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How we got here, part 1.

If there’s one thing being a home school parent has afforded me more than any other, it’s a true education. Because so many people of whatever race are so ignorant of it, it seems a re-examination of our nation’s history is in order before we can even begin to tackle the race issue and what to do -or not do- about it.

For the record, I love my country. However just as it is impossible for me to be an effective mother without acknowledging my children’s sins as well as their strengths, neither can one be a patriot without acknowledging all pertinent information concerning their country. You can’t even pray for your nation if you don’t really understand what your country represents, and what it has represented from the beginning. One of the things our country has represented from the beginning is rebellion, casting away tradition, and a willingness to discard all which was before to start anew. In other words, a similar ethos as today, except then was wrapped in faith and the propriety of the era.

For those who immediately recoil and and curse me at the idea of America’s birth as anti-Biblical without ever seriously considering the merits of the argument, I sympathize with you. I used to do the same thing. I did, until I accepted that the only Biblical support for doing what the original colonists did is pursuit of Christ Himself. And there is no Biblical support for rebelling against legitimate authority for the purposes of representation commensurate with taxation. Let that sink in before we move on because it gets better.

One of the things you hear repeated among the “separate or die!” crowd is a fairly common refrain of English colonists coming over here to populate the new land as a beacon of religious freedom. In other words, they wanted to worship the God of the Bible, free from the tyranny of the Church of England. Indeed, there were some colonists on the maiden voyages of The Mayflower and The Speedwell who were in search of religious freedom.

Those boats however,  were also filled with financial hustlers on board, hoping to come over to the New World and strike it rich. It is here, at this point, where for me at least, the America of 2017 begins to make much more sense. Forgive me for not providing extensive linkage. If you need that, do what I did and go get yourself an education, and drop the links -or rebuttals- in the comments. I’m confident of the validity of what I have presented here thus far.

Consider with me for a moment the crux of the argument heralding the supremacy of race, kin, and tradition. Now hold that up in the light of the fact that you had people willing to leave their kin, kith, church, and traditions in order to plant roots in a new land 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. In 1607, going home again wasn’t as simple as hopping a flight. These people truly were leaving all in search of opportunity. It was this same spirit of avarice, opportunism and financial gain that was the start of the problem of race in a country that has never truly been a white country, not even from its inception.

Consider that in the South there were states where the slave population was almost equal to the legal citizen population. States such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi spring immediately to mind. This is relevant because this was a  nation supposedly arranged as a confederation of sovereign states loosely bound together.

The fact that it was a “majority white” nation is most relevant in the context of what we have today:  A nation where the power is concentrated in the hands of a very few people in the seats of power in Washington D.C. The governing bodies of the South foolishly allowed its population in some states to be roughly 50/50. What rational government, regardless of laws and segregation, expects to maintain a pure ethnic state (as in Southern state) under such circumstances?

Even before the 1860 Census, before there was a United States of America to even discuss at all, black people were here, contributing to the building of this nation with blood seat and tears. Indeed, the blood of a large percentage so-called African Americans is pretty diluted at this point, and has a generous mix of a little bit of everyone who was here with them.

You see, the issues they are facing in Germany, Sweden, France, etc. are NOT the same issues we are facing here. I sympathize with many of  the grievances of Pegida and National Front, because what they are dealing with- due to unchecked immigration- is a very real assault on their histories as ethnic states. America has never been an ethnic state, nor has she ever, at any point in her history acted as if she intended to be one.

If those who are propelling this new movement were focusing their energies on curtailing exploding immigration (illegal primarily but slowing down the legal stem isn’t a bad idea either), border security, and the near constant push by the left leaning education and entertainment complex to discourage cultural assimilation as well as law and order, I would be on board with that. I am on board with that.

What they seem to be doing however, in reaction to the corrosive influence of the left, is a virtual re-writing of American history which demonizes people who have been here longer than most of their own ancestors. And doing so for displaying the fruit of the seeds which were planted by the oh-so-perfect and culturally correct European-Jewish UMC and wealthy who poisoned the well which the last two generations drank from. As if we had any other well  from which to drink.

That’s not an excusing of personal responsibility, believe me. Just stay with me, as I’m going somewhere here, and it isn’t toward white oppression as the source of all that ails people of other races. I loathe those arguments.

As a teaser for the next post, I leave you with the words of Frederick Douglass. Here he is answering the question of his day in response to the newly emancipated slaves:

“What shall we do with the Negro?” I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us. Do nothing with us! If the apples will not remain on the tree of their own strength, if they are wormeaten at the core, if they are early ripe and disposed to fall, let them fall! I am not for tying or fastening them on the tree in any way, except by nature’s plan, and if they will not stay there, let them fall. And if the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone!”

First post in this series can be found here.

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12 thoughts on “How we got here, part 1.”

  1. This was a bit disjointed, I realize. As a matter of fact, I just had to edit a few spots. So if you already read it, you might want to re-read it.

    For that reason, it will be a while before I get to the next post. This topic deserves better flow than this, LOL.

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  2. In “…The only Biblical support for doing what colonists did…”, “The” is incorrectly capitalized.

    Otherwise, thank you for this series. I am a white dude, living among white people. The majority of my thought and writing is on gender, religion, and epistemology. So reading this feels very much like getting to borrow a pre-vetted brain that has thought about this.

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  3. It is starting to occur to me that there is an American “ethnicity” that is not, like all ethnicities of the past, a subset of race.

    If allowed to continue refining itself unhindered by stupid political ideologies and philosophies designed to tear us apart could have been as coherent as “French” or “German.”

    I have more in common with blogger Elspeth who is of a different race than I do with a Serb, in Serbia.

    But this ethnicity is/was developing all by itself until it was interrupted by ideology. Maybe people just cannot help but fracture into groups based on whatever dimensions they feel strongly about. Be it racial, religious, whatever. And maybe they just can’t help but develop narratives based on those group identities and then advocate for themselves to the detriment of all other groups.

    The reason I am moving my family to geographic isolation is not because I am “racist.” It’s because of how dumb and crazy people are.

    You are right about everything here in this post. But those of us who feel this way are such a small group now as to render is irrelevant.

    I had a long talk with Oscar (German/Mexican with mixed race and adopted black kids) 2 days ago that gave me some reason to hope. Maybe I’ll tell you about it offline, but I would have to ask him first.,

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  4. And there are sub-American groups, like “Southern” or “Midwestern” or “Californian”… we have common cultural expectations, foods, experiences. The Midwestern ethos and behavior are nothing at all like the Southern ethos and behavior. They’re both good, but they’re not the same.

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  5. Hearthie. Correct. This is why orthodox hetero sexual married cowboy psychologist army major living with his wife and kids on his ranch/farm in Texas has NOTHING in common with black lesbian Wiccan professor of gender studies living with her otherkin life partner in San Francisco.

    But both are “Americans.”

    Not a value judgment. It just is what it is.

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  6. This is true, and having spoken with Americans of several ethnic backgrounds (seriously, our social circle flies in the face of almost EVERYTHING you read in alt. right), and who have traveled abroad, every one of them -even the ones who could speak the language of the country visited- said that the people could sense that they were American almost immediately, often before they opened their mouths to say one word.

    Because “American” is actually a real thing.

    And yes, because this country is so big, regional differences apply as well.

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