Artist/Publisher Statement

ARTIST STATEMENT

Hi I’m Gregory Newson an artist, writer, my institutional education taught me to act and think like a victim which led to hopelessness and self-doubt, and the neighborhood rhetoric would be. “It’s the white man’s plan!”

It takes a village to raise a bigot; I’m a descendant of slaves from Jacksonville Florida that migrated to Harlem New York in the 30s, where I was born in 1948. At school, I was very disruptive and instinctively fought every classroom bully.  And always expelled to the art class, which the teachers observed had a calming effect on me.

Then my white art schoolteacher entered me into art shows which I won 1st prize and attracted a scholarship from Norman Rockwell and Radio talk shows interviews, and the Amsterdam News did a story headline title; “Harlem Boy is Promising Genius”.

I wanted badly to be like, so I started following the black panther party and its rhetoric. “You’ll never see a black artist become famous; Nigger get real.” So, I stop painting. But In puberty, I needed to make money and became a drug dealer which led to prison time.

On my release from prison a phoenix was born, I move to Jacksonville Florida, and joined a church that helped me continue my sobriety. But I still was not painting.

Then I stumbled onto the home of Stonewall Jackson’s and learn about what I was not taught in school; Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s started the first black Sunday school to teach Black people how to read the Bible and defy Virginia law and about his 3,000+ military black soldiers, with extensive research about the Black Confederates I wrote my first graphic novel book; Stonewall Jackson and the uppity spy and launch a publishing company named CSA Buried Treasures. “Nothing is holding us down but gravity and lack of hard work” and I plan to highlight slaves of the loss’ cause who exhibited extraordinary character. All Black Lives Matter especially those that paid a high price for my freedom.

The Principle of Polarity, as taught by the ancient mystics, was that everything is dual, everything has two poles, and everything has its own pair of opposites.

For example, the opposite of North is South, the opposite of black is white. if all manifested things have two sides, two aspects, or two poles, two aspects, where does one side start and one side end? With darkness and light, so to speak, where does darkness leave off, and light begins?

Let us take a radical and extreme example—that of love and hate, two totally different mental states. Apparently totally different and yet there are degrees of hate and degrees of Love, and a middle point in which we use the terms “Like” or “Dislike,” which shade into each other so gradually that sometimes we are at a loss to know whether we “like” or “dislike” or “neither”.

My personal goal has been to highlight the middle polarity of the American Civil War which rarely gets any acknowledgment and understanding of the conflict, and how it affects us today. Furthermore, to show there was no true difference between the North and South, both needed slavery, and ever since the end of the conflict our nation has been going through “Withdrawal”.

As a person that has suffered for too many years with my own internal Civil War, I have defined my own warfare as a spiritual war. There’s a lot of passion behind the racial divide in our country that is based on information that is based on past down information from people that had personal or business-sponsored agendas.

As I have gotten older, I have grown suspicious of two subjects in my life. The first being science and the second being history. I believe that one-third of science is nothing but theory and history is written by the winner of that war. And after winning the war, they must make sure that the losing side does not gain economic or political power again. And this is where education comes in that affects our children for generations.

For example, we’re taught that the Civil War was fought to end slavery, have you ever heard of Abraham Lincoln’s Corwin Amendment?

The discovery of a letter from newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln to the governor of Florida has generated renewed interest in Lincoln’s views toward slavery.

The letter, found at the Lehigh County Historical Society in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a form letter from Lincoln to Governor Madison S. Perry transmitting an authenticated copy of a Joint Resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States.” On March 16, 1861, Lincoln sent the same letter to all of the governors of the states, including states that had already seceded from the Union and formed their own confederate government. What was this amendment, and what was Lincoln’s role in its attempted ratification?

Lincoln was telling them, the South, “Just come back to the union and you can keep your slaves forever. “Lincoln was going into panic mode with all that cotton money walking away, one state at a time. What they have been telling us in black schools that the Civil War was over slavery is an outright lie.

America must know it was the black Confederate’s role in helping the South that force Abraham Lincoln to craft the Emancipation Proclamation. Monuments should be erected about the South’s so-called mythical soldier that our education system tells our children is “Blacks” were only Orderlies, Teamsters, Cooks, Body servants, and Flunkies.