Steve King and the Perils of Defending White Civilisation By Charles Taylor

     This one is slipping down the slippery, slimy slope of the mainstream headlines, but still is worthy of reflection, as US congress man Steve King got into deep trouble with the establishment thought police just by asking a simple  question:

“Iowa congressman Steve King is under fire—and being punished—for another dissident outburst. In an interview published by the New York Times last week, he said: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? . . . Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?” The media called this an endorsement of white supremacy, deliberately ignoring the paragraph just before the quote: At the same time, he said, he supports immigrants who enter the country legally and fully assimilate because what matters more than race is ‘the culture of America’ based on values brought to the United States by whites from Europe. The congressman quickly issued a clarification.”    

     The “clarification” involved King equating white nationalism, maybe all nationalisms, with “racism.” But, that was not enough. He had still maintained that he was an advocate for Western civilisation’s values, but he did not see that the Left regards those as racist too. Everything people like him says or does,  is racist! Racist! RACIST! Western civilisation is racist; there are whole university courses, paid by the tax payer on this. A Leftist book trashing Western civilisation gets published every day, and put up in lights for all kiddies to worship. King should have said that he was sorry, stated that he just wanted to die. Then he should have put on sack cloth and ashes, and flagellated himself, like the Republicans who criticised him were experts in doing. That would be getting along the right track, according to the statements of numerous Left American academics, that he have covered here over the crazy years. Oh, I wonder what they would have done to old Abe Lincoln if he was alive today, because he really was really a “white supremacist”?

“Lincoln didn’t believe blacks should have the same rights as whites. Though Lincoln argued that the founding fathers’ phrase “All men are created equal” applied to blacks and whites alike, this did not mean he thought they should have the same social and political rights. His views became clear during an 1858 series of debates with his opponent in the Illinois race for U.S. Senate, Stephen Douglas, who had accused him of supporting “negro equality.” In their fourth debate, at Charleston, Illinois, on September 18, 1858, Lincoln made his position clear. “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races,” he began, going on to say that he opposed blacks having the right to vote, to serve on juries, to hold office and to intermarry with whites. What he did believe was that, like all men, blacks had the right to improve their condition in society and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. In this way they were equal to white men, and for this reason slavery was inherently unjust. Like his views on emancipation, Lincoln’s position on social and political equality for African-Americans would evolve over the course of his presidency. In the last speech of his life, delivered on April 11, 1865, he argued for limited black suffrage, saying that any black man who had served the Union during the Civil War should have the right to vote.”

“In the aftermath of violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 (and in the context of a wider debate over the removal of Confederate statues), a particular quote spread on Facebook and Twitter, appearing to indicate Abraham Lincoln’s opposition to racial equality.  On 14 August, the remarks formed part of a Dallas Morning News column by former Texas State Senator Jerry Patterson, who wrote:
During his famous debates with Sen. Stephen Douglas, Lincoln explained to the crowd: “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races … I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of Negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be a position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

Lincoln was no different than most white males, North and South, at the time. He was a white supremacist. The quote as presented by Patterson, and in several Facebook and Twitter posts, is authentic. Lincoln did make those remarks on 18 September 1858. They came at the beginning of his opening speech at the fourth of seven famous debates with Stephen Douglas, during Lincoln’s unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate in Illinois. Lincoln had been under attack from Democrats who accused him of supporting racial equality, and his comments were a defense against those allegations.”

“More problematic were Lincoln’s views on race. He held opinions not very different from those of the majority of his racist countrymen. Even if slavery was wrong, “there is a physical difference between the white and black races that will for ever forbid the two races from living together on terms of social and political equality.” His solution was a form of ethnic cleansing: shipping blacks off to Liberia, or Haiti, or Central America — anywhere as long as it wasn’t the United States. Lincoln’s views may have started to change once he saw how bravely black troops fought for the Union cause, but even at the time of his death, he was willing to leave the fate of emancipated slaves in the hands of bigoted state legislators. “Whether Lincoln ever went beyond being an anti-slavery white supremacist,” Fredrickson writes, “is a question that is difficult to resolve.”

     Yes, this is more than enough to totally condemn Lincoln, so all statutes of him must be torn down, and he should be cursed and vilified by all American school children every morning, just after proclaiming that the US flag is evil and that America is an irreparably racist country. Saying that he was progressive for his time is not good enough, since everything in Western civilisation is open to rejection and condemnation, so let’s take Abe down as well. Go to it.



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Saturday, 13 August 2022