Learning Racism from James Madison


The best thing about the founding fathers of America is that they saw the things we face today long before some of us were born. These are the same people who wrote the constitution we use today. By listening to some of their thinking, we can only learn to differentiate between the heroes and the hypocrites. For instance, Thomas Jefferson once wrote about the issue of race. The founding father wrote that all men are created equal. In his own writing, he said that Africans were inferior. At the same time, he managed to father some children with some African women. Other founding fathers even supported some hot topics back then such as Alexander Hamilton Coupled with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow. In some of the framing by these great men, they were somehow misleading. A person like James Madison who played a huge part in the development of the American constitution often rejected the notion of racial inferiority. However, this is a man who failed to put his beliefs into practice. In the modern world we live in, there is a thinking that if people are not Jefferson’s, then they must be the Hamilton’s. As we speak about these founding fathers, the one person who can teach us more about the contradictions that exist in races is James Madison.

For instance, James Madison was an American politician who said that the enslaved Africans had a right to liberty. As a result, he persuaded the Congress to buy all these Africans so that they could set them free. Despite his pleas to the Congress to treat slaves as equal as other Americans, James Madison held slaves until his death. At the same time, James Madison was the pioneer of the three-fifths of a person rule where a slave was considered as a three-fifths of a person. The tension between the constrained actions and the aspiration believes of these founding fathers are still present in most Americans. For instance, when many Americans continue to say that they don’t believe in racial inequality, they constantly refuse to make some costly changes to American institutions that would guarantee equality for all. Back in 1787, things became interesting for the likes of James Madison and the people who didn’t want to consider Africans as full people. People from the south demanded the full recognition of Africans as they tried to increase their majority in Congress.


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