Almost everyone has suffered at the hands of a parent, boss, coworker, friend, or partner (who are not A+ Human material). Who can say they have not been slighted by at least microinequities?
Tyrants are everywhere.
But to suffer to the degree of those who experienced Auschwitz is horrifying.
Even worse is the continued systemic persecution of our fellow black Americans.
I read the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln to learn about Lincoln’s ambition, remarkable temperance and super-human resilience. But I ended up learning way more than I was looking for.
It’s a deep dive into what the Civil War was about, which made me feel sick. Here is a direct excerpt from page 189.
“Dread Scott was a slave suing the State of Missouri for his freedom on the grounds that his master an Army doctor had him work in free states like Illinois and Wisconsin and returning to Missouri, Scott believed he was free.
The case wound its way to the Supreme Court, and the 7-2 decision was read by Chief Justice Taney just after Buchanan was inaugurated in 1857.
The Court ruled that blacks were not included and were not intended to be included under the word ‘citizens’ in the Constitution. Therefore, Scott had no standing in federal court.
This should have decided the case, but Taney went further. Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution had been intended to apply to blacks, he said. Blacks were so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
But the Chief Justice didn’t even stop there; he went on to say, that Congress had exceeded its authority when it forbade slavery in the territories by such legislation as the Missouri Compromise for slaves were private property protected by the Constitution.”
This is not conjecture or a Tweet. It is a fact. You can look it up, see it and document it.
It is also wrong. The U.S. Government was wrong.
The NFL recently admitted on Twitter they were wrong too.
“We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter,” the NFL said.
It is also a fact that we can do better. We must strive to be A+ Humans.
To be an A+ Human, you don’t need to write the next War and Peace or start the next Apple or Google.
You only have to incorporate three small approaches in your life.
- Returning love for hate
- Including the excluded
- Admitting when you are wrong
These are the three hardest things for humans to do unless you choose to be an A+ Human. And if you make the effort, you create a different, more beautiful world.
A house divided against itself cannot stand.
– Abraham Lincoln.