My Tutorial Recording

He got off the train Amtrak Minneapolis, St. Paul. Its train station is located right where the Mississippi River begins its journey to New Orleans. I arrived around 730 at night. And at the time, you must remember I had been in the United States only for the past nine years. He I was a freshman going to the University of Wisconsin at Superior now you may remember superior because it’s famous. It’s one of those songs about the last ship, the superior or the ship or the what you watch or something. There’s a song that speaks about how the ship was shipped direct at the superior. I remember having an opportunity to see Lake Superior. It was vast. It seemed more like an ocean little lake. To my untrained young superior Wisconsin was a town with about 34,000 people in the university area. I think it was Bell Knapp Avenue. And I think there was a Watson. I recall when I got off the train is Minneapolis St. Paul, as I said, where the Mississippi River starts its journey down to New Orleans. There was an area that you can see it you got to see with thoughts because that’s the choice in the Delta is way down at the other end again in New Orleans. It was around 730 I got myself a locker and put my stuff away. And I decided to take a walk to the downtown area at that point I wasn’t really in Minneapolis. I wasn’t like in the St. Paul side. But all I did was basically go down to the downtown area where the banks were. I was so short on phones. So I made sure that I got my butt back to the station and try to secure area there. I could hopefully take a nap because what I learned when I arrived in Minneapolis St Paul at the age of 18 Fresh if you can say this off the boat. I had arrived in America at the age of nine at JFK airport or with us we see my mother, a 7170 the siblings. There were two of us already in America, residing on 100/72 Street in Washington Heights with my dad, but my mother is Jaga I never did call my mother my mom or mommy. It was always yah yah. And I never did call my father anything else then. Papa well actually that’s not true. Because I do remember once. This is that I came home after five years of being aware at university we were working together as OPI in Central Park. Actually, no, this game was in Brooklyn. And there was a play where my father was a home plate umpire and I was working the basis. There was an area in the left field where there’s there was an opening but there was also a fence. And I remember that during the pregame conversations with both teams. We established that anything over the fence will be a home run. And anything under the fence will be a double. So the play was that basically I’m on the basis as the umpire I saw the ball go under the fence. I call the double my father be the home plate umpire Popeye, they argue and he reversed my call and that was the only time I remember that I called him by his street name direito his name was really Octavio Canuto EspinalCheco and my mother’s name was Migdalia del Carmen Santos de Espinal so yeah, my father Papa. He reversed a call like I didn’t know what to do. I can’t call him Papa. I mean how does your sample me to call him Papa the both teams are going to look at me and say well wait a minute. probably laugh at me. That’s what I thought. So I call them by his name who and he you didn’t say the initially right but he handled the situation. It was reversed to a home run. Okay but in the in the interim he slipped into my ear and said to me don’t you ever called me up and I didn’t know what to say I just went back to for his base. But I was like wow Apollo is no joke boy. He was serious. I oh you may not know God. May Jami fully got me number. Oh, Eastern. Are y’all remember who I am? Don’t you ever call me up Monday? I never did. You know I mean I love my father. My mother. You know mama’s boy. But yes, when I arrived in Wisconsin superior. There were 45 Black students. So about more than 50 African students from from Nigeria and other West African countries also at the school, rather than worrying like doing a graduate program work. I met one brother from Buffalo who at the time was doing his graduate work, and he educated me a lot helped me further my education. As far as my commitment to the call, as you know, I had come in already well grounded as far as Malcolm action, my understanding of what he was about and my Luther King and Marcus Garvey and all the other Martin Delaney ease and Frederick Douglass I understood these people. This one brother, who told me some stories and taught me a lot about life in different things. You know, the symbolisms are dollar bills that you carry and all the values that are represented in there and the symbols that are explained to you and how the history you could argue of the United States is contained within the dollar bill. The foot in the back. It is a beautiful history, I guess. If you want to call it that. But the dollar bill has it. And it’s just how you use it in China, understand the value of it, and how it’s been used to manipulate not just us by everyone, because if anything is more valuable than gold. It’s the American dollar. We’re going to pick up next time on our journey, my autobiographical journey through the United States. I’ve been here now for about 55 years. And as I said, I arrived at JFK Airport in New York City on September 9 1968. In at the time, that we arrived, the United States New York City specifically was under fire. People were very upset. And the thing is, we know because we had no clue. You know, I mean, we knew that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated back in 1963. We knew that before we came to the United States, we knew who Batman was we knew who Superman was. We knew who the Man from UNCLE was. We knew who the rightful man was, because we were watching all those TV programs in Dominican Republic and Santiago before I came here, we watched those shows the monsters, we watch the do we watch the Addams Family? No, no, that came over, you know, but yeah, I mean, you know, like any typical American kid we used to run home to watch bows over crown and Speed Racer. You know, we ran homeboy disease B Raisa, and his brother, the mystery man and Bozo the Clown, and then Mr. Rogers and the whole kitten caboodle because at the time in the 60s, Coleman was thinking about national pride or all this very well, we were thinking about was becoming Americans, learning the language as best as possible, and achieving as much as possible, because we truly believed that America is the land of opportunity for us, it was something it wasn’t something some far off dream of nothing, no for people that come from my part of the world. America is tangible. It’s a material thing. You know, I mean, Karl Marx and Engels would argue the same, you know, again, you have to understand this bad idealism that will get you anywhere. There’s material understanding of what happens in the forces that I work to keep you in your place. You know, whenever you come out of a relationship where you have been a slave, you can never expect full equality from those who enslaved you before. If anything, the main point is training. You’ll get trained and other manual laborers and other things, but you still got to be at the end of the day materially, a laborer before as a slave, he wasn’t getting paid. Not always a worker, you aren’t getting paid, but are you getting paid what you deserve? Remember, it’s not race. It’s about class. And when people understand that, that the arguments are not against white people per se, it’s white, wealthy, individual, rich, wealthy blacks, rich, wealthy Dominicans rich, well, a warm whomever, because the wealthy do not believe the same as a middle class individual. And definitely don’t give a hoot about poor people. Plain and simple. Nobody’s trying to be no communist or anything like that. Or socialist, but just look at the reality. It’s a class warfare that’s taking place, not only in America, but around the world where the rich want to maintain and keep their wealth, their power. If anything, we have to be mindful of what the great Frederick Douglass said. You know, power concedes nothing, without a demand and never has, it never will. I hope you have a good day and that you find some peaceful place for you to ponder for at least five minutes what it’s all about. Okay. Have a good day. Thank you. Bye. This transcript was generated by https://otter.ai

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Retired NYC High School History Teacher from Washington Heights.I taught at G.W. H.S.( alumnus 1977), A. P. Randolph, MLK, Joan of Arc( Ms. Garrett, principal) and Wadleigh. Love jazz, r&b, Johnny Cash, Gil Scott Heron, Rubby Perez, Omega el fuerte and Frank Sinatra.

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