“I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.” -
[RIGHT] – Thomas Jefferson [/RIGHT]
Let me begin by saying straight off that I have always liked Jefferson. How many people do you know who can receite the whole one-senetnce first paragraph of the Decelaration of Independence by heart (and I am not even an American, I am a Canadian).
But I have a lot of trouble with the inconsistencies. EVERY form of tyranny over the mind of man, sir? What about human ownership and brutlization of other humans because of the amount of melanin concentration in their skins? Admittedly not a form of tyranny over the minds, but a tyranny nontheless.
America has done quite a PR job on Thomas Jefferson. If you visit his memorial in Washington DC, you will see a quotation regarding blacks that reads something like this (the exact words do no come to mind but this is fairly close) “Nothing is so clearly written in the book of destiny that these people (i.e. Blacks) must someday be free.”
What we are NOT told at the Memorial is that this is part of a longer passage that says that the two races are also incapable of living in the same country and that freed blacks must be returned to Africa (THANKS FOR THE COTTON PICKING, WE’LL SEND YOU A t-SHIRT).
Jefferson is also on record as writing that blacks smell bad because they excrete more through the skin than the kidneys, unlike whites, and he has also said that a white woman who has a child by a black man should have the protection of the law removed from her (you wanna lynch her, Billy-Bob? Shucks, Mr. Jefferson sez its OK with him, I reckon!)
Any opinions on Jefferson? Is it time to knock him off his pedestal? And please, if you are going to make “judge people by the standards of their own times” arguments, save us all the valuable electrons and go read a book. I don’t expect people like Alexander the Great to have had a position on Internet porn, but for goodness’ sake, there were millions of decent, compasionate human beings who saw the evil of slavery in the 1700s and even earlier.