America's Sixth Black President?
Race; Posted on: 2009-01-20 13:47:50 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]
Black fantasies, myth and history
Inventiveness and Black History
According to partisans of Black History, anybody with a lick of sense knows that the Ancient Egyptians were black. And that whites are genetically engineered devils invented by the rogue Black Scientist Yakub on the island of Patmos.
But what about Barack Hussein Obama? Is he really America's first black President? Not if you know anything about Black History, he ain't.
The mass media, who crowned Obama King of America two years before the election, keep going on and on about what an "historic" occasion we are witnessing with Obama's elevation to the Oval Office. Pundits point out that Obama's parent's marriage was illegal in many US states at the time; they're right: Barack Obama, Sr. was already married (with two children). Four decades later crossracial marriages are legal in all fifty states, but polygamy is still frowned on.
At this time when we are told that black history is in the making before our eyes, perhaps we should have a look at the kind of Black History peddled to our children in government schools each February. You know the kind: where a violent philanderer like Martin Luther King is lionized as a saint, and where "white racism" is blamed for ignorance of the black origins of such inventions as peanut butter and kitchen tables.
But perhaps we should take a closer look, because according to Black History, Obama's election is hardly exciting; he's actually the sixth black man to hold the highest executive office in the land. A look at this claim unearths a number of facts and ideas that shine a light on America's complex racial history and current condition.
Dr. Leroy Vaughn, MD, MBA is a dean of Black History, whose tome, Black People And Their Place In World History, is invaluable in understanding the genre.
Dr. Vaughn has penned an essay, The Five Black Presidents of The United States of America, which lays out his claim that, according to his interpretation of various sources, there have been five black US Presidents before Barack: Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge. The fact that much of the evidence Dr. Vaughn marshals comes from the enemies of these leaders, at a time when blackness was a burden, not a free ticket to subprime loans and the White House, is not regarded by Dr. Vaughn as a problem.
Needless to say, no obviously black man could have won the Presidency between 1801 and 1929, as Vaughn maintains. Yet a substantial number of black people do indeed believe otherwise, along with a number of other legends as cataloged in the book I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture, by Patricia Turner. Looking at this phenomenon reveals a number of themes that shed light on the deep history of race in America.
For Vaughn, the evidence of the partial black ancestry of President Warren Harding, who occupied the White House from 1921 to 1923, is strongest of all those alleged to be "America's black Presidents." "Harding himself never denied his ancestry," Vaughn claims. When Republican leaders called on Harding to deny the "Negro" history, he said, "How should I know whether or not one of my ancestors might have jumped the fence." William Chancellor, a White professor of economics and politics at Wooster College in Ohio, wrote a book on the Harding family genealogy and identified Black ancestors among both parents of President Harding. Justice Department agents allegedly bought and destroyed all copies of this book. Chancellor also said that Harding's only academic credentials included education at Iberia College, which was founded in order to educate fugitive slaves."
Harding's successor, Calvin Coolidge was President of the United States from 1923 to 1929 and the last of Vaughn's "black Presidents" prior to the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama. Coolidge, claims Vaughn, "proudly admitted that his mother was dark because of mixed Indian ancestry. However, Dr. Bakhufu says that by 1800 the New England Indian was hardly any longer pure Indian, because they had mixed so often with Blacks. Calvin Coolidge's mother's maiden name was "Moor." In Europe the name "Moor" was given to all Black people just as the name Negro was used in America."
While Vaughn's claim about the name "Moor" is questionable (to say the least), in America such mixed race people, usually given the collective name of Melungeons, have recently had some historical attention as an early "tri-racial isolate" along with a "Melungeon pride" movement capitalizing on newly fashionable politically correct ideas about race. But while many liberal whites like to claim an often specious partly Indian ancestry, Melungeons have long been catalogued as real population groups throughout the East and South. The political usefulness of such "convenient history" was shown in Turkish (and, lately, Islamists eager for black recruits) attempts to claim the Melungeons as Muslim descendants. But new DNA work has shown that there is little genetic connection between the various enclaves, and modern Melungeons are largely the mixed remnants of white interbreeding with blacks and Indians to different degrees.
