Angels Watching Over Me: Chapter 1 - Part 2

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 23rd Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We left off starting to get to know Carissa and her father before her. We learned he was a fisherman.

Let it be

Winchester knew the story of his people. His father had told him of the many racial slurs and Winchester witnessed some slights and slurs from a very young age himself. Because of his family legacy nothing was more important to him than freedom and the equality of all men.

Though he was fortunate to grow up a proud man in a free country, as a little boy he watched his father, a pillar of the negro community, greatly loved and respected by his people, belittle himself in front of the white man. These were the effects of family conditioning, a throwback from their American roots. Winchester was thought to be subservient to the white man. When he asked why his family accepted such behavior from the white man he was told to be quiet.

“Winchester, his grandpapa would often tell him, “you must leave these problems to God, there is no sense stirring up trouble. The white man don’t change for the likes of us poo coloured folk. So we bees quiet and go bout our business.”

“But grandpa, that white man spit on Papa and Papa did nothin,”

“Boy, you just a lad, 10-years-old, you are too young to understand these things. Let it be son, let it be.

He stood with clenched fists

It was explained to Carissa as far back as 1921 when the conversation took place with Papa and his grandfather, that Winchester realized to talk to his family about self respect was useless. They were not physical slaves in this new country but their minds and souls were still enslaved.

The next occasion when he went into town with his Papa, he stood quietly with clenched hands and quivering lip as a tall white man shoved his Papa out of the way to get to the better choices of meat at the market.

He also stood quietly when the bus did not stop to pick them up and they had to walk 10 miles to get back home. When he finally made it home, he didn’t tell his grandpa about his day. He didn’t complain or question the events that had transpired. He simply went out back and kicked the dirt with his shoe until his momma called him in to wash up for supper.

Freedom for all

He grew up to be a hardworking and very quiet young man. He kept to himself and spoke only when spoken to. He was very much like his father before him. But the difference was Winchester was a proud man who believed that all men were created equal in the eyes of God and all men were free to speak their minds if the occasion presented itself. For him freedom meant more than an ideology which spouted rhetoric about equality.

When his people went to the market they should not have to settle for second best. Freedom was a release from oppression in whatever way it manifested itself.

Winchester had the opportunity to put his beliefs into action when the Second World War broke out. He was 29 years old and happy to serve his beloved country - Canada. By this time, he too was a husband and father. He trusted his wife kate and the children were safe in God’s hands. He knew his duty was to help make the world a safer place; a place where his wife and children were free and where people of all colours, cultures, and religions could live together without threat of violence or oppression.

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Angels, Angels Watching Over Me, Books, Canada, Cape Breton Island, Equality, Equality Of The Races, Freedom, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Racially Equality, The Fight For Freedom, Underground Railroad

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar vandana7
24th Jun 2015 (#)

You are bringing to life some of the past with this writing. But truth needs to be told and faced for finding solutions. Nice way of presenting. :)

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Jun 2015 (#)

thank you vandana7

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
24th Jun 2015 (#)

If you have published it as a book, why are you putting it on wikinut??? I won't say much, but I had once written a book on Wikinut and put the US Copywright licence up along with it and it won a few jealous hearts including Johnny Dodd who deleted my star from the page just because I put the licence on the page.
Well that is just an example of what they do.
It was the Land of Mystery - Embodiment of Love and that is what started the controversy that ruined my life.
Thanx Wikinut for a memorable life time on your site that caused tears to my fans with readership of over 3000 a day and over 30k a month.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Thanks ~ again ~ Carol. This is great stuff ~ if I may put it that way.

I'm all into it now. Ready for the next part.

Blessings!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Carol, excellent writing. This story really tugs at my heart strings. My heart goes out to anyone that has suffered injustice in this world we live in. There's is just no excuse in the world for it. Thanks for sharing your book.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Congratulations on the shiny gold star! It is well deserved.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
26th Jun 2015 (#)

Each can do but little, but if each is willing do that little, all will be done. Let us all press on like Winchester did - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2015 (#)

I'm enjoying the story Carol and will move on to the next part. You are a talented writer. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
19th Nov 2015 (#)

"They were not physical slaves in this new country but their minds and souls were still enslaved."

This was so very true before, I hope it is no longer true today.

great story Carol

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