As mentioned in an earlier post I am reading the book, "Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of The Cherokee Nation". I have made an observation. First however I am in no way detracting from those who stood for civil rights in the 1870's, early 1900's or in the 1950's-1960's. With all things a seed has to be planted, someone has to spark an idea, somehow has to give rise to ones like Ridge, Gist, or King. In this book the author mentions that the Cherokee had blacks as slaves, I already knew that, but I did not know the viewpoint of Cherokees toward blacks. Many Cherokees saw them as animals, equal to dogs, that to me was disturbing. But not all Cherokees held that view. A few whites felt that the Cherokee could be civilized, made "human". These few whites set about to educate and help the Cherokee to reach for greater goals, while still keeping some of their heritage. Granted the Cherokee had to stop running about nude, stop skinning their Creek enemies etc. but a few whites felt the Cherokee should have the same rights. Those Cherokees who got those rights, Gist, Ridge, John Watts, John Ridge, etc in turn felt that blacks were also equal. As some whites were helping the Cherokee seeds were planted in those few Cherokee to fight for their civil rights, those names mentioned above. In turn those few Cherokee gave the same rights to blacks. Black children were brought into Cherokee schools and taught to read, write and to understand civil liberties. However the Cherokee faced serious retribution if the whites found out, so it was kept quiet and little documentation made. I am only up to the year 1820, but it appears that the seed, albeit small was planted by the Cherokee to encourage blacks to obtain Civil liberties. I am in no way attempting to discredit any civil rights leader, but not even the Cherokee came up with the idea that they had civil rights, someone else planted that seed and it was a German missionary couple, the Cherokee passed the seed on to the blacks, but it lay dormant for decades. I used to be proud of my family past, no longer. What the early Cherokee did to whites and blacks is unspeakable, but in turn what the whites did to the Cherokee was unspeakable. Thus far in the book the only ones who had hands clean of blood were the black slaves. Humans can be sickening to each other.
DeWayne Watts: I started out writing short stories and poetry. Some of which was published in the 1980's. I have parts of 5 novels written and have completed 2 novels. I have been married over 25 years and raised 2 wonderful sons who have been a great addition to the human family.
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