"A Day of Remembrance"
The following is an open letter from the Israelite Nation (Atlanta) to the
president of the United States. It promotes an annual Day of Remembrance of slavery.
July 10, 1998
The Office of the President of the USA
Dear Mr. President:
The Israelite Nation (Atlanta) is dedicated to finding the solution to the problem
facing the descendants of slavery. Consequently, we hereby propose 'A DAY OF
REMEMBRANCE' of our captivity and enslavement to this great Nation, which has taken on
the most powerful and global responsibility, as the father of democracy to the world.
We believe that it is time that America, and the world recognize our dilemma; and Mr.
President, we are not asking for mules nor land in this letter, but for this nation's
recognition. We need a time of personal soul-searching and reflection. A time to reflect
and remember our own holocaust!
1. The Day of Remembrance should be held on August 24,1998, and thence annually during
the latter days of August. This event should be observed by all the descendants of former
bondmen and bondwomen, as we call to mind the beginning of our captivity and bondage in
this country. All other Americans, who understand that this nation was built on the
foundation of slavery, should also observe this day.
2. None can deny that at Jamestown, Virginia, during the latter days of August 1619,
the captain of a Dutch ship sold about 20 "Nigers" to the Governor of Cape
3. Why were these "Nigers", and others since them, held captives in this
"land of the free" and sold for bondmen and bondwomen? Since this bondage has
negatively impacted every aspect of our lives, even to this day, it is imperative that we
all understand it and explain it to our children, including our neighbour's children. Only
then could our youths break the yoke of oppression and despair, ending our 400 years of
poverty, both spiritual and physical.
4. How is it that the American, who drafted the "Declaration of Independence"
in 1775, boldly stating "that all men are created equal", himself died
a slave owner? Why did he not set the slaves free, even in his will? Was it because the
slaves were not considered to be men? If this declaration thereby formed the corner stone
of this nation, does it mean that this nation is built on a foundation of lies and
5. How is it that in 1857, the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court could
declare that a black man was inferior, and that "it was too clear for dispute
that the enslaved African race was not intended to be included" in the
proclamation that all men were created equal? He even added that the black man "had
no rights which the white man was bound to respect".
6. On July 29, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson issued his Executive Order #11365, which
authorized a special commission, headed by Mr. Otto Kerner, Governor of Illinois, to
investigate the causes of violence and civil disorder in America. The Commission concluded
|there are two nations in America - "one black, one white; separate and
|"white racism is responsible" for the decay of this nation|
|America maintained a yoke of iron around the neck of the black man, which is still
violently repressive in every way.|
7. On May 10, 1997, at Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Ralph Reed, the former Executive
Director of the Christian Coalition, was reported as saying that Christianity was
responsible for "Jim Crow" and segregation in America. For these evils
he blamed "the white evangelical church", while calling for repentance
and hoping for forgiveness from black America.
Mr. President, we have witnessed the German unification; the Chinese return to Hong
Kong; and the restoration of various Eastern European nations. What we are proposing is
much easier! Also, we are still being reminded of the four-year Jewish holocaust every day
and in every way in our society. We ask that you compare our centuries of murder, rape,
whipping, and lynching, which occurred under the cold umbrella of disrespect for this race
of people. Is our cause not a worthwhile opportunity to advance the healing of this
We therefore appeal to the competent authorities, through your presidential office, to
treat this matter with some degree of urgency and importance. Thus, there will be no need
for the world to ask, when our voting rights expire in the year 2007: Is the leading
nation of democracy pregnant again with new plans for enslavement?
We urgently await your reply on this matter.
The Israelite Nation
The Israelite Nation's home page is at: http://webhome.idirect.com/~jeremiah/