Life Imitates Farce: The Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and Me
Two years ago I posted a sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek blog on the LRC Blog entitled “White Supremacy Defined.” My main point was that since no one in America was arguing for a legal/constitutional system that would give superior rights to white people, the Marxist mob that had been belly aching about “white supremacy” must obviously have a different definition in mind. As hardcore, ideological Marxists of the Leninist/Stalinist variety, their main obsession, as with all communists, is “inequality.” There’s too much inequality, as always, and far too many white people who are unequal to the so-called “black underclass,” as sociologists have labeled them.
As Henry Hazlitt once said: “The whole gospel of Karl Marx can be summed up in a single sentence: Hate the man who is better off than you are. Never under any circumstances admit that his success may be due to his own efforts, to the productive contribution he has made to the whole community. Always attribute his success to the exploitation, the cheating, the more or less open robbery of others . . . . This basic hatred is the heart of Marxism.”
The Left always ignores the enormous success of millions of American black people over the generations, including self-made billionaires, while continuing to pretend that we are still living in the early twentieth century as far as race relations are concerned. (At one of those racial indoctrination camps required by my former university employer a consulting firm showed videos of black people being abused by police in the 1950s and ‘60s but nothing more recent. Their message was that nothing has changed).
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In my blog I pointed out the obvious fact that a reason why so many white people – and people of all other races – prosper is that they do their best to do the following: “Keep out of trouble, educate themselves, learn a skill, become employed or start a business and stick with it, save for the future, don’t live beyond your means, get married and stay married, believe in God, and work hard.” There is hardly anyone in America who is poor who seriously follows this advice. These are the ingredients of the “white supremacy’ that the Marxist mob complains about, I wrote, dripping with sarcasm. I also write that it is why so many immigrants risk everything to come to America – to have a chance at achieving such “supremacy.”
Now along comes an official publication of the federal government’s Smithsonian Institution and its Museum of African American History and Culture with a publication entitled “Some Aspects and Assumptions of White Culture in the United States.” Citing “The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group” as its source, the publication claims that the “traits” described – and ridiculed – in the publication are “characteristics of most U.S White people most of the time.” Keep in mind that the publication is condemning these traits as evil sources of “white supremacy.” They include self-reliance, independence, merit, competitiveness, belief in equality under the law, protection of property rights, ability to speak and write plain English, avoidance of conflict, politeness, Christianity, the Judeo-Christian tradition, the work ethic, associating “pay” with work, the scientific method, respect for authority, planning for the future (i.e., savings, delayed gratification), and belief in the traditional nuclear family.
All of these traits are sneered at by the Smithsonian and are obviously meant to instruct black people to resist “acting white” in these ways. If the Ku Klux Klan wanted to destroy the lives of as many black people as possible it could not have come up with a better plan. That of course is the purpose behind such asinine rantings as this – paid for with your tax dollars. These people do not want the “black underclass” to ever prosper and become independent. They want them to remain forever as wards of the state and easy to manipulate and use as political pawns of the Marxist Left (aka, today’s Democrat Party, the party of lifelong communist Bernie Sanders and his junior sidekick “AOC”). They want them to continue joining with Antifa in America’s Democrat-run cities to riot, set fires, and attack and even kill police officers.
The cultural Marxist playbook is all about what Ludwig von Mises called “destructionism” in his book Socialism: destroying the symbols and institutions of Western civilization including Christianity, the civil society as we know it, capitalism, genuine education, the Constitution, and all aspects of our culture and history. Every one of these things is roundly condemned in the Smithsonian publication. Once they are destroyed, then America can finally become another communist hellhole infecting the planet. As with all other communist hellholes, the Marxist ideologues who intend to run it would prosper while everyone else is enslaved by the state, struggles, suffers, and dies.
Article posted with permission from Lew Rockwell