Quiet Poetry Lounge : "Had A Little Fire"

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  1. UL820

    UL820 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    a story told and retold
    of family land....stole
    and sold to the highest buyer
    all because...."had a little fire"

    "had a little fire" in the courthouse
    happened again and again across the South
    where racist flames got out of hand
    and burned the deeds to Black land

    so records showing taxes paid
    paid from the sweat of crops made
    and knee sessions, looking higher
    were lost cause "had a little fire"

    been telling and retelling our story
    of theft, gory midnites and vainglory
    for from 1902-1965 "had a little fire"
    now stop cussing me, call A.P. a liar

    cause the nobleness to which you aspire
    has been ignited like a Viking pyre
    and the claims of laziness, lack of desire
    now burn your tongue cause "had a little fire

    this story had been a part of my families history
    since 1932 when my granfather lost 175 acres
    in east Ga. cause "had a little fire".And almost happened
    again to my great-uncle in 1956 when towns all over Ga.
    "had a little fire". But history had taught him so stockpliled
    ever reciept and was able to save his 175 acres. In 1981
    my siblings and I were able to afford 50 acres of the ancestral
    property. T he Associated Press just ran a story detailing the
    lost of Black land all across the South because of theft by violence and case unable to be documented because "Had A Little Fire".
    But could document that Black folksonce owned 15 million acres
    in the South. But today only own about 2 million acres and records show how this lost was brought about. Sorry about my long wind but finally feeling vindicated because for years have been accused of lying by bith friends and foes.
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    well now

    dis splat of reality speaks out and very touching
    to da soul of bruthahood.......i feel ya here........
     
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    *STANDING OVATION!*

    This is a story that needs to be on billboards!

    So many Black families have had their lands stolen by those same "little fires" all over this country! Still, today, many in SC are battling in the courts to keep what has been in their families for over a hundred years.

    This piece is so VITAL! So many NEED to read this, to KNOW this, to HEED this! Thank you for putting this out!
     
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