The fundamental conviction that black people are less human than whites is the great lie upon which we built our country. It made "good Christian" slave owners possible. It made lynching and torture not just acceptable, but appropriate. It made Jim Crow, poll taxes, literacy tests, and segregation logical and necessary.
Like our predecessors, we have tried to legislate the lie out of existence or declare it dead. But, we bury it alive, again and again.
Those who feign ignorance of its presence call it forth and feed it with their code words and their fear-mongering. Predictably, it rises from its premature grave, looking for prey. When it strikes, as it did in Charleston, they act shocked and grief-stricken…and they call it something else. They call it anything and everything but what it is – White Supremacy.
When signs reading “Black Lives Matter” are met with howls of “all lives matter”, that’s code wrapped in self-righteousness. Their visceral response to “Black Lives Matter” is “No, they don’t.”
South Carolina flies its flag. Wisconsin is the worst state in the nation to be a black child. Unarmed black people suffer summary execution on the streets of our cities and towns nearly every day. The great lie remains the truth for too many.
Read Stephens and the Charleston slaughterer below. They tell us their miserable, misbegotten truth. We cannot fight it if we refuse to believe it.
From an 1861 speech by Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederate States of America: "Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition. This, our new government, is the first, in the history of the world, based upon this great physical, philosophical, and moral truth. This truth has been slow in the process of its development, like all other truths in the various departments of science. It has been so even amongst us. Many who hear me, perhaps, can recollect well, that this truth was not generally admitted, even within their day. The errors of the past generation still clung to many as late as twenty years ago. Those at the North, who still cling to these errors, with a zeal above knowledge, we justly denominate fanatics. All fanaticism springs from an aberration of the mind from a defect in reasoning. It is a species of insanity. They assume that the negro is equal, and hence conclude that he is entitled to equal privileges and rights with the white man. If their premises were correct, their conclusions would be logical and just but their premise being wrong, their whole argument fails. They were attempting to make things equal which the Creator had made unequal."
From the Charleston slaughterer’s white supremacy manifesto:
"Anyone who thinks that White and black people look as different as we do on the outside, but are somehow magically the same on the inside, is delusional. How could our faces, skin, hair, and body structure all be different, but our brains be exactly the same? This is the nonsense we are led to believe. Negroes have lower Iqs, lower impulse control, and higher testosterone levels in generals. These three things alone are a recipe for violent behavior."
"Say you were to witness a dog being beat by a man. You are almost surely going to feel very sorry for that dog. But then say you were to witness a dog biting a man. You will most likely not feel the same pity you felt for the dog for the man. Why? Because dogs are lower than men. This same analogy applies to black and White relations."
"Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways. Not only did it protect us from having to interact with them, and from being physically harmed by them, but it protected us from being brought down to their level. Integration has done nothing but bring Whites down to level of brute animals. The best example of this is obviously our school system. "
Believe it. Then, vow to fight it.
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