Cultural diversity guru Clarence Glover feels the heat when he talks cotton | Community Column

He said cotton is called king and white gold and has a deep history in the south and in Dallas, where the Dallas Cotton Exchange building was a historic staple. Dallas was the nation’s largest inland cotton market.

“If we are to value African-American freedom, we must come to understand the central role that cotton played in slavery, the building of our nation, the Civil War, Emancipation, and ultimately Juneteenth,” Glover said in an interview.

“If we had harvested diamonds, would we throw away the diamonds once the institution of slavery was ended?” he asked. “African-Americans must understand and realize that cotton is as valuable as diamonds are to our American economic system. And we played a major role in that. Yes, it was hard work. But the shame was in…

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