This week’s posts are going to be a difficult read for many because it involves an uncomfortable topic. But it must be discussed in order to understand what is going on America today. America was never about equality regardless of what is taught in American schools. America was founded on the belief that White Anglo men are superior to all. If you understand this uncomfortable reality, then you understand what America is today.

There are many areas of discord in American politics today. There is the issue of police brutality in communities across America. There is the ongoing debate about guns in America. There is the debate of why a woman can’t be elected president. There are debates about why the Democratic Party is all white men. There is even the debate of why Bernie Sanders seems to be shunned by the party establishment. In short, many of, if not, all American political debates can be traced back to the issue of equality in America.

The trouble is that many Americans believe that America was founded on the idea that all men are created equal. For many Americans, the ideal of America is that everyone is equal. But it is a lie perpetuated by American schools that gloss over the history of America to make it palatable to Americans.

Although slavery is taught in American schools, at best it is addressed as part of America’s history and at worst it is ignored as a bump on the road to America’s greatness.

The uncomfortable truth is that American was founded on slavery.

To understand this, the reader must go back to the founding document, the United States Constitution. Most schools focus on the “all men are created equal” and from there jump through the guarantees enshrined in the U.S. Constitution completely ignoring one very important clause.

There is a reason that the electoral college exists. It has nothing to do with equalizing the vote across all America like the history and the pundits would like everyone to believe. The argument being that American democracy cannot afford to have California or New York dictated the public policy of the country by electing the president with their sheer number of votes.

Look closely at who is disfranchised by the electoral college and it will immediately become clear how the electoral college is about protecting the white rulers of the country.

Today is the start of the four-part series on slavery in America and what it means for today’s politics.

In tomorrow’s post, we will look at America from the historical eye of the non-white and non-protestant Americans. On Thursday we will look at how México lost almost half of its territory because of slavery. Present day Latinos in America are the result of that legacy. On Friday we will tie everything together bringing into clarity why women, candidates like Pete Buttigieg and Latinos cannot be elected in America until America acknowledges and corrects the reality that America is not as inclusive as it believes it is.

Martin Paredes

Martín Paredes is a Mexican immigrant who built his business on the U.S.-Mexican border. As an immigrant, Martín brings the perspective of someone who sees México as a native through the experience...