Quindaro is a part of Kansas CIty, Kansas that has a rich history.
Each year FHC takes a crew of Medical Students and others on a bus tour after reviewing the history of the area. Some of the
following are some of the informational slides used during that tour. There is no doubt the terrible Civil War was fought
very definitely for the protection of the rights of the slave holders to continue to treat those humans as chattel.
The myth that the Southern states left the union and fought the civil
war for states rights rather than because of their attachment to the immoral institution of slavery is a falsehood that is
belied by the very constitutions written by those newly minted states as quoted below:
Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery-- the greatest material interest
of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce
of the earth… These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and
civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose
principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.
Texas- The servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and
justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations.
Carolina- Those [Union] States have assumed the right of deciding
upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established
in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they
have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property
of the citizens of other States.
That reason was [the Union’s] fixed
purpose to limit, restrain, and finally abolish slavery in the States where it exists. The South with great
unanimity declared her purpose to resist the principle of prohibition to the last extremity.
The Confederate Constitution added the following clauses about
the question of slavery (the key Constitutional debate of the 1860 election) by explicitly stating that slavery is legally
Article I Section 9(4)No bill of attainder, ex
post facto law, or law denying or impairing the right of property in negro slaves shall be passed.
Article IV Section 2(1)
citizens of each State shall be entitled to all the privileges and immunities of citizens in the several States; and shall
have the right of transit and sojourn in any State of this Confederacy, with their slaves and other property; and the right
of property in said slaves shall not be thereby impaired.
Article IV Section 3(3)
Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the inhabitants
of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying without the limits of the several states; and may permit them,
at such times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form states to be admitted into the Confederacy. In all such
territory, the institution of negro slavery as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be recognized and protected
by Congress, and by the territorial government: and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories, shall
have the right to take to such territory any slaves lawfully held by them in any of the states or territories of the Confederate
The first FHC VALUE:
Equity – We believe
in the inherent worth of each individual and strive to interact respectfully and fairly with each person, particularly those
who are most vulnerable by approaching each individual with compassion and caring.
Applying current values to the decisions of history is always frought
with misunderstanding. The choices made by confederate fighters were not all evil. But most were fighting against the political
changes that included dissolution of slavery. Make no mistake. The Civil War was about slavery and racism.
Similarly, not all German fighters for Hitler's policies were evil. But, most
accepted and supported the Arian beliefs that white people are superior to others. Make no mistake. The Second
World War was about racism.
That these groups
are being conjoined by their shared hateful beliefs today should come as no surprise. But it should be fully and completely
condemed by all moral people.
Not all political disagreements have a clear right or wrong answer.
But, there are moments when there is no doubt about the core question and the single right moral answer. There is no
excuse for the actions of those who were fueled simply by hate and ignorance in Charlotteville. There is no excuse for the
reluctance of US leaders to name the cause of the terrible terrorist killing. Heather D. Heyer was only 32 years
old and while she meant to stand up for her beliefs, she did not know she would be forced to sacrifice her life in protesting
the abhorrent beliefs, statements and behaviour of the white supremists who were marching for the purpose of elevating
their meanness, bigotry and hate. Nazism cannot be legitimized in our country. Many good people gave their lives
to protect the world from the beliefs Nazi's voice.
It must be named as the wrong answer, the wrong direction for the US and as dispicable. The unbelievable
spectacle of a US President unwilling to clearly name the marchers (who made clear their message as they carried swastikas
and rebel battle flags and chanted Nazi slogans) as wrong, leaves no doubt about his personal morality. Even
more significant was Mr. Trump's follow-up statements that have given support for the ideology of these terrible hate-mongers. Mr.
Trump equated generals Lee and Jackson who led the rebellion against the United States for the purpose
of saving the institution of slavery with founding fathers Washington and Jefferson.
We cannot compromise our values. It is more important now to make our stance known. FHC
stands for justice for all people and with Heather Heyer. SLeeMD
The White Rose is a symbol of honor, unlike the Swastika.
White Rose was a group calling for passive dissent. The history
of the movement which blossomed in Nazi Germany at the height of the attrocities is a "tale of courage, of principle,
Click here for more on White Rose.
Click here to learn more about White Rose, a group that resisted Nazi policies in Germany.