By Ayesha Kreutz President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY
When asked to come present about the Frederick Douglass Foundation, I started thinking about all the solutions to the problems in America that we come up with but that go no where because, too often, our society fails to execute good solutions simply because it doesn’t actually understand the problems. Then, the other day, on the last page of National Review On Dead Tree, Mark Steyn had a column. In a piece called ““Sharia’s Protector,” Mark Steyn reprised a story, one he’s recounted numerous times in the last decade, on Sir Charles Napier of Great Britain. During colonial times, General Napier was working in British-occupied India, and he was being told about Sutee. This is a Hindu custom where, upon the death of a man, his widow is then burned upon his funeral pyre. In response to the question of whether this will happen while he was in charge, General Napier didn’t get all multiculturally squishy and ask if he can witness this great tradition.
In Mark Steyn’s word, General Napier instead responded: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”
These days, this is what we have too little of: Cultural confidence. Without the confidence in our culture, we will loose it. And that is what is happening on a daily basis. We are losing our great American culture because those who’d destroy America are now teaching our children, and now we are going to further federalize this indoctrination system by implementing Common Core, which, among other things, further teaches that America was founded by evil people and that it is indeed evil as a result.
On the other hand, we’ve heard all our lives that America is the greatest country in the world. Well, which is it? If America is the greatest, then wouldn’t that suggest that our culture is the greatest as well? – In the words of Sarah Palin, you betcha.
And that’s where the Frederick Douglass Foundation comes in. We aren’t infected with the multi-culti tendency to pretend other cultures are better than that of America’s and thus allow our own culture to be watered down and soaked in shame over some of the bad things that happened in history. Bad things happen. Our goal is to edify, educate, agitate and empower people. (Book a Speaker HERE)
But let’s consider the left’s method of bringing down America. The Left runs the Democrat Party today, and has no doubt infiltrated the Republican party, just as the liberals have infected the church and it’s no secret to any of us that liberal/progressives are trying to destroy America in just about every way. They’re coming at us from 360 different directions, 24-7. It is up to us to Stand on the truth of Gods Word as well as taking back our party. The Republican Party has been shamed into cowering and biding its time rather than exhibiting the cultural confidence of General Napier. So it is up to we conservatives: Tea Party Patriots and Libertarians who are on board the freedom agenda to CONSERVE that which is great about America and its founding. It is Constitutional Conservatism that unites us.
We need to go over the heads of the liberal infiltrated institutions. The Obama Administration is filled with something FDF member Mack Rights calls Bureaucratic Sclerosis – BS for short. If the Bureaucratic tentacles of government actually worked, there’d be no excuse to make them larger, and because of government’s desire to grow, bureaucratic tentacles are created almost always with the knowledge that inevitable failure will be rewarded largesse. We need to realize this and go over their heads. We need to educate our children outside this insidious governmental system because whole generations are being fed lies upon lies.
The left tries to convince children that The Founding Fathers were evil because they founded a nation on slavery. The Frederick Douglass Foundation teaches how this is incorrect. Slavery existed before the nation did, and it happened to exist here on the land where our nation was founded. Just as Frederick Douglass was born a slave, Thomas Jefferson was born a slaveholder. At the time, the black man was considered property, and his freedom, if he did have it, was fraught with peril. With that in mind, we should give our Founding Fathers some latitude. Upon the issuance of the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, our Founding Fathers had decided to risk their lives, their fortunes and their honors to throw off the colonial yolk of Great Britain. Ending slavery simultaneously would have been a logistical nightmare that would have all but ensured failure in the Revolutionary War to come.
However, many of the Founding Fathers were indeed anti-slavery. They just weren’t in charge of their own nation. Nonetheless, even slaveholder Thomas Jefferson included wording in the Declaration that would establish a set of bedrock principals that would later necessitate the abolition of slavery- that all men are created equal with the God-given inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. President Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican President, would later incorporate these principals in the Gettysburg Address. “Four score and twenty years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
So while the nation’s founding didn’t perfectly coincide with the new world’s shedding of the sin of slavery, it was indeed founded as a nation that would absolutely need to abolish slavery if it were ever to live up to the principals upon which it was founded. The nation wasn’t founded so the white man could enslave the black man. That was already happening. The nation was actually founded in a way that would necessitate the end of slavery.
