Department of Justice Honors Slave Catchers for Their Service to the Law
So, for all of those that stand on the premise that law is law, and no matter what, folks should oblige by it. How do you feel about the above article? Do you agree with giving the officers of the 'law' this award?The Department of Justice has a “roll call” page listing federal marshals and possemen who died in the line of duty to “honor their memory and their sacrifice”. The list includes at least two men who died while trying to capture fugitive slaves in the 1850s. Edward Gorsuch, the second entry on the list, was a slave owner killed while trying to capture six of his fugitive slaves. From the Maryland State Archives:
http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/29/de...rs-slave-catchGorsuch received a letter from William Padgett, a farm worker in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, saying that he knew where his slaves were hiding. Gorsuch gathered some of his family members and local whites and headed to Pennsylvania via train. Once in Philadelphia, they met up up with Deputy Federal Marshal Henry Kline, completed the necessary paperwork, and then continued in pursuit of the escaped slaves. On September 11, 1851, as Gorsuch, his party, and Padgett were making their way to capture the slaves. Early on they were spotted by one of the slaves, who then hid in the home of William Parker, a known Black abolitionist in Christiana, a small town in Lancaster County. Parker met Gorsuch and his party at the door and refused to give the slaves up. As Parker confronted Gorsuch, Parker's wife Eliza opened a second floor window and blew a horn, which was an alarm for local African Americans. She was shot at (but not hit) by a member of Gorsuch's entourage, but not before townspeople armed with guns and various weapons responded to the alarm. Gunfire was exchanged, and Gorsuch's son, Dickinson, was badly wounded but managed to flee to a nearby cornfield. Edward Gorsuch himself was killed. Thirty-six Blacks and five white men were indicted for high treason against the United States as a result of the so-called 'Christina Riot.' All of the defendants were found not guilty.
What I want to see is how you truly feel. Here's my answer, I absolutely, positively, disagree with giving them this award. Slavery isn't something that should be honored, not even when it comes to honoring someone for upholding the law on slavery. I have no remorse over those that were killed by this heinous act against human rights.
Now, for everyone else, I want to see if you'll remain consistent or not. If you agree that law is law, then you should stand with the Department of Justice and honor those fallen men who've upheld the law. If you disagree with this award, then law isn't law and to make the claim that law is law goes to show that it's no longer a valid argument.
Let's see who takes the test...any takers?