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Friday, July 03, 2015

Racing Through History

The return of the Confederacy was averted in the summer of 2015 when major retailers frantically scoured through their vast offerings to purge any images of a car from the Dukes of Hazzard. If not for their quick thinking, armies of men in gray might have come marching down the streets of New York and San Francisco to stop off for an Iced Mocha Frappucino ™ at a local Starbucks before restoring slavery.

History will little note nor long remember the tired wage slaves making $7.25 an hour while checking Amazon and eBay databases for tin models of an orange car with a Confederate flag on top. During this courageous defense of the homeland from the scourge of a mildly politically incorrect 80s show, Hillary Clinton committed her own unpardonable racist hate crime by saying, “All lives matter”.

The politically correct term is, “Black lives matter.”

Even while our own Boss Hoggs in DC and SF are locking up the Duke boys as a symbol of racism, they are loudly arguing that black lives matter, all lives don’t. The proportion that the weight of a life should be measured by race is the sort of idea that we might have associated with slavery. Today it’s an idea that we associate with racial tolerance as we heal our nation’s racial wounds one race riot at a time.

Romanticizing the South means a whipping from our cultural elite. Instead of romanticizing the culture that bought slaves, they romanticize the Middle Eastern and African cultures that sold them the slaves.

When Obama condemned Christianity for the Crusades, only a thousand years too late, in attendance was the Foreign Minister of Sudan; a country that practices slavery and genocide. Obama could have taken time out from his rigorous denunciation of the Middle Ages to speak truth to the emissary of a Muslim Brotherhood regime whose leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But our moral liberals spend too much time romanticizing actual slaver cultures.

It’s a lot easier for Obama to get in his million dollar Cadillac with its 5-inch thick bulletproof windows, a ride Boss Hogg could only envy, and chase down a couple of good ole boys than it is to condemn a culture that committed genocide in our own time, not in 1099, and that keeps slaves today, not in 1815.

Even while the Duke boys were being chased through Georgia, Obama appeared at an Iftar dinner; an event at which Muslims emulate Mohammed, who had more slaves than Robert E. Lee. There are no slaves in Arlington House today, but in the heartlands of Islam, from Saudi mansions to ISIS dungeons, there are still slaves, laboring, beaten, bought, sold, raped and disposed of in Mohammed’s name.

Slavery does not exist under the Confederate flag eagerly being pulled down. It does exist under the black and green flags of Islam rising over mosques in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and America today.

In our incredibly tolerant culture, it has become politically incorrect to watch the General Lee jump a fence or a barn, but paying tribute to the culture that sent the slaves here and that still practices slavery is the culturally sensitive thing to do. In 2015, slavery is no longer freedom, but it certainly is tolerance.

And it’s not just about Islam.

If romanticizing Dixie is wrong, so is romanticizing those ancient African cultures so beloved by amateur anthropologists and professional sociologists with more plastic tribal jewelry than sense. Slavery was an indigenous African and Middle Eastern practice. Not to mention an indigenous practice in America among indigenous cultures.

If justice demands that we pull down the Confederate flag everywhere, even from the top of the orange car sailing through the air in the freeze frame of an old television show, then what possible justification is there for all the faux Aztec knickknacks? Even the worst Southern plantation owners didn’t tear out the hearts of their slaves on top of pyramids. The romanticization of Aztec brutality plays a crucial role in the mythology of Mexican nationalist groups like La Raza promoting the Reconquista of America today.

Black nationalists romanticize the slave-holding civilization of Egypt despite the fact that the narrative of the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from bondage played a crucial role in the end of slavery in America. The endless stories about the “Amazons” of the African kingdom of Dahomey neatly fit into the leftist myth of a peaceful matriarchal Africa disrupted by European colonialism, but Dahomey ran on slavery.

The “Amazons” helped capture slaves for the Atlantic slave trade. White and black liberals are romanticizing the very culture that captured and sold their forefathers into slavery. “In Dahomey”, the first major mainstream black musical was about African-Americans moving to Dahomey. By then the French had taken over old Dahomey and together with the British had put an end to the slave trade.

The French dismantled the “Amazons” and freed many of Dahomey’s slaves only for the idiot descendants of both groups to romanticize the noble last stand of Dahomey fighting for the right to export black slaves to Cuba and condemn the European liberators who put a stop to that atrocity.

If we crack down on romanticizing Dixie, how can we possibly justify romanticizing Dahomey or the Aztecs or Mohammed? If slavery and racism are wrong, then they are wrong across the board.