In the days of Harding and Coolidge, efforts were made by light skinned blacks to "pass" as white, though their "true identity" was often known in the black community. One of the most famous people able to "pass" was allegedly J. Edgar Hoover, who was appointed head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President Harding. The claim was made by leftist conspiracy theorist Anthony Summers in Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover in 1993. Hoover is widely hated by leftists and the Baby Boomers who now lead academia in the United States, who see him as a pillar of the "reactionary" old America they despise. Hoover, who knew the real, corrupt and hypocritical nature of politically correct icons like Martin Luther King, has been excoriated for his efforts, which were often illegal, to counteract communism and black supremacy through projects like the Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), though Hoover was in fact a Praetorian servant of the Presidency, and also violated the rights of isolationists at the behest of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and segregationists for John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. The Summers book, as a result of the treatment of the evidence in it and the agenda at work to discredit Hoover, is regarded by some as a character assassination. Official and Confidential was also the first important work to advance the now widespread belief that Hoover was also a homosexual, and so the claim about Hoover's "passing" is questionable. Nevertheless, Summers quoted blueblood Gore Vidal (himself a homosexual), who said that Hoover was widely known to be a mulatto: "People said he came from a family that had 'passed.' It was the word they used for people of black origin who, after generations of inbreeding, have enough white blood to pass themselves off as white."
For those blacks unable to "pass," a color code that still persists was instituted by blacks themselves, putting a premium on white genes. The "brown paper bag test," which restricted membership to some clubs to people whose hue was lighter than the brown paper caused controversy in Detroit in 2007 when a "Light Skin Libra Birthday Bash" was canceled after an outcry. (The black DJ had also planned "Sexy Chocolate" and "Sexy Caramel" events). And within black leadership, light skinned blacks seem to be overrepresented, from Black Muslims like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm X (whose "street name" was "Red" for the light tone of his skin and hair) and Louis Farrakhan to affirmative action Supreme Court appointee Thurgood Marshall, Black Panther Huey Newton, Obama's pastor Jeremiah Wright and Barack Obama himself. In his famous Autobiography, Malcolm X, whose maternal grandfather was a Scotsman, claimed that his light skinned mother, who was later committed to an insane asylum, bullied him out of hatred for his light complexion, evidence of her own "white blood," which she despised. Both parents of Malcolm X were active with the black separatist "Back to Africa" movement of Marcus Garvey, who advocated the repatriation of blacks to Africa. Garvey, who often boasted of his "pure blackness" as evidenced by his skin tone and physical features, put a premium on color, proclaiming: "The black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a glorious symbol of national greatness."
While Harding and Coolidge are largely forgotten, Thomas Jefferson is regarded as one of the greats. Jefferson was the third President (1801 to 1809) of the young United States and, according to Vaughn, America's first black President: "The chief attack on Jefferson was in a book written by Thomas Hazard in 1867 called "The Johnny Cake Papers." Hazard interviewed Paris Gardiner, who said he was present during the 1796 presidential campaign, when one speaker states that Thomas Jefferson was "a mean-spirited son of a half-breed Indian squaw and a Virginia mulatto father." In his book entitled "The Slave Children of Thomas Jefferson," Samuel Sloan wrote that Jefferson destroyed all of the papers, portraits, and personal effects of his mother... He even wrote letters to every person who had ever received a letter from his mother, asking them to return that letter. Sloan says, "There is something strange and even psychopathic about the lengths to which Thomas Jefferson went to destroy all remembrances of his mother..."
