A HEAVY DOSE OF TRUTH
It's time for the truth. Not your truth or my truth or someone else's truth. Just THE truth.
2. The 1619 Project
The 1619 Project is based on a lie. The lie is that the first 20 slaves were brought to Virginia and that kicked off slavery in America. The bigger lie is that America was founded on racism.
From the 1619 Project website, "It was on August 25, 1619 that a ship landed at Point Comfort, present day Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, with the first enslaved Africans brought to English North America. Their landing would be the gateway to 246 years of bondage, 100 years of Jim Crow, segregation, denial of Civil Rights, unfair housing, redlining, lack of equal education, unfair employment practices, police profiling and unfair incarceration policies." It’s all a lie.
The truth is that these were Portugese slaves who were saved by Virginians, freed and worked as indentured servants to pay off their "cost of living" debts in America like thousands of other indentured servants that came from Europe. You are left with the impression that this is the start of African slavery in world and that 1619 is the real start of an America based on slavery. It is all bunk. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Reality is that of the 12 million slaves taken from Africa between 1500 and 1850, only 2.5% of them were brought to North America. I wonder where the rest of them went? Reality is that slavery was a way of life around the world, including the Americas, for thousands of years. Remember the Hewbrew slaves of ancient Egypt? How about the European Christian slaves of the Barbary Coast? Reality is that most African slaves in America were in the southern States used for agricultural labor. I am not condoning it, just stating the facts. The northern states largely did not engage in slavery although there were slaves early on. Remember, these were British colonies. There was no United States. In Colonial America, the first effort to abolish slavery started with German Quaker Petition in 1688. the first American abolition society, formed 14 April 1775, in Philadelphia. By 1804, all the Northern states had passed laws to abolish slavery. Great Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807.
Slavery in America was finally abolished at the cost of a great civil war. Slavery didn’t end until 1878 in Brazil. Today, 90 countries in the UN have not signed the pledge to end slavery. The proponents of the 1619 Project say that America was born in racism and is still racist today. They ignore that slavey was a southern condition. The northern states rejected slavery. The 1619 Project ignores the fact that 300,000 white northerners were killed in the battle to end slavery. Maybe a “thank you” to those who sacrificed their lives would be in order. Can I get an “Amen” here?
The 1619 Project is Fake News. It is a false racist narrative that conveniently avoids telling you about the black preachers and patriots who influenced the founding fathers and the revolution. Here are just ten.
Rev Richard Allen
Rev Richard Allen was a minister, educator, writer, and one of America's most active and influential Black leaders. He opened his first AME church in 1794 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Rev Absalom Jones
Rev Absalom Jones was an African-American abolitionist and clergyman who became prominent in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He founded the Free African Society with Richard Allen in 1787. Absalom Jones was one of the first African-American preachers and missionarIes in North America. He was born free in New York City in 1755.
Rev Lemuel Haynes
Lemuel Haynes was an American clergyman. A veteran of the American Revolution, Haynes was the first black man in the United States to be ordained as a minister. Haynes was a native of West Hartford, Connecticut, and was the son of an African American man and a white woman.
Rev Harry Hoosier
Rev Harry Hoosier, born in Fayetteville, NC in 1750 was a freedman better known during his life as "Black Harry". He was an African American Methodist preacher during the Second Great Awakening in the early United States. Dr. Benjamin Rush (one of the founding fathers) said that, "making allowances for his illiteracy, he was the greatest orator in America". Indiana is known as the Hoosier State because of Harry's preaching.
Prince Estabrook was an enslaved black man and Minutemen Private who fought and was wounded at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. He became the first black soldier to fight in the American Revolution. In June of 1781, he enlisted for another three years. He returned to Lexington after the war as a free man.
Wentworth Cheswell (1746 - 1817) had a remarkable career. He was an American assessor, auditor, Justice of the Peace, teacher and Revolutionary War veteran in Newmarket, New Hampshire. He served in a variety of offices for almost 50 years. He was the first mixed race person (1/4 African) elected to public office in the United States.
Peter Salem was an African-American from Massachusetts who served as a U.S. soldier in the American Revolutionary War. Born into slavery in Framingham, he was freed by a later master, Major Lawson Buckminster, to serve in the local militia. He was one of the heroes of the Battle of Bunker Hill when he mortally wounded British Marine Major John Pitcairn who died from a musket shot.
