Republicans Attack Matt Walsh for Telling the Truth About Slavery

One of the most pernicious things that has happened recently in America is the 1619 Project, an error-riddled “history” of the United States that presents our nation as one predicated solely on the evils of African slavery, beginning when Europeans first set foot on North American soil.  This original sin, says the 1619 Project, tainted everything that followed.  Therefore, only racists can love America.  Obviously, Democrats embraced this history, but, when commentator Matt Walsh discussed the larger history of world slavery, he learned that some Republicans don’t want the truth to be put out there, either.

In 2019, Nikole Hannah-Jones, who knows nothing about history but a great deal about propaganda, working with the New York Times and the New York Times Magazine, developed the 1619 Project.  The project essentially says that America’s original, and entirely unique, sin of slavery is so deeply embedded in the warp and woof of this nation that America itself is irredeemably corrupt.  The purpose is to drive an immovable wedge between Blacks and Whites in America, preventing the national unity that gives a nation strength.

Sean Wilentz is a very progressive Princeton professor but is also someone whose passion for American history means he cannot lie about it, so he has attacked the 1619 Project on factual grounds (see here and here).  His critiques make for illuminating reading.  The short version is that The 1619 Project is factually wrong from top to bottom and front to back.  (You can see my friend Wolf Howling’s summary of Wilentz’s arguments here.)

Fast-forward from 2019, when the 1619 Project broke, to July 30, 2022, just three days ago.  Commentator Matt Walsh had just finished reading Dean King’s Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, about an American ship that wrecked on Africa’s shores in 1815.  The survivors were sold into absolutely brutal slavery, and a few were finally ransomed.  The memoirs that Captain James Riley wrote about the experience, Sufferings in Africa, became a massive bestseller in early 19th-century America.  (I’ve long owned the book but never had the stomach to read it.)

Inspired by the book, Walsh put out a series of tweets pointing out that slavery in America was the end of the line for slavery.  This was because the combination of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Enlightenment caused Westerners to recognize that a universal practice (humans have held slaves at all times and in all places) was a moral evil:

Because he is a provocateur by nature, Walsh was unsurprised when he got pushback from leftists refusing to accept that American slavery was not unique.  What did surprise him was that he also got pushback from Republicans, who castigated him for damaging the conservative movement’s ability to welcome Blacks into the fold.  I’ve included below the video of Walsh discussing the whole issue, from Dean King’s book to the universality of slavery, to America’s masochistic pretense that it’s the only nation that had slavery, to the terrible reality of indentured servitude, to his rebuttal to those Republicans who don’t want to touch the anti-American slave narrative.

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