“I am heir to  the greatest civilization the world has ever known. I’d like to defend it but I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.” –Alice Teller

“By 2050—earlier probably—all real knowledge of Oldspeak will have disappeared.  The whole literature of the past will have been destroyed….shall exist only in Newspeak versions, not merely changed into something different, but actually changed into something contradictory of what they used to be.”–Orwell, 1984

Taught these days to IBM employees: “Greeks came to Africa as students to discover what Africans already knew. Writing, science, medicine, and spirituality were already a part of African civilizations.” Accompanied by a picture of a sub-Saharan black instructing Greeks.

This is being taught in your schools and colleges today. There are two very large lies here. 1) That the classical Greeks who initiated Western Civilisation got their knowledge from Egyptians, and 2) that Egyptians were black Africans. This distorts the history of the human race, not only destroying knowledge but contaminating all public discourse in our own time.

There is now a large grievance literature, apparently widely believed, that Europeans not only stole civilisation from blacks but they maliciously and deceitfully suppressed giving credit where it was due.

The simple truth (which many scholars are lavishly funded to disguise) is that black, sub-Saharan Africa was outside the European/Asian sphere of civilisations, existing in a most primitive state. Except for a few encountered by Egyptians, quickly enslaved, black people were nearly unknown and marginal to the civilized world until daring and skilled Portuguese sailors touched the west and east coasts of Southern Africa in the 1500s, while Arabs begin to extend Islam and the slave trade to East Africa.

For the classical world “Africa” meant the Southern shores of the Mediterranean inhabited by white Egyptians and Phoenicians, and from Alexander’s time on heavily inhabited by Greeks and Romans. We now have everything that is called “African” ascribed to the sub-Saharan black tribes who had little relation to North Africa.

The mass media and “educational” establishment are now busy destroying Western civilization–destroying you and me and our descendants.  We now have regular portrayals of the Egyptians (including Cleopatra) and the Phoenicians as black, as well as a Viking Queen, a Persian emperor, and Roman centurions. And according to some, Socrates drew all his wisdom at the feet of African geniuses.

The Renaissance does not escape. The great Queen Elizabeth I is now black, as are some Scottish nobles. One of the Three Musketeers is black and another is in love with a black woman.

Later on, Audubon is portrayed as black artist and scientist because he was called a ‘Creole,” the word for a white Frenchman born in the colonies. Slaves not born in Africa were called “Creole Blacks.” Blacks now inhabit portrayals of Jane Austen’s country gentry.

It seems to have entirely escaped consciousness that the African slave trade depended entirely on Africans enslaving and selling other Africans. A number of significant colonial instances in which blacks helped defeat slave revolts have been ignored.

More recent times do not escape distortions. Portrayals have black combat leaders in the then  segregated U.S. army. Very recently I saw a show in which a black ship commander with a mostly black crew was in combat with German ships. There are similar treatments of Vietnam.

I have the memoir of a World War II combat captain from Michigan. He was in action from Normandy to Germany. He writes that the worst time he had in the war was dealing with the black support soldiers encountered while he was in port waiting for return home.

In a recent film, “12 Strong”, the first Special Forces men into Afghanistan are portrayed. One is a black soldier sympathetically and prominently displayed with more attention than anyone except the team leader. Such a man does not exist.

In every European television series, even including Iceland, superior and sympathetic blacks are portrayed, whether they fit in or not–not to mention a president of Finland and Yorkshire farmers.

There are doubtless people who think they are doing good deeds with these lies perpetrated on a historically ignorant people. In other cases it may be malicious ignorance. But telling lies is never a good thing. This denies rightful credit to other people.

History in the proper sense is a Western achievement–the rational review and understanding of evidence and meaning in the past life of humanity. There will always be disagreement in interpretations, which is a good thing, but does not vindicate fabrication. Despite oppression by whites, Africans are major beneficiaries of Western civilisation.

Like so much else History as an intellectual discipline begins with the Greeks. Advanced China and Japan did not have this phase of intellect. To seek the truth of the past, as best we can, does not require disrespect or lack of sympathy and charity for any of our fellow creatures. Rather it recognises the diversity of our Creator’s work. Lying is almost never a good thing. To deliberately falsify the facts is a blow against civilisation itself. It thwarts our efforts to understand fully the history of our mysterious human species.

Clyde Wilson

Clyde Wilson is a distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he was the editor of the multivolume The Papers of John C. Calhoun. He is the M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair at the Abbeville Institute. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and published over 600 articles, essays and reviews and is co-publisher of www.shotwellpublishing.com, a source  for unreconstructed Southern books.


