Historical perspective is not as linear as most would like, but it puts understanding in the hands of the reader. Trust your mind to truth.
White supremacy is the belief that White people are more important and evolved than other groups of people and should therefore rule. In the US and much of the world, this culture has been the dominant belief among many races of people for years. Modern times have opened the way for discussion and realization. It is not taught blatantly, but how could Americans un-teach something ingrained in American society to the subconscious level by almost every individual? White people as a collective historically through war, politics, religion, and colonialism have influenced the world like no other race of people. Doesn't that make Whites better? Not according to the founding documents of the United States. Also, parents are the key to teaching future generations to eschew racial superiority dogma.
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.
— The Declaration of Independence
The title rattles the cages of every supporter of the fallacy that the Confederacy was about states' rights. The number one issue the South had with the Union was that it elected Abraham Lincoln to the presidency who supported the words of the Constitution, "to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."
The Founding Fathers were not perfect men, but they were inspired to create the most powerful document for freedom in the Constitution of the United States of America. People the world over are the inheritors of rights and privileges based on God-given heritage as His sons and daughters. Such rights and privileges do not come from documents or governments, The Constitution is a divine document that enumerates the natural rights of human beings of liberty and worship. When the framers of the Constitution haggled over how to define the law upon which the foundation of liberty would rest, they made one mistake. Slavery.
Abraham Lincoln was the remedy for that mistake which took a civil war to began to rectify. What did the Confederacy stand for? It did not stand for truth and justice. It stood for White supremacy. It stood for the supremacy of the White person above any other to the point where said people could enslave other people. The Confederacy's heritage is about the Southern pride of human trafficking, rape, and murder of Black people because it believed they were less than Whites. Confederates wanted the right to continue to commit injustice without the consequence of law, and the Union Northerners were complicit until they took up arms to fight against it. Prove me wrong!
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
America is referred to as the Great Experiment because, in all of history, it is the first time that self-government, government selected by the masses, occurred at such a large scale. The masses of people in America revolted from the despotic rule of Britain and took the mantle of governing free people, though it started out that only White men enjoyed the privilege to its full extent--and the wealthy among them! It was a rough start. It took over two hundred years to get the nation to the point where liberty and justice apply to ALL people. There exist anomalies where minorities must fear the White majority marginalizing them, but change continues to come slowly. The Constitution is not a dead document and it DOES Not contain all the laws of freedom God intended for the human family when it was framed.
The Confederacy was about keeping the original agreement in the Constitution that allowed for people held in bondage. In slaveholding states, there existed a cast system of which White men stood at the top. This system not only applied negatively to other racial groups, but also to women. The greater sin of bondage on the American nation of its people did not end with the completion of the Civil War, but only began a long legal struggle that culminated in the Women's Movement. That, however, is another article.
Confederate States of America - Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union
We, therefore, the People of South Carolina, by our delegates in Convention assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, have solemnly declared that the Union heretofore existing between this State and the other States of North America, is dissolved, and that the State of South Carolina has resumed her position among the nations of the world, as a separate and independent State...
— Confederate States of America
When the colonists rebelled against Britain, they claimed no taxation without representation. Yes, it was illegal. Yes, they dumped tea in the harbor. It was a rebellion due to no representation in Parliament! The colonist did not want to pay taxes to a government that did not give them a voice in levying them. The French and Indian War costs needed paying but America wanted the Crown to recognize it more than just another territory to foot its bill.
When the South, starting with South Carolina, rebelled against the Union it claimed no Union without slavery. The battle cry used legalism suggesting that imposing on the states the mandates of the federal government for liberty to all violated the contract for the Union altogether. Many people owned slaves, including some of the Founding Fathers. When the solemnization of the Constitution came to collapse, those who pathered differing views of slavery decided to accept a provision for one group to remain the property of others. These humans counted as 3/5ths of a person to compromise, though slave owners and abolitionists alike decried the immorality of human trafficking of the Constitutional Delegation.
Adopting this legal view did not give slaves political power, but it gave power to their owners! "In 12 of the first 16 presidential elections, a Southern slave owner won" (2).
To whom the Bill of Rights Applies
The Confederacy declared through the voice of South Carolina that it deserves to decide whether or not it wants to have human trafficking, legal rape, and murdering of a race of humans, not the federal government. Stating simply that it desires to have slavery is not enough to show the full picture to modern readers. Not only slavery, but religious intolerance also bred within the culture of the Confederacy. Mobocracy ruled in some Confederate territories forcing people from land and homes. Particularly was mob violence heated in Missouri where members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were raped, beaten, and killed for supporting liberty for all, including Blacks. That too is another article.
My estimation of the national conversation during that period of 1860 to 1865 goes basically like:
Confederates: We are tired of it being an issue in your Congress. We are taking our things and leaving the Union.
Lincoln: You cannot leave. There is no provision in the Constitution for that!
Confederates: We had an agreement on paper! If you don't want to honor it, we are leaving the Union.
Lincoln: You cannot leave the Union. We have a binding agreement in the Constitution. You can't decide to start your own country!
Confederates: White is right. We are God's chosen people to rule over all others. It is in the Constitution that we CAN have slaves. You renigged on the Constitutional law so we are out!"
Union: We don't really care about the slaves being free. We don't want a war. The federal government trumps state laws!
Confederates: After spanking you on the battlefields for two years how is that federal law trumps state law going?
