Friday, February 18, 2005

Resistance to judicial diktat in history,

“[I]s [Lincoln] ready to endorse the sham Dred Scott decision and deny that a colored man….can be a citizen of this nation, although the foundation of its Government and Constitution is the legal equality of all its subjects?
Will he stand up boldly, face to face, before the people of this land, and take that Pro-Slavery decision as authority and law? Will he assert with Wickliefe and the like that this is the ‘white man’s land,’ and that negroes under the Constitution can be neither ‘citizens’ nor even ‘people?’ Will he maintain that the colored citizens of Rhode Island, or any other State, are not also citizens of the Union?
The assumption that men of African descent are not equal in law to others, and cannot be citizens under our national Constitution, and the attempt, in the Dred Scott case, to foist this doctrine into the law of the land as an irrepealable interpretation, is a part, and no unimportant part, of the Pro-Slavery abominations and encroachments which called the Republican party into existence….

.…all these wrongs and base violations of our Constitution must be done away before we shall stand as a nation upon safe and immovable ground. It is in vain to take these lies in our right hand, or attempt to put them as true stones in our building-we must sooner or later renounce them, or truth and right will renounce us. So long as this wrong to the whole colored race continues to be the prevailing practice of the nation, so long, I feel assured, will the displeasure and the pursuing and fierce judgments of God rest upon us.”

(Drafting Negroes
The New York Times, Aug 21, 1862
Editorial, pg. 2)

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