Take a Stand on Slavery Racism in the United States didn’t start with slavery in the asses but it has been an existing problem in our nation from the beginning. From Andrew Jackson’s decision to move the Native Americans westward to Thomas Jefferson “Notes on the State of Virginia,” the white people of this nation have always thought of themselves as superior. Looking back at the history of the United States, none of these acts of racism compare to the pre-civil war era in the early asses.
George Fiftieth advocates slavery in his work “The Universal Law of Slavery. ” In this piece, Fiftieth claims that the African American race is improvident and a burden to society therefore society has the right to protect themselves by subjecting all African Americans to domestic slavery. One of the main reasons the African American race was viewed as inferior was because they were not educated. Fiftieth justifies his beliefs by claiming that slaves of the South are some of the happiest and freest people in the world, for in Africa they would be treated much crueler.
The law expresses that slaves do not lack care or labor propelling them to heights of liberty that Africans do not have. Some would even claim that African Americans were treated better as slaves in America than free people in Africa. While this argument may have been compelling in the asses, I believe that this reasoning is quite preposterous. The United States of America was a country built for fairness of all. While slavery might be a foreign concept to modern civilization, it has been around since the beginning and still exists today. The first slaves were brought into
America in 1619 and it snowballed from there. Slavery among the South was said to sustain the economy, in which it did. In the early asses, when slavery was at its peak, cotton production grew over 900%. Slavery advocates fought that the black man was inferior Justifying the idea of slavery, they also stated that slavery would lead to nation prosperity. They even went to the lengths of saying that our nation was built on slavery, considering that the first 4 out of 5 presidents were slave owners. The arguments of theses advocates seem compelling however they are morally wrong ND not what this country was built on.
David Walker explains Just that in his appeal written in 1829. David Walker was an African American abolitionist who was an anti-slavery activist. He wrote “An Appeal to Colored Citizens of the World” which was a monumental document of anti-slavery movement in the 19th century. Walker took a radical stand for his thoughts on slavery. Towards the end of the pamphlet, Walker makes this eye-opening statement: “Hear your languages, proclaimed to the world, July 4th, 1776 “We hold these truths to be self evident that ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL! Hat they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! Walker pointed out a crucial element that our country was founded upon and, in my opinion, never fully understood. All men were created equally and should be treated equally. All of these historical documents are full of racial prejudice, white men prejudice towards the African American race and surprisingly vice-versa. For example, Walker went to extreme lengths in his appeal to defend his race, as he should, but in the rouser was prejudice of the whites.