Blompf read his speech off the teleprompter. There was no feeling or emotion behind his words. Basically, he was there to celebrate 400 years of self government in Virginia, but condemned the civilization that Jamestown spawned in the South as barbaric and illegitimate until it was redeemed by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s interpretation of “the true of meaning of its creed” in 1965:
“As we mark the first representative legislature at Jamestown, our nation also reflects upon an anniversary from that same summer four centuries ago. In August 1619, the first enslaved Africans in the English colonies arrived in Virginia. It was the beginning of a barbaric trade in human lives. Today, in honor, we remember every sacred soul who suffered the horrors of slavery and the anguish of bondage.
More than 150 years later, at America’s founding, our Declaration of Independence recognized the immortal truth that “all men are created equal.” (Applause.) Yet, it would ultimately take a Civil War, 85 years after that document was signed, to abolish the evil of slavery. It would take more than another century for our nation, in the words of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., to live out “the true meaning of its creed” and extend the blessings of freedom to all Americans. (Applause.)
In the face of grave oppression and grave injustice, African Americans have built, strengthened, inspired, uplifted, protected, defended, and sustained our nation from its very earliest days. Last year, I was privileged to sign the law establishing a commission to commemorate the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies, and the 400 years of African American history that have followed. That was an incredible day. That was an incredible event.”
The speech was interrupted by a non-White protester.
Rep. Ibraheem S. Samirah, the son of Palestinian refugees from Chicago, interrupted the speech with a sign that said “Deport Hate” and “Reunite My Family And All Shattered By Systemic Discrimination.” In other words, the natives who have been here for centuries are motivated by “hatred” and should be deported by immigrants who have an inalienable right to reunite with their families.
It is hard not to conclude from this event that America’s effort to live up to “the true meaning of its creed” has been a failure. As a proposition nation, this country is rapidly unraveling. There are millions of people here now who have nothing in common with the founding stock.