Quit blaming history for today’s failures

Attention, Ali Muldrow, Freedom Inc. and your progressive enablers

we make our own history!

“The 1619 Project … promotes the dangerous idea that the black community is exempt from responsibility to lift itself.”
— Robert L. Woodson on
the New York Times series

Excerpted from Robert L. Woodson‘s essay in the Wall Street Journal. He writes that the New York Times series perpetuates the culture of victimhood by arguing that “slavery … and its legacy remain the principle cause of inequities between races” today.

The 1619 Project hurts blacks

Robert L Woodson

Robert L Woodson

Barraging minorities with constant reminders of the injuries their ancestors suffered only discourages them from working to surmount the obstacles in their way. …

In truth, even during the worst periods of oppression, there were blacks who … maintained a strong moral code and a belief in self-determination and mutual support that allowed them to rise despite their enslavement. There were men and women who were born slaves yet died millionaires.

Even in the era of legislated segregation and discrimination before the civil-rights movement, blacks tapped an entrepreneurial legacy to launch thriving enterprises, including hotels, banks, hospitals, dental schools, insurance companies and even a dry dock and railroad company. … This spectrum of achievement is a powerful refutation of the claim that the destiny of black Americans is determined by what whites do — or what they did in the past. …

What do YOU think?

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24 Responses to Quit blaming history for today’s failures

  1. Here’s what I think…

    I think the 21st Century has bastardized the meaning of “I Have A Dream”.

    The freedom based American dream that Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of when he said “I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream” has turned into an American tribal entitlement handout.

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  2. For social justice warriors it’s a whole lot easier to blame history for today’s failures than it is to acknowledge that the failures are on an individual level and not a social level.

    Individual choices have consequences.

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  3. madisonexpat says:

    This idiocy can only work in a deep Left community with a university nearby paying faculty members too much money to crank out ideas that make people more stupid than they were before being indoctrinated.
    Really, out here in the real world you wouldn’t say it out loud because of the disbelief and ridicule you’d endure.

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  4. Batman says:

    Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems. I only cite these things to show you that in America, the history of the white liberal has been nothing but a series of trickery designed to make Negros think that the white liberal was going to solve our problems. Our problems will never be solved by the white man.”

    Malcolm X was absolutely right about our finding solutions to our own problems. The most devastating problems that black people face today have absolutely nothing to do with our history of slavery and discrimination. Chief among them is the breakdown of the black family, wherein 75 percent of blacks are born to single, often young, mothers. In some cities and neighborhoods, the percentage of out-of-wedlock births is over 80. Actually, “breakdown” is the wrong term; the black family doesn’t form in the first place. This is entirely new among blacks.

    According to the 1938 Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, that year only 11 percent of black children were born to unwed mothers. As late as 1950, female-headed households constituted only 18 percent of the black population. Today it’s close to 70 percent. In much earlier times, during the late 1800s, there were only slight differences between the black family structure and those of other ethnic groups. In New York City in 1925, 85 percent of kin-related black households were two-parent households. Welfare has encouraged young women to have children out of wedlock. The social stigma once associated with unwed pregnancy is all but gone. Plus, “shotgun” weddings are a thing of the past. That was when male members of a girl’s family made the boy who got her pregnant live up to his responsibilities.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2019/01/02/the-worst-enemy-of-black-people-n2538218

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  5. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    You won’t have equal rights until you give up special rights and your excuses.

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    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      Special rights for officially designated “victims” of the white racist male patriarchy makes up half the Democrat platform. The other half? More free stuff.

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  6. Tom Paine says:

    None of this makes sense. Equality before the law? Ok, tell me more about spearing rights that are allocated by race. Gambling enterprise, limited by race. Special scholarships with racial qualifications — of course, they are not racist. 🙂

    Black folks think they are suffering under the YOKE of white wascism? Ok, tell them to take a field trip, permanent or short term, to 5 randomly selected “African” nations. Let them then tell us and the world, how ‘Merikka’ is terrible. Let them record all those, who in Africa now, wish they could live in the US and shop at Walmart, Home Depot, Loew’s and Best Buy. Let them record tapes of anguish about how a family member perished for lack of adequate healthcare. Let them record a list of name of current Black US citizens who want to return to the African Valhalla of racial harmony in S. Africa, or Nigeria, or……

    Nonsense. Given free passage to the source of all EVIL wascism — Amerikka —- see how many black folks in Lagos would sign-up for the chance to start a new life in the USA,.

