Black People : In the 1857 Dred Scott Decision, the U.S. Supreme Court Ruled That African Americans Could Never be

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  1. Keita Kenyatta

    Keita Kenyatta going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Why do we have Civil Rights?....Some might question U.S. Supreme Court decisions in recent years, related to 'hanging chads' on the Florida voting cards for example, and decisions related to a woman's right to choose. These are controversial issues, and people tend to line up on one side or the other on such issues. However, when one considers the Dred Scott decision of 1857, from the perspective of America in the 21st century, the Supreme Court Justices at that time appear to have been seriously misguided. Said another way, they come across as a bunch of bigots. In a 7 to 2 ruling, they decided that African Americans could never be citizens because blacks "are not included, and were not intended to be included, under the word 'citizens' in the U.S. Constitution, and can therefore claim none of the rights and privileges which the instrument provides and secures to citizens of the United States. On the contrary, they were at that time [1787-88] considered as a subordinate and inferior class of beings who had been subjugated by the dominant race, and, whether emancipated or not, yet remained subject to their authority, and had no rights or privileges but such as those who held the power and Government might choose to grant them." [as written by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in his 'opinion of the court'] (
     
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    That is what scares me the most. So-called "rights".
    If a "right" can be voted in, it can be voted out.
    We as blacks should be living on pins & needles in this country.
     
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    Seems you understand the difference between rights and privileges.

    You also understand the difference between unalienable rights and civil rights.
     
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    This throws a wrench in the Civil Rights Movement Of the 50's and 60's. With the white leadership of the NAACPS' (White Executive Leadership Board Only), we were fighting for "Civil Rights" which whites could "GRANT US" or take away through their constitutional ammendments . Instead we should have been fighting for the acknowledgement of our "Human Rights" which no man or woman can grant or take away, because they were given to us by our Creator At Birth. This explains also why no other people on earth when they come here to the USA have to get Civil Rights Legislation to be considered human and entitled to all rights, privileges, and benefits granted without the 13th and 14th Ammendments To The Constitution. They automatically get them without any added ammendments or clauses in order to be accepted as "Human" and entitled to all rights and privileges that come with this title. We were ,are, and have been tricked again by our opressors and ignorant mis-leaders in the black community. It really hurts me to have to admit this. I hope that this information will shed some long hidden light on how we keep falling for the okey doke even though we hollar ,scream, march,and cry to whites for some relief from their opression. We have to claim the truth and take it back ourselves! Love and Peace
     
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    The concept of unalienable rights is that these are rights that preexist within every human being and preexist government and government legislation.

    These are God- or Creator- given rights beyond the legislation or will of some group of men.

    Another term used synonymous with unalienable rights is free born rights.

    Civil rights are those rights given (or taken away) by some legislator (or court).

    IN-alienable rights are those rights that can't be taken away except by your consent.

    If you will note in the Declaration of Independence, the term UN-alienable is used.
    If you notice what many squwak about today, they say IN-alienable rights.

    In all honesty, you only have those rights that you are willing to fight for and defend.
     
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