America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One


Unknown‘The United States is a nation founded on both an ideal and a lie. Our Declaration of Independence, approved on July 4, 1776, proclaims that “all men are created equal” and “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” But the white men who drafted those words did not believe them to be true for the hundreds of thousands of black people in their midst. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” did not apply to fully one-fifth of the country. Yet despite being violently denied the freedom and justice promised to all, black Americans believed fervently in the American creed. Through centuries of black resistance and protest, we have helped the country live up to its founding ideals.…’

Via 3 Quarks Daily

  2 comments for “America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One

  1. grzz40
    17 Aug 19 at 4.51 pm

    “But the white men who drafted those words did not believe them to be true for the hundreds of thousands of black people in their midst.” Nor were native Americans considered full citizens, btw, folks, and until the mid-1060s a bunch of other non-whites were also excluded.

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  2. Rich
    19 Aug 19 at 10.25 am

    Yes. Right on.
    I suspect that’s why our society diverts all the potentially great Black and Native Americans to highly remunerative bread and circus institutions of the sports/entertainment industry.

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