Even by the miserably racist standard under which all lives don’t matter, only black lives matter, Dahomey and Mohammed had bought, sold and killed enough black lives to be frowned upon.

If we go back far enough in time, most cultures kept slaves. The Romans and Greeks certainly did. That’s why the meaningful standard is not whether a culture ever had slaves, but whether it has slaves today. If we are going to eradicate the symbols of every culture that ever traded in slaves, there will be few cultural symbols that will escape unscathed. But the academics who insist on cultural relativism in 19th century Africa, reject it in 19th century South Carolina thereby revealing their own racism. And so instead of fighting actual modern day slavery in Africa and the Middle East, social justice warriors are swarming to invade Hazzard County.

Most of the cultures of the past that we admire, respect and even romanticize had slaves. When we look back at their achievements and even try to forge some connection to them, it does not have to mean an endorsement of their worst habits. This is a concept that liberals understood, but that leftists reject. The recent hysteria reminds us that the nuanced reason of the former has been replaced by the irrational destructive impulses of the latter. The left is so obsessed with creating utopias of the future that like the Taliban or ISIS, it destroys the relics of past societies that do not measure up to its impossible standards. And then it replaces them with imaginary utopias of the past that never existed.

As Ben Carson pointed out, we will not get rid of racism by banning the Confederate flag. Even when it is used at its worst, by the likes of Dylann Storm Roof, it is a symptom, not the problem. Roof was not radicalized by the dead Confederacy, but by the racial tensions kicked off by the Trayvon Martin case.

The same racial tensions that led to the murder of two police officers by a #BlackLivesMatter protester in New York City led to the massacre of nine black congregants in a church in Charleston. This surge of violence has its roots in racist activism by Obama and his supporters seeking power and political gain, but feeding racial tensions for political purposes eventually risks leading to actual violence.

The Confederate flag is a matter of history. The racial tensions stirred up by Obama have actually gotten people killed. Slavery is not making a comeback and Robert E. Lee will not come riding into San Francisco any time soon.

The Civil War ended long ago. The country would be a better place if modern racists who believe that some lives, whether black or white, matter more than others would stop trying to start one.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent

Eddie Howell said...

Outstanding article. Good insights not seen in the mainstream media. You have an excellent blog.

Anonymous said...

We are the priests of power," he said. "God is power. But at present power is only a word so far as you are concerned. It is time for you to gather some idea of what power means. The first thing you must realize is that power is collective. The individual only has power in so far as he ceases to be an individual. You know the Party slogan 'Freedom is Slavery." Has it ever occurred to you that it is reversible? Slavery is freedom. Alone-free-the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures. But if he can make complete, utter submission, if he can escape from his identity, if he can merge himself in the Party so that he is the Party, then he is all-powerful and immortal

Eric the Red said...

This essay is scathing and correct as far as it goes. However, I'm not sure it cuts to the heart of the issue, which I believe is free speech. All the other rationales I've read elsewhere are mere bagatelles. Didn't the Supreme Court once issue a ruling that trampling/burning the US flag was fine and dandy because it was simply another type of expression?

The left generally hasn't attacked the First Amendment head-on, instead it is obviously more effective for them to take it apart piece-by-piece.

Anonymous said...

You can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time. Eventually the good sounding lies, the faked numbers, statistics and polls, the tired meaningless, fruitless rhetoric doesn’t work anymore when what is real finally negatively impacts most of the people. When reality hits home no one cares what the cause is - everyone just wants relief.

I never thought I’d say this - Trump for president!

Anonymous said...

Leftism - fashioned by the great sage... hypocrisy.

Usually when a system appears irrational I suspect the occult is at work. Weak minds almost always surrender themselves to its grasp.

mudpuppy said...

If every American read the Sultan's cogent, compelling and plain spoken truths we would live in a very different America.
More than any other writer, when I'm done reading, I not only think "I wish I'd written that" I also think "I wish everyone else would read that".

vincent said...

http://www.wnd.com/2015/07/historian-blames-charleston-church-shooting-on-right-wing-jews/

marstaree said...

The idea of using history to make or break your agenda is, and always has been, absurd in my mind. We can only control what we do today. If we spent half the time we spend on the blame/shame game in actually working on promoting unity, we'd be much better off, IMHO.

Brooks Imperial said...

With ersatz symbolism, soundbites and propaganda, Leftists trigger me to devalue whatever they micro-aggress about. Just add it to the growing list.

