Saturday, October 06, 2007
Michael Medved Reassures Americans That the Slave Trade Really Wasn't That Bad
Culturegeist doesn't recommend bloggers lightly.
Read this blog by Trey Ellis that was posted on Huffingtonpost.
If you want to take a look at where the rubber meets the road as far as self-anointed cultural intellectuals trying to reinterpret historical facts in order to justify their own ingrained prejudice, ignorance and fear, read Ellis' take Michael Medved's (pictured left) recent column, Six Inconvenient Truths About Slavery.
This country isn't perfect but caring about each other is a part of that abstract sense of who we want to be. That's easier than it sounds. Part of living in a nation with such an enormous range of races, religions, languages and backgrounds is that it takes an effort to understand one another.
For those people who view the events of history as an intricate part of the reality we live in, listening to someone deny the holocaust happened offends me. So I'm equally, if not more offended when people attempt to dismantle the reality of the slave trade into little sections so they can be reassembled to conveniently fit into the narrow parameters of the far right wing conservative mindset that infects the media and the Culturegeist of this country like a virus.
People like Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Mike Medved gave up on trying to get to know the Americans who don't look and think like them a long time ago. For the most part they stopped relying on facts to support their arguments and pseudo intellectual rants at about the same time.
They envision an American that does not exist anymore, their ignorance and fear, though repulsive, must be examined and exposed for what it is.