by: Brent Smith
Sorry – no Audio Version as YouTube “BLOCKED” it.
I read an article in the New York Times last week that I found both fascinating and disappointing. Although, I must admit, the disappointing part was wholly expected.
It is entitled, “He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?”
“Dan-el Padilla Peralta thinks classicists should knock ancient Greece and Rome off their pedestal — even if that means destroying their discipline.”
Gee – I wonder where this is going?
But hey – this is what the left does with anything with which they disagree. Call it out – isolate it and expunge it.
And as luck would have it, the author of the ridiculously long Times piece is in lock step.
A couple of the reasons they cite for knocking “ancient Greece and Rome off their pedestal,” is because, “Marchers in Charlottesville, Va., carried flags bearing a symbol of the Roman state,” and, “the white-supremacist website Stormfront displayed an image of the Parthenon alongside the tagline ‘Every month is white history month.’”
Yes, that’s exactly what the ancient Greeks and Romans were thinking.
“Man, in thousands of years, we’re going to be revered by American white-supremacists – that’ll be great!”
And naturally, Stormfront and the marchers exemplify all of us on the right.
I’m sure it was a mere oversight on their part, not to mention that the Antifa flag has a striking resemblance to the Nazi flag.
Princeton professor Peralta has for years spoke openly of the harm done by the “classics,” that they justify “slavery, race science, colonialism, Nazism and other 20th-century fascisms.”
All of which were abhorred by the founders of America, and which, in our founding documents, they gave us a means of extrication.
The author cites yet another example of how the “classics” have led America astray by explaining that, “They have shown that the concept of Western civilization emerged as a euphemism for ‘white civilization’ in the writing of men like Lothrop Stoddard, a Klansman and eugenicist.”
Isn’t it interesting that in today’s parlance, the person cited, Lothrop Stoddard, would be considered a radical leftist, not someone of the “right.” As we know, but these leftists seem not to, the Klan was like the storm-troopers of the democrat party. And eugenics began by a radical leftist, Margaret Sanger, as a way to exterminate the black race. Stoddard and Sanger were decidedly not of the right.
Yet here they are, attempting to paint someone of the Klan as representing all of Western white civilization. But why be any different from ever other leftist academic?
If you haven’t guessed by now, professor Peralta is a black man, whose identity, like many leftist black men, is about being black. Not a highly educated Princeton University professor. It’s all and only about his blackness, and apparently his oppression at the hands of the white man. Don’t you feel bad for the Ivy-League professor, or the New York Times columnist?
Peralta, like other single-identity minorities, paints with an incredibly broad brush, purposely lumping every Greek and Roman philosopher into one category – purveyors of white supremacy, despite the fact that neither Greeks nor Romans had any notion of such modern day things.
Sure, like every society on planet Earth, there were good philosophers and bad. Aristotle and Herodotus, for example, had some not so great ideas regarding politics and the human condition, but they also had some good ones – ones that our founders studied and adapted for America. You know – keep the good – discard the bad. This was the genius of our founders.
It’s a shame really that such otherwise educated and intelligent people can be so narrow minded.