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Letter to the editor: A dismal reading

Posted 8/6/20

 

Michael Alcorn paints a dismal picture of an “alternate” US history without the 3/5th person compromise. In his imagined version of history, all people of all races would have …

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opinion

Letter to the editor: A dismal reading

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Michael Alcorn paints a dismal picture of an “alternate” US history without the 3/5th person compromise. In his imagined version of history, all people of all races would have been counted as a whole person at our founding. Given infinite ways that this alternative history could have played out, Alcorn chose a version which presented slavery and adoption of the 3/5th person law as the only way that the US could have risen as a united world power.
This is an especially toxic story to tell at this point in time, 244 years after our country was built on the blood and tears of people who were bought and sold for the benefit of those in power. The descendants of those slaves are still suffering. Violence against black and brown people continue.
I strongly object to this narrative. Why not choose to recognize how the US could have thrived by bringing black people to our shores as equals to employ instead of as slaves? Why not imagine becoming allies with Native Americans instead of stealing their lands and slaughtering them?
Imagine the progress we could have made if everyone throughout our history had been able to develop their strengths, contribute their talents, and share in the benefits. Instead, we are now still dealing with the vestiges of slavery and the civil war that ended more than 150 years ago.
My imagined history would have required our founders and predecessors to “welcome the stranger” as it is stated in Matthew 25.
Melany Deem,
Arvada

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