Not only is the Constitution “pro-slavery” it presupposes the existence of slavery as a legitimate institution. Many mainstream liberal and conservative pundits/scholars alike try to get around this by claiming that the Constitution is somehow an abolitionist document because they don’t like the political and cultural implications of acknowledging otherwise.
In order to be consistent, anti-Confederate monument/flag folks would need to oppose the Constitution, American flag, and monuments to (slaveholding) American founders as well, not to mention Columbus Day/monuments. For that matter, the Bible is pro-slavery and presupposes the existence and legitimacy of slavery as well, including both the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian New Testament, as does the Koran, and as do the writings of Aristotle. Of course, many on the far left recognize this and do indeed hold such positions, even if attacking all of these things would be strategically foolish.
The battle against the police state, the state generally, capitalism (yes, ancaps, you’re tribe is welcome to the fight), not too mention the Empire needs to be an “All-Tribes” fight, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Aristotelian classicists, American history fetishists, Europhiles, rednecks, inner-city blacks (many of whom are Christian or Muslim), rural white Southerners, etc. just as much as it needs to include anarchists, Marxists, LGBTQIAs, SJWs, feminists, anti-fatphobes, anti-lookists, anti-speciesists, etc.
By David Waldstreicher
On Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders told his audience at Liberty University that the United States “in many ways was created” as a nation “from way back on racist principles.” Not everyone agreed. The historian Sean Wilentz took to The New York Times to write that Bernie Sanders—and a lot of his colleagues—have it all wrong about the founding of the United States. The Constitution that protected slavery for three generations, until a devastating war and a constitutional amendment changed the game, was actually antislavery because it didn’t explicitly recognize “property in humans.”
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