Emancipation as a Licence to Steal and Kill?

From the gift that keeps on giving

Did you know that …

The Emancipation also gave carte blanche for any murders that slaves committed when they left their homes in their new freedom. In other words, Lincoln told the slaves of the South that any and all atrocities that they might commit in wresting the “freedom” that he had given them would not be prosecuted by the United States Government.

And that’s not all … according to Ann DeWitt …

Lincoln’s approval for slaves to destroy property, etc. was an end of war learned behavior; and many today choose to ignore the present day impact. …and guess who started it all and became the “Great Emancipator…” …emancipated from the cradle to prison.

It’s all Abe’s fault (although Ms. DeWitt also blames Grant).

I’m not sure how to reconcile Ann DeWitt’s claim with her claims about religion, African Americans, and their support of the Confederacy.  First she tells us about how the enslaved were willing to forgive … then she tells us that blacks went out stealing and murdering.  Such is the logic displayed by the discoverer of the regiment of black cooks.

11 thoughts on “Emancipation as a Licence to Steal and Kill?

  1. Margaret D. Blough November 25, 2011 / 5:44 am

    Life must be nice when one simultaneously feels entitled to make the broadest, most sweeping statements while feeling freed from the need to provide even de minimis documentation for any aspect of those statements.

    • Connie Chastain November 27, 2011 / 6:13 pm

      You mean like the people who say Nathan Bedford Forrest founded and ran the KKK?

      • Rob Baker November 29, 2011 / 7:29 pm

        Who says that? Forrest wasn’t in Pulaski.

  2. wgdavis November 25, 2011 / 8:01 am

    And of course, there is no documentation, merely assertion. I’d love to see the decree by Lincoln granting pardons in advance for any crimes committed by the Freemen.

    • wgdavis November 25, 2011 / 8:02 am

      In fact, I’d love to see documentation where Lincoln EVER even opined along those lines.

  3. John Foskett November 25, 2011 / 9:21 am

    I’ll have what she’s smoking. Admittedly, I’ve only read the “short form” Proclamation. She’s obviously gotten her hands on the uncut version. But why was Abe depriving all of those fully-employed slaves of their jobs anyway? .

  4. Will Stoutamire November 25, 2011 / 9:26 am

    I’m more partial to this little gem: “Thus, 19th Century freedom brought the transition from the cotton fields to the prison systems for many slaves and their descendents. Remember, a very very small percentage of slaves even saw a jail before the war.”

    Ignoring the fact that slaves were personal property and could’ve just been punished by their owners for any supposed transgression, I’d like to see how she reconciles this with the widely-held belief in that group that ex-slaves and ex-masters coexisted as best buddies after the war – like, you know, those Chandler boys. Actually, I’d really love to see her reconcile these mythical tens of thousands of loyal and honorable “Black Confederates” with the argument she makes here.

    She also might want to ask herself who exactly was doing the imprisoning and writing the laws for the next 100 years…

    On a related side note: I find it fairly amusing that members of a group which is founded, in part, upon the belief that slavery had nothing to do with secession seem to spend an inordinate amount of time defending slavery’s existence using the same justifications employed by their ancestors during secession. Slavery was a “cradle,” it “Christianized” blacks, slaves loved their masters and hardly ever ran away (you know, ’cause the master said they loved him), etc., etc.

  5. Roger E Watson November 25, 2011 / 4:15 pm

    This is the first time I’ve actually looked at this FB site. It is amazing what claptrap is contained therein and the number of idiots that comment positively on it. Lunacy at its best !!

    • Connie Chastain November 27, 2011 / 6:15 pm

      It is amazing, isn’t it? Amost as amazing as the claptrap as you find in some of Mr. Simpson’s posts — and the comment threads in response.

  6. Terry Walbert November 25, 2011 / 4:46 pm

    In the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln stated, “And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defence; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.”

    Nuff said.

  7. Matt McKeon November 26, 2011 / 6:41 am

    The old stereotypes of blacks turning into savage brutes, when not restrained by the loving, yet firm discipline of slavery. Yet obviously believed to be true to this day. Thomas Dixon’s last fans.

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