At the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, the slave plantation owners who refused to end slavery were the richest and most powerful men in the United States. This class of our country’s richest elites founded the Democratic Party to defeat equal freedom and rights under the U.S. Constitution.

During the first two years of the war, both sides called it a “white man’s war.” Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, warned that any black men who fought against his forces would be captured and killed as traitors, or sold to slave plantation owners in the southernmost states, where slavery was considered to be the worst.  

Due to Frederick Douglass’ persistent encouragement, after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1863, Congress authorized the recruitment of colored fighting men, beginning with two regiments from Massachusetts. Douglass was engaged to recruit black men to fight. After receiving guarantees about how they would be treated, he gladly took on the role of a recruiter. In fact, Douglass' two sons, Charles and Lewis joined the ranks of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. 

In his article entitled Men of Color, To Arms! Frederick Douglass wrote that the Civil War was “undertaken and brazenly carried on for the perpetual enslavement of colored men.”  Douglass wrote that this “calls logically and loudly for colored men to help suppress it.”  In the same article, he wrote that “Liberty won by white men would lose half its luster.”

Black men responded to the call of Douglass and fought enthusiastically for freedom. In fact, their fighting helped win the war. After Union forces won the war, Republicans, including Black men newly holding office, ratified the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, to guarantee their freedom.

But even after (mostly white) Republicans abolished slavery, guaranteed citizenship and the right to vote for Black men, Democrats have kept Americans divided by race ever since, to manipulate and control us. They used prison chain gangs, sharecropping, Jim Crow laws, murdered Black men to keep them from voting, and murdered many more using deceived, angry mobs who lynched them without trial to build racial hatred. 

The same class of the richest, most powerful elites who owned slave plantations still controls the Democratic Party and many Republican RINOs. Today they own and control mass media, entertainment, huge pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, and many other huge corporations, from which they have controlled most of our governments for decades. These masters of propaganda and wizards of deceit have persuaded most Black Americans to support and vote for them.

Democrat-Liberal elites have recently persuaded and encouraged Black Americans to riot and loot while placing bricks in their hands. Then they made sure every “news” broadcast blamed Black men for the destruction, to make many white Americans believe that all Black men want is “something for nothing.” All they’ve really ever wanted has been equal freedom and rights.

Democrat-liberal elites used a manufactured virus, a massive pandemic panic, mandates for fake vaccines and masks, fear, illegal lock downs of schools and businesses, corrupt voting machines, “cheat by mail,” and “ballot harvesting,” to seize our liberties. They are holding Americans who protested to “Stop the Steal” on January 6, 2021, as political prisoners, while they use the U.S. Congress and the whole power of government to punish everyone who opposes them.

Like in 1863, it is time for more Black Americans to join the fight against the tyranny of Democrat-liberal elites. Frederick Douglass' words hang true today, “Liberty won by white men will lose half its luster.”

A former member of President Trump’s Coalition Advisory Board, KCarl Smith is the President and CEO of KCarl Consulting Group, empowering freedom advocates with the confidence, knowledge and skills to trump the race card. His column normally appears every Thursday in 1819 News.

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