I hate hate hate this. I only have a few real pet peeves, but my God if I don’t stop seeing this I’m going to lose my mind. I keep running into it everywhere, most annoyingly on cable news and right here on the SDMB in fact.
Whenever people are talking about the founders and slavery/racism they will almost almost always mention that they regarded slaves as three-fifths a person since that is how the Constitution says to count them for population.
I get it, slavery sucked. But there are a million things to cite as evidence for this obvious truth without mentioning one of the actual ANTI slavery things to come out of the Constitutional Convention.
So just to make sure we are clear, when recording population for congressional representation the southern slave states naturally wanted everyone counted including the slaves, thus getting more House seats. The 3/5 compromise was supported by the northern free states as a way to limit the political power of slave states. It’s just that simple, 3/5 being in the Constitution is not proof of racism, just the opposite.
Okay now that we’ve got that, If I can just get people to stop using ‘literally’ to mean figuritively I’ll be a happy content person.