Jaquarius and The Magic Rebel Flag – A Modern Fable

By Sacks Roamer


Holy Cow! What A Bum Steer!

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a little black boy named Jaquarius. He lived with his mother, Shakeesha, on a small farm in rural Georgia. Times were not good, and sometimes all they had for supper was fried bugs and crickets. But then Shakeesha got a letter which offered her a chance to go to cosmetology school in Atlanta, where she could learn to do hair weaves and make a lot of money! All she needed was enough cash to buy two bus tickets.

So, she asked Jaquarius to go to town and sell their only cow, Elsiekwanda. Jaquarius set off down the little dirt road to town. On the way, he met Mr. White.

“Little boy, where are you going with that cow?”, asked Mr. White.

“I am going to town to sell her, Sir.” he replied.

Mr. White scratched his chin, and thought for just a second, and said, “I have something better than money that I will give you for that cow. I have a Magic Rebel Flag!”

“A Magic Rebel Flag!” exclaimed Jacquarius. “What am I going to do with that? I ain’t even got a flag pole.”

Mr. White explained, “Son, this ain’t a flying flag, this here is a burying flag! This flag has been a symbol of oppression to the whole colored race for 150 years! And if you go bury it in your back yard, then life is going to get good for you and your momma, and all the colored folks all over the country! No more troubles for you! No Sirree!”

Jaquarius couldn’t hand over his cow quickly enough, and he scooted back down the road, home to his mother. When he got there, he explained the whole deal to her, and they both went out to the back yard and buried the flag, and put a bunch of rocks on top of it. It was the happiest day of their lives!

It has been five years now, and they are still sitting there on their little farm. With no cow, and eating fried bugs and crickets for supper. And they didn’t live happily ever.

Sack Roamer
The Unknown Blogger

FootNote: The Image above is Buckwheat.  From Wiki:

William “Billie” Thomas, Jr. (March 12, 1931 – October 10, 1980), an American child actor best remembered for portraying the character of Buckwheat in the Our Gang (Little Rascals) short films from 1934 until the series’ end in 1944. He was a native of Los Angeles, California.

Although the character he played was often the subject of controversy in later years for containing elements of the “pickaninny” stereotype, Thomas always defended his work in the series, pointing out that Buckwheat and the rest of the black Our Gang kids were treated as equals to the white kids in the series.


About Penelope Dreadful

An attorney, with a rye sense of humor.
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