Cathay Williams and Rack-it.org [Podcast 513]

Our history segment introduces you to Cathay Williams, first African American female Buffalo soldier.  in our products review, Mike Love of Rack-It.org, and I rant about power, and how we forget we have it and can/ should make a difference.   Introduction of the new gunpodcastnetwork.com.

Product Review

www.Rack-It-org
It works.  It was designed to help single handed “racking” of a slide.  it comes in two models that fit 300 types of pistols with two different types of materials.  Simple yet effective.  If you know of someone that may want one.  I have a couple I will send.  Good people in the company.  Please support them.  May be the answer for wounded warriors, the elderly or challenged.  Has safety concerns at a indoor range, but like all things WITH TRAINING…  Check it out at rack-it.org.

 

 

This week on the Black Man With A Gun Show Podcast, Michael has a conversation with a fan of the show that shoots 3-Gun, and IDPA. Together they shoot USPSA and talk about the differences. I think Michael has a new shooting buddy. Thanks Mr. King for being a part of the show. I actually see a new thread possibility if you join us.

I talk about power, and how we don’t use what we have. power: the capacity or ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events. Which is simply this: the capacity to make others do what you would have them do.

We don’t like to talk about power. We find it scary. We find it somehow evil. We feel uncomfortable naming it. In the culture and mythology of democracy, power resides with the people. Period. End of story. Any further inquiry not necessary and not really that welcome. Power has a negative moral valence. It sounds Machiavellian inherently. It seems inherently evil. But in fact power is no more inherently good or evil than fire or physics. It just is. And power governs how any form of government operates, whether a democracy or a dictatorship. And the problem we face today, here in America is that far too many people are profoundly illiterate in power — what it is, who has it, how it operates, how it flows, what part of it is visible, what part of it is not, why some people have it, why that’s compounded. And as a result of this illiteracy, those few who do understand how power operates in civic life, those who understand how a bill becomes a law, yes, but also how a friendship becomes a subsidy, or how a bias becomes a policy, or how a slogan becomes a movement, the people who understand those things wield disproportionate influence, and they’re perfectly happy to fill the vacuum created by the ignorance of the great majority.

How it all relates to the right to keep and bear arms. Its something uniquely American but also a part of several Latin American nations like Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. It comes from our US Constitution but was taken from the philosophical and political writings of Aristotle, Cicero, John Locke, Machiavelli, the English Whigs.

The legacy of gun control separates us still today. We splinter, self segregate, and discriminate as we grow in the knowledge of awareness and self reliance. I ask the thinking and conscious among us to just try to help one person come to the truth. We spend a lot of money and energy talking to the converted.

Cathay Williams

In our history segment, I introduce you to Cathay Williams (1844 – 1892), a.k.a. William Cathay. She was the first known African American woman to enlist in the United States Army, and the only black woman documented to serve in the US army in the 19th century. She was born a slave in Independence, Missouri.

While I was a small girl my master and family moved to Jefferson City. My master died there and when the war broke out and the United States soldiers came to Jefferson City they took me and other colored folks with them to Little Rock. Col. Benton of the 13th army corps was the officer that carried us off. I did not want to go. Cathay Williams

In 1861, the year the American Civil War began, Union forces occupied Jefferson City. During the Civil War, captured slaves were considered contraband and were usually pressed into service supporting the military. Cathay was 17 years old when she was forced to work as a cook and washerwoman for the army. She traveled with an infantry regiment through many states, and was present at the Battle Of Pea Ridge, the Red River Campaign, and served briefly under General Philip Sheridan. She was working at Jefferson Barracks back in Missouri when the war ended in 1865.

After the Civil War, employment opportunities were scarce for many African-Americans, especially in the south. Many of them looked to military service, where they could earn not only steady pay but also education, health care, and a pension. Cathay had a cousin and a friend who enlisted, and she decided that in order to earn a living, she would enlist too.
Women were prohibited from serving in the military at that time, so Cathay disguised herself as a man and switched her first and last names, using the pseudonym William Cathay. Cathay was tall at 5’9” (175 cm) and had no problem enlisting since a medical exam wasn’t required. It’s unknown exactly when Cathay died. She’s not listed in the 1900 census for Trinidad, Colorado. Given her poor health and the fact that she was probably having a hard time financially since she applied for a pension, it’s probable that she died sometime between 1892 and 1900.(taken from various sources.)

Natural Point of Aim explained.

Announcement

Announcing that I am using my 7 plus years of podcasting to create a new podcasting network for sponsored and professional podcasters called Gun Podcast Network. Going to take what I have learned from the successful liberal podcasters I know and make something different from what has been done before. So far, the Women’s Gun Show, which is doing great is our first client.

Recently created a new show called Warriorcast on iTunes about MMA, and local fighters.

 

Thankful for all the prayers and well wishes for my father that I asked for on Facebook. You guys mean a lot to me. Thank you.

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