Comanches and Kiowas did not discriminate in the way they treated blacks or whites.
Some believe that blacks were treated better than whites and enjoyed a “mystical bond,” but Kenneth Porter, an African American writer and re-enactor, disagreed.
If you look at the record of attacks on Texans," Porter said, "African Americans were in just as much danger as whites. Except the Comanches did not usually scalp blacks as much as they did whites."
The fact of Britt Johnson is a good example of how merciless the Plains Indians were whatever the race. Johnson was a Young County slave, who gained his freedom when he came to Texas.
Tragedy hit his family when he went to Weatherford to pick up lumber. When he returned, more than 500 Kiowas and Comanches had left the ranch settlement around Elm Creek devastated. They killed his son, Jim, and carried away his wife, children and several white captives to the Llano Estacado.
Scholars believed he used gifts of blankets and horses to make friends and bargain with the Kiowas and Comanches. He stayed in the Texas Panhandle long enough to gain the Indians trust and pretend that he wanted to join the tribe. (Read more in the Sept. 23 edition of The Graham Leader)