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With Hollywood leading the way, near-illiterate progressives tried to clog the Twitterverse and sour everyone else’s holiday with irrelevant denunciations of American slavery. Here is a prime example, albeit refreshingly free of obscenities and spelling errors (and yes, those are the hammer-and-sickle symbols of communism in this person’s Twitter name):
happy 4th of july. america is a violent racist nation built upon slavery and genocide. enjoy your hot dogs and fireworks
Plenty of social media patriots were quick to counter the nonsense. One Twitterer calmly explained to Chris Rock where he went wrong:
Ariel Dove @gWellaReiki
@chrisrock July 4th has nothing to do with slavery; it’s to do with Independence from Britain.
Another stated things a bit more bluntly:
Carl Jackson @holyslant
Morons like Chris Rock don’t understand that July 4th 1776 marked the beginning of the end of slavery.
The “America was built on slavery and genocide” meme is a central pillar of leftist anti-Americanism. For example, one July 4th message that “trended” on Twitter was a link to the Independence Day commentary by MSNBC’s weekend host and Jeremiah Wright apologist Melissa Harris-Perry, one of that network’s stable of America-hating attack dogs, about whom I wrote recently for FrontPage. She said in her monologue that “Independence Day is more aspirational than actual,” and that on this day we should meditate on our failings as well:
It’s ours, all of it. The imperialism, the genocide, the slavery, also the liberation and the hope and the deeply American belief that our best days still lie ahead of us… So on the 4th of July… I’m going to wave a flag without hesitation — not because I’ve forgotten my nation’s many wrongs, but because I remember them.
Though she tries to dress it up in a sort of patriotic optimism, this is not a celebration of America – certainly not of American exceptionalism, which Obama and the left refuse to acknowledge. It is typical of the left’s insistence on viewing this country’s history through the lens of racial victimization in order to perpetuate divisive grievances, generations after America rose above its failings.
The message that the left wanted to hammer home on this 4th of July and every other day is that rather than celebrate our independence and meteoric rise to the most prosperous, egalitarian, and beneficent power in world history, Americans today should never cease flagellating themselves in guilt over slavery, even though we officially ended it in America nearly 150 years ago, and even though it’s not even a uniquely American phenomenon. Slavery has been perpetrated in every culture by every race throughout history (including Native Americans and black Africans, though you’ll never hear the left discuss that). It is still being carried out today by Muslims in Africa and the Middle East (which the left will also never admit).
The multiculturalist left fantasize that nonwhite indigenous peoples everywhere lived in Edenic harmony with each other and their habitats until the genocidal, environment-raping Christian white man came along and enslaved them all, and that Eden will be restored only when that Christian white imperialist is destroyed – or fundamentally transformed.
The right does not argue that America should whitewash its history; on the contrary, it is the left that would like to whitewash the fact that it took that Christian white man to end slavery, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of white (and black) lives in a war that nearly collapsed this country. But that inconvenient truth doesn’t advance the left’s race-baiting, America-hating agenda.
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