By Kelleigh Nelson:
How can we learn from history by destroying history? The Orwellian revisionists never present the true picture of the Old South…
The Northern onslaught upon slavery was no more than a piece of specious humbug designed to conceal its desire for economic control of the Southern States.- Charles Dickens, 1862
There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the colored race. – Col. Robert E. Lee, United States Army, December 27, 1856
When a scholar, an academic, or a journalist is more concerned with presenting a desired conclusion rather than the conclusion arising from facts and truth, he is no longer a scholar, an academic or a journalist. He is a demagogue and a liar. And that is what we have today, both in higher education and in the media. Charlottesville is the prime example. They are about destruction, just like Communists and Islamists.
Communism and Islam Destroy Historical Sites
The truth of the Russian Revolution is not taught in schools today. If it were, Americans would understand that when the Russian Revolution ushered in communism via Trotsky, Lenin and Stalin, the historic landmarks of the country and Romanovs were destroyed, along with libraries and books. Over 1,000 Russian Orthodox priests were sent to Siberia where they were worked to death. Lenin spent time in prison before coming to power, just as did Hitler and Mandela, Communists and National Socialist fascists alike.
Wherever Islam is in control, historical shrines are destroyed. ISIS has actually bulldozed and blown up archeological sites. Link One need only read Oriana Fallaci’s book, The Rage and the Pride to understand the depths of Islamic destruction of historic monuments of every religion.
When I saw the videos of destruction of a Southern statue in Durham NC, the several placards and signs all had a web site address on the bottom in red letters. The same www.workers.org was on almost all of them. This is one of the sites of the Communist Party USA.
If we allow anarchists to systematically destroy all “Southern Heritage” sites, we are in effect also allowing the desecration of veterans’ memorials, and that includes General Robert E. Lee.
General Robert E. Lee
After the tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, precipitated by the city government’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, we should be struck by how the animosity toward Lee is based on ignorance of the man and his cause. Academic education in America is dead, but communist propaganda is alive and well. These fools know nothing of the truth of Robert E. Lee, much less America’s founders.
Robert E. Lee was married to George Washington’s granddaughter. He believed slavery was a great evil and his wife broke the law by teaching slaves to read and write. Lee worked with Grant during the Mexican-American war and became a decorated war hero defending America.
Lee had inherited slaves; however, he freed them. In an 1856 letter, Lee wrote of his hope that slavery would eventually disappear, declaring, “There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil.” He called for prayer to see the final abolition of human slavery through peaceful means. Lee was a Christian and a gentleman.
Lee was also very torn about the prospect of the South leaving the Union. George Washington was a huge influence on him. He believed that ultimately, states’ rights trumped the federal government and chose to lead the Southern army.
His estate, Arlington, near Washington DC was his home and while away fighting the war, the federal government demanded that Lee himself pay his taxes in person. He sent his wife, but the money was not accepted from a woman. When he could not pay the taxes, the government began burying dead Union soldiers on his land. The government is still burying people there today. It is now called Arlington National Cemetery. Do they want to destroy that as well?
After the war, he worked with Andrew Johnson’s program of reconstruction. He became very popular with the northern states and the Barracks at West Point were named in his honor in 1962.
Besmirching the memory of General Lee by attacking him as a slave-owning racist who led a bloody rebellion to preserve slavery that cost well over 600,000 American lives is despicable. No military veteran and highly decorated war hero should ever be treated as such.
Bloodshed and Violence in Charlottesville
As Ann Coulter stated in her recent article, When Liberals Club People, It’s With Love in Their Hearts,
We have no way of knowing if the speakers at the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally last weekend were “Nazis,” “white supremacists” or passionate Civil War buffs, inasmuch as they weren’t allowed to speak. The Democratic governor shut the event down, despite a court order to let it proceed.
As the “Unite the Right” crowd was dispersing, they were forced by the police into the path of the peace-loving, rock-throwing, fire-spraying Antifa (Anti-Fascists). A far-left reporter for The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, tweeted live from the event: “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding ‘Antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park.”
And Ann is totally right when she says that liberals have Republicans over a barrel when they use the word “racist.” The word is kryptonite, and it turns the entire GOP and most rightwing media into sniveling cowards. The dumbed down American people don’t even understand that the first black politicians in Congress were all Republicans!
Journalist Lee Stranahan says both sides were paid by Soros, and the police decision to stand down and let these two groups go at it was made MONTHS ago, not the day of the event. Why? They WANTED a violent confrontation so they could attach it to Trump and by extension his followers since the Russian thing has evaporated other than Mueller and his leftist lawyers.
‘Unite the Right’ organizer Jason Kessler was reportedly an Obama supporter involved in the Occupy movement as recently as November 2016, before establishing his white supremacist group “Unity & Security for America” in January, 2017. Nothing smells right about any of this. In fact, Lee Stranahan has connected the “Unite the Right” rally to an identical Neo-Nazi movement in Ukraine supported by John McCain and Hillary Clinton. Link
The Mayor of Charlottesville, Michael Signer worked for John Podesta and was in Obama’s State Department Transition Team. Think Obama and Soros aren’t working together to destroy our legally elected President?
President Trump has supported America’s police, but in this case, they stood down, and the Governors of both Virginia and North Carolina are responsible.
Trump Speaks the Truth
Our President accurately noted that the Antifa thugs showed up illegally, brought weapons to the protest, then started the violence. He condemned both sides. The media went berserk over him actually stating what happened, as clearly backed by the video evidence. For that, a bunch of his Goldman Sachs loving CEO’s backed out of his business council basically signaling they are either cowards or enemies of America, likely both, so Trump shut it down.
