Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Crispus Attucks & the Boston Massacre
Black people have been on the front-lines in securing freedom and liberty in America since the birth of this nation. Even 40-years-ago, they expanded our liberties and rights--small-surprise this isn't heralded in a racist culture. The first-man to die in the American Revolution was escaped-slave, Crispus Attucks. On the night of March 5th, 1770, Attucks led-the-charge and was gunned-down by British troops.
Ironically, the Captain in charge of the Twenty-Ninth English Regiment yelled, "Don't fire!", and the crowd simultaneously yelled, "Fire be damned!" The troops fired. Five died that night, and the subsequent trial was considered rigged. Most Americans wouldn't have many rights were it not for people like Crispus Attucks. It's time for more men like him.