How Good This Must Have Felt

02 Feb

I ran into this letter written by a slave to his former master in response to a request to return to work for him….

To My Old Master


How many of us would dream of an opportunity to be able to write a letter like that to one of our previous bosses, let alone our previous “master”.

I just want to point out one interesting thing to note.  Obviously Mr. Jourdan Anderson (the name of the former slave), despite poverty and abuse, was a man of integrity and intelligence.

In fact, it seems that he may have been even more intelligent than his very wealthy and successful “master”.

These are my favorite stories.  The stories about the quiet, unnoticed, unimportant, ignored and assumed worthless people that are brave enough, smart enough, confident enough and angry enough to stand up for themselves against their abusers with dignity…….AND still are able to get ’em where it counts – right in the gut.

Other posts you might like:

To Imitate or Initiate – That is the Questions

Inequality is Not a Racial Issue – It is a Human Issue

Paycheck or Self Respect…I’ll Take Self Respect

Status of Occupy Wallstreet

Being Richer Does Not Mean That You Are Smarter

Why is Life Unfair?

Life is full of controversy so here is a thought to live by:
Why is life unfair?
Because there’s never going to be a system that is fair to everyone.
Shannon Miller

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2 responses to “How Good This Must Have Felt

  1. Cheryl Baumgartner

    February 3, 2012 at 2:43 am

    Wonderfully written and appropriate for Black History Month. The sad part is that everything detailed in the letter probably went over Old Master’s head.

    • Peaceful Controversy

      February 3, 2012 at 4:48 am

      You are probably 100% right. When I saw “The Color Purple” I was truly awakened to what went on in those times and it is disturbing that an entire group of people felt it was not only not right but OK and natural to treat another group of people with such little respect.
      Kudos to Mr. J. Anderson!!


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