Friday, July 03, 2020

Cancel Shakespeare, Cancel SDSU

Stop taking the Democrats' lead. Stop letting them dictate the conversation. Because they control the news media, sans Fox, the education industry and entertainment, it's easy to let them choose what we discuss and how we discuss it. Stop it. Oppose all slavery and racism instead.

Mimicking the Democrats' obsessive pursuit of social justice purity, Jesse Kelly recently began a Cancel Yale movement. Elihu Yale, the founder, made his money in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Similarly, pressure was brought to bear on Princeton and they finally removed the name of racist Woodrow Wilson from buildings and departments at the school. These were hailed as brilliant counter strokes. Finally, Democrat institutions were being forced to live under their own rules.

Shakespeare is still problematic.

Shakespeare, Dickens, Kipling and other giants of the arts have been banished from campuses, not because the Democrats claim they benefited from racism and slavery, but because they supposedly benefited from a certain brand of racism and slavery. This doesn't go nearly far enough. We need to oppose all slavery and all racism. Anyone in the arts who comes from a culture that exploited others through slavery need to be banned.

The Aztecs not only practiced slavery, they engaged in massacres of their slaves as well. San Diego State University needs to change its name. The legacy of the Aztec Empire needs to be explored and removed from our culture. Let's start with banishing the Mexican flag. The eagle devouring the serpent pays tribute to Aztecs such as Montezuma who, like Hitler, was an aggressive warlord that enslaved and slaughtered his foes.

The Confederates wanted to keep their slaves alive. The Aztecs wanted theirs tortured and then killed. No Rebel flag? OK. No Mexican flag, either.

Slavery was nearly universal in Africa. After all, where do you think African slaves were bought in the first place? All African influences need to be rooted out if they are tainted with the sin of slavery.

American Indians owned slaves, both in the form of conquered enemy tribesmen and blacks they bought in the Antebellum South. Change the name of the Redskins? Of course we should, but let's do it for the right reason.

Don't get me started on slavery in Islam.

How about socialists? How is John C. Calhoun's 1837 speech in defense of slavery any different from the Democrats' embrace of an all-powerful State? 
"(L)ook at the sick, and the old and infirm slave, on one hand, in the midst of his family and friends, under the kind, superintending care of his master and mistress, and compare it with the forlorn and wretched condition of the pauper in the poor house" found in Europe and the Northern states.
With just a few changes, we can turn this into a Bernie Sanders campaign speech.
"Look at the sick, and the old and infirm citizen, on one hand, in the midst of his family and friends, under the kind, superintending care of the government, and compare it with the forlorn and wretched condition of the pauper found under capitalism."
The Soviet Union and communist China were the biggest slave states in the history of the world. If you wave their flags or spout their dogma, you should lose your job. Maybe when you visit a restaurant, you need to be kicked out or at least loudly harassed.

It's not enough to burn Yale to the ground over it's name. Yes, by all means, let's do just that, but it's small potatoes compared to what we should be doing. If we're going to blot out the stain of slavery from our nation, let's blot out all of it, every last, little bit.

Stop letting the Democrats tell us what kinds of slavery were bad and what kinds were good. Burn it all down.

1 comment:

IlĂ­on said...

"... Dickens ... "

Was a shitty human being -- like most "lovers of humanity", that "love" didn't extend to actually existing human beings -- so, yeah, let's cancel him.