2011-09-08 / Editorial

Scattering Seeds

BY JOHN A. MURPHY

Let’s deal with facts. You draw your own conclusions.

1. Starting early in the Seventeenth Century, settlers in America began importing Africans for use as lifetime slave laborers, bought and sold as a non-human commodity.

2. Pursuant to Article II of the United States Constitution, crafted by the Founding Fathers, and adopted in 1787, these slaves were to be counted only as three-fifths of a person.

3. A primary issue leading to the Civil War was whether slavery could be expanded to new states and territories. More than 600,000 people, white and black, died in that war.

4. For many years following the Civil War, there was a plague of murders, by lynching primarily, in America. Virtually all of the persons lynched were Americans of African descent.

5. It took an incident in South Carolina, in the late 1940s, in which a gang of hoodlums deliberately attacked and blinded a highly-decorated soldier of African descent for an American president to order the desegregation of the armed forces.

6. Until 1967, it was a felony in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and in several other states, for an American of African descent to marry a white person.

7. This nation’s only president of African descent, was the first American president who, following his election, had top political and media leaders declare that it was their mission to see that he failed as president.

8. This nation’s only president of African descent was the only president for whom Congress refused to unconditionally raise the national debt ceiling.

9. During the combined terms of the three prior presidents, all white, the national debt more than doubled, and the national debt ceiling was repeatedly unconditionally raised.

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