Published June 01, 2007

Dear editor:

In response to the ranters, I have made no misleading statements regarding the issue of slavery. Every statement I have ever placed in print or spoken has been based solely on historical fact which can be proven through the historical records of our nation. Nor have I ever stated that I ever have condoned the institution of slavery.

What your ranters and some readers seems to continue to miss are the points made with regards to slavery and the issues surrounding the War Between the States. Unlike my letters and statements, the ranters use select tid-bits of our history to suit their ideas of slavery and continue to ignore the whole story.

While one of the ranters was correct with the dates quoted regarding slave importation, the outlawing of slavery, etc., the ranter still should realize that slaves (white and black) came to these shores as indentured servants. Whites were not the only indentured servants. This is proven through Virginia court records which details that during the 1600s Anthony Johnson (previously an indentured servant) was the first man to ask the courts for and receive a slave for life. The master, as granted by the courts, as well as the slave were both black. Anthony Johnson, a black man, is the father of judicially approved slavery in this country. This is history that your ranters continue to ignore.

Yes, slave importation was outlawed in 1809. But against this ban, Northern speculators, under the flag of the United States of America, continued to bring African slaves into Northern ports against the law. These slaves were sold in the South to planters to increase productivity of the crops thus increasing the taxes (import and export) the government could and did impose upon the South. By the 1860s some Northern states had outlawed slavery. But again the ranter is guilty of not stating the whole truth. Not all Northern states outlawed slavery. Many Northern states did not dissolve slavery until the ratification of the 13th Amendment, after the War Between the States. Your statement regarding it being the South and other nations that kept the evil system of slavery going is false. If you modify that statement to read, it was the United States of America and other nations then you would be correct.

As for the ranter who states that I do not discuss “that after slavery was abolished, blacks were still treated little higher than farm animals. They were not allowed to vote, sent to the worst education facilities with the worst supplies. They were harassed and murdered by the Klan, not allowed to attend white institutions, made to use separate and less than adequate public facilities.” I will point out to you that I have discussed these issues on several occasions. I will also point out to the ranter that all of these things were done after the War Between the States and was done as under the watchful eye of the government of United States of America. Many of the laws limiting blacks got their start during Reconstruction, when the North and the Federal government was in control of the South. Leading men of the South had no voice in the political matters from 1865 til the mid 1870s.

Every article I have ever written, with regards to slavery, has been done based on proven historical fact. I have never sugar coated the role of Southern planters, nor the role the South played in the institution of slavery. The South and our ancestors (white, black, Indian and other races) who loved and fought for the Constitution, for the limited Federal government as designed by our forefathers and in trying to uphold these institutions broke away from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America are not the ones to fault. Over the past several decades the politically correct and revisionist historians have unjustly laid all the slavery blame upon our Southern and Confederate ancestors.

May I remind your ranters that the dates they mentioned were all dates prior to or after the Confederate States of America was in existence. May I also refresh your ranters to another fact. That during the debates of the 1850’s, centering around the Missouri Compromise, the Southern states wanted to have all slaves considered and counted as citizens. This, several years prior to the War Between the States, would have moved the blacks closer to citizenship throughout the United States of America but this was not allowed by the Northern states. The famous quote against this move to citizenship for blacks was made by a Northern congressman ….“Blacks in the North will not be citizens but rather used as a horse is used in the South.” These Northern congressmen would only allow blacks to be counted as 1/3 a person. Why? Because had the blacks been counted as a whole person, as individuals, the political power of the Nation would have swung from the North to the South as the South was heavily populated by blacks.

And finally to your ranters, I would welcome the opportunity to openly discuss these issues with you one on one or in a public forum. I have spent many years studying the issue of slavery through our nation’s history and especially as it related to the Confederate States of America. In painting my pictures for the readers, as one ranter called it, I do use every color and all the facts in the pictures. Unlike the ranters, I realize, discuss and celebrate the full spectrum of my heritage and do not hide behind the anonymity of a rant.

Keith Taylor

Moultrie

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