Lincoln: No, we have to focus on what this war is really about before we lose it. Slavery is a curse on this nation!
Slaves: What's that I hear.
Abolitionist: Finally! Tell it Lincoln!
Lincoln: How can we be a free nation when a whole race of our people are property. That is a mistake. They need to be treated as the human beings they are.
Union: Slavery is in the Constitution as a gift for the South. What do we do?
Lincoln: We made a mistake with the Constitution and need to correct some errors.
Union: Okay. They should be free. We agree.
Lincoln: I have this idea called the Emancipation Proclamation...
Union: We don't have to like them, but we have to set them free.
Much has been said of the impropriety of representing men who have no will of their own. ...They are men, though degraded to the condition of slavery. They are persons known to the municipal laws of the states which they inhabit, as well as to the laws of nature. But representation and taxation go together... Would it be just to impose a singular burden, without conferring some adequate advantage?
— Alexander Hamilton
Were the Confederate states correct? Yes. Slavery was the law. It was on paper and therefore legal. Just like the British have legal precedent for taxing the Colonies without their representation in Parliament.
Were they right? No! Just because something wrongs is signed into law does not make it right. Many Americans, including Abraham Lincoln, believed that the United States had an agreement with God to be free as long as it did what represented liberty redressing wrongs where discovered. The first wrong to redress was that of allowing human trafficking.
Using religion and intimidation, the Southern culture at the time wanted to keep the White man on a pedestal of greatness excluding all others. In this manner, one race of people could maintain power to disenfranchise others with the excuse that the Constitution gives the states the right to impose or deny the protection of Constitutional law to whomever each state seems fit. Simply, the states decide to whom the Bill of Rights applies.
The Confederacy wanted the right to determine who has freedom in its societies. Its legal defense rotted in provisions of the Constitution compromising human sanctity. Turmoil and strife virulently infected the United States internally until the painfully costly excise of those laws in the deathly operation of Civil War. The laws of the land contained provisions to keep the South populated with bound humans. Fugitive laws to return slaves to their masters if they escaped to non-slave states convicted all of the Union of the sin of human trafficking until Abraham Linclon redeemed the Union by removing slavery during the war.. It took time, but the sin of the Founding Fathers in supporting slavery receive atonement through the blood spilled of the people of the Confederates and the Union. Freedom for the slaves meant liberty to all. It meant that a society that supports only the liberty of White men would not reign on any land called America. It was the beginning of a continuing war against White supremacy.
- Confederate States of America - Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union
- The Constitution and Slavery
- Cornell Law School
- Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
© 2020 Rodric Anthony Johnson
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 20, 2020:
Eric, thanks for reading and commenting. Slavery is bad and crucifixion is bad. Being a slave to God by living His gospel of sacrifice and love is not the type of slavery we Americans allowed. We set founding doctrines that all men are created equal by divine law and then put in our Constitution that bondmen are property and only count for 3/5ths of a person with no vote. It was twisted to claim freedom for all without giving it. The purpose of the Confederates was to enforce this mistake by the Founding Fathers with war when Lincoln tried to fix it with the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th and 14th amendments. It is not about who had slaves, it is about the philosophy of freedom among the Americans supporting slavery. It was about White supremacy in a nation that conceived freedom for all.
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 20, 2020:
Ruby, thanks for reading it all! It is longer than my usual articles. The fact that slavery is a blight on our history in America is a given. The Confederacy as it is glorified by so many today as Southern pride and heritage and such is embarrassing because the institution only existed because White Southerners wanted slavery and the lifestyle it supported.
Rodric Anthony Johnson (author) from Surprise, Arizona on May 20, 2020:
Steel Engineer, I see your angle, however, the Civil War was about slavery 100 percent. The reason the Confederates wanted out of the Union was that the Union wanted to end slavery in some fashion. If you read any of the declarations of independence from the Union they included the right to determine if human trafficking was acceptable. There was no other reason for the South to secede from the Union. There truly was no other reason.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 19, 2020:
Interesting stuff. My little bubble of a world does not see this.Maybe a bi-racial family sets us up to see things differently. I find an interesting area here is Paul talking about being like so many. And indeed around 1 Cor 9 he talks of being a slave by choice.
Is it worse to be crucified or to be a slave.
To my understanding far more people have been enslaved by other races than "whites". Could be wrong there but China and Africa come to mind. Once I read that the majority of slaves in the US were slaves first in Africa.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 18, 2020:
This article is long, but I read every word and agree. How any person could think that slavery was ok, is baffling to me. The bible speaks of having slaves, how could that be? Jesus came to make all people free and equal. Thank you for sharing this article. We needed to be reminded.
Steel Engineer from Kiev, Ukraine on May 18, 2020:
The real reason the US Civil War was started and propagated longer than needed was NOT about slavery. That was just a cover story, and also a way to continue the division of America along racial lines.
It is excellent and right that slavery ended. Praise God for that. But, the real reason was to created DEBT that the Satanists of this world could leverage to force the US to do as it wants.
See this excellent article on why Napoleon put his hand in his jacket. It exposes a Satanic group called “the Hidden Hand.” Generals on both sides were members of the Hidden Hand (they pose for photos with one hand in their jacket.) The article shows photos of Union and Confederate generals with hands in jacket: https://discover.hubpages.com/education/Why-did-Na...