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Whitlock: ‘Black History Month’ centers white people, diminishes black people, and undermines America

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The final day of Black History Month is the perfect time to analyze the history of the annual event and explore the ramifications of it straying from the vision of its founder.

Carter G. Woodson envisioned the recording of black history as a second Bible, a mimicking of ancient Hebrews’ documentation of the life, times, and impact of Jesus Christ.

In 1915, Woodson, a journalist and author, founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Eleven years later, the association created Negro History Week, the precursor for what we now know as Black History Month.

Woodson argued that the disparate plights of American Indians and Jews could be explained by one group having a written record of its history of accomplishment and the other not. Woodson designated the second week of February as Negro History Week as a way of spreading the gospel of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, the central white and black figures in the emancipation of black slaves. Lincoln and Douglass had mid-February birthdays.

Woodson understood the importance of building a gospel around the narrative of black people. In biblical terms, the Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. Woodson used black history as a vehicle to disseminate the good news of black freedom. He saw himself as Paul writing a New Testament on black people’s American journey. His good-news approach to black history intended to define black people as key contributors and irreplaceable assets to American exceptionalism.

As practiced today, black history is no longer a gospel, a retelling and celebration of the good news of black American freedom. It’s primarily a retelling of every atrocity, misdeed, and slight white people have committed against black people.

Black History Month is the NCAA Tournament for the victimhood competition. It’s “February Madness,” a time for corporate media outlets to air content specifically designed to remind black people that their ancestors got a raw deal and that our interaction with white people determines our level of happiness and success.

Black history has been turned into Satan's gospel. It’s the bad news of what happened to black people at the hands of white people. Woodson’s desire to cast black people as enthusiastic collaborators in American exceptionalism has been transformed into a damnation of this country’s founding and narrative arc. The New York Times’ red-haired priestess Nikole Hannah-Jones upended Woodson’s gospel with the 1619 Project.

That’s why Black History Month focuses on the 1921 Tulsa race massacre rather than the mindset, philosophies, and actions of the men and women who built the so-called Black Wall Street.

Do you get my point? A proper telling of history centers what the heroes did, not what happened to the alleged heroes.

What happened to Jesus is tragic and heartbreaking. What Jesus did over the course of 33 years is inspiring. You get it now?

Black history is not being told to inspire us. It’s being told to demoralize us – all of us. Modern black history centers white people for a specific reason – the destruction of America. It defines white people as evil and black people as irrelevant except for what our lives say about white people. The point of black history is to argue that America was founded in wickedness and must be made anew.

The truth is all nations are founded in wickedness because their founders are flawed sinners. What makes America unique is that our flawed founders recognized their sinful nature and infused the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution with biblical, Judeo-Christian principles.

Our founding documents are the vaccine for evil. Just like the COVID experimentals, the documents don’t prevent evil, but they lessen the symptoms. They protect all of us.

The enemies of American freedom are using black history to undermine faith in our founding documents and Christian principles. They’re using black history and Black History Month to divide us. You can see their strategy in the 1619 Project. You can see it in small things that seem totally disconnected.

On Sunday morning, my college roommates stopped by my apartment for breakfast. They turned on the NFL Network to watch a one-hour documentary on Jim Brown, the running back legend. I’m friends with Jim. I’ve visited his home numerous times. He visited mine in Kansas City. I know Jim’s life passion: steering black men toward behaviors that lead to success.

I startled my friends when I loudly complained that the documentary wasted way too much time focusing on white people. I snapped when it portrayed Brown’s movie romance with Raquel Welch as some sort of legacy-defining moment.

Brown gave his time, money, and life to his Amer-I-Can program. Amer-I-Can worked primarily with black and Mexican gang members. Brown bought into the American system and started a foundation that persuaded other men to buy in and adopt principles and behaviors that lead to success. Pretending to have sex with Raquel Welch is way far down on his list of accomplishments.

Jim has and had no real interest in the Second-Place Olympics set up for black people. What I mean by that is Jim wasn’t motivated by being the “first black person” to do X, Y, or Z. Jim wanted to be the first person. The race to be the first black person is a race for second, third, or fourth place. Jim Brown had no interest in that. He wanted to be the best, compete with the human race.

Much of “black history” is about second place because it centers white people. Our accomplishments only have relevance and merit when they’re compared to white people.

The way we currently teach black history convinces black people to see the love, grace, and mercy of white people as the key to black salvation. It goads us into believing our interaction with white people is 100 times more important than our engagement with black people.

The way black history is taught powered the creation of Black Lives Matter, the political movement that prioritizes black murder based on the skin color of the perpetrator.

It’s why George Floyd’s death, according to President Biden, had more impact on the world than Martin Luther King’s. What happened to George Floyd was tragic. What Martin Luther King did was inspiring.

We believe our lives are about what happens to us, not what we do. George Floyd is celebrated for winning the race to victimhood. He’s the fastest victim in the history of victimhood. He transformed himself from a drug addict, criminal, porn actor to African-American hero in a matter of minutes.

Black history has programmed black people to memorize and recite every bad interaction they’ve had with white people and/or police. Meanwhile, we’ve been brainwashed into believing our treatment of each other is irrelevant.

The KKK and the Proud Boys are an existential threat to the black community. The Bloods and the Crips are an inconvenience. Anyone who disagrees with those assessments is a white supremacist or the black face of white supremacy.

According to modern black history, Carter G. Woodson would likely be regarded as a black face of white supremacy.
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