Far-left universities have, for some time now, been pushing the theory that the Constitution was meant to perpetuate white supremacy. Vanderbilt University, however, has taken matters one step further by including an incendiary “true or false” question on a university quiz asking students, “Was the Constitution designed to perpetuate white supremacy and protect the institution of slavery?” Students who answered “no” had their answers marked as incorrect.
The university has tried to defend its actions by stating that the question was meant to “stimulate discussion” and that students were not penalized for their answers. However, it’s hard to understand how students were “not penalized” when the question was on a quiz, and the number of questions marked wrong will have a direct impact on their score.
It’s also hard to understand how university professors teaching history can ignore basic facts about the Constitution and how it came to be. While it is true that the Constitution failed to put an end to slavery, it also introduced basic freedoms that are taken for granted today but were far from commonplace in the 1700s.
The initial statement proclaiming that “all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” has changed countless lives for the better all over the world. It helped put an end to the status quo in which kings and their powerful allies ruled nations and behaved as they pleased without fear of outside interference. It opened the door to religious freedom at a time when governments commonly jailed people who didn’t adhere to the state’s official religion. It established freedom of the press so that journalists could freely report on what was happening around the world without fear of retribution.
Generations over time have been able to build on the foundation laid down by the Constitution to bring about freedom and equal rights for people of all skin colors, genders, and ethnic backgrounds.
Did the Constitution provide freedom for all or create a white supremacist culture that protected slaveowners? Because the United States has a Constitution, one can answer the question as he or she sees fit, without fear of retribution. At least, that’s how things are supposed to work in a free nation.
Granted, the Constitution had its deficiencies — and Founder acknowledged this. This is why the document came with a system for amendments. Realizing the American dream doesn’t work against the Constitution — it brings us closer to its original vision. This is why freedom fighters such as Frederick Douglas and Martin Luther King Jr. had nothing but praise for the document — even if the system it presided over didn’t live up to its own ideals.
What we’re seeing in Vanderbilt is revisionist history meant to undermine any sense of unity or national pride. It does nothing to advance civil rights or any sort of justice for the disaffected. It’s a vile method and it needs to stop.