The Washington Post had a real scoop Monday: people in the 1940s held views that many would find racist and sexist today.
It seems that Edward J.K. Gitre, an assistant professor of history at Virginia Tech, stumbled upon 65,000 pages of Army surveys from World War II in the National Archives. Wokescolds have now combed through them and are presenting the very worst of the “harsh views” expressed …
The Post breathlessly informs us that “a lot of it runs counter to the wholesome image of the war’s ‘greatest generation.’” …
He who controls the past controls the present:
But what is the point of highlighting in 2021 that some people in 1944 were racist and sexist?
Fox News noted, however, that there seemed to be an ulterior motive in the presentation of this “uncensored” material….
Nick Timothy, a columnist for the UK’s Telegraph, tweeted: “Next you’ll be telling me William Wilberforce wasn’t in the Parliamentary LGBTQ society, and Gandhi didn’t support Black Lives Matter. Historical figures lived with different social and moral norms. This is not news, or a novel academic discovery.”
Indeed. It is noteworthy also that the Post saw fit to highlight, out of 65,000 pages of surveys, racist and sexist remarks, rather than material that might have provided insight into the challenges that the men who won World War II faced and the difficulties they overcame.
The Post’s article … is akin to the pulling down of statues that has become a fad all over the country. The Left wants Americans to be ashamed of our history.
- Washington? Jefferson? Not statesmen, not men of courage, not key framers of the most successful republic and freest society the world has ever known, but just racist slaveowners, to be repudiated and abhorred, not respected or celebrated.
- Lincoln? He didn’t free the slaves; that’s the “white savior complex.” He, too, must be rejected as a racist, paternalist white supremacist.
- The Greatest Generation? Yes, they fought and won World War II and came home and made the United States the greatest power on earth, but you see, they did not hold woke attitudes.
— Julius Springer (@LaymanLogic) December 22, 2021
The woke cancel everyone except themselves. As Obama said, “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”
Glenn Reynolds has a different take:
Our elites are now promoting the kind of history one would impose on a conquered nation, to break its people’s spirit.