The slavery obsession

Thomas Sowell points out how history is misused by those seeking to fulfill their view of reality. One of the first examples is that of slavery, which seems to be an obsession in some circles such as PBS.

If American society and Western civilization are different from other societies and civilizations, it is in that they eventually turned against slavery, and stamped it out, at a time when non-Western societies around the world were still maintaining slavery and resisting Western pressures to end slavery — including, in some cases, by armed resistance.

Only the fact that the West had more firepower put an end to slavery in many non-Western societies during the age of Western imperialism. Yet today there are Americans who have gone to Africa to apologize for slavery — on a continent where slavery has still not been completely ended, to this very moment.

It is not just the history of slavery that gets distorted beyond recognition by the selective filtering of facts. Those who mine history in order to find everything they can to undermine American society or Western civilization have very little interest in the Bataan death march, the atrocities of the Ottoman Empire, or similar atrocities in other times and places.

The degree to which some will go to adjust reality to fit their viewpoints can be truly astounding. Much work is to be done before the related issues can even be discussed in an honest manner.

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