Rewriting American History

By Walter E. Williams

Rewriting American History
Rewriting American History
Walter E.Williams
Walter E.Williams

USA – George Orwell said, “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”

In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets' effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.

Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It's not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.

Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation's history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America's leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there's a monument that bears his name — the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there's a monument to him, as well — the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation's capital be changed?

These leftists might demand that the name of my place of work — George Mason University — be changed. Even though Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which became a part of our Constitution's Bill of Rights, he owned slaves. Not too far from my university is James Madison University. Will its name be changed? Even though Madison is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution,” he did own slaves.

Rewriting American history is going to be challenging. Just imagine the task of purifying the nation's currency. Slave owner George Washington's picture graces the $1 bill. Slave owner Thomas Jefferson's picture is on the $2 bill. Slave-owning Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's picture is on our $50 bill. Benjamin Franklin's picture is on the $100 bill.

The challenges of rewriting American history are endless, going beyond relatively trivial challenges such as finding new pictures for our currency. At least half of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were slave owners. Also consider that roughly half of the 55 delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia were slave owners.

Do those facts invalidate the U.S. Constitution, and would the history rewriters want us to convene a new convention to purge and purify our Constitution?

The job of tyrants and busybodies is never done. When they accomplish one goal, they move their agenda to something else. If we Americans give them an inch, they'll take a yard. So I say, don't give them an inch in the first place. The hate-America types use every tool at their disposal to achieve their agenda of discrediting and demeaning our history. Our history of slavery is simply a convenient tool to further their cause.

About Walter E.Williams

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Williams is also the author of several books. Among these are The State Against Blacks, later made into a television documentary, America: A Minority Viewpoint, All It Takes Is Guts, South Africa's War Against Capitalism, More Liberty Means Less Government, Liberty Versus The Tyranny of Socialism, and recently his autobiography, Up From The Projects.

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OUR History has already been whitewashed….. . A History note….. that I’ll bet that you did NOT learn in History class in school….. . The 1st slave owner in America was Anthony Johnson ( a Free Black man ) who owned slaves as far back as 1651. . According to the 1860’s census, there were about 8 million (free) people living in the South, and of those, only 385,000 owned slaves. That means that only 4.8% of ALL Southerners owned any slaves at all. It really makes you wonder WHY so many people went to war in the 1st place.… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@CountryBoy, Where did you get those facts? I’m not disputing you, just asking where you found the facts.

Gil
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Gil

Take out the non-slave-owning States and you’ll see the percentage climb to 30%+ of the actual slave-owning States. Hence there was a huge incentive to not let the North dictate to them to abolish slavery.

Trae
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Trae

Sir, you work at a university doing an anonymous job. If you are an educator, I hope your thoughts and opinions are for this site only. I would assume that you would know that the constitution was for the colonists only? They already had plans to write over the history of the peoples that were here first after genocide. There are no statues to Hitler in Germany he is considered an evil man. Only in America is where you will find monuments to evil white conquest over looking the mess it made. In school texts colonialism is but a phrase.… Read more »

Schofield Kid
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Schofield Kid

All this kind of venomous lunacy here is what makes me somewhat embarrassed to be a gun owner and shooting enthusiast.

oldvet
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oldvet

@WB had thought of that too , but thought more people could enjoy them there. Don’t have many pigeons around here.
Could make a large memorial at the rest area, lots of traffic there.

oldvet
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oldvet

I would suggest that any and all of the statues and monuments they want to remove be placed on the Washington mall .
That should be the proper location of the greatest exhibit of American history.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OV, I have space for them. Free maintenance, too!

2nd Amender
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2nd Amender

the slavery issue has been the whipping boy of black malcontents forever now!

it’s time to deal with who you are when we gaze at ourselves in the mirror, not just see the color of skin, but have I truly done something positive with the life God has given me.

suffering from a collective inferiority complex is what is holding down blacks in America, and the democrats/socialists/ progressive are the weight of that rock!

DaveW
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DaveW

“the slavery issue has been the whipping boy of black malcontents forever now!” I would adjust that. Those black malcontents are induced by the Democrats; which was the party of slavery in the 1860s; as a means of keeping the populace divided and pitted against one another such that the liberal progressives remain in control of everyone. The Democrats of the 1860s have changed very little. Today they have the same goal; enslavement; only they wish to enslave everyone and create a monarchy. They have also changed tactics. They don’t use weapons of war as the did in the 1860s.… Read more »

oldshooter
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oldshooter

I’m waiting to see how they plan to remove Washington and Jefferson from Mt. Rushmore!!

durabo
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durabo

And replace them with Vladimir Ilych Ulyanov and Iosip Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, figures more familiar to us as “Lenin” and “Stalin,” of course!

