Friday, June 26, 2015

Erasing the History of Slavery in the US

So, Mr. Quarter has not felt compelled to post for some time, but today I am moved by the effort to erase all of the historical reminders of the Civil War, War between the States, War of Northern Aggression, etc.  The rationale put forth by the Left, who are driving this movement, is that these symbols are racist, triggers and offensive.  They are saying that it is high time that the symbols of white oppression are put out of our society, equating these symbols with slavery of African-Americans and suggesting they are symbolic of present day oppression of these same people.   Frankly, after considering it, I think it is an excellent idea!  Lets do just that.  Lets remove from sight and mind anything that reminds us of the time, over 150 years ago, when black men, women and children were held in bondage in this country.

That's right, remove it all.  Destroy it and erase it from our historical recollection.  We don't need to remember that time.  It is only a reminder of the way the blacks have been supposedly and still remain oppressed and denied their rightful equality in this American nation.

Of course, there may be a down side.  The Jews of the world recognized this when they said NEVER AGAIN!  They realized that forgetting or letting the world forget what happened to them as a people, genocide and antisemitism, could create circumstances for the same things rear their ugly heads again.  And, more particularly, they wanted to remember as a motivation to never allow themselves to be persecuted in any manner without defending themselves to the maximum extent possible.  The State of Israel was one result.   They were wise in that they never wanted to forget nor let anyone in the future forget exactly what happened and why.  In fact, Jews annually celebrate their own ancestors having thrown off the yoke of slavery with the celebration of one high holy day, Passover.  They do not want to erase these cultural memories.

But Mr. Quarter can envision an outcome unforeseen by the Left for erasing the history of the Civil War and all of its reminders of slavery, but one that will be good for America.  Perhaps in a generation or so, no African-Americans will be reminded that their ancestors were once slaves.  None will use that memory as a reason to claim racial oppression,  a racial explanation for the deterioration of the intact family unit within that community, a racial explanation for the prevalence of young black men being incarcerated for criminal behavior, a racial explanation for the 75% illegitimacy rate within that community, and a racial cause for the failure of the educational system to adequately serve that community.  No longer will ancestral slavery be a basis to suggest that over 150 years after the fact, all of America owes African-Americans reparations for slavery.   Let all of those divisive and poisonous thoughts and feelings be erased as thoroughly as those offending reminders of the Civil War and ancestral slavery that the Left cannot allow to continue.  Perhaps then individual and personal responsibility (or lack thereof) will take its place in the collective mind of the black community as the reason for many of its problems.

1 comment:

John Galt said...

Glad to see a couple of posts this year. Hope to see your blog become active again.

As to Confederate flags or statues to generals long dead. I would be ok with letting them go as time passes. Maybe don't name any new schools after Generals or whatever. Yet claiming to be oppressed because of these old reminders seems rather unlikely to me. Most young people in the US of Any color , religion etc have no idea who Lee, Jackson, or Polk were.....or for that matter who Hamilton, Adams or Sherman were either. People pass by statues, enter govt buildings....and other than a few history buffs few know what those names mean and damn few care. ( I do...but many do not). Some aren't sure when the Civil War was, who fought or why......many don't know which side the French were on during the revolutionary war or why it matters.