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Sep. 14th, 2017

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<< A monument commemorating “Star-Spangled Banner” author Francis Scott Key was vandalized in downtown Baltimore, officials said Wednesday. Photographs show the monument, at 1200 N. Eutaw St., covered with red paint and the words “racist anthem” written in black....
Key, a Maryland native who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner” after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812, died in 1843 — almost two decades before the Civil War began — and was not a Confederate. >>

Also, note this:
<< McCarthy [a spokesman for Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (D)] said there were no plans to remove the Key statue.

“Those conversations may take place in the future, but they’re certainly not part of any conversations taking place in the city of Baltimore right now,” he said. >>

Do you still think it is just about the Confederacy?

A related story:

<< One of the things that make Reed [College] academically special is Humanities 110, its required freshman lecture course in Western civilization. Taught by a team of experts on different authors and periods, and with a syllabus that includes Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Thucydides, Plato, Virgil, Ovid, the Book of the Dead, and parts of the Bible, it's the kind of course that students at many another high-profile college shut down a couple of decades ago.

In 1987, Jesse Jackson led hundreds of Stanford students in the chant: “Hey hey, ho ho, Western civ has got to go.” Two years later, Stanford's Western Culture course was replaced with a more “inclusive” program. But somehow the Western civ course at Reed survived.

That may change soon. In an article published last fall in the college magazine, Reed alumus Chris Lydgate recalled how much he'd loved the course when he took it three decades ago, but noted that students were now tagging it as “an example of institutional racism” that “conveys the surreptitious message that white men are the authentic source of thought and civilization.”

Claiming that the works taught in the course have played a role “in colonialism, racism, and slavery,” these students were demanding that the course be revised to “include a history of the Western canon as racist and anti-black.” >>

What can I say? Yes, it is hard to brainwash people into the doctrine of "multiculturalism" and yet let them see all the contributions made by the "majority culture", especially if these contributions are viewed in the positive light.

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Here is my recollection of how the current discussions regarding the illegal immigration came to the forefront of the public attention. It was caused by a certain event that happened in 1995:

<< In a classic urban nightmare, about a dozen gang members surrounded "a car full of children" that took a wrong turn onto a graffiti-marred dead-end street in the dark early Sunday, blocked the vehicle as the driver tried frantically to escape, and then opened fire on the passengers.

A 3-year-old girl was killed, Los Angeles police said. Her 2-year-old brother, who was sitting in an infant car seat, and the car's driver were both wounded in the ambush in the gang-ridden Cypress Park neighborhood they accidentally strayed into as they were returning from a barbecue.

Stephanie Kuhen was hit in the head and mortally wounded in the barrage from handguns. Her brother Joseph, 2, was struck in the foot. The driver, Timothy Stone, 25, was shot in the back. Stephanie's mother, Robynn, 26, and her brother Christopher, 5, and uncle, David Dalton, 22, were unhurt.

No arrests had been made in what police are calling a completely unprovoked ambush shooting by Latino gang members in an area between railroad tracks and the hills of Mt. Washington in northeast Los Angeles. >>

There were other stories at about the same time, such as this one, described by the late Harvard Professor Samuel Huntington in his book "Who Are We?" (also with a reference to LA Times):

<< At a Gold Cup soccer game between Mexico and the United States in February 1998, the 91,255 fans were immersed in a "sea of red, white, and green flags"; they booed when "The Star-Spangled Banner" was played; they "pelted" the U.S. players "with debris and cups of what might have been water, beer or worse"; and they attacked with "fruit and cups of beer" a few fans who tried to to raise an American flag. This game took place not in Mexico City but in Los Angeles. "Something's wrong when I can't even raise an American flag in my own country," a U.S. fan commented, as he ducked a lemon going by his head. "Playing in Los Angeles is not a home game for the United States," a Los Angeles Times reporter agreed. >>

Back then, the attention of the public was caused by a realization that their American cities are no longer as American or safe as they used to be, and that the illegal immigration plays a significant role in this change. And now it is all very different - now we are supposed to back over backwards to make sure we do not inconvenience illegal aliens in any way and that we do not hurt their sensitivities. How did this shift happen - and why? Any ideas? The previous round of attention to the illegal immigration culminated in the so called "Operation Wetback," that was an extremely effective mass deportation action.
It also stands as a great illustration to the mantra about the alleged impossibility of deporting significant numbers of illegals being plain wrong. The current round leads to the both major parties racing each other to amnesting and legalizing as many illegals as possible. No country can survive like this.

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The person who leaked military documents and was convicted on 17 charges, including five counts of espionage and theft? Manning's sentence was eventually commuted by Obama. And so:

<< Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell on Thursday announced his resignation as a senior fellow at Harvard after the university named U.S. Army soldier-turned-convicted felon Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow.

Manning will take on the role at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, the school said on its website >>

I have checked the Harvard website, Manning's name is indeed posted there. Is Harvard an American or an anti-American university?


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