Were Our Forefathers Racist? Is the Constitution?

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Were our Forefathers Racist? Is the Constitution?

Friday was an ugly day. While reading my news feed on Facebook, I found myself getting really angry with the reports and soundbites coming from some of the most ignorant people. Even the (P)resident’s words set me off.

Which brings me to point. As I was reading I came across a post from one of my “friends,” the use of quotes is on purpose, hopefully you’ll see why in a moment. This individual made a statement that just stopped my brain from functioning properly.

The 2nd Amendment is WHAT?

He stated that the Second Amendment was a “racist statement,” because it was written by “White men,” and never mentioned any other race in its declaration of our inherent right to bear arms.

At that point I turned off Facebook and unplugged from the cyber world. I didn’t delete this person, at least as of now. I still hold that option open.

This person is relatively well educated. At least we went to the same school at approximately the same time. He is White. He is also a devout Liberal. Why I keep him on my list of friends is a mystery to me too. I mean, I have a brother who is a Bernie Sanders supporter. I have no idea how that happened either, considering the upbringing we both had. But I digress.

The Declaration of Independence

Let me start out in the beginning of the formation of our great nation by quoting a few lines from the Declaration of Independence. This is where we need to start this discussion on the Constitutional Amendments and their supposedly racist overtones.

“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.”

When this was written, in 1776, race wasn’t mentioned nor even entered into the thought process of the Founding Fathers. Yes there were slaves present at the time. It was a normal course of events to own slaves. Nor were women considered as having the ability to think and to make these monumental decisions. Yeah, I know I am making this guy’s case for him. Stay with me here.

Most people use the term “man” as it applies to the whole of humanity. As in Man-kind. It is a term to denote everybody.

our founding fathers

The Constitution

Let’s move on to the Constitution. Was ratified by all 13 states on May 29, 1790, when Rhode Island became the final signer.

The very first three words are “We The People.” Not we the Whites with the exclusion of other races. Not we the men, excluding women. Nope, just “We The People.”

Our founding fathers really had a great vision. They really knew what they wanted for our fledgling nation. What they wrote is still as true today as it was when the ink was still drying on John Hancock’s signature.

The 2nd Amendment

Now let’s move on to the focus of this article, the 2nd Amendment.

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Notice it says “the right of the People.” The word People same as in the preamble. Same word same meaning. It means all people. The term applies to all races and sexes, male or female. Black or White. It has been refined and clarified with later amendments to make sure that All people means all.

Slavery was abolished, Amendment 13. Passed by Congress, January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.

The right to vote for all. Amendment 15. Passed by Congress, February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.

The right for women to vote. Amendment 19. Passed by Congress June 4, 1919. Ratified August 18, 1920.

Our founding documents apply to all- not racist

So now it is complete. The Constitution as a whole, applies to all. Men, Women, Black, White, and so forth. It has always meant to be this way even from the beginning. It just has had to be clarified along the way. These Forefathers of ours, these framers of the great nation, had it right from the start. They chose their words very carefully. They anticipated what would be thought of in the future and planned for it accordingly.

It has stood for over 235 years. It is the basis for our rule of law. It is what sets us apart from all other nations on the face of the earth.

So, in conclusion, there is no Racism in the Constitution. Proven by facts [Something the Left seems to be in short supply of].  Maybe now would be a good time to read these important documents. They are something that all “Men” need to read and take in.

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