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SOME MEMES THAT MAKE YOU THINK

“NO MATTER HOW LOUD THE SCREAMING”

“Slavery is a part of world history, and it is an important part of American history.  But slavery is one of the subjects Americans cannot have a frank discussion about.  It is too wrapped in emotional, political, and ideological chains.  On the subject of slavery, many Americans, especially in the media and academia, have succumbed to a form of hysteria comparable to the Salem Witch Trials.  If you say anything that contradicts the usual, required extreme image of Southern slavery, you are likely to be shouted down without any consideration of the facts.  If you say anything that contradicts the heroic image of the ‘abolitionist’ movement in pre-Civil War and Reconstruction America, you are also likely to be shouted down without regard to the facts.  This leaves us in a dangerous intellectual, moral, and political straightjacket.  But if we value truth and freedom, we need to look at unadulterated and un-whitewashed truth no matter how loud the screaming.”

From The Un-Civil War: Shattering the Historical Myths

By Leonard M. Scruggs

2011


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