Jim Crow Genocide

Bren Kelly
7 min readOct 31, 2022

The Ruffians Down on the Docks

When the Solid South meant a one party country
When Blue Meant White

All death comes alive. We know this to be true. We are not immune from the past. No matter how long ago, a minute, a year, ten years, one hundred years, two hundred years, one thousand years, or two thousand years — it is all mentioned instantly. It comes alive in speech and in the mind at almost a moment’s notice. You can choose what you mention: You can feel defeated of empowered, emboldened, or in decline.

But others can do this too. With one thought spoken out loud, they will say “slavery ended,” forgetting the so did Jesus, he’s ended. They conjure up the long-ago time of Mohammed or the Buddha, Abraham, or the Ark to prove a point, to summon strength, to find relief, to find meaning in life. But they are saying, We won’t let you summon up slavery.

They will say, But Jesus is still with me. So how is it fair then that the slaves are not? Are those ancestors from the rebellion and the founding fathers strengthening you with the power of the 1776 battle cry now but the slaves they beat, scared, and whipped somehow important enough to be forgotten? or not important enough to be remembered?

And in the name of what did “they” go into battle? For the ideals and ideas to repress others? Or did John Adams bring forward the ideas of abolition and inalienable rights as the foundational cornerstone just to see…



Bren Kelly

Engaged in new Ideas and old Inequalities, dismantling the system in systemic, born on the 50th Anniversary of Women's Lib Day, still seeking injustices.