Originally posted by Holidakd
Two-hundred and thirty six years ago this country declared its indepence from Great Britain.
"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."
At the time Africans were not seen as equals because they were brought to this country as slaves. This was the norm for our Fore Fathers since they knew nothing else.
To be fair and accurate...there was a great deal of debate about that turn of phrase and it can be credibly argued that the founding fatehrs did indeed consider African-Americans when they wrote that, though they knew it politically impossible to free them at the time.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that turn of phrase...and in 1785 he wrote this..
"Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God?
That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?
Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!
The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a context.... I think a change already perceptible, since the origin of the present revolution. The spirit of the master is abating, that of the slave rising from the dust, his condition mollifying, the way I hope preparing, under the auspices of heaven, for a total emancipation, and that this is disposed, in the order of events, to be with the consent of the masters, rather than by their extirpation."
I guess is what I am saying is that our founding fathers would be celebrating.