1619 Project, More Lies as History

So the New York Times seems to have started a new (but not really) front in the culture wars with its so-called 1619 Project. You’ll remember that we talked a bit about it here. As we said there, part of this is the outcome of allowing our history to be Zinnified, since that fraud simply lied. But there is some truth in it, like all good lies. Adam Bruno writes on History News Network that:

Jim Geraghty’s National Review article “What the 1619 Project Leaves Out” provides one of the best examples of right-leaning media’s conceptions of America’s past. Geraghty argues that the “1619 Project’s effort to ‘reframe American history’ requires cropping out some significant figures in African-American history,” such as war heroes, national leaders, etc. This response illustrates conservative media’s conceptions of the past as: determined by the actions of “great men,” defined by heroic and noble acts of patriotism from its citizens, and generally memorable for its unifying moments not its shameful ones.

There is nothing inherently incorrect about the Great Men approach to American history, and the idea has long been essential to the right’s discourse about history. Historian Andrew Hartman explained this in The War for the Soul of America, noting that for the right, “there were certain eternal truths, such that America was a beacon of freedom embodied in the great men of the American past.” The stories of great people who exemplified American exceptionalism provide conservative media with a more digestible and glorious version of the country’s history. Geraghty makes this idea a central part of his article; “the number of prominent figures who never even get mentioned or who get only the most cursory treatment is pretty surprising.” Without these figures, conservative powerbrokers lose the icons necessary to uphold a cleaner and more wholesome national history.

And there is some truth in that. It’s also important to remember that it is appropriate that the left quote Geraghty and National Review since it has become obvious that there is nothing conservative about them either. We do tend to the ‘Great Men’ school. I wonder why in a history studded with men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Abraham Lincoln. Men who did what the clearly perceived as right, without thought of consequence to themselves. It’s interesting that while several of the founders mentioned here were, in fact, slaveowners, they were very uneasy about it, tending toward being abolitionists themselves. That is true of both Washington and Jefferson.

That was not true of almost any of the men that made up the Democrat Party that led the way into the Civil War, and when crushed by Union forces started the first Ku Klux Klan, which then had a comeback as President Wilson, also a Democrat resegregated the country.

Marc A. Scaringi writing in American Thinker gives a much more accurate view when he says:

The New York Times “1619 Project” is being lauded by the media and many Democrats for what they believe is a long overdue discovery of the hidden truth of America — that it was founded on white racism and the enslavement of blacks, and that even today the belief in white racial supremacy is so endemic to America that it’s a part of our national DNA.  […]

Third, the major premise of the Project is based upon a lie. It claims America was birthed in slavery in 1619 when the first 20 African slaves disembarked at Jamestown. It claims America was not a nation, “conceived in liberty,” as Abraham Lincoln intoned, but instead a white, racist state begat through the original sin of slavery. However, Jamestown was founded by a British company over a decade before the introduction of slaves; its purpose was to search for gold and establish trade to enrich its owners, not give freedom to anyone. America was born in 1776 when we declared our independence to free the American people, including blacks, from British rule.

Even the Project’s claim that the blacks at Jamestown were enslaved by whites is based upon a half-truth. It states, “The pirates had stolen [the slaves] from a Portuguese slave ship that had forcibly taken them from what is now the country of Angola.” But these Africans were likely captured and enslaved with considerable assistance from blacks. In 1619, the Portuguese allied themselves with the Imbangala, a fierce African tribe that lived by marauding other villages and enslaving other Africans. The Portuguese used the Imbangala to attack, defeat, and enslave the neighboring Ndongo tribe. The Portuguese then sold the enslaved Ndongo to the Americas.

Concerning the African slaves disembarked in Jamestown, Hannah-Jones writes, “They were no longer Mbundu or Akan or Fulani. These men and women… Just a few months earlier… [t]hey were free.” Yet, it’s highly unlikely that they had been free. The Mbundu were part of the Ndongo kingdom, which had a large slave population. About a third of the population of the Akan states were slaves or serfs. By the late 19th century, slaves still constituted about 50 percent of the Fulani Emirate. In African society, which was based upon the caste system, the upper castes did not sell their sons and daughters to the Portuguese, they sold their slaves.

Me? I think the whole project/conspiracy is an attempt to further transfer the guilt of the slaveholding left, while burying their continued and continuous support for keeping blacks (and Hispanics, Chinese, poor whites) anybody, in fact, that is not a neo-liberal down on the plantation. The term for these people is useful idiots, as Ludwig von Mises termed those fools who joined the Comintern. Some things change very slowly.

The main thing to remember with these NPC’s is that they are intrinsically anti-American and anti-Western Civilization. They want a world where their rule is unquestioned and permanent. Too bad about that, ’cause it ain’t gonna happen on our watch.

Someday, somewhere, probably over the rainbow, one of these scurrilous social justice warriors will screw up and tell the truth, and on that day, pigs will fly through a snowstorm in hell. Don’t hold your breath.

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18 Responses to 1619 Project, More Lies as History

  1. the unit says:

    We have to be careful emploding on the Imbangala for exploiting the Odongo.
    Could be racist. I mean the Portuguese could’ve boycotted those doing the selling, like i.e. I have Nike. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. the unit says:

    When in doubt about these big decisions, do what always worked. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. the unit says:

    Can’t help myself, must post this after a week of following hurricane. Wunderground who deletes off topic stuff during storm…and anything anti-man made climate change. 🙂
    Jeff Masters Moderator • 19 minutes ago
    I wrote the Trump section. If the President if going to make mis-informed statements on hurricanes, it need to be corrected.
    See comments

    Liked by 1 person

    • NEO says:

      Yeah, that flew well for him. Good. Talk about irrelevant.

      Liked by 1 person

    • the unit says:

      Well, its mixed as for comments. Probably most on this site support Jeff, there now under the circumstances are many who are dismayed. Here’s a good one, as you probably don’t have the time or interest to read comments…
      “C S • 9 minutes ago
      I am a Cayman Islands resident, and I was a Category 6 fan but will no longer be looking at this blog. We came to this space to gain information about the storm, not to play US politics. I am sickened that the blog would take this tone, as my friends and family in the Bahamas could be perishing in this storm even as I am typing this. For shame!”

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      • NEO says:

        I did read a way into them and so that one. A very valid point. We are much to inclined to make everything political (and yes, you can replace political with Trump. I can’t blame that reader, at all. If the situation was reversed, I would likely do the same.


  4. the unit says:

    That Wunder post by Jeff didn’t stay up long. Usually up for a day or more. Maybe more often for a current storm. Anyway already new post without the Trump tirade and can’t comment anymore on the old one. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. the unit says:

    Comment by moderator. Yep, Jeff got removed.
    “GateKeeper Moderator • 5 minutes ago
    we are currently in full storm mode
    all off topic comments or posts will be removed
    further violations will result in a 7 day ban
    KOTG .”
    Jeff got notice at 4:50 pm central daylight time. 🙂

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