Project 1619: Ye Ole Idiocy
And you thought America was “conceived in liberty”? That is what Abraham Lincoln suggested. Well I’m here to tell ya that is bunk.
This country was conceived in wholesale medical cruelty. And medical malfeasance. So there!
Doctors of the 1700s treated illnesses by blood-letting. Got a pain? Slash a vein. Dysentery? Try an artery. Migraines? Let us drill holes in your skull. To allow evil spirits to escape. Your baby was born blind or retarded? Toss him in a river. That is the evil that birthed this nation. Our Founding Doctors committed the unforgivable. Early Americans accepted and practiced their nostrums. This nation is stained with their evil from its conception.
Does this sound stupid to you?
Well, many prominent folks suggest the equivalent these days. They stand solidly behind the 1619 Project. The New York Times promotes this as its most worthy project. Presidential candidate Kamala Harris calls it a masterpiece. The project is named for the arrival of the first 20 African slaves in the New World. It claims that from that sordid point onward America was illegitimate. Because its parents were sinful slave traders and owners.
This new reason to hate America is coming to a school curriculum near you! (It already has, in some form.) Or so the 1619 Project folks dream. It certainly will come to forums which influence policy making in Washington.
In other words, please practice hanging your head in shame over slavery. There is plenty more self-flagellation on the menu for us. Your penance is to spit upon tributes paid to Washington, Jefferson and assorted Founding Fathers. They were a pack of racist hypocrites. Everything they promoted and achieved was tainted with their sinful acceptance of slavery. America’s DNA is polluted with slavery.
Here are a few scraps on which the 1619 crowd might nibble. Americans did not invent slavery. Hardly. From ancient Greece onward it was as normal as rain. All over the world people enslaved and bought and sold people. If we could time-travel to the 1700s people would tell us we are nuts to say slavery was sinful. Lisbon, for instance, was 10 percent slaves in the 16th century.
Africa was riddled with slavery. The population of Northern Nigeria was half slaves. Traders shipped slaves to the Balkans, the Black Sea, the Caucuses, Portugal, Spain and other locations. Arabs shipped slaves throughout the Indian Ocean. Religious leaders reckoned it was totally moral. Authorities said it was legal.
Muslims reigned as the kings of slavery. Long before Europeans brought slaves to America, Muslims enslaved millions of black Africans.
By the way, only 5 percent of the slaves shipped across the Atlantic came to the U.S. Millions more landed in Brazil, Cuba and other countries and territories. Meanwhile, Africans practiced slavery big time. Tribes captured and enslaved folks from other tribes. Look at the very communities from which the original 20 American slaves came. About one-third of their own people were slaves or serfs.
In America we had many freed black slaves. Guess how they harvested their cotton. They owned black slaves! That is how people thought in those times. Slavery was a normal condition. Just like leeches for scurvy. The 1619 Project crowd despises a country because of its history with slaves? Then let us add dozens of countries to its hate list. And remember, America was late to the game.
The crowd claims the sin of slavery is in America?s DNA? Then let them consider Africa?s DNA. Africans, from north to south built their nations on slavery. Is this an attempt to excuse or dismiss the evil nature of slavery? No more than an attempt to dismiss the evil of slashing arteries to cure cancer. They both belong in eras of ignorance. We should view them in that context, period. And not in our relatively enlightened times.
Let us leave the 1619 Project crowd to wallow in what they feel are original sins of America. A few centuries ago docs would have drilled holes in their heads to release such evil thoughts. Let us, instead, celebrate that Americans rose above such ignorance. Celebrate that Americans were courageous enough to declare to the world an ideal that was absurd in its day: That all of us are created equal. Celebrate that Americans fought a bloody war and other battles in pursuit of that ideal. While slave-trading continued elsewhere. Indeed, there are 10 million people enslaved today.
Incidentally, if America’s DNA is stained with the sin of slavery, don’t blame the European settlers. Blame the people they met when they arrived. Yes, Native Americans kept and traded slaves. Other Native Americans they captured.
I humbly suggest the 1619 Project folks drill that into their skulls.
From Tom … as in Morgan.