DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA “NEGRO FORT” IS THE RIGHT N-WORD
I already have on file with the White House a request that you, Sir please mention “Fort Negro”. It will show just how much progress we have made in the United States of America. Your Presidency alone proves it. Had you been president on July 27th, 1816, when this tragic Taxpayer sponsored, “Slave hunting expedition by U.S. Military Forces who were ordered to illegally violate Spanish Territorial Sovereignty with disastrous lost of innocent lives would not have happened”. The victims were mostly African-Americans 200 of which were women and children, the other defenders as many as 130 were Black males and Seminole and Choctaw Indians, There were possibly 30 plus survivors who were returned to U.S. Slave Plantations.
The standing order for the White House approved Slave Hunting Expedition , given by Gen. Andrew Jackson, was “Destroy the Fort and return the stolen Negros and property to their rightful owners”. As a Seminole Maroon Activist, why am I interested ? Answer: I had Maroon Ancestors who were very likely in and around Fort Negro and it’s a fact that my Mikasuki Ancestors living in Fowltown had an alliance with the Black defenders of Fort Negro. Fowltown was next, on Gen. Jackson’s short list to be attacked. I want the History of that era to be retold, through the eyes and lives of my African and Indigenous Ancestors. I want it taught in schools, that the occupants, were North American Maroons, based on the definition of Harvard trained Anthropologist Dr. Richard Price who is the world’s leading authority on Maroons, they met the the prerequisites, by escaping their captors, fleeing far away from them, crossing a border, forming an alliance and turning, with their allies to successfully face their oppressors. They did all of this until the heated cannon ball fired by a U.S. Naval Gunboat landed in the ammunition magazine and ended their honorable fight for freedom.
When I go to Paramaribo, Suriname, S.A. in Oct. 2015 to represent U.S. North American Maroons, at that country’s National Maroon day, I hope to be able to say that the “Gag Rule” is off on Fort Negro. The Maroons of Suriname will be celebrating 255 years of Freedom by Treaty. I want to be able to say that My President, or his lovely wife our 1st Lady Michelle Obama in a style reminiscent of former 1st Lady Eleanor Roosevelt has uttered the words Fort Negro and broke the “taboo” for Historians who have books to sell and academic careers to protect. There are a few brave souls who have stuck their necks out William Katz and Andrew Wasserman deserve to be recognized for their worthy contributions.
In truth, Mr. President, I love, Honor and Respect you and your family, for the superb standards that you have set and maintained. i don’t want a Talk Show Host to Blind side you on this issue. The bell has been rung and it won’t go away. As a Seminole Maroon Descendant who was featured in the ground-breaking book and exhibit “indiVisible”: African-Native American Lives in the Americas and a Private-Sector-Partner for the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act ,I must respectfully advocate for the wraps to be taken off. My Congresswoman Maxine Waters will soon submit my official request.
Phil “Pompey Bruner” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant