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Two Black Cowboys

Here is an enlightening tidbit of history, from the modest and funny blogger, Barry Wax.

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The Black West!

Black Outlaws and Cowboys of the old west you might be saying with wonderment and head scratching!

“Why that’s an oxymoron! I’ve never heard of such a thing!”.

Yeah, Yeah I know you haven’t because they were literally “white washed” (pun intended) out of Old West history.

Oh I know you may have heard of the “Buffalo Soldiers” but that was only part of the story.

According to historians, about a third of all the cowboys were African Americans.

Bet you never saw that in the movies when you were growing up did cha?

Neither did I!

The doctrine of white supremacy and the inferiority of blacks and other non-whites permeated the air during the old west and thereafter.

So the exploits of black cowboys, lawmen (yep that’s right lawmen) and outlaws in the storied history of the old west, wasn’t deemed important or…

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One comment on “Two Black Cowboys

  1. veraserebrennikova
    February 2, 2017

    I did hear of a similar story before, what makes this so interesting to me is we always mention the white man as this oppressor. However we never seem to remember those who fought the fight to free slavery. We as people should remember the bad yet we should also never ever fail to mention the good. Take this part of history for example someone “white” must have help at point and time. A story is never black and white, there is no such thing as bad and good. There will always be bad as their is good, after it is evil that helps us see greatness.

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