Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Heritage ...... of Hate

In their own words.
The Cornerstone speech, which describes the reasons for the founding of the Confederate States of America. Given 21 March 1861 at The Athenaeum in Savannah, Georgia, by the Hon. A. H. Stephens, Vice- President of the Confederate States of America.
But not to be tedious in enumerating the numerous changes for the better, allow me to allude to one other — though last, not least. The new Constitution has put at rest forever all the agitating questions relating to our peculiar institutions—African slavery as it exists among us—the proper status of the negro in our form of civilization. This was the immediate cause of the late rupture and present revolution. Jefferson, in his forecast, had anticipated this, as the "rock upon which the old Union would split." He was right. What was conjecture with him, is now a realized fact. But whether he fully comprehended the great truth upon which that rock stood and stands, may be doubted. The prevailing ideas entertained by him and most of the leading statesmen at the time of the formation of the old Constitution were, that the enslavement of the African was in violation of the laws of nature; that it was wrong in principle, socially, morally and politically. It was an evil they knew not well how to deal with; but the general opinion of the men of that day was, that, somehow or other, in the order of Providence, the institution would be evanescent and pass away... Those ideas, however, were fundamentally wrong. They rested upon the assumption of the equality of races. This was an error. It was a sandy foundation, and the idea of a Government built upon it—when the "storm came and the wind blew, it fell."

Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.

. . .  May we not, therefore, look with confidence to the ultimate universal acknowledgment of the truths upon which our system rests? It is the first government ever instituted upon the principles in strict conformity to nature, and the ordination of Providence, in furnishing the materials of human society. Many governments have been founded upon the principle of the subordination and serfdom of certain classes of the same race; such were and are in violation of the laws of nature. Our system commits no such violation of nature's laws. With us, all of the white race, however high or low, rich or poor, are equal in the eye of the law. Not so with the negro. Subordination is his place. He, by nature, or by the curse against Canaan, is fitted for that condition which he occupies in our system. The architect, in the construction of buildings, lays the foundation with the proper material-the granite; then comes the brick or the marble. The substratum of our society is made of the material fitted by nature for it, and by experience we know that it is best, not only for the superior, but for the inferior race, that it should be so. It is, indeed, in conformity with the ordinance of the Creator. It is not for us to inquire into the wisdom of his ordinances, or to question them. For his own purposes, he has made one race to differ from another, as he has made "one star to differ from another star in glory."

The great objects of humanity are best attained when there is conformity to his laws and decrees, in the formation of governments as well as in all things else. Our confederacy is founded upon principles in strict conformity with these laws. This stone which was rejected by the first builders "is become the chief of the corner" — the real "corner-stone" — in our new edifice.

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At 6:26 AM, August 01, 2015 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

Few readers will have a clue what "the curse against Canaan" has to do with modern racism, but I have a book of Christian apologetics published as recently as 1977 that mentions it, in a chapter entitled, "Why are there so many Christians who are racially prejudiced?"

The relevant passage is:

"We know, of course, that segregationists and even racialists sometimes use quotations from the Bible to 'prove' their case. But this, in itself, proves nothing, for even the Devil himself can quote Scripture if it suits him. The question we must ask ourselves is: 'What do the verses quoted really mean?' Let us, for example, look at the often quoted passage which the reader may find in Genesis 9.20-9. Do the words 'Cursed be Canaan...' mean the black races are cursed? Well, firstly we note that it is Noah, not God, who pronounces the curse — and there is no proof that he was not still drunk at the time! The Bible no more condones his words than his drunkenness; there is, moreover, little or no Biblical evidence that his words proved true. Secondly, if 'Japheth' is really supposed to represent modern white races, they should (according to Noah) be living in the tents of 'Shem' (i.e. the Semites). Unless he is doing so it is hard to see how any white person could apply Noah's curse to present day negroes. Lastly, there seems to be no evidence that 'Canaan' does, in fact, represent the negro races. In view of this, how can we take seriously the use of this passage to support segregation or prejudice in the face of the whole New Testament teaching on love and the oneness of the church?"

Within that paragraph there are four footnotes, which I've omitted.

The following paragraph discusses evidence of Africans with high status in the early church, and the paragraph after that chastises people who are uncomfortable with mixed marriages.


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