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America belongs to me from sea to shining sea

Though my ancestral lineage may extend to Africa, for which I am exceedingly proud, I was born in America

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“Uncharted” is commentary from Compton Herald publisher and editor, Jarrette Fellows, Jr.

My perspective: Let me be clear about my place in America.

Though my ancestral lineage may extend to Africa, for which I am exceedingly proud, I was born in America, a great nation for which my forbearers lay the foundation on their strong backs with undying endurance, amid unspeakable toil and abuse, without recompense for better than 250 years.

I am a root of this nation, firmly entrenched. If I decide to wave the flag and speak great tidings about this land, this is my prerogative. If I decide to defer to criticism and protest to call attention to America’s weaknesses to make this nation a better homeland for all, this too is my prerogative. The sacrificial blood and sweat of my people throughout the history of this nation determined that long ago.

Know that this land is your land by your investment in it. You are not standing outside the gates looking in. You built the gates! Let no one, no manner of racial hatred and evil, tell you any different.

Never forget that!

Photo: Two slave children at Goose Creek Plantation public domain. Source: lilmisshistory.blogspot.com

<p>Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.</p>

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