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From Greatness to Whiteness
Townhall.com ^ | April 22, 2014 | Dennis Prager

Posted on 04/22/2014 6:28:21 AM PDT by Kaslin

When Americans over the age of, let us say, 45, look at any of the iconic paintings of America's Founders -- the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the signing of the Constitution, George Washington crossing the Delaware, any of the individual portraits the Founders -- what do they see?

They see great men founding a great country.

If you ask recent graduates of almost any American university what they see when they look at these paintings, chances are that they see something entirely different.

They are apt to see rich, white males who are not great and who did not found a great country. And for many, it is worse than that. These men are not only not great; they are morally quite flawed in that they were slaveholders and/or founded a country that allowed slavery. Moreover, they were not only all racists; they were all sexists, who restricted the vote to males. And they were rich men who were primarily concerned with protecting their wealth, which is why they restricted the vote to landowners.

In the past, Americans overwhelmingly saw pictures of greatness. Increasingly only conservatives see pictures of greatness. More and more Americans -- that includes the entire left and many universities attendees who were indoctrinated by left-wing professors -- now see rich, white, self-interested males.

The left-wing trinity of race, gender and class has prevailed. The new dividing lines are no longer good and bad or excellent and mediocre, but white and non-white, male and female, and rich and poor. Instead of seeing great human beings in those paintings of the Founders, Americans have been taught to see rich, white, (meaning -- by definition -- selfish, bigoted, racist, sexist) males.

In colleges throughout America, students are taught to have disdain for the white race. I know this sounds incredible, or at least exaggerated. It is neither.

For example, from the day they enter college, many students are taught about white privilege -- how innately advantaged white students (and all other whites are). Last week, the president of Western Washington University posed the question on the university's website: "How do we make sure that in future years we are not as white as we are today?"

Imagine if the president of the University of California at Berkeley had posed the question, "How do we make sure that in future years we are not as Asian as we are today?"

Inner city young blacks who work hard in school are routinely chastised by other black youth for "acting white."

Regarding white privilege, last year, three academics at the University of Rhode Island wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education:

"The American Psychological Association's educational goals for the psychology major include sociocultural and international awareness, with learning outcomes regarding mastery of concepts related to power and privilege. Other professional organizations, including the American Sociological Association, have developed similar learning goals for teaching in higher education. Instructors have been charged with teaching their white students to understand their own privileged positions in society relative to those of marginalized groups."

The key point here is that the word "values" never appears. Instead of asking what values made America's Founders great, the left asks what race, gender and class privileges enabled those men to found America. Instead of asking what values does the white majority (or, for that matter, on some campuses, the Asian majority) live by in order to succeed, and how can we help inculcate those values among more less successful people of all racial and ethnic groups, the left asks what privileges do whites have that enable them to get into colleges and graduate at a higher rate than blacks and Latinos.

The undermining of the very concept of values was starkly made clear last month at a national inter-college debate tournament.

As reported in the Atlantic last week:

"On March 24, 2014 at the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Championships at Indiana University, two Towson University students, Ameena Ruffin and Korey Johnson, became the first African-American women to win a national college debate tournament, for which the resolution asked whether the U.S. president's war powers should be restricted. Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities."

In the final round, Ruffin and Johnson squared off against Rashid Campbell and George Lee from the University of Oklahoma, two highly accomplished African-American debaters with distinctive dreadlocks and dashikis. Over four hours, the two teams engaged in a heated discussion of concepts like 'nigga authenticity' and performed hip-hop and spoken-word poetry in the traditional timed format. At one point during Lee's rebuttal, the clock ran out but he refused to yield the floor. 'F--- the time!' he yelled.

In a national intercollegiate debate contest, a black debating team won by transforming the topic of the debate, one that that had nothing to do with race, into a race question.

But to object to this, or to argue that a team might be disqualified for yelling "f--- the time" when told it had gone over the time limit, or to ask what performing hip-hop has to do with the topic "whether the U.S. president's war powers should be restricted" -- is now deemed to act white.

