American History, the self-help subject

Almost exactly 110 years ago today. The New York Times:

NEW ORLEANS, La., Sept. 17. — According to information received here to-night, United States Senator McLaurin of Mississippi, in defending W.C. Eastland, who was arraigned in the Circuit Court at Indianopa, Miss., last Friday on the charge of having participated in the burning at the stake of Luther Hollsert and his wife for the murder of a white man, has indorsed lynching as being the only reasonable atonement for murders and assaults in the South.

Senator McLaurin warned that Southern justice could not be served without lynching, so he ‘indorsed’ burning a black couple at the stake. I post this tidbit to remind myself that Authority doesn’t always know what’s right.

It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and don’t “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”

Jefferson County Colorado wants its American History to be taught without any of the interesting parts. Without labor strikes, or Martin Luther King Jr., or John Brown. They don’t want the kids to hear about the Robberbarons – they want them to hear about the Job Creators. Let’s not teach them about slavery, let’s instead point out how the Atlantic Triangular Trade system powered the Mississippi economy.

And if our current epoch is to be discussed, let’s avoid mentioning how the banksters so damaged the 21st century financial commons that they sent the country – heck, really most of the planet – spiraling into a crippling recession we’re still suffering from today. Let’s just say that the fiscal creativity of a few, powerful people functions as the lifeblood of a modern free-market economy, and without which we’d be no better off than Vietnam.

Arvada High School senior Tyrone G. Parks disagreed with the school board, and argued that protest is a crucial aspect of American history, “and everything that we’ve done is what allowed us to be at this point today. And if you take that from us, you take away everything that America was built off of.”

But authoritarians don’t believe that, do they? The Sixties didn’t save us from our own worst instincts, it was a satanic ritual. James Earl Ray wasn’t a typical racist, he DONE WENT AND BROKE THE LAW. History is their virginal Southern daughter, to be protected from your Negroid facts at all costs.

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