Here are two GREAT articles summarizing what happened at Charlottesville. Along those lines, this author makes a GREAT point, The real problem this country faces are white democrats. Here’s the essential thing to take home. The media wants to connect the White Supremacists to Trump, and by extension to YOU essentially saying that anyone who supports Trump is a white supremacist. This is the latest tactic to take down our President.
Thomas Jefferson Condemned Slave Trade
Thomas Jefferson condemned the slave trade in the original draft of the Declaration of Independence, but the New England slave traders lobbied to have the clause stricken. From 1755 to 1766, no fewer than 23,000 slaves landed in Massachusetts. By 1787, Rhode Island had taken first place in the slave trade to be unseated later by New York. Before long, millions of slaves would be brought to America by way of Northern slave ships.
There were no Southern slave ships involved in the triangular trade of slaves. It was all about money. New Englanders not only sold blacks to Southern planters but also kept slaves for themselves as well as enslaving the local Indian population.
Slavery did not appear in the South until Northern settlers began to migrate South, bringing with them their slaves. Of the 9.5 million slaves brought to the Western Hemisphere from 1500 – 1870, less than 6% were brought to the United States. Our Spanish, British and French neighbors owned over 94% of the slaves brought to the New World. In the South, less than 7% of the total population ever owned a slave. In other words, over 93% of Southerners did not own any slaves.
The slave trade flourished in colonial Northern ports, but New England, by far, was the leading slave merchant of the American colonies. The first venture from New England to Africa was undertaken in 1644 by an association of Boston traders.
History Rewritten by the Victors
Churchill was right when he said history is written by the victors, but he should have said, “History is REWRITTEN by the victors.”
With the rise of politically correct Marxist revisionism as the only acceptable “system” for the study of history, everything about the War has been reduced to one issue only: that of slavery. Instead, these propagandized fools who have no true knowledge of real history are destroying the statues of American veterans who they know nothing about.
With revisionists, the only consideration was slavery—not tariffs or a tyrannous federal government or the slow economic and political strangulation of the States of the South, or even the existing hatred and contempt in which most of the rest of the so-called “union” held their Southern brethren. The north cared little about the growing impoverishment of the South especially given the fact that the South’s poverty was the consequence of Southern tax dollars enriching the rest of the Union. Is it any wonder they chose to secede?
Actor James Woods sees the hypocrisy of the leftists and tweeted this photo of the statue of Senator Robert Byrd, who was a Grand Cyclops in the Ku Klux Klan. Byrd was Hillary Clinton’s mentor. Woods asks, “When is this baby coming down?”
Robert Byrd wrote in December 1944, to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore G. Bilbo: “I shall never fight in the armed forces with a negro by my side … Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
The Real History
Every slave that ever entered into this country came in on a Northern built, owned and operated slave ship, or a European slave ship. Slave ships would primarily enter the U.S. into major Northern ports, such as New York and Boston. The early financial infrastructure of those cities was built primarily on the slave trade. These ships would take Northern made rum into Africa and trade the rum with African tribes for slaves that these tribes had captured during tribal wars. Link
Large numbers of free blacks owned black slaves; in fact, in numbers disproportionate to their representation in society at large. In 1860 only a small minority of whites owned slaves. According to the U.S. census report for that last year before the War, there were nearly 27 million whites in the country. Some eight million of them lived in the slave holding states. The census also determined that there were fewer than 385,000 individuals who owned slaves. Even if all slaveholders had been white, that would amount to only 1.4 percent of whites in the country (or 4.8 percent of southern whites owning one or more slaves).
Census figures quote that, when free, blacks disproportionately became slave masters.
The majority of slaveholders, white and black, owned only one to five slaves. More often than not, and contrary to a century and a half of bullwhips-on-tortured-backs propaganda, black and white masters worked and ate alongside their charges; be it in house, field or workshop. Link The few individuals who owned 50 or more slaves were confined to the top one percent, and have been defined as slave magnates.
I have personally visited numerous southern gravesites where the servants were buried next to their “masters,” and the inscriptions read, “Beloved brother in Christ, or Beloved sister in Christ.” Of course, there were evil men who treated men they considered slaves as chattel they could destroy at will, but if history reported the truth, they would see that this was most manifest with free black masters, and the huge plantations.
Black Slave Owners
In 1860 there were at least six blacks in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves. The largest number, 152 slaves, were owned by the widow C. Richards and her son P.C. Richards, who owned a large sugar cane plantation. Another black slave magnate in Louisiana, with over 100 slaves, was Antoine Dubuclet, a sugar planter whose estate was valued at (in 1860 dollars) $264,000. That year, the mean wealth of southern white men was $3,978.
In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860, 125 free blacks owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more. Of the $1.5 million in taxable property owned by free blacks in Charleston, more than $300,000 represented slave holdings. In North Carolina 69 free blacks were slave owners.
In 1860 William Ellison was South Carolina’s largest black slave owner. In Black Masters. A Free Family of Color in the Old South, authors Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roak write a sympathetic account of Ellison’s life. From Ellison’s birth as a slave to his death at 71, the authors attempt to provide justification, based on their own speculation, as to why a former slave would become a magnate slave master.
The true picture of the Old South that is never presented by the nation’s revisionists, is that the American South had been undergoing changes far greater than generations of Americans have been led to believe. Slavery was shortly to be obsolete and economically nonviable, and would have disappeared.
The nation would have been spared awesome traumas from which it would never fully recover and the deaths of 600,000 Americans.
The destruction of American history and our monuments is a disaster for this country. The eradication of history must stop. The Confederate statues have been in place for well over a century and they never bothered anyone before.
Our history will become meaningless if we obliterate all symbols of it. “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey
© Copyright by Kelleigh Nelson, 2017. All rights reserved.
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