The Electoral College began with slavery. (Courtesy photo)
Courtesy photo

In their descent into the bowels of hell, white Americans have literally murdered The Truth, and are racing to make it illegal to teach this country’s true history in classrooms.

Lawmakers in at least 15 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism and oppression throughout U.S. history. They mistakenly believe that by banishing truth-telling, the true history of this country will go away, and that they will never be held accountable for it. Wrong!

Chattel slavery was once perfectly legal in this country, and the law of the land prohibited teaching Black people to read. Super, supermajorities on the Supreme Court upheld the most draconian laws punishing Black folks, yet a Black man has been elected president of this republic and a Black woman is now vice president. And look at us now — reading, writing and, with our “Hidden Figures” geniuses, an educated Black woman helped put white men on the moon.

Those wicked, white ideologies cannot stand the test of time.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fond of quoting poet James Russell Lowell’s words from his epic, “The Present Crisis,” written in 1845, when slavery and the practices of anti-Black race hatred were at their worst in the U.S.

“Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne — Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own,” Lowell wrote, and the words are certainly true today.

Would you believe, in one state, legislators have proposed that teachers be required to wear body cameras to ensure that they don’t sneak and tell their pupils the true history of racial oppression in this country?

If they could, these same white people would try to blow out the light of the sun as if it was a candle. They are sadly delusional and their way of thinking will be buried on the scrap heap of history.

They think that by banning discussions of what is known as “critical race theory,” they can disinfect their filthy past as though the United States of America had not, in fact, committed the worst crimes in human history — enslaving millions of Africans to defend and build this country and make it wealthy, on land stolen from the Native people who were wantonly murdered, massacred in a centuries-long genocide.

The University of North Carolina is a classic example of this wicked white paranoia.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nikole Hannah-Jones was hired to teach there, at her alma mater, but was at first denied a tenure tract because of her brilliant “1619 Project” — an exhaustive work from The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine that was presented in 2019 on the 400th anniversary of slaves arriving at Jamestown, Virginia.

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of the United States’ national narrative.”

Race-hating white people want no parts of that 1619 reality being taught today, as though ignoring it makes it less true, as though ignoring it makes their forefathers less guilty of the crimes against humanity which they committed for centuries.

It’s not just critical race theory — the academic movement of civil rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice in the U.S.

It’s not just the 1619 Project. These Neanderthals deny that their rapacious consumption of the earth’s resources and the way their reckless behavior is contributing to dangerous climate change.

They are wrong, wrong, wrong.

They are wrong about the environment and most everything scientific if it goes against the grain of their wantonly gluttonous lifestyle.

They are wrong about the virtues of their wicked history. They think it’s something to boast about, for example, that Texas, then officially a part of Mexico, seceded from that country, because Mexico was poised to abolish slavery.

And they are wrong, thinking that their unjust rule over the darker peoples of the earth will endure.

“Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever,” Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, and third U.S. president wrote in 1781 in his “Notes on the State of Virginia.” And yet, they persist, although they certainly will not prevail.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” Dr. King also reminded us, from the words of 19th Century theologian Theodore Parker.

So it is, white people. So shall it be.

Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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