SPECIAL EDITION FRIDAY – My Gettysburg Speech
On July 4th, 2014, I was the keynote speaker at an event held on the Gettysburg Battlefield, in Gettysburg, PA. The event was to promote reconciliation and healing due to the resurgence of social discord fomented by Obama and his minions. My speech was given from the same place that President Abraham Lincoln had delivered his Gettysburg Address and I would be remiss if I did not say I couldn’t have been more humbled and proud to accept the invitation to speak. As I rose to speak that brilliantly sunny day, I would have been loathe to guess that today, nine years later, the absolute worst reprobates that America has to offer would be prostituting the lie that so-called “Black Lives Matter” as a cover to promote anarchy by inciting blacks to go on a nationwide rampage of riots and mayhem that erupted into killings – including the murders of young children, police officers, innocent bystanders, the burning down of neighborhoods and more. I share the following syndicated article today that originally appeared July 15, 2014. The article included excerpts from my speech given on the Gettysburg Battlefield, 11 days earlier. Today I have edited certain parts of the original verbiage to address more definitively the zeitgeist of today. I believe without hesitation; what I said in my speech that day and reiterated in part in this subsequent article that immediately followed, is even more important today…
The original article begins here with my quoting Booker T. Washington saying:
“We went into slavery a piece of property; we came out American citizens. We went into slavery pagans; we came out Christians. We went into slavery without a language; we came out speaking the proud Anglo-Saxon tongue. We went into slavery with slave chains clanking about our wrists; we came out with the American ballot in our hands.” (Booker T. Washington’s Address to Hamilton Club, Chicago, 1895)
Are we to believe that those who derive their self-worth from being recognized as a crayon color have it harder today than those Booker T. Washington referenced or are we supposed to believe he didn’t understand the true nature of his situation? My point being, considering the unlimited opportunity all people have in America today, how can anyone ascribe to the debilitating heterodoxy that someone with less melanin is impeding the progress of those who are melanin dominant.
The transplendent truth encapsulated in those historic words from Booker T. Washington speaks for itself. In the course of my speech, I, like Washington, reminded the attendees gathered on that hallow site, which included persons from India and Great Britain, that if there is to be healing, blacks must realize what they have and what the hand of “Providence” did for them. I know that it is more popular to wallow in apathy and self-victimization, but that is the very antithesis of what “Providence” has provided.
Included in my speech that I did not share, having made the point differently, were the following words from the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln January 1, 1863: “And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.”
The point here should be obvious: the slaves were not freed to become dependents on the government plantation. Quite the opposite.
It is not the so-called common man who has prevented blacks from seizing upon the opportunity available to all. It is the behavioral manipulation by Marxian/Leninist elites and the debilitating animus, blame, self-segregation, and self-victimization the Negros wallow in. My assessment is not remotely untrue. Booker T. Washington understood the need for the former slaves to be self-determinative and he understood that the way same was accomplished was by learning a trade and embracing the “God of Providence” for the blessings “He” had bestowed upon them.
But instead, so-called blacks today curse the “God of Providence” as a white man’s God and have bought in toto the message of immiseration. With both sides being blind to how they are being exploited by dark forces.
Lincoln implored the former slaves in the Emancipation Proclamation that they “abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense.” But instead, blacks have elevated the killing of one another to pandemic levels. In Chicago over the same 2014, July 4th weekend that I gave my speech, 80 people were shot resulting in 12 fatalities, nearly all of whom were black. Anyone want to disagree that number is exceeded this year? Keeping in mind, the new mayor blames crimes on poverty and lack of opportunity.
It gets even worse. According to Rich Lowry writing for National Review: “Overall, according to Chicago magazine, the rate of nonfatal gunshot injury in Chicago was 46.5 per 100,000 from 2006 to 2012. But it was only 1.62 per 100,000 for whites. For blacks, it was 112.83 per 100,000. For black males, 239.77, and for black males aged 18–34, 599.65, or ‘a staggering one in 200.’” That’s one in every 200 black males between the ages of 18-24 being shot. Blacks can hate whites and blame former President George W. Bush (who was president at that time), but neither George W. Bush nor mythical white people are roaming the streets and mini-marts murdering black teenagers. It’s not so-called whites selling the drugs that are destroying black families and black neighborhoods. It is not whites who are pimping black women drug addicts. It is not whites breaking into the homes of these people. It is their black neighbors and the black hoodlums who look just like them and who live next door to them.
At the time the slaves were set free, Lincoln said in the Emancipation Proclamation: “that in all cases where allowed, [former slaves should] labor fruitfully for reasonable wages.” The operative words were then and are now “labor fruitfully for reasonable wages.” That did not mean then nor does it mean today that so-called blacks should become government dependents. Nowhere in the Emancipation Proclamation was it suggested in any way that the government would provide special dispensation based on the skin color of the slaves.
I also said in my speech that day: that it was time for so-called whites to get over guilt for that which they are not guilty nor had any part in. I also proffered the question: where anger and resentment of whites has gotten blacks? I asked blacks if they were better off harboring such emotions?
Neither July 4, 1776 nor January 1, 1863 nor June 19, 1865, was Independence Day for the slaves. Independence Day for the Africans brought here as slaves was the day they were captured by the Ashanti and Dahomi African tribes (today known as Benin and Ghana) and sold to Moslem slave traders, who in turn sold them to slave traders doing business in America. Because as I reminded a young man who argued with me regarding the importance of “skin-color” assignations, based on Marcus Garvey’s Back to Africa movement. That said, the legacy of Garvey is Liberia, i.e., economic despair, unimaginable poverty, brutality, disease, ad nauseum.
It is a certainty that African-Americans, blacks, brown-skinned people or whatever they’re being called at that particular time (including profoundly hate-filled and resentful), have suffered no more than did the Irish and others coming to America suffered. But it is equally as true, if not more so for blacks, that they were brought here many long years ago “with the chains clanking about [their] wrists; but [they] came out with the American ballot in [their] hands.” Would Oprah Winfrey be a billionaire if her ancestors had stayed in Africa? Who would Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton be shaking down artists and extortionists if their ancestors had not come here? How many of the inventions and innovations directly attributable to melanin-dominate persons would America and the world enjoy today if African ancestors had not been brought here? Would LeBron James be cashing in on the Chinese if his ancestors not presumably been brought here as slaves or if they hadn’t just hopped on a boat out of wherever they came from?
As I closed my speech at Gettysburg on that July 4th, I called those in attendance to remembrance that the very grass their feet were standing upon had been grown in the blood-soaked soil of freedom. Something so-called skin color pimps and melanin-mongers would have us forget…
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here