Coulter: The Whole Folk Tale and Nothing but the Folk Tale

New York City public school teachers recently revealed that they have been instructed to reject “objectivity,” “written documentation” and “perfectionism” by Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, as part of his effort to “dismantle racism.” Carranza identified these values as tools of the “white-supremacy culture.”

Our cultural overlords are way ahead of Carranza. With lightning speed, we’ve abandoned old, hidebound, Anglo-Saxon facts-and-evidence standards in deference to new, fresh African folk tale standards. (According to J. Bekunuru Kubayanda, writing in the Afro-Hispanic Review, even Latin America and the Caribbean got their oral history traditions from Africa.)

Thus, for example, Gen. Robert E. Lee has been re-invented as a white genocidal lunatic. Meanwhile, actual tape-recorded evidence of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. engaging in sex orgies will not put a dent in his hero status.

Michael Korda, a lion of the New York literary set, published an admiring biography of Lee just five years ago, Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee. His book received a favorable review in The New York Times, which chirped that Korda portrayed Lee as a “master strategist” who was “physically fearless.” Clouds of Glory: The L... Korda, Michael Best Price: $3.05 Buy New $13.49 (as of 02:45 EST - Details)

How can it be that the longtime editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster and author of dozens of books — not to mention The New York Times itself — totally missed that Lee was a vicious racist, with no redeeming qualities whatsoever? Thank God Nikki Haley’s parents emigrated here from India so she could set Korda straight on this country’s history!

(Here’s an interesting fact about Lee: After graduating second in his class at West Point, he spent several decades overseeing the construction of fortifications on our borders. He rose to fame during the war with — GUESS WHO? — Mexico! Wasn’t it great when our military defended our country?)

Two weeks ago, David Garrow, the Pulitzer Prize-winning King biographer, revealed shocking facts about the civil rights leader, based on extensive FBI notes on the wiretaps of his hotel rooms. In addition to King’s endless orgies with prostitutes, lesbians, ministers and parishioners, Garrow reports that King “looked on, laughed and offered advice” as one minister forcibly raped a parishioner.

If any confederate cavalryman had behaved like King, Lee would have had him shot. American folk tale version-cum-Revealed Truth: Lee is Hitler. King is a saint.

It took The New York Times a mere two weeks to report on Garrow’s mind-blowing article — an article he had offered to the Times (and dozens of other outlets), but which the newspaper declined to print.

The Times’ eventual acknowledgment of Garrow’s groundbreaking research began with a column titled, “A Black Feminist’s Response to Attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy.” The author attacked Garrow’s “irresponsible account, drawn from questionable documents.” (Yes, that would be the treacherous “written documentation”!)

This was followed by a news story on Garrow’s findings that bristled with denunciations of … the rapey minister? NO! Denunciations of Garrow for reporting what his research had uncovered. The Times even resurrected a 2002 incident at Emory Law School when Garrow was accused of abusively grabbing the wrists of a school official.

Wikipedia has still not added the new information to King’s entry. Folk tales take precedence over the written documentation favored by “white-supremacy culture.”

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