Andrew Jackson is seen by many as one of America's greatest leaders. Says Vaughn, "The Virginia Magazine of History Volume 29 says that Jackson was the son of a White woman from Ireland who had intermarried with a Negro. The magazine also said that his eldest brother had been sold as a slave in Carolina... [Jackson's] mother...went to live on the Crawford farm where there were Negro slaves and that one of these men was Andrew Jr's father."
The Great Emancipator, "Honest Abe" Lincoln, may have "freed the slaves" out of a sense of racial obligation, if Vaughn's crazed allegation about his racial makeup is correct. "J.A. Rogers quotes Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, as saying that Abraham Lincoln was the illegitimate son of an African man. William Herndon, Lincoln's law partner, said that Lincoln had very dark skin and coarse hair and that his mother was from an Ethiopian tribe. In Herndon's book entitled "The Hidden Lincoln" he says that Thomas Lincoln could not have been Abraham Lincoln's father because he was sterile from childhood mumps and was later castrated. Lincoln's presidential opponents made cartoon drawings depicting him as a Negro and nicknamed him 'Abraham Africanus the First.'"
Lincoln was called much worse, of course. If Vaughn's attempt to give Lincoln black DNA is, like the coronation of Obama, an expression of Political Correctness, then Lincoln is an even better target for such revisionism than any other President. Lincoln has been elevated to secular sainthood because of the racial aspects of his reign, which dovetail with current political orthodoxy. Indeed, to underline the politically correct narrative, Obama was sworn into office using the same copy of Scripture used for Lincoln's inauguration.
In pursuit of Lincoln's sainthood, inconvenient truths about Lincoln are ignored, while myths are expanded and even invented wholesale. Given how much what currently passes for history is informed by fashionable causes and ideas, the latest claim is that Lincoln was a homosexual. Unsurprisingly, the "Gay Lincoln Theory" is part of a larger social engineering project. (The Log Cabin Republicans, a "gay rights" pressure group, is named after the fabled site of Lincoln's nativity).
The first book length treatment of the topic was carried out by C. A. Tripp, a "gay rights activist" whose book The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln was published posthumously in 2005. Tripp's thesis was dismissed by many Lincoln scholars (since classified as "conservative" as a result), as well as his original coauthor, Philip Nobile, who attacked it in an article in the conservative Weekly Standard magazine. "The book is a hoax and a fraud," claimed Nobile, "a historical hoax, because the inaccurate parts are all shaded toward a predetermined conclusion..."
Conservative columnist Al Mohler quoted an historian about Tripp's project and his "predetermined conclusion": "Tripp was determined to rescue a hidden gay hero," part of an agenda Mohler says was central to Tripp's life. "Tripp was a close associate of Alfred Kinsey, and he was deeply involved in Kinsey's various experiments and eroticisms packaged to the public as sexual 'research.' In one infamous case, Tripp was involved in soliciting young men from the streets of New York City to commit sex acts on film. Tripp hired a boy hustler who then solicited other young men for Kinsey and Tripp's sex experiments." Kinsey's research, which conservative writer Nancy Morgan characterized as the "genesis" of the "normalization of homosexuality," involved "experiments" with children that were clearly illegal.
More recently, Larry Kramer, who founded the militant "direct action" AIDS group ACT UP, has announced that he has "new evidence" proving the "Gay Lincoln Theory." Philip Nobile, who dropped out of Tripp's Lincoln project and later accused him of plagiarism and hoaxing, claims that Kramer had played a role in attempting to stop Nobile's exposure of Tripp, phoning him to say "If you don't stop making a stink about Tripp's book, I'm going to expose you as an enormous homophobe. For the sake of humanity, please, gays need a role model."