This is another victory for the left. And another defeat for standards, for truth and for the values embodied by the men in the paintings of the Founders.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: foundingfathers; highereducation; maryland; minorities; towsonuniversity

1 posted on 04/22/2014 6:28:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

maybe these young idealist should post photos of the founders of truly great nations

like Zimbabwe or Venezuela or China perhaps


2 posted on 04/22/2014 6:32:42 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: silverleaf
like Zimbabwe or Venezuela or China perhaps

I often ask liberals that is socialism and big government is the answer, Cuba, Haiti and Zimbabwe would be economic powerhouses. And the Soviet Union would be leading the world.

3 posted on 04/22/2014 6:36:24 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Kaslin

Then the Communists have achieved another one of there goals.


4 posted on 04/22/2014 6:41:11 AM PDT by Lets Roll NOW (A baby isn't a punishment, Obama is)
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To: Kaslin

Only leftists are stupid enough to draw the patently ridiculous conclusion that because there was once slavery in America, there is no such thing as liberty, and thus we need concentrated government power to oversee and run our lives.


5 posted on 04/22/2014 6:42:02 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Kaslin

Many minorities from our nation’s founding have been “Whitewashed” by LIBERALS in academia in order to advance this race baiting agenda!!!!!

There were many people from our founding era who were Black and Native who are ignored by the establishment due to the progressive era re-writing of our history.


6 posted on 04/22/2014 6:42:26 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin
...now see rich, white, self-interested males.

WHICH IS WHAT EVERY ONE OF THEM ASPIRE TO BE...................hypocrites!.................

7 posted on 04/22/2014 6:42:41 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: FatherofFive

[ I often ask liberals that is socialism and big government is the answer, Cuba, Haiti and Zimbabwe would be economic powerhouses. And the Soviet Union would be leading the world. ]

The Entire wolrd could be a Communist “Paradise” minus some small island somewhere in the south pacific where they use beads in capitalistic exchange and the Commies would blame this one tiny isolated island for the reason why the entire world’s economy is utter crap...

Sop the reason they would give for why Cuba is goign no where is because of the supposedly “evil” USA....


8 posted on 04/22/2014 6:45:24 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Maceman

[ Only leftists are stupid enough to draw the patently ridiculous conclusion that because there was once slavery in America, there is no such thing as liberty, and thus we need concentrated government power to oversee and run our lives. ]

Of course they are all to eager to apply today’s standards to our own past, but when applying today’s standards to another country TODAY and start making excuses about how the “Cultural differences need to be respected”.

What about the culturual differnces of OUR YESTERDAY?

Liberals are so damned mind blaringly stuipid they cannot think temporally in terms of Cultural Relativism, if these idiot libs didn’t have double standards they wouldn’t haver any standards at al...


9 posted on 04/22/2014 6:49:04 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin
And for many, it is worse than that. These men are not only not great; they are morally quite flawed in that they were slaveholders and/or founded a country that allowed slavery. Moreover, they were not only all racists; they were all sexists, who restricted the vote to males. And they were rich men who were primarily concerned with protecting their wealth, which is why they restricted the vote to landowners.

They see that because they've become exactly that themselves - morally flawed megalomaniacs filled with envy and hatred.

Classic projection - another trait of a progressive.

10 posted on 04/22/2014 6:51:49 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin
The left-wing trinity of race, gender and class has prevailed. The new dividing lines are no longer good and bad or excellent and mediocre, but white and non-white, male and female, and rich and poor.

I am currently reading Ion Mihai Pacepa's latest book 'Disinformation', which confirms what I've always thought: that all of this cancerous rot that has been infecting our country since the 1960's was conceived in the Lubyanka many years ago and has been spread by Soviet operatives to undermine and destroy the West. The so-called 'fall' of the USSR was just a distraction: the Reds are still very active in pushing our demise by division.

I still have this image of Vladimir Putin and his cohorts toasting and congratulating each other in their Black Sea dachas on November 4th 2008, after the successful placement of a Kremlin operative in the White House.

11 posted on 04/22/2014 6:57:48 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Kaslin
In colleges throughout America, students are taught to have disdain for the white race. I know this sounds incredible, or at least exaggerated. It is neither.

And all most whites manage to do is run around in circles when called a 'racist'. They usually try to deflect, point a finger and say 'I am not a racist' 'they' are. Which does nothing but strengthen the accusation in spite of the fact of how hypocritical they are. They use race as a battering ram and they only way to stop it is essentially say so what or FU. This won't go away or desist until whites collectively grow a backbone and stand up as whites. Or not...

