July 4th and slavery, Founding fathers catalyst for change, All men are created equal paradigm shift, Most blacks enslaved by Africans

July 4th and slavery, Founding fathers catalyst for change, All men are created equal paradigm shift, Most blacks enslaved by Africans

“I congratulate you, my dear friend, on the law of your state [South Carolina] for suspending the importation of slaves, and for the glory you have justly acquired by endeavoring to prevent it for ever. This abomination must have an end, and there is a superior bench reserved in heaven for those who hasten it.”…Thomas Jefferson

“I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.”…George Washington

“Negro Slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude.”...John Adams

 

The Declaration of Independence and the founding of the US was a paradigm shift for humanity.

For all of the existence of mankind, the accepted belief was that if you were conquered, you were subject to murder, rape, pillaging, torture and enslavement.

That was the norm over the entire planet and involving all ethnicities and skin colors.

That includes whites.

Perhaps the most famous white slave was Saint Patrick.

For founders of America to think otherwise took a lot of reflection, soul searching and faith.

Three of the more prominent founding fathers come to mind: Washington, Jefferson and John Adams.

From the Thomas Jefferson original draft of the Declaration of Independence.

“he has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating it’s most sacred rights of life & liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere, or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. this piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the CHRISTIAN king of Great Britain. determined to keep open a market where MEN should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce: and that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, & murdering the people upon whom he also obtruded them; thus paying off former crimes committed against the liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.”

https://citizenwells.com/2019/07/03/thomas-jefferson-original-draft-declaration-of-independence-condemns-slavery-king-of-great-britain-determined-to-keep-open-a-market-where-men-should-be-bought-sold/

George Washington’s metamorphosis.

“And as a leader of soldiers, Washington was acutely aware of the importance of black soldiers even as he waffled over the question of their eventual freedom. ”George Washington won the Revolutionary War with an army that was more integrated than any military force until the Vietnam War,” Mr. Wiencek maintains. His book offers evidence that the role of black soldiers under Washington’s command was under-reported simply because it was taken for granted.”

“George Washington’s encounter with black poet Philiss Wheatley.

“In December of 1775, Washington – the newly appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army – received a letter from Wheatley containing an ode written in his honor. The poem illustrates Wheatley’s somewhat surprisingly passionate patriotic sentiment, which factors strongly in much of her poetry. It ends with a stanza reading: “Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side, / Thy ev’ry action let the goddess guide. / A crown, a mansion, and a throne that shine, / With gold unfading, WASHINGTON! Be thine.”

Washington responded with a letter expressing his appreciation for Wheatley’s poem. He even considered publishing it but feared people might interpret that action as self-aggrandizing. Not only was this letter the only one Washington is known to have written to a former slave, but he addressed Wheatley as “Miss Phillis” and signed off as “Your obed[ien]t humble servant,”1 unusual and even paradoxical courtesies. Washington also extended an invitation for Wheatley to call on him at his headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.””

From George Washington’s Last Will and Testament.

“Upon the decease ⟨of⟩ my wife, it is my Will & desire th⟨at⟩ all the Slaves which I hold in ⟨my⟩ own right, shall receive their free⟨dom⟩.”

“And I do moreover most pointedly, and most solemnly enjoin it upon my Executors hereafter named, or the Survivors of them, to see that th⟨is cla⟩use respecting Slaves, and every part thereof be religiously fulfilled at the Epoch at which it is directed to take place; without evasion, neglect or delay, after the Crops which may then be on the ground are harvested, particularly as it respects the aged and infirm; seeing that a regular and permanent fund be established for their support so long as there are subjects requiring it; not trusting to the ⟨u⟩ncertain provision to be made by individuals. And to my Mulatto man William (calling himself William Lee) I give immediate freedom; or if he should prefer it (on account of the accidents which ha⟨v⟩e befallen him, and which have rendered him incapable of walking or of any active employment) to remain in the situation he now is, it shall be optional in him to do so: In either case however, I allow him an annuity of thirty dollars during his natural life, whic⟨h⟩ shall be independent of the victuals and cloaths he has been accustomed to receive, if he chuses the last alternative; but in full, with his freedom, if he prefers the first; & this I give him as a test⟨im⟩ony of my sense of his attachment to me, and for his faithful services during the Revolutionary War.”

https://citizenwells.com/2019/02/14/george-washington-last-will-and-testament-of-a-good-man-freed-his-slaves-and-made-provisions-for-their-education-welfare-transformed-by-his-interactions/

John Adams, who owned no slaves.

