TROUBLED LAND, TROUBLED MAN American Justice

Hannah Jackson (ca. ca 1794-1895)  Photo-1890.  Head of the enslaved house workers at President Jackson's Hermitage.  In 1863 she, two of her daughters, and some of her grandchildren fled to the Union occupied Nashville where she worked as a nurse.
Hannah Jackson (ca. ca 1794-1895) Photo-1890. Head of the enslaved house workers at President Jackson's Hermitage. In 1863 she, two of her daughters, and some of her grandchildren fled to the Union occupied Nashville where she worked as a nurse. | Source
President Lincoln's cabinet assembles January 1, 1863.
President Lincoln's cabinet assembles January 1, 1863. | Source

Alienable Rights

THE PRACTICE OF DEMOCRACY

An imbalanced system of justice prevailed in American and remains a blot upon American heritage. An Ideal world may have supported the iconic words of Thomas Jefferson,

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” (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).

Colonial Americans and their descendants excluded all people other than white males from liberty and the pursuit of happiness by hindering them through legislation. Free labor in the form of enslaving Africans in American became the backbone needed for American strength.

Laws were created that hewed a broad path for racism.

Through this new found wealth of slavery, a unique art of oppression was developed in America. This institution was passed down to the children of former slave owners to further devise ingenious ways to oppress indigenous populations, blacks, poor whites, women, and immigrants that arrivaled upon American shores. Gradually, different groups were allotted the freedoms penned by the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. Nevertheless, acts of exclusion became an unhallowed component of the constitutional fabric that covered the United States of America before becoming a nation.

Our national product, freedom,

contained the seeds of hypocrisy. It took the sundry American Gatekeepers 188 years (1776-1964) to establish individual respect to all, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and legally ratify the words of the third American president.These seed took root in a free land but will not prosper as long as America remains idealistically “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” This is the hope that Martin Luther King went into the south with carrying the American promise of Jefferson that came under the jurisdiction of the American Justice system with the passing of the Civil Rights Act 1964.

Depicts the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress. John Adams, Roger Sherman (front and center), Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin.
Depicts the five-man drafting committee of the Declaration of Independence presenting their work to the Congress. John Adams, Roger Sherman (front and center), Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. | Source

Three-Fifths Compromise

Let us not be ignorance to evil devices! The paradigm of slavery in America must not be forgotten unless a people fall into it again. The rippling effect of the institution of slavery was justified by devaluating human life. James Wilson and Roger Sherman created the three fifths compromise found in: Article 1, Section 2, paragraph 3; of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia (1787). According to the Three-Fifths Compromise slaves were only to be represented as 3/5th of a whole person within the United States of America. This article was never updated since it was enacted in Congress. It was merely swept under the rug so to speak therefore by law it remains a force that is undeniably prevalent and overtly passed over.

SLAVERY: America's Nightmare

The prompt discharge of the duties imposed by The Fugitive Slave Act.
The prompt discharge of the duties imposed by The Fugitive Slave Act. | Source

Dred Scott Desicion

The Dred Scott (1795-1858) decision was a compelling case that dwelled intensely in the hearts of Americans. “The United States Supreme Court decided 7–2 against Dred Scott, finding that neither he nor any other person of African ancestry could claim citizenship in the United States, and therefore Scott could not bring suit in federal court under diversity of citizenship rules.” Huntsville, AL born slave Dred Scott (1795-1858) lived in Missouri where slavery was illegal according to the Missouri Compromise but was still held as slave. After the death of Dr. Emerson in 1850, Dred Scott offered his wife Irene Emerson $300 U.S. dollars (current value 7k) for their freedom. Ms Emerson refused to free Mr. & Ms. Scott. Disappointed, Scott brought his plight to the St. Louis Circuit Court to obtain his freedom. A Missouri jury upheld the law, freeing Scott and his wife Harriet Scott. Emerson’s widow appealed this decision and had the previous decision overturned. Court records stated that

the legal precedent ofonce free always free” was no longer the rule,

overturning 28 years of legal precedent included in the Missouri Compromise (Scott v. Emerson). Dred Scott furthered his fight to the Supreme Court: on March 6, 1857, Chief Justice Roger B. Taney delivered the (7-2) majority opinion. “Taney ruled that: Any person descended from Africans, whether slave or free, is not a citizen of the United States, according to the Constitution.” However this ruling would not shoe this issue away into obscurity. The Missouri court’s relief statement that supported Ms. Emerson first appeal would be hauntingly true. “Times now are not as they were when the previous decisions on this subject were made.” This vast system of deception weaved into the legal system would be a contributing cause of the Civil War and the legacy of the honorable Mr. Dred Scott would ever live on in the memories of the righteous whose cause must answer lies propped up with impunity.

