In chapter one of the textbook, Thomas Jefferson is portrayed as being extremely hypocritical. In a deleted draft of the Declaration of Independence, he is speaking out against the King and his involvement in slavery. Yet ironically, when colonists said that they were not going to abandon slave trading after the independence, Jefferson did not object to it. This portion of the textbook does a good job in showing this contradiction. However, the definition of racism provided by the book is leaving me with questions such as “why?” The textbook did not explain why the blacks were considered inferior by birth. Rich or poor they were considered inferior human beings. As the reader I would have liked to read about why the color of their skin determined their fate and ultimately
prohibited them from having natural rights. In his Notes of Virginia , that he wrote several years after the Declaration of Independence, he stated his disapproval of slavery, which, in my opinion, was done much too late. Slave trading continued years after the Declaration of Independence. In fact, Jefferson was too scared to deal with the convulsion that would occur after freeing the slaves and putting them in the same society as whites. In this case, he saw one race surviving the calamity- the superior white race. It was Jefferson who concluded that blacks were not inferior by condition (rich or poor) but rather by nature. As old of an issue as it is, racism sadly exists even today. People such as Donald Trump, who is in the public eye, has no shame in portraying his racist behavior towards not just African Americans, but Asians, Mexicans, etc. It shows that even in the modern society we live in, the treatment towards people start in the mind, and what others see you as.
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