It is hard to understand how a legislative session allows false, inflammatory statements like the one attributed to Rep. Patricia Smith, D Baton Rouge, " . . . what we see are the statues of our enslavement." Ms Smith should be called into question by the State of Louisiana, which holds that speakers have freedom of expression but may be held responsible for the liberties they take. (See Article I, Paragraph 7, Louisiana Constitution.)
The historical timeline shows that American civil war monuments commemorate white Christians at war with white Christians to settle more erroneous Bible interpretation. The southern states defended what the Catholic Church had promoted for 1700 years: slavery was an institution ordained by the Christian god. Throughout history, particular thinkers railed against slavery while Africa developed slaves as a commodity. There are no monuments to the African slave trade. There are no monuments to the Atlantic slave trade!
Robert E. Lee suffered the wrong side of the religious war over the consequences of African slave trade to the American, eastern seaboard colonies. The white Christians who defended common-sense correction of Bible interpretation were at war against the Church--to free the slaves. Church with a capital C means Catholic Church.
Protestant Christians, originating in the 16th century, were, in 1861, in the last throws of a squabble the Church introduced. During the 3 and 4th centuries, the Church canonized the Bible including books both old and new that condone slavery. Without that canonization, people in the 4th century who trusted the physics of slavery--chains, whips, torture, brutality to slaves and burdens to masters--the-indisputable-facts-of-reality, hereafter The Facts--rather than the canonized "word of a god" might have kept Christianity from involvement with slavery; might have kept Europe from making deals with African evil. And Protestants reformed too slowly from the Church's stain. The Church put too much emphasis on religion, which humans can rationalize as surrogate for The Facts. Humans must discover and conform to The Facts.
History shows that woe begs woe. The Louisiana Black Caucus should confront the woe they are begging. Ms. Smith's statement with "our enslavement" implies either she is a slave or blacks today are slaves, when slavery ended in 1865, and racial civil rights were established in 1964-5.
Possibilities turned negative in 1969 with the founding of the Congressional Black Caucus and promotion of black power and liberation theology respecting black Americans. Ms Smith and all Louisiana legislators should be collaborating for real-no-harm private-liberty-with-civic-morality or better. For example, most citizens should be working to overthrow the binds of cycling struggles for dominant Christian opinion, in 2016, black church v white church. Private-liberty-with-civic-morality or public-integrity is the overarching goal of this website. Application in this context is explained in the text below.
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