بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved And Beautiful Chosen People of Allah
Oh my God! I knew how detrimental this travesty of justice was to the So-Called American Negro but I just learned what my home state of California had to do with it.
This Unjust “Law” was passed as a compromise between free and slaveholding states to allow California to join the Union (United States of America) as a free state, meaning slavery would not be permitted in California.
Up until this time, there had been a balance between free and slave-holding states with an equal number of both. The addition of California as a free state tilted the balance in the favor of free states BUT with the passage of this Act, slaveholders were given the freedom to RECAPTURE slaves who had successfully fled to FREE states and were living out their lives as free men and women.
With the passage of this FUGITIVE SLAVE ACT, slavecatchers went rampant, surreptitiously and overtly kidnapping “free” Black men and women and forcibly returning them to bondage!!!
As the decendent of former slaves born in California, this really makes me feel some kind of way.
I mean, my family wasn’t here in the FREE state of California in 1850 (The Gold Rush).
We were still held in bondage.
My ancestors didn’t escape slavery. But the thousands who did were forced to flee to Canada, where the FSA didn’t apply, or continue to live in the states where NOW they had to be constantly looking over their shoulder and careful of snitches who would turn them in for as little as a piece of fried chicken, a biscuit and a pat on the head.
Being born in California, I feel responsible for the recapture of only-Allah-Knows how many fugitive slaves!
I guess that’s how I feel. Sometimes I have to write to sort out my feelings.
I know I didn’t have anything to do with the passage of that horrible piece of legislature. It’s just so UNJUST. I guess I just deplore how American politics and this whole world of the wicked devil Caucasian race is.
They slip poison in your good food just to get you to eat it.