“1776: John Adams discussed trade resolutions before the continental congress: “There is one Resolution I will not omit.  Resolved that no Slaves be imported into any of the thirteen colonies.” (Peabody,p 197)

1776: John Adams was delighted with Jefferson’s draft of the Declaration of Independence and its “flights of oratory… especially that concerning Negro slavery, which, though I knew his Southern brethren would never suffer to pass in Congress, I certainly would never oppose.” (Peabody, p201)

1819: “Negro Slavery is an evil of colossal magnitude.” (Ellis,p140)”

https://pres-slaves.zohosites.com/john-adams.html

“Advocates of reparations for the descendants of those slaves generally ignore this untidy problem of the significant role that Africans played in the trade, choosing to believe the romanticized version that our ancestors were all kidnapped unawares by evil white men, like Kunta Kinte was in “Roots.” The truth, however, is much more complex: slavery was a business, highly organized and lucrative for European buyers and African sellers alike.

The African role in the slave trade was fully understood and openly acknowledged by many African-Americans even before the Civil War. For Frederick Douglass, it was an argument against repatriation schemes for the freed slaves. “The savage chiefs of the western coasts of Africa, who for ages have been accustomed to selling their captives into bondage and pocketing the ready cash for them, will not more readily accept our moral and economical ideas than the slave traders of Maryland and Virginia,” he warned. “We are, therefore, less inclined to go to Africa to work against the slave trade than to stay here to work against it.””

“Our new understanding of the scope of African involvement in the slave trade is not historical guesswork. Thanks to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, directed by the historian David Eltis of Emory University, we now know the ports from which more than 450,000 of our African ancestors were shipped out to what is now the United States (the database has records of 12.5 million people shipped to all parts of the New World from 1514 to 1866). About 16 percent of United States slaves came from eastern Nigeria, while 24 percent came from the Congo and Angola.”

“But the sad truth is that the conquest and capture of Africans and their sale to Europeans was one of the main sources of foreign exchange for several African kingdoms for a very long time. Slaves were the main export of the kingdom of Kongo; the Asante Empire in Ghana exported slaves and used the profits to import gold. Queen Njinga, the brilliant 17th-century monarch of the Mbundu, waged wars of resistance against the Portuguese but also conquered polities as far as 500 miles inland and sold her captives to the Portuguese. When Njinga converted to Christianity, she sold African traditional religious leaders into slavery, claiming they had violated her new Christian precepts.”

Read more:

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/23/opinion/23gates.html

 

More here:

https://citizenwells.com/

http://eachstorytold.com/

 

28 responses to “July 4th and slavery, Founding fathers catalyst for change, All men are created equal paradigm shift, Most blacks enslaved by Africans

  1. “If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation, for through this in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed”…George Washington

  2. oldsailor88

    CW………
    ……please forgive my ignorance……..but what the hell does the Emancipation Proclamation have to do with the Declaration of Independence? We are hearing from the black community that the Declaration of Independence gave them their freedom. This LOAD OF MANURE isn’t what I was taught in the fifth grade of elementary school. This once again confirms the extremely low IQ of these people. Of course if they never attended any school how can they know anything…….even their OWN HISTORY. Yes many of America’s black folks have sought, and obtained college, and University educations. I praise them for this. Yet only a handful are willing to stand up and correct those in their own community who are so poorly informed.

  3. The declaration, as I have written, was a defining moment in mankind.
    It set in motion a change in thought patterns.

  4. oldsailor88

    CW……..
    ……..Last night President Trump made it abundantly clear for all to hear; “Mount Rushmore Presidential figures WILL REMAIN as long as he is POTUS, and hopefully FOREVER!!! This morning we are again hearing from several RADICAL portals of BS that the figures will be destroyed.********
    ******* as I watched the TV coverage of last nights events at Mount Rushmore the crowd of so called NATIVE AMERICAN PROTESTERS was shown……..among them were many BLACKS who obviously think they are native Americans. This demonstrates once again the ignorance of the black protestors. They scream that ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER. When they chant their hatred I ask who is it NOW who is advocating violence? Stupidity creates GREATER STUPIDITY, and along with it comes a deeper PRIMITIVE, AND OTHERWISE LAWLESS BEHAVIOR.
    LOCK AND LOAD!!!!!

  5. oldsailor88

    CW
    ……….Re; Emancipation Proclamation of Lincoln. The Declaration came long before the EP, and as you have defined the DE it was indeed a defining moment in mankind………so I ask again “Why do the BLACKS THINK THAT ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER?

