Monday, April 12, 2010

Distortion of Fact

The history of the United States of America has been the cause of much controversy and debate over the few centuries that America has been a nation. However there are few more controversial segments of American history than Slavery and the American Civil War.

Keeping that in mind, VA Governor McDonnell's proclamation opened up a new chapter in the rewording of American history. Upon release there came a tsunami of supporters and protesters to try to clarify what most thought to be basic facts and events.

Those who managed to keep their composure on the confederate side sited the 'other' reasons for the Civil War; states rights taking a prominent place among a few others on the list.

On the other side of the divide, there is a huge distaste for the idea that such a storied and inhumane chapter in America's history could lead anyone to mislabel the Confederates as heroes for freedom and liberty when they fought to protect such an un-American and libertiless system.

The facts speak for themselves on this one, here are three:

Basic fact we can all agree on #1: The US Civil War was not just fought on confederate soil and involving only confederate soldiers.
~Whereas~ If McDonnell is truly honest about using this new 'Confederate History Month' as an educational tool to teach people about the heroics and meaning of the civil war there is no alternative but to include the hundreds of thousands of African Americans and Union Soldiers who also fought and died in those same battlefields.

Basic fact we can all agree on #2: (100) > (12)
~Whereas~ The comparisons between Confederates and Nazis is a dramatic one, but its important to understand the facts of the systems they fought to protect. Nazi rule in Germany lasted from 1933-1945. Slavery in the US began before the America was the 13 colonies and didn't end until Juneteenth. .American Slavery was worse than the Holocaust.

Basic fact we can all agree on #3: The definition of treason.
~Whereas~ Treason is defined by Webster's New Universal Unabridged dictionary second edition as: "any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one's government."

Monday, April 5, 2010

Constitutional Relativity

Constitutional relativity is a phrase that comes to mind when one mentions the nine judges that make up the United States Supreme Court. It is one of the rare positions to be held in American government or society in which you are appointed for a lifetime term.

One Stop Away

The level of patriotism in the African American community is a wonder that counteracts or responds to American history. The African-American Civil War Memorial at the U Street Station, just a stop away from Howard University, is a look into the dedication of the forefathers of America; forefathers in the case of those whose blood was shed in order that the new America be born.