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Friday the 13th: A Ghost Story

I don’t believe in ghosts because, if there were such a thing, then I think the following would be a true story. As far as I know, it is not. …

It’s not widely discussed. Those who have witnessed it firsthand are, for obvious reasons, reluctant to talk about it. You’ll never see them publicly recounting their tales in front of the cameras and the microphones. These aren’t stories they are eager to tell.

But one hears whispers, rumors, stories told by the friends of friends. And those whispers, rumors and stories are too numerous and too eerily similar to be dismissed.

Something is happening. Something, it seems, happens every Friday the 13th, just before midnight.

The stories begin right around the turn of the 20th century, with the earliest reference I can find coming from August of 1897.

Capt. B.F. Auld of the Baltimore Police Department received a strange and surprising invitation to dinner at the home of Supreme Court Justice Henry Billings Brown. The two men had never met, and Capt. Auld never fully understood the reason for the invitation, but after what he described as their “distressing” conversation, he guessed it was because he had, two years earlier, been present at the funeral of Frederick Douglass.

“You saw him, then?” the justice asked him, with what Auld described as a “fearful” look. “And you are certain, without doubt, that he is, indeed, dead? You are certain?”

Auld never learned what prompted this feverish interrogation, and after firmly assuring Brown of all that he had seen at the great man’s funeral, the justice abruptly dropped the subject and the captain finished his meal in silence.

From later stories we can, I think, guess with some confidence what really lay behind that curious interview.

Consider, for example, the odd tale Charlie Chaplin told photographer Richard Avedon. The great genius (Chaplin), recalled a party at which a drunken D.W. Griffith had held him spellbound with his account of a terrifying “nightmare” he’d had in January of 1917. “‘I hear the mournful wail of millions,’ he told me,” Griffith had said, becoming manic and shaking visibly. “And he made me hear them too!” The next day, Chaplin said, the famed director told him it was just a clumsy, drunken jest, and begged him never to mention it again.

The details of Chaplin’s anecdote echo in another story told by the late Rep. Philip Campbell. As chairman of the House Committee on Rules, Campbell conducted hearings in October of 1921 on the violence of the revived Ku Klux Klan. The terror group’s leader, “Col.” Joe Simmons, was called before Congress. You can read accounts of his testimony, but most of those accounts neglect to mention that he also met with Campbell privately following those hearings and told the congressman of a disturbing “vision” he’d had two months before. Simmons’ vision was remarkably similar to Griffith’s nightmare — including even that exact phrase, “the mournful wail of millions.”

But Simmons was certain it had been more than a bad dream. “He was there,” he told Campbell, “Physically there beside my bed.”

I’ve unearthed dozens of similar stories, and hints of stories, and rumors of hints of stories. Seeking them out began as a hobby of sorts and later grew into an obsession.

My entrance into this strange world began with a friend from seminary whose identity I will protect here out of respect for his privacy. His father had been a prominent white southern preacher and a popular religious author, but he’s remembered today mainly for having been a fierce defender of segregation in the 1960s. I made some awkward joke about the similarity of my friend’s name with that of this notorious figure and only then realized, embarrassed, that this infamous man was his father.

It was then that my friend shared with me his father’s story — his whole story, which included more than just the horrifying headlines the man had earned during the Civil Rights era. I hadn’t realized that the old preacher had later repented of his segregationist views, abruptly resigning from the pulpit of his large church, becoming a teacher and, eventually, spending his last years as the humble pastor of a tiny, multiracial congregation in a small storefront church.

My friend traces that transformation back to a day when he, as a child, was sitting at the kitchen table doing schoolwork. He’d been assigned a book report by his grade-school teacher, an old Quaker who was all too aware of his father’s views. And so when his father came into the kitchen, he saw that book — a children’s adaptation of Douglass’ Narrative — sitting on the table. And there, on the cover, was the same famous portrait of Douglass I’ve included here.

“What is this?” my friend’s father had said, seizing the book before he could respond. “It’s him! How did you …?”

And then, after frantically examining the book for a moment, he just stood there, trembling and staring at the picture on the cover. My friend said it frightened him to realize, for the first time, that his father could be frightened too.

“He’s … he was a real person?” his father was muttering. “He was real. It was … it really …” He fled the house, taking the book with him, and didn’t return for hours. After that, my friend says, his father was a changed man.

