America's Race Problem
Patriot
Last comment by Ironside 3 months, 3 weeks ago.

Take Me To Post Comment Form

America’s Race Problem

The following is from the Hillsdale College Publication “Imprimis”. July/August 2017, written by Professor of Politics, Washington and Lee University.

Frederick Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist writer and orator, was the most photographed American of the 19th century. He gave a speech at Hillsdale College on January21,1863.
Douglass said: “There was no such thing as new truth. Error might be old or new, but truth is as old as the universe.”

A “popular error” today is the idea that because Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, nothing good could come from him. Douglas surely knew that Jefferson owned slaves, but he knew as well that Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence, which supplied for Douglass and for all Americans the key to political progress: the principles that “all men are created equal”; that they are “endowed by their Creator [ not by government] with certain unalienable Rights. “among which are “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”; and that to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men”.

Douglass called these “saving principles,” and devoted himself to convincing white Americans “to trust [these principles] operation.” In this he foreshadowed Justice John Marshall Harlan’s lone dissent against the Supreme Court’s infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which produced the nefarious doctrine of “separate but equal”. Harlan wrote: “Our Constitution is color -blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among citizens on account of color. In respect of all civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law”.

Thirty years before Plessy, Douglass observed that the Constitution “knows no distinction between citizens on account on color. The burden of our demand upon the American People shall simply be justice and fair play”, he said. “We utterly repudiate all invidious distinctions, whether in our favor or against us, and only ask for fair field, and no favor”.

Douglass was no fan of “race pride”, counting it “a positive evil” and a “false foundation”. For the better part of American history, black Americans wanted nothing to do with a color line that set them apart from other Americans. Douglass wrote: “It has long been the desire of our enemies to deepen and widen the line of separation between the white and colored people of this country. The only relevant minority in America was the minority of one- the individual, the government of all should be partial to none”.

The politics of identity make the present a prisoner of the past, with individuals viewed chiefly through the lens of race or other arbitrary characteristics. Douglass argued for identifying with America -with the nation founded on “human brotherhood and the self-evident truths of Liberty and equality”. He saw that the protection of specific groups or classes would lead government away from protecting individual rights and towards assigning benefits and burdens. Douglass said: “I know of no rights of race superior to the rights of humanity”

This article points out how far we as Americans have strayed from our founding principles established in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Frederick Douglass, a former slave, got it right in 1863.

Knowing our history will set us free!


Latest Activity: Aug 14, 2017 at 12:05 PM


Bookmark and Share
Forward This Blog
Print Blog
More Blogs by Ironside
Send Ironside a Message
Report Inappropriate Content


Blog has been viewed (1238) times.

Bryant commented on Monday, Aug 14, 2017 at 15:36 PM

While I agree with Mr. Douglass' sentiments, I cannot tell if you are directing your post at white supremacists as well as black people or just at counterprotestors. Kinda like "from all sides". Please clarify.

Ironside commented on Monday, Aug 14, 2017 at 18:20 PM

As Frederick Douglass says," It has long been the desire of our enemies to deepen and widen the lines of separation between the white and colored people of this country". Isn't this what both groups were seeking to accomplish in Charlottesville. Both groups political aims are anti-American. Americans believe, as did Frederick Douglass, in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Let us once again teach these American treasures to our children, for these two groups that were in Charlottesville were never taught them in our schools. They are ignorant in American history. They have been taught as Frederick Douglass points out, an "Error" in our history, not the "Truth" of our history.

You Bryant, like all Americans, have to come to the realization of, which political Party is responsible for teaching the "Error" in our schools, and which political Party has allowed it to go on unchallenged. Both groups in Charlottesville are the product of the same political Party as the "Truth" of our history points out. The KKK and Black Lives Matter" are the creation of the same political Party. Care to take an honest guess?

Bryant commented on Tuesday, Aug 15, 2017 at 15:50 PM

Ironside, you're being far to harsh on the Republicans. They're not all bad.

Ironside commented on Wednesday, Aug 16, 2017 at 12:34 PM

Bryant: What makes you think I was referring to the Republican Party?

Bryant commented on Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:24 AM

Sorry, my satire font was off.

Ironside commented on Thursday, Aug 17, 2017 at 13:31 PM

Once again: Care to take an honest guess?

SusanS commented on Thursday, Aug 24, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Love your post Ironside. When we "all" finally put down the lens of looking at people on the exterior and begin working together as a people, we will find a freedom we only dreamed of, and we will simultaneously defeat those who creep around behind the curtains continuously creating division. If we were all more aware as to how we are being played like puppets, we'd find a new target for our anger. It wouldn't be at each other.

Bryant commented on Friday, Aug 25, 2017 at 13:03 PM

SusanS, who is "creeping around behind the curtains" and playing us "like puppets"?

Ironside commented on Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Bryant: You are far too intelligent to ask such a question. The answer is the same answer to my question that you will not answer even though you are smart enough to know the answer.

So many young American's bought into the social movements of the 1960's, 70's, 80's and 90's. They and now their children and grandchildren are discovering it was for the most part lies to get votes. That they were being used by the puppet masters, using peoples' emotions and their votes, to get their people elected, who would slowly destroy our government from within, the deep state. Together with their Media allies, they were well on their way to total victory in changing our government to a Socialist/Communist State. All that was needed was one more victory in the Presidential election. That did not happen, resulting in the extreme hate that is pushed daily by the press.

