Suggested Reading for the New Trier Civil Rights Seminar
One of the current scams in government schools is to make white students feel guilty for being white. Linda Yonke, of New Trier, is the latest in a line of committed socialist types, to use the classroom to indoctrinate students while shutting off debate. But there are troubling facts that get in the way of the prevailing narrative about race being forced on New Trier Students. If you read the books and articles we recommend you’ll penetrate the fog of the historical blackout Supt. Yonke is attempting to hold up. It might shock many people to know that America didn’t invent slavery . It also might shock many people to know that slavery existed after America’s Civil War. But those aren’t the only myths.
One of the great myths existing today is the notion that only black people were slaves in America. NYU Press explains Don Jordon’s book White Cargo
White Cargo is the forgotten story of the thousands of Britons who lived and died in bondage in Britain’s American colonies.
In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, more than 300,000 white people were shipped to America as slaves. Urchins were swept up from London’s streets to labor in the tobacco fields, where life expectancy was no more than two years. Brothels were raided to provide “breeders” for Virginia. Hopeful migrants were duped into signing as indentured servants, unaware they would become personal property who could be bought, sold, and even gambled away. Transported convicts were paraded for sale like livestock.
Drawing on letters crying for help, diaries, and court and government archives, Don Jordan and Michael Walsh demonstrate that the brutalities usually associated with black slavery alone were perpetrated on whites throughout British rule. The trade ended with American independence, but the British still tried to sell convicts in their former colonies, which prompted one of the most audacious plots in Anglo-American history.
There weren’t only white slaves masters in America. Blacks also got into the racket. It’s poor form to mention it. Take the case of Black slave owners in South Carolina. University of South Carolina Press has published Larry Koger’s important book on the subject Black Slaveowners: Free Black Slave Masters in South Carolina, 1790-1860.
Here’s the description from Amazon:
Most Americans, both black and white, believe that slavery was a system exclusively maintained by whites to exploit blacks, but Larry Koger’s authoritative study portrays the small yet significant role that African Americans played as masters in the peculiar institution. By profiling South Carolina’s diverse population of African-American slaveowners, he demonstrates that free African-Americans embraced slavery as a viable economic system and that they–like their white counterparts–exploited the labor of slaves on their farms and in their businesses.
It might be hard to believe but slavery still exists in the world today. The Washington Post reports that America isn’t a leader in this industry, in the 21st Century :
We think of slavery as a practice of the past, an image from Roman colonies or 18th-century American plantations, but the practice of enslaving human beings as property still exists. There are 29.8 million people living as slaves right now, according to a comprehensive new report issued by the Australia-based Walk Free Foundation.
This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership. Walk Free investigated 162 countries and found slaves in every single one. But the practice is far worse in some countries than others.
The country where you are most likely to be enslaved is Mauritania. Although this vast West African nation has tried three times to outlaw slavery within its borders, it remains so common that it is nearly normal. The report estimates that four percent of Mauritania is enslaved – one out of every 25 people.
The Social Justice Warriors are sure to “airbrush” modern slavery today out of existence. If they carried about coercion they’d be out there demonstrating against Mauritania. Making white people feel guilty about slavery may in fact be a larger plan by progressives to hide the brown people involved in modern slavery.
We conclude with two excellent books that go beyond skin color. These books are written by two top notch scholars with a firm understanding of American history and American constitutional history. These two books go beyond the scope of slavery and white guilt . The first book is historian Tom Woods’ New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. Tom Woods got his PH.D. in history at Columbia University and has an incredible grasp of economics which few historians do. The second book is Kevin Gutzman’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Constitution. Professor Gutzman is one America’s true expert on the U.S. Constitution. Professor Gutzman has a PH.D in American History and J.D. Professor Gutzman’s book also made it to the New York Times’s Best Seller List.
Happy reading to all.
Steve Bartin runs the leading news syndicate in Chicago, Newsalert.