Good morning again everyone. I read an article in the paper today racism. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that the United States still has trouble dealing with race because of a national "birth defect" that denied black Americans the opportunities given to whites at the country’s very founding.
"Black Americans were a founding population," she said. "Africans and Europeans came here and founded this country together — Europeans by choice and Africans in chains. That’s not a very pretty reality of our founding. (Source Washington Times)
"…but one of them would make war rather than let the nation survive,
Abraham Lincoln, 2nd Inaugural Address
A civil war is a war in which parties within the same culture, society or nationality fight against each other for the control of political power. Some civil wars are categorized as revolutions when major societal restructuring is a possible outcome of the conflict. An insurgency, whether successful or not, is likely to be classified as a civil war by some historians if, and only if, organized armies fight conventional battles. Other historians state the criterion for a civil war is that there must be prolonged violence between organized factions or defined regions of a country (conventionally fought or not).(Source Wikipedia)
A civil war is "a war between opposing groups of the same country".(Source Merriam-Webster)
When someone sees or hears the word civil war, most people think about the American Civil War which was fought between the Northern Union States and the Southern Confederate State. Abraham Lincoln’s intentions of fighting the South did NOT start with abolishing slavery, but to save the Union. Lincoln died in April of 1865 but the Thirteenth Amendment which abolished slavery was not added until eight months later, nearly three years from his "slave freeing" Emancipation Proclamation.
"Your race suffers greatly, many of them by living among us, while ours suffers from your presence."(Abraham Lincoln)
Most people you talk to know a great deal about the American Civil War. It was the bloodiest conflict in America’s history. People killing people over a disagreement. Do you know this has happened al a lot in American history?
When Richard Nixon became President, the Vietnam war had been going on for about 10 years. During this time the United State was struggling. Citizens wanted Nixon to pull troops out, but it didn’t happen in his term. A British man by the name of John Lennon was traveling the US in an attempt to get support for a withdraw. The FBI started watching him and eventually accumulated a 300+ page file on this man. While he was protesting he submitted papers to become a US citizen. The US fought it because they thought he was trying to overthrow the government. He was a peaceful man that wanted the violence to stop. Lennon had many supporters all over the country. In 1976 the government eventually gave Lennon his green card. On the night of 8 December 1980, Lennon was shot in front of the Dakota by Mark David Chapman.(Source Wikipedia)
By definition this time in history could be considered a Civil War. It was between the US Government and it’s Citizens.
|I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."(Source US Constitution Online)|
Martin Luther King Jr. was gaining followers to get more rights for blacks. A lot of whites did not like this man. He was stirring up trouble.
King was booked in room 306 at the Lorraine Motel, owned by Walter Bailey, in Memphis. The Reverend Ralph Abernathy, King’s close friend and colleague who was present at the assassination, swore under oath to the HSCA that King and his entourage stayed at room 306 at the Lorraine Motel so often it was known as the ‘King-Abernathy" suite. While King was standing on the motel’s 2nd floor balcony, James Earl Ray shot him at 6:01 p.m. April 4, 1968. The bullet entered through his right cheek smashing his jaw and then traveling down his spinal cord before lodging in his shoulder.(Source Wikipedia)
Another case of civil war! Blacks wanted more rights, whites didn’t want to give them the rights.
Today we have another kind of civil war. It’s called "Illegal Immigration Reform". This one is different though. The blacks gained their freedom, they gained voting rights, they didn’t have to sit on the back of the bus, they could play pro baseball, they could go to collage, and they can now hold public and government jobs.
Mexicans crossing the border have a very hard time when they get to the US. Because of their status, "Illegal", these people have no rights. They can’t work, own property, vote, and can’t go to school. But did you know that the government still makes them pay taxes. If they cannot have a job, how are they going to pay taxes?
There are two sides to this story.
Most Americans say that illegal immigrants are a strain on our economy. They are taking all the jobs and they live on welfare.
- If you have a job, why are you worried about them taking all the jobs? You have a job. How many more do you want?
- American teens are not very responsible, and don’t want to get a job. They want to get drunk, and chase women.
Here are the statistics on welfare recipients:
Traits of families on AFDC by Race
|(Source huppie.com – also has stats on teen sexual behavior)|
Whites lead the way on welfare and as you can see from these facts.
These people that are labeled "Illegal Immigrants" are coming here to better their live. They don’t want to take over the government. They are not stealing your job. People are still divided by this. I don’t know if anyone has died in today’s civil war. I pray no one does. Remember your roots. They were immigrants too. They fought for what they wanted, and they died for a better life.
This is a moral issue. Help help these people!