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Friday, 2 June 2017

Blackwashing History

Writing whites from their own history seems to be a full time profession at some centres of education. For instance Harvard University's "presidential task force on inclusion and belonging" has decreed that part of the lyrics of the 1830's university song "Fair Harvard" are racist, well if nor actually racist, then inappropriate for these PC times. So to that end, the task force, led by black academic Danielle Allen, has launched a competition to find a replacement for the song's ending, which praises the university's puritan heritage: "Be the herald of Light, and the bearer of Love, Till the stock of the Puritans die."

Harvard's Presidential Task Force On Inclusion And Belonging ....

Her justification is the usual crappola that the symbols and mottos of the university had to be appropriate for everyone "regardless of background, identity, religious affiliation or viewpoint". Therefore in her eyes the idea that "the commitment to truth, and to being the bearer of its light, is the special province of those of puritan stock. This is false". Of course this wasn't the first PC nibble at the song, which was changed in 1998, with a reference to "sons" being changed to something more gender neutral ... perhaps 'transgender neutral'?

So apart from polishing Ms Allen's race warrior credentials in the liberal circles, if not in Camden New Jersey, this is just part of a growing trend of blackwashing history to remove white culture from both the present and the past.

Others have been caught in the blackwashing history mania. Yale university has removed references to an advocate of slavery and renamed Calhoun College .... while Harvard is on a roll, and has also dropped the title of "house master" (apparently this has connotations of slavery, and not education), and ending the use of an official seal that includes the family crest of a slave trader. Georgetown University has promised extra support in the admissions process for any descendants of slaves sold by the university in the 1830s.

Blackwashing Not A New Idea ...

There is scant resistance to the madness, but in the UK some intelligence has remained. Oxford University's Oriel College rejected calls from student activists to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes, but even then the University announced that it was putting up more than 20 portraits of women and people from ethnic minorities were represented on its walls.

In fact such is the ferocity of this trend in the liberal campuses of the West, that I am fairly confident that within 50 years of now, white people will be taught no history that hasn't been revised to remove them from it.

So what price Thomas Jefferson and the other slave owning US Presidents surviving the PC cull in the future?
  1. George Washington had around 317 slaves.
  2. Thomas Jefferson had around 200 slaves.
  3. James Madison had 100+ slaves.
  4. James Monroe had around 75 slaves.
  5. Andrew Jackson had around 200 ish slaves.
  6. Martin Van Buren had 1slave.
  7. William Henry Harrison had 11 slaves.
  8. John Tyler had 70 slaves.
  9. James K. Polk had 25 slaves.
  10. Zachary Taylor had around 150 slaves.
  11. Andrew Johnson had 8 slaves.
  12. Ulysses S. Grant had 5 slaves.
So US history could end up with quite a few blank years ...

1 comment:

  1. It didn't take long did it? The PC Brigade want Confederate statues removed. The Right don't want them removed (nor does the US general public according to polls), and violence ending in a murder ensue. Pres. Trump responds that "So this week it's Robert E Lee. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?"

    The BBC immediately posts an article which suggests Washington and Jefferson could be removed from Mount Rushmore.

    These are all the probably unintended, but entirely logical consequences, of the left/liberals playing race agenda politics.

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