But how often do we hear the story told like that? Not very often, I’m sure. And that’s the problem. We’ve lost our cultural confidence so much that we are either too afraid to stand up for our nation’s founding or unable to do it for lack of real historical context- thanks to the left’s takeover of the institutions of course. This is where we come in with program events like David Barton’s American History in Black and White or Seminars to teach you how to systematically engage people who have never heard or considered these truths before.
It’s a chicken and the egg story. America didn’t create slavery with it’s founding, but it did indeed adopt the principals in it’s founding that would later be used to eliminate slavery. How can that founding be considered evil? Keep that in mind when confronted with the left’s arguments for redefining marriage. The meaning of marriage came from God. It existed, like slavery, before the Founding of America. Does using government to destroy the Biblical sacrament of marriage by changing its meaning and thus rendering it meaningless serve society in the same way that eliminating slavery did? Only a leftist liberal/progressive mindset would consider marriage akin to slavery.
And now, I want to refer back to the fact that, at our nation’s founding, the black man was considered property. He wasn’t a full human. I understand that the 3-5ths clause was there to keep the pro-slavery vote down because slaveholders were only able to get 3-5ths a vote for every slave they owned instead of a full vote, thus keeping the representation for slave holding states down. I understand that this was to eventually help the anti-slavery movement defeat the pro-slavery movement democratically. But, when you’re the person only considered 3-5ths a person it really doesn’t matter the reason. Just ask those who have been denied personhood in the past, a Jew, a slave, the disabled, Indians or the pre-born child today.
When a man isn’t considered a person but rather property, it is easier for other men to beat, whip, rape, lynch, slaughter and exploit that man. And with that in mind, I want to give a brief overview of one of the things that we at the Frederick Douglass Foundation are working on. We call it the Black Personhood Initiative. We are working with other pro-life organizations to engage inner city pastors throughout the state to help get legislation introduced in New York that would establish personhood at conception. At conception, the DNA blueprint is developed and establishes a unique person. Considering the pre-born baby a person makes it harder to commit abortion on that baby. (See Am I not a Child HERE )
This is not about legislatively outlawing abortion. It’s about changing the culture. Once you have enough support and votes to make a constitutional amendment pass it really is not needed anymore. We have raised about 12 thousand dollars of our targeted 25 thousand dollars for this media campaign. We will be publically unveiling this project in mid-January. If you are interested in investing in this project please let me know.
While we desire to define all pre-born babies as persons, we call it the Black Personhood Initiative to help draw attention to the racist aspects of abortion. Democrat politicians won’t be able to sign on to this initiative, but aren’t you all looking forward to their explanations as to why they won’t sign onto a piece of legislation that defines a black baby as a person? How will those arguments sound in the inner city?
This is the kind of civil rights movement that can help start a good conversation, which can lead into teaching the real history of the Democrat Party in America.
After the black man was freed from slavery, there were still efforts to deny him personhood. The Democrat Party started the KKK to help keep freed blacks in line. We all know that, but we don’t often enough remind our liberal friends that they vote for the party of slavery, segregation, the KKK and now the black genocide of abortion. The liberals never apologize for that, but they love to call us racists. We need the cultural confidence to stand up to anyone calling us a racist. Liberal arguments are weak and fully ignorant of reality.
Share this with your liberal friends when they try to win a debate on the cheap by calling you a racist.
Charles Darwin came up with the theory that we evolved from apes in order to argue that the black man was inferior to the white man because he more resembled the ape from which he supposedly evolved. I don’t care if liberals think they evolved from monkeys. It helps explain why they act like animals. But as for me, I was made in the image of God. The liberals want to teach children that, as one more generation away from the apes, that they are superior to their parents. But my children understand that I am one generation closer to the first humans created by God. One generation closer to perfection.
But let me get back to my point. Charles Darwin’s cousin Sir Francis Galton is considered the father of eugenics. Galton made his money by trading slaves, and he used his cousin’s evolution theories to argue for the elimination of the black man from society. The American Eugenics movement spawned Planned Parenthood and the Nazi Death camps. Planned Parenthood was founded to help remove what Margaret Sanger considered “weeds” from society. She was referring to preborn black babies. If they couldn’t kill them on the streets, they’d convince them to kill themselves in the abortion mill death chambers.
