Perhaps it is because she reminds us of how wrong this country has been in the past. Like 12 Years A Slave, movie studios are reluctant to make movies that turn off Southern moviegoers with unpleasant reminders of an unfinished chapter in our history. It is white privilege to ignore this unpleasant but amazing part of our national story.
#1: She was a runaway slave.
#2: She saved her entire family from slavery.
#3: She was a great American.
She was a true patriot, I argue to my students.
And she was also a career criminal.
This infamous decision, by far the worst ever in the history of the Supreme Court, legalized slavery everywhere in the United States. As a result of this decision, African Americans everywhere could be kidnapped and thrown into slavery, even if they had been free men. According to the Supreme Court, African Americans everywhere could be considered the property of whites, without recourse to the justice system for protection.
Patriots break the law when the law is immoral.
MLK was arrested thirty times before he was thirty years old
An unjust law is no law at all. Patriots are called to challenge unjust laws.
Patriotism has a long tradition of criminality.
In finding our own answers, history has relevance. The past is prologue once again.
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