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Monday
Dec102012

Foxx routine on SNL points to failure in U.S. schools, overlooks possibility his ancestors held slaves

According to The American Art Journal, a statue of a tomahawk-wielding American Indian was removed from the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1958 at the urging of Republican congressman Usher Burdick (N.D.) [Photo: U.S. Library of Congress]Jamie Foxx hosted Saturday Night Live and parts of his monologue are searing the blogosphere. Foxx took a racial tack with his commentary, telling the audience, “Black is the new white.” An analysis of Foxx’s remarks suggests a catastrophic failure in the teaching of history in U.S. schools.

The award-winning actor who is a celebrity one-percenter peppered his skit with the question, “How black is that?”

Foxx’s remarks about his latest film Django Unchained sparked the most recent controversy associated with the talented actor. The film, by known “gore-master” Quentin Tarentino, tells the story of a slave who becomes a bounty hunter intent on rescuing his wife from a Southern plantation. The time frame would presumably be prior to the U.S. Civil War, between 150-200 years ago.

Fact is, the film could’ve been set in a historical period from almost any country on Earth, regardless of the skin color of the slave.

Foxx said that in the film, “I save my wife and I kill all the white people…” The audience applauded.

The concept of slavery has become a property almost entirely relegated to the pre-Civil War South in the U.S. and people with white skin.

That is a false assumption, a lie that has evolved to benefit racial opportunists’ quest for attention, power and wealth.

Foxx, whose upbringing included the Christian faith by a number of accounts in media like The Times (UK), should have studied the Bible. That holy book and its parallel in other faiths include accounts of slavery.

Furthermore, before the country we now call America was even a destination in the New World quest, and before colonization, Africa practiced slavery on a broad basis.

Dr.Akosua Perbi,  as Fulbright-Scholar-in-Residence at Manchester College in Indiana, U.S.A., wrote a history of slavery , Slavery and the Slave Trade in pre-Colonial Africa. [2001]

Perbi cited another scholar who put slavery in perspective:

There is nothing notably peculiar about the institution of slavery. It has existed from before the dawn of human history right down to the twentieth century, in the most primitive of human societies and in the most civilized. There is no region on earth that has not at some time harbored the institution. Probably there is no group of people whose ancestors were not at one time slaves or slave holders. Slavery was firmly established in all the great early centres of human civilization ( Slavery and Social Death-A Comparative Study, U.S.A. 1982, p. vii).

U.S. history has evolved to being taught from a perspective of politics rather than truth.

It’s quite possible that Foxx had ancestors who were slaves or slave holders in their country of origin.

Recently, minor attention was given to the slaves held by American Indians after the Cherokee tribe nullified membership for descendants of their slaves who were unable to document their heritage. The slaves were not exclusively black.

Scant attention has been given to white slaves taken by American Indians. One fairly well-covered account is the story of Mary Jemison whose family members were killed and scalped by Shawnee in 1755 in Pennsylvania. Jemison was held as a slave from the time she was a girl.

At present, many Democrats like Foxx appear to aim at regressing the country to the segregation that existed prior to President Dwight W. Eisenhower's efforts on behalf of civil rights.  The Republican president achieved Congressional passage of the first civil rights legislation in the 82 years following Reconstruction after the Civil War.

By offering a narrow-minded view of history, Foxx as a highly educated and wealthy individual, illustrates the failure of the teaching of history in U.S. schools.

Much attention is given today to immigrants and illegal aliens, with the Left sympathetic to those who maintain dual citizenship while receiving U.S. entitlements.

Little sympathy is given to European immigrants and others who settled the United States in search of freedom of faith and freedom from conscription in wars fought by their home countries.

Man’s inhumanity to man is as old as the human species, regardless of skin color, time period or politics. Foxx overlooked the human condition by focusing on a very small slice of history in a very long time frame if scientists are correct about the length of time humans have been on the planet.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Dec. 10, 2012)

 

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