Chronicles of The Black Jockeys Conclusion: Unknown "Unknowns", Plessy, Jim Crow, Northern Migration, Big Money, Racetrack Closures, Great White Hopes, and The End of The Rope

Unknown "Unknows”

“There are known 'knowns'.  There are things we know that we know.  There are known 'unknowns'; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know.  But there are also unknown ‘unknowns’; there are things we do not know we don’t know.”  --Donald Rumsfeld2013 derby

As I clicked the channel earlier this week, I stumbled upon former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld saying 'something...' about something on my television screen.  As I do not do politics and have never been able to fully understand the former Secretary, I clicked off and decided to continue to write.  But as I wrote on, the pugnacious and prickly Mr. Rumsfeld reemerged in my thoughts for something that he had said many years ago.   Then, his colorful play on language during those Iraqi war briefings might likely have induced Streptococcal Pharyngitis in former Nixon speechwriter and New York Times columnist William Safire, in addition to enhancing Rumsfeld's own reputation as an excellent comedian.  It was a very convoluted ebb and flow of alliterations from the Secretary, which, though still very convoluted, was now making sense in the context of the subject matter in front of me.  Though you are unlikely to see me quote the colorful former Secretary here anytime soon, some aspects of his then infamous brief lodged itself in my head: There are known “knowns.”  There are known “unknowns.”  And there are unknown “unknowns.” 

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Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

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