This is a work of fiction and does NOT represent my views about slavery at all. I wrote this as an assignment to delve into the American slavery issues from 1619 - 1865. I hold nothing against any white people, black people, Southerners, or anything else you can possibly get upset about. Please do not turn this into any kind of debate or express anger against the views expressed in this essay. Yes, these views are horribly wrong, but No, we should not hold those kind of emotions over these things today.
If this cannot be accepted with rationale and clear thinking, then I will take it down. I would appreciate critique regarding the accuracy of the claims, historical accuracy, and overall writing. I apologize in advance for making your skin crawl. (I did try to write this in good taste and not in an extremist fashion)
If you failed to read the introduction, please go back at this point and read it.
They Are Not Us: A Southern Politician's Speech Regarding Slaves
Ladies and gentlemen, friends and fellow citizens:
Throughout my political campaign, I have sought to be honest with you, fellow men and women. I have strived to clear any misunderstandings and false rumors that have circulated by means of those who oppose my possible election, and now I am seeking to put to rest a diseased idea: that I offer up opposition to slavery.
I know that many of you will now be tempted to believe that I hate slaves. This is not so. But throughout these last decades of our nation's history, slavery has become a necessity to our society. Sir, the next time that you enjoy a good snuff of tobacco, remember that we could not have those commodities without proper labor. Madame, look down at your warm shawl and realize the same.
We are a strong people, but even a strong people must realize that certain measures must be taken in order to ensure the continuation and growth of our country. It is not cruelty as humanity, but ingenuity as a people that has brought such an idea to America. We have made many advances, but to subject Americans to harsh labor and long hours is to destroy the unity that binds us together. America must be willing to establish methods that ultimately work for the greater good.
Certain colleagues of mine have decried slavery on the grounds of inhumane treatment towards fellow humans. I do not deny that these slaves are human. But look back through history. These slaves are a strange people and primitive in their ways. Their societies and methods of living simply cannot hold up and ultimately crumble over and over again. Advances in method and thought are entirely foreign to their country.
Why should we, who have fought and worked towards higher learning and greater goals, subject ourselves to be placed on the same level as these primitives? They are not us, and they can never be us. That is why America has opened its doors to allow these dark aliens in. To expose them to higher learning and a culture of greatness is to do the best good for them as a people. Their strange ways have faded away and have been replaced by civilized thought and talk. We have allowed them a great opportunity to escape ancient traditions and open their minds to new ideas.
Preachers have shoved the Bible before me, agonizing over the scattering of verses speaking of oneness in Christ. I do not profess to be a man of great understanding in Biblical ideas, but these men must have failed to study the many verses speaking of slavery. It is only natural throughout history that men have bought and owned slaves. Those more capable, as evidenced by their wealth and social position, are served by the lesser classes. The Biblical Abraham had slaves, and there are many commandments regarding slaves obeying their masters. These same preachers give out the message of the Bible to slaves. I do not take issue with showing religion to slaves; they just must be aware of their place.
So why do we, as Americans, still hesitate on this matter? I say again, slavery is a necessity to our nation and will remain so. Whether or not each and every American may agree on these things, we are all partakers of great advances. We are preserving ourselves as a nation by allowing those less fortunate to work amongst us, and they are in turn being benefited by us.
I do not by any means condone the brutalistic nature with which some treat their slaves, but, as a principal disciplining a student, so we must do ensure that these slaves are not tempted to rebel against their masters. I seek to do my part to ensure that America is a nation that can withstand the test of time, and in order to do so, we must be willing to make decisions that will push our nation towards greatness. We must make America strong, no matter the cost.
“The Southern Argument for Slavery.” Ushistory.org, Independence Hall Association, www.ushistory.org/us/27f.asp. Accessed 9 Sept. 2017.
“Why Did So Many Christians Support Slavery?” Christian History | Learn the History of Christianity & the Church, Christianity Today, www.christianitytoday.com/history/issues/issue-33/why-christians-supported-slavery.html#storystream. Accessed 9 Sept. 2017.