The part of Black history that gets overlooked
In celebration of Black History Month, I will be contributing occasional commentaries in an informal series of essays. I will be filling in some of the notable gaps in the current expressions of black history. I have often jested that Black History Month should be reduced to two weeks since only half the history gets told.
During Black History Month, our educational systems will be flooded with portrayals of various elements of the history of black Americans. There will also be all kinds of documentaries, public service announcements, newspaper features and magazine cover articles. Virtually all them will appropriately describe the horrors of slavery and racial oppression against black Americans.
There will be gruesome descriptions and images of horrific injustices and inhumanity afflicted on slaves – and later on those oppressed under violent racial prejudice during the era of segregation. There will be examples of racial oppression to this day.
The information will be filled with “what,” “when” and “where,” but the “who” will be missing.
Who were the people who relied on slavery and defended it to the point of Civil War? Who were the folks that imposed the brutal and deadly segregation and institutional racism on tens of millions of blacks for more than 100 years after the Civil War? And most importantly, what was the institutional structure than enabled and empowered this reign of terror on Africans, who would later become African Americans? You will not hear the answers to those questions in the politically biased and sanitized modern versions of black history be presented in schools and in the public media.
So, who are those unidentified people? What is their base of power? The answers are simple. Throughout history, they were Democrats, and their base of power was … the Democratic Party.
Among the most egregious examples of revisionist history and whitewashing the past (no pun intended) has been the virtual elimination of the role of the Democratic Party – by name.
A couple years ago, it was the movie “Selma” – which told the story of Martin Luther King’s march from the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the Alabama state capitol in Richmond. It was an outstanding movie. It resulted in one of my few agreements with Al Sharpton – that David Oyelowo, portraying King, should have been at least nominated in the Best Actor category, if not the winner.
In the movie, there were all the bad actors – from Governor George Wallace on down. There were references to the Ku Klux Klan. Depictions of police brutality. Lots of names. Lots of racist organizations and operations. But nowhere in the movie did you hear the word “democrat.” That strategic deletion transcends most of the history we will see and hear during Black History Month. It is neither an accidental nor insignificant omission.
Often when I make references to the role of the Democratic Party in racial oppression, I am told that is old news … ancient history. Well … this if Black HISTORY Month, so that diversion does not apply. And even if it did, the oppression goes on today in virtually every one of America’s Democrat-controlled cities.
In future Black History Month commentaries, I may also draw upon sections of my magnum opus – a manuscript being readied for publication on the long history of Democratic Party oppression of black America.
So, there ‘tis.