Less Than Human? Not!

As a result of programming from school, I was led to believe enslaved people in America were considered less than human because they were counted as three-fifths of a person.  Recently, I’ve learned this mind-set derived from the Three-Fifths Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which had nothing to do with the value of a person, but everything to do with politics.

In a nutshell, southern slave owners wanted enslaved people counted in their states’ population to give them greater representation in the House of Representatives.  Northerners, of course, fought against this because it would put them at a disadvantage since they didn’t own slaves.  So, they compromised and agreed to count enslaved people as three-fifths of a person in the population.

Know Better:
Three-Fifths Compromise Clause – heritage.org

Do Better:
People of color in America are generally belittled, or thought less of, by every other race of people.  I can’t say for sure that this three-fifths of a person idea is the cause, but I have a feeling it has something to do with it.  Subconsciously, we may even think less of ourselves because of it.  Now that you know the truth, be certain of your value and never allow anyone to make you feel less than human.

2 thoughts on “Less Than Human? Not!

  1. Hi, to all of my Indigenous copper- colored aboriginals families,
    I hope you are all well,in 2020. Actually I’ve always been curious
    about who I really am, even at a early age! But I want go into …
    all the details it would take too long. But my Grand farther, on my
    dad’s side of the family stated; “they were the first in the here in
    the now called America.

    The Australian and Melanesian: were the first original tribes,”
    to arrive in the now called America (30,000 to 60,000). The so
    called- mongoloids, which have led us to believe… the were first
    inhabitant in North American; that’s not true. I was always curious
    thing about my myself families, and copper- colored people… in
    general, in all areas ,and the why’s you can imagine.

    The late writer James Baldwin, was a very smart intelligent,____
    articulate writer. In 1964, he said something that Martin Luther Jr,
    had said, “that the Negros were exiles in their own land.” James
    Baldwin, stated: “the Indians killed in the western movies are us,”
    copper- colored people.1964 in London, addressing, a gathering
    of young people.


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