Re: School board emergency meeting June 22nd at 4 pm to decide on the new name for Robert E Lee high school in Springfield Va.
Date: July 07, 2020 10:45AM
cause worth embracing Wrote:
> By attending Robert E. Lee, students are receiving
> an education from an institution that glorifies an
> man who lacked true intelligence.
> In 1865 he wrote a letter to his wife containing a
> passage that reads, “The Blacks are immeasurably
> better off here than in Africa, morally, socially
> & physically. The painful discipline they are
> undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as
> a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to
> better things. How long their subjugation may be
> necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful
> The principles of racism were so deeply rooted
> within Robert E. Lee that he believed slavery was
> in fact a blessing given from God himself, so that
> Black people might evolve as a race worthy of
Wrong. Shithead. That letter was written in 1856 and was addressing abolitionists' violent means.
Read the whole thing to get context:
The views of the Pres: of the Systematic & progressive efforts of certain people of the North, to interfere with & change the domestic institutions of the South, are truthfully & faithfully expressed. The Consequences of their plans & purposes are also clearly set forth, & they must also be aware, that their object is both unlawful & entirely foreign to them & their duty; for which they are irresponsible & unaccountable; & Can only be accomplished by them through the agency of a Civil & Servile war. In this enlightened age, there are few I believe, but what will acknowledge, that slavery as an institution, is a moral & political evil in any Country. It is useless to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it however a greater evil to the white man than to the black race, & while my feelings are strongly enlisted in behalf of the latter, my sympathies are more strong for the former. The blacks are immeasurably better off here than in Africa, morally, socially & physically. The painful discipline they are undergoing, is necessary for their instruction as a race, & I hope will prepare & lead them to better things. How long their subjugation may be necessary is known & ordered by a wise Merciful Providence. Their emancipation will sooner result from the mild & melting influence of Christianity, than the storms & tempests of fiery Controversy. This influence though slow, is sure. The doctrines & miracles of our Saviour have required nearly two thousand years, to Convert but a small part of the human race, & even among Christian nations, what gross errors still exist! While we see the Course of the final abolition of human Slavery is onward, & we give it the aid of our prayers & all justifiable means in our power, we must leave the progress as well as the result in his hands who sees the end; who Chooses to work by slow influences; & with whom two thousand years are but as a Single day. Although the Abolitionist must know this, & must See that he has neither the right or power of operating except by moral means & suasion, & if he means well to the slave, he must not Create angry feelings in the Master; that although he may not approve the mode which it pleases Providence to accomplish its purposes, the result will nevertheless be the same; that the reasons he gives for interference in what he has no Concern, holds good for every kind of interference with our neighbors when we disapprove their Conduct; Still I fear he will persevere in his evil Course. Is it not strange that the descendants of those pilgrim fathers who Crossed the Atlantic to preserve their own freedom of opinion, have always proved themselves intolerant of the Spiritual liberty of others?