The issue in 1787 was about demographics, population numbers, and political representation in Congress. It had nothing to do with the personal human qualities of any individual Negro, or of his race in general.
The convention, in Philadelphia from May 25 to September 17, 1787, met to revise the Articles of Confederation, and to insure equal representation in Congress for each state. Larger states (with larger population) had more representation. The compromise reached pertained to the needs of smaller states (with smaller populations): each state would send two representatives, Senators, to the upper house, and the number of members sent to the lower House of Representatives would be based on population.
Ironically, those opposed to counting slaves were the northern states, or, the liberals. Slave states had larger populations, and thus a great political advantage. Therefore, the north insisted a different reckoning of numbering the population. On the other hand, the South would be taxed more according to its states with large slave populations, if slaves were counted. Both sides had reason to advocate an adjusted basis for the census.
Article 1. Sec. 2, par.3 of the Constitution reads:
Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.
Say your state had 100,000 people, and 25,000 of them were Negro slaves. Seventy-five thousand was one number, but, the other quarter of the population would still be counted, for the sake of Congressional representation. Three-fifths of that quarter would count as population, so that the Represenation and Taxes would be evenly apportioned to the state. In other words, that state would still have a legitimate expectation for more representation, but not fear an unfair taxation.
This issue had absolutely nothing to do with the “human” estimate of the Negro, or of women. (Indians, of course, were not citizens of America, not until 1924, when the government declared us so, without asking.)
When the Constitution was read, Negro Jessie Jackson, Jr. wished to dramatize the false interpretation of the 3/5 clause, and insisted that it be read aloud, not eliminated, edited, or left out. Apparently he was not happy with the idea that Negroes should be less than dominant. America is Negro land, and he determined to make it so, in the name of “equality,” no doubt. So, in cooperation with oedipal white liberals like Jay Inslee (D-Wa.) setting the stage for him, Jessie Jackson, Jr. was able to take the center stage, and make the whole affair another Negro day for America.
Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., representing hysteria, false pretenses, false history, ignorance, and racism, taking center stage on the historical moment in U.S. history, when the House of Representatives desired to remind the capital what they were there fore.
Thus, ignorance and hysteria, fraud and false pretenses reigned, and the Negro race in America, through its pathetic mis-leaders, continues to invoke opprobrium and disdain upon itself, and oedipal white liberals are pleased to use the self-serving deluded slaves to wreak their own treason and destruction of American society.
We call attention to this outrage, simply to remind the people of America that fraud yet reigns in our national capital, in our Congress, and in our White House. Emotionalism, which is a kind of Freudian sexual displacement, continues to rule the Negro race, and it is continually taken advantage of by oedipal white liberals intent on destroying the country. “Change,” Barry Soetoro called it.
People like Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Jay Inslee want everyone to think the Constitution says Negroes are less than human. They don’t want to “change” that! They’re making their living off that. Slaves of distortion, they are. Apparently they don’t want to change that, either.
Three-fifths human? If they like. Sounds about right to me.