    All dem illegals ain’t taking boats to Cuba or Venzuela. The illegals are, for good reasons, heading for the USA.

    Woodson’s article is spot-on. Why continue this discussion, decade after decade?

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    • David Blaska says:

      The spearing were not allocated by race but by treaty with the Chippewa Nation. Similar with gambling.

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      • Tom Paine says:

        So, how does one obtain citizenship in the Chippewa Nation?
        I know how to obtain citizenship in the US, Texas, Dane County, and the City of Madison, but tribal membership?

        DO YOU DISPUTE THAT IT IS BY RACE?

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        • David Blaska says:

          It is by nationality and that nationality predominated by race, certainly, but not based on race. No. Watch Dances with Wolves or John Wayne’s The Searchers to see what I mean.

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        • Tom Paine says:

          No button to reply to your claim, so I shall reply to my own post.

          In point of fact, you are wrong. If you do not have an ability to prove your family history or blood quantum for most tribes, you cannot become a member. There are many folks who “look like” Indians, but are not tribal members and are denied tribal rights for gambling profits and other welfare rights.

          I can live on a reservation, but if white, I cannot by virtue of residence, vote in tribal elections or benefit from the legal monopoly profits of gambling. This IS UNLIKE any other government in the US, as far as I know. If I move to SanFran or Tampa or DC or Chevy Chase, MD., I am governed by the laws of that jurisdiction. AND i enjoy all the rights of every other citizen in such jursisdiction (14th Amendment). Yes, 10 to 30 day restrictions for residency, or perhaps, for in-state residency status for college tuition, 1 year,but there are no permanent restrictions about historic bloodlines or family lineage. NOT SO with tribal rights. If I live within the boudary of a reservation, I am not given tribal rights because of my residence, 10 to 30 or 100,000 days. Race alone determines rights, as uncomfortable as that might be to you and most liberals.

          In short, it is an uncomfortable fact that the there are all kinds of exceptions to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment does not apply and the official US Government policy recognizes tribal discrimination based on race. No fundamental difference with Antebellum South and slavery.

          Apologists and liberals who don’t like this fact are like slave owners who talked about liberty and said the 3/5ths compromise and slavery did not contradict their ideal of liberty.

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        • David Blaska says:

          Mr. Paine: The U.S. federal government recognizes Indian tribes as sovereign nations by treaty. They are under no obligation to adopt the membership rules that are required for U.S. citizenship. Southern slave owners were spectacularly denied recognition as a sovereign nation despite their best efforts.

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        • Tom Paine says:

          Mr. Blaska, I much appreciate your reply, even though you avoided to answer my question directly. You did not explain how one can obtain citizenship in an “indian nation.”
          You failed to answer my direct question, ” DO YOU DISPUTE THAT IT IS BY RACE? ”
          I await a reply. The questions remain, regardless your willingness or ability to answer them.

          Secondly, your reply is inaccurate or false — Allow me to explain.
          Blaska ->The U.S. federal government recognizes Indian tribes as sovereign nations by treaty.

          TP> That is correct. I also note for the record, treaties are malleable

          Blaska ->They are under no obligation to adopt the membership rules that are required for U.S. citizenship. Southern slave owners were spectacularly denied recognition as a sovereign nation despite their best efforts.

          TP->> If what you claim is true, seemingly with the errant presumption of TOTAL sovereignty, then any tribe could reject any element of the US constitution. Tribal sovereignty would not be limited in ANY way, except by treaty terms. This would mean tribes would have unrestricted freedom. Tribes could then, for example, re-create slavery, allow prostitution, and promote heroin sales without regard or consequence of the United States. Tribal freedoms, like Sharia, might legally create a government that excluded any sense of equal rights for females.

          TP-> This is the “UNITED” “STATES.” It is a constitutional government where sovereignty of the federal government was created by sovereign states. Consistent with the logic of the Declaration of Independence, when Georgia and South Carolina elected to leave the US, their state sovereignty to do so was denied, by military force, of the remaining states. Thus, each state does NOT, even though sovereign, have aright or freedom to ignore the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.. Similarly, Tribal Freedoms….including the theoretical desire to potentially exclude women from voting, are restricted or limited.

