Race And Slavery

In case you are interested there are still protests raging across the nation but the reader would never know it if they watch their evening news.

As a matter of fact another black man was killed by police who shot him in the back numerous times…..

And yes there is still a debate on the subject of race and slavery being offered around the nation…..but the reader would never know it for they still do not get actual news in the evenings but rather a form of propaganda.

So to be a better writer I will continue my posts on race and slavery and equality……this post is a look at race and slavery…..

American slavery was a blight upon the nation dedicated to the principle that “all men are created equal.”

Chattel slavery—in which human beings are bought and sold as property—was introduced to America during its colonial period, continued through the American Revolution, and increased in scope (the slave population was nearly four million in 1860) by the start of the Civil War. Though the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment dismantled legalized slavery in 1865, the specter of Jim Crow, rise of groups like the Ku Klux Klan, and proliferation of theories of racial supremacy clothed in scientific rhetoric put off the hope that blacks would be fully included in the American promise for nearly a century.

Though her citizens have not consistently risen to the level of treating every person, regardless of race, as equal human beings and citizens, America is based explicitly upon antislavery principles. Civil rights leaders such as Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King, Jr. instructed Americans to live up to these principles and acknowledge that the American promise includes blacks as well as whites.

In his “I Have a Dream” speech, King told the massive crowds gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial “that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed—we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” which applied to “black men as well as white men.”

Unfortunately, glaring disparities between blacks and whites in modern American life have given credence to the view that it is not a rejection of American principles but the adherence to them that causes the widening of these gaps. Some even argue that slavery is in fact America’s true foundation.

This growing consensus ironically echoes the false reading of our country’s history put forward by Chief Justice Roger Taney in arguably the worst Supreme Court decision in American history, Dred Scott v. Sandford. There, Taney argued that the American Founders thought blacks “so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” But this reading of history is incorrect.

https://www.realclearpublicaffairs.com/public_affairs/american_civics/race_and_slavery/

This discourse needs saying….but as of yet the actual debate is not being offered…..instead it is each person’s sanitized version of slavery and that of race….like this post from In Saner Thought…….https://lobotero.com/2020/08/19/yet-another-justification-of-slavery/

There will be NO solutions as long as we keep having the same sanitized version of the institution of slavery and the larger issue of race.

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