Senator Tom Cotton References Slavery As a “Necessary Evil”
US Senator Tom Cotton has controversial views about slavery in the US and isn’t afraid to express them. Cotton recently described the US founders’ view of slavery as a “necessary evil which the union was built upon”. After being criticized for these disgusting remarks the senator responded by defending his claims.
If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end. https://t.co/yScNxPq6ds
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) July 26, 2020
Hannah Jones, a reporter for NYT Mag, tweeted a vital point in response to Senator Tom Cotton’s thought that slavery was a “necessary evil”. Cotton denied attempting to justify slavery and instead said that Jones was telling “lies”.
US Senator Tom Cotton’s Exact Words
“As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as [Abraham] Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”- Tom Cotton. If you don’t find issue with that qoute than please stop reading this article. Now that there are still rational people reading, these remarks are wrong for so many reasons.
Senator Cotton is attempting to justify slavery by the means’ end. Sounds oddly familiar to me. As Jones said in her Twitter post, that is a very dangerous path to go down. A second issue with Cotton’s statement is the claim that the union was built to get rid of slavery. These are simply inaccurate remarks that hold no basis, but hey if our President is doing the same thing then it must be alright!
The Republican Senator made these remarks in support of the Saving American History Act. The act is an attempt to cease funding for 1619, a project started by The New York Times in 2019. The 1619 Project‘s goal is to re-examine the legacy of slavery within the United States.
The initiative focuses on painting a more accurate depiction of American history, where the atrocities of slavery are not pushed to the wayside and the contributions of blacks are put at the forefront of the narrative. Instead of acknowledging the complete necessity of a program such as the 1619 Project, US Senator Tom Cotton denounced the group’s ideology as left-wing propaganda.
It is extremely disheartening yet no surprise to people in positions of power within the United States holding these views. I don’t know what kind of distorted world view Cotton holds, but it is one that myself and hopefully many others take issue with.
To deny America’s blatantly racist history is a complete injustice yet is sadly what US Senator Tom Cotton is aiming to do with the Saving American History Act. The only thing the act would save is the false narrative of the United States not having a dark history deeply rooted in racism and slavery.
What do you guys think though?
How can we teach a more accurate depiction of our nation’s history? And why are there still politicians with such backward ways of thought?
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