Knowing that Planned Parenthoods are strategically located in the inner cities where they will more successfully pick off minorities, according to the original racist eugenics plan, ask your liberal friends why they never complain that it’s racist when white suburban girls are so often forced to drive to the ghetto to kill their baby? If the Democrats really believed in equal distribution of services, why aren’t they complaining about the lack of abortion mills in white-dominated suburbs? We know the answer, but let the liberal try to figure that one out or for that matter argue their way out of that one.
Keep this in mind too. The company that made Zyclon-B, the gas that the Nazis used to kill the Jews, also makes RU-486- the chemical abortion pill. Today in America, 1,200 black babies are killed every day in abortion mills.
According to the Tuskeegee Institute, in 86 years, the Democrat Party’s KKK lynched and killed about 3,600 blacks. Today, the Democrat Party’s abortion-mill archipelago kills as many blacks every three days as the KKK killed in 86 years. (Purchase HERE)
But when you consider a fetus just a blob of flesh, rather than a real person, that genocide becomes easier. Remember that slavery was more easily justified because the black man wasn’t a person, and the Holocaust was justified because the Jews and others liquidated weren’t considered persons. In the 40 years since Roe, while blacks represent only 13% of the population, they represent over 30% of all abortions committed in America. It’s much easier to understand why I’m a black Conservative woman when the connection is made between racist motivations behind slavery, segregation, the Democrat Party and abortion.
Like Frederick Douglass, I will not yield to the lefts’ determined efforts to culturally wussify America into a Third World Nation of non-persons devoid of cultural confidence because they allowed their culture to be destroyed, one aspect after another. I refuse to be forced into victimhood and have my motivation stolen by those who’d love nothing more than to skim off the wealth redistributed to me through what they call entitlements. While this method of cultural oppression might not be the same as slavery, it is still oppression.
And with that, I want to talk a bit about Chapter 10 of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography, Narrative of the Life. Frederick Douglass had defied his master over and over in his pursuit of learning to read and write, and his master finally sent him off to Mr. Covey for a year. Mr. Covey was known for being so abusive that he was able to break slaves for other holders. Six months into his stay, Douglass described mental state thusly:
“Mr. Covey succeeded in breaking me. I was broken in body, soul, and spirit. My natural elasticity was crushed, my intellect languished, the disposition to read departed, the cheerful spark that lingered about my eye died; the dark night of slavery closed in upon me; and behold a man transformed into a brute!”
Days later, after Frederick made a last-ditch effort at being freed from this crazy oppression, Mr. Covey came to beat Frederick as punishment. Douglass wrote, “As soon as I found what he was up to, I gave a sudden spring, and as I did so, he holding to my legs, I was brought sprawling on the stable floor. Mr. Covey seemed now to think he had me, and could do what he pleased; but at this moment- from whence came the spirit I don’t know- I resolved to fight; and, suiting my action to the resolution, I seized Covey hard by the throat; and as I did so, I rose.”
Frederick and Covey fought for over two hours, but Frederick Douglass had in the end won. He wrote: “The whole six months afterwards, that I spent with Mr. Covey, he never laid the weight of his finger upon me in anger. He would occasionally say, he didn’t want to get hold of me again. ‘No,’ thought I, “you need not; for you will come off worse than you did before.’”
That’s the kind of confidence we need take inspiration from. The left is attacking us from every direction, destroying all of our institutions and the family unit. And too many Republicans refuse to stand up to this onslaught. It is up to us. We are the last holdouts. If we fail to preserve the elements in our Constitution that guarantee us our rights and instead allow the left to interpret these rights as rights of the government to control us, there will be no more freedom. FREEDOM – We need to preserve it. We are already being turned into debt slaves as our government continues to borrow some 40 cents of every dollar it spends. We must not accept the dominance of the Karl Rovian Republican Squish assembly line.
History is on our side, and it is our job to conserve what’s great about America. Trickle Down Government doesn’t preserve freedom. It destroys it.
Thank You. Ayesha Out.
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