Anonymous said...

No one can rub it in with a bit of salt like you do. :-)

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

I wonder when Chrysler will be called upon to stop offering the nostalgic orange paint for its current Dodge Challenger sports car, which features many components of its vintage "Dukes of Hazzard"-era body design. After all, activists certainly hypothesize immanent emotional "triggers" for many who may imagine the confederate flag emblazoned atop the passenger compartment. It does matter that the "01" isn't there on the not-so-welded doors, but what are facts in the face of irrational fear? Isn't that why we change everything in the country, including the definition of marriage, for ambiguous legal concepts like "dignity"?

epoche said...

What are the odds that we could get some major Jewish support for repealing the civil rights act or toning down its enforcement? Being unable to "discriminate" against Islamic Polygamists is essential to Jewish Identity and Interests. As a lower class white male I pose the question.....

American Citizen said...

It is something to see our President obsess over the slavery issues of 1860 instead of 2015.

Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

marstaree @4/7/15:

The Left isn't interested in "unity." The Left just wants to win. Being reasonable won't work. Forget about the "blame/shame game" you're talking about. Go on offense. Throw their crap back in their face. Did you think Breitbart was divisive? Ha-ha! Breitbart just took what they did and threw it back in their face. Limbaugh illustrates the absurdity of their views with their own absurd views. Krauthammer engages them in linguistic ju-jitsu. Stephen Hayes counters their earnestness. Ron Fournier matches their moral outrage. Jonah Goldberg reflects the relativity of their pop culture worldview. That's what we have to do. "Unity" is not in their realm of understanding. They think "unity" is everybody agreeing with them. They don't care a whit about consensus. We think they're wrong, they thing we are mean. They play to win in a political, moral, ethical playing field they set the rules for. Use those rules and that playing field to shove it back in their faces. John Adams did it, Menachem Begin did it, and Michael Collins did it. They will not yield. It's up to us to win. The conservative movement doesn't need another polite, understanding, compassionate, reasonable actor. We need fire.

CJ said...

Good read. Just as an aside, IIRC Boss Hogg's name was actually Jefferson Davis Hogg and his brother was Abraham Lincoln Hogg.

Anonymous said...

Me too, mudpuppy, me too. It has gotten so that almost all of my quoting is of Daniel's essays. I make sure everyone I correspond with gets a taste of The Sultan in a footnote quote.
- BarbaCat

Anonymous said...

The core beliefs of the Left even when contradictory have always the same characteristics. They are anti-intellectual and anti-historical. The University should foster the latter but only if it was a nonprofit enterprise which is quite different than a not for profit. It fills the seats with sensationalism just like any movie.

Behind it all is a racial narrative. Race X owes the Leftists of Race Y loyalty in return for material benefit Z. Of course when they don't need you anymore you don't have your identity or your material benefit which is what is aimed for by the left anyway. Communism is for the few....individualism is for all and yet so many fall for communism.

Fritz Kohlhaas said...

Very good article! The leftists/progressives/Marxists/PC morons don't like the truth. They thrive on race-baiting!

Anonymous said...

Roof would be a hero in Nigeria -- where killing black Christians is a muslim national pastime and thousands have been killed over the course of the last three years.

Anonymous said...

this is not about slavery at all. the flag stands for white racism. thus you can't point the finger at anything non-white and make parallels. we need to understand the agenda clearly before trying to disprove anything.
- the "left" definition of racism is a white on non-white, which would also categorize middle east as non-white. this is from the assumption that the word is unfairly dominated by white culture, so the world is inherently racist to begin with.
- this is not about violence in particular or mistreatment in general, or even more general evil. the "left" do not care. that's why black on black or muslim on muslim crimes against humanity are not addressed at all. this I think is because the "left" in profoundly evil and every agenda including the one of racism emanates from an evil and false core.
- given the 2 above it's useless to point out how slavery runs rampant in the muslim countries, because it does not fit the left definition of racism.
- lastly imo, the only thing that the progressive rainbow flag waving "left" have in common with barbarous and sadistic head chopping muhammedians is the least common denominator = evil, and that's why we will not hear the "left" condemning them any time soon.

Anonymous said...

Excellent read.

juan jose denoriega balaez-levy said...

Well...the Stars and Bars will hang on my living room wall in memory of all the Southerners who died for an ideal that had nothing to do with slavery...au contraire, the ideal of having their own nation...the Confederate States!

Anonymous said...

*Charger*

A minor error to most, blasphemy to car geeks.

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