My friend’s version of this story, I should note, is much more dramatic — and far more detailed — than his father’s own account. I tracked down a water-damaged copy of his long out-of-print memoir, From Galling Chains Set Free, in which he describes that day, suggesting he was simply angry that his son’s teachers were assigning such reading material. He rushed off to read the book seeking, as he put it, “ammunition for the next school board meeting,” but then, unexpectedly, found it moving and persuasive. He mentions it was the first time he’d ever seen a picture of Douglass, but he never describes that moment of horror-struck recognition after seeing the book’s cover and never explains what it might have meant.

So which account was more accurate? Did it really happen the way my friend remembered it? I’ll just say this: That chapter of his father’s memoir is titled, “An Unexpected Visitor From the Past.”

What I’ve pieced together from all these stories sounds unbelievable, and I certainly cannot prove any of it. But there are more things in heaven and earth than I can prove.

All I can tell you is what I believe. And what I believe is this: Somewhere in America, just before midnight on every Friday the 13th, the ghost of Frederick Douglass appears at the bedside of some racist wretch.

On some occasions, it seems, he stands silently, glowering with blazing eyes. That’s how then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson described him. (Although, once again, the description comes to us only very indirectly, through a confidant of Betty Ford’s. Ford said Lady Bird Johnson told her of an “awful dream” that left her husband shaken and unsettled throughout the final months of 1959. She used those exact words, “blazing eyes,” which we can only assume was a phrase her husband himself had used.)

Sometimes, apparently, Douglass speaks, condemning the one he is visiting with all the famed eloquence and devastating wit of America’s greatest orator and prophet. (In divorce papers, Cornelia Wallace described her husband George as having, the previous spring, spent “three days with his nose in the dictionary,” looking up words “he’d heard in a dream.”)

And sometimes, on rare occasions, it seems that Douglass’ spirit possesses the same great physical strength that the man himself had in life. At least a couple of stories suggest that these visitations have sometimes involved a serious, corporeal ass-kicking. In 1913, Ty Cobb missed several games in late June due to vague injuries he never explained to manager Hughie Jennings. Fifty years later, on Sunday, Sept. 15, Byron de la Beckwith showed up in church with badly bruised ribs and a greenish-yellow shiner nearly closing his left eye. No one quite believed his story about falling down the cellar stairs, and from that day until his death in 2001, it was rumored that the warped old man never slept a wink on the night of any Friday the 13th.

All of this raises many questions for which I have no answer. Why Friday the 13th? Why were these particular people visited rather than others? Why were some of them transformed while others seemed, if anything, even more set in their ways following the visitation?

And who’s next?

All I know is this: Later this month, on Monday the 16th, somewhere in America a man will arrive at work looking clammy and pale. He may be a politician, a preacher, a TV host or radio personality. He may be a famous leader, a celebrity, or someone whose name most of us would never recognize.

“Are you alright?” his friends and colleagues will ask, “You don’t look well.”

And he’ll insist, a bit defensively, that yes, yes, he’s fine, just fine. Just a little tired. Rough weekend. Trouble sleeping.

  • Anonymous

    My US History class in high school (Illinois ’86-’89) was a joke, but I think the problem was not so much institutional as the fact that we just got an incompetent teacher who didn’t know his subject and couldn’t pace worth a damn.  We spent at minimum the first third of the year on pre-Columbian, colonial and Revolutionary eras — just getting to the mere existence of the US.  Then we moseyed at a leisurely pace through the wars of 1812, Mexican-American, and Civil; heavy focus on the battles, not so much on the strategic side of things, let alone all the social, economic and political stuff.  Then we ran out of time, and by year’s end had just reached the Spanish-American War.  We lost the whole 20th century.

    Frederick Douglass was probably mentioned somewhere along the line, but I didn’t really know anything about him before Carl Sagan wrote about him in The Demon-Haunted World.

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    Douglass was one of the greatest Americans of the mid-nineteenth century. Shame on your teachers.

    Once again…

    NOT AN AMERICAN. Why on earth would my teachers be focused on famous American people?

  • Caroll

    Another personal story of Frederick Douglass in US schools:  In one of my US history courses, we had the option of choosing to read one of a variety of books about the abolitionist movement, and one of the choices was “Narrative of the life of Federick Douglass” which is what I chose. I’m from a northern state, and we also read “Lies My Teacher Told Me”, so it was a fairly liberal school district.

  • Albanaeon

    Well, if anyone is to be the angry conscience of America come to haunt the deserving contemptible, I’d certainly nominate Frederick Douglass.  Too bad that there are so many deserving of a bit of righteously inflicted terror.

  • wendy

    Because… American exceptionalism? 

