If there are any current slaves held by the U.S. Government or members of Congress or if there is anyone living in the United States that was brought here as a slave during his or her lifetime, those people MAY be entitled to something from you the taxpayers.
BUT, if there is no one fitting that category then there is NOTHING OWED. What happened in the U.S. prior to 1865 is not the responsibility of the citizens residing here now. And, considering that approximately 32 percent of the citizens of the U.S. are black or Hispanic, who would be collecting from whom?
Furthermore, think back to the history of that period. The slave traders would go to Africa and buy people that were already enslaved in Africa and bring them to the U.S. Yes, some were mistreated, but many more were well taken care of, especially when you consider the life they were rescued from. Enslavement of one human being by another is wrong, TOTALLY WRONG. It was never right, but it is history.
And, IF, think about this, IF the slave traders had not gone to Africa and bought slaves and brought them to America, all of those people transported here AND their descendants would still be slaves in Africa. And, it’s not just a black issue, those white children from Europe sold into slavery as indentured servants would still be in Europe. They, nor their ancestors and descendants, would have become freemen in America and would not have the lives and opportunities they have built today. That doesn’t make what happened right, but the people, black, white, Hispanic, Asian etc. living in the U.S. today do not owe anything to anyone. Our heritage is our heritage and you cannot and should not be held responsible for the sins of your parents.
If the politicians trying to make this a campaign issue would spend half of their time, energy and money on issues that are important today, our Country would be a better place. Instead those choosing to bring reparations back into the forefront, candidates like Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, are determined to keep race relations boiling because they think it will produce votes for them. Think twice before you vote for someone so divisive.
Tommy Reid Harris
August 17, 1942 – December 18, 2018
Tommy Reid Harris, age 76, of Morganton, GA, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Born on August 17, 1942 in Greenville, TX, he was the son of the late Leland Tate and Lillian Irene Williams Harris. He was a member of Lamar Baptist Church in Greenville, TX. He retired from Fluor-Daniel where he had worked for 25 years as the Lead Engineer in Charge of Design and Construction of Pipelines. He is also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Doug Morris.
Mr. Harris is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nancy Jones Harris of Morganton, GA; daughter, Kelli S. Daley and her fiancé, Paul Bonine of New Braunfels, TX; sons, David Lee Harris and his fiancé, Amber Roe, of Michigan and Joseph R. Dukes of Milledgeville, GA; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Daley of New Braunfels, TX; sister, Sue Harris Morris of Decatur, AL; nieces and nephews, Stephanie Williams of Decatur, AL, Meredith Bareth of Kansas, and Preston Morris (Leigh Anna) of Abilene, TX; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be conducted on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at 3:00 pm from Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 946 Waddell Street, Bremen, GA 30110. Pastor Keith Jones will officiate. The following gentlemen will serve as pallbearers: Russell Brown, Al Bridges, Dennis Jones, Rodney Brown, Van Edwards, and Tommy Kidd. The family will visit with friends on Saturday Evening from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge, 7871 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Condolences may be sent to the family online at akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge is in charge of the arrangements.
It was a fast-paced, but slow-scoring game early when the Fannin County Rebels varsity boys took the court at White County High School. Fannin (1-8, 0-4) came into the game ready to lay it all on the line, chasing their second win of the season. The Warriors (7-3, 1-0) were coming off a devastating one-point loss to rival Dawson County (55-54), ready to tip the scales of the win-loss column back in their favor.
A couple of baskets by Ryan Beavers (Fannin #35) and a free throw made by Nathaniel Garrison (Fannin #3) would be all the points the Rebels could put on the board in the first quarter, while White County’s Austin Rowland (#15) managed two baskets for four points; followed by a 2-pt shot by Austin Harris (#5), a 2-pt score by Jimmy King (#12), and 1-of-4 free throws made by Cooper Turner (#23).
After one quarter of action, White County led Fannin County 9-5.
The war of attrition continued into the second quarter, as Fannin was only able to score six points via Beavers (4-pts) and Joe Satchell (#5) who was held to only two points in the first half. White County scored another nine points, extending their lead (18-11), with Rowland continuing to make his presence felt on the court. He scored two baskets and went 2-for-2 on free throw attempts in the second quarter, giving him 10 points of total offense in the half. He’d finish the night with 20 points altogether, the leading overall scorer on the night.
In the third, the Warriors came alive offensively. Rowland and Harris came alive with a couple of 3-pointers, and the team spread the ball around with four different players putting the rock through the hoop on their way to a 15-6 run, keeping the Rebels restricted to another tough quarter offensively.
The lead would prove too much for Fannin to overcome in the fourth, as White County won by a final score of 42-23, improving to 8-3 overall.
The Rebels scoring was led by Beavers with seven points, followed by Satchell with five, Chase Culpepper with three, Cohutta Hyde with two. Nathaniel Garrison and Payton Holt each scored a free throw in the contest.
White County now looks to enjoy some time off for the holidays before facing Adairsville, Ga on Dec 28th in the Blue Ridge Holiday Tournament. Fannin County continues their pursuit of victory this Friday when they travel to Hayesville, NC.
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