by baldilocks

Series originally published in 2014.

Finale; edited. See Part 1 and Part 2.

Why White People Should Care

Many persons believe that the history of black Americans is worthless—a belief which stems from three factors:

1) that much of widely-known African history and the history of Americans who are black consists of victimization: litany of failures, slavery, oppression, colonialism and perceived lack of innovation,

2) that some black Americans use the American history of slavery and oppression to induce white guilt, and

3) that some black Americans use the same as an excuse for personal failure.

But if it is important that we know the history of our country’s founding and the important political, military, religious and social movements which have shaped this nation’s character — this nation’s people — then the well-informed citizen cannot escape this category of that history; to attempt to do so would be to separate black Americans from the rest of our countrymen once again.

Example: Several years back, there was much ado about the hymn Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, colloquially known

The Brothers Johnson. Cite.

since the 1940s as the Negro National Anthem. Many who had not known of the song, its origin, its significance or its informal role among black Americans, misinterpreted it as some sort of repudiation of whiteness and/or of America-as-founded (a notion which has been exacerbated by actual repudiators of whiteness). But the merest bit of investigation into these areas and the deployment of some historical perspective reveal that  John  Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson composed the song as an anthem to God and to a nation which contemporaneously excluded black Americans.

But like any other tool — books and banners, for example — songs can be used for good, neutral, and evil purposes. That fact is separate from the intrinsic good, neutrality or evil of a specified tool, but without necessary information — without history — the truth gets lost and the tool become a bludgeon, and that is what happened to Lift.

At the beginning of former Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s annual State of the City address in 2008 (a prelude to the Democratic National Convention of that year), there was a major brouhaha regard the song when a singer named Rene Marie sang it in place of the Star-Spangled Banner, rather than in the usual order which the song is rendered, after The National Anthem.

At two separate blogs — Hot Air and Breitbart, I provided background on the song. The hosts were cordial and willing to receive new information. The commenters, however, were a different story.  I was attacked by some commenters at both sites, but I didn’t take the ignorance and blatant racial slurs personally from the Breitbart commenters since I rarely comment there.

With the Hot Air commenters, however, the situation was very painful, since I was a regular commenter there and both Ed Morrissey and Allahpundit occasionally featured posts from my blogs.  There were no racial slurs, but being called a liar by people who “know” me was shocking.

The most shocking thing about the two episodes, however, was that so few of the commenters had even heard of the song — a song about which I can’t recall not knowing.

I’ve had a number of years to think about this and I’ve come to this conclusion: most of us — meaning most Americans — like to celebrate the good parts of our country’s history, but we often ignore the parts which might make us uncomfortable or cause us to reach uncomfortable conclusions about other Americans.

And most people don’t want to be guilt-tripped … especially for the actions of others. So it is that much of black American history is ignored by other Americans, especially white ones. But this type of knowledge gap has allowed the originally apolitical song to be used by all manner of political opportunists, all Leftist in nature.

Well, if you are afraid of being guilt-tripped, then I don’t know what to tell you, because anyone with a strong sense of self and strong attachment to truth can refuse inappropriate guilty feelings. And that same devotion to truth should make such people hungry for both the good and uncomplimentary history of a group people who are the most American of Americans.

“What would happen if there was a White History Month?”

This often-deployed rhetorical response to Black History Month always betrays a lack of historical perspective and an ability to be guilt-tripped. (If someone wanted to create a White History Month why should they care what anyone thinks?) I would applaud any individual who actually made an attempt to create such a cultural totem. Why?

Because, my fellow Americans who are white: your history is my history…and mine, yours. Let’s all act like it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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If you want an example of the alt-left, The Daily Kos is it.

As the mainstream media criticize conservative websites, Kos generally receives praise.


I have been monitoring Kos over the past few weeks, and I found a hateful, hysterical example of what’s going on with the left.

Here is a recent example from the website’s front page—a reprise of a commentary from a few years ago.

“In the idealized version of the GOP primary, establishment Republicans would curry favor with their Wall Street pals while sending coded dog whistles to their foot soldiers—on race, immigration, reproductive freedoms, etc. Those dog whistles would motivate the GOP base without revealing their true radical nature to the American mainstream. It was a genius system while it worked, one that saw no parallel on the progressive side…. Republicans laugh about electrocuting immigrants who will cut off your head in the desert if they’re not stopped, while passing laws openly hostile to brown people. Attacks on homosexuals have escalated to new hysterical highs as society becomes more tolerant and open to equality.”

Instead of cautioning readers about the hyperbole of Kos, media outlets like The Huffington Post tout the website’s importance. “The liberal site has acquired a new relevance in the era of Democratic resistance to President Donald Trump,” the HP wrote recently.