  • Anonymous

     Apologies, I didn’t see your explanation until after I had written that. Sorry.

  • rizzo

    Lol nice Lovecraft homage:)

    Douglass was the TR of the anti slavery movement.

  • http://profiles.google.com/marc.k.mielke Marc Mielke

    That’s cool. He wasn’t included in my curriculum and I went to a pretty tony private school. I learned about him years later when a friend of mine was running a tabletop RPG and decided to make our Space Marines CO look and sound like Douglass. She was kind of a Sarah Vowell-type history nerd. 

  • Mike Timonin


    It wasn’t merely about wanting white women to vote first.

    And seeing the political momentum for expanding the vote, knowing that if this chance was missed it would be a generation or more before women would be able to vote. And they were right – after the Reconstruction amendments were passed, there was little political interest in expanding equality further.  

    You’re absolutely right, of course. However, the rhetoric that National Women’s Suffrage Association used was decidedly racist in tone.

    The other major difference between the NWSA and the American Women’s Suffrage Association is the role of men – the NWSA was much more hesitant to allow men in leadership roles (and rightly so!)

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    Hmm. Thanks for the apology. But please think about this for a moment longer…

    Your comment pretty much implied that
    a) Obviously, all people on the internet are from the USA.
    or
    b) Obviously, all countries learn about US history.

    This is classic Americentrism. Do you understand why some of us tend to find it irritating?

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     Thing is, this is one of those situations where I think it’s essential to look at who you’re siding with and who you’re siding against. At this particular point in history, (a part of) the women’s sufferage movement decided to side *with* racists *against* former slaves. They chose to side with the strong against the weak. They sided with “Neither women nor former slaves get the vote” against “former slaves get the vote”.  

    As far as I know, you never get to equality by siding with the strong to help oppress the weak.

  • Lori

    I’m not sure that it’s always wrong to say “all of us or none of us”. The weak tend to be stronger when they band together than when they allow themselves to be separated and pitted against each other.

    For a modern take on this look at the debate over a trans-inclusive ENDA.

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    I’m not sure that it’s always wrong to say “all of us or none of us”.

    Heck, that’s what unions do.

  • Lori

     

    This is classic Americentrism. Do you understand why some of us tend to find it irritating?  

    In fairness I’m not sure this was really a case of classic Americentrism. We were talking about whether Douglas is taught in history classes. If I didn’t know better I would assume that anyone commenting on that in this context was USian. There’s no reason to think that general history classes in other countries would cover him so “no” would be the default.

  • Lori

     

    Heck, that’s what union’s do.  

    Yes. I think the concept is less clear when we’re talking about other kinds of situations, but I also think that wanting to band together to get a broad solution is not always a matter of siding with the strong against the weak.

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    We were talking about whether Douglas is taught in history classes.

    Actually, we weren’t. The conversation about that only got started because of my comment that I’d never heard of him before.

    When the conversation goes
    Deird: Never heard of this guy before…
    Other Commenters: Well, your history teachers suck! He’s so important to America!
    then, yeah, I’m going to call it Americentrism. Especially when it happens twice in a row.

  • Lori

     Fair enough

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     I must be seriously misunderstanding the history here if the case we’re discussing is “banding together to get a broad solution”. Because my understansding was that the women’s sufferage group didn’t go to the african-american sufferage group and say “We will help you on this but only if you push for a solution that grants sufferage both to african-americans and also to women.”

    In fact, my (admittedly slight) knowledge about the topic suggests that the idea of banding together never entered into it; it was straight up “How dare they give it to *them* before you give it to *us*? How dare you elevate a group ahead of us in the hierarchy?”

  • Ursula L

    Look at it from the women’s suffrage activist’s perspective, rather than that abolitionist/black men’s rights perspective.

    Women suffrage activists had put a lot of energy into abolition as well as woman’s suffrage. It had been a team effort – equality is for everyone.  But after the civil war, those who supported black men’s rights were willing to throw out both white and black women.  

    One of the specific ways in which society oppresses women is by telling women that they should sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others. Society idealizes mothers who will give up their own good for the welfare of their children.  Expects that wives will work their careers around the career of their husband, giving up a good job or promotion in order for the family to follow the husband’s job. Society makes laws forcing women to sacrifice their bodies, their health, even their lives to pregnancy.  

    Saying “this is the black man’s hour” isn’t just looking at the moment.  It’s telling women, again, that women have the job of giving up their welfare for the benefit of others.   “Wait your turn” with no assurance that your turn will ever come, or that anyone will help you get your turn, once you’ve helped them get theirs.  

