What is there about this declaration you disagree with?
A Declaration of Unity and Vested Interest in America
Whereas our ancestors (not of choice) were the first successful cultivators of the wilds of America, we their descendants feel ourselves entitled to participate in the blessings of her luxuriant soil, which their sweat and blood nurtured; and that any measure or system of measures having a tendency to banish us from her bosom, would not only be cruel, but in direct violation of those principles, which have been the boast of this republic.
Resolved: That we view with deep abhorrence the unmerited stigma attempted to be cast upon the reputations of the free people of color, by the promoters of this measure, ˜that they are a dangerous and useless part of the community," when in the state of disenfranchisement in which they live, in the hour of danger their wrongs, and rallied around the standard of their country.
Resolved: That we never will separate ourselves voluntarily from the slave population in this country; they are our brothers by the ties of consanguinity, of suffering, and of wrong, and we feel there is more virtue in suffering privations with them, than fancied advantage for a season.
What would you change?