15 February 2017

Are Moral Reformer "Historians" Partly Responsbile?

For the ongoing vandalism on historic monuments? If one connects the dots, one might be able to make that case, no?
Thomas Jefferson’s alma mater, the College of William & Mary, must clean up a statue of the former president that was vandalized over the weekend. . . . On the ground nearby was a message about the man who penned the final draft of the Declaration of Independence: “Slave owner.” (Source)

"Beginning in the 1960s, from Boston to Berkeley, the teachers of America’s teachers absorbed and taught a new, CliffsNotes-style sacred history: America was born tainted by Western Civilization’s original sins—racism, sexism, greed, genocide against natives and the environment, all wrapped in religious obscurantism, and on the basis of hypocritical promises of freedom and equality." ~ Angelo M. Codevilla, Professor Emeritus of International Relations at Boston University

Is there a cause and effect? Just asking. 


jessie sanford said...

Absolutely, these so-called historians and other liberal professors teach our young men and women to have no respect for those who have come before them and teach them to look at history through present eyes. All monuments and other historical reminders of the past that don't pass muster as seen through their eyes must be labeled RACIST and destroyed lest it may offend someone's senseablity. It's a shame really.

Michael Aubrecht said...

Thank you for sharing this Richard. Jefferson is of particular interest to me.This is disturbing to say the least. I understand the need to acknowledge his imperfections but this is not the way to go about doing it. I like the mature responses from students that are quoted. You can read my article dealing with this very issue: www.pinstripepress.net/MonticelloPAR1-10.pdf

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

You're welcome Michael. "I understand the need to acknowledge his imperfections"

Of course, but that's not what the moral reformers want. Acknowledging is not enough. They want the "imperfections" to be the primary focus. Read their blogs, their books - read the criticisms I post here coming from those within their own institutions. Remember, it's not about history, it's about their agenda, as well as some personal virtue-signalling. Thanks for taking the time to comment.