Those who as young college students in the 1960's fell for the ruse, spent their adult lives unwittingly supporting the ruse, and now can not come to grips with the idea that this has happened to them. Denial is what they cling too.

You know the answer, but it is too painful to say. I have a sister in the same situation. It is why we are so divided a nation today.

Bryant commented on Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 12:03 PM

Ironside, I feel very sorry for your inability to see past your single minded focus on a particular party as the cause of your perception of America's ills.
I was one of those students of the 60's who drank the Kool-Aid. Foolish me, I thought all people were equal under the Constitution and deserved equal rights. I thought the Vietnam war was wrong and the fact it was fought predominantly by conscripted grunts from lower socioeconomic strata who couldn't afford college deferments only added to the wrongness. (Although it didn't deter me from my own college deferment.)
Foolish me, I still believe in equality under the law. I still believe our tax code is inherently unfair - designed for the rich and corporations. I believe white supremacists are ignorant scum whose own failures they would rather blame someone else (preferably of a different color or ethnicity) than acknowledge their own shortcomings.

Bryant commented on Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 12:07 PM

Ironside, I feel very sorry for your inability to see past your single minded focus on a particular party as the cause of your perception of America's ills.
I was one of those students of the 60's who drank the Kool-Aid. Foolish me, I thought all people were equal under the Constitution and deserved equal rights. I thought the Vietnam war was wrong and the fact it was fought predominantly by conscripted grunts from lower socioeconomic strata who couldn't afford college deferments only added to the wrongness. (Although it didn't deter me from my own college deferment.)
Foolish me, I still believe in equality under the law. I still believe our tax code is inherently unfair - designed for the rich and corporations. I believe white supremacists are ignorant scum whose own failures they would rather blame someone else (preferably of a different color or ethnicity) than acknowledge their own shortcomings.
I believe our current president is a lying, faithless, woefully ignorant serial adulterer who panders to the last person who has his ear.
But I do not believe there is a long term concerted shadow effort by either party to overthrow the government. Politicians are just not that smart - and yes, that includes Democrats and Republicans.

Ironside commented on Saturday, Aug 26, 2017 at 14:35 PM

Well Bryant we agree, but perhaps for different reasons. My American history from studying it and living through it is different from what my college professors; from 1970 to 1974; were trying to convince me was the problem with the United States. I went to college after volunteering for the Army in 1967 to 1970.

Now to your post: You sound just a President Trump supporter until you state your views about President Trump. I’ll leave it to President Trump, and what he does for the nation, and all it’s people, to change your mind. I wish I was wrong about those, who are now,in both of our Political Parties, but overwhelmingly in the Democrat Party trying to make our government a Socialist/Communist State. I know from your post you don’t believe it is true, but I believe you will in good time based on future events, so agreeing to disagree is the best solution.

P.S. President Trump is trying to change the tax code that you correctly label “inherently unfair”. We will see what the politicians in both Parties, who created and benefit from the current tax code, are willing to change it to. I don’t have much faith in the establishment Congress. But who knows, may be times “they are a changing” and Congress (both Parties) will give the American People, all the People, a simple, lower taxes, tax code that doesn’t benefit the politically connected, and by doing so, will improve Race Relations in the country. There is nothing like keeping more of one’s own hard earned money, in silencing those who wish to divide us. Prosperity for all!


Log In to post comments.

Previous blog entries by Ironside
 
2018 Mid-Term Elections
July 29, 2017
2018 Election The failure of the Republicans to pass the repeal of Obamacare has set the stage for the 2018 mid-term elections. This election will be a fight between those who will pledge to repeal Obamacare verses those who will pledge to keep Obamacare. The Republicans will primary many of ...
Read More »
 
True meaning of the 4th of July
June 30, 2017
The 4th of July 1776 was our Independence Day, and still is. Sadly, if a news reporter were to go to Mill Creek Park for the Fireworks display and day long activities, and asked people why they were there, I doubt anyone would say “To celebrate our Independence, Our Freedom ...
Read More »
 
NAACP wants diversity in schools
June 18, 2017
The NAACP of Bulloch County wants more diversity in the school system. It doesn’t believe there are enough black teachers or administrators employed in the school system. It believes that only black teachers and administrators can relate to black students. Wasn’t that the argument for segregated all black schools? I ...
Read More »
 
School SPLOST Vote
June 11, 2017
School SPLOST Vote The announcement of the November 7 School SPLOST vote is a perfect time to discuss taxes in Bulloch County. SPLOST is the fairest way to fund government. SPLOST taxes allow everyone who benefit from government, to pay taxes to support paying for government. SPLOST taxes are those ...
Read More »
 
County's New Arena
June 02, 2017
County’s New Arena This new Equestrian Arena like Splash in the Boro are entertainment facilities that government has no reason to be using taxpayer money to build and run. These two facilities are now competing against Private Entertainment facilities in Bulloch County. If this new Arena is so needed, those ...
Read More »
 
[View More Blogs...]





 
Powered by
Morris Technology