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A Christian up for sale! / Wet with her blood your whips, o'er / task her frame,

 Make her life loathsome with your / wrong and shame

 

 

The Christian Slave

By John Greenleaf Whittier 

 

    A Christian! going, gone!
Who bids for God's own image? for
     his grace,
Which that poor victim of the marketplace
   Hath in her suffering won?

    My God! can such things be?
Hast Thou not said that whatsoe'er is
     done
Unto Thy weakest and Thy humbles
     one
   Is even done to Thee?

    In that sad victim, then
Child of Thy pitying love, I see Thee
     stand;
Once more the jest-word of a mocking
     band,
   Bound, sold, and scourged
     again!

    A Christian up for sale!
Wet with her blood your whips, o'er -
     task her frame,
Make her life loathsome with your
     wrong and shame,
   Her patience shall not fail!

    A heathen hand might deal
Back on your heads the gathered
     wrong of years:
But her low, broken prayer and
     nightly tears,
   Ye neither heed nor feel.

    Con well thy lesson o'er,
Thou prudent teacher, tell the toiling
   slave
No dangerous tale of Him who came to
     save
   The outcast and the poor.

    But wisely shut the ray
Of God's free Gospel from her simple
     heart,
And to her darkened mind alone
     impart
   One stern command, Obey!

    So shalt thou deftly raise
The market price of human flesh; and
     while
On thee, their pampered guest, the
      planters smile,
   Thy church shall praise.

    Grave, reverend men shall tell
From Northern pulpits how thy work
     was blest,
While in that vile South Sodom first
     and best,
   Thy poor disciples sell.

    Oh, shame! the Moslem thrall,
Who, with his master, to the Prophet
     kneels,
While turning to the sacred Kebla
     feels
   His fetter break and fall.

    Cheers for the turbaned Bey
Of robber-peopled Tunis! he hath
     torn
The dark slave-dungeons open, and
     hath born
   Their inmates into day:

    But our poor slave in vain
Turns to the Christian shrine his aching
     eyes;
It rites will only swell his market
     price,
   And rivet on his chain.

    God of all right! how long
Shall priestly robbers at Thine altar
     stand,
Lifting in prayer to Thee the bloody
     hand
   And haughty brow of wrong?

    Oh, from the fields of Cain,
From the low rice-swamp, from the
      trader's cell;
From the black slave-ship's foul and
     loathsome hell,
 And coffle's weary chain;

    Hoarse, horrible, and strong,
Rises to Heaven that agonizing cry,
Filling the arches of the hollow sky,
   How long, O God, how long?

In a publication of L.F. TasistroRandom Shots and Southern Breezesis a description of a slave auction at New Orleans, at which the auctioneer recommend the woman on the stands as "a good Christian!"

John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 – September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Highly regarded in his lifetime and for a period thereafter, he is now remembered for his poem Snow-Bound, and the words of the hymn Dear Lord and Father of Mankind, from his poem The Brewing of Soma, sung to music by Hubert Parry.Wikipedia

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AALBC.com's 25 Best Selling Books

For July 1st through August 31st 2011
 

Fiction

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#8 - The Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors by Frances Cress Welsing
#9 - The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter Godwin Woodson

#10 - John Henrik Clarke and the Power of Africana History  by Ahati N. N. Toure

#11 - Fail Up: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure by Tavis Smiley

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#13 - The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life by Kevin Powell

#14 - The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

#15 - Why Men Fear Marriage: The Surprising Truth Behind Why So Many Men Can't Commit  by RM Johnson

#16 - Black Titan: A.G. Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire by Carol Jenkins

#17 - Brainwashed: Challenging the Myth of Black Inferiority by Tom Burrell

#18 - A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

#19 - John Oliver Killens: A Life of Black Literary Activism by Keith Gilyard

#20 - Alain L. Locke: The Biography of a Philosopher by Leonard Harris

#21 - Age Ain't Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife by Carleen Brice

#22 - 2012 Guide to Literary Agents by Chuck Sambuchino
#23 - Chicken Soup for the Prisoner's Soul by Tom Lagana
#24 - 101 Things Every Boy/Young Man of Color Should Know by LaMarr Darnell Shields

#25 - Beyond the Black Lady: Sexuality and the New African American Middle Class  by Lisa B. Thompson

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.WashingtonPost

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson, III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America. Wilderson has a distinct, powerful voice and a strong story that shuffles between the indignities of Johannesburg life and his early years in Minneapolis, the precocious child of academics who barely tolerate his emerging political consciousness. Wilderson's observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid's last days.Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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