    The generation of women’s suffrage workers who were activists in 1870 didn’t live to see women have the right to vote in 1920.  They wereleft to die without the rights they were fighting for.  And one word added to the 15th amendment would have made the law about equality rather than about male privilege and inequality.  

    Telling women that it is their job to  give up their rights and autonomy for the sake of others is wrong. It goes to the heart of how society oppresses women. 

  • Ursula L

    There is a third party in this situation that is being ignored – the white men who were in Congress, in the various state legislatures, etc.  The various groups advocating for expanded suffrage couldn’t just propose a law and vote on it.

    Women’s suffrage groups fought hard, to have “sex” added to the reasons why suffrage could not be denied in the 15th amendment.  They weren’t fighting to get race, color or previous condition of servitude removed.

    Some black men’s suffrage workers wanted “sex” included in the 15th amendment.  Others wanted it left out, cynically calculating that they’d be less likely to get it passed if white and black women were granted the vote along with black men.

    But in the end, it came down to white men deciding who should and shouldn’t be granted access to voting.  They were the ones who could already vote, they were the ones holding office.  And they decided that black men would be covered by the new law, but that neither white nor black women would be covered.  

    And it was frequently white men who were telling women, white women and black women, to wait their turn (with no promise of an actual turn in the future), that this was “the black man’s hour”, that if women were included, the law wouldn’t pass (when they, the white men, were the ones who would or wouldn’t pass it.)  

    White men are the elephant in the room for this discussion.  They had the actual power. They decided the words of the law.  They decided that black men would be covered, but that neither white nor black women would be covered.  They are the ones who told women that they would not pass the law if it covered women, but only if it covered black men while excluding women.  

    And white men remained the majority of voters, when the vote was expanded to include black men, but they would no longer be an absolute majority if women could vote.  

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

     I’m not looking at it from a black man’s perspective, and I’m not saying “wait your turn” and I’m not saying “this is the black man’s hour”. I’m not saying any of those things.

    I’m saying that one side said “Black men shouldn’t get the vote” and one side said “Black men should get the vote”, and these women sided with the first group. And I imagine there were a lot of white men who wanted NEITHER women NOR black men to get the vote. Had this group gotten what they were attempting and prevented adoption of the fifteenth amendment, the “winners” would be people who DIDN’T want voting rights expanded to cover people other than WHITE MEN. You know, the same group who ALWAYS wins when one unpriviliged group joins in the fight to keep another unpriviliged group down because, y’know, “we might be (poor/women/black/gay), but at least we’re not (women/black/gay/trans)”

    THey didn’t “not support” it, they didn’t “try tochange it”, they tried to get it *shot down*. They tried to say “Oh yeah? Well if you won’t give us OUR dues, we’re going to help your oppressors put you back in your place.”

  • Lori

    I’m saying that one side said “Black men shouldn’t get the vote” and one side said “Black men should get the vote”, and these women sided with the first group. 

    Saying that the law, written to give the vote to black me but not to white or black women was a very bad law and shouldn’t be accepted is not the same thing as siding with the people who say that black men should not get the vote.

    As Ursula pointed out, the suffrage movement wasn’t writing the law. They were reacting to a law proposed by white men that expanded the franchise for men and left women out again. My memory of all the details around the passage of the 15th Amendment is not what it probably should be. I have no doubt that some white suffragettes were racists who didn’t support giving black men the vote because some people were/are like that. However, to the best of my knowledge that wasn’t the issue with most of them or with the movement as a whole. If your recollection is that it was, please provide links to some information on that.

    I refer again to the recent ENDA debate. Saying that it is wrong to leave trans folks without employment protection and therefore a law that excludes them is a bad law is not the same thing as saying LGB folks shouldn’t have employment protection. Many people campaigned against the passage of non-trans-inclusive ENDA not because they’re homophobes, but because they felt that passage of a bill that covered some people would take away the incentive to pass a bill that covered everyone and that if trans protection was left on its own it would be all but impossible to pass.

  • Ursula L

    This.  Very much this.

    Also, it is worth remembering that the energy and political influence of women’s rights activists is limited.  The energy and political influence of every activist is limited.  No one has the energy to fight for every cause in every circumstance.  

    And it is not unreasonable to say “if you want me to fight for a law, then that law must respect and include me.”  

    Activism is hard work.  It carries heavy costs, financial and social.  

    The 15th amendment didn’t just grant the vote to black men.  It also reinforced the understanding that voting was a privilege for men, rather than a human right.  

