Crucible of Empire – 9th & 10th Immune Calvary

In watching the documentary film “Crucible of Empire: The Spanish-American War,” I was taken back at the courageous and humble soldiers of the all black 9th and 10th Calvary who voluntarily served in The Spanish-American War in 1898.  They were also referred to as the Immune regiment due to the notion they were immune to the tropical diseases in Cuba that posed danger to many American white soldiers. What is astounding in my opinion is their character and boldness to die for a country that would deem them to be less of human race, mocks their characters, enslaves and kills their families, and demands them to work for the white people.  But what is truly apparent and separates these men from the cowardly and false bravery of many black Americans today, is their willingness to “just do it.”  I am not referring to just bowing down to whites and oppression of their race to fight, I am referring to their willingness to fight for a greater and bigger cause without question.  These men did not spend days, weeks, and months protesting to Congress, community leaders who oppose their views, vandalizing and looting their neighborhoods as today’s black Americans do.  These men knew their cause to fight for the country that enslaved them, was an opportunity for future generations of blacks to assimilate and hope for change in American society.  Over a century later, blacks in America have progressed beyond expectations of what these brave black Americans who sacrificed their life to help accomplish.  However, what also remains a story is the black Americans in 2017 are led by incompetent and false black leaders who are selfish, greedy, ignorant, and self righteous for a cause of hatred and separation.

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