About oneta hayes
Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
Well done, Oneta. Thanks for mentioning what an endearing character Uncle Tom is. In fact, it is his good heart, his sacrificial love for others, that make us care about slavery in Harriet’s story. How bizarre that “Uncle Tom” has become such a slur in modern times. He is not the bad guy in the story at all, he is the hero.
I really like to paint Aunt Jemima bottles, which I suppose are a kind of black memorabilia, but really we are choosing to remember and to honor those women. The real Aunt Jemima’s, Nancy Green and the others, should be embraced and celebrated for what they overcame, for what they struggled with.
Just got back in from walking. It makes me feel so much better. Anyway thanks for leaving me your thoughts. I am so thankful for the stand that a lot of men and women are taking for the cause of Christ and America. They are tops in my book. You don’t often post personal things but surely you could come up with a good lesson for us with a picture or pictures of your Aunt Jemima bottles. Those outstanding characters would be horrified to know what is being done in their names. I would love someone to do some biographies of that kind of person. But in the current culture it would probably be difficult to get truth presented.
Thank you! Where we have journeyed and what we have become is trampled on only by the truly racist. If people like John Newton (a viscous slave trader) did not work and struggle the whole of His life to bring about massive societal change where would any of us, white or black stand TODAY.? The ignorant have decided to trash and destroy memorials to both John Newton and William Wilberforce……….How ignorant can they really be? Like Uncle TOM’S cabin attempts to right wrongs were dealt with powerfully and completely nearly two centuries ago. Yet some do not want to acknowledge their sacrifice and life determination to enforce the truth that in the Eyes of GOD all are equal. Research on these two men indeed is revelatory. Every time we sing AMAZING GRACE at funerals, memorials, military processions etc it behoves EVERYONE whether black white or all the shades in-between to think on the truth that the writer of that hymn was a SLAVER TRADER in the 1880’s. Why are the changes he and his contempories made and fought to make law so despised today.? Why because of the lack of wanting to acknowledge God and the sacrifice at the Cross Christ made to SAVE EVERYONE….
All colours all tribes all tongues.. Of course issues will continue to surface,,,,,,,,old attitudes need to be constantly crucified. But Who or what is stirring up all this stuff? Who indeed wants to destroy all of intrinsic learning in our western societies. Who is the arch enemy of the Lordship of Christ ?????? The issue goes far deeper than racism. Its all indeed about human
Evil counteracts and erases good in whatever way it can. The devil is a deceiver unless revealed by God’s word. Thanks, Faye.
I so agree Oneta—history is what we learn from, not what we erase.
I was raised reading books like Dick and Jane along with Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the adventures of Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear….
Black and white have each been a part of our heritage as Americans… each generation has had their growing pains.
From the Lithuanian American Al Jolson singing in blackface, to little Shirley Temple tap dancing with Bojangles in the Little Colonel…these have always been a joining of two different people–
and obviously the current nut generation has deemed their way is the only way and that all those generation before them were wrong.
Kind of like Betsy Ross—an abolitionist who stitched a flag for a general in need of motivation.
But the current generation sees her only as a white woman helping a white general who had a farm and had slaves working that farm…
Absolutely beyond my thought process….
I had forgotten about Al Jolson. That makes me think of Sammy Davis, Jr. What an entertainer. What a loss to this generation who only know of the likes of rappers and foul words. I’ll make an exception for some fantastic athletes, but even the great ones are becoming wimps when it comes to standing firm on their principles. They are falling right and left. Thanks for the comment.
You are right— and flip Wilson!
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Thank you, April, for visiting and leaving a like. I have been to your blog but I do not find any of your writings – just videos. I do not normally listen to videos because of hearing problems and lack of time. I would love to read more about you and your thoughts.