As an artist, I hope to provoke thought so that you can understand or see the similarity between drug addiction and slavery.
Does anyone know why someone would become a drug addict? If you do know, then maybe you understand how a country could employ slavery for its heavy lifting.
I give private conversations at my events about why so many blacks and other minorities are in prison. Although it might be an uncomfortable way to start an introduction, I hope to attract serious consideration and an understanding of how art saved my life. Otherwise, I would have perished a long time ago in prison.
My institutional education taught me to act and think like a victim which led to hopelessness and self-doubt, and a neighborhood rhetoric would be. “It’s the white man’s plan!”
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, or two poles where does one side start and one side end? With darkness and light, so to speak, where does darkness leave off, and light begin?
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 a drug called; slavery, and ever since the end of the conflict our nation has been going through “Drug Withdrawal”.
As a person that has suffered for too many years with my own internal Civil War, I have defined my own warfare a spiritual war. There’s a lot of passion behind the racial divide in our country that is based on information that 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 affect 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.
It appears Islamists have something in common with American statue vandals and desecration of historic monuments.
America must know it was the black Confederates 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.
My need is for art galleries, coffee shops and corporations across America to sponsor my art shows. My shows will be accompanied by companion books like Uncle T and the Uppity Spy and Get Forrest books. etc.
I have spent a small portion of my life living in the South. I couldn’t figure out, only because I had failed to ask, why so many blacks attended schools that were named after Thomas Stonewall Jackson one of the greatest fighting generals of the Confederacy and for black people. Why was he a hero to black people? And why is so much of black America unknowledgeable about him and his involvement in the development of this country is minimize.
Art has the power to make one see things in a new light. In the year 1963, the creator of us all chose to have the Famous Artist School in Westport Connecticut give me a scholarship, sponsored by Albert Dawn and Norman Rockwell after I won first prize in a teen art contest.
After trading in my artistic ability to the streets to be a drug addict and dealer, I heard a speech called “Message to the Grass Roots” by Malcolm X about American slaves, which made me question the power it took for him to turn from being a pimp, a racketeer into a powerful provocateur.
It was 20 years ago after my recovery. I started thinking about my DNA and I started painting again, and the first painting was named, “The Promotion”. The Promotion depicted a Black Confederate soldier who was a cook at the first start of the Civil War for the Confederate army and then was handed a rifle. This artwork appears in my first self-publish book “Uncle T and the Uppity Spy “ but before the book, I went to West Point, New York and photographed a Civil War type looking canon. Then transferred it to an enlarged version of that cannon to a 30” x 32” canvas, which is called a “canvas transfer” and then proceeded to paint on it with acrylics and the rest was history.
My pass was as a graphic designer before I became a full-fledged drug addict and dealer. After I self-published, illustrated and wrote a comic book named, The adventures of Rank Johnson, which you can still buy on eBay. Also, two publishing companies have hired me to illustrate two different children’s books.
History is full of ironies. It is disturbing to this author that the legacy of General Jackson is so little known. It is also disturbing that the so-called moral leaders of that time gave General Jackson’s horse–Little Sorrel–a prominent gravesite, and yet there is no trace of the body of Jim Lewis, Jackson’s faithful servant, companion, and confidante–and there is certainly no gravesite or headstone.
Winning the great civil war that each of us fights within requires more heroism than swordsmanship, proficiency with a rifle, or strategic battlefield planning. Jim Lewis won that civil war. He was a good man. He was a good man in spite of negative circumstances. He won the inner battle between love and hatred, choosing love. He heroically fought the good fight that brings us all a little more light in the darkness. Raised in a system that hated and oppressed his kind, Jim obeyed the injunction that Dr. Martin Luther King was to express a hundred years later: “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Jim Lewis,- “fed” his better nature. He embodied the humble and noble spirit that dwells in the African American and is so rarely depicted in the news media or in entertainment, which seems to glorify people who represent the very opposite. I hope my community conceives of a desire to find Jim Lewis’s burial site and place there a monument or site headstone to honor a man of virtue, valor, and victory. Jim Lewis “lies in a neglected grave in the Colored Cemetery at Lexington without a stone.” After the original colored cemetery was closed, the re-interment of his remains was taken to Evergreen Cemetery. To my knowledge, he still does not have a gravestone. EVERGREEN NEGRO CEMETERY, Houston, Texas Located at Lockwood Drive and Market Street, south of I-10. A large portion of graves was moved.
Now that I’m all into the heavy lifting I hope that you could entertain my artwork, my lifestyle and my efforts to get to your children to let them know that the winners get to write the history.
I’m glad to say I am a positive deviant now and absent of mulatto hatred. My efforts for the last year have led me to a historical organization, that helped add spiritual strength to my focus; Chaplain Alan Farley D.D. who has been Ministering to the Re-enacting Community for Over 30 Years. Civil War reenactors have been my market from both union and Confederate sides. I deeply and grateful for your financial support from the last 5 years supporting my efforts against historical vandalism; www.rmjc.org, www.chaplainsmuseum.org