HORIST: What do we learn from Black History Month?
When considering Black History Month, we need to ask ourselves two questions. What do we learn? What change does it make going forward?
The motivation behind Black History Month – and all those Black studies curricula in our universities – is concealed for a couple of hundred years.
Most history books used in our schools mentioned the horrors of slavery – and noted that it was ended by President Abraham Lincoln. There was an occasional mention of George Washington Carver, who had something to do with peanuts – the food, not the cartoon.
Not much was taught about the one hundred years of segregation in the solid Democrat southland – or the ravages of de facto segregation in all those Democrat-run major cities. In fact, there was almost no mention of political parties – and their respective roles in black oppression — in those old history books. The plight of black Americans – according to pop culture — was just the result of generic bad white people or just organic social evolution.
In fact, the plight of blacks in the era of segregation was often seen as an outcome of their own nature. Blacks were portrayed – often for mocking laughs – as stupid and/or lazy. They were viewed as less moral and more prone to crime.
In fact, the enslavement, segregation and oppression of black Americans was the result of only one thing – politics. Slavery and segregation were legislated and adjudicated at federal, state and local levels. Even today, the segregation and impoverishment of folks living in all black urban ghettoes is largely the result of decisions made in all those city halls.
It is more than curious why we debate contemporary racial issues from Republican and Democrat perspectives, but we rarely look at history in that way. Historically, we curse the racial realities of the past but never point the finger at the perpetrators by allegiance. That seems to be largely because those in control of the news media, entertainment and academia are Democrats who wish to deflect from the culpability of their own party – past and present.
The movie “Selma” was an excellent portrayal of the events during the crossing of Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. Never once were any of the villains identified as Democrats. In fact, I do not recall that word being mentioned at any time – even though it was the political affiliation that was driving the racist policies and violence. That is censorship by any other name since the oppression of black Americans during those times and in that place was due to the exclusive policies and practices of the Democratic Party.
From slavery through the era of southern segregation, the oppressions of black America were at the hands of Democrats – and over the opposition of Republicans.
What is most remarkable today is that black oppression carries on in those major cities long ruled-over by an entrenched Democratic Party BUT black voters now use their political power in support of their oppressors.
President Franklin Roosevelt – with malice of forethought and the help of Democrats – made welfare the new civil rights – replacing quality education, adequate housing, safe streets, jobs, access to economic opportunity and even integration.
In keeping black masses uneducated and uncurious, Democrats have even been able to proffer false propaganda about the era of civil rights in the mid-Twentieth Century. Very few people – and even fewer blacks – are aware that it was the Republican Party that was the power behind the Civil Rights Acts of the 1950s and 1960s. By overwhelming votes in Congress, Republicans unified against the opposition and filibusters of the Democratic Party to pass the 1956, 1960, 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Acts.
Many blacks admire Roosevelt for “getting us out of the Great Depression.” Looking at black unemployment statistics since then, it is quite clear that inner city blacks have not been brought out of the Depression yet. In fact, Roosevelt’s New Deal was crafted to push blacks out of employment in favor of whites.
The proof is in the statistics. Prior to the Depression, black and white unemployment was about the same, but after the New Deal was implemented, white unemployment reached approximately 18 percent and black unemployment soared past 50 percent. The NAACP labeled the centerpiece of Roosevelt’s recovery program, the National Recovery Act (NRA), as the “Negro Riddance Act.”
Democrat political power has been – and is now – dependent on a submissive oppressed and unaware black culture.
Because progressive Democrats control the means by which we reflect history and culture, the political process is corrupted by a massive propaganda campaign that permeates our politics, our media, our schools and our entertainment. Never in the history of the American public have so many been so deceived by so few. That is the definition of authoritarian elitism.
It is said that “the truth shall make you free.” For the black community in America, that is as true as ever.
So, there ‘tis…