Whiteness is now considered toxic. Academia’s ‘Whiteness Studies’ are basically anti-White diatribes. And Whites are faulted for not taking responsibility for today’s ‘systemic racism.’ Essentially the Left and its news media have made White folks persona non grata.
Once a substantial majority of Georgians were White. But Whites are currently only a little over 50% of the State’s population and may soon become a minority. News media’s coverage of recent elections in the State of Georgia focused on the Black candidates with little or no mention of White folks.
Georgia’s leading Black celebrity, Stacey Abrams has accused Whites of suppressing Black voters. But Black voters recently elected Raphael Warnock as Georgia’s first Black Senator. But we shouldn’t expect that incident to alter Abrams’ insistence that Whites are inhibiting Black progress. And we don’t expect Black complaints received by the “Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity” to subside.
Georgia’s new Black senator, Raphael Warnock has publicly stated the problem with America is “wealth, power and whiteness.” Warnock supports Reverend Jeremiah Wright who reinterpreted “God bless America” as “God damn America.” Warnock has also praised Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan’s criticism of Christian churches and he cited Farrakhan’s accusation of Christianity as a “White-man’s religion - a slave religion.
MSNBC’s Race Lady, Joy Reid traveled to Atlanta to support Raphael Warnock’s candidacy. Reid confused the day after Thanksgiving with Robert E. Lee’s birthday and falsely argued that a Confederate holiday prevented Warnock supporters from voting on a Saturday. Joy Reid doesn’t like Whites or White traditions. She describes Thanksgiving a “simplistic fairytale” to hide how the US was founded on “genocide” and “white supremacy.”
Georgia’s other Senator is also a far-left, anti-racist Democrat, Jon Ossoff, the State’s first Jewish Senator as well as the youngest at age 33. His political positions are more than just progressive, they lean towards socialism. Ossoff is heavily involved with Georgia’s Black militants and his candidacy was endorsed and supported by the late Civil Rights activist John Lewis,
Its hard to believe that leftist Democrats like Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock could be elected to the Senate by Georgians. Jon Ossoff aligns with the State’s powerful Blacks and militant Raphael Warnock has a constituency of Black Georgians. These radicals are out-of-step with White Georgians politically as well as sociologically.
The State of Georgia in the 1960s and 1970s was ripe for demeaning White folks. Social Reformers insisted that racism influenced Whites day-to- day behaviors. White Georgians felt no need to defend themselves against what they considered spurious accusations. Indeed, accusations of racism are usually based on perception. It someone expects racism, they will encounter it.
When Elizabeth I established colonies in the New World, Britishers who settled in the Southern region found a soil and climate that favored large crops. But they lacked the manpower needed for planting and tilling. The settlers relied on New England slave traders who imported great numbers of slaves into their Boston seaport. Slave trading, and later Southern grown cotton, essentially created the wealth of New England.
Although commercial interests in the Northeast were heavily dependent on Southern planters, there was an absence of social relationships. Agriculture and industry require different kinds of workers. Northerners felt no remorse in castigating Southern plantations for using slave labor although the North frequently employed child labor in its factories.
Southerners eventually seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America. The Confederacy had its own customs and traditions based on the concept of State’s Rights. But the Northern establishment has described them as “American pseudo historical mythology” or simply “The Lost Cause.” But it wasn’t a “lost” cause but a “different” cause from what was being promoted by the North.
These conflicting North/South versions of society, and not simply slavery, are what led to the ‘War Between the States.’ Abraham Lincoln himself stated the purpose for the ‘War’ was not to free slaves but to keep the Southern states in the Union. Lincoln also stated; "I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists."
In fact, the ‘War’ raged for two years before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued and that document only freed certain slaves. Lincoln’s Proclamation was actually a war measure to maintain the support of European Nations. It only freed slaves in regions engaged in military actions against the Union. Slaves in other regions were not freed.
Roughly a dozen years after the ‘War Between the States’ ended, there was a contested presidential election involving Democrat Samuel Tilden and Republican Rutherford B. Hayes. At that time, a couple of Southern states were still occupied by Union troops, attempting to enforce the failing Reconstruction efforts. Republicans made a deal with Democrats, the ‘Compromise of 1877.’ If their candidate, Hayes, could be made President, Republicans would withdraw the remaining Union troops occupying the South. So a backroom political deal ended twelve years of Reconstruction.
Currently, members of the Black community are demanding reparations based on the slavery of their ancestors. But two thorny questions plague 21st century demands for reparations. Should the current generation of Whites be held responsible for actions of a previous generation? And are today’s free Blacks entitled to reparations simply for being descendants of slaves ?
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia.