The Common Cause Is Not The Common Core

Robert G. Parkinson, an assistant professor of history at Binghamton University, is the author of “The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution.”

In a July 4, 2016 NY Times article titled, “Did a Fear of Slave Revolts Drive American Independence?” Mr. Parkinson wrote,

““He {King George III} has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”

It was a very rare week in 1775 and 1776 in which Americans would open their local paper without reading at least one article about British officials “whispering” to Indians or “tampering” with slave plantations.

Like the people of Huntington, Americans since 1776 have operated time and time again on the assumption that blacks and Indians don’t belong in this republic.”

It was the intent of the elite at that time to use fear and hate to divide a people that were working together to overthrow a government that was tyrannical and oppressive. That opinion was spread through the media of the time, the local newspaper, which presented more fear than fact to the public.

Two hundred-forty years later and the same tried and true methods of elitist control are in force and operating successfully today.

Americans that accept the notion of a “middle class” can easily be fooled into believing that some Americans are better Americans than other Americans, creating the division of a country that boasts equality and freedom for all.

The common cause of America must be the uniting of its people not their control.

When we provide every child in America with a free and public education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming a knowledgeable, actively engaged citizen of these United States, we, the people, will be able to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

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