"As history records show, same as in the case of the Native Americans, many black slaves fought the United States of America on the side of the British during the Revolutionary War and during the 1812 war. However, 250,000 black men would later enroll with the abolitionist Union army that fought the South during the Civil War of 1861-1865. About 200,000 of them served, with some 40,000 black solders being killed in action or as a result of other battle-related causes. (Black Solders in the U.S. Military During the Civil War, archives.gov)
In the trying days when the United States of America was about to be established, a historic event that would have significant consequences for the entire world, as the progressive leaders of some of the colonies were pushing for independence, they were having a difficult time convincing the other colonies to join the Revolution. To avoid dissent from the cause, as seen, an explicit language about the need to abolish slavery was excised from the original text of the Declaration of Independence. Even so, in its final version the signatories were promising that a comprehensive set of unalienable rights was to be fully enjoyed in the future by every citizen of the Union, and from a legal point of view that promise was certainly kept.
To appease some of the southern colonies that would have not participated in the war effort had he not done that, George Washington issued a proclamation forbidding blacks to join the Continental Army. Those in the South were afraid that once they put guns into a black slave’s hands, he would turn against them and, as seen, their fears were confirmed when black slaves decided against their better interest to join the British forces against the Continental Army and when they joined the British again during the war of 1812.
It was though the white man who in 1787 adopted an American Constitution that guaranteed freedom to all human beings, disrespectful of their gender or race. At that moment the founding fathers were establishing the legal foundation the abolitionists were looking for in order to be able to begin the dismantling of the institution of slavery. Because of the economic and social negative effects emancipation was anticipated to have on society this was not easy to accomplish, and it could not have been done overnight. It only happened when at the end of a Civil War that made almost 700,000 victims, a still all-white Congress at the time was finally able to pass the 13th Amendment. It became law on December 18, 1865, and it put an end to slavery in America.
Hundreds of thousands of white people gave their life during the Civil War for the cause of abolition, and many white people died during the Civil Rights era fighting for the rights of their fellow black man. No doubts about it, the black folk and the white folk have much more in common, good and bad, than some priests, historians, media organizations, and politicians would have them believe they do.
Today’s politicians and social activists in pursuit of votes and political influence condemn slavery and white slave owners as if this was an American phenomenon and not a global one. As seen, though, free blacks too owned slaves and only a small percentage of the whites owned slaves. Politicians, preachers and media organizations decry racism every presidential election year, never before or after that, and they are fighting slavery two hundred years after the fact. They know everything is perception and that manipulated perception allows them to push the masses into acting according to other, non-related interests.
Considering that how others want us to perceive reality is not always what reality is, it is time and there is good reason for the people of America and of the world to change perception on their own. We must learn the lessons our common history has taught all of us. Among others, we must honor the memory of the slaves by acknowledging the significant contribution they made to the advancement of civilization Earth." (A Time of Change, Volume 1, Chapter 2)