The past as a weapon
0 comment Sunday, June 1, 2014 |
This is rather depressing.
For some years now, I've wanted to go to Virginia, visit my cousin there, and particularly to visit Williamsburg. But perhaps unsurprisingly, the Colonial Williamsburg "living history museum" is apparently another venue for promoting the politically corrected rewriting of our history.
Blogger MRB describes his visit to CW, and describes the 'historical' markers along the footpath:
Along the path there are numerous markers that try to get the visitor into the mind set of someone from an earlier period. Walking in one reads the following:
1954 "You tolerate segregated schools"
1920 "You accept that women cannot vote"
1913 "You pay no income tax and receive no Social Security"
1865 "You know people who own other people"
My reaction to these and most of the others (there were probably ten in all), was, "yes, times have changed, and mostly for the worst." Mine was probably not the reaction anticipated by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF).
Far more distasteful than these are the markers that one reads when walking back over the bridge. Below is a list of the "high points" of America history according to the CWF.
1786 Thomas Jefferson: "Made religion a matter of personal choice"
1805 Sacagawea: "Led Lewis and Clark to the American West"
1837 Horace Mann: "Inspired a universal thirst for public education"
1863 Abraham Lincoln: "Proclaimed freedom for 3 million Americans"
1879 Thomas Edison: "Turned night into day"
1908 Henry Ford: "Gave Americans the car keys to everywhere"
1928 Louis Armstrong: "Set America�s free spirit to music"
1955 Rosa Parks: "Moved civil rights to the front of the bus"
1961 John F. Kennedy: "Ask not what your country can do for you � ask what you can do for your country"
If it isn't immediately evident to you what is wrong with each of these descriptions, read the blog entry linked.
Obviously there are a lot of "high points" in American history that might have been commemorated there; how on earth is Louis Armstrong or Rosa Parks, or Sacajawea for that matter, deserving of mention where so many more important contributions and people were omitted?
Why have we gone so mad as to bow down to a small minority of people while at the same time slighting our own people? Yes, it is mostly a rhetorical question. I know the obvious reasons, but I still cannot get over the irrationality of it, or the self-denigration involved in doing perpetual penance and willingly abasing ourselves.
I had been particularly interested in Williamsburg because quite a few of my ancestors lived there, or were otherwise associated with the landmarks there, for example, the Carys being involved in rebuilding the College of William and Mary. My ancestors including the Carys, the Tabbs, the Langhornes, the Blands, and many others had some ties to that area.
However I only learned through reading the Wikipedia entry linked above that the Rockefellers were involved in the building of the 'living history museum' of Colonial Williamsburg. No wonder there is now a strong globalist/PC slant to everything there. I suspect my Virginia ancestors are turning in their graves at what their homes have now become.
The Wiki describes the usual cultural Marxist influence in the story depicted at CW:
Colonial Williamsburg has been criticized for neglecting the role of free African-Americans in Colonial life, in addition to those who were slaves.
[...]
Despite abolition of slavery in 1865 after the American Civil War, later that century and during the first half of the 20th century, racial segregation persisted in Virginia, with many Jim Crow laws requiring it. When it first opened in the 1930s, Colonial Williamsburg had segregated dormitories for its reenactors. African-Americans filled historical roles as servants, rather than free people as in the present day. Colonial Williamsburg allowed the entry of blacks, but Williamsburg area hotels denied them accommodation, and state law forbade blacks from eating in the restored taverns and from shopping in nearby stores. In the 1950s, African-Americans were only allowed to visit Colonial Williamsburg one day a week until after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 began dismantling segregation laws and practices. Colonial Williamsburg offered some of the earlier public accommodations on an integrated basis.
In the 1970s, in reaction to increasing scorn of its one-sided portrayal of colonial life, Colonial Williamsburg increased its number of African-American slave interpretors. In 1994 it added slave auctions and slave marriages; the NAACP and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference later protested. In 1999 Colonial Williamsburg added a new program to explain slavery and its role in Colonial America.''
The Wiki also tells us:
''The motto of Colonial Williamsburg is "that the future may learn from the past."
Maybe that should be: "that the future may feel guilty about the past'', and of course be shamed into endless apologies and subservience.
This phenomenon of rehearsing and rehashing our past national or racial 'sins' is uncomfortably like the trend seen in many troubled young people today: the trend towards 'self-harm' or self-injury. I know of some young people who for some bizarre reason inflict cuts or wounds on their own flesh. We are doing this on a national or civilizational scale, inflicting harm and pain on ourselves. What healthy person would do that? What healthy person would endlessly dwell on how bad we are/were as a nation, or how evil our forefathers were? Surely all this recrimination takes its toll on the collective psyche.
I don't know whether I will visit CW; I may go and visit my colonial ancestors' graves, most of whose locations I know. But I really don't care to be subjected to somebody's piously PC revisionism, or to be reminded of what "bigots" my ancestors were. The "bigotry" is simply on the other foot now. But the politically correct are too blind to see this.

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