Erik Rush Whitewashes Black History

Erik Rush, the black extreme rightwinger who thinks America suffers from an excess of “negrophilia,” has a laughably absurd column at the Worldnetdaily about the situation in Ferguson. He offers the usual framing of the good MLK Jr vs the evil Malcolm X and the results are quite ridiculous.

After Malcolm’s death, some black nationalist organizations such as the Black Panther Party made good on the violence, however. While they claimed to want equal rights, their actions made it clear that they were far more interested in seeing “white America” burn.

Since most Americans at the time still adhered to Judeo-Christian, Western concepts of human decency, they embraced the tenets of Dr. King’s message over the idea that militant blacks had a right to murder and mayhem as reparation for blacks’ collective suffering.

Oh yes, of course. Since most Americans were good Christians, they sided with Martin Luther King’s civil rights message. But wait, a question comes to mind: If it was the fact that most Americans were Christians that caused them to embrace MLK, why would there have been any need for them to do so in the first place? If the “Judeo-Christian” values of Americans were embracing of racial equality, why would we have needed a civil rights movement at all? There’s something particularly appalling about a black man whitewashing American history. The truth is that slavery, segregation and discrimination were justified specifically by reference to those Christian values.

There is an exception to this, a very important one that explains why the state of race relations is as it is today in America.

As I have discussed before, there were those who had certain motivations for advancing the idea that despite all of the changes that have taken place regarding worldviews and institutions in America with regard to race relations, America remained an institutionally racist nation. For some it has been a monetary issue; for others it has been one of political power, whether we’re talking about Marxists or less radical statist elites.

Radical statist elites? You mean like someone who called himself a democratic socialist, who advocated an end to wars of imperialism and a guaranteed annual income for everyone? Gee, who would have done such a thing? Why, the hero of this story, Martin Luther King himself. These conservatives who try to turn MLK into one of them never seem to mention that.

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  • John Pieret

    I’m old enough to remember an awful lot of those Americans who “still adhered to Judeo-Christian, Western concepts of human decency” calling Martin Luther King a “commie” and a lot worse. Wingnuts have a memory hole where most people keep a brain.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    The truth is that slavery, segregation and discrimination were justified specifically by reference to those Christian values.

    Well, yes – and no.

    Truth is also a lot more complicated than that and Christian abolitionists did play an undeniably powerful role in ending slavery and discrimination too – and MLK was a Christian as well as his other beliefs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSSn3NddwFQ

    John’s Brown’s Body and all that. (Amazing Grace, too.)

  • matty1

    @2 I’d suggest the problem is not that Christianity has been a force for bad but that it hasn’t been a force at all. People simply add it on to their other views and declare that God agrees with them. If you want segregation – so does God, if you oppose it he will too. In short a belief in God doesn’t seem to alter peoples views on political and social issues any more than a preference for mustard over ketchup.

  • busterggi

    StevoR – MLK was a Christian but was he a ‘real’ Christians or were those who opposed him, say Southern Baptists. the ‘real’ Christians?

  • lanir

    So… Let’s hold up the black guy the FBI shot as the example for why the people who protest police gunning down an unarmed black kid need to STFU and go home?

    He does actually know who MLK is, right? He hasn’t mistaken him for Mr. Burns from the Simpsons or Tinkerbell or some other imaginary character?

  • D. C. Sessions

    lanir, you need to understand that all of this disorder in the streets is simply UnAmerican. Yes, the First Amendment guarantees the right to peacefully assemble to petition etc. That doesn’t mean noisy people in the streets disrupting traffic, and in any case Ferguson wasn’t even remotely peaceful. Look at the photos, for instance, of all the smoke and guns being waved around.

    The proper way to petition the Government is, as it has always been, to have lunch with the Governor or to spend a few minutes with the Mayor the next time he attends one of your house parties, or to chat with your Representative at the country club. Maybe drop by your Senator’s office to drop off a campaign contribution and have a chat.

  • smhll

    “Negrophilia”?

    What a dainty way to not quite say “n—–r lover”.

    The faux erudition doesn’t quite hide the sentiment.

  • http://www.dexterityunlimited.com/ Dan J

    Yes, most abolitionists were Christians (as were the majority of Americans), but the Christians in the Confederate States wouldn’t have considered them “Good Christians™.”

    The Bible was used to explicitly endorse slavery, even as it was used by some to oppose it.

    A Defence of Virginia by Robert L. Dabney

    Although slavery is illegal in the United States today, it is far from being a dead issue. Abolition of slavery is still the living excuse for overthrowing the U.S. constitution during the War Between the States. Dabney addresses the slavery issue from every angle: historical, legal, economic, and, most importantly, scriptural. He shows from Scripture that those who oppose just slavery actively oppose the very words of Christ Himself. He predicts in the preface that “The few among them [the anti-slavery party] who do not pass me by with silent neglect, I am well aware will content themselves with scolding; they will not venture a rational reply.” To this day, we know of no attempt at a rational reply to this little book.

  • freehand

    lanir says: He does actually know who MLK is, right? He hasn’t mistaken him for Mr. Burns from the Simpsons or Tinkerbell or some other imaginary character?

    .

    MLK didn’t used to be imaginary, but now he is. Like the Founding Fathers, most of whom would be equally horrified to be called one of theirs by the current low-information, high-hatred voters.