Red GOP States Want Less Or Little US Slavery History Taught Vs Blue Democrat States That Do!

By Donald A. Collins | 21 February 2023
Church and State


When pre-Civil War slavery was in full flower in the South and tolerated for commercial reasons in the North, southern slave owners zealously kept their slaves from education—such as learning to read and write.

Now, comparing then with such irony, it is the GOP, the party of Lincoln trying to suppress students from knowing this tragic history.

Read this 2/21/23 Washington Post article here.

Then we hear from Marjorie Taylor Greene, the far-right GOP US House member calling for getting out of the US Constitution. GOP conservative Liz Chaney has this to say:

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) responded to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s (R-Ga.) call for a “national divorce” on Monday, suggesting that it was “unconstitutional.”

“Our country is governed by the Constitution. You swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Secession is unconstitutional. No member of Congress should advocate secession, Marjorie,” Cheney tweeted in response to Greene’s comments.

Cheney’s response comes after Greene once again called for a “national divorce” earlier on Monday, suggesting that Republican and Democratic states should be separated and that the federal government should be downsized.

“We need a national divorce. We need to separate by red states and blue states and shrink the federal government,” Greene said on Monday. “From the sick and disgusting woke culture issues shoved down our throats to the Democrat’s traitorous America Last policies, we are done.”

It is this kind of division in this country’s political parties manifested by Donald Trump which has initiated the Second Civil War as I have dubbed it.

Now what to do? Well, to acknowledge the severity of Greene’s treason would be a starting point. And Liz Chaney has made a start.

However, in a democracy that truly functions the main recourse is to the ballot box and that is why this upcoming 2024 Election is the most important since the first Civil War!

The most significant action meantime is the continuation of having Blue states continuing to offer the true picture of our history populated with such heroes as Frederick Douglas and the enormous number of subsequent brave African Americans who has dramatically changed the racial picture now in America.

We know the job is far from done but the recognition of the deaths of young African American males from police brutality helps us understand the need for education and leadership. The killing of a young black man in Memphis by black policemen showed how endemic the racism is. It provided us a key example of appropriate responses by Memphis leadership which hopefully will lead to needed changes.

We are at a crossroads and the future is now up for resolution. Do we go the GOP authoritarian route or the route of open free and enlightened democracy?

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?” and “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”.

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