America’s Founding was not defined by slavery and white supremacy—quite the contrary. Arthur Milikh writes:
Black Americans have been treated in a grossly unjust fashion throughout our history. But the Declaration and the Constitution themselves, according to the Founders’ intentions, contain the principles through which justice would come, as Fredrick Douglass and, later, Martin Luther King, Jr. believed. These countervailing facts and statements, should produce a more balanced view of America’s Founding. Why, then, are they so thoroughly and carefully avoided by today’s narrative-creators, who intend to persuade through distortion?
Rather than indulge in recrimination, we should follow Lincoln in seeking “to bind up the nation’s wounds” and “to achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves.” Manipulating the next generation to disdain the American Founding will not accomplish this.
[Arthur Milikh, “1776, not 1619,” City Journal, October 29]
The U.S. Constitution contains a provision which allowed congress to make illegal, in 1808, the importation of slaves. Which they did. That was to be the first step in stopping slavery in America