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Offline Jackson Holly

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« on: June 04, 2016, 11:26:35 am »
... Michael Michelle at a 'commencement address' in NY recently
(@ City College) went on & on about the 'diversity' at the place:

"I really want you all to know that there is a reason why, of all of the colleges and universities in this country, I chose this particular school in this particular city for this special moment," Obama told the graduates of the City College of New York.

Noting that students at the 169-year-old college come from 150 countries and speak more than 100 languages, she said, "You represent just about every possible background - every color and culture, every faith and walk of life."

Obama, the wife of Democratic President Barack Obama, told the graduates that "with your glorious diversity, with your remarkable accomplishments and your deep commitment to your communities, you all embody the very purpose of this school's founding."


... and made the statement that she/he, 'wakes up each morning
in a house built by slaves'. Of course, she/he was just attempting
to emphasize the 3rd Worldview of de-constructed history ...
nothing new there ... but I just wondered if it was true ... because
I knew that there could not have been THAT many black folks
around in the 1790s who were versed in stone masonry and
high-end architecture. Turns out SHE/HE WAS RIGHT ... at least
partially. Oh well, soon she won't have to live there anymore:

Did slaves build the White House?

Construction on the President's House began in 1792 in Washington, D.C., a new capital situated in sparsely settled region far from a major population center. The decision to place the capital on land ceded by two slave states-Virginia and Maryland-ultimately influenced the acquisition of laborers to construct its public buildings.

The D.C. commissioners, charged by Congress with building the new city under the direction of the president, initially planned to import workers from Europe to meet their labor needs. However, response to recruitment was dismal and soon they turned to African American—enslaved and free—to provide the bulk of labor that built the White House, the United States Capitol, and other early government buildings.

Stonemason Collen Williamson trained enslaved people on the spot at the government's quarry at Aquia, Virginia. Enslaved people quarried and cut the rough stone that was later dressed and laid by Scottish masons to erect the walls of the President's House. The slaves joined a work force that included local white laborers and artisans from Maryland and Virginia, as well as immigrants from Ireland, Scotland, and other European nations.

The payroll to slaveowners shows that the government did not own slaves, but that it did hire them from their masters. Slave carpenters Ben, Daniel, and Peter were noted as owned by James Hoban.
St. Augustine: “The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it.
Let it loose; it will defend itself."