Is 19th Century Slavery Harming 21st Century Black Americans?

Today’s Americans are not nearly as gullible as the Leftist establishment seems to think. Also, its hard to believe that these starry-eyed ideologues think they can remove all obstacles that they have decided stand in the way of the “purification” of America. They cleverly created ambiguous and questionable encumbrances that can be interpreted in whatever way is necessary to justify the change they want to implement.

The primary malicious obstacles the Left wants eliminated are the legacy of slavery, White privilege, Homophobia, Sexism, and Confederate heritage. The progressive’s eradication campaigns haven’t been as successful as they hoped and are also not supported by the American public.

Anti-Confederate campaigns are based on the Left’s portrayal of the South as being solely responsible for slavery in America. They’ve had some success in making the South alone guilty for slavery because an increasing number of Americans rarely read history books but instead accept the media’s pop-culture versions of history. Although the North’s involvement with slavery has been researched and documented by scholars, their findings are rarely read and certainly not reported by media. So the North has been absolved of any culpability with slavery although its economy was built on the slave trade.

By placing the nation’s guilt for slavery exclusively on the South, it was hoped that retaliation against that one region alone will placate victims of “contemporary manifestations of slavery” and prevent reprisals against other areas. But the public is realizing that the orchestrated public grief over slavery is not really about a practice that ended over 150 years ago. Instead, it is a furtive attempt to heighten white guilt for slavery in order to produce reparations.

Decades of exaggerating the effects of the legacy of slavery has not only produced unfair racial preferences, it has become tiresome to the public. Actually, since the 1960s, we’ve been inundated with films and television shows that ceaselessly malign the South for slavery and racism. As an example, for decades schools have forced students to suffer through annual screenings of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” If that wasn’t bad enough, students were also subjected to classroom discussions about the higher meaning of this media-hyped novel. Only in recent years have literary critics been bold enough to publicly state that Harper Lee’s work is flawed and poorly written.

Apparently unaware of how tedious the subject of Southern slavery has become, it will be exploited yet again by two major cable series: Amazon’s “Black America” and HBO’s “Confederate.” The Amazon series is being created by two successful Black producers and will depict a separate Black nation occupying the former states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The plot is that this land was given to Blacks as a form of reparations. It is called “New Colonia” and it will eventually emerge as a major industrial nation while America itself declines. An article about the proposed series mentions “contemporary manifestations of slavery” thereby implying that effects of slavery are still a serious problem even in the 21st century. The article contains this dubious claim: “You still have the prison-industrial complex that disproportionally imprisons black and brown people, you can trace that back for many reasons to slavery.”

The premise of HBO’s “Confederate” series is that the Confederacy won the war and slavery was never ended but continues to this day. The two screenwriters for this series are a New Yorker and a Chicagoan, both born in the 1970s, and so came of age after the onset of poltical correctness, multiculturalism, and establishment versions of history. The creators of this series also have the underlying assumption that there are still “contemporary manifestations of slavery”and the current harmful effects of slavery are serious enough to justify reparations, even the radical redistribution of wealth.

Creators of these two potential series maintain that professional historians were consulted to insure authenticity where necessary. But we must remember that history is a social science rather than an exact science. Interpretations of past events vary based on the political persuasion of the historian, his motive for writing his history, and the prevailing social environment of the time. So you can usually find a historian to give you the opinion you seek. – Imagine it as a court trial. The prosecuting attorney produces an “expert” whose testimony helps establish the guilt of the defendant whereas the defense attorney produces an “expert” in the same field who offers contradictory testimony that bolsters the defendant’s innocence.

Admittedly, there is currently a surfeit of scholars from around the country who present versions of history that accommodate the Left’s opinions, especially regarding slavery and racism in the South. They bring to mind the nineteenth century Yankee abolitionists. Although these abolitionists never left New England, never entered a Southern state or encountered a slave, a slave master or a plantation, they deigned to describe the antebellum South’s treatment of slaves.

There are encouraging indications that the viewing public will not support either of these two cable series that continue media’s denigration of the South. This would be consistent with the growing backlash among Americans against the pandemic evangelizing about slavery and racism. It has been shoved down the public’s throats for too long and they no longer influenced by it. Also, opinion polls indicate that almost 70% of all Americans oppose the removal of Confederate monuments and around 60% believe the Confederate flag represent Southern heritage. Even though there has been a serious dumbing down in recent decades, large segments of the public cannot be taken in by media manipulation.

About Gail Jarvis

Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. As a CPA/financial consultant, he helped his clients cope with the detrimental effects of misguided governmental intrusiveness. This influenced his writing as did years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia with his wife. More from Gail Jarvis

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