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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Conservative Perception of US Slavery Inexcusable (Video)

Image result for gop on slavery raceIf you follow US politics and the 2016 General Election campaign for the US Presidency, you are aware of Katrina Pierson (from the Trump campaign).

Pierson has a recent history of Tea Party leaders in her home state of Texas.  She also has a more distant background which includes the use of crack cocaine. Substance abuse which led to an arrest at a Dallas, Texas department store (reported with her young son in tow).  Despite the period of time which has passed since 1997, there seems to be an issue of cognitive deficiencies; in many cases, such mental issues never move to a point of rational.  

After a long period of no Pierson on cable news coverage, she has reappeared. Trump's over-the-top mishandling of the Charlottesville, Virginia Nazi/white supremacist rally (and associated violence) has offered an opportunity for incessant cable news segments. The lack of a presidential reaction to the violence including Trump's sickening efforts to offer a moral equivalency to Nazis and white supremacists and anti-Nazi rally protesters provide a platform for Fox News regurgitating Pierson for its ravenous tin head viewers.  Pierson performed well while offering a point of view which may permeate through the minds of many conservatives who have the mental capacity to hold that thought.  Pierson has no such impulse reactions. 

As the on camera discussion moved through issues of Charlottesville and discussion of removing public symbols of the US Confederacy  to museums Pierson went here:

“The only place that that's being done right now is by ISIS and I really don't think that you should have leaders actually encouraging people to do these types of things,” she continued, “because Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad, because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with.”
Another segment guest Wendy Osefo, softly proposed simply moving the statues. 
“It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country.”
The comment drew this startled response from Osefo:

“Slavery is good history?”

What you witnessed is not only the essence of a person who lives in an alternate universe, you heard a person who will say anything for a dollar, and you caught a glimpse of the core of millions who consider themselves conservatives.

If you are involved to think in terms of we shouldn't use Pierson as a beacon of the inner core of million on the Right, how about another example.  Let's move to another region of North Carolina.  In early 2016, a candidate for the Alamance County Board of Commissioners, candidate Tim Sutton spoke of a non-apology for his family's history of slave ownership while avoiding the use of the word slaves. He referred to human bondage and human chattel as "workers."


The Times News



Commissioner Tim Sutton — who ran for his seat as a Republican in 2016, Times News reported — said he would never vote to remove Confederate statues, which have become a topic of debate at the local and national level after a recent white nationalist protest against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia. 
If it comes down, it goes back up. To heck with facts,” Sutton said, after other county commissioners responded to the request from the Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County (ACTBAC) group. “The emotions have just gone haywire. I am not going to be a victim of political correctness. I am just not going to do it. Label me all you want, say what you will about me.” 
He went on to say he wasn’t ashamed by his great-grandfather for doing “what he did” because the “workers” — whom he apparently wouldn’t call slaves — on his family farm were given land. 
“It is my understanding that when (my great-grandfather) died, from Sarah, my grandmother, that some guys on the farm, you can call them slaves if you want to, but I would just call them workers, that they raised a good bit of my family,” he said, according to Times News. 
“When the time came, my great-grandmother gave them land. I am not going to be an assault on logic, an assault on the history of this country and the heritage of this area and this country. Not going to do it,” he said.
If American conservatives reflect on one of the most horrific aspects of US History (only surpassed by the wanton genocide of Native Original North American people in the millions), is there any wonder we have such deep divides regarding what seems a key facet of Rightwing ideology.  

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