By : Hatem Dhwibi a.k.a CoOL Burn


Me, like most of the people who have never been to America, thought that America is all about being wild and having fun. The picture that we bear in our minds is the picture that media has been showing us, I wouldn’t say that it’s all wrong but that picture is not what America is all about, though it is wild and fun but that wouldn’t be for someone who is hoping for a good future. To fit in was not as easy as I thought it will be, I haven’t been there yet but time would teach a lot, I was also blessed with the company of good people who never hesitated helping me to figure things out.

I decided to start my journey from where I am, Fort Smith Arkansas, I could have moved but I preferred to stay because sometimes looking up makes us miss what was down under our feet. I have a passion for nature, history and traditions when it comes to being in places I haven’t been before, so I started checking up places to go, the first story that was standing on my way like I mentioned in my previous article was the story of Judge Parker. In my previous article a lot of my readers were excited about knowing how did I get to America more than they were excited to know about the story of Judge Parker, but I will tell it anyway and I will keep you excited for more stories, we sometimes need to read between the lines in order to have some questions answered.

Issac Charles Parker or Judge Parker, I kept seeing his name and his pictures all around the historic site, I understood from what I read that he was the reason behind the execution of so many people, or convicts, or criminals, I’m not really sure, I kind of felt that he was a bad person, but after I’ve asked, I have been told that he was a good person. He supported women’s suffrage, believed in prisoner rehabilitation, and advocated Indian rights. He served on the Fort Smith school board of St. John’s Hospital (today Spark’s Regional Medical Center). He also belonged to several fraternal organizations, including the Grand Army of the Republic.

My first impression about Judge Parker has completely changed after I read his confession statement : “I do not desire to  hang you men. It is the law”.

At this day when I was around the historic site, I got that vision that told me : in order for us to make history, we first have to learn about history.


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