Harriet Tubman: Patience and Perseverance
Look around you, things is a changin’,
Ann: Hi Auntie, you have been waiting all day.
Harriet Tubman (Auntie): And I ain’t gittin’ any younger neither. Girl, you got to up yo’ game, gotta be able to keep mo’ than one ball in the air at a time. I get that that boy Richie got some pull, but he ain’t the only one in line. Now’s here’s what I’s been wanting to say to you and your readers.
Do you know how many times I went back down into those swamps to find some folks who was tryin’ to fight they way to freedom?
Well, I don’t neither, but it was way mo’ than once or twice.
I sees some of you folks looking at them old style white folks trying to block off anyone from gittin' in they henhouse. Well, them hens have long gone flown the coop and is out spreadin' they message of freedom and love. Once it’s out, you cain’t put it back, and that is what they tryin; to do/
So I don’t have much patience with these long faces that some of you been wearin’. Look around you, things is a changin’, mebbe not fast enough to suit you, but changin’ they is.
All you gots to do is see how you can give that change a little boost. What was it Annie heard the man say? “If you fit, march. If you fat, call.” No matter who you is or where you standin’, you can find some way to help.
And, Richie, boy, I know yo' heart in the right place, yo' peoples knew oppression, so I knows you been wantin' to get these changes, these rights for those who ain’t had no power on up into the air where the sunshine will make it so bright that everyone who pass by will have to take notice. So don’t you take no notice of me complainin’.
But get yo’ ass back in line.
April 30, 2021