Did You Guys Do?
“What did you guys do?” the friendly taunt was posed to me by a 3rd Grade pudgy Italian classmate, Anthony
---- whom I still arguably
‘fairest’ person I have ever known. Anthony continued his soliloquy with references to Christopher Columbus who
“discovered” the World; the comic book superheroes and cowboys; the USA
Presidents; military leaders and radio stars. There were just three races then; Colored such as myself, Whites who were often
referred to by ethnicity i.e. Italian pronounced with a beginning long “I”, Greek, German, Irish, Jews, and Japanese
who were often just called Japs and racially classified with Chinese. Other Asians only
existed in action comic books, Charlie Chan radio programs or Bob Hope road show movies. Indians, now politically
Americans were just Indians ---- Mexicans were incorrectly considered White. Anthony had an equally pudgy twin sister, Teresa
with an infectious laugh and
friendship in her eyes ---- she seemed as though she wanted to give everyone a big hug.
I struggled for an answer before I mentioned my paternal grandfather, a soldier who fought in the Spanish American
War and my Native American paternal grandmother, who I exaggeratedly misidentified as having an Indian Chief father. History
was disseminated with Eurocentric political spin as nearly all scientific achievement; discovery and cultural aspects reflected
As the new world order emerges from the shadows
of millenniums of conflict to elucidate the eco-political growth in China, Malaysia,
India, Lower Asia, Brazil, Africa et al; prudence should be given to re-examine the
anthropology of this heretofore silenced majority.
Knowing someone is essential to understanding.
As Voltaire eloquently stated, “Truth
is the first casualty of War”.
THANKS for the visit .... CLICK logo on the left for a parting
The quarry safely ensconced
in shelter surviving another day
The huntress with
a guide has tracked, waiting chance to strike anyway
filters through a clearing
Cover is removed, daybreak nearing
Prey nervous, disturbed by interrupted still
Huntress quickly springs, one swipe kill
Leaves the store with bargain, seeking more game
Season drawing near end, life returning to same
This too shall pass away