Tionico
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Tionico

they’ll likely wait a few more years so they can name one of them after the recent kinyun invader.

durabo
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durabo

They will need kilotons of Scheisse (German for poo-poo) to construct THAT POS’s face!

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@durabo, The democrat party does, in fact, have kilotons of scheisse and are producing more every day.

oldvet
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oldvet

@Tionico suspect they’ll have trouble supporting those ears!!!!!

plainolmerican
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plainolmerican

OK, which in the list haven’t we seen attempted or pushed through over the last say…. 8 years? The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened”. – Norman Thomas US Presidential candidate, Communist Party USA The following 45 goals for AMERICA are from “The Naked Communist:” 1. Develop the illusion that total disarmament would be a demonstration of moral strength. 2. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, and… Read more »

durabo
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durabo

Despite the warning signs, we were punished by a series of wimpy RINOs in the White House (except for Reagan) and eight years under an IslamoMarxist, Sheikh Buttcrack Hussein O’Bunghole!

Laddyboy
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Laddyboy

Agreed!!!!!! It is time to TAKE BACK America from the DemocRAT-ick communist party!

Schofield Kid
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Schofield Kid

Thank you for sharing your vast wealth of paranoid delusions.

Gil
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Gil

That’s just making crap up.

JRA
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JRA

Dr. Williams is right on again. I think his articles are very well thought out and timely.

I agree that we should not give them an inch, at all, ever. If we give them an inch they will take a mile (I think they will take more than the yard Dr. Williams suggested).

It’s time to stand firm against these idiots.

durabo
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durabo

The Amerikan Left, which includes native Marxists, disaffected minority groups, vociferous w3tbacks, Democrats, jihadists, RINOs, limousine liberals and country club communists, is trying to defeat our blessed Republic just in time to celebrate the 17 October Russian revolution’s centennial.

Rewriting history is just one of their tactics.

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@durabo, I heard that Bernie Sanders is forming the People’s party and taking a lot of Marxist, minority groups, wet backs, etc from the democrat party with him.

durabo
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durabo

What a relief that the Bolshevik and Bolshoid faction is disintegrating! It’s taking the same road to oblivion that the Repugnicans have taken since 1990. I have written before that, in my opinion, the Democrat and today’s Republican parties are the two wings of the same loathsome Socialist carrion-feeder. Now, we need to tolerate 3-plus more years of the Twittering buffoon in the White House (I did vote for him, or rather, AGAISNT the Marxist harridan) but in the meantime, we need to form the Patriot Party, or 1776 Party, or Constitution Party, made up of disaffected orphans of the… Read more »

Old Man's Club Veteran
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Old Man's Club Veteran

Please … tell me that another Civil War isn’t just over the horizon. The way its looking right now, I say it is. Except for the fact it’ll be true Americans against the leftist Socialist Commie douche-bags and there won’t be anything civil about it.

plainolmerican
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plainolmerican

WE VETS call it an OATH! It don’t end because we changed clothes. In ancient Athens, when young men reached the age of 18, they presented themselves to the Ecclesia. There, during a ceremony, they received their weapons and pledged the vow of Athenian adolescents taking their place among the defenders of Athenian democracy. Here follows said vow: “I shall not disgrace the sacred arms, nor shall I abandon my brother-in-arms, with whomever I might stand in line. I shall defend the holy and the sacred, alone and with many others, and I shall not deliver the homeland smaller, but… Read more »

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Old Man's Club - VE Veteran

And I know that there is no expiration date on my oath of enlistment. ” I (name) do solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same … “. This is that part of the oath that holds the most meaning, the rest only has meaning if the other parties are true Oath Keepers themselves. The previous ” IL Douche” that sat in the White House was a domestic enemy of the Constitution and the Democratic party colluded with… Read more »

Wild Bill
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Wild Bill

@OMC Vet, It really would not be in our interest at this moment because Conservatives are in power. We will get a stronger and more moral US working through the system. If the libtards revolt, we will have the federal government”s armed forces and logistical system working for us.
If things change and we need to revolt, then we are less self reliant, and logistically capable than the South was in 1861.

Gil
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Gil

Because shooting dead your perceived enemies would be a crime at the moment.