Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence encompasses a vision that not only limits the freedom and progress of this nation's people of color; it also, promotes the idea of White Nationalism.This draft of the Declaration can be single-handedly responsible for what we now know as the American Dream.This country's forefathers left their home country in search of independence.They accomplished this, however, by infringing upon the independence and human rights of others.
As we view the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence we are presented with these famous words.
"We hold these truths to be self evident:That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with CERTAIN [inherent and] inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness…"
These words, taken literally, include every human being on American soil; these lines ultimately apply exclusively to Europeans.Jefferson and his fellow English settlers contradict themselves in this statement by the actions they take to gain position and power on this continent.They stole land from the Native Americans and maintained the practice of slavery.These actions completely negate any sincerity or good intentions that may have tried to be relayed in the Declaration.It is clear to see that Jefferson and his cohorts have an honest vision for success, but, it is meant entirely for white, European men.
What Jefferson fails to acknowledge is how closely his plight and the plight of his fellow British settlers relates to those of the Native Americans and
African slaves.Settlers from England fled a "history of repeated injuries and usurpations".Jefferson, in his draft, views former brothers in Great Britain as tyrants.This shows how detached these settlers were from their own reality.IN the midst of fleeing tyranny in Britain, they run straight into it.Early Englis…