The Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, compared lockdowns during the coronavirus pandemic to slavery.
As is now widely known, the Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton recently proposed legislation that would deny federal funding to schools that in any way used the The New York Times controversial 1619 project in its curriculum. This series in The New York Times, of course, explores the history of the United States through the lens of slavery, premised on the fact that accounts of slavery have not been expansively, roundly, and fully incorporated into accounts of U.S. history, particularly in its earliest stages. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the project’s creator, has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for her commentary on the series, and the Pulitzer Center and The New York Times have since collaborated to create a curriculum based on the project which schools can now adopt.
Kanye West criticized Harriet Tubman during the first event of his presidential campaign on Sunday. The rapper took aim at the 19th century anti-slavery campaigner for unknown reasons.
West spoke at a campaign rally in South Carolina and claimed Tubman “never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves go work for other white people.”
He went on to discuss abortion and claimed that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, had considered terminating their first child, North West.
“We’re going to have this baby,” West said. He was crying throughout this discussion and claimed a message from God had dissuaded them from having the abortion.
“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” he said.
“She stood up, and she protected that child.”
West talked about how his own mother had considered an abortion.
“My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy,” he said.
“I almost killed my daughter,” the rapper sobbed.
West explained that as president he would keep abortion legal but proposed a method to decrease the likelihood of abortion.
“The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range,” West said.
“If you had opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life.”
West has an uphill battle if he wants to get on any ballots for November’s presidential election.
Donald Trump thinks African Americans should learn U.S. history rather than campaign for the removal of Confederate monuments. The President has been vocal in his defense of statues depicting racist leaders.
Trump spoke to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade for a special on Sunday. Kilmeade asked the President about the controversial monuments to the Confederate leaders and other slaveholders.
“You have to understand history, and you have to understand the culture,” Trump said.
“We have to remember the heritage and the culture of our country.”
“Here is the other problem that I have — a lot of these people don’t even know what they are taking down,” Trump said.
“I see what’s happening on television, and they are ripping down things they have no idea what they are ripping down, but they started off with the Confederates and now go to Ulysses Grant so what is that all about?”
Kilmeade then asked Trump specifically what message he had for African Americans who opposed monuments to people who enslaved their ancestors.
“My message is that we have a great country, we have the greatest country on Earth. We have a heritage, we have a history and we should learn from the history, and if you don’t understand your history, you will go back to it again.,” Trump said in a long and rambling answer.
“You will go right back to it. You have to learn. Think of it, you take away that whole era and you’re going to go back to it sometime. People won’t know about it. They’re going to forget about it. It’s okay.”
“But you don’t want to take away our heritage and history and the beauty, in many cases, the beauty, the artistic beauty,” he added, elaborating on this theme.
Many Americans have been compelled by the recent mass protests to seek a fuller understanding of United States history and particularly the African American experience in that history, up to and including ongoing racism, discrimination, and violence against people of color. Black bookstores in particular are being flooded with orders for literary works that portray African American experiences, historical studies that chronicle U.S. history from an African American experience, and books that offer sociological analyses of race and racism in the U.S. Even Amazon Prime created a category featuring films and television shows about African American life, culture, and history.
“He told me a year and a half ago or so, a year ago, that, you know, he thought he could have done a deal to have averted the war.”
After being called out for his poor grasp of history, Trump just made matters much worse.
"People don't ask that question. But why was there a Civil War? Why could that one not have been worked out?"
Stewart says "Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don't matter," but he's wrong. Defending them is worse
"Inspired by Trump, his former Virginia chair runs the 'most openly Confederate-friendly campaign in recent memory'"
"When is he [President Obama] going away? My goodness gracious. This is just unbelievable, but you know, he’s never gotten over his racism."
Apparently, if African-Americans had a Bible-based moral education, they wouldn't mind being gunned down by the police for no reason whatsoever
Jeff Cooper’s newsletter was unabashadly pro-black slavery but the NRA's Frank Winn says racial slurs are "erudite" and support for the institution of slavery "timely"
Denial of reality is alive and well in Republican ranks. We have already seen how right-wing talking heads exploded at Michelle Obama’s words about the White House being built by slaves:
“That is the story of this country. The story that has brought me to the stage tonight. The story of generations of people who felt the lash of bondage, the shame of servitude, the sting of segregation, who kept on striving, and hoping, and doing what needed to be done. So that today, I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves. And I watch my daughters — two beautiful intelligent black young women — play with the dog on the White House lawn.”
Bill O’Reilly said on The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday that Michelle Obama’s remarks about slaves building the white house were “positive,” but he couldn’t help but pull the old “slavery wasn’t so bad” thing, excusing slavery by saying the slaves were “well fed” and had “decent lodgings.”
Yeah. I’m sure they were all saying “Yippee!”
Watch courtesy of Media Matters for America:
Finally tonight, Factor Tip of The Day. As we mentioned, Talking Points Memo, Michelle Obama referenced slaves building the White House in referring to the evolution of America in a positive way. It was a positive comment. The history behind her remark is fascinating. George Washington selected the site in 1791, and as president laid the cornerstone in 1792. Washington was then running the country out of Philadelphia.
Slaves did participate in the construction of the White House. Records show about 400 payments made to slave masters between 1795 and 1801. In addition, free blacks, whites, and immigrants also worked on the massive building. There were no illegal immigrants at that time. If you could make it here, you could stay here.
In 1800, President John Adams took up residence in what was then called the Executive Mansion. It was only later on they named it the White House. But Adams was in there with Abigail, and they were still hammering nails, the construction was still going on.
Slaves that worked there were well-fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government, which stopped hiring slave labor in 1802. However, the feds did not forbid subcontractors from using slave labor. So, Michelle Obama is essentially correct in citing slaves as builders of the White House, but there were others working as well. Got it all? There will be a quiz.
Thanksgiving's origins lie in ancient, pre-Christian harvest festivals which are religious in nature, and have nothing to do with genocide
Conservative bigots love the idea of shredding the Constitution's 13th and 14th Amendments in place of actual immigration reform
Lincoln said "If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong" while the Bible says, "Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling"
The anniversary of the end of slavery was remembered by a tea party leader by admonishing African Americans to stop complaining their ancestors were indentured servants.
One hundred fifty years later, President Lincoln's Great Task remains uncompleted.
Republicans can talk about things that never happened as though they did, but Democrats cannot talk about things that DID actually happen