Slavery was viewed as an issue too contentious, too disruptive to the economy, and too consuming of the
time and effort needed for more 'pressing' issues. It would seem that slavery was as much about sharing
power (as in 'not') as it was about free-labor and all issues economic.
Why 3/5 (i.e. 60%) when anything less then whole would have done just as well? Why not 99% citizen?
just sounds so much better!! In effect, a black person viewed as 99% citizen would have had the experience
identical to the 60% citizen. Perhaps subtlety among the powerful is lost when the burden of superiority just
takes so much time

Don’t complain too loud. You think 60% is bad, "you should see the other guy!"...
Meanwhile back upon the plains...forests... mountains...
and rivers, indigenous peoples were perceived as savage
and sub-human. The only hope for the soul of the Indian
was to encourage a conversion to religion and the
protocols of decency. Of course, this 'discovery'
allowed for a whole new set of behaviors nicely serving
the cause of conquest.
The oppressed know by experience there is no subjugation made more
or less so by the application of relative degree.  Conditions allowing
oppression 'root' translate to a realization that all peoples oppressed will
ultimately suffer the harshest of all associated consequence. "Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" said Rev. King.
These words aptly define both the notion and the mechanism of all
things tyrannical.
Not all that long ago (about 5:45pm DY2),  
this nation declared it's independence from
Britain- with the stated principle of human
equality applied to all (with a tragic 'irony' yet
to be fully realized). In the minutes following a
national victory-securing independence, an
inconsistency in applied principle was
Once Upon a Time...
How does a nation reconcile the existence of slavery with the notion of equality-
written in ink so recently dried?

Within the same geographical space in which a Great Spirit existed harmoniously with
At some point it was ‘discovered’ that the black man was 3/5 citizen thereby
mitigating what appeared at first to be a devastating threat to the very foundation of
a great new nation professing  'all men are created equal'. With the new 'discovery'
virtually any policy argued as inequitable could be 'laundered' in a nebulous mix
subject to outrageous and ever-increasing qualifiers.
The oppressor insists there is relative degree as directives from authority deflect accountability.  Those isolated
in power are seldom required to discharge a weapon in service to a cause only imagined legitimate. All involved
understand they will be forgiven all small transgressions, regardless to cumulative effect, in service to claiming all
that- to them- God merely forgot to bequeath.

The typical person sacrificed much while exposing themselves to sustained and difficult
conditions during the process of merely getting to continent of America. And in these
efforts there were 2 areas of distinction between the black and white experience so
significant th
at neither the journey here, nor life following arrival, could in no way be
defined as similar endeavors in application or intent. Things were off to a bad start before they even started.

It is without doubt, that among the ‘founding father's’, there were many bright and
decent individuals. They may have looked among themselves and agreed that what
is good for us is good for all who look like us.  It seems likely that the foundational
principles created were advanced beyond the ability of any individual to envision the
consequences-such may still be the case today.

If all that is associated with full understanding, pertaining to equality, was known and
applied at the time, would we not still have only 13 colonies in our nation leaving us to
ponder the sun setting over the ocean in a foreign country?... or perhaps a land still
sharing harmonious co-existence with indigenous peoples refusing to recognize propriety
to only one nation?
'Manifest Destiny' within the Trojan Horse of religion left the logistics of conquest the sole obstacle to expansion.
To the cause of convenience it was agreed
the discussion of the slavery dilemma would
be moved to 'debate' in 1808. ‘We’ll get to
that in a moment’ is a sentiment with appeal
to which all humans may be drawn.
The 60% citizen sensed little distinction in the relative plights of the 2 peoples- 60% of nothing, is still nothing.
There is a theoretical boundary beyond which disrespect converts to oppression. The existence of 'a little
oppression' is likely equivalent to the proverbial 'a little bit pregnant" Once the boundary is violated, differential
regard acknowledging social context as a variable, subtly suggests a growing tolerance for oppressive acts
considered something other then evil.
indigenous peoples for centuries before, the 'authentic' God-finding harmony with violence and chaos- was
given expression through through massacre, disease and pillage.