Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
In 1619, slaves entered the U.S.
In 1861 to 1865, 600,000 U.S. citizens died in a terrible conflict over slavery.
Slaves were freed partially. Their status was transferred to that of serf, denied vote, education and controlled by state law, Ku Klux Klan terror and employment.
Color separated them from those of us who came as indentured servants, who did our time and assimilated.
Color identified and blamed them as the cause of the 600,000 deaths, reconstruction and regional humiliation.
This animosity lessened during the next 150 years.
Residual animosity remains as illustrated by the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
Dennis L. Porter