12 posted on 04/22/2014 7:01:30 AM PDT by Altura Ct. (i)
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To: Kaslin
But to object to this, or to argue that a team might be disqualified for yelling "f--- the time" when told it had gone over the time limit, or to ask what performing hip-hop has to do with the topic "whether the U.S. president's war powers should be restricted" -- is now deemed to act white.

What is wrong with 'acting white'? 'Acting white' gets men on the moon, the Louvre, and open heart surgery. Not 'acting white' get you San Pedro Sula, Detriot, and the south side of Chicago on a weekend.

13 posted on 04/22/2014 7:02:21 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Kaslin
What you witness is the studied application of a formula as old as history, by which discontent is created & exploited by the postulation of imaginary grievances, to anyone susceptible to the process.

The idea that there is some ongoing guilt for having a "pecking order," in any society; or that--as I believe has been the case with virtually every ethnic group that ever exercised domain over agricultural land, in its history;-- that at one time people were forced to work that land without compensation, being answserable to those who either owned the land, out right, or held it as part of a comprehensive feudal structure; that notion of imaginary guilt is absurd. Of course there is no more human guilt than guilt for the head of a herd of sentient--or somewhat sentient--beasts, that one way or another, there is always some form of "pecking order".

Contrast not only the America that built on its proud past, with that tearing itself apart in hate & envy, guilt and absurd apology, today; but contrast the latter--and its like in Europe--with the centuries in which leaders like Charlemagne & Frederick Barbarossa were models that appealed to youth, seeking to achieve higher standards of personal honor. (Remember, those rulers presided over feudal systems--or in the insulting parlance of today's American Left, slave based societies.)

Almost all real economic progress flows from a division of labor. Almost all upward striving finds inspiration in heroic figures, who "walked the walk," as it were.

The Left is not simply mistaken in its emphasis. No, it offers only a hate driven attack on the realities of human achievement; the realities of nature. As such it deserves not apology but contempt.

William Flax

14 posted on 04/22/2014 7:15:03 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Kaslin
It is incumbent upon us, as American patriots, to undo the damage being done wholesale in our education indoctrination centers. Teach a child what is right. Debate and engage a teen or young adult. Spread the truth with clear examples of American greatness. I find that young people want heroes; give them some. If every single man who endured the winter at Valley Forge and still went on to fight against the British is not a hero, who is?
15 posted on 04/22/2014 7:22:06 AM PDT by ronnyquest (I spent 20 years in the Army fighting the enemies of liberty only to see marxism elected at home.)
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To: Kaslin

I’m one of those that gets a tear in my eye when I see the famous paintings. I still have high regard for those men and women that came so long ago to found this country. They were flawed and sinful human beings along with their own hangs ups, fears, doubts and, yes, prejudices just like all of us. But they had an uncommon faith in a great God. They knew his forgiveness and mercy and a good deal of them, certainly not all, were trying to bring their lives into conformity to His will and Word. Today’s generation, not so much. And that, as they say, makes all the difference. So... here’s what I tell these folks now, “One day you, along with these white privileged, racist Founders, will stand before a Holy God to give an account of your life. When that day comes, you might want to look around for those Founders because those Founders will either not be where you are or will be at the “cooler end” of the Lake of Fire. Just say’in.


16 posted on 04/22/2014 7:28:18 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: Kaslin

The facts of this article are racist.


17 posted on 04/22/2014 7:30:10 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Lake Living
My only criticism of your post is your reference to "prejudices," but not preferences. While the Founders may have had prejudices--not liking a vegetable not because of its taste, but out of some childish pique would be a prejudice;--the choices they made as adults with respect to social values, would more accurately be described as "preferences."

My point is that Conservatives should be very careful not to apologize for preferences that are deeply reflected in our social & Constitutional heritage. They go to the essence of the culture with which we identify.

William Flax

18 posted on 04/22/2014 8:08:10 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Kaslin
For those who think that the Founders were evil, White, racist and sexist and prejudiced do yourselves a favor and think about this...

1. Name one nation, just one that hasn't had a blemish of injustice in the history of mankind?

2. Where would you choose to live if such a paradise ever existed that was free from the oppression of the boogey white man?