  6. oldsailor88

    With all due respect for our Declaration of Independence, it was a defining moment for ALL Americans. However this was for the purpose of formally separating from the rule of England. If there was black folks effected then they too were separated from the RULE OF ENGLAND. It is said that both Jefferson, and Washington were slave owners, but until Lincoln abolished slave ownership, they remained PROPERTY.

  7. oldsailor88

    CW……
    …….

  8. oldsailor88

    CW……..
    …….as we watched many years back the TALIBAN tried to rip away, and otherwise destroy the past history of the people of Afghanistan, and adjacent countries. They destroyed several very historic sites. This is the sort of bullsh-t we are now seeing from the ALLEGED PROTESTORS. They would do the same if they are allowed to. In America there is NO EXCUSE for CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR. HOPEFULLY ALL OF THE POS PUNKS WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED SO FAR BY FEDERAL AGENTS WILL FEEL THE TEETH OF THE NEW LAWS. ALL WILL HAVE FELONY RECORDS FOR THE REST OF THEIR PATHETIC LIVES.

  9. Happy July 4, everyone!

    Lee Greenwood is still at it at age 77, and brought along a few friends this time.

    Enjoy!

  10. My flag:

    Only one I have noticed on my street.

  11. My 5th great grandfather John Wells signature on Tryon Resolves Aug 1775.

  12. All..
    Happy Independence Day

    This weekend, we celebrate the founding of the greatest nation in the world. We honor the men and women who dedicated—and sacrificed—their lives to create the land of the free and home of the brave and have defended it for nearly two-and-a-half centuries. But, is America still the land of the free and the home of the brave? Or is our nation dangerously adrift on a sea of complacency, immorality and those wanting to switch our country to a socialist foundation.

  13. oldsailor88

    CW………
    ……….in our front yard there is a sign which reads” THIS PROPERTY UNDER 24 HOUR RECORDED SURVIELLANCE”. This reflects a mixed message to a lot of folks who are out for a walk in the neighborhood, and stop to read the sign then look everywhere trying to locate the cameras. Our system is up to date. Before we had the SECURITY SYSTEM installed we sometimes had vandalism nearby, and to our property. Since the system has been in operation (5 years) there has been no problems. We have had our decorations out every year in the interim……again no more vandalism.

  14. oldsailor88

    hapnHal
    ………Happy fourth to you as well. Yes if our complacency, and selfishness continues it is very possible we could lose our freedom, along with our country. The snotnose, and middle aged POS punks are trying real hard to create THEIR OWN UTOPIA, which seems to consist of a drug fogged mind 24 hours a day, all the pizza, and beer they can stuff into their pie hole, and guzzle by the tanker full, no law enforcement, rape and rob at will, never take a bath etc. This is where America is headed. Real scum bags are trying to rule America.

  15. oldsailor88

    HAPPY FOURTH EVERYONE

  16. oldsailor88

    AND ONCE AGAIN…….
    …….we are hearing the invectives of hate gushing from the oral cavity of Colin Kapearnick. It occurs to me that if he DESPISES the people in America so badly who BTW (were here long before he was on Earth), that perhaps he should consider leaving America. I seriously doubt if anyone would miss him. REAL POS MORON.!!!!

  17. oldsailor88

    AND TODAY……..
    ………..the sounds of the raging fireworks has subsided, the smoke has cleared, and as I look out of my window this morning I see an abundance of peace, tranquility, and sunshine this beautiful Sunday morning. All of those who chose to burn their money up in celebration of our Declaration of Independence have finally ended their attack. I use these words in JEST…..in truth they have spent their money because they wanted to make a statement about their love of our country, and how it came about. The fireworks are synonymous of, and with the battles which led to our break from England. In truth I very much enjoy sitting out on my deck and watching the brilliant aerial displays, along with the heavy explosions which depicts the artillery shells of war. Having a lot which is free of trees allows a great view of the neighbors displays almost directly overhead. Some of the finale rattled my windows pretty good. I would suspect that a lot of other Americans done the same thing. While doing my deck sitting I enjoyed s couple of well prepared grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and lots of Coca Cola. The only stain upon it all was that created by COLIN KAPEARNICK. I CLENCH MY TEETH EVERY TIME I THINK OF HIS BULLSH-T OR HEAR HIS NAME. I WISH HE WOULD DO US ALL A FAVOR AND LEAVE AMERICA IF HE DISLIKES IT SO MUCH. I remain quite apprehensive regarding what I believe might be soon to befall our Republic. I HAVE PREPARED FOR SUCH A POSSIBILITY. I PRAY THAT ALL AMERICANS HAVE DONE THE SAME.

