Regardless of what you have been told and have chosen to believe, slavery did not originate in the United States of America or Colonial America. It has been around virtually since the beginning of man’s existence on the planet and it is not likely to go away anytime soon. The United States outlawed slavery but that did not end slavery in the world. Our Founding Fathers nor Christopher Columbus originated slavery and slavery has not been the exclusive sin of whites.
The misinformation, intentional distortion regarding the matter by the followers of the progressive movement, and the splinter groups are destructive and dishonest. In today’s world we are consumed with the issue of race, tribalism, and hate for our founding. I believe that the real intent is not truth but power. The rhetoric, spin, and brainwashing that has been transpiring for generations have at its core the desire to ‘divide and conquer.’ The presentation of a Utopia as achievable in society is poisonous and makes coexistence with differing ideologies impossible or incredibly difficult.
I agree with an assertion I heard some time ago, “Racism is not our Achilles Heel. It is the ubiquitous manipulation and exploitation of race and racism that threatens our way of life. Political operatives masquerading as journalists feed the hate 24/7.” I believe columnist Robert Wedge said that in early August. I believe he is correct.
I have contended that the book and miniseries “Roots” was far more detrimental to understanding and finding peace and harmony that it was beneficial. Alex Haley said, when confronted about his lack of historical accuracy, “I tried to give my people a myth to live by.” What? The intent was not truth but the presentation of a myth that would inflame and cause anger and hate. It was rekindling the flames of hurt that we had been working to put out and heal. That is not beneficial it is destructive.
Dr. Thomas Sowell offered a counter view in his book “Black Rednecks and White Liberals.” Dr. Sowell, unlike Haley, sought to provide historical accuracy and face truth honestly not seek to slant his presentation toward a particular ideological view or desire. Dr. Sowell and history, honestly viewed, reveals that slavery has been a part of every culture on every inhabited continent throughout history. Africans conquered other Africans, enslaved them, and sold them for profit. Slavery existed in Western indigenous peoples for centuries before Columbus arrived. Slavery was considered a fact of life until the 17th century when Christians attacked it as being immoral.
We know from documented history that at the peak of the Atlantic slave trade, Africans retained more slaves for themselves than they sold to the West. Yet, if you listen to the rhetoric of today and the presentation of the liberal leftists you would assume that our Founding fathers originated the practice of slavery. Please understand, I detest the idea of enslaving anyone! However, if we ignore historical reality, we only present a “myth” that people can become inflamed over and the anger will produce physical violence and intolerance.
The Founding Fathers were born into a world where slavery existed, they did not create it. They were born into a world where large agricultural estates included slaves as property. We know from their writings that Washington, Jefferson, and Madison all detested slavery as an institution. Washington freed his slaves upon the death of his wife. His will stipulated that those who were infirm or disabled were to be cared for by his estate. That is not the view of Washington being presented by the history revisionist and those seeking to divide and conquer.
The Founding fathers sought to abolish slavery long before the Civil War but faced mountains of issues that prevented them from achieving that objective. One of the many issues was the problem of an uneducated population that would not likely become assimilated into society. That gave rise to the concern of a race riot like the 1791 Santo Domingo Rebellion.
Jefferson is targeted unfairly, and history reveals that he was relentless in his search for a vehicle to end slavery short of war. His first draft of the Declaration of Independence included mocking King George III for enslaving Africans and disallowing emancipation. That language was removed to enable a union of all 13 colonies to enable America to pursue Independence. In 1778 Jefferson introduced a bill in the Virginia House to stop further importation of salves. It was approved. Were you taught that in school?
Both the United States and Great Britain diligently sought to eliminate the slave trade. For several decades England made the interdiction of slave ships a naval priority. They even entered Brazilian waters in 1849 to destroy Brazilian slave ships that ignored their cease and desist orders. Being the Captain of a slave ship was a capital offense in America. Finally, the Civil War and one of the results was the emancipation of slaves in the United States of America.
I was intrigued by the revelations that came from reading the works of Frederick Douglass. He had been convinced by abolitionists that our Founding was corrupted by slavery. He sought to discover the truth for himself and after reading our founding documents he changed his view of America and her founding. He no longer believed as he was told by the abolitionists that the Constitution was a pro-slavery document. He said, “it is a slander upon the memory of the Farmers to so charge. The Constitution interpreted as it should be is a glorious document of liberty and will be found to contain principles and purposes entirely hostile to the existence of slavery.” Were you taught that in school?
I read that Bob Woodson, civil rights activist in the ’60s and head of the Woodson Center/ 1776 Project said that the term, “institutional racism or systemic racism” has no meaning. He said, “It is a ruse! It is a distraction from the real issue; white liberals and black leaders have betrayed the people they represent over the past 60 years.” The media will never tell you that and claim it is a distortion. However, facts are facts and very stubborn things.
Is America a racist nation? Before you issue the standard answer and charge let me ask, “If we are then why are Americans from India and East Asia the most successful demographics?” We are all created by God and that makes us members of the same family and same race. You can split hairs if you choose, but if we are going to resolve the issue and find any semblance of peace and tolerance that is a view we must embrace.
Consider men such as Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglas, Thomas Sowell, and Walter Williams, and a myriad of others and then tell me that blacks cannot succeed. What has happened to the detriment of the black community is that the federal government has, under the Democrats, waged war on the two-parent family. The Great Society of LBJ was incredibly racist in its objective and actions.
If we continue pursuing the Marxist agenda and allow the power-hungry to have total control, we will NEVER find peace and will never overcome the stigma of slavery. Slavery is reprehensible but was not the cause of America’s societal struggles, it was a product of the condition of the world. We have moved forward but men like Farrakhan, Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama have impeded our progress. Wake up America! Wake up Black America and Wake up White America, we can overcome! We can unite as people under God and as a nation!
These are some of the reasons I continue to reject the agenda and rhetoric of the Democrats and why I cannot fathom the animus of the Never Trump consortium. America’s continued freedom is the goal for which we all should strive. I keep praying for the Love of God to flood the hearts of people and put out the fires of hate that are burning in the hearts today.
God bless you and God bless America!