America Wants To Rewrite Its History On Race

By Sinclere Lee

Atlanta (BNW)—With one of the wickedest treatment of human oppression and degradation against an innocent people in world history, no wonder there’s an attempt to rewrite the history of this country. America is known as the leader of the free-world, and who in America wants the rest of the world to know that the so-called leader of the free-world denied freedom to Black Americans for over three-hundred years. For sure, most of American slavery and genocide were directed at Native Americans and Blacks, but rewriting the horrific history of Black Americans is the goal of most white Americans.

For example, in an attempt appease the Tea Party members of the House, House members insisted on reading the US Constitution. However, instead of reading the Constitution in its entirety, Republican members wanted to read an “amended version” that only includes the sections and amendments that were not changed at a later date. The decision in part will allow members to avoid reading less pleasant sections, like the clause in Article 1, Section 2, which counted black slaves as three-fifths of a person.

Before the reading started, Democrats made their own, more subdued protest, asking why Republicans wanted to omit sections, including those pertaining to slavery, that were later amended. In particular, they asked about the Article I, Section 2 clause that classified slaves as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of congressional apportionment and taxation.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., asked why those elements of American history were being left out, "given the struggle of African-Americans, given the struggle of women."

“We’re reading the amended version with all amendments that are currently part of the Constitution,” said Kathryn Rexrode, a spokesman for Virginia Republica Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who spearheaded the reading. “It will not include any amendments that were in the original but later amended.”

It was reported that the Constitution contains nine parts that were later changed — including an entire amendment, the 18th, which banned the manufacturing and sale of alcohol — which will be left out of Thursday’s reading. The omitted sections, which do not apply to the 112th Congress, include the so-called “three-fifths clause,” the election of senators by state legislatures and the original process outlined for electing the vice president

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican organized the reading, and said he and others had worked closely with the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service in coming up with the most accurate presentation of the Constitution. He noted to Jackson, son of civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, that another pioneer of the civil rights movement, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., had been asked to read the Thirteenth Amendment that abolished slavery.

“We certainly have made changes to the Constitution, amendments to the Constitution that have changed the original writings of the Constitution in a number of respects,” Goodlatte said Tuesday during an interview on MSNBC. “In fact, when we read the Constitution, we will omit those portions that have been deleted by subsequent amendments that were adopted over time.”

Just last month, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour insisted that the racist, segregated South wasn’t that bad for Blacks. “Barbour's version of history is so grossly distorted that it's tough to decide where to start." A noted Black politician from Mississippi said. “Broadly speaking, Barbour's claim that Democrats are the ones who fought segregation is incredibly misleading. Although it's a popular argument among southern conservatives, particularly when they're feeling defensive about race, the fact remains that the Civil Rights Act was passed by Democratic majorities in Congress and signed by a Democratic president. The real division among lawmakers was geographic — it was southern conservatives who bitterly opposed the bill.”

"It is quite disturbing that the governor of this state would take an approach to try to change the history of this state," said Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi NAACP. "It's beyond disturbing — it's offensive that he would try and create a new historical reality that undermines the physical, mental, and economic hardship that many African-Americans had to suffer as a result of the policies and practices of the White Citizens Council."

Barbour — who is being touted as the most prominent Republican and the face of the GOP — is head of the Republican Governors Association. In reality, Barbour was born under Jim Crow segregation and attended segregated public schools. He attended college with only a handful of black students. And he sent his children to Manchester Academy, one of the "segregation academies" established so that white parents could avoid sending their daughters to integrated schools, where they would undoubtedly date black boys. Manchester Academy did not integrate until 1996, when it admitted its first African-American student.

The Democratic Party's embrace of civil rights led some southern Democrats, like Strom Thurmond, to flee for the GOP. In 1964, Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater — who opposed the Civil Rights Act — won only five states outside his home state of Arizona: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. None of them went for the Republican four years earlier.

This deception is particularly rich coming from Barbour, who has always worn his roots on his sleeve. Barbour says that he was raised an "Eastland Democrat," but fails to mention that Jim Eastland once said that "segregation is not discrimination," but rather "the law of God." Barbour boasts that his generation didn't think about race because "they went to integrated schools," but he enrolled at Ole Miss just a few years after the first black student at the university, James Meredith, whose enrollment led to violent rioting and who was frequently harassed on campus. Barbour completely glosses over the issue of Nixon's "southern strategy," even though he personally worked on the campaign.

"Because the business community wouldn't stand for it," Barbour said. "… You heard of the Citizens [sic] Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders. In Yazoo City they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their ass run out of town. If you had a job, you'd lose it. If you had a store, they'd see nobody shopped there. We didn't have a problem with the Klan in Yazoo City."

Forty years later, according to Newsweek, Barbour has a Confederate flag signed by Jefferson Davis hanging on the wall in his office. When Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) came under fire earlier this year for issuing a proclamation to honor Confederate History Month without even mentioning slavery, Barbour was among the first to defend him. "It's trying to make a big deal out of something that didn't matter for diddly," Barbour said.

There is a move afoot to rewrite history by removing the word nigger from major literary works. Mark Twain's classic 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' is a piece of literary history, but publishing company NewSouth is electing to update the story for modern times by getting rid of the N-word. Publishers Weekly reports a new version of the novel along with 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' will switch out the ever-controversial N-word for "slave."

"This is not an effort to render Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn colorblind," said Twain scholar Alan Gribben. "Race matters in these books. It's a matter of how you express that in the 21st century."

The project led by Gribben, a 69-year old English professor tapped to write the introduction for the edition, began when he read the book out loud to his students over the years and consciously replaced the word with "slave." After several local teachers reached out to him about the same concerns, Gribben felt a change was desperately needed in order for Twain to keep his place in today's classrooms.

'Huckleberry Finn' is still largely considered one of the most controversial novels directly because of its context with slavery, and has been threatened to be removed from classrooms for decades.

"After a number of talks, I was sought out by local teachers, and to a person they said we would love to teach this novel, and Huckleberry Finn, but we feel we can't do it anymore. In the new classroom, it's really not acceptable," Gribben said. Hey, you don't have to go through all that to stop the truth in the book. ...Just burn it!

The N-word appears 219 times, and Gribben knows making the change won't be smooth.

"I'm hoping that people will welcome this new option, but I suspect that textual purists will be horrified," he said. "Already, one professor told me that he is very disappointed that I was involved in this."

The new edition, 'Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition,' is set for release in February. If we're not careful, America will rewrite its history leaving out slavery, the Civil Rights movement, and even the assassination of Martin Luther King. Their denial of the truth is only an attempt at information control that refuses to accept America’s ugly past.

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