The mob comes for Madison

Article subtitle: 
On the woke hijacking of James Madison’s Montpelier.
Article publisher: 
New Criterion
Article date: 
28 December 2022
Article category: 
Our American Future
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Article Body: 

If chattel slavery hadn’t existed in the United States, the Left would have had to invent it. What we mean is that the idea of slavery has become so dear to the disciples of identity politics that without its moral sanction they would be lost. Absent the original sin of slavery, the entire racialist racket that holds our society hostage would sputter to an inglorious halt....

Forget that most societies practiced slavery throughout history. Is anyone asking for “reparations” because their ancestors may have been enslaved by the Egyptians, the Persians, the Greeks, or the Romans? Forget that slavery ended in the United States more than one hundred and fifty years ago because Abraham Lincoln prosecuted a brutal civil war to keep the country together and end the “peculiar institution,” which was not peculiar at all. (When, by the way, will slavery end in Islamic society, or India, or China?)... Most of the West African slaves who made their way to America were sold into servitude by black African slavers....

Because it is a wound that can never heal, it is also a sin that white society can never expiate... But if that were true, why should anyone have ever bothered to campaign against it? It would be like campaigning against the onset of night....

We understand that to ask such questions is to be guilty of “racism,” the cardinal tort of our age whose almost aphrodisiac power is ultimately guaranteed by the inexhaustible well of victimhood that slavery, or the exploitation of the idea of slavery, has dug. Martin Luther King Jr. famously dreamed that people would be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. That is now regarded as a reactionary, indeed a racist sentiment....

Citing the political scientist Robert Goldwin, Cheney notes that the founders thus “created a constitution for a society that would offer more justice than their own.” That approach, it seems to us, betokens a farsightedness and generosity of spirit sadly lacking among the race-obsessed vigilantes who are despoiling our history....

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WaPo: Stephen Miller Alleges, "Whites Have Civil Rights, Too... For Black Farmers And Civil Rights Groups, That's A Proposition That Defies Reality", by Steve Sailer, VDare, 18 July 2021:

... The point is that there is no amount of money that whites can ever pay that will settle their debts to blacks.... 

Do whites have civil rights? That seems to be an extremely important question that is up in the air in 2021.