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Saturday Night Card Game (Rewriting history in 140 characters or less)

Saturday Night Card Game (Rewriting history in 140 characters or less)

The film Slavery By Another Name recently was released.  It is a moving historical account of the post-emancipation enslavement by another name of blacks through a variety of segregationist and other laws and policies.

Unfortunately, but predictably, some used the movie release as an opportunity to score policital points against Republicans both past and present.

This tweet received “top tweet” status when the hash tag #SlaveryByAnotherName was trending, and reflects the narrative of the left all rolled up neatly into 140 characters or less:

Allen West laid out a different and more honest Republican history in a speech on the occasion of Black History Month in which he recounted the history of the Republican Party on issues of slavery, segregation and civil rights.

It is a narrative which is not easily reduced to 140 characters or less, and is not the narrative taught in schools or in the media.

(Text of speech here)


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Thanks for posting this, Professor. God bless Rep. Allen West for being a voice in the wilderness, eloquently proclaiming the TRUTH. Too bad the uber-liberal revisionists control much of the curriculum in government schools.

Hey… Tull. Nice choice for that video of the day.

1. It is a narrative which is not easily reduced to 140 characters or less, and is not the narrative taught in schools or in the media.

Consider this extract:

Our party firmly believes in the safety net. We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock.

Less than 140 characters, but most definitely not taught in schools or the media.

2. My distant ancestors were serfs. After emancipation, they became prosperous peasants, the Central European equivalent of kulaks. As such, they were well positioned to move into the modern era.

So I wonder how much damage, relative to slavery’s, was done to black culture by slamming African Americans with Jim Crow after emancipation.

(And after being bludgeoned by Jim Crow they were poisoned with the siren song of the entitlement/grievance/victim mentality.)

DINORightMarie | February 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Loved that statement by Rep. Allen West – I posted it on my Facebook page to share with all. Revisionist history needs to be corrected, halted – too many already have forgotten (or learned incorrectly) that the Republican Party was and IS the party who stood against the Democrats and the South to liberate the slaves, and pass the Civil Rights Act, not to mention all those oppressive Jim Crowe laws that the documentary covers.

Shameful. I still believe that the turn came after MLK was assassinated, when Black Panthers rose in notoriety, when Billy Ayers and the SDS were kicking into high gear.

Oh, yeah – and if you can get a hold of a copy of Ayers’ and Dorn’s Weather Underground book (their Communist manifesto of sorts) Prairie Fire, race (they often focus on blacks domestically) and escalating division between the races plays heavily into their anti-American screed and sick revolutionary philosophy.

There is more revisionist history out there; Elon James White is just another willing victim of leftist propaganda.

While I applaud Col. West for pointing out the truth of history, Blacks and the Repubican Party, I cringed to hear him speak of the Buffalo Soldiers who were no less evil than their former slave masters, and were perhaps even more so.

The history of the Buffalo Soldier, again written by the victors, is in reality a lesson of how our federal goverment pitted one race against another. But then, had Col. West spoke of the real mission of the Buffalo Soldiers, one would wonder why our Congress recently passed a $400,000.00 spending bill to research the contribution the Buffalo Soldiers made to our national parks system, a completely bogus agenda.

Each generation should be taught the entire history of the United States; the good, the bad, and the beautiful and the ugly. The story of slavery, and its aftermath, should be told, but it bothers me that many black Americans believe that their history in the U.S. only began in 1865, when in fact, many blacks fought in the Revolutionary War and were heroes. It also bothers me that a group, so elevated by our elected leaders, the Buffalo Soldier, has had their history white-washed beyond all recognition. Whites enslaved blacks; blacks annihilated Native Americans as that was the federal policy.

History is a strange and elusive bird. You have to dig, to research, to not accept every word issued by some “expert” to learn the truth of it. But when you do, you gain a greater appreciation of how we, as a nation, seem to be able to correct past wrongs.

Except for the Native American. That is one of the most disgraceful parts of our past that we continue to perpetrate.

    Hope Change in reply to retire05. | February 18, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    hi retire05. thank you for the information and history. I appreciate it. I learned from your post. You gave me some things to think about, and things I would like to learn more about.

    I wonder if, in recorded history, there is any group entirely free from having done wrong to some other group. I wonder if there is any regular human person who is entirely free of having done wrong to some other.

    I would love it if we could forward into a better relationship among all people, individuals, based on mutual respect and the intention always to be respectful to sacred life at the heart of all things.

    I don’t always live up to that. But I want to be able to return to it if I stray. You know the Hawaiian practice of Ho’ponopono? Ho’oponopono means to make right. Enemy to no one, friend to all. Failure and repair, D. W. Winnicot. And “Ohana.” “No one forgotten, no one left behind.” I learned about ohana from “Lilo and Stitch.”

