The day America adopted slavery was a slow walk to death of Democracy. Rich and educated white politicians came together and established their personal desires rather than doing what would be best to build a solid foundation for a new nation. Owning a human being as property was more important to them, as absurd as it is. They knew it was wrong, diabolical, and sinister, yet they did it anyway. Slavery is America’s greatest sin because it was a willful act that Americans took pleasure in. Slave Masters were merciless toward their slaves. Female slaves were raped by their masters, forced to breastfeed white babies, or simply used as sex toys for entertainment purposes. (https://mbbaglobal.com/disturbing-ways-male-african-slaves-were-sexually-abused/). These women in bondage were habitually ravished, harassed, sexually stalked, and used as long-term concubines not only by their masters, but by the owners’ families and friends, as well. Slave men, for their part, were rendered powerless to challenge or intervene, as to do so would mean sure death or sale to distant plantations (https://www.ukessays.com/essays/history/rape-in-american-slavery-system-during-the-antebellum-history-essay.php).
White Americans treated Black people as their property for more than 400 years. From the rich & powerful ones, down to the poorest, dumb, and ignorant, they all abused the Black race. On Sunday mornings, White Americans would flock to their churches to thank their God for giving them human beings as their property. Of course, none would say such a thing out loud because they knew it was wrong, but they did it anyway. It’s impossible to explain away, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”, as obtained in the Declaration of Independence. Admittedly, they recognize the value of all lives. Slavery was a choice by the founders that America cannot escape from its karma.
The damage is done. Today, many White Americans believe they are the victim, especially the poor, uneducated Whites. It’s difficult for many Black Americans to understand how White Americans could feel victimized. After all, slavery and Jim Crow never happened to them. What if we could interview a few Slaves of 400 years ago and get their take on a white master feeling victimized? Absurd and ridiculous, right? Of course, it is.
Today’s Republicans (which is made up of mostly White people) seem to miss the Jim Crow era, so much so, they created slogans, “Take back our country” and “Make America Great Again”.
White Americans were taught to hate Black people from the beginning, and even though many have learned better since then, far too many are still ignorant in their thoughts, thus in their dealings.
Republicans feel justified in making voting more difficult for people of color (especially for Black Americans living in predominantly Black communities). It seems every time Black Americans gain ground politically and economically, White Republicans find reasons to change the system. I’m not sure who brings out the worse in each other; The Republican party, Fox News or Donald Trump? Maybe they all are looking at America through the same old racist lens?
America is at a crossroads, and I’m not sure if our Democracy will survive. Racist White folks have dug in on their White Supremacy thoughts, while Fox News has wrongfully helped their false belief. Most Republican supporters watch Fox News; they tend to believe them, rightly or wrongly, because if Fox said it, they believe it.
Yesterday, it was Antifa’s fault for whatever was wrong with America; today, it’s Woke & Cancel-Culture. The propaganda machine at Fox really knows how to fire up its base. Meanwhile, the Republicans are canceling anyone who will not go along with the Big Lie —the election was stolen from Trump. Liz Cheney loses House Republican leadership post.
America’s founders had a choice; they willfully chose slavery and kept it alive for more than 400 years; they did not choose democracy and now it’s at the brink of falling apart.
The Republican Party has given over to the Extreme Right. In fact, they don’t believe they can win an election on ideals anymore. They have accepted defeat to the extreme and are now ready to be 100% loyal to Trump’s racist rhetoric and are ready to commit to voter suppression towards people of color as the Law of the land. Judging by the current realities in the Republican camp, it’s possible they will change their name to The Trumplican Party. By all standards the Republican party has become a personality cult.
Should the Trumplican Party eventually have their way, be ready to kiss Democracy goodbye!
Americans, it is very possible the Trumplicans will be in complete control of both chambers of government (House of Representative and the Senate), as well as have control over most of the Southern States’ government. That means Bubba with the Rebel flag will have the final word on who he says, won the elections.
The day America adopted Slavery was a slow walk to death of Democracy. What if America’s Founding Fathers had made a different choice, one which was consistent to the words they wrote in The Declaration of Independence ?
Unfortunately, they chose Slavery. Maybe, that’s why one of the founder said, “A Republic, if you can keep it”
Black people are survivors, from slavery to Jim Crow, from segregation to integration; Black Americans are like the poem by Maya Angelou, “STILL I RISE”.
You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Black Americans have a lot of bright, smart, intelligent people. Sadly, most Americans aren’t listening to them, maybe because they’ve been brainwashed not to value Black people or their opinions.
We can only imagine, what if the Founders had chosen Democracy over Slavery?
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