  • Billy P says:

    Very interesting as usual, Dr Wilson.

    As the old saying goes, ‘It’s easier to fool people than convince them they’ve been fooled’. It will take significant effort to fix the damage that’s been done to the young people in this country. They are confused and becoming increasingly frustrated.

    And there has been so much effort lately – in the form of lies, designated months of celebration – to elevate the self-esteem of minority target audiences in this country. Your examples above are right on point. Yet, others are accused of rewriting history.
    The enemy is very good at projection and the enemy is a master of lies.

    There are real events and real people to celebrate, the fake examples should be an insult to any individual with the ability to think or who legitimately wants to honor their people’s accomplishments.

    On the surface, the fake history and lies seem harmless to many, if not most. I have noticed that the current young generation is very willing to get along with people, .to coddle to their feelings….more than willing to trade their beliefs or sellout their ancestors just to be “nice”…. but without critical thinking abilities, they exhibit great ignorance and are easily triggered to violence to those who dare challenge their beliefs. They tolerate everything except dissent to wokeness.

    My generation was far from perfect (I was a teen in the mid 80’s) but we didn’t mind calling people or out on their issues. We threw fists sometimes and never thought of pulling a gun to settle a fist fight. We stood up for those who needed it. While we didn’t mind calling people out, we were arguably far more tolerant because we recognized the American value of free speech and exchange of ideas. We were taught as such at home and in school. Our Dads were quick to set things right if we needed an attitude adjustment. I spent half of my pre-college and MBA school years in private schools, the other half in public schools and heard the pro-American Constitution message in both venues. And, mostly, we were very patriotic. Things have really changed in one generation.

    “Why would we care?” if history is altered to make some people feel better about themselves. They would say it doesn’t hurt anyone.
    Because TRUTH MATTERS! Acceptance of lies lead to much greater issues.

    Today, this country gleefully embraces the alphabet perversion and racial lawlessness, as it tears down its markers to great men. It can’t even agree to the basic fact that there are only two genders, male and female.
    It has thumbed its nose at God’s word and design and is imploding morally and spiritually. It is mounting debt at a geometric rate to support foreign wars that we should not be involved in, heaving a burden upon our kids that can never be paid.

    Meanwhile, the political elite are selling us out and exporting our cash, likely to areas they intend to escape to when they leave the fallen empire.

    The invasion at our border is an all-out assault on the people of this country, their future, history, traditions and culture. They DO NOT have the same values we have, many of them are just violent prisoners released from jails or cartel members or come from areas known to harbor terrorists. If the estimates are true that we now have 30 million of these people here, the timing of the republic’s destruction has been seriously escalated.

    The country now more than ever rests on a foundation of sand, and we know how a foundation of sand works out.

    It all starts with lies, acceptance and advocation of lies.

  • Joyce Bennett says:

    Woke History, like affirmative action in education, employment and politics, harms both white and black people. It is immoral.

  • Paul Yarbrough says:

    “There are doubtless people who think they are doing good deeds with these lies perpetrated on a historically ignorant people.”

    I agree, Dr. Wilson. But for many (maybe most) of these people it is better to lie about goodness than to actually make the sacrifice to do it. Why should an M.D. tell his patient he has a terminal disease when he can lie and make both of them feel better for the moment. But then this probably wasn’t what Orwell had in mind.

  • Earl Starbuck says:

    “Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ― Theodore Dalrymple

    What Dalrymple said of political correctness is equally true of Woke history.

    • Billy P says:

      Agreed. That entire quote describes wokeness perfectly….and the one line; “A society of emasculated liars is easy to control” – that is surely the goal and there is plenty of evidence that it’s working. The sadness is that people are unaware of what is being done to them.
      Thanks for sharing.

  • David LeBeau says:

    Masterfully written! Mr. Clyde Wilson is a champion of the South and Western civilization.
    Born and raised in the New Orleans metro area, I can say that the word “creole” is ignorantly misused by the natives.

  • William Quinton Platt III says:

    The controllers of the narrative have lost their monopoly on the message. Keep pushing back. They’re losing, I promise you…or they wouldn’t fret so about “fake news”.
    Presenting truth to people is a noble calling…in doing so you will promote peace…blessed are the peacemakers.

  • Michael Robusto says:

    It is demeaning to our black neighbors to believe that we need to tell lies about the fictitious achievements of their Sub-Saharan ancestors in order for them to have worth and dignity.

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