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        • David Blaska says:

          Pain: It IS by race. You are also correct that no state has the right to leave the union. (Straw dog.) But the Winnebago Nation is not a state. It is a Nation recognized by federal treaty. For its members to vote in a U.S. election, they cannot discriminate v. women. But for its Tribal elections, membership, etc., they set the rules. NOW do you get it?

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        • old baldy says:

          Dave:

          It isn’t often that I agree with you, but I certainly do on this discussion of tribal membership and treaty rights. I don’t know where Mr. Paine is trying to go, but it surely won’t get him tribal membership.

          Disclaimer: I am not a tribal member, nor do I believe I have a single drop of NA blood.

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        • Tom Paine says:

          Do I get it “now?”

          No. Do you?

          You’ve consistently failed to define how the 14th Amendment is negated/ignored by current US government practices and by treaties signed AFTER the Civil War.

          Why is it Constitutional for taxpayers in Wisconsin to pay for exclusive scholarships to race-based tribal citizens, even though their sons/daughters cannot even apply for scholarships since they lack a % of Indian blood? How can the State set aside special scholarship aid for students by RACE, in defiance of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14 Amendment?

          Indian Nations? Get real. They are tribes, not nations. The state of federal law is the same as federal law before 1860 in which, as you remember, 5 slaves were counted for 3 people for purposes of representation; and, slavery was acknowledged as a legal construct?

          Indian tribes are no more “nations” than is the township of Brule. Tribes are totally dependent on the US; they are not independent. Nor can they create rules/laws that contradict the US Constitution, in the main. They cannot sell heroin. They cannot conduct abortions on women in their 3rd trimester. They cannot establish “off-reservaton” casinos. They cannot create professional offices for female prostitution. They lack sovereign rights in many, many areas.

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        • David Blaska says:

          Mr. P. Wikipedia is your friend. “The idea that tribes have an inherent right to govern themselves is at the foundation of their constitutional status — the power is not delegated by congressional acts. Congress can, however, limit tribal sovereignty. Unless a treaty or federal statute removes a power, however, the tribe is assumed to possess it.”

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    • Batman says:

      Tom Paine: “Why continue this discussion, decade after decade?”

      Many more people read this blog than comment. There is utility in maintaining a counter narrative to the dangerous destructive messages from the far Left reinforced by the MSM, Universities, Hollywood, Google/YouTube/Facebook, etc. Your voice is powerful.

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  7. Anne R. says:

    Don’t you know this is all the Jews fault? 😉 Just ask Ali Muldrow!

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  8. Batman says:

    The work Robert L Woodson does is quite remarkable, effective, and inspiring. The Woodson Center has implemented their Violence Free Zone program in Milwaukee and Racine WI.

    School Discipline Is Not Racist
    In 2014, school districts throughout the nation received a mandate from President Obama’s Department of Education to reduce the racial disparity in suspension rates, which were three times higher for black students than for whites. In response, rather than addressing and changing the violent and antisocial behavior of students, schools throughout the country have targeted the presumed bigotry and discrimination of teachers. This methodology is in sync with the dominant — and misguided — narrative that any racial disparity in schools is evidence of racism.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2017/09/school-discipline-racial-disparities-obama-administration-solution-mentorship-not-less-discipline/

    If we see that 70% of households are raising children out of wedlock, that means 30% are not. We want to know what the 30% are doing right. How are they raising kids who aren’t dropping out of school or on drugs or in jail? We seek them out—we call them the antibodies of the community—and put a microphone on them, and say, ‘tell us how you did this.’

    https://blog.supplysideliberal.com/post/84295823379/robert-l-woodson-sr-on-helping-the-poor

    Our Violence Free Zone initiative, partnering with community-based organizations, is an innovative and effective strategy that enlists young people as peer mentors and ambassadors for peace. This successful initiative could serve as a national model for addressing youth violence and stimulating community peace.

    http://woodsoncenter.org/how-we-help/programs/

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  9. Batman says:

    A person cannot identify as NA because blood quantum/family lineage are the defining (scientific) factors, but now one can identify as a different sex despite (scientific) DNA evidence to the contrary.
    Why aren’t the modern dems knickers in a twist about this?

    Elizabeth Lieawatha Warren has been skewered for identifying as NA and not a peep from the SJWs.
    Are they afraid of Indians because they’re good at sneaking up on people.

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