Friday, January 2, 2009
NAACP confronts the myth of the Emancipation Proclamation
Will wonders never cease? After years of writing letters to the editor, articles, books, blog posts, and radio interviews, the Southern Movement has finally smashed one of the core myths of the DC empire, that Lincoln freed the slaves — and look who’s finally facing the historical truth:
What the 100 people who gathered for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s annual Emancipation Proclamation program Thursday got was a wake-up call and a history lesson.
President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 146 years ago had less to do with freedom and more to do with a need to beef up Union forces during the Civil War, Lonnie Randolph said.
"The Emancipation Proclamation really didn’t do anything," the state NAACP president said from Rock Hill’s Agape International Ministries. "We look at this as a day of freedom. It really didn’t free anyone."
"We celebrate for the wrong reason," Randolph said. "It was a military decision. Folks need to be told the true meaning of this event. This was strictly to free black men, those 250,000 who fought. It gave them the right to fight."
What’s next? Will the NAACP now realize that La Raza’s Open Borders agenda profoundly harms blacks? Will they denounce Al-Sharpton-style race baiting? And maybe even turn away from the entire leftist agenda?
Who knows? Now that this myth has been busted, the sky’s the limit …