It seems ironic that on our first observance of the JUNETEENTH holiday, many people are calling the revelations of many people about the history of race relations in America “revisionist” history. I offer this JUNETEENTH information from a JUNETEENTH website in response to what was written by Mr. Malkas because I find it factual:
Scroll down particularly to the section that says “White Lies My Textbooks Taught Me.”
I have one more thing I want to offer regarding “revisionist” history:
The phrase itself seems to have a pejorative meaning, creating the impression that what was reported first was the truth, and therefore what follows must be a lie. I want to describe the reasons why this may not be accurate:
- All truth, all details, all facts exist in and of themselves.
- A fact does not gain significance until it is observed. Once it is observed, the observer may offer an opinion or a judgement concerning the veracity and the value of what was observed.
- If the initial opinion concerning that fact is a lie, the subsequent value judgement WILL, in fact, be the truth.
As I said in my previous response to Mr. Malkas’ report, George Washington was a Founding Father, and he owned slaves. Further, it is a historical fact that 41 of the 56 people who signed the Declaration of Independence owned slaves at one time or another. And of the slave owners who later renounced slavery, one of them NEVER set his own slaves free! I would also submit that everything identified as a “White Lie” in “White Lies My Textbooks Taught Me” was identified correctly.
Thank you for your time.
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