When does vengeance become Terrorism? When does it serve
the good, if at all? Will turning the Founding Fathers
into racists make America stronger or weaker, or, have no impact?
6, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 662
Avenging The Ancestors? An Act
of Vigilance or Terrorism?
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZER0, New York, N.Y.--July 6, 2003--
Racism takes many shapes and sizes, but all of them, regardless of
their composition, are products of the Beast of Terror.
No one can question that America's foundations were based, in
part, on slavery. Twenty-five of the 55 members of
the Constitutional Convention owned slaves. At the time,
it was part of the process of many countries around the world, and the
threads of the past still clung to the fabric of America's founders.
Even the Constitution called for counting a slave as
3/5th of a person for purposes of establishing Congressional
representation by population.
Today, activist groups
seek to rub the salt of slave history into the wounds of America's
racism. One of the strongest Voices in this 21st effort to keep
the fires of racism flaming is the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition,
lobbying for a variety of ways to demoralize the image of the Founding
Fathers from the position of "Liberty Givers" to "Liberty Hypocrites."
Among other issues, the coalition wants American
history books to tell the students who learn about the forces of this
nation's foundations that the leaders of America were not unlike Enron
or World Com, and spoke out of two sides of their mouths.
The sheer name of the coalition: "Avenging the
Ancestors Coalition" tells the story.
"Avenge" means to extract satisfaction from a wrong by
punishing the wrongdoer. The word comes from its mother,
"vengeance," which implies using great force or vehemence to an
extreme or excessive degree.
Advocates of the Avenging the Ancestors Coalition (AAC)
would like to carve the heart out of those "white leaders" who stand
as icons of Liberty and show the world their purity of spirit was
soiled by their racist nature.
They cite facts such as George Washington having
100 slaves at Mt. Vernon, and that Benjamin Franklin had five slaves,
but they are not sure if Franklin still owned them at the time of the
framing of the Constitution.
manumission - of slaves 1876
mentioned about the 30 members of the Constitutional Convention who
owned no slaves, or that a great force in America to end
slavery--which at the time was an accepted method of labor for some-
resulted in the most brutal war in American history pitting brother
against brother to provide freedom for all.
I look at the dung-slinging efforts to soil
the pages of history with an emphasis on racism not unlike the
situation in Iraq. Americans went to that country to
free it from tyranny and oppression, risking their lives to ring the
Liberty Bell for a people quashed under the thumb of tyrannical
Now, a number of them throw rocks at America,
burn its flag, and snipe and kill its soldiers trying to stabilize the
nation and expose it once more to the chaos of the past.
Once cheering America for freeing them, they now jeer. And kill.
They are avenging their Liberation.
America's history of racism is not unique.
Anyone who studies history will quickly see that
most nations tried to preserve their ethnicity, and some fiercely
still do. Even in the 21st Century try to get Japanese
citizenship if you are a Korean, for example.
Chechnyn suicide bombers
killed 16 and wounded 60 avenging their Islamic rights
In Moscow yesterday, two
Chechnyn suicide bombers killed 16 people and wounded 60 at a rock
concert. The Chechnyn avengers killed 19 people a month
ago, and in May, another 139 to avenge their Islamic rights.
Not to support racism or to imply its acceptance,
the historic reality of the issue is that it exists in a wide variety
of forms, usually fomented by those who constantly flash the race card
in everyone's face and, despite all efforts to make just the equality,
refuse to accept any concessions except those that include
Rewriting America's history books to teach
the children of this nation that the Founding Fathers were racists,
hypocrites, is one meager example of the intent of vengeance.
It is like having the priest, minister or
rabbi come to the house of a family and gather the children of the
parents in a room and explain to the children all the sins and moral
violations that "mom" and "dad" committed to insure the children lose
all respect for any moral teachings or character symbols their parents
may be trying to reflect.
Ultimately, the result, of course, is
to stir the coals of discontent, to cut off the legs of any "moral
authority" that the parents might wish to exercise.
Avengers of anything are not pure,
for their mere desire to "punish" those who "wronged" others serves no
purpose to the present or future.
If Americans look at society today in
a continuum extending from the Constitutional Convention to July, 2001
and pose the question: "Do African-Americans have equal rights
or more rights today than the average citizen?"
If one considers the recent
affirmative action decision by the Supreme Court a credit to the
rights of minorities, there is certainly an edge when it comes to law
Also, if one dials up any channel on
television and uses Kentucky windage by looking at the percent of
blacks in commercials, it is not as though American living history has
done anything but promote the issue of equality, if not, exaggerate
easier to point your finger at another than to look at one's self
problems seem always to be heaped on the shoulders of white history
rather than treated as a issue from within that particular racial
community. It is always easier to point fingers at others
than to examine one's self--even if when one points a finger, three
others point back at the accuser.
And, the constant seeking of
"revenge" against the white foundation of America seems to be more
Terroristic than Vigilant.
Terrorism is about infecting a
society with Fear, Intimidation and Complacency. It
doesn't take suicide bombs to always blast away the cornerstones of
Vigilance--the idea that we all stand up on our own two feet with
Courage, Conviction and take the right action for all future
generations, i.e, the Children's Children's Children regardless of
race, color or creed.
A Terrorist, for example, might
want to blow up what it considers an historical myth, and rewrite the
textbooks to make it appear the intent of the Founding Fathers was not
equality at all, but simply a ploy to keep the whites in power and
suppress the blacks and Native Americans.
Twisting history to meet
avenging agendas can also be intended to corrupt rather than inform,
to develop hate rather than love, and to polarize rather then enjoin.
the world is a challenge requiring Vigilance not Vengeance
not only America but the world is a challenge requiring Vigilance not
Vengeance. Vengeance is about trying to place one's foot in the
same place in a stream, an impossible task that requires turning back
the clock and stopping time. The attempt to rewrite
history is such a futile effort.
Vigilance, on the other hand, is
subscribing to what is right for future generations. It is
about trudging forward, not slipping back. It is about seeing
the children of the earth as one body of innocence, and sacrificing
all one's prejudice and bigotry to offer the Children's Children's
Children a world in which harmony not dissent exists.
If history books are to be
rewritten, they should not be done so to deface the past by fomenting
racism. Instead, they should be lessons to the future, the
future that shows the evolution of integration, the progression of
America is a
melting pot of humanity
is a melting pot of humanity. Hispanics, blacks, Asians,
Native Americans and whites are the compost that fertilize the future.
The black population of approximately 12 percent of the U.S.
population is one of many diverse groups that make up America's
By 2050 projections show the
white majority will become about 50 percent of the total population,
and that it will shrink from there.
Laws today and efforts toward
color blinding America seem to make it clear the original intent of
the Founding Fathers have indeed come to fruition in slow, sometimes
painful ways. But to go back in time, to rip out the pages of
history and make it appear that the Founding Fathers were no better
than corrupt 21st Century corporate managers trying to look good while
stealing bread from the employees, is a definite act of Historical
Terrorism, specifically targeting the children.
vengeance will lead us into a safer future
On this 4th of
July Weekend, it is good to remember that Vigilance will lead us all
into a safer future, not vengeance. July 5th is the Manumission
Day Celebration in New York City when slavery was abolished in the
state 176 years ago.
An evening of
culture featuring negro spirituals, readings from slave
narratives, and African drumming and gospel music performances.
Hopefully the Avenging the
Ancestors Coalition will read this and change their names to the
Parents of Vigilance and Ancestors of Vigilance Coalition. If
they do that, they will see that writing history in behalf of their
children and all children is much better than rewriting it.
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