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Black History Month

By Hoosier Daddy
Feb. 1, 2015

OK, February has been declared Black History Month by the powers-that-be. During the month, school teachers are supposed to orchestrate lessons and projects for their students that relate to black history.

A couple of companies publish lesson plans and handouts for the curriculum as approved by the ultra-left National Education Association (NEA). As a certified instructor, I have found my way onto these companies' mailing lists.

Every January I receive sample packets containing the "approved" lesson plans along with examples of the handouts for students.  Apparently, I am expected to order these materials for my "school."

At any rate, every year it's the same: the Black History Month lessons are all designed to instill a sense of victimology in black students, and "white guilt" in the Caucasian students.

Except for a brief mention that black men invented the stapler, the traffic light, and peanut butter, all the achievements of black Americans are skipped over in favor of chapter upon chapter on slavery, underground railroads, and segregation.

The Ku Klux Klan is prominently mentioned, as are the Freedom Riders in the south, the bombing of the black churches, and the murders of civil rights workers. Firehoses and attack dogs in Selma are in there, as are segregated lunch counters and buses. Overlooked is the fact that these things were the purvey of Democrats in the deep south and not in the majority of the country.

The black heroes are Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, understandably, but also Malcolm X and even Jessie Jackson.  Al Sharpton is thankfully absent.

However, there is no mention of the first black U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice.  No mention of one of the most powerful black men in America, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  This year there is not even any mention of Dr. Ben Carson. Barack Obama is promoted throughout.

Basically, the only blacks deemed important for students to know about are those associated with resisting oppression and discrimination toward blacks and/or have the approved "progressive" political philosophy. Non-left wing blacks are ignored. And the only real "history" of the black race in America is that of being oppressed by the white race.

Now, while I believe that many of these things are important to know, I also believe that indoctrinating black children to believe that they are perpetual victims of white people is counterproductive and damaging.  It does not engender racial harmony when black children are taught that white people want to keep them down.  It engenders...hate.  It explains why only 5% of blacks think the acquittal of George Zimmerman was just, despite 100% of the evidence at trial indicating the shooting was self-defense.  It explains why many continue to protest over a white police officer shooting a young black man, even though three months of a Grand Jury investigation proved that the black man had assaulted the officer and was "charging him like a linebacker" to assault him again.

There are thousands of positive black role models that children could be learning about. How many people know that Guion Bluford was our first black astronaut in 1983? Or that Mae Jemison was the first black female astronaut? Benjamin Oliver Davis, Sr. was appointed the first African-American U.S. Army General in January, 1941. Do you suppose that their careers might make for interesting Black History Month studies?  There are hundreds and hundreds of such positive black role models and achievements. Could such studies instill a sense of PRIDE in blacks rather than a sense of being victims? Do you think having pride is better than being made to feel like a victim? Why do the liberals and the media consistently hold forth criminals as role models? Could it be that they want racial animosity?

Every race and ethnicity has experienced racism and ethnocentrism.  Contrary to popular belief, more whites have been lynched in the U.S. than blacks. The largest mass lynching in the U.S. was of Italian-Americans.  Vietnamese immigrants were murdered in south Texas. But there comes a time when we have to move on if we want to progress.  Yes, we need to remember the negative, but DWELLING on it achieves nothing but resentment and hate. It creates a an attitude of "why try to succeed if I'm only going to be held back?"  It's not "white privilege" that explains the discrepancy between white and black achievement, it's attitude.  When blacks are taught that they are not likely to succeed due to racism and discrimination, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

This liberal indoctrinating of black children with victimology from kindergarten on goes a long way in explaining why a majority of blacks are suspicious of whites, at best, and hateful at worst.  Don't blame blacks, blame the way the schools and the media have indoctrinated them.

As it's currenty being taught in the public schools, Black History Month should be renamed Black Victimology Indoctrination Month.

Copyright 2015 by the Hoosier Daddy Blog.  May be reprinted if source is linked.

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We should not attempt to minimize the moral depravity of enslaving human beings. African-Americans should be aware of this travesty in their past.

But it should also be kept in perspective:

1. Slavery in the U.S. was 150 years ago. No one alive today participated in it - on either side.
2. The U.S. government never condoned or was involved in the slave trade. It was purely a private endeavor.
3. Most Caucasians in the U.S. today did not even have ancestors in the U.S. during slavery.
4. Only a small percentage of white Americans in the 1700s - 1800s ever owned slaves.
5. Believe it or not, a higher percentage of freed blacks (6000) owned slaves than the percentage of American whites who did.
6. Historically, many peoples besides blacks have been slaves, most notably the Jews.
7. Black slavery is still going on in Africa today.  Where is the outcry?

Your point about 'victimology' is well taken. The fact is that black African immigrants who have not been subjected to the public school and media indoctrination reach economic parity with whites within 5 years.  Their children statistically excel....exceeding the average test scores of white students.  They can speak proper English. Their drop-out rate is no higher than whites.

How can we explain the above?  Is 'racism' only directed at American-born blacks and not at immigrants? Or is there a difference in attitudes between American-born and African blacks?