    I also wish we could mend the strained relationships among different races here in the United States. I wish we could all say to each other, my brother, my sister, my friend.

    This earth could be a paradise if we could make peace with each other.

    This earth could be a paradise if we could make peace with each other.

    It’s probably more complicated than that. But I think it’s useful to dream.

      retire05 in reply to Hope Change. | February 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Hope Change, there are many things taught in history classes that are just untruthful. One of the things that is wrong is the calling of the South post Civil War the “Reconstruction” era. Nothing was reconstructed. And while the North was doing its best to destroy the South, their own beloved general, U.S. Grant was himself a slave holder.

      Gen. Phil Sheridan was assigned to Texas during the Reconstruction period. Now remember, many women in the South were at that time widows, or married to men who could not longer work. Sheridan knew that his black troops were harrassing the women as they went to work, shopped or were found on the streets simply walking to a friend’s home. When the Southerners complained that their women were being harrassed by his soldiers, and sometimes accosted, he issued an order that any woman being seen alone, and not accompanied by a man, was to be considered a prostitute and treated accordingly. President Andrew Jackson finally pulled Sheridan from Texas saying “His rule has, in fact, been one of absolute tyranny, without references to the principal of our government or the nature of our free institutions.”

      But under Grant, Sheridan was given command over the Buffalo Soldiers. It was reported that Sheridan said “the only good Indian I ever saw was a dead one”, although he later denied that. Grant, then president said “every Indian we kill this year is one we do not have to kill next year.”
      Sheridan figured out the best time to attack indian villages was during the periods when the braves were on scoouting parties looking for game to stock their villages for the winter. He would send the Buffalo Soldiers in and they slaughtered women, children and old men. Although not responsibile for it, the Sand Creek Massacre was the most infamous.

      These are the things our school children are not taught. Children are not taught that ministers preached revolution against the British Crown from the pulpits or that free blacks fought and died during the Revolutionary War. Or that the “black” codes in the South were taken from the loitering laws in northern states. Or that blacks, who fled to the North after the Civil War returned to their state of birth because of the horrible treatment they received in the North, where union thugs would beat them if they tried to get a job.

      I loved history. I only wish it were taught correctly and not from the vantage point of special interests.

        BannedbytheGuardian in reply to retire05. | February 18, 2012 at 11:44 pm

        Retire – Yes .From far away I always knew the true story of the Buffalo Soldiers. Came to it via the conehead Bob Marley no less! I figured what he had to say would be approximate to his Ethiopian fantasy/religion.

        Plus I always disliked the Indian natives as baddies in the movies.

        But you are incorect. President Andrew Jackson was responsible for the Trail of Tears March . He diesd in 1845. You may be thinking of Lincoln’s disastrous VP.

          Yes, I said Andrew “Jackson”, but I was typing too fast. It was Andrew Johnson that pulled Sheridan out of Texas due to Sheridan’s overly heavy hand against defeated Southerners.

          Jackson, while hailed as a great president presided over the greatest land theft in our history and was responsible for more deaths than all the number of slaves who died at the hands of slave owners or the KKK. He is a man who should be reviled, not revered.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to BannedbytheGuardian. | February 19, 2012 at 1:03 am

          ((replying to Retire)…

          Well Andrew Jackson certainly had an impact . Though it ain’t pretty he put in motion the blue print of modern America. Westwards Westwards . Take that land. Even Abe Lincoln fought Indians trying to take back Springfield!

          I kinda like the guy.

        Hope Change in reply to retire05. | February 18, 2012 at 11:53 pm

        What a pleasure, retire05, to sincerely click”like” for another of your posts! I love history also!

        I agree that it is a criminal shame that our teaching of history is so poor in our schools.

        I am trying to remedy my appalling lack of historical knowledge about our Founding, the meaning of the American revolution, and so much from our past — the, as you say, preachers — I learned about the pre-revolutionary preachers from Glenn Beck before he went off the deep end (as I see it) against NEwt.

        One thing Newt says in the new lecture he just gave for the Citadel is that while the French and Russian revolutions were an attempt to fit society into a theoretical model, the American Revolution was an attempt to PRESERVE, to RESTORE a very practical, free market, getting-thing-done, free, independent, self-reliant way of life that had been going on in America for some 160 years when the British began asserting a sort of tyrannical control of the Colonies.

        I found this lecture about the History of the Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America.
        “ONLY COURAGE WILL SAVE FREEDOM” The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America
        The Citadel Experience – February 1, 2012 – 1:11:22

        A year or two ago, I read Washington’s Crossing. It had a huge impact on my thinking. I began to feel that it was up to me to become a better citizen.

