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Mark Levin: An Answer to the ‘Outrageous Cherry-Picking of American History’ Regarding Race

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | September 17, 2014 | 9:30 AM EDT

Mark Levin addressed Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Justice Thurgood Marshall, “leftists, liberals, and statists” about the issue of race, saying that there is a man “who did more about race than all of those men put together.”

The man whom Levin was referring to had an answer for the “race-baiters and the racialists and the haters” that was “so profound” that his words are still effective in combating those who claim that the Framers and the documents that they created are outdated and the reason for all of the racial division and unrest that still abounds today.

“There is an answer to this,” says Levin.

Then, quoting Justice Marshall, he read the following:

"I do not believe that the meaning of the constitution was forever fixed at the Philadelphia convention. Nor do I find the wisdom, foresight, and sense of justice, exhibited by the framers, particularly profound.

"To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war, momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government and its respect for the individual freedoms and human rights we hold as fundamental today.

"They could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document that they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court, to which had been appointed a woman and the descendent of an African slave. We the people no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the framers. It belongs to those who refuse to acquiesce to outdated notions of liberty, justice, and equality and who strived to better them."

To this statement by Justice Marshall, Levin said, “This is the kind of comment and speech made every day on our college campuses and our universities, made every day in high school history and current events classes, and it just stops at that. It just stops at that.”

Justice Marshall was answered, Levin suggests, and “he was answered before he was alive. He was answered before the question, that he questioned, his questions, were even posed, because he wasn’t the first to speak this way. There were others who spoke that way, and there are many who speak that way today.”

The answer is in a quote from Abraham Lincoln.

Levin then suggests that there are many today who do not know how to respond to Thurgood Marshall and those like him, “but you need to be, because it’s an outrageous cherry-picking of American History.”

What was left out of Justice Marshall’s speech? Something extraordinarily important was omitted completely. Levin suggests the following regarding such omission:

“Notice what he leaves out of that statement of his. What does he leave out of the statement?

“The Declaration of Independence.

“Abraham Lincoln clinged [sic] to the Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln repeatedly cited the Declaration of Independence.

“Abraham Lincoln made the point…that these men – who wrote, who voted on, who fought a revolution, declared their independence using the Declaration of Independence – they knew full well that, while they couldn’t resolve that issue of slavery there at the Constitutional Convention, that it would be resolved by their children and their grandchildren. Because no nation founded on unalienable rights could survive slavery.”

Abraham Lincoln addressed this issue (the issue of race and slavery) in his Second Inaugural Address and in other speeches and documents that can be found at The Library of Congress.

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