What If: America Was Founded In 1876?

Slidecage Parallel Earth News Service
Nov 29, 2013 09:30 EST

On our own earth the United States of America was founded in 1776. In the world I just slid to, this America, was 100 years behind.

After almost becoming the news myself by sliding onto a busy freeway, I dusted myself off, and found a local digital library to discover more about the world I just landed on. I was denied entrance to the facility, but was taken by a taxi driver named Jason to the Moore Hotel. I told him I was a reporter trying to learn more about the area. Oddly enough he told me he didn’t want to talk. He suggested a local think tank group would be my best bet to find out more information. With the address in hand; he warned that it was dangerous meeting with the group. This is easily one of the most secretive societies I’ve visited.

After a quick nap at the hotel, I walked into a dark alley way to visit this illusive group that was deemed insubordinate. As I entered the room I was given stares all around the room. The group leader dressed in a black turtle neck sweater was a failed technological entrepreneur named Steve Jobs. I was immediately searched upon my arrival and taken to a separate room and interrogated. They asked me multiple questions, none of which I had an answer for, except why I was there. I was merely there to gather information since no one on the street would talk to me. Accused of being a spy, I never imagined, such a prominent entrepreneur like Steve Jobs could be a hardened oppressor. As I was being led out I over heard their conversation that their demonstration would take place at noon the next day.

With my timer in hand I had 8 hours and 1 minute till the slide, just right after the demonstration was to take place in town hall. In what time I had I tried to learn about this world by traveling around town. This America’s vehicle traffic drives on the left side of the road, it’s pastime is horse racing, and technological innovation appears far advanced compared to our own.

President Obama was to arrive at noon according to the local digital newspaper. I just put two and two together and realized the demonstration was for the President. I had arrived a little late to town hall and Steve Jobs and his demonstrators were behind a microphone giving their plea to the President and America. TV crews and the media were there in droves. As Steve Jobs was giving his speech I was utterly stopped in my tracks by the words coming from his mouth, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the lack of color in their skin but by the content of their character.”

It was clear to me that on this world roles are reversed in the civil rights movement. White men are oppressed instead of African Americans. I was finally able to find a reporter amidst the ocean of news media to discuss the current state of events and how they occurred. It seems that Africa was the first to colonize North America, not Europe. Europeans were taken as slaves and have been oppressed ever since the mid 1800s.

It explains why I was shunned by everyone I tried to have a discussion with, because of my white skin. Like our own earth from restaurants to planes discrimination occurs against Caucasians. Frederick Douglass was America’s founding father on this earth, and even though the discrimination continues the civil rights movement on this world has just begun. Only time will tell if Mr. Jobs will suffer the same fate as MLK. Who knows what the future holds; this America, after all, was founded 100 years later.