The more I read, the more I am inclined to believe that there are very few true heroes in history. Those we have exalted as our national heroes turn out to be less than admirable. They have brilliant minds and say brilliant things and have extraordinary accomplishments and we put them in the whitewashed history books to teach American children who they should look up to. We don’t want to believe that they can be cruel, inhumane, evil, hateful, greedy, and immoral. We don’t want to believe they’d commit genocide, perpetrate lynchings, run human beings from their rightful land and enslave others for their profit and comfort.
I am reading the book Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi. The thoughts and beliefs of famous historical figures are less than stellar. For example, the so-called “Emancipator”, Abraham Lincoln, said this about the people he would later free: “I am not, nor have I ever been in favor of making Black people voters or jurors, or politicians or marriage partners. There is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together in terms of social and political equality…I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.” (pgs 205, 206). He was running for president at the time. No white person then believed in the humanity and equality of Black people. Even the abolitionists embraced racist ideology. Harriett Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was a passionate, yet racist abolitionist. She didn’t change her view of Blacks; she just hated the institution of slavery itself. Blacks would never be equal, but they had to get out from under those cruel slave masters and find someone to take care of them because they were woefully barbaric and ignorant. That’s why Reconstruction didn’t work. That’s why so much hasn’t worked ever since. Until we are equally human, we are still considered inferior physically, mentally, and spiritually. Read this book. It will open your eyes.
So, what about Columbus? What about Jefferson, one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence? They were mere humans acting on their racist beliefs. Black people never fit into their vision of this nation. The indigenous people didn’t fit either. The US was never intended to be integrated, where all are living in freedom and equality. It was intended to be a country for White supremacy.
But in God’s Kingdom, all are created equal and He alone is supreme. Listen to the Word of God: “15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Amen. Case closed.