Drudging up the Past

 

Since it’s apparently time to drudge up the past transgressions of our ancestry in order to provoke divisiveness; perhaps those who seek to put a stop to it should recognize “John Brown Appreciation Day – A Day of Unity”


Once again, racial tensions have reached a fevered pitch.

It’s truly astounding we the people have allowed inciting race baiters to represent us in this country so they may have ready access to the podium to further divide us. Contrary to what the mainstream media coverage would have Americans believe, life goes on for average citizens far removed from the pervasive racial disparities projected by news organizations and mainstream journalists. Certainly, racism will forever remain an issue; however, it is by no means any longer representative of common white Americans – in fact, most common white citizens would outright reject blatant racism, not to project their righteous image; but, out of true disdain for the reminder of a fading, yet shameful history. It would be fair to say that racism, at this point, has been relegated to the outcasts of white America. White Americans consider abject racism every bit as repulsive as black Americans do. Racism is not an issue of such paramount importance in this country as portrayed by the agenda-driven media.

Black leadership has failed to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. However, no one is allowed to point out that obvious fact. Black communities are represented by the Al Sharpton’s of the world whether they approve or not. Leadership devoid of responsible & productive guidance, fluent in finger-pointing (often unapologetically incorrectly), and who spend their lives disgracing morality and failing to honor their predecessors… Those predecessors whose names will be remembered eternally rather than ephemerally.

The media has only made matters worse as they have been either thoughtlessly, negligently, or intentionally remiss in their coverage of perceived racial tensions, crimes of allegedly racial motivations, or the police shootings allegedly motivated by race. First, that studies show in 2014, 49% of those killed by police were white, 30% black, and 19% Hispanic, Asians account for a mere 2% of the total number.

Another is the failure to encourage thoughtful dialogue regarding the remarkable evolution of race relations here in America. Perhaps many of the uninformed general public would do well by learning from history. I’m sure many would be surprised to learn that early white Americans weren’t innately responsible for inheriting slavery. Many fail to realize slavery was, at the time, a subject of monumental importance and debate. People fail to understand the considerable strife that existed between abolitionists and slaveholders at the time of the 1st Continental Congress. Abolitionists knew that the institution of slavery did not align with the basic principles of our founding declaration and sought to right the injustice brought to our shores by French, British, and Spanish colonialists.

Most Americans fail to realize slavery has existed since the dawn of mankind and each of us have ancestors, who were, at one point or another, slaves to another race, empire, or another. It wasn’t until the moral evolution sparked by this revolutionary nation that mankind began to understand the injustice where those who came before them had failed. Mankind cannot wholly understand historical context, but one can imagine being born into a world where slavery had always existed, that bringing such a remarkably enduring and accepted act of cruelty to an end would require a concerted and united effort in order to unravel it. It was the birth of this country which gave the spark to that idea. The entire world watched on with immense interest to know the results; results which would ultimately effect change throughout the entire world.

Before the United States drafted the constitution, most anyone who lacked a noble bloodline had no hope for living the life they truly desired; let alone having the power to unite into a political force capable of influencing the governing bodies. Common man was relegated to whichever social-class to which they were born, never able to choose his or her destiny. America changed that. This is a country where every baby born has the tools to live his or her dream. This country provided the right to pursue individual happiness and the potential to earn it based on merit rather than birthright. The world has always been a very unpleasant place, unpleasantries divided among all of our ancestors at one time or another, at the hands of one race or empire or another. It seems our collective retrospect is always used to disparage or drudge up negative emotions and sentiments among our people. It’s used to divide us. When we are divided, someone is gaining – that is a guarantee.

Many of the race baiters and professional activists continue to justify their spite on the distant past and the transgressions of American ancestry. It’s time to move past it and acknowledge that it ended solely on account of this nation’s founding principles. Again, the institution of slavery was never limited to the African race and perpetrated by white Americans; though, the general public seems to have only familiarized themselves with that particular aspect. Perhaps the most important aspect of that fact is that it was within these shores where the abhorrent tradition was finally put to a decisive end through bloody sacrifice like the world had never seen. They say every man on earth has kings and slaves in his ancestry. However, reflecting on distant past with no causal impact on our current lives to simply finger blame is redundant and asinine; it has no place or relevancy in modern society. 

Since its apparent people do desire to drudge up the past and the transgressions of our ancestors, why is it those with the platform to reach out and effect positive change in racial attitudes fail to drudge up the past that demonstrates the important lesson that, while early white Americans were guilty of perpetuating the original sin of slavery brought here; it was also the offspring of those early white Americans who sacrificed and shed blood of an entire generation in order to right that wrong. 700,000 Union soldiers died for abolition to be made possible. White Americans were a huge part of the civil rights movement of the 50’s and 60’s, though are seldom mentioned.

“Douglass summed up the old warrior’s significance. “With the Allegheny mountains for his pulpit, the country for his church and the whole civilized world for his audience,” announced Douglass, “he was a thousand times more effective as a preacher than as a warrior.” Brown had used revolutionary violence, however ineptly, to foment a larger revolution in America. For that, Douglass would forever honor him as the greatest abolitionist hero. At some of Douglass’s speeches recruiting black soldiers during 1863, he would break into “John Brown’s Body,” singing as he called young men forward in the fight to destroy slavery. Brown had become not only lovable, but a “soul” that kept a cause alive and marching in dark times to come.”

Why don’t we celebrate John Brown and his Christ like sacrifice made to the betterment and freedom of the black race? Frederick Douglass regarded John Brown as the most inspirational, devoted, and faithful man in America in the fight against slavery. Douglass spoke of John Brown and his bravery until the day he died; it seems the memory of John Brown and any whites who made abolition possible died with Frederick Douglass. During one of his many presentations to American audiences, Douglass had this to say of John Brown:

“His zeal in the cause of my race was far greater than mine – it was as the burning sun to my taper light – mine was bounded by time, his stretched away to the boundless shores of eternity. I could live for the slave, but he could die for him. The crown of martyrdom is high, far beyond the reach of ordinary mortals, and yet happily no special greatness or superior moral excellence is necessary to discern and in some measure appreciate a truly great soul.”

Perhaps those who seek to divide we Americans by means of race might be derailed if we could raise awareness to the positive messages which lie hidden or suppressed in our society’s history; a positive message regarding the remarkable and unprecedented and global moral evolution inspired by this nation’s founding.  It’s time those living with “White guilt” and members of Black Lives Matter consider paying at least a modicum of respect to the millions of black AND white Americans who have long made this fight their own.

The sacrifice of John Brown, which is ultimately believed to have sparked the Civil War, was a long and expected time coming. It was abolition which the majority of this nation worked for, fought and died for. This is not a fight of black versus white. This is a fight between the Wicked and Righteous.


 

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The son of German and Hungarian/Croatian immigrants, Hans Comprix was raised to be a devoted American patriot. A marine veteran of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), Hans served on two combat deployments to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom I & II; and, a third overseas assignment in Central America. Hans is a freelance writer & writer-at-large at Intellectual Conservative, having previously contributed to ‘American Thinker’ and ‘Now it’s Dark’ magazine. He can be reached at hans.comprix@gmail.com
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