Friday, August 29, 2014

America, The Beautiful Is Not So Beautiful

We are attempting to explain away the reasons behind the complicated issue of racial prejudice in America. I don't profess to have the exclusive on why racial prejudice in America is still rampart. My intentions are to get you thinking as to what we, as a nation, must do to address it. Surely, diversity training, a correcting of the textbooks on American History, better funding of all schools, and a concerted protest from all America would greatly enhance any effort to eradicate this cancer upon our nation. Enjoy the read... and make a comment, if you so wish. This enclosed italicized paragraph sets the tone for why I believe there is so much racial discord in the United States - my belief! 

Having read the Declaration of Independence, I believe many interpret parts of it as the 'right' of a certain majority to exercise 'their God given rights' as a right of superiority over all others! The means to achieve that end can take many forms, but the most unique of those can be shown from a review of events beginning in 1917 that continued through 1923! The utter destruction of Black America initiated the decline of the Black race in these United States.

In his initial draft of the Declaration of IndependenceThomas Jefferson condemned the injustice of the slave trade and, by implication, slavery, but he also blamed the presence of enslaved Africans in North America on avaricious British colonial policies. Jefferson thus acknowledged that slavery violated the natural rights of the enslaved, while at the same time he absolved Americans of any responsibility for owning slaves themselves. The Continental Congress apparently rejected the tortured logic of this passage by deleting it from the final document, but this decision also signaled the Founders’ commitment to subordinating the controversial issue of slavery to the larger goal of securing the unity and independence of the United States.

Here, I want to emphasize that Whites, during the formative years of our country, held a desire that there be two classes of people in these United States... those owning property would have an exclusive set of rights over and above those of the people who did not own property. The reasoning being that not everyone would be allowed to shape the laws of the country. This reasoning is a significant signature of why we see oppression on so many levels today.

With that theorem in mind you can readily see the connection to what occurred in America during the time shortly after the abolishing of slavery, and what happened over a fifty to sixty year period following ending in of slavery in America. Many of the founding Fathers were slave owners and did not want a freed slave to experience all of what freedoms in these new United States would entail.

The difference in Black America right after the abolishment of slavery and today is this... Blacks had businesses and owned property then; they were elected to and served at every level of government - remember, the Constitution was written to give property owns power over the rest of America's citizens. This status gave them the same implied rights that our Forefathers envisioned for themselves.

As Blacks became more affluent with their own towns, it became apparent that they would be a force to reckon with if allowed to continue in this trend. Whites decided to, in the late 1920s, destroy any chance of equality occurring as described in the Declaration of Independence, hence you have the massacres of the late twenties - Rosewood, Tulsa, etc!

Continued oppression broke the back of Black America, and forever set in place a hidden agenda to deny Blacks their equal rights. This is what you see now in America - sundown towns, unequal education, and a suppression of the vote. We need to realize that, and be assured this is not out of hate, but a reality check, we are being systematically oppressed as part of a broad agenda to keep us from being equal.

In a democracy, silence is not golden; it is condonance in the face of injustices; it is fear, where the thought of reprisal fosters control – Rodney A. Davis

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