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Thread #81179 Message #1487112
Posted By: GUEST,Azizi
18-May-05 - 06:09 AM
Thread Name: African American Secular Folk Songs
Subject: RE: African American Secular Folk Songs
also FWIW, I agree with your comments on 18 May 05 - 02:31 AM.
I'm not sure if there is an old African proverb that says this, but here's a new African proverb that I just thought of that was inspired by your post:
"Big mouths can cause big trouble".
And when it came to slavery, that ain't no joke.
Severe whippings, mutilation, and being 'sold down the river' to the harshest form of slavery in the deep Southern states were the penalties for being caught trying to escape slavery.
Of course, even today "big mouths can cause big trouble".
Maybe it's just as well that this is a text only discussion forum.