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Friday, 10 November 2017

The Civil War was About Slavery. Period. End of story. Deal With It.

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Slavery caused the Civil War. A failure to compromise had nothing to do with it. Yes, I know a thousand people have made that point in the days since White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s nonsensical assertion on Fox “News” that “the lack of ability to compromise” is what tore America apart. Allow me to be the thousand and first. There are things that need saying here, and I need to say them. It isn’t just that there is no “compromise” between slavery and freedom. It’s also that Kelly’s use of that word is painfully ironic in a nation that’s always been all too ready to bargain with the humanity of African-American people.

In 1776, in his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson condemned slavery. Southern states baulked, so he compromised. In 1820, North and South argued whether the new state of Missouri would permit slavery. Congress intervened, so they compromised. In 1877, there was a disputed election. Someone suggested giving the presidency to Rutherford B Hayes if he agreed to withdraw federal troops that protected former slaves in the South. The two sides compromised. In 1961, the Freedom Riders pulled into Mississippi. The federal government made a deal with the state that if Mississippi guaranteed no violence, it could arrest the riders, though they’d done nothing illegal. They compromised. And so on. Historically, America always seems to find a way to sell black people out.

Kelly is just the latest in a long line of those who lack the guts to face this straight-on. They hide out in textbooks where slaves become “settlers”; they flee from Roots because it’s “depressing”. Moreover, they insist on moral equivalence between people sellers and the people they sold, lynchers and the people they lynched, traitors who fought to destroy America and patriots who fought to preserve it. Kelly added in the Fox interview:

Robert E Lee was an honourable man.

That’s an interesting take for a military man on an enemy general in a war that killed more Americans than Hitler, Hirohito, and Bin Laden combined. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in defending Kelly:

All of our leaders have flaws.

As if Lee’s ordering two men and a woman stripped to the waist and whipped (he did say, “Lay it on well”) for the crime of seeking freedom was in the same moral universe as Barack Obama’s cigarette jones. I can anticipate how all this would land among certain people. They’d call it “racist”. They’d call it “divisive”. They’d call it everything but untrue. You see, they deeply invested in the myth that their struggles with poverty, mass incarceration, joblessness, and miseducation arise from something African-Americans chose or did, while the rest of the country, innocent as the dawn, did nothing to cause or benefit from any of it. They’ll be angry at the reminder that this is ridiculous… as if this was about them. As if we should give a damn about their anger.

This country stole from black people. It stole their bodies, their children, their names, their land, and their lives. Now, some of them seek to steal the very memory of the crime. Well, let them tell a thousand lies. Let them treat truth like the money card in a game of three-card monte. Let them salve history with the balm of false equivalence. However, let them know that some of us find strength for our own trials in knowing the trials of our mothers and fathers. We won’t be fooled and we won’t be robbed. We will remember… and demand they do the same.

No compromise.

3 November 2017

Leonard Pitts Jr

Miami Herald

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/leonard-pitts-jr/article182630021.html

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Here’s Some TRUTH on U S Grant

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On 20 April 1871, US President Ulysses S Grant sent federal troops to the south to smash the Ku Klux Klan. It’s worth noting that at the very time Grant sent troops to the south, across the ocean, Paris was under the control of the Communards. Grant was amazingly progressive. He not only sent soldiers to protect freed slaves, but also repeatedly blocked settlements in the west to protect Native Americans. I’m currently reading his personal memoirs, a great work of literature. In his reflections on the Mexican-American War, he accurately describes the war as a “conspiracy to acquire territory” for slaveholders in which Texas was “stolen” from Mexico. There are many very revolutionary and progressive people in the history of the USA. People who seriously want to have an impact on US society should become familiar with them.

2 July 2016

Caleb Maupin

Facebook

Editor:

Remember U S Grant’s words about slaveholders when you hear the gun nutter crowd caterwaul. Many of them are descendants of slavers or of those who bore arms for the slaver Confederacy. The Confederacy was so wedded to the evil of human bondage that it threw away its only chance for national survival to preserve slavery. Britain promised that if the CSA abolished slavery, the Royal Navy would break the blockade (at least, for British-registry vessels). However, the Confederates loved human bondage more than they loved independence. Ponder that whenever you hear the righties speak on anything…

They preferred national death to abolishing slavery. They felt “niggers” beneath them then… they still do. However, they’re better than Liberals are. Conservatives, at least, are open haters. Liberals want to keep coloured folk on the “Plantation” and subservient to Uncle Charlie. The Conservatives offer the lash… but the Liberals want a set of Happy Darkie Step n’ Fetchits to tell them how good they are. The former are cruel, but they only hurt the body… the latter are far crueller, for they rape the soul. Do think on that…

BMD

Sunday, 13 March 2016

13 March 2016. A Point to Ponder from Paul Robeson

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In re “freedom” and “slavery”… do ponder that Christ came to set us free from bondage, but that the “religious” want to rewind tighter chains about us and place sterner manacles on our hands than the ones imposed by the Law. Bear that in mind as you hear their rants about the “proper” keeping of the Lent (when they’re mostly ignoranuses without proper Orthodox grounding or formation)… you’d think that Our Lord Christ came with the Bad News… “All ye who are heavy burthened… that’s God Law and His intention for you, so suck it up and don’t complain. You do as I say or I will kill you”. Note well that the “religious” wish to use the state to impose their views on others… to wit, the “Pro-Life” movement and its moves to illegalise abortion (when we should use moral suasion, instead) and the “Hobby Lobby” nonsense (that one isn’t bound to a general law based on one’s religious belief). In short, most of the “religious” are effectual Satanists, drunk upon the desire to dominate and persecute others, whilst all the while complaining of how they’re badly “persecuted” and set-upon by society and state. I kid you not. Have a care, most “religion” is irreligion of the highest and most corrosive sort…

BMD

Saturday, 12 March 2016

12 March 2016. Why the Stars n’ Bars Aren’t Just “Southern Heritage”

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These are the sorts who fly the Confederate banner proudly… I need add nothing…

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Let’s keep it simple for the simple-minded… SLAVERY. The Confederate banner is a symbol of oppression and human degradation. After all, the CSA did instigate and fight a war to extend slavery’s existence and extent… Lord Palmerston told Slidell and Mason that if the CSA abolished slavery, Britain would break the blockade. Note well that human bondage was so important to the CSA that it chose national death as it couldn’t bear even the thought of abolishing it. Ergo, the CSA was objectively evil, and all those who praise it share in that evil.

BMD

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