  18. oldsailor88

    CW……..
    …….I trust you have survived yesterday’s BATTLE OF THE BULGE. !!!! I liked the photo of your flag. This is the first year that we were unable to fly our flag. We recently had some work done to the siding on the house, and have yet to re mount the flag base which was removed to allow for the siding repair, and finishing. Beautiful day hear in Fort Wayne. Over 900 millibars on the barometer. Just a little high cirrus clouds.

  19. Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on Independence Day
    Attorney General William P. Barr has issued the following statement:

    “As we celebrate the 244th anniversary of our nation’s birth, we are reminded that the words of the Declaration of Independence are just as important today as they were the day they were written: ‘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.’ The Declaration goes on to make it clear that governments exist to secure these rights and derive their power from the consent of the governed. These words form the foundation of freedom and justice in the United States, and the framework for the rule of law.

    For much of our history, the fruits of justice and freedom were not available to all Americans, and redeeming the promise of the Founding remains a work in progress. As our nation confronts challenges ranging from a global pandemic to serious unrest and violence, we must recommit ourselves to the timeless principles that give birth to our nation and that bind us together as a people. At the Department of Justice, we will continue working to uphold those principles by protecting individual rights and enforcing the rule of law. I wish all Americans a happy Fourth of July, and as the Department of Justice celebrates its 150th anniversary, I extend particular gratitude to all of our Department employees for the work they do each day, on behalf of the nation we love.”

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-attorney-general-william-p-barr-independence-day

  20. oldsailor88

    CW………..
    ……..as the senseless murders mount in Chicago it seems as though Mzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Lightfoot is INCAPABLE of even figuring out what she must do. Her inaction simply signals the CRIMINAL PUNKS that they can continue their crazed behavior without reprisal. I don’t believe she has the slightest idea what the office she holds requires of her. In short she is totally INCOMPETENT……..OR……..because she is black she identifies with, and tries to protect ALL BLACK FOLKS no matter what they have done. If this is the case then she needs to be impeached, and removed from the office she holds.

  21. oldsailor88

    AND……..
    ………..we now find ourselves living in extremely dangerous times. The world in now faced with a pandemic which so far has killed more people than some of the political wars we have been involved in. Make NO MISTAKE Covid 19 has become an enemy of mankind, and can attack us ANYWHERE. So far we are without a positive defense. All the rifles, tanks, and artillery pieces makes no difference to Covid 19. It is well armed, and will not hesitate to attack you. In self defense we have only lots of anti bacterial soap, and face masks. This is a pitiful defense, but it is better than NOTHING. Even with this knowledge many people remain indifferent towards what the potential outcome of their complacent indifference could be. Either they are extremely stupid, or they believe that somehow the virus will not attack them. Many have already discovered the error of such fantasies.. Where Covid 19 is concerned erroneous beliefs will probably prove FATAL.

  22. Ted Cruz To Introduce Legislation Holding City Officials Accountable For Injuries From Rioting

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/07/02/ted-cruz-city-officials-injuries-rioting/

  23. Today’s ludicrous and sad video shows young people who can’t tell why we celebrate 4th of July or name 2 of the Founding Fathers.

  24. oldsailor88

    Jay Jay…….
    …………so you noticed that too……..What does that tell you?

  25. oldsailor88

    Jay Jay……
    ………..and yet many of the alleged protestors claim heritage to slaves who lived in George Washington’s lifetime, and are today demanding REPARATIONS. SADLY most if not all of them don’t even know who his/her father is……so how the hell can they even know anything about their distant lineage……..OH YES nearly FORGOT……ONLY BLACK LIVES MATTER.

  26. I’ll admit to having to research founding fathers, but I did get two correct…Jefferson and Adams.
    At my age, I do try to learn something each day….regardless of the topic.
    Today, I learned that Type A blood has A molecules in its red blood cells.
    Type B has B molecules in its red blood cells.
    Type AB has,,,yep…A and B molecules in its red blood cells.
    And Type O has neither A or B molecules in its red blood cells.
    And the only universal type is O which in emergencies can be transfused in all blood types without harm, but for some reason??? I knew that.

  27. oldsailor88

    Jay Jay

    AND, re-confirming things that I was taught in the 4th, and 5th grade happens to me a LOT!!! Increasing age doesn’t help either. I keep a copy of the Constitution handy. I find myself using it a LOT. Unfortunately 15 minutes after reading certain pertinent words I have largely forgotten what I just read. OHHH WELLLL STUFF HAPPENS.!!!!!

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