And I’m from Atlanta
And I love dogs
Too often do I hear
“Oh…you can’t be from Atlanta”
“Black folks don’t hunt”
“You been foolin wit dem White folks too long”
Let’s take a step back to history class. Ask how your great grandparents and their ancestors ate. How did slaves eat? How did African tribes provide for their families? I own an old .410 bore from 1919…it belonged to my grandfathers step dad, Mr. Parker as he calls him. What do you think a small bore gun like that was used for? I’m sure that gun has harvested many a squirrel and coon.
I’d like to move away from the idea that hunting is for hillbillies and wealthy white people. Hunting with dogs especially , has been the cornerstone of mans existence for many thousands of years. For reference, check out Holt Collier , he’s one to mention. That’s why I even started this…as an outlet for my interests, and hopefully to open up the conversation and engage with a community of like-minded individuals…both Black and White, and whoever else.
But then, what about the dogs? Well, I appreciate dogs and take serious interest in their capabilities. I’ve had other dogs, 3.5 other pitbulls (the .5 cuz Riley was half pit half German Shephard) and now I have a Walker hound and love the decision I made to get him and train him for hunting. It’s not about the solely about the hunt, but about the track, the performance, and the dog’s spirit and drive. It’s about communicating with a highly intelligent creature that man has developed a bond with since the beginning.
So take a step back and think about it…think about it and converse with your colleagues, open up the conversation over a midday latte.