In Dr. Charles W. Mills insights and clearly substantial text that appears in his wonderful book The Radical Contract, he makes no attempt to clarify that any sort of “social contract” exists between races. Dr. Mills gives meaning to his argument that argues however, that these ideals of the Social Contract are at worst pure fiction or at best were intended only to apply to a specific group of people, namely members of the tribes of Europe and their genetic descendants. “…when white people say ‘Justice,’ they mean ‘Just Us’.”
As difficult as that is to see and write – I would assume that those were the parameters set forth regarding citizenship.
And when given the opportunity to write the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote in the document that “all men were created equal” he did not literally mean that all men or even all human beings were created equal. After all, Mr. Jefferson owned African slaves at the time of his writing the Declaration of Independence and continued to own slaves up until the time of his death. He could not have possibly meant that people of African descent were created equal, treated as equals, and entitled to liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If he did, then how could one explain his maintaining a slave population under his control?
This is where I have extreme conflict with the Framer’s of the Constitution, and I am more than positive that it is not just me. I am a Christian man with a developed and critical mind – that also prays.
I have not nor will I ever profess to be a genius; however, there are some issues that are inherent within our system of government. Although I firmly believe many of these hardtail notions have suffered the agony of the human way or a man being with power and money.
Someone, anyone please…why were the Africans and Indians counted in 5’s? From the onset that doesn’t appear to have equity anywhere in it.
The existence of the Racial Contract explains these apparent contradictions, in that peoples of color were never intended to be included as signatories to the Social Contract. Okay then, this is like “human nature” and I believe that there were definitely a majority to jump literally to this conclusion.
A contract is simply an agreement between two or more people. According to Dr. Mills, the Racial Contract was and is an agreement made among the tribes of Europe (roughly during the time of the Age of Exploration and European colonialism) to establish political systems and policies which at their heart held their ideals.
Peoples of color are not part of the Social Contract and exist outside its bounds. Hence Native Americans can be forced off their land, Africans enslaved, and Chinese forced to accept British supplied opium without any sense of contradiction. Now, being politicians I do believe that the Framer’s could have believed this rubbish.
In conclusion there exists a relatively vast amount on this topic that I do look forward to writing about. However, Dr. Mills refers to the Racial Contract as being an absolute contained inside of the Social Contract. At this time I am not in possession of either of the two documents. This of course does not mean that they are unavailable, I just have not seen them yet. It does appear to me that prior to these contracts being offered – herein is the importance of this entire scheme of arrangement; whereby, were they hidden at the time of signature?
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