We need to talk, so leave your “feelings” at the door and put your “thinking caps” on.
We need to discuss the much touted “Cornerstone Speech” given by Vice President Alexander Stephens in Savannah, Ga on March 21, 1861. You need to understand, our enemies operate under a heavy, thick, dark cloud of ignorance, both historical and Constitutional, sickening self-righteousness, and an abject lack of understanding the original intent of our fathers the Founders and our Fathers the Confederate citizen-soldier. They only know what they are told, and/or taught by others who are just as ignorant and confused as they are. There are some who know exactly what they do, but by and large they are nothing more than parrots with letters of the alphabet after their names. Further, they use the ignorance of our own. We’re sick of ignorance and we are on a mission to change that.
Knowledge is power. Your Administrators here at Southern Historical Society do not want you to be ignorant, as our enemies. So read this and understand the finger-pointing at the South is unfair, unjust and NOT historically accurate. Not at all. If you can’t read it now, bookmark it and come back, but by all means, read it.
The truth is Alexander Stephens was engaging in some hyperbole, toying with what Connecticut born, Pennsylvania US Representative and US Supreme Court Associate Justice Henry Baldwin stated in his opinion in Johnson vs Tompkins in 1833, when he said, the following; quote:
“Slavery is the Cornerstone of the Constitution. The foundations of the government are laid and rest on the rights of property in slaves, and the whole structure must fall by disturbing the corner-stone.”
In all fairness and honesty, Alexander Stephens is rightly charged with “racism” as we understand it in our day, as well as believing caucasians are “superior” to black persons as is obvious in his speech. So, we leave you with some things to ponder:
1. Alexander Stephens was no more “racist” than Abraham Lincoln or any other Northern man in a leadership position in the 1860’s. Lincoln, himself said in his 4th debate with Douglas in Charleston, IL on September 4, 1858: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality.”
There is an elephant in the room regarding this “supremacy” discussion. The elephant is this: with all fairness to the people in the 1860’s, and in all honesty, ALL HONESTY, can we blame them for thinking themselves “superior” to other races in their day? What did they have to compare themselves with in 1860? For whatever reason, be it environment, luck or happenstance, the cultures these men came from were the ones mapping oceans, building buildings and engaging in science in their day. It’s just not fair to judge persons of the 1800’s with our culture in 2017. It’s just not.
The point we’re trying to make is, pretty much everyone of the time was “racist” in some capacity, due to the difference of our cultures. BE HONEST and BE FAIR.
We think you get the point.
As all those in servitude, both black, white, brown and red were being manumitted and taught to thrive in western style culture, being successful and making their mark on the country, and their descendants are making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the 21st century, the subject becomes moot. Does it not? We have knowledge they did not possess.
Source: Southern Historical Society, Facebook Page
June 19, 2017 Post