What happens when the unthinkable — never mind the unspeakable — is, in fact, correct? What does one do when a point of view that has been rejected and despised for years proves to be essential to the survival of Western civilization? Where does one go when the “rules of the culture” are either evil or fatally misguided?
What happens when the warnings of intelligent people over many years not only go unheeded but are presented as the very evil against which they warn? And what do we do when the communist strategy of “political correctness” makes any discussion about “sensitive” topics all but impossible? For if one cannot even raise a problem in an objective and neutral manner, how much more intolerable does it become when the rational solution to that problem is universally condemned?
The topic? That of race — a highly sensitive matter these days. The issue? The matter of “equality” among the races. Not the “equality” of opportunity or as equality should exist before the law, but equality of outcomes and results; that is, social, economic and political “egalitarianism.” For we are told by the current establishment that “racist” attitudes held by Whites about “minorities” are no longer acceptable no matter how correct they might be. On the other hand, such attitudes held about Whites by non-Whites are both acceptable and appropriate. In fact, the very word “white” when used in conjunction with the word “race” carries an instantaneous connotation of guilt, wickedness and oppression.
In the 19th century, Whites believed that only about 2% to 5% of blacks were their equals in mental and moral acuity. Furthermore, black slavery further negatively impacted the situation even in those areas free of the institution. Though the treatment of blacks in the North was less humane and amicable than in the South, yet it is to the South we must look for the basis of today’s problem because the numbers of blacks relative to Whites was — and remains — far greater in that region than in the North.
Indeed, in the antebellum South, especially in certain counties in the cotton states, the number of blacks was equal to and often surpassed the number of Whites, and for that reason alone an emancipated black population was of tremendous concern to White Southerners. This apprehension was hugely exacerbated by the revolt in Santo Domingo establishing the black nation of Haiti. The atrocities committed by black slaves against Whites, mulattos and even fellow blacks in that revolution changed forever the Southern view towards not only blacks and the institution of slavery — and, by extension, emancipation — but towards the radicals in the North who advocated not emancipation, but servile insurrection a la Santo Domingo.
But it was not until “Reconstruction” that the true consequences of unrestrained egalitarianism were manifested. Emancipation was one thing but suffrage was altogether different! Many intelligent, well-educated blacks of the time rejected freedman suffrage. They reasoned — correctly — that the naïve and ignorant former slave would be a tool of White radicals and felons and when social order was restored — as was bound to happen — the naïve blacks would discover that they had squandered all of the former good will of Southern Whites.
The prophets were right. The accounts of the actions of black “statesmen” in Southern legislatures and all that arose from that criminal period made Southern Whites determined that never again would blacks be permitted to hold power over them!
And this was pretty much the state of things until the rise of the civil rights movement in the 1950s. Many in that movement rightly deplored and opposed the unquestioned bigotry that existed against black Americans especially — but not only — in the South. The blame for the condition of blacks had been — and continues to this day — to be laid at the feet of slavery. Yet, the fierce resistance of White Southerners to the Civil Rights movement’s supposed attempts to bring blacks into the mainstream of society was based not on their former condition as slaves, but upon the policies initiated during “Reconstruction,” the results of which had inculcated into White Southerners the legitimate fear of unrestrained black political power. There is an old saying that pertains here: The burned hand teaches best!
The question then must be, why did this mindset from the latter part of the 1800s continue through the middle of the 20th century?
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