While the "gay agenda" is relatively new, the effort to portray Lincoln in accordance with the needs of particular causes has gone on since before his assassination. Efforts to mold the Lincoln legacy have come from across the political spectrum. In the late 1930s, the German American Bund, which supported Hitler's Germany, displayed enormous portraits of "Honest Abe" at their huge rallies. In the same period, communist mercenaries in the United States formed the Abraham Lincoln Battalion to fight against nationalists in the Spanish Civil War. The battalion has since been whitewashed as noble "defenders of democracy," while its numbers have been inflated to the point that it is now usually called the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. (A Spanish brigade had a minimum of four battalions). At least three memorials have been erected in the United States to these Stalinist thugs. In keeping with the Stalin era, many members of the mercenaries were killed by Kremlin commissars for "ideological deviations." Claims about Lincoln's plans for America's postwar financial recovery lie at the heart of some conspiracy theories, such as "The Rothschilds' International Plot to Kill Lincoln" published by Lyndon LaRouche, a former Trotskyist. Lincoln's official legacy, of course, is just as politically influenced, claiming that he was an integrationist liberal who laid the groundwork of America's current racial paradigm.
While Lincoln has been made to fit all kinds of subjective agendas, what has been excised from his official record is easily verified with a little work of the kind carried out by writer and researcher Robert Morgan.
In an article entitled "The 'Great Emancipator' and the Issue of Race" in the September/October, 1993 issue of The Journal for Historical Review, historian Robert Morgan proves that Lincoln's position on race was far different from his legacy.
Morgan discusses "one case, which received considerable attention at the time, [when Lincoln] represented a slave owner" when Lincoln worked as a lawyer. Lincoln attempted to have Jane Bryant, a mulatto slave who had escaped with her children with abolitionist aid, returned to her owner.
Morgan also points out a suppressed fact about race in the period of the Civil War. Aside from a handful of ideologues, few in the North viewed the struggle as a war for emancipation and "equality" of blacks, but rather, where blacks were concerned at all, in opposition to unpaid chattel labor and the expansion of black populations outside of the South. Morgan underlines this with a Lincoln quote from a speech of 1857 opposing "the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which would have admitted Kansas into the Union as a slave state: 'There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people to the idea of indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races ... A separation of the races is the only perfect preventive of amalgamation, but as an immediate separation is impossible, the next best thing is to keep them apart where they are not already together. If white and black people never get together in Kansas, they will never mix blood in Kansas ...'"
Lincoln supported the solution to the slavery issue which had been advocated by Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe. Their plan, "colonization," called for the repatriation of America's blacks to Africa. Says Robert Morgan, "Racial separation, Lincoln went on to say, 'must be effected by colonization' of the country's blacks to a foreign land..."Let us be brought to believe it is morally right, and, at the same time, favorable to, or, at least, not against, our interest, to transfer the African to his native clime..."
The American Colonization Society was founded for this purpose, and apart from Madison and Monroe also attracted the active support of a list of luminaries. Among them was nephew of George Washington, Supreme Court justice Bushrod Washington, the legendary Daniel Webster, and Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star Spangled Banner." Liberia was established as a homeland for repatriated blacks, and the capital is named Monrovia in honor of President Monroe. Jane Bryant, the woman Lincoln sought to have returned to slavery, would eventually move to Liberia.
Apart from Lincoln's repatriation ideas, which could well have come to fruition in the aftermath of the Civil War, another inconvenient fact ignored by integrationist hagiographers is the fact that Lincoln's "Emancipation Proclamation" did not free slaves held in areas loyal to the Union.
And Lincoln openly opposed integration as far back as the famous "Lincoln Douglas Debates" of 1858, a roadshow usually pitched today as the progressive Lincoln's rebuttal of the backward racism of Steven Douglas. In fact Lincoln declared that "I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is physical difference between the two which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position."
The record of a man like Lincoln, who declared that "I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people" does not fit the liberal portrait of the man who also carried out war against the Western Indians, initiated the opening and settlement of the West by whites through the the Homestead Act and the railroad, and whose Civil War martial law policies, from censorship and suspension of habeas corpus to scorched earth campaigns were blatantly unconstitutional.
The elevation of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States opens a new chapter in the history of race relations in the United States. But the book hasn't been completed yet.
News Source: EAU correspondent