Recognition of Black History Month: The Embarrassing Law Called the Casual Killing Act
In recognition of Black History month, the firm will try to educate on how U.S. Law has impacted black Americans both for better and for worse because any winner knows that you only can improve if you study both the good and bad actions. This country, being the greatest in the world, should always be striving to improve and better itself; otherwise, it will lose its standing and the American dream will be no more.
In 1669 the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law called the Casual Killing Act. This law made it so that if a slave was killed while resisting his master, the master would be presumed to not have acted with malice. This law essentially made it legal for the owners of slaves to kill their slaves at will.
This was a very poor reflection on Colonial American law early on in this country. Luckily, this country has improved, though much improvement may still be had. Only be understanding history, can we learn from it to ensure that we are constantly improving.