Gerald Tatum

WHAT IS FREEDOM!!!! by Gerald Tatum

For me it all started in Amexem(Africa) likely Senegal because it has the most shoreline,making easy docking for the slave traders to load their human cargo. Do you hear the chains clang against the holding cell? Do you smell the fear? Do you see the angered rough waters though the feared eyes? Do you feel the goose-bumped dry black and brown skin? I hear it. I smell it. I see it. I feel it. Do you see my family tree ripped with the African(Amexem) soil stll clinging to the roots? I do. Transplanted into the soil of Hispaniola where everything was different. Lost language. Lost culture. Lost homeland. Lost freedom.Toil. Long, strenuous, fatiguing labor for hundreds of years on suger plantations under owners. Do you hear the snap of the cruel whip? Do you feel the stinging thrashes along there backs? Do you see the swing of the machete as it cuts down the sugar cane? I can feel the weight of being treated less than human. Can you put yourself there with sweat glistening on your black and browm skin and your back aching? I can. And I can feel the anger than led to revolution. So could Toussaint Louverture who was a slave that led an uprising. He said “I was born a slave but nature gave me the soul of a free man.” He inspired my people that never knew freedom to fight for it.Theyrisked everything because they had nothing. They fought for freedom.Freedom from brutality. Freedom from being sold away from loved ones. Freedom from subservience. Freedom from tyranny. Freedom to control their own destiny. Do you see the flash of the machete now used as weapon? Dyou hear the guns? Do you feel the rocks under the bare cold feet? Can you feel the pent up energy transfomimg the slaves into warriors? I can. The only successful slave insurrection in history.Victory. Two hundred years later Iam born on the land where the roots had been transplanted deep in the soil of Louisiana and Haiti. Not a slave. Yet not fee. Poverty and Prison is a tyrant too. The struggle never ends. We fight for freedom. For Toussaint Louverture and all slaves. For self determination. To maintain our dignity. U.S.A. and Haitian. Also we celebrate,Celebrate the process of self determination.The richness of a strong culture of Moorish Wasitaw Nation culture.There is a beauty with the community and ourselves. All history lives in me. Even though I’ll never know my great.great.great grandmother’s name.She lives in me.Do you her? What about my great,great grandfather? I honor them. I honor the history of my people…Hotep(peace)My Queen Carylon(mother) My Queen sister LaToya who been in my life since day one and still here waiting for me to come home.I’m coming,You feel it? you see it? Me too!!! Can’t forget about Queen Ketlove Gray and Queen Suzie Jennings! I love all of ya’ll and the whole world!!! Contact me at J-Pay.com;Name:Gerald Tatum D.O.C.#560444 a.k.a. Gerald El Bey.

Gerald Tatum
DOC #560444

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