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Sassy Liberty AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS – 

Charlottesville has become the rallying cry for the left in their efforts to continue to strip America of her history.  Calls of history being racist and offensive and the subsequent calls for its removal in the form of Confederate monuments has continued unabated all week with no end in sight.

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American history is rooted in slavery and we have evolved much as a country and as a people since those treated as chattel were given their freedom. Yet it seems that portions of that history are conveniently ignored.  Take, for instance, the state of New York and the city by the same name.  Named after the house of York and in particular for James Stuart, the Duke of York at the time, Stuart was one of the most successful slavers in colonial American history.  It is how he made much of his fortune.

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The memory of that history of slavery is enshrined within the very name – New York. Yet despite the fact that the city and state bear little resemblance to what it was at that time, are we to consider changing its name to appease those that wish to erase those portions of American history that they find less than palatable?

James Stuart conquered the settlements between the Delaware and the Connecticut rivers from the Dutch in 1664, and the name of the principal port, New Amsterdam, was promptly changed to honor the new master. James’ brother, King Charles II of England, gave the territory to the duke in exchange for four beaver pelts annually.

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Yet the state went on to pass a law to gradually emancipate slaves in 1799, following successful abolitionist movements in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, which outlawed slavery in the decades after the revolution. Many argue that the reason for that abolition had more to do with slavery in those states ceasing to be profitable.

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The history of America is as much the history of black people in America as it is the history of white people in America.  The two are inexorably entwined. That some find American history to be “shameful” is a testament to this culture of victimhood that the current American PC culture perpetuates among the black community.  A culture of victims is easier to control, easier to use, and easier to weaponize against another people group.

 

History is an evolution of a people and of a country.  Some of that history is shameful, yet that is all the more reason we should never forget it. To eradicate or destroy those failures and that shame is to minimize what was overcome in the struggle, or to even forget altogether exactly what it was that was overcome. We look back at times so we can see just how far we have come from those beginnings of slavery and oppression.

The Duke of York, who later became King James II of England (and James VII of Scotland), created Britain’s greatest slave empire known as the Royal African Company, which transported between 90,000 and 100,000 African slaves to the Caribbean and American colonies between 1672 and 1689. Yet in spite of those beginnings, or maybe even because of them, the black community has a GREAT many accomplishments to be proud of and celebrate.

Consider the following for example –

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1. Hiram Revels of Mississippi became the first African American senator in 1870. Born in North Carolina in 1827, Revels attended Knox College in Illinois and later served as minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He raised two black regiments during the Civil War and fought at the battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi. The Mississippi state legislature sent him to the U.S. Senate during Reconstruction where he became an outspoken opponent of racial segregation.

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2. Born into slavery in 1841, Blanche K. Bruce spent his childhood years in Virginia where he received his earliest education from the tutor hired to teach his master’s son. At the dawn of the Civil War, Bruce escaped slavery and traveled north to begin a distinguished career in education and politics. Elected to the Senate in 1874 by the Mississippi state legislature, he served from 1875 to 1881.

3. Ida Bell Wells-Barnett was a black journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Born a slave in 1862, she was freed as a child. In the 1890’s, Wells documented lynching in the United States. She showed that lynching was often used as a way to control or punish, rather than being based on criminal acts.

4. Frederick Douglass was a black social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. Born a slave in 1818 and escaped slavery in Maryland in 1838, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writings. In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders’ arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens. Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.

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5. Mildred Fay Jefferson was an American physician and political activist born in 1926. The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School and the first woman to become a member of the Boston Surgical Society, she is known for her opposition to the legalization of abortion and her work as president of the National Right to Life Committee.

It is clear how uniquely intertwined are the lives of black people and white people throughout American history. But victimhood perpetuated by PC has been used to bring shame on a unique relationship of healing and reconciliation as well as an excuse for violence in Charlottesville and elsewhere. Lost in the victimhood are the many great accomplishments of black Americans who overcame slavery and the many whites of that period whose children are now brothers and sisters with the children whom their forefathers would have enslaved. Victimhood is a weapon to destroy the peaceful harmony of healing. So let us a nation choose to celebrate accomplishments, and learn from our mistakes, rather than attempt to erase them.

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