|December 15, 1985
In my ongoing effort to connect everything I see to Kansas, John Greenleaf Whittier wrote numerous poems about abolition and slavery. One of those poems is "Burial of Barber", written after Thomas Barber was shot and killed by a proslavery neighbor on December 6, 1855 about four miles outside of Lawrence.
While the flag with stars bedecked
Threatens where it should protect,
And the Law shakes hand with Crime,
What is left us but to wait
Match our patience to our fate,
And abide the better time?
I would much rather watch the episode on TV and not, for some reason, in my mind. Who does that?