Visitors to Montpelier get to see just three rooms in the sprawling mansion. The estate “made Madison the philosopher, farmer, statesman, and enslaver that he was,” the guide said as The Post’s group entered the home — a line she repeated at the end of her spiel.
Hurricane Katrina flooding, the Ferguson riots, incarceration, and more all trace back to slavery, according to a 10-minute multi-screen video.
Another exhibit damns every one of the nation’s first 18 presidents — even those, like John Adams and Abraham Lincoln, who never owned slaves — for having benefited from slavery in some way.
The only in-depth material about the Constitution itself appears in a display that pushes the claim, championed by the controversial 1619 Project, that racism was the driving force behind the entire American political system.
It’s bad, but frankly nothing new.
As a former New Yorker, I can tell the Post that the paper can find this stuff much closer to home and it’s been that way even long before the 2020 BLM riots.
Visiting a Revolutionary War exhibit at the New York Historical Society, I remember a costumed volunteer yelling at my then-fiance that George Washington was a racist and that all the real victories in the war had been achieved by black soldiers. At the Intrepid, there was a lecture on how the U.S. Navy in WW2 was racist.
The entrance to Colonial Williamsburg consisted of a series of plaques detailing how bigoted the past was in every possible way. A casual glance shows it’s only gotten worse since.
Colonial Williamsburg adds gay and transgender reenactments
Colonial Williamsburg is bringing a slice of gay and transgender history to life this Fall.
The Colonial Williamsburg foundation created a Gender and Sexuality Diversity Committee in 2019 with the purpose of researching gay and transgender issues in the colonies. The result of the committee found multiple instances of lesbian and transgender people in the early years of America’s founding.
According to researcher Ron Tolson, more gay and transgender men and women were accepted than expected in Williamsburg.
No doubt. Soon it’ll turn out that there were more of them than there are voters in Detroit districts where Democrats win 130% of the vote.
This stuff is depressing, but I doubt anyone who has visited historical sites and museums, particularly ones with a nationwide standing, hasn’t run into this. It’s one reason why I, like so many others, don’t bother, and when I do, I avoid any of the official guides and contemporary materials like the plague.
American history is being regularly desecrated and it would be nice if elected Republican officials, many of whom hold office in the relevant states, actually did something about it, by putting pressure on the relevant boards and organizations.