“He [King George III] has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. . . . Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce [that is, he has opposed efforts to prohibit the slave trade].” – Thomas Jefferson
Granted, this is less a quote sort of a quote as it is a matter of getting the record straight. Time and again, those who introduced slavery in America are given a free pass. Moreover, modern day activists attempt to state our heritage is one of slavery. Yet, if only these loud mouths would actually dig in and learn real history, they’d know that Americans had fought against this abhorrent practice and that our early attempts to limit importation were stopped by the British crown. It’s time, especially since this is Black History month here in the US for the facts to be put straight.