The Great White Lie

“It is like writing history with Lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true.” — President Woodrow Wilson after viewing The Birth of A Nation, which presented black Americans as an uncivilized class of people seeking to rape white women. Thus, society can only be saved by God’s angels, the KKK. This group used the cross to showcase its belief in the great white religion, Christianity.

There is a reason why many consider him and Andrew Jackson to be the most racist presidents in United States History. In defense of the two, America was a racist nation disguised as a Christian nation. There are a number of Americans that feel the USA should divert back to its past. They will tell you that the past was not that ugly, but that too many revisionist historians have simply rewritten the past out of the notion of multiculturalism. It is not unusual to hear folks talk about the good old days. I am sure that is correct; it just depends on your race, gender, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic makeup. The good old days is a lie manifested by those who fear pluralism. Hence, pluralism is the great enemy to those that have long controlled power. We are in the middle of a great culture war. We see it here in the “great” state of Texas (read: sarcasm here).

The board is to vote on a sweeping purge of alleged liberal bias in Texas school textbooks in favour of what Dunbar says really matters: a belief in America as a nation chosen by God as a beacon to the world, and free enterprise as the cornerstone of liberty and democracy.

“We are fighting for our children’s education and our nation’s future,” Dunbar said. “In Texas we have certain statutory obligations to promote patriotism and to promote the free enterprise system. There seems to have been a move away from a patriotic ideology. There seems to be a denial that this was a nation founded under God. We had to go back and make some corrections.”

Those corrections have prompted a blizzard of accusations of rewriting history and indoctrinating children by promoting rightwing views on religion, economics and guns while diminishing the science of evolution, the civil rights movement and the horrors of slavery.

Several changes include sidelining Thomas Jefferson, who favoured separation of church and state, while introducing a new focus on the “significant contributions” of pro-slavery Confederate leaders during the civil war. (Link here)

 

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4 thoughts on “The Great White Lie

  1. ..and very elegantly delivered.

    I keep trying to figure out what these conservative culture warriors are angry about. How about high salaries, open inquiry, intellectual advancement, a productive economy or widespread wealth, where even the poor have TVs and cars? What could it be?

    The most appropriate circle of hell for these guys would be one where they all lived under communism and were repeatedly shot (for bourgeous attitudes) for all eternity.

  2. As our prosperity has gone up, so has the rate of divorce, abortion, and crime. Ed is right in that we should be cautious about glorifying the “good old days”. That being said, this generation feels the need to lock their doors at night.

    The heads of Germany, France and Great Britain have all recently admitted that extreme multiculturalism does not work. Rather than melt immigrants into citizens, they allowed their populace to fracture into camps. Diversity is great to a point (the strands), but needs to be at least somewhat unified for strength and purpose (the rope).

    The specific article above sounds heavy handed.

  3. I think diversity and its promotion works; however, it is a shared value. Sad to say, not all in society see this as a value. As I tell my European history students, multiculturalism in Europe is impacted by so many dynamic forces. We have it good here. Racism in Europe is pretty bad. Now, with that said, Europeans have shown that they are willing to move beyond their national range — but that is the good news; it is when others move into a new range and elect to stay and set up their cultural norms.

  4. Great post Ed. And you are right, racism in Europe is so bad it’s crazy. Football (soccer) fans in Russia a little while back were throwing bananas at (if I remember the story correctly) an African player. Spain and Italy are also pretty darn bad.
    Personally I always try and teach various points of view and I will always do that. BUT the idea that ANY nation is “chosen” by God? I’ll leave that to the church. đŸ˜‰

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