Re-entry in American Culture after Self Education

SELF DESTRUCTION Conflict Among Each Other

The sad truth of the matter is that, no matter who is in power, there will always be voices of dissention; and this is not a new problem, especially in the African American community. Historically, the division that undermines the unity among blacks has been a major issue since Slavery. Division in the black community, later to a larger extent, polarized from this conception into lighter skin blacks (house slaves) being offered better treatment than their brothers and sisters of a darker hue (field slaves). One may ask what does this have to do with leadership in the black community. Consequentially, it is the stigmatization created in the psyche of the African American community relative to how ones blackness is viewed by whites that continues to foster disunity.

The Crabs in the Basket. mentality exposed and expounded apon by W.E.B. Dubois continues to thrive today. This mentality (is applied to people in an impoverished community where one person is starting to get ahead. The collective community becomes jealous or filled with a sense of self-loathing, so they find a way to pull that person back down to the community's level) began as seeds planted by slave owners in order to divide and control people of African descent upon the shores of America. Such divide and conquer tactics inspired by programs such as Cointelpro and other ventures to exploit people of African descent are aided by such suggestive psychological tactics.

Your Responsibility

Humanity has the unique problem that requires us to spearhead the immediate rescue of our black boys from the prison system, By this forward stand we help our native sons escape the clutches of incarceration and recidivism. This prevention is imperative and must seek to keep vacant the prison cells that are allocated for black boys at birth. By thier 18th birthday society have geared every instition to steer black male youth to prison. Conscious Americans have a responsibility to our young black boys. To conform to such a system gives credence to its authenticity, which data concludes a definite correlation between African Americans being inherently more criminally than whites. Either this is true or the system is wrong.

Statistics from the Department of Justice indicate that black males are incarcerated – held in prison or jail – at a rate that is over 6 times higher than that for white males. For every 100,000 black males, an estimated 4,777 are held in federal or state prison or a local jail. By contrast, for every 100,000 white men, only 727 are estimated to be incarcerated."



No Justice; No PEACE! Totalitarian Police State depicted in this mural dedicated to the memory of Carlo Giuliani in Rome (2001)
No Justice; No PEACE! Totalitarian Police State depicted in this mural dedicated to the memory of Carlo Giuliani in Rome (2001) | Source

NO JUSTICE NO PEACE

This saying is upon the soul of America juxtaposed to the credo that “all men are created equal.” By exploitation greedy gorillas lined their pockets and shook their fist at God, while scheming in dim wit castles where former glories have departed. With no equity intended they created language to depress God’s seed being trampled, saying wait … in due time … it’s a gradual process, forty acres and a mule. True glory eludes the descendants of evil men as a vapor. Iniquity abounds when people suffer silently after witnessing injustice. All were sharpened in iniquity but things must be re-shaped according to the Biblical principals in the Word of God.

This is where Malcolm X was standing when assassins struck--Note bullet holes in rostrum / World Telegram & Sun photo by Stanley Wolfson.
This is where Malcolm X was standing when assassins struck--Note bullet holes in rostrum / World Telegram & Sun photo by Stanley Wolfson. | Source
This photograph is perhaps the most well-known from the riots that occurred in Boston in 1974 over the decision to bus students between neighborhoods.
This photograph is perhaps the most well-known from the riots that occurred in Boston in 1974 over the decision to bus students between neighborhoods. | Source

Origin of Slave Plantation System of Government

American Connectivity

Marginalizing the needs of the black community and avoiding black issues can mutate into deepening ills for everyone. The problems within the black community have a close connection to the well being of the white community. Together, today’s emerging leaders are faced with compound issues that must be approached innovatively to deliver results that benefit all of society. Unemployment, crime,drugs, etc. have always plagued the Black community in the past. Without effectively addressing the concerns unique in the black community (like new plantations manifested through current US Department of Corrections) every one ultimately suffers. A gross misrepresentation occurs that develops into enigmas that seem impossible to unravel. Ignorance prevails upon the back of the pretexts like, blacks must be inherently criminal due to the high incarceration statistics. Furthermore hopelessness is fueled when it seems like nobody cares and the status quo is maintanted due to fear of repisal from the establishment.

THE NEED FOR LEADERSHIP is apparent and exists because there are always people who care and are willing to follow justice, once a good leader emerges with a genuine concern for people and a skill set that will foster many people to follow their courage.

© 2012 Reginald Boswell

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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama Author

There was actually a Spanish community in New Mexico that intermarried for centuries and refused to intermarry with Indian or African cultures, however it was very hard to maintain "racial purity" among such. I saw this on a program called Finding your Roots featuring Henry Louis Gates last week.


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Reginald Boswell 4 years ago from Alabama Author

Right Thanks: I remember watching a PBS special about Cubans who were lighter getting better treatment than darker skin Cubans. I believe the experts agree that this was a result from the rippling effects of Slavery in the Wester Hemisphere. Good Day Teach : )


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The hispanic community has similar problems in those have lighter skin color vs darker. There is sometimes prejudisim between the community. We do need to be unified in making a better life for all mankind. I agree that we need leaders who have courage enough to make a difference. Voted up.

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