It turns out that the Civil War deserves its own special numbered post at Stuff Black People Don’t Like. In a long winded essay at The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explains how The Lost Cause has robbed African-Americans of their psychic sense of greatness and created all the social problems of the Black Undertow.
There is an obvious rebuttal to this argument: African-Americans haven’t exactly excelled at science, mathematics, technology, or literacy either. Less than 1 percent of all visitors to the National Parks are black. Less than 1 percent of artists in America are black. Less than 3 percent of aircraft pilots and flight engineers are black.
What is stopping black people from visiting the National Parks? What is stopping black people from excelling in science, art, mathematics, and technology? What is stopping black people from graduating from integrated high schools? What is stopping black people from being fighter pilots? Why aren’t they taking advantage of Lincoln’s “New Birth of Freedom”?
22.6 percent of government interviewers for federal grant programs are African-Americans. Here in Alabama, African-Americans are responsible for 62 percent of homicide, 55 percent of rape, 77 percent of robbery, 55 percent of aggravated assault, and 59 percent of burglary. They are also 69 percent of TANF welfare users.
John C. Calhoun argued that African-Americans were unworthy of liberty and that freedom would prove to be a curse rather than a blessing to them. The last 150 years of American history has proven that Calhoun was right. Freedom failed.
Black people have used their freedom to speak ebonics, organize flash mobs, collect welfare checks, sell crack on street corners, spread infectious diseases, impregnate teenagers, and murder and assault each other while contributing virtually nothing of value except the super soaker water gun to the progress of the human species.
If White people disappeared from America, “African-Americans” would find themselves living in a country like Liberia where 85 percent of the population lives below the poverty line in one of the poorest countries in the world. Freedom failed there too.
The history of post-colonial Africa has shown the ability of black people to take over prosperous countries like Ghana, Congo, and Rhodesia and utterly destroy them. Similarly, America’s great cities like Birmingham and Detroit have also been destroyed by African-Americans.
The Lost Cause isn’t responsible for the various failures of black people in America. Abolition is responsible. The whole project was based on the flawed premise of racial equality. White Southerners anticipated its failure at the time.
BRA’s shrine to MLK now sits on the National Mall. It was Made in China because 150 years after the abolition of slavery there were no African-Americans capable of creating the “Stone of Hope.”
Some historians have estimated that 40 million Chinese died in the twentieth century under communism. 23 million Russians and 7 millions Germans died in the Second World War. Japan got hit with two nuclear bombs. 3 million Japanese died in the Second World War.
What does that say about African-Americans who suffered the indignity of drinking out of a separate water fountain in the twentieth century? Is The Lost Cause holding them back or have African-Americans failed to succeed in a free society?