The Rights of the American Negro: Reminders from Dred Scott

dredscotIt astonishes me how many Black people truly think they have rights in this country and they can conduct themselves in an analogous fashion as White folks. Blacks have no power, no wealth and no influence but they have the audacity to think they have rights. Let me remind them what was said during the Dred Scott case of 1857 by the United States Supreme Court.

“In the opinion of the Court the legislation and histories of the times, and the language used in the Declaration of Independence, show that neither the class of persons who had been imported as slaves nor their descendants, whether they had become free or not, were then acknowledged as a part of the people nor intended to be included in the general words used in that memorable instrument . . . . They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations; and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the Negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. He was bought and sold and treated as an ordinary article of merchandise and traffic whenever a profit could be made by it. This opinion was at that time fixed and universal in the civilized portion of the white race”.

So according to the above words the Declaration of Independence does not apply to Black people. Therefore the part in the preamble that says, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This aspect did not apply to Black people according to the Supreme Court’s decision. We are not men created equal by the Creator with rights by their very nature cannot be taken away or granted by no one but the Creator of all humanity. Thus we were not meant to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Now at this point some Negros will jump up and say that is not the case in 2015 and recall some trials that ended well in this Black person or that Black person’s favor so therefore they can do what they like and stand a fair chance of attaining a favorable decision by the courts. And it is this type of thinking that creates many evils for Black people. We need to understand that those favorable decisions was strategic.

For every favorable result on the side of Black people there is hundreds if not thousands of blind-justice-statue-the-real-oneothers in favor of the system and Whites. Yet a White person can easily point to some publicized court trial where a Black person won the case to mask all the unfavorable verdicts and to silence Black people.  The reason for this is that the dominant society has power, wealth and influence and can manipulate the court system in their favor. This is not hard for the reason as mentioned previously the entire system was not created for Blacks.

So what are Black people supposed to do when they are facing a system such as this?

They are to make every move count, calculate every step, be cautious and by all means start building to attain power, wealth and influence.

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The Rights of the American Negro: Reminders from Dred Scott

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