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A footnote:

It's not just the white liberal-run public schools promoting black victimology, it's also the television and motion picture industry.

For example, the movie 12 Years a Slave is supposed to be a true story...an autobiography. But read this excerpt from an editorial by Noah Berlatsky:

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At the beginning of 12 Years a Slave, the kidnapped freeman Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), has a painful sexual encounter with an unnamed female slave in which she uses his hand to bring herself to orgasm before turning away in tears. The woman's desperation, Solomon's reserve, and the fierce sadness of both, is depicted with an unflinching still camera which documents a moment of human contact and bitter comfort in the face of slavery's systematic dehumanization. It's scenes like these in the film, surely, that lead critic Susan Wloszczyna to state that watching 12 Years a Slave makes you feel you have "actually witnessed American slavery in all its appalling horror for the first time."

And yet, for all its verisimilitude, the encounter never happened. It appears nowhere in Northup's autobiography, and it’s likely he would be horrified at the suggestion that he was anything less than absolutely faithful to his wife.

This embellishment is by no means an isolated case in the film. For instance, in the film version, shortly after Northup is kidnapped, he is on a ship bound south. A sailor enters the hold and is about to rape one of the slave women when a male slave intervenes. The sailor unhesitatingly stabs and kills him. This seems unlikely on its face—slaves are valuable, and the sailor is not the owner. And, sure enough, the scene is not in the book.


Wasn't the very institution of slavery bad enough without white liberals needing to resort to fabrication to make every white person the epitome of evil?

But it's not always white liberals. Sometimes it's black racists. Take Oprah Winfrey's The Butler: A Witness to History, for example. The movie purports to be a "true story" based upon the life of White House butler, Eugene Allen. In fact, 99% of it is pure fiction.

There is no evidence that Eugene Allen's mother was raped or that his father was shot and killed by the white plantation owner like in the movie. The Butler director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong injected these events into the movie in order to create the fear that builds subservience into Cecil's (the name of the character portraying Allen) DNA.

The astute are aware that the left hated Ronald Reagan. And in The Butler they did their best to smear him as a racist. The situation was entirely fabricated. The truth is that Mr. Allen idolized Reagan and Reagan promoted him to the coveted position of White House maitre d', the position he held until he retired in 1986

I could go on and on with examples of fabrications in The Butler designed to falsely show that Allen was oppressed, but one example in the final minutes of movie, it has Cecil (Forest Whitaker) watching his fellow butlers serve him at the state dinner and realizes he has been wearing a mask over the years to cover up the the fact that his job has been one of subservience to whites. It is implied that this alleged realization is what causes him to make the decision to retire.

Again, this is a complete fabrication of the leftists and black racists responsible for the movie. Allen always spoke with pride of his years in the White House. His wife related how honored she was to have been able to meet so many heads of state..."And just to be around the president and the first lady, every day, it's different from other people. Even though they are people just like we are."

Nancy Reagan, President Reagan, and Eugene Allen
Eugene with President Reagan and
Nancy Reagan. In their living room,
the Allens displayed several pictures
of such moments with the Reagans.

As for television, have you seen the fare they have prepared for Black History month? Yup, you guessed it: TV movies about segregated drinking fountains and evil vicious white people brutalizing black children.

OK, I'm not black. But if I was, I'd be pissed that the left thinks so little of me and my race that all they can ever focus on are the the worst parts of our history, even embellishing and creating false events when that history isn't bad enough to suit them. Nevermind that most of the genuine atrocities happened in a relatively small geographical area of the United States. The left would have us, black and white, believe that blacks were segregated, oppressed and brutalized EVERYWHERE. It's simply not true.  I know for a fact that blacks were attending school with whites in the north at least as early as the 1950s...and that teenage black gangs were terrorizing white kids.

For a reason known only to them, they WANT blacks to feel like perpetual victims of white people, and white people to feel guilty for things they had nothing to do with. Is it some kind of sociopathic self-loathing? I don't know, but I believe it helps to at least be AWARE of what they're doing and to try to be less susceptible to it.

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The fabrications in The Butler are tame compared to a current mini-series on BET called The Book of Negroes.  I watched a segment of that the other day and it is so full of sweet innocent slaves and evil, hateful and vicious white people it's almost laughable.  It is one big cliche'.

Among other historical fabrications, it has the captain of the slave ship lining up slaves and having them shot, throwing the bodies overboard.  We know that the captains did not own the slaves, and we know that each slave was worth the equivalent of about $30,000 in today's money. A captain who made a sport of shooting slaves would have soon found himself shot.

Then, when the slaves were disembarking from the ship, they had to go through a gantlet of little white girls in pinafores, who were  laughing and giggling while throwing stones at the slaves.  Sheesh!

I hear that the show is in contention for an Emmy. [rolleyes]

Slavery was evil and an offense to humanity.  But in today's politically-correct world it's forbidden to even suggest that, other than the obvious offense of owning a human being, a slave may have been treated kindly and humanely.  However, genuine history indicates that most were, in fact, treated that way.
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