America’s founding fathers may have wished to build a more perfect union based upon the central Christian notion that all men are created equal in the sight of God, but did they really?

Depends on whether or not in your thinking, you allow the perfect to become the enemy of the practical.

The Framers were coming from an England which had two rather large problems WRT equality: England was a religiously bigoted state, AND it was highly classist (some would argue that it still is, in that you can tell a working class Brit from an upper class Brit simply by their accent.). There were other issues in that the British monarchy was still “absolute” enough to prevent public protests, control the press, etc. — — if you look at our Bill of Rights, it’s pretty much a laundry list of things that you couldn’t do in England if the King didn’t want you to do.

So, THOSE were the problems the Framers set out to solve……and yes, we did a pretty good job of solving those problems. Not perfect; nothing ever is. But at that time and for that time, an amazingly good job.

However, “minority issues” were not top of mind in the mid to late 1700’s; almost all agreed that white people should be up HERE in status, whilst black people should be down THERE in status. So, since no “minority problem” existed, and it was not anticipated to ever BE a problem….it was not addressed.

One of the challenges in understanding history is to be able to assume the mindset the people had at the time. The shortcomings we today see in the process of gaining our independence, those that were addressed in blood during the Civil War, were really not shortcomings at all, in the world view of those at that time. You cannot blame the blind man when he stumbles over what he cannot see, after all.

Ergo, no, there is no hypocrisy, and there is no indelible mark left unless we decide we want to assume one.

I, for one, do not intend to do so. I cannot change the past, I cannot change the history; all I can do is move forward, and deal with anyone in my sphere according to the Golden Rule, which preceded the Dec of Ind by a few thousand years, anyway.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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