Celebrating Black Patriotism
Robert Woodson has edited a new book by black scholars who reject race bait and love America.
It’s beautiful to be black and patriotic. That’s the message of a recently published book, Red, White, and Black — a collection of essays written by almost all minority contributors and edited by Robert Woodson. In fact, it might be summed up best by contributor Clarence Page, a black liberal journalist: “Black patriotism is more important than victimization.”
Last year, the Woodson Center launched the 1776 Unites campaign specifically to counter the 1619 Project but also more broadly the anti-American racism of Critical Race Theory. This book is the fruit of that effort, which is made clear by its subtitle: “Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers.”
Political scientist Carol Swain explains why she’s thankful to have never been “taught to hate white people or to hate America.” She’s lived by New Testament principles instead of by the Left’s dogma of “hatred, bitterness, and distrust.”
Wilfred Reilly, another political scientist, argues that America is far from “structurally racist,” and that the “primary social problems of today have nothing to do with historical racial conflict.” In fact, the destruction of the black family has happened due to leftist government policies, not racial discrimination.
Other contributors include John Sibley Butler, Jason D. Hill, Coleman Cruz Hughes, John McWhorter, and Shelby Steele — the latter of whom was censored by Amazon for running afoul of the narrative on Black Lives Matter and Michael Brown. That in and of itself shows how brave blacks must be if they think for themselves instead of towing the Democrat Party line.
The lone white author in Woodson’s book, Georgetown political scientist Joshua Mitchell, poses the bottom-line question for race-baiters who regularly tell blacks they are oppressed and should be bitter against this country: “Is this the world in which we really want to live? An infantilized world, without adult perseverance and responsibility? A world without hope, a world without reverence for those whose achievements belie the suffering they have endured and overcome?”
No, it’s not, and it’s good to see serious people saying so. Liberty is colorblind, and the rights endowed by our Creator — rights we should all be celebrating this Independence Day — are for people of every color.
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