are those who choose to believe that simple things like
reading, writing and arithmetic are unimportant are traitors
to the efforts of the ancestors who braved death just to
learn the alphabet. To the enslavers, educated Africans
were dangerous to their business of human degradation. Today,
too many have volunteered to blind them selves with the
shackle of ignorance. Those who would keep the masses oppressed
are happy. At one time we resisted. Now, there is willing
The piece around eyes (and brain) is really a neck collar
used during times of enslavement in Louisiana and some of
the other states. The little ball-like structures held metal
balls that rattled and would give away the position of a
runaway. Those who ran away packed them with mud.
artist/cartoonist Charles E. "Chuck" Siler's works
feature a variety of themes ranging from New Orleans' lively
and unique jazz scene to its lively and equally unique political
scene. He uses his art and political cartoons to comment
on life's complexities, warts and beauty marks.
His creations include fine watercolors and acrylics and
pen and ink cartoons. His cartoons are featured on a regular
basis in The
Katrina evacuee, Siler has spoken on New Orleans history
across the USA at universities and culural events.