A spot of History with your morning cup of coffee...
By Thornton Crowe
By Thornton Crowe
The other day, an anonymous commenter submitted the following for publication here on Salisbury News. There's only one problem. Their take on colonial history is way out of whack! Hence, why the person probably has such disdain for Whites.
"The reality is for far to many years white folks have killed people of all races with total disregard for life. Y'all are the most vicious kind of man to ever walk this earth. You damn near completely wiped out a whole race of people for their land. You enslaved another to be the burden bearer's of this nation. Now that your comfortable with yourselves and your off springs are in a wonderful place finically. Now you want to point the finger and call everybody else the bad guy! Shame on you. I don't agree with the things young unguided men do at all and in no way do I agree with the direction the culture is going. But how dare a killer of millions of innocent people point a finger at these fools. At least they killed each other or some dumb street shit then walking in to a movie theater or a elementary school and kill for nothing."
Besides the obvious illiteracy of the author, the fact they have much of Colonial History wrong leads us to understand why some just don't seem to get the whole Fake News behind the White Privilege meme permeating our society today.
First, colonists didn't come here to kill anyone. They came here to for money making and world influence purposes only. It was an untraveled terrain and a new adventure. They didn't seek out to rape and pillage - and if you know history, those moments were not as frequent as you've been led to believe.
In fact, most of them were surprised to find anyone inhabited the regions at all, because the wilderness did not contain any civilized people. Yes, they did go against the Native Americans but don't think for one minute the latter were helpless. In fact, there were several battles where the Native Americans slaughtered the colonists - killing everyone in sight. While this endeavor was seriously wrong on the colonists' lot, they didn't go unscathed.
Additionally, many colonists rebelled against each other - not Native Americans. Many rebellions happened due to conflicts over a plethora of things - namely trading rights, etc. Bacon's Rebellion is a prime example and one should investigate it for more history on that phenomena that occurred during our early years here in the New World. Furthermore, in Maryland, a rebellion occurred where black slaves and indentured servants went up against owners to physical altercation of the passage of the Virginia Slave Code of 1705.
Second, many free black people in the colonial era owned slaves. In fact, one such owner in Accomack County, had more black slaves than most whites. He was the richest landowner in the region. Don't forget black slaves were sold to whites out of the West Indies by black merchants -- not whites. Therefore, where is all the black angst against these merchants of death? Why aren't black people being held accountable and having people demand reparations from them?
Third, the colonies, besides the Crown trying to venture into more money-making enterprises also used the US as a prison - much like Alcatraz. Criminals were sent to the New World because the British government didn't want to house them.
Fourth, besides slaves, many workers were also white indentured servants -- consisting of men and women, these people came from England and Ireland (mostly) to America to work because they wanted to come here and get paid. These people usually worked on seven year contracts and the women came to find husbands in some cases. In many cases, if one investigates the Maryland Gazette from the day, these indentured servants were often runaways because they didn't want to fulfill their hard labor contracts.
Fifth, the commenter talks about the two young men who killed each other in the Denny's parking lot. As many learned on the first article, Michael T. Ward (27) killed Jaquan Griffin (21) then turned on a police officer, who killed him in self-defense. Hardly, black killing black in this ambush scenario by one perpetrator aggressively seeking out to kill another. This information was available before this commenter penned his prose. Had he/she been paying attention, they would've picked up on these factoids with ease.
While he/she is correct this is not a movie theater/schoolhouse mass shooting, it is a shooting all the same and shouldn't be treated any differently. However, to say that all white people kill without mercy somehow weaves many untruths throughout our history into his/her explanation is just nonsensical babble.
Living in this area and not knowing this history is inexcusable. Why? Because at Salisbury University there's a wonderful resource called the Edward H. Nabb Center located in that pretty new library, where you have all this information (and more) at your fingertips. Staffed with a well-appointed group of people, you can go investigate the truth about the real beginnings of our country. So why aren't you more inclined to go there and study before you speak?
The best education is one that a person obtains through self-study and reflection.
Common Core has gravely failed you. Yeah, I know it's a pain in the arse to study history because you have to go through diaries, deeds, court records, newspapers with funny print and all the other inconveniences but it's better than being ignorant of the truth!
Dare to educate yourself the analog way and quit depending on Fake News and Liberals to do your thinking for you!