underwent a racial awakening that took him on a journey seeking his true ethnic
identity. This experience, he reports, allowed him to view America without the
normal prejudices the average
has inherited. His journey took him to the very depths of American
consciousness. Scrutinizing true American history, he determined there is an
ongoing injustice in America, an atrocious crime that is being covered up. He asked himself: Should
this injustice be allowed to continue? If so, why? What is the justification?
Why is such obvious inequality in a country that boasts of freedom for all allowed
to continue? When he tried to explain his findings, even to his closest associates,
he discovered that, because of bigotry, fear and shame, his summation was far
too enigmatic for the average American, black or white, to fully appreciate.
VISION ... Even though diverse ethnic groups reside in
America, he realized that talking openly about racial issues is an unwelcome
area of discussion. However,
a racial breakthrough of this magnitude (the disregarded history of the American
Slaves and the continuing journey of their descendants) is far too important not
to be shared and expounded upon. This heretofore overlooked hypothesis could advance
an entire nation of abused people and shouldn't stay covered up. Consequently,
he realized it would take in-depth writing to explain what he has uncovered and
felt duty-bound to spell out and share his findings. "America's
Little Black Book," is an examination of the very
foundation of one of America's largest ethnic entities. It may well become the
"American Slaves' Bible."
THE CHALLENGE ...
Here are some defining questions he was faced with when first contemplating this
work: What purpose does the cover up of slavery serve other than to deny justice
to the descendants of those who helped build
our great country? Why does America
celebrate "Black History Month" and not "American Slave History Month?" The
act of slavery was an atrocious act that
still affects the descendants of slaves. Why isn't it more freely discussed? Why
are so many Americans afraid of the facts of slavery? Since America sings of the
"land of the free and the home of the brave," why would proud Americans fear
correcting such an atrocious act that was committed against humanity? Shelton found that the average American
would rather not deal with the ugliness of slavery;
that it is easier to let slavery and the descendants of slaves stay cloaked in
obscurity. Most Americans who have a voice in government, and who proclaim to be
honorable, would rather be politically correct than be fair or honorable. They
would rather not take a chance on disturbing their individual power bases.
HIS REALIZATION AND RESPONSE ... Those who have wealth,
power and the wherewithal to bring this horrible injustice out into the open
have gotten used to America being a prejudiced country; could
it be they simply would rather not complicate their luxurious lifestyles by
helping those who are being abused? The truth is:
Far from a benign neglect, America has
developed a malignant indifference toward the inherited injustices that stem from
slavery, even though the aftereffects of slavery still plague our homeland.
the intolerable has become a way of life for too many of us. The author searched
until he found a way to assist the descendants of American Slaves in achieving
a revitalization of their quest for true freedom, a renewal of the dream of an
entire people. His newly published book, America's Little Black Book,
recalls those human beings who were bred in America to be slaves, examines the
persistent aftereffects of slavery and paves the way for a racial-relations breakthrough
Black High School Students Convene on U of L Campus!
The University of Louisville Minority Teacher Recruitment Project and
American Slaves, Inc. hosted the Black High School Educational
Summit, May 15 & 16, 2009, on the U of L Campus. Subject matter of the
America's Little Black Book.