Markos “Kos” Moulitsas Zúniga started the blog in 2002. Since then, it has become the most important website on the left, with email list of more than three million subscribers and 18 million unique readers every month. Moreover, Kos raised more than $3 million for Democrat candidates last year. He also is a founder of Vox Media, another generally leftist website.

Moulitsas is from the Chicago area and joined the U.S. Army in 1989. A one-time Republican who opposed gays in the military, he switched parties after attending law school in Boston in the late 1990s. He moved to the San Francisco area to work as a project manager for a web development company.

Simply put, Kos makes The Daily Caller look tame. A recent spate of headlines included the following:

–How many times has Trump cheated on Melania?

–Jared Kushner’s finances are in shambles and he’s a threat to national security

–Why are media ignoring the fact that Nikolas Cruz is a Trump supporter?

But there’s more. A recent edition showed a cartoon of Donald Trump eating cheeseburgers and drinking Diet Coke in his bathrobe. Another depicted the president as a supporter of sexual abuse.

Kos, George Soros, and others like them should be taken to task for the hateful outrages they spew. Each of them has done far more damage to the U.S. election process than any Russian troll.

 understand that a sheepdog is a funny critter: He is always sniffing around out on the perimeter, checking the breeze, barking at things that go bump in the night, and yearning for a righteous battle. That is, the young sheepdogs yearn for a righteous battle. 
The old sheepdogs are a little older and wiser, but they move to the sound of the guns when needed, right along with the young ones.

On Sheep Wolves and Sheepdogs 2010

In the wake of another school shooting where a young hispanic youth (who was instantly transformed into “white” by the MSM as soon as he pulled the trigger) there has been a lot of breast beating but not too many suggested solutions that aren’t focused on solving the problem rather than scoring political points.

In the interest of such a solution let me offer one.

I suggest a collaboration between local schools and chapters of the VFW and/or the American Legion to protect schools.

It seems to me that there is unlikely a school in the country where there aren’t at least a few students with uncles, or grandparents or great uncles who are members of the VFW/American legion.

I remember them from my youth when my father would take me to VFW events. These old guys were tough, they were fun loving and sometimes rough around the edges, but had an incredible love for their country and their families, because they knew the price they and some of their friends had paid to protect them.

It’s very likely that every single school has children with grandparents who are vets and members of these organization.

If you go to a local McDonalds you will see a lot of these fellows spending the morning, enjoying a 99 cent coffee and musing on the events of the day. They remember the service they once game and are proud of it, I suggest they be called into service once again.

I propose local chapters of the VFW and the American Legion put out a call for volunteers to find men willing to guard local schools and see if any of these old vets would be willing to stand a post a couple of days a week to protect the schools their grandchildren are now attending.

These fellows are old sheepdogs, well past the days of their youth, but they are still sheepdogs with the instinct to protect, particularly when it’s protecting their own.

I’ll suspect that a pilot program of this nature would produce an overwhelming response.

But DaTechGuy you say. These fellows are old, can they be expected to win a shootout with a young hoodlum with a semi automatic rifle?

There are several answers to this, consider the following:

In the first place, the presence of an armed guard, particularly an armed guard who as a vet has experience in firearms decreases the chances of a particular school being targeted. The wolf will usually choose an unguarded flock vs a guarded one.

In the second place, there is a big difference between shooting under fire and shooting unopposed. The ability of a potential school shooter, particularly one who has never been under fire, to engage against helpless students is seriously hampered if said shooter has to get by an armed person willing to fire, especially if said person has experience in being under fire.

Finally the primary job of such an old sheepdog isn’t to take out the school shooter, it’s to slow him down. If an old vet manages to hold up such a shooter for even five minutes that’s not only five minutes for the teachers to get students out of the school and to safety, but it’s five minutes for the local police to arrive to engage this shooter who suddenly has to worry about taking fire from his flank.

Those advantages alone are a reason to do this but there are also advantages of a social and cultural nature that arise out of this even if a shooter never ever comes

You get students seeing a vet close up, interacting with him and seeing our old solders as people to be admired rather than as our media portrays them.

You get older gentlemen giving an example of service, an example that will make a huge impression on the youth who are being protected at an age when such an impression can inspire the young toward service

You give such older gentlemen a purpose and pride.  No longer are they old soldiers to be forgotten but useful members of society performing a vital duty for the country in general and their local community in particular.

Finally you provide a very public male role model at a time when many young people do not have such examples.


Again this can be launched as a pilot program at a couple of schools and then expanded as personal become available.  Local schools could choose to accept or reject these offered guards.   Places that want them can get them, again through the local VFW/American Legion, those who don’t can reject them and take their chances.

For the social reasons alone this would be worthwhile, with the safety of our children at stake, I submit and suggest it’s  a win-win solution.

Anyways that’s my idea.

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