    It took another fifty years of fighting before women, black and white, were able to get the right to vote, the equivalent right to what was granted to black men in the 15th amendment. Fifty years.  That’s a long time to go without the most basic of civil rights. 

    Were women supposed to stop fighting for their rights, in order to fight to pass a law that didn’t grant them any rights at all?  How much energy are you expected to sped, when you’re fighting for your own basic rights, to support laws deliberately written to exclude you from your basic rights?

    A law that maintains voting as privilege of maleness rather than a right of citizenship is a bad law.  It isn’t a law about equality.  It isn’t a law about human rights.  It’s a law that promotes discrimination.  It’s a law that denies basic human rights and dignity. 

    Fifty years.

    Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton both died without the right to vote, because the word “sex” was left out of the 15th Amendment. And they were politically wise enough to recognize, when they saw the amendment written to exclude them, that it meant that they would never live to enjoy that basic right.  

    Why fight for a law that defines you as subhuman, that denies you basic human rights? 

  • http://www.oliviareviews.com/ PepperjackCandy

    Apparently, Douglass haunts a house he lived in from 1873 to 1874:  http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20050626/news_mz1h26dougla.html

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Yeah, fly the flag, Deird!

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    Really? Where did you go to school? I guess I thought his inclusion in Civil War history was pretty much standard by now.

    I know this bit of the argument was over two days ago, but I wanted to point out that my high school history classes included civil wars of the USA, England, Russia and Spain. So there is no “THE Civil War”.

  • Kit

    I’m not denying Americentrism exists or is problematic, but my first impression on reading your comment was that you sounded surprised you hadn’t heard of him, which made me think you were American until you later corrected people. As far as world history goes, I’d enjoy seeing Frederick Douglass being taught about in a quick once-over of the US, even though I realize it’s unlikely from any angle.

  • Panda Rosa

    When did the Douglass’ Ghost idea begin? I’ve been reading all the posts on Douglass and how he’s a brilliant man sadly overlooked by history, but I will confess that it’s the “ghost” part that intrigues me, and how he allows appears on Friday 13th, and moreso, to a racist. Wonder how many people have seen (or would admit to it) Douglass over the years. No shortage of bigots even now, wonder who will be the unfortunate visitee? 
    Me, I’d love it if the guilty party was on talk radio.

  • Cblack

     
    This is a picture of Father Boniface Hardin, Civil Rights leader and founder of Martin University in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He did many informational performances playing Frederick Douglas, whom he admired and looking amazingly like.
    .

  • thatotherjean

    How did I miss this before?  I do so wish (hope?) it to be true.

  • Victor

    Talking about  “the mournful wail of millions.” Victor why can’t you at least play dead cause you know that you commit suicide just like your brother Joe did!

    STOP “IT” sinner vic cause you know that “IT” did not really happen in our reality world but only spiritually speaking and as far as “Jesus” is concerned, after receiving His Body and Blood, He saved U>S (usual sinners) on the third day so stop trying to scare these readers of  Fred Clark  just because “IT” is Friday The 13th. :)

    http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=18142394&postID=5156061197111569247

    Peace

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

    We did learn quite a lot about the remarkable Ms. Tubman when I was in school; she was quite a shrewd lady. Even with her old sleeping spells she never ever got caught. She seems to have faded from public awareness these days, which is a sin and a shame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

    Has anyone ever collected a more complete record of the Douglass’ ghostly visitations? That would be a profound mission for any historian.

  • http://jesustheram.blogspot.com/ Mr. Heartland

    Those of us in the know are aware that Douglass never died to become a ghost at all.  He just moved to Omaha and changed his name to Ernie Chambers. 

     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernie_Chambers

  • Monala

    It took another fifty years of fighting before women, black and white, were able to get the right to vote, the equivalent right to what was granted to black men in the 15th amendment. Fifty years. That’s a long time to go without the most basic of civil rights.

    Fuck this. This conversation feels like white women privilege. It was almost fifty years (46, to be exact) after white women received and fully exercised their right to  vote, before black men or black women were allowed to vote in the parts of the U.S. where the vast majority of African-Americans lived. For the most part, black men weren’t  enjoying some privilege denied to white women after the 15th amendment was signed.

  • Dmoore970

    Frederick Douglass’s comment to Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony was that  the Ku Klux Klan wasn’t murdering women because they were women, and he thought the people in greater danger should be priority in receiving protection.

  • Dmoore970

    I don’t believe any of it, but I will add that George Wallace really did express remorse for his racist past and end up courting black voters.  I personally think this was more a matter of political expediency than sincere conviction, but even so .  .  .