Salem Poor (1747–1802) was an enslaved African-American man who purchased his freedom, became a soldier, and rose to fame as a war hero during the American Revolutionary War, particularly in the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Jack Sisson was among about forty troops under the command of Colonel William Barton who traversed British controlled waters to sneak up and capture British General Richard Prescott. Sisson served both as the pilot for one of the boats and also used his head to break down Prescott's door. The mission was accomplished without losses. The 1788 operation was undertaken to exchange Prescott for General Charles Lee whom the British had captured earlier.
James Armistead served under the Marquis de Lafayette. He became America's first double agent. He fed the British false information while disclosing very accurate and detailed accounts to the Americans.
(Thanks to David Barton and Wikipedia for their input).
Now, here's the big question. Why don't woke black activists promote these remarkable American black people? The answer is simple. These positive success stories destroy their victim narrative. America is exceptional, an extraordinary example of "all men are created equal". America is in a constant state of striving to achieve MLK's hope that all people will be judged by the content of their character. The 1619 Project wants people to be judged by the color of their skin. That's why they lie and twist the narrative. It is despicable.
Here's another big question. Where are the scholars? Where are the adults in the room to knock down the false 1619 Project narrative? It is divisive. It’s racist. It is definitely not E pluribus unum. And it is certainly not worthy of a Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times should never have published this trash. It's not American. It's not THE truth.
In a tweet from the Harvard poser, Ibram X. Kendi (it’s really Ibram Henry Rogers) comes this gem. “The heartbeat of racism is denial, And too often, the more powerful the racism, the more powerful the denial.” So if I say I am racist, I am racist. If I say I am not racist, then I am even more racist. I can’t win for losing. This is a wonderful example of “Heads I win. Tails you lose.” This from Harvard’s number one racist.
How to keep uppity blacks in their place?
It’s not white folks who are keeping black folks down. The black victim/industrial complex has calculated just how little it needs to offer black people to keep them from getting ahead.
The black victim/industrial complex consists of those individuals and organizations that profit from selling the victim narrative to the black community. The poor little black babies need help to make it. They are not as smart so let’s lower the education standards. I wonder if Katharine Johnson, NASA mathematician or Mary Jackson, NASA aeronautical engineer would agree? The work ethic is somehow a form of white supremacy so let’s not ask the black babies to show up on time for work or to work hard. Apparently it’s an African thing we are told. It sounds very much like old southern plantation talk but it’s coming from the black victim mongers who personally profit by perpetuating their victim narrative.
The biggest black poverty problems are in cities that have been led by Democrats for 60 years, many with black mayors, black police chiefs, black city councils and black school boards. And yet those cities are somehow racist. These black Democrats blame everyone but themselves for the problems of their inner cities. In thirty years, what has Kweisi Mfume done for Baltimore? What did Elijah Cummings do to improve Baltimore? The answer to both those questions is “nothing”. Or is the answer just enough to keep their jobs? Where are the charter school options? Why are just a fraction of Baltimore’s black kids able to read and write at grade level? When are black people going to wake up, realize they are being scammed by their race-baiting leaders, throw the bums out and elect people who have a real interest in the success of the people? Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty ensured that black people would stay in poverty forever enabled by the leaders of the victim/industrial complex. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a money pit that only advances the leadership and does nothing for the people.
The major cities with problems of George Floyd rioting are run by Democrats who don't have your best interests at heart or they would not allow their cities to be trashed.
Don't take my word for it. I'm white. Listen to Walter Williams (George Mason University) and Thomas Sowell (Stanford University Hoover Institute), learned black men who have studied and understand the problem. Maybe it’s time to start paying attention to Leo Terrell, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Tim Scott, Burgess Owens
Thomas Sowell said, "Put kids in good schools and they will learn." from Charter Schools and Their Enemies. Could it be any more clear?
"Do people who advocate special government programs for blacks realize that the federal government has had special programs for American Indians, including affirmative action, since the early nineteenth century - and that American Indians remain one of the few groups worse off than blacks?" Thomas Sowell from Charter Schools and Their Enemies. When do you realize that government programs that pretend to help and the black leaders who promote them are enslaving you, not empowering you?
What's the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. (Covid lockdowns anybody?)