3. When you find that place, you must cease ever using Air Conditioning, Automobiles, Air Planes, Ipads, Refrigerators, electricity, and telephones (cell phones) because they were all invented by evil White American Sexist Men.....

Got it?

19 posted on 04/22/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Dagnabitt
Reality is what the Leftists describe as "racist," "sexist," "elitist." Just as God is present, even in jurisdictions where the ACLU has obtained a Court order of exclusion.

Reality is what it is; and all the Leftist movements on earth cannot change it; although they sure can spread a lot of misery in trying to.

20 posted on 04/22/2014 8:11:29 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Lake Living

Today’s generation of ingrates isn’t worthy of cleaning the door mat for the generation of our Founders! They sacrificed so much for us.

Jesus specifically called this current generation out as being miserable, blind, and wretched. The Lake of Fire will be overflowing with folks from this generation.


21 posted on 04/22/2014 8:15:30 AM PDT by Roman_War_Criminal (Bible Summary in a few verses: John 14:6, John 6:29, Romans 10:9-10)
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To: Kaslin

I am White & I support the Founders. If you don’t like our Founders or this Country then go to another continent. We use to have rules & morals. Due to liberals & their minions we are losing our Country.


22 posted on 04/22/2014 8:21:17 AM PDT by Blackhawk45 (The 2nd Amendment - the only ccw you need!!.)
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To: Kaslin

Whites are being attacked and our governance being overthrown. Maybe we should take up the challenge? It only takes about 10% of our demographic. The only fear I have is degeneracy.


23 posted on 04/22/2014 8:25:52 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: silverleaf

Sadly enough it is those who claim to be the “sons of slaves,” etc. Who now direct government to enslave free men.


24 posted on 04/22/2014 8:30:54 AM PDT by golux
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To: Kaslin

bkmk


25 posted on 04/22/2014 10:21:18 AM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Kaslin
[Article] Rather than address the resolution straight on, Ruffin and Johnson, along with other teams of African-Americans, attacked its premise. The more pressing issue, they argued, is how the U.S. government is at war with poor black communities.

Textbook Communist brawling and rabble-rousing. Kidnap the topic, hijack the meeting, storm out of the place to lead a mob and assail the fences of the Winter Palace.

B.S.A.'s all of them.

26 posted on 04/22/2014 6:49:00 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: golux
Who now direct government to enslave free men.

Now ask me how creepy it's been, these last 50 years, to see this coming in MLK's rhetoric back then, and watch it unfold pari passu as the America-haters overreach their intended victim.

27 posted on 04/22/2014 6:50:56 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

This was news? It starts in high school and I could have written this in 1992 during freshman year of high school


28 posted on 04/22/2014 10:01:34 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Maceman

Only leftists are stupid enough...

To not see that there are many forms of slavery. Being a slave to govt is impossible to escape, being a slave to man, it is possible to escape as societal norms evolve.


29 posted on 04/22/2014 10:05:45 PM PDT by Nailbiter
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To: Nailbiter
Liberals are opposed to individual liberty as defined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The only real issue they have with chattel slavery in America two hundred years ago is that the slaves were privately owned.

They are all orgasmic over the idea of slavery to the state.

Democrats never pass up on opportunity to tell us why enslavement by the state is for our own protection and our own safety, because life under the anarchy that conservatives want to impose is just too risky and dangerous. We can't have any of that inhumane "on-your-own economics" that conservatives advocate.

Thereby proving that you no longer have to be black to be an Uncle Tom.

30 posted on 04/22/2014 10:31:19 PM PDT by Maceman
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To: Kaslin; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


31 posted on 05/05/2014 2:14:19 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (The PASSING LANE is for PASSING, not DAWDLING)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

OK lots of articles pinged are untimely, but what is with so many ancient history articles today?


32 posted on 05/05/2014 2:29:24 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Bigg Red; Altura Ct.; T-Bird45; HiTech RedNeck; Brooklyn Attitude; anton; BwanaNdege; MacMattico; ..

Dennis Prager on the debate issue — ping.


33 posted on 05/05/2014 9:09:58 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The commenters are plenty but the thinkers are few." -- Walid Shoebat)
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