a certain skin color, the author decided to respond to her with a letter against racism. After looking deeper into the subject, he realized that the true facts and the current perception of the facts were different. He came to feel that he had been misinformed over the years and misled by the general consensus regarding what actually occurred from the time of the initial settling of the Colonies until the Civil War regarding slavery. The letter evolved into a “Commentary” regarding racism and race relations.
He points out that we, as a Nation, cannot resolve our racial divisions until the real truth is known and realized by all American citizens. Hidden in the actual truth is the resolution for the animosity and resentment that separates us as a united people.
The author provides informative insight into how racism is maintained in a manner that affects almost all American citizens today and how we can join together to resolve what he calls this “racialist affliction” that grips our Nation.
Reasons for alarm are cited and solutions are suggested in this challenging but refreshing commentary about the very difficult issue of racism and race relations in America." *
-- Ray Bennett
(* Quoted from the "The Black and White of Racism by Waylon Allen)
A commentary from a different perspective about Race Relations and reason for concern by Waylon Allen