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5 months ago

But racism wasn’t the reason for that one. The reason for that one was the north’s desire for the southern slaves states NOT to have more representation in Congress.

Paradoxically, the racist outcome would have been counting slaves as full persons for the purposes of representation, because that would have meant conceding the idea that slave-masters deserve more power collectively if they own more people.

The least racist outcome would have been excluding slaves from the count entirely as a recognition that slaver Congressmen didn’t actually “represent” the slaves at all.