        — and I have read some people criticizing him, but Grover Norquist had a very revolutionizing effect on my thinking when he came to my town, and I happened to hear him speak.

        Grover Norquist said that it is futile to think that you can “elect a conservative” and then send them on their merry way to Washington, where every 500 people they see from that day forward are asking them to spend taxpayer money, and they never hear from the voter at home. Grover Norquist made me think that I need to become a better citizen, and that I need to help my elected representative and senators get and keep a strong resolve. And not abandon them to the Washington establishment machine.

        Thanks again for your post, retire05. I love history, too, and I always appreciate a chance to learn something new, and I appreciate what you wrote.

          retire05 in reply to Hope Change. | February 19, 2012 at 12:43 am

          Hope Change, there are some great books that you should look into:

          Miracle At Philadelphia

          George Washington; the Indispensable Man

          The Forgotten Man by Amity Shales

          FDR’s Folly

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Hope Change. | February 19, 2012 at 12:44 am

          Sorry H&C.

          But this ‘free ,independent ,self reliant way of life’ & the big bad English is a simplification.
          Regarding the English -at that time they were concentrating resources on their naval powers. They could not spare the money & manpower for a longer battle & withdrew to concentrate on defending their West Indies territories against the French. henceforth today 11 West Indian countries are still members of the Commonwealth.

          Plus the effort bankrupted King Louis 16th -hence the French Revolution. Louis was staking all on takeover of the sugar islands . No bread =revolution.

          Russia is its own case. But WW! did deplete the coffers so as to erupt a long standing insurgency.

          But America Britain & France went on to greater things & Russia certainly took the cake for impact.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Hope Change. | February 19, 2012 at 1:05 am

          “impact ‘ as in today – it is the ideals of the Russian revolution -not the American or French – that American conservatives are up against today.

          Who woulda thought?

Elon James White: “America’s prosperity is based on slavery.”

Really? So the African countries where slavery today is not uncommon must be among the world’s most prosperous.

    William A. Jacobson in reply to LukeHandCool. | February 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I gave you a thumbs up. Cherish it.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to LukeHandCool. | February 19, 2012 at 1:26 am

    I think there is some truth in that.

    Cheap American cotton derived from slave labour fed the enormous textile mills of northern England. The civil War stopped shipments & the British were besides themselves. The Aristocracy /industrialists wanted to support the South but the common people were against slavery .

    Co incidentally a new breed of Merino sheep had been developed on an Australian station. It produced long fibres that could easily be spun into textile s. For example Tweed was invented & wool became the preferred clothing.

    Then Australian wool boomed & American cotton subsided . When the Civil War ended there was a much smaller market for cotton. Wool was the go.

    BTW the same station is in operation today & owned by no other than Rupert Murdoch!

    Maybe not all but a huge base of exports 1660 -1860 was slave $$$$

Professor, thank you so much for posting this video in its entirety. I forwarded to a couple of Denver high school students, who my husband and I have known for the past 5+ years — single mother from Ethiopia, American citizens, hard working, oldest son at K State, life is not perfect but they’re happy. I hope Congressman West’s message will intrigue them, and cause them to question the status quo! I will look forward to speaking with the students…

I think the lesson to be learned is that a selective history is not in anyone’s best interest. There was an American history before the arrival of modern Europeans that is not free from sin. There was a history after their arrival, which was similarly not free from sin. That sin was by no means exclusive to Europeans. The sin associated with slavery encompasses not only European slave traders, but their partners throughout Africa and the Americas; and slavery was not restricted to dark skinned Africans.

It would be in the best interest of people today, that we end the denigration of individual dignity. It has been profitable and generational and it must end. The death of several hundred thousand Americans to force its conclusion was the fateful payment required and it was made. The sins of the father should not be visited upon the son unless we embrace and affirm the rejection of individual dignity. If we do, then the commission of historical sins will ensure our mutual destruction. The resentment is progressive.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to n.n. | February 19, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Your first paragraph is ok but where did you go to my lovely on the second?

    Fantasy land?

    Indignation is awfully easy. Man – I got all sorts of examples going back 5000 least.

    Then there are the dinosaurs. Still upset at their demise.

There’s more information consistent with Congressman West’s speech in this review of “Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White” :

notquiteunBuckley | February 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

Americans who love, or have loved, history should embrace the teachings of William F. Buckley Jr.

Then read “How To Win Friends And Influence People” by D. Carnegie while keeping in mind the teachings of WFB.

Then simply be of consequence.

don't tread 2012 | February 19, 2012 at 9:56 am

Just an excellent speech by Rep. West.

Ignorance, our biggest enemy, and unfortunately, our most plentiful ‘resource’ happily dispensed by the modern democrat party and their partners in the MSM.