Apr 22

We are all familiar with the tragic story of the Aboriginal Stolen Generations. Often I have heard people say how shocking it is that these events took place in such recent history, for many of us within our lifetime.

Well, I have uncovered something perhaps even more disturbing. The forced removal of children from their homes and families was occurring as late as the mid-1980s – but not here in Australia. This was taking place in the United States of America, the so-called “home of the free”.

Picture this scene:

Two black children play innocently in their neighbourhood playground. They appear happy and healthy. The children are among friends, people with whom they have spent their entire lives. Along comes a rich, white man. He has decided that these black children would be better off living with him than among their own people. He takes them away to his penthouse apartment where they live with him and his white daughter. The children are told that they must “integrate” into white society.

I was given access to a rarely seen videotape which brazenly documents the events described above. Not only did the perpetrators have the audacity to record their heinous crimes, they even added a catchy tune, presumably for their own amusement.

Here is the video:

Let’s examine a few of the lyrics:

Now the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum.
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.

The subtext is that the poor, African-American child does not know what is best for him. His life choices are made at the whim of the wealthy, Anglo-Saxon elite.

A man is born, he’s a man of means,
Then along come two, they got nothin’ but their genes*.

Nothing but their genes? The connotations of racial superiority here are truly chilling.

Further investigation uncovered more facts about the particular case shown in this video. The two boys, who we will call “A” and “W”, were children of a servant indentured to “Mr D”, a rich, white businessman living in Manhattan. The children were taken, upon their mother’s death, to live with her employer.

This is not an isolated case. I have evidence of another child, known only as “Webster”, who was similarly displaced.

* This may actually be “jeans”.

2 Responses

  1. MsJaye Says:

    Gold! All you need is a way to integrate the most heinous of this genre — Silver Spoons — and my life will be complete.

  2. snubian Says:

    Silver Spoons! I’m not sure I ever watched this programme – unless it was so awful that it has been deleted from memory.

    Just watched the opening titles on Youtube – how bad is that theme music? Barftastic.