Derrick Wilburn writes that one of the favorite narratives of angry, America-hating liberals is to bring up the fact that America was once a slave nation and some of America’s ‘founding fathers’ were slave owners.
Surf progressive/liberal social media pages and it’s just a matter of (not much) time before you encounter an angry liberal typing in all caps and using multiple exclamation marks to say, “AMERICA IS A RACIST NATION THAT WAS FOUNDED BY RACISTS WHO OWNED SLAVES!!!”
Or some variety thereof.
While a part of that narrative is true–some of our Constitution’s signers were slave owners–telling that part is only telling one half of the story. If you’re going to scream, “This is a racist nation, founded by racists, steeped in racism and racist to the core!!!” and cite the fact that some of our founders were slave-owners to back the statement up, it’s only fair to tell the other half of the slavery story too — that those supposed racists also ended slavery.
We had a little thing here called the Civil War. Here’s a simple backdrop:
Before becoming the United States of America we were colonies of a nation ruled by a king. This king was earning a fortune by being involved in the slave trade. His empire, influence and riches were huge and growing as a result of capturing and peddling human beings. His edict to the American colonists was “England is a slave nation, therefore you will be a slave colony. Period. Like it or die.”
Once the English were kicked out of here some colonists –all of them WHITE– said, “No! No human being should own another. We must end this practice. It’s morally wrong and we don’t want it in our nation! Period. Like it or die.”
And die they did. According to History.net:
Though the number of killed and wounded in the Civil War is not known precisely, most sources agree that the total number killed was between 640,000 and 700,000.
Union Civil War Casualties:
Combat Deaths: Over 110,000
Other Deaths*: Over 250,000
Confederate Civil War Casualties:
Combat Deaths: Over 95,000
Other Deaths*: Over 165,000
*Other Deaths include, among others: disease (by far the most common cause of death), accidents, drowning, heat stroke, suicide, murder, execution.
Civil War Casualties: The Bloodiest Battles:
Battle Of Gettysburg: Over 50,000 casualties
Seven Days Battle: Over 35,000 casualties
Battle Of Chickamauga: Over 34,000 casualties
Battle Of Chancellorsville: Over 29,000 casualties
Battle Of The Wilderness: Over 24,000 casualties
Battle Of Antietam: Over 22,000 casualties
Second Battle Of Bull Run: Over 24,000 casualties
Battle Of Shiloh: Over 23,000 casualties
Battle Of Fredericksburg: Over 18,000 casualties
Cold Harbor: Over 18,000 casualties
Somewhere north of 200,000 —TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND— white people gave their lives in a war to free black slaves. Not because they were racists but because they were moralists. They recognized the right of all men to freedom and liberty, regardless of skin color.
And so to win the freedom, liberty and right to pursue happiness of a bunch of black slaves they didn’t know, would never meet, who lived in states thousands of miles away …they gave their LIVES.
They fought, were stabbed, shot and died of disease and infection in what we’d consider prehistoric conditions in which to live let alone engage in hand-to-hand warfare.
This too is the history of our nation. A nation founded by white people who recognized the evil of slavery and stamped it out, wiped it completely out of our country in just about 150 years. Find another nation on earth that can say that.
Instead of being angry with and cursing this nation, every morning we should awaken, drop to our knees and kiss the very ground upon which we stand for being a citizen of the United States of America.
The next time someone says or types to you about how racist this nation’s history is, kindly acknowledge that they are right – but only half right. Then, give the rest of the story.