Elephants; Spirit Animals



Pinky the Baby Elephant
by Lisa Wright

Pinky was born on a bright and sunny day,
a pink elephant in a gray herd.
“Oh! What a wonder!” his parents did say,
telling the herd. Then the herd spread the word.
“A pink elephant was born to us this day!”
“Let’s go to see him!”, they would exclaim.
Like drums of thunder from near and far away,
they rolled across the African plain.
“Oh, when they see my pink skin, what will they say?
Will they look upon me in disdain?”
Then Pinky got scared and went to hide away.
He told himself, “I am not the same.
They will never want me to come out and play.”
Elephants being so good and true
tried to coax him out, but Pinky would not sway.
The elephants knew just what to do.
Decidedly they side by side in array.
Then lifted up their trunks in a trumpeting song.
When he heard their trumpets, he thought “I’m okay!
I may be pink but it’s here that I belong.”


The Brownsville Affair: Theodore Roosevelt

The Brownsville Affair was a racial incident that grew out of tensions between whites in Brownsville, Texas and black infantrymen stationed at nearby Fort Brown. The infantrymen had been subjected to racial discrimination since they arrived. A shooting incident in town on the night of August 13 left a white bartender dead and a police officer wounded. Although white commanders at Fort Brown affirmed that all black soldiers were in their barracks at the time of the shooting, local whites claimed that black soldiers had been seen firing. They produced spent shells from army rifles to allegedly support their statements. Despite evidence that indicated the shells had been planted, investigators accepted the statements of the white community.


BROWNSVILLE RAID OF 1906. The Brownsville Raid of August 13–14, 1906, an alleged attack by soldiers from companies B, C, and D of the black Twenty-fifth United States Infantry stationed at Fort Brown, resulted in the largest summary dismissals in the annals of the United States Army.

Theodore Roosevelt a Traitor




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Jesse Owens: Enduring Spirit

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Jesse Owens

Owens said President Franklin D. Roosevelt, not Hitler, snubbed him.
In the immediate aftermath of the Berlin Games, a myth arose that Hitler, enraged at the triumph of an African American, refused to congratulate Owens on his victories because he failed to shake his hand. However, the press reported that the German leader gave the American sprinter a “friendly little Nazi salute,” and Owens said that the two exchanged congratulatory waves. In fact, it was the conduct of Roosevelt– who never invited Owens to the White House or acknowledged his triumphs–that disappointed the Olympic champion. “Hitler didn’t snub me—it was our president who snubbed me,” he said months after the Games. “The president didn’t even send me a telegram.”

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