Thank you Mr. Gillis for this wonderful essay. In my opinion, Abraham Lincoln was the greatest President and Statesman the United States ever had and will always be. I don't think that the U. S. is ready or will ever be ready to shed the deep held inferiority of African-Americans. They were stripped of their humanity and dignity which are yet to restored. On the 1st of January, 1863 President Lincoln issued the final Proclamation and slavery was officially abolished. It was over eight decades after the abolition of slavery that Einstein penned his essay. Listen to what Lincoln said; "There is no reason in the world why the Negro is not entitled to all the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man." Is there ambiguity in this statement? Does this statement mean anything to the White privileged class? Do they not see themselves as having divine mandate to rule inferior class? Why in 2016, town hall meetings are being held to talk about mending relationship between blacks and whites? Is the U. S. ready to have this statement in deed and not just in words? Where was the White church when young black men were being lynched?
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