Today is August 17th, 2018, it’s 4:15 pm here on the West Coast. The weather is well past being “Teasin’ Warm”…it’s HOT ! Let us pray for the world that we all live in.
I couldn’t call into the Carl Nelson show today for “Open Phone Friday” which is my custom . However, I listened to the calls, many of them were discussing, if they would allow OMAROSA to attend their family’s “Backyard Cook-Out”, a majority of the callers who addressed this topic , said “NO”.
I say “YES”, here’s why. My Indigenous and Maroon Ancestors were in and around “Fort Negro”. My Bruner Ancestors were ‘Red Sticks” from Alabama, my Bowlegs Ancestors were Seminole Maroons from Alachua, Florida and my Mikasuki Seminole Fixico Ancestors were from Fowltown, Georgia. They had an alliance with the Blacks and Indians at St. Marks and at the “Negro Fort. “Fort Negro” was where a beseiged group of Maroons and Indigenous people were surrounded by the U.S. Army, Navy , Marine Corps and their Indian Allies. The defenders consisted of a little over 300 people 200 of them were Black women and children, the remaining force was made up from about 30 Seminole and Choctaw Indians and the rest were Black Male Maroons, many of them had been members of the Black British Corps of Colonial Marines. They were promised their FREEDOM if they fought on the side of the British during the War of 1812.
Great Britain during this Napoleonic Era had more pressing military issues in Europe, so they cut their losses in America and returnd to Europe to deal with Napoleon. They left the remnants of the Southern Colonial Corps of Marines in charge of a fully stocked fort, to the Maroons and Indians that didn’t leave with others who would take up their offer of Freedom in some Caribbean British controlled colony.
So what does all this have to do with “OMAROSA” being welcomed back into the fold. Well, I’ve said before that a Maroon is someone who : Escapes from Slavery, forms an alliance with the environment or another group of people, they then in alliance turn and fight their former enslaver…and win. They then maintain their Freedom which is sometimes recognized by land, a treaty or in the case of Haiti, they win a country.
OMAROSA’S experience was somewhat similar to the pathway to becoming a Maroon. Her life seems to have lead her ( by choice or circumstance ?) into being ensconced within the world of her potential oppressors. She escaped by choice instead of remaining within that camp. She now after forning new alliances turns to fight her former allies. I dare say that “OMAROSA” can never return to her former benefactors.
As a Descendant of those warriors who were in and around “Fort Negro”, I say that if she wants to fight her final battle among the combatants of the contemporary version of “Fort Negro”…then let her in, at a minimum she is an “INFORMED ALLY”. Where else does she now have to go?
The photo above includes : Lt. President Trump, Rt. Omarosa Manigualt Newman
FREEDOM ON THE BORDER: THE SEMINOLE MAROONS IN FLORIDA, THE INDIAN TERRITORY, COAHUILA, AND TEXAS PAPERBACK – SEPTEMBER 15, 2003
Honor and Respect, Phil “Pompey” Fixico, Seminole Maroon Descendant, Founder/President of the Semiroon Historical Society , member of the L.A. Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers 9th & 10th horse) Cavalry, Private-Sector-Partner of the National Underground Railroad/Network to Freedom 1998 Act , North American Representative to the Caribbean’s Maroon Women’s Chamber of Cooperation and is featured in the Smithsonian Institution’s , book and exhibit, entitled: “indiVisible”: African-Native Americans in the Americas