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    Jones. Google “The Georgia
    Guidestones” Elberton, GA Hwy.

    ~ “77” ~!

    www. TheGeorgiaGuidestones.com/911.htm  

    “the message of 911”

    “There is a conspiracy; and the
    better world they want is a better one for themselves; you have no part in
    it, unless you happen to be one of ‘them’. Killing thousands in a hoaxed
    terrorist attack is a prelude to what you can expect at their hands; violence
    and falsehoods.”

    ~“LOVE!”~ ~“GOD IS!”~ ~“LOVE!”~

    http://www.LoveGodIsLove.org
     

    1 Timothy 6:((9-11)) King James

     9But they that will be rich
    fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts,
    which drown men in destruction and perdition.

     10For the love of money is
    the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the
    faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

     11But thou, O man of God,
    flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
    patience, meekness.

    1 Corinthians
    13:13 New King James

    13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest
    of these is love.

     

    Epilogue:

     

    I have been ~“approached”~ by ~“God”~ in a ~“manner”~ similar to that of:  CAROLINE COTTOM, (Read her book. “Love
    Changes Things – Even in the World of Politics”) Edgar Cayce, Jean Dixon,
    William (We look like twins, and my ~“book”~
    is ~”the reason”~ why!) Marrion Branham, Joseph Smith,
    Saint Bernadette, Emanuel Swedenborg, Nostradamus, Joan of Arc, John the
    Baptist, Ezekiel, Hosea, Amos and Moses! My ~“experiences”~ are
    slightly similar to those of the fictional character Jerry Landers played by John
    Denver in the 19~“77”~ movie ~ “Oh God!” ~ staring George
    Burns.  Through a “very long” series of
    ~“dreams”~ ~“visions”~ ~“signs and wonders”~ which included having ~“Ezekiel 33”~
    “physically” given to me to read, I “finally” realized that through ~“these things”~ I had/have been
    ~“appointed”~ by ~“God”~ to be and to ~“speak”~ as ~“thee a watchman”~ of verse ~“7”~. Call me! ~“God”~
    has!

    ~ “Love is the answer.”
    ~ ~“God is love.”~                                             

    Arnold Joseph White ~”a white”~                                                             

    Did you know that
    ~”a white”~ is in the King James Bible ~”7″~
    times?

    ~ “Coincidence
    is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” ~ Albert Einstein

    ~ “God does not call the qualified, He
    qualifies the called.” ~ Call me! ~“God”~ has!

  • Neal Farley

    I hope I can shed some loght on this subject.
    I am a second generation medium sensative who has been seeing and talking to spirits for almost 60 years.
    The home I live in was once owned by an abolitionist rev. John White since moving into this home it has been one paranormal rollercoaster ride after another and on December 19th 2012 just when I thought I had seen it all I saw the face of Mr. Frederick Douglas.
    You can look at the image and make up your own mind if it is him or not, but for me I am 100% sure that this is the spirit of Frederick Douglass.

  • Bob

    Yes, we can see how well desegregation has worked out in Detroit… and Buffalo NY… and Gary IN… and Baltimore… and Atlanta… and Birmingham… and Chicago… and SA, where so many Boers are being persecuted and murdered that Genocide Watch has declared the Boer population to be at Stage 5 out of seven stages of genocide… former word class hotels and office buildings in Johannesburg now house sqatters cooking over open fires and living with their goats and chickens…

    While I’m not a Klan supporter, I would like to point out that blacks murder more people in the US each year than the Klan murdered during the entire Jim Crow era (about 4,000). In fact, blacks murder about 400 white people every year in the US– you do the math. Yet the Klan is the utter face of Satan, and black people are just like us… if they do commit violent crimes at about eight times the rate that white people do, it’s because racism forces them to be criminals. These are FBI statistics, you can look them up for yourself. Is it “racist” if it’s true?

  • Chloe P. H. Lewis

    !! You’re from somewhere without it’s own civil war? I didn’t know that was possible! (New Zealand?)

  • http://deird1.dreamwidth.org Deird

    Australia. The only civil war we had was the Eureka Stockade, and that lasted about two days and took up a single hill.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    There was also the Emu War (!)

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Oh, so you’re a racialist or something.

    I swear, people like you — you do everything you can to trip up black people and then turn around and blame them when they inevitably screw up.

  • stardreamer42

    I went to a good public school in Michigan, but we didn’t spend a lot of time on the Slaveholders’ Rebellion.