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.

  • 30 thoughts on “Rewriting American History

    1. 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. Think about it….
      According to the 1860 census, there were over 261,000 FREE Blacks living in the South and that 23% (or about 60,030) of FREE Blacks in the South owned slaves… 16% of ALL slave owners were made up of Free Blacks and a lot of them fought on the side of the Confederacy. Again, omitted from the History books….
      That same 1860 census stated that there were at least six FREE blacks in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves with the largest number having 152 slaves. There were over 3,000 FREE Blacks in New Orleans that owned slaves….
      In Charleston, South Carolina in 1860 125 FREE blacks owned slaves; six of them owning 10 or more.
      And I’ll bet that 99% of people do NOT know that History.
      IF this TRUTH were taught in schools, then it would cause a lot of Blacks to pause and question their VICTOMIZATION and wonder it THEIR ancestors were actually Free Blacks living in the South OR Slaves OR Slave Owners OR if their ancestors actually came AFTER slavery had ended…….. instead of believing that they are all ancestors of slaves….. which they are NOT

      1. 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.

        1. 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. It does not go into what it is which countries participated or who it affects and you worry about a damn statue to conquest? That is what I call changeing history.

    2. @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.

    3. 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.

    4. 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!

      1. “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. Today, they use economics to keep people suckling at the teat of their government by the promise of free stuff. They continue to give Blacks excuses to hate Whites and to demand more free stuff if they will vote for Democrats. Today, they use the same tactics to induce Asians, Hispanics, etc. They seek to change history as this article indicates. They further seek to erase the truth of the past and to camouflage their own responsibilities.

        There has already been talk of altering Mt Rushmore… to include the worst racist of my lifetime… Barak Hussein Obama… up there with the great leaders of our history.

        If you want to see the Democratic agenda at work, look to California. The Democrats control the state. The Democrats just passed a bill which eliminates the peoples’ right to review proposed changes to laws of the state. This gives them the ability to push through anything they wish over and against the wishes of the voters.

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

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

    5. 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 healthy.”
      3. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Socialist/Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
      4. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”
      5. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
      6. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
      7. Provide US aid to all nations regardless of Socialist/Communist domination.
      8. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
      9. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
      10. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
      11. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
      12. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish RACIST aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
      13. Grant recognition of Red China and admission to the UN.
      14. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of promises in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under UN supervision.
      15. Prolong conferences to ban atomic tests because US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
      16. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the UN
      17. Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. Note number of Communist/Socialist countries existing today
      18. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Socialist/Communist Party.
      19. Do away with all loyalty oaths. Note attempts to delete God in many.
      20. Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office.
      21. Infiltrate one or both political parties in the United States.
      22. Use courts to weaken basic American institutions claiming activities violate civil rights.
      23. Get control of the schools, teachers’ associations and textbooks. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum.
      24. Gain control of student newspapers.
      25. US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
      26. US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
      27. Use students to foment public protests against programs, individuals or organizations under Communist/Socialist attack. Chief of Police not being able to talk about “stop & frisk” Q&A.
      28. Infiltrate press, book-review assignments, editorial writing, and policymaking positions.
      29. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
      30. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. “Eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms.” Note all the weird shapes all over nation.
      31. Control art critics and directors of art museums. “Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art.” Remember Christ in urine piece?
      32. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the “big picture.”
      33. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture–education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, health care, etc.
      34. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Socialist/Communist apparatus.
      35. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
      36. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
      37. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions. Check backgrounds of leaders.
      38. Infiltrate and gain control of big business. Check backgrounds of founders.
      39. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
      40. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Socialist/Communist goals.
      41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents. “Need a village to raise children.” Clinton
      42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.
      43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
      44. Internationalize the Panama Canal. Carter gave Canal away.
      45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the US cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

      1. 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!

    6. 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.

    7. 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.

      1. @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.

        1. 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 two mainstream parties – and may both disappear!

      2. 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.

        1. 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 bigger and stronger than I have received it. And I shall obey willingly those who judge each time and I shall participate in political life in accordance with the established institutions and in accordance with those that the people will have elected with joint decision. And if someone shall try to abolish the institutions or to not obey them, I shall not allow it and I shall defend them alone and with many others. And I shall honor the ancestral sanctities.

          1. 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 him.

            Personally I like this oath the best – ” Be without fear in the face of your enemies. Stand brave and upright that the Lord may love thee. Speak the truth always, even if it means your death. Protect the helpless and do no wrong.”

        2. @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.

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