On February 6, The Atlantic published an article by Ta-Nehisi Coates entitled The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama’s Prayer Breakfast Speech. The first line reads “Using religion to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience.”
Just so you get the picture there is a …picture… of three hooded KKK members standing by a burning cross. Coates comes armed with an original sin for all America to bear. What a surprise.
Even so Coates’ response is foolish, and historically illiterate.
Let’s take that first sentence and modify it just an itsy bit. Itsy is an apt word when dealing with thoughts Coatesian. “Using politics to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience.”
Coates is unaware that historically using politics to brutalize other people in America, to enslave black people in America, to hate “others” in America, is a Democratic Party platform of long standing. Coates brings up the Klan, and they are all yours, pal.
The Ku Klux Klan has been referred to as the terrorist arm of the Democratic Party. Isn’t contextual harmony a wonderful thing? I dropped by a site called “National Black Republican Association” and immediately found an article by Frances Rice describing a book written in 1990 by Dr. Eric Foner. The book is called A Short History of Reconstruction.
Coates cites the religious bluster of Alexander Stephens to prove his point that America is bad and religious America worse. Do you know who Alexander Stephens was? He was the Confederate States of America’s Vice-President. I thought the rest of America pinned his ears back and rejected his words at the cost of nearly 1 million American lives back in 1865. Coates, if you are going to quote losers why not cite Mein Fuhrer and get it over with? Americans rejected his words too.
But quotes are cool because they take up space and allow the quoter to rest his case upon the words of others without the added exertion of thinking for himself. Let’s grab a couple of quotes from Dr. Foner’s book, again thanking Frances Rice.
“Georgia-born Democrat Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan wrote on page 21 of the September 1928 edition of the Klan’s “The Kourier Magazine”: “I have never voted for any man who was not a regular Democrat. My father … never voted for any man who was not a Democrat. My grandfather was …the head of the Ku Klux Klan in reconstruction days…. My great-grandfather was a life-long Democrat…. My great-great-grandfather was…one of the founders of the Democratic Party.”
Sounds like Ta-Nehisi Coates’ kind of guy; lifelong democrat and all that. Democrat Nathan Forrest is historically recent too, at least by Obama’s 800 year old crusade standard. 1928, seems like only yesterday.
“Founded in 1866 as a Tennessee social club, the Ku Klux Klan spread into nearly every Southern state, launching a ‘reign of terror ‘against Republican leaders black and white.”
“In effect, the Klan was a military force serving the interests of the Democratic Party, the planter class, and all those who desired the restoration of white supremacy. It aimed to destroy the Republican Party’s infrastructure, undermine the Reconstruction state, reestablish control of the black labor force, and restore racial subordination in every aspect of Southern life.”
I’m sure Ta-Nehisi Coates (stroking his picture of the Klan) is not only a man fond of intellectual historical veracity, but also a man who can appreciate the physical efforts other men afforded the Democratic Party in its infancy. Like this:
“Jack Dupree, a victim of a particularly brutal murder in Monroe County, Mississippi – assailants cut his throat and disemboweled him, all within sight of his wife, who had just given birth to twins – was ‘president of a republican club‘ and known as a man who ‘would speak his mind.”
“An even more extensive ‘reign of terror’ engulfed Jackson, a plantation county in Florida’s panhandle. ‘That is where Satan has his seat,‘ remarked a black clergyman; all told over 150 persons were killed, among them black leaders and Jewish merchant Samuel Fleischman, resented for his Republican views and for dealing fairly with black customers.“
Coates states “There were a fair number of pretexts given for slavery and Jim Crow, but Christianity provided the moral justification.” I doubt that, certainly northern churches were anti-slavery, but if Christianity did provide any moral justification the Democratic Party certainly provided the muscle. Klan muscle.
Our historical journey ends with Coates asking us to at least try to understand how religious brutality past can be reflected in modern ISIS. I think it is much easier to draw a straight line from Democrat Party brutality to modern ISIS. The line is much shorter and direct.
Democrats always want you to reflect on your past while they ignore their own.
Coates, your society, your religion, is the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was born of hate; hate for blacks, hate for Republicans, hate for Catholics, hate for Jews. Today it remains strikingly true to its brutal roots, its birthright. This hate still wears a mask; it obscures historical fact in search of self-indulgence and aggrandizement. It is foolish, illiterate, and dangerous.
You should reflect on that.