Monday, February 24, 2014

The Rise of the Pariah: Dearest Abigail

After the Kemet Civil War, Reeves was appointed to several important political positions. He served as President of the Reconstruction era and as city marshal of the Adam.  During the Great Kemet War,  Reeves became an ambassador to the surrounding Kemet-governed  areas. Constantly, he worked alongside King Tamari, and assisted passing legislation.

In 1925, Reeves became the first Mhuni nominated for National Chancellor, the second highest office in all the land. However, he lost the Chancellor position to rising young politician from a wealthy Afri family named Barrio.

Known for being a wonderful speaker, Reeves continued his speaking engagements. On the lecture circuit, he spoke at many colleges around the country.  He continued to emphasize the importance of caucus voting rights since the Mhuni people had none.

Sadly, Afri insurgents had quickly arisen in the South after the war, organizing first as secret rebel group called "The Purifiers of Kemet". This group hid under the protection of the southern territory administration, turning out northern officeholders and disrupting elections. Their power continued to grow in the South; more than 10 years after the end of the war, Afri Southerners regained political power in every state of the former New Kemet and began to reassert its supremacy. They enforced this by a combination of violence, late 19th c. laws imposing segregation and a concerted effort to disfranchise the Mhuni. They were new laws in the South from 1920-2008 that created requirements for voter registration and voting that effectively disfranchised most Mhuni and tens of thousands of poor Afri(s). This disfranchisement and segregation were enforced for more than eight decades into the 21st century.

After the disappointments of Southern Afri(s)’ regaining power after Reconstruction, many Mhnui, called "movers," left to the mountainous terrain to form all-Pariah towns where they could be free from prosecution called "Mhuni Valley." Reeves spoke out against the movement, urging Mhuni to stick it out. He was condemned and booed by Pariah audiences.

In 1934, at the peak of the Kemet Crusade. Reeves' wife Abigail died. Afterward, Reeves became heavily depressed and would never remarry. Coleman would often say, "My heart and soul are gone, but this empty shell of a man must continue on for the greater good awaits. I can only live for my love and hope I do her proud."

The following is from the journal of Coleman Reeves that he discusses Abigail and the changing course of the country.

Dear my lovely Abigail,

Did I make a difference?
I really don’t know the answer.
The answer may come long after I’m dead.

However, I do know. I wouldn’t be the man I am without you. It was hearing your stories about watching your father being burned alive because he talked back to his overseer. That made me long for freedom and equality for every man, woman and child. I didn’t want you to through that pain ever again. I wanted our children to be born free.

I never knew my birthday so you created one for me, so in a sense you gave me life.
You were my life and when you left this world you took me with you.

Now you are among the stars joined by the greatest man I ever knew, my friend and my king, Xolani. Also joining you, our oldest son Donald. Oh Donald! Thinking about you brings me sadness as well as joy. My firstborn and first in my heart. You died fighting in a war to free our people, I only wish I could have switched places with you.

I know all of you are amongst the heavens and at peace.
I will admit I’m afraid with what is going in the country. We’re being separated as a nation and people once more. The New Kemet is slowly returning and I feel powerless to stop it.

King Chike Xolani’s grandson doesn't see the Mhuni as a priority like his grandfather, grandmother or even his father did. The young king cares about the economy and national growth. Chike isn’t a bad king; he wants to start  an international venture with the outside world. The world knows we exist. For this stance, alone history will remember Chike and his efforts. Decades from now, people will remember what King Chike did in his time, and the woman he brought back with him. She is an American, and ancestors were once slaves, maybe she can see and understand our cause. At least, I hope.

As for my people, some of them see me as traitor to my culture. They said "I only care for the Afri culture and I don’t understand their struggles". I will admit, since my departure from extended servitude my life has been one of ease. I never have wanted for anything, unlike my brothers and sisters. They can’t find work or shelter. No one said freedom would be easy, but I believe it will get better in time. Also, I believe the union between the Mhuni and the Afri(s) is the only way our country can become a great nation.

Despite my own doubts, I will move forward, for you, my people and my country.

If you are listening, I love you and I will join you soon.

Events that Changed the World: Reconstruction

In the history of the Kemet, the Reconstruction Era covers the entire nation in the period seven years following the Civil War. Reconstruction addressed how the twelve seceding Southern areas would regain self-government and be reseated in union of the moanrchy, the civil status of the former leaders of the New Kemet, and legal status of freedmen, especially their civil rights and whether they should be given the rights of every citizen. Violent controversy erupted throughout the South over these issues.

The decrees that laid the foundation for the most radical phase of Reconstruction were adopted for five years. By the end of the decade, Reconstruction had officially provided freedmen with equal rights under the law. Coalitions of Afri(s) and Mhuni(s), established the first public school systems in the South. However, there was a rise in Afri paramilitary organizations, such as the Afri League, whose political aim was to drive out the Mhuni sympathizers. They also disrupted organizing and terrorized Mhuni(s) to bar them from places that would give them a voice such as voting for their local councilman. After the Great Kemet War, Redeemers regained power in the Southern areas.

During this era, were the first time words such as "radical" and "conservative" had distinctive meanings. "Conservatism" in this context generally indicates the mindset of the ruling elite. Most of the "radical" were the city dwellers in the North were men who believed in free enterprise and industrialization; most were also modernizers.

Passage of Monarchy Order 1314, Monarchy Order 1315 and Monarchy Order 1316 were the legacies of Reconstruction. These Reconstruction orders established the rights which, through extensive litigation, led to Court of Judges rulings that struck down discriminatory territory laws. A "Second Reconstruction", sparked by the Civil Rights Movement, led to civil rights laws in 1970s and in time ensured full civic rights.